Everyone’s favourite Twaiwanese superstar, Jolin Tsai (Cai Yilin) is back with a great new tune set to get your heart racing for the summer! As always, Jolin doesn’t disappoint in the MV. We’ve seen her learn aerobics, pole dancing, ballet and now she is learnt vogueing – the ultra cool, underground dance style that was popularised by Madonna. Jolin does it really well! She’s a great dancer and looks amazing in the video. The song isn’t my favourite Jolin song but hopefully the new album will have some tunes! I’ll try to get some pinyin lyrics soon~
Inkigayo is my favourite of the stage music shows so I was hotly anticipating Chae Yeon’s performance. She delivered! She gave her best performance yet, I think this was also helped by her very loud fans who cheered all the way through her performance! It must be really nice for CY nuna to know that she still has fans after such a long time in the industry and when many people prefer other singers or idol groups. CY hwaiting!
BoA is back! The Hurricane Venus is making a come back in Korea after 5 years! 5 years! That’s crazy. People say new singles after a few months away are come backs, 5 years is a proper comeback! I wonder if Koreans have missed her :o I think she looks beautiful in the new MV and in the promotional pictures. She looks like a princess! The song is okay… and the MV is okay as well. I was expecting something more… flashy since they used the same camera technology as in the Matrix. But it’s a lot more subtle than that. The song might be a grower though so I’m going to continue on listening to it!
Chae Yeon has a soft spot in my heart, she’s one of my favourite Korean singers. Her and BoA are my two favourite solo performers in K-pop (although I much prefer BoA’s J-pop work to her K-pop stuff, although I am excited about her new release in August). Chae Yeon unni is back with a fierce new song! It’s more… mainstream than Shake. Shake was cool, I love it. I love the dance but the melody might not have fitted that well with current K-pop trends. But Look Look Look is more mainstream and radio/television show friendly. She’s not released the MV yet but if the teaser is anything to go by, she’s going to get it banned again! I always find it quite strange how solo veterans act very very sexy (Hyori, Rain, IVY, Chae Yeon etc.) but the idol groups have a more subtle sexiness.
One thing that I love about Chae Yeon is that she’s not a very good dancer. She’s ever so stiff! But she still rocks it out! Check out her performance. I really like the song too, very catchy! Sadly the dance is less catchy, I think I’ll stick to the Shake dance~ ;)
So, I’ve not actually started my new exercise regime just yet but it’s definitely in the pipeline. I was meant to start last week but I caught a virus and was at home resting for two days. It was not pretty. Since then, I’ve not really had the time to start but I did wear my new trainers for the first time on Saturday – they gave me a blister! I was not impressed! These teething problems are to be expected though.
I’m approaching this exercise stuff from an easy going point of view – I want to do it for fun, not as a complete lifestyle change. I like carbs far too much to give them up (especially cake, I can’t imagine a life without cake; sometimes I’ll just have cake for dinner). Part of my relaxed approach is to have a fun workout playlist to listen to. I spent some time the other day creating what I think will be the perfect playlist – and it’s all K-pop songs! Hurrah!
K-pop Workout Playlist:
1. SNSD – Run Devil Run*
2. T-ara – I Go Crazy Because of You
3. Park Bom – You and I
4. Chae Yeon – Shake
5. SNSD – Girls’ Generation
6. T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep
7. Wonder Girls – 2 Different Tears (Korean Version)
8. Sandara – Kiss
9. SNSD – Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)
10. IVY – Touch Me
11. T-ara & Supernova – TTL Listen 2
12. SNSD – Gee
* = power song
I think it’s a pretty good playlist for working out. It’s got a lot of fast paced songs with lots of thumping, hard beats to really encourage you to push that bit further! A couple of songs are a bit slower, but they have really strong choruses. Like Park Bom’s You & I is a slower, mid-tempo ballad but all the emotion is going to spurn me on! The power song, SNSD’s Run Devil Run, is the song I’m going to listen to to give me a bit of a boost! At the moment it’s first to place but we’ll see how it goes.
Hopefully I’ll get to go on a run soon and this playlist will help me concentrate and focus. Jia you!
I know I’ve not actually posted this post yet but I have gone on a run! I’ve gone on two with varying degrees of success. I’m not try to run too hard and stress myself out or injure myself so when I run I take a lot of breaks and walk a lot too. The first one I ran with my friend who runs often and is very health conscious and he gave me lots of tips. The second run was hampered by my agonising hay fever which meant I couldn’t breathe properly and everyone knows breathing properly is crucial when doing exercise. However, the playlist worked really well! I did have to chuckle to myself though – Run Devil Run whilst running? The irony is not lost on me. I’ve not yet had a chance to run again but I might try to go tonight! Jia you! Cheer me on ;_; It’s far too much hardwork!
Proving to be the hottest issue from Korea at the moment (with his latest release charting internationally on iTunes R&B charts), Taeyang is hotting up your television screens and monitors once more with a new MV for his song, I Need a Girl. It features Sandara Park from 2NE1! I <3 Dara, she's so pretty! She doesn't have the smoothest of moves… but she does look adorable in this video!
Ah, Soon Dambi unni is back with a cool new song! It’s not a hardcore dance song but a very cute pop song. The K-pop scene has, for a while now, been dominated by dancey, edgier songs – just look at Black SoShi for a prime example. But Son Dambi is back to freshen things up a little. As much as I love K-pop, sometimes the music can become a bit samey and everyone follows the same trends. That’s why I like CNBlue so much because they offer something different. Now Son Dambi is offering something too. When was the last time you heard a piano as the main instrument in a K-pop song? Crazy times huh? ^_^ Anyways, the song is really good. It’s like an 80s pop song – that’s the first thing I thought of when I heard it. Melody wise, I think some parts are a little and I’m not sure the song is structured perfectly (some rhythms jarr other ones) but it’s a cute little song. I love the MV! I’m sad that it’s so obviously plagerised but I don’t want to talk about that because really, the song is too cool to miss!
Everyone’s favourite boyband have finally released their MV for their new song, No Other. I have to admit I’m a pretty ardent fan of 2PM but I really like this song! I reminds me a lot of the kind of music that is popular in the UK at the moment so it’s pretty cool! It’s very summery, and easy-breezy and makes for a really good song to listen to whilst studying on a Sunday afternoon. The MV is pretty cool too:
Soyeon unni continues her solo promotions for the Death Bell 2 OST song, What Should We Finish. For the past couple of performances she was joined on stage by bandmate and star of Death Bell 2, Jiyeon (Jiyeon is so talented!) but she returns to performing it by herself for Inkiayo’s performance. I thought she did amazingly well! Her singing here is great compared to the other performances and they were pretty awesome to begin with! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, all the idols seem to bring their A game when they perform on Inkigayo!