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6 07, 2020

The elephant in the room: Blackpink use Ganesha statue in hit music video, and are accused of exploiting Indian religion and culture

By | 2020-07-06T06:09:48+00:00 July 6th, 2020|Music|Comments Off on The elephant in the room: Blackpink use Ganesha statue in hit music video, and are accused of exploiting Indian religion and culture

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...

5 07, 2020

Indonesian music long forgotten, from pop and rock to traditional sounds, digitised for younger generations to appreciate their past

By | 2020-07-05T09:45:06+00:00 July 5th, 2020|Music|Comments Off on Indonesian music long forgotten, from pop and rock to traditional sounds, digitised for younger generations to appreciate their past

Seven passionate record collectors are helping to preserve long-forgotten Indonesian music of the 20th century with their archival project Irama Nusantara, Indonesian for “rhythm of the archipelago”.So far they have digitised more than 4,000 recordings...

4 07, 2020

Suho from Exo, K-pop’s handsome ‘guardian’ who keeps the band together

By | 2020-07-04T14:00:16+00:00 July 4th, 2020|Music|Comments Off on Suho from Exo, K-pop’s handsome ‘guardian’ who keeps the band together

His birth name is Kim Jun-myeon, but the world knows him by his stage name, Suho, which has a special meaning in Korean. Taken from the Korean verb “to protect like a guardian”, Suho’s stage name as a member of Exo has come to mean more than he probab...

3 07, 2020

How online BTS and Super M shows earned millions of dollars, pointing to a future revenue stream for K-pop

By | 2020-07-03T14:00:14+00:00 July 3rd, 2020|Music|Comments Off on How online BTS and Super M shows earned millions of dollars, pointing to a future revenue stream for K-pop

By Kim Jae-heunThe coronavirus pandemic could have been a disaster for South Korean entertainment companies, but instead, they used it as an opportunity to go online and stage concerts on virtual platforms.Revenue from concerts is a big deal for talent...

2 07, 2020

Hollywood talent agencies race to sign up TikTok stars, as a new generation of management agents emerges

By | 2020-07-02T20:30:08+00:00 July 2nd, 2020|Music|Comments Off on Hollywood talent agencies race to sign up TikTok stars, as a new generation of management agents emerges

As TikTok stars build large and loyal followings on the short-form video app, talent managers and agents from both upstart companies and traditional Hollywood talent firms are racing to sign them as clients. The opportunity is clear for industry inside...

2 07, 2020

Goo Hara: late K-pop star’s ex-boyfriend jailed for sex video blackmail

By | 2020-07-02T11:45:29+00:00 July 2nd, 2020|Music|Comments Off on Goo Hara: late K-pop star’s ex-boyfriend jailed for sex video blackmail

The ex-boyfriend of late K-pop star Goo Hara was jailed by an appeal court on Thursday for blackmailing her over sex videos that played a part in her apparent suicide.In 2018, Goo – a member of former girl group Kara – told local media that her ex had ...

1 07, 2020

Song of the summer contenders: Drake, Beyonce and The Weeknd vie for the anthem in this season of discontent, disease and unease

By | 2020-07-01T14:15:08+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Music|Comments Off on Song of the summer contenders: Drake, Beyonce and The Weeknd vie for the anthem in this season of discontent, disease and unease

Anointing the song of the summer was going to be a challenge even before protests roared to life in the United States in response to George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police.By shutting down so many of the activities that make a song of the summer ...

30 06, 2020

K-pop’s G-Dragon accused of animal cruelty over pet dogs apparently neglected at hotel run by parents of boy band BigBang’s leader

By | 2020-06-30T03:18:59+00:00 June 30th, 2020|Music|Comments Off on K-pop’s G-Dragon accused of animal cruelty over pet dogs apparently neglected at hotel run by parents of boy band BigBang’s leader

By Lee Gyu-leeG-Dragon, the leader of K-pop boy band BigBang, is facing accusations of animal cruelty after allegedly neglecting his pet dogs at a hotel operated by his parents.The accusations came after pictures of the artist’s two Shar-Peis – Gaho an...

29 06, 2020

‘God blesses stupid children too’: Chinese reality-show star Yang Chaoyue has final message for her many critics and fans

By | 2020-06-29T23:15:16+00:00 June 29th, 2020|Music|Comments Off on ‘God blesses stupid children too’: Chinese reality-show star Yang Chaoyue has final message for her many critics and fans

At the recent swansong performance of Chinese pop group Rocket Girls 101, all eyes were on Yang Chaoyue.Ever since the 11-member group was formed in 2018 from finalists in the Chinese edition of the talent show Produce 101 , the singer has been the one...

29 06, 2020

‘It’s more than just a black, Asian thing. This is a human rights problem’: K-pop’s Jay Park on his Black Lives Matter advocacy

By | 2020-06-29T18:30:09+00:00 June 29th, 2020|Music|Comments Off on ‘It’s more than just a black, Asian thing. This is a human rights problem’: K-pop’s Jay Park on his Black Lives Matter advocacy

Over the past two decades, American-born, Seoul-based musician Jay Park has amassed an international fan base.From his days dancing while a student at high school in Washington state to his breakthrough in the South Korean music scene as a member of bo...