Last year, South Korea was overrun by some great new music, and some of that music came with beautifully shot music videos that had the KultScene team enthralled. So here we present our best K-pop music videos of 2017.
“Goodbye” by 2NE1
From the standpoint of my emotional attachment to 2NE1, this video, the group’s last, is still difficult for me to watch. At first glance it is easily the group’s darkest music video, filmed entirely in black and white. Starting with CL arising on a bed of ros...
"Ela disse" is authentic "carioca" swag: the easygoing vibe, the echoes of "chorinho", D2's samba-influenced flow... Well, I'm not really a fan of stereotypes, but in this case, it does apply. You can totally picture yourself in Rio de Janeiro when you listen to this track.
Team work makes the dream work, right? Sometimes, though, a collaboration might result in more than just great music.
25 best K-pop songs of 2017 | "Kokobop" by EXO, "Babe" by Hyuna, "Spring day" by BTS, "Move" by Taemin
There’s no denying that it’s a solemn time for the K-pop community. But it’s during sad times that it’s important to think about what puts a smile on our faces, and for a lot of people, that’s K-pop. Throughout 2017, artist gave us a lot of songs that made us feel happy and made us dance, which then gave us a lot of good times. And while it was hard to narrow down our absolute favorites of the year, here are our 25 best.
25. “Love” by DEAN feat. Syd
DEAN’s emotional sensitivity is always pres...
While the year may be closing in a very sad and unfortunate manner with the passing of a K-pop icon, artists consistently delivered memorable songs throughout 2017. This year saw a lot of great moments from some of Korea’s most popular new acts, while newer acts also proved their worth with addicting, sleekly-produced music.
Art metaphors and comparisons with great painters are not rare in hip hop - as you've seen from Beenzino's Dali, Van, Picasso; and as you can see now with Delaware hip hop duo The 49ers.
A member of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg died in 2016, but left an interesting solo work too.
If you’ve been keeping up with mainstream pop music for the last 5 or 6 years, you probably must have noticed that traditional song structures are really dying. In the context of Brazilian pop, the songs of Pabllo Vittar are a good example of music’s recent obsession with getting straight to the point.
Here’s a cool song for you to just chill and be grateful for your life, in a non cheesy way. Relax and think of the good things about your life. Your life is good.
K-pop boyband SF9’s “O Sole Mio” (hangul: 오솔레미오) is a song that blends the standard EDM & hip hop music styles that have been trending for almost a decade in K-pop, with tropical house trends that landed in Korea around 2016, plus Spanish influences that can effortlessly be credited to the thunderous success of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”, and lyrics that outpace the usual bilingual spectrum of K-pop (which is known for combining Korean and English lyrics).
The amount of information accessible to an average human being has never been so big. Recently, a song that synthesizes all these dazed feelings caught my attention.
Much has been said about how the future of music is to be utilitarian. Although I do believe in this, at the same time I don’t think mainstream pop music and pop culture in general will die.
Pop music has never been the same since the key point of songs became the post-chorus with little or no vocals and a hook mostly composed of notes played by synthesizers. Recently, though, one song walked a path slightly different.
What do you do with the sadness when you’re in a position to make others feel good? Where do you put it when you need to hide it?