Sweetune aren’t as popular as they used to be, but their music remains just as good as ever.

While INFINITE only have one foot left in the door and KARA and Nine Muses have kissed Sweetune goodbye completely, the production team has stuck with the struggling Boyfriend and aligned itself with other less successful K-pop stars, like STELLAR and the newly solo Nicole, who can appreciate a good masterpiece when they hear one.

They’ve now added a rookie boy band to their stable called ROMEO. The 7-member group is under CT Entertainment, an agency bankrolled by SM Entertainment and run by former SM staff, which is probably why their debut is so freakin’ good.

ROMEO’s first single, “LOVESICK,” has all the typical Sweetune retro synth-pop elements, but with the key addition of ’80s Latin freestyle thrown in. (Only in K-pop would you have producers dust off Latin freestyle beats). “LOVESICK” has the same dramatic, emotional charge of early INFINITE, but with the flower boy fun of early Boyfriend–basically the best bits of Sweetune’s boy band music combined into one.

ROMEO aren’t exactly original –every member looks like a younger, miniature version of another idol, and if you watch their debut stage it’s literally INFINITE with an old Boyfriend concept– but originality doesn’t equal quality in K-pop. You only have to look at the amazing SISTAR tribute act BESTie to see that.

I’m sure ROMEO will find their own color eventually, but for now I’m quite happy with BOYFINITE and whaever else Sweetune wants to throw at me.

  • Reddyyay

    Yes their music is so good! their album b-side Smile is perfection

  • T-rollypoly

    Their sound is cool, I can hear some Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran somewhere in there. hehe! I don’t really listen to boy groups but I approve this.

  • KingBeaArthur


    When I first starting watching their mv, I immediately latched onto the classic Infinite/Boyfriend sound of it all, but something felt off. I was teetering on the fence, until their fantastic debut stage! I’m down for Romeo now! Kyle bias here.

    Also, their mini is strong. “Smile” could’ve easily been their debut track!

  • jizabel

    Thank GODJO Sweetune found another act willing to work with them because this is the best thing they’ve done since Mask. I just hope Romeo lasts long enough to commission another song from them oop

  • Prada Noona

    I was ready to dismiss their debut and continue focusing on all the awesome rookie girl groups that have been popping up as of late, but I’ve been jamming to this song nonstop since yesterday. They also impressed me by putting on a better debut stage than their performance in the MV. I’m starting to become a fan of Infoetus.

  • Nicole Naeun

    They’re not even a little bit original, but the song slays I’m addicted to it lmao

  • Db

    Not bad!

    I couldn’t help but hear this the whole time.


  • I like this more than I thought I would. The video reminds me of “Man In Love” in particular, but with a better song. Also, why are people moving away from Sweetune?! How awesome would it be if Oh My Girl worked with them >.<!