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Hyun-a’s solo comeback song Bubble Pop! spread like wildfire when it was released on the 4th, getting millions of views on youtube. I don’t know exactly what made the video so popular — I mean, I could guess, but… but…

Hyun-a ~ Bubble Pop!

Hyun-a ~ Bubble Pop!

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The song sounds nothing like her previous solo stuff. The tone is more cutesy sexy rather than fierce sexy.

For those of you who saw anyone else except Hyun-a, the guy in the short story part of the video is Lee Joon (이준) from MBLAQ. That’s the same guy who played IU’s love interest in K.Will’s My Heart is Beating (lousy two-timing son-of-a. Poor IU….’s character in that completely unrelated video).

 

This song was one of 78 songs on the playlist I listened to during my road trip a while ago. I like it. It’s kind of similar to Zutto in my opinion, but with some 4Minute added to the mix.

Thelma Aoyama ~ Without U feat. 4Minute

Thelma Aoyama ~ Without U feat. 4Minute

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When it says “featuring 4Minute”, what they really mean is featuring Ji-yoon and Ga-yoon. Ji-hyun and Hyun-a have like one line each. I thought I heard So-hyun’s voice when listening to the song, but in the video she’s out of frame (or obscured by the camera man) most of the time. Ga-yoon’s voice sounds so cute next to Thelma’s. I like Ji-yoon’s hair like that btw.

I think I saw a full English version of this song too, but it sounds better with a Japanese chorus.

 

WHY is 4Minute’s latest Japanese single, which was released back in March right before the earthquake. Due to the disaster they cancelled/postponed all their activities in Japan, so the song wasn’t promoted much.

4Minute ~ WHY

4Minute ~ WHY

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In the music video the members of 4Minute are planning some kind of heist, where they’ll break into a vault to dance and sing :) .

At first this song kind of passed me by, but I like it more after listening to it a bit.

 

Here 4Minute wins MNet Countdown with Mirror Mirror (거울아 거울아). It’s their first win since their comeback (they’ve won before though with Muzik and Huh).

They had to change up the choreography because the part where they spread their legs was deemed inappropriate for television and they wouldn’t be allowed to perform if they didn’t change it. This performance has the revised choreography.

4Minute ~ Mirror Mirror Live@M!Countdown 20110421

4Minute ~ Mirror Mirror Live@M!Countdown 20110421

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When it stood clear that they’d won, So-hyun started crying and sobbing uncontrollably. And of course the producer goes: “Quick! Someone stick a mic in her face!”

4Minute ~ No.1@M!Countdown 20110421

4Minute ~ No.1@M!Countdown 20110421

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거울아 거울아 (Mirror Mirror) feels more like 4Minute’s style than Heart To Heart did.

4Minute ~ Mirror Mirror

4Minute ~ Mirror Mirror

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I like it, but mostly the 거울아 거울아 part and the electronic sound. I don’t think the melodic parts fit all that well actually. Sorry for being so negative about 4Mintue’s new stuff, but it’s just because I like them. If I didn’t like them I wouldn’t care enough to complain :lol: .

I haven’t rated any of the songs from their new album on my iPod yet, except Already Gone, which I enjoy. I think that’s my favourite track on the album, although I heard it before on their Japanese album Diamond. But I guess that song wouldn’t be ideal for promoting with stage performances.

Hyun-a is back in her natural element (sexy dancing and posing) in this video, so she’s more easily recognizable than the cutesy Hyun-a in Heart To Heart. And, for the record, she says “4 minutes left” at the beginning of the song.

Speaking of mirrors, I was listening to a Korean language podcast a while before 4Minute’s comeback and one word I thought I’d never be able to remember was 거울 (mirror). I think I’ll remember it now :) .

 

Heart to Heart is 4Minutes latest mini-album. The music video focuses on Hyun-a and Jung-shin from C.N.Blue.

What can I say? This isn’t the comeback song I had expected from 4Minute. After hearing the teaser for “4 minutes left” (the first (intro) track on the mini-album) and seeing the dark/mature STEAL 20 concept photos I expected something else. Perhaps more like their previous Korean album HuH.

4Minute ~ Heart To Heart

4Minute ~ Heart To Heart

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Credit: source vid. derogatory@jpopsuki

The intro to Heart to Heart instantly made me think of another song. Perhaps Miss A’s Bad Girl Good Girl. Although my initial disappointment has subsided, the chorus of Heart to Heart hasn’t grown on me yet.

The girls look great in the video though, especially Hyun-a and So-hyun. And it’s nice to hear their voices without heavy auto-tune effects.

Apparently the teasers were intended for an album with the actual title STEAL 20 called “4Minutes left”, which is supposed to be released any day now. Last I heard, it’s a full length album. We’ll know soon enough. I’m hoping for a different (more 4Minute-y) sound on the full album.

Update: the album is available for pre-order now. Apart from the second title track Mirror Mirror, it seems like most of the songs that weren’t on the mini-album are from their Japanese releases.

 

4Minute are making their comeback in Korea very soon with a new album. They’ve posted a teaser sound bite on their official site along with the title “STEAL 20″. I don’t know if that’s the actual album title or just the concept name.

These concept photos were just released:

  • STEAL 20 Concept Ga-yoon
  • STEAL 20 Concept Hyun-a
  • STEAL 20 Concept Ji-hyun
  • STEAL 20 Concept Ji-joon
  • STEAL 20 Concept So-hyun

Source: allkpop (I wanted to use the pictures that 4Minute’s So-hyun tweeted, but the colours were a bit off in those)

They’ll release a teaser video tomorrow and the album will be released on the 29th. Really looking forward to it!

Looks like April is going to be the big month of K-Pop girl group combacks, with 4Minute, f(x), 2NE1 and others making their comeback.

 

FIRST is 4Minutes latest Japanese song. It has a different sound from 4Minute’s other songs. At first I thought it sounded like a song written for another artist that was then “4Minute-ified”.

The song is pretty catchy though, and it gets better with each listen.

4Minute ~ FIRST

4Minute ~ FIRST

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Credit: source vid. JiroZhang@jpopsuki

Notable in the video is that Ji-yoon now has long hair and there’s an “interesting” choreography :lol: .

 

The girls in 4Minute are featured in the October issue of Ceci magazine. I haven’t posted any 4Minute pictures before, so I thought I’d put these up.

  • 4Minute Ceci
  • Ga-yoon Ceci
  • Hyun-a Ceci
  • Hyun-a Ceci
  • Ji-yoon and So-hyun Ceci

Credit: Ceci & allkpop

 

This is the last repost for a while :) . There’s a lot of new stuff begging to be posted, and it will as soon as I find the time.

4Minute ~ What a Girl Wants (DVD)

4Minute ~ What a Girl Wants (DVD)

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The audio is converted without modification from the DVD, so the hiss is there in the original.

 

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