Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2018: #11-20

Though I consume a lot of K-pop (clearly), I don’t actually spend a lot of time listening to the same songs. I tend to really get into a group’s new single for however long they promote it, and then I file it away and move on to the next track of the week. So although I like plenty of songs, dozens even, there are only about 20-30 that I’ll listen to for extended periods of time beyond that initial release. For me, it’s an effective way to stay a general K-pop fan and check myself from getting overly absorbed into one or two groups. The singles in this section of the list are ones that I really enjoyed throughout the year – though they ultimately didn’t make the Top 10, every single one of them was a contender.

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Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2018: #21-30

I call this part of the list the “Favoritism” section. That might seem a little weird since we’re basically halfway through the series, but it’s because I changed things up this year. I decided to allow more than two songs by my favorites groups because it was a more accurate reflection of what I really listened to, which means a lot of them have three songs that placed really highly. So, this post generally consists of my ultimate bias groups (aka SM artists – the takeover starts here) and/or groups that I saw at KCON and have become more invested in.

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That Time I Met Super Junior’s Donghae

Happy Super Junior comeback day, everybody!  “One More Time (Otra Vez)” has been on repeat all day in this household, to absolutely no one’s surprise. The timing of this post is actually a happy coincidence, but I’m just going to pretend like I’m super organized and planned this all along. Procrastination for the win So in my previous posts about KCON NY, I mentioned that I unexpectedly came face to face with Super Junior’s Donghae – an encounter that still leaves me slightly dumbfounded whenever I think about it.  I was fully prepared to see all of these idols from afar and/or behind a sea of other K-pop fans; I never expect to find myself two feet away from my ultimate bias.

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A First-Timer at KCON New York (Part Two): Saturday’s Concert

In the years since I’ve discovered K-pop, I’ve been lucky to attend a fair amount of concerts.  They’re usually on the smaller side in terms of venues (the downside of being a Western fan), and I’ve always been impressed by how the fans’ excitement makes everything seem so much bigger. But there’s nothing quite like sitting in a giant stadium surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, is there?  I thoroughly enjoy going to see any K-pop concert, but KCON New York was an especially magical time. There’s just something about seeing so many great acts in one place – especially if some of them are your faves!

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A First-Timer at KCON New York (Part One): The Convention

At this point, KCON New York happened a full month ago… yet I still find myself thinking about it every day. There’s so much to share that I’m making several posts, but I think covering the convention is a good place to start! This was the first time I’ve been to such a large scale K-pop event, so I was really looking forward to seeing and doing everything KCON had to offer. Since it was my first time, I decided to give some basic information and my general impressions for people who are thinking of going next year – or for people who already went and want to compare notes!

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Katherine’s Top K-Pop Releases of 2017, Part Six: #1-10

It’s been a long and unexpected hiatus (5 months exactly – more on that in an upcoming post). K-pop is a fast moving industry, and most of the groups that I’ve chosen for this post have already made comebacks or are releasing new music imminently. Just waiting on you, EXO BUT, I’m the type of person who tries to see things through no matter how behind I find myself.  Leaving this post out would drive me nuts when I’ve already finished all the others. So, please join me on a blast back to recent past as I celebrate the songs that completely captured my heart in 2017!

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