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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:54 am 
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At the risk of turning this thread into footface's Minzy thread...

I just discovered what Minzy's nickname ("Eromaknae") means.

I knew maknae means "the youngest member of a group," but I just learned that the ero- part is short for "erotic."

She's the sexy-youngest. She just turned 20 (Korean)/19 (not-Korean)!

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 Post subject: Re: K-POP!
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I am loving Jiyoon and Gayoon's debut for their sub-unit of 4MINUTE.

2YOON - 24/7



Oooh! And GLAM's live performance of I Like That on Music Core last week was great. ZINNI got some moves!



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24/7 is supercute.

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24/7 is supercute.


Isn't it? Addictive as heck, too. And such a surprising blend of styles.


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My K-related cross-cultural experience of the day:

I'm in Federal Way, Wash., a city with a large Korean-American population. Lots of Korean stores, Korean signs, etc. (TRS is at a birthday party here.) In the parking lot at the mall where he's laser tagging, I was walking by woman speaking Korean and I understood what she was saying! Well, it was only one word ("Odi?"), but still. I went into the big Korean supermarket and they were playing SNSD's "I Got a Boy."

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2NE1 is supposed to have their comeback next month. I can't wait to hear from them. I like that their influence is starting to show in new groups.

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Yes, March is what they're saying. But this thing has been postponed many times.

Is this going to be their long-awaited English album? (All that Will.i.am stuff?)

Does that one D-UNIT singer think she's CL or something?

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FootFace wrote:
Is this going to be their long-awaited English album? (All that Will.i.am stuff?)


Good question. That's what I'm half expecting, but I have no idea really.

FootFace wrote:
Does that one D-UNIT singer think she's CL or something?


I think CL is the headmistress of the Badass branch of the Cool Kids school. Gotta learn your badassery somewhere!


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I found the 2NE1 TV segments about them recording with will.i.am kind of depressing. Maybe it's how all pop music is recorded these days (I sure wouldn't know), but it was so inorganic, with the singers contributing little. "Sing this part. (Sings the line.) Do it like that. Good! Now this phrase. Good." Like all the songs are built up from these 2–3 second fragments. There's no song at all until the producer assembles it.

And, of course, I agree about CL's badassery.

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Pyewacket wrote:
I am loving Jiyoon and Gayoon's debut for their sub-unit of 4MINUTE.

2YOON - 24/7



allkpop has a link to the 24/7 blooper reel. (My phone doesn't want to let me link to the video itself.)

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allkpop has a link to the 24/7 blooper reel. (My phone doesn't want to let me link to the video itself.)


Hahahaha, nice! I had to look at allkpop's code to see where they were linking from. I figured it must be the 4Minute channel, but nope. It's on the United Cube channel, which really should have been the second place I checked.



I've had this one bouncing around in my head all day.

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It's "official:"

2NE1's comeback is set for April. It's going to be mostly uptempo songs like "Can't Nobody" and "I'm the Best." It's going to be (mostly?) Teddy-written and -produced. Not the will.i.am stuff.

(And CL's planning a solo album after that.)

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Oh, well. YG now says CL spoke too soon.

Comeback might be later than April.

(And it might not be a full album.)

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Lee Hi, "1, 2, 3, 4"

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I definitely thought this was going to be a thread about KAPOP.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=537&hilit=kapop

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 Post subject: Re: K-POP!
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FootFace wrote:
Oh, well. YG now says CL spoke too soon.

Comeback might be later than April.

(And it might not be a full album.)


Bleh. Any news you get, the next day it comes back to "Who knows what or when?"

I love that one from Lee Hi. Yow. Great voice, killer style. An amazingly successful debut, too.

I think YG is going to keep her solo and focus on showcasing her voice with strong material. She was supposed to be in a new group, SuPearls, but they killed that project, and they haven't done a video for the song Scarecrow, which is much sweeter and lighter.

I like the song she did with Epik High.

EPIK HIGH - IT'S COLD (feat. LEE HI)



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Yeah, I just read about SuPearls getting the axe. That's brutal.

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Yeah, I just read about SuPearls getting the axe. That's brutal.


That's what I thought. Harsh. I suppose the other girls may have wanted out of their contracts with YG so they could pursue other opportunities. Goodness knows YG has been dragging their feet on their debut, along with numerous other projects.

Speaking of rookie debuts, these girls have some damn fine voices.

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The teaser/intro of Lee Hi's comeback is pretty great.

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Pyewacket wrote:

I've had this one bouncing around in my head all day.

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Eomeo eomeo eomeo!


I love the "Eomeo eomeo eomeo" part, but why do they pronounce the word like "mazik"? It drives me nuts.

I know that English words with z are often pronounced with a j by Korean speakers. Is this like some misguided hypercorrection?

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FootFace wrote:
The teaser/intro of Lee Hi's comeback is pretty great.


Wow! Very nice.

FootFace wrote:
I love the "Eomeo eomeo eomeo" part, but why do they pronounce the word like "mazik"? It drives me nuts.

I know that English words with z are often pronounced with a j by Korean speakers. Is this like some misguided hypercorrection?


It's a portmanteau of magic and music. They should have set it up better. Without some context it can easily be mistaken for simply an odd mispronunciation. They could have titled the song something like Mazik (Magic + Music) and that would have worked.

I like the Color of KPop project. I'd like to see them do more of this. Dazzling Red is Hyosung from SECRET, Hyuna from 4minute, Nana from After School, Hyorin from SISTAR, and Nicole from KARA.

Dazzling Red - Geu saram (That Person)



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Your explanation is basically what TRS (my son, that is) said. "It's so it rhymes with music."

"But it doesn't rhyme!"

"No, but."

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I love this "Minzy focus" of Lonely at last week's charity concert:


Edited to add: Here's a (very slightly) different Minzy focus of "Lonely" from that concert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6s7LmxdPmU#

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Minzy cam! So cool.

My favorite artist in the Korean indie scene:

Neon Bunny - Come a little closer (jogeumssik dagawajwo)



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Lee Hi's brand-new video, for It's Over:

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