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K-pop essentials for Tokyoites and the international market

K-pop essentials for Tokyoites and the international market

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Korean Pop (K-pop) is growing in international esteem but for new people who are following this music scene then Modern Tokyo Times created an essential mix. Of course k-pop fans will either support or disagree with the reasons given but this is the nature of music. However, one thing that everyone will agree with who adores K-pop, is that this music scene is in the news and big time.

The order given does not denote preference because each song selected is deemed to be “essential” for newcomers to K-pop because lovers of this music scene will already have deep knowledge. However, the first track selected isn’t released until December 7 and this adds more spice.

Therefore, the first essential buy applies to BoA who is well known in Japan and her new track released on December 7 called “Milestone” is a classic track which plays to the strengths of this elegant lady. “Milestone” hits the heart because you can feel the passion of BoA and the lovely melody and exquisite voice works fantastically.

BoA hits every height with this track and shows the richness of such a talented lady and her avid followers are rewarded by this lovely tune. A must buy for people who want to feel the passion of K-pop and listen to a lady with a rich history.

The next essential tune is “Step” by Kara and clearly this group is loved in Tokyo and throughout Japan. How could you keep Kara out of any essential mix? Simply put, when you listen to Kara you can feel their international dimension. Kara, therefore, is a must for all individuals who want to feel the real vibrancy of K-pop.

Girls’ Generation consist of nine exquisite and elegant members and Taeyeon, Tiffany, Yuri, Jessica, Hyoyeon, Sunny, Sooyoung, Seohyun and Yoona, are highly loved in Japan just like Kara. The track called “Mr. Taxi” sums up the catchy and sultry nature of this K-pop group because they have style in abundance and this track is a must for all K-pop lovers in Japan.

Another essential buy is “Shanghai Romance” by Orange Caramel (a sub unit from After School) because Raina (Oh Hye Rin), Nana (Im Jin Ah) and Lizzy (Park Soo Young) look so stylish and natural together. They have a lovely sex appeal which is natural and charming and each individual plays to their strengths.

“Shanghai Romance” is a catchy tune and the singing, dancing, and image is truly wholesome. After School and Orange Caramel clearly have a bright future and the three stunning ladies who represent Orange Caramel have their own unique vibe and sound and highlight the diversity of K-pop.

The next essential tune is “Like The First Time” by T-ara because the adorable 7 girl group members are working their special charms in Japan. In truth, T-ara have played it gently on entering the Japanese market and older tracks highlight a different vibe and in time they will cross over their earlier work and create a new formula.

T-ara have evolved from five members to seven and these ravishing ladies will continue to win new hearts throughout South Korea, Japan, and internationally.  They are certainly adding to the “Korean Cool” image.

Another essential tune is “I Remember” by Bang Yong Guk which is extremely powerful and appeals internationally.  The video was over dramatic near the end but the track was fantastic and many new paths should open for Bang Yong Guk.

Future tracks by Bang Yong Guk will find it hard to surpass “I Remember” because it is that good. However, in saying this, his high octane nature and spirit may build on such a powerful tune. It will be interesting to see how he develops because all the signs look promising.

“Top Girl” by G.na is another essential buy because while the lyrics are so-so this extremely talented lady still pulls it out of the fire and creates a lovely track. This in itself shows the elegance and style of G.na because her individualistic style hits a positive nerve.

G.na appeals internationally because of her style, lovely image, interactive nature of her performance and other fine qualities. Therefore, “Top Girl” is a great tune which highlights the fine qualities of this exquisite lady.

The next group is Chocolat who have a bright future and “Syndrome” was selected because these beautiful ladies have a highly promising career and would work a treat in Japan. Therefore, this track was highlighted with an eye on the future and surely this group will grow and prosper.

“So Cool” by Sistar is another catchy tune to listen to but the video was a little negative and didn’t highlight their strengths. Despite this, these stunning ladies have a real buzz about them and clearly they work well together and Sistar have talent in abundance.

A Pink is a new group which is just reaching out but they have many fine qualities and their track “Wishlist” highlighted their individualistic talents. In truth, both writers of K-pop at Modern Tokyo Times are expecting a lot from A Pink because they have “elegance, poise, refinement and the glories of youth.”

Finally, but not least, is the lovely and delightful Kan Mi Youn whom both writers have a mega soft-spot.  Kan Mi Youn never lets you down and if you are new to K-pop then you are spoilt for choice because all her latest tracks have been fantastic.

“Paparazzi” is a lovely track and Kan Mi Youn is one of the classiest K-pop singers and like BoA both soloists are pure class. Therefore, “Paparazzi” is a must buy because Kan Mi Youn is an amazing singer and she is so talented.

The records selected were not based on order but seemed like a natural order and A Pink and Kan Mi Youn were chosen near the end for obvious reasons. Kan Mi Youn was selected like BoA to start because both ladies have hit the heights many times in the past and will continue to do so. Meanwhile, A Pink is just starting on their path and show great prospects.

Overall, if you are new to K-pop then check the many great South Korean websites online for latest news.  After all, the vibes coming from South Korea are reaching out to new people every day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J6zsvcvhaU  BoA – “Milestone”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOcCNpdkjG4 Kan Mi Youn – “Paparazzi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhseD2tRLUY  Girls’ Generation – Mr. Taxi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxxoq7uqnbU Orange Caramel – “Shanghai Romance”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bPhbYl7rV0 T-ara – “Like The First Time”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHrx5dWxcJ4   Bang Yong Guk – I Remember

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nli8waw_5vY G.na – “Top Girl”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUVbf_aqU5k&ob=av2n Sistar – “So Cool”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYoYoBtLqOY&ob=av2n  Kara – “Step”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD3LzPp6KDs  A Pink – “Wishlist”

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in ASIA, Japan

 

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K-pop music: Orange Caramel and the Japanese market

K-pop music: Orange Caramel and the Japanese market

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Orange Caramel certainly fit in well with kawaii culture in Japan and this K-pop group which is a sub-unit from After School continues to grow. BoA and Kan Mi Youn, alongside other talented individuals from South Korea, have international appeal in abundance and Orange Caramel is going in the right direction because each new track is creating a new buzz.

Obviously K-pop groups like After School, Kara, Girls’ Generation (SNSD), BoA, T-ara, and many others, will continue to focus on the Japanese market while remaining in tune with the vibes of South Korea. Therefore, it is nice to see the natural progression of Orange Caramel because they provide a wholesome image and with luck they won’t go down the over-the-top sexual image.  

Raina (Oh Hye Rin), Nana (Im Jin Ah) and Lizzy (Park Soo Young) look natural together and since they formed their image is very different from After School and clearly it is working. Therefore, the track “Shanghai Romance” highlighted a lovely image which was wholesome, cute, stylish and warm.

T-ara is another K-pop group which is showing great promise in Japan and in time both T-ara and Orange Caramel should continue to blossom and of course the same applies to After School. Currently Kara and Girls’ Generation are very popular in Japan and in other nations and T-ara made a big impression when they debuted in Japan.

The delightful BoA will also remind Japan about her rich talents because her new single called “Milestone” which will be released on December 7 is a real gem. Therefore, K-pop is certainly in the driving seat and many Tokyoites and people throughout Japan are hoping that BoA and Orange Caramel will focus even more on the Japanese market.

Orange Caramel can also learn greatly from BoA and Kan Mi Youn because these two stunning ladies hit the heights when they were very young. Today Kan Mi Youn continues to flourish and her last few tracks were full of energy and “Milestone” by BoA is one of her best tracks ever.

It is also important that K-pop groups and soloists show a rich variety and certainly Orange Caramel have their own natural vibe. This will enhance the richness of K-pop in Japan and of course in South Korea where these fantastic ladies come from.

The image of Orange Caramel certainly fits in well with kawaii culture and the energy of Harajuku in Tokyo. Therefore, their fan base will continue to grow and flourish and this will also be a huge benefit for After School.

It will be interesting to see how Orange Caramel develops and hopefully they will stick to their natural, wholesome and cute image alongside catchy tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxxoq7uqnbU Orange Caramel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3u9f8LTEiI Orange Caramel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5db5p5i0sE Orange Caramel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J6zsvcvhaU BoA and “Milestone”

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in ASIA, Japan

 

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K-pop and T-ara in Japan: Stylish, energetic and adorable

K-pop and T-ara in Japan: Stylish, energetic and adorable

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

T-ara is a stunning 7 girl group from South Korea who recently began to reach out to their fan base in Japan. In Tokyo and throughout Japan this group was talked about because K-pop continues to grow in many nations because of so many fantastic groups and soloists like Kan Mi Youn who simply melts the heart.

The Japanese music market is huge and K-pop artists understand the need to venture into a new market which will enhance their career and increase their stardom. Moving between South Korea and Japan, and other nations, is part and parcel of the highly spoken artists coming from South Korea.

“Roly Poly” and “Bo Peep Bo Peep” are very gentle and the Japanese version of “Bo Peep Bo Peep” went nicely with kawaii culture in Tokyo and the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya.  It is clear that T-ara understand the market of Japan and all individuals looked cute and full of energy in the video “Bo Peep Bo Peep.”

However, it could be argued that this track was playing it nice and smoothly but in time more vigor and buzz is needed to inject a more diverse T-ara. Therefore, powerful tracks like “I Go Crazy Because Of You” and “Like The Beginning” would be welcomed because J-pop artists need to wake-up from their slumber. This applies to taking note of the buzzing energy of “Korean cool” and “adorable Korean babes” who are entering the Japanese market to a much higher degree than in the past.

T-ara will release a new EP on October 27 called “Black Eyes” and they clearly have a style which is appealing and full of promise for the future. Indeed, tracks like “I Go Crazy Because Of You” have a vibrant international feel unlike “Bo Peep Bo Peep” which seems ideal for the K-pop and J-pop market.

In time T-ara will reach out to new fans in Japan and in other nations because they have the talent to cater for kawaii culture, pouting babes with sex appeal in abundance, electronic and more of a rebel image. In fact, it is clear that they have many options open to them because their vibe is certainly catchy and full of energy.

Therefore, their fans in South Korea, Japan and in other nations, are eagerly awaiting new material from T-ara.  They certainly have what it takes and T-ara is another group which is enhancing the growing reputation of K-pop.

Kan Mi Youn is the soloist lady who melts the heart because of her individual style. Similarly, T-ara is one of the best K-pop groups on the scene and they have so much more to offer their fans in the future because past tracks show their talent and mass appeal.

Tokyoites and fans of T-ara throughout Japan are lucky because K-pop is making a huge splash and coverage is growing all the time. T-ara and their past classics include “Like The First Time” and “I Go Crazy Because Of You.” Therefore, just like their evolution from five members to seven members these ravishing ladies will continue to grow and flourish.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KcQWl3Zw34 T-ara (Bo Peep Bo Peep Japanese Version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBMzk0qFO6U&feature=fvsr T-ara (I Go Crazy Because Of You) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bPhbYl7rV0  T-ara (Like The First Time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyDf7opyDN8  T-ara (Roly Poly)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qJah8x94Ck&feature=related T-ara (Like The Beginning)

http://www.t-ara-official.com/  T-ara official website in Japan

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Japan

 

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