Big Bang+MBC Music Festival

Also, in music highlights,, Big Bang came out with their vid for Seung Ri’s “Strong Baby” –

I must admit I shed a (metaphorical) tear or two while watching this video. Big Bang, Big Bang. Sell your music, not sex! You’re plenty talented and popular enough not to have to rely on this/go down this route. Was also slightly shocked as Korea tends toward the conservative side of things (though of course much less so in its music industry, in which they try and imitate the US as much as possible) and – wow. Even in American music videos I very rarely see an actual bed scene. *mourns* That was just – unnecessary.

On a side note however – G-Dragon continues to astonish me with his hotness, and I liked the pairing of him with Seung-Ri, and the “brahthaa!” thing was adorable. 🙂

And, at the December 31st MBC Music Festival(aslo known as MBC Gayo Daejun) WonderBang was as rockingly amazing as expected and lit up my world; I don’t know much about the Wonder Girls beyond the fact that they’re probably the most popular Korean girl-band right now, but I loved their juxtaposition with Big Bang as, at least for me, the girls cuteness/girlpower/fluffiness only showed off how sexy/talented/hard-edged BB is. Plus, I’ve got to admit – the Girls can actually sing – always a relief.

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Big Bang’s G-Dragon, DBSK’s Jaejoong, and Fly to the Sky

I know I said I was going on hiatus, but I couldn’t resist this.

G-Dragon to release Solo Album in April!! yesss! My favorite member of my favorite Korean band releases his own album! Plus, I was wondering when it was coming -Tae Yang and Seung Ri have already debuted their solo careers, it could only be a matter of time until their leader did so as well.

Also, Hero Jaejoong of DBSK/TVXQ – this guy-

will be appearing with Park Shin Hye in upcoming singer TaeGoon’s debut music video(apparently they were childhood friends)

Teaser(mm! I like it):

And last but not least, Fly to the Sky(Brian Joooooo!!) is finally back!

Eyecandy Sunday

Featured this time: G-Dragon, leader and main writer and rapper of Korean hip-hop group Big Bang.

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Asian music stars re-interpreting their western contemporaries’ hits

Why Asian stars shouldn’t attempt to reinterpret their often better-known contemporaries-

Utada Hikaru singing(or at least trying to) Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. In English.

It’s bad enough that she has little feel for the song and can’t pronounce English well enough to make a success of it – WHO directed the video/was in charge of her costuming?

pink sweater=”I’m actually sexy, but I’m hiding it as best I can. Don’t you think I’m doing a good job?”

me: “Er…yes”

The original-

Say it with me:

“brilliant”. Okay, the song is near-brilliant and the video at least is compelling and well-directed.

Why Asian stars should attempt to reinterpret their better-known contemporaries-

Big Bang with Maroon 5’s “This Love”.

This is a poor quality version, I HIGHLY recommend going here instead and watching the crisp version, which dastardly wordpress won’t let me embed.

The original-

Overall, I would still say that the Maroon 5 version is better, at least from a technical standpoint – there’s just more going on, better use of color, etc. But I personally prefer the Big Bang version, for several reasons-

A) It’s sharper – the Maroon 5 is rather blurry around the edges at times, and frankly half the time it looks like they’re floating around on druggie clouds

B)I’d rather see close-ups of G-Dragon’s pretty face anyday than Adam Levine rolling around in graphic(uncomfortably so, at least for me) love scenes, and I like G-Dragon’s interpretation better – Big Bang’s video is more focused on the music and the song itself, and more importantly ends, not with the sex of Maroon 5, but with a sweet scene of GD coming up under his love’s window with flowers he’s run all this way to bring, only to be confronted with her and another man and rudely turned away.

Herein, in a nutshell, could be said to lie the present difference between Asian pop culture and American/Western – although it’s gradually getting more and more open and daring, Asian pop culture is still purer and more restrained on average, focusing on a more romantic idea of love/male-female relationships(or perhaps simply a more melodramatic one:), unlike the mindlessly body-and-sex orientated nature of much mainstream American music and media.

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