You can forget K-pop — because it’s all about the cat-pop!
Recent years have seen K-pop skyrocket in popularity overseas, including in Japan. One of the groups that have seen the most success in Japan is SHINee, a boy band formed back in 2008 that has released songs in both Japanese and Korean. But now it looks as though they’re making a move for true global domination by releasing a video where the five dancers have been replaced with…cats.
They’re called SHINyan!
The name, a pun combining the K-pop group’s name “SHINee” with the sound cats make in Japanese which is “nyan,” is almost as adorable as the felines’ impeccable dance moves. As far as the music goes, we can’t help giggling with each perky meow that pops up.
If you’re wondering just who the cute cats are that make up SHINyan, you can check out a few of their photos below. Of course, they’re all named after their human counterparts!
Named after Minho, MINONyan is the biggest member.
TEAMINyan, named after Taemin, is the youngest member…and also an excellent dancer!
Named after Jonghyun, JONGNyan is the lead vocalist of the group.
ONEWNyan gets his name from Onew and is the true leader of SHINyan.
KEYNyan is the smarts of the group and named after Key.
SHINyan all together and living large!
The music was mixed specifically to attract the attention of real kitties — according to the record label and they were able to get six cats (out of six) to “look around” in testing. In addition to the meows you can clearly hear in the song, samples of paper bags crinkling are included in the tune as well as high-pitched sounds out of human range that cats should be able to hear have been mixed in at at 180 bpm. They claim that these sounds will put your cat in a good mood.
If you have a feline in your home, be sure to try playing this song for your kitty and see how it responds! We should note that smartphone speakers may not be able to adequately reproduce the high-pitched frequencies, so you may need to bust out a pair of quality speakers to see any results.
And in case you haven’t seen the original music video at all, you can check it out below. We have to say, it’s not quite as good as the feline version.
And if you don’t happen to have any kitties at home, we suppose you could just plug yourself into your favorite VR headset and try riding a catbus instead. It may not be real, but at least you won’t have to worry about getting fur everywhere!
Sources: Facebook/SHINyan, YouTube/Universal Music Japan, PR Wire
Featured image: YouTube/Universal Music Japan