In my last post, I mentioned that I liked BTOB more for their personalities than their music. I feel the opposite way about B.A.P. I do enjoy their variety shows and broadcasts, but I literally became their fan because of one song. Last fall, “Skydive” smashed into my life to become one of my favorites. I was really moved by their storyline they took on and the detail in their music video. “Wake Me Up” is also thought-provoking, but it takes it one step further. While many can probably relate to its subject, it’s based on B.A.P’s real experiences – which makes it all the more meaningful.
You know how sometimes you like a group for their personalities more than their music? That was me with BTOB. I think that they’re hilarious and I always look forward to their variety shows, but I just couldn’t get into their music. Don’t get me wrong, I can tell that they’re immensely talented. But I never found a song of theirs that I would put on repeat or keep listening to after promotions. Luckily they came back with “Movie,” and I love everything about it.
Normally, I avoid teasers because I find them misleading. But GFriend’s teasers got me so hyped. The Awakening, indeed. The popular girl group is clearly ready to their expand their horizons, and this comeback is supposed to signal a big turning point. It turns out that “Fingertip” isn’t that different from their previous work, but it’s a solid step in a new direction.
Love her or hate her, Taeyeon is undeniably a major force in the K-pop industry. Her album is charting well, and she got both an all-kill and a certified all-kill only a few days after the release – after the major changes to the chart, no less. Her new album shows her at her best and proves her versatility. “Fine” is another strong addition to her already impressive discography and helps solidify who she is as an artist.
I’ll admit it: I really only paid attention to gugudan because of the I.O.I connection. That is, I did at first. As I got to know more about them, I came to appreciate them as a whole. They’re a very talented group with a lot of potential, and they have a lot of charm. While I wasn’t that into “Wonderland,” I’m absolutely living for “A Girl Like Me.” It’s quickly become one of my new favorite songs.
I feel like Lovelyz is one of those groups who are kind of in the middle but still doing pretty well. They haven’t yet achieved “notoriety” or reached some milestones considered important for a K-pop group’s success (like music show wins). But they seem to have a solid fandom, and their albums and songs chart well. It seems like a matter of time before they will hit it big. I’m not as enamored with “WoW!” as I was with “Destiny,” but I think it’s better suited for the group’s overall image and style.
While there were several newer groups like K.A.R.D. that had strong comebacks, February belonged to the heavy hitters. Red Velvet dominated the first half of the month, while top groups of 2016 BTS and Twice battled it out in the second. Powerhouse Taeyeon ended the month on a high note with a solid album. There was a lot going on, but there was a lot to enjoy.
It’s amazing how far Twice has come in such a short time. They’ve accomplished so much in a year and a half! 2016 was very good to them, and it seems that 2017 will be no different. In the space of its short promotion, “Knock Knock” has topped the charts, gone head to head with BTS for Youtube records, and snagged some music show wins to boot. It looks like the “TWICEcoaster” has no chance of slowing down.
K.A.R.D. is getting so much attention, and they haven’t even officially debuted yet! It seems like there is definitely interest for a new co-ed group, with many potential fans excited about their future. There’s a lot of hype over these guys, but I think that they’re going to be able to live up to it. They’re building a solid foundation for themselves in terms of music and image, and their songs are so darn catchy!