Artist of the Week: 4Minute

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…

4Minute

Apparently, the name “4Minute” simply stands for “Living 4 Every Minute” or “Show You the Best in 4 Minutes”. Originally, their style was reportedly called “The Candy Funky Style”… and this refers not only to their clothes, but their style of music and dance as well. This means they’re sweet, but rebellious. Personally, I do think their music reflects that concept.

Something interesting about this group is before their debut, Jiyoon always wore sunglasses during promotions. When it finally came time to perform, she took them off, which caused a lot of interest.

This group was created by Cube Entertainment, just like B2ST. As you might remember from that article, Cube likes to use kids that had trained hard in another company, but were ultimately rejected.

HyunA was a part of Wonder Girls for awhile, but left due to health reasons. Cube snatched her up, and it’s actually been said that 4Minute was made to be “HyunA’s group”. This isn’t surprising since HyunA was already well-known.

HyunA in Wonder Girls... 2nd from the right.

Sohyun was a part of Orange back when she was 12. That group was disbanded because of so many anti-fans. (Probably because they were so young. People tend to overly criticize young idol groups.)

Remembering about Orange

HyunA is the only member of 4Minute, so far, that has a solo career as well. In 2010, she released “Change”, then “Outlaw in the Wild”, and in 2011, she released “Bubble Pop”. Two of those videos created a controversy over their sexualization.  Recently, she teamed up with Hyunseung  from B2ST to form the unit “TroubleMaker”.

TroubleMaker

There are rumors of another unit coming that will have Gayoon and Jiyoon in it. Even with these units and solos, 4Minute is still officially together and will perform with each other when the company sees fit.

Next sub-unit?

Members:

Jihyun
Leader, Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual
January 9, 1990

Gayoon
Main Vocalist
May 18, 1990

Jiyoon
Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper
October 15, 1990

HyunA
Vocalist, Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Visual
June 6, 1992

Sohyun
Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae
August 30, 1994

Videos:

Artist of the Week: CN Blue

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…

CN Blue

CN Blue is a fairly unique name. The “CN” stands for “Code Name“, and the BLUE is an abbreviation for each of the member’s characteristics; “Burning“, “Lovely“, “Untouchable” and “Emotional“.  (Scroll down to the “members” section to see which characteristic is for which member of the group). One of the things that stands out about this group is the catchy beats in their music. It’s easy to get their songs stuck in your head.

CN Blue is from the same company as FT Island. They’re both pop rock groups where the members play instruments instead of dance. It has been said that FT Island was an “experiment” that led to CN Blue. This may be true, but it’s not a negative thing as the company didn’t abandon FT Island when CN Blue came around. The two groups are friends and there’s no negative feelings about it between them.

This group’s debut was interesting. They first wandered around Japan, playing in the streets as an indie band. After about half a year of that, they released a Korean album. In Korea, their debut song reached the top of the charts, ensuring their success.

I think I should also note that in the first 3 months of CN Blue’s debut, they had a different bassist. Kwon Kwang Jin left for unknown reasons after their first album failed to reach the Oricon chart and he was replaced by Lee Jung Shin.

Just like Hongki of FT Island, Yonghwa of CN Blue got a big role in the super popular drama “You’re Beautiful” as well. And just like FT Island gaining international fans from it, so did CN Blue. Because of the success Yonghwa brought from this role, and because he became so widely recognized by it, he became the new leader of the group.

Soon, Yonghwa landed another role in the drama “Heartstrings”. This time, CN Blue bandmate Min Hyuk joined the casting. I can’t tell if it affected CN Blue further, but it certainly helped Min Hyuk gain recognition among fans.

Members:

Jung Yong Hwa  ‘Emotional’
Leader, Rhythm Guitarist, Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper
June 22, 1989

 Lee Jong Hyun ‘Burning’
Lead Guitarist, Vocalist
May 15, 1990

Kang Min Hyuk ‘Lovely’
Drummer, Backing Vocalist
June 28, 1991

 Lee Jung Shin ‘Untouchable’
Bassist, Rapper, Backing Vocalist
September 15, 1991

Trivia/Info

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube
Website | Official Twitter Fanclub

NOTABLE FAN PAGES:
CNBlueStorm | CNBlue4U | Color Me CNBlue

MORE INFO:

TRIVIA:

  • They have their own variety show called “CNBLUETORY.”
  • Yonghwa was on Season Two of “We Got Married” with Seohyun of SNSD.
  • They were also on 1N2D.

 

Videos/Music:

Where Is LeeU and Why Did He Leave F.Cuz?

LeeU is a former member of the group “F.Cuz” (pronounced “Focus”). He was an ulzzang (kind of an internet model), but he had a great singing voice as well. This could be because his father was a famous trot singer (old-fashioned Korean music).

I would’ve just written up an Artist of the Week for F.Cuz, but now that LeeU is gone and they’re doing a bunch of promotions in Japan, I don’t really feel the desire to make an article like that on them. (The new member’s teaser just came out a day ago and people are confused, so I’m writing this article for them.)

See, I really liked F.Cuz a lot, but LeeU was my bias. You know, when you have a bias in a group you always look for them in music videos and like listening to their part the most. F.Cuz just really isn’t the same for me anymore…. Maybe I’ll eventually like F.Cuz again, but it won’t feel like the “real” F.Cuz to me because LeeU is gone. He was just the most expressive and most fun to watch in my opinion.

So what happened to him? Well, it seems kind of strange, but LeeU belonged to a different agency than the other 3 members of the group. His agency,  Castle J Enterprise, decided that they didn’t like the musical direction F.Cuz was going.  [Official Statement Here]

Basically,  the two companies decided to part ways because of too many conflicts about different ideas/decisions and LeeU had to decide which company to stick with. After thinking a lot about it, he made the difficult decision to leave F.Cuz and chase after his own dreams alone.

LeeU said it was hard for him as well and that he cried over watching video clips of their performances together while the companies were in discussion about whether to split or not. It’s no wonder he was so sad, since F.Cuz had been training and performing together for 3 years.  [LeeU's Official Statement Here]

Currently:

LeeU is focusing on musicals. Apparently he’s acting in the musical “Elizabeth” as Ruldolf.

Update! He has now joined Brand New Stardom.

F.Cuz has a new 4th member named Daegun. Here’s a teaser where the new member is singing:

We’ll see how it goes….
Videos of the Old F.Cuz: