Artist of the Week: Hi.ni (하이니)

This is an artist I just heard about. I posted a video of hers a little while back called, “Clutch Bag”. Up and coming artist who was discovered CEO Jung Tae-won. Hi.ni debuted with the OST “But I Miss You” for “The Third Hospital”. She’s a great singer and has a really trendy style with her pop vocals. Could she be the next big thing? I don’t know! We’ll see!

So without further ado… the new Artist of the Week: Hi.ni!

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몰라요 (mollayo) vs 알아요 (arayo) [Word of the Day Series]

안녕하세요와! (Annyeonghaseyo!)

Today’s lesson is going to be fairly quick, 몰라요 (mollayo) vs 알아요 (arayo). These are phrases you’ve heard plenty of times before.

We’ll start with 몰라요 (mollayo). This means, “I don’t know” and it is how you formally say this phrase. There are different informal ways to say this as well. The first is “몰라 (molla)”. The second is, “나몰라 (Na molla)”. “나 (Na)” is a word that we covered in the naneun vs joeneun post. This is a shortened version “naneun” and it means, “I, me, myself, and mine”.

알아요 (arayo) means “I already know”. Unlike, 몰라요, this is not the more formal way to say this even though there’s a 요 at the end. The formal way to say this is, “암니다 (amnida)”. Now you would say, “알아요 (arayo)” when talking to someone you don’t really know well or even with family and friends. But the most informal way to say this when speaking with your friends is to say, “알아 (ara)”

So that’s it for today! Really short and sweet. I’m not 100% sure what we’ll cover tomorrow. Maybe back to grammar? I don’t know yet but stay tuned!

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Lovelyz “Candy Jelly Love” MV [Kpop News]

Amidst all the drama surrounding Lovelyz member Seo Jisoo, Lovelyz released the music video for their song “Candy Jelly Love”. Still no word on Seo Jisoo’s investigation. Only thing is she’s still in the hospital. When I find out more, I’ll let you all know. In the meantime, check out the music video!

What do you think? Was it worth the wait? Sound off in the comments!! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the new Artist of the Week and the next Word of the Day series post and more updates on kpop news and world news!

See you tomorrow!!

Ummm… Pritz? Making a Big Scene + “Sola Sola” MV Pushed Back? [Kpop News]

So if you haven’t heard of Pritz, let me formally introduce you to them. Pritz is a new kpop girl group. I’m not sure if they’ve already debuted or about to debut I just know… they’re in trouble.

Recently they had this outdoor performance at a horse racing track and their outfits were… questionable. They performed in outfits that were very reminiscent to the Nazi regime and people were outraged. In attempt to make things better, their agency, Pandagram, released an official statement basically saying that they meant no harm.

“The logo was inspired by traffic signs for speed limits, where numbers are written in black in the middle of a white circle, wrapped around by a band of red. The four ends of the cross were in the shape of arrowheads, symbolizing their ambitions “to expand without a limit in four directions,” – Korea Realtime

But of course the Twitter sphere and social media didn’t take that lightly either. And with all this going on, their music video for their song “Sola Sola” that was supposed to be released yesterday, was pushed back. Sooooooooo… I don’t know when it’s coming out. But as soon as it does, TwentyThirdStation will post the release.

In response to this scandal, do I personally think they meant any harm? No. I don’t. But with that said, should they have done some research before drafting these outfits that are very well known for being associated with Nazi’s? Absolutely!! But there’s no going back now. I just hope they burn the uniforms and try a new look before this sticks.

For more on this story, check out: K-Pop Band Draws Criticism for Logo’s Similarity to Nazi Symbol and to see stills from the would be music video, check out Pritz release spoiler cuts from their upcoming MV.