'Mianhae': Sorry, But Heize Is Not Your Robot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mRicqcxQro Sometimes I feel bad about the amount of Korean music I write about lately, because it can be kind of alienating to readers who are not super enthused about the idea exploring music outside of their own language. But then I watch something like Heize's…


LOOΠΔ Is Coming: All Twelve Members Appear in a New Teaser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBsqx76a8bI&t=0s LOOΠΔ is nearing its final form. South Korea's most exciting girl group set to debut sometime in 2018 - although Honey Popcorn is now giving them a run for their money - has finally unveiled every member of the group. Or, well, the eleven members we…


Oh Honey: Three Japanese Porn Stars Are Forming a K-Pop Group Called Honey Popcorn

Oh, honey: there's a new threesome in town - and they're already on the way becoming my new favorite girl group of 2018. Japanese adult video actress Yua Mikami, formerly known as Kito Momona of the Japanese idol group SKE48, announced on Monday (February 26) that she'll be making her Korean pop…


'Black Dress': CLC Snip & Strip Their Way to Greatness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF6Wds75rjg CLC just did what they did, and showed the girls what they should have did. Almost exactly one year after busting out their bats with the bratty, HyunA co-penned electro-trap slammer "Hobgoblin," and at least a comeback or two later, the seven member…


'One Shot, Two Shot': BoA Still Hits the Mark, Nearly Twenty Years Into Her Career

The cold, hard truth is that the music industry in South Korea isn't what it once was when BoA first debuted in 2000. Despite being hailed as the Queen of K-Pop™ for nearly two decades, the now 31-year-old superstar is vying for attention in a crowded arena that consists primarily of girl groups…


BoA's Releasing a Japanese Album About Society's Pressure on Women in Their Thirties

BoA, Queen of K-Pop™, is back in a big way in 2018. From her first-ever reality show in South Korea (Keyword #BoA) to an already promising-sounding single on the way later today (January 31) called "Nega Dola," to a long overdue full-length comeback, she's got more than enough planned for yet…


'One & Only': Go Won, the Eleventh Member of LOOΠΔ, Makes Her Escape From Eden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5qwcYL8a0o The LOOΠΔverse is expanding yet again, this time with the eleventh member of the twelve lovely ladies of LOOΠΔ. (No idea what I'm talking about? Consult this first.) And this time around, it's getting stereognostic. Go Won is the latest girl to be…


'Always Find You': Girls' Generation's Yuri Goes EDM With Raiden (in English!)

Girls' Generation might be on hold indefinitely, but that isn't stopping the girls from killing it on their own. 28-year-old singer and award winning-actress Yuri — one-half of "Secret," one of the fiercest, most hair flip-filled songs ever released as part of SM Entertainment's weekly SM Station…


'Poet | Artist': Jonghyun's Final Album, the Premature Death of an Idol & the Stigma of Mental Illness in South Korea

"Always be with you." I'll be the first to admit, as I find it tacky to feign fandom after a famous person's death: I'm not a Shawol, or even a SHINee fan for that matter. Not because I don't like their music, but because I'd never invested my time in the group properly to begin with, beyond having…


Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez-Versini Payne Is at the Center of a K-Pop Controversy

Not since Lee Hyori's "Get Ya!" was accused of ripping off Britney's "Do Somethin'" over a decade ago has a South Korean music scandal felt so specifically tailored to my personal interests. Sunmi, formerly of the Wonder Girls, is back with a follow-up to her incredible, fiery break-up bop…


'Lower': f(x)'s Amber & Luna Go Down on the Dance Floor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjp0mdMeIPU Amber and Luna are one-half (at one point, two-fifths) of f(x), one of South Korea's great girl groups of the late '00s and beyond, known for their eclectic and electric sound and style. Unfortunately, the group's gone quiet ever since the release of…


'Bboom Bboom': Momoland Deliver 2018's First 'Great!' Goofy Bop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQGRg8XBnB4 Meet Momoland, one of the newer rookie troupes on the South Korean girl group scene. And, evidently, a bunch of damn dorks. The girls were first slapped together as a seven member group through a reality TV survival program called Finding Momoland back…