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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Tue, May 30, 2023 | 13:58
Is K-pop's popularity waning after reaching its peak?
“I am afraid that one day, people will not listen to K-pop anymore.” Park Ji-won, CEO of K-pop powerhouse HYBE, said during an interview with Bloomberg News last week. He added that some people are already concerned about the possible downfall of K-pop, which achieved exponential growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASTRO member Rocky leaves K-pop group
Rocky has left K-pop boy group ASTRO and terminated his contract with the group's agency, Fantagio. On Tuesday, Fantagio announced Rocky's departure from the group and company without citing specific reasons.
US journalist spotlighted for promoting March 1 Independence Movement
Albert Taylor (1875-1948), a U.S. journalist who played an important role in promoting Korea's March 1 Independence Movement against Japan's forced occupation, is being spotlighted again.
[REVIEW] 'Metaverse group' aespa takes stage with digital avatars, electrifies 5,000 fans
Reputed as the first metaverse group in the K-pop universe, aespa consists of four human members - Karina, Winter, Giselle and Ningning - and four digital avatars representing each one of them. To make use of this unique characteristic, its management company SM Entertainment pulled out a trump card for its first-ever solo concert last weekend: bringing virtual avatars to the...
K-pop releases for March include BTS' Jimin, SHINee's Onew, EXO's Kai
March is going to be a big month for K-pop lovers around the world, with a host of A-list stars releasing new albums. Included in the star-studded lineup are Onew of K-pop boy band SHINee, girl group TWICE, Kai of boy group EXO and Jimin of BTS.
'Hanji is durable, permeable and preservable,' says Hanji artist
Hanji is a traditional Korean paper-making craft that has been used for centuries. The paper is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree and is known for its strength and flexibility. It is also highly permeable and preservable, making it an ideal material for a variety of uses, from paper lanterns to wall hangings.
[INTERVIEW] 'Yeongyeongdang': a hidden gem to savor traditional Korean desserts
Tucked inside a low-rise building in Samcheong-dong in central Seoul, “Yeongyeongdang” is a tiny yet cozy dessert house that serves traditional Korean desserts and confections of all kinds. It only has eight seats, so those itching to get a taste of traditional desserts with a modern twist will need to reserve online ahead of time.
[INTERVIEW] Would you learn K-pop dance at university if there was a course on it?
K-pop dance will reach new heights in 2023. It will be the first time in the history of K-pop dance that a renowned university outside Korea will offer a general education course on the subject.
'Jinny's Kitchen' sets sights on global audiences via Prime Video
Cable channel tvN's upcoming variety show, “Jinny's Kitchen,” will be released on the global over-the-top (OTT) service, Prime Video. The Korean channel announced Friday that the first episode of “Jinny's Kitchen,” starring Korean celebrities as they run a restaurant in Bacalar, Mexico, will hit Prime Video and its own streaming platform Tving on Feb. 24.
7-year curse: Brave Girls, Momoland members go their separate ways
Brave Girls and Momoland have become the latest victims of the K-pop industry's “seven-year curse.”According to the Fair Trade Commission, seven years is the longest single contract period between a singer and a K-pop management company.
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