Saturday, 22 October 2016

Girls vs Boys- K-pop

I'm on a K-pop kick at the moment! It's time for another Girls vs Boys post and I'm featuring the Korean groups Red Velvet and GOT7.

Red Velvet are a 5 member girl group made up of Irene, Wendy (who is Canadian), Seulgi, Yeri and Joy (all from Korea). The name Red Velvet repesents two sides to them- Red is the more girly, excitable side and Velvet is the more grown-up, toned down one. They were formed by South Korean entertainment company S.M. Entertainment (who are responsible for lots of the K-pop groups) at auditions over several years and debuted in August 2014 as a 4 member group with the single Happiness (digital release only). The music video for Happiness was very popular. In October that year they released their second single Be Natural featuring rapper Taeyong, who is now part of the K-pop group NCT.

In March 2015 Yeri joined Red Velvet and they released their first mini album Ice Cream Cake and singles Ice Cream Cake and Automatic. They brought out their debut album The Red in September that year, which debuted at No 1 in two South Korean charts.

Since then the group have brought out 4 more singles, Dumb Dumb (one of their most successful singles in America as well as Korea), Wish Tree, One of  These Nights and their latest, Russian Roulette. This year they released their second mini album The Velvet in March and their third one Russian Roulette in September.

This is Russian Roulette which came out on 7th September. I first saw the video on Pops in Seoul, the K-pop programme. We just got the South Korean channel Arirang TV in the UK!

For more on Red Velvet check out these links:

Official site (Korean/English language):

Official FB (Korean/English):

Fansite (English):

W interview (English):

Dazed and Confused interview (English):

GOT7 are a Korean/international boyband since some of the members come from other countries. The band is made of up 7 members; JB, Jinyoung (both Korean), Mark, who is Taiwanese American, Jackson from Hong Kong, BamBam (Thai) and Youngjae and Yugyeom (Korean).

The group started off as the duo JJ Project consisting of JB and Jinyoung (then known as Jr) in 2012 and they were later joined by the others to become GOT7. They were formed by JYP Entertainment (another big South Korean entertainment company). In January 2014 they released their debut EP Got It? which was very successful, reaching No 1 in the Billboard World Albums chart. Their first single was Girls Girls Girls which came out in 2014. They released two more singles that year, A and Stop It and a 2nd EP Got Love.

GOT7 also sing/rap in Japanese and they released their debut Japanese single Around The World in October 2014. A month later they brought out their first studio album Identify (Korean language). To date they have released 5 more Korean singles, Just Right, If You Do, Fly, Home Run and their latest Hard Carry and 3 more Japanese ones, Love Train, Laugh Laugh Laugh and Yo Morigatte Yo. In addition to Got It? and Got Love they have 3 Korean EPS, Just Right, Mad and Flight Log: Departure and one Japanese one, Hey Ya. This February the group released their debut Japanese studio album Moriagetto and their second Korean album Flight Log: Turbulence came out last month.

This is Hard Carry which is from Flight Log: Turbulence and was released at the end of September. There are English subtitles on YouTube (click the caption). Yay!

For more on GOT7 visit these links:

Official Korean site (Korean/ English):

Official Japanese site (mostly Japanese):

Official FB (Korean/English):

Official Twitter (Korean/English):

Billboard interview (English):

Who is your favourite group? :)

Want more K-pop? Check out these links: 

This week's music video is DRIVE by Jay Park featuring GRAY:

Last year's post on K-pop acts (it's almost exactly a year since I wrote this!):

Pops in Seoul and Simply K-pop clips:

Dazed & Confused arrticle on new K-pop songs:

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is DRIVE by Jay Park featuring singer GRAY. It's the latest song from his new album EVERYTHING YOU WANTED which is due out tomorrow. (Well today in Korea, since they're ahead of us!).

Friday, 14 October 2016

New JoJo Album

JoJo's new album Mad Love. came out today. Her last album The High Road was released in 2006, so it's been 10 years! Since then she's released singles and mixtapes but this is the first full length album in that time. I've been looking forward to it because I've been waiting for her to bring out a new one for ages. I kept waiting for Jumping Trains (which was the name of her 3rd album at one time) to come out! lol.

Note: I'm referring to the Deluxe version.

I like Mad Love, it's a good album. The best songs for me are in the middle and then towards the end. (Although I also like F*** Apologies. which is No. 3). I sometimes find that with albums; I like the songs more towards the begining or middle etc. My favourite ones so far (sometimes I need to listen to songs several times for them to grow on me) are Reckless., I Can Only. featuring Canadian singer Alessia Cara, Honest., Like This. and Edibles. As I said I also like F*** Apologies. featurng American rapper Wiz Khalifa and Vibe is quite good as well.

So here are a few of my favourites. Some of the songs are explicit. :)

First of all here is Reckless. I really like the music in this.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Mani Per Money by Era Istrefi. It was her first single which came out in 2013. Era sings in Gheg Albanian and Mani për money translates as "Money mania).

The first song I heard of Era's was Bonbon, which was a good introduction. This is a different style, more reggae. I look forward to hearing more of her music. :)

Saturday, 8 October 2016

New Music/Videos

I've listening to a lot of new music lately, so here are the latest songs and videos I've heard and seen. :)

Era Istrefi- Mani Per Money*

Aluna George- I Remember album

Tulisa feat. Akelle- Sweet Like Chocolate
Usher feat. Young Thug- No Limit
Christopher Martin- Under The Influence*
JoJo- Mad Love
JoJo feat. Remy Ma- FAB (explicit)
Tove Lo feat. Wiz Khalifa- Influence
Majid Jordan feat. Drake- My Love

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Talk About Forever by Mabel. It's a video project to commemorate the new Tate Modern building which was opened back in June. (Tate Modern is an art gallery in London).

I first watched the video in August and included it in my New Music/Videos update that month. It's a bit of a strange video in my opinion; it's one of those with interpretive dance which seem to be the trend at the moment, e.g. Sia's videos with Maddie from Dance Moms and Years and Years' latest two (I'm just not a fan of that dance style!). I like the song though, it has a nice vibe and the dancers are good. :)

Friday, 30 September 2016

New BANKS Album

BANKS' new album The Altar is out today. I was looking forward to it since I really like her first one, Goddess. I even listened to Goddess last night in anticipation of the new one! lol.

I listened to The Altar on Spotify and it's a good album. I think some songs are similar to Goddess but it's a bit of a different vibe in some ways. My favourite songs so far are F**k With Myself (I bought it a couple of months ago on iTunes), Lovesick and Judas. I also like Gemini Feed and Mind Games. I expect when I listen to it more, I'll have more I like because some songs take a few listens to get into. :) I thought Better which was released last November was going to be on the album but it isn't.

Thought I'd share my faves today. There are no official videos/audios for a couple of them yet but I'll update if they come on. Some of the songs are explicit.

This is a video from a live performance of Lovesick two years ago: 

 This is Mind Games:

And here is Judas. Think this is my favourite of all. It sounds the most R'n'B. It's just been uploaded so I won't put it on here in case it gets removed from YouTube. Listen to it here:

Update 7/10/16: The Judas video has been muted.

You can also watch the video for F**k With Myself here:

And  listen to Gemini Feed here:

You can hear the full album on Spotify: BANKS Spotify

Do you like The Altar? What are your favourite songs? :)