Tag Archives: SME

Episode 5 – A Hype Nation

Post moved here.

Please visit our permanent home at http://www.arkpop.com =)

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.

Download Link for Episode 5

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.

Send feedback to thealwaysrationalkpoppodcast@gmail.com or reach us on twitter at ARKpopPodcast on Twitter.

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

Advertisements

Episode 3 – Produce This

Post moved here

Please visit our permanent home at http://www.arkpop.com =)

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?

Download Link for Episode 3

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

Post moved here.

Please visit our permanent home at http://www.arkpop.com =)

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.

Download Link for Episode 2

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