NU’EST W Comeback Review: “Where You At”

It’s been quite a year for NU’EST.  Though they started 2017 on the verge of disbandment, they’re ending it more popular than ever before. They saw joining Produce 101 as a last-ditch effort, but in reality the show brought them more love and attention than they could have ever expected.  With Minhyun in Wanna One, many were anticipating what NU’EST W’s comeback would be like.  I’ll admit that I’m highly biased, but I think everything about “Where You At” is excellent. In fact, it’s one of my favorite releases of this entire year – perhaps even the favorite. Continue reading

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Favorites of 2017: September

September started off what is turning out to be a long string of boy group comebacks, and my tastes are reflected accordingly.  I really do try to stay balanced and listen to both girl and boy groups, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always work out.  I confess that I spent most of my attention on EXO and BTS: the former because they’re my favorite group, and the latter because I was really impressed with their latest music.  However, many groups reminded me that I shouldn’t be forgetting about them either.

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That’s Right My Type: An Appreciation Post for NU’EST’s JR

October has been all about the rise of NU’EST W, from topping charts to getting their first ever music show win after five long years. They even got nominated for Best Male Group at the MAMAs this year! (I don’t think they’ll win, but wouldn’t that be nice?) If 2017 in K-Pop has proven anything, it’s that NU’EST are reversal icons and dreams can come true. So of course this month’s choice is the man who brought me and so many others to this wonderful group: Kim Jonghyun, also known as JR.

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[POLL] MAMA 2017 Nominees: Who Will Come Out On Top?

Awards season is coming, and the MNET Asian Music Awards (hereafter referred to as MAMA) is kicking things off with a bang! It’s only been two days, and my social media feeds are already filled with people discussing the nominations. As I write this, fans all over the world are diligently trying to get on MNET’s bugging website and vote for their favorites.  I’m multifandom, so I’m having a really hard time choosing. Also, my computer seems to hate that site. So I thought I’d do something a little different!

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BTS Comeback Review: “DNA”

BTS is the group to beat right now.  After exploding in popularity last year, they’ve continued to achieve new heights both in their home country and the international K-Pop market.  There’s been so much buzz around them lately, from their Billboard award to their associations with popular Western artists like The Chainsmokers. The problem with massive popularity, however, is how quickly it can appear over-hyped.  This is especially true in K-Pop, where a fandom’s job is basically to support and promote the group in any way possible.

To be clear, I really like BTS. I even converted my boyfriend into an ARMY (though he’ll never admit it).  But I must confess that sometimes I catch myself wondering, “Are they really as amazing as everyone says they are? Are they really on such a different level from other groups?” When you’re constantly exposed to superficial things like memes and fangirl/fanboy posts on Tumblr, it’s easy to forget the skills and savvy that got BTS to where they are today.  Luckily, “DNA” is the perfect reminder.

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NU’EST Profile Added + Mid-Month Checkin

Hey all! I noticed that I’ve gotten into the habit of providing updates around this time every month, so I figured I’d make it a thing.  I’ve had more time on my hands and I’ve been posting more frequently, but I’m playing catch up.  Hopefully I’ll be on track by the end of October!  So here’s the latest news on what I’m planning for this blog:

Profiles

October’s boy group of the month is NU’EST W! I’m super obsessed with “Where You At” and have been playing it nonstop.  You should definitely give it a listen if you haven’t already.  I also updated the profile for GOT7 in anticipation for their comeback, so it’s all nice and reformatted. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a girl group for October…I was planning on it being Twice, but since they’re coming back on the 30th it might be better to just push them to November.

Reviews

I’m just about finished with September!  There should be a review for BTS and “DNA” out in the next couple days, and then my Rapid(ish) Reviews and Favorites posts should come out quickly after that.  Then I’ll launch into October.  I’m not sure which solo reviews I’ll do yet, but they’ll most likely be GOT7 and NU’EST.

Miscellaneous

*I was planning on alternating between male and female biases for the That’s Right, My Type column, but Twice’s late comeback put a wrench in those plans (again). This month I’ve chosen NU’EST W’s JR, who we all know captured my heart during Produce 101.

*Last month I mentioned on working on an EXO quiz.  I finally got all the material together to make one, but their comeback’s long over.  So I’m going to put that on hold and choose a new group.  I might get my act together and do a quiz for one of the boy groups that’s currently promoting, but it’s more likely that I’ll wait until November for Wanna One’s comeback.

*This fall’s going to get crazy with all of the survival shows!  I was planning on recapping them like I did with Produce 101, but we’ll see how that turns out.  It depends on how much time I have and how quickly subs come out.  If I choose one to recap though, it will most likely be The Unit.

That’s it for now!  I hope you’re all enjoying the wealth of excellent music we’ve been blessed with this month.  I know I have!

Love, K

The End of an Era: Saying Goodbye to Girls’ Generation as We Know Them

As sad as it is, the second generation of K-Pop is slowly ending. For almost two years now, we’ve been constantly peppered with breaking news of the latest disbandment or lineup change. Sometimes it’s not surprising, like Choa parting ways with AOA after a hiatus and months of rumors. Sometimes it’s completely out of the blue, like when Hoya left Infinite. In any case, you’d think we’d be used to all the change by now.  But this latest development concerns Girls’ Generation: the biggest girl group in K-Pop and legends in their own right.  And the K-Pop community’s shocked reaction shows just how much we’ll never truly be ready.

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EXO Comeback Review: “Power”

EXO is going all in on their superpower idea, and my not-so-inner geek is absolutely loving it. Aside from “Mama,” most references to their debut concept have been pretty subtle. Music videos like “Lucky One” and “Ko Ko Bop” were more on the artsy side, hinting at their elemental abilities through cool visual techniques. So I was surprised – and thrilled – that this latest comeback brings their powers front and center.  “Power” is a clear homage to geek culture: comic books, video games, and pretty much every sci-fi movie and show we grew up with.  It’s flashy and borderline kitschy, but it’s also a lot of fun – especially for EXO-Ls.

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Favorites of 2017: August

This was a crazy month for K-Pop.  There was so much going on it took me all the way through September to catch up!  It’s probably because I spent most of August focusing on SNSD’s 10th anniversary and Wanna One’s debut, but there were plenty of great new releases.  Sometimes these posts are biased because I just keep mentioning the same groups over and over again…but this time I’m going to try and cover as many as I can!

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