So I did a much better job with the volume this time, although you still may need to alter the volume between my videos and the music videos, especially if you’re wearing headphones. For this playlist, I focused on songs I literally never tire of. These might not be my favorite songs from these artists or even from Kpop in general, but they never seem to get old, and that’s a special talent in and of itself.
So in the first Kplaylist blog post, I said all the song names and artists in the post, but I’m not gonna do that. You’ll see the artists in the side youtube bar if you watch it on Youtube, but I would rather you watch it embedded. It would be nice to have an element of surprise in my playlist, and I fee like if you look at the songs beforehand you’ll be more prone to skipping through the list to your favorites. There are aesthetic reasons the list is in the order that it is with the mix of songs that I made, and I respect that many people might have different tastes in music than me, but out of respect for the effort and thought I put into this, please don’t skip songs (at least the first time through, after you’ve given my list one full listen feel free to skip all you want).
Also, I made a playlist of just the songs if you want to listen to the playlist without the commentary:
So questions for the viewers, do you like the commentary format of the first playlist video better (where I made one comment video for every 2 videos) or do you like this playlist better (where I made an intro video for every video on the playlist). Let me know, because I wanna pick one format and stick with it.
Also if you have an idea for a playlist, be sure to put it in the comments section.
Kpop Music Video: Day 11
Only One by BoA under SM Entertainment
After watching all these boy and girl bands, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Korea has a ton of good solo artists. BoA’s real name is Kwon Bo-a (Kwon is their family name, making Bo-a her “first” name). After stylizing her name as BoA, fans made acronyms that fit, my favorite being “Best of Asia”. She is 26 years old in American years, however she would be 28 in Korea, since Korean’s start at age 1 and gain a year at every New Years. Her birthday is in November so she’s extra old in Korea. She has released albums in Korean, Japanese and English and has released singles in Mandarin Chinese. Fans also call her the Queen of Kpop.
I see BoA as Korea’s version of Janet Jackson, particularly because she is still very relevant in her 13th year releasing singles, and because of her excellent dancing skills. I love to use this song as an example of this because SM decided to split up her music video into a drama music video, which is the video shown at the top and a dance music video. Just by view count it’s easy to see which one the fans like more. She’s energetic and has powerful dance moves as opposed to the “hey look I’m sexy” dance moves, which to me is very sexy. I am also a HUGE fan of the diversity in her backup dancer cast. While watching kpop has got me more accustomed to the variation in Korean body types and facial features, it’s nice to see people of different ethnicity in a kpop video. Be sure to check out her awesome dance moves.
With BoA releasing new singles in 2013, I think it’s a good thing to know who she is and what she does. Even though this isn’t an older single that shows where she came from, it thoroughly shows what BoA’s talents are and why she deserves to be talked about and not be forgotten in the sea of Kpop groups.