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(G)I-DLE are ‘Tomboys’ in their first full album comeback

First full album release since debut in 2018

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The fast-filling music video views and online music streams (plus the strong album sales) are enough to say (G)I-DLE is ready to slay!

With almost 28 million NEVERLANDs following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, millions of streams in Spotify and Apple Music, and amassing over a billion of views on YouTube, there’s no doubt that (G)I-DLE [여자(아이들)] is one of the hottest K-Pop acts not just in South Korea, but in the global Hallyu (한류 / Korean Wave) scene as well.

Who is (G)I-DLE?

For starters, the group is a multi-national K-Pop girl group act composed of two Koreans together with Chinese, Taiwanese, and Thai members. Overall, they’re five in the group with members Miyeon (미연/K), Minnie (민니/T), Soyeon (소연/K), Yuqi (유기/C), and Shuhua (슈화/T).

They’re from CUBE Entertainment which is also one of the biggest entertainment agencies in South Korea and home to other popular K-Pop acts such as CLC, BTOB, PENTAGON, LIGHTSUM, and formerly hit groups 4MINUTE (with HyunA) and BEAST.

They’re legendary enough as most of you might have already heard their hit songs including their debut song LATATA, as well as other releases like Oh My God, HANN, HWAA, LION, and even the hit collaboration song of K/DA’s POP/STARS featuring members Miyeon and Soyeon.

Room of firsts

Ever since the release of ‘HWAA‘ last January 2021, the girls are ready to take over the stage again after a year of hiatus. (G)I-DLE has put in a lot of effort in making their long-time break meaningful.

‘[I NEVER DIE]’ is the group’s first full album release since their debut in 2018 with previous releases just mostly singles and EPs. It’s also their first comeback this 2022.

With the uncanny album title, it still has a strong meaning to it. As there is no end to the genre of (G)I-DLE, their musical journey will also continue endlessly. This album comprises a total of nine (9) tracks with various genres ranging from alternative rock, pop, R&B, and hip-hop:

  1. TOMBOY (Title Track)
  2. Never Stop Me
  3. VILLAIN DIES
  4. ALREADY
  5. POLAROID
  6. ESCAPE
  7. LIAR
  8. MY BAG
  9. TOMBOY (CD only)

 

Here’s also a special video of their side track ‘MY BAG’

Unfortunately, this is also their first release as a 5-member group especially with the withdrawal of their former member Soojin from the group last August 2021.

Being a ‘TOMBOY’ isn’t a bad thing

While the term “tomboy” is coined more for its derogatory term against “boyish-acting” women, the title track ‘TOMBOY’ reveals more of (G)I-DLE’s bold and confident attitude. Those on-the-point lyrics “I’m not a doll” and “Just me I-DLE” further prove that the members have peculiar yet daring charms.

Together with each of the member’s unique voices accompanied with rough and magnificent instrumental, the song is both mood-heightening and addictive. And with the music video showing the rebellious heroic sides of the members rather than being the cliché heroine who sheds tears for love, it shows that the song is meant to stand up and don’t end up getting fooled and being hurt.

Early Stage Pass

During the online media showcase held before the official comeback release at 6PM KST (Korean Standard Time), (G)I-DLE performed their latest comeback song to us live.

They have also answered some of the sought-after questions.

Unlike past comebacks where Soyeon is the member who works behind their song and album production, Minnie and Yuqi have also helped her this time in making their first full-length album more meaningful. She was even touched that her members understood what she meant to say even if she didn’t say anything.

Minnie has participated in the production of ‘ALREADY’ and ‘ESCAPE’. Yuqi even encouraged her members to try different vocal styles than their usual ones.

When asked, the members said they love all songs in the album but other than ‘TOMBOY’, ‘LIAR’ and ‘ESCAPE’ are also in their A-list.

(L > R) Minnie, Miyeon, Soyeon, Yuqi, Shuhua

And if you notice the subtle graffiti-styled “G” in their group logo that’s a little bit hard to see, it symbolizes that the group wants to get rid of any prejudices — just like in the ‘TOMBOY’ comeback track itself. The best words to describe this new album, it says “Just Me”.

With their former member’s departure, they have honestly thought that they’ve debuted again. They completed this album with the thought of showing their growth as a group. All members of (G)I-DLE want this album to be memorable to the fandom.

Wrapping the showcase up, the members of (G)I-DLE has promised that if they’ll win during their comeback promotions, fans get to decide what concept they’ll do for their special video.

And just like how confident the (G)I-DLE is with their latest comeback release, I think NEVERLANDs (like me) are confident enough that they can fulfill that dream for the girls. We just have to wait for their first music show win with ‘TOMBOY’ once they perform it live on-stage.

And as GadgetMatch’s in-house K-Pop insider, I can simply say I’ve been a Neverland since debut. It’s more evident when I mentioned them before here twice, specifically in the Now Playing Volume 3 article 😉

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Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier

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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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Squid Game is getting an actual game show

You can sign up as a contestant now

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Without a doubt, Squid Game has been one of Netflix’s most popular titles of recent history. The South Korean series has sparked all sorts of tributes, parodies, and similar titles. That said, it’s no surprise that it’s getting a sequel. And apparently, a sequel isn’t the only thing it’s getting. Netflix has announced that Squid Game is also getting an actual game show.

And of course, it is. If you’re unaware of what Squid Game is, it’s a show that has those with outstanding debts participate in children’s games but with a deadly twist. Only one participant will walk out alive with enough money to pay off their debts. It’s a premise that practically begs for a reality show.

Obviously, Netflix’s planned reality show won’t involve any do-or-die stipulations. According to the company’s announcement, the show will pit 456 English-speaking players across the globe against each other for a US$ 4.56 million cash prize. All of the challenges involved will take inspiration from the show’s games.

Netflix has not announced which games will be involved or then the show will be released. The platform, however, has announced that the ten-episode series will be shot in the United Kingdom. Eager viewers can sign up to be a participant now through this site.

If reality isn’t your thing, Squid Game has also recently confirmed that a second season is coming soon.

SEE ALSO: Netflix confirms second season for ‘Squid Game’

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#NowPlaying: Lightyear

Ain’t your typical Toy Story film

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I wasn’t born yet when Disney and Pixar released the first ever Toy Story film back in 1995. Back then, it was a talk not just of the town, but the whole planet for being the first ever 3D-animated feature film.

Still, I’m one of those lucky kids who were able to catch up and watch the Toy Story franchise several times back when Disney Channel (not Disney+) was still the thing of the past. Woody and Buzz Lightyear are two of the most iconic characters I cherished since then.

During the pandemic, it was mentioned that a special spinoff film of Buzz named Lightyear will come to cinemas. Fast forward this 2022 (still under the pandemic), kids and kids at heart (like me) were all ecstatic to know that Lightyear has his own story to tell.

The Special Screening

Last Saturday, June 11th, selected people were invited to watch the special screening of Lightyear at SM Megamall — one of the biggest malls in the Philippines.

Other than these free Lightyear pins, the real treat is the Lightyear film itself being shown through the gigantic IMAX 3D screen — a feast in the eyes, I must say.

Overall, the experience was fun — and the film itself, well, I have many things in mind but here are…

6 reasons why you need to watch Lightyear right now

⚠️ Warning: Some spoilers ahead! ⚠️

1. Voiced by Chris Evans

 If you miss Captain America, now is the chance to hear him again, but in a different suit. Pretty much like Captain America, Lightyear is also a wise-sounding hero that does it all for his teammates.

2. A Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions

As told by Chris Evans, Lightyear isn’t your typical film. It’s an “epic sci-fi” one, and I attest to that.

Other than the usual action-packed fight scenes, there are also melodramatic parts that will truly make you cry if you’re onion-skinned (like I do). And it wouldn’t be a classic Disney film without the hilarious comedic parts in it.

And as we’re already on the topic, Emperor Zurg reveals himself around the middle part of the film.

The real spoiler here is that, Emperor Zurg is none other than Buzz Lightyear himself — but from the future.

This either makes or breaks the part when Emperor Zurg revealed he IS Lightyear’s father in Toy Story 2 — though this can very easily be just a gag referencing the Star Wars moment between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

3. Sox

That’s it. That’s the tweet — I mean how can you resist this adorable cat?

Sox isn’t your typical feline. It is actually a robot assistant made by Space Ranger Hawthorne to Buzz Lightyear.

As adorable as it looks, it can do more than that — anything and everything between hacking into systems, examining the inconsistencies in Buzz’s hyperspeed fuel compound, and heck even play sleepy sounds to make you asleep.

That said, Sox, whether just a pseudo-cat, still lives to the spirit of a real and cute cat — just the friendlier one.

4. The (Not-so) Epic Dream Team

After Lightyear’s lone hyperspeed experimentation for more than half a century, the dynamic duo between him and his Space Ranger partner Alisha Hawthorne didn’t actually go as planned. Even so, Hawthorne parted happily and peacefully.

The almost epic dream team is actually far from being perfect. Together with Alisha’s granddaughter Izzy, Sox, and the two nutheads namely Mo Morrison and Darby Steel, they’re gonna make a huge leap in and out of space that no one will expect — not even Lightyear has even thought of.

5. Interstellar-like

If you’ve watched (or a huge fan of) Interstellar, chances are you might love Lightyear even more. From terms like “time dilation”, “Space Rangers”, and even the existence of “Hypersleep Pods”, Interstellar fans will surely get the unintentional connection and references between the two films.

It should come to no surprise that the film was produced by Warner Bros. and not Disney — but the similarities are uncanny to many eagle-eyed Interstellar fans.

6. #Pride Over Prejudice

Saving the sixth number for the sixth month is none other than the portrayal of homosexuality in the film. Well, we’re not talking about Buzz here.

As already reported by a lot of news outlets, Lightyear is banned in several Middle Eastern and Asian countries due to this “controversy” where Space Ranger Alisha Hawthorne and her wife had a subtle kiss upon celebrating their marriage. They even created a family through surrogacy and resulted into a son — which is Izzy Hawthorne’s father btw.

If you’re homophobic, chances are you would feel “disgusted” by the same-sex family portrayal in the film. But not today son, not on my watch. Especially not during Pride month. And also, educate your kids not to hate same-sex parents. A loving family, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, is still a family.

The much-awaited premiere

If you have time (I say you need to make time), Lightyear will start showing on cinemas this June 15 — at least if you reside in the Philippines — or June 17 in other parts of the world.

And just like other Disney films, you should wait for post-credits before leaving the cinema 😉  (and please, don’t leave your garbage, too).

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