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

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.

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

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)