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South China Morning Post
  1. Sometimes a musical group’s talent is noticed immediately and sometimes it takes a while. Boy band Victon fall into the latter category.In the competitive world of K-pop, the seven members of Victon have shown their worth since the release of their first EP in 2016. But it wasn’t until 2019, when some members competed on the South Korean television show Produce X 101 – and one, Han Seungwoo, won a slot in the short-lived boy band X1, and then showed his artistry on stand-out 2020 solo EP Fame –…
  2. “Fireworks,” explains Soyeon. “Hope,” adds Miyeon. “Recover,” says Yuqi. To Shuhua: “Salt”. Minnie says it’s “Our youth”. Soojin concludes that it’s “wind”. These are words the six members of (G)I-dle use to describe their new album I Burn.Late at night in Seoul on Shuhua’s 21st birthday, amid a snowstorm that made Soyeon late, the six women were prepping for their return with their first Korean album since last April’s I Trust.I Burn, which dropped on Monday, picks up (G)I-dle’s lyrical…
  3. An unlikely player entered the conversation this week after the second impeachment of United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday: K-pop girl group Twice.Fans of K-pop, and of Twice in particular, who were in favour of his impeachment had a lot of fun taking to social media to post memes, with one user accumulating more than 100,000 likes for a tweet featuring a picture of the girl group and the caption: “Trump got impeached not once but …”.This isn’t the first time groups of K-pop fans…
  4. The 10th annual Gaon Chart Music Awards, held on Wednesday in Seoul, looked a bit different from other South Korean award shows, opting out of any in-person awards or performances as the country battles its worst coronavirus spike to date.The show marked the 10th year since the South Korean Gaon Charts were launched, with the aim of being the country’s chart-tracking organisation. The annual event recognises the success of artists throughout the year based on impact, both digital and physical…
  5. By Park Ji-wonSeoul’s Gangnam district has long been home to South Korea’s large entertainment companies, such as SM Entertainment and Big Hit Entertainment, the label of BTS. Many K-pop entertainment companies, some statistics say more than half, are known to have offices near the district’s Apgujeong area. The area was made famous globally by Psy’s hit Gangnam Style in 2012.Since the introduction of music cable channel Mnet in 1995, recording studios proliferated in the area and high-end hair…
  6. The seven members of K-pop boy band Got7 were confirmed to be parting ways with long-term home JYP Entertainment on Monday.The news arrived after weeks of consternation and buzz over what the act’s future would hold as they approached their seventh anniversary on January 16, the end of the term limit legally dictated for K-pop artist contracts in South Korea.Before the confirmation from JYP, it was rumoured that several members would be joining other South Korean labels and local news outlets…
  7. A new K-pop boy band arrived on Monday, aiming to become the voice of youth: T1419. The act features nine members from South Korea and Japan, and was put together by K-pop label MLD Entertainment in collaboration with NHN and Sony Music, with designs on the South Korean and Japanese music markets, but also that of the United States. They hope to become a voice for teenagers – their name is made up of T (for teenagers) and the members’ ages at the time of their formation – by addressing…
  8. The Golden Disc Awards (GDA), one of South Korea’s biggest musical events, took place over Saturday and Sunday – and the weekend-long event didn’t disappoint. Boy band BTS and solo singer IU took home the biggest awards, winning for album and song of the year respectively, while boy band Got7 staged what could be their final performance.Blackpink, Itzy, Mamamoo and band member Hwasa, Noel, Oh My Girl, Red Velvet, Zico, Exo and member Baekhyun, Got7, NCT, NCT 127, Seventeen, Twice and Tomorrow X…
  9. In recent years K-pop has exploded in popularity around the world, but in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where the music has a large fan base, the naughtiest chart-topping hits – full of double entendres and sexy dance moves – have raised Islamic eyebrows. Such songs have been branded “mind-corrupting”, or budaya kuning – literally “yellow culture” – a catch-all term for most forms of Western culture, including foreign pop and rock music. Malaysia’s younger generation is obsessed with K-pop. But…
  10. As the doom of 2020 gives way to 2021, conversations raising awareness about mental health care are coming from the world of K-pop.The year began with Nu’est member Aron taking a break from the industry after experiencing symptoms of anxiety on January 2, shortly after his group performed at K-pop company Big Hit Entertainment’s New Year’s Eve concert.Two days later, it was revealed that boy band SuperM was teaming up with the Prudential insurance company for a pan-Asian campaign dubbed We Do…