12:57 pm - 03/10/2018

New York Times Calls IU's Palette one of the 25 Songs About The Future Of The Music

Of course IU was the only kpop artist listed (only asian in the list actually), of course Palette is the only non-english lyrics in the entire ranking .... New York Times uaena certified!

Source: NY, iumushimushi tumblr
theweebdream 10th-Mar-2018 06:19 pm (UTC)
Can’t believe they picked IU’s most boring title song to date smh
nekokonneko 10th-Mar-2018 09:10 pm (UTC)
Right? This is like Denzel winning best actor for Training Day of all things
giriboy 10th-Mar-2018 06:32 pm (UTC)
only asian in the list actually
charli xcx is half-indian, op!

i didn't really like this list, ngl: a lot of it was very safe and even tho it's the nyt i was very... waka_flocka_ok.gif @ it. i'm glad iu got name-checked, tho! but since a lot of the songs were album tracks, they could've gone for a different one (like “jam jam” if they wanted to use a more classic pop! song)

also yessss @ “out of my head” getting what she deserves. “delicious (ft. tommy cash)” would've been my top choice... pop music staying as stale as this list isn't going anywhere, ugh
miss_suunshinee 10th-Mar-2018 07:54 pm (UTC)
and bruno mars is half-filipino
and sza is half-muslim

what is your point?

if you want to talk about mixed people at least include all of them lol

Edited at 2018-03-10 08:11 pm (UTC)
bleuvelvet 10th-Mar-2018 07:17 pm (UTC)
When Lindsey found a way to turn a K-pop question on Who Weekly toward IU I knew she was a stan but I didn't expect this lol. I love Palette especially in relation to 23, it's like the grown up sequel and I'm glad she didn't drop those themes after how much of a mess that era~ became.
lil_poisonfrog 11th-Mar-2018 07:31 am (UTC)
OMG what's up fellow Wholigan! LOL

I didn't even notice Lindsey wrote this until I saw your comment. Now I remember that ep bc the question they were answering was about BTS at the AMAs, and I was freaking out haha.

Idk if you listen to Keep It! (another really great pop culture podcast) but the host of it is also a writer and was just stanning for Red Velvet on Twitter lol.

Edited at 2018-03-11 07:47 am (UTC)
sra_interesante 10th-Mar-2018 08:47 pm (UTC)
yes, western press sure loves Palette 💜

Billboard named it the best kpop album on 2017

Fuse include Palette between the best pop albums around the world on 2017

get that international recognition!
miss_suunshinee 10th-Mar-2018 10:01 pm (UTC)
yes, i noticed all those lists have many singers in common
bob_dabuilda 11th-Mar-2018 03:46 pm (UTC)
Lol at having iu in hangul to get dem clicks.
existingisfunny 11th-Mar-2018 03:26 am (UTC)
i don't listen to who weekly but i do keep up with the new york times' music section so this was a bit huh until i realized i don't know lindsey weber which makes sense, she isn't a regular

the britney comparison is a stretch, if she wanted to put iu into a western context or have a western comparison so western (or western non-koreans?) know where iu is coming from, she could find a better comparison

and then the red velvet comment? which would need to bring in the discussion between idols vs artists.

maybe it's bc palette isn't my fav, maybe it's bc i have western fake-kpop interest fatigue, maybe i just don't agree that it truly shows the future of music (just the present?) but this doesn't feel genuine and more of a "well we need someone from the "kpop world" to show how forward thinking we are (and bts is too mainstream)"
lil_poisonfrog 11th-Mar-2018 07:43 am (UTC)
No ita w/ you. The Britney comparison doesn't make any sense, IU's not on that sort of trajectory at all. If I had to compare her to a mainstream US artist, Taylor Swift seems much more obvious? Not really similar styles of music, but they're both singer-songwriters that got big as teens and had that girl-next-door image. Hell, IU was even called Korea's little sister.

I feel like she mentioned Red Velvet bc she's a newbie K-Pop fan and that's literally one of the only other groups she knows. Which is fine, but like you said in your last paragraph, it'd be nice if they could find more writers that had a deeper knowledge of the genre. I feel like someone from Soompi or Asian Junkie could've done a better job, but I guess those writers aren't on the NYT's radar.
uguukawaii 11th-Mar-2018 08:19 am (UTC)
i mean I wouldnt expect someone writing this to actually do any research but they kinda missed the point of the song entirely AND act like singer-songwriters are rare in... a whole country.... when maybe the biggest acts that are popular with normal people (not middle-schoolers) are kinda... all singer-songwriters in styling if not in practise? LIke i know you saw BTS on TV and and 20 seconds of momoland scrolling on facebook but its not like....... the actual material reality of the music industry of a literal whole country.

they just wanted to talk about themselves and compare themselves to IU and act like theyre young when theyre literally in their 30's lmfao lame
existingisfunny 11th-Mar-2018 09:28 am (UTC)

plus, it shows that this person is under the impression that korean music = kpop when kpop is itself and then there's korean indie or khiphop, etc.

the amount of western music critics and reporters that understand kpop to it's actual degree is so small that the editor of kpop articles in non-kpop sites is always basically like *shrugs* "they must know more than me, so i'll trust them", while i think the writers are always just a bit too excited to include their interest in a publication, they don't want to admit they don't know as much as they're being treated like they do
hitthoselightz 11th-Mar-2018 10:48 am (UTC)
cardi b at number 1 lmao

yeah this list is already a joke
rainstormraider 12th-Mar-2018 06:53 am (UTC)
This post is a mess from the get go.
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