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  1. 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)
  2. [KPOPHERALD] Twice to drop first Japanese full-length album in September (JYP Entertainment) Twice is set to drop its first Japanese full-length album in September, its agency said. According to JYP Entertainment on Friday, the nine-piece K-pop girl group will release “BDZ” on Sept. 12. With “BDZ” standing for bulldozer, the album produced by the agency’s head producer Park Jin-young embodies the band’s determination to move forward It will include five new songs and five of Twice’s previous Japanese singles such as “One More Time,” “Candy Pop,” “Wake Me Up,” “Brand New Girl” and “I Want You Back.” Having commenced its Japanese promotional activities in June last year, the band’s latest single “Wake Me Up,” released last month, shipped over 500,000 copies and won the K-pop act its fourth consecutive platinum certification -- awarded in Japan to those who sold more than 250,000 records. Twice is also set to drop its Korean summer single “Dance the Night Away” on July 9. (lotus@heraldcorp.com) CR: KPOPHERALD
  3. 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
  4. [V Report Plus] Behind-the-scenes of Nayeon’s baseball pitch (Naver V app) Nayeon of girl group Twice revealed some behind-the-scenes footage of her recent first pitch at a Korean Baseball Organization game via Naver’s V app Sunday. The video started with the singer practicing the pose ahead of the event. She not only practiced the pitching pose, but also the pitching gestures, shaking and nodding her head. “LG Twice, way to go!” the singer said, using the baseball team LG Twins and her group name. The pitch at LG Twins marked the singer’s second opening pitch following her pitch two years ago. “I saw the picture (from two years ago) and I looked like a baby,” she said. “But now I’m… a woman?” During the actual pitch, Nayeon had a proper posture for throwing but her ball failed to reach the catcher. Though she left some regret on the opening pitch, she enjoyed the game while cheering and eating fried chicken -- a popular snack to eat at a baseball game in Korea. http://www.vlive.tv/video/66050 CR: KPOPHERALD
  5. Park Jin Young Discusses The Future Of JYP Entertainment And Changes They Will Undergo Park Jin Young, the founder of JYP Entertainment, recently participated in an event held by Spark Labs to discuss the future of the agency and how they hope to expand and adapt to the ever-changing industry. Bringing up the fact that JYP will be moving to a new building soon, Park Jin Young talked about four different ways that they will be changing how the company is run in order to be more efficient and adaptable, while also creating a healthy work environment. He called the change “JYP 2.0.” First, Park Jin Young talked about how they will be changing up how the company is run from a traditional format, in which there is one department that carries out a certain set of tasks, such as marketing or management, to different task forces that handle a single artist. He explained that two years ago, he tested out the new task force format with TWICE, and he found that things were faster and communication was better between the staff and the artists. Therefore, JYP will from now on be four different labels under the umbrella of JYP Entertainment, and all of the artists under JYP will be designated to a specific task force. The second strategy Park Jin Young discussed was “Globalization by localization.” He spoke of how bringing in Nichkhun to be a member of 2PM helped the group become a global group and connect more with fans around the world. Park Jin Young explained how JYP has continued to train non-Korean talents to be a part of JYP groups, and they will continue to expand and debut groups under their system with no Korean members. He explained that they recently debuted a Chinese group and are planning to debut a Japanese girl group in the future. The third plan was to create a “JYP Music Factory,” a large space that will help maintain the quality of music while increasing the artists quantity of music. The new facility will include nine dance studios, 18 vocal rooms, seven producing rooms, 11 recording booths, and two mixing rooms to give both established artists and trainees more resources to create more music. Finally, Park Jin Young spoke of “Creativity from happiness,” in which he discussed creating a good work environment for JYP’s employees. He talked about decreasing the number of maximum hours each person works at JYP Entertainment and being willing to hire more people to ensure that a healthy work-life balance is maintained. Park Jin Young also talked about serving high quality, organic food on the premise to make sure that the artists and employees can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Finally, he emphasized the importance of mental health and stated that they had hand-picked a group of psychiatrists who will regularly interact with artists and employees. Catch his full speech below! CR: soompi
  6. [V Report Plus] Twice’s Sana, Momo serenaded by indie band SBGB (Naver's V app) Sana and Momo of Twice were serenaded by South Korean indie band SBGB on “Check-in Live” on Thursday. SBGB’s guitarist and keyboardist sang Twice’s recent hit songs, “What is Love,” “Heartshaker” and “Knock Knock,” in succession. (Naver's V app) The upbeat dance tracks were reinterpreted as mellow ballads. Twice debuted through the audition show “Sixteen” co-created by Mnet and JYP Entertainment, a music label under which the nine-piece act was formed. One of the biggest names in the K-pop scene at the moment, Twice consists of Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu. Full : http://www.vlive.tv/video/76120 SBGB cover "What Is Love? + Heart Shaker + KNOCK KNOCK": http://www.vlive.tv/video/76671 ARRAN cover "T.T remix (with TAK)": http://www.vlive.tv/video/76670 CR: KPOPHERALD
  7. Industry Insiders Rank Most Influential People In Korean Music Industry Who are the most influential people in Korea’s music industry? In honor of their 33rd anniversary, news outlet Sports Seoul surveyed people 35 individuals from different agencies to figure out who are power people in various fields. The industry insiders were asked to rank the top three in each category. Getting voted as No. 1 yields 3 points, No. 2 yields 2 points, and No. 3 yields 1 point. Since 35 industry insiders participated in the survey, the highest amount of points possible for one team is 105 points. Check out the results below! Power People in the Industry 1. BTS (62 points – No. 3 last year) 2. Lee Soo Man (48 points – No. 1 last year) 3. Bang Shi Hyuk (42 points) 4. Yang Hyun Suk (8 points – No. 2 last year) 4. Wanna One (8 points) BTS has proven to be a worldwide sensation with their success at the BBMAs and their latest album “LOVE YOURSELF 轉 Tear.” While Lee Soo Man didn’t get No. 1 this year, he remains a powerful person in the K-pop industry. Widely regarded as the founder of K-pop due to his work in producing first generation idol groups H.O.T and S.E.S, Lee Soo Man continues to be an important figure. As the producer behind BTS, Bang Shi Hyuk rose up to No. 3 with Yang Hyun Suk and Wanna One tying for fourth place. Best K-Pop Producer 1. Bang Shi Hyuk (80 points – No. 1 last year) 2. Lee Soo Man (40 points – No. 3 last year) 3. Park Jin Young (31 points – No. 2 last year) 4. Yang Hyun Suk (8 points) 5. Teddy (6 points – No. 4 last year) 5. Black Eyed Pilseung (6 points) Bang Shi Hyuk tops this ranking for the second year in a row. Due to his agency starting out with less capital and brand power compared to larger agencies, BTS’s success has been all the more impressive. Producers from the Big 3 follow him in the ranking with Teddy and Black Eyed Pilseung tied for No. 5. Best Male Idol 1. BTS (98 points – No. 1 last year) 2. Wanna One (50 points – No. 5 last year) 3. EXO (41 points – No. 2 last year) 4. BIGBANG (9 points – No. 3 last year) 5. SEVENTEEN (4 points – No. 5 last year) BTS’s hold on the No. 1 spot is stronger this year. 31 out of 35 of the industry insiders surveyed picked BTS as No. 1. Wanna One has jumped up three spots from last year following increased popularity. EXO, BIGBANG, and SEVENTEEN round out the top 5 respectively. Best Female Idol 1. TWICE (95 points – No. 1 last year) 2. Red Velvet (50 points – No. 5 last year) 3. BLACKPINK – (31 points – No. 3 last year) 4. MAMAMOO (11 points) 5. GFRIEND (7 points – No. 2 last year) TWICE also continues to hold the No. 1 ranking for the second year in a row. Within two years and six months since their debut, the group has eight title track hits. Red Velvet moved up three spots from their ranking last year reflecting their growth and increased popularity. BLACKPINK, MAMAMOO, and GFRIEND round out the top 5 respectively. What are your thoughts on these results? Source (1) CR: soompi
  8. Everything You Missed At TWICE’s Press Conference In Singapore Find out what their travel essentials are! Author: Cheryl LYS (16 Jun 2018) JYP Entertainment’s multinational girl group TWICE has unquestionably succeeded on all fronts: they perform crazily addictive chart-toppers, boast adorable charms and have stunning visuals. And they’re encapsulating all of those winning factors into their second tour, TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park. After a three-day show in Seoul, the nonet( group of nine people, esp. musicians) is taking their tour overseas, choosing Singapore as their first overseas stop. We caught up with the nonet at their press conference ahead of their concert at Singapore Indoor Stadium tomorrow, during which they revealed their favourite TWICE songs and travel essentials. [Please visit CLEO Singapore website to read up the original article and other entertainment news!] CR: CLEO Singapore
  9. {I do not like reporting the following news from the Singapore press ... however, here goes} [The Straits Times] Police looking into video of concertgoer shouting gang slogan during K-pop girl group Twice's concert K-pop girl group Twice performed at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday (June 17). PHOTO: ONE PRODUCTION Reporter: Ng Huiwen SINGAPORE - The police are looking into a viral video of a concertgoer heard shouting a gang slogan during South Korean girl group Twice's concert on Sunday (June 17). A seven-second clip of the incident was shared online recently, after it was first posted on Twitter. In the video, a voice could be heard chanting "sah lak kau", or "369" in Hokkien, as the nine-member K-pop group sang and danced on stage. The slogan is synonymous with the gang Sio Kun Tong. The concertgoer's face was not shown in the video. In response to queries, the police said they are aware of the incident and are looking into it. Under the Societies Act, it is illegal to join or act as a member of an unlawful society. It is also illegal to attend a meeting of an unlawful society. The Twitter user (angelo@Daamndude) who first uploaded the video claimed the voice in the clip belonged to his brother and that he had shouted the gang slogans during the concert, as he did not know the words to a fan chant being sung by other concertgoers. About 8,500 fans turned up for the three-hour concert, Twiceland Zone 2: Fantasy Park, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday. The group performed hits such as Cheer Up, TT and Knock Knock in their second concert in Singapore, after their debut gig in 2017. The police have previously taken action against those who chanted gang slogans in public. In November 2017, four men were charged for their alleged involvement in unlawful societies, after videos of them shouting gang slogans at funeral processions were circulated online. Anyone convicted of being a member of an unlawful society may face a fine not exceeding $5,000, a jail term of up to three years, or both. CR: The Straits Times Concertgoer shouting 369 gang chant during TWICE’s concert in Singapore
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. [soompi] TWICE Drops Teaser And Date For Summer Comeback TWICE’s first teaser has been released for their next comeback! On June 18 at midnight KST, the group unexpectedly dropped a photo that reads, “Dance the Night Away.” It also displays a date and time: July 9, 6 p.m. KST. Many are speculating that this could be for a domestic release as JYP Entertainment previously confirmed that the group was preparing for a summer comeback. If so, this would be TWICE’s first Korean comeback since “What Is Love?” back in April. Meanwhile, TWICE is currently on their “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” concert tour, and just finished the Singapore leg of the tour. Source (1) CR: soompi
  13. BTS, TWICE, EXO Top TIME Magazine’s List Of 6 Best K-Pop Groups TIME Magazine has shared its list of “the Best K-Pop Groups You Should Know About.” On February 9, the American magazine published a list of the top six “standout groups” in K-pop just in time for the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Referring to K-pop as “diverse in sound” and “one of the most successful genres in the world,” the publication chose to highlight six groups in its introduction to the genre. First on the list was BTS, whom TIME Magazine described as “one of music’s biggest social media phenomena.” Next was TWICE, who “made a splash with their polished take on bubblegum pop.” EXO and Red Velvet followed, with both groups being praised for their musical flexibility and the ease with which they switched between genres. Finally, iKON and SEVENTEEN rounded out the list, with the publication specifically mentioning the success of the two groups’ latest hits (“Love Scenario” and “Thanks” respectively). Congratulations to all of the groups on the list! Source (1) cr: soompi
  14. [V Report Plus] Twice tries ‘peculiar’ concept for Nylon photo shoot Nayeon and Momo of girl group Twice communicated with their fans at a photo shoot for the March issue of Nylon magazine in a live broadcast via Naver’s V app Wednesday. “We are shooting something now,” Nayeon said, starting up the broadcast. “It’s secret what we are shooting for,” Momo added. However, the two soon revealed that they were cover models for the magazine. “Isn’t it our first time shooting photos for Nylon?” Nayeon said. “We did want to shoot for Nylon.” “The makeup is peculiar today,” Momo said. The photo shoot has a “very peculiar theme,” Nayeon added. “It’s really unique! It’s changed a bit now but I tried a (very unique) hairstyle and makeup a while ago,” Momo said. cr: KPOPHERALD
  15. [V Report Plus] Jihyo, Sana greet fans from Fukuoka Jihyo and Sana of girl group Twice communicated with fans in a live broadcast held in Fukuoka, Japan, via Naver’s V app Monday. Starting up the broadcast, Jihyo said that she wanted to communicate with fans before the group’s showcase event began. In the broadcast, Sana, who had reportedly been taken to a hospital for enteritis while shooting an episode for MBC’s variety show “Idol Star Athletics Championships,” said that she is OK now. When asked where the other bandmates were, Sana said “They are preparing to meet Once,” referring to Twice’s fan club. As their bandmate Nayeon entered the waiting room, Sana said, “Nayeon, who said she would work on her abdominal muscles, just took some snacks. I guess it will take some time for her to work on her abs.” Twice is currently on its “Twice Showcase Live Tour 2018 -- Candy Pop,” which kicked off at Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya on Friday. The tour will visit a total of six cities in Japan. Fukuoka is the second leg of the tour. http://m.vlive.tv/video/56323 cr: KPOPHERALD
  16. TWICE Members, Jeon Somi, Kim Sae Ron, And More Show Support At GFRIEND’s Concert On January 6 and 7, GFRIEND held their first ever solo concert “Season of GFRIEND.” For the special occasion, various female celebrities attended on the last day to show their support. TWICE’s Jihyo posted selfies with Yerin and Eunha after the concert, sharing that she went thanks to Yerin’s invitation. She commented how hard they must have worked as it must have been difficult to prepare through year-end performances. “The band was cool, the stages were pretty, the cheers of the Buddies were so great, and more than anything, the members were so beautiful,” she praised. She concluded by expressing her wish for TWICE to have their next solo concert soon, as well. FIESTAR’s Cao Lu was also in attendance and shared a group photo with many other female celebrities who were present. The photo features Cao Lu and GFRIEND along with TWICE’s Jihyo, Nayeon, and Dahyun, Jeon Somi, Kim Sae Ron, LABOUM’s Solbin, CLC’s Eunbin, Park So Hyun, and DreamCatcher’s Dami. Cao Lu posted several other photos with GFRIEND members, Jeon Somi, Park So Hyun, and her former “Real Men” co-star Dahyun. Congratulations to GFRIEND on a successful first concert! cr: soompi
  17. February Girl Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed On February 10, the Korean Business Research Institute announced the newest ranking for brand reputation among girl groups. The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 111,197,984 pieces of big data on about 50 girl groups from January 8 to February 9. This is a 25.58 percent increase from the 88,551,030 pieces of big data analyzed for the January ranking. Along with the recent release of their repackaged album, Red Velvet rose to first place with a participation score of 1,710,472, media coverage score of 3,069,336, interaction score of 2,666,531, and community score of 6,291,335 for a total brand reputation score of 13,737,674. This is a 71.33 percent increase from their January score. TWICE took second with a participation score of 1,045,636, media coverage score of 2,331,528, interaction score of 2,098,000, and community score of 6,241,234 for a total brand reputation score of 11,716,398. MOMOLAND rose four spots to take third with a participation score of 1,195,780, media coverage score of 2,291,400, interaction score of 455,045, and community score of 2,693,836 for a total brand reputation score of 6,636,061. Their total score increased by 79.06 percent from their January score. Check out the top 30 below: Red Velvet TWICE MOMOLAND Oh My Girl Girls’ Generation BLACKPINK Apink GFRIEND Lovelyz fromis_9 MAMAMOO gugudan Cosmic Girls T-ara WANNA.B AOA Girl’s Day Rainbow EXID PRISTIN Weki Meki LABOUM APRIL STELLAR Berry Good f(x) LOONA DreamCatcher DIA 9MUSES Source (1) cr: soompi, www.rekorea.net
  18. Songs By BTS, TWICE, BIGBANG, Red Velvet, And PSY Play As Soundtrack To 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony As the world’s representative athletes entered the stadium at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony, K-pop fans recognized some familiar hits being played! The Opening Ceremony of South Korea’s first Olympic games in 30 years were held on the evening of February 9 at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. As is tradition, each country’s athletes entered the stadium in a parade of nations. Everyone’s excitement reflected in the party-like atmosphere, which was also added to by colorful bright lights and a soundtrack of upbeat dance songs. The background music to the parade of nations included dance remixes of classic Korean songs, as well as hit K-pop tracks including PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” TWICE’s “Likey,” BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby,” BTS’s “DNA,” and Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor.” When athletes from North and South Korea entered together, the background music was the traditional folk song “Arirang.” During the Opening Ceremony, Deulgukhwa’s Jeon In Kwon, Lee Eun Mi, Guckkasten’s Ha Hyun Woo, and Bolbbalgan4’s Ahn Ji Young performed John Lennon’s “Imagine” together. The 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will be wrapping up on February 25, with EXO and CL in the lineup to perform at the Closing Ceremony. Source (1) cr: soompi
  19. TWICE Breaks Its Own Sales Record In Japan In Just 3 Days With “Candy Pop” In just three days, TWICE has broken its own record for first-week sales by a K-pop girl group in Japan! Three days after its release on February 7, TWICE’s new Japanese single “Candy Pop” has sold over 210,000 copies. The single has already managed to break the previous record for first-week sales of a Japanese release by a K-pop girl group, which was set by TWICE’s first Japanese single “One More Time.” “Candy Pop” also set a new record for the highest sales of any K-pop girl group in Japan on the day of its release. As TWICE spends its third consecutive day at the top of the Oricon daily chart, many industry observers speculate that “Candy Pop,” the group’s fastest-selling Japanese release yet, will become its third release to go platinum in Japan. Last year, TWICE became the first Korean artist to receive platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for both its first Japanese album and its first Japanese single. According to the RIAJ’s certification thresholds, albums are certified platinum once they reach 250,000 sales. Congratulations to TWICE on another impressive achievement! Source (1) cr: soompi
  20. Super Junior’s Leeteuk And TWICE’s Dahyun To MC Gaon Chart Music Awards + 1st Lineup Revealed The Gaon Chart Music Awards has announced its MC and part of its performer lineup. The award ceremony is organized by the Korea Music Content Industry Association and will be held on February 14 at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. Late last year the show announced that the ceremony would be going undergoing some changes in focus. Super Junior’s Leeteuk and TWICE’s Dahyun will be emceeing the ceremony. The first round of performers have been announced to be TWICE, IU, Sunmi, Epik High, Wanna One, SEVENTEEN, Changmo, Heize, Hwang Chi Yeul, MeloMance, NU’EST W, SECHSKIES, GOT7, and Lee Soo Hyun (Akdong Musician). The executive secretary of the Gaon Chart Music Awards, Choi Kwang Ho, stated, “As a ceremony that celebrates the artists who worked hard to revolutionize the music market in 2017 and the businesspeople who work in the music industry, we invited artists who had great influence like Wanna One, IU, and TWICE. This year, in order to raise the quality of our ceremony, we will put a lot of effort into shining a light on people who often get obscured in the music industry.” Source (1) cr: soompi
  21. K-pop girl group TWICE's member TZUYU expressed concern over the recent powerful earthquake that struck in her home country, Taiwan. On February 7, TZUYU uploaded a photo of herself with the caption both in Korean and Chinese that said, "I hope this horrendous earthquake won't occur anymore. I pray for everyone to be safe without injuries or damages." On February 6 around 11:50PM local time, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck just off the East coast of Taiwan, about 21 kilometers (13 miles) North of the city of Hualien. Taiwan's government said that at least four buildings had partly collapsed or were left leaning at dangerous angles. Currently, at least 4 people are confirmed to be dead, 225 injured, and about 145 missing. Most of the missing are believed to be trapped in a damaged building in downtown Hualien. (Lee Narin, Credit= SBS News, Kim Hyun-chul/SBS funE, 'twicetagram' Instagram) (SBS Star) credit: SBS Star
  22. Watch: TWICE Takes 9th Win For “Heart Shaker” On “Music Core,” Performances By INFINITE, Oh My Girl, Block B, And More The January 13 episode of MBC’s “Music Core” had Park Hyo Shin’s “Sound of Winter,” Jang Deok Cheol’s “Good Old Days,” and TWICE’s “Heart Shaker” as contenders for first place. TWICE took home the crown this week, making it their ninth win for “Heart Shaker.” Congratulations to TWICE! Today’s episode features performances from INFINITE, Oh My Girl, Block B, Jo Kwon, MXM, MOMOLAND, N.Flying, The Boyz, TRCNG, IN2IT, Duetto, Busters, BLK, and Navid. Watch performances in the following soompi link! cr: soompi
  23. TWICE Beats Own First Day Sales Record + Tops Oricon’s Daily Single Chart With “Candy Pop” TWICE’s newest Japanese single is another hit! The girl group released “Candy Pop” on February 7, and took first place on Oricon’s daily single chart (dated February 6) with 117,486 units sold. This is the highest number of albums sold on the first day in terms of TWICE’s Japanese releases, as “#TWICE” saw 46,871 sold units and “One More Time” recorded 94,957 sold units. With this, TWICE continues to hold the record for the highest number of albums sold on the first day of sales out of all Korean girl groups who debuted in Japan. “Candy Pop” also placed first on Tower Records’ online daily sales chart, with all three versions of their album ranked first to third. As both “#TWICE” and “One More Time” reached over 250,000 in sold units, and were certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), TWICE’s newest single release may reach this milestone once again. Source (1) cr: soompi
  24. “2018 Idol Star Athletics Championships” Confirms Broadcast Schedule MBC’s “2018 Idol Star Athletics Championships New Year Special” has confirmed its broadcast dates and times. The trademark holiday variety show is back for its ninth year. Divided into four episodes, the first two episodes will air on Fbeurary 15 at 5:40 p.m. KST with the remaining two episodes airing on February 16 at 5:10 p.m. KST. With many idols participating, the show remains highly anticipated. Super Junior’s Leeteuk, Apink’s Bomi, and Jun Hyun Moo are the MCs for the event this year. Also, bowling is a new category and will highlight many skilled idol bowlers. Participating male idols include EXO, Highlight, Wanna One, BTOB, VIXX, SEVENTEEN, NU’EST W, MONSTA X, ASTRO, NCT 127, UP10TION, SNUPER, KNK, VICTON, IMFACT, ONF, The East Light, Romeo, Golden Child, MVP, MXM, The Boyz, BLK, IN2IT, RAINZ, TopSecret, and MYTEEN. Female participants include TWICE, Red Velvet, Apink, GFRIEND, Lovelyz, LABOUM, Oh My Girl, MAMAMOO, LABOUM, DIA, Cosmic Girls, gugudan, 9MUSES, APRIL, PRISTIN, Weki Meki, DreamCatcher, CLC, MOMOLAND, Berry Good, Baby Boo, Favorite, H.U.B, Gate9, S.I.S, Busters, Hash Tag, Minseo, Kriesha Chu, Yuseol, ELRIS, and 1NB. You can watch the “2018 Idol Star Athletics Championships New Year Special” on Viki! Stay tuned for updates. Source (1) cr: soompi
  25. TWICE’s “Candy Pop” To Be Certified Platinum In Japan After Less Than A Week Of Sales TWICE is continuing their platinum streak in Japan! The girl group’s new Japanese single “Candy Pop” topped Oricon’s daily singles chart for the fifth consecutive day on February 10 with 18,853 copies sold. After five days of sales, the single has now sold a total of 256,809 copies, far exceeding the group’s previous Japanese first-week sales record of 205,595 with “One More Time.” It also breaks the first-week sales record for a Japanese single by a Korean girl group. As “Candy Pop” has now exceeded 250,000 in sales, it is confirmed to receive platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Once officially announced by the RIAJ, all three of TWICE’s Japanese releases so far will be certified platinum. Congratulations to TWICE on another impressive achievement! Source (1) cr: soompi