Last year saw BTS’s meteoric rise to the top, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere. They smashed all kinds of records with Wings and “Blood Sweat and Tears,” and they continue to do so with their repackage You Never Walk Alone. Their latest comeback is very typical BTS: good music, meaningful lyrics, intricate choreography, intriguing music videos, and plenty to talk about!
NCT did well with their various debuts, but it seems like they’ve really stepped up their game this year. “Limitless” was awesome, and I’m really liking “My First and Last.” While I’m fairly concerned about how much rest Mark and Haechan got these past few months, I think that this is a really great comeback for NCT Dream. “My First and Last” is really appealing because it’s fun and it has a very nostalgic quality to it.
SF9 really impressed me with their debut last fall. I didn’t know a whole lot about them because I quit watching d.o.b (their survival show Dance or Band) halfway through. They weren’t doing so well when I stopped, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that they were going to debut first. What they’ve done so far shows me that they have a lot of potential.
I’m always down for a Red Velvet comeback. They’re not just one of my top girl groups – they’re one of my top K-pop groups period. I wasn’t quite as enamored with “Rookie” as I am with some of their other title tracks, but I think that it does fit well with the signature sound that they’ve established. It’s definitely whimsical and fun, but is that enough?
I was expecting January to be a slow time for K-pop, but we still got a lot of great of music. Female artists basically dominated this month for me. A lot of my favorite rookie girl groups had comebacks, Dreamcatcher had a strong debut, Seohyun and Suzy released amazing music, and three of my favorite biases had an amazing collaboration. Yet I couldn’t completely forget about boy groups – “Limitless” turned me into a major NCT fan.