G-Dragon “That xx” – Vote for it here!


G-Dragon: You have dominated our kpop charts yet again. What a total turn around from his first single, but I wouldn’t expect anything different from G-Dragon. We talked about him being an image artist in our last week’s review of One of a Kind, and this video, with its totally different sound and aesthetic, definitely supports that argument.

The last GDTOP album was similar, with even an odd country western song making it’s way onto the album. I’m actually not sure I like this song that much, you already know I’m (Martina) not that good with slower songs, which is why the few handful of slow kpop songs, including my love for EXO’s “I Lost My Pants” wait…that’s not what it’s called…umm…oh yeah, “What Is Love” is so shocking. As of right now, this GD song isn’t really doing it for me, but maybe it will grow on me once I listen to it a million times as I script for Music Monday. Am I alone in this opinion? Anyone else?

T-ara “Sexy Love” – Vote for it here!


This song is amazing. This song is why T-ara’s my favourite band (Simon here). G Dragon fans are gonna get upset at me for this, but this song is SO MUCH BETTER than G-Dragon’s song. Acoustic guitars and heartfelt singing is nice and all, but it does not trump that DUCK ROBOT INSTRUMENTAL. What the hell instrument is that anyway? It’s like Cowbell v 2.0. Do you know how crotch thrust able this video is? Have you tried? Play the song now. Stand up, and thrust your crotch like you’re skiing to the beat. See that? That was pretty intense. Try doing that to G-Dragon’s “That xx” Not the same, right?

Anyhow, I love this song, and I’d love to review it next week. VOTE FOR IT, YO!

ZE:A “Phoenix” – Vote for it here!


WOW. Really really loving this song. Even just the tiny wordless intro to this song is immediately catchy. I spent all day yesterday going FIRE FIRE FIRE BURRRN FIRE FIRE FIRE BURN FIRE BURN FIRE BURN while Simon narrowed his eyes at me. We didn’t get the chance to talk about the video that much, and well…it doesn’t really do it for us. The set is actually a bit too distracting, and even though we poke fun at SM Ent for using the same settings, at least their settings allow the artist themselves to pop out. It is possible that the setting in “Phoniex” is actually not that bad, it could be a problem with the way the camera is moving or maybe even the editing. I haven’t put my finger on it yet, I just think it didn’t do a good job of focusing on the band. And on a side note, I can only imagine how much sand was in their underpants and shoes after they had to kick around that sand for probably a million takes.

  1. A phoenix “rises from the ashes”, so since they’re dancing in the ashes.. they are the risen phoenix, perhaps?

  2. Simon, I’m glad you like T-ara’s song ^_^ voting!!!

  3. Queen’s out there come over to the Sexy Love comment section and join the chat~

  4. Here it is: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/kpopcharts/baek-a-yeon-sad-song/
    It wasn’t included in the Kpop Chart Update because it hadn’t been released then. ;)

  5. I love that xx, more than one of a kind. I assume so does everyone. I would listen to it a lot of times everyday. Hahaha

  6. that xx shocked me at first…. i was shocked to the core… and then i had to re-listen to it.. without the shock effect…. and first.. i only liked it… and then i hunted for the english translation.. and i LOVED it.. and then i re-played it couple more times… well what can i say… GD did it again! am learning this song.

  7. “That XX” is special and praised mostly for its lyrics which are really beautiful in Korean, the Eng translation is really simple and lost the “poetic” feeling of the lyrics. T-Ara songs are always catchy but just like fast-food, and their lyrics don’t make sense much…


  9. lol. kwanghee and his lip balm.

  10. i’m bigbang biased myself but i’m actually happy that they don’t just blindly like every bigbang song. it gives their critiques more authenticity.

  11. OMG Martina I love your T-shirt I have the same one too >.<

  12. I agree that T-ara’s song is great (and I like GD’s as well), but I don’t know why you felt the need to throw GD under the bus like that. I’m sorry, but to me it just came across as kind of obnoxious to say “OMG THIS SONG IS SOOO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT PERSON’S SONG!” I mean, I don’t think you guys have done that kind of thing on other Kpop Chart Update. You just stated your opinions about the songs individually, without comparing them like that. Well, that’s at least what I noticed on all the KCU blog posts that I’ve read since I started following them. :/

  13. I really want to put Lexy on the charts too!!! Can you find me an official MV? I’ve been searching and searching but I don’t think there even is one >_<

  14. It does sound like ZE:A did sample Daft Punk’s Faster Stronger song… I just listened to the two and Phoenix does have a nice little sample that has a key change to it.

  15. GD – “That XX”
    Love it for sure.

  16. imma miss that kitchen!!!!!! :/

  17. LOVE GD THAT XX is play every morning noon and night

  18. the first time i saw the video for “That XX” i was really confused. so i looked up the meaning of the song in english (because i got really frustrated that i didnt know what was behind that beeping sound) and once i read the meaning, i found out the whole story line of the video. gd actually plays two characters (i didnt know that at the start of the video) the character with the tattoos on his hands is the “XX” (‘bastard’ was what i got from the translation that i looked at) and i actually felt really sad after reading the whole translation… that stuff is deep…

  19. Uhm, I wasn´t really sure about That XX for the first and second time as well, but then I´ve found myself humming the melody and then I was in complete love with that song! But the first thing I thought about when I saw the title was The XX as well. They are making comeback so I cant wait!!!

  20. i gotta give it up for g-dragon being the BEST artist on k-pop right now. it’s amazing how his work just screams the freedom you cannot find on most of the k-pop field; this song is really beautiful [though i know nothing of the lyrics] but the MV is all kinds of wonderful, the work of creativity and video crafting you will seldom find on k-pop – that’s why GD is hands down the best of the genre right now.

    BUUUUT BUUUT of course my favorite is t-ara’s “sexy love”! i’m a t-ara bias all the way and this song is not only catchy but a dancefloor filler, which is my favorite type of music. the synths are infectious and the doll/robot dance concept is the best thing of the year after… well, t-ara’s shuffle dancing on “lovey dovey”.

    so i’m definitely voting everyday for it to top the next week’s music charts.

  21. I didn’t like it “that xx” th frist time I heard it. But yesterday I listened to it again and I got chills because it was so good. Idk I love gds song. Yay

  22. I’ll miss the old Bucheon officetel..a lot..

  23. Am I seeing this right? K-music Cocktail will be back on Thursday? Yesssss Plz. =^o^=

  24. Really love how simon still loves and supports T-ara despite all this shit of a mess happening to them

  25. Am I seeing this right? K-Music Cocktails will be back on Thursday? lajksdfhaiul?! YAY!

  26. I don’t think T-ara or ZE:A can even come close much less compare to GD. It’s entirely my opinion but ”Sexy love” is nothing special just the same old overused repetitive tune only this time using another instrument. Not impressive. And as for ZE:A ”Phoenix” is a decent song. Better than your average K-Pop tune, much worse than some of the good songs out there. All in all they could have done better but it’s not that bad. I don’t know maybe I’m a music snob but with the sudden 180 degree turn GD has done and still managed to slay the charts I’d have to say….others ain’t got nothing on him ^^

  27. I’m Jiyong biased but just like you guys, I didn’t like the song at first as well. After listening to it for the first time I just sat there and wondered what the hell happened here, it took me another hour to bring myself to watch That XX for a second time….

    but now…the song completely grew on me, it grew on me so freakin much that I consider That XX to be my all-time favorite song by GD (and that’s quite shocking because I’m not so fond of ballads) but yeah, I’m sure I’ve listened to this song about a 100 times now, we should appreciate GD’s talent in making not only good up-beat songs but also pure songs using only guitar.

    THAT XX is one hella amazing song, I hope it grows on you in a while.

  28. I love T-ara! They’re my second favourite group, behind the Wonder Girls, but not by much.

  29. “G-dragon fans, or as I like to call you: G-Dragon fans”
    And did I hear wrong?: “T-ara fans, or as I like to call you: Explosive T-areah?” (as in ‘Explosive Diarrhea’)

  30. I like T-ara’s new song…but cowbell? I don’t hear a cowbell at all, or anything related. I hear some pretty dope beats but most certainly not a cowbell lol

  31. I fell for your finger puppet trick….

  32. Truth be told all the songs this week are pretty decent. GD’s has grown on me, T-ara has a good sound and ZE:A seriously it is rare a song translates between languages (I don’t know the Japanese version be without knowing it this song stands on its own). However I’m not crazy about any of the videos. GD’s 16 year old “girlfriend” bugs me, T-ara video is kinda cheese but good, and ZE:A is the same old same old k-pop video I’ve seen. But I’m more about the songs than videos in general, not hating.

  33. While watching the update i felt uncomfortable. The fund raiser keep popping in my head. I did donate too. It’s weird

    • I’m pretty sure that it’s because they filmed this before the whole fundraising thing happened. I know what you mean though – it’s like when people were shocked at Daesung for acting so happy on his TV appearance right after the accident, in spite of the fact that the TV show was recorded before the accident. :S

      • Perfume fanboy! Simon and Martina missed out on gd’s zip being down :O and why weren’t you in that xx? I didn’t see youuuuuuuuu

        • Lol what’s with you and your obsession with GD’s fly :p
          What do you mean about me being in ‘That XX’? OH you mean the thread. True, I haven’t commented on it. I should huh. It’s a nice song.

        • Well… I just thought martina would be interested and she didn’t comment something like that before (not that she have the chance). I was so bored at that xx! because of the lack of rival it was so dead!

    • I think it’s because they didn’t say anything about it. I was totally expecting a big “Thank you!” to all The Nasties that donated :)

  34. Hmmm, I wasn’t expecting a KpopCharts Update this week. Not to be rude, but I am slightly shocked you two have yet to come out with a thank you video. I’m just saying 77k in 2 days, that is freaking AMAZING. What was it, like 39k in 7 hours? Insane! I was expecting a crazy video of you two crying and losing your minds in appreciation :) don’t get me wrong I know you two sincerely appreciate it, I just think you need to show The Nasties your appreciation (not just a fb post) before spending their money. In your defense, I didn’t watch you latest live chat so I am not sure if you have already done so, or if you are doing so as my rude ass writes this :/ You two are fantastic, and I’m truly sorry if what I have said has offended you. That was not my intention.

    • They did however release a thank you message on tumblr and that made me all super teary eyed. You should check that out, it was so heart felt and wonderful. Plus I’m sure they will release a video once the fundraiser comes to an actual end.

    • I don’t think you were rude, just quietly. Fair call.
      I think they might have intended to thank their fans via the live chat, but over 3000 people tried to sign in, and crashed the site. So you’re right. They haven’t released a thank you video (yet).

  35. I think that the reason for the turtleneck is that maybe they already wrote “yours” on his neck, and they wanted to hide when he is playing the “Good” GD.

  36. The English in Sexy Love is SOOOO BAADDD, roflcopter T-ara

  37. “Anyhow, I love this song, and I’d love to review it next week. VOTE FOR IT, YO!”

    I see someone is channeling Jesse Pinkman

  38. I think the reason for the dust is because like phoenixes they are rising from the ashes of their former selves. Therefore they are the phoenix

  39. Simon outsexied Spudgy, so there was no time for him.. D’awz. We still love you though, Simon!!

    Martina, your Fawkes reference… YESSSS
    And I totes agree with you – Kwanghee’s character is URGH I JUST WANNA- AHHH KWANGHEEEEEEE WAE GEURAEEEE

    He plays the bad boy so well. SO WELL. (Steal his lip balm, Martina. STEAL IT. ROFL)

    Anywho, been trying to up the votes for BoA but now ZE:A’s stuck in my head so… I’ll see what I do. /sigh the quarrels of being a K-Pop fan…


  40. Everytime I listen to Sexy Love I’m going to be thinking about ducks now hahah.
    I really love this playlist because I’ve been obsessed with these three songs this week.
    But I would really love ZE:A to be reviewed because I love them and I’m in love with Hee Cheol hahah.

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