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February is already trying like an eventful, star-studded month. It began off sturdy, with the primary week dominated by Okay-Pop lady teams. Whereas singles from cignature and BVNDIT and an OST from Sunmi had been well-received on the native iTunes chart, these EPs from notable names garnered consideration within the UAE:
1. GFriend’s ‘Labyrinth’ EP
The quintet returned to the music scene with eighth EP, ‘Labyrinth’, which focuses on being at ‘Crossroads’ as they enter maturity.
The dance, string-oriented lead single got here with a music video that confirmed a extra mature facet of the artists. It highlighted their relationship and make clear essential moments and combined feelings that youths face when deciding on their future.
The approaching-of-age music video didn’t function any of GFriend’s choreography however primarily centered on the plot itself. The six-track EP topped the UAE iTunes Pop and Okay-Pop charts a day after it was launched. The observe was additionally successful of their homeland, sweeping the charts on main music streaming websites together with Soribada and Melon.
Their comeback additionally marked their first launch since their company Source Music was acquired by Massive Hit Leisure, dwelling of boy teams BTS and Tomorrow X Collectively.
2. Loona’s ‘#’ EP
Loona took over the world with their newest comeback. The 11 members returned extra highly effective and fearless than ever with their uplifting and message-driven EP ‘#’ fronted by assured lead observe, ‘So What’.
The music video opened with an empowering voice-over, earlier than taking viewers on an energising efficiency with assured shouts about expressing oneself and breaking out of societal pressures and prejudices, all whereas highlighting their lady crush appeal.
The constructive response to ‘#’ was evident on the charts. Company Blockberry Artistic revealed that Loona’s EP conquered the iTunes album charts in 56 nations as of Friday, making them first Okay-Pop lady group to realize this feat. The all-female act has at all times been a favorite amongst listeners within the UAE. Along with ‘#’, their earlier work equivalent to repackaged album ‘XX’ and debut single ‘favOriTe’ topped the iTunes native charts.
What made the rising group’s launch all of the extra attention-grabbing is that SM Leisure’s Lee Soo-man was revealed to have participated in its manufacturing, a primary for the Okay-Pop pioneer to take action outdoors of his firm.
3. iKON’s ‘i DECIDE’ EP
Following a rocky 2019 and yearlong hiatus, iKON made their first comeback as a six-member group with out former chief BI.
On Thursday, YG Leisure’s boy group dropped their long-anticipated EP, ‘i DECIDE’, and its lead single ‘Dive’, a dance observe with nation instrumentals, guitar riffs and a harmonica chorus. The followers’ pleasure was visibly proven, when a collection of associated hashtags surrounding their comeback trended worldwide and in South Korea.
Along with the lead observe, ‘i DECIDE’ options 4 different songs — ‘Ah Yeah’, ‘All of the World’, ‘Holding On’ and ‘Flower’ — which incorporates contributions from BI who was recognised as being closely concerned within the group’s discography.
His abrupt departure in final June amid drug-related allegations precipitated the album, slated to be launched mid-2019 and had already recorded tracks, to be postponed.
The EP hit primary on the iTunes Prime Albums charts in 24 nations, together with the UAE. It additionally took over the native Pop and Okay-Pop albums charts. ‘Dive’ additionally charted excessive on numerous Korean actual time music charts.
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