5 K-R&B Artists You Need To Listen To

I have been into K-pop for over 6 years? (Maybe more), since my primary school days. I will never forget the hit songs like ‘Gee’ and ‘Nobody’ has brought to my childhood. I still remember binge-watching SNSD music videos all the time in 5th Grade.

However, sometimes I get bored of listening to the generic K-pop music. They are all catchy, has a good beat and always have the same lyrics. K-pop is more of the kind of music which you stop listening after a month.

Therefore, there are so much more in Korean Music that is yet to discover!! The R&B music there is amazing! And here are just a few recommendations to start your exploration in k-music!! 🙂

1)Zion T.

lShEZUDBI think most of you guys will know this guy. Because he’s one of the most famous R&B artists in Korea and internationally. With his hit track ‘Yanghwa Bridge’, his career was high ever since. Each track he releases tops the charts and are quality! They are soo nice to listen to and his voice is mesmerising.

He is known for his infamous sunglasses wherever he goes and performs. His songs aren’t catchy at your first listen, but give it time, it will grow on you!

 

Here are some of my favourite songs from him!

Yanghwa Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLUvHUzd4UA

Eat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibb5RhoKfzE

No Makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqcte1r3aiQ

*Basically all his most famous songs heehee but his album ‘Eat!’ is very good and all the songs are soo good!*

2)Crush

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Who is this cutie pie!? (hahah fangirl mode on!) Yes, this is my favourite R&B artist in K-music, he’s called Crush. He’s only 24 and debuted at 20.

He has an amazing voice and his songs are all self-composed (pure talent!). He’s friends with Zion T. and they were shipped together for a long time (because they were in the same company) but ever since Zion T moved to YG ent., they became distant 😥

(Hence the song ‘Empty’ by Zion T)

I really enjoyed his album ‘Crush On You’, his most recent album ‘Interlude’ was great as well!

 

Here are some of his best songs:

Oasis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SX7W1IfJw

Whatever You Do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvicp2UysY

Sometimes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN4EusA9zmE

Sometimes (Baek Yerin Cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtJTcnyGZ04

Woo-ahh: h

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3) Eddy Kim

Eddy-Kim-01 Here is an artist who is more on the acoustic side of R&B. Eddy is known for his appearance in the survival show ‘Superstar K4’ as one of the finalists.

He is know for his delicate sweet voice and his guitar skills. All his songs are self-written and are the perfect songs to listen to when you’re chilling or reading a book. It’s just so relaxing.

I often find myself listening to him in the dark before I go to sleep, like a lullaby (hahha)

 

Some of my favourite songs from him:

The Manual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4mH2KvzUQ0

Slow Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIG5BPyjDlw

My Lips like warm coffee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjWMQyZXm20

Coffee and Tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3owhJfYZXGQ

4) Sam Kim

13000185_1069845593079474_1808322313633333864_n  This is a rookie artist and just debuted this year . Sam Kim was originally from Seattle in USA and came over to Korea to participate in the survival show ‘K-pop Star 3’, and he finished second!

He’s only 19 and has a lot of talent. He is known for his extensive guitar skills and his soft voice. On stage, he has a lot of charisma. (fan girl alert for those dimples!)

Due to the reason that he has just debuted, not a lot of people has heard his music and I would say he’s underrated for his talent. Therefore, please give him a listen!!

 

Some of his best songs:

No Sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TnK6iitTYg

Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiCIDEWVwWU

Since he doesn’t have that many songs out yet, here are some covers he did 🙂

That xx (G-Dragon): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDV8p5wwguI

Englishman in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR-_41ntgK0

5) Lee Jin Ah

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Last but not least, our only female R&B artist in the list! (Shows that I’ve such a soft heart for boys ahha)

I wouldn’t say that Lee Jin Ah’s is proper R&B but she is definitely contemporary R&B artist, with acoustic elements as well.

She also participated in ‘K-pop Star 4’ and finished third!

She is known for her high-pitched and cute voice. Her voice is very distinct but at the same time very soothing. Her piano skills are also no joke!

*She also just debuted this year, so doesn’t have that much original songs*

Here are some recommendations:

Time Please Slow Down (Keyboard version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c84p7Gm2uSA

I’m Full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB57Dss5XG4

I love you song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haOgUkBHxz8

Sing the Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4diiYCvptJw

 

I don’t know if some of these artists are truly R&B style but still, I find them very relaxing to listen to.

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My First Concert Experience

Yesterday, I was able to see the legendary band Coldplay in the Wembley Stadium. Despite the masses of people and long hours of wait until they came up, it was an amazing experience.

Through this concert, I finally understand why people say that live performances are always better than watching a concert through a screen. The whole aroma, the whole atmosphere is just completely different. It’s not only you and your computer, but with 10,000 other people enjoying the same music. The thoughts of that is just amazing.

It was not the fact that I was able to see Chris Martin and the whole band up close, but the fact that everybody was there for a sole reason: to listen and enjoy the music they love. Despite our different backgrounds, from a teenager to a middle-aged woman, we all have one common interest: we all love Coldplay. The fact that people unite for music is just amazing.

It was also a rainy Sunday, and to be very honest, it wasn’t the best weather to be holding a concert. However when the lights turned on and the music turned up, everybody was instantly in a good mood. I can never forget the cheers when ‘Viva La Vida’ came up, the emotion and gratitude we had for these 4 people, making music to motivate us to get through our lives.

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Can we just take a moment and appreciate Chris Martin 🙂

Even though the concert was over and everybody was waiting to get out, there was still the cheering sounds and the singing of the melody of ‘Viva La Vida’. Naturally, everybody joined, it was such an emotional scene, we were all connected together because of Coldplay. Through this concert, I have truly understood the power of music.

I don’t think I could have asked for a better first concert experience. Coldplay was the perfect match, their songs were motivating and unique, they are different from the mainstream artists. They have something special that makes everyone appeal to them, this aroma around them, I can’t explain it.

I will never ever forget when the yellow lights that lit up across the whole stadium when the song ‘Yellow’ was playing. Let’s hope my second concert will top this one! haha 🙂

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Procrastination??

Exams.. the most dreaded event in my school years, very interesting how school arrange these horrible things in your life… What is the purpose? Make us study even when we’re supposed to relax? All the distractions, internet, social media are things that distract me from my so called ‘revision timetable’ Is it because our brains are always attracted to things we like doing??? Why can’t I just sit down, do a couple hours of studying and then relax for a bit? Why do I have to look at my phone every second even though nothing is happening? It’s frustrating because it’s so hard not to do it..

Even when I’m studying, I think about how much more I have to do, and how I’m never going to cover all of the syllabus before exams, I freak out, have a mental breakdown, and then back to Facebook.. 2 hours later, I’m still on Facebook, for some reason, forgot that I’m behind and continue until it’s time for me to sleep. Why can’t I be disciplined? Why is procrastination so powerful.. Our human minds in some situations are never in our favour.

I wish.. that I could love studying, I would embrace that everything I learn is to broaden my ‘horizon’, I wish I could think of school work as fun. But how can you love something when people around you hate it, it influences you to not like it either. The memes on Facebook, the messages of teenagers my age complaining about how school sucks, these all make me think that school is negative. People think school is a chore, but it’s really not.. I’ve thought about this lately, school is actually where you create most of your happy memories and experiences, you learn how to socialise, meet friends, go on school trips, complain about how bad your life is, make fun of teachers… There are actually a lot of good aspects of school. It’s not just a place of torture and education, it’s actually a place to get a taste of what society is like.

If you fail your internal exams at school, it’s not the end of the world. It’s a good mistake, and you can evaluate what you did wrong and improve your way of revision for the next set of exams. However, you only have a few of these chances before the real public exams come. Public exams are a whole different subject, they matter, they sculpt your future, that is what fears me the most. I haven’t done any yet, and the fact that it matters, scares me. When I look back at the previous exams, I regret not doing more work, regret procrastinating. However, when I’m revising now, I’m still doing the same thing. Is it because I’m used to it? Used to not working and suddenly have to start doing it on a daily basis? Why am I so lazy!!!!

It is going to be hard not to procrastinate, but I think of it as dieting. Dieting is hard at first, forcing yourself not to eat that bowl of french fries two inches away from you, but after a few weeks of perseverance, you start to get used to it, and that bowl of french fries doesn’t appeal that much to you. I think procrastination is a slightly worse version of dieting because it’s soooo hardddd!! Therefore, before I pick up my phone, before I decide to scroll on my feed on Facebook, I think twice. Is this going to benefit my future? Is it actually that important to miss out on the world’s irrelevant gossip on celebrities? Do I actually care about what the Kardashians are up to? The answer is often no, so I just.. stop.. 😛 (it’s actually not that easy, trust me)

 

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Beginner’s Guide: Makeup

I’ve recently fell in love with exploring makeup, and am kind of obsessed with it 😛 It’s not that I want to cover up my imperfections or really want a makeover, it’s just that I love the satisfaction when you look in the mirror and see a different side of you.

It is such a fun thing and is great for bonding with friends as there is just so much to talk about.

Of course I’m not a professional makeup artist, so therefore these things are just in my personal point of view.

Here is a list of what I would recommend if you’re starting off your makeup bag.

BB cream

NIVEA-BB-kremi-001I personally started off with the Nivea BB cream. I always find foundation very thick and cakey on your face, so BB cream is a good substitute. It is lighter in texture and also moisturise your face at the same time, as well as giving good coverage.

Also, they are about 7-8 pounds each, which is affordable and lasts you a long time.

Other good BB creams: Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream, Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream

Concealer

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You can either buy stick or liquid concealer. Personally, I started off with the Love Fille Nude face concealer which I bought in Japan. It is a stick concealer and I find it is more dry on the face. If you would want your face to be more highlighted, I suggest you buy a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone, which would bring out your features more. I also feel that a liquid concealer has more coverage than stick ones but stick ones are more convenient and easy to apply.

Price Range: £5-8

Other good brands: M.A.C, NYX concealers (has colour cancelling ones as well)

Eye Shadow

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If you starting out eye shadow, it will be good if you start of with a palette with nude colours, whether it is a shiny or matt. Once you master the nude colours, you can experiment with more bold colours such as blue, grey and pink. There are a lot of variations within nude colours, and can be the basis of a lot of simple eye makeup.

This is the palette I started off with (Kate Tokyo Brown Shade Eyes) and it does wonders!! You can achieve a natural and smokey look with only these 3 colours.

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Price range: £7-12

Other really good palettes: Too-faced Chocolate bar palette, Sleek Divine Eye shadow Au Natural

Eyeliner

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You have two choices here: liquid or pencil. As a beginner, I find using a pencil is much more easier to master than liquid. Having a pencil eyeliner means that you can control how dark you want your eyeliner to be, therefore can achieve a more natural look.

I highly recommend buying an eyeliner with a thin tip (just a like a felt tip pen) because it’s easier to refine your lines and vary them as well.

Price range: £5-10

Other brands: Revlon Eyeliner, Maybelline precise eyeliner

Mascara

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Part of the Maybelline’s Collection

Now for mascara!! The most important finishing touch to your eyes!

I recommend using a lash curler to make you lashes longer before applying mascara, because it does add to the effect.

I personally think that Maybelline has the best range of mascaras and cover a lot of looks.

I wanted to achieve a more natural look so am using the Colossal Volume Mascara and it’s very good, the effect is very subtle but effective.

The mascaras that have a bend curls your lashes even more, enhancing your eyes even more. (Perfect for smokey eyes looks)

Price Range: £7-10

Other products: Rimmel London Super Curler

Lips

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NYX liquid lipstick collection

The photo on the left is the NYX liquid lips collection. Liquid lip stick’s colours are more prominent (I find) and are easier to blend as well.

I would recommend to use darker colours for the winter and brighter colours for the summer.

These are very convenient but can sometimes be a bit messy.

Other brands: Kylie Jenner Lipsticks, Megalast

 

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M.A.C Lipstick collection

Ordinary stick lipsticks are very handy and are much softer on the lips.

You can always use lipstick as your blusher and just blend it out. (It actually works!)

They are also easier to apply and dry out quicker than liquid ones.

It would be good to at least have one stick lipstick in your makeup bag, maybe in the colour that goes with the majority of your looks.

Other brands: Cyber Colours, Estee Lauder (any drug store brands)

Price Range: Really varies depending on which brand you have but usually you can get the cheapest from £1.

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This is all for my recommendations. I think this is a decent amount you could start off with. Hope you have found this useful! xx

In terms of contouring and highlighting, I think it is better to explore this later on when you have mastered the basic eye shadowing, applying foundation etc.

If you want a good starting brush kit, the Real Technique‘s brush kits are very good quality and also are sold at a reasonable price 🙂

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The First Phone Call From Heaven

 I’ve recently read the book called ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’ by Mitch Albom. I just wanted to review on this book, my thoughts on the message the book delivers. (Apologies to the ones who haven’t read it) I have to admit, it’s not one of Mitch Albom’s best books (strongly recommend ‘The Time Keeper’)

 The whole book illustrates a story about a small area in America called Cold Waters and it all started with a normal woman called Tess who received a phone call from her dead mother, and the story proceeds when we find out that there are other people who have also received these phone calls. However, the protagonist Sully is determined to decode this mystery because he doesn’t believe in this ‘madness’ because he too had scars from his dead wife who was killed because of him.
 The message from this book is that faith is a very dangerous thing, we may believe in something that is completely false, in terms called ‘false hopes’. The phone calls in this book are a sacred false hope to the people, a proof that heaven exists, and people go mad about it. The story actually progresses to the point where people go mental and do whatever they can to receive the phone call from heaven, proving that religion can manipulate our minds and persuade us to do anything. Personally, I think these false hopes should be stayed as it is, even though they might all be nonexistent, it gives believers a purpose to live, something they can hold on to, so it’s better to let them be. Because the truth is cruel, it breaks the circle you have created after years of believing. We can see this in the book, the truth can crush people, like they have lost their sense of being, like believing into a lie. I also think these false hopes can create fantasies for people to escape for reality, when the characters from the book first heard from their dead relatives, they were in shock, emotional, relieved; they were relieved that their dead relatives are safe, they were emotional because they missed them so dearly, they were in shock because they were speechless about this miracle. Believing in heaven is what heals us on earth..
 I have false hopes as well, I believe that there is a world in the other side of the parallel universe where life wasn’t complicated, where I will have no worries, where I will be loved and not be forgotten. But of course, it’s just a dream that I hold on to, the ideal life I hope for, though it might just be a dream, it gives me a target and imagination. I think everyone is allowed to have a belief and a dream, everyone deserves an imaginary portal to let out their feelings and dreams through.
 I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, please support and leave a comment about your dreamland 🙂