Big Bang &2NE1:Light The Torch for 2012

With this new world tour and album T.O.P isn't the only one who will be needing oxygen

I’m not the biggest Big Bang fan but when news broke out that YG and Live Nation was teaming up for a world tour. I almost crap my pants for a second. With Girls Generation on Late Night With Litterman and Live With Kelly in the U.S. Plus the Wonder Girls TeenNick movie Wonder Girls At The Apollo . K-pop in the west is no longer a hidden little secret but not necessarily a huge success. While other groups like Beast(B2ST) is on their own world tour this method seems to work best for groups who plan to expand.

Touring is the best way for an artist or group to promote their music. Giving them the ability to show case their talents and develop a theatrical performance of an epic size. Going beyond the music video and truly giving a song the artistic justice it needs. Those lucky fans get the full treatment from their favorite bias. Something K-pop lacks experience in but in recent years of expansion has the golden opportunity to capitalize.

Big Bang in 2011 started off the year so right but things turn for the worse. Despite a successful solo comeback for member Seungri and the group’s mini album Tonight. Half way through the year Daesung car accident and G-Dragon marijuana scandal end 2011 on a bad note. Due to the amount of controversy YG stock prices went down and fans began to wonder if Big Bang was coming to an end.  Although some fans and critics were being overly dramatic YG allow Big Bang to reflect and regroup.

Thus allowing for a new album and a resume of solo activities. But nobody suspect the group would return with a possible 24 countries 16 cities world-wide tour. Invading Asia; Europe; North and South America. Starting on March 2nd-4th at Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastic these shows are already sold out. Those awaiting shows on foreign soil have not yet been confirm with official dates,venues and purchasing.

Like YG promise Big Bang will be working with the best in order to put on a memorable show that usher them into global pop hood. Teaming up with Laurieann Gibson (director) who work with Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour 2011  and Leroy Bennett (stage/lighting)  who work with Eminem and Linkin Park. YG is living up to their name of ‘going big’ but will they maintain hype with this being a ‘world tour?’

The promotional hype wheel is already spinning as YG-Life blog release Big Bang new album. Disclosing a new title track “Fantastic Boys” compose by Teddy Park and G-Dragon. Also another featuring Daesung solo song “Wings.” Schedule drop February 29th but don’t hold your breath. yG is infamous for using delays build up anticipation.

All things put aside there is also another major idol machine in YG that is making a comeback 2ne1. According to YG in March 2ne1 will return back to Japan. This new album include original material. Details on the album haven’t been reveled but some fans began to wonder if 2ne1 truly has a chance. With their first official Japanese album Nolza selling 26,000 units wasn’t what fans suspect. Although it was solid enough for 2ne1 to create some sort of ground in Japan. Here is something YG should consider the possibility of 2ne1 being an opening act for Big Bang Alive 2012 World Tour.

This can help 2ne1 in their expansion into the west and continuous in Japan. Many major acts have collaborated together by touring not just always by a song. With 2ne1 still being the new gals on the block and Big Bang the veteran mega super stars. This will give 2ne1 the pedestal not only conquering Asia but developing a more hardcore fan base in the west. I feel 2ne1 should release a Japanese album with original material. After that release an English one (if desire) than travel with Big Bang on tour. This will not only give YG a stronger front for both band globally but also the ability for 2ne1 western debut left unnoticed of a higher possibility of a bigger turn out.

In the end this new world tour will open new doors for YG and also explore unfamiliar territory. This can strength Big Bang presence on a much larger scale and live up to the Best World Act. For 2ne1 this could possibly be the golden ticket to be the leaders or top runners for K-pop going to the west. YG can’t lose what hasn’t been measure. Both acts can only grow from this experience and overall this benefits both fans and K-pop genre as a whole. Like most  when the hype dies down, the speculation no longer the voice of reason and  popularity is put to the test we’ll know if Big Bang/2ne1 will be the ones to light the torch.

Source: YG-Life Photos: Soompi

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Hyuna & Zico True Leaders of The New School?

Muh, I’m coining lines from the very own Teddy Park (1tym) from the “The Leaders.” That include G-Dragon (Big Bang) and CL (2ne1). I feel these 3 have challengers who is ready to wave their own flag.

Hyuna will end her Bubble Pop promotion with a hip hop number called “Just Follow”. The original creator and rapper Dok2(Gonzo) is MIA for the moment. So to take his place and make sure this song doesn’t fail to impress Zico of Block-B will do the male part.

I already Know Hyuna killed this track further proving she is one fierce smexy ladey. But Zico totally amp fans up with his tongue twister of  a rap. Although Zico is young, in a rookie group and is barely legal. He has already shown he can go against even the most experience rappers and beat the best of them.

Watching Hyuna and Zico on stage these two quickly become an unbeatable dynamic force for 3:26 seconds. Just watch for yourself

I will ship the hell out of these two ZiYuna you have my fan girl attention.

2pm vs 2ne1 Who Will Claim Summer 2011

The hottest time of the day and the new evolution will do battle this summer are you ready?

JYP entertainment bringing back the fab 6 boys of 2pm with a teaser that has fans buzzing title “Hands Up.” The group is hyped off their Japanese success with “Take Off.” Which ranked in Oricon Top 10 upon its release. Continuing to unleash hallyu wave in Japan. There is more to in store with 2pm’s comeback. SBS E!TV disclosed that the group will have their own variety show ‘2pm Show‘. A concept not new but becoming a popular option for idols to develop a closer connection with fans. SBS E!TV PD Kim Yong Kyu revealed 2pm wanting to connect with their 30-40 something year old audience. The show will be theme orientated like a normal variety show but specifically towards 2pm to improve their image beyond idol. Advancing them from their sexy ‘beastly’ image. Date hasn’t been set for this show debut.

In the mist of this 2pm comeback madness JYP successfully pulled of their New York auditions with contestant of all ethnicity auditioning to join the company. Opening the doors for future idols Asian and non-Asian alike.  While JYP is busy with that the ringtone/bell version of “Hands up” is available for fans and compose by members Junsu and Junho on the 16th of June. Not much details have  leak about 2pm’s 2nd album or their comeback schedule.

Hands Up Teaser

JYP isn’t the only one gearing for K-pop domination. 2ne1 is schedule to release a new single “I’m The Best” on the 24th of June.With The MV to drop same day at 12:00pm. Since the release of Park Bom’s second solo single “Don’t Cray” and 2ne1’s “Lonely” YG stated this promotion period will usher a new song every 3 weeks. Do to Daesung resent car accident YG has delayed 2ne1’s comeback by a few weeks. The group is suspected to release another mini album July 21st but this might be subject to change. According to YG, Teddy Park, 2ne1’s main producer has already created 6 tracks. The new single “I’m The Best” is considered to be a ‘club-anthem.’

YG also disclose to follow the release of their mini album 27th-28th of August 2ne1 will have their first solo group concert. At Olympic Hall in Olympic Park Seoul,South Korea. Details of the concert are still unknown as YG finish preparations for their mini comeback album. Rumors spark of 2ne1 TV Season 3 is in the works. MNet networks have yet to confirm a date.In the meantime 2ne1 for YG on Air episode #6 perform a 3rd version of ‘Lonely” this time orchestrated.

YG on Air #6 Lonely orchestrated

Big Bang Tonight Japanese Version

Big Bang is on the verge to drop Big Bang 2 Japanese album. That will feature “Tonight” Japanese version. But if you listen to the song its primary English.Maybe what YG meant to say this Japanese version of “Tonight” is really mixed Bilingual dribble. The song would have sound more pleasant to the ear if it was fully English. Only the verse is in Japanese but barely noticeable.

The album Big Bang 2 consist of miscellaneous  hits smash together. Which features songs from the Korean comeback album Tonight. Big Bang is also in preparations for a mini tour in Japan Big Bang presents Love & Hope Tour 2011.

Big Bang 2 is available for pre-order on yesasia.com Normal Edition (CD Only),  Edition A (CD +DVD), and Edition B (CD+DVD) All DVD’s are in region Code 2.  –Drops May 11th

Tracklist

CD:
01 INTRO [Thank You&You]
02 TONIGHT
03 SOMEBODY TO LUV
04 BEAUTIFUL HANGOVER
05 オラ Yeah !
06 Tell Me Goodbye
07 声をきかせて
08 Ms.LIAR
09 HANDS UP
10 LOVE SONG

DVD:
01 声をきかせて
02 Tell Me Goodbye
03 BEAUTIFUL HANGOVER
04 TONIGHT

JYJ World Tour 2011 Coming Near

CJSE entertainment and JYJ is preparing with a world tour that will hit 9 major cities. First event is for Thailand April 2nd-3rd at Impact Arena 411ent.com where tickets are sold. Keep fans posted JYJ fas launch an official JYJ World Tour 2011 facebook page. There is a date for Indonesia (April 9th) and Singapore (April 23) but ticket purchasing sites have not be finalized yet.

 

JYJ World Tour Concert in 2011

I guess JYJ is preparing for another major tour. Like The Beginning JYJ will tour Asia(Indonesia, Thailand,Singapore,Malaysia )  North America cities (New York, LA, Washington D.C, San Fransisco) and this will include Canada. CJSE entertainment disclose that Jaejoong will be directing the Asian proportion of the tour.

Dates, time, vendors location,ticket purchase has yet to be determine.

Source:AllKpop

RIP SLYME STAR

RIP SLYME release their MV “Sense of Wonder (センス・オブ・ワンダー)” taking place in TRON city. The single is feature on theri up in coming album Star and to help launch Warner Music Japan Youtube Channel. Don’t forget RIP SLYME Star Tour 2011 kicks off April 1st.

RIP SLYME Star CD only (Japanese version) is available for pre-order yesasia.com(36.25)

Drops March 2nd

Tracklist

01 The Beat Goes On

02 Don’t Panic

03 Pop Up なう

04 センス・オブ・ワンダー

05 フォーチュン・クッキー

06 RIDE ON

07 TOKYO STOMP

08 甘い生活~La dolce vita~

09 Clap Your Hands

10 ○×△□

11 Under the Skin

12 Simply

13 BABY

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