It's comeback season... well, 2016 has pretty much been one long, extended comeback season filled with feels, tears, cheers, abs, hair color changes and drained bank accounts. @Helixx here to talk to you about what the fall comeback season has in store for us.
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Writer@Helixx, Kpop Lead Monster
Kpop has been on fire this year, hasn't it?
With the hot debuts of multiple NCT sub-units, Astro, BLACKPINK, Gugudan, I.O.I, KNK and Vromance (just to name a few), and the insane comeback schedule of big artists like VIXX, EXO, BTOB, Madtown, History, Taeyeon, Lee Hi, Twice, BTS, Amber and MANY more, Kpop fans have had much to look forward to in 2016. On top of new Korean releases, we saw CL attempt to crossover into the U.S. market with the release of her English track "Lifted".
All of this is fine and dandy, but it seems like the big releases have all grouped together over short spans of time. Is this a calculated attack on our bank accounts? Is it designed to target our feels in the most destructive manner possible? Or, is it simply a coincidence? I can tell you I have barely survived 2016 thus far. If you're like me then you're feels have also come under heavy fire.
Sadly, it doesn't look like it's going to get any better as September and October seem to be loaded up for max kills. Let's recap what the September winds have blown our way thus far:
Red Velvet - Russian Roulette
Red Velvet came back with this catchy synth-pop tune about the frivolous nature of relationships. The music video features scenes of the members attempting to off each other mixed with retro graphics and matching 80's styling.
THE MOBB SERIES
YG decided to completely annihilate the feels of every Bobby and Mino stan by releasing their solo debuts just a day apart. And if that wasn't enough, Papa YG thought it best to release their Sub-Unit only a day later. Isn't YG so kind?
BOBBY - HOLUP
With his debut track Bobby boasts about his rap prowess with the line "I’m the Jackie Chan of rap" and talks about how dope a party in his palace might be. The video showcases a Bobby-induced house party as well as the aftermath spliced with weirdly placed special effects. ***WARNING*** Bobby is without a shirt in half the video.
MINO - BODY
On Body, Mino laments the end of a relationship through the memories of intimate moments with his ex. The song starts off with the lines "I miss your body, Your ticklish breath. I remember vaguely. I can’t feel you. I miss your body, Your flowing hair. I remember vaguely. So where are you?"
The music video expertly recreates "flashbacks" mixed with scenes of self-destruction. There is a particularly steamy pool scene and moments where Mino is reminiscent of G-Dragon in the Loser era. ***WARNING*** I have two words for you. Mino's backside.
MOBB (feat. KUSH) - HIT ME
On this fun track Bobby and Mino just want to have a good time. They're calling everyone, young and old to come out and party it up. "Come on two feet, leave on all fours" is an actual line referencing just how messed up they intend to get. The MV is the story of two guys going out for a night of dancing and shenanigans and ends with the boys getting hunted down by the police... just your average Monday night is all. BONUS: Listen for the GDxTOP reference.
MOBB - FULL HOUSE
For the final release from the Ikon and Winner Rapper duo, the boys again just want to have a good time and possibly get a little freaky. Lines from the song include "Come down on a pole like the devil" and "you can drink like an elephant". The MV has a more refined feel to it than Hit Me and features scantily clad ladies, a couch in the sand and the boys throwing dollar bills. Mino pays homage to GD once more with a quintessential dance move and the Queen of Kpop, CL, makes a cameo.
2PM - Promise (I'll be)
The long awaited comeback of JYP boy group 2PM gave us an up tempo synthesized song about a man ready to commit to the woman he loves. The music video showed us the rooftops of european cathedrals, an adorable romp in the bedroom and the smoldering good looks of the group's members.
INFINITE - The Eye
This melodic dance track pairs a heavy beat with the beauty of stringed instruments and an intense breakdown. The song itself is about finding the strength to let go of a relationship that did more harm to you than good. The MV has a very cinematic feel to it, with a story line that leaves us with more questions than answers and makes us wonder how long Woollim Entertainment will make us wait to find out what happens next.
BTOB- BLUE - Stand By Me
BTOB's first sub-unit debuted with a soulful ballad about being able to watch the one you love move on to find love with another. The vocal line asks "Please stand by me just a little bit more, until I can smile at you when I see you" The vocal abilities we are accustomed to hearing from this quartet shine bright while the simplistic nature of the MV allows us to truly appreciate the gifts these boys offer the listener.
MAMAMOO - NEW YORK
In this funky new track, the girls dream of a night on the town in none other than New York City. Hwasa's sultry vocals shine, adding a jazzy vibe to this upbeat tune. The MV follows their unique NYC journey as they paint the town and make adorable Instagram moments.
Those were some amazing offerings so far, don't you think? Which was your favorite?
But now it's time to see what we have in store... Brace yourselves.
GOT7 - TURBULENCE
In just seven days the boys of GOT7 are back to give us... Answers? More questions? Kill our feels? We'll find out in a week's time who is dead and who is still alive. Gosh darn it, these cliff hangers are brutal!!
MONSTA X - THE CLAN 2.5 PART 2. GUILTY
MX will release Part 2 of their CLAN series in just 14 short days. As with the All In MV, can we expect a continuation of the storyline? Will Wonho show his abs again? Is Hyungwon dead? Will our feels survive this comeback?
BTS - WINGS
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about BTS's October comeback which will take the form of a FULL ALBUM. During the month of September BigHit trolled ARMYs by releasing a series of short films... if you haven't watched them, I warn you to do so at your own risk.
Fan theories are running wild and can be seen in every corner of the internet. Again, will BTS finally answer our questions, or leave us hanging on for another comeback?
That's not all though. The list of comebacks coming our way include:
Crayon Pop 9/26
Dal Shabet TBA
GIRLS GIRLS 10/11
Lay (EXO- Solo debut) TBA
Jeon Ji-yoon TBA
NCT (sub-unit debut) TBA
GIRL'S DAY TBA
Ladies' Code TBA
Sechs Kies TBA
That is a pretty long list of artists who plan to release new music over the next 41 days. Are you ready?
Which comeback or debut are you most excited about?
*Sources: The Dreamcatcher Initiative, Wikipedia, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, STARSHIP Entertainment.
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