About Me

Hi, I'm Tayah!  A freelance writer and music business student at Columbia College Chicago. I have a passion for both writing and music, and I have found a way to combine these two loves by writing about K-pop. I cover a wide range of topics, including music reviews, concert reviews, opinion pieces, and new music alerts.

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was young, and now I am able to put that passion to use by writing about something I am also passionate about - music. My studies in music business have given me a unique perspective on the industry, and I am able to bring this knowledge and insight to my writing.

I am so grateful to be able to merge my love for writing with my love for music. Through my work, I hope to not only entertain and inform my readers but also share my love and appreciation for the K-pop genre.

My Latest Work

[HIDDEN GEMS] SEVENTEEN B-Sides Stowed Away As Hidden Treasures

SEVENTEEN is the evergrowing self-producing supergroup with an astounding discography loaded with various sounds, genres, and emotions. Throughout their 8-year career, SEVENTEEN has released almost 200 songs, each with unique characteristics that set them apart. With such an extensive portfolio of work, the more popular songs will inevitably overshadow certain pieces.

In light of SEVENTEEN’s announcement of a new tour, here are four songs that deserve the spotlight alongside SEVENTEEN’s Hit Son

MISAMO Deliver A Work Of Art With Debut Album 'Masterpiece' • POP TOKKI

MISAMO — TWICE’s subunit featuring their Japanese members, Mina, Sana, and Momo, have made their long-awaited debut with their first album ‘Masterpiece.’ The title of ‘Masterpiece’ for this 7-track album is well-deserved, as each song truly lives up to its name. The fierce trio demonstrates their prowess as they guide us through an album packed with various styles, sounds, and genres.

You can look, but you can’t touch! MISAMO makes this clear in their single and title track “Do Not Touch.” This

TWICE Steals The Heart Of Chicago ONCES • POP TOKKI

A sea of passionate ONCEs poured into Chicago’s United Center. TWICE, who recently set off on the American leg of their READY TO BE tour, mere paces away, ready to ignite the stage for an unforgettable night. Short advertisements for JYP entertainment appear on the screen, creating more anticipation from the crowd of devoted fans. With each passing moment, the ONCEs get louder; the sea of light sticks illuminates the building with bright colors, and within a few seconds, darkness envelopes the v

[HIDDEN GEMS] SF9 B-sides That Deserve More Love

SF9 is an underrated group with extremely underrated songs. The group of 9 consistently switches up their sound with each comeback, exhibiting their versatility and unwavering talents. SF9’s title tracks catch the attention of K-pop, but their B-sides have remained hidden from the outside of their fandom. SF9 has been consistently delivering B-sides that are just as great as their title tracks since 2016. Here are some hidden gems from SF9 that deserve their flowers.

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Prepare for the P-Pop Wave With These Artists •

P-Pop, also known as Pinoy Pop or Filipino Pop, is rapidly rising globally. By adopting K-Pop’s marketing and trainee systems, P-Pop groups have attracted a growing number of international fans. With more artists getting recognized for their talents worldwide, it’s only a matter of time before the P-Pop wave grows bigger until it hits. To prepare for the wave, here are some artists to put you ahead of the crowd.

Alamat is a six-member boy group consisting of members: Tomas, R-Ji, Taneo, Alas, M

Beyond The Stage: Idols Who Double As Actors •

K-Pop idols are known for their exceptional talents, from angelic vocals to sharp dance moves and compelling stage presence. But some idols take their skills beyond the stage and onto the screen. K-Pop idols have doubled as actors for years, with some loving it so much that it evolved into their full-time job. With some of our favorite idols doubling as actors, we couldn’t help but compile a list of idols who dominate the stage and the screen.

Bae Suzy’s journey to stardom began at JYP Entertai

SEVENTEEN Triumphs with Genre-Bending 'FML' Album •

SEVENTEEN’s reign shows no signs of diminishing with their long-awaited 10th mini album ‘FML.’ As the thirteen-member group embarks on their eighth year together, their music continues to develop into a more refined and mature sound, an attestation to their ever-growing artistry. In ‘FML,’ SEVENTEEN demonstrates their ability to seamlessly navigate between genres, as no song is the same as the last. The versatility, quality, and mastery exhibited in this album cement SEVENTEEN’s position as a fr

Agust D Makes Explosive Debut On 'D-Day' •

With release after release, BTS members have shown their individuality apart from the group. Following Jimin’s solo debut, the next member in line for a solo debut is Suga or better known as Agust D. This solo debut doesn’t come as a new concept to ARMYs as Agust D has been an established persona on Suga’s since his self-titled mixtape ‘AGUST D’ in 2016. ‘D-Day’ is the third and final installment of the Agust D trilogy, following D-2 in 2020. While Suga has plenty of studio albums under his belt

[Review] OnlyOneOf Heats up Chicago with Electrifying Performance

The sextet kicked off their three-hour concert with their latest title track, "SeOul Drift," igniting the crowd's energy. The crowd sang every bit of the song as the group moved into their intense choreography, electrifying the stage. Their black outfits, though different from the red ones worn in their previous show, were no less seductive and stunning, adding to the sensual vibe of their music. Their first song left the audience mesmerized and ready for the rest of the show.

After pausing t

Jimin Unleashes a New Sound In Solo Debut 'FACE' • POP TOKKI

BTS’ hiatus has allowed the members to show their unique styles outside the group. From J-Hope’s ‘Jack in The Box’ to RM’s ‘Indigo,’ and Jin’s ‘Astronaut,’ each solo album sounds so different, even though they come from the same group. With each solo, a member never fails to surprise us with their sudden shift in sound. Jimin, the most recent member to release a solo project, has done just that. Jimin’s ‘FACE’ album was released on March 24 and has already broken countless records. Jimin’s solos

TXT's Best Party Anthem B-Sides

It’s been four years since TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted with one of the most anticipated debuts of the 4th generation of K-Pop. In those four years, TXT has delivered countless hits that resulted in billboard number-one spots, viral TikTok trends, and milestone performances such as Lollapalooza Festival. As we celebrate TXT’s anniversary, let’s dance to these party anthem B-sides.

This underrated B-Side is perfect for any party. “간지러워 (Roller Coaster)” is a quick-tempo song incorporating sounds

BooSeokSoon Pump Us Up With Second Wind

Carats! We’ve come a long way since dancing to the first and only BooSeokSoon song for five years straight. Yes, five years, and we made it to see a BooSeokSoon comeback. Seungkwan, DK, and Hoshi finally reunited as their quirky, upbeat, and fun unit of Seventeen for their first single album Second Wind.

BooSeokSoon, with the help of Lee Young Ji, took on the role of Carat’s biggest motivation. ‘Fighting’ is the energy-raising title track made to fight that morning drowsiness. ‘Fighting’ is the

[FRESH PICK] TWICE Shimmers With Pre-Release Single "Moonlight Sunrise"

TWICE has been solidifying their place in K-Pop history with consistent hits, outstanding vocals, and catchy rap verses. After their first English single, “The Feels,” TWICE decided to take up the challenge again.

“Moonlight Sunrise” upholds TWICE’s remarkable discography by pulling elements from their catalog, such as synths similar to “Feel Special.” “Moonlight Sunrise” is TWICE’s take on the city-pop/dance (or what the members describe as Miami Bass Pop) genre while incorporating components

[FRESH PICK] NCT Dream Brings Christmas Early With "Candy” Remake

Christmas must’ve come early this year because NCT Dream gave us the best gift. NCT Dream returned to their candy pop image for the first time in years with their remake of H.O.T’s legendary song, “Candy.”

Although this is a remake, NCT Dream made this song their own. Their rendition of the 1996 hit song was remodeled with their vocals perfectly. While keeping the song true to its playful 90s-style K-pop sound, Dream’s fresh and youthful voices helped bring H.O.T’s hit to a new generation of K-

[Review] Seventeen Turn LA3C Into Their Own Concert

A world tour, a sold-out dome tour, and two successful comebacks made up just some of the things Seventeen has done this year. Headling a music festival is one accomplishment Seventeen adds to their 2022 portfolio. LA3C took place on December 10 in Los Angeles, California. LA3C celebrates the culture, art, food, and music of LA. After being granted the Building K-ulture Bridges award, Seventeen took over the LA3C main stage to show the crowd what they're missing by not being a Seventeen Carat.

P1Harmony Unleash Superhuman Talents In Fifth EP Harmony: Set In

P1Harmony has had an exceptional year. From a tour to big celebrity collaborations, this sextet is closing 2022 with a bang. Harmony: Set In contains the exhilarating title track, ‘Back Down.’ Along with ‘Back Down,’ the EP includes five other songs that illustrate the members’ musical talents.

‘Back Down’ is a song that captures the fiery energy of P1Harmony and pairs it with a powerhouse performance that’ll tear the stage down. ‘Back Down’ is a rap-heavy track, so this gives the boys a chance

Le Sserafim Display Stunning Visuals In 'Impurities' Music Video

Le Sserafim have made their presence known as a top contender for The 4th Girl Group in the short time since their debut in May. The girls are breaking records on Billboard’s 200 and World Charts only six months into their careers. From iconic title tracks to addicting B-sides (we’re looking at you, ‘Blue Flame’), Le Sserfim are already making history. On November 13, they amazed their fans, FEARNOTS, with a music video so visually appealing we couldn’t wrap our heads around it.

‘Impurities’ is

Fan Article: Top 5 ENHYPEN B-Sides That You Should Add To Your Playlist

ENHYPEN has tried different genres over the short span of their career. It was hard to narrow the best B-sides down to five, but these are the best songs for people new to ENHYPEN or those who want something new to add to their playlists

If refreshing were a song, it would be 'Not For Sale.' 'Not For Sale' is a bright breath of fresh air that captures a pop youth concept. The song highlights the vocals of each member perfectly. This song can brighten the mood on anyone's dimmest day. 'Not For S

Who is Woozi ? The Genuis Producer Behind Seventeen's Discography

Seventeen's discography is an encyclopedia of genres, fusions, and sounds, with four studio albums, twelve mini albums, and two repackaged albums. Behind these albums are a team of producers, composers, vocalists, and rappers. One of those producers is Seventeen member, Woozi (Born Lee Jihoon). Vocal unit leader, lead vocalist, and performance powerhouse, Woozi wears many titles, but the producer is one many are not aware of him harboring. From Seventeen's debut in 2015 to now, Woozi has produce

Le Sserafim is Unbreakable in Their First Comeback, "ANTIFRAGILE"

They're back, and this time they're antifragile. Le Sserafim released their 2nd mini album titled ANTIFRAGILE on October 17. This 5 track album conveys the hardships and challenges endured by the members Chaewon, Sakura, Yunjin, Kazuha, and Eunchae. This Reggaeton-inspired title track, "ANTIFRAGILE," is a powerful, vibrant anthem about gaining and maintaining confidence and strength within yourself. Yunjin received writing credits for this firey anthem. The upbeat tempo with a catchy chorus of "
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