Category music

SinB gets her groove on

In some Awakening-era behind-the-scenes footage used for this FMV for “Ave Maria”. Advertisements

Happy Birthday ZN!

Laboum (and Uni.T)’s chic goddess turns twenty-four! This piece of fanmade art showcases ZN in a moment of such New Waved chic that she seems at first almost unrecognizable.  But ZN’s chic can be more of the rarefied elegant variety. But perhaps most often tres sportif. But whatever her moods–or bands– we wish Goddess ZN a happy birthday […]

April’s “Take My Hand” Inkigayo 20171008

Mega camera-tilts, cute sailor outfits, and some keen Jinsol passion.  While Music Bank’s suite of “Take My Hand” stages are the most famous ones here, this Inkigayo stage brings its own autumnal-fresh energy!  

A Pink’s Summer of Love

There’s more than one contender of course, but this stage from Fukuoka reminds us why 2015 is a strong entry.   Plus the Japanese fangirls look so cute!

“Only the name of a puppy was ‘Happy'”

WJSN and their choreo, pre “Dreams Come True”:

Hayoung’s hair flipping spin at 2:42

In this famous “Only One” stage had I ever noticed, till now, how sublimely lustrous is the moment Hayoung flits across the stage in an elysian halo of light circa 2:42? It’s truly angelic! Her hair fans out, and it’s as if just as she spins on her tippy-toes her hair eclipses the stage lights […]


All day and every day, always!

Now that GFriend is a juggernaut again, what does it make me feel like doing? Like watching splendorous stages of “Love Whisper”!

Such as this one from Music Bank:  

“Ah mah sway Romeo!” GFriend’s “Love Bug” on Show Champion

While I pray A Pink will renew their Indian Summer this summer, if not then let us bask in the fact that GFriend will be there to carry the torch of Innocence and spread the magic of love:   And on this stage, none carries off her outfit better than “World’s Most Cutest” Yerin!

Sujeong Could Hardly be Lovelyzier!

–And Kei too, for that matter, but let’s be honest that this song and performance is very Sujeongcentric.  That’s not a complaint of course . . . . But the song is still pretty lame.  Sigh.

12JSN: 우주소녀 “모모모” on Inkigayo

It feels like a predebut, but already WJSN was bouncing along happily, full of the energy of great things in the making.   Plus I love the cut to that shot of Yeoreum at 0:52.  Cinematic!

Dayoung is all bunny ears

The now-nineteen pop princess was still eighteen when she delivered this pose, but she’s welcome to do it again!  

Not JooE’s Greatest “Great!”

Playing arbitrary stages of “Bboom Bboom”, it seems like all the ones I’ve heard lately were JooE taking it easy on her GREAAAAT!s.  But oh well.  Here in these pale blue outfits and Nancy as almost always in her trim hat and JooE sporting her blonde tresses, the song still entertains:

“Time for the Moon Night” sails on with the trophy haul

With repeat wins on Show Champion, Music Bank, and Show! Music Core, 2018 GFriend’s return to undisputed preeminence is guaranteed. Whether or not an Inkigayo Triple Crown awaits, it is indisputable now that all early talk of GFriend’s obsolescence is now burned to the ground.  The group never really left–but now, it is as if their […]

This made me dream of A Pink in Space

This and, probably, the fact they did that whole “Pink Space” concert– but I swear I had forgot about that, and anyway I haven’t seen any clips from it yet.  But earlier this week I had been rewatching this one night and then I dreamed of A Pink singing “My My” while somehow floating above […]

Scream for WJSN

–and appreciate the lingering intimate closeups during the song’s epic breakdown!

GFriend Make “Music Show All-kill” with “Time for the moon night”

Dramatically driving a stake through the torturous rumors of their impending commercial demise, GFriend win Inkigayo to complete a weeklong six-trophy clean sweep of all Korea’s competitive music broadcasts.  Congratulations, GFriend and Buddies!

GFriend Win M! Countdown with “Time For the Moon Night”

Congratulations, GFriend! With prizes from The Show and Show Champion too, it appears that GFriend at least is not losing any further traction on their present commercial perch.  I wish them further success with this comeback, although I must admit that, while the new minialbum altogether is very good, I remain puzzled by this choice […]

Dayoung Holds Yeoreum Hostage

Will momma Yeonjung accede to her crazed demands? But wait: just because she’s Main Vocal, how does that make Yeonjung a mommy?  She’s a maknae!  Why, Yeoreum is older than she is!

Peak Namjoo

There could be many peak Namjoo moments–and may there be peak Namjoo moments to come!– but here in the glorious “Five” era on stage for Simply K-pop she gives us a strong contender, with epic hair and a resplendent high note:   Why, even the screencap is a Pink BnN moment!

Hip to Hip: Hayoung’s distractability, Eunji’s motherly smile, and other pleasures of A Pink on stage with “My My” in 2014

This performance is already up here in the archives–Eric was in the comments–but since it popped up on screen after my latest viewing of “Miracle” I watched it afresh.  Not for the last time is Hayoung distracted by events off camera!  Saucy Bomi bops her with her hip, and at another juncture Eunji, as a […]

Seeing Butterflies: April’s “Take My Hand” on Music Bank 20171013

Music Bank gave nothing but spectacular stages to April’s tremendous “Take My Hand”, and I’ve just (with an intermission after viewing no. 4 for milk and a peanut butter sandwich) given this one the Camille Paglia six-viewings test.  What an epic treat!

Pink Box? or Pink Wall? “Five” on Music Bank, 20170714

2017’s summer was nothing if not a celebratory one in K-pop, arching along from Black Pink’s most tolerable single through Red Velvet’s commercial apex through six-member Laboum’s last outing and on into GFriend’s late summer “Love Whisper”.  And there was A Pink, enjoying the rebounding success of “Five”!  And though there would be no Music […]

Joy laughed

at Seulgi’s mic malfunction and the subsequent intervention of Music Bank staff to remedy the situation:

The new GFriend album “Time For the Moon Night” is, thank God, very good

God, in His infinite sense of humor (or is that just the Adversary laughing at me–I can’t tell) has seen fit to strike me down simultaneously with swimmer’s ear in my left ear and the left side of my premier headphones going all but out.  In such a case, I can’t call myself “listening to […]

If you are feeling sad and lonely, let YooA, Jiho, and the gang take you to their “Secret Garden”

Music Bank’s run includes not just those first two classic stages– but this one too. And while a lot of stalwart acts are releasing underwhelming new music, let it be said that 2018 already has given us “Bboom Bboom”, “Holiday”, “Secret Garden”, “Dreams Come True”, and also A Pink’s exquisite anniversary anthem “Miracle”; and for […]

GFriend 2017 did nothing wrong

Nevertheless, GFriend 2018 is almost upon us, as this attractively photographed and so-early-spring-it’s-almost-autumnal video teaser shows. But . . . what is up with this music?  Is this really lead single material?  Doesn’t sound like it’s going to have my hands reaching for the sky like “Love Whisper” or “Navillera” or “Rough” . . . […]

In which I fail to recognize Jiyeon and Hyomin

Watching a non-Seungyeon-fall performance of Kara’s “Lupin” I was struck by a split-second cut at the end to that 2010 broadcast’s MCs, which apparently included Eunjung but also two girls mysteriously dressed in lavender PVC just like her although obviously not members of T-ara. Even when I dug up the closing remarks clip, it didn’t […]

The Nobel Peace Prize Goes, Of Course, to Red Velvet Irene

While Pres. Trump is due great credit for the rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, when America’s overpriced troops finally are removed to defend our own border we will owe the lion’s share of credit to none other than Red Velvet’s charismatic Leader, Irene:   Without Kim Jong Un’s infatuation with lovely Irene, what peace overtures […]

Though I have swimmer’s ear AND broken headphones, my WJSN fix marches on

–with this superb “Dreams Come True” performance on Show! Music Core, with the audience very much in audio evidence even on my diminished audio reception: Godspeed my full hearing, my audio equipment, and my glorious WJSN and all of K-pop!  We shall hear this in full surround sound again!

All April, I kept thinking to myself, “Well, at least GFriend isn’t coming back this month, because what would I do then?”

Thinking that, between the Oh My Girl comeback (actually a subunit) and the A Pink comeback (which turned out after all to be only the Anniversary Single–so far), and then the Lovelyz comeback which would prove whether the suckiness of Fall Into Lovelyz was just an anomaly or something worse (it’s something worse), I couldn’t […]

Boram and Soyeon Interacting Cutely

Onehallyu commenter Seunghee’s Eyebrows starts a thread on the cute interactions of T-ara legends Soyeon and Boram. Goddesses, you are missed–but let us not forget to look back from time to time at all the happy times we shared together, besides the immortal songbook which forever must hold its unique place in our hearts.  

Lovelyz’ “That Day” Review: It’s Garbage!

Long story short:  Woollim has banished OnePiece, and Lovelyz has turned to crap. The other night I wrote out ten major reasons why Lovelyz has declined since 2016.  Last Christmas’ “Twinkle” was fun, but the rest of that album was garbage.  With OnePiece’s exile continuing hope was low, but the news that Sweetune would produce […]

This morning’s “Banhana”: the Oh My Girl subunit’s Goodbye Stage on Inkigayo

Hyojung, Arin, and Binnie go it all along in this truncated but cute rendition of their novelty hit. The 2018 era has its Orange Caramel, I guess: but let this not keep Oh M7 Girl from returning, after a proper rest, with another full-ensemble masterpiece!

Dating Advice and other chitchat with April

Naeun says “The Blue Bird”s concept goes best with Chaekyung, and I’ve agreed– this is Chaekyung’s “in love” era, and so, appropriately enough, Chaekyung seems to be April’s boss of dating advice: Also, I like that Rachel’s English is heavily accented.  She wasn’t too spoiled by her Canadian upbringing!

WJSN Return Greatest Outfits Ever to KCON Japan Stage, but minus China line, plus musically awkward dance break

The A Pink Anniversary Single: “Miracle”

7 Years of Bops in 3 minutes: Happy Anniversary A Pink!

A sample of A Pink’s M! Countdown stages, 2011 t0 2017. And in May, yet another masterpiece will come to the stage! Hwaiting!

“just because they dont hump the floor or sing about feminism it doesnt mean they does the same concept”

–writes onehallyu commenter Ian in praise of A Pink’s musical diversity. And, with all the Comeback/not comeback and other drama, the schedule is finally comfirmed:  after our 7th Anniversary Special Album tomorrow, the on-stage Comeback comes in May! And, with God’s blessing, our six angels will appear on stage all healthy and well and all […]

Happy Birthday Dawon!

WJSN’s mature Dawon turns 21!   Still arrayed in the martial splendor of WJSN’s “Dreams Come True” era!   Though her teen queen years of “Secret” and “I Wish” have yielded to twenty-onething seniority, we wish Dawon a happy birthday–and may this starry goddess’s dreams come true!  God bless Dawon!  Hwaiting!