A Wonderful year for all Korean music lovers just ended. From the start to the end we all were caught up in the never-ending storm of competitively best comebacks and debuts. However, for me the SURPRISE of the past year is, RETURN OF B.A.P! So I decided to pick them as my best of 2015.
Let’s have a look back.
B.A.P was on hiatus for an undecided period upon legal issues they had with their agency, TS Entertainment. Since the announcement of filing a lawsuit against the agency to nullify their contract, seeing the group back on stage any soon was just a distant light of hope.
Finally, long rooted wishes of B.A.P fans (BABYs) started blooming through their faith kept on their beloved artist, with the official statement made by TS Entertainment on B.A.P’s Official Facebook page, on the 3rd of August. Agency stated, “B.A.P returned to TS Entertainment on August 1st 2015”, together with a long message apologizing to the fans and a promise to be responsible about B.A.P’s future and to bring their good music.
Later, on October 5th, B.A.P surprised fans, announcing about their comeback, which was going to happen after one year and nine months, spreading an unlimited excitement to every nook and corner, posting a teaser image of a spaceship arriving to the planet. They confirmed their comeback show case to 15th November, 2015.
Since then, keeping enough time gaps for the fans to breathe they started releasing the rest of the teaser images with a concept of cute Matoki characters, for the comeback album titled, ‘Matrix,’ which literally meant ‘the base which an individual or a society can grow from’. Taking it to another level, they released audio teasers of each member for each track. Preparations were done well.
On 15th November, with a showcase held for exclusive number of fans – lucky ones I must say, who were given free passes to the show, B.A.P made their official comeback. B.A.P ensured the rest of their fans are never disappointed by airing the showcase live on their official V Channel.
Check out our Officialy KMusic review about the showcase here.
The same day midnight (00:00 KST, 16th November), they officially released the music video for title track of the album, ‘Young Wild and Free,’ and the album, ‘Matrix.’ It was really a celebration for both fans and the group as for being back on the stage, stable, stronger and happy was indeed a dream coming true.
The album was so much like a gift for fans. It was focused on younger generation with important messages. Leader, Bang Yong-guk was fully involved in writing lyrics and composing the album, and the story of Matrix was inspired by their own story, which they experienced when they were on hiatus.
Check out our Officially KMusic review about the music video here.
BEST, ABSOLUTE, PERFECT!
B.A.P debuted on 26th January, 2012 with the track ‘Warrior’, which debuted at 10th place on Billboard’s World Album Chart in February the same year, and sold over 10, 000 copies within two days since release. Same year they released their next album, ‘Power’.
In February, 2014 group’s first full length album, ‘First Sensibility,’ of which the title track was, ‘Angel 1004,’ was released. It was again a hit topping various charts. Although in June, the same year, they released another single album titled, ‘Where are you?’ it was never promoted, making ‘First Sensibility’ the last album before the long break.
The group consists of six members. It started with the leader Bang Yong-guk, who had already made his solo debut with the single, ‘I Remember,’ featuring Yang Yo-seob of BEAST, in August, 2011. An Ulzzang multi instrumalist, Kim Him-chan was the second to be introduced, whilst Choi Jun-hong was introduced next as Zelo. Jung Dae-hyun, Yoo Young-jae and Moon Jong-up followed to join the group to debut as Best Absolute Perfect, B.A.P.
Choi Jun-hong (Zelo)
Every one of us pass through rough roads at least once. What matters is how we rise up. With all good and bad memories, B.A.P is finally back in action and ready to continue their show on the Korean music floor.
B.A.P always has been a fabulous boy group. Although it is a rookie group, their music has been absolutely perfect since the very beginning. In my opinion B.A.P wrote the best memory of the year 2015. I’m sure you agree with me too.
Let’s patiently wait to see what these boys will bring us in this year and keep on loving and supporting them.
Edited by: KareBare
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