With two shows under the group’s belt – 2013’s “EXO’s Showtime”, a reality show centered around various group activities, and last year’s “EXO 90:2014”, a moderated talk show featuring individual members’ recreations of seminal K-pop music videos, it became quite clear that doing variety shows does not come naturally to EXO. Having all the members in a single frame without choreography became a directorial challenge with a group as large as theirs. Some were bound to draw more attention than the others. Baekhyun and Chanyeol, who are confident spouting adlibs and shedding inhibitions on-cam have considerable variety skills. The rest of the group seem to fall a little short when it comes to showing their charm through unscripted series.
EXO‘s second full length album, “Exodus” was released on March 30 after a mind-boggling ten days of secret passwords and obscure UFO sighting references littering my Twitter timeline. I never could figure out what those #Pathcode teasers were meant to solve so I didn’t even bother. I left the high-speed sleuthing to your average EXO-L, and by “average”, of course I meant bat-shit crazy dedicated. The answers to the teasers’ riddles were up within seconds of the videos’ posting, which meant that EXO-L were incredibly astute, or that I wasn’t the stan I claimed I was. By the fifth day of the teasers, EXO-L had figured out that the first letters of the cities featured in the videos would eventually spell out the title of EXO’s comeback track, “Call Me Baby.” It seemed reaching, but by the time the last teaser was released, all the pieces fit.
Belatedly posting this a week after his actual birthday
I have this old t-shirt I like to wear of a cartoon deer with the caption “I’M FAWN OF YOU” and I wish I was wearing it now for Luhan‘s birthday. Luhan turns twenty-four (twenty-five in Korean age,) today! I remember when his birthday rolled around last year and I was legitimately relieved to find out he wasn’t thirteen years old. That’s how this little deer crashed into my world – making me doubt myself and challenging everything I thought I knew about what makes a dude attractive. Continue reading
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K-pop fans over on Tumblr kept mentioning this group whose comeback was so long overdue that it was becoming a running joke among them.
But first, a “comeback” refers to any new track from a K-pop group or solo act that has already officially “debuted”, or has already been introduced to the K-pop market. Comebacks are a big deal, and crucial to a group or act’s continued success. A comeback is typically composed of the following:
1. the single being promoted
2. the group’s concept or overall styling for the promotion of the song
3. the stage, or the performance of the song on music charts shows
4. the teaser video of the song (or, if we’re lucky, the whole album), usually fifteen to sixty seconds long
5. the MV, or music video of the single being promoted
Other components of a group’s comeback may also include:
6. guestings/interviews on other variety shows on T.V and radio
7. own variety/reality show being developed
8. product tie-ups and endorsements
9. magazine interviews and spreads
10. event appearances (i.e. fashion shows)
Items 1-5 are integral to any comeback, but items 6-10 usually follow after some type of success has already been achieved. Success in this case means that the song (and by virtue, album) being promoted is performing well sales-wise.
One last thing about comebacks – the turnover for comebacks is very quick and fast-paced. A comeback that takes too long to materialize (more than six months without anything new to promote, and the fandom gets very antsy for new material) can break the momentum of a group, especially if the group is relatively new to the industry. There is always a demand for newness that constantly requires to be filled in K-pop. It’s a lot like “Showgirls” in that sense – with new groups debuting all the time in K-pop, there’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down from behind you on the stairs.
Goddamn this fancam behind-the-scenes, by which I mean “Good job, camera girl – your camera position is perfection!”
KAI FOCUS. Good lord, my poor poor pedonoona heart. Kai totally knows there’s a fancam focused on his mug the whole time. Bitch is so aware of it.
And then he flashes a heart. Fucking boy. This fucking boy.
Suho with the tissues touching Kai’s face. It’s a beaut. I love watching EXO interacting with each other.