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Seoul-Based DJ Madison Park Comforts Us in New "Hindsight" Music Video

South Korean DJ takes fans on a tour though NYC and their emotions in debut music video.

Seoul based DJ, Madison Park, takes fans to the New York cityscape in the newly released music video for her visceral and emotionally resonating track, "Hindsight."

The clip begins underground in the dingy subway as we are introduced to our main and unknown protagonist, portrayed by model and Park's good friend, Zino Haro. Viewers follow him on to the subway and into the city as the beats make a subtle entrance, followed by the smooth R&B vocals, provided by guest vocalist fiction.

"I chose NYC because I thought [to capture] the city's diverse vibes that different locations emanate would help a lot with the video concept that I came up with," says Park. "I sent him (Zino) the lyrics and asked if he would be down to join the video. He said the lyrics of Hindsight was basically telling his own story, so both of us just knew he was the right fit for the video."

The Samuel Heuberger Reichart directed video continues to follow Haro on his journey throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. According to Park, she and Reichart "spoke a very similar 'creative language' when brainstorming," which resulted in making this video the dynamic and engaging work of art that it is. The clip gives us glimpses into the notebook that Haro is carrying with him, and is revealed to be the lyrics of the track itself being written, scratched out, and reworked, as any artist would do when in the throes of the creative process.

"I wanted to show one's stream of consciousness in the situation that's depicted in the lyrics," says Park. "I didn't want to include parts where the vocalist lip-syncs to the song because I wanted to focus more on showing how the narrator feels and acts in that situation." She goes on to express that the lip syncing moments seemed to cut the flow of emotion of the narrator, so instead, she came up with the idea of focusing only on the lead actor's emotion throughout the video and including a part that directly shows a small part of the lyrics.

At the video's climax, the music swells into orchestral builds and breaks into melodic, cinematic drops, grabbing our attention and carrying us forward through the song as we look at the night sky in downtown Manhattan with Haro. Every progression is carefully cultivated and extremely emotive, allowing listeners to submerge themselves into a sonic wave of bliss. The feelings resonated in the track seem to remind us that for at least the 4 minutes that the song is playing, we will be just fine.


Madison Park - Hindsight (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


Alessandra Rincón is a journalist, writer, and photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana living in New York City. She loves covering music, art and culture news and you can usually find her at a show or with her nose in a book. In her spare time she is a musician, comic book nerd and wannabe cook.


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Beyoncé in "Black Is King"

Beyoncé has released Black Is King, and as usual, her work is subtly shifting the world and inspiring millions.

The musical film dropped today on Disney+. It's a visual companion to 2019's The Lion King: The Gift, an album inspired by last year's remake of The Lion King, in which Beyoncé starred as Nala. The moment it released at 12AM PT, fans lost it with excitement.


Black Is King is rooted in Black history. "History is your future," Beyoncé says prophetically toward the beginning. "One day you will meet yourself back where you started, but stronger." The film is studded with references to African history, portraying the lives of African royalty.


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BTS Isn't Paving the Way with Its BMA Nominations

If artists who sometimes contribute to their music is the low standard for groundbreaking K-pop, then sure, BTS is at the top.

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The BTS Army is rejoicing, as their boy kings are nominated for their first Billboard Music Award for Top Duo/Group.

While the K-pop band has taken home the award for Top Social Artist for the past two years (and they've just received their third nomination), 2019 marks the first time they've been recognized in a larger category. The boys will compete against more mainstream acts for the honor of best band, with fellow nominees including Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Panic at the Disco, and Dan + Shay.

Other artists highlighted this year are Cardi B (leading this year's honorees with 21 nominations in 18 categories), Drake (nominated for 17 awards, including Top Artist, Top Rap Album, and Top Rap Song for "In My Feelings"), and Post Malone (tying with Drake, including nominations for Top Artist and Top Rap Song for "Better Now").

But reactions from BTS fans dominated discussions of the Billboard Awards on social media. Twitter exploded with emoji-laden declarations of love, as well as deep dives into the history of the Top Duo/Group award to emphasize that "BTS PAVED THE WAY." As a trending topic, the band's success has K-pop fans hopeful that the genre will continue to integrate into American mainstream music.

While most K-pop bands are eerily robotic products of major music labels and have little to no artistic input in the music they perform, the seven members of BTS do have some writing and production credits to their names. If artists who actually contribute to their music is the low standard for groundbreaking K-pop bands, then yes, RM, Jin, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, V, and Jungkook have paved the way in K-pop, but that doesn't legitimize its future as a mainstream genre.




Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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