My Favourite K-pop Songs of 2020 Quarter 2: From Apink to Sunmi

Just try and imagine I’m sharing this list in July, when I originally intended to. I think everyone has felt the strain of the pandemic and lockdown, and while I got off to such a motivated start as time went on, so did my interest in doing anything exciting. But here I am, back with a retrospective look at, in my opinion, the best releases from April to June. At the start of the year, the K-pop industry was only just starting to see the effects of the pandemic however, apart from a few heartbreaking casualties (Hinapia, I will always[…]

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 songs of 2019 – Part 2 – Hwasa to Weki Meki

Following from the Best K-pop songs of 2019 Part 1, which ended with my favourite new group of the year, Hinapia, here’s the (highly anticipated, I’m sure) second and final part. As with part 1, artists and groups mentioned on this list only have one entry each, regardless of how many of their songs I loved from this year. I’m looking at you, Mamamoo. There’s even another token boy group on the list, which will come as no surprise if you’ve read my favourite debuts of January to April post. No big introduction for part 2, let’s get straight into[…]