Katherine’s K-pop Recap: October 11-17, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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Katherine’s K-pop Recap: October 4-10, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: September 27 – October 3, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: September 20-26, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “LALISA” by Lisa

Though there were plenty of delays and typical YG Entertainment shenanigans, Lisa has FINALLY made her solo debut. (I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been waiting for this moment for YEARS.) I love BLACKPINK’s music and I fully support them all, but there’s no question she’s my favorite member. It’s been that way since the very beginning, when she kept drawing my attention in that pre-debut dance video five years ago. Now she’s arrived on the solo scene in style with a single named after herself (the CONFIDENCE), and it’s truly my newest obsession. So fair warning: my inner fangirl will come out a lot in this post.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ping Pong” by HyunA and DAWN

HyunA & DAWN, aka K-pop’s resident power couple, have finally blessed us with a whole mini-album of songs as a duo. We all know they have a TON of chemistry, so it’s kind of thrilling to see that all come together both in music and onstage. (Well, I guess we’ve seen it before when they were in Triple H… but this time Hui’s not third-wheeling ^^”’) I’ve been waiting for them to do an officially promoted collaboration since they both joined P Nation, and I was definitely not disappointed.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Zombie” by PURPLE KISS

Sadly, I get increasingly picky about rookie groups as time goes by – it’s truly not about quality or personal preference, but rather a natural result of the ever increasing age gap. I want everyone in this industry to succeed and do well, but I just can’t really connect to people who are more than a decade younger than I am. Most new idols are actually closer in age to the sixth grade elementary school students I teach, which sometimes makes me feel rather awkward. So I usually only pick up a couple of newly debuted groups each year, and PURPLE KISS is definitely one of my choices for 2021. They totally wowed me with their debut “Ponzoña,” and I was super excited to see what their very first comeback would be like.

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Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: September 13-19, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Stereotype” by STAYC

STAYC hasn’t even been around for a year yet, and I can already tell they’re going to be a force to reckon with. They’re one of the rookies I seem to hear about the most, and they’re clearly gaining momentum with each and every release. They’ve also picked up THREE music show wins so far this week, which is an amazing accomplishment for such a young group. Though I haven’t been super drawn to their music so far, it’s obvious to me that they’re a group I should keep my eye on.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Talk and Talk” by fromis_9

(NOTE: This post is slightly shorter than normal due to lack of time and personal circumstances.) We’re already halfway through September, but I’ve FINALLY caught up enough to start reacting to this month’s releases. First up is “Talk & Talk,” fromis_9’s first comeback after their surprise move to Pledis Entertainment. To be honest, I was a little nervous about this transition since Pledis doesn’t really have the best track record with girl groups. (After School was already pretty inactive by the time I became a K-pop fan, but I’m still quite bitter about what happened to Pristin.) But thankfully, things seem to be running pretty smoothly so far.

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