Happy TGIF everyone!
I’ll be honest – I had a pretty heavy subject I wanted to post but I need a bit of time to finish it. And summer has been going by so fast! So for now, I’ve decided to keep things light. Which is why I’m resorting yet again to k-pop!
So what has been recently added to my playlists? Ah there’s always something, isn’t there? I mean, k-pop is a full-time hobby. For those like me who has welcomed k-pop into our lives, it can be a very serious hobby at that. For me, however, it’s brought in happiness into my life. It’s provided a sense of lightness during some of my very dark moments in the past year or so.
Lets begin! And in the words of Jungkook, “LET’S GET IT!”
Remember that little big concert I went to a month or so ago? Yeah, THAT ONE! If I had to pick one new song introduced to me that night, even though it was released over a year ago, however, it’s Go Higher:
I could not have asked for a better song to end the night with. This song is pure energy. That is the best way to describe it! And it’s definitely on my workout playlist.
I’m not crazy familiar with iKON but I know they’re pretty big in the scene. This recent comeback song, Killing Me was an instant hit with me. I listened to it once, went onto iTunes and bought the single as soon as I could.
Currently iKON’s Killing Me is on both my workout and summer chill playlist.
Eric Nam is a name and face I am very familiar with. Along with the discovery of k-pop music, I’ve been heavily into watching Korean talk and variety shows. So it’s obviously hard to ignore Eric Nam being the face of many of these shows, interacting with a slew of differenet idols. He’s co-hosted on shows such as After School Club and The Yang and Nam Show. Nam has also interviewed many North American celebrities. His latest was with Mr. Deadpool himself. Yes – our beloved Canadian, Ryan Reynolds went to Korea to promote Deadpool 2 and thankfully, made time for Nam’s interview.
Yet, as popular as Eric Nam is, I’ve never given his music a chance. He was even here in Toronto for a one-night concert and I’m sort of now kicking myself for not going. Talking to other people he is a great performer! His song Honestly is just lovely. It’s the perfect summer song (and therefore near the top of my summer chill playlist):
And finally, I’m not sure if anyone caught MONSTA X’s Japanese drop, Livin’ It Up? It’s normally not my style but I find myself liking it more and more each time I listen to it. The single is fun and well, MONSTA X is nothing but amazing when it comes to their dance skills. The choreography does not disappoint! After GOT7 and BTS, they are next on my list of must see live concerts.
With the recent news of CUBE Entertainment deciding to pull E’Dawn from upcoming fan signing events, I really want to throw a shout-out to both E’Dawn (plus HyunA) and the rest of Pentagon. I’m even less familiar with Pentagon but I find it heart-breaking to hear how they are all suffering from the supposed ‘dating scandal’ between E’Dawn & HyunA. I won’t go into specifics because I’ve made my rant clear already.
I really hope this mentally of idols’ fandom changes one day. I understand it will not happen over-night but I find it not only completely unfair to the idols themselves, but also unhealthy as a mindset for any fans. It also furthers to isolate idols who are already extremely isolated within their lifestyle. We need to remember, only an extreme top layer of the industry actually are considered rich through their hard work in this specific music industry. The majority of idols, even those whom are very famous and successful in the charts, are still scraping by while working hard to appease their fans. Like everyone else, they deserve happiness.