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  1. K-pop giants BTS lifted the spirits of their fans worldwide when they appeared on a prime-time special episode of The Late Late Show Starring James Corden via video link from South Korea and performed their 2019 single, Boy With Luv.Other artists appearing on Monday’s special episode, titled “Homefest”, included Billie Eilish and John Legend performing from Los Angeles, Dua Lipa performing from London and Andrea Bocelli performing from Italy.Hosting the show from his garage, Corden encouraged…
  2. K-pop stars and other South Korean celebrities have taken to social media to voice their anger and urge the public to sign petitions aimed at revealing and punishing those involved in the “Nth Room” sex crimes scandal that has shaken the country.Nth Room refers to a group on encrypted messaging application Telegram where graphic videos of violent sex acts – many involving underage girls – were shared to more than 260,000 members, who had paid in cryptocurrency to join the group and access…
  3. A cornerstone of the K-pop industry is its training, a process that can be tough and lengthy for many young hopefuls. And for Seulgi – who would eventually become a superstar as a member of girl group Red Velvet – her seven years of training were often filled with moments of self-doubt. However, those tough times taught her valuable lessons which have inspired her musical career. Get to know Seulgi’s inspiring story so far. Her early life Kang Seul-gi was born in Ansan, in South Korea’s…
  4. Think K-pop has always been about dewy boy bands and syrupy lyrics? You might be surprised to learn that the sound had a very different face back in the 1990s. The genre has evolved so much and in so many ways over the years that it’s impossible to lump all K-pop boy bands together in the same category. We go back through the years to look at the evolution of one of the world’s most popular genres to see what each generation’s biggest boy bands looked and sounded like. 1990-1995: Hip-hop? No…
  5. From delayed comebacks to cancelled shows and postponed productions, the coronavirus pandemic is taking a serious toll on the Korean entertainment industry.New cases may have dropped significantly in South Korea since infection rates peaked four weeks ago, but fears of the virus have sent much of the showbiz industry into shutdown mode – forcing K-pop artists to free up their tightly packed schedules and stay at home in the interests of social isolation.Although this gives them a well-deserved…
  6. By Dong Sun-hwaK-pop giant BTS’ label Big Hit Entertainment has unveiled an online/mobile Korean learning programme using BTS content to help international followers study and learn the language. The first three episodes of “Learn Korean with BTS” were uploaded this week on the band’s Weverse fan community. Each episode lasts three minutes.Big Hit has reconstructed existing BTS content – including videos from its ongoing variety show Run BTS! – to make it suitable for Korean education. The 30…
  7. In the K-pop industry, very few artists can say they became an instant star. But for Yeonjun from new boy band Tomorrow X Together, it’s true. When K-pop Big Hit Entertainment last year announced TXT as its first new boy band since introducing superstars BTS several years before, all eyes were on Yeonjun as the first member of the group to be revealed. The video that introduced him scored one million views in less than 24 hours on YouTube, while his name became the top trending topic on…
  8. In a remix of British pop star Dua Lipa’s latest track, Physical, released earlier this week, K-pop artist Hwasa opens up the sensual synth-pop number with her signature raspy Korean vocals.The remix featuring Hwasa adds increased colour to the original version, which peaked at No 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last month.The collaboration between Dua Lipa and Hwasa, a member of K-pop girl band Mamamoo, is the latest in a recent string of collaborations between international pop artists and…
  9. “Spread the love” is perhaps the most tone-deaf promotional slogan the human Petri dish of Hong Kong nightlife district Lan Kwai Fong could adopt during a pandemic, but it highlights the alternate reality the city’s dedicated night owls have been living in during the current coronavirus outbreak.While bars and restaurants have been ordered to shut throughout Europe and parts of the United States in the interests of social distancing to minimise the risk of infected people transmitting the…
  10. Lucas is one of the very few K-pop idols to have been born and bred in Hong Kong, and he’s made a name for himself as a member of boy bands NCT, WayV and now SuperM – a “super group” formed by K-pop giant SM Entertainment as the “avengers of K-pop”. With his good looks and outgoing personality, Lucas has managed to stand out from the crowd. Here’s a look at the life so far of the star some fans call the “six-foot-tall baby”. His early life Born Wong Yat-hei in 1999 to a Thai mother and a…