14 Days of KPOP: Breaking Up is Hard to Do!


It’s time to break out the tissues, roll up the posters, and put away the lightstick.  What do you do when your Kpop group breaks up?  When 2NE1 broke up it was a big deal at my house. We went through crying, wailing, disbelief, and hours spent asking “They will get back together again someday, right?” My daughter won’t even listen to “Goodbye” because she refuses to believe it’s true.  So let’s talk about breakups and the stages of grief in a Kpop fan.  Continue reading


14 Days of K-Pop: Distinctive Sounds – A Vocalist’s Analysis

Some K-Pop groups are written off as having an over-produced and auto tuned sound.  They are there to make songs that can be danced to and MVs full of beautiful people with fancy choreography.  It is a fact that often trainees are scouted on the basis of their looks and dancing potential.  Singing ability is not always a priority.  However, there are a few groups and idols that really stand out for their distinct sound or raw vocal talent.  Here is a vocal analysis of some of my favorites. Continue reading

14 Days of K-Pop: Wanna One – A New Group for a New Generation

There is something about being an early fan that connects you to an idol group with a sense of loyalty that is enduring. I have seen this with my friends who are Big Bang fangirls. I wasn’t into K-pop ten years ago, so I didn’t see the evolution of Big Bang’s music and I don’t have memories of that early excitement when they were first discovering their sound. I have that with BTS, so I understand the phenomenon. I wasn’t an early fan, but as soon as I was introduced to them, I went back and watched every Bangtan Bomb and even the super awkward “Hustle Life.” Continue reading

14 Days of Kpop: Kdrama and Classical Piano


We are talking a lot of Kpop this month at Dramas With a Side of Kimchi but I feel like we have time for a little classical music. If we find it in Kdramas it counts, right?  Although there is a lot of interesting background music I could talk about, I remember being pulled in most strongly by the piano playing that took center stage in Secret Love Affair. I listen more often to orchestral music than piano solos, but I loved this. Three years ago Yoo Ah-in astounded us by playing Schubert and Rachmaninoff in concert.

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Come Celebrate Our Two Year Anniversary With Kpop & Song Joong Ki

In celebration of our 2nd Blog Anniversary, we decided to do something a little special. We are going to do a two-week series on Kpop (and a bit of other Kmusic as well… but mostly Kpop). Yup, it is a whole bunch of the other side of Kentertainment. A side we all love but rarely talk about. And it would not be a proper anniversary celebration without presents. Only, this time we are giving you the chance to win a fun Song Joong Ki themed present. Continue reading

Kmuse’s Musings: A Morning of Kpop Comebacks

.;a1a2s.pngI started the morning off like any other.  I dumped the kids at school at an ungodly hour (what?  No one should be forced to wake up before 9.) and shuffled back into the house debating on whether I should just fall back into bed.  Instead, I opened up my twitter account and was overwhelmed with visions of a blond Roy Kim in various bright colored screenshots and now here I am.  Inspired to discuss, not just one, but three Kpop comebacks.  So join me as I chat about my thoughts regarding the newest MV’s by Roy Kim, Twice, and VIXX. Continue reading