I think it is safe to say that when A.C.E’s leader Junhee went into the Army back on February 7th, I fell into a bit of a K-pop malaise. With three members off to serve their country and a fourth (Byeongkwan) scheduled to go this month, I was really feeling the sting of this hiatus. Perhaps it is because individually as well as collectively, A.C.E has always been a strong presence in my K-pop realm. From a purely fan service perspective, they were there, every day – and, especially Jun. A day did not go by without him updating. I am honestly missing him more than I am missing Donghun..but, shhhhh, don’t tell DH!! I started to wonder if maybe I was hitting my K-pop fangirl expiration date. And then news of CIX having their first US tour, AND coming to my city, was announced. I have to say, I felt the shift, the squee as it were, and realized that I still have a whole lot of fangirl left in me! If you are not familiar with CIX, I hope I can persuade you to have a look and listen . . . and perhaps if they are coming to a city near you, coax you to go out and support this incredibly talented quintet.
Donghun took to his Instagram account back on November 30 and it was to give a shout out to a fellow Mixnine contestant. The one thing I have learned about the K-pop industry is that regardless of how fandoms want to believe there is animosities between groups and idols, current and former, the fact of the matter is, these kids often come up through the ranks together, coalesce and create lifelong bonds and friendships. I personally love it when my Korean music realms intertwine within themselves. Such is the case with Donghun’s IG Story promotion of Løgin’s upcoming digital release, Nanibami.