Three Standout 2020 Rookie Girl Groups That Caught Our Attention This Year

The K-pop industry has been saturated for a long time with many K-pop groups making their debut each year. That however, doesn’t stop newer names in the scene from quickly gaining attention from the public. While we’re not exactly sure what counts as the fourth generation of K-pop, we believe some of these groups will be making an impact in the K-pop scene soon.

Find yourself struggling to keep up with these newcomers in the industry? Well, we have shortlisted three promising 2020 rookie girl groups that have caught our attention and are worth checking out.



(Photo: aespa’s Official Facebook)

Hailing from SM Entertainment, one of the biggest names in the K-pop industry, expectations ran high even before the girls made their official debut with ‘Black Mamba’. Consisting of just four members – Karina, Giselle, Winter and Ningning – aespa can be considered a rarity in the K-pop scene, especially amongst the sea of groups with tons of members.

Their concept of having virtual members is also quite interesting, though it did receive its fair share of criticism. It remains to be seen whether SM Entertainment will continue with the concept of having virtual members, but even without the somewhat novel concept, one thing’s for sure – aespa will definitely be making waves in the K-pop scene.

Watch aespa’s ‘Black Mamba’ MV here:




(Photo: StayC’s Official Facebook)

The six-membered group may be High Up Entertainment’s first ever girl group, but the company and the group have clearly been well-prepared, evident in the group’s strong debut and great stage performances. Comprising of members Sumin, Sieun, Isa, Seeun, Yoon and J, the group doesn’t seem to have filler members and each member is able to hold her own. With producer duo Black Eyed Pilseung behind the company, coupled with the girls’ visuals and talents, StayC is a group to look out for.

Watch StayC’s ‘So Bad’ MV here:




(Photo: Weeekly’s Official Facebook)

Play M Entertainment’s second girl group caught our attention for its refreshing, age-appropriate concept, with clever use of props in their performances. With seven members – Soojin, Jiyoon, Monday, Soeun, Jaehee, Jihan and Zoa – in the group, Weeekly is able to leverage on this to perform fun choreographies.

Their debut track ‘Tag Me (@Me)’ made use of chairs and desks while their second title track ‘Zig Zag’ utilised cubes in their respective choreographies. Weeekly definitely has the potential to go far and we’re already looking forward to their next comeback!

Watch Weeekly’s ‘Tag Me (@Me)’ MV here:


A Review Of The K-Beauty Products I’ve Tried In 2020

Another year has gone by and it’s time for another mini review of all the K-beauty products I’ve bought and tried for myself this year! In a bid to save while shopping, I bought all of these products during sales periods on official platforms such as Shopee and Guardian. As with all things, your experience with these products may vary from mine. Read on to know my thoughts about these products!


Cell Fusion C Clear Sunscreen 100 Twin Pack, $44.90

(Photo Credit: Cell Fusion C)

I recently learnt about the Cell Fusion C brand when I was looking for a new sunscreen to try. As I’ve acne-prone skin, I got the Clear Sunscreen as it seemed to be the most suitable for my skin type. This is a tinted sunscreen so it’s great for lazy days, but it will only work on those with fair to light skin. I had high hopes for this sunscreen but was left feeling slightly disappointed. Wearing this sunscreen on my face (with no other makeup on) seemed to make my face look even oilier throughout the day even though this is supposedly suitable for those with oily skin, so this is a miss for me.

Available at Guardian and Shopee.


CLIO Pro Eye Palette in 02 Brown Choux, $49.90

(Photo Credit: CLIO)

I’ve seen the CLIO Pro Layering Eye Palettes all over Instagram for quite some time now and the immense popularity of these palettes has led the brand to expand its offerings, adding more variations of these palettes. The one in 02 Brown Choux makes for a good daily palette and I really like the colour combination. The glitters and shimmers are also pretty and pigmented! As the shades were warmer than expected, this is a palette that’s more suitable for those who enjoy using warm eyeshadows.

Available at Shopee and Watsons.


PERIPERA Ink V Shading in 01 Almond Brown, $17.90

(Photo Credit: PERIPERA)

After seeing Korean makeup artist Pony use this product in one of her videos last year, I’ve been meaning to get my hands on this product for a while. I like this product and find that it works well for a natural-looking, subtle shading effect. It’s also quite affordable so that’s a huge plus!

Available at Shopee and Watsons.


I’m From Mugwort Essence, $56.60

(Photo Credit: I’m From)

It’s my first time trying anything mugwort and this was a pleasant surprise. It’s no wonder there are so many great reviews of this online. It has a very lightweight, watery consistency with a slight herbal smell. This did help soothe my skin and reduce the redness on my face. I love this and it’s definitely worth a repurchase!

Available at Shopee.


Rom&nd Better Than Cheek in 03 Blueberry Chip, $18.90

(Photo Credit: Rom&nd)

This blush is extremely small and compact, about the size of my palm. It’s very affordable during sales period (I got mine at $11.90 from the official Virvici store on Shopee) and with its compact size, you can easily hit pan on this small-sized blush. The downside is it’s not very pigmented and there’s quite some fallout when picking up the product with a brush.

Available at Guardian and Shopee.


‘Sweet Home’ Cast Members Get Together Virtually to Discuss about the Mega Hit Series

One of Korea’s most popular webtoons of all time, Sweet Home has been adapted into a 10-episode VFX/SFX filled thriller based on the unique world in which people turn into monsters that reflect their internal desires.

Now available on Netflix, the cast members of Sweet Home recently got together virtually for a global press conference, where they answered some intriguing questions about the series.

In this series, Song Kang plays the lead character Cha Hyun-su, who is a social recluse seeking to end his life after losing his entire family due to a tragic accident.

Personally a huge fan of the mega hit webtoon, the actor expressed that a lot of thoughts were put into portraying the character.

“I came to a conclusion that when expressing Hyun-su, I should live through the most introverted side of me, the darkest inner self that I have within me. I hope viewers will look forward to these elements in this series.”

Another main character in this series is Pyeon Sang-wook, a mysterious man who punishes evil in his own way, whom everyone misunderstands for a gangster. While preparing for this role, Lee Jin Wook revealed that he had to undergo a complete transformation in appearance in order to show an unexpected, different side of him.

When asked to describe the most difficult scene to film, Lee Jin Wook picked the scene where several characters had to collectively work together to fight the monsters.

“Everyone has different action scenes and (filming) sequence so that was kind of tricky to shoot. It wasn’t particularly difficult, but it was physically exhausting.”

On the topic of action scenes, actress Lee Si-young probably stole the limelight of the series with her super fit physique (with defined muscles on her back!). Playing the character Seo Yi-kyung, a former firefighter, she owes her gym-honed physique to hours of gruelling work-outs, weight trainings and martial arts trainings.

Although the actors weren’t able to see the real monsters in real life, Lee Si-young mentioned that it was interesting and fun to act while imagining them. She added, “The director gave us great directions and insights to how the special effects would come to live, so it inspired me and helped us to imagine better.”

On the other hand, rising actor Lee Do-hyun has also been praised by his fellow actors and the director for his acting skills in Sweet Home. This was his first time acting while wearing glasses, as he plays Lee Eun-hyuk, a medical student who is the brain and the leader among Green Home’s survivors.

To prepare for this role, Lee Do-hyun tried reserving his emotions in his day-to-day life.

“I had to be someone who is cold, lacking of emotions. At first, I tried to express some emotions in the shooting scenes, but after hearing some feedback from the director about the character Eun-hyuk, I withdrew my emotions and tried to express them through my eyes instead.”

Describing this apocalyptic horror series as one that viewers can take away some life lessons, the actor hopes everyone can take a moment to think about the desires of human beings and look at the people around them with a fresh perspective.

Wrapping up, Director Lee Eung-bok poses a question – “What are monsters?”

“Hyun-su said some monsters don’t harm human beings. I don’t think desires are all bad. Something that looks like a monster is not always all that, so I tried putting those questions and thoughts into the story. I hope to deliver this message to the viewers through the series.”

Watch the making film of Sweet Home below to check out how the monsters are created! Sweet Home is now available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

Special thanks to Netflix for the invitation to the virtual press conference of Sweet Home.

(Screenshots & Photos: Netflix)


ATEEZ, BTS, TWICE and More Topped 2020 Most Tweeted About K-pop Groups in Singapore

A global phenomenon that has grown significantly over the years, K-pop has been widely discussed across the world including Singapore. Recently, Twitter has released some interesting insights to recap its most memorable moments on the platform in 2020.

Among them, BTS tops 2020 Most Tweeted K-pop Accounts Globally (including Singapore), while there are also several other popular K-pop groups that made it to the list.

4th generation boy groups such as ATEEZ, TXT and THE BOYZ are also seeing a surge in popularity as they are ranked 4th, 7th and 9th respectively for 2020 Most Tweeted about K-pop Groups in Singapore. Check out which groups are among the Top 10 for 2020 Most Tweeted about K-pop Groups in Singapore!

1. BTS (방탄소년단)

Twitter: @BTS_twt

(Photo: BTS Official Facebook)

2. EXO (엑소)

Twitter: @weareoneEXO

(Photo: EXO Official Facebook)

3. SEVENTEEN (세븐틴)

Twitter: @pledis_17

(Photo: SEVENTEEN Official Twitter @pledis_17)

4. ATEEZ (에이티즈)

Twitter: @ATEEZofficial

(Photo: ATEEZ Official Facebook)

5. NCT 127

Twitter: @NCTsmtown_127

(Photo: NCT 127 Official Facebook)



(Photo: TWICE Official Facebook)

7. TOMORROW X TOGETHER (투모로우바이투게더)

Twitter: @TXT_members

(Photo: TXT Official Facebook)

8. GOT7 (갓세븐)

Twitter: @GOT7Official

(Photo: GOT7 Official Facebook)

9. THE BOYZ (더보이즈)

Twitter: @WE_THE_BOYZ

(Photo: THE BOYZ Official Facebook)

10. MONSTA X (몬스타엑스)

Twitter: @OfficialMonstaX

(Photo: MONSTA X Official Twitter @OfficialMonstaX)

Did your favourites made it to the list? Also check out 2020 Most Tweeted about K-pop hashtags in Singapore:

(Source: Twitter, Inc.)


iQIYI International Announces The Launch of Their First Korean Original ‘My Roommate is A Gumiho’

International on-demand video streaming service iQIYI International has announced its first Korean Original, ​My Roommate is a Gumiho, ​based on one of Korea’s most popular webtoons called ​Living Together​ (간 떨어지는 동거) .

The series is a romantic horror comedy drama written by Baek Sun-woo and Choi Bo-rim (​What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim)​, and directed by Nam Sung-woo (​Kkondae Intern​). Co-produced with leading production companies Studio Dragon and JTBC Studio, the show has been highly anticipated since the webtoon series gained popularity in 2017.

Jang Ki Yong stars as the titular ​Gumiho – a nine-tailed fox spirit – who has spent the last 999 years trying to attain human form. Just as he is about to succeed, he bumps into a college student, played by Lee Hyeri, who accidentally swallows his gumiho pearl, without which he cannot become human.

To find out how to extract the pearl from her body, she has no choice but to live in fear with him as roommates for three months, bringing about unexpected consequences.

My Roommate is a Gumiho ​will be streamed exclusively on iQIYI International in 2021, on,​ or via the iQIYI International mobile app. Subtitles for the show will also be available in 8 different languages.

(Source & Photos: iQIYI International)


Twitter and Mnet Asian Music Awards Collaborate with Exclusive ‘2020 MAMA Stanbot’ Videos

Twitter and Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), one of the most iconic global K-pop awards shows, are coming together to bring K-Pop fans’ favorite artists closer to them than ever before. This year, Twitter and MAMA will bring the event to K-Pop fans around the world with the 2020 MAMA Stanbot, and Worldwide Fans’ Choice voting on Twitter.

#2020MAMA will be the first time that ‘Stanbot’ captures the looks and moments of Kpop artists from MAMA. ‘Stanbot’ will create high quality, slow-motion cinematic videos of artists, capturing a side of them that many of their fans have never seen before. These exclusive ‘2020 MAMA Stanbot’ videos will be viewable only on Twitter (@MnetMAMA). Twitter is also providing special emojis for hashtags #2020MAMA, #MAMAVOTE, #2020MAMA_Stanbot.

Voting for MAMA Worldwide Fans’ Choice began on October 29, 18:00 KST, and will end on December 5, 23:59 KST at MAMA official website (, but will continue on Twitter until SNS voting deadline is announced during 2020 MAMA live on December 6th.

Fans who want to vote for Worldwide Fans’ Choice on Twitter are required to include both the #MAMAVOTE hashtag and the artists’ official hashtag (#artistname) within their Tweet for their votes to be considered valid.

Meanwhile, check out where you can stream the award ceremony LIVE on December 6 at 6pm (KST) / 5pm (SGT)! The prestigious award ceremony will feature performers such as ATEEZ, BoABTS, ENHYPEN, GOT7IZ*ONE, SEVENTEEN, Taemin, TWICE, and many more.


All The South Korean Celebrities Who Graced The Covers Of Our Local Magazines In 2020

It’s a known fact that South Korean magazines often feature our beloved celebrities in their spreads, engaging them in photoshoots and interviews. As much as we want a copy (or even copies) of these magazines, it can be difficult to get your hands on them unless you’re getting them from a local group order manager. However, did you know that some of your favourite celebrities have also been featured in our local magazines? Check out these covers from our local magazines featuring South Korean celebrities from actors and actresses to K-pop idols.

FYI: You can read these local publications on sites like Magzter and PressReader, or you can grab a physical copy from major bookstores like Kinokuniya. While past issues may no longer be available at bookstores and newsstands, you can always contact the publication directly to ask if they have extra copies in their inventory.


Kim Jae Wook for PIN Prestige Singapore (February 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


Nam Joo Hyuk for AugustMan Singapore (March 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


Kim Tae Ri for PIN Prestige Singapore (March 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


AOA’s Seolhyun for PIN Prestige Singapore (April 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


Song Hye Kyo for ELLE Singapore (May 2020)

Available on Magzter.


Yeo Jin Goo for PIN Prestige Singapore (May 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


EXO’s Kai for ELLE Singapore (June 2020)

Available on Magzter.


Park Seo Joon for T Singapore: The New York Times Style Magazine (June 2020)

Available on Magzter.


Shin Hye Sun for PIN Prestige Singapore (July 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


Gang Dong Won for PIN Prestige Singapore (August 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


BoA for L’Officiel Singapore (September 2020)

Available on Magzter.


iKon’s Bobby for Men’s Folio Singapore (September 2020)

Available on Magzter.


Ji Chang Wook for ELLE Singapore (October 2020)

Available on Magzter.


Jung Haein for NUYOU Singapore (October 2020)

Available on Magzter and PressReader.


Red Velvet’s Joy for FEMALE Singapore (November 2020)

Available on Magzter.


CL for Vogue Singapore (December 2020/January 2021)

Available on PressReader.


EXO’s Kai for Esquire Singapore (December 2020)

Available on Magzter.


GOT7’s Jackson for ELLE Singapore (December 2020)

Available on Magzter.


Hallyu Star Song Joong-ki Surprises with A Greeting Video for the SG Cares Giving Week Movement

In support of the SG Cares Giving Week movement, Hallyu star Song Joong-ki surprised local fans with a recorded video message to lend his support and encourage the spirit of giving. The week-long movement takes place from 1st to 7th December, where individuals, organisations and businesses come together for a good cause to help those in need.

“I hope you can enjoy the happiest week through volunteering works with warm hearts,” said the actor.

Other Korean stars such as Leo from K-pop boy group VIXX and Hyelim, former member of Wonder Girls, have also expressed their support for the movement through congratulatory videos.

Launched by President Halimah Yacob on 1st December, the SG Cares Giving Week is organised in partnership with the SG Cares Office, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

His Excellency Ahn Young-jip, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, added that he hopes to further deepen the bilateral friendship between Singapore and Korea through people-to-people exchanges. The Korean Embassy in Singapore is a supporting partner of the campaign.