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Keep On Ratin': The SM Girls VS Rate (#27: A scandal happens!)

Discussion in 'K-pop' started by ajmkv, Mar 14, 2017.

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Which SM girl will emerge victorious?

  1. Luna

    11 vote(s)
    45.8%
  2. Taeyeon

    4 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Tiffany

    5 vote(s)
    20.8%
  4. Amber

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. Seohyun

    5 vote(s)
    20.8%
  6. One of the other ones~

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. Eric Nam

    6 vote(s)
    25.0%
  8. Jessica

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Y'all ready to shake that brass?

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    Unfortunately, our dear @Alouder98 has had to pass along the reins of this already iconic rate, and he made the (questionable?) decision to pass it on to me, the resident villain and shade queen of the K-PJ subforum. For me, this will be a challenge in being impartial in the face of some interesting musical choices, while for you it will just be another opportunity to show some love to our lovely SM solo girls.

    We've decided to create a new thread so that I can update the title and the result posts myself, so make sure to keep checking for new updates here!

    But who and what exactly are we rating? Let's let our cyst-in-SM-stanning herself, Alouder98, educate us once more on the exploits of Taeyeon and her acolytes:

    Hiiiiiiiiii K-pop hunties!


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    Let's start this rate that I've had in my mind since 5-6 months ago. I genuinely love most of these girls and their EPs and have listened to them numerous times since their release. All the girls went with something that they liked to be as solo artists and that's a noticeable factor that made these mini albums enjoyable and you can easily find some gems among the album tracks, which is not a common thing in K-Pop these days. I have some write-ups about each album which I will post during the rate. Let's have a quick view about the history of these EPs.


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    SM Entertainment started giving an opportunity to some of his girl group members to show themselves as soloists in 2015. ( Unfortunately) He started with f(x) member Amber in February with the Beautiful EP and lead single Shake That Brass. Amber herself co-wrote all the songs and it was a successful (commercially of course, I'm not talking about quality) start for SM to continue this project.


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    1. Beautiful
    2. Shake That Brass (feat. Taeyeon)
    3. Love Run
    4. Heights
    5. I Just Wanna (feat. Eric Nam)
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    Taeyeon, who became the most successful among these girls, was the second to release a mini album, I, in October. Her vocal ability and her huge GG fan base made the EP the best selling album of the month and won her some awards, music shows, and big sales numbers.


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    1. I (feat. Verbal Jint)
    2. U R
    3. Stress
    4. Gemini
    5. Farewell
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    The number of solo SM girls increased in 2016 and my girl, Tiffany, became the third girl who got the chance. She (obviously) received less success than Taeyeon but she nonetheless received positive reviews from US critics, Billboard named I Just Wanna Dance as the 7th best K-Pop album of 2016, and it had a good commercial run until that mess that I don't want to talk about and y'all know it.



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    1. I Just Wanna Dance
    2. Talk
    3. Fool
    4. What Do I Do
    5. Yellow Light
    6. Once In A Lifetime
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    In the same month, SM gave the chance to another f(x) girl, Luna, who's EP, Free Somebody, was seen as an unexpected move from her image as a ballad singer. This garnered her more critical acclaim than album sales, which is more important in my eyes.


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    1. Free Somebody
    2. Breathe
    3. Keep On Doin
    4. I Wish
    5. Galaxy
    6. My Medicine
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    I's success made SM greedy for another successful EP and who could be better than the girl that had the experience before? Taeyeon released an EP which showed a different musical side of her and continued slaying with title track Why.


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    1. Why
    2. Starlight ( feat Dean)
    3. Fashion
    4. Hands On Me
    5. Up & Down (feat. Hyoyeon)
    6. Good Thing
    7. Night
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    My underrated girl Seohyun started working on her EP in 2016 for a couple of months but released Don't Say No in January of 2017. She accepted the responsibility of writing all of the album tracks and her EP went to #1 on Gaon albums chart


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    1. Don't Say No
    2. Hello (feat. Eric Nam)
    3. Magic
    4. Lonely Love
    5. Love & Affection
    6. Bad Love
    7. Moonlight
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    From news that we had earlier this year, Krystal wanted to debut this month but then SM denied the news and pushed the album back, which made me include the other Jung sister, Jessica, who released her EP in 2016.


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    1. Wonderland
    2. Dancing On The Moon
    3. Celebrate
    4. World Of Dreams
    5. Beautiful
    6. Tonight
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    Extras
    These are other solo singles from SM Artists, and include Taeyeon's newer singles and Jessica's single from her first EP.
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    Yoona - Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway
    Hyoyeon - Born To Be Wild
    Hyoyeon - Mystery
    Seohyon x Yuri - Secret
    Taeyeon - Rain
    Taeyeon - 11:11
    Tiffany - Heartbreak Hotel
    Jessica - Fly (feat. Fabolous)
    Taeyeon - I Got Love
    Taeyeon - Fine
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    Rules
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    - Rate all the songs with a score between 0 - 10
    - Only one song may receive your 11 as your favorite song
    - Decimals are allowed
    - Commentary is encouraged and appreciated!
    - Please use the pm-able list in the next post to send me the results



    We are keeping the old deadline of March 19th before 11:59 PST.
    Make sure to send your results to me, @ajmkv , via PM!



    Spotify playlist~
    1. Beautiful
    2. Shake That Brass (feat. Taeyeon)
    3. Love Run
    4. Heights
    5. I Just Wanna (feat. Eric Nam)

    1. I (feat. Verbal Jint)
    2. U R
    3. Stress
    4. Gemini
    5. Farewell

    1. I Just Wanna Dance
    2. Talk
    3. Fool
    4. What Do I Do
    5. Yellow Light
    6. Once In A Lifetime

    1. Free Somebody
    2. Breathe
    3. Keep On Doin'
    4. I Wish
    5. Galaxy
    6. My Medicine

    1. Why
    2. Starlight (feat. Dean)
    3. Fashion
    4. Hands On Me
    5. Up & Down (feat. Hyoyeon)
    6. Good Thing
    7. Night

    1. Don't Say No
    2. Hello (feat. Eric Nam)
    3. Magic
    4. Lonely Love
    5. Love & Affection
    6. Bad Love
    7. Moonlight

    1. Wonderland
    2. Dancing On The Moon
    3. Celebrate
    4. World Of Dreams
    5. Beautiful
    6. Tonight

    Yoona - Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway
    Hyoyeon - Born To Be Wild
    Hyoyeon - Mystery
    Seohyun x Yuri - Secret
    Taeyeon - Rain
    Taeyeon - 11:11
    Tiffany - Heartbreak Hotel
    Jessica - Fly ( Feat Fabolous)
    Taeyeon - I Got Love
    Taeyeon - Fine
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  2. Nine girls stand before me...
    but only one can be...

    SM's
    Top
    Solo
    Girl.


    But who will it be?


    Will it be...
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    The powerhouse vocalist and leader of Girls' Generation?
    Adored by millions and reviled by a fair few, Taeyeon has managed to carve out
    a very enviable niche in the South Korean market, releasing an almost endless
    amount of crowd-pleasing ballads and mid-tempos that make tons of money.
    As popular as she is, it seems like she unfortunately hasn't stepped it up musically... or has she?
    Will she be able to keep our attention or, much like Taeyeon herself on half of her album covers,
    will we decide that snoozing is a much better way to spend our time?

    Songs in the rate: 17 (!)


    Or will it be
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    The only full-time soloist in the rate and SM traitor?
    The first of these girls to join SM 17 long years ago, Jessica divided fans
    and the general public alike when she decided to leave/was kicked out
    of Girls' Generation. On the one hand, you have OT9 shippers who insist
    Jessica is still coming back one day... and on the other, you have people who
    would rather pretend she never existed. So will she prove to us here that she
    can hold it down on her own? Will she take out her SNSD sisters and snatch the throne?
    Will her dulcet tones seduce even the most bitter of us unnies,
    or will the Ice Princess leave us... cold?

    Songs in the rate: 7


    Or will it be
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    The beautiful, shampoo-promoting actress?
    After joining SM in 2001, Yuri has proven once and again that looks will take you
    a long way, booking CFs, TV appearances, and film roles left and right.
    However, given that this is a rate for music, you may ask: what exactly is Yuri contributing?
    With only one song in the rate, will Yuri come out of nowhere and show us
    that we have no right to sleep on her? Or will we be as unbothered as all
    the greasy-haired heathens that slept on Secret?

    Songs in the rate: 1 (and it's not even a proper solo, oops~)


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    The polarizing queen of questionable taste?
    Amber is probably one of the most popular K-Pop celebrities worldwide (and she's not
    even Korean - break those Borders, girl!) while at the same time managing to elicit,
    for lack of a better word, extreme reactions of distaste from her naysayers.
    However, Amber has managed to rise above it all, releasing quite a bit of material
    in the last two years, all while staying true to herself. Admirable.
    Will we all collectively Shake That Brass to her solo output
    or will we find that her material is all sass and no class?

    Songs in the rate: 5


    Or will it be
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    The cute-as-a-button Pan-Asia superstar?
    Did you hear about YoonA, though? I heard she does makeup commercials... in China.
    YoonA has become a household name all around Asia, helping to promote
    various brands with her effortless beauty and charm. She's had so much success,
    actually, that she has branched off and released a successful EP in China, releasing herself
    from the shackles of the rest of SNSD. Sadly, we're not rating that cute little release here,
    and YoonA has to prove herself to us with one song only.
    Will YoonA charm her way into our hearts or will she be nothing more than
    a beautiful face in this rate?

    Songs in the rate: 1


    Or will it be
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    The fierce dancing and rapping diva?
    Hyoyeon has had to bear the brunt of unfair line distributions in Girls' Generation
    for many years - oftentimes her vocal contribution to a song will be mere seconds,
    while Taeyeon gets more than a full minute of vocal time.
    However, Hyoyeon has proved that she is a more than capable dancer, going on
    several television shows and showing off her moves, and recently
    she has begun to show off her solo flavor with a couple of releases where she
    isn't limited to a couple seconds of rapping... she actually mostly sings!
    Will Miss Terry herself be able to dance her way to success in the rate,
    or will this success remain just that, a Mystery?

    Songs in the rate: 3


    Will it be
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    The vocal queen and star of f(x)?
    For years, it has seemed like Luna is overshadowed in f(x). Even though
    her contributions are substantial, her bandmates seem to get all the attention.
    Who expected Luna to release one of the most flawless minis of 2016?
    When it came out and most people went into a temporary stupor caused
    by the sheer power of her music, did anyone feel like we were blindsided?
    The sweet OST singer showed a new side to herself, and she
    garnered much critical and (most importantly) KPJ success.
    Will she continue to prove that she's the true critical darling
    or will she find herself in a galaxy of unfair low scores?

    Songs in the rate: 6


    Or will it be
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    The scandal-ridden, ad-lib loving, creator of bops?
    Miss Stephanie Hwang gets a lot of hate from everyone. First, people hate
    her peppering Girls' Generation songs with her cheesy English one-liners.
    She's been the subject of witchhunts in Korea due to her Instagram posts (when
    will your fave ever?) People also seem to take an issue with her vocals - let's leave it at that.
    However, what Tiffany has proved time and time again is that she can release
    stone-cold bops. Her first mini was another of the great 2016 releases,
    and she managed to taste some of that delicious critical and commercial success
    outside of Girls' Generation, which must have been satisfying.
    Will her vocals soar or will they make us rip out our earpieces during this rate?

    Songs in the rate: 7


    Or will it be
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    The lovable and talented Maknae?
    Seohyun has always had obvious talent, and she made this extremely evident
    when she released her first solo material at the beginning of 2017, showing a complete
    divergence from her releases with Girls' Generation. Not only that,
    but she also composed 6 of the 7 songs included. She also managed
    to reach the top of the charts with her mature-sounding new music.
    She's come a long way from the sweet girl who auditioned
    for SM in 2003 singing children's songs.
    Will Seohyun earn her spot at the big girls' table,
    or will she have to go back to the playpen?

    Songs in the rate: 8


    Find out soon who will bop,
    who will flop,
    and who will come out on top.

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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2017
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  3. Results

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    An introduction to our contestants.
    Eric's introduction.
    Confessionals: 1234
    Eliminations: YoonaAmberYuriEric
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    52. Amber - Shake That Brass (feat. Taeyeon) // 2.95
    51. Hyoyeon - Born To Be Wild // 3.82
    50. YoonA - Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway (feat. 10cm) // 4.43
    49. Jessica - Tonight // 5.11
    48. Taeyeon - Farewell // 5.25
    47. Jessica - World Of Dreams // 5.32
    46. Taeyeon - I (feat. Verbal Jint) // 5.32
    45. Jessica - Fly (feat. Fabolous) // 5.48
    44. Amber - Beautiful // 5.70
    43. Taeyeon - U R // 5.75
    42. Amber - Heights // 5.82
    41. Amber - I Just Wanna (feat. Eric Nam) // 5.95
    40. Jessica - Beautiful // 5.95
    39. Taeyeon - Night // 6.11
    38. Taeyeon - Rain // 6.20
    37. Taeyeon - Up & Down (feat. Hyoyeon) // 6.21
    36. Tiffany - Once In A Lifetime // 6.34
    35. Taeyeon - Gemini // 6.36
    34. Amber - Love Run // 6.53
    33. Taeyeon - 11:11 // 6.54
    32. Jessica - Celebrate // 6.89
    31. Yuri & Seohyun - Secret // 6.89
    30. Tiffany - Yellow Light // 7.00
    29. Luna - My Medicine // 7.00
    28. Taeyeon - Hands On Me // 7.04
    27. Seohyun - Hello (feat. Eric Nam) // 7.05
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    Albums:
    8. Amber - Beautiful // 5.39


    Still in the running:
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    xx. Stress
    xx. Why
    xx. Starlight (feat. Dean)
    xx. Fashion
    xx. Good Thing
    xx. I Got Love
    xx. Fine
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    xx. I Just Wanna Dance
    xx. Talk
    xx. Fool
    xx. What Do I Do
    xx. Heartbreak Hotel
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    xx. Free Somebody
    xx. Breathe
    xx. Keep On Doin'
    xx. I Wish
    xx. Galaxy
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    xx. Don't Say No
    xx. Magic
    xx. Lonely Love
    xx. Love & Affection
    xx. Bad Love
    xx. Moonlight
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    xx. Wonderland
    xx. Dancing On The Moon
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    xx. Mystery

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    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
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  4. One more just in case.
     
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    Would you like those of us who've already sent in scores/comms to re-send them to you? (i still need to actually listen to Fine so you'll be getting a PM from extra ol' me regardless).
     
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  6. @Alouder98 has already sent me the scores he's received, so there's no need to send them again! I'll be tagging everyone who I've received votes from in one of the posts.

    Can you guys believe I'm actually finally running a rate after 7 years on this forum, it took me this long. I feel so accomplished. Thank you Alouder98!
     
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  8. Expect my scores at the very last minute unnie! My work is eating me alive hjalp!!!

    I'm ready for you to shade all of us! Yath!
     
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  9. Unnie, this wouldn't even be a rate without you, so I'm excited to receive your votes!
    (And speaking about work, don't sweat it - I'm currently in the classroom writing this. I am the teacher. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ )
     
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  10. Me to your students:

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    I'm rating Amber's mini album now........

    I'm sorry Amber fans.
     
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  11. I am going to tackle this tonight... or tomorrow. It will get done! Amber's music, generally speaking is.... a series of choices.
     
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  12. I'm still deciding on the 11, so you'll probably get another PM from me. I'm just excited I actually listened to some K-pop!!!
     
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  13. I started doing this and I truly never get tired of Free Somebody. What a perfect pop track.
     
  14. I actually downloaded Amber's album, and it's sitting there in my music library. On my phone. Mocking me.
     
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  15. I didn't want to do this because versus rates are always a disaster (I mean, so are single artist rates, but at least those only attract their fans and don't incite stan wars), but I have to participate to save Amber's Beautiful (the song) from last place and from everybody's taste.
     
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  16. Also this is the Amber bop y'all didn't know you needed
     
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  17. Annyeong unnies!
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    There are around 48 hours left before the deadline, and I'm just making sure y'all remember!
    Let me know if you're still taking part in this! (And if you are and have already let me know... better safe than sorry~~ The more the merrier, etc etc.)
    @He
    @Vesperly
    @Slice of Life
    @junglefish
    @ryan_riot92
     
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  18. Annyeong unnies!
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    There are around 48 hours left before the deadline, and I'm just making sure y'all remember!
    Let me know if you're still taking part in this! (And if you are and have already let me know... better safe than sorry~~ The more the merrier, etc etc.)
    @Blayke
    @ThighHighs
    @Salami
    @GeiPanda
    @Rainbow Trousers
     
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  19. Annyeong unnies!
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    There are around 48 hours left before the deadline, and I'm just making sure y'all remember!
    Let me know if you're still taking part in this! (And if you are and have already let me know... better safe than sorry~~ The more the merrier, etc etc.)
    @eccentricsimply
    @ohnostalgia
    @Deja-Boo
    @Ceir
    @Aries
     
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  20. I'm almost done with the scores! Every mini has one 10 each, except Luna's which has four (and a 9.4 average but I'll admit I'm heavily biased towards her.)

    Meanwhile
    Amber's average is higher than Taeyeon's
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