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  1. By Kwak Yeon-sooWhen Blackpink released their highly anticipated music video of How You Like That in late June, it was not their music but their fashion that stole the show.Being stylishly reinterpreted with its traditional traits intact, the Korean costume, hanbok, mesmerised global fans and has encouraged them to discover Korea’s traditional beauty that was lesser known than K-pop.Blackpink members are globally recognised fashionistas. They have already proven their impeccable fashion taste…
  2. By Dong Sun-hwaK-pop boy band Monsta X have postponed their comeback online concert until next month to allow band leader Shownu to recover from retinal detachment.“We made an inevitable decision to reschedule the ‘Monsta X Live from Seoul with Luv’ gig, as we regard our artists’ health condition as the highest priority,” said the group’s record label, Starship Entertainment. “Shownu had surgery and is recovering through rest.”The show was initially set to be live-streamed on July 26 on…
  3. The four young girls in Run the World, a new American pop group that launched while its members have been in quarantine, have never met in person. You wouldn’t know that after listening to their catchy debut single, Rainbow, though.They greet one another like old friends in the group’s various interviews and TV appearances, often talking over one another and laughing at their accidental interruptions. Sometimes, they even know what the other is going to say before they say it.“Our bond is…
  4. South Korea holds its Miss Korea beauty pageant every year, and the title arguably could have gone to singer-actress-model Seolhyun for several years running given how much love she receives from her home country.A pageant winner shouldn’t just stand out for her beauty or popularity, but also for how she looks to use her influence to help those less fortunate. Once South Korea’s most searched celebrity on the internet, and sought after for her charity work, learn more about Seolhyun.Seolhyun’s…
  5. Hong Kong’s biggest annual music festival has been cancelled for the second year running, with the coronavirus crisis making it impossible to stage this year’s edition, organisers said.The Clockenflap Festival was to have been held at the Central Harbourfront Event Space over three days in November. Last year’s Clockenflap Festival, at the same venue, was cancelled because of anti-government protests.In a statement posted to social media, the Clockenflap organisers said: “Due to the dynamic…
  6. Rapper and newly minted billionaire Kanye West celebrated the Fourth of July by tweeting out his 2020 bid for US president. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian West each sent support tweets.While the feasibility of this bid is up for debate, West has enjoyed a very public friendship with the current occupant of the White House over the years.But West told Forbes this month that US President Donald Trump was losing his support because “it looks like one big mess”,…
  7. By Lee Gyu-leeMembers of K-pop group BTS have been accused of using a graduate programme to delay their mandatory military duty.Speculation started swirling when their agency, Big Hit Entertainment, announced on Tuesday that BTS members Jinmin and V would start their MBA programme in advertising and media management at Hanyang Cyber University in September.The agency said fellow member Jin had also been taking classes for the same programme since 2017 – and that RM, Suga, and J-Hope joined him…
  8. By Lee Gyu-leeSingers Irene and Seulgi of K-pop outfit Red Velvet are breaking new ground for the girl group with their debut solo project.The new duo Irene & Seulgi – the first subunit of Red Velvet – released their first album, Monster, on Monday. It immediately hit the top of multiple music streaming charts, including the iTunes charts in 45 regions worldwide.The duo say they are “confident of their chemistry”, despite being the first spin-off act from Red Velvet.“We spent the most time…
  9. By Justin ChangIt’s hard for me to recall the most vivid moments in Mission to Mars, Brian De Palma’s outer-space drama from 2000, without hearing the great music of Ennio Morricone.That probably isn’t how you expected this to begin, but then, Morricone had a thing for unusual overtures, so bear with me. At one point in Mission to Mars, the astronaut characters manoeuvre their way through the vast emptiness of space – a moment of visual awe to which Morricone supplies a lyrical counterpoint…
  10. K-pop girl group Blackpink have come under fire for using a statue of a Hindu deity as a prop in a recent record-breaking music video. The group’s highly anticipated comeback single, How You Like That, made YouTube history as the most-viewed music video premiere – taking over from BTS’ Boy With Luv. The Blackpink video, uploaded on June 26, hit 50 million views in just over 11 hours, and has so far received almost 230 million views. However, fans were quick to point out that a scene in the…