Author: Lisa

Uhm Jung Hwa – “Watch Me Move” and “Dreamer”

Depending on how long you have been into Kpop, and depending on how deep of a Kpop hole you are in, you may have never heard of Uhm Jung Hwa. You may well be wondering why I’m doing this review on her rather than, say, the new SF9 single. But if you’ve never heard of her, you are in for a treat. Uhm Jung Hwa is one of the few singers that has been around a long time in Kpop. She debuted in 1993 with her first album, and has released new music every couple of years since them....

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EXO – “For Life”

Mark Twain once said that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. I’d like to add EXO’s Christmas ballad to that list. Every year since 2013 they have released a ballad at Christmas. Some have been sweet and romantic, some have been sad and touching, but all are becoming part of Christmas for me in a way that I wasn’t anticipating, until I saw that there was going to be another Christmas release this year. I was hopeful that it was going to be another slow, melodic ballad, and I was right. There is a Korean...

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Jessica Jung – “Wonderland”

Jessica Jung is probably one of the most famous idols in all of kpop. Having been an integral part of the absolutely iconic girl group, Girls’ Generation, gaining superstar level with them, and then the eventual controversy regarding her leaving the group in 2014, it’s safe to say that she has had a rollercoaster of a career. Being signed by SM Entertainment when she was 11 years old whilst on holiday from the US to South Korea, she trained for 7 years before debuting, becoming the first member of Girls’ Generation. The group gained massive popularity, both at home in the Korean market, and overseas, launching the young women into stratospheric popularity. Jessica not only founded her own design brand, but was often a steady guest on the carousel of variety shows that litter Korean tv. When her own business activities became her primary focus, by 2014.  her agency and her “decided to part ways”. How much of this was SM booting Jessica out and how much was her wanting to leave will never really be known. However, in 2016, Jessica announced that she had signed with Coridel Entertainment, a new agency created in 2015 based out of New York, United States. Her album, “With Love, J” was released in May 2016, with the title song, “Fly”. Jessica had worked on the majority of the songs on this album,...

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Big Bang – “FXXk It” and “Last Dance”

With one of the most anticipated comebacks of the year, Big Bang have returned with a double single, finally completing the MADE album. This album, perhaps one of the most legendary (and at one stage, mythical) ones in all KPOP, has been years in the making. It’s the band’s first full album since 2008. It was first teased to VIPs (Big Bang’s fanclub) and the rest of the world a couple of years ago, and we have been getting singles and music videos since then, but not the complete album. Until now. The road to “MADE” has been a long one, with various double singles being released since early 2015, with the “M” series (containing the tracks “Loser” and “Bae Bae”), followed by the “A” (“Bang Bang Bang” and “We Like 2 Party”), “D” (“If You” and “Sober”) and “E” (“Zutter” and “Let’s not fall in love”).  Even after all these singles, the MADE album was no closer to being released, so when it was finally announced that TOP was going to be enlisting for his mandatory military service early in 2017, VIPs were understandably worried about the state of the album. YG Entertainment responded by teasing a Big Bang comeback. As many a longtime YG stan will tell you, don’t believe anything YG says until you can physically see it! But in this case, YG came through and...

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