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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 47

Back in 2017 (not long after their debut) A.C.E collectively had a cameo appearance in the Korean Drama Age of Youth 2. No huge stretch for the guys as they were portraying an idol group. I recall back in my MBLAQ days there was a drama special about an under-appreciated housewife who discovers an idol group and becomes a fan of the group’s rapper played by MBLAQ’s Lee Joon. In becoming his fan, she finds all kinds of new joy in her life. Okay, sure . . . silly premise but I have to say I enjoyed it – probably because it hit close to home. But, I digress. My point is, our idols often segue into acting by essentially playing a version of their own self. And so it was in Age of Youth 2 when Donghun (along with his A.C.E brothers) portrayed a member of the idol group, The Fifth Column.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 10

Just as not all actors can sing, not all singers can act. But what I have found in Korean entertainment is that there is lots of crossover. Many who act can sing and indeed, many who sing can act. Donghun has shown up in a couple of dramas which I am sure I will chat about here in the coming days ahead; but to kick off a little sub-series I would to call Actor DH, I am going to opt for something cheeky and fun. Like the time he told the hosts of Weekly Idol that he could make himself cry even while singing an upbeat song. Ok then, have at it Mr. Lee!

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On My Playlist ~ Do or Not [Pentagon]

The beauty of being part of Pentagon’s Universe is knowing that nothing  (and I mean, NOTHING) gets in the way of them releasing consistently good music, especially in the wake of hiatuses. In fact, I am not sure Pentagon even allows the word hiatus into their vocabulary. I suppose therein lies the beauty of a group with many members as, even when one or two are away, the music keeps coming. And let me point out that neither quantity, and more importantly, quality, are ever sacrificed in the wake of it. On March 15th, Pentagon dropped their 11th (yes…11th) mini album, Love or Take, with the effervescent and cheeky title track, Do or Not. And let me tell you, effervescent and cheeky is exactly what I need right now.

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Playlist Roulette ~ Can You Feel It 감이 오지 [Pentagon]

When I sat down and was ready to see what the pull for the week would be for this edition of Playlist Roulette, I thought to myself that I could really use a bit of a banger as it were to help burn off some of the anger, disbelief, and embarrassment of the events of last week here in the US. I also needed something to bring me back to my safe and happy place that is K-pop. Pentagon’s Can You Feel It [감이 오지] came to the rescue.

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Playlist Roulette ~ Retro Future [Triple H]

Here’s a K-pop quiz for you: Name a collaboration or subunit, past or present, that has the level of sexy, sparky,  and steamy chemistry as Triple H’s Hyuna, Hui and Dawn (formerly e’Dawn). I could not decide on just one adjective so I had to use them all. This week, the Strictly Korean playlist shuffled out the trio’s funkadelic old school track, Retro Future, from their second EP release, Retro Futurism, and I was immediately transported back to the early days of hip hop.

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On My Playlist ~ Daisy [Pentagon]

The year 2020 is going to be remembered for many things, a lot of which is not so good. But on the K-pop front in way of new music and comebacks . . . there is where I have found a silver lining. With so many comebacks all happening pretty much simultaneously, it’s hard for a mature (translation: old) fangirl to keep up. Pentagon was one of many that came back in the month of October and in my opinion really stood out with the title track Daisy from their tenth extended play album WE:TH.

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