It usually the weirder and wackier K-pop videos that end up going viral --like PSY's "Gangnam Style" and Crayon Pop's "Bar Bar Bar"-- and they don't come much more bizarre than Orange Caramel's "Catallena."
The clip sees the Orange Caramel girls shrunk down and dressed as pre-packaged fish and ready-to-eat sushi (complete with adorable props like rice cakes and tiny soy sauce dishes) in a fast food sushi restaurant. They sing, they dance, and they gush over an expensive octopus played by a man in drag.
On the surface it may look like a whole bunch of silliness for the sake of silliness, but just like "Gangnam" style, there's a deeper meaning behind the colorful antics. The entire video serves as a metaphor for girl groups in the Korean music industry, with Orange Caramel warning that packaged pop acts that sell out with cheap images for instant success will quickly be consumed and forgotten.
The best bit is that all this social commentary is set to a fabulously camp italo disco soundtrack that sounds like it was plucked straight out of the last Eurovision Song Contest.
"Catallena" has already amassed almost 2 million views in just five days (roughly 900,000 thousand on each of the two official accounts its uploaded to), and it definitely has the potential to go much, much higher over the coming weeks and months.
Check it out below!
Former Wonder Girl Sunmi scores her second solo hit this week, debuting at an impressive No. 2 with her new single "Full Moon."
It's Sunmi's second time at No. 2; her first was her debut single "24 Hours," which narrowly missed out on the top spot last year.
Veteran K-diva Park Ji Yoon debuts at No. 12 with "Beep," while her other new single, "Inner Space," enters at the much lower 122.
As we predicted last week, Ladies' Code's "So Wonderful" has raced up the charts, shooting 19 spots to No. 14. It's now the second-highest charting song of the group's career, just behind "Hate You" which briefly peaked at No. 13.
STELLAR stays on the move with their controversial new single "Marionette," which gives the girl group their first ever top forty hit this week by raising seven spots to No. 35.
Meanwhile, T-ara's special collaboration single with Cho Young-soo, "First Love," debuts at a disappointing No. 47, but could possibly rise a bit next week. After School's own special collaboration single, "Week" with Brave Brothers, enters one spot lower at No. 48.
Check out this week's key new K-pop hits below!
No. 2. Sunmi - Full Moon
No. 12. Park Ji Yoon - Beep
No. 14. Ladies' Code - So Wonderful
No. 35. STELLAR - Marionette
No. 47. T-ara - First Love
TC Chandler has released its annual independent critics list of the year's most beautiful faces, and it's filled with K-pop stars! Now, I don't know how official this thing is, but last year's list (which was uploaded onto YouTube) got 5.2 million views, and this year's already has 500,000 in just 24 hours, so it looks like people are paying attention to it.
Popular K-pop beauties like Girls' Generation's Taeyeon (No. 9) and miss A's Suzy (No. 15) all made the list, but it was After School's Nana who stole the show at No. 2 -- right behind this year's winner, Marion Cotillard.
This is a bit of a shock considering that Nana isn't really considered that great of a beauty back home in Korea, but she's mighty popular overseas -- as this list proves. International fans regularly select Nana as one of K-pop's top hotties, and the 22-year-old is a favourite for fashion shows and magazine spreads in China and Japan.
Other stars that made TC Chandler's list this year include Monica Belluci, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Kate Upton, Ayumi Hamasaki, Kerry Washington, and Freida Pinto.
Anyway, here's a few photos of Nana looking like a total babe. You're welcome.