Korean K-pop star Psy has released “Gentleman,” his followup single to the massive phenomenon “Gangnam Style.” It’s more of the same, but lacking the camp factor that made Gangnam work. Though I do love the lyric, “He’s a mother father gentle man.”
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The insanely popular G-Dragon of the K-pop band BIGBANG gifted Nicola Formichetti with this completely badass song for his F/W menswear collection. Lyrics: “Fuck Swag! Fuck Fashion! Fuck Mugler! Look at all the fucks I give, look what little fucks I give, Look how many fucks I give, look what little fucks I give, Look how many fucks I give, look at all the girls I fuck. (puss puss puss)” Loving the show, btw, and the pink suits. For Fall. Groundbreaking.
As much as I adore the way that the One Direction boys amble about the stage like a bunch of drunken toddlers, there is something to be said for a boyband with super-tight choreography, and nobody does that better than K-pop superstars TVXQ. In their latest video, “Catch Me” they do this wonderful thing where they join the exo-skeltons on their sleeves and do a slick serpentine movement that then lights up and looks totally awesome. Watch the video here. (t/y Chris)
Really gorgeous video, really fabulous song. Very lush, very chic, very Altered Images circa Bite (does that reference mean anything to anyone anymore?). Mind you, there’s a lot going on here. You and I might think it’s just a video with a pretty girl dancing and masturbating and eventually getting it on with a hot guy. But apparently that’s a big deal in Korea. One atrl commenter had this to say about it: “There is going to be a LOT of discussion about sexuality, the role of women in k-pop, standards, what’s okay to film, and I really REALLY hope all the discussion leads to things opening up for the better. The idea of the song being called ‘Bloom’ with a video like that, to me, is about breaking out of the repression of true sexuality that both women and men in the k-pop industry and Korean culture face.” So there’s THAT. Now watch the video (and feel free to skip the first 2 minutes. It’s pretty but ultimately pretty pointless.)
Pretty awesome. Hurry and watch it, though, as it is quickly slipping into “Macarena”/”Who Let the Dogs Out” territory.
The infectious song, released earlier this summer, has amassed 46 million YouTube views and is the first K-Pop song to hit #1 on the US iTunes chart. From the LA Times: “So ubiquitous is the song that on Monday night at Dodgers Stadium during a game against the San Francisco Giants, PSY showed up on the between-innings dance-cam to promote it.” Watch it here. Or just watch the My Little Ponies doing it here.
With over 6 million views in just under a week, PSY’s video for “Gangnam Style” is THE BIGGEST THING EVER TO HIT THE K-POP MARKET, OMG. As Donald Trump says: “It’s YOOOOOGE.” Watch it and you’ll believe a fat, middle-aged man is the biggest pop star on the planet. He’s absolutely brilliant. From the song’s Youtube description: “The album’s weighty title song ‘Gangnam Style’ is composed solely by PSY himself from lyrics to choreography. The song is characterized by its strongly addictive beats and lyrics, and is thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy.” Now, can a Korean reader explain to me why he’s screaming “Open Canister”?