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Hyuna Takes The Summer With Her In Brand New Single, ‘Babe’

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As some of us are mourning the loss of summer into fall, Hyuna reminds us the fun isn’t quite over yet in her latest single entitled, ‘Babe.’ The video itself is an ode to back to the Y2K days that early Millennials will feel some sense of nostalgia while watching. The M/V is sexy and flirtatious but it still manages to keep its innocence of bubblegum pop. The song itself is about Hyuna having a love interest that is younger than her, but as the relationship gains longevity she herself becomes younger where she quips, “Yes I like being a baby. Pamper me.” The lyrics also parallel the video as throughout the video she appears more infantilized. ‘Babe’ is a good song to ring out the summer and the perfect single to celebrate Hyuna’s 10th anniversary as a solo artist. The single will be featured on her latest mini album entitled ‘Following’ which has already been released on all music outlets.

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Bobby Drops Two Singles In Wake Of First Album Release

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iKon’s Bobby has kicked off the release of his debut album ‘Love and Fall’ by releasing two all-new M/V’s. The first one entitled, ‘I Love You’ and the second single, ‘Runaway.’  Bobby’s album has been highly anticipated since he burst onto the scene in 2014 and took the win in Korea’s ‘ Show Me The Money 3.’  Not only does the album showcase his rap skills and writing talents, but also contains features from labelmates, Mino, Dk, and newcomer Katie Kim. ‘Love and Fall’ has already taken first place in the Itunes album charts in 22 countries showing that this star has a promising career ahead of him. Check the video out below and be sure to download ‘Love and Fall’ on Itunes right now!

 

 

 

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Sunmi Releases Single Under New Label

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After the disbandment of the Wonder Girls in the earlier part of the year, it’s time to officially start calling Sunmi a JYP alumni. After 12 years with the iconic label, Sunmi has decided to break ties and start anew with the label, Makeus Entertainment. Her latest single, ‘Gashina’ was produced by hitmaker Teddy Park, under his newest label, ‘The Black Label.’ The single itself is reggae influenced fused with pop. Netizens are excited seeing as her last solo single was dated back to 2014. The visuals for the video are striking as it allows us to see Sunmi in a brand new light. She is as intense as she is playful with the vocals to match. Check the video out below:

 

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EXO Goes All Out Teasing Fans With Upcoming ‘Power’ Release

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EXO is returning with a re-release of their The War album early next month and are upping anticipation for The War: The Power of Music extended album through a variety of teaser images and videos that bring the Korean boy band back to its conceptual origins.

Beginning on Monday, EXO began promoting The Power of Music and the upcoming single “Power” through the group’s social media channels. Up first was a short video that gave a taste of the song’s retro electro-pop vibe and also hinted to the overall video-game inspired theme of the new release. Each day since, the K-pop act has dropped a clip that set up its eight members as video game characters, revisiting the supernatural abilities that the band’s fictionalized personas have shown off in past music videos and performances.  

The group’s elemental powers, a mainstay of EXO’s mythos, returned in the latest clips in a seemingly sci-fi-themed video game setting where the members are embodied by characters who have to obtain powerful orbs.  

Like The War, The Power of Music will not feature EXO’s sole Chinese member Lay, as he is busy with solo work in China.

The new version of the album will be released on Sept. 5 and will feature three new tracks on top of the nine originally released on The War in June. The Power of Music will be led by the single “Power,” and include “Boomerang” and “Sweet Lies.” Songwriting team LDN Noise, who have worked with the boy band in the past, posted on Instagram that they worked with Boy Matthews on “Power,” while EXO have hinted during live streams that member Chanyeol had a hand in writing some of their upcoming songs.  

The original version of the album sold over 1.01 million albums, reports the Korea Herald, and is EXO’s fourth album to do break that million-mark.

EXO’s return to their mythology-driven origins in an updated format is in line with K-pop’s increasingly conceptual-driven marketing strategies, with many popular acts choosing to emphasize storylines that tie together their various musical releases. Other acts, including BTS, Monsta X, Dreamcatcher, and GOT7, have also carried through thematic plots throughout multiple albums and music videos, though EXO’s dedication to their storyline is the longest-lasting in the industry; it began prior to the group’s debut in 2012, when the members were individually introduced via an extraterrestrial origin story.

The War: Power of Music will be EXO’s fourth repackaged album and will be released in both Korean and Chinese. 

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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