Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2022: SM ENTERTAINMENT
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2022: SM ENTERTAINMENT

This feature has gradually shifted from a December to a November tradition, leaving more space for next month’s sprawling end-of-year countdowns. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at many of K-pop’s biggest agencies and offering my thoughts about how their 2022 went. First up is SM Entertainment. As usual, the thoughts are my … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: Winner, Changmin, AB6IX, ZE:A, Romeo
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Battle of the B-Sides: Winner, Changmin, AB6IX, ZE:A, Romeo

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, Kim Hyung Jun, Nine Muses, Agust D, TVXQ
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Battle of the B-Sides: Ha Sungwoon, Kim Hyung Jun, Nine Muses, Agust D, TVXQ

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: TVXQ, BTS, Dal Shabet, Dreamcatcher, U-Know
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Battle of the B-Sides: TVXQ, BTS, Dal Shabet, Dreamcatcher, U-Know

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