Album Review: BTS, ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’

BTS is back. The world’s biggest boy band has returned with the launch of a new album series. The Love Yourself series provided them with the platform to being their crossover into mainstream American music and pop culture. Glossy EDM-pop confections like “FAKE LOVE,” piqued America’s interest; and with the outstanding MAP OF THE SOUL…

Review: “IDOL” Might Truly Break BTS into U.S. Pop Radio

Last night, the biggest boyband in the world, BTS, released the final installment of their Love Yourself series, Love Yourself 結 ‘Answer.’  On that album, Nicki Minaj is the sole featured vocalist as she delivers a solid rap verse on “IDOL.” Overall, “IDOL” is an uptempo EDM song that is anchored by a deep, pulsating bass, but…

Album Review: BTS, LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’

K-Pop phenomenon, BTS, has been slowly but surely breaking into the American market. On their new, and potentially history-making, album, LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear,’ BTS explore new sonic ground, deeper exploration of the English language, and more mature concepts. The album begins with a luscious neo-soul track, titled “Intro: Singularity,” with hints of lounge music and jazz….

Every Performance at the BBMAs Ranked!

Last night, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place. As usual, it was an unnecessarily long awards show where more lackluster performances were showcased than awards given out. I still believe that the Billboard Music Awards are the single most pointless awards ceremony; it’s just three laborious hours of shameless promotion for Billboard, Pepsi, and…

Album Reviews: BTS Is Here To Take Over The World

With this past week seeing albums from Fergie, whose comeback was three years in the making, Macklemore, newly solo, and the biggest boy band in the world, BTS, there is a lot to unpack and a lot I wish I didn’t have to sit through. BTS Love Yourself: 承 ‘Her’ Undeniably, the biggest boyband in the…