Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2019: Part One (Brand New, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, Jellyfish, MBK, Play M)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2019: Part One (Brand New, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, Jellyfish, MBK, Play M)

Disclaimer: As with my write-ups on K-Pop’s biggest agencies, this is written from an outsider’s perspective. I’m not privy to any business-related financial information beyond what any other fan would know. The purpose of these articles is to examine how well these agencies are serving their artists and the general k-pop fan-base. If you’re curious … Continue reading

Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2018: Part One (Big Hit, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, Jellyfish, MBK)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2018: Part One (Big Hit, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, Jellyfish, MBK)

Disclaimer: As with my write-ups on the Big Three agencies, this is written from an outsider’s perspective. I’m not privy to any business-related financial information beyond what any other fan would know. The purpose of these articles is to examine how well these agencies are serving their artists and the general k-pop fan-base. If you’re … Continue reading

The Top Ten Best Songs by APRIL
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The Top Ten Best Songs by APRIL

Launching in mid-2015, DSP Media’s April debuted with six members (including KARD’s Somin as their leader). Three years later, the group still has six members, but not without a few changes over time. What hasn’t changed all that much is their sound — an effervescent burst of innocent pop music with the occasional symphonic flourish. … Continue reading

Grading the K-Pop Agencies: Part One (Big Hit, Brave, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, Jellyfish, MBK)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies: Part One (Big Hit, Brave, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, Jellyfish, MBK)

Disclaimer: As with my write-ups on the Big Three agencies, this is written from an outsider’s perspective. I’m not privy to any business-related financial information beyond what any other fan would know. The purpose of these articles is to examine how well these agencies are serving their artists and the general k-pop fan-base. Big Hit … Continue reading

Song Review: KARD – Hola Hola
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Song Review: KARD – Hola Hola

Most newer Korean groups make an effort to court international fans, but few have gone as far as KARD. The co-ed quartet are practically unknown in their homeland, yet have amassed an impressive international following in the space of only eight months. With the constant tours and promotional videos comes a trendy brand of music … Continue reading

Song Review: April – Mayday
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Song Review: April – Mayday

As DSP Media’s co-ed group K.A.R.D has continued to gain steam among international audiences, the agency is still trying to figure out what formula will help April break out. The girls initially went down the sickly-sweet bubblegum route, but January’s April Story offered a glimpse at a more mature sound. New single Mayday (메이데이) continues … Continue reading