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Article: “Rebel: 5 K-pop Acts that Won’t Conform” ~List of some K-pop’s biggest rebels, including 2NE1 and others

Words by Tamar Herman

It’s not every day that a guy dancing around on a fake horse makes headlines, but that’s precisely whatPsy did with the video for his über-viral 2012 hit “Gangnam Style.” Most of the 2 billion people that watched the music video didn’t pick up on the deeper social commentary and critique of Korea’s middle class, but it’s plain to pretty much anyone who knows where Gangnam is and how to pronounce it. What’s more, it was not an isolated incident. Hiding amid the sequins and leather tap pants, some other popular K-pop groups are coming out with incisive messages of their own.

Sure, synchronized dancing, over the top costumes, and twenty-something men wearing eyeliner aren’t typically associated with social revolutions. It might be time to rethink that. South Korea’s seen a lot of public protests in the past, but these days younger people are more interested in sharing their opinions on social media, in socially acceptable ways rather than taking to the streets. In similar fashion, singing songs with social commentary while still fitting into the often-sugary genre most Korean young people listen to, some of K-pop’s up-and-coming acts are rebelling in a socially accepted way.

From the rebellious nature of B.A.P to the in-your-face awesomeness of 2NE1, there are some Korean groups throwing off the typical bubblegum pop attitude usually associated with K-pop in favor of much harsher sounds and messages. It could be seen cynically, as a way for these groups to try to make an impact on a music industry overloaded with K-pop acts. Still, the defiant stances taken by some of these idols are powerfully attractive to Korea’s youth, most of whom don’t have a lot of free time between studying and trying to get into one of Korea’s top universities. Music is a form of expression, and Korean entertainment labels toe the line between what people are really feeling and what is politically correct. Songs that are too riotous will get banned from the airwaves in South Korea, but these groups have figured out the way to sing dissenting messages and still make extremely catchy music. 

 

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The four members of 2NE1 are gaining popularity globally for their edgy style and sound. But it’s the group’s message that really makes 2NE1 stand apart from the average K-pop act. “I Am the Best” is about female empowerment and individuality, while the rock-ballad “Ugly” deals with Korea’s obsession with becoming beautiful, and “Come Back Home” is about the addiction to technology. These are 2NE1’s most subversive songs. The music video for “Come Back Home” is essentially 2NE1’s attempt to pull people away from their video games and smart phones, with a reggae-inspired electropop sound.

 

 

(A/N: Omitted non-2NE1 related parts)

 

Credits:

Source: @mtviggy

http://www.mtviggy.com/lists/rebel-k-pop-bts-bangtan-boys-2ne1-nuest-sunny-hill-bap/

Article: CLIO’s “Salon de Cara” Sold Out Nationwide with Sandara Park as the Brand’s Main Model

THE POWER OF SANDARA PARK! ^_^

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Makeup brand CLIO’s new mascara, ‘Salon de Cara’ sells out all its initial stock of 130,000 within 3 weeks!

The sold out mascara is made specifically for Korean women with short and thin eyelashes with an innovative concept of, ‘Eyelash Curler-cara,’ ‘Hand-cara,’ and ‘Roll Brush-cara.’ These fun names brought attention to the products before they were even released. From the beginning of August, when the items were launched, within just three weeks, the products were sold out online and in stores with Sandara Park as the brand’s main model.

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Analyzing the pattern of the time the makeup products were sold, the company found that the mascara was selling the most right before summer vacations started. Mascara’s most important quality is being waterproof and as this line is waterproof, it can be said that this item has become one of the must-have-items for vacation makeup.

Not only that but this mascara solves the problem every girl has with their eyelashes. With fun names like ‘Full Volume,’ ‘C-Curl Volume,’ and ‘Extension Volume,’ each name represents the type of mascara it is. These memorable names help with the sales because it remains in the consumer’s mind when shopping at beauty stores.

Meanwhile, the company hopes to see a new record this fall season for the ‘Salon de Cara.’

Credit: BNT News

News: Sandara Park, “Why Am I Pretty?” Reveals Beauty Secrets

Sandara Park, “Why Am I Pretty?” Reveals Beauty Secrets

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Sandara Park‘s beauty tips and talk in a beauty program is a hot topic.

On the broadcast of OnStyle‘s “Get It Beauty” on the 10th, she disclosed the beauty items found inside her pouch, and revealed her beauty tips publicly.

Sandara Park exposed the contents of her “chick pouch” and introducing her must-have, essential items, like Clio Kill Black eyeliner, Salon de Cara, tint, BB Cream, and lip&cheek make-up. In particular, the beauty panel were surprised with the pouch, since it was coming from a member of a top idol girl group.

She showed how the “little eye tail” eyeline could be applied as well. “When you’re busy or don’t have a lot of time, just draw a slight tail. It’s fast and easy to do, and it’s good at emphasizing the shape of the eyes,” she said.

Also to complete the make-up transformation, she revealed the use of another essential item, which is the mascara. For this instance, she used Salon De Cara, hair roll shape, emphasizing on filling and volume with careful application starting from the root up. When selecting a brush, the size is important, a small brush should be used to put emphasis on the corner color of the eyes. Use of eyelash color before the mascara would emphasize the eye-shape and make the eyes look larger, garnering admiration from the beauty panel.

Netizens who saw the broadcast commented with, “Sandara Park is gorgeous,” “Sandara Park’s ‘little eye tail’ make-up is cute,” showing their reaction.

Credits:

Source: Wow Star TV

Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Article: Confessions of a 2NE1 Stan

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We know it’s raining Balmain and KTZ, Jeremy Scott to Givenchy, but we hope underneath all of your Fendi furs, you keep a little space for us Pinoys in your precious little Chrome Heart

MANILA, Philippines – Hoy, Dara! Kamusta na?

I am happy to report that we are enjoying fabulous weather here in our beloved Philippines — sweltering to a fault, practically hellish at times, but lovely all the same. Thanks for asking! #WelcomeHomeDara I say to you, but please do lather on the sun screen, we wouldn’t want to ferry you home with a sunburn. Papa YG doth not prescribe a bronzed concept for our porcelain princess, a look that did find success with Yubin from the Wonder Girls but hardly on anybody else. A strange factoid, but oh well — climate change is real, you guys, and no K-pop idol is safe from dehydration, let alone unwanted tans. But I digress. Now that we’ve exchanged our usual amount of pleasantries, I am writing you now because I have a confession to make. I know this may come off as a shock, but I feel the time has come for me to come out and say it. Sandara Park, gulp, I am your biggest fan.

I had heard through the grapevine that you’ve made the trip to Manila sometime in the past week, making the rounds from Showtime to Gandang Gabi Vice. It is a bit disconcerting to have heard it first from the news, was I wrong in expecting a few missives from your camp? A text, maybe? Don’t I still follow you on Twitter and Instagram? Are we still friends? I was hoping you would finally take the opportunity to introduce me to our three new kabarkadas: CL, Park Bom and Minji, otherwise known as the bad bitches of 2NE1. From your meager roots of In-Or-Out, to the meteoric rise of the global hit I Am The Best, you have seriously made it big and I could not be happier for you.  I just wish we could all hang out. Am I asking for the world here? Don’t answer that.

But seriously, what gives — who was the first person to defend you online when you came out onstage with Vegeta’s hairstyle? Who championed the cooling benefits of that undercut you got for 2NE1’s “I Love You” round of promotions? And most of all, who deigned to not make fun of you for wearing Freego that one time? Newsflash! It was me. Right now, I know it’s raining Balmain and KTZ, Jeremy Scott to Givenchy, but I hope underneath all of your Fendi furs and Moschino, you can find a teensy little space for me in your precious little Chrome Heart. Or, Hearts.

Shocker, but I paid good money to see you perform tonight. It is my Plan B if this letter does not find purchase. Just know I am not going as your best friend but as your #1 fan. And though I do not belong to any of the pertinent fan clubs, I will be the one cheering for you the loudest. All or Nothing.

Always and forever, my pambansang krung-krung, Melissa Hicks

Source: PhilStar.com

 

Article: 2NE1 Included On YouTube’s ‘Evolution Of Girl Groups’ Playlist

2NE1 Included On YouTube’s ‘Evolution Of Girl Groups’ Playlist

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2NE1 are apparently living up to the title of their song “I Am the Best” with their most recent achievement.

Recently, YouTube released a playlist called “The Evolution of Girl Groups.” Amongst names like Destiny’s Child, Spice Girls and TLC, 2NE1’s 2011 hit “I Am the Best” was included in the streaming video website’s playlist.

“Even before the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, girl groups have been a massive force in pop music, and they still are,” read the official YouTube playlist description.

“The list consists of 20 girl groups from around the world, including TLC, Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, Little Mix, Pussycat Dolls, and Fifth Harmony,” tweeted 2NE1Playlist on Twitter. “2NE1 were on the list with ‘I Am the Best.'”

But 2NE1 are not unaccustomed to receiving international recognition.

Last month, “I Am the Best” was chosen to be featured on Microsoft’s new commercial, utilized as a subtle jab toward the company’s competitor, Apple.

The hit song accompanied the promotional video for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet laptop as compared to Apple’s Macbook Air. The commercial will air on television for six months while the song will accompany the video on the Internet and other media for a year.

In addition, Billboard also named the YG Entertainment group one of the top 10 K-pop girl groups readers need to know back in April, even going as far as to compare it to the Rolling Stones.

Earlier in the year, 2NE1 made history by releasing the highest-charting record for all K-pop acts on the Billboard 200 with “Crush.”

Currently, 2NE1 are busy promoting their “All or Nothing” world tour, with one final concert set for Guanzhou, China on Sept. 20.

Credit: KpopStarz

Feature Article: AIA Festival 2014 – Why Going to a YG Family Concert is a Must-Go

AIA Festival 2014: Why Going to a YG Family Concert is a Must-Go

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Would you stand for four and a half hours to listen to nothing but YG music?

Of course, you would! And that’s exactly what myself and thousands of others did at the AIA Festival 2014.

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Concert goers start walking towards the entrance of the YG Family venue.

With more than 15,000 people crammed together in anticipation of their favorite YG idols, you could really feel the excitement, energy, and euphoric atmosphere within the crowd. I came ready for the massive hordes of YG Stans – the name for YG fans – as I brought coffee to provide enough caffine during the concert, as well as pack wet issues to fight off any sweat from the closed, crammed, sweaty confines I would soon find myself in.

A quick glance around me showed many in the audience decked out with Blackjack shirts — the fan name for 2NE1, and VIP yellow glow sticks — the fan name for Big Bang.

The event was truly international as well. The YG fans in the audience were not just Korean, as you can hear Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and English within earshot.

The four an a half YG concert was also a test of endurance. Standing at the YG concert was actually an hour longer than a Lord of the Rings movie, but instead of watching wizards, elves, and trolls, I saw K-pop stars of all variety. The long concert, however, was worth every bit of exhaustion, leg aches, and sweatiness. Hearing Big Bang, 2NE1, Epik High, Lee Hi, Akdong Musician, Winner, Team B, and PSY was a treat all in itself.

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As the time inched closer to the 6:30 PM starting time, the cheering has already begun even before the first act. It was time to get the show started!

YG’s Famed Ladies – 2NE1

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2NE1 opens up the concert to massive applause.

The 2NE1 Profile:

Overview:

Pronounced as “twenty one” (and less commonly said as “to anyone”), 2NE1 is a four girl group that drops down the house with electro, dance beats. As the sister group of Big Bang, the four ladies are one of the most popular K-pop groups today. The group already has massive success, winning two Song of the Year awards with I Don’t Care (2009) and I Am the Best (2011).


Debut: 2009
Label: YG Entertainment
Genre(s): Pop, dance, electronica
Fan name:Blackjacks

The four ladies of 2NE1 were the first group to kick things off. Singing their iconic songs “Crush” and “Fire”, the fans were already in full swing, cheering and singing the song lyrics word-for-word. They later sang the addictive lyrics of “it ain’t over till it’s over” in “Gotta Be You” then got fans to chant “Come Back Home”.

The energy brought on by the four ladies was infectious, as their electronica, dance beats made it easy to become immersed in the concert. It was also surprising that YG decided to bring out 2NE1 as the opening act. Usually, in concerts they save their biggest, most popular groups towards the end. Yet, what better way to start things off right than with one of YG Family’s crowning jewels? 2NE1 is YG royalty and easily grabbed the audience’s attention from the start.

The queens of the Blackjack kingdom had a bit of everything in their performance: a skit that involved motorcycles, bad girl strutting, and sensual dancing. Speaking of dancing…

Minzy, Minzy, Minzy. I’ll say she was the highlight of the four bad girls of K-pop. With her red hair she memorized the audience with her crazy splits, booty dancing, showing utmost confidence, and displaying that sensual side of hers.

Seeing Park Bom live was also great to see. She was recently involved in a drug scandal, as she laid low after the incident went down. Fortunately, the fans, including myself, had her back, as shouts of “we missed you” and “we’ll always support you” echoed through the stadium.

It’s good to see the four ladies back, stronger than ever this year after a two-year hiatus from touring (their last tour until this year was the New Evolution Global Tour back in 2012). 2013 didn’t feel the same without them performing live. Welcome back 2NE1!

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Feature Article: Sandara Park Tops Survey for Idols that Suit the “All-Back Hairstyle” the Most

Sandara Park Tops Survey for Idols that Suit the “All-Back Hairstyle” the Most

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T/N: “올백 머리” literally means, “all-back hairstyle,” it means, all the hair is combed back to show the face entirely.

2NE1’s Sandara Park was chosen as the girl group idol that suits the “all-back” hairstyle the most.

Recently, on the Dream Cosmetic Surgery homepage, the website’s visitors were asked to join in on a survey titled, “Girl Idol That Suits The All-Back Hairstyle The Most,” and it was revealed that Sandara Park topped the survey results, garnering 31.7% of the votes.

Other idols on the survey were f(x)’s Sulli, who was at second place with 29.2% of the votes, and Wonder Girls’ Sohee and Kara’s Goo Hara, who got 26.7% and 12.4% of the votes respectively.

The all-back hairstyle really shows a woman’s “real beauty” for many years. The hairstyle reveals the whole face, and many hairstyles that allude to this style has been made for women as well.

Sandara Park, who topped the survey, has made this hairstyle as one of her trademarks, as she has been wearing her hair back most of the time, since her debut, showing her rounded head and pretty features. This hairstyle in particular is quite hard to pull off well since one needs an oval-shaped face and round head shape (LOLOLOL! Guess I don’t pull this off “well” then, but I do my hair this way anyway, teehee!) for it to be shown neatly.

(T/N: Ommitted the tedious technical description of “oval faces” and “round heads” ^_^)

Credits:

Sources: Asia Today + EDaily

Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Here are some pictures of Dara totally rocking the “all-back” hairstyle:

Since debut!

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And now!

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Since Etude days:

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And now for Clio! ^^

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[PREVIEW] The F Magazine (Singapore) features “Sandara Park Where The Heart Is” (September 2014 Issue)

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Source: @angelpilgrim,

Feature: KoreaBoo ~ “5 Korean Beauty Stores and their Amazing Products” – Clio at Number 1!

5 KOREAN BEAUTY STORES AND THEIR AMAZING PRODUCTS

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Koreans never tire in their pursuit for beauty, which is often either made possible by a strictly regimented and vast arsenal of beauty products or plastic surgery. While they’re most famous for the latter, there are quite a few less permanent ways to get glowy, K-pop-music-video-ready skin. With the help of a few Korean beauty imports, it’s never been easier to do so — especially since they’ve gone mainstream (there’s a Missha located at the mall close by me!). The following is a list of my five favorite Korean beauty stores (in no particular order), plus one product I absolutely can’t live without from each company. Get your beauty on!

1) Club Clio

This brand’s specialty is colorful, funky and youthful makeup in a myriad of colors. Think of Club Clio as the MAC of Korea — like MAC, they have their own celeb spokespeople. Clio’s current model and spokesperson is none other than Dara of 2NE1, who appears in all their current ad campaigns and commercials.

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Korean chicks love intensely lined eyes, so it’s no surprise that Club Clio’s bestselling item is their Gelpresso Waterproof Pastel Upper Liner. It is applied with a creamy twist-up soft plastic pencil and acts like regular pencil eyeliner. However, it’s different from regular pencil eyeliners due to being completely waterproof and therefore smudge proof, which comes in handy in the hot, humid summer heat.

2) Nature Republic

3) Missha

4) Skinfood

5) The Face Shop

Credits:

Source: KoreaBoo

News: YG Life ~ “YG Family, So Good to be Together”

YG FAMILY, SO GOOD TO BE TOGETHER

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[OSEN=선미경 기자] Younger and older artists became one. They delivered an evermore exciting and diverse performance. The artists shone brightly on stage, and the audience responded with much passion.

For the AIA REAL LIFE: NOW FESTIVAL 2014 held at Jamsil Sports Complex on August 15 from 6:30 pm, YG Family became the headliners to wrap up the concert. From WINNER to AKDONG MUSICIAN (AKMU), 2NE1, BIGBANG, EPIK HIGH and PSY, every artist from YG filled the stage with excitement. The stadium was full of audience who were enthusiastic enough to heat up the cold night breeze.

But what stood out most was the heart-warming collaboration among the artists. EPIK HIGH sang “Umbrella” with AKMU’s LEE SOO HYUN while singing “Love Love Love” with DARA. It was refreshing to see something so new.

This was not the end. GD turned “The Baddest Female” into “The Baddest Male” with CL while performing “Crayon” with SEUNGRI. DARA and MINHO joined in to sing T.O.P’sDoom Dada” with him.

DAESUNG and KANG SEUNGYOON performed 2NE1’s “Ugly” while TAEYANG and TEAM B perfected “Ringa Linga.” MINZY sang “1,2,3,4” with LEE HI, and the rest of 2NE1 joined in to perform “If I Were You.” TAEYANG performed his “Eyes, Nose, Lips” with EPIK HIGH. TABLO aroused much attention previously with his cover of the song. EPIK HIGH and BOM showcased “Up.”

“Gangnam Style” definitely caught the attention of all at once. It was more special when it was performed for the curtain call. The entire YG Family joined in to sing the song, doing the horse-ride dance to heat up the stadium. Each group showcased some amazing performances, but “Gangnam Style” was more meaningful as it was a song that helped all YG artists bond. The more experienced artists introduced the newbies, and sent a round of applause to all the crewmembers. It was indeed heart warming.

The concert that was held like a festival was hot and dynamic. Fans home and abroad were in the stadium to enjoy the performances. The four hours was a time where the artists and the fans truly engaged to have fun. And those hours were more than enough to prove the power of YG Family.

Credits: YG Life

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