8 K-Pop Girl Power Anthems

K-Pop’s filled with love and break-up tracks that we enjoy, but what about girl power anthems that make you feel empowered for being a woman? Not all girl groups’ songs revolve around boys all the time. Some female artists have great lyrics about being confident, sticking up for yourself, go about getting what you want, and friendship. Here’s a list of eight songs that cover those subjects:

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K-Pop’s Queen of Sexy Pop begins the list with “Bad Girls,” a song that teaches you what a bad girl is and how she acts. It’s all about being confident as a woman and letting the world know why and just how bad you really are. You’re sexy? That’s great. You like to get your hair and makeup done? That’s fine too. You’re determined and strong? Yep, definitely a bad girl by Hyori’s standards.

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Following Hyori’s mantra, CL reinforces the “being your fierce self” concept with her first solo song. Like her bad predecessor, 2NE1’s leader sings about embracing your ability to be a strong woman. Yes, “Baddest Female” might seem like a vain manifesto to some, but if you look past the “I am,” you’ll see that she acknowledges her worth and is confident in herself enough to flaunt it. This is the perfect anthem for all the grown women, as Beyonce would put it, out there.

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Miss A delivered a strong anthem for all the women who have been slut-shamed by a guy before with their debut song. The track calls out the ex-boyfriend for enjoying the girl’s freeness, let’s say, when they were together, but then talked ill of her when they broke up – the classic trope many of us go through after a break-up. “Bad Girl, Good Girl” says that there’s nothing wrong with being confident, forward, and sexy, and that what’s actually wrong is men’s hypocrisy.

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This song might not be a single, but it’s definitely one of f(x)’s most meaningful songs. “Toy” talks about not letting men mistreat you, not needing a man in order to live, and being your bright self. The concept is definitely a more mature one than what we regularly see from this group; I hope they continue this path in the future.

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Orange Caramel consistently delivers cutesy and weird style concepts, but “Lipstick” is a perfect example of being a go-getter. You know, a girl who doesn’t feel the need to act shy and is confident enough to pursue any man she likes. The song is the boy crazy type, but since it talks about going up to a boy and kissing him and tells him to stop playing hard to get, it’s inevitable to recognize the guts behind a woman who would do this. The girls seem coyer in the music video than what the lyrics say, but it makes the list nevertheless.

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Similarly to “Lipstick,” “Female President” is also a boy crazy song where the girl asks the guy what’s wrong with them being forward, I mean, they do have a female president in South Korea, so what’s the fuss? This song brings up the topic of it being modern times, and tries to normalize girls who seek out men and don’t just wait around to be pursued. Furthermore, in contrast with Orange Caramel, Girl’s Day did deliver a sexy music video, even if member Yura got in trouble with netizens for her nude colored dress.

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“I Like That” is a breakup song, but that doesn’t mean it’s full of bitterness and spite. No, this track talks about being ok with and actually liking doing couple things by themselves. The girls sing about going to eat BBQ for two, singing karaoke, getting home when drunk, etc. all by themselves. It’s a great song because it addresses a woman’s ability to be independent without having to be rescued by men.

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While this might be in Japanese, it doesn’t minimize South Korea’s most successful girl group’s message of the fun and happiness of being a girl. Moreover, the music video is a big party with lots of fans and drag queens at an amusement park.

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C-Clown’s Rome is the Producer Idol

I’m sure a few of you have seen C-Clown’s series Crown the Clown on YouTube recently, which gives fans a look into the members’ daily lives. You’re probably thinking this has been done many (MANY!) times before, so why is this one different? Well for starters, the man behind the creation and filming of Crown the Clown is none other than C-Clown’s leader Rome.

Rome films and produces the Crown the Clown videos for C-Clown’s fans, which already sets them apart from other idol groups who have a so-called “YouTube reality show.” Many idols have the stigmas of not singing or acting or only being able to do these things. But Rome is proving that there is more to him than being an idol who can rap and dance. Aside from this series being completely created, filmed, and edited by a member of the group being filmed, there are also English subtitles graciously added to each video. Rome uses English quite often in the videos as he mans the camera and partakes in banter with his fellow members.

The description for the new series on YouTube says all you need to know about Crown the Clown:

Crown the Clown a series made and directed by ROME (The Pink Reel). The series made especially for the fans, shows an up close more insight view on the life of a K-pop idol as well as going in depth to each of the members true characters. FUN, CRAZY, WEIRD and most of all REAL.
THE PINK REEL WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU
CROWN THE CLOWN
BY CCLOWN

The Pink Reel is the name of Rome’s start-up production company. If you follow him on Instagram, you already know that Rome has been creating videos brought to you by The Pink Reel for months now. Although I am not a video or editing expert, it is evident that Rome has a knack for directing and editing. His 15-second videos are enough evidence to prove that. If you’re not following Rome on Instagram, I highly suggest you do.

Rome uses his presence on Instagram to not only interact with fans, but to help promote C-Clown as well as his own endeavors. In fact his Instagram updates informed me about Volume 1 of Crown the Clown and Volume 2. Many artists and idols already do this through Twitter, Weibo, Instagram, and other social media platforms. But I have noticed that Rome seems more personable, in my opinion, on Instagram. He films videos of the members of C-Clown as well as personal videos from him to all of his followers. There’s something about opening Instagram and seeing a new video or picture posted two seconds ago from someone you follow. It feels more personable and that you are part of the moment.

Rome’s first Pink Reel video shows six photos of some of the members in a montage set to Jon Mcxro’s Girlfriend. All of the photos were taken by Rome or The Pink Reel as shown by the hashtag #photobyrome and #photobyPR in his previous photos. The filters used on the photos really highlight the whites and show off the blacks of each photo. A couple of the photos clearly show a pink ‘PR’ mark on the photo, whereas for the other photos it shows up in the corners or off to the side. Even though the video is a montage of photos, it shows Rome’s passion and interest in creating these types of videos and shows that there is more to Rome than rapping and dancing.

There are currently two volumes of Crown the Clown on YouTube and fans can expect to see a new episode every Sunday on C-Clown’s official YouTube channel.

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