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Quick Take: HEYNE’s “Red Lie”

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There does not seem to be a whole lot of ways left to innovate on the cute concept to make it feel fresh other than to subvert it à la Pungdeng-E’s “Cotton Candy” or wait until it can be branded as retro like k-pop circa, 2008. This makes the ‘quirky cute’ of groups like Orange Caramel the sort of last frontier of cute. Yet despite Orange Caramel’s success with their concept, they have not sparked some sort of trend akin to that of the current trend of sexy concepts. Instead groups continue to do cute as they have always done it, aiming to build appeal on familiarity and comfortableness This holds for those in the young, cute, female soloist camp as well, who despite themselves being something of a novelty, have stuck to the traditional cute concept, as if audiences would find too much newness all at once off-putting.

With the release of her digital single, “Red Lie” though, rookie and young and cute female soloist, HEYNE appears to be trying her hand at her own brand of quirky cute. But it is not so much the song itself, which is your usual song about moving on after a betrayal from a boyfriend, as the video where the offbeat nature really shines. The video is shot in a mix of one-shot camerawork, a continuous narrative style, and no division of space, meaning one scene regularly bleeds into another and HEYNE often appears simultaneously in a single shot. While one HEYNE dances or carries a bushel of balloons or an umbrella, another, helped by men in Tyvek suits, is meting out punishment of bouncy balls and squeaky hammers to the man who has betrayed her, easily identifiable by the Pinocchio nose — proof of his ‘crime’ — that he wears. Who also happens to be a literal blockhead, as in his head is literally a block with a face built of basic geometric forms: of two circles for eyes, a line for a mouth and another for an eyebrow, and a solid block of color for his hair.

It is all just so ridiculous! Of course it is in the best possible way. Here the quirkiness does not shock or disgust, although it may potentially confuse, but much like her zany off-stage persona that has earned her a cult following among international fans, it endears. It keeps her cuteness from feeling too generic or performed, but gives it character and the sense that HEYNE has made it her own. It is a cute concept made for and according to HEYNE.



Posted on July 29, 20141 note • Tagged: #kpop #rookies #heyne

oldtypenewtype:

Legendary Idol Eriko was a T.V. show that was actually loosely based on a real idol Eriko Tamura. This is an advertisement for VHS release of a music video and vol. 3 of the show. Newtype issue 12/1989
Eriko Tamura - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Idol Densetsu Eriko Opening ”Textless” - YouTube

oldtypenewtype:

Legendary Idol Eriko was a T.V. show that was actually loosely based on a real idol Eriko Tamura. This is an advertisement for VHS release of a music video and vol. 3 of the show. Newtype issue 12/1989

Eriko Tamura - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Idol Densetsu Eriko Opening ”Textless” - YouTube



Posted on July 22, 20149 notes • Tagged: #anime #eriko tamura #idol densetsu eriko

Artist: 김완선 (Kim Wan Sun)

Track Name: Goodbye My Love (Feat. Tiger JK & Bizzy)

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Kim Wan Sun - Goodbye My Love (ft Tiger JK & Bizzy)

As arguably the first manufactured “idol” of Korean pop music, Kim’s career foreshadowed both the best and the worst of what was to come in Korean pop music industry. Kim Wan-Seon would dominate the public consciousness through the sheer force of looks, sexiness and dancing, backed by catchy tunes composed by talented musicians. As early as 1994, Kim took her career outside of Korea and found success. Considering that the first outbreak of “Korean Wave” began in Taiwan — indeed, the word “hallyu” was first coined by Taiwanese media — Kim’s successful foray into Taiwan is doubly significant. Yet, like other “idols” that would follow her footsteps, Kim hardly saw the fruit of her labor and essentially worked as an indentured servant. This pattern would repeat itself in Korean pop music industry, long after Kim faded out of the scene. — Ask a Korean! - “50 Most Influential K-Pop Artists: 19. Kim Wan-Seon



Posted on July 12, 201450 notes • Tagged: #kpop #kim wan sun #reblog


Momoiro Clover Z’s promo Image for the Sailor Moon Crystal opening single “MOON PRIDE” (x)

Momoiro Clover Z’s promo Image for the Sailor Moon Crystal opening single “MOON PRIDE” (x)

(Source: ohmysailormoon, via kittysblues)



Posted on July 4, 2014667 notes • Tagged: #jpop #anime #momoiro clover z #reblog

Periodic Rookie Groups Report No. 3

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As always, although especially given 2014 numbers, it is best to start with a recap of the last rookie report. In 2012, 63 new rookie groups debuted, 26 of which debuted between January and June. 2013 saw this number dip slightly with a final tally at the end of the year of only 57 new groups —27 of which debuted in the first half 2013. And of those 57 new groups that debuted in 2013, 21 groups so far have made comebacks or released new music in the first half of 2014, with more to come in the second half of 2014.

As for 2014, 55 new groups so far, which when compared to the above numbers is a number usually more frequently seen with end of the year totals, not halfway through the year. And this is all before summer, which often sees an uptick in rookie debuts, meaning 2014’s total is on track to eclipse 2012’s previous high of 62 groups. Calling it now: 2014 is going to be a record-breaking year for rookie groups in terms of just total numbers.

2013 Rookie Groups Comebacks & Releases by Month: January - June 2014

Note: Only reflects comebacks or releases made in Korea. Comebacks or releases outside of Korea, e.g. Japan or China are not included.

January - Airplane - “How R U” (Single); Royal Pirates - Drawing the Line (Mini Album); Topp Dogg - Arario (Mini Album); K-Girls - Not Bad (Mini Album); Duo Flo - “Winter Girl feat. UV Syndrome” (Single);

February - BTS - Skool Luv Affair (Mini Album); Pro-C - “Love Hurts feat. Ailee” (Single); Ladies’ Code - “So Wonderful” (Single); Pungdeng-E - “Cotton Candy” (Single); BESTie - “Thank You Very Much” (Single); Boy’s Republic - “Video Games” (Single); AlphaBAT - Attention (Mini Album); Ego Bomb - “Still Ego” (Single)

March - TINT - “Wolf is Stupid” (Single); Pascol - “Like the Movies” (Single); Veloce - “That Kind of Girl” (Single); TREN-D - “Crush” (Single); TIMBER & Lee Jeong Hee - “There is No Love” (Single); Ego Bomb - “Reset” (Single); M.I.B. - The Maginot Line (Album)

April - NOM - “You It You” (Single); PASCOL - “Merry Black Day feat. HEYNE” (Single); Joy O’Clock - Purity (Mini Album)

May - M.Pire - “Not That Kind of Person” (Single); Wa$$up - “Fire” (Single); Pungdeng-E - “축구하는데 밥이?” (Single); Egobomb - “Cantabile” (Single)

June - Top Dogg - Amadeus (Mini Album); HISTORY - Desire (Mini Album); Takers - “Wish You Call Me Oppa” (Single); Say Yes - SAY NOW (Mini Album)

2014 Rookies By the Numbers

  • Number of Groups that Debuted Between January-June: 55
    • Girl Groups: 29
    • Boy Groups: 21
    • Co-Ed Groups: 5
  • Month with the Most Debuts: March (16 Groups)
  • Month with the Fewest Debuts: April (5 Groups)

Methodology: Numbers for the 2014 rookies were calculated using the rookie list from the post on K-Pop 101: Who’s Who?: “2014: Rookie Groups and Their Debut Songs.” For notes on the source and calculations for the 2012 and 2013 numbers see, “Periodic Rookie Groups Report No. 1" and "Periodic Rookie Groups Report No. 2



Posted on July 1, 20143 notes • Tagged: #rookie reports #kpop #rookies