A First-Timer at KCON New York (Part One): The Convention

At this point, KCON New York happened a full month ago… yet I still find myself thinking about it every day. There’s so much to share that I’m making several posts, but I think covering the convention is a good place to start! This was the first time I’ve been to such a large scale K-pop event, so I was really looking forward to seeing and doing everything KCON had to offer. Since it was my first time, I decided to give some basic information and my general impressions for people who are thinking of going next year – or for people who already went and want to compare notes!

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Return From Hiatus!!!

Hello all! Long time no talk! Is everyone enjoying their summer? Do you all love “Dance the Night Away” as much as I do?

As you might have figured out, this blog has been on an unexpected hiatus for the past few months. 2018 has been absolutely crazy, and life threw me some curveballs pretty early on in the year. I actually ended up relocating back to the US, which was difficult because I hadn’t been planning on it… but I’ve also been determined to make the most out of the hand I’ve been dealt. I decided to make a big life change, and hopefully I’ll have some good news to announce here in the near future!

The downside to all these new and exciting changes is that I just haven’t been able to make posts here – and it honestly makes me sad. Last year was really hard for me, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this blog was one of the few good things to come out of it. I had lots of free time because of my visa restrictions in France, and I poured all of it into creating and running “Katherine Does K-pop.” I treated it like my job because I couldn’t have a real one, and it became a way of keeping myself active and focusing my energy.  Writing is one of my passions, and I’m just disappointed that I had to step back and rework my plans – even if it was just for a little bit.

That being said, things are starting to settle down in my life… which means that I’m officially lifting my self-imposed hiatus! You might have noticed me quietly updating most of my group profiles over the past month, but now I’m ready to get back to actually posting!  Despite the long absence, I’ve been keeping up with K-pop all this time – and I’m so excited to start writing again.

I have lots of things that I want to do, but I want to start things off with some posts about KCON NY.  It was the most amazing experience, and I have some pretty wild stories. (Okay, only ONE wild story… but I promise that it’s a good one!)  Then, I’ll do some general posts about K-pop in 2018 so far.  Hopefully after that, I’ll be able to get my reviews going again – though I think I’m going to tweak how I do those a little bit. I have lots of other fun stuff planned, but I think I’ll keep those a secret until I get back into my routine.

If you’re one of my followers, thanks so much for being patient and coming back.  If you’re new here, then welcome and thanks for stopping by! Here’s to a new era of this blog!

Love,

Katherine

Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Six: #1-10

It’s been a long and unexpected hiatus (5 months exactly – more on that in an upcoming post). K-pop is a fast moving industry, and most of the groups that I’ve chosen for this post have already made comebacks or are releasing new music imminently. Just waiting on you, EXO BUT, I’m the type of person who tries to see things through no matter how behind I find myself.  Leaving this post out would drive me nuts when I’ve already finished all the others. So, please join me on a blast back to recent past as I celebrate the songs that completely captured my heart in 2017!

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Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Five: #11-20

This is probably the most personal section of my list.  I tend to naturally follow the trends, so most of my Top 10 songs were really popular in Korea or internationally (or both). But interestingly enough, this second tier speaks a lot to my more individual tastes. Given the content of half of these songs, you could probably guess where my mind was at in 2017.  But regardless of subject matter, these are all good quality tracks. This part of the list contains the music I had a soft spot for this year, the songs that I absolutely loved and listened to constantly when they came out. Though I may have occasionally taken a break or been swayed by comebacks from my bias groups, I always returned in the end.   Continue reading

Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Four: #21-30

Okay, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way: there are a bunch of boy groups in this post. Apparently, this is the part where I decided to put all the comebacks that have attractive men with intense auras. (Fortunately, the rest of the Top 50 will be more diverse!) I tried to be as articulate as usual, and not just write fancy versions of “OMG I love [insert group name here]” or “[Insert bias name here] is so attractive.” I think I did pretty well, but I’ll still warn you that the fangirl in me might occasionally take over. Continue reading

Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Three: #31-40

The songs in the last post ended up being pretty diverse, with lots of different styles and moods.  This time, the majority of them happen to be really upbeat and catchy.  There are a few that are more emotional and introspective, but I think it’s safe to say my preference for dance tracks will be more prominent from now on.  We’re also going to see my love for a certain agency’s artists start to come into play (I don’t do it on purpose, I swear!), but rest assured – I’m still committed to being as multifandom as possible!

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Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Two: #41-50

It’s hard doing rankings when you’re multifandom. Your favorites change like clockwork, and you literally like everything. I’ve been stubbornly pretending I don’t have a new ultimate bias for a month now, because I’ve switched four times this year alone. The only thing that’s ever certain is that you want all your bias groups to do well.  So while I want to honor all my faves in these posts, I struggle because I really just want everybody to be #1.  But for the sake of this blog, I confronted my indecisiveness for once. And I think I’ve come up with a Top 50 that best reflects my tastes as a multifandom K-popper.
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Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part One: #51-100

About a year ago, I kicked off this blog with my 50 favorite K-pop songs of 2016 listed by season.  This time, I decided it would be fun to do an “official” ranking. So, I grabbed a set of index cards and wrote down all the songs I wanted to talk about… only to end up with 100 tracks instead of the planned 50.  I change my favorites constantly, so I probably should have known how it would go. After all, this is what happens when you’re unapologetically multifandom. I eventually narrowed my choices down to a Top 50, but I decided to make the extra effort and do a “bonus” post. I wanted to share the other songs I liked, and it’s always important to promote good music!

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Kim Jonghyun

These past few days have been a very sad time for the K-pop community.  The news of Kim Jonghyun’s passing was the first thing I saw Monday morning, and I’m still processing it in some ways. I’d like to send my deepest condolences to Jonghyun’s family, his fellow SHINee members, his friends and colleagues at SM Entertainment, Shawols, and anyone else who knew and loved him.  Though some time has passed, I still don’t know how to articulate everything I’m thinking and feeling. All the same, I’d like to try.

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Mid-Month Check In + End of the Year Plans!

Wow, it’s been a while since I made one of these! I feel like an eternity has passed since November and the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I really tried to keep my eye on the K-pop scene, because there was so much awesome music being released. Though I did manage to stay up to date, ultimately it was just too difficult to make posts and attempt writing a book at the same time.  But I got my 50,000 words done, and I’m ready to jump back into blogging!

December is a much slower month for K-pop, so it’s a lot easier to play catch-up.  I just published the rest of my October posts, and I’m working on November’s as we speak.  I’m also going to keep posting recaps of The Unit and Mix Nine, although that might be slower because they’re more time-consuming. I’m not going to do any profiles this month, since most of the ones I have up right now need serious updating. But since we’re approaching 2018, I’m planning on doing some year end summary posts!

I hope you’re having a happy holiday season, wherever you may be!

Love,

K