BTS Title Tracks – My Ranking

Well this wasn’t easy. Mainly because trying to find a correct list of title tracks of all BTS’ 7 years of activities proved more challenging than I expected. Many of the lists kept on including Mic Drop Remix which from what I gather, was not a title track, though I honestly feel it should have been. And did any of their Japanese albums have title tracks? I don’t know.

I’m actually still uncertain if my list below is correct! So let me know if you see any errors – whether a track shouldn’t be on the list or if I am missing one. Basically I’m unsure of DOPE and War of Hormone. Some places also listed Forever Young. Normally Title Track is the same name as the Album Title. But in k-pop world, this rule does not seem to apply. I thought each album has just 1 title track and normally it’s the one in all caps. But this doesn’t seem to be the case in the earlier years of BTS.

Secondly, it’s not easy to figure out what my favorite top BTS Title Tracks are. Especially as I started to get into the top five. My fave can change over a certain period of time. Plus, doing this right after a comeback is difficult – the latest Title Track easily wins out because it’s new and it’s just in my head. But sticking with my gut instincts and knowing the type of songs which will stay on my favorite list in years to come, here we go! (And I’ve linked each of their official music videos)

  1. ON
  2. FIRE
  3. Blood Sweat & Tears
  4. Run
  5. Spring Day
  6. N.O.
  8. IDOL
  9. Boy With Luv
  10. No More Dream
  11. DOPE
  12. Boy In Luv
  13. Danger
  14. War of Hormone
  15. DNA
  16. I NEED U
  17. Not Today

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 2019 – Part VIII

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #17: A k-pop idol you wish was your older sibling

I can’t believe I actually thought I could view J-Hope as my older sibling. I mean, after ANYONE sees that man live, platonic feelings goes out the door as fast as one can blink! Not to say I don’t doubt he would make a great sibling, but I saw the man do his iconic Bapsae hip thrust… LIVE! My life will never be the same…

My answer now would be, without a doubt, Jooheon from Monsta X.

Watching their Monsta X Ray ep 5, when they spent the day as daycare workers, it’s easy to see Jooheon actually takes on a fatherly role as well. I was impressed how he felt so natural around the kids and was able to diffuse problems by just talking to them in a way which grabbed their attention. I’m quite certain growing up with a brotherly figure such as Jooheon would have been a positive experience.

Question # 18: A k-pop idol you wish was your younger sibling

LISA from Blackpink wins this year’s status as ideal younger sibling. She might be a bit overly affectionate for me to take (ask my family – while I welcome hugs and kisses, I hate being mauled and prefer an arms length bubble of air around me most times). She’s sweet and what a cutie she must have been when she was a baby or toddler.

I think for me, LISA would have been the type of sister to get me to enjoy the moment more often. She would have been the one to open my cold heart in order for me to accept love. LOL! Poor her would have had to deal with my over-achieving ass to ensure she’s on the right track, dates good people and strives for her best.

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

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part IV

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #8: K-pop song you know all the words to

Ha ha! Um… my answer hasn’t changed much. I have learned very little Korean since I started my love for k-pop. I think if I had the time I could learn the words to some of my favorite songs. But alas, when it comes to using my free-time to learn another language, I’m currently trying to just improve my Mandarin speaking skills (I’ve been watching a lot of C-Dramas on Netflix while trying to not read the subtitles).

Having said that, the other day while listening to Boy In Luv by BTS, I caught myself singing along to most of the lyrics! That surprised me. I suppose it was bound to happen so I thought that was pretty cool. I don’t know the full lyrics, though. And I’d have to sing along with it – as I can’t sing it on my own.

Question #9: Favorite k-pop performance

Well… there’s been a lot of phenomenal live performances. With BTS’ fast-growth not just in Asia but by international standards, they really have been given more and more stage time at the various main Asian music award shows. The MMAs 2019 gave them a total of 37 minutes allowing BTS to really show their artistry. And because they ended with Dionysus, this is currently my favorite live k-pop performance.

Some other honorable mentions:

BTS’ 2019 Golden Disk Awards performance of FAKE LOVE stood out due to the symbolic intro. Many k-pop fans, especially ARMY, understand the meaning behind their marionette puppets intro. Which was a subtle message at a huge k-pop industry award show. Idols face such harsh control by the industry and fans alike, they often lose who they truly are (at an age they are supposed to be finding themselves – alas that is another topic for another time).

BTS’ performance of IDOL at the 2018 MMAs showed a beautiful mix of contemporary and cultural dance as the intro. I love it when they do this! Plus we witnessed female performers which is a huge move for a male k-pop group to do (i.e. too many jealous fans).

Sunmi ft. Taemin’s Gashina performance was iconic! And damn sexy. I always love watching Sunmi live, though. Her facial expressions are point on. She’s stunning and certainly a queen.

AOA’s cover of MAMAMOO’s Egotistic remix must be mentioned. The performance was stellar but I loved how they brought out the drag queens in the end. AOA danced in tailored suits along with the drag queens and brought the house down!

I’m simply very happy for and proud of TXT for winning New Artist of the Year at the MMA 2019. Their extended New Rule and Run Away performance was a great show for such a rookie group. BTS supported them throughout the show, with a big stand-up applause and cheer from their seniors when they were announced for the win.

Congrats also go out to BTS for being the first to win all 4 Daesang categories at an end of the year Asian Award Show!

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

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part I

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Okay! So this is start of my 2019’s 30 Questions K-pop Challenge. As with before, this is going to be random so lets just hope I finish it by the end of 2019!

I mentioned the last time, I would compare how my answers have changed since i did this almost two years ago. Let’s see!

Question #1 – Your favorite k-pop boy group

BTS Season’s Greetings 2020 Photoshoot

Ah, well, this one hasn’t changed at all. While I’ve picked up on many favorite boy bands since I started getting into k-pop, my favorite has not changed. Of course, BTS is still my favorite then and now. It’s been quite an amazing journey they’ve taken us on as well. When I first discovered BTS, they were not known outside of Asia and the ARMY fandom. Now, everyone and their grandparents have at least heard of them!

Where as back then I would have gotten a, what’s a BTS type response, now, three years later, they’ve won American music awards, did a speech at the UN, toured stadium (including 2 nights, sold out at Wembley), appeared on so many late night talk shows (and 2 daytime ones on Ellen), reached #1 on the Billboards multiple times, and well, the list is so long I’ve completely lost track! I’m extremely happy for all achievements by BTS as a whole and the individual members.

Question #1 – Your favorite k-pop girl group

This one is an interesting question to answer because when I first did this 30-day challenge, my knowledge of k-pop was of true amateur status. I didn’t know many groups, let alone girl groups. I was frustrated with the obvious, double-standard sexism between boy and girl groups within the k-pop industry. There were not as many bad-ass girl groups with equally bad-ass music and choreography to really grab my attention.

(G)I-dle LION music video

My first semi-favorite girl group was EXID and my first serious favorite girl group was (and to some extent, still is) Blackpink. At the moment, though, I would have to say (G)I-dle is by far my favorite.

For me, not only does (G)I-dle show their talents on many level, but I see them breaking the rules a bit. I noticed them in Latata and have been steadily following them while being impressed with each of their comebacks.

Their sound tends to show variety from comeback after comeback and song after song. Something I haven’t found as much in many groups aside from BTS. They really can dance, especially the leader, Soyeon. I watched their dance practice for Uh-Oh and was floored with how strong of a dancer Soyeon is. I have no doubt in my mind these ladies would kill any choreography given to them if, and I put an emphasis on ‘if’, given the opportunity. K-pop still has some ways to go before we see an all-female group dance circles around their male counterparts.

They are, however, under CUBE Entertainment. And we all know how CUBE managed ( or mismanaged) 4MINUTE and then the whole Hyuna and E’Dawn from Pentagon dating scandal. My hopes is they have smartened up with (G)I-dle. They’ve got themselves a really amazing group of talented women. For God’s sake, CUBE management! Wake up! Don’t f*ck up this one!

Day 3: Who’s your ultimate k-pop guy bias?

Left to Right: J-Hope, Jimin and Jungkook

LOL! This one definitely has changed drastically! I used to say Park Jimin from BTS but now, after seeing BTS live twice, it’s none other than Jung Hoseok!

Yes ’tis true, I am the category of ‘wait until you see him live’ – the J-Hope effect hit me strong after watching BTS perform the first night I went to see them. The unbelievable stage skills and strong persona emitted by J-Hope is hard to ignore. Plus the man is so talented on many levels, it’s difficult to not gravitate towards him! Well, the J-Hope stans get my point.

I think Jimin is a sweetie and still one of my favorite k-pop male dancers. But he’s almost too cute – if that makes any sense.

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