G-Dragon’s Collaborates With Tablo and Nell!

It’s just been revealed that G-Dragon’s mini album will have collaborations with Tablo and Kim Jong Wan of Nell!

Furthermore, his title track “Crayon” is a shortened version of “Crazy On” which is also a shortened version of “Crazy G-Dragon”.
Obviously, he’s going to be going crazy for something in the song.

Which track are you looking forward to the most?

 

 

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Artist of the Week: Big Bang

Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~

This week’s artist is…

BigBang

BigBang is one, if not the, most popular Korean boy bands right now… and they deserve it. It’s strange to even call them a “boy band” since they’re all so talented in many other aspects.

A lot of them can write their own music and/or act. They also have their own styles of singing/rapping.

A big part of their success goes to YG Entertainment. Notably, the CEO was a part of Seo Taiji’s revolutionary group back when Kpop was just getting started. After enough training was given to the boys, YG gave them a lot of free range to do their own things and pursue their own interests, which isn’t very common in the manufactured Kpop world.

Every member has done something independent of BigBang. G-Dragon, Daesung, Taeyang, and Seungri all have solo albums. TOP has won awards for his acting in the movie “71: Into The Fire”, and has also teamed up with GD to make a separate rap unit.

At first, BigBang was designed as a hip-hop group, but over the course of the years, they’ve grown into their own style. (Especially G-Dragon with his solo work, haha.)

Members:

G-Dragon: The Leader/Rapper
Birthday: August 18, 1988
GD started his music career at an early age and writes a lot his own music.

TOP: “Deep-Voice” Rapper
Birthday: November 4, 1987
Writes his own raps. Used to be an underground rapper. Actor.

Daesung: “Smiling Angel” Vocalist
Birthday: April 26, 1989
One of the strong vocalists of the group. Acted in a big-time play as well as a drama called “What’s Up?”.

Taeyang: The Dancer/R&B Vocalist
Birthday: May 18, 1988
Great dancer and singer.

Seungri: Strong Vocalist/Maknae
Birthday:  December 12, 1990
Can write music and sing well.

Trivia/Info

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | Weibo
Website | Fan Cafe

NOTABLE FAN PAGES:
BigBang Updates | Tumblr: BigBang For Life | BigBang Gifs
Dirty Fan Confessions | Airport Fashion

MORE INFO:
Big Bang Mini Drama; Idol World (Really crazy mini movie they made when they were still new.)
1N2D (One Night, Two Days) (Daesung gets the guys together for a retreat. Funny games & see their personalities.)
Video Archives (Download ALL the videos!)

TRIVIA:

  • “TOP never shows skin”. Fans good-naturedly joke about how TOP fan-service involves him showing his ankles or neck since he never likes to take off his shirt, and even tries to avoid T-shirts when possible. (There’s probably only one photo of TOP showing his stomach, and that’s when they first debuted and had to lift their shirts up for a dance). Some memes involve him putting on more layers instead of taking them off.

The one time TOP showed his stomach….

…But then TOP stopped lifting his shirt… lol.

  • Another good-natured meme is how TOP can’t really dance. It’s not as common, but fans aren’t mean about it. (Even Big Bang themselves tease TOP about it). That’s usually known as “Choom TOP,” in reference to a recorded conversation with TOP where he drunkenly refers to himself by that title.
  • Taeyang memes are “swan prince” and “never wearing a shirt”. There are screencaps and clips of Taeyang being hyper, dancing and twirling around at random places, which spawned the “I am the swan prince!” meme. Taeyang also is shirtless on many, many occasions.
  • One meme, that might not really be a full-blown meme yet, could also be how TOP has kissed all the members of Big Bang on the lips except for Taeyang. (TOP is usually cast as the male lead in the drama spin-off mini movies they do for their concerts, and as a result, he has kissed each member as fan-service in those movies).

Videos:

They have many good songs and music videos. Since they promoted in Japan for awhile, some of the songs are in Japanese. Here are a few:

“Fantastic Baby” is very popular right now:

Even most people not into Kpop seem to like “Bad Boy”:

“Haru Haru” is one of their most popular, classic songs:

So is “Lies”:

I personally love “Beautiful Hangover”. Great song and pretty MV:

This one is really beautiful, “KOE WO KIKASETE”:

“Love Song” is pretty and sad. It seems it’s about someone who died and they can’t live without:

“Tonight” is pretty catchy:

And for fun, here’s a pretty old one to end with :D “La-La-La”:

Halloween Special

Well, since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d make a special post today :D

First off, “scary” in Korean is 무섭다 (museobda). In Japanese it’s 怖い (kowai).

I’ve been watching a lot of Asian horror films to get in the mood… but to be honest, none of them really seemed scary to me… haha…. I like them, but there’s usually just too much story and not enough scary IMO. If any of you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

For me, I recommend “Bloody Reunion/To Sir With Love”, “A Tale of Two Sisters”, or “Someone Behind You“.

But instead of doing in-depth movie reviews for Halloween, I’ll just be doing a post of random get-you-in-the-mood-for-Halloween stuff that’s related to Korea or Japan~

Let’s start off with a creepy Tokyo All-Girls Zombie Walk video! Looks fun~

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Now for some music videos. Midnight Circus by Sunny Hill has a particularly eerie carnival feel to it.

G-Dragon’s She’s Gone definitely fits… especially with the set and outfit style he chose.

Before the Dawn (BTD) by Infinite could fit too. I mean, they fight a creepy shadow man!

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In the photo category there are some newer ones of Brown Eyed Girls that might get you in the mood for the season~ They did these photos for Vogue November 2011. The pics aren’t really scary, but you know, I think the kind of dull-colored, darker, atmosphere fits in with autumn, and the strange sets fit in with Halloween well enough. You can view all of them over here, at Vogue Korea’s official site.

…And here are some photos of actual Halloween costumes~

T-ara

Harisu

Min, Jo Kwon

Jang Geun Suk’s Mom

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I’ll end this post with a well-known horror comic that’s been going around the internet. You don’t have to know Korean to enjoy this, but here’s a translation for AFTER you’ve seen it. Anyway, just make sure you have flash enabled and your sound on, then keep slowly scrolling down :D Korean Horror Comic

Happy Halloween~! :D