Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: “The Golden Age” or “The Golden Era” of K-Pop debatably went from 2005 to 2012. It’s also known as the 2nd generation of K-pop. It’s called the Golden Era because second-generation groups like TVXQ!, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, BIGBANG, Miss A, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Apink, f(x), Sistar, Infinite, Teen Top, 2PM, KARA, 2NE1, and many more, popularized K-pop and made it a trend overseas showcasing the Korean vibe in their music. This was the time when everyone knew the lyrics to songs like ‘Bonamana’, ‘Mirotic’, ‘Be Mine’, ‘Gee’, ‘Nobody’, ‘I’m The Best, ‘Mister’, ‘Ring Ding Dong’, ‘My My’, ‘Heartbeat’, and many more.
Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: SHINee’s KEY came back with his first mini-album, BAD LOVE, on 27th September 2021 after releasing his first full album, FACE, back in 2018. This is his first solo release after discharging from mandatory military service in 2020. This time, the whole album is conceptualized through KEY’s style. It overturns all normalcy of typical album concepts and that is what makes this release especially eye-catching. It contains exceptional retro style, crazy sounds, alien mood, unique album versions, and a mind-blowing music video that portrays KEY’s creativity in immensely distinctive ways (trust me, it’s pure art).
Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: SM Entertainment’s third girl group, f(x), consisting of members Victoria, Luna, Amber, Krystal and Sulli, known for their very experimental concepts and catchy lyrics, released their first full studio album in 2011 called Pinocchio. It consists of 10 tracks and each track has a quirky uniqueness which is expressed clearly through the members’ vocals. Let’s go into the depths of these songs and find out, what makes these songs so special!
Mehak Sharma, New Delhi: Music is not restricted to languages or boundaries. Over the past few years, K-Pop has grown remarkably by not only capturing the Asian markets, but has also established its recognition in the West as well. K-Pop has never restricted itself to the Korean language either since many K-Pop groups release multiple versions of their songs in different languages as well, such as in Chinese, Japanese, and English. Looking deeper into this, Japanese releases have by far captured significant spotlight being one of the biggest music markets in the world, accompanied by an interesting Korean-Japanese history.
Sriadita Emani (Hyderabad, Telangana), Sanskriti Pun (New Delhi) and Chandra Joshi (New Delhi): KFanzz Entertainment, is an emerging Event and Public Management start-up based in Hyderabad, that focuses on organising events to increase the relationship and the growing love between India and South Korea. Keeping in mind the pandemic, KFanzz Entertainment recently organised an online Dance Workshop on 25th April 2021. This workshop was held in partnership with OTT Entertainment, an artist management company based in South Korea. Read to know more about this workshop.
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.
Mehak Sharma, Delhi: Once in a while, we find ourselves encountering days where we just want to be left alone with our thoughts. Though the reasons for such gloomy days may vary. It could either be stagnant and monotonous life, or the inability to determine whether we are on the right track in life or not. Everyone needs to be comforted during such times. And what could be better than music that stirs up emotions and offers endless comfort! So, here is a list of 10 K-pop songs straight from my playlist.
Exciting India also known as Fluttering India or Dugeundugeun India (두근두근 인도), is a show released in 2015 where six idols from popular K-Pop groups namely EXO’s Suho, Super Junior’s Cho Kyu-hyun, SHINee’s Choi Min-ho, INFINITE’s Kim Sung-gyu, and CNBLUE’s Lee Jong-hyun went on a trip to Mumbai, India to explore their journey under the theme ‘Wasteland of K-Pop, INDIA’.