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  • Way Back Wednesday: Scandals

    November 14, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    The K-pop world was thrown into a tizzy this past week when singer IU (presumably accidentally) posted an interesting picture of herself with Super Junior member Eunhyuk online (rookie mistake). Even though it was removed shortly after, fans immediately flooded the digital world with speculation and allegations about the nature of their relationship and of course, K-pop chaos ensued. Subsequently, IU's management Loen Entertainment issued a v

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  • Way Back Wednesday: After Sandy

    November 7, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    For anyone looking for this column last week, you'll notice that it was never posted. Not only was it Halloween but last week Mother Nature once again asserted her dominion over man as Hurricane Sandy trekked across the oceans, making its presence known in at least 24 states along the East Coast of the U.S. including Puerto Rico and also the countries of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, and Canada. Here in New York City, w

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Best Dances 2001-2003

    October 17, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    This will be the final part of the my look at the best dances from back in the day. I usually consider 2002 and early 2003 as the end of the "old school" era of K-pop because it was a transitional time for the music. Many of the original K-poppers had ended their lengthy runs and the industry began to see the growing influence of the next generation of stars but also familiar faces from your favorite groups out on their own and taking the nex

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Best Dances of 1997-2000

    October 10, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine. You gotta hold the frame. If you can name that quote then you're probably A) Googling it, B) a connoisseur of 80's cinema, or C) a nerd like me. Either way, the quote is apropos for this column as we get into some serious territory. Last week's column was all about the best dances from the early years of K-pop, 1993-1996.

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Best and Not So Best English Group Names

    September 26, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. - Shakespeare JYP Entertainment recently revealed the name of the its new female duo featuring 'Kpop Star' winner Park Ji Min as '15&' (pronounced Fifteen And). At first look, it feels more like the name of a New York City restaurant than a K-pop group but more than that, it's another English name as noted in the teaser video which spells it out for the viewer

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Fall Classics

    September 19, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    This Saturday will mark the official beginning of Autumn here in the United States (along with the entire Northern Hemisphere for that matter) and it couldn't have come at a better time because I am so over the Summer heat. Last week I was fixated on the cooling temperature and chill in the air and today, I noticed that leaves are actually beginning to turn colors as the day time is becoming shorter. That just means that the tail end of 2012

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Girl Power

    August 15, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    If you're anything like me, the last two weeks were spent glued to the TV watching the 2012 London Olympics. It was riveting entertainment to watch the best athletes in the world compete on the largest stage in the world. If there was a take away from the London Olympics, it had to be the rise and dominance of female athletes. For the first time in history, every competing nation had a female athlete. For major Olympic countries like the Unit

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Noraebang Classics

    August 8, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    If you've read the Way Back Wednesday columns before, you know that I frequently mention my affection for noraebangs and usually call out a song or two that are tried and true favorites for fellow norebang fans. I don't know what it is about those little rooms with the flashing lights, over-reverbed amps, and spit-protector covered microphones, but as often as I've been, it's always just as fun the next time I go. While many of you have proba

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  • Way Back Wednesday : Cherry Filter

    May 2, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    K-pop isn't often associated with indie rock, but it's pretty amazing how many good bands have emerged in the Korean music scene. One of the best and brightest is a group with one of the coolest names around, Cherry Filter. The band is known for their high energy pop rock tracks and their soaring, often gravity defying vocals which helped them go from indie to mainstream with legions of fans in tow. Making the Band The group was originall

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