Wow, Kpop’s girl groups sure know how to keep the hype going!
Thanks to a tip I got, I finally got to update pretty fast unlike before, lol. Anyways, like I said before, I wasn’t really into the whole girl group battle going on in Kpop right now. There’s tons of new material coming out T-ara, Brown Eyed Girls’ comeback (which I’m kind of excited about!), Eric of Shinhwa’s new breed of girl group… Seriously, how can anyone keep up with all of this? I know I like 2ne1, but I’m not really following their other contenders.
Well, except maybe their closest rival in the rookie category, 4minute.
When I first saw their debut photos, I was mildly interested. They were getting too much rant about how they’re a combination of After School (which I love) and 2ne1. And there was a lot of hype about former Wonder Girls member Hyun Ah. I mean, come on. We get it. It was unfortunate that she had to back out of Korea’s most-loved WG, but do they have to bring it up every single time? I personally think WG wasn’t missing out on her, as Yoobin completely changed their game when she entered. Plus the leader doesn’t stand out as much, as the only two members get most of the attention. I couldn’t care much about the rest, either.
Mini-review: Their debut song Hot Issue is a pretty catchy track, I have to say, it gets you pumped up with the techno-electronica beat and strong chorus. If 2ne1 had the fierce image down to a T, these girls were going for the so-called “princess syndrome.” The song was about being a “hot issue”—being overly confident knowing that from head to toe, whatever they do will always be talked about. The song goes:
one. the shoes that i i wear without much thought
two. the pose that i keep keep striking whenever i want
three. the lipstick that i carelessly apply, slightly slightly
are you jealous of every little thing about my style
but you can’t copy me so carelessly
if you want, follow me, try to follow my style
shawty star, i’m always shawty star
Talk about having the attitude! But it’s actually a pretty clever way to again, veer away from the cute, pure, innocent AND humble image of other groups. I know a lot of fans don’t like comparing one girl group to another but it can’t be helped. Girl groups are one of the major players in Kpop right now, so naturally, they have to be a hot issue, lol. Anyways, I think 4minute’s image is still a bit confusing. They were said to have a “candy funk” feel but that’s too broad and pretty much undefined yet. Right now all they’re showing is a bunch of color explosion on stage.
In live performances, their vocals are shaky, but the energy and confidence are there. They’re not hardcore dancers too, but their choreography is memorable and they’re pretty easy to watch.
Overall, I’m not a fan of 4minute but it’s interesting to know what they’ve got brewing under their sleeves.
Then I saw that girl with the sunglasses, JiYoon—and I immediately thought: THIS GIRL IS WAY COOL. I think the company employed a pretty smart tactic to choose one charismatic girl and turn her into someone “mysterious” to get the people talking. At first netizens were getting tired of her “cyclops” look because she was wearing sunnies even indoors!
Despite that she still got a lot of love. I can’t count how many entertainment blogs rave about her, even in forums were netizens single her out as being the best in the group.
Here she is, finally! 4minute’s company decided to let viewers get to know more about her by revealing her sans the sunglasses (which I would personally want to own!) and show her practice videos.
Lovely, lovely! But it would’ve been cooler if they kept the mystery longer and reveal her in their second single or something. But all’s good.
What do you think about 4minute?
Is JiYoon cool or what?
Off-topic: What happened to After School? I wish they’ll get their game plan going on faster so they can make things even more interesting.
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