July 2012


Let me preface this by saying: What the flying f***?!

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CCM, T-ara’s agency, announced today that they’re terminating Hwa-young’s contract and she has now left T-ara. There were a lot of rumours flying around leading up to this. It went something like this (from my perspective): Hwa-young got injured and couldn’t perform at T-ara’s concerts in Japan. Then some of the other members made tweets about dedication, that could be seen as an attack on Hwa-young. See the translation here. Then Hwa-young was kicked out.

The press release reads like a continuous stream off bullshit. It offers no explanation. It basically says that … Continue reading

 

BoA is making her Korean comeback with the song Only One. It reminds me a lot of her Japanese song Eien. I half expected her to start singing in Japanese when I first heard the song. BoA’s last Korean album was very different from her Japanese stuff.

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BoA ~ Only One (Dance Ver.)

BoA ~ Only One (Dance Ver.)

33MB 4:00 H.264/AVC 480×272 PSP Ready

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I love to see BoA doing this kind of dance choreography again. She totally blows the competition out of the water. In a way the dancing feels a bit over the top for this kind of song, but that’s OK :) .

I’m looking forward to seeing BoA’s dance movie Cobu, but it’s been pushed to 2013, it seems :( .

The drama version of the video is also out. It’s a bit more fitting to the song, but it completely lacks dancing which makes it a little boring.

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Only One cover

I’ve listened through the whole album a few times. The songs are all fine, but nothing really jumps out at me. I do, however, really like the cover photo for some reason. I guess it’s because BoA looks so happy.

 

I don’t have the details, but I thought I’d give a heads up to any European VIPs who might see this, that Big Bang supposedly are holding a concert in London in the near future. So keep your eyes open and check your Big Bang forums and whatnot for details if you’re interested in going.

JYJ’s Junsu is also coming to Europe on his world tour. Possibly to more than one city.

 

I’m kind of torn when it comes to T-ara’s latest mini-album Day by Day. I like the overall feel of the title track and I like the rap, but the awkward English part of the lyrics ruins it for me. The rest of the mini-album is pretty good. No favourites yet, but I like how Hwa-young really has grown into her role as rapper. Sounds great.

The music video was released in the form of a short film as well as a dance version.

She short film is really nice. We get to see Hyo-min trying to protect the blind Da-ni (new member) from Ji-yeon in a future broken world. Very nicely made. I guess we’ll have to wait until the second part to see Eun-jung’s character, which looks bad-ass. I suspect that the other new member A-reum also will be appearing in part two.

It’s kind of funny how Ji-yeon’s character in the film looks so cool, but when she talks in the behind the scenes footage she’s so cute! XD

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For the download I cut away the intro and the behind the scenes:

T-ara ~ Day by Day

T-ara ~ Day by Day

45MB 9:42 H.264/AVC 480×272 PSP Ready

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The dance version is horribly cut. They should’ve put a warning at the beginning discouraging people suffering from epilepsy from watching. Rapid cuts and strobe flashes? How is that a good way to show off the choreography?

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