K-WEEK (DECEMBER 4 - DECEMBER 10)

EVERYDAY6 ENDS WITH A RELEASE OF THE GROUP’S SECOND ALBUM, MOONRISE

 Sadly, the day has come when monthly releases from DAY6 are a thing of the past, but not before the band releases one more album titled MOONRISE. While the album includes some of their past hits from the second half of the year, it also incorporates new songs like the pop-rock pumper, “Better Better,” the melodic “I Like You,” and the emotional “노력해볼게요.” Each song tells the tale of the members' journey, particularly the hardships of admitting your love to your crush, like in the songs “Hi Hello,” “I Loved You,” and “When You Love Someone.” In comparison to their last album, SUNRISE, MOONRISE is a gentler, softer album, which bodes well for the winter season in Korea and the notion of the moon rising (or MOONRISE).

Regardless of your thoughts on DAY6, one cannot deny the epic year they’ve had as a band. With countless releases, concerts, tour dates, and growing in popularity, its been a big year for the five-member band. Although no plans have been released as to when the group will return or what they will do in 2018, it’s no doubt that the group will keep releasing stellar pop rock music.

Purchase MOONRISE by clicking here, and make sure to check out their new song, “I Like You.”  

THE BOYZ SHOW OFF THEIR BOYISH CHARM IN THEIR DEBUT SONG, “BOY”

After endless teaser releases from 1theK (원더케이), the twelve-member boy group, THE BOYZ, has finally debuted with a hip new song, "BOY" off of their mini-album, The First. While a twelve-member group can seem daunting, with multiple teasers and a vivacious music video showcasing the talents of each boy, it enables each charming member to stand out amongst the unison crowd. What strikes me the most isn't the song (although it's really good), but the music video and the cinematography that went into creating the video. 

The slow-motion zoom-ins and outs create an interesting contrast and allow for each member to receive screen time during the intricate dance scenes. The music video is fluid and flows nicely, while many K-pop music videos tend to be choppy.  

After watching the music video, I was doubtful the members would be able to pull off the same fluidity, but I was proved absolutely wrong. It shows that these young men are ready to show off their talents to the K-pop music scene, and are definitely not backing down to the challenge of competing with larger rookie groups, like WannaOne. This might be bold to say, but THE BOYZ is my favorite K-pop debut of 2017! Is it because the members are insanely cute? Or the catchy song? Their immense potential? I think it's all three! 

SHINEE MEMBER TAEMIN RELEASES COOL NEW TRACK, “DAY AND NIGHT” FOR REPACKAGED ALBUM

SHINee vocalist and main dancer, Taemin, returns with a calmer new track, "Day and Night," for his repackaged album, MOVE-ing. While "MOVE" showed off Taemin's famous dance moves and skills, "Day and Night" shows off his strong vocals. Once known as one of the worst vocalists in K-pop (probably due to debuting at the age of fourteen), Taemin has worked to improve his breathing techniques and vocal skills, and now has one of the strongest voices within K-pop. 

While his last release was vibrant, striking, and sensual, this latest music video is softer and enables Taemin to show a more natural side. Along with the usage of the acoustic guitar, "Day and Night" is definitely a more relaxed, sitting by the fire kind of track. As Taemin walks through the forest, he sings about how his love is like day and night, again a more romantic track in comparison to sexier last release. It's a nice change for Taemin and is a nice way for him to end another successful year as a solo artist. 

Which K-pop moment or release last week was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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