A few days back (from this post), a new Korean boy-band, WINNER, released their debut album (S/S). I had a listen to this album, and I must say, it is brilliant!! My favorite tracks from the album are Smile Again, Different, I’m Him, Love is a Lie, and Don’t Flirt. It has been 2 days, and I still cannot get over how epic this album is. I must congratulate WINNER, for coming a long way (they had to compete against other YG trainees for the chance to debute), and I must congratulate YG Entertainment for giving us fans high quality music this year… First we saw the debute of Akdong Musician, and now we get WINNER. 2014 belongs to YG Entertainment.

The track list for WINNER's debut album
The track list for WINNER’s debut album

A Little About WINNER

WINNER is a 5 male Korean Pop group. The group became “official” after they beat other YG Trainees in the Reality TV Show, W.I.N (Who Is Next) – they were known as Team A, during the reality show. How the show worked was the public decided (through voting) who they wanted to debut as WINNER.

The group consists of 5 members – Kang Seung-yoon, Song Minho, Nam Taehyun, Kim Jinwoo, and Lee Seunghoon. The leader of the group is Kang Seung-yoon, who was a contestant in the talent show Superstar K2 (reached the final 4). Lee Seunghoon was a former contestant of KPop Starz Season 1, where he came in 4th Place. The CEO of YG Entertainment (Yang Hyun-Suk) recruited Seunghoon. Song Minho was an underground rapper, who became a trainee and was going to debut with Block B, but he left due to personal reasons. In 2011, he made his debut in the group BoM, which got disbanded due to lack of popularity – he joined YG in 2013 through auditions. Kim Jinwoo was brought into YG Entertainment by Seungri (from Bigbang) after seeing the potential he had. Nam Taehyun joined YG Entertainment after auditioning. Kim Jinwoo and Nam Taehyun were backup dancers for the YG Family concert in 2011.

Music Video’s

In addition to their debut album, the group released 2 awesome music video’s – Empty and Color Ring, which are both sitting at around 1 million views at the time of this post.

My Final Thoughts

I must say that I applaud both YG for giving us such high quality music, and new groups with such rich talent (Akdong Musician and WINNER). I really love WINNER’s debut album, it is well grounded (has the perfect mix of vocals and rap). I would love to see WINNER grow and become successful around the world. WINNER has come a very long way; I love the stories of each member….I hope they will continue working hard and making us fans happy!!


A Little Something Extra

I woke up quite late, so I decided to record myself singing the chorus to Smile Again. This song has become my “happy place” song, and I think it will be a long time before I am over this song 🙂