안녕 Junhyeok – I’ll miss you – Day6

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One of the downsides of being a passionate fangirl/fanboy on virtually any topic or thing is the potential for upset and disappointment. Whilst most of the time, ‘stanning’ something is an exciting experience and you spend most of your time anxiously checking for updates and information, tour dates, new albums, new series, and starring lovingly at images or words that make you swoon, there is always a chance that you will wake up one morning to some of the most disappointing news you’ve seen in a long while. And the worst part? That painful clenching of your chest as you realise that something entirely out of your control and beyond the expected has happened. Sometimes it’s something simple, a change of tour dates, a rewrite of a script, but occasionally it is something much more significant and fandom changing. Sometimes the disappointment is focused on the subject itself, whilst, more often I find, the disappointment is directed at the demographic of fans, your peers, my peers, though in this case our thinking is so different I’m not sure I would classify these fans as peers at all.

As I’m sure anyone reading this has already guessed, there is a particular piece of news which has triggered this post (though it’s not the only cause of irritation for me in the last week, but that’s a story for later). I read the news last night and went to bed in a state of shock, hoping that my flu-addled mind had read it incorrectly. Junhyeok, keyboardist and vocalist of Day6 has left the band for ‘personal reasons’, terminating his contract with JYPEntertainment after only 5 months and one mini album. Junhyeok; with his strong, distinctive, almost angelic voice and keen command of Day6’s keyboard requirements. When I woke up this morning to find that the news was in no way fabricated I couldn’t stop myself from writing this post.

yunhyeok 2 For every fan like myself who harbours only positivity for their subject(s) of choice, it can be difficult to understand the perspective of an anti-fan or an angered fan, especially one who would go so far as to take negative steps against their subject of adoration. Naturally, there have been occasions where someone I’m a fan of has done something that I highly disapprove of (of course there have because they’re people too) but these things should be looked at in context. Of course speculation is rife on the cause of Junhyeok’s departure and I try to avoid believing the majority of it as the Internet can be a scarily inaccurate place, the thing that has bothered me is the sheer volume of the continued negativity that should really have been knocked on its head the very moment it hit the Internet.

Whilst I do not know the ins and outs, none of us can claim to, I am deeply saddened to hear of the abuse and harassment suffered by Junhyeok at a time when he needed the support of his fans the most. We’re all guilty of making mistakes, so why people place an idol on such a pedestal and hold them to a standard so much higher and practically impossible to meet I fail to understand. Whilst I understand that these are role models and they are in the public eye, to some extent seeing them make mistakes makes them more human and, in my opinion, enforces the holes in the ridiculous premise that perfection is something that is even conceivable, after all the world is perfect in its imperfection. Perhaps this is because I am a ‘누나’ Noona fan, or perhaps I’ve seen enough of the world now and made enough of my own silly mistakes, but I don’t see what could warrant the treatment that Junhyeok received.

I’m sure I don’t stand alone when I say that the image of Junhyeok holding back tears during his final performance with Day6 is going to remain firmly etched into my heart and is not something I will easily forget. I hope that those who have failed to recognise that these young men are people, not commodities for enjoyment, will be haunted by these images as well, as is fitting for the crime.

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Junhyeok, a beautiful, talented and sweetly sensitive person, is taking a big step, leaving behind the comfort of his brothers. I really can not wish him more happiness and success than I am right now. I just hope he won’t let this stand in the way of pursuing his dream, I know I will be missing the sound of his voice from now on, a voice I fell in love with almost immediately upon Day6’s debut! I hope to hear him again in some capacity, the world shouldn’t have to miss out on his talent because of youth and its naivety.

Junhyeok Hwaiting! Day6 Hwaiting! Sundays Hwaiting!

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IMFACT – Lollipop Teasers and M/V

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With ‘IMFACT’s debut EP just around the corner, Star Empire began to release trailers for the title track ‘Lollipop’ and these teasers definitely served their purpose as they got me really riled up and excited for the 27th January 2016.

Leadng the pack for ‘Lollipop’s’ individual teasers comes Sang! Once again showcasing some fancy finger-work with his guitar, Sang performs a short acoustic to applause from a bubblegum haired Ungjae, wooing women worldwide with his talents. The teaser is set in a classroom with Sang sitting in the window performing to an empty room. The teaser is naturally lit, bright and airy and the music is dreamlike and sweet.

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IMFACT – Debut Teasers

IMFACT(Left to right: Taeho, Jian, Sang, Ungjae and Jeup)

2016 is definitely, already, shaping up to be a great year for kpop and it all started for me with ‘IMFACT’, my first debut for the year. Star Empire’s new five piece boyband boasts some fantastically talented members with very handsome visuals and cheerful demeanours. The name ‘IMFACT’ is a combination of the words ‘impact’ and the phrase ‘I’m fact’ they chose this name as it signifies honesty and the ‘impact’ they’d like to have on the music industry with their self-produced and written tracks. Continue reading

Seventeen (세븐틴) – Wonwoo Profile

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Name – Wonwoo – 원우

Birth Name – Jeon Won Woo – 전원우

D.O.B – July 17, 1996

Unit – Hip-Hop Unit

Position – Main Rapper

Nickname – Mr. Beanie, 1 + 1, Sloth

Height – 182 cm

Home Town – Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Wonwoo is a disarmingly sweet but somehow deadpan comedic genius whose every smile feels like a well earned reward. He is mischievous and cheeky with a playful nature which has earned him a place in the ‘Meanie Couple’ with Mingyu, a title offered to them because of their close relationship as they team up to mercilessly tease the other members and each other.  Though he sometimes appears cold and a stoic, Wonwoo is a very warm and sensitive person who really appreciates all of the opportunities afforded to him and all of the help and care he receives from his hyungs, especially his leader-hyung S.Coups who takes very good care of his adorable Wonwoo.

Interestingly, Wonwoo originally joined Pledis with the intention of becoming a vocalist, as such he has a very nice singing voice which is easily evident just from his tone when he is rapping.As a member of the Hip-Hop unit, Wonwoo holds his own with his low toned voice which is like a breath-taking rumble.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this secret smiler in future.  Continue reading

Daily Gif – 31/12/2015 – 04/01/2016

Things have been a little hectic over the last few days with work and New Year and everything so I’m going to catch up on my daily gifs by giving you… 5 gifs in one post!!!

31/12/2015 – Firstly, lets all take a moment to admire Jackson’s insatiable ability to … steal the moment!!

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01/01/2016 – Then lets celebrate the new year with Up10tion, specifically Xiao’s epic mansae!

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02/01/2016 – How about dropping in for a visit with Dino and Joshua…

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03/01/2016 – Back to work tomorrow, let Rap Monster teach you how to twerk…

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04/01/2016 – Finally, let Chanyeol cheer up your Monday… He brightens up my day for sure!

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