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KpopCharts Update: Boyz Hyde Girl

June 8, 2013

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MBLAQ “Smoky Girl” – Vote for it Here!

Ok: this song is great. Great I tell you! Absolutely great! You know how we’ve felt this year with the trend of Kpop songs to be mashups of between three and seven different genres and sounds in one. That might be some people’s cup of tea, but not ours. We like consistent songs that evolve, rather than patchwork music, you know? This song, let me tell you, is consistently awesome. Like, whoa. We’re blown away. And it doesn’t sound Kpop-ish. It sounds so different.

Look, we don’t know what to say. We’re gushing about the song and we’re trying to save our words just in case we do review it for Music Monday. By then, we’ll have formed something more eloquent than just fangirl gushing.

VIXX “Hype” – Vote for it Here!

So, this is the first time we actually given a decent amount of attention to VIXX, and – we gotta say – they’ve got some really good songs now that we’ve taken the time to explore their music. Hyde’s great as well, and it’s got a relevant music video!

But honestly, we’re struggling to keep up with all the new kpop bands coming out, and in turn we’re struggling with the criticism we’re receiving for not talking about all the rookie groups for KMM. There was such a huge influx of new kpop bands over the past year that it’s just impossible to keep up with all of them, while still respecting the other bands that have been working in the kpop scene for a long time.

It’s such a difficult thing for us to balance. We came to Korean in 2008 and just got into kpop then, and some of our favourite bands just came out or started to break into the scene around that time. But now that those groups are popular, we’re supposed to dump them because they’re “too popular” and stick only to the newest rookie bands? What about our favourite groups and our excitement for their returns?

We’re really stuck between a rock and a hard place because on one hand, we want to talk about bands we’ve followed for a couple years and are finally having comebacks, but we also want to talk about new bands. And then, the bands that we did review while they were rookies, like B.A.P, B1A4, EX-O, Lee Hi, are now considered “popular” groups, and once again we’re criticized for not giving the newest of new groups a chance! AHH!!!

Anyhoo, the point of this is to say that I know VIXX fans have been dedicated to try and get VIXX in for a KMM, but they’ve been surrounded by the return of some of our favourite groups. One thing I will say for sure is that I’m grateful for their persistence because it caught my attention so I browsed their videos and they’ve made themselves new fan. So even if we don’t review them for this KMM, I’ll be keeping my eye on them!

Wonder Boyz “Tarzan” – Vote for it Here!

Ok, so Martina loves this song a lot more than I do. It’s not a bad song. I like it. I just don’t love it and rave about it the way Martina’s going on. It’s a good song! It’s ridiculously catchy. FIMINIMI FIMINIMI TAR-ZAN! FIMINIMI FIMINIMI TAR-ZAN! I’ve been singing that incessantly. Side note: I think this is the first time in a long time, if not the first time ever, that we’ve really enjoyed all three songs on the KpopCharts update and have had great things to say about each.

We don’t know much about Wonder Boyz so we can’t say much more about them, since this is our first time being exposed to their music, but if they keep stuff up like this we’ll become huge fans. This is really original, really, for Kpop music. Reggaeton? When I heard that someone was trying it out in Kpop I thought it’d be embarrassingly bad, but it’s actually really well done. Check it out. You’ll like it!

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  1. Smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl – this is what’s going on in my head lately. This song is really, really amazing!
    VIXX’s Hyde is cool as well (and so was On And On… no, it was even better!).
    But Tarzan doesn’t really do it for me. The chorus indeed is memorable but I’m not a fan of this song. I did like the video though!

    3 years ago
  2. Smoky Girl, one of the first K-pop video’s that have some relevance to the teaser images? xD

    3 years ago
  3. I think this is actually one of the best selections for a chart updates. But perhaps that’s because I’m biased and absolutely love all of the songs and knew about them all before they were on the update, so I had a massive feel-good moment because I was like “I know them all! And I like them all!”

    There’s a part of me that wishes 100%’s latest single would be on the charts, because they’re one of my favourite rookie groups, but hey, there’s always next time, right? It’s not like you can mention every single song that came out recently or the updates would practically be a weekly documentary on k-pop songs.

    (And also, I agree with Martina about On and On! It got so close to the top of the K-pop charts, but not reviewed :( It’s one of my favourite K-pop songs.)

    3 years ago
  4. I’m an A+, so of course I want MBLAQ’s song to be reviewed, but damn! VIXX’s song and video are a pleasure to watch (does it make sense? English is not my first language), because EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE! The song, the mv, the makeup, the dance (uhh, and I LOVE this dance). Even if I don’t become VIXX’x fan, I think I’ll be lookig forward to their next songs.

    3 years ago
  5. Isn’t the “Come closer, let me hold ya'” part rapped by Master One, and not Young Boy? :3

    3 years ago
  6. This update is GREAT! (Que in Tony the Tiger) Thank you for introducing me to Tarzan, it was really upbeat and I don’t even like normal reggaeton music, what the. Thanks for including Vixx, I had only half paid attention to it a few times, but I really watched it this time and it really is something awesome. And MBLAQ, oh my gourd I’m crack addicted to Smoky Girl and I don’t know what to do with myself. I freaking insanely love that song right now. Standing Still had been my favorite song this year but this one, as well as This Love by Shinhwa, have taken the first and second place in my heart respectively.

    3 years ago
  7. I’m going to again recommend seasonal Rookie Round-Ups. Four times a year won’t be too much of a work load, and it’ll give you a chance to discover (and share) some lesser-known gems like C-Clown and WonderBoyz.

    3 years ago
  8. Just a minor note, VIXX fans are called

    “StarLights”.

    3 years ago
    • They should make keyboards with mandatory star buttons. I forgot the code to create a star using the numerical keypad, but if it were a button I could just go ST☆RLIGHT errwhere! Among other fun things I could do with stars in text. Bwoop.

      3 years ago
  9. Hey! Two of these songs made my video for my Top Five K-Pop songs of May. Guess which two lol.
    http://m.youtube.com/my_videos#/watch?v=1tJeQrJ3DvE

    3 years ago
  10. If wonderboyz manage to make it up the charts like monkeys chasing bananas, I’m liking the idea of Simon dressing up as a wondergirl fangurilla for the wonderboyz….Martina as Tarzan…..you all know you want to see that too.

    Sidenote: I have to agree MBLAQ annihilated with “Smoky Girl”….that is what a comeback is all about. Even though shenanigans with Wonderboyz would be fun…gotta hand my vote to MBLAQ…actually I’ll vote both (as I usually do) and make my vote worthless…yay democracy.

    3 years ago
  11. Smokey Girl was one of those songs that I knew needed to grow on me. I love MBLAQ but I didn’t immediately love Smokey Girl. I did, however love Mir’s rap! excuse me while I go a little fan girl here! There is something about Mir’s raps that I just love. Anyway, Mir Killed it in his rap. The rest of the song has grown on me but I don’t think it’s my favorite of theirs.

    Vixx’s Hyde disturbs me on so many levels and I love that!! The video creeps me out so much (and it doesn’t help that I’m severely Arachnophobic). even their live stages are creepy. The song is pretty awesome.

    Tarzan is one of those earwormy songs (which can be a good thing!). It’s gonna creep up on everyone now and they’ll all be singing different versions of it!

    3 years ago
  12. i will personally be happy if any of these 3 amazing MV’s got reviewed!

    They all have great imagery, dances, and choruses in my opinion~
    like SRSLY FIMINIMI FINIMINI TAR-ZAN I CAN’T CONTROL THE SMOKEY GIRL SMOKEY GIRL ~ yea i went there xD hahaha

    3 years ago
  13. Thank you Martina for Introducing us to “Tarzan” by Wonder Boyz. What a freakin’ awesome song. And the video was so well made. I am now jamming to that song while trying to dance to it with some reggae moves.

    3 years ago
  14. this kiss scene from exo you are talking about is from the 2nd video teaser, there is a lt of hate going on on that video

    3 years ago
  15. Yay!!! I am so glad you are becoming VIXX fans! They have been doing so well this year. And YES!!!!!!!! I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO TARZAN!!! (And they guy rocks this curly fro thing – they are great dancers in live performances as well). I am so glad you love it Martina!!! And Smoky girl – AH, SO GOOD!!! Please excuse the caps…I just LOVE these songs!!!

    3 years ago
  16. I think one of (because there are many) great things of MBLAQ’s Smoky Girl is that it transcends K-Pop and is easy to love because of its awesome composition and incredibly infectious beat. I really liked MBLAQ before this song, but this just pushed them to another level. I’ve been hitting replay for days now!

    I can’t wait to see how well they do live!

    3 years ago
  17. The awkward moment when the ad beneath the Smoky Girl video says “Guys don’t like girls who smoke.”

    DUN DUN DUN :p

    3 years ago
  18. Hey guise! As I always say, just do whatever you want and us Nasties will follow you. Talk about the groups you want and have time for! BUT! I just really have to say this cause it’s honestly been bugging me for a while – though I understand that it can be hard if you’re not a dedicated fan: it’s EXO. It’s pronounced like one word, like the first two syllables of “exothermic”. It’s not E-X-O, and it’s not EX-O. It’s EXO. Hope you don’t take this in a negative way, I just… feel the urge to correct mistakes when I see them. And I’m a die-hard EXOtic :)

    3 years ago
    • Well, I’d say EXO is pronounced more like a word, and EX-O more like the two letters, X.O. But it’s more about the spelling. But also that’s just me splitting hairs… :)

      3 years ago
  19. Glad to hear Vixx has a new fan.
    In all honestly, there are just too many rookie groups these days and only a few stand out and are worth mentioning. Luckily for Lee Hi, Exo, and BAP, they stood out from the get go and gained an influx of fans. On the other hand, groups like Vixx and B1A4 slowly break away from the cluster of rookies and build up their fanbases as they release new music. So it really isn’t about having to spotlight the newest of the new rookies (cuz ain’t nobody got time for that + most times there is nothing worth mentioning yet), but about shining light on rookies that are straying out from the pack and have the potential to break out of the rookie label. Vixx is a good example – they have been gaining fans with each release (especially when they released “On and On”) so its only a matter of time until they release that one song that will push them to the next level and out of the rookie label.

    3 years ago
  20. I feel like a K-Pop Hipster, because while Martina was talking about VIXX, I was all “I knew about them before they were cool”. :D Ha! I really liked their song “Rock Ur Body”, so it all started from there. :)

    “Smoky Girl” is also really awesome! At first I was all “Meh”, but I played it again and I grew on me really quickly. I think one of the reasons it’s so good is because it sounds like something that Zion.T would make, and I know that he did work on this album, along with Primary and Simon D.

    This is something unrelated, but the plot for “Tarzan” reminded me of the drama “Flower Boy Next Door”. You know, with the whole staying in the hosue and staring at a person all day with a magnifying device. It’s a great song though! I’m surprised I haven’t heard it yet.

    On the EXO thing. I heard that so many crazy fans were trying to hack SM’s server to leak the Drama version, that SM just cancelled it because they were done. This also one of the best K-Pop Chart Updates ever, because all of the songs are great.

    3 years ago
  21. Wow… Every single song is very catchy and entertaining. Is it the summer songs finally making an appearance? lol Same as dramas! There are so many good dramas on right now! I had to make a list just to keep up haha

    3 years ago
  22. OMGEE! Martina <3 Tarzan! I agree, that song is awesome!

    3 years ago
  23. This week’s update is so amazing, that I just wanna roll around on the grown and fanboi (because fanbois don’t fangirl :3) all over the place… *gets weird stares* What? These songs are *really* that great :D

    I think that MBLAQ have really topped themselves with Smoky Girl, and the entire Sexy Beast mini album. Like seriously, Smoky Girl has taken Y (my former favorite MBLAQ song) and thrown it off a building to it’s death. Yes people, this song has stolen my heart XD It’s got this smooth (and consistent :3) RnB feel that’s wrapped in a laid back danceable package. It’s too good :3

    As for that VIXX song… It ain’t bad either ^^ When I first heard VIXX, it was their song “Rock Ur Body”, and while it seemed like something I would like, it was just too typical to me. Like, they didn’t try *at all* to make it their own, imo. Also, idk about y’all, but if a video game was telling me to “come closer” (the part of the video where the bridge is playing, for those are confused), I would throw it in reverse, go “beep beep! wide load!”, and proceed to exit the building!! I don’t care if the boys inside are hawt, I’ve seen enough horror movies to know what happens when the stupid person (because everybody acts like they ain’t got no sense in horror movies -_-) follows the creepy instructions instead of high tailing it out of there. *ahem* Where was I… Oh yeah, hyde :D It’s a great song ^^ I must confess that I found the intro really cheesy (Like, BYG’s intro to One Shot cheesy), but once I pushed past that part, I was totes into the song. And I must agree with Martina, dat video… Good Lord, that spooked the mess out of me XD (I’m a huge scaredy cat, sue me :P). Idk if I’d qualify to be a VIXX fan because I started paying attention to them during their On and On promotions, but I’m totally digging everything they’ve released (except Rock Ur Body). I cannot describe my feels for Super Hero (let’s just settle on it’s my jam :3), and On and On was a nice step up on that latter. Hyde is not my favorite song by them , but I like the progression into this darker sound.

    Okay, I know I’m sounding like such a geek here, but 2NE1 actually experimented with Reggaeton on Clap Ya Hands and SuJu’s Bonamana kind of a touch of the Reggaeton beat (my sister was actually the one who pointed that out to me; one night I was acting a fool to it as I cleaning up, and she came asked if it was Korean Reggaeton. I was like lolwut XD). That aside, I really like Tarzan, as well. Like, really like it XD I don’t know much about the Wonder Boyz either (and honestly, I always thought they were JYP’s attempt at making a male version of the Wonder Girls XD), but they pulled this song off with ease. They were *not* playing with this song, because they definitely brought the heat!! I hope this song really gets them noticed, because it’s really great. It’s kind of sad that a lot of the good rookies aren’t being hyped by the big three are being drowned out in a flood of excess debuts.

    3 years ago
    • On the Raggaeton subject (kinda I think?), has anyone heard DJ Masa’s mash up of Mirotic? I’m not gonna pretend I know the other song or anything about it, but I loved this as soon as I heard it, almost if not more than the original! http://youtu.be/TY5UbXo-8GM

      3 years ago
      • I’m so going to make a playlist. Anyone more suggestions?

        3 years ago
      • Dude, I fangirl over DJ Masa like crazy. His Shinee/UKiss/Suju/Nirvana mashup “Smells Like Easy Ding Dong” changed my life!

        3 years ago
        • Yeah I love his stuff, I really like the big end of year mash ups too, especially the ‘Kpop till the world ends’ and the ‘Good-bye Party’ ones :D I remember the first time I heard the ’til the world ends’ one, I pretty much only recognised the TVXQ and Big Bang songs lol, whereas now I know every song… I think this mash up definitely encouraged me to explore kpop a lil further (and then I discovered S&M and the obsession was cemented) :P

          3 years ago
      • YES!!! That is such an amazing mash-up!!! <3 It's more of a Latin crossover through, rather than Reggaeton…

        And, I also found that with his mash-up of Why (Keep Your Head Down) and Shy Boy…. Seriously, I was listening to Shy Boy this morning and was singing Why (Keep Your Head Down) instead of the actual Shy Boy lyrics :D

        3 years ago
        • Haha I love the Why Shy Boy mash up! I can’t take KYHD seriously anymore after hearing it :P
          And yeah, I’m not all that clued up on Reggaeton (hence the ‘kinda I think’ part of my previous comment lol), I just remembered seeing the word used a lot in the comments so that’s why it came to mind :)

          3 years ago
        • Don Omar and Daddy Yankee are both huge Reggaeton artists, and that was the music used in that mash up, so you’re safe :-)

          3 years ago
        • Ahh thanks for the info :)

          3 years ago
    • I am amused on so many levels that you mistyped Sexy Beat as Sexy Beast.

      3 years ago
      • In my defense, MBLAQ has several of them, so… :P Seriously, though; I must be *that* tired to have typed XD

        3 years ago
        • I’m surprised that I haven’t made the same slip yet myself. :P They’re sexy beasts with sexy beats.

          Too bad Beast’s comeback is still a little further down the road. Sexy Beast sounds like an MBLEAST collaboration.

          3 years ago
        • Why must you mention MBLEAST?! *cries piteously for lovely leader duo-ship with Seungho and Doojoon*

          3 years ago
        • I am not sure you understand how much I laughed at MBLEAST.

          3 years ago
        • I can’t be sure of course, but probably about as much as I did writing MBLEAST. :D Did you also have a goofy grin on your face? ‘Cause I did. :D

          3 years ago
        • I snurted. It sounds like a cross between a giggle, a honk, and a snort.

          3 years ago
        • That sounds like it’d be interesting. Like, very interesting :3 I’m not much of a Batoost fan, but I’d totes pay attention to that

          3 years ago
        • Haha, it may be a typo but let’s be real, they could have just called this album Sexy Beast and we would all have been like, “Yup, that is correct. Carry on, fine sirs.”

          3 years ago
        • Yeppers XD

          3 years ago
        • “MBLAQ will be unleashing their Sexy Beast on June 4th.” Yep, nothing misleading about that statement. ;)

          3 years ago
        • OMG, I just died a little!

          3 years ago
        • that is so true! XD

          3 years ago
  24. Hey you guys should watch their performance on SBS Inkigayo. Their choreography not only are well executed but also actually makes sense. The beauty of Hyde concept is in their choreography.

    I have to say that VIXX’s production team did a really good job with this promotion cycle. Everything is complete: the song, the video, the outfits, the makeup, the choreography. Last evening they managed to get to #6 on Music Bank. I’m really happy for them; they are getting the attention they deserve.
    P.S.: Martina is now a fan of VIXX!!!!!

    3 years ago
    • I agree the music video doesn’t do the choreography justice. I kept on replaying their dance practice video (I actually recommend watching that instead of inkigayo) because it was so cool and I got hooked on the song :3 I don’t know if martina noticed this but the choreography actually matches the korean lyrics on many parts!! -this was true for on and on as well.

      3 years ago
      • Agree!
        Watch Inkigayo to see how VIXX corporates their concept into the dance routine.
        Watch the dance practice to see how glorious the dance routine is.

        3 years ago
  25. ARGHHHH THIS WEEK IS LIKE THE SOPHIE’S CHOICE OF K-POP. TOO MUCH GOOD MUSIC COMING OUT ALL AT ONCE. MUST LISTEN TO THIS PLAYLIST ON REPEAT UNTIL I FIND THE CAPSLOCK BUTTON AGAIN.

    3 years ago
  26. I just want to say, for your reggaeton comment: Stony Skunk. Nuff said. Both the other songs are great as well. I don’t have any complaints either. But seriously, if you haven’t listened to Stony Skunk, do it. Do it NIAOW. You’ll thank me later ;P

    3 years ago
  27. YESS! SUCCESS! VIXX was finally mentioned! Tbh, that’s all I really wanted xD I don’t mind if you guys don’t do a full review on them (even though that would be totally AWESOME) because I understand the dilemma you are currently facing because MBLAQ is AWESOME and so is Smoky Girl. And it’s great to know that you actually explored VIXX and their other songs because they were great too and didn’t get mentioned by you before so it’s really really great to hear your thoughts. I love both MBLAQ and VIXX so I’d be happy with either one :)

    And I rather wait for the Drama Version of EXO (unless it like never comes out O_O) because Wolf has really grown on me for some reason. Well the majority of the song :P And there’s also Henry’s Trap (WHICH WAS JUST MIND-BLOWING) and then there’s a bunch of other comebacks….Looks like you guys have a lot tough decisions ahead of you.

    3 years ago
    • Kes

      I looooove MBLAQ’s song, but KMM is mostly for the video, right? And I think VIXX has the most interesting video out of all of them. (the choreo live, too? Insaaaane!)

      3 years ago
    • I totally agree with everything you said… seriously!!!

      I really hope that they can manage to review Henry’s Trap, because it’s such a beautiful song, has amazing singing, awesome dancing, Henry showing off his REAL piano skills, and the guests are the respective maknaes of their groups! How much better can it get??? <3

      3 years ago
  28. Am I the only one who thinks the one guy in the forest with the girl ( in Tarzan ) looks like Doojoon from Batoost?

    3 years ago
  29. Really happy to see that you guys love the same songs I’ve been obsessed with recently ^^. All three of these songs have been my JAMS since they came out!

    Holy crap, Smoky Girl is amazing. Everyone should check out the whole album – it has a sweet disco funk/electronic theme throughout that I LOVE. It’s cohesive and has no “throw away” songs – I’m super impressed with it as a kpop album.

    I’m really happy to see Vixx gaining so many fans (≧◡≦). Jellyfish has been doing some great management/marketing! They’re a super talented group and I’ve been in love with them ever since I saw their cuteness in person at kcon. Even if you guys don’t review Vixx, I’ll honestly be okay with it because it’s enough for my fangirl heart to know that you like them now :).

    The Wonderboyz are really adorable and I hope they keep gathering more fans (their official twitter just barely passed 2k followers recently o.o). I do think it’s sad though that baek chiki doesn’t get as much appreciation as he should (despite arguably being one of the most talented) just because he isn’t a flower boy…. Anyway, here’s the official twitter link for anyone who wants it (hint hint): https://twitter.com/w_boyz102

    3 years ago
    • Thanks for the twitter link! Didn’t know they have one o.o I do agree it’s sad bak chigi aren’t appreciated more he’s got mad rapping skills and well he is the leader of the group :/ well even if I say this my bias is Masterone. those eyes are so mesmerizing and he reminded me of an ulzzang ex-idol I used to love :3

      3 years ago
    • The Wonderboyz…. OMG!!!! who are they, where did they come from and WHY THE HECK have i not heard of them before?!?! this song is THEEEEEEE fracking awesomeness!! i jizzed. i kid you not it was so awesome. wth?? it blew my mind! *cueSUJUreference* i followed their twitter. any links to any videos, interviews or variety shows about them? i HAVE to know more about em like, OMG.

      3 years ago
      • Their first music video was….pretty offensive with its cultural appropriation so the international fandom kind of covered them up, which is why few people have heard of them, but they have 5 more songs from their debut mini album (including a song featuring Lee Haeri from Davichi) and they’re not half bad. Not as good as Tarzan, but good.

        The members are Bak Chigi/Park Chiki (the rapper in the hat), Young Boy, K (the singer) and Master One, and they’re aged between early ’92 (Bak Chigi) and ’94 (K and maknae Master One). Young Boy is a ’93er.

        I don’t think they have many/if any well-known interviews or variety shows. No, wait, I lied: http://kpopaddictworld.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/eng-051413-wonder-boyz-wonder-tv-episode-1/ This is their FY Tumblr and there are a couple of translated interviews on there, too: http://fywonderboyz.tumblr.com/

        3 years ago
    • Wonderboyz will have an interview on Arirang Radio(all in English boyz and girlz!) on 13th of June 12-2PM Korean time on the lovely Isak’s K-poppin’
      Let’s join the show on the message board and show them some love! :)

      http://www.arirang.co.kr/Radio/New_Radio_MessageBoard.asp?PROG_CODE=RADR0143&MENU_CODE=101539&go_MESS=List&c_seq=525436&Page=1&mNO=1

      3 years ago
    • Well you can consider that twitter followed. I can’t believe I didn’t know about them before!

      3 years ago
  30. You guys need to stop telling me about all this great music. I just went and bought Tarzan.

    3 years ago
  31. Henry’s trap is missing here u.u

    3 years ago
  32. Oh, and Simon there was a kiss scene in the 2nd teaser for Wolf

    3 years ago
  33. I think it’s really coincidental that all three of the KMM update songs are the songs that I’m obsessed with right now. I’ll be stoked if any of them get reviewed but I’m hoping for VIXX because of how through that videos concept is.

    Also, you all should check out the Wonder Boyz’s “Open the Door” too. It’s like a mix between kpop and trot like Tarzan is a mix of kpop and reggaeton. Good stuff.

    3 years ago
  34. I want VIXX to be reviewed so badly it hurts!!! I swear, if they get reviewed, I will cry tears of joy!

    3 years ago
    • I will too ^O^ I mean Starlights have worked really hard to have it in the top 3 for like 3 weeks now! That’s rare with newer and not super popular groups..
      I really think VIXX deserves a KMM! It’s a good song and amazing MV! Jellyfish put a lot of work into it, and like Martina said, the MV, the choreography (not to mention the outfits in the performances), the song, and everything else fits with the Jekyll and Hyde concept. That’s also rare with kpop releases lately

      3 years ago
  35. I fangirled too. I might have even fallen in love with Martina just for that hahaha :D (don’t worry Simon, it’s just merely platonic)

    3 years ago
  36. I’m a hardcore STARLIGHT (VIXX fan), but I’m currently torn between their Hyde video and MBLAQ’s comeback. Smoky Girl was just too great, I’m learning the dance moves. Thunder’s pink hair IS SO AWESOME!! and my darling Lee Joon looks so great wearing that fedora hat, omg!!
    Last week I was a lil bit disappointed because I could only see VIXX in the charts, I didn’t really care about EXO or CL (they are great, but they don’t have my heart haha). But now, with MBLAQ up there in the charts, I’ll reeeeeeally be happy with whoever you guys review! The charts right now are driiving me crazy because I don’t know who I want you to review more!!! (except EXO haha, exotics, please don’t hate me ;_; I like Kai.”shalala-ulf, shalala-ulf, sa-rang-hae-yo~~~”)

    By the way, I’m also expecting SISTAR’s comeback, which looks like it’s gonna be tango-ish and I looooove tango!

    Al my love from Mexico (:

    3 years ago
  37. i feel like simon basically said they would watch smokey girl in ripito flipito sipi slow motion in order to find stuff to turn into skits :P

    3 years ago
  38. I think the problem people have with big name groups being mentioned is that it kind of makes no sense for a kpop charts update. These updates have at least some influence over how people vote, and you end up having to hedge so much so you don’t mention something you’d mention in a KMM. If SNSD, Big Bang, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, etc. releases a new song, everyone and their brother knows it. Mentioning it in the update and then (most likely) turning around and reviewing it is just essentially rehashing the existence of a song everyone already knows about. Do we really need an update to hear for the zillionth time that these big name, top tier groups released a song?

    I think it’s not about “dumping” old favorites, but about giving just a teeny bit of attention to a group people aren’t otherwise going to even know exist. (Case in point: literally your first, and only, mention of ChAOS was in the end of year EYK awards. And then they were competing with nine other groups nominated in the same category. And now they disbanded, and the most common comment was “I didn’t even know they existed.”)

    3 years ago
    • What chaos disbanded??? Noooooooo I really liked them ;_; is there management still active though I’ve heard no news of norazo and piggydolls like they disappeared ._.

      3 years ago
    • Nic

      I think you have a different definition of what a Kpop Charts Update is. Isn’t an update of the chart supposed to show what is happening on the chart? It makes sense to show big name groups because it’s just a snapshot of the chart, it’s not just a promotion of rookie groups.

      I often don’t watch a lot of the big name groups until the update because I only follow a few groups, not all of them. So the first time I see some of these videos is actually on the Kpop Charts Update. Not everyone knows everything that every big name group is doing.

      I don’t think it’s Simon and Martina’s job to place so much emphasis on rookie groups. Many disband, but at the same time, many should. There are way too many rookies groups and they do need to be culled. It’s unfortunate but that’s how the music industry works. If you think there needs to be more focus on less popular groups perhaps that is a niche that would be popular for a blog- and perhaps someone else could do, but I don’t see that as Eat Your Kimchi’s duty and I don’t think they should be criticised for not emphasising less popular or rookie groups.

      3 years ago
    • It would be weird to not mention a big name group in the kpop chart updates since the point of the updates is to mention what’s new (video-wise) in kpop. It would be even weirder if they mentioned only lesser known groups and rookies (defeats the purpose of the updates and essentially becomes more like a new up and coming groups segment). Either way people are going to vote for the groups they like no matter if their top tier, rookie, or in between.

      As far as influencing, I do think S&M say subtle things in the updates to draw interest, but I don’t think that alone gets loads of people to vote for that particular video just to hear more. If they were going to say something like “Omagod Wolf is such an awful song, we have so much we say about the awesome dance and let’s talk that box room, BUT you have to vote to hear us talk about it on KMM,” then yeah that would definitely be crossing the line and would influence voting greatly. But for the most part, lately they’ve been keeping themselves in line in terms of not influencing voters to a certain video. [By the way… we don’t know how they feel about Wolf yet so don’t take my example to heart….. by the way I actually like Wolf so please don’t attack me]

      3 years ago
    • I think you guys do a good job of this. I notice that you often try to include a lesser-known group or song in the chart update, particularly if it’s something that you personally enjoy (like Wonder Boyz this week). I know I can’t keep track of all the new groups coming out all the time so I don’t really expect you guys to do it either.

      3 years ago
    • They mentioned ChAOs’s Racer in a chart update. That was actually how I had heard of them and fell in love with Racer. I’m sad they disbanded. :c

      3 years ago
    • “Kpop bands are like cute dancing mushrooms!”

      That was one adorable picture that popped into my head. xD

      3 years ago
  39. I sing Tarzan like that too!

    Asdfghjkldfghj TARZAN! Sghgkdscfvbg TARZAN! Aadfghjkljhgfds TARZAN! TARZAN! TARZAN!

    3 years ago
    • My personal rendition is: Shaminaminamina TARZAN

      3 years ago
      • Kes

        DUDE y’all are right, this stuff is mega catchy. All I knew about Wonder Boyz previously was that they call B1A4 ‘sunbaenim’ so I was scared of their nuguness ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

        ANYONE WHO LIKES THE REGGAETON-ish SOUND: Fiestar’s ‘wicked’ is frigging awesome. No MV, but an amaaaazing song.

        3 years ago
      • Lol! Mine changes every time I sing it. I have no specific translation.

        3 years ago
        • LOOOOOOL!!!! You sing the song of our household.

          3 years ago
        • There’s a line that goes ” Make a thrilla in Manila or an island”. No lies here, you can check the official lyrics if you think i’m lying.

          IT’S SO CATCHY THOUGH.

          3 years ago
        • I drive my sister nuts with that sentence. LOVE IT! :D

          3 years ago
        • It’s a reference to a really intense boxing match in Manila in 1975 so i don’t know. I didn’t write these lyrics, why do you judge me like this D:

          3 years ago
        • I’m mot judging you! Aynish is friend, not food. (see I can quote too :P) Ahh, just pointing out the stupidity of the line. songwriters have no idea about geography obviously.

          3 years ago
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