Thursday, June 1, 2017

May In Music

May 2017 was an outstanding month for k-pop. Aside from the enjoyable music, this month stands out because BTS (Bangtan Boys)  made history as the first K-pop group to attend, get nominated for and win an award at the Billboard Music Awards! If you need more reminders as to why May was great, check out the songs below!

1. Euna Kim X Exy - Love Therapy
Korean
Released: May 4th
Euna Kim was a member of the girl group "The Ark" who debuted in 2015 and disbanded soon after. Then, to restart her music career, Euna Kim participated in season 2 of Unpretty Rapstar, alongside Exy (Cosmic Girls) and other female rappers. Some months after the show, Euna Kim and Exy collaborate in this laid-back love anthem. Together they rap about the push and pull of a relationship. As a final treat, solo singer Zia lends her vocals to the chorus.
Review: Song - 3.5/5  MV - 2.5/5


2. Luhan - Say It
Mandarin
Released: May 14th
"Say It" is Luhan's second single off of his is single album "Imagination", which is the second to last release of his compilation album "XXVII". It is an EDM track with R&B elements and it's lyrics celebrate relieving oneself from the worries of a busy lifestyle. In the music video, a camera follows the daily routine of the main character, all the while, making viewers dizzy.
Review: Song - 3/5  MV - 3/5


3. Ikon - Bling Bling
Korean
Released: May 22nd
After a long absence, Ikon released a double single album,  just like their senior group Winner did last month.  It includes the hip-hop number "Bling Bling" composed by the group leader B.I. and rumored member of YG's new boy group, Millennium. "Bling Bling" has an energetic backdrop of brassy horns, hype chanting, and heavy bass. Ikon prove themselves to be "total cool kids" with all the bells and whistles!
Review: Song - 3/5  MV - 3/5


4. Seventeen - Don't Want To Cry
Korean
Released: May 22nd
Seventeen is a group that I remember for its myriad of members and their trademark brassy-pop songs. This time around Seventeen switched gears for an emotional EDM track that seems to have been influenced by the American pop duo, the Chainsmokers. "Don't Want To Cry" is about just that: not wanting to cry from heartbreak despite having so many tears. It's complete with eye-catching choreography that effectively conveys the song's emotions.
Review: Song - 3.5/5  MV - 4/5


5. Faky - Someday We'll Know
Japanese
Released: May 23rd
Faky pre-released their second single of 2017 ahead of their upcoming mini-album. It follows the popular trend of tropical house that has been seen often in K-pop this past year. "Someday We'll Know" is a song that showcases the members' vocals and has backdrop music that is up-tempo and fun, but not overpowering. Anna, Lil'Fang, Akina and Mikako roam the streets of (what appears to be) Tokyo and showcase their dance moves in bright summery clothes!
Review: Song - 3/5  MV - 4.5/5


6. Kriesha Tiu - Trouble
Korean
Released: May 23rd
You may know Kriesha Tiu (or Chrisha Chu) as the runner-up of K-pop Star 6 and a member of the on-show girl group KWINS. She is notable for her bubbly personality and for being the first Filipino-American idol. Now she has made her much-anticipated debut as a solo singer (despite her ability to perform very well in a group)! "Trouble" is a fun, Disney/Nickelodeon-eque song that is fitting for a young teen like Kriesha. It's about being in "danger" when you fall for someone: thinking about them all the time and becoming dizzy when you see them.
Review: Song - 2.5/5  MV - 3/5




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