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This week in idols and music, we covered Sonamoo‘s comeback with “Cushion,” Wanna.B‘s “Attention,” what looks like a Woollim-Tasty split, G-Friend‘s “Me Gustas Tu,” songs you may have missed out on in June, indie gem Wasted Johnny’s, BTSEpisode II: The Red Bullet concert in L.A., TVXQ‘s pre-military Rise as God release, BEAST‘s “YeY” comeback and Harry Potter-inspired songs that need to happen. We also released our KCON 2015 mixtape to get you ready for the big event this weekend!

In fashion and TV topics, we explored our favorite performances from last week’s music shows, the final episodes of The Producers and sultry photoshoots.

In sociocultural topics, we took a look at 2NE1 became involved during Taylor Swift vs. Nicki Minaj and the unfortunate clumping together of East Asian cultures in media.

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severely on Better than Taylor Swift: How to Derail, the K-pop Way

“Furthermore recording screen grabs and accusing others of copying their groups is apparently a very common hobby of Kpop fans.”
First of all, A+, Mr. Kahn. This point of his is so laughably accurate, it stopped being funny years ago.

Second of all, maybe I don’t have much place to say this because I’m not a Blackjack but I think the specific kpop act loosely “involved” is irrelevant. The whole situation to me (outside of Nicki‘s original and valid criticisms) is just one big instance of feeling terrible second-hand embarrassment. I’ve seen so many fans applauding the increase in views on 2NE1‘s video, and to me, this is just another instance of kpop fans taking any attention they can get from the mainstream. Is this really what we want kpop to be associated with: using inaccurate straw man arguments to drown out another person’s voice in order to boost the success of whatever group we’re getting behind now?

No wonder YG Entertainment‘s response is basically saying, “We don’t want to touch this with a ten foot pole.” I know some YG fans have been fawning over how cool and collected YG’s response is, but you know, maybe kpop fans in general should follow their lead here. This isn’t about kpop. It was never about kpop. Silencing Nicki or trying to use Nicki’s popularity to make it about kpop is not ethical. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s obvious that YG Entertainment doesn’t want CL‘s future American success to be hinged on this, quite frankly, clusterfuck of narcissism.

20150801_seoulbeats_gfriend_akiiiclassicCY on G-Friend’s Psychologically Tender “Me Gustas Tu”

I am unashamedly a fan of G-Friend and will most likely continue to be if they keep this up. Listening to their music makes me long for a simpler time (for whatever reason, because I’m not even particularly old?!). Super refreshing and pleasant ^^

mundyyys on BTS Bring the Energy in “Episode II: The Red Bullet” in L.A.

Rap Mon seriously impressed me with his stage presence. I went to the NYC show, and I got stuck with the cheaper seats. Luckily, RM made sure everybody had a good time, even us further back. I know he’s had a rough time of it lately (and it’s mostly been his fault) but he’s a great performer. He was in the zone throughout the whole show. All of BTS are amazing at what they do, honestly. I’ve watched older performances of TRB on Youtube, but I was still blown away. Not many groups in Kpop today can beat them in terms of pure stage performance. I’m biased, but it’s the truth.

And I think this sexy edition of For Your Viewing Pleasure is a success?


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