Best Male Rookie Groups Of 2011

It’s the beginning of 2012 everyone! 2011 was the first full year I was able to observe kpop. For the first time I watched groups debut, disappear, break-up, reassemble, or succeed. A few even worked their way into my heart and became groups that I will cherish forever. Who was your favorite group of 2011? Below I’ve listed some of the better known groups of 2011, if yours isn’t on there let me know who they are in the comments. If they are, vote in the poll below! In case you don’t know a group, I’ve included their debut performance and music videos as well as some member info.

 

-Groups are in alphabetical order with members in order of age-

 

Group: AA (Double A) 더블에이

AA

Company: Wellmade STAR M

Members: 5

Fanclub: ?

Aoora (Park Geunee) January 10, 1986

Joowon (Hwang Joowon) March 15, 1988

Woosang (Woo Sangsoo) May 1, 1990 LEADER

Kimchi (Yoo Yehyanggi) June, 11, 1993 MAKNAE

Hoik (Jung Hoik) August 1, 1993 (true maknae)

Debut Song: Because I’m Crazy 미쳐서 그래

Music Videos:

Because I’m Crazy 미쳐서 그래

Call (Special MV)

 

 

Group: B1A4 비원에이포

B1A4

Company: WM Ent.

Members: 5

Fanclub: BANA

CNU (Shin Dongwoo) June 16, 1991

Jinyoung (Jung Jinyoung) November 18, 1991 LEADER

Baro (Cha Sunwoo) September 5, 1992

Sandeul (Lee Junghwan) September 6, 1992

Gongchan (Gong Chanshik) August 14, 1993 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Ok

Music Videos:

Ok

Only Learned Bad Things 못된 것만 배워서

Beautiful Target

 

 

Group: Block B 블락비

Block B

Company: Brand New Stardom

Members: 7

Fanclub: BBC (Block B Club)

Taeil (Lee Taeil) September 24, 1990

B-Bomb (Lee Minhyuk) December 14, 1990

Jaehyo (Ahn Jaehyo) December 23, 1990

U-Kwon (Kim Yukwon) April 9, 1992

Kyung (Park Kyung) July 8, 1992

Zico (Woo Ji Ho) September 14, 1992 LEADER

PO (Pyo Ji Hoon) February 2, 1993 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Freeze 그대로 멈춰라!

Music Videos:

Freeze 그대로 멈춰라!

Tell Them 가서 전해

Nanrina 난리나

 

 

Group: Boyfriend 보이프렌드

Boyfriend

Company: Starship Ent.

Members: 6

Fanclub: Best Friend

Donghyun (Kim Dong Hyun) February 12, 1989 LEADER

Hyunseung (Shim Hyunseung) June 9, 1993

Jeongmin (Lee Jeongmin) January 2, 1994

Youngmin (Jo Youngmin) April 24, 1995

Kwangmin (Jo Kwangmin) April 24, 1995

Minwoo (No Minwoo) July 31, 1995 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Boyfriend 보이프렌드

Music Videos:

Boyfriend 보이프렌드

Don’t Touch My Girl

I’ll Be There 내가 갈게

 

 

Group: M.I.B (Most Incredible Busters) 엠아이비

M.I.B (Most Incredible Busters)

Company: Jungle Ent.

Members: 4

Fanclub: Busterz

Kangnam (Namekawa Yasuo) March 23, 1987

5Zic (Kim Hangil) July 26, 1988 LEADER

Cream (Kim Giseok) February 14, 1990

SIMS (Sim Jongsu) February 27, 1991 MAKNAE

Debut Song: G.D.M (Girls, Drinks Dreams, Money)

Music Videos:

Beautiful Day

Do U Like Me

Hands Up

Say My Name

G.D.M (Girls, Drinks Dreams, Money)

 

 

Group: MYNAME 마이네임

MYNAME

Company: H2 Media

Members: 5

Fanclub: NAMETAGS

Insoo (Kang Insoo) March 10, 1988

Gunwoo (Lee Gunwoo) January 30, 1989 LEADER

Seyong (Kim Seyong) November 20, 1991

Jun.Q (Kang Joonkyu) August 9, 1993

Chaejin (Chae Jinseok) December 26, 1995 MAKNAE

Debut Song: Message

Music Videos:

Message

 

 

Group: X-5 엑스파이브

X-5

Company: Open World Ent.

Member: 5

Fanclub: ?

Ghun (Son Hyunseok) November 30, 1989 LEADER

Taefung (Lee Donghyun) April 28, 1991

Haewon (Jung Haewon) June 20, 1991

Zin (Jin Hyunjin) July 20, 1993

Sulhu (Kim Jinwan) September 7, 1995 MAKNAE

Debut Song: The Show Is Over 쇼 하지마

Music Videos:

The Show Is Over 쇼 하지마

Dangerous

 

 

Block B 2012 Summary of Growth

I’ve been absent from this blog for a while because I just don’t have the time to do the kind of blogging I’d like. From now on, however, if something really impresses me I’ll post something about it.

Block B

As I stated in my last post Block B just came back!

Since their debut last year they’ve grown A LOT. I mean, A LOT! I’m gonna go through each member and kinda break down where I think they’ve improved or failed to improve. This is all my opinion and I’m not a professional anything so take everything I say with a grain of salt.

Zico

Zico: Our leader, songwriter, composer, lead rapper, and all around handsome boy. This album shows marked growth for Zico in almost every area. If one compares “Freeze (Just Stop!) 그대로 멈춰라!”  (Block B’s debut song) to “Nanrina (Make A Commotion) 난리나” the difference is apparent. In fact, all the songs on “Welcome to the Block” are good and I like the diversity encompassed in this album. My main concern last year with Zico was that his background is in rap. He raps, he writes raps, and he’s been doing it like that for a while. Block B is a seven member group and not everyone in it is a rapper. In the first album I feel like the vocals didn’t get enough attention. I’m pleased that in this album we get to hear our boys lovely vocals more. Zico did well blending each members individual colors together and painting something worth looking at. Zico has always had very good stage presence stemming from his previous experience, but I feel like he’s continuing to mature in this area and he’s learning to relax and enjoy the stage more and more with each performance.

Kyung

Kyung: Cucumber?….psh this is an extremely handsome boy with some great rap skills. There’s something really special about Park Kyung and I think he’s yet to reveal it to us so we’ll just have to wait a little longer. (I’m not just saying that! I said the same thing about MBLAQ’s Mir then BAM, all of a sudden he became charisma personified. Watch this kid.) As far as growth, I feel like Kyung has become more mature over the year and is showing us a more professional image on stage. I remember during their debut stage he caught my eye because he never stopped smiling. He seemed like a little kid just excited to debut. This time around he’s matured and is showing us more charisma. I’d like to see Kyung play with his voice a little more and give us more variety. Also, for some reason I’m curious about his singing voice….

P.O

PO: I have to put this out here before I start on PO. Before Block B debuted  there was someone named Mino who was supposed to be in the group. He’s got this nice deep voice and he’s really versatile with it. He’s a really talented kid. When they debuted I was displeased that he wasn’t with them. He ended up in a ballad group (B.O.M.), which in my opinion doesn’t properly showcase his skills. I guess I saw PO as his “replacement” so he was off to a bad start with me already. However, with this come-back PO really solidified his place in Block B. He’s improved his rap skills and showed more variety, even “singing” in a few of the tracks. (He sounds really nice on “Synchronization 100%”) He started as just a deep voiced kid with some skill and has blossomed into a multidimensional rapper. One thing I’d like to see him improve on is his stage presence. He doesn’t just let himself get into the song, he always looks like he’s thinking about something else or he’s making cute faces at the fans. I’d like to see him transform into a real charisma rapper in the future.

Taeil

Taeil: Our power vocal who is humble, respectful, and shy. His vocals have become stronger and more confident. He still needs to believe in his ability more though. He really has great talent, but he’s unsure of himself. Being in a group of crazy, in your face boys makes him stick out, and not in a good way. My complaint with Taeil is that he’s too nervous and self conscious. Previously, he’s stated how he doesn’t like his face, particularly his eyes. This bothers me because I think Taeil is quite handsome and his eyes are really a work of art. He needs to let go and stop holding back because he’s scared. I could be way out of line since I don’t know him personally, but this is the impression I get. His vocals are really something and I’d like him to be more confident with his presentation of himself. One more thing; he needs a new hair style.

UKwon

B-Bomb

U-Kwon & B-Bomb: I’m going to do our handsome lead dancers together because it’s getting late and they’ve both shown similar improvements. First, they are both more comfortable on stage and their vocals became better and stronger. Secondly, as Block B’s choreography has improved, they’ve been given the chance to show their skill. I’m not sure what their role is in the choreography, but I’d like to see them take a leadership role in creating the choreography for the group. I think Block B is a group that can be self-sustaining. I love how much freedom Cho PD gives them, and I’d love to see them put even more of themselves into the music and performances.

Jaehyo

Jaehyo: He’s an ulzzang and a derp, what more could you want? He also has a really charming, relaxing voice. This time around his voice is stronger and he’s more confident and relaxed on stage. I think he could work on his range and really just work on growing his voice. If there’s one thing I want out of Block B’s next release it’s a Jaehyo&Taeil duet song.

In all Block B has grown significantly. The groups that make it the farthest are the ones that continue to improve with every release, regardless of how amazing they are. Block B, in my opinion, possesses the talents and potential to improve infinitely. They’ve been given more freedom than many groups in the industry and I’m glad that they are taking advantage of that freedom. I hope they don’t get discouraged with their songs getting banned, it’s just politics really. If I continue this post will become entirely unintelligible since it’s so late at night, so I’ll end it here.

Block in 2012

One of my favorite groups: Block B recently came back. I can’t say how excited I am and how pleased I am with their improvement since their debut not quite a year ago.

Debut year is extremely important for a group. However, I feel like in some ways 2011 was a wasted year for Block B. They started out great with their debut single then mini album. They did many other activities as well such as MTV Match Up, which was fantastic. The second half of the year we saw nothing new from Block B and this was a huge mistake. I’m not an expert on how the group spends their time but I feel like they spent way too much time over seas. A group should establish themselves in their home country first. Block B knows this, but for some reason they had a lot of overseas schedules. Maybe this wasn’t the cause, but I feel like Zico didn’t have as much time as he needed and so we got no new music. They gave up the chance to receive awards that can only be received once as well as the chance to establish themselves well in Korea from the get go. This year I’d like to see better marketing, more music, and more domestic appearances.

I’m not an expert but this is how I’d like this year to go. New year – comeback with mini album (done). spring – follow up single. Summer – mini album. Fall – Taeil solo ballad or a Taeil and Jaehyo duet. Early winter – full album with title and follow up tracks to finish off the year. It would be hard but I think it can be done and needs to be done in order to bring them back to where they need to be among their peers. I would also like to see Zico try some songs that are vocals based with Taeil and Jaehyo doing the main parts. I love what he makes, but Block B has 7 members and I’d like to see their talents utilized. A ukwon/bbomb unit would also be interesting. Maybe some dance/electro stuff? Block B is a group that has tons of potential and I don’t want one drop to be wasted. I hope they continue to mature and step outside their comfort zones. On a more selfish note: a Block B & BAP collab would make my life. You know you want one too!

Block B – Nanrina MR Removed

Best MR Removed (Live) Boy Groups

This will just focus on boy GROUPS, so I didn’t include

soloists: because they’re all by themselves,

bands: because they don’t have to dance while they sing, and most only have 1-2 members singing, or

sub-groups: because they’re already part of a group.

I picked the 10 groups that I thought sang the most and best live. Then I chose the best two MR removed songs from each group. Based on those two songs I decided what order of the top 10 using a points scoring system based on (1) the amount of the song sung live, and (2) the quality of each member’s voices.

The following are, in my opinion, the top 10 music recording removed (live) groups.

1. TVXQ

Wrong Number

The MCs at the beginning are a bit annoying, they seem to be imitating someone. However, as soon as Xiah Junsu opens his mouth one forgets about the MCs and is captivated by his perfect live vocals. The rest of TVXQ, as expected, is practically flawless live. Who needs a back track when your live vocals sound exactly the same as the CD version? Not only were their vocals perfect, but they sang the entire song, start to finish, not missing a word. There is no doubt in my mind that TVXQ deserves to be number one on this list.

Rising Sun

I would have really liked to find an MR removed version of a DB5K song, but maybe because removing the music recording is a fairly new thing there aren’t any. Even so, HoMin still put on an amazing performance. Admittedly, it’s not as flawless as Wrong Number, but it’s still one of the best MR removed performances I’ve seen. These two have been performing for a long time, and their expertise shines through their great live vocals. They never let their dancing effect their singing, which is really amazing with some of those moves. I love how they really get into their performance too. They aren’t just doing the choreography, they’re really dancing, if that makes sense.

Other TVXQ MR Removed Performances:

Before You Go

Keep Your Head Down (Why)

2. SHINee

Hello

SHINee is a group that most people already know is amazing live.  Jonghyun and Onew have amazing voices, and the other members are pretty good as well. Not only do they sing 99% of the song live, but they do it very well. Onew and Jonghyun even sing their background parts during Minho’s rap at the end.

Lucifer

You’d think that with a song like Lucifer the choreography would get in the way of the vocals a lot more than SHINee lets it. Even with the complicated choreography they still sing the entire thing live, excluding a few words here and there. Jonghyun and Onew in particular were very impressive. Key’s voice at 2:25 “cracked” or was strained a bit, but other than that he was pretty good, and SHINee totally deserves their spot on this list.

Other SHINee MR Removed Performances:

Amigo

JoJo

Juliette

3. BEAST

Easy

BEAST sang the entire song, missing nothing, which is not surprising as there was no choreography to get in the way. It really showcases the amazing vocals of Yoseop, Kikwang, and Hyunseung, as well as showing that the other members have pretty decent vocals. During the performance one might forget they are actually watching a MR removed performance, it was really great.

Beautiful

BEAST really has some great singers, Hyunseung almost made it into BIGBANG, Kikwang used to be a solo artist, and I’m pretty sure Yoseob just dropped from vocal heaven. Except for some parts, particularly the chorus, they sang the entire song. Yoseob’s cute shout out to their fanclub B2UTY was a nice touch. It’s no surprise BEAST is so high on this list.

Other BEAST MR Removed Performances:

Breath

Bad Girl

Shock

Fiction

Mystery

4. The BOSS 

Admiring Boy

I feel like The BOSS is one of the most underrated groups in Kpop. This is their debut song, and their actual first broadcast performance was only the day before this. I find it amazing that a group with only one broadcast under their belt was able to give such a high quality performance; they didn’t skip a word, but sang everything live. Mika’s voice is practically perfection, and the other members are great vocalists as well. They’re cute, they can dance, and they sing amazingly well. What more do you want?

Stumble Stumble

The BOSS sings less of this song live, the most notable parts being the “oh oh oh oh” part during the chorus and some of the echos. However, most of it is live, and they do a really amazing job, I’d say this is almost CD quality. The BOSS is becoming popular in Japan, but I wonder why they’re so underrated in Korea. They’re very good vocally, and dance pretty well too.

Other The BOSS MR Removed Performances:

No One, Anyone

5. Dalmatian

The Man Opposed

Dalmatian is another underrated group. This was completely live, and the vocals were great too. Dalmatian has three very good rappers, who also do all of their parts. I think I’m in love with Jisu’s voice. How he can sing that high and not sound like an adolescent is beyond me. Something about Youngwon’s voice seems slightly off, but it might just be me. In all this was great, and I wish that Korea would love Dalmatian more because they certainly deserve it.

Round 1

This was their debut stage, which I find incredible, as they sang the entire song live, and not only that, they sounded good while doing it. All three of their rappers are nearing 30 years old, but you wouldn’t know it with the energy they display on stage. Honestly, I thought they were in their early twenties like the rest of the group until I looked it up. Also, you’ve got to give them credit for even doing the “woof woof woof” parts. Jisu sounds just like the CD, and his part at around 3:00 was very impressive.

Other Dalmatian MR Removed Performances:

Lover Cop

6. Infinite

Can You Smile

This song shows that Infinite isn’t a group that can only dance, and even their rappers can sing. Dongwoo sounds a bit shaky at the beginning, but the others are really great. Even the maknae, Sungjong, who usually keeps his live singing to a minimum does really well. I like his voice a lot, and I hope that he will sing more in Infinite’s future songs. Infinite has some very strong vocalists, and I feel like Sungkyu’s voice may almost be better than the recorded version. Hoya is very talented in that he’s both a great rapper and singer. While Dongwoo’s singing here wasn’t perfect, his rapping shines. The end of this performance is great, at 2:40 and 2:51 I was shocked and amazed. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised though, as it’s well known that Sungkyu has great vocal talent.

Before The Dawn

This song’s choreography is the kind that might interfere with singing, and it does in places. However Infinite still sings quite a bit of this live. Their vocals are very impressive, my only complaint is maknae Sungjong. I like his voice so much, I wish he would sing with more confidence. During the chorus after their scorpion move they sing less than in previous choruses, but that may be directly related to the scorpion move and the freestyle dances that come after it. I think Infinite is usually recognized for their great dancing ability and synchronization, but it should also be known that they have impressive vocals as well.

Other Infinite MR Removed Performances:

Nothing’s Over

Come Back Again

7. BIGBANG 

Love Song 

TOP is someone who is known for his incredible rapping, but here he sings, and it’s actually pretty nice. He’s not a powerful singer, but has a quiet and relaxing voice. Daesung and Taeyang, as expected are powerful and CD quality. I’m not really in love with how G-Dragon sounds on the chorus, it’s not really singing, and it’s not really rap. Seungri proves why he’s called “Strong Baby”, and though it has nothing to do with vocal talent, I want to point out that he looks really nice in a suit. TOP comes in near the end with his golden rapping. Taeyang really owned this song, as I’m pretty sure he had the most lines. They only missed a few lines in the entire song, it was mostly just the “Oh”s on the chorus reason being that they needed their hands for the choreography.

Tonight

G-Dragon not only sounds great, but his English is pretty impressive. With rappers like G-Dragon and TOP there’s no way you could dislike BIGBANG. Not only that but Taeyang and Daesung are amazing vocalists. Seungri has really improved throughout the years, and now his vocals are really nice. The chorus was a annoying to me. When they sing “tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight” it seems like they’re all on different pages. On the CD it’s autotuned and in the live it just doesn’t sound all that great. They sing almost all the song live, except G-Dragon doesn’t sing his part near the end because he’s too busy smashing guitars. BIGBANG is an extremely talented group, one of my favorites actually, and it’s no wonder they’re as popular as they are.

Other BIGBANG MR Removed Performances:

Stupid Liar

What Is Right

Cafe

Somebody To Love

8. MBLAQ

Oh Yeah

Mir’s rapping is probably one of my favorite things ever, and he sounds just like the CD. I knew GO was a really good vocalist, but I didn’t realize Lee Joon had such a great voice. I’d always thought of him as more of a dancer and visual, but he’s actually pretty good vocally as well. Leader Seungho’s live vocals don’t fail to impress either. Thunder’s rapping is a bit lacking here compared to how good he is now, but it’s still pretty decent. They don’t miss much except a few “oh yea”s, but that can be attributed to some of the choreography.

Again

All of them sound just great here, Thunder has really improved. They don’t sing the “try” parts, but that’s because they’re dancing and jumping, so that can be forgiven. GO’s voice at 1:20 – 1:25 sounds a bit raspy, and  it comes out a few more times during the performance. During this time Mir was recovering from back surgery so he didn’t participate in the choreography, but it was nice to see him do his rap, which Thunder actually performed in later performances. I like MBLAQ a lot, sometimes their choreography gets in the way of their singing, but one can still tell that they are good vocalists.

Other MBLAQ MR Removed Performances:

Y (Why)

Cry

G.O.O.D Luv

9. ZE:A 

Mazeltov

This is another group who did amazing on their debut stage. They have nine members, and most of them sing well, there are a few who aren’t great, but they’re not bad enough to be called people who can’t sing. They sang the entire song live, which as I said before, is impressive for a debut stage. For all nine members to sing and dance at the same time is pretty splendid. There’s a lot of English in this song, and they pronounced it very well, a few of them actually speak fluent English, so I guess that’s not a huge surprise.

Here I Am

They didn’t sing parts here and there, but they sang most of the song. I usually think that groups this large can’t all be great singers, but in reality, almost all of ZE:A’s members have pretty good voices. Kevin, maknae Dongjoon, and Leader Junyoung are the three that really stick out though. I hope they keep the cute and romantic concept, as it fits them quite well.

Other ZE:A MR Removed Performances:

All Day Long

10. U-KISS

0330

New members Hoon and AJ are both very talented and make a great addition to the group. Soohyun has an amazing voice and you can tell he really loves to sing; he’s far to underrated in my opinion. Dongho, who previously had maybe two lines per song, now has an entire rap, and I’m very impressed with his ability. Kevin is always amazing, I can’t describe how much I enjoy his voice. Overall the entire performance sounds almost exactly like the recorded version. It surprises me that U-KISS isn’t super famous in Korea. They’re well known in other countries, but for some strange reason they’ve yet to even win an award in Korea. Their live talent is really great, and I hope they win something in the near future.

Round and Round

Kevin and Soohyun’s voices are so great, I’d really like to see them both get solo albums. Kibum’s voice isn’t bad, but I don’t love it either. He sings his entire part and does it with confidence, so I’ll give him that. The entire chorus is silent, as it involves choreography that makes it practically impossible to bring the mic up to one’s mouth. Alexander does well on his rap and Dongho’s three seconds aren’t bad either. What is it with U-KISS and not giving Kiseop or Dongho any lines?

Other U-KISS MR Removed Performances:

What’s This

Am I That Easy

Everyday

Honorable Mentions:

Super Junior obviously has very good live vocals. However, I found only two MR removed performances, and I don’t think that’s enough to really secure them a spot in this list. They’re defiantly a group who displays exceptional live vocals though.

Bonamana

F.Cuz is really quite amazing live. They can sing and dance at the same time. However, they only have two MR removed performances that I could find, so I didn’t think it would be fair to put them on this list based on just two performances.

Midnight Sun

SS501 is a very well loved group and I really wanted to put them on here. However, while some of their MR performances were close to CD quality, some were not so great. Regardless, I couldn’t go without mentioning them.

Love Like This

I’ve heard that 2AM is good MR removed, but I couldn’t find any videos of them.

Which groups do you think are the best live/MR Removed?

“Old” Idol Stars Who Look Young

Is it just me or do Koreans not age? I hope you don’t take that in a racist way, because I’m certainly not a racist. I’ve just noticed a lot of Korean Idol Stars who are at, very close to, or over 30, could pass for 25 or younger. There are tons of idols who are in their twenties who look like teenagers, but if I made that list it’d be way too long. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon is 22 but when he acts cute he looks young enough to be 18. BEAST’s Yoseob is 21, but one of my friends thought he was 17, and I won’t even start on Super Junior. Anyway, for those who are within a year of 30 or over there’s a shorter list. Actually, I’m sure there’s more, but I haven’t been into Kpop long enough to really know older idol groups very well. Now that I’ve given more than enough explanation, I’ll begin with the actual article.

Rain (비)


Birthday: June 25, 1982 (will be 29 this year)

Rain debuted as a singer in 2002, and has since released seven albums. He’s been in four dramas, playing a lead role in all of them. He’s also been in three movies, two of which are US films. He has equal amounts of charisma and aegyo, which I find pretty impressive. He’s a singer, dancer, model, actor, designer, and businessman. If I was him, I’d have grey hair by now, but he still looks as young as ever.

K.Will (케이윌)


Birthday: December 30, 1981 (will be 30 this year)

K.Will debuted in 2006 as a singer, but he’s also a vocal coach, dancer, composer, and actor. He’s released two full length albums, and two, eight track mini-albums, as well as contributing to 11 OSTs, and doing close to 20 collaborations. People like Rain, JYP, and actor Lee Minho have complimented K.Will’s amazing voice. He’s accomplished and experienced a lot, but his face doesn’t show how long he’s lived.

Dalmatian Inati (이나티)


Birthday: March 6th, 1981 (30)

Inati is one of the three rappers in rookie group Dalmatian that debuted in late 2010. The other two rappers Dari and Day Day are 26 and 27 respectively, but the other three members are all within a year of 20. Maybe it’s their youth that keeps Inati looking young. He also has a very sweet and fun personality, so perhaps that contributes to his young looks as well.

Brian Joo (브라이언)


Birthday: January 10, 1981 (30)

Brian debuted with idol group Fly To The Sky back in 1999, releasing eight albums. In 2006 he began solo activities, and has released three albums thus far. He’s also part of the Christian group, 3rd Wave. Since he released an album recently he was on variety shows. His personality is really nice. He’s very witty, and has good humor. In another post, (Brian Joo’s Amazing Humor)  I gave a few examples of his great humor. Maybe because he acts younger than his age, he also looks younger as well?

Tony Ahn (토니안)

Birthday: June 7, 1978 (will be 33 this year)

Tony Ahn debuted in 1996 as part of the legendary idol group H.O.T. He completed his army duty in late 2010 and is now promoting as a solo artist. He is also CEO of TN Entertainment, which is likely to be releasing a rookie group in the latter part of this year. (2011 New Boy Groups) He’s a very lively and cute person, even though he’s one of the oldest idols I know of. I was surprised when I saw his promotional pictures for “Top Star” because he looks younger than he did in his H.O.T days! I think that the 32 year olds I know need to be like Tony Ahn, but most of them think they’re too mature to act cute and silly.

I’ve come to realize that all these idols have very fun and cute personalities. I guess Proverbs 17:22 is right, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health…” (Message Version) So have fun, and laugh a lot, maybe it will keep you looking young. If not, it will at least keep you happy.


Respecting Kpop Idols

Now, I could go into a huge, long rant about how idols are people too and we need to respect their privacy by not stalking them or putting pressure on them to be prefect, you know personal life stuff. However, I wanted to focus mostly on stage incidents that occurred this year.

It’s common sense to most people, but some don’t realize that you can’t throw things at idol stars.

1. Don’t throw things at people in general.

2. They’re performing. They will not have time to react to/catch what is being thrown.

3. You could injure them.

There are more reasons, but I’m going to assume you’re mature enough to realize that throwing things at people is not a good idea.

There have been some other incidents this year as well. For example, someone ran on stage and attempted to kick Wheesung, and in the same week Girls’ Generation’s (SNSD) Taeyeon was almost pulled off stage by a man.

Here’s videos of some of the incidents that occurred this year.

Yesung gets hit in the eye by a chilli pepper during Super Junior’s Super Show 3 in Singapore. [1] (Incident occurs at 0:29)

Heechul gets hit in the face by a placard during Super Junior’s Super Show 3 in Shanghai, causing him to receive a cut just below his eye. [2] (Incident occurs around 0:06)

On the show “Night By Night” Bigbang’s Seungri once revealed that TOP had had sunflower seeds thrown at him by a fan. The fan yelled, “Always remember me!” Then threw a handful of the seeds at TOP. Even if he does remember that fan, he’s not going to have any positive memories associated with her, or want to be her friend after that, so what’s the point? Later, TOP asked the fan why she threw them and the fan said that once she’d seen a story about a fan slapping Kang Dong Won during a fan signing and that he’d remembered that fan, so she wanted to be remember too. TOP asked her not to do it again, but other fans found out and also began throwing presents and asking to be remembered. [3] Idol stars are human too. Think about it. If some random person slaps you, you’ll probably remember it, but if you ever see that person again would you want to talk to them, or get to know them? No. They’ll just be that rude person you don’t even know. I’d rather not be remembered at all than be remembered as that rude fan who threw something at my favorite idol star. I know some fans may be a bit young, but even so, we should all be mature and realize that idols need to be treated with respect.

Singer Wheesung got attacked by someone, though I’m assuming he wasn’t a fan, it’s still a good example of disrespect.

“On April 19th,  a representative from Wheesung’s agency made a statement, “At the time, a man went up to the stage and attacked Wheesung. He considered it as just a minor incident and responded to it calmly and completed his performance.”

The representative continued angrily, “Thankfully, Wheesung was not injured but we did not receive any words of apology from the broadcasting company in charge of the performance. It was not an informal event; it was a rather big performance hosted by a broadcasting company and we wonder why the security was so loose. All singers, not just Wheesung, are participating in minor events around the nation but their security is compromised due to this lackadaisical environment.”

While Wheesung was performing “With Me” on April 8th, the assailant calmly walked onto the stage and tried to kick the singer. Though it was obviously a jarring moment, Wheesung was able to regard the incident in a cool manner, and managed to showcase his professionalism by finishing his performance.” [4]

On April 17th, towards the end of SNSD’s performance of “Run Devil Run“, a male audience member jumped on stage and attempted to take Taeyeon off stage with him. The other members were confused and caught off guard, probably scared too, but Sunny reacted well and tried to stop him. Comedian Oh Jung Tae managed to stop the man long enough for security to intervene.

“A representative of SM Entertainment stated after the incident, “During the latter part of the event, there was an unexpected accident. Taeyeon, however, handled the matter bravely, and security staff prevented the situation from becoming more severe. At first, the audience and concert representatives all thought that a staff member was going on stage. After the concert, SNSD returned back to their dorms and are currently resting. We’re glad that the incident did not escalate into something more severe.”’ [5]


Brian Joo’s Amazing Humor

Brian Joo is a solo artist, previously of the duo “Fly To The Sky” which was on SM Entertainment. He’s also part of 3rd Wave Music, which I personally love a lot. He’s a really good singer, and a great person, but I wanted to point something else out: he has amazing humor. He does this, I don’t know, diva girl impression? What ever it is, it’s probably the best thing I’ve seen on variety shows since Jo Kwon’s kkab.

Besides the parts where Brian speaks English I don’t know what’s going on. However, I do know that the part at 2:20 is a “scenario of a foreigner, strolling in Itaewon, who suddenly bumps into a Korean ahjumma.” [1]

Brian and G.NA are both native English speakers, so they were asked to demonstrate their skill. The scenario is that they are arguing over a man. [2]

Some people thought what he did was racist or offensive, and Brian ended up apologizing. [3] I just think it’s funny, and he’s obviously not racist, some people just get offended to easily. I think that rather than live our lives trying not to offend people, we should instead, live without being offended. If we all stopped be offended over little things, we’d be so much more happy.

Also check out his new music video.

Live

Best Rookie Groups of 2010

A lot of good groups come out during 2010, and in just one year, or less, some have made it onto my list of favorite idol groups. Here are some of 2010′s groups that I think are just great.

THE BOSS (The Boys Of Super Space) / Dae Guk Nam Ah

Open World Entertainment

MIKA (LEADER)

KARAM

HYUNMIN

INJUN

JAY (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: Admiring Boy

MVs:

Admiring Boy

Stumble Stumble

CN BLUE (Code Name Burning, Lovely, Untouchable, Emotional)

FNC Entertainment

YONGHWA (LEADER)

JONGHYUN

JUNGSHIN

MINHYUK (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: I’m A Loner

MVs:

I’m A Loner

Love

Intuition

Dalmatian

Monkey Funch Entertainment

INATI (LEADER)

DAY DAY

DARI

JISU

YOUNGWON

DANIEL/DRAMA (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: Round 1

MVs:

Round 1

That Man Opposed

Lover Cop

F.Cuz

CAN&J’s Entertainment

JINON (LEADER)

LEE U

KAN

YEJUN (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: Jiggy

MVs:
Jiggy

No One

Midnight Sun

Wanna Be Your Love

For My Fans

Infinite

Woollim Entertainment

SUNGKYU (LEADER)

WOOHYUN

SUNGYEOL

DONGWOO

L

HOYA

SUNGJONG (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: Come Back Again

MVs:

Come Back Again

She’s Back

Before The Dawn

Nothing’s Over

TEEN TOP (Teenager Emoboys Emoticon Next generation Talent Object Praise) 

TOP Media

(Stupid name, great group.)

C.A.P (LEADER)

NIEL

CHUNJI

L.JOE

RICKY

CHANGJO (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: Clap

MVs:

Clap

Supa Luv

ZE:A (Children of Empire)

Star Empire Entertainment

JUNYOUNG (LEADER)

KEVIN

KWANGHEE

HEECHUL

SIWAN

MINWOO

HYUNGSHIK

TAEHEON

DONGJUN (MAKNAE)

Live Debut: Mazeltov

MVs:

Mazeltov

All Day

Here I Am

Who’s The Best Rookie Group of 2010?


Best Boy Group Vocal?

Who is the best Korean boy group singer? There are so many groups, and most of them have great vocals. However, some stand out because of their amazing or superior vocal abilities. I’ve listed what I think are the best of the best. I decided not to include groups like TVXQ, SS501, Shinhwa, H.O.T., or g.o.d because to me they’re already legends, and are established in the minds of people as having great vocals.

Watch the videos, and vote in the poll at the bottom…or don’t, your call.

BEAST Yoseob

Thank You – Live

Still With You – Pre-Debut

A Good Man – Rehearsal Clip

BIGBANG Daesung

This Is The Moment – Live

Vocal Collection 2006-2010

BIGBANG Taeyang

Cracks Of My Broken Heart – Live

Don’t Wanna Try – Live

The Boss (DN-A) Mika

Billionaire – Live In The Dorm (?)

Down – Also Live…In The Dorm

Dalmatian Jisu

Love You, I Love You – Starry Night Radio

IU’s Good Day & 3 High Notes

FT Island Hongki

Song Cuts (Some Live, Some Album)

Love Love Love – Live

Infinite Sungkyu

One Late Night In 1994 – Live

Gone – Live

MBLAQ GO (Byunghee)

Stupid (미련) – Live

You Are My Lady – Live With Jung Yup

SHINee Jonghyun

Nothing Better – Live

Baby Baby – Live

Hot Times High Notes – Live

Super Junior KRY (Sorry, I couldn’t pick just one)

The One I Love – Live

Kyuhyun – That Man – Live

Ryeowook – Smile Again – Live

Yesung – It Has To Be You – Live

U-KISS Kevin

More Than Words – BS Japan

In Your Hands – MV

2AM Jo Kwon

Concert Cuts

Can You Hear Me – Live

2PM Junsu

I Have A Love – Live

You Are Not Alone – Live

Who do you think is the best?