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What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD  or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?

First, this post is 3 days late… but I must say I have a good excuse for not keeping up with daily posts recently… reason being that I have a lot of school work. :p

Second, I have 3 songs stuck in my head and on repeat on my itunes lately.  So, it was hard to choose one for this post, but I ended up choosing In Italia by Fabri Fibra because it is the most recent, of the three, that I started to hit “replay” on in my head and on my music player.  Actually, I really liked this song 3 years ago when I first heard it (is it me, or is this “3” pattern starting to weird you out??  I did not plan for this… just saying).

Now, I’m not the type who typically listens to rap music… I am faaaarrrrr from it.  But I love Fabri Fibra- rumor has it that most Italians don’t like his music because he’s very negative in his lyrics.  Well, it is true, but I believe he speaks truth in his music and THAT is what I like.

In In Italia, Fibra criticizes the hypocrisy of Italians by addressing the crimes and corruption that take place in Italy.

Ci sono cose che nessuno ti dirà…
ci sono cose che nessuno ti darà…
sei nato e morto qua
sei nato e morto qua
nato nel paese
delle mezza verità

dove fuggi?

in italia pistole in macchine
in italia machiavelli e foscolo
in italia i campioni del mondo

sono in italia

A translation of this is, “There are things that no one will tell you, there are things that no one will give you… you are born and you die here, you are born and you die here… you’re born in the country of half truths… where do you run to?  In Italy, guns in cars… In Italy, Machiavelli and Foscolo… In Italy, champions of the world… I am in Italy.”  Personally, this portion of the song is the part that catches my attention the most.  I like how it speaks to the truth of not only Italy, but many places (well, maybe not the Machiavelli and Foscolo part).  He captures the ugly side of reality that many of us choose to overlook.
I also find his lyrics to this song, while they make no sense in some parts, very catchy and sung with great passion… very like Fabri Fibra.  Molto bene, molto bene!!
P.S. I sing this song in the shower and on my way to class- don’t tell anyone.

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In 2011, I compiled a list of my personal favorites (click here to see it!)… of course time and tastes change.  So, I’ve decided to create an updated 2012 version.  Some MV/songs were on the previous list and some are new (mostly new- I tried to pick ones from 2011-2012)!

Here it is- enjoy!

  1. History by EXO-M/ History by EXO-K
  2. 이러지마 제발 Please Don’t by 케이윌 K.will
  3. Lucifer by 샤이니 SHINee
  4. 주문 Mirotic by 동방신기 DBSK
  5. 강남스타일 Gangnam Style by PSY
  6. Fantastic Baby by 빅뱅 BIGBANG
  7. 피노키오 Danger by 에프엑스 f(x)
  8. FACE by 뉴이스트 NU’EST
  9. 내가 제일 잘나가 I AM THE BEST by 2NE1
  10. MAMA by EXO-M/ MAMA by EXO-K
  11. Roly Poly by 티아라 T-ara
  12. VENUS by Shinhwa
  13. Goodbye Baby by miss A
  14. Trouble Maker by Hyuna and Hyunseung
  15. STEP by 카라 KARA
  16. HANDS UP by 2PM
  17. Day by Day by 티아라 T-ara
  18. THE BOYS by 소녀시대 Girls’ Generation
  19. 셜록 Sherlock by 샤이니 SHINee
  20. Don’t Cry by Park Bom

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I’ve made a list of the best 20 K-pop songs/MVs to me.  The result of this list… is here:

*NOTE: Click the title of the song to watch the MV on YouTube.  I was unable to embed them due to copyright laws. 😦 *

1. Lucifer by 샤이니 SHINee

2. 주문 Mirotic by 동방신기 DBSK

3. Sorry, Sorry by 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior

4. Hurricane Venus by 보아 BoA

5. 링딩동 Ring Ding Dong by 샤이니 SHINee

6. Gee by 소녀시대 Girls’ Generation

7. NU ABO by 에프엑스 f(x)

8. 왜 Keep Your Head Down by 東方神起 TVXQ

9. Bo Peep Bo Peep by 티아라 T-ara

10. 훗 Hoot by 소녀시대 Girls’ Generation

11. 너 같은 사람 또 없어 No Other by 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior

12. I’ll Be There by 태양 Taeyang

13. 라차타 LA chA TA by 에프엑스 f(x)

14. Heartbreaker by G-Dragon

15. A.Mi.Go by 샤이니 SHINee

16. Hello by 샤이니 SHINee

17. Love Ya by SS501

18. 너 때문에 미쳐 I Go Crazy Because of You by 티아라 T-ara

19. 누난 너무 예뻐Replay by 샤이니 SHINee

20.츄Chu~♡ by 에프엑스 f(x)

********Special Mention********

미인아 Bonamana by 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior [I didn’t include this in the list because I really don’t like how the background music masks their voices, but nonetheless the tune and choreography are amazing.]

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During my economics class today, my teacher posed a question: who’s concert would you pay good money to see?  Instantly, I knew my answer- DBSK.

If you don’t know me, you should be aware that I am a huge DBSK lover and I am still trying to get over the split.  😦   Even though I love JYJ and TVXQ, I wish they were together on stage at the same time… singing MIROTIC, Love in the Ice, Wrong Number, etc.  I’m not exactly sure what it is about them that catches my attention, but I have a feeling it’s their charisma and combination of personalities and voices that make them amazing.

Watching YouTube videos of their live performances really makes me sad at times because I know that I will never have the chance to see them together as “DBSK” on stage.  For this reason, I would love if they magically became a band again.  And going back to the original question posed, I would most certainly pay a good amount of money to see this spectacle (if it did happen, but most likely not).

There are just so many songs that they sing that are lovely … but would be so much better if I could see them perform live.  DBSK is one hell of a talented group… they are SME trained, and even though SME is like a slave owner, it pays off in the end!  DBSK can sing so wonderfully and dance so beautifully.  And I’m not going to deny that they are extremely handsome. 🙂

Now, if I were to go to one of their concerts, what songs would I anticipate?  First and foremost, I’d have to choose Love in the Ice because that is just such a passionate song.  If you’ve ever heard it, you know what I’m talking about… I mean Xiah and Jae are just belching their souls out during their solos!  Next, I’d have to pick MIROTIC… only because who does NOT like that song?  That song (and choreography) is setting up an orgasm… no joke.  There are 5 sexy men with their abs teasing you… and then you have Xiah pelvic thrusting at you… And the third song I’d choose is Wrong Number because Jae raps in here and I just can’t miss that during a live show… Jae is just a fantastic singer and on top of that, he raps too… who knew that? 🙂

In essence, I am a die-hard DBSK fan… and always will be- “Always Keep the Faith.” ❤

But what about you?  What musician(s) are you loyal to?  What band/singer’s live performance would be worth your money?  Enlighten me.  😉

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Artist of the Week: Andy Lau

I hope you don’t mind, but I’m gonna introduce the artist of the week a little earlier this week… This week is going to get tough, so I might now get a chance to blog about the artist of the week on Wednesday.  In turn, I’ll do it now, while I do have time!

So if you haven’t noticed, this week, I would like to introduce you to 劉德華 Andy Lau.  Like last week’s artist, Andy is also cantonese.  Only difference from past artists of the week is that he is an older generation singer.  Like I said before, I like to listen to a variety of music, so I want you to be able to enjoy a variety of chinese music as well.  That is why we have Mr. Lau this week!  By the way, when I say he’s older generation, I mean my parents are near his age…  Nevertheless, his age should not make you like him any less.  He is a classic in the asian music industry.  It’s like… when people are obsessed with Phil Collins in America.  Well, think of Andy Lau as the Phil Collins of Asia.

I’m not gonna lie.  I don’t really know much background info on Andy, but I do know that he was also in many classic movies, such as Return of the Condor Heroes, House of Flying Daggers, and Infernal Affairs.  Andy Lau is also one of the 四大天王 Cantopop Four Heavenly Kings.  Yes, that is a compliment for him.  I think the other three are Jacky Cheung (another classic, but I’ll save him for another day), Aaron Kwok, and Leon Lai.

But anyways, take the time to listen to some Andy Lau songs, the mandarin and cantonese ones, and to watch some of his movies, which are considered great classics.  If you are interested in asian culture, he’s a major star you just can’t overlook.

Enjoy!

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For the last two weeks, I’ve been introducing popular taiwanese artists.  I hope you won’t mind, but this week, I’ll be introducing a popular Hong Kong group, Twins.  Twins is a female Cantopop duo created in 2001.  The duo is made up of 蔡卓妍 Charlene Choi and 鍾欣桐 Gillian Chung.  They’ve actually released quite a bit of albums (too many for me to remember and list here!) and are very popular in China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, U.S., Canada, and Australia.

What originally attracted me to their music was the fact that they sing a variety of songs (including in mandarin and cantonese) and are in sync with each other.  The tone their voices create together is just absolutely soothing to listen to.  So, if you haven’t already, go take a listen to their songs.  I can almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with Twins. 😉

Here’s the unfortunate news… there were actually rumors about Twins breaking up for the past year or so.  The drama was due to Gillian being involved in the Edison Chen Scandal.  The bad publicity, unfortunately, put Charlene in the spotlight too and gave Twins a scratch on its reputation.  But so far, it does not seem like Twins will split anytime soon.  😀

So, on a happier note, check out these songs (recommended by me):

And here’s a mini photo album of Twins:

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Artist of the Week: Gary Cao

So, I’ve decided the artist of this week should be… 曹格 Gary Cao!  You know, I’m gonna tell you right now that I don’t know much about this guy.  I can’t recommend a lot of his songs (I only know one of his songs!) and I can’t even give you a solid background on him without looking at wikipedia!

I first heard of this guy about a year or so ago, but I never paid any attention to him.  It was only ’til about a week ago that I finally listened to one of his songs.  I was watching the hit Taiwanese singing contest (it’s like American Idol, only in Chinese) when the winner of season 5 sang his song Bei Pan.  I immediately fell in love with this song!  I mean, I raced to my computer to find who sang this song (I wasn’t paying attention when they said it on the show).  Finally, I downloaded the song and listened to my heart’s content. 😀

So, I guess you can say this is a new experience for you and me.  As you listen to this guy’s songs, so will I.  We’ll both be exploring the depths of this Cao Ge’s music… XD  Hehehe… but to start you off, try listening to 背叛 Bei Pan.  I can almost promise you that you’ll fall in love with the song (and Gary).  The song is from his albumSuperman, which came out in December of 2006.  Enjoy!

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Artist of the Week: JJ Lin

So, I’ve gotten requests to recommend some good Asian music.  I figured this wasn’t a bad idea because many people who read my blog aren’t asian (or at least I think?  Idk, check me on it) or don’t listen to asian music.  Since the majority of my audience is not asian, I thought I’d introduce some of my culture (that is if you’re interested) to you.  For future reference, I’ll be recommending movies, music, and just cultural stuff in general that I find interesting every once in awhile or so.

To begin, I’m recommending JJ Lin (林俊傑) this week.  He’s an amazingly talented Taiwanese singer.  I started listening to him about 2 years ago.  He has a really soft, soothing voice that’ll put you in a cloud of fluff.  Really, I’m not kidding.  Well, as long as he’s not singing that song about murder (I’ll explain later).  Yea, he’s very popular with the Asians and actually last October 2008, he came out with a new CD, which I highly recommend.  It’s called Sixology (JJ陸).  He has some really great songs on this CD, although it’s a change from his past songs.  But nonetheless, it’s a great CD you should check out.  Ummm… o yea!  One of his songs that I’m absolutely addicted to is actually called The Killer (殺手).  It was a creepy, stalker side of JJ that I never saw before, but it was GENIUS I tell you.  The video, the promo, and the song were absolutely brilliant!  The song is actually about a guy who kills this girl he’s obsessed with because he loves her so much.  As it turns out, he thinks the only way he can express his love is to chop her into pieces and make her into an art piece, which is displayed for people at the end of the video.  Okay, enough of my gibberish.  Here is a pic of JJ and the Killer MV.  Enjoy!

JJ LIn

JJ Lin

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