Be a Nice Guy, Got It?

I’ve been neglecting the Hello! Project universe lately, and I know it. They just haven’t been interesting me lately. Berryz is stale at the moment, Juice=Juice are confusing me with S/mileage, and C-ute… well, C-ute is C-ute, hit or miss majority of the time. Morning Musume have really been the only likable act lately, and I still can’t really devote myself to their music because of how cringe-worthy their vocals are. But hey, S/mileage are set to release something soon, so maybe they’ll help H!P’s stagnant state right now?

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Arashi Outsell AKB48

If you know anything about the idol pop industry in Japan, you’d know that boy band Arashi and monster girl group AKB48 have had it out for each other for ages. Whenever an AKB single releases, the webiverse is quick to scan for a nearby Arashi release, ready to compare the two groups’ sales. It’s hard to tell if the rivalry for Japan’s ultimate idol group was formed by the groups themselves or the fans…

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Kohaku and Morning Musume

A few days ago, the artist line-up for the 64th annual Kohaku Uta Gassen was announced. For those of you unfamiliar, Kohaku is a nationally televised New Years event featuring the most popular artists of the year performing their music into the new year. Kohaku is pretty hefty shit for an artist–it’s proof that you’re as awesome as you think you are. The deal with this year’s Kohaku is… Morning Musume isn’t in it.

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The K-pop Round Up: October 2013

September 2013 was the worst K-pop month in the world. There was literally nothing going on! But this month is filled with hearty comebacks and artists that make my mouth water. Welcome to the October 2013 edition of The K-pop Round Up!

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G-DRAGON – COUP D’ETAT Review

Big Bang and its components are an insanely talented bunch. The leader of ’em is rightfully titled; he is G-Dragon. G-Dragon has produced some serious masterpieces during his career. Whether it be with Big Bang or his solo work, he really doesn’t take a break from creativity. He’s not only a songwriter, producer, or a rapper, he’s an entertainer. G-Dragon is a jack-of-all-trades and I have absolutely no problem with saying he’s one of the best things to ever happen to K-pop. His second full length solo album comes over three years after his first, the recent releasing on September 13th, 2013. Entitled COUP D’ETAT–meaning “Revolution” in French–G-Dragon is ready to blow our minds yet again. My favorite songs are italicized.

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