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January 19, 2013

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Um, first of all. Ahem. Don’t forget to vote for us for the Shorty Awards! We might possibly win it, and then go to New York and make an acceptance speech and stuff. That’d be awesome! Eat Your Kimchi in New York! Woohoo!

Nominate Simon and Martina for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Simon and Martina for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

Ok, shameless self-promoting aside, now for this week’s KpopCharts update. OH WAIT! No, first, a small apology. Sorry for not including Jaejoong’s video on this list. We’re trying to film videos in advance because it’s gonna be my birthday tomorrow (yay!) and we didn’t want to stay up late putting up these videos, you know? So we filmed this before the video came out. Like, right before it came out. D’oh! We’ll do a KpopCharts Update on it next week, if it doesn’t win this week, that is. Anyhow, back to the videos we actually talked about!

Infinite H “Special Girl” – Vote for it Here!

We’re not wrong here in saying that Infinite seems to be overworking as well, no? It’s not a complaint on our end, because we’re fans of their music, but it sure seems like they’re producing a lot of music and music videos. And we know how hellish it can be to shoot a music video after being on set with U-Kiss when they shot “Stop Girl”. It’s good, I think, that they’re dividing the group up so that some can do solo work (like the Snuggly One) and some can do duo-work (like Infinite H), so then other people can rest at that time? I don’t know.

Side note: what the eft does H stand for? Infinite Hoodlums? Infinite Hadouken? That’s my guess. Infinite Hadouken.

B.A.P. “Rain Sound” – Vote for it Here!

WHAT’S YOUR B?!?! Whatever happened to that kind of B.A.P.? Whatever happened to yelling and asskicking? I understand that getting shot is a bit gangsta, sure, but it’s passive gangstaness, not their usual proactive gangstanicity. I want to see B.A.P. shooting people rather than getting shot. Well, not really. I can’t imagine Kpop going that route.

Point is, this is another big change for B.A.P. in our eyes, and we’re not necessarily sure how we feel about it, because we only heard it a couple of times. It doesn’t jar us the way Stop It did, that’s for sure. What are your thoughts? Are you liking the route B.A.P.’s going, or do you want them to go back to what made them stand out with their debut?

Boyfriend “AH EE YAH!” – Vote for it Here!

Yes, we know that the romanized version is different. It’s supposed to be “I Yah,” but that’s not what it says in Korean! In Korean (and we know this, because we can read Korean – BOOM!) it says “아이야” which is literally

아 – Ah
이 – Ee
야 – Yah

Put it all together, you get AH EE YAH, or, what we imagine should be “HIYA!” like the sound karate people make when they karate chop things. Which would make sense in this video, because some dude has an asswhooping stick, which he probably yelled “HIYA!” to in Karate format when he whooped his students. Little did you know that this whole video was about that teacher’s abusive tendencies. It wasn’t about love or girls or any of that crap. It was about the teacher, man. THE TEACHERRRRRRRR!!!!!

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  1. OH MY GOODNESS! I totally thought Captain Kirk when I saw you Simon. It seriously cracked me up when you mentioned it too. P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 생일축하합니다!!!

    4 years ago
  2. Happy Birthday Simon! Stay nasty. Stay dothraki man warrior-y.

    4 years ago
  3. Hope Jaejoong gets reviewed this week. The MV is so epic. Also Martina his name is pronounced JAY-JOONG. I replayed that part so many times and kept hearing Chaejung, but the then I realized you were saying jaejung. Anyhow interesting update, why’d so many good songs have to come out together?

    4 years ago
  4. i do remember somewhere they mentioned that B.a.p wanted to experiment with their sound and show a new image or something every time they release a new song? But they have mentioned about it before :P just can’t find it now!

    4 years ago
    • I’m sure they’ve said that. Every group says they want to show a new image for every new song.

      4 years ago
  5. I too miss the tougher BAP. Not that this is a bad song, but I like their first songs so much that I miss them.

    Happy b-day Simon!

    Hopefully, there won’t be an update for Jae Joong then.

    4 years ago
  6. Happy Birthday Simon!! ^^

    4 years ago
  7. Happy Birthday, Simon!! Wish you all the best…. but why didn’t you say anything about CN Blue’s new song? ToT I always hope to see CN Blue on Music Monday =/

    4 years ago
    • They usually talk about the top 3 songs on the Kpop chart.

      4 years ago
  8. OMG~ INFNITE & U-KISSSS !!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAH <3 I'm going crazy ;A;;;;;

    4 years ago
  9. Nic

    I’m so shocked. Out of those 3 songs I actually liked Boyfriend’s song the best. Actually liked it. And I never usually like Boyfriend! What is happening…

    4 years ago
    • Same for me! Boyfriend has a totally different image now, so they reach a more mature public. Thus, their name doesn’t suit them at all anymore.

      4 years ago
    • Me either, and I Yah! is already stuck in my head after one listen! I don’t even know another Boyfriend song, and the twins didn’t creep me out this time! I even notice what the other members of the group look like! Mini brain malfunction spazz over.

      4 years ago
    • Boyfriend grew up and became AWESOME!!!! lol

      4 years ago
  10. The other Infinite members aren’t just at home resting – they’re all busy with their own schedules. It just seems like they’re not doing anything because they’re not on TV, but each member is busy with their own things.

    4 years ago
    • Well, I think it’s usually considered that they are resting if they don’t release a song around here… but they are definitely not resting. And, considering the huge number of episodes of Immortal Songs 2 they’ve been on, we can say they released quite a lot of songs in 2012.

      4 years ago
      • They take the plane as if it’s a taxi…..T.T
        And yay for Infinite H being on Immortal Songs!! Now, we just need to get L, Jjong, and Yeol on it….haha

        4 years ago
  11. Happy Birthday Simon!!!!

    If Boyfriend doesn’t get Reviewed…it won’t. I would like to see a tl;dr on how Korean schools are depicted in MV’s and Dramas and how it’s different from your experiences in schools :)

    4 years ago
  12. it feels like S&M view bap as 1-dimensional artists who are only allowed to do rough tough songs, and thats sad. i bet if other groups did the song ‘rain sound’, they’d accept it more.. but since it’s bap (who to them are gangsta), they bcame a bit iffy with the song? idk, thats how i understand the situation. i may be wrong. and it would be a shame if the deep symbolisms in that MV will be overshadowed with their comments over “this is not their style”… while we could’ve focused on discussing the meaning of the song

    4 years ago
    • Which one? Youngjae seems like he sincerely loves every featherweight pop cliche, but Daehyun also seems to have a very hammy (though more emotional) side.

      4 years ago
    • If you´ve listened to their other songs in their albums before, B.A.P have released songs like this before.
      All Lies, Secret Love, What My Hearts Tells Me To Do, Voicemail are all the slower B.A.P songs.

      Rain Sound isn´t a “surprise” or different from B.A.P at all.

      4 years ago
      • a title track is a representative of the group which is very different… for a title song it wasn’t done convincingly… I was clearly also talking about the video… and none of those songs have had concept videos. And Voicemail is clearly superior to rain sound.

        4 years ago
        • The thing is, Rain Sound isn’t the title track. It’s just a pre-release, like Goodbye, except that this time the members are in the video instead of the Matoki, so it makes sense for the song to sound this way. And since this style is so common for B.A.P, it isn’t really a good indication of what the actual title song will sound like.

          4 years ago
        • ahhh ok… I thought it was their title track

          4 years ago
    • Maybe I dont see the changes as “extreme” because I also listened to the other songs in their previous albums and they have other songs that weren’t tough and in your face, but I understand this only counts for their title tracks or songs with MVs. All I’m saying is, I wish they would view the song/MV with focus on the actual song and the MV production rather than repeatedly pointing out what BAP’s image is supposed to be all the time (because to be honest, if i were BAP being told “this is not you” repeatedly, I’d feel quite trapped and unaccomplished despite all the efforts of trying to “develop” myself as an artist). Because eventually, all groups will grow and will not exactly back to their original image (unless they wanna reminiscent).

      4 years ago
      • I completely get what you mean; even as a person, I’ve been told several times that I do not act like how a “man” acts or that I don’t talk like a “black” person would or that I don’t align myself with whatever image they have projected onto me. As an artist, I haven’t had much of that crap, but I know the pressure’s gonna turn up when I start throwing stuff out there. That being said, I think TS Entertainment is just tossing many different images at B.A.P to see which one will stick (we get aegyo B.A.P in Stop It and now we have emotional B.A.P in Rain Song). It feels like they’re only keeping an image for them as long as it sells, then they change it to something else. I, personally, like Stop It (I hated it at first, but I generally don’t like guys who act overly cute when it isn’t their aesthetic and cute is definitely not B.A.P’s aesthetic) and Rain Song (it instantly stole my heart) along; I don’t particularly miss the ultra tough guy image (especially when they were all blonde; I could not take them seriously). This is definitely a step in the right direction for these guys, though, and I hope to see more diverse material from these guys.

        4 years ago
  13. Simon goes through the standard aging process? I don’t believe this… Oh, well. Happy birthday!

    Now, I’d like to talk about these videos too. I don’t like the Special Girl video very much. I mean, the song is okay and I might causally listen to it, but it just really isn’t amazing to me. Although, Primary is in the video! He’s the guy with the box on his head, and he is a Korean rapper.

    But the B.A.P video is suuuuuper goood. Sure, they might be different from when they first debut, but I don’t see anything wrong with that. What really matters is that the video is interesting to watch and the song really grabs you. Now that I think about it, the song and video remind me of “Caffeine”. You expect one thing to happen (B.A.P to be gangster and Yoseob to be cute), so when they do something different it’s mind blowing. Plus, I would rather B.A.P try something different and fail then to do the same thing again, and again.

    It also kind of helps that I’m a sucker for slow songs that have a good beat. :/

    For the BOYFRIEND video, I kept hoping that the babies from their season of Hello Baby would come on! :O

    4 years ago
  14. By the way how old are you guys ?

    4 years ago
  15. There are soooo many good videos/songs/good songs with good videos/good songs with meh videos that came out this week! Why can’t Kpop companies start thinking of us and timing their videos for what can win KMM? If they would only ask me first…*delusional mini temper tantrum is over*

    Infinite H – Special girl ~ The guy with the pinky/purple hair (I remember hearing his name before but I can’t remember it) stole the video for me! I could not stop watching him! He was making THE MOST AWESOME FACIALS! I mean he could put cheerleaders to shame.

    B.A.P – Rain Sound ~ I like how B.A.P is playing with their sound. I actually hope that they continue doing that. Yes some are hit and miss for me, but it keeps them exciting. Having said that, I do really like this song. It doesn’t have as big of an impact as their hard hitting stuff like Warrior and Power but it’s really good. The video is really good too. I love the end with the monchrome and just the splashes of green and red. I’m confused on why they got shot but I still like it stylistically. Plus the cute slightly awkward acting. I’m a sucker for that.

    Boyfriend – IYah ~ Another song that I really liked. Boyfriend caught my attention with Janus and they have kept it with IYah. Maybe the trick with their head staying still isn’t a camera trick…maybe they have super head flexing ability.

    I’ll be happy with whatever wins this week because I am loving all of the top 5 contenders. Plus as I said above, there were a lot of videos that came out this week that are awesome! Hopefully next week won’t be a big week for releases cause otherwise my mind will be blown *Bada da da da da da dadadata*.

    4 years ago
    • the guy with the pinky purpley hair is dongwoo and the other dude is hoya. i always thought it was the other way around, but there ya go. it’s dongwoo.

      4 years ago
    • I think that rain sound’s sound is not that shocking if you listen to the non title tracks on their albums. Some of them have this more subdued sound. I think perhaps S&M have never listened to their whole mini albums.

      4 years ago
      • Yeah. Actually, thinking about it, It’s really only Warrior, Power, and No Mercy (to some extent) and their shorter intro song like Burn It Up (why couldn’t that be a full song!?!) that have that Bombasticness that Simon keeps talking about. The rest of their songs aren’t the same. There’s a wide variety of styles just between the songs on their mini-album.

        I agree Rain Sound is more similar to their other songs on their minis like Voice Mail and even a bit like Secret Love (to where it doesn’t have the same boomingness as Warrior or Power). Now, Crash and Stop It were quite a bit different so they were a bit shocking to me.

        4 years ago
      • Yeah exactly! I’m definitely a fan of BAP’s powerful stuff, but my favourite song of theirs is probably ‘Voice Message’ (at least I think that’s how it translates anyway). It’s a powerful song, but in a completely different way.

        4 years ago
    • i agree with everything you said ^_^

      i think the getting shot part of the B.A.P video was supposed to symbolize how wounded they were since their women left.

      the lyrics keep talking about how they can’t stop thinking about her. How they try and forget, keep everything trapped in the back of their minds, but the rain keeps reminding them of her.

      this first time i heard Rain Sound it didn’t really hit me.. it took a few listens before i started nodding along. It grew on me quickly. it could easily be put into that artsy fartsy category for the 2013 EYKA’s ^_^

      for the first time in a long time, i’ll be happy whichever of the top 5 songs wins this weeks music Monday.

      4 years ago
      • Yeah, I didn’t like Rain Sound at first either (lol bad poetry, melodramatic overemoting, bizarre ~emotional~ bridge on this wispy coffee house song) but it;s grown on me a lot. Now I think it’s hilarious that they took a kind of cliched acoustic ballad and tried to inject tons of emotion… Zelo and Himchan are really good on this, they fit the mood perfectly.

        4 years ago
    • Actually, I do think the companies try to space out their releases. Not for KMM, but for Music Bank and the other weekly award winning shows. For example,I do not remember S&M having two of their groups releasing a song during the same week. And GG and Wonder Girls have not released a song during the same week either.

      4 years ago
    • It’s Dongwoo with the pink-ish hair and I know what you mean! Hoya was my favorite in Infinite, but Dongwoo totally stole the stage. He’s probably the reason why I love the video so much (though Hoya was pretty awesome in the film noir scene :D)

      4 years ago
      • He is kind of mesmerizing and there’s a certain GD aesthetic there, hmm…

        4 years ago
      • I seriously keep rewatching the video for his facial expressions! ;D

        I propose for the 2013 EKYAs there is a category for Best Facial Expressions in a MV and he be nominated (if not win)! LOL

        4 years ago
    • LOL super head flexing ability!

      4 years ago
  16. The camera effect in the I ya boyfriend song is done with a harness hooked to the guy that is in the front so it follows his movements I saw how they did it on the making of the 2pm hands up video. It looks like they did it the same way. Btw happy birthday Simon!

    4 years ago
  17. By the way, Infinitize and Sunggyu’s album were the only Infinite releases last year xD

    It’s not that much compared to their promotions in 2011. They’re definitely not overworking themselves, don’t worry.

    The did hold several large scale solo concerts in Korea though (Second Invasion, Second Invasion Evolution, That Summer) and one in Japan (Second Invasion), as well as a Japan arena tour, so…

    And they also did several variety shows, and dramas, and even a couple of Immortal Song appearances… and maybe 2 Japanese single releases… but they’ve been good.

    4 years ago
    • They have been working hard. :(

      4 years ago
      • They do work hard. But I don’t think they’re doing anything too rigorous, or at least not anything that they can’t handle. They’ve probably found ways to do a lot of work without getting stressed like they used to. I’m only worried that Dongwoo is losing weight, but that’s probably because he’s been working hard on his album with Hoya and this is the first time since debut that so much pressure has been put on him. Other times he’s had the 6 members with him, but this time there’s only him and Hoya.

        4 years ago
        • I take it upon myself to be overly concerned when in fact they are probably feeling antsy not having much to do in between their schedules. Except Sunggyu, he sleeps.
          I’m kind of concerned for Hoya’s sanity lol. Without the other 5 members as a buffer against Dongwoo’s Dongwoo-ness, Hoya seems like he’s taking care of an over-active puppy.

          4 years ago
        • Haha. You’re right. There were fan accounts from the GDA and a worker noted that the members (I believe they were Dongwoo and Woohyun) were annoying the crap out of Hoya and the other members had to come and intervene xD
          Hoya likes his quiet (unless he’s listening to music), and anyone who can’t respect that more often than not gets to go on a date with his fist.

          4 years ago
        • It was Sungjong too… Sungjong was being a bit rotten to his hyung. I heard he was singing and dancing to IGAB and Hoya told him to stop or else. Kind of like this video from their SP days. http://youtu.be/FSH1oatQX8A
          Hoya’s like, “Cut it out or so help me I will end you.” and Sungjong’s like “lol haters gonna hate”.

          4 years ago
        • Oh yeah xD

          I remember reading about that.

          4 years ago
  18. SIMON! I almost thought that we had the same birthday, but your tomorrow is my day after tomorrow…Anyways, Happy borthday!

    4 years ago
  19. Habby Birthday Simonn!
    -rolls down le sexy window-

    4 years ago
  20. I’m a big BAP fan but this video was not something that made a deep impression on me. I watched the video and the reaction afterwards was like “…Meh….I’ll go watch Infinite’s the chaser”. Since Jungup is my Bias i loved that he had more screentime. The only thing I reacted on in the video was the awkward scenes with the dolls. Like… the video doesn’t make sence to me! They stand in odd dark rooms with scissors and lighters and colored flower water that zelo doesn’t like therefor he throws it on the ground, and they torture poor manequin dolls!!
    The song is something that definitly can grow on me. Listened to it for the second time now and noticed the nice guitar feeling coming from the song. The voices are in sync(feeling wize) with the song :) and I love the rapping (as always)

    4 years ago
  21. I’m surprised that Martina didn’t mention the use of turtlenecks in 2/3 videos XD

    4 years ago
  22. lol yeah Jaejoong crushed them all. Which I’m like.. YAYY over… but then.. I’d like all of these videos to be reviewed. Why’d they all have to come out around the same times x.x

    4 years ago
  23. XD I’m surprised that Martina didn’t mention the use of turtlenecks in 2/3 videos ;)

    4 years ago
  24. the H in INFINITE-H stands for hip-hop XD but hadouken sounds cool!!! ROFL…hope you guys are able to review it and HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON!!! HOPE YOU HAVE A NASTY ONE~~

    4 years ago
  25. I loved your Kirk impersonation XD Made my week! Happy Birthday, you wonderfully amazing ball of fun!

    4 years ago
  26. It’s been confirmed that none of those sets were actually used by other groups. Yes, they may be similar, but they are not the same ones. Even the brick room is a different brick room.

    4 years ago
  27. is it okay to vote multiple times for the shorty awards? cause that’s what I did =D

    4 years ago
  28. Happy Birthday!

    4 years ago
  29. i yah also sounds like aiyah in chinese :)

    4 years ago
  30. BTW Happy birthday Simon ^^

    4 years ago
  31. The H in Infinite H stands for hip hop :)

    4 years ago
  32. So there will be no review for Jaejoong mine , Or it will be later??

    4 years ago
    • Mine is currently in first place on the Kpop charts, but a review isn’t guaranteed unless it’s still in first place by the time voting ends in 11 hours and 31 minutes. Please vote, comment, and share if you’d like to see it for Kpop Music Monday. ^^

      4 years ago
    • Voting ends in 11hrs and 57min. If you haven’t vote today, you still can over here: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/kpopcharts/kim-jae-joong-mine/
      Also can add comments for points. =)

      4 years ago
    • If it wins by midnight, we will review it this week, even though we couldn’t promote it via the KpopCharts Update. Though, it doesn’t seem to need the help, since it’s in first place at the moment!

      4 years ago
  33. Infinite H(adouken) would be much better than Infinite H(ip-Hop). which is what it is. sadly.

    4 years ago
    • Really? Infinite Hip Hop? That’s…um…err. That’s pretty special.

      4 years ago
      • In almost EVERY interview they’ve had about their debut as a duo, they’ve answered that question…..they took the H from hip hop but it’s not actually Infinite Hip Hop. just the H. It doesn’t stand for Hip hop…just derived from it….you kind of get what I mean…?

        4 years ago
      • *pats infinite h’s heads* yes dears. you’re gangster. finish your vegetables.

        4 years ago
        • I don’t think they were going for gangster. Gangster isn’t synonymous with hip hop.

          4 years ago
  34. The H stands for Homoerotic………………oh wait,nope…it is HIP-HOP actually…sadly

    4 years ago
  35. wait- so does that mean that if B.A.P doesn’t win this week we’ll never know what S&M think of it? nuoooooooooooo….

    4 years ago
    • There’s always next week. BAP’s video just came out this week.

      4 years ago
  36. I’m a bit disappointed that “MINE” isn’t included. XD But it’s ok since you guys wanted to make the videos before Simon’s birthday. Happy Birthday!

    4 years ago
  37. I assume the H stands for Hip Hop cause I remember in a show one of the members, Hoya who’s in the unit said that the “unit is releasing a hip hop album” something like that I could be wrong lol

    4 years ago
  38. Happy Birthday Martina ^ ^

    4 years ago
  39. We filmed this before Jaejoong’s video came out! Ah! And 2Yoon wasn’t as high on the KpopCharts as these bands, so we talked about them instead :D

    4 years ago
  40. Happy Birthday Simon! You so NASTY! ^_^

    4 years ago