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2PM

Well things have been busy, busy, as I am now living in my favourite city: Montréal! While meandering around my new neighbourhood, I was really in the mood for some K-pop boy band goodness, and I rediscovered 2PM on my iPod. 2PM originally started out as an 11-piece boy band, One Day, but later was split into two separate groups: 2AM and 2PM. 2PM debuted with their single “10 Out of 10” (10점 만점에 10점) on 4 September 2008. Later that year a controversy regarding Jaebeom, the groups oldest member and leader, emerged. On 4 September 2009, articles surfaced on the internet regarding Jaebeom’s posts from 2005 on his personal Myspace account, in which he expressed his dislike for Korea while still a trainee for JYP Entertainment. Jaebeom issued an apology regarding this matter. Although some demanded that Jaebeom should be forced out of 2PM, JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin-young stated on 7 September lent the singer a vote of confidence, suggesting that he would remain in the group. But the next day Jaebeom announced on his official fancafe that he would leave the group and return to the United States for a while to calm the situation. He planned to return to school and improve his understanding of music. At the same time, he apologized to his fellow band members for not being a good leader and older brother for them. He also promised to come as a better person.  Park Jin-young confirmed that 2PM would continue on as a six-member group.

In late November 2009, after two weeks of promotional activities for their second album, 1:59PM, 2PM earned their first #1 on a TV music show (KBS Music Bank’s “K-Chart”) since the album’s release, with “Heartbeat”, which went on to take #1 on the K-Chart for three more weeks. In addition, “Heartbeat” achieved the “Mutizen” song award Triple Crown on SBS Inkigayo by being the #1 song the Inkigayo “Take 7” chart for three weeks, the maximum amount of time for which a nominated song is eligible to win. On 30 December 2009, at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)’s end of the year Music Festival, “Again & Again” was recognized as “Song of the Year”.

In May 2011, 2PM released their Japanese debut-single, “Take Off.” The song was featured as an ending song in the Blue Exorcist anime series. Due to considerable online pre-orders of the limited version A, regular version and limited version B of the single, “Take Off” ranked from No. 1 to 3, respectively, on the pre-order chart of Tower Records Japan. It also reached Number 1 in the USEN’s J-Pop Chart. 2PM was the first Korean band to top that chart. 2PM’s first Japanese concert tour, known as the “2PM 1st Japan Tour 2011 Take Off,” began in Sapporo on May 6 and ended a week later in Tokyo.

The band is just another great example of K-pop! I think my favourite track of their’s is “Again and Again”, which has many great remixes. The band’s sound is fun, their tunes are dance-y and catchy. Check out their website (in Korean!) : 2PM


ZE:A

One of my best friends, Kelsey, was over recently and asked if I had some Asian music we could listen to. Sadly I realized I was greatly lacking in my J- and K-pop! I was immediately on a hunt to expand my music library and I started with K-pop. How did I not have this music in abundance? One of my biggest guilty pleasures is 90’s boy-bands: N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, 5ive, L.F.O., 98 Degrees, and, my favourite, O-Town; and K-pop is littered with magnificent boy-bands! One of my favourite finds thus far has been ZE:A (formerly known as Children of Empire), a 9-member boy-band from South Korea. The group came out in 2010 and has released many singles and mini-albums (common in Asian countries) and have so far released one full album, Lovability, in 2011, which had many songs from their singles and mini-albums as well as some new ones.

The group has also released several mini-albums and singles in Japanese, and have also released several live DVDs which I would love to get my hands on! One thing I’ve always loved about foreign music is how artists are rarely limited to one language. Many artists in in non-English speaking countries frequently switch between their native language and English, and often in the same song. I love this! The most free dual-language music seems to come from Asia, particularly Korea and most notably Japan. It’s so amazing how seamlessly it can flow and how much it can enhance a fun song!

I was unable to find any official websites that were in English and I am definitely lost in Korean, but here is there official English Youtube channel: ZE:A