"Danger Zone ~to the unknown world~" by Domoto Koichi
I'm really starting to think this guy doesn't age, but anyway, that's not important. This is pretty cool. Sure, it almost sounds like something from KAT-TUN, but he still maintains his own coolness with his soft, subtle sensual alluring vocals. The choreography is intriguing and the set feels tangible but still fantastical. I'm looking forward to another solo album.
"Try" by P!NK
I don't know why I was semi-avoiding watching this, but I'm glad. The song is very good and has a lot of meaning behind it without it being extremely obvious in ways. The choreography is beyond anything America (and most countries) are doing lately. She brings her showmanship and athleticism from the stage to a music video which is extremely commendable. I've always liked P!NK and it's just nice to watch something so artistic and beautiful and compare it to her work back in the day when she was nearly a nobody with pink hair and an oversaturation of blonde pop singers. Keep on truckin', girl!
"Shijushichinogen" by Suicide Ali
I have no idea how to properly express how happy I am to see these guys making new music and PVs. Sometimes I worry that they're going to disband or Kiwamu will kick them off the label. Anyway, the song is simply amazing and holds that signature sound the band has that's a little odd while mixing something fresh and somewhat familiar in the visual kei scene together. The images are haunting and take from noticeable Japanese horrors while still showcasing the band putting their all into the music.
"Bloom" by Gain
Has this video been banned yet? I'm just waiting to hear the news that this is "too raunchy" for South Korea's audience. This video and song is giving women empowerment with their sexuality and something new to relationships through the female eye. Before all the big debates concerning femininity and sexual representation, I thought this video (and song) is quite daring for the industry and catchy. It reminds me of the simplicity and natural feel from Brown Eyed Girls' "A Midsummer Night's Dream" video. There's a lot of good things going on and I hope South Korea tries to embrace these ideas from this song. It's rather pointless and out of the way if I go on a tangent by joining everyone in comparing Gain's delivery to HyunA. I'll just let her comeback do that for me.
"I don't need a man" by miss A
Women of kpop are becoming fiercer lately and I love it. I was a little skeptical of this group's comeback, especially with the Destiny Child concept. We all know how they went for the Wonder Girls, but this is a pleasant surprise. This is definitely a great anthem for the ladies and I would totally blast this in my car while cruising down the block. I can honestly say I practically live out this motto for the most part. The song mixes modern trending sounds with some vintage R&B elements effortlessly. I enjoy the styling of these ladies and the playful and sassy chemistry/attitude. It's just great overall.