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New one (in Japanese) from TWICE:
Kura Kura Kura is really good. In fact, all of TWICE's Japanese music is really good. Unfortunately it doesn't reach the international audience the way their Korean language music does. Part of the problem is, they release their music through a Japanese label (IIRC it's Sony) who does absolutely nothing to promote it worldwide for reasons I can only guess at.

They released a performance video of Kura Kura Kura the other day which I enjoy more than the regular video. For some reason, TWICE JAPAN calls this a "special dance clip" which is terrible marketing, and caused me to almost overlook it. In two days it has 2 million views, but if it was properly marketed it would have many times that already. Similarly, the Kura Kura Kura video you linked only has 16 million views after a week. If it was aggressively promoted to the international audience, it would have 50 million views by now.


While we're on TWICE, they have been marketing themselves pretty aggressively to the American market over the last year, appearing on many of the big talk shows. I guess Kelly Clarkson (who got really fat, yikes) has a talk show now, because TWICE did a virtual appearance there last week.


I'm not sure how successful TWICE has been with their American promotions, my guess is it hasn't made a big difference, but they are at least trying. A big part of the problem is, none of the TWICE members speak fluent English. The Korean boy group BTS has made huge inroads in the international market because most of their members speak fluent English. BLACKPINK has also made big headway in western markets because three of the members are fluent English speakers. And the only Korean girl group before BLACKPINK that had breakthrough success in western markets was Girls' Generation/SNSD, who featured two Korean-American members who spoke fluent English.

But let's get back to Kelly Clarkson. I still think that her greatest performance was when she got really drunk at a Steel Panther concert and the band brought her up on stage for some of their patented hijinks.

 
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TWICE's next comeback has been announced. I like everything about the way this looks.

 

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Even casual readers of this thread know I don't like girlcrush concept. Generally because it's vulgar, arrogant, annoying, and stupid, and almost always showcases obnoxious raps to add insult to injury. But I'm going to make a couple exceptions here for two new releases--the first one is by TWICE stablemates ITZY, who are established superstars, and the second is by a rookie group named "Hot Issue" that just made its debut a few days ago.

Both of these videos portray females as predators who stalk men for their own nefarious purposes. It's nice to see women being portrayed honestly, lol.

Here, ITZY styles themselves as gangsters in "Mafia in the morning". It's a pretty catchy tune tbqh and I really like the styling concept.


In this one, Hot Issue characterizes themselves as assassins in "Gratata". IMO they really blew the styling concept, going with generic girlcrush styling, when they should have gone with a glamorous secret agent concept. You know, like something out of a James Bond film. An unfortunate missed opportunity.

 

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Time for a Brave Girls update.

When we last left them, "Rollin'" had taken the music charts by storm, and the girls were promoting the song hard on the music shows, racking up an impressive six wins for a song that has been around for almost four years. And, for the first time in their career, all of the big variety shows and talk shows were tripping over themselves to get a piece of Brave Girls.




After several weeks of working the variety shows, The Show created a special broadcast just for them, where they performed a lot of their back catalog interspersed with reality show segments.


 
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They also managed to squeeze in an appearance on Immortal Songs which is pretty impressive considering the amount of work it takes to learn a new song and choreography.


And they are also racking up endorsement deals. Here's a video they did for a shoe company. Pretty clever marketing, and the sponsor has been rewarded with 1.3 million views in only 4 days.


I'd give management an A+ for the way they've capitalized on this sudden success.
 

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Lots of comebacks scheduled for the next few weeks.

First up is Oh My Girl. They spent an entire year coasting off the massive momentum of their last album, "Nonstop", which featured not one but two smash hits, "Nonstop" and "Dolphin", that stayed near the top of the digital charts in Korea for an entire year, and made them a sensation. This is a big deal because they are a small-agency group that has been extremely well-respected for their artistic achievements for five years--they are known as being the "Idol's idols" for their high-profile idol fans (Jihyo, Nayeon, and Jeongyeon of TWICE being notable examples)--but only now have become superstars.

Oh My Girl has a unique marketing concept that imperfectly translates to "Fairy concept" in English. "Magical concept" or maybe "fantasy concept" might get you closer to the mark, but honestly those don't really fit either. The teaser for their new album's lead single is just about perfect.


Here's the full album teaser:


As an aside--one thing I really like about Oh My Girl has been their steadfast commitment to being wholesome and family-friendly. It's such a common trope that as girl groups age, they feel compelled to start doing more "adult" and "mature" themes. Even cute/innocent groups like TWICE and GFriend fell into that trap last year, although they were at least tasteful about it. But Oh My Girl never compromises. Instead of exploring "adult" themes, they develop their art simply by making it more interesting. They are considered so completely above reproach that they recently signed on to do music videos for the children's "Pororo" cartoon characters.



Here's a funny video from when group leader Hyojung was a trainee, dancing to HyunA's "Bubble Pop". Hyuna did it sexy, but Hyojung completely disarms it, and makes it adorably cute.

 
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Next up is WJSN/Cosmic Girls, who as you'll remember just came back a few months ago with their latest mini album "Unnatural". This however is a subunit comeback for WJSN: The Black, which is composed of WJSN's Exy, Eunseo, Seola, and Bona. Judging from the promotional photos and the lead single teaser, it appears they are going for an elegant/sophisticated concept. I like the secret agent/Bond girl/jewel heist vibe from the teaser


This is the second subunit that WJSN has spawned. The first was WJSN Chocome, who debuted last fall, and styled themselves in the same vein as Orange Caramel and Crayon Pop. That subunit was pretty well received, although it did take them a few weeks to get traction. They got a big boost after they invited a popular Korean comedian to join them on one of their comeback stages.


WJSN: The Black presents a nice contrast to WJSN Chocome. Let's see if they can duplicate their fellow subunit's success.
 

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Lots of comebacks scheduled for the next few weeks.

First up is Oh My Girl. They spent an entire year coasting off the massive momentum of their last album, "Nonstop", which featured not one but two smash hits, "Nonstop" and "Dolphin", that stayed near the top of the digital charts in Korea for an entire year, and made them a sensation. This is a big deal because they are a small-agency group that has been extremely well-respected for their artistic achievements for five years--they are known as being the "Idol's idols" for their high-profile idol fans (Jihyo, Nayeon, and Jeongyeon of TWICE being notable examples)--but only now have become superstars.

Oh My Girl has a unique marketing concept that imperfectly translates to "Fairy concept" in English. "Magical concept" or maybe "fantasy concept" might get you closer to the mark, but honestly those don't really fit either. The teaser for their new album's lead single is just about perfect.


Here's the full album teaser:


As an aside--one thing I really like about Oh My Girl has been their steadfast commitment to being wholesome and family-friendly. It's such a common trope that as girl groups age, they feel compelled to start doing more "adult" and "mature" themes. Even cute/innocent groups like TWICE and GFriend fell into that trap last year, although they were at least tasteful about it. But Oh My Girl never compromises. Instead of exploring "adult" themes, they develop their art simply by making it more interesting. They are considered so completely above reproach that they recently signed on to do music videos for the children's "Pororo" cartoon characters.



Here's a funny video from when group leader Hyojung was a trainee, dancing to HyunA's "Bubble Pop". Hyuna did it sexy, but Hyojung completely disarms it, and makes it adorably cute.

God Bless OMG. I liked Dolphin...I know they are more mature now and I do hope they still have good vocals and insightful lyrics on the C.B. Just hope they all get married in the next few years.
 

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Old SNSD from the Summer of 2015... just really liked this song with Yuri looking fine:




 
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Just saw this version of Loona - Odd Eye Circle...doing a live performance....:

 

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just really liked this song with Yuri looking fine:
They call her "honey thighs" for a reason. When she's in peak physical condition, she's got the best legs in kpop.

However, she's also well known for having trouble maintaining a steady weight. But when she's heavy her breasts get huge so you win either way.



Binnie from Oh My Girl also has great legs, although her body isn't as well-proportioned as Yuri's.

 
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Oh My Girl livestreamed their comeback showcase earlier today. It attracted over 300,000 viewers before it ended--a very large audience, which shows how they are moving into the top rank of kpop girl groups.

Here's the video for the lead single. There is no reason to think this won't be another smash hit single for them.


Here's the live performance from the comeback showcase. YooA (green glittery shorts) and Arin (yellow top and blue jeans) looked especially fetching, although all members look great here and are in peak physical condition. Oh My Girl has the best stylists in kpop and once again they did not disappoint. Mimi did not participate for "health reasons". Presumably this means she fell ill, because if she had suffered an injury in practice, she could have participated in the showcase, while remaining seated for the dance performances.


They performed a couple other tracks from the album at the showcase.

 
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Unfortunately I was derelict in my duties maintaining this thread for a month or so a while back. During that period, Gamer Uprising Rookie Mascot group Weeekly launched their second post-debut comeback, promoting the lead single "After School" from their new album "We Play".



Look how adorable Jiyoon is



Weeekly is sticking to their schoolgirl concept like white on rice, and "After School" is a cute enough song for its target demographic.


It was a rough time for a rookie group to run a comeback as a lot of big kpop stars (like IU) came back on the same schedule, which means they still haven't gotten their first music show win yet. To date they have managed to sell 40,000 album copies of "We Play" which is pretty good for a rookie group in their first year.

But what's most unusual, is the fact that the YouTube view count on the "After School" MV has actually been accelerating over the last month:

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This demand isn't being reflected in the Korean digital charts, which implies its coming from the international audience--specifically, I'm guessing, the western audience--which is an interesting development.
 
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