Ok-Pop Highlights of 2022: Fan Chant

Welcome to Fan Chant, a weekly column for Ok-pop followers, stans, and newbies alike. Every week, I’ll be rolling out interviews, lists, and every kind of content material to maintain you within the loop on the most recent and best from our mates in Seoul and past. Additionally, make certain to subscribe to my companion publication!

December at all times appears to be a time to mirror on the yr, and as our Annual Report continues to roll out, I’ve discovered myself fascinated by the thrill and surprises that got here with being a Ok-pop fan within the yr 2022. Fan Chant launched in August, and it’s been so enjoyable to have a chosen place to spherical up the week’s information and bulletins, and I’m so excited to proceed increasing the interviews and behind the scenes content material right here in 2023. (On the word of our Annual Report, remember to take a look at my listing of 10 Ok-Pop Acts That Dominated 2022, with reflections from all of the teams!)

In wanting again at this yr in music, and in Ok-pop particularly, I needed to spherical up a few of my most favourite interviews and evaluations. In January, the celebrities aligned — I used to be out in Los Angeles and was invited to a present at The Discussion board for a gaggle referred to as ATEEZ, who I had heard about, however hadn’t began listening to but. I left The Discussion board with my world utterly rocked. I spoke to the group just a few days later and knew it was throughout for me.

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In March, I linked with Stray Youngsters for the primary time (however not the final). Whereas I’d been launched to their music again in 2020, this was my first time attending to expertise their dynamic in dialog. I haven’t gotten the possibility to see them carry out but — Atlanta ticket holders, let me hear you — but it surely’s at all times good to have objectives. 2023 is wanting vivid.

As summer time approached, BTS introduced their anthology album, PROOF, which additionally included new observe “But to Come,” which as a rule made me cry the primary few weeks after launch? In any case, shortly after that, I used to be in Madrid overlaying Mad Cool Pageant once I obtained phrase that j-hope had a couple of minutes to speak about his new solo album, Jack within the Field, if I used to be . It was the final evening of a five-day pageant and I used to be exhausted, however you’d higher imagine I peeled myself off the bed in a lodge in Spain at 3:00 a.m. and logged onto Zoom to talk with him. I’ve spent the remainder of the yr gaslighting myself into pondering that this didn’t really occur, since my mind can’t actually put these issues collectively.

Later that very same month, I headed again to Los Angeles to catch TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s “ACT: LOVESICK” Tour. These candy boys are the second Ok-pop group I actually acquired into, following BTS, and I’ve had the enjoyment of talking with them many instances earlier than. Following their present on the Microsoft Theatre, although, we had been lastly in a position to meet up in individual for a fast however characteristically beautiful interview. They had been additionally recreation for this cute TikTok:


Full interview with @TOMORROW X TOGETHER coming tomorrow on Consequence ❤️‍🔥 (together with Beomgyu!) #txt #txtmoa #txt_bighit_official

♬ good time boy – jemaine

Then, in August, Fan Chant debuted right here on Consequence! Like I mentioned, I can’t wait to see the place the column goes within the new yr, however proper now I’m simply feeling very grateful for anybody who has learn this column or any of the items included under.

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2022 as a Ok-pop fan has been a rollercoaster of feelings — thanks for taking the journey with me.



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