K-Pop is a single-song-and video-driven universe and most albums are more E.P. length (or mini-album) than L.P. length. And usually, almost invariably, they offer the lead track (often mistakenly called a "title" track) or single, with one, two or three additional tracks thrown in to show a little of the artist's range, the obligatory ending ballad, and often an instrumental version of the lead track. And just like any genre, often your favorite track, the most compelling track is not the single.
Okay, we're finally back. And to kick off 2019, we'll take a look back at ten of the coolest (or dopest to use a more fleetingly trendy vernacular) KPop songs of 2018, performed by female artists or girl groups. Now, these aren't necessarily the "best" songs, or even necessarily our ten favorites. Huh? Well, some of them are but no, they're ten KPop tracks and their corresponding videos that someone who's never experienced KPop or thinks they don't like KPop might really enjoy. Even if they won't ever admit it. Something your music nerd friends would like. Maybe.
This month, SM's cherubic quintet was thrown to the pop-loving masses once more with another batch of cute but oddly disruptive pure pop, their new E.P. Rookie, and its cheeky title track. Since their inception, Red Velvet has rocketed in popularity, and now one of KPop's top three girl groups, along with Twice and Blackpink, dishing out edgy classics like "Ice Cream Cake" and "Dumb Dumb". "Rookie" is the latest that string, but with an unexpected childish boisterousness one would expect more from Crayon Pop. Are these the same kids that did the timeless "Automatic?"
Red Velvet: Russian Roulette
Yes, we're a little late with this one, and the extra time we took to hoist this little perky ditty up on the KPOppa.com website was needed to let it steep a little in our minds, anxious with high expectations for the comeback of Korea's state-of-the-art girl group, Red Velvet.