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Episode 5 – A Hype Nation

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All you need to know is that we spend half of the episode talking about 4minute’s comeback and the other half talking about Rania’s debut.

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News:

  • Rania debuts with “Dr. Feel Good”.

    Live Performance on the Friday Show
  • Brave Girls debut with “Do You Know?”
  • Rainbow releases their mini-album.
  • 4minute’s Comeback
  • Big Bang releases their repackaged mini-album 4.5 and doesn’t include “What is Right?”. They also resign with YG Entertainment for 5 more years.
  • YGE & KBS, Y U NO STOP TROLLING?
  • JYJ gets a Promoter for their American Tour, will announce the stops and dates later, but they should be in May.
  • KeyEast, AMENT, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all join together to form a new conglomerate United Asia Management for overseas advancement.

Noelle disrupts the news to draw attention to me exercising and cooking and the whole discussion goes downhill.  She calls fangirls crazy, I call for the premature ending of Nichkhun and Victoria’s pairing on WGM.

I announce that I ignore girl groups above six members and then immediately break my new rule.  We have a 4minute bias, this is not news, sorry if you don’t like them, we go on for a bit.

I should not be laughing at the idea that her tits are for rent.

4minute’s debut performance of fail

 

4minute behind the scenes debut

I express my anger over the tracklisting of the repackaged Big Bang 4.5 mini-album.  Surprisingly I like the three new songs, but not enough to outweigh how much I disliked the original mini-album.

We plead that Kpop artists embarking on a “World Tour” remember that the world exists outside of Asia.

Do you believe that the new United Asian Management will be a force for good or a force for evil in terms of the advancement of Kpop?

We discuss reactions of Kpop fandom (international especially) to Rania and how inherently hypocritical the backlash has been. Slut Shaming is completely uncalled for and if you’re a child you need to back away from the Internet, if you’re a grown up you should be completely ashamed of yourself.
Learn Yourself some Teddy Riley, and to keep this Kpop related, here’s a video of pre-debut TOP covering Blackstreet’s No Diggity.

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Opening Song: Rainbow – To Me
Insert Song: 4minute – Heart to Heart
Ending Song: Daesung – Baby Don’t Cry

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Episode 4 – Happy Face

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Unfortunately since this episode is a little less planned, it’s definitely a short one this week. Sorry if that cuts your workout routine/work commute routine off a little. We’ll try and make up for it next week and make it long as hell.

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HappyFace (PilKang-Left & BigTone-Right)

News:

I feel like we’ve discussed this before: but Big Bang’s 4.5 repackage album has a tracklist and some teaser photos and audio teaser for Stupid Liar. Album release date for April 8th.

Big Bang – Stupid Liar Teaser

Yunho & IU rumoured to be in ice-skating variety show.

Shinee’s Jonghyun & Shin Se Kyung apparently still bumping uglies. You’re welcome. Also, look out for her upcoming movie “Blue Salt”

WGM has two upcoming new couples:

Kim Won Jun & Park So Hyun

Ham Eunjung (T-Ara) and Lee Jang Woo

I’m definitely looking forward to the Won Jun/So Hyun couple

5Dolls to cameo in MBC’s Best Love drama as kpop group “Candice”. I then make fun of Noelle’s lack of knowledge of Chanmi and there’s a poor slip of the tongue.

4minute releases Heart to Heart mini album and music video. This is not a countdown. Sohyun has the bicycle and those goggle things are sorta boss.

What a Girl Wants <–in case you’ve forgotten that 4minute has done cutesy MVs before.

JYJ kicked off their “World Tour” while we were recording. Indonesia & Singapore’s legs were cancelled.

Idol music producers not happy about MBC’s “I am A Singer”.

Kara sells over 1 million copies of their currently released Japanese albums and singles, joining the likes of BoA and DBSK.

Things that Make Us Happy

4minute’s MV makes us happy.

People are still angry/jealous of Jihyun’s tits.

U-KiSS’ transformation to a band everyone can love.

DBSK releases “Before You Go” Dance Version. Changmin rubs his dick, Yunho rubs his belt, Noelle becomes a pervert mid-sentence.

Drunken TOP’s UFO replies.

Crown J – I’m Good ft. Young Dro (Over 12.5 million views at posting)

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhyE57vtbm71nc160n

Poor attempts at subtle racism do not make us happy.

Aziatix releases Go and it does well on iTunes. As always, please support them by buying their single on iTunes.

Noelle looks forward to Block B because they might be cute, of course, it’s never about talent with her.

Opening Song: Crown J – I’m Good ft. Young Dro

Ending Song: Seo In Guk – BROKEN

Episode 3 – Produce This

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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?

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The news covers:

  • 4minute’s comeback teasers and Cube’s “Boobs!” philosophy, G.NA’s vs. JiHyun’s. Images
  • Big Bang’s upcoming 4.5 repackage album with 4 new songs
  • JYJ’s JaeJoong preparing for the Thailand leg of their tour
  • JYJ’s Yoochun preparing for the filming of Goodbye Miss Ripley
  • SS501’s Hyun Joong preparing for a solo album
  • Bran New Kiss
  • Longest Lasting Legendary Idol Group Shinhwa celebrates their thirteenth anniversary.
  • Heechul rants about his face scar, I laugh at his misery. He’s forgiven because he’s Heechul.
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism spearheads a meeting with major Entertainment companies to discuss making trainee life better.

4minute Hyuna’s Teaser

4minute Jiyoon’s Teaser

4minute JiHyun’s Teaser

4minute Gayoon’s Teaser

4minute Sohyun’s Teaser

The Shinhwa pictures we were talking about NSFW if you’re afraid of male nudity I guess

Balls Possibly Touching

The Background music is of course from E-Tribe (two guys), Shinsadong Tiger (1 guy) and Cube’s resident producer, Brave Brothers (one guy), YGE’s former producer.

E-Tribe – Mother

Shinsadong Tiger – B2ST’s Soom

Brave Brothers – Invisible

Some of his first songs produced while he was under YG for other artists

Battle (now defunct, sorta) – Step by Step

Son Dambi ft. a predebut Park Gahee – Bad Boy

And his last major hit for YGE, Big Bang – Last Farewell

Now you can see everybody’s argument about style vs. laziness when it came to him. Please forgive Noelle for using Gee at the top of this episode, I guess she couldn’t resist.

We mostly discuss Hyori’s plagiarism issue and Chris Brown for our Free Talk segment.

Until next week.

Opening Song: SNSD – Gee
Closing Song: Brave Brothers ft. Everyone (Hyuna, M, Maboos, Red Roc, Basick) – Bittersweet

Episode 2 – Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality

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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.

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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

Episode 1 – What Would You Do For Fame?

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After I called the previous episode the zero episode on a whim, this is now our official first episode.

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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.

Find out more about depression here NIH on depression

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