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Wednesday Kpop Update | CL “Lifted” #17 Billboard‘s Social 50 Chart, Mixed Reviews + BLACKPINK Gets Reality Show + Tiffany Sitting Out SMTOWN’s 20th Anniversary Hawaii Vacation + New Music Videos

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CL just recently made her official solo American debut with the song “Lifted” and not only did it do extremely well on US Billboard Charts, but it has garnered a lot of buzz and views! “Lifted”#17 on Billboard‘s Social 50 Chart and I’ll tell you, that’s not an easy feat. It has to be pretty good to make it that high on the charts for a new-comer. Congrats CL!

But even with all the good surrounding it, a lot of fans are divided over it. While she’s gaining new fans in America, she’s also gaining haters in the kpop world?

The comments range from “boring” to “this is amazing” to “she’s selling herself”?

**Names have been removed and exchanged for numbers instead.

“#2 IDGAF WHAT YALL HATERS SAY YALL NEED TO GO GET LIFTED LIVE A LITTLE THIS IS DOPE AF”

“#18 it gets more catchy the more you listen to it”

“#4: “This is so crap. The reason why 2ne1 became popular because they were different. CL is just following American mainstream garbage. She should’ve have done something different, like bring 2ne1’s style in to America. She is going to make it nowhere with a song like this. Her solo Korean songs are much better than this. Everything seems too forced and she is trying to hard to fit in. Don’t even start your music stuff on me because I do audio engineering.”

So as you can see, the comments are pretty divided. It kind of shocked me a bit. Whereas I knew there would be a bit of pushback, I didn’t expect to run across as many negative comments as I did.

If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out below!


BLACKPINK, another member of the YG family, is about to jump into a new arena themselves. They will be getting a reality show! That’s right folks, they are joining the ranks of other kpop idols who have their own shows so fans can get to know them better on a more personal level.

“According to their company’s statements on August 24, the group’s new reality show “BLACKPINK TV” will premiere on August 25 through Naver… Through “BLACKPINK TV,” fans will be able to get a sneak peek of the members’ daily lives and get to know the members in a more intimate fashion.”

(source: soompi)

I think this is a great idea! It’ll be a good chance for the fans to get to know the ladies better.

Show airs August 24th-25th.


And this brings us to Tiffany.

I know by now the news has spread and everyone knows what happened. Well, apparently, she’s now sitting out longer. Instead of making an appearance during SMTOWN’s 20th Anniversary Hawaii Vacation, she will be sitting out due to “self-reflection”.

If you don’t know what this day is for, it’s for SM Entertainment’s 350 artists and staff member to go on what is being called a “unity” trip for four days. This vacation is also going to be for celebrating the 20th anniversary of SM.

So why wouldn’t Tiffany be there?

“The spokesperson stated, “In order to continue with her deep self-reflection regarding the recent Korean National Independence Day SNS incident, it has been decided that Tiffany will not be participating in the SM Entertainment 20th anniversary Hawaii unity trip.”

(source: koreaboo)

I guess the hurt feelings ran deep and close to home. I do hope this goes away soon for Tiffany.


Wednesday Kpop Update | CL New Teaser + YG Attending Mnet + Dok2 “Female Rappers Don’t Write Their Own Lyrics”

 

Today was an interesting day in the kpop world but before we start on that, I wanted to talk about a more important issue.

South Korea just recently announced that they had admitted 200 Syrian refugees into the country. With the huge amount of civil unrest within Syria, the people of Syria were fleeing the country in need of a place of solace. While many Western countries have chosen to close their borders due to the spike in terrorist attacks, South Korea decided to open their doors as a safe haven for those in need.

“…Among the Syrians, 135 were moved to a number of temporary shelters nationwide after being granted “quasi-refugee” status, while the others are still at Incheon International Airport… “The 135 Syrians staying in the shelters were already given permission to stay here for humanitarian reasons and the 65 others are waiting to undergo the screening process,” Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party, a member of the National Assembly Intelligence Committee, told reporters after being briefed by NIS officials.”

(source: The Korea Times)

Though we are currently living in a world of fear, it is good to know that humanity is still not lost in an increasingly inhumane world.

And now, let’s talk about some kpop.

CL has released a new teaser for a song that’s going to be released in both the U.S. and Korea. Could this be the American debut we’ve been waiting on?


 

And speaking of YG, everyone was wondering if any of YG’s artists would be in attendance at MAMA for weeks now. Well, we finally have a definite answer from YG and Mnet!

“…it looks as thought the recent discussions between the two parties were successful as MAMA confirmed the attendance of BIGBANG and iKON. Furthermore, they revealed Park Jin Young is also a part of the line-up.”

(source: soompi)

I’m super super excited about this!! I just knew there was no way, despite all the drama between the two companies, that MAMA wouldn’t have any performances from YG. I just knew that couldn’t happen! Glad to know they’ll be there.


 

Dok2 was recently at the University of Southern California talking about “Korean Hip Hop” and what he said during the panel interview raised a lot of eyebrows from people.

“Female rappers? I don’t know. I’m not sure that they write their own lyrics. If they write their own lyrics, then I respect them. If not, I might have to think about it. All right, next one.”

(source: allkpop)

I just want to note how hard I laughed at what whoever was recording said. I loved that she said what I was thinking, “Why is he so savage?!”

Before he made the comment about female rappers, he was talking about idol rappers. And I’m not sure if you could hear everything he said but basically he was saying that he wasn’t even sure if they were “real”. He was insinuating the same thing that’s been said tirelessly and that is, “idol rappers aren’t real hip-hop”. That’s a different debate for a different day.

Back to the female rapper comment, I remembered he worked with CL a while back so it’s kinda weird to me that now he would come out and say he isn’t sure if female rappers write their own raps. It almost looks like to me that he may not have recorded in the same studio with her at the time of their collaboration.

I just don’t want to believe female rappers in Korea have ghost writers.

 

The Guardian | CL of 2NE1 Solo Debut :: “Atlanta-inspired rap from Korea”

It’s always exciting to see magazines, articles, news, anything talk about CL’s American solo debut. I’m so proud of her and I can’t wait to hear her new music! The latest source to talk about CL was The Guardian. For those of you who don’t know, The Guardian is a magazine that focuses on international news which includes new music.

Here’s what they had to say:

Managed by Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande), CL is the biggest star in South Korea – her pop group 2NE1 are bigger out there than One Direction. And now she is going solo, with an album due out later this year. Doctor Pepper is one of her first English-language releases, with a similar line in cartoonish flow to Nicki Minaj. Production is courtesy of Diplo, his intention being to present CL as “the baddest, coolest female out right now”. K-pop it ain’t. “Feeling so clean it don’t get no fresher,” the 24-year-old declares over Atlanta trap heavy on spaciousness and sci-fi sonics.

(click here to see the full article at The Guardian)

I also read somewhere the song they’re referring to, “Dr. Pepper” was written because CL was mad at Diplo. Is that true?

Either way, I’m super excited to see her getting much needed exposure! Can’t wait for her official debut!

“Kill Me, Heal Me” Praised by American Psychologist

After reading this article, (and finding out that Park Seo-joon is in this drama) I actually will go watch this! Apparently, “Kill Me, Heal Me” found its way to an American psychologist who said that the drama is very well done and actually does describe Dissociative Identity Disorder well without glossing over it.

She wrote a letter to the production team and in her letter she said:

“She praised how the drama did not fail to overlook the psychological illness of Dissociative Identity Disorder and solely focused to follow a spiritual and healing perspective. she finds the drama to have a high level of completeness despite being only twenty episodes long. Throughout the warm letter, she showed her support and gratitude to Jin Soo Han writer. In the end, she also thanked the lead actor Ji Sung and actressHwang Jung Eum for showing a different kind of acting.” 

click here to see the full article.

I didn’t really know much about this disorder so I had to seek out google on this one. And basically, it is something that occurs after a traumatic experience. You may or may not have experienced a mild dissociative moment when you completely remove yourself entirely from a situation that you may be experiencing in real time. Well, with this disorder, a person may actually create (unintentional and uncontrollably) new identities that will experience certain moments and memories for that person. They won’t have the memories each personality has nor will they have the same experience. Think of it like a protective measure the brain takes to protect that individual.

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously referred to as multiple personality disorder, is a dissociative disorder involving a disturbance of identity in which two or more separate and distinct personality states (or identities) control an individual’s behavior at different times. When under the control of one identity, a person is usually unable to remember some of the events that occurred while other personalities were in control.

Find out more here at NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness.

To find out that “Kill Me, Heal Me” was able to encompass this in such a poignant and natural way actually makes me want to watch this drama. I’m happy that they were able to bring this to light. A lot of times mental illness and disorders get brushed off and swept under the rug or dismissed as something that “just happens” but never fully addressed and that doesn’t really help viewers understand the depth of what that person is going through. So I love when teams get together and say, “No, we’re going to talk about this!” And they write a script that not only addresses it but allows the viewer to connect with it.

The production team for “Kill Me, Heal Me” wrote in response to the American psychologist’s letter:

“We believe that the American viewers enjoyed the detective story and irony in our plot. Jin Soo Han writer’s ability to add a sweet romance along side a warm healing message seems to have garnered the viewers’ hearts not only in Korea, but also in America.” 

From the sounds of it, this is a really beautiful drama and I can’t wait to watch it. I wonder if it’ll have the same effect on me as the drama MAMA did. (I cried like a baby on that one!)