[Review] Wow Thing – Seulgi (Red Velvet) x SinB (GFriend) x Kim Chungha x Soyeon ((G)I-DLE)

I am going to take deviate away from ROOKIE WEEK a little more and publish a review for a brand new release. It is the next song in the Station x 0 project which boasts collaborations such as Taeyeon & Melomance, Baekhyun & Loco and Chanyeol & Sehun. But this new release, Wow Thing, probably has the most powerful female lineup any collaboration has ever had. We have Seulgi from Red Velvet, SinB from GFriend, Kim Chungha and Soyeon from (G)I-DLE coming together, so be prepared!

I really like the feel of the song and its presentation. But it is one of those songs that I can’t really gather many thoughts for. The instrumental does set the scene up for the song but it doesn’t really drive the song. Instead, the song uses vocals. Very powerful vocals to drive the song forward and deliver us a very strong track. When they sing together for the chorus, I thought the atmosphere was amazing and very attitude-heavy. Before we go any further, let’s us to take a moment to appreciate Kim Chungha’s vocal abilities. Like how come I don’t know of this? Her solo work doesn’t let her vocals shine, as compared to this song. Soyeon’s rap was also equally as powerful. The is quite catchy and memorable for a number of reasons, some of which I have specified above.

The music video is your standard music video. Nothing too special about it. All four members are present for this collaboration music video, which I guess is a plus. I feel like they could have made this louder if I was int he director chair. I think that would have been more interesting and fun. Though I would have to keep it from going overboard, in order to fit the message of the song, which is about making a strong and confident first impression. The music video did feature some choreography during the chorus and bridge. All looked good and I felt like the attitude was channelled well through their dancing.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 8.2/10

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[Review] Love U – Kim Chungha

Kim Chungha is back with a summer single, in time to enjoy the sun and heat! We last saw Kim Chungha on stage in January with Roller Coaster, which ended up ranking high on the charts for many weeks, even after her promotions ended! And to continue that run of success, she has returned with Love U, which is the title track off her third mini-album, Blooming Blue.

Just at first glance, the song reminds me of Chungha’s debut track, Why Don’t You Know. It might be the tropical sound that KPOP is still utilising but there is something else that really has me automatically thinking of her debut song. Her song does feel quite refreshing and very upbeat, which in turns suits the Summer season very well. I really like her vocals in the song. Each song she has put shows some growth in that department and this reflects wonderfully for us listeners. I thought the pre-chorus was nice and there was this certain intensity that made it interesting (to an extent). What I do not like about the song is that is plays to her strengths a little too safely. It doesn’t offer anything new or different, which leaves me a little disappointed. While her skill set and abilities are growing, her portfolio isn’t expanding. If she were to release another song of the same nature, I am not too sure if I would be as appreciative of it. But despite that minor concern, it is still a good Summer track to listen to!

Kim Chungha is extremely pretty and I think the video does an amazing job of highlighting this known fact. With the sun shining brightly in the music video and her choice of outfits, the video does a good job of summarising Summer up in a span of 3 minutes. It was a little dry but still decent. I assume in the end, she finds part of the shooting star which shot over the sky at the start of the video.

I find the performance very nice to watch. It doesn’t go for anything too sexy but it isn’t you traditional cutesy dance. Instead, it is well balanced of both extremes. The first word that came to my mind while watching the performance was that is was ‘prance-y’. I loved how the hearts were incorporated into the choreography, which goes to show how something so simple and small can please me.

Song – 8/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 8/10

[Review] Roller Coaster – Chungha

Kim Chungha was voted as the best new solo artist of 2017. To find out who else won in the individual categories, click here. To find out which song has been awarded the 2017 Best Song award, click here!

The Best New Soloist of 2017, Kim Chungha, has finally made her first comeback with Roller Coaster and her second mini-album, Offset. Kim Chungha previously made her debut with Why Don’t You Know last year, which definitely got her name out there in the industry.

Given the title, you expect the song to have some sort of thrill to it. And Chungha manages to deliver it with an upbeat song. It is not exactly thrill-seeking music but it has some momentum to it which I think it quite nice. The buildup to the chorus was great but the drop into the chorus felt (once again) underwhelming. Her vocals work stand out throughout the song, which suited the song really nicely. I liked how she ended the lines during the chorus with the slight upward bend of each final word (1:09-1:12, for example). My most favourite part would have to be the ‘Look’ during the pause just before the final chorus. While the instrumentation was quite cool, it did feel a little plain. It needed that kick in terms of intensity, which could have been satisfied with a fitting rap sequence. An instrumental break that allows for a rocking dance break or just some bass during the chorus could have lifted the song to a whole new level. Overall, despite it needed something else, it is still a decent song to check out.

It has been a while since we have seen neon lights and colours in KPOP. There isn’t much to the video but it was still a nice video to watch. While I have expressed in the past that I am not a fan of the light images that are displayed on the wall (and the singer just standing in front of them), I thought they were a nice addition to the music video. Sure, they can be distracting at times but I felt they looked good this time around. The choreography shots also looked quite nice.

To me, there is a cute side to the choreography (i.e. the start of the chorus) but the performance mainly focuses on the sexy side of the spectrum (i.e. all other moves). I actually thought it was a really cool dance routine to watch and cannot wait for the live stages.

Song – 6.5/10
Music Video – 7/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 7.2/10

2017 KPOPREVIEWED Awards – Results

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It is time to announce the winners of the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. This is the first year ever that you (the readers) got the opportunity to vote and pick out the winners of each category (excluding a few). Let me just start by saying thank you for all those who participated in the voting process, as you all made this possible.

This will be an EXTREMELY LONG post and it will be gif heavy so it may take a while to load up. If you have a slow internet connection (like me), you can still view the winners (along with the nominees if you missed the voting period/want a reminder) by clicking the link here.

The respective gifs for each category represent the winners which you voted for, while I have put down my pick for the category. I have opted to not do a commentary this year due to the already long length of this post.

BEST MALE GROUP DEBUT

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Wanna One

Author’s Choice – Wanna One


BEST FEMALE GROUP DEBUT

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Dream Catcher

Author’s Choice – Dream Catcher


BEST SOLOIST DEBUT

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Kim Chungha

Author’s Choice – Jung Sewoon


RISING STAR

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Monsta X

Author’s Choice – NU’EST W


BEST SUBUNIT

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SEVENTEEN Performance Unit

Author’s Choice – Gugudan 5959


BEST CO-ED GROUP

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KARD

Author’s Choice – KARD


BEST MALE SOLOIST

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G-Dragon (Big Bang)

Author’s Choice – Bobby (iKON)


BEST FEMALE SOLOIST

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IU
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Sunmi

Author’s Choice – Sunmi


BEST VOCALS

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BTOB

Author’s Choice – DAY6


BEST RAPPER

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Zico (Block B)

Author’s Choice – Bobby (iKON)


BEST JAPANESE SONG BY A KOREAN ARTIST

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One More Time – TWICE

Author’s Choice – One More Time (TWICE)


BEST COLLABORATION

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Honey Bee – Luna, Solar, Hani

Author’s Choice – Bye Babe (Chen & 10CM)


BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

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Don’t Wanna Cry – SEVENTEEN

Author’s Choice – Gashina (Sunmi)


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

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Peek-A-Boo – Red Velvet

Author’s Choice – You In Me (KARD)


BEST MALE GROUP

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B.A.P
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EXO

Author’s Choice – SEVENTEEN


BEST FEMALE GROUP

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Red Velvet

Author’s Choice – Red Velvet


BEST NON-TITLE TRACK SONG

Beautiful – Pentagon


BEST ALBUM

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Palette – IU (4th Studio Album)

And there you have it, the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED Award Winners. Congratulations to all! Hopefully, the artist’s that you picked came out on top and were victorious.

As for the BEST SONG OF THE YEAR award, it will be published in a separate post. For this year, the winning song will be the song that tops the End Of Year Charts (to be published on the 15th of January).
NOTE: YOUR VOTES MAKE UP 50% OF THE END OF YEAR CHARTS, WITH THE OTHER 50% CONTRIBUTED BY ME.

[Review] Why Don’t You Know – Chungha ft. Nucksal

One of the former I.O.I members, Kim Chungha, have made her official solo debut with her song, Why Don’t You Know and min-album, Hands On Me. She (from what I remember) is the first member of I.O.I to make her solo debut, since disbanding. She is currently under M&H Entertainment and has been a highly anticipated solo act.

Why Don’t You Know tries its best to live up to the standards that have been set prior to its release. And it sadly falls short of those expectations. For the most part, the song is mildly good to listen to. The tropical EDM sound is quite nice. I personally enjoyed the instrumental of the track, but I feel like constant releases of the tropical genre may end up becoming repetitive in the future. But besides that, there was nothing standing out when I listened to the track and the same impression sticks to even after many replays. Her vocals are okay. They do shine, but I feel like she doesn’t shine enough. She does, however, sound like she spent most of her times pushing her voice to the limits, especially in the chorus. The featuring rapper, Nucksal, did not need to be in the song. I felt like his part took the song a step back, rather than a step forward. It also cut the flow of the song, which left Chungha and the instrumental having to recover (and quite poorly) to the original state of the song.

The music video was a mess in my eyes. It felt like there was, visually, too much going on and the editing necessarily didn’t help with that. The video could be cut in multiple sections. Let’s simply call the section ‘outdoors’, ‘aesthetic’ and ‘white room’. They didn’t go with each other and the editing made it feel all disconnected from each other. There wasn’t a common thread between each section, which made it harder to enjoy the video. If we looked at the individual scenes on their own, everything probably would have looked good and crisp.

Chungha performance looked quite good and matched the song perfectly. It just didn’t have that many memorable moments and was quite easily forgotten.

Song  – 6/10
Music Video – 4/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating – 5.5/10