Their label, JYP, responded by saying that the two were merely friends – but as social media, K-Pop sites, and forums continued unearthing videos and stills to try and prove otherwise, Mina faced backlash from fans and a cruel dose of shaming.
Speaking of which, “Arrival” was final installment of GOT7’s trilogy. P’s Himchan and Jongup also found the spotlight on their group’s comeback, the emotional, trance-tinged “Wake Me Up”, which saw leader Bang Yongguk make a welcome return after a mental health hiatus.
Lead single “Never Ever” featured somewhat patchier production, but lesser-utilised vocalists Yugyeom and Jinyoung came to the fore and nailed their performances. In hip hop, Ja Mezz tapped the talented rapper Giriboy to produce his new material, including the hazy stylings of “Party”, while Keith Ape dropped “Swanton Bomb”, an homage to wrestling legend Jeff Hardy that was typically unhinged, as if Ape and Limp Bizkit were stuck in a too-small cupboard.
We enjoyed the experience so much, we kept practising, and now do a mixture of engagements from fetes to birthday parties to concerts in old people's homes to pubs ... After covering our costs, we use our income to support local charities.
Pop music, more than any other genre, is closely tied to the economic forces of mass production and mass marketing.
Various sources suggest the use of the word "pop" dating back well before the 1950s, but it was certainly the '50s when it took hold as a cultural phenomenon.
Because "pop" can simply mean what is or was popular in many different times and places, defining it more narrowly as an actual musical genre is arguably ill-advised.
BTS’s Rap Monster released his much anticipated Wale collaboration, the socially charged (and very BTS sounding) “Change”; there’s an undeniable chemistry between them, and the song’s final minute is its real stand out.
We judging by all of the testimonials and messages we get from you, we know that we are doing a good job but there is no need to take our word for it.
This often instills a sense that a group belongs to the fans – even if they are free to date, it’s preferred to be an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation.
When two idols are revealed to be dating each other (they’re usually outed by a tabloid), many fans furiously retract their support, and the internet echoes with the gnashing of teeth.
While this is certainly not the mindset shared by all K-Pop fans, either in Korea or internationally, the fact that dating can still be called a ‘scandal’ in 2017 speaks for itself.