YG's newest princess made her comeback on July 22nd with her bubbly single, "What You Waiting For."
I think this was a really strong comeback for Somi and fit her style and youthfulness well. I personally like it a lot better than her debut, as it was more subtle and less in your face. "Birthday" was a little too much like Taylor Swift's "Me!" for my liking. Teddy, YG's main producer, tends to lean more towards the mainstream pop side of music with very hard-hitting backing instrumentation. While this song isn't anything too far out of Teddy's comfort zone, it is a lot lighter and more unique than just being a carbon copy of a Blackpink song which is a carbon copy of a 2ne1 song. (Not saying that's a bad thing! Teddy just has a very specific genre that he produces.)
Former YG soloist, Lee Hi, is back with an emotional single to pull at your heartstrings.
This song is very heartfelt and melancholy and it fit well with Lee Hi's naturally soulful voice. You could really feel the emotion coming through. The lyrics focus heavily on loneliness as well as the idea that while the healing process after a loved one leaves your life is a long one, it is one that will happen eventually. It is quite a sad song, but hopeful at the same time. This contrast fit the theme well I think because it reinforced the idea that while there will be times that you feel defeated, hope is always out there.
EXO's lovable subunit, EXO SC, is back with a fun new track - as well as music videos for a b-side and a solo song for each member! While they had a total of four releases for this comeback, for this review I will be focusing on their main single, "1 Billion Views."
Chungha is back with another infectious dance hit guaranteed to please fans!
This is a great summer song that makes you want to dance, even in the ever-rising temperatures. While it is not my favorite of Chungha's singles so far, I know it will grow on me. It's just not the most memorable song for me. While songs like "Gotta Go" and "Stay Tonight" easily got stuck in my head, it will take me a few listens to get into this one. I think most fans of Chungha, and kpop in general, will really enjoy it though!
In this round of performances, the Good Girl team faces off against....idols! I was especially excited for these because while I didn't know many of the rappers from Just Music, I know all of the idols that participated in this round and couldn't wait to see what they would do!
Mamamoo's powerful maknae is back with her signature sultry sound in her new single, "Maria."
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this single, but this definitely wasn't it! I really like this song and the whole vibe it has. It's a unique blend of Latin pop and trap house music that works a lot better than one would think. I feel like Hwasa is always experimenting with her music, which I love. Her sound is very different from what idols usually put out for their solo music. Thinking back to a couple solo debuts we've had this year so far such as Lovelyz's Sujeong and Hwasa's fellow Mamamoo member Solar, they were great debuts but were very typical pop songs. I think Hwasa brings something very different to the table as a solo artist.