To put it kindly, Cube Entertainment has been going through a lot of changes lately. They just lost their two most influential groups when they disbanded 4minute and Beast decided to form their own agency. Although they still have Hyuna and Hyunseung, their remaining idol groups must really be feeling the pressure. CLC is the first Cube act up in 2017, and they’ve started the year off with complete image change. I’ve been rooting for CLC because I think that they have potential, and the teasers intrigued me.
I have such mixed feelings about I.O.I’s disbandment. In a way, I’m not overly sad because I know that all of these girls will either be in other girl groups or work as soloists. However, it’s clear that they developed a strong bond, and it’s sad that they won’t be able to see each other as regularly as before. In light of their disbandment, I wanted to make an appreciation post to fangirl about these bright and talented girls.
Dal Shabet’s little sister group Minx has revamped and redebuted as Dreamcatcher. They’ve completely reversed their image, going from sexy-cute to dark and edgy. I have been so excited for this ever since their teasers started coming out. I love their name, I love their logo, and I love their concept. It’s hard for me to tell how well their debut is received in Korea, but I personally think that they’ve made a strong entrance onto the playing field.
It seems like many international K-Pop fans have at least one group that they feel is underrated and want others to stan. There are a lot of under-appreciated groups in this competitive industry and they all deserve attention, but I think that Sonamoo really needs a lot of love. Some groups are more popular in Korea and some are more popular internationally, but I almost never see anyone talking about Sonamoo. It’s such a shame.
The girls have started off the new year with a comeback and a catchy dance track, maintaining the bright and cheery image they had with “I Like You Too Much.” I think these girls are very talented, and I was anticipating this comeback.
I was pretty ambivalent about NCT as a whole throughout 2016. I like “The Seventh Sense,” but “Fire Truck” just isn’t my thing. And I have no connection with NCT Dream, being at least nine years older than any given member. Basically, NCT was a group that I didn’t closely follow. “Limitless” totally changed all of that. People (including me) make fun of the fashion, but they released a really quality song. I hope that it’s grabbing other people’s attention like it did mine.
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Cosmic Girls has returned with a bright concept! Being pretty new, the rookie group has yet to land on a solid image. So far they’ve had cutesy debut “Mo Mo Mo,” sexy “Catch Me,” and the ethereal “Secret.” The latter was one of my favorite releases of 2016, so I was excited to see what they brought to the table. I’ll try my best not to compare the two too much, but it’s going to be really difficult.
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2017 barely started before AOA dropped some new music. And they gave us two title tracks, no less! I like AOA’s songs and my boyfriend is a big fan (what a surprise), so both of us were anticipating this comeback.
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Maybe it’s because these songs were released more recently and I haven’t had time to get bored with them, but I feel like a lot of my favorite songs of the year were released in the fall. That is to say, a lot of songs that I would probably put in my Top 10 of 2016. I thought that there were a lot of comebacks in the summer, but I was wrong. There were so many comebacks and so much to listen to! It seems that this has continued into January, and I already have a long list of songs that I really like.
*Note: The month that these songs are listed under refers to the period where I listened to it the most, not the actual release date (since some were released in the final days of the month).
This summer had a lot of fun releases that perfectly suited the season. It was dominated by girl groups, with the likes of Gfriend, Wonder Girls, I.O.I., and Red Velvet taking a lot of music show wins. My personal list of favorites for summer is female-dominated, so go girl power!
Around this time, I realized that there was no going back: I was officially a fan of K-pop. So I embraced it. I watched even more MVs and variety shows. I got back into dancer mode and started to teach myself choreography from various dance practices (girl groups only so far). And I went to KCON France, which was a couple days before my birthday! This spring had a lot of great new music, as well as comebacks from some of my favorite artists.