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12 K-Pop tracks to empower every woman

K-Pop girl group domination comin’ thru

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We’re already living in a modern world but women’s rights are still not recognized in all parts of the globe. Women’s month reminds us that we need to recognize every woman out there.

You might be wondering why someone like me made this article. As a decade-old K-Pop girl group fan, I witnessed the struggles of these female idols in a misogynistic society we’re living in. Slut-shaming, wearing short skirts and high heels, conforming with the society’s standards of women, being a feminist — you name it.

I thoughtfully picked twelve tracks as women empowerment should be celebrated for the whole year, and not just during International Women’s Day nor the whole month of March. These songs will catch not just your ears, but also your hearts because of the heartfelt lyrics that you might even relate to.

This list runs in no particular order.

Butterfly by LOONA

“Just like this
Fly like a butterfly
I feel like I could reach it

 

LOONA (or known as 이달의 소녀 / idarui sonyeo or Girl of the Month) has been known as an ally of both the LGBT+ community and women for their empowering tracks. Butterfly is meant for all the LOONAs around the world — and the music video storyline proves that you’re beautiful just like a “butterfly” regardless of one’s race and age.

No by CLC

“If you don’t like it, forget it
Go look somewhere else to fit your tastes
Innocent, sexy and cute
Single words like that can’t possibly express who I am”

 

Innocent, sexy, cute, or trying to be a “good girl” — women can stand out even without trying to fit into the “taste of men”. Red lip, earrings, high heel, handbag, shoes, perfume, makeup? They all exist for women to express themselves and not mainly to lure men.

Into The New World by Girls’ Generation

“I follow a dim light
It’s something we’ll do together to the end
Into my new world”

 

This classic song from 2007 by the legendary group Girls’ Generation is still (and will forever be) relevant as it will help you enter and conquer a whole new world that awaits you. Used by Korean women during the Me Too movement, the song truly motivated those who were victimized by sexual harassment and assault.

I by Taeyeon

Tears you’ve cried,
All of the pain you’ve felt for the day
You’ll fly even higher,

It’s to prepare you. Butterfly”

 

The debut track of Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon is the perfect go-to song for all women who aspire to pursue their passion. Take it from Verbal Jint’s line: “but strong girl, you know you were born to fly” — make yourself fly in a freer way by doing what you want in life, all while moving on from hardships and frustrations.

Crush by 2NE1

“I’m a bitch
I’m not sad at all
Don’t expect too much from me
I’m a bitch who can’t be stopped”

 

As most of you already know “FIRE,” “I Don’t Care,” and “I Am The Best,” this is a girl-CRUSH track to a whole new level — and 2NE1 has been known for it since then. Even if the group doesn’t exist anymore, they still continue to give pride not just to BLACKJACKs, but to all women who continue to dominate the world.

Gashina by Sunmi

“You’ll see me all sharp
And you’ll bow your head low
My thorns will dig deeper in you”

 

“Gashina” may be a slang term for “bitch”, but Sunmi proves that her track leans more towards the embodiment of flower thorns and gun fingers. A girl may look cute but after growing up and realizing one’s womanhood, those irresistible charms will soon show the real dangers of a woman you’ve been teasing on — but it’ll still bloom nonetheless.

I Will Show You by Ailee

“I will show you a completed changed me
I will show you a way prettier me
I don’t wanna cry like a fool over love,
Over you who left”

 

If you’re coming from a bad breakup, this song perfectly suits the moving-on phase. Instead of ugly sobbing and stress eating, you can just make yourself more beautiful — not to purposely get him back — but to make yourself stand out and show how strong you are even if you’re just on your own.

Woman by BoA

“No comparing
I shine just as I am,
I’m beautiful enough
To be a woman”

 

BoA has been at the peak of K-Wave since the early 2000s. In this track, she talks about discovering herself, femininity and being confident as a woman. She also tells everyone how she enjoys freedom for being a woman — and we hope women who are oppressed because of culture and tradition would become free the soonest.

Dream Girls by I.O.I

“Everyone laughed at me and left me behind
Even if I’m alone, I don’t care
I may not be beautiful or have the best body
Maybe I look mean, but so what?”

 

Who would have ever knew that this catchy and cutesy song would sound serious? I.O.I may have parted ways but they still continue to inspire listeners with Dream Girls. The lyrics imply that a woman shouldn’t be bothered by how she looks in the eyes of many. It’s better to show off the real you.

I Don’t Need A Man by miss A

“I can live well without a man
So if you’re not confident,
Don’t come to me
I don’t sell myself”

 

If you’re single AF, you shouldn’t be bothered. Independent women should avoid the situation where boys try to win them over by giving them gifts just for the “relationship” bait — especially when these people are just trying to play with your feelings. Shout “남자 없이 잘 살아” (namja eobshi jal sara) out loud to keep the bad spirits away.

WANNABE by ITZY

“I don’t have to be anything because
I’m perfect when I’m myself
I wanna be me, me, me”

 

Just like “DALLA DALLA” and “ICY,” “WANNABE” talks about self-confidence. Some people would think the song is all about being a trying hard “wannabe” or a copycat, but it’s more about being what you wanna be (their album is titled IT’z ME for a reason). No one can stop you from being yourself and for being a woman as a whole.

So What by LOONA

“Being sharp, So What?!
Being cold, So What?!
Being fearless (Bad)”

 

After a year, LOONA completely transformed from pure angels to badass queens in “So What.” This track adds up to “Butterfly’s” empowering message by telling all LOONAs around to stand up and be yourself — even if it means of being reckless.

 

 

Here’s a Spotify playlist just in case you want to play these songs right away (With some bonus tracks in the list)

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster

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Netflix continues its huge gamble on anime adaptations. Over the past several years, the platform produced a couple of live-action versions of classic anime shows. To the company’s dismay, neither of the adaptations were received well. Still, the gamble continues to truck on. Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming One Piece adaptation is coming this year.

The live-action adaptation isn’t exactly new. Netflix first announced the title back in 2020 but offered only a few developments concerning the show’s production. Now, we have a release window and a poster.

To be fair, the new poster doesn’t show much except for Luffy’s back. A wider shot shows a bit more including the rears of all the Straw Hat Pirates and a shot of the Thousand Sunny in the distance.

Likewise, Netflix has not shared what the synopsis of the One Piece adaptation will be. Historically, the platform’s live-action adaptations start from the very beginning, taking viewers on a compressed tour through the original anime show’s plot.

That said, the company has a long uphill climb to legitimize its live-action anime adaptations. Despite featuring Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, Netflix’s previous Death Note adaptation quickly receded into a forgettable title. Additionally, Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only one season.

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Disney+: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever streams February 1

Relive the MCU Phase 4 ender

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Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel Studio’s MCU Phase 4-ending film, will be available to stream on Disney+ starting on February 1.

Receiving generally good ratings, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever captivated fans with the introduction of underwater kingdom Talokan in the Atlantic Ocean and its ruler, Namor.

The movie opened with the death of King T’Challa. It then focused on the events in Wakanda after, including how Shuri assumed the mantle of Black Panther.

The MCU’s 30th installment which sets up Phase 5 also highlighted the dynamic between the Wakandans and Talokanil. Both people were simply after protecting their respective nations from dangers as the film’s plot progressed.

A key art and a new TV spot are now available to download and share as well.

Coinciding with the movie’s availability on the streaming platform is the release of the Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast.

Episodes may be accessed via ProximityMedia.com starting on January 18.

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LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop

It’s pretty… expensive

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NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.

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LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).

Mini and Big Bunnies

This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.

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There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.

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Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.

Powerful punch

The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.

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Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.

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Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.

Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.

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One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.

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For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.

Goodies for Bunnies

If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.

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Being one of the few Bunnies out there since NewJeans’ Attention, I was actually more excited when I saw the list. There’s a notebook pouch, cable strap, posters, sticker and stationery set.

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There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.

Pricing and Availability

While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.

There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).

If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.

If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.

But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.

More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.

Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.

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