My top-10 favorite K-pop releases of 2019 so far (1st half year edition)

Don’t you feel like 2019 is passing by way too fast? I think this goes to every single year when we’re not completely as productive as we wished us were, but oh well⁠—anyways, we’re already at the almost end of July, and I’m guilty of not only updating my platforms as often as I promised but also of how I haven’t given you my top-10 favorite releases from this year! So without further ado, let’s jump into my list.

Here, on the blog version, I’ll be giving out my list of 10 favorite releases that only feature title tracks⁠—however, I will soon post photos of a spread from my newly started k-pop journal containing 12 actual songs released in 2019 that I loved to the core (there’s not much of a difference, don’t worry!). Continue reading, because at the end I’m gonna have another major change announcement to my blog 😉

All songs are listed in no particular order.

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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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[Rina’s List] 11 underrated female dance solos

Time to be brutally honest: female solos are usually being slept on much more frequently than male solos. This statement is not meant to hate on male solos (I stan 3 male soloists, did you even know that? Ha.), but in K-pop market females are having it harder when they go solo. Since they’re not a part of a group, there’s no option for choosing a bias: you either like this soloist, or not.

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5 things I didn’t like about Produce48 after watching the 1st episode

With the massive popularity of first two seasons of a survival show Produce 101, it was only a matter of time when Mnet announces its third installment. The very first episode of Produce 48, which is a collaboration between Produce 101 and AKB48, the biggest idol group of Japanese music industry, aired on June 15, and here are 5 things I didn’t like about this survival show’s season after watching the pilot.

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[Opinion] Okay, let’s talk about ignorant i-fans (if you’ve been annoyed by constant “eng plz”, this post is for you)

Recently in NU’EST’s fandom, LOΛE, there was a pretty hilarious situation (which fortunately ended as of today). May 21 marked NU’EST member Aron 26th birthday (Korean age), and the fandom trended the celebratory hashtag #은하수별_아론_생일축하해 (translates as “Galaxy Star Aron, Happy birthday”) on Twitter. However, few days later, few people from 4 fandoms – Wannable (Wanna One fandom), Army (BTS fandom), EXO-L (EXO fandom), Buddy (GFRIEND fandom) – used the same hashtag to celebrate 5 idols (2 from Wanna One, and 1 of each remaining fandom mentioned) birthdays, without realizing their bias name wasn’t even mentioned in the hashtag (okay, the case with Eunha of GFRIEND is slightly understandable because first 2 hangeul in Aron’s hashtag is actually matching Eunha’s hangeul name).

This constant confusion reminded of those kind of tweets/posts/comments I always hated seeing even back when I still had zero knowledge in Korean. So, today I’d like to talk about ignorance of some K-pop fans towards what’s most dear to their idols – Korean language.

If you’ve been constantly annoyed by endless “speak English”, “English please/plz”, as well as “where tf are the subs” three hours after release of favorite variety show’s newest episode, and such sort of comments from i-fans – welcome to my TED talk discussion post.

Warning: I have zero intention in sugar coating my words, so whatever I say here (or in any other post on this blog) – is said honestly and fully reflects my thoughts.

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