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BoA – Disturbance: Kpop Music Monday

February 5, 2013

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FINALLY! A BoA song made it in for a Kpop Music Monday! We loved “Hurricane Venus” and “Copy and Paste,” kinda liked “Only One” and “The Shadow,” and get the chance to talk about BoA’s “Disturbance” at long last! If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is below:

Doesn’t this seem so different compared to most SM stuff? It’s a subtle 90’s R&Bish ballad, and I can’t remember the last time I really heard that from SM. “What is Love” and “Before You Go” are slow ballad-y kinda songs, but they’re still bombastic in that they have big bellowing notes. This song is gentler than those two, and has none of the bombast. Everything else we’re used to in SM, from Sherlock to Mr. Simple to I Got a Boy, are very flashy and ostentatious. I dunno. We’re finding it hard to see where BoA fits here.

We’re not saying that negatively, mind you. We just don’t see this song as embracing any of the trends of Kpop lately. It’s still a really nice song, but it’s so meek and relaxed, while Kpop in just about every other instance is extremely flashy, you know? And it’s not like this song is doing poorly. It’s got more views than any other video in the top 10 on our KpopCharts at the moment, so clearly people are watching and liking it, so what gives? Is it just because BoA has a big fan group? Is it because people are looking for something different in Kpop lately? Or is it attracting a different group of Kpop fans than what we’re used to seeing?

Either way, we really like BoA. Even though her music isn’t our particular favourite artist, we still really like what she’s doing. She’s always displayed a confidence that we’ve admired. She does things on her own, without any other bandmates, and rocks it. In our minds, what Junsu is to sexuality, BoA is to confidence. Does that sound cheesy and vague? I don’t know. We can’t really put our finger on it. We think of it like this: while a lot of Kpop videos have specific techniques to try to win you over, like lip rubbing, or mouths hanging open, or making cute aegyo faces at the camera, BoA doesn’t do any of that. She’s not working the camera and trying to seduce you into falling in love with her. She’s just doing her own damn thing, and you’re fortunate enough to be watching.

Sad side note: we were so happy to be able to talk about our thoughts on BoA this week that we went to the CD shop to try to find BoA’s new CD for a giveaway…buuuuuut we couldn’t find her newest CD. We found lots of her older stuff, but it seems like this song isn’t on CD yet. DARGH! Sorry guise! We haven’t done a giveaway in a while, and we’ll hopefully we able to do one next week for Music Monday!

Also, about the change in the KpopCharts…it was inevitable. Sorry guise. The way we saw it was simply a matter of picking the lesser of two evils. If we didn’t change something about the KpopCharts, girl groups would continue getting no love, and we’d occasionally get stuck reviewing songs we don’t like, which in turn results in us making videos that we just don’t like, and we don’t want to do that. We want to promote things we’re passionate about, you know? The con to our latest system: if we ever do veto first place and pick something different, people will feel screwed over, and accuse us of being unfair. So, it’s either say bad things about a video and piss people off, or don’t say anything about it and piss people off. We feel like not saying anything is better.

We considered other suggestions as well. The suggestion of alternating back and forth week to week from boy band to girl band doesn’t solve the problem of us talking about songs we don’t like. What if the girl band’s video for the week sucks? Same issue. And the idea of making a whole new chart system, just for girl bands, and modifying our current one to make it just for boy bands, is really not feasible at the moment. Coding stuff for the site isn’t cheap, because we can’t code worth a damn ourselves, and so we have to hire a web developer to do it for us. And making TWO Kpop Music Mondays a week: HA! We already put out around 6 videos a week, on top of trying to set up interviews and doing other videos. Our plates are full until we can get faster at editing.

So, hopefully you won’t be too upset about it if your favourite band doesn’t get reviewed one of these weeks. We think it’s for the best, and the only way to get both your voice and our voice in on the picture.

On a less serious note: Martina’s got a boy chicken in this week’s Bloopers:

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  1. I loved that TaeMAN thing and I totally agree! He has suddenly grown up so much, I don’t know how it’s even possible o_O

    As for the change in the KMM ranking system, I think it’s good for you to have more freedom with it BUT if your fans prefer boy bands, as the first place winners seem to suggest, I don’t think you should balance it out too much. It’s okay to balance it out a little though, and I definitely agree about not making a KMM about Big Bang MVs for a month in a row, no matter how much I like them. Also as a plus side, it’s a good thing that you can choose the videos you have something to say about and make the KMMs more interesting ^^

    3 years ago
  2. Just wanna give you guys support on your decision about a new voting system in MM :) I think it’s a good idea cos I’m getting bored of sausage feast as well. Plus, some of the winner from MM doesn’t even have an interesting MV. I agree that too often, the interesting MV didn’t get to the first place just because of smaller fanbase. So yeah, hope it will bring more fun to the making of MM, because there will be times that you don’t feel like talking about a particular video and once you forced yourself to do it then it kinda shows through the video isn’t it. I’m excited to see more girl groups on MM now! ;) All the best guys!

    3 years ago
  3. Leo

    This weeks KMM was so fun
    Don’t know when was the last time a KMM made me laugh so much my stomach hurts :DD
    The TaeMAN part was just hilarious X”D
    I hope that the change in the kpopcharts will help you to review more interesting videos and songs you like because I really want more awesome KMM like this one and not only reviews about a bunch of guise dancing in a box :)

    3 years ago
  4. Damn, I was really torn for this week. I am eternally biased towards CN Blue since seeing their London concert, but I wanted Boa to be reviewed as well xD Well it had to be one of them and I loved the KMM as always ^u^ I hope that this change will give you the flexibility you need!

    3 years ago
  5. will the TaeMan song be available on soundcloud?

    3 years ago
    • I’ll probably make a video on it for the nasties on youtube like I did for Martina’s Ageyo Rap “Bunnys Are Puffy”

      3 years ago
  6. Taeman makes me sad. I miss Taemini. *sigh* They grow so fast~
    My vote for JYJ. I love both the song and mv (much) better. I have nothing against BoA but this gotta be one of the song/mv i’m liking the least of her lately. Guessing she made it thanks to Taemin/Shinee fans.
    Well you know (or you don’t) that i’m still kinda doubtful about the new voting system, but since eveybody seems to be pretty ok and cool with it (that surprises me btw i was sure people would be upset) let’s just see how it’ll turn and work out. (i’m still kinda sad to know you probably won’t be reviewing songs/mv you don’t like. cause, i don’t know if it’s weird, but yes i like hearing some rants and bad reviews times to times ! I hated with my whole heart and soul and body B.A.P’s Stop It, both the song and mv and all i wanted was to hear someone else than me ranting about it. Bigbang’s Monster’s mv didn’t do it at all for me and i was so happy to know that it was the same for you. Yeah when i’m disappointed with a song/mv i like to hear other ppl complaining and so feel that i’m not alone i guess ^^’)
    aaaanyway~! Now i’m curious to know how the upcoming KMM will be like !

    3 years ago
  7. Yay!! A BoA review! I have been waiting for this! Haha Good to know your opinions about this song and music video. I agree with most of what you said! :)
    As for your CD search, I read in some comments on the music video that this song was made for BoA’s solo concert so I guess the song is/will be part of BoA’s solo concert DVD/CD? I’m not really sure.. I was really sad when I read about this because I was looking forward to a BoA comeback stage with this song :(
    As for the change, I think you have every right to be able to choose what video you should review. So I support you with this! Anyway, we are watching your videos for your opinions, so why not have the videos your choice. :) Looking forward to your next Kpop Music Monday post~ ^-^

    3 years ago
  8. So much I agree with about the video…especially the shoes being on while they are “inside.” Martina, those earrings are the bomb but I think they would look a lot better with something a little more summer themed as the feathers are mostly for that kind of look. OR for a evening gown type attire. I’M SORRY!!! I don’t mean to rip you on this one, but the color of them kinda made them stand out to such a degree. With a sweatshirt? Seriously? I showed this to many, including my fashion/makeup stylist daughter and everyone agreed. Those that love you (as I do) also said that they think you’re going through a “phase”…come on!!!! You are so cute and very attractive and can pull things off better than this. If you’re going for the casual look, stick with that on the accessories. Otherwise, you’re statement is CONFUSING. Don’t hate me, I love you guys. I want the very best look to come across too when I show your videos to others. This one, I won’t show.

    3 years ago
  9. The shatered sandglass makes me think of the last TVXQ Japanese video, ” I know”.
    I also like TaeMin more mature look though I don’t think he was the best choice as a male character for BoA.
    The song is nice, but I prefered Only One to this one.
    Also, I think your new system is a wonderful idea. I am also looking for new K-inspiration.
    I love what you’re doing ^^

    3 years ago
  10. I liked this MM. Whaaa, TaeMan song and all stuff about SM music videos :DDD soy un doritoooos xDD I liked new system idea and it will be interesting to see what you will pick, because now I like all top 3 songs.
    It was quite scary to see Martinas alternative ending :D Yep, I also want to hear some opinion of Special girl. -.-

    I vote for JYJ song Heaven,

    3 years ago
  11. TaeMAN song is soooo epic, hahahaha

    3 years ago
  12. THANK GOODNESS! I’m so glad you’re making the slight alteration to how you choose your KMM videos. To be completely honest, I think it is MUCH more fair to do it this way. [*cough* no gender bias *cough* rabid fan girls *cough*] Our votes still count but you get to choose what will make the most entertaining of our top three. Great idea, thank you.

    3 years ago
  13. I’m excited to see what this change in the KMM chart will bring! Now I can actually be surprised for each KMM, and I’d much rather watch a fun review by you guys, than constantly voting my oppas in. :P

    3 years ago
  14. I was really excited to see this BoA song reviewed and then I noticed — Eric Nam on the computer in the background!! Aaaaawww yes! I hope he gets reviewed for a MM sometime soon. His debut song is great!

    3 years ago
  15. I really like your idea for KMM and I’d rather you guise have fun with the song/video you review :)

    3 years ago
  16. Not particularly a fan, but I watched anyway because you guys can make anything appealing (srsly – I can’t stop watching Intoxication due to you guys).
    As for the voting system, I would have made it so that you could pick from the top 5 vids…

    3 years ago
  17. I love how you say BoA is so unique to SM. I remember when she first came out (yes because I have been listening to Kpop for THAT long) a lot of people criticized her for being a puppet for SM. Now I am not saying young BoA had a lot of say in what music she picked, but it does say a lot that as she got older a very different look and sound developed. Perhaps many of the kpop artists we know now will get more artistical say in their sound and image in the future.

    And I can say I love the new system. I really like these videos but it isn’t always as funny as they could be. I think you guys know which videos you can work the best with- and I like the element of surprise!

    3 years ago
    • Pretty sure that BoA is first in line to inherit the throne of SM’s kingdom.
      No seriously, she is one of their oldest artists, has stock in the company, represents the company’s public face (kpop star judge position), and LSM already said he wanted her to be the next CEO.

      3 years ago
      • BoA says herself that she’s third in the hierarchy, though. Second-in-line is Kangta. ^^

        3 years ago
        • Who are we kidding here? BoA has the fame that Kangta, despite his H.O.T. origins, doesn’t really have these days. But do I think that Kangta does have more business end background than BoA does right now, plus I don’t know how well a female CEO is going to do amidst the currently male dominated entertainment industry.

          3 years ago
        • I certainly wasn’t thinking about popularity when I said “hierarchy”. What I meant was seniority in the company. And yes, I do think Kangta has more business sense than BoA. Plus he has been involved in a lot of the company production and management already, so I don’t think it’s a big leap to CEO (hypothetically speaking of course).

          Like I said, I was talking about seniority, so I see nothing awkward with Yunho falling behind BoA. The fact is that she debuted earlier than he did, so even with him older age-wise, he’ll be expected to show respect to BoA. (But they’re close friends so they’re really comfortable around each other anyway.)

          3 years ago
        • I was talking about seniority as well; Yunho is not that far from CEO (not that it would necessarily happen)…which would be majorly awkward considering the whole DBSK debacle. Nor do I think he would necessarily do a good job. I don’t know much about any of the top three’s business skills, but for a company like SM, I feel like putting any of them at the top spot may not work out so well for the SM vision, but it may cause some major shake-ups in how business is done at SM. The reason that I thought BoA would be a better CEO candidate over Kangta ignoring business background, is image. Kangta has become as elusive as Kim Young Min, and so I feel like SM’s popularity may increase on a social standpoint if BoA took the head honcho spot instead. She’s really become the company’s face in terms of administration and seniority in the company as evidenced by Kpop Star.

          3 years ago
  18. Flaxton street!:D

    3 years ago
  19. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but the reason why there’s no new BoA CD to go along with this song is because this was a digital single to commemorate her first Korean tour or something along those lines. I was a bit ticked off too, because I really love BoA’s work; I don’t know how to put it either, but there’s something about her that just grabs you and makes you want to pay attention to her. She doesn’t do any of the typical K-Pop shtick because she doesn’t have to.

    Anyway, I am SO happy you guys got to review this song!! When I first heard it, I was so surprised at how old school (for lack of a better phrase) it sounded; it didn’t feel like I was listening to K-Pop, it felt like I was listening to a good song that happened to be in Korean (which ain’t a bad thing sometimes). I totally agree with everything y’all said, so there ain’t much for me to say here. I am happy that this new system for KMM is being put into place; it’s a nice middle ground between what we wanna see and what y’all talk about. It’s unfortunate, though; people are gonna storm this place screaming that it ain’t fair that they worked so hard to vote up their favorite video of the week to see that it might not get there. Oh well, can’t win them all XD

    As for the showdown, I pick BoA. I like her more than I like JYJ ^^

    3 years ago
  20. Love the TaeMAN part :D One just has to appreciate his manliness in this vid – that’s what amazed me about this video.

    Though I like this song – it gives a nice feeling while listening – I didn’t vote for it, since I liked some other songs and videos on the charts much better. But I’m glad now it got into KMM because I totally missed the fact about the two alternative endings, so thanks a lot for pointing this out :)

    Also, I am happy with your choice for the chart change. I’m sure it will produce even greater outcomings in your video-making in the future.

    3 years ago
  21. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN OF K-POP

    3 years ago
  22. I always love the videos you guys make, but this one has become one of my favourites because of two reasons.
    First one would be the fact that one of BoA’s videos FINALLY got reviewed ( thank you to everybody who voted to make this possible :D ) and the second reason is the Tae-MAN song. I laughed so much, my stomach started to hurt.

    P.S.
    I think the new system of picking a song is great.

    3 years ago
  23. OMG ROFLMAO TaeMAN! xD TaeMan! Soo funny! Now poor Taemin(or should I call him TaeMAN) if he were to come to the EYK Studio xD So many bad, of coarse I mean awesome, jokes with him xD Would be soo funny to hear what he think of all this lol xD

    3 years ago
  24. On a side note.. you guys got curtains!! Another tour soon?

    3 years ago
  25. The TaeMan comment is so true. I didn’t recognize him either O___o I agree with Martina on the song in that it was just meh. I like the idea of how you want to do music mondays now. It should make it more interesting if you guys do videos that interest you and might make for more funny videos ^^

    3 years ago
  26. TaeMAAAAAN for President of The Galaxy!!!!! :D

    3 years ago
  27. I love this song.. but I am not going to hate on you because you don’t!

    3 years ago
  28. Taking the fans say out of MM = Not a good idea.

    3 years ago
    • As a fan, you know when I feel cheated? When they have to review a bad song with a bad video and make a bad review video basically just saying it’s a bad song with a bad video. Lots of bads = bad, and I feel like a week of KMM has been wasted. Now that’s gone. Seems like a win all around from where I’m sitting.

      3 years ago
    • Fans do not just determine who is number one. They determine the entire ranking. Therefore, the fans will always have a say, because they can determine who is in the top 3. This system is not equivalent to S&M picking any song they want. The voters limit the set of videos they can choose from.

      3 years ago
    • But is it really fair for uber fan-people to dictate what gets reviewed each Monday?
      Plus, if we are all watching Simon and Martina’s videos for their opinions, why wouldn’t we be okay with them choosing who to review? js

      3 years ago
      • They built their company on the backs of the fan base, set their system to coincide with the demands of the fans, and now their basically saying that fans dont mean anything now that they have their own official business. It’s insulting to the fans that have not only been here since day one but even more so to the fans that donated above and beyond to help support their business venture. It’s like they got where they wanted to be and now they are going to do it their own way. Or were they just catering to the fans to get where they are now to begin with?. I dont dislike Simon and Martina. Ive been a fan since day one but I really think that taking the “ultimate say” from the fans and their votes will not only decrease their web traffic but will ultimately affect their business in a negative way. Being able to vote and share like crazy to get your favorite group to the top and get reviewed is part of the fun at EYK. Whats the point of doing it anymore if S&M can just “Poo poo” what the fans want?

        3 years ago
        • Fans save time by not having to constantly vote to get to the top of the charts and if you really want a song in, just make sure it stays in the top 3 consecutively each week, I doubt Simon and Martina would ignore a song that is in the charts constantly and that is satisfies the voting obsession that some fans seem to have.
          I like this change,you could really see the limits of the original system when there were heaps of BB and 2NE1 videos in a row. Other fans who liked groups at that time might’ve felt cheated too. It also clearly limits their creativity with a good example being the how to dance K-pop that had barely any dancing to it cause of the fans voting in irrelevant videos…
          Finally, this is just like the original, ORIGINAL system except more transparent…They picked the songs out of fan requests then too.

          3 years ago
        • I see what you’re saying about taking the fun out of it. But they’re still picking from the top three, so it isn’t as if all the work is for nothing! But us fans need to remember that this is their blog, and we are fans of it. We should respect their creative minds (I know I do!) and they should be able to take their business to wherever they want! Viva la EYK!!!

          3 years ago
        • Right its their blog but they didnt get where they are now on their own. Remember if it wasnt for the fans and those particular fans that go out of their way to see hot groups and songs get reviewed, EYK wouldnt be where they are now. They would still be a random vlog used to keep in touch with family. While some fans will like the new change, many will not. While I do think that there are a lot of great songs that never get reviewed for MM, I disagree with taking out the fans say. Many fans not only follow EYK religiously for the fun and the jokes but also use their videos as a way to give a “soft landing” to new and potential fans of the genre. We’ll have to see if this turns out to be a good idea or a social death. I for one, prefer the original system. If anything I would suggest instead to add at the end of the KMM a short segment on songs that are further down on the list to “advertise” that they (S&M) would really like to do a MM for them or add a banner like they do on the charts that say “reviewed” and instead put a banner that says something like “EYK TOP PICK” instead to influence the fans voting.

          3 years ago
        • I’ve seen that suggestion somewhere else in the comments too, so maybe they will decide to do something similar. Its impossible to make everyone happy though :S

          3 years ago
        • Well, I don’t see it as taking away the “ultimate say” as you called it. They’ll pick the song from the top 3 so we can still vote. I’ve watched every KMM, and for me it’s disappointing that sometimes fans vote like crazy for boring songs (or songs with boring MVs, to be exact) just because they are sung by their oppas/unnis (no offence anyone) whereas a super funny/crazy/cool video doesn’t have a slight chance to be reviewed. So if I have to choose a great KMM of a song that really interested Simon & Martina or a mediocre video because there was nothing to talk about it, I’ll take the first option.

          3 years ago
        • Well, they have made the decision so the only thing we can do now is sit back and see how it influences the way the charts work. For all we know, they might never have to pull that card. We are dealing with a lot of what ifs.

          All of the suggestions had pros and cons, I guess this decision had less cons than the others, or the cons were something they were willing to deal with.

          3 years ago
  29. I hope you guys will be able to be a review for After school and orange caramel :) love them.

    3 years ago
  30. really awesome to change the system to review the videos, you create this space to talk about the videos that you like, you have fans I know, but no one can tell you that you are doing something wrong because this is something that you need to be very good, you need to enjoy everything Simon and Martina create.

    So I support the new system. keep going! :D have an excellent week, from a Mexico to Corea, un abrazo y animo ;D

    3 years ago
  31. I actually liked Only One better than disturbance and the only thing tht kept me watching the MV(listening to the song) was Taemins unbelievably manly appearance, that actually confused me xD

    3 years ago
  32. Boa has a huge j-pop/anime/otaku following. I’ve known Boa for over a decade from way before I ever was interested in anything korean and that was because she sang the opening song to my favorite anime ever, Serial Experiment Lain. So maybe that’s why she has no problem doing whatever she likes regardless of what’s going on in the kpop scene. She’s bigger than the kpop scene in the sense of her japanese and otaku fans, and does exactly what she’s great at: making awesome music.

    3 years ago
    • In SME loyalty and success are rewarded. She’s been their for over a decade. Hasn’t had scandals and been successful across China, Japan, and Southeast asia. She is literaly The HEAD Female in SME artist roster and Number 2 in all of SME –Kangta is the only one higher than her–. She gets free reign in what she does and decides when and where she will release a song/album.

      3 years ago
  33. Yay Boa! Oh mah goodness Martina’sTaeMan song is hilarious! And I agree I hardly recognized him at all not until you guys reviewed the song!

    3 years ago
  34. While this isn’t my favourite song of BoA’s I’m still happy she got voted in because I’ve been wanting to hear a proper review for some time!

    I’m excited for the KMM chart change because I – don’t shoot me – don’t particularly like a lot of the songs performed by groups with um, very very large rabid fanbases. I prefer a different sound. I’m just glad we get to see some girl groups and newbies getting reviewed in the future!

    3 years ago
  35. i HATE THAT SONG … BOA IS A PEDOBEAR LADY HERE!

    3 years ago
    • I totally thought that too, and then I had to remind myself that Taemin is, in fact, an adult now. So there’s nothing illegal about it. It’s just, in my mind he’s still a teenager. Just like how Dongho will always be a little kid in my mind. Their previous images are too hard for me to erase.

      3 years ago
  36. I guess a lot of shawols voted for this as well! but one thing, what do you guys think of special girl? a bit sad that it never reached 1st place at the right time -.-

    3 years ago
    • I know right? I was waiting for it to be reviewed, there was just too much awesome in that video! :)

      3 years ago
  37. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY BOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i loved this song!!
    ahahaha oh my god i laughed too much at that TaeMan part and then so much more when the Manatee came up!!!! really wasn’t good for me since i’ve got an empty stomach right now!!!
    *goes off to eat food….and then Dorito’s*

    3 years ago
  38. aww i was hoping you would talk about the artsy fartsy sparkles in the video…but oh well :) and for the kpop music monday…I think that’s the right decision (:

    3 years ago
  39. TaeMan song … is just precious, I really mean it. Such an amazing theme song

    Lol’ing so hard that the policeman is about to get me arrested

    3 years ago
    • Yes, it was TOTALLY hilarious! I draw pictures of bunnies for my 6-year-old son’s lunch every day and one of them today was “TAE-BUNNY” since he liked the song so much too! LOL!

      3 years ago
    • The Taeman song is greaat! xD I shouldn’t have watched it at this time! It’s half past 11 pm here and I am holding back my laughter! I’m dying xD

      3 years ago
      • hahaha xD Taemaaaaaan~ Taemaaaaaaan~ xD

        3 years ago
      • Taeman, I spewed hot chocolate all over the pc screen and continued chuckling without cleaning up. This is classic man….Taeman? At certain profile, I see a tinge of Se7en in him, you reckon?

        3 years ago
        • Dear Simon and Martina, may I suggest adding “Best EYK Gag Song” for EYK Awards. You guys are amazingly creative composers with numerous classic pieces. Would be great to review them at the end of the year

          3 years ago
        • That’s a great idea! I would add “Best KMM” to the EYK awards too or ” Best skits” :)

          3 years ago
    • Oh my… TaeMan.. I lol’d so hard! I was thinking about changing the song to my ringtone, but I’m not sure if that is a good idea since I would be laughing instead of saying “Hello”.

      3 years ago
  40. The first song of BoA I don’t like and you say good stuff about it! Well she desverses it!^^ She is still a great singer..

    3 years ago
    • To be fair, Simon liked the song more than me. It just takes a really really special ballad to get me, but this didn’t do it for me. But I didn’t HATE it, it was just, “meh” for me. -M

      3 years ago
      • What about T-ara Cry Cry or Lies (Ballads) Awesome Songs and Lies has a killer rap and a creppy MV ( Btw Lies (Older T-ara))

        3 years ago