On the finish of every month, I look again at my three favourite title tracks by Ok-pop artists. I take my very own rankings under consideration, however there’s a little bit of wiggle room as sure songs are likely to develop or fade.
March 2023 General Ideas
So… when does the great things begin?
Significantly, we had but one other underwhelming month in Ok-pop. There have been loads of large names, however the overwhelming majority of music went in a single ear and out the opposite. Past what I take heed to for the weblog, I’ve barely performed any Ok-pop this March. There are so few songs I’ve any want to return to. I really feel like I can predict how each music will sound earlier than even listening to it, which definitely dulls pleasure.
Even with a standout single right here and there, Ok-pop albums have been fairly boring this 12 months. My “buried treasures” function has been underutilized, with solely six posts because the begin of 2023. For reference, I had featured twelve buried treasures by this time in 2022 — eighteen in 2021. With out many title tracks or b-sides catching my ear, there simply isn’t a lot motive to press play.
CRAVITY’s Grasp:Piece mini album was a welcome standout, although I haven’t returned to it practically as a lot as I believed I’d. You possibly can blame that on a basic apathy towards Ok-pop (a rising tide lifts all boats, in spite of everything). Past that, I tended to take heed to albums only one time, hoping for a music or two that hits me. I desperately need one thing new or totally different — notably in relation to melody. I really feel like I’ve heard these albums one million occasions earlier than, and with out melodic hooks that catch my ear I don’t discover myself compelled to dig deeper.
With that stated, March was an enormous month for Ok-pop’s high tier acts. Jimin and Jisoo every debuted as soloists. IVE dropped their pre-release observe forward of subsequent month’s album. Twice, J-Hope and Kai had comebacks. NMIXX returned with new music. KQ’s subsequent boy group Xikers debuted. I loved little or no of this music, however I’m positive many followers had been excited by it.
On a constructive be aware, The Bias Listing reached an enormous milestone this month because the weblog notched its twenty-millionth web page view. After I first launched this ardour challenge in the beginning of 2016, I by no means anticipated it to get to at least one million — not to mention twenty million!
Past my high music of the month, the remainder of my record feels sort of inconsequential. There are a handful of songs I take pleasure in, however I’m not speeding again to play them frequently. I’m a lot extra enthused by my high three J-pop songs, which I’ve performed usually with nice pleasure. At this second, J-pop is delivering the melody and musical variety I’m lacking in Ok-pop and has turn into the dominant drive on my playlists. I hope it continues to be robust all year long.
What do you suppose, readers? Are you as disillusioned in 2023’s Ok-pop slate as I’m? Something you’re trying ahead to?
Month Cumulative Ranking: 7.7
(compiled by averaging the scores of each Ok-pop assessment from this month)
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week One
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week Two
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week Three
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week 4
TOP J-POP SONGS OF THE MONTH
3. Snow Man – W (assessment)
2. Information – A Actual Man (assessment)
1. Nogizaka46 – Kokoro ni mo Nai Koto
BamBam – Bitter & Candy (assessment)
Billlie – EUNOIA (assessment)
Bobby – Drowning (ft. Sole) (assessment)
CSR – Shining Shiny (assessment)
Jimin – Like Loopy (assessment)
Onew – O (Circle) (assessment)
Trendz – New Dayz (assessment)
Twice – Set Me Free (assessment)
This Month’s Risers and Fallers
This Month’s World Pop Spherical-Up
TOP THREE SONGS
3. OnlyOneOf – Seoul Drift (assessment)
2. TAN – Repair You (assessment)
1. CRAVITY – Groovy (assessment)
High Three Ok-Pop Songs Of February 2023
High Three Ok-Pop Songs Of January 2023
High Three Ok-Pop Songs Of December 2022
High Three Ok-Pop Songs Of November 2022
High Three Ok-Pop Songs Of October 2022
High Three Ok-Pop Songs Of September 2022
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