[America] BoA’s 3rd US single “Energetic” Released! + Album “BoA” Repackaged!

BoA has finally released her latest single’s music video via the Entertainment Weekly website, an American magazine that focuses mainly on entertainment media and critic reviews.

BoA is so “Energetic” in the music video, as she shows off her powerful dancing skills in a club and geared out in her favorite accessories, necklaces, bracelets, and big rings. She is also sporting the same style of makeup and face decoration she had during SF Pride. BoA can be seen wearing a purple corset in her dancing sequences, showing us that BoA’s skills can’t be restricted by her clothes OR high heeled shoes! Now that’s impressive! But what’s even more amazing is that the new and extended version of “Energetic” was used in the video. It was the same version BoA performed at SF Pride. With face shots, full body shots, slow motion, mirror imaging, and impressive lighting — the director certainly knows what he’s doing and brought us BoA fans tons of eye candy.

Along with the music video release on Entertainment Weekly, BoA had an interview with the article writer David Yi where she shared some interesting and exciting news. BoA reveals that “…one more song is coming out for [her] repackaged album [to be] released in September — it’s the same as the first album but with added new songs.”

A repackaging? You mean with a whole new photoshoot and a brand new, never released song? Yes, please!

Once more information about the repackaged BoA album release, BoAjjang will be the first to know. In the mean time, if you haven’t picked up her first release of BoA, buy it now on Amazon or iTunes!

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You can download the MV in HD here:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/w1y84r

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[Korea/America] YG Entertainment Destroys Se7en’s Career

According to YGWorld.net: The contract with Red Queen Media ended recently and YG’s saying they ended everything peacefully.

YG cannot understand why Red Queen Media has stated . Also YG’s saying that they’ve never received an offer for Se7en to work with Justin Timberlake. Se7en is not planning on doing any activities in Korea this year either.

Also Red Queen Media failed to fulfill all the contract details; the contract term’s over so YG didn’t renew the contract.

Reported earlier:

There has been a post quoting Red Queen Media that Se7en will have no other American activities, criticising YG Entertainment on Se7en’s American advance posted up on Allkpop on 9th July.

YG Entertainment said, “We contacted Red Queen Media, and have confirmed that whatever was stated was not the official stand of the company. And also about Se7en working with Justin Timberlake, this is the first time we are hearing about it.”

The content to the post on Allkpop wrote:

Red Queen Media stated

“Things were looking great for Se7en. Johnny Wright was going to co-manage his career, we setup deals for Se7en to record a collaboration with Justin Timberlake. We even had Se7en scheduled to sing the national anthem live at an upcoming Dodgers game, as well as present an award at the BET Awards show.

It’s really disheartening, we really felt Se7en was the best candidate to represent Asians in the US. We truly believed he would’ve been the first to break through the US market, especially with all of the collaborations and events we had lined up. It’s unfortunate that YG Entertainment turned down all of these opportunities, but we are still hoping for the best and that they come to the realization of how important this is for Se7en’s career.”

YG also said, “Se7en has worked on preparing for the American advance for 2 years, there is no way he will stop his American advance now.”

YG has also stated that the reason for Se7en’s return to Korea a while back is to settle personal issues, and have nothing to do with this rumours going around.

YG has expressed their response to this rumour as being ‘absurd’. There also also rumours saying that with this event, there has been much friction between Red Queen Media and YG Entertainment.

source: Kbites

[America] BoA Performed at the San Francisco Pride

BoA, the South Korean top pop star who is now active in the United States, performed on the Main Stage of the San Francisco Pride Monday amid thunderous applause from spectators.

She sang “I Did It for Love,” the flagship song of her U.S. debut album, “Eat You Up,” and “Energetic.”

The San Francisco Pride Parade is a festival held in June each year in the Californian city to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. It is one of the most famous and best-attended pride parades in the world.

BoA, 22, expressed satisfaction with her performance, saying it was a surprise.

“The SF Pride stage was a surprise itself. I had a good time there,” she said in a Twitter posting.

BoA, who is struggling to repeat her success in Japan in the United States, has signed a contract with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the No. 1 Hollywood entertainment agency.

Under the agreement, within North America CAA is representing BoA in all areas, including music, film and merchandising. The agency is mulling a U.S. tour in the second half of the year.

BoA released her U.S. album on March 17 amid high expectations.

Korea Times

[America] Wonder Girls’ US Debut MV “Nobody”

Here is thre official debut MV of the Wonder Girls in America. It’s the English version of their Asian hit “Nobody.”

Seriously, can JYP get any cheaper than this? I mean, come on, SM and YG managed to, at least, bring something new to the table with BoA and Se7en.  And what irritates me is that this MV is just dubbed in English T_T  They didn’t create a new one.  And the girls’ accent is just horrible. T_T

  1. What is Cha-cha?
  • Cha-cha, or charter change, is a conglomeration of processes that are involved in the revising and amending of the current 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.

A. History of Cha-cha in the Philippines

  • The issue was first presented to the Filipinos by former president Fidel V. Ramos. Back then, Cha-cha was vying for a shift in the form of government, from presidential to parliamentary. According to Ramos, Cha-cha will reduce if not prevent, the lags that the country experiences when it comes to legislative matters because it promotes “cooperative relationship between the executive and the legislative bodies.”
  • When Joseph Estrada came into position, Cha-cha focused on a different aspect – this time, it seeks to further liberalize the economic relations of the Philippines with other countries by discouraging protectionism, which he referred to as the “formula for failure in the global economy.”
  • The Macapagal-Arroyo proposal is the latest proposal for Cha-cha, and is the most outright and the most persisting attempt to change the constitution. The following are the proposed amendments which shall be done on the 1987 Constitution:
  1. The presidential government is deemed dysfunctional due to the inherent conflicts between the President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Cha-cha seeks to replace this with a unified parliamentary government and, along with it, reforming our electoral and political party system.
  2. Our highly centralized and ineffective unitary system should be changed into a federal system which will promote local and regional development and will bring the government closer to the people.
  3. Remove investment restrictions to foreign investors to encourage economic development, raise more revenues, create more jobs, and provide better infrastructure and public services.

B. The Process of Cha-cha

  • In accordance with the Article XVII, Section I and II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the only possible way to amend the present constitution is to assemble a body for the expressed purpose of framing a Constitution, or revising the Constitution, or formulating amendments to it for the approval of the electorate (constitutional convention), and through people’s initiative. The assembly must be proposed by at least three-fourths of the representatives from the lower house (Congress). By virtue of the Article VII, Section 4 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, “any amendments or revision of the Constitution will only be valid when ratified by a majority of the votes cast in a plebiscite.”

II. What is Neo-liberalism?

  • The main idea in neoliberalism is free trade, which points out that “competitive free trade” would automatically benefit all the nations concerned.

  1. Arguments for Neo-liberalism
  • The neo-liberals basically defend their argument by saying that international trade expands the market for goods and services (beneficial on the part of the consumers), aids in the creation of more jobs, and supports the dissemination of new technological advancements. Trade is integral to development and thus, getting rid of economic trade barriers will speed up economic development. Trade liberalization is after all, inevitable, perhaps due to globalization.

B. Arguments Against Neo-liberalism

  • The last three decades of continuous economic liberalization efforts has proved to be a failure. It has only created a more segmented, work and job short, debt-ridden national economy that is dependent only on the informal sector and the overseas labor market. Moreover, trade unions like the WTO have only been working on the interests of the developed countries by implicitly taking advantage of the developing countries who are no longer employing protectionism to their own economy (the end result on the part of the developing countries is exploitation).

III. The “Cha-cha Economic Initiative” and the Perpetuation of Neo-liberalism

  1. Facts
  1. During the Spanish colonial rule, the Philippines served as an “entrepot” for the free trade of goods between Spain and other Asian countries like China. It  remained as a colonial free trade center until the American regime.
  2. After the second World War (specifically in 1957), the Philippines was commended by the World Bank as the second best-performing economy in East Asia (after Japan).
  3. In the 1960s, there was a policy confusion: the Diosdado Macapagal regime was implementing an import substitution strategy which resulted to a $ 300M-debt from the International Monetary Fund to cover up for the budget deficits.
  4. The Martial Law was declared in 1972. It favored a labor-intensive, export oriented strategy over import substitution. The said strategy failed to industrialize the Philippines.
  5. The existing economic strategy was not enough according to the World Bank. In the 1980s, the structural adjustment program (SAP) was called for. The program seeks to implement trade and investment liberalization, privatization, and deregulation in the finance and agricultural sectors.
  6. The SAP was deepened and was propelled by the following administrations up to the present. The Cory Aquino regime passed Proclamation No. 50 (Asset Privatization Trust) which lessens the legal hassles of privatization of government-owned assets. The Ramos command opened up the financial and energy sectors in line with globalization. The Estrada rule put into action the Tariff Reform Program (TRP) which reduces tariffs and phases out import barriers.
  7. The Macapagal-Arroyo government is now pushing for a “Cha-cha economic initiative” which is working towards the full liberalization of the ownership of land and of foreign investments in the country.
  8. As of 2006, the total national debt is about 4 Trillion Php. If we include the public sector debt (local government borrowings, government corporations debts), the sum will be as much as 7 Trillion Php, which is 130% of the total GNP.
  9. The annual fiscal deficit is 200 Million Php. To cover up for these, the government borrows money weekly.

IV. Hypothesis: Cha-cha is a perpetuation of Neo-liberalism in the Philippines

  • Neo-liberalism, in its very essence, encourages the free movement of capital goods and services across countries through the elimination of trade barriers and import restrictions (II.A). The explicit economic side of cha-cha (Fact 7) basically states the same thing – trade liberalization is integral to economic development. Looking at the issue from this perspective, it can be said that Cha-cha is a perpetuation of neo-liberalism in the Philippines.
  • For many decades, neo-liberalism has taken on different forms, using different names (Facts 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6), under different administrations. Whether the proposed version of the Cha-cha of the Arroyo administration is persistent due to personal political reasons or whatever, the fact still remains that Cha-cha seeks full trade and investment liberalization of the Philippines (literally) and that in itself is a proof that Cha-cha is yet another attempt to  keep the neo-liberal spirit alive.
  • If we look at Fact 2, we can be led to wonder why the Philippines did not develop into a newly industrialized country when in fact it had a promising future in the 1950s. Considering the steps taken by the country in the past decades, we can then conclude that economic liberalization is not enough to propel an economy up to being developed (Fact 6). The Philippine economy has prioritized trade with other economies so much so that it has become dependent to external entities to survive (Fact 9). It did not learn how to stand on its own feet and now its government is clinging to what they profess as the last string that can pull us out of poverty, that is Cha-cha.

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Abueva, Jose Veloso (2005). Charter Change for Good Governance (Towards a Federal Republic of the Philippines with a Parliamentary Government. Marikina City, Philippines: Citizen’s Movement for a Federal Philippines (CMFP) and KC Institute of Federal- Parliamentary Democracy.

Congressional Planning and Budget Department (2003, February). A Reader on Charter Change. Retrieved 29 June 2009, from http://philsol.nl/L-ChaCha.htm

De Leon, H.S, (1997), Textbook on the Philippine Constitution, Quezon City Rex Printing Company

Delong, Bradford (2002). Globalization and Neoliberalism. Retrieved 29 June 2009, from http://www.j_bradford_delong.net/delong@econ.berkeley.com

Reject Cha-cha Organizing Committee (1999, June 23). Reject Pro-Foreign and Pro-Elite Agenda, Reject the Estrada Charter. Retrieved 30 June 2009, from http://philsol.nl/A99b/Reject-chacha-june99.htm

Shaikh, Anwar (2004, February). Neoliberalism. Retrieved 29 June 2009, from http://sanhati.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/

Tañada, Wigberto (2006). Nationalist Development Agenda: A Roadmap for Economic Revival, Growth and Sustainability, Fair Trade Alliance

[J-Rock] VAMPS to Perform at Otakon!

This will be Hyde’s second time since Laruku already performed here 5 years ago! ^^  Kyaaaa~

Otakon 2009 (taking place July 17-19 in Baltimore) has officially announced that rock band VAMPS will be making a special appearance at the convention.

Consisting of vocalist HYDE and guitarist KAZ, VAMPS announced previously that they would be touring the U.S. from July 11 to August 1. They were already scheduled to play in Baltimore on July 16, but had planned to leave right away for their following show in Seattle. However, in response to fan support, they decided to extend their stay in Baltimore to appear at Otakon on Friday, July 17, where they will hold a Q&A panel and autograph session.

More information will be made available at the Otakon website.

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[America] BoA Interviewed by NY1! ^^

My idol, BoA, was recently interviewed by Lewis Dodley of NY1 in America!  Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzaUNgYci38  You will see and hear that her English has improved immensely! ^^

Here’s also the article about it:

Korean Pop Star BoA Next To Seek U.S. Stardom
By: Lewis Dodley
Friday, June 19, 2009

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NY1’s Lewis Dodley profiles Korean singer BoA, an Asian pop star hoping to make it big in the United States.

Her name is BoA – and she’s wrapped around the hearts of millions of fans all over Asia.

In 2000 she released her first album at the age of 13 for SM Entertainment. It reached the top ten in Korea, but her company’s master plan called for something bigger.

One year later she moved to Japan, where she mastered the language and released “Listen to My” Heart.” It debuted at number one on the charts and made her a household name in that country.

Her second Japanese CD, called “Valenti,” sold more than a million copies and solidified her as a superstar. The singer was mobbed wherever she went.

“The first time I was in Tokyo, I just walked around,” BoA says. “After my first album came out in Japan, I couldn’t walk around that much.”

BoA’s star was also shining bright in Korea, as fans watched her grow up before their very eyes. And 20,000,000 records later, SM decided it was time for America.

More than 200 journalists from around the world were there for the announcement that BoA would make her debut in the United States.

“Every artist has dreams about the American market,” she says. “Yeah, I wanted to go to America and my company did to, so we think we’ve made a really good album together and now it’s happening.”

BoA teamed up with producer Sean Garrett, who churned out hits for the likes of Usher, Chris Brown, Beyonce and Whitney Houston. She debuted in America with the single “Eat You Up” – another deviation in BoA’s ever-changing style, produced by Henrik Jonback.

“In Asia I’ve sung ballads and mid-tempo songs, but for my first album in English doesn’t have any ballads so my fans may be a little bit surprised,” BoA says with a smile. “But I just wanted to focus on dance music for this album. And when I go back to Japan or Korea I have to make their style music, so I think that’s a little of the difference but I just want to keep my musical style.”

So after nine years of constantly evolving, which of her long list of songs best describes BoA?

“I like ‘I Did It For Love’,” she says. “But I feel like ‘Energetic’ describes me even more.”

Now only time will tell if that energy will pay off in the form of stardom in America.

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[America] BoA Exposed on “So You Think You Can Dance”


Your eyes are not deceiving you! BoA garnered some brief exposure on FOX’s hit dance show So You Think You Can Dance!! Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune were one of the bottom three couples of Week 1 performances and as a result, had to dance for their lives. What does this have to do with BoA? Well, Asuka Kondoh surprised all the BoA fans when she selected BoA’s ‘Did Ya’ for her dance routine! That short clip alone has immensely boosted the song’s popularity on iTunes just a few short hours after the show ended. It more than doubles the popularity of BoA’s current single ‘I Did It For Love’. So on behalf of all BoA fans, we thank Asuka Kondoh for choosing ‘Did Ya’ and hope that she continues to do well in the competition! You’ve made me a fan just from that! If you missed the short performance, Youtube is our best friend, so click here to check it out. Asuka’s solo dance starts at 2:07.

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