YG New Girl Group: Does This Means The End of 2ne1?

2ne1

In spring of 2012 YG entertainment announce they were in the mist of creating a new female group. While members were not official named yet YG compare their new girl group being similar in sized to Girls’ Generation, T-ara and After School. YG also over emphasized that this new girl group would consist of natural beauty unlike some of their competitors who are suspicious of plastic surgery.Since that announcement only two potential members have been named, Jennie Kim and recently Kim Ji Soo. There is little information to be know about each girl. Only Jennie Kim has shared some spot light time after being feature as G-Dragon’s love interest in his solo song “That XX.”

Jisoo

A recent update on YG-Life features Jennie Kim doing a cover to Wale’s “Lotus Flower Love.” As well a  picture update of Jisoo. But despite the little news known about the group YG fans, particular Blackjacks, are not responding warmly to them. Blackjacks are genuinely worry that this new group will replace already preexisting  2ne1. Are the Blackjacks worries legit to think this newbie girl group will take the crown from queens 2ne1?  Well sorta.

The truth is that 2ne1 seems to be on top and most likely has reached their peak. Yet this doesn’t indicate that 2ne1 is falling from grace just need to expand onward in order to live up to their own hype. In the summer of 2012 2ne1 release their comeback single “I Love You.” A daring new image concept sense the group ditch their in-your-face attitude and settle down to be more sultry and sensational. 2ne1 did this after their stint in Japan  2011 that lead to a small mini tour. It was clear that 2ne1 has grown since their debut days and was trying to mature their image. The comeback was successful but short-lived as the group prepared themselves for their 9 city New Evolution World Tour. Making them the first female Korean group to embark on a world tour in the history of K-pop. The year 2012 was probably one of the best years, on a growth level, 2ne1 has ever endure. So why do Blackjacks still fear the end is near for their precious group?

The issue is not that 2ne1 has manage to create a name of themselves through the media and touring but the lack of a U.S debut. Since 2010 2ne1 and American electro-pop producer Will.I.Am, along with Teddy Park, are collaborating  an American single or mini album for 2ne1’s U.S debut. In 2012 2ne1’s “Take The World On” was not an official debuting single but was the first single produce by Will.I.Am. The track alone was less than the bombastic “I Am The Best” and a total generic sleeper.  Way to similar to 2ne1’s Japanese singles “Scream”and remix to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin which equally lack so much spark and charisma. Whatever happen to 2ne1’s more aggressive dance beats?

The decision to change not only 2ne1’s sound but to tone down their image was a bit drastic. Even though 2ne1 carved a niche market for themselves in Japan and South Korea it is very clear YG isn’t confident about their expansion westward. Other factors  may arouse Blackjacks suspension of 2ne1’s demising is the success of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”

PSY

PSY is no idol rapper or pretty boy but a pudgy man who can horse dance. His silly music video “Gangnam Style” which makes fun of Korea’s wealthy elite was infectious. His unique look of wearing a suit and humorous approach to rap help him stand out from today’s artists. Whether or not American K-pop fans agree to PSY popularity as a freak of nature and ever furthering the image of the Asian male as a joke. In matter of months PSY surpass any K-pop idol star or group could ever dream of and didn’t change a single thing about his music or image.

I don’t think 2ne1 is falling from grace but is reaching an obstacle in their careers. The lack of confidence in fans only shows that 2ne1 is missing something that will complete them as a whole. This new female group shouldn’t worry fans whether or not 2ne1 is coming back stronger but are they coming back more true to themselves than they were before. If anything the success and experiences that 2ne1 has endure on their world tour and meeting different artists from the west can only show through their music. You can suspect that YG is already in the works of creating a new single for 2ne1, so in the meantime all fans can do is patiently wait.

The arrival of the  new female group will only strengthen and expand YG’s brand power in K-pop. YG has to see success even after 2ne1 is long gone and still continue the tradition of making good music. YG fans forget that the first debut female group under this label was SWI.T and the second Big Mama. Both did not manage to be equally successful as 2ne1. But I doubt 2ne1 will be the last female group YG will ever produce nor are they ditching them any time soon. It is possible for a record label to have more than one female group be successful? Fans need to realize without this ability I feel its YG who will fall to the wayside not their idols.

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My Top 5 Club Hitters

I have the nasty case of club fever and finding jams to satisfied my craving. So here are my fave tracks to make sure night will keeping going  even if nobody understands the Hangul.

Jay Park “I love You” ft Dynamic Duo from New Breed Part 2

miss A “Lips” from Touch

Miryo “Party Rock” ft Lessang’s Gary & The KOXX from Miryo a.k.a Johoney

Wonder Girls “Me In” from Wonder World

T-ara “Lovey Dovey” from Funky Town [Repackage] -Zombie Version MV-

 

 

 

T-ara (티아라 미니앨범 2집 )- Temptastic Temptastic

Odd name for an album but T-ara does live up to their mini album title. The now fierce 7 has comeback more determine than ever with Temptastic. The ladies are kicking off winter with high energy dance, typical for K-pop groups. Temptatsic has classic T-ara style songs like “몰라요 (I Don’t Know)” is catchy and easy to singe along. “괜찮아요(I’m Okay)” shows off their vocals and has that winder holiday feel. While “Ma Boo” may have you think their duet track with Supernova “TTL(Time To Love.” The most fist pumping dancelicious track “Yayaya’ produce by E.Tribe is a keeper. The song is quite additive and a total party banger.The one track that stands out the most is “왜 이러니 (Why Are You Being Like This).” The retro pop 80’s feel doesn’t fit the album. Making the song stand out like a sore thumb but a great track. I give T-ara Temptastic 4**** stars. T-ara being a slightly larger group with new a new leader hasn’t hinder them. In fact they sound stronger, more louder and can harmonize on a poppy dance beat more better.

왜 이러니 (Why Are You being This Way) MV Full

T-ara Temptastic available for pre-order on yesasia.com (14.99) Drops December 6

Tracklist

01. yayaya – 타이틀

02. 왜 이러니

03. Ma boo

04. 몰라요

5.괜찮아요

06. yayaya [Inst.]

T-ara 왜 이러니 (Why Are You Being Like This)

T-ara party’s it up old school retro new wave 80’s style. With new leader Boram and member Hwayoung. Do you think T-ara will dazzle fans as a 7?

2010 MNet 20th Choice Awards Ceremony

2010 host their 20th Choice Award Ceremony honoring those who are Most Influential Stars. Some I agree and are surpirse

Lee Su Geun, 2PM, T-ara, Ki Sung Yong, Kim Tae Won, Supreme Team, Park Myung Soo, Bang Shi Hyuk, Kim Hyun Joong, Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae, 안철수, Kim Gab Soo, UV, 4minute, 2AM, Shin Se Kyung, Chun Jung Myung, Lee Jung Jae, Seo In Young, and Jo Kwon.

(Click On name for acceptance speeches)

Notice no SM and YG entrainment artists? MNet Media is in a freaking feud with SM and is boycotting their artists…again. While YG artists were simply to busy to attend the event. With Big Bang wrapping up activities in Japan and Se7en promoting Digital Bounce there was no room. The irony no YG artists was even honor Most Influential Star award. I can’t ague with results but music should stray away from politics and allow that artist(s) body of work and the audience speak.

Performances

Runway Divas

New bloods female groups Secret, Nine Muses and Miss A special stage  fashion inspired.

Now work it cover girl Miss A, Secret, and Nine Muses show off fierce fashion and their best cat walk.

One to the Next

Ladies first T-ara stop hearts with “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and “I Go Crazy Over You” with new members.

4minute Hyuna performs “Cange”  a short and sexy dance number while the group as a whole performs “HuH” remix.

Seo In Young wows the crowd with her performance of Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” best cover I heard by a Korean artist.

Beastly Boys

2pm “Don’t Stop Can’t Stop” and “Without U” was epic and best from boys this year.

2am wows fans by teaming up with Oaiii , electronic music and emotional ballads.

Last but has to be one of the greatest Supreme Team

T-ara Switch Up

7th member & new leader Boram bottom left corner

Coming back from movies I had one thing on my mind? What the fudge cakes is going on with T-ara? Earlier I read an article claiming that T-ara had not only add a new member but replace the group’s original leader.The new member name is Boram and she is also the groups new leader.According to Core Contents Media the switch up will happen every year.The new member Boram is to add some diversity allowing older members to do other activities.

K-pop fans and T-ara enthusiast were not so please with this new member and sudden leader change. Kim Kwang Soo president of Core Content Media has this to say…

“Since a while back, we were considering the idea of a switch in the team’s leader each year. The time was right for a change”

“Particularly, Eunjung is considering acting in a movie after she completes filming activities for her current drama. During their debut, Eunjung was chosen the leader because she spent the most years as a trainee.

Because the situation called for a change, Boram has become the new leader in order to provide opportunities for her to develop”

“Just like Boram has been appointed the new leader, there’s a possibility for another switch in the leader position next year.

These choices were made for T-ara to advance and develop”

These Choices are made for T-ara’s advancement and development?So old with the old in with something more new and attractive? What ever at the moment T-ara prepares for a comeback hopefully fans will follow.

World Cup Spectacular

South Korean is in high spirits for this years World Cup Soccer Series.Teams from nation all over competing for the ultimate trophy the massive soccer cup in South Africa.Just in the nick of time for Samsung and LG to release their 3D TVs.

T-ara World Cup Song:”We Are the One”

Kara World Cup Song “We’re With You”

2pm World Cup CF for Coco Cola teaser

Yeah,Go South Korea

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