Category music

GFriend Win M! Countdown With “Summer Rain”

The topic of GFriend’s relative slide in popularity from a top tier monolith in 2016 to a– well, they would be a solid low-top tier even now, except nothing succeeds like success but nothing fails like relative failure– is a painful one I still can’t figure out.  The Inkigayo wins for “Fingertip” and “Love Whisper” […]

Love. Light. Hope. (in other words, an Oh My Girl “Windy Day” Stage Mix!)

Savor the transformative bliss of so many classic stages whizzing by in this compendium of Oh My Girl’s epic promotions for “Windy Day”, the song that spawned not only one of the all-time great music videos but also the best choreo of 2016.   What a Work of Art!  Or, I should say, works of […]

Rock Out With “Vintage” Lovelyz

It’s getting on toward two years since Lovelyz8 filled the air with magic, along with its surprise Christmastime spinoff single, but that’s no reason not to bask in the youth and warmth of it now:     This “Ah-Choo” is the one with the dreamily slow soap bubbles, and the zoom-in on Kei is like […]

Loona Odd Eye Circle Teasers I’ve Missed

Apparently a lot of them. I’m disappointed that two of the tracks on their forthcoming minialbum, including the single, are co-written by some White chick from Australia.  Yeah I know, Swedes wrote “Dumb Dumb” and “Genie”, and those are classics, but still I prefer my K-pop Korean.  Plus the album teaser just seems a bit […]

“I don’t care about others people opinion, I Do Loved This song. It sounds so good, is not like the typical idol song more like a vocal group, is so aesthetical and fits the weather which is autumn (gaeul).”

–wrote commenter Eunji Apink (not that Eunji A Pink!) 10 months ago beneath this Inkigayo performance of “Only One”:   And, while I’m no fan of “vocal groups” as such, clearly A Pink is a glorious pop group in the vocal department– and this song, despite its lack of trophies, remains a beautifully rich and […]

The lid to my Yoplait yogurt told me to “listen to my favorite song”, so I did

Forty(one) Days with GFriend’s “Love Whisper”

It feels so much longer–but these past days of August and now September have been heavy with loss, controversy, and destruction here at home.  Yet “Love Whisper” has sonically shone heavenward through these clouds. But in Korea, there was another Inkigayo trophy–though admittedly GFriend haven’t reascended to the hegemony they won in 2016.  But the […]

Hayoung Cradles the Show Champion Trophy Sweetly

–before eventually swinging it vigorously in time to the tune of A Pink’s triumph.  Finally, the girls set it on the stage and sing to it, Namjoo hitting her high note with especially ringing power!

Chorong Sniffs Out Pink B’N, Eunji is Clairvoyant, and Other Games with A Pink

Laboum Soyeon and Red Velvet Wendy: Separated at Birth?

 

Yeonjung Falls From the Sky

–and other retro-futurist, Narnia/Dune neon magic delights from WJSN’s “Secret” MV:   The song is an acknowledged phenomenal masterpiece–but too seldom have I indulged watching the video over and over too.  Too bad I didn’t have this when I was a child–but then, it makes one of me again, adrift in the melancholy and excitement […]

A Pink: Ambassadors for K-pop in Japan

Of course, A Pink already practically are K-pop in Japan, what with so many top ten Oricon hits over there.  But then, that’s why it’s essential to have them on the stage for a KCON or any such expo of the Hallyu Wave when playing in Japan:   That was last autumn, as “Only One” […]

WJSN’s “I Wish” Makes Me So Happy

–and the Japanese like it too! Yeoreum, Yeonjung, Cheng Xiao and the whole gang really do splash joy around like golden retrievers during a sun’s-out shower.  My heart aches at the sight of such beauty and joy–and God keep Korea at peace, and free from foreign intervention!  

Jisook, “Coming Sook” (a ship that has sailed)

Well, we can always hope Jisook has further tv or cover girl opportunities– and Goddess Yoonhye has talked about a Rainbow reunion!

Yein Dances Like a Goof, Jin Cries Like a Yerin: Lovelyz Win Their First Trophy on “The Show”

We should have annotated this happy and historic event before, but probably we didn’t.  Lovelyz win on SBS The Show, and true to form the maknae sweetness and light of Yein (combined no doubt with a little bit of that magic potion from Lovelyz In Wonderland that made her Leader for a day still running […]

A.De rock winged eyeliner on “The Show”

Top Ten 6-week sales figures for K-pop Girl Group Releases in 2017

–as compiled by a poster at onehallyu: Downloads 1. Twice – Knock Knock (735,770) 2. Red Velvet – Red Flavor (721,421) 3. Twice – Signal (641,816) 4. Blackpink – AIIYL (626,381) 5. Mamamoo – Yes I am (624,834) 6. Unnies – Right? (567,938) 7. Red Velvet – Rookie (557,487) 8. Apink – Five (487,546) 9. […]

Happy Birthday Rachel!

April’s Rachel– who, omg, is the new maknae!  how did I not notice before? OH THAT’S RIGHT BECAUSE I CAN’T DO MAFF DUMBASS 2001 COMES AFTER 2000!!!– turns seventeen! Whew! I was freaking out there for a moment.  Now when Jinsol’s birthday comes on December 4th she’ll turn sixteen! Anyway, Rachel only joined us this […]

Romantic WJSN (“Secret” on Music Bank)

The audio isn’t ideal on this one, but with the slightly gothic costumes that make WJSN look like witchy teens this one is a pleasure for the eyes. I especially love watching the ways it catches, for instance, Dayoung in those broken mechanical doll reaching-above-our-heads-for-the-heavens motions.  Plus, Goddess Bona in that black beret!  Exy of […]

Romantic T-ara (“Tiamo” on Music Bank)

I’ve been sifting through some of the myriad highlights of my years watching K-pop broadcast performances so as to add just a few chestnuts to the “pages” at the top of the blog, but springboarding from one to another I caught up with this Music Bank performance of “Tiamo”, this time without their backup (forward-up?) […]

“All girl groups are amazing except Ugly twice. Cannot sing live. Cheap. Nursery rhyme songs no creativity at all”

–writes first time poster Zinka at onehallyu. Well, especially for a first ever post (comment #150 in the relevant thread), Zinka really hits it out of the ballpark. I cannot for the life of me understand how anybody admires any of Twice’s singles.  They’re complete garbage.  Quite literally, every girl group in K-pop makes better […]

Baby Soul Got Kicked Out of Canada?!? (where’s Eric?)

We’ll stop at 35:56 on our 2nd day of trying to sit through episode one of Lovelyz Loves Canada, as “East Team”, who appear to be rather lost in a frighteningly dark and empty and alienating Montreal, get accosted by a couple of fat white chicks who apparently know nothing about K-pop but want to […]

Awakening from a nightmare set in Canada, I set about watching “Lovelyz Loves Canada”

A mountaineer plunges off the side of a grisly peak in the Yukon–but survives his fall (and even being whacked midfall by another falling body), only to be declared the victim of foul play by a Native American female paramedic after he lands safely in a parking lot but is put down by an unseen […]

Though it’s not as elaborate as the Comeback Stages for Inkigayo or Show! Music Core, Lovelyz’ “Now, We” on M! Countdown Has Its Distinctive Charms

I haven’t done justice to this stage, with its floating furniture straight out of the video, which gives it a quaint minimalist charm (here the chairs are colorful, as though they’d taken a brief detour through Oh My Girl’s “Coloring Book” MV), and with the Lovelyz in sweet pyjama-style outfits, our Main Vocals Kei and […]

Youngji Loves Leather

If all Youngji ever got out of joining Kara was recording Day & Night, one of the best pop records of all time, and its fine follow-up In Love, that would be riches enough to ensure her place in pop music history. But occasionally she got to perform some of the old Kara stuff too.  […]

The Comeback When Yulhee Inherited the “Frozen” Hair from Soyeon: Laboum’s “Only U” on Simply K-pop

This is “Eclipse”

Brief Games with April

Bossy Yena, defeatist Jinsol, moist Chaewon, and all the gang take a few minutes out to play games in front of Pops in Seoul’s cameras at Pick & Talk!   Even if “Mayday” is sort of the lesser “Happy” it’s still a fun little tune and April look ready to give us more musical action […]

Happy Birthday Bona!

WJSN Goddess Bona turns twenty-two! May all your moments be Happy Moments through your long and magnificent life!  God bless Bona, and happy birthday!

August 19th Dawns in Korea, the Supreme Birthdaygasm of Idol Birthdays! Happy Birthday Umji, Yerin, Solbin, and Bona!

Happy birthday WJSN Goddess Bona!   Happy birthday Laboum Solbin!   Happy birthday GFriend Yerin and Umji!

Happy Birthday Eunji!

The Queen of K-pop turns 24! Having won, as a soloist and part of A Pink, a collective eight show trophies thus far in 2017, Eunji is having a splendid year.  And we may yet see another A Pink minialbum this year.  The possibilities for this young star are endless.   We pray the glorious […]

Still the most Classically perfect and appealing pop song ever recorded

  And what a beautiful performance too!  This chestnut will always delight and amaze!

GFriend’s Heart Whispers: “Love Whisper” on Show! Music Core

Happy Birthday Bomi!

The goddess of media (comedy, fashion, song) turns twenty-four!   To be sure, it seems like a long time we’ve been together. But you are still adorable and young, great Bomi! May God keep you safe, and your nation safe from harm.  A happy Birthday to you, a merry day for all of A Pink, […]

Hayoung’s Smile of Infinity

Hayoung’s smile blooming at 2:54, seen closely at 2:55, coukd be the best smile ever recorded. Now there is a smile that bears with it the Mandate of Heaven.  God bless you forever, dear girl!

지금부터 (A Pink closes the video!)

Jessica Jung Through the Seasons of Love: Jessica’s “Summer Storm” MV Review

As we expect with Jessica, this latest release is another luminously photographed vision of Jessica playing around at hanging out at home, showing her sensitive yet whimsically domestic side. Is that clock at 9:05 a SNSD reference?  Sunny and– was it Sooyoung?– recently had an exchange about a “five member” versus a “nine member” group.  […]

Oh My Gi7l with “Coloring Book”

Goddess Jiho and the gang left some spirited performances in the KBS grabbag, as with this blaze of energy– though I pray the next comeback will be OM8!

GFriend’s Instaclassic “Love Whisper” Stage on Music Bank

An oasis of refulgence as GFriend unleash their dazzling new single upon this achingly romantic stage: But why was SinB stuck with a boring out of date fleshtone mic when everyone else got the glamorous new ones I first recall becoming a “thing” when Seohyun did “Don’t Say No”? Whatever the explanation, we won’t let […]

Listening to SNSD’s “Promise” and thinking about the Albigensian Crusade and Hitler

Well, I’m just being honest. I was thinking that, if the Albigensian Crusade was a genocide, it may well have been a fully justified one, as the Albigensians may have been a total threat to human survival, a mass psychosis. Whereas Churchill’s firebombing genocide against the German family was just pure evil.  Probably less than […]