New & Noteworthy J-pop of the Week (May 14, 2023)
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New & Noteworthy J-pop of the Week (May 14, 2023)

In connection with my desire to fully keep up with the J-pop industry, I’m planning to do a weekly round-up of any new releases that have caught my ear. Some of these may have been covered on the blog already, but my hope is that this will become a one-stop shop for anyone interested in … Continue reading

Song Review: Pentagon – Shh
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Song Review: Pentagon – Shh

Just weeks since the finale of Boys Planet, Pentagon’s Hui is back with his group. But before he (presumably) participates in a big Korean comeback, other members are here to deliver the Japanese-language dance track Shh. This group configuration is down to six people, which is a little jarring for an act that started as … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: Everglow, KARD, Han Seungwoo, SHINee, Pentagon
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Battle of the B-Sides: Everglow, KARD, Han Seungwoo, SHINee, Pentagon

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: Key, Pentagon, Red Velvet, A.C.E, Kim Hyun Joong
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Battle of the B-Sides: Key, Pentagon, Red Velvet, A.C.E, Kim Hyun Joong

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: Pentagon – Daisy
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Song Review: Pentagon – Daisy

Daisy (데이지) holds a special place among Pentagon’s comebacks for a variety of reasons. It’s their first single since participating in Road to Kingdom, their first without main vocal Jinho, and their first in a long while with member Yanan. The one thing that hasn’t changed is leader Hui’s participation in Daisy’s songwriting. His style … Continue reading