I was tweeting with almightykey the other day about how Koreans do their music promotions. I was listening to Tohoshinki’s Stand By You album and read about how Jaejoong compared their promotions in Japan—they take as long as a whole year to promote their whole album! Even in Cpop, they get to make music videos, do more live performances of different songs throughout the entire promotion period. Whereas, say in Super Junior’s case, I kept thinking their third full album was such a waste that they had to perform a goodbye stage so soon when they had lots of potentially good songs they can build up on. 2PM only had three months spent in their “comeback” and by the end of it they all look worn out!
But then again, in Korea, “mini-albums” are the trend, and they produce them so fast—and in the saturated world of kpopdom, no one can get left behind. They always have to churn out something “fresh” to surpass the others.
FT Island’s leader Jonghoon looked mighty dashing in normal black Zac Efron swept hair. Now he just looks… unrecognizable.
Tsk. Oh Hongki. This is how NOT to dye your hair. If your hairstylist did this to you, it’s best that you request for a REFUND. Right before their comeback he looked like a really cute teenager (in Mnet Scandal) but now he looks more like a punk. Then again if it’s about the concept, then so be it. I guess we’ll just have to shield our eyes!
I would seriously be looking at their flexed arms, but the FLAME ON! hair is distracting me.
FT Island’s rapper Seunghyon went from being a hunk to a… skunk?
FTI’s “jeans” concept was said to be inspired from the hit Hollywood classic, “Grease.” I do understand they’re going for retro-high school rebel image but Idunno. Somehow it didn’t come off that way. Despite all that, I LOVE their new sound. It’s rare that you find young boys with real instrument-playing talent these days.
TREND NUMBER 2: ADD COLOR NOT ONLY TO YOUR HAIR, BUT ALSO TO YOUR EYES
SHINee’s modern Romeo concept for their second album meant curls, hair color and contacts.
Oh, and with even TIGHTER, MORE COLORFUL pants.
These boys are adorable but the new hair… I mean, just look at Key and Taemin before! Nevertheless, these boys are still able to pull off their crazy outfits without bursting into laughter. After all, their designer Ha Saeng Baek is well-known for couture. So I guess the whole concept works after all. It gives the boys just a little more ooomph. But honestly, no matter how much I love these boys, sometimes they look more like an “ooops!”
Super Junior’s “comeback” concert look: The return of Don’t Don?
TREND NUMBER 3: GO BIG ON WIGS
Silver hair for Kara and short bobs for Brown Eyed Girls
TREND NUMBER 4: CHANGE OF PERSONA
While some artists go for the “fresh” and modern style….
Shinhwa’s Andy went from being the cool, low profile guy to being old school trot singer.
Brown Eyed Girls have always been sexy, but they had that boyish/cool vibe to go along with it. Now they changed their image up to a hot boiling point! Sistahs are working it!
Kara went from wearing frilly Sunday curtain dresses in Honey to wearing boyish-sexy white tops and baggy pants combo for their Revolution comeback—reminiscent of their debut image in Break it. Lovin’ it!
TREND NUMBER 5: LOSE WEIGHT (There’s no other way to put it)
BEG’s Narsha reportedly went on a very strict diet to achieve this look.
Everybody’s been asking… What happened to Nicole? It’s only a short time but she looks so skinny now.
This is her before.
Kara’s maknae lost a lot of weight too. DSP said the girls really underwent a diet to lose weight and are very satisfied with how they look now. I was like… What are they going to lose? They were quite thin before anyways and looked totally fine.
TREND NUMBER 6: FOR GUYS, GO GET THEM ABS!
Seoul Ong’s amazing transformation for 2AM’s A Friend’s Confession comeback. In an interview he said that he does ab workouts in more than a thousand repetitions every day. Hard work, man! They get those abs so fast it seems like they just bought them at a store!
2PM’s Chansung. I know I shouldn’t be complaining [just look at that Vogue photoshoot!] but I kinda feel bad for him because his only happiness is eating and they slowly took that away from him. *sobs*
2PM’s Wooyoung was known for his “mandoo”/dumpling cheeks so fans nicknamed him “Udon” or Japanese noodle.
Mandoo cheeks no more. Jae said in an interview for “Again and Again:” Chansung had to go on a diet like Wooyoung, and the food that they ate were chicken breasts and bananas. Pretty okay actually, but when you work in a tight schedule and practice damn hard like these guys, sometimes I wonder if that’s enough to keep them going? Wooyoung is looking skinnier and skinnier these days. *sigh*
I’m all for showing a fresh image and giving unique comeback performances. I mean, if they don’t change it up we might as well be seeing the same thing over and over again. But it’s just sad sometimes how hard these artists work and at the same time keep up with their changing image. In the real world, it’s also all about image [by image here I don’t just mean appearance]. Whatever you do, you have to put your best foot forward. What more in the celebrity world where the whole world is watching them?
P.S. FEED THE IDOLS!!!