Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Three: #31-40

The songs in the last post ended up being pretty diverse, with lots of different styles and moods.  This time, the majority of them happen to be really upbeat and catchy.  There are a few that are more emotional and introspective, but I think it’s safe to say my preference for dance tracks will be more prominent from now on.  We’re also going to see my love for a certain agency’s artists start to come into play (I don’t do it on purpose, I swear!), but rest assured – I’m still committed to being as multifandom as possible!

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Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part One: #51-100

About a year ago, I kicked off this blog with my 50 favorite K-pop songs of 2016 listed by season.  This time, I decided it would be fun to do an “official” ranking. So, I grabbed a set of index cards and wrote down all the songs I wanted to talk about… only to end up with 100 tracks instead of the planned 50.  I change my favorites constantly, so I probably should have known how it would go. After all, this is what happens when you’re unapologetically multifandom. I eventually narrowed my choices down to a Top 50, but I decided to make the extra effort and do a “bonus” post. I wanted to share the other songs I liked, and it’s always important to promote good music!

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MAMA 2017: Predicting the Winners

The MNET Asian Music Awards are finally upon us!  The week-long awards started in Vietnam this past weekend, with another show in Japan and the main event in Hong Kong.  After over a month of online voting, fans all over the world are waiting to find out which K-Pop acts will come out on top. Many categories are a head-to-head battle between EXO and BTS, but there are so many other questions to answer: Will all the recent hype over BTS in the US affect an Asian awards ceremony?  Will EXO manage to grab their fifth daesang for Best Album? With three comebacks each, will TWICE or Red Velvet be named the top girl group of 2017? And after enjoying years of favoritism, will any YG artists get recognized at all?  This year’s definitely going to be an interesting one.

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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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[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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Rapid(ish) Reviews: August 2017 (GFriend, Sunmi, Winner, and more)

Frequent readers of my blog will know I started out mainly writing reviews of K-POP’s latest releases.  I still really enjoy doing those, but they’re super time-consuming.  On average, it takes me about two days to do all the research, make GIFs, and actually write the review…and that’s when I’m focused! If I did that for every group I liked or I was interested in, I’d be forever behind. And there also just times when I don’t feel I have enough material to fill up a whole post.  So I’ve come up with a new solution!

Rapid(ish) Reviews will be a blanket post for multiple artists at once. I’ll still use the same scoring system, but I’m going to focus on what I feel is most pertinent rather than every single little thing. I’m still going to do the big reviews for artists that I really like and/or feel I have a lot to say about, but I think this is an easier way to share my opinions when I’m pressed for time.  Because there were so many comebacks in August, I’ve split this into multiple posts.  This one will cover the more well-known idols or ones who have been around for a while.  I’ll make another one about all the rookies / Produce 101 alum.

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Soribada Awards 2017: Winners List

 

On September 20, digital music platform Soribada hosted their first ever BEST K-MUSIC AWARDS. Eligible songs were from September 2016 to August 2017, with online voting starting in July.

New Korean Wave Producer Award: Iggy Youngbae (I assume for a GFriend song)
New Korean Wave Music Video Award: Zanybros (I’m not sure if they were nominated for a specific MV, but they worked with many of the artists that were there: B.A.P., Mamamoo, GFriend, KNK, Wanna One)
New Korean Wave Music Star Award: Sonamoo and KNK
New Korean Wave OST Award: Ailee, “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow” (Goblin)
New Korean Wave Rookie Award: Pentagon and Wanna One
New Korean Wave Popularity Award: EXO
New Korean Wave Icon Award: Red Velvet
New Korean Wave Trot Award: Tae Jin Ah and Hong Jin Young
New Korean Wave Global Achievement Award: Eru
New Korean Wave Photogenic Award: DIA
New Korean Wave Rising Hot Star Award: WJSN and Wanna One
New Korean Wave Voice Award: Han Dong Geun
New Korean Wave Performance Award: NCT 127 and gugudan
New Korean Wave Artist Award: BTS (not in attendance)

2017 SOBA 11 (aka the Bonsang Prizes): Hwang Chi Yeul, T-ara, BTOB, EXO, Vixx, B.A.P., Mamamoo, Red Velvet, GFriend, Monsta X, Twice

Digital Daesang: Twice

Daesang (grand prize): EXO

I was originally going to do a recap, but there wasn’t all that much to sum up.  Groups won awards, gave speeches, and performed their latest hits; there weren’t any special stages or collaborations. And all the artists stayed backstage, so it’s not like I can comment on their reactions to each other. Also, the streaming on V-Live was terrible. There was this weird echo/loop on the audio for the first thirty minutes, and the image kept cutting out or going out of sync.  I know it’s a first time show, but those are some serious growing pains.

I’m not sure how much of a big deal these awards are or will be, especially compared to long-standing shows like MAMA, Melon, or Gaon Chart.  It’s kind of strange that certain habitual award recipients like BTS, GOT7, BLACKPINK (and/or any YG artist), and Seventeen are nowhere to be seen. (BTS literally just started their comeback and they did send an acceptance speech, but it’s still a little weird) And to be honest, I don’t know what half of those awards mean or what the criteria was for deciding any of them.  But I’m really impressed with the diversity of the artists they awarded.  They’re mostly all groups big in the last five years, but there’s still a wide variety.  And I’m really happy with the attention they gave to all those rookies. They all deserve more recognition, and I’m glad they got it.  I’ll be interested to see if Soribada does this again next year and how it will be – hopefully a better streaming experience!

Sources: V-Live, Soompi, Wikipedia

GFriend Profile Added + A Bunch of New Content Coming Your Way

Another month, another group profile! I finished GFriend just in time for their comeback! I’ve also been working on one for a certain extremely popular boy group that’s coming back in less than a week…but I have other things I want to do, so I might put it to the side for a week or two.

I can’t believe we’re already so far into September! I had so many great new blog updates planned, and all of a sudden the month’s halfway through.  Where does all the time go????  The good news is that I’ve been working on a lot of different posts over the past couple of weeks, so I’m looking to post a lot in the next couple of weeks.  Here’s what’s coming up next (in no particular order):

*A post about the K.A.R.D. fan meeting I went to in London
*A “Favorites” post for August
*The rest of my reviews for August comebacks and debuts.  As you might have noticed, I’ve had less and less time to write full in-depth reviews for groups, and sometimes I just don’t have enough to say to merit a whole post.  So I decided that I would save writing the long reviews for my favorite groups, and then make one big monthly post to do quick opinions on all the rest.
*Bias appreciation post for September: This is a monthly topic I’ve been waiting to do for a while.  It’s just a fun semi-fangirl kind of post where I talk about my bias and the reasons I’ve chosen him or her.  If you want a hint of who I picked for this month, I’m thinking of permanently naming this column “That’s Right, My Type.”
*Quizzes: When I was in London to see K.A.R.D., my friend and I basically spent the entire weekend doing K-Pop personality quizzes.  It was so much fun, and I thought that would be a fun thing to add to this blog.  This one might take a while, but it will be an EXO quiz.

So to sum it up, a lot of EXO related stuff and some other things (XD XD XD)

Love, K

 

Favorites of 2017: March

(Oops, we’re already over halfway through April….)

As I predicted, March was all about the boy groups for me. Though of course several girl groups had solid comebacks, most of my attention was consumed by favorites like Got7 and Monsta X.  But no matter your preferences, there was something for everyone this month.

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