While K-pop super group, Wonder Girls, are on an extended hiatus from the music industry, one of their former members is preparing to launch a solo career. 21-year-old Sunmi is a founding member of the group who was with them during the height of their popularity with hits like "Tell Me" and "Nobody." She was still with the girls when they debuted in America, touring with the Jonas Brothers and performing on So You Think You Can Dance and The Wendy Williams Show, but she left the group shortly after to return to school and study. It's now been over three years since she did anything in the entertainment industry, but now she's back and preparing to debut as a solo artist with her first single, "24 Hours."
JYP Entertainment has teased the release with some pretty photos of a pink-haired Sunmi posing against a white backdrop. J.Y. Park himself reportedly handled the song's production (as he does with all his artists), on top of the choreography, music video, and overall concept.
Sunmi's solo debut is already making headlines in Korea, but the reaction seems largely negative so far, with most Korean netizens seemingly still holding a grudge against her for leaving Wonder Girls at their peak. JYP artists haven't had much luck on the charts this year compared to their past success, so the odds are definitely stacked against Sunmi, but her history as one fifth of one of the biggest groups in K-pop history will give her an extra advantage over JYP's other soloists. If "24 Hours" is as good as any of Wonder Girls' singles, she may even have a real hit on her hands.
The music video for "24 Hours" drops on August 20, Sunmi has her first performance on M! Countdown on the 22nd, and the song will be available for digital download on the 26th. Excited?
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.