[20160507] April vs. Twice vs. Lovelyz vs. IOI

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Hey guys,

Today, I’ll be talking about a back to back to back to back girl group battle! Who are our heroins for today? It’ll be DSP’s maknae girl group APRIL, Produce 101’s IOI, JYP’s fierce girl group TWICE and Woollim’s fresh girl group LOVELYZ. These girl groups happened to have promoted at the same time! Its going to be a fierce battle, but, in terms of the charts, TWICE emerged to be on top. But, since I am here to talk about these beautiful girls, I would be disregarding their standing in the music charts. Shall we begin then?

First up, we have APRIL.

To be honest, by far, this is the most amazing song APRIL had released. The entire album is fantastic, I loved every single song in their second mini album ‘Spring’, specially ‘눈을 뜨면’ (When I Open My Eyes).

The title song, ‘Tinkerbell’ is very catchy, the music is very fresh and alive, I loved how my baby, Yena, got lines, she got real singing LINES! She’s even the center. Their live outfits are cute as well, they really looked like real fairies, specially Yena with her hair.

I really like how they match the color green so well. Actually, Korean netizens said that APRIL chose a wrong time to have a comeback because of a very stiff competition, they’re actually competing with VIXX, APink’s Eunji, IOI and Twice which are all battling for the number 1 spot. Well, these netizens are right this time, ‘Tinkerbell’ is a very cute and warm song, perfect for spring. I just wish APRIL success in the coming years.

Here’s a glimpse of my bias, Yena the squirrel.

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Here comes IOI!

Its not surprising how IOI really became an instant hit after the success of Produce 101. These girls have worked so hard just to debut and reach this far, and what do you know, its actually paying off! IOI is doing pretty well these days, tv and radio appearances, commercials, etc. Now about the song, ‘Dream Girls’, which actually matched them perfectly! The song was really made for them! Although IOI is set to disband after 10 months, I’m pretty sure these girls will leave a huge impact in the kpop industry.

In their first mini album, I really liked ‘Doo Wap’ and ‘똑 똑 똑’. Their vocals are just so fine, it could always put me to sleep, that level of calmness and warmness. Anyway, I just want to give a shout-out to IOI’s choreographer, I felt bad for Yunjung because she only stood in the center once, she was deprived of the spotlight because of her previous issue regarding her stealing the spotlight from the actual centers, I felt bad for her. Nevertheless, the song is good.

Their live performance is magical! It felt like I’m watching a group of cotton candies dancing tho, they’re that cute and sweet.

Make way for my bias, Chungchung baby (Chungha)

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Stop thinking once, you better think TWICE!

First of all, I want to congratulate TWICE for the success ‘Cheer Up’ has been achieving lately, continue to slay TWICE! The girls are so pretty as well, I cannot handle my feels. Don’t forget Sana’s ‘shy shy shy’.

Now, about the song and the dance, I would like to give only compliments to this song, the beat is so catchy, the dance is so amazing, their vocals are still powerful and cute at the same time, good job JYP!

Their stage outfits are really pretty too! TWICE is doing pretty well, they deserve it. Keep it up, Twice!

Here’s my precious baby, Mina.

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Last, but definitely not the least, Lovelyz!

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed because I was expecting an upgrade from ‘Ah-choo’ and ‘For You’, it took me sometime to appreciate the song. But hey, its Lovelyz anyway! Too bad, just like APRIL, Lovelyz came back in a wrong time.

As expected, their dancing skills are still perfect and very sync. Mijoo actually got even prettier. The constant thing about these girls is that their stage outfits are always creative, kudos to the coordi noona as well! Go go go Lovelyz!

My angel, Kei.

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So yeah, its a tough decision, but I still made one. For me..

1st : APRIL – Tinkerbell

2nd : TWICE – Cheer Up

3rd : IOI – Dream Girls

4th : Lovelyz – Destiny

Well, this is my personal thoughts tho. Anyway, all these girl groups are the best!

[20160204] Its a double celebration for GFRIEND

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Hey guys,

This is Kenneth.

Wow! It happened again! Congratulations GFRIEND! I can say it all over and over again, I’m proud of you girls. Us, Buddies, we’ll always be here cheering and supporting you!

Here’s the third winning performance: (Doesn’t get old)

Considering the fact that they’ve won over top seniors thrice is already a great achievement! Will I see another win tomorrow after I got back home from school?

Another reason to celebrate? Well, today, Yuju and Eunha graduated from High School! Yuju and Eunha even graduated with achievement awards, wow our girls really are working hard even at school! Congratulations!

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Other notable idols that have graduated at The School of Performing Arts today are Seventeen’s DK, NCT’s Jaehyun, Lovelyz’ Soojeong, Oh My Girl’s Jiho and DIA’s Chaeyeon and Eunjin.

Again, Congratulations GFRIEND! Fighting!


 

video credits: vch / GFriend Central

[20160114] KKMA 2015 BEST FEMALE ROOKIE GROUP

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KENNO’S KPOP MUSIC AWARDS 2015 BEST FEMALE ROOKIE GROUP

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Source Music’s 6 member girl group GFRIEND is the Best Rookie Girl Group of 2015! GFRIEND proved everyone that they’re not just a bunch of pretty faces, they’re talented and all are pros. GFRIEND might had a very rough start, from the nose job issues, to member SinB’s resemblance to Jessica (basically, some are saying she’s using the opportunity for attention), lip syncing and even Umji’s appearance shaming. These false accusations all vanished when GFRIEND exuded their hidden talents and their spirit of professionalism. GFRIEND once made international headlines when the group’s infamous ‘slipping on stage’ fancam went viral online, all the members, except leader Sowon slipped on stage, SinB had one bad fall while Yuju had 5 bad falls but kept performing. GFRIEND garnered praised for their act of professionalism.

GFRIEND’s music are no joke as well, even though a lot of netizens are criticizing them for not having singing talents except for the members Eunha and Yuju, GFRIEND’s songs are really worth listening to. My favorites are White, Glass Bead and Me Gustas Tu.

GFRIEND is prepping up for a January comeback, teasers are out and I’m really excited! I wish GFRIEND all the best.

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Trailing really close to GFRIEND is JYP Entertainment’s newest girl group, TWICE. TWICE is a multi-national girl group, members are composed of Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese members. We all know that these girls battled it out at the survival program, SIXTEEN, just for them to debut.

Twice debuted with their hit track, “Like Ooh Aah”. When it was released on October, it went straight up to the charts, even today, their song is still going strong in various music charts. I actually liked their choreography, it matches every member well.

In my personal thoughts, member Tzuyu seemed to be following the same career path Miss A’s Suzy is going through, I hope this won’t overshadow the members. Tzuyu is currently in a controversy but I hope this doesn’t affect the group’s status. Members Nayeon, Jungyeon and Mina are all pretty, I think Mina is more likely to be my bias. I wish Twice all the best this year.

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I was arguing with myself whether to place April, Oh My Girl or Lovelyz on the third spot, but in the end, it was April in the third spot for me.

April had a strong debut, there were so many expectations in the 6 member girl group of DSP Media. ‘Dream Candy’ did pretty well in the charts too, probably because of Chaewon and Somin’s fans from Baby Kara and Puretty. I was in love with the song as well.

Apparently, leader Somin left the group to pursue some other dream of hers. Leaving the 5 member APRIL behind. When April returned with ‘Muah’, it felt a little bit empty without Somin, Chaewon and Jinsol obviously did all the singing. April have good chances in surviving in this industry, I hope DSP Media would get back to their senses and promote their artists better. Kara had disbanded, Rainbow still needs to be promoted as they are not yet established well enough, AJAX too. I wish APRIL all the best and please give Yena real singing lines, she just had a two-syllable line in the entire song with ‘Muah’, the “Omo”. She’s a member not a back-up dancer. APRIL FIGHTING!

Notable Nominees:

  • Lovelyz
  • Oh My Girl
  • CLC
  • The Ark