Hoody: Korea’s Own R&B Angel

Hoody: Korea’s Own R&B Angel

Our Artist of the Week is our resident girl crush Hoody, the AOMG sweetheart and K-R&B angel with the heavenly voice 💖

Hoody (also known as Kim Hyun Jung) first kicked off her career as a member of the all-female underground hip-hop crew Amourette in 2013. She later became the first (and up until a month ago, the only) female artist to be signed to AOMG, the hip-hop record label founded by Jay Park in 2015. The talented singer-songwriter writes all her own lyrics and is actively involved in producing and arranging her songs too. She is also commended for having one of the most unique and captivating vocals in the industry, which she’s shown off in her music and in various collaborations with fellow labelmates Jay Park, Gray, and Loco, as well as other celebrated Korean R&B artists such as Crush, Jinbo, and George.

This week, we’re excited to introduce our top 5 Hoody essentials:

1. Like You

“Like You” is a tender lovesick bop off Hoody’s debut mini-album On and On, and it’s the tune that got us hooked on her voice in the first place. 😍 Her distinctly sentimental vocals shine in this mellow tune produced by fellow AOMG artist Gray, which detail the leftover emotions from a past love. Hoody’s honey-like voice drizzles over the low-key beat like a match made in heaven - we love the old school R&B vibes we get from this song. Listen to her soulful live rendition of “Like You” below:

2. HANGANG

Have you ever been to Seoul’s Han river (Hangang)? Nothing beats the feeling of being sprawled on a picnic mat at the most iconic date/hangout spot, eating fried chicken and drinking beer with your friends on a balmy summer night. Hoody’s “HANGANG” is the audio embodiment of this scene; “HANGANG” sparkles with its refreshing, light, and effervescent sound, much like the AOMG singer’s addictive voice. We may be entering the colder months, but Hoody’s “HANGANG” has us feeling like it could be summer all year round. 🌴

3. Good and Evil

“Good and Evil” was one of the two songs (along with “MIRO”) from Hoody’s latest album Departure to be pre-released. The track is about the thin line between opposing views and values, and maintains a uniquely energetic rhythm which gives off an ethereal feel when paired with Hoody’s signature vocals - a clear, sweet voice with slightly husky undertones that commands the song. “Good and Evil” is a dreamy tune that sends us all on a journey of delightful self reflection.

4. Why (feat. George)

The AOMG princess manages to captivates us once again in her single “Why”, which gives off major 90’s R&B vibes with its gloriously sticky beat and soothing vocals. The Slom-produced track features underground Korean R&B singer George, whose warm voice lends itself to the amazing collaboration. Listening to “Why” makes us feel like we’re suspended mid-air, watching the world go by beneath us in slow motion; this relaxed, slow-burning track will be sure to soothe your soul.

5. Adios (feat. Gray)

Say “Adios” to all your troubles - Hoody’s heavenly voice is here to alleviate all your worries! The vibrant title track of Departure caught our attention with its upbeat melody and Hoody’s mesmerizingly sweet vocals. The breezy Cha Cha Malone-produced tune showcases the very distinct AOMG sound we all know and love, and it makes us want to get up and groove with Hoody as she basically annihilates everyone in her way in the bold music video (which features cameos from label-mates Gray, Woo Wonjae, and Code Kunst!).

Watch Hoody sing “Adios” live for some very lucky kids in the cutest video below👇

Listen to Hoody’s recently released 1st full-length album Departure below:

Which Hoody song is your favorite? MAKE for Hoody now to bring this angel and her heavenly voice to your city! 💫

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🔽 Some more of our favorite Hoody collaborations 🔽

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Fiery November Comebacks to Lift Your Spirits

Fiery November Comebacks to Lift Your Spirits

Welcome to November, TasteMakers! As we inch closer and closer to the end of 2019, we enter the chilly transitional period from autumn to winter. The cold weather may be starting to take its toll on us, but November promises to be a thrilling month in K-pop as some of the biggest names in the industry return to blow our minds. 🤯

Here are some of the 🔥 upcoming acts that are sure to keep your spirits high this month:

November 1

IU

IU has already swept the charts with her pre-release single “Love Poem” on November 1. The ballad singer saw great success with her sweet yet melancholy release, which rose to the top of the realtime charts of Melon, Genie, Bugs, Soribada, Flo, and Instiz’s iChart, achieving a certified all-kill within a matter of just a few hours. IU will also be releasing her eponymous EP Love Poem on November 18.

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Jessi

Jessi also made her comeback on November 1 with the release of her new single “Drip” featuring Jay Park. Check out the fresh collaboration below!

November 4

GOT7

Just when we were starting to feel the post-tour blues, GOT7 gave us much to look forward to with the release of their 10th mini-album Call My Name. We’re already in love with their title track “You Calling My Name”, which gives off the mature, sultry vibe GOT7 pulls off best. If you haven’t already, watch the music video below 😍

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VICTON

VICTON also made their long-awaited comeback on this date with their 5th mini-album Nostalgia. Their title track “nostalgic night” has already made its Billboard chart debut on this week’s Social 50 chart - check out the sentimental tune below!

November 5

HyunA

Our favorite K-pop diva finally dropped her latest single “Flower Shower” yesterday after a year-long hiatus. The bouncy, energetic track has us falling in love with HyunA all over again - check out the captivating music video below:

DAWN

In the ultimate power couple move, DAWN (formerly known as E’Dawn) also released his new single “Money” on the same date at the same time. Catch the powerful track below:

BVNDIT

Power rookies BVNDIT released their 1st mini-album BE! for their first comeback since their debut back in April. Check out the music video for their title track “Dumb” below. Issa bop!

November 6

1TEAM

Team One, rejoice! 1TEAM are back with their 3rd mini-album One. We’re already looking forward to some exciting tunes from the boys; make sure you check out the album highlight medley, and watch 1TEAM show off a whole new side to themselves in the dance preview teaser for “MAKE THIS” below 👇

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Zion.T

The king of K-R&B returns today with his new single “May”. Catch the release at 6 PM KST.

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November 8

Ravi

Ravi will release part one of his 3rd EP Limitless on November 8 at 6 PM KST, with part two following on November 22. Check out his recently released track list, and stay tuned for further updates!

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November 11

IZ*ONE

IZ*ONE return on November 11 with their 1st full album BLOOM*IZ. We already know we’re going to be in love with this album based on the concept photos and trailer, which boast the most aesthetic, soft ethereal vibes. Catch the release at 6 PM KST!

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November 14

Eric Nam

The Nation’s Boyfriend will be releasing his English album Before We Begin on November 14, and we can’t wait! His single “Love Die Young” gave us a much-anticipated glimpse into his upcoming album, which is said to encapsulate all the colorful moments of youth and love. 💘Get ready for some brilliant new love anthems to keep you warm through the colder months!

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You can now pre-order Eric Nam’s latest album on MyMusicTaste to receive an exclusive photocard! 😍👇

MAMAMOO

MAMAMOO is gearing up for the release of their 2nd full length album reality in BLACK on November 14! We’re looking forward to another strong, bold concept delivered by these vocal queens.

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November 18

Golden Child

GOLCHA is back! Goldenness have much to look forward to as the golden boys will be coming back with their first full album RE-BOOT. This will mark their first comeback within a year, and we can’t wait to see the boys perform again - check out the teaser photos and album track list below!

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November 19

WJSN

The girls of WJSN are coming back with their mini-album As You Wish on November 19, just 5 months after the release of “Boogie Up”. Check out their comeback scheduler below 👇

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CIX

CIX previously blew us away with the amazing sounds of their last EP HELLO Chapter 1: Hello, Stranger, so we have nothing but high expectations for their 2nd EP. 🤩 HELLO Chapter 2: Hello, Strange Place will be released on November 19. Check out the teaser scheduler below and get ready for some more addictive tunes to be stuck in your head!

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Pre-order CIX’s upcoming EP on MyMusicTaste to receive TWO exclusive photocards! 🌠

November 20

Astro

ASTRO is also joining the fiery November lineup in their first comeback in 10 months! The boys will be releasing their 6th mini-album Blue Flame on November 20.

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November 27

EXO

EXO-Ls, the wait is almost over! The icons of K-pop will be coming together for the release of their full album Obsession on November 27. The album will consist of 10 brand new tracks from the boys, and we can’t wait to obsess over them 🤩


TO BE ANNOUNCED:

Red Velvet | Amber | Crush | AOA | G-Friend

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*This comeback list is not inclusive of all November comebacks and debuts.

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Eric Nam: The Nation's Multi-talented Boyfriend

Eric Nam: The Nation's Multi-talented Boyfriend

Happy Sunday, TasteMakers! Our Artist of the Week is Eric Nam, the multi-talented singer-songwriter, entertainer, and television/broadcast host we’ve all come to know and love. He’s the quintessential boy next door who captured the nation’s heart with his down-to-earth personality and heartwarming voice!

Hailing from Atlanta, the Korean-American musician is one of the most recognized stars in the Korean entertainment industry today. Following the release of a YouTube cover that went viral, Eric was invited to compete on MBC’s audition competition show “Birth of a Great Star 2”, where he placed within the Top 5 contestants. This major achievement helped launch his musical career as a solo artist, and since then, he’s released chart-topping tunes, held sold-out shows globally, and hosted a variety of television and radio broadcasts where he’s interviewed some of the brightest stars in K-pop and Hollywood. Few people have a biography as extensive and impressive as Eric Nam’s, and the nation’s boyfriend continues to surprise us with his many talents to this day.

This week, we take a look at all the times Eric Nam has wowed us with his talents and achievements:

When he was named GQ Korea’s 2016 Man of the Year

Towards the end of each year, GQ releases their annual ‘Men Of The Year’ issue to honor men that have made a cultural impact. In 2016, GQ Korea named Eric Nam one of their MOTY. Eric was also included in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2017 for his influence within the Korean entertainment industry. We were thrilled to see him receive recognition for his many accomplishments and contributions to the industry. 🙌

When he revealed his multilingual abilities

We have a multicultural star in our midst! 🌐🌠 Eric Nam has revealed that he can speak more than 4 languages, including Korean, English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese. Watch him show off his language skills below in his Spanish interview for KBS WORLD radio:

All the times he’s kept us informed and entertained

Eric Nam is renowned for having an amazingly personable and easygoing on-air personality, which he’s demonstrated on multiple variety shows and TV programs. He’s now the host of K-pop Daebak, a weekly podcast in which he spotlights K-pop’s best new songs of the week and occasionally interviews some of the artists themselves. Eric is constantly keeping us informed and entertained with his comprehensive interviews and interesting commentary, and we love him for it!

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When he showcased his amazing covers and collaborations

Have you checked out Eric Nam’s YouTube channel? It’s home to a slew of amazing covers in which he adds his own sound to fan favorites such as Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and Jeremy Zucker’s “Come Thru”.

Eric has also shown that he works well with others in the industry, boasting an abundance of collaborations with big-name artists such as Timbaland, Loco, Park Ji-min, Amber Liu, Red Velvet’s Wendy, Hoya, and Seohyun of Girls’ Generation. Check out two of our favorite collaborations featuring Gallant, Tablo, and Steve James below:

Every time he’s released new music

Time and time again, Eric has awed fans all around the world with his musical releases, and his most recent comeback was no different. Eric released his new single “Love Die Young” just a few days ago on October 30, and the heartfelt tune has already left its mark on us. Featuring his signature sweet vocals and soft, dreamy instrumentals, he’s managed to punch us all in the feels with this sentimental love anthem. “Love Die Young” gives us a glimpse into his new English album Before We Begin, which will be dropping on November 14 - if you haven’t already, listen to the quietly emotional track below.

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🌟 Do you want to see this multi-talented star in your city live? Be sure to MAKE for Eric Nam now! 👇


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NU'EST's Newest Hits

NU'EST's Newest Hits

Hey TasteMakers! Our Artist of the Week is NU’EST - one of the most underrated K-pop talents around and vocal kings extraordinaire!

The members of NU’EST have been busy working on their overseas schedules and individual promotions, so we were thrilled to find out about their highly anticipated comeback. Their latest EP The Table was freshly released on October 21 to the delight of L.O.Λ.Es everywhere. The Table, which captures and expresses all the different facets of different kinds of love, contains a little something for everyone with its mature, refined, and versatile sounds.

Here our our top 3 essential tracks from The Table:

Stay Up All Night

“Stay Up All Night” starts off low-key with its soft piano instrumentals, but quickly blossoms into an alluring bop. This tender dance track gives off major sentimental vibes that has us feeling all types of ways. Watch them bring this wistful love song to life in their amazing live performance at their showcase 👉🏻

LOVE ME

“LOVE ME” is the addictively vibrant and energetic title track of The Table. There’s a lot to love about this song and its loud music video - that piercing whistle to the vibrant color-scheme, to the upbeat, futuristic beat of the song and the effortless rapping: it’s easy to see why this explosive title track has quickly topped the charts and become such a hit. “LOVE ME” also features some slick choreography - check out NU’EST’s dance performance of the tune below:

Call me back

“Call Me Back” is the earworm that had us hooked within the first 20 seconds of listening. This playful track features the smoothest vocals and jazzy, bossa nova-esque rhythms that are accented by distinctive percussion beats. It’s upbeat, lighthearted, and sweet - the perfect track for a lazy Sunday morning. We’re in love! 😍

What was your favorite track off the album, TasteMakers? MAKE for NU’EST now to bring these vocal kings to your city! 🎤✨


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Joji: Anthems for the Sad and Lovelorn

Joji: Anthems for the Sad and Lovelorn

Welcome to another week, TasteMakers! As the frosty mornings become colder and we gradually head into the upcoming winter, we find ourselves seeking solace in more emotional tunes for warmth. This week, we’ve been cozying up to the mellow bops of our Artist of the Week Joji.

Japanese-Australian artist George Miller first shot to fame as an eccentric YouTube star, where he thrived under the aliases Filthy Frank and Pink Guy until 2017. He was able to express a completely different side to himself during this time through his quietly captivating SoundCloud releases under the stage name Joji. His distinct lo-fi inspired music eventually caught the attention of 88Rising, the Asian music collective behind acts like Rich Brian, NIKI, Higher Brothers, and Keith Ape.

In 2018, Joji released his debut album BALLADS 1, a soul-baring collection of melancholic expression featuring themes of unrequited love, heartbreak, and commitment. We all love to wallow in some sad love anthems from time to time, and the aesthetically moody bops of Ballads 1 are the perfect place to seek solace.

Here are some of our favorite heartbreak anthems from BALLADS 1 (in no particular order):

ATTENTION

This somber opening track caught our attention with its minimalist beat and simple yet haunting piano melody. Through its stripped-down instrumentals, we’re able to focus on the depth of Joji’s soft, melancholic vocals in this most atmospheric performance. “ATTENTION” is the perfect track to listen to on a contemplative night in while curled up in bed.

SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK

Joji’s lovelorn narrative is continued in his breakout single “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK”. This heart-wrenching, goosebump-inducing song features Joji crooning about the slow disintegration of his relationship against an elegantly layered electronic production that hits you right in the feels. The darkly melodic, tranquillizing ambience of “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” makes it one of our all-time favorite songs to cry to. Check out Joji’s breakdown of the official lyrics and meaning behind “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” below:


Test Drive

Once again, Joji delivers an emotional performance with “TEST DRIVE”, a mournful track about a relationship in which one partner is more devoted than the other. Hip-hop influences are evident within this RL Grime production, which features a slow trap beat that helps Joji’s distinctly expressive yet soft vocals stand out (we also get a glimpse of Joji’s smooth falsetto here!). “TEST DRIVE” conveys Joji’s dejection and longing in a perfectly packaged hit - it’s another guaranteed tearjerker 😢

Can’t Get Over You

“CAN’T GET OVER YOU” provides an interesting change in pace within the album as the track features a more chirpy production courtesy of Clams Casino. The jarring nature of the despondent lyrics (“I can’t get over you / Can’t get over you / And before I die I pray that / I could be the one”) paired with the adorably upbeat, danceable instrumentals makes this a standout track for us - we love sad bops we can bop to! We also love the way Joji’s music videos are always visually striking, complementing his contemplative and minimalistic sounds without outlandish, almost comical visuals. We simply can’t get over “CAN’T GET OVER YOU”.

We had the pleasure of seeing our favorite sadboi live here in Seoul a few months ago, and can attest to his astounding musical and atmospheric presence. 💯

👇MAKE for Joji to bring him to your city now!👇

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🔽 Check out Joji’s latest releases below 🔽

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Hello, CIX

Hello, CIX

Hey, TasteMakers! Our Artist of the Week is CIX, the charismatic boy group who blew us all away with their thrilling debut in July.

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Although it’s only been a few months since their debut, C9 Entertainment’s CIX (Complete in X) have already made waves in K-Pop and captured the hearts of fans all around the world. Take one listen through their debut EP and it’s easy to see why they’ve been slapped with the “Rookie of the Year” label already - the solid production, versatile sounds, and enormous attention to detail that went into HELLO Chapter 1: Hello, Stranger perfectly captures the group’s enigmatic energy and has made for one of the most memorable debuts of the year.

Introducing the sounds of HELLO Chapter 1: Hello, Stranger:

What You Wanted

⚠️ Warning! ⚠️ This is a dangerous(ly addictive) track for those with an affinity for 90’s boy band vibes. With its display of smooth vocals, mesmerizing rapping and addictive trap beat drop, the sleek, brooding track is the perfect opening to help ease you into the rest of the solid tracklist. “What You Wanted” definitely gave us what we wanted from this EP.

Movie Star

“Movie Star” is the glossy title track of HELLO Chapter 1: Hello, Stranger - once again, we’re blessed with a sultry and dynamic track brought to you by some insanely smooth production and vocal work. We’re addicted to a lot of things about “Movie Star”; the soft sound of the camera flash going off, the impossibly catchy hook that makes us feel like the leading star in a film noir, and slick choreography that captures the chicness of the song perfectly. Check out some of CIX’s “Movie Star” performances below!

Like It That Way

We’re swung into a completely different vibe with “Like It That Way”, which features a relaxed reggae beat and fun, breezy hook that automatically has us swaying to the groove. This slow-burning yet upbeat track makes us think of palm trees, pina coladas and dancing on the beach without a care in the world.🌴💃

Imagine

“Imagine” is a perfect encapsulation of a night out dancing with great company and good vibes all around. We feel that this upbeat dance track best exemplifies the fun, brighter side of CIX while also showing off their versatility; with its energetic disco influences and distinctly funky beats, “Imagine” is the earworm we refuse to take off repeat. As Yonghee croons - “this is where it’s at”!

The One

CIX provides a climactic ending to their hype-worthy album with “The One”. This R&B track is uplifting off the bat, featuring an energetic beat, sweet melody, and touching lyrics in what we can only describe as a very wholesome bop.

👈 Watch CIX perform “The One” live at their debut showcase here!


👂Listen to all the tracks from their breakthrough EP below👇

Can you “Imagine” seeing/hearing these amazing tunes being performed live? 😍 MAKE for CIX now to bring them to your city!

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HELLO CIX EP. 1: We Are CIX 🔽

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Glow Up with EVERGLOW: Our Power Rookie Queens

Glow Up with EVERGLOW: Our Power Rookie Queens

Happy Sunday, TasteMakers! Can you believe it’s already October? Looking back on the past year, it seems we’ve definitely been blessed with a never-ending stream of talented new groups to stan. It’s almost difficult to keep track of all the amazing groups that have recently debuted, but one rookie girl group has stood out to us in particular with their undeniable talents, stunning visuals, and fierce charisma. Our Artist of the Week is EVERGLOW!

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Yue Hua Entertainment’s latest girl group consists of members E:U, Sihyeon, Mia, Onda, Aisha and Yiren. Their debut in March earlier this year left a stunning impression on international fans as they dominated charts worldwide. Their debut single "Bon Bon Chocolat" topped the iTunes K-pop singles charts in 19 different countries while also debuting on the Billboard charts. Since then, each single they’ve released has also entered the Top 10 of Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart - an incredible feat for a rookie group! ✊

This week, we take a look at what makes EVERGLOW our power rookie girl group of the year:

EVERGLOW: Performance Queens

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It’s been clear even from their pre-debut days that EVERGLOW are top tier performers who were born with star power. The release of their dance cover videos pre-debut quickly caught the attention of future fans as their skills cemented their status as a rising group to watch.

In each of their performances, EVERGLOW have oozed charisma with their sleek, flashy movements and dominating stage presence. Put together with their strong, unique choreographies and amazing group synergy, we can’t seem to take our eyes off them 😍 Check out their live performance of “Adios” at the EVERGLOW SHOWCASE below. For those of us who can barely walk in sky-high heels, it’s mind-blowing to watch the girls dancing so flawlessly and effortlessly in them.


EVERGLOW: The group with Striking visuals

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Watching EVERGLOW perform is like being constantly tasered because they’ve left us ⚡STUNNED ⚡by their amazing visuals. Along with possessing their own remarkable skills and talents, every single member is also breathtakingly beautiful in their own unique way. EVERGLOW’s collectively charismatic and charming visuals give the group a magnetic allure and that ‘It-group’ factor. With visuals to match some of the biggest girl groups out there, we’re excited to see which concepts they’ll continue to pull off in the future. All eyes on EVERGLOW! 👀


EVERGLOW: Concept Killers

Speaking of concepts, we always love a powerful girl group, and EVERGLOW have constantly served us anthems of ambition, strength, and empowerment through their music and performances. Just take a look at their debut single “Bon Bon Chocolat” and DKDTV’s interpretation of the track below:

Through the electronic / hip-hop inspired sounds of “Bon Bon Chocolat”, to the mystical, uplifting vibes given off by “Hush” and the hard-hitting, military-esque beats of “Adios”, EVERGLOW have consistently brought us strong concepts that have resonated with fans all over the world. The demonstrated diversity and power within their music and various concepts have us eagerly awaiting EVERGLOW’s next chapter.

Are you ready to join the EVERGLOW fandom? Which song or performance is your '“Forever” favorite?

MAKE EVERGLOW now to bring them to your city! 🌟


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An Explosion of October Comebacks

An Explosion of October Comebacks

Welcome to October, TasteMakers! As the colder days loom ahead of us, it’s time to sit back with a hot cup of tea and get cozy in anticipation of this month’s stellar K-pop lineup.

We have an exceptionally explosive lineup of comebacks to look forward to this month featuring some of the hottest solo acts, the long-awaited return of an iconic group, an unexpected but most welcome collaboration, and some of the biggest boy groups in the industry 🤯

Here are some upcoming acts you’ll definitely want to mark on your calendar:

October 1

Chen (EXO)

EXO’s Chen makes his comeback with the release of his second mini-album Dear my dear. Brace yourselves for some sentimental ballads that are guaranteed to keep you warm this month - listen to the album highlight medley and title track “Shall We” below:

October 2

Jeong Sewoon

Starship Entertainment’s Jeong Sewoon has made his first solo comeback with the release of his mini-album Day. His soft tunes are the perfect accompaniment to a rainy day - listen to title track “When It Rains” and get ready for emotions to run wild.

October 3

Chungha x Rich Brian

It’s the collaboration we didn’t see coming but the one we all needed; soloist Chungha and 88 Rising rapper Rich Brian have finally dropped their single “These Nights” to everyone’s delight. The smooth track has us reminiscing about sunsets, late night drives, and hot 80’s vibes. Guess who’s been smashing the replay button? 🙋 If you haven’t already, watch the music video for “These Nights” below! 👇

October 4

SuperM

SM Entertainment’s latest boy group is set to debut with their first mini-album today! Featuring SM superstars Taemin, Baekhyun, Kai, Lucas, Mark, Taeyoung, and Ten as members of the group, we’re super excited for this drop. Judging from the teaser for the title track “Jopping”, we suspect you will be too!

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B-Bomb

Block B’s B-BOMB also makes his return with the release of his solo single “Finale”. If you haven’t already, make sure you listen to the preview of the track below - we’re already in love with the cool, nostalgic vibes given off by the rock instrumentals. Catch the release of “Finale” at 6:00 PM KST tonight 💣

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October 7

AB6IX

They’ve recently wowed fans with their collaboration with Lizzo - now, AB6IX is gearing up for their first comeback with the release of their full album 6IXENSE. Check out the album track list and teaser schedule below!

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Paul Kim

Singer-songwriter Paul Kim is also set to return on this date with a full album that is sure to warm our hearts this autumn. The release of Heart, One will mark his first new album release in 2 years. We’re listening to Hotel del Luna OST track “So Long” in preparation of what is sure to be another chart-killing release - check it out below!

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October 8

ATEEZ

ATINY everywhere are screaming because ATEEZ IS BACK! 🙌 Our favorite monster rookies return to close up their Treasure series with the release of their 1st Full Album TREASURE EP.FIN : All To Action. We personally can’t wait for this release as the teaser pictures and videos have had us collectively shook for this past week.

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Remember that you can still pre-order the album here to receive an MMT-exclusive photo card!*

* While stocks last

October 9

Stray Kids

While we’re still riding out the concert high from their latest world tour, Stray Kids are back to please Stays worldwide with the drop of their new single “Double Knot”. We’re already sure that “Double Knot”, which was co-composed and written by members Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han, will be a straight banger. Their highly anticipated digital single will be released on October 9; in the meantime, check out the intense music video teaser below!

October 11

Daehyun

The former B.A.P member is finally making his long-awaited comeback! Daehyun will be releasing his first single album “Aight” on October 11. Stay tuned for the music video, which will be released at 12:00 PM KST.

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October 13

HEIZE

It-girl Heize is making a comeback with her fifth mini-album on October 13. Titled “만추” (Late Autumn), we’re already excited for the major autumn vibes we’re bound to get from this album.

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October 14

Super Junior

The OG icons of K-pop return with their ninth full length album Time_Slip on October 14. We’re super keen for this release as it will be the first to feature all nine active members after the completion of their military enlistment! You can listen to featured tracks “The Crown” and “Somebody New” below as we get ready for their much-anticipated return!

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LIM HYUNSIK

BTOB’s Hyunsik will also be making his comeback with the release of his first solo album RENDEZ-VOUS. The talented vocalist is said to have participated in the songwriting and composing for the title track - more details will be released as October 14 draws near. In the meantime, you can listen to his self-composed solo track “SWIMMING” to prepare yourself for his soulful vocal prowess.

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October 15

N.FLYING

N.Flying is also joining the October comeback lineup with their 6th mini-album Yaho (夜好). The album, which features title track “Good Bam” (written and composed by N.Flying leader Seunghyub, by the way!), will drop on October 15 at 6 PM KST. Check out the full track list below 👇

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October 21

NU’EST

Pledis Entertainment has confirmed that NU’EST will make their comeback with the release of a new album on October 21. Watch the stunning pre-trailer below - is this a new chapter for NU’EST?

TXT

TOMORROW X TOGETHER a.k.a. TXT also return with their first full album The Dream Chapter: Magic on this date. TXT have already drawn a huge interest with hits like “Crown” and “Cat & Dog”, so we’re excited and curious to see what the BigHit boys bring us next. If you haven’t already, watch the mesmerizing concept trailer below ✨

October 22

DAY6

MyDays, rejoice! We’ve been seeing mysterious advertisements featuring the band’s logo along with this date pop up in subways all across the country, and now their comeback has been confirmed 🙌 Day6 will be dropping a brand new album on October 22. Stay tuned for more details!

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October 28

MONSTA X

MONSTA X has also confirmed their comeback with the release of their mini-album Follow: Find You. You can “Follow” their comeback with the teaser scheduler below, which shows that we’re in for a treat all throughout this month in the lead up to October 28. Monbebe, mark the dates 🖊👀

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TO BE ANNOUNCED:

WINNER | Brown Eyed Girls | Taeyeon | IU

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*This comeback list is not inclusive of all October comebacks and debuts. All images, gifs, and videos are copyright to their respective owners.

The Kang Daniel Effect: Interview with an MMT DANITY

The Kang Daniel Effect: Interview with an MMT DANITY

“What Are You Up To”, TasteMakers? Our Artist of the Week is Kang Daniel!

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Kang Daniel became a household name when he first appeared on season 2 of Mnet’s reality audition program Produce 101. With his boy-next-door charms and powerful performances, he quickly attracted the attention of fans all over the world, eventually finishing in first place during the final ranking.

After his breakthrough success as the center of boy group Wanna One, Kang Daniel finally made his much-anticipated solo debut in July earlier this year. With his effervescent personality, strong duality and versatile skills on the stage, it’s no wonder his popularity spans across all generations and genders 🌟

It turns out we have our very own DANITY within the MMT office - this week, we interviewed our UX designer Allison about her favorite artist. Why is Kang Daniel so popular? What is he like in person? What animal does he resemble? 🤔 Allison answers all the important questions and gives her personal insight into what Kang Daniel means to her - check it out below:


Q. When was the moment you first became a fan of Kang Daniel?

Allison: When he first appeared on Produce 101, it was his pink hair and lovely smile that stood out to me. Then, I thought he was especially cool when he finished learning the choreography for “Pick Me” and started teaching the other trainees the dance. Ultimately, it was when he performed “Sorry Sorry” on the show that he became my absolute one pick! 😍

In your opinion, what is especially charming about Kang Daniel? Why do you think he is so popular?

Although he has too many charming features to choose from, I think it’s his smile. When you see Daniel's smile, your mood is instantly lifted! I also think Daniel’s own unique character, duality, considerate personality, and stunning dancing skills are some of the reasons he is so popular (Daniel has previously said that when he dances, he thinks about how the choreography matches the lyrics and tries to tell a story through his moves).

Have you ever seen Kang Daniel in person? If so, what was your impression of him?

I’ve seen him from right in front of the stage at his concert. I thought his smile was mesmerizing, his dancing was so elegant and beautiful, and that his legs were really long!

What are your top 3 Kang Daniel songs and why?

“What Are You Up To”, “Horizon”, and “I Hope”. I love that I get to see all the different sides to Daniel in the music videos for these songs. As he endured some hardships before the release of his solo album, I also feel that the lyrics for these tracks all have deeper meanings attached to them and express his feelings and emotions. For these reasons, I found these songs especially relatable.

What is your favorite Kang Daniel performance?

His debut showcase performance was incredibly moving; he had pushed through difficult times to be able to finally come out on stage as a solo act 😭

If you had to describe Kang Daniel as an animal, what animal would he be and why?

A Samoyed. Kang puppy… no further explanation is needed 😂


As a DANITY, what is your favorite thing about Kang Daniel?
They way he is always so thoughtful and considerate of his fans! 😍

If Kang Daniel came to the MMT office, what would be your reaction?

I think my legs would give out the moment I see Daniel.. but I still hope he would come to my desk 🙏

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If you could meet Kang Daniel, what is something you’d like to say to him?

Daniel~ “What Are You Up To” today?


Allison’s recommended picks to send you down the Kang Daniel rabbit hole:

Do we have any fellow DANITY out there? 🙋🙋🙋 What’s your story? How did you get to know and love Kang Daniel?

👇 MAKE for Kang Daniel to bring him to your city now! 👇

* All images, gifs and videos are copyright to their respective owners.

Jorja Smith: The Rising Queen of Soul

Jorja Smith: The Rising Queen of Soul

It’s time to add another R&B superstar to your playlists, TasteMakers! Our Artist of the Week is the fast-rising modern day Queen of Soul music: Jorja Smith.

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The British singer-songwriter has quickly captured the hearts of listeners around the world with her soulful vocals and poignant lyrics. Her vocal prowess was first discovered on YouTube after which she was scouted at the age of 15. At just 18, the emerging star was lauded by major artists Drake, Skrillex, and Stormzy after the self-release of her debut hit “Blue Lights” on SoundCloud.

Now, at the tender age of 22, she’s already got two Brit Awards under her belt along with countless collaborations with fellow industry giants (including the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Khalid, and Drake) as she continues to create timeless music.

This week, we take a look at Jorja Smith’s soulful progression through her album discography:

Project 11 (2016)

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Project 11 was the first EP to be released by Jorja Smith in 2016 when she was just 18 years old. The five-track compilation is raw, vulnerable, and refreshingly intimate as Smith recounts her personal experiences with heartbreak, independence, and growth. This soulfully crafted debut cemented Smith’s status as an artist to watch within the UK R&B scene. There’s “Something In The Way” she delivers her music that makes our hearts quake - listen to the live performance of the highlight track here:

On My Mind (feat. Preditah) (2017)

Smith released this hit single with grime artist Preditah a few months after the debut of Project 11, and we haven’t been able to get “On My Mind” off our minds since. She makes the sonic transition from her soulful balladry to this upbeat UK garage dance track with perfect elegance, showing off her versatility and taking the UK music scene by storm.

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Lost & Found (2018)

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Lost & Found is a treasure box that is the culmination of Smith’s work over a five-year period. Her debut album is filled with gems she had been writing from the ages of 16 to 21. Once again, Smith’s music is brashly honest and unapologetically her. She invites listeners to join her in her journey to discover herself and her place within this world in the form of audio bliss; Smith tackles a range of subjects such as love, youth, and social issues with so much heart and soul in this coming-of-age album that we’re left with a lump in our throats.

Lost & Found contains a goldmine of perfect tracks and it’s difficult to single out our top picks, but we recommend you start out with “Teenage Fantasy”, “The One”, “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”, and of course, her breakout track “Blue Lights”. Listen to the tunes and some of their amazing live renditions below 💎

Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy) (2019)

We come full circle to Smith’s latest single, where she teams up with Burna Boy for a 🔥🔥🔥 collaboration. Released just last month, the track features more of her sultry, honey-smooth vocals paired with reggaeton beats and tropical vibes. We KNOW summer is long gone, but can you blame us for wanting to keep this on repeat a little longer? The release of her first new single since Lost & Found keeps us on our toes in anticipation of Smith’s next steps!

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In case you couldn’t tell, this Queen of Soul has conquered our hearts 👑 💖

💥 MAKE for Jorja Smith to bring this vocal powerhouse to your city now! 💥


🔽 Jorja Smith live at NPR Music 🔽

🔽 Jorja Smith covers Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” 🔽