Behind The Scenes: What Makes BTS “Hella Lit”

 

Every once in a while, we receive a PR pitch that sends us relevant content. In this instance, Vogue was gracious to share with us B-Roll of the 24 hours BTS spent in LA at the end of their US promotions in November 2017. In the above video, Vogue spotlights the Bangtan Boys traveling by party bus to various locations in Los Angeles – including Dave and Buster’s, Pink’s hot dogs and (yes, for those of you who have attended KCON) The STAPLES Center.

The video also clears up some questions fans had about certain events before the group’s return to Korea:

First Contact with Fall Out Boy.

During a Fall Out Boy Q&A in Berlin, on January 8th, Pete Wentz the bassist, lyricist, and sub-vocalist for the US band was asked about why they decided to collaborate with RM of BTS for the remix of their song “Champion.” It turns out that, while filming this video for Vogue, BTS arrived at the same arcade Wentz was at for his child’s birthday. When Pete asked why BTS was there, he was told they had come just to play “Dance Dance Revolution,” which left some fans confused. But this video confirms his story as well as some fans theories that Jungkook and Jin were the ones who played on the DDR machine.

What Meet and Greet?

Many of the BTS ARMY probably recognize the photo shoot in the video. The location was where BTS was notoriously harassed by a cameraman who claimed the group invited fans to the location for a fan meet and was ignoring them. Vogue clears this up in the article about their “Hella Lit” time with BTS explaining that the owner of the nearby hotdog location had invited fans to come on twitter the day before. Continue reading

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‘Regret’ Deconstructed In Infinite’s “Tell Me”

Infinite’s “Tell Me” arrives a year and a half – which is practically a decade in kpop-years. Did the comeback live up to our expectations? We explore the theme of regret shown in the music video concept and song. Continue reading

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The Top 10 Kpop Songs of 2017 To Remember

Kpop, often known for its competitive rankings, is sometimes harder to rank among friends. In this year-end-episode of the Kpocast, the hosts showcase their personal honorable mentions and present the top ten kpop songs of 2017 to remember.

As discussed on the show, the hosts were quite divided in their own rankings before the show. We’re copying our personal charts below so you can see how hard it was to agree on a top ten, how they were ranked, and for you to decide who got it most-right.

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The DNA of BTS

BTS’ “DNA” encourages the listener introspection before outward love, and we discuss why this is. Guest Ariana, DJ Peterlo and Soupermatic digest the appeal of the comeback in this episode of the Kpopcast. Continue reading

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EXO’s “Power” Is The Best Kpop Fantasy

Was EXO’s “Power” so ridiculous that it was good? We discuss the pros and cons of this LDN Noise produced track – Portal-robots, kitties, lasers and all. Continue reading

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12 Kpop Podcasts To Listen To

Kpop podcasts offer a way to engage with an informed community around the latest releases in kpop, music trends, personalities’ reactions to the genre, as well as some primary-source interviews from professionals within the industry. Listening to these kpop audio shows in a podcast form allows you to learn about kpop whenever you are with your mobile device – be in the car as you drive, during laundry, cooking, or other tasks which could benefit from an auditory experience.

There are several kpop podcasts that each offer their own set of personalities, perspectives and expertise. It can be fun hearing how each podcast reacts to the same given concept, but below are some to consider subscribing to based on your personal interest.  Continue reading

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BTS Tells You To “Love Yourself”

In a special panel episode, The Kpopcast gathers BTS ARMY to discuss the theory, significance and meaning of the BTS “Love Yourself” highlight videos. Continue reading

How “Babe” Infantilizes HyunA

“Babe” deviated away from the typical sound we’ve heard from HyunA; but does this song give say something profound about her career as a kpop artist? Rhodri of The Kpop Show rejoins DJ PLo as the two discuss.

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Taeyang’s Hidden Messages In White Night

Taeyang’s “Wake Me Up” and “Darling” tease a number of deeper details which we explore in this episode. We welcome back Rhodri of The Kpop Show to dissect the music of “Darling” in particular. Continue reading

Wanna One Brings Bromance In “Energetic”

Did Wanna One’s “Energetic” live up to the hype? We discuss this bromantic broduction with guest host SYJOfficial who brings his expertise for the group. Continue reading