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[BEDA] Blog Every Day In April: Day 15 – Best Live Singer, Female

Bear with me as today’s post is youtube video-heavy with three female singers. Today’s post is another easy one as this singer has blown the competition out of the water in her short time in the Korean pop industry.  That she is Wheesung’s protege pretty much sums it up:

Ailee is a revelation! Honourable mention to my other two favourite singers with immense talent- Younha who is criminally underrated:

And Hyorin who received the attention she deserved after her appearance on Immortal Song 2:

My favourite performance of hers. So beautiful:

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[BEDA] Blog Every Day In April: Day 14 – Best Live Singer, Male

Kpop is filled with singers who can do anything but sing but there are a handful who have voices that move the soul. I can think of about eight idols who have amazing voices but since its my blog I am taking this opportunity to write about my ultimate bias (and by ultimate I mean no one comes close to him in my mind, even though in reality there are singers who are technically on par with him):

                                  

Kim Junsu’s voice has the ability to move you to tears with its beautiful tone and  ability to convey emotions. His voice is unique and I just can’t get enough of it:

His voice is akin to a religious experience. Here is a live performance of my favourite DBSK song. This is pretty much perfection right here. Trying not to cry:

Runners up: 4Men’s Shin Yong Jae, 2AM’s Changmin, SHINee’s Jonghyun & Onew, BIGBANG’s Daesung, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun

[BEDA] Blog Every Day In April: Day 13 – Idol Least Likely to Remember the Events of the Night Before

South Korea is known for its drinking culture where copious amounts of soju and other alcoholic beverages are consumed by many and is a important aspect of social life. The same cannot be said about idols as their images are strictly managed in order to present innocence and youth to appeal to the masses.

Enter GD&TOP, the rapping sub-unit of idol group BIGBANG, who are more mature in age and image than the average kpop group. G-Dragon (GD), BIGBANG’s front man, songwriter and producer was involved in a marijuana scandal  last year. A drug test was administered  and the tests came back positive but the idol was not charged for any offence. G-Dragon admitted to smoking marijuana, but claimed that he consumed it accidentally:

(sorry I could not find the video with english subtitles)

Even though I am a fan, I can’t help but think that this story doesn’t pan out. Cigarette smoke and marijuana smell different, and G-Dragon claiming that he couldn’t remember clearly but that a stranger handed it to him and he didn’t want to be rude so he smoked it sounds like a bit of a stretch. Since he claims to have been too drunk to remember clearly there is not much to go on beyond that, but I’m still calling shenanigans.

He did pen the track High High afterall:

He does look like he’d be a lot of fun to party with.

[BEDA] Blog Every Day In April: Day 12 – Idol Most Likely To Be Mistaken For A Mortal

Korean groups are usually comprised of large numbers of idols, usually five and all the way up to thirteen in one group. With so many members vying for attention, it’s easy for some to go unnoticed and be mistaken for a mortal. This is especially the case for today’s idol since he has to share the spotlight with not one but three genetically superior human beings, one of whom easily owns one of the best visages in an industry full of beautiful people (an perhaps one of the best bodies).

While his small stature and unassuming looks may fool most of us, he has proven himself as the talent of B2ST:

Runner up: BIGBANG’s Kang Daesung

[BEDA] Blog Every Day In April: Day 11 – Idol Most Likely To Trip Over Air

Other than a wardrobe malfunction, tripping in front of fans is probably the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a performer. While variety show gold, tripping on stage is generally hard to watch and I always wonder how they manage to go unscathed and continue as if nothing had happened a moment before.

For today’s post two idols (well I’m not sure if one is an idol any more but he is a first-generation idol) take the prize of Idol Most Likely To Trip Over Air. Gravity genuinely has it out for these two since they manage to spend more time on the ground than upright.

This idol’s 선배  has been giving him a run for his money with his new variety program Shinhwa Broadcast, where he cannot seem to make peace with gravity, but Shinee’s Onew is well known for tripping everywhere whether he’s doing it for entertainment purposes or not. He falls so often that it’s been dubbed 온유 상태, or the Onew Condition (the term fans refer to encompasses his overall cuteness, 애교, and general awkwardness):

I’ve got a different kind of 온유 상태:

This first generation idol, my second choice, can’t seem to stop spilling over on his variety show Shinhwa Broadcast. I found Minwoo cute before but he became 1000 times cuter after witnessing what I dub 민우 상태:

  

  

(gifs: kpopcorngifs)

And some more Onew, because it is just too hilarious. This is probably the reason why I am crazy over him (besides his amazing voice):

 

God, I love this man.

(gifs: fareencheolyong)

[BEDA] Blog Every Day In April: Day 10 – Clergyman Disguised As An Idol

When he is not lowering the collective self-esteem of Kiss-Me’s with his pretty face, U-Kiss’s Kevin Woo is spreading the word of god through social media:

I appreciate that he hasn’t forgotten to give a shout out to his homeslice after becoming a super-mega-international star.

At least he isn’t referring to himself as a “warrior of light”.  *gags*

Toronto To Tokyo’s Spring Playlist, Part 2

Here’s part two of my spring playlist. I’ve mixed up the genres as I did in part one and I’ve done so because I love to mix it up. Also most songs are older, but I have included some of this year’s releases. I am going to do a Korean indie/ drama sountrack music post one day because there are so many songs I would like to share. Hope you enjoy!

Clazzi – 40 Nights feat. Hyeon Song & Soo Ryun of the KOXX

BEG’s Miryo – Party Rock feat. Gary of LEESSANG & the KOXX)

BIGBANG – Blue (TESTAMENTVM Remix)

Ailee – Heaven

OMEGA RESISTANCE ft. MOA – WHAT CAN I DO (English cover/remix of BIGBANG Seungri’s song)

Kein – The Reason

Jhameel – Waves

No Reply – To Look Back

Zitten – Feel Alright (Triple OST)

Casker – New World

Park Ji Yoon – Quiet Dream

Nico Touches The Walls – Bicycle (link)

 

Veltpunch – Crawl

 

Han Hui Jeong – The Day We Met

Sweet Sorrow – One Step More

Jang Yoon Joo – Dream (piano ver.)

Nell – Beautiful Day

FreeTEMPO – Immaterial White (If you’ve watched Coffee Prince then you know that it plays in the background while Choi Han Gyul is jogging)

Leehom Wang – The Daily Necessities of Life

Yellow Monsters – April 16th

Perfume – Dream Fighter

Part 3 (the last part of this long playlist), next week!

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