Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Happy 5th Anniversary T-ARA

It's been a good 5 years, T-ARA. Been with them since the beginning (well, since "Bo Peep Bo Peep" anyways). I wish them more success and they can count on me for spending any amount of money on them (especially if Soyeon is in it).


SNH48 First Election

Both my Biases made it!

this is Ju Jingyi - Juju-chan (my nickname)

This is the full list and their Senbatsu song will be "UZA" (which is cool, I guess, but I was expecting an original song)

1. Team SII - Wu Zhehan - 19,281 votes
2. Team SII - Qiu Xinyi - 14,802 votes
3. Team SII - Zhao Jiamin - 11,079 votes
4. Team NII -  Ju Jingyi - 10,145 votes
5. Team SII - Zhang Yuge - 9061 votes
6. Team NII - Li Yitong - 9037 votes
7. Team SII - Mo Han - 7331 votes
8. Team SII - Xu Jiaqi - 7256 votes
9. Team SII - Chen Si - 6407 votes
10. Team SII - Chen Guanhui - 6318 votes
11. Team SII - Li Yuqi - 6027 votes
12. Team NII - Gong Shiqi - 5877 votes
13. Team SII - Dai Meng - 5785 votes
14. Team NII - Yi Jiaai - 5653 votes
15. Team SII - Kong Xiaoyin - 5413 votes
16. Team SII - Xu ChenChen - 5344 votes

I relatively forced myself to find any info on the girls and I got to see things that I wouldn't have if I just waited around, you know. But I'm actually really happy with my biases and I'm so proud of them. So, my first bias - and ultimate bias - is Ju Jingyi. My second bias is Chen Si. Chen Si is so fucking funny. And she's not the type to flaunt around and do things you might expect someone her age to do. She's just playful, but funny. Also, her specialty is nun-chunks...she wins right there. Ju Jingyi is my ultimate bias because 1) she can be so scary...like she loves showing her dark side 2) she's the prettiest member I've ever seen in SNH48 (albeit, most are really pretty, but Juju-chan sticks out with her beauty; she was a model too before joining). So I was really happy to see both my biases make the senbatsu, and I was especially happy to see Juju-chan because she wasn't in the prelims at all; at least Chen Si was in the last prelim. But she got the 4th spot...which means she's so close to #1 and maybe Juju-chan can run the world...I mean SNH48. Chen Si got a really good spot too. I'm happy for Guanhui though...she seemed kind of depressed during the last two prelims, and I was worried cause she's quite popular. The most shocking is the winner actually. Zhehan, is just not my type of idol, so I really have to rely on her fans to tell me why they like her, but good for her you know. She won the first ever senbatsu, and that's a big deal. I'm also a fan of Mo Han (Captain of Team SII), so I'm glad she made it in as well. I'm still not a fan of Yitong though, but hopefully she can fish me. I really hope we, international fans, will be able to see their election (like a youtube vid or something). I kind of want to see Ju Jingyi's reaction. Anyways, this was pretty exciting; it's kind of cool to witness the first election for a group (like JKT48).

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Top 10 K-pop Groups/Soloists/Duos

I really don't do Top-Anything's honestly, but I've kind of wanted to do one for awhile, but never got around it really. I'll highly do a Top 10 J-pop and Top 10 C-pop groups (Well, soloists count as well cause C-pop doesn't really do groups). But before we get right into it, let me right down some of my other fav groups that didn't make the cut (I put them in order too).

11.) Gain (Brown eyed Girls)
12.) Brown Eyed Girls (they need to do...well, more)
13.) MAMAMOO (new, but fabulous)
14.) SPICA
15.) 2PM
16.) AOA
17.) ZIA
18.) Ailee
19.) F-VE DOLLS
20.) SPEED
21.) Davichi
22.) Crayon Pop
23.) MISS A
24.) VIXX
25.) EXO (K&M)
26.) WINGS
27.) SECRET
28.) SNSD
29.) NU'EST
30.) RANIA
31.) SISTAR/SISTAR19
32.) Lee Hyori

#10) AfterSchool


I actually really love AfterSchool (especially Orange Caramel; actually, I'm going to clump Orange Caramel with AfterSchool just for this). I think they have some of the best music out there in the K-pop world. Even their Japanese single's have been really good. I still love "Heaven" and "Rambling Girls". Those are great song's. I'm sad to see AfterSchool kind of going in obscurity, but I'll buy anything they release. And even though I too miss Kahi a lot, I'm happy that the rest of the member's are just as interesting as Kahi was. I've liked all the member's (new and old), so I guess Pledis is doing something right. Just let them have a comeback already!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Kalafina's Album sales for "THE BEST Red" & "THE BEST Blue"

Well, the sales for their new album have been officially released - from Oricon - and what can I say? I'm so happy for them. Kalafina released two BEST of Album's last week - Red and Blue - and even though they have no new content (except the song, "Heavenly Blue"; only in the Blue Version), they made a new sales record for themselves. The Red Version sold, 25,598 copies and landed the 4th spot. While the Blue Version sold, 26,739 copies and landed the 3rd spot. In total, they sold, 52,337 copies. Even without adding them together, this is the most Kalafina has sold in the first week (for an album). But adding them together, then this is the most Kalafina has sold for an album (including all the weeks). The most an album has sold (and original album too), was their first album, "Seventh Heaven", released in 2009, and that sold, in total, 38,087 copies. Their best first weeks sales, for an album (minus this BEST of Album), was, After Eden; which sold, 21,045 copies in its first week. I don't particularly know why this release sold more than their original work, but does it really matter? This is really great news because maybe Kalafina has just been gaining a lot more fans. I get that fans could have bought both copies, but even if you don't wanna count the Red Version, cause it has no new material, the Blue version still has their best sales in the first week (same if you just count the Red Version). This is really good news, honestly. And I'm so happy Kalafina is selling more in general. I'm also happy that people are noticing them more and more; especially praising their singing talent.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

C-ute - "The Power/Kanashiki Heaven"

Tsunku really loves, "Kanashiki Heaven".


It's not that I hate "The Power", but "Kanashiki Heaven", has just so much going for it that "The Power" can't really keep up with it. Also, is Tsunku running out of song's to use for a Double A-side? It's not mandatory, Tsunku. And why is this the "single" version of KH? It's the exact same song really, and the vocals didn't change...so, did I miss something? Did he rearrange the instrumentals or something? Like, I would be bitching a lot more if this song was a pile of shit, but it's just so fucking good that I can't seem to bring my inner-bitch out. I don't even care for the other song on this single, I bought this release just so I can have KH on my shelves (also, LOVING the photocards that H!P has been adding to their CD's; only the regular editions have them, but that's the only versions I buy from H!P anyways...win win). I really wonder what kind of sound "The Power" was suppose to be? I got the whole "Indian" vibe, but let's be real, a pop song mixed with "some" Indian elements never sounds bollywood, it just sounds like a pop song. It really isn't a bad song at all, but it really is being overshadowed. Even KH got the better MV too (loving the pole-dancing too). TP's MV was kind of boring, wasn't it? At least KH's MV was outside and relatively fresh (I guess they had money to spend since this isn't a new song). Even their fucking outfits for KH are gorgeous...seriously, Tsunku is in love with this song. But so am I. I do secretly wish for a version with the other three singing as well, but I'm surprisingly ok about Chisato and Airi singing the whole song. I also feel like I should have more to say, but I guess I don't. 5/5 for KH, but 3/5 for TP.

ENJOY! Side-note: why can't I be as gorgeous as Airi...and Maimi...and Chisato...fuck it.

"The Power"

   

"Kanashiki Heaven"

   

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Perfume - "Cling Cling"

I've moved on (not really, but there's so much to love from Perfume).

I can't tell you how much I love this picture. So pretty!
Ok, while I haven't forgotten what happened, I relatively moved on since Perfume is really awesome and I can't really hate an idol-group for a long period of time (don't blame me, blame my Otaku-ways). Anyways, Perfume just released their new single, "Cling Cling", and I am madly in love with it. I don't know if it is because it sounds like a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song or just because it's super catchy, but I still love it regardless. I know they both have the same producer (he's the producer, right?), but I've always been able to tell one from the other, but when I heard this song - I heard it on the radio/internet radio - and I didn't hear who was the singer, but I thought it was from Kyary's new album, "Pika Pika Fantajin", but to my surprise, they said it was Perfume. I looked it up right away and I was kind of surprised. I don't hear separate voices in this song you know...it really could have been Kyary's song for all we know. Either way, this is really an amazing song. It is a Perfume song, so there isn't a lot to say musically speaking, but Perfume really know how to deliver when it come's to their dances. I personally loved this dance. I saw their MUSIC DAY performance, and I was just so stunned. Not their best dance, but I still love it. Very oriental, you know. Even the Music Video is super pretty. There isn't a lot going on that makes sense, but the video is so pretty that I didn't even care. I love their solo shots the most, really. As for the rest of the songs on this single, I'm not loving them, but they are ok. I've read that many were anticipating the B-sides, but I don't know. They aren't bad in any way, but they aren't memorable like "Cling Cling" is. Overall though, this might be one of my favorite Perfume song's. My favorite has always been "One Room Disco", but I don't know...And "Spring of Life" was really good too. I can't decide, they are all so good. I'm happy that even years later, Perfume can still deliver awesome song's. Like, "One Room Disco" was released in 2009, and I still find what Perfume releases to be just as good really. 5/5.

ENJOY! Side-note: I've always wondered if Perfume are all secretly robots in disguise as attractive Japanese women?

Full Version

   

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

F(x) - "Red Light" Album Review

This is one of those moments were you can actually wear Gothic-lolita outfits.


Before I start this review, I really should mention that I am awful when it comes to telling what genre is which. I have never been good at pointing certain sounds out. Also, I never liked F(x). Well, sort of. I loved "NU ABO" and "Electric Shock", but those are the only songs I really loved from them. I guess when I compared F(x) to all of my other idols, they really were too different for their own good. And SM is not a company I appreciate - musically speaking. But my friend is a huge F(x) fan and she told to listen to this album, since "Pink Tape" did not meet any of my expectations, and as soon as I listened to this album, I feel in love. There are some really outstanding tracks on this album that I rarely hear from idols and I'm really impressed. I've always followed F(x) because I really like the member's, but their music never captured me...till now. I'm glad this album was the one because apparently many fans are loving this album too. Anyways, I've talked enough, let me start this review.

Red Light: So I've been trying really hard to place this song in one genre, but I don't think you can. It's kind of all over the place. It reminds me of "I got a Boy" from SNSD; the idea of mixing genre's. I surprisingly love this song. I love the rather dark-undertones it has, even though apparently the song is talking about enjoying life. I don't like the rap-parts though. And I also noticed there aren't a lot of parts in the song that actually require you to actually sing...more like talk-sing (which is F(x)'s trademark really). I don't know, I love it. It's really catchy, especially the "Red Light" parts. Oh, I also love the break in this song (just thought I'd mention that). I think this is a pretty solid start to their album.

MILK: Oh. My. God. This is my 2nd favorite song on the album. It's super catchy and I love this Bollywood-vibe it has. I actually love every part in this song; even Amber's rapping. But definitely the chorus wins for me. I've had this song on repeat for like ever now. There's actually a lot of song's on here that I never bothered looking up the translations, so this is pretty much me judging solely on the sound of the song's.

Butterfly: This song is the most Gothic, compared to "Dracula". It's pretty monotone, the song, but I like it this way. I like that it sounds like they are whispering during the chorus, but they're not; it's just the way they are singing. I kind of hate how the instrumental doesn't change...hence my monotone comment. I wonder what genre this belong's to? Also, I realize, as I listen to this song again, that it's really forgettable, especially since it's right after the amazing, "MILK".

Rainbow: So hip-hop. I could secretly see 2NE1 singing something like this. It has some R&B influences, but when Amber does her repeated lines, it feels like a hip-hop song (F(x) style). I like it though. It's definitely one of my more favorite songs in this album. I like the chill-vibe you get from this song during the chorus, but maybe Amber's rapping ruins that. It's also kind of short (thankfully).

All Night: This is so off. This album really does not have a theme, it's just a bunch of different genre's smashed together. This song is definitely the most "cutesy" song. My friend hates this song, but I don't mind it. It's not something I would purposely listen to over and over again, but I like it as a filler for the album. It's cutesy enough to be noticed in this album, but it doesn't stick out too much from the rest. It's kind of boring though.

Vacance: I love those high notes at the beginning of the song. This song is so fun. It feels like something from the 90s, but with a mix of K-pop added to it. It's really a fun song to listen to. The instrumentals are also nice to listen to. I really wanna know who does those high notes (maybe Luna?)

Spit it Out: I don't like this song at all. It's not catchy, nor does it feel like anything new. It actually sounds like a reject of "Electric Shock", but a lot worse. It's safe though, so I'm sure some find it "decent", at best.

Boom Bang Boom: I love this song! The beginning is really slow, but once you get to the chorus you get this super addicting techno-style-music and it totally makes you wanna dance. Other than that the song is pretty normal. I love the chorus the most though. I wonder how the song would sound like without the "Boom Bang Boom" parts? Cause I think the song would be fine without it, but I guess they needed something extra to make this song stand out from the rest; albeit, those techno-beats are still the best things in this song.

Dracula: Definitely my favorite song on this album. I love dark-Gothic-like-songs the best; it makes it sound so different. And F(x) really delivered with this song. I think it's Luna and Krystal who did it, but before you hear that scream in the song, there's someone whom sings those high notes, those parts are my favorite. It sounds so..."horror-movie" like. It's really an impressive song. I'm sure there's a name for this genre, but whatever, it's fantastic. I wished this was the title-song.

Summer Lover: Ew, I hate summer-themed songs.

Paper Heart: It's a mid-tempo song, and it's kind of pleasant. It's the only song on this album that comes close to a ballad, but it's definitely not a ballad. I think it's best F(x) don't sing these type of songs. I love their techno-image more.

 Overall: This was a pretty good album. Definitely my fav from F(x). My favorite songs are definitely: "Dracula", "Milk", and, "Red Light" (in that order too). I really am impressed with this release (I even bought a copy too). F(x) really has their own style that can't be overtaken and I like that about them. I anticipate more song's like "Dracula" from F(x) and maybe one day that type of song can be their title-song. 4.1/5 (Album score).