Friday, July 21, 2017

Top 20 Most Handsome Korean Actors

Here's a list of the top 20 best-looking Korean actors. They are ranked in order of their birth year (youngest to oldest). Note: This list is based on my personal opinion. Who's your favorite on the list? And who do you like that wasn't included?  You may also like: Top 20 Most Handsome K-pop Idols.

Name: Lee Seo Won
Birth Year: 1997
Notable Role: Uncontrollably Fond (2016)

Name: Lee Tae Hwan
Birth Year: 1995
Notable Role: W(2016)

Name: Nam Joo Hyuk
Birth Year: 1994
Notable Role: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

Name: Seo Kang Jun
Birth Year: 1993
Notable Role: Cheese In The Trap (2016)

Name: Kim Ji Soo
Birth Year: 1993
Notable Role: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

Name: Lee Hyun Woo
Birth Year: 1993
Notable Role: To The Beautiful You (2012)

Name: Yoo Seung Ho
Birth Year: 1993
Notable Role: Remember (2015-2016)

Name: Kim Myung Soo
Birth Year: 1992
Notable Role: My Lovable Girl (2014)

Name: Park Hyung Sik
Birth Year: 1991
Notable Role: Strong Woman Bong Soon (2017)

Name: Sung Joon
Birth Year: 1990
Notable Role: High Society (2015)

Name: Kang Han Neul
Birth Year: 1990
Notable Role: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

Name: Kim Bum
Birth Year: 1989
Notable Role: Boys Over Flowers (2009)

Name: Ok Taecyeon 
Birth Year: 1988
Notable Role: Dream High (2011-2012)

Name: Im Siwan
Birth Year: 1988
Notable Role: Incomplete Life (2014)

Name: Kim Soo Hyun
Birth Year: 1988
Notable Role: My Love From Another Star (2013-2014)

Name: Ji Chang Wook
Birth Year: 1987
Notable Role: Healer (2014-2015)

Name: Song Joong Ki
Birth Year: 1985
Notable Role: Descendents Of The Sun (2016)

Name: Sung Hoon
Birth Year: 1983
Notable Role: Noble, My Love (2015)

Name: Park Hae Jin
Birth Year: 1983
Notable Role: Cheese In The Trap (2016)

Name: Kim Kang Woo
Birth Year: 1978
Notable Role: Goodbye Mr. Black (2016)

Honorable Mentions:

Top 20 Most Beautiful K-pop Idols

Wikipedia, Asianwiki

Friday, July 14, 2017

June In Music

Summer opened with a big bang! Literally, as Big Bang's leader, G-Dragon, made his comeback at the start of the month after 4 years. Girl groups Mamamoo, Blackpink and APink made their returns as well with fun songs akin to the warm weather. This summer, what song is going to take the cake as 2017's summer anthem

1. G-Dragon - Untitled 2014
Released: June 8th
G-Dragon released his second mini-album, titled after his real name 'Kwon Ji-Yong'. The songs on this album relay the artist's inner feelings and struggles that contrast with his confident persona. Untitled 2014, the lead single, is an emotional lamentation with a piano composition and simplistic music video. This ballad is comparable to fellow Big Bang member Taeyang's 'Eyes Nose Lips' but is a complete switch up from G-Dragon's normal hip-hop oriented works.
Review: Song - 4/5  MV - 2/5

2. NCT 127 - Cherry Bomb
Released: June 14th
NCT 127 has taken on a very bizarre concept with their debut track 'Fire Truck' and then went a tamer route with 'Limitless'. Now the ball is back in the court of unusualness in the swaggy and explosive 'Cherry Bomb'. Mark and Taeyong participated in writing the lyrics which talk about how they blow up the stage with their charisma. "I'm the biggest hit on the stage." Like always, the members deliver mesmerizing choreography but I can't help but call this a downgrade to their previous comeback. The electronic hip-hop composition of the song, albeit innovative, make it seems like two songs were cut and pasted together.
Review: Song - 2.5/5  MV - 2.5/5

3. T-ara - What's My Name
Released: June 14th
T-ara returned with their ninth extended-play to say goodbye. 'What's My Name?' marks the end of the group's career as they plan to disband after its release. For this farewell song, T-ara swapped their typical EDM style for a softer approach.
Review: Song - 3/5  MV - 3/5

4. Monsta X - Shine Forever
Released: June 19th
After dropping their first full album in March, Monsta X came back with a repackaged version featuring its lead single 'Shine Forever'. 'Shine Forever' is of the electronic genre with touches of hip-hop. It's lyrics describe being in awe by someone's shining beauty. The music video is acted out well: the group is in a car accident, which leaves Kihyun blind (as represented by the blindfold). Then in the end, after much regret and blame, the members take Kihyun to a field in the nighttime. The field is illuminated with lights and Kihyun regains his vision.
Review: Song - 3.5/5  MV - 3/5

5. Blackpink - As If It's Your Last
Released: June 22nd
'As If It's Your Last' is a uptempo pop track with a fun vibe perfect for summer. With this introduction to the groups' pink concept, Blackpink showcase what they haven't in their previous "black" singles. The girls show a brighter, cuter side to themselves and take on the school uniform concept. The release also features an all-English rap and a playful choreography that's easy for fans to follow along too!
Review: Song - 3.5/5  MV - 2.5/5

6. Hyolyn X Kisum - Fruity
Released: June 29th
Wasting no time since Sistar's disbandment (in early June), Hyolyn lends her vocals to 'Fruity', a bright summer song about a refreshing, sweet relationship. She paired up with fellow Unpretty Rapstar contestant Kisum for this CF advertising Lipton fruit-flavored beverages. The chorus is groovy and airy, while the music video set is a vibrant fruit juice bar!
Review: Song - 4/5  MV - 3.5/5


Friday, June 23, 2017

Top K-pop Albums {Free Somebody by Luna}

Released: May 2016
1. Free Somebody 2. Breathe 3. Keep On Doin' 4. I Wish 5. Galaxy 6. My Medicine

Luna, the main vocalist of girl group f(x), made her solo debut with a mini-album of 6 songs. She went solo in the truest sense and, very commendably, carried this album completely by herself. No other artists are featured on the album. And what's more is, Luna wrote and composed two songs ('I Wish' and 'My Medicine' herself. 'Free Somebody' explores the electronic genre and has an overall theme of self-empowerment. It includes both upbeat dance songs and sentimental ballads for listeners of either preference. I'll only talk about my top three, but the entire album is definitely worth a listen!

1. Free Somebody

The title track of the album is a funky electro-house song that was co-composed by the American singer Jojo. It is full of electronic synths and keyboard chords which make it a perfect hybrid of modern and retro. 'Free Somebody' is about wanting to share someone's dreams with the world. The liberating lyrics are paired well with the fun dance beat and Luna's vocal charms.

In the music video, Luna meets a handsome stranger in the elevator which then triggers a series of psychedelic events. She is plunged to and from an animated world, enjoying herself and dancing all throughout. There are many curious things happening, which probably aren't meant to be understood. Either way, I like how the scenes of chromatic film and cartoon transition smoothly.

2. Keep On Doin'

Luna wants you to "keep on doin' what you do". She sings for you to "color yourself with your own this black and white world". While encouraging you to be uniquely yourself, Luna dances to the beat of her own drum in a sense. 'Keep On Doin'' takes you to a party in outer space with its unusual sound. It opens with a warped, synthesized intro, then bounces into a slick beat. Later in the song, there is "rap" break that has f(x) written all over it. It's weird but also very daring and brilliant!

3. Galaxy

'Galaxy' has a Euro-pop influence and showcases the powerful vocals that we enjoy in f(x)'s music.  It has a more conventional sound than the previously mentioned dance tracks on the album. I love the path that the song takes, the climax and points of intensity.

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