iKON has finally made their long-anticipated comeback. The title of the new single is "New Kids: Begin," which is apparently the first in a series of albums that will signal "a new beginning" and "a new style" for the boys. In addition, new stage names have been announced. Jinhwan is now "Jay," Chanwoo is "Chan," Donghyuk will go by "DK," and Yunhyeong is going by his family name, "Song." Bobby, B.I, and Ju-Ne are keeping their names. As usual, the songs are written by B.I and Bobby and composed by B.I.
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Rapper Yezi (of FIESTAR) dropped her new single "Anck Su Namun." The title is the name of a character from the 1999 American film 'The Mummy,' as well as its sequel 'The Mummy Returns.' The character from the movie is based on Ankhesenamun, queen of the 18th dynasty of Egypt from 1348 to 1322 BC.
The song itself is drenched in pure attitude. For the most part, it's describing how bad she is, with some vague hints here and there about being the queen and such, though there's never a direct reference to Egypt or the movie, except for a part where she tries to say "Evelyn" (I think), also a character. As such, the lyrics are sort of hit and miss and a little generic.
BewhY is by all accounts a champion. In 2016, he took home the crown on rap competition "Show Me The Money," and he has used his status as a winner to launch himself into a new tier of rap artists since then. His latest release, "Hewgeso [Rest Stop]," comes off the heels of a string of singles and even international collaborations (word to Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T, and A$AP Mob). It's safe to say that BewhY has set high expectations for what he can accomplish with his music, and "Hewgeso" is his way of solidifying his impact.
BoA has released another single, "CAMO," and the teasers certainly looked dynamic. I've followed her career for awhile, and anything she does usually piques my interest. This is just a single, with a whopping one song, and no instrumental.
The first thing you notice is that this tune sounds a lot like "The Shadow." A lot. That alone doesn't make it bad -- I rather like the aforementioned song. And it's not bad at all.
We've been getting little teases here and there, scattered singles, of which this is one. Which really just whets my appetite for more. We've got all the BoA hallmarks here: her almost sex-kitten vocals, a penchant for drama even in the song itself, and that RB dance aesthetic for which she's best known.
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The boys of VAV are back, this time with a new release in time for summer. The boys certainly look like they're ready for the sun in their teasers. So ease back the top, plug this in, crank this up, and head to the beach.
The song is a tropical house variant that seems so popular nowadays. But still, they do some good things with the beginning. I like the nice light synth plinks they start off with.