K-Pop Pick Of The Day: Shine

Track: Shine | Artist: Pentagon | Album: Positive
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Last weekend, I visited KCON, one of the biggest Korean pop culture festivals in America. This song came over the speakers, and you bet I Shazam-ed that shit ASAP.


I’m ashamed to admit that my knowledge of recent idol groups—and specifically, boy groups—are severely lacking. The pinnacle of my K-Pop fandom was in the late 2000s and early 2010s, when groups like Girls’ Generation, KARA, and SHINee were considered rising stars and legacy groups like Brown Eyed Girls and Jewelry (remember them?) were the old guard.

There’s a silver lining to that cloud, though, because it means I can continue discovering great, easy-listening songs like this one. Pentagon was one of the performers at KCON this year, and after listening to their fans roar, I don’t doubt that in five or ten years from now, we’ll be talking about Pentagon the same we talk about today’s legacy groups and the impact they left on the K-Pop marketplace.

Social Media Editor. Please don't tell me a 13-year-old can do my job

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


This was Pentagon’s first real hit, which — when coupled with (G)Idle’s success (UGH THAT NAME) — bodes well for Cube.

I don’t know what they’re gonna do with CLC though.

Also, I was actually out of the loop for a bit too, but I made a (now close) friend a few years ago that was really into K-pop so I had to step up my game again. So my gap would be groups that debuted between 2012 - 2015.