It’s time for Kpopalypse roundup! Let’s check out some new releases!
Oh My Girl – Bungee (Fall In Love)
It’s not very often that Oh My Girl do something which is just kind of average with nothing all that unusual (good or bad) about it, but here it is.
Seventeen – Hit
Some cool synths and sub-bass do their best to save a desperately unspectacular song.
IN2IT – Run Away
On the other hand, IN2IT’s song actually rocks. The heavy metal intro is startling, and while it doesn’t unfortunately keep that up, the backbone of the song still has better harmony choices than this type of thing usually has, the more I listen to this the more I like it.
Rocket Punch – Bum Bam Bum
Everyone was very excited to let me know about Rocket Punch’s debut, and like almost always when a girl group debut generates a lot of excitement, the song has nothing notable about it whatsoever.
Fanatics – Sunday
If you were hoping for another amazingly cool song after Fanatics-Flavor’s great “Milkshake“, sorry but this song is just that boring shit everybody is doing now.
JBJ95 – Spark
It’s actually good, but takes about a minute to reveal itself. Stick with it.
Dynamic Duo ft. Crush, Sole – Blue
Dynamic Duo are riding solely on their rep these days. This R&B crap could have been made by anybody.
Fanxy Child – Y
This song can fucxy off.
Giantpink ft. Leelamarz – Forever Young
More trap losers.
Giriboy ft Superbee – Super Brthday
This is a little better than this week’s other “traps” just because it’s less melodic and goes harder but that’s still no excuse for the absence of a proper beat.
Pink Fantasy – Fantasy
First Eunjung and now Pink Fantasy, I totally support this Dreamcatcher influence spreading throughout k-pop. Also finally the creepy-looking Donnie Darko bunny actually has a song that suits it.
Soyou & Francis – Bangkok
Before there was Jihyo, Soyou from Sistar was one of the reigning champions of k-pop bustiness, even though her groupmate Hyolyn got all the shine because people can’t tell the difference between natural volume and push-up. Sistar are gone now but it’s nice that we get a bullshit tropical comeback every so often so we can see her in summer dresses and shit.
twlv ft. Superbee & Uneducated Kid – Party
I saw a comment that said “giving me major AOMG crew vibes” and yep, that’s exactly what’s wrong with it.
Some cunts – Sign Here
Speaking of which here’s some bullshit by Jay Park and friends, where they all rap over a different beat. Of course Jay Park having no taste chooses the worst beat of the lot, not than any of the rest of it is much good either, but the variety of moving between different types of insulting musical garbage is nice I suppose.
Venus – Turn Signal
If trot groups are going to contain hot MILFs who throw back to Orange Caramel’s “Lipstick” era then I calmly accept this.
Bizzy – Time Machine
Can I take a time machine back to when rap didn’t sound like this.
Yodayoung – Cloud
Yodayoung looks a bit like AOA’s Jimin back when Jimin used to wear clothes and didn’t look like Skeletor.
10cm – Do You Think Of Me?
No I really try not to.
87dance – Without Get Drink
Shit like this usually isn’t even notable enough to get in the roundup at all. Contrary to popular belief the roundup isn’t supposed to be “complete”, that’s impossible. I’ll put it here anyway even though nobody is going to listen to this or give it a second thought. Even this group’s parents probably just leave their first-press copy of this single on the mantle and don’t actually play it.
G.O – I Like The Party
Deokhossi – Cicada
It’s almost good, but then that chorus comes in and it’s just fucking nope.
Monsta X – X-Phenomenon
Starts off sounding a bit like Blackpink’s “Boombayah” and then the chorus comes in and puts the fucking brakes on everything for no reason.
Junny ft. Punchnello – Trust
More bullshit that just isn’t needed in your life.
J Bel – Neurosis
It’s different, but different doesn’t always mean good. Also why does it look like it was shot in one of the little buildings in Sanhok’s Boot Camp.
J Bel – 040424
Is this the same dude? Maybe I was unfairly harsh on the other song because this one sucks balls.
Loann – Fading
Imagine if this video came out the day after the Ladies Code accident, everybody would be horrified. Of course it’s five years later and a bunch of people around the world probably died on the road over the last 24 hours but it was nobody that k-pop stan Twitter cares about so nobody gives a fuck.
Choi – Grandma
This guy sensibly worked out that people would rather see f(x)’s Luna singing this crap than him, full marks for self-awareness.
Lee Se Yeon – 1670
I guess 1670 is the last year that people actually gave a fuck about music like this.
Masewonder – Anna
It’s not that good but given how bad rap generally is lately it’s still in like the top 5% of rap songs made so far this year.
J.cob ft. Snacky Chan – 24/7
Peace Jeong – Touch U
No thanks hands off k.
Kim Hyun Joong – The Smile In Wine
Speaking of unwanted physical contact, Kim Hyun Joong is back with all the classy-sexy romance you crave.
Eyedi – Perfect 6th Sense
Eyedi has some great songs, but this isn’t one of them.
Sumin – Shaker-Stardust
Dreamcatcher – I Miss You
Meanwhile Dreamcatcher have a new song which isn’t even as good as the groups they are inspiring lately. The ultra-cheesy chorus (which really is j-pop style, and quite unlike most of their other material) pretty much murders anything else worth listening to here.
BONUS RANDOM VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
2011-2019 K-POP Artists’ Gaon Chart Total Album Sales
Not that I really give a fuck about sales and shit, but it’s kind of interesting to see how popular fan perception of artist sales success completely differs from reality. Imagine a world where BTS only outsold EXO for the first time ever a few months ago, Twice only caught up to SNSD’s sales at the start of 2019 and where T-ara moved into the #2 female k-pop spot behind SNSD only after the scandal in 2012 that supposedly “destroyed their careers”. Well, you’re living in that world. It’s amazing how wrong most people’s “hot takes” are when you look at actual data as opposed to what people are peer-pressuring each other into saying on social networking. Also as an extra bonus why not have separate charts for boy and girl groups only, because I know you want them:
And some charts which show YouTube performance of boy and girl groups from around the world:
That’s all for this week – Kpopalypse roundup returns next week!
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11 thoughts on “Kpopalypse roundup – new k-pop releases 12/8/2019”
Oh what the hell. I was listening to the Kim Hyun Joong song and as it ended, I scratched up my thigh on the edge of a table (trufax) and it looks like he took matters into his own hands. Fuck him and his shitty song
oh my god, oh my girl’s song is GREAT. that chorus is to die for, it makes me so happy
Please add E.Ruda – Catch Ya and Wootso – Breaktime next week! Although I’m sure you’ll dislike them anyway lol
I knew that boy groups made more money than girl groups, but I didn’t know that the difference was that stark.
Oh God yeah… Look at the charts that have both, you’ll only see SNSD and Twice, because they’re far bigger than the other girl groups. It reminds me how unbalanced (and thus misogynist?) the SK fandom is…
I would rather listen to In2it’s singers rap than their actual rapper, and this new song delivers.
Somehow the only surprise in the album sales ranking was how consistently f(x) were shitting on almost all other groups until the start of 2018 (probably when they finally got their fandom name), and are still in the top 10.
Well, F(x)’s actual MUSIC is more creative and fun than most other groups, so people might actually buy better albums, imagine that.
Props to you for mentioning the Gaon Chart Album Sales videos! I’ve been following them for a cpl years, they’re fascinating, but there’s a lot of technical caveats to keep in mind. Like one discussion under the female chart is arguing about how it’s unfair to IU because groups add their soloist’s numbers, and they vastly inflate the totals and make poor IU look small…
bungee is one of the best songs this year
Just saying: “I Miss You” isn’t a new song, it just got a live performance. It was a B-side on the What JP version.
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