BLACKPINK (블랙핑크) – How You Like That: MV Review

As part of getting back on track, we will now review BLACKPINK’s first (and only?) song for this year, How You Like That.

Given YG’s tendencies, expect that this will be BP’s only song for 2020. As this is the second time reviewing the MV as a Blink, how will the author rate it?

Review proper

With respect to appearance, Lisa for the first time donned her short hair. Also, Jennie and Rosé changed their hair colors to white.

Let’s talk about visuals. Primarily, Jennie is being shown in a blue background with moving lights, as if she is swimming. On the other hand, Rosé made an effort to “dance” with the nature, as shown in her swaying inside the forest.

How about the Trojan horse shown at near-end? This they ask how do we like being betrayed and being fooled around. As to the oilrigs under the snow, we have to look yet for the deeper meaning behind it.

The chorus of the song is highly noted for its heavy but subtle beats. This is being also mixed with Lisa’s rap lines. Equally notable is on usage of Arabic tunes on second verse.

As compared to their previous comebacks, the music was simplified to the point that they don’t need heaver drops. It’s as if they’re telling us, “No need to make it fabulous or grand, as we will make up for it.”

Overall, How You Like That was quite fascinating. This also holds proof that while the group is taking on mature concepts, they are quite flexible in branching out to other song approaches.

Final Words

It’s good that YG decided to make a change by installing its new CEO. However, it remains to be seen if this will reduce longstanding complaints arising from delays and hiatus of its groups. Simply put, we’ll see if this change will translate to major improvements.

Meanwhile, due to BLACKPINK’s outstanding attitudes, we have to give five extra points in their favor. Also, Jisoo and Rosé will be added to the author’s bias list starting today, rendering all members as my biases.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 4 5
Entertainment 18 25
Outstanding attitudes 5

We Are Now Back on Track! (Plus: Brand New Logo)

With the gradual lifting of quarantines, and with enough tools needed, we are now going to resume site operations gradually starting today.

On our site operations, we are now starting to provide MV reviews for select acts. This will be added as the days go by, in time for major K-Pop releases this June.

We will give Love Advices, but in a different approach. Other write-ups like that of IZ*One’s future and Annual Awards are being written too.

For YouTube operations, misheard lyrics will still be split between Spring and Summer editions. Expected publishing date for these is on July 25. As part of deviating from standard ML vids, only famous groups will be featured. The rest may be covered in separate ML vids at year-end.

TNC will also attempt to branch out beyond ML to cover other K-Pop topics.


Part of our getting back on feet is on launching our new logo starting June 25:

This we need to make our site more presentable and have a better new look.

This logo will be used prospectively as profile picture in its Facebook page, and as logo for subsequent misheard lyrics. It replaces the simple “text-only” logo that stood well for four years. Picture of Janella Salvador will still be used as profile pic in this site and YouTube channel.

Summing up the meaning behind the logo:

  • The new logo presents three persons looking towards a blue ball. This represents focus towards spreading the other side of news to the world.
  • Three persons forming a triangle speaks of need to balance change and stability.
  • It being formed as a tricolored play button emphasizes TNC as an entertainment website.
  • Being an imperfect triangle, it tells of openness and flexibility to challenges in the years to come.
  • The old bar line and TNC’s text logo is retained as tribute to past efforts and accomplishments.

BTS (방탄소년단) – We Are Bulletproof (The Eternal): MV Review

Side Note: As we are starting this, we are waiting for items needed in our newest misheard lyrics of ON.

In the coming weeks, we will gradually resume YouTube programming. Stay tuned.


For our next important review, we will take on our assessment of BTS in their recent comeback We Are Bulletproof. As this is their newest release after Black Swan and ON, we will review it right away. How will an ARMY rate the group?

Essentially, this is their another music video dedicated to their fans. This tells us that they are only seven, and that would stay the same if not for the help of ARMYs. This is a cartoon version of them, somewhat similar in concept to their comeback Make It Right.

Most striking was in them sitting in a bonfire. Upon touching the shining violet ball, a flash of light appears on them, transporting to a pedestal with the whale’s help. The violet balls that surround them represent ARMY with their lights, as if BTS were in a concert.

A message may be drawn up upon these visuals:

“We will continue to be like a bulletproof, we will continue to be grateful to our fans, and we will continue to appreciate them being with us in our journey.”

ARMYs would like to recall the scenes presenting previous comebacks. Some instances include swaggy scenes in No More Dream (0:25), the train/alley scene in Run (2:33 and 2:36), and table during sunset in Blood, Sweat, and Tears (2:46).

Musically, the song was set to a slow echoic mode, only to fasten in the choruses. This means that it was being played in a way that makes one stop and reflect.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance
Entertainment 14 25
Outstanding attitudes 5

SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) – My My: MV Review

It has been several months since their lead track Fear was released. Plus, this is the first time we review SEVENTEEN’s work, this time under BigHit. What will be the reviewer’s comments, being a Carat at the same time?

The story revolves upon them camping and doing various travels. The latter act shows them in the sky using the boat, similar to ATEEZ’s Illusion.

Let’s talk about the dance, where it is rarely being shown unlike in their previous comebacks. This implies that Seventeen wanted to feature more what they do, and what’s the story on My My.

As a whole, even if this was less exciting as compared to previous songs, I liked the music and their concept very much. This was the song that would tell me, “While we are excited, we have to tone it down as if we are chill.”

Liked also how they integrated the rap part in the second verse. While this was featured shortly, it speaks volumes. Seungkwan was given immediate chance to display his high notes, and that’s noticeable. Plus, hooting tunes and piano tunes are fully utilized.

Another joke: If their first release was Oh My, and followed by My My, expect another MV for Oh Oh.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 4 5
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors

DIA (다이아) – Hug U: MV Review

For our another review, we will touch on DIA in their song Hug U.

This is their lead track for their sixth mini album “Flower 4 Seasons.” For this comeback, DIA promoted as five members, with Chaeyeon and Somyi not participating due to suspicious reasons. Rumors suggest that this might be their last work. Therefore, it is but fitting to review it.

The story revolves on the girls with individual work, later contacting each other to set up a meeting. Throughout the video, one reads at the library, writes letter, watering the plants, and setting the dates. Summing up the message:

“Even if we are busy, we express our longing to meet each other. As this is the moment, we have to prepare as if it’s the last.”

The music goes special with its piano tunes, followed by sparkling/watery ones used at the start. The rest of the song follows similar approach used by GFRIEND.

As a whole, it’s nothing but a typical drama approach used by the other group. What else would make me move into tears? And if not, what something else exciting would they offer to us?

From another perspective, this is the feeling they shared with Chaeyeon and Somyi. In a way this is their indirect message to the two, who are not included here.

It’s noticeable that AIDs are now seeking help for this work to be streamed. And it is worth commending that other fandoms responded to this plea.

Final Words

With DIA promoting as five and on the verge of disbandment, it seems that MBK failed – again – when it comes to talent management.

Since MBK did not issue updates, statements, or apologies over what happened to DIA and its members, zero tolerance approach now applies. This is a simple but strong reminder that incidents like this must be resolved the soonest.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 4 5
Entertainment 18 25
Other Factors

TWICE (트와이스) – More & More: MV Review

In our series of reviews, we will catch up with TWICE in their lead track More & More.

For a bit of info, More & More is their lead track for the 9th album of the same name. This was their release for this year after long periods of rest (Finally!). Plus, it is their comeback with Mina being more involved in activities. How will a Once review their performance?

Primarily, TWICE emphasized the beauty of nature. It’s apparent in their harmonizing of modern facilities with natural settings (as is the case with swimming pool). Added to that was on featuring several animals like rabbits and cheetah.

On the other side of the coin, the group wanted to impart another important lesson. This is more on consequences if we want to know more and more. It’s good to note that they incorporated Biblical concept to point this out.

With regards to music, the video starts with slow, blobby, and echoing tune. While it adds eeriness, it gives depth to the song. Another note is on their ability to use hidden tunes throughout. This is placed appropriately as mere decoration as they sing.

Fortunately, in series of reviews, no one complained of Sana’s cute voice. That’s given already, and it would be disastrous if someone attempted to change the same. For Dahyun, longer rap lines assigned to her are well maintained.

So, for those who want a more mature concept, here it is. With apex being reached, and with TWICE’s responsive attitudes, we might wonder what else will they do in the months to come.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 3 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 20 25
Outstanding attitudes 5

TweetNewscaster’s Top 100 K-Pop Groups Midyear 2020

Which K-Pop groups are the most popular this year?

This rating started last December 2020 to determine objectively how famous or reputable a K-Pop group is. Instead of releasing it annually, this will now be released every June and December. This index will help agencies to strategize their promotions and assess their weak points.

For month of June 2020, here are the 100 top K-Pop groups for the past five months. See if your favorite group is on top or is lagging behind:

Some notable and/or surprising points are noticed here:

  1. Older groups still maintain their leading presence in social aspect, particularly BIGBANG, f(x), B.A.P, and Girls Generation. Existing groups like SHINee, NU’EST and FTIsland managed to do this even with minimal engagements.
  2. Five out of 20 groups (in chart index) were able to stay on charts even with no releases for five months. Overall, nine groups made it to the list even in similar situation.
  3. Rising stars who consistently garnered reputation include (G)I-DLE, LOONA, Oh My Girl, GFRIEND, and APRIL.
  4. BVNDIT and MCND has the most number of comebacks for 2020, as compared to 84 other groups (61.31% of all groups mapped) with no comebacks at all.
  5. Other groups who topped the albums listing were ATEEZ, ASTRO, SF9, and Dreamcatcher.

Agencies assessment

  1. For Big 3 + YG, SM fielded most of its groups to Top 20. Despite being out of the scene, Girls Generation and f(x) still reigned supreme. JYP’s reigning groups are TWICE and ITZY, but DAY6 is still underrated. YG, even with mismanagement, succeeded in placing WINNER alongside top groups. iKON still haven’t established reputation in Korea.
  2. Cube’s leading group is (G)I-DLE, followed by PENTAGON. It helped that the agency gave enough comebacks and promotions for them. Still no improvements with regards to CLC, which up to date haven’t received these.
  3. RBW still has to improve on promoting its boy groups. As to Jellyfish, we have to see how far Kingdom will pull up VERIVERY, not to mention missing comebacks for Gugudan. For Woollim, it has to strategize on its groups, especially with Lovelyz. Meanwhile, PlayM improved a lot for Apink and VICTON.
  4. Most popular underrated boy groups include NU’EST, ASTRO, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. For underrated girl groups, leading are APRIL, EVERGLOW, Dreamcatcher, and cignature.

Mechanics

This index gathered all available verifiable information from January to May 2020. These are computed and assigned weight as follows:

  1. Reputation Index: 25%
  2. Social Index: 21%
  3. Album Index: 20%
  4. Comeback Index: 15%
  5. Chart Index: 12%
  6. Promotions Index: 7%

For this index, the following data were considered:

  1. Substantial changes in assigning weight per category were factored. However, the 50% sharing between Korea and global in this index is retained.
  2. Only groups listed in Korean Research Business Institute are considered in this listing. Other groups not mentioned are considered highly underrated.
  3. The “Millions Approach”, that is, multiplying a criterion to make a score millions, is used to promote fairness regardless of weight assigned.
  4. Due to the Korean chart’s delay processing May monthly album sales, its weekly sales will be assigned 10% instead of usual 5%.

Momoland (모모랜드) – Tiki Taka: MV Review

For our final set of review, we will touch on Momoland, in their song Tiki Taka. The title of their soft comeback is an outright imitation of Weki Meki’s lead track for Weekend Lol album.

The storyline simply tells of the group pressing the start button. Upon doing, they are being transported inside a game. There they do games with Pororo the Penguin like hula-hoop and tennis. Bananas collected represent the points they accumulated. (This reminds us of their previous soft comeback Banana Chacha.)

At any rate, the MV was colorful, and is simplified to the point that it’s becoming attractive. With regards to musical aspect, repeated hooks of Tiki Taka were not irritating, and in fact, served to carry the music well. The buildup of song was solid, and it was being emphasized during the chorus.

Final Words

Last year, we discussed and brought attention several times those incidents, which the agency and the group didn’t respond appropriately. And with Daisy’s departure, the trust is now lost.

As a result, failing grade will still continue, as similar incidents are being done against Cherry Bullet, fromis_9, DIA, and PENTAGON. Again, this serves as reminder for K-Pop to take these issues very seriously.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 63.08%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 17 20
Completeness of members 20

SECRET NUMBER (시크릿넘버) – Who Dis?: MV Review

For another MV Review with underrated groups, we will tackle another rookie group for this year – SECRET NUMBER. For a bit of info, the five member group consists of Denise, Jinny, Lea, Soodam, and Dita. This is interesting since they came from different countries, especially that Dita is the first Indonesian to join K-Pop.

The group explained their concept as follows:

“Everyone has a ‘secret number’ that’s usually a birthday, anniversary, or some other special number.”

Impliedly, the MV of Who Dis? shows some secret nooks and crannies. These are discernible on all places in the video like that of the train, restaurant, and vacant area.

The title track and group’s name may be connected in a different way. When we ask who he/she is, and that person introduced himself/herself as “secret,” our curiosity is raised.

The music uses heavy beats on chorus, which is fine. However, what’s not good is on their “raps” at first and second verse leading to chorus. While consistent, it loses direction and lacks weight with respect to the rest of song. 

Added to that was on not maximizing the jazz song played at the beginning, which should’ve been sprinkled till the end. That would’ve give another boost to their debut lead track.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors