Wait, what month is it? Oh yeah, April. Honestly, January and February were filled with some really… mentionable releases. Whether they were really good or really bad, almost every song on this list had to be mentioned for one reason or another. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and let 2014’s start K-pop music fly by! Enjoy the joint January and February edition of The K-pop Round Up!
What could possibly be another explanation for Berryz Koubou’s choreography for the past, like, year?
To commemorate(or, possibly, shame…) today’s release(in Japan) of Berryz Koubou’s latest double A-side, Otona na no yo! / 1-oku 3-senman Sou Diet Oukoku, let’s take a moment to dissect this interesting single.
…who is not impressed by Morning Musume’s upcoming single? To celebrate the upcoming release date, I’m going to spend my entire Saturday afternoon explaining my deep-rooted, disappointed frustration with this single. I’m even going to do something I’ve never done: use a boatload of screenshots and gifs! It’s only courteous to show exactly what I’m disappointed of. If you think this single is possibly the greatest thing that Morning Musume has ever released, or like it in even the slightest, I suggest you turn away from this post now. I’m literally going to be ripping this single apart. Or, if you have a shitty Internet connection, I’d say you might not want to click “continue.” I also apologize for the rather crappy gif quality. I use the pathetic Photoshop equivalent, GIMP, and creating gifs on that shit will probably take me decades; so a silly online creator was used. Now that I’ve warned you…
I know it’s horribly late into January, but who cares! You’re never to late to enjoy some delectable K-pop goodness! November was quite a packed month for comebacks, even some more that I didn’t include in here for different reasons. I was able to squeeze December into the post since not much happened. Well, enjoy the jointed November and December edition of The K-pop Round Up!
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.
I was going to review Aira Mitsuki’s I’LL BE BACK album next, but it left me with no taste in my mouth. Not a bad taste–no taste. I figured it’d be a waste of time to write a review on an album in which majority of the tracks will have the same comments. Let’s just move onto the next one: JASMINE. If you aren’t familiar with her, she’s a primarily J-R&B singer with quite eccentric style. She debuted over 4 years ago with sad to say, but hasn’t garnered much success since then–only small victories. Recently, her style has incorporated quite a bit of electro, most likely in order to appeal to a broader crowd. Her second full-length album, Complexxx, released on August 21st, 2013. My favorite songs are italicized.
Come all to the sometimes-merry-sometimes-not-so-merry-go-round called The K-pop Round Up! Unfortunately, I missed many months of wonderful K-pop due to my internet issues, but alas, I am back for more! For how could I ever let go? It’s time for the September edition of K-pop goodies!
I have to admit, I can be a bit safe when it comes to J-pop. For the most part, I stay within the confines of the groups that I’m familiar with: Hello! Project, AKB48, Perfume, oldie soloists like Hikaru Utada & Ai Otsuka. Every now and again, I feel adventurous and decide to download an album or single from an unknown artist or an artist I’ve only heard about. Miliyah Kato isn’t unknown to those who have broad Japanese music taste, but to anyone who only listens to idol music, they’re most likely scratching their head. Don’t worry, I was there once. For those who don’t know, Miliyah Kato debuted ten years ago in 2003 and has since made quite a name for herself despite her young age of 25(quite honestly, I was surprised to learn she was this young). Her style is a bit of a BoA and Namie Amuro mix, sticking to an R&B and Hip-Hop musical choice. I became a lot more interested in her after listening to m-flo’s February release of LOVER. I have to admit, she’s got quite the set of lungs.
Nothing like good ol’ Brown Eyed Girls to ease the pain of mainstream K-pop. You all should know that BEG is one of my all-time favorite girl groups. This group embodies everything great that K-pop has to offer. None of the hard dance tracks, flashy lights, or ridiculous get-ups can challenge the talent that oozes out of the pores of each member of this group. Guess what, guys!? K-pop songs can have meaning and they can feel like you’re listening to an actual song rather than a mish-mash of electro beats & beeps. Brown Eyed Girls prove that no matter the age, any hard-working, talented artist can make it for as long as they want in the Korean music business. Black Box is BEG’s 5th studio album and was released on July 29th, 2013. My favorite tracks are italicized.
As you probably could already tell, I had to take a bit of a break from writing during March & April. The months have brought about a hideous amount of work and little time for my online deals. But! This means a special edition of The K-pop Round Up! See that title? Nope, you’re not hallucinating. This is the first time I’ll be combining two months in one edition! That calls for quite a bit of writing. Can you handle all the K-pop!?