K-pop princesses Girls' Generation tackle an English-language tune for the first time since 2011's "The Boys" with the acerbic "Cheap Creeper." The song is lifted from the soundtrack to the new dance flick Make Your Move 3D, which stars Derek Hough and another K-pop royal BoA. According to IMDB, the pair play star-crossed dancers that enter into a Romeo & Juliet-style romance as their respective families feud with each other, which I guess is a better plot than competing in a dance competition or dancing to save the local whatever from being bulldozed by evil property developers.
After languishing in post-production hell since 2011, Make Your Move 3D will finally see an official theatrical release this month. Considering all the time that's passed, it's no surprise that "Cheap Creeper" comes off a bit dated. (The song's existence has been public since 2012, but we've got no idea when it was originally recorded.)
The electro-pop number sounds like a leftover from Britney Spears' Circus or Blackout, which isn't exactly a bad thing considering that most Britney leftovers are actually very good -- it just means that "Cheap Creeper" isn't the cutting-edge Western crossover smash that Girls' Generation fans were probably hoping for. (It could also pass for a track from BoA's Sean Garrett-produced English-language album, which actually did contain a Britney leftover.)
The real appeal of "Cheap Creeper" is its sardonicism, with the girls firing off lyrical low blows like: "You only wear cologne that comes in the sample size," and my personal favourite, "You drive an Audi that you rented from Alamo / You got the hook-up from your cousin who's the regional manager on weekdays / She gave it to you for one night for free / Don't you wish you drove it in real life?"
"Black Is King" is now out on Disney+.
Beyoncé has released Black Is King, and as usual, her work is subtly shifting the world and inspiring millions.
The musical film dropped today on Disney+. It's a visual companion to 2019's The Lion King: The Gift, an album inspired by last year's remake of The Lion King, in which Beyoncé starred as Nala. The moment it released at 12AM PT, fans lost it with excitement.
BEYONCÉ SAVED MY LIFE. #BlackIsKing https://t.co/SY3S5kZsij— 𝓒𝓮𝓬𝓮☾ (@𝓒𝓮𝓬𝓮☾)1596226052.0
Black Is King is rooted in Black history. "History is your future," Beyoncé says prophetically toward the beginning. "One day you will meet yourself back where you started, but stronger." The film is studded with references to African history, portraying the lives of African royalty.
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It's common knowledge in K-pop that stars like G-Dragon, PSY, and B1A4's Jinyoung (just to name a few) have written and produced a lot of their own music, but what about the ladies? The creative skills of many female idols are often overlooked by fans and the Korean media, despite there being a handful of talented songstresses in K-pop who are just as involved in the creation of their own tunes as the guys are.
Thankfully, chart giant, Instiz, has just released a list of female idol acts with the most copyrighted songs to their name, and some of the results will definitely surprise people. (Note: The list applies to idol acts only.)
Topping the list with 56 songs is Brown Eyed Girls rapper, Miryo. The 31-year-old has co-written huge hits for BEG like "Sign" and "Sixth Sense," and also co-produced all the tracks from her solo album, MIRYO aka JOHONEY.
Coming in second place is Miryo's bandmate, JeA, with 12 songs to her name. JeA's helped compose music for BEG, as well as her own solo career and a couple of other artists, too, like SPINEL and ZIA. She even wrote Ga-In and Jo-Kwon's We Got Married duet, "We Were In Love," which topped the charts in 2011 and picked up two music program trophies.
Following JeA is (surprisingly) SECRET's Zinger, who ranks third with 11 songs. While Zinger wasn't involved in any of SECRET's big hits, she's co-written tracks from the group's various albums and EPs, including her solo rap track, "Amazinger." SECRET already has a reputation as one of the more talented girl groups in K-pop, but if more people only knew about Zinger's songwriting prowess, the quartet's credibility would receive another boost and finally bring them some attention that doesn't solely center on Hyosung's famously bangin' bod.
Fourth on the list is solo superstar, IU, with ten songs. The 19-year-old's most notable creation to date is probably the acoustic ballad, "Peach," which reached No. 2 on the charts last year. Her creative input has gradually increased over time, and she should have a fresh bunch of self-written songs to add to her catalog when her next studio album drops in April.
Rounding at the top five is Wonder Girls star, Yenny, who has composed songs for both herself and for Wonder Girls.
Oddly enough, BoA is absent from the list, despite boasting a catalog of self-composed songs that could easily rival Miryo's. Perhaps Instiz considers the K-pop legend above idol status, and has put her in the "real artist" category with Tasha?
Check out some key songs from five of K-pop's most talented stars, below.
1. Brown Eyed Girls - Sixth Sense
2. JeA - Let's Hug
3. Zinger - Amazinger
4. IU - Peach
5. Yenny - Hello To Myself
[Via Netizen Buzz]