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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, July 7 (Korea Bizwire) — 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 [...]

With ‘Heng:garae,’ Seventeen Earns Astounding Feat After Big Hit Integration

With ‘Heng:garae,’ Seventeen Earns Astounding Feat After Big Hit Integration

SEOUL, July 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to hamper the global music and entertainment industry-at-large, the K-pop scene has proven time and time again its resilience and nimbleness in audience outreach and commercial viability. BTS is estimated to have earned nearly US$20 million through its one-off virtual concert, “Bang Bang Con: [...]

Reckoning with Cultural Diversity Imperative in K-pop Moving Beyond

Reckoning with Cultural Diversity Imperative in K-pop Moving Beyond

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — In the past several weeks, global fans of K-pop came under a sudden burst of collective observation by the international media, with a wave of positive coverage depicting K-pop fans as agents of change amid a series of high-profile cases of political activism related to the Black Lives Matter [...]

Sunmi Goes Hopelessly Romantic in Summer Dance Number ‘Pporappippam’

Sunmi Goes Hopelessly Romantic in Summer Dance Number ‘Pporappippam’

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Since her full-fledged solo departure from Wonder Girls in 2017, K-pop songstress Sunmi has taken on striking concepts of feminist empowerment in her summer tracks, from “Gashina” to “Noir.” For 2020, Sunmi is taking on a totally new facade: a woman hopelessly in love in the early days of [...]