BIGBANG G-Dragon Selected As Most Well-Rounded K-Pop Artist by Teenagers

BIGBANG G-Dragon ranked first in a poll as the most well-rounded K-Pop star with BTS Suga coming second.

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On November 10JAM, a teen research institute conducted a poll operated by Genie Music for two weeks. The goal of the poll was to determine which K-Pop idol teenagers believed was the most well-rounded. Meaning an artist who can dance, sing, write, and compose music.

With 21% of the vote, BIGBANG member G-Dragon topped the list. Although he is currently serving in the military and has not released solo music since his self-titled album in 2017, is popularity and reputation remain in good standing. Moreover, he continues to be recognized as a talented idol.

In second place with 17% is BTS member Suga, who has participated in the production of the group’s albums. Further, he he also released a mixtape, showing off the range of his musicality. RM, the leader of BTS ranked fifth with 8%.

In third and fourth place are Zico and Jinyoung, former members of Block B and B1A4, respectively.



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Singer Lee Hyun Talks About His Friendship With BTS

Singer Lee Hyun talks about his friendship with BTS as their direct senior artist of Big Hit Entertainment!

On October 24 broadcast of MBC “Radio Star,” Lee Hyun appeared as a guest and shared about his friendship with BTS. Not many people realize, but Lee Hyun was the first artist to join Big Hit Entertainment. With this fact, the singer even self-labeled himself as “Big Hit’s No. 1 Founding Contributor.”

Lee Hyun began, “when I tell people I’m an artist at Big Hit, they ask me why I’m there. I would like to clarify that I’m the first artist to sign an exclusive contract with the agency. I’m like their No.1 founding contributor.”

When asked which BTS member is the closest to Lee Hyun, the singer picked Jimin and Jin. Regarding Jimin, Lee said, “I see a lot of resemblance between us. After singing, we always blame ourselves and wonder why we are not talented enough. That’s why we are always monitoring ourselves.”

He further continued to elaborate on his friendship with Jin. When the hosts asked him about Jin claiming to have the most fun when teasing Lee Hyun, the singer jokingly answered, “it’s an honor just to be able to breathe the same air as him.”

He continued, “Jin likes to take my phone away to take a selfie of him. He gives it back and tells me to look at it every time I need like a recharge. One time, we were working on a track together and Jin asked me, “how does it feel like to record with a world star?” I’m just thankful that they feel comfortable around me. His jokes don’t really offend me.”

At last, Lee Hyun complimented the boy group’s leader, RM. Lee said, “he’s charismatic. Also very smart. When I play around with him, I just feel small compared to him. I want to hang out and drink with them, but it’s really hard to get all of us together.”

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[MV] BTS Drops Music Video For ‘Fake Love’


On May 18, BTS dropped the music video for the title song for their ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ album, ‘Fake Love.’

The music video reached over 16 million views within 6 hours of release and received worldwide attention. In addition, BTS just reported they finished filming with The Ellen Show, and is preparing for their comeback stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards!

Check it out below!

BTS Nominated for Top Social Awards at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Boy group Bantan Boys, once again, received a nomination for the ‘Top Social Awards’ at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

On April 17, Billboard released a list of nominees for 2018 Billboards Music Awards. For the ‘Top Social Awards,’ BTS managed to put their name on the nominee’s list after their win last year. This year, they will be competing against Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Shawn Mendes.

In fact, BTS has won ‘Top Social Awards’ at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. They were the first ones to break Justin Bieber’s record of winning 6 awards in a row.

They have a high chance of winning this award again. Last  year, BTS appeared on America’s Top 3 talk shows and promoted themselves as the representative of K-pop. In addition, their influence on SNS is powerful. The awards are given based many things, one of them being the voting process that holds place on various SNS platforms. As BTS has a great influence on SNS, it gives them the advantage.

The fans are hoping that this will give BTS a chance to perform at the awards. Last year, they only received the award without a performance. However, the fans are hoping that BTS will be able to perform ‘DNA’ or ‘Mic Drop’ and swept away America once again.

Meanwhile, 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 20.

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BTS Suga Deny Rumors About Dating Singer Suran

Rumors that Suga from BTS and singer Suran are dating circulated the web on March 27. On the same day, Big Hit Entertainment released a confirmation that the rumors are fake.

The suspicion arose when Suran posted a picture of macaroons on her Instagram. In the caption, she used the word ‘Yungi,’ which is the real name of BTS Suga. However, the direct translation of the word ‘Yungi’ is “Shiny.” Suran used the word to describe how eating macaroons apparently have an effect on her mind.

However, the netizens suspected that by using ‘Yungi’ in her caption, she was referring to Suga and secretly hinting at their relationship.

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In response, Big Hit Entertainment said, “the rumors of them dating are not true. They have only met to discuss music.”

Meanwhile, Suga and Suran first met when Suga produced Suran’s “If I Get Drunk Tonight feat. Changmo” in April, 2017. Both artists ended up receiving the ‘Hot Trend Award’ at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2017.

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BTS Documentary Coming Soon on YouTube Red

On March 28, an eight-part documentary about group Bangtan Boys is releasing as the YouTube Red Original Series.

‘BTS: Burn the Stage’ is an eight-part documentary that will be released at midnight of March 28. The documentary contains close interviews of BTS from their ‘2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III The Wings Tour.’ This tour spanned over 300 days since February last year, in 19 cities and 40 concerts. In addition, it includes the big moments of BTS such as receiving a Billboard Music Awards in May or their performance at the American Music Awards in November.

“Bangtan Boys (also known as BTS) are global stars that got started on YouTube. They established a channel on YouTube even before their debut, resulting in Armies from all around the world to unite on YouTube. Based on the statistics, 87% of the crowd was from outside of Korea, and we thought they were perfect candidates for YouTube Red Originals. However, we did not think things would get this huge.”

These are the words Nadine Zylstra, a head of YouTube Originals, shared on March 15 in Yeoksam-song, Seoul. She explained how choosing ‘BTS: Burn The Stage” as the second Korean Original Series was not a coincidence, but an inevitability. The accumulated views of BTS-related videos on YouTube exceed 10 billion.

The first time YouTube Red created their originals, they chose K-pop and produced a 6-part documentary, ‘Run, BIGBANG Scout.’

After expanding their business to Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico, YouTube Red chose Korea as their 5th location. Zylstra said, “K-pop is the most active music genre that grew up on YouTube. It also helps people to get familiar with the Korean culture.” This meant that people who didn’t even know where Seoul is located, knows now thanks to PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style.’

Zylstra was in charge of producing ‘Sesame Street’ for 13 years since 2002. After moving to YouTube, she said “I became interested in Asian contents through Pororo and Pinkfong. I was introduced to the animations when I was put in charge of producing kids/family contents.”

Meanwhile, YouTube Red is planning on expanding their service locations as well as contents, globally. Zylstra said, “we plan to produce 4 original series in Japan this year. We have already started the animation ‘Idolish 7,’ and are preparing for other programs such as ‘Stalking Vampire.’ Just like Korea has K-pop as their forte, we will be utilizing animation as the tool to captivate the Japanese market.”

Zylstra concluded, “I have no idea who is going to be the star in our next original series. However, I believe that everything that happens on YouTube could be our fuel. Elements like the number of views, likes, and time people spend on each channel add up and start a fire. We plan to provide valuable programs that will last forever instead of burn for a moment and come crashing down the next.”

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