KPOP Radioactive Countdown on 106.7 Energy FM

Did you know there is K-Pop radio show in Manila?? That’s right! The KPOP Countdown on 106.7 Energy FM is hosted by DJ Rey Mambo, and it allows KPop fans to vote for their favorite songs by tweeting or voting on the official fan page of the show. The two-hour program also airs Kpop classics as well as up-and-coming tunes. (As long as they have CDs of the artists. Now’s the time for Filipino fan clubs to rise up and promote their biases! Send your CDs to Energy so your artists can finally get some local airplay!)

I recently appeared on the show to promote SECRET, my favorite Korean girl group. Go #IDoIDo!
KPOP Countdown on 106.7 Energy FM

Christian K-Pop fans! Get “Prayers for Oppa!”

prayers-for-oppaHey Christian K-Pop fans! I’ve got a book recommendation for you that might be right up your alley.

Prayers for Oppa is a devotional tool written by Teresa Santoski for Christian K-Pop fans looking to support their favorite performers through prayer, as well as provide a way to reach out to fans who may or not be Christian.

It’s also a handy tool for performers looking to deepen their relationship with God, create a spiritual support system between them and their fans, and use their influence to make God’s all-encompassing love and care accessible to those who do not yet know Jesus.

Each devotional includes prayers and applicable Bible verses for fans and performers.

Prayer devotionals for fans include:

  • Is your favorite performer sick or injured? Turn to the Healing section.
  • Are they going through a tough time in their career? Go to Difficulty Getting Work.
  • Want to support them in their efforts to share their faith? Try Social Media, Sharing God with Others or Taking a Stand.
  • Prayers for Oppa also contains a section on how to become a Christian and nurture your relationship with God, as well as suggested talking points for performers who would like to share their faith in interviews.

It also contains devotionals for Christian performers:

  • Giving an outdoor concert on a rainy night? Check out Performance Safety.
  • Feeling pressure due to the expectations of others? Flip to Discouragement.
  • Wondering if you’re presenting yourself to the public in a way that brings God glory? Find what you need in the Fan Service and Image sections.

I’ve read the sample devotional and it looks really good! As a Christian writer and music aficionado who likes K-Pop, I think Prayers for Oppa is a useful and clever material that can help us tap into our intercessory potential and cover our favorite artists in prayer. Ironically, I also think that doing the devotional actually resets our minds from focusing on the “idols” we enjoy, and instead refocuses it on our own relationship with Jesus, which is great.

[Sample devotional] [More information] [PrayersForOppa on Twitter]

Hyorin, “Let It Go”

Korean pop singer Hyorin, who is best known as the lead singer of daebak Korean girl group SISTAR, has released the MV to the Korean version of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen.

At this point, it looks like Hyorin is the heir apparent to a throne long occupied by solo female artists like BoA and Lee Hyori. Hyorin’s solo release has topped the charts, Lonely and One Way Love were music show winners, and right now, it looks like she can do no wrong. Now with the release of the Korean language version of Let It Go, she is set to become an even greater name in KPop.

I LOVE IT! Am so proud of you, Hyo!

Ganns’ Year-end Top 10 Charts

Every year since 1990, I’d been publishing my own weekly Top 10 chart, based on my personal preferences and iTunes airplay. The No.1 Christian song of the year on my chart is Mandisa’s Overcomer. No surprise there. Having been No.1 for 14 weeks – a new record – it was a no-brainer. Overcomer finishes at No.13 for the year on Billboard’s year-end Top Christian Songs, a surprise to me, considering it went to No.1 for ahem, 10 weeks, but I’m sure Billboard has its reasons. lol

The rest of the year-end Top 10 is interesting for its mix of chart-toppers and critically acclaimed singles that weren’t quite supported at radio. Several of them were No.1 hits – Billboard Christian Songs year-end No.1 Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear finishes at No.5 on my chart, while its runner-up on Billboard, Matthew West’s Hello My Name Is, finishes better on my year-end chart at No.3. Meanwhile, Building 429’s We Won’t Be Shaken, stopped from reaching No.1 by West’s most successful single on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart to date, bests it on my chart, finishing second only to Mandisa. At year-end No.6, Francesca Battistelli’s Strangely Dim is the only other bona fide Christian AC Top 10 hit.

Also noteworthy is Chris August, who places two songs in the year-end Top 10: Restore, which topped my chart for two weeks, and the upbeat Unashamed of You, which totally fizzled out on the Christian Songs chart but topped mine for seven weeks, and is, IMHO, August’s best single to date. Unashamed of You is one of only three non-top 10 singles in my year-end Top 10, the other two being Dara Maclean’s brilliant single, Wanted, and Shine Bright Baby’s irresistibly effervescent Beautiful Love. August’s Restore and Laura Story’s I Can Just Be Me were also not Top 10 hits on the main chart, but they were both No.1 hits on Soft AC/Inspo, which is still something to be proud of, in my opinion.

August’s The Upside of Down is also my favorite album of 2013. (Technically released in 2012, but its 2nd and 3rd singles were so strong this year that it registered more airplay altogether than Mandisa’s Overcomer and Jimmy Needham’s The Hymns Sessions Vol. 1, the two runners-up.

Other noteworthy songs that didn’t make the final cut – but were right up there, and it was so tough not to place them in! – include Jamie Grace’s bubbly Beautiful Day, Mark Schultz’s pop/rock gem I Gave Up, Josh Wilson’s delightful Pushing Back the Dark, Kristian Stanfill’s powerful One Thing Remains, The Afters’ toe-tapping Every Good Thing, Love and the Outcome’s passionate He is With Us, and Jimmy Needham’s soulful Come Thou Fount.

CHRISTIAN SONGS
1. Mandisa Overcomer
2. Building 429 We Won’t Be Shaken
3. Matthew West Hello My Name Is
4. Chris August Unashamed of You
5. Chris Tomlin Whom Shall I Fear
6. Francesca Battistelli Strangely Dim
7. Chris August Restore
8. Laura Story I Can Just Be Me
9. Dara MacLean Wanted
10. Shine Bright Baby Beautiful Love

Meanwhile, on the Top 40 mainstream chart, K-Pop and acapella continued to dominate the year. I find myself not listening to Top 40 most of the time now – I think an indication of my age, more than anything – and I’m not in tune with most of the songs that now hit the airwaves over on the “secular charts.” This, however, isn’t to say that I’m completely out of it, but I really don’t appreciate most of the songs that do happen to make the charts.

Six of the Top 10 year-end songs are K-Pop songs, led by the absolutely brilliant Give It to Me by SISTAR. It’s the first year-end chart-topper for the four-member girl group, and it’s an improvement over Alone, which finished last year at No.7 for the year. The success of Give It to Me relegates fellow K-Pop girl group Secret’s Yoo Hoo! to a No.2 year-end finish. It’s the second year in a row that Secret finishes at No.2; last year, Poison was runner-up to Big Bang’s Fantastic Baby. But just like last year, Secret also finishes with another song in the year-end Top 10: last year, it was Talk That at No.4; this year, it’s I Do I Do at No.6. Secret’s lead vocalist Song Ji Eun also released a dramatic solo single this year, False Hope, that finishes the year at No.9. Other K-Pop songs that finish in the Top 10 include f(x)’s hypnotic Rum Pum Pum Pum and Brown Eyed Girls’ Kill Bill. (Jewelry’s Hot and Cold just missed out on the Top 10.)

Last year’s highest-ranking English song was Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up at No.6; this year, Idina Menzel, who scored two No.1 hits on my personal chart prior to this year with Defying Gravity and Brave, earns her biggest hit on my chart to date with Let It Go from the OST of Disney’s Frozen. The song finishes at No.3, a notch ahead of Pentatonix’s Royals, a stunning revival of the No.1 Hot 100 original by Lorde. Only one of the songs in my year-end Top 10 was a bonafide Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100: Anna Kendricks’ Cups; Britney Spears’ Work B**** (No.5 year-end) didn’t reach the Top 10.

TOP 40/KPOP CHARTS
1. SISTAR Give It to Me
2. SECRET Yoo Hoo!
3. Idina Menzel Let It Go
4. Pentatonix Royals
5. Britney Spears Work B****
6. f(x) Rum Pum Pum Pum
7. Secret I Do I Do
8. Brown Eyed Girls Kill Bill
9. Song Ji Eun False Hope
10. Anna Kendrick Cups

Secret, “I Do I Do”

Korean girl group Secret has come back with I Do I Do, the carrier single of their third single album, Gift from Secret. So cute!

(Side by side)
(Side by side)
(Side by side)

It’s really my first time having this heart-fluttering feeling
I’m like that when I see you
Alright, alright, ah ah
I think love is coming

When my eyes lock with yours
I tremble as if my breath will stop
I can’t hide it, what do I do with my heart?

Words I want to tell you

(Side by side)
(Side by side)
(Side by side)

Yes I do I do, do I do
Yes I do I do
Because I love you, because you’re my everything

Yes I know I know know I know
I know your heart
My precious gift that the heavens gave me, only you

I do I do I do I do
I know I know I know I know
I do I do I do I do

Everything in the world is beautiful
Because of you
Alright Alright Ah! Ah!
I’m so thankful

I want to hold hands with you
And walk on this street
My heart is filled with love
Only one for you
Words I want to hear from you

(Side by side)
(Side by side)
(Side by side)

Yes I do I do, do I do
Yes I do I do
Because I love you, because you’re my everything

Yes I know I know know I know
I know your heart
My precious gift that the heavens gave me, only you

Imagine the day we dream the same dreams and are together
Look at me like this

Yes I do I do, do I do
Yes I do I do
Because I love you, because you’re my everything

Yes I know I know know I know
I know your heart
My precious gift that the heavens gave me, only you

I do I do I do I do
I know I know I know I know
I do I do I do I do
Romanized:

(Naranhi naranhi na)
(Naranhi naranhi na)
(Naranhi naranhi na)

Jeongmal cheoeumin geollyo seolleneun gibun
Geudaereul bomyeon geuraeyo
Alright alright ah! Ah!
Sarangi oryeona bwayo

Geudaewa du nuni majuchil ttaemyeon
Summakhil deut tteollyeoyo
Gamchul su eobtjyo~ nae mameul eotteoke hajyo

Geudaeege hago sipeun mal

(Naranhi naranhi na)
(Naranhi naranhi na)
(Naranhi naranhi na)

Yes I do I do~ do I do~
Yes I do I do~ u u~
Saranghanikkayo geudaeneun nae jeonbunikkayo

Yes I know I know~ know I know~
Nan geudae mameul aljyo
Haneuri naege jun namanui sojunghan seonmur~ only u~

I do I do I do I do
I know I know I know I know
I do I do I do I do
Narallalla nallara

Sesangui modeun ge areumdawoyo
Geudae ttaemunieyo
Alright alright ah! Ah!
Neomu gomaun geollyo

Geudaewa duriseo du son kkok japgo
I georireul georeoyo
Sarang gadeukhan nae mameun
Only one for you

Geudaeege deutgo sipeun mal

(Naranhi naranhi na)
(Naranhi naranhi na)
(Naranhi naranhi na)

Yes I do I do~ do I do~
Yes I do I do~ u u~
Saranghanikkayo geudaeneun nae jeonbunikkayo

Yes I know I know~ know I know~
Nan geudae mameul aljyo
Haneuri naege jun namanui sojunghan seonmur~
Only u~

Sangsanghaebwa gateun kkumeul kkumyeo hamkke hal geunal
Jigeum idaero nal barabwayo

Yes I do I do~ do I do~
Yes I do I do~ u u~
Saranghanikkayo geudaeneun nae jeonbunikkayo

Yes I know I know~ know I know~
Nan geudae mameul aljyo
Haneuri naege jun namanui sojunghan seonmur~ only u~

I do I do I do I do
I know I know I know I know
I do I do I do I do
Nalallala nalala

Song Ji Eun, “False Hope”

The lead vocalist of Korean girl group Secret, Song Ji Eun, has released False Hope (also known as Hope Torture, as the carrier of a three-track EP of the same title. This jazzy mid-tempo song speaks of the torture a person goes through at the hands of someone who is leading that person on. Naturally, I think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Song Ji Eun is a goddess and everything she releases should go to number one. LOLz

 

 

 

 

FALSE HOPE (HOPE TORTURE) Lyrics
Song Ji Eun

ijen modu kkeutirago haejwo
Never Tease Me
deo isang amu
soyong eobtdago marhaejwo
Make It Easy

ijeul man hamyeon neon
jakkuman natanaseo
nal heundeureo
ajigdo nan neoreul
itji motae babo cheoreom

neoneun nareul saranghaji anha
da algo isseo nan
doraseodo milchyeo naedo
dashi tto chajawa

geureon nuneuro baraboji ma
geu ppeonhan geojitmal
haji ma geureoji ma
ijeneun nae beoryeodwo
nareul chatji ma

deo isangeun naege sondaeji ma
Never Touch Me
neujeun bam sure chwihae
jeonhwado haji ma Never
I know you’re tipsy
whenever you call me

cham nappa neon bogo
shipdaneun mallo nal tto ullyeo
ajigdo nan neoreul
itji motae babo cheoreom

neoneun nareul saranghaji anha
da algo isseo nan
doraseodo milchyeo naedo
dashi tto chajawa

geureon nuneuro baraboji ma
geu ppeonhan geojitmal
haji ma geureoji ma
ijeneun nae beoryeodwo
nareul chatji ma

naneun neoreul
sarang haesseotna bwa
tto ulgo isseo nan
jugeul mankeum
miwo haedo jiwo jiji anha

geureon nuneuro baraboji ma
nal saranghaetdan mal
haji ma geureoji ma
ijeneun nae beoryeo dwo
nareul chatji ma

f(x), “Rum Pum Pum Pum”

Korean girl group f(x) has come back with Rum Pum Pum Pum, a catchy midtempo dancefloor scorcher that reflects the best of what this girl group has to offer. The song is already a #1 seller and has won on the music shows, which just goes to show that f(x) is the rightful heir to the Girls Generation throne if and when SNSD is ready to move on to bigger and better things. Meanwhile, yes, all five girls look amazing and I love this song.

What do I like best about Rum Pum Pum Pum?

  • The Middle Eastern flavor of Rum Pum Pum Pum is ridiculously catchy.
  • The percussion and the marching drum beats on Rum Pum Pum Pum are infectious and primal. It reminds me of some of the percussive work of Destiny’s Child. Terrific.
  • Of course, the girls’ signature silly lyrics and teasingly sexual delivery make it classic f(x).

I love it. Love it, love it. Go Victoria, you are so hot, it’s not even funny.

 

RUM PUM PUM PUM English Lyrics
f(x) (credit here)

Hello, you probably heard of me at least once
Your wisdom tooth
You probably think you experienced it all when you were young

Attention boys! I’m a bit different
I pushed aside all the others and took my place
Deep in your heart (purum purumpum)
Very secretly (purum purumpum)

I will pierce through your heart’s wall and grow (I will pierce through your heart’s wall and grow)
A special experience rum pum pum pum (A special experience rum pum pum pum)
It will hurt as if your head will shatter (It will hurt as if your head will shatter)
A new experience rum pum pum pum

Ouch, your head will hurt
You won’t be able to sleep
You won’t forget me easily
Your true first love that appeared all of a sudden, rum pum pum pum

What to do? You probably expected one who grew up straight
But I’ll be crooked and torture you, I’m not easy

It was like this or like that
there is so much talk but you can never know until you experience it
Even if you struggle to pull me out
that spot will be empty forever

It’s probably not me
Yeah, it probably is
Now I’ll make our own little secret
Shh! Our own little secret

Ouch, your head will hurt
You won’t be able to sleep
You won’t forget me easily
Your electrifying first love that appeared all of a sudden, rum pum pum pum

I will pierce through your heart’s wall and grow
I will pierce through your heart’s wall and grow (x3)
It will hurt as if your head will shatter
It will hurt as if it will shatter (x3)
As if it will shatter

Ouch, your head will hurt (your head will hurt)
You won’t be able to sleep (won’t be able to sleep)
You won’t forget me easily (you won’t forget me)
Your true first wisdom tooth that appeared all of a sudden, rum pum pum pum

Your true first love, a special experience
Rum pum pum pum
Your electrifying first love, a new experience
Rum pum pum pum
Your true first love, a special experience
Rum pum pum pum
Your electrifying first love, a new experience
Rum pum pum pum

RUM PUM PUM PUM Romanized Lyrics
f(x)

[Krystal] Annyeong hanbon jjeumeun nal deurobwagetji
Noui sarangni (Ha ah ah)
[Luna] Imi oril dde modu gyokkdotda saenggakhagetji (Ha ah ah)

[Sulli] Attention Boys! Nan jum dareul gol
Dareun aedeuleun da mironaego charireul kapji
[Victoria] Mam sok kipeun gose (pu rum pum pum pum)
Aju eunmilhage (pu rum pum pum pum)

[Kystal/Luna]
Ni mam byokeul ddulko jarananda (ni mam byokeul ddulko jarananda)
Teukbyolhan gyongheom rumpumpumpum (teukbyolhan gyongheom rumpumpumpum)
Moriga kkaejil deushi apaunda (moriga kkaejil deushi apaunda)
Saeroun kyeonghom rum pum pum pum

[All] Aya moriga apeulgol (Ohh oh rum pum pum pum)
Jamdo oji aneulgol
Nan swibge nal ijji motalgol
Oneu nal kkamjjak natanan
Jinjja ni jotsarang rum pum pum pum

[Luna] Igol ojjona gopke jaran ahil kidehegetji (Ha ah ah)
[Victoria/Krystal]
Biddakhage soso jjuk guirophigetji
[Victoria] Nega jeom swipgejin ahnji (Ha ah ah)

[Amber]
Irodora jorodora maleulman manjiman
Gyeokobogi jeonen alsuga opgetji
Himeulke nal bbupanaendagohandaero
Pyeongsaeng keujaril piwodugetji

[Kystal]
Ama nan ahnilgol
[Sulli] Yeah ama majeulgol ije dulmanui bimil mandeureo julke
[Krystal]
shh! Dulmanui (Shh!)

[All] Aya moriga apeulgol (Ohh oh rum pum pum pum)
Jamdo oji aneulgol
Nan swibge nal ijji motalgol
Oneu nal kkamjjak natanan
Ojarithan jotsarang rum pum pum pum

[Sulli] Ni mam byokeul ddulko jarananda
Byokeul ddulko jarananda (x3)
[Luna] Moriga kkaejil deushi apaunda
Kkaejil deushi apaunda (x3)
Ahju kkaejil deushi

[All] Aya moriga apeulgol ([Krystal] noneun mori apeul gol)
Jamdo oji aneulgol ([Amber] jamdo oji aneulgol)
Nan swibge nal ijji motalgol ([Luna] nareul ijji motal geol)
Oneunal ggamjjak natanan
Jinjja ni jotsarang rum pum pum pum

[All] Jinjja ni jotsarang [Luna] teukbyolhan gyeonheom
[All] Rum pum pum pum
[All] Jjarithan jotsarang [Sulli] saeroun gyeongheom
[All] Rum pum pum pum
[All] Jinjja ni jotsarang [Victoria] teukbyolhan gyeonheom
[All] Rum pum pum pum
[All] Jjarithan jotsarang [Krystal] saeroun gyeongheom
[All] Rum pum pum pum

Brown Eyed Girls, “Kill Bill”

Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls has staged a fierce comeback with Kill Bill. Just like with virtually every single MV they’ve released, the video of Kill Bill is thoughtfully scripted and skillfully executed, paying homage to Quentin Tarantino’s tour de force starring Uma Thurman. With each Brown Eyed Girls member getting their own character name and a vendetta to kill all the other girls, it’s a virtual bloodbath that makes me wonder if the song will be banned on South Korea’s rather conservative television stations.

Nevertheless, I love the song, I love the video, this is clearly another triumph in Brown Eyed Girls’ ever expanding, ever-challenging, ever impressive discography. With every release, the girls show musical and visual growth unrivaled by pretty much any other Korean girl group out there. Well-done, BEG.