4minute Heart To Heart -Japanese-

4minute is beginning promotion for their Japanese version of “heart to Heat.” The girls revamp their video and made it more low key.

K-pop Battle For Japan: Who Will Win?

No secret K-pop is invading Japan aggressively for the past couple of years. Yet many have enter but only the elite stake claims to Oricon victory.

While K-pop is on the path to globalization thanks to the greatest universal promoting tool of the world music. The whole year of 2011 is a mix blend of dynamic Korean comebacks with Japanese ambition.

While summer Japanese comebacks is coming to an end with TVXQ,2pm, MBLAQ and Big Bang  on the cool down. Winter will keep the coils burning as more K-pop idols bump heads,put on some glitter and try to sing in their best listenable Nihongo.

Girls Generation (SNSD/Shoujo Jidai)

Consider them the leaders of the pack next to Kara. These 9 fierce  ladies dominated Japan without fail. By unleashing  the Japanese versions of “Gee” and “Genie.”  Which usher in the new era of Hallyu wave performers. Within this year alone  their first self title Japanese album is certified platinum by RIAJ in physical sales exceeding over  500,000 + plus units sold. Charted Oricon Daily and Weekly at #1. Ending on Oricon Monthly  at #2 and also snagging #1 on Billboards Japan. Raising the bar even higher for other K-pop groups who wish to enter. To continue with their Japanese promotion SNSD has  release a teaser for “Bad Girl.” Which shows off a more sexier bolder side of  SNSD.

Bad Girls Full Audio -Japanese-

 http://youtu.be/GjYmS56Bb6A

Bad Girl MV Teaser

Super Junior-M

Beaming from their success with ‘Perfection” ranking #1 for 60 consecutive weeks in Taiwan. The Chinese division of Super Junior will try their luck with a collective album schedule to debut in Japan August 24th. The album will contain the Japanese versions of “Perfection” and “Destiny.” Along with the Chinese versions and Korean version of “Perfection.” Also other known songs from the mini album. The Japanese version of Perfection will have Type A ( CD and extra bonus CD) and Type B (CD +DVD). Both version are currently available for pre-order on yesasia.com

Perfection Audio Teaser -Japanese Version-

Destiny Audio Teaser -Japanese Version-

B2st (Beast)

Please don’t consider them a rookie group no longer as B2st(Beast) tackles expansion. Last year during November B2st shock their Korean critics when 20,000 plus fans showed up for their Japanese showcase. In May B2st drop the Japanese version of “Shock”  ranking #2 on Oricon Weekly. But could not follow up with promotions do to 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. Despite the set back B2st  surpassed their senior male group Big Bang upon their first Japanese debut. Now on the eve of their So Beast Japanese album there is only hope for major success. The album includes the Japanese version of “Mystery,” “Fiction” (also orchestrated), and “Bad Girl.”  Along with known Korean favorites “Soom,” “On Rainy Days” “Beautiful” etc.. This albums has 3 types Type A  (CD+DVD), Type B (CD+DVD+32 page Photobook) and Type C (CD Only) available on yesasia.com

Fiction Full Audio -Japanese Version-

2ne1

Certified bad ass in their own right 2ne1 reenter Japan  still under YG flag. In an  attempt to maintain artistic colors YG created a sub-label with Avex Entertainment called YGEX. This new sub-label will debut all YG base artists that includes Gummy, PSY,Se7en and Big Bang. 2ne1 will be the first to debut under this new joint label. Earlier this year 2ne1 debut back in May (against B2st) but do to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake promotions were called off. It was suspected that 2ne1 would debut with the Japanese version of “Go Away” on Music Station but it was canceled. Two weeks later 2ne1 release a collective Korean album through Avex that did not contain previous planned promoted songs “Go Away” Japanese Version and “Can’t Nobody” English version. The album sold 9,000 copies upon its release. YG consider the whole situation a “disappointment” and instead focus on a Korean mini comeback. A stream of 6 songs plus MVs that were certified all-kills on digital charts in Korea.This comeback also will showcase the group’s first  concert on August 27th  at Chamsil Olympic Park in Seoul,South Korea. Tickets for the event sold out in minutes.

2ne1 plans to tackle Japan in September with the release of “I Am The Best” and “Hate You” already in rotation. There is no information leading whether or not 2ne1 will drop a mini album for their revamp Japanese debut.

I Am The Best Full MV -Japanese Version-

Hate You Full MV -Japanese Version-

SHINee

Some people would say SHINee is the next big thing and others stress THEY ARE. SHINee release their first Korean to Japanese single “Replay” in May of this year. Which turn certified gold by RIAJ with 100,000 copies sold by June. The group is on the verge of releasing Juliette Japanese album. With “Kiss Kiss Kiss and their smash hit “Juliette” set for Oricon conquest. SHINee Juliette will have 3 types Normal Edition (CD+ DVD+ 40 page Photobook +postcards)  Type A Limited Edition (CD+DVD+Playbutton) Type B Limited Edition (CD+DVD) available for on yesasia.com drops August 29th.

KISS KISS KISS Audio Preview  

Secret 

Still fresh from their Korean promotions of Starlight Moonlight and Jieun solo debut single “Going Crazy” these ladies still have fire for Japan. Secret debut with their female empowered funkadelic tune “Madonna”  which Japanese fans respond positive with 13,000 units sold upon release. Secret will continue promoting in Japan well into August.

Madonna Full MV -Japanese Version-

4minute

Once group member Hyuna is done promoting her solo mini album Bubble Pop, 4minute will return back to Japan. The group plans to promote Japanese version of “Heart to Heart”  schedule to drop September 7th. Along with their DVD Emerald of 4minute. In the meantime 4minute duet with Japanese pop princess Thelma Aoyama in “Without You.”

Without You -Japanese Version-


Hyuna(4minute) ft G.NA & Junhyung (Beast) A Bitter Day Audio

4minute Hyuna has been one busy lady, debuting on Korean version Dancing With The Stars and rumor to be working on a solo album. I wonder where did Hyuna find the time to squeeze in a ballad featuring her fellow Cube entertainment artists G.NA and Beast/B2ST Junhyung.

While the song may feature Hyuna she isn’t the lead singer. Instead G.NA takes the role of being the descriptive melodic narrative.  This seem to confuse listeners since they would suspect Hyuna to sing.  I don’t think Hyuna is afraid to share her spot light but this wasn’t to be so typical. If you pay attention the dynamics is between Hyuna and Junhyung, G.NA voice is not connected with them but expressing the mood.

Kudos to Hyuna for exploring her rapping talents, sad to read how fans are total confuse and didn’t grasp the song. Other than “A Bitter Day” is quite a sweet treat.

4minute Left

4minute has release their album 4minutes Left. Already a follow-up to Heart to Heart that features new title track “거울아 거울아 (Mirror Mirror).” Which is a catchy little number. Also the Korean version of “First” which is a total disaster. I hate to say it but “First” Japanese version is 10x’s better. But one song seems to be the hidden master piece ” 나쁘게 (Badly).” Which I hope 4minute will promote also. To good of a song not to be heard by the masses. Overall it’s not bad and is continues with 4minute flirty,sexy but mature theme concept.

거울아 거울아 (Mirror Mirror) Full MV

나쁘게 (Badly) Full Audio

First Full audio (WARNING: You may Cringe)

4minute Vol.1-4minute Left available on yesaisa.com (CD Only)


Tracklist

01. 4Minutes Left
02. 거울아 거울아 (Mirror Mirror)
03. Heart to Heart
04. Sweet Suga Honey!
05. 모르는 척
06. You Know
07. Already Gone
08. First –
09. Hide and Seek
10. 나쁘게 (badly)

4minute Heart To Heart

K-pop group 4 minute is making their glorious comeback with mini album Heart To Heart. Their main title track “Heart To Heart” MV features CN Blues’s Jungshin getting prank left and right by his lover Hyuna. The song is quite catchy and cute. Over all the mini album has a light bubbly pop positive feel. Intro “Left” is what you heard in 4minute’s teaser. Delivering a sassy pop dance song but briefly. It you’re excepting another HUH (Heart You Heart) think again. While every other girl group is stuck on “fierce” and “annoying girliness.” 4minute decided to do catchy pop dance numbers but more maturely. “Suga sweet Honey” is sassy but very bubbly with a hint of hip hop to accent. While  “You Know” is a pop dance number with Hyuna showing off some rap skills.But its “모르는 척 (Pretend)” the hidden master piece to this mini album. I can’t help but listen to this track over and over again. I hope they will promote “Pretend” 4minute never vocally harmonize so well. *** 3 stars This album is just to damn short…….grrr…>_<

Heart To Heart Full MV

4minute Heart To Heart is available on Melon.com *

Tracklist

01 4minute Left **

02 Heart to Heart (Main Title) ***

03 Sweet Suga Honey! ** 1/2

04 You Know ***

05 모르는 척(Pretend) ***1/3


 

F(x),4minute, and 2ne1 Will Their Comeback Battle?

So K-pop has become an estrogen play ground. So many young, talented and fresh new female faces dominating the scene.  I wonder how groups like F(x), 4minute and 2ne1 will manage?

guess who's back.....

Yeah okay that was a stupid question. But the fan poop is already flying around on the internet. Over who will have the biggest comeback for girl groups. SM entertainment group F(x) has been on hiatus for several months. Group member Amber injured her leg during a show. She went into rehab and even practice state side to strengthen her dancing skills. In the meantime fellow members Victoria,Luna,Krystal and Sulli keep busy by appearing on variety shows,OSTs and endorsement ads. Their first mini album Nu ABO that feature “Nu ABO” which strangely means “New Blood type A,B, and O.” Help spark massive fandom for the rookie group. The single “Nu ABO” dominated Korean online music portals peaking #1 on  Monkey3,Dosirak and Bugs. Ranking at #2 on Melon and place #20 on MYK International Charts in the Philippines. F(x) ended their promotion with “Mr.Boogie” July of 2010 without Amber presence do to injury. Fans are hype to hear not only will F(x) do a comeback but with fellow Amber by their side. Rumors were sparking that Amber was possibly “kicked out” but I guess now all has been proven false.

even Hyuna gone crazy over comeback

4minute debuted back in 2009 along side with 2ne1. Despite the constant comparison manage to create a fan base all on their own. Their last Korean mini album HUH (Hit Your Heart) feature “Who’s Next” showing unity with fellow Cube entertainment group artists Beast(B2st). The girls peaked at #3 with “I My Me Mine” on KBS Music Core, MBC Music Bank, and KBS Inkigayo. 4minute ended their promotions with “HUH.”  Rank up awards in 2010 for MNet 20’s Choice Awards Most Influential Group  and best style,body and dance. Since then 4minute has gone overseas creating a fan base in Japan. Release their official first Japanese album called Diamond.  That feature Japanese version of  ” Muzik,” “I My Me Mine” and “Hot Issue.” This also include Japanese single “First.”  This year alone 4minute release another Japanese single “Why” and receive an award. At 2nd Billboard JAPAN Music Awards 2010: Korea Billboard Special Award and Japan New K-pop Artist of The Year Award. Also receive 20th Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award  for “HUH.” According to reports 4minute music is ready as they focus on dance choreography. On their official Korean website 4minute release 30 second teaser called “Steal 20.” Marking their transformation into women hood. The digital release of their album is around March 29th.

banners should say "I Love to EAT YG" CL is hungry

2ne1 needs no introduction of explaining. Since their debut in 2009 2ne1 has become the epic center of all K-pop female groups. Last year 2ne1 drop their sophomore album To Anyone that feature “Clap Your Hands,” “Can’t Nobody” and “Go Away.” With an aggressive 3 single campaign that cause some controversy between YG and KBS networks. Still manage to rank up numerous awards on music program shows and annual music award shows. That vary from album of the year to artist of the year. In the end 2ne1 dominated digital sales and came 7th place year-ending album sales for 2010. The center focus was around 2ne1 debuting in Japan. To introduce their cross over YG entertainment  release English MV version of “Can’t Nobody” available for purchase download under Avex entertainment (Japan). Also teaming up with mega American produce Wil.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas. Since the recent tragedy in Japan 2ne1 has postpone their overseas debut. No word yet on their producer collaboration song with Wil.I.Am on an official release date. YG has decided for 2ne1 to do another Korean comeback with new music material. No date has been officially set but music production is in progress. YG focus is for April with the possibility of a 2ne1 comeback.

But the big question is who will come out on top? Will it be pop addictive F(x), the independent 4minute or fierce fashion savvy 2ne1?

*yes I know I mention SNSD and miss A in poll but not article. I know you’re thinking of it*

4minute Steal 20 Teaser

4minute is coming back and I couldn’t be happier. They’ve focus so much time and energy in Japan. D to the resent disaster girls are coming home. I just can’t wait to see home much these ladies change and improve for their Korean fan base.

The significance of using a teaser title Steal 20 is that 4minute members are now in that age bracket and being more mature.

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