Before you start reading this, I should warn you that I like to write chronologically to record my memory so you might be bored by some of the non-relevant stuffs. I wasn’t going to write this at first but I figure that I might want to read this back some day and besides maybe other Shinhwa fans might also want to read this. So, please bear with me or you can just scroll down to the end of the page. Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been wasting my money by buying DVDs with Korean Performances. Some of them are months while the latest one I bought was just 2 months old. Each DVD costs around 1400 kyats (but I bought the last one for 1500 kyats) and so far, there are six volumes. I am happy that I can finally watch the latest (or nearly the latest) performances, but I am unsatisfied with the DVDs. Most of them contain only boybands and girlbands with the exception of Bi and Hyori. There are about 25-30 performances in each DVD, but there are only about 10 artists (including the bands) and the rest are repeats of the same song performances on different days. For example, just to watch some performances by C.N Blue, I had to pay 1400 kyats for a DVD that include newbies boybands and girlbands. I used to believe that by watching the performances, I might like the bands more, but now I’m starting to dislike some of the groups after watching the performances, even though I kinda of like the songs. I don’t recognize any of them and I can’t tell their voices apart most of the times.
So, I want to make a list of my favorite bands.
Five Favorite Boybands
2. Big Bang
3. C.N Blue
Others boybands I listen to (occasionally or sometimes)
2PM, F.T Island, DBSK, Super Junior, SHINee, V.O.S, SG Wannabe, Fly to the Sky, J-Walk, SS501, MBLAQ, BEAST, D-NA, T-Max, ZE:A, U-Kiss, 1TYM, Someday
Five Favorite Girlbands
2. Wonder Girls
3. 4 Minute
4. Brown Eyed Girls
5. Miss A (It’s too early to judge now)
Others girlbands I listen to (occasionally or sometimes)
Girls’ Generation, T-Ara, After School, Black Pearl, SeeYa, Davichi, f(x), Miss $
I think I listen to more boybands than girlbands. Among the boybands in my list, Shinhwa is inactive and G.O.D has disbanded. Even so, I love those bands a lot. Maybe I’m getting too old for newbies and I prefer listening to old kpop songs. But, I still like some of the new bands like C.N Blue. Actually, I’m really addicted to C.N Blue and it’s surprising for me because I usually don’t listen to rock at all. As for 2AM, when I mentioned about them on Facebook, someone told me that 2PM is more popular. I won’t deny that fact, but I like the former more since they can sing beautiful ballad. Also, I like Im Seulong a lot The best thing about all the five bands on my list is that I can tell all the voices apart.
Even among the girlbands, I only know the names of the band members from 2NE1 and Wonder Girls. As for others, it’s quite hopeless although I do catch some names like Hyun A (4Minute), Yoonah, Tiffany, Tae Yeon (Girls’ Generation although I only remember Yoonah because she was in some dramas), Jiyeon (T-Ara as she was in God of Study drama) and that girl from You’re Beautiful, in After School. I added Miss A to the list ‘cuz I couldn’t think of another band that I like a lot lately. I can only tell the girls’ voices apart in 2NE1 and sometimes Wonder Girls (after I watched their music videos or performances).
I am really getting sick of the same old pop/dance music. It’s just the bands who are changing, but the music is still pretty much the same. I’ve been doing a collection of old kpop songs for a friend and they are such a refreshment from the typical kpop songs. Maybe I’m tired to the new songs because I only get to watch boybands and girlbands on the DVDs that are available in the market. I pretty much prefer solo artists and those who aren’t all that famous yet deserve better ratings than most of the bands in the top chart.
Pic source: http://beingfive.blogspot.com
I almost forgot that today is Shinhwa’s 10th anniversary day. I was so caught up in work and I only found out a few minutes. I intended to celebrate the day listening to their songs all day long but the new rule at work won’t allow me to listen to music with headphone.
Anyway, happy anniversary :). Can’t believe it’s 10 years already. I became their fan back in 2002 after watching their 1st live concert. At that time, my fav member was HyeSung ‘cuz I fell in love with his voice. His voice is still amazing but now my favorite is Minwoo. At that time, I was still naive with using the internet to download their songs and videos so I didn’t know much about them except the songs from the concert. Later on, I learned more about the internet and I found their albums online. After their 7th album was released, I have became a really big fan of them and I became to like all the members.
Their 9th album is gonna be released next month. I am looking forward to it.
credit pic : Ma Yee Mon
It seems that Shinhwa members are focusing on solo projects, at least for now.
Shinhwa members Lee Min-woo and Andy Lee announced they are setting up their own record labels. Shin Hye-sung and Kim Dong-wan are also planning to release their solo albums. Eric Moon is currently starring in the TV drama “Que Sera, Sera”, while Jun Jin has just finished promoting his single album.
Lee Min-woo, who is also known as M, is establishing M Rising Entertainment. In a statement, he said M Rising would focus on producing records and training new artists. He will produce his third solo album, which will be released in June.
Andy Lee, the youngest member of Shinhwa, is also setting up his record label ND Entertainment. ND stands for New Dream.
Since Shinhwa members have focused on solo activities and the group has not released an album for nearly a year, there has been widespread speculations the group may be breaking up.
To allay the fans’ fears, the group’s management agency said Shinhwa will be releasing its 9th album in October. It also said Shinhwa will do promotions from October to December with concerts in Korea, China, Japan and around Asia.
Shinhwa recently marked their 9th anniversary. In 1998, they made their debut under S.M. Entertainment.
Despite competition from younger boy bands like TVXQ and Super Junior, Shinhwa remains one of the most popular groups in Korea and around Asia. Last year, the group held successful concerts in Japan, Thailand, Singapore and China.
Shinhwa released their 8th album “State of the Art” last May. Since then, Shinhwa has only released their Japanese language album and a special edition “Winter Story 2006-2007″ album.
Source : http://www.koreatimes.co.kr + hancinema.net
Uhh..is this good or bad news? I don’t want them to break up
Check out this latest, cute music video of Shinhwa from their last single album, Winter Story 2007. This song puts a smile on my face whenever I hear it.
credit to shinhwachangjo