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SISTAR’s Gaon Music Awards Trophy Adds to Their 40+ Awards

SISTAR has accumulated over 40 music ceremonies’ awards with the addition of their recent Gaon Music Awards trophy.

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7 year veteran idols, SISTAR just won the Artist of the Year award from the 6th Gaon Music Awards ceremony held last night. Out of the 12 fellow awarded artists, SISTAR won the award for June just as the summer queens were expected to do. Leader HyoLyn thanked everyone by saying, “Thank you for all the love over the past 7 years. ” She continued to thank her staff and management team, as well as each members’ family members. Their congratulatory performance was just as spectacular as one can imagine from the powerhouse team.

SISTAR’s latest award was granted for their 4th mini-album, “Insane Love” with the title track, ‘I LIKE THAT’. The album was released back in June of 2016, where the powerful, sexy and charismatic signature appeals of the group was ever popular.

Since their debut back in 2010, the group has accumulated over 40 music award trophies, without including the weekly music show program wins.

 

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11 Things Only Found at SISTAR Showcase

Kpopmap was invited to SISTAR’s “Insane Love” Showcase, and we bring you the 11 things only found at a showcase hosted by SISTAR!

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SISTAR just made their comeback with their 4th mini album “Insane Love” and the title track, ‘I Like That’! We brought SISTAR closer to the STAR1s through a live feed of the entire showcase through Twitter/YouTube – at real time! Did you miss it? Don’t worry! We’ve collected the entire interview and review, just for you!

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The showcase was a huge success with numerous reporters from various news sites (and of course, Kpopmap!). The members presented various clips, performed 3 songs in total! The girls performed their title track ‘I Like That’ with that SISTAR signature sass, as well as ‘Say I Love You’ and ‘String’. The girls continued on to answer personal interview questions as well as hold a session for photos.

All throughout the showcase, we couldn’t help but be completely mesmerized by the summer divas! But thanks to the undivided attention, we were able to find 11 unique points that can only be found at SISTAR showcases!

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1. INSANE SUMMER BODY

When we think of SISTAR, we can’t help but think of their stunning bodies. We didn’t think it was possible, but the girls have returned with physiques that are even hotter than ever! HyoLyn and BoRa were rocking their summer tans, making them look just the right amount of sexy and healthy. SoYou, the fitness goddess that she is, showed off her well toned arms and legs, making all the ladies in the audience jealous! DaSom showed off her signature flat belly with lean tone lines. Talk about summer goals!

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2. INSANE VOCALS

Aside from their perfect summer bods, we can’t forget to mention the vocal talents of SoYou and HyoLyn! These girls rocked the stage with their live vocals that rang out across the concert hall and into our hearts. HyoLyn belted out high notes like it took no effort at all and SoYou’s sultry, husky voice gave us chills down our backs. It’s no wonder why everyone wants to hear SISTAR live!

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3. INSANE FASHION

Talk about summer trendsetters! The girls began the night with a performance of ‘Say I Love You’, followed by ‘String’, in outfits creatively designed with red bandana prints. Each member shared the same theme, yet had different designs, accentuating the individual characteristics. The girls had a quick outfit change for the performance of their title track, ‘I Like That’. The girls returned to the stage in flowy chiffon dresses in pale pink. The form fitting tops brought out the girls’ goddess bodies, while the flowing dresses were slit in the middle to show off some sexy leg works. Each outfits of both themes were definitely inspiring for the upcoming summer season!

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4. INSANE SEX APPEAL

Well, what else did we expect? The summer divas are queens at oozing classy sex appeal. The girls went beyond our expectations with their new track ‘I Like That’. SoYou explained that while their past choreographs for ‘Touch My Body’ and ‘Shake It’ focused on their legs, the choreograph for ‘I Like That’ focused on the outfits. Even through the change of focus, the girls managed to awe the audience with their heart melting sexy dances and sultry expressions.

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5. INSANE COMPOSING

HyoLyn’s a powerhouse singer, but did you know she’s also a powerhouse composer? The new track, ‘Say I Love You’, was actually composed and written by HyoLyn herself! HyoLyn expressed that the beautifully written, sultry song was written with the members in mind. All throughout the composition, the members were all committed and involved in the process. The girls talked a lot while recording and expressed each others’ opinions to complete the song. SoYou even called this one of the most special songs of SISTAR, because of all the teamwork that they put into the songs. We’ll be hearing more from HyoLyn as a composer, it seems, because she expressed that she is more than welcome and grateful if other artists asked her to compose a song for them!

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6. INSANE PROFESSIONALISM

The girls recently celebrated their 6th anniversary, and that means 6 hard years of working in the K-Pop business. With their 6 year experience, the girls grown a lot in their professional attitudes. During the short interview, SoYou always had the mic up to her mouth. When asked if she had something to say, she simply responded that she wanted to be ready for whenever she had to talk. She also showed great professionalism by taking care of their MC, Lee SooGeun. When Lee SooGeun satyed standing during their interview, SoYou gently gestured for him to sit down and continue on comfortably. HyoLyn also showed great professionalism during the show. It appeared the singer had a slight cold symptom as she blew her nose a few times during the interview. When DaSom asked if she was ok, HyoLyn put on a strong face and continued on with the interview. As SoYou says, they hate to be sick during promotions, because it would be inconsiderate to their fans who waited a year for their comeback!

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7. INSANE ACTIVITIES

During the year break between their comebacks, the SISTAR girls were each involved in different activities. Although they were given a year of time off, the girls stayed busy with an insane amount of activities on their own! DaSom took part in filming for a Chinese movie that is set to be released soon. HyoLyn was busy composing and thinking of ideas for their new comeback. BoRa was busy taking on a hand full of variety shows. SoYou, who was injured last year, was busy recuperating and rebuilding her body healthier and better. These girls just don’t know the meaning of taking a break!

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8. INSANE CONCEPT

Usually, when we look back on the common summer themes, we think of the beach, sunshine, and bright happy girls. However, the summer divas took a twist for their new comeback’s concept. Instead of heading out to the beach again, they head abroad to China to film a neo-oriental themed MV. DaSom explained that their new theme focuses more on the fashion and culture of orientalism. It was honestly more refreshing than the usual happy-go-lucky concepts that we’re seeing much from the current K-Pop girl groups!

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9. INSANE PERFORMANCE

When  we think of SISTAR, we think of their sexy dances. The girls had upped the scale this time around with their new comeback title track. As mentioned before, the girls focused on using their outfits for the performance aspect of the song. The girls add in see-through chiffon dresses and drapes in their performance, which honestly makes them even sexier. Make sure to check out the girls’ outstanding, innovative and creative performance for their comeback track, ‘I Like That’!

 

10. INSANE LAUGHTERS

What makes SISTAR so popular on a global scale is their relatable images and down-to-Earth personalities. Instead of the high pitched giggles that sound like they have a secret, the SISTAR girls laughed whole heartedly all throughout the showcase. The bold laughters of the girls were so refreshing that we couldn’t help but laugh along!

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11.INSANE SISTARS

The girls had just celebrated their 6th anniversary, and they even have a lot more to celebrate for the latest return. When they were asked about how they celebrated their anniversary, the girls replied that they had an intimate bonding time with just the 4 girls. The girls held a private party with lots of food and girl talk! The 4 girls wanted to reflect back on how far they’ve come together and celebrate the bright future ahead as the SISTAR sisters.

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That completes the 11 unique things you can only find at a SISTAR showcase.

Make sure to stay tuned for our next showcase live feed!

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Showcase Interview: Up-Close and Personal with SISTAR

The SISTAR members got up close and personal through deep interviews during their comeback showcase for their 4th mini-album,“Insane Love”!

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Kpopmap got to meet face to face with SISTAR at their showcase on June 21st at the Yes24 Live Hall stadium in Seoul. We had also brought the girls up close for our Kpopmap readers through a live feed of their showcase at real time! Our readers were able to share the experience of the showcase through Kpopmap’s Twitter and YouTube pages.

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For those who had tuned in should know, the girls held a time during their showcase for an in depth interview relating to their comeback and the personal aspects of each member. The questions covered from the specific concept themes of their new comeback to a look into each member’s private thoughts.

Check out the translations of each Q&A from the SISTAR members, brought to you by Kpopmap!

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Showcase Interview with SISTAR

This is a translation by Kpopmap.

Q. Please introduce “Say I Love You” for us.

SoYou: HyoLyn unnie actually composed and wrote the lyrics for the song. It’s called “Say I Love You”. There’s a part where we all say “Hey!” with the audience. 

HyoLyn: It’s the first time I got to release a song that I wrote. I wrote it while thinking about my members. 

SoYou: We recorded the song all together, and we conversed with each other a lot during the process. This song holds a lot of meaning for me. 

HyoLyn: I was really glad that the members and I were able to discuss the aspects of the song while recording the song. They participated a lot.

DaSom: HyoLyn unnie writes a lot of songs. Before, she used to write songs that were definitely in her own world. However, this time around, she wrote a song that would appeal to the mass public that’s also really good to listen to and melodic. 

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Q. How would you feel if other artists asked you to write songs for them?

HyoLyn: I would love it! As long as they ask, I’d be more than happy to.

Q. How did each member spend their 1 year break since the last comeback?

DaSom: I participated in some acting activities. During the spring, I filmed for a Chinese-Korean movie that’s set to release this August. The title is called “The Strange Cohabitation”, and it’s scheduled to be released in both China and Korea. HyoLyn unnie said she’ll go see it.

HyoLyn: I didn’t do anything in particular. I was busy composing and writings songs. I also exercised. I spent a lot of time for self improvement. 

BoRa: I frequently guest starred on variety shows, and I also took time for self improvement. I practiced rapping, and I practiced dancing, and I also tried my hand at composing.

SoYou: I suffered a minor hip injury, so I took time off to recuperate. I then focused on making my body healthier and stronger. I hate being sick during promotions, because I feel apologetic to the fans.

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Q. Please introduce us to your new album.

SoYou: Our new album is titled, “Mol Ah Ae (Insane Love)”. It means the type of love where you put all in into loving someone. We tried to portray our concept as other worldly. We focused a lot on not just the songs, but also the performances. 

DaSom: Our album concept is called Neo-Orientalism. We took into a new perspective of the fashion and culture of the orientalism.

Q. You know that many people will be doing cover dances for the new song, right?

SoYou: We’re actually a little worried about that. Our previous songs like “Shake It” and “Give It To Me” were easy to follow, but our new song focuses a lot less on easily imitable choreography. It’s going to be hard to do cover dances.

BoRa: We look forward to the cover dances.

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Q. Were there any episodes while recording the new album?

BoRa: We haven’t seen any ghosts, or something like that, but we did struggle a little because of the skirts. We have two outfits, one where the skirt is attached to our clothes and one not attached. We would have accidents where we would step on our skirts while getting up or not being able to hold the skirts correctly while dancing.

DaSom: I actually saw a ghost. A SoYou unnie ghost. I hope that they show it in the making films. We have this cut where we throw our skirts behind us, but SoYou unnie’s skirt got caught in her hair.

SoYou: Because the filming set was so hectic, I didn’t notice that the skirt was covering over my face. Everyone was laughing. The skirt is see-through, so I could see through it and didn’t realize that it was stuck. I continued to stay in the form position.

Q. Was there anything specially prepared for your new comeback?

BoRa: As you probably have noticed, it’s our first time not featuring a guest on our music video. We always had at least one guest on our set, but this time we tried to focus all on us 4 members.

DaSom: We prepared a lot on the visual aspects. If we focused on the dancing for our previous songs, we focused a lot more on the story aspects this time around.

Q. What do you think about a love like “Mol Ah Ae (Insane Love)”?

HyoLyn: I don’t think it’ll be good. I think it’s unhealthy to be so devoted to someone. Once they leave, the emptiness will be tremendous, and the level of hurt that will come will be as great as the amount that I loved. So for me, I don’t think it’ll be good.

Q. (HyoLyn) Can you explain why your music as a composer changed from your original not-appealing-to-the-public kind of song?

HyoLyn: The reason why I started writing songs was because I wanted to try making songs in genres that I wanted to challenge. Because I started the process with the greed to try something for myself, I was unable to think broadly to match the tastes of the general public. I started to change my way of thinking, and through it, I was able to start making songs that would be easy for the public to sing along to and enjoy. “Say I Love You” was written with the members in mind, so it made sense for the company to put it on the album. But I’m still stubborn about my specific style and color in music.

Q. Why was DaSom chosen out of the members to have the tattoo on the music video?

DaSom: I’m not sure why I was chosen, but I think it was because of the pale skin when you think of orientalism. I think I was chosen because my white skin matched well with the dark ink. The tattoo comes from a poem titled “Autumn Night”. The poem talks about the person they miss on an autumn night, much like the lyrics to our song.

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Q. What was the best phrase you heard this year, or wish to hear this year?

SoYou: “They’re like a season.”, “They’re not bad.”

HyoLyn: “They got prettier”

BoRa: I agree with SoYou. I have a lot of phrases that I want to hear, but it only comes after the effort that I put into improving myself.

HyoLyn: “They keep getting better.”, “Infinite amount of possibilities.”

DaSom: I also agree with HyoLyn unnie. “They keep getting better.” I also want to hear “We missed you.”

Q. There are about 17 K-Pop groups who plan on making a comeback during the summer like, GFriend and the Wonder Girls. Are there any groups you consider a rival?

DaSom: Even last year, we came back around the same time as other girl groups. Every time, we just want to be able to have successful promotions with everyone. It’s a good thing to have a lot of artists out that can please the audience.

BoRa: I think the public would feel happier the more good artists come out to promote. And we feel the same. If more artists are promoting, there are a lot more artists to have fun with during promotional events. We also are looking forward to our favorite artists’ comebacks, so we’re happy.

HyoLyn: There are many artists with a variety of songs from different genres, so it’s fun to see other groups promoting at the same time as us.

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Q. Are there any variety shows that you guy want to feature on as a group or as individuals?

SoYou: There are a couple of shows that we are already scheduled to go on as a group. We can’t specify, because then it’ll become a spoiler, but we’ll be participating on “Fantastic Duo”.

BoRa: We’re going on “Fantastic Duo” as a 4 member group, and there a a couple more~

HyoLyn: I really want to go on “Running Man” as a whole group.

BoRa: I actually told Kim JongKook that we want to go on RM as a whole group, and he welcomed the idea!

DaSom: We filmed a reality show called “Showtime”, and I would love to do it again. I had so much fun and made so much memories while traveling together. I want to do it again.

SoYou: Since we’re always promoting during the summer, we were unable to go on summer vacations. So even if it’s for two days, I want to go on a summer vacation with the members. I also want to participate in the filming for “Three Great Emperors”! Everything looks so delicious there.

DaSom: I also want to go on “God of Music 2”!

Q. Were there any points that set your new concept apart from your previous concepts?

SoYou: Our song like “I Like That” is different from our other songs in that if our previous songs were more bling-bling, the new concept is more down and simple.

BoRa: We wanted to maintain our sexy image, while being more sophisticated. Before, our songs were good to listen to underneath the blazing hot sun, but our new song is more fitting for listening under the shade.

HyoLyn: We focused on a lot of performance that relied heavily on the perfect visuals. 

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Q. How did you celebrate your 6th anniversary? 

DaSom: We practiced on the day of our anniversary and then we went out to eat something delicious.

BoRa: We spent it just with us 4 members.

SoYou: We used to celebrate with other dancers and friends, and we would go bowling and have a party. But this time around, we spent an intimate night with just us 4 talking, laughing and eating good food.

 

 Make sure to check out SISTAR’s hot new mini album “Insane Love” & stay tuned for our next K-pop showcase coverage!