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KpopCharts Update: You Party Racer

August 4, 2012


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ChOAS “Racer” – Vote for them Here

CHOOOASSSSS! Y U MAKE UR NAME SO WEIRD!?? This reminds me of when SHINee first came out, and everyone just wrote “Shinee” and then slowly the fangirls and fanboys would freak out and be like, “It’s not shinee, it’s SHINee!!!” Which to me sounds like shin-e, like I have a shin and you kicked it so EEEE!!!! Anyways…it’s been awhile for me to see a kpop name with difficult caps lock on and off in it, so now I have a new band name to butler while typing. Moving onto the song! I actually like this song! I found it pretty catchy, and as mentioned in the video, I like how it started out slowly and sped up, kind of a clever way to bring the title into the song. The video wasn’t terrible, but it was a little awkward, like I can’t imagine who thought, “hey, you should stack those tires…yeah…toss some paint on it….yeahhh…just like that!!!” And the guitar being thrown onto the paint cans was equally confusing of a concept, but I guess I can’t call them out for not being original. I don’t know, I really feel like B.A.P has been the most successful group regarding making and holding a masculine image. From their body language, to their facial expressions, to the dancing, I just think B.A.P nailed the “masculine style” concept. Other groups try to use clothing and spray paint to show that they are masculine and aggressive but I feel like it doesn’t truly give off that aggressive vibe. It seems more like acting to me, you know? Anyhoo, check out this video and see if you get the feeling that I’m trying to express with my sucky wording.

Glam “Party” – Vote for them Here!

Ok, so this isn’t a video that the two of us agree upon. I (Simon here) happen to like it. It’s not fantastic, but it’s cool. Martina, though, isn’t really all too into it. Perhaps because the advertisement for the video had a different effect on us. What we hear in the ad is a really awesome part of the song, while – if you watch the video itself – it takes a while to get to that part, so Martina got a bit annoyed by that. Not annoyed as in angry annoyed. Just…not happy. You know? Anyhow, we both agree that the song isn’t terrible. I just like it more than she does.

And, seriously, there’s some high production value for this video. Like, wow. We can really appreciate it from the standpoint of two people who make videos all day everyday. Some of the stuff in there is just wayyyy above our budget. Then again, our budget is, like, 10 bucks a video. Ha! If we buy a prop, we better well use it for a bunch more videos (hence the Taemin/CL wig).

D-Unit “I’m Missing You” – Vote for them Here

DEE YOU KNIT! I can’t believe I’m writing this now (Simon here again) without thinking about G-Unit. OHMAIGAT! I grew up listening to G-Unit! Actually, that’s a lie. I never liked G-Unit. 50 Cent was alright before he got rich, I think, but then afterwards I got too bored of him. *Ahem* I just realized now that a lot of the people reading this might not be as into rap as I am. Well then. … Let me carry on to something different!

About D-Unit itself, we’ve read comments comparing them to 2NE1. I’m not sure if that’s fair to say. It seems like every time a Kpop girl group has a bit of an edge to them they’ll be compared to 2NE1. That’s not really fair, though, in my opinion. The music sounds quite different. That matters most. Their image isn’t really an original one, but it’s not like 2NE1 are the originators of their image, either. OMG DON’T KILL ME FOR THAT! I’m not saying that 2NE1 copied anyone. I’m just saying that female punkishness isn’t unique to 2NE1. It’s taken in bits and pieces here and there from different groups, even though 2NE1 is the most popular girl group now doing it. Yeah! That’s fair to say, isn’t it?

Lastly, yes, we know that Teen Top’s “Be Ma Girl” is out. We didn’t talk about it here. We filmed this on Thursday, and this came out on Friday. Sorry Teen Top fans! We’ll talk about them in the next KpopCharts!



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  1. It is nice to see a list of new artist. Not necessarily because they are rookie bands, but bands whose names aren’t out there like the bigger ones. Ya know. Really gives you a way to introduce your viewers to new bands, broaden horizons in the kpop world.

    I was distracted by the Olympics while watching/listening to ChOAS so can’t fairly judge them. Glam, I couldn’t finish the whole song. Talk about a CGI budget man. It was all to much. D-Unit however, I really liked their song. It stood out amongst the rest. Lightly catchy, up beat and danceable. I’ll be keeping on eye on them.

    And yeah, I stare at all street signs in Kpop videos looking for Flaxton & Ashfield signs. The last time I saw it was back in May, it was used in Heo Young Saeng’s Crying video. And as always very randomly placed.

    6 years ago
  2. it’s their site… they can do what they want. why don’t you make your own video about all this different rookie groups?

    6 years ago
  3. So the alien thing is popular this year? I know B.A.P are aliens, and from what little I know about EXO, aren’t they supposed to be aliens too? And now Glam apparently comes from the moon?

    6 years ago
  4. Does anyone else think the still shot of the ChAOS guy for this post is a little unsettling? He’s got that look on his face normally reserved for that moment in the movie when the innocent, serene looking person suddenly massacres the whole room, ala Battle Royale.

    6 years ago
  5. I can understand why you are annoyed at the whole comparing thing. I think it is a great way to describe a new artist. For example I would say Glam reminds me of F(x) (visually and the amount of people) and Miryo (hairwise, and soundwise) But it isn’t that I am saying they are copying blah blah, just merely trying to explain what they are like. That’s all fine and dandy.

    Kpop compares everyone to everybody like there is a special cannon. Funny that you mentioned 2NE1- because they were dubbed the “female Big Bang.” Son Dam Bi was labeled as the “female Rain,” C-REAL is the girl group version of IU. I think Simon and Martina are getting tired of new artists having to be just like someone else. I get it. I see artists debut and I think “My god! This is such a rip off of T-ara’s gang image!” *cough*gangkiz* (which I like some of their songs surprisingly) or how about Crayon Pop’s Saturday Night video? Looks just like Girls Day’s.

    Okay I am not saying Kpop isn’t original or copying everyone. I just merely stating there is an expectation to fulfill an existing role within the pop scene.

    6 years ago
  6. So, i don’t usually comment in the K-popCharts Update, but i was a little sad about something. NS Yoon-G release a music video “I got you” recently, and i was wondering if you were aware of it, she’s not a rookie, in fact, in january we almost got her previous song in first place for K-pop music mondays.
    So yeah, just sad you didn’t mentionned her last week or this week :( because she’s got talent.
    Anyway, still happy to watch the videos you posted^^ Have a nice day !

    6 years ago
  7. I’ve found myself starting to enjoy Glam’s song and i think the video is really pretty when the firework things come out of their hearts lol ^___^

    6 years ago
    • Haha! Somehow your comment brings to mind one of those Barbie dolls ad & Barbie-land.

      6 years ago
  8. ChAOS – spreading literary destruction with their deliberate typos…..manly indeed.

    Glam…the song is really catchy, but it just feels like they are trying too hard.

    And Oh my gosh. Are D-unit like, 14 years old? They seriously look it. I think they could be really osm when they are older. Don’t mean that as a put down, they just look like children to me. Children with a lot of talent.

    6 years ago
    • Wow, I am surprised. They look so young! Especially the blonde one.

      6 years ago
  9. Only rookie groups I like this year are EXO, B.A.P and now AOA (maybe even NU’EST and Hello Venus). They’ll get far. But other groups…. They may get a song that is really good someday, they may not. Their future is unpredictable.

    6 years ago
  10. lol, flaxton street XD I’m not too sure though if it’s really the flaxton street sign in d-unit’s video. but I am pretty sure that I have seen that brick room before, I just can’t quite remember where…was it in a u-kiss mv maybe?
    in general, korea needs more sets for music videos! I’m tired of seeing the same rooms over and over again. recently there were b.a.p in one of super junior’s oddly lit rooms and aoa in the set of snsd’s paparazzi, just to name examples >_< seriously, more filming sets, please!

    6 years ago
  11. only Simon & Martina can make me sit through a string of music videos from groups i havent heard of.. D-Unit did get my attention though among the 3.. let’s see these groups will fair in future… now.. i’m waiting for Batoost! hahahaha..

    6 years ago
  12. At the beginning of the glam video my first thought was “Korean Spice Girls”?

    6 years ago
  13. omg when i saw the name D-unit i immediatly said G-UNIT!

    6 years ago
  14. And also, 2ne1 seriously reminds me of TLC from the U.S. So if people really wanna compare….

    6 years ago
  15. D-Unit is the best one out of all three. I like the style, music and video. And also about the 2ne1 comparison. I think it’s because two of them look like Dara and CL, that’s about all I can compare. This is a different style than 2ne1 but if they can get through the comparisons, then they will break out in their own style.

    6 years ago
  16. I really liked ChAOS’s song and it’s rare for me to like anything from a new artist the first time I listened to it. It wasn’t as “manly” as B.A.P in my opinion, but it was enjoyable and it immediately went into my music playlist.

    I didn’t really care for the GLAM song or video. I’m not really into the girl groups. It wasn’t bad (I didn’t want to shove sharp things into my ears to make it stop or anything), but I probably won’t be listening to it again.

    I can’t think D-Unit without saying it in my mind as with the tone and inflection of G-Unit. I liked this song better than GLAM’s though.

    With all that said though…I’m thinking that B2ST will be reviewed for this KPMM! YAY!!!!

    6 years ago
  17. Nic

    Glam does remind me a bit of the Spice Girls. I’m a bit curious about using the word ‘Glam’ though? I’m assuming they mean short for ‘Glamorous’, but ‘Glamorous’ is used in Korea as a Konglish word for “large breasts”. So I’m guessing they mean Glam as the way it’s used in English…. but then their English is so terrible! Confusing!

    6 years ago
    • Actually by GLAM they mean “Girls Be Ambitious” I already did a little research on them since I totally fell in love with the song, video & girls :D

      6 years ago
    • No no no,”GLAM” is just a weird way of acronyming “Girls be ambitious”! haha

      6 years ago
      • Nic

        Oh really? So it really is that their English is terrible and it’s not
        short for glamorous. haha. But for someone who knows that glam is
        usually short for glamorous AND knows the Konglish meaning of it, it’s pretty weird!

        6 years ago
    • Incidentally the Spice girls was also the name of a stripping or porn group in the states so yeah GLAM is definitely chanelling them :)

      6 years ago
    • HAHA! that’s funny I didn’t know that, despite that I like GLAM best especially the hip hop rapping parts of the song. It does have a spice girls feel to it and the rap girl’s voice reminds me of Lady sovereign (english hip hop artist tho this chick has no sass just attitude :P).

      6 years ago
  18. That was more like 3 cents, it was long.

    6 years ago
  19. Why ChAOS was called “macho idols”? that’s because when they debut early this year, their look was barely with makeup,they look natural and manly that’s why the korean fans called them “macho idols”. I recomend if your want to listen their voices better (their voices are so amazing) and look what I talking about, watch “She is Comming” their first MV :)

    6 years ago
    • If you listen to Simon talk about it, it was in their page bio. It’s not the fans but the PR from their label.

      6 years ago
      • I can’t say I’m sure about the reason why they are been called like that, but I’m sure about the fans XD because Heejae said, “Our fans nicknamed us ‘macho idols.’ That doesn’t mean we’re violent or scary, though. You can tell just by our eyes who we really are.”

        6 years ago
  20. Hmm. I’m gonna say what I think about those videos, and I’m probably gonna get killed for it. Oh well. At least getting killed would mean avoiding my presentation on Tuesday.
    The ChAOS video (and I also have been typing ChAOS a lot, so I feel your pain Simon) was kinda interesting, I actually don’t mind random videos, even if they are a bit lame. The song, however, was too much of a mix-up-mash-up with no consistency.
    I really liked the Glam music video, and the song, but mainly the video – it looked really high quality. I liked the freeze frames with sparkles coming out of their bosoms *cough*KatyPerryFirework*cough*. But I understand the annoyance you have with YT ads – that’s precisely why I will never watch the Rise of the Apes or whatever that movie was.


    Alright…and this leads me to my main point.
    Looks like in the kpop world, you can’t even say A is similar to B without getting mowed down by a steamroller.
    WHY??? WAAAAIIIII???!! So are we not allowed to notice trends or make observations based on previous knowledge? I get that some people go around saying ‘kpop group A COPIED non-kpop group B’ and thus it makes kpop fans super sensitive, but guess what guys, unless you’re living in a dark confined space all by yourself since birth (in which case you’d be dead), NOTHING that comes out of your head is 100% original.
    Just like S&M said, D-Unit may be similar to 2NE1 in some aspects, and in the same way 2NE1 may be similar to Lady Gaga in some aspects. And Lady Gaga would be similar to tonight’s steak dinner in some aspects.

    I’m saying this because I’ve seen comments on every video comparing said video to something else, and it always results in flaming and bashing and lots of down-voting. It makes me wonder, should people not be comparing, or should people stop overreacting when some does any form of comparing?

    But when S&M say that all these kpop artist copied Spudgy’s style, noone gets upset? Why? Because you know it’s not true? Therefore you only get upset if it IS true? Or do you only get upset if it gets compared to something you don’t like?
    (ie. BABYs were upset when No Mercy was compared to Miley Cyrus’s Hoedown Showdown, but not so much when it was compared to Queen’s We Will Rock You).

    Okay, I’ve opened the forum for discussion.


    6 years ago
    • HA! I was one who was thoroughly disconcerted by the comparison of B.A.P to Milye Cyrus, I meant that as a personal opinion, but I never said “OMG Miley sucks why would you do?!?!? etc.” I just have a personal distaste for her music, whereas Queen I like, so of course I wasn’t bothered by it, but then I always tend to add a “LOL” at the end of my comments in the hopes that no one will take an offense that I personally don’t like her, so I think in the end it boils down to people accepting other’s opinions/views… It’s such a common courtesy (imo) to be able to say “Ok that’s your opinion, this is mine, let’s leave it at that” but unfortunately not everyone does… and thus fanwars ensue… I personally found these types of reactions a major drawback to enjoying Kpop and I’ve mentioned it before… now I just kinda accept it, because in the end… they’re comments are their comments, no matter how ridiculous i might think they are lol… So I have to accept that some people found “No Mercy” similar to Miley’s song… Whether I like it or not… but I’m not going to refrain from commenting on what I think about the comparison lol

      6 years ago
    • I refuse to listen to your superior logic

      6 years ago
      • Seriously though, I don’t understand why fans get so butt hurt over comparisons. OF COURSE DIFFERENT GROUPS LOOK/SOUND/DRESS/DANCE ALIKE! Its called a TREND. And companies follow trends in order to make the obscene amounts of money that they do. And they probably share stylists, choreographers, vocal coaches, etc. as well.

        6 years ago
    • I guess it all boils down to who you are comparing the group to:

      1). A legend (fans may or may not love it depending on how it’s being put)
      2). A lackluster (you’ll be flamed)
      3). A competitor (you’ll be flamed)
      4). Spudgy (it’s a joke & they’ll laugh along)

      There’s a lot more to a comparison than meets the eye (^_^)

      6 years ago
      • Hmm I see. So is that why it’s ok to compare Taeyang to Rain (legend) or a pineapple (joke), but not to Jay Park (competitor) or ……………(insert lackluster dude here)? :p

        In that case….since D-Unit is a rookie, and 2NE1 is 3 years old and massively famous, can I put 2NE1 in the ‘legend’ position and compare them? Or are they still in the ‘competitor’ stage? :p

        Btw sorry to use you guys as an example. I just felt I had to have a real case to get a point across. You guys were actually really calm in handling a lot of things, so I hoped you wouldn’t get too upset if I used y’all. But either way, my apologies. m(_ _)m

        6 years ago
        • …I think the word “copy” probably means to many ppl a reproduction, a
          total copy of something like computer printouts or something alike
          (often from the original) and as been stated the other group most likely
          weren’t original with it either. So the group let’s for example say
          B.A.P being compared to Miley, after reading this I just had to check it
          out lol, the only similar thing was the use of boom clap but seriously
          to say they copied her…is funny because Miley most probably didn’t
          come up with it herself so in that sense they used something which is
          more like “common phrase” or however one likes to call it. I believe
          compairing is fine but fans may not like when saying their group copies
          someone they maybe do not like, or as when some ppl do it it’s bcz they
          want to point “but that other group did it first” or “they are better”
          so when using the same thing they are just less original, less
          imaginative and so on. Hence they are using another group to try to get
          famous… I don’t know how many times I’ve read comparisons to Justin
          Beiber, he probably copied others so why would the group neccessarily be
          copying him like he was the original founder? It’s like they try to
          make him (or the other party bigger than they are while the other group
          is less just like copies of documents where it’s the original that is
          worth the most. I find it difficult to express how I mean as well as
          being correct in grammar and spellings, often if ppl don’t like what you
          say they attack you for that :p
          As a Baby I don’t mind them being compaired but being compaired to Miley
          is just funny I think bcz they are so different. Being original in
          music is very hard these days since most things seems to have been
          done…so it’s easier trying to combine what has been done into an
          original combination instead. Of course I don’t like it when it seems as
          a group has copied A LOT from another so it’s like they are trying to
          get famous by trying to be like them… :/ Sorry for being so long
          getting my point across (if it even did :p )

          On another note Chaos clothes is more manly but I feel their little
          dance is more feminine however and don’t quite match in MY opinion. Now I
          didn’t look up the lyrics but looking like they’ve been in a
          fight…why? Is it supposed to compliment the lyrics or just trying to
          add to their “manliness”? Bcz in that case they really shouldn’t do the
          “girly” dance. I don’t mind the song though although it’s not a
          favourite it might grow on me if I listen to it more.
          Oh and fuuko4869 no need to apologise please feel free to use B.A.P as
          an example anytime you like :D That way more ppl may check them out. XD

          6 years ago
        • I think if they say, “D-Unit is like a mini-2NE1 & be just as successful” – it would be accepted. But definitely not, “D-Unit is a 2NE1 copycat.” ^_____^

          6 years ago
        • Kush is a former YG producer whice produce D-unit :P

          6 years ago
    • Amen!

      6 years ago
  21. Simon and Martina, just a note on GLAM’s song–please check out the English translation for the lyrics! I know the Engrish in the song is one of the worst in the past couple of years, but the meaning behind the song is really notable. I mean, it’s not every day that you get a kpop group promoting sexless love (in this case, a girl wanting to kiss another girl and not being afraid to show it). It helps you appreciate the song a little more :)

    6 years ago
  22. Heo Young Saeng had the Flaxton sign in his recent music video Crying.

    6 years ago
  23. hope you guys will talk about B2ST next video ^^

    6 years ago
  24. Hope you guys put AOA on the next update…

    6 years ago
  25. S&M, I think you guys should have talked about the new group with twins on it. TWINS…. Crayon Pop’s song sound good too. Thanks for sharing and the great work you guys do.

    6 years ago
  26. The thing I am worried about ChAos is their health… breathing that spray paint from that distance in front of a mirror. D:<
    And for GLAM its their "skinny-ness" caught my attention.

    6 years ago
  27. I think calling them manly and all has to do with their voices. I mean for their age and all they have really deep voices compared with other idol groups out there. It might not be shown clearly in this song with the strong background but it’s definitely shown in their debut song ‘She’s coming’.

    6 years ago
  28. Oh I think that ChAOS is a nice group, I like their song. I find them interesting, so I’ll search some more information about them ^^

    6 years ago
  29. I actually liked D-unit the best, which is odd for me because I don’t generally like
    girl groups. I might show that one to my daughter, i think she’ll like it.

    6 years ago
  30. Lol what is up with Paint is the new thing wow i need to go bye be some glow in the dark paint XD

    6 years ago
  31. mm i do have to say out of the three songs the most interesting one was D-Unit I’m missing you.. lol G-Unit ah i feel weird because i didn’t make the comparison even though i grew up hearing them as well man i so haven’t been paying attention to anything in America >.> lol

    6 years ago
  32. I like Glam ^^ their song is cool~~

    6 years ago
  33. Martina, your eye-make up looks fabulous!!!!

    6 years ago
  34. Hahaha. “so now I have a new band name to butler while typing” I see what you did there. ^.^
    The attempted English in Glam’s XXO is just….. *shivers and hides in a corner.* I did keep thinking of Katy Perry’s Firework with the exploding chest stuff. I see what people are talking about with D-Unit. It’s just thick light haired chick with sunglasses. She does make me think of CL, but it’s in looks and that quick English rap part only. Other than that they stand alone. I actually kind of like them. XD

    6 years ago
  35. Martina – your eye make-up looks FABULOUS!!!

    6 years ago
  36. i also think about it simon loooooooooooooooooool
    im not very into rap unless its a very good like TOP

    6 years ago
  37. Okay, I don’t know a lot about Korea. So I was wondering why they had American Football in the video. Then I found this:
    http://www.kafa.org/ after searching. Do many Koreans know about or watch American Football (or at least Kafa)?

    6 years ago
  38. Oh yes, I vote for chAOS.

    6 years ago
  39. Wooram REALLY resembles Boram in the D-Unit video. Holy fishnets!!

    6 years ago
  40. First comment oh yeahhhh :P

    6 years ago