Monday, 14 December 2015

DEAR SANTA Bring Me Some MIRACLES IN DECEMBER!

Hello
An nyeoung
Konnichiwa
Ni hao


We're back to K-pop this week and if you're a K-pop fan then you know from the title what this post is all about, this week we have a mash up of two albums: Girls Generation-TTS' new comeback Christmas special Dear Santa and EXO's first Christmas album Miracles in December.

I'm going to start with EXO's Miracles in December because as I'm writing this I have it on (it's been a while that I've listened to it). Released 9th December 2013 this was EXO's closing album for the year and was described by SM as a special winter album and like all their other albums this too came out in both Korean and Chinese (I only have the Korean version) with the cover of the Korean being white and the Chinese red. In Japan the albums sold was 36,264 copies with the Korean version selling 24,530 copies and the Chinese version selling 11,734 copies, while in Korea the albums sold was 528,044 copies with the Korean version selling 328,727 copies and the Chinese version selling 199,317 copies making a total of 564,308 copies sold.

As they have done before on the 2nd of December 2013 SM released a teaser for the Music video and as you can hear it's a Christmas ballad, check out the teaser now.
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I'm not really one for a Christmas ballad as I love Christmas songs to be high in energy and make you feel all festive and excited for the big day but I can't deny the beauty of this song it may only contain the vocals of the 3 of the 12 members (at that time) but to me they have the strongest vocals and are often seen as the main vocals of their respective units. The MV shows Baekhyun, D.O & Chen (the Chinese version swaps D.O for Luhan) in performance mode while the other members are shown preparing gifts and thinking of the girl they love. The first time I watched this video I won't deny that by the end I was crying and whether you speak Korean or not you'll get the message from the MV which to me is no matter who you are or where you are, we all have a loved one that we can no longer spend Christmas with. I love the whole setting for this MV and I just hope the scenes outside were with actual snow as that adds even more beauty to the MV. EXO have just released their second Christmas album which again the lead single is a ballad with many fans taking away that the track Sing For You is their way of closing the chapter of 12 members with 3 scenes being said to be about Kris (Sehun in space meaning galaxy), Tao (Suho & Chanyeol fighting I'm assuming because of his martial arts background) and Luhan (the members playing basketball), EXO haven't had the best year but things can only look up for them. Check out the MV's below.
Miracles in December - Korean version
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Miracles in December - Chinese version
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Sing For You
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I love the layout of this album, the case is a box case like their Overdose mini album but this one has a 3d effect to it with the group picture on the front layered onto the case. The colour theme is red and green (the colours of Christmas) and throughout the booklet EXO are sharing some of their Christmas wishes that would indeed be a miracle if they came true, each member is dressed the same with their hair being styled the same too.

Track List:
12 월의 기적 (Miracles in December)
Christmas Day
The Star
My Turn To Cry
젓 눈 (The First Snow)
12 월의 기적 (Miracles in December) Inst.













Baekhyun

Luhan

Kai

L-R Chanyeol & Lay

L-R Xiumin & Sehun

Luhan

L-R Tao & Baekhyun

L-R D.O. & Chen

Sehun

L-R Lay & Suho

L-R Luhan & Kai

Xiumin

L-R Chen & Chanyeol

L-R Suho & Tao

Kris

L-R Baekhyun & Kris

D.O.

Album credits



D.O. Snow globe card

Check out all the tracks below
12 월의 기적 (Miracles in December)
(By uyutea)

Christmas Day
(SBSMusic1)

The Star
(By xoxo_xoxo)

My Turn To Cry
(By uyutea)

젓 눈 (The First Snow)
(By uyutea)

Now it's time for Girls Generation-TTS's comeback for this year, after a sad year for Sone's with Jessica's departure, Girls Generation came back stronger than ever with Party, Lion Heart and You Think to check out their group comeback click here, then TaeYeon released her solo mini album in October, this month saw the return of the groups sub unit TTS, you could say it's been a busy and successful year for the girls with each release being a hit.

On the 30th of November SM released the first teaser for TTS's winter special album and lead single Dear Santa hinting that the track would be a Christmas ballad, showing them in stunning red gowns and teasing their beautiful voices, check out the 1st teaser below:
Dear Santa teaser 1
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On the 1st of December SM released another teaser this time with a more upbeat track and showing this girls in a new outfit, I love the outfit in this teaser. SM also revealed that there were two versions of the track that would be released at the same time with the girls releasing both a Korean version and an English version, they also revealed that SeoHyun had a part with writing the lyrics. Check out the 2nd teaser below:
Dear Santa teaser 2
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On December 3rd SM finally dropped the music video for Dear Santa and it has to be my favourite Christmas for this year, I've not really been a fan or recent Christmas songs but this one hit the nail on the head and like many other people that watched the MV was taken by surprise with how the track progressed, you think it's a stunning ballad but then Tiffany takes it to another level and the track becomes an upbeat Christmas track. I normally prefer the version I hear first but lyrically I prefer the English version as to me it sounds more Christmassy, there's nothing I dislike about either the MV or track, check out the music videos below:
Dear Santa - Korean version
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Dear Santa - English version
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I love the layout of this album it's absolutely gorgeous and very Christmassy, the album came in two version a red version and a green version, I got the green version and I'm glad I did as it's a deep green and with the red writing makes it feel more Christmassy than the red. I love that SM have created a little Christmas tree with the TTS. On opening the case I couldn't help but smile at the glossy green booklet and fold out card picture of the girls with both pictures in black and white, the CD is also green with a red TTS tree. The pictures within the booklet are stunning with the girls having 5 different themed shoots. The first theme being an all white look with fluffy jumpers and lace shorts and all posing with white Christmas lights. The second theme is a more mature and sophisticated look wearing a black lace pencil skirt and white pussy bow blouses. The third theme saw them in a more childlike light with them wearing pastel coloured cardigan style dresses with matching coloured socks with them all having their hair pulled back. The fourth theme took on a more casual look with them all in cami tops and denim shorts/jeans, these pictures were also used by SM as individual teaser shots of the girls. The final and fifth theme to me can only be described as a 90's girl group look, when I saw these pictures especially the shoes all I could think was The Spice Girls with their hair in pigtail buns. All the pictures were stunning and showing off their individual personalities.

Track List:
Dear Santa
I Like The Way
겨울을 닮은 너 (Winter Story)
Merry Christmas
젓눈 저럼 (First Snow)
Dear Santa (English version)





L-R TaeYeon, SeoHyun & Tiffany



TaeYeon

Tiffany

SeoHyun

Tiffany

L-R SeoHyun & TaeYeon

Tiffany

SeoHyun

L-R SeoHyun, Tiffany & TaeYeon

L-R TaeYeon & Tiffany

SeoHyun

L-R SeoHyun & TaeYeon

Tiffany

L-R TaeYeon & Tiffany

L-R TaeYeon & SeoHyun


L-R TaeYeon & Tiffany

L-R SeoHyun & TaeYeon

SeoHyun

L-R TaeYeon & Tiffany

L-R SeoHyun & Tiffany
Tiffany

TaeYeon

L-R TTS TaeYeon, Tiffany & SeoHyun

TaeYeon

Tiffany

SeoHyun

Tiffany

TaeYeon

L-R SeoHyun & Tiffany

TaeYeon


TaeYeon

Tiffany

SeoHyun

L-R SeoHyun, Tiffany & TaeYeon



L-R TaeYeon, SeoHyun & Tiffany

Album credits

SeoHyun photo card



Check out all the tracks below.
Dear Santa Live
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I Like The Way
(By LoveKpopSubs16)

겨울을 닮은 너 (Winter Story)
Owned by SM Entertainment

Merry Christmas
(By SBSMusic1)

젓눈 저럼 (First Snow)
(By Girl Group Lyrics)

Dear Santa (English version)
(By Soshi Lyrics)

Both of these albums are good Christmas/winter releases but I have to say my favourite has to be TTS's and that's not because Girls Generation are my favourite group I just think in general Dear Santa is a better album and it has more of a Christmas feel to it, plus I love the layout of Dear Santa.

What's your favourite track from Miracles in December?
What's your favourite track from Dear Santa?
Comment below.

See you soon!


An nyeoung
Sayonara
Zai Jian
Bye

1 comment:

  1. I love christmas songs too. There's something about it that makes me just happy.
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