You’ve probably written your letter to mum/dad Santa by now, but if your parents are anything like mine, they’re still nagging to find out what ‘stocking fillers’ you want. Books are usually my go to, and I have a great suggestion for your Christmas list.
Royal Pirates, or RP, have made their long awaited return, with their EP 3.3. This album comes a little late, given James’ injury, but it was more than worth the wait.
Plagiarism, sexualisation, paedophilia – all things soloist IU has been accused of in the past couple of weeks. IU is possibly a topic that has been exhausted, even The Guardian has covered it. There’s been accusations, apologies, official statements, and plenty of reaction to the themes in IU’s Chat-shire releases; but is there a much bigger picture here? Many of the accusations raise questions about Kpop as a whole, and leave one wondering if IU was simply an easy target after Dispatch revealed her relationship with Jang Ki Ha, eleven years her senior.
XIA (Kim Junsu) is back, with what is billed to be his final release before enlisting in the military. The mini album, Yesterday features eight tracks, including title Yesterday, and acoustic version of Tarantallegra, Incredible and Flower (all of which are stunning reimaginings of the original versions).
The romanisation of their name might still be ridiculous to me, but Burstered are continuing to impress.
Were Winner’s Mino’s Snow Me The Money 4 lyrics really that offensive? The Korean Communications Standards Commission has finally revealed the amount Mnet will be fined for excessive swearing and profanity, including Mino’s lyrics during the recently finished season. The fine is a massive 30 million Korean Won, roughly 16.5 thousand pounds sterling.
Korea is still very conservative, and the import of Western religious beliefs hasn’t at all helped this. Homophobia is common, and hearing it from a Korean one should understand it’s a belief many are brought up with. You don’t have to agree with it, and you can question it, but you can’t necessarily change it.
I’m a big fan of Galaxy Express, and was lucky enough to see them play during their UK tour in 2013. The trio have recently released their Walking On Empty album, an album they brought to the UK to master, at Abbey Road Studios no less.
Tiger JK’s latest release is Blazing. Featuring Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, this is another striking release featuring the MFBTY trio.
Written for UnitedKpop
A crowded sea-front pub in, for once, truly sunny Blackpool is the setting of our impromptu meet up with fashion designer Bajowoo (real name Park Jong Woo, though never referred to as such). The pub is a sea of mohawks, leather and colourful dye, and the 99%IS founder is no different, though he’s given the spikes a rest this afternoon. Blackpool is playing host to Rebellion, one of the world’s most popular Punk festivals, as it does every year, and that is exactly what has brought Bajowoo to this English seaside town.