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By Monique Melendez K-pop fans descended upon the Javits Center and Madison Square Garden in July for KCON NY, a hybrid convention and concert that brings K-pop acts and other figures from Asian pop culture to the East Coast. With banners and poster boards in hand, K-pop fans were willing to congregate with their fandom peers to support their preference groups and discover new ones. ..Read More
By Caitlin Kelley Last week, Capitol Music Order and Korean label SM Entertainment formally reported the launch of a K-pop supergroup called SuperM. Dubbed "the Avengers of K-pop," the new boy musical group features some of SM's most popular idols: SHINee's Taemin, EXO's Baekhyun and Kai, NCT's Mark and Taeyong, along with WayV's Lucas and Ten. Given that the seven members' distribu..Read More
"Five points in case you know where that's from," vocalist and guitarist Jae tells me over the phone from a conference room in Seoul. It's the sort of playful remark you'd expect from a 26-year-old raised on The world wide web. And spoiler alert: I didn't get the reference. (To be fair, our connection was a little bit spotty.) Nevertheless I don't need to have an encyclopedic knowledg..Read More
By Tássia Assis It's finally that time of year all Leos have been waiting for: their own astrological season. Last week, the sun slipped away from the nurturing waters of Cancer to take the spotlight on the Lion's blazing stage. There's no hiding in the coziness of a shell anymore — this is a time to bask in the glow and glory of your own power. Even if you're not that into astro..Read More
In some ways, Seventeen have come a long way since their youthful debut days. And in other, more essential ways, they're exactly the same. Four years back, the Korean boy order entered the scene with "Adore U," a refreshingly funky pop song that showcased the 13-member outfit's adolescent energy and eye catching sound. And just several weeks prior, on a balmy Sunday night in July, Se..Read More
By Taylor Glasby Before the recent release of their fourth single — the lyrically sagacious, '90s hip-hop-soaked "Uh-Oh" — the six members of the multinational K-pop sort (G)I-DLE felt the prickly onslaught of nerves. Not that this was new; according to Beijing-born vocalist Yuqi, 19, they get nervous before every drop of new material. Their way through it is by communicating to..Read More
The rooster crows once the sun stretches its first beams of the day across the sky and the farm awakens. There's top list of tasks to nickname around the ranch. The cows need to be milked. The fertilizer needs to be spread; those persimmons won't grow themselves. Homis must be applied to the weeds. And the horses must be taken to Seoul, by via road that stretches through Old Town. BTS..Read More
There's a fan-favorite moment in Twice's "Likey" as soon as member Dahyun delivers a charismatic rap verse over a momentary trap beat. She ends with a long-established dab, as one does. It's brief and unexpected however especially memorable. Watching Twice perform their hit 2017 single at the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday (July 21) — the stage a multitude of rainbow colors a..Read More
"Destroy the stage." That's the advice RM, the composed leader one of the best pop acts in the world — BTS, certainly — gave to their young, wide-eyed labelmates ahead of their first U.S. Showcase tour a number of months back. "It's all about your attitude towards the efficiency dancer and rapper J-Hope added. "Because fans know if you're putting your heart into it." Watching t..Read More
By Tássia Assis The summer solstice on June 21 ushered in the sentimental Cancer season. Over the upcoming weeks, Cancer's sensitivity and nurturing nature will become more present, setting a warm welcome for the rising temperatures outside. As a Water sign, Cancer shares traits with dreamy Pisces and mysterious Scorpios. Emotion is the key word for all three, however Cancer is pa..Read More