MONSTAX: A New Sound

SO those of you who are MONSTAX fans may have noticed that they have recently been producing a new sound.

Whats going on?

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This isn’t the band we are used to- but we still love it!

As it turns out- MONSTAX has signed a contract with an american company and as such, have been producing some all English songs!

Its pretty cool to have a band that can perform in so many languages. MONSTAX- a korean band has been known to sing in Japanese, and now they are building an English collection.

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Check them out and share them with your friends!

they are becoming more versatile, international and trying to get into the global music scene.

English

Spanish

 

We can’t wait to see more collaborations and more multi-lingual music from this group!

Drama Drop: Her Private Life 그녀의 사생활

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Title: Her Private Life 그녀의 사생활

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: April 10 – May 30, 2019

Starring: Park Min Young, Kim Jae Wook

Plot

Sung Deok Mi, a gallery curator by day and a hard core fan girl by night. As she runs between her work and ‘hobby’, she takes precautions to ensure that her private life remains separate from her professional one. When her boss Ryan Gold accidentally runs into her while she’s taking shots of her bias’s arrival at the airport, Deok Mi is afraid that he may recognize and expose her as an obsessive fan girl.

Can Deok Mi keep up the dance between these two separate realities?

 

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It’s Relatable

If you are a k-pop fan, then you will be able to relate to Young’s character Deok Mi, even if you are not quite such a hard core fan as she is.

Deok Mi’s room is plastered with pictures and posters of her bias. You will smile as you see her singing along to her favourite pop songs with the music blasting in the car. What would it be like if you saw, or met your bias? Deok Mi will take you on that journey. You will smile and laugh at how she defines what it means to be a fan girl and see yourself in her.

There is a moment in the first episode where Deok Mi catches a glimpse of her idol ahead of the crowd- I couldn’t help but feel a surge of excitement as I recalled my own similar experience at the Pentagon Prism Concert earlier this year when I caught a glimpse of Hui a few hour before the concert.

Take my word for it- if you’re a kpop fan, you won’t be able to keep yourself from smiling and laughing- I highly recommend this drama to you!

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Can I Have a Bias AND a Boyfriend?

While Ryan is a little jealous of Deok Mi’s Obsessive love for Cha Shi An, he accepts her and supports her interests. Rather than becoming angry or trying to force her to choose between her bias and himself, he does research and tries to understand her better.

Ryan continues to support and encourage Deok Mi. He learns to understand the different love Deok Mi has for each of them and goes to great lengths to make her dreams come true.

While you may suspect that Deok Mi chooses one over the other herself, she never really makes this decision and remains a fan girl until the end of the drama.

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The Star in the Show: Jung Je Won

Jung Je Won plays the kpop star and Sung Doek Mi’s ultimate bias Cha Shi An.

For those of you who are fans of Arthdal Chronicles, you will recognize Jung Je Won as the young Ta Gon. He has also appeared in Show Me the Money, A Korean Odyssey and Room No.9

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Jung Je Won known as One, is a rapper, singer and songwriter. He debuted in 1Punch in 2015 but has since worked as a solo artist.

Check out his work!

We’re ready to be his fan now too!

 

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Overall

If you are a fan of Park Min Young, or enjoyed Whats Wrong with Secretary Kim, then you will not be disappointed.

This drama is not about action, mystery or tension – rather you will be able to watch one episode at a time. This does not mean that you won’t want to keep watching though! Rather you can watch it as a healthy pace.

This drama was really refreshing as a fun, sweet drama.

I have never felt so connected to a drama. This drama is cute, relatable, romantic and satisfying. I was laughing so hard the whole time- and THOROUGHLY enjoyed it.

Personally I liked it better than Whats Wrong with Secretary Kim and would HIGHLY recommend it, particularly to those who are also fans of kpop.

 

 

What did you think of Her Private Life?

Are you a fan of Jung Je Won?

We want to hear from you!

 

 

PENTAGON PRISM CONCERT 2019

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Pentagon kicked off the North American portion of their 2019 World Tour in Toronto Canada!

Pre-Show

As huge fans of “Shine” and “Naughty Boy” we quickly snatched up tickets when we heard that Pentagon was coming to Canada.

We spent weeks listening to all of Pentagon’s recordings and studying the members faces to prepare for the event.

When the day finally came, we headed out.

The theatre was unexpectedly TINY!

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SPOTTED!!!! BEHIND THE SCENES!!!!

While this truly isn’t a great shot- we truly DID see Hui a few hours before the concert started! We were so surprised that by the time we pulled out our phones, we were unable to catch a good shot.

We noticed some large unmarked vans coming in, and a conspicuous looking police officer who kept eyeing us sternly. So we watched…. and were rewarded!

As it turned out, a big van pulled up and people started taking out suitcases and looking through them. They looked confused and shortly Hui himself came out and started rummaging through them. He was crouched close to the ground and surrounded by production people which made it hard to capture in a photograph.

Just the same- we were ecstatic to have seen him!!!

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The Venue

The theater was a mere 33ft X 45ft with a stage only 25ft long. We have NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE before! It was absolutely surreal!

There weren’t any screens- and honestly- we didn’t really need them! While it was difficult to see over waving light sticks and cell phones, we were able to see ok.

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I can’t emphasize how close we were!

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WHAT TO EXPECT: The Line Up

1. Sha La La
2. Gorilla
3. Like This
4. Runaway
5. Just Do it Yo!
6. Humph!
7. {Cover} Havana
8. {Cover} Uptown Funk
9. Critical Beauty
10. Skateboard
11. Can You Feel It
12. When It Rains In Night
13. Beautiful
14. Lost Paradise
15. Till
16. Fantasystic
17. Pretty Pretty
18. Spring Snow
19. Naughty Boy
20. Shine

then, much shouting, screaming and chanting brought on an encore:

21. Thumbs Up!
22. Spectacular

The Concert

We were absolutely blown away. The venue was small- so we were able to see the dancing and facial expressions close up! It was PHENOMENAL

You’ll find our recording of their performance of Havana below:

We were blown away by the high energy the guys had on stage- they sang and danced their hearts out for us- one song after another with very minimal breaks.

Despite being short a member, the show went on without a hitch.

We loved how cute they were as they struggled to communicate in English and were proud of their efforts. Kino did much of the translating.

The energy and intimacy this concert offered, truly made it one of the best I’ve attended.

Are you going to see PRISM? I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Did they switch up their line up? Which was your favourite song?

We’d love to hear from other Canadian and American Kpop fans!

Please let us know in the comments below!

 

NCT127 New Album “We Are Superhuman”

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NCT 127 came out with a new mini album “We Are Super Human” on May 24 2019.

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The album is comprised of six tracks:

  1. Highway to Heaven
  2. Superhuman
  3. Fool
  4. Jet Lag
  5. Paper Plane
  6. Outro: We Are 127

A New Style

After listening to the album in its entirety, we can’t help but feel surprised- this is not the NCT that we are used to. The songs have a very different vibe. We are used to NCT as bad boys in songs such as “Boss” and “Stop Baby Don’t Stop”, but here we’ve been pleasantly surprised with a more relaxed, and cute repertoire. Click here to listen to “Fool” to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

‘Superhuman’

‘Superhuman’ is spearheading the album and is in the spotlight with its own music video.

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Visuals

‘Superhuman’ is a throwback to the 90’s. We can’t help but feel Star treck, Star wars and Spy kids echoing throughout the video.

The costumes are appropriately out of this world as the idols dance, defying gravity. Nods to space suits and moonwalks are scattered throughout, and we can’t help but smile- it feels new yet familiar, new and vintage all at once.

We especially like the close attention to detail, the bubbles floating upwards as well as the subtle and not so subtle silver accents.  AI and lasers paired with familiar ‘robot’ moves completes the song’s feel.

All we can do is nod and say bang on.  Well done.

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Sound

Enter Candace and your brilliant musical knowledge

 

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/international/8513025/nct-127-we-are-superhuman-ep-review

Stray Kids LIVE! Our first Kpop Concert

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Stray Kids came to America! And we were thrilled to have gotten tickets to the May 16 2019 Performance in Newark (Stray Kids USA Tour 2019: Will You Be There?)

The show was immediately sold out and the band surprised fans by offering a second show for May 15 2019. This was their first ever consecutive performance and the band was so excited to have so much love and support from STAY.

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Since we are out in Canada, Candace and I took the long treck to New York to see the concert- and it was worth every minute of the drive!

To get ourselves ready- we listened to their albums over and over…and over and over and over and over.

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And so our Journey to New York Began.

New York City

We took the opportunity to vacation in New York City stopping by to see all the famous sights, sounds and tastes.

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NYC style Pizza

After a day on the town, we returned to our hotel, only to discover that Stray Kids had visited Times Square within hours of our own sighting of it early that afternoon!

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How we envy those lucky bystanders in the background who don’t even know what they missed! We had been keeping an eye out for Stray Kids all day- even though we only half believed that we could ever spot them- but as it turns out, we should have been looking harder!

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When we arrived two hours before the concert- our fellow Kpop fans were already there, getting hyped up.

This was our very first kpop concert, so we didn’t quite know what to expect.

It really felt like home- being around other kpop fans and sharing our excitement!

One cannot describe what it was like the moment Stray Kids came onto the stage- it was- just the most amazing thing!

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There was this dissonance between being able to actually physically see and be in the presence of people I’ve only ever seen on youtube. My brain told me it wasn’t possible- that they were on the other side of the world- and yet here they stood- right in front of me! Living, breathing, dancing , singing STRAY KIDS!

The screams were unbelievable- and while I never thought I would become a crazy fangirl and start tearing up my vocal chords- but I did, I just couldn’t help it.

For a detailed article on the concert click here.

The concert was the most phenomenal experience EVER, was worth every penny- and we are already planning our next concert…

To those doubters out there- ITS WORTH IT JUST GO at least once.

 

Drama Drop: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

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Title: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

Language: Korean

Episodes: 8

Release Date: April 18, 2019 Netflix

Starring: Ji Soo, Jin Young, Jung Chae-Yeon, Choi Ri, Kang Tae-Oh and Hong Ji-Yoon

I have been waiting with great anticipation for Netflix to air My First Love!

Ji Soo in the Lead

I was first introduced to Ji Soo through Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon and saw him again in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo- both in which he plays the diverted love interest. Here, FINALLY he gets the limelight he deserves and I am so thrilled!

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Plot

Tae-O (Ji Soo) is given his own house for his 20th birthday with the one condition that he is not allowed to have girls over. This plan goes awry when several of Tae-O’s friends show up at his door step, desperately needing a place to stay. This is the story of a group of five friends who are support each other through ups and downs which becomes a tangle of love triangles.

Tae-O and Song-Yi have known each other their whole lives and are best friends. They have each harbored feelings for each other at some point- but they never seem to align. When they each find love interests elsewhere, they hesitate to wonder if they should have been together with each other after all.

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While this show had now great plot, nor great action – it is FANTASTIC.

I am not usually a fan of the every-day-life style drama, but this one is a bit of a roller coaster. While most couples are pretty clear cut from the beginning of the drama- this one will leave you guessing – you heart torn besides the two leads who fight for Song-Yi’s affections.

With only 8 episodes, its a fast watch that is perfect for unwinding.

GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

 

Have you Watched this Drama?

What do you think of it?

let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

 

 

 

Seventeen’s New Album ‘You Made My Dawn’

 

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You Made My Dawn

Seventeen released their sixth mini album on January 25 2019 which includes six tracks.

  1. Good to Me
  2. Home (title)
  3.  Hug (포옹)
  4. Chilli (칠리)
  5. Shhh
  6. Getting Closer (숨이 차)

What does it Mean?

In an interview with Billboard in December 2018, the group was asked

What’s the meaning behind You Made My Dawn?

Joshua: The theme behind the album is the message of, “You made my darkness into dawn.” So basically, you know how dawn is between night and day? The sun comes in to make the night a little brighter and it progresses into day, right? That’s why we tried to compare the flow of emotions to the sun, and connect this album to the previous album You Make My Day.

How is this album related to You Make My Day?

Vernon: If you think of a story, [Dawn] should be like the prequel of You Make My Day. We want to give listeners a comfortable feel. You Make My Day was released in the summer, and this album’s going to be released in winter so obviously we want to match the seasons. Especially for this album, we tried to show more of our maturity. Just by listening to the sound and lyrics you can tell the difference from our previous albums with this album.

You released the song “Getting Closer” before the album’s release, and it’s quite different from “Home” stylistically. Why did the album’s release highlight these two songs in particular?

Joshua: Before this album came out we released “Getting Closer,” and the message we were trying to send was the condition one feels in the absence of love. “Home,” our title track, expresses the emotions felt when you’re in the presence of someone you love.

you can read the full interview here

Stats

The album reached No. 4 on Billboard’s World Album Chart in its first week, and earning one million on-demand US streams in the first week.

You Made my Dawn hit Heatseekers Albums Chart at number 13.

“Getting Closer” was the first of the tracks to be published on December 20 2018 as a teaser for the new album. This track did slightly better than the album’s title “Home”

To date, Seventeen’s most popular song was “Very Nice” which reached number 2 in 2016.

Their new release promises to keep them in the top ten.

Check out the details here

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The title track “Home” as well as “Good to Me” were composed by members Woozi, Bumzu and Seungkwan

You may already have seen that music video, but here’s an unofficial version of the song i’ll be you haven’t!

While I enjoyed the proper MV, this version featuring the guys in their pajamas is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!

Dancing with headbands, furry ears, sleep masks and sharing a toothbrush, these boys are just too cute.

Watch till the end- their snuggles should not be missed ❤

It been overlooked- but it really shouldn’t be!

So in love with Seventeen

Style

Seventeen continues to pursue EDM style in their songs such as “Home”. When asked “Why does this style suit Seventeen so much?” during a Billboard interview, the group answered:

Joshua: EDM is very suited for performances and dancing, so that’s why I think it suits us well. I think for every genre we try to make it into our own style.

Vernon: There are so many types of EDM, like songs that make you want to jump and get you all excited. But “Home” isn’t that kind of EDM, it’s like more comfortable to listen to.

Joshua: It’s mellow.

Vernon: We came up and practiced a performance that matches the song’s mellow mood. Yeah, we’re very satisfied with it.

Joshua: There’s a lyric that’s like, “We’ll be your home, and you’re our home. We’ll be your comfort, we’ll be the place you can cry alone, or the place you can love alone.” The place where you don’t have to care about what other people will think or say.

Vernon: Yea, it has a healing message, the song.

Read the full interview here

Behind the Scenes

Seventeen just posted a video on April 2nd, showing the team working on their newest album ‘You Made My Dawn’ featuring the song “Home”

Wonder what its like to be a member of seventeen? Check it out!

The Photo Shoot

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Who is your Seventeen bias?

What is your favourite song in the new album?

Let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

Pentagon Releases New Album ‘Genie:us’ 펜타곤

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Pentagon released their new mini album ‘Genie:us’ on March 27 and we are loving it!

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The album consists of 6 tracks

  1. Sha la la
  2. Lost Paradise
  3. Till…
  4. Alien
  5. Spring Snow
  6. Round 1

Check out their newest music video

Pentagon has mixed it up producing some serious songs along with their usual adorable selves ❤

‘Round 1’ is playful and super cute – just what you’d expect from the Pentagon that brought us ‘Shine’ and ‘Naughty boy’ and we LOVE IT

https://www.soompi.com/article/1042177wpp/pentagons-hui-responds-called-genius-songwriter

Head to this link to get detailed member profiles!

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Who is your Pentagon bias?

Do you have a favorite song?

What has been your favorite kpop song so far from 2019?

We want to hear from you!

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Stray Kids Release New Album ‘Cle 1: MIROH’

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Stray Kids have released a new album Cle 1: Miroh.

It is an 8 track album including:

  1. Entrance
  2. Miroh
  3. Victory Song
  4. Maze of Memories
  5. Boxer
  6. Chronosaurus
  7. 19
  8. Mixtape #4

The JYP group have been slef-producing innovative music since their debut a year ago.

The group though new, has their own unique sound, their music filled with bold and boisterous music and lyrics.

The new album “Miroh” is a play off of the word “miro” (maze).

Their previous three part album I am... experiments with ideas of self identity. This new album follows suit, navigating through our complex world.

“Miroh” the title piece, is a creative song filled with rhythms, chants, alarms, and animal sounds creating an impressive cacophony of sound. This intensive rap is the brainchild of 3RACHA -produced by Bang Chan, Han and Changbin.

This song is quite repetitive in its form bringing back the same chorus over and over. While this is in part a criticisms it made the music more accessible and gets it stick in your brain for days… I know it did for me. Going beyond the obvious reasons for the repetition, they redeemed themselves by making something musically interesting with this repetition. After introducing this thematic material in the “post-chorus” interlude they move into the first verse where Hyunjin and Changbin are rapping. Behind the foreground that is the rapping line, the rest of the group are repeating

Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going up over there
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going to fly higher
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going up over there
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh-oh woah-oh Higher
I’m going to fly higher

This creates a musical background for the instrumentals to harmonize as well as creating texture to the music through contrast; Rapping versus singing.

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In this song, you see principal rappers Changbin, Han, and Hyunjin laying down some sick raps, while Bang Chan is leading the song with vocals. While the use of a rap line to create different textures in the music is not a new concept, their rapping styles are each unique and enticing. Changbin is by far the harshest sounding. He creates intensity and darkness in the music with his speed, sharpness, precision, and raspiness of his voice. Following the style of Bangchan, Han matches in intensity and speed but sounds less like the devil is crawling out of his soul (in the best way possible). He also tends to rap a little bit higher in the register. Both these voices show extreme contrast when paralleled with Hyunjin’s softer style of rapping, and when they alternate between the two styles so quickly it creates an interesting musical texture.

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The song’s powerful message of “it’s not hard in this rough jungle” is an act of rebellion as the group declare their confidence. The song starts with only a few references to the jungle with the roar of the lion, but as the song becomes more intense musically and lyrically they begin adding in a lot of different sounds of animals, creating imagery of going deep into the jungle where the sounds can be overwhelming.

The choreography is heavily inspired by Haka, Māori culture a ceremonial warrior dance. Besides the visual quotation of the Haka they also use the music to reflect this by adding the yelling (used in the Haka) intermittently.

The song ends not with a conclusive cadence but drifting off repeating their thematic chorus material.

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While I fell in love with this band for the diversity of their music, their recent albums have leaned to a more serious side. Overall, this album gives the impression that they are identifying themselves as a serious music and we might not see as much “Get Cool” style songs.

I know I mainly talked about “Miroh”, but listen to all the other songs too! For some super cool rhythmic metre changes listen to Maze of Memories!

Also- Felix’s deep voice is highlighted beautifully in the new album and we can’t stop listening to it! Featured especially at the beginning of Miroh and throughout Victory Song look out for his deep, dare I say, sensual voice.

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Also listen for the french- I mean it could be a Canadian thing- but its SUPER SEXY

Check out this unique album following the Stray Kids coming of age story.

What do you think of the new album?

What is your favorite song?

Who is your Stray Kids Bias?

Let us know in the comments!

TXT Releases First Album: The Dream Chapter featuring ‘Crown’

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TXT just made their debut with their new song “Crown”

This song will be part of their first album The Dream Chapter: Star

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Here’s the album preview which will be released shortly

Update: Here’s the new album!

Big Hit Entertainment, best known for their band BTS, has put together fresh faces and a fresh sound.

This is Big Hit Entertainment’s first new group since the debut of BTS in 2013.

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Here’s the translation of the lyrics.

The song is a fun synth-pop track that highlights each of the members’ unique charms.

What can we say? they are absolutely ADORABLE!

What You Need To Know About the Band

TXT stands for Tomorrow X Together

The boy band has five members:

Soobin:

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-Leader, Vocalist
-December 5, 2000

Yeonjun:

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-Rapper, Vocalist, Dancer
-September 13 1999

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-Vocalist, Dancer
-March 13 2001

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-Vocalist
-February 5, 2002

Hueningkai:

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-Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
-August 14, 2002

Moving On?

BTS made their debut in 2013 and its members, Jin (26), Suga (25), J-Hope (25), RM (24), Jimin (23), V (23) and Jungkook (21) have reached their prime.

As the members age, we can’t help wonder how long they will continue to produce music together- will they continue to be the boy band we all know and love even well into their 30’s?

Will their popularity drop as the demographic changes? Will these sexy men continue to appeal to teenagers?

Maybe TXT is Big Hit Entertainment’s way of phasing in a new group before BTS phases out- carefully sculpting a group that the next generation of kpop fans will adore.

 

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Given how huge BTS has become, we’re sure that Big Hit Entertainment could only have chosen the best for their new group- and we are excited to watch them grow!

No matter how cute TXT is, BTS will always be in our hearts #BTSArmyforever

 

Who is your TXT Bias?

What do you think of Crown?