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!
Let's revisit some of the great summer mixtapes to help ease the pangs of summertime nostalgia
Bonfires with our friends, balmy summer days spent by the lake passing a spliff and sipping on a Corona, summertime love affairs—it all may feel like a past life now.
The rollout for summer 2020 is unlike anything before it. While Americans everywhere try to retain a sense of normalcy, it will be impossible to enjoy summer the way we want to. Bitter nostalgia for the summers of yore is rampant. Luckily, music has remained the one constant. To help unwind in these times of heightened anxiety, it helps to revisit some of the mixtapes that brought us childhood bliss, that pumped us up when school dismissed for summer, that blasted through our car speakers as we cruised with the windows down with our friends in tow. Here are a few of the greatest mixtapes of summers past, in the hopes it will bring back the fond memories that, right now, may feel distant.
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