[Year-End Special] Bonus: Honorary Awards

Ah, I have no idea how I managed to finish writing all 20 posts in time for the new year but I did it! To celebrate, here are some honorary awards, given to special tracks that did not particularly make it on my compilation but deserve a spot somewhere anyways. Enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful new year! Here’s hoping my next update will be soon!๐Ÿ™‚

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[Year-End Special] #1: Jimin – Puss

“I’m the motherfucking top madame”

I always knew Jimin was a tryhard from the very episode of Unpretty Rapstar and her performance during the first episode wasn’t too memorable or anything. However, when I watched the semifinals and saw this performance, my jaws dropped when I heard Jimin, this short little Korean pop idol, swear in English as she declares herself a “top madame”.

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[Year-End Special] #2: IU – ์Šค๋ฌผ์…‹ (23)

“์ธ์‚ฌํ•˜๋Š” ์ € ์—ฌ์ž /ย ๋ชจํ‰์ด๋ฅผ ๋Œ๊ณ ๋„ ์•„์ง ์›ƒ๊ณ  ์žˆ์„๊นŒ”

It really is unfortunate that IU has such jealous and and spiteful netizen haters that she had to be embroiled in such a petty “scandal”. A poorly constructed argument regarding IU’s “lolita” concept on her latest release managed to gain traction because, well, K-pop fans seem to operate with a hive mindset and throw truth and logic out the window in favor of a few articles written by butthurt antifans who are just mad that they can’t be adorable, self-confident, and talented.

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[Year-End Special] #3: Twice – OOH-AHHํ•˜๊ฒŒ

“๋ชจ๋‘ ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ณ  ๋งค์ผ ๊ฐ€๋งŒ ์•ˆ ๋‘์ฃ  / ์–ด๋”œ ๊ฑท๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด๋„ ๋นจ๊ฐ„ ๋ฐ”๋‹ฅ์ธ๊ฑฐ์ฃ ”

With 22 million views on their debut MV, it would be a lie to say that Twice had a flop debut. Getting the public emotional invested in the members of Twice by having the girls compete for a spot in the girl group through a TV show worked brilliantly (so much so that it must be the inspiration behind the upcoming Produce 101). The show gave these newbies to the K-pop scene an already workable fanbase coming into their debut and thus, their success and popularity aren’t too surprising.

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[Year-End Special] #4: f(x) – 4 Walls

“์†Œ๋ฆฌ ์—†์ด ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์™€ /ย ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ๋งŒ ํŽผ์ณ๋‚ธ ์‹ ๊ธฐ๋ฃจ”

I did something grievously sinful on this blog this year and it was that I did not cover this album when it came out. It has become a tradition to cover f(x) albums when they come out but the last two came out during the summer, when I have more time, and this one dropped during the middle of fall quarter, when I was drowning in academia. The best I can do for now, I suppose, is to include it on this list and maybe a full review can follow next year.

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[Year-End Special] #5: Primary – ์•„๋ผ์ง€๋งˆ (Don’t Be Shy)

“donโ€™t be shy ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์™€ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๊ณ ๋ฏผ ํ•˜์ง€๋งˆ”

Primary’sย single releases this year have been spot on and “Don’t Be Shy” is no exception. Though Primary needs to be a bit more careful about his sampling habits to avoid plagiarism issues, when he’s on top of things, heย produces some very interesting and chill music.

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[Year-End Special] #6: ํผํŽ„์ฆˆ (Purfles) – ๋‚˜์œ ์—ฌ์ž (Bad Girl)

“์ž๊พธ ๋‚˜์œ ์—ฌ์ž๋ผ ํ•˜์ง€๋งˆ /ย ๋‚  ๋งŒ์กฑ์‹œํ‚ฌ ์ค„ ๋ชจ๋ฅด๋Š”๊ฒŒ ๋” ๋‚˜๋น ”

I will be honest, when Purfles first came out, I could not take them seriously because PURFLES. What does that even mean? My mistake though because Purfles actually has some serious pipes.

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