Battle of the B-Sides: Oh My Girl, Sistar, GOT7, Twice, ONEUS
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Battle of the B-Sides: Oh My Girl, Sistar, GOT7, Twice, ONEUS

K-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.” Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature. In this … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides:  Ha Sungwoon, Nu’est, Lee Jinhyuk, GOT7, Suzy
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Battle of the B-Sides: Ha Sungwoon, Nu’est, Lee Jinhyuk, GOT7, Suzy

K-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.” Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature. In this … Continue reading

Song Review: Jackson Wang – LMLY
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Song Review: Jackson Wang – LMLY

With so many idols (and former idols) branching into international markets, it’s becoming harder to decide which songs to write about on this blog. I mean, Jackson’s LMLY can hardly even be considered K-pop. It’s performed entirely in English by an artist who now works mainly in China. But, we can’t overlook Jackson’s history with … Continue reading

Song Review: GOT7 – Encore
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Song Review: GOT7 – Encore

Last month, GOT7 announced their departure from JYP Entertainment. And as the members started signing with other agencies, a reunion or continuation of group activities seemed more and more unlikely. Yet, out of the blue a new GOT7 youtube channel appeared this week, with leader JB (now coined “Jay B”) promising that the group isn’t … Continue reading

Song Review: GOT7 – Last Piece
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Song Review: GOT7 – Last Piece

A week after unveiling pre-release song Breath, GOT7 have made their official comeback with Last Piece, the title track to their fourth full-length album. Breath didn’t exactly fill me with anticipation, but the teasers for Last Piece hinted at a grittier instrumental that felt fresh and exciting. The entire song doesn’t quite live up to … Continue reading

Song Review: GOT7 – Breath
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Song Review: GOT7 – Breath

GOT7 will return next week with their fourth Korean full-length album, but prior to that they’re sharing pre-release track Breath (넌 날 숨 쉬게 해). Like most of the album, this song is self-penned – in this case by member Youngjae. I think it’s great for idol groups to move into self-production, but that alone … Continue reading