LEAVE JYJ ALONE!!!

In response to the latest wildfire rumor and JYJ scandal circulating the internet, I felt compelled to post my own personal response to this ridiculous and tragic circumstance.

In case you haven’t heard (which, if you are a K-pop fan, you ought to be ashamed), JYJ- my beloved Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu- recently had an audio released of them screaming at fans, cursing at them, and- as it is assumed- also using violence on them by hitting some of them. This reaction was aimed at ‘Sasengs’, sick and crazy girls who literally STALK them day and night by following them in a long string of legit ‘Saeseng taxis’ which make money off helping girls to follow and stalk K-pop idols at all hours of the day.

This was the first time I ever heard the word ‘Saseng’ and I was honestly disturbed. Yes, I am a massive fan of JYJ, and I stalk them in the figurative sense of following their work via internet, but to take it to the level these girls do is just tragic. These girls (which, as it is believed, are many) know their address, phone number, social security numbers, personal schedules- everything- and they try NONSTOP to contact them and intrude into their lives. When I read articles about JYJ’s scandal, it actually brought tears to my eyes.

Jaejoong, who is credited to be the worst offender, was quoted to have screamed obscenities at them, calling many of them “bitches” and “dogs” (I know, that this came from gentle Jaejoong shocks me too). Some of what he mentioned was how he felt like “a criminal in hiding”, that he “lives in fear” and how he wished he wasn’t famous so he could just have a “normal” life. I felt so sad reading this. As a fan, to push your beloved artist to actually loathe their lives and be driven to such madness is just unforgivable.

Critics claim that as people who rely on their “fans” for their success, JYJ should have handled this with more poise and maturity. My response? Until you’ve lived a day, a month, several YEARS in the kind of world they live in, can any of us really scorn their actions? Their reaction, while extreme, was the result of what several years of public and private torture have done to them.

Their reactions prove what many of these saseng fans can’t seem to grasp: IDOLS ARE HUMAN BEINGS. They may be famous, and sure, they signed up for it, but to be driven to live in fear and misery because of so-called “fans” is just sickening. A true fan would respect the privacy and personal space of an artist. What these sasengs do is selfish and wrong. Some sasengs even say they don’t mind abuse, just as long as they can be close to their loves. Ugh.

I don’t know Jaejoong, or what happened. A sketchy recording may not really be sufficient evidence. However, while I don’t blame Jaejoong for his actions, taking this measure to actually hitting young women due to their obsession is quite wrong, I agree. I can’t imagine what kind of messed up feelings he must have had to be driven to do something like this.

Nevertheless, you can call me ridiculous up all you want, but I support JYJ. The majority of responses I’ve noticed towards this issue is that most fans are still fully supportive and on JYJ’s side. This recording is years old, back from the TVXQ days, and only now resurfaced. I’m willing to bet JYJ is not at all the first group to have had serious trouble with crazy Sasengs.

If JYJ’s reputation is damaged due to this ridiculous scandal, I don’t know what I’ll think. I know I’ll still support and love them as ever. A fan is a fan. Not a stalker.

This blog entry was not merely to mention the JYJ scandal, but the entire severity of “Idol Mania” in Korea, and the level of obsession that many freaks will take it to. I feel sad for so many artists in Korea who are literally tortured by fans who can’t leave them alone. I know crazy fans are everywhere, even here in my country, but what many foreigners can’t understand is how bad it is in Korea, a society which is literally DEVOTED solely to its idols’ every move and thought. Fans need to understand that even idols are human beings, and to cause them pain based on your own selfishness is inexcusable.

There may be two sides to this arguement, and I acknowledge that, but I hold true to my beliefs. In the words of TVXQ’s old Japanese song- I will most definitly “Stand By U” JYJ. And, if I could, me and the army of outraged fans would happily go run down those evil Sasengs.

So….anyways. Hope I don’t get killed by anyone for voicing my opinion in this article.

Over and out. JYJ FIGHTING!

 

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Big Bang: Still ALIVE

I thought I’d take a break from my usually biased posts about K-Drama and share an aspect of my lfie which is much more important- K-pop. And, of course, it is difficult to talk about K-pop without mentioning Big Bang and their oh so wonderful contributions to everything we know as good music and entertainment over there in South Korea 😀

Today, at last, all tracks from their comeback album ‘ALIVE’ were released. I’ve been spamming ‘Blue’ since the MV was released about a week ago. Now I have sucessfully gotten my hands on all the tracks from the new mini-album, and I have truly been enjoying myself!

But this blog entry is not exactly about their comeback so much as their overall, unchanging (if not growing) success in recent years. I can honestly say that, although I am not a hardcore VIP, and Big Bang is far from being my #1 favorite group, I can admit that Big Bang is BY FAR the most unique, original, and talented.

The reason why Big Bang is not my favorite group, despite their incredible skill, is that to me, when I think Hallyu, Big Bang is far from my mind. It’s true- I often forget Big Bang is K-pop at all, they’re THAT unique. I can scarcely call them a ‘boy band’, since that title seems reserved for a cookie-cutter genre of autotuned, dancing pretty boys. I actually prefer the cookie-cutter genre, and stick to my beloved groups such as DBSK, Super Junior, SHINEe and U-KISS rather than Big Bang, but that doesn’t mean I don’t scream like an excited fangirl and count down the days for their comeback and sing along to all their songs by heart.

GD, Seungri, TOP, Daesung, Taeyang- you all are truly revolutionary in everything you do. They invented everything that is Daebak in Korea, and GD might as well get credit for being THE rapper of S Korea. He single-handedly and completely ROCKS. God, I love him. He has such talent, and he writes the music- a feat which is sadly rare in the K-pop world.

Anyone who knows K-pop can tell almost within seconds that a song is a Big Bang song. They don’t sound like anyone else, look like anyone else, dance like anyone else, act like anyone else. Not to mention how much of an American vibe everything has. They shoot MV’s in the dirty streets of Brooklyn, or in the desert of Vegas. They are so cool they fit into American style and music. They are so suave they have white girls in their videos. They are so unique that no one has, or ever will, copy their style. Ever.

So I just wanted this short entry as a shout-out and a kudos to this increasingly AWESOME and incredibly ONE OF A KIND group. Keep being awesome!

Big Bang Fighting! ^_^

Oyasumi~ ^^

Everything I Thought I Loved In Life Has Been Replaced By SHINee

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I don’t think I have ever known love before. Truly. What ON EARTH have I been doing all these years? You might as well say I’ve been dead. I must have been to not have noticed SHINee for so long.

I officially declare, without a shadow of a doubt this time, that SHINee is, most certainly, my #1 favorite K-pop group. Yes, you heard me. That means even above Super Junior and -dare I say it?- DBSK. Those words I never thought I would say, ESPECIALLY about SHINee.

On my list of K-pop groups, SHINee was, in all 100% honesty, at the bottom. I didn’t care one bit that they even existed. I liked maybe 2 songs by them, and I still didn’t find them particularly worth my time. They were just…eh. Just some over-rated K-pop group that seemed to garner more attention than it deserved.

I wish I could go back in time just to slap myself in the face.

Over the course of a few days, SHINee skyrocketed from last place to first place, surpassing the insurpassable Super Junior and DBSK, and everyone else, on my list.

I have a disease. No longer do I care about K-Dramas. Rather, I listen to SHINee almost non-stop, and I have proceeded to download and obsess over nearly every song they have ever released. But that, certainly, is not all.

Two words: Hello Baby. The very words bring me infinite joy. The very thought of that show. Of Minho, Jonghyun, Taemin, Key, Onew and the sickeningly adorable baby angel Yoogeun playing, cooking, laughing, loving. I feel like I am going to burst from how ridiculously entertained I am by this show.

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I don’t know what I love more: SHINee as entertainers, or SHINee as people. Is there really any way to choose? I can find no fault in them. I love everything they do. I love their music, their personalities, their dancing, their singing, their comedy, their looks (haha), just everything.

I don’t even feel compelled to write a long blog entry. They are just that great. They don’t even need a large article to be wonderful. They just are.

And, as of now, nothing else matters.

Saranghamnida, oppas ~ Annyeoung! ^^ SHINee HWAITING! ❤

U-Kiss Neverland Comeback (I Couldn’t Resist)

Okay, so I happen to be on one kick-ass awesome  homestay in Japan at the moment, and I could be writing a really exciting and compelling description of my many Japanese adventures here in this fantastic country, but what does this fangirl choose to write about instead? Why, U-Kiss’ Comeback of course!

Let me start by saying, I was NOT a U-Kiss fangirl, nor have I ever been. To me, they were remininscent of yet ANOTHER boring, blur-into-the-background K-pop boy band with the same sound and style as too many others with no real spark. This was, of course, before their recent comeback. Let me just say that I am blown away, truly.

Literally OVERNIGHT I transformed from a mildly enthusiastic mere “listener” of some U-Kiss, to a full-blown fan of this awesome group. Truly, they are highly underrated. Even I myself seriously underestimated how talented they are. Now now, I know as well as anyone that the credit for the songs themselves go to some anonymous studio song writer, but aside from the “song writing” the performing part is definitly captured beautifully. My bias has always been ‘that one hot guy’ as I called him in former U-Kiss videos (you may know the lovely darling as Kiseop <33); though I can proudly confess to actually knowing some names now. All within the span of one day I’ve downloaded almost all of Neverland, and I am continually growing crazier and crazier for this incredible album and group.

From the title track Neverland, which I LOVE, to the equally enjoyable electronic track Top That, I am also really enjoying most of the ballad songs, such as ‘Take Me Away’ or “Someday” which is SUPER rare for me. I am seriously biased to electro pop autotune based songs, and I often roll my eyes at ballad songs (which all sound the same to me) or skip over them entirely; I know, horrible, right? Anyways, thanks to U-Kiss, I am actually giving these great ballad songs a listen, and I love them . The vocals are really fantastic, there’s something really sweet and soft about the voices in U-Kiss; I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

My favorite song would be Obsession. Is it because Kiseop sings most of it? Perhaps. Probably. I don’t know, there’s something truly special about those tracks like this one that mix electronic and ballad into a this kind of fancy, high-quality hybrid. It’s great. Plus, I’m a sucker for softer songs with cool rap parts mixed in. Really makes for good entertainment 😀

Anyways, if you’re like me, and you think U-Kiss is just “another K-pop boy band”, have some patience, listen to their new stuff, their old stuff, all their stuff. I think they really have something extraordinary about them, and in one day, they went from almost last on my list of boy bands to the top percentile. I can’t pinpoint what struck me exactly, but these great songs and good looking members certainly make it easy to love them ❤

I look forward to future U-Kiss music and performances. I am now hooked. U-Kiss Fighting!

(And yes, I will post some info about Japan someday soon…once I can stop raving about U-Kiss >_<)

I shall return to my Japanese life and try to tone down my immense Korean fangirlness for sake of Japan. Ha Ha.

Annyeoung….I mean, Oyasumi~ ^_^

Kyuhyun, Kyuhyun, Kyuhyun, and more Kyuhyun. That is all I need.

        Why yes, I have just posted a picture of perhaps one of the most beautiful and talented people on this earth. And yes, you are very VERY welcome, my friend.

Don’t know Kyuhyun? Don’t like Kyuhyun? Please, leave now. I mean it. Don’t even bother to read my blog unless you are at least mildly a fan of this wonderful creature. If you don’t know him, I hope I can englighten you.

Most commonly known as Super Junior’s “maknae” Kyuhyun is the baby of the group, with the voice of an angel. Everytime I hear him sing, whether it be in the hazy background chorus of a Suju dance pop song, or the lead of a touching K.R.Y. ballad, I feel like either a) Bursting into tears, b) squealing like the little fangirl that I am, or c) melting into a puddle of emotion on the floor.

However, my adoration for him is not a shallow one. Honestly, I believe that, even if he wasn’t the adorable, charming darling that he is, his voice alone would render me a hopeless fan of everything he does. He is too talented to deny; and the music industry is lucky to have him.

Super Junior, Super Junior M, KRY, SM Ballad; to name a few. I will continue to jump for joy whenever this heavenly singer is recruited into yet another sub-group of SM Entertainment. And, as much as I, as well as just about all fangirls, craves the delicious idea of him being a solo artist, with each scene of a MV dedicated solely to him, deep inside we all hope and pray that he will never leave Super Junior, and that Super Junior in itself will be eternal.

I believe there is a god somewhere that looked upon Kyuhyun as an infant (who was most likely just as adorable then) and decided to bestow upon him the greatest, most beautiful voice ever to be blessed upon humanity. Haha. Yes, I mean it.

Being the dedicated (I say “dedicated” to avoid really saying what we fangirls truly are, which is “sickly obsessed”) fan that I am of him, I have watched plenty of Star King and Immortal Song 2 clips to fulfill my dosage of Suju playtime and glimpses into what I can only imagine their “personality” to be. And Kyuhyun (of maybe it’s just because I’m so enormously biased) seems to forever be the most endearing.

Ahhhh I could rant forever, but I know I’ll get too carried away. I’ll stop here, just giving you a little taste of my love for him (perhaps too much so). Meanwhile, I shall return to listening to Suju KRY’s “Words of the Westerly Wind” which is literally THE MOST BEAUTIFUL song I have ever heard. Please, go look it up now. Kyuhyun sings a great deal of it! 😀

Thanks for reading my obsessive ranting! Hope I didn’t scare you too much (I scared myself a little). 😛 I believe there is a deep fangirl of something within all of us! Some of us are simply too scared to unleash it. But here, I unleash it. My love for Kyuhyun, my favorite singer and artist ever. I respect his music, just as much as I admire his looks ^_^ Keep at it Kyuhyun! Fighting!!

Annyeoung! ~

Just for kicks, here’s one more pic 😀

A Tribute to the Old and Beloved DBSK

       DBSK, Dong Ban Shin Ki, TVXQ, Tohoshinki, Yoochun-Jaejoong-Junsu-Changmin-Yunho; quite frankly, there are too many names to keep track of these days, and, sadly, the one I seem to use most is JYJ. I know, sad right?

Inspired by my recent re-watch of Sungkyunkwan Scandal, featuring Mickey Yoochun, I felt compelled to revisit the loveliness that is DBSK. And here I have come to tell of my great love for them.

To me, DBSK is not merely another boy K-pop group on my list, and is most certainly not a group which seems to fade into the background of often-we all know it’s true- fake, look-alike and sound-alike world that is K-pop. In fact, to me, DBSK is so distinctly separate from everything else.

I suppose to an “outsider” (as I prefer to refer to those non-kpop fans) DBSK would seem to be just a typical boy band, and maybe they are, but to me, I just see so much more.

DBSK was a group I stumbled upon accidentally on Youtube one fine fall day about 2 years ago. I’d never heard of K-pop, and South Korea had been nothing more than just “some Asian country” at that point in my life. However, after a few minutes of watching and listening to DBSK, I had already become a sick, devoted fan of K-pop, without my realizing it.

It started with Mirotic, and then onto Crazy Love, Balloons, and Wrong Number, followed by pretty much everything else they ever released. I became crazy with K-pop fangirl syndrome, which I was not able to understand at that early stage of my obsession, after all, I was a K-pop virgin at that point. All I knew was that I was really drawn to it all. It was like this new magical world had opened for me, and before I knew it, I was sneaking out my ipod to watch DBSK videos in class and on the bus…

DBSK and their music just gives me this sweet nostalgic feeling. Even if this nostalgia is only from 2 years ago, I still find it strangely distant and lost. I am so different from who I was back then, and when I listen to anything by DBSK I just feel comforted. To me, they hold such a special place in my heart….I just can’t explain it. I feel more connected to them than ANY K-pop group, even my favorite Super Junior.

The break-up did hit me hard. I remember being mostly pissed, and repeatedly screaming at my computer “WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!” It seemed the break-up came too soon.

I’d never been a particular fan of Yunho or Junsu for some reason, but I was madly in love with Jaejoong (my first taste of a true beauty k-pop idol), charmed by Yoochun and his beautiful, distinct voice, and entertained by cute little Changmin. Thus, when they split, I was undoubtedly on JYJ’s side (if only they could switch out Junsu for Changmin :P) though I was particularly dissapointed that they had songs in English and were trying to appeal to the “American” market (which clearly failed).

So, I have turned against what I call the “New” TVXQ, which to me is totally not worth my time. The sweet charm of the 5-member group, and their own distinct style has been beaten apart and shredded in the machine of generic, overly auto-tuned mainstream K-popness. Don’t get me wrong, I love all that, but not in DBSK! They were always so special and unique, and now that Yoochun, Jaejoong and Junsu are gone, the group clearly lost all the talent and was forced to resort to the same exact concept every other K-pop group has, you know, the bad-ass image with the suffocating auto-tune and overbearing electronic beats with no real homage to vocal talent.

ARG. So, clearly I am on team JYJ. I prefer their single “Empty” to “Keep Your Head Down” ANY day of the week, thank you. Plus, I can only seem to look at Yunho and Changmin as the two selfish ones who were too concerned with their image to care about being mistreated by their record label. Sure, JYJ hasn’t gotten as much recognition, only because they changed the name. They were the three who had enough sense to keep some dignity of individuality and break away from the suffocating constrains of the K-pop industry.

Okay, I’m sure I probably just seriously offended some TVXQ fans. I’M SORRY! But, come on, can you blame me? I lost my sweet darling DBSK, and it seems to have been replaced by two strangers I don’t recognize or enjoy.

DBSK is so special to me. Maybe they aren’t that big of a deal to others, but to me, I can only see my little 15 year old self giggling over their videos and adoring them so much. And, if it weren’t for DBSK, I would never have been introduced to this exciting and fantastic world of K-pop!

Crazy as it may seem, I do believe DBSK changed my life. All thanks to Jaejoong, Yoochun, Changmin, Junsu and Yunho. Thanks you guys! Even if you’re not together any more :/

Time for bed. Oyasumi~ Annyeoung! ~

 

Super Junior: Mr.Simple (Rant)

 

So, the moment I have been waiting almost all summer for has finally come. SUPER JUNIOR COMEBACK!

Me, as well as most of the asian population, has waited a year and a half for this moment. When I saw the released teasers, and listened to every track on the album, I was more than impressed.

I was expecting what I traditionally expect from Super Junior, beautiful faces, endless charm (KYUHYUN!) but with music that was mediocre, but bearable because it was from THEM. But, this time, I am genuinely enjoying these tracks.

Not to mention all the amounts of Kyuhyun I am soaking up from these songs.  He is my bias, and I do believe these comebacks would not mean close to as much if he wasn’t in so much of them. (Is it just me or does he seem to be getting more parts and a greater emphasis?) Well, he is perfect, so why not?

So I was screaming like a crazy fangirl when the album was released. I thought I was going to explode from excitement, and I felt like one of those Beatles fangirls from the ’60s. You’d think I was meeting Suju for god sakes, I was that crazy.

Right now I am MAD for the track ‘Feels Good’, it my new favorite song, and I can’t seem to stop listening. However, the album in general is REALLY amazing me. The Super Junior babyness seems to be fading, and there is this new maturity they have, which was also present in their Bonamana comeback. I loved Bonamana, I did, and I loved ‘Sorry Sorry’ and ‘It’s You’ as much as every crazy fangirl, but I just feel this album is especially great. Maybe it’s because I’ve been waiting so long, or maybe it really is above and beyond! Who knows.

And, another thing. Please, someone tell me, why Hangeng, Kangin and Kibum are ALWAYS gone, yet still counted as the original 13? I was somewhat suprised to see 10 in this comeback (particularly Heechul, who is usually off in his own world) but feel like the whole concept of “Super Junior, largest group, 13 members” has become distorted. They are betraying that emphasis with every video.

OH WELL! Super Junior could probably commit a crime and I’d still think they were awesome. I don’t care what anyone says, they ARE K-pop, and k-pop would not be anything without THEM.

Here’s to you, Kyuhyun, Dongahae, Eunyeuk, Leeteuk, Shindong, Siwon, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Heechul, Yesung, Hangeng, Kangin, and Kibum! KEEP IT UP! I’ll be an old wrinkled woman who still cherishes the greatness of your many singles and comebacks and rocks out to ‘Sorry Sorry’ in many years from now.

Annyeoung! ^_^ (I’ll certainly be back with more Suju updates when the music videos are released! >_<