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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Tue, January 31, 2023 | 22:59
HYBE's first Japanese boy group &TEAM makes much-awaited debut
A growing number of K-pop powerhouses are launching groups mostly consisting of Japanese members to target Japan, the world's second-biggest recorded music market. HYBE, home to K-pop titan BTS, has also jumped on the bandwagon.
KARA writes new chapter with 'Move Again'
K-pop girl group KARA has returned to the limelight with its new release, “Move Again” - an album celebrating the 15th anniversary of its debut. The music video for “When I Move,” the lead single of the album that dropped on Nov. 29, has garnered more than 3 million views on YouTube as of Monday afternoon.
BTS member Jungkook's World Cup song climbs back up charts
Following Korea's dramatic 2-1 victory over Portugal in the last Group H match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Friday, “Dreamers,” the official World Cup anthem sung by Jungkook of K-pop behemoth BTS, has climbed back to the top spots on multiple music streaming charts.
Musical 'West Side Story' proves to be masterpiece of all time
The musical “West Side Story” caused a stir before it began its fourth run in Korea on Nov. 17, owing to its relatively high ticket prices. The price for a VIP ticket was 160,000 won ($123), which is about 6 percent higher than that of other musicals. Such a price hike raised the eyebrows of some theatergoers, but the show itself demonstrated that it still is a must-see maste...
[INTERVIEW] 34-year-old permaculture farmer runs zero-waste shop in Gangneung
GANGNEUNG, Gangwon Province - “Are you sure you want to buy all that?” This is the first question that the employees at “Tomorrow Market” will ask their customers, once they see them fill their shopping bags with bundles of eye-catching items - such as bamboo toothbrushes and silicone straws - uniquely found in this tiny yet refined shop. It sounds like the most unlikely ques...
Auteur Park Chan-wook, late actress Kang Soo-youn win 2nd-highest order of cultural merit
Cannes-winning filmmaker Park Chan-wook and late actress Kang Soo-youn won the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit - the second-highest national order of cultural merit - at the 2022 Korea Popular Culture and Arts Awards, Thursday. Nobody received the highest order of cultural merit this year.
'Kimchi ambassadors' recognize Korean staple food's global ascent
Kimchi, a traditional Korean food of salted and fermented vegetables, is a staple in Korea, eaten at almost every meal. For Koreans, it is more than just a side dish loaded with diverse nutrients; it is also an emblem of the country's unique culture and identity. In 2013, kimchi-making, or “kimjang,” was inscribed in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Her...
Koreans' creative desire is one big factor behind hallyu's success: Sejong Center CEO
People around the world are eager to uncover the secrets behind the global success of hallyu, or the Korean wave. Multiple factors have contributed to its rise, but Ahn Ho-sang, CEO of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul, picks the creative desire of Koreans as one of its biggest driving forces.
Singer, actor Lee Seung-gi embroiled in payment dispute with his agency
Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi has been mired in a payment dispute with his management agency, Hook Entertainment, which has been representing him since his debut in 2004. The 35-year-old claims he has not received any payment for the digital streams of his songs over the past 18 years.
[INTERVIEW] Music producer explains why he dove into K-pop world
When American music producer/songwriter Justin Reinstein first stumbled upon K-pop, he felt like he'd discovered the best home for his music. “My foray into K-pop followed soon after I signed a songwriting deal with a Japanese management company (a few years ago), and my transition was relatively seamless,” Reinstein, who has since produced music for a plethora of top-tier K-...
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