Love Advice No. 119

From Papa Jack Advice Facebook page:

Good eve po, Papa Jack. Gusto ko lang po sanang humingi ng advice.

May live-in partner ako for four years now. May 2 kids kami. Maraming beses na kaming nagkaroon ng problema. Buong buhay ko, ginawa ko ang lahat. Pinagsilbihan ko siya. May time po nung mga baguhan kaming nagsasama, sinasakal niya ako. Pero wala lang sa akin. Lalayas ako, tapos babalik din.

Hanggang sa mabuntis po ako sa panganay ko. Four months po yung baby ko sa loob ng tiyan ko. Nilalaglag ko, dahil gusto ko nang hiwalayan siya at sustento na lang sa bata. Pero wala rin po akong nagawa dahil kawawa naman ang bata. Lalaking walang tatay. At ayaw ko pong mangyari iyon. Hanggang sa nagsama kami ulit. Sa biyenan ko po doon kami nakatira. Always mag-away kami, nakapagitna sila. Iyon din po ang hindi ko matagalan. Hanggang sa inalok ko siyang bumukod pero di niya nagawa.

…Nabuntis na naman po ako sa sumunod. Ang aking bunso. Problema na naman dahil sa barkada. Puro siya barkada. Umiinom, umuuwi umaga na. Okay lang sa mga magulang niya. Mama’s boy po kasi siya. Sa tuwing uutusan ko siya, kailangan pang pukpukin para sundin ka. Utos ng nanay niya, sobrang bilis niya, nanginginig pa! At iyon nga po, puro barkada.

Nag-decide ako na umuwi sa amin… at hindi ako umuwi sa partner ko. Kinabukasan, kukunin ko yung panganay ko sa bahay nila. Pagdating ko, ayaw na ibigay yung bata. Dumating sa point na inapi na ako ng lola niya. Sinabunutan ako at pinagsisipa ako. Pinagtulungan ako ng tatay niya, lola, at kapatid niya. Nanonood lang siya! Wala siyang ginawa. Siyempre po, nanay ako. Masakit sa akin na ganoon.

Kaya nagpa-DSWD po ako dahil gusto kong mabawi ang anak ko. Kinausap ko sila nang matino, pero tinago pa rin nila ang bata. Hanggang sa nagkita na nga po kami sa DSWD office. Hindi nila dala ang bata. Pinaninindigan na ayaw ibigay sa akin. Subalit ako pa rin po ang nanalo sa labas na iyon. Hanggang sa nagsama po ulit kami. Binigyan ko ng maraming chance si guy kasi mahal ko naman po at siya ang ama ng mga anak ko. Hanggang ngayon, ganoon pa rin po siya. Isip-bata siya.

Hanggang ngayon po, sa tuwing mag-aaway kami, parang wala lang sa kanya. Hindi ko siya makausap nang matino. Gusto ko nang makipaghiwalay, pero hindi ko magawa dahil kawawa ang mga anak ko. ayaw kong hindi buo ang pamilya nila. Ano po ang dapat kong gawin: Makipaghiwalay na ba o mag-stay at magsakripisyo para sa mga anak ko? Itago niyo na lang po ako sa pangalang Kim. Salamat po.

My Advice:

Makipaghiwalay ka na.

Bakit? Hindi niya kayang gampanan nang lubos ang pagiging padre de pamilya.

Hindi siya humingi ng tawad sa lahat ng nangyari sa iyo. At kung hindi pa rin siya magbabago, mag-isip ka na. Mas lalong kawawa ang mga anak mo kung hindi pa rin niya kayang panindigan ang pagiging ama.

Prepare mentally

Sa puntong ito, tapos na ang mga araw ng pagiging binata. Wala sanang problema kung wala pa kayong anak. Bahala na siyang magwalwal kasama ang barkada. Pero ibang usapan na dahil iba na ang sitwasyon.

Sa umpisa pa lang ng pagsasama ninyo, hindi na siya dapat nakaasa sa kanyang ina. Kailangan na niyang magpaka-magulang. Kung tutuusin, kahiya-hiya rin ang lagay ng pamilya mo kung laging alak at barkada ang inaatupag niya.

Sa ugali pa lang kitang-kita na hindi siya deserving na balikan. Malaking pagkakamali na kung ganoon pa ang gagawin mo. Uulitin lang ng biyenan mo ang ginawa sa iyo.

Break-up

Pero kung pinproblema mo ang pagkakaroon ng isang “buong” pamilya, at kung lalaki silang walang tatay, mas mabuting maghanap na ng lalaki na mas responsable.

Mas pabor ito sa iyo kaysa balikan siya. Kung titingnang maigi, nasa posisyon ka na para makipaghiwalay sa kanya. Madali na iyan.

Custody

Kung nag-decide ka na tuluyang hiwalayan siya, mauulit din ang nangyari sa iyo sa DSWD. At iyan ay hindi natin maiiwasan.

Sakaling magmatigas pa sila, pumunta ka na sa Public Attorney’s Office para sa mga legal na hakbang. Bakit? Korte na ang pupuwersa sa kanila na ibigay ang kustodiya sa iyo.

Ito na ang pinakahuling hakbang na puwede mong gawin. Iyan ay para sa ikabubuti mo at ng mga anak mo.

K-Pop Write-ups: 1theK

As promised, we will discuss what’s in 1theK.

Positives

Some positive aspects are noted. The channel has become instrumental in streamlining content of various groups to a wider audience. In some instances, it helped few debut and underrated groups to obtain popularity (which might not be done if promoted individually).

Unfavorable changes

At any rate, they failed to sustain what they have attained for 2018. 1theK once reached the point where they promoted groups for every comeback uploaded. Last year, their considerable improvement was on providing descriptions of songs in their MVs. This helped viewers understand what’s inside it.

But with promotions of another channel called “1theK Originals,” these things were gradually stopped. It also changed the logo – for worse. Their previous logo was easily recognizable and is full of colors. Now it was less colorful. Plus, while the logo was prevalent in the past, it featured less and less later on.

Major changes

The author is sensing that its status as a leading K-Pop channel is shaking. It’s apparent that some agencies pulled out distribution rights to 1theK. This is the case with Pledis. In other cases, agencies made also their separate MVs, as is the case with Starship, Woolim, FNC, and Cube. This is not to mention fans’ suspicions over 1theK’s profit sharing (and deletion of MVs if the contract ends). How will 1theK respond?

In our previous reviews, we give incentives to every comeback that’s being uploaded to 1theK. These incentives are intended as reward for improvement, and to support the advocacy of being a “one-stop K-Pop channel”. But with unfavorable changes, and if GFRIEND decided not to upload it to 1theK in their next comeback, we have to remove these incentives. These will be reflected on our subsequent reviews.

Adobong Mani Recipe

Sa isa pang serye ng pagluluto kasama ang may-akda, ating lulutuin ang isa pang kakaibang dish: Adobong Mani.

Siguro ay nakakarinig kayo ng ganitong flavor sa mga kinakain nating mani. This time, atin itong lulutuin with a twist. Ihanda na ang mga sangkap!


Ingredients:

  1. Peanuts. Any kind of peanuts will do. At dahil sinasabi ng iba na ito ay mayaman din sa protina, puwede rin itong pang-halili sa karne.
  2. Toyo.
  3. Suka. Alam ko namang ito ay kapartner ng toyo.
  4. Mortar and pestle. Pandikdik kumbaga.
  5. Bawang, diced. Huwag lang gagamitin ang Boy Bawang.
  6. Sibuyas, diced also. Ito ang laging kapartner ng bawang.
  7. Water. Any kind of water will do. Wag gagamit ng galing sa poso negro.
  8. Asin at paminta.

Tara, simulan na natin!

  1. Magdikdik ng mani. Huwag lang itong dikdikin nang pinung-pino.
  2. Sa isang kawali, maggisa ng sibuyas at bawang. Haluin hanggang maging golden brown.
  3. Ilagay ang dinurog na mani. “Prituhin” hanggang sa maluto ang mani. Saka ilagay ang tubig, suka, toyo, asin, at paminta.
  4. Pakuluin sa loob ng limang minuto, at saka tikman ayon sa panlasa. The Adobong Mani Recipe is now ready to be served.

So, maraming salamat din sa pagsubaybay sa recipes ng may-akda. Sana may natutunan tayong bago at kakaibang putahe dito. Paano ba iyan? Enjoy your meal, and happy cooking! 🙂

(Note: For those who only understand English, we will provide a full translation of this recipe. Stay tuned.)

Love Advice No. 118 (EXO’s Chen)

We have been bombarded now with celebrities engaging on dates. First instance is on Momo and Heechul.

EXO’s Chen gained attention with his announcement of marriage. As this news startled the fandom, some Knetz are still not happy over it.

Sadly, some Korean fans demonstrated total disrespect towards him by holding hate parties and throwing hate remarks. And still, with this kind of incident becoming more intense, SM Entertainment is still silent towards it.

My Advice:

As fans, we have to prepare eventually for life-changing events. Time will come where one by one, they leave the group, and/or venture on other business, marry, and have a family. Even us fans have no choice over these things.

These celebrities are humans too. As what the author emphasized in previous review, they have the innate right to love and be loved. As they make us happy for various reasons, this time, we have to let them be happy on decisions like this. EXO-Ls, especially Korean fans, should accept this unmistakable fact.

Precedence

We wish to point out how ridiculous dating is being considered a scandal. This has been a major issue with HyunA and Dawn. While this might be quite correct, as this tests how he/she can be more committed in choosing a partner, this also prevents them from experiencing how to love and be loved, and be hurt also.

Fans’ jealousness on their celebrities reached to a point where the latter are “prohibited” to marry. Take the case of Super Junior’s Sungmin, where some fans demanded to be kicked for the same reason. SM Ent nevertheless provided engagements for him. In this precedent, some K-ELFs themselves are trying to destroy the group.

So it’s not surprising that BTS’ Jin and V (Taehyung) wanted to live normal lives.

With all the incidents happening in K-Pop, respect is the least we can do to prevent it from happening again.


Featured Image credit: AllKPop

K-Pop Write-Ups: Emphasis on Celebrities’ Attitudes

While the author may be enchanted by visuals and talents, it looks more on attitude. And you may have noticed that it is of prime importance, especially in rating groups and members. This is because attitudes from the stars can contribute to their success or failure. (Take note, even J.Y. Park himself recognizes this fact.)

We’ll repeat this again and again. This will be our guide as we discuss and review K-Pop this 2020.

Proper behavior

As K-Pop fans, we are used to them being prim and proper, avoid scandals, and so on to maintain it. However, this must be of less concern nowadays. At a minimum, (1) groups and members must correctly respond to issues, (2) be present on various engagements, especially overseas, (3) speak up immediately if untoward incidents happen; and (4) have regard for fellow members.

TWICE members complied with first point on Mina’s hiatus. Second point is being done by them also, plus BTS and BLACKPINK. CLC’s Sorn did this third point by apologizing on social media. On the last point, Red Velvet gave updates on Wendy’s condition.

Blast from the past

Let me give you an idea why I do have to reinforce this starting this year.

Thirteen years ago, K-Pop was not so popular. The author only followed an underrated non-Korean co-ed group, and picked a leader and lead vocalist as ultimate bias. Issues with a member surfaced, which the agency and the group haven’t resolved.

It led to that member being on hiatus. During her absence, fans engaged in wars, and more speculations emerged. It later came to a point where the group disbanded. Still, the agency and the group did not issue apologies or clarifications on this issue.

Apparently, incorrect responses over her attitude led to the group’s demise. And up to this writing, few people knew that this group existed.

Final Words

As this unfortunate incident is also happening on K-Pop, we have to be very strict on it.

Attitudes will be another important aspect we have to look upon, as we deal with the groups in reviews and year-end ratings. More changes are being implemented in this site to reflect it. Hope these things serve as strong reminder for K-Pop to take its issues very seriously.

Love Advice No. 117

Sa pagkakataong ito, ating bubuhaying muli ang Love Advice. Ang love problem ngayon ay base sa tunay na kuwento. Nag-react kasi ang isang netizen sa isang post:

May isang netizen na naglabas ng matinding sama ng loob sa kanyang mga kamag-anak. Dahil na rin sa kurso na gusto niya. Sayang nga lamang at hindi ko na-screenshot ang kanyang sinabi. Pero ito lang ang masasabi ko:

Mahirap talagang makipagtalo sa mga titos and titas, dahil kadalasan, sila ang laging tama. Given na iyan. Pero kung meron kang maeencounter na open-minded, iyon ang dapat nating ipagpasalamat.

Throwback

Share ko lang ang naging experience ko.

Ang pinakamatinding insulto para sa akin ay tungkol sa paghahanap ng trabaho. Hanggang ngayon, nakatatak pa rin sa isip (ang sabi ng lola ko) na: “Iba pa rin ang may diskarte.” While this is an advice, iba ang dating nito sa akin.

Masakit ito sa akin dahil wala akong nagawa noong time na iyon. Pero ngayon na inaalok na akong magtrabaho (kung kailan meron na), napapatawa na lang ako.

What to do

So, kung gusto mong itama ang maling assumptions sa iyo, better speak out to defend yourself. Never mind kung marinig ito ng iba. Mas mabuti na rin ito para hindi ka mapahiya. Lalo na’t kung ikaw ay nasa tama.

Madalas makakarinig tayo na iniinsulto ang kurso na gusto natin. Kung ganoon, maganda ring sabihin ito sa kanila:

“Kung lahat kami ay nag-nursing (dahil mataas ang suweldo), baka wala nang magpapakain sa atin. Baka wala nang mag-aartista.”

Even basic respect will do. Pero minsan, try mo ring mag-reflect kung bakit ganoon ang puna sa iyo.

Root cause

Merong tinatawag na generation gap. Kung ano ang natutunan ng ating mga tita noon, ibang-iba ito sa natutunan natin ngayon. Kung ngayon, flexible at open-minded pa tayo sa mga bagay-bagay, fixated naman sila sa kung anong meron sa kanila noon.

Kaya, mahirap baguhin ang kanilang mindset. Nakasanayan nila ito simula’t sapul pa lang. Di natin kontrolado ang bagay na iyan. Ang tanging magagawa natin ay patunayan sila na mali ang impression sa atin. Iyon ang pinakamabuting gawin.

Tiis muna

Sa ngayon, tayo na mismo ang mag-aadjust. Tiis-tiis lang muna. Balang araw, darating din tayo sa pagiging Titos and Titas, and that’s the time na hindi natin ito ipaparamdam sa ating magiging mga pamangkin.

Kung tutuusin, sila pa ang lesser version ng mga ninuno natin. Kung para sa atin ay judgmental na ang kanilang remarks, mas matindi pa sa mga Titos and Titas nila. At malamang, nag-adjust din sila sa sobrang tindi ng toxic remarks na binabato sa kanila noon.

Have a good time

Personally, tinatanong din ako kung kailan ako magkaka-girlfriend. I treat this lightly, at hindi ko itinuturing na insulto. Sinasabi ko na lang na “mahirap maghanap,” which is true. Sa totoo lang, lately nagiging sakit na ng ulo sa akin ang paghahanap ng girlfriend…

So, on your part, never take these things very seriously. Kung ginagawang biro iyon, better dismiss it. Have fun. Because life is too short to deal with serious matters.

Dear readers:

Due to danger posed by Taal Volcano eruptions and several earthquakes, blogsite operations will be suspended starting today. We will resume postings next week, till further notice.

At this point, Cherry Bullet and INFINITE‘s L (Kim Myungsoo) cancelled their trips back to Korea due to this event. Super Junior‘s Siwon also expressed concern over this. Meanwhile, President Duterte is now directing concerned agencies to assist in rescue operations.

Any kind of assistance to affected residents will do. Refer to PH TV networks or to Department of Social Welfare and Development on how to extend aid.

All persons living near the volcano and/or within Manila area are also advised to wear face masks, and limit activities outside if possible.

Please be guided.

ATEEZ (에이티즈) – Answer: MV Review

For our second review this year, it’s exciting to review another rising boy group ATEEZ, with their song Answer. This is the lead track in their ending album Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer.

(Side Note: As I’m starting this review, Answer is played twice: as an ad and MV at the same time. Very amusing indeed. See screenshot of it below the Scoreboard.)

The start and end of the MV was quite eerie. It may be suggested that the talks between the members in the banquet had been not good enough. And as implied by their abstractions, they felt lost and broken searching for answers in life.

The tunes employed were radically different from previous tracks the author heard, starting with Say My Name. It lacked the thumping beats from Wonderland, or the calm approaches with 2 lead summer tracks.

The music fully uses the climactic tunes throughout. Even if the same employs slower beats, nevertheless it was equally exciting. Meanwhile, Mingi’s raps, which was hidden in previous comeback, is now featured in the first verse and second verse.

Let’s talk a bit on dance and visuals. I find the featured dance steps a bit simpler, which I highly appreciate. ATEEZ may promote this as part of dance challenge like BTS’ Idol. Finally, the banquet hall shares concepts with ONEUS’ Twilight.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.58%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline 10 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 20 25
Other Factors

Here’s an amusing screenshot:

DreamNote (드림노트) – Wish (바라다): MV Review

Due to scarce time and few reads, we will limit reviews for this year.


For our first MV review for 2020, we will touch on DreamNote, with their song Wish. It has been at least ten months since we reviewed the group in their previous lead song Hakuna Matata. Being a new Page, how will the author review the group? Let’s see:

(Side Note: As of this point, I picked DreamNote to replace Momoland in My Bias List. Sumin is now my ultimate bias, and Miso and Youi as bias wreckers.)

Overview

The story tells of the girls describing their wish to grow, which they embody in planting, doing experiments, and collecting pearls. It ends with the girls opening the door, going through the brighter future.

From the symbolisms, they are pulling up this message:

We are aiming for excellence and growth in what we do (plants and feathers), individually and as a group (pearls). As we go on, we want to experiment more and express ourselves (painting and chemistry).

The music starts with sparkling xylophonic tunes, then proceeds to faster beats. It uses less synths in the choruses, and then precedes with bubbly tune at the end. While the opening music elicits attention, the rest of the music did not justify well the good intro.

The English title “Wish” has its Korean equivalent (바라다), which is termed as “hope.” Better yet, DreamNote should’ve chosen the word 소원, as it is more suitable (even if it refers to GFRIEND’s Sowon or Ailee’s Wish).

This is also viewed in context of Habin and Hanbyeol’s departures. In fact, their regard for Habin and Hanbyeol is also shown in this video, which I find it commendable. A user explained that:

The broken key is Hanbyeol. It is being planted and represents her growing and starting out new.

The horse is Habin. It is tied up and represents her injury. The ribbon being removed represents [wishing her the best of health].

Side notes

It seems that DreamNote is maturing at this point. The colors and themes recall that of Lovelyz’s Lost and Found, the music arrangement with WJSN’s Stay, and the suits with IZ*ONE’s Violeta. Or it may be deemed as their mature version of Hakuna Matata.

However, as compared to their previous work, I find it a bit lacking on several aspects. First is on music itself, which was slower, though a bit exciting. Second is on its performance-focused MV, which is not the usual case with other groups. Finally, their storyline is not cohesive enough, which would’ve tell a definite story from start to finish.

Further readings: TheBiasList

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.29%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline   10 10
Appearance   30 30
Music   8 10
Dance   10 10
Lessons   9 10
Entertainment   17 25
Other Factors Uploads vids to 1theK 10 10
  Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus) 5  

The Best of BTS (Boy With Luv) Misheard Lyrics for 2019

This time, we are now picking BTS’ Boy With Luv for our choice of misheard lyrics for 2019!

After several months of pondering over this project, the author decided to give it a go. It was due to the fact that the author heard and comprehended most of misheard lyrics in the song.

You may play this video with less stress. Enjoy the best of misheard lyrics of BTS from TweetNewscaster!

K-Pop Resolutions: What Do I Want For K-Pop In 2020?

Even if a little bit late, hope K-Pop considers these points for improvement.

We all know that 2019 has been full of scandals and incidents, which the author also mentioned several times in this site. And as the year closed, netizens are expecting better things for this year. But these will be worthless if we don’t remind K-Pop to improve further. Hence, this article.

TheBiasList provided some resolutions agencies should follow for this year. We will rewrite it, but we will add some points that should not be neglected. These will help a lot for K-Pop to be on the right track. It will be our guide as we journey to K-Pop in 2020 and in the coming years:

  1. Stronger focus on mental health.

To some extent, agencies are responding now to this lingering issue. While the blogger focused on renewal of mental health, we need to emphasize this strongly. With Sulli and Goo Hara’s deaths, much improvement needs to be done.

Improvements include giving talents breaks, turning down malicious comments, personality development sessions, provision of psychological help, and having leeway over talents’ engagements outside like normal citizens. For benchmarking, K-Pop has to learn more on how BigHit Entertainment is managing this issue.

  1. Safety and health of talents

Wendy’s bad fall in Gayo Daejeon and Minari’s hiatus clearly stressed how important they are. Even if you ask international companies, they’ll tell you that safety and health is their utmost priority. Hopefully, we see more and more agencies responding to it for this year.

  1. Responsive agencies

Agencies being unresponsive contribute to list of sad events in K-Pop for 2019.

At a minimum, agencies need to provide immediate updates or clarifications everytime an issue pops out (dating, health, hiatus, or departure). Plus, correct responses need to be done on these incidents. RBW and BigHit are best examples.

K-Pop needs to seriously take lessons from utter mistakes made by MLD and FNC. It can be remembered that the two haven’t issued statements on Momoland and Cherry Bullet’s status for several months. This is despite their fandoms’ pleadings to do so.

And even if some of members departed, the two agencies still did not clarify what happened or issue apologies for delays they made. This costs less, but would’ve been a big help to maintain goodwill to customers.

As these incidents amount to unprofessional attitude, Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach will be used on this aspect. Even a slightest ignorance of this simple task will cast a permanent effect in dealings with most agencies*. This will be reflected as we rate groups’ performance in MV Reviews.

  1. Experiment on new concepts

This aspect is explained in detail by the blogger, but to cut it short, K-Pop should experiment further, or look back on tunes used ten years ago. Take the cases of tunes like Sorry Sorry, Fire, and I Got A Boy. Otherwise, they can borrow tunes from the 80s or 90s. 

To put it bluntly, international audiences like K-Pop due to its different take on music, and it being dynamic. But now that the genre is slowly succumbing to usual mainstream trends, K-Pop has to catch up.

  1. Bit leeway on dating scandals

As a love adviser for five years, the author recommends that no-dating policy be retained, but for a definite time (say, 3 – 5 years). The rationale is that no sensible guy will take risks during that time, if he is not serious in a relationship.

But if we see a repeat of Hyuna and Dawn, the agencies have to provide leeway. Sanctions may be enforced, but not too harsh. Cube made a terrible mistake on it, and MLD Ent did the same to Daisy. K-Pop should learn from the Big 3 + YG how they handle issues like this.

  1. No more Produce series

While Produce series helped some struggling groups like NU’EST and VICTON, the vote-rigging scandals substantially erased the trust over the series. We explained these in our previous article, and hope this continues till 2020 and beyond.

The scandals somehow stopped more heartbreaks for prospective fans, unlike that of I.O.I and Wanna One. And as of this writing, X1 disbanded. Again, creating temporary groups must be done by other shows, not by Produce.

  1. Another Queendom-style show

News circulated that another Queendom-style show for boy groups will be laid out. As Queendom helped underrated groups like Oh My Girl, AOA, and Lovelyz, it must be carried out on a continuous basis.

The show helped the groups to experiment on new concepts, shine further, develop potentials, and make new collaborations with other groups.

If you think additional resolutions need to be done, you may comment here below. We’ll consider including it next time.


* Due to outstanding attitude and/or attendance, some groups are exempt from this approach, namely BTS, BLACKPINK, TWICE, GFRIEND, and AOA.


Featured Image Credit: BTS concert in Seoul.

Mango Flute Recipe (Full English)

Good day, dear readers! Here we are for another series of cooking with the author. This time, we will cook another special dish for this day. This is none other than “Mango Flute.”

This post is just right, as we are now craving with sweets all over. But before we cook the recipe, here’s another interesting story behind this.

You might ask, “Why Mango Flute? Why not call it mango float?” An actual post of mango flute being prepared was documented. Here’s his post:

Senyora Santibanez: Does it make sounds?

A female netizen also posted her mango flute dish, but upon corrected, reacted with another tweet:

Translation:

[1st post: Just got home from travelling. Mango flute is so tasty.]
[2nd post: Someone corrected me… MANGO FLOAT? Huh? Magic? Floating mango? Study first, please.]
[Facebook post: Woman renowned for MANGO FLUTE appeals for correction!]

It’s funny that she did not reviewed properly the spelling of the recipe. And yet, she herself replied in a wrong way.

For now, we will not attach any emotions, since I haven’t come up with emotional statements for this recipe. Well, anyway, we’ll try preparing mango flute recipe based on their posts and tweets.

Let’s prepare the ingredients:

  1. Mango. Any kind of mango will do. Preferred varieties are those from Southeast Asia. Otherwise, find one from your supermarkets. If you want something that’s raw or ripe, go ahead. 😀 These should be sliced.
  2. Grahams biscuits. Just make sure that we will prepare brown crackers. If not, and you used these, then you’re lost. 😡
  3. Condensed milk. We will use it too to make our dish more flavorful. Just asking: If there’s evaporated and condensed milk, would there be precipitated milk?
  4. All-purpose cream.
  5. Honey. Not your kind of sweetie. That actually comes from bees. Any kind of honey will do.
  6. Stick-o wafers. These are long, cylindrical wafers flavored usually with vanilla or chocolate. If you don’t see this in supermarkets, just use flute-like bamboos. Or just a literal flute. That will serve as decoration for our Mango Flute Recipe.
  7. Plastic ware. We will put all of our contents in the recipe. Why, do you want your mixture be put in a bowl?

Let’s start cooking!

  1. Put whole Grahams, All-Purpose cream, and honey in plastic ware. Grahams biscuits and all-purpose cream shall be placed alternately, layer by layer.
  2. If done, sprinkle honey and crushed Grahams.
  3. Put sliced mangoes on top of the recipe. That will add color to our Mango Flute.
  4. Place Stick-o wafers or bamboo as toppings. Otherwise, we could not justify the term “Mango Flute” on our dish.
  5. Put freezer for five hours or overnight for 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower. That’s enough time to bind the flavors of our dish. The Mango Flute Recipe is now ready to be served.

For those who ask why we called this as “Mango Flute,” the answer’s simple. It has mangoes and flute. Both are “floated”, so it’s right to call this as “Mango Flute.”

Hope this helps in giving you dish to be shared this start of the year. Hope our year would be sweeter and tastier. Enjoy your meal, and happy cooking! 🙂

The Best of K-Pop Misheard Lyrics for 2019 (Year-end Edition)

This time, we are now rolling out our Year-End misheard lyrics for 2019!

In this regard, the author decided to trim a bit of seconds to save time producing it. Well, we still have the fun like that of our previous releases.

Just in case you’re curious why other tracks are not included, look at our channel for more misheard lyrics this year. In the next periods we will focus more on group-specific releases like that of GFRIEND and BLACKPINK.

You may play this video with less stress. Enjoy the best of misheard lyrics for Year-End 2019 from TweetNewscaster!

Momoland (모모랜드) – Thumbs Up: MV Review

With various unfortunate incidents in K-Pop, we will be strict in MV reviews and dealings in this site.

In cases like this, the Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach will be implemented to our K-Pop activities starting this year.


For our select reviews of December releases, we will review Momoland in their song Thumbs Up.

Still, wrong decisions are being pursued. It only provided comeback after all the issues, hiatus, and lost opportunities. And after making a comeback like nothing’s happened, what’s next? Let’s start!

(Side Note: The author removed Momoland in its bias list, and replaces it with DreamNote. Not a Merry anymore, but a new Page.)

Overview

Thumbs Up tells a story of girls having a delivery, consistently excelling themselves to meet the demands of their customers. For every parcel delivered, they do thumbs up. Since demands are incessant, they use various vehicles (like rocket ship) and strategies (like breaking a wall) to accomplish deliveries.

The music uses melody different from its previous tracks, even with same basic structure. As is with I’m So Hot, they still utilize the Thumbs Up hook at the chorus. While the hook reminds us of T-ara’s music, it basically ruined what’s memorable in this song. This therefore puts Bboom Bboom’s success in vain.

Some featured bits need to be considered. 1theK logo is still seen, though it has a new look. Furthermore, the music video looks back to Pororo, which somehow reminds us of their soft comeback Banana Chacha. Funny scene points out to 0:56 where co-workers get surprised by a hard stamp.

Complaints list

With Daisy still not included, we can surmise that she is deemed out of the group.

Felt absolutely disgusted on the group and agency not taking appropriate responses. These involve lack of transparency on agency’s part for several months, Dabin’s priorities, response to dating issues (like JooE not being careful which made her entangled in “dating scandal”), incomplete attendance overseas, and giving headaches to Merries. That’s gross negligence on their part.

Permanent change

While I do forgive the group and agency, we have to do something to prevent a repeat of these incidents. Hence, the pull-down factors on our year-end ratings and MV Reviews. (This will amount to 20 points.)

Plus, we will not give any considerations to the group if they be absent overseas, regardless of reasons.

Why? The agency and the group still continues to be shady, despite releasing the music. They haven’t still released apologies for the delays they made. These kinds of unprofessional attitude spilled well onto Cherry Bullet and FNC, and that’s something we should not tolerate.

These changes will be a permanent feature in every MV Review till their disbandment. Same goes for other groups who might experience these scenarios. It is a simple but strong reminder for K-Pop to take these issues seriously.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 76.80%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline 10 10
Appearance 28 30
Music 9 10
Dance 9 10
Lessons 7 10
Entertainment 13 25
Other Factors Uploads vids to 1theK 10 10
Features 1theK logo (Bonus) 5
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus) 5
Completeness of members 0 20

Red Velvet (레드벨벳) – Psycho: MV Review

More changes will be done starting with this review. Scoreboard will be simplified, and will not feature review by other sites (though we’ll factor it in our rating).

Meanwhile, reviews from others will affect our assessment of K-Pop performances.


The lead track Psycho comes as the third and final installment of Reveluv Festival, which is a year-long project given to the group. How will a Reveluv review the group’s performance? Let’s see.

(Side Note: Since Wendy is experiencing a bad fall in SBS’ Gayo Daejeon, we have to expect long hiatus. No problem, as long as she’s receiving treatment. Wishing a speedy recovery for her.)

Psycho focuses on the depressing side of mental health, especially that of celebrities like them. The tune and settings suggests this. First, we can see that the video apparently features gossips that should be cut off, represented by cutting a line between the sender and receiver. Later on, Yeri (at 1:58) holds a rock with a message. Being reflected at the mirror, only to throw it out represents self-worth being damaged.

Butterflies flying over from a single place represents the dead, and them rushing fast toward Irene tells of life being fleeting. Pulling off together, they are sharing the message that with the limited life given, we should be careful in our words and deeds.

The settings look back to the latter 18th century, where understanding of mental issues are primitive, as it is today in Korean society.

With regards to music, they employed computer-like sounds at the start. Wendy’s eerie tone can be heard starting at 0:46, which gives somewhat a horror feel. Seulgi also employs this at 1:56. Fortunately, these are not repeated since RBB era. Meanwhile, rapid bass is heard in the chorus.

The music video teaches the old method of sewing clothes, as Irene shows at 1:28 – 1:34.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.53%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline 10 10
Appearance 29 30
Music 10 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 10 10
Entertainment 17 25
Other Factors

TWICE’s Sana goes out, engages on dates

SEOUL, South Korea – Is Sana gay?

This question, while served as inside joke for Onces, has been answered with a resounding no. And TWICE’s Sana proves that she’s right, as she is reportedly gone dating with EXO’s Suho.

The said date raised curiosity of the netizens, who are not used to members doing so. It can be remembered that JYP Entertainment silently lifted the dating ban on all TWICE members after several years. This was done amidst controversies with its leader Jihyo, up to the point that the latter received hate for being with Kang Daniel. And this time, Momo followed suit with Super Junior’s Heechul.

To date, various proofs are laid denoting their interest in each other, which was supposedly started February last year. According to Dispatch:

As of writing, Dispatch haven’t procured clear shots of the two. One of its photographers explained that “다현은 이제사나가 그 남자를 만날 때마다 포함됩니다. 그녀는 선배님에게 무슨 일이 있었는지 배웠을 것입니다.” (Dahyun is now included everytime Sana meets the guy. She must’ve learned from what happened to their sunbaenim.)

Reactions

Netizens were amused and shocked over the situation. While some cheered on it, others were not happy about it:

ㅋㅋ, 바보 (Haha, stupid)

키나바한 융 이바 잔 ㅋㅋㅋ (Others got scared of this news haha)

에디와오. 카라카시나카카투와에. 차링 (Just wow. It’s not really funny.)

탕이나나만 (Fxxk)

사나올ㅋㅋㅋ (Hope all experience the same hahaha)

Reviewing the MV Reviewers 2019

(Hopefully, I could’ve provided a better tongue-twister with this title.)

In reviewing K-Pop releases, the author highly regards comments from other reviewers. Their remarks are included and considered as the performances are being rated.

I suppose this is the first time that we will review the reviewers. We will just assess the way they look on reviews. So, no grade will be given to them. This will help our reviewers look on their approach, and make necessary adjustments if any.

For now, we will focus on MV reviewers for this year, namely Obsessed and Assessed, AllKPop, TheBiasList, and KPopReviewed. Might as well include yours truly in this kind of review. Let’s start!


TheBiasList

While his biases are shown throughout the site, he definitely has bases in doing so. His reviews are full of descriptive words which I liked very much.

As explained, he focused his critic on song structure, energy, and momentum. He goes beyond critiquing MVs to include other topics like Produce 101 and Queendom. Got amazed on the way how he reviewed these to the highest degree possible.

TheBiasList has no time for cute concepts, and instead seeks mature concepts like that of TWICE’s Feel Special. As for the music, he regularly complains of trapped EDM styles frequently used by K-Pop tracks this year.

For improvement, better for him to be less serious with his reviews. Anyway, at the end of the day, K-Pop is there just to entertain us.


KPopReviewed

Somehow I can relate with the blogger, with both of us having very busy schedules.

His reviews are very descriptive, compressed, lengthy, and a bit lenient. Preferences tend to accomodate virtually any concept. The best part is on interpreting the MV and telling a storyline for it, for which he is expert in this skill. This is notable in his review of Wheein’s Goodbye and Winner’s Soso. That is a plus, since most MVs released tend to be abstract.

For a bit of improvement, he might consider adding other K-Pop topics like reviews of Queendom or assessment of K-Pop as a whole.


AllKPop

The site’s reviews include the whole album, not just the lead track. While these kinds are a bit comprehensive (with respect to albums), their reviews are lacking in substance.

What are possible reasons? First, lack of reviews on regular basis. This might be attributable to them being over-reliant on user content or novice staff writers to make these write-ups. Worse, they haven’t assigned any permanent staff to do regular reviews.

The reviewers must take a deeper approach to make up a very good write-up of K-Pop acts, regardless of preferences. They should also take more focus on the MV in the future.


Obsessed and Assessed

If there’s a reviewer who got to be more brutal and frank, O&A is the answer. Just like TheBiasList, he/she mostly dislikes cute concepts.

Seungri proved to be a turning point for him/her to be inactive for a month, only to resume to catch up with April releases (BTS, TWICE, IZ*One, Blackpink). Afterwards he/she provided no write-ups till it closed the site.

As of present, the website is down as O&A lost interest on this. It just only considered resuming next year, which I highly doubt given added negatives in the genre today.

What if O&A continued reviewing? It would reprimand groups and agencies who do not perform well. And maybe I would just focus on important releases.

For improvement, one little problem is on not providing enough details on About page, if any. At a minimum, he/she should’ve defined who he/she is, and what would readers might expect of him/her.

Finally, O&A should’ve learned to cheer up and see the other side of life.


TweetNewscaster

And now, for my self-assessment. Just like other reviewers, the author had been brutal and frank on reviewing tracks, albeit to some degree.

TweetNewscaster was simplifying its reviews since we started with GFRIEND’s Sunrise. From a 4-page review, I trimmed it to two-page (and even one-page) review. On grading, there’s a set of criterion. At least, there’s basis for any biases.

I take on a different approach. No problem for me on any genre of music or vocals. Best MVs are more on not featuring horror, sexual themes, and gross things. Dances and its degree of difficulty are also noted. In some cases, special incentives are given to some groups, as reward for supporting advocacies or having outstanding attendance.

Jokes are added in some reviews to entertain, to make readers laugh, and to tone down seriousness in reviews. Only here you can find this stuff. Anyway, spreading fun is the main goal of the site.

For improvement, I have to break the monotony on reviewing them, and make reviews more concise. Might as well think of other ways to catch up, considering greater workload in the future.

And for the info of everyone, I’ll have to take things easy, since few do read stuffs here. I’ll have to limit also number of groups to be reviewed starting next year.

Rating K-Pop Groups 2019: Other Groups (CLC, AOA, MAMAMOO, Momoland, SATURDAY)

(Side Note: In rating select groups, primary objective is to assess the groups’ responses and attitude of its members. These are crucial also for their survival, profitability, and reputation.

Groups who are not mentioned here and in related articles are presumed to garner 85.00% rating, or “Satisfactory”, unless otherwise stated.)


CLC

They are giving their best when it comes to lyric making. In fact, Yeeun took part in writing songs for their group, notably No, Me, and Devil. With regards to other projects, Yeeun tried her stint as MC in The Show, and that’s okay.

Seungyeon’s response over an issue with her is quite amazing. After news that she was beaten broke out, she immediately clarified what actually happened.

As for Sorn, since the racism issue broke out on her livecast, she instantly apologized to fans and viewers who’ve might hurt on the video. Immediate responses are important so as to clarify issues that might be misinterpreted.

Rating: 92.50%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 4
4 Attitude 8
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 10
6 Review as whole 5
7 Other factors  

AOA

Very pleased with Seolhyun’s attitude of handling commitments. Despite being in drama, still she manages to perform with the group in Queendom and in their recent New Moon comeback. This shows how special AOA is for her.

Jimin’s love and commitment with the group is equally notable. In fact, this attitude spilled towards Celeb Five’s members, helping them till 4:00 in morning for the latter’s debut.

Meanwhile, I am not happy with Mina leaving the group to focus on her own career. Think of a member who left the group during times of crisis. She should’ve looked at Seolhyun, who remained even if she ventured in acting.

While the future of the group remains unsure, the remaining five are working to solve this dilemma by joining Queendom. To add, they still retain the trust and mutual respect. Hope this will be a good start.

Because of their outstanding attitude, they will also be given five extra points for every comeback they made, regardless of their absences or hiatus.

Rating: 90.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 4
4 Attitude 8
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows.  
6 Review as whole 5
7 Other factors  

MAMAMOO

On attitude, Moonbyul plays it the best. She was considerate in putting up (G)I-DLE’s name when no one dared to do so, saving the latter from penalty of not attending. To add, she complimented AOA on their Queendom performance.

Rating: 95.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 4
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 10
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 9
6 Review as whole 5
7 Other factors  

Momoland

During the time I was a Merry, I could not help but ask why the group’s downturn was so sudden.

Problems

Sorry for this. Their major problem is on attendance, especially that they are given rare chances to do so overseas. This is noticeable on the group every time they appear on TV shows. Secondary is on health issues. Third is on lack of regard for fellow members, which should’ve bind them for so long.

Meanwhile, Dabin consistently made excuses not attending concerts and fanmeets. I find Dabin’s excuses still not too convincing, since other stars can handle both commitments without any problems, like Eunwoo, Seolhyun, and IU. (Take the case where she is always missing in PH TV shows due to these things.)

Why venture into drama if she still has health issues? And if she can work, why prioritize it instead of helping her fellow members? This is a kind of attitude you won’t see in other groups.

Changes

We have discussed several times these points so that they improve their attitude. But with Momoland (and the agency) still not listening, we have to seek stricter measures in reviews and dealings. This we will do in the coming years, just to be fair to other groups.

The author made some changes on treatment with the group, from being the most favorite to the least. But with Taeha and Dabin leaving the group, no choice but to unfollow them. And strike the group out of my bias list forever. Again, it does not make sense following them anymore with these kinds of attitude.

Rating: 37.50%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 2
2 Dating issues 3
3 Other issues (internal) 2
4 Attitude 5
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 1
6 Review as whole 2
7 Other factors  

SATURDAY

While their agency’s future is promising, reverse happens to the group.

The future of the group is very bleak, even if the agency is very responsive to the group’s challenges. We can be sure of this due to frequent turnovers this year. In fact, we are down with three original members (Ayeon, Yuki, and Haneul) from seven last year.

The members, particularly those who left, lacked sense of direction, which would’ve kept them intact for long. Sunha left due to desire for career change, and yet, she hasn’t started any. It’s also not helping that Chohee and Sion are silent on reason why they left agency. This would help clarify issues, and give their biased-fans time to cope with it.

While the group as a whole will last, the major issue would be on the members themselves, being prone to turnovers. If the members will not hold on and continue their dream, the group might disband without the agency’s fault.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 6
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows.  
6 Review as whole 5
7 Less turnover 2

Rating K-Pop Groups 2019: Big 3 and YG Groups (TWICE, ITZY, BLACKPINK, BTS, TXT, GFRIEND)

(Side Note: In rating select groups, primary objective is to assess the groups’ responses and attitude of its members. These are crucial also for their survival, profitability, and reputation.

Groups who are not mentioned here and in related articles are presumed to garner 85.00% rating, or “Satisfactory”, unless otherwise stated.)


TWICE

The most impressive attitude of TWICE is on giving their best to Onces. They’ve shown this in their recent Manila concert. Despite having health issues, especially Mina and Jihyo, they managed to make PH Onces happy by having complete attendance. PH being sorely deprived of visits, they make it up by giving their best shot.

Another best attitude is on thinking of fellow member. They dedicate their awards to Minari, and allotted space for her. Not to mention Jihyo finding a way to include her despite absence, and comforting her (together with Nayeon). In fact, they realized how even one member can make difference to the group.

As to Jihyo, she expressed her desire to recover quickly from neck strains. This is the kind of attitude the author appreciates much. But she must take a rest for now, and take time. Also for Minari, who always take time to attend on activities even if ailing, she really needs to rest.

A point for improvement is for Dahyun to be a camera spotter, which they missed. Talk about caring for others’ privacy. If one remembers, Dispatch sneaked into Jihyo and Kang Daniel’s privacy, since Tofu was not included in their roundabouts. Take Dahyun in the picture, and surely Dispatch won’t “invade” into the couple.

Rating: 92.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 10
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 10
6 Review as whole 5
7 Dubu being a camera spotter for Jihyo 1
Giving the best for Onces 5

ITZY

So far, no issues related to the rookie group were encountered. What’s outstanding was that Chaeryeong helped Stray KidsBangchan during the athletics. To add, their staff recalled how kind and generous the group was by treating them with foodstuffs.

Rating: 95.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 9
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 10
6 Review as whole 4
7 Other factors

BLACKPINK

Even with minimal engagements, BLACKPINK still hits the charts and sales. Part of success lies on their attitude.

The most conspicuous attitude was of Jennie, especially in their recent PH visit. Despite enduring pains, she maintained her composure and greeted PH and Macanese Blinks who are waiting for her last June. If this is lingering, she has to take a rest.

Another attitude worth commending was of Rosé. It can be remembered that she was not given solo debuts for this year. Upon learning of this issue, Rosé immediately responded by telling fans of that event. She assuaged fans, and told them not to worry about her. To add, she tried to communicate with some fans using sign language.

Jisoo showed her concern with Jendeukie, as she hugged and comforted her all the way at the airport.

Finally was that of Lisa, being humble, polite, and approachable in facing the press and other people. Most notable is on donating money to help flood victims in Thailand.

So far, no other negative issues re attitude were encountered with BLACKPINK.

Rating: 95.56%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 10
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 10
6 Review as whole 3
7 Responding to issues 5

BTS

The attitude played by BTS for this year is very outstanding. So, it’s not a surprise if they still are in the top.

First of all is on being genuine, sincere, humble and “good-natured”. This humility is expressed in their song Boy With Luv and Make It Right, where they go down to be with ARMYs. This they also do when dealing with some people. These acts will take them to greater heights.

Second aspect is on being responsible for actions. This is noted with Jungkook who was involved in car accident. Upon happening, he apologized and took responsibility for the incident.

Most of all, they are in complete attendance. Name any overseas event this year, and we’ll see that they haven’t missed attendance to these. Even in the US, where K-Pop is quite new, they managed to be complete on various shows. Not to mention being complete in virtually all concerts and engagements.

Charity works have to be also noted. Suga donated 100 million won to Korea Pediatric Cancer Foundation. RM later gave already the same amount to a deaf school. The group also donated a huge sum to continue the Love Yourself campaign.

Another positive note is on influencing ARMYs to be socially responsible, like awareness campaign on Amazon and other environmental projects. For instance, Vietnamese ARMYs opened a school and named it after V (Taehyung), in addition to forest project named after RM. ARMYs even went far to help fellow fans who can’t afford the Saudi concert.

A point for improvement would be on toning down intense moves. Otherwise, this might pose danger to their health. This time, they have to take things easy and consider safety first.

Rating: 94.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 10
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 10
6 Review as whole 5
7 Health considerations 2
Showing good influence to its fans 5

TXT

Health issues are still underway, such that the group’s supposed recent fanmeet was cancelled. But this has no negative effect at all. In fact, despite this, they managed to name their own fandom and greet their fans in live chat.

To add, Taehyun cared for MOAs by having a coffee truck, loaded with foodstuffs. This shows how special fans are for him and the group.

Rating: 95.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 4
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 10
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 9
6 Review as whole 5
7 Other factors

GFRIEND

GFRIEND’s attitude, and attendance during Manila tour, convinced me to include them as one of three most favorite groups.

They performed in their Manila tour as a complete group. They even appeared complete in a PH music show. As such, extra five points will be given in favor of them in their next comebacks.

So far, there were no major issues on their attitude. If there’s any, they respond very well.

We’ll explain some positive attitudes here. For instance, Sowon just shrugged off the dating issue with Cha Eunwoo as if nothing happened. Another example is Yerin, who sent a coffee truck for Apink’s Hayoung and Red Velvet’s Joy as support for their own activities.

As for SinB, she immediately responded to allegations that she is a difficult person, while it clearly tells otherwise. This was amidst her words taken out of context during Produce X 101. Finally, the group itself in a snap clarified their being focused on phones during live radio broadcast. These responses, like what we will discuss later with CLC, are very important to avoid misunderstandings and issues.

Rating: 97.50%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Health issues 5
2 Dating issues 5
3 Other issues (internal) 5
4 Attitude 10
5 Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. 10
6 Review as whole 4
7 Other factors

We will review in next article other groups, particularly CLC, AOA, MAMAMOO, Momoland, and SATURDAY.

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: Part Three (MLD, Jellyfish, MBK, Play M, TS, Star Empire, Brave)

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)


MLD Entertainment

What. A. Disappointment.

This is what best describes the agency for the year 2019. Let’s be frank about this.

Overview

The problem is only on how they respond. And MLD Ent did it unprofessionally, backfiring on the group’s popularity. Worse, it’s not helping that their complaints list is piling up one by one this year. The agency is not learning any lesson, and results later speak for itself.

This year, they made wrong move advising Daisy to rest due to dating scandal. They also let Dabin go somewhere else, without reminding her of priorities and commitments with fans. It made a statement against anyone assaulting the group, but lacked direct response on incident with Mexico. The group attends in various events incomplete, from PH media interviews…to KCON in Los Angeles this year. Not to mention Taeha and Dabin’s departure.

Playing deaf

MLD Ent is still playing deaf to Merries. In fact, Daisy’s mom emphasized the lack of response on these issues. Repeated statements is a signal that the problem is very serious. To add, they are giving stress to Merries.

Its dealing with a PH TV network just confirmed the major effects of wrong decision-making. We can now sense the group’s future direction with respect to standing in K-Pop.

In essence, they are not taking matters seriously, especially on dealing with Merries. Aside from this, they are wasting time and opportunities through these wrong decisions. These things are virtually absent in other small and big agencies.

To put it bluntly, speculations on the members can’t be avoided. If the agency does not clarify and solve issues, the burden falls on them.

Positives?

If MLD Entertainment reacted positively, they should’ve done these: (1) Remind Dabin of commitments with the group, (2) Do solo debuts or create subgroups first, while three members are absent, (3) issue frequent updates on Daisy and Taeha’s status to assure Merries, and (4) Dismiss dating scandals, considering that Momoland hasn’t established their status as a famous Korean group.

How far MLD Entertainment will go? With incorrect reactions going on, it’s not surprising if Momoland will still have a difficult time recovering on the year 2020.

Group(s) Rated: Momoland

Rating: 52.00%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 3
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 1
5 Assessment as whole 1
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 1
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Jellyfish Entertainment

Still, VIXX is rarely felt in promotions, with virtually no proper comeback for remaining members. In their recent Parallel track, they did not give a complete comeback package like the other groups. In the meantime, Ravi and Hongbin got busy on their separate collaborations with Pepsi, plus Leo and Hyuk having their solo tracks.

Similar case goes with Gugudan, which I don’t sense any activities from them as of this writing.

Good point meanwhile was on updating Hyuk’s health status and prioritizing it. Plus, they are promoting its rookie group VERIVERY by providing them two lead tracks.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 3
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 4
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 7
8 Other factors

MBK Entertainment

Being a punching bag of critics for several years, MBK faces fatal blows again this 2019.

Still, MBK is not yet improving. Might as well revamp the agency if it doesn’t improve for a long time. Talk about lack of promotions, want of activities for DIA, Jenny’s exit from the group, their lack of concern for Somyi, and Shannon’s departure after long period of neglect. These inactions did not help in putting their groups to fame. In fact, only T-ARA was tagged as one of the most famous, albeit lagging.

Exception is accorded to debut group 1THE9, where it debuted though with moderate fanfare. Still, with four months remaining before 1the9’s contract expires, the agency only managed to have limited tracks. MBK has to use the limited time wisely.

Its financial performance reflects the agency’s gross negligence in the past years till now. How do we know this? As revealed by Produce 101 trainees from MBK, the agency is struggling financially. (This ironically steers MBK away from bribe issues with Produce series.)

Rating: 52.73%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 1
2 Rolling of comebacks 1
3 Handling boy groups 3
4 Handling girl groups 2
5 Assessment as whole 5
6 Longevity of groups 7
7 Handling issues and responding 5
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Play M Entertainment

With the name change from Plan A to Play M following merger with Fave Entertainment last February, we could expect newer approaches to promotion and activities. But still, they are not ready for this.

How we wish that the agency could provide Apink additional comebacks. While Eung Eung was quite enough, better if they add even one to keep them afloat. On a positive note, they provided solo debut for Hayoung, and pursued a malicious commenter against Naeun.

As to its boy group Victon, at least they provided a single comeback, and got first win on it. How much more if the agency would provide enough of these?

While no major issue so far that would cripple them, promotions and planning of events are their major weak spots. This year, they fall short from being one of outstanding agencies, and they should resolve it the soonest.

Rating: 83.64%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 6
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 8
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

TS Entertainment

Still, TS Entertainment’s status is not yet improving. We see this with some of artists leaving, not counting lack of activities. The agency gets worse in handling its groups.

Less promotions

Even in the past year (and this year), we haven’t heard of any activities from their groups. Despite hitting with Makestar, TS delayed SONAMOO’s album. To add, B.A.P’s Youngjae left the agency and later transferred to Dmost Ent., and previously most members did the same. B.A.P “disbanded”. Talk about wasting potentials and profits.

If not for Nahyun and Sumin, would TS give SONAMOO soft comeback this year? Most likely not.

Legal Battles

It seems that legal battles are forever, namely that of Sleepy’s recent case and Nahyun and Sumin. Gleaning from lawsuits against its groups B.A.P and SECRET (Hyosung and Jieun), breach of contract is apparently the reason.

But the prime reason was on underpaying its employees, and its talents being broke. Talents are complaining of arrears, from Sleepy rapping about it, to B.A.P’s Yongguk explaining the story through a book. It reached the point that TS will be prosecuted by the government itself.

Secondary reason was on abuse, assault, and extortion, as explained by TRCNG’s Wooyeop and Taeseon in their lawsuit against TS.

Fire back

Wrong responses are fired back to Sonamoo and TRCNG. And you guess it, its director is pressing charges against the two TRCNG members. It made up statements to appear that the remaining members’ parents are still supportive of the agency.

And, you won’t believe it: They are still holding auditions for new talents! That’s another wrong move.

Wrong responses bring disastrous results up to financial level. In fact, TRCNG revealed that TS is in deep financial crisis. This resulted in them being on hiatus for more than a year.

If the artists themselves are filing lawsuits, then TS Entertainment is in a deep trouble. And if it wants to be more relevant, better respond next year.

Rating: 50.91%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 1
2 Rolling of comebacks 1
3 Handling boy groups 2
4 Handling girl groups 2
5 Assessment as whole 5
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 5
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 2

Star Empire and Brave Entertainment

The author decided to make a review for both agencies, as they share same responses.

For the most part of the year, no news of the agencies’ status, till this came up. Star (through its sublabel) debuted ARIAZ, a new girl group; and Brave plans to debut another boy group. And judging from the way Star handled ZE:A, IMFACT, and 9Muses and Brave as to Bigstar and Bravegirls, surely these debuts will also turn out to be another failure.

It’s costlier to debut a new group rather than to promote existing groups, something which the agencies did not consider. Also, they did not seize various chances available for their groups to stand out.

Added negative point for Brave was on its utter disregard for a talent’s life, as Brave Girls’ Yejin explained. If Brave still does not learn its lesson, might as well putting its existing talents at risk too.

On a serious note, it does not make sense debuting new groups, if they cannot handle existing ones. They have to prove this statement wrong by catching up the soonest.

Star Empire:
Rating: 54.00%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Brave:
Rating: 41.82%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Star Empire Brave
1 Promotion of groups 1 1
2 Rolling of comebacks 1 0
3 Handling boy groups 2 2
4 Handling girl groups 2 2
5 Assessment as whole 6 5
6 Longevity of groups 10 7
7 Handling issues and responding 5 5
8 Agency does not exhibit gross negligence 1

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: Part Two (RBW, Starship, PNation, Fantagio, Off the Record, Polaris, OSR)

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)


RBW Entertainment

RBW did not fail in providing proper comebacks for MAMAMOO. To wit, Hwasa and Wheein are given solo tracks, and the group has its two title tracks for 2019. It helped also that they let the group be involved in Queendom, which resulted in them being the winner.

The way they handled Wheein, especially during MAMAMOO’s visits was admirable, aside from the fact that they keep fans posted on her status. Upon return they also updated Moomoos on her status. Later on, despite being in pain, she even managed to have solo debut. Regular updates to fans are very important to assure them.

These efforts bring results, with Wheein and Hwasa being one of the most famous female K-Pop stars for 2019, and the latter being the face of the group.

When it comes to ONEUS, they are also being generous enough, giving them comebacks three times. In addition, they also prepared the group’s promotion in the US. If we will have the feel on the group, their fame might rise steadily in the future.

RBW is also beginning to open its doors for non-Koreans. Let’s see what they can offer in the coming years if they are going to push this throughout.

Group(s) Rated: MAMAMOO

Rating: 94.55%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 5
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 9
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Starship Entertainment

So far, I am satisfied of promotions with various groups, especially that of Monsta X and Cosmic Girls. For Monsta X, they made collab with French Montana and will.i.am, thereby making it to the US charts. Cosmic Girls as of present sees its popularity increased, thanks to various engagements. To add, the group’s three members are doing promotions in China.

Its weak point lies on handling boy groups, particularly Boyfriend and Monsta X. Boyfriend disbanded this year without any engagements, again wasting their talents.

Worst of all, their weakest point is on handling issues with Monsta X, particularly on Wonho. Starship should’ve put him first in hiatus till this issue is fixed. To add, this happened prior to his debut, which renders case a useless one.

More positive responses have to be noted. First, Starship did not remove Wonho’s voice in their newest track. This is out of consideration to international Monbebes, which Starship listened well. Second is on its statement committing to health and recovery of Cosmic GirlsDawon.

Nothing can be done to put Wonho back unless Monbebes take drastic actions. As of this writing, Starship is taking legal actions to protect the group. But if Starship would pursue another legal action against Han Seo Hee, additional ten points will be added to its rating next year.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 3
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 7
6 Longevity of groups 8
7 Handling issues and responding 6
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

PNATION

This agency recently established by PSY houses at present Dawn, Hyuna, Jessi, and Crush. As for boy groups/girl groups, they haven’t installed any.

Positives include its immediate response on Hyuna by issuing statements. It can be remembered that Hyuna sparked an issue by lifting her skirt in a school party.

PNation also started to produce tracks little by little for all of the mentioned stars, which we understand. But as for Dawn and Hyuna, it’s time for more comebacks, just to tell us that they are moving on with the dating scandals they faced. To add, the only comeback lacking is that of PSY himself.

It is quite understandable if its talents rarely do several activities, as they might struggle in first years of being an indie agency. But in this day where multiple comebacks give advantage, they have to catch up.

Rating: 88.89%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups
5 Assessment as whole 7
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Other factors

Fantagio Entertainment

This year, we have to see some improvements on Fantagio promoting its various groups. But as events turned out, they are still struggling to reach this goal.

The longtime group Hello Venus proved to be a hopeless case, being given rare engagements as the group’s life comes to near-end. Holding groups on indefinite hiatus poses problems for both parties: opportunity costs for agency, and lost time for members to show further their talents.

Prospects of ASTRO being in long term are quite doubtful. However, Eunwoo was their way to promote the group, thanks to him being involved in projects like Gangnam Beauty and Rookie Historian.

To a lesser extent MJ and Sanha appeared in a variety show, with the latter embarking in upcoming web drama. Still, these things are okay. With enough comebacks and drama engagements, the main challenge would be on strategizing promotions to make ASTRO more relevant in K-Pop scene.

Still not satisfied with lack of response over embezzlement case against former staff, which would help in deterring this kind of fraud. This would’ve also benefitted them, as they are securing profit that is really theirs.

On a positive note, it cared well for its sole female group Weki Meki, giving it two lead tracks and monitoring the health of members, as shown also with health of Yoojung.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 4
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 8
7 Handling issues and responding 8
8 Other factors

Off The Record Entertainment

Off The Record was established last year to handle two groups: fromis_9 and IZ*ONE. The way they manage these two groups reflects on their results, with several wins and promotions. So far, no major issues with OTR handling them. Except with that of IZ*ONE. Why?

The group has their talents and looks. Results of Korean and Japanese acts were generally positive. Some reporters always notice near-perfect looks of members. The future of the group is still promising. But will they last?

As of now, long-term prospects of IZ*ONE are still unclear, especially that the group halted promotions amidst Produce scandals. One year and six months to go, and still unsure if the agency will turn tables around and make them a regular, permanent group. The burden of IZ*ONE’s survival is now in their hands.

Furthermore, with IZ*ONE on unofficial hiatus, they should’ve focused first on fromis_9, considering that the latter group is still underrated as of this writing.

Rating: 82.22%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 5
7 Handling issues and responding 10
8 Other factors

Polaris Entertainment

This small agency handles LOONA and Ladies’ Code.

Gleaning from lawsuit against them, Polaris failed to fulfill one simple contractual term: LOONA’s appearance on a show. And no follow-up or apology whatsoever from Polaris that would save them from this problem. It shows how disastrous it would be for an agency if it ignores simple issues like these. If not for Orbits streaming and topping LOONA’s music as sign of concern, they’ll lose bigtime.

On a very good note, the agency made it up for Ladies’ Code by giving them two comebacks this year. It eventually resulted in the group being at the top 50 groups in Korea.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 3
5 Assessment as whole 7
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 7
8 Other factors

OSR Entertainment

Prior to its immediate name change, the former name was AlSeulBit. This agency was unknown, till it decided to adopt and re-debut four Pristin members. Even prior to their debut as Hinapia, the agency’s response is indeed very amusing.

Take the case when their teaser picture and brandings were not good. Immediately the agency deleted it, apologized, and issued statement that:

We will strive to become a better agency.

The agency and Hinapia might also be famous for a reason, given present scenarios: (1) Fans are shocked and dismayed over Pristin’s loss, (2) Four members who did not give up showcasing their talents, (3) relative popularity of Pristin, and (4) OSR ready to adopt them and own up to its mistakes.

These things somehow bear good results. In fact, its debut song Drip gained relative success as it earned a spot in Billboard charts.

Rating: 96.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 10
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

For our Part 3, stay tuned for our review of MLD, Jellyfish, MBK, Play M, TS, Star Empire, and Brave.

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: Part One (CUBE, Pledis, FNC, Source Music, SD, WM, Woollim)

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)


CUBE Entertainment

What was once thought of as sidestepping girl group over other, turned to be a back-to-back girl groups’ success for the agency. These moves earned fruitful results, as CLC earned a spot on Billboard’s Social 50 charts. As for (G)I-DLE, they are now on the way for US promotions, plus their status improved upon joining Queendom.

CUBE Entertainment encourages creativity, and that is the value most apparent in them. In fact, CLC’s Yeeun participated in composing lyrics of their songs No, Me, and Devil. Even (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon took part for No. It even provided a soft comeback for the latter group to help them shine further.

Another positive aspect noted is on their consistent scheduling for CLC and (G)I-DLE. As revealed by a VLive, the latter is slated to release its track on January next year, and CLC on March. This will be an added point for them.

While the response to E’Dawn and HyunA was not impressive, it mattered a little. In fact, PENTAGON still has its regular comebacks and promotions, just like PRISM world tours in Americas and Europe. And the agency kept Universes updated on group’s travel status following the flight mishap. Most important is on letting injured members like Kino and Yanan take rest.

For its long-term success, it might be helpful for them to tolerate dating scandals or give positive response. Another suggestion would be for them to create another boy group. They also have to strategize on how to make PENTAGON and CLC stand out further. Finally, on engaging more members to be composers at the same time.

Group(s) Rated: CLC

Rating: 91.67%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 9
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 8
8 Encourages creativity 5
Uploads videos to 1theK 5

PLEDIS Entertainment

The agency has been confident on SEVENTEEN as its flagship group. In fact, it succeeded in eliciting attention to the group via comebacks, ending in a bang with Hit, and still releasing another new one with Fear. This is on top of issuing statements on health of S.Coups.

Meanwhile, promotions for NU’EST are also being done, and it’s good that they are promoting it in many countries. Despite rigging allegations, their involvement in Produce series helped to promote Nu’est better.

These kinds of engagements rebound well, as reflected in album sales. It would’ve challenged the Big 3 today in terms of being leader. But it has another major problem.

The worst part is on handling girl groups. Recently, Pristin took up what After School left off, without any activities for this year. Its member Rena (Yaebin) once recalled that the group “was working with an album” till they were ordered to disband. Essentially, Pledis wasted opportunities to make the most out of this girl group.

While the agency’s advice to Kyla and her health was the best decision, still they did not make it up for this year with remaining members. This is apparent with Kyla’s clarifications on this issue.

Kyulkyung and Nayoung both hail from I.O.I and Pristin. With both groups disbanded, and because Nayoung was tired of joining groups that disband over and over, she decided to be a soloist in other agency. Four members who left later signed with new agency and re-debuted as Hinapia. And as of this writing, Xiyeon is currently battling depression primarily due to this scenario.

It’s time for Pledis to revamp the way they handle girl groups. Otherwise, this aspect will be their Achilles’ heel once they plan to expand.

Rating: 70.00%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 4
3 Handling boy groups 5
4 Handling girl groups 2
5 Assessment as whole 7
6 Longevity of groups 8
7 Handling issues and responding 7
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 2

FNC Entertainment

The year 2019 has been a half-half for FNC Entertainment: half-successful, half-failed as a whole. It failed somewhat on handling groups on hiatus and handling issues with Cherry Bullet. Meanwhile, they succeeded in some aspects, such as handling of Burning Sun issue, promoting AOA via Queendom, and giving N.Flying opportunities to shine via lead song Rooftop.

Negatives

Minor problem is on not giving necessary solo debuts for remaining CNBlue members. While Japanese versions of these are in place, it can’t be strictly considered as such.

In addition, their silence on disappearance of Cherry Bullet’s Kokoro and Linlin (plus Mirae) makes matters worse. They only issued statement upon their departure. In the past months, the group adjusts choreography with remaining members. That alone signals something is wrong with the rookie group, yet FNC is not solving this problem.

These things reflect their being unprofessional when it comes to groups like this, similar to what MLD Ent is doing. Better for FNC not to debut another group.

Finally, another hurdle is on FTIsland, especially with Jonghoon’s departure and Hongki joining the military. How will the agency restructure the band to keep it running? We’ll have to see it next year.

Positives

On the other hand, positive aspects need to be mentioned. First, it’s pleasing that FNC promotes N.Flying by giving three lead tracks and fanmeets overseas. They just have to promote it and SF9 further, as they have greater potentials.

Finally, they are renewing contract with AOA and keeping us updated, especially with the group joining Queendom. This sparked public’s interest in them being an eight-member group, and this helped them regain popularity. Quite interesting, since we might expect some developments after their sole comeback. Hope this will be turning point for all members to reunite.

Group(s) Rated: AOA

Rating: 74.55%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 4
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 3
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 4
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Source Music

Source Music has been home to its sole group GFRIEND. Just like BigHit, it’s amazing that they are steering clear of any issues against the group.

Added to that was the agency’s consistent promotions through the tagline “Go, Go, Gfriend,” a concert tour of the group across Asia.

While no negative remarks against them are reported, the major challenge today is on how to market the group against other more famous rookie and old ones. This is an aspect they have to improve as Gfriend is still lagging behind in terms of overall group popularity index.

It being purchased by BigHit is now offering opportunities for Source Music to expand its lineup and establish international linkages. We’ll see what they can do in the coming years.

Group(s) Rated: GFRIEND

Rating: 96.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 9
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

SD Entertainment

SD Entertainment is home to its sole group SATURDAY. Although the agency itself is not yet famous, this has the greatest potential to succeed someday. This year, they are one of the most responsive agencies. Big and small agencies can learn something from them.

First is on its clearly-defined succession plan, completely absent in other agencies. When Chaewon left SATURDAY last year to focus on studies, Juyeon filled the void last January. Next is Sunha, who left last March to find another career, and afterwards Minseo was picked. This August, Chohee and Sion left. While remotely possible, expect the agency to pick additional two members.

Second is on its efforts to provide another comeback for the group. In fact, it assigned MakeStar to facilitate this purpose. It’s as if SD Entertainment says to us, “Want comeback? Fund us and then we’ll provide new one.” As of September they reached their target amount, and are on its way for a second appearance.

Finally, they make necessary adjustments on choreography upon change of members. This is the case when the group adjusted WiFi’s choreo upon Sunha’s departure.

The agency’s formula of borrowing concepts from other stars, and stable succession plan will put Saturday on radar alongside other famous K-Pop groups. If they decide to retain the cute concept, one of their songs someday will be a bop and be famous internationally.

SD Entertainment’s efforts bear good results. And here’s another good news: the branding index for a month lists their group as one of the 50 most famous in Korea.

Some things must be improved here. As they expand internationally, they have to translate most of their posts in English. This will be a lot of help to reach out to fans. Second is on consistent uploading to 1theK, as this is the point where their song WiFi became famous. Finally, their group has to involve themselves in various shows like Queendom and Masked Singer.

Group(s) Rated: SATURDAY

Rating: 93.33%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 10
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 10
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 2
Language barriers 3

WM Entertainment

As to ONF, we have to see some developments on promotions. Despite being in the scene for three years, they are tagged as underrated. WM has to improve on this.

WM had its best shot on Oh My Girl, with its two lead tracks being streamed more. In fact, the group even managed to bag music awards, and Koreans gave favorable responses on their music.

The agency even apologized for lack of immediate response on Jiho’s health issues, and pledged to update fans with her health status. It helped also that they permitted the group to join Queendom. This resulted in Oh My Girl being recognized as one of the most famous girl groups this year, and helped a lot for them to discover new concepts.

Rating: 89.09%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 3
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Woollim Entertainment

As of this writing, INFINITE is still inactive, not to mention Woohyun enlisting in the military. Woollim also has to push through in giving Golden Child necessary promotions.

With regards to girl groups, they are at their best. Consider Lovelyz, who are being given chance to shine this year through a single promotion, letting them join in Queendom, and giving solo debuts for Babysoul and Kei. Also, they started adding new group called Rocket Punch, and are aggressively promoting it. This signals their readiness to expand with different approaches.

Another positive development was on malicious comments. As stated by the agency, they are continuously pressing charges against those who do. That alone is a very positive step to protect the mental health of their artists.

Rating: 87.27%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 4
3 Handling boy groups 3
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

For our Part 2, stay tuned for our review of RBW, Starship, PNation, Fantagio, Off the Record, Polaris, and OSR.

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: BigHit Entertainment

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)

As BigHit is making major strides in K-Pop for 2019, and being a big company now, this warrants a stand-alone rating of agencies like SM, YG, and JYP.

Overview

BigHit became a big hit this 2019, with success of BTS’ promotion and tours, and debut of its rookie group TXT. A running joke tells of BigHit not included in Big Three, as its name also starts with “Big.” But later events turned in favor of them, being one of Big Three agencies this year, quite dislodging YG.

The responses by this agency have to be noted. With military service looming to all Bangtan members, the agency responded by giving another boy group. It also purchased Source Music, which houses GFRIEND, citing shared values. Finally, BigHit also added another valuable person from SM Ent to share insights for operations improvement.

Clear health

BigHit did not overlook the health status of its groups. For instance, its dance director reminded BTS not to go too far in dancing. The agency also suspended some meetups on TXT to look after their health.

It’s amazing how BigHit managed to steer BTS clear of various issues that usually plague other groups. For instance, it issued immediately statement denying dating issues with Jungkook, up to the point that they charged the offender to protect him and the tattoo shop. Another action worth commending is by giving the lead group long break. The group deserves this after long years of work.

Part of their success lies on their so-called “Liberal Trainee” system, where the company trains them to be responsible in social media, and face consequences if gone wrong.

Further responses

Additional responses have to be noted. As of now, they are charging those going below the belt against leading group. Although minimal, it is one step higher towards making social media a safe place.

It advised entities to be vigilant amidst reports of counterfeit BTS concert contracts. Recently, Jungkook got involved in car accident, which BigHit immediately responded and apologized. Later on, following complaints from the fandom, BigHit listened to ARMYs by hiring their own translation team.

So, it’s not surprising that in virtually all engagements, BigHit is taking the lead from charts to album sales and profits.

Improvements

With its desire to expand comes the challenge on sustaining its boy groups in the long run. As TheBiasList pointed out, international scene has short-term memory over boy groups. Plus, since TXT is being deemed to be a shadow of BTS (and on the latter’s success), BigHit should clothe the rookie group with its own identity.

Group(s) Rated: BTS and TXT

Rating: 97.78%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 5
4 Handling girl groups
5 Assessment as whole 10
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Other factors

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: JYP Entertainment

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)

This agency once proved again what matters most to them: values. Not really surprising, since Park Jin Young himself once associated with Christians.

Strong points

When it comes to teaching values, they are the role model all agencies should follow. And this reflects on their talents’ attitude. First instance, ITZY’s Chaeryeong helped Stray KidsBangchan regain strength during recent ISAC. Second, ITZY treated its staff well. To add, its former talents are leaving smoothly in the company (Park Jimin, Baek Ayeon, Baek Yerin).

Next is on TWICE members, who are always thinking and looking after Minari. Finally, is on the agency itself, advising the latter to rest to treat her anxiety problems. They postponed her meet-ups and engagements to look after her health. JYP even requested reporters to respect Jihyo’s privacy.

More positive notes are taken account: (1) JYP’s handling of issue re Jihyo and Kang Daniel is very impressive. Normally this elicits negative feedbacks, and normally this puts Jihyo to rest. However, she is still included in various activities, (2) JYP protecting Minari from harsh comments, (3) issuing stern warnings to protect Jihyo and the rest from injuries at airport, (4) listening to Onces calling for help over Nayeon, and (5) promotions for almost all groups (DAY6, GOT7, Stray Kids, ITZY, TWICE).

Weak points

I will not disclose the first spot, in which there’s need to monitor this weakness. If they failed on this, we’ll have to give lower grade next year. (Hint: This is related to fans’ creativity.)

Second is on TWICE’s tight schedule, especially on Japanese comebacks. With Minari opting out, plus other members suffering from various ailments, JYP should give TWICE enough breaks. With Chaeyoung sitting out of promotions, it seems that JYP is still not ready to give it to them.

Group(s) Rated: TWICE and ITZY

Rating: 84.62%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 5
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 9
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 9
8 Undisclosed weak point 1
Upholds values 5
Giving enough breaks 1

Love Advice No. 116

From Papa Jack Advice Facebook page:

Meron po akong problema… Ang bf ng kaibigan ko, crush ko. Nagagalit ako sa kaibigan ko kasi hindi niya sineseryoso ang boyfriend niya. Magkaibigan din kami ng boyfriend niya.

Ang problema ko po, ano ang gagawin ko eh mahal ko siya, pero nasasaktan ako? Kasi yung kaibigan ko ang crush niya eh hindi naman siya sineseryoso.

My Advice:

Wait lang. Dahil darating din sa point na maghihiwalay sila.

Pinakamagandang paraan ay hayaan mo silang maghiwalay. Kasi naman, dahil laging tinetake for granted ng kaibigan mo si guy, may matinding rason na ang huli para hiwalayan siya. Hayaan mong harapin ni bes ang resulta ng pambabalewala niya.

Mas mabuti rin na huwag ipahalata sa kanila na nasasaktan ka. Huwag ka ring magtanim ng sama ng loob sa kaibigan mo o sa lalaki. Otherwise, pag pinairal ang emosyon, sasama din ang loob sa iyo. Masisira pa ang friendship, at ikaw pa ang magiging masama sa kanilang paningin.

Kung dumating sa punto na naghiwalay nga sila, now is your chance to shine. Huwag mo nang hintayin na ikaw ay suyuin pa, dahil di natin alam kung gusto ka niya talaga. Iparamdam mo na lagi kang nandiyan. Treat him nicely. Sometime ay maapreciate niya ang efforts mo, at baka mahulog pa ang loob niya sa iyo.

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: SM Entertainment

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)

Bright side

With some of EXO, Super Junior, and SHINee members serving in military, expect SM’s downturn when it comes to boy groups. But their responses to this situation were very nice.

First is on the remaining members undergoing solo debuts, even if these were not good enough. Most famous were EXO’s Sehun, Chanyeol, and Baekhyun. It also pushed boundaries by forming SuperM, where they combined select members from different groups into one.

It also did not neglect NCT and Red Velvet. In fact, they made dual group and solo comebacks for NCT, plus other tracks for its subunit WayV. It went far to immediately issue statement to protect Taeyong. For RV, the agency took part in “jigsaw puzzle concept” as to keep their sole lead girl group relevant.

Charity works with UNICEF have to be noted, as the agency continuously sustains its SMile program as its corporate social responsibility arm.

Lastly, they are keeping Super Junior alive. Aside from providing solo tracks, they prepared for the complete return of members by providing two comebacks. Maintaining talents like this for a very long time is something other agencies don’t have.

Dark side

Still, some issues must be responded on. First is on handling older K-Pop groups (f(x) and SNSD). This is not to mention lack of promotions for them. In fact, it’s funny that SM only remembered f(x) through merch when virtually all members left (Amber, Victoria, and Luna), not to mention the latter being happy after leaving the agency.

While solo acts like that of Luna and Taeyeon are worth commending, the agency should consider also applying “SuperM” concept with girl groups. As of now, SM is wasting talents on them. Case in point: Oh!GG.

Second is on providing responses on the talents’ status, which was lacking in cases like Baekhyun, Seulgi, and Yeri.

Finally, they must provide strong measures to protect its artists. Sulli’s death should be a cause for alarm, since depression is not to be taken lightly. They failed on this when Sulli asked for psychological help from the agency, but they just dismissed it.

Considering below-the-belt remarks from netizens, plus intense workshops, SM should’ve taken actions. These include pressing charges against malicious commenters, counselling for artists, and providing breaks.*

As of present, Taeyeon is still battling depression. So, if SM would not respond to protect the mental health of their artists (within their reach), failing grade will be given to the agency next year.

Conclusion

SM plans to add new boy and girl group next year. While this would help the agency with its few roster, the true test lies on how it treats the existing groups, specially the old ones.

Despite some not so good points, positive responses bear fruit for the agency. In fact, Baekhyun’s UN Village, RV’s tracks, and NCT still lead the way from sales to charts. To add, SuperM fared well in their venture to mainstream music. The only question would be on how to take care of its talents in the long run.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 4
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 5
4 Handling girl groups 2
5 Assessment as whole 7
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 7
8 Other factors  

* In fairness to SM Entertainment, they exerted some efforts to protect Sulli by pressing charges. But it posed some difficulties: (1) A malicious commenter used foreign IP address to mask his/her location, and (2) even if SM is ready to press charges for other netizens, Sulli decided to abandon it out of generosity.

Love Advice No. 115

From Papa Jack Advice Facebook page:

May bestfriend po ako na umamin sa akin na gusto niya ako. Pero friend lang ang turing ko sa kanya mula pa noong una kaming nagkita.

May boyfriend po ako ngayon. Actually, di ako seryoso sa kanya. Pero tanggap niya. Nakita niyang niyakap ako ni friend, tapos nagselos. Pinapili niya ako kung sino sa kanilang dalawa – yung kaibigan ko o yung boyfriend po. Please paadvice.

My Advice:

Wala kang pagpipilian sa kanilang dalawa.

Obvious ang sagot. Dahil di mo gusto si bestfriend, at hindi ka seryoso sa boyfriend mo. Wala ni isa sa kanila ang mas matimbang para sa iyo.

Katamtaman lamang ang pagtrato sa isang relasyon. Kahit na sabihin ko na “kailangang seryoso ang relasyon,” hindi dapat umabot sa punto na magiging boring ito. Hindi rin ito isang laro kung saan parang balewala ito sa inyong dalawa.

Kung hindi ka seryoso sa relationship mo, mas maigi na makipag-break sa boyfriend mo. Dahil parang nakikipaglokohan ka lang sa kanya. At iyan ay hindi nakakatuwa. Hayaan mong ibigin siya ng babae na mas deserving kaysa sa iyo.

Sa totoo lang, nagiging “training ground” ang relasyon para sa long-term commitment ninyong dalawa. Dito sinusubok ang kakayahan ninyo na magsama nang matagal. At sa kasong ito, di ka pa handa para mag-commit sa kanya. Ibigin mo muna ang sarili mo bago ka maghanap ng syota.

TweetNewscaster’s Most Popular K-Pop Groups 2019

Sometimes you might ask:

Which groups are most popular this year?

Even I got confused on the answers given. Some will tell that a group is famous, and others will tell otherwise.

This article was borne out of need to define which K-Pop groups are famous or underrated. By looking at the popularity index, one can have an idea how popular these groups are in Korea and overseas. This also assesses objectively how the groups perform for the whole of 2019.

See for yourself if your favorite group is on the top or is struggling to make it. Look at findings and mechanics below for more details.

Rank Group Score Rank Group Score
1 BTS 41.87 36 T-ara 15.68
2 TWICE 38.07 37 LOONA 15.26
3 BLACKPINK 37.88 38 EVERGLOW 15.22
4 SEVENTEEN 34.86 39 GWSN 15.20
5 EXO 32.96 40 TVXQ 14.48
6 NCT 31.09 41 HOTSHOT 14.20
7 NU’EST 29.37 42 BTOB 14.08
8 Red Velvet 29.31 43 Ladies’ Code 13.80
9 Super Junior 29.15 44 f(x) 13.65
10 MAMAMOO 28.15 45 Weki Meki 13.19
11 IZ*ONE 26.63 46 PENTAGON 12.96
12 WINNER 25.41 47 APRIL 12.88
13 Cosmic Girls 24.46 48 ONEUS 12.77
14 Girls’ Generation 24.40 49 CIX 12.50
15 TXT 24.05 50 CLC 12.13
16 ITZY 24.03 51 VERIVERY 11.59
17 Monsta X 23.56 52 2PM 10.75
18 THE BOYZ 23.40 53 SF9 10.75
19 GFRIEND 22.90 54 fromis_9 9.98
20 Stray Kids 22.89 55 FTISLAND 9.73
21 GOT7 22.85 56 LABOUM 9.48
22 (G)I-DLE 22.50 57 VICTON 8.50
23 Apink 22.43 58 Brown Eyed Girls 8.20
24 ASTRO 21.65 59 JBJ95 7.83
25 Oh My Girl 21.39 60 Highlight 7.05
26 SHINee 21.34 61 Berry Good 6.88
27 AOA 20.88 62 Golden Child 6.60
28 Lovelyz 20.78 63 Girl’s Day 6.33
29 AB6IX 19.85 64 Fiestar 6.13
30 Dreamcatcher 18.86 65 2AM 5.90
31 MOMOLAND 18.43 66 Shinhwa 5.28
32 ATEEZ 18.09 67 IN2IT 3.80
33 VIXX 16.48 68.5 D1CE 3.75
34 INFINITE 16.40 68.5 SATURDAY 3.75
35 BIGBANG 15.70 70 TRCNG 2.45
      71 GSA (Girl’s Alert) 1.38

Findings

From the rating, we can observe some predictable and surprising points:

  1. BTS is still leading all the way from sales to charts. It also takes the lead spot both in Korea and international music.
  2. SM Entertainment sees its groups like Super Junior, EXO, SHINee, and Girls Generation still part of the top, despite being in hiatus this year. Other groups like NCT and Red Velvet fared well.
  3. BLACKPINK is now overtaking BTS in terms of YouTube streams by around 40 million views.
  4. Facebook pages with most likes include Bigbang (10.7M), BTS (9.4M), EXO (8M), Super Junior (7.7M), and Girls’ Generation (7.1M).
  5. Album sales by SVT were at 1.4M copies, followed by TWICE (1M).
  6. The overall ranking necessarily follows the Queendom final rankings. While MAMAMOO is still leading, (G)I-DLE swapped second place with Oh My Girl.

This year also saw the rise of rookies. Out of 28 rookie groups to date, only 8 were the most popular (28.57%). First was TXT, then followed by ITZY, AB6IX, and EVERGLOW.

We wish to note also underrated girl groups, comprising 19 out of 71 most popular (26.76%). Cosmic Girls was the most popular underrated girl group, followed by Lovelyz, Dreamcatcher, LOONA, and EVERGLOW.

While IZ*ONE fared well in the popularity ranking, reverse happens to X1. This is due to them not being included in KRBI’s overall Brand Index for four months.

This also reflects possible results from agencies’ promotions this year:

  1. Cube Entertainment’s second most popular group was BTOB, followed by PENTAGON and CLC. Quite ironic that BTOB does not have any releases this year, while the two groups released two/three lead tracks.
  2. Fantagio managed to pull up ASTRO even with measly tracks, thanks to Eunwoo’s popularity. Weak spot is on Weki Meki, still lagging behind.
  3. FNC still has its major problem handling groups. Out of seven groups mapped, only three managed to be most popular (AOA, SF9, FTISLAND).
  4. MBK still hasn’t seen its existing groups rise. For TS, only its group TRCNG managed to be second-to-lowest to date.

Mechanics

In rating the top groups for 2019, greater emphasis is placed on objectivity. Ratings are based on rankings from different sources (Korean and SNS), and are given weighted score.

Some important points to know in this rating:

  1. Only groups rated by Korean Research Business Institute (August to November) will be ranked here. Other groups not mentioned here are considered highly underrated.
  2. All rankings from different sources are based on available data, and are verifiable.
  3. Different sources are as follows:
    1. Korean: KRBI and Gaon (50%)
    2. International: Tumblr, Spotify, Billboard, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (50%)
  4. Criteria and weighted score is as follows: KRBI (25%, 4 months), Pages Liked (10%, December), Streaming (5%, December), Frequency of Lead Tracks (15%, November), Album Sales (10%), Tumblr (5%), Gaon (5% each, weekly and monthly), Spotify (7%), Billboard (3%), and Twitter (10%).

Featured Image Credit: Girl groups, photo from kmaniachannel.

Love Advice No. 114

Five years ago, isang simulated Facebook page ni Papa Jack ang ginamit ko upang simulan ang love advice. Sa pagkakataong ito, binalikan ko ang page para suriin kung meron pang humihingi nito. Simulan na natin!


From Papa Jack Advice Facebook page:

Paano po ba ang gagawin ko? Kasi po yung bf ko po ay naalala pa ex niya. Sa tingin ko po, mahal niya pa rin. Ano po ba ang dapat kong gawin? Pagpapatuloy ko po ba o ititigil ko na? Thank you po sa mag-aadvice.

My Advice:

Kung apektado nito ang relasyon ninyo, itigil mo muna iyan.

Hindi maganda para sa iyo at para sa kanya na ituloy ang relationship. Kasi in the first place, kulang ang pagmamahal na ibinibigay sa iyo.

Mahirap ibigin ang isang tao na hindi mo alam kung mahal ka niya talaga. Kung mahal ka niya talaga, palalampasin niya ang nangyari sa kanila. Maalala man, hindi na ito magiging sanhi ng problema niyong dalawa. Pero hindi eh.

Ang nakakatakot pa, may possibility na magkabalikan sila. Lalo pa’t bukal sa loob na mahal niya ang babaeng iyon. Ang ending, naging panakip-butas ka na lang, instead na real girlfriend niya ngayon.

So, iwan mo muna siya. Hanapin niya muna ang sarili. He has to take time first bago ka niya ibigin ulit. Kasi aabutin ng mahabang panahon bago niya patawarin at palayain ang ex niya. Kung naka-move on na siya, puwede na siyang umibig ulit. Pero dahil hindi pa siya naka-move on, di kayo puwedeng magsama.

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: YG Entertainment

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)

YGE has been instrumental in bringing K-Pop to the world for many years. But while 2018 has been a stable year for YG, it was an unfortunate one for 2019. First was Seungri on sex scandal, and then it was B.I. over drug use. The negative impact on K-Pop was great, such that Obsessed and Assessed stopped doing MV Reviews for whole of March (only to go indefinite hiatus this year).

The way how YG (company) is not responding has major effects, as we will discuss later.

Bad points

First of all, they should’ve issued strong statements condemning major offenses, which they failed to do.

Another faulty response is on their peddled “quality over quantity” slogan, to the point that artists themselves suffer from lack of exposure. And here comes the habit of not frequently releasing music. This usually sidesteps its various artists among other promotion-packed and stage-packed agencies. Worse, this hampers full potential for them to stand out.

Most obvious is on BLACKPINK, which could’ve slayed more charts had they been given several tracks. Another case lies on AKMU’s Suhyun, where the agency did not give her solo debut during the two-year hiatus till September. They wasted time and opportunity for her to shine. As for Lee Hi, this was the cause behind deterioration of her mental health.

Speaking of lower sales, this actually happened in terms of albums. In fact, YG is still being pushed aside by Big 3 now (and Pledis). Not surprising, as they are still going stingy in terms of releases.

Consider too what happened to Treasure13 members. They are supposed to debut last July, but are still not as of this writing due to scandals. And as the saying goes, these trainees are leaving the “pharmacy,” looking for somewhere who manages them better.

Another negative point is on not giving iKON a break from several concerts, especially during the Holidays. While the intent was to entertain fans during the holiday, they should’ve considered the immense toll it will bring to the group.

While BLACKPINK served as YG’s flagship group, its status has not yet changed for the better. And till 2019 comes to near-end, still no solo debuts for Lisa, Rosé, and Jisoo, not to mention want of long-term planning on BP.

If Blinks are getting impatient on lack of comebacks, and the group is still sad on their status, we have a serious problem. It shows how inefficient YG is in handling talents as whole. Plus, owing to lack of protection afforded when 2NE1 disbanded, it’s not surprising if it also happens to the new girl group, albeit on different case.

Most worrisome is on Dara, who is currently working with the agency. Maybe YG should give her also comebacks, as consideration of her still working despite what happened to 2NE1?

Good points

Meanwhile, some good points must be also taken into account. For instance, it still promotes its groups like BLACKPINK, iKON, and WINNER in several countries through concerts and meet-ups. Second, after fans complained of removing B.I. from the credits, they listened by crediting him again in his songworks.

They also give groups relative freedom, apparent on AKMU. This refers to freedom in producing songs while being funded. So far, no artist-related complaints have been heard with YG such as being underpaid. Add to that, rare to no instances of copyright issues were encountered. That’s another plus points for them.

YG also ensured that artists will have personal space. In fact, they warned fans not to get too close with iKON at an airport, and asks them not to visit Bigbang members on their military discharge.

Another good point is on handling dating issues with Jennie. While this would actually damage reputation of Jendeukie and her group, YG still let her perform in their only comeback. You know what happened to them later on.

Conclusion

The quality over quantity mindset demonstrates their lack of flexibility, especially in hard times like this. It posed disastrous results up to financial level: lower sales, opportunity costs, net loss, and potential loss of investors. It seems that no one, not even BP or Big Bang, could save YG from its sad state.

The responses, from kicking out delinquent stars, “quality over quantity”, and removing Yang Hyun Suk, are itself short term ones. Without long-term solutions (and purging), we doubt if YG would recover its leading status next year.

Group(s) Rated: BLACKPINK

Rating: 70.91%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 2
3 Handling boy groups 3
4 Handling girl groups 4
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 8
7 Handling issues and responding 6
8 Rare copyright issues 5

The Best and Worst K-Pop Agencies for 2019

Good day! Here we are for our first rating of agencies this 2019.

K-Pop has seen itself laid with various scandals and incompetence of some agencies, resulting to not-so-good moments for the genre this year. As such, the author felt the great need to rate them at year-end.

The article summarizes the best and worst performing agencies for the year 2019. The grade given is based on criteria, and we are going to explain it in separate articles.

Lead groups provided are for reference purposes only. Big 3 Agencies for this year are indicated in bold.

All agencies not mentioned here are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.

See for yourself if your favorite agency is on the higher list or is lagging behind.

Rank Agency Lead Group/s Rating Grade Assessment
1 BigHit Entertainment BTS 97.78% A+ Excellent
2 Source Music GFRIEND 96.00% A+ Excellent
3 OSR Entertainment HINAPIA 96.00% A+ Excellent
4 RBW Entertainment MAMAMOO 94.55% A+ Excellent
5 SD Entertainment SATURDAY 93.33% A+ Excellent
6 CUBE (G)I-DLE 91.67% A- Very Good
7 WM Entertainment Oh My Girl 89.09% B+ Good
8 PNation Dawn and Hyuna 88.89% B+ Good
9 Woollim Entertainment Lovelyz 87.27% B- Satisfactory
10 JYP Entertainment TWICE 84.62% C+ Improving
11 Play M Entertainment Apink 83.64% C+ Improving
12 Off The Record IZ*ONE 82.22% C- Needs Improvement
13 SM Entertainment EXO 80.00% C- Needs Improvement
14 Polaris Entertainment LOONA 80.00% C- Needs Improvement
15 Jellyfish Entertainment VIXX 80.00% C- Needs Improvement
16 Fantagio ASTRO 80.00% C- Needs Improvement
17 Starship Entertainment Monsta X 80.00% C- Needs Improvement
18 FNC Entertainment AOA 74.55% F Failed
19 YG Entertainment BLACKPINK 70.91% F Failed
20 Pledis Entertainment SEVENTEEN 70.00% F Failed
21 Star Empire 9Muses 54.00% F Failed
22 MBK Entertainment DIA 52.73% F Failed
23 MLD Entertainment MOMOLAND 52.00% F Failed
24 TS Entertainment TRCNG 50.91% F Failed
25 Brave Entertainment Brave Girls 41.82% F Failed

For details, check these out. We will provide the links sometime:

Love Advice No. 113

Habang naghihinay-hinay tayo sa K-Pop, inuunti-unti ko rin ang pagsusulat ng Love Advice. Dahil alam ko na ito pa rin ang hinahanap. Sige, simulan na natin!


From a group page:

Sinong puwedeng makausap at mahingian na din ng advice?

Kasi yung gf ko ay buntis, pero inamin niya sa akin na hindi ako ang ama o nakabuntis sa kanya?

My Advice:

Iwanan mo na siya.

This time, may matinding rason ka na para tuluyang iwan siya. Bakit? Dahil mahirap nang magtiwala sa kanya. Iwanan mo lang siya nang bahagya, papatong na sa iba. Kung tutuusin, sarili din niyang desisyon kung magpapabuntis siya sa iba o hindi.

Sa kasong ito, wala siyang respeto sa sarili at sa iyo bilang boyfriend niya. Hindi ito ang asal ng isang matinong babae. Bakit hindi ka niya pakasalan, kung hahantong lang din sa ganito? Siya lang ang makakasagot niyan.

Nasa sa iyo na rin kung tatanggapin mo ba siya sa kabila ng lahat. Nasa sa iyo na kung aakuin mo ang responsibilidad bilang ama. Ang importante, kung saan ka mas masaya.

Mango Flute Recipe

Good day, dear readers! Narito na naman tayo sa isang serye ng pagluluto kasama ang may-akda. Sa pagkakataong ito, ating lulutuin ang isang special dish sa araw na ito. Ito ay walang iba kundi ang “Mango Flute”.

Tamang-tama lang na i-publish ang recipe na ito, lalo na’t malapit na ring sumapit ang Pasko. Bakit di natin i-try itong ihain sa Noche Buena?

Ngayon, maitatanong mo sa akin, “Bakit mango flute? Hindi ba dapat mango float ang itawag diyan?” Meron kasing actual case na nagluto siya ng mango flute. Narito ang kanyang post:

May isa ding babae na nagpost din ng kanyang mango flute dish, pero kino-correct siya. Nang kino-correct siya, narito ang kanyang tweet:

Nakakatawa nga lamang na hindi niya masyadong inaral ang spelling ng recipe na iyan, pero siya pa mismo ang nagsabi na mag-aral muna sila.

Sa ngayon ay wala munang hugot, dahil wala pa akong maisip na hugot statements para sa recipe na ito. Well, anyway, susubukan nating lutuin ang mango flute recipe base sa kanilang post at tweet.

Tara, ihanda na natin ang mga ingredients:

  1. Mango. Any kind of mango will do. Preferred na variety yung matatagpuan sa Guimaras. Pero kung wala nito, puwede kang kumuha ng kinalabaw na mangga na mabibili sa inyong palengke. At kung hilaw o hinog ang ilalagay mo diyan sa dish natin, go ahead. 😀 These should be sliced.
  2. Grahams. Siguraduhin lang na kulay brown ang crackers na lulutuin natin. Kung hindi, at iyon ang ginamit mo, bahala ka na sa buhay mo! 😡
  3. Condensed milk. Gagamitin din natin ito para mas lalong maging malasa ang dish natin. Tanong lang: Merong evaporated at condensed milk. Meron din kayang precipitated milk?
  4. All-purpose cream.
  5. Honey. Hindi yung sweetie mo, ha? Iyan ang matamis na inilalabas ng mga bubuyog. Any kind of honey will do.
  6. Stick-o wafers. Kung wala nito, mas maganda ang kawayan na hugis flute. O literal na flute. Ito ang magiging pinakadekorasyon natin sa Mango Flute Recipe.
  7. Plastic ware. Dito na natin ilalagay ang ating magiging recipe. Bakit, saan mo gustong ilagay, sa bowl?

Simulan natin ang pagluluto!

  1. Ilagay ang buong Grahams, All-purpose cream, at honey sa plastic ware. Salitan ang paglalagay ng Grahams at all-purpose cream.
  2. Kapag tapos nang ilagay ang Grahams at cream, puwede nang ilagay ang honey at ang durog na grahams.
  3. Ilagay ang sliced mangos sa ibabaw ng ating recipe. Ito ang magbibigay ng dagdag na kulay sa Mango Flute natin.
  4. Ilagay ang Stick-o wafers o ang kawayan as toppings. Kung wala kasi iyan, hindi natin talaga mapapanindigan ang term na “Mango Flute” sa dish natin.
  5. Ilagay sa freezer for five hours o overnight for 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower. Sapat ang oras na iyon para kumapit ang lasa ng ating dish. The Mango Flute Recipe is now ready to be served.

Sa mga nagtatanong kung bakit ito tinawag na “Mango Flute,” simple lang ang sagot. Ito ay  may mangga/mangoes at may flute. Pareho silang nakalutang, o “floated”, kaya tamang-tama lang na tawagin itong “Mango Flute.”

Sana nakatulong ako sa pagbibigay ng dish na puwede ninyong pagsaluhan ngayong Pasko. Sana maging mas matamis at mas masarap ang Noche Buena natin. O, paano ba iyan? Enjoy your meal, and happy cooking! 🙂

(Note: For those who only know English, we will translate this recipe for your benefit. Stay tuned.)


Featured Image Credit: Mango flute recipe from a website.

I’m Not A Merry Anymore

Today, I’m not a Merry anymore.

Merries are still shocked upon learning of Taeha and Dabin’s departure. For one, Taeha opted to pursue new paths, and Dabin is still groping with schedule conflicts between acting and being a K-Pop artist.

What makes matters complicated is that MLD Entertainment still does not issue statements and apologies for delay for several months. This proves their unprofessional side. We will discuss further these things as we rate agencies and the group some time.

As Daisy is still “under negotiations”, I’m not surprised if she might be no longer part of it. This will surely have negative consequences if this happens. In fact, some international Merries told that Daisy was the reason they became part of the fandom.

With all these things, what’s the sense of being a “Merry”, if me and fellow fans are not happy with these?

Thank you

So, thanks to all Merries who genuinely care for the group. Thank you also for making me once part of this fandom for one and a half year. However, recent events pushed me to leave the fandom like everyone else.

Starting November 30 this year, TweetNewscaster is not following the group anymore, and is now leaving the fandom. The author is also withdrawing support for the group. Consequently, all members are no longer my biases, and Momoland is now out from my bias list forever.

Effects

Starting November 30, failing grade will be given in reviews of their future releases. No special incentives will be given to them anymore in future reviews (unlike BTS, (G)I-DLE, and TWICE).

Worse, if any member is absent on group’s TV appearances, extra pull-down factor will be added in future reviews. No considerations will be given to Momoland at all regardless of reasons, especially on absences.

These things would be better off than hating them outright. Hating the group will be a waste of time and energy.

It does not make sense following them with these kinds of attitude, and if they are still incomplete. And to put it bluntly, it’s senseless to follow them if the group and the agency aren’t learning any lessons at all.

AOA – Come See Me: MV Review

Due to hectic schedules and unfortunate incidents in K-Pop, we will not review EXO, Stray Kids, ASTRO, and J.Y. Park’s releases. Again, our sincerest apologies.

Meanwhile, reviews for December releases will be limited. This is to focus on year-end write-ups and misheard lyrics.

This article will be my final review for November. I earnestly hope another new MV reviewer will come forward to do this immense job.


For our series of reviews, we will touch on AOA in their song Come See Me. This is their lead track for their sixth mini-album New Moon. And to wit, it is their comeback since Mina left for career change.

I took on the liberty of reviewing the group due to their outstanding attitude. This is the case with Seolhyun and Jimin, which we will discuss as we rate the group in another separate write-up.

As this is my first time reviewing AOA, and more than year passed since Bingle Bangle, I am now very excited on this. How would an Elvis rate the group? Let’s start!

Storyline

The storyline delves on the girls engaging in shooting, holding guns, swords, and bows. On the other side, they are running away from drones and cameras that surround and follow them. It came to a point that they’re fed up and hit the drone that is stalking at them. They are now shooting, and are now showing their fiercer side.

Its story in a nutshell tells about malicious netizens and sasaengs. This is apparent with a woman being exposed with digits, implying her being exposed to digital hate.

It can be remembered that AOA undergone the same fate last 2016. At that time, Seolhyun and Jimin were bashed out of lack of knowledge on Korean history. Later on, Choa left due to depression and stress of being a celebrity, and earlier on, Seolhyun took the heat when she dated a guy.

Review as whole

The settings for Come See Me reminds me of their previous work Excuse Me. It proved to be a return to their mature side which once defined them, though being on a lesser side.

The string tunes provide a warm-up necessary to start the song, then is rejoined with snaps and claps to bring the song to new level.

With regards to 1theK logo, it’s interesting that they retained the old one. It can be noted that quite sometime after IU’s release, the channel changed its logo.

The 1theK logo can be seen at 0:45 and at 2:35, as Chanmi holds a light and shoots arrows respectively. This is also obvious at the end of the video, as icon at the lower right side.

Since they joined in Queendom, I am expecting more from them. Or try a different genre. But it felt lacking enough to warrant attention. First, I don’t see anything that would make me more excited, unlike Bingle Bangle or Miniskirt. Second, the final chorus meanwhile jumps unexpectedly to end, lacking additional verse to give a smooth transition.

Side notes

Now that the remaining five members are enjoying popularity, what would Choa, Mina, and Youkyung feel?

As of this point, it’s interesting to know what would happen to eight members after Queendom and this comeback. And I am hoping for the best, none other than for all to reunite again.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.29%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 3
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 1
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
    Features 1theK logo (Bonus) 5
    Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus) 5

South Club – TWICE: MV Review

For a bit of info, South Club was founded under guidance of Nam Taehyun, a former vocalist of WINNER.

I have to review this performance, as I find the title very amusing. At first glance, one might think that it was another new song from TWICE.

As a fully-pledged Once (pun intended), how we will rate the group? Let’s see here:

Storyline as whole

The song starts with a woman trying to go inside and spank the lead singer. This then reminds him of them cuddling in a bed, and afterwards they argued while discussing. It came to a point that she left him. He sees himself as lost and astray upon losing her. In his search, he desires to be loved again.

The slow funky tune became the dominant music in its whole track, allowing his vocals to guide the song afloat. In essence this uses the slow rock that sets apart from the usual tracks we hear for this year.

The final chorus lacked additional verse to bring the song to an end. This abrupt ending did not satisfy me well.

On an another angle (3:31), Taehyun closely resembles Moonbyul.

Joketime

We might suppose this was made in collaboration with the girl group.

Onces be like:

These would be their soundtracks:

South Club single: TWICE

Title Track: TWICE
Side Tracks:
– BLACKPINK
– BTS
– SEVENTEEN
– Red Velvet
– EXO
– GFRIEND

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.22%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners
Dance 12 Not too sensual
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus) 5