Rosé’s voice sounds like it’s getting progressively worse.

I was surprised to hear BLACKPINK’s Rosé sing “Eyes, Nose, Lips” by BIGBANG’s TaeYang, her label-mate… because of how unstable and off-tune her voice sounded.

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Minzy’s decision to leave YG Entertainment was good for her overall, and is influential. (…) CL either left YG recently or is gonna leave the company soon.

One of the reasons why 2NE1 disbanded is because Minzy – the girl group’s main dancer, lead vocalist, and youngest member – decided to leave YG Entertainment during her group’s ridiculously long, two-year hiatus.

Since YG singers, producers, song writers, etc. work under the strict restrictions of their “company” – which is run by brothers Yang Hyun-suk and Yang Min-suk (both of whom I’ll refer to as the “company” throughout this post) – they seldom see their ideas and dreams realized.

That’s why Minzy left YG, and why CL has either left the company or is most likely leaving the company soon. 2NE1’s members didn’t just suffer from their final group hiatus; they became tired of wishing for group and solo activities to happen (since everything from song and TV appearances have to be checked and approved by their bosses), and annoyed by the lack of support from their company whenever they were criticized (about their appearance, skills, behaviors, and thoughts).

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How I Imagine 2NE1’s Reunion (BLACKPINK & YG Family Concert)

2NE1 will probably reunite. I don’t know how soon, but it’ll probably happen for a YG Family Concert. And it’ll probably be one of the most popular “2nd gen.” K-Pop comebacks of that year.

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BLACKPINK’s Secret Weapon: Jisoo

Jisoo officially serves the visual role in YG Entertainment’s girl group, BLACKPINK.

In BLACKPINK’s latest comeback, she stole the spotlight and captured the hearts of many with her huge vocal improvement, versatile beauty, and powerful dance in the music video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”.

But few noticed how she has always exceeded the expectations of a visual even long before the group’s debut.

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Audition #2: “Netflix & Chill”… with Myself (Part I)

Soon after I failed my first audition, I found the opportunity of a lifetime.

I’ve been looking for this opportunity for at least a year and a half, … maybe since spring of 2017.

I succeeded in finding the casting calls to Netflix’s “House of Cards”.

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(In this blog post, I recount the events leading up to finding the “House of Cards” casting calls. I’ll be talking about the actual audition in my next post.)

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YouTube Hypes Up Fans with “Premiere”

YouTube will introduce a new feature called “Premiere” for content creators to upload ready-made videos and set its premiere date and time for it to be playable.

Users will be able to see the premiere date and time, set a reminder (which I assume will pop-up from their bell icon on the top-right corner of their YouTube desktop page, and pop-up as a notification on the phone), and chat with each other in a chatroom.

The “Premiere” feature is similar to YouTube’s “Livestream” feature.

In fact, there are content creators who use the “Livestream” feature to broadcast video premieres; they would have an on-screen stand-by message or countdown clock for users to see when the actual livestreaming will happen. The problem with premiering videos through the “Livestream” feature is, of course, the fact that users can assume that they can instantly watch the premiere of a video when they see the livestream indicator next to the video’s thumbnail.

The “Premiere” feature has its own set of problems as well. There’s no countdown clock to excite fans who are eagerly anticipating content to be uploaded, and the total number of views for a video are hidden. The latter issue is the biggest issue of the two because there are fans who are concerned about how many views a video gets within 24-hours after its premiere. I’m assuming that YouTube hid that information so that users don’t confuse the number of total viewers with it.

One thing that isn’t specified in YouTube’s overview of the “Preview” feature is how long the chatroom will be active. Some of you probably think that the chatroom will disappear as soon as the video is playable.

The problem with the comments section is that it’s automatically set to display top comments. Because of that, it feels like there’s not much engagement going on until you switch the view to “Newest first”.

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Suppose the chatroom remains active during the video’s first 24-hours of being posted. If the chatroom and comments section are going to be available at the same time during that 24-hour window, then they can help promote engagement on YouTube. Seeing comments pouring into the chatroom makes users feel like they’re part of a large and excited fan group, which in turn makes them wanna really appreciate the content they’re gonna see. If users don’t like seeing the chatroom, then it would be cool if they can disable the chatroom so that they can enjoy reading the comments section instead for longer and more thoughtful messages.

Some content creators such as Etika (seen in the video above) switch between YouTube and Twitch.

Twitch doesn’t have a “Premiere” feature like YouTube, but it’s “Livestream” feature is much more attractive and customizable because it supports the use of extensions. Extensions come in different styles and functionalities. Anyone can make extensions. And, most importantly, they can be viewed by mobile and desktop viewers.

YouTube’s annotation buttons aren’t really attractive on videos.  In fact…

As of May 2017, the annotations editor has been discontinued. This means you can no longer add new or edit existing annotations, only delete them. You can continue to see reporting data for your existing annotations.

The reason why some content creators prefer livestreaming on Twitch instead of YouTube is because of YouTube’s unusable annotations feature and the fact that it’s mostly a place for people to watch videos, and not so much to actively engage with other users.

Small and successful content creators have learned that livestreams and chatrooms are essential to maintaining, growing, and engaging with an audience.

Promoting the chatroom and notification features may increase traffic on YouTube, but YouTube has so many unresolved issues that make the YouTube experience kinda bad.

Have you ever noticed that there are users who consistently get their comments featured? Or bots? Self-advertisers? YouTube gamer and vlogger PewDiePie has an infamous video called “Goodbye Comments.” that addresses the annoyances that those spammers bring. Despite how that video was posted in 2014, the issue continues to remain at large.

Will chatrooms be another place for people and bots to spam comments? It’s very possible to employ chatbots to create the illusion of chatroom flooding.

Will YouTube’s “Premiere” feature be successful and functional? I highly doubt that celebrities will rely on this feature to promote their channels. Content creators that have a reasonably large fanbase and/or enjoy producing episodes and skits like WongFu Productions can certainly benefit from this feature.

North Korea, Why K-Pop? Why Red Velvet?

Red Velvet – a South Korean K-Pop girl group – recently performed at North Korea.

North Koreans, and Kim Jong-Un, loved the performance much to Red Velvet and the world’s surprise!

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Of all the cultural exchanges that have to be evaluated and approved by the Kim regime, why K-Pop? Why Red Velvet? Why are they allowed to gain exposure in North Korea – a country that punishes its citizens for accessing foreign entertainment, especially South Korean stuff.

It’s the “Red Flavor”.

Yeah, I’m referring to Red Velvet’s song “Red Flavor”. Go listen to it below if you’ve never heard of it.

“Red Flavor” is one of Red Velvet’s many songs that give the girls a playful and delightful image. It’s easier for guys and girls to enjoy Red Velvet’s presence and music than those of other popular K-Pop singers that have a powerful image.

Also, maybe Kim Jong-Un isn’t too comfortable showing K-Pop acts like “South Korea’s Beyonce”, Ailee, because he doesn’t want his citizens to feel powerful and autonomous?

Aaannd, maybe North Koreans want to share their pride for their country with “Red Flavor”.

 

 

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North Korea Mass Game Performance

Synchronization and Asynchronization

Both synchronization and asynchronization have been characteristics of K-Pop, but synchronization has stood out the most.

Synchronization in K-Pop was influenced by Japanese pop (J-Pop).

Asynchronization is a characteristic that K-Pop has refined recently when their choreography became heavily influenced by that seen in Western music videos.

Order, unity, and harmony in K-Pop and Red Velvet’s choreography make them seem a bit more appealing to North Koreans than, I guess, listening to solo artists like Justin Bieber dance with total asynchronization with his dancers to electronic music.

Gender

Going back to my point about how Kim Jong-Un might not be comfortable with showing “powerful” music and entertainers to North Koreans yet, Red Velvet is a favorable candidate to Kim because they’re girls. Male acts in K-Pop generally have a masculine and strong image, although there are some cases where male acts have a “soft” and cute concept.

Imagine if BTS was invited to North Korea. If they performed “Not Today” to North Koreans, then either people are going to react with patriotism or feel autonomous. It’s a 50/50 I guess.

BTS is South Korea’s most popular K-Pop act ever. They’ve won American music awards and have been guests at American shows. The group’s style is kinda reminiscent of 90’s boy bands infused with some street hip hop style and various other unique music genres. It’s really hard to describe their style. If you listen to their other songs, you’ll see that each song and album are vastly different from each other.

North Koreans might not be ready for BTS’ creativity and messages behind their songs. The messages behind Red Velvet’s songs don’t really seem “deep”. (I don’t mean to come across as offensive towards Red Velvet.) Really, their songs are just simply “bops”.