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JaeJoong released his newest solo album and I have no words to describe it but AMAZING AND PHENOMENAL. Really, those words aren’t even enough to describe it but I can’t think of any other adjective to use that would fit it.

I can’t choose any song as my favorite in this album because all the songs are equally great. They all stand out for me because JaeJoong used different styles and melodies for each. I can honestly say that I like this album better than “I” simply because of the variety of styles that JaeJoong displayed on “WWW”. He just keeps on improving on every album/song he releases!

I’ve said this a million times already but I’ll never ever get tired of saying it again and again: I’m super proud of JaeJoong! I’m proud of his improvements as an artist and on what he has achieved in his career. I’m thankful that he’s finally showing the whole world the God-given talent that he has. I’ll forever be proud that I’m a die hard Kim JaeJoong  fan because I know that I’m supporting an artist worthy of all the support and praise I give him.

Listen to the full album below and please, please buy his album! I swear you’ll not regret it! Keep supporting Kim JaeJoong and JYJ! :)

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I haven’t posted in AGES but I just can’t help but share the new single of JaeJoong from his first full solo album. The track is called “A Sunny Day” featuring Lee Sang Gon.

Unlike the main tracks from his previous mini album, this song is a ballad – which I think is one of the genres where JaeJoong really excels. I love him the most when he’s singing these kinds of ballads that’s why I fell in love with this song instantly. It’s so easy to listen to and so soothing. JaeJoong’s voice really never fails to enchant me when he sings ballads such as this one. I can’t wait for the release of the full album!

For all JYJ and JaeJoong fans, the long wait is finally over.

JaeJoong finally releases his mini-album entitled “I” (album title was changed from “MINE”  to “I”) today and it did not disappoint. The long wait of the fans was worth it because the mini album was exceptional and impressive. It contains a variety of tracks that are individually amazing and that are all actually capable of being title tracks of the mini album. JaeJoong indeed prepared for this album so well and he was able to deliver a masterpiece. I’d have to say – personal bias aside – that this is one of the best albums I’ve heard  in recent years. It breaks away from the usual K-Pop style of songs nowadays. The songs in this album are raw and beautiful. No auto-tunes/dubstep or any other song enhancers of the same kind were used. Only the beautiful melody, fantastic arrangement and JaeJoong’s unbelievably versatile vocals could be heard and that’s what made these songs even more amazing.

Below are the tracks from JaeJoong’s mini-album “I”:

MINE

This is the title track of his mini-album This song actually reminds me of the Japanese track “MAZE” that he released before when he was still with DBSK. This is the authentic Rocker Jae that we’ve all been waiting for. Again, JaeJoong’s voice is what makes this song amazing because I think his husky voice really suits the rock genre. The piano parts at the intro and middle of the songs were also great. It’s kinda anti-climactic (especially the middle piano part) but I think it also makes the song interesting because it somehow gives the song more drama.

One Kiss

What I love most about this rock-ballad is the melody, the instruments used as well as JaeJoong”s raw and husky voice. You can just hear the rawness of his voice when he hits the high notes – just stunning.  Also, I love how he was in control of his low and high notes. The transition from low to high and then back to low is so smooth that he makes it sound so easy. This is my personal favorite in this mini-album.

All Alone

From Rocker Jae, we go back to  Jae the Balladeer. This is another genre where JaeJoong excels because his voice is just as amazing when he sings these kinds of songs. “All Alone” is such an emotional song. I actually got teary-eyed listening to this track because it just gives you that sad and painful feeling. The way JaeJoong sang it also adds to the emotion the song gives off. His voice is so soothing and emotional that it would be impossible not to be moved when listening to this.

You Fill Me Up (내안 가득히)

Again, the melody and arrangement is amazing. It’s the most balanced song in this mini-album, in my opinion, because it’s not too rocker-ish and it’s not a ballad, too. And may I add that out of all the songs in the mini album, this is where I found JaeJoong’s husky voice to be the sexiest. :) This is definitely another favorite.

Healing for Myself (나만의 위로)

This is part of the OST of his movie “Jackal is Coming”. Another ballad where he proved how versatile his voice is. Those high notes towards the end left me in awe. I also love how the songs seems to be divided into two parts and my favorite is the 2nd part where the drums were injected in the melody of the song.

In conclusion, I’d have to say that “I” is beyond amazing. It’s so great that I’ve run out of adjectives to describe it. JaeJoong and the other people behind the production of this mini album are geniuses. I sound like a broken record but seriously, this mini-album is a masterpiece. I am so proud of JaeJoong for releasing an album that showcased talents and proved how much of a real artist he has become over the years. For someone like me who has been his fan for the years, I’m happy to see his improvements over the years and how he developed into the amazing artist that he is. He is such a talent – a gem that we don’t see that often especially nowadays where people (especially in K-Pop) gives priority to looks over talent. He is indeed perfect.

JaeJoong is visual AND vocal shock. Enough said. :)

…and I am speechless.

Ok, not totally speechless but I just don’t know the right words to express the beauty and depth of this MV. It’s so masterfully done that it can rival the MVs produced by top companies in the Korean music industry. The visuals were superb and JaeJoong was able to convey the right emotions for each setting and was very effective in portraying the images of a lost soul/captive/dark angel. When I saw the teaser for this MV, I actually felt it’s a bit scary because of the dark concept (well, too dark for my taste) but now that I finally watched the full MV, I came to understand why he chose such a concept and I’m glad he did because there’s no better way to interpret such a powerful song with meaningful lyrics other than with a majestic MV like this one.

Check out JaeJoong’s full MV below and see for yourself!

 

I know I’ve been out of the blogging circle for so long already and I swear I regret not being able to post about JYJ and Kpop anymore but I just can’t stay silent any longer – especially not when my ultimate bias Kim JaeJoong pre-released such an impressive track from his mini album “Mine”.

JaeJoong has pre-released his track “One Kiss” today off his upcoming solo mini album entitled “Mine” which is slated to be released on January 17.

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Check out the full song below:

I’ve always loved listening to JaeJoong singing rock songs because it fits his voice perfectly so just imagine how ecstatic I was to hear ‘One Kiss’. I knew JaeJoong has got great vocals but he ever fails to impress me with his new songs and this is no exception. I love how husky his voice was and how powerfully he hit those high notes. I love the emotion on his voice, too and his transition from the low notes to the high notes – just perfect! As other fans would put it, listening to ‘One Kiss’ is complete eargasm. And as if his amazing vocals isn’t enough, he also wrote the lyrics of the song which is equally amazing. I would love to hear him perform this live because I’m sure it would be epic. ‘One Kiss’ is an amazing masterpiece that will surely be remembered for it’s greatness.

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As a fan, I am so proud  of JaeJoong (and the rest of the JYJ boys, too) for releasing such great songs and compositions and for being brave to take on genres that are not mainstream in K-pop.  I truly believe now that they are no longer in the “K-pop idol”  league with the rest of the idols nowadays. They can now be truly called as REAL ARTISTS because they experiment with their music and they dare to be different. JYJ as a group and as individuals are truly one of a kind. They are a gem in the Korean music industry that are unfortunately not getting the attention and recognition they deserve just because of some crap that the broadcast stations keep on pulling on them. But I am proud because even after so many years of being ‘banned’, they are still surviving and are still going strong, thanks to their talent and the support their loyal fans.

Anyway, I can’t wait for JaeJoong to release his mini album on the 17th of January! I am so looking forward to it because I know it’s gonna be mind blowing! :)

P.S. ‘One Kiss’ gained the top spot in the iTunes rock category in several countries today so congrats, JaeJoong! And by the way, I love his album photos released so far – mysterious and sexy! <3

… well at least for fans who follow JaeJoong’s crazy and out of this world and sometimes emotional tweets.

Every day, I make it a point to always mention him on Twitter just to say hi and wish him a nice and productive day. Everyday, I look forward to his silly tweets because they never fail to make me smile, the random photos that he posts always complete my day. Somehow, I also check his twitter to know if he’s doing ok. It makes me worry everytime he posts something that isn’t exactly good but despite that, I am thankful because at least I know what’s happening to him and that I can sympathize with him and show him that I care even by just a simple reply to his tweets. There’s a slim chance that he can read my mentions but that’s ok with me because at least I get to send him messages. It makes me feel closer to him; its like he’s just within reach of his fans.

A few weeks ago, I even remember congratulating him for reaching more than 1 million twitter followers. I was so happy and was already looking forward to congratulating him for his 2 million followers. Yes, I am that confident that he can surpass that 2M mark because, well, he’s just too adorable that a lot of new fans fall in love with him everyday.

But just recently, I found out that he deleted his Twitter account due to someone hacking his account… AGAIN.

I just can’t explain how sad I was to have known this news. Most of all, I am mad at whoever hacked his account. What s/he did is unforgivable. I do not understand why people do such things as hacking other people’s accounts. What do they get from doing this? It frustrates me to know that all of JaeJoong’s fans need to suffer because of the immaturity of one person. I can’t blame JaeJoong either because he already gave a warning thay he will be deleting his Twitter account if it gets hacked the second time.

I’m just really sad that now, I no longer have something to look forward to everyday. I will no longer see JaeJoong’s silly photos. I will no longer be able to send comforting words whenever he’s feeling lonely and alone. And most of all, I won’t feel the same closeness to him again. Suddenly, he seems out of my reach again. Indeed, Twitter will never be the same without @mjjeje.

Now, Junsu is the only one left with a Twitter account. I just hope he won’t find any reason to delete it, too.

It’s been a very long time since I last posted a blog entry that solely contains what I feel and what’s been running on my mind. After the whole issue about DBSK splitting to JYJ and the new DBSK composed of HoMin, I haven’t written a lot of opinionated posts anymore. I actually missed writing such posts and I have attempted a lot of times to try and write one again but I just don’t seem to have the motivation to write anything anymore. Maybe it’s because most of the time, voicing out what I feel and what I think of the situation hurts so much. I just stopped writing because I wanted to avoid the pain.

But tonight, I just can’t help but express what I feel by writing an op-ed. I’ve been holding back for so long that I think it doesn’t matter anymore if I’m being re-acquainted with the pain I felt because of DBSK.

For the past few days, I’ve been checking out information about SM Entertainment’s new group EXO. I was curious because a lot of the people I know who likes to listen to K-pop has been talking about this rookie group. True enough, they are indeed an interesting bunch of guys. I think their songs are good, they have powerful dance choreography and the members Luhan, Kris, Sehun and Suho really caught my attention. I was ALMOST ready to join in the EXO bandwagon and start fangirling over them.

But then everything changed when I saw a video yesterday while looking  up for some videos of EXO. It was a video of DBSK’s performance of Bolero during their 4th Live Tour in Tokyo Dome. I clicked it and watched the video and suddenly, I found myself mesmerized by DBSK all over again. I suddenly found myself crying while watching my precious boys singing and I ended up watching a lot of their old videos and cuts from their concert tours.

Watching their videos made me realize so many things that I think I have tried to neglect and forget ever since they split into two groups.

I realized that because I was trying to avoid the pain of seeing them separated, I slowly and unconsciously drifted away from DBSK. I busied myself with work and attempted to try to look for another K-pop group to like and support. But even though I’ve been trying to ‘discover’ other groups for months now, I still can’t find a ‘suitable’ one to replace DBSK. I don’t see myself following their careers and sharing their happiness and pain like I did with DBSK. At first I thought I might really be losing my interest in K-pop, that maybe I’m getting tired of it. But now I know why I can’t seem to love any other K-pop group. It’s because DBSK is really irreplaceable. What other Cassies say is true, once you’re into DBSK, there is no turning back. I think if you’re a hardcore DBSK fan, a Cassiopeia, it’s really hard to like other groups because DBSK is just so great that it would be hard to look for a group who could match their greatness. What they have and what they can do is beyond anyone’s imagination. I have not seen any other group that can produce a beautiful harmony as DBSK. DBSK is the most precious miracle that happened in Asian pop.

I also realized that no matter how much I’m hurting over the fact that Yunho and Changmin still uses DBSK as their name and no matter how much I try to ignore them in hopes of reducing the pain and disappointment I’m feeling, I still care for these two guys so much. I may be more vocal of my support to JaeJoong, Junsu and Yoochun and I may be indifferent towards Yunho and Changmin but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them anymore. Yes, it still disappoints me whenever I hear them use the name DBSK to refer to their two-member group, it still hurts whenever I look back at the interviews where they said a few statements that could have hurt their brothers but then I realized it’s impossible for me to hate any of the five members because they are still, and always will  be my most treasured boys who hold a very special place in my heart.

And lastly, I realized how much I miss Cassiopeia. I miss the Red Ocean, that awesome fandom who is willing to do anything for our five stars. Part of the reason why the separation of DBSK is such a hard thing for me to bear is because along with the group’s split also came the division of Cassiopeia. For someone like me who draws strength from the knowledge that Cassiopeia is still one and united, the division of the fandom was something that really broke my heart. During the early period of the split, I had managed to keep my hope and faith intact but when I realized that Cassiopeia is slowly breaking into two just like DBSK, I lost hope and I myself began to take sides. But after looking back at Cassiopeia’s efforts for DBSK in the past, after looking at how beautiful a united Red Ocean looks like, I realized that I shouldn’t have given up and that I should never give up. Yes, it’s painful to know that K-pop’s most awesome fandom is in chaos right now but I believe that there are still those Cassies who still believe in the five members, those who are still keeping the faith. I also believe that those who have tried to run away and find comfort in another group/fandom will still come back to Cassiopeia and DBSK in the end, just like what happened to me. After all, once a Cassiopeia, always a Cassiopeia.

What DBSK and Cassiopeia has is a special bond like no other. We are at a point wherein our relationship is no longer that of an idol-fan. DBSK and Cassiopeia have become one in heart, mind and soul. We are no longer two separate beings who can easily turn away from each other. Through the years, we have shared each others’ happiness and pain and we’ve been through a lot of challenges together. This is another challenge that we have to face and we just have to stay strong for each other. One day, I believe that we can pass through this and all of this will be over. We just have to ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH.

It feels great to be back home where I truly belong – to DBSK and Cassiopeia. :)