Saquib Syed

Writes about Pop culture and music. Specializes in Korean music and entertainment.

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5 of the Best Moments From 2021 MAMAs - Genius

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that Mnet Asian Music Awards also known as the MAMAs are a highlight in K-Pop’s year-end activities. Besides the actual awards which always receive mixed reactions, what makes the night memorable are the amazing performances and idol interactions. From dynamic performances to jaw-dropping moments to stunning outfits, let’s take a look at five of the best moments at the 2021 ceremony.

MONSTA X Dreams Big On New English Album, THE DREAMING — The Kraze

The album opens with the previously released single “One Day,” a mid-tempo track with R&B influences. A track about looking back at moments that have passed and gaining a newfound appreciation in retrospect, “One Day” does a wonderful job of setting the tone for the rest of the album. After “You Problem,” the album flows into “Tied to Your Body,” a Spanish guitar-assisted track. The groovy anthem is all about being a little too attached to someone because of not being able to see them regularly,

ONEUS Combines Traditional Korean Music and City Pop in New Comeback — The Kraze

ONEUS makes their third comeback of the year with new mini-album BLOOD MOON and title track “월하미인 (月下美人: LUNA).” The new album also features the group’s singles “Shut Up 받고 Crazy Hot!” and “Life is Beautiful” from their Theatre Project released earlier this year. Let’s take a look at what ONEUS has to offer with what is being called their strongest comeback to date.

B-Sides Celebrating Their Tenth Anniversary in 2021 — The Kraze

2011 was a year of spectacular music. With new groups like Block B, Brave Girls, Apink, and BOYFRIEND making their debut and veterans like f(x), BIGBANG, INFINITE, and 2NE1 at the peak of their careers, 2011 was a dynamic year in music. Let’s take a look back at B-sides that are celebrating their ten-year anniversary in 2021. B2ST were best known for their angsty songs. Pairing phenomenal vocalists and rappers, B2ST songs were quintessential in the second generation of K-Pop. “Though I Call You

2021 MAMA Nominations and Biggest Snubs - Genius

The Mnet Asian Music Awards announced their 2021 nominees on Wednesday and instantly set fire to several fandoms. While there’s yet to ever exist any award show where no eyebrows were raised at the slate of nominees, this year’s MAMA left many fans of Korean popular music speechless. While we of course congratulate all of the artists that snagged one or several nominations on Wednesday, as a community of kpop enthusiasts we couldn’t help but also let loose about who we thought would have deserve

Secret Number Welcomes Us To Their World — The Kraze

Following line-up shuffling and the addition of two new members, Minji and Zuu, rookie girl group Secret Number has made their long-awaited comeback with the single album Fire Saturday. Debuting in 2020 with the catchy single “Who Dis?,” the group quickly garnered attention for their bold style. The group made their first comeback with the disco-tinged “Go That Boom” and won Best New Female Artist award at the Asia Artist Awards.

[Song Highlight] Chanyeol (EXO) - “손 (Hand)” & “Nothin’” - Genius

Two contrasting songs that address the same sentiments, “손 (Hand)” and “Nothin’” are performed by EXO’s rapper and songwriter, Chanyeol. “Hand” was released via the singer’s SoundCloud in 2018 whereas “Nothin’” (formally credited to EXO-SC) was released in 2020 via EXO-SC’s album, 1 Billion Views. This edition of Genius Korea’s Song Highlights will shed light on the songwriting and visuals associated with the two songs and how they are interconnected in a story about hurting, healing, and living.
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