1st Gen Female Soloists - The Rate - Eliminations resume! #47 | The Popjustice Forum

1st Gen Female Soloists - The Rate - Eliminations resume! #47

Discussion in 'K-pop' started by Ana Raquel, Apr 19, 2021.

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    Hello! I’m glad you are here. I’m delighted we can be here watching how K-pop keeps growing and becoming more popular than ever. However, I’m here to focus on an era that is still overlooked by many K-pop fans: the 1st generation.


    The division of generations in K-pop is still unclear; some claim it ended in around 2000, others in 2003. There are also divisions that introduce the “generation 1,5”, which marks the transition between the 1st and the 2nd generations. For this rate, I decided to narrow down the songs in two ways:

    1. Only picking female soloists, which means no famous groups or male soloists. BoA was cut off as she already has her own rate. An icon though.
    2. All songs up to 2006 are eligible.

    Then, I divided between six huge/well-known names from that era (some are still known by today), each of them with 10 songs. Then, I added an extra section with 20 different singers who are one hit wonders, ex-girl group members, singers of OSTs for famous dramas, etc. All in all, we have 80 songs to rate. I tried to make it as diverse as possible sound-wise, so we have hip hop inspired tracks, eurodance inspired tracks, ballads, etc.


    Anyway, let’s start.


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    10 Minutes
    Hey Girl
    Remember Me
    Cleopatra
    Anymotion
    Anyclub
    Get Ya`
    Shall We Dance?
    Straight Up
    Anystar

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    Pupil
    Sad Expectation
    After Love
    Poison
    Invitation
    Don't Know
    Escape
    Go Away, Everyone
    Eternity
    Come2Me

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    Come
    Change
    You
    Joolae
    Crazy
    Half
    Dara Dara
    Ari Ari
    Follow Me
    Cheol-soo, I Love You

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    Lonely Love
    Breakup With Her
    Declaration of Freedom
    Bruise
    You Who Left
    Sword (Acoustic)
    If It's The End
    Solar Energy
    Funky Town
    Be Strong, Hyun Jung

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    Choice
    Burden
    Dash
    Sad Salsa
    Fall
    Emotion
    Smile
    No Love No More
    Ez do Dance
    Love Is Beautiful

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    Sky Blue Dream
    Steal Away
    Precious Love
    Go Away
    Coming of Age Ceremony
    Illusion
    I'm A Man
    Swan
    Can You
    DJ

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    So Chan Whee: Tears
    Yoo Chae Young: Emotion
    Chae Jung An: Letter
    Bada: Music
    Jang Nara: Sweet Dream
    Mina: Answer The Phone
    Park Jung Ah: Yeah
    Lexy: Ae Song
    Lee Soo Young: I Believe
    Jeon Hye Bin: Love Somebody
    Lena Park: P.S. I Love You
    Yangpa: Love of Very Young Person
    Suh Young Eun: Cocktail Love
    Gummy: Childish Adult
    Ivy: A-Ha
    Seo Yeon: In Summer
    Maya: Azalea
    Jang Yeon Joo: Something Special
    Jang Yoon Jeong: Oh My!
    Hye Kyoung Park: Confession

    PM-friendly list:

    Lee Hyori:

    10 Minutes
    Hey Girl
    Remember Me
    Cleopatra
    Anymotion
    Anyclub
    Get Ya`
    Shall We Dance?
    Straight Up
    Anystar

    Uhm Jung Hwa:

    Pupil
    Sad Expectation
    After Love
    Poison
    Invitation
    Don't Know
    Escape
    Go Away, Everyone
    Eternity
    Come2Me

    Lee Jung Hyun:

    Come
    Change
    You
    Joolae
    Crazy
    Half
    Dara Dara
    Ari Ari
    Follow Me
    Cheol-soo, I Love You

    Kim Hyun Jung:

    Lonely Love
    Breakup With Her
    Declaration of Freedom
    Bruise
    You Who Left
    Sword (Acoustic)
    If It's The End
    Solar Energy
    Funky Town
    Be Strong, Hyun Jung

    Baek Ji Young:

    Choice
    Burden
    Dash
    Sad Salsa
    Fall
    Emotion
    Smile
    No Love No More
    Ez do Dance
    Love Is Beautiful

    Park Ji Yoon:

    Sky Blue Dream
    Steal Away
    Precious Love
    Go Away
    Coming of Age Ceremony
    Illusion
    I'm A Man
    Swan
    Can You
    DJ

    Extras:

    So Chan Whee: Tears
    Yoo Chae Young: Emotion
    Chae Jung An: Letter
    Bada: Music
    Jang Nara: Sweet Dream
    Mina: Answer The Phone
    Park Jung Ah: Yeah
    Lexy: Ae Song
    Lee Soo Young: I Believe
    Jeon Hye Bin: Love Somebody
    Lena Park: P.S. I Love You
    Yangpa: Love of Very Young Person
    Suh Young Eun: Cocktail Love
    Gummy: Childish Adult
    Ivy: A-Ha
    Seo Yeon: In Summer
    Maya: Azalea
    Jang Yeon Joo: Something Special
    Jang Yoon Jeong: Oh My!
    Hye Kyoung Park: Confession

    YOUTUBE PLAYLIST

    There is not a Spotify playlist this time, because there are almost no songs there. fffff the way we lost.

    If any video is deleted on Youtube, please let me know so that I can replace it as soon as possible!


    Here are the rules:

    1. Score all the songs between 0-10. Decimals are allowed but keep it simple. In short:

    8,5 - allowed!
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    2. One and only one song may get your 11. Choose wisely!
    3. Commentary is not mandatory but appreciated. I actually would appreciate it a lot, because I might not have much information for writeups. At least, try to write something about your 11 and your scores under 3. (but again, it's not mandatory)
    4. Send your ballot to me in a conversation by JULY 15TH, 23:59 BRT. If you need an extension, let me know.


    Thank you for coming! I hope you can join us on this ride.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2021
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  2. I guess it's alright to post now!??!?!??!?!?!?!

    (please take part!!!!!)
     
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  3. And lemme first invite some users that aren't active on this subforum:

    @DJHazey @iheartpoptarts @Ezz - since the three of you are usually eurodance/techno supporters, there are some songs here I believe you guys might enjoy a lot.

    @Kneehigh Girl - I don't know if you take part in rates, but as you have an avatar of AVA, you might be into this?
     
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  4. Count me in! I've been familiar with Lee Hyori, Park Ji Yoon and Uhm Jung Hwa for years, but your initial announcement led me to check out a few of the other artists rated in the meantime. So far, I've loved what I've heard, so I'm looking forward to diving into these discographies and to getting to know all these soloists more! It has been one hell of a struggle to find many albums in the first place too fff


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  5. Ezz

    Ezz

    Thanks for the tag! Nice long deadline so I'm definitely curious, especially knowing your impeccable taste in song contest submissions! Could you tag me in any reminder posts please?
     
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    Slice of Life Staff Member

    I literally only know like 3 songs here fffffffff but YES, I WILL BE PARTICIPATING ♡♡♡
     
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  7. The rate of my dreams! I'm in!!!!
     
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  8. At first glance, I think I only know three songs here as well, but they're all total classics (Invitation, Poison and Coming Of Age Ceremony). Definitely curious to explore this era of K-Pop, so I will be participating.
     
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  9. Good news, we will have short write-ups! as it's what I can do with my lack of time organization.

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    (with gifs not made by me of course)

    Lee Hyori
    (이효리)

    Born on May 10th, 1979, Lee Hyori started her singing career in the girl group Fin.K.L, one of the most popular GGs of the 1st generation, along with S.E.S., and Baby V.O.X (later, you can add Jewelry to the group). Fin.K.L. was formed by DSP Media (also responsible for KARA and Rainbow). Fun fact: according to the reliable source wikipedia, Hyori was found at the mall taking sticker pictures with her friends. ddd she wasn’t her first for the group: Lee Soo-a (artist name: Annie Lee, was part of Tashannie with Yoon Mi-rae) first accepted to be part of the group but ended up leaving the group before its debut.


    The group disbanded in 2005, but Lee Hyori started her solo career beforehand, back in 2003. She released her first two albums under DSP Media; after that, she jumped from label to label: Mnet Media (now Stone Music Entertainment - fun fact: she was the highest-paid female singer in South Korea back then, receiving ₩2.2 billion/year), B2M Entertainment (Spica, Eric Nam) and Kiwi Media Group. Nowadays, she is the only Fin.K.L. member to have an active music career - the other members decided to dedicate themselves to acting.


    Hyori had a moment with acting when she debuted in 2005 in the tv drama “Three Leaf Clover”. However, the reception was… not so good. There was another drama, “Perhaps Love” that she acted in, but it was banned in South Korea after several occasions of violating advertising guidelines. There were even accidents while filming the show. Sis was not lucky in the acting career. She has successfully hosted several tv shows to this day.

    Songs we could have rated:

    Actually… she was the one that I had to look for album tracks to fill in the songs. Enjoy this Fin.K.L. song instead.



    Where is she now:

    She releases songs here and there. Her latest solo album, “Black”, was released in 2017. You can listen to her latest solo single below:



    That being said, she has taken part in two projects last year: SSAK3 and Refund Sisters. The former is a co-ed group with Rain, and Yoo Jae-suk. The most known song is “Beach Again”, but there were other song releases - many of them reminiscing of the “1st gen sound”. The latter is a girlgroup with Uhm Jung Hwa (coming up next), Jessi, and Hwasa. Only one song, “Don’t Touch Me” was released. Both groups were created on the variety show Hangout with Yoo, and, yes, they are related.





    Oh, Hyori was also #canceled by blinks after this statement a few months ago.


     
    Last edited: May 5, 2021
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  10. Yay another opportunity to post my favorite Lee Hyori songs.






    I just realized it has already been 4 years since BLACK. Hopefully a better new album is on the horizon.
     
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  11. Hyori was a grower for me. Didn't care for her at all when she made her solo debut, but by Animotion I was sold.
     


  12. we STAN a size queen!

    Waittttt half of the H-Logic album is up on Apple Music, must be all the tracks that weren’t plagiarised ddd
     
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  13. It annoys me so much that It's Hyorish isn't on Spotify where I live...
     
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    Uhm Jung Hwa
    (엄정화)

    Born in 1969, Uhm Jung Hwa is the oldest - and possibly the most well-known - of the main girls. I mean not every woman can be over 50 and still have a stable career in the still etarist k-pop industry. Not surprisingly she has become the role model to many women, including After School’s Uee and 2NE1’s Dara.

    Before joining the entertainment industry, her family did not live in the most favorable conditions; after the death of her father, when she was only six, they had to go through financial struggles.

    Her career started in the 80s, actually, as part of a choir. However, her first solo album was released in 1993, a year after her acting debut. She was already a reference by the mid-90s. Is this possibly an odd case, given that many artists first become singers before going acting? I might be wrong, as I don’t follow the acting scene.

    She has worked in over 20 movies - including 2020’s “Okay Madam”, plus dozens of TV shows. She has won several prizes of best actress (and one of best friendship dddd) in award shows. When it comes to music, she also has wins from MAMA, KMA, Golden Disk, Gayo Daejejeon…

    During her music journey, our star has jumped from label to label - Samsung, E&E, Nuri, EMI, Istar, YBM, Sony, YG, and Mystic. She has also two compilations… apparently released one year apart? That’s according to wikipedia, though; I’ve seen distinct dates in shops. sowhatsthetruth.gif.

    She has spent a long time on hiatus on music. Part of it due to her thyroid cancer, back in 2010. She revealed that, during the surgery, her nerves had been damaged, and part of her vocal cords had become paralyzed to the point she couldn’t talk for months. Gladly, she overcame this! Let’s celebrate that.

    Songs we could have rated:

    The first one that comes to mind is "Rose of Betrayal", from her third album. It even charted on Gaon!



    I thought of putting this one on the rate instead of "Steal Away", but ended up picking the latter because of diversity of sounds.

    Then, "Festival".



    A summer hit that is common in karaoke challenges.

    Last, but not least, "Cross", from one of her compilations.



    This one was PAINFUL to cut because it's an instant 10 if I ever see one. However, Hwa has released nine albums until 2006; eight of them are represented by one song. The exception was... invitation, which is being represented by... "Poison" and "Invitation"... so, in order to have "Cross" in, I had to cut one of her two biggest hits... yeah, it was not happening.

    Where is she now:

    Other than the movie we mentioned earlier, and Refund Sisters (see: Lee Hyori), she also released "Hop In", at the end of 2020, with PJ-fan favorite Hwasa and DPR LIVE.



    Right now, she is part of the second season of "On and Off", a tv show where it is shown the professional (on) and the private (off) life of the ones in the season. She has appeared in a few episodes, including the latest one, which aired yesterday!

    Enjoy a clip of our surfing sensation:

     
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  15. I was only familiar with her most recent album until last year when I took the dive into her discography. I was stunned by her evolution as an artist, and eventually found myself gravitating towards Self Control the most. An double album that doesn't feel like it overstays its welcome is not an easy feat.

    Overall, these two songs are probably my favorites:


     
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