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Kpop Music Update | Taeyeon Comeback, Films Solo Videos in the US + Lee Hi’s Impromptu Acapella Performance, Audience Sings Along + YG’s “Who’s Next?” + Videos

Alright so with all the buzz from Monday’s news, I wasn’t sure if the kpop world could shock me at all again this week. But with Sulli randomly reappearing on Instagram, I.O.I’s fans being perverted by following them into the bathroom and taking pictures, the “banana diet(you don’t want to know but go ahead and click the link anyway) and Rap Monster revealing his singing voice… the kpop world surely didn’t disappoint.

Taeyeon has been very quiet since the release of her first solo album and now we all know why. She’s been secretly preparing for a new comeback… in the US???

In response to initial reports, SM Entertainment confirms that Taeyeon recently filmed her comeback music video in the U.S. It added that it will reveal the specific schedule for her comeback once everything is confirmed.

(source: soompi)

That was huge news that I’m sure a lot of us weren’t prepared for! No word on the official comeback date. However, she is going to performing live in Seoul for her solo concert “Butterfly Kiss”. Once that’s over, I think we might be getting more news.


How many times have you ever seen a live performance and out of nowhere the music stops? Or there’s some type of audio malfunction? And then when the malfunction happens, the artist just stops out of nowhere?

Well, that type of performer is not Lee Hi nor her fans! 

During her performance of her debut song, “1, 2, 3, 4” the background music just cut off. What her fans decided to do was fill in the rest so she could continue her performance!

Now THAT was amazing! And right on cue, the music comes back on and of course goes out again because of technical difficulties but who needs music with a crowd like that???

The show must go on!


And finally, YG almost broke the internet again with a “Who’s Next?” teaser. The picture shows a typewriter with the words “Who’s Next?” and “Very Soon”. My personal guess is 2NE1 but I’m usually wrong when it comes to YG’s teasers.

What should have been super exciting though is kinda irritating the folks over on naver. Apparently, they’re really sick of these “Who’s Next?” teasers.

2. [+643, -36] Am I the only one who hates these who’s next posters, I really wish they’d stop it

3. [+496, -24] What’s it matter if YG has a ton of artists when they all get 2 year hiatuses and barely have any comebacks

4. [+465, -29] Not even curious over these teasers anymore ㅋㅋㅋ

(source: netizenbuzz)

Those are just a few of the translated posts but you can see more at the link. I guess YG might want to make that grand reveal soon.


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Weekend Kpop Update | CJ E&M Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in U.S. + f(x) “4 Walls” Teasers and Sulli Shows Support + Netizens Speculate that Lay is Leaving EXO

This weekend was really busy! I stepped away for a whole day just to spend time sleeping and getting some errands done, when I come back, it’s like I missed weeks!! So let’s start with the comeback news. JungGiGo released a teaser video for his upcoming collaboration with Zion.T and Crush for his new song “247”. Woollim Entertainment announced through twitter that JOO would be making a comeback this year! After five long years she’s returning to the music scene.

And then there was this controversial thing surrounding JYJ and his concert… I won’t touch that. I just won’t. Let’s just say, it shouldn’t have been rated 12+.

Moving along… 

There is a huge copyright infringement lawsuit underway in the U.S. involving CJ E&M and it’s U.S. extension CJ E&M America vs DFSB Kollective. Just so you know, this doesn’t have anything to do with the recent blocking of certain videos on YouTube. That’s a completely different issue!

If you don’t know the backstory on this story, it’s like this. DFSB Kollective bought international distribution rights for 300 Korean songs and registered through the U.S. Copyright Office. When they did this, it allowed them to sell these songs on different music platforms like iTunes. No problem right? Except for one minor detail… according to DFSB, CJ E&M still allowed international (a.k.a American) consumers to buy music from their website. What’s the problem?

“…copyright holders’ returns drop as the music isn’t being purchase through those copyrights. On top of the copyright infringement allegations, the plaintiff has filed a complaint of violating the content management information under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. They claim that CJ E&M improperly credited copyrights and altered IRSC codes on songs played utilizing Beats Music streaming service, which was acquired by Apple in 2014…”

(source: soompi)

Oops.

Well what does CJ E&M have to say for themselves? They said it’s all false allegations. According to them, they stopped letting American users buy music from their website wayyyy back in 2011 after seeing that there was a glitch that still allowed them to do it. In short, Americans were blocked from buying music from the site. And overall, they just jthink DFSB is just “unhappy” (mad cuz they lost) with a previously ruling back in 2012 and using this for a more favorable decision. So they kinda wanna dismiss this thing and move on.

I don’t know if this is gonna go away that easily though. They can try it. Let’s see how it goes.


Happier news. f(x) has release the group teasers and official teaser video for their upcoming song “4Walls”.

This is a significant time for them because not only are they making their long awaiting return but they’re doing all this without Sulli. However, Sulli offered support through her instagram but it was later taken down as it drew a huge backlash from netizens. Maybe her comment with the post “I support f(x) too hahaha…” wasn’t taken too kindly?

Guess once you’re gone, they want you to stay gone.


And finally, we have a rumor mill alert! I say that because I don’t want to add any fire to the speculation that is already currently circulating.

It appears that netizens seem to think that EXO’s Lay could be leaving the group. After an official announcement that he would not attending EXO’s Japanese tour, “EXO PLANET # 2 – The EXO’luXion – in JAPAN”, netizens began to think there was more to this than what was being said.

(and just a fyi, they won’t be refunding tickets)

“We would first like to thank all of you who continuously support and love EXO. We have important news with regards to “EXO PLANET # 2 – The EXO’luXion – in JAPAN”. It has been decided that Lay will not be participating in this tour. This decision has been made due to the fact that his personal schedules in China are not adjustable. We are sorry to those who were looking forward to his appearance and would like to apologize. The tour will continue as planned with SUHO, BAEKHYUN, CHANYEOL, D.O, KAI, SEHUN, XIUMIN, CHEN. A refund of tickets due to this reason will not happen. Please understand and continue to cheer for EXO and Lay.”

(source: koreaboo)

Now netizens are reacting by saying that he’s starting to “show his desire to leave EXO”, he’s “making a move to leave” and calling him a “traitor”.

Personally, I don’t think it’s that serious. Can’t we just wait it out first before jumping to conclusions? And who’s to say that this wasn’t management’s planning that messed him up in the first place? I wouldn’t call him “traitor” just for scheduling conflicts. He hasn’t abandoned them.

우리 (Uri) 나 (Na) 너 (Neo) + Simple Sentences [Grammar of the Week]

안녕하세요!

For the word of the week, we talked about 여러분 which means, “everyone”. I mentioned, 우리들 as well. The words are indeed similar, but are the same? 우리 means “we” but the 들 changes the meaning to…? Did you guess it?

I chose 우리 (Uri) 나 (Na) 너 (Neo) today for the Grammar of the Week because even though it doesn’t seem like they related to the WOTD, they do. By now, we know at least three things about these words.

  1. They don’t mean the same thing. They have three distinct meanings and serve different purposes.
  2. They’re all pronouns.
  3. You don’t necessarily have to use them if it’s already implied who you’re talking about in the sentence.

You can probably list more things you already know about these words.

Let’s start making sentences! Remember: S-O-V/S-A

  1. 우리는
    1. Pronoun
    2. Subject
    3. “we; us; our”
      1. 우리는 가게에 갔다. “We went to the store”. [Verb usage: Past tense]
      2. 우리 집은 좋은 것입니다. “Our home is nice.”
      3. 우리를 위해 기다려! “Wait for us!”
  2. 나는
    1. Pronoun
    2. Subject
    3. “I”
      1. 나는 아름다움. “I am beautiful.”
      2. 나는 더 시간이 필요합니다. “I need more time.”
  3. 너는
    1. Pronoun
    2. Subject
    3. “You”
      1. 너는 떠날 필요. “You need to leave.”
      2. 너는 재미 있습니다. “You are funny.”
  4. 여러분
    1. Noun
    2. “Everybody”
      1. 여러분, 우리를 따르라! “Everybody, follow us!”
      2. 여러분, 이것은 나의 새로운 친구. “Everybody, this is my new friend.”

I wanted to make sure that the sentences were as simple as possible so you can see how it all comes together and can do it yourself in speech.

But how would you express the same pronouns you were speaking possessively? Examples: 나의 집, 나의 친구.

We’ll do those next week!

우리 (Uri), 우리는 (Urineun), 우린(Urin) [Word of the Day Series]

안녕하세요! Annyeonghaseyo!

Today, the word of the day is going to be a “Kpop Teaches Korean!” lesson. The WOTD is actually 우리 (Uri). However, 우리는 (Urineun), 우린(Urin) are other ways it’s been said. They are kinda like conjugations. That’ll make sense after this lesson. Let’s get started!

우리 (Uri) means “we” or “us”. You’ve probably heard this more frequently in kpop songs.

Example:

기억하나요 우리 함께 했던 시간? (Gieokhanayo uri hamkke haetdeon sigan?) “Do you remember the time we spent together?” – A Pink “Luv”

In that example, we can see “우리 (Uri)” used alone to mean “we”. This sentence can also read as “Do you remember the time spent with us?” Though, that one isn’t as clear as the first translation, but it shows how “우리 (Uri)” can also be used to mean “us”.

But now, let’s say, “우리 (Uri)” is actually the topic of the sentence. Then we would say, 우리는 (Urineun). Remember before we talked about the use of 우리 (Uri)”in sentences? Well this is an example of that.

“우리는이야기.” (Urineun iyagi.) “We are talking.” Here we say “우리 (Uri)” is the topic so 는(neun) is added to show the listener or reader that it is.

And finally,

우린(Urin). This one was the most difficult for me because I had never seen it before but it’s actually a combination of both 우리 (Uri) and 우리 (Uri). It’s a way of saying “we” as the topic and it can also mean, “we are” or “we’re”.

An example is,

우린 안돼. (Urin andwae.) “We can’t be.” – Hyolyn x Jooyoung ft. Iron “Erase”

or

우린 갈거야. (Urin galgeoya.) “We’re going.”

So that’s it for today! Try making sentences with these words as you practice becoming familiar with hearing them in kpop songs and in kdramas and movies.

-내일까지! (naeilkkaji!)