Top Five K-Pop Groups You Should Be Listening To

Top Five K-Pop Groups You Should Be Listening To

With the popularity of k-pop on the rise, it's hard to figure out what groups are worth checking out.

K-pop is one of the best genres of music in my opinion. I'm obviously biased, considering the only music I listen to 90 percent of the time is k-pop. With the popularity of k-pop on the rise, it's hard to figure out what groups are worth checking out. The answer to that problem is all of them. Since there are so many groups out there, it may be a bit difficult to check out all of them, so I'm here to suggest five of the best ones.

1. BTS

BTS or Bangtan Boys, is one of my favorites when it comes to k-pop. Their voices are angelic and their dance skills make me want to get up and jam. They were one of the first groups that I listened to and they remain the group I listen to the most today. BTS recently won a BBMA for Top Social Artist here in the U.S. If that doesn't scream talent, I don't know what does.

2. Seventeen

Seventeen is one of the biggest k-pop groups I have come across. They have a whopping 13 members. This is confusing to some people considering they're called Seventeen. Regardless of their size, they make it work. Their choreography is always on point and their music is top notch.

3. GOT7

I recently came across GOT7, and let me tell you, I'm glad that I did. The one thing that stands out the most, is the way the group interacts with each other behind the scenes. They joke around and are always laughing about one thing or another. You can bet when they hit the stage, they go all out.

4. EXO

EXO was the second group I got into when I started listening to k-pop. Like Seventeen, they have a lot of members. Starting out they had 12 but now they have nine. The group is still relatively large and still as good as they were before three members left. Their vocals stand out the most and is what makes them one of the most popular k-pop groups next to BTS.

5. Monsta X

Monsta X is really getting up there in popularity. Their intense dances and lyrics to match, is what gets heads turning. With a comeback currently on the way, Monsta X is definitely a group worth checking out.

All of these k-pop groups bring a lot to the table and are all worth looking into. They work incredibly hard to provide content for their fans. I barely scratched the surface of the k-pop world with these few. There is so much more k-pop out there and so many groups that deserve attention. Some other groups not mentioned but are definitely worth checking out, are Super Junior, Big Bang, BlackPink, Cross Gene, Day6, iKON, NCT 127,VIXX and many others. Happy k-popping!

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If You Haven't Listened To Camila Cabello's Debut Album Stop What You're Doing

Camila Cabello's debut album "CAMILA" is out and here's what you need to know:

Over a year after Camila Cabello parted ways with famous girl group Fifth Harmony, she has released her first solo album and if you want to bless your ears I suggest you take a listen.

Cabello's self titled album, "CAMILA" which was originally going to be titled "The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving" hit stores worldwide January 12th and instantly hit number one in the U.S. and plenty of other countries.

At 20 years old, the Cuban-born, Miami raised singer portrays not only her personal experiences but expresses her Latin American origin, giving the album a melodious sound and a Cuban-Mexican vibe. Of course her big hit single "Havana" is included among these 11 songs, becoming the closest one to your loud, club-worthy song. The following 10 songs are stripped down so listeners can appreciate and admire Cabello's vocals, proving that the girl can SING and is something you don't really see these days.

Among the many tracks, Camila includes a ballad titled "Consequences" which is a real tear-jerker. Cabello's soft vocals with the beautiful piano in the background really set the tone of this song. Singing lyrics like, "secret keeping, stop the bleeding / lost a little weight because I wasn't eating" really show the singers emotion put into the song and makes everyone feel that something.

Two tracks later, Cabello writes another emotional song known as, "Something's Gotta Give" which discusses a relationship where the singer leaves because there's no reason to deal with the lies and misuse. The singer uses the power line, "No reason to stay is a good reason to go" which is something some people really need to here.

Cabello is great at hitting every part of a break up including a song ("All These Years") which covers a sweet, but upsetting encounter with her ex after a breakup. The singer uses an acoustic vibe while complimenting her ex through amazing, soft vocals. Cabello is instantly reminded of all their memories together, but then is heartbroken (and a bit happy for her ex) when she finds out there is a new girl in his life.

Moving on to some songs you might’ve already heard. Cabello obvious includes her newest single, "Never Be The Same" making it the number one track on the album. If you haven't heard it, the track has some R&B vibes and is a mid-tempo ballad about a love that is painfully pleasing. Cabello even tweeted that the the track is, "what falling in love sounds like."

The track even mentions nicotine, heroin, and morphine and we're sure you'll be addicted to this song (and the album) just like the drugs mentioned. Just like "Never Be The Same", the track "Real Friends was released a month before the actual release date of "CAMILA" on December 7th, 2017. I can guarantee you that you will relate to this song as it talks about going through the realization that the people you're surrounding yourself with aren't actually your friends.

Cabello sings, "I'm just looking for some real friends, all they ever do is let me down" making this one of the strongest, most relatable lyrics on the album. Cabello admitted this song is about being in LA (and that she totally hates it). We’re glad Camila is surrounded by her family most of the time.

Opening up for Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour, fans and others heard another track early. While opening for Bruno, “Inside Out” took a place on her setlist. Being the only song that you can dance to alongside “Havana,” the track is fun and full of energy. In this song, Cabello goes back to her Cuban-Mexican roots for sure. Singing the song in English and Spanish, the song is something you’ll just want to dance to. Before performing the track on tour, Cabello even requests the audience to close their eyes and imagine they’re in Latin America before she sings, “De Miami a México / Esta cosa se prendió”

Continuing on Camila’s objective of showing every piece of falling in love. A track that really stands out is “In The Dark”. This song really emphasizes wanting to know every side of someone (especially the dark) because everyone has their secrets.

Once again, Cabello takes a stab at Los Angeles yet sings one of my favorite lyrics of the album, “Who are you when it's 3 AM / And you're all alone / And L.A. doesn't feel like home?”. This track is Camila’s plead to get to know that special someone she likes (and we totally hope she gets what she wants).

Finally, every album needs those sexy, makes you feel good type of song. LADIES listen up because “She Loves Control” is the song for you. Cabello strong and proud sings the lyrics, “She loves control, she wants it her way / And there's no way she'll ever stay unless you give it up”. No one should tell a girl what to do, and Cabello makes that clear.

Perhaps this song is even a stab at the Fifth Harmony gals (after all they wouldn’t let her write some of her own music, which led to her departure). We couldn’t be happier that the singer wrote this tune. Moving on, Cabello writes an even sexier song singing, “I see a king-sized bed in the corner, we should get into it”. Cabello titled this song “Into It” which is an upbeat, vocally impressive song which Camila admitted was about a daydream she had about a guy she had been crushing on. If you’re head over heels for a special someone, Camila understands and this WILL be your favorite song on the album (trust me).

Okay, now all you have to do is buy or stream the album and then continue on doing whatever you were doing. Heres where you can check out “CAMILA” the debut album by Camila Cabello:

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To 20-Something-Year-Olds, It's OK Not To Have Your Life Figured Out Yet

"That's how it's supposed to be; living young, wild, and free."

Dear all of us 20-something-year-olds,

First of all, I think it's only fit to start this article off with a reminder to just take a breath. Many of us are in our final semesters of our college career, some of us are working hard, and others are still figuring it out. No matter what stage of your young adult life you're at, just know that we are all still so early in our adult life that it's ok to know literally nothing.

It's been drilled into our heads since before we could even pick out our own clothes that by the time you are at your age now, you should be pretty firm in what you should be doing with the rest of your life forever.

You know, know what you are majoring in, where you're moving to when you finally get your degree, what internship you're considering, who you're getting married to, what our annual income should be.

Well, while that may have worked out for some of us, that is not the case for so many others. So, I think we all need to take a break and just kinda chuckle at our childhood self. In reality, and to be frank, life happens. So what if college took a different route than you intended? So what if God threw you an unexpected curveball?

So what if you simply don't know what your next chapter holds? The best part of early adulthood is being able to redefine and reinvent yourself, no matter what point you are at.

With all of that being said, it's important to remember that no matter how hard we fall, we always have the strength to get back up. I once saw a neon green Post-It note taped to a college door frame that said: "don't quit when you're tired, quit when you're done." So, if all of us baby adults remember that phrase as we continue to trek through this mountain range called adulthood, I feel that our long nights will get shorter, the determination will grow stronger, and our destination will seem closer.

If you take just a few things from this article, let it be to sing with your best friends at the top of your lungs at 2 am on top of a table, forgive, love with all of your heart, make mistakes, make promises, make memories because you're young. We have our elder years to be snarky, so let's live out our youth to the fullest. To quote Bruno Mars, "that's how it's supposed to be; living young, wild, and free."

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