TVXQ “Catch Me” – Vote for it here!


TVXQ is finally back! WHOA SM! Y U MAKE US WAIT FOR SO LONG FOR KOREAN TVXQ SONG? Before You Go came out…what? March 2011? This song is 18 months afterwards! WHOA! Now, we don’t follow the lives of Kpop artists outside of what they do in Kpop songs. Did TVXQ do a lot during those 18 months in Japan, maybe? I think they had a tour that did ridiculously well, right? Other than that, were they in any dramas? I know they do a lot of modelling around Korea, but…hey: I’d like to see TVXQ making more music in Korea than once every 18 months. WHO’S WITH ME?!?! And we’d like to be able to review them as well. Max Time is still one of our favourite jokes, and we can’t help but think of it whenever we turn the lights on or off.

100% “Bad Boy” – Vote for it here!


It seems like there are far too many rookie bands debuting lately. Is it just me? Every week there’s, like, four new bands that I never heard of before. Maybe 100% isn’t a rookie band, and they’ve been around for a while, but – whoa – I’m totally starting to feel like the market is hyper-saturated. Kpop’s booming, yes! And lots of companies want a piece of that pie. How many of these bands are gonna make it? I don’t know. How do you feel about 100%? Are they just another rushed band trying to get in on the Hallyu wave, or are they actually legit and serious about making music? Question: give us a list of the bands that debuted this year that you find yourselves listening to or following. Is that list a lot smaller than the list of bands that debuted, or is a good percentage?

Spica “I’ll Be There” – Vote for it here!


Ah! If it wasn’t for the intro of this video, we might possibly have been more interested in it. It’s just…so…poorly executed! I mean, sure – we get the idea a bit. Girl looks scared at night, looks up at the dark sky, and sees Spica in the stardust. The song is called “I’ll Be There,” so the idea is that she doesn’t have to be scared, because Spica’s there to comfort her. Sure! But…oh! It’s just so cheesily done! Spica in the Stardust? What is this? Kindergarten? I’d have been much happier with the video if Spica had just started with their song and dance in the room, without the cheesy intro. I’d even be ok with the Cow DJ. Psy’s Gangnam Style is about the horse dance: who better to make a horse dance than a Cow DJ? Kpop, ladies and gentlemen, wants you to know that they care about their livestock. I’d like to see a couple of pigs rock the mic next, and have the roosters as hype men.

  1. I thought the Spica in stardust is suppose to relate to them being named after a constellation. Since you know Spica’s a constellation

  2. I have to vent this out somewhere…
    I will forever be shattered that TVXQ!’s ‘Catch Me’ will never be reviewed. Forever. </3

  3. they haven’t announced the winners of stop girl album right? cause i cant find their latest kpop music monday bloopers xD just wondering

  4. enyone else that felt that Spica was like a fusion(baby) if spice girls and maria caryh in her youth. (I’m a gene in a bottle ish)

  5. there’s been so many debuts, i wonder what’s going to happen to them all because I don’t think the k-pop market will be able to sustain them. My fave rookies this year are Exo, BAP (were they 2011 or this year?), Evol and 100%. Nu’est, Hello Venus and BTOB are also pretty good.

  6. Heh. “She”. Oh, Meemers.

  7. TVXQ’s ridiculously awesome choreography? My best friend and I could barely watch this video we thought the movements were so incredibly AWKWARD

  8. Here’s the deal, this year alone, 40 new groups debuted. I’m probably only listening to 10% of them.

  9. I just think it is weird that Gd has almost of double of votes than TVXQ in everything, and TVXQ are on the top of the chart….mmmmmm ok o.0

  10. I think that 100% is really talented. Their vocalists are better than many of the vocalists already established in the kpop scene. Even though there is like one member who’s nothing but a visual. . .
    anyways, as of now, gd has been crushed by tvxq’s video, but I would’ve liked to see you guys review gd. Even though tvxq is still cool

  11. 100% is a rookie band, but they’re not rushed! They’re from the same company as Teen Top, but they’ve been trainies for a longer time than them…

    And TVXQ have been doing a lot of activity in Japan.

  12. I’m really sad because I think because of this we won’t get to see Crayon reviewed, which I REALLY wanted to see! I just plain LIKE IT MORE. I mean, They’ll talk about TVXQ’s awesome comeback and how cool the song is… and the wiggly arm thing. but they’re still dancing in rooms! What else is going to be said. Crayon has SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. SADFACE.

  13. please TVXQ!!! come on 3 GD videos? I love him but this is the return of the king! TVXQ need a k-pop music mondays before you go to mexico!! THE MV WAS MIND BLOWING! and most of us “cassies” were kind of confindent, we were like ” ok, GD is wining , doesnt matter, next week TVXQ defenitly be review ” but YOU DIDNT TEEL US THAT YOU WILL BE GONE FOR 3 WEEKS, WE all went carzy and reduce the gap from 1400000 to 5000 IN 1 DAY ONLY, BUT it still wasnt enought counting that GD was on the charts for 2 weeks… I feel really upset.. at least do a review of both videos!! PLEASEEEEEEEE!!!

  14. Hello Simon and Martina! :3

    I’ve already written to you guys, but um. Yeah. I saw your interview with U-kiss :D
    I didn’t have the time to write a question. :/ So um can you find out if they will come make a concert in Canada? And where exactly? Please, tell them to come to Montreal!
    I tweeted Kevin, but he never answered me. Well, thank you for at least reading it! :)

  15. Simon and Martina is SOOOSOSOOOOOoooooOOOoooo not fair, gdragon crayon MV is the most votes, and YET you don’t wanna review it, SHAME OF YOU, MARTINA, you are fail vip!

  16. I’ve been a big fan of u guys since last year.I value the fact that you guys try to be as unbiased and transparent as possible. But what I really don’t like lately is that you put “Vote For Me” in your Kpop charts updates vid.I dunno but I dont think its fair.

  17. i like Crayon but not too crazy about it. honestly i find Crayon to be too much like One of a Kind with more colours and a stronger dance beat.

    GD is AGAIN going on about how cool he is and how much swag he has. its like the same theme over and over again.

    people saying that GD should get reviewed cuz his MV is better than Catch Me need to seriously get their eyes and ears checked.

    i love GD but there is really nothing unique about Crayon. the concept is the same as One of a kind except that it uses more comedy and colours. there is nothing deep or meaningful about it.

    those who say TVXQ’s MV is boring need to definitely get their eyes checked. this is the first time TVXQ have done a full mv in a box but there is a reason for it. this is the first time a kpop group or idol has ever been able to express the full story and plot of the song using a DANCE choreography. the reason it was filmed in a box is becuz they WANT u to FOCUS ON THE DANCE and the story behind it.

    there is more symbolism and creativity in Catch Me’s dance than in any of GD’s MVs from this year.

    the story of the MV takes place inside a man. yunho and changmin represent the mirror-imaged EGOS that live within that man, and their response to what the gf has done to him, every move that yunho and changmin make express the lyrics of the song. every single step they take along with their incredibly talented dancers is done to create a masterpiece that portrays the story.not to mention that the actual use of dancers as essential parts to portray the full story is nothing short of GENIUS!

    try to watch the MV with the eng lyrics attached and u willl understand the depth behind.

    the dance was not just done randomly..it actually has a meaning, and the purpose of the box MV is for u to focus ur attention on the dance and understand it.

    • I’m sorry I’ve been in GD’s chat the whole week and I never read something bad about TVXQ sorry if u did but about the box mm that’s not a good excuse because the they wanted focus on their dance mmm well infinite normally are focused on their dance and they always make such awesome choreographies and not necessary in a box and at the same time they are representing theirs MV as well too.. in the other hand maybe in catch me there is a lot symbolism and creativity? for u and others ppl but it doesn’t mean that u can talk about others MVs like u did with GD’s MV because for the ppl who liked crayon there is a lot of symbolism and creativity too, everybody have different tastes with music.. I understand u are mad because u was waiting for TVXQ MV like mm more than one year and in half, but hey! VIPs have been waiting to GD’s solo comeback for 3 years, and we really tried hard to win this week even our MV was older and we were in disadvantages if u did know every MV at the end is calculating by the days that it was posting on KMMcharts for us is difficult to because VIPs don’t have an official fanclub even if u are not in korea and u are korean so we really worked hard to find as many VIPs we could find even when many VIPs gave up last week and we didn’t have their supports this week.. that Kissme’s help us? well ELF help u guys and that is a biiiig fandom as cassiopeias are so please here everyone did their best.
      to finish I wanna say that we always keeped in mind that cassiopeia are a very strong fandom that’s why we worked so hard I wanna add to that I’m a hug fan of JYJ not a TVXQ fan as well but I liked catch me and the dance was good too, sorry if u were waiting for TVXQ comeback and were waiting win this week but we had the same felling even if all of u say that we are egoist because GD has been review 2 times already but hey that’s what a fan means.. always keeping their heart with theirs bias.
      I hope u can understand it.

  18. Giving my honest opinion. I LOVE TVQX;s Catch Me. I just you should have seen me when I was watching it the first time.

  19. Simon and Martina… Please, please, please review “I’ll be there” by SPICA. SPICA fans please don’t hate…. Yes the song it catchy in a 90’s way, however. WTF is with the video and I’m not talking about a Wonderful Treasure Find. I DO NOT get the video concept at all… I mean a DJ cow… really? And the costume designer needs to be taken out to the street and beaten with the My Little Pony clad sweatshirt. I’m sure I’ll catch slack for this… But I am curious to know what you guys think.

  20. actually after you guys asked about the rookie groups, i realized essentially all of the groups i listen to have debuted in the past year or so O_O

    a lot of the groups are good, and a few are exceptionally awesome, but i feel like unless the group is signed with a major label, their chances of becoming successful are slim to none. it’s sad, because some have a lot of talent ;_:
    since you asked though:
    ChAOS (underrated so so so much; each member has more talent in their right pinky fingernail than i do in my entire body)
    4K (folk music sub-unit of the new group 24K)
    C-CLOWN (also really good)
    Hello Venus
    Crayon Pop (super cute and fun songs)

    honestly im overwhelmed by all the new groups. like its seriously making me suffer from aniexty lol

  21. Maybe the little girl in the Spica mv (which….I feel VERY sorry for the one who wore the double ‘P’ on her shirt, cuz….yeah) is delusional and scared and so, to make herself feel better….she creates…a…cow….as a dj. Odd. Well, its a delusional, hallucinating little girl who is scarfed and wet and sitting in a alley that is flooded, so I don’t think it has to make much sense.
    This is just my theory, cuz it seems to be too cheesy and overly emotional if I think of the meaning behind the song title and the lost girl with the stars spelling Spica.

  22. C’mon if TVXQ gets reviewed this monday what is it they are going to say ?? They are still locked in a big room !! BORING
    and that the dance was insanely good !

  23. 100% don’t sound bad. They have good voices and nice dance moves.(but they do resemble ‘Infinite’) Don’t know how serious they are about making music but I don’t see them progressing too much in the future. Like you said ‘the market is hyper-saturated’. All these new bands have great skills so it’s a crazy competition.

    ‘Spica’ yes the video was a bit weird – . -‘ but they have nice voices :)

    From the rookie groups that have appeared this year I find myself rather listening than following D-Unit…beside ‘Missing you’ I haven’t found any song from theirs that I particularly like.

    P.S: 1:26 don’t forget to mention the effort we KISSmes did to help VIPs get their review Martina :)
    P.S.s: I was wondering if you consider doing a ‘K-indie Music Monday’. Would that be possible? (I’m guessing ‘not’ K indie are quite serious aren’t they? – . – )
    P.S.s.s: Thank you again for reviewing ‘Gukkkasten’ for K-Crunch! They’re awesome!! > . < ….maybe someday in the future someone would request for 'Jaurim' T_T

  24. “its like what happened to infinite”


  25. So is there a way for us to vote for GD this week? Or are we just supposed to leave an angry message here?

  26. Martina Speak. Write a dictionary. PLZ! XD

    Also, this week’s Playlist Mode… Oh you silly Martina. Slipping in a puddle of Playlist Mode makes TOTAL sense….to us Nasties. <3

  27. oh my gosh Martina you totally know my Shawol feelings!!!!!
    YEAH!!!!!!!! we need WAY MORE SHINee and TVXQ mvs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. The only rookies groups I was interested in were:
    100%, Fiestar,Phantom,Two X
    JJ Project,She’z,Btob,Exo!
    Mostly because they are differents from what we see in others groups, have a unique sound and awesome dances moves… :D

  29. OMG! It is a REAL cow! Por favor, someone splain to me NAU what’s with the COW? Vaca looks uncomfortable.

  30. Found the DJ Cow in Spica’s video wacky. All the videos, in my opinion, were rather lackluster for this KPop update and wouldn’t be surprised if none of them made it to KMM. Still good to listen to new artists though because you never know which group will make it big. Ive never heard of GD until a a few weeks ago and look at all the fame he has now. I think these rookie groups are getting their time shine thanks to Simon and Martina.

  31. I think the Spica video is just a modern version of ‘The Little Match Girl’ story. There is a little girl on the dark streets in the wet and cold. In this version instead of lighting a match to see the visions, she has a flashlight and hallucinates about Spica dancing. Which would mean she is dead by morning…. well that is depressing.
    But yeah those bits are totally out of place to the bright and cheerful dancing and singing.

  32. Hi Simon and Martina, just an idea. Since you are going away for 3 weeks. how about having an ‘EXTRA Large’ K-pop Music Monday episode which includes all the KMM’s No1 MVs that you can’t review in the next 3 weeks when you’ve got back? Each review can be a mini review like your Kpopchart Update. Seriously, I really want to see your review on both Crayon and Catch me!!! Anyway, enjoy your trip!

  33. Actually, 100% have bn marketed for quite some time. They did this show with Teen top (Teen top raising 100%) for like 10 episodes or something :)
    I watched the whole thing nd I must say that this “rookie group” (they r actually older than teen top nd have bn training for a longer period of time) r so well prepared.
    They sit on some amazing talents nd I just hope that they’re given the right songs or even the opportunity to write their own ’cause I really wish for them to go far. If you watch their live performances their vocals are soo professional. Solid!

    But I do agree with you… it’s way too many rookies this year it’s getting hard to keep track of all…

    I follow a few like b.a.p, NU’est, spica, btob, Tasty, 100% and 24k/4k

    sidenote: bigstar, vixx, exo

  34. please dont chose the TVXQ video as it has no meaning, storyline or substance at all. Yes, it has very cool dancing and above average visual effects, but other than that it has nothing interesting nor new to offer

  35. Spica’s song reminds me of mid-90’s Mariah Carey’s stuff. I…kind of liked it? Maybe it’s just nostalgia.
    Meemers is getting big – and is it just me or has her eye colour changed?

  36. Maybe someone can explain TVXQ’s name to me, because I thought they were only TVXQ in China and DBSK in South Korea? I… don’t understand.

  37. I´m really in love with catch me and kinda torned between voting for GD and TVXQ:
    BUT there is one thing that really bothers me: I think the Catche me MV is EXTREMELY similar to their Android MV. When I first saw it I thought I was watching Android.

  38. It’s not about GD. It’s all about the MVs themselves that attracted people to vote. If GD came out with a boring video, i wouldn’t vote for it, i swear (I’m a VIP and you have my words). That’s why i didn’t vote for That XX last time (even i’m big fan of ballad song), and voted hard on UV’s instead. So I’m now rooting for Crayon. Because of the way it is.

    People complain about how GD came too often on KMM. Oh please? Those three GD’s videos are three different videos which unfortunately were derived by the same artist, that is GD. “I don’t like Crayon” is more acceptable than “I hate to see GD on KMM over and over again”. Smh.
    I loooove TVXQ (i was being a die hard cassie before, and still a casual fan of them and JYJ, especially JYJ). I do want Catch Me to get reviewed because i want to know how S&M would react about the super duper awesome moves in this MV! But for now, i’m dying a lot more to see Crayon on KMM! I don’t want to guarantee that TVXQ’s will get reviewed after S&M back from mexico, but i’m 99% pretty sure it will! That’s about time.:)

  39. I can understand why both fans are mad. I am more of a fan of Simon and Martina, (Yes, I am a Nasty) then a particular group. VIP’s felt ripped off, and TVXQ fans feel that it is unfair that G-Dragon may have a third video for KMM. But personally, my vote is for G-Dragon, because it simply is a better video. (Don’t kill me) I feel that for KMM they have more to work with than TVXQ simple, well light room.

  40. EvoL!
    I don’t see them much, but their first mini album was actually pretty damn good!
    Normally i don’t like every song on an album, buy I like every song on theirs. :3
    I just wish they appeared on shows more and were more noticed, since they’re one of the ONLY rookie groups that doesn’t irritate me.

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