Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2021: Part Two (KQ, P Nation, RBW, Starship, TOP, WM, Woollim)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2021: Part Two (KQ, P Nation, RBW, Starship, TOP, WM, Woollim)

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. Make sure to … Continue reading

Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2021: Part One  (Brand New, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, IST, Jellyfish)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2021: Part One (Brand New, Cube, DSP, Fantagio, FNC, IST, Jellyfish)

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

Song Review: ONEWE – Star
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Song Review: ONEWE – Star

As expected, ONEWE and ONEUS’s careers are closely entangled. I’m still waiting for another inter-group collaboration, but the acts often seem to release music within weeks of each other. In ONEWE’s case, Star (별) is a pre-release for upcoming projects, setting the stage for the return of their melancholic rock sound. It’s a very affecting … Continue reading

Song Review: SF9 – Trauma
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Song Review: SF9 – Trauma

I went into this year’s Kingdom: Legendary War familiar with SF9’s music but not attached to the group itself. I’m not sure the competition changed that much, but their interpretation of Taemin’s Move offered a potential inroad that caught my attention. Its sleek, dancefloor-ready sound and stylish image informed parts of their summer comeback Tear … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: SHINee, Miss A, Girls’ Generation, BTOB, SF9
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Battle of the B-Sides: SHINee, Miss A, Girls’ Generation, BTOB, SF9

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: NCT 127, Woodz, Hyolyn, P1Harmony, Gugudan
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Battle of the B-Sides: NCT 127, Woodz, Hyolyn, P1Harmony, Gugudan

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