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  1. aespa Mini Album Vol. 1 - Savage (Hallucination Quest Version) aespa Mini Album Vol. 1 - Savage (Hallucination Quest Version) aespa
    The good ænergy
    October 22, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Even with all the controversies and rumors circulating around them since debut, SM's newest girl group aespa has proven to be a great success with their distinctive sounds and metaverse concept complete with AI avatars. Following Black Mamba and Next Level, aespa continues to dominate music charts with their first mini-album and title track Savage! The album starts off with the stylish and catchy aenergy (Track 1), which shows the group's worldview and characters in the lyrics – "Karina rocket puncher, Winter armamenter, Giselle got xenoglossy, Ningning E.D hacker." After Girls' Generation's Beautiful Girls and SHINee's The SHINee World, Yoo Young Jin again creates a tailor-made anthem for... [read more]
  2. The Voyage The Voyage Karen Mok (Singer)
    Her never-ending voyage of love
    September 30, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Two decades after Golden Flower, C-pop diva Karen Mok finally presents her new Cantonese album – The Voyage – to record her remarkable stories and emotions throughout her 28-year-long music journey. Last year, Karen swept charts and awards with the hit Cantonese digital single "Breathing is Hazardous," for which a rooftop live version is included in this album. She brings new modern woman insights in the 2021 version of "A Woman for All Seasons," which is again written by Wyman Wong. After 21 years, women still long for love, but they're also much more confident and independent now: "Even if you can't meet the right person, you're still a good woman. Doggedly go shop, eat, and sleep." She... [read more]
  3. STAYC Mini Album Vol. 1 - STEREOTYPE (Random Version) STAYC Mini Album Vol. 1 - STEREOTYPE (Random Version) STAYC
    Star To A Young Culture
    September 30, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    From So Bad to ASAP, Black Eyed Pilseung-produced group STAYC is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising K-pop rookies of 2021. This time, the STAYC girls continue to unleash their fresh teen energy with their first mini-album Stereotype, which sold over 110,000 copies in its first week! Black Eyed Pilseung created yet another hit song for STAYC – "Stereotype" (Track 1)! The girls show their attitude and ask others not to judge them by their looks in the refreshing, synthpop title track: "I know my look may seem pretty or bold. It may look like I've been seducing you. I'm sorry but don't view me with stereotype." Unlike So Bad and ASAP, there isn't an addictive hook in "Stereotype," but the... [read more]
  4. Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 6 - Queendom (Girls Version) Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 6 - Queendom (Girls Version) Red Velvet
    Queendom Come
    August 23, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Just when we thought we'll have to wait for Red Velvet's comeback till kingdom come, the girls surprise us with a new mini-album after almost two years of wait. Irene, Seul Gi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri radiate queen energy through their sixth mini-album Queendom! "'Cause we are Queens and Kings / Put your hands up higher / Even if it rains / Strong and beautiful / A rainbow completed with different colors" – Red Velvet comes back stronger with their self-empowering title track Queendom (Track 1)! Making their first group comeback in 20 months, the girls go for a safer choice with a catchy but not particularly stunning title song. Queendom forthrightly spreads the message of "we are the queens... [read more]
  5. Hangout With Yoo - MSG Wannabe Album Package Hangout With Yoo - MSG Wannabe Album Package Yoo Jae Suk | Simon Dominic | Ji Suk Jin | Parc Jae Jung
    Quality songs with no MSG
    August 18, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Following last year's SSAK3 and Refund Sisters, MBC variety program Hangout With Yoo surprises with another music project – MSG Wannabe, a parody of well-known vocal group SG Wannabe! This time, Yoo Jae Suk acts as producer Yoo Ya Ho to bring quality K-ballads with aspiring singers Byeollu Ji (Ji Suk Jin), Kim Jung Su (Kim Jung Min), Kang Chang Mo (KCM), Jung Ki Suck (Simon D), Lee Dong Hwi, Lee Sang Yi, Wonstein and Parc Jae Jung. MSG Wannabe officially debuts with their first album that features songs from a strong lineup of songwriters, ranging from Park Geun Tae (composer of SG Wannabe's Timeless) to Brown Eyed Soul's Naul and Young Jun. Subunit M.O.M (Byeollu Ji, Kang Chang Mo,... [read more]
  6. SF9 Mini Album Vol. 9 - Turn Over (Special Version) (Random Version) SF9 Mini Album Vol. 9 - Turn Over (Special Version) (Random Version) SF9
    Classy sexy sensation
    July 8, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Mnet's Kingdom: Legendary War successfully wound down in early June. During Kingdom, SF9 displayed their "classy sexy" charisma to the finest with grand and deep performances. They continue to illustrate this glorious chapter of their music journey with the ninth mini-album Turn Over. Instead of dropping summer jams like many other groups, SF9 goes moody and sentimental in title track Tear Drop (Track 1). At first listen, it gives off a pretty strong Good Guy vibe with its catchy topline, UK garage beats and song arrangement – both songs are from the same writers and producer. The group once asked their loves not to miss out on them in Good Guy. They are now left with broken hearts in Tear... [read more]
  7. Twice Mini Album Vol. 10 - Taste of Love (Random Version) Twice Mini Album Vol. 10 - Taste of Love (Random Version) Twice (Korea)
    Another Taste of Summer
    June 30, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Let's catch the summer fever with more summer jams! Following last week's Summer Queen by Brave Girls, another girl group arrived with more bangers – it's Twice with the new EP Taste of Love. This time, Twice gives us another taste of summer with their mature, sultry charms in the mini-album. Rather than going for an energetic and passionate night like in Dance The Night Away, Twice takes their time to chill and get tipsy in the title track Alcohol-Free (Track 1). With hip-hop elements blended in a bossa nova-based melody, Alcohol Free enacts a dreamy, magical summer romance in a tiddly atmosphere: "You are my champagne, my wine that I drink with my eyes. My tequila, margarita, Mojito with... [read more]
  8. Brave Girls Mini Album Vol. 5 - Summer Queen (Random Version) Brave Girls Mini Album Vol. 5 - Summer Queen (Random Version) Brave Girls
    The Summer Queens
    June 24, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Considering the numerous scandals that broke out earlier this year, the rise of Brave Girls with viral hit Rollin' was perhaps the most positive and hopeful thing to happen in the K-pop industry. Now, the girls are back, and they're gonna be summer queens with their fifth mini-album! Brave Girls continue to go strong with the title track Chi Mat Ba Ram (Track 1)! Again produced by their boss and producer Brave Brothers, the tropical house dance number Chi Mat Ba Ram conveys a summer love that freshly arrives like the breeze blowing through their dresses. Despite coming with an entirely different melody, the song feels very much like Rollin' – from Yu Jeong's sweet opening to the addictive... [read more]
  9. Red Velvet : Joy Special Album - Hello (Photo Book Version) Red Velvet : Joy Special Album - Hello (Photo Book Version) Joy (Red Velvet)
    Summer joy
    June 9, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Last year, Red Velvet's Joy surprised us with her hit song "Introduce Me a Good Person" from the Hospital Playlist OST. This year, she accompanies our summer days with the special remake album Hello for her official solo debut! Joy says goodbye to lonely days and welcomes sunny days in life with the modern rock title track "Hello" (Track 1). Carrying the dual meanings of "hello" and "goodbye," Annyeong (the Korean title of "Hello") is a remake of Park Hye Kyoung's "Good Bye," and encourages listeners to start their days with positivity. Kenzie's arrangement, along with Joy's bright tone, adds a more dynamic energy to the heartening anthem. When listening to Joy's rendition, you can totally... [read more]
  10. It's OK To Be Sad It's OK To Be Sad Janice Vidal (Singer)
    Embracing negativity
    May 28, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    There are a lot of great Cantopop singers in Hong Kong, but Janice Vidal's songs always hit differently. Janice comforts our wounded soul with nine healing pieces in It's OK To Be Sad. The song title says it all – It's OK To Be Sad (Track 1). Janice encourages us to not neglect our emotions, and to embrace the negativity in ourselves: "It's ok to be sad, it's ok to lose your mind. Life is not a childhood fantasy, sometimes it appears to have no mercy." With Janice's gentle timbre on top of a lighthearted melody, the empowering It's OK To Be Sad heals hearts with a calming ambience that makes you want to take it easy on everything. Apart from It's OK To Be Sad, Wyman Wong also wrote lyrics... [read more]
  11. Sung Si Kyung Vol. 8 - Siot Sung Si Kyung Vol. 8 - Siot Sung Si Kyung
    Like peaceful sounds of ocean
    May 27, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    It's hard to believe that Siot is only Sung Si Kyung's eighth full-length Korean album, given that he's entering the 21st year of his career this year. You may know him as a host, entertainer, OST singer, or Instagram foodie, but he is officially back to claim the title of "ballad prince" in the music scene. A full decade since the release of his seventh album, Sung Si Kyung fondly sings about love, life and stories that deeply touch our hearts. Opening with the English single And we go (Track 1) sets a delightful ambience for the album. Produced by singer-songwriter Cho Kyu Chan, the tranquil and beautifully written "Wanderer" (Track 2) captures the feelings of solitude and longing during... [read more]
  12. Highlight Mini Album Vol. 3 - The Blowing (Random Version) Highlight Mini Album Vol. 3 - The Blowing (Random Version) Highlight
    We're still here
    May 14, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    In their two-year group hiatus, Highlight fulfilled their military service, and unfortunately went through yet another lineup change. Du Jun, Yo Seop, Gi Kwang and Dong Woon embark on a new journey, hand in hand, unfolding Highlight's new chapter with their third mini-album The Blowing. Highlight asks fans to count on them with the heartfelt and assuring line "I'm still here, it's not the end" in the title track. Co-penned by Gi Kwang, Not The End (Track 1) is a synthpop plug that delivers hope with the message of "winter has passed, spring has arrived, and I'm still here as always." Now without a main rapper, the group is focusing more on vocal parts, and they still show improvements every... [read more]
  13. Red Velvet: Wendy Mini Album Vol. 1 - Like Water (Case Version) Red Velvet: Wendy Mini Album Vol. 1 - Like Water (Case Version) Wendy (Red Velvet)
    Wendy's beautiful blues
    April 30, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After seven years of wait, Red Velvet's Wendy finally gifts us her long-awaited first solo mini-album Like Water! Having gone through hardships in her yearlong hiatus, Wendy comes back in a stronger self, and with a stronger voice, to welcome a new chapter of her life. Wendy shows off her vocal color and skills all at once in the mellow but powerful main title track Like Water (Track 2). Produced by Coach & Sendo, the acoustic pop ballad describes a love that is soft, healing and important Like Water: "My love is like water, filling up your painful spots, wrapping around your wounds, and hugging you tightly, making you stand up again." We're used to hearing Wendy sing high notes in Red... [read more]
  14. Pentagon Mini Album Vol. 11 - LOVE or TAKE (Mild Version) Pentagon Mini Album Vol. 11 - LOVE or TAKE (Mild Version) Pentagon
    Do or Not? Just do it yo!
    April 13, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After going wild and crazy for love with Dr. BeBe and Daisy last year, Pentagon brings back their signature gleeful and bouncy music in their latest release! Eight manhwa boys pop up and melt your heart with romantic songs in LOVE or TAKE. The physical album is well designed in a manhwa concept complete with comic book sleeves, making it especially worth collecting. Making their first refreshing-style comeback in almost two years, Pentagon goes all bright, sweet and lovey-dovey in their 11th mini-album. Opening track 10s and (Track 1) sets a dreamy and fantasy ambience for the album, leading you into the world of a melodrama or romance comic. "Say you like me, just stick with me or not / Do... [read more]
  15. Pentagon Mini Album Vol. 11 - LOVE or TAKE (Romantic Version) Pentagon Mini Album Vol. 11 - LOVE or TAKE (Romantic Version) Pentagon
    Do or Not? Just do it yo!
    April 12, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After going wild and crazy for love with Dr. BeBe and Daisy last year, Pentagon brings back their signature gleeful and bouncy music in their latest release! Eight manhwa boys pop up and melt your heart with romantic songs in LOVE or TAKE. The physical album is well designed in a manhwa concept complete with comic book sleeves, making it especially worth collecting. Making their first refreshing-style comeback in almost two years, Pentagon goes all bright, sweet and lovey-dovey in their 11th mini-album. Opening track 10s and (Track 1) sets a dreamy and fantasy ambience for the album, leading you into the world of a melodrama or romance comic. "Say you like me, just stick with me or not / Do... [read more]
  16. Weeekly Mini Album Vol. 3 - We play (Random Version) Weeekly Mini Album Vol. 3 - We play (Random Version) Weeekly
    It's Spring Time!
    March 31, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    While Weeekly may not be a huge name as of yet, they in fact swept five newcomer awards last year at different year-end ceremonies. One of the few rookies to not go for the trendy "girl crush" style in their debut, the group has continued with their youthful and lively "high-teen" concept in their third mini-album We play. Following Tag Me (@Me) and Zig Zag, Weeekly pursues their overwhelming teen energy and passion again in this album's title track After School (Track 3). Produced by Denzil Remedios and Ryan Jhun, the cheery pop number mixed with reggae and trap beats captures the joy of students enjoying their free time after school: "We're on our skateboards. Stamping our feet like we're... [read more]
  17. ONF Vol. 1 - ONF:MY NAME (Random Version) ONF Vol. 1 - ONF:MY NAME (Random Version) ONF
    Beautiful and blossoming
    March 31, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After five mini-album releases, ONF finally drops their ambitious and conceptual first full-length album. The boys take us along on their youthful journey to search for freedom in the future through their 11-track album ONF: My Name. ONF first lifts us up with the funky house jam Beautiful Beautiful (Track 1). Again produced by Hwang Hyun, Beautiful Beautiful is an encouraging, upbeat self-love anthem with a retro spin, performed with lyrics that are plainly straightforward: "It's all about the frame people made up / Never gonna give in I'm a break it / Courage I set to be hated my man / Damagin' me but it makin' me strong / Taking off for today baby, God, bless me." The song may feel odd... [read more]
  18. 365: Repeat the Year (Blu-ray) (12-Disc + TV Script + Photo Card + Poster) (Special Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 365: Repeat the Year (Blu-ray) (12-Disc + TV Script + Photo Card + Poster) (Special Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Nam Ji Hyun (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk (Actor) | Kim Ji Soo (Actor) | Yang Dong Geun (Actor)
    A thrilling, captivating and emotional ride
    March 1, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    365: Repeat the Year was one of the best and most underrated Korean drama series of last year (of course, we selected it as one of the Best Korean Dramas of 2020!). A mind-blowing and intriguing mystery, great actors, thrills and chills, plot-twisting cliffhangers – it's got everything to make it a perfect time-travel suspense thriller. At only 12 episodes, the novel-turned-drama keeps it short while delivering a strong and complete story. Lee Joon Hyuk takes the role of righteous police detective Hyung Joo who wants to save his late work partner. Nam Ji Hyun plays webtoon artist Ga Hyun who wishes to have the ability to walk again. The two, along with eight other people from different... [read more]
  19. BAE173 Mini Album Vol. 1 - INTERSECTION : SPARK BAE173 Mini Album Vol. 1 - INTERSECTION : SPARK BAE173
    Sparking joy with teen energy
    February 26, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    We all need something lively to cheer us up while we're trapped at home every day. Enter PocketDol Studio's (formerly known as MBK Entertainment) fresh-faced new boy group BAE173, whose nine member lineup includes X1's Han Gyul and Do Hyon. Unlike many other groups, BAE173 pursues a bubbly and high-spirited style that makes them stand out from the crowd! The rookie group collaborates with well-known K-pop producer team GALACTIKA* for all the tracks on their first mini-album Intersection: Spark. The prelude With Me (Track 1) starts the record off with a youthful and bright ambience and lyrics that share their hopes: "I'll never let you down, yeah. You just have to look at me…. I want you to... [read more]
  20. (G)I-DLE Mini Album Vol. 4 - I burn (Flower Version) (G)I-DLE Mini Album Vol. 4 - I burn (Flower Version) (G)I-DLE
    Burning, Sparkling and Blooming
    January 28, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    After their successful summer comeback with DUMDi DUMDi, (G)I-DLE geared back up in bold and fierce fashion for their fourth mini-album I burn. (G)I-DLE sets the bar high with the stunning intro HANN (Alone in Winter) (Track 1), which sets the mysterious wintry aura of the album. This theme is also meant to connect to their 2018 single HANN. Landing at #1 on various music charts, HWAA (Track 2) takes the Chinese characters of "fire" and "flower" as motifs to project the pain of breakup. So Yeon creates another masterpiece that blends Moombahton-based pop dance with traditional East Asian music and sentiments. Though it isn't as catchy as their previous title tracks, HWAA is the best... [read more]
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