Finally! BLACKPINK Has A Full AlbumπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽ‰

Earlier today, BLACKPINK released their 1st full album titled THE ALBUM. There are eight songs on this record, including the title track “Lovesick Girls”

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • Their pre-release single – “Ice Cream” wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
  • I have my fingers crossed for “Lovesick Girls” or any other track on the album to completely blow me away.
  • Already, the visuals for this music video are stunning.
  • They all seem to be in some sort of toxic relationship and are fully aware of the dangers. The girls want to break away from the poisonous circle but are not strong enough to do so yet?
  • That’s the message I’m getting from the MV.
  • So far, this song isn’t doing much for me but let’s continue.
  • Jisoo seems to be the only one not in a relationship, while Lisa, Rose and Jennie are stuck with the wrong men.
  • The bridge section with Rose and Jisoo is the only part of this song that I love. That melody when Rose starts singing – “love is slippin’ and fallin’, love is killin’ your darlin’…” is quite catchy.
  • My issue is that although this song has a retro sound, it’s still too pop-ish. I have a love/hate relationship with the classic pop sound.
  • I’m going to listen to “Lovesick Girls” again without the video and see how I feel.
  • After my second listen, I think “Lovesick Girls” isn’t my cup of tea.
  • However, I love the bridge section. The vocals/rap are beautiful as expected from the ladies of BLACKPINK.

Album Review:

Here is the album preview –

  1. How You Like That –I listened to this song once it dropped, but I’m still going to give some thoughts on here. I absolutely love the instrumental build-up, and vocal progression on this track + the chorus is very catchy. When I first heard “How You Like That”, I wasn’t into it, but it stuck after a few replays. I think it’s a great dance song that I wouldn’t mind going back to once in a while.
  2. Ice Cream (Selena Gomez) –Still a no for me. In my review for “Ice Cream”, I mentioned that only one section of the song stands out. If you would like to know what I’m speaking on, read my review πŸ‘‰πŸΌ BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez – Ice Cream: Music Review.
  3. Pretty Savage – Interesting start and melody + the trap beat πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯. Now, this is more up my alley. FINALLY!!! a song that I love right off the bat. “Pretty Savage” is a BOP. The chorus is groovy with those sultry vocals in the background. The girls sound beautiful and powerful. The whistling at the end is a perfect touch. I LOVE THIS SONG!!! It calls for body rolls.
  4. Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B) – I’m listening to the enhanced album on Spotify, and I just saw a note that this song has the same producers as “Ice Cream”. I don’t know how to feel about that. Already, I’m getting a similar vibe, but this sounds way better. I love the deep drumbeats, + the chorus has a lovely melody. The background vocals are top-notch, and Cardi fits nicely into the song. Right now, I’m 90/10 on “Bet You Wanna”, but I will be sold entirely after my second listen because this is a well-produced track. 
  5. Lovesick Girls – This marks my third listen, so let’s see if my opinion changes. I love the melody on the verses/rap/bridge sections, but the chorus ain’t for me. Kudos to Jennie and Jisoo for taking part in the writing of “Lovesick Girls”
  6. Crazy Over You – The intro does give the oriental feel they mentioned in the notes + the hip-hop beat that comes after is perfect. I also hear some Arabic influences. Lisa’s rap on this track is so good. Jisoo’s vocal tone always stands out to me in all of BLACKPINK’s songs. She has a rich tone. Wait, I wasn’t expecting a low tempo chorus drop, but I love it. I thought it was going to be a massive drop. “Crazy Over You” has a lot of surprises, and I am enjoying the production choices on this song.
  7. Love To Hate Me – Jennie is always a good starter for BLACKPINK’s songs. She has a way of making her voice sound different and very befitting for each track. The way “Love To Hate Me” started, I thought I wouldn’t be the biggest fan, but the pre-chorus stole my heart. The instrumental is a bop + a nice message. Anybody who is always hostile towards you isn’t worth your time or effort. So throw their drama and attitude into the galaxy and live your best life. This song is perfect. 
  8. You Never Know – Looks like we are getting a soft song to close off the album. Rose sounds like a breath of fresh air. Excellent progression. I love how that it doesn’t stay on one tempo throughout. The switch-up is a perfect way to keep listeners intrigued. “You Never Know” is a beautiful song that I see myself coming back to every now and then. Rose nailed this song because, wow, she sounds lovely.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, I was a bit scared after hearing the title track, but thankfully, the B-sides saved the day. My favourite song on this record is definitely “Pretty Savage”. I also enjoyed listening to “How You Like That” – “Bet You Wanna” – “Crazy Over You” – “Love To Hate Me” & “You Never Know”

Six out of eight songs is an excellent ratio, in my opinion. The girls worked hard on this, and I am glad that they finally have a full album on their discography. With all that said, my rating for THE ALBUM by BLACKPINK is an 8.5/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: BLACKPINK IN YOUR AREA

Hello everyone, 😊

How are you all doing? I have been quite busy recently. I had to take a few days off to focus on essential issues. Due to my absence, I couldn’t give the usual song recommendations for the past three weeks. I should be back with that starting next week. Recently I have been gravitating towards blues, jazz, and afro songs; my upcoming weekly picks will be unique.

Alright, for this post, I’m sharing some of my favourite editorial photos from the ladies of BLACKPINK. They will be releasing their first full album titled THE ALBUM on October 2nd. Hopefully, it comes through with good songs.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is BLACKPINK’s photoshoot from their interview with ELLE Magazine (U.S.A). They all look gorgeous in this set of photos.


Next, is BVLGARI’s announcement photos introducing Lisa as their new brand ambassador. She is effortlessly beautiful.


Jennie for ELLE Magazine (Korea). She served face and simplicity in this shoot.


Up next – Jisoo for DAZED Korea’s 155th edition – 2020 Issue. My favourite aspect of these photos is the colours and stunning makeup looks.


To round up – RosΓ© for W Korea. The elegance and beauty of these photos are remarkable to see. She is rocking this purple-platinum hair to the core.

That’s all for this post. I am really looking forward to BLACKPINK’s first full album. Finally, YG Entertainment is doing right by them.

BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez – Ice Cream: Kpop Music Review

Earlier today, BLACKPINK released their collaboration single with Selena Gomez. It is titled “Ice Cream”

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love the teaser images for this comeback, and I feel it’s going to be a softer concept compared to “How You Like That”
  • They all look adorable, and I love the hot pink. Not my favourite colour but it looks beautiful in this video.
  • I love this short bob on Lisa, and Jennie is rocking that black shoulder-length hair. She is stunning.
  • Rose came in nicely, and I see my bias, Jisoo, is serving face.
  • I don’t know how I feel about the song yet, but I love the heavy drums during Rose’s first entry.
  • Whoever does BLACKPINK’s makeup deserves a raise. They are all stunning.
  • As of now, the only section I enjoy is – “it looks so good, yeah, it looks so sweet. Looking good enough to eat… Baby, you deserve a treat.”
  • The remaining parts of the song fall short for me, but I love the music video. It’s colourful and catchy.
  • Oh, I wasn’t expecting a solo rap section or Lisa with long hair.
  • “Ice Cream” is a cute song, but aside from the section, I pointed out, nothing stands out for me.
  • I will listen to it again, but this does not enter my top songs from BLACKPINK.
  • After my second time, it does sound better, but I’m not in love. 
  • Therefore “Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez gets a 7.5/10.

Before I wrap up, let me get something off my chest.

The amount of hate that BLACKPINK gets is unreasonable, and the ones from within their fanbase are even more ridiculous. In this video’s comment section, the highest things I could see were spam messages and sickening comments. On twitter, I see some blinks bashing one member for getting more parts this time around. Yes, most groups have unfair line distributions, but in my opinion, BLACKPINK isn’t one of them. I think this time, the producer was going for a certain vibe, which led to Lisa getting a rap section added to her regular lines. What’s wrong with that?

This type of individuals need to grow up, and the offensive fan wars need to stop. These girls are humans and deserve respect. They put in work just like every other group, hence why keyboard warriors shouldn’t try to undermine their effort. I wonder if these so-called warriors have tried dancing and singing live. It’s easy to mind your business if you don’t support a group or what they put out. Ain’t nobody forcing you.

Rant aside, I finally figured out how to switch back to the classic editor, but I’m also enjoying the block editor. I’m happy😊. That’s all I have to say. Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK – Sour Candy: Music Review

American and Kpop collaborations are always a hit or miss for me but let’s see what Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK have for us with “Sour Candy”

(This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_7493

Official Audio –

Reaction to Lyric Video:

  • Alright, I hear that classic electronic sound that I know and love from Lady Gaga.
  • We are starting out with Jennie, and I think I like the instrumental so far.
  • I love it when Lisa sings. She sounds beautiful.
  • Jisoo’s vocal tone is quite shallow and soothing. I love her.
  • By the way, Jisoo is my bias.
  • Right now, we have the girls starting out the song, but I wonder what Lady Gaga’s part and the chorus drop will sound like.
  • Jisoo sounds so sexy on the “uh-huh, uh-huh” part. I love how they dragged and dropped her voice at the end. Plus, the background vocals were perfect for that section.
  • Ooo, Lady Gaga came in fierce and with a more melodic tone. Her part and Jisoo’s are my favourites.
  • I noticed that the beat switched up a bit once she entered the mix.
  • Wait… I wasn’t expecting this kind of chorus. She’s talk-singing in a monotone voice.πŸ˜‚
  • Took me off guard for a minute, but… okay.
  • I like the chorus and the melody for “Come, come, unwrap me. Come, come, unwrap me.” is quite catchy.
  • I really love Lady Gaga’s verses. The production is top-notch, and Lady Gaga’s voice is incredible.
  • And we are back to BLACKPINK with Rose’s sultry voice.
  • Oh, that “Take a bite, take a bite. So sour candy.” is groovy.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • I am living for the retro instrumental.
  • I have to replay this song before giving my rating.
  • “Sour Candy” by Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK is an excellent retro/electronic song, and I absolutely enjoyed listening to it.
  • It took me a while to get into the vibe, but after blasting it on my headphones, I loved it more. So my rating for it is 9/10.

BLACKPINK’s Lisa for Allure Korea

I am so happy that they finally posted the full set of Lisa’s pictures on the Allure Korea website. I wanted to share them earlier, but I could only find four photos. Now that I have everything, you all can enjoy the beauty that is Lalisa Manoban.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

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Youth With You 2: My Thoughts On Episode 1 – Part 1

Hello, beautiful people. I hope everyone is doing great. Due to the current state in the world, I am at home practicing social distancing. Hence I have some free time to blog.

This variety section has been on hold since I completed Heart Signal because it was difficult for me to decide on the next program to tackle. Recently I saw a few clips of Youth With You Season 2, and even though I am not the biggest fan of audition programs, I still want to check it out. Now, if this program fails to keep my attention by episode three, I will drop it. My thoughts on this show will be in the form of a recap/short commentary.

Youth With You 2 is an iQIYI produced program that focuses on the journey of 100 girls as they try to realize their dreams of becoming idols. The show incorporates a youth producer representative and mentors that help guide the girls. Only 9 girls will be chosen to debut at the end of this program. Right now, I am kind of confused about how the mentor vs youth producer line up works, but I will figure things out while watching. All I need to do now is remember their names. We have KUN as the Youth Producer Representative, BLACKPINK’s LISA as the Dance mentor, JONY J as the Rap mentor and Ella as the Vocal mentor. 

Youth With You 2 is available on the iQIYI app with English subtitles.

(Please note – this is a real-time review/recap. This means I am typing down my exact thoughts while watching the show.)

My Thoughts on Episode 1 – Part 1:

  • Finger crossed🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼. I hope this turns out good and exciting.
  • The intro is quite dramatic. I almost thought I was watching the wrong episode.
  • Ahhh!!! iQIYI is killing me with so many product placements. It’s already five minutes into the episode, and they are still showing sponsored products.
  • Can we just begin the actual program, please???
  • So KUN debuted in 2018, and he is a singer and producer. I like that they are giving us a proper introduction to each mentor.
  • Ella is from Taiwan, and she is also a singer. She is a member of the popular girl group S.H.E, which debuted in 2001. I know the group, but I don’t follow their music.
  • I really love the set design for this show.
  • LISA is so adorable, I can’t.😍😍😍
  • JONY J is the director of the rap record label known as SHOOC. He is known as “the hip-pop poet.”
  • I love when Lisa speaks her home language, it just flows so beautifully.
  • I love that the mentors get to sit and talk with the trainees first instead of just starting off by judging their performances. This is different from other audition shows I have watched.
  • Lmao, I live for the hilarious edits in Chinese variety shows.
  • Lol, the independent trainee, Jue Chen, gave very straightforward responses that made everyone feel very awkward. I like her.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Esther Yu. I know her from the Chinese drama Find Yourself.
  • I don’t know the Chinese companies, but all the girls are beautiful, and I am excited to see their performances.
  • Awww, KUN is so considerate. He actually asked them to stop and make sure that LISA could understand what everyone was saying. I like him.😍😍😍
  • Hmmm, seeing them eating dinner is making me hungry. I guess it’s time to visit my kitchen.
  • Chinese variety shows are always so cringy with their product placements.
  • Yes, now the audition begins, and we are going to get performances from each mentor.
  • Lisa did great. At first, I wasn’t really feeling her performance, but once she started dancing to “Attention” by Charlie Puth, I felt the heat.
  • Excellent stage presence and she is also an impressive dancer. So I believe these ladies will learn a lot from her.img_4266
  • Who’s next??
  • Okay, JONY J. I love his flow, and the song is perfect. He is performing his own song – “My Man”
  • The lyrics are touching. This song is, for sure, going on my playlist.
  • I got goosebumps from his performance. He will be a great mentor for these ladies.img_4267
  • Up next is Ella. She is performing her own song – “How Old Are You”
  • Her voice is beautiful, she sounds like a calm flowing stream. The mentors keep on giving me goosebumps, and this song is also going on my playlist.
  • This is one of the things I appreciate audition programs for. I get to discover new music.
  • Ella will definitely be a great vocal coach for the girls.img_4268
  • It’s KUN’s turn now. His stage is way upbeat than the rest, and he is performing his own song – “Young”
  • He is a great performer, a good dancer, and I love his energy. He really hypes the crowd.
  • He was once a former trainee on the show, so the girls will see him as a success story that inspires them to work harder towards their dreams.img_4269
  • Alright, now it is the trainees’ turn to perform. They have to compete on stage to get a rating between A to F.
  • l like that have everyone’s name on screen when they speak or sing. That way, my brain doesn’t have to work to so hard.
  • The first group – TOV Entertainment Vs. LIONHEART: The TOV group did great. I love their energy, and they are also good dancers. The mentors gave them constructive feedback.
  • The trainee from LIONHEART is cute. I love her deep tone, but she seemed out of breath a lot. Maybe she was nervous.
  • The mentors also noticed that she was nervous and not too used to singing and dancing at the same time.
  • Lol, Ella is too playful.
  • Their ratings – Kelly Lin from LIONHEART got a C | TOV Entertainment – Marco Lin got a C, Hazel Chen also got a C, and K Lu got a B.
  • I think their rating was befitting to the performances they showed.
  • I am enjoying Youth With You 2 so far.
  • I will check out part 2 of episode 1 later today.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Queens, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens. I had so many ladies, so I could not include them all in one post. Here are the rest:

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

Nana for COSMOPOLITAN Korea -January 2020 Issue. Her radiance is astonishing. She is gorgeous, and I love the apricot/peach coloured makeup look on her.img_2982

 

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Yao Chen graces the cover of Variety China for its January 2020 Issue. I don’t know why but to me, she looks like the exact description of snow white in these photos.

 

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EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue.  I love her funky and goofy poses.

 

IU for J .Estina Jewelry. I love all the photos for this jewelry campaign with IU. She always looks fresh with the minimal makeup look.

 

Cecilia Boey exudes casual charm for FireBible. She is so beautiful, and she nails so many different concepts.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.

 

img_3097Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.  She looks like a flower that just bloomed. Honestly, I wish I could rock peach coloured makeup like her. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

 

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Sun Yi for SoFigaro Magazine. She is one of those who doesn’t even have to try. She has a natural and relaxed charm to her.

 

img_2586img_2587AOA’s Seolhyun looks stunning in this shoot for Allure Korea. I love the incorporation of fruits. I hardly get attracted to pink, but this got my attention. The way her hair was pulled back, allowing her face to have all focus and the soft makeup look was a great choice as well.

 

Minah looks lovely with her rosy cheeks in this photoshoot for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.

 

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Guan Xiaotong takes the cover of SoFigaro Magazine’s latest issue. The freckles called to me. She is serving direct eye contact that just makes you want to stare.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie in her latest photoshoot with W Korea. She is definitely someone that can rock any style. She always makes a fashion statement.

 

And last on this list is Xuan Lu for Aida Fashion. Whatever colour editing that is going on in this set of photos is pure magic. I love the brown-goldish tone they used. I have seen many of Xuan Lu’s photoshoots, and she always slays.

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