Are you an avid K-pop fan, just got into it or only heard about it and you want to hear some good songs? You came to the right place.
After spending so many years in the dark, not knowing such an entertaining and captivating industry exists, a couple of years back I finally ‘got back on track’ and dived head first into K-pop. So, as a K-pop enthusiast (I don’t dare call myself an expert), allow me to present to you five songs that blew our minds in March and that we’re still not able to get over.
GOT7 – Never Ever
In March, amidst a big dating scandal (because dating in 2017 is still considered a scandal in South Korea) in which GOT7’s BamBam got caught up, the seven-members boy group released their sixth EP titled “Flight Log: Arrival”. The album is the third and final part in the group’s “Log Flight” series and an album that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart with about 3,000 copies sold in its first week. “Never Ever” is the lead single debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. The song even though has romantic, soul felt lyrics, has a sick beat that will make you want to get up and dance and this time Yugyeom and Jinyoung voices were more present and nailing all the performances, as expected.
Monsta X – Beautiful
After a series of 4 mini-albums and 7 singles, on the 21st of March, this hip-hop band released their first studio album and the last instalment in “The Clan” trilogy, “The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter” as well as the MV for the main single “Beautiful”. I’d recommend first listening to the song and then watching the MV because I know from experience that trying to focus on both at first is really hard, seeing as they have some of the best and hardest choreographies in the industry. The vocalists are on point, the rappers are on point, the dance is on point, of course, and that jacket dance at 2:50 *dead*. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
MVP – Take It
This boy group made their debut on the 13th of March by releasing their first mini-album “MANIFEST” as well as the MV for their title track “Take It”. And while their track seems to have a high resemblance of LC9’ 2013 “Mama Beat”, the vocalists of MVP give the song a different and better vibe to their song. Even though they are rookies debuting and coming from a rookie company, their debut was a sassy, filled with strong attitude bang and I reckon this is one group to watch closely in the future.
RM, Wale – Change
After a very successful start of the year with his worldwide known group, when BTS re-released their second full-length studio album “Wings”, this time under the name “You Never Walk Alone” which sold really fast and from which singles “Spring Day” and “Not Today” broke views records on YouTube, leader Rap Monster released in March, with Wale, a very political tinged track, “Change”.
The collaboration comes several months after the two connected on Twitter and it represents a very powerful and brave thing to do, seeing as in Korea most of the Idols shy away from addressing important issues. The song is a strong message for change, racism, corruption and bullying being some of the problems the two rap about. This though, is not the first time Rap Monster addressed sensitive issues, as in the past BTS’s songs had on many occasions focus on youth-related issues, such as mental health, bullying and suicide, approach that made them very popular in the US, becoming the highest ranked K-pop act ever in Billboard 200.
BewhY &Big K.R.I.T. – UNO
Rapper that rose to fame by participating in the Korean hip-hop show “Show Me The Money” (participating in season 4 and winning season 5), BewhY is the one that made Christian rap cool. As crazy and weird as it sounds, the rapper manages to slot his faith among his stories on trap beat. For this track he collaborated with veteran K.R.I.T. and despite their different styles, BewhY’s tight vocals and K.R.I.T.’s drawl, the tow complemented each other and made “UNO” a head-turner.