In episode three we delve into the news of the week.
We also talk about several big name producers in Mainstream Kpop: E-Tribe, Shinsadong Tiger and Brave Brothers and we pose the following question. What does an artist have to do wrong (morally, ethically or legally) that would cause you to lose faith in an artist and stop supporting them?
Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was hit with a major 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a tremendous tsunami that devastated a lot of the East Coast. In the past week a lot of news came out about donations from the Kpop/Korean acting community towards the population of Japan. The marathon I refer to is being hosted here Help Japan and is run by a loose association of anime podcasts, one of whom I’m a semi permanent host for. You are of course welcome to donate blood, volunteer and donate to the charity of your choice.
We spend a little time going over the news concerning the Japanese debut of several Korean artists including B2ST/BEAST and 2NE1. We’re still waiting on what Cube is going to do to give back. Jet Coaster Love is the single that Kara is going to donate the profits of to Tsunami/Earthquake relief.
Cho PD’s comments have stirred up Big Bang fans a lot at least on the International side. Maybe he’s covering his ass to protect Block B from the wrath of ViP’s upon their debut. Mic Swagger (hiphopplaya) hosted by Sool J, featuring Block B’s Zico & Park Kyung here:
As far as the new Big Bang CD with the big name producers, we’re hoping for a winter release, preferably on the 2011 side of winter. My comments about Wil.i.am and Black Eyed Peas are probably everybody’s feelings now so I’m just going to leave a video of Request+line now.
Pardon us for going on about DBSK a bit, we were both sorta surprised by their performance. I completely deny my roots as a Big Bang fan in favor of this winning over Tonight.
The discussion turns a little serious when we discuss Jay Park’s apology to JYPE and 2PM and then follow up on last week’s news about the release of Jang Ja Yeon’s letters and the questioning of the truth of those papers.
Our Free Talk this week is on MBLAQ as requested by their fan Naomz and we do our best not to be too mean to Thunder.
We flub a little while discussing each individual member, as I’m not a huge fan and Noelle barely learned of them in the hours previous. While I liked Oh Yeah at debut, it was the Y MV that really got me into them, partly due to Lee Joon and partly due to the more cinematic nature of that MV over Oh Yeah.
Talking about MBLAQ led me to remember what I said the topic would be, Talented members of the group vs. The Members that make the group’s image. This is a pretty common debate in Kpop and we do our best to handle it with respect. Thanks for meeting us this week, have a good one and we hope you join us again next week.
Opening Song: B2ST – Rainbow
Closing song: DBSK – Before U Go
While getting ready for the next episode, I found this little baby and thought that it would be cool to share this with everyone as this is our “supposed” thought process while discussing anything Kpop-related. It may be difficult, but we have made a commitment to live up to our name. We have yet to see if we are as committed as we say we are though, because really, when was Kpop ever rational?
Anyway, be on the lookout for our next episode to be released over the weekend. We have a lot of things in store for you, so do stick around! If you want us to discuss something, ask us a question, or simply give us a holler, you can email us at email@example.com, tweet us @ARKpopPodcast or leave a comment.
In the news segment we cover Heechul’s accident with a lightboard at Super Show 3 in Shanghai, and I make jokes that are probably uncalled for, but it’s always important to remember that you shouldn’t throw things that can become missiles or injure someone. We also discuss the fact that JYJ’s fanmade Internet Station created because their group was being obviously blacklisted in the traditional media has shut down after 4 days, SME announces that they bought the rights to create a Korean Drama based on the manga Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi) and Noelle creates dream-casting by suggesting f(x)’s Amber as the lead, Big Bang tops downloadable charts, including iTunes and hits two of BillBoard’s charts, and eager eyes discover Teddy Park’s (of 1TYM) cameo in Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” MV ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne.
An example of 1TYM’s music from their last album, released back in 2005.
We’re sidetracked for a bit talking about Crown J and his current troubles and I completely blank on Young Dro’s name.
Following the news we cover two freetalk segments. The first is some discussion of the increasingly common occurrence of Korean artists migrating to the Japanese market. We reason out the why beyond the obvious (money) and talk about the respect needed to continue your growth in both industries. Regretably we neglect to mention the reverse, of an unestablished Korean artist migrating from the Japanese market back to the Korean market. I am so sorry for forgetting about you Go Younha, I still love you.
We give credit to the original BoA, to the first Korean Boyband to take Japan by storm, Dong Bang Shin Ki/Tohoshinki and about those that are following in their footsteps currently.
The last topic covered is “What would you do to become famous?” and we discuss mostly the issues surrounding Jang Ja Yeon’s suicide. She was an actress in the obscenely popular Korean remake of Boys Over Flowers and committed suicide shortly after to draw attention to her plight and similar ones of other actresses. A portion of the list of 31 men she accused her company of forcing her to provide sexual favors to leaked on the Internet this past week. These were men she accused of being Devils, and while this list has yet to be independently verified, it is still shining a light on the darker side of the Entertainment industry. Up to the point of recording the police had accused her list of being fabricated by Jun, the inmate friend of hers, but shortly after a group of independent experts spoke about the unlikelihood of the list being faked.
Next episode we hope to cover some more positive things in our freetalk segments. We’re also going to talk a bit about MBLAQ and the trend of boy/girl idol groups to include both very talented members and those that fit in well to the group (not meant as an insult to MBLAQ). And Noelle is going to try to continue to improve as an editor.
Opening Song – Kara’s Mister (Japanese version)
Ending Song – MBLAQ – Y
Your wonderful co-hosts Noelle and Dame Dr. Foxy Brown discuss mostly Big Bang’s comeback after 2.5 years. The topic ranges from their debut, how the mini-album stacks up against their previous music, the promise to go back to their roots, and an analysis of the music video.
Topics that were also covered are: other YG Family artists and the company’s marketing strategy, 5Dolls, DBSK, Song Ji Eun’s (of Secret) official debut song co-featuring Bang Yong Gook and U-KISS member shuffle and our personal feelings on that (be on the lookout for a little U-KISS tribute at the very end). There’s also the GD & TOP album release event in Manila, Philippines. In the future we hope to have proper hosting and to get the show on iTunes.
Hello gentlemen and ladies of all shapes and sizes, this website is going to be used to produce a podcast we’re calling The Always Rational K-Pop Podcast. As of right now it’s composed of two people: Noelle, and Dame Dr. Foxy Brown (of The Ass Backwards Anime Podcast). This is a project that’s mostly Noelle’s brainchild, with me coming along for the ride.
We’re both pretty passionate about K-Pop, and we know that there are those out there who love it as much as we do, so we created this podcast as a means to really have a conversation with you guys about our mutual love. We’ll try to be as non-biased and objective as possible (which we may fail at), but we at least have a devotion to be rational, hence our name. Our first episode will be up soon, so wait for us.