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6PM vs Jay Park vs JYPE September 25, 2009

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The brouhaha still continues as of today. I can’t stop staring curiously at every entry about Jay Park that has been crossing in and out a lot of internet portals lately. I haven’t really write anything other than commenting one of the article from MTV Asia and wrote some of reasons why Jay needs to be in 2PM on one of the hottest 2PM forum.. Indifference about it? Nope. I believe every other internet portal already post everything up and I don’t really want to invade my blog with all the news for one reason: the missing fundamental factor of the missing leader.

I read a lot of netizen comments about how JYP is using this as a “mask”, to conceal everything until the very last minute where 2PM has to get up and promote their new album. Probably Jay Park returns will be an epic story in the entire KPop histories. It’s only a thought. Another story is about Jay Park didn’t really want to return because his self esteem has been broken by the harsh netizen comments. No matter how many letters, comments, and post it notes Hottest wrote, it seems that the missing leader is buried under the earth. Nothing could conceal what’s the actual truth out there. The other story is about how all Hottest with all their might trying to capture JYPE and the whole world’s attention with the boycott, returned CDs, protest, and even flash mob from everywhere. To help the Hottest out, The KPop industries start to make a comment on this commotion. While all of those has been buried by JYPE notice on the website, Wooyoung’s comment on his minihompy, all the riddles and clues on 2PM members’ minihompy, all Wondergirls member stays quiet in the comment / question, it doesn’t seems to hold back the Hottest.

While this whirlwind still ongoing in its pace, I read a lot of other news about how JYP’s tire got slashed, JYP is going to Seattle to meet Jay Park, the rest of 2PM members is actually do not agree with JYPE’s decision to kick Jay Park out of 2PM, insight from Jay Park’s close friends and family friends. I really believe there’s something. Something really ridiculous that these things should came across the news. Even though the person who starts this fuss surrender and post an apology entry, things wouldn’t get any better. Damaged has been done.

My personal opinion on this can be articulated with one sentence: This is the epitome of ignorance.  I do agree with this comment: “Instead of trying to seek truth, sometimes it is more important to know what others are thinking. The public leaned toward the massive reports and opinions and that is why the public sentiment turned ugly against him so quickly without seeing the whole picture,” *

With all of those in mind, I still can’t grasp the meaning behind all of these. Is it only a scheme? Is it a conspiracy? Against what? What’s the goal? Nobody can even answer this question. Only JYPE can answer this. I really hope Jay Park will rise from the hardship. I really want to see 2PM again and again as one whole group.

The news from Korea Times that you could read:
*Korea Times: Will Fallen Idol Star Make Comeback
Korea Times: 
‘2PM’ Case Shows Lack of Understanding on O’seas Koreans
Korea Times: 2PM Mess

KPop in Time Magazine August 6, 2009

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Very very interesting. I came accross this article and find it a bit controversial.

Korean Pop – Flying Too High?

Indeed, with competition in the industry growing fierce, buying exposure for your stable of stars is becoming almost a necessity. The success rate for new acts is low. Perhaps one in 20 make it, but producers have investments to protect. By the time budding superstars are ready to go public, at least $50,000 may have been sunk into their grooming. To have any chance of a return, artists need exposure on radio shows and in the tabloids that cover the entertainment industry. Most important are appearances on the 20 or so entertainment shows run by the big three television networks—MBC, KBS and SBS—and on a few prime cable music-video shows. The exposure can cost more than $350,000, most of it for television. Producers consider it a bargain—the same amount spent would buy just 10 minutes of prime commercial advertising time, barely enough for three songs.

Getting plugged into the TV circuit is key to pushing your wannabe heartthrobs up the music charts. Run by TV stations, the charts provide a much-watched yardstick to gauge band popularity. But some say the charts are slanted in favor of the stars who make the most small-screen appearances—in Korea, rankings are only partly based on CD sales and fan voting. That makes TV appearances all the more important. “Bribing is marketing,” says an industry official. “With the least amount of money, you get the most effect.”

There is growing sentiment that the music business needs to clean up its act. Money has poured into the market, and too many production companies chase a finite pool of fresh talent. The top idols are still selling a million-plus CDs each time out, but average sales for second-tier artists have slipped by at least 20%. MP3 copying over the Internet is taking a big bite out of total sales, which slipped 9% last year.

Shady business customs could stifle development over the long term, says Lee Sang Ho, the television journalist who produced the MBC K-pop exposé. While other Korean industries have been bringing their business practices up to global standards, the pop music industry remains stuck in the past, Lee says. “The main problem is a lack of transparency. This has to be said for the betterment of the Korean mass music industry.” (Ironically, prosecutors have charged a former MBC producer with bribe taking.)

The probe, which has been ongoing for at least three months, seems likely to widen. Kim, the lead agent on the case, says investigators are now looking at the possibility that SM Entertainment violated laws governing the stock market. They suspect that SM Entertainment used its stock exchange listing to curry favor with TV executives, in some cases giving them free shares prior to SM Entertainment’s IPO in April 2000. On the books, the handouts were recorded as sales but the money was never collected, Kim alleges. The company released a statement saying it followed “normal procedures” in its IPO and pointedly denied an allegation that it distributed shares to the wife of a TV executive.

Lee, SM Entertainment’s boss, is in the U.S. until August on business, according to the company. Meanwhile, Kim says at least 10 more television producers and journalists covering the entertainment industry will be brought in for questioning this week. Some suspects are already in hiding or overseas, says Kim. But “we will not stop our investigation until we get to the truth and punish those responsible,” he says. “We are concerned [the investigation] could paralyze the show business industry, so we are going all out to expedite it.”

The stars themselves are just hoping this will all blow over soon. With their managers spending half the time answering questions from prosecutors, or hoping not to be the next one called in, it’s hard to keep a tune going. J.T.L.’s Jang says he’s not sure if the upheaval will really clean things up. “Once your expectations are too high then you can just get more disappointed,” he says. Fellow band member Lee Jae Won declines to discuss the investigation, saying it wouldn’t be wise for a pop star to bad-mouth the industry. “That’s like asking us to dig our own graves,” he says.

For high-profile boy bands like god, the scandal could taint what should be a heavenly ride to the top. If fans begin to doubt the legitimacy of their idols, the pact the industry’s producers seem to have made with capitalism’s darker forces could take the wind out of Asia’s most dynamic music scene. Even an act of god might not save K-pop.

—With reporting by Kim Yeoshin and Kim Yoo Seung/Seoul

With all of the things happening between TVXQ and SM Entertainment, KPop industry got the impact around the world. Good thing because KPop became well known, Bad thing because it’s well known for the bad stuff.

Korea’s Entertainment Company @ Youtube July 24, 2009

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Wheew, I think it’s almost completed. With everyone starts creating the channel in Youtube, it’s easier to find those MV. For me who live outside Korea (and not Korean) the channel helps a lot to get information about their respective members in there and enjoy their MV.. If you haven’t subscribe them, please subscribe them  ^^:

SM Entertainment:

http://www.youtube.com/user/sment?blend=6&ob=4

YG Entertainment:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ygentertainment?blend=1&ob=4

JYP Entertainment:

http://www.youtube.com/user/jypentertainment?blend=3&ob=4

Reason to watch: TRIPLE June 12, 2009

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triple

  1. PD Lee Yoon-jung. She directed and produced Coffee Prince, and whether you liked it or not, it was a humungous success only recently matched in popularity and media frenzy by Boys Before Flowers. (Only, in comparison, Coffee Prince had great acting, great directing, great music, and a lovely romantic realism. Or maybe realistic romanticism. CP slowed down toward the end but I give Lee credit for resisting mightily when the station tried to force her to extend the uber-popular series, and when she eventually gave in after refusing more than three times, it was only to one additional episode.)
  2. Writer Lee Jung-ah (pen name for Lee Sun-mi). She wrote the original Coffee Prince novel, then wrote the scripts to the drama series. She also wrote the novel for Capital Scandal, then wrote the scripts for its drama adaptation. And did I mention that she wrote both dramas at the same time? (For a short while the dramas overlapped and she was writing scripts for broadcasts every day from Monday through Thursday.)
  3. The music. Coffee Prince drew much buzz for its indie-music soundtrack, curated by songwriter and music director Tearliner and used artfully by PD Lee. Triple also features indie musicians such as Tearliner and Zitten.
  4. Actor Lee Jung-jae. Mostly a movie star, Lee Jung-jae didn’t have such a hot run with Air City, but he is a huge name and a charismatic presence, and it’s a welcome event to have him back on television. He starred in movies like Typhoon, Oh Brothers, Last Present, and Il Mare.
  5. Actor Lee Seon-kyun. If you’ve heard him speak, you get it. He also has a nicely understated, natural way of acting. He has starred in all three of PD Lee’s drama projects (which includeTaereung National Village and Coffee Prince).
  6. Actress Lee Hana. She’s got a quirky vibe, loves music, and most recently made herself known in the revenge drama Women in the Sun.
  7. Actor Yoon Kye-sang. Have you seen Who Are You? ‘Nuff said.
  8. Newb Min Hyo-rin isn’t exactly a draw to the series, but more of a curiosity — would the singer-turned-actress be able to stay afloat amongst such a cast of experienced actors? And surprisingly — as the media and viewers are starting to also echo — she doesn’t suck. Not that I thought she’d be atrocious, because I had faith in PD Lee. (No, Lee’s not infallible, but she’s good. She also said she had such faith in Yoon Eun-hye’s commitment to Eun-chan in Coffee Prince that she would have cast her even if Yoon had been a rookie. That gave me hope that Min Hyo-rin wouldn’t totally sink.)

Thanks to Dramabeans for the above citation.

Lost in Translation May 21, 2009

Posted by tokkilin in Melodies of Life, The sphielz.
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It’s a bit tiring for trying to understand what people sing actually. Usually I got attracted with a song with eloquent lyrics.The only problem that I need to face is language. Since I’m exploring asian music I’m listening to Chinese, Korean and Japanese songs), it’s a bit hard to me for trying to understand all songs. Good things there are so many blog and websites out there to help me translate the lyrics of a song or else I’ll be lost in translation. 

I can say Chinese songs is easier to be translated, although I didn’t study that much to understand the poetry. Most of the songs that are using everyday language will be easily translated. For some cases, Jay Chou are pretty hard to be translated because He’s using so many idioms and poetry in the lyrics.

Korean songs? Hmmm, to be honest, most of Korean song is actually pretty similar with each other. Kpop world doesn’t really do much in its creativity. The language that they’re using usually an everyday language. So if you understand a little bit Korean, it’ll not be too hard to understand Kpop. Since I’m still at the very beginning stage of learning Korean, I can’t do the translation. So far, I haven’t found any song in Kpop that’re using so many idioms and poetry as Chinese song does. 

About Japanese songs, except Ayumi Hamasaki’s song (biased), I can say most of Japanese song fall into the nicely written lyrics. When I explore the music and lyrics in Japanese song, I was really amazed how they eloquently wrote about a perception or feeling. 

If you’re talking about American songs, I’ll be getting my hands up right away. These days all American songs that I heard, they have pretty hard core lyrics. I can’t appreciate those kind of lyrics. I can only appreciate the songs that were actually sung in the church. It is that bad. If I try to find an english song with nice lyrics, I’ll come up with the songs that was written a long time ago or the song for kids and teenagers (High School Musical !) @(>.<)@ 

Lost in translation is an everyday thing that I experiencing now. Probably someday I’ll finish learning all asian language so I can understand every asian songs.

But hey, if it can improve my knowledge through songs why not right 🙂

arthur