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[Best of the Best] Top Songs of 2013

Ailee - Doll House 4minute - Name is 4minute SISTAR - Give it to Me SNSD - I Got a Boy

Another year draws to a close so it’s time for my yearly lists.  I know this blog has been inactive for the most part due to the busy schedules of myself and Thekoreanjjang, but surprisingly we still get a decent amount of hits.  Hitting a million was something that neither of us could have anticipated and I thank everyone who has browsed through this site since it’s inception early last year.  Admittedly, most have come for the few drama recaps I did, but there are still a good number of you who have come and see our various musings on the world of Kpop.  Thank you all again for visiting and happy holidays.

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[Random Rant] Areum Leaves T-ara


In a surprising turn of events, Areum has announced that she will be leaving T-ara to pursue a solo career.  *Runs to get popcorn for ensuing netizen explosion*

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[Random Rants] Poll: Favorite SNSD Member’s OST Part 2

Poll - SNSD OST Part 2

Another year, and another round of OSTs for the SNSD girls.  In the last poll, Taeyeon garnered 38% of the vote as of this post and has a fairly commanding lead over Tiffany’s offering.  This year, 3 out of the 4 vocalists are back with Sunny being the new addition replacing Seohyun.  I’m surprised that Jessica’s song did so poorly last year, given that it was my personal favorite, but hopefully she does better this time around.  Check out all four and vote again below!

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[Girl Group Wars] 2013 Girl Group Fantasy Draft

Girl Groups

Like with the comparisons, this little idea came about on another lazy weekend.  Everyone has their own personal biases and thinks that maybe a certain idol would be better off in a group other than the one they’re in.  In some cases, like T-ara’s Soyeon or 4minute’s Hyuna, they were already part of a group and then switched.  With this exercise, we explored 8 different variations of the current girl group members.
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[Girl Group Wars] Singer Rankings

Singer Rankings

Kpopencarta here.  I know it’s been a while since my last blog post, but I’ve been super busy the last few months.  I wish I had time to do recaps again, but alas I don’t think that’ll be the case.  Instead, I guess we’ll have to go back to my random musings on the world of kpop.  And so, without further ado, I present to you my rankings for the best vocalists in the world of female idols.
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[Drama Recap] 2012 Drama Awards

Actors and Actresses

While 2012 was a disappointing year for dramas, it was actually a pretty good year for young actors/actresses.  There were quite a few solid rookies this year, and a few breakout performances by some not-so-rookies.  Some, like Kim Soo Hyun and Song Joong Ki firmly established themselves as rising stars, while child actors like Kim So Hyun(not related) and Yeo Jin Goo showed just how talented the next wave of actors/actresses will be.  Here, we’ll take a moment to recognize those who make their living by being people other than themselves.

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[Drama Recap] Year in Review: 2012 Dramas

Dramas 20122012 is finally over and we’re still here so I guess the Mayans were wrong all along.  For the most part, it was as pretty disappointing year for dramas.  Several dramas that I had high expectations for fell flat(Big, Dream High 2) and many were pretty mediocre.  There were a few brights spots(King 2 Hearts, Gentleman’s Dignity), but I’m hoping that 2013 will bring qualities dramas compared to last year.

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[Best of the Best] Top 5 Songs Not Promoted on Music Shows in 2012

Best 5 Songs Not Promoted on Music Shows

For obvious reasons, not all songs that get released can be promoted on music shows.  Artists pick the song that they think will do best and that’s their main track.  Here I’ll discuss 5 songs that may not have been promoted but I still very much enjoyed.

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[Best of the Best] Top 10 songs of 2012

f(x) - Electric Shock PSY - Oppa Gangnam Style SISTAR - Alone 4minute - Volume Up

2012 for me was the year of the soloist.  Most of the major groups put out songs this year, but most were fairly uninteresting for me(Secret’s “Talk That”, T-ara’s “Love Dovey” being among the few exceptions not mentioned below).  Of course, we can’t fail to mention Gangnam Style which blew up far more than anyone could have possibly anticipated, which again only highlights how good of a year it was for soloists.  When my friend in Peace Corp is telling me he’s even hearing it on local stations in South Africa, you know you’ve yourself a world-wide sensation.  Here I’ll discuss what I considered the best 10 songs of the last year.

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[Drama Recap] Ghost


Overall Score: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10 ( would’ve liked more on Lee Yeon Hee’s character, but still pretty good) 
Plot Development: 7/10 (Progression was done well, but did bog down at times)
Acting: 5/10 (I liked Uhm Ki Joon, but every other main character dragged this down)
Soundtrack: 6/10 (nothing spectacular)
Enjoyability: 8/10 (enjoyed the premise of it, but i wanted more of Daniel Choi)

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