Top 3 Best & Worst K-Pop Comebacks & Debut In April 2018
The month of April has been a month filled with high competition within the K-Pop scene. A-listers such as EXO-CBX and TWICE released comebacks that were highly anticipated before release. And, of course, the month of April has also surprised K-Pop fans with a turn of events regarding suspicions of chart manipulation as well.
It’s safe to say that most comebacks released this month were probably a straight yes or a downright no to most fans.
Here are our picks of the best and the worst for April 2018.
Top 3 Best K-Pop Comebacks & Debut In April 2018
TWICE’s comeback is an absolute wonder. It was inevitable as well. The JYP Entertainment girl group are definitely riding on a new-found momentum that may even be greater than that of the one that projected them to superstardom in the beginning. And it also wouldn’t be too farfetched to say that the MV for ‘What Is Love‘ just might be the best MV JYP Entertainment has ever produced.
‘What Is Love?’ is also TWICE’s 10th win on Inkigayo.
In short, the music is a smash, the video is a gem, and everything was done right.
Their seven-track EP ‘Blooming Days’ topped the iTunes music charts in thirty-six different countries. Given that EXO is one of the best that the K-Pop scene has to offer, it’s not too surprising that fans would be treated to contents that are of the same quality as EXO’s but packaged with a slightly new flavor from Chen, BaekHyun, and XiuMin.
The funk groove on top of their catchy hook ‘Can I Be Your Boyfriend Can I?’ surely makes the song not only a pleasure to listen to but also highly addictive.
#3 HyoLyn X GRAY
The collaboration between the two was unexpected but nevertheless, probably received the most diverse responses from K-Pop fans. Whether you hate it or love it, you have to admit that it was a release that left a strong impression on both fans and people who just happened to stumble upon it by chance. Some may argue that it was the video that contributed more to the song’s success than the song itself, it’s difficult to argue against the fact that there’s really not that many in the K-Pop scene who can do what she does well.
Top 3 Worst K-Pop Comebacks & Debut In April 2018
It’s not just the suspected chart manipulations that we rank Nilo as the number one worst K-Pop comeback. It’s also the song ‘Pass By’ itself. We just can’t find anything about it that differentiates it from other Korean ballad songs out there. It’s definitely a great song but nothing extraordinary.
Additionally, it probably would have done much better if it hadn’t allowed itself to be bombarded with criticism, hate, and suspicion of chart manipulation.
The only good thing about this was Ummet Ozcan‘s feature. And to be honest, HYO’s vocal recording performance was somewhat disappointing.
It’s great that she’s trying to create a larger EDM movement in South Korea, but we don’t really think she’s the best person to take on such a role.
And chances are if Ummet Ozcan was the featured artist, the majority of it was probably produced by the Turkish EDM superstar himself while HYO just sang on it. Which is why the song sounds like “Ummet Ozcan – Sober (Feat. HYO)” and not “HYO – Sober ( Feat. Ummet Ozcan)”.
We love WINNER but ‘Everyday’ was a disappointment. It sounded lazily made and under-developed. In fact, it’s even very awkward in some moments of the song that we just can’t listen to it without cringing. The only reason why it probably gained any sort of recognition was because it was WINNER’s song. If any other rookie idol group debuted with such monstrosity, their careers would have been over the moment it started. The integrity of K-Pop is not present and it seems like a rip-off of Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Lil Yachty, and etc.