G. Soul returns with new EP ‘Circles’

It seems like 2017 is G. Soul’s year to shine as the R&B singer from H1GHR Music just recently returned with a new EP titled ‘Circles.’

The EP consists of 6 tracks overall including already released singles ‘Bad Habits’ as well as my personal favorite from him ‘Tequila’ featuring AOMG’s Hoody. To complete the release of his new album, G. Soul released a new MV for one of the album tracks ‘Can’t.’ (Speaking of ‘Bad Habits‘, I gave the song a listen for the first time not too long ago… and um yeah, this is definitely going to be the song I listen to non-stop for the next few weeks).

(my personal favorite track from G. Soul)

I’m glad that G. Soul is getting a lot more opportunities this year musically just because he had such limited chances to shine back when he was signed with JYP. Ironically we saw more of him this year alone than we did in all the years he was with JYP. He was widely known as the guy who trained with JYP for almost a decade only to finally make his long-awaited and anticipated debut and then be failed by JYP Entertainment in maintaining all that hype that was built around him. JYP Entertainment is not the best at managing their solo artists let alone their groups so I’m glad that G. Soul is given a second opportunity at reviving his career by signing with H1GHR Music. Seems like Co-CEO’s Jay Park and Cha Cha Malone have been doing their jobs correctly as we’ve been seeing G. Soul quite often here and there whether that’d be in collaborations with other artists or through the releases of his own music.

This is truly G. Soul’s year to shine and he’s been in the spotlight ever since his debut with H1GHR Music. All the success and love he’s been getting is well-deserved as the guy is talented and blessed with a voice that is unlike any other.

Source: H1GHR Music @ youtube, neofuego @ youtube

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B.A.P. is on a honeymoon in their latest comeback

Oh B.A.P., what would K-Pop be without you?

The 6-member boy group made their latest comeback with title track ‘Honeymoon’ and call me obsessed but I’ve been listening to this song non-stop since its release.

This has to probably be my favorite B.A.P. title track since their return from their hiatus/post-lawsuit. Not that I didn’t enjoy their title tracks prior, but they were just passable for me and not enough for me to keep wanting to listen to them. It’s unfortunate because I had enjoyed almost every single release, album, and side tracks that B.A.P. released prior to their lawsuit and then with their return it became more difficult for me to get into their new music. Whether that’s because their hiatus prompted me to fall in love with new groups (aka BTS) or to become occupied with other things, I had a hard time getting back into B.A.P.’s music.

But it seems like with their latest album ‘BLUE’, things might change. If B.A.P. continues this route and continues to make music like they did with ‘BLUE’ I might return to listening to them as often as I did when they first debuted.

I usually don’t care to check for MV teasers/trailers because I rather just wait for the full release than die waiting after having seen the teaser, but I watched the teasers to ‘Honeymoon’ and… yes… I regretted it. It was hard having to wait and I was counting down the days for the full release of the MV. ‘Honeymoon’ is such a good track and the whistling in the background especially sticks to you. The two other side tracks – though not as strong and catchy as ‘Honeymoon – are also solid b-side tracks.

Please give ‘Honeymoon’ a listen and support B.A.P. if you haven’t yet. The title track is my favorite yet from B.A.P. post-lawsuit and one of the top promotional tracks overall from B.A.P. The boys have come back with another amazing and beautiful concept and you won’t regret it. I promise.

Source: TSENT2008 @ youtube, ThanhnamKoreanMP3 @ youtube

DAY6 continues their monthly releases with September’s release ‘I Loved You’

Yay for new music from talented DAY6. You can always rely on the JYP band for new and amazing music and September’s track did not fail to impress.

DAY6 continued their promotions of releasing new music monthly and September’s new track is called ‘I Loved You.’ The track probably has to be one of my more favorable tracks out of the 9 promotional tracks they’ve released so far. Although I acknowledge the talent that DAY6 possesses and flaunts to the rest of the world, I wasn’t really feeling the last 2 releases from them so I’m glad that this month’s track is getting me back into listening to them again.

Other than being happy that DAY6 has been releasing new music every month, it also seems like all the hard work they’ve been putting into doing this has been paying off. The band has been performing at more and more concerts and festivals over the course of the past few months. While the group won’t be doing the monthly releases forever (I think I read somewhere that the group plans on stopping next year), they have achieved success with this new marketing strategy and I’m going to miss seeing them release new MV’s and songs every month when they stop.

Source: jypentertainment @ youtube

BTS’s Jimin wants to love you in first comeback trailer ‘Serendipity’

Yes Jimin, you can love me as much as you want. I’ve been waiting for you.

You can probably imagine how painful and difficult it was for me to watch, listen, and finish this comeback trailer. The first comeback trailer for BTS’s comeback confirmed for September 18 was recently released and as they’ve done in the past with their former comebacks, BTS released a trailer consisting of the intro in their album.

Titled ‘Serendipity’, the intro is sung by a vocalist this time (whereas before it had been usually done by the rap line) and this vocalist is none other than my BTS bias of 4 years and my second ultimate bias in all of K-Pop, Park Jimin.

‘Serendipity’ is not your typical K-Pop song that you hear. It’s different, it’s beautiful, it’s haunting. Jimin’s vocals perfectly matches the softness of the track and creates a tone that is mellow and soft. It’s short enough so the song actually never falls flat and gets boring, but it’s long enough to the point where there are many different layers to the song that it once again never falls flat or gets boring. Best of all, the track does a wonderful job in highlighting Jimin’s beautiful (and underrated) vocals requiring him to sing differently than what we’re used to hearing from him in BTS’s songs. Here he gets the intro track all to himself and he’s able to showcase the different sides of his vocals.

Upon having discovered that a comeback trailer was released, I actually had no expectations for it. Having been an ARMY since BTS’s debut, I no longer remain afraid or surprised when BTS releases something because well.. they’re always releasing something. So I went ahead and watched the comeback trailer with no expectations and then was blown out of the water when I saw my Jimin and ONLY Jimin throughout the entire video. He was so soft and so fragile and so beautiful; he was able to showcase not only his beautiful vocals as heard with the song (that I might add Rap Monster wrote the lyrics to) but was also able to demonstrate to everyone his beauty, his visuals, him. He was so effortlessly cute and beautiful the entire video. I loved it so much and ever since the release I have not stopped listening to ‘Serendipity.’

The comeback trailer makes me even more excited for BTS’s comeback. I’m always excited for them because they’re one of my two bias groups in K-Pop and they always constantly deliver with every comeback so I am positive that ‘Love Yourself: HER’ will be no different, but the ‘Serendipity’ comeback trailer just raised my excitement and anticipation a few hundred levels higher. The comeback trailer made me even want to pre-order BTS’s ‘HER’ album which I know I shouldn’t do because I should save my money, but the comeback trailer was so damn persuasive and really made me want to order the album lol. I will probably end up buying the album anyways when more information about it gets released later on this month, but I was so close to pre-ordering it upon having watched the comeback trailer. Oh Jimin, the things you do to me.

More teasing is on our way since BTS’s comeback date is creeping up on us more and more quickly. I know I said earlier that I wasn’t afraid, but in actuality I am. I don’t know what to expect or how the boys are going to look or most importantly what their hair color is going to be. They’ve been wearing wigs to trick fans and they’ve even been hiding their hair colors by wearing bucket hats to cover their hair. I’m most excited for their album because if ‘Serendipity’ already sounds like heaven then I cannot wait to see what the rest of the album is going to sound like. It’s going to be beautiful, it’s going to be great, and BTS is going to dominate with this comeback. They’re going to snatch all the big awards at the end of the year and I will be there to witness it all. Get ready.

Source: ibighit @ youtube

Highlight’s Ki Kwang obviously knows what I like with his latest solo comeback

Highlight (whether as BEAST or Highlight) has never disappointed me and Ki Kwang’s latest solo comeback is no exception.

The Highlight member had his last solo debut as AJ which was 8 years ago. Before debuting in BEAST, Ki Kwang first debuted as a solo artist under the name AJ and then made his debut in BEAST later on that year in October. Now he’s finally back with another solo comeback and I’m so happy that we get something new from him. His solo comeback did not disappoint.

Upon watching the first 30 seconds of the MV, I was already in love with the song and MV. And this isn’t even because I’m a Light (fan of Highlight) that I found myself in love with the song. The song is just super good in general. It’s simple, chill, fun, and easy to follow along and listen to. Combine this with Ki Kwang’s soft vocals and you get a nice track to listen to. The MV itself was simple with shots of Ki Kwang displaying his visuals and face and then in other shots of him dancing to the slick choreography to the title track. Overall, ‘What You Like’ was fun and great to watch and listen to and Ki Kwang obviously knows what I like because I really liked this solo comeback.

Ki Kwang is probably really nervous about this solo comeback since it’ll be his first solo comeback since Highlight’s new start this year and since it’ll be 8 years since we last saw him solo. I’m just super happy to have him back and to have Highlight back in general. Since they’ve separated from CUBE the members have been able to explore their music careers and do more of what they’ve always wanted to do. This freedom and individuality can definitely be sensed and seen since the members’ return as Highlight so it’s nice and refreshing to see them more often the past few months since the last few years that they’ve been as BEAST.

Listen to the rest of the album if you haven’t yet (GIRIBOY PRODUCED ONE OF THE ALBUM TRACKS AND LIL BOI FEATURED ON THE TRACK. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME)! All the songs are super good to listen to and another great part is that they’re short and straight-forward. Highlight once again hits the jackpot again with Ki Kwang’s solo comeback. I can’t wait to see what they have in store in the future for fans.

P.S.: Also, here’s my reaction video to the MV if anyone is interested (lol excuse my shameless promoting)

Source: KPOP BLOG @ youtube, OFFICIAL HIGHLIGHT @ youtube

Raina wants to stop being in a ‘Loop’ in recent solo comeback

After School and Orange Caramel member Raina made her solo comeback with a new album ‘Loop.’ The title track features Aron of NU’EST and is a cute pop song that gives off coffee shop feels and vibes.

‘Loop’ is a cute song and it’s another collaboration that doesn’t stand out, but is one that I can find myself listening to for a few more times. After giving the rest of the album a listen, I also do enjoy b-side track ‘Treat You Better’ and do think that this track would have also made a good (if not better) title track.

Raina is and has been my bias since her debut in After School back in 2009 with ‘Because of You.’ She’s a great vocalist, has an adorable bubbly voice, and sings well. I’m glad that she’s gotten a solo comeback (although I do think an After School and/or Orange Caramel comeback would be more ideal at this point but we might never see them as a group again) after the success of her collaborations with San E.

Regardless, it’s nice to see at least someone from AS/OC still active musically. The chances of seeing AS/OC ever making a comeback as a group is slim to none and it’s such a shame because they were such a talented group with catchy music and versatile concepts every comeback (remember ‘Bang’ or ‘Because of You’?). I remember being there at AS’s debut and at first having my doubts and concern about the group but eventually warming up to them once they came back with ‘Diva.’ I’ve always enjoyed After School’s comeback whether that was sentimental and mature music like ‘Because of You’ to pop songs like ‘Bang’ or sexy concepts like ‘First Love.’ One thing about the group that I was not so fond of however was the graduation concept because I think it hurt the group more so than help them, but they (and Pledis) did manage to make the graduation system work a few times until the group just gradually died out.

It’s sad that all these girl groups who were different, strong, versatile, and stable (think 4Minute, 2NE1, and After School) are no longer a group or promoting. I would like to see more groups like them, but I’m not sure how much longer we’ll have to wait until another girl group like them comes by. I guess for now we’ll have to do with solo comebacks or the current girl groups we have right now.

Source: 1thek @ youtube, BEVJ Entertainment @ youtube

Boyfriend returns with ‘Star’ after a long hiatus

Ahh they’re finally back. It’s been a while since we’ve last seen K-pop boy group Boyfriend. The boy group finally made their comeback titled ‘Star’ just recently and it’s a decent one.

It’s unfortunate that Boyfriend’s been placed in the backburner by their company Starship Entertainment (home to groups like former group SISTAR and current groups like Monsta X & WSJN) just because they used to be really popular and had so much potential to be big. I’m glad that they finally have a comeback, but it’s been overdue for such a long time and with the debuts of new groups like Wanna One, right now is probably not the best time to give Boyfriend a comeback.

When Boyfriend first debuted – just like with NU’EST – people had their eyes on the boy group as a potential group that could possibly get big. I personally enjoyed their title tracks such as ‘Janus’ or ‘Obsession.’ Boyfriend has worked so hard to build a fanbase for themselves which has unfortunately all gone to waste after the long hiatus they were given. With so much competition right now (and always) in the K-Pop music industry, I’m afraid to say that I don’t see a bright future for Boyfriend especially with the unprofessional way that Starship Entertainment has been treating them. Bad promoting and marketing by their agency + long hiatus + tough competition does not make for good results. The timing for Boyfriend’s comeback couldn’t be any worse. It’s unfortunate because ‘Star’ isn’t that bad of a track and has the potential to be successful.

Maybe what Boyfriend might need at this point is to pull a NU’EST and appear on survival shows like Produce 101 (if there’s another season) to get themselves back on track and in the game (and as seen with NU’EST, this might be more in their favor than loss). I really hope they’ll be given another chance though because the boys are talented and had a good run going for them when they were being promoted properly by Starship.

Source: starshipTV @ youtube

WINNER returns with summer jams ‘Island’ and ‘LOVE ME LOVE ME’

Yes WINNER. I will love you if you want me to. You just gotta tell me and say so. Haha, jokes aside, WINNER is finally back with some new music and another comeback! This will be their second comeback this year after a return earlier this year as 4 members with ‘Really Really’ and ‘Fool.’

Just like they did with their last comeback, WINNER returns with 2 new songs: Love Me Love Me and Island. Through these 2 new tracks, one gets a better idea of the type of sound and concept that WINNER is going for and just further solidifies what kind of music they’re experimenting with.

After listening to both, my favorite one would have to be ‘Love Me Love Me.’ It kind of reminds me of a second ‘Really Really’ although the two songs don’t sound similar at all. ‘Island’ is just like your typical EDM track that you hear often in the U.S., meaning it’s good and catchy and fun to listen to, but nothing about it really stands out. In the MV’s for both songs, you kind of just see the boys hanging out and having fun and doing summer type of things. The MV and songs are fun, catchy, and enjoyable to listen to. I think this comeback will be yet another hit and success for the 4-member boy group.

As I stated in my most recent podcast, I think WINNER has so much potential to be even more popular than they are right now. Having returned as 4 members with new good music, they’re slowly finding their own sound that distinguishes them as a group and from other YG artists and groups that will definitely be of an advantage to them if they keep this up. I’m glad to see them come back again this year and I’m hoping YG won’t mess up with them because they’re doing so great. After a rough 3 years, please give the boys what they rightfully deserve: new music and fair treatment.

Source: WINNER @ youtube

JJ Project returns with a new MV and album ‘Verse 2’

The last time we saw GOT7’s Jinyoung and JB as a duo was in 2012 when they were promoting as sub-unit JJ Project prior to the debut of GOT7. The two managed to gain some fans and help increase anticipation for the upcoming group that they would both soon debut in. Fast forward 5 years later and the two have finally returned again as JJ Project with a new and refined concept as well as music.

The sub-unit released their new MV for title track ‘Tomorrow, Today’ as well as their new album ‘VERSE 2’ just recently. Compared to their debut track ‘Bounce’, ‘Tomorrow, Today’ as well as the entire album is far more mellow and less chaotic than ‘Bounce’ and I actually really enjoy this shift in music and sound. I was expecting something similar to ‘Bounce’, but this comeback was the total opposite which left me satisfied. My favorite track from the album would probably have to be ‘Coming Home’ although all the tracks are pretty solid (though I have to admit they also sound similar to one another). All in all, the members look more soft, casual, and calm and have matured in their music and concept as evident in the new music video and album.

I actually wasn’t too much of a big fan of JJ Project when they first came out. I knew who they were and gave their debut album a quick listen, but never really cared too much about them to be a fan. It wasn’t until they debuted in GOT7 that I became more interested in them as well as the rest of the GOT7 members. Unfortunately over the years my support and dedication for GOT7 has died down and now they’re merely just a group who I occasionally check out and listen to. It’s unfortunate that GOT7’s potential was wasted and their last few comebacks were not the strongest. I’m really liking the sound that JJ Project has returned with for this comeback so I’m hoping that GOT7 will also change their music and concept and return to their original roots that was what made me like them in the first place.

I wasn’t necessarily craving for a JJ Project comeback, but it’s nice to see the two members back again and doing what they originally started out as prior to GOT7.

Source: jypentertainment @ youtube, WKE Music @ youtube

Former BEAST member Jang Hyunseung wants to be your ‘Home’ in his first comeback single

Ahh, there are so many emotions running through me as I listen to this song. Former BEAST member Hyunseung – who is now a solo artist under CUBE – released his first single since leaving the group (who has now since rebranded as Highlight) titled ‘Home.’

‘Home’ is a soft, mellow, and breezy acoustic instrumental accompanied by Hyunseung’s heavenly voice. Although the song might sound like a typical break-up song, being the emotional and nostalgic person I am, you could also interpret the song as if Hyunseung is speaking to himself. He’s waiting for himself to return home; he wishes to return to the way that he was once and used to be. The track doesn’t contain much and have much going on, but maybe that’s what makes the song as good as it is. Sometimes simplicity is the best.

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I would be lying if I said that I didn’t get emotional while listening to this. I didn’t even know Hyunseung had released a new single so upon finding out, I quickly went to go search for the song on youtube. And before I even clicked on any of the videos provided, I got teary-eyed. As many of y’all who follow my blog know, I was a HUGE fan of BEAST/Highlight. I was there since their debut when they were 6 members and followed them and loved them and supported them like no other. They were truly the very first group that I followed and admired. I’ve been into K-Pop for many years now (almost a decade) and have come across many groups over the years, but none of them stood out to me as much as BEAST did when they were 6 members.

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When I found out that Hyunseung had left BEAST and BEAST would return as five members under new name Highlight, my heart was broken. I was sad. It hurt so freaking bad. I’ve never even seen them before in real life with my own eyes, but I just couldn’t believe that the one group I loved so much would break up. And this is something that I will always be sad over and it’s something that I will always reflect and think about. Why did Hyunseung leave BEAST? Why didn’t he stay with the other members and join them as Highlight? Why did he stay in CUBE while they left to make their own company and group? There are so many questions that I have that will unfortunately probably remain unanswered forever. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love Hyunseung as much as I love Highlight, because I still do. Even if they’ve gone their own ways and are now doing two different things under two different names, I will still love and support them separately like how I used to when they were still a group. Sometimes things happen and change in life and that’s okay.

Although I do miss the times and memories of BEAST, that doesn’t mean that it’s the end for the members. Highlight has returned and they genuinely seem a lot happier than they used to be when they were with CUBE while Hyunseung finally made a comeback and hopefully is also happy with where he is right now in life. Although BEAST no longer exists, I will never forget all the happiness, laughter, smiles, and tears that I shared with them and other fellow B2UTY’s. It was fun, amazing, and beautiful while it lasted and is something that I will hold dear to my heart forever. They will always remain my #1 bias group.

Source: my highlight @ youtube