Sleep is pretty awesome, isn’t it? As a freshman in college, even in my first week I’m starting to see how important it is to have a nice balance of work and rest. Too much or too little of either one is like adding too much or too little sugar to a cake: it’ll work, but it won’t come out as well as you’d like it. It can be hard to find that balance, especially when you’re juggling the responsibilities of work or school with your own relaxation time or time spent with loved ones. Work often tends to take priority, pulling at the strings of our lives as we dance to its unyielding tune. Sometimes it’s hard to slow down, to relax, to enjoy life. Our struggle against ourselves, the juxtaposition of work and rest is familiar to all of us, bringing us to today’s song: Eat by Zion T.

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Celebrities. The rich and famous. As much as I stay away from them, citing the age-old “They’re all dumb and shallow!” argument, I have to admit that even I have a few celebs that I enjoy following every now and again. It’s not my fault that Robert Downey Jr. is a perfect Iron Man, okay? The celebs that I find myself the most interested in, however, are often in the Korean music scene. Loving the music of my favorite groups inevitably led me to picking my bias among the members, which led to me picking up news about them here and there where I could. One of my favorite Korean superstars has been CL, the leader of 2NE1; she’s a talented, strong, independent woman that I look up to. Or at least, I did.

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Welcome to the first ever Spotlight, a section of KPOP Fridays (which I’m thinking of renaming since I’ll be discussing more than Korean music) where we’ll take a closer look at different names in the Asian music scene. International fandoms are hard to join when you’re not sure where to start, so these posts will serve as a kind of beginner’s guide to each artist. Starting off today’s spotlight are the Kings of KPOP themselves, BIGBANG!

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