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  1. In the dark corners of the internet hides a playlist of some of the most torturous, addictive music known to man. That’s right, Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music all have playlists of Baby Shark remixes. Do do, do do, do do, do.Would you walk 500 miles to get away from that tune? Will your poker face crack the 1,000th time it plays in your head? Does it remind you of somebody that you used to know? Do you value the sound of silence?You aren’t alone. These so-called earworms – gross – are…
  2. On Monday, K-pop singer D.O. released his debut solo EP, Empathy.Known as one of K-pop group Exo’s primary vocalists and as a popular actor, D.O.’s eight-track Empathy is an easy-listening album, based firmly in acoustic pop and R&B.Fronted by the ukulele-infused single Rose, the album features songs not only in Korean but also English and Spanish. They create a musical environment that is both romantic and poignant.Along with an English version of Rose and Si Fueras Mia, a Spanish version of…
  3. “Very, very worried. Nervous.” That’s how NIve feels about Broken Kaleidoscope, his new solo album, which was released this week.“I’m very excited, because I don’t know what’s going to happen. But very worried, because it’s my first album, and because I’m writing my full thoughts.”The Seoul-based singer-songwriter’s first solo album comes after several years ofhim releasing not only his own songs but writing hits for many of South Korea’s most popular artists, including K-pop bands BTS, Exo,…
  4. Eunice Yeung places her hands on her belly – she is seven months pregnant with her first child. “I’m having a boy and all I want is for him to grow up respecting women.”She’s heard many stories where that has not been the case.Yeung is a Hong Kong-based therapist specialising in support for trauma survivors. As well as running her own private practice she works as a part-time counsellor at RainLily, the city’s first sexual violence crisis centre for women.“The girls that come to RainLily for…
  5. “We said, ‘if we are allowed to sing in English, we must’.”So says Benny Andersson of Swedish pop group Abba in This Is Pop, a new Netflix documentary that dropped in June – but these words could just have easily been uttered by a member of BTS.The K-pop group’s Permission to Dance, which topped the US Billboard’s Hot 100 in the week beginning July 18, is their fifth No 1 on the prestigious music chart. Of those five, only one – last year’s Life Goes On – was in Korean; the rest have been in…
  6. “Out of my mind.” That’s how South Korean singer-songwriter Suran describes her experience ahead of every new release, just hours before Blanket arrived on Wednesday.“I’m always out of my mind, but we shot the video really late so... still figuring it out.”Her second song to be released since she launched her indie label S-Tasy earlier this year, Blanket follows February’s Sunny. The new song is a summery take with a rhythmic, island beat driving Suran’s and melodic rapper Wonstein’s lyrics…
  7. Aespa are going Hollywood with a new deal. The four member K-pop act, produced by South Korean company SM Entertainment, have signed with high-profile US media and talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).Other acts currently signed with the California-based CAA include many of the most popular entertainers in the world, and fellow SM groups NCT 127 and SuperM.The news was first reported by media outlet Pollstar on July 22, and SM Entertainment’s US-based executive Jeremy Lopez later…
  8. As South Korea struggles with the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, K-pop stars are falling prey to the virus.Members of K-pop groups BTOB and Treasure are the latest singers to have recently tested positive for the coronavirus.Treasure’s Doyoung and Jung-hwan tested positive for the virus on July 13 and 16.Doyoung reportedly discovered he had the virus after using an at-home Covid-19 test before a work-related event. This has become a common preventive measure in Korean entertainment, and is…
  9. There will be several more years of Seventeen – the K-pop group and their label confirmed on Monday that all 13 members had renewed their contracts.Label Pledis Entertainment made the initial announcement that the group had decided to stay together and stick with it. K-pop groups typically enter seven-year contracts with their labels at the time of their debut. Seventeen debuted in May, 2015 under the agency’s banner with the song Adore U.The length of their new contracts is not known, but it…
  10. In June K-pop group A.C.E released their latest album, Siren:Dawn, and the single Higher, for which they tapped into tales of romance and mermaids for inspiration. “We want to show a love that we can’t have, but keep trying,” says the band’s leader, Jun, of their creative world view, which they’ve revealed through the storytelling on recent albums and in teaser images and music videos. It might as well be the quintet’s motto too. The boy band started out as a K-pop idol group performing as…