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  1. As a teenager in 2009, South Korean singer Minzy debuted as one-quarter of what would become the hugely influential K-pop girl group 2NE1. Five years after parting ways with the act due to mental health struggles, she is focused on loving herself and spreading that love to the people around her while releasing music on her own terms.“I think being a solo artist is a new experience for me, a new chapter of Minzy,” she says, later joking that the book of her life could maybe be named “Minzy’s…
  2. First steps I was born in 1973 in Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, the middle child of six kids. My dad was a monumental sculptor and mum worked with him – she’s a published poet. I started dancing when I was two and a half. I went with my sisters and was always the little one at the front, watching everything.“When I was nine, I entered the Ballyclare Folk Dancing Festival. I had worked so hard, I think I was in my prime. It was my first major championship, it was amazing. I knew everyone at…
  3. Strange warnings emerged on social media last month that a shopping centre in Tuen Mun, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, would be submerged, but instead of spreading fear the rumours brought only joy.The messages were a joke by local residents after they learned that popular Canto-pop boy bands Mirror and Error would attend an event at Tmtplaza on July 23. That day, more than 1,000 people poured into the mall to show their support, screaming and holding banners. Crowds of fans even queued up…
  4. Hardly a day goes by without BTS making history, and the K-pop superstars have done it yet again.A few weeks ago, the seven-member Korean boy band hit No 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with Butter. It was knocked off top spot by another of their songs, Permission to Dance, before Butter bounced back to replace it at No 1 again this week.It was another landmark for BTS: Billboard reported that the return of Butter to the top of the charts made the K-pop group the first act to…
  5. In the dark corners of the internet hides a playlist of some of the most torturous, addictive music known to man. That’s right, Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music all have playlists of Baby Shark remixes. Do do, do do, do do, do.Would you walk 500 miles to get away from that tune? Will your poker face crack the 1,000th time it plays in your head? Does it remind you of somebody that you used to know? Do you value the sound of silence?You aren’t alone. These so-called earworms – gross – are…
  6. On Monday, K-pop singer D.O. released his debut solo EP, Empathy.Known as one of K-pop group Exo’s primary vocalists and as a popular actor, D.O.’s eight-track Empathy is an easy-listening album, based firmly in acoustic pop and R&B.Fronted by the ukulele-infused single Rose, the album features songs not only in Korean but also English and Spanish. They create a musical environment that is both romantic and poignant.Along with an English version of Rose and Si Fueras Mia, a Spanish version of…
  7. “Very, very worried. Nervous.” That’s how NIve feels about Broken Kaleidoscope, his new solo album, which was released this week.“I’m very excited, because I don’t know what’s going to happen. But very worried, because it’s my first album, and because I’m writing my full thoughts.”The Seoul-based singer-songwriter’s first solo album comes after several years ofhim releasing not only his own songs but writing hits for many of South Korea’s most popular artists, including K-pop bands BTS, Exo,…
  8. Eunice Yeung places her hands on her belly – she is seven months pregnant with her first child. “I’m having a boy and all I want is for him to grow up respecting women.”She’s heard many stories where that has not been the case.Yeung is a Hong Kong-based therapist specialising in support for trauma survivors. As well as running her own private practice she works as a part-time counsellor at RainLily, the city’s first sexual violence crisis centre for women.“The girls that come to RainLily for…
  9. “We said, ‘if we are allowed to sing in English, we must’.”So says Benny Andersson of Swedish pop group Abba in This Is Pop, a new Netflix documentary that dropped in June – but these words could just have easily been uttered by a member of BTS.The K-pop group’s Permission to Dance, which topped the US Billboard’s Hot 100 in the week beginning July 18, is their fifth No 1 on the prestigious music chart. Of those five, only one – last year’s Life Goes On – was in Korean; the rest have been in…
  10. “Out of my mind.” That’s how South Korean singer-songwriter Suran describes her experience ahead of every new release, just hours before Blanket arrived on Wednesday.“I’m always out of my mind, but we shot the video really late so... still figuring it out.”Her second song to be released since she launched her indie label S-Tasy earlier this year, Blanket follows February’s Sunny. The new song is a summery take with a rhythmic, island beat driving Suran’s and melodic rapper Wonstein’s lyrics…