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  1. Canto-pop star and actress Gillian Chung Yan-tung, of the duo Twins, celebrates her 39th birthday on Tuesday. She’s come a long way since being picked to form one half of Hong Kong musical duo Twins. These are some of the milestones in her life and career.Birth of TwinsChung and Charlene Choi Tsoek-jin were brought together by Emperor Entertainment Group in May 2001 to front Canto-pop duo Twins, who enjoyed great popularity.They have released close to a dozen albums and toured around the world,…
  2. With their new single, Black Swan, South Korea’s BTS have delivered an arty video that features exactly zero members of the red-hot K-pop boy band.But their rabid fans, who are used to the group’s genre-hopping style, don’t seem to be bothered by the break from tradition. The video has received over 20 million views since being released on Friday.Seven members of Slovenia’s MN Dance Company are the video’s stars, while the seven BTS members’ auto-tuned voices carry the song.A well-known quote…
  3. By Han Jeongmun and David TizzardIn a country with one of the world’s lowest birth rates, it might be expected that the news of a beloved celebrity announcing plans for marriage and hinting that a child was also on the way would be welcomed with open arms.But not in South Korea. And not for a K-pop idol.Chen, a member of one of the country’s most successful K-pop groups, Exo, recently announced his upcoming marriage on social media and hinted that a baby was on the way, yet much of the response…
  4. Rising teenage singer-songwriter Billie Eilish will be performing her first live concert in Hong Kong this August.The 18-year-old American pop sensation will bring her “Where Do We Go? World Tour” to AsiaWorld-Expo on August 30.Despite her young age, Eilish has already received six Grammy Award nominations – becoming the youngest artist to be nominated in the four main categories in the same year – and has eight gold and four platinum singles in the US.Eilish’s biggest hit to date, the poppy…
  5. To “pull a Taemin” is to work hard towards a goal over a long period and eventually find success. The phrase refers to K-pop star Taemin, who joined South Korean entertainment firm SM Entertainment at a young age after impressing judges with his dancing skills. While his singing was unimpressive and voice unstable in the beginning, Taemin made great strides after making his debut as the maknae, or the youngest member, of K-pop boy group Shinee in 2008. After several members of the four-member…
  6. That sound can have an effect on our emotional and mental state should not come as any surprise.We know inherently that certain sounds can make us more relaxed, or more productive. That’s why we put on classical music while we work, why it is easier to go to sleep to the sounds of the ocean than, say, a construction site and why lifts play smooth jazz instead of heavy metal.But, as our understanding of the brain becomes more and more sophisticated, it is becoming clear that there is more to it…
  7. Vietnam’s annual Epizode electronic music festival is not for the faint-hearted – a mouth-watering selection of international DJs perform over 11 full days and nights.While many of them can usually be found playing in dark nightclubs in cities such as Berlin or Detroit, Epizode instead presents them on stunning stages spread along Long Beach on Vietnam’s sunny southern Phu Quoc island, which is rapidly becoming one of Southeast Asia’s tourism hot spots.The most recent instalment of Epizode –…
  8. Outspoken Hong Kong post-punk band David Boring perform this weekend for the first time in more than five months, a notable period of absence that coincided with some of the most intense street protests the city has seen. The group had been scheduled to perform at the Clockenflap Music Festival, Hong Kong’s biggest live-music event, in November until the festival joined a long list of events cancelled because of the civil unrest.Their show on Sunday will be the group’s first with new guitarist…
  9. Nobody expected the K-pop competition show Queendom to become a turning point for the female idol scene in South Korea when it started airing in August 2019. But the show broadened the horizons for female K-pop artists by pushing beyond the industry’s norm of presenting women almost exclusively as sexy and submissive. For example, in one round of the TV show broadcast on South Korean music channel Mnet, Jimin of the girl group AOA appeared in a loose-fitting suit and loafers. She stared…
  10. By Dong Sun-hwaK-pop boy band Stray Kids’ management agency has warned it will take legal action against people who violate the privacy of band members.“There have frequently been cases in which people violate Stray Kids’ privacy using the members’ personal information,” JYP Entertainment wrote on the group’s online fan page. “These people have been inflicting psychological damage on the singers by calling them night and day and sending spam texts.“These acts violate the nation’s privacy laws…