U-Kiss 0330

U-Kiss release their MV “0330” the mood right now is unsettle. Some fans are resenting the band for replacing members  Kibum and Alexander. But their new  album Bran New Kiss is quite excellent. I think people should move on and accept. These things happen, in these type of groups always suspect member change.

U-KISS Mini Vol.5 – Bran New KISS

Kiss me and rejoice U-Kiss is back with new members and sound. After NH Media replace Alexander and Kibum with Hoomin and Eli. U-Kiss is taking on the challenge of the dreadful member change. But don’t sweat Eli and Hoomin fit U-Kiss like a glove. Their new mini album Bran New Kiss lives up to the title. The group is known for songs like “ManManHani(만만하니)” and their most recent “Shut Up (시끄러)” feature on Break Time. U-Kiss is famous for delivering high energy K-pop songs with catchy hooks. Their mini album doesn’t fail to deliver and keep on the legacy.

The main title track “0330” is unique compare to the others. Emotional piano, U-kiss superior vocals and skillful rapping .”0330″ is this mini album hidden master piece. The second most impressive song on this album is the intro “It’s Time.” Once again an awesome song is cut way to short. This song also stands out and really doesn’t fit with the other four. “Words That Hurt Me(내게 아픈 말은…)”, “Everyday,” “I Don’t Understand,”  and “Miracle” are outstanding pop dance songs. Catchy hooks, fantastic pop harmonies and memorable beats this album has got to be U-Kiss best I ever heard. There is a level of maturity within the group since the member switch. An improvement of musicianship both on vocals and rap. Each song illustrates its own emotion and takes you to another world. I guess that will be U-Kiss world.Overall this album is ****1/2 (4 &1/2) stars  If you don’t agree then why are you listening to K-pop? Hands down Bran New Kiss has got to be  one of the best pop albums to come out this year.

o330 MV Teaser

U-Kiss Mini Vol.5-Bran New Kiss available pre-order yesasia.com Normal EditionDrops April 2nd


Tracklist

01. IT’S TIME (Intro) **** 1/2
02. 0330 **** 1/2
03. 내게 아픈 말은… *** *
04. Every Day *****
05. I DON’T UNDERSTAND ****
06. MIRACLE ****

Alexander Final Goodbyes

U-kiss member Alexander and Kim Kibum has recent;y departure from the group. Only Kim Kibum has comment via Twitter on why he has left. Alexander is no longer in silence with his final farewell to fans via twitter.

“Good morning everyone, this is Alexander. Long time no see. Thank you for waiting patiently during this difficult time.

As you all know, my departure from U-KISS has been official, and my contract with NH EMG has been terminated.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for all my beloved KISSme fans from all around the world for being my BEST support since my debut in U-KISS.

All of your love & support made me into who I am today, with all my achievements.

I know that my departure from U-KISS might be quite sudden and heart-breaking for most of our KISSme fans…

It is also heart-breaking for me to say goodbye to all of you. But I would say, I respect the decision of my company.

I would like to thank Mr. NH Kim (CEO of NH EMG) for giving me the opportunity to work as a member of U-KISS, and to thank all of my fellow NH EMG staffs for their care.

Nevertheless, I would like to thank my U-KISS members. During these 4 years, we played, we worked, we fought, we laughed, we cried… I have learnt so much from you guys…

Thank you so much for letting me be a big brother all these years… You guys are like real brothers to me… I’m sorry that I could not continue the journey with you guys…

But I will always be supporting you guys! All the best to your comeback. Hopefully one day we could once again stand together on the same stage… Love you all…

Although I have no idea what my next step will be, I will just humbly follow wherever the Lord leads me to.

Meanwhile, I would like to take a rest, do something meaningful, and upgrade myself.

Lastly, it was my honor to work for my beloved KISSme from all around the world.

I won’t say this is a goodbye. Hope to see you all again very soon as a new Xander.

Thank you so so so much & I love y’all always…♥”

at end of his message quoted lyrics from BoysIIMen *”End of the Road

translated Source:Allkpop

I wish Alexander the best of luck on his next journey. In the meantime U-Kiss is gearing up for a new comeback with newbies Hoon and AJ.

*Alexander did not post that video link I did*

U-Kiss All Broken Up?

 

Kim (left) and Alexander (right)

U-Kiss member Alexander Eusebio and Kim Kibum have decided to leave their group. According to Kim Kibum he’s departing for “personal reasons.” Although Alexander has yet to comment Kibum has be tweeting. He left this message..

Hello this is U-KISS Kibum, or more specifically, an ex-member of U-KISS, Kim Kibum.

After two months of delay, I’ve finally plucked up the courage to write this post.

First off, the agency and I have made an agreement about my exclusive contract on February 2011.

As the agency desired a member replacement, we wrote out a consent document for a contract dissolution, and from that day on, I became a former member of U-KISS.

Contrary to what most of you might be thinking, this is unrelated to my Piro Piro business… nor is it about losing interest in U-KISS.

I always thought importantly of U-KISS more than anyone, and I’m proud to say that not once did my Piro Piro character business impede my schedules with U-KISS..

I always thought of the members as more than family. I’m extremely upset that I have to part with them like this, but it was because of my lacking areas which warranted my former agency to desire a member replacement.

I may be leaving on a one-sided decision, however, I was able to learn a lot and meet many people, as well as the U-KISS members.

My feelings are very mixed up on the thought that the few lines in this message could hurt a lot of people I love.

I will continue my personal activities on broadcast.

Thank you to all the people who supported me wherever I was, and I will meet you once again as an entrepreneur,

Thank you.”

translated source Allkpop

Both of their departures is a total shocker to fans. Kim Bibum will continue his solo activities and his business with brother Kim Hyung Joon (ss501). NH Media has yet to comment on the affairs but fans believe U-kiss  will continue their comeback with the remaining members.

K-pop in the U.S Are You For It?

I’m gonna be straight forward about this and wonder if Korean pop fans fully support the ideal. I get a sense of fear and passiveness when K-pop fans hear or speak about their artists going state side.(did article about this a while back) I don’t blame them for feeling this way. Lets just face it America has a habit of ignoring and flat-out bastardizing foreign music and its musicians. Although K-pop groups like Big Bang and 2ne1 are trying to bridge the gap. Either featuring large amount of foreigners in their music videos or releasing English tracks. Using Youtube as their catalyst  to show their form of artistry and spark the interest of foreigners.

There is a huge problem about Asia introducing foreigners into their music videos. RACE (Americans can’t help it) Take the most recent and controversial video G-Dragon and TOP’s “High High”

Many fans were alone excited about GDTOP collaboration album. In the music video it only show Caucasians and Asians partying. Granted in Asia there isn’t a lot of Africans or African-Americans hanging around. That is the main reason why you don’t see them in “High High.”Most Africans are working to professional class individuals are very few….very few in numbers. They don’t live up to the stereotypical point of view of western white culture has portray them to be. In other words seen as ordinary people who are living normal lives.  Wouldn’t make great partying buddies in an MV that is about over indulgence. Yet many Black K-pop fans are confuse and feel left out.  In American MVs  showing different ethnicity together is normal. Because the United States is made up of different ethnicity of people.  Snoop Dogg “I Wanna Rock”  is a mixture of different people partying together. Even Far East Movement did a cameo. As Quest Crew are the primary dancers who are all Asian.

YG has shown Black and Asian relations before just not always the most positive. Take Stony Skunk “Boomdi Boomdi” feature Asian males with Black females (Jamaican women).

Reminder this was shot in Jamaica so it makes perfect sense.When “Boomdi Boomdi” single hit #2 on Billboard hip hop/r&b charts in 2007. YG quickly revamp the video with computer animation and eliminating Kush, Skull only. Most likely to avoid negative feed back or racial tension. Even though  “Boomdi Boomdi” the first version original context  is about partying. The way Black females are portrayed in the MV can cause quite a stir for westerners. Lets be real only reason why it would be controversial because its Asian men dancing with sexy Black women. No different from any other hip hop video. But because Kush and Skull are Asian makes it 1o x’s more controversial.

In se7en’s MV “I Know” featuring Teddy Park  has Black male dancers. No different from Snoop Dogg “I Wanna Rock” having Asian male dancers.

In an older YG video former singer Lexy “Tears” features Africans but as tribal. This video was shot in Africa most likely South Africa.

If you figure it out Africans and African-Americans are seen as two different cultural identities. African culture is more traditional, conservative  and is consider unique because of their indigenous customs still prevalent. The negative is that African people are viewed as poor,uneducated and suffer European colonization oppression. While African-Americans in hip hop view them as free-spirited and party influence. The negative African-American men are seen as scary thugs and women portray as objects of sexual lust.

Whites in Asian MV aren’t portrayed in a negative way but bare little cultural importance. Pretty much like any other model in a music video and seen as a novelty items like G-Dragon and TOP “Knock Out”

and U-Kiss 시끄러

K-pop isn’t politically correct nor does it want to be. The more K-pop uses Youtube as it catalyst gives foreign media the opportunity to place them under a microscope. Americans forget the situation we are in is totally different from our Asian cousins across the pond.They come from homogeneous base nations were 90%-99% of their nation will be one ethnicity and heritage. Despite America being a melting pop everyone is categorize by race and ethnic background. Which can determine if a person will be successful or fail.

No wonder why both Korean and Korean Americans fans might be biting their nails. When a K-pop groups goes state side your pretty much sending them to be slaughter by wolves. This doesn’t stop Wonder Girls from teaming up with Claude Kelly (who is Black) or 2ne1 with Wil.I.Am (who is Black). Maybe the success of Far East Movement is proof that my generation is trying to shed the ugliness of our parents racial driven pass and present. With one generic  pop electronic beat at a time.

This makes me wonder for non-Asian K-pop fans, are we listening to their music because its Korean or because you really like it?

Maybe this is why racial comments and concerns among non-Asian especially those non-white and female are popping up more.Is  K-pop whiting it self off to be more accepted or are they using them because of convenience? Are K-pop artists  teaming up with Black producers because they are more prevalent in American pop culture and business or because they wanna make good music? Will American except Korean foreigners and their bad engrish ? So many question arise when I think about K-pop and west starting to merge. Even though in J-pop you have happas who are half black or white in their music scene. Maybe it’s that old belief Koreans are extremely hateful towards Blacks and only accept whites?

Music should just be about music but once you give it a face, a scene, a language  and try to mix it up with others who differ becomes more discriminatory. I want K-pop to come state side and have foreigners in their MVs for all the right reasons. Not for white or Black cultural acceptance. I want fans to support because they love the music and respect the people who make it. K-pop fans not only can be divided by their favorite group but also ethnic race. I don’t want the mood of K-pop foreign fans turn into whites vs Blacks and Koreans trying to regulate by saying “we like you all  STFU.”  For heaven sakes kids lets keep K-pop pure of the racial scrutiny Americans are so infamous for. Maintain our support for K-pop equally among all types of fans.

So do you agree with me?

 

U-Kuss Shut Up (시끄러) Ver.2

The first version of U-Kiss “Shut Up” was  banned and given 18+ rating on Youtube. I have no idea why but I guess viewers flag them for mature content. The new version focus more on U-Kiss dance routine and hopefully doesn’t get flag.

Clean Version

 

 

U-Kiss Shut Up (시끄러)

There are many words to describe this video and awkward might be one of them. In the end U-Kiss song is catchy and their new look is so damn hot. This is true U-Kiss style but a little bit more flesh showing and attitude.

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