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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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Weeekly Makes 2022 Return With “Play Game: Awake”

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Photo: @_Weeekly on Twitter

Weeekly pivots away from their bubbly and upbeat sound and makes a major transformation in their edgy and ambitious first mini album, “Play Game: Awake”.

“Play Game: Awake” marks Weeekly’s fourth comeback since their 2020 debut and makes dramatic shift from the group’s colourful lighthearted music that fans are typically used to seeing. It’s an undeniably fierce and powerful comeback that’s refreshing but has still left many listeners conflicted, missing their former cutesy sound.

“Ven Para” is a fiery song with a chant-like feel, an even more fiery music video, and a strong energetic beat. There’s also an angelic breakdown backed by sweet harmonies that is arguably the best part of the song.

Photo: 1theK (원더케이), Weeekly(위클리) _ Ven para

“Solar” definitely follows the same edgy formula but gives off a more confident, cool-girl feel, like the Weeekly girls have found their new sound. The beat during the verses shares both trap and EDM elements that elevate the verse and bring in more depth, coupled with the drama of the anti-drop, “Do you hear that?”, makes for a fierce powerful track.

“Where Is My Love?” brings us back to the dreamy soft sound we’ve been missing from the group. It’s sweet and full of harmonies that perfectly back the light bubbly vibe of the song and is definitely my favourite from the mini-album.

If there’s one thing we can take away from Weeekly’s, “Play Game: Awake”, it’s that these girls definitely have the range to perform both fierce, fiery music, and soft bubbly dream pop, and we’re ready to see how they balance these in the future.