Kim Ye Rim (Lim Kim) - SIMPLE MIND
2. Love Game/Knowing It Hurts
3. Wind (Feat Beenzino)
4. Say It First
5. No More
7. Paper Bird
Lim Kim proves she has anything but a "Simple Mind" with the release of her third mini-album. One half of the folk pop duo Togeworl ("Two Months"), she brings her unique singing voice to this new disc. Since Togeworl"s debut, Lim Kim has emerged as a capable solo singer with a full LP and two mini-albums to her credit.
"Awoo" is a somewhat experimental song. An understated bass line with overdubbed fragments of her up and down-pitched variations of her voice serve as the main melody. Amusingly named after the noise she makes in the chorus, the song is actually addressed to two different people: 1) the girl she"s out with, who might be interested in her man, and 2) the guy she"s interested in. The song kind of degrades a bit when she focuses on the guy and is flirting with him, mainly because we hear this a lot in kpop. The song"s still fun, and the chorus is still hooky: "I"ll flirt with you/You"ll get hooked on me." The imagery in the lyrics is vivid, talking about foxes and wolves and shaking her tail. I kept thinking of a cat the whole time.
The lead single is "Love Game," which uses the rhythmic hand-clapping we heard in the preview. The clapping is the only thing we hear initially as she sings practically a capella. We don"t have long to wait as the song fills out more with horns and a funky keyboard melody. Like the first track, her voice overshadows the rest of the instrumentation and does so to great effect.
"Wind" is a cute song that chugs along and plays to the strengths of both Lim Kim and Beenzino. He sings and raps on the track, and it ends up being a duo, a cute ditty.
The album loses its way with a couple of tracks, "Say It First" and "Paper Bird." While more traditionally folksy tracks, they"re little more than meandering ballads that add little to the album. There"s very little feeling conveyed here, and it almost feels like she"s just going through the motions on these songs.
A lively song about a breakup, "No More" is characterized by some almost retro vibes. There are breaks in the song that make good use of her breathy voice.
"Upgrader" is probably one of the more straightforward pop mixes on the disc, which really sounds a lot like 80"s western pop. That may be the intent, her pronunciation of the word "Up-guh-rayder" notwithstanding. It adds more life to it since it"s the main part of the chorus. I like the chorus, too; overdubs and some echo effects give it an ethereal feel.
Barring a couple clunkers, this is a peppy and enjoyable album. It"s got a nice energy to it and, at times, I was reminded of HA:TFELT"s avant garde solo. It"s not quite a successful melding of folk and pop, if that was their intent. It"s got some definite, different sounds on it, not too dissimilar from mainstream pop, but different enough to keep it fresh and full of its own unique charm.
EXO′s Baek Hyun may be making a bigscreen debut.
Baek Hyun is currently considering appearing in the movie Dokgo (tentative). Dokgo is an actino thriller based off a popular webtoon of the same name about school violence.
SM Entertainment told Newsen on April 28, "He′s positively considering the project."
If Baek Hyun takes the project, it will be his first official acting project and movie debut.
Baek Hyun is currently appearing in the 16-episode webdrama, EXO Next Door.
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Gwang Hae (Cha Seung-won) became furious with anger when he found out about Princess Jeongmyeong (Jeong Chan-bi) and Grand Prince Yeongchang (Jeon Jin-seo)"s death.
On the 6th episode of "Splendid Politics", another power appeared threatening Gwang Hae"s throne. Gwang Hae with the bloody eyes exploded with anger towards those people who looked down on him.
As seen in the previous episode, Princess Jeongmyeong was disguised in boy"s clothes and escaped from the palace alone.
Super Junior"s Choi Si Won and actor Ji Jin Hee walked down the red carpet at the recent Beijing International Film Festival to promote their upcoming film "Equator," also known as "Helios." It was the last film shown at the festival.
The action film has been in production for almost two years and is finally being released on May 28. "Equator" is a co-production by Korea, China and Hong Kong.
It"s fitting that the film is a co-production as the story focuses on an alliance of those three countries after some terrorists steal weapons grade uranium. The international cast also includes Cheung Hok Yau, Nick Cheung, Shawn Yue, Wang Xiu Qi, Chang Chen, Yoon Jin I, Lee Tae Ran, and Kim Hae Sook.
Following the reveal of a poster for BIGBANG’s first title track “Loser,” YG Entertainment has dropped another poster, this time for “Bae Bae,” the second title track of BIGBANG’s upcoming album “MADE.”
The poster alludes to a striking concept for “Bae Bae,” as the members of BIGBANG take on looks that are reminiscent of mutants from the popular Marvel Comics series “X-Men.”
YG hitmaker Teddy played a role in all parts of the creation of the track like he did in “Loser,” and members G-Dragon and T.O.P contributed to lyrics and composition.
On the April 28th episode of KBS 2TV"s new Monday & Tuesday drama, "Who Are You - School 2015", Song Mi-kyeong (Jeon Mi-seon) told her daughter, Go Eun-byeol (Kim So-hyeon-I) a hidden story.
Go Eun-byeol, who returned home from the hospital, was having a good conversation with her mom, Song Mi-kyeong at home. The sweet mom started telling her daughter, Go Eun-byeol, who had lost her memory, about her childhood.
Song Mi-kyeong told her, "We and you met each other when you were five years old". Go Eun-byeol asked, "Was I adopted?" and Song Mi-kyeong responded, "It doesn"t matter. We are just the best mom and daughter, sweetie".
Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series to Take Place July 31-August 2 at Staples Center in LA and August 8 at Prudential Center in New Jersey Asia"s leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will expand in terms of the number of days and location, making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event. On the West Coast, KCON 2015 LA will open for not two, but three days from July 31st at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and some of the world"s biggest stars are set to perform on last two days of the event. East Coast K-pop fans will also get their own turn to have the ultimate Hallyu experience when the KCON descends upon the Big Apple for the first time on August 8th for a one-day convention and concert extravaganza, dubbed KCON 2015 NY, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Sponsored by Toyota, KCON 2015 USA will be packed with panels, activities, food and more that cover every aspect of Korean pop culture during the day. Then as the sun goes down, eyes will turn to the stage as some of the hottest artists coming out of Korea will take center stage and close out the evening with a star-studded concert. With KCON USA expected to continue its record of growth, this year will be the largest ever. Last year, in addition to doubling the number of attendees, the event boasted 30 percent more programming; a new, free and open-to-the-public marketplace; as well as two nights of concerts featuring the hottest K-pop artists from Korea, namely B1A4, BTS, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls Generation, IU, Jung Joon-young, SPICA, TEEN TOP and VIXX. A recap video of KCON 2014 is available here.
The latest episode of FTISLAND‘s reality show “Coming Out: FTISLAND” features members of the group talking seriously and honestly about their current situation.
“We’re in a crisis right now,” says leader Choi Jonghoon to the production team. “We’re walking on eggshells around each other, and in the midst of all this I feel like I’m not doing my job as a leader.”
As of April 15, MBC producers have officially decided to pull the plug on the flagging Roommate series, which ended its run after two seasons, two years, eighteen celebrities, and low ratings. Initially, there were rumours of a season three with a brand new cast, but I guess the guys on top have finally decided to stop flogging a dead horse.
So where did it all go wrong? A Big Brother-esque variety show which puts a bunch of celebrities in one house, surely enough entertaining hijinks will sky-rocket up the ratings. If cable channel tvN can make a success out of four travelling grandpas, surely more people will be interested in seeing a slice of life of these big-name celebrities hanging out together. Surely, it will be a roaring success?
Actress Sung Yuri talked about her wedding rumors during the recently aired episode of “Healing Camp.”
During her trip to Japan with fellow friend and actress Jung Ryeo Won, both talked about their future. When Jung Ryeo Won asked, “Do you have any thoughts for marriage?,” Sung Yuri replied, “I don’t know. I want to get married once I get acknowledged for my work by the public. I’ve always thought that my award as a top actress was a sign that showed I was worthy of recognition.”
The first episode of "Who Are You - School 2015" landed in third place. The high school identity-switching drama, starring Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk and BTOB"s Yook Sung Jae only rated 3.8 percent, but it did start at a disadvantage.
The previous drama in that time slot, "Blood" remained in third place for much of its airtime, making it easier for viewers to switch their allegiance to the other drama contenders, the 50-episode historical drama "Hwajung" and the comedy "Heard It Through The Grapevine."
"HwaYangYeonHwa" is the most beautiful era in a lifetime, and BTS takes a more mellow tone than their usual sound. Title track "I Need U" is definitely something new from the boys, and the rest of the album, worked on heavily by the members themselves with V and Jungkook debuting as composers, is the perfect gift at the end of a long, long road of teasers for ARMYs.
Hyomin revealed her opinions on the rumors of her being a rebellious student in the past.
On the episode of “4 Things Show” aired on April 28, T-ara‘s Eunjung stars as the special guest.
When asked whether or not she was a bully at school, she answers, ” I was more like the girl next to the bully.”
“I can see why we got such a reputation,” Hyomin adds. ” We lived together in a house full of six girls. Of course we got into a lot of fights.”
Added episodes 7 and 8 captures for the Korean drama "Falling For Innocence" (2015)Directed by Ji Yeong-sooWritten by Yoo Hee-kyeongNetwork : jTBCWith Jeong Kyeong-ho, Kim So-yeon, Yoon Hyeon-min, Park Yeong-gyoo, Ahn Seok-hwan, Kong Hyeon-joo,...16 episodes - Fri, Sat 21:45Also known as "Beating Again" and "Falling in Love With Soon Jung"SynopsisA man who is a cold-blooded hunter gets heart surgery and due to cellular memory syndrome, he becomes warm hearted. He meets a woman, then learns the true meaning of happiness and love.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/04/03
Reply 1994 actor Yoo Yun Suk and miss A"s "it" girl Suzy became a lovely couple for Bean Pole"s latest promotional photos. The photogenic duo showcased bags from the brand"s 2015 Spring/Summer collection while wearing complementary outfits. They looked effortlessly charming, which is no surprise, since the two had previously worked together in the 2012 film Introduction To Architecture.
The showcased shoulder bags, totes, handbags, and backpacks range between $200 and $700 USD and can be bought at the brand"s official online store. In one of the most memorable preview photos, Suzy posed with various "Lucky" purses in different colors. The bucket bag has trendy straps with metallic ends and can be yours for $560. It can be seen below in a blue-green shade.
A Pink participated in a special photoshoot for the May issue of Ceci. The pictorial was a joint project between the magazine and popular apparel brand Pancoat. The girls modeled clothing from the label"s various diffuse lines and accessorized their looks with Converse sneakers. Each photo was taken in a desolate city street, in front of concrete columns and metal fences, and had a special, foggy filter.
Their wardrobe included varsity stripe socks, cartoon character t-shirts, pleated skirts, sheer-sleeve jackets, fun print playsuits, and various other articles.
“We Are in Love,” also known as the Chinese version of MBC’s “We Got Married,” is off to a solid start with strong ratings.
According to China’s leading rating agency CSM, the second episode recorded viewership ratings of 1.045 percent which is considered above average in the context of Chinese variety shows.
Furthermore, the show ranked first in its time slot, and came in second among all Sunday evening variety shows.
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South Korea"s first rock group FTISLAND was awarded the title of Most Popular Band in Asia during a recent music event in China.
On Thursday, April 23, the Cool Music Asia Festival Award was held in China. During the festival, FTISLAND was awarded one of the three major awards that were given that night, earning the distinction of Most Popular Band in Asia.
The honor was given to FTISLAND after their latest singles "Pray" and "To the Light" topped various online music charts in China. Both songs are a part of the group"s fifth album I Will.
T-ara"s Eunjung shed a lot of tears on Mnet"s "4 Things Show" on April 28, touching the viewers by opening up about the infamous Hwayoung incident that caused speculations Eunjung was a bully.
She talked about the pain she received during the rumors about ostracizing Hwayoung, saying, "Since I was a person who caused such a huge incident, I couldn"t go outside . . . I had no reason to wash my hair, to wash up, to eat. Everything just disappeared. There was no reason for anything. I came to wonder why I kept opening my eyes when there was nothing for me to do."
Actress Kim Ah Joong appeared in the latest episode of the variety show “Healing Camp”as MC Kim Jae Dong‘s close friend.
During the show, the actress said, “About three to four years ago, I was going through a hard time but Kim Jae Dong showed me the healing effects of hiking. We have been close ever since.”
She added, “Every time I come to this coffee shop, Kim Jae Dong is always here. We drink coffee together and we also hung out at his place as well.”