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=[ Why?!?!?

When I uploaded my Big Bang Alive Tour: London pt 2 post, I mentioned a video of the encore footage I recorded. I recorded the footage on my phone but when I downloaded it on my laptop, the sound was out of sync so I deleted the file.

I tried to upload it from my phone using the WordPress app. I thought it went through okay because it uploaded the post. But then my phone went crazy. The WordPress app was causing problems with storage on my Galaxy S2 and even though I deleted almost every other app on my phone, I was getting the same storage error message. Since I had no other choice, I deleted the WordPress app. My phone started working properly again.

Just now, I went to have a look at my post to see if the video uploaded, it’s not there. I check my phone so I can upload the video to YouTube, every image and every video has been deleted from my phone. =[

I’m so depressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I actually feel like crying!! =[ Topless Taeyang and TOP in my face is now lost forever. =[ This week sucks and it’s only Monday. So many apologies for the fact there is no video in my previous post. =[ I’m hoping I stumble across the file I deleted on my laptop. Maybe I’m waking and I’ll wake up tomorrow and it will be there.

Actually if I’m hoping for things, I’d hope to wake up to Mr Choi Seung-hyun next to me. lol

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Big Bang Alive Tour: London pt. 2

Please read Big Bang Alive Tour: London first!!!

The curtain drops.

The crowd pushes. I am too far way to see anything. But it doesn’t bother me! The atmosphere is so amazing. The crowd pushes again and I am in the 3rd row! As the night goes on, I am pushed more. I end up in the 2nd row.

I wish I had made a list of what songs BigBang performed but I was in awe! To be fair I couldn’t even reach my bag which was flung around my body and I wouldn’t have been able to write anything!

Now I’ve been to many concerts in my time and I can say that BigBang was one of the best that I have been too. Each member of BigBang offered a different form of entertainment.

Seungri was the person who danced around and interacted with the audience, a comedy act! He attempted to do a British accent! It was hilarious! He was constantly shuffling and really entertaining in general.

G-Dragon has this charm! Everybody in the audience were in awe as soon as G-Dragon came on stage. He performed One of a Kind twice, once with a beat box from Taeyang and the rest of BigBang, and the other with the live band. He was amazing. It seemed as though everything came naturally to him. He is definitely a leader. It is in his blood.

Taeyang, was also a charmer. I am one of very few people who do not say that Taeyang is their first or second favourite. He had a nose bleed within 15 minutes of the show starting! But he carried on and made a nose bleed and a tissue up the natural look fashionable. The girls in the audience loved Taeyang and he was soaking it up well and egging them on! He took off his shirt and came very close to the crowd! (Keep reading for more!).

T.O.P. What can I say? I love this man. He is amazing. His voice live was heavenly. He was tall, handsome and just so mysterious!! I love it! The thing is with T.O.P, and this is one of the reasons I love him so, is that he is so hard to figure out! At the start of the show, he was calm, collected and mysterious. But as the show went on, he got more and more fun! When him and GD sang Knock out (뻑이가요), he did his little crip walk thing and I fell in love!! He is actually a really good dancer!! As expected, the crowd went crazy when ever T.O.P was close or opened his mouth. I know I did! He came over to the crowd twice! I was lucky enough to touch him. It was amazing! (Keep reading for more!)

But the person who I am really glad I saw live was Daesung. He stole the show for me. Now, I’ve had a weak spot for Daesung since the whole car accident. But he has always been the underrated member. Everyone seems to forget about him. =[ This makes me sad. He has always been one of my favourites but yesterday he showed why he is a member of BigBang. He has the best voice I have ever heard live. EVER! His voice is strong, unique and flawless. He was also very good looking! I’ve always thought he was cute but yesterday I realised how sexy he is! He has an amazing body and a gorgeous smile!

All together, the show was amazing. They did an encore. By this time I was at the front! It was amazing! They performed some of their older songs as well as new songs. All of them performed a solo song (apart from T.O.P but he did a set with GD). I did not want the show to end. It was really too short! But until next time, it’ll have to be it! I am glad that I spent £100 on the ticket and if there was another tour, I would do the same!

Here is a bonus! My footage of the encore! Now I’m not sure how the quality is going to be because I was not allowed to take in my DSLR. I recorded it on my phone but I have captured every member! You can see how close I go to T.O.P & Taeyang! =D It was amazing.

I am still going to do blog posts about the show, and my thoughts on K-Pop success in western countries. But it is 12am and I have work tomorrow morning! So that is all for this blog post. Please read my posts about K-pop Success in Western Countries & Why I listen to K-Pop.

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Why I listen to K-Pop

In my previous post (which you can read here!!), I mentioned that I will be doing a series of posts contributing to my post about K-Pop success in Western countries. I’m sorry that this wasn’t posted on the same day as my previous post. As you all know my mother is ill (If you didn’t know then click here), so I have a lot of family members coming round and I have to put my life on hold to be with them. Without further-a-due, here is:

The first in the series of posts:

Why I listen to K-Pop.

Korean artists are versatile. I know some bands go through a stage in the beginning of their career where they have to do songs which are slightly cheesy and a bit commercial, but once they pass this stage and have a big loyal fan base, they tend to move into their own and have songs which are more unique. Take BigBang as an example. BigBang have now got songs which fit in to several types of Genres. In their solo careers, they have songs which fit in to different genres and this has come together in their album ‘Alive’.

I am going to do something a bit strange and compare BigBang to One Direction. Now I am well aware that they are completely different groups and they have different fan-bases, but they are the only western Pop band that I can think of at the moment!

Now, One Direction are talented! They are cute, they can sing and they have catchy songs. The one up that I think BigBang have, (and this is the reason why I listen to K-Pop), is that, One Directions songs all are classed as Pop or maybe even Rock-Pop. They only sing one type of Genre. JLS is also an example similar to One Direction and even artists such as Kanye West and Taylor Swift. BigBang have songs which fall under Rock (“Wings
(날개)” by Daesung and “Oh Mom” by T.O.P), Hip-Hop (“Bad Boy” by BigBang and “One of a Kind” from G-Dragons album “One of a Kind” and R’n’B as well as Pop.

But aside from BigBang, Jay Park (박재범), also shows versatility and uniqueness by blending songs of different Genres into one album. Although I listen to a lot of different artists, Korean and Western, it makes it interesting and exciting to see how one artist (or a group) can switch singing styles and can compose different genres of music.

That is the main reason for why I listen to K-Pop! Also, I am hopefully that it will expand my Korean vocabulary! Plus, there are several hotties in the K-Pop world!! =P

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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!