Tara Lee, Fangirl, Fanwar and Media Playing

So, this is now happening in my twitter for almost a week already (or probably longer I just did not notice it before)

Ever since I follow EXO in early 2014, I made my timeline colorful with all Kpop stuff as well as divers friend because only right now, I found out that most of my friend I got from EXO, they were all either Kpop fans or had much knowledge about Kpop than I do—of course.

Before my timeline is only CNBLUE related news, be it friends or news from other fanbase, I did follow some of Korean portal news of course to keep myself update with CNBLUE but then again, it was only focus matter. I used to focus on CNBLUE only thus I only have Boice friend, but now, no more.

As I said earlier, my friends now were as colorful as my timeline—not that I’m complaining though. With various friends I have right now, the thing I know about fangirl’s life is different, safe to say, it surprising me because all the nonstop fanwar. And my question is, is that really necessary?

Personally? Of course not. 😄

To me, fangirl means new friends to hang out—even mostly on twitter only—and share the same excitement about music we like. But apparently the point of view other fans are different—and I can’t do anything about it, sadly.

So, what does media had to do anything with this fangirl and fanwar stuff? Well, fanwar happen as fangirl’s respond for the news relied by media of course. And as my experience of running CNBLUE’s fanblog for almost three years, there quite difference about Korean media and Japanese media when it comes to entertainment industry.

To Korean media, whenever there idol made comeback, it was the time for them to open all the rumors from the wrapper. To those who is blunt or clumsy they would trapped by the situation the host or media created and of course, it would led to another fanwar.

As for Japanese, comeback means they could provide their readers or audiences behind the scenes every song the artist made.

Thus far, I almost never found about Korean media that talked about CNBLUE’s music (well I took CNBLUE as example because that what I know the difference what Korean and Japanese article or TV show wrote about them). All I found was the rumor and gossip from each member.

I almost never know the story behind their Korean songs (almost all of them that only released in Korea). And on the contrary, I know every story about their Japanese song, each of them. There times when I bored reading Japanese translation because one album CNBLUE could be featured in at least 3 magazines with the same topic, MUSIC! How the idea came up to them, how they arranged the song, how the other member contributed to the song (well, mostly CNBLUE’s song composed by Yonghwa and Jonghyun) or is there any special touch up about the song. They also ask what strongest point from each song.

I wonder why Korean media could not do the same. Instead of talking crap, why did not they started to educated their reader or audiences with meaningful stuff?

Then my friend said to me,

“Korean idols are not all composing their song, and as far as I know there no media focus to cover Korean music globally (published in both Korean and English). Maybe there media that only focus on music like Japanese does but you’ll never know because they’re not popular. What did the idols should talk about when they have no idea about what they’re singing or how the song producing? CNBLUE could talk much because they knew. And I think Korean will run out of topic if they insist to do like Japanese does. Japanese should divers their focus because they would not run out of topic. There loss of musician offered them to write down their story in their editorial.”

Upon hearing this, I realize, what she said was true. Sadly, but that’s the truth. All of musical activity which purely sold music had rare chance to be covered by major media.

One of my friends once flew all the way from France only to attend music festival in Korea, she said, there actually bunch of talent musicians in Korea and various genre too (because all this time I only think Korean only could sing a dance music) but when I try to search any information of the event. There only few and that was not even a headline unlike any event that Kpop idols joined the line up. And the audience too, she said, not many people came.

I actually hope that musician will have a place in Kpop industry (which I thought unlikely, take a look CNBLUE and Juniel) and make the sound of Kpop move divers than coloring by fanwar and controversy.

Wu Yifan, the Twist for the Rookie

Wu Yifan, the Twist for the Rookie

Well, hello again, it’s been while since my last post in here. All this while I don’t feel to write anything but here I am right now, ’cause twitter seems can’t handle my opinion anymore,  well so I guess I’ll start to write again.

There many things happened during this span of time and to be quite honest, I don’t know where do I have to start. So I picked up the most recent issue going on in my twitter which I have many pro and contra, well, it’s no other than my bias, Wu Yifan.

So, the recent issues were all about movie posters and Harper Bazaar photoshoot.

Why those two became issues? Trust me, I don’t know either because I don’t see much problem in there especially for Bazaar photoshoot.

Well, let’s get started with the movie poster.

Some fans upset with the poster for many reasons and here I show you several posters and official casts photoshoot they released those far

The two photos released shortly after the official announcement of Somewhere Only We Know production and the two didn’t drew any bad comments yet and fans begin to wonder what kind of story of the movie be like since in China, movie or drama production always kept under the wrap. There so little things about the storyline or anything about the movie that revealed to public.

New posters been released again and it was nothing ‘cause it still consistent with the previous two or the other promotional photo that officially released, there alwas four of the casts.

However the talk begin when the first movie clip released, in the 30 second video, there only Yifan and Likun couple and Gordon Alexander and Jinglei couple, the other two, ChangZhao and Yizha all of sudden vanished from the sight.

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The questions begin, from, where did Changzhao and Yizha dissapeared? And did Grdon Alexander and Jinglei couple did so much in the movie? Or, what kind the storile of this movie exactly? But many comments and opinion were over promoted of Yifan and Likun couple (I don’t like to say but I think the opinion is true).

The arguments went on as the new posters came out

The posters only consist by two couples and from here Changzhao and Yizha were definately out of sight. And so, when the official teasers came out, all the clip was all about Yifan, Likun, Jinglei and Gordon Alexander.

Even me, I was fooled by the storyline before. All this time I was thinking that the main story would revolved around Yifan, Likun, Changzhao and Yizha. But I guess, I surprised by the — abrupt — change of the promotional photos and posters.

All the more when the cinema version poster came out, all the bad comments toward the director rising once again. Some of fans accused her to use Yifan for promoting the movie, as if there only her and Yifan.

For me personally, from the photos that released earlier (where there always four casts in it) and the official posters, I think it was inconsistent from the SOWK team. I know, the whole storyline only the team themselves so all they can do whatever they want for the posters or teaser clips. My point is, if there four from the start then ideally will still four in the end because movie is not like the real life where none of us can’t handle the future. In the real life is still possible we begin with four and end up with three or two, but hey, this is movie, there a director, a script-writer and whole team to control where the story will going and how it will ended.

If you asking me I like this final poster or not, well, I don’t like it. My reason why I don’t like the poster is, SOWK can hired a better graphic designer. I don’t care about how many of them in it (though I still rooted five or six of them on one frame) or how huge Xu Jinglei face will be, the only one that intriguing me is the design. They should do much more better than this.

From the poster, the storyline seems ambigous. Especially the one where Xu Jinglei, Yifan and Likun on one frame, people can suspect that Yifan was involved in love triangle where the fact is not.

Another issue was, Bazaar photoshoot. And this issue is the most ridiculous things I ever heard. Some upset about Jinglei see-through blouse and saying Yifan shouldn’t do such kind of photoshoot. Other upset and questioned, why did Jinglei even follow Yifan to appear in the cover, why didn’t she leave Yifan alone on the cover?

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Well, for the first issue about Jinglie’s see-through blouse, I don’t have problem with it so, I let you to judge it by yourself. If anything, I like the photoshoot, Jinglei can pulled of her sexy look with someone much younger than her and most of all, she didnt need to reveal her skin.

The second issue, I’m not Bazaar editor so I don’t know the motif, why they took the couple for their cover. FYI, I’d been a editor so quite sometimes and even if it’s not magazine, but I know how they work. I don’t think it was Jinglei’s request to appear in the cover with Yifan. It must the editor of the magazine (in this case is Harper Bazaar) itself.

Honestly I, myself, I don’t see any problem with them being the cover. I don’t know if there many mind that.

Lastly, there one opinion thar drew me to write more in here. Last night, I came acrross with the funny opinion to me. It said, to those who obligated to be thankful to Jinglei with all her decisions and everything is insult Yifan because surely even without Jinglei, Yifan still can do so much.

I’m agree with that but also I’m disagree.

I’m agree that we should thankful to Jinglei to give Yifan so much — great and rare — opportunity he was dearly wished for. To me, SOWK is like Yifan’s experiment project. Why? He’s rookie (and please not that he was never been in acting before unless for his group MV or CFs) but he took lead cast for a movie, secondly, have you ever heard an amateur up for the big chance of being songwriter and even producer for the movie OST?

I’m sorry to called Yifan as an amateur because for me he is. Sure he worked in musical field before but please notice that he was a performer, he only sung — well, he was a rapper before — the song the team given to him, he didn’t write or produce or anything, all he did was sung the song according the score, nothing else.

If I was Jinglei, SOWK is my movie, why I do trust an amateur to do the soundtrack where obviously I can find the better musician to do it because let’s face it, music is doing big thing in the movie too? The answer is either Yifan request to her to do the OST and she sees the potential in this rookie, so she trust him.

If you argue, but Jinglei was still supervising the MV.

Let make this clear, MV and music is DIFFERENT I don’t think Jinglei has something to do with There is a Place because there only mentioned Yifan and Bingyang.

But again, just because I’m thankful to her doesn’t mean I agree with all her policy, I have some dissagreement toward her since the beginning of the SWOK promotional, but at that time, fans accused me as Yifan antis and now when I’m already move to think something else, fans starting to protest to her with the same reason I did before. It’s so funny to me.

And, I’m still believe that even without Jinglei, Yifan can do so much, of course he can because he is Wu Yifan. He can do everything he can and wants. But unfortunately, it was the woman named Xu Jinglei who took him under her wings for his first project, so, you liek it or not, Jinglei, SOWK and There is a Place playing huge role in Yifan’s future career as solo artist AND it was normal that you should be thankful to her, because I think, Yifan personally also thankful to her.

Actually, the relation between Yifan and Jinglei is mutual benefit, Yifan need the chance and room to explore himself and Jinglei need his popularity and fans to give her movie so much love and attentions. This is win win situation for both parties.

If you can’t see her as someone who give great chance to your idol and I don’t think you can appreciated someone who help you in real life either.

Well, it’s enough I think, I need to stop writing before I can’t stop myself. LOL

I welcome opinion from you all as long as we can discuss and talk with chill head and appropriate language ^^

See you next time

Photo by various weibo outlets

Video by galaxy fanfan

Written and posted bt Tara Lee

CNBLUE February Failure

CNBLUE February Failure

Before I start this, I would like to warn you guys that this article is base on my opinion so I apologize if any of you get offended.

This is not a review but more like critics toward the Can’t Stop album and I guess I am one of the few Boice that oppose this album  from the concept, MV, music in general, and comeback stages. So fellow Boice, read this with your own risk because I already received many angry mentions on twitter because of my disagreement. So yeah, if you are the kind of fans who can’t stand with different idea then I advice you not to read this.

First Impression

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From the start FNC announced CNBLUE’s new album, I already disagree with the idea, why? Because that means Yonghwa did prepare this album during his MHIYD and Blue Moon Tour and let face it, that Yonghwa is the main person in this album more over right now he also serving as producer as well. I just don not want him to over work himself although he keep saying his work is fun.

My disagreement bit loosens when one night Yonghwa tweeted and saying something about brass music which was increasing my curiosity. Unfortunately, my excitement did not last long because FNC release a selca of the member in MV filming set. I quickly conclude that the album will not meet my expectation and I doubt if I will like the album either. And the more FNC — that continuously — release promotional photos and teasers the more I have no interest with the album.

Honestly I just watched the MV once, and during the time I was just frowning, what with the song and MV? CNBLUE became more and more idol-ish (but for sure I cannot complain, it is Korean after all, what can I expect but as fans I cannot help but disappoint).  And when finally I bought the digital version while I am waiting for my copy arrived, I just glad that I put my expectation on the right place.

One word for this album, I DO NOT LIKE IT (yet I still buy 2 versions of the album).

Why?

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First of all, I can find that Can’t Stop music style in many popular band and music now days, nothing special with this album unlike CNBLUE’s previous album because Cant Stop is dominates by commercial music ( ps: I start to listen another Kpop music other than FNC artist to try to understand their style more).

To me CNBLUE has lost their uniqueness, lost their touch in order to give another color in Kpop music. Can’t Stop failed to show their own style and I hate that. The only difference among those Kpop idol is that CNBLUE is playing instruments for real, compose and produce their own songs but those not enough to buy me.

MV

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Do not ask me about it because I am highly uninterested, I can bear to listen to the song but not watching the MV.  I read many reviews from fans and medias with mix outcome but I guess I go with those who put the thumbs down.

When the MV was out it was just proven why I do not like the album, to me being mature does not mean you have to wear suit and singing endless love. Mature in music, technique and vision is more important. From here I think they only after cash instead of art. And love is not only love interest between man and woman, there many kind of love in this world yet these days they only care about desire. Where is CNBLUE who likes to sing about their dream, about their daily life, about their interest in chasing the bigger stage? All gone already by the word of “mature”.

Can’t Stop

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Speaking about the album I do not understand why they choose Can’t Stop as title track, aside of song title that also album title, I do not think that the song is match enough with the MV concept. For me, if they insist with the concept, why did not the go with Cold Love or Sleepless Night? Both are having melody that suit for the concept. To me Can’t Stop is just plain popular music that you can find everywhere now days that song has no CNBLUE taste at all.

Personally I rooted for Diamond Girl or Like A Child as title track. Only those songs that show it were CNBLUE who compose and sing it. Diamond Girl is just as CNBLUE’s usual music, unique and only them who made it. This song is just different with their previous songs they made without lessen the attractiveness of guitar riff, bold drum beat and fancy bass not to mention the “Brass”, suddenly I wondering Yonghwa’s tweet that night is about this song. Sadly it is not a title track.

Next up is Cold Love, how to say, it is one of CNBLUE’s kinds of medium beat songs, one of the sweet (or sad) slow rock songs, followed closely by Sleepless Night. Another medium low beat songs with interesting guitar solo. Cold Love and Sleepless Night should be Burning Soul favorites songs since here Jonghyun can show off all out of his skill both in singing and guitar. Sleepless Night is bit pop-ish compare to with intense Cold Love rock sound.

The music intensity came into the lowest point for Love Is, another pop ballad and popular and commercial music CNBLUE presented to Boice. Nothing I can say about this song because aside from Yonghwa and Jonghyun harmonic voice, there nothing special about this song.

Last one is Like A Child, another unique song brought up by piano sound, followed by orchestra blended by main instruments, Like A Child bring back CNBLUE’s musical style that seem lost in this album.

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I do feel that Minhyuk’s drumming style is very various in this album. He seemed to have more space to explore himself compare with CNBLUE’s previous album.

And of course I do not forget with Jungshin’s fancy bass (this is biased so do not count in).

Comeback

I do feel nothing but proud less, why? Because no “LIVE” and even been cheated by “all live show comeback special”. They did live for TV air, okay, live. But apparently Korean has new meaning of “LIVE” because as long as I know, LIVE means you play there and I watch you at the same time but not with Korean, they have different meaning of that. And if you hope I will appreciate the effort they made for recording — wasting for me — over than 15 hours, nope, do not expect me. Because for me that recording is the most ridiculous thing ever, what did they do wasting so much time just for worth 6 songs and 3 medleys? And the point is; what is called LIVE when they take one song more than once? TV program is full of trick and I never fond of that. For me as cool as their performance on that screen, I am sorry that I am hardly appreciating it.

I am too demanding Boice am I not? LOL

Written by Tara Lee @ bpb decoded

Photo Credit CNBLUE Official Facebook

CNBLUE BLUE MOON WORLD TOUR on Malaysian News

CNBLUE BLUE MOON WORLD TOUR on Malaysian News

CNBLUE Return To Kuala Lumpur

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CNBLUE had ever visited Kuala Lumpur in early of this year, popular band from Korea CNBLUE return once more time for their solo concert on Saturday; their first visit was for Golden Disk award last January.

CNBLUE Blue Moon World Tour who held in Merdeka Stadium (it’s a mistake, because BM Malaysia was held at Stadium Nagara) attended by almost 10.000 audiences, not only in Kuala Lumpur but their World Tour had visited Philiphina, Hongkong, Singapore and Australia.

Yonghwa: ‘We have a lot of planning regarding world tour and we will focus on that matter. After the world tour ended we will start to make new song and release a new album.’

Establish at 2009, the rock band that consist of Jung Yonghwa, Lee Jonghyun, Lee Jungshin and Kang Minhyuk still consider keeping playing rock genre (for their music).

Yonghwa: ‘We want to keep our identity still, but we are also wanted to try to play the pure rock genre. But for now we want to focus on commercials music to represent our music.’

Inspired by UK’s band OASIS, Yonghwa confesses that he composed song according to his own feeling at that time and his surrounding.

Yonghwa: ‘When I’m happy, I’ll write it down to the lyric. Sometimes I have inspiration when I’m about to go to bed. So its really depending on my situation (or surrounding).’

‘In one song could have different feeling when we listen to in from CD and when we sing it on live. I feel the feeling is different from our CD sound.’

CNBLUE latest song’s, I’m sorry, not only became hit in Korea but also reached high peak in Japan.

Yonghwa: ‘In this album there single entitle ‘Coffee Shop’, I had inspiration when I was at coffee shop. ‘Naran Namja’ (A Guy Like Me) inspired by a phrase on the internet. As well as ‘I’m Sorry’ that telling about a guy who expressed his feeling after he broke up and how he treats his memories (about his relationship before).’

CNBLUE is now busy to promote their Japanese album entitle ‘One More Time.’ (there mistake here, CNBLUE’s latest Japanese album is entitled ‘What Turns You On’ and ‘One More Time’ is the title track for ‘What Turns You On’)

*Note: I’m Indonesian not Malaysian and Malaysian language is slightly different with bahasa, so please forgive me if I misstrans*

Video credit itsmeyjane

Trans n Posted by Tara Lee @bpb decoded / cnboice

SITE NOTICE

SITE NOTICE

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Dear my readers, especially my fellow boice out there. There plenty of CNBLUE’s news these days but it seems in this site is pretty quite.  It is, but actually it isn’t. Confuse? Well, for more CNBLUE’s flash news and twitter update please visit my fansite here CNBOICE 

I’m sorry bu I’m too busy to updating two site in the same time and our translator is on the CNBOICE site so, if you want to be more update just visit the site.

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THANK YOU.

Photo credit FNC TWITTER and CNBLUE ORICON BLOG

Blue bird, CNBLUE and the origin of love DNA


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“Searching for happiness across someone else’s fence is foolish. You should look for the blue bird of happiness under your own eaves.”

The most famous group of people that lives by this advice by Maurice Maeterlinck in “The Blue Bird” is probably the K-pop boy band CNBLUE. CNBLUE consists of four talented artists: Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Jung-shin and the leader, Jung Yong-hwa. Each member is a singer-songwriter, actor and producer.

The full name of the band is “Code Name BLUE.” “BLUE” refers not to the actual color, but to an acronym from the initials of the four members’ characteristics. However, it still holds to philosophy of “The Blue Bird” that each member finds happiness from one another and spreads that treasure to the world. As a result, CNBLUE is a metaphor of a factory that produces love from the four distinct characteristics represented by each band member: Burning Lee Jong-hyun, Lovely Kang Min-hyuk, Untouchable Lee Jung-shin and Emotional Jung Yong-hwa.

Jong-hyun possess all the qualities of a “golden boy” — tall, a handsome face, excellent taekwondo, judo and swimming skills and fluent in Japanese. Even so, he picked CNBLUE as his only pride, claiming that it is a truly excellent team in an interview with Japan’s Oricon Style magazine last August. Band leader Jung Yong-hwa agreed, further adding that they are a really happy band that he is proud of. If it were in Korea, “golden boy” Jong-hyun’s statement would sound too humble, bordering on sarcasm. However, the band members’ voices prove the veracity of their love for the team.

Directly after graduating high school, the four members lived through hardship. They had to perform in front of meager audiences gathered outside at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, Shibuya Station, Yoyogi Park and other places. Once they were kicked out during their weekend performance at Yoyogi Park. Despite such adversaries, Jungshin reminisced, “I was happy to have music and my mates pull me through hardship.” Their friendship which lasted through both joy and sorrow appears in CNBLUE’s lyrics, such as “The tears and sweat rolling down my face / There is paradise / Such chaos and dismay drown me in my despair and tears / The wandering continues but I’m trying to enjoy it day by day” in their song “Feeling.”

Loveliness is not just reserved for Min-hyuk. When Jung-shin and Yong-hwa had different schedules, Jung-shin called the leader up and told him, “Good night, brother. I left some vitamin drinks on your desk. Make sure to take them before you sleep.” The leader Yong-hwa was deeply moved. Last year, in an interview with Japan’s Junon magazine, Min-hyuk confessed that Jong-hyun is like his true brother. Jong-hyun, on the other hand, described Min-hyuk as as caring as his own mother. Jung-shin also praised the team’s leader as having a heart as warm as the sun. They all emphasize that their friendship will continue even when they are old.

Having genuinely tasted love, CNBLUE carries on distributing happiness. For four years since their debut, the band has delivered emotional catharsis to their fans through their concerts. However, it has also been three years that they have been giving back to the community by helping the poor. Yong-hwa was the first celebrity to ask online on Korean portal Naver about ways to serve the community. His question, posted on April 5, 2011, received numerous answers and praises.

Realizing the band’s spirit of distributing happiness, CNBLUE has been active nationally and internationally in helping the destitute. Through Donation Concert.com (www.k-popgiveconcert.com), CNBLUE has been contributing their musical talents for yearly donations of rice to Korea Food for the Hungry International since June 2011 for the elderly living in solitude. Internationally, they established “CNBLUE School” last year in Niamadougou Village, Burkina Faso. Furthermore, they stated on April 4 that they plan to build another school in Africa with the donations earned from their World Tour. Despite their busy schedule filled with filming dramas and recording tracks, CNBLUE never rests from their concert tours around Asia, Oceania, Europe and North and South America in order to raise more donations.

Earlier on April 6, CNBLUE’s Taiwan concert for 11,000 fans was featured on the local CTV News and other famous channels. One highlight of this concert was Yong-hwa singing his self-composed “I’m sorry” piece acoustically after performing the original version filled with energetic beats. The single “Coffee Shop” also received fervent applause from the audience, proving the band’s “Re: Blue” album as No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard World Album Chart. CNBLUE will continue the tour to Singapore on April 13, followed by Bangkok, Hong Kong and Seoul in May, and finally Sydney, the Philippines and Beijing in June.

The members confessed that their experiences of hardship led to the discovery of genuine love for humanity. They strongly wish to share and alleviate hardships of the impoverished. CNBLUE increasingly resembles “The Blue Bird,” which symbolizes the hope of our world.

Source The Korea Herald

Posted by Tara Lee @bpb decoded