SHINee’s Jonghyun Shines Oh So Brightly in ‘Shinin’

On Jan. 22, 2018, SM Entertainment released the the late Kim Jonghyun‘s music video for his song “Shinin’,” which is the title track off of his posthumous album, “Poet | Artist.” “Shinin’” is a true testament to Jonghyun’s love of syncapated rhythms and funky percussion. His voice floats and lilts over a ’80s-esque dance breakdown while a tasteful trap beat interjects periodically through the verses, … Continue reading SHINee’s Jonghyun Shines Oh So Brightly in ‘Shinin’

Sunmi Takes Center Stage in ‘Heroine’

Following her wild success with “Gashina,” Sunmi returns with her new single “Heroine.” The 26-year-old (25 internationally) starlet plays the lead in a stage production-esque video while the song comments on the supposed sad conclusions of relationships. Sunmi spends much of the video dancing in a free interpretive style, which suits the airy and light texture of the verses. It’s also very different from choreography … Continue reading Sunmi Takes Center Stage in ‘Heroine’

[Promotion] Introducing *JOY*

The experimental artist, known as *JOY* plans to release three EPs in as many months, revealing his self-proclaimed, lifelong passion for music. Heavily influenced by New Zealand folk and traditional Japanese music, *JOY* carries with him a sound both modern and ancient. His signature is unmistakable; his combination of “gritty beats, piano, vocal cuts and twinkling dashes of sound” make for a unique experience for all … Continue reading [Promotion] Introducing *JOY*

TAEMIN Impresses with Album Repackage, ‘MOVE-ing’

On Dec. 10, SHINee‘s TAEMIN gifted his fans with his second album repackage, just in time for the holidays. ‘MOVE-ing’ includes four additional tracks: “Day and Night,” “Snow Flower,” “I’m Crying – Korean Version” and “Hypnosis – Rearranged Version.” Different from ‘MOVE’ which featured fast-paced, rhythmically experimental songs, TAEMIN now shows off his midtempo and ballad sensibilities. 1. “Day and Night” Referred to by TAEMIN … Continue reading TAEMIN Impresses with Album Repackage, ‘MOVE-ing’

BTS Holds Mini Concert on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

The performances just keep coming! On Nov. 29, BTS appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to perform for an impressive-sized crowd. The mini-concert is part of a series for the late-night talk show, in which artists can present a fuller set rather than one or two songs. BTS took full advantage of the solo stage, performing six songs: “Go Go,” “Save Me,” “I Need U,” “Fire,” … Continue reading BTS Holds Mini Concert on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

EXO Releases Post-Apocalyptic Video for Japanese Single ‘Electric Kiss’

Ahead of their first full Japanese album — set for release on Jan. 24 — EXO dropped the short version of title track “Electric Kiss.” WARNING: This video could be dangerous for those prone to epileptic seizures. Viewer discretion advised. Right from beat one, a fat brass hit demands attention before a syncopated series of claps and snaps come in to lay the groundwork for … Continue reading EXO Releases Post-Apocalyptic Video for Japanese Single ‘Electric Kiss’

HyunA Claps Back in “Lip & Hip”

HyunA returns with the sassy new single “Lip & Hip” just four months after releasing her sixth EP, “Following.” Though a sexy and fun concept isn’t new territory for the 10-year idol, “Lip & Hip” is a direct middle finger to those who’ve criticized her previous work. HyunA, like many female idols, comes under fire when she does a sexy concept. In fact, look no … Continue reading HyunA Claps Back in “Lip & Hip”

Boruto is Not Naruto … and That’s a Good Thing

Back in July, I answered a call from two of my longtime friends, Emma and Chloe. We went to the same schools since I moved to town in second grade but only became friends in maybe sixth or seventh. Middle school was a trying time, but we found solace in our mutual love of anime and manga. So on this phone call, ten or so … Continue reading Boruto is Not Naruto … and That’s a Good Thing

Red Velvet Wows With Witch-y Antics in ‘Peek-a-Boo’

After their summer smash “Red Flavor,” Red Velvet is back with their fun new title track, “Peek-a-Boo” from their second full album, “Perfect Velvet.” From beat one, the song makes use of a music box-like melody, creating an upbeat dance vibe. The song lyrics are also playful, comparing new love to shiny objects and a game of cat and mouse played on a playground. The … Continue reading Red Velvet Wows With Witch-y Antics in ‘Peek-a-Boo’