It’s quite an understatement to say that EXO took over 2013. They took the #1 spot on M! Countdown New Year’s special, won “Song of The Year” at the 2013 KBS Music Festival and sold over a million copies of their album in a single year. This is an accomplishment that no other kpop group has been able to achieve in twelve years.
Let’s not forget that the dance video to their hit song “Growl” has over 23,000,000 views.
So what’s the secret behind their overwhelming success? Is it the fact that there are 12 members? Is it because there are Korean and Chinese members? Is it their good looks, charming personalities and talented voices? We’re gonna go ahead and say that it’s probably all of these reasons combined.
According to allkpop, EXO responded to all their success in 2013 by saying, “We sincerely thank everyone who helped us break the valuable record of being a million seller. 2013 has become an unforgettable year for us as we received a lot of love from many people and received good results. In order to return the love, we will become an EXO who will continue to work hard next year.”
EXO is certainly living up to their word and are already turning heads in 2014. At the KBS Music Festival, EXO performed a squeal-worthy “Dubstep Intro.” Today, they released the dance practice video to the performance.
Although the video is only a little over a minute long, it will certainly be your favorite minute of the day.
Still can’t tell the 12 members apart? Click here for theUltimate Guide to EXO and be sure to check out more of their dance skills with their other practice video below:
Big Bang’s Taeyang is back and is catching all eyes with the release of his dance performance music video.
To kick off his solo comeback, Taeyang has released the audio and dance performance of his new song “Ringa Linga.” Although the video was only released earlier today, it has already gathered an impressive 260,000 views. It clearly proves that Taeyang is a force to be reckoned with.
This solo comeback is exciting fans worldwide, but it seems that the members themselves are even more excited. Taeyang’s instagram shows all the members dancing along to the “Ringla Linga” dance to celebrate the release of the video. Check out the adorable instagram video here and watch the much anticipated dance performance below.
Unfortunately, there seems to be signs of drama amidst all this excitement.
EXO fans, otherwise known as EXOTICS, are claiming that the “Ringa Linga” dance performance copies EXO’s very popular dance performance music video to their song “Growl.”
The Korean-Chinese boyband consists of twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K and Exo-M. They shot into popularity with the release of their dance video to “Growl.” Currently, the video has over 18,000,000 views, has set the number one record on The Music Trend charts, has reached number one on all four of Korea’s major music programs, won ten trophies in three consecutive weeks and the album XOXO has collectively sold over 910,000 copies.
Now, fans are claiming that Taeyang’s video is a direct copy of “Growl.” The main argument is the way in which both dance videos were shot. One of the selling points for “Growl” was its tactic of using a single shot for the entire video. The camera simply swiveled back and forth to capture all the dancers. This same method is used in Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” video. Some fans have even gone so far as to say the dance moves are very similar. This heated debate has caused quite some tension between VIP (Big Bang fans) and EXOTICS.
Luckily, even more fans are coming to the defense of both Taeyang and EXO. The majority of youtube comments say that the two videos should not be compared and both have done a spectacular job. Others point out that exotics merely think the method of a no-cut video is similar, but acknowledge that the videos are obviously different. In fact, youtube commenters seem even more upset at those who claim Taeyang’s video was a copy.
Girls’ Generation fans worldwide rejoiced this past weekend when their music video “I Got A Boy” won the Video of the Year award at the first YouTube Music Awards. This was quite the accomplishment for Asian entertainment especially since the girls were up against icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez.
Although there were a number of haters who were ignorant to the success of Girls’ Generation, there were even more fans defending them.
Clearly, we’ve been their fans for quite some time. Today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our Get This Kpop Look based on the “I Got a Boy” music video.
Continue reading to find out how you can look like these showstoppers.
1. The Statement Head Accessory – keep it cute, but quirky with ears, mini devil horns or spikes.
Locomo Ear Beanie – 6.99
ElSTINKO Como Pink Fitted Cap – $50.00
Pink spike headband – $8.99
2. Channel some Sporty Spice – pair an athletic piece with a crop top.
Pop Boy Crewneck – $49.00
Criminal Damage – The Criminal Varsity – $40.59
3. Have some edge with feminine flair with an embellished jacket or top.
Envy Look metal studded denim jacket – $85.00
3. Think big and loud: don’t neglect the neon colors or huge prints!
Neon cat ear zipper top – $24.99
Locomo vertical striped leggings – $20.15
Ice cream bar cardigan – $59.99
4. Pay homage to Marty McFly: yes, the gaudy sneaker wedges make quite the numerous appearances in this video.
Hailey Jeans Company Lace-up Sneaker Wedges – $32.99
The guys who brought us Rebecca Black’s “Friday” are back and have unleashed a song that may very well beat their first viral phenomenon. Alison Gold is the face of this new troll video “Chinese Food” where she sings about her love for, you guessed it, Chinese food.
The video combines the poor musical abilities of “Friday,” more than a handful of racist stereotypes, and lyrics that leave you wondering what sort of condition the creators may have been in while writing this trainwreck.
The music video was only released yesterday and it has already logged over one million views. It also has over four times as many dislikes than likes, but we have a feeling the producers don’t really mind that. Will it be able to beat its predecessor’s 60 million views? Time will only tell.
If you can endure watching the whole thing through, you may find yourself asking a lot of questions by the end of it. Why are there so many rainbows? Why is a 12-year-old singing about clubbing? Why on earth is there a giant panda bear?
Clearly, Ark Music Factory wanted to test out just how many inappropriate stereotypes they could fit in a tween pop song. As Angry Asian Man points out, “Mongolian barbecue, hot sauce, geishas and an extremely creepy panda man flying away on rainbow power. As you can see, you don’t need scantily clad women to exoticize and objectify Asians — kids can get in on the racist fun too!”
If you absolutely cannot bring yourself to watch the whole thing though, Time Magazine did a lovely breakdown of the entire video:
0:16: Now we see our protagonist, Alison Gold, who sing-songily describes her average day of bowling, clubbing, hugging and being hungry. She’s basically your average 13-year-old.
0:59: It appears as though “chow-m-m-m-m-mein” is something of a catch phrase for Gold, almost like R. Kelly’s “toot-toot” and “beep-beep” from “Ignition (Remix).” The first time she says it, she makes it rain; the second time, she brushes her shoulders off (always good to see the next generation paying homage to hip-hop greats like Weezy and Jay).
1:45: Now here’s where things take a turn for the even weirder. Gold’s fortune cookie says, “You will find a new friend.” So she turns around and sees a person sitting at a table by themselves, wearing a panda suit. The panda gets a fortune that reads, “You will find a new friend too,” which makes even less sense once you think about it. Also, options if you’re a young girl sitting by yourself in a restaurant and someone in a panda costume is staring at you:
1. Call your parents
2. Call the police
3. Not this…
2:12: Things seemed to be going well in the park, so Gold decides to bring the panda home to play Monopoly with her friends (kids playing Monopoly in 2013 has to be the most unrealistic part of this video, if every trend piece of the last five years is to be believed). That’s when we get the big reveal…
2:13: The panda is Patrice Wilson! He also “loves Chinese food, and some wonton soup,” the latter of which would be covered under the Chinese food pronouncement, but let’s not focus on that too much. He is apparently crushing a group of pre-teen girls in a game of Monopoly and Gold seems none too pleased about it.
In our Fall 2013 issue, we featured former The Voice contestant, singer-songwriter Sonia Rao, whose sophomore album, Los Angeles Part1, dropped last week. Now we’ve got the exclusive video premiere of the emotionally charged single “Little Blue Room.”
“I wrote ‘Little Blue Room’ about time and love,” says Rao. “It was in writing this song that I figured out that it was time to end a relationship, a tough process, but I love songwriting for that reason. If I’m ever unclear about which step to take, I’ll start writing a song and by the end of it, I’m usually pretty certain about what I truly want. The video is a bit surprising, but I’m hoping that people will see the metaphor in it.”
Watch as the soulful L.A.-based Rao tells the story of a woman coping with the end of a relationship — with an unexpected twist! Without further ado, the exclusive premiere of “Little Blue Room,” shot, directed and produced by Ron Utin Lalkin and Maddie Staszak.
Like what you hear? Pick up “Little Blue Room” and other tracks by Sonia Rao on iTunes — and while you’re at it, get our Fall 2013 issue here!
I now have something new on my bucket list: dancing on top of the Empire State Building. Thanks to Karen O and her whimsical dance sequence on top of the historical landmark, I now have a dream of doing the same exact thing. The video for the band’s latest single, “Despair” was released today. I love how the songs starts off pretty slow – and builds into something grand at the end – the sunrise over New York City. The band also teamed up again with director Patrick Daughters, who also directed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps”, “Turn Into”, “Date With the Night”, and “Gold Lion.”
Infinite H released their new music video, “Special Girl”, just last week. The first thing we noticed? The clothes. With nearly ten wardrobe changes, the boys certainly had their work cut out for them. With this many outfits, we also had our work cut out for us as we scrambled to find the various Infinite H- inspired looks. Read on to find out how you can get this look and click on the images to find out where to purchase them.
SHINee is back with their third album “Dreamgirl: The Misconceptions of You”. The boys recently released the music video to the title track, but the new song wasn’t the only thing we noticed. Patterns, colors, and even more patterns (did we mention patterns?) The boys were definitely trying to stand out on this one and we’re here to help you stand out as well! Continue reading to find out how you can get this kpop look!
Read on to find out how you can recreate the same look!
Watch out – the girls are back! Girls’ Generation have finally made their Korean comeback with their fourth studio album, I Got a Boy. Of course, this did not go unnoticed, as the music video for the titular track has already racked up over 24 million views in just a little over a week. The song is quite catchy (and admittedly, just all over the place) – we also couldn’t help but notice the wacky fashion of the video (which was all over the place as well).
Click on to see as some pieces we put together to create a SNSD-styled look for “I Got a Boy”! (Click the images to see where you can get these items too!)
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