The crowd screams as the lights go dim. A short message appears on the screens: "The show will begin shortly." Music begins to blast through the speakers, and dancers begin to fill the stage. The crowd roars. A single spotlight shines on the stage. Finally, the show has begun.
Known for her powerful vocals and stage presence, it's no surprise Ailee was performing to a sold out venue at Pechanga Resort & Casino for her concert on November 19th. As the second and final day she would be performing here, the energy was through the roof from beginning to end.
With concert goers being of all ages and races, Ailee spoke in both English and Korean throughout the whole night, and even gave fans a short greeting in Chinese. The show featured several of Ailee's top hits, starting off with U & I, and including songs Mind Your Own Business, Home, Don't Touch Me, and I'll Show You. The soloist also didn't forget to show off her skills with slower songs such as Heaven and I Will Go To You Like The First Snow. Ailee, known also for her covers from shows such as Immortal Songs, gave the audience a special treat with several covers as well. These songs ranged from slower Korean songs such as Everyone by Yoon Bokhee, to English songs such as Versace On The Floor by Bruno Mars, Worth It by Fifth Harmony, and I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.
Running in to the crowd two times, taking a sip of alcohol from a fan, and performing with a bright smile on her face, Ailee did a great job keeping the crowd up on their feet throughout the night. Aside from all the jumping around and cheerful moments, though, the vocalist also shared an emotional moment with fans, reminding us all that she, too, is only human. "I know there will come a day where I will no longer be performing on stage, but I will always cherish these moments, and I will always find a way to meet you all."
Ending the show with a bang, Ailee wrapped up the concert with her latest song, Atmosphere. Fans in attendance ranged from kids, to adults, to seniors, and the soloist performed different songs for all to enjoy. Seeing Ailee is always a new experience, as she's an artist that never stops growing, and never disappoints. Special thanks to Hugh Entertainment for allowing us to attend, and make sure to check out the photo gallery below for exclusive photos from the show!
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Around six months after their previous release, Seventeen is back with their second full album, “Teen, Age.” The album, which consists of thirteen tracks and a wide variety of genres, was released on November 6th, shortly after the group completed their world tour, Diamond Edge.
The title track for the album, Clap, is nothing like the group has done before. With an edgier tone and “darker” image, the group has once again surprised their fans with their versatility. Check out C.H.D’s review of Clap below!
The lyrics for Clap are as uplifting as the song is upbeat. Starting off slow with a reassurance to fans that it's okay to run into complications and hardships, the song reminds Carats that sometimes it's best to just forget and have fun; to let loose. While we all live our day-to-day lives working, going to school, etc., the group wants you to have a little bit of freedom just for the duration of the song. "Over there, come here. Let's have fun 'till the song is over. Clap your hands!" Even if you have to go back to work after the song, the group doesn’t fail to remind you to keep your head up and keep pushing forward without forgetting to take time to relax. "Have some courage today, get under the blanket and scream.”
Just like their previous release, Don’t Wanna Cry, the best part about the lyrics are the subtle changes they make. In the beginning of the song, it’s “clap ‘till your hands are on fire,” but in the final chorus, it changes into “one more time, let's put out that fire in your hands." The song progresses from previously mentioned "'till the song is over, clap your hands," to "the song is ending, clap." The way they’re written makes the song feel as if it’s a conversation between the group and the fans, and has somewhat turned into a signature writing style for the group.
Known as the self-producing idols, it’s no surprise that member Woozi, along with fellow Pledis Entertainment artist Bumzu, wrote the lyrics for the title track. Aside from the usual of just Woozi, however, members Jeonghan, Hoshi, Mingyu, DK, and Seungkwan also took part in writing the lyrics for Clap, and many members also participated in writing and composing several songs on the new album. For example, Vernon helped compose hip hop team's unit song, Trauma, and lyrics for the song Campfire were written by Woozi and Bumzu, as well as S.Coups, Jeonghan, Wonwoo, The8, Mingyu, DK, Seungkwan, and Vernon.
All of the songs on this album have completely different instrumentals with a variety of styles, and range from edgier to simple, acoustic songs. While no official instrumental has been released yet, we can still draw the conclusion that the instrumental of this song fits perfectly with the lyrics and the energy of the dance. Composed by Woozi and Bumzu, the song definitely has a darker, rock vibe to it than any of the group’s previous releases, and the pairing of the lyrics encouraging fans to let loose paired with the guitar riffs in the song will make anyone want to stand up and dance. Although this type of song is a little unexpected of Seventeen, it somehow still fits their musical color just right.
#3. Delivery (vocals/rap)
It’s really no surprise that Seventeen performed the song with ease, from their choreography to their rap and vocals. The song features powerful vocals from all thirteen members, including Jeonghan and Joshua, who are usually known for their softer tones. The song also features strong, smooth raps from the hip hop unit, and performance team member Dino, with each member delivering their part with their own unique style. With each member showing off their own vocal color, it comes as a pleasant surprise that we’re able to hear each member sing at least one part during the song. The usually left-out China line, or The8 and Jun, are able to be heard by fans, even if it’s just for a short while! As a matter of fact, the song even ends with Jun. Although, as always, the line distribution is something that could use improvement, we can clearly see why each member got the part they did, as each part fits each member’s voice perfectly.
Seventeen is known for their amazing choreography, usually choreographed by Hoshi. This time around, the member and choreographer mentioned that he made the choreography easier, so Carats can dance along. Although it is visibly easier than their previous dances, Hoshi doesn’t fail to amaze us with the details in his clean-cut choreography. With the dance practice video released to thank Carats for five million views on the music video, we can see the dance well enough to catch on to the easy, dance-along moves, and to watch the slightly more difficult moves executed perfectly by the members. From the subtle finger heart dance, to the several jumps incorporated with the moves, this choreography is the perfect balance of simple yet impactful.
Bonus: Besides Clap, the group has also been promoting song Without You, the third song off the album. Without You connects perfectly with Don’t Wanna Cry, and alludes to the song’s choreography several times, with the beginning pose being the ending pose of the former release, and another streetlight choreography. The dance is much simpler than previous dances, but much more lyrical, and the contemporary style is unlike any of Seventeen’s other dances. Going well with the soft flow of the music and melancholy vibe of the song, this choreography is another highlight for this promotional period.
#5. Music Video
Contrary to our previous review on song Don’t Wanna Cry, the music video for Clap is one of the best things about this comeback. Prior to the release of Clap, the group pre-released music videos for Trauma, performance team’s Lillili Yabbay, vocal team’s Pinwheel, and the leaders’ Change Up, and all four come together in the video for Clap.
With the same director, Beomjin of VM Project, for Don’t Wanna Cry, it’s a little surprising just how well put together the concept of these music videos really is. Don’t get me wrong, the video for Don’t Wanna Cry was amazing, but it lacked concept. With Clap, however, the concept is obvious and very well executed.
The video shows the members of Seventeen working for a company, Specialized Videotape Technology, Inc., and working on creating new music videos. As it’s a videotape company, fans get a glimpse at VHS tapes labeled as each units’ song title, and get to see the group “creating” different sets that are seen in the videos. There are elements from each of the unit MVs and the leaders’ video in Clap, but it doesn’t stop there. With a genius concept for the self-producing idols to be “producing” their own music videos, it’s not all serious work only, either. The video also incorporates a lot of silly humor, including having Hoshi as the boss and only approving his performance team’s video, which leads to him being attacked by the group as a whole.
Another small but notable detail in the video would be the color scheme. It’s no secret that Seventeen’s official colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity, but unlike other releases, we didn’t get much of those two colors in Clap. Fans were curious as to why the green and orange color scheme began with the first music video release of Change Up, but were quick to figure out the key – when inverted, the shades of orange and green used in the videos for Change Up and Clap turn into none other than Rose Quartz and Serenity! Little details like this, along with the entire concept of the five music videos put together, really make this one of the most unforgettable aspects of this entire comeback.
In conclusion, Seventeen has done an amazing job showing off their skills once again. From the different genres of music present in the album, to the unique choreography, the group has not only shown off their talent, but their versatility as well. With a completely new, more mature style, Clap (and their entire second full album, Teen, Age, in general) is truly a masterpiece, and has left us already looking forward to their next release.
*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.
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.