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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! ❤

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Songs of the Month: June

Hey everyone! 🙂

June is finally over and that calls for a Songs of the Month post! I know I haven’t been super active on my blog in terms of posting this month (and I apologize for that 😦 ) but I do appreciate everyone who checks out my blog (Thank you so much! <3). June has been quite an interesting month, in terms of news and events (which is true for K-pop as well). With many awesome comebacks and a struggle to keep up with them on my part :P, this month definitely has some awesome songs to mention! Remember that you are always welcome to comment what songs you discovered this month that you really liked. 😀 Let’s share hehe! Without further ado, let’s get to the list! 

Eyes, Nose, Lips – Taeyang: If you guys saw my Talking about post on this song, you guys would know how much I love it. Well… since that post, I’ve come to love the song even more, to the point that I’m actually obsessed with it. I’ve listened to it nonstop on replay for so long now! I’ve even gotten my family to listen to with me (oops hehe they like it too by the way :D) Hands down the top, if not one of the top songs, of this month for me! 🙂 

Eyes, Nose, Lips (Cover) – Tablo: Going back to the song I just mentioned, I thought Tablo’s cover of Eyes, Nose, Lips also deserved a spot in this list. Although it is indeed a cover of the original song, this version felt like a song itself, and was remarkable enough that I felt the need to mention it here. What impressed me the most was surely Tablo’s rapping skills, but his sophisticated lyrics were definitely noteworthy as well. I loved it!

Shady Lady – B.A.P: Have I mentioned this song in another Songs of the Month? If the answer is yes, then I’ll put it again here! 😀 If not, I guess I forgot because this is a great song. The album (First Sensibility) was awesome too, so check it out as well! 😀

Hug Me – Crush: I was glad to have found this song because it is totally my cup of tea! 🙂 I didn’t mention this song in a Talking about (because I was trying to get caught up first :P), but I really do love it and I can’t help but sing along to it. 😀 If you enjoyed this song, you should also check out the album (I thought it was awesome!)! 

Your Scent – Jung In & Gary: Jung In has such a unique voice and Gary’s rapping is great (not to mention that he’s also hilarious :P); the two combined make a very pretty yet catchy song that I really enjoyed this month! 

A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness – San E & Raina: Loving this sweet song! 🙂 I don’t really know too many San E songs to be honest, but I’m happy to have found this one! 🙂 

Black – 40: Another artist I’ve never heard of (and I don’t really know if this classifies in K-pop but you guys understand anyways right :D) yet another impressive song! Their voices are so soothing and smooth. :3 

Take Out – Untouchable: Catchy song with an awesome chorus! I love the groove of the song. 😀 (Does that sound weird? I don’t know why, but that expressions seems awkward… hehe but it’s true!) Untouchable’s rap is great, of course. 🙂

Walk Backward – 2BIC: 2BIC’s voice never fails to amaze me, and this was one of the big reasons why I really liked this song 😀 The song is so so so (do you guys get the emphasis) beautiful – definitely give it a listen! 

A – GOT7: How could I not include this incredibly catchy and adorable song! 😀 Yes, A totally deserves a spot on this month’s list for me. 🙂 

Good Luck – Beast: Beast’s awesome comeback was a long-awaited one, and a certainly impressive one that I really enjoyed! The fact that it’s really addicting adds to the charm of the song as well. 😉

Day 1 – K. Will: This sweet song had just the right amount of adorableness and catchiness, mixed in with K. Will’s amazing voice. :3 You can read how much I enjoyed it in my Talking about post! 

That wraps up this post! I apologize for this post being a little bit late (This type of post, and by that I mean Songs of the Month, takes me longer than Talking about posts, which I take forever to write anyways :3) but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless! 🙂 I would appreciate it if you guys would comment any songs you think were highlights of this month! I’m excited for the songs to be released in July (because from what I’ve seen, many awesome releases are planned to happen then) yet I’m impressed with all the amazing music from June. 😀 

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper ❤

 

Talking about A – GOT7

A~ Listen up! It’s time for another post!

Yes, this post is going to be on GOT7’s A! When I first heard about the release, I immediately thought of Pretty Little Liars haha! I usually don’t talk about teasers in these posts (because I don’t watch them :P) but I did watch them for A and I’m glad I did, and I think it’s worth mentioning! 🙂 If you haven’t seen them, you should check them out here. They’re kind of cheesy and I did cringe multiple times, but it’s also quite adorable as well, and definitely a creative take on the concept of teasers. :3  I really liked how they make it seem like “you” are the one GOT7 members are talking to (which hey, I love ;)), although it does seem to be to a set target audience. Enough with the teasers though, let’s get to the release!

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

GOT7 is JYP Entertainment’s new boy group that debuted this year. The members consist of JB (the leader), Mark, Jackson, BamBam, Jr., Youngjae, and Yugyeoum. I put out a K-pop Group of the Day a while back (shortly after their debut single was released), and I have been a fan of them since then. Check that post out if you want to know about my initial(ish) thoughts about the group!

Song: I will admit that it’s really repetitive, but there is one quality that stands out above all, and that is the fact that this song….is…so freaking catchy! Seriously! I listened to it a few times before I wrote this post, and I realized I was already singing it in my head unconsciously even as I was doing things (other than writing this post) throughout the day. Sure, there isn’t too much of a development or variety but it’s so catchy and addicting that as a result, I am really enjoying the song. 🙂 It’s fresh, very adorable, and appropriate to the summer (Would you not die if they sang this to you? I most definitely would. :D) I can’t stop singing the chorus part! :3 If there’s one song that’ll be stuck in my head for the next week (or longer, who knows), it’s this one. 😛

Music Video: I actually really liked this music video! 😀 I watched the teasers after the music video (Oops… totally defeats their purpose but that’s alright because I enjoyed them anyway :D) so I didn’t really have any expectations about this video. When I watched it though, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and the fun they were having in the video was contagious. 😛 I love the sets and the transitions from each one (the editing was awesome), and just their flirty attitude, particularly the way they approach the girl (so cute! :3) Mark’s stunt at 1:27 though… Girl, I’d be more than surprised if someone did that to me haha (and it’d be a plus if it was someone as cute as him 😉 )! I love their overall goofiness or playfulness (like them with playing with the carts). I think the best way to describe this video and the members is to say that they looked fresh. 🙂 I can’t forget to mention the dancing people, because for some reason their randomness made me laugh haha 😛 My heart would probably burst if the GOT7 members sang me this song as they did in the video, and I think that contributes to the charm of the video :3 I appreciated the humor too, like the hilarious ending! I loved the feel of the video and the way the members were able to convey that into a flirty, cute way!

Overall, I am being sucked into the catchiness of this song, and the video actually added significant appeal to this release for me personally. 😀 GOT7 had a comeback performance before they released the music video, and I think that the music video gave A more appeal than their performance did (at least for me :P). I have been a fan of GOT7 since basically their beginning, and I definitely still will be through their promotions of A. 🙂 I would totally download this song! (I actually have already, and you bet I’m going to keep this song on repeat :P) I checked out their mini album GOT♡, and although I’m not crazy obsessed about it, you should give it a listen! What did you guys think about A? Let me know! 🙂 As always, thanks so much for reading!

A, Hugs from your fellow K-Popper! ❤ 🙂

K-Pop Group of the Day: GOT7

Hey everyone! I’m back with another post! 🙂 3 days in a row, woohoo! Haha! If you’ve read my previous “Talking about Delicious – ToHeart” post, you will know about the recent idea that I had of talking about a K-Pop group and my opinion of them. I didn’t really want to put two posts in a row talking about music videos, especially so early on in my blog, so I decided to try this out and see what you guys think! 😀

Today’s K-Pop Group of the Day (hopefully I’ll come up with a catchier title soon) is ….. GOT7! 🙂 For those of you who don’t know about them, GOT7 is JYP Entertainment’s new boy group that debuted this year. The members consist of JB (the leader), Mark, Jackson, BamBam, Jr., Youngjae, and Yugyeoum. I suggest you check out their debut single, Girls Girls Girls, if you haven’t already!

Before I start, I want you guys to know that I don’t know much about them… I mean yeah, I’ve listened to a couple of their songs and I’ve watched every single episode of Real GOT7, which you can check out here on JYP’s channel, and follow them on Twitter… Wow that’s actually a lot hahaha :p But really, since they’re a rookie group I’m not too familiar with them, but I thought it would be fitting to start this series with this popular rookie group, so let’s get started!

Favorite member? Hm, this is a tough one because, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know that much about each one of them. They’re all really charming in their own way :3 hahah I’d have to say Mark though, because look at his face! And his 애교 (pronounced: aegyo. definition: cute acts, I guess? haha don’t know how else to explain it :S) AND HIS DANCING! All the members are really great though 🙂

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Favorite song? My favorite song of theirs is Playground. 😀 It kind of has an old-school k-pop feel to it.  (does that even make sense?) Haha I don’t know, I think it’s really nice though. I Like You is quite addictive too, especially that high pitched “난 니가 좋아” (translating to I like you, hence the title) in the background, which the more I listen to, the more I dig 😛

One thing that sets them apart from others? Probably their dancing! 🙂 You DEFINITELY have to check out this performance of theirs. The part at 0:48 kills me every time. I approve, hehe.

Overall opinion: Well, there was a lot of hype surrounding them before they debuted, but I think they’re quite talented, and although it’s a bit early on in their career, I’m impressed by what they’ve done until now, and I’ll probably watch out for their future albums and songs. I think I like them because of the Real GOT7 episodes, which does a great job of revealing their personalities, so you should check it out too if you want to know more about them!

GOT7 gets my seal of approval. Do they get yours too? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love what you guys think about this rising rookie group.

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Also, what additional questions do you think I should add to the next K-Pop Group of the Day? Who should be the next group ? I’d love to get feedback from you guys :3 Hope you enjoyed this post! P.S.: Make sure to click all the links to get the full “experience”! 😀 Hehe

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Hugs from your fellow K-Popper! ❤