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On My Playlist ~ Nemo [Taemin]

Truth be told, every song on Taemin’s Act One: Never Gonna Dance Again is in shuffle mode looping endlessly as I pass these quarantine days in this current work from home environment. It has been my constant companion since its September 7th release. At this point, I should simply succumb to the desire to gush over every track and am considering it because as far as I’m concerned, each deserves its moment in the spotlight. However for now, I choose to honor Nemo because in a recent commentary, Taemin intimated that it is his favorite track on the album.

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On My Playlist ~ Criminal [Taemin]

I do not throw the word ‘masterpiece’ around lightly, or even often. But I think SHINee fans, and specifically, Taemin stans, would agree that while Taemin repeatedly creates artistic masterpieces, he himself is one as well. Since 2 Kids, the pre-release from this third album, Never Gonna Dance Again, I have been entranced, enthralled and captivated by this brilliant young artist. The title track, Criminal, is a metaphoric masterpiece of being a willing victim of a criminal whose crime is an intense, painful yet magnificent love.

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On My Playlist ~ 2 Kids [Taemin]

So I took a quick look at the fangirl rule book and it seems there are no penalties issued for being a first generation fan of a second generation idol. Lucky for me as I seem to be turning into a repeat offender. Not too long ago I was discovered by Nu’est. Now it seems SHINee’s maknae Lee Taemin has located me. I am next to 100% positive that Taemin’s stalwart fans would stand proud, but not surprised, in knowing that 12 years post-debut, he still attracts new fans. With K-pop, I have been slow to win over in general, and while Taemin has a very robust discography both with SHINee and as a solo artist, his latest release 2 Kids sounded an alarm I was not able to avoid. I’m talking about the kind of alarm that wakes up the senses and triggers emotion kind of alarm.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 688

Today I felt like a fun, frolicking kind of fan-cam for Fan-Camming Friday. Now with the new year in full swing and the days remaining in G.O’s military service growing less and less, I cannot help but keep the mood here lively and uplifted. As you know I joined the fandom late and lost out on experiencing a lot of the interactions MBLAQ had with other groups that had debuted in and around the time they did. Even though I am not well-versed in K-pop history, I think it is safe to say that there was a camaraderie between the groups then that is not nearly as prevalent in the third generation idols of today. But, I could be wrong since I admit that I do not follow nor do I have any interest in the third generation. Fortunately, I can still visit that second gen camaraderie and share a little bit of it today from the Idol Sport Competition of January 2011 featuring our playful main vocal with SHINee’s leader, Onew.

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K-Poppin’


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If I had my K-drama moment the other day at the Coex Mall and the Bongeunsa Temple, then I had a bit of a K-Pop situation today when I hunted down (in the rain) S.M. Entertainment, JYP and Cube.  Let me get this out of the way first, I did not see any K-pop stars in the flesh.  I saw some reasonable facsimiles thereof.

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