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NewJeans' 'Attention' hits 100 million streams on Spotify
“Attention,” one of the three lead singles off of K-pop girl group NewJeans' self-titled debut album, has reached 100 million streams on Spotify, the world's largest music streaming platform.
Veteran singers return to stage amid high expectations
The Korean music scene is going to be more diverse than ever this year. After a crop of budding stars like New Jeans and IVE mesmerized people with their music offerings earlier this year, veteran singers with more than decades of singing experience are putting out new releases in November and December.
[SPECIAL REPORT] 'I was falsely accused of theft': foreign entertainer recalls painful memories of bullying by Korean agency
Seoul-based model/actress Renee Simone was spending time with her family at her home in New Jersey when she received a shocking message from her friend in Korea. According to the message, she had been accused of theft by her Korean management company. “Unbeknownst to me, the agency reported me to the police and requested damages and fees, claiming I had stolen money from them...
K-pop meets K-literature
The experimental spirit of the K-pop industry is already well-known, and industry insiders are always enthusiastic about finding innovative new ways to add new value to their music offerings. Most recently, the eyes of some of the biggest players have been focused on Korean literature, with many of them seeking collaborations with high-profile novelists.
[INTERVIEW] Why Singaporean CEO chose to debut as K-pop star
On July 5, David Yong from Singapore burst onto the K-pop scene with his hip-hop-flavored debut track, “In My Pocket,” which features high-profile Korean rapper Kid Milli. Although there are plenty of non-Korean singers in the K-pop universe, Yong is unlike any other in terms of background. The 34-year-old is the CEO of Singapore-based Evergreen Group Holdings and runs more t...
ATEEZ donates $71,000 to help victims of Itaewon tragedy
K-pop boy band ATEEZ has donated 100 million won ($71,000) to support the victims of the deadly crowd crush in Itaewon on Oct. 29, which claimed the lives of 156 people and injured 197 others.
Musical fans disappointed at ticket price hikes
The news that the jukebox musical, “Moulin Rouge!” will make its Asian premiere at the Blue Square Hall in central Seoul next month thrilled a myriad of fans here. But many of them were at a loss for words when they heard about the ticket price. The price for a VIP ticket was 180,000 won ($127.6), which is nearly 20 percent higher than that of most other musicals.
[INTERVIEW] Oxford professor stresses significance of digital literacy
Are Korean students becoming less smart because they do not read enough books? This question arose in Korea after the Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) aired a six-episode documentary titled, “Your Literacy,” last March. The documentary featured scenes in which numerous students had trouble understanding their textbooks due to their unfamiliarity with some basic Kor...
Traditional mask dance likely to be added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list
“Talchum,” a traditional Korean mask dance, is highly likely to be included on the list of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage. The United Nations' culture agency announced on its official website Tuesday that “Talchum, Mask Dance Drama in the Republic of Korea” was recommended to be inscribed on the list during a subpanel meeting of its Intergovernmental Committee for the ...
ONEUS member Ravn leaves group following sexual misconduct accusations
Ravn of K-pop boy group ONEUS has left his group after an online user - who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend - accused him of sexual misconduct. ONEUS' management company RBW announced his departure on Thursday, about two weeks after the allegations were first raised. “Ravn decided to quit the group as he did not want to cause more trouble for his bandmates and fans,” the comp...