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  • Song Review: XG – Undefeated
    by Nick on July 23, 2024 at 3:25 pm

    I first wrote about XG’s Undefeated as part of my weekly J-pop round-ups back in April and I wasn’t too impressed. A few months later, the group has added a performance video to the song’s promotion, offering imagery beyond Valorant video game animations. Like many of XG’s hip-hop tracks, Undefeated opts for a trap beat, … Continue reading → […]

  • Battle of the B-Sides: JYJ, Nu’est, 2PM, J.Y. Park, BoA
    by Nick on July 23, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    K-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.” Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature. In this … Continue reading → […]

  • K-Pop’s One Hit Wonders: Cats – Baby Cat
    by Nick on July 22, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    K-pop idols thrive on building a steady, dedicated fan base. This is most often accomplished by a constant stream of releases and deluge of content. But within the vast K-pop industry, there are more than a few “one hit wonders” – acts who release one single or album and are scarcely heard from again. It’s … Continue reading → […]

  • Buried Treasure: MA1 (Make Mate 1) – Higher Wire
    by Nick on July 22, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve. Since it was so easily available … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: from20 x Hello Gloom – Your Love
    by Nick on July 21, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    from20 and Hello Gloom have become unlikely conduits for fantastic, EDM-influenced pop. Both have released their fair share of highlights, with March’s explosive Mamacita standing as one of this year’s most addictive singles. The two work closely together under their self-established WAYBETTER label and now they’ve finally come together on a single. Your Love acts … Continue reading → […]

  • New & Noteworthy J-pop of the Week (July 21, 2024)
    by Nick on July 21, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    In connection with my desire to fully keep up with the J-pop industry, I’m planning to do a weekly round-up of any new releases that have caught my ear. Some of these may have been covered on the blog already, but my hope is that this will become a one-stop shop for anyone interested in … Continue reading → […]

  • Global Pop Round-Up: July 2024 Edition
    by Nick on July 20, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    The Bias List is a K-pop blog that also covers a fair amount of J-pop. But just like most music fans, I enjoy tracks from all around the world. So, I thought I’d start a monthly round-up of some of the non-K-pop songs that have caught my ear. No ratings — just highlights! February 2022 … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: The Boyz – Gibberish
    by Nick on July 19, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    Sometimes songwriters do my job for me. If you’re going to call a song “Gibberish,” it had better buck expectations by not being the latest in the long line of ‘K-pop boys mumble and growl random things for two and a half minutes.’ Going into this track, I didn’t exactly have my hopes up. The … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Jimin (BTS) – Who
    by Nick on July 19, 2024 at 4:45 am

    BTS members’ enlistment-era comebacks have been so meticulously planned that they even incorporate pre-release singles and music videos. Jimin returned late last month with the quirky Smeraldo Garden Marching Band, a song that sounded nothing like he’d ever recorded before. In contrast, title track Who sees him take on a more conventional dance pop role. … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Stray Kids – Chk Chk Boom
    by Nick on July 19, 2024 at 4:42 am

    Stray Kids seem poised to dominate the second half of July with the release of new album Ate alongside a track on the sure-to-be-blockbuster Deadpool & Wolverine movie. That corporate synergy even extends to the music video for title track Chk Chk Boom. Of K-pop’s many global successes, Stray Kids are at the tip top … Continue reading → […]

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