BTS “ON” Music Video – Kinetic Manifesto Film

I don’t even know where to begin…

The choreography is amazing…

They even have what looks like an extended dance break already…

The dance company and drummers from a marching band – amazing…

The song… I LOVE IT!

Random Kpop (Old) Updates – RM gives me the feels, Grammy 2020, ATEEZ's "Answer" and more

This is long overdue. I say this because some of these updates are not really new anymore!

Winter Flower by Younha ft. RM

I’ve been listening to this song so much and it’s giving me the emotional feels!

RM (Kim Nam-joon, a.k.a. leader of BTS) partly wrote the lyrics. Apparently he had been talking to Younha about this idea for awhile. The song is about mental health and judging the lyrics, I see it as two friends having a dialogue. One is hurting badly and the other is being there for the friend… “I will take it away before you stumble, I will stay by your side until you survive…

Younha’s vocals is so lovely – and it goes so well in contrast to RM’s deep rap/vocals. As she sings towards the peak of the song, there is a pause. And that’s where RM speaks through with one word… stay.

Wow. For me, that one simple word carries so much meaning.

BTS x Grammy’s 2020

Damn. Okay, I know some people were disappointed BTS didn’t get a chance to do their own stage, but come on! This collaboration performance, thanks to Lil Nas X, was in my honest opinion one of the best performances of the night!

And I’m not just referring to Lil Nas X and BTS but all the eclectic group of artists who took part on this stage. However, of course, I was very BTS-focused. RM did a phenomenal job delivering his rap in his deep voice. Joined also by Suga and J-Hope. I couldn’t hear Jin that well, but Taeyhung’s base vocals came through. And Jimin and Jungkook’s vocals were hard to miss. They all sounded so good. But damn – did they look the part as well! What stunning visuals to be the first k-pop artists to perform on Grammy’s stage! I’m very happy for them.

ATEEZ Comeback – Answer

I’ve been semi-watching rookie group, ATEEZ, quietly since they debuted. Their songs have been good but nothing really caught my attention until I heard Answer. After this release, which I loved right away from the first few beats, I went back to some of their other title tracks and found myself also loving Promise. Both are now on various k-pop playlists of mine.

MONSTA X Comeback All About Luv

Oh boy. I need to be honest here. I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of them coming out with a full English album. Not that I’m against this decision. Music is music after all and at the end of the day if one loves the music than the album is a success regardless of what language.

However, it irked me. I know I mentioned I wasn’t going to bring up the whole Wonho scandal when it was happening but I really do question if Starship thought it all through.

The two allegations against Wonho for international fans really wouldn’t have affected his or Monsta X’s image and/or popularity. And I learned soon afterwards, Monsta X is not as big in Asia as they are outside of Asia. Granted I learned this from one source and while they are YouTubers who share their opinion from their research while in Korea, I trust these two. David Kim and Daniel Kim, so far, seem pretty grounded. While I don’t always agree with all their opinions, they have successfully given me food for thought and opened my mind to different perspectives. Below are their thoughts about Wonho leaving Monsta X (go to 5:21):

*Sigh* Okay. So lets say it’s true. Lets say Wonho owing money or smoking weed 6+ years ago is a big deal in Korea but not internationally. And lets say Monsta X is more successful internationally. Here we are today, finding them releasing an all-English album. MARKETING TOWARDS THEIR INTERNATIONAL FANS! So then… why did Wonho have to leave? Did they think this through??? I don’t think so. That or the company, for whatever reason, just wanted to get rid of Wonho even though he is one of the most popular members of Monsta X.

Now, onto the album. Honestly? It falls completely flat for me. It’s too R&B-ish for my personal taste. I’m sure others will like it but it’s completely against my style. I mean, even BTS had released similar styles in their earlier years and I didn’t like those tracks either – so this is as honest as I can get about my likes and dislikes. I hope for the best for Monsta X but I won’t be adding any of these songs on my playlist anytime soon.

KARD Comeback – Red Moon

Finally… FINALLY! Big cheers for KARD!

I am so happy say I can get onboard with a KARD comeback. Red Moon is such an improvement for their last couple of comebacks. For a group I truly would like to support, things weren’t looking so good for me until Red Moon came out. The choreography was also more point-on. I felt they were sharper than they’ve ever been.

BTS Map of Souls: 7 Comeback

Too much to list here! I’m going to save this for another post so stay tuned!

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge (and not in 2019) – Part XI

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #23: A picture of a k-pop idol who you think is underrated

SUNMI from LALALAY concept photo

It’s so hard to be a female kpop artist as it is. When one goes solo, it’s even harder. At least with a group, you have support. You’re less lonely. If the team work is on the right path, you grow and evolve on each other’s strengths.

SUNMI has worked hard. I mean, hard! She writes a lot of her music and has to do a lot of her own promotions. Especially after parting ways with JYP Entertainment and signing on with a lesser known company, MAKEUS Entertainment. I’ve seen her live and honestly, she is such a talented performer. Her fans really love her, too. And it’s easy to see why – she has a certain sass and humor, on top of her great music. What’s not to love?

I do, however, feel she is underrated. Her works show a lot of variety with a certain kind of edge to each release. I’d like to see her more in the spotlight but felt her lack of presence in 2019’s award shows, where as in 2018, she won best female artist at MAMA.

I certainly hope this has nothing to do with her healthy weight gain. SUNMI chose to gain weight under doctor’s orders. There’s nothing wrong with that but she got slammed for it (after people complained she was too skinny). Body shaming is shameful – end of story.

Here’s hoping the queen will surge forward again!

Question #24: A picture of a k-pop idol who you think is overrated

KAI from SuperM’s Jopping

My choice is EXO/SuperM’s Kai but it’s really not his fault. I have always been a fan of Kai’s dancing as the man has crazy skills! However, when I did a final analysis of SuperM’s Jopping, I found myself frustrated. There’s NCT’s TEN, clearly an incredible dancer himself. Yet he had less than 5% of the distribution in both vocals and center of their choreography & music video. Why? Based on seniority? If so, I get that. I really do. However, Kai was center constantly and I think TEN deserved to be center more than his actual share… even if it was 65% Kai and 35% TEN if you want to include seniority. The company did TEN dirty.

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge]

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge (and not in 2019) – Part X

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #22: Favorite picture of your favorite k-pop group

from BTS Summer Package 2019

I wouldn’t say this is my ultimate favorite group photo of BTS but it is in the top 10. I love how the stylists played with a modern-day version of the traditional Korean robe (hanbok) in the Summer Package 2019 photoshoot. They look both elegant and slick! BTS certainly has done a wonderful job promoting their culture. While I am not new to the Korean culture myself, it has still been fun doing a deeper dive and learning more. Though I admit, my favorite part has been eating more Korean food.

Because, well… food. I love food!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge]

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part IX.ii (continued into 2020)

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

So…. I know it’s 2020 but I started this in 2019. It was supposed to be completed in 2019 but… I ran out of time! I’m not sure what to do with the title now but oh well!

Question #20: Favorite picture of your guy k-pop bias

From BTS’ Speak Yourself Tour.

Well – the thing with J-Hope, the photos do NOT do the man justice. Trust me. Trust all who stan this man. The above, however, is what I would say to be one of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen of the one and only Jung Ho-seok.

What makes him my bias, though? The man is a genius. I feel this way for the entire BTS rapper line, though. In fact, each members have their own unique talents to add to the whole BTS assemble. J-Hope, for me, is a powerhouse. The man can rap, sing, compose, write lyrics and DANCE! My full respects go to Mr. Jung.

Bonus photo from their Cypher 4 performance. It’s Cypher 4. And J-Hope. It’s J-Hope performing Cypher 4. Need I say more?

Question #21: Favorite picture of your girl k-pop bias

Soyeon from (G)I-dle’s LION photoshoot

Yeah. On the same line of artistic geniuses, here’s another one!

Known as the leader or (G)I-dle, Jeon So-Yeon is also the main rapper, center, singer and main dancer. That’s not all, though. She also writes most (if not all?) of (G)I-dles’ music. Her well-rounded talents and skills is making her the talk of the industry. I certainly feel she deserves the praise. In fact, I hope she continues down this path of recognition.

She is definitely not the first female idol to have such fierce talents but I think she’s breaking a lot of barriers here. For the future of other female kpop idols, she could possibly be paving the way!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge]