After School “First Love” – Vote for it Here!


Holy smokes, is this dance ever awesome! We haven’t seen lots of pole dancers before, but when two girls are on the pole at once, and they link legs and swirl down the pole: whoa! That’s really impressive!

Also, we read the headline about one of the members of After School getting her pelvis injured, and then I was going to make some inappropriate joke about hurting your pelvis on the pole, but then I read more about it and realized that it’s a serious injury, that she supposedly fell of stage? Whoa. That’s pretty intense.

Side note: I’m not sure if all pole dancing is like this, but shouldn’t the poles be attached to the ceiling? It looks so wobbly when they’re on it and definitely unsafe. Are those the standard poles for poledancing?

Dal Shabet “Be Ambitious” – Vote for it Here!


Damn you John Conti!

Here’s the webiste.

Here’s the YouTube Channel

How…how big is John Conti? Is it big in the US? How have his shirts been in two Kpop videos? When I saw it the first time in 4Minute’s “What’s Your Name”, I thought it was just a shirt that they found at some random thrift store, and so it looked cool and appropriate for a Kpop video…somehow. But now it’s in two videos. Is this a trend? Who’s printing these shirts here? Did John Conti set up shop here in Korea? It…it doesn’t make any sense! Guise! What is this?


Side note: we just opened up our new T-Shirt store, if you haven’t seen it yet. We’ve got a few new designs you might find interesting. Check it out!

Lee Hyori “Going Crazy” – Vote for it Here!


Lee Hyori is so pretty! And she’s rather convincing as a dude, which makes me feel conflicted, like Lee Hyori must be less pretty as a result. No way a pretty girl can look like a dude like that, right? Must be something less pretty about the girl. Or no? I’m just confused. I do know, though, that we’re impressed with this video. Lee Hyori’s a pretty girl, and pretty girls in Kpop videos usually show off how pretty they are, with closeups of their faces and sexy dances and whatnot, but Lee Hyori is not going that route. She’s hiding how pretty she is, and dressing up like a dude, and making you think more about Kpop videos and how they’re made. No? Is it just us seeing it that way? I’m not sure. Alls I know is I’m impressed.

  1. Can you guys please please puuleeeeez make an “I’m not ugly, I’m exotic!” shirt.

    (and then send one to me because I asked so nicely)

  2. P.S: It would’ve been awesome if you could include BTS in your next kpopchart update… their album is so awesome

  3. I don’t know which video you’ve picked since it’s passed midnight….

    “She’s hiding how pretty she is, and dressing up like a dude, and making you think more about Kpop videos and how they’re made.” Kind of…

    Still I don’t like the direction kpop is heading….. I get the feeling that the company treat the groups like they’re objects… looking at After School… they actually got a lot more hurt than what you guise mentioned…

    I wish you guise could become a company that would have their own kpop groups… that! would be a new start for kpop

    Thanks for the update guise! :)


  4. No pole don’t need to be attached to the ceiling but they do need proper base weight and support and they usually have weight suggestions. In many cases the poles are free standing, I’m guessing you guys haven’t been to many strip clubs back in Canada if you haven’t seen that most poles are free standing since clubs often have high ceilings.

    The lyrics of the song are sad so I get the sadness, they are longing for their first love and are singing about regrets and wishing they could have them back. For some reason lots of songs about strippers have regrets as a theme (Thinking CityHigh here and well all those songs about guys regretting hooking up with strippers and T-Pain I’m in love with a stripper also has a smooth slow flow going).


    If not, then don’t be surprised to see your hat missing one day…………

  6. Maybe Dal Shabet and 4Minute went to Thailand recently? There’s a clothing shop (Winsome Closet Shop) there that sells the t-shirt: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=483136101759801&set=a.481271315279613.1073741828.128643990542349&type=3&theater And it comes in white too…

  7. With Lee Hyori and LED Apple and Sunny Hill (anyone else?) I’m guessing that the new trend is 50s?

  8. Simon! I WANT YOUR HAT!!!!!!!!!

  9. Why is that hat not in the store yet?! I need one!!!!

  10. Yeah I think the pole dance thing might be cursed. First Lizzy hurt her ankle, Raina hurt her wrist, then Nana fell off stage and hurt her pelvis (After the performance from what I heard).

    P.S. They broke Orange Caramel.

  11. Lee Hyori looks like Vivien Leigh at the end with those contacts in.

  12. Is it just me, or is there sort of a “stripper” theme going on this week, between After School’s stripper poles and Dal Shabet’s flashing? I am totally sure the fans are going to tell me it’s all completely innocent :P so I am not going to touch that conversation with a 10 foot…..er……pole?

    I really like the Lee Hyori song and video. I do like Bad Girl better for dance-ability but Lee Hyori has such class that I kind of put her in a different category where that’s not all I care about from her music-wise. She makes a great guy, I think that make-up and wardrobe helped a lot. There may be some girls that can’t make themselves look convincingly like guys and some guys that can’t look convincingly like girls but I think it’s 50% what you start out with and 50% what you do with it. Lee Hyori is very beautiful but I think that it helps that she doesn’t look like she’s had work done (??) she still has her epicanthic folds and everything. On a side note to that, I think that Martina is beautiful as well and once while I was watching a F-ART video, my husband walked in and said “Wow! She makes an amazing Asian boy!” and I agree with him. Maybe that Hana Kimi drama just had bad people on wardrobe…..or they weren’t really trying to convince people. Hana Kimi – I loved the manga until I got to the suckiest ending EVAR!

    Cyber_3 – That hat was awwwwwwesome! XD

  13. Oh wow Lee Hyori looks stunning as a man D:

  14. Martina, though I *love* First Love, I thought you might find this interesting: http://beyondhallyu.com/k-pop/sad-but-sexy/. Maybe that’s part of what you’re feeling….

  15. I like all of these (not entirely sure about After School’s yet but there’s still time) – but what about LEDApple!

  16. I love First Love. I think the pole dancing fits with the beat but may be not the lyrics. Pole dancing to me is very elegant and the song is very smooth so that didn’t bother me. They just wanted to do something different. I wish you would of mentioned BTS and Chocolat :(

  17. Could a U-KISS member wear a Viva La Spudgy shirt? Or could you get a Batoost member too…ooh! Let’s get Batoost to get interviewed…and make a skit with one of them wearing the shirt! Or perhaps a f(x) K-pop calculus shirt with Dr. Meemersworth instructing (you know, like one of those chalkboard skits you guise did – those were fantabulous!)…and Amber can wear it!

  18. Simon I love that Hat and also No Bangtan boys? or was that in the update last week

  19. A friend of mine who has done pole dance for years described After School’s dance as beautifully executed beginner moves. They would have worked hard to get the moves right, but in the world of pole dance their moves are solid, thought not necessarily remarkable.

    The poles used are standard portable poles. The bases are very heavy to allow for at least some stability though they of course still wobble a little bit. Interesting fact, most poles rotate to aid all the spinning moves.

  20. You know when I saw the teaser pics of Lee Hyori dressed as a man I was shocked how manly she looked. It is another thing COMPLETELY to see it in video. I feel like I’ve just drank a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

    • What shocked me more was that she was the spitting image of one of my best friends (a guy) in high school and university when she was in drag….he was such a playa too (at least publicly), maybe she got her tips from him LOL! I like her theme in the last bunch of songs/ music videos about men being dogs though because it doesn’t look like the women in Korea stand up against it much…..

      Cyber_3 – mmmmm….pangalactic garglebalster, must go to the Byward Market and not panic…..

  21. Yellow John Conti shirts, the latest addition to Mr. Brohoho’s Kprop Shop!

  22. They were in last week’s update

  23. I figured (hoped) Bangtan would be on this… oh well. Go girl power!! Oh, and I want that hat… like BAD.

  24. Love, love, love the Lee Hyori vid. And I agree she looks good as a guy or girl. I guess if you got, you got it. :) Not really crazy about the whole pole dancing video. I think that is just going past sexy to fail land. Sad to hear that one of the girls got hurt doing that. They could have done less and it probably would have been much better.

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