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.


#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.