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

Slow KPop times right now.

Drama still continues from the night club, porn spy cam sharing, discussed above. People are going to jail and shit.

Somi is coming soon (or so they say).

Kang Daniel won his court case to escape his contract, so he’ll be active again soon.

Kyuhyun is out of the military, so all Super Junior members have finally completed their service and will presumably be back soon.

Produce X 101 has begun. One of the only participants from a major company (JYP) sat in the 1 seat on episode 1. He then got revealed to have a “dark” past, and got kicked out of JYP and the show. I watched episode 1, and there were some good boys and some not good boys. Waiting for subs of episode 2 that basically just aired.

EXID’s contracts are over. Hani and Jeonghwa decided to leave the company, the other three members renewed. They said they aren’t disbanded, so we’ll see. Also, they still have a group contract in Japan for another year. They are making a final? comeback really soon.

TXT is going to change their fanclub name after they found out that Tiffany was already using that name.

The only people promoting right now that I care about are Eric Nam

And OMG

My bald bro Peniel from BTOB is having some solo biz soon also.

Oh nooooooooo

Apink is scheduled to appear at the very very bad convention Anime Matsuri.

Weki Meki just came back today. It’s not bad, but I don’t actively want to listen to it.

The big news is that WALWARI IS BACK! They are not dead! Apparently Merry left the group, but has been replaced by a new member Miri. Whatever. I don’t even care if this song isn’t as good as their older tracks. Just happy to see them.

NCT has been going around the US. They are on the west coast now, and were on The Late Late Show last night.

BTS is on the East Coast. They will be at Met Life in a few days. They were on GMA this morning.

EXID is in Korea. This is likely their last comeback if not ever, definitely for a long time, since two members are leaving the company. Their Japanese contract still has another year, though. Also, the title track is a banger.

WINNER dropped a new track today also, but meh? Other people seem to like their music, though. Just not me.

Ok, so some background for people who don’t know.

There is a KPop label named Pledis.

Their first group was After School in 2009. After School was pretty great, but the members had a very wide age range. They tried to do a thing where old members would “graduate” and new members would come in.

The best part of After School was a sub-unit named Orange Caramel consisting of three members. They will always be my favs.

Anyway, in 2014 After School hadn’t released anything in awhile, but Orange Caramel was active and successful. Then suddenly in 2015, they just never came back. they were on the rise, and then they just stopped. After School also never came back. Members just kept graduating, based on how you count there are only 3 or 4 left, but the group is done. It’s just not officially done. They have never announced the disbandment of After School or Orange Caramel, even though there is 0% chance they come back.

They also made two boy groups. NU’EST, which was mostly a flop and SEVENTEEN, which is pretty successful.

Then Produce 101 happened. In the first season Pledis sent some female trainees to the show. Two of them managed to win and get into IOI.

On the second season of Produce, some NU-EST members went to the show and a few (but not all) managed to win. This caused somewhat of a resurgence in popularity for NU’EST and probably saved them.

Meanwhile IOI was done. And the members returned to Pledis and formed the core of the group Pristin. They released two songs that were not bad. They had a sub-unit Pristin V that released one song in 2018. Then we never heard from them again.

On the third season of Produce Kaeun from After School, who has just been sitting around doing nothing, went on the show. She did very well, but did not get enough votes in the end. There was talk of Pledis making a group for her with some other people, but that has not happened. Keep in mind Kaeun trained for many years, joined After School at basically the end of its existence, only released one or two songs, and then that was it.

The news is that today, Pristin, officially disbanded. This is good and merciful, but also a disgrace. There are members of Pristin that spent 11 of their 18 years of life training to be idols. They debuted, had one year of activities, and then done.

Nobody knows what is actually going on at Pledis, but it’s obviously a mismanaged shit show that has don’t nothing but ruin lives of female idols and disappoint fans all around the world. I’m surprised they even still exist, but I guess SEVENTEEN keeps them afloat? Part of that is because SEVENTEEN is a self managing group. They make a lot (most?) of their own music and choreography. They have a large number of members who are very talented.

All fans just want Pledis to die.

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Halfway through June and KPop land has been crazy.

Drama at YG escalated to the peak scandal. Not only was there the existing scandals, but also BI from iKon had some drug related stuff from the past come up. B.I. is out of iKon, but even bigger, YG himself is out of YG. Good riddance.

Speaking of YG, Lee Hi finally came back with new music and is killing it. Of course, because truth is stranger than fiction, the title song features B.I… Honestly while I am super happy that Lee Hi is back after all these years, I liker her older music better. Her new stuff isn’t bad, it’s just not going to get set on repeat like Seoulite is.

Also, at long last Somi has finally made a solo debut. It’s not the best, but it’s very Somi. It also seems like she was pretty rushed. Since she’s at YG Black Label now, that of course creates rumors that they rushed her out to distract from their problems. She didn’t do a live performance at her showcase, and her first live stage was meh. Her live stages now are better, though.

BoA also had a new song a week ago, but it’s not as exciting as her last couple solo songs. She made a music video, but hasn’t performed on music shows.

U-KNOW Yunho made a solo comeback (debut?). Cool that he’s still going at it.

Lee Chan-hyuk has completed his military service, and went to record a variety show the day after. Expect AKMU to return in the nearish future.

Red Velvet and GFriend are both coming back extremely soon with teasers being posted everywhere. That’s probably why the only other groups promoting right now are smaller and mid-tier. Gotta get out of the way. Everyone is about the drop their summer bops.