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YouTube Announces New “Creator Music” Platform

October 4, 2022

In the wake of Tiktok’s rapid expansion and growing dominance in the short-form video market, YouTube has felt the pressure to adapt to keep up with the shifting demands of its audience...

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Deep Dive: How Conan Gray Writes His Songs

October 5, 2022

Conan Gray is an American YouTuber turned singer-songwriter, most well-known for his songs about heartbreak and unrequited love. Throughout his career, Conan has written songs like “Crush Culture”...

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Phoebe Bridgers: A Deep Dive into Songwriting

October 17, 2022

Phoebe Bridgers is an American songwriter, singer, and producer who has, in recent years, gained mainstream recognition with the release of her sophomore album “Punisher” in 2020...

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How Steve Lacy Makes the Most with Less

October 18, 2022

Steve Lacy is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and living proof that you don’t need the most advanced or high-tech studio equipment to create music that listeners will love...

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Has the Pandemic Changed the World of Live Music?

August 31, 2022

For the last two years, there has been something missing in the lives of music lovers around the world—live music. The advent of a global pandemic meant the absence of concerts, festivals........

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Like the Early Days of Hip-Hop: The Future of Blockchain in the Music Industry

August 19, 2022

One of the biggest questions many spaces face today is how blockchain technology may overhaul industry norms, and the music industry is no exception. In particular...

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Snapchat Announces a $100,000 Monthly Grant for Artists

August 19, 2022

Snapchat has recently announced Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund, a monthly grant program of up to $100,000 awarded to independent artists distributing music on the platform...

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TikTok Plans to Introduce a New Music Streaming App

August 15, 2022

Over the past few years, TikTok’s popularity has significantly increased resulting in 1 billion global daily users by early 2022. The app has also become extremely influential in the current music....

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Are Charlie Puth’s Music Classes Worth $300?

August 4, 2022

Charlie Puth has paired with Studio to create a 30-day online course that outlines the entire songwriting and production process for $279 USD. This hands-on learning experience has been marketed....

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Success Through Self-Exploration: Lexie Liu's Rise to Stardom

August 2, 2022

Whether you know Lexie Liu from her performance as Seraphine in K/DA’s “MORE” or her fourth-place finish on The Rap of China 2018, there’s no denying that the Chinese hip hop star is a global ...

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BTS: The First K-Pop Band to be Invited to the White House

June 17, 2022

BTS is the most famous K-Pop band in the world now, and recently, they were invited to the white house to speak about anti-Asian hate crimes and inclusivity. Being the first K-Pop band to be...

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SEVENTEEN is Going "HOT" This Summer

June 6, 2022

SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) is a 13 member Korean boy band under Pledis Entertainment. They are split into 3 teams, the Hip Hop unit (S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon), the Vocal unit (Jeonghan, Joshua, Woozi...

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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.