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South Korea celebrities open YouTube channels to ride new media trend

South Korea celebrities open YouTube channels to ride new media trend

Seoul: Lee Eun-hee, an office worker living in Seoul, subscribes to the YouTube channel of South Korean golfer Ko Jin-young, the 2018 Rookie of the Year and the current World No. 1 in the LPGA tour. “Ko Jin Young Ko Jin Young Ko,” the player’s YouTube channel, shows the professional golfer’s daily life between tournaments […]

BTS will not be exempted from military service: culture minister

BTS will not be exempted from military service: culture minister

Paris: South Korea’s globally acclaimed superstars BTS and other high-flying K-pop stars will not be exempted from mandatory military service under the government’s new guidelines on conscription waivers, the culture minister has said. Since early this year, a government task force has been working to revamp the guidelines to raise fairness in military conscription, and the […]

Korean internet cafés upgrade foods to lure hungry gamers

Korean internet cafés upgrade foods to lure hungry gamers

Seoul: Kim Ji-soo goes to a PC bang, or Korean-style internet café , once or twice a week to play his favorite online game, League of Legends, but there’s another reason to go there on late nights or weekends. After checking in at a self-service kiosk, Kim clicks on the “order food” button on the computer […]

Kyrgyzstan pays tribute to local actor, painter

Kyrgyzstan pays tribute to local actor, painter

  Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan paid rich tribute to local artist Suimenkul Chokmorov as the country celebrated his 80th anniversary. “Suimenkul Chokmorov is the pride of the country, the greatest artist, an amazing actor, and an immensely talented son of the Kyrgyz people,” Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said as he took part in the solemn event to […]

BLACKPINK becomes 1st K-pop group to have music video with over 1 billion YouTube views

BLACKPINK becomes 1st K-pop group to have music video with over 1 billion YouTube views

Seoul: BLACKPINK has become the first K-pop group to have a music video with more than 1 billion views on YouTube, the group’s Seoul-based agency said Monday. YG Entertainment said that the female group’s “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” music video surpassed the threshold in the afternoon, nearly 17 months after it was released last June. BLACKPINK is […]

GOT7 is ‘flattered, nervous’ ahead of sexy concept album’s release

GOT7 is ‘flattered, nervous’ ahead of sexy concept album’s release

Seoul: Returning to the K-pop scene in the depth of autumn on Monday, K-pop boy band GOT7 is “flattered and nervous” about the release of “Call My Name,” a rare sexy concept album for the dance group. The six-track album is due to hit major online music stores Monday evening, fronted by “You Calling My […]

Roaring K-pop boom reverses fate of declining CDs and other tangible albums

Roaring K-pop boom reverses fate of declining CDs and other tangible albums

Seoul: The roaring K-pop boom in South Korea is reviving the fate of perishing CD music and other physical music record formats. Since the early 2000s, compact disc as a music distribution format has been increasingly replaced by other digital storage and distribution formats such as internet streaming. Reversing the decline, however, sales of physical […]

BTS shatters cultural, language barriers with music

BTS shatters cultural, language barriers with music

Seoul: The phenomenally successful one-year concert journey by K-pop band BTS proved to be an emphatic yes to years of lingering questions over whether K-pop could crack the mainstream of American pop culture and beyond. With a finale concert in Seoul on Tuesday, the seven-member boy band brought its “Love Yourself” world tour and its […]

Bahrain’s rich music expressed by all female BDF band

Bahrain’s rich music expressed by all female BDF band

Manama: In the midst of the awe-inspiring defence hardware displayed during the second edition of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) 2019, the Bahrain Defense Force’s female military band playing melodious tunes was an impressive sight. Clad in impeccable red uniforms that gave them a special aura, the young-looking women played tunes from […]

With tears and sweat, BTS wraps up globe-trotting concert tour in home country

With tears and sweat, BTS wraps up globe-trotting concert tour in home country

Seoul: Tears and sweat wrapped up K-pop superband BTS’ year-long world concert tour in the capital of their home country on Tuesday. The famous home ARMY’s fan chant consecutively naming the seven BTS members brought to a close BTS’ “Love Yourself” world tour at the thundering Olympic Stadium in southern Seoul, 14 months after the […]

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