SNSD Comeback Review: “Holiday” and “All Night”

These are turbulent times for K-pop’s second generation, especially for female idols. In the past year, we’ve seen so many iconic girl groups disband: Kara, 4minute, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, and my personal favorite Sistar (*sobs*).  With all these unexpected goodbyes, it’s kind of a miracle Girls’ Generation made it to the ten year mark.  The revelation that they’re negotiating their contracts ruined it a bit, and I think we’re all still better about that one week of promotions.  Nonetheless, we still got to celebrate with their first album in two years.  And though many agree this comeback wasn’t up to par for such a special anniversary, both songs are still fun.

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That Time I Went to see Monsta X: Beautiful Tour in Paris 2017

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since Monsta X was here! I’m usually not much of a concert goer, but I’m pretty flexible when it comes to K-pop groups.  They don’t often come to Paris and they never come to Boston, so I gotta see my faves when I can.  And Monsta X was high on my list!  They were one of the first groups I discovered, and they’ve been in my Top 5 ever since. (I literally change favorites all the time, so in my world that’s a big deal) Plus I really liked Beautiful, which I think is their best album and title track so far.  So suffice it to say that I was super excited for this.

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Group Profile Update – Wanna One added!

Hi again! I want to apologize to frequent visitors for the lack of activity on this blog – this summer’s been a busy one! I have a lot of different posts in the works, but I still have to edit most of them.  In the meantime, I’ve been working on building up my Group Profile page, and I just did one for Wanna One! I plan to follow their activities closely, so I hope that this will be a good resource for fans and people who want to check them out.

A little update on what’s coming: The next post I will do will definitely be about the Monsta X concert, because I’ve been slacking off on that for like a week now.  After that, I will get back to reviews because it’s been a while!  I will definitely do Wanna One, and I’ll also do SNSD even though their promotions ended abruptly and there’s all that contract renewal drama.  I haven’t decided which other groups I will cover yet because there are so many, but I’m happy to take any requests!

– K

New Twitter Account!

Hi all!  I’ve been thinking about making a Twitter account for this blog for a while, and I’ve been putting it off because I’m lazy.  But I’m headed to the Monsta X concert tonight, and I wanted a place to share photos and thoughts.

SO! If you want to follow me, you can now find me at @katdoeskpop 🙂

In the meantime, I’ll make a post about my concert experience in the next couple of days!

– K

Favorites of 2017: July

I had my suspicions before, but July proved I’m heavily biased towards SM artists.  It’s more of a “I like their music/style” thing rather than a “SM is the best/blindly following the company” thing, but there it is. I always try to be diverse, since there are so many other groups out there to love.  But when Red Velvet and EXO both had comebacks this month, my preferences were clear. “Red Flavor” and “Ko Ko Bop” were by far my most played songs, and I was way more enthusiastic about them than anyone else.  But at the same time, I do think there were several groups that had quality music.

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Favorites of 2017: June

June is my favorite month!  To be fair, that’s really because I was born in June (Gemini all the way, baby). It’s probably because I’m biased, but it always seems like only good things happen this month. And June has given me some of my absolute favorite K-pop songs.  While I favored some of the up and coming rookies, a lot of older groups also came out with some catchy music that intrigued me.  And there were a lot of upbeat dance tracks, which are my favorite kind.

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Favorites of 2017: May

Oh my gosh, May feels like forever ago. K-pop moves so darn fast.  There wasn’t a whole lot going on in the beginning (because of elections?), but the last week brought a whole rush of comebacks that threw me off schedule.  I considered skipping this post altogether because it’s been so long, but ultimately my perfectionism need to be consistent won out. Plus there were a lot of great songs this month.  May may not have had a lot of new music, but there was a lot of diversity.  All of my favorite songs this month are very different in terms of sound, and I’m loving it.

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