August was the month I was waiting for! My favorite group FINALLY had a comeback. There was also some other great offerings making for another difficult month of ranking. Did you like what August had to offer in Kpop? What were your favorite MVs?
Top MVs – Korea
1. Super Junior – Mamacita
Hey Mamacita nega ayayayaya! SuJu are back and it is amazing. I was not let down one tiny little bit by this MV. It is a fun song, great vocals (mostly from Kyuhyun and Ryeowook) and the dance is fantastic! I love the Spanish/Wild West theme and the amusing a plot – which made a whole lot more sense after the drama version came out. The outfits are great – especially the red suits. I am so happy Leeteuk is back! I bought the album yesterday and was very happy with it’s beautiful cover. It has lots of great songs too! It’s definitely worth having a listen to if you liked Mamacita!
2. Big Byung – Stress, Come On
Debut of the month! If it had of been anyone else, this ridiculously funny MV would have been number 1, but alas, Super Junior came back and now Big Byung is relegated the number 2 spot. I just love this MV, though I am a huge fan of VIXX, BtoB and Got7 so that helps. This group was put together by Hungdon and Defconn of “Weekly Idol” fame on their new variety show called “Hitmaker”. It is a pretty funny show and the song they came up with his hilarious. SungJae from BtoB is classic in his derp face role, N from Vixx just cracks me up – he is most definitely NOT a rapper. Huyk is cute and did a great job and Jackson form Got7, well he was clearly made for this! I just love it all.
3. Taemin – Danger
This month I got to experience my proudest noona moment ever. When Taemin got his first win on Music Bank I was so very happy for him, and thrilled my SuJu boys were there to celebrate with him. Then the next day when I was watching Music Core and they were about to announce the winner – I was feeling so nervous. When he was announced as the winner I literally cheered and danced around the room. Such a deserving victory. I love Danger. It’s a great song and the MV showcased just how great Taemin is, with his dancing, singing and performing as a solo artist. SHINee are very close to my heart, and I have to admit I was a little unsure when it was first announced he was going solo. I’m so very happy he got to experience so much success with this release and I can’t wait to see what he’ll bring next time.
4. BTS – Danger
Very happy that the cute Bangtan Boys had a great comeback this month. I’ve been a fan for a while now and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of their comebacks. I tuned in for the showcase and was very excited when I heard their new song. I really like “Danger”. All the boys have a lot of talent, but Jimin definitely steals the show during the live stages with his powerful vocals. The performance is great too and full of energy. These boys always have great dance routines. I really hope they get a win soon. They definitely deserve one.
5. Orange Caramel – My Copy Cat
So this MV was amazing! If you’re gonna be a fan of just one girl group – choose Orange Caramel! They have the best songs and MVs! The girls were back again with a great concept. The dance is energetic and fun and the outfits are fantastic. I love the MV with all the “Spot the Difference” games and “Where’s Wally” references. The live stages have been even more amazing! They have had a different concept for every stage, from Where’s Wally to Michael Jackson. The best one would have to be the “Frozen” stage though! Loved it!
6. Red Velvet – Happiness
This month SM Entertainment debuted a new girl group. It was a bit of a rocky start for Red Velvet with problems with their name and then the MV, but on the whole the power of SM pulled them through fairly well. They even got some nominations for wins on some music shows, and well deserved too. I was really happy with their debut. All the girls in Red Velvet are excellent vocalists and this song shows off their skills well. The MV is bright, colourful and fun and the song is very catchy. It’s really fun to sing along to. La la la la la la la HAPPINESS!
7. Royal Pirates – Love Toxic
Royal Pirates are one of my KRock favorites. I really like their music and the boys are really nice. Love Toxic is a good song. The MV is ok – nothing amazing. Moon is very cute walking around chasing the girl, but I only have eyes for hot bass player James. ;) I hope to see a lot more from Royal Pirates in the future and I hope they can experience the success they deserve. That’s not something easy for a rock band to achieve in a pop dominated culture.
8. High4 – Headache
High4 finally brought out a song all on their own this month! They had a lot of success with their debut, thanks to IU and then Lim Kim, so it was good to see them promoting using their own strengths. I like the song. Very summer pop and upbeat. The MV is cute, bright and colourful – everything I like in a good MV. :) I’m not so sure about the strange dance break though. It’s a bit out of sync with the song. Thankfully it’s not actually part of the real song and just seems like they wanted to show off some their dance skills during the live performances.
9. JJCC – Bing Bing Bing (One Way)
More rookie comebacks! This time from Jack Chan’s Idol group JJCC. I really liked their first song, but with Jackie Chan behind them I was hanging out for a song full of energy which could show off some of their skills. This song certainly did that. I was excited to see some collaboration with the K-Tigers too. Their performances always impress me. This was a pretty catchy song. I liked it a lot and the performance is very impressive – especially that push up move.
10. AlphaBAT – Oh My Gosh!
Well I just have to put my AlphaBAT boys in here. I have a super huge soft spot for these rookies and was quite pleased with this cute comeback. The MV is adorable with it’s cute story line. I want that girls job! The song is cute and fun. AlphaBAT did start off a bit shaky with their liver performances of this song, but got a lot better with each stage.
Sometimes companies will release a song and call it an “MV” when really all it is is behind the scenes footage or a live performance. My friends and I have come to call these “Non-MVs” It’s an MV, but not really. Two great “Non-MVs” came out this month and though they are not in my top 10 – they definitely need a mention! :)
100% – Summer Hero
100% released “Summer Hero” as a follow up track to “U Beauty”. It’s a fun song. One I enjoyed a lot from their album. This MV is just too adorable though with all the behind the scenes footage of their photo shoots, fan meetings and MV filming for their latest Summer mini album “Sun Kiss”. If you have a soft spot for cute boys, then beware – you will form attachments if you watch this MV. :)
BigFlo – Fly
My favorite rookies of the year surprised us this month with their non-mv for one of the tracks from their mini album “Fly”. I was pretty happy with this as I really loved “Fly”. Maybe only a tiny bit less then “Delilah”. It’s essentially a “Delilah” making of video – but a fun way to do it with one of their great songs.