The South Korean press dubs her Korea’s Madonna, and I think the 37-year-old singer/actress is taking it too literally. It kinda shows with the release of her 10th (mini) album D.I.S.C.O, a tribute to the rollicking 70s complete with out-of-this-world tacky fashion.
But why knock a successful formula? Madonna hit pay dirt with her Confessions on a Dance Floor album (the Queen of Pop’s 10th album too!) back in 2005.
The album was a throwback to the 70s disco era as well, and the smash hit single from the album Hung Up, contained a sample of ABBA’s 1979 hit Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).
According to Wikipedia, Hung Up is Madonna’s biggest selling single to date and one of the most successful singles of all time, reaching number one in 45 countries!
And so, Uhm Jung-hwa has hopped onto the retro bandwagon in her comeback effort. (It has been two years since her last album Prestige (2006)). Will Jung-hwa sshi succeed in climbing up the K-pop charts with D.I.S.C.O?
For her latest album, Uhm enlisted the help of the younger generation such as T.O.P. and G-Dragon of Big Bang, much like how Madonna worked with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on Hard Candy. That 4 Minutes track is kewl huh?
Time is waiting/ We only got four minutes to save the world/ No hesitating/ Grab a boy/ Go grab your girl
Sorry, I digress…but it’s JT!!!
I’ve listened to Uhm Jung-hwa’s D.I.S.C.O track and it’s just so-so for me. It is…bouncy.
Nevertheless, T.O.P. fans will no doubt drool over their idol, and Uhm’s colourful get-ups may create some buzz but honestly, I’m not getting Hung Up over D.I.S.C.O ;-P.
Here’s a look at how Uhm Jung-hwa stacks up against Madonna. All I can say is, the Material Mom ain’t called the Queen of Pop for nuthin’ ;-).
Uhm Jung-hwa can be the sanitized Asian copycat, if you like.
Uhm Jung-hwa is T.O.P’s friend