Rest In Peace, Chester❤

It was July 20, 2017 and I walking around downtown Edmonton, while I was on vacation leaving for Jasper, Alberta the next day. I scroll through my Instagram and I suddenly see the headline, “RIP Chester”.

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In absolute shock and disbelief, I type into Google ‘Chester Bennington’, maybe it’s the wrong Chester. Nope, I read again the headlines and I burst into tears. I never cry for celebrity deaths because I don’t have any personal connection to these people, but Chester was different. He is the reason why I fell in love with rock music, because of his music I got through high school. He got a lot of teenagers of my generation through rough times. I have never been to a Linkin Park concert and I dreamed of the day I will see them perform on stage. The news were heartbreaking for me, I simply couldn’t believe it.

For those of you who have not heard of Linkin Park or Chester, Chester is the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park. Chester had powerful vocals that touched your soul, I personally feel like no one else can compare to him. Chester’s road to success wasn’t always easy, there were countless rejections from record label companies. In his early days, Chester was was part of a band called “Grey Daze” (1993), the band recorded three albums but in 1998 he left the band. It was struggle for him to find another band after leaving Grey Daze, however, Jeff Blue, now a vice president of A&R at Warner Bros., intervened to help the band sign with Warner Bros. Records. On October 24 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album “Hybrid Theory”

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As a side project in 2005, Bennington formed another bad as a side project called Dead By Sunrise, their debut album was released on October 13, 2009. According to online articles, . He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013, via their own record label, Play Pen.

To me he was one of the greatest vocalists in the rock music world, his vocals had so much emotion, a really distinct voice that cannot be forgotten.

Thank you Chester for existing and sharing your talent! You are missed so much! Please continue to support Linkin Park, I know one day they will come back, so when they do we will there waiting for them.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Source (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Bennington)

 

 

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Girls’ Generation 10th Anniversary!

Hello everyone,

As promised, I am back with more music posts and today’s post will be about Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD.

SNSD are a South Korean girl group who debuted on August 5, 2007 with their single “Into The New World”. The group has a long and successful career, however, that wasn’t always the case. In South Korea, boy bands were more dominant in the music scene at that time. When SNSD debuted, there were of course fans who cheered them on but in the beginning they were mistreated by the public. When the members attended a talk show in 2014, there talked about the famous “black ocean” moment from 2008. One thing you should know about Kpop fandoms is that they have a special colour and at their concerts fans hold up these lightsticks. For example, SNSD’s colour is ‘pink’, however, at that time as a form of protest the audience didn’t hold up their lightsticks or cheer for them.

The girls said this was upsetting for them, but they kept going! In 2009, they released their hit single, “Gee”, which was in a way a big breakthrough in their career. Their career skyrocketed from there and now they are known as the ‘Nation’s Girl Group’. Impressive, isn’t it?

SNSD had their ups and downs throughout the years, the biggest down was the departure of Jessica Jung in 2014. This was a big change for fans and the girls too, but SNSD and Jessica Jung seemed to have moved on and both parties have a successful career.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, SNSD released two songs, “Holiday” and “All Night” this week. Their promotion period for these two singles ends this week!

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How should I describe these two music videos? Oh, I know! Glitter, glitter and more glitter. The girls are having fun and literally partying in both music videos. “Holiday” is more upbeat, bright and funky. It is meant as a nod to the early days of their career and celebrating their Holiday aka their 10 year debut anniversary.

“All Night” tends to have a more mature theme, with a funky melody that makes want to find to most flashy clothes and go out to party. SM Entertainment also released a documentary version of “All Night” where all the member talk about how special SNSD to them and what these 10 years meant for them.

Congratulations Girl’s Generation on your 10 year anniversary!

See you soon with a tribute post about Chester Bennington!

 

I’m Back!!!

Hello everyone,

It’s been wayyy too long and I apologize for being away for so long, life has been a little tough on me lately and I had to take a moment to put the pieces back together. It’s not quite where I want it to be yet, but I’m getting there 🙂

If any of you remember, I had a very hard time figuring out what I wanted this blog to become. I read an article years ago about bloggers, and the importance of picking one topic to write about. However, I still wanted to write about various topics on my blog. It is my blog after all, I have the right to decide what I want to write about. Therefore, I kept going back and forth between topic to topic, introducing new blog titles, I was genuinely confused. So I took break from this blog to figure things out and I have come to a conclusion.

This blog will remain a music blog only, very soon I’ll change the design of the site and create a brand new banner. The name of the blog will be J’Adore Music! I started blogging in 2010 to write about music, that’s my biggest passion in life. I adore music, I listen to it everyday and if I don’t, then I feel restless.

With that being said, I created two separate blogs about lifestyle and my photography! I have the links down below, so please check them out and click the ‘follow’ button 🙂

My lifestyle blog will cover the following topics:

  1. Beauty
  2. Fitness & Health
  3. Travel
  4. Food
  5. Popular Culture i.e book & movie reviews
  6. Self – empowerment to inspire self-growth and gaining self-esteem

These are just a few of the topic I will cover on my lifestyle blog. On my photography website I will share my landscape, nature, urban and portrait photography. I am a photographer, and my journey began in 2007. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to pursue photography seriously. So I created an Instagram page for my work last year, and I had an amazing response from people and positive feedback. I felt so determined, and inspired to continue to improve my work. This year I attended an Insta photography meetup and I discovered a newfound love for portrait photography. It would mean the world to me if you could check out my website and click on the ‘follow’ blog.

So this wraps up the introduction to my other two blogs, it might be a bit too much to manage three blogs but I feel dedicated. The only thing I have to do now is create a schedule. However, for now I will invest a lot of time catching up on my music posts. I have a lot to share and I cannot wait to write about what I love the most, music!!!

Thank you for sticking by my side all these years, we’ve been together since 2013 and we are a team. I couldn’t do this without you all, who take the time to read my post and who were probably checking my blog while I was away.

I am back and I cannot wait to get started!

See you soon 🙂

Lifestyle Blog

Photography Website

Photography Instagram Page

 

 

 

 

Twice – Knock, Knock

There is no doubt Twice is newest girl group to rise to popularity, in fact, they are often compared to South Korea’s favorite group, SNSD. Now, I am not going to compare them to SNSD, because they have their own unique charm.

Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment from the talent competition show, Sixteen. They debuted on October 20, 2015 with their hit song, “Ohh Ahh”, following this single the girls have released  hit after hit.

Their newest single, “Knock, Knock” was released on Sunday, February 19 and in just three days the music video hit 16 million views. It also topped the Melon, Genie, Bugs and Mnet, within eight hours. I think it’s safe to say they are sweeping up to charts in a heartbeat. The song is presented as a sequel to their previous single, “TT”.

In the music video, the girls are having slumber party  and being silly with their friends. When they see it’s snowing outside, they rush out to have a snowball fight, but quickly realize the door shut behind them, being locked out. They rush to go and knock on the door, hence where the sequel part comes into play. In the previous single, “TT”, two children turn around to a knock at the door.

This song has a catchy and cheerful chorus, with their new eye catching “knock, knock” dance. I already have this on replay, will you?

See you soon!

PS. I am hoping that very soon I will be back to posting on a regular basis, however I am thinking about whether to go back to what this blog used to be. I used to post about various topics, I am still figuring it out so I will let you know what happens as soon as possible.

 

One Ok Rock Ambitions Tour 2017

 

Note: This is a super late post reviewing the One Ok Rock concert I attended on January 17th, my blogging schedule is lacking. I will work on creating a concrete schedule for posting blog posts on a regular basis, sorry about that everyone. However, I hope you still enjoy this post. 

Where do I even begin when I talk about One Ok Rock, they are simply one of kind and on the rise of stardom. I discovered One Ok Rock back in 2014 while watching the live action of Rurouni Kenshin Movie. The first song I heard by them was “Mighty Long Fall”, I thought it was best song I’ve heard in a long time.

I attended their tour in 2015 and when I found out they were coming to Toronto again this year, I knew I had to go. The concert was held at Rebel Club in Toronto, there were many people coming to see them perform along with new and old fans. The venue is 45,000 square feet, there are two floors, however, the top floor seemed more spacious. The venue’s location is not the best, it was slightly hard to find. If the concert is held at the same venue when they come to Toronto again, plan ahead and leave earlier. The lineups moved fairly quickly thanks to the well trained staff.

The concert began with an opening act from the band, Cruisers, I have never heard of them before that night. Even though they were not well known, many people enjoyed their music and I did too.

I cannot recall exactly how many songs they performed, but I believe it was around 5-7. Cruisers exited the stage around 8pm and we were waiting approximately 35 minutes for the crew to set up their stage, and do sound check. The anticipation could be felt all throughout the venue, all of us could not wait to see our favorite band on stage. Eventually, they came out on stage opening with their song the show with, “Taking Off”. The song list for the concert is as follows:

  1. Ambitions (Introduction)
  2. Taking Off
  3. Take Me To The Top
  4. Deeper, Deeper
  5. Clock Strikes
  6. Decision
  7. Hard To Love
  8. Bedroom Warfare
  9. The Beginning
  10. I Was King
  11. Take What You Want
  12. We Are
  13. Mighty Long Fall

Taka (vocalist), Toru (guitarist), Ryota (bassist) and Tomoya (drummer) had so much energy, they knew how to make the audience excited to rock out to their music. I observed each member of the group and they performed with a passion, it was wonderful to see how much they love what they do for a living. One of the things that always impresses me about Taka is his vocal range and stamina. He sounded stable all throughout his songs, running and jumping around on stage. My favorite songs from the concert were “We Are”, “Taking Off”, “The Beginning” and “Mighty Long Fall”. However, I was strongly anticipating to hear “We Are”, I love the passion in Taka’s voice when he sing the lyrics talking about staying true to who you are and never giving up.

After seeing One Ok Rock performing twice, once in 2015 and again this year I can tell they seemed more comfortable and even more energetic to be on stage. They are growing their fanbase, and they are becoming even more prominent in the music world. I love their music because the melody, the lyrics and the way Taka sings touches my soul. It makes me feel encouraged, energetic and happy. Taka sings 100% live and in this day and age of auto-tune, it seems rare to see that. The price of the tickets were reasonable, and not overly expensive. However, that may not last for too long because they are become more and more popular.

They are making their U.S. debut and have already signed a contract with Fueled Ramen Records. I hope one day I get to see them perform on the Grammys 🙂

With that being said, I will conclude this concert review with sharing some live performances and music videos from One Ok Rock.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Goodbye Wonder Girls

When I first got into Kpop, thanks to PSY, I was searching for other Kpop artists and I discovered Kara and Wonder Girls. These two girls groups led me to finding out more amazing Kpop musicians.

This week I woke up to the news I didn’t want to read, Wonder Girls are officially disbanding. I’ve heard and read rumors about their so called disbandment, but I disregarded it because they had a successful comeback. Why would a group disband if they did well? It was upsetting to read the news, especially when I’ve been listening to their music since 2012. That’s a long time.

For those of you who haven’t heard Wonder Girls, they are a South Korean girl group who debuted in 2007 with their album “The Wonder Years”. The original members of the group were Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye, Yeeun and Hyuna. Hyuna was not part of the group for too long, due to problems with chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells. However, Hyuna ended up being part of another popular Kpop band, 4 Minute which also disbanded last year. Following Hyuna’s exit, in autumn 2007, the talent agency Good Entertainment sent their trainee Yubin to JYP Entertainment to replace Hyuna. Yubin made her debut in their popular music video, “Tell Me”.

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The original lineup! Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Hyuna and Sunmi.
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Group lineup, after Hyuna’s departure! Yenny, Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye and Yubin.

Wonder Girls have quite a legacy in South Korea, they are known as one of the top girl groups in the Kpop industry, along with other legendary groups. Wonder Girls had a tremendous success, very quickly they began to release chart topping hits like “Tell Me”, “So Hot” and “Nobody”. They were unstoppable and ready tot take over the world with their music. In 2009, it was announced they would go and try to breakthrough the US music market. They debuted with an English version of their song, “Nobody” and recording a new album. In that same year, JYP announced Wonder Girls will be joining the Jonas Brothers on tour. Considering their successful career, there have been a number of member lineup changes. In 2010, Sunmi postponed her music career to pursue her academic career, it was not certain when she would return to JYP again. Following her departure, Hyerim (Lim) a JYP trainee was chosen as Sunmi’s replacement. The group continued to promote their music, while actively working in South Korea and America.

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Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Yubin and Hyerim.

In 2012, Sunye announced she would be getting married in January 2013! JYP, the CEO of the JYP Entertainment announced the group would go on hiatus. Many fans feared the group will disband, but JYP reassured there was not such thing. On June 24, 2015, it was announced the Wonder Girls would be making a comeback as a band. Yet again, more lineup changes happened with Sunmi returning to the Wonder Girls and Sunye and Sohee ending their contracts with JYP Entertainment. On August 3 2015, they released their comeback album, “Reboot”. To this day this is one of my favorite albums by the Wonder Girls, with their 1980s inspired tunes. The girls took their talent one step further by learning to play an instrument, compose and write their own songs. “Reboot” was a successful album earning a number five spot of the Gaon Album Chart and number two on the Billboard World Albums. Following the success of the their previous album, the Wonder Girls released a new single, “Why So Lonely”, in the summer of 2016.

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Final member lineup. Yenny, Yubin, Hyerim and Sunmi.

Now it is time to say goodbye! There are many questions as to why the group is disbanding, some have stated it is because JYP invests more time and money to promote newer groups. Yubin and Hyerim have renewed their contacts, while Sunmi and Yenny did not. According to some reports, Sunmi and Yenni are meeting with new agencies to continue working as musicians and hopefully continuing their activities as the Wonder Girls. It’s not certain how that would work out, considering they might be with different companies. Nevertheless, I know they will do what’s best for them and their career.

We are saying goodbye to ten wonderful years with the Wonder Girls, they have left behind wonderful music and memories. I may have not followed them from their debut days, but I am happy I got to know them before their disbandment. The girls will be releasing their final single on February 10.

Good luck and thank you for everything Wonder Girls, you were wonderful! We will miss you.

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Top 10 Songs of 2016!

Hello again everyone,

I wanted to also share with you my list of my favorite songs from 2016, there are so many but I hope you enjoy my picks

   1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer

The Chainsmokers are definitely my new favorite musicians, every song they released so far has been to my liking!

2. Sia – Cheap Thrills

Addictive melody, well written lyrics and amazing dance performance by Maddie Ziegler, Sia never disappoints me.

3. Dj Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love Your

I have replayed this song more than I should, I’m usually not a fan of Justin Bieber’s music, but this collaboration with Dj Snake is my favorite.

4. Ariana Grande – Into You

Ariana Grande outdid herself this year with releasing more mature album with a mature sound, I love her new work and this song is probably the best one from the entire album.

5. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Bruno Mars really know how to produce a track that will make you want to get up dance, 24K Magic is exactly that.

6. John Legend – Love Me

7. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This is What You Came For

8. Rihanna ft. Drake – Work

9. Britney Spears ft. G-Eazy – Make Me

10. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Thank you for reading, I can’t wait to see what new music will be released in 2017 🙂

Happy New Year everyone and I wish you great health, happiness, success and peace of mind for 2017! Thank you spending another year with me, your support means the world to me 🙂