The solo career of Brown Eyed Girls' vocalist, Jea, is already off to a strong start. Her new buzz single, "Let's Hug," featuring Jung Yeob of the R&B group, Brown Eyed Soul, has already topped multiple digital charts in the few hours since its release. It's currently sitting just behind Girls' Generation's "Dancing Queen" and Lee Seung Gi's "Return" on the Instiz iChart*, proving that Brown Eyed Girls are still one of K-pop's top girl groups.
So far, Jea seems to be taking a similar promotional approach to the one used by her naughty bandmate, Narsha. Just like Jea, Narsha kicked off her solo promotions with a ballad buzz single, "I'm in Love," and then returned with the bizarre "Bbi Ri Bba Bba." We'll have to wait until January 4th to hear Jea's real single, "While You Were Asleep," but knowing how Brown Eyed Girls' operate, we're expecting the unexpected.
It'll be interesting to see how Jea's solo album performs on the charts once it's released. So far, all the Brown Eyed Girls' solo projects have had some form of success. Ga-In's has been the biggest, with the "Bloom" songstress now one of the top female soloists in K-pop, while Narsha and Miryo were both able to land a top ten hit each from their albums. Jea's always been a bit overlooked in Brown Eyed Girls compared to her sexy bandmates, but if there's one thing Korea loves, it's big-voiced balladeers, so Jea could turn out to be the dark horse of BEG.
Check out the soulful, "Let's Hug," below.
*Update: "Let's Hug" has now reached no. 1 on the Instiz iChart.
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.