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  1. K-pop girl group Blackpink have come under fire for using a statue of a Hindu deity as a prop in a recent record-breaking music video. The group’s highly anticipated comeback single, How You Like That, made YouTube history as the most-viewed music video premiere – taking over from BTS’ Boy With Luv. The Blackpink video, uploaded on June 26, hit 50 million views in just over 11 hours, and has so far received almost 230 million views. However, fans were quick to point out that a scene in the…
  2. Seven passionate record collectors are helping to preserve long-forgotten Indonesian music of the 20th century with their archival project Irama Nusantara, Indonesian for “rhythm of the archipelago”.So far they have digitised more than 4,000 recordings, which are being streamed for free on their website for a new generation of fans.The project’s seven founders – Alvin Yunata, David Tarigan, Christoforus Priyonugroho, Toma Avianda, Norman Illyas, Mayumi Haryoto, and Dian “Onno” Wulandari – all…
  3. His birth name is Kim Jun-myeon, but the world knows him by his stage name, Suho, which has a special meaning in Korean. Taken from the Korean verb “to protect like a guardian”, Suho’s stage name as a member of Exo has come to mean more than he probably ever realised. We explain why the “guardian” role is a perfect fit for the leader of the history-making K-pop boy band. Suho’s early life Kim was born in Seoul’s wealthy Apgujeong neighbourhood in May 1991. Young Kim was an exemplary pupil,…
  4. By Kim Jae-heunThe coronavirus pandemic could have been a disaster for South Korean entertainment companies, but instead, they used it as an opportunity to go online and stage concerts on virtual platforms.Revenue from concerts is a big deal for talent agencies such as Big Hit Entertainment, SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment. And when the coronavirus outbreak started, all three knew trouble was brewing when their K-pop groups’ concerts started getting cancelled.Last year, K-pop giants BTS…
  5. As TikTok stars build large and loyal followings on the short-form video app, talent managers and agents from both upstart companies and traditional Hollywood talent firms are racing to sign them as clients. The opportunity is clear for industry insiders.TikTok trends are spilling over onto Instagram, YouTube, and TV shows such as Saturday Night Live. Its stars are appearing in ads for the US Super Bowl and late-night talk shows. And songs that become popular on TikTok are topping Billboard and…
  6. The ex-boyfriend of late K-pop star Goo Hara was jailed by an appeal court on Thursday for blackmailing her over sex videos that played a part in her apparent suicide.In 2018, Goo – a member of former girl group Kara – told local media that her ex had threatened “to end her entertainment career” by leaking their sex videos.A CCTV clip of the couple showed the singer kneeling before him seemingly begging him not to.Goo was found dead at her home in November, and is widely believed to have taken…
  7. Anointing the song of the summer was going to be a challenge even before protests roared to life in the United States in response to George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police.By shutting down so many of the activities that make a song of the summer happen – concerts, sporting events, pool parties involving people beyond the immediate family – the Covid-19 pandemic had already interrupted the annual process that led tunes like Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road and Luis Fonsi’s Despacito to warm…
  8. By Lee Gyu-leeG-Dragon, the leader of K-pop boy band BigBang, is facing accusations of animal cruelty after allegedly neglecting his pet dogs at a hotel operated by his parents.The accusations came after pictures of the artist’s two Shar-Peis – Gaho and Jolie – were posted on an online community earlier this month. The pictures showed the dogs with long nails and locked inside fences.The user wrote that the dogs did not seem to have been taken care of for a long time. “Their eyes were watering…
  9. At the recent swansong performance of Chinese pop group Rocket Girls 101, all eyes were on Yang Chaoyue.Ever since the 11-member group was formed in 2018 from finalists in the Chinese edition of the talent show Produce 101 , the singer has been the one that has had the most media attention. The focus, though, has not been her talent – but on her lack of it.One particularly memorable moment was when Yang sang a cappella on stage during the televised competition and when she broke down in tears…
  10. Over the past two decades, American-born, Seoul-based musician Jay Park has amassed an international fan base.From his days dancing while a student at high school in Washington state to his breakthrough in the South Korean music scene as a member of boy band 2PM, to his current roles as singer, rapper, entrepreneur and dancer, he’s been working non-stop.As at most other times in his life, Park has been very busy over the past few months, but has still kept his heart with the Seattle community…