I’ve been itching to share this since it came out, but just haven’t had the time. My comments still stand: BTS is amazing when it comes to promoting their new music. Everything that has transpired since the release of “Dynamite” is above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The range and diversity in the type of content they release as well as how every single performance is different from each other is what makes this promotion so exciting.
I must have watched this Tiny Desk performance over 10 times now. While I haven’t missed a “Dynamite” performance yet, this one hits a bit different. Look at how much fun they’re having as a group together! See how much their vocals are able to shine when they have a live band behind them in this intimate environment? While their performances are incredible, this one brings their vocals to the forefront.
The content is never ending with these guys and we definitely don’t hate it! In their new 70’s remix, their music video appears with pop up bubbles that highlight facts behind the song and messages from each member. It’s a fun and cute way to continue on the momentum they have with this single and to give fans more content from them.
We’re taking a little break from the K-pop and picking something completely different! This reminds me a lot of some of the music I used to listen to a few years back. I’m getting Gorillaz vibes, but love the intersection between alternative and hip hop here.
It has become the norm that I find myself doing an endless list of chores and errands on the weekends now. What is it even like to be outdoors for a long period of time and be social? I don’t know anymore! Luckily for us, there are a few things to keep us busy. I’ve found a way to have things to look forward to even in this pandemic election time mess.
What We’re Watching: PEN15 Season 2
A new season of PEN15 has arrived on Hulu! Never have I ever felt so uncomfortable and awkward watching a series, but have also found such joy. PEN15 is so cringe because it reminds us of the strange pre-teen/teenage years we all thought we left behind. Having it resurface is a bit of a trigger, but the two leads (and writers!) of the show, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle do a phenomenal job of depicting this. It has been some time in between seasons so I’m hoping I can savor it as opposed to watching it all in one weekend.
What We’re Listening To: Dynamite (NightTime version) by BTS
We’re now listening to “Dynamite” on a daily basis, but because they’ve remixed this single so many times, I can listen to about eight different versions of it. Every day could be a different remix. I’ve never heard of a nighttime remix before, but the versions on this (there are 5!) are much more laid back and chill than the original versions or even the daytime remix. Pick the one that reflects your mood!
I bought this from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale on discount and even though I’ve had this for a month, it’s the first time I’m wearing it today! We’re not spending much time out today, but it’s the perfect cozy piece for home, lounging around, or over your activewear. Even if times were normal, I would wear this out to a brunch or daily errands.
What We’re Eating: Dim Sum
One of my favorite weekend traditions growing up was going out for dim sum with my family. With everything going on, I can’t remember having it since even before the pandemic. Luckily, we’re picking up all of my favorites today to go. It may not be exactly the same experience, but we’ll take it! Here’s hoping that everything returns to normal soon so that we can continue moving forward with all of the things we want to do in a safe and healthy way.
With a new album and a Netflix documentary out next month, BLACKPINK is building up their fans to get hyped over their new releases. This week, they are on the cover of Elle Magazine. It’s major news considering that they are the hottest girl group out right now and on a US cover. Since the ladies have always been known for their style, this photo shoot is no different. The visuals are absolutely stunning. In addition to photos below the cut, we also included a fun “Song Association” they did with Elle!
Netflix is getting in on the KPOP train by announcing that a BLACKPINK documentary will be released October 14th. Maybe it’s coincidence, but the BTS documentary is being released just around the corner as well. Titled “Light Up the Sky,” the documentary is dropping shy of a couple weeks after their latest album. To celebrate this announcement, Netflix will also let you change your profile icon to be one of its 4 members: Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa or Rosé.
“Light Up the Sky” will show us never-before-seen footage from their trainee days, the recording process, and of course, the iconic Coachella performance. The ladies of BLACKPINK have had an exciting summer between the release of “How You Like That” and collaborations with Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga on “Ice Cream” and “Sour Candy” respectively. All this build up leading to the documentary will surely not disappoint. We’re marking our calendars now for the premiere date!
Our summer is coming to a close, but one thing I do not want you to sleep on is how many incredible bops came out this summer, specifically in the K-pop world. Kevin is annoyed with me because I create a playlist for every season of the year and this year’s summer playlist is 75% in Korean. I, on the other hand, love it! For a long time, I think one of the things that held me back with K-pop is whether or not I could enjoy it if it was in another language I couldn’t understand. I know now that that doesn’t matter. Music is music and why can’t we overcome these barriers?
It was a big deal that BTS released their first all-English single, “Dynamite” this summer. They’re already considered the most popular boy band in the world, but they are now getting even more recognition in America because of this. While it’s something they’ve longed for for years, I still hope that people will see how much all of their previous work mattered. And more importantly, how good Kpop can be in general. I’ve rounded up my favorite singles that have been released this summer because we’re always in the market for new music aren’t we? We’ll get the obvious ones out of the way first:
Maybe I’m just too hyped up on BTS right now, but I truly do not recall any other American artist or group promoting their singles as much as KPOP stars do. There was so much build up around the release of “Dynamite” and since its release, we’ve gotten continuous content from them. Anticipation for their first live performance of the single at the MTV Video Music Awards was high. Following that, we’ve gotten videos of them singing along to the song (selfie style,) dance practice, and even a compilation video of the army singing. Promotion for “Dynamite” is non-stop so it’s easy to see why the single continues to perform. Can anyone remember the last time someone in the states even did something like this though?
Initially, we were going to use this post to share our favorite performances. We thought there would be more than two, but we landed on just BTS and Chloe x Halle. In all honesty, this year’s award show is weird. The whole year has been weird, but because everything was done mostly remote, it’s hard to keep consistency. Even as much as I love BTS and their new song “Dynamite,” I hated that everything was done a green screen. It made the performance look cheap despite how well they did on vocals and dancing. They deserved so much more! They still took home four awards and to have a performance like this on a more mainstream network is a huge win for army.
Chloe x Halle were part of the pre-show and should have been promoted to the real award show. This was a missed opportunity because their vocals were amazing as usual. Their performance could have easily been swapped with someone that they had on the lineup.