Rhema’s (Totally Biased) Kpop Countdown!

kkonnect december 04

WOW, FANTASTIC BABY~!
One of the biggest and most awaited comebacks of the year was from none other than BIGBANG, one of the most loved and widely known kpop groups there is! BIGBANG is still on top and still killing it after all these years, and one of the most popular kpop songs of the year was none other than BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby”! The music video for “Fantastic Baby” was released on March 6, 2012 and has gotten BIGBANG many well-earned perks. On March 16, a few days after it was released, BIGBANG earned two gold medals on YouTube for “Recently Most Popular” and “Trending” since it gained over 8 million views in such a short time. Not to mention “Fantastic Baby” stayed top 10 on music charts for over 10 weeks, showing its true popularity. “Fantastic Baby” is still making records as it just recently hit over 50 million views on YouTube making it one of the most watched kpop videos out there. The song has strong electronic beats providing a catchy rhythm, and not to mention lots of eye candy in the music video. It has a sound that is very hard to get bored of; you just want to get up and dance!

NILLILI MAMBO~!
Another top favorite kpop song of mine is a recent comeback by Block B! Block B recently released their first full-length album called “Blockbuster” on October 16, 2012. Block B are known for their talented rappers, singers, and of course, good looks. Their title song “NILLILI MAMBO” has easily become one of my favorite songs of the year. What I specifically like about this release is the music video. The video showcases Block B as pirates trying to steal treasure, and it feels like you’re watching a movie. It is very well done and I love watching it over and over! All of the members are pretty silly and very loveable. You feel close to their music because they work very hard for their fans.

I’M SO CURIOUS, YEAH~!
Boy group SHINee are called the princes of kpop and they have a special place in my heart because they were my first kpop group ever. SHINee came back after a year and six month hiatus with their fourth mini album called “Sherlock”, released on various music sites on March 19, 2012. After the album was released, they reached #1 on various music sites and gained attention internationally in places like America, Canada, The United Kingdom, and France. They achevived 8th place on the iTunes Top Albums chart and have won many awards because of “Sherlock”. SHINee are also know for their absolutely amazing dancing skills. They received special attention for “Sherlock” working with world famous choreographer Tony Testa who has also worked with stars like Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. Not to mention the electronic beat is super addicting! Please check out SHINee’s “Sherlock” and give them your support!

CATCH ME IF YOU WANNA!
TVXQ or Tong Vfang Xien Qi (made up of Changmin and Yunho from the previous kpop group DBSK or Dong Bang Shin Ki) have also made a very long awaited comeback recently with “Catch Me”. Released on September 25, 2012. “Catch Me” has done so well in just the last half of this year that TVXQ announced they will be having their own world tour starting in Seoul and going to many other countries around the world, starting the new year off strong. TVXQ’s Yunho and Changmin have been in the kpop scene for many years now, so it’s no wonder they’re still at the top. The music video has insane choreography and even when they perform live they still reenact it flawlessly. The dance is called “The Hulk Dance” because all of the dancers have gold plated arms, and when they connect them all together, it looks like they are raising giant arms like The Hulk! The music video is really phenomenal. There are many impressive points about this song and TVXQ has made me very proud to be their fan. Check it out for yourself sometime!

WE GOT THE POWER!
B.A.P (Best Absolute Perfect) is another one of my all time favorite kpop groups and they have made a big name for themselves. They haven’t been stars for very long but they already have a very loyal following. B.A.P is a 6-member group that has actually released many songs in 2012, but my ultimate favorite B.A.P song is “Power”. The music video for “Power” was released on April 26, 2012 and has about 4 million views on YouTube. After promotion in Korea for this song, they went on an Asian showcase tour in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. It’s got that grudge sound to show their true “Power” and their image usually has to do with the bad boy look. B.A.P has it all: great dance moves, powerful vocals, and insane raps. They really are a force to be reckoned with. B.A.P GOT THE POWER!

YOU KNOW WHAT I WISH?
I wish that one of my ultimate bias’ Lee Hongki and I could eat ice cream together! Who do you love in kpop? Lee Hongki is from a band called FT Island who made a comeback this year with their song “I Wish”! It quickly became one of my favorite songs of the year but I really don’t know a lot about FT Island. I have been finding out more about them because I’ve always loved Hongki but never knew his band very much, mostly his acting skills.

Author: Jini

So Cal 1.5 Generation Korean-American / Teacher-In-Training / Freelance MC and Kor-Eng Interpreter

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