Confessions of a kpop fan

Before travelling down to the the kpop town I used to be a die-hard addict of old school rock music.  The western music of nowadays is getting exceedingly meaningless and does attach to my soul and emotions.I am nearly maxed out of all the abusive(sometimes meaningless) R-rated rap lyrics.I am not an antifan of rap or anything;in fact I am a fan of the genre but in the current rap scenario most of the songs are just plain swearing!! It is fun for a while to listen to the f- words. But after a while it has become brain tiring and left me completely shallow. I cannot sing these songs in public nor can I understand most of it.

Like anything under the sun there are deviations from this current stereotype. What about “Millionaire” by Travie? Thanks to the lyrics penned by Bruno Mars the lyrics are truly enjoyable-there are swearing here and there still the song is meaningful. I wish all songs that comes make sense like this one! For some time now I am totally stuck on classic seventies western music.
Omg! Forgive me rambling! Coming to point -what gets me hooked up on kpop?
I would say the first thing is the feel and emotions conveyed through the song. Nearly all the kpop artists have mastered the art of seducing our emotions-I think its their innate talent. They talk to you even without needing a language.
When I hear a Korean song – I wouldn’t understand the lyrics but I would still get the feel of the song. Without even trying the chorus and beat gets stuck in my mind! Then I browse and find the English lyrics of the song which pulls me even closer to the song.


Another diamond of kpop is the mv! From flawless choreography to interesting costume concept kpop tries to deliver the best.
The key aspect which makes the kpop stand out is the fan services. I haven’t seen any western artists connect to the fans as much as the Korean artists do. The variety shows the stars so not only brings them fame but also ties up better relationship with the fans.
The kpop artists have pained and strained for years to debut. They have not sprouted just like a mushroom in rain rather have been nourished by years of training.

After the idols do become popular celebrities their schedule gets packed up and they seldom get time for their personal stuffs. They sacrifice nearly every aspect of normal life.these kind of sacrifices and dedication wins the sentiments of the fans.
The next big thing of kpop is the social networking. Most of the idols are active in social networking sites like Twitter, weibo etc and keeps the fans updated. This plus all the fan clubs, fanbases and blogs like ours driving the hallyu wave ,it is hitting the world faster than the tsunami! Dont you agree?

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Pouting Princess – Who loves to Pout?

When guys can pout will the girls be still? Here is cuter pics of all K-Princess’ who adorably pout!

Park Min Young

She may seem a quiet and cute girl but she can surely exercise those chubby cheeks and adorable lips into a pout!

Miss A

Here is adorable Suzy who pouts with big blue eyes! I seriously did not recognize her in this photo!

And this is minus the blue lens! Awww!! Pretty..

Lee Min Jung

Lee Min Jung can also pout as well as Suzy! Both of them pouting at the sets of ‘Big’

And her solo pout!

2NE1

Gogogogo! 2NE1’s Minzy looks so different with a cute pout that contrasts with her stylo mylo looks in these! She epitomes hip hop even when she is pouting for the cam!

Wonder Girls

Wonder girls Sohee and Sunmi also prove that they are in the pouting race!

Sunmi looks adorable after all those editing lol!

Park Shin Hye

Adorable Shin Hye really loves to pout! Her bubbly cheeks are the best and makes one want to pinch em!

4minute

4minute’s Hyuna looks sexy with that pout and smoky eyes! wow!! Beautiful eyes indeed!

 

SNSD

Will this list be complete without SNSD? Here is Sunny with her sunshine pout!

The way she winks just brightens everyone’s day!

And the last Pouting princess is Yoona!! She had so many pouting pics that it was tough to select which to post.. Seems Yoona’s typical facial expression includes a cute pout! She definitely loves to pout!

And the final combo of Victory ‘V’ sign with Yoong’s pout!

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India is a “sunbae” for celebrity stamps-Korea has just entered with SNSD stamps.

What was the last letter…as in paper pen ink letter you wrote? Think….I am sure for many of you it was so long ago that you don’t even remember. But mail posts remains more personal than the thunder fast e-mails. With the postal services almost getting out of picture the girl group is promoting the postal service by releasing postal stamps sometime around August. I am sure the stamp collectors are ready for a haul! This is the first time Korea post has made a contract with a celebrity!! I am sure pop enthusiasts would think of writing more personal letters to their closed ones at least to get their hand on their stamp.

 

That’s when it hit me! Has Indian post released any celebrity stamps? I had a vivid memory of seeing Sivaji Ganesan stamp.But I was not sure of it.So I started to plunder google. And it turns out that India was well ahead of Korea in this matter. There are stamps of celebrity from very old times and the stamps were issued not for promoting postal service but to honor the artists itself.

Some of the famous celebrity stamps of India.

 

Girls’ Generation Boom with Paparazzi!!

WOW!!! SNSD’s Paparazzi is out!! I was waiting for this new MV very much lol as I pointed out here.

And what a blast it is!!

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I really loved the opening!! As shown in Teaser the gals just walk out amid some flashy cameras and then they assemble in a theatre like place. *I think the concept is that audiences are watching SNSD In an operahouse like setup*

They walk out or rather dance gracefully out *an oldie song Singing in the rain plays in the Background* wearing long trench coats and then suddenly the camera starts flashing *wow I give you gals marks for making use of the camera flashes to suit the concept Paparazzi* and then complete silence…

They remove the coat and throw it!!

YAY!! Party-time 😛

Gosh the opening !! Uh-la-la-la..Uuuh-la-la-la!!! HOT!!

Yoona at the centre doing the sexy move made me swoon! *Ok I admit I am a Yoonaddict teehee but seriously the way she danced*!!! I was swept away!! Their costumes in black and red and their retro styled hair was just right! The glitzy clothes did not see off for the beat of the song and also the dull background highlighted them well.

The move these gals make when Boom!!Boom!! comes!! LOL!!! My Bias speaking here…I think Yoona does it well especially at 2:45 she seems more flexible and sexy:D

And then we move to the girls standing in some weird place *looked like some weird disco hall kekeke* and in white and black outfits. Their hair was slick and cool in ponytails! BUT whats with the Gloves? LOL!!! is it to draw attention to their hands? Can’t they have used white then why Pink? which doesn’t suit their outfits nor the background!! 

Guess we have to NOT see the gloves which is very hard once we start noticing it kekeke!!

The Click sound symbolizing a Camera shutter in  the middle also seems catchy !!

The ending seems perfect with them going back to their innocent trenchcoated self looking like they never danced the sexiest Boom dance and then twirl out of the stage!Aww cute!!

The curtains close and the audience clap and appreciate their musical performance! A Different musical indeed!

My feelings!!

The song may be hard to understand but the Choreo is just amazing. The girls synced perfectly. And to my eyes Sunny stood out well !

I think her blonde hair among the masses of brown and black and her different style was perfect and she didn’t blend in despite her height.

Maybe other girls like Hyoyeon did not get that much time in the front but I think Paparazzi is not just about Individual lines or dance steps.

The Choreography is so detailed that even if one of those 9 girls did a mistake it will get amplified. So Paparazzi is a whole team effort. SM Ent also revealed there may be more than one version of Paparazzi and already a dance edit was released.

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Seeing this shows just how much work has been done! And each member contributed whatever they could.

My personal favorite is the First edition because I love the opening in it. Plus Yoona looks adorable in it!

And to all those who would love the lyrics if you wanna sing along..

[All/Jessica] Uh la la la, la la la la 
Uh la la la, Wow wow 
Uh la la la, la la la la 
Uh la la la 
[All/Seohyun]We’re the Girls, we’re the Girls Generation 
[All]Cha cha cha cha 

[Tiffany] Kocchi mite baby denwa shiteru Ring-Ring 
[Jessica] Fushizen na hodo shisen na furi furi 
[Seohyun] Kidzuiteru no yo paparazzi anata ga 
[Sunny] Nozomi toori na egao de Aha-ha-ha 

[Taeyeon] Hide and seek no Everynight 
[Hyo/Seo] Madataku Style noseru Light 
[Sooyoung] Motto ikichi hoshi kunai 
[Tiff/Yu] Naka yoku yorimashou nakama janai 

[All] Life is a party karechi kara Sweet groove 
[Yoona] Itsudatte anata ga Boom Boom Boom 
[All] Hade ni Car chase hana no Around 
[Jessica] Hikitsuke rarete Boom Boom Boom 

[Seohyun] Negan mo tsukerare yashinai ai wo 
[Taeyeon]Yami wo saite Flashing saite mane 
[All] Life is a party karechi kara Sweet groove 
[Tiffany] Metemo samedemo Boom Boom Boom 

[All/Jessica] Uh la la la, la la la la 
Uh la la la 

[Taeyeon] Yakuso to mitai gamen mo Uh la la la 
[Sunny] Majime utteru ana kono La cha cha la 
[Jessica] Danji no kare datte ietemo ma ma ma ma 
[Seohyun]Himitsu no kisu no suriru de hara hara 
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/snsd/paparazzi_21022345.html
[Tiffany] Punkadelic crazy night 
[Yu/Yoo] Tokimeki Style no Searching Light 
[Jessica] Bad Boy Bad Girl kinishinai 
[Sun/Soo] Odore sareru yori odoru ga Style 

[All] Life is a party tamechi hodo ureru 
[Yuri] Mitsukatta razai ga Boom Boom Boom 
[All] Yoru no hade iso no kage 
[Sunny] Saki no warishite Boom Boom Boom 

[Jessica] Uwasa ga uwasa ni tobi hishite irai 
[Taeyeon] Moe agatte Burning shiteku My name 

[All] We’re the Girls, we’re the Girls Generation 

*Hyoyeon Solo Dance* 

[Seohyun] Aishite aisare tadake na no ni 
[Taeyeon] Kono koi mo kegareta koi nande 
[Jessica]Gaman dekinai gaman dekinai 
[Sunny] Nande sawaiteru hima wa nai no 
[Hyoyeon] Achi de mo kochi de mo Boom Boom Boom 

[Yuri] Mirarete no hodo kagayaku wada kara 
[Tiffany] Come on friends hora oide yo Ra-ta-ta 

[All]Life is a party karechi kara Sweet groove 
[Sooyoung]Itsudatte anata ga Boom Boom Boom 
[All]Hade ni Car chase hana no Around 
[Tiffany] Hikitsuke rarete Boom Boom Boom 

[Taeyeon] Kowarete namida no hitotsumu ga ima 
[Jessica] Hikaru taiyo mon do ni kawaru made 

[All]Life is a party karechi kara Sweet groove 
[Tiffany] (Life is a party~ Yeah, yeah, yeah! ) 

[All] Metemo samedemo Boom Boom Boom (Boom Boom Boom)

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How can Idols turn into Actors? A success story!

It’s very common in K entertainment world for singers to turn into actors and actors to turn into singers. It is pretty much a mixed group there.

There have been success stories..and there have been not so success stories!!

One of the idol-actors who has had reaped loads of success is Micky Yoochun!!

Yoochun from JYJ not only excels in his vocals but is also considered a very good actor.

Yoochun started acting a long time ago in small roles but then his last three projects Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Miss Ripley and Rooftop Prince has pushed him to the limelight. He has received both popularity and best actor awards for these works.

Ok honestly out of these three drama I have seen RoofTop Prince. My opinion YES Yoochun can act! He did do a good job of the snobby King Lee!!

He reminded me of a combination of Lee Min Ho and Lee Seung Gi!!

Yoochun aint a veteran yet but he is getting there slow and steady..

Not all idols have had such a success story behind them.

Kim Hyun Joong previously of SS501 an Idol turned actor was not able to fare well as Yoochun. His drama Boys Over flowers where he captured many hearts as Ji Hoo. Though his looks hooked many femle viewers his acting left people wanting for more!! Yep Comeon Ji Hoo!!!!

When his next project hit the screen Baek seung jo emerged in “Playful Kiss” A drama which produced so many mixed responses!!

Some went “Eureka!! Ji Hoo has got better!!” and others were like “No improvement at all tsk tsk”

My opinion was Seung Jo is loads better than Ji Hoo!! Ji Hoo had looks but Seung Jo had both looks and brains *heehee both in the drama and his character portrayal* LOL!!!

With his new drama “City Conquest” on the way I just think that Kim Hyun Joong deserves another chance to see if Baek Mir can sweep us all of our feet with action !

Why do I think KHJ can pull it off?

Because one Idol who shifted to acting world and who was highly criticized but is now the golden actress of drama world is

Yoon Eun Hye previously of Baby Vox!!

With all the criticism she got at the beginning anyone would have quit and turned tail! But she stuck till the end and made it through!!

She proved it with many hits later. Anyone who has seen Coffee Prince will not be able to snub YEH again!! She has turned from an Idol into a successful drama Princess! GO MY CHAN!!!

Another gorgeous lady who has turned the tables on the critics is Yoona of SNSD.

Her lead characters in You are my destiny and Cinderella man was not a hit portrayal.

TO be fair Yoona looked way too young in YAMD as she was a teen. Certainly she was not ready for a role as a lead.

But in Cinderella Man Yoona had many melo scenes which came off flat because of her inexperience.

But in the recent drama Love Rain she showed a vast improvement.

From the awkward girl in CM she grew into a beautiful woman in Love Rain. Her cuteness did not over exceed and become sickly sweet. And her crying scenes were heart-wrenching!

She may still have a long way to go but I think Ha Na from Love Rain really showed how Yoona matured! Good for you Yoona!!

There are many more Idols who have turned into Actors!! And if anyone else catches the Gurus’ attention there will be a part two to this post LOL!! Also there is the other case of Actors turned Idols!! Ahh a post for the future?

But one thing I must point out is Idols have the worst killer schedules with all those variety shows,concerts,interviews and stuff. And I really appreciate all these Idols who have tried to branch out with their dramas and movies.

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Girls’ Generations hounded by Paparazzi?

Or Not?! Apparently Papparazi is the newest single of the Girls’ generation which is going to be released next month. When I saw the title the first thing that popped into my mind was Lady Gaga!! I really loved her song !!!

I’m your biggest fan I’ll follow you until you love me,
Papa-paparazzi,
Baby there’s no other superstar you know that i’ll be your
Papa-paparazzi!!!!

Lol!! but as much as I loved the song I was a bit disturbed by the video(Typical Lady Gaga style!!). The video did not bring paparazzi into the picture at all!!

So it was with a bit of caution that I opened the teaser for Hallyu wave leading girl group SNSD’s MV teaser for Paparazzi!


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What do you know??

SNSD took the word “Paparazzi” literally and produced an awesome teaser!! The opening where they all walked in gave a sense of mystery. And the flashes of the camera made me think they were gonna do a normal idol routine on the stage!!

Nope they actually entered a place which for lack of a better word I would term “theatre”!!

Were they gonna perform a musical ?

And then we saw SNSD girls come out in some fashion which was bygone (yah know camel long trench coats,stockings,buckled glittery shoes omo hope we dont end up with a fashion disaster)!! But SNSD deserves credits because they can really pull off different outfits *Remembering the members in white uniform!!!*

Aigoo we never got a closer look at their dress!! Guess this is all we can get for a teaser folks..

Gotta wait til 27th of this month to actually see how they connected a musical performance with paparazzi!!

Let’s wait for Paparazzi!!!!