BTS Set To Ignite World With New Single “Dynamite”

BTS is going to blow up the industry in a big way later this month with the release of their new single, “Dynamite.” After being previously announced, the upcoming song’s title was revealed on August 2 (August 3 in South Korea at midnight) via the official Twitter account of South Korean company Big Hit Entertainment, under which BTS is managed. Along with the announcement, BTS’s logos across social media platforms have been updated to feature the bright logo of “Dynamite” and a pink version of

South Korea’s Song Of Summer Features A Dash Of Nostalgia & Some Of Its Biggest Stars

While there are many high-profile releases planned to arrive in August from some of K-pop’s biggest acts who may be able to come out on top with the crowning 2020 Song of Summer, as of the end of July it’s not the expected boy band girl group or boy band dominating its music charts, or even a heartfelt ballad as is typical in the country: the undeniably summertime hit taking Korea by storm is SSAK3’s “Beach Again” with its infectious, brassy euphoria. SSAK3, a trio formed by prominent entertain

Amid Corona, Global K-Pop Fans Benefit From Digital Events

If you’re one of the millions of K-pop fans from across the span of the globe, the likelihood of you living in a city where your favorite artists tour maybe once a year is low. But amid the global covid-19 pandemic, the geographic barriers, hierarchy even, of K-pop fandom have been leveled thanks to digitally savvy ways of bringing together fans and stars. In the past, to attend a K-pop concert in person or to attend a fan engagement event where fans can interact with their favorite stars in a

K-Pop Album Sales Grow In 2020 Despite Corona Pandemic

South Korea is looking to have its best-ever year when it comes to physical album sales, with the global covid-19 pandemic doing little to stop K-pop lovers from buying millions of albums. According to South Korea's Gaon Chart, the top 400 South Korean albums sold in the first half of 2020 sold over 18.08 million copies, surpassing last year’s mid year sales of 12.33 by 40%. With the first half of the year already seeing a major boost in album sales, 2020 is expected to be the biggest year ever

EXO’s Baekhyun’s ‘Delight’ Makes South Korean History With Over 1 Million Copies Sold

In South Korea, it’s not uncommon for K-pop acts to sell over a million albums throughout their career. But Baekhyun, a member of boy band EXO, is a rarity: on July 1, EXO’s company SM Entertainment shared over social media that his May EP Delight is the first Korean album by a soloist to sell over 1 million copies since Kim Gun-mo’s 2001 album, Another Days. Since its release on May 25, Baekhyun’s second solo EP Delight reportedly sold a total of 1,018,746 as of June 30, surpassing his first E

Boy Band SB19 Draws Inspiration From K-Pop To Bring Filipino Music To The World

For years, South Korea’s pop music scene has been the buzziest in Asia, with K-pop acts regularly charting internationally and touring worldwide. Now, Filipino boy band SB19 is hoping to bring P-pop to the rest of the world, and taking some pages out of K-pop’s book to do so. The company behind SB19, ShowBT Philippines Corp., is the local arm of South Korean company ShowBT, founded by Seong Han Geong (also known as Robin Geong). Formerly a comedian, Geong shifted his career from being an entert

WJSN on Spreading Their Wings With 'Neverland' Mini Album

In the story of Peter Pan, fairy companion Tinker Bell offers a mature conscience to the boy who will never grow old. But in WJSN’s latest release Neverland, the members of the girl group reimagine Tinker Bell's story, exploring through their single how one can thrive as a fey-like “Butterfly” and follow their dreams as they get older. Exemplifying WJSN’s distinct brand of whimsical, atmospheric dance-pop, Neverland features six songs that showcase the act’s growth since their early days.

Kiswe Discusses Partnership With Big Hit Entertainment Ahead of BTS' 'Bang Bang Con: The Live'

Fans will be able to self-produce their own BTS concert in the comfort of their own homes this weekend thanks to a new partnership between Big Hit Entertainment and Kiswe Mobile. Big Hit, the South Korean company behind BTS and TXT, and live streaming solution company Kiswe Mobile have and signed a memorandum of understanding [MOU] that will see the two media entities teaming up to bring dynamic live music events directly to audiences during the era of social distancing. Announced today (June

Blackpink's Playlist With Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan & More Will Brighten Up Your Quarantine: Exclusive

It’s been a while since the world has heard new music from BLACKPINK, but even amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the K-pop quartet are keeping busy. Not only are they going to be in Lady Gaga’s area later this month with a feature on her Chromatica album, but the members have also been seen back in the studio working on their own new music. The group also released the live album from the Tokyo Dome performance of their 2019-2020 In Your Area world tour on Thursday (May 14), for those looki

NCT Dream Set New Album 'Reload,' Scrap Age-Based System With Return of Mark

Yo, Dream! Fans of NCT Dream, the youth-oriented K-pop act can look forward to a new album, Reload, from the act on April 29, as well as some exciting changes to their lineup following its release. On Monday night (April 13, April 14 in South Korea), the team’s company SM Entertainment announced that NCT Dream’s new album will be the last with the current lineup as Dream will shift away from its current, age-based rotational system. Reload will feature the current lineup of members Jeno, Jaemin

Former Monsta X Member Wonho Launches Solo Career Following Outpouring of Fan Support

Last year, Wonho parted ways with Monsta X amid a tumultuous state of affairs and accusations against him. But this week fans of the K-pop star can rest assured as the artist has announced he will continue his career. Cleared of all charges last month, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter signed with Highline Entertainment on April 10. Wonho signed with Highline both as a solo artist and a producer. “I am deeply reflecting on my foolish and thoughtless behavior from my past,” Wonho said in a stat

(G)I-dle Believe in Themselves -- and Each Other -- on New EP 'I Trust'

In 2018, girl group (G)I-dle arrived on the K-pop scene. They made a lot of noise with their debut single, “Latata” and its follow-up, “Hann,” rapidly gaining a following and diehard fanbase (known as Neverland) with their addicting, dramatic music blended with strong yet elegant performances from the six members. Since then, they’ve released numerous singles and put out their third EP, I Trust, earlier this week.

Introductory A-Z Crash Course for New K-Pop Fans

With numerous K-pop acts making waves on charts, and artists coming out of the South Korean music world signing with major labels in the U.S., there has never been a better time to get into the genre. But as important as the music is, the fandom element of the K-pop-loving lifestyle is just as important for many fans. Though it’s impossible to learn everything overnight that you'll need to know as a diehard K-pop fan, take this quick A-Z crash course in K-pop verbiage to prepare yourself before
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