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Hold on to your sexual insecurity! :lol: Yohio is the lead guitarist of the Swedish visual kei band Seremedy. He’s now pursuing a solo career in Japan and is doing pretty well. I really like SKY☆LiMiT. It’s a good mix of pop and rock performed in Japanese by a Swedish guy wearing a lolita dress. What’s not to like? There’s even growling :) .

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Yohio ~ Sky Limit

Yohio ~ Sky Limit

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I saw Yohio in a Swedish newspaper not long ago. Then I watched some TV interviews. Apparently he’s going to compete in the song contest where the winner gets to represent Sweden in the Eurovision song contest. He won’t be singing in Japanese, though. Unfortuntaly. Would’ve been cool and different.

I almost saw Seremedy once, but I think I was out of town when they played here.

Yohio will be releasing his first full-length solo album this spring and I heard that it will be released in English in the EU and in Japanese in Japan. I definitely prefer the sound of the Japanse lyrics. … Continue reading

 

Younique Unit is a group put together by SM Entertainment for a Hyundai commercial (don’t know about any future plans for the group). It consists of Hyo-yeon (SNSD), Tae-min (SHINee), Eun-hyuk (Super Junior), Henry (Super Junior-M), Kai (Exo-K) and Luhan (Exo-M).

I’ve listened to their song Maxstep and I really like it. Sounds really nice when listening on headphones. I listened to the song before watching the video. The DBSK-esque sound and having seen a lot of tweets about the awesome dancing I had pretty high expectations.

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Younique Unit ~ Maxstep

Younique Unit ~ Maxstep

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I found the choreography a bit disappointing. I had imagined something more bad ass, powerful and advanced. From what I heard, this was supposed to be a “dance group” so I thought they’d go all out in that department. The dancing feels more like SHINee than DBSK (which I was expecting). It kind of takes the edge off the song when the audio goes “Rooar!” and in the video the dude’s like “meow :3″.

 

I’m not digging SNSD’s Japanese singles lately. I liked Mr. Taxi (+ several songs from their first Japanese album) and their ballads, but Paparazzi and the new song Flower Power aren’t doing it for me.

I was cautiously optimistic after seeing the concept photos, but I don’t even like the outfits in the video. I mean, I like Yoon-a’s “normal”/fancy outfit that flashes by a couple of times, but the “stewardess” outfits look really cheap imo (more like “sexy nurse at Halloween”).

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Girls' Generation ~ Flower Power

Girls’ Generation ~ Flower Power

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The good points about this video is that Yoon-a and Yu-ri look great. Especially Yoon-a, but she’s getting most time on screen I think.

I saw a comment on youtube about the lyrics, but I don’t know if I should write it here. It’s one of those things that can’t be unheard :lol: .

I hope their Korean comeback will be nothing like this, to he honest.

 

K.Will’s latest music video 이러지마 제발 (Please don’t) features Da-som from Sistar. She’s one of the two members that are kind of overshadowed by Hyo-rin and Bo-ra. The other one is… So-yu. Da-som looks very pretty here. K.Will sure knows how to broaden the audience for his videos. It seems like he always has girl group members (or IU) in his music videos (or perhaps those are just the ones I watch). The first time I heard of him was when SNSD’s Yu-ri was in his video.

I really like this video. It seems pretty run-of-the-mill, but *spoiler* there’s a twist at the end.

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K.Will ~ Please don't

K.Will ~ Please don’t

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You might recognize the main actor Seo In-guk, who was part of the main cast of the drama Reply 1997/Answer to 1997 and also appeared in Love Rain (I haven’t seen either of those dramas yet). The other guy is a model named Ahn Jae-hyun.

 

Hyun-a is back with another solo track! I had only seen the title and a teaser image before watching the video tonight and, honestly, I was expecting to hate it. Both the song and video is kind of all over the place. We’re thrown from Hyun-a running a clown over with her ice cream truck to cleavage-y Hyun-a all lathered and leathered up to confident Hyun-a riding on back of a male dancer… and it totally works :shock: !

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Hyun-a ~ Ice Cream

Hyun-a ~ Ice Cream

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I’m not a fan of Hyun-a videos (her own or collabs) where she’s just “being hot” doing stripper-like moves and boob-squeezing, but… it’s not toned down in this video (at all), but there’s more to it this time. Like a choreography. Although, I wish there was more of it. She’s even doing some aegyo (she can be really cute too). There’s a good balance between singing and rapping, but I wish the rapping were more refined somehow.

Since Hyun-a made an appearance in PSY’s Gangnam Style, PSY makes an appearance in Hyun-a’s video too, but just in the intro. Kind of a “this video is approved by PSY. Internetz, do your thing”.

 

Miss A have just returned with a new album called Independent Women Part III. I haven’t listened to the whole album yet, but I definitely will. I just listened to the song I Don’t Need a Man (남자 없이 잘 살아) and… it’s awesome!

At the beginning of the music video you don’t know quite what to expect. Then the cool choreography starts and the song just flows from there on. I had no expectations for this comeback, but this is great. It has the characteristic Miss A flavour, but is still a new sound for them.

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Miss A ~ I Don't Need a Man

Miss A ~ I Don’t Need a Man

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I was a bit surprised when Jia started rapping all of a sudden. “Isn’t that Min’s job?”. Then Min chimes in :) .

This video also has the most subtle JYP intro I’ve seen so far :) .

My favourite member is Suzy What?♩. The bright red lipstick kind of clashes with the outfit in the dancing scenes (grasping for something to complain about to reduce fanboy level), but other than that she absolutely glows in this video (imho) 진짜♫. Red shirt *silent man-squeel* (love that smile) 정말♬

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Not long ago a friend of mine told me he had seen a good K-Pop group’s video being played between the matches at a StarCraft tournament. He asked me if I had heard of Orange Caramel, which I had :) . I’ve liked them since I first heard them (I like their cute concept), but I haven’t really been listening to them much. My buddy’s interest prompted me to put their new full-length album Lipstick on my iPhone and I’ve been listening to them quite a bit the past week.

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Orange Caramel ~ Lipstick

Orange Caramel ~ Lipstick

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The album is good. It contains all but one b-side of their previously released material (I think). My favourite song is probably Shanghai Romance, but their new title track Lipstick is also catchy. It doesn’t have the J-Pop sound that their previous singles have had. It sounds more, for lack of a better term, international.

I actually held one of their CDs in my hand when I was in Seoul last year, but there were so many things I wanted to buy, so I didn’t buy it then.

 

This is one of those songs that I’ve listened to quite a bit this summer, but I haven’t made much noise about. My first impression was that it sounded like Swedish (in a good way, for once) electronica/dub. I didn’t think of any particular artists, it was more of a general feeling. I like it, either way.

2NE1 ~ I Love You

2NE1 ~ I Love You

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I especially like the part where CL goes “Bring it back!” and the music switches back to the mellow beat, but I think it’s more effectful without the video, actually. Just listening to the song through earphones.

Neol sarang-hey! :)

 

YUI is back with a new single called fight (as in “do your best”). The song was originally used in a national school music competition in Japan, where YUI was selected to compose a song for the middle school category with the theme “light”. The team with the best interpretation of the song would win.

YUI ~ fight

YUI ~ fight

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It’s a nice mellow song with an uplifting message, which I think is enhanced by the video. At first I thought that it’s nice that YUI is back, but it’s not one of her best songs… and it still isn’t, but it has grown on me quite a bit. The song gives off a positive vibe (especially coupled with the music video).

Ganbare!

 

SNSD’s latest Japanese music video was released last Monday. It’s a nice, but perhaps a bit generic sounding, ballad. The music video is basically just showing off the beauty of the girls. I don’t mind at all :) .

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Girls' Generation ~ All my love is for you

Girls’ Generation ~ All my love is for you

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Tae-yeon looks amazing as per usual. There is some kind of colour clash with the pink background though. Tiffany also shines. Yoon-a’s figure looks amajing! I’m not too fond of Sunny’s outfit, but I love her laugh :) .

The single will be released on the 26th and I’ve heard something about there being an up tempo song on that single too, which might get its own music video. I can’t remember where I heard it though, so take it with a grain of salt.

 

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