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  1. As people isolate themselves during the coronavirus outbreak, many are turning to music for solace.From police singing and dancing in Spain to living-room concerts by famous artists to celebrities performing Imagine and getting ripped for it, pandemic-related tunes are there for us.And then there’s the stuff people are singing to laugh in the face of doom. Coronavirus song parodies are popping up everywhere; some have even gone viral. Here are some of the best to ease your suffering right now…
  2. Stray Kids were a “super rookie” nine-member boy band unveiled by K-pop company JYP Entertainment in 2018. After Woojin, one of the original members, left for personal reasons nearly two years after debuting, the group became an eight-piece outfit noteworthy for writing and producing their own music. Let’s take a look at the group’s main vocalist, Seungmin, who was born Kim Seung-min. His early life Seungmin was born in Seoul in 2000 and, inspired by his grandfather’s success as a baseball…
  3. Put on Dua Lipa’s second album and you’ll experience a party – a collection of upbeat, dance-flavoured, power-pop gems that could brighten your day.But take a closer look, and you’ll also find songs brimmed with messages of hope, equality and vulnerability.Lipa closes her 11-track Future Nostalgia release with Boys Will Be Boys, a song with clever, sharp lyrics about life as a woman: “I’m sure if there’s something that I can’t find the words to say / I know that there will be a man around to…
  4. Sometimes life brings us the most unexpected people as friends. When it comes to K-pop star I.M and his eventual boy band Monsta X, it first seemed unlikely that he would fit in with the group. Yet, the star not only came to be became adored by his bandmates, but ended up as an important voice for the group.Find out how I.M grew from an unexpected rival into an international K-pop leader.His early lifeIm Chang-kyun was born in South Korean city of Gwangju in January 1996. I.M, his elder brother…
  5. By Dong Sun-hwaIs China lifting its unofficial ban on K-pop? Expectations are high after K-pop singers were invited to appear in the April 30 online concert “We are the World 2020”, which has been touted as the Chinese version of the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert for famine-stricken Africa, with the goal of helping victims of the coronavirus pandemic.The concert is being organised by Freegos & KVLY – a joint venture recently established by Korean media commerce platform KVLY and Freegos…
  6. A K-pop star who claimed he had contracted the novel coronavirus but later said it was an April Fool’s Day prank is under investigation and could face up to five years in prison or a fine of 10 million won (US$8,100).A representative of the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – which is leading South Korea’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak – said it was investigating Kim Jae-joong, a former member of boy band TVXQ and current member of the duo JYJ.The organisation said Kim’s…
  7. Tzuyu is one of the best-known K-pop stars in Taiwan, where she was born and grew up. The maknae – or youngest – member of girl band Twice is widely regarded as one of the group’s most attractive members.In 2015, Tzuyu danced on a South Korean variety show while holding the Taiwanese flag. Netizens from China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, said she was promoting Taiwanese independence and launched a boycott of Twice. In the end, Tzuyu had to read out an apology in a video.Some…
  8. K-pop singer Kim Jae-joong has come under fire on social media for announcing on Instagram that he had contracted the novel coronavirus, only to reveal an hour later that it was an April Fool’s Day joke.Kim, a former member of the boy band boy band TVXQ as well as the trio JYJ, first announced to his 1.9 million Instagram followers in Korean today that “I’ve been infected with Covid-19. This was all due to my carelessness, for ignoring the advice provided by the government and all those around…
  9. K-pop girl group Twice have cancelled two Japanese concerts, originally scheduled for mid-April, amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The news comes a week after K-pop superstars BTS postponed all shows scheduled for the US this year due to the pandemic.An announcement on the band’s official Japanese website said “Twice World Tour 2019 ‘Twicelights’ in Japan”, scheduled to be held at Tokyo Dome on April 15 and 16, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.“In light of the situation…
  10. K-pop giants BTS lifted the spirits of their fans worldwide when they appeared on a prime-time special episode of The Late Late Show Starring James Corden via video link from South Korea and performed their 2019 single, Boy With Luv.Other artists appearing on Monday’s special episode, titled “Homefest”, included Billie Eilish and John Legend performing from Los Angeles, Dua Lipa performing from London and Andrea Bocelli performing from Italy.Hosting the show from his garage, Corden encouraged…