Korea’s electronic pop’s pride, Clazziquai Project, returns with Blessed.
Clazziquai Project will be returning to the music scene with their fifth full album, Blessed, on February 5th, ending their hiatus of three and a half years. The group’s 2004 debut album, Instant Pig, was a groundbreaking work that combined the then-unfamiliar electronic sound with mainstream sensibilities. Afterwards, they have been receiving praise and love from fans for nearly 10 years now with their diverse styles of electronica that include house, lounge, and acid.
In Clazziquai Project’s fifth studio album, Blessed, minimal melodies blend with tightly packed, well-made sounds and down-to-earth yet sensitive lyrics to showcase a musical scope that is still uniquely Clazziquai’s.
Vocalist Horan penned the lyrics for lead single Love Recipe.
Clazziquai Project vocalist Horan wrote the lyrics for the album’s title song, Love Recipe. It’s a song akin to a recipe for those in love and those who dream of sweet love, matching a Latin rhythm with an acoustic pop melody to evoke a calmly spreading and lovely eagerness.
The lyrics were written for people who were in love. The sweet lyrics were written like a recipe for those who dream of love. Love Recipe is a song matched with Lain rhythm with an acoustic pop melody and creates a soft and lovely emotion from listeners. If Together, which features rapping of the still-hip Kim Jin-pyo, is a song about a love akin to a soulmate who puts excitement into a tiring routine and gives soothing and relief to that routine.
Clazziquai presents a variety in genre each album they release and gets more attention from fans for their new sounds. In the new album Clazziquai shows off refreshing rock sounds as well as unique Latin rhythms and fully-acoustic tracks. In the album, you will be able to find a variety of music genres.
While much of today’s music pursues “instant-style” music focused only on the sensual with fast and passionate love songs, Clazziquai instead presents a mature perspective on love atop a minimalist electronic sound. Look forward to more of their activities, as we can already speculate a difference between their music from the mainstream.
02. Sweetest Name
03. Love Recipe (title)
04. 그녀는 위대해
05. 함께라면 (feat. 김진표)
06. Love Right
07. 꽃잎 같은 먼지가
08. Brown Gold Eyes
09. Like a Diamond
10. 사랑도 간다
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It has been confirmed that actress Yoo In Na has been cast in the upcoming KBS weekend drama series You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin (최고다 이순신).
The upcoming drama, which is scheduled to air its first episode on March 9, will be led by director Yoon Sung Sik, who made the top viewed KBS drama Bridal Mask, and author Jung Yoo Kyung, who worked on the Marry Me script. Not only that, the current weekend series, My Daughter, Seo Young, has hit the 40% mark of viewership in Korea. The drama You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin will be the follow up drama for My Daughter, Seo Young, and is expected to continue on the hot popularity of KBS’ weekend drama series.
In the story, Yoo In Na will be acting as Lee Yoo-shin, the second older sister of Lee Soon-shin, who is the show’s protagonist and also IU‘s character. Lee Yoo Shin is a freelance author with many talents and a very smart and set personality. In real life, the two celebrities IU and Yoo In Na are well known for their close friendship, close enough to be called IU-InNa (아이유인나).
Yoo In Na’s new act will show what it means to find real happiness and tell the story of being the second child in a family using her own charms to unfold the character.
After leaving a great impression during High Kick season 2, Yoo In Na continued to appear in bigger drama pieces, such as Secret Garden, The Greatest Love, which enjoyed top ratings in Korea.
Her last piece was with tvN‘s time-slip romance drama Queen Inhyun’s Man, in which she played the main female character for the first time. She put forth a very lovable emotional character, received lots of love from viewers and showed her growing potential as an actress.
Yoo In Na stated, “The character Lee Yoo Shin is very different from any other character I’ve received before, so I’m very excited and looking forward to being this character. I will try my best to show a new charm that I have. I’m very honored to be part of a drama with such veteran actors.”
Source: news and photo- YG Family
As the skillful female vocalist Gummy has reached her 10th anniversary since debut, her agency YG Entertainment has congratulated her.
On February 1, YG shared on its official blog YG Life, “To you who doesn’t lose your child-like innocence. The one you wish to be a friend with. We always wait for you to come back. We congratulate Gummy’s 10th anniversary.”
One decade ago on February 1 2003, Gummy made her debut with If You Come Back (그대 돌아오면). For her 10th year, YG has actually used all her hit song titles to create a fun loving congratulatory message.
With this statement and poster that she received from YG Entertainment, Gummy then shared on her Me2day, “It’s my 10th anniversary. Our president puts up this congratulatory statement and I’m very touched. Everyone, I will prepare new music to meet you all,” and expressed her heartfelt thanks to YG.
On the other hand, YG revealed, “Gummy will return to everyone with a new song soon.”
Source: news and photo-Naver News
Maydoni returns to the music scene after 4 years! Her 2nd single Beginning is finally released. February 2013 marks the month of her comeback when the vocalist surprised many music fans with her vocal skills 4 years ago.
Back in 2009, Maydoni released her debut single titled 7TEEN. Her new single Beginning proves her growth and how much she has matured since then. Maydoni’s second single album Beginning’s title song What Did I Do (내가 뭘 어쨌는데) has a sweet piano melody with powerful drum beats that fits in to the urban R&B genre. The acoustic and electronic sounds allow Maydoni’s powerful voice to stand out even more.
Maydoni has not only participated in the title song but also the second song in which she is able to write the lyrics herself. The fact that Maydoni is growing not only just as a singer but also as an multi-talented artist, allows fans to look forward to more of her activities as a musician.
Check out her songs and teaser video below:
As CNBLUE mainly focuses its activity to an overground crowd, they have gained more than sufficient fans to be called the band’s idols. But some may think them as not so lucky to have the opportunity to showcase their talents. However, with each album release, CNBLUE boys prove more of their actual skills and matured especially with the newest album of songs that the members worked on personally.
Q. Please briefly introduce the newest album Re:BLUE.
A. Re:BLUE is our 4th mini album comeback within 10 months in Korea, the album is filled with 6 songs which are all of CNBLUE’s creation. With the title song I’m Sorry following with Coffee Shop, A Guy Like Me, Lalala and Where You Are were, all written by member Jung Yong Hwa and More Than You was written by Lee Jong Hyun. The title song I’m Sorry is especially trendy and is a powerful modern rock genre song which we could really fully express our color with. Outside of the modern rock genre, we have created a pop and disco rock, plus other various genres in the album. We hope you like them.
Q. What kind of song is the title song I’m Sorry?
A. Jung Yong Hwa’s song I’m Sorry has a lot of pop elements with an addictive melody. The song expresses a guy’s heart after being hurt from the lover’s last word “I’m Sorry”. Using the electronic synthesizer and guitar sounds, the song became a powerful and trendy modern rock song.
Q. The fact that the title song was Jung Yong Hwa’s first written song left a different impression! How does it feel?
A. Each album contains songs that I worked on, but this is the first time that my song is the title song, so I was a little burdened at first. I tried really hard to put in a lot of pop elements in the song. I was worried and unsure if the fans would like it because it was different from what I’ve tried before. I hope you enjoy it!
Q. Other than the title song, which song from the album do you feel really attached to and what is the reason for that?
A. All the songs are really great, but the members decided that Coffee Shop was the best, it is a song that we want to let many people hear live.
Q. The music video for the title I’m Sorry was filmed in London, please tell us any funny episodes during the filming.
A. Rain! It rained so much and it was so cold. We do hear that it rains often in England and that it is chilly in general but during the filming, it rained for the whole duration. The staff in England even said that they believed that it had probably rained all the rain that could fall for the whole year. Due to the rain, we had to postpone and delay part of the filming.
Q. CNBLUE is famous for being acting-idols (acting-dols), are there any plans to meet your fans through any drama pieces this year?
A. Currently, Jung Shin is acting in My Daughter, Seo Young and since we have made our comeback, for the meantime, we want to focus on the comeback activities. Since it’s been a while since we stood on stage, we would also like to greet our fans for as long as possible.
Q. Which member of CNBLUE cares for his looks the most?
A. Actually, none of the members really cares for his looks too much. We look at the mirror often only right before a television program or broadcast but if we had to pick one, it would either be Min Hyuk or Jung Shin! (laughs)
Q. Last December you held a successful concert, is there any new plan of meeting your fans through concert this year? If you do, when are you planning to have it?
A. To keep it short, “We will meet you soon!” Please look forward to it!
Translated interview and photos -Bugs Music