Despite ballin' with Drake and releasing a trilogy of critically-acclaimed mixtapes, The Weeknd's still a relatively unknown name outside of R&B circles and online music press. That looks set to change with the release of his first studio album, Kiss Land, this August. The rising superstar embraced drugs and groupies on the album's twisted title track, but that was just a warm up for what's obviously the real lead single, "Belong To The World."
On his 2002 solo debut, Justified, Justin Timberlake took inspiration from Michael Jackson, just as many artists had before him and will continue to do so until music ceases to exist. On his 2006 follow up, Futuresex/Lovesounds, it was Prince he referenced, and on this year's The 20/20 Experience, he channeled both the Bee Gees and himself. For his new single, "Take Back The Night," things have come full circle as the modern-day Prince of Pop takes notes from the King once again.
The almighty Brown Eyed Girls just released a new single called "Recipe," and you know what means, right? Yup, it's time to forget every other K-pop comeback of 2013 (especially a certain reggae one...) and bow down to the real Queens of K-pop.
For her recent solo debut, "The Baddest Female,"2NE1 frontwoman CL pulled away from Korea's super safe hip-hop scene and took inspiration from the likes of A$AP Rocky and the non-RedOne Nicki Minaj. The result was a woozy, slow-burning rap track with an alien beat and a big money shot that doesn't show itself until the final act. Naturally, K-pop fans hated it and were confused by the nonlinear production, just as they had been by Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy," 2PM's "A.D.T.O.Y.," EXO's "Wolf," and virtually every other song that dared to be part of the experimental trend that's been so big in K-pop this past year.
Once "The Baddest Female" flopped, CL was quick to announce that 2NE1's then-forthcoming new single would be "very 2NE1," and "very different" from her own solo work. She was right, and that's not a compliment.