Blackpink, Lady Gaga, and the importance (or not) of Western collabs in K-pop

We are exactly two weeks away from the release of Lady Gaga‘s sixth studio album, Chromatica, and with that the first new Blackpink song in over a year, Sour Candy. Sour Candy is next in a list of collaborations between western acts and K-pop groups. The discourse around these sorts of collabs is often mixed, so I wanted to take a deeper look into them, their pros and their cons. Blackpink aren’t the first K-pop group to feature on a western act’s song. The Lady Gaga collaboration isn’t even their first time doing it, as they featured on Dua Lipa‘s[…]

Best K-pop album tracks of 2019

It’s been a hell of a year for K-pop released, with incredible music videos and music show performances. But it turns out, in my opinion, artists don’t always release the best song on their mini-album as the title track. I’ve really enjoyed getting deeper into groups and soloists this year, listening to more than just their title tracks. In some cases, I’ve found I prefer the album tracks to the song that was given a music video and promoted on music shows. So, to try and open some eyes to some absolute bangers that people might be missing, I’ve put[…]

Best K-pop songs of 2019 – Part 1 – Apink to Hinapia

It turns out 2019 was a great year to be a K-pop fan. From strong debuts from the likes of Itzy and Everglow, to powerful comebacks from Twice, Chung Ha and Mamamoo, 2019 truly was the year to be a multi-stan. It’s also been the year people have tried to downplay its significance and belittle its fans. Yes, I don’t understand what they’re saying (unless I look at the translated lyrics, which I often do), but it’s undeniably good pop music. Maybe it’s time to accept that K-pop doesn’t “suck”, you’re just a little xenophobic. Sure, pop music isn’t for[…]

My Top 10 K-Pop Releases of 2018 (so far)

2018 is the year I re-discovered K-Pop and fully allowed it to take over my life. I read a Billboard list of the best K-Pop released of 2017 and have practically only listened to K-Pop ever since. I used to listen to a few Wonder Girls songs in my teens and one or two 2NE1 tracks after watching Adore Delano’s lip syncs to them. But since embracing the genre I’ve followed my favourite girl groups’ and soloists’ releases and enjoyed a number of debuts from new groups. So, here is my top 10 list of K-pop releases of the year[…]