With various unfortunate incidents in K-Pop, we will be strict in MV reviews and dealings in this site.
In cases like this, the Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach will be implemented starting this year.
Let’s review for now Cherry Bullet, in their comeback Hands Up.
Storyline as whole
The storyline may be interpreted as follows: The girls are in IT research laboratory, doing experiments and research. In this process they are focused on reviewing blueprints and plans. Later on, they used the alley as their experiment place.
Let’s talk about their music. Hands Up utilizes very fast beats in music, and is more on moderate thumping beats and repetitions. Synths of a long chant is heard at the start, which then fades upon playing tunes a la detective. Clapping tunes are later on used along with fast raps at chorus.
While the music is slow, their raps are being maintained. These contrasting traits are mixed to make it equally exciting.
They changed their concept drastically – from being that of cutesy-type to mature ones similar to 3YE. And to make it different, some concepts are borrowed from their fellow underrated groups. Examples are the alley from 3YE’s Out of My Mind, and the lighting hall from EVERGLOW’s Adios.
Again, better for FNC not to debut another group.
What happened to Cherry Bullet clearly demonstrates gross negligence on agency’s part. While Kokoro has visa issues, she was not given chance to perform with the rest in Japanese tours. Linlin, on the other hand, “was seen with a fan outside her schedule, which is…not allowed.” Still, no constant updates, clarifications, or apologies from the agency after several months, till the two (plus Mirae) left.
These issues convinced me not to follow Cherry Bullet, and instead follow ITZY.
More than just review, we will look also on responses from groups and agencies. This is after all the incidents last 2019.
Starting this year, we will add another pull-down factor for every Cherry Bullet comeback, since FNC and the group did not fix this issue for several months. Twenty points are assigned for this. It will be their permanent feature in every review till their disbandment.
This criterion will apply to any group undergoing situations like this. Consequently, any agency doing this will be given a failing grade at year-end. Again, this is a strong reminder for K-Pop to take these issues seriously.
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 68.70%
|Other Factors||Completeness of members||0||20|