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T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION

17 October, 2014 - 12:03
T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION
Release Date: 
10/7/14
Label: 
코어콘텐츠미디어
What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree."

What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." The remix was done by Chuckie and I'm really not impressed, largely because he used very little of the girls' vocals and T-ARA minus T-ARA is not very good. Yes, it's harder and it's faster than the original EDMEDITION of the song, but you take away 90 percent of the vocals and you've just ruined it for me. Of course, if you're a big fan of T-ARA like me then you'll have to have it, but unless you're a T-ARA otaku or especially like remixes with very few vocals then I'd say save yourself $1.29 and avoid this one.

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FLiP: GIRL

17 October, 2014 - 11:09
FLiP: GIRL
Release Date: 
10/1/14
Label: 
Universal
As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop.

As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop. Everything about this song is perfect, quite frankly. The beats immediately grab you, sucking you right in, while Sachiko sings "la, la, la / la, la, la, la" or something pretty similar to that, making your brain immediately start singing along.

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ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM)

14 October, 2014 - 11:25
ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM)
Release Date: 
10/13 (album) and 9/10/14 (single)
Label: 
EEG Emperor Entertainment Group
If you like Chinese pop, you must get to know Angela Hui, one of Canto-pop's brightest new stars.

Angela Hui wowed critics and audiences alike when she performed at Emperor Entertainment Group's singing contest in 2010. Not only was her voice original, she also proved to be a highly skilled piano player. The label immediately recruited her and she spent three years in training before she finally released her much anticipated debut album on October 11, 2013. And the album performed very well, the single "Ring Ring" doing especially well on radio. Indeed, the world of Canto-pop (Cantonese pop, obviously) had a new star.

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YUKI: FLY

9 October, 2014 - 09:11
YUKI: FLY
Release Date: 
9/17/14
Label: 
Epic Records
Finally, following a three year wait, Yuki has released her seventh full-length album in the form of FLY. The 16 track opus includes the singles Play Ball, Sakamichi no Melody, Watashi no Onegai Koto, Starmann and Dare Demo Lonely along with 11 brand new, never before released tracks.

Finally, following a three year wait, Yuki has released her seventh full-length album in the form of FLY. The 16 track opus includes the singles Play Ball, Sakamichi no Melody, Watashi no Onegai Koto, Starmann and Dare Demo Lonely along with 11 brand new, never before released tracks.

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HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU!

2 October, 2014 - 09:41
HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU!
Release Date: 
9/24/14
Label: 
Universal Music
The new HKT48 single is trash... But the B-sides are quite nice!

Well, there's an easy way to sum this one up: if you like AKB48 and all of the related artists then you're sure to find this new single by HKT48 irresistible. But if you've never liked the AKB sound, well, stay far, far away. That said, the B-sides are quite good!

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CNBLUE: WAVE

30 September, 2014 - 12:15
CNBLUE: WAVE
Release Date: 
9/17/14
Label: 
Warner Music Japan
It's been a year since the highly successful South Korean band CNBLUE -- otherwise known as Code Name Blue -- last released a Japanese album, but they're back in a big way with their brand-new album, Wave, which features songs from the singles Truth and Go Your Way along with six brand-new tracks.

It's been a year since the highly successful South Korean band CNBLUE -- otherwise known as Code Name Blue -- last released a Japanese album, but they're back in a big way with their brand-new album, Wave, which features songs from the singles Truth and Go Your Way along with six brand-new tracks. For this review, I'm just going to review it as if all the songs were brand new because having them in a different language does make them sound noticeably different even to someone who doesn't know Korean and Japanese like myself.

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HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR

25 September, 2014 - 13:57
HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR
Release Date: 
8/20/14
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment
Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums and, of course, Haruna's always sweet voice.

Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums and, of course, Haruna's always sweet voice. What I always like about Haruna's music is that you feel like you've stepped into a dreamworld where only her music exists when you listen to it. It's not that it sounds otherworldly or super original, but it has character, much more so than your average J-Pop singer brings to the table.

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HARUKA TOMATSU: FANTASTIC SODA!!

24 September, 2014 - 10:15
HARUKA TOMATSU: FANTASTIC SODA!!
Release Date: 
7/30/14
Label: 
SMCL
At long last, soda pop now has an anthem!

If you're a big fan of soda then you're in for a real treat here as Haruka Tomatsu delivers a bubbly pop music ode to the luscious liquid appropriately entitled "Fantastic Soda!!" The uplifting tune packs seriously punchy beats with shimmering strings, acoustic guitars and Haruka's super enthusiastic vocals for one of the most bouncy J-Pop tunes of the year. Listen and bow down to the carbonation!

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LABOUM: PETIT MACARON

19 September, 2014 - 11:58
LABOUM: PETIT MACARON
Release Date: 
8/26/14
Label: 
CJ E&M
LA BOUM -- stylized as LABOUM -- is a new girl group formed by NH Media and Nega Network. Its rather young members are Sol Bin, Yul Hee, Ju Yeong, ZN, Hae In and So Yeon. Petit Macaron is their first release and it's quite promising.

LA BOUM -- stylized as LABOUM -- is a new girl group formed by NH Media and Nega Network. Its rather young members are Sol Bin, Yul Hee, Ju Yeong, ZN, Hae In and So Yeon. Petit Macaron is their first release and it's quite promising.

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TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER"

17 September, 2014 - 10:02
TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER"
Release Date: 
9/16/14
Label: 
SM Entertainment
As you probably know, TaeTiSeo is a Girls Generation sub-unit consisting of Tae Yeon, Tiffany, and Seo Hyun. The name TaeTiSeo is a combination of the beginnings of each of their names. Their first mini-album, Twinkle, performed really well, hence another mini-album from them. And it might as well be another Girls' Generation mini-album because we're talking about some high quality, incredible K-Pop here.

As you probably know, TaeTiSeo is a Girls Generation sub-unit consisting of Tae Yeon, Tiffany, and Seo Hyun. The name TaeTiSeo is a combination of the beginnings of each of their names. Their first mini-album, Twinkle, performed really well, hence another mini-album from them. And it might as well be another Girls' Generation mini-album because we're talking about some high quality, incredible K-Pop here.

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THE BRILLIANT GREEN: THE SWINGIN' SIXTIES

16 September, 2014 - 15:02
THE BRILLIANT GREEN: THE SWINGIN' SIXTIES
Release Date: 
7/23/14
Label: 
Warner Music Japan
The title of this album, The Swingin' Sixties, had me thinking that this was an album of covers from the sixties. But then I looked at the tracklist and most of the titles looked familiar. And so I looked at the tracklists for all of their previous albums and, sure enough, all of the songs on this album appear on previous albums by the group.

The title of this album, The Swingin' Sixties, had me thinking that this was an album of covers from the sixties. But then I looked at the tracklist and most of the titles looked familiar. And so I looked at the tracklists for all of their previous albums and, sure enough, all of the songs on this album appear on previous albums by the group. Turns out this is an album of self-covers, Tomoko Kawase (a.k.a.

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T-ARA: AND & END [AKA SUGAR FREE: T-ARA EDM EDIT]

12 September, 2014 - 09:36
T-ARA: AND & END [AKA SUGAR FREE: T-ARA EDM EDIT]
Release Date: 
9/15/14
Label: 
Core Contents Media
Now that Ji Yeon and Hyo Min are done promoting their solo careers (for now), T-ARA are back with AND & END, a brand new mini-album and it's a real smash.

Now that Ji Yeon and Hyo Min are done promoting their solo careers (for now), T-ARA are back with AND & END, a brand new mini-album and it's a real smash. Granted, in my eyes T-ARA can't do any wrong, but if I wasn't a T-ARA fan already then this mini-album surely would have converted me. So, if you're not a fan, I think you should give this one a listen and reconsider. If you love K-Pop, I just can't imagine you not liking it.
This is K-Pop on the scale of 2NE1 and SNSD.

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ORANGE CARAMEL: TONIGHT [FROM THE SOUNDTRACK "IT'S OK, IT'S LOVE"]

11 September, 2014 - 16:54
ORANGE CARAMEL: TONIGHT [FROM THE SOUNDTRACK "IT'S OK, IT'S LOVE"]
Release Date: 
9/11/14
Label: 
CJ E&M
K-Pop doesn't get much better than this.

Usually I don't get very excited when my favorite K-Pop stars do songs for movies because these songs tend to be very generic ballads. Heard one, you've heard them all. Actually, OK, I'm a hypocrite because I put these songs on my sleepytime playlists and enjoy them in that capacity. But seldom does an actual non-ballad, full-blown pop song come out on one of these soundtracks, especially not when the movies are dramas. But I'm quite thankful to be able to say that Orange Caramel's new song "Tonight" is a jumpy, contagious example of sleek K-Pop bliss.

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SISTAR: TOUCH & MOVE

9 September, 2014 - 17:25
SISTAR: TOUCH & MOVE
Release Date: 
7/23/14
Label: 
Loen Entertainment
This year Sistar returned for another summer of blissful K-Pop music...

This year Sistar returned for another summer of blissful K-Pop music...

I'm not sure who worked on which tracks here, but the producers are Choi Kyu Sung, Rado, Duble Sidekick and Kim Do Hoon.

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AKB48: 心のプラカード (Kokoro no Purakado)

2 September, 2014 - 13:49
AKB48: 心のプラカード (Kokoro no Purakado)
Release Date: 
August 2014
Label: 
King Record Co.
AKB48's latest single is "心のプラカード," which Google translates as "Placard of Mind." Perhaps it is in spite of its title, then, that the song is mindless J-Pop fodder.

AKB48's latest single is "心のプラカード," which Google translates as "Placard of Mind." Perhaps it is in spite of its title, then, that the song is mindless J-Pop fodder. But that's not such a bad thing. When most people listen to pop songs, they just want to be entertained. And "心のプラカード " does entertain for all of its approximately four minutes. What it doesn't do is break the AKB48 mold. You have a fast tempo, blaring horns, soaring strings, jittery piano and a seemingly infinite number of girls harmonizing together. Not bad. Or is it?

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