B1A4 Roadtrip San Fransisco


Hey guys,

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The Peach just attended the recent concert of B1A4 at the Warfield in San Fransisco. I got the vip pit tickets, if you have any questions about the concert or my experiences there comment or ask.fm.
Also, look out for a post on going concert etiquette. This is for you basic bitches who don’t know how to not be a piece of shit.
~P

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K-Pop Fashion Challenge: Answers


Okay, the moment of truth! Here are the answers to my K-Pop Fashion Challenge. Hopefully you didn’t find it too difficult, especially with the hints I provided. Count how many you got correct and see where you rank in the K-Pop fashion world according to the scale at the end.
Oh yeah, and of course enjoy the music videos!

Exhibit A – Street Walkin’ Swagger
Hint:
I need glasses to cover my messed up eyes, but nothing can hide my sick body and smooth dance moves

Exhibit A

Answer: Taeyang “Bad Boy”

Exhibit B – Bromance Extraordinaire
Hint:
What’s more impressive…that I’m an amazing dancer or that I actually kept my shirt on in this MV?

Eunhyuk Still You

Answer: Eunhyuk “Still You”

Exhibit C – Tux Deluxe
Hint: If awkward booty shaking were an accessory, I would’ve added it…twice!
Exhibit C

Answer: Seungri “Gotta Talk to U”

Exhibit D – That’s Not a Lady in Red
Hint: Although I’m a bit of a backup singer, I steal the show in this getup!

Key Hello

Answer: Key “Hello”

Exhibit E – Sweatered Sweetheart
Hint: I like my MVs with a side of albino and inappropriate crotch grazing.

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Answer: Henry “1-4-3 (I love you)”

Exhibit F – Nerd Alert
Hint: Even feet this big can’t outrun my bullying alter egos.

Exhibit F

Answer: G-Dragon “Go”

Exhibit G – Urban Cowboy
Hint: Okay, I’m meeting up with the boys to jump around in the streets in front of some low riders. What to wear…?

Exhibit G

Answer: Dongwoon “Beautiful Night”

Exhibit H – Phantom of Hip Hop
Hint: Hey shawty, you wanna get freaky in a museum after hours? Or perhaps in a weird, super confined space? I promise to keep my sunglasses on!!

Exhibit H

Answer: Zion.T “Babay”

Where do you rank as a K-Pop fashionista?
1 – 2 correct = Okay Observer
You’re on your way to becoming a proficient K-Pop fan and fashionista, but you’ve just started to scratch the surface.
3 – 5 correct = Admirable Admirer
You’re familiar with the big fashion characters in the K-Pop world, but you could expand your horizons a little more.
6 – 8 correct = VIP Viewer
You’re an expert not only in K-Pop MVs, but also in K-Pop fashion. If you got all 8 correct, you’re probably rocking some of these crazy looks at home just for funzies!

K-Pop Fashion Challenge: Let’s Play!


Think of one of your favorite MVs. Can you picture clearly what your bias is wearing? Or have you ever wanted to dress up your idol like a paper doll? Yeah, me too! With that in mind, I’ve created some memorable ensembles from your favorite artists to put you to the ultimate K-Pop fashion test.

Can you name the artist and the MV that goes with each outfit? I’ve added little hints to help you, but I doubt you’ll need it. I think they’re pretty easy!
And remember, these aren’t exact replicas of what they wore, but they do capture the spirit of each artist in their respective MVs.

Also, some of these artists are soloists and others are from groups so don’t be afraid to think outside the box! The answers will be revealed in my next post with the corresponding videos for each outfit so make sure to write down your answers.

Good luck!!

Exhibit A – Street Walkin’ Swagger
Hint: I need glasses to cover my messed up eyes, but nothing can hide my sick body and smooth dance moves

Exhibit A

Exhibit B – Bromance Extraordinaire
Hint: What’s more impressive…that I’m an amazing dancer or that I actually kept my shirt on in this MV?
Exhibit B
Exhibit C – Tux Deluxe
Hint: If awkward booty shaking were an accessory, I would’ve added it…twice!
Exhibit C
Exhibit D – That’s Not a Lady in Red
Hint: Although I’m a bit of a backup singer, I steal the show in this getup!
Exhibit D

Exhibit E – Sweatered Sweetheart
Hint: I like my MVs with a side of albino and inappropriate crotch grazing.
Exhibit E
Exhibit F – Nerd Alert
Hint: Even feet this big can’t outrun my bullying alter egos.
Exhibit F

Exhibit G – Urban Cowboy
Hint: Okay, I’m meeting up with the boys to jump around in the streets in front of some low riders. What to wear…?Exhibit G

Exhibit H – Phantom of Hip Hop
Hint: Hey shawty, you wanna get freaky in a museum after hours? Or perhaps in a weird, super confined space? I promise to keep my sunglasses on!!
Exhibit H

It’s Raining Taemin – (Danger) MV + (Ace/Danger) Live


It’s been a non-stop Taemin-athon in my house lately, which is probably a surprise to no one. Why, you ask? The full version of his new m/v Danger released yesterday!!!

My first impression? Well, first of all, Taemin needs to eat more. He is looking soooo thin with the release of this new album and it makes his face very gaunt. No es bueno! I just want to fry up a bunch of kimchi fried rice for him with extra spam and cheese on top and make him wash it all down with a bucket of banana milk!

skinnytaemin“For only 5 cents a day, you can help this Korean boy get his adorable baby face back…”

Anyways, my second thought about this video is the creepy nose ring thingy has got to go! Yet another thing getting in the way of Taemin’s natural cuteness. So, SMTOWN, please feed this boy and stop putting weird jewelry/torture devices on his face. I mean, seriously, how can you do that to Taemin? Not cool!

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“Noona, help me!!”

Other than that, I really enjoyed this video. The fashion is pretty great, especially the sparkly jacket. The choreography is FANTASTIC and of course the song is very catchy in an old school MJ-esque way, which I really love.

Oh yeah, the live performance of Ace and Danger also released yesterday so I’ve been watching that too. Add some more Taemin to your day! Taemin for everyone!! It’s raining Taemin! And YOU get a Taemin, and YOU get a Taemin! Can you tell I’m excited about this? Okay, I’m done.

Enjoy!

What do you think of Taemin’s new look?

*New* Top 5 Underrated Kpop Groups


I have complied a new and fuller version of the article ‘Top 3 Underrated Kpop Groups’. After doing more research, I have added more opinions to each group. Happy reading and please get involved. Comment on any groups you think should have been in the Top 5 or should get more attention for their talent as a whole.

The Kpop industry is dominated by many Kpop greats; with the likes of Super Junior, Big Bang, SNSD and 2ne1, it is extremely hard to find a gap in the kpop market and fill it with that particular image the audience, you guys out there, want. In the last few years, we have seen so many girl groups and boy groups debut one after the other to the point where the kpop industry is overflowing with rookie groups. Some may argue that rookie groups from the ‘Big 3’ are highly anticipated and already acknowledged by many fans. However, some groups who debut are not just that lucky. They are only popular with a small percentage of the Kpop fandom and having been hidden behind many of the industry’s rising newcomers, they are practically invisible.

So, I thought it was time to bring more attention to these artists who may be just as good-looking and maybe even more talented than your average popular idol group. These are the hidden gems who can actually sing live without going out of tune; the people who are actually funny and deserve to be recognised.

5. GLAM

I came across this girl group from a show called ‘All the Kpop’ hosted by Boom. The programme involved inviting many kpop rookies onto the show to demonstrate their variety skills; some of the games included the ‘Tracing Paper Challenge’ and the ‘Pocky Chocolate Kiss’. One of the members in GLAM, Zinni, was a regular on it and often showcased her dancing skills, dare I say a little too often. But why wouldn’t you if had a body and dancing skills like that.

I chose their ‘I Like That’ dance video to showcase their dancing skills and also because their MV was so so painful to watch.  This dance practice video definitely shows the fierce aura GLAM has which just needs to be showcased in a music video. They are so in sync with each other and also perform even the smallest moves with the power used in street dance.

Their recent song released in 2014 was called Give It 2 U. I was extremely shocked at the drastic image and song-style change. Nevertheless, I do admit it is extremely catchy, sweet with a simple pop rhythm. It is an image that would appeal to many male kpoppers but also an image taken up by many current successful girl groups like Apink.

4.LEDApple

My friend introduced this band to me and just said, “You’ll like them. At least, when they sing English lyrics, you don’t cringe” and thus I was sold. I did a bit of research and found that some were born in English speaking countries like Australia. The fact that they were nominated for the ‘Most Anticipated Super Rookies for 2012’ by Wave K shows at least there was some recognition for LEDApple but I guess their popularity didn’t really escalate to the height they, nor we, expected. One of the lead vocals called Hanbyul, seems to be doing most of the work and seems to be the front man of the band. The other members of the band are less known to the average kpop fan (unless they are a LEDApple maniac for which I don’t blame them).   LEDApple are not your average idol group so maybe that is why they don’t as appeal as much to the majority of the kpop fandom; they do clever arrangements and covers of current pop songs which make up the awful packaging their company gives them. Check out their covers at Offical Ledapple on YouTube.

3. Royal Pirates

Having just discovered this band, I find it hard to believe that they have quite a small following. Girls-and guys- my mouth dropped open when I saw the members. Forgive my shallowness for the time being but Royal Pirates really have some talent not just in the composing and music area. James, Moon and Soo Yoon are extremely good looking but not in the classic ‘flower boy’ way which appeal to many Koreans. These guys would definitely appeal to many girls in the western countries like England, USA, Canada and so on with their much more manly and relaxed boy-next-door vibe. All members speak English without a Korean accent which, in my opinion, makes them even more attractive.

Their latest release which I listened to, ‘Drawing the Line’ was extremely catchy because it had a good rhythm and a simple yet effective melody. Hours later I found myself humming the song absent-mindedly.  What’s more, the English version had some very cute lyrics which I found very endearing and sweet. I definitely can see people covering this song with a ukulele doing a cute, gentler version of ‘Drawing the Line’.

Although their music video to ‘Drawing the Line’ was lacking in many ways including the number of decent shots of ALL the members, these three guys have it all; I think they just need suitable packaging and then would shoot to the top instantly.

Check out Royal Pirate on After School Club (hosted by Eric Nam and Kevin from Ukiss)

Check out their English version of drawing the line.

2. 15&

This duo is so talented and have voices of angels. Park Jimin, one half of the duo, was the winner of Kpop Star the year where Lee Hi was the runner up. Lee Hi has caused a huge sensation on the music scene considering how young she actually was with ‘1,2,3,4’ and ‘Rose’. Her success is so different to the ‘success’- if you can even call it that- achieved by Jimin. Jimin is more talented than Lee Hi not just in her vocal abilities but also her comedic abilities too which makes it hard for me to come to the terms with the lack of chart hits and appreciation people have given 15&. Jimin has a very natural comedic timing and there is something that is very warm and likable about her; being very young,all the other comedians in Korean find her hilarious so I am confident that if all things fail she will be able to do something down the comedy route.

This is a  video of Park Jimin (15&) and Lee Hi during their Kpop Star days

Yerin is the other member of 15&, although she is quiet and the complete opposite of Jimin, she has such a clear yet strong voice. I think her voice is much more polished than Jimin’s and has a larger range thus is much more comfortable to listen to. Although I am not too keen on her TV personality, her voice makes up for it. Considering she is 17 (18 Korean age), she has one precious voice. If Yerin can become more lively and can talk a bit more, these girls will be invited on endless variety shows.

I have seen many netizen comments saying that JYP Entertainment’s lack of new ideas and dull songs have caused the flop of this duo; I completely agree with what most of the netizens are saying. By comparing them to Akdong Musician, 15& are practically nothing when I looked at the number of fans and chart hits which is really disappointing. JYP entertainment need to step up their game!

This is their cover of the Alicia Keys song, ‘If I Ain’t Got You

This cover of Jessie J’s Domino is seriously impressive!

1. SPICA

These girls are in the same company as the ‘Kpop Goddess’ – Lee Hyori. Without a doubt, these girls are so talented and I cannot emphasise how talented they are. They are gorgeous, amazing at singing and just ooze with raw emotion when performing.

I was seriously blown away when I saw this video. How can this group be so strong in their vocal ability? The leader, Kim Bo Ah, stood out for me the most; interestingly, she used to be Infinite’s vocal coach. Her voice is, undeniably, one of the best voices in the kpop industry. It is very husky and not the usual sweet, innocent voices heard in kpop girl groups. In fact, all of their voices, I think, would be more popular in countries like the UK or America.

Recently, they went on a variety show called ‘X-unnie’ which was hosted by Lee Hyori. The aim of the programme was to improve the variety skills of the members in SPICA. Looking at some of the videos of the shows, I think the girls did loosen up eventually. It is a shame they haven’t really found that ‘special something’ to catapult themselves amongst the rising rookies like EXO and Apink.

Conclusion

I do feel sympathetic towards the rookie groups who have trained so hard but have not made a huge impact in the kpop industry. Eventually, I hope their raw talent will be recognised but for the time being, the kpop music industry is just too full and too diverse that finding a special place in a fan’s heart is almost impossible

The Apricot

Get Ur Cry On: Saddest K-Pop MVs


When it comes to K-Pop music videos I’m sure we’ve all seen our fair share of the good, the bad, the smouldering, the hilarious, and even the WTF?? But let’s face it sometimes you just need a good, old fashioned crying session! Luckily with all the über-romantic MVs out there it’s not hard to find something to cry about. So, after much research (and tears!) I’ve narrowed down my 5 favorite cry-a-thon songs to save for one of those days when you need to shed some water weight…from your eyeballs.

5. G-Dragon “That XX”
GD smash! Even when he’s sad or mad, he’s still hot, but in this MV G-Dragon also shows he’s a great actor. Full of raw emotion and of course, stunning fashion sense this video is as visually moving as it is melancholy with a touch of sexy GD masculinity. You may get slightly misty from this one, but it’s not a total heart breaker. Full speed ahead!

4. Akdong Musician (AKMU) “200%”
Stalk much? What starts off as an adorable little friends becoming lovers story ends as a perfectly painful situation of unrequited love. The cute, awkwardness and upbeat melody balances out the sadness to keep you from totally going off the deep end and straight into the pint of ice cream.

3. NU’EST “Hello”
We’re sad…let’s dance! This song by itself is enough to tug at your heartstrings, but the intense emotion and bleak colors really make you feel it. The only thing that can pull you back from tears is marveling at how these boys can still dance it out with all the heartache they feel. It’s also kinda distracting how much Ren looks exactly like an elvish princess.

2. Jin “Gone”
Surprised this one didn’t make it to number 1? I mean come on! Blind girl? Heart medication? Sad piano??? Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely the saddest storyline in the whole lineup, but it’s almost too sad for me to take it seriously. If it were a more realistic story I would probably feel differently. It’s also way too sad to watch very often. Proceed with caution!

1. BOA “Disturbance”
Go back to the past, duh! So here you have it – my ultimate favorite cry-a-thon MV. Is it because of my soft spot for Taemin? Probably, but you can’t deny this video is extremely well done! From the flawless cinematography to the believable chemistry between the characters, it’s the perfect bittersweet, romantic mini flick.
Want more? You can continue the video at the end by choosing from 2 possible endings. If you need some extra tears I recommend choosing the “Let time go by” ending and call it a night…or be like me and watch it all over again.

What are your favorite tug-on-your-heartstrings MVs?

DIY GD Costume…From the Top


OMG-Dragon! Halloween is just around the corner! And if you’re trying to put together an outrageous Kpop costume, you’d better get a move on…fur reals. Since every Kpop idol’s look is bound to feature extremely unique, over-the-TOP accessories, a crafty fangirl needs all the time she can get…especially if she wants to capture the fabulousness of the ever eccentric and fashionable G-Dragon.

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