EXO (Shimmy Shimmy) KO KO BOP


I can’t help it. That “Shimmy, Shimmy” needs to be added on the title.

Last July 18, SMEnt finally released EXO’s comeback song Ko Ko Bop, much to EXO-L’s delight. EXO’s been lying low for a while so this comeback is definitely much-awaited and considered long-overdue to fans.

So here are my two-cents on the video and the song. Yes, I do have two separate opinions about the MV and the song itself.

The MV is trippy (in very good way)! As expected of most Kpop music videos, the colors are basically “in your face”. The blues and greens, which are very prominent in the video, give off a pretty cool aesthetic. Combined with the splashes of reds, yellows, pinks here and there reminded me of those colorful gumballs. Basically, I think, the whole video is one Gumball Machine and EXO and everything else are gumballs.

No? Ok, I’m stopping right here.

As always, the boys’ visuals never disappoints, and though I facepalm myself everytime I see Baekhyun’s mullet and Kai’s dreads, the group’s overall look still hits a punch.

And yes I have to make mention of Kai’s well-toned abs, Sehun’s slightly open shirt, and Xiumin! OMG have you seen Xiumin?!? His visuals in this comeback definitely stood out!

Ko Ko Bop is… I don’t really know how I feel about the song. I didn’t like it when I first heard it so I’ve listened to it a couple more times just to see if my opinion would be slightly different. I think after doing so all I can conclude is that it is an okay song. There are definite parts where it sticks to you like Chen’s “It goes down, down baby” (Chen’s vocals always gets me) and the part where they sing “Ah woo”, which sounds really good by the way, BUT was it a strong comeback song? I think no.

I remember when I heard Growl for the first time, I knew right off the bat it was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G song, and I still think so. I even blogged about it at that time because I was that impressed by it. You can check out the post HERE if you’re interested. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same impact with Ko Ko Bop.

As a whole, EXO’s 4th album “THE WAR”, is for sure better than their previous ones. Their sound definitely matured and got better and I really dig that. I just happen to finish listening to the album last night,  and I must say, for now, my favorites are “Going Crazy” and “The EVE”.

Speaking of The EVE, how excited was I to wake up and see this golden fancam on my youtube feed?

There’s a non-fancam version of this performance, but I prefer this one better, because I get to see the group dance as a whole without the camera going back and forth between members and making me dizzy af. Plus, we can all better appreciate their very rude choreography in this angle more.

I died! asdfghjkl! (credits: gangbangjimin.tumblr)

I want an MV of this song ASAP!!!

 

BTS, BBMAs, Blood Sweat & Tears


A lot of B’s there.

So I had to do this. Like I seriously had to do this…

I know I haven’t been active in my blog lately, but this news got me all fired up and ready to say hello back to my blog! It got all my brain juices flowin’. My inner fangirl is screaming and shrieking like a banshee! So just to warn you all, this is going to be a fangirl post. I lot of my followers may not be able to relate, but to those who do – Annyeonghaseyo!!!

So I woke up yesterday morning to this news all over twitter –  and I was shook!

BTS

First off, let me give a very small intro of the group, just a little, cause we might take all day if I try to dissect BTS in a post. Maybe I’ll do an appreciation post specifically for BTS if any of you requested it, but right now I’ll just go back to the topic in hand.

So BTS, an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan (english trans: BULLETPROOF BOYSCOUTS), is a 7-member South Korean legends boyband formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 and has been gaining popularity locally and internationally especially internationally ever since. They are known as one of the very few Kpop Groups who co-writes and produces their own tracks.

Billboard magazine recognized the group as one of K-pop’s top competitive music producers of today: “Co-writing and producing on nearly every track, the K-pop phenoms proved how they can compete with top pop acts.” All members of the group participate in composing and producing the group’s songs. The Daily Dot describes them as “setting a standard for the bands that will come after them. Their souls are in their performances because they helped to create them—an investment that makes all the difference between memorizing dance routines and embracing them with passion.”

Yes, they’re that talented. Plus they’re dance choreographies are LIT!

Anyway, they’ve been constantly breaking records at the Billboards for the past year or two. And now they’ve been nominated for Top Social Artist Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Going against big names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendez. This also gained them the title as the first Kpop group to be ever nominated for the BBMAs.

After the announcement last April of their nomination, fans (aka ARMYs) have questioned whether the boys will attend the award show or not, and since ARMYs are eager to see BTS at the BBMAs, this happened – the voting which started last May 1st (and will end at 6pm PDT on May 21st) produced this result in only 24 hours – a showcase of the fanbase’s dedication to BTS.

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ARMYs are BULTAOREUNE!!!

After a week of voting, ARMYs prayers were answered and an official announcement of their attendance at the BBMAs was confirmed. A photo of their invitation was even uploaded on BIG HIT’s Official Twitter Account.

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Current votes as of today (5th of May)

ARMYs are savage voters don’t you think? Gotta love all that support! ❤

Also, yesterday was also the release of BTS’ Blood, Sweat and Tears MV (Japanese Version). You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this version to get released. It was confusingly beautiful. LoL!

I am not even going to try to look for hidden connections and theories about this video BTS’ MVs are full of those because trying to do so is seriously giving me a terrible headache. I’m going to be leaving that to the experts!

Annyeong! ❤

Growling for EXO


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Disclaimer: This post, though informative, contains some fangirl-ing and quite a bit of spazzing.  🙂

EXO, is a 12-member South Korean-Chinese boy band under SM Entertainment agency formed in 2011. Though considered and promotes as one group, they are subdivided into two subgroups, EXO-K (korean) and EXO-M (mandarin), to target both Korean and Chinese audience. Group members include Suho (leader), Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun, Kris (EXO-M leader), Xiumin, Luhan, Lay, Chen and Tao.

Despite being overly publicized months before their actual debut, I wasn’t impressed. When I heard that a group of 12-member boys are going to debut under SM Ent, the first thing I thought of was Super Junior. Is Lee So Man trying to make a group like SuJu? I know that Super Junior members are already at an age where they would be enlisting in the army, in fact a few members had already done so, and thus hindered them from promoting as a whole. So this made me think — is EXO another of Mr. Lee’s clever ideas to not stop promoting in China? Well it seems like it to me, especially since EXO has a subgroup named EXO-M, just like Super Junior has a subgroup named Super Junior-M (or SJM), where they sing songs in Mandarin and do promotions in China.

Anyway, I wasn’t initially in awe of EXO. I guess it was because I am a big Super Junior and Big Bang fan and I find EXO too young for me to spazz over. However, since it was an SME group, I am inclined to watch their first debut MV (History) and my first impression was that they are a cross between SHINEE and SUPER JUNIOR — they have SHINEE’s youth and Super Junior’s number. LOL! So far I wonder if they would have the charm and versatility that Suju had, because Suju seriously did almost everything. They are not hailed as the “Kings of Hallyu Wave” for nothing you know. In any case, I have to say that Lee So Man did right with EXO what he did wrong with Super Junior, and that is in debuting both Korean and Chinese members together. Of course, I’m not going to elaborate any further, SuJu fans know exactly what I’m talking about — “SuJu 13” anyone?

Going to the reason why I’m doing this post, I just saw EXO’s latest MV “Growl” a week ago and fell in love. Unlike their previous song releases, this song is a bull’s eye! Like Cupid’s arrow finally hit me and I just can’t help but drool over my one true love (ok that’s too much! LOL!) What I was trying to say is that the song just fits EXO to a T as compared with their past singles. I never totally got hooked with History, Mama etc — I just don’t think the songs match with EXO vocally speaking. It just feels like the songs were forced on them — like that isn’t exactly the case with most kpop groups under SME.

So back to the song, “Growl” is a great EXO song and the music video is just O-M-G! I think I’ll just let you watch first to see. There are two versions, obviously, and both are muy perfecto! 🙂

KOREAN VERSION

CHINESE VERSION

To better appreciate the song, below is one with english subs (+romanization+hangul)

I think the idea of shooting this MV in one take is just brilliant! The boys are great dancers and the video showcased just that! (apart of course from their great style and good looks 🙂 ) The lighting, the location and the outfits are young, cool and fresh. The boys never looked so appealing to me as they did in “Growl”. I feel like growling myself. LMAO!

To end this post, I finally get to have my EXO bias 🙂

:) KAI :)
The sexy KAI 🙂