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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Tue, January 31, 2023 | 22:59
How 4th-generation girl groups are reshaping K-pop universe
The new golden age of K-pop girl groups seems to have arrived, following the first renaissance in the late 2000s and early 2010s spearheaded by acts like Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls and KARA. Newcomers that debuted in 2021-22, are currently ruling the major music streaming charts and selling a massive number of albums worldwide. Their striking performances are something b...
BLACKPINK, BTS, SEVENTEEN sweep prizes at 2022 MTV Video Music Awards
K-pop bigwigs BLACKPINK, BTS and SEVENTEEN took home multiple prizes at this year's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), one of the most prestigious music awards in the U.S., Sunday (local time). BLACKPINK, which was the first K-pop girl group to bag a trophy at the VMAs in 2020, took two awards this time. The quartet received the Best Metaverse Performance award for its in-game co...
New Jeans' agency refutes claims that lyrics of 'Cookie' have sexual connotations
K-pop girl group New Jeans' management agency Ador refuted claims that the lyrics of the quintet's song, “Cookie,” have sexual connotations. The company released a statement on Saturday, just a few days after some online users claimed the word “cookie” in the lyrics refers to female genitalia, slamming the agency for having underage girls sing an inappropriate song.
Guy Sorman supports Korea's decision to relocate presidential office to Yongsan
Guy Sorman, a world-renowned scholar and intellectual in economics and philosophy, said it was a positive decision for Korea to relocate the presidential office from Cheong Wa Dae in central Seoul to the defense ministry compound in Seoul's Yongsan District. The French-American columnist, who was an adviser to then-President Lee Myung-bak in 2010, made the remark during the 2...
[INTERVIEW] How Kang Tae-oh brought life to his character in 'Extraordinary Attorney Woo'
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” a Korean legal drama series about an autistic genius lawyer named Woo Young-woo, wrapped up on Aug. 18 with its highest viewership rating, 17.5 percent, according to Nielsen Korea. The 16-episode drama has propelled actress Park Eun-bin, who played Woo, and many other actors, including Kang Tae-oh, to massive stardom. In the series, Kang took the...
BLACKPINK returns as lovely yet fatal 'Pink Venom'
After taking a break for nearly two years, K-pop bigwig BLACKPINK has returned with a new song, “Pink Venom,” which plays up the group's two contrasting images: loveliness and fatality. During an online press conference held Friday, member Jennie revealed that “Pink Venom” encapsulates BLACKPINK's identity as a multifaceted group. The tune - which is part of the quartet's sec...
[INTERVIEW] Restoring bilateral ties will boost Korean studies in Japan: professor
Relations between Korea and Japan have deteriorated to their worst level in years due to Tokyo's imposition of export controls on three key materials critical for the semiconductor and display industries here, in apparent retaliation against a 2018 ruling by the Supreme Court of Korea ordering Japanese companies to compensate surviving Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced...
'Extraordinary Attorney Woo' to be made into musicals in 2024
Korean legal drama series, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” will be made into musicals in 2024, according to production company EMK Musical, Wednesday. EMK said it recently signed an agreement with AIMC ― a subsidiary of the drama's production company, AStory ― to create new musical theater works based on the series.
2PM's Lee Jun-ho proves versatility at 'Before Midnight' concert
Lee Jun-ho had a brilliant time in 2021 as an actor, thanks to the stellar success of his drama, “The Red Sleeve.” The 32-year-old assumed the role of King Jeongjo of the 1392-1910 Joseon Dynasty in the 17-episode historical romance series, which depicted a love story of the king and court lady Sung Deok-im - played by actress Lee Se-young.
[INTERVIEW] Korean is one of the 'most popular foreign languages in Kazakhstan': professor
Many Korean nationals feel emotionally distant from Central Asian countries. Kazakhstan, for instance, is about 5,000 kilometers away from Korea, but most Korean nationals are unfamiliar with the culture of the country, whereas they know more about the U.S. and France, which are almost twice as far away.