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'Butterfly' Is Why 'Stan Loona' Is (Rightfully) a Thing

Log on to Twitter. Actually, don't, it's the Bad Place. But if you do, you'll see that the running joke and/or rallying cry - at least across vasts portions of K-Pop Stan Twitter™, and various pockets of Gay Twitter™ - is "Stan Loona." Got a problematic politician? A popular Western pop star? Any…


Sunmi Noir

'Noir': Sunmi Shows the Dark Side of Stunting for the Gram

Sunmi, formerly of the Wonder Girls (still too soon, gone but never forgotten), has rapidly become one of my new favorite K-pop soloists over the past two years, thanks to one-two-three punch of "Gashina," "Heroine" and "Siren" - and it appears she's just going to keep the love (and likes - more on…


'Thank U Soooo Much': Yubin Carries the Wonder Girls Retro Pop Torch (And Wants You to Stop Talking So Much)

Tired: "thank u, next." Wired: "Thank U Soooo Much." The Wonder Girls are still thriving in 2018 - even if they aren't actually together anymore. (Too soon, I know. I'm sorry.) Sunmi's one of the best (and weirdest) soloists in the game at the moment - and Yubin's coming in hot at the tail-end of…


'Punk Right Now': Girls' Generation's Hyo Gets Reckless, Eats Gluten in Club Banger With 3LAU

"You know who I am. Name's on my necklace." HYO, The Artist Formerly Known as Kim Hyo-yeon of Girls' Generation, is hungry for more. Following her debut as DJ HYO with "Sober" earlier in April (which I spoke to her about for Paper), as well as providing a lil' touch in Girls' Generation sub-unit…


'Solo': The Emancipation of BLACKPINK's Jennie

So let it be written, so let it be done: BLACKPINK is the revolution. Unlike the West, where girl groups rise to fame before someone decides they're Alice_Deejay_-_Better_Off_Alone.mp3 before crawling back for a reunion tour years later to recreate the nostalgia for some coin (see you at the Fifth…


From Girl on Top to 'Woman' Upside Down: BoA Reaffirms Her Reign as the Queen of K-Pop

BoA's not a girl, not yet - err, actually, very much now a woman. The 31-year-old industry vet has also been leading the pack since the release of her debut album ID; Peace B in 2000. While her popularity has wavered in recent years, as it inevitably does in the world of pop, the quality of her…


Wonder 'Woman': BoA Is Coming Back, Yet Again, in 2018

Why stage one comeback, or even two, when you can pull off three in the same year? After releasing her first-ever Korean mini-album, One Shot, Two Shot in February, followed by her fantastic return to Japan with the underrated 私このままでいいのかな - plus her special Unchained mini-album for good measure! -…


Sunmi Siren

'Siren': Sunmi Delivers a Fierce Warning

Sunmi remains one of K-Pop's biggest weirdos, and for that, I am grateful. The 26-year-old Wonder Girls superstar has proven herself to be a very unique kind of soloist in just a short amount of time, from her re-debut with the biting "Gashina" to the slightly Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez-Versini…


'Hi High': LOOΠΔ Finally Make Their Real, Actual, Official Debut

This is it. Really. The ladies of LOOΠΔ have officially departed the LOOΠΔverse, burst through the LOOΠΔsphere, and crash-landed onto Earth to save K-Pop, and the world at large, once and for all. Two years after the introduction of HeeJin, eleven more solo efforts, three sub-units, one Grimes…


'favOriTe': LOOΠΔ Make Their First Move

LOOΠΔtics across the LOOΠΔverse: the LOOΠΔlution begins now. Or, well, almost. If you've no clue what all this LOOΠ-y business means, catch up on the backstory behind one of the most exciting girl groups to come out of South Korea in a while. Nearly two years after the debut of HeeJin and the…


'Blue Moon': Gyeong Ree of 9MUSES Comes Through With a Great, Gay Ol' Solo Debut

Gyeong Ree - or Kyungri as it's also spelled in English, but not on iTunes! - is one-fifth of 9MUSES. In their current formation, anyway. (There are five members of Nine Muses. One is on hiatus pursuing her DJ dreams. There haven't been Nine Actual Muses in years. K-Pop!) Anyway. After patiently…


'Square Up' Is Proof: It's Time to Join the BLACKPINK Revolution

Look, they said it themselves: BLACKPINK is the revolution. It's been approximately 84 years, give or take, but the fabulous foursome known as BLACKPINK - that's Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa - are not only in our area again, they've gone and razed our homes, set fire to our crops and let our…