5:39 am - 01/17/2013

Something fun and different

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18 year old A*M*E ( real name Aminata Kabba) had released her first commercial single in late 2012, what made this single different from other British songs that came out that  year was that the singl Play the game bo is inspired by KPOP. A*M*E is no stranger to KPOP, her sister had introduced her to Korean music and she had also written the son Beautiful Strange for F(X)

Read her interview with MTV talking about KPOP:

You mentioned K-pop, which is blowing up right now. Tell us about your fascination with it…

I first heard K-pop in about 2006, around three years after I moved to London. My older sister came across this group on YouTube called Big Bang, and introduced me to them. She told me to listen to it with an open mind, as they weren’t singing in English. I absolutely loved it from the first moment. I was fascinated by the fact they weren’t singing in a language I knew, yet I still felt as if I could understand and relate to it.

So that means you probably knew about Psy a long time before the rest of the UK? [Laughs]  

[Laughs] Yeah! It’s so bizarre seeing Psy’s success now and seeing it happen with “Gangnam Style”. I’ve been following him for a few years. He’s an incredible artist and writes amazing music. It’s pretty cool all he’s achieving now, and hopefully it opens the door and paves the way for more K-pop artists to follow.

You’ve had your own success in Korea, too. Can you tell us a bit about that and how you would describe your own music, which has a very K-pop sound?

I wrote a track called “Beautiful Stranger”. It’s a quirky song, typical to my style but we felt that we had stronger songs for the album. Thankfully, a girl group called F(X) liked it enough to want to record it, and it went on to become a number one hit in Korea. My sound is pop, but with many different elements. Growing up in Sierra Leone has been a big influence on my music, as the songs I was hearing put me in a ’90s head-space, musically. My music has ’90s synths, ’90s basslines, and I feel like the pop songs of the ’90s are how songs should be written: very well structured. My tracks so far have each been a variation of pop. “Ride Or Die” was pop with bashment, “City Lights” was more electronic-pop, and “Play The Game Boy” is more ’90s retro-pop.

patentpending 17th-Jan-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
Dying at this formatting.
muhnaplusmuhna 17th-Jan-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm confused
sweetdary 17th-Jan-2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
I really like her song play the game boy, is so funny.
I read about her the last year in the prophetblog.
honeebs 17th-Jan-2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
BS was a crazy nice track for F(x).
I like it.

Edited at 2013-01-17 05:51 pm (UTC)
lightframes 18th-Jan-2013 02:25 am (UTC)
I agree. It was the best song on the mini.
confuqued 17th-Jan-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh she's Salone, represent!
22by7 17th-Jan-2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
this was good to read, thank you OP
b1gay4 17th-Jan-2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
why would u want to write a song for fx
nd her song sounds like a reg kpop song in english
missnothings 17th-Jan-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
#1 hit what? I don't remember that. Beautiful Stranger is a good song though.
nickle4apickle 17th-Jan-2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks for sharing! :D
ashiva 17th-Jan-2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
I like Beautiful Stranger, but it never made it as #1. Actually grand majority of South Koreans have never heard that song as f(x) mostly promotes only their title tracks which that song wasn't.
spread 17th-Jan-2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
I've been following her for a while now.
Her new song is awesome balls.
This girl can blow!!
jinhongsaek 17th-Jan-2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Beautiful Stranger is such a nice song. <3
sharpietoday 17th-Jan-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
I've seen gifs of her but never knew who she was.

The song is pretty cool and I like her toned arms.
love_keiko 17th-Jan-2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
never heard beautiful stranger. apparently i need to fix that.

play the game boy is a fun song tho. her weave is NAGL tho.
kurdoodle 17th-Jan-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
'beautiful stranger' is my favorite f(x) song. you should check it out! :D
yunjae93 17th-Jan-2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
not really a fan.
Don't think i'll watch this again...
aleexnews 17th-Jan-2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
play the game was giving me a fucking headache I couldn't finish it, and her voice is rly annoying to my ears. she reminds me of a younger version of Nicki minaj who i can't stand so probably won't be listening to her like ever again
cherrypop 17th-Jan-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
I like it but I'm kind of mad because I'm in the US so I can't buy any of her music (yeah, geographical purchasing limitations - you ain't helping NO ONE!).
timetobegin 17th-Jan-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
...that's a good track! Visually/lyrically I can see what it would be Kpop inspired. The instrumentation is definitely more Western though.
love_etcetera 17th-Jan-2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
i love the song tbh
onlylexy 17th-Jan-2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
She's too stiff when she dances and her head and neck doesn't move with the rest of her body and it aggravates me. I love the song though!
rinn1e 17th-Jan-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
SME should've buy this song for SNSD instead of IGAB. It also has the word boy in its title, if that's what SME was looking for as a follow up to The Boys.
minakuu 17th-Jan-2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
wow this is good and she is really cute
hellicoptajuuce 17th-Jan-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
iwas expecting some aegyo and shit but im glad she didnt go full koreaboo in that vid and was just the visuals
lightframes 18th-Jan-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
I really liked the song and the visuals of the video. Lots of bright colors.
therabbitmancer 18th-Jan-2013 03:34 am (UTC)
I like the song but she doesn't have much camera presence in that video. Weird.

I've never heard of her but I loved Beautiful Stranger. I might need to look her up now.
luvetc 18th-Jan-2013 04:18 am (UTC)
looks like lee hi
sub_divided 18th-Jan-2013 06:00 am (UTC)
I really like her look and sound. Here's another one of hers I like:


Sounds like something that could have been on the soundtrack for Django Unchained.
sub_divided 18th-Jan-2013 06:05 am (UTC)
It's a bit of a stretch to say that Beautiful Stranger was a number 1 hit in Korea though. Electric Shock was the number 1 hit; BS was another track on the EP that peaked at number 29:


Edited at 2013-01-18 06:07 am (UTC)
sosyndicate 18th-Jan-2013 08:05 am (UTC)
I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove A*M*E, full stop.
zeli17 18th-Jan-2013 08:22 am (UTC)
She's so tiny, I want to put her in my pocket.
falling_empress 18th-Jan-2013 08:28 am (UTC)
omg she looks like a bratz doll hahahaha...i liked beautiful stranger. her pants outfit is cute. i wanna know how short she is haha...
mjspice 18th-Jan-2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Meh tbh.
staaan 18th-Jan-2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
10000% sure i've heard this song before somewhere

that being said i love 'beautiful stranger', probably my favorite f(x) song of all time
modestgoddess79 19th-Jan-2013 01:54 am (UTC)
I hate when people use obviously recognizable samples in their music. Don't like the song but the video is cute.
peanim 20th-Jan-2013 09:57 am (UTC)
Oh yay another opportunity to profess my love for Beautiful Stranger!
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