Top Three K-Pop Songs of November 2017
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Top Three K-Pop Songs of November 2017

At the end of each month, I look back at my three favorite title tracks by k-pop artists. I take my own ratings into account, but there’s a bit of wiggle room as certain songs tend to grow or fade. November 2017 Overall Thoughts Just like last November, this month saw a quality stream of new releases. … 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

Song Review: K.A.R.D – Rumor
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Song Review: K.A.R.D – Rumor

Co-ed group K.A.R.D’s pre-release strategy has been ambitious and quite successful, and with Rumor they’ve completed the trilogy of singles that herald their upcoming debut. If K.A.R.D’s story so far is one of rising tension and interest, we should be heading toward a climax. But strangely enough, the group has given us similar-sounding tracks three … Continue reading

The Top Ten Best Songs by SS501
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The Top Ten Best Songs by SS501

SS501 was DSP Media’s juggernaut boy group in the mid to late 00’s. Along with groups like TVXQ, Shinhwa, Super Junior and Bigbang, they’re responsible for writing the template of modern k-pop, but unlike those other groups, I feel like they don’t often get as much recognition as they deserve. Leaving behind a stellar kpop discography, … Continue reading

Song Review: Rainbow – Whoo
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Song Review: Rainbow – Whoo

Girl group Rainbow have been kicking around the kpop world for quite some time now, finding great success in their first few years but struggling as of late. They’ve traversed through cute concepts, sexy concepts, and darker, more electronic terrain, and now they’ve returned with Whoo — a blast of pure, unadulterated pop. Other than admiring … Continue reading