MONSTA X to Release an English Version of ‘Play it Cool’ With Steve Aoki

Social media posts by DJ Steve Aoki and MONSTA X confirm that the group’s song “Play It Cool” will have an English version.

Steve Aoki (left) and Monsta X – Starship Entertainment

Earlier this week, DJ and producer Steve Aoki posted a message on social media where he announced that the English version of MONSTA X’s song “Play It Cool” is scheduled to be released this Friday. Following his announcement, MONSTA X’s retweeted his message on its official account confirming the news.

The song is from the group’s full-length album TAKE.2 WE ARE HERE, which came out last month. The group collaborated with Aoki to create title song “Alligator,” and the two parties have decided to link up again for the English version of “Play It Cool.”

Fans of the group praised the song for its clean and refined vibe. In particular, rapper Joohoney participated as a vocalist for the first time. Moreover, with member I.M. helping to craft the rap parts of the song, he was able to achieve a different sound that deviated from the powerful and intense music that the group is known for.

Meanwhile, “Play It Cool” will come out on Friday in the United States, and Saturday in Korea. It will be available on music sites worldwide.

 

 

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New Variety Show “Show! Audio Jockey” to Premiere This Weekend

The newly launching variety show is bringing radio shows to every corner of the peninsula.

On March 13, “Show! Audio Jockey” production team and cast members made appearances at the press conference. Including the head producer Lee Young-joon, Sung Si-kyung, So Yoo-jin, Boom, and Monsta X members attended. Park Myung-soo did not attend the press conference due to the schedule conflict.

Lee Young-joon introduced the members, who show a wide variety of appeals. “I wanted to produce a radio show, but tvN does not have a radio station,” the producer opened his mouth. “So I thought about visualizing radio shows. Boom came into my mind first. So Yoo-jin, too, hosted a radio show for 7 years, not to mention that Park Myung-soo and Sung Si-kyung are known as great DJs.”

So Yoo-jin is to host a radio show titled “Sweet Salon,” where she will talk about cooking and raising children. “I’ve always wished to come back to radio,” she said. “I wanted to show something so I chose cooking as one of the themes. I was really nervous about it, though.”

Monsta X members also had experience in radio on Naver V Live. Kihyun said, “I was nervous because the co-stars are so famous in the field. We focused on the interaction with the audiences. We’re thankful of those who participated.”

While Sung Si-kyung said his main focus was on the radio show itself, Boom said he tried to show something he couldn’t through the radio.

Lee Young-joon emphasized how “Show! Audio Jockey” is different from “My Little Television.” “Even if one does not watch the show on TV, the radio shows are the complete forms of entertainment as they are.”

The producer also opened up the possibility of new members. He also added that special guests are to make appearances.

“Show! Audio Jockey” will premiere on March 17.

 

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Monsta X’s Shownu Going Solo on the Second Season of “My Little Television”

Monsta X’s member Shownu is joining the second season of variety show “My Little Television.”

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According to an official source, Shownu is to have a test broadcast for “My Little Television V2” as the new cast member of the show. The K-pop star will be hosting his own show about contents he has chosen for himself.

Previously, “My Little Television V2” chose Twitch for its broadcasting platform. Since March 5, the show has been holding guerrilla broadcasting sessions. Featured stars include comedian Jung Hyung-don and Kim Gu-ra, UFC fighters Kim Dong-hyun and Jo Nam-jin, actress Kang Bu-ja, and soccer analyst Han Joon-hee. IZ*ONE member Ahn Yoo-jin is also joining as the MC.

Since the season finale of the show, “My Little Television” has received countless requests for the second season. Having confirmed the production of the second season under the revamped title, “My Little Television V2,” the show is readying for the season premiere on March 29.

 

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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’.

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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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH1PVvFj8cE

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHFL-mIeZX4

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.

https://youtu.be/D_nyuB8GbM8

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8S5QphtwR/

 

https://twitter.com/LINEFRIENDSinfo/status/1054826311938646018

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnshifThY9g/

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnXnJ-7BF8X/

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. 

https://youtu.be/PIMB64pJS3o

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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MONSTA X Looks to Take Over the “Beast Idol” Mantle

2PM earned the title of “beast idols” with their masculine appear in both looks and song. Now, MONSTA X looks ready to take on the title for a new generation.

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At KBS’ special Music Bank in Hong Kong, MONSTA X exploded on stage with masculine energy that hasn’t been seen since JYP Entertainment’s “beast idol” group 2PM was in their heyday. Part of this was due to their rendition of the group’s hit song “Heartbeat.”

For a while now, fans have called MONSTA X the “next generation beast idols” and the group’s time on stage proved why. Entering in sleek black outfits, the group’s sharp moves and masculine energy set the stage on fire — and a few hearts I’m sure. The performance of 2PM’s song was a “special gift” that the group prepared specifically for the Music Bank World Tour performance in Hong Kong.

It is the 14th International show that KBS has held. Starting in 2011, the network has brought K-pop groups to perform live for fans in France, Indonesia, Turkey, Chile, Mexico, Vietnam, Singapore, and Berlin. Besides the live performance, through KBS World, the network shares entertainment news online as well as over broadcast in 117 countries.

Meanwhile, in addition to MONSTA X, TWICE, Seventeen, N’UEST and a few most artist performed.

 

 

 

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‘Baby Shark’ Song Lands on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart

Congratulations to the popular Baby Shark song for getting listed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 2 weeks in a row!

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On January 15, OSEN reported the English version of the children’s song Shark Family known as Baby Shark was No.38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart!

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This isn’t the first time the Baby Shark has made its mark on a Billboard chart. Back in July 2018, the catchy song made its appearance on Billboard’s Kid Digital Song Sales chart. Additionally, the Baby Shark video on YouTube has gotten over 2.1 Billion views since its release on June 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w

The catchy “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” has gone viral gaining international love and attention. There have been many headlines wondering what makes this song so addicting like CNN’s headline “What’s behind the insane popularity of ‘Baby Shark’? Lets examine.”

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

It has been said Baby Shark became an international sensation largely thanks to Kpop groups like BLACKPINK and Red Velvet singing and dancing along to the cute song. As a result, it became viral first in Korea followed by other parts in Asia (especially in Indonesia) before it made its way to the US to captivate children with its catchy beat. The song is popular with not only children but also adults through the “Baby Shark Challenge” that has gone viral. What do you think of the song?

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BTS, GFriend, TWICE & EXID Surprise Appearance on M Countdown’s 600th Episode

BTS, GFriend, TWICE and EXID specially appeared on M Countdown’s 600th episode.

On January 3rd, Mnet’s M Countdown commemorated their 600th episode by the sudden appearance of top idols on air. BTS, Twice, Monsta X, BtoB, Mamamoo, Iz One and more were featured in special videos congratulating the show while GFriend and EXID prepared special performances to their past hit songs for the audience.

There were never seen performances by The Boyz performing as EXO and Fromis 9 performing as Girl’s Generation marking the younger artists honoring their predecessors on stage. Lovelyz specially performed their debut song ‘Candy Jelly Love’ in addition to special performances by Roy Kim, Laboum, Day6 and UP10TION.

 

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MBC to Introduce Soccer Penalty Shootouts at This Year’s ‘ISAC’

For the first broadcast of MBC’s biannual special “Idol Star Athletics Championships” will introduced a new feature and enhances safety.

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MBC announced that it would include a penalty shootout to the soccer matches in the first broadcast of “Idol Star Athletics Championships” (ISAC) on Lunar New Year. According to the network, the shootout will provide an opportunity for idols to demonstrate their soccer skills and lend more excitement and anticipation to the match.

This year, the soccer games feature participants from top boy groups like SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, ASTRO, NCT 127, and Stray Kids. Additionally, the network anticipates a balanced game because many of the players are skilled in soccer.

On another note, MBC is also taking more steps to ensure that fewer injuries result from the event. A production team official said that medical teams will be on-site and they have installed non-slip mates in the gymnasium where aerobic gymnastics and more will take place. As such, they hope that both idols and their fans can enjoy the day worry-free.

Meanwhile, filming for ISAC takes place on January 7 with broadcast scheduled for the Lunar New Year holiday.

 

 

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KBS Song Festival Announces Final Lineup with 29 Teams

KBS announced the 29 participating groups and singers for its yearend song festival.

On December 20, KBS announced the third and final lineup for 2018 KBS Song Festival, which will be held on December 28 at 8:30 PM.

The newly announced teams are Celeb Five and Kim Yeon-ja, who have established their own genres in K-pop with unique music and performances. With their participation, a total of 29 teams are performing for the upcoming song festival.

Take a look at the list below for the artists to make appearances in 2018 KBS Song Festival:

Boy Groups – BTS, EXO, Wanna One, Seventeen, BTOB, Norazo, VIXX, NU’EST W, GOT7, Monsta X, and NCT 127
Girl Groups – TWICE, Red Velvet, GFriend, A-Pink, Oh My Girl, (G)I-dle, AOA, Lovelyz, Momoland, WJSN, and Celeb Five
Solo Artists – Hwang Chi-yeol, Sunmi, Chungha, Yong Jun-hyung, 10CM, Roy Kim, and Kim Yeon-ja

 

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