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  1. (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
  2. Girl Power Galore: 20 Diverse Concepts That Female K-Pop Artists Have Blessed Us With In 2018 (including TWICE's What Is Love?) jadicus35 June 19, 2018 Let’s face it: 2018 has been a great year for female artists in K-pop. From fresh, new faces to the ever-familiar veterans of the industry, these ladies have all been killing it in their own, unique ways. And although some people like to say all girl groups sound the same, I’m going to prove to you why that’s not the case. Girl group stans watch out, since you’re about to be hit with such a multitude of bops that you might not be able to take it. You’ve been warned! 1. MOMOLAND – “Bboom Bboom” Proving themselves to be one of the big breakout artists of 2018, MOMOLAND’s “Bboom Bboom” was an unprecedented hit for the group. The addictive horn beat and peppy point dances truly resonated with audiences, and their home shopping MV concept is adorable to boot. 2. EXID – “Lady” In 2018, EXID came back with the vintage concept that we didn’t even know we needed, and their embodiment of the ’90s era was spot-on. They truly committed to the theme, seeing as their song, fashion, and music video camerawork all felt familiarly refreshing in the way that only throwbacks are. 3. DreamCatcher – “You and I” Continuing with their signature rocker style, DreamCatcher came back with the next installment of their “Nightmare” series this year. The dance is easily the highlight of “You and I,” since the members make use of props like handkerchiefs and batons. 4. TWICE – “What is Love?” TWICE’s signature bubbly songs never fail to get stuck in your head, and “What is Love?” is no exception. The iconic movie costumes make for a memorable concept, especially after they performed on stage while wearing those same outfits from the music video! 5. Hyolyn – “Dally” After leaving SISTAR, Hyolyn truly found her sound by embracing a charismatic and sexy concept. Her confidence is absolutely overflowing, and rightfully so. Not just anyone can do that dance! 6. GFRIEND – “Time for the Moon Night” As expected from GFRIEND, this song totally sounds like the opening for an anime, especially with that combination of strings and percussion. The story and visuals of the music video are totally dream-like, evoking a kind of nostalgic feeling as you watch. 7. Khan – “I’m Your Girl?” Though this is only their debut song as a duo, KHAN really shines with this calm R&B track. For people who are more into hip hop than pop, “I’m Your Girl?” is the perfect blend between mainstream idol group and effortlessly cool R&B artist. 8. BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU” Does this one even need an introduction? BLACKPINK’s use of the luxurious badass concept rocked everyone’s world, and their looks were all meant to be statements of power. No scene in this music video is wasted, allowing for us viewers to be entranced the entire time. 9. Suzy – “Sober” Who else can sing a quirky song about being tipsy as beautifully as Suzy can? Not many people, that’s for sure. This mellow track really has a way of prolonging that build-up, leaving you wanting more throughout the entire listen. 10. PRISTIN V – “Get It” If you ever need a song to motivate you when you’re feeling down, you should listen to “Get It” ASAP. This beat makes you feel like you can take down an army with one hand tied behind your back, and then some. Also, the dance is incredibly swaggy, contrasting PRISTIN’s normally feminine image. 11. Bolbbalgan4 – “Travel” If you’re in need of some vacation inspo for this summer, please listen to and watch the music video for “Travel.” Everything about Bolbbalgan4 can put you at ease almost immediately, but this song in particular makes it seem like you’re literally relaxing on a tropical island somewhere. 12. CLC – “Black Dress” Everything about “Black Dress” is brimming with originality, including but not limited to: that unique EDM drop, the pole dance scene, and those suits. In conclusion, everything about this song is a banger, and nobody can tell me otherwise. 13. Chungha – “Roller Coaster” Chungha is the pop princess we all dream of in “Roller Coaster,” especially while wearing that sparkly pink outfit. The lighting effects in this music video are to die for, and Chungha’s vocals and dancing are top tier, as usual. 14. AOA – “Bingle Bangle” For their most recent comeback, AOA embodied a video game-inspired concept into their music video, which added to the overall whimsical feel of “Bingle Bangle.” Seeing AOA dance in an 8-bit vintage diner was something I never anticipated, but I love it nonetheless. 15. BoA – “One Shot, Two Shot” When you watch BoA perform, you really can’t help but acknowledge her skills as a veteran artist. The ease with which she pulls off the most mature of concepts is admirable, especially since her signature cool dance moves are on full display here. 16. gugudan – “The Boots” Three words: girls in uniforms. But seriously, something about the simplicity of a boots concept really drew me in, particularly because of the funkiness that this song embodies. You know that you’ll be copying those whistle tones all day after you listen to it! 17. LOONA yyxy – “love4eva” (feat. Grimes) LOONA’s concept of introducing members one-by-one with separate music videos is already unique, so it’s all the more pleasant when they come out with a distinct song each time. In the upbeat electropop song that is “love4eva,” the four girls of yyxy are acting as rebellious private school girls, with an interesting twist at the end. 18. Sunmi – “Heroine” As usual, Sunmi didn’t come here to play games with her concepts. “Heroine” is hard-hitting and playful at the same time, a feat which is rather difficult to accomplish. Sunmi is quite honestly the queen of girl crushes, and she knows it. 19. (G)I-DLE – “LATATA” Despite this only being their debut song, (G)I-DLE performs with the skill of seasoned pros. Something about “LATATA” just defies the mold, since it can’t be described with one word like “cute” or “sexy.” The almost-reggae aspects of their fashion and music add that sort of extra spice to an otherwise flawless concept. 20. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul – “Selfish” (Feat. Red Velvet’s Seulgi) MAMAMOO and Red Velvet have both been on top of their game lately, so it only seems natural to include this collaboration between these two awesome girls. Women supporting women, am I right? Which K-girl release of 2018 has been your favorite? Be sure to share yours in the comments below! jadicus35 is a ordinary college student by day, and a not-so-closet fangirl by night. She spends her time on Tumblr when she’s not (but really should be) studying and/or pretending to be a functional human being. CR: soompi
  3. 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
  4. Bang Shi Hyuk And Lee Soo Man Named In Variety Magazine’s International Music Leaders Of 2018 Variety magazine has revealed its list of International Music Leaders of 2018. The magazine recognized 34 people in the global music industry who are currently “driving music consumption with creativity, acumen, and passion” and companies “best posed to forge into a promising future.” Big Hit Entertainment executive producer and CEO Bang Shi Hyuk made the list for the historic success of BTS this year. The magazine highlights BTS’s record-breaking album sales, No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold out world tour, and global endorsements as some of the group’s achievements this year. SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo Man was recognized for establishing one of Korea’s largest entertainment agencies and pioneering the industry. The agency houses some of the artists that helped to globalize K-pop such as BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, EXO, and Girls’ Generation. Two examples given by Variety magazine are how EXO performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and how Super Junior are currently on a world tour spanning 11 countries. The list includes other “game changers” in the United States, Australia, U.K, China, Canada, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and more. Congratulations to the founders of Big Hit Entertainment and SM Entertainment! Source (1) CR: soompi
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    [Discussion] If Twice were Marvel heroes

    From MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) feature films only: Tzuyu - Natasha Romanova (Black Widow) Team: S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers and many more Powers: Skilled tactician, martial artist and secret agent, slowed aging and enhanced immune system, expert marksman and mastery of various other weapons * Appeared in "Iron Man 2(2010)", in "The Avengers(2012)", in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014)", in "Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)", in "Captain America: Civil War(2016)", in "Avengers: Infinity War(2018)" and will appear in the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Jeongyeon - Gamora Team: Guardians of the Galaxy Powers: Superhuman strength, speed, agility and durability, skilled assassin, skilled hand-to-hand combatant * Appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)", in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2(2017)", in "Avengers: Infinity War(2018)" and will appear in the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Nayeon - Nebula Powers: Excellent armed and unarmed combatant, gifted intellect and brilliant battle strategist * Appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)", in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2(2017)", in "Avengers: Infinity War(2018)" and will appear in the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Mina - Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) Teams: Avengers, Brotherhood of Mutants, Defenders and many more. Powers: Probability manipulation, reality warping, chaos magic * Appeared in mid-credits scene "Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014)", in "Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)", in "Captain America: Civil War(2016)", in "Avengers: Infinity War(2018)" and will appear in the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Momo - Ayesha (Kismet/ "Her") Powers: Flight, unaided survival in vacuum, energy blasts, regeneration, super-strength and durability * Appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2(2017)" film and slated to appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3(2020)" alongside .... the top -tiered Adam Warlock / "Him"/ Magus (who could go 1v1 against Thanos all day long). Sana - Mantis Teams: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Powers: Empathy, plant manipulation, accelerated healing factor, astral projection, energy projection, master martial artist, ability to communicate telepathically with the Cotati alien species. * Appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2(2017)" film, in "Avengers:Infinity War(2018)" and will appear in the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Chaeyoung - Shuri (the future Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda after T'Challa) Powers: Animorphism, genius-level intellect, expert martial artist, necromancy, super speed, stone skin, use of high-tech equipment and weapons including vibranium uniform, enhanced agility, durability, endurance, reflexes, senses, speed, stamina and strength. * Appeared in "Black Panther(2018)" film, in "Avengers:Infinity War(2018)" and will appear in the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Dahyun - Janet van Dyne/ Hope van Dyne(in film) (The Wasp) Teams: Avengers Powers: Size manipulation, flight, bio-electric energy blasts, telepathic insect control * Appeared in "Ant-Man(2015)" film, will appear in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" film, July 2018 and the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019 Jihyo - Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel/ Ms. Marvel/ Binary/ Warbird) Teams: Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D, Guardians of the Galaxy, Starjammers, United States Air Force and many more. Powers: Superhuman strength, speed, durability, energy projection and absorption, flight ... and even more powerful and God-like in her "Binary" form. * Will appear in "Captain Marvel" film, March 2019 and the 4th Avengers film in mid-2019. If we are including from MCU television series, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", "Marvel's Jessica Jones", "Marvel's The Defenders", "Marvel's Iron Fist", "Marvel's Daredevil" etc, I will have included Jessica Jones, Elektra Natchios, Trish Walker(Hellcat), Daisy Johnson(Quake), Bobbi Morse(Mockingbird), Colleen Wing as other alternate candidates.
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    An Open Letter for Everyone

    Many places, Many faces; We are ONCE, We are TWICE.
  7. Upcoming vlive: Hidden Track No.V in Rookie, TWICE Momo, Sana X SBGB X ARRAN Check-in LIVE 2018 June 20th, Wednesday, 8pm -KST http://www.vlive.tv/video/76120
  8. Exclusive: TWICE Performs Special Cover Stages, Gives Cute Fan Service, And More At “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” TWICE made a long-awaited return to Singapore for their second tour “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” this past weekend! This is their first Southeast Asia stop after opening the tour in Seoul last month, and they marked their return to Singapore after a year by having the concert at a venue twice the size of their previous one. During the magical evening, TWICE took Singapore ONCEs on a journey through their fantasy park with dazzling performances of hits like “Like Ooh-Ahh” and “Cheer Up,” as well as beautiful stage sets and outfits during fan-favorite songs like “You in My Heart” and “Turtle.” The nine-member girl group captured the fans’ hearts in the three-hour concert and we have compiled some of our favorite moments from the concert: Special cover stages On top of performing remixes for their hit songs, TWICE also prepared special solo and unit stages with covers of popular songs, like Winner’s “Really Really” and BoA’s “Valenti,” which allowed fans to see a side of TWICE that are not normally shown during their promotions. Check out some of the covers below: Dahyun – “Dahyunism” (Original: Rain’s “Rainism”) 180617 #TWICE Twiceland 2 Fantasy Park in Singapore Dahyunism –#twiceland2 #FANTASYPARKinSG #fantasypark #twiceland #twice #JIHYO #TZUYU #DAHYUN #NAYEON #CHAEYOUNG #JEONGYEON #MINA #SANA #MOMO pic.twitter.com/eCEdtoQWjg — eℓectric kiss (@enchanting_yeol) June 17, 2018 Jihyo, Tzuyu & Momo – “End of Time” (Original: Beyonce’s “End of Time”) 180617 Twice( JIHYO, TZUYU, MOMO) – Beyonce's End of Time #모모 #쯔의 #지효 #TWICELAND2inSG #MOMO #TZUYU #JIHYO #FANTASYPARKinSG [do not crop or upload video w/o permission thanks] pic.twitter.com/1wULeevgES — yangz? (@sakuramichis) June 17, 2018 Nayeon & Jeongyeon – “My Ear’s Candy” (Original: Baek Ji Young ft. Taecyeon’s “My Ear’s Candy”) 180617 Twice Fantasy Park in SG 2YEON – CANDY 캔디( JUNGYEON, NAYEON) #TWICELAND2inSG #정연 #나연 #2연 #트와이스 #TWICE #JUNGYEON #NAYEON #FANTASYPARKinSG pic.twitter.com/wMAd66Xy80 — yangz? (@sakuramichis) June 17, 2018 Fan event Singapore ONCEs also had prepared something special for the girls, when they surprised TWICE with a heartwarming video they had created for the group. The video started off with a mention of the amount of time that TWICE had been away from Singapore and how Singapore ONCEs had been missing them during this time, but were still supporting them from afar. The fans then held up banners saying “We’ll be waiting until TWICE returns” after the video ended. The members were moved to tears from the video and promised to continuously keep their fans updated by sharing more on their social media accounts. Thank you ONCEs for making our fan video and banner project a success tonight! #FantasyParkinSG #트와이스 pic.twitter.com/tfnKx1ajBI — TWICE SINGAPORE (@SG_TWICE9) June 17, 2018 Fan service TWICE also returned the love with many fan services of their own, from aegyo to cover dances and they also did their best to communicate with fans despite the language barrier, Tzuyu even did her thank you speech in Chinese. #TWICELANDinSG pic.twitter.com/lzgz5VgiIG — •̀ㅅ•́ (@_taevae) June 19, 2018 gashina by twice hahaha #TWICELAND2inSG #TWICE pic.twitter.com/2sWbbhI6uK — TWICELAND2inSG ☆彡 (@onlychuus) June 17, 2018 ‘We will be back’ by 2yeon Jeongyeon imitate nayeon is so funny lmao?. #TWICELAND2inSG pic.twitter.com/2glaYXzG6f — 서열 9위 (@2yeonshipper) June 17, 2018 TWICE ended the concert with an acoustic version of “What is Love?” and promised their Singapore fans to be back again really soon! Meanwhile, TWICE will be making a summer comeback on July 9, their first Korean comeback since “What is Love?” in April. Special thanks to Rock Media for inviting us to the event! Photo Credits: ONE Production CR: soompi Previously reported on CLEO Singapore
  9. TWICE Shares Thoughts On Their Recent Achievements, Travel Must-Haves, And Recommends Songs For Learning Korean Following their first sold out concert in Singapore last year, TWICE is back for their “TWICELAND Zone 2: Fantasy Park” tour! We were at the press conference to meet the girls and find out their thoughts on their upcoming gig. Here are some of the highlights: How does it feel like to return to Singapore and perform at a venue that is twice as large as last year’s? Nayeon: I’m grateful to be back in Singapore within one year, and am really looking forward to the concert. Jihyo: I’m thankful to see double the fans that we used to have, and I’m really looking forward to meeting you all. How will your second concert here be different from your first concert last year? Chaeyoung: There will be plenty more songs and unit performances that fans can look forward to! During your concert, which song do you enjoy performing the most? Tzuyu: I like performing “Only 너,” since it’s a song where many ONCEs sing along with us. Dahyun: My favorite moment is when the stage opens; I get goosebumps as soon as I hear cheers from fans, and I really look forward to meeting them! If you could design a fantasy park, what facilities would you like to have in it? Sana: Personally, I really like roller coasters, and if any ONCEs want to join in on the roller coaster as well, we can enjoy it together! TWICE recently became the first female foreign artist to have a single album certified double platinum in Japan. How do you feel about this remarkable achievement? Jihyo: When we first debuted in Korea, our song “TT” became a hit. I think it’s really cool that fans in Japan also really liked that song, which brought us there and I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to be awarded. Can you share an anecdote of something exciting or funny that occurred behind the scenes while filming your music videos? Tzuyu: We really like to play this game called “Mafia,” and we always play it while waiting to film our MVs. I really like it! Jeongyeon: When filming our music video “What Is Love,” we actually had to dress up as males, which was very memorable for me. Where would you like to visit, or what would you like to try on this trip? Momo: When I visit Singapore, I usually order Chilli Crab or Black Pepper Crab (famous local dishes). I got the chance to try it yesterday, so I was really happy. Sana: I really like the Mantou (fried bun) that comes together with the Chilli Crab, and I want to have it again before we leave Singapore. What is one item that you have to carry with you for your overseas schedules, and why? Jihyo: My camera! I really like photography, so I bought a new camera last year, and enjoy filling up my photo albums with pictures of other people and myself. Jeongyeon: My headphones, as I like listening to music. Whenever I’m on the plane, my ears hurt, but with my headphones they don’t hurt as much. Dahyun: Since we travel a lot, I always ensure that I bring my skincare products, in order to keep my skin healthy after wearing makeup for a long period of time. Momo: I like to have plenty of snacks to eat during our flight! Chaeyoung: I like brushing my hair, so I always have a comb with me. Tzuyu: Bath bombs! I like taking baths in our hotel whenever we travel, so this is an essential. Mina: My tablet, so I can watch movies. Nayeon: My eye mask, since I can’t fall asleep unless it’s totally dark. What is your favourite TWICE song, and why? Momo: I like “TT.” A lot of people got to know us through that song, and the dance moves are easy enough for people to follow as well. Dahyun: I like all our songs, but if I had to choose, it would be “Like Ooh-Ahh.” This is our debut song, so it’s special to me. Which TWICE song would you recommend to help people learn Korean? Tzuyu: “You In My Heart.” I think that the lyrics are really well-written, and it’s a lovely song. I would like it if people can learn and know what the lyrics mean. Jihyo: “What Is Love,” as the lyrics have simple words that can be used in everyday life, plus, the song is quite catchy. Fans can expect special stage set-ups with spectacular visuals at the “TWICELAND Zone 2: Fantasy Park.” Special thanks to ONE Production for inviting us to the press conference! CR: soompi Previously reported on CLEO Singapore and The Straits Times (Singapore)
  10. MBC Reportedly Launching Show To Form Young Self-Producing Group MBC is aiming to launch an audition program this fall that will form a group of creative young musicians, according to a report by News1. It’s reported that the show is being prepared by Jung Chang Young, who is the director of MBC’s “Music Core” and “Section TV.” The new show has been described as different from previous survival shows because it is only aiming to recruit contestants who are students in the age bracket of 10 to 19 and have musical abilities. MBC is planning to choose contestants from fields such as singing, rapping, choreography, and producing. The report describes how this will be different from previous shows that have had mentors or coaches. It’s also aimed to form a next generation K-pop group of musicians with their own world views, and not simply dreams of being celebrities and no basic skills. The producers are said to have planned the show based on popular groups such as BTS, who have been recognized for their skills internationally and have their own world views. It’s reported that famous Korean casting directors are currently searching for talent at both art high schools and regular high schools, with plans to hold large-scale auditions during the summer holiday. Source (1) CR: soompi
  11. Watch: BTS, SHINee, And Wanna One Encourage Young Dancers To Take Part In New KBS Variety Show KBS is introducing its upcoming dance variety show with a clip featuring messages of encouragement from BTS, SHINee, and Wanna One! KBS released its first teaser for “Dancing High,” an upcoming dance battle variety show featuring contestants from the age of 10 to 19. It’s been described as the first Korean variety show that aims to find the best dancers in this age range. The teaser starts off with Wanna One’s Ong Seong Woo singing the line “Tonight’s star is me, it’s me” from their song “Pick Me,” as Kang Daniel and Park Woo Jin dance along. Kang Daniel then shakes his head before pointing at the camera and saying, “It’s you, it’s you.” The clip shows members of Wanna One, BTS, and SHINee encouraging all those from 10 to 19 years of age who know how to dance and want to conquer Korea through dancing to apply for the show. BTS’s Jimin says, “Anyone can apply, including solo dancers, duos, and groups.” V and J-Hope encourage viewers to search for “Dancing High” on Naver to find out more about applying. The groups then encourage everyone to take on the challenge! Watch the clip below: After sharing this recruitment clip featuring BTS, SHINee, and Wanna One, “Dancing High” will soon be releasing more news about its MC and cast. A representative from “Dancing High” said, “Through the dance battle between those from the age of 10 to 19, we’re aiming to show Korea’s dancers from 10 to 19 who are very talented and overflowing with ‘groove.’ We hope you’ll show a lot of interest and apply.” “Dancing High” is slated to begin in August. Source (1) (2) CR: soompi
  12. TWICE Confirmed To Appear On “Idol Room” For Upcoming Comeback TWICE’s first variety show appearance for their upcoming comeback has been revealed! On June 19, it was confirmed that the girl group will guest on JTBC variety show “Idol Room.” Although the group has met Jung Hyung Don and Defconn several times on “Weekly Idol,” this will be their first time meeting them through “Idol Room” after the show’s launch in May. TWICE recently announced their July 9 comeback with “Dance the Night Away.” Their episode of “Idol Room” is scheduled to air sometime in July. Source (1) CR: soompi
  13. All The Highlights From TWICE’s 2018 Concert In Singapore TWICE has shaken all of our hearts. Author: Hidayah Idris (18 Jun 2018) Since their debut, Korean girl group TWICE has been nabbing the top spots on the charts from their first song “Cheer Up” to their latest release “What Is Love”. Their success is illustrated not only through chart rankings, but also their concert tours. The group returned to Singapore last weekend for their highly-anticipated second tour, TWICE 2ND TOUR ‘TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. With Singapore being the first stop of their tour after Seoul, Singaporean ONCEs had the honour of being the first to watch them perform their newest hits outside Korea. [Please visit CLEO Singapore website to read up the original article and other entertainment news!] Missed the concert? Or experiencing post-concert withdrawals? Here are all the highlights from TWICE’s concert in Singapore. CR: CLEO Singapore
  14. VICTON shall be coming over for the festival.