Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Two: #41-50

It’s hard doing rankings when you’re multifandom. Your favorites change like clockwork, and you literally like everything. I’ve been stubbornly pretending I don’t have a new ultimate bias for a month now, because I’ve switched four times this year alone. The only thing that’s ever certain is that you want all your bias groups to do well.  So while I want to honor all my faves in these posts, I struggle because I really just want everybody to be #1.  But for the sake of this blog, I confronted my indecisiveness for once. And I think I’ve come up with a Top 50 that best reflects my tastes as a multifandom K-popper.
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Favorites of 2017: October

October is one of my favorite months.  It’s definitely fall, but it’s still the warm and sunny part (there was a week in Paris when the temperature was up to the mid-70’s ).  The leaves are still on the trees and there’s lots of nice colors, and it’s just a very pleasant time of the year.  It’s also one of the best months for K-pop! This month there were so many good releases to fit the mellow autumn mood, but there were also some fun and upbeat surprises.

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Rapid(ish) Reviews, October 2017: BTOB, GOT7, TWICE, SF9, and More

Fall is one of the best times for K-pop because pretty much everyone makes a comeback. Like September, October saw the rise of some of the most talked about boy groups – who all delivered quality music. And though there was little to no activity on the girl group front, TWICE swooped in at the very end to remind us all why they’re the princesses of K-pop.  There was so much going on to like, but here’s a look at the comebacks (and one debut) that really impressed me.

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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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[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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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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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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Highlight Review: “Plz Don’t Be Sad”

The group formerly known as Beast has definitely had some trying times. Original member Hyunseung left just about a year ago, and the remaining members departed from Cube to create their own agency at the end of 2016.  Though the contract renewal negotiations were over, name negotiations weren’t.  Cube had apparently just trademarked it and holds the rights to it for the next decade. And since that apparently wasn’t enough drama, Cube declared that they would be reforming Beast with Hyunseung, blindsiding everybody involved – including Hyunseung.

Despite all of these setbacks, the group rallied really quickly.  They chose the new name Highlight, the name of the last album they released with Cube (and as they put it, the first album with them as five). Now they’ve returned with a fun and lighthearted image.  Though fans were understandably worried about how they would fare after all of these hardships, this comeback (or is it actually a debut?) should assuage those fears.

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