its been one year since debut

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I honestly don’t think I can even begin to describe my emotions right now, but I’m sure going to try.

With Ash being the only member of the original trio to be a consistent player in each saga, we’ve had the unique opportunity to watch him grow and develop as a trainer.  And that’s great; he’s come so far, and it’s been great to follow his journey and growth for the last 20 years.

And now, after so many years, we see just how far his first companions, Brock and Misty, have come since their debut 20 years ago, too.  Everything about these exhibition matches was amazing, but best of all were the keystone reveals–to see Brock and his first Pokémon having reached amazing heights, and to see Misty having not only conquered her fear of Gyarados, but now command one at its strongest.

These are characters that I grew up with in my highly influential years–the first characters that sparked my imagination and inspired me to follow my dreams and write.  And to see them again after all this time, and see how far they’ve come and how much they’ve been able to achieve, is simply indescribable.

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#5YearsWithEXO

Exo, whom I still see as my cute rookie boys are now in their 5th year. They are now called sunbaenims by many. They have set so many records. They have made so many people happy. They have inspired a lot of people. 5 years and counting. EXO We Are One 사랑하자

Translation: ONE-Sensei Young Sunday Interview :D

I did my best to summarize this hour-long interview with ONE-sensei, uploaded to YouTube by Young Sunday in March and uploaded to Tumblr by the lovely and talented @one-blog last week. Please note, while my Japanese is decently high-level, I typically translate written Japanese rather than spoken Japanese (which, by its very nature, is harder to translate), so there might be mistakes here or there. That said, I believe I captured the general gist of things. If you’re fluent in Japanese and want to do a more comprehensive translation in the future, please feel free!

EDIT: Here are some more detailed translations of selected parts of the interview, based on Japanese transcripts that @isasm found. :)

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So the other day I got this message in my inbox:

“What if ji and ksoo were to see the sexual and erotic stuff you shippers write/post about them? Just imagine how it makes them feel. As two men who are just friends it could make them really uncomfortable and they probably think its disrespectful too smh”

Rather than replying straight to this person and being petty, throwing shade and ready to fight like I usually am….I figured I’d reply with this nice and calm well thought out post since this subject comes up often with Kaisoo and I feel like this possibility needs a bit of exploration. :)

*****DISCLAIMER******: As everyone should know by now, I am a kaisoo supporter and this post is mainly to break down misconceptions in relation to them only. In other words, I am not speaking for other pairings/ships that arent Kaisoo. This is solely my perception and view on this so no shade will be tolerated. I edited this both on my laptop and my phone so idk if the “read more” shyt appeared…dont shoot me. The names of Kaisoo have been abbreviated to eliminate appearing in their respective tags. This post is also not to condone or promote the sharing of sexually explicit forms of shipping directly with the artists involved. (i.e messaging it to them on social media, mailing it to them, shouting things like “how hard does ji f*ck you” to ksoo in person, etcetera etcetera blah blah yada yada)

So, EXO debuted in 2012.

This makes about 4 years since they have been active in the industry.
Kaisoo shippers began noticing their interactions way before EXO’s debut.
Then, this airport photo that was released to the public was one of the first ones that showed how intimate they were with one another:

This pre debut photo was also leaked along with others, some of which were noted to have been much more intimate:

Eerily, these intimate photos vanished after EXO’s debut and are currently nowhere to be found online.

Anyway…moving on. :)


So we know that the kaisoo ship began its first stages of sailing around 2010-late 2011, before EXO’s debut.
Throughout all 4 years of EXO being active, both JI and KS have maintained steady and intimate interactions with one another. There were only two major periods during these 4 years of which the two seemed to be more distant around each other than usual. (There are many theories about this, research more if you’re interested.)

Simultaneously within these 4 years, the kaisoo pairing grew to become one of the longest and most popular pairings in EXO, to the point where it not only became one of EXO’s main pairings but one of the most popular pairings within the Korean idol industry as a whole.

That’s a lot of popularity, right?
I hope you are following along.

“Kaisoo” is what international fans use to refer to “KAI” and “KyungSOO” being paired.
However, in Korea, they are referred to as “KADI”

“KADI” is written as “카디 ” in hangul.
Below is a screencap from an interview for EXO’s 2nd box dvd that included both JI and KS, released in 2015:

As you can see, they both seem to be well informed about their Korean couple name, “Kadi”.

Okay, so what does this mean? Just cuz they know the name doesnt mean they’ve seen what fans draw of them! It should be kept private!

This brings me to my next point.
Again, KADI written in hangul is 카디.
One of Korea’s most popular search engines is “NAVER. It is Korea’s equivalent to GOOGLE in the US. More than 25 million people in South Korea have used NAVER.
NAVER has also collaborated with and sponsored many EXO related things both past and present.

I searched for 카디 in NAVER, and this is what came up:

On almost every page, there were drawings of JI and KS that were intimate and very erotic.

So, this leads me to my final point.


If we look at the timeline and how the kaisoo ship started before debut, it grew to be one of the most popular ships, they both know about their ship name and that erotic images show up when you search their name on NAVER (we could even factor in that JI has had an instagram in the past and that KS has been rumoured to have a private one)…then one could only conclude that the chance of them already having seen and possibly even read what fans have created about them is pretty high.

In short, I know a lot of you want to protect JI and KS and make sure that things like this stay private and out of their reach, but I am 99% sure that its too late for that and they have already seen these things.

I also don’t feel like protection is needed, though, and its because of this reason. If we can conclude that within 4 years they had to have been exposed to “erotic kaisoo fanart/fiction” then we can also conclude that there is a possibility that they aren’t bothered by it too much.

The reason for this once again goes back to the timeline. We know that the kaisoo pairing has been around since 2010. We also know there is a possibility they both knew about their pairing. 

 Hypothetically, lets say that I am and idol and found out that fans were looking at my interactions with another idol and creating sexual imagery out of these reactions and I don’t like it. My first reaction to limit this would be to reduce how much I interact with this person in the public eye. Less touching, less whispering, less laughing and being seen together. Whether fanservice or just normal interaction, if me being shipped with this person made me uncomfortable, the interaction with them would slow down. 

 But Kadi’s interactions with one another didn’t slow down until almost 2 years after debut, which would lead one to come to the conclusion that A.) They are not bothered by being paired with one another, and B.) The reactions slowed down for a reason other than them being uncomfortable with shipping.

I’m pretty sure they’re bothered and just feel like they can’t say anything cuz of SM!!

This is a possibility, but again not very likely. Remember not too long ago when Chanyolk put up that long post on instagram after people found out he started following a specific female idol? And we all know about how vocal Amburr has been lately about ef ex as well. KS was able to politely communicate that he no longer needs gifts from fans, so its safe to say that if shipping him with JI was an issue that would have been conveyed somehow too.

There is also so much evidence from Kaisoo themselves clearly showing how shipping doesnt seem to make them uncomfortable.

We have the sticker set that JI used on his phone. This sticker set was made by and given to him by a fansite:

In this sticker set there were drawings of JI by himself, JI with animals and KS drawings, but not any other member/idol. This also shows that, once again, kaisoo had been shipped by the public for a long time, giving them the likely hood of knowing about it. 

There are  also lots of videos in which you can see both JI and KS smiling at banners of which their ship name had appeared:

And then there is the eery coincidence of JI mentioning that one of his favorite songs was “Montreal” by the weekend, 4 years after it was used in a FMV for a kaisoo fanfic called “Arbitrage”:



Has he read the actual fic? Most likely not. But its possible he may have seen seen the FMV which included clips of him with KS as well.

I want to reiterate agian that this post is not to say that its okay to post sexual works of idol pairings in places that they will see it. Of course it should stay among shippers only. What Im saying is that on a website like tumblr, an idol from south Korea is not likely to see what shippers post and even still, because there are shippers who share things externally and search engines exist…there is the possibility that an idol has already seen what you’re trying to keep from them.


Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, shipping is and always has been apart of the kpop industry. We know it, the companies know it and idols know it too.


With the internet being such an open way of communicating and sharing things for so many people, its only a matter of time before some nsfw shipping art is leaked on a platform that makes it more accessible to idols. But this is not something that you can blame shipping itself(especially when it is encouraged) or the MAJORITY of shippers for. The majority of us are not sending our NSFW kaisoo art and fics directly to KS and JI themselves. It was even Kaisoo shippers themselves who used our voices to stop the film adaptation of Anterograde Tomorrow in an effort to protect Kaisoo. The majority of us are just talking among ourselves on exclusive and private platforms and sharing our imagination in the form of art.


Every now and then someone may leak things that should have been kept private. But that is an issue for THOSE shippers, not shippers and shipping as a whole. There are good and not so good people in all fandoms, and there is nothing wrong with artistic expression among fans.


So in short, to answer your question…I (clearly) wonder sometimes if Kaisoo has seen what things shippers post about them all the time. I do acknowledge the possibility that they also may have seen these works. I do wonder how it makes them feel, but I also know that they are adults and if they do feel uncomfortable or if they feel its disrespectful they will tell us/show us in their own way and we don’t have to worry about protecting them from things like this. :)

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1 year with Pentagon!

It doesn’t feel like it’s been a year since Pentagon debuted. I remember watching the very first Pentagon teaser (come into the world) and thinking how I would just keep an eye on them but fast forward to now and they’ve have become such an important part of my life. I watched them go through that shitty survival show, their debut, showcases, and comebacks and the one thing that astonished me the most is how fast they grew in one year. These guys were able to accomplish SO much and I know in time people will finally realize what gems pentagon really are. The one thing I want to tell them is continue to do what they love because seeing them happy makes me happy as well. so happy anniversary my loves! i wish you even MORE happiness, health and success!

Liam Payne turns to ginger hitmaker Ed Sheeran to help launch solo career

The track, which is being kept under lock and key ahead of its imminent release, is a co-write between the pop pair, who last worked together on the song 18 from 1D’s 2014 album Four.

Liam has recruited Brit superstar ED SHEERAN to mastermind his debut single.

It’s a huge sign of intent that Liam is serious about ­becoming the UK’s next big male megastar — just like Ed himself.

An insider revealed: “Liam and Ed have been friends for years, ever since Ed first wrote for One Direction on their debut album.

“The collaboration actually came about very quickly ­earlier this year.

“Liam was in Los Angeles and was told that Ed was beginning to write a song with Liam in mind.

“Liam rushed back to the UK and the pair of them wrote the track together and then recorded it.

“With Ed’s expertise in creating a hit Liam knows they can’t go wrong. They have produced something special together.

“Having Ed on board is a clever move too, as it means he will reach music fans beyond just 1D obsessives.”

Ed was a close associate of One Direction throughout their four years in the charts, writing five songs for them including hit single Little Things.

But Liam, who will be teasing his new material on his Facebook page tomorrow, is the only member of 1D who has managed to secure the coup of Ed as a songwriter for solo material.

[source]

some things I love about the KNK members
  • → because knk is coming back with 'rain' (july 20) ←
  • Kim Youjin: as the oldest hyung, he takes care of the members in subtle ways but still. honey vocals. hates being touched and the members loves to show him affection and skinship #ripyoujin. he's basically knk's babysitter. 'it g MA!' did you know he co-composed MAP6's 'Closer'? yea he did that. trained with b.a.p and he was in one of Secret's performance so check it out lol. weird dance that i get embarrassed for him. has a huge mouth and proud of it. apparently he's the normal one but trust me, no one is normal in knk.
  • Park Seungjun: second oldest member but why does he act like a five year old. fanboy and obsessed with animations/cartoons like Pokémon, Digimon and basically everything from our childhood. once considered skipping a wedding to see the Digimon movie. 'Staryu-sunbaenim'. loves Jihun and his butt. got connections (bts and got7) since he trained with them. Beast-I mean Highlight-fanboy and loves Junhyung #successfulfanboy. he literally bought a pair of shoes bc junhyung was wearing them
  • Jung Inseong: LOUD. this seems very common for main vocals. he can't stay quiet, it seems impossible for him. loves tornado potatoes. his laugh is a half scream half laugh. HAHAHA hahaHAAHAA. was in FNC with heejun and bighit with seungjun, was it fate that brought them together? please let him go to king of the masked singer. he ships himself with heejun. 'you are my destinnnyyyy'.
  • Kim Jihun: our leader. he goes through a lot but he's also part of the mess. has to meet the floor at least three times when laughing or doing anything. moved into Seungjun's room finally. choreographed for knk (Stay and Sun.Moon.Stars). looks good with any hair color. he's pretty quiet when on variety but he's super duper loud on the vapp. he seems to hold things back bc he's the leader and hope he doesn't stress himself too much.
  • Oh Heejun: cutie baby. talented af. sing, raps, play guitar, dance omg. was supposed to be in FNC band but glad he's in KNK. the shortest member but he's still taller than everyone (5'11). wants Youjin's love like really badly. "Jihun-hyung are you jealous?" needs to be on variety shows bc he knows what to say and how. the total jokester of the group and they love him. screams and overreacts all the time. MEHHH.
  • KNK in general: it's been a year since debut and they've really grown as a group. though they aren't super popular like other groups, they are one of the strongest rookies of 2016 and already recognized as a group of capable singers/performers. seeing them from knock to sun.moon.stars, their music continues to have that nostalgic sound that is almost addicting and we don't see that so often with newer groups. been rooting for them since debut and I can't wait for their newest comeback. Tinkerbells, let's work hard to support our tall babies.
My Check, Please! Survey Paper has finally been completed (and graded 0_0)

thank you again to all the contributors, some of the stuff you guys wrote genuinely made me cry. the way you all opened up about your feelings and life experiences just reminds me why we all love this comic so much. 

the good news is… i got a 95%!!! and my professor recommended that since this paper had a 5 page limit (i still wrote 6 *cough* nerd *cough*) i should revisit the topic for a senior seminar paper once i have the chance to do some even more extensive research!! remind me again how i lucked out into a major that allows me to do research papers on our gay hockey hell?

anyway, i *THINK* i have everyone on this list (except for a few people who for some reason i wasn’t able to tag and will be DMing), so if i forgot anyone i am incredibly sorry and i still appreciate you!!! here’s the list of bloggers who answered my survey questions, and the paper is below the read more. let me know what you guys think, and what i should talk about in my next paper! 

@des-zimbits, @itsacpsideblog, @omgpieplease, @tdkeh, @bittysbetterbootybureau, @ittybittyzimmermann, @thehockeyhaus, @kent-parsons-cowlick, @star-of-the-anime, @ladymajavader, @tahleeur, @thatlittleauberginebitch, @accidentallyblah, @emilyisabadger, @freelancertexas, @dragonsspire, @piesandfalcs, @long-live-the-crystal-princess, @cryingfandomtrash, @irritatedismymiddlename, @miscgays, @myonetruebutt, @beejohnlocked, @chilldexie, @striffyisme, @tomuchfangirling, @silverthroatednightingale, @taeldonkyriin, @cabeswaterswolf, @mycroftholmesiscuteaf, @offbrandratatouillemovie, @welcometothebakaparade, @addicted-to-t-e-a, @whothehellisjessicajones, @oonabashed, @blushing-bumblebee, @fancychopsticks, @melancholydandelion, @dauphinedolphin, @bubblegumbaseballboy, @ravenofathena, @believememylove, @bittybaking, @enzoctopus, @thequeerkhaleesi, @earthbender-nursey, @jewishtango, @wetwellie, @sadquebecois, @peypeymh, @awfulruby, @mkaybuddy, @redporkpadthai, @jazzisabatmanfan, @connor-mcbaevid, @klimpaloon-loves-superwholock, @eve-baird, @bakingsouthernbelle, @ohjustletmewriteinpeace, @omg-bannana

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anonymous asked:

hiii could you maybe please do an imagine where you're an idol that MCs with eunwoo and when the rest of the boys come and perform on the show bin starts fangirling and stuff because he likes your group and admires you so much and likes youuu ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) hehe thank u so much!!

Idol Crush ; Moonbin

Characters: Moonbin (Bin) / Reader / ft. KNK (kind of)
Genre: Fluff
A/N: this has nothing to do with the imagine or anything but can leE DAEHWI STAY IN HIS LANE AOSIOFWH - sincerely, a woojin stan struggling to stay loyal (also if there are any random mistakes, i just got a new computer and im not used to using the keyboard oops) // [S/N] = stage name

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Originally posted by binsblush

   You and Dongmin stood in front of the camera, microphones in hand. You waited for the cameraman’s cue, fiddling with the outline of your name that was attached to the microphone, and smiled when he held up a thumbs up. “Eunwoo,” you greeted, a wide grin playing your lips. “I heard the next group is entering deep in fans’ hearts. Is this true?” The lines you and Dongmin had practiced time after time before appeared in your mind ever so clearly, it was as if you had the script with you.

   Dongmin turned to you with a soft smile, “Yes, [S/N], it’s true.” He looked to you a moment longer before turning his head and facing the camera. “On rainy nights, fans think of them and can’t sleep.” The camera panned out, reveal the members of KNK standing next to the two MCs. As a fan of them, you had to refrain yourself from smiling too much. “Welcome, KNK!”

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Happy 30th anniversary to one of the greatest records ever made and one of my favorites, Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses!!
It was their debut album and one of the most successful in music business.
I just can’t believe it’s been 30 years since its release. Well, if you have never listened to it, I suggest you do it immediately -IT’S SO GOOD-. Some of the most known songs of it are Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City and Welcome To The Jungle, that I’m pretty sure that everyone has heard one of them once in their lives.
YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE? YOU’RE IN THE JUNGLE BABY, YOU’RE GONNA DIEEEEEEEE *screaming intensifies*

New To This - A Roman Reigns Story

Life couldn’t be any better for Amour Hayes; she’s engaged to her childhood sweetheart, she’s got a wedding to plan, and is finally about to achieve her lifelong dream as a professional wrestler. But when one of the top figures in the business shows a keen interest in her fledgling career (among other things), it threatens to derail all her plans in a big way. Roman/OC


“Come on, Hayes, step it up! Get on her!”

The damp, unruly strands of stray hair invading Amour Hayes’ eyes temporarily obscured her vision and made it difficult to take on her trainer’s instruction. Brushing them away impatiently, her mind flitted to the next line of offense, but her opponent had tackled her to the canvas before her thoughts could fully register. The hard surface made unfriendly contact with her body, but the rushing adrenaline helped fight off the pain, and she battled with her opponent trying to twist her body into a sleeper hold. Amour tried to concentrate on countering the hold, but between the hundreds of thoughts scrambling around her head and her trainer screaming at her from his spot outside the regulation wrestling ring, it was a near impossible feat.

“For fuck’s sake, Hayes, what are you doin’?” Pounding his palm hard on the mat, her trainer, Tony Sandoval, shouted again. “Quit pullin’ her arm like that! You’re gonna break it!”

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I love this Billboard article

“Fans waited for over a year to get a solo single from the One Direction leader — and the wait was worth it.

It never made sense for Harry Styles’ debut solo single to be released in April 2017.

Not because there’s anything wrong with this particular month — it’s just been a surprisingly long time coming. It’s been over two years since Zayn Malik pursued a solo career and made One Direction no longer whole. It’s been nearly 17 months since 1D released its final album, Made In The A.M., before parting ways for an indefinite hiatus. And it’s been much longer than either of those time periods since Styles established himself as a potential superstar residing within the boy band structure, ready to pounce upon pop culture once he deigned that it was time to go solo.

How long have we known that Harry Edward Styles had the voice, stage presence and charisma to become a star? Haven’t we waited a half-decade – since first seeing that mop of hair and the smile underneath– for this moment to arrive?

With “Sign of the Times,” Styles more or less explains the reason for the wait. This is one of the more ambitious opening statements in pop this decade, an ostentatious and essentially verse-less stab at something both immediate and timeless. My colleague Andrew Unterberger already broke down everything that “Sign of the Times” is — defiantly rock, proudly bombastic and impossibly British included. One thing that it isn’t, though, is undercooked, which is perhaps its most important trait of all.

Imagine for a second that you are Harry Styles, and that it is the end of 2015. One Direction has just released its fifth album (and first since becoming a quartet), and will not tour behind it. Your former group-mate Zayn has teased an insanely anticipated solo debut after leaving One Direction that March. Your fellow members have each expressed interest in striking out with solo projects, yet you know that the focus is squarely on your next move, as the 1D member with (arguably, but sorta obviously) the highest profile and most name recognition. You have just spent five years in the biggest pop group of the 2010s, and the world is starving for your next step.

Imagine how many offers Styles must have turned down to perform, collaborate and hurry his solo career into existence. Imagine the discipline it must have taken to wait this long to drop a finished first single, without teasing any new music to the several million Directioners anxiously awaiting your arrival and constantly messaging you about it on social media. At the time of One Direction’s final album release, Styles was 21 years old, and could have jumped the gun on becoming a rock star with the support of most labels or managers. To wait until this moment to get this right, Styles had to be uncompromising.

Harry Styles Will Perform a Second New Song on ‘Saturday Night Live’
And that’s what “Sign of the Times” is: resolute, determined, wholly committed to its messaging and sound, radio trends be damned. Although it wears its influences on its sleeve (RIP, David Bowie), nothing about this single bends toward someone else’s expectations. “Sign of the Times” sounds effortless, but to arrive without any incomplete features is an accomplishment in a music industry where pop artists are expected to produce new music at an unsustainable rate and buckle at least in part to what everyone else is doing (while still remaining original, of course). Throw in the fact that Styles was a huge name before releasing a shred of solo music, and the patience and attention to detail of “Sign of the Times” is a pretty remarkable feat.

Will “Sign of the Times” be a hit? Who knows, but that’s sort of beside the point. Styles has dropped a bonafide piece of art that took months to complete, and did so on his own terms. It’s a subtle win for him, and for his audience. Harry took his time, and got it right.”

Today on this day, forty years ago, on May 25, 1977, a movie unlike any the world had ever seen before premiered. That movie was Star Wars, and since its debut, it has become one of the highest grossing films ever made and one of the most popular films of all time. Although it was released years before my birth, I have seen Star Wars and all of the other films on VHS and then DVD since I was a child, and I have been a big fan ever since. I am happy that George Lucas has such a creative imagination and created a franchise whose popularity has never ended since its release forty years ago.

Happy 40th anniversary to the original Star Wars film and its entire saga, and may the Force be with you all!

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«It might sound cliché, but we’ve really become essential and needed existence to each other. It’s like that for both work and daily life. When we’re together, I feel reassured, and I gain more confidence. I think we rely on each others because the four of us spent a long time training. It’s already been three years since the four of us started living together as well. It’s lonely to go to events alone. I feel like I’m stronger in all aspects because I have the members. In daily life, when it gets tough or I’m tired, there are a lot of times when [that stress] is relieved because I’m together with them.» – Jisoo

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ok actually I’m still upset about the whole RWBY thing cause

  • The Librarians confirmed that Cassandra wasn’t straight 3 years after the show premiered
  • Steven Universe confirmed that Garnet was the personification of a lesbian relationship 2 years after the show premiered, and has consistently brought in queer characters ever since
  • Overwatch confirmed that its main and featured character is a lesbian 7 months after the game debuted (in a comic, but its available for free online and considered canon)
  • Star Trek: Discovery confirmed that 2 of its male supporting characters are in a loving relationship 5 weeks after the show premiered (though it was 51 years after the first show debuted I will admit)
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine had one of its main characters say straight up that he’s gay in the very first episode of the show

in addition, indie webcomics have been including LGBT characters and themes for a long long time now; same with podcasts, games, movies, music, etc.

@roosterteeth you have very little excuse for not including even MENTIONS of LGBT people in your show when we have many many other shows and various media that was able to do it much faster than you.

it’s been 4 years since RWBY premiered. do better.

billboard.com
Harry Styles' 'Sign of the Times' & The Virtue of Patience
Harry Styles has dropped a bonafide piece of art that took months to complete, and did so on his own terms. It’s a subtle win for him, and for his audience.

Fans waited for over a year to get a solo single from the One Direction leader — and the wait was worth it.

It never made sense for Harry Styles’ debut solo single to be released in April 2017.

Not because there’s anything wrong with this particular month — it’s just been a surprisingly long time coming. It’s been over two years since Zayn Malik pursued a solo career and made One Direction no longer whole. It’s been nearly 17 months since 1D released its final album, Made In The A.M., before parting ways for an indefinite hiatus. And it’s been much longer than either of those time periods since Styles established himself as a potential superstar residing within the boy band structure, ready to pounce upon pop culture once he deigned that it was time to go solo.

How long have we known that Harry Edward Styles had the voice, stage presence and charisma to become a star? Haven’t we waited a half-decade – since first seeing that mop of hair and the smile underneath– for this moment to arrive?

With “Sign of the Times,” Styles more or less explains the reason for the wait. This is one of the more ambitious opening statements in pop this decade, an ostentatious and essentially verse-less stab at something both immediate and timeless. My colleague Andrew Unterberger already broke down everything that “Sign of the Times” is — defiantly rock, proudly bombastic and impossibly British included. One thing that it isn’t, though, is undercooked, which is perhaps its most important trait of all.

Imagine for a second that you are Harry Styles, and that it is the end of 2015. One Direction has just released its fifth album (and first since becoming a quartet), and will not tour behind it. Your former group-mate Zayn has teased an insanely anticipated solo debut after leaving One Direction that March. Your fellow members have each expressed interest in striking out with solo projects, yet you know that the focus is squarely on your next move, as the 1D member with (arguably, but sorta obviously) the highest profile and most name recognition. You have just spent five years in the biggest pop group of the 2010s, and the world is starving for your next step.

Imagine how many offers Styles must have turned down to perform, collaborate and hurry his solo career into existence. Imagine the discipline it must have taken to wait this long to drop a finished first single, without teasing any new music to the several million Directioners anxiously awaiting your arrival and constantly messaging you about it on social media. At the time of One Direction’s final album release, Styles was 21 years old, and could have jumped the gun on becoming a rock star with the support of most labels or managers. To wait until this moment to get this right, Styles had to be uncompromising.

And that’s what “Sign of the Times” is: resolute, determined, wholly committed to its messaging and sound, radio trends be damned. Although it wears its influences on its sleeve (RIP, David Bowie), nothing about this single bends toward someone else’s expectations. “Sign of the Times” sounds effortless, but to arrive without any incomplete features is an accomplishment in a music industry where pop artists are expected to produce new music at an unsustainable rate and buckle at least in part to what everyone else is doing (while still remaining original, of course). Throw in the fact that Styles was a huge name before releasing a shred of solo music, and the patience and attention to detail of “Sign of the Times” is a pretty remarkable feat.

Will “Sign of the Times” be a hit? Who knows, but that’s sort of beside the point. Styles has dropped a bonafide piece of art that took months to complete, and did so on his own terms. It’s a subtle win for him, and for his audience. Harry took his time, and got it right.

anonymous asked:

Jonghyun is a well know nation's leader but i still think whoever runs the tittle for wanna one's leader for sure is going to be great in the future. For now, let's take jisung as the leader since he's the eldest and he prolly gets higher chance because of that. I can imagine how bright, havoc and casual the team would be. Plus he has a great leadership skill too?? It's not like he's always crazy lmao but i love that and he's matured enough to lead the group so yeah, i love it!!

Yes! I just slammed my fists on my couch. This the the content I am here for!

I’m very happy about your positivity anon buddy!! I know it’s really hard to not be sad. Jonghyun has been my bias since his debut so all those years of love and caring sort of make the pain I feel worse- but being heart broken doesn’t mean I’m not 100% happy and here for the Wanna One boys. And Jonghyun may be one of my favorite leaders in all of kpop- but he is not the only and I love Jisung so much that I’m gonna be really happy if he is the leader (which I think is the most likely choice given his age and how much the trainees love him. Though I suppose Sungwoon would be a good choice, too). 

If Jisung is the leader, I can just see the guys on variety now: Jisung trying to wrangle them in- Seongwoo and Daniel not listening, Jisung roasting them in return. The young ones pretending to pay attention but they secretly don’t because they know Jisung is a huge Soft. Daehwi and Baejin and Jihoon messing around with him- going nuts if they do Yaya time on variety. Guanlin asking for help with Korean and Jisung patiently explaining. 

I can see them recording songs and practicing choreography and Jisung leading firmly but warmly. I can see them winning awards and Jisung crying and everyone hugging him because it’s a team effort but he gives them strength but also makes them laugh when they need it the most. Most of all, I can see Jisung making sure that everyone is 100% okay, especially those who feel the loss of the other trainees the most, like Minhyun. 

((Disclaimer: I’m not trying to persuade anyone to believe in anything. After you’ve read this post, don’t waste your time if you don’t have anything intelligent to say, k?))

After a week that I’ve been bombarded with lots of new information regarding kaisoo from different sources (SK), I decided to share a bit of what I know with everyone. I’ve received a lot of asks regarding kfans pov about kaisoo. Just keep in mind to not treat these statements below as facts. Take it as it is or leave it as it is.


Firstly, kaisoo is indeed very famous in SK. Kaisoo is one of the ‘official pairing’ among k-exo-l along with chanxxbaek and sexxjun. However, SM doesn’t acknowledge kaisoo as a pairing, only kfans does. Kaisoo isn’t just famous among k-exo-l but among other kfans as well. Their popularity in SK is not a joke. It is true that kaisoo hardly has moments together sometimes but kfans doesn’t really care about the number of moments but the atmosphere of the moments itself. They’ve come to a conclusion that kaisoo is indeed a very different pairing.

Kfans do talk a lot about Kaisoo but not openly. They have this rule that they need to respect other people opinions as well. They only talk about kaisoo below the surface.

I told them about how ifans shippers are really open when they talked about their pairing. They told me that it is possibly because of the culture difference. SK really care about other people’s opinions and comments. They wish that they could be like ifans one day (they’re so cute >.<)

Recently, due to kaixxstal, kaisoo kfans even have to create a private chat so they could talk about kaisoo freely without receiving any hates. Everyone is so sensitive about this topic.



Back in 2012, there was a person who claimed he was a SM trainee said that it was a really well-known fact among trainers that kaisoo are in a relationship. They were always seen together. From that day onwards until now, there are continues rumors about them dating, even before debut. 

Apparently, many kfans point out that kaisoo to be real if there is indeed a homosexual couple in idol society. From kfans perspectives, they’ve established that kaisoo has a totally different atmosphere when they are together that cannot be compared to other pairings. They even told me that they wish I could see it with my own eyes. Kaisoo is really beautiful. Their subtle moments are so valuable. They really fit each other so well (le died. I literally died).



Now, move on to the heavy part. (I’m begging you if you’re not a kaisoo shipper who shipped them more than just brotp, do not proceed to read this. I’m really not in the mood to entertain any baseless arguments right now. Just save yourself before it is too late.)

I repeat. Do not treat these statements as facts. Take it as it is and leave it as it is.

Next, I’ll talk about what kfans thought of the gay couple rumor.

There’s no doubt that the rumor is getting bigger now. Initially, there were no media that paid attention to the gay rumors. But recently, the media can’t stop talking about it (they quoted it this way). Many people, even non-kfans, started to look at it. 

What they meant by media is, I believe you guys know about SK search engine on the internet? The articles about the gay couple keep on popping up on the search engine. They said that the media have never been so noisy about any rumors before. It feels like they are trying to say that there is a gay couple among the idols.

However, they said that SK has a lot of political issues these past few days. The media might want to use the gay rumor to cover up things. I believe SK is known for their tactic of using something to cover something? //shrug

About the a-list group, kfans only have 5 groups in mind. They didn’t think of other groups. It’s In_finite, Big_Bang, SN_SD, EXO_ & SHI_Nee. They are the 5 groups that are really famous and influential in SK. The others are not so much.

They didn’t think so long bcoz all kfans agree that the gay couple is someone from EXO_ and it is Kaisoo. 

Reasons why the other groups are out of the list:
In_finite: small label company
SN_SD: a girl group. it has to be a boy group
SHI_Nee: only Jongxxkey pairing appear but SK stop talking about them when Key dated the model back in 2013.
Big_Bang: there are prevailing rumors about GD_ being bisexual but not with the same groups and most kfans don’t really mind they’re dating. ‘BB has grown up now. They can date whoever they want’, they quoted it that way.

They agreed that the description from the gay couple article indeed screamed kaisoo (they used the word scream. I’m not the one putting it there).

Even without being bias, most of them think that the description 5 years+a list idol+caught last year really do point to Kaisoo.

They said that Kaisoo looked like they had a fight last year around Sept-Oct. It fits the article release date which is Sept 2015.

(directly quoted from the original conversation. just ignore the grammar mistakes. Eng is not their first language. Do spare them.) 

What kaisoo shippers here talking is that, 

1. They were really good until June to the mid-July. (All those good moments!)
2. Suddenly there moments decreased a lot by late July, and they even looked like they had fight (ex. Jongin’s phone shattered)
3. Dozens of worries popped up in korea that kaisoo might had fight around late august to mid september
4. Then obviously, jongin started to avoid ks and ks started to be really active. he started many kaisoo moments and his skinship increased (around late october)
5. But then, when they were in japan (where is the place prohibited to take any photos) they looked good
6. They looked good after all since that, but on the interview ks said that he is now using the room alone, which seemed strange since kaisoo looked still good
7. Then the scandal released
8. Now kaisoo can’t even look into each other’s eyes…

Apparently, another pairing in EXO_ doesn’t even showed up in kfans pov. The part they concentrating on is which pairing SM is trying to separate the most? If kaixxstal rumors are all true, it will mean that SM is seriously trying to hide the gay couple in its company. They will try really hard to deny the pairing and make them to not have any moments. They said it can’t be Chan_baek. No one talked about them there.

Other pairings are not possible for now since a lot of gay rumors are linked to kaixxstal. A lof of kfans mentioned kaisoo.

And here’s another new info I heard from them. I’m surprised tbh.

SM has been trying to separate Kaisoo for so long even from their debut. Kaisoo only went to the same fanmeeting once in 4 years. They hardly had any official events together. Do you guys remember kaisoo 2nd box interview? It was rumored in SK that SM did that to make kaisoo shippers feel satisfied.

Before the 2nd Box, a lot of them were so tired of SM trying to separate kaisoo. The complained it on SNS.

(directly quoted from the original conversation) 

“are there anything you wanna hide sm? Why are you separating these two for like whole 3 and a half year? They must be in a relationship. Fuck sm.”

And then kaisoo happened in the 2nd box. But then, nothing happened after that.



There was a theory that kaisoo kfans talked about among them regarding the gay rumor released in March 2016. Do you guys remember the photos of Kaisoo that was posted by different media outlets last December at MBC Gayo Daejun 152712? (Top Star News, SSTV, 시크뉴스, 스포즈투데이, OHNews & DongA).

They assume that it might not be just one media outlet that knew about Kaisoo. It could be more than just one that know about them. It might be the reason why SM release the scandal so fast. There was a rumor that kaixxstal was supposed to release on June but DP decided to release it on April.

They said the reason is to silence up all the other media outlets. Kaixxstal proved to be dating in 1st April, any other pieces of evidence pointed to Kaisoo before 1st April is not applicable anymore. The logic in this is, if the media outlets still release the evidence, which dated before 1st April, it can’t prove that Kaisoo is still together after 1st April. The public will think that kaisoo broke up and Kaixxstal happened. So, no one will believe it.

SM is trying so hard to make sure that kaisoo don’t have any moments together in public. 


The possibility that the media outlet will release the gay couple is 50/50 because everyone opinions regarding this matter are different. They talked about wanting to know and not wanting to know about the gay couple. Just like kaisoo ifans ㅋㅋ ㅋㅋ



I’ll stop here for now. The kfans were really happy to know that kaisoo ifans really support kaisoo. They said it is a good idea for me share it with the other ifans and let them know how kfans really thought.

I repeat again, do not treat these statements as facts. I’m merely sharing what kfans thoughts about the kaisoo and gay couple rumor. Take it as it is and leave it as it is.

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when the skies and the grounds were one… #4yearswithexo

anonymous asked:

You're not the only one not watching. I didn't watch it cuz I was salty about the fact Nu'est had to compete although it's been five years since their debut

true they did nuest so dirty