It's not every day a Korean Idol just walks into one of your favorite local restaurants!
Established in 2004 under the name Mama's Kitchen, K-Town Kitchen & Bar has become one of the main culinary hotpots in Richmond Virginia. They've been highly recognized for their innovative menue and kind staff.
On Friday September 15, 2017, the employees of K-Town received a special visit from the Korean singers Dabit and Hayana of Koffeedream Management, along with Louie of Geeks and Filipino/Australian super model, Lauren Reid.
Photo Credit: K-Town Kitchen & Bar
The star studded group along with staff were just coming off from finishing their first ever RVA Fanmeeting and were looking for a place to eat that reminded them of home! Lucky for them K-Town was there to cater to their dietary needs and the group enjoyed a hearty dinner to help end the day
Surprised to fine that some of the menue items infact could NOT you're traditional Korean dish, Louie left even us surprised when he said:
This is better than Korea!
Koffeedream left K-Town that night with full stomachs and a few K-Town Kitchen and Bar T-Shirts to take home as souvenirs!
You can find K-Town Kitchen and Bar on 9 N 4th St, Richmond, VA 23219 and you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ktownkitchenandbar
Over the past year Korean idols have been coming to the USA more and more. With each visit they find themselves stumbling into restaurants with a menue full of food, they've never seen before! While at KCON NY, 2017, the members of Highlight jokingly broke this tradition when they said the first thing they ate when they arrived in the USA was Korean food....because they're Korean...and they love Korean Food.
On September 14, 2017, the artist of Koffeedream Management, Dabit, Hayana, along with Louie of Geeks and super model Lauren Reid paid a visit to the Washington D.C. based restaurant Pow Pow: Greens, Bowls, and Rolls! An Asian Fushion restaurant that mixes Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine into an American style dish that are bound to make you're mouth water. And as we can see from the photos and video they took, the artist of Koffeedream couldn't wait to sink their chompers into it their orders either!
If what Koffeedream ordered seem tasty you can take a look at their menue online at http://www.eatpowpow.com/
You can find Pow Pow: Greens, Bowls, & Rolls on 1253 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, their official hours are listen on their website http://www.eatpowpow.com/menu.
The Princess of the Reid Dynasty is riding the Hallyu Wave...all the way to the USA!
Filipino actress and model Lauren Reid, will be making a special appearance as the guest MC for the for the fanmeets of Korean stars Louie, Mckay, Hayana, and Dabit in an all-star lineup for the 40th Annual Korean Festival of Maryland, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10am - 7pm at Centennial Park.
Originally from Australia, Lauren Reid took Instagram by storm with her amazing visuals, accumulating over 340,000 followers since she entered the spotlight and has been featured on countless magazine covers, TV, and YouTube showcasing her showstopping modeling skills, along with some helpful beauty and lifestyle tips.
It's official...we missed him too!
We all missed hearing Geeks didn't we? Well we have some good news! They just recently had a comeback and member Louie will be making his way to the us to perform for the very first time in Maryland!
Louie will be joining Mckay, Hayana, and Dabit in an all-star lineup for the 40th Annual Korean Festival of Maryland, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10am - 7pm at Centennial Park.
Louie made his debut in 2011 with Lil Boi as a part of the musical duo Geeks. They quickly rose to fame with their rendition of Official Missing You Too featuring Soyou and have gone on to become one of Korea's most respected musical acts!
The Genius Is Coming To The DMV
It may not be June, but we guess now is better than ever! It's been confirmed that McKay will also be making his way to the US to Perform in Maryland! The DMV just became the best place in the US to be! Wouldn't you agree?
Mckay will be joining the lineup alongside Hayana, and Dabit along at the 40th Annual Korean Festival of Maryland, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10am - 7pm at Centennial Park.
Mckay made introduced himself to the world as a contestant on season 2 of the hit survival show K-pop Star. Since then he's gone on to collaborate with stars like Jeff Bernat and Rap Monster of BTS. Dubbed as the "Genius of Guitars" are you ready to see him give it his all in Maryland?
Whoo Whoo Whoo!
It's been a while since we heard from Dabit hasn't it? Well he's finally back! From making Hot Beats on Arirang Radio with Kevin, to the stage of the Maryland Korean Festival, it's been confirmed that Dabit will be making his way to the US to perform once again for his international fans!
Dabit will be joining Hayana long with an array of other Korean stars (who've yet to be announced) will also be performing at the 40th Annual Korean Festival of Maryland, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10am - 7pm at Centennial Park.
Dabit made his debut back in 2013 with his first digital single Whoo Whoo Whoo. He released his first mini album UP & Down, in 2015 and has since gone on to perform in several countries overseas and is a radio DJ for Arirang Radio.
Lets go party!
It's bee confirmed! After years of silence, former member of the girl group EvoL, Hayana, will be making her solo debut stage...in the US!
Hayana, along with an array of other Korean stars (who've yet to be announced) will be performing at the 40th Annual Korean Festival of Maryland, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10am - 7pm at Centennial Park.
After releasing her first single Expectation back in may of this year, Hayana will take the stage in Maryland, USA, to perform for the very first time in front of her US fans. Are you excited to see her return to the stage?
Don't Wanna Cry. Just the title alone sounds like a typical, slow, sappy love song yearning for a lost love, right? But, we should know better by now that Seventeen is the epitome of "expect the unexpected."
Although the lyrics do tell the story of a lost love, the song itself is a lot more upbeat than the title may lead you to assume. With a dance-worthy EDM beat accompanied by the group's usual amazing vocals, the song is a hit - and it's got the awards to prove it, with six music show wins during their promotion period. If I were to give it a ranking out of ten, I can honestly and shamelessly say that I would give it a minimum of ten points out of ten (random 2PM reference, anyone?). Here's why:
While the story being told is nothing we haven't heard before, the way producer Bumzu and members Woozi, Hoshi, S.Coups, and Jeonghan, wrote the lyrics isn't. There's a lot of repetition in the chorus, but that's expected as the lyrics depict a tale of someone confused, yearning for their lost love, giving themselves false hope, and pretending to be okay. It's the little details and changes, such as the first pre-chorus' "If I cry right now, I might not see you," turning into "but tears well up and it's getting blurrier" in the following pre-chorus. Another favorite part of mine would be Mingyu and Wonwoo's "rap" part during the bridge, where Mingyu can be seen as the conscious, while Wonwoo is the facade. Wonwoo says he's okay, but Mingyu echoes that he's not. Wonwoo says he doesn't miss his love, but Mingyu says he does. "Even if they're lies, I need to say it. My heart won't listen like I want."
The contradictions within the song, in my humble opinion, are what make the lyrics all the better. Personally, it's hard to admit heartbreak, and it's hard to admit you want someone back. Oftentimes, people will want to appear fine on the outside, even while knowing they're breaking on the inside. Most love songs are written very blatantly - main character begs for their love back, saying they miss them so much they might die. These types of songs can still be good, don't get me wrong, but they're not realistic. I won't run around screaming I want someone back; I'll hold it in and pretend I'm fine, just like Seventeen's doing in this scenario. The lyrics, to me, scream agony, pain, and heartbreak in the most subtle, but genuine way possible.
This song did see some controversy upon its initial release due to similarities with songs "Something Just Like This" and "Closer" by The Chainsmokers. Woozi and Bumzu produced Don't Wanna Cry themselves, and they may have been influenced by The Chainsmokers, but when it comes down to it, don't most EDM songs sound relatively similar? I won't deny that my first thought listening to Don't Wanna Cry was, "wow, this could totally be a song by The Chainsmokers," but listening closely, there are differences still. In terms of originality, maybe the instrumental isn't completely new and never heard before, but it fits the lyrics well, and that's the most important thing (for me). It throws in an unexpected element to a sad story.
The slow buildup in the beginning is what follows the initial breakup, where the members are melancholy. The first beat drop and chorus is when the members realize that they can't mope around, that they have to get their love back. The subtle bridge is the group trying to convince themselves that they're okay, that they can move forward without their love, and the fade out of the song can represent the way the members have accepted the reality. They've accepted that they miss their love unbearably, and they're determined to get them back. The final stretch, where the if we meet again finally turns into a when I see you again. Everything about the instrumental just somehow fits the concept, the lyrics; it just matches with Seventeen. The group has shown so much versatility already with their previous releases, but they've delved into a new genre with more maturity with this song and album, and it's amazing.
#3: Delivery (Vocals/Rap)
It's no surprise that Seventeen's vocals killed it once again, but with this song, Carats get to hear every. member. sing. Rap line's Vernon starts the song off with his soft, melodic voice, and S.Coups also shows off his vocal abilities during his part. Although Mingyu and Wonwoo technically have the "rap" part of the song, the delivery and flow are so smooth it's as if they're singing, too. And let's not forget China line - although Jun and The8 still don't have as many lines as the others, we're at least able to hear them singing this time around (bonus points for song My I off the same album!). The line distribution may not be the best, but we get to hear more of some of the members who don't usually have a lot of lines.
Each member sings with true emotion behind their words, and it works perfectly with the story telling of their lost love. In particular, a favorite part of mine would be Seungkwan's "come back, come back, come back;" such a simple line was delivered with so much feeling that you can truly hear the pain in his voice. Aside from emotion, the arrangement of the vocals was perfect for the song, too. Overall, the line distribution could still use some work, but their talent makes up for it.
Amazing. Spectacular. Flawless. Mesmerizing. From their sharp, hard hitting to their contemporary, lyrical moves, it's hard to put into words how much I love this choreography. The tiny details, the execution, the emotion. I'm getting repetitive, I know, but the emotion is something that's apparent in every aspect of this song. Each member has their time to shine - Woozi's got an amazing solo dance part, Joshua's dance part will surely leave you in awe, and The8's flip will literally take your breath away. The choreography is so well put together, and it's got a variety of dancing styles in it, too.
Not only does the dance show off different styles, it also tells a story, just like the lyrics and melody do. One part that comes to mind immediately would be S.Coups' part. "The path that used to be familiar is now unfamiliar. Is this the path I know?" This line, paired with the streetlight choreography Hoshi created, does an amazing job painting a picture of lonely, heartbroken Seventeen walking along the streets looking for their lost love. "I'm looking for you right now." Jeonghan's part matched with the choreography paint a picture of someone wandering around lost, looking for someone they can't reach. "Come back, come back, come back." Seungkwan's part paired with the pumping chest, as if they're yearning for their love to come back so badly that their hearts are beating out of their chests.
Another great thing about Seventeen is that they're all amazing dancers (yes, even Wonwoo, who they often poke fun at for his pre-debut dancing). There surely has to be one member whose dancing stands out above all, though, right? When Jeonghan mentioned that he "wanted to express sexy sadness" for this promotion period at the Al1 showcase, he really wasn't kidding. Jeonghan executes the dance flawlessly for this song, with raw emotion showing through his every move. All in all, they're all amazing dancers, and they've got amazing choreography to go with their talent (props to my bias Hoshi for this). Special shout out to Jeonghan for how much his dancing has improved since debut, and how amazing his dancing is for this piece!
BONUS: Check out their amazing 2x speed dance from Weekly Idol and a Jeonghan focused cam of Don't Wanna Cry's choreography!
#5: Music Video
To be completely honest, the music video is probably my least favorite part of this whole song. It's not as memorable as I had hoped it would be, and I often end up picturing the choreography version when I hear the song rather than the actual music video. The whole thing was filmed in Southern California - the boys traveled to Palm Springs and Malibu in particular. The video is filmed beautifully and artistically, with each member having individual parts in different places. With that, though, it seems as if each member is going through their own heartbreaks in their own separate situations, and coming together in the end as one giant group of heartbroken boys. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but in my opinion, a song like this could've done well with a simplistic video. I do enjoy the video (especially 2:40 and on), however, my own personal preference prevents me from loving it as much as I love all other aspects of this comeback.
Overall, this review is probably very biased, considering I'm a Carat. Do I think it's the best song in the world? Definitely not. It is, however, my favorite title song of theirs so far, and the entire album is full of great music (my personal favorite is definitely If I). Seventeen is always experimenting with their music and trying different things, and so far, it's worked amazingly in their favor. Congratulations to the group on yet another awesome song and a successful promotion period, and here's looking forward to what they have in store for fans next! Are you a Carat yet? What did you think of the song? Let us here at C.H.D know your own thoughts in the comments below!
*C.H.D Entertainment is in no way affiliated with any of the above mentioned artists, their companies, or their partners. This article does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of C.H.D Entertainment as a whole.
Say it ain't so!
It would seem that the wave of girl groups who've been recently disbanding isn't just limited to South Korea! The Hallyu influenced music duo Coco Avenue have also revealed after several years and a number of lineup changes, that 2017 will be their last year as a group.
In an official press release from their camp, they stated:
After 5 years of activity, Coco Avenue has decided to disband due to personal differences. They will be having their last performance 7/13 at Hallyu Nights hosted by Dreamkatchers Initiative. Additionally, they have a scheduled performance for Kcon NY 6/24. Jenny will be opening for Reddy & G2 in LA 7/7. They also plan to come together one last time for Blurrie Con in PA. Coco Avenue would like to thank everyone who has supported them and wished them well on their journey. Please continue to support Jenna Rose & Jenny Lyric in their future endeavors.
Coco Avenue was referred to by many as the first African American K-pop Girl Group to come onto the scene. Their most recent single Eottae made waves for it's smooth R&B composition and dark sensual visuals. But it seems like now that Eottae will be the last we hear of them.
Are you sad to see Coco Avenue go? What are your thoughts on their disbandment?
As I'm sure you've noticed in the last 72 hours, Big Bang's Choi Seunghyun, aka T.O.P, is not only being investigated for smoking marijuana back in October 2016, but he has also been expelled from the military (and forced to restart his two year service), and the latest news is that he was found unconscious after a supposed drug overdose. No, not on marijuana, but on benzodiazepines - his nerve stabilizer medication meant for his anxiety and depression.
Let me backtrack, in case you don't know what I'm talking about.
Trainee Han Seo Hee
On June 1st, a case was opened against T.O.P for smoking marijuana after a female trainee (who was found out to be Han Seo Hee) revealed she was smoking with him at his home. There were two sides of the collective outrage: one side mad at him for doing marijuana, and the other side mad at her for being a snake and dropping his name. Days later, he was removed from the police division of the military. After being dismissed, T.O.P issued a handwritten letter, expressing how remorseful, embarrassed, and ashamed he was for having done so. Following that, just one day after being kicked out of the military, he was found unconscious from an "accidental drug overdose" and rushed to ICU.
The media has gone back and forth between whether or not he's woken up, and several sites have stated that the police officially announced that he is not in critical condition, and has either woken up or was never unconscious. Mind you, he's been in ICU for over twenty four hours now.
His mother made a statement, stating the following:
“My son is still unconscious and to read articles that say he’s “deep in sleep” is hurtful. Please edit and refrain from saying such things. We don’t know how things will turn out. My son is in critical condition.”
The Big Bang member's handwritten letter to fans
This brings a question to my mind: why was the media saying that he is merely sleeping? Why were they downplaying it? If you find someone unconscious from a supposed drug overdose, why would you bring insult to injury by saying that they are sleeping? Even the man's mother has said that he's near dying, and some supposed police informant is stating that "he'll wake up in 2 days." (It's also been confirmed by the doctors that police's reports are false, and they are unaware of who could have spoken to them to provide this false information.)
It's nothing new that T.O.P has been battling with his anxiety and depression for years, having initially revealed his mental illnesses in 2008.
There are many questions revolving around this "scandal," and I'm cautious to call it as such. These questions (not just from me, but others as well) range from questioning a country's reasoning for such a harsh punishment involvement with marijuana (five years jail time?!), to questioning how said country deals with mental illness in general.
Mental illness already has a largely negative stigma about it on it's own, but with the way the police are simply sweeping this issue under the rug, saying that he is merely sleeping and neglecting to accurately represent how T.O.P is doing in ICU, brings a major side eye to the entire situation. There will always be differences in what a country does in regards to its laws, however, South Korea has seemingly always swept problems with mental illnesses aside. In my opinion, for a country that has as high of a suicide rate as it does, it only seems rational that they should have better things in place rather than simply giving muscle relaxers.
This isn't the only case of idol mental illness being downplayed and improperly treated, either, as can be seen with Gain's case (morphine for panic and anxiety?), Bang Yongguk's hiatus, Nam Taehyun's departure from WINNER, and even Park Bom's prescription drug "scandal" to name a few, but this is without a doubt a more severe situation. Not to say that non-idols cannot be struggling through these types of scenarios, as I'm sure many unfortunately are, but we can only see what's in the news.
Photos from the hospital indicating T.O.P's name on the ICU patients list. Credits to mydaily
With that in mind, I wish T.O.P a speedy recovery and hope that he can pull through this adversary relatively unscathed, and we can only hope the country steps up their game regarding mental health treatments.
What are your thoughts on the situation with T.O.P? With mental health awareness and treatment in South Korea as a whole?
*C.H.D Entertainment is in no way affiliated with any of the above mentioned artists, their companies, or their partners. This article does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of C.H.D Entertainment as a whole.