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!

Stray Kids Concert

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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.

 

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!

BTS New Album MAP OF THE SOUL: ‘Persona’

Full album to be released April 12th, they put forth a trailers song presumably setting the tone for the album.  According to sources, BTS based this album off the book JUNG’S MAP OF THE SOUL by Dr. Murray Stein. This exploration into the human psyche is the central theme of the album.

Their trailer song “Persona” has a very old school rap feel, reminiscent of their 2013 years from which they have deviated in the recent years. Rap monster goes solo in this song! You should check it out, and count the days, with us, till their new album drops!

 

Well BTS is at it again! This morning their new album Persona was released. As BTS becomes more popular and globalized their music has become even more introspective. The concept of this new album ‘Persona’ is based on the criti

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

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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

Beomgyu:

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-Vocalist, Dancer
-March 13 2001

Taehyun:

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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?

 

Stray Kids USA Tour 2019: Will You Be There?

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We were so excited to learn that Stray Kids will be making stops in the USA for their 2019 World Tour!

They will be in

  • Newark     May 15 2019
  • Los Angeles     May 17 2019
  • Houston     May 19 2019

You can find more details at this Link

Tickets went on sale yesterday morning March 2 2019 at 10:00.

After missing out on our chance to see BTS last August, Candace and I were absolutely devastated. We have been determined to find another concert to go to.

When we heard that Stray Kids was coming to the USA we decided this was our big chance and started making plans.

This will be our very first kpop concert and we are absolutely thrilled!

If you have any tips or tricks around attending big concerts please reach out and let us know!

We were up  bright and early watching the ticket-site’s countdown, ready to go.  We figured buying tickets would be easy- we knew which tickets we anted, were logged in on multiple devices and had the two of us to try and snag them. BOY WERE WE WRONG!

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Although we were among the first groups to be let onto the site, we kept clicking and clicking but were unable to buy tickets!

After what felt like ages, we were finally able to buy a single ticket- unsure of whether we would be able to snag another, we glanced at each other wondering how we would decide which of us would go to the event.

We kept fighting.

Thankfully, we were able to get another ticket, made the purchase and heaved a sigh of relief.

We were disappointing not to have gotten our hands on Hi-touch or photo op tickets, but were thankful just the same as we watched the auditorium sell out v=before our very eyes.

We couldn’t believe how fast it went!

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Shout out to veteran kpop concert goers: is this normal? do you have any tips on getting good seats? Please let us know!

As beginner Kpop fans, we’d like to learn and hear from you!

Will you be at the Stray Kids Concert?

What should we expect at a kpop concert?

Do you have any tips or tricks on buying tickets?

 

 

 

 

 

MONSTA X Releases New Album ‘We Are Here’

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We are huge fans of Monsta X and are so pumped that they have released their new album We Are Here.

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The album contains 10 songs

  • We are here
  • Alligator
  • Ghost
  • Play it cool
  • No Reason
  • Give me Dat
  • Turbulence
  • Rodeo
  • Stealer
  • Party Time

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The new album is a response to their previous 2018 album, Are you There? which included

  • Are you there?
  • Underwater
  • Shoot Out
  • Heart Attack
  • I do Love U
  • Mohae
  • Oh My!
  • Myself
  • By My Side
  • Spotlight

The new album’s Alligator is featured with its own music which shows MONSTA X in all their gory, fire, water- everything you want to see.

Ahhhh- I am so in love with this song

This album is darker and sexier than their previous album- they certainly pull out all the stops and #bringit to the table.

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We’ve found our new playlist that will be repeating constantly.

Everyone seems to be going crazy over rodeo, stealer and play it cool– we are curious to see which will make it to the top- they are all so good!

I just can’t stop listening to party time right now #mood. Loving the juxtaposition that one of the chillest songs in the album is called “party time”.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BOYS WE LOVE YOU

Also- I know I’m not the only one when I ask- PLEASE COME TO NORTH AMERICA ❤

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Which is your favorite song in the new album?

Who is  your favorite MONSTA X member?