Edited by Yoon
Translated by Yu Jin Kim
The brilliant collaboration stage of ASTRO’s Moon Bin and Billie’s Moon Sua has recently gone viral. Being actual siblings, they showed off their close brother-sister chemistry as they gave the iconic “Candy In My Years” cover performance by Baek Ji Young and 2 PM’s Ok Taecyeon. K-pop idols usually create those special performances to spice up award ceremonies and festivals. Team combinations vary from their gender to experience on the field, and because they collaborate for special occasions, such surprise units only last for one stage.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the four best collab stages of K-pop idols.
ASTRO × OH MY GIRL – The Red Shoes (Originally Sung By IU)
ASTRO and OH MY GIRL gave an iconic performance of “The Red Shoes” at the 2019 MBC Gayo Daejejeo. They boldly decided to cover IU’s song and rearranged it to create a new unique performance. However, it was inevitable for them to adjust some keys as it was a female and male group collaboration. They showcased unique voice chemistry as OH MY GIRL took the low-pitched part and ASTRO took the high-pitched part, which created a mysterious and majestic vibe. They also wore matching outfits that played a big role in making the stage more memorable, and their outstanding ideas and flawless performance made their stage talent stand out.
Taemin & Sunmi – MOVE & Gashina
SHINee’s Taemin and Sunmi covered each other’s hit songs “MOVE” and “Gashina” at 2017 MAMA in Hong Kong. Their stage is still on everyone’s lips nowadays, as it was the first time for male and female solo singers to make a stage together ever since Rain and Lee Hyo Ri collaborated at the 2003 KBS Song Festival. Widely known as one of the hottest idols in the scene, Taemin and Sunmi heightened the sexual tension between them throughout their performance.
The part where the two look at each other and perform the gun-shooting choreography made the stage more iconic than ever.
MAMAMOO × SEVENTEEN – You’re the Best & Clap
The performance of MAMAMOO and SEVENTEEN also left a strong impression at the 2019 MBC Gayo Daejejeon. Compared to ASTRO and OHMYGIRL’s dreamy performance, MAMAMOO and SEVENTEEN gave a very bright and energetic performance. The two groups mixed their songs – “You’re the Best” and “Clap” – into an upbeat and energetic track and gave a jaw-dropping performance backed by brilliant choreography.
They also covered each other’s songs: SEVENTEEN performed “Egotistic” and MAMAMOO sang “VERY NICE.” Both groups rearranged each other’s songs to fit their style and showcased their musical colors.
TOMORROW X TOGETHER × ENHYPEN – Legend of K-POP
TXT and ENHYPEN covered various boy groups’ songs under the title of ‘Legend of K-pop” at the 2021 KBS Song Festival. Compiling the hit songs from the 90s to 2010s into a single medley, TXT performed “Candy (H.O.T.),” “Bad Guy (Rain),” “MIROTIC (TVXQ!)”, and “BANG BANG BANG (BIGBANG),” while ENHYPEN covered “The Way This Guy Lives (Sechs Kies),” ”Come Back to Me (SE7EN)”, and “Growl (EXO).” The groups took turns but performed BTS’ “Fire” together at the end and proved their talent and potential as promising rookie K-pop idols. The stage was also meaningful in that they covered the song of their senior group, who are under the same label. TXT and ENHYPEN’s collaboration drew many viewers’ attention as they took us back in time to look back on some of the most influential songs in K-pop history.
Editor Yoon: I love music, especially K-POP, and I dream of becoming an A&R person, lyricist, artist, etc. I will cover various articles, including song reviews, artist reviews, and K-pop market analysis.