Kpop: “Gone Not Around Any Longer” by Sistar19
I kind of wanted to introduce this song like the way most people recommend their friends to new music, like “HEY, you should listen to this!!!! It’s sooo good”. As we all know, kpop has a range that goes from the super bad addictive to the super good addictive. This new song from Sistar19’s singers Bora and Hyorin has it all; incredible beats, catchy lyrics, Sistar19’s signature sexy dancing, and most distinguishing of them all, passionate and with feeling.
In April of 2011, this subunit of the Sistar group, composed of members Hyorin and Bora released an addictive music video that popularized dancing-with-chairs called “Ma Boy”. Nearly two years after the popularity of Ma Boy, Sistar19 came back to the kpop scene with “Gone Not Around Any Longer”, a decidedly more mature/angsty music video about heartbreak. Equally garnered my repeated listens, but this one ranks higher than Ma Boy for me because it is a good listen, with or without the music video. Since this song was released in January, it has been dominating Korean music charts, reaching number one in the month of February.