Top 10 K-pop Songs of 2017!

Hello everyone,

K-pop has transformed in the past fours years, there was a time when nobody knew what the word K-pop meant. Now so many K-pop artists are breaking the barriers of music and slowly becoming well known internationally. K-pop is not quite where it needs to be, but they are definitely on the right path. This year we’ve had a great selection of songs that’s why it was challenging to pick the top ten K-pop songs of 2017.

The picks for this list are based on my personal preference, but sales, chart ratings, awards and more will be taken into consideration.

Enjoy!

1.BTS – DNA.

 

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Top row left to right: V, Suga, Jin, RM, J-Hope. Bottom two: Jungkook, and Jimin.

 

BTS has taken America by storm, this year they performed at the AMAs, The Ellen Show, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel. It was currently announced they are part of the Billboard top 10 for best song of 2017. Let’s just say they are breaking the barrier and making a path for K-pop to take over the world. Their song “DNA” became the first K-pop song to be featured on Spotify’s ‘Global Top 50′ and won ten times at various South Korean Award Programs. Not only that but the song peaked at number one on the Philippines Kpop Top 5, and the Billboard US World Digital Chart. The group will be performing at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, so make sure you tune in to watch some epicness.

2. Twice – Likey.

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Twice member from left to right: Sana, Nayeon, Momo, Jihyo, Jeongyeon, Chaeyoung, Mina, Tzuyu, and Dahyun.

Twice is one of the most popular girl group in South Korea at the moment, people often compare them to SNSD aka Girl’s Generation. The group debuted in 2015 and they are nine members. Twice is a very likable group and they have many fans, and this year they finally debuted in Japan. They also released their first full-length Korean Album, TwiceGram, and on October 30th they released its lead single “Likey”. Both the album and the single reached number one on the Billboard’s World Albums and World Digital Song Sales. The girls are very successful in South Korea and Japan, this is only the beginning for them. Good luck, Twice!

3. Blackpink – As If It’s Your Last.

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Members from left to right: Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo, and Rose.

Blackpink debuted last year in August and they are already climbing the music charts. Their image and music are appealing to the Asian market, as well as the Western music market. Their song “As if It’s Your Last” debuted number one on the on Billboard’s World Digital Song. Within 17 hours of their song release, the music video hit 11 million views. Now the music video has over 100 million views. Mark my words, this group will become an international hit.

4. Red Velvet – Red Flavour

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First member lineup when Red Velvet debuted, members from left to right: Wendy, Seulgi, Irene, and Joy.
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Current members lineup from left to right: Joy, Yeri, Irene, Seulgi, and Wendy.

Red Velvet is a South Korean Group formed under SM Entertainment, they debuted in 2014 with four members, but the following year they added one more. They are known for their catchy tunes, unique concepts, and challenging choreography. Their song “Red Flavour” was named ‘Song of the Year’ by GQ Korea in their November 2017 issue. The single peaked at number one on the Gaon Digital chart and number four on the Billboard US World Digital Song. They released another single “Peek A Boo” this Fall that’s doing very well too. I wish Red Velvet even more success in 2018. 

5. Sunmi – Gashina

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Sunmi a former member of Wonder Girls, made her official solo debut after Wonder Girls disbanded. For those who aren’t familiar with Wonder Girls, they are a group who debuted in 2007. At the end of their contracts, Sunmi and another group member decided to go leave the agency and start something new. Sunmi has signed under MakeUs Entertainment and released her first solo under the label. Her song “Gashina” was an instant hit with the song peaking at number one on the SK Gaon Digital Chart, number two on the SK Kpop Hot 100 and number three on the Billboard US World Digital Songs. I guess her own boss J.Y Park founder of JYP Entertainment didn’t have to worry about her being successful. The Gashina dance became viral and you can find countless of dance cover on YouTube. Good luck Sunmi, you are destined for great things.

6. Exo – Ko Ko Bop

 

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Top row left to right: D.O., Suho, Chen, Lay, Kai. Bottom row: Baekhyun, Xiumin, Sehun, and Chanyeol.

 

EXO is one of the top boy bands in South Korea, but they haven’t had an easy journey with members leaving the group due to dispute with SM Entertainment. Despite all of the controversy, they have managed to release chart-topping hits like “Ko Ko Bop.” The song did very well on the music charts with number one spots on the SK Gaon Digital Chart and Kpop Hot 100. They also peaked at number two on the China V Chart and the Billboard Us World Digital Songs. EXO also won some awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards for Mwave Global Fans’ Choice and Best Male Dance at the 9th Melon Awards. Congratulations on your success this year, EXO!

7. Wanna One – Energetic

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I would list all of the members’ names but I am new to this group, so I’ll leave it for now. My dance teacher is very fond of their music, so I decided to check them out and it turns out they are a big hit in South Korea. Their music is super catchy too and they are excellent performers. Wanna One is a temporary group formed by CJ E&M through the second season of Produce 101. Produce 101 is a survival reality TV show about various trainees coming together from different agencies who come to perform with hopes of becoming more recognized and finally debut. The public votes for the most appealing members, those who are chosen form a temporary group. The public also chooses the group’s concept, debut song, and group name. Hence how Wanna One came to be. They debuted on August 7, 2017, with their song “Energetic”. Their single peaked at number one on Gaon Digital Charts and number six on the Billboard US world Digital Songs. This song was chosen as the Best Kpop Song of 2017 by Billboard critics. Good job boys, keep it up.

8. WINNER – Really Really

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WINNER is a South Korean boy band formed under YG Entertainment, I haven’t followed their work closely. For that reason, I won’t be listing the names of the members because I don’t know them very well. However, after hearing about them this year I decided to do more research and listen to some of their older songs. WINNER debuted in 2013 with five members, but recently there have been changes to the lineup and there are only four members. They released a new song this year, titled “Really, Really” which peaked at number one for two consecutive weeks. They won two awards on “Inkigayo” and “M!Countdown.” They have a well-deserved spot on this countdown list!

9. IU ft. G Dragon – Palette

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IU debuted on September 18, 2008, she currently is one of the most successful soloists in South Korea. The start of her career wasn’t as successful as is it is today, but IU has worked hard to get this far. Her new single “Palette” peaked number one on the Gaon Charts and raking in ten music program trophies. Congratulations!

9. KARD – Hola Hola

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Members from left to right: B.M, Somin, Jiwoo, and J.Seph.

KARD first made an appearance in the KPOP world in 2016 with the plan of releasing three project singles before their official debut. This is the first time we see a co-ed group in a long time, I like to refer to them as the South Korean Abba. They are like a breath of fresh air in the K-pop music scene. They made their official debut on on July 19, 2017, with their song “Hola Hola.” This upbeat summer track peaked the Gaon charts and the group began their journey of promoting in South Korea. I hope they will go far, they have the talent, the personality, and charisma.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what is your favorite K-pop song of 2017!

See you soon!

Sources [Wikipedia]

 

 

 

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Twice – Knock, Knock

There is no doubt Twice is newest girl group to rise to popularity, in fact, they are often compared to South Korea’s favorite group, SNSD. Now, I am not going to compare them to SNSD, because they have their own unique charm.

Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment from the talent competition show, Sixteen. They debuted on October 20, 2015 with their hit song, “Ohh Ahh”, following this single the girls have released  hit after hit.

Their newest single, “Knock, Knock” was released on Sunday, February 19 and in just three days the music video hit 16 million views. It also topped the Melon, Genie, Bugs and Mnet, within eight hours. I think it’s safe to say they are sweeping up to charts in a heartbeat. The song is presented as a sequel to their previous single, “TT”.

In the music video, the girls are having slumber party  and being silly with their friends. When they see it’s snowing outside, they rush out to have a snowball fight, but quickly realize the door shut behind them, being locked out. They rush to go and knock on the door, hence where the sequel part comes into play. In the previous single, “TT”, two children turn around to a knock at the door.

This song has a catchy and cheerful chorus, with their new eye catching “knock, knock” dance. I already have this on replay, will you?

See you soon!

PS. I am hoping that very soon I will be back to posting on a regular basis, however I am thinking about whether to go back to what this blog used to be. I used to post about various topics, I am still figuring it out so I will let you know what happens as soon as possible.

 

Music Monday! Wonder Girls – I Feel You.

I didn’t think their comeback would come to us so soon, but the Wonder Girls are back!

The Wonder Girls are back as a four member group, with two original members (Sohee, Sunye) officially leaving the group.  JYP Entertainment released a statement, that the girls left on good terms and discussed this decision with the current members.

The build up to their comeback began with JYP Entertainment releasing  individuals teasers. The famous K-pop group is known as dance group, but now they are transformed into a band, with each member playing an instrument. Each teaser is of the members playing an instrument, Lee Sunmi (bass guitar), Kim Yubin (drums), Woo Hyelim (guitar) and Park Yeeun (piano). In an interview with JYP Entertainment’s founder J.Y. Park, he stated that the reason the girls learned to play musical instruments is to allow more room for creativity.

“You can compose a song even if you can’t play any instruments, especially since the 2000’s when writing melodies and lyrics on a pre-made track became a popular form of making music.

But it limits your creativity since you’re writing to a track you didn’t make. So learning an instrument and basic music theory enables you to create your own track which means there’s absolutely no limit to your creativity.

That’s why the Wonder Girls learned their own instruments, not only to perform on stage but to create their own musical colour and it clearly shows on this album.

I’m so proud of them and their new album!” J.Y. Park

I agree with the statement completely, when you learn to play an instruments it allows you to create your own music and you have more freedom.

After a three year hiatus, the girls are back with their 80s inspired single, “I Feel You”, the song will take you back in time to the 80s. The tune, instrumentals, outfits and vocal work really makes you feel like it’s the 80s and not the 2010s. The single has become an instant hit in South Korea since its release on August 2, 2015, there is no doubt the girls will dominate the charts! Their studio album “Reboot” is released on August 3, 2015, with majority of the lyrics and lyrical composition created by the members. In the K-pop industry, it is usually the management company that decides the concept of music videos, writing the music and lyrics for the artists. Now The Wonder Girls have the freedom to decide how to present themselves and share their originality, so for that I give them a standing ovation.

Today I will be sharing their comeback single, and please listen to their albums as well because it is incredible.

Enjoy!

See you soon!

EXO’s Comeback! “Call Me Baby”.

Last year, was a good and a bad year for EXO. From releasing a worldwide hit, “Overdose”, to two members leaving the group. The sudden leave of EXO’s ex-member Kris, left the group shaken up. Fans were not happy, shortly after that Luhan left as well. There have been lawsuits files against SM Entertainment from these former EXO members. This left fans thinking whether or not the group will make a comeback. Will they release another hit single? Will sales drop because of the member lineup change? Most of all, will EXO be ok again?

The answer to this highly anticipated question is finally answered with their recent comeback. EXO released their new single “Call Me Baby” and proved yet again why they are so amazing and popular. Even thought they went through hardships, they came back stronger than ever. Way to go EXO!

There is confidence radiating from each member, especially from Kai who opened the music video. He has so much charisma! Xiumin also stood out for me, I definitely want to see him front and center more often. EXO is known for their great choreography skills and in their new music video, they showcase sharp and sexy dance moves. We also get up close shots of the members singing and dance shots of their choreography. This kind of videography is typical for an EXO music video. Also their sense of style in this video is edgier, you could say we are entering the new era of EXO. “Call Me Baby” was released on March 30th and it already has six million views. SM Entertainment released the Korean and Chinese versions. I will be sharing both of them today!

Now of you’ll excuse me, I have to go back and watch the music video again for the millionth time!

Enjoy and let me know what you guys think about their new single 🙂

See you soon with a Battle Royale movie review!

International Wonderland! SHINEE – Everybody.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to International Wonderland! Wow, it feels like it’s been a while since I posted anything for this segment or maybe it hasn’t been this long. Well guys, I have an announcement to make, I caught K-pop fever. I’ve been listening to many K-pop bands and today I wanted to share my new favorite band, SHINEE and their song “Everybody”.

SHINEE is Korean pop band signed under S.M. Entertainment, the group consists of five members: Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho and Taemin. The group debuted on May 25, 2008 with their single “Replay” and since their debut they have releases three full length albums, five mini-albums, one live album and many Japanese single releases. SHINEE is also considered a fashion icon, I can see why because whenever I watch their interviews, I think they looked very stylish.

Now let’s move on and talk about the song because it is quite amazing! The single was released on October 14, 2013, the first thing that caught my eye when I watched the music video was the choreography. I thought that the moves seemed a little bit similar to Michael Jackson’s dancing, but not the dance as a whole. Then I read that MJ’s former choreographer Tony Tiesta choreographed this dance and I suddenly felt very proud. Someone who has worked with a legend is now working with an international pop band. It gave me hope that music is recognized as universal thing because there are many wonderful musicians overseas. As for the the vocals, well these boys are right on point and they sing in perfect harmony. Their vocals are clear and they hit those high notes like pros, which they are. Usually when someone talks about K-pop music videos, they visualize lots of color and special effects. However, this music video was simplistic and not overwhelming for the viewers. SHINEE has captured my heart and I am their newest fan, I hope you guys enjoy this music video.

If you are a SHINEE fan, please share what is your favorite SHINEE song 🙂

See you soon!