The popularity of Kpop grew a lot in 2016! Which means there were a bunch of awesome collabs too!
As an alternative to the flash and flare of K-pop, these five collaborative efforts take the stylish know-how of K-pop production and combine it with jazz, R&B, and hip-hop elements, meaning they are special but great!
1. Crush – “Don’t Forget” feat. Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation
“Korea’s answer to soul is Crush, the stirring R&B singer whose “Don’t Forget” is a rhythmic promise not to forget the good times even after the love is gone. With a snappy beat and simple instrumentals backing up Crush’s crooning, the song is a mid-tempo ballad that doesn’t need subtitles to get its point across.”
2. Suzy (miss A) x Baekhyun (EXO) – “Dream”
Everyone knows Suzy and Baekhyun’s “Dream!” It was so popular this year that it led them to receive the best collaboration award at MAMA 2016!
Suzy, South Korea’s darling, and Baekhyun, one of EXO’s key singers, combined their soft vocals to conjure feelings of young love.
3. Zico (Block B) – “It Was Love” feat. Luna [f(x)]
“The song is everything a despondent love song should be.”
4. K.Will – “You Call It Romance” feat. Davichi
Neither the ballad king, K.Will nor vocal duo Davichi are typical K-pop stars, but the three singers have released hit after hit in Korea and have caught much attention. Coming together for “You Call It Romance,” the three created a whimsical springtime love song with bouncy, lighthearted accompaniment.
5. D.O (EXO) x Yoon Young Jin – “Tell Me (What Is Love)”
“Before anyone knew how big of an impact EXO would have, its fans knew about the group’s evocative “What Is Love.” The song was released before the group’s first album and formal debut MAMA, but it solidified the group’s vocal talent as a rising K-pop act.”
Kpop fans can say they were blessed with so many amazing collaborations this year! Wow, thinking back on it, Kpop fans were quite lucky!