What’s With Sonamoo?

As I said in my last post about Gaon’s flawed Yearly Charts, I decided to review Sonamoo’s new album because it debuted at #1 on Gaon’s album chart last week, and I figured I should hop on it while it’s hot.

After all the drama happening with BAP, TS essentially pulled an SM Ent, and debuted their new girl group to try to distract fans from the rumors and the impending lawsuit. Sadly, this has been met with worse reactions than when SM pulled the same thing (debuting Red Velvet as soon as Sulli’s ‘hiatus’ was announced, and then giving them a rushed comeback when it was announced Jessica and Luhan were leaving their respective groups). BAP fans, AKA Babyz, truly live up to their name and have been acting like babies about the situation, since most fans truly don’t understand the concept of business and that their main goal is to make money.

Sonamoo, which means ‘pine tree’ in Korean, was introduced with a soft, doll-like teaser image. I dubbed this concept to be ‘granny hipster’ and I was definitely here for it. However, you can only imagine my surprise when their MV was released. But more on that in the review.

Sadly, the group has also met other controversy by using a similar color to SHINee as their ‘official color’ – because obviously colors are now copyrighted. Jonghyun then proceeded to copy their song title, so I’ll call that one even. And there have also been some criticisms over their logo. But it wouldn’t be the first time a rookie girl group has borrowed from another entity, eh Red Velvet?

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Top 45 K-Pop Songs of 2014 (Part 1)

Hi all, so this is obviously the moment you’ve been waiting for. After a long year, it’s time to count down the best songs of the year. While Billboard’s list wasn’t complete crap, I’ve made a much better, cohesive list that doesn’t name trash like GDYB “Good Boy” as one of the best songs of the year. Obviously I’m not getting paid off to write this, so the list will be entirely objective.

Why 45? Because I feel like it. Because 50 is overdone. Because there were more than 20 good songs this year. Because I’m including non-titles unlike a certain music chart.

So here you have, the Top 45 K-Pop Songs of 2014, numbers 45-26!

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November’s Girl Group Takeover: Successful

So after an overall subpar fall so far, save for Kyuhyun’s continuous slayage, November has seen the return of multiple prominent girl groups, as well as some newer faces making their way into relevance. It’s quite welcome, since September and October were both very mediocre in terms of releases. Now that SNSD is on the verge of destruction and floppage due to Queen Jessica being ousted, and 2ne1 is on the backburner for CL trying to happen in America – the rest of the Korean Girl Groups are trying to battle it out for the title of the Nation’s Girl Group.

And, as expected, there have been amazing releases to try to obtain that position.

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Apparently I Can’t Go Away, Or I Miss Everything

Basically every time I need or have to take a break from the Internet, everything important happens. Let’s be real, Greece was miserable for me. I got hurt all the time (scrapes, bug bites, twisted ankle, etc), and came back with a sunburn. I barely could sleep. There was little wi-fi, but with what I could manage to do, I noticed I’ve been missing super important K-Pop news. I’m gonna recap here, just because I have a lot of thoughts. Continue reading