So, I know I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I’ve been busy, and to be perfectly honest, it’s a pain in the butt to get things together and post without an internet connection at home. But, I find myself needing to share a little with anyone who’s willing to listen.
In light of their recent lawsuits, the great Dong Ban Shin Ki (DBSK/TVSQ/Whatever you like to call them) have halted ALL their group activities. I think this is sad. While, I can only point out and name one of the members, I do have all of their albums and am a fan of theirs. They have amazing voices and can harmonize like nobodies business. I find it disappointing that the contract with their producers/managers are causing the group to suffer and their fans along with them. I love Korea and all their amazing musicians, what I don’t like are the horrible contracts they are forced to work under and the conditions that they have to put up with. The word is that it’s just temporary, but the break that N’Sync took years ago turned into an un-official break-up. I just hope that this doesn’t have to DBSK. For more info check out this.
I happened across this band while I was searching for some Korean music that’s NOT pop/dance/hip-hop. Of course, I’m already a fan of Yoon Do-Hyun Band, San-Ul-Lim and other great rock bands, but I always keep my eyes open for new ones and here’s a winner. A.Tract. Or A-Tract. Whichever. They use both. The average age of this band? Seventeen and a half. But you’d never know it by listening to their music. For Korea, they have a very fresh sound and I was pleasantly surprised by their album.
It was a big deal last year when G-Dragon released his solo album. And then, while enjoying his success he was accused of plagiarism saying that his song Heartbreaker was a rip-off of Flo-Ridas’ Right Round. Well, on G-Dragons’ new live album release there is a new re-mix of Heartbreaker featuring; guess who? Flo-Rida. Take that folks! Sometimes I think that people get a little too quick to accuse others of copying and plagiarism. The mind is a sponge and it keeps things that it likes and if an artist happens to use a similar beat or if it even remotely sounds the same they are up in arms. I think that the songs very barely resemble one another and to have Flo-Rida collaborate with GD is proof that they respect one another. Score one for the Koreans! 🙂
P.S. – on March 16th G-Dragon paid a fine and was cleared of all charges of plagiarism. 😉
I am contemplating creating a Asian Arts Club in the Minneapolis area – I wonder if there is anyone who would be interested in joining. I would like to meet once or twice a month, to enjoy various movies/television shows and music or just about anything to do with South Asian culture (As discussed here on Daydreaming Lotus. ie: Korea, Japan, China, India) I’d be open to other cultures too. I think it would be interesting. I wonder if I can drum up some interest?
I’m planning to attend the local Explosion! 2009 tour stop coming up in August. As I await the arrival of some of my fav. playback singers I thought I’d dedicate this to miss Sita-Ji:
A little JW reference for you!
Radio NRI’s Bollywood & Beyond station on iTunes is a great way to listen to fun and current music from India. I highly recommend it if you have iTunes. If not,their website offers a link to listen in. If I could, I would listen to this at work. Makes me really want an iPhone for the first time!
The name is official “BoA” for her English debut album. The date is set for March 17th and it’s available for pre-order now from Amazon.com. I’m getting pretty excited! If pre-ordering is your thing (I’d rather go get it in the store on the day of release versus waiting for it to come to me in the mail, myself..) you can go to AllKPop.com and if you’re one of the first 100 to give them proof of your pre-order you’ll get a copy of the album signed by the pop-princess herself courtesy of the folks at AllKPop & SM Entertainment. Only a little while to go!