After saving Christmas with "I Do I Do" and then having Hyosung give "Hush Little Baby" the Jazze Pha remix that it always deserved, SECRET are set to return on August 11 with their next smash single, "I'm In Love."
If you're a Kamilia like me then you probably know this already, but for those who don't, I'm here to give you some bad news: PURETTY is done. Disbanded. Dead. One is studying, one is pursuing a career an actress (the bizarre-looking alien version of Hara that served as PURETTY's flawless visual), and the remaining three are now part of the greatest talent competition since MTV's Making The Band, The KARA Project.
Korea is obsessed with random rankings, surveys, and polls. Most of it's just inane shit that isn't worth reading ("So-and-so voted the celebrity people most likely want to read a bedtime story to"), but I get a kick out of popularity rankings. The downside is that most of them are usually biased or uninformed, like the new 2014 Girl Group Popularity Ranking that Sports Chosun published today.
Sometimes when I'm walking around listening to K-pop through my headphones, I'll think about which group I'd be most upset to see disband. Even though Brown Eyed Girls and T-ara are my two favourite girl groups, the break-up of KARA is always the one I imagine would bring me the most heartache. There's something so pure and unspoiled about KARA, as if they were hand-crafted by angels in heaven and brought down to earth to spread sunshine and happiness. Like IU, they're the epitome of wholesome beauty and femininity, like an old-fashioned, idealistic version of the perfect girlfriend or little sister (a trait that the brilliant Sweetune knows how to bring out through their flawless music). It doesn't matter that they can't really sing or that they may be nothing like the image that they present to the public; as long as they come out smiling and play the part, it's all good.
Ever since dickless misogynistic netizens had the time of their lives burying T-ara last year, it's now become a trend in Korea for female K-pop stars to be ritualistically sacrificed to the masses. IU and Hyosung were dragged to the gallows after T-ara, and now the iconic KARA are currently being burned at the stake following what was deemed by netizens to be a display of unacceptable behaviour during a recent variety show appearance.
While the haters hate, KARA have been busy blessing music programs with their divine grace and charm to perform their stunning new singles, "Runaway" and "Damaged Lady."