The past fortnight in K-pop has seen major releases from two of the genre’s leading rookie girl groups: JYP Entertainment’s TWICE and and YG Entertainment’s BLACKPINK – a.k.a. 2NE2.

Just as it should, TWICE’s latest perfect pop single “TT” has dominated the digital charts and broken one of Girls’ Generation’s sales records, while the latest double A-side from the overrated BLACKPINK has deservedly under-performed so far.

While I’m surprised that the dullard YG stans have failed to get BLACKPINK’s latest batch of dusty old 2NE1 leftovers to No. 1 like they did with the offensively bad ‘BOOMBAYAH’ and ‘Whistle,’ I’m glad to see that justice has prevailed in K-pop for once.

On ‘TT,’ producer Black Eyed Pilseung stays faithful to the formula of past hits ‘Like Ooh Aah’ and ‘Cheer Up,’ but continues to kick things up a notch with each subsequent single.

‘TT’ is pure bubblegum pop with ghetto bass and pulsating club beats. It’s cute, cool, and irresistibly catchy all at once. And the concept of building an entire pop song around a crying emoji feels as clever as it does adorable, unlike the slew of crass American songs inspired by selfies and hashtags.

Now, as much as I’d like to shit all over BLACKPINK’s ‘Playing With Fire,’ I have to admit that it ain’t that bad. Not that the bar is high, but it’s their least offensive track so far. The middling dance-pop number is far less immature than the try-hard toddler swag of their last two singles, and ultimately comes off sounding like a decent 2NE1 b-side.

The other single, ‘Stay,’ is barely worth mentioning. A shit, acoustic ballad, cut from the same cloth as 2NE1’s ‘Lonely,’ only much worse. That hideous harmonica alone is enough to make you want to puke.

I know that 2NE2 are much prettier than 2NE1 and actually know how to dance beyond waving a scarf around on stage, but can YG please find something else to separate the two groups? These poor girls need to be transferred to an agency that actually knows how to make a good girl group. I suggest SM, JYP, Starship, DSP, Pledis… basically anybody but YG.

  • Lin Yang

    BlackPink is the teeny-bopper version of 2ne1, with a more commercial sound and look. It should be a recipe for success (it kind of is), but at the same time I’m glad BlackPink aren’t number 1 on the charts. Just shows that maybe the audience isn’t completely supporting BP because they’re so reductive and similar.

    I’m surprised with Twice’s success, especially given the Tzuyu controversy. If this was SM, they’d be milking Twice and would have released a million teasers for their comeback. On first listen, I found the song forgettable. After listening to it for a couple of times, I’ve come to really enjoy it and it’s a solid comeback single. I’d put it in the middle, between Cheer Up (first) and Ooh-Ah (third).

    • Alexandra Aveiro

      They kind of have a million teaser for their comeback though? With all the teaser images of “member teaser”, “group teaser”, the “TT Teaser Movie” for each member, and the 2 MV teasers. What else could they add?

  • “2NE2” killed me. xD It’s quite sad (well, funny actually, fuck capitalism) that the new girlgroups from the 2 biggest companies (SM and YG) are underperforming considering the huge promotion and mafia they have behind. A girlgroup selling just 50k an album on a label where a flop like Tiffany can sell the same, it’s pure shame. While a girlgroup that debuts at #1 (on Digital) due to the “debut hype” but can’t even outsell SISTAR’s last single (which underperformed as well, coming from them), should make them reconsider things.
    I’m glad to see that Twice is the biggest thing to come from Korea since, a long time ago. Comparing boygroups/girlgroups (dicks sell more albums due to the fandom/bulk-buying even if the single/era is a flop) and SM/YG groups with groups from other labels, they’re extremely huge (just remember that no other girlgroup sold 150k for an album EVER, unless they came from SM/YG, with only 1-2 exceptions with 1st gen girlgroups). Also they just debuted 1 year ago. It’s impressive on so many levels.
    I love Playing With Fire, by the way, it sounds quite unique, not as 2NE1 as their other songs, but still with 2NE1 influences (obviously). But yes, total disappointment when it comes to how they’re marketing the group, their promotions/performances and the way they release their shit.

  • Sunny

    I played TT for a straight 48 hours when i first heard it!

    watch the lessors do a “XD” song in order to compete.

    and i don’t even know why they came up with an acoustic version of Whistle (its so minimal to begin with). YG is trolling too much these days. They should also stop making Rose sing like the past 2NE1 members. Its one of the reasons why they feel less fresh as a group.

  • Lin Yang

    I just hope this is the era where JYP snatches wigs, like the company used to with Wonder Girls during Nobody era, 2pm during Heartbeat era, and Miss A during Good-Bye Baby era

  • Pez

    Boombayah is fire though…?
    Seriously, when the “go brrrrrr-rambo” bit comes on I drop whatever I’m doing and drop into a pistol squat.

    No comment on their other songs though.

    • Boombayah is for babies! It’s like an American girl group from Nickelodeon worked with pitbull and RedOne

  • ComingforyourRicecakes

    ‘Playing with fire’ is neither here nor there for me, but I genuinely appreciate the Janet Jackson microphones and the deliberately hideous belts

  • Db

    Berry Good’s Don’t Believe is way better than Beige Pink’s effort.

    • Michelle Mariee

      Yet their albums can’t even surpass 2k. Funny that is.

  • Pauler

    “TT” is just the bomb. The vocals are too over-glossed but man, what a great hook

  • Bruno

    “TWICE trumps disappointing BLACKPINK with comeback single TT”

    lol, I see what you did there

  • leesigh3

    2NE1 couldn’t get past SNSD and Black Pink won’t be able to get past TWICE. YG can’t seem to beat really pretty 9 member girl groups. No shame in being #2 though.

  • Tajzh Shuler

    since when was twice GG try again… Look BP is going to dominate wether y’all like it or not. Lets just be honest.

  • lolita

    it still to early for BP but they got potential

  • Michelle Mariee

    Where do I even start?

    Just fucking fight me. How can you say Twice’s music has a ghetto beat? Just shut the fuck up. Do you even know what ghetto means or ‘sounds’ to say Twice is influenced by it.

    YG is not going to have only one GG in their company. Get over it. 2NE1 would never have songs like BLACKPINK, does NOT mean it’s a reject. Do you think Teddy goes through hours and days and months to recycle songs? He’s a professional producer if you didn’t know. Playing with Fire slayed in Korea and international so don’t come by saying they’re ‘underwhelming.’

    I know you’re butt hurt because your precious Twice crappy people are about to have their non existent crows snatched by 4 girls. Sob sob get the fuck over it.

    JYP media plays the shit out of those 9 girls with all these dating and scandals, why else would they be trending?

    The fact that their skirts get shorter each comeback is actually disgusting.

    Let’s not forget that they know how to please their uncle fans – dressing at a two year old and sucking their thumb screams NGG doesn’t it? It’s fucking disturbing and sad that their fans have nasty fetishes and twice themselves know how to satisfy it.

    I don’t know what type of shitty troll attempt this is, but next time keep your lame comments in the YouTube section okay?

    You tried bitch.

    Two brownie points for trying though.

  • kira akira

    Stay pressed bish! 😉