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'American Idol' judge Katy Perry shuts down the 'biggest lie' of the music industry

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G-Dragon's Anticipated Comeback: A New Chapter for BIGBANG in 2024

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The music world is buzzing with excitement as G-Dragon, the frontman of the legendary K-pop group BIGBANG, announces his much-anticipated comeback in 2024....

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BTS: Gearing Up for a Mega World Tour Next Year

May 26, 2024

The global music phenomenon BTS is set to captivate the world once again with the news of their upcoming mega world tour scheduled for next year。。。

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Twenty-One Pilots' 'Clancy': A Triumphant Finale to a Decade-Long Saga

May 26, 2024

The end of an era has come for Twenty-One Pilots, and with the release of their latest album, "Clancy," the duo has brought their long-running narrative to a triumphant close...

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Lady Gaga Says Her New Music Is ‘Nothing Like Anything That I’ve Ever Made’

May 25, 2024

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Megan Thee Stallion's "Hiss" Climbs to No. 1 Amidst High-Profile Feud

May 25, 2024

Megan Thee Stallion's latest single, "Hiss," has catapulted to the top of the charts, reaching No. 1 as it capitalises on the buzz generated by her recent public feud...

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Kendrick Lamar’s Rise to the Top: Chart-Topping Success Amidst Rap Feud

May 25, 2024

Kendrick Lamar's recent success on the charts marks a significant milestone in his career, highlighting his influence and dominance in the music industry. His diss track "Not Like Us" debuted...

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The Fine Line Between Inspiration and Infringement: Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ Lawsuit

May 23, 2024

In the intricate world of music creation, inspiration often blurs the lines between originality and infringement. The recent lawsuit against Beyoncé over her hit song "Break My Soul"...

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Zayn Malik Embraces Minimalism and Rawness in 'Room Under the Stairs'

May 23, 2024

Since leaving One Direction in 2015, Zayn Malik has embarked on a journey of artistic exploration and self-discovery. His solo debut, Mind of Mine (2016), featured the global hit "Pillowtalk"...

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Sony Music Group warns more than 700 companies against using its content to train AI

May 23, 2024

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Joshua Bassett Announces Debut Album ‘The Golden Years’: Here’s When It Arrives

May 23, 2024

Joshua Bassett is going for gold. After years of making waves in the music industry, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter has finally announced the release of his debut studio album, The Golden Years...

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Static Dress Unleashes a Torrent of Emotion in New Single 'Crying’

May 23, 2024

In an explosive return to the music scene, UK-based post-hardcore band Static Dress has released their latest single, "Crying," capturing the raw energy and intense emotion that the band is renowned..

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STAYC’S YOUNG-LUV.COM -- defying genres and taking over the world

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Photo: High Up Entertainment, STAYC(스테이씨) 'RUN2U' MV

It’s been two weeks since STAYC’s third mini album release YOUNG-LUV.COM, and we took this time to soak it all in and live our daydreams vicariously through this album. YOUNG-LUV.COM gives us that familiar STAYC flair, while also being ambitious with new sounds that are confident and punchy, and we’re here for it.

After a quick rise to stardom with their debut EP STAYDOM, and second release STEREOTYPE, STAYC (otherwise known as Star To A Young Culture) makes their 2022 return with their third mini-album, YOUNG-LUV.COM – a collection of six songs about love and being in love, ranging from edgy and vibrant in RUN2U and YOUNG-LUV, to upbeat bubble gum R&B in SAME SAME, 247, and BUTTERFLY.

Leaving behind their iconic “STAYC girls, it’s going down!” catchphrase from their previous albums, YOUNG-LUV.COM shows listeners a more mature side to the Gen-Z group, showcasing the strength in each of the girls’ talents and a shift towards power vocals and R&B, while still keeping true to their roots in pop.

Photo: High Up Entertainment, STAYC(스테이씨) 'RUN2U' MV

Opener RUN2U closely follows the familiar formulas of viral hits ASAP and STEREOTYPE we all know and love – a funky build up that leads to a simple but unique catchy chorus, a punchy bassline, and meaningful lyrics that inspire us all to believe in ourselves and our passions.

SAME SAME is a sweet, dream-like pop love ballad that perfectly embodies the feeling of having a crush – oh, the days of passing by them in the halls just to get a glance, being shy to speak up, and hoping they’ll make the first move. Their angelic harmonies throughout the song feel like a daydream, coupled with the lighthearted melody and the trap-esque beat, STAYC’s R&B era is here and we’re all here for it. STAYC says all the words we wished we could, and did I mention, it’s the only song in this entire album we get a “STAYC girls, it’s going down!”

247, BUTTERFLY, and I WANT U BABY share a lot of the same R&B elements, but their vocals are definitely the showstopper of these songs. Something we’re noticing about this new R&B era is that the member’s vocals are more of the focal point in this album, and we’re hoping to see more of this from their future releases. Their harmonies work together perfectly in tandem and show how in sync the group is with each other. I WANT U BABY shines especially with its futuristic 808 drumline underneath its melody reminiscent of Y2K pop and R&B.

Title track YOUNG-LUV separates itself from each of the songs with its strong guitar and bassline, and groove that feels inspired by the 80s yet at the same time, like the early 2010s. It’s a side of STAYC that feels more grown-up and we’re so ready to see these girls continue to flourish!

For all lovers of STAYC’s previous albums and for newcomers to the K-pop world, their third mini-album YOUNG-LUV.COM is a must listen, and a great introduction into K-Pop, with its R&B elements, catchy-hard-to-forget hooks, and compelling vocals and we’re so excited to see more of them this year.