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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Wed, May 18, 2022 | 22:08
PSY's first boy group TNX makes much-anticipated debut with EP 'Way Up'
Will rookie boy group TNX follow in the footsteps of PSY - the CEO of its record label P Nation - and etch their name in K-pop history? The six-piece act, which is the first boy group launched by “Gangnam Style” (2012) star PSY, made its debut, Tuesday, with its first mini-album, “Way Up” amid high expectations. It consists of six winners from SBS' survival show, “Loud” (2021...
Le Sserafim member Kim Ga-ram's bullying allegations resurface
The bullying allegations against Kim Ga-ram, a member of rookie K-pop girl group Le Sserafim, have resurfaced, after a photo believed to be of a school document, identifying her as the perpetrator of violence, was revealed online. An internet user, whose identity has been withheld, shared a document titled, “Notice of results by the committee for countermeasures against schoo...
Musical 'Beethoven' to hit stage next year
A musical about the legendary composer, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), is set to hit the stage next year. Korean musical production company EMK Musical is planning to premiere “Beethoven” in January 2023, at the Seoul Arts Center. It will soon begin an audition to decide on the actors for different roles.
Gov't urged to increase support for creators when K-culture is hot
The global influence of Korean art and culture is more powerful than ever, with Korean content easily being mentioned in overseas media, be it YouTube videos by individual creators or international news outlets. The new administration needs to strike while the iron is hot and use this to its advantage in smart diplomacy.Looking back at the viral sensation of PSY's “Gangnam St...
How did TikTok become main marketing tool for K-pop?
These days, almost all K-pop singers have their own channels on TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing platform that has some 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. After rapper Zico's “Any Song” conquered a number of music streaming charts with the help of TikTok in 2019, a wave of other stars have also flocked to this easy-to-use platform.
'Oddinary' becomes Stray Kids' 2nd million-seller album
Stray Kids have again sold more than 1 million copies of one of its albums. Korea's album sales tracker Gaon Chart said Thursday that the group's March release, “Oddinary,” reached the milestone of 1 million sales. Its first million-seller album was “Noeasy,” which dropped last year.
More festivals, live concerts to take place at home, abroad
As the world seeks a transition from pandemic to endemic, a series of festivals and live concerts are set to take place offline in Korea and beyond to entertain pandemic-weary people. The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Frankfurt, Germany, are planning to hold the Korea Festival at the Deutsche Bank Park Stadium in Frankf...
Why are some BTS fans boycotting upcoming album?
Some fans of K-pop juggernaut BTS are boycotting the group's upcoming anthology album “Proof,” as it includes a song written by Bobby Chung, who is suspected of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and filming an illegal sex video of her. Chung, whose real name is Chung Dae-wook, is one of the composers behind “Filter,” a Latin-style solo track by BTS member Jimin that dropp...
'Gugak' musicians protest plan to reduce education of traditional music
“Gugak,” or Korean traditional music, has faced many trials and tribulations in the course of its history. During Japan's 1910-45 colonial occupation of Korea, Japan attempted to assimilate Koreans by suppressing gugak, which was important to Koreans' national spirit and identity. Industrialization and westernization prompted Koreans to appreciate more music from other parts ...
[INTERVIEW] After debuting FTISLAND and AOA, Kim Young-sun begins new journey as CEO
Kim Young-sun, founder and CEO of K-pop record label Great M Entertainment, is the "mother" of numerous K-pop acts. Kim, the former director of FNC Entertainment and one of the creative minds behind popular acts like FTISLAND, CNBLUE and AOA, has mostly been known as a hard taskmaster after appearing on tvN's reality drama “Cheongdamdong 111” in 2013.
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