Lee Hi “It’s Over” – Vote for it here!


It’s this week’s KPOPCHART UPDATE!!! YAAAAAAaaaa I’m excited because it’s late at night and I have the late night crazies! This is Martina, but some of you probably already knew that since my writing style is much more crazy than Simon’s style. Okay, so we’re starting today with the return of Lee Hi and her newest song “It’s Over”. I just really love this girls voice. It really is so unique in comparison to everyone else in the kpop scene right now. The video is also really…interesting. I kind of like the fact that this wasn’t a typical girl-and-boy-breakup music video, though it still manages to hold a little bit of creepy considering that it’s about Lee Hi and…a…bear. *ahem* Last thing I say before you watch this unique video is how much do you want to eat those blue gummy bear candies? It’s like, I’ve never seen that light colour blue for a gummy bear!!! YG…where did they get those!!!?? Nasties, have you seen these before? I must know the flavour. Okay, enough rambling about candy.

Jay Park “Appetizer” – Vote for it here!


Next up is Jay Park with his newest song “2013 Appetizer”. We weren’t sure at first if we were going to include this because it’s like, 80% in English but then Simon reminded me we did JYJ, Wondergirls, and SNSD when they sang all English so…I guess we’re safe! I happen to REALLY like this song. It’s super duper catchy and I think some of lyrics are actually hilarious. And not in a “I’m laughing at Jay Park” but instead in a “ohh, that was very funny Jay park!” kind of way. I like this kind of Jay Park song because as most of you already know, it’s difficult for ballads to please me and I feel like Jay Park does three genres of music: rap, ballads, and kpoppyballads. Yes, kpop ballads get their own category because they are slightly different than the average R&Besque style of ballads. They are more like pop meets a ballad, like SHINee’s “Hello Hello” which you already know I don’t like. At all. Jay Park’s “Star” is similar to me. I just…don’t…like it. But “Abandoned” and now this song? I like it! Prepare yourself for lots of swearing and the fact that this song would never ever be on the radio in Korea. Ha ha.

Teen Top “Miss Right” – Vote for it here!


Last up is Teen Top with a very…confusing music video. I get using the whole prison concept as a kpop video but suddenly a female lead is thrown in the mix and the prison video concept is out the window. I’m pretty sure there are no co-ed prisons existing in the world, especially ones where a girl and guy share a cell as well as a change room. Oh kpop videos, you sure love to stretch our imaginations, especially with all those colourful prison costumes. And speaking of colourful I’m totally digging Teen Top’s rainbow coloured hair. It reminded me of when they first debuted and all had multicoloured hair but then it disappeared by the next song. Keep the rainbow hair! It looks great! You can match all your clothing to you hair. Wait…then we might see the return of pastelpantaphila??!! OOOooOoooOoooOoooO!


  2. Just wondering about your guys’ policy on songs by Kpop-y artists, I mean, you guys technically can do whatever you want but consistency is essential for “customer” retention… I thought you used to say that you would review songs in other languages so long as they would be something played in Korea? But now are you opening the option of reviewing any song regardless of language, as long as it’s by a Korean artist? You may wanna concretely verify this in case there ever should be an uproar about it one day, you know?

  3. Jay Park reppin’ Seattle! <3 I miss home! And the SuperSonics :C

  4. i find this soo unfair that let jay parks’s new song which is in english and not korean and jyj’s junsu english song and u-kiss japanese song tick tock but when it came to park jung min’s song give me your heart which was japanese it was even on your site if your only going to do kpop song then these 3 songs shouldn’t be here or at least jung min’s song should have been on it cause i think this song was amazing bit it didn’t even get a chance

    • They explained when they did U-Kiss’s Tick Tack that that would be the last Japanese song that they would review. They also explained why they did English reviews instead of Japanese, because they don’t hear Japanese songs being played around Seoul but they do hear English songs.
      It may seem like a silly reason to you but that’s why the song you want to be on there isn’t.

  5. I think that they are not in prison, but in something like juvie center – I saw something similar on series Misfits. 8D

  6. I am just happy that UKISS won without being promoted in the Kpop charts update!

  7. Ok, so was anyone else’s favourite part of the Lee Hi video when the bear did the Panda Cheese impression with the shopping cart? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5oYdKJEpNo

  8. That Jay Park song is nsfw. Not that I’m at work. It’s Saturday. But if anyone else is at work, it’s nsfw. He swears a lot. When I heard the “You can call me George Foreman cause I’m all up in your grill” I thought, that’s funny, I wonder if that’s the line Martina likes.

  9. Omg that Jay Park song is awful. Is 2013 the year of wolves in kpop? With EXO’s Wolf going AWOOOOOOO and Teen Top’s Miss Right has an AWOOOOOOOO part too. :|

  10. I’m sooooo hoping for S+M to make use of the top 3 rule and choose “Miss Right”. U-KISS are cool, but I’m not digging “Standing Still” at all. Neither the song, nor the video. Sorry, U-KISS and KissMe.
    Jay Park: not my thing.
    Lee HI: nice song + fun video + I want her clothes! Well, maybe not exactly hers, because most probably I wouldn’t fit in her size. And except for the rosary necklace. Rosaries are for praying, not for fashion.

  11. Re: Lee Hi. Definitely getting better. This video is trying a little harder to work with her age appropriately. She’s still a kid and needs to grow into that voice.
    I had more but the dog is barking at the bathtub.

    • “age appropriately? In some shots she looks FIVE-YEARS-OLD and the all white background skews the relative scale to totally enable that. To me, it feels uber-pedobear-creepy when they do that. She does have an incredible voice and I don’t think that making her look older is a good idea either but come ON, those overalls are just ridiculous. The contrast between her voice and this child-like image makes it look like she’s just a kid lip-synching for some older voice actor.

      Cyber_3 – having eyes done only makes her look more doll-like too….

  12. as much as i’d like u-kiss to win (really, i always want them to win everything) i feel like lee hi and teen top both have more interesting videos to talk about. unless s+m want to complain about the lack of burning u-kiss members in the video to comply with the lyrics, because seriously, where were they?

    about the f-bombs in kpop, well there are Junhyung, Feeldog and LE currently dropping a few of them in ‘you got some nerve’ but as they’re not in the top 3 i guess not enough people really care about them

  13. I don’t know if I ever fully forgave Teen Top for No More Perfume on You, but this new song of theirs is insanely catchy. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be going around singing “lalalalala lalalalala” for at least a week now.

  14. >.< i really wanted LeeHi to be reviewed this week D;

  15. I hope they get some estrogen up on the charts because its pretty sure UKiss will hang one for a 2nd week and honestly… not loving UKiss’ new song… Stop Girl was so epic and this is kinda meh…



  18. I like ukiss new song,but the video just came out…so maybe you should review teen top song which won’t be able to survive another week…

  19. Who will it be!? Teen Top that’s been in top 3 for 3 weeks now, Lee Hi that the only girl in this sausage feast, or UKiss that has a dedicated fanbase over here? I’d prefer Teen Top, settle with Lee Hi, but be a bit sad if they choose Ukiss, not because I don’t like them, but because they have the chance to stay in top 3 next week too.

  20. U-Kiss, it’s because of thel I discovered EYK, and their new song I think is awesome, and the dance is so cool. Their are in Mordney’s house!!! Anyway I want to know what S&M think about it!! U-Kiss and Kissme’s FIGHTING!

  21. U-Kiss, because it’s because of them I discovered Eat Your Kimchi, and their video is so cool! Well they are in Mordney’s house, but

  22. awwww Lee Hi is so cute^^^ And I also want to know the answers to those questions!!!! Why are they wearing designer colourful clothing?!? Why are they having pillow fights?!? How can they graffiti a wall while they’re in prison?!?? Why are they dancing? Why is that guy wearing angel wings? Why does that other guy look exactly like JB? Why is Chunji always made to look like a scumbag?? I didn’t watch Jay Parks because well…I don’t like swearing…so thanks for letting me know :)

    But I pity you guys having to choose for this weeks KMM out of the top 3. I mean i’m voting for UKISS cause I’m a KISSME and yeahh…I’m biased. But I would be happy with a KMM for either Lee Hi or Miss Right. I love both songs and the music videos have so much potential and are just really fun :)

  23. Martina said “I’m pretty sure there are no co-ed prisons existing in the world,especially ones where a girl and guy share a cell as well as a change room.”

    my theory: She’s a boy, a taemin type, androgynous boy with long hair.
    If you look closely he has a flat chest and it’s their own fantasy thinking he’s a girl.
    They even say “you got me crazy” meaning the turned crazy thinking he’s a girl when in fact he’s not.
    That’s why they share a cell and change rooms.

  24. I just realized that the female lead in Teen Top’s “Miss Right” M/V is Shin Bora from Gag Concert!

  25. HAhaha I died when Martina answered Simon’s question at the end. I was like “Wait, she really knows how to say it!? Holy sh*t XD” Martina, you just got 20% cooler. And you were pretty cool to start with.

  26. I’d be happy with either It’s Over or Miss Right. There’s not so much to say about UKiss’ new video.

    Appetizer? Meh. When I accidentally watch an American music video, I’m always astonished at how lesss creative than Korean ones it is!

    The light blue gummy bears? No, thanks! Light blue food doesn’t exist!

  27. Appetizer was skipped in my playlist mode? Sigh, I guess i’ll watch it manually =(

  28. I hope tht S&M review Lee Hi becuz they dd two boy bands two weeks in a row and they said they review more girls and girl groups

  29. “Lee Hi fans – or as I like to call you – annyeong!” lol – I seriously laughed out loud. Martina, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your sweater. You really have such fantastic style. And yes, the MFBTY interview was epic. Now we just need to get JYJ, U-Kiss, INFINITE, Super Junior, TVXQ, BIGBANG, SISTAR, BEG, who am I kidding…we need to get ALL the idols and K-Indie and Korean music people to come and interview with you!

  30. I really really want to understand why in every k-pop video for groups whenever there is a love line its all girls and the same guy of all the guys and the same girl?!!! I keep thinking while I watch the videos, “erm aren’t we promiscuous” or “there is shit that friends don’t share!” My point being why can’t they get more freaking models. God I’m not even asking for a girl or boy each ( which would be ideal!) but maybe another one or maybe two or three or four.. according to the number of members of each group. Moreover, make it fit into the story line of the video if the same girl/guy is seen kissing, hugging, wetf! multiple members of the same group. I know its too much to ask, I know…. but I needed to vent.

    • I’m no expert and there are probably a lot of other equally valid answers, but I think it’s mainly because then fans will think that each different girl matched with each different band member infers that the particular band member prefers THAT TYPE of girl (the one he is matched with). With just one girl, it seems more generic and fans can put themselves in her shoes more easily and “love” all the band members more equally. Just think of trying to be in that room matching girls to guys and see where those decisions lead you, it goes deeper than the cost. I think you are TOTALLY correct in your rant and it bothers me as well but I can see the point from a marketing perspective.

      Cyber_3 – NU’EST’s latest video has them sharing her knowingly, creepy but imaginative……..

  31. Teen Top’s “Miss Right” reminds me of Boyfriend’s songs ._.

  32. Alright, something is up. When I watch the playlist here on the blog, it skips the music videos. It happened last week, and I didn’t think anything of it, but it’s done it again! D:< This is suspicious…

  33. I don’t know much about Teen Top, but one of the guys has pink in his hair just like Martina! S & M are such trendsetters. :P

  34. ooh I need to take a listen to Jay Park’s song. Didn’t even know he had a new track out.

    Still sad that your guys haven’t been able to add Rainbow’s song to this since you guys were in Japan then :(

  35. Actually I’ve been wondering if U-KISS popularity in EYK is pretty much based on their kind interaction with you guys or they really had been super famous before you guys had a chance to talk to each others in interviews/twitter/etc.

  36. As much as I love U-Kiss I’m really hoping for Teen Top and Lee Hi

  37. I’m actually really conflicted about who I want to win this week’s KMM. Lee Hi has won me over with her cuteness (and ability to move her face) in “It’s Over”, but U-KISS… You’re songs these days all still themselves in my head (and I love the funny homeless jokes S&M make :3). And last, but not least, Teen Top, who have finally made a song that I actually like!! Btw, where does one find multicolored jeans like the ones they’re wearing in a size bigger than my pinky finger? I simply must know :3

  38. I need that sweater that martina is wearing skjenksje

  39. Nasties are pretty much the biggest KISSMes ever :P Ooooh you so NastyKISSMes xD

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