Hyolyn (also known as Hyorin formerly of Sistar), has used 2018 to really kind of work on herself and her career. Business wise, she decided to skip out on finding a new agency to house her career. Instead she became a independent act and started her own company Bridge (it is Romanized differently). While Sistar’s last release was…actually around this time last year…Hyolyn spent her time getting her resources ready and building a small foundation for her newfound independent brand. In 2018 Hyolyn finally delivered new music as a solo artist and company.
Well guess who is back…once again. The end of the year has come and a lot has happened. Unfortunately in the past week, Kim Jonghyun of SHINee passed away. His family and friends are in my thoughts, and I am hoping that from this a bigger discussion of mental health and suicide prevention takes place.
2017 has been a very weird year. I won’t say that it has been great, but it has been transformative. This blog takes the usual hit because I have a life I am trying to expand upon (a career and such). Still I kept up with all the k pop I could, and I have to do my end of year pieces as a sort of reflection.
Before you read this, you can read my predictions from last year here!
K Pop like any other thing comes with its own strange language and buzzwords. Often when you hear these words,
It’s New Years Eve, where I am so I refuse to acknowledge that day until tomorrow! With only two post left for this, I want to have both up before Midnight. The top 5 will be up later on tonight (I just got to add links and edit), just before New Years! Y’all be safe, and read this post!
- THERE WILL BE A LINK ON A SPECIAL PAGE GOING UP COMING SOON
We are back with part 2 of a 4 part series. Once again 2016 has been a surprising meh year, but I found some gems that I did indeed like. Sadly once again, I did not get the full spectrum of music in 2016, so this list is heavy on established idols. Hopefully next year this will be remedied.
- The order is non-existent except for the fact that the top 10 were played more throughout the year for me.
- The list is mostly women…hopefully next year I won’t think boygroups are releasing crap.
- A special link will be available for this list in the upcoming future
If you want to read the last entries, click here!
Are you ready for 2016 to be over? Has this crap shit of a year finally broken your spirit? Well get in line.
And while you wait for this semi horror fest to end, why don’t you read my predictions for 2017!
These are just me making guesses…and y’all believing them. So let’s get started!
It’s time to spread Christmas cheer with the start of my 2016 song list! K Pop has been a bit of a doozy, and I just want to end this year…as quickly as possible. Never the less it isn’t like I was left without new music to add to my own playlist…so here are my top songs of 2016…20-16 (laughs at my own corniness).
I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but might as well…
- These choices are my opinions
- If your fave didn’t make it, ask yourself why you want my validation in the first place.
- There is no real order except that the top ten were more played by me through the year. Other than that, their numerical status is more or less shallow.
- Yes I am aware that this list is mostly women, I explained this in the intro post!
- All of this will be linked to a special page coming soon!
And Happy Holidays!
Anyway, K pop for 2016 has come to an end. Anyone debuting now is pretty much for 2017, which means I will be ignoring them…until like New Years Eve.
But with the year coming to an end, there needs to be a moment of reflection. If I had to sum up 2016 for K Pop it would be okay. A B-. That’s not bad, it technically is a B. I just wasn’t fully invested as I could have been. Mostly the year has been an arms race for the new generation. The boygroups are still struggling for a name while groups like Got7 (somewhat), BTS (ESPECIALLY BTS) and EXO still ruled the game. We saw the returns of B.A.P. which did as well as it could have. The biggest male release was Big Bang and even then…a year too late if you asked most.
The ladies of K pop are seemingly doing much better. Mostly this is in the new generations realm, with GFriend, BlackPink, ioi and TWICE having exceptional years while girl groups like Laboum, Oh My Girl and Lovelyz kept the train going with strong releases and careful harvesting of notoriety.
Overall 2016 wasn’t a bad year, just not very exceptional. I think it was the lack of older big name groups. No f(x), no SNSD, one Wonder Girls release that was big, but really could have used a follow up…and from the guys…I don’t care.
Still I liked enough songs to create a list of 20(!). The first post will be available later on today! But for now, here are some songs that didn’t make the list for various reasons.
So here is the thing…life sucks. I got hit hard last year and that slowed me down incredibly. I used to try and crank out reviews for songs as soon as possible, but I decided to give myself some time to make sure that I could fully dive into the song. And then that turned into me choosing between work, school, sleep and this blog so I obviously chose the more important ones. Anyway while song reviews are picking back up…album reviews have kind of fallen to the wayside.
This is going to be a long ass text post so here is the summary: Albums are long form, reviewing them takes time, I was cranking out reviews, A lot of albums sound the same to me and therefore are not worth the effort of writing about them.
Good Good? Yes
Let’s get into it.
So earlier in August I talked about WJSN’s comeback with the addition of Yeonjung (of Producer 101 and special project IOI). Ultimately I thought the group would benefit in terms of some noteriety but it would boil down to Starship to actively promote them…
Anyway lets talk about the comeback that I have missed.
Here is the video