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Favorite K-Pop Songs of the Year: 2014

Hellooooo everyone! I’m back! ❤

You might be thinking, “Wait… who’s this?” and to that, I say “It’s Time to K-Pop!” Haha… stupid jokes aside, I really (sincerely) missed talking to you guys and posting on the blog, especially considering all that has happened in the K-pop industry recently. Yup, I’m talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly. :S It’s already been 9 months (!!!!!) since I’ve posted, and before anything else, I’d like to explain why I’ve been away for so long. First off, I’m so so so sorry for my absence. 😦 I’ve been really busy with school and college applications, and it was a bit overwhelming for me… I could go into more depth (and rant) about this, but I’ll save it because we have other, more interesting things to talk about! 😀

Anyways, I’m back, and we’re already almost halfway done with 2015! 😮 I hope the new year has been great for everyone, and that you guys achieve whatever goal you have in mind! 🙂

Enough with all that rambling though! A looot has happened in k-pop, whether that be good or bad and now that 2014 is over (since quite a while ago), I want to celebrate all the songs I felt were my favorites in this past year. I think this list is going to be a bit long (and this post is already long), so let’s get started! The songs are in no particular order. 🙂

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Overdose – Exo: A lot has happened to Exo this past year (I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about) but I think this powerful, yet catchy song is definitely one to recognize for 2014, and for Exo. Check out the video for the awesome dance routine as well as well. 🙂

Eyes, Nose, Lips – Taeyang: I’ve written about this song already in previous posts, but to summarize what I said: I love this song. I listened to it a lot when it first came out, and I kept it on repeat for a looong time. Such a nice song! Definitely one of the highlights of k-pop in 2014, so check it out if you haven’t already!

200% – Akdong Musician: In my opinion, Akmu was one of the best rookies of 2014 and their album Play is fantastic. The album is amazing, and it has many great songs in it. This super talented group deserves to be recognized for its talent!

Lonely – B1A4: (Almost) every time B1A4 releases a song, I am singing along to it in a few days. Their songs are so catchy, and this song is definitely one of those catchy songs as well! Another song that I listen to on repeat. 🙂

Her – Block B: This song was AWESOME. So catchy, fun, and unique. I just realized that I never published the “Talking about” I did on this music video… Woops :p That really sucks haha, but I basically mentioned how much of an awesome song it was, and how much I was in love with it. :p Her is not only one of my favorites for 2014, but also of Block B’s songs!

Some – Soyou & Jung Gi Go: The song that defined the year of 2014 in terms of kpop… Haha okay, this is a bit of an exaggeration (I’ll admit) but I feel like this sweet, catchy song became very popular in Korea. If you weren’t too crazy about k-pop last year (and missed out on this song), listening to Some is a must!

Come Back Home – 2NE1: Don’t let the quirkiness of the video scare you! This song is fantastic! 2NE1 has very strong vocals and it is definitely showcased in this song. It’s a super interesting mix of a lot of different styles, which combine into a very catchy song. 😀

1004 – B.A.P: Hehe, if you’ve read a few of my previous posts, you’ll know that I have a soft side for B.A.P. :’) My obsession aside, though, I think 1004 is an awesome song! It’s really cool and it packs a powerful performance. Great song from a talented group! P.S. Is anyone else really sad about B.A.P’s lawsuit? 😥

Good Luck – Beast: This song is awesome! It’s really catchy, and it brings back memories of the days when I was crazy about Beast haha :’) Super interesting sound! It’s a good place to start if you’ve never heard of any Beast songs.

Go Crazy – 2PM: What to say… other than GO CRAZY! This might be one of the catchiest, most fun songs on this list. Not only is the dance really fun, the song itself makes me want to dance. This is the song for you if you want a fun, upbeat dance song! I strongly recommend that you watch a performance video of it, because the dance adds to the fun of the song. 🙂

A – GOT7: GOT7 is also one of my favorite rookies (and groups in general) of 2014! They are a fun, talented group that has awesome songs. 🙂 So groovy and fun! This song is a must-press-repeat-after-listening-to-the-first-time type of song, because it is just that catchy and cute. 🙂 Stop stop it is really cool too, but I personally prefer A!

Angel – Yoon Mi Rae: This song probably isn’t as well-known as the other songs on this list (and you might not consider it k-pop) but it is too good not to include. Rather simple and a bit repetitive, but it’s so sweet and awesome! 🙂 It’s not like Yoon Mi Rae’s usual style, but it is still just as awesome!

Hold Me Tight – Loco: Again, another song that isn’t really k-pop (hehe). Regardless, this song is awesome! It shows how awesome Loco’s vocals are, and is a definite must. Its hip-hop feel might not be your thing, but for me, it’s totally what I love!

It’s You – Neon Bunny: Not k-pop, but still awesome! Neon Bunny has a very interesting sound that shines through in this song. Might not be your cup of tea, but still give it a try! 🙂 I highly suggest that you try other Neon Bunny songs if you enjoyed this one as well.

Chisa Bounce – M.I.B: I have no idea why I love this song so much.. But I do! 😀 It’s not as popular as the other songs on this list, but it’s just as awesome. Something about its unconventional sound, which still accomplishes catchiness, deserves a spot on this list. The chorus is awesome!

That’s it for this post friends! 🙂 I’m so sorry for the delay again (9 months is a looong time) but I promise I will start posting more frequently now. I’ve been itching to talk to you guys about k-pop these days haha. There have been a lot of awesome songs in 2015 already, and now I need to catch up. 🙂 This list is not complete (at all) and I’ll add to it if I remember anything. These are the only ones that I can remember right now. 🙂 What do you think about my list? Were your favorites here? Let me know what songs I missed in the comments! I’d love to find out what other songs you have in mind. 🙂 Thank you for being patient!

Haven’t said this in forever, but hugs from your fellow K-Popper! ❤

Talking about Give Love – Akmu

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome back to It’s Time to K-Pop! I feel like I haven’t done a Talking about in a while, but I’m back with another one on a new release by Akmu, called Give Love! I know I’ve been talking a lot about Akmu these past few weeks or so, and I apologize, but this is another awesome song and music video that I really want to talk about! Anyways, let’s get started!

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Image taken from siesdestino.com. All rights go to the respective owners!

You guys are probably really sick of the redundant introduction on Akmu, since I’ve done it quite a few times now, so I’ll go straight to talking about the song and music video!

Song: As you guys might know, I’ve already downloaded their album (hehe) and listened to this specific song a few times, and I absolutely love it! It’s so sweet, happy, bubbly, and catchy! 😀 (never too many adjectives!) Great voices and singing! This is definitely a fun song I’ll keep on repeat these days (or weeks.. or month…hehe) I love the instrumentation,  and the lyrics are so so cute. This song gets a huge thumbs up from me! Definitely something right up my alley. 🙂 I don’t think there’s a lot more to say about this other than that I really enjoyed it!

Music Video: I know I’ve rambled about how much I love the song, but I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the same for the music video because I loved it just as much! It’s a continuation from their other M/V for 200% (clever huh) so it might not be the same effect if you don’t watch it first. Not only was it appropriate to the song, but it was also lots of fun to watch! The music video was super interesting, with all the really pretty shots, the cool effects like the origami tutorials, the Pythagorean Theorem (why was that there? :S) and all this other stuff. I saw the “Tear Here” line on the screen, and I was slightly confused, but I thought it was so clever when I saw what it was about at the end. I loved the beginning of the video where Soohyun is with the (cute) actor and Chanhyuk just gets in the way, haha! 🙂 Other than that, there are lots of hilarious, goofy moments that were more entertaining to watch mainly because it looked so natural, not forced, and the fact that they are siblings probably helps in this haha. They were so playful and at ease that it made me appreciate this video even more, especially considering how much it had to offer to the song. I was quite happy that it worked out well for Soohyun 😉 Oh yeah and the ending is absolutely hilarious haha! It was a creative, interesting, and I loved it!

Overall, in case it wasn’t obvious enough in my constant rambling, I absolutely loved both the music video and the song! If I hadn’t downloaded the song already, I definitely would now! 🙂 I’ve recently been very impressed with Akmu, not only with their music videos, but also with their music style, singing, and just overall talent! With the releases they’ve had until now, and the album that I’ve listened to, I can say that I’m very much liking Akmu! What do you think? Do you agree with me? Please let me know in the comments!

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper!

Songs of the Month: April

Hey guys! 🙂

Welcome back to It’s Time to K-pop! I didn’t even realize the month had ended already! 😮 Just like what I said for March, April already went by so quickly. Now that the month is over (and a hectic week, I must add :P) I’m back with a Songs of the Month, so let’s get started! P.S. I’m quite proud of myself because I kept note of all the songs I liked hehe, so I probably didn’t forget as many songs as I did for March! :3

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Image taken from popgasa.com. All rights go to the respective owners!

Sometimes – Crush: Pretty sure I didn’t do a Talking About on this song, but it’s a really awesome nonetheless. Definitely give it a listen if you haven’t already! 😀

Hold Me Tight – Loco:  This has to be one of my favorites even out of this list (one of my favorites out of this list of favorites haha :P)! I don’t know if they are releasing a music video or not, but I had to include it here anyways because it’s just that good! I’ve been a little more than obsessed with this song this past month.

Love Game – 2BIC: Such a cute, sweet song and video! They’re amazing singers and I love their voices.

Victorious 2 – Swings: This is freaking awesome. Enough said. Haha, no but to be more specific, I loved the rapping, the chorus, the video all in one take (except for the filter :S), and just the song in general! I realized I’ve included a lot of hip hop songs this month, but what I can I say, there were a lot of great ones! :3

The Manual – Eddy Kim: A minimalistic, simple song, with only Eddy’s voice and the guitar, but it’s so pretty and they work great together. The lyrics are so nice too! Eddy Kim released 3 (I believe) music videos other than this one so go check those out if you enjoyed this!

 

Thank You My Love – Hong Dae Kwang: This song is so adorable! It makes me smile, even just by listening to it hehe! So very sweet! If you need a song that will make you feel better, this is the song for you!

Dduraeyo – Baechigi: No translation for the title, I know, but I’m going with what it says on the music video! 😛 What really made me like this song was the voices of the singers. I don’t know why, but something about them makes me want to listen to it again. I guess you could say their voices are enticing 🙂 The chorus is my favorite part!

Clear Day Cloudy Day – Lunafly: Yes, I know this song is over a year old, but I just came across it now (a little late right)! I absolutely love it! Their voices are amazing and I love the instrumentation in this song. It’s great, no matter how old it is. 🙂

Stupid Love – Mad Clown & Soyou: Speaking of old songs, Stupid Love takes its place as a favorite song of mine for April! It’s such a beautiful song, and their voices fit so well together. Soyou’s voice in particular is so nice and I can’t really explain the allure it has, but I love it! Awesome song!

By the way, if you guys remember my Talking About on Chisa Bounce by M.I.B, you know how much I really liked it! I did a little bit of additional ‘researching’ on the group and here are two of my favorite songs that I’ve found!

Let’s Talk About You – M.I.B Only Hard For Me – M.I.B: Two super catchy songs that I hope you enjoy as much as I did! 🙂

There were many other amazing songs that I’ve included in my Talking About series that are definitely worth mentioning here as well! I elaborated a little more about them on my blog, so give it a read if you’re interested!

200% – Akmu; Melted – Akmu; Chisa Bounce – M.I.B (I’ve mentioned this song so many times, and I don’t know why I love it so much, but I do :3); Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms – High4 & IU, among others!

What do you think? What other songs do you think should be included here? Please let me know of any others that you think are worth mentioning! Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I really do appreciate it! 🙂 May May be fantastic for you (heh get it)

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper!

Talking about Melted – Akmu + UPDATE!

Hey everyone! 

I’m back with another post today, and continuing on the Talking about on Kpop Star from yesterday, I’ll be Talking about Akmu’s Melted! Click here to watch it. I know it might seem repetitive since I’ve mentioned them quite a few times in my recent posts, but I really wanted to talk about their new (awesome) release, so here it is! By the way, I also have an update to let you guys know about, so keep reading until the end if you want to know about it! Let’s get started! 

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Although I always have a little introduction of the group I’m talking about, I won’t do one for Akmu because I’ve already talked so much about them and you’re probably sick of these redundant introductions, so I’ll just get right to it! 

Song: I already heard the song before I saw the music video, and I believe it was when I watched their performance in Kpop Star 3. I absolutely loved it when I heard it then, and I love it now. The weather here where I live is very eery, gloomy, and the song fits perfectly with the mood here right now. It’s a completely different style from their other release, 200%, but doesn’t that show how flexible they can be in their music style? I would think so 😛 It’s a beautiful song – very solemn, gloomy – and the lyrics are really clever. The title 얼음들 (which translates to ice in English) sounds like 어른들 (which means adults in English), so while talking about the cold of the ice, they’re also talking about how adults are cold-hearted as well. The lyrics are really meaningful so do check it out! I really love the song and the vocals are amazing, not to mention that their voices are so chillingly (heh pun intended) beautiful! I really liked the water droplets sounds too (I like little details :3), and the strings parts as well. I didn’t except this type of a sad song to be catchy, but I kept singing it to myself during the day. I’m very impressed and will definitely keep it on replay. :3 

Music Video: Loved the music video as well! It was quite depressing to be honest, but it told the story of the song effectively. It was really sad to see the effect the adults had on the child and both the video and song together were thought-provoking. I appreciated how they were trying to take a cinematic approach for the music video, and tried to make it meaningful. The emotions and provocative elements of the music video helped me focus on the song more, listen to it more carefully, and immerse myself into the mood of the song and video. I don’t know if I’m imaging this, but the whole video was grayish, with muted colors, but once the boy met the caring adult at the end, the colors changed back to warmer tones and I thought this was nice hehe :3 (It made me feel better about this sad video). Overall, it was very interesting and I enjoyed watching it. It’s a powerful video.

Overall, I absolutely loved the song and music video! Akmu is really impressing me these days, and I can say that I am a fan, seeing all that they’ve done until now. 😀 I downloaded their album Play and I highly suggest it if you haven’t heard it already. Would I download the song? Yes, of course! 🙂 I already did, hehe. What do you guys think? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

Update time! – As you guys may have noticed, I’ve been posting everyday (quite proud of myself actually hehe) and I did this because I was really excited about my blog, wanted a lot of content on it, and I had a lot of time, and now, although my passion hasn’t changed, the time I am able to commit to the blog has. You guys might not know this but I’m a student, and I have a lot of things to prepare for such as tests, exams, applications, and other bothersome tasks, and it’s going to start becoming really hectic for me.

I won’t have as much time for the blog and that’s why I wanted to let you guys know beforehand (early on so you guys don’t get upset about it being a sudden change) that my posting schedule is going to be a little different. From now on, I’ll be posting three times a week (probably Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) 😦 This is a really sad for me because I wish I could continue posting everyday, but this is a really important time for me and I want to devote a large portion of my time to my academics, so I hope you guys understand :3

Good news is that this is a minimum, not a maximum, meaning that if I have time (like I still might a little bit in April), I will post more than on just these 3 days! 🙂 If I don’t, however, I will be going with this schedule.

Basically, what I’m trying to say with all this rambling is that, I might post more than 3 times a week, but sometimes I will only be able to keep to those days so I’m really sorry, but please know that I am still just as dedicated to my blog, and I’ll respond to comments and check up on my blog even when I’m not posting! 😀

Thank you for the support, and I’ll promise to keep updating you guys with awesome posts! Sorry to end on a sad note (at least for me 😦 ) and I hope you guys have an awesome week! 

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper! ❤

Talking about 서울이 싫어졌어 (I Hate Seoul) – 2000won

Hi guys!

I’m back with another Talking about, and today’s post is on I Hate Seoul (서울이 싫어졌어) by 2000won! Click here to watch it. I don’t know if this is the direct translation of the title, but since they don’t mention it, I went by what I found in other sites and what not, so please correct me if it is wrong!

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2000won previously starred on season 2 of Kpop Star, and they debuted this year in March (if I am not mistaken – limited information heh). From what I found, they are currently part of Reve Entertainment. The members are Kim Hyobin and Kim Ildo. If you have more information about them (since I couldn’t really find much), please let me know in the comments!

Song: As for this song, I can say that I did like it! 🙂 I’ve noticed I’ve been talking about a lot of slower, melodic songs (I hope you all are okay with that :D) and this is another great one! Maybe it’s because it’s spring in Korea.. and slower songs are more suiting.. and.. uh.. no? Haha, anyways, their voices and talent are very evident in this song, making it even nicer hehe. Hyobin has a really great, soothing voice and it really sheds light in this song, and Ildo’s rapping was awesome and super charming! It’s a pretty song and I do like pretty songs 🙂 I’m impressed by this release!

Music Video: The music video is so cool! 😀 First off, I loved the transitions from one scene to another by using the objects, like the umbrella, the balloon, the television screens, the phone, etc. I thought they were all really creative and fun! They filmed in appropriate locations, especially in the scenes with and without the girl, and I really liked the passing off of the camera from one member to the other. My favorite part was the different splits from different locations while Hyobin was walking 😀 There were a lot of interesting things happening in this video, especially that fight between Ildo and the other guy haha! Overall, it kept my attention and although it’s a sad song, I had fun watching it because of these little interesting characteristics :3

Overall, I liked the song and the video! Would I download the song? Yes! 😀 What are your opinions? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to let me know about anything you’d like :3 Have a great day everyone!

P.S. A little update! I am in love with Akmu’s live performance of 200%! They’re so confident, and yet the performance is so so so adorable, with really cute choreography as well! Check it out! 🙂  I was just watching  this video of their audition and it amazed me how far they’ve come. (Slightly obsessed with them, not going to lie :P) Anyways, I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow with more interesting K-Pop related things!

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper! ❤

Talking about 200% – Akmu

Hi guys! 😀

How are you all doing? I’m in a really good mood right now and I hope you all are well too! 🙂 Today’s talking about is on a debut release that I personally was really looking forward to, and that is Akmu’s 200%! Watch it here! Keep reading to find out more.

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Akdong Musician (aka Akmu) is a duo consisting of siblings Lee Chan Hyuk and Lee Soo Hyun. They were the winners of K-Pop Star Season 2, and are currently signed under YG Entertainment. Chan Hyuk was born on September 12th, 1996, and Soo Hyun was born on May 4, 1999 (wow I didn’t know she was this young :o) I think I was so excited for their debut because they had shown such promising things in the auditions. 😀 Let’s go right ahead and start talking about this release!

Song: I absolutely love it! 😀 It was a great song to showcase their unique music style, and I think that’s what makes it even more impressive. By the way, I’m totally mesmerized by Soo Hyun’s voice! :O I’m amazed every time I listen to her. It’s such a pure, clean sound, you know? (Hopefully someone agrees with me haha) They’re both very talented (that was quite evident in K-Pop Star 2) and it definitely shows through in the song too. Love love love the chorus part (seriously, so catchy), and I like the creative lyrics too. :3 I love the quirkiness of the song and, like their other performances on the show, the blend between their voices.  I appreciated how different it was and how they successfully conveyed their own style in an awesome song. Overall I’m very happy with it and am very much impressed. 

Music Video: As much as I loved this song, I loved this video too! When I first watched it, I was thinking to myself “That guy is really cute! Soo Hyun is cute! They look cute together! This is cute!” and then there was that plot twist (which I really wasn’t expecting) and then I just felt bad when it happened :(… Haha, but I really liked the video because of that plot twist because it made the video so much more interesting (although it was already nice to begin with). I loved the revelation of each scene, from how she wants it to be, to how it really is, by using the unfolding transition! Super cool! 😀 Also, it has lots of beautiful scenes and shots. It’s a very fun, cute, quirky video, like the song, and it’s very entertaining to watch 😀 I love the sibling playfulness they have in the video too hehe

Overall, I loved the song and the video, and am very happy with Akmu’s debut! They did not disappoint, and for that, I am glad. :3 Hehe what are your opinions? Definitely let me know in the comments! 

Also, check out this live performance of theirs on K-Pop Star 3! I had chills even just at the beginning of the song. It’s amazing. 😮 

By the way guys, on a totally unrelated note, I met Jinwoon from 2AM today!! :O And I even took a picture with him! Although I may sound calm about it in this post, yes I still am freaking out about it, and it definitely made my day (more like month) hehe but anyways, enough with the rambling, thanks so much for reading and checking out my blog! I really do appreciate it. I hope you all have a fantastic week! ❤ 

P.S. Reserved for tomorrow’s Talking about: BTS. 😉

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper! 🙂 

Talking about Mr.Chu – Apink

Hey everyone! 🙂

There were a lot of music video releases today, and out of those, I decided to talk about Mr. Chu by Apink! Click here to check it out! I really hope you guys are liking the posts, and feel free to leave any comments! I really love talking to you guys hehe 🙂 but anyways, happy Monday! Don’t let school, work, etc. ruin your day! 😀 I hope this video and post will help make your day a little bit better. Let’s go ahead and get started!

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Apink is a group under A Cube Entertainment formed in 2011. The members consist of Chorong, Bomi, Eunji, Naeun, Namjoo, and Hayoung.

Song: Very cute song! :3 It’s very light, fun, sweet, not to mention, so adorable! Haha it’s a really catchy song and definitely something that will put you in a better mood, with its positive vibe and upbeat style. Their voices are really nice in the song and I like the chorus part, really fun. I like it! 🙂

Music Video: Just like the song, it’s very fun, sweet, colorful, not to mention very cute! 😀 The song and music video are an adorable match! I really liked the color scheme of the video (is that weird? :P) and their outfits were so pretty, especially that hot pink dress type thing with flowers! Haha, but outfits aside, I thought it was sweet and although I don’t really understand why there were scenes of tennis balls and stuff, it was still pretty overall, not to mention that they looked gorgeous! 🙂

Overall, I liked the cute song and the video! 🙂 Would I download the song? Yeah! What did you think about the song and video? Were you excited for the release? Let me know in the comments!

One thing I DEFINITELY am excited for is Akdong Musician (aka Akmu it seems like as it says in the title of the video), because of the teaser they released today for their debut album! I didn’t really watch the season of K-pop Star that they were in, but my oh my, that was an AMAZING teaser video! I’m excited for their songs, not to mention the music video! What do you guys think? Hope you all have a spectacular day!

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper! ❤