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You already binge on K-pop. Now, it's time to know a little about everything with your favorite Korean music historian! Journey through the entire catalog of some of Korean entertainment's most popular artists and become familiar with lesser-known acts with this "shortcast." 

An Album a Day Ashley

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    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

You already binge on K-pop. Now, it's time to know a little about everything with your favorite Korean music historian! Journey through the entire catalog of some of Korean entertainment's most popular artists and become familiar with lesser-known acts with this "shortcast." 

    1TYM "One Time For Your Mind"

    1TYM "One Time For Your Mind"

    On the premiere episode, we're taking you all the way back to the early days of YG Entertainment with hip-hop group 1TYM (Korean: ???). Their debut album, "One Time For Your Mind" was released November 17, 1998 and is one of their most popular releases.


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    2019 Rookie Roundup Number 1

    2019 Rookie Roundup Number 1

    New year, new season, and many new artists to listen to. In this episode, Ashley shares some details and brief opinions about South Korean K-pop rookie groups 1Team, 1The9, AB6IX, and Ariaz.



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    Season 3 Ep 1: Special Episode 0 - SuperM BeyondLIVE

    Season 3 Ep 1: Special Episode 0 - SuperM BeyondLIVE

    Capitol and SM Entertainment boy band SuperM makes their fourth appearance on the show with today's special episode. After hosting a historic live stream concert, Ashley reflects on whether it was a step in the right direction for entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic, choreography woes, and more. Read her real-time reactions at www.twitter.com/jinjuhallyufevr 



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    Double-A/AA "Come Back" (2013)

    Double-A/AA "Come Back" (2013)

    Special thanks to episode sponsor and fellow Captivate.fm members Amateur Intellectuals! Check their show out at https://amateurintellectuals.captivate.fm/
    KEY POINTS
    0:00  Disclaimer
    0:19  Whats up this episode?
    3:14  Im on IMDb!
    4:22  Episode sponsor
    5:11  About todays artist
    20:00  The A3Day Ranking
    It is a new season so that means one thing and one thing certainly: Ashley is about 45% prepared, as usual! The show has a lot of new features this time around and will begin to share more detailed show notes. So buckle up and hold on tight as she takes you through a single EP for disbanded boy band AA.


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    • 21 min
    2020 Rookie Roundup 1

    2020 Rookie Roundup 1

    An Album a Day is my exploration into the Korean music scene. This podcast will cover mainstream, indie and some underground artists within the scene and provide both factual and opinionated commentary. The biggest benefit to sharing my thoughts this way is that it will hopefully expose you to more great music and exploration of your own.
    Happy new year, listeners! 2021 is here and if youre on the shows newsletter email list, then you know I was so over 2020 that I mistakenly put 2019 as the Rookie Roundup year. Whew boy, Im glad its over and strongly encourage you to continue wearing a mask, keeping your body and surroundings as clean as possible, and respecting the boundaries that others have  while we move into more months in the pandemic. Its not over, listeners be safe. Today not only marks the start of Season 5, but the first overview of 2020 rookie groups. These are not deep discography dives, but a sampling of what I experienced and potentially something might spark your interest. Aespa, B.O.Y. [B-Of-You], BAE173, Blackswan, and Botopass, right after the drop.
    Youre tuned into An Album a Day. Show start.

    Hey yall, if you still have not heard the final two episodes from Season 4, please continue to keep an eye out for when they publicly post. As previously mentioned, some podcasts experienced delays in publishing and distribution on various platforms over the holidays. It could very well impact this episode, too, but I at least have peace of mind that schedules were maintained nonetheless. Im happy to inform you that this and several upcoming episodes are sponsored by Melophile Candles, a brand creating ambiance for music lovers with candles and accompaniments. Visit www.melophilecandles.com to join the mailing list and follow the Instagram account at melophilecandles for updates. Lets traverse todays new groups, first with SM Entertainment girl group Aespa.
    Aespas debut was November 17, 2020, and caused quite a stir with their pre-debut teasers. You see, the four-member group arent just living, breathing new artists. The ae in the group name stands for avatar experience, as members Karina, Giselle, Winter and Ningning also exist virtually. Thus, aespa is to reflect the avatar experience and aspect of existing in two worlds. Beyond the interesting band name, the individual members names detract from their origin, so to speak. In recent years, Korean families have named their children with shorter names, but to fully omit traditional or modern Korean names for this group -- I mean, for what? International appeal has clearly been proven to not matter too much when it comes to members names since at least 2014, when Aespas senior labelmates Red Velvet came onto the scene. This choice sticks out more to me with girl groups than the guys. Why not use the Korean, Chinese, and Japanese names of these young women, versus perpetuating imperialism? I digress. Lets talk about the music.
    Aespas debut single, Black Mamba, was over-the-top, visibly expensive, and freaked me out because there was a giant virtual black mamba in it. I hate snakes, all reptiles, actually. So Im grateful that I dont take videos into consideration for this podcast because this would have a fat F for FREAKED OUT. As a fan of the League of Legends virtual group K/DA, there were noticeable thematic similarities but the songs are very different. And much like Red Velvet, the debut song is one Im fine with skipping. The choreography was dynamic while the costuming was -- you know what? Theyre 22nd century edgy Red Velvet. Im saying it now, based on vocal strength and diverting from the experimental vibes of disbanded SM group F(x). The song doesnt tell you much about how well the ladies sing, but SM Entertainments free online concert at the end and start of both years showed group

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    AOA "Angels' Story" and "WANNABE" (2012)

    AOA "Angels' Story" and "WANNABE" (2012)

    An Album a Day is my exploration into the Korean music scene. This podcast will cover mainstream, indie and some underground artists within the scene and provide both factual and opinionated commentary. The biggest benefit to sharing my thoughts this way is that it will hopefully expose you to more great music and exploration of your own.
    Hey yall, its good to be back. This is the longest season break Ive taken and it was well worth it. Since we technically never closed Season 5 with AlphaBAT, Ill finish them for Season 6. Please anticipate -- theres better organization this time, despite my lack of improved recording habits. This season is going to be fun and Ive got some things to announce, right after the drop.
    Youre tuned into An Album a Day. Show start.

    Welcome back, welcome back listeners! Ive two announcements to share but I want to get into this music first. Before 2020 came to its highly anticipated end, it took a few K-pop groups down with it. None crashed and burned as hard last year as Ace of Angels, better known as AOA, particularly because they havent technically disbanded. With a former lineup of eight ladies now whittled down to a trio, its likely only a matter of time. We arent starting at the end, however. Lets go back to their debut year of 2012.
    AOA is an FNC Entertainment group that honestly had a good thing with their intended plan. When the octuplet was created, the women were promoted as both a dance group and band. Their summer 2012 debut established their teasers and news that theirs would be a group who could play live instruments and dance their buns off, calling it a transformer concept. Additionally, FNC Entertainment called 7 of AOAs members full angels and one as half-mortal and half-angel. This created what some of their fans and media would refer to as a 7+1 group. As mentioned earlier, theres only three contractually bound members at this time: Lead dancer and vocalist Kim Seol-hyun, the face of the group; Shin Hye-jeong, lead vocalist, lead dancer, and visual; and lead rapper, main dancer, and vocalist Kim Chan-mi, whos also the maknae. So who was in AOA?
    Theres former leader and lead guitarist Shin Ji-Min, whose distinct voice made her rap unforgettable. Park Cho-a, former main vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Let me just say, this tiny woman can sing. Cho-a can SING, her voice is incredible and shes definitely a favorite of mine in the industry. Be forewarned, Im going to talk about what she brought to the group often. There was drummer Seo Youkyung, the +1 angel/mortal who only performed when the ladies were in band mode. Main vocalist and keyboardist Seo Yu-na, whose voice is so delightful with its feminine flair. Theres an inherent longing in her delivery that well talk about. Finally, former lead rapper, vocalist, and bassist Kwon Min-a deserves all the love and extra protection possible, as she continues to use her platform to bring attention to bullying and depression.  
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    Before we talk about discography heres the first announcement.
    Thanks to your support, A3Days been nominated in the Quill Podcast Awards. How cool is that? This is its debut year and will award top podcasts and brands in various categories for their production, innovation, and hard work. I really appreciate the nominations. Even if Im not selected as a finalist, this is still a huge accomplishment. This feels as good as when I was nominated for a Shorty Award I attempted to originate years ago! You can continue to nominate An Album a Day at quillpodcasting.com/quill-podcast-awards until May 26, 2021.  
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    Across 1 group and 3 subunits -- AOA Black, AOA White, and AOA Cream (the latter being my favorite) -- the group released 3 studio albums, 1 compilation, 19 singles, 6 EPs, and 4 promo singles. They also released 21 music videos and Ive seen more of them than I realized over the years. I...

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