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-


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-


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-


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  


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-


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-

Super Junior-M To Perfect Korean/Taiwanese

Korean version..went down a pitch

Taiwanese version

Again Chinese culture  is very foreign to me but Taiwanese usage of Mandarin  is slightly different and vocabulary. Compare to Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese.

Super Junior-M Perfection

Super Junior-M release their mini album Perfection…well its not so perfect but getting their. Although Chinese is just not my comfort zone of Asian languages. For heaven shakes I though Korean and Japanese was dreadful to translate without a Webster dictionary and a prayer.  But my reasoning for liking Asian music is for the music. While I can not get my grubby hands on translated lyrics and romanticized text the beat is what I remember. So my ear is far more in tune to what has been produce verse that group’s image and lyrically capability. Although it’s a pity cause I have to wait for translations.

Thus far I think Perfection is an album that requires some ballad taste. There is one thing I know about Chinese musicians they are ballad masters. “Destiny” and “Love is sweet” stay true to C-pop infamous, well executed pop ballads. While “Perfection” is the most unique and heavy pop driven track. “True Love” and “My all is you’ is bubbly M-pop flavor that requires some taste. I find “Off my mind” more of K-pop style with westernized influence. Music wise “off my mind” didn’t impress me much but good vocal work from Henry. Overall this album is ***3 stars but an improvement for Super Junior-M.

Perfection MV

Super Junior-M Perfection temporary out of stock but register copy at yesasia.com -drops March 3

1. 太完美 (Perfection) ****

2. 命運線 (Destiny) ***

3. 幸福微甜 (Love is sweet) ***

4. 表白 (Off my mind) **1/2 (I hard this before)

5. True Love **

6. 吹一樣的風 (My all is in you) ***

Super Junior-M Perfection

Super Junior-M has return with a banging track “Perfection.” Seriously I’m obsessed this groups has come back stronger.

Perfection MV

Perfection English subs thanks to SHRINX4SiHaeSeason3’s

Super Junior-M To Perfect Teaser

Super Junior-M is making their comeback with a newer line up. Korean Super Junior members Eunhyuk and Sungmin has join team M. “To Perfect” is feature on their mini album Perfect set to drop the 25th of February in Taiwan. Perfect is plan to dominate the M-pop/ C-pop scene. HENRY and Zhou Mi’s compositions “Off my mind” and “True Love,” as well as “Love is Sweet,” written by Jay Chou for Super Junior M.

To Perfect Teaser

Super Junior -M Perfection (Folder)+ CD  is available for pre-oder on yesasia.com(19.99)drops March 4th


1. 太完美 (Perfection)

2. 命運線 (Destiny)

3. 幸福微甜 (Love is sweet)

4. 表白 (Off my mind)

5. True Love

6. 吹一樣的風 (My all is in you)


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