A New (2016) Female Korean Singing Group Called “DOROTHY”

K-pop culture has over the years influenced the development of popular music in Korea, K-pop is a musical genre shaped and characterized by a range of elements from rock, experimental jazz, Latin, hip-hop, reggae, electronic dance, etc.

Modern K-pop witnessed an evolution and explosion in the 1990s, the emergence of Seon Taiji and boys were revolutionary in K-pop culture’s history, as well as the huge strides by the H.O.T boy band in 1996. The rapid influence of K-pop culture has transformed into a modern K-pop “idol” culture, a subculture that has gathered massive fandom in adolescents and adults.

Dorothy is a product of K-pop modern “idol” culture; it is a five-member girl pop band under Leek Mill (a Korean entertainment/musical record label). They debuted on August 16, 2016, with a digital single “A Day M – Purple Lips.” The name “DOROTHY” derives its origin from Greek mythology, which literally means “GOD’s GIFT”. Jiyu, Boyoung, Youna, Hanbyeol, and Danbi kick-started the group.

After their debut in August 2016, the group on February 13, 2017, via their official Instagram account announced that Danbi had left the group, citing personal reasons. Subsequently, they announced the introduction of a new member to the group, in the person of Sunbi, to replace Danbi. However, Danbi has been seen with members of the group since leaving, which is an indication of a healthy relationship between both parties.

The group has been described by some fans as one with huge potential, but underrated. A fan on aminoapps.com lamented thus;

“I fear that Dorothy will be one of those groups that have so much potential and talent that goes unnoticed, and then they disband, and that would make me so so sad because I LOVE these girls. They really do deserve success, and I hope to see them get it one day.”

Another fan (Kendall) stated thus;

“I heard snippets of purple lips, and I really liked it, so I think I’ll check them out! ( I’m a sucker for super underrated groups )”

Fan reviews and expectations for the group are positive.

Their debut single “A Day M – Purple Lips” is a song with wordings that runs deep through the thoughts of a heartbroken lover, it describes the condition of someone in love who is hurt, but finds it difficult getting over the perceived hurt. The person finds it difficult burying memories of their shared love, lamenting how lonely, pale, dried, chilly she/he is, and wishes her/his lover returns to make things right. Below are the lyrics of their debut single “A Day M – Purple Lips.”

 

Purple Lips Lyrics:

 

You Are Cold

Everything Is Ruined

Go Away Say Again

My Lips

My Lips Are Dried

My Face Is Pale

My Body Is Cold

Tonight Is Chilly

Why Did You Dump Me?

Why Did You Shake Me?

You Know It All Anyway

That I Cannot Live Without You Even A Second

Your Lips Your Scent Your Temperature

I Remember You Need You

I Love You

Killing Me Killing You Its Over

(Purple Lips Purple Lips)

Your Lips Your Scent Your Temperature

I Remember You Need You

I Love You

Killing Me Killing You Its Over

(Purple Lips Purple Lips)

You Turned Your Back On Me

I Have Contradictory Feelings

I Don’t Know What I Want

So Please Tell Me Where You At

Where You At Uh

It’s Even Hard For Me To Bury All Those Memories With You

What Can I Do?

I Know I Am Pathetic

The Love Is Gone Now

Look At Me Its Funny

Look, Look At Me Its Funny

You And Me

Come Back To Me Please

Take My Pain

Don’t Go Away Uh

Remember Me

I Can’t Live Without You Even A Second

Your Lips Your Scent Your Temperature

I Remember You Need You

I Love You

Killing Me Killing You Its Over

(Purple Lips Purple Lips)

Your Lips Your Scent Your Temperature

I Remember You Need You

I Love You

Killing Me Killing You Its Over

(Purple Lips Purple Lips)

Kiss Me On My Purple Lips(X3)

Kiss Me (Kiss Me)

Your Lips Your Scent Your Temperature

I Remember You Need You

I Love You

Killing Me Killing You Its Over

(Purple Lips Purple Lips)

Your Lips Your Scent Your Temperature

I Remember You Need You

I Love You

Killing Me Killing You Its Over

(Purple Lips Purple Lips

 

If you have not listened to DOROTHY, they are recommended to you.

 

—-E. Mily

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