Of the numerous June comebacks, ZE:A’s newest mini-album “First Homme,” caught my eye (and ears) unexpectedly this week. Catchy and exciting, the title track “Breathe” turned out to be just the song to usher in a new season of greatly anticipated comebacks in the music industry. I’ll be honest and say that the first listen didn’t appeal right away, but I quickly found myself bopping along by the end of the day. And if that doesn’t convince you, then perhaps you’d like to know that the Doctor’s TARDIS makes a cameo in their music video.
More Magazine Monday goodness! Beautiful, smart, graceful, and talented, actress Lee Yoon Ji is one of my favorite leading ladies in the industry. She makes quite the lovely bride in this photoshoot, and is one person who deserves more recognition for her craft, though I do hear that her latest project King’s Family (which wrapped in February) was one crazy ride.
Another delightful song for the ears for this week’s Current Obsession with Seo In-gook’s newest single “Mellow Spring,” which dropped two weeks ago. Nowadays, you might recognize Seo In-gook as an actor before you realize that he started out as a singer. I wouldn’t blame you either, why with all the movies and dramas he’s been in, but it’s nice to know that the singer himself likes to remind everyone that he can hum a tune or two. And oh so wonderfully, at that.
Time for something fun! Introducing Magazine Monday, a new blog post series whereby I’ll share fun (and sometimes wacky) magazine shoots of some favorite Korean celebrities. Because we all love pretty pictures and the pretty, right? First up is actor Ji Chang-wook, who recently wrapped up historical drama Empress Ki this past April.
Considering my closeted long-term adoration for INFINITE, this week’s Current Obsession post is long overdue. There are times as a fangirl when you actually wait weeks for a single to drop, and never had my anticipation been greater than for this particular song. Um, ombre blue and neon orange hair notwithstanding. It’s barely been a week since the group’s latest title track “Last Romeo” from the group’s second full-length album, aptly entitled “Season 2,” has hit the music charts. Needless to say that even if this song doesn’t do it for you (but really, why wouldn’t it?) there are plenty of other genre offerings on the album itself.
Say hello to the newest kid on the Kpop industry block: Megan Lee, a Korean-American singer-songwriter who recently appeared on the music scene with her debut single “8dayz” a few days ago. Just like the gorgeous spring weather outside, this is one delightfully sweet song whose lyrics carry an encouraging message: every day is a new day. Words that should be echoed more often, methinks.
Need a song that will put a smile on your face that isn’t necessarily Kpop? Well then look no further than the Korean indie world, particularly Standing Egg, whose sweet melody and easygoing lyrics are sure to give you the warm fuzzies. The indie group dropped their newest mini-album “36.5” a few days ago, and as expected, its feel-good music delivers a happy-go-lucky je ne sais quoi, making it a perfect fit for spring.
For this week, I’ll be jumping back a few months to one of my all-time faves: Kang Gary, whose first-ever solo album “Mr. Gae” dropped in January 2014. Perhaps best known for his regular cast appearance on variety show Running Man, he is first and foremost a musician and rapper as one-half of the hip-hop duo LeeSsang. Sure I love his witty and suave character on K-variety, but it’s nice to know that one of the most respected people in the music business also gets the love and recognition that comes from one thing: hard work.
Next up for our musical pleasure is ToHeart, a collaboration duo between S.M. Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment, who recently released a mini-album together back in March, with a follow-up single in April. I love the idea of unit groups, especially between entertainment agencies, since it feeds my love for dream casting idols in one group. And when you’ve got two voices that blend beautifully together—why yes, I would love these boys to “Tell Me Why” I should let more dreams become reality.
Just take one look at this cutie (and a listen to his singing voice), and I guarantee that Eric Nam will be the most adorable guy you’ve ever across in the Kpop industry in the past few years. That smirk is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the charming personality of this up and coming singer, and his latest single “Ooh Ooh” has an upbeat melody that will make you want to get up and dance. Like right now.