[Review] On – BTS

We end the week with the return of the KPOP group that is breaking records left, right and centre. BTS has broken more ground that any other artist in KPOP ever in the industry. And yet they continue to do so with every comeback. Today, the group returns with On, the title track from their fourth Korean album, Map of The Soul: 7. The album also features all the tracks from their 2019 mini-album, Map of the Soul: Persona, including Boy With Luv. The album also features Black Swan and Interlude: Shadow, which were pre-releases back in January.

One of my previous complaints with BTS previous comebacks (they were still good songs) was that it was catered to the Western industry and consequently lost the darkness that I really enjoyed from BTS back in the day. While On isn’t totally a dark track like Fake Love or Blood Sweat and Tears, the song is a step in that direction with its edgy vibes. I love the marching drums in the instrumental. It keeps the song coming at you in a consistent manner, driving the song along with a subtle yet heavy intensity. The subtle voice synths (what is the technical terms for this?) in the chorus that were made to match the style of a rolling drum beat was also quite cool. The dance break took me by surprise when I heard the first time. It takes a slight trap influence and infuses it with brass and some electric guitar, which I think is really cool. The vocal work was superb (loving how Jin got more lines than usual) and the rapping was, as always, top notch.

The music video is awesome. There is an epic feel to the video thanks to the wide shot and the very familiar backdrop. I am sure it has appeared on other shows and videos before, but I recognize it from American Horror Story. The lighting is also quite bright, while everyone else is dressed in black. There is a strong contrast with the backup dancers and the scenery. In the end, the members pop, which I think is really cool. They are in a mixture of black and white, so they do standout in the crowd. I also liked how the video was set up and made to look like the members (for some parts) appear out of nowhere. Whether that is part of the choreography, I am not sure. But it looks fantastic either way.

The choreography was also a standout. The chorus, for one, was pretty memorable by the end of the music video. Especially when it came to the raining lyrics. The circular motions they made with their hands somehow keyed into my mind. The second part has to be the dance break. Intense, edgy and very tough, bringing me back to my favourite eras of BTS releases. I do wonder, with such an extravagant music video and routine setup, how they will pull off comeback stages. It is either going to be mind blowing or over the top.

Song – 10/10
Music Video – 10/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9.8/10


It is that time of the year where us fans need to do some hard decision making and vote for the best artist, song, performance etc. For the third year running, you will have a say on who was the best in each category.

I had a very hard job of nominating the groups, songs, performances etc. for this year. To the point where I let myself go and nominated 16 male and female groups each for Best Group Awards and 10 different music videos released in 2019. And now I hand over to you so that you can vote and collectively determine who is the best of the best in each category for 2019. Remember that your votes decide winner, excluding the Best Song of 2019, which is made up of 50% votes and 50% my personal Weekly Music Charts that I publish on Sundays (see below). 

Voting opens on the 1st of December (0:00 AM) and will continue until 31st of December (11:59PM), giving you all exactly one month to pick and choose who you think deserves the awards. After that, I will be creating a post that shows you who won each award (like at the start of this year).

Please make sure you read the special instructions under some categories as I have made some changes to the voting process (namely for the Best Male and Female Group awards).

And once again, you all will have the opportunity to choose the BEST SONG OF 2019. There are a number of ground rules for this category, however:

  • Select your Top 5 songs and enter them in the provided section at the end of the survey.
  • Include songs that were released between the dates of 1st of December 2018 and 30th of November 2019 ONLY. Songs released in December will not be considered this year (and will be considered for next year!).
  • Your votes will make up 50% of the criteria, whilst the other 50% will come from the Weekly Charts

Please note that all questions are mandatory. You will not be able to skip to through the survey until you answered all questions on the page. 

For those who are unable to see the survey above, please click the link here to be directed straight to the survey.

Good luck to all nominees and happy voting!!

[Special] 2018 KPOPREVIEWED End Of Year Charts

Welcome to the End of Year Charts for 2018. Yesterday, I announced the winners of each 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards categories, which you find by clicking here for the Artist based categories and here for the Song based categories. Congratulations to all the winners for that side of the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards.

For a few years now, I have been collating all the songs released in the year into one massive chart, to see which artist and song reigned supreme for the year. This year, the criteria were similar to the previous year. That is:

  • 50% of the End Of Year Charts was based on the weekly ranking from the Weekly Music Charts (i.e. my personal input) that I publish every Sunday.
  • 50% of the End Of Year Charts are the votes you had submitted through the voting period of the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. Each song you voted for was allocated 1 vote.

Due to the logistics of the post, I will only be posting the Top 100 songs below. If you wish to see the entirety of the rankings, simply click the link below the charts to see all rankings for the End of Year Charts.

Bolded in blue is the song that got the most votes from you all. Bolded in red are the 5 songs that I voted for during the voting period.

So without any more delays, I present to you the ranking for the End Of Year Charts!

Pos. Song Artist
1 Good Evening SHINee
2 Fake Love BTS
4 Love Scenario iKON
5 Boss NCT U
6 Shine Pentagon
7 I Love You EXID
8 Tempo EXO
9 Really Bad Boy Red Velvet
11 Siren Sunmi
13 Remember Me Oh My Girl
14 Oh My! Seventeen
15 Lullaby GOT7
16 Shoot Out Monsta X
17 Egotistic Mamamoo
18 Heroine Sunmi
19 Bad Boy Red Velvet
20 Secret Garden Oh My Girl
21 I’m So Sick APINK
22 Now or Never SF9
23 Hann (G)I-DLE
24 Regular NCT 127
25 Thanks Seventeen
26 Our Page SHINee
27 Starry Night Mamamoo
28 Wind Flower Mamamoo
29 Bingle Bangle AOA
30 Killing Me iKON
31 Simon Says NCT 127
33 Shinin’ Kim Jonghyun (SHINee)
34 La Vie en Rose IZ*ONE
35 Beautiful Pain BTOB
36 Shoot Me DAY6
37 Hi High LOONA
38 Dreams Come True WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
39 Time For The Moon Night GFriend
40 Spring Breeze Wanna One
41 Look GOT7
42 Complete ONF
43 Boom Boom Momoland
44 Save You Save Me WJSN
45 Only One For Me BTOB
46 Black Dress CLC
47 District 9 Stray Kids
48 No Air The Boyz
49 What Dream Catcher
50 Love Bomb fromis_9
52 Between Us Laboum
54 My Pace Stray Kids
55 Scientist VIXX
56 Baby It’s U Jung Sewoon
57 Jealousy Monsta X
58 I Want You SHINee
59 You and I Dream Catcher
60 That Day Lovelyz
61 Dance The Night Away TWICE
62 Boomerang Wanna One
63 LOST N FOUND Lovelyz
64 Goodbye Road iKON
65 Hot Potato N.Flying
66 Roller Coaster Kim Chungha
68 Crush Weki Meki
69 Tulips Snuper
70 Lil’ Touch SNSD-Oh!GG
71 Naughty Boy Pentagon
72 Paint Me Mamamoo
73 SOME (You’ll Be Mine) NATURE
74 Always You ASTRO
75 My Flower JBJ
76 We Go Up NCT Dream
77 Black Heart UNB
78 I.P.U Wanna One
79 Bam Momoland
80 I Am YOU Stray Kids
81 Ride On The Wind KARD
82 Power Up Red Velvet
83 Countless SHINee
84 To Heart Fromis_9
85 Love It Live It YDPP
86 Help Me NU’EST W
88 Blooming Days EXO-CBX
89 Sense UNB
90 Call Your Name JBJ
91 Not That Type Gugudan
93 Oh! My Mistake APRIL
94 Tell Me Infinite
95 What Is Love? Twice
96 Right Here The Boyz
97 Time Of Sorrow VICTON
98 Take Me Higher A.C.E
99 Woo Woo DIA
100 Get It Pristin V

For the entire ranking, click here to see the spreadsheet!

Thank you once again for voting and checking out this post! I can’t wait to see which song will reign supreme throughout 2019!

[Special] 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards – Song Categories Results

Welcome back to the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards! On the 1st of December 2018, I presented my readers with many categories filled with talented and deserving nominees for the 2018 KPORPEVIEWED Awards. For the month of December, all of you voted for your favourite artists and songs from January 2018 to November 2018. And today, I present to you who the winners of each category were.

This is the second section, which will look at the categories surrounding the artists including Best Male and Female Choreography, Best Album and Best Song of 2018.

In addition to the fan-voted categories, I have also included 5 categories that were not fan voted and I had personally selected the winners (or were determined throughout the year). They include Best Special Performance, Best Concept, Best Non-Title Track, Most Wins on Weekly KPOP Charts segment and Most Viewed Review of 2018. They are labelled clearly.

Each category (with the exception of the non-fan-voted categories) will have a WINNER (the artist that received the highest amount of fan votes), Honourable Mention (the artist/group that received the second highest amount of fan votes) and KPOPREVIEWED Choice (who I voted for).

So, drum roll please, for the winners of the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Artist categories.

Best Male Choreography

Nominees – Fake Love (BTS), Tempo (EXO), Lullaby (GOT7), Thanks (Seventeen), Now or Never (SF9), Black Heart (UNB)


WINNER – Thanks (Seventeen)
Honourable Mention – Fake Love (BTS)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Lullaby (GOT7)

Best Female Choreography

Nominees – Bingle Bangle (AOA), Woman (BoA), I Love You (EXID), Time For The Moon Night (GFriend), Siren (Sunmi), Dance The Night Away (TWICE)


WINNER – Woman (BoA)
Honourable Mentions – Siren (Sunmi) & Dance The Night Away (TWICE)

Best Special Performance

This is not a fan-voted category.


WINNER – Dreams Come True (WJSN) at KCON 2018 Japan

Best Music Video

Nominees – Bingle Bangle (AOA), DDU-DU DDU DU (BLACKPINK), Fake Love (BTS), Love Bomb (fromis.9), Really Bad Boy (Red Velvet), Now or Never (SF9), District 9 (Stray Kids), The Chance of Love (TVXQ), Yes or Yes (TWICE), Spring Breeze (Wanna One)


WINNER – Fake Love (BTS)
Honourable Mention – DDU-DU DDU-DU (BLACKPINK)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Fake Love (BTS)

Best Japanese Song Released by a Korean Artist

Nominees – Electric Kiss (EXO), Memoria (GFriend), Chain (NCT 127), Call Call Call (Seventeen), BDZ (TWICE)


WINNER – Electric Kiss (EXO)
Honourable Mention – Call Call Call (Seventeen)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Call Call Call (Seventeen)

Best Collaboration

Nominees – Still In Love (Lee Hong Ki & Yoo Hwe Sung), Wow Thing! (Seulgi, SinB, Kim Chungha, Kim Soyeon), Dinner (Suho & Jang Jae In), Page 0 (Taeyeon & Melomance), Love It Like It (YDPP)


WINNER – Wow Thing! (Seulgi, SinB, Kim Chungha, Kim Soyeon)
Honourable Mention – Still In Love (Lee Hong Ki & Yoo Hwe Sung)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Love It Like It (YDPP)

Song With Most Wins on Weekly KPOP Charts segment

This is not a fan-voted category


WINNER – Heroine (Sunmi) & Bingle Bangle (AOA)
[3 Weeks Each]

Most Viewed Review of 2018

This was not a fan-voted category


WINNER – Boom Boom (Momoland)

Best Concept

This was not a fan-voted category


WINNER – Love Bomb (fromis.9)

Best Non-Title Track

This is not a fan-voted category.


WINNER – Dystopia (Cross Gene)

Best Album

Nominees – Love Yourself: Answer (BTS), Don’t Mess With My Tempo (EXO), The Story of Light – Epilogue (SHINee), Something New (Taeyeon (SNSD)), 1÷x = 1 (Undivided) (Wanna One)


WINNER – The Story of Light – Epilogue (SHINee)
Honourable Mention – Love Yourself: Answer (BTS)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Love Yourself: Answer (BTS)

Best Song of 2018

Nominees – All title tracks released from January 2018 to November 2018.
The following song had the highest fan votes in the Best Song of 2018 category. The fan votes in this category will also contribute to 50% of the End Of The Year charts.


WINNER – Good Evening (SHINee)

And that completes the Song Categories for the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. The Artist Categories were previously posted so you can access it by clicking here!

And for the End of Year Charts – they will be out tomorrow. I will update this post with the link once it is out.

Thank you for all voting and checking out who you all selected to be the winners! I hope to do this again for 2019!

[Special] 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards – Artist Categories Results

Welcome back to the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards! On the 1st of December 2018, I presented my readers with many categories filled with talented and deserving nominees for the 2018 KPORPEVIEWED Awards. For the month of December, all of you voted for your favourite artists and songs from January 2018 to November 2018. And today, I present to you who the winners of each category were.

This is the first section, which will look at the categories surrounding the artists including Best New Groups, Best Female and Male Groups and many others.

Each category will have a WINNER (the artist/group that received the highest amount of fan votes), Honourable Mention (the artist/group that received the second highest amount of fan votes) and KPOPREVIEWED Choice (who I voted for).

So, drum roll please, for the winners of the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Artist categories.

Best New Male Group

Nominees – ATEEZ, NOIR, Stray Kids, The Boyz, UNB


WINNER – Stray Kids
Honourable Mention – The Boyz
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – The Boyz

Best New Female Group

Nominees – fromis.9, (G)I-DLE, IZ*ONE, LOONA, NATURE


Honourable Mention – LOONA
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – fromis.9

Best New Soloist

Nominees – Kim Dong Han, Leo (VIXX), LONGGUO, SOHEE (ELRIS), Yuri (SNSD)


Honourable Mention – Leo (VIXX)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Kim Dong Han

Rising Star

Nominees – (G)I-DLE, Lovelyz, Momoland, Oh My Girl, Pentagon


Honourable Mention – Pentagon
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Momoland

Most Underrated Artist of the Year

Nominees – A.C.E, CLC, N.Flying, KARD, Snuper


Honourable Mention – CLC
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – N.Flying

Best Unit Group / Subunit

Nominees – EXO-CBX, NCT 127, NCT Dream, Oh My Girl BANHANA, SNSD-Oh!GG


Honourable Mention – SNSD-Oh!GG

Best Male Solo Artist

Nominees – Eric Nam, Hwang Chi Yeul, Jung Sewoon, Samuel, Seungri (Big Bang)


WINNER – Seungri (Big Bang)
Honourable Mention – Eric Nam
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Eric Nam

Best Female Solo Artist

Nominees – BoA, Hyolyn, Kim Chungha, Sunmi, Taeyeon (SNSD)


WINNER – Taeyeon (SNSD)
Honourable Mention – Sunmi

Best Band

Nominees – DAY6, IZ, N,Flying, The East Light, The Rose


Honourable Mention – The Rose

Best Raps

Nominees – B.I (iKON), Ilhoon (BTOB), Jooheon (Monsta X), Mino (WINNER), RM (BTS)


Honourable Mention – Mino (WINNER)
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Jooheon (Monsta X)

Best Vocals

Nominees – BOL4, BTOB, Hwang Chi Yeul, Mamamoo, Minseo


WINNER – Mamamoo
Honourable Mention – BTOB
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Mamamoo

Best Male Group

Nominees – BTOB, BTS, EXO, GOT7, iKON, Monsta X, NCT, NU’EST W, Pentagon, Seventeen, SF9, SHINee, VIXX, Wanna One, Winner


Honourable Mention – SHINee

Best Female Group

Nominees – AOA, APRIL, BLACKPINK, CLC, Dream Catcher, EXID, GFriend, Lovelyz, Mamamoo, Momoland, Oh My Girl, Red Velvet, TWICE, Weki Meki, WJSN (Cosmic Girls)


WINNER – Red Velvet
Honourable Mention – BLACKPINK
KPOPREVIEWED Choice – Mamamoo

Artists Who Topped The Weekly KPOP Charts The Most in 2018

This is not a fan-voted category


WINNER – Monsta X, Seventeen & Sunmi

And that completes the Artist Categories for the 2018 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. The Song Categories will be unveiled shortly and you can access it by clicking here!

And for the End of Year Charts – they will be out tomorrow. I will update this post with the link once it is out.

Thank you for all voting and checking out who you all selected to be the winners! I hope to do this again for 2019!

Recap of 31st Golden Disk Awards + Thoughts

The 31st Golden Disk Awards was held on the 13th and 14th of January 2017, for the artists who the best and most successful acts of 2016. The award ceremony is split into two nights. The 13th of January was dedicated to the digital charts and the 14th of January focused on the album charts.

The first night was hosted by Hwang Chi Yeol, Seohyun and Jung Yong Hwa, while the second night was hosted by Kang Sora and Sung Si Kyung. Mostly everyone who won an award on those nights performed on stage with the exception of Lim Chang Jung, Bang Shi Hyuk and Jaejoong (JYJ). Uhm Jung Hwa, Gain (Brown Eyed Girls) and Rain was invited to perform as special guests.

Here is a recap of the awards:
Disk Daesang (Album Of The Year) – EX’ACT (EXO)
Digital Daesang (Song Of The Year) – Cheer Up (Twice)
Disk Bonsang (Best Artist) – Monsta X, Seventeen, GOT7, Infinite, VIXX, BTS, EXO, Taemin (SHINee), SHINee.
Digital Bonsang (Best Artist) – Twice, Mamamoo, GFriend, Urban Kakapa, Suzy & Baekhyun, Lee Hi, Zico (Block B), Taeyeon (SNSD), Lim Chang Jung.
Best New Artist – BlackPink, Bolbbalgan4, NCT 127, I.O.I
Popularity Award – SHINee
Best R&B / Soul – Crush
Best Band – CN Blue
Best OST – Gummy (You Are My Everything)
Asian Choice Award – Jaejoong (JYJ)
Ceci Asian Icon Award – Red Velvet, EXO
Global KPOP Artist Award – BTS
Best Performance Male Group – Sechs Kies
Best Performance Female Group – Sistar
Best Producer Award – Bang Shi Hyuk

The awards were fair. The artists for both digital and physical album awards did make a lot of sense. I am amazed at how little girl groups were present for the physical album night (second night). The only group there was Red Velvet and I am equally surprised that they didn’t win a bonsang for last year’s releases.

With regards to the performances, I was quite disappointed with the first night. Everything felt plain and very typical. The only standout was Zico’s medley performance. Not a major hip-hop or RnB fan when it comes to Korean music, but his performance was the only one I grooved along that night. I feel like Taeyeon’s performance would have been amazing (as it is an awesome song) but it was unfortunately riddled with audio and microphone issues.

The second night was much more promising. I guess the first night failed to do it for me because there were different genres, so of which I don’t really listen to. The second night was more KPOP centred. Seventeen’s performance was good, but why did they do their 2015 songs as well? They should have done rearrangements of Very Nice and Boom Boom as well. The hypocrite within is resurfacing because while I say that about Seventeen’s performance, I thought BTS’s medley of songs (from their debut to Fire) was amazing. Even if the Blood Sweat and Tears part was for transition, I need a full remix because it sounded amazing as well.  Infinite had a freaking bomb-ass stage with their dance breaks in the song. Finally, I really liked the For Life song (it grew even more on me) and when I heard they were going to perform, I was quite overjoyed. It was the one performance I waited for and they performed the track perfectly (luckily, no audio problems).

I think that will be it for this segment. I intended for this one to be up the weekend after the two nights, but I kept pushing it back. WordPress kept reminding me about it and at one point, I actually trashed it. But I ended reviving it and here it is. So just to notify you, I will not be doing for SMA 2017 and the Gaon Chart Awards.


Recap of MAMA 2016 + Thoughts

It has been a month and a half since the MAMA awards ceremony. Do you remember much from it? Well, here I am with another recap of the MAMA 2016. As we all know, MAMA is one of the biggest award ceremonies that celebrates South Korean music in 2016. It also looks at the achievements of artists and music within the Asian continent, as well. Once again, this year the ceremony was held in Hong Kong on the 2nd of December 2016.

So who attended the awards? Well, YG Entertainment artists were a no show for this award ceremony, which is considered odd, as they tend to go to the MAMA awards and sweep the awards each year. Instead, the performances during the ceremony came from: GOT7, BTS, EXO, NCT, Taemin (SHINee), GFriend, Twice, I.O.I, Seventeen, Red Velvet, Taeyeon (SNSD), Monsta X, Suzy (Miss A), Zico (Block B), Dean, Crush, Eric Nam, BeWhy, Lee Juck, Ko Sang Ji, Yoo Ah In and Yiruma. NCT Dream, I.O.I and SF9 performed on the red carpet. The MAMA awards also invite international artists to perform on the show and this year they invited Timbaland, Gallant and Wiz Khalifa.

Who won an award? See below!
Best New Male Artist – NCT127
Best New Female Artist – I.O.I
Best Male Vocal Performance – Crush ft. Taeyeon (Don’t Forget)
Best Female Vocal Performance – Ailee (If You)
Best Male Dance Performance – BTS (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
Best Female Dance Performance – GFriend (Rough)
Best Solo Dance Performance – Taemin (Press Your Number)
Best Collaboration / Subunit – Suzy & Baekhyun (Dream)
Best Rap Performance – Cjamm & BeWhy (Puzzle)
Best Band Performance – CN BLUE (You’re So Fine)
Best Male Group – EXO
Best Female Group – Twice
Best Male Artist – Zico
Best Female Artist – Taeyeon
Best Music Video – BlackPink (Whistle)
Best Album (Album of the Year) – EXO (EX’ACT)
Best Song (Song Of The Year) – Twice (Cheer Up)
Best Artist (Artist Of The Year) – BTS
However, the list does not stop there. There are few extra awards given out to the Korean artists. Also, there were also awards given to other Asian artists for their success. While I won’t be listing those awards, you can check Wikipedia’s page for the 2016 MAMA awards for the winners.
World Performer Award – Seventeen
Worldwide Favourite Artist – GOT7
Best of Next Artist Award – Monsta X & BlackPink
Best Producer – Black Eyed Pilseung
Best Asian Style – EXO
On top of all of that:
Best International Producer: Timbaland

Awards first. Thought it was okay. There were some which I didn’t agree with such as Best Music Video, Best Band, Best Rap, Best New Male Artist but those who won those awards also deserved it as well. I think the Daesangs (Song, Album and Artist of the Year awards) were what everyone expected, so no surprises there. I honestly did not expect Crush to win Best Male Vocal Performance. Clearly, he didn’t as well.

In terms of the performances, this has to be one of the messiest MAMA awards that I have ever seen. Incorrect artists names were written on the screen, performances were unappealing, an anticipated performance was removed. And that is probably what we saw on the outside. Imagine what happened behind the curtains! The worst performance was, by far, Timbaland’s collaboration with Eric Nam. Eric Nam put in his fair share of effort. Timbaland, like everyone is saying, had no idea what he was doing there. And besides his award, we don’t either.

So whose performances did I like? Seventeen & GFriend’s collaboration, I.O.I and Twice’s stage (just minus the cringeworthy introduction) and BTS’s stage. Everything else just seemed a little underwhelming. You can judge and watch the performances above. The playlist only contains Korean songs, so Timbaland’s collab with Eric Nam is not there. As mentioned above, MAMA is one of the biggest ceremonies of the year, so I did expect a lot. Maybe I am just harsh or unappreciative. Sadly, I just was not enjoying the stages this year.

Okay, so that is my recap and thoughts on the MAMA awards. Comment below with your favourite performance! Maybe you enjoyed the show more than me.


Recap of MelOn Music Awards 2016 + Thoughts

Look at the time, it has already been 2 months. The 2016 MelOn Music Awards were held on the 19th of November 2016. The award show is one of the few awards shows that focuses on the digital side of KPOP and is centred around the MelOn Charts and fan votes.

The show invited a range of artists to perform on the stage this year. The lineup included: BeWhy, 10cm, Seventeen, Mamamoo, BlackPink, Jung Eunji (APINK), Red Velvet, I.O.I, iKON, Twice, Zico (Block B), GFriend, BTS, Sechs Kies and EXO. Other artists (such as AKMU, Bolbbalgan4, Hong Jin Young, Yoo Mi Rae), actors and comedians were in attendance as well.

Below are the winners on the night. Afterwards, I have left some comments regarding some awards:
Top 10 Artist – Twice, Taeyeon, Red Velvet, Zico (Block B), GFriend, EXO, BTS, Mamamoo, BeWhy, AKMU
Best New Artist – BlackPink
Best Rap/Hip Hop – Zico ft. Zion T (Eureka)
Best Ballad – Jung Eun Ji (Hopefully Sky) & Lim Chang Jung (The Love I Committed)
Best RnB & Soul– Suzy & Baekhyun (Dream)
Best Rock – Ha Hyun Woo (Don’t Cry)
Best OST – Yoo Mi Rae (Always)
Best Trot – Hong Jin Young (Thumbs Up)
Best Male Dance – EXO (Monster)
Best Female Dance – GFriend (Rough)
Best Folk – 10cm (What The Spring??)
Best Indie – Bolbbalgan4 (Galaxy)
Netizen Popularity Award – EXO (Monster)
Hot Trend Award – Zico
Best Music Video – Red Velvet (Russian Roulette)
Song Writer Award – Hitman Bang
MBC Music Star Award – Seventeen
QQ Asia Artist Award – iKON
Kakao Artist Award – EXO
Hall Of Fame Award – Sechs Kies
Album Of The Year (Daesang) – BTS (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever)
Song Of The Year (Daesang) – Twice (Cheer Up)
Artist Of The Year (Daesang) – EXO

I think the awards overall were fair. They summarised 2016 pretty well. So, I am not sure why people are so ticked off that their favourites didn’t win this and win that. But I guess it is just something we have to just get used to, given the competition. Sure, it was disappointing for I.O.I as they were the only invited guest to perform on the show to not win an award. I am sure the people behind this award show could have pulled an award out of thin air for them (A particular award show in Korea gave out numerous awards recently, but I am quite sure they all mean the same thing – just renamed differently). Also, I always thought Jung Eun Ji’s song was folk, but for some reason, it was categorised as a ballad in this show.

Moving along to performances: only a few caught my attention. The award show overall felt a little empty. Seventeen’s little remix for Very Nice sounded really amazing (full version please!) and their dance intro looked really cool. BTS had a spectacular interlude (I don’t know what to call that small segment between Blood Sweat & Tears and Fire), that was truly lit (I debated whether to write that, otherwise it would have said – ‘their performance was on Fire’). GFriend had a very beautiful stage, with Yuju’s beautiful/powerful vocals and that really nice butterfly effect and their award-worthy dancing. I also loved their orchestra remix (that was overpowered by the original instrumental) of Rough.

Highlight of the night would probably BTS’s reaction to winning the Daesang. Those few seconds where they had to do a double-take and make sure that they actually won.

And that is just the recap, my thoughts on the awards and performances for the 2016 Melon Music Awards. Do check back because I will be posting recaps and thoughts for other awards shows as I finish them.

Recap of Gaon Chart KPOP Awards 2015 + Thoughts

The final award ceremony in this very busy season. The 5th Gaon Chart KPOP Awards was held on the 17th of Feburary of this year, to celebrate achievements of artists in 2015 on the widely known KPOP chart. For those who don’t know, the Gaon Chart is one of the important charts and well publicised chart in South Korea, which is known for calculating weekly and monthly rankings for songs, albums, karaoke, social media and many other categories. The award ceremony is based on performance of each artist, along with recorded values from the year 2015 and also popularity voting.

This year, the award show was hosted by Leeteuk (Super Junior) and Yura (Girl’s Day). Artists who attended the show included: Big Bang, EXO, Mad Clown, GFriend, VIXX, BTS, Red Velvet, Seventeen, iKON, Taeyeon (SNSD), Zico (Block B), Mino (Winner), Kang Seung Yoon (Winner), Baek Ah Yeon, B.A.P, AOA Cream, Zion.T, Lee Ae Ran, So Chan Whee and Hyukoh. Psy and Miss A (Min and Fei only) attended the award show to accept awards, but did not perform.

To recap the awards, it was a very long list and also had a hard time of trying to work out how to present it. I split it into 3 parts to make it easy for me to type it out and for you to read it all.

Artist Of The Year (Song)
January – Mad Clown
February – Naul
March – MC Mong
April – Miss A
May – Big Bang
June – Big Bang
July – Big Bang
August – Big Bang
September – iKON
October – Taeyeon (SNSD)
November – Zico
December – Psy

Artist Of The Year (Album)
1st Quarter – EXO
2nd Quarter – EXO
3rd Quarter – Super Junior
4th Quarter – EXO

New Artist Of The Year – iKON, GFriend
Discovery Of The Year (World Rookie) – Seventeen, AOA
Discovery Of The Year (Hot Trend) – Baek Ah Yeon, B.A.P
Long Run Song Of The Year – Naul’s “You in The Same Time”
Popular Singer Of The Year – So Chan Whee (Tears)
International Song Of The Year – Adele’s Hello
Hot Performance Of The Year – Red Velvet, VIXX
Best Hip Hop – Mino (Winner)
Best Indie – Hyukoh
Best Trot – Lee Ae Ran
Best R&B – Zion.T
Mobile Popularity Vote Award – EXO
Weibo Kpop Star Award – Sehun (EXO)
KPOP World Hallyu Star Special Award – BTS
Most Influential Group of Asia – Big Bang
Composer Of The Year – Black Eyed Pilseung
Lyricist Of The Year – Kim Eana
Best Back Up Vocal – Lee Tae Yoon
Best Instrumental – Kang Sung Ho
Best Cheographer – Yama & Hot Chicks
Best Stylist – Ji Eun
Producer Of The Year – Yang Hyun Suk (YG Entertainment)

Not technically sure how I can judge this, since most of the awards are based on the values of purchases or downloads. I find it odd how AOA got the World Rookie award. Not that I am really complaining, but they have been in the industry for around 4 years now, so a rookie award for them seems a little weird. And B.A.P for Hot Trend seems a little far fetched. Last time I checked, they were not a trend last year nor did their comeback achieve such an award in my eyes. Big Bang took out the most awards this year with 4 Artist of the Year Months awards and Most Influential Group of Asia . EXO followed closely behind with 4 awards, 3 of which were Artist Of the Year Album Awards and the Mobile Populairty Award. I don’t consider Sehun’s award to be EXO’s award, but if I did count it, Big Bang and EXO would have been even. Congrats to Big Bang, EXO and all other award recipients.

Talking about Big Bang, apparently, they only appeared at their table when it was their award or when they were performing. That is what I am reading online. Now I was not there, so I cannot really judge them, but if that was the case: Taeyang should never have said anything because now he sounds like a hypocrite. Think back to Taeyang at the MAMA awards, in which he was said he was disappointed in nearly everyone leaving just before Big Bang’s Artist of The Year award. They left because of schedules and how MAMA was poorly planned. I haven’t seen nor can I think of any other reason to why Big Bang would not have sat at their table like all other bands. I personally don’t care if he is royalty or a hard to approach sunbae,  it is just out of respect that you support other people’s stage. While I cannot confirm if this actually occurred, it just makes Big Bang look like they did not give a damn about anyone else but themselves. Hopefully, they were out and about during the show and that people are just picking up on how they disappeared behind the stage just for an excessive amount of times. After all, if you are successful, people will attack you for the littlest of things.

Performance wise, probably the crappiest stage to date. Maybe because I have been recapping these performances, but none of them seems to bring anything new or different to the table. Really disappointed that AOA did not perform as a whole group. Not a big fan of them, but they got an award as a whole, so I really wanted to see them perform. Really suprised about Lee Ae Ran’s and So Chan Whee’s stages. I thought they would not get any attention (since everyone just want to see their bias or bias’ band), but they managed to prove me wrong and bring everyone together. I personally loved So Chan Whee’s stage. So many supported Lee Ae Ran’s speech, which surprised me but also put a smile on my face.

And that is it. All of the big awards ceremonies have been recapped. How did you like this small segment? Did you like it or was it a waste of time? Please leave comments below. This one was a long one, to be honest, but we got there.


Recap of Golden Disk Awards 2016 + Thoughts

Probably one of the biggest award ceremonies for music and also probably one of the most prestigious, the 30th Golden Disk Awards (GDA) was held on the 20th to the 21st of January 2016. The GDA was supposed to be held in China but was moved back to South Korea due to the recent earthquakes that occurred there just 1 or two weeks before the scheduled event. Even though many people were shocked and feared the award ceremony would be either postponed or cancelled, the ceremony went off without a single hiccup and was broadcast live in both Korea and China.

What I like about this particular awards is that is focuses on both the physical albums and downloaded songs of the year. In other words, more awards for everyone. It is also nice to see who excelled in what (hahahaha…). The digital awards were handed out on the 20th of January, while the physical album awards were handed out on the 21st of January. The award show on the first night was hosted by Jun Hyun Moo, Kim Jong Kook and Seohyun (SNSD). The second night was hosted by Jun Hyun Moo, Leeteuk (Super Junior) and Krystal (F(x)) I have recapped the award winners on the two nights below.

Disk Daesang (Album Of The Year) – EXODUS (EXO)
Digital Daesang (Song Of The Year) – Loser (Big Bang)
Disk Bonsang (Best Artist) – APINK, VIXX, F(x), BTS, CNBLUE, Jonghyun (SHINee), EXO, Beast, Super Junior
Digital Bonsang (Best Artist) – Red Velvet, EXID, AOA, Zion.T, Park Jin Young, Sistar, Taeyeon (SNSD), Kyuhyun (Super Junior), Big Bang, Girl’s Generation
Best New Artist – GFriend, iKON, Seventeen, Twice
Popularity Award – SHINee
Best Rap / Hip Hop – SanE
Best Rock – Hyukoh
Global Popularity Award – EXO
Best Group Vocal Award – BTOB
Best Solo Vocal Award – Jung Yonghwa (CN Blue)
Best Male Artist Award – Big Bang
Best Female Artist Award – Taeyeon (SNSD)
Next Generation Star Award – Monsta X

Once again, this wide spread of award winners seem to be more representative of main stream KPOP. Not that I am complaining. Most of the award recipients were similar to the Seoul Music Award 2016, however a lot more artists won in this ceremony, since their was more rewards. Not that I am being a hater or anything, but Kyuhyun’s bonsang award seems a little far fetched. From memory (correct me if I am wrong though), his song never charted high on the charts and likewise Super Junior barely makes an impact on the digital side of the music industry. So I am a little suspicious of how he managed to get an award for a digital bonsang. Saying that, he did sell a lot. Like a lot on the physical side. But beside that, I think it was a nice range of artists who won and I think it is accurate (as in which artists managed to shine the brightest in 2015).

I really need to think of ways to start off the different sections, but once again… I think out of the all the ceremonies that have already been broadcast (NOTE: I am typing this prior to the Gaon Chart Awards), GDA has the best performances. Why? Because many of the artists performed multiple songs and I really enjoy how some artists (or their producers) integrate different songs together. GFriend, Red Velvet, EXID, Seventeen and BTS had the best stages on the nights. Some artists performed some songs that were released in the past (in previous years, such as EXID’s Up & Down, VIXX’s Error, Sistar’s Touch My Body etc.), which I kind of liked, but, the songs were released last year… so maybe a little outdated. But overall, the performances, I think, were to a very high standard and pleased me (*points at myself* and *acting as the biggest critic of all time*).

Below are just the few performances that I found and slapped together in a playlist format in no particular order.

For a last minute change to the ceremony, it managed to do pretty well in my books. Awards, performances. Everything was just great. There is one more to go of this season’s award ceremonies, which will be coming out in the coming days. Until then, bye!!


Recap of Seoul Music Awards 2015 + Thoughts

The Seoul Music Awards is one of the award ceremonies held the year after for the year before. For example, the award ceremony for the 25th Seoul Music Award was held in 2016, but celebrates the flourishing artists of 2015. Understand yet? Well now that hard to understand concept has been dealt with, the 25th Seoul Music Award ceremony was held on the 14th of January 2016, in Seoul. It is said that this award ceremony is one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies for the year as it recognises the popular and talented artists of the year. Selection process for winners on the night are as follow: 20% mobile votes, 10% Popularity Polls, 40% music sales (both digital and physical album sales) and 30% judging panel’s scores. Only artists who released singles or albums in 2015 are eligible to win.

Like all ceremonies, a number of actors, actresses and other celebrities attended the event to give out awards. The night was hosted by Jun Hyun Moo, EXID’s Hani and Honey Lee. All artists that received the award on the night performed on stage (minus those whose awards were accepted on their behalf by label mates – Big Bang is who I am trying to refer to).

Just to recap the awards winners of the night:
Bonsang Awards – EXID, Red Velvet, Taeyeon (SNSD), VIXX, Yoon Mi Rae, Zion.T, BTS, EXO, APINK, Sistar, Big Bang & SHINee.
Best New Artist – iKON, GFriend, Seventeen
Performance Award – Hyukoh
Best Trot Award – Hong Jin Young
Best RnB Award – Sane
Best Ballad Award – BTOB
Best OST Award – Jang Jae In (performed with Wonwoo (Seventeen) on the night)
Male Dance Performance Award – Monsta X
Female Dance Performance Award – Ailee
Mobile Popularity Award – Kim Junsu (JYJ)
Hallyu Special Award – EXO
Record Of The Year (Digital Release) – Bang Bang Bang (Big Bang)
Record Of The Year (Physical Release) – Kiss My Lip (BOA)
Daesang Award (Best Artist Of The Year) – EXO

The Bonsang awards seem to be more representative of the mainstream KPOP this year. Finally, Seventeen get their Best New Artist award that I think they truly deserve. Most likely they got it for their record breaking album sales. And finally some people decided to pay attention to BTOB. I am not technically fond of their ballads in the past year, but hey, it looks like South Korea is finally paying attention to them. Ailee’s award is one I am not exactly sure of. I don’t think it was the best dance performance of the year. I think that belongs to a particular rookie who was present on the night as well. Regarding Kim Junsu, who was apparently not invited to the ceremony despite winning a key award on the night, there is some shady business going on. But hopefully, when this matter is resolved, justice for Junsu and JYJ will occur. 2015 was a step forward for them, with the introduction of the JYJ Law.

Ailee should not have been pestered for the cameras catching her “on her mobile”. The netizens make it sound like she was too busy texting another person or was too busy looking at pictures of food. Put simply, she was just downloading an app to support SHINee and was later seen supporting Boa. People should really see the bigger picture (or in this case, wait for it) before making a big deal out it. Also, Boa’s award. Even though it was nice to see her win something, I agree with a lot of people who say she got the award just because of her senior status. It was her 15 year anniversary and she probably wouldn’t have received any award for her album if she debuted later on. Also, Starship should not deprive Sistar of any chances to get on the stage. They looked like they really enjoyed being there and were probably excited for their first stage together in what seemed to be 6 months.

Performance wise, I actually did not pay that much attention to the performances in this ceremony. Some of them were disappointing to watch, while others just did not appeal to me or make me want to watch. All I am going to say is the few that I did manage to watch (mainly the first half) were okay. Just minus the introduction for EXID’s performance. That was shocking. Stand out was probably GFriend’s intro. While their fan chant came to a close second. I don’t why I feel that way regarding the performances, I just was not feeling it. For the past few years which I have been watching the SMA ceremonies, their performances are by far the weakest of all ceremonies. Below I have put a handful of performances that I could quickly find into a playlist from the night.

Well, that is it for my wrap up of the Seoul Music Awards 2016. Hopefully, next year is better. Less controversy and better stages required to make this an award ceremony that I can look forward to.


Recap of MelOn Music Awards 2015 and Thoughts

The MMA or MelOn Music Awards were held on the 7th of November 2015. MelOn does not refer to the fruit but rather the music chart and on-line music store in South Korea. It is held by LOEN Entertainment, which owns the music distribution company. The music award has its own unique criteria where it only calculates digital sales of artists in the past year and incorporate these sales with on-line votes of fans.

The following artists, groups and actors attended the ceremony: Big Bang, Yoona (SNSD), Hyukoh, Hyorin & Dasom (Sistar) (did not perform), Toy (did not perform), APINK, Zion.T, Sane, iKON, GFriend, Mad Clown (did not perform), Hong Jin Young, BTS, Red Velvet, EXID, Monsta X, Winner (did not perform). Actors, actresses and other celebrities attended the night as presenters.

The show on the night was hosted by Yoo Byung Jae and Seo Kang Joon. They were shortly joined by Lee Boo Yi, Kim Shin Young, Kim So Hyun & Irene (Red Velvet). The red carpet was hosted by Youngji (Former Member of Kara) and Seo Yuri.

Below are the winners on the night. Afterwards, I have left some comments regarding some awards:
Top 10 Artist – SHINee, Girl’s Generation, Hyukoh, Toy, Big Bang, Sistar, EXO, APINK, Zion.T, Sane.
Best New Artist – iKON & GFriend
Best Rap/Hip Hop – Mad Clown ft. Jinsil (Fire)
Best Ballad – Baek Ah Yeon ft. Young K (Shouldn’t Have)
Best RnB – Naul (Living In The Same Time)
Best Rock – Kim Sung Gyu (The Answer)
Best OST – Loco & Yuju (Spring Is Gone By Chance)
Best Trot – Hong Jin Young (Love WiFi)
Best Pop – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk)
Best Male Dance – BTS (I Need U)
Best Female Dance – Red Velvet (Ice Cream Cake)
Best Folk – 10cm (Sseudam Sseudam)
Best Indie – Standing Egg ft. Wheein & Obroject Yundak (The Sunlight Hurts)
Netizen Popularity Award – Big Bang (Bang Bang Bang)
Hot Trend Award – Infinite Challenge (Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival)
Best Music Video – Park Jin Young ft. Jessi (Who’s Your Mama?)
Song Writer Award – Teddy
MBC Music Star Award – EXID
1theK Performance Award – Monsta X
Album Of The Year (Daesang) – EXODUS
Song Of The Year (Daesang) – Bang Bang Bang
Artist Of The Year (Daesang) – Big Bang

I personally think above is a fair spread for award winners. While I am not knowledgeable to comment on categories such as Best Indie and Best Folk, the rest show 2015 in its glory. Once again, I think Seventeen deserves the Best New Artist award and GFriend finally got what they deserved (it’s a good thing. Kind of sounded like I was hinting at something bad). Sistar and APINK’s Top 10 awards caught me off guard since they were quickly taken over by other artists on the digital charts and failed to be up to par with the other artists. I am glad to see Kim Sung Gyu win something for his album. It was really good.

And as per usual, there were performances that night from the groups who won awards. Performers included: Hyukoh, Big Bang, APINK, Zion.T, Sane, BTS, EXID, Red Velvet, Monsta X, iKON and GFriend. It would have been nicer to see some more artists who won from the night perform. I think best performance of the night was BTS with their cool jackets that had light coming off them. A very large portion of the show was dedicated to Big Bang, which had people talking. Sure, they won a lot of award, but I agree with majority of the audience. Big Bang’s performances just made it feel like one Big Bang concert. Sure, they won prestigious awards, but it just robbed the other artists of their night, who also put hard effort into making 2015 their year. Would have I gotten angry over the fact they turned the award show into a mini concert? No, but maybe they should have dropped one or two songs.

Overall, I think MMA15 was pretty fair. They had a large variety of winners (mainly because they have a lot of categories) and minus that small complaint regarding the performances, the show was great. Oh, but damn was the presentation of the awards cringe worthy. Probably this ceremony takes the award for  “Worst Presentation of Awards” award. Could have done it in a way where the presenters did not feel that ashamed of themselves.



Recap of MAMA 2015 and Thoughts

Did you forget about the MAMA awards held by MNET in 2015? Or are we all trying to forget it for its bias and unfair system? Well, don’t fret, I am here to remind you of the disappointment or joy that you felt.

The MNET Asian Music Awards (or MAMA) was held on the 2nd of December in… Hong Kong. Again. Voting for the awards began in October of the same year and I thought there was a fair range of nominees and the committee selected a variety if talents for each award.

The following artists attended and performed at the awards ceremony: Taeyeon (SNSD), GOT7, BTS, Hyuna (4 minute), Park Ji Young, Seventeen, Monsta X, F(x), SHINEE, EXO, Big Bang, iKON, Zion.T, Crush, Sane. 2NE1 & Psy. Pet Shop Boys were invited as special guest performers on the night. Red Velvet, Twice, Tiffany and Seohyun from SNSD also attended by did not perform.

I have recapped the winners below. I shall give some comments afterwards regarding the winners.
Best New Male Artist – iKON.
Best New Female Artist – Twice.
Best Male Vocal Performance – Zion.T (Eat)
Best Female Vocal Performance – Ailee (Mind Your Business)
Best Male Dance Performance – SHINee (View).
Best Female Dance Performance – Red Velvet (Ice Cream Cake)
Best Solo Dance Performance – Hyuna (Roll Deep).
Best Collaboration / Subunit – Zion.T & Crush (Just)
Best Rap Performance – Sane (Me You)
Best Band Performance – CN BLUE (Cinderella)
Best Male Group – EXO
Best Female Group – SNSD
Best Male Artist – Park Jin Young
Best Female Artist – Taeyeon
Best Music Video – Bang Bang Bang
Best Album (Album of the Year) – EXODUS
Best Song (Song Of The Year) – Bang Bang Bang
Best Artist (Artist Of The Year) – Big Bang

Best New Male Artist is probably the category that has me shaking my head the most. iKON is slowly showing their capability, but I feel like Seventeen is already two steps ahead of them and deserve the award more. Best Female Vocal Performance should have gone to Taeyeon and Taeyeon should have received 2 awards that night. Not dissing Ailee, but it wasn’t her best song or vocal performance. Best Music Video should have also gone to F(x). Best Male Dance Performance is an iffy category for me. SHINee did have a great dance, but sadly, I felt that BTS was missing out due to the lack of nomination in that category. Big Bang took out most of the awards, but I don’t think it matters. Big Bang dominated summer in South Korea last year with their continuous releases and had one of the most popular songs of the year (according to download and streaming charts). JYP’s award caught me a little off guard but I guess out of all the nominees, he had a good song. Besides the categories I mentioned, I think the awards were “fair”. Okay maybe not, but who MAMA awarded that night, I mostly agree with (given the nominees).

But wait, there were a few more awards that were given out that night:
Worldwide Favourite Artist – Big Bang
Global Fan’s Choice Male Artist – EXO
Global Fan’s Choice Female Artist – F(x)
Best World Performers – BTS
Next Generation Asian Artist – Monsta X
Best Asian Style – EXO
Worldwide Inspiration Award – Pet Shop Boys
There were also other awards which were awarded to artists from other countries as Best Asian Artist. Best Engineer, Best Live Entertainment and Best Producer awards were also given to 3 people for each award from different countries.

Out of these awards, I am a little confused with the Best Asian Style award. Out of all that walked the red carpet, I was shocked when EXO came along. Also, Pet Shop Boys. I am with majority of people who have never heard of the band before.

Per usual, there were many different performances on the night. The show opened up with Taeyeon’s I, which I thought was a really beautiful stage. She sounded flawlessly on the stage. BTS made their comeback on the night and collaborated with GOT7, who also performed If You Do. JYP had a special stage which probably scarred both GOT7 and Twice and he went a little wild towards the end of his performance. iKON performed a medley of their songs. Monsta X and Seventeen collaborated, while F(x) and Pet Shop Boys joined hands together. We also saw Sane perform with Hyuna and Jessi. Also a stage with both Show Me The Money contestants and Unpretty Rapstar. EXO, SHINee, Big Bang each had their stages with multiple songs and got the audience really hyped up. Psy also made his comeback and performed alongside with his new songs, Gangnam Style. Probably the most talk that night was 2NE1’s performance which caught everyone off guard. It was nice to see them, but whether it was appropriate is just another topic all together.

Out of all the stages, I thought Taeyeon had the most beautiful stage. For the dance aspect, Seventeen and Monsta X’s performance was really well polished and amazing.

Overall, I thought the night was worth it. It may seem like YG has a lot of influence over the MAMA awards and that is probably true. But whether it is right or not, is another discussion in its self. Just regarding the invitations to the awards, it did seem like someone did forget to invite people. Some stages seem like they could have used a little more attention to give it that grand feel that the MAMA awards is meant to uphold, like in previous years. But overall, I thought the night was pretty good. Wait… Did I just repeat the first sentence of this paragraph? Guess I am going to call it a day now. Hope you enjoyed my recap!