K-Pop General Entertainment Thread

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If Hitler came back today and saw modern Germany's women chasing Sand Niggers...he probably would have liked K/J-pop for the racial intact-ness of the Asians. Not like they are bare-breasted or anything. We need White women sexier, more entertaining, and less e-thottery across the board. Kpop hints at what could be for White culture...a reminder if you will.
 
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I swear I'm going to go full game on J-Triber rip-offs..might regrip the baseball bats...reminds me of '97-98 when I was in the Asia Crises...soon to see this in the USA with the "brrring" money printer by greedy, hand-rubbing J-Tards. Do not walk lightly...walk Bold... a lot of Asia wants us to light these J-Tard b*tches up:

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I swear I'm going to go full game on J-Triber rip-offs..might regrip the baseball bats...reminds me of '97-98 when I was in the Asia Crises...soon to see the USA with the "brrring" money printer. Do not walk lightly...walk Bold... a lot of Asia wants us to light these J-Tard b*tches up:

Those 2nd generation girl groups had hotter, more voluptuous girls for sure. But they could carry that much weight because they didn't have to work that hard at their dancing. The girls are much skinnier now for a reason:


 
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Some classic Pristin. The V version. Liked this Choreo and the song overall as well - reminds me of Korea in a good way:


 
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Really liked Nayeon's smile in this one. Reminds me of a lot:

 

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Some classic Pristin. The V version. Liked this Choreo and the song overall as well - reminds me of Korea in a good way:
Pristin V was too much girlcrush for me, I prefer the full Pristin lineup:




Pristin's strength was their visual appeal and charisma, and they had decent vocal ability. Their dance game was weak but that would have improved over time.

Anyway, Pledis Entertainment's management of Pristin was atrocious. Pristin's debut was a surprise smash hit, and then over the next couple years they proceeded to screw the whole thing up.

Four of the Pristin girls clawed their way out of the wreckage to form a new group called Hinapia at a startup agency. Their debut showed some real promise. But tragically, the coronahoax killed them. There are hundreds of girl groups out there that we barely know about, that make a living by spending their time on the road doing shows at small public venues, or by making private appearances--it's a big part of a smaller group's revenue stream. The coronahoax has killed a lot of that business, and because Hinapia's agency was a startup, they didn't have the financial resources to weather the storm and they disbanded.

Most likely, these girls will never get another chance. Sad. It's rare to even get a second chance in the idol business, third chances are almost impossible.

 

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Time to get back to work on this thread. Let's do a post on "Stage Mixes".

A "Stage Mix" is an edited mix of the TV music show comeback stages for a particular song. A low-effort Stage Mix will just do jump cuts between different performances, maybe with some basic wipes and dissolves. It at least gives you an idea of all the different stylings and stage designs the group used during the comeback, but that's it. Here's a typical example of a relatively low-effort stage mix:


But a really good stage mix is a work of art, that utilizes complex layered wipes and dissolves, minimizes jump cuts, and corrects for questionable camera work and editing choices made by the music show producers. This guy does some outstanding work.


I mean, just marvel at the complex series of layered wipes he did here:

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Here's another one he did:


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and this one:


and this one.

 
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More stage mixes, here's another guy who does solid work



The way he finishes that one is epic, and ending on the stage where SinB cracks herself up at the very end is a great choice

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Nice to see a legendary girl group classic benefiting from modern stage mix technology:


Let's do a side-by-side comparison between this guy, and the guy from the previous post:

the guy I featured in the previous post:


vs. the guy I featured in this post:


It's pretty clear the first one is better, but the second one is good too.
 
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I know you probably won't like this one JRR III and Perception...but it actually reminds me of being in Onchangjang in '98 with the Bikies trying to hook me up in a very difficult time. I just like the chorus rather than the raps by Jennie and Rose. It was a time when I thought all was lost and everyday was a total grind as the J'wd dollar pressed down on everyday life there and people were losing all hope. I raged at it at the time but now...older...I just grip baseball bats thinking of the idiot J-Sh*ts from Goldman Sachs that created it. They, the Financial J-Tribe, are eternally damned. Jennie's rap is not prime but the chorus is decent. Just brings back a flood of memories of that time for me:


The song live that captures it a little better...keep an eye open (for I was blindsided):

 
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Brave Girls, a veteran girl group with a checkered past that had actually begun the process of disbanding, has, in a shocking turn of events, suddenly become the most popular girl group in Korea.

Let's investigate.

I last posted about Brave Girls on the occasion of their "We Ride" comeback last fall.

As I noted at the time:

Who are Brave Girls?

They've been hanging around since 2011(!) but Brave Girls is one of those cursed girl groups that's gotten killed by turnover and bad management. The entire original lineup has been replaced, and the current lineup (Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, and Yuna) have only been in place since 2015. Worse, they've been on hiatus for years. Management malfeasance + 100% turnover + long hiatus usually equals a death sentence, but remarkably they've come back.
"We Ride" was a brilliant take on the Japanese City Pop genre that featured a sleek 80s vibe, but sadly didn't get anything like the reception it deserved. So, like most everybody else, I forgot about them. It was pretty obvious that, with all the girls pushing thirty, it was going to take a major hit to keep their careers going. And when that didn't happen, their fate seemed sealed.

But what I didn't realize at the time was that they had built a surprisingly large fanbase in the Korean military. It turns out that back in 2017, Korean military conscripts adopted Brave Girls as their musical mascot, specifically by way of their minor hit, "Rollin'".


Well, it was a "minor hit" on the regular music charts, but it was a chart-topping hit on the military chart (apparently, the Korean music industry keeps track of such things). And it didn't stop being a hit with that audience. Instead it turned into a weird military service tradition. Senior conscripts would inculcate their juniors into the Cult of Rollin', making sure the New Guys learned all the lyrics and dance moves. This has been going on for four years, apparently, eventually escalating into a legitimate phenomenon in the military subculture.

But why Brave Girls?

First you have to understand that Brave Girls are a throwback to kpop's "2nd Generation" of girl groups. When you understand that Korean draftees are typically in their early- to mid-20s, it makes sense that they would have been attracted to the kind of girl group they remember from their teenage years. And the teen years of young men in 2017 would have fallen in the 2nd Generation sweet spot, i.e. 2006-2013. 2nd Generation girl groups emphasized vocal talent and visual appeal--specifically, the kind of visual appeal that emphasized voluptuous curves. Dancing was choreographed to emphasize sex appeal at the expense of artistic and athletic complexity. But this changed around 2014 when the "3rd Generation" began to emerge, The goal of 3rd Generation girl groups was to duplicate the success of the greatest kpop girl group that ever was, and most likely ever will be--Girls' Generation. And, in short, that meant that voluptuousness and sexy dancing was on its way out, and athleticism and sophisticated choreography was on its way in. The point is, by the time 2017 rolled around, Brave Girls were looking increasingly anachronistic to your average kpop fan. But to a 24-year-old Korean military conscript, they looked just like the fantasies of his teenage youth.

And why "Rollin'"?

Well, to understand that, you have to understand the life of a Korean military conscript. Every able-bodied Korean male has to do 20 months of active-duty military service sometime before their 30th birthday. Remember that Korea is, technically, still at war with North Korea, so this isn't some kind of formality where you just hang around on a base for two years, going home every weekend. It's two years of hard work that goes nowhere, the reality of which is naturally demoralizing to most men. Obviously anything that can help get you through the monotony and grind of compulsory military service will be valued, and, well--"Rollin'" is a really fun, really energizing song. I mean, just listen to it. So, they adopted it.

And even though Brave Girls produced no new material for almost three years--aside from remaking "Rollin'" when they went from five members to four members--they knew they'd always be able to do shows at military bases. Sometimes, they didn't even get paid, but they'd perform anyway because they knew that they'd always be entertaining an extremely enthusiastic crowd. Here they are performing "Rollin'" and their other minor hit, "High Heels", for an Army audience:


But you can't make a living just entertaining the troops, and life on Planet Covid has been hard on live entertainers. The group had already revealed months ago that they would be not be producing any more new material, and the girls had moved out of their company dorm and back in with their parents as impending disbandment was, at this point, a foregone conclusion. The road had finally come to an end.

But somebody noticed, and cared enough to edit together a mix of all their best military performances, and also took the trouble to include comments they harvested from those videos that revealed just how well-loved they were by their military fan base. And then the thing went viral.


If you turn on closed captions, you can read the translations of the youtube comments featured in the video. Basically the gist of them can be lumped into four categories: (1) everybody got taught this song by our seniors, and then we taught it to our juniors, (2) the girls look so happy and cute, especially the girl with the big smile who looks like Squirtle, (3) we really appreciate how enthusiastically these girls performed for us, and (4) this song helped keep me sane during my military service. But my personal favorite was, and I quote: "they can win a war with this song".

Somehow this stage compilation mix struck a public nerve, and in the space of 3 weeks, Brave Girls were pulled out of the dumpster, dusted off, and made into superstars. "Rollin", a four-year-old song, is now the number-one song on every single Korean music chart/streaming service. This is a monumental achievement, generally only accomplished by superstars like IU, BLACKPINK, or TWICE. They have been doing interviews nonstop, their agency has promised they will have a comeback sometime in the spring or early summer, and they are re-promoting the song on music shows and will almost certainly get a bunch of music show wins.

What is going on here? How did this happen?

The first, and most obvious thing, is that this stage mix video drew attention to a deep-running cultural current--namely, that Brave Girls and their song "Rollin'" had burrowed its way into the hearts of military conscripts as they struggled to fulfill their service obligation. But, not only did this video attract an audience of people who appreciated what Brave Girls did for the Korean military, it then made them want to download "Rollin'" and listen to it on streaming services, over, and over, and over again. Why, all of a sudden, now? This song has been out there for four years. What's changed?

Well, what's changed is, we live on Planet Lockdown. Now everybody in Korea--on the entire planet, really-- feels like a Korean military conscript, forced into a disagreeable lifestyle for a seemingly interminable length of time, that in no way benefits them personally. Worse, the "conscription" we are subjected to doesn't even benefit society at large, it only serves a selfish, greedy, and sociopathic elite. People everywhere are the same, so is it any surprise that a song that helped Korean conscripts through the hardship of their service, would be embraced by an entire nation who have been involuntarily subjected to an even worse kind of deprivation than compulsory military service? Of course not.

So what can we learn here?

Everybody has a station in life, everybody has a job to do, everybody has a post to man. Brave Girls is, in almost every way, the "poster child" for struggling kpop girl groups: limited managerial and financial resources, 100% turnover in personnel, and inconsistent-to-nonexistent comeback schedules. Even after their lineup finally stabilized, they struggled with management that couldn't reliably promote them to a general audience, or furnish them with new material. But despite all those obstacles, they discovered something they were good at: performing for the troops. So that's what they did, and they put everything they had into it, and the troops loved them for it.

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And then one day, they woke up, and discovered that the entire world needed them.


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Brave Girls 2021 "Rollin'" music show promotional stages.

M Countdown 3/11


Music Bank 3/12 broadcast video


Music Bank 3/12 8K Fancam


Relay Dance


Interview (turn on closed captions)

 

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More Brave Girls content.

Interview (turn on captions):


Old stages



Their most legendary military stage


If you've been reading along, you knew this kind of thing was coming. They get surprised by the girls at the end.

 

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Just hope we had a little help in making Brave Girls happen from posts back in August 2020. I think some K-boys watch this thread a bit. ;) ... They were due to win though. Frankly, they should all be married and shacked-up hard by now.
 

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As predicted, Brave Girls are "rolling" up wins on the music shows--right now they are three for three. They will probably keep winning as long as they stay on the top of every Korean chart.



 

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Brave Girls racked up their fourth, fifth, and sixth music show wins for "Rollin'".

Nice to see the military-uniform styling. Looks great and is obviously 100% appropriate.




 
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Brave Girls win streak ended last night at six--a great run. They might pick up another win or two over the next week, but either way six wins during a promotional cycle is a big achievement. I'm pretty sure they've already set a record for oldest girl group to get its first music show win. Brave Girls debuted back in 2011.


It's important to note that during this run, Brave Girls weren't just beating up on chumps. They beat out superstars like veteran boy group Shinee, and Rosรฉ from the mega-girl-group BLACKPINK

Now it seems that "We Ride" is climbing the charts. Good to see their outstanding take on the City Pop genre is finally getting the attention it deserved the first time around. Stage mixes made from last fall's promotion of the song are racking up a lot of views.



 
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Recently got into StayC in a big way from the original 11/2020 vid. Nice! Thanks JRR III!

 
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WJSN came back with their new mini album "Unnatural", featuring a title track of the same name. This is possibly their best title track yet. It's certainly the most interesting.


First comeback stage is out. WJSN has always had excellent stylists, and they are obviously still on the job. All the girls look fantastic, especially the "Chocome" girls, Dayoung, Subin, and Luda.


Over the past few years, WJSN has done a nice job evolving into a sophisticated/glamorous concept, essentially onto the same ground as IZ*ONE. And given that IZ*ONE disbanded yesterday, that will leave WJSN as the standard bearers for this concept going forward, for the time being at least. I'll post on IZ*ONE's disbandment later.

Here they perform the title track backed by a live band. This is a great performance concept that was originated by Lovelyz, who always perform backed by a live band. Nice to see this catching on.

 

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WJSN closed out their promotional stages for "Unnatural" yesterday. I'll highlight a few of the stages. As I already mentioned, outstanding styling is a hallmark of WJSN stages, they have some of the best stylists in k-pop. Arguably Oh My Girl's stylists are better, but every once in a while they will misfire, while I can't remember ever seeing a subpar styling job on a WJSN stage. It's a uniform standard of excellence.

Here's a good example, the girls all look fantastic, as usual. Sadly, the camera work is annoying, but it doesn't stop the girls from looking great.


Completely different styling concept in this one. Not a fan of beige but they knock it out of the park nonetheless. Eunseo really shines, she's the tall blond in the tight slacks and matching vest. Soobin looks great too, she's the one in the short pleated white skirt and white boots.


Here's their second Inkigayo stage


They only got one music show win this time around, at The Show on April 6. Circumstances conspired to limit their wins drastically--they didn't appear on M Countdown due to some kind of beef, Music Core was off air for two weeks during the middle of their comeback, and they went up against some gigantic superstars (IU, Rose from Blackpink, and Baekhyun) who bigfooted a lot of the wins.


During the first week, they also promoted one of the b-sides from the album, "Last Dance". It's ok, but IMO there were better b-sides than this one.

 
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So I've spent some time listening to the WJSN Unnatural album. It's a solid effort. IMO not quite as good as their last two (Neverland and As You Wish) but still strong.


WJSN's signature sound is synth-heavy--I guess their name, "Cosmic Girls" is supposed to evoke an 80s space-future sensibility, which is reinforced by their occasional excursions into synthwave territory--and unlike most idol groups, they push their sound in some very interesting directions. The b-sides "Yalla" and "New Me" are good examples of this, and "Yalla" is by far the best track on the album, even better than the title track. "Yalla" and "New Me" follow in the footsteps of previous innovative b-side tracks like "Pantomime" from Neverland, and "Luckitty Cat" and "WW" from As You Wish.

The rest of the b-sides are fine. The album finishes up with a ballad that's a departure from their usual style, being accompanied only by piano and string arrangements. It's a good track that would have been much better if a rap break hadn't been wedged into the middle of it. I'm not categorically against rap breaks, and Exy--who is not just the main rapper, but also the leader of the group--has a sly rap style which generally integrates well into their sound, but here it just doesn't fit, and should have been left out.
 
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Another StayC vid. A soft "coming of age" song:

 

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New one (in Japanese) from TWICE:

Also:
 
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