Grading the K-Pop Agencies: Part Two (Plan A, Pledis, Star Empire, Starship, Top, TS, WM, Woollim)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies: Part Two (Plan A, Pledis, Star Empire, Starship, Top, TS, WM, Woollim)

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. Read Part … Continue reading

Song Review: Sonamoo – I (Knew It)
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Song Review: Sonamoo – I (Knew It)

It took them awhile, but girl group Sonamoo have finally released two fantastic, back-to-back singles. This summer’s Friday Night was an unexpected, disco-infused treat, but I (아이) ups the ante by pulling influence from k-pop’s past. The song may have been produced by one half of the ubiquitous e.one production duo, but its dramatic, brass-spiked … Continue reading

The Top Ten Best Songs by SECRET
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The Top Ten Best Songs by SECRET

Few k-pop groups have embraced a retro sound as wholeheartedly as Secret. Though they haven’t released any new material since 2014, they were a huge presence in the girl group landscape from 2010-2012 and have since gone on to have successful solo careers. While we wait (impatiently) for a reunion, here are their best title … Continue reading

Song Review: B.A.P – Wake Me Up
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Song Review: B.A.P – Wake Me Up

Since their return in late 2015, B.A.P have swung wildly between concepts and tones, giving us lighter fare like Feel So Good and That’s My Jam sandwiched between the edgier Skydive and Young, Wild & Free. They’ve maintained a remarkably high quality throughout, and that doesn’t change with new single Wake Me Up. Wake Me Up … Continue reading