December 20th, 2018

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The 20 (10) Best K-pop Songs of 2018: Critics' Picks

In 2018, Korean artists pushed the boundaries of what K-pop can do on the world stage. BTS led the charge, sweeping awards, chart victories and records at a constant rate.

Outside of record-breaking victories, 2018 was full of boundary-pushing releases from across the board. Elements of disparate genres -- ranging from jazz to arena rock to ‘80s synth-pop -- snuck their way into our top songs list. While K-pop has always been sonically amorphous, we saw plenty of Korean acts expand their sound while achieving commercial success.

We tend to stick with singles on year-end lists at Billboard, unless there’s a standout deeper cut that we like more -- though we decided to allow two BTS entries on the list this year because, frankly, it was hard to choose between our two nominated songs. This top 20 list is a compilation of the greatest K-pop songs from a year marked by loss, new beginnings and stratospheric accomplishments.

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Source:, 1theK 1 2 3 4, StoneMusicEntertainment 1 2, IKON 1, Smtown 1 2,Bighit 1

Red velvet is the 1st female act to have a song that topped this list! overall pretty good list imo


BLACKPINK Is Only Korean Artist To Make Rolling Stone’s 10 Best Music Videos Of 2018 List

BLACKPINK is the only Korean artist included in Rolling Stone’s list of “10 Best Music Videos of 2018”!

The magazine recently published its annual list of the year’s top music videos. This year, BLACKPINK placed No. 8 with their hit track “DDU-DU DDU-DU.”

Rolling Stone praised the “DDU-DU DDU-DU” music video as “a feat of bonkers, maximalist creativity” and compared the girl group’s use of their iconic tank in the music video to the one in Master P’s “Make ‘Em Say Uhh.” The publication also noted that director Seo Hyun Seung, who is responsible for many of YG’s most popular music videos, didn’t hesitate to add his spectacular touch to this music video as well.

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source: soompi, rollingstone
Woozi laughing but not
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Seventeen's The8 to be a Dance Mentor on Chinese Show Idol Producer S2

Source: svtglobal, weibo

Lay is also returning as MC!
Ex-Pledis trainee MingMing will be a contestant on the show and some people are speculating that a Chinese Pledis trainee could join the show in a 1+1-deal along with The8.

STELLAR’s Gayoung Says Agency Pressured Them Into Sexy Concept

In a recent interview, former STELLAR member Gayoung took an emotional look back at her time in the group.

After debuting in 2011, STELLAR rose to fame in 2014 when they released the racy music video for “Marionette,” which was deemed unsuitable for minors. Both the music video and the group’s new sexy concept quickly became controversial, and STELLAR received a great deal of attention for their provocative outfits and marketing tactics. The group eventually went on to disband in February 2018.

During a newly released interview with Insight, Gayoung opened up about the STELLAR members’ struggles with both their sexy concept and the notoriety that came with it.

“In the early days of our debut, our concept was mostly cute,” she recalled. “We did try some weird things, like an alien [theme], but we had a cute concept that suited our age. We were able to garner a lot of interest as ‘the group that Shinhwa’s Eric produced.'”
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source: soompi, insight

20 (10) best k-pop albums of 2018: critics' picks

It’s hard to overstate the breakthrough K-pop albums have had on American charts this year, where the presence of Korean artists on the Billboard charts has been at an all-time high.

The Billboard 200 was graced by 10 albums from K-pop artists in 2018, more than tripling appearances on the chart in 2017. BTS alone showed up three times -- twice with albums that hit No. 1. Other appearances included BLACKPINK, EXO, J-Hope, Jonghyun, Lay, NCT 127 and RM.

But beyond the numbers, there were a lot of career-defining records from acts with names big and small. Our list includes strong debuts, records marking a disbandment and albums where every song stands on its own. While some acts released more than one album in 2018, we decided to limit everyone to one eligible album to capture the breadth of so many great releases. Here are our 20 favorites from 2018.

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source(s): 1thek (1 / 2) - billboard (1) - @billboard (1) - ibighit (1 / 2) - pledis entertainment (1) - smtown (1 / 2 / 3) - stone music entertainment (1 / 2)

to go along with this list of individual songs. full list can be found at the source. i have some reservations about the list in general, from ranking to inclusion / exclusion to some of the wording in the written portions, but you know how it goes. thoughts? favorites of the year?

Netizens react to Jungyeon's crying video, comments are as expected

Article: "It's so, so difficult" Twice Jungyeon brings fans and members to tears with her 'teary outburst'
Source: Sports Chosun via Nate

1. [+412, -117] She doesn't know how good she has it, no? There are so many girl groups who disappear without a chance.

2. [+407, -125] The majority of women your age right now are chasing minimum wage pay and living even more difficult lives. How dare you not even know how good you have it? You should donate to charities in the time you have to complain.

3. [+373, -41] But Twice does get overworked a ton... but Jungyeon-ah, you have to realize that you'll be out of work once you get any older. Just suffer for a bit more in your twenties so that you can live comfortably in your late twenties.

4. [+39, -4] At least you're making money that you can live off of for the rest of your life... the majority of the public will have to worry about money until the day they die... consider yourself lucky

5. [+35, -5] Quit if it's hard, no one's stopping you
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sources: netizenbuzz 1, 2, sports chosun, osen

do you agree with k-netz, omona?