Weekly Recap: July 1-7, 2019

July has started, yaaaay! Or… nay?

First half of 2019 already passed by, and anyone else think time is being mercilessly too fast on us? Like, I still haven’t recovered financially from April trip to South Korea, and damn! – it’s already July.

Anyways, back to the weekly recaps.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not being very impressed with the first week of July releases. Wanna know more? Then stay tune to find out what do I have to say about comebacks from: GFRIEND, Ailee, D.O. of EXO, and Younha.

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Weekly recap: June 24-30, 2019

Lots of things happen in a week: it could be a desert with barely 3 releases throughout days, or it could be 3 releases in a day for 3 days straight. Usually when second situation happens, I end up delaying my reviews, because a) I still can’t do time management; b) it takes time to absorb every single release and find out which one you can review on your platform.

Last week of June gave us new music from: Chungha, Purplebeck, (G)I-DLE, Sulli and Minhyuk of MONSTA X. Let’s check them out?

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Weekly recap: June 17-23

Hi everyone!

Another week has passed, and oh wow, it IS hectic on K-pop market! It’s getting harder to keep up with most releases, that I don’t know whether I should be a bit more selective with releases I review on these weekly recaps or not. I don’t think I can pull out a post of my impression to 6+ songs, so, in case it gets even more hectic, I probably will have to be picky with what I write about on my platform.

Also I figured out that publishing a review on weekend doesn’t work with me at all, because I want to be busy with preparing the visual aspect of my blog/YouTube channel, and it’s impossible to film/take pictures for 4-5 hours straight and then sit down and write a 3000 word long review that could end up being insincere. So from now on, all Weekly recaps will be published on Mondays instead of Sundays.

Now, back to reviewing, this recap features releases from: Leo of VIXX, SF9Yesung of Super Junior, and Red Velvet. I’m intentionally skipping reviewing Stray Kids because their music is completely out of my style, and I can’t judge it in a neutral way, sorry to all Stays out there.

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Weekly K-pop recap: June 10-16, 2019

Another week has passed, and even more K-pop releases came our way. It’s such a never ending cycle. Some of them may stay in your playlist, and for others… you might have to click that “skip” button. Tell you what – that is completely okay to not like a song. When it comes to music, there’s no definition to the “right” or “wrong” preference.

Let’s take a look at the new songs from this week? We have releases from Ateez, TVXQ’s Yunho, Noir, Ong Seongwu and Jeon Somi.

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My official K-pop merch collection! + tips on buying

Hello lovelies!

I should start thinking about fandom name… or is it too early? lol

Not too long ago I held a poll on my Twitter page (go follow me at @RantingRina if you haven’t yet!) about what next I should post on the blog after my return from hiatus announcement, and most votes went to showing my official K-pop merch collection! I mean, who doesn’t like seeing shelves full of albums and other possible merch? Amirite?

So let’s just dive into my K-pop collection! And I also will tell you some tips on how I purchase albums and official merchandise~

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Weekly K-pop recap: June 3-9, 2019

There’s no end to new K-pop releases, and with such big amount of new content incoming every single day, it’s hard to keep up with them without eventually feeling emotionally drained. And if you’re ever a writer of reviews, you can probably relate to those times when you just don’t feel like reviewing anything because you got so overwhelmed with new songs to check out. And that’s why I’m changing from having two review sections for K-pop to writing only one, but hopefully more effective than those before.

So in this week’s K-pop recap we have: Sandeul of B1A4, WJSN, fromis_9 and Teen Top.

Just a quick mention: all the releases I mention here are listed in the Wikipedia article which I use as my database of all new albums/singles.

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18 K-pop songs that made my 2018

Well, hello there.

My end of the year has been pretty messy, and it affected my plans for a proper reboot very severely, I’d say. Nonetheless, I have made some major changes to this blog (which I’ll talk about in details in my future posts), but for now – let’s do some rankings!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up with all releases for the second half of 2018, so my list is pretty much very biased towards acts I know from long before, and there are barely any new (as of, I’ve never talked about them) names. Usually I’d do rankings month by month, but somehow most of this year’s releases didn’t leave a deep impression on me, so instead of a long list I’ll be talking about 18 songs that made my 2018.

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[아주 작은 REVIEW] Soyeon, Chungha, Seulgi, SinB / NU’EST W / Yuri (SNSD) / Super Junior

Erm… Hi.

Okay, probably I hurried a little bit with my “grande” return from hiatus, as some of my life issues hasn’t been solved yet, hence I still didn’t schedule up all my daily routine to stick to in order to keep up with daily chores and blogging. But I’ll get there soon! Really soon. Probably by the 1st anniversary of the blog. Pssst.

So, before I disappear again for god knows how many more days, let me do a quick review of some latest releases I enjoyed? Today I have a craaaazy collaboration from Station 0NU’EST W (who I’m apparently seeing in Bangkok super soon), Yuri of SNSD, and Super Junior.

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Comeback from hiatus + Favorite releases of summer 2018!

Well hello, fellow k-pop fans!

It’s truly been a while since my last blog entry. Like I announced on Twitter, I took a break to focus on exams I had to take in order to prepare my application documents for Masters program. Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough scores, so I’m gonna take another one in two more weeks, but since it’s less pressuring for me, I thought that it’s perfect time to slowly come back to blogging. I feel more energetic (guess the pun) than before, and so I’m ready to strike again with reviews and discussion posts!

But first of all, let me just thank you all for staying with me. Even during my 2-month hiatus, my visit stats have remained stable, and this was the biggest surprise. Usually all your traffic comes from the frequency of new content, and seeing how the number of views on my pages stays relevant throughout my break makes me want to work even harder on all the future content. Thank you very, very much. I highly appreciate all of your support.

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Now, onto revealing my short list.
Obviously, it will be impossible for me to review every single release that I’ve missed, so instead, I’ll be doing a quick list of new songs I loved so much I destroyed the replay button (hahahahaha). Mostly I listened to title tracks of all releases, the only exceptions when I took time to listen to the rest of the album were Leo, Sunmi, Jeong Sewoon, iKON, Oh My Girl, LOONA and Dreamcatcher’s minis. I chose 13 tracks (10 title and 3 b-sides) for this quick list, as 13 is my lucky number. All songs are listed in release order.

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[Rina’s List] Favorite K-pop YouTubers

In this era, YouTube has become an integral part of how we find new music to listen to and where we can hear out multiple opinions on it. At this point, becoming a K-pop YouTuber has turned into a trend, and it gets harder and harder to stand out among thousands of other fellow fans. Especially when you’re running a reaction channel. Sure, 6-7 years ago there were only few K-pop reactors on YouTube, but now the numbers have multiplied.

So here’s my list of recommended K-pop oriented YouTube channels you should definitely check out and probably even subscribe if you haven’t done that yet! YouTubers were selected based on how unique their content is, and will also include one channel that is not active anymore as of now, but the content was too good to not mention it.

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