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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.


“#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 | JYP Talks Park Ji-Min, Comeback + YMC and I.O.I: Sexy Concept Misunderstanding, Says Agency + VIXX “Fantasy” Teaser Comeback + New Music Videos

There is a lot to talk about today in the world of kpop. With the rumors of dating and new actors on the horizon, sometimes it is just so good to hear some kpop news that we’ve been waiting on.

To for example, 4Minute, everyone has been waiting patiently to see what was going to happen with the rest of the members. Afterall, we all knew that HyunA was going to make a solo comeback, but what about everyone else? Well, the news is out and it’s official, Jiyoon is prepping for her solo debut! She recently signed with a new agency, JS E&M, and they’ve put together a team to build her new image and new solo music. Jiyoon’s solo comeback date is scheduled for October.

BLACKPINK, YG’s new girl group, made their official debut this week and I have to agree with everyone else when I say this, they are really good! The ladies gave their first interview after debuting saying that they were “nervous” and working hard on creating their own signature color. Some fans have been drawing comparisons to previous YG groups like 2NE1 and even BIGBANG, but this is what they have to say.

YG’s Yang Hyun Suk shared his thoughts about BLACKPINK and 2NE1. “We didn’t try too hard to create a difference between BLACKPINK and 2NE1. It was the same when we created 2NE1. YG has its own unique sound so we focused on making the music sound the most like us,” he explained… He continued to say, “There is no leader. They have been friends for so long that having a leader is impossible. All four members can be leaders.”

(source: soompi)

As a fan of 2NE1 I have to say, while I watched their debut music videos, I could draw some similarities but overall, they are truly their own group with the classic YG sound. I loved watching them and can’t wait to hear the debut single album, “SQUARE ONE” which was released on the 8th!

And since we’re talking about comeback news, one of my all-time favorite solo artists Park Ji-Min is about to make her own solo comeback! After releasing the single “Hopeless Love”, she disappeared for a while. She did a few songs with 15& but we weren’t given any new official solo music. Now, JYP says, that’s about to change very soon.

On August 10, JYP Entertainment announced, “Park Ji Min is planning to make a comeback mid-August with a new song. She’s in the final stages of preparation.”

(source: allkpop)

This is great news! I can’t wait to hear her new music!

When it was announced that I.O.I’s comeback was going to be different than before, many people began to speculate what they could possibly be planning. And then teasers began to slip and fans went crazy! The net-o-sphere blew up with comments that the ladies were gonna go with a “sexy” concept. Even I fell for it…

And then YMC said… “Umm what?” 

“This unit’s concept is not ‘sexy,’” a source from the agency says. “We didn’t emphasize sexiness at all, so we don’t know why we’re receiving this kind of response… Rather than sexiness, we wanted to emphasize the charisma [the girls] can display on stage and their girl crush charm,” the source continues. “This will definitely be a performance that differs from the previous ‘unique’ concept [for ‘Dream Girls].”

(source: soompi)

After listening to the new song, “Whatta Man” and watching the video I realized, it wasn’t meant to be sexy at all. I actually got the look they were going for before I read this and I have to say, I like their concept better than the rumors. The song samples the 90’s R&B song “Whatta Man” by En Vogue/Salt-N-Pepa. And though I remember when the original came out, (even though I was a little kid I do remember the song), I did like their take on it and I like the concept they chose to go with it.

And then there was VIXX…

We have been waiting tirelessly for a VIXX comeback. Or at least I have… and the teaser photos and announcements were just making me anxious. And then, this happened.

The video has been released on Naver but some kind soul decided to upload it to YouTube. Because for some reason, no matter how hard I tried to share it from Naver here it just wouldn’t work. However, I don’t know how long it’ll be up there but for the time being, you can watch it here.

I’m excited and can not wait for the new music!

That’s all for the Wednesday Kpop Update. And now for some new music!

Wednesday Kpop Update | BIGBANG is “Creative Icon” + BLACKPINK Prepares for Debut, Teaser + Starship Entertainment New Unit, Y틴 (Y TEEN)

Alright so we’re back another week with Wednesday Kpop Update. A new Artist of the Week is coming next week!

I wasn’t even sure where to start this week with the news so I’ll begin with Lion Girls. I’ll be honest, today is my first time hearing their name. Or if I did hear it before, I totally forgot and that’s all on me. However, I was going to post the video but I can’t seem to find it anymore. So here’s the pictures they just released.

BIGBANG was chosen as the nation’s “Creative Icon” by  South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism! With the new title comes a huge responsibility…

“As creative ambassador, BIGBANG will be involved in the Rio Summer Olympics this August as well as the 2018 PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Olympics.”

(source: soompi)

Congrats BIGBANG!

BLACKPINK, YG’s new brain child is finally emerging, and it looks like their getting ready to make a debut!

And finally Starship Entertainment is also getting ready to release new music to the world through the new unit group, Y틴! This group is unique because it’s made up of familiar faces, MONSTA X and Cosmic Girls!

And now for some music videos…

Wednesday Kpop Update | VIXX Fantasia “ELYSIUM”Posters+ 9Muses Sub-Unit Teaser+ BLACKPINK, Debuting Soon+ New Music Videos

There is a lot going on the world of kpop. I think that’s why Wednesday’s are my favorite post days. There’s so much information but I can only talk about so much in one post so here goes!

“Show Me The Money” may be known for bringing rappers to one stage to compete, but it’s about to get a bit more attention. Rapper #Gun is getting ready to debut with a new single next week. Starship Entertainment has said that the debut will be next week on the 28th at midnight KST. And another alum of the show, Basick is getting ready to make a comeback in August with the release of a mini-album.

HyunA also is making plans for a comeback. After the breakup of 4Minute, a lot of fans were curious to know what would happen with the ladies. Wonder no more about HyunA, we’ll be hearing from her very soon next month!

And guess who else will be dropping some new music? That’s right BTS’ Suga who will be releasing his first solo mixtape in August!

August sure is going to be a busy month!

While we’re on the topic of comebacks and new music, VIXX has released some new teaser photo/posters for their upcoming concert VIXX LIVE FANTASIA ELYSIUM. It will take place on August 13-14 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, Korea.

9MUSES’S have been a real focal point for a lot of fans. With the recent announcement that they will be downsizing, fans have been wondering what they will look and sound like now with all the changes.

But in the meantime, while we wait to see the new official group, a sub-unit has sparked all of our attention, 9MUSES A.

What we know so far:

  1. It’s a 4-member sub-unit
  2. Kyungri is the only member who has been announced so far.
  3. “Amuse” will be released on August 4th KST

I can’t wait to find out who the remaining three members will be and after hearing that short snippet, I can’t wait to hear the full-length song!

YG’s newest girl group is getting ready to make their long awaiting debut. We’ve seen the pictures. We know their names. Now, we’re ready to hear their sound! The ladies have just finished filming three of their music videos.

“On July 20, news outlet Osen released a report stating YG’s new girl group will be debuting soon. They stated that YG’s main producer Teddy has finished BLACKPINK’s debut album after working on it for two years and the group has also finished filming their debut music videos.”

(source: soompi)

I’m really excited about this news! I can’t wait to hear the finished project!