An Introduction to Lovelyz

Long time, no see! Sorry about that, I originally planned on posting something once a week but I have been very busy with real life stuff. Now that all that Tzuyu drama is over with I can actually write about something positive. This will be about my favorite rookie group Lovelyz!

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Lovelyz is an 8 member girl group from Woolim Entertainment that debuted in 2014. Their official fan club name is Lovelinus, which is also the name of their first single album. The members are: Kei, Jisoo, Sujeong, Baby Soul, Jiae, Yein, Mijoo, and Jin. My personal bias is Ryu Sujeong, but all of the members have their own unique charms.

Their debut single was Candy Jelly Love, followed by Hi~, Ah-Choo, and their most recent is For You. Good Night Like Yesterday and Shooting Star also have music videos but weren’t promoted. Baby Soul, Jiae, and Jin have all had solo debuts before joining Lovelyz, and recently Kei has had her own OST song for Oh My Venus.

Lovelyz aren’t the most popular rookie group but they’ve been slowly gaining steam. They managed to get on American television with their a cappella cover of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, and have performed at events like the LezhinComics Hearthstone Masters Korea Season 3 Final. Although they haven’t won a music show yet I believe they will next come back as long as they stay consistent and keep improving.

If you want to learn more about Lovelyz I recommend watching Lovelyz Diary Season 1 and 2. They also have a new show called Lovelyz in Wonderland, the second episode came out last night. If you like live performances I recommend watching Sujeong and Kei’s appearance on My Little Television, along with various radio shows Lovelyz were on. I will add a bunch of links to the bottom of this post.

Hopefully this was enough to convince you to look more into Lovelyz. Who knows, maybe they will become your favorite rookie group too!

MLT: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Sujeong: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Sujeong & Kei: 1

Kei & Jin: 1

Sujeong, Baby Soul, Mijoo, Kei: 1

Group: 1, 2

Tzuyu, the Story Continues

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I kept putting this off because it seems like there’s something new every day, but I think the drama is at it’s peak right now so why not write about it. First I’d like to correct an error I made in my original post. I said Tzuyu said she was from Taiwan, but that never actually happened. As you can see here she was asked if she was from Taiwan, and Jackson answered for her saying Chinese Taipei. Jackson knew things would go bad if he didn’t make that clear but unfortunately it still happened. Knowing that, it just makes this whole thing even more confusing.

I’ve been collecting links for the past four days, I may have missed some things but this is what I know so far, hopefully in the right order:

  • Huang An claimed Tzuyu supports the Taiwanese Independence movement because she held a Taiwanese flag during My Little Television.
  • This resulted in Twice’s performance being removed from whatever Chinese shows they were going to be on.
  • Various Chinese music sites then remove all JYP artists’ music, videos, etc.
  • Twice loses their CF deal with LG + Huawei.
  • Jackson’s appearance on a Chinese show called Day Day Up gets cancelled.
  • JYPE announce their Chinese activities will be put on hold.
  • JYPE changes Tzuyu’s nationality to Taiwan-China.
  • Tzuyu makes an apology video, here’s a translation.
  • JYPE release another statement saying Tzuyu supports One China.
  • JYP releases his own apology on Weibo.
  • JYPE stock falls.
  • Nickhun cancels an appearance in China because of the ongoing drama.
  • JUKSY offers JYPE $1Bil TWD to terminate Tzuyu’s contract.
  • The president of Taiwan apparently said something about Tzuyu on TV, the original link I had was deleted before I could even finish writing this.
  • Tzuyu’s mom is now in Korea.
  • Not exactly sure what’s happening here but apparently the DDP is trying to take advantage of the situation.

I hate saying this, but I wouldn’t be surprised of Tzuyu was forced to leave Twice/JYPE. If something like that does happen I hope it’ll be like the Jisoo/Lovelyz situation where she eventually does come back. This whole thing sucks though, I hope it’s over soon.

#StandByYu

Tzuyu the Taiwanese Terror

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This is Tzuyu Chou (pronounced Chewy Chew). She’s the maknae of JYP’s hot new group Twice. She was born on June 14, 1999 but is also the tallest member of the group. She is from Taiwan, and one of their four non-Korean members.

So what’s with the title? Well recently she’s been on a rampage. It all started on My Little Television where she mischievously held a Taiwanese flag that was given to her by producers of the show. Unfortunately no one watches MLT so no one saw it.

Unwilling to give up, Tzuyu went on Chinese national television and gave a very long speech about how Kpop is superior to Cpop in every way and that Taiwan is an independent state and will no long be referred to as the Republic of China. She also threatened to choke out anyone who disagreed, here you can see her doing it to one of her own members.

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Well no not really. All she did was say she was from Taiwan when asked (because she is), but according to a known Chinese nationalist troll who also likes holding Taiwanese flags she announced her position as a Taiwanese independence supporter by doing this. This has resulted in Twice’s recent Chinese performance being removed along with all JYP artists’ music being taken down from the Chinese equivalence of Spotify.

Now you might be thinking “but I thought China and Taiwan where different places“, “how does Tzuyu end up being pronounced Chewy?”, or even “how can a 16 year old fix an entire countries government enforced nationalistic ideas?”. Well I don’t know, and I don’t think Tzuyu, JYP, or even the Chinese citizens that now hate her know. Hopefully this just blows over soon, but I doubt it will.

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How could anyone hate this face?

More links

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