Can History reach success with “Psycho”?

Loen Entertainment has made a name for itself by distributing music videos of famous Korean groups and artists. Aside from assisting with the distribution of new music, the company houses a few artists as well, under their artist label, Loen Tree. Sunny Hill and IU are under Loen Tree, along with label mate History.

Initially, in 2008, IU did not have much success when she debuted. It wasn’t until her follow-up album, Growing Up, that her name became known, and she became popular. Her third full-length album, Modern Times, was a hit from release, topping several music charts and programs. Although IU did not instantly become a huge sensation, she has developed into a great singer-songwriter; people absolutely adore her! Now it’s History’s time…

Let’s be honest, how many of you knew that History’s comeback will be their 3rd mini album? Anyone? I sincerely hope that this is the mini album that will make History popular among mainstream music. Granted, they are competing with BEAST‘s recent comeback and many other well-known artists, but people just need to give History a chance. I thought their debut song, Dreamer was a phenomenal piece, but, unfortunately, it did not receive much commercial success.

From their debut, it feels as if History is a group that was together for a while, based on how well their voices compliment each other and how mature they all sound. These boys slay all harmonies; they are just so amazing! Their voices all suit each other so well and sound so smooth together. Their sound isn’t really mainstream at the moment, but that’s part of what gives History their pop. Their music sounds familiar, yet modern and new. I can’t quite describe it, but I know that I love it.

    History is back again with their upcoming 3rd mini album Desire. It consists of five tracks and displays elements of funk, jazz, swing, and other genres that are appealing to listeners. Hopefully, this will be the album where people recognize History’s talent so that their popularity could grow

    Their title track, Psycho sounds like an ’80s anthem with the synths and bass. Let me tell you: I love me some ’80s anthems. There are only two teasers out, but I can already tell that this song is going to be on repeat for a while. As I mentioned before, History’s harmonies are impeccable, as are their high notes. There’s literally only 20 seconds of singing in each of their teasers, and the majority of the it is laced with harmonies. And that ending, with the creepy smile… This is going to be good.

    The second teaser gives us a little more insight into the choreography and setting of the music video. It’s clear that the boys are in an asylum, because their love has turned into an obsession. The choreography looks like it will be pretty good. There wasn’t much given away in terms of dance, but there is a lot of touching each other on the neck and head area, as well as pushing each other away. There were a lot of scenes done in black and white, which I love for its artistic value in any video. Sometimes the simplicity of black and white just adds so much more feel and emotion.

    History will release their Desire album on June 23rd, along with their title track, Psycho. Just like IU, I hope that History’s popularity will rise. There are a lot of talented artists out there, but there are some who are just under the radar. History is one of those groups. Psycho could be the catalyst that catapults them into mainstream popularity. No matter the outcome, I will always be a fan of History.Are you guys excited for History’s comeback? Do you think they’ll gain the following they need to make an impact in the mainstream Kpop scene? Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    Did SM Entertainment Treat Kris & EXO-M Unfairly?

    Unless you’ve been living in an underground bunker, you’ve probably been keeping up with all the drama surrounding SM Entertainment and EXO-M’s former member, Kris. Was Kris selfish, perhaps wanting to pursue a solo career in China? Did SM mistreat him, his health, and his career? Whether you’re #TeamKris or #TeamEXO, everyone seems to question what exactly made Kris leave the group and company. With recent news of Kris’ new movie deal in China, the former questions seem to arise anew.

    So, did SM Entertainment really treat Kris or any of the other EXO-M members unfairly compared to their Korean counterparts? Let’s take a look…

    EXO-M was destined from its inception to focus its promotions in China, while EXO-K promoted in Korea. Both groups debuted with Mama on the same day in their respective countries and had great success on various music charts. However, they promoted together as 12 members throughout 2013 with Wolf, Growl, and Miracles in December, but were mostly split again for Overdose this year.

    They were derp-ishly adorable!

    It is news to no one who follows K-Pop that EXO’s popularity is rarely matched. Fans loved them through the teaser videos to the pre-debut songs to Mama and beyond. Their drama, CF, music video appearances, movies, emcee, and radio and variety show gigs were distributed mostly evenly for EXO-M members in Korea. EXO-K solo member’s activities far outnumbered their Chinese members because, as I said before, they were the ones geared to promote in Korea, not EXO-M. SM Entertainment has more leverage within Korea, so it makes sense that EXO-K had better accessibility to activities.

    But in order to get a better picture of how EXO-M’s appearances were distributed between the members, take a look at these infographs:

     [Disclaimer: Some appearances might be missing]

    EXO-M Activities Chart

    … And more specifically:

    exo-m graphics

    exo-m graphic

    As you can see, Xiumin has the lead, but let’s not forget he has an upper hand on because of his fluency in Korean, due to the fact that he is, of course, one of EXO-M’s Korean member. On the other hand, the other Korean member, Chen, had more appearances than Kris, Lay, and Tao, but fell behind Luhan, a Chinese member. So, were these assigned fairly? Yes, considering lots of these were done with other M and K members in Korea.

    Since those were individual appearances, let’s now take a look at the ones they did together as EXO-M:

    exo-m appearances graph

    The news about Kris terminating his contract with SM and thus leaving EXO broke in mid-May, a month after SM announced that Luhan would be starring in a Chinese movie. Among his alleged grievances for leaving the company, there was some mention of the EXO-M rapper wanting to pursue acting in China, and this request being denied by the company. Coincidentally, news broke yesterday that Kris will be working with Chinese director Guo Jingming on a “mysterious project.” Furthermore, news about Tao starring in Zhang Li Yin’s new music video with f(x)’s Victoria also broke today.

    It seems the question about who’s really to blame – Kris being selfish or SM mistreating him– seem to confuse us more than clarify the issue. Was Kris jealous of Luhan for having acting roles? Is SM giving Tao minor acting roles to appease rumors of inequality among the members? Geez, this plot is better than any K-Drama I’m watching right now…

    Whether Kris is in the right and SM in the wrong, like with Super Junior’s Hangeng and JYJ, or vice versa, one thing’s for sure: SM was not treating EXO-M’s appearances unfairly. They all seem to have had around the same number of gigs. As to why they weren’t as involved in China, I do not know, but SM is definitely trying to get the EXO-M guys out there more.

    What’s your take on the whole SM vs. Kris debacle; who’s in the right? Share your thoughts with me, and let’s talk about it! Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    Let’s Discuss: Why Does ZE:A Get So Little Love?

    ZE:A is one of the best, most consistent idol groups out there today. The group has several amazing songs, and some duds, but since their debut in 2010, ZE:A has struggled to place in charts to reach the fans.

    Even its recent song, Breathe, has gained little attention.

    The group has filmed over 20 music videos since debuting, featured in countless songs. Four of the nine members: Kwanghee, Hyungsik, Siwan, and Dongjun, are pretty well known for their acting and variety skills. They’ve appeared in popular shows and movies like The Heirs, Star King, The Moon That Embraces The Sun, Real Men, We Got Married, To The Beautiful You, and A Company Man.

    With individual members so popular and the group so prolific and talented, it’s always bothered me why ZE:A isn’t more well received. This past April, the group was ranked as having the 33rd largest fanclub in South Korea; that’s no small feat when there are so many idol groups. YG’s upcoming boy group, WINNER, ranked #26.

    This could be a simple matter of larger companies filling up the idol scene and promoting their members better than a smaller company like ZE:A’s, but that’s not the case. Star Empire Entertainment was founded in 2000 and produced not only ZE:A and Nine Muses, but also popular groups Jewelry and V.O.S.

    The group is popular enough to rank on the idol fanclub chart (it’s harder than it seems – JYJ, Secret, and SISTAR were at the bottom of the list, despite their popularity). People know the names of some of the members. Several of their albums ranked within the top ten charts, but the group has never won an award on one of the music shows like Inkigayo. They’ve debuted in Japan pretty successfully and have unit groups, but ZE:A still struggles.

    So what’s going on?

     

    I’ve also thought about it as the group doing too much, without being exceptional in any single way.

    The group’s debut song, Mazeltov, was okay. That’s me being extremely nice — I rewatched it and thought that it was a bit of a mess. But the group made up for it with the follow up track, All Day Long. Songs like Here I Am, Heart For 2, Aftereffect, Phoenix, Step By Step, and my personal favorite, The Ghost of the Wind, have proved that the group can create great, catchy songs.

    But not charttoppers.

    Popular, but never popular enough. That seems to be ZE:A’s “claim to fame.”

    The popular members are popular, but not popular enough to bring ZE:A into the spotlight as a group. The songs are good, but never can compete to be number one. The company is a good one, but doesn’t have the ability to promote ZE:A as much as a bigger company would be able to.

    The group tries extremely hard, but it’s like ZE:A is climbing a never-ending staircase. ZE:A’s almost reached the top, but when it pauses for a moment or two to catch it’s breath, another idol group comes out with something that slips ZE:A up.

    Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be changing. Every time a new ZE:A song comes out, I, and other ZE:A fans, get excited. Ghost of the Wind really should have been “the” song for ZE:A. But it wasn’t, primarily thanks to too much competition – EXO, B.A.P, f(X), and BEAST were all promoting at the time of Ghost Of The Wind’s release.

    Based on the fact that it hasn’t happened in four years, it’s unlikely that ZE:A will produce a song that gains enough attention. The songs are catchy, the vocals are good, but they seem to be missing that special thing that makes certain releases from less popular idol groups shoot to popularity.

    Considering this, it’s sad that ZE:A’s debut song wasn’t all that great – some groups debut with such a great concept that fans can’t help but pay attention, like B.A.P. Groups like VIXX and INFINITE debuted with strong songs, and then gained momentum to propel them to become current front-runners of K-POP.

    But ZE:A’s first song was, as I said, less than exciting, and the group has been around for so long that people know that they’re there, but just don’t really care.

    It must be incredibly hard for ZE:A to work so hard day after day, knowing that there will always be more groups to compete with. ZE:A lost it’s chance for a solid debut back in 2010, and it seems that no matter how hard the group tries, it all seems futile.

    Rather than saying the flooded idol market or something like lack of talent or a small company is to blame for ZE:A’s failure to gain attention, I think that apathy is ZE:A’s biggest enemy.

    We know it, but we don’t love ZE:A. We listen to the songs, watch them entertain us, but there’s no real connection. Something’s missing in the relationship between ZE:A and fans, and until the group does something to change that, it will always lag behind other, newer, K-Pop acts.

    Hopefully something will happen that will propel ZE:A into the spotlight that they deserve, or at least allow people to acknowledge the talented, hard-working  group.

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    Will WINNER Live Up to the Hype With its Debut?

    YG Entertainment is gearing up for WINNER’s debut. The hype has recently started again, and fans are really excited. WINNER will be YG’s newest idol boy band after eight years of debuting BIGBANG. The members consist of leader Kang Seung Yoon, Kim Jinwoo, Lee Seung Hoon, Song Minho, and Nam Tae Hyun.

    WINNER MEMBERS

    WINNER has had quite a journey. Competing as Team A, they battled Team B and won the reality competition, WIN: WHO IS NEXT?. They were scheduled to debut back in February of this year, but YG pushed back the date, to much disappointment from fans.

    After the show, the band started their ten-episode YouTube series, WINNER TV. The members made different missions and opened BIGBANG’s Japan dome concerts, along with writing and producing their own songs for their debut album. They also opened concerts for 2NE1’s ALL OR NOTHING World Tour and were part of the YG Family concert.

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    WINNER showcases their self-written and produced songs to Yang Hyun Suk on WINNER TV:

    YG really wants to make sure that their newest boy band will be successful. They created a lot of excitement (they already even have CFs with Niikorea! and Fanta) prior to their debut. But with talented members, perhaps that wasn’t necessary. Given their popularity, the band would had been successful at any rate. They have the looks and talents that are needed to be standout in the K-Pop industry.

    The group’s pre-debut popularity ultimately may or may have not inspired SM Entertainment to jump on the band wagon by creating a brand for their SM Rookies. And who could forget EXO prior to debut, releasing individual video teasers of each member, making them one of the most successful rookie bands in Korea? Creating a fan base before the debut of a group is slowly turning into a marketing strategy for more entertainment companies.

    WINNER FANTA CF WINNER NIIKORE CF

    WINNER’s debut seems imminent now that YG has started teasing us. They released their first teaser video named The Visitor, an artsy piece that reminds me of a video fashion editorial. We are not sure if that’s a teaser for a song, or a compilation of different ones, but it sounds very interesting.

    Being a fashion lover myself, I recognized a few terms in the video, like S/S (spring/summer). Designers release collections every two seasons, so this got me a little confused: are they releasing a fashion line or their debut album?

    When their Facebook page uploaded the launching promotion photo, which was the final piece of the puzzle:

    winner launching plan

    Once again, fashion seems to be taking big part in their debut album. They are making it seem like a fashion collection launch, following a Test Week, New York Week, and Winner Week and resembling the different Fashion Weeks all over the world.

    But what does that mean? These may be just my personal predictions, but I think that, during Test Week, they might start promoting a song, or preview their songs for the album to garner reactions.

    WINNER went to New York in May and were spotted filming something. So that would lead to New York Week, in which they might continue to release teasers, photos, or a video of their journey in New York.

    Then Winner Week would follow, during which I can clearly assume that they will release their first official single and music video. At this point, fans are really excited for the group to debut after so many teasers; their hard work will finally be compensated! We are really intrigued to know what their music and visuals will be like.

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    Sexualization in K-Pop: The Bare Truth

    When asked about why they prefer K-Pop over Western music, many fans say that the former is less sexualized than the latter. But is that really true? For newer fans, they may be pulled in by bubble-gum pop groups; however, they don’t realize that there are many idols that show off their bodies and croon about sex in their songs.

    Am I saying that it’s wrong? Absolutely not! This just goes to show that sex sells, and it’s not just limited to Western music. Furthermore, it’s not like our favorite idols are an eyesore to look at!

    Some people feel as though female idols are more sexualized than their male counterparts, to which I respond:

    I’ve always had the unfortunate opportunity of coming across hostile comments towards girl groups about their skirts being too small, their cleavage being too exposed, or their dances being too risqué. But very few times have I seen a complaint about a guy taking off his shirt too many times, humping the ground too many times, or thrusting in their hands instead of keeping their legs closed. Are you getting what I mean? Like I said before, being sexy is not a crime. Sexualization in K-Pop should not be a crime, either, unless minors are involved (and I’ll talk about this in a bit).

    For a few large examples, let’s start off with Rain‘s Love Song. A classic, and the perfect beginning to this article.

    Okay, so everything looks fine for the first half of the music video, right? He’s got his fancy eyelashes on, trying to touch the memories of his ex-girlfriend. It’s actually pretty innocent and kind of touches your heart, as you can see how torn up he is about the failed relationship. And then, all of a sudden, BAM!

    There they are, shiny studded shoes (shiny studded everything, to be more precise), and whoa, look at those body rolls! Just when you think it’s going to stay at that level… Nope! The jacket gets off, the shirt gets off (most of it), and now he’s flaunting his refined pecs and abs.

    Let’s take a step back, shall we? What’s this song exactly about? He’s basically calling upon a deaf ear, as he tries to ask his former lover to come back to him. He believes that this song would convince her to return, so that they could be together again.

    Hm… Is there any reason why he should be stripping? Any reason for the seemingly suggestive body rolls? Of course, there’s always going to be people like me trying to find meaning in everything, but when you get down to the dirty business… You can’t really argue that his body is a large selling point of this, can you?

    Just to remind everyone: I find no issue with that. What. So. Ever. Just look at him!

    bi rain

    But moving on: the highly popular duo of HyunA and Hyunseung in Trouble Maker, formed in 2011, has been quite a spicy pair. With their sexually suggestive choreography for their debut, Trouble Maker, they are not shy in the field of sexiness. Their latest hit, Now (There Is No Tomorrow), showcases both of these idols’ looks and vocals.

    A personal favorite of mine, this music video hits you immediately with the act of love (or is it really love?), as Hyunseung wakes up with women strewn about him. Meanwhile, HyunA is avoiding unwanted attention at a club, gyrating by a wall, seemingly in deep thought and longing. From the closeups of their bodies to an intense lovemaking scene, it’s pretty obvious what their relationship is about. But there’s more, as fights break out, and Hyunseung seems to have issues with his own deranged sociopath. I ended up thinking, “Well… I’m glad I’m not a people person.”

    In addition to the video’s plotline, the choreography reflects the chemistry between the two. But, more importantly, let’s look closer at the meaning of the song.

    This couple have problems that they can only deal with together, so, despite a caustic, bipolar relationship, their only way of surviving is to stay with each other. Does the video represent that? Yes. Is the sexualization of the pair necessary? I’d like to think it sticks to the truth of many relationships in real life, so yeah, having them actually dealing with sexual needs, drug use, alcohol use, and physical abuse does help remind the viewers that life isn’t just bubble-gum pop.

    Last but definitely not least, I present you with Rania‘s Dr. Feel Good.

    Do I really need to say much about this? I’m actually a fan of this song and the intense choreography, albeit the lyrics being a bit cheesy at some points. Now, you might criticize me and say, “I don’t think it’s that hard to wiggle your butt around and hump the air, Thuc!”

    In a normal situation, I’d agree. What makes this different is that the movements go along with the beat of the song, and they are synchronized. I don’t know if many of you have tried learning this choreography, but it is difficult. Being sexy takes a LOT of practice. Should I also add that the opening sequence looks like the awakening of sirens from the depths of… badness? In other words, it looks really cool.

    There’s not really much of a plot, as the music video focuses on their visual appeal. This is a song that reminds me of some kinky roleplay sequence that people usually try to keep behind closed doors. The meaning? Well, all that I get from this is that these “patients” would really like some pleasurable, alone time with their doctors. Once again, nothing wrong with that.

    Rania recieved some criticism for their racy attire and choreography, forcing them to change some aspects to be able to promote on music shows. I think it’s a bit unfair, considering that they’re showing just as much skin as many boy groups, and thrusting into their hands in a similar manner.

    Hey, if the guy groups can get away with singing about sex, why can’t the ladies? It’s a natural act, and, even if I may not be into the practice, it doesn’t mean that I should shun any type of sexiness in the media. Even U-KISS recently dropped quite the music video for Quit Playing, bringing up the topic of threesomes and showing off the members’ sculpted bodies.

    All in all, what I’m trying to say is that sexualization in K-Pop shouldn’t be seen as a rare occurrence or a sin. Why? Simply because it is not. As you can see, male and female groups, and even groups with both, use their bodies to the best of their abilities to provide a little boost to promotions.

    Sometimes it’s not very necessary, sometimes it helps develop a view on the world, or sometimes it’s just a straightforward message of “Hey, I’m into this kink, and I’m not ashamed of it.”

    Of course, putting minors into a sexualized role of being an idol does create issues not only for that minor, but for the public in general. Personally, I believe in giving the choice to people who are supposed to be mature enough to understand the workings of the industry, not forcing a role onto someone who may be too young to truly comprehend why they have to grind against their microphone stand.

    Do you have a different opinion on this matter? Should sexualization in K-Pop just not exist, or should it still remain in use? Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    The Soccer Idols: Doojoon, Junsu, & Minho

    In light of the 2014 World Cup starting next week, I’m going to look into a few of our favorites male idols who cannot live without soccer (football). Being a soccer fan myself, it’s fun to watch idols play with each other and see a different side to them compared to their singing and dancing. Soccer brings out the competitor in those who play it and show each person in a new and attractive light.

    The first idol I want to talk about is BEAST’s very own Yoon Doojoon. There’s no question that Doojoon loves soccer. He was even dubbed Soccer-dol in the idol world. His thick thighs are evidence enough that he loves to play the sport as often as possible. It is even said that he carries around a fold-able goal post, so when he and his members have some free time, they can have matches verses the staff and managers.

    Doojoon helped his team score at the 2013 Idol Athletic Championships and displayed an array of skills and knowledge of the game. He is currently on Cool Kiz on the Block with fellow BEAST member Gikwang. They are only two episodes into the soccer episodes, but from these two episodes alone, it’s clear that his reputation as the Soccer-dol is known throughout the entertainment business and is a just title. It wasn’t until the second episode that he had a chance to find the back of the net when he was put on offense as a forward.

    Doojoon’s love of the game is evident every time you watch him play soccer or talk about it. With this type of passion for the game, it’s no wonder Doojoon was recently named honorary ambassador for the Korea Professional Football League, or the K-League. He will help promote soccer in Korea while promoting the K-League with a series of events and online and mobile channels.

    Doojoon Juggling Skills

    Another idol I want to mention is Kim Junsu of JYJ. Junsu is actually the captain of the celebrity men’s team FC Men (of which Doojoon also plays on), which is made up of actors, singers, and models. That title of captain alone tells us that Junsu genuinely loves the game as well as understands the various aspects of soccer. Not only is he knowledgeable of the game, but his teammates look up to him as someone who will lead them during each game and each practice to enhance their skills and teamwork. Junsu’s skills, persistence, and thirst for competition, are only a few of the attributes that make him a great player and leader.

    Finally, we have SHINee‘s Choi Minho. Anyone who is familiar with SHINee knows that Minho loves soccer. With a soccer coach as a father, why wouldn’t he? Minho is a very competitive individual in any sport he plays. Just watch some of the Idol Competitions and it’s clear he is there to win.

    But soccer is a sport that Minho always goes back to and loves. I’m sure many of you remember SHINee’s reality show, Wonderful Day (One Fine Day), where each member chose to go anywhere they wanted for a mini vacation. Without hesitation, Minho chose England so he could watch the pros in the Premier League. From the response of his members, it’s clear that soccer is always on his mind. He even goes as far as to try to change the start date of his trip in order to watch a game.

    In this episode, Minho looks like a kid in a candy store. He cannot contain his excitement leading up to the match. But the most memorable part for him was getting a high five from Queens Park Rangers player Park Ji Sung. Minho’s pure joy as he recounts the match clearly shows how much he loves soccer, whether he’s playing it or watching it.

    I only touched on a few idols who are massive soccer fans and I know there are many more out there. Who is your favorite soccer-loving idol? Make sure to cheer for Korea during the World Cup as they take on the best teams in the world and don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    The Hot Women of “Roommate”

    Move over last week’s article of the hot male cast of SBS’ show Roommate for it’s the girls’ turn now. As we previously explained in said article, the show’s 11 hot women and men cast members have made us fall for their charms and quirks every week.

    But even if you can’t stop swooning over Seo Kang Joon’s heart-melting smile or Lee Dong Wook’s steamy chocolate abs, you can’t forget about the ever fierce and elegant female cast consisting of model Lee So Ra, 2NE1’s Park Bom, After School’s Nana, actress Hong Soo Hyun, and MMA fighter Song Ga Yeon. And even though they’re all different and have found similar interests of traits in order to bond, it’s safe to say the female cast of the show is equally if not hotter than the male. Let’s take a look at the sexy female roommates:

    Aside from EXO’s Chanyeol, the person who made me want to watch this show was none other than 30-year-old Bom. We all know her for her role as 2NE1’s main vocalist and her love for corn (or maybe that’s just a Blackjack known thing?).

    2NE1 Bom Sexy

    This girl definitely has an enviable body and always rocks the best tight dresses in K-Pop. And even though she’s a young adult, her ditzy personality full of cuteness captivates us, whether she’s eating bread while sleeping, fighting with the camera, or blushing when revealing her love interest within the Roommate house.

    Next up is the eldest woman, 44-year-old model Lee So Ra. The Project Runway Korea host is without a doubt the most regal figure in the house. Maybe it’s her modeling training or just her personality and the way she carries herself, but she emulates a classy beauty you don’t see that much anymore with younger celebrities.

    Lee So Ra Hot

    Even though So Ra started as an outsider in the house, she has taken on the role as the top unnie in the house, taking care of all the other women and being their rock. It’s really nice to see a warmer side to her when preparing low calorie meals for the roommates or consoling her fellow dongsaengs.

    But since we’re on the beauty route, let’s talk about the second most beautiful woman in the world, Nana. I suppose a picture speaks more than words, so let’s see:

    Do I really need to spell it out? Where would I even begin?! This girl has a great body, a great face, great hair, and great dance moves and overall body movement. I mean, she only lost to French beauty Marion Cotillard on that list. But through the show, we’ve seen another side to Nana than the sexy one we normally see.

    Nana, who’s 22-years-old, bonded on the Roommate house with pretty much all the female cast for her uniqueness. For example, she shares a 4D personality with Bom, and watching those two divas interact so cutely with each other exposes a whole other side to both women. Nana was very affectionate towards So Ra at the beginning of the show. Maybe they bonded for being national beauties. Moreover, she’s also cute and weird with Soo Hyun, as they dance in their room and talk for hours.

    With two popular idols on the Roommate house, one would expect them to be the most popular among the male members, but this was shot down by none other than Soo Hyun. Fellow cast members Seo Kang Joon and Park Min Woo revealed that this 33-year-old noona was their ideal type.

    Hong Soo Hyun Sexy

    And who can blame them, I mean, Soo Hyun has a slender body and appears to be very feminine while also seeming down to earth. Plus, her love for wine made me think she’s probably very fun to be around when drinking or even sober.

    And last but certainly not least we have the maknae of the house, 19-year-old Ga Yeon. She’s definitely the breakout star in the show since she’s an athlete and not a celebrity (or a celebrity athlete like Kim Yuna, for example).

    Because she’s a professional athlete, I’ll say she’s probably the healthiest person in the house and thus has a pretty rocking body. You can often see her on the show waking up early to work out, even before most of the roommates are awake. She can wear shorts and tight clothing even better than her idol counter parts, I mean, have you seen her thighs? I want healthy, hot-looking thighs like that!

    Song Ga Yeon Hot

    But Ga Yeon’s appeal goes beyond her looks. Since she’s not that used to the spotlight, she lacks a pumped variety program personality, but rather than hurting her, it adds to her charm. She’s regularly shy and struggles to feel comfortable around her oppas, even when Min Woo tells her repeatedly (and even flicks her forehead for it) to feel at ease with him.

    After reading this list on the hotties of Roommate, who’s your favorite female cast member? We want to know! Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    Let’s Talk About: Psy, “Hangover,” & His ‘Craziness’

    We’ve all seen the music videos for “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman,” and now Psy’s about to be back with “Hangover.

    The song features Snoop Dogg, and there’s no news about whether the song is in Korean or English. It’s probably in Korean, since none of the 2 billion people who watched “Gangnam Style” seemed to mind. And most of those people will probably, at least, take a glance at “Hangover,” so the song is probably going to be a major hit.

    Will it reach 2 billion views on YouTube? Probably not. Megahits can launch careers, but it’s hard to follow them up. Snoop Dogg’s appearance will probably make “Hangover” more successful to English-speaking audiences, but could also backfire—Snoop Dogg, also sometimes known as Snoop Lion (?!), is popular, but it may look like Psy is trying too hard to be a success.

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    Which is funny, because Psy isn’t just about being funny and a global sensation. “Gangnam Style” makes fun of a type of the Gangnam lifestyle and “Gentleman” makes fun of dating in Korea and sexism in the country). I bet “Hangover” will have some deeper meaning also.

    Korea’s gained a lot of attention lately because Koreans drink more alcohol than almost any other culture, so perhaps he’ll be discussing that and the consequences of drinking too much? If that’s the case, “Hangover” will surely be ridiculous. Although, we all expect Psy’s craziness at this point.

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    But is he actually that much of a Psy-cho?

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    Obviously, he’s not.  Psy’s in the music industry to make it big and he’s not going to go down without trying. But his music isn’t as goofy as we think, either.

    The Korean audience gets Psy’s satire, which often mocks Korean society, but most of the world just thinks, “Oh, he’s a funny fat man who doesn’t look like he should be famous.”

    But Psy isn’t just a comedian; his songs aren’t just meant to be funny. They’re meant to make you laugh, yes, but also to make you think about what exactly is Psy doing here?

    Why is he sitting on a toilet in “Gangnam Style” while wearing a suit? Why is he being disturbingly raunchy towards Ga-In in “Gentleman?” You’re supposed to laugh at how ridiculous it is because you’re supposed to recognize the absurdity of the situation in Korean society nowadays.

    Sadly, the meaning is lost on most foreign viewers since they don’t pay attention to the lyrics of the songs, but instead just watch the hilarity and get the chorus stuck in their head.

    But with Snoop Dogg singing in English on “Hangover,” it may be interesting to see how people react. Will Snoop Dogg’s part of the song be as crazy as Psy’s? Probably. But it will be understood by more listeners, and it may resonate with them.

    Then again, the song may just be a party song about drinking all night and getting a hangover.

    What do you think?  Will “Hangover” resonate with Psy’s fans? Or is this his last hurrah? Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    Let’s Talk About: U-KISS’s Comeback & Its Member Changes

    U-KISS has been around for several years, but it has gone through numerous member line-ups. As of today, only three original members are still part of U-KISS. But in spite of these line-up changes, the group still has a loyal fanbase. Let’s take a look:

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    2008: U-KISS debuts with Soohyun, Kevin, Eli, Xander, Kibum, and Dongho.

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    2009: Let’s add in Kiseop!

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    2011: Bye Kibum and Xander. We’ll miss you!

    2011: Oh, hi, AJ and Hoon. You guys seem pretty good!

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    2012: AJ will randomly be going to Columbia University once in a while? Okay!

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    2013: And now Dongho is leaving because of his health.

    2014: But we have Jun joining now!

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    So What’s Going On?

    U-KISS debuted in 2008 with a goal of being the most approachable group for international fans, with members like Xander, Kevin, Dongho, Kibum, and Eli who spoke multiple languages.

    But the problem is that U-KISS never really gained popularity in Korea before going to other countries, like how most groups do that. Even though U-KISS has loyal fans throughout the world, in Korea and outside of it, it isn’t considered to be one of the most popular K-Pop acts. Members may be in variety shows, dramas, movies, etc. but they, unfortunately, are simply just not gaining the love that they deserve.

    Let’s go over the facts: The group may go around the world touring, but Korean fans didn’t love U-KISS automatically, and the group hasn’t won any major awards over the years. This means that something is a bit off, since U-KISS still isn’t appealing to the average Korean K-Pop fan. Even among international fans, U-KISS lacks the numbers of groups like EXO and INFINITE have.

    So how do you fix something that’s a little bit wrong, but is still working to some degree? You try to change things up.

    First, Kiseop was brought in, an ulzzang (best face), who was popular among ulzzang fans. It was an obvious attempt to gain Korean fans, since Kiseop was already pretty popular.

    Furthermore, Kibum and Xander’s contracts were terminated, apparently because U-KISS’s company believed the two of them to be lacking.  Fans were disappointed and worried that U-KISS may be dissolved.

    Instead, two new members, Hoon and AJ, replaced the two positions. Both Hoon and AJ had already debuted, one as a solo artist and the other as a member of former idol group Paran. Like Kiseop, this also seems to be an attempt to bring in an already-built fanbase for U-KISS.

    When Dongho left, fans all over the world were really sad, considering that Dongho left due to health issues. But because Dongho was not only a rapper but also the youngest member (and AJ is away at school for half of each year,) U-KISS had a void- every group needs a resident maknae (youngest member). So Jun came in. He’s still a wild card, but there’s some speculation that it’s U-KISS’s attempt at once again reaching out to a new fanbase.

    Hopefully U-KISS will get all of the attention that they deserve not only because of Jun but also because of:

    The Amazing, Sexy Concept!

    Yup, I love it and everyone else should too. My first reaction when I saw the Mono Scandal video teaser was: Wow. U-KISS is really trying hard this time, coming out with a sexy concept that’s a bit different from what we’ve always seen from them in the past.

    The group has definitely done sexy, but their song style has generally been the same, synthopop, dance sound. 0330 was a sharp change for them, and gained a generally good response, but since then the group returned to the type of sound that has treated them best.

    But Mono Scandal seems to be a song that incorporates flamenco-style elements, opening up a whole new variety of music for U-KISS. Considering that the group has an extremely large Latino fanbase, and was the first K-Pop group to tour South America, this may be a conscious decision.

    The music video will also be rated 19+ for it’s sexy concept, hinting to U-KISS’s maturity as an artist. And, of course, the members. Moreover, the group released extremely sexy teaser images, showing off the member’s bodies and not a single fan around the world is disappointed.

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    I, for one, love the sound and can’t wait for the full video. This may be able to turn around everything for the group, launching them to stardom in their own country!

    U-KISS is an extremely hard-working group that has persevered despite the fact that it’s not gaining the recognition that it’s worked so hard for.

    What do you think? Does Mono Scandal suit U-KISS? Or should they go back to synthopop? Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.

    The Hot Men Of “Roommate”

    SBS’s newest reality show Roommate is full of eye-candy. If you are currently addicted to it, you will definitely agree with me.The cast includes 11 hot men and women. Here at KPOPme we want to emphasize this time on the men. Shall we take a look? The male cast for Roommate consists of EXO’s Chanyeol, actors Seo Kang Joon, Lee Dong Wook, Park Min Woo, Shin Sung Woo, and comedian Jo Se Ho.  There are tastes for everyone, from flower boys to the non-conventional handsome type. The Roommate house truly has it all.

    Lets start with the youngest male member of the house: Seo Kang Joon, a member of actor/idol group 5urprise. He got inmense recognition with his role in the drama Cunning Single Lady, and after living with his fellow members he decided to move in to the Roommate house.

    With only 20 years of age, this rising star is capturing everyone’s hearts.  His hazel eyes make us want to stare into them all day. I can’t talk for everyone, but every time his face appears on screen, he takes my breath away. Even if he is not the smartest member of the house, his clumsiness is very appealing. And who can forget his amazing piano skills? It was so Romantic! He definitely is the perfect flower boy.

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    Next up is EXO’s Chanyeol, the 21-year-old rapper who captures everyone with deep his voice. Not only can he drop amazing lines on EXO’s songs, but he is very talented with instruments. As we saw on the second episode, Chanyeol plays the guitar and piano. He is also interested in producing music. Who can say no to someone this talented? Chanyeol’s tall stature is the cherry on top. He could be a perfect model with his thin 6’1 statuesque figure. Moreover, I really love when he wears his hair up, since it shows his beautiful face. His charming smile and ears are to die for as well.

    Chanyeol Smile and Ears Chanyeol Smiling Roomate Chanyeol overdose jacket Park Min Woo had his first acting gig on Flower Boy Ramen Shop. With 26 years of age, he graces our screens with his beautiful dimples and big smile. In the show, he shows a very caring side for his junior Seo Kang Joon. He looks very sexy when he wears his baseball cap backwards. His style is amazing; Min Woo looks like a really cool kid straight out of the ’90s.  It seems like he could be the man that will not only be your lover, but also your best friend. PARK MIN WOO DIMPLES PARK MIN WOO LAUGHS PARK MIN WOO ELLE Jo Se Ho is definitely a funny man; you might remember him from the drama You Who Came From the Stars. Although he is not the conventionally handsome type, he charms you with his sense of humor. He shows his gentleman side with all the ladies, and takes care of his fellow roommates. We fell in love with his charisma when he lip-synched Frozen‘s, “Love Is an Open Door” alongside Lee Dong Wook. He also showed how smart he was, and even his lip synch partner got jealous of how much he knew.   He’s so cute, he reminds me of a teddy bear. Jo Se Ho cute jo se ho photo Jo SeHO AND lee dong wook lip synch Lee Dong Wook gathers a lot of attention from the women of the house. Even 2NE1‘s Park Bom fell for this gorgeous man, for she asked a fortune teller if they where a match. Lee Dong Wook is one of the best actors in Korea and has appeared in many dramas since 1999. The 31-year-old actor likes to take care of his body. We have seen how sexy he looks without a shirt on and working out. He is currently on a very strict diet and hasn’t been able to enjoy all the meals that his roommates prepare. Lee dong wook charming lee dong wook shirtless lee dong wook working out Last but not least, is the oldest member of the house, rocker Shin Sung Woo. He has earned himself the nickname of Mama Shin, since he’s in charge of cooking. The 44 -year-old singer was forced by Park Bom to shave his facial hair. Shame on you Bom, he looked very handsome with his facial hair! He hadn’t shaved his facial hair since he started the musical “The Three Musketeers” five years ago. Shin Sun Woo is one of those men who looks really tough from the outside, but has a very soft and caring nature on the inside. He really takes care of all the members and has started a special connection with his roommate Chanyeol since they have similar tastes in music. Furthermore, who wouldn’t love to take a ride with him on his motorcycle? shin sung woo musketeer shin sung woo formal As you can see, there are many different types of men in the house, so there’s someone for everyone. We can’t wait what happens next with the members of Roommate. Let us know who your favorite male cast member is and why you like him. Share it with us on the comment section! Don’t forget to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up with all our posts.