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[Original Feature] Then and Now: T-ara

By in News posted Oct September 23rd, 2014 No comments

T-ara first took the K-pop world by storm in 2009. Having trained for 3 years, they were initially called the "Super Rookies" and later adopted the name T-ara. They were originally a quintet before they lost two members over creative differences, and Boram, Soyeon, and Qri joined the group. They quickly became known for slow songs such as "Lies" and "Good Person," and showed an impressive vocal range, creating soulful ballads layered with catchy, sincere-sounding raps.


T-ara debuted with a handful of singles, including a collaboration with the boy band Supernova, "TTL (Time to Love)," which became both bands" first chart-topper. Due to the popularity of "TTL," a second collaboration with Supernova spawned "TTL Listen 2," before the girls released their one and only full album (all their other releases in the Korean market are mini-albums), "Absolute First Album

Esna Steps Into the Spotlight with “I, I Love You”

By in News posted Oct August 23rd, 2014 No comments
Esna Steps Into the Spotlight with “I, I Love You” Written by Andy On August 22, 2014

Esna may, or may not, be a familiar name to K-pop aficionados. She’s the brain behind “Some,” “Without You,” and “Special Love.” She’s written songs for Mamamoo, 4Minute, and MR.MR; she’s also worked with Wheesung, K.Will, Geeks, and Phantom, and even participated in the OST for hit drama Heirs.

After being behind some of the biggest recent hits, Esna has finally taken her turn in the spotlight with her debut single “I, I Love You.”

“I, I Love You” is of course a love song. Per Esna: “This song is about that moment you are finally able to tell the person you love, “I Love You”

SHINee Accuses Toheart of Copying “Dream Girl” in “Delicious”? + Toheart Showcase

By in News posted Oct March 12th, 2014 No comments

Do you think SHINee‘s “Dream Girl” and Toheart‘s “Delicious” sound similar? It seems the four members of SHINee (Jonghyun, Minho, Taemin, and Onew) think so as they mercilessly tease fellow member and one-half of Toheart, Key, in the support message video uploaded to SMTOWN‘s Youtube channel.

The adorable and funny video is filmed hidden-camera style, showing the members of SHINee gathered around a table backstage discussing the collaborative project duo Toheart. Member Jonghyun starts off the conversation asking what the team name of Key and Woohyun’s duo is. Minho jokingly gives the name Park Ji Sung, the soccer player who is often described as having two hearts due to his incredible stamina and endurance