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

Notes and Reflections on Goo Hara’s Death (Part 2)

Dedicated to Goo Hara and all K-Pop celebrities:


What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy

What if trials of this life…are Your mercies in disguise?

“Blessings”, Laura Story

K-Pop for this year is full of trials, the recent one with Kang Daniel suffering from depression. Mostly we see stars get depressed, commit suicides, or otherwise retiring and taking hiatus for various reasons.

The trials of K-Pop for this year proved that fame and material success can’t ultimately satisfy the spiritual and psychological hunger that K-Pop stars are experiencing for so many years. It does not really give inner peace and direction many stars wanted, to live a simple and happy life.

It proves that “Man does not live on bread alone,” as Jesus Christ quoted. In Korean:

‘사람이 빵으로만 살아서는 된다’ 라고 쓰여 있다.
누가복음 4:4b (KLB)       

These deaths not only proved the inevitable decline K-Pop is facing, but also that the celebrities are humans like you and me. They feel sad and happy. They cry and laugh. They get hurt and depressed, too. Ultimately, they have the innate right to love, be loved, and enjoy life.

Stars are trained at a very young age, at a critical time where their maturity is not yet fully developed. Without proper advice from elderly/wise people and psychologists, these stars find it difficult to handle pressure and manage emotions. Not to mention pressure from fans and agencies for them to look good, be prim and proper, avoid “scandals”, etc. etc…

Korean society as a whole is still not solving the problem on depression taboos. Stigma is still present for those who are mentally challenged. Worse, suicides tend to be the normal case for them. What would be the turning point for Korean society to realize that this is a very serious problem?

Please be reminded again of this message:

It’s hard for me to enjoy K-Pop sometimes, because in the back of my mind, I’m always remembering how stressed and sad some of them are behind the scenes. I’m happy enjoying them perform, but are THEY happy?

All that goes through my mind when I’m trying to enjoy K-Pop and I’m scared sometimes that I’m going to hear someone I love in K-Pop that has taken his/her own life.

With the inherent situation facing all of our favorites, they are materially happy. But the big question is: Are our K-Pop stars also spritually/mentally/socially happy?

Join us as we will offer our prayer again to all of our favorites in K-Pop.

Prayer For All K-Pop Celebrities (2019)

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we are eternally grateful to You in giving the artists special talents to entertain us.

We thank You for these kinds of entertainment, as our source of joy for all time. Thank You for these kinds of music, that refreshes, moves, entertains, and inspires all of us.

Heavenly Father, forgive those who do trespasses against the ones we love. Forgive us for all our insensible remarks or hate and malicious comments towards our neighbors. Help us forgive also those who trespass against us, and help us find inner peace within our hearts.

May You grant forgiveness to those who took their own lives out of misery and pain. May Your presence be known to the families, friends, and fans they left.

Lord, we are seeking Your divine protection as our artists are facing challenges in showcasing talents to us. With the recent situation we are in today, give all of us the necessary strength to accept and face these realities.

Heavenly Father, we are seeking Your help in protecting our artists. Protect them from all dangers that they are facing. Console them and give courage as they are grappling in the realities of life. Help them as they are seeking enlightenment in this troubled world.

Heavenly Father, we are imploring Your aid to extend Your healing hand to our artists who have health issues. Give them necessary physical and spiritual health, so that like a parable, they may utilize fully the talents they have to help and entertain fellowmen.

Heavenly Father, please help and enlighten their agencies, so that they respond better to various issues like this one.

All of these we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Fr. Andrew Kim Taegon, pray for us.
St. Paul Chong Hasang, pray for us.
St. Peter Yu Taechol, pray for us.


To all K-Pop lovers:

Regardless of our faith, creed, or profession, we must offer even a simple daily prayer to our favorites, and to the industry as a whole.

Notes and Reflections on Goo Hara’s Death

Dedicated to Goo Hara, her friends, and family.


With all the bullying experienced from her ex-boyfriend and netizens, comes Goo Hara’s death. As with Sulli, many fans and celebrities are expressing condolences. Various agencies and stars are suspending meet-ups and releases out of respect. Heechul afterwards made his Instagram account private out of her loss.

The bullying she faced, plus Sulli’s death, proved too much for her. It can be remembered that she failed on her first attempt six months ago. And this time, she succeeded.

Still, Korean society is not learning lessons from previous deaths. And as a fan, I felt sad and angry about it.

WHAT WOULD BE THE TURNING POINT FOR KOREANS TO RECOGNIZE THAT DEPRESSION IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM?

I’m coldhearted

As much as I wanted to enjoy K-Pop, as this site is more on spreading fun, I am now going to be ambivalent on it for now due to these incidents. This dampens most of my enthusiasm I got when I focused on K-Pop last year. With few reads too, I don’t see anymore reason to fully devote my time to K-Pop unlike before. Might as well consider discouraging other people to listen and enjoy K-Pop if things did not improve.

As of this point, I am also suffering from similar situation as I age. Time came for me to realize that I am not getting younger anymore, and that I’ve been left behind in terms of achievements, relationships, and marriage. And still, it’s very hard for me to achieve these things. That’s why I don’t take depression lightly.

Actions

All these scandals – from Seungri to Goo Hara – are exposing what’s wrong inside the industry. These incidents alone are telling that K-Pop is now losing popularity, appeal, and/or prestige. Or heading towards decline. And I am not surprised, considering that some agencies are going unresponsive over various issues.

We K-Pop fans share the burden of protecting our favorite stars. With all of our favorites working very hard and long just to entertain us, we have to cheer them. Give them inspiration. Strengthen and console them. Be supportive, but critical at same time. Don’t pick fights on other stars and fandoms. If we do these, then K-Pop is on a right track.

Out of respect to Goo Hara, no more activities for November, except for our prayer. Select reviews for this month will be published starting December 8, till further notice.

In our next article, join us as we conduct our prayer for all of remaining K-Pop (Hallyu) artists.

IU (아이유) – Blueming and Above the Time: MV Reviews

With limited time, and with few reads, I have no choice but to suspend reviews of WJSN, TXT, and IN2IT. Underrated girl groups will be reviewed in next months if given more time, as with ELRIS, Rainbow, and ILUV.

I see no reason to do so many reviews if few will read these stuff.

Meanwhile, we still continue reviews of AOA, ASTRO, Stray Kids, South Club, and NATURE.


For the first time, we will review IU with her double lead tracks for this year. It can be remembered that she took a rest to focus more on drama series Hotel del Luna. And now that she’s back, and I also longed for her next music project, I have to prioritize this.

While our fellow reviewers take on separate assessments, I decided to combine these reviews in a single article, since we are talking about that beautiful soloist. For brevity, we will refer to Blueming and Above The Time as first and second song, respectively.

As a Uaena also, I felt very excited reviewing her recent work. It has been more than a year since her lead track Bbi Bbi was released. So, shall we start?

Storyline

Blueming tells of a girl being in love with a man who is quite shy. Being on that situation, the man tries to woo her in hiding, such as giving balloons, having surprises in a locker room, and giving her gifts in mailbox.

She later finds out that no gifts were thrown in the mailbox, but she later on changes outfit upon receiving other gift. The story ends with her at the same fence, wishing to meet the one.

The funniest side of hers can be seen at 1:46 – 2:22, where she rides a bike and then throws things to her neighbor. To add, I find her being surprised as very cute (at 0:50 – 1:02). Just look at her reactions.

Above The Time tells of the boy and the girl observing each other in a different world. From the way they acted, IU served as the angel that watches the clockmaker. Apparently, she was with the latter while alive, as seen dancing. She later died, which caused him to weep these moments amidst snowfall. Both find ways on how to connect with each other, even if they won’t be together anymore.

The only point lacking is that it has less straightforward storyline as compared to Blueming.

Review as whole

With regards to the first music, the guitar rock tune complements the otherwise boring beats in the music. And it’s good to hear these tunes being sustained throughout. As a whole, the MV and music seeks to strike a balance between her cutesy side and the matureness of music.

Let’s talk about visuals. Her painting rose with blue clearly speaks of the title. The fun side of IU can be seen here, as she dances while smiling. I only see her in this fun side since Bbibbi era, which convinced me to like it very much.

From the visuals and settings of the second music, plus the title itself, the time represents IU on the other side, that is, heaven, watching over the boy. Or interpreted in different way, they are in separate worlds. They deem that they are still together, beyond the limited time given to the duo.

Some likeable aspects need to be featured. First, I liked how they inserted a folk dance, which is being rendered fast. This is seen at 2:49 – 3:13. Second, IU sustains her vocals in a way that gives an eerie feeling, even if it does not use echoes. The music ends with an orchestral finish, commonly heard in old songs during the 50s to 70s. Third, this features an accordion, which somehow is rarely used now. Finally, the music moved me to the point that I cried so much.

Felt disgusted as the channel still did not provide storyline for their talent, unlike that of Bbibbi last year. That would’ve tell what’s in these music videos.

Review by others

According to TheBiasList, Blueming is fresh, simple, and orderly, forging her appealing vocals with direct pop-rock tunes. The tunes hark back to the first days of K-Pop, and sticking with it throughout.

As with KPopReviewed, he just expected a softer approach with this song, and liked it being upbeat. Instrumentals are worth remembering, and the song pulled off together to make a perfect track.

How about Above The Time? KPopReviewed told that the orchestral instrumentals showcase the beauty of her voice. While the progression of tunes is abrupt, they fit nicely. This song reminds him of You & I, especially on the storyline, and as expected, gone further to interpret the same.

TheBiasList wrote that IU tries to do some magical tracks akin to Disney series. This refers to her vocals being used to explain how sentimental the song can be. Only to find out that it has various twists to keep the song interesting.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Separate):
Blueming: 96.19%
Above The Time: 94.74%
Grade: A+/A+
Assessment: Excellent/Excellent

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 95.50%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

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

NATURE – OOPSIE (My Bad): MV Review

As part of helping underrated girl groups, we will now embark on Nature, with their song Oopsie (My Bad). With some changes happening on their lineup, would they still charm us in this performance? Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with a girl flying a crane, while the others are reading. As a girl crosses the mirror portal, she discovers the other side of nature. The beginning scene teaches origami, a kind of paper folding, which apparently is losing popularity in recent years.

Review as whole

Thumping drum beats define the mood of the music at the start and interlude. It is then rejoined by sweet, gummy bops. The melodies afterwards fades to give way to electro synths everytime the chorus is reached. Descending synths at the chorus remind me of Girls Generation’s Mr. Mr.

The visuals portray different things like mirrors, dinner table, compass, cards, drinking potion, them sitting in a table, and a girl in a doll house. Summing up the supposed meaning:

We lost direction and take chances. If we make mistakes, that’s our expression. Sometimes we reflect on what we did. These we do as we meet people every day.

I wish to express my not-so-good points on Oopsie. First, I find the hooks at the chorus irritating, as this is where the turning point for them to shine had been wasted in these. However, they make their dance very simple and fun.

Second, while the music and performance is fun, the same was very confusing. Why? Oopsie did not define the boundaries between the verses and chorus, which is the standard regardless of genre used.

Finally, the finale lacked a bit of verse to end it well.

Review by others

KPopReviewed finds the song as childish, and pointed out the unnecessary shouts from the group. Worse, Nature repeats the usual fairytale, and its chorus begs for energy in dances. While the momentum was lacking in here, Oopsie managed to pull the fun side of the song.

TheBiasList deems the group as taking an “abrasive” route as it uses pop tracks to gain attention. As Oopsie is intended to polarize listeners, it is “short on melody and high on spirit.” Fortunately, him being with kids helps to tolerate these kinds. The group has to take on more melodic stances, but as a whole, it’s quite fun to hear.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

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

The Ultimate SEVENTEEN x NCT Fanchant

K-Pop fans are now thinking of future collab between Seventeen and NCT.

This kind of collab between the two groups is very special and funny. Special, since this involves 13 and 21 members respectively. Funny, since fans doing a combined fanchant would get exhausted with immense number of members. Or the fanchant would be longer than the actual songs.

Since some K-Pop fans are curious if this really happens, here’s a fanmade chant for all of us.

Take for instance, NCT Dream’s Boom: 

Chenle, Dino, DK, Doyoung, Haechan
Hendery, Hoshi, Jaehyun, Jaemin, Jeno
Jeonghan, Jisung, Johnny, Joshua
Jun, Jungwoo, Kun, Lucas

[Work]

Mark, Mingyu, Renjun, S.Coups
Seungkwan, Taeil, Taeyong, Ten
The8, Vernon, Winwin, Wonwoo
Woozi, Xiaojun, Yangyang, Yuta

Come on
Sumsorijochado eumakgateun stage (Let’s go!)
Naui ttambangureun negen heavy rain (Woo!)

Or that of SEVENTEEN’s Hit:

Let me drop the eumak!

Chenle, Dino, DK, Doyoung, Haechan
Hendery, Hoshi, Jaehyun, Jaemin, Jeno
Jeonghan, Jisung, Johnny, Joshua
Jun, Jungwoo, Kun, Lucas (Let me drop the eumak!)

Mark, Mingyu, Renjun, S.Coups
Seungkwan, Taeil, Taeyong, Ten

The8, Vernon, Winwin, Wonwoo
Woozi, Xiaojun, Yangyang, Yuta (Hit hit hit hit, hit sound!)

Saa!

K-Pop Annual Report 2019

At this point, we will start telling what happened to K-Pop this 2019, covering from January to November.


The events in K-Pop for the year 2019 is perfectly summed up in one phrase: Rookies and Scandals.

Positives

More positives happened this year. This includes creating a special celebrity challenge called Queendom. In this show, select girl groups are given tasks and are to experiment on different genres. This helped some underrated groups rise to fame, as is the case with AOA and Oh My Girl.

For the first time in K-Pop, SuperM was created out of different groups. The select members from EXO, SHINee, and NCT were combined to form a supergroup.

Enlistments are still ongoing, with Hongki, D.O., and Xiumin joining the corps. Meanwhile, some military discharges are happening like that of Super Junior and Bigbang.

This has been also the Year of the Rookies, with so many new groups debuting and garnering attention. Listed were Cherry Bullet, AB6IX, TXT, ITZY, VeriVery, BVNDIT, Hinapia, and others. For TXT, ITZY, and AB6IX, they bagged awards, got promotions, and endorsements in a short span of time.

Another positive aspect was on proactive approach of fandoms in various issues. With the power they have, fandoms are going to be less beholden to unresponsive agencies. Take the case of Monbebes, who are taking collective efforts for Wonho to return. They even launched a fundraising to install posters at Times Square. To a lesser extent, this is happening on Merries and Produce 101 fans.

On dating scandals, some succeeded in this hurdle, but many failed to go through. Famous success stories were on TWICE’s Jihyo and Kang Daniel, and Hyuna and Dawn. Failures include that of Jennie and Kai, and Daisy and Yunyeong.

Some pioneer groups are trying to go back to the K-Pop scene. This we see with Fin.K.L, Brown Eyed Girls, Ladies’ Code, and Super Junior with their respective comebacks.

Negatives

More sad news are surfacing in the industry. First is on disbandment, namely that of f(x), Wanna One, B.A.P., Myteen, Boyfriend, Hello Venus, and Pristin.

Second, but equally painful, was the scandals. Scandals that made major impact on K-Pop were on Seungri’s case and Sulli’s death. The Burning Sun, in which various artists were involved, later crippled YG Entertainment, even if Seungri and Yang Hyun Suk were kicked out.

Sulli’s death highlighted the dark side of K-Pop, primarily pressure from agencies and hate remarks from netizens. Her death prompted several stars to suspend or cancel various engagements as sign of respect.

More and more members are going to rest due to health reasons. This is the case with Choi Yoojung, Dino, Yanan, and Minari. If not on hiatus, they part ways mainly on career change, retirement, and scandals. Notable cases were on B.I., Woojin, Hwall, Laun, Kangin, AOA’s Mina, and Wonho.

This year characterized several hiatus with Momoland and Cherry Bullet. Both have two members on hold for unspecified reason. And as of this writing, their agencies are silent on this lingering problem.

The voting scandals of Produce series are now casting doubts, not only on future shows, but also on groups born in it (IZ*ONE and X1). There have been petitions to ban these groups from future engagements.

In the next article, we will discuss on the future of K-Pop ten years from now.


Featured Image Credit: KMania Channel

MAMAMOO – Hip: MV Review

Reviews for WJSN, ASTRO, and South Club will be published some time.


For the third time, we will review a rising group MAMAMOO, in their latest lead track Hip.

As TheBiasList pointed out, this year has been the most profitable one for the group, thanks to RBW. We’ll discuss this as we rate the agency at year-end. But for now, we will look at them first.

(Side Note: Congratulations also to Mamamoo for being the winner in Queendom!)

Storyline as whole

The story tells of the group having various roles they are playing. Solar doing boxing, being a singer, and dressing as a fairytale princess, Moonbyul doing an acting, Wheein as drummer, doing art and protesting, and Hwasa as president.

Based on the various roles they play, they might want to impart us that regardless of our hobbies or businesses, we have to be fashionable.

Some noticeable aspects can be gleaned here. First, I find Moonbyul’s raps very fast, and is repeated thrice. That gives the air of silence everytime she does it.

While the group managed to be swaggy and strong, they still did not abandon the funny and cute side, apparent since Gogobebe. Hwasa being dressed as president is one of the funniest with the way she reacts, and her being with the child gives a bit of cuteness in the otherwise strong vid. Because of this, it will be an added point to them.

Hwasa and Moonbyul this time definitely became the stars in this MV.

RBW is consistent in featuring the 1theK logo, as seen at the end of video.

Review by others

KPopReviewed deemed the group’s track as worthy of discography. The strong side of them is being pulled off elegantly, and it is moderate. While it was not their strongest to date, their elements that defined them are still present. He gone far to interpret it as the group in three universes.

TheBiasList pointed out how effortless and direct the group is when it comes to chosen genre. Instrumentals combine synths and strings, pointing out the groove and setting direction straight. While restrained and monotonous, they got the charisma needed to sustain Hip the whole time.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.55%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
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 4
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 4
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
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)
Shows cute and fun side 5