Shinee debuts at number one on the DAILY Oricon...but
Shinee’s Juliet just took the number one spot on the daily Oricon, however, their sales were low for a number one debut. Their sales are low because they released their single the day before the new Oricon week started. Have no fear Shawols, tomorrows sales are what you should wait for…normally. This Kpop attack has me a bit uncertain of how things are going to work but the Oricon week starts tomorrow and it’s on the first day of the Oricon week were you get your highest sales.
I am pleased to say that I knew within 20 seconds of the title track if I was going to recommend this album. I liked it from the start to the end!
This is a digital single that consists of two tracks one being titled Half (반쪽) and the other being Petal (꽃잎) it also contains an instrumental for Petal.
Title Track: Half
Retro sounding track that will remind you of Secret’s Shy Boy. I enjoyed it from start to end. The intro worked in being a hook to get me to listen to the song. It was at second 19 that I was “I like this song.” This song does borrow from the same era of Secret’s Shy Boy so there will a lot of similarities sound wise. It lacks excitement but this girl can sing. It’s a good pop track, not outstanding, but you could easily do much worse. I enjoyed it greatly. I really enjoy her singing outside of the fact it lacks excitement.
This is a ballad. It’s a little more memorable of the two tracks and it doesn’t have the bouncy retro-ness of Half. I like how it starts and it does something rather Disney movie-ish as well. That kind of amused me. This song has more emotion to it. It doesn’t surprise me that this song has more emotion since the ballad genre is huge in Korea and many singers strive to become “ballad singers” instead of idols or other types of singers. Ballad singers, in general, are highly regarded and it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s wanting to make her mark with ballads. That being said, it’s a good ballad. It falls a little short of having the “it-factor” that would have her making her mark in the ballad genre but, all things considered, I generally shy away from ballads and I liked this one a lot. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and it’s nice to hear some emotion in it.
School has started which means I am a bit scattered-brained right now. Anyway, coming soon will be more Korean language things since that was the original purpose of this blog. I also want to do more album reviews since I enjoy listening to all the new music.
Here’s a super tentative spur of the moment list I’m working on:
- Super Junior new album review
- Davichi Love Delight Review
- “Apple Girl” Kim Yeohee Half Review
- Davichi Orgel / Don’t Say Goodbye Korean (most likely two different posts)
- School related Korean
- Something Daum-y
Davichi stuff will probably be done first since I’m in my Davichi loving mood. They’re always in my top five favorites even when they’ve been gone for over a year. Super pumped I have SJ and Davichi right now. These won’t all be today; I’ll most likely make use of the queue feature.
I’m trying to get back to having at least one post a day since I really do enjoy learning all about Korea but I am starting to worry I am going way too Kpop-y. However, looking at it, Kpop makes me quite happy and when it’s on a blog that makes me happy I suppose it’s not all bad. I do want to go back to the learning side though.
I had an awkward moment yesterday. Turns out there’s a lot of Kpop fans in the USA outside of New York and LA. I ran into three, at once, and they all disliked Super Junior. Therefore, awkwardness ensues! Luckily, I was familiar with two of them enough already to not care too much.
Girl 1: “Did you buy the new SJ album?”
Me: ”Nah, it has like 10 covers so I decided not to bother.”
Boy: ”You listen to Super Junior?”
Me: ”Wait, you know Super Junior?”
Boy: ”Yeah, I’m half Asian.” Me: ”Well, yeah but I didn’t know you listened to…”
Girl 2: ”Oh gosh, Super Junior? They have like 13 members.” Me: ”It’s 10 right now.”
Somehow this conversation resulted in Super Junior being declared the Nsync of Asia and that Super Junior M is the best sub-unit. Now, if you don’t mind me I’m going to go listen to some “Nsync”.
I updated the Kpop takes over YouTube page and I linked it in the side bar. So go enjoy that. This is probably a pretty important update to the YouTube page because somehow I managed to forget JYP exists. (I have clearly shown I am not a JYP fan, haven’t I?) All the JYP links have been added! I also included Jtune Camp. (It has to be the J. It must be the J.) There are other ones I added as well so go look.
BoA was not the first Korean act to debut in Japan. I don’t know who the first Korean act was but I do know that before BoA even debuted in Korea S.E.S were releasing Japanese albums. I’m hooked on S.E.S’ Japanese remake of Shinhwa’s T.O.P take a listen:
After School pairs up with Hello Kitty and I make Oricon Predictions Far Too Early
….maximum cuteness has been achieved! New high score!
After School debuted at number 6 on the daily Oricon. I’m predicting a 4 - 6 weekly ranking for After School. They’re up against some pretty stiff competition and I do not expect a top three spot for the weekly. Koda Kumi, SDN48, and kanjani8 alone will keep them out of the top three and Keisuke Kuwata will make sure they stay out.
2PM and Koda Kumi are this weeks wild cards for me. I don’t know where they’re going to end up yet so predictions aren’t 100% sure on my end this week. However I see 4th or 5th for 2PM with After School falling in step behind them at 5th or 6th. Unless After School pulls a mblaq and falls out of the top 20 completely at anytime this week (not likely) they should remain around the area they debuted in.
I’ll check the Oricon every other day or so to see what happens. I really wish I was more confident with 2PM and Koda Kumi. Koda Kumi will probably make my guesses wrong this week. I didn’t expect her to debut at a lower position than 2PM so I don’t know if she’ll make up ground on them or not. I do, however, see Keisuke Kuwata doing better in the week.
All that being said, this is, after all, the first day of the week for the Oricon and I do these predictions for fun. I enjoy predicting the Oricon to see how right or wrong I am and my predictions shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
I’ve been trying to make this post all day! My browser keeps closing or my computer over-heating or something happens and it ends up not being saved. So while there is less than an hour left to the day, I would like to say thank you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the 100 days and I hope you enjoy 100 more!
The Ellen Show thing is OVER a year old. Ellen put that page up when DBSK was still a band of 5. I’m sick of seeing it everywhere; you aren’t making progress you’re just making us Kpop fans look like immature, spamming, brats. Cassiopeia failed already so just stop.
Kpop Takes Over YouTube: Official Artist and Company YouTube Channels
This list was done mostly out of curiosity. I also have become aware that in many fandoms getting view counts on official videos has become important. So here is a list of accounts I can find that are official. This is by no means complete but I will try to keep it updated as I find more.
For the record: CJ Entertainment is a MASSIVE company in Korea. MNet Media and many other smaller labels fall under the CJ Entertainment label. You’ll find both Epik High and T-ara on this page. If you don’t know what label your favorite artist is from try this channel first.
I was on the internet looking for tutorials on how to clear up my skin (I had a run in with a product that broke me out T__T) and make it look fresh and dewy when I stumbled upon an absolutely adorable YouTube channel and blog. While I’m not Asian, I thought the look in this tutorial was just too gorgeous to pass up without sharing.
(Warning: She makes me wish I knew the word for adorable in Korean. There’s lots of pink and girly-ness that I just love at her blog.)
For those who don’t know what ulzzang (uljjang) is, ulzzang is a term in Korean that means “best face”. It’s made up of the words 얼굴 (face) and 짱 (which is slang for best). Ulzzangs can become very popular in their own right simply for looking really good. In fact, there are a number of actors and singers that got their start as ulzzangs. Ulzzangs can be male or female but the key factor is that they look good to the general population.
If you’re on Tumblr here is a number of blogs you can follow that post up Ulzzang pictures:
I learned something today that I can’t resist sharing.
Can you guess what physical feature they have in common before reading?
Something I’ve known for a while but didn’t really care about was the fact that on Kpop idols having fat under their eyes, in Korea, is considered cute. I wasn’t too phased by the trend but today I finally figured out what that fat is called. Or at least a slang term for it. It probably has a more technical term that I don’t know right now. Anyway, that fat is called 애교살. For those who can read Korean, now you know where I got the post title. For those who can’t read Korean it is called “aegyo sal”.
Aegyo is a common term to describe idols who act cute for attention in Kpop fandom (SNSD’s Sunny is quite known for aegyo as is/was Super Junior’s Sungmin). Aegyo means something like charm. Aegyo is meant to draw people to you and most often it’s done in a cute manner.
Sunny: Yoona has a lot of aegyosal!
What’s fun about aegyo sal is that it means something like “charming fat”. I also noticed that a some of the girls that are considered the most popular or the most attractive in their bands all have this trait. Yoona, Kahi, Sulli, Ivy, Kang Minkyung, Hara, Suzy and Lee Hyori all have aegyo sal.
Aegyo sal should not be confused with bags under the eyes from a lack of sleep, however. There is a difference.
Do you have a favorite idol with “charming fat” under their eyes? I’ve always been drawn to Seohyun’s myself when I noticed such things.
Then click the link at the top of the post that says “Korea District” to go to the blog post. Korea.com’s blog section is just a feed of blogs that has been styled nicely so it may lack some of the functionality you expect from website pages.