You already binge on K-pop. Now, it's time to know a little about everything with your favorite Korean music historian! Journey through the entire catalog of some of Korean entertainment's most popular artists and become familiar with lesser known acts with this "shortcast."
"An Album a Day" is associated with content from The Great Moments. The Great Moments, Korean music commentary and history YouTube channel developed by Multifacetedacg (Ashley Griffin), is a spin-off from her Great Moments in Production & Delivery series.
The coed group 8Eight have not been forgotten, so please anticipate the Season closer! Hoping for one more hoorah before Season 4 begins? Join Ashley and other Hallyu podcasts for #KPSNPODCASTFEST on July 18, 2020!
After a positive debut album almost a year later with their second studio album. With 12 tracks, the group had a large canvas to work with musically. Did it live up to the energy of their debut or did it surpass it?
5tion (Korean: 오션 [‘ocean’]) is a South Korean boy band who experienced its height of popularity during the early 2000s. At the time of this recording, the group continues most of its activities in Japan.
Continuing on the positive wave from their 2014 EP, “Crazy” released February 2015 to stand toe-to-toe with that well-received predecessor. 4Minute also tried their hand at contributing to the colors of the album from behind the mic.
On Saturday, May 9, 2020, the audience of "An Album a Day" joined together for a live Q&A recording in celebration of the podcast's first anniversary. With over 5,000 unique listeners in just a year, Ashley had much to celebrate.
Released April 5, 2011, the ladies dropped their first studio album. The project combined the efforts of a maxi-single and songs from their debut Japanese album, creating an eclectic second overall album in their discography.
South Korean girl group 4Minute was active from June 2009 until June 2016 under Cube Entertainment. The five-member lineup includes Son Jihyun, Heo Gayoon, Jeon Jiyoon, Kim HyunA, and Kwon Sohyun. Known for their edgy style, the dance-pop energy attracted the support of many female fans. In this episode, their debut EP is reviewed.
GH Entertainment girl group 3YE (Korean: 써드아이) debuted May 21, 2019, and consists of members Yuji, Yurim, and Haeun. With all the hoopla at the start of the year for 2019 rookies, how did this group fly completely under the radar?
Capitol and SM Entertainment boy band SuperM makes their fourth appearance on the show with today's special episode. After hosting a historic live stream concert, Ashley reflects on whether it was a step in the right direction for entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic, choreography woes, and more. Read her real-time reactions at www.twitter.com/jinjuhallyufevr
In this Season Finale the concept in which An Album a Day was built from, Great Moments in Production & Delivery, takes us through a brief look into the career of Korean American multi-hyphenate Jay Park. Season 3 of the show will begin April 27, 2020!
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 S. Korean boy band NCT127 Made history as the first South Korean act to perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In this episode, Ashley gives a recap of her experience as well as a nod at a well-crafted article on the visible changes within the Korean pop music scene.
The gentlemen of 4Men began 2013 with an EP that centers their vocal strengths via piano accompaniment. As beautiful as it is, the rarely-changing delivery of the group’s style begins to weigh on Ashley.
On February 14, 2020 -- Valentine's Day -- Monsta X released the first all-English studio album by a male Korean idol group, "All About Luv." In this special episode, Ashley shares her thoughts about the project and gives the group its first album ranking on the show -- this comes several months (and possibly years) before their full discography is reviewed.
After the departure of original member Yoon Min-soo, the gentlemen of 4Men promoted as a trio until 2006, when member J1 joined the lineup. The charisma of 4Men ran confidently into the mid 2000s with the release of “Andante.”
Long-running R&B male group 4Men might not have been on your radar before today's episode, but they will be now. Journey down musical memory lane as Ashley tries to remember comparative American music references for this group.
4L (Hangul: 포엘, short for “Four Ladies”) was a South Korean girl group that debuted in 2014. Their single "Move” tantalized the music scene with provocative choreography and subject matter. The group disbanded in 2016.
From the sounds of idol group's past, to the similar vocals of currently enlisted seniors, today's rookies bring energy to the stage that callback to a few senior groups. What about the rookie group that disbanded before their light could truly shine, X1? And who makes the top five list to listen to?
In this episode, we continue to explore details and brief opinions about South Korean K-pop rookie groups D1ce, Everglow, Fanatics. EXO subunit EXO-CS also appears on Rookie Roundup, as the subunit made its debut during 2019.
With over 50 episodes of “An Album a Day” currently available, host Ashley Griffin (Multifacetedacg) draws the conclusion that a new approach to the show will be necessary for its survival. The second season of #a3day will begin on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. CST.
For the members of 3RACHA there could not have been a better way to celebrate their Stray Kids debut than with an ambitious mixtape. Of the three released in 2017, experimentation within the “Horizon” tracks is most pronounced.
JYP Entertainment songwriting and production trio 3RACHA consist of members CB97 (born Bang Chan; Korean: 방찬), SPEARB (born Seo Chang-bin; Korean: 서창빈), and J.ONE (born Han Ji-sung; Korean: 한지성). Through their mixtape efforts throughout 2017, they not only brought acclaim to themselves as emerging creatives within the music industry but also as songwriting and production force within their larger group, STRAY KIDS. 3RACHA is the first group or sub-unit featured on the podcast with only mixtapes compiling their discography.
After the release of their 2016 album — the most successful of 24K’s discography — the boy band concluded a tour, experienced member changes again, began mandatory military service. Most shockingly, they also made a political blacklist. Find out why and more in the group’s final episode.
After the success of their 2015 release, the South Korean boy band explored Europe on a tour and incorporated the country’s musical influences into a new project. The departure and introduction of new members comes into play.
South Korean entertainer Lee Chaerin (CL) -- also known as Multifacetedacg's ultimate female bias in the K-pop scene -- made her long-awaited return on December 4, 2019 with two singles to entice listeners. With simply crafted accompanying music videos, CL dives into the facets of love with renewed energy. NOTE: Title of episode is correct Special Episode number but likely incorrect within the show.
South Korean boy band 4K, the acoustic pop sub-unit of 24K, is a part of Choeun Entertainment. The sub-unit consisting of vocalists Cory (Korean: 코리 [former member]), Seokjune (Korean: 석준 [former member]), Kisu (Korean: 기수 [former member]), and Sungoh (Korean: 성오), released their debut EP Rocking Girl in June 2012.
Participating in K-pop Star 2 brought friends Kim Hyo-Bin and Kim Il-Do together as a formal group called 2000Won (Korean: 이천원). Signed to Reve Entertainment (South Korea) since their debut in 2013, they formally came onto the scene with the support of established soloist Ailee the following year. Could this impressive duo be working on an upcoming project or was 2018's single the last we will hear from them?
“An Album a Day” has surpassed listener goals not estimated to be reached until at least a year into production. This achievement is thanks in part to your support of Ashley’s content. In celebration of Patreon’s Patron Day, she takes a moment to thank last, present, and future fans of #a3day.
Debuting in 2013 under SidusHQ, South Korean girl group 2EYES (Korean: 투아이즈) was designed to be the equivalent of their highly successful predecessors g.o.d. The short-lived girl group failed to produce a full album during their time together but set out to defy the usual girl group standards.
South Korean hip-hop duo 1Punch (Korean: 원펀치) was formed by Brave Entertainment and debuted on January 23, 2015. Their lead single, "Turn Me Back" (돌려놔) came from their only album The Anthem. After their disbandment, One signed with YG Entertainment (eventually parting from the company after one project) and Punch, now entertaining under his name Samuel, gained notoriety in his own right. Both members debuted as solo artists in 2017.
Organized by BG Entertainment, 14-member South Korean boy band 14U (Korean: 원포유) had more buzz around their disbandment controversy than their actual music. Could they have gone the distance based off the performance of such a small body of work?
As we conclude the 100% experience with their latest album, Ashley comes to the realization that all idol groups cannot be created equal. The path towards career success has many footsteps of a different size, indeed.
Following the groups Japanese debut in January 2017, they released their fourth mini album on February 22 with the title track “Sketch U.” The EP is the first to challenge the group’s initial impressions on #a3day for certain.
South Korean boy band 100% (Korean: 백퍼센트) is a K-pop group currently comprised of four members: Rockhyun, Joghean, Chanyong, and Hyukjin. The group was originally a seven-member set but has experienced changes since its debuted in 2012 on TOP Media. TOP Media is a label formed by Shinhwa member Andy Lee.
Unscripted and authentic, Ashley shares her final thoughts on the collective discography of 2NE1. Anchor.fm exclusive listeners can hear snippets of select songs from the publicly available Spotify playlist, “#A3Day Highlights” while listening to this episode.
Get your “awws” and “uwu” feelings in order because Ashley’s beloved girl group debuts on the show. The biography presented here is directly referenced from Wikipedia: “2NE1 was a South Korean girl group composed of Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy, formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. After appearing alongside boy band Big Bang in the song "Lollipop", a promotional single for LG Electronics, the group rose to fame with the release of their two eponymous extended plays, 2NE1 (2009) and 2NE1 (2011), and two studio albums, To Anyone (2010) and Crush (2014). All peaked at the number one position on the Gaon Album Chart.”
In this episode, we become familiar with OST mainstays 2NB. 2NB (Korean: 투앤비) is a South Korean R&B duo formed by Friday Entertainment in 2006. The duo consisted of Heo Solji and Kim Song-yi. They released their debut single "The First Fragrance" on March 31, 2006. The group disbanded in 2012. Shortly afterward, Heo Solji became the main singer of the girl group EXID, which debuted that same year. Also, Kim Song-yi became the lead singer of the girl group Blady, which was in 2015. In 2016, 2NB came back with two new members Son Yoo-na and Kim Hyo-jin. [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2NB]
Ashley is joined by Cy, co-host of The Daily Plug podcast, on a field trip to the SMTOWN MUSEUM for podcast research (and fangirling) purposes. SMTOWN MUSEUM is a vast collection of K-pop memorabilia and historical artifacts of SM Entertainment’s 30+ years in the music industry. The museum is located within the COEX in Gangnam, South Korea.
As the first stand-alone discography recap for the podcast, Ashley maximizes on the opportunity to ramble about K-pop, production choices, and Korean-to-English translations. She also shares her overall discography rankings and theories about the 2PM’s future at JYP Entertainment. NOTICE: Anchor.fm listeners will be able to hear snippets or full portions of select songs. Visit anchor.fm in your App Store if you’d like to experience the music. Or, visit the public Spotify playlist, #A3Day Highlights, and listen at your own leisure.
Formed in 2019 under the combined efforts of South Korea’s SM Entertainment and the United States’ Capitol Music Group, SuperM is a K-pop supergroup is seven members. The boy band is comprised of members from SM Entertainment groups SHINee, EXO, NCT, and WayV. The “K-pop Avengers” lineup are: Byun Baekhyun (EXO), Lee Taemin (SHINee), Kim Jongin (EXO), Lee Taeyong (NCT), Ten (NCT, WayV), Lucas (NCT, WayV), and Mark Lee (NCT).
The sixth Korean album (eleventh overall) by 2PM is a solid send off prior to the start of their military service. From eclectic electronic vibes, to smooth R&B that’s sure to get you moving, the industry seniors proved that they know exactly what it takes to mature with the body of work and to sustain a K-pop career for this long.
Nostalgia gets a hold on Ashley as she weaves in and out of fangirling and quality commentary on 2PM. 2PM (Korean: 투피엠) is a South Korean boy group that currently consists of members Jun. K, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. Originally part of the eleven-member boy band One Day, this subgroup brought energy and "jimseung-dol" (jimseung means an "animal" or "beast" in Korean) like no other onto the scene. In fact, the demand for what they brought to the table during their 2008 - 2009 debut is reflected in the 110,000+ copies of this album sold in Korea.
A debut EP that was reissued into a full-length album set a tone that 2AM rose above tremendously by the time they released their first full studio album. Could this One Day-themed introduction win you over as a fan today?
Get your ears ready for the musical styling (and Ashley's happy squeals) of 2AM. 2AM (Korean: 투에이엠) is a South Korean boy group that consisted of members Jo Kwon, Lee Changmin, Lim Seulong and Jeong Jinwoon. Originally part of the eleven-member boy band One Day, this subgroup focused on well-executed ballads with pop flair.
15& (Korean: 피프틴앤드, also known as Fifteen And) is a South Korean female duo formed by JYP Entertainment in 2012, consisting of Park Jimin and Baek Yerin. The ladies came onto the scene with a solid 10-track album that ranks highly on the A3Day recommendations scale.
On the premiere episode, we're taking you all the way back to the early days of YG Entertainment with hip-hop group 1TYM (Korean: 원타임). Their debut album, "One Time For Your Mind" was released November 17, 1998 and is one of their most popular releases.