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  1. 2018 Seventeen Concert 'Ideal Cut' in Seoul (DVD) (3-Disc + Photobook) (Korea Version) 2018 Seventeen Concert 'Ideal Cut' in Seoul (DVD) (3-Disc + Photobook) (Korea Version) Seventeen
    Thirteen Ideal-Cut Diamonds
    May 10, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    As a group, Seventeen is not only talented in songwriting and dancing, but also in bringing the party to life when it comes to live stages – and the boys rock out again in their latest concert Ideal Cut in Seoul! Vernon was unfortunately unable to dance with his bandmates because of his leg injury, but he definitely does his best in singing and rapping on stage! Seventeen's 2018 Ideal Cut concert mainly contains performances of their Director's Cut album tracks, including the well-known single "Thanks," the rockish "Run To You" and the sweet tune Thinkin' About You. To warm up the crowd, they begin the show with the full member version of Highlight. As always, they nail it with their smash... [read more]
  2. N.Flying Mini Album Vol. 5 N.Flying Mini Album Vol. 5 N.Flying
    N.Flying flying high
    April 26, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    FNC's rock band N.Flying recently shot up the music charts with their last single "Rooftop." Swiftly after their rise, they keep up the success with the third release of their Fly High Project. As usual, leader Seung Hyub serves as the primary producer of their fifth mini-album Spring Memories and wrote most of the tracks. Beginning with whistles and acoustic guitar sounds, the sublime rock ballad "Spring Memories" (Track 1) heals with the warmth of springtime and Seung Hyub and Hwe Seung's fairly strong vocals. Honestly, I never thought they would make a comeback with a lead track that is rather different from their previous sounds. It's fresh and ethereal, yet not too off-track from their... [read more]
  3. EXO: Chen Mini Album Vol. 1 - April, and a flower (April Version) EXO: Chen Mini Album Vol. 1 - April, and a flower (April Version) Chen (EXO)
    April, flower and Chen
    April 15, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    When thinking about Chen, people tend to connect him with words like "warm," "sweet" and "healing." On top of his cute look, he possesses a lovable personality and tender voice that gives everyone a comforting feeling. After a seven-year wait, the EXO member finally gets the chance to show his vocals thoroughly with a solo album! Like the majority of K-ballads, the six love stories in April, and a flower mainly revolve around relationships, breakup and memories. Title song "Beautiful goodbye" (Track 2) does not have a grand or complex tune but a simple acoustic melody that best delivers Chen's refined voice. Contrary to the heart-wrenching lead single, the singer's self-written track... [read more]
  4. PENTAGON Mini Album Vol. 8 - Genie:us PENTAGON Mini Album Vol. 8 - Genie:us Pentagon
    Pierce the ceiling and fly, Pentagon!
    March 29, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Though Cube Entertainment is often criticized for their management skills, the label certainly has the ability to train and debut many musically talented singers. Pentagon proves this again with their six-track mini-album Genie:us. Dance off your stress on Saturdays with Pentagon's future house track "SHA LA LA" (Track 1)! The song is titled Shintoburi in Korean, which is originally a Buddhist term, but the band has humorously changed its meaning to an abbreviation of "Happy Saturday Night." This plug has an unexpectedly different vibe from their previous two hits, but it's still an addictive one! The song intro particularly reminds me of Wanna One's Energetic, which is also written by Hui.... [read more]
  5. Jannabi Vol. 2 - LEGEND Jannabi Vol. 2 - LEGEND Jannabi
    Youth stories in vintage band sounds
    March 29, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    How would you describe your youth? The brightest days of your life, or the most painful and rebellious time you've ever had? "Youth" is for sure one of the most popular themes in Korean music, but indie band Jannabi has a rather different interpretation of the word. Jannabi leader and lyricist Jung Hoon describes their new album LEGEND as such: "It revolves around youth, a miserable time that eventually disappears someday and becomes a legend in our lives." Rather than just chattering about romance, the band talks about this and that, the tiny happenings of their youthful days. Jannabi is best known for the tracks "Summer," She, Good Boy Twist and recent hit "Take My Hand" from Romance is a... [read more]
  6. TREI Mini Album Vol. 1 - BORN TREI Mini Album Vol. 1 - BORN TREI
    New group, nostalgic sounds
    March 22, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    It's only March but do you realize that nine K-pop groups have already debuted so far in 2019! A number of strong and talented teams have made their first step to stardom this year, and it's no wonder that everybody's crazily jamming to ITZY's Dalla Dalla, TXT's "Crown" and VERIVERY's "Ring Ring Ring." Among all the debut releases in the first quarter of the year, my personal favorite is TREI's first mini-album Born, especially their lead single "Gravity"! You might notice some familiar faces in TREI as members Jae Jun and Chang Hyun promoted with C-Clown a few years ago and took part in MIXNINE. Along with new member Jun Tae, TREI officially debuted in late February with their first... [read more]
  7. My Secret Terrius (6DVD) (Limited Edition) (MBC TV Drama) (Korea Version) My Secret Terrius (6DVD) (Limited Edition) (MBC TV Drama) (Korea Version) So Ji Sub (Actor) | Jung In Sun (Actor) | Son Ho Joon (Actor) | Lim Se Mi (Actor)
    NIS agent-turned-babysitter
    February 27, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Following Master's Sun and Oh My Venus, So Ji Sub took on his third romantic comedy series in a row with My Secret Terrius, and won his first ever Grand Prize at the 2018 MBC Drama Awards for his role as the calm and dull Kim Bon. Though the actor looks chic and cool on the outside, he surely has the skills to make you burst into laughter with his comedic timing. The best highlight of the drama is definitely the contrast between Kim Bon as both a former NIS agent and a babysitter in one drama. Of course, he looks charming in action scenes, but at the same time, he is endearing when interacting with the JoonJoon twins! If So Ji Sub is the eye-catching point of My Secret Terrius, then Jung In... [read more]
  8. Minseo Mini Album Vol. 1 - The Diary of Youth Minseo Mini Album Vol. 1 - The Diary of Youth Minseo
    Sweet spring melodies
    February 15, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    You might not recognize Minseo's name and face, but you've probably heard her voice through some programs or releases – she was one of the Top 8 contestants in Superstar K7, took part in the soundtracks of The Handmaiden and Jugglers, and even covered GFriend's "Rough" on The King of Masked Singer! She also participated in her boss's Weekly Yoon Jong Shin project with "Yes," the reply song to the megahit "Like It." Different from her quirky personality, Minseo owns a pleasant, comforting voice that sounds really charming. Minseo's ambitious debut tetralogy The Diary of Youth finally comes to an end after a year. She sings the romantic duet 2cm (Track 4), the lead single of this album, with... [read more]
  9. CLC Mini Album Vol. 8 - No.1 CLC Mini Album Vol. 8 - No.1 CLC
    From CrystaL Clear to girl power
    February 8, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    In 2017, CLC made a switch in their concept to a fierce, edgy girl crush style with "Hobgoblin." Though "Hobgoblin" was a hit among international K-pop fans, sadly, it didn’t bring them a rise to stardom locally. Their next comeback was retro R&B soul track Where are you now?, a song that I personally really love, but they probably should have continued with a powerful concept. Following last year's Black Dress, the girls are finally back with stylish music in new album No.1! "Red lip? No. Earrings? No. High heels? No. Handbag? No." Their synth-bass dance number No starts in quite an impactful way by addressing the theme straight on; don't ever limit them to a certain preconception – they... [read more]
  10. Seventeen Mini Album Vol. 6 - YOU MADE MY DAWN (Random Version) Seventeen Mini Album Vol. 6 - YOU MADE MY DAWN (Random Version) Seventeen
    Seventeen's dawn is hotter than day
    January 24, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Following You Make My Day in July, Seventeen returns in half a year with another "YMMD" album – You Made My Dawn. Unlike the funky and joyful tunes in the summer album, this new album presents six songs that are more sentimental. If you haven't noticed, the last track of You Make My Day is actually called Our Dawn Is Hotter Than Day, creating a fun correlation between the two records. Seventeen comes back with the urban future R&B title track Home (Track 2) to tell their loved ones to lean on them "cause I'm your home, home, home, home." Every verse starts with a tranquilizing ambience, and then gradually turns to a contrasting powerful sound. The constant change of beats and highs and lows... [read more]
  11. ONEUS Mini Album Vol. 1 - Light Us ONEUS Mini Album Vol. 1 - Light Us ONEUS
    New generation of concept idol
    January 16, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Founded by renowned composer Kim Do Hoon, the RBW label is known for launching talented vocal groups like Mamamoo and Vromance. Though RBW's new group ONEUS officially debuted a week ago, they didn't appear out of the blue – the members previously took part in Produce 101 Season 2, MIXNINE and the debut project We Will Debut along with their brother group ONEWE. Among the six members, perhaps the most familiar one would be Keon Hee, who made a name for himself after singing BoA's Amazing Kiss on Produce 101. Hip-hop has been a major part of the Korean music scene over the past few years, and more and more idol groups are digging into the genre. Among the great amount of swaggy music... [read more]
  12. The Third Charm OST (2CD) (JTBC TV Drama) The Third Charm OST (2CD) (JTBC TV Drama) Korean TV Series Soundtrack | Stella Jang | Kim Yeon Ji | Yang Dong Geun
    Bittersweet love tunes
    November 28, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    The soundtrack always takes up an important role in a successful Korean drama. A nice and catchy OST definitely helps to boost the popularity of a K-Drama, and those iconic theme songs – for example, Stay With Me, My Destiny, "That Man" and Almost Paradise – remain popular and recognizable even many years later. Starring Seo Kang Joon and Esom, JTBC's romantic comedy series The Third Charm started off with a compelling storyline and good word of mouth that led to a gradual climb in ratings during the first half of the drama. However, the drama eventually ended with mixed reviews from the audience as some found the latter part to be way too melodramatic. Beyond the drama itself, I am totally... [read more]
  13. BTOB Special Album - HOUR MOMENT (HOUR Version) BTOB Special Album - HOUR MOMENT (HOUR Version) BTOB
    Fall for BTOB
    November 15, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Since their 2015 hit song "It's Okay," BTOB has been known for autumn ballads in their honey sweet voices and beautiful harmonies. Last year, their "Missing You" took over the music charts when it was released. In October 2018, the song still ranked in the top 100 on digital music charts, and BTOB has become the fifth male idol group to surpass 100 million streams for one song on the Gaon Chart. This November, they return with the special album Hour Moment to give you comfort in these breezy autumn days. Following "Pray (I'll Be Your Man)," "Missing You" and "Only One for Me," Hyun Sik teamed up with producer EDEN again for Hour Moment's title track "Beautiful Pain" (Track 5). The... [read more]
  14. fromis_9 Special Single Album - FROM.9 fromis_9 Special Single Album - FROM.9 fromis_9
    National sweethearts-to-be
    October 31, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Survival programs have been so popular in Korea over the past three years. If you have watched either Idol School or Produce 48, rookie girl group fromis_9 may sound familiar to you. fromis_9 consists of the top nine winners of Idol School. And a few months ago, member Jang Gyu Ri joined as a trainee contestant of Produce 48. After she got eliminated, she returned to her original group to release the new single album FROM.9. The album's title track Love Bomb (Track 1) is co-written by producer David Amber, who also composed Twice's Heart Shaker, GFRIEND's Love Bug and NCT Dream's La La Love. When I first watched the comeback teaser, I thought the title track was going to be similar to Red... [read more]
  15. DAY6 - EVERY DAY6 FINALE CONCERT - THE BEST MOMENTS (3DVD + Out Sleeve + Photobook + Photo Card) (Korea Version) DAY6 - EVERY DAY6 FINALE CONCERT - THE BEST MOMENTS (3DVD + Out Sleeve + Photobook + Photo Card) (Korea Version) DAY6
    A pleasing wrap-up to the Every DAY6 project
    October 19, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    In 2017, JYP's first band DAY6 launched new songs and concerts monthly for their Every DAY6 Project. The ambitious year-long project is undoubtedly a successful one that showcases the band's talent in songwriting. Known since debut for songs about breakups and heartbroken sentiments, DAY6 caught the public's attention with hits like "I Like You" and "You Were Beautiful." Though they recently made a transformation with the wild rock song Shoot Me, let's go back in time to appreciate the band's softer pop rock and alternative rock sounds in the Every DAY6 Finale Concert, the final wrap-up concert of the Every DAY6 Project. DAY6 kicks off the concert with the very first song released for the... [read more]
  16. Super Junior Special Album - One More Time (Normal Edition) Super Junior Special Album - One More Time (Normal Edition) Super Junior
    SuJu rocks the Latin vibe
    October 10, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Despite going through different obstacles throughout the past 13 years, Super Junior is still going strong as the Hallyu King. Their last hit Lo Siento featuring Latin singer Leslie Grace was their first attempt in a brand new genre, and it affirmed both their musical talent and impressive popularity. Half a year after Lo Siento, Super Junior brings another wave of Latin sound with the album One More Time! This time, the SuJu members collaborate with Mexican band Reik for the reggaeton Latin pop number One More Time (Otra Vez) (Feat. REIK) (Track 1). Andreas Stone Johansson (the composer of Super Junior's Island, EXO's "Miracles in December" and NCT Dream's JOY) and Denniz Jamm (the... [read more]
  17. Dear Monster (EP) Dear Monster (EP) Aaron Yan (Singer)
    Greet the monster in our hearts
    October 2, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    The 2000s Taiwan boy band Fahrenheit is probably a familiar name to most fans of Mandopop. After parting ways, Aaron Yan was the first member to go solo with his first release The Next Me. Unlike many idols, Aaron is known for his frank and honest personality as he publicly comments on political issues and even his relationship with other Fahrenheit members. The singer creates the new album Dear Monster under the concept of "REAL AARON" to share his thoughts to every listener. Most people tend to get used to things that happen around us in everyday life. As days go by, we gradually forget how to think and how to express; we don't want to be special, we just follow. We hide our unique selves... [read more]
  18. Lim Chang Jung Vol. 14 Lim Chang Jung Vol. 14 Lim Chang Jung
    Soulful ballads to welcome fall
    September 26, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Autumn is just around the corner – it's finally the season of ballad! Looking through the Korea digital music sites, the top two songs are currently without exception Roy Kim's "The Hardest Part" and Lim Chang Jung's "There Has Never Been A Day I Haven't Loved You." All-round artist Lim Chang Jung's sensational 2016 song "The Love I Committed" hit 200,000 likes on Melon, Korea's biggest music streaming site. This fall, he returns with some new hit-songs-to-be and remakes of his two classics! Following his megahits "The Love I Committed" and "Love Again," Lim Chang Jung partners up with producer Wild Pig again for the title track "There Has Never Been A Day I Haven't Loved You" (Track 3).... [read more]
  19. The Poet and The Boy (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The Poet and The Boy (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Ga Ram (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun
    Genuine love without lust
    September 19, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    It's hard to believe that The Poet and The Boy, which won Best Screenplay at the Busan Film Critics Awards and the Women in Film Korea Awards, is only the feature debut of director Kim Yang Hee. In the film, married poet Mr. Hyeon (Yang Ik Joon) finds inspiration and infatuation in attractive young man Se Yoon (Jung Ga Ram) who works at a donut shop near his home. There are many questions about whether Mr. Hyeon and Se Yoon are truly in love or not. Rather than giving an exact answer, Kim Yang Hee shows the parallel between the backgrounds of the two and their surrounding characters. Mr. Hyeon is out of ideas and teased by other poets for writing vague and lame poems. With his wife (Jeon... [read more]
  20. NCT DREAM Mini Album Vol. 2 - We Go Up NCT DREAM Mini Album Vol. 2 - We Go Up NCT Dream
    Teen power overload!
    September 10, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Time flies. It's hard to believe that NCT Dream is already two years old. I still remember how I was all excited while waiting for Chewing Gum to be released, and the young and adorable boys in the music video just seem like yesterday to me. Go from NCT 2018 Empathy marked the beginning of the group's transformation from the cute and energetic boys in We Young to chic and swaggy teens. Now the teenage subunit returns with the brand new hip-hop-style record We Go Up! Written by Kenzie and Mark, urban hip-hop track We Go Up (Track 1) serves as the title track for this album. The tempo, hooks and roaring and bell sounds make the whole song more addictive. The song's lyrics, in short, say "Let... [read more]
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