2NE1 DOMINATION!!!

Just a quick post as I’m going to set out for work soon!!!

WOOOOOOO 2NE1 are back!!! Below is their music video for one of the title songs ‘Clap’

The MV isn’t bad, nothing amazing, the start somewhat reminds me of ‘Fire’‘s street MV but who cares its about the song!!

Its a very 2NE1 song!! I quite like, different from current mainstream Kpop but then again thats the kind of music 2NE1 will get!!

I know I’m going to get all this hate message from (I was once infamous on youtube for being anti-Dara apparently… then again it doesn’t help when I don’t deny the fact that I think Dara should never have been in 2NE1) this but I must STRESS I am very PRO-YG I have ALWAYS BEEN!!!! I just don’t like people who can’t sing take up all the singing slots!! Yes its Dara again!! Teddy has hit that big fat AUTO-TUNE button for her ¬______¬ Seriously Dara is just an average singer, nothing special but not really bad!! But why does she get a lot of singing time in Clap???? Now we have Park Bom amazing voice, amazing vocal talent and shes just at the chorus, I get that the chorus is the main bit the bit that everyone will get hooked on to….. but to only give her that bit is NOT RIGHT!!!!!

I’ve not listened to the rest of the album yet, so of course I will comment on it!! Oh just to let you readers know, I will be posting a LOT of 2NE1 posts compared to other Kpop stuff, this is because I like them hence why I will criticise them more or rave more about them!! I’m a fan with a mind, I won’t just say ALL GOOD stuff about them!!! If it aint good it will be said as well!!! Thats what true fans are!

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A-Lin (黃麗玲) vs Kim Ji Eun

Do you remember in my post 如果沒有你 I had stated that the two songs I was listening to constantly had turned to three songs. Well that song is A-lin (黃麗玲)’s 今晚你想念的人是不是我 (translate roughly to Am I the one you’re thinking about tonight?)

I first heard A-lin’s song when her album Diva 天生歌姬 came out but I never really listened to the song that is until my current muse Janice Yan 閻奕格 sang the song on Taiwanese talent show 超級星光大道. It then hit me that the song sounded very very familiar!! I’m quite good at stuff like this, when I think a song sounds like something else it usually is the case. So what did I do?? I went to Google for the answer!! LOL

Did Google provide me with an answer?? Well of course it did!! That is why Google is so loved!! Cause its AWESOME!! ^____^

To be honest I’m gutted I didn’t figure it out myself first…. because the original artist of the song is an artist that I like very very much!! As you have guessed its Kim Ji Eun (well it is stated in the title).

A little background information for you first. Kim Ji Eun is a member of Korean group Lady Collection, she was also a soloist under the stage name Ji Eun when she was under management/record lable YG Entertainment (yes she was part of the YG family). What is even more surprising was the fact that she was not part of YG as a artist but as a vocal trainer to several YG big names! Its a shame YG didn’t promote her well and she eventually left YG to join Lion Entertainment (home of artists such as IU) and forming female group Lady Collection.

Back to the topic of the post! So the original version of 今晚你想念的人是不是我 is Kim Ji Eun’s

Below are MV’s for both:

Kim Ji Eun’s 어제와 다른 오늘 Yesterday is Different from Today

A-Lin 黃麗玲’s 今晚你想念的人是不是我

So what do you think after listening to both? This is the few times where I actually like both the original and cover version!! Usually for me its that I like the original version a lot more!! I love Ji Eun’s version but I love the fact that I can understand A-lin’s!! The lyrics make sense as well and A-lin’s voice is just amazing! I would say Ji Eun’s has more emotion and feel to it, and that A-lin’s is more about vocal ability, not that Ji Eun hasn’t got good vocals, she has amazing vocals!!


Gummy – Loveless

One of my favourite Korean Artists, Gummy. She is AWESOME!!!! I like her because of her talent, she has an awesome voice (well she did start out as a vocal coach for some of the YG artists) and her songs (well most) are GREAT!!! As much as I like my korean pop/idols I do prefer ballads over it, such as Gummy, SG wannabe, Tei, Ha Dong Kyun, K.Will and etc. I just love the emotion these artists put into the songs!!

So she is back with a new mini album [her last album was in 2008 and it was Volume 4 entitled Comfort], entitled ‘Loveless’ and the title track is ‘As A Man’.  If I’m honest I would have loved a full length album, and I would have prefered ‘There Is No Love’ to be the title track (I actually like all tracks but that is my favourite).

‘As A Man’ is a more up beat track, remember her I’m Sorry track? Well it’s not quite the same I just used that as an example as the melody was quite upbeat but Gummy’s singing style was still very ‘ballad’. This track was produced and composed by YG’s very own Teddy Park, he is the resident producer/composer (though in recent years, his recent works for members of the YG Family have been plagued with plagiarism, he is still awesome). The music video also stars Kim Hyun Joong (of SS501) and actress Jung Ryeo Won (My Lovely Sam Soon, Which Star Are You From), I was quite surprised that there wasn’t a single YG artist in the video but then again YG are not really known to use their own people in the videos…. but to have an Idol from and another entertainment company (DPS Ent) was very surprising!!

Well below is a clip of Gummy singing There Is No Love LIVE!!!! Now this is what you call live, its just like the CD!!! Too awesome! After that is the music for title track As A Man.

Enjoy~

Moo Ga Dang 무가당 舞歌黨

Was sorting through my music folder and I was Moo Ga Dang and thought hey haven’t listened to this in a while!

Turned it on and thought auhhhh I did like these guys!!

Song Baek Kyoung (of 1TYM)’s sub group, was like a project group he was apart of during 2006 and 2007. They only released a mini album in 2006 and then a two track single in 2007. It was pretty cool seeing these guys as it got Baek Kyoung in the lime light again (oh how I’ve missed 1TYM), it was also nice seeing Lee Eun Joo (of former Swi.T and now aka soon-to-be Mrs.YG). Other members included Prhyme (of former Soul Food), and Kim Woo Geun (of former Bounce).

Just Sexy by Moo Ga Dang

Click the above to hear Moo Ga Dang’s Just Sexy from their 1st mini album, I quite like this song! Maybe thats because Lee Eun Joo sing quite a bit in it!

TaeYang – Wedding Dress

TaeYang’s Wedding Dress music video came out today and do I love it? Well of course I do!!! How can you not!! [Yes I am in fan girl mode so whatever you say won’t matter to me].

Ok ok lets be fair now, Wedding Dress is a really nice easy to listen song. I really like the melody, the piano part and then the beat in the background does goes well.

Do I prefer it to Where U At? Well yes I do, Where you at was too, how should I say it ‘common’? No that doesn’t sound right, more like songs in that type of field sound similar. Not saying Wedding Dress sounds one of a kind, but it s more of its own song. I really do like the piano part, its not just in the background supporting the other sounds, its the other sounds supporting the piano part. Its just a really nice song, TaeYang has a great voice, not that the song particular shows off his vocal as I think he so much more to give, vocal wise.

Lets talk about the music video, it actually has a proper story to it. What I mean by that is that not many YG videos habe a clear cut story, this one does and its a good one too. You’re typical 3friends [two guys and a girl], of course both guys like the girl but only one gets the girl.

In the first half of the video you see scenes of TaeYang and the girl, thinking it is past memories of their good times, but as the music video progresses you realise it was never their past memories of the good times, of the times when the were together/as a couple. As the other male friend is actually there too, so it ended up being of times of them hanging out as friends [though the other guy and girl were probably together]. So its pretty much a one sided love from TaeYang, though through the scenes you could feel he always wanted to take their friendship a step further but the other guy always came into the scene, stealing this thunder.

How well will the song do? I’m hoping it will do as good as ‘Only Look at Me’ but the competitiveness of the market is ridiculous at the moment and with 2PM making a comeback during the same time maybe TaeYang will forever get number2. Though if I am honest, even though I like 2PM  alot ‘Heartbeat’ isn’t really that good, even 10 out of 10 was better. Seriously it really isn’t, I didn’t like the rap at the start, the melody wasn’t strong enough, the song didn’t allow the members to sing, and we know 2PM has singers who CAN sing.

credit: BabyB0ngaholic

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Let Me Clear This Up

Following my earlier blog entitled “The One Where….Dara Fans Are A Disgrace to 2NE1“, I just felt I should clear some things up. Maybe it’s because some people were starting to get the wrong idea of the blog.

It was more of a rant, I know there are a lot of people who actually dislike Dara but at the time of the rant [blog] it was solely my opinion on defensive Dara fans. Not about antis or critics. I wanted to somewhat open peoples minds and ears that as much as you may like Dara there is no need to be rude to those who do not like her. Whatever the reason maybe there should be no need to be rude. I am not saying I support those who speaking negatively about Dara but I don’t have to always agree with those who defend her. As long as I know I support her I don’t care what anyone else thinks.

Yes its  not nice reading something negative about an artist you like but attacking with comments that are personal is just not nice.

I see the ‘you’re jealous because Dara is talented and you’re not’ or the ‘just because Dara is famous and you’re not’.

Tell me what is the definition of Talent? The person who can:

  1. Sing and dance
  2. Play 5 different instruments
  3. A successful accountant
  4. A mathematical Genius

So tell me? I would say all are talented, talented in their own way. Because one person cannon sing and dance does not make them talentless.

In regards to the ‘Dara is famous and your not’. I actually think that I am a better singer that quite a few artists in this world, such as Dara [yes I do think I am LOL], HyunAh, Sohee, Twins, Hotcha [and pretty much most HK singers], but I’m not famous…. why? because I do not strive to be famous, becoming famous or a celebrity is not what I want to do.

I’m just using myself and an example. There are people in the world who do NOT STRIVE TO BE FAMOUS.

Ok so another negative post about things relating to Dara you may really start to think I don’t like her LOL. No she is not my fav in 2NE1 [Park Bom and CL are] but I do like her and I do see the purpose of her being in the group.

I do agree, if she wasn’t in the group, 2NE1 might be a little dull, yes Park Bom is funny but she isn’t openly funny [I didn’t know how funny she could be until I watched her on 2NE1 TV]. Dara likes to be funny [somewhat like the class clown], she likes to do gags which of course would be a hit on korean TV. It’s a shame 2NE1 doesn’t go on variety shows because sending out Dara to the shows would gain them some good exposure.

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The One Where….Dara Fans Are A Disgrace to 2NE1

Yes you read right, I think [I’m not saying all of you Dara fans] but a number of Sandara Park’s fans are a disgrace to 2NE1 and even Dara herself.

I’m a lurker on youtube and I find it fascinating  when I see how users on youtube get very defensive when there are other users who post negative comments about Dara. I’ve noticed there are always 2 or 3 users that is constantly posting comments which contain how weak of a member Dara is in 2NE1.

I agree, I think Dara is the weakest member of the group and that she is only really there because she is pretty and she has a variety show personality. She is the member that can talk and answer questions. I agree when I see comments such as: ‘she is not very good at singing live, her range isn’t good’ and etc.

The majority of Dara’s fans will probably read a negative comment and think ‘oh well this person disagrees so what’, but there are a number of fans who will respond to another user’s negative opinion with some personal comments. It’s like they cannot take criticism, but it’s not even aimed at them.

These Dara fan users start calling those negative commenter names and what not. It really gives those negative commenter the upper hand as they always reply in a civil manner, if anything with politeness. Then these Dara fans will always come back with a rather unintelligent and un-thought through comment or argument [whichever you prefer].

I read them and as much as I would like to disagree with the negative commenter, I can’t help but want to defend them as these Dara fans are really digging themselves a grave and only givning themselves [as Dara fans and even 2NE1 fans] a bad name.

To point out, I often notice a certain user on youtube who has negative comments of Dara but is actually a huge 2NE1 fan, being called a anti or a basher just because of the Dara negative comments. I like to ask the question: What makes you think that user is a anti? Is it because of a little negative comment? I would say its constructive criticism because that user has high expectations of 2NE1 and maybe feels that Dara somewhat lets them down.

Well this is my point of view but I do have one thing to say:

DARA FANS PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THE REST OF 2NE1 or DARA FANS A BAD NAME BECAUSE OF YOUR NARROW MINDSET!!!

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2NE1 2nd Performance

Above is a clip of 2NE1’s second performance on SBS’s Inkigayo.

As usual I have posted a comment on it and as usual I’m expecting some thumbs down and some users trying to retaliate my opinion, they always do. What don’t people understand? An opinion is an opinion. You can say all that you want to me but I will hit back with a good response [if I was easily swayed then my original opinion wasn’t very defined].

Ok back to what I actually think:

This was a much better performance than their debut as there were no mic problems and members at least sung ALL their parts. The debut performance a member or two [sanadara mainly] sung bits and pieces and it sounded really patchy [horrible infact].

Sandara Park for this performance at least sung the whole of her part and they tuned down the backing [so it meant she had to sing or you could really tell if she didn’t]. The question is Was she any good? My answer….. No she wasn’t good, it was like she was talking… but badly.

CL GREAT as usual, very good choice as the leader. Minji I like too, shes got this vibe to her that I like. Park Bom shes actually so much more better than what shes singing her… the parts shes given in the song doesn’t do her justice.

Stalker Mode Pt.2!!

I’d give almost anything to be in Paris RIGHT NOW! [Ok not right now but a few days ago]. Why you might ask, well remember my previous ‘Stalker Mode’ blog? Well that member from a popular idol group in South Korea [its Kwon Ji-Yong aka G-Dragon from Big Bang if you didn’t get the hints from my previous blog] and his friend [Yang Seung Ho] were in Paris visiting Seung Ho’s friend, and that happened to be South Korean born Model DAUL KIM or Kim Daul [as it is in S.Korea].

I suppose you can say my stalking methods are now all cyber >.<