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    Figured I'll start this too. Another post to keep the forum active~ credits to alltwice
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    (News Focus) Oncoming summer to bring together K-pop girl bands for decisive face-off By Park Boram SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- Summer is a high time for K-pop girl bands to dominate the Korean pop scene often claimed by their well-established male counterparts. This summer, a wave of rising-star girl bands is aiming to claim the highly-competitive summer record market left open by the exit of a number of heavyweight girl groups last year. The years 2016 and 2017 saw a string of successful, so-called second-generation girl groups disband, including Kara, 4minute, 2NE1 as well as Sistar and Wonder Girls. Those groups debuted in the late 2000s and were the second generation of K-pop girl groups to garner international fame after their predecessors, the first generation girl bands, like S.E.S and Fin.K.L, pioneered the market in the late 1990s. Two-year-old hip-hop group BLACKPINK, from YG Entertainment, is among the most prominent female acts looking to dominate the scene this oncoming season. Returning from a one-year pause since their last single, the quartet dropped last week the EP "Square Up," led by title track "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," a hip hop song with a trap beat. This photo of BLACKPINK is provided by YG Entertainment. (Yonhap) The song produced by YG's in-house producer Teddy Park comes with an addictive refrain, "Hit you with that ddu-du ddu-du," and a finger gun dance that matches the shooting sound. The track features a powerful hip hop dance performance, highlighting the swagger of the rare K-pop female hip hop act. One of the other tracks, "Forever Young," is a song fit to play against the summer backdrop. "I like 'Forever Young' the most. The more I listen, the more I like the song that brings back the mood of summer and a summer beach as well as a road trip," Thai member Lisa said in a press conference last week. The latest record release was a rare big step for the girl band, who are nicknamed "YG's jewelry box" for their scarce supply of records and TV appearances. Another successful girl band, TWICE, announced this week their return to the K-pop scene with summer-season dance music "Dance the Night Away," which is set for release on July 9. This photo of TWICE is provided by JYP Entertainment. (Yonhap) The single is the first music release by the leading girl group of JYP Entertainment since its last well-performing EP, "What is Love?," unveiled in early April and a key test of whether TWICE will repeat its dominance of the summer record market last year with EP "Signal." Also in the pipeline is female sextet Apink who is gearing up for the release of another EP featuring their trademark angelic image, "One & Six," on July 12. The first record release since the group's last EP "Pink Up" a year earlier is likely to be a major test of whether the seven-year-old girl band can stand the test of time, which hit other big-name bands, like 2NE1 and Sistar, as well as the dormant Girls' Generation. Group AOA came early to the summer K-pop scene, releasing its fifth EP, "Bingle Bangle," in late May as a six-member act following the departure of member Cho-a, with the title song of the new record, also "Bingle Bangle", registering as a moderate hit. The sultry girl group season is also likely to bring out a string of other high-profile female names to the scene, including the fore-running Mamamoo and Red Velvet as well as new faces, like GFriend and Fromis 9. That makes this summer a major barometer gauging the prospects for longevity of most of the current-generation girl groups following the key market shake-up last year, a local critic said. "Mamamoo and BLACKPINK, I think, have passed the test to some extent although BLACKPINK's chart-ranking songs -- 'Ddu-Du Ddu-Du' and 'Forever Young' -- did not show major progress from its last single 'As If It's Your Last,'" K-pop critic Lim Jin-mo said. "In contrast, Red Velvet's recent performances since 'Red Flavor' and 'Bad Boy' have been insipid." "This summer season is going to be a sort of arena where the fate of the new-generation girl groups will be put to a test. Those who survive will stay on, but those who don't will not," he said. Lim cited "tight cohesiveness" among group members and their "musical competence" to appeal to the public as the two decisive factors shaping the K-pop scene for female acts this summer. pbr@yna.co.kr (END) CR: Yonhap News Agency
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    Nearly 60% of women in arts-cultural fields (in South Korea) have experience of sexual violence: survey SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- Nearly 60 percent of female workers in the cultural industry have experienced sexual harassment or assault, a government survey showed Tuesday. The poll was released by a special probe team jointly run by the National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to look into cases of sexual harassment and assault reported in the culture-arts field after the team wrapped up its 100 days in operation. It canvassed 3,718 workers engaged in the sector and found 57.7 percent of the 2,478 female respondents have faced some kind of unwanted sexual behavior. As reasons for the rampant sexual violence, 64.7 percent of those polled cited "the atmosphere unique to the cultural-arts scene that takes sexual harassment and assault lightly." About 55 percent chose "lack of awareness of sexual harassment and assault" while 44.5 percent pointed to "the lack of public organizations to represent the rights of sexual harassment and assault victims in the scene." The team was launched in March as the cultural and arts circles turned out to be one of the most vulnerable areas in terms of sexual violence with the "Me Too" movement spreading quickly across the country. It has so far investigated 36 reported cases, held forums and symposiums with about 40 cultural organizations and conducted the survey. Based on its findings, the team suggested the government set up a public organization to handle sexual violence in the industry, enact a law on the protection of rights to artists and take more measures to prevent such crimes. sshim@yna.co.kr (END) CR: Yonhap News Agency
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    Actually i think i could allow you to change the design of your banner but not the name of your custom group.
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    My love, my bae, my bias, my one and only: SANAAAAAAAAA~~~ >.< cr. sanacottoncandy
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    username:#Twice title requesting:Twice Guardian
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    happy birthday
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    Happy birthday to the real Bryan
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    Anyeongg!! @LivinGforNAYEON I want to say Congrats and Happy Birthday To You!! hahahah I know we do not know each other and haven't introduced each other formally but since it's your birthday today I really wanted to greet you hehehe. I hope we can be friends, if ever your online I want to make friends with you hahaha. That's all I can say for now hehehe, but again HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! and CONGRATS hehehhe. Enjoy your day, have a blast, and More Birthday's to come, and God Bless You! hahaha Fightingg!! CHEER UPP!!
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    Happy Birthday
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    Happy Birthday
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