MONSTA X – Shoot Out
Not only artists from the Big Three Agencies can release English versions of their songs and create international popularity. Monsta X as one of the boy-groups under Starship Entertainment, and is also known as a K-Pop group that managed to get the attention of overseas fans. In the five years since they first debuted, Monsta X managed to get an award, and they also had the chance to release an English version for one of their songs.
One of the songs from the second studio album, Take.1 Are You There ?, which was released on October 22, 2018, with the title track Shoot Out has an English version that was uploaded to Monsta X’s official YouTube account on November 9, 2018. Lyrics were composed by Jooheon and I.M, and they talk about a broken love, suggesting that there is someone among them who killed this relationship.
The concept for the Monsta X comeback with Shoot Out is still a dark concept. The members are seen wearing all-black costumes, and in addition to the music videos that have full effects, lyrics and secret theories contained in Shoot Out also have a special meaning that can be understood by their loyal fans, Monbebe.
“Love’s like a shoot-out, shoot-out, shoot-out
Reckless shoot-out, shoot-out, shoot-out
If this is already over, if there’s nothing to restore
Hope has no meaning to me no more.” – Shoot Out, Monsta X.
KARD – Don’t Recall
Beside girl-groups and boy-groups, this time a co-ed group under DSP Media consisting of 4 members, J-Seph, BM, Jiwoo, and Somin, also had one of their singles released with an English version. On March 1, 2017, Don’t Recall English version was released after their original version in Korean was released on February 16, 2017.
With a music video that is black and white and neon blue and red, KARD looks stunning and cool with their concept this time. Their choreography for Don’t Recall English version also looks very energetic. Don’t Recall English version tells about the memory of a couple who used to have a special relationship and when they broke up, the pain they experienced couldn’t be forgotten, and they didn’t want to go back to the past.
KARD’s comeback with Don’t Recall English version is the second song from the previous song, Oh NaNa, which became their debut single in 2016. Since the Don’t Recall English version was released, KARD has received the attention of international fans, and they are gaining popularity overseas. Along with their promotions, they have done world tours held in several major countries, such as North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.
“You left me in the cold
Nobody here to warm my nights
Now I’m gone and you want to hold me
But I’m good without you, no lie, Don’t need you here no more
No no no no no, All the good that we have in your memories
What you say, I don’t recall.” – Don’t Recall, KARD.
Henry Lau – Monster
Henry Lau is a member of Super Junior who is from Canada and has many talents. He’s also released songs in the English version. On February 2, 2018, SM Entertainment uploaded Henry Lau’s music video for his song titled Monster in an English version. The song was known to have been composed by Henry himself, with a guitar melody instrument along this song making the atmosphere gloomy in accordance with the concept of the music video.
In the lyrics from the Monster English version, the song tells the story of a lonely and empty man after being left behind by someone he loves. The man told in this song became a miserable figure, and could not forget the person he loved because in his mind he was constantly haunted by his lover.
“But, I don’t want to be a monster
But I’ve been here for days
Drink too much now I want you
Can’t get you off my brain.“ – Monster, Henry Lau.
Tiffany Young – I Just Wanna Dance
Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany made her solo debut in 2016 with I Just Wanna Dance. In this song, she also released a track with the English version. The lyrics for I Just Wanna Dance English version were written by Tiffany, and is a remix version made by Kago Pengchi, a music producer from South Korea, with more upbeat instrumentals.
I Just Wanna Dance English version was released on May 23, 2016, and has an instrumentation that is different from the original version because it’s a remix made by different producers. I Just Wanna Dance is Girls’ Generation Tiffany’s solo debut, which she had the opportunity to perform on music shows such as M! Countdown, Show Champion, Music Core, etc.
“I just want to dance the night away, I love it when the beat moves me this way
And I’m not going home, I’m here to stay
So come on over here and dance with me.” – I Just Wanna Dance, Tiffany Young.