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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Sun, November 27, 2022 | 01:22
From Seulgi to (G)I-DLE, K-pop acts prepare for October releases
October is set to be a thrilling month for K-pop lovers worldwide, with a crop of singers gearing up for their fresh releases. Seulgi of K-pop girl group Red Velvet will make her solo debut on Oct. 4, nearly eight years after debuting as part of her group in 2014. She is the third Red Velvet member to go solo, following Wendy and Joy.
NMIXX plays dice game in new release 'ENTWURF'
NMIXX became a talk of the town immediately after making its debut in February, not only because it was a new group launched by K-pop powerhouse JYP Entertainment, but also because its debut track, “O.O,” was unlike most other K-pop songs. “O.O” blended music genres like trap and Baile funk, sounding like a combination of two or three different songs. According to JYP, such a...
K-pop in Middle East: formerly uncharted territory turns into new realm for artists
The Middle East was uncharted territory for K-pop until recently. K-pop stars frequently performed in Asia, America and Europe, but rarely visited the Islamic world mainly because of its conservative culture that did not welcome undue foreign influence. But this is a story of the past. A series of K-pop concerts and festivals have taken place in the Middle East over the last ...
'NCT 127 is like malatang,' says member Doyoung
Malatang, a spicy soup originated in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan, is one of the most-sought-after dishes among young Koreans. Although it seems irrelevant to popular K-pop boy group NCT 127, member Doyoung believes malatang shares something in common with his group, which is reputed for its unique music and performances. “I think NCT 127 is like malatang,” the 2...
BTS leader RM makes donation for preservation of overseas Korean cultural assets
RM, the leader of K-pop phenomenon BTS, has recently donated 100 million won ($72,000) to preserve overseas Korean cultural assets, making his second donation to the state-run Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation. He made his first donation of 100 million won last year. The money will be used to make an art brochure introducing Korean paintings that are kept at art mu...
China's state museum accused of distorting Korean history
China's state-run museum has been accused of distorting Korean history by excluding information about two ancient kingdoms - Goguryeo (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) and Balhae (A.D. 698-926) - from its chronology of ancient Korean history. The controversial chronology at the National Museum of China was showcased at the “Auspicious Metals from the Orient: Ancient Bronzes of China, Korea ...
From 'Oceans' to 'Alone,' Korean musicals become more diverse
In the past, most musicals in Korea were adaptations of European or North American theatrical shows or “original productions” highlighting well-known historical figures from the West. However, a growing number of musicals these days are attempting to deviate from these norms by centering on more diverse characters and topics.
CJ ENM to hold KCON in Saudi Arabia for first time
CJ ENM, a leading entertainment and media company, will hold its “KCON” Korean culture festival in Saudi Arabia for the first time this month, the company said Sunday. The “KCON 2022 SAUDI ARABIA” will take place at Boulevard Riyadh City, which is known as the largest entertainment complex in the capital of Saudi Arabia, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 (local time).
NCT DREAM electrifies 30,000 concertgoers
Although the path was quite rocky, K-pop boy group NCT DREAM at last arrived at the Jamsil Sports Complex's Main Stadium in southern Seoul - the largest concert venue in Korea that can accommodate more than 60,000 spectators. The SM Entertainment act played the first leg of its second solo concert, “THE DREAM SHOW2 - In A DREAM,” Thursday, nearly three years after holding its...
[INTERVIEW] How 'Senior Market' turns waste pickers into elderly artists
Shim Hyun-bo, 31, grew up watching his grandmother collecting waste paper and cardboard. As both of his parents had full-time jobs, the young Shim spent most of his time at his grandmother's house, which was located nearby his home in Gangdong District in southeastern Seoul. One day, he saw a waste paper pile in the corner of her house and asked her why she was collecting it....
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