BTS break sparks debate on activism, military exemptions
The surprise announcement by BTS last week that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fanbase, shaking their label's stock price and leaving many questions about the K-pop supergroup’s future. One is looming military enlistment for older BTS members, as well as how engaged the group and their devoted fans, known as ARMY, will continue to be in social issues. In 2020, at the height of BTS’ success, the South Korean government revised the country’s military law that requires able-bodied South Korean men to perform approximately two years of military service.news.yahoo.com
Cool down this summer with a traditional Korean dessert!
The summer heat can have everyone looking for a way to cool down, and a frozen treat is a great way to do it. Bingsu is a traditional Korean dessert made from shaved ice, drizzled with condensed milk, and finished with various toppings. You can try this tasty treat at Myomee, a coffee and dessert cafe inside New Seoul Plaza in Southfield, and while you're there, check out their K-Pop pop-up store!
South Korean celebs are being attacked by Chinese social media users for posting snaps of themselves wearing the hanbok — a traditional outfit that both South Korea and China claim is theirs
BTS rapper Suga was among the Korean stars who drew the ire of Chinese social media users amid tensions over the origins of the garments.news.yahoo.com
A white influencer who spent $250,000 on surgery to resemble a K-pop star said they want to 'look more Korean' despite facing backlash and death threats
Oli London had faced accusations of cultural appropriation for years, but says they plan to continue their quest to become "100% Korean."news.yahoo.com
'Sorry they gave me tickets and not you because you’re poor': Streamer playing game at BTS concert angers ARMY
BTS fans took to Twitter to criticize a popular Twitch streamer for playing a mobile game during the K-pop band’s first concert in two years. The wrath of the ARMY: The gaming streamer, known as “39daph” to her nearly 1 million followers on Twitch, received online backlash from BTS fans after a video of her playing “Cookie Run” while at the band’s concert went viral. While some viewers found the video relatable and comical, some BTS fans were angered by the waste of a concert ticket.news.yahoo.com
2021 American Music Awards: BTS take home artist of the year honors
Underwood won for favorite inspirational artist and favorite female country artist and Doja Cat also won two other awards: favorite female R&B artist and her “Planet Her” was named favorite R&B album. Luke Bryan was named favorite country artist and Bad Bunny was the favorite male Latin artist. The Weeknd was crowned favorite male R&B artist and Drake won the favorite male hip-hop artist. Gabby Barrett took home the favorite country album for “Goldmine” and favorite country song for “The Good Ones.”For the older viewers, New Edition and New Kids on the Block performed together. Later her song “Up” was named favorite hip-hop song.mlive.com
How to Watch the “2021 American Music Awards”
The “2021 American Music Awards” air tonight at 8/7c on ABC. Watch the world’s largest fan-voted awards show for free with a FuboTV subscription. The American Music Awards honor the year’s hottest music, artists, and collaborations. Tune in tonight at 8/7c on ABC, and enjoy music’s hottest night—the American Music Awards. Click here to get started, and don’t miss the “2021 American Music Awards”—tonight at 8/7c on ABC.mlive.com
BTS shares experience with racism, condemning anti-Asian hate
K-pop band BTS said in a statement Tuesday they feel "grief and anger" following recent deadly attacks on Asian Americans. The growing number of anti-Asian hate crimes reflect a growing trend of discrimination against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report released by Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Americans were subjected to nearly 3,800 hate incidents over the last year. In the statement, BTS said, they took time to discuss how to voice their message following the uptick in anti-Asian hate. Last week, advocates held a "National Day of Action and Healing" to protest anti-Asian violence following the March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta.cbsnews.com
BTS condemns anti-Asian racism, says they've experienced it
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, South Korean K-pop band BTS arrives for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. BTS released a statement condemning racism against Asians and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. We stand against racial discrimination, the biggest boyband in the world, tweeted to their 34 million followers in both English and Korean. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)SEOUL – K-pop superstar group BTS has condemned racism against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in a statement saying they've experienced it themselves. “We stand against racial discrimination,” BTS tweeted Tuesday in English and Korean.
Who's performing at the Grammys and how to watch
Los Angeles — This year's Grammys will look different because of the coronavirus pandemic, including no live audience and a lot of precautions. Still, first-time host Trevor Noah promises a show full of surprises and live performances Sunday. How to watch the GrammysThe show will also pay tribute to live-music venues that the pandemic has greatly affected. The list of this year's live performers is a who's who of music's hottest acts, from Cardi B and BTS to Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion. "People are gonna have really fun," said Jhay Cortez, who's performing with Bad Bunny.cbsnews.com
BTS on 1st Grammy nod: 'It’s hard to express in words'
FILE - Members BTS pose for photos during the Golden Disk Awards in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan. 5, 2020. Now, the gift has returned to them — in the form of their first Grammy nomination. “‘Dynamite’ gave us huge success in Korea, of course, a Grammy nomination, a performance, so you know, life is really interesting." “It’s really hard to express in words,” Jimin said of the nomination. They said the Grammy nomination does create some pressure for the next batch of songs they produce, but they’re not letting the success get to their heads.
Grammy performers: Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B, Billie Eilish
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019 photo, Billie Eilish performs during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Eilish will perform at this month's Grammy Awards. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B and Billie Eilish are set to perform at next week’s Grammy Awards. The Grammys were originally supposed to take place on Jan. 31 but were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beyoncé is leading nominee with nine, followed by Swift, Lipa and Ricch, who each earned six nominations.
German radio station apologizes for comment on K-pop's BTS
File---File photo taken Nov.20, 2020 members of South Korean K-pop band BTS pose for photographers during a press conference to introduce their new album "BE" in Seoul, South Korea. I have a car from South Korea. Offense at the comments didn't only come from South Korea, with many social media users in Germany and elsewhere immediately condemning them. “I know which radio station I won't be listening to anymore, bye @Bayern3,” wrote user @fairesvmns in a German-language post that included audio of Matuschik's comments. We will work on the matter with Matthias and the team in detail again in the next few days.”Ad___Juwon Park in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.
BTS to perform on ‘MTV Unplugged’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time
MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS airs tonight, Feb. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. You can also stream it on FuboTV (free trial), Sling and Philo. BTS members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook are coming together for a stripped-down night of music on MTV. You can find which channel MTV is on by using the channel finders here: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV and Dish. Where can I watch MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS if I don’t have cable?mlive.com
BTS is Time's Entertainer of the Year
Ultra-popular K-pop band BTS has a global influence, and that star power is now being recognized by Time magazine. BTS was named Time's Entertainer of the Year for 2020, with their own cover shot by Mok Jung Wook. "There are times when I'm still taken aback by all the unimaginable things that are happening," he said. Under the law, deferment waivers for military service would be granted to pop musicians who have won awards. BTS has won their fair share of awards.cbsnews.com
Time magazine names BTS its Entertainer of the Year
NEW YORK – BTS has had more than just a “Dynamite” year — they've become such a global phenomenon that Time magazine named the South Korean group its 2020 Entertainer of the Year. The magazine announced the honor for the seven-member K-pop boy band on Thursday, hours before a prime-time special that will culminate with the naming of Time's Person of the Year. The magazine cited BTS' massive global presence amid the pandemic, including leveraging their massive fan base to support causes like Black Lives Matter. 1 hit “Dynamite.” The song in November brought BTS its first Grammy nomination. “There are times when I’m still taken aback by all the unimaginable things that are happening,” BTS member Suga told Time for an interview that accompanied the announcement.
12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out
And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years. 3 spot on the pop charts — is up for best rap song and best rap performance. And Anderson .Paak's “Lockdown," about police brutality and racial injustice, is up for best melodic rap performance and best music video. JAY-Z, THE SONGWRITERS, SHINESHappy wife, happy life: Jay-Z has lent his songwriting hand to his wife Beyoncé and he's earned Grammy nominations for it. PAUL McCARTNEY, THE ART DIRECTORPaul McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year — as an art director.
A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Beyoncé is bringing her Black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine. A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. Beyoncé is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each. Jay-Z picked up three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyoncé’s songs: He co-wrote “Black Parade” and “Savage,” thus earning nominations for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song. Instead, multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations and followed Beyoncé as the second-most nominated acts.
BTS says new album 'BE' is a 'letter of hope'
Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS arrive for a press conference to introduce their new album "BE" in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. K-pop band BTS has released their highly anticipated new album, which they describe as a letter of hope. The band held a socially distanced news conference in Seoul to unveil BE, its second album this year. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL – K-pop band BTS on Friday released their highly anticipated new album, which they described as a “letter of hope.”The band held a socially distanced news conference in Seoul to unveil “BE,” their second album this year. Unlike other K-pop bands that carefully maintain the personas created by their labels, BTS is known for its active engagement with fans — known as ARMY — through social media.
South Korean boy band BTS’s label makes a strong debut in ‘really hot’ IPO market
SINGAPORE — Shares of Big Hit Entertainment, the music label of K-pop superstars BTS, soared as they made their market debut in South Korea on Thursday. Big Hit Entertainment's stock opened at 270,000 Korean won (approx. That was double the stock's issue price of 135,000 Korean won per share. Daniel Yoo Yuanta Securities Korea"We think that the entertainment industry will be very important industry for Korea for investor(s) to invest," Yoo said. Still, the analyst admitted that Big Hit Entertainment's current valuation "might be too expensive" as its present dependency on the South Korean seven-member boyband BTS is "very high."cnbc.com
K-pop sensation BTS' label prices IPO at top end of range
South Korean boy band BTS backstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. SINGAPORE — Shares of Big Hit Entertainment, the music label behind global K-pop phenomenon BTS, were priced on Monday at the top end of the range ahead of their highly anticipated market debut. Big Hit Entertainment's stock price was set at 135,000 South Korean won (approx. According to the regulatory filing, Big Hit will also raise 962.55 billion Korean won (approx. Entertainment stocks in South Korea surged on the back of the IPO pricing announcement by Big Hit.cnbc.com
See 24 hours of VMA prep with supergroup BTS
The VMAs looked a little different this year, but K-pop supergroup BTS was on hand to inject some joy and spontaneity into the proceedings with a performance of their song “Dynamite.” Vogue recently released a video looking at their prep work. See the full video here.mlive.com
BTS on gaining respect in the US: ‘We definitely feel that’
FILE - Members of South Korean K-Pop group BTS appear during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on April 17, 2019. Dynamite, the groups first all-English song, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. music charts this week, making BTS first Korean pop act to top the chart. (Jo Soo-jung/Newsis via AP, File)
BTS on gaining respect in the US: We definitely feel that
FILE - Members of South Korean K-Pop group BTS appear during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on April 17, 2019. 1 on the U.S. music charts this week, making BTS first Korean pop act to top the chart. 1 on the U.S. music charts this week, making BTS the first Korean pop act to top the chart. When asked if BTS who released their debut single in 2013 felt like theyve begun to earn more respect from the U.S., RM said: We definitely feel that.I think in the perspective of culture, I think its really important to be familiar. I think its very good and thats what we wanted actually.It could also be time for BTS first Grammy nomination.
K-pop fans become an unexpected ally to American protesters
SEOUL SEOUL, South KoreaAs American protesters took to the streets to mourn the death of George Floyd, they found an unexpected ally: K-pop fans. They flooded right-wing hashtags and police apps with short video clips and memes of their K-pop stars. Even so, political activism isnt exactly associated with K-pop fans. Over the years, K-pop fans have gained notoriety for overtaking Twitter trends and Instagram feeds. He also said K-pop stars are often bound by legal contracts, keeping them from making remarks that could come cause friction.
South Korean boy band BTS postpones US, Canada tours over coronavirus concerns
South Korean boy band BTS seen at The Today Show on February 21, 2020 in New York City. South Korea's boy band BTS will postpone its North America tour that was scheduled to kick off in April due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, its management said on Friday. Big Hit Entertainment said new dates were not set but all reserved tickets remain valid. The delay came as the United States surpassed China and Italy as the country with the most coronavirus cases with thousands of new infections per day. Last month, BTS canceled its Seoul concert also scheduled for April as South Korea was grappling with its own outbreak.cnbc.com
BTS opens pop-up store in Seoul
In the heart of the ritzy Gangnam neighborhood in Seoul, the seven-member K-pop boy band BTS has opened a pop-up store in Seoul. New cartoon versions of the BTS members were introduced on the same day as the opening of the pop-up store. The store has attracted both local and foreign BTS fans -- known as ARMY (Adorable Representative MC for Youth) -- to get their hands on and experience the latest BTS merchandise and interactives. For those who can't travel to Seoul, the House of BTS will also open in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, Japan from Nov. 23 to Dec. 29. BTS Pop-up: House of BTS, 34 Gangnam-daero 102-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of KoreaThe-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
BTS says decision to hold concert in Saudi Arabia wasn't easy
In July, BTS attracted criticism after they announced an Oct. 11 show in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, same-sex sexual activity is illegal, public spaces are mostly segregated by gender and women's rights remain restricted. Why is Saudi Arabia inviting international pop stars? This year, Mariah Carey held her own concert in Saudi Arabia, despite backlash from women's rights activists. Last week, Saudi Arabia announced a new scheme that allows 49 different countries to get a visa on arrival.
'Chicken Noodle Soup challenge' is a thing now
(CNN) - Chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side. And if you want to take things up a notch, there's a dance challenge you can get involved in, too. "Chicken Noodle Soup," the long-awaited collaboration between BTS star J-Hope and American singer Becky G, has been released -- and it's been accompanied by a viral call to arms.
K-pop stars BTS launch mobile game 'BTS World'
South Korean group BTS visits 'The Morning Mash Up' On SiriusXM Hits 1 Channel at SiriusXM Studios on April 12, 2019, in New York City. (CNN) - Korean boy band BTS is launching a mobile game in which you can play the role of their manager. The game, called BTS World, is designed by Netmarble, one of the largest mobile game companies in South Korea, and will officially launch on June 26, according to the company. The storytelling game sees players take over as BTS manager and work to grow the group's career, earning access to exclusive photos and videos as they go. "It's D-2 until the launch of the BTS World game."