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The Weight Behind the Power of Aretha Franklin's "Respect"

February 24, 2024

‍In the annals of music history, songs that have sparked as much cultural resonance and transformation as Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Respect" are unique to say the least. Originally written....

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IU's "The Winning" and H.E.R. 2024 World Tour

February 24, 2024

IU, South Korea's beloved singer-songwriter and actress, has once again captivated the hearts of fans worldwide with the release of her sixth mini-album, "The Winning."

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The 2024 Oscar Best Original Score Nominees: A Symphony of Talent and Legacy

February 21, 2024

The race for the Best Original Score at the 96th Academy Awards is diverse and compelling to say the least. This year's nominees have painted aural landscapes that are integral to the success of....

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Mariah Carey Masterclass Review: Vocal Production

February 19, 2024

The Mariah Carey Masterclass, aptly titled "The Voice as an Instrument," promises an intimate look into the artistry behind the iconic singer and songwriter's success. Mariah Carey begins the class...

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Shakira Unveils 'Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran': A Beacon of Empowerment and Personal Rebirth

February 16, 2024

In an era where the global music landscape continually evolves, few artists have managed to redefine their musical and personal journey as profoundly as Shakira. With the announcement of her...

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The Impact of Spotify's New Royalties Model on Music Creators

February 12, 2024

Spotify's upcoming overhaul of its royalties model marks a significant shift in the way the streaming giant compensates artists, aiming to funnel more earnings towards more popular artists, labels...

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How Tracy Chapman Wrote Fast Car

February 9, 2024

Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" is not just a song; it's a cultural phenomenon that transcends its initial release. Its ascent to global acclaim was catalyzed by a pivotal moment: Nelson Mandela's 70th...

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How Tyla's "Water" is Making a Splash in the U.S. African Music Craze

January 29, 2024

‍The U.S. music scene has been captivated by the African music craze, and at the forefront is Tyla, a young South African singer whose song "Water" has taken the world by storm...

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Understanding Music Publishing for Music Creators

January 28, 2024

Understanding music publishing is crucial for artists looking to make their music a viable long-term career. This comprehensive guide explores the intricacies of music publishing and how it can...

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Maximize Your Music Royalty Earnings With Songtrust

January 28, 2024

Navigating the world of music royalties can be daunting, especially for independent artists and newcomers. Songtrust has emerged as a popular solution, favored by a range of artists from beginners...

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Rick Rubin's Tips for Creative Growth

January 27, 2024

Rick Rubin, a legendary music producer, is known not just for his exceptional work in the music industry but also for his profound insights into creativity and personal growth...

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Sonical.ly Masterclass Review: Nas Teaches Hip Hop Storytelling

January 23, 2024

ntroductionIn the ever-evolving landscape of music education, Nas' Masterclass emerges as a beacon for those intrigued by the art of hip-hop. Nas, a figure synonymous with lyrical finesse...

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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.