On the finish of every month, I look again at my three favourite title tracks by Okay-pop artists. I take my very own rankings under consideration, however there’s a little bit of wiggle room as sure songs are inclined to develop or fade.
February 2023 Total Ideas
I hate to say it, however my curiosity in Okay-pop is sort of on life assist in the meanwhile. I’m going via these phases increasingly more continuously as time goes on, however this one has lasted three months now. I don’t know what’s happening with the business, however the mixture of lifeless releases and a relatively sparse comeback schedule has confirmed to be an actual buzzkill.
So… why has 2023 been so underwhelming thus far? That is all subjective, however I used to be curious what number of “9”-rated tracks normally emerge between the months of January and February. Past being the crown jewel of music rankings on this weblog, “9”-rated tracks are ones that I fall in love. They take long-lasting residence on my playlists and have a tendency to buoy a complete period of Okay-pop, elevating my curiosity in the whole business.
Fortunately, The Bias Listing is definitely searchable, so I took a have a look at what number of “9”-rated songs featured on the weblog every year throughout this January/February interval. This consists of title tracks, b-sides and Japanese songs by Korean artists. Right here’s what I discovered:
2016 – 7
2017 – 7
2018 – 13
2019 – 6
2020 – 4
2021 – 11
2022 – 4
2023 – 1
You may see the issue. By statistics alone, 2023 has been severely underwhelming. And with out these highlights lifting all boats, all the things else tends to fade into the background.
Fortunately, February delivered one “9”-rated observe. Thank goodness for SHINee’s Key! He — together with STAYC — are straightforward decisions for my high three of the month. It’s good to listen to large choruses and sturdy melody in Okay-pop.
I do know it’s not practically as in style on this weblog, however J-pop had a standout month. In truth, I’ve been listening to far more J-pop than Okay-pop recently, and I’ve began a brand new weekly characteristic highlighting songs that catch my consideration. In the event you’re as down within the dumps about Okay-pop as I’m in the meanwhile, I extremely encourage you to examine these posts out. I’m together with them in my honorable mentions and in addition together with my three high J-pop tracks under.
I’m curious to see how 2023 performs out. There are Okay-pop associated issues to sit up for within the coming months, however they really feel fairly nebulous and distant. March’s launch slate, I’m not satisfied it’ll be the epic month we have to escape of the business’s doldrums. However, I’ve been confirmed mistaken earlier than. I’d love that to occur once more!
Month Cumulative Score: 8 (I don’t belief this in any respect…)
(compiled by averaging the scores of each Okay-pop evaluation from this month)
INI – New Day (evaluation)
NCT Dream – Greatest Pal Ever (evaluation)
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Weeks One-Three
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week 4
TOP J-POP SONGS OF THE MONTH
3. The Rampage – No Gravity (evaluation)
2. Snow Man – Tapestry (evaluation)
1. Genic – Taste (evaluation)
E’Final – Thrill (evaluation)
Lucy – Unbelievable (evaluation)
Purple Kiss – Candy Juice (evaluation)
Seventeen BSS – Combating (ft. Lee Youngji) (evaluation)
TNX – Love Or Die (evaluation)
tripleS – Rising (evaluation)
Woodz – Abyss (evaluation)
This Month’s Risers and Fallers
This Month’s International Pop Spherical-Up
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Howdy Gloom – Dancing In The Darkish (evaluation)
2. STAYC – Teddy Bear (evaluation)
1. Key – Killer (evaluation)
Prime Three Okay-Pop Songs Of January 2023
Prime Three Okay-Pop Songs Of December 2022
Prime Three Okay-Pop Songs Of November 2022
Prime Three Okay-Pop Songs Of October 2022
Prime Three Okay-Pop Songs Of September 2022
Prime Three Okay-Pop Songs Of August 2022
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