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    Favorite Kpop #19: Itzy

    Itzy (stylized in all caps; Korean: 있지; RR: Itji; MR: Itchi) is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment and consisting of members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. They debuted on February 12, 2019, with the release of their single album It’z Different. Their accolades include Rookie of the Year at the 34th Golden Disc Awards, New Artist of the Year at the 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards and 2019 Melon Music Awards, Best New Female Artist at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and the New Artist Award at the 29th Seoul Music Awards; they are the first K-pop girl group to achieve such a “Rookie Grand Slam”.

    On January 21, 2019 JYP announced that they would be debuting a new girl group, its first since Twice in 2015 and its first overall idol group since Stray Kids in 2017. The label’s official YouTube channel uploaded a video trailer revealing the five members. On February 12, the group released their debut single album, It’z Different, led by the single “Dalla Dalla”. The song incorporated elements from EDM sub-genres such as future house and bass house, and its empowering lyrics were well received by audiences. The group scored one of the biggest Billboard debuts for a new K-pop act in years, with “Dalla Dalla” entering at number three and peaking at number two on the World Digital Song Sales chart. The shape-shifting confidence anthem sold 2,000 downloads in the United States in the week ending February 14, according to Nielsen Music, making it the best-selling K-pop song in the country that week. “Want It?” was released alongside “Dalla Dalla” and debuted at number eight, selling 1,000 downloads. “Dalla Dalla” also debuted as the second most popular song on YouTube.

    Fast forward…On March 20, 2021, Itzy released the digital single “Trust Me (Midzy)”, a song dedicated to their fans, as part of their first global livestream event. On April 30, Itzy released their fourth EP Guess Who and its lead single “In the Morning”, the song debuted and peaked at number 22 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart and also at number 34 on the Global 200 chart, becoming their highest entry on both.The EP entered the US Billboard 200 at number 148, making it their first appearance on the chart. Later that year the EP was certified as Platinum in Korea by Korea Music Content Association (KMCA). The English version of “In the Morning” was released on May 14.

    On February 10, 2022 it was reported by Billboard that Republic Records and JYP Entertainment added Itzy to their strategic partnership, which initially only included Twice. On April 6, Itzy released their first Japanese single “Voltage”. On July 15, Itzy released their fifth EP Checkmate and its lead single “Sneakers”. It was also announced that they will hold their first world tour, titled the Checkmate World Tour, with the first shows in Seoul on August 6 and 7. Itzy released their second Japanese single Blah Blah Blah on October 5 and their first English single “Boys Like You” on October 21. Source: Wikipedia

    I’m not super familiar with the group but I was recommended that I try listening to their song Loco which I like since I’m into dance tempo type of songs that you can bop along to. I usually listen to boy groups more but it was my first time listening to Itzy. They’re alright as a group, they sing and dance well together. I’m glad they’ve accomplished a lot since their debut and they speak English well too. I know their recent song is “Boys Like You” but I like the Loco song more than their recent one. It’s just my preference. Go check them out if you’re interested.

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    Favorite Kpop #18: Luminous

    LUMINOUS (루미너스) is a 4-member boy group currently under SE Group Entertainment (formerly Barunson WIP). The group was formerly with DS Entertainment. The group consists of: Youngbin, Suil, Steven, & Woobin. The released a pre-debut album on August 19, 2021. They officially debuted on September 9, 2021 with the album “‘YOUTH” and the lead single “RUN”. Their genre is hip hop and r&b other than kpop. Luminous was originally set to begin releasing music with a different name and company in 2019, but the group’s debut was delayed.

    Vocal trainer Kim Sung-eun, who had previously worked with numerous artists including BTS and Twice, founded the music agency Barunson WIP and took in the ensemble with members Youngbin, Suil, Steven, and Woobin. The name of the group was decided by vote and given the meaning of “a light shining brightly even in the dark”. A fictional universe was introduced as part of Luminous’s concept and the members symbolize the elements of thunder (Suil), fire (Steven), light (Youngbin), and moonlight (Woobin). Luminous’s lyrical theme revolves around youth.

    The group aims to “convey a message of hope and comfort” to that audience through the songs lyrics. Upon its debut, Luminous laid its music foundation in hip hop integrated with R&B and pop. Luminous’s first few singles comprised a dark atmosphere, but the group’s music shifted to a “clear, bright” direction with “Engine”. So far they released one studio album, three extended plays and six singles from 2021 and 2022.

    I’m not super familiar with the group to add in my full input but I like their song called “Run.” A youtuber was playing a game with them on her channel and when they mentioned their song Run I thought I’d take a listen and ever since watching that video I’ve been listening to the song non stop even watched their choreography performance for it too. I’m hoping they create more music in the future and see what they come up with. I feel like people don’t notice them. I’m hoping their music grows. Also their fandom name is Lumini.

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