First off, Happy Belated Pepero Day! (I couldn’t go without saying that after seeing story after story surrounding it.) I will say that today was a little better in the kpop world. There wasn’t much controversy today. LuHan released a new music video. Or rather, it’s not new, I just saw it today on allkpop. It’s nice to see he is truly persistent in continuing to sing. 15&’s Baek Yerin is also apparently getting back to singing as well. She has allegedly been working on a solo project in secret and may even be about to release a music video.
Alexandra of RAINA talked about what it is like to be a member of the girl group that’s been garnering a lot of attention due to her addition. She published a posted entitled, “Being Alex Reid” where she talks about her love for kpop and how this has been something she’s wanted to do for a long time. For her, it is truly a dream come true. I’m really happy for her.
I wish I could say the same for Unpretty Rapstar 2.
Unpretty Rapstar 2 has been surrounded by controversy for quite some time now. Since the line-up was first announced, people have found many many reasons to hate the new season. And let’s be honest, Truedy didn’t help much at all with her antics, causing netz to call her a “cosplayer” for trying to pass as Afro-Korean.
But now, a new topic has emerged in the “we hate Unpretty Rapstar” campaign, is the show rigged? Allegedly, it just might be. It seems that the winner of the show was chosen long before the show even aired. Of course, this is all just alleged and not actually proven true. But why are people believing it?
“It’s now been revealed that Truedy, Heize, Kasper, and Ash-B had actually signed contracts with Mnet (CJ E&M) before the show started filming. It’s actually not new because one of the girls had been revealed to have left her company and signed with CJ E&M before the show started airing, but back then, CJ E&M had stated that the rumors were false.”
Now of course, all of that could be explained away and it hasn’t exactly been proven just yet. But it is cause for concern if it’s true. Already, Kasper, Heize, and Ash-B have been eliminated. So will Truedy be the winner? Win or lose, it’s true that the four of them signed with Mnet before this show aired, there’s going to be a serious problem not only with credibility but also with objective and non-bias voting.
We shall see what happens.
But in the meantime, it’s no secret that SM Entertainment has been planning on creating this new multinational group next year. They’re still in the development stages and planning out many different projects. But this new group is the main thing on everybody’s mind at the current moment.
So why is this new group of such importance? Well because the sound is going to be something totally different from what SM has previously produced. The music from SM has been pretty varied thus far and they have an explanation for it.
According to Lee Sung Soo, the production team leader, SM has been trying to find their identity over the last few years.
“It can be said that the past few years have been a time to ‘find ourselves’ at SM… The agency needed to think about the music we were good at and the music that people want to hear…We are definitely going to use the know-how we’ve piled up over the years… The new group will be an extension of EXO. After H.O.T., TVXQ, and EXO, we are trying to continue the trend of producing a hit male group every five years or so.”
Fans are already picking out who they want to be included in this group and even saying how big the group should be. I have my own personal picks for it but I think I’ll keep that to myself for now. I haven’t been doing to well with the guessing game these days.
But thankfully, I don’t have to guess about this! 9Muses Comeback!!
The ladies have officially announced their comeback and despite Sungah’s ankle injury, the date won’t change. Get well soon Sungah!