Some new K-pop songs, including recent releases from girl group Aespa and Joy of Red Velvet, are remakes of old tunes.
Aespa’s single Next Level,
issued in May, is a remake of a 2019 song from a Fast and Furious
film soundtrack, and Joy’s first mini album, “Hello” – released on May 31 –
sees the vocalist recreating some of South Korea’s biggest hits from the 1990s and ’00s. In February, Aespa
also released Forever,
a remake of a song from the ’00s.
and Aespa are under media company SM Entertainment, which has a penchant for remaking songs and re-releasing them. They are two among the many K-pop
artists and groups who take tracks by other singers and put their own spin on them.
Satirical group MSG Wannabe – formed on popular variety show Hangout with Yoo – are another music act doing the same. The group is made up of eight celebrities who have existing careers as hip-hop artists, actors and singers.
The songs released by MSG Wannabe – a pun on the name of vocal pop band SG Wannabe – have become big hits. They’ve released remakes of Journey to Atlantis
by Laboum, Big Mama’s 2005 hit Resignation
and the 2008 song If
Both the original If
are well known in South Korea, and Laboum’s 2016 song has been a bit of a sleeper hit. The MSG Wannabe cover helped push Journey to Atlantis
to the top of local music charts, joining another recently rediscovered sleeper hit, Rollin’ by Brave Girls.
At the moment, older songs are finding a lot of love with South Korean listeners. New releases often adopt retro themes and decades-old styles,
and SG Wannabe – who also appeared on Hangout with Yoo –
and IU are among groups and artists seeing their old songs reappear on Korean music charts when they perform them again.
Popular television show Kingdom: Legendary War
is gaining attention for its covers of songs. The show, in which features six K-pop boy bands are competing, has seen artists perform numerous covers both of their own songs and tracks by other artists, including Blackpink