KPop - aka Only Scott Cares - aka Not as Good as Metal

#301

Dreamcatcher really seem to be the queens of b-sides and intros - I always love everything on their albums, and often the b-sides are as awesome as the singles!

CLC’s “No” got 'em their first win. Well deserved, imho, the song is a bop.

Also Loona’s newest teaser is unlike anything I’ve seen in Kpop before. Which I guess I say all the time with this group…

#302

Loona is back!

Their choreography is SO COOL. I don’t often see girl groups dancing like this - it reminds me a lot of Seventeen’s dancing - large formations, using the whole body and doing lifts. Really exciting!

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As a sidenote, not to be a megafan, but I’ve never seen a comeback so fraught with third-party issues. Which isn’t a big deal to me as a person, but it does impact metrics for things like music show wins - Kakao-M didn’t print enough physicals to even meet preorder demands and delayed the album (thus sales). They pulled the album off of Apple music in order to sell it as singles (so it can’t iTunes chart as an album?), and it wasn’t correctly released on Spotify, which wasn’t fixed until three days in.

MCountdown also didn’t release the comeback stage video until several hours after the others were uploaded, which meant the most-viewed was a fancam (which the official Mnet account commented on?) instead of the official video, which impacts metrics for music show votes ig (especially noticeable that it was missing during prime viewing-time in Korea).

TL;DR I guess there’s a Loona curse! ¯\(ツ)

#303

Taemin’s “Want” might be my favorite release this year so far. He’s doing really cool art!

#304

We’re just sitting around waiting for comebacks from MAMAMOO, Sunmi, and other top tier people and this solo artist comes out of nowhere.

This song sounds like it was written by someone from Artzie music. That vaporwavish groove that is always reminiscent of the original score for SDF: Macross. I became a fan immediately. I hope she is successful enough that it’s not just one and done. Just keep singing songs just like this.

#305

Queen of trot took a break from playing PUBG to record a new song. Also going to release her first full album, but some of the tracks will just be her old hits.

#306

GWSN with their second song. Two songs, two hits. I’m all in on them. Definitely the group with the biggest quality/popularity disparity. Hopefully they can get some recognition soon.

Bigger news:

PARK BOM IS BACK

In case people don’t know, she was in 2NE1. There was some controversy because way back in the day she tried to bring Adderall to Korea, which she was legally prescribed in the US, but is illegal in Korea. This contributed to the end of 2NE1 as a group when people dug up the old news a few years back. She really has a unique vocal tone. We haven’t been able to hear her sing in years, so this is really fantastic.

The biggest song right now is the return of EPIK HIGH. They really went all out. Crush features on the song, and IU is in the music video. Tough to beat that. Probably an all kill situation.

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#307

Separate post for the big scandal news. BIGBANG’s Seungri, who always gave off vibes of being a bad boy, turns out to be an actually bad person. He owned a night club where a guy got beat up. That in turn has revealed a huge intertwining scandal that involves drug dealing, arrange prostitutes for VIP clients, corrupt police turning a blind eye, celebrity group chat rooms discussing it, other celebrities in those group chats sharing hidden cam vids of their own sexual encounters, and oooh boy it’s a big one.

Here’s a master post to get all the info.

Basically, anyone involved in this is done. Seungri “retired” from the entertainment industry, but also had his contract terminated. He was going to enlist soon anyway, but now may be enlisting in prison or who knows what.

Jung Joon Young, the hidden cam guy, admitted guilt and is cooperating.

We’ll see who else gets roped up in this. South Korea seems to be strange in that corruption seems to be very common, but also gets severely punished when it is uncovered.

#308

Two more have quit.

#309

Mainstream attention

#310

Explosion of new stuff right now.

MAMAMOO is back like usual.

Baek Yerin is killing it.

Heize also killing it

MOMOLAND with another track in their usual style.

And Tayeon is releasing new music soon.

Yet again, where are the boy groups at? BTS should be back in a month or so. EXO is MIA. TXT, the new group from BTS company is… not my style.

#311

Blackpink is back, with what a lot of people have been speculating is a ‘rushed comeback’. I would actually really love to talk about this song/MV if anyone has thoughts.

A new group, Everglow, debuted with a song that sounds like throwback to second gen. I’m obsessed - song has been stuck in my head for the last week.

#312

The BLACKPINK album is really sad. Their strategy at YG has always been to go quality over quantity to the extreme. Fans were rightfully upset they didn’t come back often enough. Now that they have come back after a normal length break for the KPop world, their quality has suffered. Pretty much every BLACKPINK track up until now, the few that exist, can all live on permanent repeat. This new album, not one track is anything exciting. The title track has this loud horn that feels like it’s part of a banging hook, but it’s all alone on the chorus. It’s not fast or powerful enough to become an earworm. Even the other tracks on the album are meh.

The EVERGLOW song is ok, but the chorus is really fantastic. I understand that pop music composers really want to get away from repeating the chorus too many times, but I see no problem with it. That’s the point of pop music. You made a catchy hook, just blast that shit on repeat. Just mix it up a little bit each time so it’s not a pure repeat.

IZ*ONE’s new song has the instrumentals of a GWSN/f(x) song that is firmly in the hip clothing store music genre. But the vocal is more of a standard girl group thing.

I’m happy to see KARD again, but BM repeating that “running all day, running all night, boom boom” doesn’t do it for me at all.

Taeyeon’s new song is great.

Bolbbolgan4 sound like their usual selves. How many tracks titled Bom or Boom does the world need?

I’m also not into any of the boy groups that are promoting right now. Stray Kids, PENTAGON, CHEN.

We got BTS and TWICE coming back soon, though. Both #1 groups are on their way, so everyone else is getting out of the pool.

#313

BTS new song

Is not really doing it for me. I wish they would go back to this style.

#314

Blackpink is at Coachella! An intrepid fan noticed them practicing sets, including some classics like Whistle which - considering my feelings on their latest releases, makes me pretty happy. I’m so proud of these girls.

BLACKPINK rehearsing for Coachella. pic.twitter.com/yhrYZPz40J

— Isaiah Colin (@Isaiah_Colin) April 12, 2019

Re: Kill This Love, I think you’re right - it feels like they’ve been doing too much too quickly. I was super bummed listening to the song, because it starts out SO strong I thought we were gonna get another Blackpink hit, and it ended up feeling just… unfinished. I’m not sure dddd has an excuse, because that was their first comeback in forever, but it feels like they’ve been almost depending too much on a single producer, not doing quality control, then pushing content that feels incomplete.

I do wonder if this latest comeback was rushed due to the Burning Sun scandal. Still proud of the girls for working so hard, though! I do think YG needs to make better songwriting decisions.

#315

I like dudududududududu. Kill this Love is actually the only BP song that hasn’t been a hit with me.

I think my boy Yung Bae is also at Coachella XD.

#316

Oh man, ddududdudu had to grow on me, where every other BP song was an insta-love. It was the first time I had felt like that, so maybe I’m still shell-shocked from that experience! Or maybe it was the lack of ‘blackpink in your area’ that shocked me :thinking:

With BP at Coachella and late shows, BTS on SNL and, well, being BTS, and NCT going on GMA, this is a pretty cool time for kpop over here. :slight_smile:

#317

BTS on M Countdown today with the best stage, and my fav song on their new album.

Also, I know nothing about this new group, but this stage and song just made me lol for some reason. Such a cliche throwback.

All the other groups are laying low during the BTS time. TWICE is coming soon, though.

#318

Oh NCT 127 was on GMA this morning. Their new song sounds good. It’s Shinee style.

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#320

SJ D&E came back with two new tracks that are pretty great.

Still, they can’t ever seen to do better than their 2015 hit “Can You Feel It?”

Also, the big news, TWICE highly anticipated comeback “FANCY” was released this morning.

It’s definitely a new direction for TWICE. Somewhere between their usual fare and their sister group Itzy. Personally, I’m not into it. Usually they have a B-Side that is lit, but they didn’t even have that this time. The music video is a little weird, especially the roller coaster part that looks poorly made. Still, I’m super hyped for the eventual choreography. The little bit you can see in the music video looks fun as hell. They always manage to make a dance that’s exciting to watch even when the song is meh.