As we have said goodbye to the bitterly cold winter season and welcomed the long-awaited spring, March 2018 was a month filled with comebacks and debuts that were awaited with high expectations from some of the most prominent idol groups. Wanna One, NCT 127, Mamamoo, and Stray Kids to mention just a few.
Some surprisingly surpassed the expectations held by fans, some were just amazing as predicted from the very beginning, and some were surprisingly disappointing in a few ways.
Here are our picks of the best and the worst for March 2018.
Top 3 Best K-Pop Comebacks & Debut In March 2018
#1 Stray Kids
As predicted, Stray Kids didn’t disappoint with their official debut through their ‘I am NOT‘ EP. The title song, ‘District 9‘ was a breath of fresh air as it had throwback rock elements maintaining a steady and strong energy throughout the song. The boys even managed to get their names out on the international scene in a surprisingly short period of time. They held the top spot on the iTunes Album Chart in ten different countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand). For a group to have had that much international recognition from the very beginning is quite impressive and we believe that Stray Kids will only continue to climb to the top if they harness and nurture the momentum they have at the moment.
Well known for being chart-killers, girl group Mamamoo’s ‘Starry Night’ was no different from their past chart-dominating singles. They even outperformed current trend-setting boy band Wanna One on SBS’s Inkigayo and took the number one spot.
The ladies also did well on Billboard Korea’s Top 100 as well.
Fans can see some strikingly beautiful sceneries in the music video for ‘Starry Night’. Although the track for the song itself is a pretty common and typical tropical house tune driven by Latin classical guitars, the songwriting, and the group’s vocal characteristics were what always captivated listeners.
With all but SeungRi currently serving in the military at the moment, YG Entertainment boy band BIGBANG definitely left with a bang with their recent single ‘Flower Road’.
What was most impressive about ‘Flower Road’ was that it had zero promotion but ended up being a chart-dominating single on iTunes, QQ, and Melon. It shows that BIGBANG’s popularity hasn’t died out one bit even after all these years.
Top 3 Worst K-Pop Comebacks & Debut In March 2018
#1 SungMin (Super Junior)
The majority of South Korean Super Junior fans haven’t been too excited about SungMin’s single ‘Day Dream’.
In fact, many Super Junior fans have been criticizing the K-Pop idol for putting too much effort into his solo career and not into Super Junior. Which is why his solo singles never really did any good for anyone. We also think South Korea has enough great ballad songs without ‘Day Dream’. In short, the song should have just stayed inside SungMin’s daydream.
Having debuted in 2015, UP10TION is still a group lost in obscurity in South Korea in 2018. Not many people have heard of the boy band and there was even an instance recently when fans waiting outside of Music Bank ran past them, some even pushing them aside, not knowing they were idols. Hopefully, their efforts will start paying off in 2018.
#3 Wanna One
Although their single ‘Boomerang’ was by no means anywhere near disastrous and did well on the charts, it honestly didn’t live up to the hype. Despite being a very underdeveloped poor attempt at trap EDM, it did well most likely only because of the groups status as superstars. The live stream accident also most likely had some influence one way or another as well. And not to mention, their initial teaser photos were also met with negative response from fans and netizens alike. Considering they raked in tens of millions, we are pretty sure they could do much better in producing quality content.