K-Video/Song: Woodz ‘Love Me Harder’ (9/10)

This music video came up on my Youtube sidebar. It was released on June 29, 2020. The thumbnail looked interesting and I’d never heard of Woodz, so I clicked on it.

The first thing I should say is that I wont win any awards as a K-Pop fan, since my fandom is lukewarm. Half the K-Pop songs I’ve ever heard of are thanks to one of my favorite blogs: Unbothered Unnies https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91156652 which I love love love and highly recommend.

I’m probably not 100% familiar with K-Pop because I have a love-meh relationship with it. This is because I love rap and hip hop the most, although I’m picky about it, and am not that much of a pop fan. There are definite exceptions, ike I will ride or die for Blackpink, but I tend to like solo pop artists best. Get most of them in a group and just no. That’s score one for Woodz, who seems to be all by his lonesome.

The song is pretty good, although not my favorite style and not all that memorable on first listen, since I couldn’t tell you three minutes later what it sounded like. The intro and part of the chorus is my favorite part, which starts with whistling then moves into some pretty catchy vocals. Someone walked into the room when that part was on and started dancing without even noticing they were doing it, which validates how good that part is. Woodz voice is nice, although I couldn’t currently tell it apart from a million other K-Pop kids if you put it in a voice line up.

You can take my opinion on the song with a grain of salt since my view of a pop song as a minor pop consumer is probably not all that helpful. What I really want is to review the video, which I think I’m more qualified to talk about.

I adore this video and I want more like them! It’s reminiscent of MTV videos when MTV had videos. It tells a story even though I’m not really sure what it is lol.

It starts with a fight in a car between a male and female. The female storms out of the car and some rando guy jumps on it. The guy is dressed in glam punk, so I assume he is meant to be a rebel. There is a police line and money and what look like pill containers. And the rebel keeps showing up wherever Woodz is. I cant tell if the rebel is actually Woodz and I’m sorry, but I was too lazy to try and figure it out. Or maybe Woodz and the rebel are into each other and that’s what the girl was mad about, although that seems a little too progressive for 2020 K-Pop.

Maybe if I knew more Korean language than drama speak and food related words I would know what was going on. Or maybe not, since song lyrics don’t always match their MV’s. The good news is it means I can make it whatever I want it to be.

The video is a little edgy, it’s interesting and Woodz is kind of adorable so it’s a win in my book. The only fail for me was when they had him dancing with a bunch of backup dancers. It was totally unnecessary. Maybe K-Pop video producers think it has to be there or maybe it’s like a security blanket for them. I don’t know. I just know it was dumb and brought down the quality of an otherwise grade A video.

Watch the video here and see if you love it, like it or hate it:

Breaking: Love with Flaws actor Cha In Ha, 27, passed away today

Rest in Peace Cha In Ha 차인하

In Ha who is known for acting in a number of K-Dramas (k-dramagraphy below)was found dead in his home today. His cause of death is still unknown and police are investigating.

He was 27, born July 15, 1992.

This is a statement from his agency (via Soompi)

Cha In Ha’s k-dramagraphy (via MyDramaList)

Here is an interview In Ha did in 2017. He seems like such a sweet and intelligent human being and he deserved to be here with us for whole a lot longer. 😢 😢 😢 .

My thoughts go out to all of his family, friends, colleagues and fans.

Breaking: Choi Jong-hoon and Jung Joon-young were just sentenced to 5 and 6 years in prison

Burning Sun Scandal update

The judge handed down sentences earlier today. The sentences are as follows:

Choi Jong-hoon (former FTIsland member): 5 years in prison, 80 hours of sexual violence education and he is banned from working anywhere with children or teenagers for 5 years.

Jung Joon-young (singer and songwriter): 6 years in prison, 80 hours of sexual violence education and he is banned from working anywhere with children or teenagers for 5 years.

“Mr. Kim” (Burning Sun’s marketing director): 5 years in prison

Kwon Hyuk-jun (older brother of Girls Generation’s Yuri): 4 years in prison

‘Heo’ (Entertainment Director): 2 years of probation and 160 hours of community service.

Note: Lee Seung-hyun aka Seungri (Former Big Bang member) who was the Publicity Manager for the Burning Sun Club was not sentenced, but has been facing charges related to brokering sexual services, by hiring prostitutes for groups of people on multiple occasions.

My thoughts: It’s sad to see anyone fall, K-stars included but Choi and Jung were found guilty of non-consensual sex and of filming sexual encounters with women without their consent (Molka) and sharing that information in a chat room for other men to watch and comment on. And the other men participated. It should go without saying that perpetrating this form of sexual violence is very wrong. And being celebrities, which we all know makes them women magnets also comes with increased responsibility to be ethical and responsible when they decide to be physical with someone. It’s too bad these guys will have to learn this lesson the hard way. But it is what it is. At least their victims will finally get some closure.

As South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in regards to the scandal “If the truth is not revealed, we cannot say it’s a just society.”

This is a great timeline of events relating to the scandal: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/8503818/burning-sun-scandal-timeline-seungri-jung-joon-young

Here is a story on the initial charges: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/14/inside-scandal-rocking-k-pop-seungri-jung-joon-young-retire-amid-prostitution-hidden-camera-allegations-8904243/

Here is information about their sentences: https://www.soompi.com/article/1368504wpp/jung-joon-young-and-choi-jong-hoon-sentenced-to-prison-for-sexual-assault

Kakao Talk chatroom participants included:  Kangin of Super Junior, Jeong Jinwoon of 2AM, Seungri of Big Bang, Singers Roy and Eddie Kim, model Lee Chulwoo and Yoo In Suk, former CEO of Yuri Holdings.

Best Songs from K-Drama OST’s

These are all of my favorites which I figured I should share with you 🙂

Goblin

Favorite Song: “Stay With Me”

Singer: Chanyeul & Punch

2nd Favorite Song: I Miss You

Singer: Soyou

 

Her Private Life

Favorite Song: Almost all of them

Singer: Almost all of them

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Ryeo

Favorite Song: Can You Hear My Heart

Singer: Epik High ft. Lee Hi

Touch Your Heart

Favorite Song: Make it Count

Singer: Chen

 

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Favorite Song: Double Trouble Couple

Singer: MAMAMOO

Man to Man

Favorite Song: Destiny

Singer: Park Bo Ram & Basick

Because This is My First Life

Favorite Song: This Life

Singer: Moon Sung Nam

I Am Not A Robot

Favorite Song: Do You Know Me

Singer: Stella Jang 

Oh My Ghostess

Favorite Song: Leave & Gimme a Chocolate

Singer: Park Bo Young & Jo Jong Sook

*Best actor sung K-Drama OST songs

Arang and the Magistrate

Composer: Kim Hyeon-jong

*Best instrumental K-Drama OST