I loved Nicole's underrated debut single "MAMA" more than a sasaeng loves their oppa's dirty underwear, but I get why it didn't win everybody over. It was a little dark and restrained without much of a chorus, so it was never going to connect with people the way KARA's pop confections usually did.
A lot of people were asking me why I wasn't posting the fifty million music videos from Namie Amuro's _genic album. The truth is, I was torn on the songs. Some were fantastic ("Golden Touch" is easily one of the best things she's done in years), but others sounded like generic J-diva pop, which always occupy a portion of Namie's albums.
One thing I love about Asian pop is how singles are usually timed to coincide with the current season. Western music does it too, but they don't put in any effort beyond "This song is upbeat, so let's release it when the weather's warmer."