Now that One Direction have decided they are U2 and are releasing shitty music and 5 Seconds of Summer are rehashing horrible Sum 41-esque pop/punk, the world was in dire need of a boyband who was actually decent. Union J have been around for a while, but never really connected with audiences, mostly due to the fact they came from the same series 1D came from. Anyhow, they are a lot better than 1D as they don’t take themselves as seriously and put out catchier music. New single “You Got It All” is good even to their standard though. It is a massive throw back to the 90s with it’s big Westlife sized ballad sound. There is even a choir at the end! Amazing!
Watch the music video on VEVO here!
Ricki-Lee does not get the love or credit she deserves. She has had an amazing career in Australia, both as part of the strange disco themed cover band The Young Divas and as a solo artist. Her single’s discography is strong and feature many amazing pop masterpieces such as “Can’t Touch It”, “Do It Like That”, “Hell No” and “Crazy.” Last year’s “Come & Get In Trouble With Me” was pure dance pop amazingness and the video was fantastic. Sadly her sales this era have been on a steep decline, mainly due to the fact that her singles haven’t been very good lately. After a few bust singles I honestly was not expecting much from new album “Dance In The Rain”, but I ended up being massively surprised by it.
The singles for this album were all on the fluffy and forgettable side, but the album is full of thumping dance tracks such as EDM ballad “Only You” and insane house track “Until We Drop.” The Beyonce-lite “Giddyup” is fun, and the RIhanna-esque “Criminal” sounds like it could be song of the summer with it’s chill vibe. Some of the ballads are pretty good as well, such as “Night Vision” and title track “Dance In The Rain.” I’m really glad this album came out, because overall it’s great.
There are a few forgettable ballads toward the end of the album, and like I said before the singles aren’t very good, but there is definitely a lot on here worth checking out. Ricki’s voice is just as full and glorious as it has ever been, and with the right material she really shines.
DGNA/D-NA/The Boss or whatever name they are deciding to go by have been around for literal years, but I hadn’t heard of them until stumbling upon their latest single release “Rilla Go!” a couple days ago. I took to Wikipedia and was completely shocked that these boys have a pretty meaty discography. I haven’t gone through it yet, so for the sake of this review I am going to pretend it’s all flawless and iconic, as delusional as that may sound.
Anyhow, “Rilla Go!” is a bit out of date and extremely cheap, but what I really liked about it, besides the catchy hook, was that the concept for the song reminded me of iconic flop British boyband PHIXX from years ago. PHIXX had one of my all time favorite boyband concepts: a sort of gay porn star-meets-Tarzan concept that was always paired with a cheap and sleazy dance pop number. It was really amazing to me, especially since it’s the type of trashiness that never really plays out well with the general public. We all know I love pop when it is at it’s most self aware and low-brow, and this is exactly that. It’s a PHIXX-meets-“Yayaya” by T-ara concept minus any sort of budget, so how can I not stan? “Yayaya” has always been one of my favorite concepts ever, (my inspiration for Halloween costume one year!)
I am definitely going to check out their past work. I really hope it’s good, but I’ve always struggled consistently stanning for male K-pop acts in the way I stan for female acts. This track is definitely on repeat for the time being, though.
Just the other day I was having a conversation with a mate about how all my favorite K-idol’s were either already gone or currently heading toward their end. Wonder Girls are over, SNSD are having member’s leaving, T-ara are together but flopping and After School never releases anything new anymore because their company is broke. Hyori, Son Dam Bi and BoA are all over 22, therefore they’re now too old to release music anymore. It was kind of depressing me, as it was starting to sink in that I had little to fanboy for in terms of hallyu wave K-idols. Sistar is still slaying, but their music has been declining in quality for a long time, and artists like A Pink, IU and Ailee honestly do very little for me. I was in dire need of a rookie who I could irrationally stan for, but knew it would take time.
Well that Herculean task took about a day as new-ish flop legend Lee Hwan Hee (née Fawney) has released her awesomely cheap single album “Action.” Title track “Action” is the type of cheap and timeless dance pop that could slay me regardless of who the artists behind it is or when the song was released. If a Russian poptart released this in 2008 or a Disney Channel star released this last week it would translate about the same to me. The video for the song is painfully cheap, so there is a lot for me to be interested in. The video reminds me of the d-list treatment Shim Mina gets when she releases new singles. Our girl Lee Hwan is shown partying in her local small town gay bar dressed in 2012 era Forever 21 that she most likely found at a garage sale. It has been a really long time since I stumbled across an iconic flop such as Lee Hwan.
The single album is also pretty good. Mid-tempo ballad “Tonight” is honestly gorgeous, and the corny “Monroe’s Heel” which was actually released last year is decent fluff. I hope her company allows her to release more music in the future, even though it’s really unlikely she will chart at all with this release. She at least has 1 fan out there already!
It’s not secret Girls’ Generation are not only the most popular and successful girlband of the past decade by a mile, so the uproar and heartache from fans over Jessica leaving the group recently is totally understandable and expected. GG have a special place in my heart, and though I did not want their end to play out like this, (okay I realize they aren’t done, but it will never be the same going forward), it seems fitting that their final release as a group would be a Best Of album highlighting the moments that made so many of us the hardcore fans we are today.
The album titled “Best Of (New Edition)” is actually a repackage of a greatest hits album released in Japan a few months back. It’s a really cheap cash grab, but honest the drama playing out behind the scenes is so upsetting that I won’t choose to focus on the groups ploys for extra dollars from fans. The album features 4 brand new tracks, and they are all pretty decent send off songs.
1. “Indestructible“: The ironically titled track was actually being used as their 7th anniversary theme song. It’s a smooth R&B/pop ballad that has the girls singing about how they are unbreakable. Poorly timed, but I do like the song a lot. It’s very pretty the sentiment expresses how all Sones feel about their favorite group.
2. “Divine“: The repackage single. This song is really good. In fact, it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s not on the same level that “Time Machine” was on, but it’s still a great ballad. Knowing this will be their final single as a full group is fitting. The music video is terribly shot, with camera angles so close up that at first I thought I was watching a fan made bootleg or something. It isn’t until the final few seconds you get to actually see all the girls together. Kind of a sad moment, but I’m glad the video was shot before the drama began.
3. “Chain Reaction“: A fun electro-pop track. Not good enough to be a single, but definitely good enough to fit on any of GG’s Japanese albums. This was the sound that they focused on in Japan with great results every time.
4. “Show Girls“: Okay, so this song is kind of a mess. It has fun moments, like the horn loop in the chorus for example, but the song over all is kind of cringe worthy. It’s the type of song Koda Kumi would release. Probably will end up being the track I listen to least on this album.
Finland’s biggest boy singer Isac Elliot was always a bit too young for my taste. Since he’s a top tier dance pop boy singer his home country, I obviously enjoyed his stuff, but his voice hadn’t even hit puberty yet which kind of ruined it for me. I knew if I kept waiting for his balls to drop it would eventually be worth my time as his new single “Tired Of Missing You” is a grade-A level iconic smash anthem. This totally makes up for whatever that boring RedOne produced ballad was called that he released earlier this year.
“Tired Of Missing You” is the pure type of europop cheese that has gone out of style in the urban-centric America, but never goes out of style in Europe. Thank God for Scandinavia and Asia keeping dance pop alive or else I would have nothing to stan for. Hopefully an album full of europop is on it’s way!
The king of pop has released his long awaited comeback single titled “On Danse” today, and it is already at the top of the iTunes chart in France. A worthy position as the song is glorious. All of MP’s post-“Mise À Jour” work has been on the calmer side as he is obviously trying to transition to a more mature sound. While I do miss the turnt up MP I fell in love with, this mature MP still pleases me. The song is very catchy and I totally dig the little African tribal flare randomly woven into the production. The vocal delivery is pretty awesome too. MP has always had pretty silky vocals, but he adds a bit of power to delivery this time. All-in-all I can’t really say anything bad about this track and currently have it on repeat! Can’t wait for the full album next month!