Every month, we bring you a list of the hottest K-pop songs and videos that you need to check out. Here are our favorites for April’s edition:
The disco-influenced “Nar_C” is the latest single from Holland, one of the few openly gay musicians in the K-pop industry. The groovy, chill house tune is the opening track of the indie K-pop singer’s self-titled debut EP.
IZ*ONE are one of the biggest South Korean girl groups at the moment and it’s no wonder why. Their latest release, “Violeta,” is an inventive mix of future bass and bright dance pop that contrasts their sweet vocals with high-pitched horns.
EXO’s Chen has made his debut as a solo artist with “Beautiful Goodbye,” the lead single from his April, and a Flower EP. The track is a gorgeous piano ballad that showcases the boyband member’s tender vocals.
If BLACKPINK didn’t make it clear with “Ddu-du Ddu-du,” they’re setting the record straight with “Kill This Love”: The ladies have arrived and are here to stay. Their new single is innovative, bombastic and ridiculously catchy—good luck getting it out of your head.
Red Velvet have put their own spin on Ellie Goulding and Diplo’s “Close to You,” and it’s jaw-droppingly good. It’s clear that the group were very much involved in the making of the remix, serving a Korean-language chorus and second verse with lyrics written by members Wendy and Yeri.
K-pop rookies BVNDIT—pronounced ‘bandit’—have made their impressive debut with “Hocus Pocus.” The ladies drew inspiration from tropical house for the bewitching track, what with its bouncy bassline and funky brass.
BTS has a mega-hit on their hands with “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey. The infectious, loved-up pop tune currently sits at number eight on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and the MV has already racked up 200 million views. K-pop juggernauts, indeed.
This funky, upbeat dance anthem, “Spotlight,” is the official debut single from 1the9. It’s an impressive first look at the rookie K-pop boyband, who were formed through the reality competition Under Nineteen.
Bold, dark and mature, “Fancy” is a side of TWICE we’ve never seen before. The Black Eyed Pilseung-produced electro pop song marks an evolution in the group’s sound, moving away from their usual bubblegum pop.
Rookie boyband Verivery might have only just debuted in January, but they’re already back with more music. Their sophomore single, “From Now,” balances influences from ’90s R&B with modern dance pop sensibilities, creating an intriguing, catchy mix.
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