NU’EST to Release New Song for 7th Anniversary

Nu’est announces news of their new song to be released on March 15.

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On March 10, 12:00 AM (KST), Kpop boy group Nu’est announced they would be releasing their new song on March 15 with the above picture. The picture is said to be the name of their new song, a rough translation means ‘fulfill instead of me’. This will be Nu’est’s newest song in 3 years after releasing their 5th mini album ‘CANVAS’ in August of 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee15gbUiqfs

Aside from the fact that this is a new track in nearly 3 years, this release is even more special because March 15 is the day Nu’est debuted 7 years ago! This track is reported to  represents the artists’ feelings for their valuable fans. Are you excited for Nu’est’s new song?

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BTS’s World Tour Adds Extra Day in Chicago

BTS’s popularity is as high as the sky!

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Kpop’s biggest boy group BTS, scheduled for a world tour ‘Love Yourself: Speak Yourself’ in May, added an another day in Chicago during one of their stops in the US. Initially BTS planned to perform only on May 11 but decided to stay an another day to perform on May 12 as well.

Ticketing for the additional day will begin on March 8 at 4 pm! Good luck ARMYs!

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Ready for BTS’s Brother Group, Tomorrow x Together (TXT) Debut on 3/4?

Big Hit Entertainment’s new boy group in 6 years, aka BTS’s brother group, Tomorrow x Together (TXT) are ready to enter the Kpop scene!

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BTS’s agency, Big Hit Entertainment is ready to debut their new Kpop boy group in 6 years Tomorrow x Together (TXT) on March 4 through Mnet’s Debut Celebration Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bLJLZAnp4E

According to OSEN, TXT has an advantage from the start of their Kpop career thanks to BTS’s global popularity and recognition as world stars. In addition, Big Hit Entertainment’s global reputation and resources will add to TXT’s advantage over other new idol groups.

OSEN speculates that while there are advantages, TXT also has more pressure to meet the expectations everyone has as BTS’s brother group. What do you think of Big Hit’s TXT?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-pg6I4PVYU

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[M/V] Super Junior Remakes ‘Ahora Te Puedes Marchar’ Starring SNSD Yuri

Super Junior releases remake of Luis Miguel’s ‘Ahora Te Puedes Marchar’ starring Girl’s Generation Yuri!

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Super Junior, the first Kpop idol group to list on Billboard’s Latin based chart in 2018, released a remake of Luis Miguel’s Ahora Te Puedes Marchar on March 1st as a special video. Girl’s Generation Yuri starred as the female protagonist of the members’ affection. What do you think of the 80s look?

Girl’s Generation Yuri has been very supportive of her SuJu oppas by posting about their remake on her social media.

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G-Dragon’s Military Service: Rumors & Speculations Clarified

Big Bang G-Dragon’s current military status has set off arousing rumors and speculations!

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One of Kpop’s biggest boy group, Big Bang, has become a hot topic in the headlines once again! This time, the member in the spotlight is none other than leader G-Dragon about his failure to rank up in the military.

According to OSEN, an article published on March 2nd mentioned G-Dragon wasn’t promoted with his peers [who enlisted around the same time] because he failed to fulfill the requirements to rank up. Many articles had been speculating the reason may be because G-Dragon has taken so many vacation days since he reported for military duty on February 27,2018. Amid such speculations, there were rumors again (GD’s injuries prior to enlisting) about how G-Dragon is trying to avoid active duty.

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The rumors about why G-Dragon failed to be promoted were clarified by a military representative who stated taking too many vacation days are never used as a reason to hold back promotions. It was also confirmed G-Dragon is cleared to serve as an active duty soldier during this controversy.

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With rumors and speculations still ablaze about G-Dragon’s military life, it does seems like G-Dragon’s military service has been getting an excessive amount of attention for something that may be insignificant. With others speculating G-Dragon’s overemphasized controversy may be to cover up other scandals like Seungri’s investigations, only time will tell.

Meanwhile it’s great to hear reports of G-Dragon not paying much attention to all of this!

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Shinhwa Kim Dong Wan Garners Attention for March 1st Holiday

Kim Dong Wan, member of the longest active idol group Shinhwa, has been garnering much attention for celebrating South Korea’s holiday-March 1st.

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March 1st is a special holiday in South Korea known as the March 1st independence movement to remember the past during Japanese colonization in the early 1900s.

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Among the many celebrities celebrating this year’s 100th anniversary like actress Song Hye Kyo’s donation or posting about the anniversary, actor and idol Kim Dong Wan has been garnering attention for his “deep” post about Korea’s independence.

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Shinhwa Kim Dong Wan starred in the drama specially prepared for this anniversary. To express his thoughts, he posted about a picture from his drama script that says the following:

“Truthfully, I can’t imagine Korea without Japan. Korea was already under Japan’s rule before I was born. I can’t imagine a different Korea. What we’re doing may be comparable to changing the sun with the moon.”

With this, the photo was captioned with “Korea’s independence was once considered a fantasy. Many fellow Koreans [figuratively] threw rocks at those who dreamed of this fantasy. If it wasn’t for those few dreamer’s sacrifice, we wouldn’t have the things we take for granted today. Thank you, sorry.”

Food for thought, can you imagine 2019 without your favorite idol? Without Kpop as it is today?

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Monsta X Wins 4th Consecutive Trophy on Music Bank

KBS’s Music Bank had 2 nominees, Monsta X vs. ITZY, for the No.1 song of the week and the winner was Monsta X!

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On March 1, Monsta X continued their amazing streak by winning their 4th trophy on KBS’s Music Bank. Monsta X has been consecutively winning trophies with their new song ‘Alligator’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXknLlvm6mE

This particular win was very special for Monsta X because it was not only their 4th win but also member Wonho‘s birthday! Monsta X credited their win to MONBEBEs. Congratulations to Monsta X & MONBEBEs!

Check out Monsta X’s hit song Alligator if you haven’t yet! The song may change your perception of alligators even though the song refers to the reptile metaphorically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C3hIJg4rHo

Just yesterday on February 28, Monsta X announced they will be touring 18 cities later in a few months. The 7 membered group will heading to Asia, Europe, Americas and Australia between April-August. Who’s ready to battle for ticketing?

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[OPINION] 2019 Kpop Outlook in the USA

As unbelievable as it may be, the 2010s will soon be over in just 10 short months! Kpop has had exponential growth in the last few years, which will also determine Kpop’s future for the following decade!

The hallyu wave aka Kpop wave has definitely become more globalized within the last couple years. There is no doubt that in 2019 there will be more Kpop fans as more Kpop idols (BTS, Monsta X, NCT, Oh My Girl, Red Velvet, Blackpink, Sunmi etc.) continue to promote abroad. Especially in the US, thanks mostly to BTS’s success paving the way for Kpop growth this year.

Hollywood is the Kpop market for this year

Based on previous patterns of Kpop idol groups like Wonder Girls, Girl’s Generation, Super Junior, TVXQ etc. many Kpop idols usually extend their fan base to other countries in Asia before pursuing Europe & the Americas. Kpop’s growth in other countries are indeed significant, but given US is home to global names like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ed Sherman, Chris Brown, Drake, Justin Timberlake etc. (as well as Kpoplove’s headquarters) Kpop’s future global outlook will focus on the US market for this article.

Kpop before BTS

BTS on American Music Awards (2017)

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Just 5 to 10 years ago, prior to BTS’s historical invasion in the US, Kpop was just a new and upcoming genre in the US that originated from a small country in Asia. As a decades old Kpop fan, I can personally attest to instances in the past where people confused North and South Korea and probably couldn’t name any Kpop artist even if their life depended on it.

Other idols’ success in the US

However, this does not mean Kpop has never made its mark in the US. Examining only the idol groups who are no longer “active” meaning either disbanded or no longer actively promoting with all members, idol groups like Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation have previously tried to break into the US market without as much success as BTS.

JYP’s Wonder Girls (2007-2017) released a single- ‘Nobody’ (2009)- that was No.76 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as the 1st Kpop group on the Billboard charts. This provided the opening for the group to enter the US market and pursue international activities. Wonder Girls can be considered to have been at the peak of their career in Korea (and Asia) prior to moving to the US in 2009 to focus on US activities. However contrary to expectations, Wonder Girls was unable to continue their momentum and ended up with changing the line-up and regroup back in Korea.

Wonder Girls on Wendy Williams Show (2009)

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SM’s Girl’s Generation (2007-present) released a single-’The Boys’ (2012)-officially debuting and promoting in the US a few years after Wonder Girls. Comparing various aspects like promotions, fanbase, hallyu wave’s influence and method, there are so many differences that can explain the different levels of success between the 2 girl groups.

Girl’s Generation on Late Show with David Letterman (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k1-jOZ7f1w

Taking a closer look at how BTS did not need to promote in the US to have the biggest US debut stage of all in 2017 as the 1st Korean group to perform at AMAs, BTS clearly did something that sets them apart from others. Not to mention BTS performed in Korean while Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation performed in English. Based on BTS’s sucess, BTS’s momentum can only be expected to grow further this year.

BTS’s significant role for Kpop mainstreamed in US

In 2019, there are very few individuals who wouldn’t know what the 3 letters “BTS” refers to in the US. Even if one is completely clueless about Kpop, there is a big chance someone’s family, friend or acquaintance is a BTS fan or BTS ARMY.

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Similar to BTS’s predecessors (e.g. legendary Kpop idol groups Girls Generation, Super Junior, TVXQ), BTS became mainstream in Asia a few years ago and became more globally recognized as they made their mark on the Billboard charts in 2015. But unlike other Kpop groups, BTS didn’t make any special plans to promote in the US market soon after their first placement on the Billboard charts. Instead BTS continued to release more content and focused on their music letting time to gradually increase their popularity all over the world.

Why is BTS different?

BTS contributed to further spreading the hallyu wave rather than having to focus on establishing the Kpop wave. Currently in 2019, nearly everyone has a smartphone as opposed to 10 years ago. Internet is easily accessible to many age groups enabling the daily use of social media like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc. This has allowed Kpop idols, especially BTS, to focus on interacting with fans and growing their fanbase. BTS members are well known for being very active participants as singers-songwriters within the Kpop industry and renowned for sharing many of their content on SoundCloud or V Live which played a significant role for BTS’s success today.

https://twitter.com/BTS_twt/status/1100449341200773121

BTS’s timing may have been what led to BTS’s breakthrough to becoming the biggest Kpop group in the world. Rather than jumping on the first signs of opportunity to pursue international activities, BTS bided their time to focus on their work and to further nurture their talents while waiting for their hard work to come to fruition.

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As a result, BTS was able to become a household name is the US even prior to their official debut on the American Music Awards in 2017. Afterwards, BTS continued to set more records on the AMAsBillboards, Youtube, iTunes, Ebay Korea, Forbes, Time Magazine, Bloomberg etc. in 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QK-HR7xfEA

The 7 membered boy group became recognized for their global popularity when selected by international corporations like Puma, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors etc. as global ambassadors and made significant collaborations with Mattel, Medicome Toy, Netmarble Games, Line Webtoons, Line Friends x BT21 and more!

BTS World Tour & BT21

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When BTS had their 3rd world tour last summer, Line Friends x  BT21 also officially opened their pop-up store in LA situated amongst Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. As someone who has accompanied various people to this store in August, September, October and December of last year, I can personally affirm the lines were unbelievably long not only when the pop-up store first opened but also for the following months. Amazingly, the lines did not really decrease much every time I had to go.

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Most of my experience at this store consisted of standing in line for hours while conversing with other people accompanying their niece or cousin to the store. As to why the lines didn’t decrease much even after BTS finished touring in the US would be since BT21 items were often sold out with limited quantities, unpredictable shipments of new items, new seasonal (Halloween, Christmas) items and such.

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Initially the Line Friends store was announced to stay for 3 months. Later, due to high demand, the pop-up was extended to January 2019 with plans to locate permanently. Just the fact that BT21 became popular enough to become a permanent store in LA speaks volumes about BTS’s success in the US. Aside from BT21, BTS is renowned for increasing sales for many associated businesses leading to the birth of the term “BTS effect” from major news outlets as many profit from BTS’s influence. BTS has become symbolic as a guaranteed catalyst to enhance micro and macro economics.

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Lots of Kpop events in 2019

Just within 2 months of this year, there have been so many appearances or scheduled appearances of Kpop idols and artists in the US. Just to name a few upcoming events- Girl’s Generation’s Tiffany will be having her first showcase as Tiffany Young in a few days, Sunmi will be having her first world tour next month, BLACKPINK will be at Coachella in April and BTS will be touring the US again in May. Additionally, Red Velvet, Oh My Girl, Hong Jin Young and Dean have already performed in the US within the last 2 months. 

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BLACKPINK made their official US debut on “Good Morning America”  and announced their North American Tour during the interview just awhile back. With so many activities planned in the US for the first half of 2019, many are wondering whether BLACKPINK will be able to have success similar to BTS. There is definitely a lot of potential but as previous idol groups like Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation have proven, it isn’t easy to accomplish.

Overall Take

As an avid Kpop fan whose biases are mostly the first generation of Kpop idols, I can’t help but feel happy and excited to see how well Kpop is doing in the US. There are many idol groups who have also contributed to Kpop’s success like Monsta X, EXO and annual events like KCON LA or KCON NY. But amongst everything I have read, seen and heard, I want to credit BTS for really opening the door wide open for Kpop to take on the US. There have been many attempts but no one has been as successful as BTS and thanks to that, I think Kpop fans are able to have more opportunities to see their favorite Kpop idols shine for Uncle Sam.

All I could hope for would be that BTS’s continuous momentum ushers in even more opportunities for other Kpop artists to enter the US market. Till the day Kpop can be heard on various iheart radio stations in the US, “Hwaiting” to all Kpop artists!

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VIXX Hyuk Makes Successful Theater Debut

VIXX member Hyuk made a theater debut, showing his possibility as an actor.

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Debuted in 2012 as a member of VIXX, Hyuk has been establishing his career both as a singer-songwriter and actor. Lately, the multi-talented K-pop star made a theater debut, showing expanding his fields even further.

The play, titled “The Lost Village,” illustrates the tragic history of Jeju Uprising. In the play, Hyuk plays the character who is a smart and young professor. The character gets involved in the student movement, where he gets a serious physical injury.

On the first day on the stage, Hyuk expressed how he feels about his new challenge through social media. “I’m so thankful of everyone from senior actors who always take care of me to our staffs,” he wrote. “I will do my best on the remaining stages as well.”

Both Hyuk’s fans and the general public are showing great interests in the play. Tickets for the first and second reservations sold out as soon as opening, ranking the highest booking rate on the local ticket booking website.

 

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[Slide!] Kpop Idols Grace the Red Carpet for the 6th Annual Edaily Culture Awards

Kpop idols attended the 6th Annual Edaily Culture Awards on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul.

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