The second season of the KBS variety show Unnies Slam Dunk premiered in the middle of last month and has been consistently bringing a lot of laughter and entertainment for its viewers. Though less of a ratings hit than its predecessor, the series is creating a lot of buzz among international fans, especially because of its star-studded cast. As a fan of the first season, I’m happy to say that the second season of Unnies is even more enjoyable, so here are five reasons why you should give the show a try!
About two weeks ago, the K-pop world felt a shock that had fans heartbroken all over the world. It’s true, 2NE1 has disbanded. There’s so much that these four beautiful women (although Minzy left prior to the disbandment) have brought to the K-pop industry and into our lives through music, laughter, and much more. Here are some of their greatest moments in their seven years of being active from 2009-2016.
10. ‘Hate You’ Aug. 4th, 2011
“Hate You” has a lot of charisma and in-your-face attitude, just like this stage! The live was strong, impacting and definitely made use of their lyrics! The ladies were rocking some awesome styles and their scenes of pushing around guys just gives that added oomph the song really pushes.
2NE1 reunites and performs “Fire” and “I Am the Best” at 2015 MAMA in Hong Kong.
While music videos always feature a particular concept and theme, its not very often that they create and show off a whole world. These are usually big budget videos that escape the “music video box” and a normal modern day setting.
2NE1 – “Come Back Home”
Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Right from the beginning, we see a futuristic looking Seoul (notice the Seoul Tower in back) that is dark expect for the single lit up billboard. The story features people escaping real life to live in a bright and vivid virtual world, and 2NE1 fighting against it.
K-pop encompasses anything and everything under the umbrella of pop music in South Korea written between the late 1990s and today. Boy bands and girl groups, known colloquially as idols, making upbeat dance songs represent the current trend, but hip-hop, folk music, power ballads, EDM, and more can also fall into the K-pop genre. But chances are K-pop appears overwhelming to non-fans, particularly those outside of South Korea and who shun anything that falls remotely in the pop genre. Luckily for new listeners interested in this specialized brand of international music, K-pop artists have been using English lyrics more frequently and broadening the scope of their outside influences. While K-pop still has plenty of bubblegum pop, we’re highlighting important records in the K-pop canon that explore the greater depths of the genre. Put away your “”Gangnam Style” dance moves and check out the 10 best K-pop albums for people who don’t like K-pop.
7. 2NE1, 2NE1
Making two EP’s with the same name is something that only one of K-pop’s most iconic girl groups could pull off, but that’s what 2NE1 did in 2011, releasing their second self-titled EP, 2NE1. Even though it’s an EP, it’s one of the most iconic albums in K-pop history, with 2NE1’s most internationally famous song to date—the pumped up girl power tune, “I Am The Best.” Elsewhere on the EP, “Lonely” and “Don’t Cry” take a bit of a step back from 2NE1’s heavy electronic sound and introduce more basic, vocally impressive sounds, while “Ugly” melds the two. 2NE1 introduced the world to the feminism anthem style of K-pop that sets 2NE1 apart from the rest of Korea’s girl groups, and is one of the finest examples of finding the balance between full-blown pop and the more considerate side of music.
Source: Paste Magazine