[Opinion] A Much Needed Look at Dean

Dean is a writer, singer, an aficionado of artistic picture-taking for Instagram. Besides that, he might be apart of a trend of non-idol South Korean artists looking outside the country for musical freedom.

Image source – Ginza Magazine Japan

It had been over a year since Dean released his iconic song “Instagram” that topped charts for weeks before giving way to iKON’s “Love Scenario.”

Prescient in its content and evocative in its narrative, it was a song that stood out on Korean music charts that are usually inundated with songs about love. Similar to its monochromatic video, it had a belied simplicity regarding the complex set of qualities that come into play when one uses social media including but not limited to addiction and depression.

It had a subtle depth — just enough to provoke (a comfortable amount of) thought and was general enough to make it relatable. Further, Ginza, a magazine out of Japan, described the song as ” inspired by the millennial generation,” and as a millennial, myself — though I don’t engage in social media that much because of the abovementioned effects — it is easily one of my favorite Korean songs from the past year.

Image source – Places + Faces

However, since the release of the song, Dean seems more absent than present. His occasional updates on social media breathe life and anticipation into his fan base and he did release a song called “Dayfly” on different music sites in November.

Additionally, even with the beautiful melody, smooth vocals, and the meaningful lyrics, it didn’t feel like Dean was back; it was not a comeback. So when is Dean coming back and what has he been up to?

According to a social media post, the singer is working on a new album titled 130: mood: RVNG that he is dedicating more time to write, compose, and produce. Moreover, as he works on this album, Dean is also experiencing a personal transformation where he is ridding himself of the idea that he could only show his “perfect and good side to the world,” afraid of being branded after an unfortunate slip of the tongue. In turn, he is acknowledging his “badness, stupidity, weakness, and the dark shadows” of his past.

Image source – Ginza Magazine Japan

Interestingly, as he grows personally and musically, he seems to do so mostly outside of South Korea and instead is finding solace someplace in London. Perusing his Instagram account, the singer looks to be out of his native country for months at a time. In his posts, he appears to spend much of his time in England, with short forays elsewhere, working on music, collaborating with artists, and generally living his best life.

At the same time, I see an emerging trend where independent non-idol artists are finding freedom and solace outside of the Korean entertainment market. Similar to Jay Park who is working on expanding in the U.S., like Dok2 who moved to Los Angeles late last year, and alternative rock group Hyukoh that released an all English album last year and is currently on tour, it seems like Korean artists are looking to find their voice and music made and heard outside a system tipped heavily in favor of political correctness, cookie-cutter idols, and deep-pocketed companies.

On the other hand, it could be that other industries are now ready for Asian artists.




By O.C


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BLACKPINK Jennie Releases First Poster Confirming Solo Debut Date

It’s been confirmed! BLACKPINK’s Jennie will be making her solo debut on November 12!

On the morning of October 25, YG Entertainment released a poster announcing the solo debut date of BLACKPINK’s Jennie. According to the poster, the singer will make her solo debut on November 12.

Image Source – YG Entertainment

Meanwhile, Yang Hyun-Suk had previously explained that not only Jennie, but all 4 members of BLACKPINK will each get their own solo release. In a previous Instagram post, the chief of the company had said, “Jennie will release her solo, followed by Rose. One of the strengths of BLACKPINK is each member’s ability to stand on their own as well as their ability to work as a team.”

Furthermore, Jennie also confirmed to perform her solo debut for the first time in front of her fans at the upcoming BLACKPINK concert. According to the agency, the singer deliberately wanted her fans to be the first ones to see her performing solo. The concerts will take place at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena on November 10 and 11.

Moreover, the group had also recently announced their signing of a contact with a major American label, Interscope Records. At the time, the agency reported, “we will work closely with the biggest music company, Universal Music Group, for the successful global debut and promotions of BLACKPINK.”

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BLACKPINK Signs with Universal Music Group’s Label Interscope Records

BLACKPINK signs with a U.S. label Interscope Records and officially begins their international promotions!

On October 23, YG Entertainment reported, “BLACKPINK recently signed a contract with Interscope Records. We will work closely with the biggest music company, Universal Music Group, globally for the successful global debut and promotion of BLACKPINK.”

Image Source – YG Entertainment

He continued, “in addition, we will do our best to help other YG artists to break through the North American and European territories as well.”

Furthermore, the CEO of Universal Music Group Sir Lucian Grainge announced the signing of a contract with the girl group himself, during the “UMG Global Leadership Summit” on October 10. Grainge said, “we look forward to building upon BLACKPINK’s remarkable early success by putting the global resources and expertise of UMG behind them and growing their audience around the world.” (Billboard)

Lastly, Teddy, the chief music producer of YG said, “it’s such a thrilling news. Today’s entertainment industry is more global than ever before. Music breaks both language and cultural barrier; it has no limit. Throughout this partnership, we expect to showcase the potential of BLACKPINK in a bigger scale than anyone could ever. I anticipate many things to happen in the future.”

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