I should have known after I first saw they covered Taeyang’s “Look Only at Me.” I should have known when everyone on Twitter couldn’t stop talking about them. I should have known when they were getting huge attention before they even released their first mini-album.
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN I’D LOVE “ONE WAY”!
Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you’re the type who has become jaded about new artists. When I first got into K-pop, everything had huge potential to be awesome. However, as the years rolled on by I got into the rhythm of just listening to what I was comfortable with, only checking out new music when it got huge acclaim.
For the past week or so I’ve honestly seen non-stop news about the group One Way. Considering how they’re not an idol group, I’ve been boggled as all get out as to why they’re so popular already. Their mini-album only came out on the 4th and they only started releasing music in February, so what’s the deal? I actually watched their video for “One Way” and wasn’t particularly into it. It was clear they had talent, but did they live up to the hype? Being me, I listened once and moved onto something else (probably school, TBH lol).
However, I stumbled upon their song “Magic” today and I have been hooked! This song is so amazinggg. It’s the perfect mix of R&B and hip-hop. They remind me so much of Taeyang (my favorite, of course), but they have their own vibe that you can’t ignore. After being sucked in by “Magic,” I decided to give their mini-album a chance. Even though I initially didn’t get into “One Way,” I am now a convert. Their whole album is actually very solid and worth listening to–100% worth it. Notable thing: They mix some English curse words into their songs; just another reminder they aren’t an idol group.
Hopefully One Way won’t fall off the face of the universe after their promotions for this album. They’re already developing a sincere fanbase; interestingly enough, they’re gaining a lot of international fans. One reason for this may be that all three members of One Way are English speakers. Here are some member stats:
Watch an English interview with them on YouTube here.