I regret not reviewing Happiness last year so I am not missing this chance ever!
If you are still reading up to this point I can see that you are still not hooked with the title and you haven’t seen the MV yet, so come join the high watch the video below! NOW!
I unknowingly, subconsciously, followed the teasers for this MV and from the earlier snippets of it kind of already gave the vibe that ‘Dumb Dumb’ will alot be more experimental and crazier than any other SM-produced MVs out there. And it did stood up to that reputation.
SM is opening 2015 with a delightful suprise!
Today, SHINee’s Jonghyun has announced his solo debut through a music video teaser and image teaser on SMTown’s website and official YouTube Channel.
Witihin a mysterious tagline: “There are reasons to be attracted to Danger” Jonghyun will be releasing his solo mini album on January 12th entitled “BASE”. So make sure to watch out for more teasers!
SM through their official YouTube channel has just announced their artists’ collaborative project with BeatBurger and first to be up is none other than *drumroll please*, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk!
The collaboration resulted in a almost jazzy urban Hip hop track matched with an equally sleek Eunhyuk dance moves.
So click the play button below to check it out.
And be sure to be on the look out for the next collaborating artist.
credits: SMTown’s YouTube channel
I anticipated a lot for this f(x) comeback after I realized that they were treated really underrated last year because I felt Pink Tape deserved more than what they have got from last year. So when their ghostly-anime-fugitive-party-girl teasers came out. That expectation just shot up somewhere outside our visible universe. Then the previews happened and that group pic with “WARNING! Five cats will have a surprise attack at 00:00AM” happened and the highlight medley happened and I just can’t help but to expect for the best. So July 3, 2014 finally happened and I played f(x)’s Red Light MV.
So when the phone rang and the beat started then Krystal sang that “Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Wait A Minute!” and Sulli followed after, The song got my attention but when the drop of beat was made, I knew that there was something wrong and it was just like IGAB once again. I was like “NOOOOOOOOO!!! SM you just didn’t do that again! Not to f(x)! Damn it!”
I was tasked (I volunteered, actually) to make an album review for SM the Ballad’s “BREATH”. I got very excited and today, I am much honored to be the second ‘guest author’ in this blog (Yes, I am a guest author). So, I will save the introduction for later :)) .
So, last February 13, 2014, SM Entertainment released the most awaited album, entitled “BREATH”. With the gathering of the new line- up of artists to sing for the album, it surely is interesting to see another concept that defies love in an instance. It consists of 10 tracks, including three versions (Korean, Japanese and Chinese) of the songs ‘Breath’ and ‘Blind’.
The day I watched the teaser for the full album, I concluded that it is a compilation of BREAK- UP songs. The album is a story that is being unfolded at each of the tracks, and it created a very successful portrayal of “Heart Break”. Cheers to SM! Anyway, let’s get right through the tracks, shall we?
Note: The following plot is made from the writer’s weird imagination. Some parts of the plot came from the lyrics, others are just for internet humor.
**A melody starts off. The clouds are not in good terms with the reader’s feelings. There goes thunder and rain, a story is about to be seen, DEAR**
This one is a good starting point before hearing the full album itself. I consider this one- minute audio as the ‘mood setter’. With the sound of the rainfall, to the slow piano melody and to the mixing of orchestral sadness, this gradually made my very jolly day into a very sad one. A very effective start for the upcoming BREAK- UP songs.
** Both people are holding their phones and they are waiting for each other’s calls. Both are reminiscing good memories and keep letting out a sigh while tears fall to their faces. Each of them shows that they regret their parting to each other, and that they still both love each other the same way as before. They both want to achieve one thing, which is to at least hear each other’s BREATH (Award- Winning Plotline Level: SM)**
2. BREATH (sung by Taeyeon (SNSD) and Jonghyun (SHINee) in Korean, f (Krystal) and Changmin/Max (TVXQ!) in Japanese and Chen (EXO) and Zhang Li Yin in Chinese)
This is the best BREAK- UP song I have heard so far. This is the ballad that continues the melody of the first track ‘Dear…’ For what I have seen, it is has a very lonely tune that has a feeling of ‘REGRET’ to it. The lyrics of the song jive to the feeling of the melody itself, making it my frequently played song on this album. Also, even when you watch the music video of this song, it creates the most intense gloom. A complete package for a BREAK- UP song. Since it has three versions, the version which struck me the most? I’ll leave it up to you people. (Those three versions are freaking good I can’t even choose which is better!)
** In the aftermath, a man had a great loss for his love. He blamed himself for being too into her that it made her tired. The crucial time where he realized that ‘love’ is already gone, ‘greed’ came on a rise instead. He was too BLIND to see it at first. The man tries to forget the past but finds it very hard to do for his love still remains for her.**
3. BLIND (sung by Yesung (Super Junior) in Korean and Japanese, and Zhoumi (Super Junior-M) in Chinese)
This song is the best representation of how can love gets to a point that it is too CRAZY to continue. In the lyrics it literally described HEART- BREAK as VERY CRAZY THAT IT LEFT A VERY CRAZY DEEP SCAR (soo crazy). This song created a good feeling that the listeners can relate and follow through until the end of the song. It taught me a great lesson: BEWARE, OVERFLOWING LOVE KILLS. LOVE MODERATELY. I can say it is a hell of a good story. (fan-fic worthy, everyone!)
**The boy thinks it’s too easy for her to forget their love, but it was the same instance for her. She tries to put those good memories on a blur but it gets clearer after. She kept on shedding tears. Therefore she shouted…**
4. SET ME FREE (sung by Taeyeon of SNSD)
I love this song as well. I think it is the girl version of the song Blind, looking like it is the response of the girl to what the man is feeling right now. For what I have experienced, the lyrics are so remarkable that everyone can follow through unlike other songs that do not repeat the same lines.
Looking at the plot, you can feel the way the woman tries so hard to forget those past memories of them, resembled to the song as her precious stones to him. The heartfelt melody gradually puts you into sadness that the song should give. Nice Job Taeyeon.
**After some time, the man has moved on, and he disregards what his love would be thinking on what he does before. He is now thinking only for himself. But he still remembers those good days, feeling like he already had no reason for his doings to be hated nor loved. (The writer stops his too heartfelt plot and goes on shopping. He sees Chen of EXO, got excited for some time. Being an EXO-stan, he gets back to typing his album review and tries not to be too biased about his review for “A DAY WITHOUT YOU”)**
5. A DAY WITHOUT YOU (sung by Jonghyun of SHINee Chen of EXO)
(I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I SO. LOVE. IT!! CHEAN IS SINGING THEN.. oops, sorry XD) *coughs. Let’s get straight to the point.
The slow beat in this song slightly gets rid of all the sadness in the earlier songs, since it changes from very sad to moderately-sad-to-happy state. It’s simply exceptional to see how the flow of the tracks in this album gradually changes your mood. (When I hear this song I feel like shopping, which is my unique compliment.) In the song, it was described that he feels free after his break- up with his love, but he is still longing for her.
It’s a good duet by Jonghyun and Chen. I also like the part where they said, “I can’t believe, yes it’s true…” in English. Their extraordinary vocal ranges always give me goosebumps, a good blend of singers in a nice song.
**Both stated: “WHEN I WAS with you, WHEN YOU WERE with me, we used to have those good times. I keep on recalling them. But today, I think it’s time to really let go of that feeling. Like what they say, there will come a time where we will change. I hope you will be happy. Goodbye.” And thus ended their wonderful love to each other… *END**
6. WHEN I WAS… WHEN U WERE…(sung by f (Krystal) and Chen of EXO)
This song is so meaningful it made my mind appreciate love and acceptance. Each line of the lyrics is closely related to each other, signifying love and its deep connection to the seasons. It’s also fun to read in the lines of the song in which it recalls the good things that happened with his/her love, and they look at it positively than before. As what the song says, ‘seasons endlessly change’, and therefore the same as through with love: it endlessly changes until we find the right kind of meaning to it, with the right one at your side.
The melody of the guitar and more feels like it came from Flower Boy Next Door OST. It fits in the part where they look afar from each other through their glass walls and windows. It’s a good HEART BREAK song that keeps its melody moderately up. The part where the long ‘ooohs’ occur gives me a relaxing feeling. It’s a nice song, my favorite song in the album as well.
All in all I liked all the songs in the Album ‘BREATH’ . A nice way to see SM Entertainment do some artist collaborations to keep making and developing wonderful voices, as to what is present, showcasing their balladeers. Even though I used the word ‘HEART BREAK’ six times and made a plot for this album, I hope to see another volume of SM the Ballad that did a great job this year. Congratulations SME!
By the way, thank you very much to Try A Little Kpop for this opportunity.
SM the Ballad’s Breath? We got this Pen Sealed! (My blog: http://pensealed.wordpress.com/ )
To those who anticipates Toheart’s, SM’s Key + Woo Hyun’s sub-unit, debut; unfortunately, there is still no word for their debut date.
Wait! Wait! Before you exit on this write-up, SM just released another prologue for them on SM’s YouTube channel where both of the members are having fun on a cold wintry beach. Check it out below!
credits: SM’s YouTube channel
I suggest that you play Before The Dawn by Infinite for this one, it adds effect on the way you’ll perceive the article, hehehe!
If you are still dazed right now, yes, SM C&C and Woollim entertainment just merged making INFINITE, Nell & TASTY be housed under the newly concocted ‘Woollim Label’.
Some mind boggling questions that are somehow hitting your head right now…
- So does this mean that they are under SM Entertainment?
Somehow, this actually works like the JYP thing where SM has these smaller aggregates but in this case, SM is becomes more of an international distributor for Woollim’s artists.
- Who benefits from this merger?
I think it’s both. See, Woollim artists gets to be distributed worldwide and SM, whether their main acts release anything or not, (as long as Woollim artists release material… well) SM sales will continue to grow anytime of the year.
- But asdfghjkllll!!! What about INFINITE oppas?
uh… I also thought about that. It’s an incoherent question on what will happen to Woollim’s biggest artist but it is said that the managing matter for SM artists and Woollim’s will continue as it was. Yep. They will still have separate management things for that, like, SM artists are still managed under SM and Woollim artists will still be under Woollim & SM’s subsidiary SM C&C. Again, it is just about distribution.
- What the hell is SM thinking?!
See, we hypothesize, (let’s capitalize on that) HYPOTHESIZE that SM is trying to engulf smaller management agencies to expand its business and to have a tighter grip in the KPop market. Its vision is to “..become Korea’s first global music company as well as Asia’s biggest music group.” So yeah, this merger explains something about that. (and yes, there are rumors that Warner will be next. Let us reiterate that, RUMOR)
If you are worried how fanswill actually react on this, I guess for that we would just see in a couple days or months.
So yeah, this is like seeing a new dawn for the KPop industry as it unfolds itself. (Yep, Dawn… did you see what I did there? XD )
…and yeah, I don’t know what’s up with the photo below but this started the whole craze this morning and I really don’t know, but this hinted something, right? (Publicity stunt?!)
A week ago Chansung’s (2PM) first acting project, 7th Grade Civil Servant was aired and he stars alongside with Joo Won (from Baker King) and Choi Kang Hee (from Protect the Boss). (Because my mom is an avid Kdrama follower) I had the chance to see how he did on the debut episodes of the show. I guess he did well for a Kdrama starter and he does look good in a suit and in a military uniform (always). He plays a role of an ex-military officer whom fought in a war and he has this kind of trauma that involves a young girl shooting people in a camp. I could go on for spoilers here but I won’t do that and I would just suggest that you should check out the drama because I heard that it is on top of the rating’s chart on its designated timeslot.
Yes, Sunye got married almost two weeks ago and (another), yes, JYP announced that the other members would do solo activities but why did not just made it direct or something? Is this an indirect disbandment? Would Sunye comeback? I guess the company has nothing tangible to hold on to and they too do not know where this thing will go. They did a (maybe) final performance (wait for it) “before Sunye moves to Canada”. <= That quoted phrase puts me in a lot of frustration, really! So, JYP, did they just disbanded (without us knowing)? Can the Wonder Girls just disappear like that? I mean, they did went under a lot of things: Nobody was a definite hit, they did the US thing and they put a lot of effort in studying the foreign language, they went through a lot of jet lags, did a Nick series, and they danced Like This. I guess, JYP did the best decision ever when he let Sunye get married and he is the best CEO ever for that but what about the rest of the members?
They are hinting that the Wonder Girls will get dissolved and the individual members will go on solo. Again, the effort of building the ‘Wonder Girls’ brand… (*sigh*) (Can’t we just get or appoint another person as the leader?) I am happy because this company is putting the artists’ happiness first before anything else but it really leaves me confused and frustrated; we can’t extract something or anything analyzing this, right?! At this point, I just wish the other remaining members Good Luck and I am (with all honesty) Happy for Sunye. She deserves all the happiness in the world.
What’s with the name Purplay? What the hell is a ‘purplay’? I think the group name is a result of lack of creativity (as well as the choreography). They deserve a thinking time for this. Seriously. To the company that manages them, I get the point that these things are also considered as publicity but copying something out of the blue is not a thing to be proud about. They can dance well though (as seen on their teaser).
Shinee’s Back (a la Minho style). They will drop the album on the 19th and they have already realeased Key’s, Taemin’s and Jonghyun’s teaser photos (Who would’ve thought they will release Key’s pics first, right?) They will comeback with the track Dazzling Girl and I just hope that they will not just a single track this time (remember Sherlock last year?). See, Shinee can give a lot and they deserve a longer time under the spotlight this time (and I don’t want my Shawol friend to be that lonely again). I would just like to remind that: Most of the time teaser photos are not connected in any way (theme-wise) with the specific song, so let us just stop guessing what the theme of the comeback song will be. That sure thing is that I’ll be watching out for the MV and their killer dance moves, until then. This is out of the comeback topic, but have you seen Key’s Sketchers photo lately? Yep. They’ll be endorsing Sketchers too.
Jinwoon and Taecyon will be on We Got Married. So that makes it a total of 3 JYP talents have been featured on the said show. Taecyon will be on the ‘international’ version, meaning he will be paired with another talent that is not Korean and is not in Korea. The rumor has it that his partner will be Gui Gui from Taiwan. Jinwon on the other hand, will be on the regular We Got Married. I and wish them a happy (pseudo)married life! (*cough* remember Lee Joon *cough*) I really hope that it will run smoothly for both of them.
Jay Park had two headliners this week; one about that hand with fingers and the other a surprising career (should we call it?) shift. He truly lives his life YOLO-like (the negative YOLO one) and posted a pic of him doing some dirty hand. I don’t know about you but for me, that kind of gesture should not be uploaded anywhere online. Surprisingly, a day after that incident, it was announced that he will be joining the permanent cast of Saturday Night Live Korea (SNL Korea). I am very positive that the incident is just another publicity stunt. Like, c’mon people! I know he has hosting gigs and such but he is not under the radar for quite a while. He needs some spotlight before announcing big things, right?
As you have read, this post turned out to be mostly about JYP artists. To make it clear, I am not JYP biased or something it’s just they appear on the news quite often this past week .
And before I totally forget: Happy Lunar New Year!
(Enjoy the season of Hanboks and New Year greetings fellow Kpop-loving people.)
새해 복 많이 받으세요. =)