What’s The Future of K-Pop?

We have seen rapid growth of K-Pop in the past ten years. Based on its present status, we can forecast what will happen to K-Pop as a whole in the coming years. These will be discussed in this article.


One major question:

What would K-Pop look like ten years from now?

I also discussed this in my previous article. However, with news on the change in K-Pop industry, I decided to talk further about it in a separate article.

New groups

With new groups sprouting, and with their various debut songs, multi-fandom people like me will be confused. Which one should be followed? We will end up selecting only groups that matter.

We have witnessed various groups formed this year. These include ITZY, ONEUS, Cherry Bullet, TXT, BVNDIT, AB6IX, 1the9, TARGET, and VeriVery. These groups will be added more in the coming years. As new groups are trying to be relevant, and competing for limited attention, many will end up with less views and underrated performances.

New approaches

More stars will collaborate with non-Korean artists, like Nicki Minaj, Dua Lipa, and Lauv. But owing to lack of promotions, popularity, and music videos, these kind of music will not last for long.

With various groups catering to international audiences, and adding more English lyrics, mainstream radio stations will feature their songs. But for TV stations, only few will make it, like BTS and BLACKPINK. And only few dance crazes wil also make it.

The battle in the next years would focus more on quantity and time. The battle now would be on number of views, streams, and likes. Some existing groups are on hiatus, giving other groups chance to stand out.

With intense competition, more new songs and concepts will be featured, focusing on modern side of music, instead of traditional music used by pioneers of K-Pop. In turn, K-Pop loses its distinct flavor and might sway with mainstream trends.

The genre will expand promotions, focusing more on US and Latin America. Expect some changes if this happens, which includes assimilating Latino music into the genre.

Fans will increase. Expect more distasteful remarks between fandoms, and more support in promoting each other’s music. Sasaengs will also increase, and expect more attacks toward artists. Expect also some fandoms turning tables around, as is the case with Monbebes today.

As a whole, K-Pop might feel a gradual downturn as it battles various issues, especially that more agencies are unresponsive to these. Plus its aversion to experiment on new styles of music, as what TheBiasList pointed out. It reached the apex, and going through declining stage is becoming inevitable.

New milestones

Existing and former groups made their mark on various aspects, from album sales, concerts, and ability to penetrate Western markets. New groups will usually find it hard surpassing milestones made by pioneers, like being featured in a Time Magazine or three billion views.

We will also see more stars from new groups rise to fame. This we see today with some members of ITZY and AB6IX, who were named as one of famous Korean personalities. Even if they debuted just months ago, they immediately caught attention from more people.

More groups will disband. This is apparently the case for new groups which will only exist for a limited time (instead of usual seven years). Also, other groups under indefinite hiatus will eventually disband.

Oldies

More and more oldies will face pressing issues, like drugs, sex, and crimes, regardless if proven or not. This we see from Seungri, Daesung, and B.I, and this is not farfetched. On the other side, some oldies will do solo debuts or collab, as was the case with 2NE1’s Park Bom or Sistar’s Soyou.

More and more stars will experience depression, especially among the oldies. Take the case of Sistar’s Dasom, and even Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation. Worse, this might lead to another death like that of Sulli.

If not involved in bad stuff, more oldies will go to drama, and some will go on a date and marry. They will prefer to stick on personal life. This we see now with 2NE1’s Dara, who is now dating with her longtime crush. Even SHINee’s Minho is now thinking of having a family. Take also the words of Jin and V (Taehyung), who want to live simple lives after ten years.

Specific Forecasts

YG Entertainment, while still taking the lead in bringing K-Pop to the world, will struggle to be relevant in the music industry, as it battles various issues from its talents.

Others like SM, BigHit, JYP, and even small entertainment agencies will still remain afloat. Meanwhile, new agencies like that of Daniel Kang and PSY will start showing their own talents, competing with the big ones.  As to 1theK, we see less and less MV uploads from other agencies to the channel.

K-Pop sees Japan as a very profitable and “critical” market. In fact, July 2019 was full of comebacks in Japanese. Some groups already have Japanese members (like IZ*ONE, TWICE, and Cherry Bullet). However, the ongoing trade war and racism against Japan will indirectly cripple K-Pop in terms of sales.

Military service

All of EXO, SHINee, and Super Junior members in the camp today will finish military service, in which case they will continue their careers together.

As to BTS, all members will be in active service, at which point their fame will be on a halt until their comeback. In the meantime, TXT will take the lead.

Other talents

Produce 101 will not air anymore owing to breach of trust with fans and future trainees. This vacuum will be filled by other shows, which more or less adopt the same format. On other cases, existing groups and members will venture on different shows like Queendom, as another way of promotions.

Few soloists will stand out, like IU, Chung Ha, Heize, Park Bom, and Eric Nam. Others like Mina (AOA), Sunha (SATURDAY), and other Pristin members who left their groups will battle for fame as soloists or venture on drama.

Opening doors to non-Korean talents are giving exciting prospects to K-Pop. Expect more agencies opening its doors to them. In fact, JYP Entertainment debuted its Chinese group Boy Story, and SM Ent did the same with WayV. An agency debuted SB19, an all-Filipino group, and Zenith Media formed Z-Boys and Z-Girls.

For Z-Boys and Z-Girls, though they are quite related/non-related to K-Pop, their boom in the future will inspire other agencies to follow their concepts, shifting K-Pop to become more global in approach. This also might push agencies to add more non-Koreans to their respective groups, which will force some Koreans to tone down their racist remarks.

Final Words

In general, the challenges K-Pop will face in the coming years include (1) ability to penetrate mainstream media, (2) maintaining the vibe it has amidst globalization, (3) agencies to respond to worst of issues, (4) handling of increase in new groups, (5) keeping and maintaining talents (as is the case with IZ*ONE), (6) surpass milestones made by pioneers, and (7) need to change negative attitudes of some Koreans.

WINNER (위너) – SOSO: MV Review

This will be the final review for all MV releases of October.


For our roll of reviews, we will feature again Winner, in their song Soso.

This recent comeback presented the newer side of the group. They’ve gone far, from being a “band-image” type to becoming a real group like other stars. Let’s see if they are catching up all the way despite being given limited releases. Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with them travelling in the desert just to attend a party. Being lost in direction, some of them gave up on finding sense of purpose, and others try to destroy some things like chandelier and artworks. The MV ends with them embarking on different journey.

Review as whole

The title might recall that of heartbreak, with a name that should’ve not been mentioned. He denies that they have a breakup, and he tries to feel not good or bad about it. Instead, he tried to be pokerfaced.

Some things are worth noticing. Member is being tied all the way to the top, extras are being blindfolded in a table, breaking artwork, shouting in a mirror, and trying to find a way as his other friends are in a party. These represent loss of focus and need for freedom.

As for some lying on the floor and others kicking chandeliers, these tells of them losing sense of direction. From that point they deem light as being worthless.

Most conspicuous is on a member being naked. This is the first time we see a member on that state. This might represent naked truth on the heartbreak, which he did not accept.

The upbeats from the start till pre-chorus was their most upbeat of all the sounds I heard from Winner. These should’ve been added also to the rest of the song, just to maintain the momentum. After that part, it becomes slower for the rest of the song. Screeching tunes can be heard in the final chorus.

On a final note, the dances featured are very easy to learn.

A bit awkward

We wish to point out that Filipinos might find the title awkward. Why?

Some K-Pop songs unwittingly refer to private parts when played in Philippines. For instance:

TWICE: TT
CLC: Pepe

Both refer to genitals of man and woman, respectively.

As for YG Family, here’s a running joke referring all to breasts:

Review by others

Since TheBiasList started its reviews, he focused his critic on “song structure, energy, and momentum”, a requirement Soso somewhat failed to achieve. Positives lie on being experimental and having vocal effects on chorus. Instrumentals also give proper buildup to paint the bursts. On the downside, it was “lethargic,” and its refrain was dead. Worse, its unbalanced music fails to give a very outstanding performance.

KPopReviewed wrote that even if the set-up was promising, the performance didn’t go well due to the slowdown placed in chorus. This slowdown killed any momentum, and repeated “So So” made it worse. He meanwhile enjoyed the verses and the rest of track. In fact, Mino’s starting lines were the best.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.11%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
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 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
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 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

Criteria on Rating K-Pop Agencies and Groups (Republished)

With the recent passing of Sulli, plus other events, agencies need to respond better to various issues. Hence, this article being republished.


This time, we are going to rate K-Pop entertainment agencies and select groups. Why are we doing this? This is to recognize their hard work in promoting and caring their K-Pop artists, and to impart some things for improvement. Ultimately, an agency must be responsive and mindful of its talents. It also has to let the groups reach their fullest potential. These things will be our focus as we rate them.

(Side Note: We’ll publish this now to let the agencies prepare and respond to issues till November 30 this year, in which afterwards we will evaluate them.)

To a lesser extent, the author will tackle some financial aspects. However, this has no major effect on ratings, since generally, if agencies are responsive, fame and financial success will just follow.

How do we rate K-Pop entertainment agencies? This is based on another set of criteria, and each criterion is assigned 5 points (except for Criteria No. 5 to 7, 10 points each). In this regard, I also decided to follow that of TheBiasList, but this is an assessment of performance in another angle. They are as follows:

  1. Promotion of groups. This appraises the ability of the agency to promote its groups through fanmeetings, various comebacks, and concerts. It is important, especially that rookie groups are being formed, drowning many others in the sea of K-Pop.
  2. Rolling out of comebacks. Preferably, groups have to be given various quality comebacks, especially when many people tend to forget them and their performance. At a minimum, one comeback per group is enough. This is also anchored on the premise that “the more comebacks, the better.”

Comebacks, as defined here, exclude Japanese comebacks (as this is intended primarily for Japanese) and OSTs for K-Dramas, but include comebacks via commercials.

  1. Handling boy groups. The biases in favor of boy/girl groups over the other cannot be avoided. Hence, rating them separately helps in tracking the agency’s treatment of them.
  2. Handling girl groups. Same reason as of Criterion No. 3.
  3. Assessment as whole. The rating gives an overview of how the agency acts and performs. Assigned ten points to this to reflect how the author perceives the company as a whole. This shall be explained further when we are now ready to rate them.
  4. Longevity of groups. In general, agencies are to be responsible in keeping their groups’ permanence. Groups are ideally not to be given limited life, as is the case on some groups today. I see this also as very important, hence the greater weight assigned.
  5. Handling issues and responding to it. Greater weight is also assigned to it, as agencies need to be mindful of various issues and ways on resolving it. Otherwise, expect lower quality of performance, lesser sales, net loss, and other negative effects, plus angry/dismayed fans.
  6. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment.

But wait, there’s more! In grading the K-Pop agencies, there will be a twist:  A separate assessment for select groups will also be provided, each criterion with rating of 5 points (except for Criteria No. 4 and 5 with 10 points each). Here they are laid as follows:

  1. Health issues. This does not mean that the group must not have any health issues. Absences due solely to health issues are acceptable. But if this gravely affects the group’s performance, we have a problem.
  2. Dating issues. This also does not mean that groups are barred from dating or having a boyfriend/girlfriend. In fact, they are free to love and be loved. However, if this affects the group’s performance, we also have a problem.
  3. Other issues (Internal). This shall be further discussed, if there’s any.
  4. Attitude. Greater weight is assigned, as this focuses more on their behavior, like absenteeism, time management, handling other commitments, concern for fellow members, and quarrel between themselves. It also includes how they treat their fans, whether in Korea or overseas. Proper attitude sets the groups to right direction and fame.
  5. Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. Greater weight is also given in this criterion. It is given that groups do have limited opportunity to hold various concerts every day. Members who are absent without justifiable reason do miss greater chances to meet, greet, and win over non-fans.
  6. Review as a whole. This shall be discussed in separate ratings.
  7. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment with them.

All agencies and groups not mentioned in various rating articles are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.


Featured Image Credit: Logo of K-Pop agencies from aminoapps.com.

Criteria on Rating K-Pop Agencies and Groups

This time, we are going to rate K-Pop entertainment agencies and select groups. Why are we doing this? This is to recognize their hard work in promoting and caring their K-Pop artists, and to impart some things for improvement. Ultimately, an agency must be responsive and mindful of its talents. It also has to let the groups reach their fullest potential. These things will be our focus as we rate them.

(Side Note: We’ll publish this now to let the agencies prepare and respond to issues till November 30 this year, in which afterwards we will evaluate them.)

To a lesser extent, the author will tackle some financial aspects. However, this has no major effect on ratings, since generally, if agencies are responsive, fame and financial success will just follow.

How do we rate K-Pop entertainment agencies? This is based on another set of criteria, and each criterion is assigned 5 points (except for Criteria No. 5 to 7, 10 points each). In this regard, I also decided to follow that of TheBiasList, but this is an assessment of performance in another angle. They are as follows:

  1. Promotion of groups. This appraises the ability of the agency to promote its groups through fanmeetings, various comebacks, and concerts. It is important, especially that rookie groups are being formed, drowning many others in the sea of K-Pop.
  2. Rolling out of comebacks. Preferably, groups have to be given various quality comebacks, especially when many people tend to forget them and their performance. At a minimum, one comeback per group is enough. This is also anchored on the premise that “the more comebacks, the better.”

Comebacks, as defined here, exclude Japanese comebacks (as this is intended primarily for Japanese) and OSTs for K-Dramas, but include comebacks via commercials.

  1. Handling boy groups. The biases in favor of boy/girl groups over the other cannot be avoided. Hence, rating them separately helps in tracking the agency’s treatment of them.
  2. Handling girl groups. Same reason as of Criterion No. 3.
  3. Assessment as whole. The rating gives an overview of how the agency acts and performs. Assigned ten points to this to reflect how the author perceives the company as a whole. This shall be explained further when we are now ready to rate them.
  4. Longevity of groups. In general, agencies are to be responsible in keeping their groups’ permanence. Groups are ideally not to be given limited life, as is the case on some groups today. I see this also as very important, hence the greater weight assigned.
  5. Handling issues and responding to it. Greater weight is also assigned to it, as agencies need to be mindful of various issues and ways on resolving it. Otherwise, expect lower quality of performance, lesser sales, net loss, and other negative effects, plus angry/dismayed fans.
  6. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment.

But wait, there’s more! In grading the K-Pop agencies, there will be a twist:  A separate assessment for select groups will also be provided, each criterion with rating of 5 points (except for Criteria No. 4 and 5 with 10 points each). Here they are laid as follows:

  1. Health issues. This does not mean that the group must not have any health issues. Absences due solely to health issues are acceptable. But if this gravely affects the group’s performance, we have a problem.
  2. Dating issues. This also does not mean that groups are barred from dating or having a boyfriend/girlfriend. In fact, they are free to love and be loved. However, if this affects the group’s performance, we also have a problem.
  3. Other issues (Internal). This shall be further discussed, if there’s any.
  4. Attitude. Greater weight is assigned, as this focuses more on their behavior, like absenteeism, time management, handling other commitments, concern for fellow members, and quarrel between themselves. It also includes how they treat their fans, whether in Korea or overseas. Proper attitude sets the groups to right direction and fame.
  5. Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. Greater weight is also given in this criterion. It is given that groups do have limited opportunity to hold various concerts every day. Members who are absent without justifiable reason do miss greater chances to meet, greet, and win over non-fans.
  6. Review as a whole. This shall be discussed in separate ratings.
  7. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment with them.

All agencies and groups not mentioned in various rating articles are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.


Featured Image Credit: Logo of K-Pop agencies from aminoapps.com.

AKMU (악동뮤지션) – How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love: MV Review

For the first time, we will review AKMU (Akdong Musician) in their newest release. While the original title is indeed long, we will call it Heartbreak for purpose of brevity.

It can be remembered that they weren’t active due to Chanhyuk being in military. While on hiatus, it’s quite disappointing that Suhyun hasn’t been given solo debuts during that two-year hiatus. Seems that the agency wastes time and talents like that of hers. We’ll deal with that further some time.

While YG comebacks like this are badly needed, it’s still intriguing to see how they perform after two years of hiatus. Hope this review (and fans) will also promote the duo more than YG does. (And congrats also for them topping the charts!) Anyway, let’s start!

Storyline

The story tells of a boy painting, and a girl scribbling. Even if they are on different ventures, they share the common goal of sailing amidst the vast ocean. Another side of story tells of her brainstorming, then finally gets bored.

Lesson of Heartbreak is on the title itself: Even if we encounter heartbreaks, this does not stop us from loving that person. On the other hand, viewers are being taught the value of arts and sea travel.

Review as whole

Various abstractions are employed to project the sadness. First is on abstract painting. The blue color and painting technique akin to Van Gogh’s Starry Night has the clearest message. Second is on the aimless journey amidst the open sea. Finally is on raining inside the house, at the end of the video. Summing up:

“Deep inside, heartbreaks can make us gloomy and sad. Despite these, we still love him/her. Even without sense of direction, we still find a way to his/her heart.”

Regarding musical aspects, Chanhyuk is relegated more to being a background voice, only to rejoin in the chorus. He also later steps up on the second half of finale. The tune mostly relies on echoing vocals of Suhyun.

Lastly, the first fifteen seconds closely resembles a Filipino rendition of I Believe by Joowon.

Review by others

TheBiasList was astonished that the duo still retains the usual style after a long time. It described the song as a timeless nautical masterpiece, opening with clarity and restraint. This act truly expresses the mostly-ignored concept that “Music is a universal language.”

KPopReviewed noted that Suhyun’s voice is very “airy” which fills in the mood of the song. This is coupled with instrumentals being toned down. And even if Changhyuk has limited lines, he managed to harmonize where he is needed.

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

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
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 8
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 5
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 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares similarities/tunes with other songs 5
       

Mgt. Advisory Services Problem No. 2: YG Entertainment

Malapit na ang CPA Board Exam. Good luck and God bless sa inyong lahat na kukuha ngayon!

Yamang ngayon ay more on situational-type ang problems, try niyong i-solve ang problem na ito. Sana makatulong din ito para mahasa ang analytical skills, na kailangan para sa exam na ito.


YG Entertainment is home to various groups like Blackpink, Bigbang, IKon, Winner, and AKMU. It has been known for rarely releasing music for these artists, due to its belief of “quality over quantity.”

The scandals last March and April was a major blow to the company. Despite need for policy change to address problems, YG held to that belief and still gave few comebacks to artists.

The company recorded 2.1 billion won net loss (PHP 96.8 million) for Q1 and Q2 2019. Comparisons with big and small agencies still reveal that YG is losing bigtime. Even YG’s investor, Louis Vuitton, plans to withdraw its investment worth 67 billion won (PHP 2.89 billion).

As such, the company held a closed-door emergency meeting with its artists, including you. This was to plan something better for the company. As the Chief Accountant of YG, your task is to point out problems and offer solutions to management.

Discussion Questions

  1. Would YG be subjected to regular corporate income tax, minimum corporate income tax, or both? Explain.

YG will not be subjected to regular income tax, as it recorded losses. However, it is still subject to minimum income tax on gross album sales.

  1. What would be the immediate steps for YG to recover despite the scandals?

Steps: (1) Capitalize on existing groups, like BLACKPINK and BIGBANG. Provide more than one comebacks for them, plus iKON, Winner, and AKMU; (2) Suspend debuting new talents till the issues subside, and (3) Provide more solo debuts for other members.

(Bonus) To add, issue apology for lack of responses over scandals, and commitment to strengthen ethics.

  1. Aside from short-term solutions, what would be your long-term plans to be offered to management? Explain.

I’ll recommend that YG adopt values, and be flexible in decision-making. Lack of these things translate to substantial losses. Adopting values like building trust, and flexibility like sufficient comebacks translates to additional sales and ultimately, additional net income for YG.

  1. YG needs your help for LV not to withdraw its investment. What will be your action plan/s?

Action Plans: (1) Hold informal talks with LV on this issue, and present truthfully the company’s status; (2) Request LV not to withdraw first, and give assurance that management is fixing problems, and (3) Provide projected financial statements to LV, assuming that YG responds to these issues.

Solutions are indicated in white text. Only select it after answering these questions.


Management Advisory Services problem created by: TweetNewscaster. Photo image credit from Wikipedia.

News and Tidbits (June 14, 2019)

We haven’t recovered yet with MOMOLAND plaguing with various issues, and here comes again the dating issue with Nancy. Rumors tell that she is dating with Q from THE BOYZ:

 

Fearless forecast: MOMOLAND’s next comeback will feature only six members. Or it will feature all except Nancy.

The agency should think twice on reacting again to these kind of issues. Without her, their next project would not be popular here in PH. Aside from that, other groups will take over their lead. More and more groups are taking the stage, and MOMOLAND will further go to their pre-Bboom Bboom level, if they don’t handle these issues properly.

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Jennie was bashed over her being sick at BLACKPINK’s fanmeeting in various places, especially in PH. Those bashers conveniently forgot that somehow, even if she was sick, Jendeukie managed to be present in various events with Blinks. With her status, and if given chances to be on noontime TV show, she will surely be present there.

 

 

 

They made themselves known to Filipinos in their previous concert in Manila, so no excuses or apologies are necessary. And since this is just a fanmeet, Jennie can take a rest if needed.

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Though not a fan, I felt pity on B.I from iKON. He left the group and YG Entertainment over the drugs issue.

 

 

If some artists under YG Ent are involved in various issues like these, then there must be problem with the latter.

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Speaking of MOMOLAND, I took a screenshot of them being featured in 1theK YouTube page (last May 12):

As I view it, I can’t help but feel sad for them.

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So far, the latest songs that are playing on radio were BTS’ Boy With Luv, BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love, BTS’ Idol, and MOMOLAND’s Baam.

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This blog’s Fifth Annual Report will be launched next month or on August. Similarly, MV Reviews will be limited or suspended for the whole of July to finish misheard lyrics.

We are also going to limit full English misheard lyrics due to lack of time. Again, only select songs will be misheard.

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Idalangin din sana natin ang paggaling ni Eddie Garcia, na ngayon ay comatose pa rin.

Nakilala si Eddie Garcia sa pagganap niya sa pelikula at telebisyon sa maraming taon. Latest na Ang Probinsyano. Hindi pa rin nawawala ang kanyang kalibre bilang aktor. Dahil isa lang ang sikreto niya: Tuloy lang sa trabaho.

Lumalabas na may problema dito ang GMA lalo sa safety.

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Nawala na sa Facebook ang page na “The Same Video of Irene Dancing Different Songs.”

Bakit nangyari ito? More on admin issues. May nangyaring takeover sa admin position.

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Regarding Miss Sass and the KAPA issue:

Siguro, kailangan munang hintayin na humupa ang isyu bago siya magpaliwanag. Mahihirapan siyang magpaliwanag sa mga taong galit sa isyu. Kahit kung tutuusin ay tama siya.

Nakakalungkot lamang na ang dami pa ring nagmamarunong pagdating sa finances. Ayaw mapagsabihan. Bakit di na lang sila ilagay sa Dept. of Finance o sa Dept. of Budget and Management? Baka sila na ang makaka-solve sa budget deficit ng gobyerno.

Kung matigas pa rin ang ulo nila, better for Sass to let them go. Just in case na magkaproblema, wala silang sisisihin kundi ang sarili nila.

The closure of KAPA is just a tip of the iceberg, at mauulit ang ganitong senaryo kung walang long-term solution para diyan.

WINNER (위너) – AH YEAH (아예): MV Review

For our another MV review, we have another group WINNER, with their song Ah Yeah.

Upon first look on the title, I thought that it was BLACKPINK’s line in Ddu-Du Ddu-Du. But their chorus tell otherwise. By sharing the phrase, I suppose iKON will include it in their next comeback.

Pardon also if I haven’t made a review over their song Millions (but I then included it in misheard lyrics video). This time, we will do it on their first song for 2019. You may watch their MV first before reading the review:


Storyline

  1. Video must have a storyline – 3 points.

The video tells of a story of love, where they view it as a challenge and leisure at the same time.

While the storyline can be understood a bit enough, it lacked a cohesive factor to make it understable to non-Koreans. Aside from this, they didn’t provide even a bit of storyline on their description.

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

The themes consistently featured on the video were on party and playing games.

Lessons

  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

Primarily, the moral lesson that can be seen here is on enjoying life and being happy, as seen with them playing games or watching a movie.

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

The MV features arcade games (0:32 – 0:46). Somehow, this will help raise consciousness on viewers on what we played in the past.

winner ah yeah game2winner ah yeah game

Second thing they featured is on watching movie at a movie theater at the first pre-chorus. Somehow, this will help viewers be aware again on the feel of being at that place.

winner ah yeah movie

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 7 points

At a movie theater, look on how they reacted upon watching a movie.

winner ah yeah moviewinner ah yeah movie funny

Another point considered is on Mino’s hand (1:32) and leg (1:45), which shares that of lobsters. Maybe he wants to catch something?

winner ah yeah mino handwinner ah yeah mino leg

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 3 points.

Even if the song by itself is exciting, this is not exciting enough to tickle the ears of non-K Pop fans.

  1. Review by other sites – 4 points

TheBiasList reviewed sadly the group, as it deemed that after the latter’s release of Ah Yeah, they seemed to favor “style over substance.” This was evident on their latest song Millions, which he (and I) suppose to be a fad. Meanwhile, it cheers as the song signals more “upbeat” songs from them in the next months.

The most favorite part is on pre-chorus, which excites the listener to the “ho-hum hook that follows.” Some points explained will be a great part in keeping the momentum WINNER is holding as of this writing.

KPopReviewed noted some similarities between the group and EXID, especially on title tracks and lead songs. It reviewed the song positively, stating that this is a perfect hit for summer, making up what Millions missed. While pre-chorus is exciting, the opposite can be told for the chorus itself.

However, the chorus was as bright as was intended to show in the song, only to be relegated with the typical songs used every summer. On the visuals, these are “equally bright and vibrant,” and can be seen that members are having so much fun. As a whole, the song “seems simple”.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

They have been consistent on featuring the fun side of K-Pop, and shows a little bit of what we can do in summer. For instance, riding a ship or watching a movie.

I find also the steps very easy to dance. Hope this will be picked by mainstream media in their regular dance challenges.

  1. Other factors
  • Shares concepts from other groups – 5 points

At 2:12, Mino, with a cloud on his head shares same thing with DreamNote’s Habin on Hakuna Matata (1:40):

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And at 2:36, Jinu calling someone shares similar old telephone with 1the9 in their song Spotlight.

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TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.00%

Final Words

I do not find this too exciting. But they passed almost all of the criterion presented here, and they deserve it.

While their comeback this year is very interesting by itself, some points must be taken into account.

This is more on creating a cohesive storyline and on improving a little bit on their music. This needs to be considered, as 2019 is also full of comebacks, with challenge for each group to stand out. Anyway, this review serves as appreciation of their work, and I hope to see them doing greater things in the future.

iKON (아이콘) – Love Scenario (사랑을했다)(Misheard Lyrics)

Hello, guys! We are on our way to iKON, featuring their song Love Scenario.

The group is composed of seven members, namely B.I., Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK, and Chan. It is under YG Entertainment, together with 2NE1, PSY, and Blackpink.

I also chose to do it, as I have not included it in the misheard lyrics video I uploaded earlier (but subsequently included it in another video). Also, the tune is catchy and pleasing to the ears.

Considering the misheard lyrics below, the alternate title for this song is “Make a Jiggle“.

Lyrics posted in the subsequent video are underlined here.

You may play this video while reading the following contents. Enjoy the misheard lyrics of “Love Scenario” (사랑을했다) (iKON/아이콘) from TweetNewscaster!


Sarah, whole head or all nigga manner.
Share all the motor? Sure, wacky dead on
Bro, man, I’ll mail a drama
Can Chanyeol call man?
Could draw man dead? Or now, Sarah hate her

Oh, rake a man, then oh oh oh. See now Rio.
Itch on June, me yawn. Make a jiggle!
Mad, she might pay, and she lil’ I’m beam yawn.
Show Yoongi, mad who lay reach her

Hey, Prince, I’m seaman and now now.
He, but do match her on cannon bone
Oh! Let me got two, who pay, yeah, a chair.
Too low may hippie. You’ll done, I’m gone

I’ll poke on head to do poodle.
So, some Suga don’t know. No Nick? Oh yeah eh!
No, Sarah! Hey, could sir a bad ass zoom in a neck column?
Dessert get eh eh

Now Sarah, gun your Sir!
Can’t keep shit down or he’ll care ya?
Could Anna make a head? Damn me on
Can’t gun. You’re sure? Pull her!

Sarah, whole head or all he gun manner.
Share all the motor? Sure, wacky dead on
Bro, man, I’ll mail a drama
Can Chanyeol call man?
Could draw man dead? Or now, Sarah hate her

Oh, rake a man, then oh oh oh. See now Rio.
Indian should me yawn. Make a jiggle!
Match, he might pay, and she lil’ bum beam yeawn.
Show Yoongi, mad who lay reach her

Who? God beep your sign sign. Got cheer it, cheer it. Done, milk it!
Now, Sarah buckle some more. I’ll get head Jin on open
No, he get your money. Dope, you’re down. Plan joker shall drown
But all the duke, he gain no more soul. Share man Sarah, me who tour

Now Sarah, gun your Sir!
Can’t keep shit down or who care ya?
Could Anna make a head? Damn me on
Can’t gun. You’re sure? Pull her!

Sarah, whole head or all he can manner.
Share all the motor? Sure, wacky dead on
Bro, man, I’ll mail a drama
Can Chanyeol call man?
Could draw man dead? Or now, Sarah hate her

Nigga pull some
Go, reach a man!
Go, rain will hatch a one in your head
Up! You’ll may yawn one. That’s all, hit on
Poo more. On how rookie hop, I’ll keep

Oh, rake a man, then oh oh oh. See now Rio.
Indian should me yawn. Make a jiggle!
Match, he might pay, and she lil’ on beam yawn.
Show Yoongi, mad who lay reach her

Oh, rake a bad showy buckle
Hoseok, get chip to do a saw
Mitch, he do shit. Sarah, make whole
Who read a drum to yawn pisser?

Sarah, you’ll read a whole nigga manner
Good comment. Wait a known Sarah heater!