Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part V

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #10: K-pop dance you’d like to learn

Well, I haven’t fulfilled my wish to learn Blood Sweat and Tears and at this point I think it’s safer for my knees to abandon that idea.

Since then, I have learned the main parts of many k-pop choreography thanks to the downtown drop-in dance studio featuring many original k-pop dance covers (just of the chorus parts). My ultimate fave choreo was MIC Drop Remix with Anpanman being a close send.

At the moment I think I’d like to do (G)I-dle’s LION. It looks hard! But I’d be up for the challenge!

Question #11: Favorite k-pop music video

While BTS’ MIC Drop Remix music video is still one of my all-time favorites, their other classic will always be Blood Sweat & Tears. The visual creativity, imagery and theme which went behind this video is something we just don’t see much in general these days (k-pop and non-kpop alike). And so I deem this video my #1.

Having said that, there’s been so many great music videos since – from both BTS and others.

At the moment, I’ve been watching a lot of WayV music videos. Moonwalk being my favorite of theirs. The rest of WayV m/v’s so far, I have to say while the visuals are great, are not really anything other than letting their dance skills dominate the videos (which is fine – they are skilled dancers!)

TXT’s Run Away is another one I frequently watch. I look forward to more videos from TXT as they have adapted BigHit’s formula of tying in symbolism and themes so well from video to video. Also, any of SUNMI’s videos are fun to watch!

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

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part II

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #4: Who’s your ultimate k-pop girl bias?

Woohoo! Another one where my answer has changed drastically and multiple times.

First time answering this was LE from EXID because I wasn’t very familiar with many k-pop girl groups, or many other k-pop groups period.

Soyeon, leader of (G)I-dle

Since then, I’ve changed to Lisa from Blackpink, to Jennie from Blackpink, to Sunmi and finally, at the moment at least, Soyeon from (G)I-dle. Though I still love Sunmi. How can one not love Sunmi?

But Soyeon is a hard one to deny. I’ve gushed over her before and I’ll gush over her again – this young lady has skills! She writes a lot of their music, carries the responsibility as leader of their group, is a killer dancer, and I encourage people to watch her facial expressions in both their music videos and live performances. Soyeon knows how to look at the camera and give her iconic snarl expression right at the right moment!

Question #5: A favorite k-pop song from your favorite guy group

As before, this one is extremely hard to answers! I broke it down to the following categories last time:

All-Time Fave: FIRE
2017 Song of the Year: MIC Drop Remix
Current Fave: Sea

To stay with the same categories, here’s my updated list:

  • All-Time Fave: Dionysus
  • 2018 Song of the Year: Truth Untold
  • Current Fave: So What

Once again, this was not an easy question to answer. All-time favorites will change time and time again. How does one even pick an all-time favorite when new things come out all time with k-pop and one’s tastes or mood changes frequently?

I think any of BTS’ classics will remain my all-time favorites, such as FIRE, Blood Sweat and Tears and MIC Drop Remix. Dionysus, however, has earned it’s way to the top for sure!

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

K-Pop October Comeback Catch-up

I was pretty hesitant in talking about all the bad news in k-pop which has surfaced lately. Honestly, I meant for this post to just be dedicated with recent comebacks yet at the same time it’s difficult to ignore some of what’s been going on with Monsta X.

I won’t get into the details because it is pretty easy to do a search about Wonho leaving Monsta X. The only thing I want to say here is that I feel bad for both Wonho and all the Monsta X members. I don’t understand why Starship Entertainment didn’t postpone their comeback schedule in light of what has happened. And I don’t fully believe Starship even thought everything through. I do wonder if there’s more to what we already know. But regardless, at the end of the day, the news was just bad news for all. I feel bad for Monbebes everywhere.

There’s been a slew of other negative news in the k-pop scene as well. And I’ve come to the conclusion to just wait for more information before formulating any final, conclusive thoughts on each matter. It appears the information which first comes out ends up not being the end of the story.

In the meantime, I’m happy about some of the recent comebacks which are making their way on my playlist.

GOT7 “YOU CALLING MY NAME” M/V

I was not hyped about GOT7’s next comeback. Their last two were lack-luster for me which pained me since I really wanted to support them. They were, after all, my very first k-pop concert experience! I’ve never found myself loving the full albums of any of their comebacks but should I find a handful of good tracks, I am considered satisfied.

You Calling My Name is a different sound from their previous works and this time, I feel it worked in their favor. Did they play it safe? I think so. But as it worked out I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

Other note-worthy tracks on their latest album, Call My NameRun Away and Crash and Burn.

(G)I-DLE “LION” M/V

Okay – (G)I-DLE is now my favorite all female k-pop group! Even though I hate the way they spell their name mainly because it’s a bitch to type out. It’s a minor annoyance though.

Though I’m still on an Uh-Oh high so LION doesn’t compare to it as much, I still feel this comeback song is amazing. The video is pretty slick, too. A caged, bad-ass Soyeon, is quite the sight to see (she’s totally my bias from this group). And Minnie’s low, sultry voice adds just the right amount of attitude for this song. Love it, love it, love it!

WAYV “MOONWALK” M/V

As I’ve said before, I”m not a big fan of NCT and their confusing sub-units. WayV, however, has caught my attention.

Their title track, Moonwalk, does not disappoint. The overall tune is somewhat haunting. That’s the best way I can describe it. And it works!

Other tracks I found note-worthy from their album, Take Over the MoonYeah Yeah Yeah and Love Talk.

DAY6 “SWEET CHAOS” M/V

I probably should have created a separate post just for DAY6’s comeback. Especially since I missed their last one 3 months ago – The Book of Us: Gravity. Not because I didn’t love it – I did. I just didn’t have much time to get into it.

With their latest song, Sweet Chaos, from the 2nd The Book of Us: Entropy, I’m such a happy camper! And while I’m thoroughly enjoying Sweet Chaos, it didn’t take long for me to find other tracks on the album which floored me even more so.

Very note-worthy mentions include: Deep In Love, Rescue Me, About Now, Not Fine and Like a flowing wind. Though I’d say the whole album is pretty good! I’m truly hoping DAY6 comes back to Toronto for another concert. I had such a good time the last time – and noticed Toronto was not on their last World Tour. So here’s hoping that will change next time around!