I love most of Ailee‘s singles, but I get why so many people can’t stand her. She often chooses shouting over singing, and calling her music a Disney diva karaoke version of early Beyonce isn’t completely untrue, just pessimistic.

Her new single, “Johnny,” isn’t so much hers, but a collaboration with Brave Brothers‘ for the producer’s 10th Anniversary Project. This project has been a mixed bag so far, giving us the good, the boring, and the unoriginal.

“Johnny” is one of the best things to come out of the project so far, and one of the best BB productions of the past year, if only for the fact that it breaks his strong but also stale formula.

Here, Brave finds some middle ground between his own top forty pop productions and the retro jazz records that Korea loves so much. Ailee, showing a modicum of restraint for once, laments about a boy (“I’m alone on a dark street,” she sings, “Drawing you out, getting drunk“) over cocktail lounge piano and sax.

I can’t resist BB’s cut-and-paste hits, but occasionally he reminds me that he’s capable of so much more. Brave Girls’ “Easily” proved that, just like 1PUNCH’s “Turn Me Back,” 4minute’s “Whatcha Doin’ Today,” and now “Johnny.”


  • MIKEE

    This is the best thing she has released since Heaven. Johnny actually makes me excited for her upcoming full length album. BUT, I’m sure her company will be too afraid to step away from the baby Beyonce shtick long enough for her to realize her true potential.

    Is it just me or has BB’s 10th Anniversary Project been going on for the past 5 years?

  • Milo

    This is the best song she’s done in a long time. But why is it called 쟈니, when Johnny is 조니?

    • ta3woon

      I’ve always seen Johnny spelled as 쟈니 not 조니..

      • Milo

        I know. But why 쟈니, when it doesn’t sound like Johnny?

  • *shade fishing* Any info on this being a diss track to allkpop founder, Johnny Noh?

  • johnnybravo831

    Ailee restrained sounds almost exactly like Bestie’s UJi, who I actually would’ve loved to see do this instead.

  • KingBeaArthur

    Song is fine, but I don’t care for her voice on this for some reason.