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Week in Review, 6/10 to 6/23
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Week in Review, 6/10 to 6/23

Hello everyone! We are back with a special fortnightly wrap-up of the news:

Warning: The following contains mentions of suicide and self harm that may be distressing.

Trainee Han Soe-hee, who was involved in Big Bang rapper T.O.Ps recent marijuana scandal, was sentenced to four years probation for drug purchase and use.

Nuests Baekho has been accused of molestation by a former classmate; Pledis has been quick to deny the allegations, while other members of the public appear to have come forward in defence of Baekho.

Black Pinks As If Its Your Last Is An Effective Summer Song
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Black Pinks As If Its Your Last Is An Effective Summer Song

Nearly 7 months since their last dual title tracks through the SQUARE series, Black Pink is back with an upbeat summer hit whilst preparing for their SQUARE THREE release. Along with a chock full of bright colours, ostentatious outfits and seasonal motifs, As If Its Your Last lyrically captures the youthful spontaneity of summer.

The song starts off with a colour palette that matches the groups namesake before it starts to become interspersed with cheery summer colours. It also starts off with the beat that is reminiscent of Boombayah but progresses to be more lively than its predecessor. The mish-mash of vibrant sets is a signature of YG and for a song like this, the calculated chaos works to enhance the MV rather than distract the viewer.

The Conclusion of Lee Byung-huns Blackmail Scandal
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The Conclusion of Lee Byung-huns Blackmail Scandal

It seems there is finally some resolution to the Lee Byung-hun scandal that erupted in August of 2014. On Thursday January 15, a Seoul court sentenced Kim Da-hee and Lee Ji-yeon to one year, and one year two months of jail time, respectively, for their participation in the blackmailing of actor Lee Byung-hun.

The scandal began in August of 2014 when Lee Byung-hun turned to law enforcement claiming he was being blackmailed for a sum of 5 billion Korean Won by GLAM member Da-hee and model Lee Ji-yeon. The two women had supposedly threatened to release a video/cell phone recording of the three drinking together while carrying on conversations perceived as too lewd and inappropriate for a married man and two women nearly half his age. Lee Byung-huns representatives did not deny that Lee was familiar with the two women, but claimed their relationship was purely as acquaintances who met through mutual friends.

Monsta X dedicates Shine Forever to Fans
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Monsta X dedicates Shine Forever to Fans

Monsta X has steadily been gaining a stronger foothold within the K-pop industry since their debut and with each release, they getting more and more popular with the support of their fans. So, theyve decided to say thank you to their fans with Shine Forever. Its the final chapter of the X Clan and is a slower tempo song compared to their usual fare. Monsta X favors aggressive beats and synths, and their music is often in-your-face and demands to be heard, so its nice to see them do a slower song. The structure of the song seems to echo off of All In through its construction.

Mamamoo is Funny and Confident in Yes I Am MV
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Mamamoo is Funny and Confident in Yes I Am MV

Mamamoo isnt the typical girl group. They arent super cutesy, nor are they overly sexy. They manage to hit that balance of mature and confident while still being silly and accessible to both fans and non-fans. Their command of the retro style coupled with strong vocals and a signature style and sound has helped them create a niche in which they truly excel at. And while they seem to have a habit of starting controversy around their comebacks, theres no denying that their star is on the rise. Mamamoos latest single, Yes I Am is a summer single that combines all the girls strengths into a fun, colorful MV thats perfect for the season.

Cosmic Girls Strike Gold With Happy
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Cosmic Girls Strike Gold With Happy

Out with the hardcore cosmic scenes and sounds of “Secret” and “I Wish and in with the catchiest and poppiest song of the summer, Cosmic Girls Happy. The song itself is a delectable and delicious pop song. It comes from the same family as Twice’s formula, but put in hyper drive and blasted through a cloud of pixie stick dust.

The song sounds like the caffeinated version of “Cheer Up” or I.O.I’s “Very Very Very,” another beat-driven pop song. The sound isnt completely new in a K-pop sense, but the fact that WJSN never takes a break is what makes their take on mainstream pop a unique and fresh hit. The song features acid synth counter melodies, aggressive ascending scales, and escalating percussion sounds. Combine all of this with a chorus that drops a hook that could land a whale its a certified summer bop.

NCT 127’s Cherry Bomb Album is the Bomb
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NCT 127’s Cherry Bomb Album is the Bomb

The thing about NCT is that all of its subunits are extremely niche groups — NCT U has that futuristic sound, NCT Dream takes on a youthful and playful feel, and NCT 127 goes for the tough, hardcore aura. Because a lot of their music is quite experimental and, for a lack of better word, “neo”, it is understandable that there are extremely mixed reactions, which is pretty much the response to NCT127’s latest release Cherry Bomb.

Day6 Endure More Heartbreak in You Were Beautiful
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Day6 Endure More Heartbreak in You Were Beautiful

Depending on how things ended in your last relationship, you hold certain memories of that person. You may remember all of the cuddles and kisses, or you could dwell on the fights and tears, but most times there is an intersectionality that occurs between these memories. You might recall an argument that was later resolved through an apology. It could also be the reverse with you remembering a wonderful date going horribly awry. The point is one cant always separate the good and bad memories of a relationship because they are intertwined. You hold on to everything, regardless of whether things were beautiful or ugly.

9Muses’ “Remember” is a Haunting Mystery
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9Muses’ “Remember” is a Haunting Mystery

9Muses’ “Remember” begins with a bang literally. It opens in a dilapidated, ominous corridor that wouldn’t be out of place in a haunted house, and a little over ten seconds later, a gunshot rings out. Thus, the viewer is hooked from the beginning, keen to understand what happened and why. With a sound that matches the MV well and a visual palette that is a feast for the eyes, this is a great comeback for the currently 4-member group. That said, the audience should beware it implies and outright shows some troubling and potentially triggering themes and images, as does this review.

Bolbbalgan4s and 20 Years of Ages Ordinary We Loved
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Bolbbalgan4s and 20 Years of Ages Ordinary We Loved

With the summer season around the corner, new beginnings for adventures, experiences, and  love are also in the air among the youth. However, beginnings cannot exist without endings, just like how summer cannot start until spring ends. We go through these parts of life, such as ending of a school year, leaving a job for a better one, or in the case of Bolbbalgan4’s and 20 Years of Age’s “We Loved,” the end of a relationship.  In this new hit single, a love is reaching its end at the start of this summer season. It depicts a change in relationship between a couple whose love has lost its spark.