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: Ha Sungwoon – Sneakers
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Song Review: Ha Sungwoon – Sneakers

Despite selling well, Ha Sungwoon’s comebacks never seem to garner all that much attention or discussion. But he’s been remarkably consistent, releasing a string of very strong singles. New track Sneakers (스니커즈) follows suit, harnessing a bright, optimistic melody perfectly suited for summer while managing to filter many of his influences into one consistent song. … Continue reading

Top K-Pop Albums of 2020 (So Far)
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Top K-Pop Albums of 2020 (So Far)

After looking at the year’s best singles (so far), it’s time to turn attention to 2020’s albums. I’ll reiterate what I said yesterday: relative to previous years, it’s been slim pickings. Consistently good mini albums have been particularly hard to find this year, at least in my opinion. But even though the overall picture may … Continue reading