K-Pop In Review 2015: Tracks That Blew My 2015
As 2015 comes to an end, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on tracks and/or comebacks that “redefined” me. Note that these are tracks/comebacks that really did it for me – I may have missed some comebacks or tracks. One of the reasons why I love K-Pop so much is because I know, and I can see, these groups and/or artists work really hard in delivering outstanding tracks/albums and keeping fans happy.
K-Pop in 2015 has been great – I felt K-Pop was slow at the start of the year. Now that the year is coming to an end, the genre has gotten REALLY busy… We had iKON, then Ailee, then f(x), then VIXX, then BAP, and BTS. I am glad my class marks were high, I can afford getting slayed by K-Pop this November 🙂 . #IWasNeverReady
4Minute’s Comeback 2015
4 Minute never ceases to impress me. The group came with an explosive music video this year, titled “Crazy”. It’s completely different to their other music video’s like “Volume Up” or “Watcha Doing Today”. The girls went gangster in this music video – which I thought was really awesome.
The group released a mini album which comes with 7 sweet tracks – my favorites are “Crazy”, “Show Me”, and “간지럽혀 (Tickle Tickle Tickle)”. 4Minute did a great job in opening business for 2015 🙂
INFINITE Comeback 2015
Another comeback that gave my blood that “kick”… INFINITE released a mini album, titled “Reality” with their comeback music video. The mini album is amazing – my favorite tracks are “Moonlight”, “엔딩을 부탁해 (Up to You)”, “마주보며 서 있어 (Between Me & You)” and “Bad”.
INFINITE never fails at delivering great music… at times I just play INFINITE songs because they are that good.
EXO’s “EXODUS” Comeback 2015
Expect nothing less from EXO!! These guys kicked K-Pop up several notches with their “Call Me Baby” music video and their full album… I remember being slayed by the album like it was one week ago. The album was so good that I joined in on a fan group order, on the South African’s Who Love K-Pop Facebook group. I wrote about my experience after the album had reached my post office.
My favorite tracks on this album were…. ALL OF THEM!!!! Every track is impressive… from the upbeat “Call Me Baby” and Transformer… to the mellow “시선 둘, 시선 하나 (What If..)” and “My Answer”. The tracks “in between” are amazing… EXODUS, HURT, PLAY BOY, LADY LUCK!!
My heart and brain got shaken up from EXO’s comeback! Love this group!
Just recently, the group released “Lightsaber” – a collaboration project with the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”… loving the track!!
BIGBANG’s Comeback 2015
Bigbang!! When they announced their comeback, my feels exploded!! YG Entertainment has been creative when it comes to announcing comebacks – they keep their fan bases in suspense by releasing mysterious “Who Is Next” images (which have a date and time) on their social media accounts.
What was interesting about Bigbang (and even iKON) comeback was that it was “streched” over 4 months if I remember right – each month 2 tracks would be released, together with a music video or two. My favorite songs from Bigbang’s comeback is “If You”, “Bang Bang Bang” and “We Like 2 Party”.
Prior to their comeback, each member was busy with their own activities – Taeyang delivered an outstanding full album last year, I think T.O.P was filming a movie, Daesung was busy with his Japanese album, heard Seungri released an album.
Ailee Comeback 2015
This I totally did not expect – Ailee to be joining iKON slaying October! I love Ailee so much!! She released two music video’s – “Mind Your Own Business” and “Insane”… both are amazing! She went further and gave us a full album, which I play everyday! My favorite tracks are “잔을 채우고 (Filling Up My Glass)”, “사람이 왜 그래 (How Can Someone Be Like This)”, “Insane”, “Love Recipe”, and “너나 잘해 (Mind Your Own Business)”.
Ailee’s powerful voice just slays me every time! I should probably order some Ailee Merchandise.
iKON Comeback 2015
Everyone had been talking about iKON for ages… “When are they having their comeback?”… The group stole the hearts of many fans around the world, after their outstanding performance on “Mix and Match”. 2015 came, and they kicked our feels into excitement mode when they announced their début.
iKON kicked off their début with “My Type” which I think is an amazing track. I know some people may have not “felt” the track – they were expecting an upbeat track. I am loving what I am hearing so far – “My Type”, “Airplane”, “M.U.P”, “Rhythm Ta” are my favorites.
The group is set to release the last half of their début album on the 16th November 2015.
VIXX LR Debut 2015
Can I start off by saying this Mini Album blew my ears away! Every track is impressive!! My favorite track is “할 말 (Words To Say) – Leo Solo”. The levels of eargasm I experienced just from this track went off the charts!! Let us not forget that tight raping in “Ghost (Ravi Solo)”. Ghost became my war anthem when I go write semester tests… and the results haven’t been disappointing 🙂
This mini album stands at the top of the list for me… every track on this mini album is equally enjoyable for me – there are no tracks that I have neglected, to hear others. I cannot wait for the day this sub-unit releases a full album and several music video’s… I think when that happens they will break K-Pop 😀
VIXX Comeback 2015
At the time of writing this post, this music video had just over 1 million views – I honestly believe it deserves way more than that. VIXX never fails at delivering outstanding tracks and performances. The group has proven that they work extremely hard and they are highly talented – this is clear with their “Voodoo Doll” music video (which I thought was amazing), together with their “Voodoo Doll” and “Error” albums.
If you thought VIXX activity was going to end with VIXX LR, you were wrong 🙂 – The group announced they would be having their comeback in November 2015. They released a full album together with an impressive music video “Chained Up” – great choreography, great visuals, and those chokers they wore…. yoh!
Tracks that Stood Out for me are:, 사슬 (Chained Up), MAZE, Stop It Girl, Hot Enough, Spider, Error, Eternity and 부시시 (Out of Sorts).
f(x) Comeback 2015
This comeback took me for surprise – I was not expecting the girls to make a comeback so soon, after releasing “Red Light”.
f(x) joined in on the “November Comeback” craze, and released “4Walls” – a great music video and song, and a great full album. When listening to this album, it sounded like the “UK House” I hear on the streets. This album gave me the “club” feels to it – if the local clubs played f(x)’s album they would see me checking in every second night 🙂
My favorite tracks from this album are “4Walls”, “Deja Vu”, “X”, “Rude Love”, “Diamond” and “Cash Me Out”. A great album from f(x).
BAP Comeback 2015
“Best K-Pop music video 2015″… BAP takes that award!! Loved how this music video has a beyond impressive set, outstanding choreography and camera work, and the members of the group just slaying us! After watching this music video, I was in a state of shock – amazed at how this music video blew me out of my seat! This must have been a high budget music video.
The group released a mini album, titled “MATRIX”. My favorite songs on this album are “Young, Wild and Free”, “Take You There” and “Blind”. November 2015 clearly was a tight month for K-Pop!
RaNiA Comeback 2015
I am really happy for Rania! They made history when Alexandra Reid became the first Black-American to be part of a K-Pop group!! I hope to see more and more of the new group!!
I hope the girls release a full album next year – I believe this was not the right time for their comeback – they should have filmed with Alex present (the modified version of the music video looks like Alex filmed her part at a different time to the filming of the music video). Nevertheless, I am really, really happy Rania is back in business and they made history in the K-Pop world!
My favorite tracks from the mini album are “Demonstrate”, “Get Out”, “Up” and “Demonstrate (Rap ver)”. I really love what Rania did this year!!
BTS Comeback 2015
BTS was the last group to wrap things up in November. They dropped their mini album “Most Beautiful Moments in Life Pt. 2” together with the “Run” music video… A great track and music video! (Hehehe, there was one part that reminded me of Bigbang’s Sober MV). My favorite tracks in the album are “Run”, Whaleen 52, Butterfly, 뱁새 (Crow Tit), and Ma City.
How am I still alive after BTS slayed 🙁
IU Comeback 2015
I cannot believe I am only hearing of IU in 2015… Her voice is amazing!! Her songs are a little different to what you would hear – they not fast songs, not too slow either, just done right… I was not a fan of “23”, but after listening to her mini album and getting a feel of her songs, I have grown to love this song!! I just want to see more of IU, she’s amazing!!
IU dropped her mini album, titled “Chat Shire” – the tracks are really good!! My favorites are “Zeze”, “스물셋 Twenty-Three”, “Red Queen”, “Shoes” and “Knees”… I just don’t see how people could hate on IU, she’s truly amazing!!
The Last Thought
K-Pop started off slow, then it picked up the moment EXO came into the scene – they shook things up. The K-Pop that came out this year was amazing. I hope 2016 will be a great year, like 2015. I would love AKMU, 2NE1, Lee Hi and maybe Lydia Paek to make their comebacks! I really miss them!