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Happy Birthday Eunseo!

WJSN’s scholarly Eunseo turns nineteen! And must be busy with the forthcoming WJSN comeback.  But we hope they find time to honor this charmed occasion for our still-teen heroine to celebrate the great year of achievement behind her– and the awesome year to come!   God bless our Eunseo, and we wish her a very […]

Looks like Soobin’s going to be a Goldilocks for the WJSN comeback

Yesterday’s performance from KCon in Japan: –Now if WJSN comes up with a third single in a row at the interstellar level of “Secret” and “I Wish”, I just don’t know what I’m going to do.  They can easily be forgiven a lesser track at this point, but the very idea of having another genius […]

Happy Birthday Ah Young!

Dal Shabet’s young sweetheart turns twenty-six!   A thoughtful time, perhaps, but we needn’t be too thoughtful of Time.  Ah Young has plenty of youthful charm left to spare! Along with a certain “mature” charm! Though we’ve had already many fun years together, may our beloved mascot of everything disco-silly in K-pop give her fans […]

Lucius’ Homework! watch the latest episode of WJSN “Uzzu Tape”

I haven’t watched this yet, but I’m placing it here NOW because it’s time for dah Lucius to get in shape and start watching all these sublime entertainments his idols so graciously bestow upon the world. WJSN.  A Neoclassic garden.  What could be more magnificent? Sigh.  And all the other episodes I haven’t watched.  And […]

It boggles my mind to think there’s no posting of NC.A’s “I’m Different” on this blog, but that’s what my NC.A tag is telling me, so let’s fix that now

And the last time I mentioned this song was January of 2015?– at which point I was reminiscing about the far-off days of late 2013?  The hell?! I really really wonder where the time goes.  And it worries me.  Oh well.  Let us enjoy NC.A in her days of plastic skirtdom!

Ice Princess Seohyun

Seohyun and her dance crew in icy splendor:  it’s hard for this routine to get old! Love the dramatic final two shots and the cut that joins them.

Sistar Disbands

After seven years of chart-topping “sexy concept” domination in K-pop, legendary quartet Sistar has announced its disbandment– though on May 31st they will release a final “goodbye” comeback. Sistar’s early work, which I surveyed in my early months of K-pop fandom in 2012, didn’t suit me.  Brave Brothers, that wildly uneven producer, gave them a […]

Happy Birthday Yena!

April’s doll girl turns seventeen! While April has had its share of adjustments over the past year and a half, Yena has been a constant presence with her poetic glamour and quiet mystery– occasionally shaken by fits of liveliness:   –and chipmunkesque aegyo plus career resolutions! Well, even in ten years time Yena will still […]

Baby Momma: Baby Soul puts her hair up in a bun for “Now, We”

Please excuse the vulgarity of the expression “baby momma”, but Baby Soul (who always looks so warm and nurturing) looks especially maternal and buttery and glowing with her sweet hair up in a bun: [Ed.:  Baby rabies much, Mickey?]  Yes. . . . Admittedly, the swaying “Lovelyz” logo on the rear screen does kinda make this […]

Oh Lord, “Lovelyz Loves Canada” is on its way! (plus Jin wears wetlook leggings!)

God keep them away from any signs of “diversity”!  But judging from this teaser, they’ll be cooing over the cuteness of White babies like “GFriend Loves Europe” (which I’m still horribly stalled on watching all the way through–I’ve rewatched the first two and a half episodes like half a dozen times). Sigh.  It’s largely because […]

Happy Birthday Jiae!

The squeakiest of livelyz turns twenty-four! Ne!  Her “Destiny” thus far has gloriously enriched us with aegyo and appeal!   And now “Now, We” continues Lovelyz’ starry trail of K-pop magnificence, tracing the heavens with an upward melodic curve as ingenuous and appealing as Jiae’s moistly imploring gaze. And, to paraphrase Jiae herself, “Don’t worry!  […]

AOA’s “Good Luck”: the unlucky comeback that shoulda luckied

Not long ago I was on a micromini AOA jag when suddenly, as if by malign synchronicity, came news that Choa was taking some sort of sabbatical.  This news, accompanied by cryptic social media remarks by some of her bandmates which suggested they knew she was unhappy and there was something missing in her life, […]

Happy Birthday Haein!

Laboum’s colorful minx Haein turns twenty-two!   From her days of feisty hair color and explaining her non-autotuned voice, to dragging her teddy bear across the stage and now dragging off a Music Bank trophy, the adorable Haein has already blazed a trail of K-pop effervescence across the musical heavens– and she’s barely a month […]

Beloveable Dorks: Sujeong and Jisoo upstage 4 Lovelyz-zies with their headbopping dancing at the bottom right of the screen

Powerful Innocence: GFriend’s “Fingertip” Military Chic

GFriend look so good in these cute tight paradeground military schoolgirl outfits! Especially Yuju, who is just so tall and noble in bearing here, with those tight sleeves and the pert fit of her jacket and her noble poise and high head and calm demeanor. As a huge Yerin fan, now that “Fingertip” promotions are […]

Laboum, Queens of “Pops in Seoul”, Return for more

Since Laboum’s debut, their appearances on Pops in Seoul have been highlights of my entire K-pop experience.  Though many, including glorious Lovelyz and A Pink, have shown in Pops in Seoul’s formats, no single group is so consistently high-energy and full of improve fun during the Secret Box, interview game, or Pick and Tell formats.  […]

Lovelyz Wins “The Show” with “Now, We”!

Lovelyz at last scores their first show trophy, on SBS’s The Show. Admittedly, it’s the least prestigious of the current roster, but a win nonetheless and a proud milestone in their career–a highly emotional one too. My beloved Jin is especially affected, as we should expect.  Yein yips with joy, then tosses her head in […]

PAC OMG: Hyojung looks like a blushing mail-order bride on the prairie in this Inkigao “Coloring Book” Stage

–and they fit legos and Pac Man ghosts into the stagesavers too.  Plus, black skirts! which I think look especially flattering. Some fans have complained that some of the earlier, gaudier outfits for “Coloring Book” were not flattering, and I tend to agree.  But these dresses look classy.  Goddess Jiho, as you should expect, looks […]

Lovelyz’ Heavenly Second “Now, We” Stage on Inkigayo

With lighting to rival that for the Comeback Stage, plus some ravishing camerawork (the camera’s zoom in on Mijoo’s smiling face at 0:10ff is heartbreakingly beautiful!), this broadcast is another classic: And Jin gets a great shot starting at 1:29, as noticed in the comments by someone who uses Xuan Yi’s picture for an avatar. Sujeong gets […]

The fan circa 2:28 IS kinda hot

I’ll have to watch it through again to keep up with how many audience shots were her versus another prepossessing young lady, but this Mamamoo performance of their milestone “Um Oh Ah Yeah” certainly has the crowd engaged:

Happy Birthday Dayoung!

WJSN’s spacey minx turns sweet eighteen! Circa 2:05 to 3:02 Dayoung’s alarmingly original Engrish diction! Alas, history has left us no Less Dance broadcast for “I Wish”, which deserved one as much as the awesome “Secret” and perhaps even moreso for the cosmically iconic scissoring arms choreo! OMG heartquake! We pray WJSN’s next single will […]

The Unflappable Eunji

Against the understandable shrieks of our other idols (and poor Chorong really must’ve been quite devastated by the shock to hear of it), Eunji’s absolute indifference is– even to one who long has recognized her stern character–at once no surprise and yet unbelievable.   I would’ve crapped my pants, tbh.

Jiho is a Goddess Pt. LXXXVI

Jiho flashing radiance in this purple-dressed “Coloring Book” from M! Countdown: –Yooa, whose been looking a bit boyish in this comeback, has frankly lost a tad of luster, and Mimi’s girlishness has shed, perhaps a touch of her puppyish charm, but Jiho’s power to ravish remains utterly undimmed.  (Hyojung too, who I think makes an […]

Namjoo and the Gang “Seven Springs of A Pink” Era two-fer: “It Girl” and “Let Us Just Love”

The second of two vintage “It Girl” (album mix) performances I just watched on Inkigayo’s youtube channel:   with farm-fresh costuming, including Namjoo in gingham (or are those squares too big to qualify as ‘gingham’?) plus Naeun in some dance school princess-glam garb. OMG Namjoo at 3:00 and following: super aegyo closeups, cut away, then […]

Hello Hanoi: A Pink Serenade the Vietnam Pandas, Eunji holds her back in pain, and what the devil happened circa 3:09?

This was recorded in March but just aired in Korea this week.  From this K-pop expo concert, A Pink perform a “Only One”/”Cause You’re My Star”/”Luv” set in full, with Eunji suffering from a back injury she had back then. I didn’t notice when I watched it, but scanning through the comments some viewers picked […]

Yujeong is so ingenuous

Even at twenty-five years of age, Yujeong has such achingly sincere ‘I love you’ expressions:   Laboum still hwaiting!

Sparkles from the heart: Lovelyz’ “Now, We” Comeback Stage on Show! Music Core

The insane glory of Lovelyz’ starburst stage:   Rococo discodelia on petit macaroons!  Plus we get the “fancam” long shot take:    

Today on Inkigayo: The Glorious Lovelyz “Now, We” Comeback Stage!

Dancing in a soft pink light!

F**k Satan: The Final T-ara Crisis as Boram and Soyeon Flee the Stage of “666”

The bing newscrawl tells us America is getting its first Satanic monument, and then when I head directly to koreaboo to check up on Choa I find instead some more disturbing news.  Here’s the relevant summation of netizen responses from a thread at onehallyu: 1. [+1,063, -41] Of all the concepts they decide to use, […]

K-pop is declining right now: one opinion why

I’m not even a sone but when Sica left SNSD   it’s like a spell was broken, kpop hasn’t been the same since –writes Vadleany at onehallyu. https://onehallyu.com/topic/502247-k-pop-hits-over-the-years-what-happened/page-2 The OP is somewhat quirky and subjective.  I can’t consider 2016 a “bad year” considering it gave the world “Rough”, “Journey to Atlantis”, “One of these nights”, […]

“Would you consider T-ara to be the most relevant/most talked about and iconic kpop group of all time?”

asks a thread-starter, sadako, at onehallyu: I  feel like even 100 years down the road people will still remember T-ara and their legacy, their iconic scandal that shunned the olympics in 2012, and continues to be one of the biggest scandal in kpop history.    even in 2017 t-ara still tops news portals even wiith simple […]

AOA’s Jimin Says “Hey”

For fans of AOA’s Jimin– and who isn’t?– this fun compilation rubs our kittie-lovin’ noses in Jimin’s career cavalcade of “Hey”s:  

When Bona Was a Blonde (and other “Secret” pleasures)

Blonde-era Bona (and while she is a goddess in brunette, perhaps the blonde Bona shall return?) and the other cosmic girls of WJSN on Music Bank with their glorious “Secret”:

It doesn’t have superpower audio, but here’s T-ara’s China Concert 20151219

Most of the time it’s fancams you find (and hey, some of them might have more robust audio), but this should be worth at least dipping into.  Alas, T-ara will never be able to give a superpower concert worthy of their Japanese efforts: but we must be grateful to China for giving T-ara a lot […]

“The sorrow of taking the public transportation dies off quite a bit now”

Yein and the lovelies compete in the pool for cookout foodstuffs, back in Lovelyz Diary Season Three, ep 03:   Yein flips her wet hair like a mermaid, Sujeong uses logic, and other fun and frolics from the girls who this week have given us “Now, Us”!

Happy Birthday Soyeon!

Laboum’s Main Vocal turns 23! Alas, in further complications of Laboum’s tumultuous week, I find that Soyeon was recently rushed to the hospital.  Apparently she is okay but she suffered a profuse nose bleed and is now resting and won’t currently be joining Laboum on stage.   Soyeon, we hope you are safe and well, […]

GFriend’s “Fingertip” on Show! Music Core April 15, 2017

Break those chains, GFriend! You know, it’s going to look to posterity as if I totally slept on this comeback, but just so you know, weeks ago I was immersed in writing a jammin’ homage to “Fingertip” (a la my “remix” of Oh My Girl’s “I Found Love” which I lyrically reworked into an homage […]

The Laboum Scandal: Their Music Bank Win Clouded in Controversy

Well, it’s happened– and where was I?  Oh yeah, trying to figure out what Trump is up to and not paying attention to K-pop news at all. So it turns out that this weekend Laboum–in an enormous upset– won Music Bank’s trophy over superstar IU’s hugely successful new single.  And now pointing fingers and freaking-out […]

Some Guy Sits and Reads His Magazine While Jisoo and Sujeong Dance In Front of Him Dressed Like Hookers

Well, I hesitate to use such colorful language to describe these strange and innocent shenanigans, but somebody decided to send Lovelyz to Canada and half of them attended a Calgary Comic Con thingamajiggie: It’s adorable of course in its way; but I really hate to see them thrown in with this riffraff.  Though the fact […]

The Lovelyz Repackage Album Rumors Are True!

  A major album, to be rendered even greater!   An aesthetical band, returning to sylphlike ethereality.   And a return to the maniacal whimsy of “Ah Choo”–or perhaps even the most energetic recording since “Dear You”!  “Luv dis emooooshun!!”