Hello, and welcome to our next segment of “Artist Spotlight,” where we introduce you to some of our favorite artists in Korean entertainment!
Featured on this “Artist Spotlight” is a boy group from FNC Entertainment. These 9 boys debuted in 2016 with the powerful track, “Fanfare,” and recently came back with a dark and sexy concept for “Now or Never.”
If you haven’t already guessed, these talented young men are none other than SF9!
SF9 stands for “Sensational Feeling 9,” and is FNC Entertainment‘s first boy group, as the company is known for their boy bands like CNBLUE, FT Island, and N.Flying.
The group consists of members Youngbin, Inseong, Jaeyoon, Dawon, Zuho, Rowoon, Taeyang, Hwiyoung, and Chani, Youngbin being the leader and Chani being the maknae.
Each of the boys has their own quirk that makes them stand out from the rest and connect well as a whole group. For example, Youngbin is compassionate and patient, Jaeyoon is playful, Dawon is “extra” and bold, Zuho acts tough but is easily startled, while Taeyang and Chani is more on the calmer spectrum (though they can be just as rowdy as the others).
The members are talented in various areas, such as Rowoon being an actor, Hwiyoung with his rapping, and Inseong being able to speak other languages.
Who’s your bias? Mine is Jaeyoon, but Youngbin is a close second!
SF9 has released five mini albums and one single album since their debut in 2016.
Feeling Sensation (2016)
Breaking Sensation (2017)
“Intro; (이별 즈음에)”
“Hide and Seek”
Burning Sensation (2017)
“Youth; Tell me what it is (靑春)”
“Still My Lady”
“Shut Up N’ Lemme Go”
Knights of the Sun (2017)
“Poetry; 00:00 (詩)”
“O Sole Mio”
“Let’s Hang Out”
“Just On My Way”
Mamma Mia! (2018)
“Never Say Goodbye”
“Go Back in Time”
“Be My Baby”
“Now or Never”
These amazing albums aside, the group has also released Japanese albums, as well as Chinese versions of their songs.
Where do I even start? SF9 has bops for days, and there’s at least one song per album that I absolutely adore.
Let’s go album by album then.
From their first single album, “Feeling Sensation,” I like the title track, “Fanfare,” as well as “K.O.” “Fanfare” is on the louder side, with a really fast beat, while “K.O.” is an intense performance song with a lot of dynamics that keep you reeled in the entire time.
I recommend “Intro;” and “Easy Love” first from “Breaking Sensation,” then “Watch Out.” If you like songs on the slower and more cheerful side, “Hide and Seek” is the song for you.
“Burning Sensation” is one of my favorite albums from the group. All of the tracks on this album are amazing, but “Roar,” “4 Step,” and “Jungle Game” are the most exciting ones.
From “Knights of the Sun,” I suggest listening to “O Sole Mio,” as it is a Latin-inspired track and one of the group’s most popular songs. My second suggestion would be “Scold,” because it showcases more of the rappers’ skillsets and is exciting to listen to!
“Mamma Mia!” doesn’t have a single bad song in it! “Mamma Mia” was actually what got me interested in the group because it’s catchy, fun, and silly. I like “Midnight Road” because it’s an emotional vocal line track, while “Never Say Goodbye” also has the same effect but more heavily on the ballad side.
And last but not least, the group’s most recent album, “Sensuous.” “Now or Never” is my absolute favorite title track from them because of the sensual aspects of the song, coupled with a unique sound quality that wasn’t in their previous songs. It’s exciting from start to finish and leaves you wanting more!
My second favorite from that album is “Unlimited!” It’s pleasant to listen to, especially right after an intense song like “Now or Never.”
“O Sole Mio”
“Now or Never”
Get to Know Them!
One of the ways I became acquainted with SF9 was through their SF9 “Trip with Fantasy” series, as well as their restaurant one, “Special Food 9.”
What I love most about these segments is that they helped me gain more insight to each members’ charming points. Some facts I picked up were that Zuho is surprisingly easy to frighten, despite his tough appearance, and that Rowoon is an amazing cook and is like the “mom” of the group, or so the members claim.
“Special Food 9” in particular showcases the hardworking and selfless character of the members, as they were in charge of managing a restaurant. Member Inseong even put his English to the test when foreigners came to the restaurant, and Youngbin had his patience tested with a demanding customer.
My favorite parts of “The Immigration” is listening to SF9 speak English as well as seeing them being silly. They definitely elicit a lot of laughter in this video!
The “K-Rush” episode is one of the first SF9 videos I watched, and it gave me a good grasp on how each of the members are and how they are together. It’s a funny video, especially because they play several games in it.
The Cleopatra game from SF9‘s “Trip with Fantasy” is one of the best and funniest things I have ever seen in my life. Watch it. You won’t regret it! (But I recommended turning your volume down just a tad.)
What do you think about SF9 so far? Which members catch your eye, and which of their title tracks are your favorite?