WINNER Poses for Comeback Teasers

Only 3 days are left until WINNER's comeback on August 4! The group posed for a relaxing photo in preparation for Our Twenty For.

In addition, WINNER also released previews of how their albums will look like. There are 2 versions, For Youth and For Dream.

For Youth

For Dream

Our writers definitely can't wait for their comeback! Are you ready?

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DAY6 Drops Gorgeous “I Smile” MV + Album Review

The sun has finally risen for DAY6 fans! DAY6 comes back with the release of “I Smile” music video, dropping their 1st full album SUNRISE. The title track “I Smile” takes you on a journey as they recover from the threads of heartbreak, pushing forward as they ‘smile’.

 

SUNRISE consists of all Every Day6 monthly releases from this year, including new songs “I Smile” and “오늘은 내게”. The album also includes a rebooted version of “Letting Go” and the final version of “Congratulations”.


Album Review

  1. 오늘은 내게

오늘은 내게 starts off with their signature sharp guitar riff found in their harder rock music selection. The songs envelopes into parts of a tranquilizing echo before picking up again. Notably, the drummer of DAY6, Dowoon, happens to sing a bit for the first time in the song as well.

2. I Smile

The track is a bit more unique than their previous tracks. In this track, Sungjin finally sings a verse, changing up the arrangement; the synthesizer was definitely more powerful to about have its own solo. Remarkably, the vocals unified in a way that will stir one’s heart. The colors of DAY6 have surely shown even brighter through their evolving music.

3. Man in a Movie

Have you ever imagined one of those old flicks with the sweet slow dances? My first impression of this delightful song was that it ought to be featured in an old film, particularly in the scene where couples slow dance at the high school dance and the band is going all out to lighten the mood. This song surely has another spin in the type of music DAY6 can do.

4. I Wait

My reaction, along with many fans, was that this song has strong enough power to be featured as an anime intro! Nevertheless, DAY6 gives a pleasing rise to the feelings building in the song “I Wait”, pulsing with bursts of energy.

5. How Can I Say

Another head-banger song! The track starts off with rising vocals, all members harmonizing to hit the high notes together. It’s a pleasant sound to hear! Some of the things that noticeably stood out to me were the keen guitar riffs and smooth transitions between each member’s parts. The abrupt finish at the end totally wrapped up the euphoria of the song.

6. Letting Go (Rebooted Ver.)

Letting Go” was the title track of their past album Daydream. I was quite curious about how different “Letting Go” would sound in this new album. My curiosity was piqued when hearing the album spoiler earlier today. With a quicker start and more raw to the vocals, the rebooted version was quite satisfying to hear. The additive cool beats set as a transition was a different take along with a new snippet of delicate ad-libs.

7. I Would

Such a calm song; it’s serene and and quite peaceful upon listening to it. A blissful sound that could lead you on the brink of tears—at least for me!

8. Goodbye Winter

Released as part of the first single Every DAY6 January, the song says a beautiful goodbye to the cool season of winter. The track has such a chilling and mellow sound, that I was swept away by the season.

9. I’m Serious

Contrary to the previous track, DAY6 showcases a lighthearted sound and shines with such vibrancy. This is definitely a fun song to listen to while on a road trip. Although upbeat, they express the desire to be paid attention to because their feelings are “serious”.

10. Say Wow

What an uplifting song! They made me “say wow” upon first listen. Full of high spirits, you can’t help but join in their bursting energy!

11. DANCE DANCE

This song marks as one of the first songs that Dowoon has a vocal part in. Starting with his count, the band takes you in for a ride as they invite to dance with them. The lovely melody that’s perfect for the summer vibes.

12. My Day

A lot of fans and I could easily recognize the potential this song has a title track. It’s like a wonderful voyage that DAY6 takes you on, calling you “my day”. The beginning was certainly a nice start, reminding me of a wintry aura when they released it in Every DAY6 February.

13. You Were Beautiful

As we’re nearing the close of the album, we come across the melancholic song “You Were Beautiful”. The song picked up from the story in their debut track “Congratulations”, reminiscing both happy and sad memories. DAY6 reminds us that they have come to a closure since “Congratulations”, now coming to terms with the past.

14. Congratulations (Final Ver.)

The closure of their 1st full album SUNRISE. Since the departure of Junhyeok, the band experimented with different ways of fulfilling his part in “Congratulations“. Almost a year and a half later, the final version of “Congratulations”, their debut song, is released on SUNRISE. The song is extraordinary just as before; I can’t deny the bittersweet feeling I felt listening to this multiple times. Even then, DAY6 has started “letting go” and is ready to start anew—and we’re ready for that as well.


 

The stage has become grand and beautifully lit up for DAY6. You can tell in their music how much they’ve evolved and grown—from weekly buskings to full house concerts, they’ve truly paved their own path to success and recognition. We can’t wait what it’s in store for them in their next monthly releases for their year long project Every Day6.

KNK’s “Sun.Moon.Star” Drops With Chilling Vocals

Declared as a tribute to Highlight‘s “Ribbon” and “12:30”, YNB Entertainment‘s rookie group KNK makes a chilling comeback with their track “Sun.Moon.Star”. Differing from their usual style, the group took on a new style to try their hand at new music—and the result is extraordinary. 

Known for their astounding vocals and cool harmonies, KNK delivers another breathtaking song. Remarkably, a key feature one should pay attention to is Youjin‘s high notes, which will definitely send shivers to any listener. 

The writers of Sweet Sweet Kpop surely can’t wait to listen to the rest of their album Gravity. What was your favorite part of “Sun.Moon.Star”?

What’s in TEEN TOP’s HIGH FIVE album?

In preparation for TEEN TOP‘s upcoming comeback with “Love is”, the album user guide has been released to give an idea of what’s a part of the album package. Take a look at what’s included in the album!

TEEN TOP‘s new album HIGH FIVE will be offered in 2 versions; this includes the CD, a photobook, a photo card, and a poster. The Onstage ver. will have a hard cover for the album, unlike the Offstage ver. On the other hand, the Offstage ver. will have a photobook with 92 pages, while the Onstage ver. will have a photobook with 80 pages.

 

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TEEN TOP will make their comeback on April 10th with their title track, “Love is (재밌어?)”. Do you know which version you’re getting?

MONSTA X Makes Brilliant Comeback with ‘Beautiful’ (+Album Review)

MONSTA X has delivered a brilliant album and MV to us for their comeback!

The MV features stunning, visually striking scenes and elegant choreography fitting for the title “Beautiful.” They truly serve us a beautiful piece, with a masterful blend of music and story that leave us with lingering questions and a desire for more.

The group just released their first studio-length album, “The Clan 2.5 Beautiful,” which consists of 10 tracks, many of which were created by the members themselves. As per usual, they weave their individual flairs into the composition of the album, creating a memorable and well-balanced masterpiece.

Here’s a review of each of the album’s 10 tracks! (This may or may be coming from a hardcore Monbebe. You can be the judge of that!)

  1. Ready or Not
    This is the epitome of what I expect to hear from MONSTA X. It captivated me as soon as I heard the album highlight, and as expected, it doesn’t disappoint! It’s powerful, invigorating, and makes you feel motivated to tackle any obstacles you encounter. It’s nice to see ESBEE and STEREO14 in the credits for the song, as they’ve created many of MONSTA X‘s greatest songs.
  2. Beautiful (*TITLE)
    “Beautiful” is a masterpiece from its opening to its grand finish. It has an opening that pops (literally) and draws you into a powerful rap verse from Jooheon, followed by I.M. This song has MONSTA X‘s signature synth sound, blended with emotional vocals and unique music elements. Another great note is that Hyungwon received more lines this time around, enriching the overall dynamic of the track and making it memorable.
  3. Incomparable
    Of all the songs on the album, “Incomparable” is one of my least favorites–but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of greatness. Those great parts include more lines for Minhyuk and the rap portion towards the end.
  4. Need U
    “Need U” is just one of those songs that stick in your head the minute you listen to it. It’s sweet and bound to boost both your self esteem and lighten your mood. It’s a song you can imagine them singing on a small stage in a cafe or fanmeeting, one that has a personal and affectionate feeling to it. I’m a big fan of this song and would love to see more of this from the group in the future!
  5. OI
    I’m in love with this song. It’s a great blend of vocals and rap, creating an energizing and memorable dance track. When discussing this song, we can’t forget to mention I.M‘s rap, because it’s amazing. Can we talk also talk about the beat of this song? It’s absolutely addicting, especially when it comes to the repetitive chorus, “OI OI OI OI OI.” This track definitely tops in my list of favorites from this album.
  6. Miss You
    “Miss You” is an R&B track with beautiful vocals and a memorable chorus. What’s extraordinary about this song are the impressive background vocals, which enhance the airiness of the overall track. Although it’s not my favorite song, it’s definitely a soothing listen and appeals to those who prefer slower song.
  7. Calm Down
    Anybody can get lit to this song. It’s a perfect party song, with a heavy bass and epic buildup to the chorus, which is both catchy and hard-hitting. Even though the title is “Calm Down,” the song is way too exciting to be calm about. Jooheon‘s rap following the first chorus is bound to blow your mind (in a great way). The strong rap reminds me of “Stuck” from “The Clan Part.1 LOST.”
  8. All I Do
    This is my least favorite track in the album, but it provides a refreshing twist to the usual music style MONSTA X has. It’s a groovy, smooth song with its climax at a rap sequence between Jooheon and I.M. Despite its smooth progression, it doesn’t leave a lasting impression on me like the other songs do.
  9. 5:14 (Last Page)
    Although I’m not the biggest fan of the transition of the opening to the vocals, it provides a unique twist to the linear progression of the previous tracks. This song is sweet and soothing, the perfect way to conclude the otherwise fast-paced album. This song grows on you the more you listen to it, and every time you listen to it, you feel like you’re hearing it again for the first time.
  10. I’ll Be There
    I was thrilled to have more of Wonho‘s work included in the album, and “I’ll Be There” doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. It’s a sweet and touching song, with vocals that are guaranteed to make you melt! The music gives the vibe of innocence and lightheartedness, the gentle vocals only adding to its soothing effect.

Overall, “The Clan 2.5 Beautiful” was exactly what I wanted–and more. It’s a reflection of the group’s flexibility with various music styles, while also showcasing a consistency in their individual music style.

Feel free to share your thoughts with us on the comeback in the comments!

What’s in GOT7’s Flight Log: Arrival Album? 

JYPE followed up on the individual members’ teasers from the past couple days by releasing the album user guide for GOT7‘s Flight Log: Arrival album! Focused on a more earthy theme for this comeback compared to their previous albums, it deviates from the wind element in Departure and the water element in Turbulence.

The Flight Log: Arrival album will be available in two versions, the Never version and the Ever version. The complete package is expected to be the thickest album yet from the group.


Flight Log: Arrival albums sales for pre-order have already surpassed +38,000 albums from just Chinese IGOT7’s alone, and expect to continue rising. The album will be released on March 13th.

Pre-order the album through KPOPTOWN, KPOPMART, Synnara, or YES24.

Hyuna Releases 5th Mini Album “A’wesome” + MV for “How’s This?”

Hyuna is back with her 5th mini album and a new MV!

On the 1st of August, former 4Minute rapper, Hyuna, came back with her 5th mini album “A’wesome” and the music video for its title track “How’s This?“. For her first solo comeback since 4Minute‘s disbandment, Hyuna wanted to show off a new sexy concept, suitable for summer. Before releasing the full album and MV, she had teased us with two beautiful album images, which showed off both the sexy and cute side of Hyuna. If you missed the teaser pictures, you can check them out here and here.

Check out below a review of Hyuna‘s mini album “A’wesome” and the MV for “How’s This?“:


Hyuna – “A’wesome”

Hyuna‘s 5th mini album “A’wesome” is composed of six songs, including the title track “How This?” and two songs featuring Brand New‘s rapper Hanhae and rapper Isle Qim. Hyuna participated in the writting of all the songs on the album with the exception of the song “Freaky“.

Full tracklist:

  1. U & Me
  2. How’s This?
  3. Do It!
  4. Morning Glory (Feat. Isle Qim)
  5. Freaky
  6. Wolf (Feat. Hanhae)

Songs I Recommend:

  • U & Me – I loooooove this song! It is so addictive, the melody is really nice to the ear and Hyuna’s voice is amazing. It’s a dance song perfect for the summer or to throw a party! Easily the best track on the album in my opinion!
  • Wolf – Ok so… Right at the intro I knew I was going to love this song! Both Hyuna and Hanhae sing, rap and harmonizing perfectly. The melody isn’t as heavy as most of the songs on this album, it’s more of a R&B melody and it’s nice. Definitely a track you need to listen on this album!
  • Do It – I actually only recommend this song for the chorus. I didn’t really like the electro part, it was too much and overwhelming. A part from that, Hyuna’s rap was good and the chorus was for me the best part. It’s nice to listen to and it felt light although it has an heavy melody.

As for the title track “How’s This?“, I don’t think it was that great. There’s definitely much better songs on this album, because we barely hear Hyuna sing/rap. When she does, it’s to say 3 times the same line. I think her previous title track “Roll Deep” was and still is one of the best. Although I’m not a fan of the song, it’s a perfect song to put on at a party or a club. “Morning Glory” and “Freaky” are ok songs. I thought the songs didn’t really stand out compared to the other ones, “Morning Glory” was too monotone, while “Freaky” sounded a bit repetitive.

Note: 7/10

I give it a 7 because I only really liked half of the songs on this album. Although the other songs are not bad, as I said earlier Hyuna can do better and last year’s album is proof of it. Overall it’s not a bad album and it’s still worth listening and supporting our lovely Hyuna.

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Hyuna – “How’s This?”

The music video for “How’s This?” is a huge fun twerking party showcasing alcohol, booty, and sexual allusions. For this MV, Hyuna asked more than 100 professional dancers to star in it, her biggest scale MV so far. The song sounds like a club song, making you wanna dance and move your body. This explains why the MV is happening in a club~ We can also see Hyuna showing off sexy dance moves and ruling the party as the beautiful Queen she is~ The MV is worth watching although I’m not a huge fan of the song. I think she has done better in the past and that some of the songs on “A’wesome” are by far better.

Check out the MV for “How’s This?” below:


What do you think of Hyuna’s comeback? Which song is your favorite?