Building off my “Most Epic Days in K-pop” feature, I thought I’d spotlight some of the most epic weeks in K-pop history.
K-pop is a Monday through Friday affair (at least in my time zone), with some weeks stuffed to the brim with releases. But, not all include multiple 9+ rated songs. This feature will take you through some of these blockbuster weeks, day by day.
March 5-9, 2012
TUESDAY: Bigbang – Fantastic Baby
After a lull on Monday, the week kicked off with the debut of Fantastic Baby‘s music video. The song had been revealed a few days prior as part of the group’s album Alive, but in true YG fashion the guys promoted several title tracks. Following the more subdued sounds of Bad Boy and Blue, Fantastic Baby knocked down the door with electropop fury. It’s an undisputed K-pop classic.
TUESDAY: C-Real – Joma Joma
You may not know the name C-Real (or as I like to think of them: “cereal”), but this underrated girl group released some solid material. During this period, K-pop was still flirting with a 60’s retro trend. Joma Joma adheres to this soundscape, throwing a catchy melody over the top. It’s cute without being saccharine, and the harmonized chorus sounds great.
WEDNESDAY: Nine Muses – Ticket
This being 2012, you know Sweetune had something to say! Nine Muses released their long-awaited mini album after several digital singles. Ticket fused everything together in an irresistible package, led by its swirling chorus and layered vocal. Surf guitar rounds out the arrangement, crafting an earworm for the ages. Their imperial phase was well on its way!
THURSDAY: EXO – History
Well, this is one of my favorite K-pop songs of all-time. Is there anything left to say about how fantastic it is? History preceded the impending debut of EXO and was performed by the group’s “K” and “M” units, back when SM was still riding high on the whole “super powers from EXO planet” concept. The song is an immortal banger, and hints at an incredible career to come.
B1A4’s This Time Is Over, which was pre-released ahead of the album the following week:
LEDapple’s Sadness, which would later be promoted with a music video (March 26):