SHINee – Everybody Gallery

27 Oct

SHINee are back and with an amazing new hit! They’re currently winning mutizens left, right and center! I love me some SHINee. They work endlessly and in this video they are killing the choreography. Oh my god, it’s a bit of a joke how good it is. It’s like out of a dancing competition!

Kudos to SHINee, they definitely deserve all the love they are getting now and they’re quickly becoming my favourite K-pop boyband. What do you think of the MV? It’s epic!

T-ara – Number 9 Gallery

13 Oct

After a long time away, the girls from T-ara are back with their smash hit new song, Number 9! The girls have returned with another fantastic pop song that will find its way into your head and it’ll stay there for ages! You’ll be singing Number 9 all day :)

The MV looks awesome too! The girls have really stepped it up and returned with a mature image – very different from Sexy Love. Each of the girls look fierce and bring it in their own way. Big shout outs go to Qri for eating a flower(!) and for Boram for being cute and tiny yet fierce and fighting. Have you listened to the song yet? Do you like it?

G-Dragon – Crooked MV Gallery

22 Sep

G-Dragon recently returned with his hit new single, Crooked. The MV was shot in London – that’s where I live! In all seriousness, I recognise some of the places he filmed in the MV! That’s pretty epic. But, without further ado – check out latest gallery featuring stills from the music video.

I love the song and I really dig the cinematography. It’s nice to see something different in the K-pop scene. G-Dragon’s style is flawless and you can’t beat a bit of Vivienne Westwood.

 

Girls’ Generation – GALAXY SUPERNOVA Music Video Gallery

19 Sep

Check out our gallery of Girls’ Generation’s GALAXY SUPERNOVA PV!

Girls’ Generation – GALAXY SUPERNOVA PV Review

15 Sep

 

The Girls are back and bringing it from out of this world! Girls’ Generation have returned with an absolute belter of a J-pop tune that is going to be released on the 18th September 2013. Co-written by Junji Ishiwatari, who has previously worked with Superfly, alan, FT Island and SHINee, the song has an addictive chorus that’ll have you hooked from the first opening bars.

And while I could wax lyrical all day about how much I love the song, tonight I’m going to be reviewing the promotional video/music video for Galaxy Supernova. And I think the PV is an awesome accompaniment to the song.

SNSD - Galaxy Supernova PV Review

Nope, this isn't a remake of Gee!

Nope, this isn’t a remake of Gee!

The PV begins by referencing Girls’ Generation smash-hit, Gee where the band was decked out in jeans and white t-shirts. It quickly cuts to one of the style concepts – think a Gap advert meets 70s sci-fi and you’ll come close. The whole music video is set against an LED screen back drop which is very reminiscent to Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body.

It’s bright, flashy and in your face from the very start. All of the girls look flawless and the second outfit that they rock takes the retro sci-fi theme further and sees the group channel their best Betty Jetson looks.

SNSD - Galaxy Supernova PV Review

SNSD - Galaxy Supernova PV Review

Flawless! The dance moves are on point. While the choreography looks deceptively simple, you can tell that it’s hard. The other thing is, of course, they never miss a beat. For me, SNSD (and any other SM Town artist), are absolute professionals. They don’t make mistakes. Ever. Not even a hair is out of place in this video!

Sooyoung – A star is born

The stand out performer in this music video is Sooyoung. She’s owning every frame like Angelina Jolie at the Oscars. Someone else taking centre stage? No worries! I’ll still steal the scene. Sunny giving her cutest aegyo? I will out fierce her and her new long hair. I am living for Sooyoung in this music video! Here are some of my favourite Sooyoung moments!

Everyone else is like, no no, look away - Sooyoung is staring you down.

Everyone else is like, no no, look away – Sooyoung is staring you down.

Leaaaaaaaaaan.

Leaaaaaaaaaan.

Aegyo? Pft. I amout fiercing Sunny with my right arm.

Aegyo? Pft. I amout fiercing Sunny with my right arm.

Yes, bitches. Number 1.

Yes, bitches. Number 1.

Eat it.

Eat it.

Fierce! Sooyoung isn’t even my favourite member of Girls’ Generation but I have to admit that she is owning this music video like it was the juicest piece of bulgogi ever! I wave my white flag to you, Sooyoung, I wave it hard. (oT-T)尸

Highlights from the GALAXY SUPERNOVA music video

But that’s not to say that there aren’t also many other highlights. One of them is the crazy around the world dancing and the kicking parts. It’s generally awesome all round. But, for individual scene stealers, I present to you Jessica, Taeyon and Yuri.

Pew pew.

Pew pew.

Winking and pointing - too cute! ^^

Winking and pointing – too cute! ^^

Hadouken!

Hadouken!

Do you think Yuri could be a hand model if she ever quits SNSD?

Do you think Yuri could be a hand model if she ever quits SNSD?

Overall, I’m going to say this is an awesome PV from the girls – one of their best! They music videos are never crazy but with their styling, choreography, natural charm and absolute flawless delivery I can’t fault them. This is going right up there as one of my favourite SNSD songs so I salute you, galactic Girls’ Generation! Live long and prosper.

Girls’ Generation – GALAXY SUPERNOVA PV – reviewed by K-pop Peach on September 15th 2013.
Sooyoung steals the show in Girls’ Generation out of this world new promotional music video for their brand new Japanese song, GALAXY SUPERNOVA
Score – 5
/ 5 stars.

IVY – I Dance featuring Yubin – English Romanized Lyrics

9 Jun

IVY is making a hot come back and this time she’s joined by none other than the wonderful Yubin from the Wonder Girls! There isn’t a MV released yet but you can check out her performance from the Korean SNL above! I’ve written up the romanized/romaji lyrics to I Dance below. I apologise in advance if there’s any mistakes. Let me know and I’ll fix them!

I love this song, and it’s great to see Yubin owwwwwn that stage. I <3 IVY so it’s epic seeing her and Yubin share the same stage!

IVY feat. Yubin – I Dance English/Romanized Lyrics

IVY

Chorus 1
I dance – neoreul ijeuryeogo
I dance – neoreul jiuryeogo
ieumage ppajyeoseo
michin deusshi chumeul chumyeon
jamshirado nareul
ijeul suga isseoseo

sajineun
ije naenohko
sajindeshin
eumageul teule
neomu apaseo
ijko shipeoseo
oneul ireahge
mompurimchigo isseo

nida tteonagu
tteong pin gaseun
keu jaril
eumageuru chaewo
meoui pinjali
jeonhyeo neukkiji mothadoreuk
boliryumeul
kkeyttaji nopigoseo

Chorus 1
I dance – neoreul ijeuryeogo
I dance – neoreul jiuryeogo
ieumage ppajyeoseo
michin deusshi chumeul chumyeon
jamshirado nareul
ijeul suga isseoseo

Chorus 2

I dance – ulgo shipeojimyeon
I dance – pogo shipeojimyeon
saenggakchagi shilheoseo
keuriun ge shilheoseo
nanoneuldo ireohge
michin deushi chum eulchwo

keoureo pichineun
nae moseup
ko woro gyeopchineun
ne moseup

jiwo peoliryeo
keyeosok umjinyeo
deoisang nega
poiji anheul ttekkaji

ieum agi
neom chu go mamyeon
amu himdo
namijil anhaseo

neoruel kiriwo
har ttedumdo apshi
notparo jami
deul su isseul ttaekkaji gyeosuk gyeosuk

I dance

Yubin’s rap

ajindo neoruel
tteolrineun nareul
hanshimhaeseo
yoseohal suga eopseo
geoul apeseoseo
michin deushi
chumeul chumyeon
ni moseupi
jokeunsshin heuryeojinieun
i kipuni  johaseo
kyeson momeul umjinyeo
worowaseo
chonja molrae sum jukyeo
ul nunmuldo eoptke
dameuro
dappae
majiman han panguldo
nama itji anhke
ni monsorigi
neuriul ttaen
eum aneuro
nwireul makko ddo
nunmuli
naeoryeoko chal ddaeu
ddameuro da
cheulryeo peorigo deo

chumchu go
chumcho
jichigo
jichyeo

neoruel geuriwo
chaneun geot jochado
ijhyeo jineun
keu sunkani kkok okireul
paramyeonseo oneuldo nan
eumageul teuleo

IVY

Chorus 1
I dance – neoreul ijeuryeogo
I dance – neoreul jiuryeogo
ieumage ppajyeoseo
michin deusshi chumeul chumyeon
jamshirado nareul
ijeul suga isseoseo

Chorus 2

I dance – ulgo shipeojimyeon
I dance – pogo shipeojimyeon
saenggakchagi shilheoseo
keuriun ge shilheoseo
nanoneuldo ireohge
michin deushi chum eulchwo

Yubin’s English rap

I gotta keep on dancing
cuz tears coming down my eyes
I gotta stop romancing
cuz keep let myself cry
I gotta keep on dancing
cuz tears coming down my eyes
I gotta stop romancing
cuz keep let myself cry

CL – The Baddest Female – Inkigayo June 9th 2013 – Review

9 Jun

I’ve waited for this stage! CL dominating Inkigayo as The Baddest Female! I heart 2NE1. I’m not a Blackjack by anyone’s standard but I love 2NE1 all the same. To me, they are the most credibly street out of all the K-pop acts. PSY has got his thing, but let’s be honest ¬_¬ CL could rap him under the table ands till have time to do the unnie and the horse dance *flicks weave*

It gives me great pleasure to review CL’s mutizen winning performance on Inkigayo today! Check out the review below and let me know what you think!

Style & Staging

CL - The Baddest Female - Inkigayo June 9th 2013

My own personal style is a bit more preppy than CL’s, but you got to admit, she looks flawless here. Her baggy red pants and braided hair make her look the right side of street. You got to also love the dancers – they look creepy but cool at the same time!

Also, this deserves its own paragraph, I bloody love her grill! How cool! It looks a bit scary but pft, I think she rocks it and looks hot.

Mid way through the performance, after the bridge, CL breaks it down and transforms into a glamorous diva! Her one piece is daring (check them legs!) but she keeps it glamorous without being cheap. Check them legs again! I thought CL’s style and staging was flawless and while it might not be as grand as some of 2NE1′s group stages, it still rocked!

CL - The Baddest Female - Inkigayo June 9th 2013

Overall rating for Style & Staging – 5 / 5 stars.

Choreography

I LOVE the dance for The Baddest Female. I love it to the point I catch myself doing it randomly around the house. It takes me back to the r and b days of my youth *ahem* Everything is just so effortless. CL makes the whole routine seem like she’s just swagging out.

I have to admit that some of the movements I find a bit questionable but she rocks them out flawlessly. I’m going to do the unnie right after I finish this post #justsaying

CL - The Baddest Female - Inkigayo June 9th 2013

Overall rating for Choreography – 5 / 5 stars.

Vocals

As this is mostly a rap song, and CL is a rapper, there isn’t that much singing happening here. Nonetheless, CL gives a perfect vocal performance. In fact, it’s pretty much the same as the studio version.

CL - The Baddest Female - Inkigayo June 9th 2013

Overall rating for Vocals – 5 / 5 stars.

Overall Score

The Overall Score for CL’s The Baddest Female performance on Inkigayo is… 5 / 5 stars!

Review Conclusion

CL – The Baddest Female performance on Inkigayo June 9th 2013 – reviewed by K-pop Peach on June 9th 2013.
CL rules supreme as the undisputed baddest female of K-pop. A commanding performance that sends a message to any wannabes – there’s only one CL.
Score – 5
/ 5 stars.

As a little bonus too – he’s Dara storming the stage to celebrate CL’s mutizen award! How cute.

Oh my god, it's Dara!

Oh my god, it’s Dara!

T-ara N4 – Countryside Life (Jeon Won Diary) – Music Core May 4th 2013 Review

4 May

T-ara are finally back although not as we know it! Launching as a sub-unit we have Jiyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin and Areum joining forces to become T-ara N4. So while we’re missing Boram, Qri and personal favourite Soyeon, we’re stilling enjoying T-ara’s characteristic sound and performances – high energy dance routines to go with infectious chorus hooks and random words. But whilst we’re missing T-ara proper, how does T-ara N4 measure up? Keep reading for the review of their performance on Music Core and let me know your thoughts!

Style & Staging

Countryside Life / Jeon Won Diary - Music Core

It’s great to see the girls in styles that actually look like they were planned and thought out. T-ara have developed a reputation for charming yet kitsch stage costumes. From the kitten paws that launched them into stardom, to the very odd Native American concept for YaYaYa and then to the mannequin concept for Sexy Love, sometimes it all just gets too much even for us Queens (I laugh on so many levels).

So, for Countryside Life, the girls are back to their hip hop inspired (I use this term loosely…) styling and I think it works well. The concepts where the whole band wears the same outfits never really appeals to me (here’s looking at you Kara; just saying…). So I personally enjoyed this look.  Plus, Jiyeon looked bloody cool! She needs to wear mesh vests and orange coulettes more often…

Countryside Life / Jeon Won Diary - Music Core

Overall rating for Style & Staging – 5 / 5 stars.

Choreography

The infamous bunny and dinga dinga dance! I don’t think it’s going to quite catch on as much as Gangnam Style did but hell it looks cool. I kind of just watch and stare like this: (⊙_◎) because I have no idea what they’re doing. Too many different body parts are moving at different times. Those arms!

Countryside Life / Jeon Won Diary - Music Core

I love the little toil all day section – it’s charming and what I’ve come to expect from T-ara. They don’t take themselves too seriously which is often welcome when you work a stressful job. Plus, they always know how to build drama with a bit of Jiyeon’s talk to the hand:

Bitch please.

Bitch please.

Overall rating for Choreography – 5 / 5 stars.

Vocals

Aw, where to begin?! T-ara are often overlooked for their vocal ability and their lead singer, Soyeon, is not as popular as other lead sings. Their songs will often negate the need for a vocal at all because they’re just… catchy. But I do think something is missing without Soyeon here. She has such a distinctive, soulful sound that is unique amongst the other groups. You can instantly recognise her voice even though it may not be the most powerful. I heart her.

Nonetheless, Hyomin and Eunjung are both solid vocalists and would do better if they weren’t reduced to rap segments or lead chorus vocals. Areum continues to go from strength to strength. Her voice isn’t stand up and listen amazing, but I’m sure with time she’ll develop and grow as a singer.

Countryside Life / Jeon Won Diary - Music Core

Overall rating for Vocals – 4 / 5 stars.

Overall Score

The Overall Score for T-ara N4′s Countryside Life/Jeon Won Diary performance on Music Core is… 4 / 5 stars!

Review Conclusion

T-ara N4 – Countryside Life performance on Music Core May 4th 2013 – reviewed by K-pop Peach on April 20th 2013.
T-ara N4 make a solid comeback but I still think it would be a bigger success if it wasn’t a sub-unit. T-ara N4 hwaiting nonetheless.
Score – 4
/ 5 stars.

Is this the end for T-ara as we know it? – An analysis of T-ara N4

4 May

T-ara N4 - Countryside Life Album Cover

This weekend so the long awaited return of T-ara and the launch of their first sub-unit – T-ara N4! T-ara N4 stands for ‘T-ara Brand New 4′ (don’t ask me why it’s not T-ara BN4…?) and it’s clear that after the scandal that plagued the group for much of 2012, Core Contents Media’s move will either save the brand or do little to reverse their falling popularity.

Yesterday saw the sub-unit debut on Music Core. I’m not a T-ara anti, in fact I love em. They may not be the most polished group but they work unbelievably hard and have to deal with one the more challenging agencies. I don’t want to go too much into the scandal of last year because too many people don’t know how to have a civilised discussion about something ¬_¬; Nonetheless, you can’t help but feel T-ara N4 wouldn’t have existed if Sexy Love was the monster smash it should have been (or even if Hwayoung was still in the band).

Who’s in, who’s out?

Lots of people have written about T-ara N4 but I’ve not seen a whole lot of analysis on the members that were included. It’s clear to me that CCM have played all their cards with T-ara N4. Jiyeon, Eunjung and Hyomin continue to probably be the agency’s biggest and most popular stars – their acting deals and international popularity effectively ensured their inclusion in any sub-unit that was going to be formed.

But, what’s more interesting are the people that aren’t in – Qri, Boram and Soyeon. I think everyone knows there’s a clear divide between the most popular members and the others (I guess a bit like Nicole Scherzinger and the Pussy Cat Dolls but less neurotic) but has CCM made the right decision to note include them?

Qri was often heralded for not being involved in the bullying scandal last year, Boram makes up for her height and singing ability with her aegyo (arguably cuter than Jiyeon’s) and Soyeon is the voice of the band. These three, although not the most popular round out what would otherwise be a pretty fearsome group.

Areum’s inclusion is interesting. She joined at the most intense time and there’s no doubt she’s not talented. I’m happy that she’s getting a chance to show her talent. I just can’t help but wonder if CCM has a back up plan. If the triple threat of Hyomin, Jiyeon and Eunjung, and the new blood of Areum can’t save the band – what will?

The song, the styling

Let’s not forget that we’re talking about a music group here and at the end of the day it’s all about selling records. While T-ara may not be the most popular idol group or the most well known, let’s not forget they have reached the upper echelons of the yearly Gaon charts for the past two years. They might not be guaranteed to win a triple crown, but their music sells.

So, what’s Countryside Life like? Well, it’s what we’ve come to expect from a T-ara smash. It’s catchy beyond belief, the lyrics are gibberish in points, and it carefully strikes the balance between retro-pop rifts and current urban-esque music trends. I think the song lacks the powerhouse vocals of Soyeon and the vocals sound like an album filler track but the melody is just as catchy as any of their most popular hits.

When it comes to the styling – I think the girls are playing it correctly. Their last single had an odd… dollhouse, French maid styling concept that often made them look bizarre (I can’t forgive red, blue and yellow pom poms). But harking back to their last hit, Lovey Dovey, they’ve opted for a more current style. That’s not say they get it 100% right (they still can’t beat 2NE1 in the fashion stakes), but thank god it isn’t pom poms or cat tails.

What next?

CCM have already announced that the number of physical copies will be limited to just 40,000 for this release – perhaps they’re already anticipating a lacklustre performance. Or perhaps the whole point of T-ara N4 isn’t to introduce a new band to the world, but to remind Koreans why they first fell in love with T-ara and that although things are (brand) New, things aren’t going to change and it’s okay to like T-ara again.

Either way, I sincerely hope the sub-unit doesn’t supplant T-ara proper as I’m not sure if I’d be such a huge fan without Soyeon (´;ω;`)

Lee Hi – Rose – Music Core April 20th 2013 Review

20 Apr

I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a review but I moved house and didn’t have the Internet for the longest time *sad face* (╯︵╰,)

But I’m back and I couldn’t be happier to write my next review for Miss Lee Hi’s brand new song, Rose!

I love Lee Hi, since her debut with 1, 2, 3, 4 (you can read the lyrics here) I’ve been a huge fan. To me, Lee Hi’s vocals sound unique against the rest of the K-pop industry. She has a very soulful voice and YG have done a great job crafting a retro, R and B infused sound that matches her voice to a T. It also works because it sounds completely unique to the majority of K-pop’s biggest hits right now. Of course, the song has been highly produced but her sound sounds so much more authentic compared to a lot of the ‘clean’ songs. Anyways, I’m rambling now – check out her performance on Music Core above and read the review below!

Style & Staging

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

I think Lee Hi always looks cute. Yes you have haters that comment about her being short (wha…?) or that she never smiles but she’s a performer. She delivers emotion when she sings and connects to the music so for me, that’s not a problem.

Lee Hi has looked gorgeous throughout the First Love promotion cycle, even with her It’s Over performances, although I think her current styling for Rose is absolutely beautiful. From the MV to each stage performance, she has served fierce silhouettes accompanied with bold colours and floral prints. I’m a stickler for a floral print.

Although today’s outfit has been my favourite, she still looks like such a star! And for someone that doesn’t dance, she has got such great stage presence that you can’t help be mesmerised by her. I miss her purple eyes though…

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

Overall rating for Style & Staging – 5 / 5 stars.

Choreography

Lee Hi has never been a huge dancer when she performs. That’s not a bad thing; some people are singers, some people are dancers. However, I think the choreography for her Rose performances are beautiful. Her backing dancers always look so elegant and of course you have to love the drama with the male dancer.

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

It’s nice to see Lee Hi getting involved with the choreography, I think it’s only a case of time before she takes a greater role in performing. But, you can’t fault her for being flawlessly elegant with every move!

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

Overall rating for Choreography – 4 / 5 stars.

Vocals

Lee Hi’s vocals are always perfection! I can’t get over how old she sounds. She has such a soulful voice – a voice that sounds old but in a good way. She sounds like she’s been singing for decades, her voice belies how young she is. I wish I could sing like her!

I love the fact that Lee Hi doesn’t rely on a backing track or lip syncs any of her performances. She can sing softly and controlled but her voice is absolutely deathly when she goes for a big note. Nevermind being one of the best voices in K-pop, I think she has one of the best voices in pop music at the moment.

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

Overall rating for Vocals – 5 / 5 stars.

Overall Score

The Overall Score for Lee Hi’s Rose performance on Music Core is… 5 / 5 stars!

Review Conclusion

Lee Hi – Rose performance on Music Core April 20th 2013 – reviewed by K-pop Peach on April 20th 2013.
Lee Hi is quickly becoming my favourite singer! Her performance of Rose on Music Core was amazing! She may not have won this week but she won in my eyes!
Score – 5
/ 5 stars.
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