Ahead of their album release, I did an AMA with followers on my Instagram about all things BTS. I probably had too much fun answering these. While it was great in this format, I wanted to capture this on Yow Yow! too. Here are some of the questions and answers from this session and with a little more elaboration for some.
Whose fashion style do you like the most?
I can absolutely say for certain that this belongs to Taehyung. In general, he has figured out what styles have worked for him and in what feels like a shorter amount of time. I also joke with a friend that whoever his stylist was during the “Dynamite” era deserves a pay raise. This period of time was made for him. Runner-up after Taehyung would be Jimin.
Favorite Song That’s Not Wildly Popular?
Paradise. Growing up, I heavily leaned towards more of an R&B style and similar songs like this one in their catalog always end up being my favorite. There’s a very sultry feel to the single which can likely be credited to Jungkook and Jimin, but everyone does their part well. I’ve loved this song for a long time, but always thought it never got enough attention. Actually [NME] has a post where they rank every BTS song and this one is ranked 25 and should be higher in my opinion.
Which song has your favorite choreography?
This is easy for me – “ON.” I was introduced to BTS through “Boy With Luv,” but when “ON” premiered, I was watching this music video repeatedly to try and learn this choreography. I don’t feel like there’s anything that even compares to this level of technicality in choreography pieces. This is not only my favorite piece from them, but likely my favorite of all time from any artist or musician.
Last week was the first time I had ever heard anything from Kara, but it’s the hook that drew me in. Sound familiar? Kara pays homage to the classic “1 Thing” by Amerie released in 2005. Once you hear it, you’ll remember why you loved it so much. We love her spin on this which totally transforms her song and making it her own.
I often times get asked what the demographic of fans looks like for a K-pop group like BTS. Naturally, you want to assume it is young teenage girls. We associate it with that because for some of us, as young teenage girls ourselves, we loved boy bands growing up. The phenomenon around BTS though is that they don’t cater to one specific type of demographic. Attend one of their concerts and you’ll find a mixed crowd with people from all different age groups. Think because the majority of their songs are sung in Korean that the fans won’t sing along at their shows? Wrong. Their fans all over the world can sing in Korean too. After being an army for five months now, I’m not even able to pinpoint what type of genre they lean towards. They can do it all.
In things that popped up on my YouTube feed today was the most endearing video of two Army fans meeting each other for the first time. Despite that age gap, they’ve got quite a bit in common with each other.
At some point, we’re going to have to address how we feel about Asians being portrayed in shows like this. We tolerated House of Ho, but one episode into Bling Empire and I’m already finding it’s a lot less cringe-y. Actually, it is more comparable to Selling Sunset, which people (myself included) seemed to love on Netflix. In the first episode of Bling Empire, we get to know the players and the competitive drama between Anna and Christine. It’s wildly childish, but it’s not my life so I find it highly entertaining!
What We’re Listening To: Death Cab For Cutie – The Georgia EP
Death Cab has always been a constant in my life since I was young so we’ll never miss any kind of release from them. The E.P. itself is short and sweet, but we’ll take what we can get in this pandemic. My favorite tracks so far seem to be “Flirted With You All My Life” and “Metal Heart.” There’s a charming cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls” included that I also think is worth a listen.
What We’re Wearing: Hunter Rain Boots
We were in muddier areas this past week and it was the perfect excuse to slip these on. When I was living in Seattle, this was considered a staple. I haven’t had much use for them in California, but I knew I couldn’t leave them behind. Not only are they perfect for rainy days, which may actually be leaving us as we inch closer to spring, but these will protect you in any smaller streams that you may cross. Those occurrences are rare, but this actually happened this week!
What We’re Eating: Crab Arancini
I was craving pizza earlier this week and have a weakness for Beretta’s Margherita Burrata. It pairs perfectly with their crab arancini that they have as an appetizer so I added this to my order as well. It’s the perfect snack, but I’d happily and easily turn this into a meal. They also serve it with a sauce that reminds me of a sriracha mayo that I honestly need to just have on hand in my kitchen at all times.
This song blew up only a week ago, but already I feel behind in posting this today! Y’all know how much of a fan I am of TikTok. It’s incredible to see how viral new songs can become on this platform and translate into popularity off of the app. Through repetition and hearing this song over and over again on videos, I came to know all about Olivia’s suspected drama with her ex and I can’t believe how invested I am in this now. Regardless, all drama aside, the song’s lyrics are even being compared to that of Taylor Swift who is known for these types of songs. Olivia has now set a high bar for herself and we’re looking forward to the next single after this one!
It actually wasn’t long ago that we shared Jazmine Sullivan’s song with H.E.R. as a recent “Song of the Day.” From start to finish, this Tiny Desk (home) concert was incredible. I’ve said this before, but music has really been one of those things that has been healing for me personally throughout this pandemic. Whether I’m working through the days, it brings a kind of warmth to my home that I never utilized before. That may be because mostly we rarely home before. Now, we’re finding better ways to fully use that space and sound is what I’ve been leaning into. Despite a raging pandemic, I’m glad that Tiny Desk Concerts have continued in this format.
Before I read this article, I didn’t even know that the Super Bowl Halftime show was only 12 minutes long. It always seemed much longer to be, but now reading 12 minutes, that seems like nothing. Pepsi said the decision to double the time was because we all missed out on a ton of live performances this year and they want this performance to feel like a concert. That seems nice. I also think The Weeknd sort of deserves something like this especially after getting shut out from The Grammys.
Army will never cease to amaze me. As soon as this advertisement was released by Coca-Cola earlier this week, fans of BTS jumped all of this. Somehow they immediately knew that the voice in this ad belonged to Jungkook and was then followed by the rest of the vocal line. There’s even a separate video that plays this song and identifies at which point each member is singing. This wouldn’t be the first time the group has done a beverage ad before, but you may notice that this tune is once again, all in English. Naturally, it is a bop and we need the full track now.