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With ‘Dynamite,’ BTS becomes first South Korean artist to top Billboard Hot 100

With ‘Dynamite,’ BTS becomes first South Korean artist to top Billboard Hot 100

WASHINGTON: BTS became the first South Korean artist to land at No. 1 on Billboard’s main singles chart in the United States on Monday. “BTS achieves its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as ‘Dynamite’ debuts at the summit,” Billboard reported Monday, one day before its chart will be refreshed. Previously, […]

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

SEOUL: From BLACKPINK and NCT 127 to GOT7, the K-pop industry as of late has seen a noticeable boost in diversity in respect to members’ nationalities and racial backgrounds. But still, the ethnic and regional makeup of international K-pop talents today is largely oriented towards East and Southeast Asia. All things considered, it wouldn’t be […]

BTS fans raise $1 million in Black Lives Matter donations

BTS fans raise $1 million in Black Lives Matter donations

SEOUL: International fans of K-pop giants BTS have raised over $1 million in donations for the Black Lives Matter cause in the United States, matching the amount donated earlier by their idols toward the human rights movement, according to a fan charity project Monday. One In An ARMY, an organization of BTS fans involved in […]

Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Seoul: Seungri, a former member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, has been sent a notification of his mandatory military service, while he has been on trial on charges of gambling and arranging prostitution, the military manpower agency said Tuesday. Last month, the prosecution indicted the scandal-ridden celebrity without physical detention on charges of gambling overseas […]

K-pop diva Goo Ha-ra found dead at her home

K-pop diva Goo Ha-ra found dead at her home

Seoul: Goo Ha-ra, a K-pop diva and member of girl band KARA, was found dead Sunday at her home, police said. An acquaintance of the 28-year-old found her dead at around 6 p.m. at her home in Seoul’s Gangnam Ward and notified the police and firefighters, the police said. The police said they are currently […]

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 […]

Malaysia’s Queen plans to bring handicrafts made by inmates to ASEAN Symposium

Malaysia’s Queen plans to bring handicrafts made by inmates to ASEAN Symposium

Kajang: Malaysia’s Queen Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah said she planned to take handicrafts produced by inmates to the seventh ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The queen expressed her wish in front of about 2,000 inmates at the Kajang Prison during the 2019 Malaysian National Choir Concert, Malaysia’s news agency BERNAMA reported. “We […]

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 […]

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