What We Are Listening To: “Rising Sun” by TVXQ!

 

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TVXQ! (also billed as Dong Bang Shin Ki/DBSK in Korean and Tohoshinki in Japanese) was a five member group from 2004 to 2010. In 2011, the group continued with two members (Jung Yunho – U-Know, and Shim Changmin – MAX). The group is known for their harmonies and sensual dance moves, and “Rising Sun” choreography is one of the group’s more dynamic musical and visual accomplishments. 

“Rising Sun” is from the group’s second Korean studio album and was also featured in an American film. In a review of the album, Pop Reviews Now asserts that “Rising Sun” “is one of DBSK’s most technically-challenging and most remembered songs and for good reason.” Every member’s vocal or rap ability is highlighted, with Changmin’s signature range/ note-holding on display. As a note to the longevity and importance of this song, the two-member group continues to perform it live.

View the visuals and hear the vocals of five-member TVXQ’s “Rising Sun”:

 

And two-member performance, as well:

Sources

DBSK – “Rising Sun.” Pop Reviews Now. 28 Jul 2014. http://popreviewsnow.blogspot.com/2014/07/dbsk-rising-sun.html (25 Feb 2020).

Kpopcorner2. “DBSK [Mirotic Concert] – Rising Sun.” YouTube. 10 Feb. 2010. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bLxrl5NRfM (25 Feb 2020).

laura bustamante. “TVXQ! – Rising Sun – Special Live Tour T1STORY in Seoul.” YouTube. 15 Jun 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEQ7ICbYhYg (25 Feb 2020).

Let KPK Introduce You To…The Use of (Gospel) Choirs

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

The use or application of the (gospel) choir aestethic or sound is a staple in popular Western music, and the artists who have used the imagery or sound go from rock  and pop to rapIn an essay discussing how the African-American creative and cultural tradition of gospel music is preserved or transformed as it moves around the globe, Burnim links the original context of gospel music and its role in the African-American community to its unexpected introduction into American mainstream music (solidified by creative and consumer success markers):

As a genre that came to most strongly define the worship of the vast majority of African Americans regardless of denomination, gospel remained largely in the domain of African American congregants — that is, church folk — until the late 1960’s, when Edwin Hawkins released Let Us Go into The House of the Lord, with its ever-popular single “O Happy Day” unexpectedly hitting the radio airways, claiming unparalleled chart success and subsequent sales in excess of one million copies… (2016, 471)

While gospel music is primarily the vehicle by which African-Americans practiced aspects of their religion, it is also a form of music that has close ties to the continent and cultures of Africa. With those multitudes of cultures come expanded channels of creativity, and you can hear those elements in gospel music, including:

  • call and response
  • syncopation
  • cross-rhythms
  • improvisation (Rucker-Hillsman, 2014)

Noting links to commercial success and the musicality imbued in the gospel choir,  international artists have also incorporated the sound into their music.

Let’s take a look at the gospel choir’s entry into K-pop:

Artist: Jonghyun

Press Play to Hear “할렐루야 ” (Hallelujah)” from Jonghyun’s album Base (released January  12, 2015).

In a 2015 interview, Jonghyun noted that he did not originally intend to have a choir but that his interest in gospel music spurred him to update the arrangement. 

Jonghyun documents choir members recording the background vocals for “Hallelujah.”

Works Cited

Burnim, M. (2016). Tropes of continuity and disjuncture in the globalization of gospel music. In S.A. Riley & J.M. Dueck (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities. Oxford University Press (pp. 469-488).

Rucker-Hillsman, J. (2014). Gospel music: An African-American art form. Victoria, BC, Canada: Freisen Press.

 

Let KPK Introduce You To… Rob Base and Vanity 6 (A Mash-Up)

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

A recent Rolling Stone article discusses the major thread of American R&B in Kpop music. A producer notes the attraction towards the genre, sharing, “Korean pop music likes differentiation and changes,..the average American song is four melodies, maybe five. The average K-pop song is eight to 10. They are also very heavy in the harmonies. The one-loop beat doesn’t work over there…” (Leight, 2018)

Well – we stan complexity.

In this edition of “Let Us Introduce You To…” we showcase a song that highlights how that nostalgic R&B feel is built in Kpop by using numerous beats, harmonies, and even rap cadence to hook listeners by producing a new sound that simultaneously feels familiar. 

Artist: SHINee

Press Play to Hear “Lock You Down” from SHINee’s album The Story of Light EP 3 (released June 25, 2018).

Lock You Down’s beats echo…

Artist: Vanity 6

Press Play to Hear “Nasty Girl” from Vanity 6’s album Vanity 6 (released August 11, 1982).

Learn more about Vanity 6 – a girl group that was produced by Prince.

SHINee Minho and SHINee Key’s rapping cadence echoes…

Artist: Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Press Play to Hear “It Takes Two” from Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s album It Takes Two (released August 9, 1988).

Learn more about Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, and read about how this song became a classic!

Happy Listening!

Works Cited

Leight, E. (2018, May 2). How American R&B songwriters found a new home in K-pop. Rolling Stone. Retrieved from https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/how-american-rb-songwriters-found-a-new-home-in-k-pop-627643/ 

 

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Fault Lines in Transcultural Fandom

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Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor of English, Longwood University

A recent clash of opinions over the status of Kangin, a member of the Korean pop group Super Junior, exposes fault lines that can occur with transcultural fandoms.

SM Entertainment issued a statement about Kangin’s recent DUI accident.  Not satisfied with the common period of self-reflection that typically follows a scandal,  a group of Korean fans created a petition to have Kangin leave the group entirely. Citing Kangin’s previous drunk driving incident and other controversies, the fans argue that Kangin’s continued presence will damage the group’s reputation:   “We see this series of acts not benefiting Super Junior’s image and career at all. Instead we view them as actions that only cause damage. From our position as fans who support Super Junior, we cannot help but discuss this issue that will influence their image greatly” (soompi).    However, comments on soompi’s Facebook post for the story reveals criticism of those who support Kangin’s departure. This is typical of several posts:  “Not true fans of Super Junior, if they want Kangin to leave the group.”

Such opinions reveal fault lines in the fandom that fall along lines of national identity. The original petition was brought by members of the Korean community site DC Inside, which cannot be accessed by those outside of Korea. While all who support Kangin’s departure are not Korean, the non-fan and anti-fan characterization of those who do certainly applies to the Korean fans who created the petition. Such statements overlook the contextualization of these fans. Operating within Korean culture, they reveal the danger they see to the reputation to the group, which plays differently inside of Korea than it does outside of Korea.  Subtly, fans who criticize the Korean petitioners ignore the Korean context and unwittingly impose their own cultural expectations.

Bertha Chin and Lori Hitchcock Morimoto argue that transcultural fandom offers “the possibility that a fannish orientation may (at times) supersede national, regional and/or geographical boundaries” (99). This certainly describes times when the transcultural fandom is in agreement. However, controversies often reveal how national perspectives inform how fans interact with one another over a controversy. Fandoms contend with notions of authenticity generally, creating hierarchies to determine who is a “real” fan. However, a scandal seems to make these existing fault lines even more pronounced.

With no in-depth knowledge of the petitioners, some fans question their identity as real fans. This is particularly odd given the history of the E.L.Fs, or Everlasting Friends, the Super Junior fandom. These fans reportedly have a history of taking action surrounding the membership of the group. Reportedly, they protested at SM Entertainment when it appeared the agency planned to add additional members to the group. Others have suggested that E.L.F’s pooled their money to buy SM Entertainment stock to become stockholders and have a say in such decisions. Documentation of such events are difficult to locate, but such stories point to the tendency for this particular fandom to be deeply concerned about the membership of the group. Moreover, given that this is a Korean pop group, it is intriguing that fans largely outside of Korea would question the fan identity of the petitioners.

Sources:

Adrian. “Some Fans ‘Abandon’ Kangin; Ask Him to Leave Super Junior.” hellokpop. 26 May 2016.

Chin, Bertha and Lori Hitchcock Morimoto. “Towards a Theory of Transcultural Fandom.” Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies. 10.1 (2013): 92-108.

Soompi. “Do you think 슈퍼주니어(Super Junior)‘s Kangin should leave the group?” Facebook. 26 May 2016.

kokoberry. “SM Entertainment Releases Official Statement About Kangin’s DUI Accident.” soompi. 24 May 2016.

kokoberry. “Super Junior Fans Petition for Kangin to Leave Group.” soompi. 25 May 2016.

 

 

It’s a K-pop Thing(Link)….

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

University of South Carolina Lancaster

You’ve finally convinced a friend/co-worker/parent/spouse/transit-seat partner/random stranger that your favorite group is worth taking a closer look at, and *gasp* they’ve asked a K-pop Fan Gateway Question (while feigning nonchalance): “which one is [member]”?

As a K-pop fan, you already know this game: such a question is already an indication that the questioner would like to know more…way more. But you don’t want to overwhelm them with information – rather, just give them a comprehensive overview of the group or member. You know…to “satisfy” (read: further ignite) their “casual” curiosity. To prepare for this moment – and help emerging K-pop fans everywhere – what can you do? Where can you send them?

Try ThingLink.

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Make K-pop artist overviews featuring websites, videos, and more using ThingLink.

ThingLink is a web and mobile application that allows its users to create interactive images and videos for use in social media, on websites, and more. Users can augment photos with links to websites, videos, audio, and more.   After images/videos are posted to ThingLink, community users can search for images and “Touch” (like) other interactive images and videos, too.

If you make ThingLinks for several groups from different entertainment companies, consider organizing them by Channels – a feature in ThingLink. You can also decide what you want everyone to see by choosing if your TLs will be public or private. One drawback: if you want browsing users to locate your work, you’ll need to make a title that has the search term(s) you think people will use since ThingLink doesn’t really make use of traditional hashtags as a finding aid.

ThingLink is free and also offers expanded options for different fees. It is available on Google Play and the App Store!

Here’s a ThingLink I made for …well, you know…(drag your mouse over the image to interact with it):

Enjoy!

P.S. Taemin is on second left. You know, in case you were wondering…casually. 🙂

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Iconiq (Ayumi Itō)


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Iconiq (Ayumi Itō) Source: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/50130925/ICONIQ.png

 Name

  • Iconiq (伊藤 亜由美 Itō Ayumi)
  • former stage name: Ayumi

 Debut

 July 3, 2006

 Status

 Active

 Label

  • Starworld (2002-2006)
  • SM Entertainment (2007-2009)
  • Rhythm Zone (2009-present)

 Fan Name

 None

 Origin of Fan Name

 N/A

 Official Website

iconiq.jp

 Related Websites

 N/A

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Official Fan Color: 


Awards

52nd Japan Record Awards: New Artist


Television Appearances


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Kiss & Cry


Light Ahead


Tokyo Lady


Compilation: I’m Lovin’ You // Change Myself // Bye Now!

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   잘못된 만남 (Wrongful Meeting (Digital Single cover of Kim Gun Mo) (Novembe 7, 2006) (Starworld Entertainment)

  1. 잘못된 만남 (Wrongful Meeting)
   Cutie Honey (Digital single cover of Koda Kumi) (November 7, 2006) (Starworld Entertainment)

  1. Cutie Honey

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   Light Ahead (Extended Play) (September 15, 2010) (Rhythm Zone)

  1. Girl Power
  2. Tokyo Lady
  3. Change Myself
  4. Light Ahead
  5. I.D. feat. Verbal from m-flo
  6. Kiss & Cry
  7. Bye Now!
   Tokyo Girl (Debut Single) (April 11, 2010) (Rhythm Zone)

  1. Tokyo Lady
  2. Tokyo Lady (instrumental)
   Change Myself (March 10, 2010) (Rhythm Zone)

  1. Prologue
  2. I’m Lovin’ You feat. Exile Atsushi
  3. Change Myself
  4. LoveShineMagic
  5. Bye Now!
  6. I.D. feat. Verbal from m-flo
  7. No Distance
  8. Crystal Girl
  9. Like a Virgin (Madonna cover)
  10. Epilogue

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Brian Joo (Fly to the Sky)


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Brian Joo | Source: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pj5kTQyZGok/TaerQxV-aJI/AAAAAAAAAE4/RhGWaRwi-es/s1600/Brian+Joo.jpg

 Name

 Brian Joo

 Debut

  • Fly to the Sky: December 9, 1999 – August 2009
  • Solo artist : December 2006

 Status

 Active

 Label

  • SM Entertainment (1999 – 2004)
  • PFull Entertainment (2004 – 2010)
  • Jellyfish Entertainment (2010 – )

 Fan Name

 Brian’s Family and Friends (BFF)

 Origin of Fan Name

N/A

 Official Website

http://brianjoo.com/

 Related Websites

 http://www.briansfamilynfriends.com/

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FAN FACTS

Official Fan Color: 

Awards

Television Appearances

  • Family Outing (ep. 3 and 4, 2008)
  • Strong Heart (2011)
  • Oh My School/100 Points Out of 100 (ep. 21; 2011)

Concert Tours

  • 2011 Unveiled Club Tour

News
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NEWSWORTHY

COMING SOON!

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VIDEOS

Let this Die


I Loved, Now It’s Over


 My Girl


 In My Head


 Shine (On Your Heart)


 Living One Year in Winter


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  Reborn Part _ 1 (January 26, 2012)(Jellyfish Entertainment)

  1. Let This Die (featuring Tiger JK) (너 따윈 버리고)
  2. Can’t Stop (featuring Jay Park and Beenzino)
  3. Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong (duet with Jade Valerie)
  4. Let This Die (Extended English version)
  5. Can’t Stop (English version featuring Jay Park and Dumbfoundead)
  6. Domino (Acoustic version)
  7. Let This Die (Instrumental version)
   Unveiled (April 7, 2011)(Jellyfish Entertainment)

  1. 눈물의 구성요소
  2. I Loved, Now It’s Over
  3. 나도 약속이 있었으면 좋겠다
  4. 24
  5. Song 4 U
  6. Domino (English version)
  7. I Loved, Now It’s Over (English version)
  8. 사랑하다 끝났어 (Instrumental)
  9. Shine. (On Your Heart_ 단편영화 “출발” OST) (Bonus Track)

 

  Manifold (December 10, 2009)(On Point Entertainment/Sony Music Korea)

  1. Dreaming
  2. 내 여자 (My Girl) (Featuring Supreme Team)
  3. One Step
  4. Erase
  5. Tell Me Baby (Featuring Day Day of Dalmation)
  6. Lock Me Up
  7. Bullet
  8. Move It
  9. 친구의 여자를 사랑했네 (A Friend’s Girl I Loved) (Featuring Tablo & Mithra Jin)
  10. 눈물이 마르면… (Tears Run Dry)
  11. Do It (“Move It” English version)
  12. Tears Run Dry (English version)
  13. Bullet
  The Brian (December 20, 2006)(PFull Entertainment)

  1. 일 년을 겨울에 살아(Living One Year in Winter)
  2. 가지마 (Don’t Go)
  3. First Date
  4. 사랑하지 않으니까요(Because I Don’t Love You)
  5. 닮아 가기(Becoming Similar)
  6. 하지 말라고
  7. 신사(Gentleman)
  8. 검은 눈물(Black Tear)
  9. 눈물 속으로(Into the Tears)
  10. 바래! 바래! (I Want! I Want!) (Featuring 윤동훈 Trepass)
  11. All I Know
  12. 바래! 바래! (I Want! I Want!) (Remix)

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Tony Ahn (H.O.T.)


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Credit: http://www.hellokpop.com/2011/04/21/tony-ahn-attempting-to-produce-the-next-h-o-t-group/

Name

Tony Ahn (Ahn Seung Ho)

Debut

October 4, 2004

Status

Active

Label

TN Entertainment

Fan Name

From Tony

Origin of Fan Name

N/A

Official Website

http://www.tonyan.co.kr/main.php

Related Websites

http://wn.com/Tony_Ahn

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Top Star


Wallet


Yutzpracachia

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Volume 1 – Believe (October 19, 2004)

  1. 사랑은 가질 수 없을 때 더 아름답다 (Love Is More Beautiful When You Can’t Have It)
  2. Caught My Eye
  3. 부탁해… (I Request)
  4. 혼자 남겨지는건… (Being Left Alone)
  5. Round And Round
  6. Blue Sky
  7. Somewhere Someone
  8. TKO Skit
  9. She Is The One (ft. Seven(Da Crew), Hyunmoo(Trespass) & TKO)
  10. 어떻게 내가 (How Can I) (feat. Kim Jo Han)
  11. Up Front
  12. 사랑은 가질 수 없을 때 더 아름답다 (Love Is More Beautiful When You Can’t Have It) (Instrumental)

Behind The Clouds (November 29, 2005)

  1. 촌스럽게 (Behind The Clouds)
  2. 널 사랑한게 죄겠지 (It Was A Crime To Love You)
  3. I’m Sad
  4. Blue Sky (Active Electro Remix)
  5. Somewhere, Someone (Coldfeat Remix)
  6. Caught My Eye (12Bit Productions Remix)
  7. 촌스럽게 (Behind The Clouds) (Instrumental)

Volume 2 – Yutzpracachia’s Love (April 14, 2006)

  1. Yutzpracachia
  2. Aisha
  3. 기억해… 사랑해… (I Remember You… I Love You…)
  4. I Am Sad (Matsunaga Mastering Version)
  5. Lady, Enough To cry
  6. Player
  7. 함께 있어 좋은 사람 (Someone I Like Because We’re Together) (ft. May)
  8. 어디선가 나의 노랠 듣고 있을 (To You, Who’s Probably Somewhere Listening to My Song)
  9. Automatic
  10. 그녀 내게 걸어오네 (She’s Walking to Me)
  11. 내 안에 그녈 기다리며 (Waiting For Her In Me)
  12. 촌스럽게 (Matsunaga Mastering Version)
  13. I Am Sad (Instrumental Version)

Untold Story (June 1, 2007)

  1. Freeway
  2. Singing That Melody (Feat. Sat)
  3. 못난 남자
  4. 사랑은 가질 수 없을 때 더 아름답다 (New Arrangement Ver.) (Feat. Miryo of Brown Eyed Girls)
  5. 우두커니(Inst.)
  6. Freeway (Inst.)
  7. Singing That Melody (Chorus Ver.)
  8. 못난 남자 (Inst.)
  9. 못난 남자 (Orchestra Ver.)



Look Blank(우두커니) (April 28, 2008)

  1. 지갑 (Wallet)
  2. 우두커니 (Absent-mindedly)
  3. 그리움도 고마워 (Giving Thanks For Longing)
  4. 지갑 (Saxphone ver.)
  5. 지갑 (MR)

Top star (April 4, 2011)

  1. Top Star
  2. Thank U (Feat. Simon.D)
  3. Trouble Maker
  4. 변해 (Change)
  5. 지금 만나러 갑니다 (I’m Going To Meet You Now) (Junjaman Bottoms Up Remix)
  6. Top Star (Inst.)

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The Unsung And The Unsaid In Kpop

The Unsung And The Unsaid In Kpop
Source: http://taicarmen.wordpress.com/category/the-role-of-the-dreamer-the-falseness-of-civilization/

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

Kpop is subject to a lot of criticism.  A LOT. The most repeated charge against Kpop is that it is manufactured.  But is that really true?  Usually when critics level this charge, they make sweeping generalizations about the whole landscape of pop.  In doing so, they perpetuate stereotypes about the lack of originality in Asian popular culture.

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Zhang Liyin (Jang Ri-in)


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Zhang Liyin (Source: http://milkroll.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/zhang-li-yin.jpg)

 Name

Zhang Liyin (Jang Ri-In)

 Debut

 2006

 Status

 Active

 Label

SM Entertainment

 Fan Name

 Chocolyn

 Origin of Fan Name

Derived from combining Chocolate (Zhang Li Yin’s fanclub name) and Zhang Li Yin’s name.

 Official Website

 Related Websites

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Official Fan Color:  Gold

Awards

2006

  • Rookie of the Month, Cyworld Digital Music Award: “Timeless”
  • Best New Solo Artist, M.NET/KM Music Festival: “Timeless”
2008
  • Female Newcomer with Most Potential, Mengniu Music King Awards: “星愿 (I Will)
  • Best Mainland Newcomer, Southeast Music Ranking
  • Most Fashionable Female Artist of the Year, 2008 Starlight Grand Ceremony
  • Most “Attention Grabbing” Newcomer, 1st Annual Mengniu New Music Festival: “星愿 (I Will)”

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Moving On


Y


I Will


Timeless Part 2


Timeless Part 1

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  Dear My Love Original Soundtrack (November 11, 2008) (Avex)

2. 연인이여 (Love Theme)

  2007 Winter SMTOWN – Only Love (December 7, 2007) (SM Entertainment)

10. Oh Holy Night

  2007 Summer SMTOWN – Fragile (July 5, 2007) (SM Entertainment)

9. Under the Sea

  2006 Winter SMTOWN – Snow Dream (December 12, 2006) (SM Entertainment)

9. Heaven

   Timeless (September 8, 2006) (SM Entertainment)

  1. Timeless (featuring Xiah)
  2. Y (Why…)
  3. Timeless (featuring Xiah) (Instrumental)
  4. Y (Why…) (Instrumental)

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   Moving On (October 29, 2009) (SM Entertainment)

  1. 晴天, 雨天 (Moving On)
  2. 愛我 (Love Me)
  3. 晴天, 雨天 (Moving On) (Instrumental)
   I Will (March 8, 2008) (SM Entertainment)

  1. Intro (初戀)
  2. 初戀
  3. A Flame for You
  4. 星願 I Will
  5. 幸福的左岸
  6. 交错的爱/交錯的愛
  7. 相信愛
  8. 纯真的爱/純真的愛
  9. One More Try
  10. Y (Why…)
  11. Timeless

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