Gauran Sharma, New Delhi: DAY6, a 5 members group, comprising of Sungjin, Jae, Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon under JYP Entertainment; released the mini-album ‘The Book of Us: The Demon’ on May 11, 2020, which is their latest addition to their ‘Book of Us’ series. Every My Day; their fandom; knows that DAY6 has a discography that can never disappoint, but this time, this album just hits too close to home. Listening to the album for the first time was a phenomenal experience for me because every song was beautiful in its own way. It felt like the calm before a rollercoaster ride starts and the thrill after it speeds up with all its ups and downs. Although the songs vary in genres, the overall theme of the album is “conflict of heart”.
Nehal Tambe, Mumbai, Maharashtra: NCT or Neo Culture Technology, a K-Pop boy group under SM Entertainment are known for their unique concept of having unlimited members in a group who are further divided into different subunits under the brand NCT. Back in 2018, the group started with the Yearbook concept project wherein all the subunits come together as one single group. 2020 marked the group’s 2nd time to do so, where the mega yearbook project was titled NCT2020, this time with 23 members namely Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Taeyong, Ten, Mark, Yuta, Winwin, Haechan, Renjun, Jeno, Jaemin, Chenle, Jisung, Johnny, Jungwoo, Lucas, Kun, Xiaojun, Hendery, Yangyang, Shotaro, and Sungchan.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh: No man is born without blame, yet judges the other without a shame! This happened in the case of Lee Ho-seok, better known as, Wonho, the former member of MONSTA X, now a soloist. He was accused and judged, yet he has set an example that right believing and right-thinking can do miracles. From debuting as a member of the K-pop boy band Monsta X to his departure from the group and debuting as a soloist, Wonho has worked hard to achieve his dreams again and again. Even though it’s been a roller-coaster ride into his career journey, but now the seasons have changed and it’s a new beginning From Zero which he has started with an Open Mind.
Eshani Bora, Guwahati, Assam: ‘Trivia 轉: Seesaw’ is a solo song by Suga or Min Yoongi of BTS. A song from BTS’ repackaged album Love Yourself 結 Answer, it was released on August 24, 2018. ‘Seesaw’ is written and produced by Suga and Slow Rabbit.
Abhipsha Rana, Kolkata, West Bengal: X1, the boy band formed by CJ ENM through the reality competition Produce X 101, debuted with their extended play Emergency: Quantum Leap on August 29, 2019. The album consists of seven tracks including a physical edition bonus track, ‘X1-MA (지마; X1 version).’
Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Park Jae-sang, popularly known as PSY, is a South Korean singer, eccentric rapper, songwriter, and record producer. His stage name is derived from the word ‘psycho’ which was decided by him because he wanted to be known as an artist who is crazy about music, dancing, and performance.
Payal Singh, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh: ‘Eight’ is a digital single by Lee Ji-eun, better known as IU, that was released by EDAM Entertainment on May 6, 2020. The song is written by the singer-songwriter along with BTS’ Suga, and El Capitxn joins the two as the composer of the song. Upon its release, ‘Eight’ debuted at No. 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and Billboard World Digital Song Sales and also earned the Triple Crown on SBS’ Inkigayo. This song has recently won the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) under the best collaboration category.
Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: Big Hit Entertainment, the management agency of global superstars BTS, recently held a two-day online concert, Map of the Soul ON:E. Scheduled for October 10 and 11, they offered a new meaning to virtual concerts with the use of technology to connect fans with the artists on a real-time basis and up the scale of the production and performances.
Hallyuism is immensely thankful to Mr. Appu Krishnan for giving us an opportunity to interview him again. In the previous interview, he answered many of our questions related to his journey in the music industry and about his contributions to K-Pop as a music producer, composer, and songwriter. Read below to know the latest updates on his much-awaited song and thoughts on his experiences as a musician.
Misha Bharti, Delhi: The time when the fans groove to the tunes of the hit K-Pop songs finally arrived in Delhi with the Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 being held on July 31. A much-awaited event, it saw fans from all over the country tuning into Instagram to watch the performances of the participants.