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GOT7 Return With The Release Of ‘Never Ever’

K-pop group Got7 return to the music scene with their latest comeback; ‘Flightlog: Arrival’, a brand new mini album in the much-anticipated Flightlog series. Alongside Monday’s album release, came the group’s latest music video which accompanies a track titled ‘Never Ever’.

If you’ve been following the ‘Flightlog’ series since the release of the first mini album early last year, you’ll be aware of the series’ unique and developing storyline. The accompanying music videos serves as a visual insight into the story and has evidently caught fans of the groups’ attention as they attempt to piece the story together and search for conclusion. As a UK listener the concept of the trilogy is extremely diverse in comparison to anything I’ve seen over here; the storyline is gripping and leaves you searching for clues amongst the tiniest of details. It’s like combining a good book with music and in my opinion; you can’t get any better than that!

Without giving away too much about the trilogy’s concept as I urge you to go back in time and watch the videos; ‘Never Ever’ has a slightly different outlook to the previous videos. ‘Departure’ was notably lighter in both sound and image whereas ‘Turbulence’ much like its title was remarkably darker and more dramatic. From first glance ‘Arrival’ has seemingly familiar elements to its predecessor ‘Turbulence’ yet perhaps not quite as heavy?

The video is an exciting visual illustration of the albums opening track ‘Never Ever’ written by JYP Entertainment’s and Got7’s founder Park Jin-young. Looking at the song itself, it’s a catchy number with a unique sound that perfectly fits Got7’s image and style.

Serving as the final chapter, the video provides closure as it resolves unanswered questions from the previous instalments. Although not overpowering, the video’s setting  is effective and undeniably striking featuring a number of scenes situated in museum, underwater, hospital and industrial like locations.

As dancers ‘Never Ever’ allows each members Got7 to really shine. Despite having no professional knowledge on the subject, I have however been immersed into the world of dance as an onlooker at various events throughout my life and can certainly spot a good dancer when I see one. In my opinion one of Got7’s strongest points is without a doubt their dancing abilities which is apparent throughout the MV. The perfection in each move is impeccable as is the synchronisation of the group as they effortlessly bring the routine to life.

Never Ever proves to be a popular comeback with fans and feedback is positive across social media as listeners enjoy Got7’s latest release. Here in the UK the album is ranking in the iTunes charts and meanwhile Got7 were seen to be trending on the site. As a radio presenter I plan on airing the new track on my show later this week and look forward to hearing listeners feedback on the song!

What’s your thoughts on Got7s latest comeback and the brand new music video? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to show you support by checking out the new video and purchasing the new album!

BTS Breaks Personal Record With ‘Not Today’


Just over a week ago Kpop band BTS made their big return to the music scene with Spring Day the first music video release from their new album ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. A success within hours of release Spring Day proved to be popular with fans of the group. I for one love the track and have played it on my radio show in hope of introducing it to a few new listeners. Days later, Big Hit have released yet another music video by the group to accompany a brand new track titled Not Today.

Not Today is remarkably different in style to Spring Day, something that others have noted across social media. It’s notably upbeat and heavier in comparison to Spring Day which much like its name is more gentle and serene. If you’re a fan of BTS tracks such as Dope, War of Hormones and Fire to name just a few; then I can guarantee you’ll love Not Today!

Focusing on the accompanying music video for Not Today which I believe has already broken Spring Days’ record by becoming the fastest rising K-Pop video in history. Within just 12 hours the video had been viewed an incredible 6 million times and by the 24 hour mark had gained over 10 million views on YouTube! What an achievement for the group! It proves that there’s growing interest in the K-Pop genre and the fact that it’s beginning to gain widespread success.

Completely different from last weeks music video release; Not Today has a much edgier and modern vibe. It’s features an impressive dance sequence showcasing the Bangtan Boys impeccable talents. Pay close attention to the dance routines as you watch; everything from the timings, the way the group moves in unison to the standard and creative flare within each move is worthy of praise.

Not Todays’ video has that unique and striking flare that one has come to expect from each of BTS’ videos. Their videos never fail to capture the audience’s attention through their intriguing and dramatic concepts illustrating each tracks story. The colour scheme in Not Today is equally as interesting as Spring Day; this time round the tones are both darker and warmer which again adds to the overall result of the video and depicts the songs emotion.

Overall, BTS have outdone themselves yet again! The records they’ve broken during the past week or so is enough to justify this. I sincerely hope that they continue to receive such success towards their music. It is truly fantastic to discover something that little bit different, unfortunately the industry lacks unique artists at present so when a group like BTS makes a breakthrough we should hold onto them and support their music.

If you haven’t already checked out Not Today make sure to click on the video above and let me know your thoughts on the new song/MV! Get your copy of Not Today and the new album You’ll Never Walk Alone via one of the links below.

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BTS Make Kpop History With Latest Release ‘Spring Day’


Upon celebrating the release of Korean pop sensations BTS’ latest album titled ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’; the follow-up to last years ‘Wings’ album which made history as the ever first Kpop album to enter the UK charts, comes the new hit song Spring Day. Released just a few days ago, I’ve already listened to the new track on a number of occasions to give me a feel of the music and an insight into the group’s latest release before sharing my thoughts with you guys out there.

Spring Day has a much lighter, gentler and ultimately a more colourful tone summing up the new album’s concept in comparison to its predeceasing album ‘Wings’ which notably was more serious, darker and dramatic. The concept of Wings was undeniably unique and extremely clever; the accompanying videos pieced together to illustrate a haunting story. Yet on first glance of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ I somehow get the impression that latest release from BTS is about to take a new turn. After all, everything from the album artwork to the song title of the MV/single seems much more serene.

Spring Day’s accompanying music video follows suit and captures the essence of You’ll Never Walk Alone’s concept submerging the viewer into what I’d describe as a pastel throwback. The video’s notable colour scheme is aesthetically pleasing on the eye and features a number of  spectacular scenic based shots. The video on a whole has a sentimental vintage feel to it, something that instantly caught my attention on first viewing. It creates a sense of comfort and I feel helps depict the songs emotion. The video is extremely different in comparison to the Blood, Sweat and Tears video yet is equally as artistic, striking and thought-provoking.

Spring Day is an uplifting and heartwarming number showcasing BTS’ stunning vocal abilities. There’s familiar elements particularly in the background of music towards the end of the track that remind me of UK/American bands such as Coldplay. At the same time there’s also hints of pervious releases from BTS empathizing the bands signature sound. Having only been released just a short while ago, the song is already a massive success for the group becoming the fastest video by a Kpop group to reach 10 million views! From what I can see, it’s already soaring up the UK iTunes charts and fans are now waiting in sheer anticipation to see the songs fate in this week’s official charts-best of luck boys!

BTS’ new album ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is now available for purchase or to listen to via streaming services linked below. Be sure to check out Spring Day and let me know your thoughts on the track! 

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Got7 Flightlog: Turbulence Review


In recent months my younger Sister has submerged me into unfamiliar territory within the world of music by introducing me to the world of Kpop. A genre that I never imagined that I’d actually enjoy but I must admit that so far I can’t help but find myself humming the tunes and even picking up the Korean language. One of my introductions was to a group named Got7. Got7 are a group consisting of seven members; 3 rapper and vocalists from Korea, China, Thailand and America formed by JYP Entertainment. My Sister recently purchased a couple of their recent albums and has kindly allowed me to borrow them to write about on my blog.

So first of all I’ve decided to begin with an album named ‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ released just a few months ago in September and is actually the sequel to a previous release ‘Flightlog: Departure’. Interestingly, there’s a running theme of flying between both albums which follows suit in both the packaging and the accompanying music video. The idea of having a theme is completely refreshing and in my opinion much more creative in comparison to the vast majority of UK music. As far as I’m aware Got7 are due to make another comeback in the not so distant future and I can’t help but wonder whether the next album will be continuation of the Flightlog series or something completely different. Somehow, I think most things come in sets of three so perhaps my guess will be correct-we’ll see!

My thoughts on the music? As I touched upon it earlier, never in a million years did I ever imagine myself listening to Kpop music; as you all know I’ve always been a bit of a rock chick yet surprisingly I can’t help but like it. The songs are rather catchy and despite the initial language barrier, I’ve quickly picked up on the lyrics rather quickly. So although there’s the musical aspect; it also encourages the love of learning a new language which makes me sound a little geeky. Moving on……

The album starts off with a track titled Skyway, which gives a fitting introduction to the album; an insight of everything that is yet to come. This is followed by the albums hit single Hard Carry, a firm favourite of Got7 fans. The singles accompanying music video illustrates the Flightlog series’ theme of flying with a new direction in album series; dark and dramatic yet somewhat enticing?

Moving on through its 13 tracks I find myself slipping more and more into the music. Listening to the backing tracks in a number of the songs I feel reminded of Michael Jackson. There’s elements within the music that has a similar vibe to MJ whom I am a big fan of; something that instantly caught my attention on first listen. As a listener I’m immersed in a variety of upbeat numbers as well as number serene ballads. The upbeat numbers are both vibrant and fun perfectly imitating the groups aura and personality. On the other hand it shows a more maturer side to the band featuring a much darker and edgier vibe compared to previous releases. The ballads on the other hand, create a nice balance throughout the album sperodically placed between the more energetic numbers.

Up until now I’ve had little knowledge about Hip-Hop, rap and R&B and probably would never counted myself as fan of such genres. However I can genuinely say that I really love what I’ve heard throughout the entire album and like the balance of both elements; singing and rapping. Each member are given an equal opportunity to shine in each track and unlike in UK bands, each member is celebrated for having their own unique style and stands out for doing so-it’s refreshing!  After browsing through the the album’s accompanying photo book/album notes I was extremely impressed by just how much input Got7 members had in their music. A selection of the songs were personally written by members of the group who were just as actively involved in the production of the album; producing an impressive 11 out of the 13 tracks!

Overall, my first impression of Got7 was most definitely a positive one and I can’t wait to see what they have lined up for their next album! If this one is anything to by, it’s bound to be great! And of course I’ll be taking to ‘Jukebox Rhapsody’ to share my thoughts on it as well as any other future releases. If you’re looking for something a bit different listen to I would totally recommend adding this one to your list! Links on where to purchase a copy are listed below.

As always, let me know your thoughts on the album and what Kpop groups or artists I should check out next and review on my blog!

‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ available from:

Amazon

iTunes/Apple Music