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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 11:26
Korean Lunar New Year vs. Chinese Lunar New Year
On Jan. 21, Danielle, a Korean-Australian member of K-pop girl group NewJeans, apologized soon after sending a message to her fans that read: “What r u bunnies (the name of the quintet's global fandom) doing for Chinese new year?” What raised the eyebrows of numerous Korean fans was her use of the phrase, “Chinese New Year.” They insisted the 17-year-old's word choice was ina...
K-pop releases for February
Picking up the baton from GOT the Beat, NewJeans and Monsta X - which heated up the K-pop scene with their new music offerings in January - a crop of other stars will electrify music fans with their fresh songs and albums in February. Included in the lineup are BSS, a sub-unit of K-pop act SEVENTEEN, Key of boy band SHINee and the 11-piece group, The Boyz.
TXT brings together 'pansori' and fairy tale in new song 'Sugar Rush Ride'
As its title implies, “Sugar Rush Ride,” a new song by K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together (TXT), is a three-minute sugar rush weaving together the elements of two different genres - “pansori” (traditional Korean musical storytelling) and fairy tales. The quintet, consisting of Yeonjun, Soobin, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Hueningkai, employed some lines from “Chunhyangga,” one of the...
'I was a stock investment addict': psychiatrist seeks to help addicted people through his book
Korea has seen a spike in the number of stock investors over the past couple of years, as commercial banks cut their interest rates on saving accounts to nearly zero percent while the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) gained momentum. According to data from the Korea Securities Depository, the total number of stock investors stood at 13.84 million in 2021.
[INTERVIEW] Filipino-Argentinian actress ventures into K-pop
Starting again from scratch may not be the most desirable thing, especially when one has had a pretty smooth career. Nevertheless, high-profile Filipino-Argentinian actress Maria Chantal Videla ventured into the world of K-pop and debuted as a member of rookie girl group Lapillus in June 2022, with her new name, Chanty.
ENHYPEN's Jay apologizes after calling Korean history 'short novel'
Jay of K-pop boy group ENHYPEN has made apologies, twice, after taking flak for allegedly belittling Korean history by likening it to a “short novel.” On Jan. 10, Jay caused a stir by claiming that it only takes a few weeks to study Korean history, as there is not much to it. In contrast, the history of other countries is “endless,” he added.
Korea Times chairman sets up scholarships for music students
Seung Myung-ho, the chairman of The Korea Times and its sister publication, the Hankook Ilbo, has established scholarships for Korean and international classical music students to bring more talent to the Korean National Symphony Orchestra (KNSO).
'Showman' wins big at Korea Musical Awards
Black comedy “Showman” has won the grand prize at this year's Korea Musical Awards, one of the most prestigious theater awards here. Produced by the National Jeongdong Theater of Korea, “Showman,” which premiered in April, received the highest honor after edging out other original productions like “Frida” and “Almond.” Its lead actor Yoon Na-moo and writer Han Jung-suk nabbed...
Rookie K-pop boy bands to look out for in 2023
The K-pop scene is likely to be buzzing more than ever this year, as many new boy groups are gearing up for their debut. The competition will be cutthroat, as these singers will strive to become the next kings of K-pop following Grammy-nominated BTS, the members of which have just begun serving their mandatory military service.
BLACKPINK to perform at French first lady's charity concert
K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will perform at a concert organized by a charity organization headed by French first lady Brigitte Macron. The quartet will attend the “Le Gala des Pieces Jaunes” concert at the Le Zenith Arena in Paris, Jan. 25 (local time). The event is run by the “Fondation des Hopitaux,” which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of patients and healthcare person...