I thought we’re strong. But only 4 years have passed and I’m not feeling you guys anymore. Where are the gifs that usually feed my dashboard? 고고마s, it’s better to be delusional than recede from existence. LOL. Anyway, 아차!
So dedicated, the fan I am, I know very well. That’s why here I am again writing for the sake of my favourite people in the media. This time I will be defining EXO’s charms and defending them (echos lang…^^) to those who don’t understand and those that unjustly hated them.
As there are fans of EXO, there are also haters. Just like how there are sasaeng fans crazy about them, there are also intense haters who even went to the length of trying to ruin the image of the group in outrageous ways such as posting edited pictures of the members in a “death funeral” style which by the way is too harsh and insane. If I were SM, I would take legal action. That is clearly a violation of the ICT law on the usage of internet for defamation.
Anyway, I guess the most unfair judgement given to EXO is the statement that they’re only loved by many fans because they’re young and good looking lads. Well, I won’t deny that it played a huge part. But if that’s the only case, then why didn’t they get so famous like what’s taking place now when they first released MAMA if good looks were the sole basis for their stardom? Why other good looking idols do not receive the same popularity as EXO does? Look around the K-Poplandia and I’m sure you’ll witness a good number of handsome and pretty faces ranging from the cute type to the prince and princess types that are not even far in their career. So, it’s bigoted to label them as such. These people have worked tirelessly for the past years to achieve what they have now. Even Simon and Martina of the famous eatyourkimchi.com acknowledged just how big the effort these idols put in their career. And that goes to every K-Pop talent. Thus, looks are not the only considerations about EXO’s prominence among the rest of the K-Pop industry.
In the time when K-Pop entertainment was at its lowest, EXO rose and turned tables for the whole of the industry building their upsurge to fame more memorable and meaningful. In 12 reasons, here’s my opinion on why EXO hit the world hard:
Note: This list is arranged by significance, 1 being the lowest and 12 being the highest.
1. SM Town Family
Generally being part of the Big 3 of the Entertainment industry of the K-Pop world assures a step ahead against most debuting rookies. That’s why EXO earned a head start during debut just like how YG’s Winner and JYP’s GOT7 do too. Plus, EXO’s appearance in music videos, performances, and even SNS photo updates with their already established sunbaes promotes them. Four of the EXO-K’s cameo (Chanyeol, Baekhyun, Kai, & Sehun) in Girls’ Generation TTS’ Twinkle MV, the stage performances with their sunbae like the one in BoA’s Only One where Luhan and Sehun had both had the chance to do the couple dance in the middle, the unit groups with their sunbae again like the Younique Unit, SM The Ballad, and SM The Performance, and the twitter, instagram, and weibo photos uploaded on the internet showing their close relationship not only to their group members but also to their seniors, all helped in their advancement.
2. Their concept
Their 23 teasers in 100 days before debut have had the audience to anticipate more about them. Their alien concept with special abilities, no matter how childish, have helped them connect to even very young audiences that even kids know about them. And the fact that their concept is a little silly made them more noticeable.
Speaking from experience, even my little cousins love to watch EXO’s videos specially MAMA andWhat is Love because of the cool superpowers in the MV. I remember when they exclaimed, “Sakn gyoto a apoy.” I am that one who holds the fire. Or “Sakn gyoto a playog.” I am that one who flies. And sometimes they debate over it like, “mas astig akie gyoto a pkada” (that one who teleports is way cooler).
Then the wolf and high school boys idea made them more appealing to fans of various age. The supernatural wolf fascinated young audience. Tweens and teens could see them as their supernaturaloppa that they have seen in movies. Then, noonas can look at them as the ideal dongsaeng namja chinggu. And parents and grandparents can relate to them as if they are their own sons and grandsons.
3. “WE ARE ONE!”
They catch attention every time they shout their chant for it’s very unique and like a music, it’s very catchy. Aside from that, this chant speaks of their unity and teamwork despite being separated as EXO-K and EXO-M at first. It also kind of reflects how both K and M support each other. It is like verbalizing, “we may be in different side of the world but we are one.”
4. Playing Mysterious
After the lukewarm promotion of MAMA, Both EXO-K (more of EXO-K) and EXO-M were temporarily and slightly put out of the limelight. Except for stage performances like concerts and few radio shows, EXO did not starred in variety programs up to the point where fans become wary that if you type EXO in search engines in Korea during that period, phrase like, “EXO comeback not happening,” comes out. Due to this, their fans’ as well as other people’s eagerness for them grew more than ever that when they finally surfaced as 12 with Wolf, the aftereffect reaction for their return in the music scene was more powerful.
5. “The perfect visuals”
Quoted by Weekly Idol as the perfect visual idols, the handsome faces of these EXO boys surely aided a lot in their popularity. But the edge of these boys to other similar good looking idol groups is that EXO members have distinctive features that it’s easy to set them apart. Suho is the handsome Siwon look alike. Kris is the cold guy handsome. D.O. has the wide-eyed attractiveness. Baekhyun is just straight kyeopta. Luhan is the real gominam directly out of a romantic anime. Then Chen has the gentle image of someone with a silent demeanour *look at his teaser photos. And Tao has the bad boy mien. Whereas, Kai is full of charisma *refer to teaser photos. Xiumin, on the other hand, has the tough guy look. While Chanyeol’s physical appearance seems to be a bearing of a boy and a man at the same time making him a noona favourite. Then, Lay possesses that similar appeal from Huatze Lei of Meteor Garden. And Sehun has that boyish allure from being so young.
Additionally, with the media always pointing at EXO’s good looks exaggerated their appeal to the populace.
6. Diverse Individuality
Besides their distinctive physical appearances, EXO members also stand out on their own with their diverse personalities. They’re not like other idols who are unrecognizable when separated from their respective group. Although they’re best as one when they’re all together, having units of them is not at all bad. Furthermore, with their 12 numbers and 12 different personalities, fans have a wider set of selection on whom to root for.
Having four members of Chinese descent is definitely a big factor that abetted their fame. China is a large country and its entertainment industry is known to be hard to penetrate into. But with four Chinese members—Kris, Luhan, Lay and Tao—it has become a little less difficult for EXO to spread their influence. Taking into account the fact too that they sing their songs both in Korean and Mandarin poised their edge among other groups into getting more recognized by having a wider audience for their music.
8. Talented in various aspects
The number of EXO being 12 is not there without its advantages. Since each member has his own skills, EXO members can be divided into the different fields of the showbiz industry. In the music department, not including singing, most of the EXO members can play at least one musical instrument. But Chanyeol and Lay are the top 1 and 2 in this field respectively since the former can do the piano, guitar, bass and the drums while the latter can do the first two. Both of them writes and composes music too.
On the other hand, in the variety programs department majoring in hosting (MCing and DJing), most of the members of the EXO are also adept in this area. But Baekhyun, Suho, Chanyeol, and Chen are probably the most skilled in this talking zone. While in variety programs about sports, undeniably Tao, Luhan, Kris, and Xiumin are the firsts among the members. In reality shows, Baekhyun, I think, take the crown amongst EXO. But Tao and Kris are also good. And Chanyeol, D.O., Sehun, Kai and Suho are not also bad.
Whilst in the acting department, I suppose all of them can do it excellently with more exposure to it. We have already witness them unleash their dramatic prowess and it wasn’t bad. In fact, it was a decent performance for beginners. However the members who are most likely to become full-fledged actor who’ll have lead roles in the future, in my opinion, would be Chanyeol, Luhan, Kris, and Sehun. I guess there’s a chance for Tao, Kai and D.O. also. Then the rest, I surmise could be active in musicals and take up sub-roles.
9. The Ships
The shipping which here I refer to the interaction between the individuals belonging in it made this pack of wolves as adorable as puppies. Because of the many fan cams following these boys, the world got to observe how these boys interact with one another. And there’s nothing like a love story of friendship of 66 pairs can tug heartstrings in a fan girl’s heart.
10. The Role Model Idols
Even being the million seller artists for the first time in 12 years in the history of Korean music, being coined as the general trend-setter idols and winning most of the grand awards in most awarding ceremonies last year and early this year, the EXO members still kept their feet planted on the ground. They still act as if their achievements were nothing of big significance. The way they were when they debuted is still the way they are after all of their accomplishments. So, who wouldn’t root for such humble and polite individuals?
Moreover, even before their debut and up until now (although it’s less these days since they’re busy), these boys of EXO have constantly done volunteer works in home for the aged, schools and in other places. Recently, Mnet Wide Entertainment had covered their awarding as the ambassadors of RCY (Red Cross Youth?) and their volunteer work for a certain orphanage through the said organization.
11. Their music and dance
EXO has been singled out in their type of music and dance. Their sound might be a little unusual at first but that’s what made them stick out more. And not only were their title tracks captivating but also the rest of their songs in their album which contains unique message. Baby Don’t Cry and Peter Pan are good examples. The former narrates the mermaid love story of Ariel while the other is of a man who will be loyal to his Tinkerbell.
Additionally, their unique dance style that was never before seen in the K-Pop scene also made them notable. It’s a musical-storytelling type which reflects the message of their records. Plus, they are so many and such good dancers that it is very attention-grabbing to see them interact seamlessly through their choreography.
From the song to the dance to the venue and attire up to the one-shot music video style, everything about 으르롱 is fresh and interesting. It’s definitely EXO’s it-song that made many an exotic, anexostan or whatever name that is that shouts “I am an EXO fan.” The record is a combination of urban pop and RNB which is really catchy. Then the lyrics and the dance hold an adorable bravado and swag which complimented their high school façade. And finally, the one-shot MV made Growl really unique from all other music videos, K-Pop or not.
First seen at http://naekkeo.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/spreading-the-love-for-exo/
This is the most unique one I’ve seen, please yes.
1) Put your iTunes on shuffle. Give me the first 6 songs that pop up.
Into Your World (Angel) – EXO, Begin Again – Taylor Swift, Lucky (Chinese Version) – EXO, Let’s Go Crazy – C.N.BLUE, Loved You First – One Direction, Secrets – One Republic
2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
I really want to meet someone who’s really important in the society but all I could think of is EXO. =P
3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17.
“Cukup,” kata Voldemort, membelai si ular yang marah.
4) What do you think about most?
I’m not really sure. There are lot of things.
5) Ever had a poem or song written about you?
Not that I know of.
6) Do you have any strange phobias?
Fear of being embarrassed in public
7) What’s your religion?
I am a Muslim. My religion is Islam and it’s perfect but I AM NOT.
8) If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
This is too general. There are lot of things to do when one is outside.
9) Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?
Right now, I’m so crazed about EXO but there are actually a lot of bands which I like.
10) What was the last lie you told?
Honestly, I can’t remember.
11) Do you believe in karma?
12) What does your URL mean?
UnchartedThoughtsbyJMAM stands for all the things that I don’t usually speak of with friends or anyone at all. It represents all of the ideas and opinions that are usually just in my head.
13) What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
I’m not really sure. It depends on what aspect, I guess.
14) Who is your celebrity crush?
Park Chanyeol of EXO
15) How do you vent your anger?
Before, I used to express it. But now, I’m learning to keep it to myself or vent it out through writing it.
16) Do you have a collection of anything?
I have a collection of books, magazines, dvds, and cds. And I still have the anime posters and cards that I collected when I was a kid.
17) Are you happy with the person you’ve become?
18) What’s a sound you hate; sound you love?
I hate the sound of motorcycles but I’m not really particular with the sound I love.
19) What’s your biggest “what if”?
What if this life is a big lie?
20) Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
I do believe in ghosts but I don’t think of them as the deceased themselves. Whereas, aliens, if I have to think logically, I think they exist. The universe is a big space and according to astronomers’ estimation, there are about 125 billion galaxies that subsist. And the Milky Way is just one of those 125 billion. So what are the chances that there’s actually another living planet with living things? Plus, there’s a line from the Qur’an that translates in English as “Lord of the Worlds.” And to me, that sounds many worlds. However, I don’t think aliens would be the stereotypical big-headed green creatures.
21) Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm.
I don’t think this one has significance at all. So I’m not doing it.
22) Smell the air. What do you smell?
Nothing in particular, just the usual odourless Oxygen =P
23) What’s the worst place you have ever been to?
Smelly toilets… ewww…
24) Most attractive singer/s of your opposite gender?
EXO particularly D.O., Luhan, Baekhyun, Chen and Chanyeol, haha….
25) To you, what is the meaning of life?
Life is the only thing that holds us in this world.
26) Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?
27) What was the last movie you saw?
28) What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I fell from a tree before and I couldn’t walk properly for an entire summer vacation.
29) Do you have any obsessions right now?
I’m not sure because I really like a lot of things.
30) Ever had a rumor spread about you?
31) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?
Honestly, I don’t do that. I even tend to forget about it completely if the person in question and I had settled our matters in a nice way.
32) What is your astrological sign?
Sogogi, you know beef as in Taurus.
33) What’s the last thing you purchased?
Grocery items such as coffee, soap, and the likes
34) Love or lust?
Honestly, I’m not sure about stuff like this. But I think the right answer would be LOVE. Duh…
35) In a relationship?
With Park Chanyeol in my wildest dream… LOL
36) How many relationships have you had?
Only three, with Kang Minhyuk, then with Zayn Malik, then currently with Chanyeol…
37) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you?
To be liked as friend or as crush or as student or what? Honestly, there’s no technique than to be yourself.
38) Where is your best friend?
In the Philippines
39) What were you doing last night at 12 AM?
I was preparing to sleep.
40) Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend?
41) You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do?
I think I know myself enough to assume that I would go save the dog if my job would be the only cost.
42) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid?
a) I will tell my closest confidantes
b) Do all the good deeds I could muster
c) I guess I would be.
43) What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
Nothing in particular but if hear my favourite songs in malls or in some public places, I tend to enjoy it more than listening to it alone.
44) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?
Communication and faith to God
45) How can I win your heart?
Be Park Chanyeol, can you do that? Joke.
46) Can insanity bring on more creativity?
No, that would only bring chaos. And why do most people think that creativity relates to insanity? Such misinformation…
47) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
Pursuing this scholarship in Indonesia
48) What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
49) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “heart.”
An organ inside the human body
50) Basic question; what’s your favorite color/colors?
Green, Blue, Brown, Black, White and Pink
51) What is your current desktop picture?
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52) If you could press a button and make anyone in the world instantaneously explode, who would it be?
I honestly can’t think of anyone because I don’t think I have the guts to do such act.
53) What would be a question you’d be afraid to tell the truth on?
How much do you like K-Pop?
54) You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?
55) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
I don’t know.
56) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
All of the embarrassing moments
57) You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?
58) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
Off we go to the Land of Morning Calm
59) Ever been on a plane?
60) Give me your top 5 hottest celebrities. Please do it!
D.O., Baekhyun, Luhan, Chanyeol, Chen =P
These past few days or maybe months, I’ve been too busy giving kisses and hugs. Get it, XOXO? I almost forgot I should be screaming my boice too. So here I am, letting my boice out in the crowd for the boys who own the voices in FNC Entertainment’s rock band, C.N.BLUE. After 1 year of actively touring the world for their Blue Moon World Tour Concerts, the 4 boys of C.N.BLUE that the boices have been waiting for have finally and officially come back to the music scene with their new album and latest single, Can’t Stop.
First of all, I was shocked with this kind of release from C.N.BLUE. Although they played this kind of genre before in their past albums, this ballad-y and less energetic kind of music never became their title song till now. It’s also interesting to note that this title track was composed by Jung Yonghwa (and all of their songs in the album, by the way). And as someone who has been with them since they came out in Korea with I am a loner, I deem that leader Yong has somehow matured with this composition. This time, it feels like he has gained more experience from where he would take out the inspirations of his creations. Music-wise and content-wise, Can’t Stop is a like more grown C.N.BLUE. And there’s no more to say about this record other than I like it. I totally dig it.
Whilst the music video style was a little customary for K-Pop but its underlying concept is to a certain extent unique. Shot in a studio with them wearing uniformed suits, the MV did definitely shout K-Pop. I heard this was done in New York. And I thought they should have taken advantage of the place and filmed in the beautiful sceneries of the place. But, I guess it would be hard to depict their concept of having a couple in the same place but separated by barrier if they opt to shoot in the outside world. Nonetheless, that mirror-effect where one is on the other side and the other is on another is rather interesting. The other gimmicks were kind of cool too—the raining on Yonghwa’s parade, the “Can’t Stop” typos and the rest of the special effects. However, over all, I must say the MV was so typical that even with the special effects, it cannot win me.
Generally though as in all in all, I give this 4 stars out of 5.
First seen at http://naekkeo.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/review-cant-stop-by-c-n-blue/
So, I’m unleashing my trying hard directing (as in film direction) and script writing skills again. LOLs.
I just thought that if SM has finally planned to let Zhang Li Yin out in the public again with a new album, I have few suggestions for them. First, since ChenYin aka EXO’s Chen and Li Yin seem to be a successful duet team, I think they should let them collaborate again on another song. Maybe, it could be a song that would be the 2nd title track of the album. Then, secondly, the main single should have a mini drama plot where the story’s romance is a la I Hear Your Voice’s noona affair. And of course, Chen should be the a la Park Soo Ha who’s hopelessly in love with the noona.
It could be a tale of a broken hearted woman (Li Yin) who will find solace from the friendship she has with her long time dongsaeng (Chen) who’s keeping a secret crush on her. Yeah, she’ll be able to mend her pain through him and they’ll have happy memories together. Then, the dongsaeng will confess his true feelings for her. But right before she could give her response, the guy (okay, let this role be played by Donghae) who broke her heart will suddenly return explaining all his logical reasons on why he had to leave. And the girl thinking that she’s still in love with him will accept him. Then again, their relationship will not be the same anymore. Even if she’s with the other guy, she still thinks of the dongsaeng and worries about him because she rejected him and she knows how that feels like. Their memories will tug her heart—that night he got all bruised up protecting her from random napeun namjas in the street, that time they shared an umbrella, that time she cooked for him and of course, that rainy night he stayed outside her house pleading her not to go back to the other guy’s arms again.
You know that kind of MV concept, SM.
Well, I’m not sure but will the Jongdae fans, the Li Yin fans and the ChenYin shippers like that kind of stuff?
So you don’t think any of it was worthwhile, any of the Allegiant stuff.
It got us out, and it got us to the truth, and it was better than the factionless commune Evelyn had in mind, where no one gets to choose anything at all.
I suppose, I just pride myself on being someone who can see through things, the faction system included.
You know what the Abnegation used to say about pride?
Something unfavorable, I assume.
Obviously. They said it blinds people to the truth of what they are.