A lot of new Vpop MVs have come out at the end of 2016, and I haven't had the time to talk about them mainly due to my December 2016 Vietnam trip. It's now 2017, and I am finally getting around to talking about some of them. In order to cover as many as possible, I will just be giving a few thoughts on each.
Warning! This is NOT a best of 2016 Vpop review. It's just a list of new MVs that came out between November and December of 2016 that I didn't get the chance to talk about at the time.
My girl Min from ST.319 is now promoting the Vietnamese TCL TV brand. Về Nhà Vui Hơn, which means something like "coming home is more fun" in English, could very easily be made into a Tết song. As you can see, family is very important in Vietnamese culture, so this MV plays out like the many Tết themed MVs that I previously talked about with family being a central focus.
Gọi Tên Em (Call My Name) is another Min MV that came out at the end of 2016. I generally prefer more upbeat songs like Về Nhà Vui Hơn. Therefore, I'm not a huge fan of Gọi Tên Em. Strangely enough, I think I prefer the acoustic version of Gọi Tên Em. If I am going to listen some emo songs, then I rather go full emo. Ya feel me?
The boys of MONSTAR from ST.319 are celebrating Tết by boozing it up with some Tuborg. When I called them boys, I said that for a reason...I don't even think most of the members are old enough to drink alcohol in the States legally. But whatever, there are different rules in Vietnam. I saw an 8-year-old kid at a rave in Vietnam for crying out loud! Talk about starting them young. It's kind of strange to have a boy band that is targeted to young teens to be the spokespersons for a beer brand IMO. But who cares what I think, that's not going to stop MONSTAR from popping beer bottles like they're soda bottles to some Steve Aoki in da club.
Here's a music video for all you ST.319 fans and Koreaphiles out there. Love Rain? More like...love Rain, the Kpop idol. Like Min's Gọi Tên Em, this MONSTAR MV is all about promoting the country of Korea to the Vietnamese audience. Who better to do that than ST.319?
Unlike the above ST.319 MVs, Ta Là Tất Cả Của Nhau (composed by Trang Pháp) featuring singers Trương Quỳnh Anh and Tim is about promoting travel within the country of Vietnam rather than Korea. It's basically a video showing off many of the things that you can do and places you can go to (Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Danang, Hoi An, Saigon, etc.) in Vietnam. Watching it is kind of bittersweet for me since coming back from my own Vietnam trip in December. It's kind of fun to be able recognize all the places that I have been to and seen IRL in the MV. BTW, I can confirm that there are indeed people in Pikachu costumes walking all over the place on the pedestrian-only square in Saigon. Man, I'm jelly. I wasn't even able to do half the things in this MV. I guess there's always next time. Vietnam 2017, baby!!!