Super Junior Vol. 5 Mr. Simple

Super Junior is back more sexier,bolder, and colorful than ever.

The 13 man band had their fair shares of up and downs lately. With Kibum not present and Kangin completing madatory military service. Many fans worried if the core of  Super Junior has been broken. Although these promotional/performance set backs manifest back in 2010 prior to the release of  Bonamana. The group still manage to be the top-selling album in South Korea and stayed #1 in Taiwan for 61 weeks in a row in 2010. Suspect a repeat with their newest album Mr.Simple.

The full length album is a risk of its own since most groups still settle for mini. Instead Super Junior wanted to give fans the full experience of their music. The main title “Mr.Simple” is classic SuJu style. Easy to follow yet catchy course with addictive melodies and a beat that commands. This continues with “Opera,’ “Be My Girl,” “Walkin’,”  and “Feels Good.” Needless to say you will hear a western influence on the lines of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Is this SuJu attempt to have global appeal? Most likely but to only consider that would be  musical blasphemy to Elfs.

Majority of K-pop is searching to obtain international fandom through media, SuJu more through music. “Good Friends” is a soulful r&b track straight from 70’s and this albums hidden master piece. While “White Christmas” is a pop rock ballad that only Japanese idols are known to pull off. The pop R&B style of “Y” and “My Love,My Kiss My Heat” has modren U.S appeal. SuJu hasn’t forgotten the importance of ballad lovers. “Storm” and  “Memories” are for Chinese fans who can’t get enough of broken-hearted romance. The up beat tempo of “Sunflower” kindly refreshes the album with Korea’s infamous charm to romance and completes its multi feel appeal.

After listening to Mr.Simple you get a feel that Super Junior is ‘well traveled’ on a musical stand point. To incorporate different music styles into their album seem crucial to the over all affect. There isn’t a primary focus  but to title this album “Mr.Simple” to something that seems more complex is a play on words. I think K-poppers will enjoy this album and the many different sounds created. Whether it feels western, Japanese, Chinese or truly Korean SuJu successful has touch grounds on what makes Asian pop so attractive to listeners all over the world. Consider this a regional album that will dominate the other half of 2011 **** 4 stars

Super Junior Vol.5 Mr.Simple available on yessia.com Type A (CD Only) – Drops August 8th

*Note: Purchasing this album on yesasia  DOES NOT rank points on GDA, to purchase and rank Mr.Simple visit the following sites.Understand not all Korean sites will allow foreign purchase  downloads and require registration with addtional information. *

Melon    Ment     Soribada   Bugs    Naver 

Tracklist

01. Mr. Simple ***
02. 오페라 (Opera) ***
03. 라라라라 (Be My Girl)  ***
04. Walkin’ ***
05. 폭풍 (Storm) ****
06. 어느새 우린 (Good Friends) *****
07. 결투 (Feels Good) *** 1/2
08. 기억을 따라 (Memories) ****
09. 해바라기 (Sunflower) ***
10. 엉뚱한 상상 (White Christmas)  *****
11.  ****
12. My Love, My Kiss, My Heart  ****
[Bonus Track] 태완미(太完美_Perfection) (Sung by Super Junior-M)

Additional album information 

This edition comes in 30cm x 30cm sized packaging with 10 LP-sized member photos.

Note: This product is available with 10 different covers. Customers who purchase this product will have one of the available covers selected for them at random.

Do International Fans Support Asian Pop?

Boa

There is a heated debate among Asian pop fans who are non-native or international. In recent efforts SM Town hold their first ever concert in France. Featuring  Girls Generation (SNSD), Super Junior, TVXQ, Boa Kwon,SHINee and F(x). To connect with fans all over the world SM open a Facebook account and shared their performances via Youtube. The two biggest social networking catalyst sites that have catapulted K-pop to a much wider diverse audience. For years Japanese artist tour Europe and America to further expand beyond  Asia and enter neighboring music markets.

Everyone from Miyavi, Utada Hikaru, Dir En Grey,X-Japan, to former Kat-Tun member Akanishi Jin have toured or performed state side. Unlike their Korean cousins the ambitious spirit to place on America music charts whether via iTunes or on Billboards is becoming the primary focus for K-pop idols/soloist. From Se7en to Boa Kwon most recent Wonder Girls, K-pop is the most determine to usher in Asian pop wave to the west.

The admiration for Asian pop stars debuting state side is a mutual feeling for industry heads in America. Producer Teddy Riley team up with Raina for “Mr.Feel Good.” While Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am producing tracks for 2ne1 for a possible state side debut. Wonder Girls currently working with Claude Kelly on a new American single. A follow up to their mini tour back in 2010 for “Two Different Tears.” Even JYJ team up with Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins and Kanye West for their first English album The Beginning release last year.

Despite big name producers showing interest in Korean base artist native fans doubt international ones will support. Already available on iTunes anyone from Epik High to Big Bang have place top 10 on charts but not Billboard . Only Boa, Wonder Girls and former YG artists Stony Skunk have successful place on Billboards genre base charts and/or TOP100/200. Regardless if it was briefly or the TOP 100 of the year. The potential is their but will international fans make sure it happens?

V-blogger diskea disclosed the same excitement but concerns that maybe lingering over international fans on making K-pop successful on foreign soil.

Although K-pop has found success via Youtube outside it seem very concentrated. In America areas like Washington,New York, Los Angles and Seattle have warm up to the recent Asian pop wave. Other neighboring nations Valenzuela and Brazil have shown fan support and request for their favorite K-pop star to perform in their nation. On iTunes (America) the increase of K-pop is becoming more evident. Everyone from Beast(B2st), MBLAQ,2pm,etc… have released Korean singles via iTunes for state side fans to download.

The level of fandom differs for international fans verse native. While South Korea is the spic center of K-pop. Fan clubs of major K-pop idol groups have made it their goal to make sure their bias is #1 on something. Doesn’t matter if its on Melon,Bugs,Navar,Monkey3,Mnet,Gaon, Hanteo or music shows like Inkigayo,Music Core,M!Countdown to Music Bank. Making them a popular topic trend on Twitter and top view videos on Youtube. The level of commitment is far more important to Korean native fans verse international in some aspects.

For Koreans they have the option to view their favorite bias idol perform live on TV. Enabling them to be #1 creating this competing spirit among fan clubs. For international the only connection is through Youtbe and other social networking sites. The only other way international fans can show support is by buying music available  in their nation. Youtube has spark popularity with some K-pop MVs with 20 million hits but sale wise K-pop falls miserably flat.

Earning less then what normally a K-pop idol can create staying on native soil. Far less than on Japanese making the Americas and Europe risky business that may cost greatly. Only time will tell if international fans are ‘all in’ or just fascinated by a trend.  The only way K-pop will have any pedestal to stand on from international fans is by supporting them beyond the web. Radio request, downloads and free publicity has proven to be essential for an idol group/soloist success in Asia. Fans on the western side need to realize they must work harder to create some type of foundation and media notoriety for their favorite Asian idol or group.

At the end of the day if music is the universal language of the world, us international fans need to show it more greatly verse Asian native. I feel international fans are caught up on ‘who would have the most success‘ verse ‘wanting to support those who do debut.‘ Only time will tell if a group is destine or not but this power is created by the fans and not always determine by the media.

Super Junior No Other

PLEASE make duplicates of Siwon

Lim and Yubin Can Dance

I’m bored and K-pop been quite dull lately.I mean comebacks are coming but its a little slow.Also everyone in SK land is stuck on soccer mode.Someone sent me this funny YouTube video of Wonder Girls Hye Lim and my fave memebr Yubin dancing it up.Notice on the right Shindong trying his sexy dance also.

LIM DANCE & LOL @ Shindong & SUPER JUNIOR REACTION TO YUBIN DANCE 100531 COME TO PLAY WINWIN WIN FO2 FAMILY OUTING 100603 M!Countdown

Much thanks from CR15CO for the top and up load brighten my day.Subscription Advise!

Wonder Girls Goodbye on Music Core

The time has come for Wonder Girls to cross the big pond and come state side.I figure Korean fans are kinda sad but “2 Different Tears” doesn’t stop in Asia.The girls release their mini EP and will embark on a mini tour in North America.With 2pm for the first half and 2am for the second.Wonder Girls are ready to make some noise regardless what haters and doubters may say.In the mean time 2pm prepares and recover from recent health dramas plaguing the band.While Wonder Girls say their proper goodbyes “see ya in a couple of months” Korea state of mind.

Super Junior has already started their invasion with “Bonamana” and snagging to mutizen wins.Since artists like 2pm,Rain and Lee Hyori are done with their promotions.I guess SM can go back to dominating the charts. I wonder if Super junior will promote any other songs?Thus far its only been “Boom Boom” and the main single most danceable track “Bonamana.”

I still find it rather odd that 4minute “HuH” is being sued as a “political song” agaisnt North Korea.Usually musicians and politics don’t always go good together but music itself a vital key element in culture.Giving not just the sound but the voice of that generation and events that made a huge impact.Go 4minute for helping South Koreans be heard across the world.

MBLAQ has good dance tracks there’s no lie in that statement.I notice MBLAQ is still consider small “Y?” MBLAQ has such good dance moves,songs and personalities?I guess its just gonna take them a little bit longer.

C.N Blue is getting popular with “Love;” I guess this single has won K-pop fans over.I wonder if this will open the doors for other rock bands?

F(x) “Nu ABO” again what does it mean? I wonder how they keep breath watch the fancy foot work these girls do for this song.

Saying goodbye but coming state side Rain with “Love song” and “Hit Song.” I’m kinda happy to see rain decide to dress up instead of freak you out.

*gotta keep it sort busy day*

SuJu Wins Music Bank

Super Junior wins again on Music Bank with “Bonamana” I sometimes call it banana.With Siwon back from surgery ELF fans can rejoice it not enjoy Shindong chocolate kegger.

Ready to work da ass 4minute hits you in your heart with “HuH’

I wonder if F(x) will promote “Mr.Boogie” besides “Nu ABO”

C.N Blue returns with “Love’ and the set is quite bright..kinda hurts my eyes.

Goodbye

It hurts to say good bye but Wonder Girls are leaving but coming state side.Sorry Korean fans but I’ve been dying for these girls to cross the pond.They couldn’t leave without singing “2 different Tears.”

Thank the mighty K-pop gods Rain has drop his boxing gear clothing.Rain will also come state side since he is nominated for Best Bad Ass at this year MTV VMA from Ninja Assassin.He’ll be heading out June 3rd VMA is on June 6.Rain ends his promotions with “Hip Song” also feature with remix movie of the Karate Kid.

Super Junior Not Even Old Age Set Them Apart

Super junior being on of the top k-pop groups South Korea has ever endure.SM entertainment being the masters behind at creating long-lived idol groups.This year heart-ship has struck the group with the absence of member Kangin. Scheduled for mandatory enlistment in July.Kibum who decide to back down and focus on his acting career.While Hankyung(Han Geng) who is also a member of Super Junior-M file a lawsuit against SM.

As Super Junior this month return with Bonamana selling a cool 200,000 units within its first week.Shocking both Super Junior and ELFs since the group is only promoting with 10 members.Recently Super junior has down an interview in Apgujeong-dong district in Seoul,South Korea.With member Choi Si-won returning back for medical surgery.

Interviewer: You must have gone through significant distress due to some members’ personal problems.

Lee Teuk: It was hard for me when I had to smile even in a difficult situation when showing up for entertainment programs. In particular, I was shocked when I found out that Han Kyung has gone through a lawsuit. But, since we left his seat empty, I want him back all the time. Kang In is burning to participate in our activities these days, and he always gives us advice after monitoring our performances. I will do my best to keep “Super Junior” together until every member can join again.

Hee Chul: I was in a state of panic when my best friend Han Kyung left for China. I almost thought of withdrawing from the group because I was so depressed. I started getting more famous when I started acting, not as a member of Super Junior, and I was not as good at singing like some other members such as Ye Sung, Kyu Hyun, and Ryeo Wook, and not as good at dancing like other members such as Dong Hae and Eun Hyuk. But, members with whom I used to fight have stood by me and helped me in many ways. Only the fact that they are together with me suddenly became a great help and source of appreciation for me. In particular, Eun Hyuk helped me to change my mind. Thanks to him, I was tempted to do activities for our new album for the first time. I want to go back to the time when we released our first album and want to put forth my best efforts for activities.

Interviewer: Despite many unfavorable factors, your album sales, especially the sales of your third and fourth albums, are outstanding. Does it mean that the number of your fans has increased?

Lee Teuk: I was surprised that people are buying our fourth album as well. There are good things and bad things when we appear on entertainment programs. We may lose our image as singers, but at the same, I think that we can advertise ourselves to the public. Also, besides us, many other entertainers have sung “Sorry, Sorry” on many programs.

Hee Chul: When idol members show up on entertainment programs, it is easier for them to target teenage fans, but usually older viewers seem to like them. I think that appearing on an entertainment program is like a double-edged sword.

Interviewer: The title song of the fourth album, “Bonamama” sounds very similar to your previous hit song “Sorry, Sorry.” Do you think that a certain style of the music has emerged for Super Junior?

Lee Teuk: When we listened to the song for the first time, we also thought that the song is very similar to “Sorry, Sorry.” It is natural that people begin to compare those two songs. We put the name of “SJ (Super Junior) Funky” for songs which combine dance and electronic sounds, and reminds people of Super Junior. I also gave it a five star evaluation on the music website.

Interviewer: But, except the title song, I could find many simple melody songs which require outstanding singing ability.

Lee Teuk: In 2007, when the Super Junior unit “Super Junior K.R.Y.” planned to release an album, Kyu Hyun had a car accident, so many good songs could not be included in the album at that time. And actually those good songs have come together with this new album. So, the portion of songs that require singing ability has been increased. For example, when I listened to the youngest member Ryeo Wook’s solo song entitled “Spring Day” repeatedly while I was driving, I almost felt like crying.

Interviewer: Do you think that you have more interest in music compared to the past, as you have already released four albums?

Lee Teuk: In debut, we just focused on recording songs. But, these days, we tend to present our opinions, saying, “What if we try this part this way?” when we arrange songs. In our previous album, Ryeo Wook’s own song was included, and for the repackaged album of the fourth album, which will be released soon, more songs that were made by other members will be included. I think it is time for our members to show off our talent in music.

Interviewer: Usually, the life expectancy of an idol group is regarded to range from three to five years. As Super Junior debuted in 2005, does it mean that Super Junior has already reached its lifespan?

Lee Teuk: You are totally right. I can imagine that people might look at us with the same viewpoint with which I looked at senior star singers such as H.O.T. and Shin Hwa, who already released their fourth and fifth albums when I was an aspiring singer. Sometimes, I think, “Do we have to stop performing as Super Junior?” But, these days, we perform not only in Korea, but also in other Asian countries, so only four or five years are not enough. We became popular after significant time had passed, so I think that it means that we can last longer.

Hee Chul: I and Lee Teuk are 28 years old now. I know there are many cute and fresh junior singers. But, I want to stress our longevity as we appear on various broadcasting, and at the same, I want to hold many performances whenever we release a new album. I like to perform on the stage because it is very exciting.

Interviewer: How do you think people regard idol groups?

Lee Teuk: I think that it is somewhat exaggerated. People say that the industries of advertisement, drama, and music have been conquered by idols, but actually there are not many programs with more than ten percent viewer ratings among programs in which idols appear. “Idol” means a target of admiration. Actually, many senior doyenne singers such as Cho Yong Phil, Na Hoon A, the group Fire Truck, Park Nam Jeong, and Seo Taiji and Boys used to be idols in their times. As time goes by, people just tend to remember that they were not idols. During any time, there were idols that people admire. The word “idol” is just much more focused and stands out more than before these days. As a member of an idol group, I feel sorry that people do not have an interest in the music, but rather in other additional factors, of idols.

Hee Chul: We wanted to break away from the image of idol groups in entertainment programs. When Shin Dong attaches a fake mustache and dresses himself up comically, he does not look like an idol group member, and moreover I am proud of him. Whenever Lee Teuk, Eun Hyuk, and Shin Dong come on SBS TV’s “Strong Heart,” they brainstorm for ideas like comedians do. But, sometimes I feel bad when I find out that people regard us as washed-up entertainers and criticize us rather than cheering for our efforts on the stage as singers and on the entertainment programs.

Interviewer: At this moment, when you released your fourth album, is it the time that you are trying to free yourself from idol groups?

Lee Teuk: When we debuted, we wanted to abandon the title of idol group. But, we have come this far as the idol group Super Junior, so I do not want to lose the idol title. Rather, I want to keep this title until we reach our forties and fifties and become senior star singers for a long time. As we have thirteen members, if only one member stands out per year, we can last for thirteen years. But, only less than half the members have become popular and have stood out until now. As we were recorded as having the largest number of members when we debuted, we want to break new records in the Korean music industry.

Yea Sung: There are also cultural differences. In the case of Japan, star groups such as SMAP and Arashi, who debuted a long time ago, are still gaining huge popularity. We want to be loved by people like those groups for such a long time for the first time in Korea. Even after we reach our thirties, we want to continue to release albums and have performances. As we see that our members become more acknowledged in various fields and our album sales are increasing, we might already have passed the limit as an idol group little by little as we approach our future goal.

Hee Chul: We want to make the “Super Junior Show,” which enables us to communicate with people, like the program “SMAPxSMAP,” which SMAP has been hosting in Japan.

Interviewer: Shin Dong has become a hot topic, as he proposed to his girlfriend using codes on the album jacket of the fourth album.

Shin Dong: I was surprised to see that fans had broken the codes so fast. I was wrong because I should not have put my personal messages on the album which was originally made for our fans. I am really sorry to the other members and our fans.

Hee Chul: I am sorry to our fans, but I think that he was very brave as a man. But, actually it was a shocking message for me, too. I did not even know that the message was so strong like that. [Marry me. I am proposing to you.]

Interviewer: How do you evaluate Choi Si Won’s acting, who just finished the drama “Oh! My Lady?”

Lee Teuk: His acting, especially his facial expressions, were much better than when he appeared in the movie “Battle of Wits.” He has shown playful looks that he used to show us. When I looked at his acting when he drunkenly kissed a girl in the drama while he left the door of the refrigerator wide open, he looked so greasy.

Source:Translated interview from AsianFanatics

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