A Prezzie! For Me!

Guess what, y’all?? Today, I received a prezzie! A BIG one!

Are you ready?

Its.. *drum roll please* … A whole post! In MY. HONOR.

I kid you not.

I’ve just picked my jaw off the floor long enough to put together a post to tell y’all about it.

Dream High OST – Someday (IU)

The other day, I was chatting with a couple of my friends on Twitter, and I casually said that I’m only very, very mildly in the kpop loop. It was a throwaway remark, really, butย that’s whenย dewaanifordrama – Twitter pal, blogger and kpop aficionado – popped in to offer to introduce me to the best of kpop. In the hope that sometime, someday – hur hur, didja see what I did there, with the song choice for this post? ๐Ÿ˜‰ – I’d be as fully on the kpop train as the rest of my Twitter buds.

She even offered to customize a playlist for me, according to the kind of music I usually go for. I thought that was super sweet of her, but I declined, coz really, that’s a heck of a lot of work! Instead, I asked for random tweets directing me to various MVs and dewaaniย obliged.

I spent the morning watching MV after MV as she kept slipping them my way. I told her which ones I liked more, and every couple of days after that, she’d slip me one more. And then one more.

And then today, we had this conversation, after I’d checked out yet another MV that dewaani had sweetly sent my way:

And that was it.

I thought nothing of it, and went about doing other stuff, and then,ย a couple of hours later, dewaani tweeted me, announcing that she’d made me a present:

Omo! 74 – SEVENTY-FOUR!!! – MVs, tailored to my tastes, wrapped up in the lovely package of an entire blog post dedicated to me? Just coz I’d casually remarked that I didn’t know much about kpop?

Wow.

What did I say, about the dramaverse being filled with lovely people?

THANK YOU, dewaani! You rawk, you seriously do. Not only do you know the ins and outs of kpop like no one else that I know, you’re so sweet and generous to boot!ย โ™ฅ Saranghae!

Alrighty.. Are y’all just about ready now, for me to unveil my big prezzie?

Here we go! You can check out my monster playlist prezzieย here.

Yep, it’s a biggie, alright. It’s gonna take me (and probably you too!) a good long while to get from one end to the other. But it’s gonna be such a lovely ride, dontcha think?ย โ™ฅ

158 thoughts on “A Prezzie! For Me!

  1. mawiie

    woah momma! That’s one big list for sure! Drama people are just awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ Ok I’m so going to go steal some songs from you because my playlist is so outdated. Some stuffs dated from 8 years ago LOL

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    1. kfangurl

      Right?!? It’s a MONSTER list, in a good way!! Steal away – and check out some of the recs in the comments too.. lots of kpop lovers came by to point me to their favorites! ;D

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  2. evez

    ..oh is that so?…i don’t know about that yet since i have not surf through net with regards to the spoilers of “GFB”…i think it would be wise for me not to so that i can continue to watch the remaining episodes…;)

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    1. kfangurl

      Oh certainly, if you’re still watching the drama, you should hide from spoilers so that you can enjoy the viewing experience without pre-coloring your perspective ^^ That’s why I only read general reactions for shows that I haven’t watched and have some intention of checking out. I skim write-ups like mad to avoid accidentally reading a spoiler ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. kfangurl

      Lol! That’s an effective teaser, then!! Not only are you interested to check out the MV and the song, you’ve even got the teaser on repeat! XD

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      1. Timescout

        Well, I would have checked the MV/song out anyways as I like ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say that this is their most fun teaser so far though.

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        1. kfangurl

          I like a band that’s unafraid to make fun, dorky teasers – these guys look like a fun bunch, and I don’t even know their music! ^^

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          1. dewaanifordrama

            I have one of their songs on the playlist, “Only Hard for Me”. They’re a hip-hop group who are still experimenting with their style. They’ve tried a bunch of stuff. I don’t think that all their stuff will be your cup of tea. You might like their “Celebrate”. I really loved their “Nod Along” from this year. They have pretty good English, and compose a lot of their own stuff. They’re under Jungle Entertainment, which Tiger JK, pretty much THE Korean rap and hip-hop scene guru, founded, but just left. bustered also loves them…it’s where her pen name comes from because they are the Most Incredible Busters.

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            1. kfangurl

              Ooh.. the inside scoop on bustered’s handle!! ;D It all makes perfect sense now!

              I checked out all 3 songs you mentioned, & I like them, though I don’t LOVE them.. I liked Only Hard for Me the most of the 3.. The other 2 weren’t bad either, but in terms of sticking, Only Hard for Me has the highest stick factor of the 3. You definitely seem to have gotten a pretty good sense of what I prefer, dewaani!!

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              1. dewaanifordrama

                I think she also explained in her about section…though maybe I am not sure ^^ I am glad that I can get a feel for what you like. It makes it much easier to recommend stuff.

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                1. kfangurl

                  I must’ve missed that! What’s the scoop on your handle, dewaani?? Mine’s pretty straightforward (and therefore kinda boring?) so I guess no explanation’s needed there! XD

                  I’m traveling for work this week and next, so time to check out my playlist prezzie is not on my side, which is why I’m far from being done.. Just so you know, I’m definitely getting back into it!

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                    1. kfangurl

                      Oh, that’s so cool and kinda cute too! That dewaani is Hindi for crazy.. How apt, that your screen name means literally crazy for drama! Love it! ^^ Although, should you have an alter ego, ie, dewaaniforkpop? ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    2. dewaanifordrama

                      hahahahaha…I think I have enough email addresses/Twitter handles/instagram name/Pinterest/FB selves…that I can hold off on the alterego ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    3. kfangurl

                      Tee hee. To me, though, you’ll always have a secret superhero identity as dewaaniforkpop ^^ Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me ;D

                    4. kfangurl

                      Even if you did buy one, it’d have to be a secret. So yeah, I’m *sure* you’re not buying one, super secret dewaaniforkpop! ;D

            1. kfangurl

              Hee. You’re right, it’s not quite my thing, but I can see why it’d be quite addictive, among dance tracks! The MV is pretty fun, and they look like they had a blast making it – plus they rock the MIB suits quite nicely ^^

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  3. Timescout

    This post has about gzillion replies already but I just had to ‘give’ you this M.I.B comeback teaser. XD These guys aren’t afraid to look silly either…. http://youtu.be/GCDUH-gnqRo I keep repeating it. Yup, I am about twelve, LOL!

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  4. ladyluck

    Just have to share this funny tidbit with you. I was on the second loop of the playlist before I realised that “It’s You” by Super Junior-M is actually in Chinese! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ha ha!
    Once my brain recognised this I was pleasantly surprised with how good their pronounciation is.

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        1. lyricalpeach

          Ah ha ha!! Neorago (along with Sorry Sorry) was my first sweet introduction to kpop, years before I dared to step into the world of kpop or kdramas at all. I saw Donghae and Siwon in Ariel Lin’s Fireflies music video. (In case you’re curious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iizJNOCzr9M) and that’s where I first saw them LOL!! I proceeded to ignore kpop other than these two songs for 4 years, haha! Your playlist is great – I’m sure I’ll find some other things to try out.

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      1. ladyluck

        I chose the newest one from iTunes obviously not knowing there were two, but like I said I was pleasantly surprised. Now I will go look for the Korean version.

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      2. ladyluck

        Ha! Just found out the members of Super Junior-M are Chinese, that explains the pronouciation! But I’m not having any luck finding the Korean version. ๐Ÿ™

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        1. dewaanifordrama

          Yup, Henry and Zhoumi are the Chinese members, and the others are Korean. Han Geng used to be a part of them as well. Here is the Hangeul for the Korean version. It should help you to find it on iTunes. ๋„ˆ๋ผ๊ณ . There is also a link to the MV that I put above in the thread ^^ It really is a fabulous song!

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          1. ladyluck

            Success at last! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much dewaanifordrama, I enjoyed the MV as well.

            I have also branched out and purchased some full albums. Saza Choi and Ha Dong Qn are two of my favourites so far. And also Lee Hi and Lee Hyori.

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    1. kfangurl

      Haha! That’s funny! And I’ve had that happen to me before too.. Like, listen to a song and only realize quite a bit later, that it’s in Chinese! XD

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      1. ladyluck

        ^_^ I did this whole ‘look-up-look-down-scratch-my-head-AHA!’ moment at work when it clicked, and there were a few “are you okay?” comments thrown my way. But my friends all know my Kdrama and new Kpop obsession so it was okay.

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  5. evez

    …p.s. hope you’ll enjoying RA.d’s music..i’m listening to his music right now..oh boy…i love this guy’s voice…i fell in love with his music..

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    1. kfangurl

      He’s got a nice sound. I’ve got so many more songs & artists to check out though (I’ve only made a small dent in the playlist that dewaani made me!), so it’s going to take me a fair long while to come back around & give him more time ^^

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      1. evez

        ..i guess dewaani has prepared you a file of playlist to check…please do share some good stuffs in it..if you do make a comeback to check RA.d’s music..here are some of my favorites: Thank You/Couple Song/I’m In Love/It’s Been So Long/I Cry When You Cry/Something Flutters and some cuts from his Realcollabo album…this guy really overwhelmed my music enthusiasm. .;)

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        1. kfangurl

          It’s not a file, it’s the blog post she prepared.. You can check it out too! The link is near the end of my post ^^

          And yes, I’ll keep your recommendation in mind – I did like what I heard yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. evez

            ..good day kfangirl..;)…like what you recommend..i did check the blog site of dewaani and truthfully among the #6 playlist she shared, i’ve only known 20 k-pop artists out of 51..some songs and artist in it are new to me…so i think i’m going to get busy checking them on YT one by one plus the other links of the people shared in here…

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  6. evez

    …i want you to try listening to 2ne1’s “It Hurts”…it’s one of 2ne1’s song i like aside from “Lonely”…mostly their songs are upbeat but this one is mellow and relax…you may like it too..

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    1. kfangurl

      Thanks.. I checked out both songs that you mentioned, & I think 2ne1’s sound is just not my thing. Also, such depressing lyrics! >.<

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      1. evez

        ..i should say Jo Jeung Suk born with it..he’s got a slow romantic song…a balladeer with a tenor range…he’s definitely a vocalist…as for 2ne1, sorry for sharing you a dispirited cuts..thanks for giving it a try though…;)

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        1. kfangurl

          In this experiment, everyone gets a fair try ๐Ÿ˜‰ Jo Jung Suk is not only a great singer, he is a seriously AMAZING actor. He literally BECOMES the character, and it’s one of those see-it-to-understand-it sort of things. If you do decide to check out The King 2 Hearts, you’ll know what I mean. He is, in a word, gifted. <3

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          1. evez

            ..then i’ll have to find a copy of King 2 Hearts i guess?…hope i can acquire a dvd copy of it…;)

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            1. kfangurl

              Yes, you should!! I really liked K2H, and I was very impressed with Lee Seung Gi in this. Previously, I thought he was just ok as an actor, but he really did excellently in K2H. And Jo Jung Suk – man, he stole practically every scene he was in. I kid you not!

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              1. evez

                …i find LSG adorable…i first saw him in Shining Inheritance but did not make an impact to me then…and since i’m a sucker to OST i came across his song from YT..and boy..this guy really has a GREAT VOICE…i was so awed with his voice and that made me buy a dvd copy of “My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed-Fox”..;0

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                1. kfangurl

                  Oh, oh! My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is LOVELY!!! You’ll LOVE it, I’m sure! ๐Ÿ˜€ Totally different than K2H.. Both are very worthy watches for sure! ^^

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                  1. evez

                    ..yes i did…while looking for a copy of King 2 Hearts what i had is Gu Family Book instead…i think i should stream K2Hearts @good drama net..currently i’m on episode 7 of Gu and i think this drama is worth watching as Arang…i enjoyed it much with good OSTs of course…;)

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                    1. kfangurl

                      Oh I’ve heard such mixed reactions about Gu Family Book.. Most people seem disappointed by it, so I’d be curious to see how you like it, after you’re done ๐Ÿ™‚ But yes, definitely watch K2H. It’s very good! ^^

  7. evez

    ….i agree with you…GY’s voice is not as good as RA.d but i’m giving GY a positive credit the way he sings..he’s one of the Korean actors that can carry that forte aside from acting..<3<3<3

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    1. kfangurl

      Actually, there are quite a few actors who sing. And much as I love GY, I have to say he doesn’t possess that great a singing voice, even though his heart totally shines through.

      Actors who also sing include: Jo Jung Suk, Lee Seung Gi & Lee Jun Ki. Here’s a cut of Jo Jung Suk singing in What’s Up. I loved this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7LXfPGBxvw

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      1. evez

        ..of course LSG and LJK can not be counted out…i love the deep voice of LJG… i have a couple of his songs to my playlist..as for LJK i love the huskiness in his voice..i have also included his songs from OSTs where he is starred in..honestly, i’m not familiar with Jo Jung Suk but i’ll do check him out on the link you shared..

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        1. kfangurl

          What did you think, after hearing Jo Jung Suk sing? He’s an amazing actor too.. If you like Lee Seung Gi, you should totally watch The King 2 Hearts. You’ll get an excellent Seung Gi, PLUS, you’ll see Jo Jung Suk being awesome too. They were both wonderful in K2H. No singing in that, tho ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. lyricalpeach

        I am hijacking all parts of these threads, hope nobody minds (if you do you can email me to vent) ๐Ÿ™‚ This was nice – although I’m big on voice quality, really, sometimes it’s just honesty that makes the performance. I haven’t seen this so I don’t feel spoiled only by this clip ๐Ÿ™‚ I watched some of the stuff you noted in these comments… Try this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbxHsbJNk_I Seo In Guk. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        1. kfangurl

          Oh, this was quite nice ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds kinda familiar, like I’ve maybe watched the MV before.. I generally do like Seo In Guk ^^

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  8. evez

    ..i’m relieved that you like it….y’know i already memorized the lyrics of that song…it’s on my playlist..RA.d has a pleasant voice, i could tell that he’s one of the RNB singers i admire….and what delighted me is when GY sings his version of this in one of his fan meeting while playing piano….*swoon..;)

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    1. kfangurl

      Oh, I think I might’ve seen the GY vid.. of course, GY’s singing is not as good as the original singer, but hey, it’s GY being all sincere and earnest! ^^

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  9. evez

    …;) try “Im In Love”…one of the OSTs from “Big”..it has really a nice and soothing melody…

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    1. kfangurl

      Oh, it’s a nice one! Funny, it’s not in the Big OST that I have, which is the compilation one. It must’ve been on one of those smaller releases that they do in parts. Thanks – I like this one ^^

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  10. ladyluck

    Thanks kfangirl for being the inspiration for the playlist and thanks dewaanifordrama for putting the list together. I went through the list last night and found as many songs on iTunes as I could, now I have it playing on repeat. It sure made ‘hump day’ go faster than usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. kfangurl

      Wow, you work fast, ladyluck!! I’m still working my way through the playlist, one song at a time ^^ Glad that dewaani’s picks have helped to lift up your mid-week! It’s so cool that a prezzie shared is happiness multiplied. Aw โ™ฅ

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  11. Timescout

    Ah, k-pop… the never ending ‘bog’. You step in and get stuck for good, so beware! LOL!

    I’ve been listening to k-pop as long as I’ve been watching dramas, got hooked at the ‘hello, what is this music?!’ My first Korean solo singer ‘love’ was Alex, which lead me to Clazziquai (you might like both, me thinks) and my first k-pop group was Shinhwa (yup, accidentally started with the ‘classic’, heh). Since then I’ve listened to and liked several dozens of groups and singers and I own an embarrasing pile of physical albums too. I tend to like vocal groups and solo singers (ballads!!) but I have my favourite idol groups too (solely based on the music though, these kids are far too young to drool over, LOL!) I never used to care for hip-hop/rap but I tend to love the Korean versions, go figure. I’m pretty sure it’s because of my love for the language, it just flows. ^^

    That playlist dewaani posted will keep you busy for a while. Btw, the 1st song in the list, by Yozoh is called ํ™”๋ถ„ (flowerpot, pot). It’s the title song from her 2nd album ๋‚˜์˜ ์“ธ๋ชจ (the literal translation is My Use, but I’m sure the meaning is probably something more lyrical) which just dropped yesterday.

    Couple of my current favourites (what? 74 new songs is not THAT much ;P)

    ‘Coffee Shop’ by B.A.P – the best rookie of 2012, imho but then I’m a bit biased…. It’s such a mellow, laid back song, perfect for summer. These kids are pretty versatile when it comes to genres.
    http://youtu.be/6VzuX88Dc_g

    ‘Baby’ by John Park (he’s such a cutie) – another nice, mellow, summery song *g* I just love his voice! And the new album is GREAT.
    http://youtu.be/hZU5jcrubjE

    ‘From Mark’ by Ha Dong Qn/ํ•˜๋™๊ท  – He’s been around for a while and this is an older song but I just discoved him not long ago though Immortal Song 2 – awesome voice! Anyway the song gives me shivers, in a good way. ๐Ÿ™‚
    http://youtu.be/rDAkBQswLHs

    Ok, this is the last one… I promise. ‘์Šฌํ”ผ ์šฐ๋Š” ์ƒˆ/Sadly Crying Bird’ by Outsider – The Speedstar is back! LOL! It’s been 3 years since his last album (did his military service and got married during that time). He’s what they call a ‘speed rapper’, though this is pretty slow for him (want to hear him really go at it? try this: http://youtu.be/h5b6wdsxV3Y ^^).
    http://youtu.be/JLI5NqvVw2s

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    1. evez

      …Classiquai is a good choice..i’ve heard them from the ost of the classic “My lovely Samsoon” with Alex Chu..and then from CSW’s “Cityhall”..

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      1. kfangurl

        Since Classiquai got double the vote of confidence, I checked out a couple of songs off youtube, including the OSTs that you mentioned. I liked what I found!

        How did you – and Timescout too! – guess that I’d like this kind of sound? It’s breezy, relaxed, jazzy and has some interesting hooks. I’m listening to their Romeo N Juliet as I type this. Naise.

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        1. dewaanifordrama

          Clazziquai are lovely! I thought about adding them to the list, and some of the others that people have mentioned, so I am glad that other people are mentioning them here ^^

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          1. dewaanifordrama

            I guess I should say, Clazziquai Project is what everyone has been recommending. DJ Clazzi, Alex, and Horan are the members. Horan and Alex have done some duet work, Alex has some solo work, and DJ Clazzi also has some great solo stuff. One of my personal favourites of his is “Love & Hate”. I also really love the OST that Alex did for Hyun Bin and Tang Wei’s film, “Late Autumn” – “If I Could Turn It Back”. Alex and Horan also did a lovely OST piece for the So Ji Sub and Han Hyo Joo film “Always”. The OST is called “Blossoming”.

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            1. kfangurl

              Checked ’em out, and I like the rhythmic feel of “If I Could Turn It Back” – it’s got a somewhat dreamy, jazzy, laidback feel which I dig.. “Love & Hate” isn’t so much my alley, but I like the quirky cutesy in “Blossoming” ^^ Thanks!!

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                1. kfangurl

                  Hee. You seem to be getting a real feel for my taste in music! I’d expect nothing less, from our resident kpop aficionado and consultant extraordinaire ;D

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                    1. kfangurl

                      You have single-handedly succeeded where no one else has before – you have me actually listening to kpop in an extended sort of fashion. Even if this is experimental & we don’t know yet what will stick, you have managed to direct my attention where it used to only land fleetingly. Mad props ๐Ÿ˜‰

        2. Timescout

          I don’t know why but I just had this feeling their music might be to our liking. *g*

          Clazziquai or Clazziquai Project, as it’s also called, is an experimental group. They combine several genres in their music. They haven’t released much in recent years though as the members have been concentrating on solo projects. Alex and Horan, the vocalists have also been in couple of dramas. Alex was actually in Pasta, he played Kim San…… the food critic? ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t seen Pasta myself.

          I like their earlier songs much more than what they’ve done after 2007 and I own the first three albums; Instant Pig, Love child of the Century and Color Your Soul. Alex’s first album, My Vintage Romance was one of the first Korean music cd’s I ever bought. I still love it.

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          1. dewaanifordrama

            They just released an album this year which had some fun tracks on it. ^^ and they were also interviewed by Simon and Martina on Eat Your Kimchi as well. Yeah, Alex was in Pasta. And Horan just got married.

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          2. kfangurl

            I watched Pasta and loved it! It’s probably not your kind of show, though, Timescout! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I remember Alex, though I did think that he was a little flat as an actor. I like his music *much* better than his acting! ^^

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    2. kfangurl

      Wow, you’re quite the knowledgeable kpop expert too, Timescout!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I liked pretty much all of the tracks you posted here.. The first 2 are so summery and breezy, love them! Especially love the concept of the magnet couple in the 2nd one, so cute!! From Mark is quite haunting, and I rather liked it too.

      Speed rapping is a new concept to me, but I like how it sounds.. I think the style is quite cool when paired with the traditional instruments like these 2 links that you posted. Somehow it helps to soften the entire feel, which is nice.

      I haven’t checked out the other ones you mentioned, but it sounds like I should at least seek out Classiquai ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Timescout

        Weeell, I wouldn’t say I’m all that knowledgeable but I sorta keep tabs on the scene and actively follow what my faves are doing. *g*

        Ha Dong Qn was a revelation. Apparently he is rather camera shy and hasn’t really performed live in several years. I haven’t seen the full IS2 epi he was in (I’ve only seen the clip – OMG! Guy can sing! http://youtu.be/1Os3E9wiaw4), but I’ve read that he was very visibly nervous before he started singing.

        Shinhwa…. one of the original idol groups and still going strong. XD These guys have been together for 15 years. It’s pretty long for idols. They have several classic k-pop songs that other groups like to cover. If you decide to check these guys up, you just have to see the original versions of the likes of ‘Eusha, Eusha’, T.O.P, Brand New, Wild Eyes, Perfect Man… I think most of those are still around @ YT. The hair! The clothes! LOL! They were ever so cute youngsters but only get more gorgeous as they get older. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. Timescout

            Yup, that’s them. They are also one of the biggest dorks around. XD Can’t help but to love ’em.

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            1. dewaanifordrama

              They are definitely some of my all time favourites to watch on Variety shows. And they are just not afraid to be absolutely idiotic on camera. One of my favourite recent ones was when they won on a music show, and Min Woo was trying to thank the fans, and the members kept on kissing his cheeks, and he didn’t even stop talking. It was adorkable!

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                1. dewaanifordrama

                  Oh they are. I didn’t share any on your mix-tape though because I don’t think their music is quite your style…but I could be wrong…”This Love” is AMAZING!!! But it’s def much more a dance track than anything chill and laid back. Same with their come back promoted track from last year “Venus”. Some of their B-side tracks on their albums you might like more.

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                  1. kfangurl

                    Hm. I’ve checked out a couple of their songs, and you’re right, dewaani. They sound like a fun bunch, but their music isn’t exactly my style. ๐Ÿ˜›

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                    1. dewaanifordrama

                      If you want to give Shinhwa another shot, here are some tracks to try from their two latest albums that aren’t dance tracks: From “The Return” album – “Hurts”, “Move with Me” and from “The Classic” album – “New Me”, “์›ƒ๋‹ค๊ฐ€โ€ฆ “, “I Gave”.

                    2. kfangurl

                      Checked ’em out too, & while the ones from “The Return” didn’t appeal as much, the ones from “The Classic” were all quite nice, actually! So.. I guess I could like *some* of their stuff? Which is better than not liking *any* I guess? ^^

                    3. Timescout

                      I’ve now spent the whole morning watching Shinhwa vids on YT! I blame you two. Better get a move on and actually DO something. ^^

                    4. kfangurl

                      HAHA! Likewise. I’ve spent WAYYY more time on kpop (Shinhwa included!) MVs today than I have in ALL my time in the kdramaverse combined. I kid you not! XD

                    1. kfangurl

                      I hereby crown thee Kpop Ambassador of the Blogosphere. Evangelical & discerning, & swift to boot. A worthy representative indeed ;D

              1. Timescout

                OMG, yes! They have no shame, LOL! You see one of the embarrasingly silly pics that Eric posts and think ‘yup, that’s uri Fearless Leader and Shinhwa Co. CEO’. XD They love to do something giggle worthy when they’ve got the cameras pointed at them, heh. This promotion round it was kisses, the last it was playing with other members ears…

                One of the things I love about them is that they may tease each other relentlessly but you can always sort of feel the affection and closeness.

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                1. dewaanifordrama

                  They really are shameless! I love it! I remember watching one video where Minwoo showed them his technique of farting…it was hilarious. Good old Korean bathroom humour. And the funny thing was that they were recording it all for us to see! I just about died with laughter. I think it was Hye Sung or maybe Junjin though who was not super impressed. I also really loved this one video I saw of them all singing along to other K-pop songs while driving in their van. So funny!

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                    1. kfangurl

                      OMGGGG they are ROTF HYSTERICAL!!! XD I was practically crying with laughter at the farting one! And the van one – so hilariously spontaneous! Love it! They look like they’re having SO much fun, and they really don’t care what anyone thinks!! Yes, for this priceless quality alone, I have to agree that Shinhwa is a treasure. *still giggling*

                    2. dewaanifordrama

                      I know, right?! I just can’t help but be in love with them. They’re also amazingly hot! You might actually like Shin Hye Sung’s solo work more than the dance stuff they do as a group. Here’s one of his songs: “๊ทธ๋Œ€๋ผ๋ฉด ์ข‹์„ํ…๋ฐ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3ExwYrIYqk He’s the main vocal, or one of them.

                    3. Timescout

                      Oh dear! *wipes tears* I remember these, too much hilarity….. There should be a ‘depends warning’ in all of them. XD Thanks for digging them up again.

                    4. Timescout

                      OMG! I totally forgot to pimp Sungie’s solo works. The Ballad Prince! He is one of my fave vocalists after all (I’ve got all but the 1st album, which is out of print).

        1. kfangurl

          Yes he CAN sing! ^^ I checked out some of Shinhwa’s music, and it’s not quite my kind of thing. They sound like a hilarious bunch to watch on variety though! After 15 years together, I bet their rapport and rhythm is not to be sniffed at! ^^

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          1. Timescout

            Most of Shihnwa’s songs are dance tracks but I happen to love that sort of music. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had an inkling they might not be your cuppa though. They do have several lovely ballads/slower songs too. ‘Once in a Lifetime’ is one of my all time favourites http://youtu.be/znxvcHy0f9A. The lyrics are so beautiful, I’ve never been able to sing it without tearing up, the big sap I am.^^ ‘On the Road’ is another one, it was dedicated to their fans.

            But yes, they are absolutely hilarious in variety and in music based talkshows like The Beatless Code too.

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            1. kfangurl

              Oh, I like both of those tracks – thanks! I thought On the Road was particularly sweet, coz it’s dedicated to their fans. I think I like their milder non-dance-track sound. ^^

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              1. Timescout

                There was this video of them singing Once in a Lifetime in their 10th anniversary concert (not sure if it’s still around) and it was kinda awesome to watch the audience sing it with them and the guys all in tears. *sniffle*

                On the Road also has lovely, meaningfull lyrics. I seem to recall it was their gift to the fans who patiently waited 4 years for them to conclude their military service (they all left at different times so their hiatus as a group took that long).

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                1. kfangurl

                  D’AWWW! That is such a heartwarming story!! โ™ฅ 4 years is a terribly long time – most people struggle with 2 years! – but I can see why their fans would wait. These guys and their amazing synergy is worth it.

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                    1. kfangurl

                      D’AWWWW~~ SO. MUCH. LOVE. in that room!!! I had a lump in my throat the whole time, & I’ve only just “met” them! I particularly loved the extended hugs the members were giving each other in the background as each of them spoke. Honestly. Their brotherhood is THICK. Love it <3 <3 <3

    1. kfangurl

      Isn’t it??!? I’m still completely awed by it. And blown away that dewaani would dedicate so much time and effort to make it! Heart in a puddle, that’s what I am right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ And definitely, I hope lots of people decide to share in this prezzie – dewaani takes her kpop seriously, and if she says it good, it’s gotta be worth at least checking out! ^^

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  12. evez

    …ohhh!.kfangirl..it’s coOL!..delighted to know that you’re beginning to put k-pop music in your loop!..woot!..<3 and thanks that you like IU too, she has a great voice!..i'm too a sucker of MV/ ost..i downloaded all my favorites..plus from k-pop numerous singers and bands..i'm more into RNB type but also carry any type of music that soothe my ear, so it's a mix…hope you'll include here your favorites and tell us about them…have fun on your prezzie!..;)

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    1. kfangurl

      Yes, isn’t it a super cool prezzie?!? ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m just getting my kpop toes a little wet.. I don’t foresee myself falling deep into the kpop wave anytime soon.. I find most of the offerings very pleasant, but it’s rare that a song actually hooks me. I do have several singers that I genuinely like, though.

      Like IU. I really do like her.. Though I haven’t heard much of her music, I really like her voice. It’s got a sweet huskiness to it that I find unique and quite lovely. I love the song that I used in this post, and it’s now looping on repeat ^^

      As for writing about my favorites on the playlist, I’ll keep that suggestion in mind ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s see how I do while I poke around exploring my prezzie. It’s a whopper of a present, with so many songs and artists to explore, that I have no clue when I’ll actually finish! XD

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      1. evez

        …oh?.there’s this saying “once you k-pop you’ll never stop”….and it really happens to me..;) the first awakening of my k-pop music thing mostly came from OSTs of every of Korean dramas i’ve watched…soon, i’ll find out myself surfing the name of the singer and the song and that leads to a never ending search…then i saw DBSK, now TVXQ..and some Bi Rain’s songs and se7en’s..hope you’ll find some songs from them that you can add to your playlist..

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        1. kfangurl

          Lol! I hadn’t heard that saying before, but I can totally see how that’s the case for a lot of people! ;D I do love a lot of songs from the OSTs, and I did seek out a few of the artists, but in a fairly mild fashion. And there were also always more and more OSTs coming out to jostle for my attention ^^

          I’ve heard a number of Rain’s songs, and Se7en too. Again, I found their stuff pleasant, but nothing that really hooked me into wanting to put it on repeat. That’s where I am, with a lot of kpop.. I find it appealing and pleasant, but it’s just rare that something hooks me enough, to make me want to listen to it again, and then again. This is possibly partly why the ladies have been sending me recommendations – to see what sticks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. evez

            Ohโ€ฆthat saying?…i got that from the teaser of V channel, where in it features k-pop musicโ€ฆI frequently watched that channel to keep me update on the latest k-pop musicโ€ฆ.so sad you didnโ€™t seem to like se7enโ€™s song..but I do, seems like the type of music you fancy is Clazziquaiโ€™s variety. ..nonetheless, I have fondness to Classiquaiโ€™s music too, this band combines electronic music and jazzโ€ฆso kinda pleasurable type of music to hear..as mentioned by Timescout, Shinhwa is a classic band originally under SM Entertainment but now under Shinhwa Co…all six members are still breathtaking even in their 30โ€™s..and they contributed pretty much first-rate music to k-pop…you might want to give it a try and add them in your playlistโ€ฆand se7enโ€™s also?…kekekeโ€ฆ;)happy listening!

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            1. kfangurl

              Se7en’s songs are pleasant on the ears, so no, I don’t hate him or anything! It’s just, his music hasn’t hooked me. Not the ones I’ve heard anyway, and I do qualify that I haven’t heard all that many. I can see where his music might be similar to Classiquai’s, in that they share a similar electronic sensibility, but somehow, I find that the Classiquai songs I’ve heard have more interesting hooks and quirks. Of course, this is just me scratching the surface, so I might change my mind later ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              1. evez

                …oh it’s ok kfangirl…i do understand that se7en’s songs are not in your category…thanks for checking it though…;)

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                1. kfangurl

                  Hee. In this experiment, everybody gets a fair chance ;D Few are likely to really, really stick, but I’m learning heaps as I go, that’s for sure! ^^

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        2. `Eun

          I totally agree with this. I am a self-proclaimed rock band enthusiast with all the screamos and hard instrument playing but after hearing korean dramas’ OST’s, I can’t stop listening to kpop and my playlist are all so KPOP that I totally forgot my roots. Lols

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          1. kfangurl

            Y’know, I’m pretty stuck on the OSTs myself! I guess I just never made the next step, which is to kpop that isn’t connected to a drama. I find that the OSTs are a lovely way to keep connected to a well-loved drama.. Just listening to some of the songs can take me right back into the thick of a drama, and I love that <3

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            1. lyricalpeach

              Agree about preferring OSTs ๐Ÿ™‚ So, what have you found, other than OSTs that does actually stick? Often it’s a voice that will draw me in, but the lyrics and music have to also draw me in to make me listen to it over and over. Just because it’s from an OST doesn’t mean it will stick, and vice versa. Not sure if my selection of songs will match you, but I can search amongst what I have if I know what to leave out ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m reviewing the threads here to see….

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  13. dewaanifordrama

    Hahahaha – I am so glad you loved the playlist. I really had so much fun making it! I just love Korean music so much, and I am always happy to share that love. I am also glad that the bloggersphere appreciates my obsessiveness, and doesn’t think I’m weird ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. kfangurl

      You are a total sweetheart, dewaani!! โ™ฅ To make such a hefty, awesome prezzie, and to genuinely have fun making it? You are a treasure โ™ฅ We should be so grateful, that we have someone as passionate as you in the blogosphere, to share all the good stuff amid the plethora of kpop offerings out there. I know several people on this thread are sincerely delighted with the guidance you’ve provided in the list, to shepherd all the kpop newbies eager to get their kpop toes wet ;D

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        1. kfangurl

          That we are. Otherwise why would we even blog, in the first place? It takes away from our drama hours, which are limited and precious. And we actually *voluntarily* give a good chunk of that out, to blog? That’s passion, right there! XD

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    2. lyricalpeach

      Ok, I’m still browsing the prezzie list but I LOVE THIS ONE!!! Thank you!!! For some reason I can’t reply to this specific note…
      I’m always happy to stumble on or be introduced to some new great music. ๐Ÿ˜€

      dewaanifordrama
      July 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm
      I know, right?! I just canโ€™t help but be in love with them. Theyโ€™re also amazingly hot! You might actually like Shin Hye Sungโ€™s solo work more than the dance stuff they do as a group. Hereโ€™s one of his songs: โ€œ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋ผ๋ฉด ์ข‹์„ํ…๋ฐโ€ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3ExwYrIYqk Heโ€™s the main vocal, or one of them.

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      1. dewaanifordrama

        I’m glad you like it ^^ You know what’s super funny, I have several playlist posts, but people rarely comment on them, so it’s always hard for me to know what people want to see more of. Maybe I should get kfangirl to promote my posts more often ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. kfangurl

          LOL! I, for one, am massively tickled and completely overwhelmed that sooo many people have such a strong interest in converting me into a kpop lover!! It’s scary, almost! XD

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            1. kfangurl

              Lol, I actually *had* to run away for a while, to focus on getting my Chuno review out. Otherwise I would’ve never finished XD

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              1. dewaanifordrama

                Hahaha – running away is a good thing. It’s sort of one of the perks of the Internet. You can lurk if you want, or run away, or take a break, and no one can come knocking at your door to make you come out and play if you don’t want to ๐Ÿ˜‰

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                1. kfangurl

                  Hehe! That is true. But I was just hiding for a little bit, to give Chuno my full attention. I’m still working my way through that playlist, one MV at a time! ^^

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  14. lyricalpeach

    These are the ones I love and can vouch for! SHINee Ring Ding Dong and Replay, DBSK(aka TVXQ) Mirotic, Super Junior’s No Other and Neorago (It’s You), Jay Park’s Joah, Henry’s Trap, BoA’s Only One (I love the choreography done for this, it’s by Napoleon and Tabitha, if you’ve seen So You Think You Can Dance you’d be familiar with them, they do awesome hip-hop choreography! There are clips with Taemin (SHINee) and Eunhyuk (Super Junior) dancing a duet piece in the middle of the song)

    LYn sings that awesome OST song from Moon Embracing the Sun ๐Ÿ˜€ I like Jinwoon’s You Walking Towards Me as well. Many of the artists, I’m familiar with the name but not very familiar with their music (i.e. IU, I only know what she’s sung in the DH OST), lots to check out ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like more pop in general, but for kpop I feel more open to rapping and crossover pop/hip-hop. Regarding the comment about Korean language being good for music, I wonder if with the verb and adjective conjugation it’s easier to rhyme – not just at the ends of words but to balance rhyming mid-phrase… to me as well, it’s very pleasant to the ear ๐Ÿ˜€ Rapping seems softer than in English, the same goes for Mandarin, the rapping is softer than English. Also, I think because Korean has the flexibility to switch up the subject and object and the verb/descriptive emphasis is at the end, the lines feel more emotionally strong.

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    1. kfangurl

      Sounds like you’ve got a fair number of favorites in kpop! I’ve heard of most of these folks, but have only heard a small sprinkling of the music. The other day, dewaani shared Mirotic with me on Twitter. I liked it well enough, though it didn’t hook me as much as the ladies hoped ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I do love a lot of the lovely vocals and music that we get on OSTs.. And I do confess to getting acquainted with the singers either through their acting or singing on OSTs. I first encountered IU in Dream High too, and I am quite taken with the lovely husky quality of her voice. I’ve only heard a few things from her, though. The other day dewaani shared one of IU’s MVs with me, so now I can say I’ve heard a little more of her outside of the Dream High OST. I do really love the song I used in this post – it’s so laidback and breezy, and it’s got a nice rhythm that hooks. It also shows off the husky, indie quality of her voice, and I’m now listening to it on repeat as I type this ^^

      I do think that the language itself is a factor in how it translates into music. Even spoken, different languages have different qualities about them, eg some are more melodic, and others more guttural. Somehow the Korean syllables sound quite lovely when translated into music. And yes, I do find the rapping of a softer (vs harder) nature in Korean.

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      1. lyricalpeach

        I like a mix of ballads and epic-style music, (I’m making this term up based on the sort of music that feel like it carries the meaning of life, a lot of story, and that can always move you.) For me that’s usually strong ballads, but if the voice is one I love, it will vary way more widely. I tend to prefer a more straightforward style – not that I don’t love unique voices and singing styles but the artists that move me most will be those that combine emotion with great technical singing. (as far as I can tell, that is… mostly-perfect pitch, not straining, good control. Power is awesome if they know how to sprinkle it in the right way.) If they have emotion or color without this solid, basic quality and clarity in their singing, I will get too annoyed. If it’s too stylistic I will probably get annoyed. I like to hear clear words (again, the lyrics are a focus for me). Not sure if that would make me a purist or something LOL…

        That song from IU from DH is great ๐Ÿ™‚ I still listen to it off and on. If you like that, I will start there as a guideline to find you other things. In the reviews I was able to read, your favorite song on the OST corresponded to my favorite, i.e. J-Min’s Stand Up, LYn’s song from Moon Embracing the Sun, etc.. Do you have a list of rejected songs (that don’t stick, not that you don’t like them at all) so I can eliminate those? My list won’t have most of the rap/hip-hop, I’d be more likely to send you ballads and upbeat happy songs anyways.

        I always choose those artists that I feel are technically competent at singing live – have you watched Muzit or Immortal Song? These kind of filter those that can’t sing live automatically (or make those that might be able to, look bad on a bad day, hehe). I’ll send you some of my favorites, the ones I listen to on repeat month after month after month (to go to sleep on or to listen to in the car. Will note the mood category when I send it ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. kfangurl

          Um. I find your question really hard to answer, tbh.. Yes, I like IU’s song. I like her sweetly husky voice quality and I like the vibe and feel of the song too. Really nice ๐Ÿ™‚

          Other than that, I don’t have a made-up set of rules in terms of what songs I like.. Er.. I just.. like what I like? I know that’s not terribly specific, but I like to also think that I’m fairly open to different types of music. Since this is an experiment after all, every singer/song gets a fair chance ^^ If I happen to like someone’s sound, that’s cool, and if not, oh well, there’s always more good stuff to check out ^^

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  15. Megan D

    Well, isn’t this an apt post for me! JUST LAST NIGHT I made my way through this list as a Kpop newbie: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kathyl14/12-reasons-you-should-start-listening-to-kpop-a5it . Which was fun and enlightening and hilarious at points ๐Ÿ™‚

    Before I found that guide (and now the super mega foxy awesome hot post prezzie of yours, thank you!!!) I was kind of intimidated by Kpop. I mean I have enough problems with English pop/hip-hop, whose to say I would like it better because it is Korean? But…it just is better (mostly)!

    With all this guidance I simply can’t go wrong in making my way into the big wonderful world of Kpop ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!!!

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    1. kfangurl

      HAHA! That’s a fun post alright! XD But the vote for actual, solid, meaty guidance definitely goes to dewaani!! She and her partner in crime, bustered, have got several more awesome playlists on their blog, so if/when you get to the end of the playlist dewaani made me and are ready for more, just poke around their blog and I’m sure you’ll find more awesome waitin’ for ya! ;D

      I do agree that I find quite a bit of the k-stuff nicer than the English stuff.. Like the hip-hop song from Big Bang that dewaani shared with me today. It was just more pleasant to my ears than English hip-hop. Some people also say that they find the Korean language just lends itself better to music.. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do agree that when a Korean song is good, it’s really quite gorgeous on the ears ^^

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  16. emilyrliu93

    OMFG :OOOOOOOO OTL #respect I have this strange urge to go around hugging ppl right now lol

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    1. kfangurl

      Yes, it’s completely mind-blowing, isn’t it? Especially after you see how long that playlist is?? That’s a heck of a lot of work and time and love right there!! So many warm fuzzies ~~ No wonder you feel like giving out some hugs!! ;D

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