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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Sun, November 27, 2022 | 00:31
BTS announces hiatus to let members pursue personal growth
For nearly a decade, the seven members of BTS had dedicated themselves to their group, which became the first K-pop act to top the Billboard main singles chart and receive two Grammy nominations. The septet seemed unstoppable when it sold more than 2 million copies of its latest anthology album, “Proof,” in just one day, shortly after meeting U.S. President Joe Biden to discu...
Festivals stir debate over wasting water amid drought
With Korea experiencing a severe drought, a growing number of people are questioning whether it is appropriate to organize summer festivals that use a massive amount of water for entertainment purposes. Singer PSY, who was catapulted to global fame with his 2012 hit “Gangnam Style,” is scheduled to hold a series of water-drenched concerts beginning from July 9. His signature ...
Musical 'MJ' bags 4 trophies at Tony Awards
The musical “MJ,” which follows the life and music of legendary pop singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009) and was co-produced by CJ ENM, won four trophies at the 75th Tony Awards. During the awards ceremony held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Sunday (local time,) actor Myles Frost, who played Jackson, won the Best Actor award. Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon cl...
Nearly 10 million K-pop albums sold in May
It's hard to spot anyone listening to CDs these days when streaming platforms have become the main medium for listening to music, but sales of K-pop albums keep growing thanks to the global expansion of K-pop fandom fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest data released by Hyundai Motor Securities, Sunday, some 9.96 million K-pop albums were sold in May alone,...
'Proof' is album of BTS' history
The seven-piece act dropped its new anthology album, “Proof,” Friday, in celebration of the ninth anniversary of its debut. The music video of its lead track, “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment),” has already exceeded 10 million views on YouTube as of 3 p.m. (KST) - only two hours after its release. “'Proof' is an album of our history,” member Jin said through his manage...
Korean classical musicians make international splash
A growing number of Korean classical musicians are stepping into the global spotlight after taking top honors at the most coveted music contests around the world. Cellist Choi Ha-young, 24, made headlines recently for winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition for cello, which is considered one of the three most prestigious contests for classical musicians along with the Tchaiko...
[INTERVIEW] K-magazine founder seeks to connect Latin America and Korea
Lucero Santiago from Mexico was dubbed a “crazy girl” when she was young, just because she loved Korean music and drama. People around her did not understand why she was fond of the seemingly odd content from the opposite side of the planet. But much has changed over time. These days, a lot of her friends get hold of her to ask about K-pop juggernaut BTS and Netflix's origina...
'The Roundup' expected to become 1st movie since pandemic to hit 10-million mark
The crime action movie, “The Roundup,” has attracted 9 million theatergoers as of Monday, showing a sign of revival for the pandemic-hit film industry. According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the 106-minute flick accumulated an audience of 9.03 million on Monday morning, 20 days after its premiere.
[REVIEW] Musical 'Mata Hari' offers different perspective on iconic femme fatale
Dancer Mata Hari (1876-1917) is portrayed as a seductive double agent and an archetype of femme fatale in many movies and series. Although the true story behind this Netherlands-born dancer - who was executed for espionage by a French firing squad - remains largely unknown, Mata Hari has been mostly noted for her lethality and boldness, just like other well-known female spies...
WSG Wannabe makes waves with 'Wonderful Love' cover
WSG Wannabe, an all-female project group created on MBC's reality show, “Hangout with Yoo,” is making waves with its performance of “Wonderful Love” - the 2017 release by K-pop act Momoland. After the white-clad members performed the bubbly song for the first time in the latest episode of the reality show on Saturday, “Wonderful Love” ranked first on the music streaming platf...
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