Boyfriend – ‘Here’ PV Teaser

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*instant nosebleed*

So this is pretty much my ideal kind of cute MV – with the sun, beach setting, cute boys and LOTS AND LOTS of ridiculous playing around for the camera and aegyo. (It doesn’t hurt that the song is also super cute too.)

And applause to Boyfriend for successfully promoting two polar opposite concepts at the same time, in two different countries.

Hot Boyfriend Leader continues to be very pleasing to the eyes – I saw that glimpse of shirtlessness there! There even appears to be a vague kind of plot what with the treasure map – who knows! Truthfully, I don’t really need a plot when cute is involved…

This PV should drop with the release of their album ‘Seventh Color’ which is due out on July 23 (wae so far away??) Then again, Japan are very fond of only releasing short versions (aka like ALL of the TVXQ! totally forcing me to buy the versions that come with the DVD) There are 3 versions available, and I am seriously considering getting two (because I’m a bit obsessed like that). I normally only get one, but this is going to be very hard to resist.

Boyfriend Megapost – ‘Start Up!’, ‘Obsession’ and ‘Seventh Colour’

Boyfriend are definitely one of the busiest groups in KPop right now, with back-to-back-to-back promotions in Japan and Korea lined up for the next few months.

This evening they performed one of their ‘Love Communication’ showcases in Tokyo promoting their new single ‘Start Up!’, next week they will be back in Korea for their comeback ‘Obsession’ and on July 23 their second Japan Album ‘Seventh Color’ will be released kicking off yet another set of concerts and performances.

*phew* I don’t think those poor boys will be getting much sleep at all in the upcoming weeks!

Boyfriend are a group that I definitely love. I’ll admit to resisting them for a while as soon as I found out their overall concept of cute, more cute, piled on top of even more adorable and compounded with more than a few underage members… There was a big NOOOOOO followed by a period of denial of all cutie boys. Then Teen Top wormed their way into my heart and the cutie boy deluge began.

Yep – I can safely say that I definitely have a thing for cute boy bands – even back to my teenage years.

That’s not to say Boyfriend are permanently adorable – they do try different concepts, and now that their youngest is finally 18, they are about to branch out into a more mature look (more on this later – expect DENIAL and crying kekeke).

スタートアップ!’Start Up!’ – Japanese PV

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Well aren’t they just adorable! This isn’t anything drastically different for Boyfriend – it has all the hallmarks of several of their previous PV’s. It’s very similar in plot to ‘Pinky Santa’ where the Boyfriends all group together and help a girl with her love problem and then romp cutely for the camera.

I’d like one of those magic keys in my life as well – particularly if it’s hand delivered by one of these cute boys!

I always like how positive and bright their PVs are – and they make me happy to watch them. They always make a lot of eye contact with the camera, so it feels like they are singing directly to you. Boyfriend like to show a lively, cheerful, happy image and this PV delivers that in spades (in metric tonnes actually).

The song has an upbeat tempo and all members share the lines pretty equally. The lyrics are also pretty sweet – as they’re all about giving encouragement and love and starting a bright future together. The chorus is also fairly catchy – lots of 愛してる (aishiteru – I love you). If I translated the line right it means ‘I love you, that word only makes me stronger‘ Awwww!

I have ordered the First Press Limited Edition of this single – and it’s going to be just adorable!

Obsession – Teaser

Aaaand this is a 180 degree shift!

My cutie boys NOOOOO! Hehehe! I had this exact same reaction last year, when the adorable BtoB went with a mature concept for ‘Thriller’. At the time those teasers came out Aimee and I were in China, away from high speed internet and incidentally YouTube – as it’s blocked on the mainland. Emily smuggled us the teaser video uploading to a private google video and we painstakingly streamed it on the patchy internet in the foyer of our hotel in Xi’An watching it in 5 second increments (along with the dance version of Teen Top’s ‘Rocking’). I expressed dismay at the ab-eriffic display of boyflesh and tried to avert my eyes. I failed, went through all the stages of grief and totally bought the album by the time we got to Korea. That abalicious poster is on my wall right now *stares at Hyunsikkie some more*

So… I’m actually pretty OK with this! I like it when the groups that I follow try out new things.

From the looks of things, this might be a ‘Lost Boys’ concept – seeing as Peter Pan is featured on the “Wanted” sign. I definitely like the sound of the song – I have a lot of hip hop and rap in my faves list now. Hyunseong was also looking pretty fine – thank goodness he’s over 20 and I can at least not feel quite so pervy appreciating his abs there.

Also how amazing does that library look? *covets it*

I hope that Boyfriend do well on the charts with this song! I’ll be cheering them on in all the live performances as well. AISH music shows are on 7 days a week and in my timezone – this is a sacrifice I’m prepared to make…

Seventh Colour – Second Japan Album

Hooray! I wasn’t expecting this announcement until much later in the year! At this point only a few teaser images of the album covers and concept photos have been released on their official page.

There will be 3 editions. A CD/DVD combo, A HMV special Edition and a regular CD – Pretty sure I might need at least 2 of these…

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Here are the super cute concept photos:

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Pretty sure that this is going to be a combination of my two favourite Japanese PVs of all-time. SHINee’s ‘Boys Meet U’ and Infinite’s ‘She’s Back’ what with the beach setting, bicycles, cute hats and summer theme!

I CAN’T WAIT!!!

I’ll leave you with those cutest PV’s ever – just to give you an idea of just how adorable this is likely to be…


 

Beast – Adrenaline

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What a week (and a bit) of non-stop KPop releases!!

Beast’s new PV for Adrenaline technically came out last week – but I have been too busy to review it until now!

We were online in anticipation for Infinite’s ‘Last Romeo’ – just in case Woolim decided to go for a midnight release – alas no, but instead we got surprise Beast! The best kind of surprise!

This is another perfect summer song – it’s got an upbeat drum rhythm as well as guitar riffs and, like a lot of recently released music, has a real throwback 70’s vibe with the synth chords. I like all of Beast’s dance tracks and this is quite a catchy song from them. I’ve already memorised the chorus!

This fits well with Beast’s other Japanese discography. They have a wide range of styles and have their own unique sound. I was lucky to see them in a concert in Korea last year – their B2uty concert in Busan. My girlfriends and I screamed to our heart’s content and fangirled along with a bunch of what seemed like 14 year old girls through all of their hit songs and solo stages. They definitely made an amazing live show!

The PV is pretty fun too – it’s a simple box set and alternates between black and white and pops of colour. The dance (when they actually do the dance) is cute – but most of the time it’s pretty ‘freestyle’ aka goofing off in front of the camera – I had a hard time not making gifs of every single moment…

Beast are an amazing group and if you have time, you should definitely check out their currently airing reality show ‘Burning the Beast’. They’re a group that have been together for quite a while now, so they delight in heaping scorn on each other and generally ruining their image. I have a soft spot for Hot LeaderTM Doojoon, but my bias is the maknae Dongwoon (of course! – one of my original maknae loves)

I’m looking forward to this single arriving in the mail next month (along with like a million other Japan singles and albums).

The PV is linked below, so enjoy!

SHINee – Lucky Star (Short PV)

AIIIIIIIISH!

This is me – literally dying from happiness and glee!

SHINee’s new Japanese single ‘Lucky Star’ released it’s short version PV today (cue me crying and wailing about only having a short version to watch and needing the whole thing like NOW! – alas we have to wait until the album comes out nearly at the end of June *sobbing*)

The MV and song are a perfect summer pick-me-up; it’s a fresh retro sound – with a bit of  70’s synth along with all of the oversaturated and bright colours. It’s definitely very ‘pop’ but still sounds like SHINee!

This is the follow up to last summer’s ‘Boys Meet U’, so our boys are out hot air ballooning and preparing food for some sort of picnic / camping holiday – IDK but it’s adorable. I love all the cute outfits as well – it’s very Dream Girl-esque.

SHINee’s Japan videos always make me ridiculously happy – because they always look like they’re having a great time and Lucky Star is no exception. I can’t wait until my albums arrive – I decided to get both versions seeing as I am a serial collector of everything that they ever release 🙂

Favourite Moments

Opening Dance of Adorable SHINee

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Right out of the gate, this is upbeat and fun – please note that not only is Taemin wearing a cape, but he manages to dance in it as well. Key actually opens the song as well! The whole dance looks pretty cute actually – this should be pretty fun to see live in concert.

Hot Air Balloon!

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Seriously this is ridiculously adorable – and now I want to go ballooning with SHINee 주세요!

Onew and the Cabbage

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Onew is seriously a giant loveable dork and I can’t even deal with him right now. Aimee, your ultimate bias just kills me sometimes – I mean look at this!!!! Bonus Minho FAILING at being a handyman back there too.

Cute Floral Outfits!

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AIIIIIIISH! I loved them in Dream Girl and I love them here as well. (Though I aware that you can really only pull of this look in Asia and if you’re like a part of a boy band)

Apparently Jonghyun Can Nail Things!

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(Including me!) No but seriously, kekeke! Please note that Onew is totally still struggling to cut up those vegetables in the background there!

Minho Sings to a Plank of Wood

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LOL – but I love him, so we’re all good. I am not entirely sure what Onew is doing there… possibly instagramming his perfect vegetable cutting…

Key Traps Bugs

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Even with a cute pastel bug keeper – eww no! But Taemin is having NONE of that. Sidenote – how cute are these tents with all the bunting and pretty colours. SHINee go camping in style!

Taemin’s Flowery Heart

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Awwww! *squishes him* And it synchronises with the lyrics too! And Key throws a heart at us too, just to make me love him a little bit more.

Onew and More Vegetables

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He really kills me. *ugly sobbing* You had better not be any cuter Onew, or I will steal you for myself!

YAY!

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*more ugly sobbing* Why are SHINee so adorable? I just love them all too much!!

And now I seem to have GIF’ed that entire minute and a bit of the PV…

Check it out below:

 

東方神起 / TVXQ! – Sweat PV (Short Version)

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TVXQ! Released the short version of their new PV for ‘Sweat’ today!

*commence glee* Seeing as they are in my top 5 and I’ve been a long-time fan. I especially love their Japan discography – even as it bankrupts me. Seriously this is like the 5th thing this year already.

I’ll have to wait until my album arrives to see the whole PV (alas!) as they tend to only release these short teaser versions online.

Yunho and Changmin are out for a night on the town in the storyline – but to me this is just a giant excuse for bromance shenanigans! What girls? They ignore them all (hehehe!) and just have fun dancing.

Yunho and his ‘gonna make you sweat ‘whisper (with bonus wink) is just too adorable! (I’ll just ignore the age gap – he’s at least a very respectable ’86 liner not like most of my biases who are barely out of high school and then there are those that are totally still in school)

The track is upbeat and fun, with a great hook in the chorus. I really like the ‘big band’ direction that they’re taking at the moment with all the brass and swing motifs.

The single is out on June 11 – but for now we can enjoy the PV!