[ARTICLE] Female K-Pop Acts Spice Up Summer With New Music: BoA, Apink, Blackpink, Mamamoo & More
June is coming to a close, and South Korea is still looking for a few good songs of summer. Luckily, female K-pop stars are saving the day.
To perk things up, many of the industry’s most popular female acts – plus a few newer ones – dropped new music in the final days of the month just in time for summer to kick off in earnest. Check out a few below.
Apink - “Five”
One of the most popular female groups in Korea even as manyestablished female acts are crumbling, Apink returned for the summer with the breezy synth-pop track “Five” to show off their girlish charms. Emphasizing the member’s vocals with melodic surges, the single’s chorus features a earworm of a hook in the form of “one-two-three-four-five.”
Blackpink - “As If It’s Your Last”
Barely a year old, Blackpink are proving formidable. The girl group dropped their first single of the year last week, and promptly began charting. The breezy banger brought the group to No. 15 on the Social 50 chart. Their fans also helped the song’s music video become the fastest K-pop video to see over 10 million views, in just 17 hours, surpassing BTS’ record from earlier this year when “Not Today” achieved the milestone around 21 hours after its release.
BoA - “Camo”
The veritable queen who launched K-pop’s popularity throughout much of Asia, BoA returned with her new single on June 26. Her first true single since 2015’s “Kiss My Lips” and “Who Are You?” combo, though she’s had a few other releases including this year’s “Spring Rain,” “Camo” wastes no time delivering up a dance track to reintroduce one of Korea’s most legendary performers. With a static bass beat providing much of the song’s sound, BoA’s vocals shape the melody before a synth-driven chorus surges and acts as a venue for her charismatic dance performance.
Heize - “Don’t Know You”
If you don’t know Heize, you’re probably not alone, considering that the singer-songwriter-rapper was relatively under the radar until she surged to popularity in 2016. Like many of her other tracks, “Don’t Know You” is a groovy alt pop track, that blends melodic vocals with a pounding hip hop-laced rhythm. It’s a little bit indie, but currently the No. 1 song on many Korean music charts.
Lee Hyori - “Seoul” feat. Killagramz
Like BoA, Lee Hyori is of iconic status in Korea, where she grew to fame as a member of ‘90s girl group Fin.K.L before pursuing an extremely successful solo career as a singer and television personality. A hazy pre-release track ahead of her upcoming album, “Seoul” is a mellow tune that attempts to capture the sound of South Korea’s capital through sleepy synths, a whistling bridge, and some soft rock elements; Lee’s breathy vocals bring it all together.
Mamamoo - “Yes I Am”
Like all Mamamoo songs, the group’s latest single is focused on the member’s powerful vocals, and it doesn’t disappoint with a seemingly haphazard song production. Just as the quartet sings about being confident in their uniqueness,, “Yes I Am” revels in an atypical song format as it shifts between different tones and melodies. At points, the singles goes from full on '80s-inspired electropop before popping in with a R&B bridge and chanty rap breakdown, with the group’s cheeky delivery bringing it all together.
Several other female acts, including 9Muses, whose Muses Diary Pt. 2 Identity EP is currently No. 15 on the World Albums chart, and Stellar, who crowdsourced their “Angel of the Sephiroth” single and received over $94,000 in funding.
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This is the second part of my What a Feeling Imagine. We still have a ways to go, so stick with it! Enjoy Xoxo
Whatever chains are
holding you back
Holding you back, don’t
let ‘em tie you down
It had been
three months and still no word from Harry since that fateful night in
London. It was crazy the way time
passed. One year had flown by when you
were with him, and now three months felt like an eternity. It only took you a week after flying back
home from London to realize that people weren’t the only cruel things in the
world; time was too. And there was nothing
you could do about it when the man you yearned for was three months, and yet an
you think of that track?”
“Y/N?” Zayn’s husky voice brought you from out of
your reverie as he questioned you on his new song that you were supposed to be
sorry. What did you ask?” You awkwardly asked him as you ran a small
hand through your newly relaxed hair.
You were in Zayn’s new L.A. home that doubled as his studio. He had invited you over to listen to some of
his tracks that he was working on, but you had found it hard to
concentrate. These days you seemed to
zone out quickly and without warning.
you think about my track?” Zayn repeated slowly.
scrambled to think of something, but as you gave Zayn a sheepish smile you saw
his eyes flood with disappointment.
thinking about him again, aren’t you?”
You gave him
a hard blink before answering.
“No. I was deep into the beat of your song. What’s it called again?”
little presumptuous, don’t you think?”
You raised an eyebrow at your friend.
The two of you had already been close, sharing similar tastes and
characteristics, and you had found that you leaned heavily on him sense your
He gave you
a slight chuckle. “That’s the point,
love.” This time you raised both of your
eyebrows at him and blew out a small whistle.
down bridges, I see,” you joked although you were slightly worried about his
careful and remember who’s been there for you…” You murmured carefully. Zayn fixed you with a curious stare before
nodding his head, agreeing with you. Before
either of you could dwell on what you said, Zayn quickly jumped up from his
chair and clapped his hands with a note of finality.
up for helping me graffiti my garden walls?” Zayn asked you with a hopeful tone
in his voice, making him seem like a small child. You checked your watch before looking through
one of the various windows. It was still
a few hours until sundown as summer was now upon you.
happily before standing up as well before running your hands over your black
jeans. “Sure,” you obliged, following
Zayn out of the studio room and through his comfortable home. The two of you reached his garden. You laughed out loud as you noticed nothing
growing, instead there were spray cans littered around his lawn in
disarray. Zayn looked back at you with a
gotten to actually growing things yet,” he explained to you as you walked a few
steps to pick up a blue can. You shook
it, hearing it rattle satisfyingly, and looked over at Zayn, raising your
eyebrows at him, silently asking him if you could start. He gestured with you to go ahead, and with a
laugh you began to spray melodic, beautiful figures onto his wall.
expect it, but you quickly got into it, letting yourself go, not allowing
yourself to think. You didn’t realize
the passage of time, but not before long you looked up and realized the sun was
quickly setting. Shaking your head to
bring yourself back to reality you stepped back to take in your work and nearly
broke down in tears.
realized but you were working on one large piece amidst smaller ones, varying
in colors from blue to black to some rosier colors mirroring that of the
pinking sky. However, it wasn’t the
colors that brought burning tears to your eyes; it was the picture itself. It was a scene straight from what now seemed
like a past life. It was a replica of a
girl, whose skin was a beautiful shade of brown, and a boy whose skin was
tanned in the moonlight coming in from the far window. They were cuddled underneath covers sharing
cuddles and kisses. They were happy, on
the eve of a special anniversary. As
your eyes roved over the piece you noticed surrounding figures; a familiar,
manly ring here and an airplane necklace there.
were what you sprayed onto Zayn’s wall, and as you stepped back in horror an
apology bubbled on your lips. Zayn
quietly walked over to you, taking in your piece, and with sorrowful movements
he pulled you into his side.
love.” His words caused a cry to escape
past your lips as you ripped yourself from his embrace and with tears blurring
your eyes you ran out of his house and to your car, fumbling with the keys in
your shaking hands.
follow you out and you mentally thanked him because you were quickly becoming
unhinged. As you drove home you nearly
caused an accident, as your hands were shaking and your vision was blurry.
By the time you
made it into your house you were heaving, fat tears rolling down your cheeks,
and broken cries passing your lips. You
were too far gone to even realize that something was off in your home. You should have recognized the signs that
someone was in there with you, but you missed it as your eyes glanced past a
pair of brown ankle boots; instead you slid down the closed door, crying
heavily into your hands.
was you were barely holding on, and every time you tried your best to do
something to keep your mind off of Harry he creeped right back to haunt
you. You always had to keep your guard
up, not allowing yourself to become too happy because you’d want to share it
with Harry. And yet you couldn’t be too
sad because Harry’s arms were what got you back to your center. You had devoted such a large chunk of
yourself to him, and you forgot how to function on your own without having
moments or memories of him. You were
lost; flung into the sea and slowly drowning one day at a time without
him. Suddenly everything became too
much, and you nearly became hysterical as you realized your life was unraveling
before your eyes.
harder; now you were hearing his voice in your head calling out to you. You were truly going crazy.
You shook your head in your hands, feeling your tears smear across your
face. You suddenly felt a pair of warm,
familiar arms circle your shaking body.
With tears still running down your face, you removed your hands from
covering your eyes to take in the shoulder of the man that you loved. He was holding you tightly in his arms,
shushing you in a quiet manner.
“Y/N. I’m so sorry, baby. I’m so sorry…” Harry whispered in your ear,
his voice getting caught. You allowed
yourself to lean further into him and with gentle movements he picked you up
off the floor and into his arms carefully.
You closed your eyes as you felt the sway of his walk. You wrapped your arms around his sturdy neck
and tried to breathe him in, something that always helped to calm you. With cautious movements he set you down on
your couch and you kept a firm hold on his shirt as you sunk into the
couch. You couldn’t let go of him. You were so afraid that he would disappear
like a dream.
he assured you as you gathered your strength to take him in.
A part of
you became sated at seeing him after three months. His hair was longer now, reaching a little
bit past his shoulders, and there were deep circles under his eyes, but he was
Harry. Your Harry. He still had those intense green eyes,
saddened now, but still able to see you for who you were. He still smelled the same, and when he caught
your eyes he still had that same crooked smile that lit up his whole face.
somehow he was different. He looked
sadder, more rundown, and as you raised a hand to caress his face you saw that
underneath it all he was scared. Your
boy who could perform in front of thousands with a charisma that rivaled the
great rock stars looked so incredibly scared.
Such a fact caused your face to crumble as he closed his eyes at the
feeling of your touch.
murmured more to yourself than to him, but he opened his eyes upon hearing his
nickname fall from your lips. You were
sure you looked a mess. Your tears were now
drying on your cheeks, your eyes were red and puffy, and yet he looked at you
like you were the most beautiful girl in the world.
sorry, Y/N.” Harry told you again, his
gaze soft as he looked over you. You
tried to continue to steady your breathing as you nodded at him slowly.
“How did you
get in my house?” You asked quietly. It
was the only thing you could even muster to say to him in the moment. He cracked a smile at your question and
looked down before looking back up at you.
change the locks..”
frowned. Surely you had, but as you
thought over it more you realized that you hadn’t. A deep part of you wondered if you had been
hoping for this moment all along. To
come home one day and find the love of your life waiting for you. Instead of saying anything, you leaned into
Harry, encircling his neck with your arms once more, and laying your head on
his firm chest. You heard his heart
beating from underneath his worn t-shirt, and somehow you felt your heart begin
to match his beats. For the first time
since leaving Zayn’s house you felt like you could breathe again.
“Let me make
you some tea,” Harry murmured down to you.
You smiled into his chest, reveling in the fact that he knew you better
than anyone else in the world. Hot tea
always helped to calm you whenever you were stressed, and of course Harry knew
that. You hugged him tighter against
you, feeling his warmth radiate from his chest, warming you and making you feel
join me?” He asked you. You wondered if he knew that you didn’t want
to part from him, even if it was for a simple reason like making some tea. You nodded and you softly got up and he did
the same. You looked over at him and
realized that everything suddenly felt right; even the height difference felt
perfect. You had missed this boy so
much, and suddenly having him back in your life was like breathing in fresh air
after being locked up for years. You
didn’t want to dwell on how long it would last so you followed him into your
kitchen, noticing his blue socks. You
drew your eyebrows in, suddenly remembering his distinct ankle boots as you
walked into the house. You didn’t know
why you simply overlooked them, but for some reason it no longer mattered to
You sat down
in one of the stools along your counter as you watched Harry make your
tea. There was something so domestic
about this scene that you couldn’t help but smile to yourself. Harry looked up at you and reciprocated your
smile with one of his own, and you quickly looked away, feeling your heart
flutter in your chest.
you been all day?” Harry inquired as he
put water in the kettle before setting it on the stove.
been here all day have you?” You asked,
slightly embarrassed. You watched as he
shook his head.
for the better part of three hours…” Harry grinned sheepishly as you brought up
a hand to cover your small gasp of surprise.
“Yea,” Harry laughed as he took in your
you been doing?” You were genuinely curious.
Harry wasn’t the type of person to spend hours waiting on someone. He was the type to always be doing something.
“Took me a
nice nap,” he gave you a smirk as he splayed his hands out on the counter and
leaned into it.
different. No more curls.” He changed
the topic. You nodded, feeling your
straight hair swish across your shoulder blades.
“I wanted a
change,” you murmured, suddenly shy and slightly afraid that he didn’t like it.
beautiful, love.” You blushed slightly
at his endearing words.
look thinner… Have you been eating?” His
words were tinged with a worried undertone which made you swallow back your
haven’t had much of an appetite these days..”
began to whistle and Harry turned his direction towards it. With quick movements he grabbed a mug from
your cabinet and a tea bag before pouring the hot water into the mug. You watched as the steam came up from the mug
as Harry put in the tea bag.
take milk in your tea?” He asked even
though you were sure he knew the answer.
You shook your head with a small grin.
sugar then?” You smiled in
response. It made you feel so elated
that he remembered something as simple as how you took your tea. He gave you his famous smile and you felt
yourself warm. It felt like your heart
was beginning to lessen in its burdening weight and begin to work again.
After a few
minutes of contented silence Harry brought over the mug to you.
it’s hot,” he warned you lovingly.
Haz,” you meant so much more than him making you tea. You were thanking him for coming back into
your life just when you needed him the most.
Even when separated, you could still count on him.
up at him with wide eyes as he stayed close to you, different emotions flashing
across his face. He took a deep breath
to steady himself.
“Y/N. I need to talk to you…” His face was serious and it made you nervous.
back to the couch,” you offered as you took in a shaky breath. Harry looked at you for a second before
agreeing. He helped you down from the
stool, the both of you paying special care to not spill your hot tea.
Once in the
other room you settled into your plush couch, drawing a leg underneath
you. You watched as Harry paced in front
of you, his hands on his hips and his face drawn taut.
him to sit down next to you, but you knew he was too nervous to do so, so you
let him pace as he gathered his thoughts.
stopped and turned to face you with desperate eyes.
have let you run out that night. I just
stood there as you left me,” He started, his tone dripping with regret. At the mention of that heart wrenching night
you slowly closed your eyes and tightened your hold on the hot mug.
have fought harder, Y/N. I’m so sorry,”
he confessed to you. You didn’t know
what to say as you listened to his words and the heartbeat accompanying him in
was the one who ran. And I’m sorry for
that,” you apologized. Your decisions
from that night still haunted you every night.
blame you, kitten. I really don’t,”
Harry rubbed at his red eyes as he told you in a defeated tone.
You took a
sip of your tea as you listened to him.
You didn’t realize just how much you needed to hear those freeing words,
but now that they were said a huge weight had been lifted off your chest. You took a deep breath, breathing in air into
your lungs, to let it out with a big sigh.
something else…” Harry murmured to you,
his eyes bearing into yours, trapping them.
closer towards you before kneeling down in front of you, grasping your knee in
both of his large hands. His hands were
warm, and you watched him take a deep breath with wide eyes.
“I want us
to be together again.”
in a huge gulp of air as you felt your heart kick into overdrive. You looked down at Harry in disbelief. You hadn’t expected this.
Haz. They’d just make us break up
again.” You couldn’t get your hopes up
to have them crushed. Harry shook his
head in denial, and you saw just how tired he was again.
then. Anything. But I can’t keep doing this,” he breathed out
quickly in desperation.
Y/N. I’m wasting away without you,” his
eyes became red as you saw them gloss over with tears.
yourself come at a crossroads. Were you
strong enough to be in a hidden relationship with Harry? Your eyes seemed to roam your living room as
your thoughts ran wild in your mind.
please. I’m on my knees,” Harry nearly cried
out to you, and suddenly your mind became at peace. You needed Harry and he needed you. You couldn’t keep living the way you were,
constantly crying and being reminded of a life that you had in every situation
you were in. Really it was simple.
girlfriend?” You asked for clarity.
Harry nodded, knowing you enough to know that he had you.
with a smile on your face as Harry’s face lit up. He quickly jumped up before taking the tea
from your hand and setting it on your coffee table.
“Hey use a
coaster..” you whined, your voice having a newfound happy tilt to it.
back at you with a dimpled smile as he followed your directions. Then he was quickly back by your side and
this time he plopped next to you on your comfortable couch.
he murmured to you with his arms wide open.
You bit your
lip, hiding back a smile as you cuddled into his chest.
“I love you,
Y/N.” Harry kissed your forehead in a
“I love you,
Harry,” you murmured back as you felt your heart soar.
heard those words in three months, and suddenly they seemed to mean so much
more than before. And as you snuggled
deeper into Harry’s arms you reminded yourself that everything would be alright
as long as you were in the arms of the man that you loved.
Hanging up the phone, Jules couldn’t help the goofy grin that spread across their face. While the whole situation was worrying and suffocating, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if Angel was around for the ride. The chef had never seriously considered dating, let alone marriage and the thought that, soon, they would be someone’s spouse was overwhelming.
It wasn’t something that they wanted to focus on just yet, however. Instead, Jules wanted to get to know their partner and have some fun. They had a rough idea of what they wanted to share with Angel but knowing the fair haired human, their plans would change. Ice cream was a good place to start, however, and they were only a short walk away from one of the best ice cream parlours this side of the Brooklyn bridge.