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Lee Hi “Rose” – Kpop Music Mondays

April 2, 2013

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We’re talking about Lee Hi’s “Rose” for this week’s Kpop Music Monday. If you haven’t heard this yet, here it is. Why have you not heard this yet?!

You know, I think we sometimes have difficulty expressing what we want to say properly in our videos. We get passionate about an idea, talk about it to great length, and then realize that we might have not spent an even distribution of time on different points, and thus might give off the appearance of imbalance.

At the beginning of our video, we talked about how much we like the song, and about how much we’ve been listening to it, and how everyone we know is listening to it. It’s a great song, but we didn’t emphasize that enough. I’m thinking people might get the feeling that we’re complaining, when really we’re just trying to say that it’s a great song, but Lee Hi is better than the song itself. It’s not a reason to not like the song at all. We’ll still listen to it a lot. We just think that she’s so good she should be getting Skyfall-esque songs that blow you away. She’s too damn good to be timid, you know? Give us the boomshakalaka she deserves!

Also, we didn’t mention this in the video, but we do realize she is still quite young and still in training. So she very well may not be ready for the huge boomshakalaka songs that we want her to sing, but we know she’ll get there over time, and we’re super happy to watch her grow. Till then, YG, we’ll still love her songs!

Regarding the video, it really was beautiful to watch. Not only were the sets whimsical, the outfits and simple innocent rose look really matched Lee Hi and her age. It wasn’t our all time favourite video evar, but it was certainly better than some of the cliche music videos we saw over 2012. I think a video like this shows that you can work on a set (and in a box) and still create an atmosphere that doesn’t remind the viewer they actually are on a set. Maybe it’s because we see SOOOO many kpop music videos that we feel like if one director can do it right, why can’t others? And yes, we know that not all videos are suited to a serious video like this, but we’re just hoping to see a change in the settings and styles of kpop videos in 2013. As a rookie, we think that Lee Hi has already raised the standards for both rookie and mature groups alike.

Anyhow, hopefully you like the song as much as we do, make sure you pick it up either on iTunes or YesAsia. It’s good music! And, as always, we’ve got bloopers. There aren’t a lot today, but Martina’s over caffeination made up for it.

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  1. Girl’s Day “Expectation” was kept in Top3 for 2 weeks…
    Very unfortunate that the song wasn’t reviewed…
    Hope to see you guys review Girl’s Day’s work someday… >.<

    7 years ago
    • I think a lot of people (including myself) were just disappointed (and not angry, although there is always a few people that will be hurt in their behind) because Girl’s Day is a “smaller” group and people worked hard to keep it in the top 3. And seeing it hasn’t been reviewed yet I think a lot of people were hoping that you’d choose it over Lee Hi who has already been reviewed twice before this I believe, and over HYS because we had a boy group last time.

      But to me it really was like: “oh no Girl’s Day? Ah too bad, but Lee Hi is cool too”

      And don’t worry about the haters, when you reviewed the latest Girl’s Generation and didn’t like it I didn’t mind. Some people just need to calm down and unrustle their jimmies :) I just wanted to see you play off Girl’s Day and spread the love for Girl’s Day.

      But keep it up you two are awesome.

      7 years ago
    • I’m not disappointed, Simon! I liked your review of Lee Hi. I hope you don’t feel discouraged to make more reviews that you also like.

      7 years ago
    • You know … I think this wasn’t biasness it started since UKISS didn’t get reviewed that time and S&M are actually not going to read the comments any more and do what they want until things calm down and complainers get fed up… like they said in other videos…they don’t care about the fame.(so the complainers might as well unsubscribe)..they just want to have fun doing what they like to do and if they don’t even have that priviledge they’ll just upload videos because there are many fans that just purely enjoy their videos no matter the content.

      7 years ago
    • I think they chose “Rose” because there are more to talk about. Yeh, “Expectation” is good and the dance is sexy but there aren’t much to talk about beside the choreography tbh. For Infinite, although Man In Love is not as good as their previous songs, talking about how ridiculous the MV was is hilarious. I’m not a big fan of Infinite but I did enjoy last week’s KMM! I re-watched it for several times lol Keep it up, S&M! :D

      7 years ago
    • @simonandmartina:disqus I understand your stand here. Just stating how i felt when Girl’s Day “Expectation” wasn’t chosen. I apologize if you understand it the wrong way. I enjoy any of your reviews just as much and Lee Hi is a great singer too. Just that I would prefer if you choose another artist to review instead as Lee Hi’s reviews seemed back to back for me.

      7 years ago
    • It’s okay…don’t be sad:( I don’t know if new fans remember the times before the K-pop charts but I do. I do remember that you picked a song that you liked or if we requested something (meaning sending you millions of emails) you rewied that and it was soo fun. Like waiting for the next song because you didn’t know what to expect, so when you made the “top 3 rule” i was happy, because i got back that excitement…i didn’t know that you would get all this “i am sad, disappointed etc comments…..” it is your blog you can’t make everyone happy. that was one of your funniest kmm I laughed sooooooo hard. Whatever your next kmm will be i can’t wait to see it :)

      7 years ago
    • “the first place Lee Hi”

      Would you mind clarifying who was in first place when the polls closed? Most everyone here, myself included, saw that HYS was in first when voting closed, and that Lee Hi didn’t pass him until later. I’ve heard that the mod page reflects changes on the charts more quickly than the website page that all of us see, so perhaps that’s where the confusion is coming from. If Lee Hi actually was in first at midnight, then that would go a ways toward helping people understand why you picked a brand new video by an artist that has been reviewed before (just a couple weeks ago in fact) over two other artists with much older videos that have never been reviewed before that will drop off the charts soon.

      I think the disappointed people are all just trying to understand the reasoning behind your choice. I myself was hoping for HYS, but I would have understood if you had reviewed Girl’s Day since they are a female group that you have never reviewed before. I also like Lee Hi and think she has a wonderful voice. But I never would have guessed that you’d choose her for a KMM her first week on the charts; she has a strong fanbase on EYK and would definitely have remained in the top 3 another week, on top of the fact that she was just reviewed a short while ago. Wasn’t reviewing more artists that haven’t had multiple KMMs one of the reasons you changed the voting system?

      I really hope that you don’t take offensive at what I’ve just said, because even though I don’t understand your choice for this week’s KMM, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it or that I dislike you guys. :( I’ve been watching your stuff for 2 years now and I always look forward to your videos. I’m also not the type to go around bashing you just because I don’t agree with you. So please don’t take my comment the wrong way; it’s not meant to be hurtful, just to express what I’ve gathered from the comments is actually disappointing people, including people who are neither HYS fans nor Girl’s Day fans.

      7 years ago
      • I had the same impression as did many other fans that Heo Young Saeng was in first when the polls closed. I’ve always known there is a delay but I always give it an hour after the polls close. If the person is still in first an hour later I assume they’ve won first place. As was the case I too personally saw when the polls closed. I’m confused as well, and I can tell so are lots of others. And explains many people’s disappointment. I was afraid to post this as well. Cause I’m not mad just confused :) I love S&M with all my heart, and seriously nothing will get me to stop watching them unless I magically fall out of love with Korea…that’s sooooo not happening.

        7 years ago
    • I would love to see you guys review Youngsaeng’s video and really hope you do review it, but seriously it really is your decision. Like you said, fans get angry either way (although if someone can’t take your guys’ humor and sarcasm I don’t know why they bother watching you in the first place) and there’s no way to accommodate for everyone. I, for one, appreciate you not blowing up on your fans for doing this to you probably almost every KMM and just keep on doing what you’re doing. The “fans” that always get angry about which video you review can stop worrying about what’s on your Kpop Charts and just watch whatever KMM comes out if it really bothers them that much.

      Thank you for still doing KMM and also being so grateful to all your loyal fans even if some may do this to you every week. The amount of work you put into your videos, especially for all of the backlash you receive from some certain viewers, is really under-appreciated and I just wanted to let you guys know that there are some Nasties who really do appreciate all you do! I love all of you guys. :)

      7 years ago
    • I was pretty let down that Lee Hi got reviewed, but I started looking at it this way; the reason they have a Top 3 rule now is so that they can choose what to talk about. If they chose another song, the video may not have been as fun for them to film or for us to watch.

      7 years ago
  2. I gave up Kpop for Lent, which recently ended. You don’t realize how much I have missed you!

    7 years ago
  3. If I were to create an analogy for this weeks KPOP Monday, it would sound something like this.

    Lee HI would be considered a weekly ALL-STAR voting candidate and would remain on the top for a long, long time. Whereas someone or some-group like Girl’s Day or Heo Young Saeng have a ONCE or at most TWICE in a weekly opportunity to get reviewed under your new TOP 3 system before they fall out never to be seen again.

    (analogy from NBA All-Star Voting system where allstar names get voted each year and those who have an all-star season miss out)

    7 years ago
  4. Man, Pickleson Bottemsby is such a douchebag, He just doesn’t understand that he isn’t the best anymore :L

    7 years ago
    • LOL he reminds me of mr brohoho with the mustache and what not, i think his style is being jacked. And you will see this on the next court case of judge spudgy

      7 years ago
  5. Wow, I was in a really bad mood when I started watching this, and then I got to Master Rose Crusher. Bad mood GONE. Except…. I’ll never find out who won! *Angstangstangst*

    7 years ago
  6. martina how does your hair look so fluffy in this video???

    7 years ago
  7. I love her voice so much, it is not ear splitting high, but it is so smooth and pretty

    that being said… she has the acting ability of a potato

    7 years ago
  8. I think that is a great suggestion as well. When they originally presented the idea of Top 3 to Nasties, they said they would recognize who won even if it wasn’t reviewed. They did it last time, but not this time and I think may have helped easy complaints a little. I even ran to the blog to hope they would mention who was in 1st place but it wasn’t there and that become disappointing too.

    AND I’m sooo excited about their K.Will interview. That man just makes me smile!

    7 years ago
  9. This was a hilarious MM. Seriously, if I wasn’t laughing I was smiling :) too funny.

    7 years ago
  10. you are SOOOOO bias!! you know that??
    finally realize why you change the system~ LOL

    7 years ago
    • Calm down please dear i know and i feel u however lets just keep it classy

      7 years ago
      • believe me..i have calm down after writing this..just want to express myself..
        and i won’t give up..i will keep voting for HYS~ ^^

        7 years ago
        • LOL i still haven’t calm down LOL i still want to keep flipping things but lets just not get ourselves in problems and lets not disappoint Saeng XD so yeah lets keep voting and see u in HYS comment section

          7 years ago
  11. Everyone has read George Orwell’s Animal Farm right?

    7 years ago
  12. THE EYK SIGN SANK!

    7 years ago
  13. MG

    It’s a good tool to express disappointment it Keeps them honest.

    7 years ago
  14. MG

    Keeping your group in first place doesn’t matter anymore. As you can see Lee Hi won over 1st place Heo Young Saeng. And it doesn’t seem to be because they wanted to review a female artist. Or their dislike of reviewing one artist too often. or wanting to introduce new artist that haven’t been exposed as much. I think fans have the right to ask questions, and try to keep them honest to their word. Lets Hope S&M made the choice of Lee Hi because of their bias and not because they’ve started to let business make their decisions.

    7 years ago
  15. awwwwwww i was really hoping you would do Girl’s day

    7 years ago
  16. Personally i can’t believe they didn’t bring up that she looked like a vampire from twilight. Come on he contacts where the same color as the cullins eyes. And her hair looked like a really bag dye job that rosline would get. What it makes scene, she looks like Rosline from Twilight because the name is Rose.

    7 years ago
    • Okay! I TOTALLY THOUGHT THAT!! But Simon didn’t care for my opinion. OMG SIMON WHY Y SO UN-TWILIGHT BIASSSSS!!!!

      7 years ago
      • Yah Simon why are you so un-twilight biassssssss. Martina’s opinion counts on this she looked like a twilight vampire.

        7 years ago
  17. “You know … I think this wasn’t biasness it started since UKISS didn’t get reviewed that time and S&M are actually not going to read the comments any more and do what they want until things calm down and complainers get fed up… like they said in other videos…they don’t care about the fame.(so the complainers might as well unsubscribe)..they just want to have fun doing what they like to do and if they don’t even have that priviledge they’ll just upload videos because there are many fans that just purely enjoy their videos no matter the content.”

    Great review guise!! *______*

    ♥♥♥♥

    7 years ago
    • But with U-Kiss it wasn’t so bad since it wasn’t a very old video when Lee Hi came out so fans were sad but not too much since it could’ve stayed in the charts, (also it was the first time S&M put their new rule to use and ignore the #1 so it was shocking in a way) and I believe that’s the difference this time the other 2 vids have a higher chance to drop and therefore fall, I think that’s why the fans are so upset.

      And I agree this was a cool review =]

      7 years ago
      • Actually the new rule came just before Boa’s Disturbance KMM so it wasn’t more like a shock but more like a “new Nasty” old kissmes’ kind of thing…and when that happened they used the word “banning”for the tumblr page… oh yeah and complainers had plenty of time to gather “their forces” since Boa….so… myeah… TKIR: I agree with them for the lack of “voice power” but I think her song should also match her personality …kind of exactly like a rose…she’s a sweet, “soft” person. Speaking about personalities I think “I’m weird” (check album on itunes) fits her porsonality so well! :)

        7 years ago
        • I do agree that U-kiss fans were not that bad ,they were nicer….

          7 years ago
        • Well … that was the beginning of it…

          7 years ago
        • You’re right, they stated it a while ago but hadn’t really used it, I still think they were sad but not as much as I’ve seen today >.<
          And don't worry I checked the whole album already ^_^ though I buy on Soribada though not iTunes since it helps the digital sales in Korea (It's in English and people can vote with paypal but not many ppl are aware) and yea the songs do match her, and also Rose has delicate lyrics that went well with her voice indeed ^_^

          7 years ago
        • Oh… I saw her “Rose” updates on fb and left a link directly to itunes so I clicked that in desperation and bought what I could… oh I wanted to buy it whole but …not sure how well I’m doing with my budget – . –

          7 years ago
        • lol I did the same, but yea I only bought the songs I really liked =] and downloaded the rest (which I still liked) but you know… i need money xD

          7 years ago
  18. “Every rose has it’s thorn. Just like every night has it’s dawn. Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song. Every rose has it’s thorn” This is exactly what popped into my head when you said every rose has it’s thorn, which then made me think of Bill & Ted, which lead me to saying it just like Keanu Reeves.

    http://youtu.be/p-eXUtoDH4g

    7 years ago
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  20. How are Simon and Martina supposed to predict the future and know “what their audience wants”? Lee Hi did make it to the number 1 spot before this video was uploaded which seems to indicate that’s what the audience wanted anyway. You can never make everyone happy.

    7 years ago
    • Well Young Saeng won this week when they closed the voting…

      7 years ago
  21. Loved the “Mean Girls” reference there. :) And the reason your comment got votes down is because of the people who aren’t happy with the outcome. No matter what, it’s likely for that to happen.

    7 years ago
  22. I don’t think anyone is actually hating on Lee Hi. It seems that they just wanted someone else reviewed this week and Lee Hi next week to give a different artist a chance. There is also some confusion as to who was #1 when the polls closed. Everyone saw HYS but S&M say in post somewhere in here that it was Lee Hi. I personally haven’t seen anyone say they hate Lee Hi or Rose or S&M. It has just been an air of disappointment and confusion.

    7 years ago
  23. YG videos are infamous for off key lip syncing. Simon and Martina love to point it out especially with 2NE1.

    7 years ago
  24. I agree with your overall opinion. It’s their choice and they have a right to make a video about what the video they want to. I believe I’m a mix between the two groups you mentioned. I really hope that they’re going to review the video I want them to (and I was a bit disappointed when it wasn’t Youngsaeng this week), however I’m also on the side of “Hey, it’s still EYK and S&M are funny and entertaining, so I’m going to watch it anyway.” I think a happy balance of the two is good because that way you’re still excited and anticipating the next video, but you’re also not super judgmental about it when they review something else and are much more understanding.

    It’s a shame that not everyone thinks as calmly and gets more upset about unwanted outcomes, but I also know that in the Kpop fandom, there are those who LOVE one specific group and will defend them no matter what. So I think making videos about Kpop in general just leads to the negative comments they get. When I watch MVs on YouTube, I have seen many a Kpop fan saying “[Insert Group Name] is so much better than this group!” or “This group is just trying to be like this other group!” and some also get into arguments about their favorite members (a.k.a. biases) in that group and criticize others who say they don’t like that specific member as much. It gets pretty ridiculous if you ask me. -_-

    So basically, I think it’s partially because of the intense sense of loyalty some feel to their favorite group(s), which isn’t wrong per say, but some of them seem to go a bit overboard with it. I think that’s why there’s so much anger in some of the comments here. The way some of the comments are worded are probably just out of the anger/disappointment the writer was feeling and that’s why the word “unfair” is popping up a lot because when you think about it in some ways it may seem unfair. Those who are saying so may just not be as comprehensive as others. Not to say that being a dedicated fan is wrong, I’m just saying that that’s what drives them to poke at others’ differing opinions.

    7 years ago
  25. I think it’s because of Youngsaeng and Girl’s Day also being in the top 3. Neither of them have been reviewed by S&M yet and many people were hoping for them to get a KMM.

    7 years ago
  26. the reality show! hahaha…. so true… i watch the biggest loser and it’s really the worst for that! the show is 2 hours, and it could really be one hour if they stopped going back to 10 minutes before where they were before the break… but lol. good KMM guise!

    7 years ago
  27. I think the thing is for the most part they need to stick to the number 1 voted. And that is what they were doing until Boy Group #3 in a row. They vetoed and put in a female, then went back the what was in #1.

    It looks like they are doing their level best not to abuse their new ability to pick one of the top 3 when people are still making efforts to get artists into the #1 position, and I think that is how it should be.

    Just because they can ignore voters choice and pick someone else, doesn’t mean they always should. Even if it is a review for a song they don’t like. They weren’t over the top happy with Infinites new song either. Sometimes they aren’t going to be excited – but they have to be as fair to the voters as they can.

    7 years ago
  28. I’m confused! why did you guys say if there were peanut butter in the MV you would be interested? You always say how you want to see videos that match and are relevant to the song!!!! Not hating or anything!! I LOVE YOU GUYS! I’m just confused (maybe because I loved the MV and song so much and have some things to disagree with… but not in a “UGGHH I WANNA KILL YOU FOR SAYING THAT” way!

    7 years ago
  29. That was my feeling too (both points).

    7 years ago
  30. I have to make a teeny tiny comparison between lee hi’s it’s over and this video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SyRvzeNuqa4 … just go to 1.54, in BOTH videos.
    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    7 years ago
  31. I want to make a teeny tiny comparison between Lee Hi’s It’s over and this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SyRvzeNuqa4 … just go to 1.54 in BOTH videos.
    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    7 years ago
  32. Oh god, Dongho getting autocorrected XD

    7 years ago
  33. G-DRAGON!!!!!
    But I really wanted to see who won on Master Rose Crusher, it was so interesting….

    7 years ago
  34. OMG! I’m in total shock. Got no words to describe these mixed and complicated feelings that I’m dealing with right now…

    7 years ago
  35. so much green screen. i’m so proud of you guys… upping your production level

    7 years ago
  36. FYI, my whole family loved Master Rose Crusher! :D

    7 years ago
  37. You don’t YOU let it go? YOU’RE annoying.

    Seriously, holy crap.

    7 years ago
  38. But… Kiseop could’ve been a great contestant for MRC with his man strength (from the Tick Tack video..)

    Y U NO PUT IN KISEOP?

    7 years ago
    • Buahahahahahahahaha! YES. Brilliant. XD Oh Kiseop… I feel Simon would have also been quite an excellent contender with all his epic dothraki man warrior strength also. :)

      Plot twist. Spudgy beats everyone by crushing the roses with his droppings.

      7 years ago
    • That would have been unfair. He’s not a contestant: he’s in permanent God-mode and would crush everything instantly

      7 years ago
  39. I really don’t understand why so many people are disappointed with the outcome of KMM this week. S&M give much better and much more creative reviews accompanied by awesome analysis of the video subject matter when they choose. There reviews are insightful and honest which is why I like them. To me some of you nasties need to understand that your favorite video is not going to be reviewed all of the time…which is much like life, you can’t always get what you want. I know the majority of us nasties are high school to college age females so you want to see all the young cute oppas reviewed, but for me cuteness does nothing (unless you are Onew, but that is for a different time and place). As a 3month old Nasty I’m starting to dread that the fan group is going to develop that “group think” mentality that many of the other Kpop fandoms have which is annoying. Let S&M have there creative freedom and don’t take things so personally.

    On another note: lee Hi has the best voice on the charts so..she got reviewed.

    7 years ago
  40. I definitely liked That XX better. Rose just didn’t grab me the way GD’s song did.

    7 years ago