Nation’s Sweetheart Kyuhyun Releases OST

My adoration of Kyuhyun knows no bounds. While I really want to do a review of Fiestar’s comeback, which I will do once I listen to their entire EP, everything takes a back seat to my number one bias Kyuhyun.

I still have At Gwanghwamun on repeat to this day, but there’s nothing better than a new song from your fave to play in addition to his flawless album and collection of previous OSTs.

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Gaon Releases Year End Chart, Does NOT Reflect Kyuhyun’s Impact

So it’s been over a week now in the new year without any posts from me. Obviously that’s mostly due to the fact that nothing very interesting has happened yet in the world of K-Pop.

One slightly notable thing is that SM Entertainment is trying to shove Jonghyun down our throats, and are using questionable tactics such as sticking Certified Digital Monsters on almost all of his album tracks and releasing at a time almost as dead as APink’s latest comeback in order to attempt to re-create Kyuhyun’s digital success.

I’m having Deja-Boo

All things considered the album is full of falsetto vocals, and thus not worth my time. The pre-release’s title sounds like a bad Tom Haverford pick-up line. Plus he couldn’t maintain an All Kill for even half the time Kyuhyun did, so obviously it’s a certified flop.

There’s not much to say about HelloVenus’ new single. It may actually be an improvement on “Sticky Sticky” but I have no desire to rant about that.

So, I’m going to talk about the yearly charts Gaon releases and why they’re actually flawed and not a proper way of gauging what songs are actually the biggest hits.

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Top 45 K-Pop Songs of 2014 (Part 2)

After a week, here we are with the remainder of the Top 45 K-Pop Songs of 2014 countdown! In case you missed it, here’s Part 1.

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.

Songs 25-1 will be revealed here. Have you figured out what Number 1 is yet?

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Super Junior Officially Released Best Album of 2014

So Billboard released their Messy List of the Top K-Pop Albums of the Year. I call it a mess because the actual best album of the year wasn’t included, so I can’t even validate the list for being slightly accurate for at least having the decency to include IU.

10 Songs of C-Yell screaming on top of electronic beats while Plastic Bom pretends to sing occasionally is not worthy of the album of the year title. That rightfully belongs to the Kings of Hallyu, Super Junior, and their masterpiece, Mamacita AKA 7Jibsus.

When Super Junior’s first teasers came out for “Mamacita“, of course I gave them flack for ripping off B1A4’s iconic “Baby Goodnight” concept. The cowboy garb was ridiculous to begin with, and after watching the video, I really wanted nothing else to do with the song, ever again. It’s easily Super Junior’s worst title song since…ever. If it weren’t for Kyuhyun’s glorious adlibs, I don’t know if it would even be listenable.

7Jibsus Repackage

Then I listened to the album teaser SM put up on YouTube. I had a feeling that 7jib would be as good as Super Junior’s best album, 2009’s Sorry SorryEven though I had a good feeling about the album, I still hadn’t listened to the full album until October – because I’m a trashy Super Junior fan, I bought it on iTunes despite wanting a copy with the “yayaya” typo. And then the repackage came out in October, and saved us all from mediocre releases. I finally got my Kyuhyun Version (V…for ‘Virgin’ obviously) along with my At Gwanghwamun CD.

Even though I generally only listen to full releases from my primary bias groups (B1A4, Super Junior, T-Ara) based on everything I heard this year, Super Junior managed to put out the best album of the year and I’m glad I waited until now to review it, because Billboard did them a disservice, as did the GDA by ‘forgetting’ to nominate this gem of an album despite having the highest album sales of all Korean music releases this year.

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Kyuhyun Establishes Himself as Korea’s Newest Sweetheart

As you all know, Kyuhyun has released his solo smash 광화문에서 last week. “광화문에서” is a perfect ballad for the autumn, and received an All Kill on Insitiz (more than once, but here’s the, I believe, last one).

Proving what I already knew: that Kyuhyun’s debut was the best thing to come from SM Entertainment this year.


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