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My top 5 songs at the moment.

I love music.

I don’t think I have gone a day without putting a playlist on. If I don’t listen to music, I feel like the world will end!

My morning starts with my alarm, which is always my favourite song at that moment. Then, I cuddle Aurora, head to the bathroom and put my playlist on before I jump in the shower. I can’t explain how much I love music! Just know that, every opportunity I get, I put music on.

So I thought I would give you an insight on the kind of music I am listening to at the moment! Please bare in mind that since I am living in Korea, all of these songs are Korean songs! Sorry…not sorry… hehe

Check out my list series, here.

Here are my top 5 songs at the moment. 

  • Crush – Bittersweet (크러쉬 – 잊을만하면)

I have been a huge fan of Crush every since his first single. I love his voice. I love his music. I love his videos. I love him! This song has a really relaxed feel and I think it is a great summer song! I know it isn’t as upbeat as most summer songs, but I can imagine being on a beach at night and just listening to this. (If I had a boyfriend to go with that scenario, it would be even better!)

  • Cold – Your dog loves you Feat. Crush (콜드 – Your dog loves you Feat. 크러쉬)

This song is so chill! I must admit, I haven’t really listened to the lyrics and tried to understand everything Cold and Crush are saying, (I should probably go and check out the English lyrics) but when I hear this song, I just feel so relaxed.
Update:
I just checked the lyrics and oh my gosh. I love this song even more than I did before! Cold and Crush wrote this song from their dogs perspective. And as I was reading the lyrics and listening to the song, my eyes watered so much! I almost cried in a public place! Please check the lyrics for this song!

  • DPR Live – Text me

I stumbled upon this song while I had YouTube on in the background. It just started playing and I liked the sound of it so I went to check who it was. Instantly I notice that the video is filmed in London! So, I watched it again and I liked the song more!

  • Sik-K – Get that money (식케이 – 내일 모래)

This song, I also stumbled on when I had YouTube on in the background. I really like Sik-K. Again, I think the video enticed me. It is filmed in one shot and, it really made me feel dizzy the first time I watched it! But I liked how simple the video was. So I added it to my playlist and it is now part of my morning routine!

  •  OFFONOFF – Dance (오프온오프 – 춤)

I actually think that this song might be my favourite song, after ‘Your do loves you’. This song is also filmed in England…I’m not sure if it is London but it seems like it. More importantly, it is filmed in a kebab shop! But I love the song more than the video. It is romantic and so chilled. The vibe of this song is great!

 

I hope that some, if not all of these songs make it to your playlist! Let me know if you like any of the songs and I might do a part 2 with 5 more songs! =)

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K-Pop success in Western Countries?

Recently I have been reading blog posts which discuss K-Pop & Western success. The main thing I noticed was that there are a lot of people who think K-Pop Artists need to release songs in English, in order to get successful in Western Countries. This blog post is going to be about why I think this shouldn’t happen.

The band I am going to use as my main example is… 빅 뱅 (BigBang)!

So BigBang were in America recently and there were many blog posts about BigBang becoming successful in Western Countries. While I was glad to read about BigBangs success, I had a problem, every blog post that I read suggested that BigBang should have an English album. Now, I must state that this is purely my opinion, and I am sure people will disagree. I think, if BigBang or any other K-Pop band started singing in English rather than Korean, it would be a disaster.

I think that K-pop works so well because it is sang in Korean! There is something enticing ad attractive about listening to people talking Korean and I believe that K-Pop is the best way to show how interesting, beautiful & sexy Korean Language is! Singing or Rapping in Korean is what sets K-Pop apart from mainstream music in Western countries. I completely understand that some people won’t listen to K-Pop because it is in Korean, but people who appreciate well made music that is catchy, will listen to any kind of music, regardless what language it is sang in.

Being someone who hangs around with a lot of people who don’t listen to K-Pop, I realised that they tend to think that K-Pop is cheesy and sounds like the type of songs you hear when you play dancing stage in an arcade. So when I showed them songs such as G-Dragons ‘One of a kind’ and a few songs by Jay Park, they were shocked that they sound like songs they would hear in western countries. Some of them even liked the songs so much that they downloaded a few! The point I’m getting to here is that, if K-Pop had more coverage in the press, people will know that it does not sound like the music you hear on Dance Dance Revolution! And they might be more open to listening to K-Pop.

Recently, Psy (Park Jae-sang) has had a lot of media coverage, but as a comical music act, he does not and cannot represent the whole of Korean music. It’s like saying that Taylor Swift can represent western music as a whole. There are several different genres within Korean music, as there is in western music. There is Hip-Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop, R’n’B & Jazz to name a few, the only difference is that they are sang in Korean, by Korean artists!

Now, I was originally going to make one big blog post about K-Pop, but it might not be easy on the eyes! This post is already a bit long so I am going to do a small series of follow up blog posts. The next one is going to be posted today.

Please stay tuned for ‘Why I listen to K-Pop’…

featuring BigBang!