Buzz http://k-popped.com K-POPPED! Passionate about Korean pop culture Thu, 10 May 2018 10:35:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 K-Pop Sensation BTS To Be Honoured At The 8th Asian Awards http://k-popped.com/2018/04/k-pop-sensation-bts-honoured-8th-asian-awards/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:11:43 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=39350 The Asian Awards returns for it’s 8th edition on Friday 27th April 2018 and will once again be honouring some of the world’s most outstanding and highest achieving individuals. The Asian Awards is a pioneering event that has quickly evolved into the most prestigious global acknowledgement… Continue Reading

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The Asian Awards returns for it’s 8th edition on Friday 27th April 2018 and will once again be honouring some of the world’s most outstanding and highest achieving individuals. The Asian Awards is a pioneering event that has quickly evolved into the most prestigious global acknowledgement of pan-Asian success across all walks of life, emphasising inspiring accomplishments and highlighting international role models in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts & culture.

This year The Asian Awards will be honouring K-Pop sensation BTS with the Outstanding Achievement in Music Award. After their triumphant turn at last year’s American Music Awards and sell-out shows in LA, Chicago and New York, BTS is proving to be the much-needed vanguard of K-pop to the western world. Together the 7-piece boy-band consisting of RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook have become superstars across the world, becoming the first South Korean act to break into the Billboard Top 100. Their chart success has been mirrored by – and is some ways because of – their social media. Using Twitter, BTS interact with their fans across the world in an unprecedented way and with over 10 million followers on Twitter and an average of 252,231 retweets per post, it’s no surprise they hold the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagements for a music group.

The Outstanding Achievement in Music Award has previously been won by former One Direction star Zayn Malik, chart-topping singer Nicole Scherzinger, British super-producer Naughty Boy, Multi-Grammy winner Norah Jones, Oscar winning composer AR Rahman and Bollywood music icon Asha Bhosle.

The Asian Awards was founded in 2010 to celebrate the outstanding achievements and excellence of pan-Asians across the globe. This year’s event is hosted once again by comic genius, and winner of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Television award, Sanjeev Bhaskar. The Asian Awards will partner with UK based charityOne Family for the 2nd consecutive year.

 

The event will be attended by the who’s who of politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, industrialists and influencers from across all sectors. Previous winners include,Bruce Lee, Zayn Malik, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Sachin Tendulkar, Jack Ma, Dr Amar Bose, Sir David Tang, Freddie Mercury, Kunal Nayyar and the late Ahmed Kathrada.

The Asian Awards in partnership with Payswiff will be held on Friday 27th April at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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Kris Wu, One Of Asia’s Biggest Stars, Signs Exclusive International Agreement With Universal Music Group http://k-popped.com/2018/04/kris-wu-one-asias-biggest-stars-signs-exclusive-international-agreement-universal-music-group/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:24:01 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=39316 Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced an exclusive international recording agreement with Kris Wu, one of Asia’s biggest stars and an artist whose creative success spans music, film and television. Under the agreement, future… Continue Reading

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Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced an exclusive international recording agreement with Kris Wu, one of Asia’s biggest stars and an artist whose creative success spans music, film and television.

Under the agreement, future music from the multi-talented phenomenon will be released internationally through a partnership of Interscope Geffen A&M in the U.S., Island Records in the U.K., and Universal Music China, as well as UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries, delivering impactful worldwide campaigns across digital platforms, physical releases, audio-visual titles and select live events.

 

The 27-year-old music producer, singer song-writer and actor was born in Guangzhou, China, in October became the only Chinese artist to reach No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Chart with the smash success of the single “Deserve,” featuring Travis Scott. Along with gaining significant airplay on American radio, “Deserve” has racked up more than a billion streams to date. Noting its “sensual, harmonizing vocals,” Billboard hailed “Deserve” as a “trap-laden banger built to be played in clubs around the world.”

Over the past few years, Wu has steadily amassed an international following thanks to a series of viral hits that he produced and wrote, including “July,” “B.M.”, “6,” and “Juice,” a song featured in XxX: Return of Xander Cage, a 2017 movie that co-starred Wu as a member of Vin Diesel’s super-agent team.

 

In addition to XxX: Return of Xander Cage, Wu has starred in films including Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017). In addition, Wu represents leading global brands including Mercedes-Benz’s Smart Cars, which introduced the “Kris Wu Edition” in China; American Express Hong Kong’s I.T. Cashback Card; and he serves as a brand ambassador for BVLGARI. In addition, Wu is a global brand ambassador at Burberry, the first non-British person chosen to represent the luxury brand. He’s also brand ambassador for McDonald’s and he is the first Chinese brand ambassador for BEATS.

In making the announcement, Sir Lucian Grainge, UMG’s Chairman and CEO, said, “Kris is an incredibly talented recording artist, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur. I’m thrilled that Kris is joining the UMG family and honored that we will have the opportunity to build upon his remarkably successful career.”

 

Kris Wu said, “It‘s my pleasure to be part of this collaboration with Universal Music Group. I’m enjoying the time to share creative and vision of my music. As a singer-songwriter and producer, the album I’m working on now is elaborately produced and rounded by me and I will keep working to deliver more beautiful works to all my audiences around the world.”

Sunny Chang, Chairman and CEO of UMG’s Greater China operations, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Kris and our sister companies to launch new global hit songs from Kris, who is a genuine musical talent. As one of the industry’s top producers and singer-songwriters, Kris has global ambitions and he’s fluent in Mandarin, English and Korean, allowing him to uniquely overcome any language barrier. As China grows into one of the world’s biggest music markets, Universal Music China will continue to develop Kris Wu as well as the very best Chinese talent and position its artists for success both in the local market and across the globe.”

 

John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, said: “Kris is an incredible talent.  There are literally and figuratively no boundaries when it comes to his musical and cultural reach.  We are looking forward to working alongside Kris and his team to bring his vision to global scale.”

 

Darcus Beese, President of Island Records, said, “Kris is a fantastic talent who represents the incredible opportunity of the modern music business – one without borders, where hit songs can come anywhere in the world and seamlessly translate into great success whether in Asia, North America or the U.K. We’re thrilled to work with Kris and excited about everything that he has in store for fans.”

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So, You Want To Be A K-Pop Artist? http://k-popped.com/2018/04/want-k-pop-artist/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:46:03 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=39092 Korean pop music is a popular genre in South Korea. Like any other music genre, there are individuals who aspire to be a K-Pop artist and those who have ‘made it.’ This article will provide you with some insight into… Continue Reading

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Korean pop music is a popular genre in South Korea. Like any other music genre, there are individuals who aspire to be a K-Pop artist and those who have ‘made it.’ This article will provide you with some insight into how to become a K-Pop star. To start, understanding K-Pop is the first step towards becoming a K-Pop artist. Next, comes the process. This includes the auditioning, practice, and so on to make it as an artist. The beauty of K-Pop is that it has transcended into an international phenomenon. It is not contained within one country, rather, people all over the world listen to this music.

About K-Pop

As a K-Pop fan, you do more than just listen to the music. K-Pop videos are an art show, consisting of effects, theatrics and the track itself. To better understand K-Pop and what it entails, it’s best to listen to existing and popular songs. Learning K-Pop means listening to current and past K-Pop artists to get a feel for the music genre and what it entails.

 

Process

Becoming an idol requires a lot of work. Overnight sensations are not the norm and thus here are a few steps would-be artists must undergo (in this case, future K-Pop artists). The first step is training. This includes training the voice and training for auditions. The next step is the auditioning process. Artists must attend many different auditions until that one audition sees their potential and takes them on. The third step is signing a contract that comes out of one of your auditions. The contract is not a debut, rather is the individual being taken into a company’s training routine. At that point, the individuals must undergo further rigorous training in order to receive an artist contract. This means that most of this individual’s time must be and should be dedicated to perfecting their music craft. There is constant homework. Albeit, even with this process, very few individuals make it as an artist, as there is tough competition and many aspire to become stars.

Should the artist be given a debut, the work doesn’t stop. At this point, the artist must continue to practice and produce content that the public likes and wants to hear. After all, the music created is meant for people to listen to. There are certain aspects of the debut that have been made easier with technology, such as a cover art maker. Every artist needs an album to go with his or her debut. Adobe Spark offers people the ability to create album cover art for free so that this process does not need to be lengthy. The time and effort spent on making the music also requires a unique CD design of the same impact. Though, this isn’t something that you should lose sleep over given the availability of an app that can help.

The road to a K-Pop artist is a long one. There are no shortcuts, and should the artist get to the end of the road, the outcome is, naturally, fame. Understand that becoming a K-Pop artist isn’t easy. If it is your passion, it requires your attention, day and night, to make it into the competitive world of music.

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13th Annual Soompi Awards Winners Announced http://k-popped.com/2018/04/13th-annual-soompi-awards-winners-announced/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:29:51 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=39207 Soompi, the world’s leading source for news on pop-culture coming out of Korea and Asia, announced the winners of its 13th Annual Soompi Awards, an audience-driven award show that recognizes the best in K-Pop, Korean Drama and Fandom from around… Continue Reading

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Soompi, the world’s leading source for news on pop-culture coming out of Korea and Asia, announced the winners of its 13th Annual Soompi Awards, an audience-driven award show that recognizes the best in K-Pop, Korean Drama and Fandom from around the globe.

With nearly 42 million vote Tweets over two 24-hour periods for this year’s #TwitterBestFandom award category, GOT7 emerged victorious with nearly 40% of the total vote Tweets and successfully defended their Best Fandom title for the third year running. The #TwitterBestFandom hashtag trended worldwide for eight hours, while the #SoompiAwards hashtag was used in nearly 14 million conversations on Twitter globally from January 23 7 p.m. PT to February 20 7 p.m. PT.

Among this year’s heavy hitters in the remaining categories were superstar group BTS and the television series favorites Hwarang and Goblin. BTS became the first group in Awards history to take home six awards, making them this year’s biggest winners.

Over the past 20 years, Soompi has developed a reputation for fostering robust, active relationships with an audience of over 23 million. This year’s Awards underlined that ability with a staggering 69% increase in participation from their 2017 awards season – a jump of almost 70 million votes. This speaks not only to the immense reach of Korean entertainment globally, but to the profound connection Soompi has with its community. The Soompi Awards generated 1.86 billion impressions, up from the 568 million of the previous year, a 228% increase.

A full list of this year’s winners can be found below:  

Best Female Solo: IU

Best Male Solo: Baekhyun

Best Female Group: GFRIEND

Best Male Group: GOT7

Best Hip-Hop/R&B Artist: Heize

Breakout Artist: MONSTA X

Best Collaboration: Mic Drop Remix (BTS x Desiigner x Steve Aoki)

Best Choreography: DNA (BTS)

Best Stage Outfit: Holiday (Girls’ Generation)

Best MC: Oh My Girl

FUSE Music Video of the Year: DNA (BTS)

Rookie of the Year: Wanna One

Song of the Year: DNA (BTS)

Album of the Year: You Never Walk Alone (BTS)

Artist of the Year: BTS

Breakout Actor: Jung Hae In (While You Were Sleeping)

Best Idol Actor: V (Hwarang)

Best Web Series: Ruby Ruby Love

Best Acting Ensemble: Hwarang

Best Foreign Drama: Attention, Love!

Best Variety Show: It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets

Best Music Reality Show: Produce 101 Season 2

Best Soundtrack: Goblin OST

Best Supporting Actor: Lee Dong Wook (Goblin)

Best Supporting Actress: Yoo In Na (Goblin)

Best Kiss: Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Chang Wook (Suspicious Partner)

Best Couple: Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)

Actor of the Year: Lee Joon Gi (Criminal Minds)

Actress of the Year: YoonA (The King Loves)

Drama of the Year: Goblin

Twitter Best Fandom: GOT7

Latin America Popularity Award: GOT7

Hallyu Special Award: Jonghyun

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PUMA announces exclusive global collection with BTS http://k-popped.com/2018/03/puma-announces-exclusive-global-collection-bts/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:25:53 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=38879 Global Sports Brand PUMA announces its partnership with world-renowned pop music icons BTS. The Seoul-based K-pop group comprised of V, SUGA, JungKook, RM, Jin, J-hope and Jimin have been making huge waves in the music scene and are adored by… Continue Reading

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Global Sports Brand PUMA announces its partnership with world-renowned pop music icons BTS. The Seoul-based K-pop group comprised of V, SUGA, JungKook, RM, Jin, J-hope and Jimin have been making huge waves in the music scene and are adored by millions of fans from their home base to the far corners of the globe.

The young icons have partnered with PUMA in South Korea since 2015 on brand campaigns and product collaborations. This year, together with PUMA, BTS will release their collaborative product worldwide, which includes a remix of the classic PUMA Turin and stylish sportswear basics. PUMAxBTS collection will be first available in Korea this Spring, with other regions following up later this summer. In addition to the creation of the PUMAxBTS collection, BTS will be seen in PUMA campaigns this year for the brand’s Sportstyle range, which includes classic PUMA icons such as the PUMA Suede and T-7 Track Suits.

BTS won the ‘Top Social Artist’ last year at the Billboard Music Awards, one of the top three music awards in the United States, surpassing world famous artists. They were also officially invited to the American Music Awards (AMA) to perform on stage, being the first K-pop group to do so, increasing the reputation of K-pop music and culture. In addition, they released the remix album ‘MIC Drop’ last November, making it to 28th place on the ‘Hot 100’, the Billboard singles chart, in the United States, which is the top record for a K-pop group.

BTS has been a great partner for PUMA and their innovative spirit, authenticity and creativity sync perfectly with the PUMA DNA. The PUMAxBTS collection will first hit stores in Korea this March and roll out globally in July. A follow up capsule to be released later this fall.

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VOGUE’S 73 Questions: CL http://k-popped.com/2018/03/vogues-73-questions-cl/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:28:47 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=39177 Fresh from performing at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in her hometown of Pyeongchang, South Korea, K-pop sensation CL answers her door at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, where she’s currently camped out for a spell.… Continue Reading

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Fresh from performing at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in her hometown of Pyeongchang, South Korea, K-pop sensation CL answers her door at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, where she’s currently camped out for a spell. When Vogue comes knocking—and then knocks down 73 rapid-fire questions about Kanye West, her favorite candle, Borat cameos, Disneyland, “Purple Lamborghini,” eyeliner as the ideal accessory, being a cat person, and how to say “cheers!” in Korean.

Not enough for you? Tag along as she walks us up to the roof to check out the view—and the dance move she’s most proud of.

 

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BTOB Chosen as 2018 Korea Tourism Honorary Ambassador http://k-popped.com/2018/03/btob-chosen-2018-korea-tourism-honorary-ambassador/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:20:00 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=38679 BTOB has been appointed as the honorary ambassador for this year’s Korea Tourism! Debuted in 2012 under Cube Entertainment, BTOB has gained much attention from worldwide audience last year with their newest song titled “Missing You”. Korea Tourism Organization officially… Continue Reading

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BTOB has been appointed as the honorary ambassador for this year’s Korea Tourism!

Debuted in 2012 under Cube Entertainment, BTOB has gained much attention from worldwide audience last year with their newest song titled “Missing You”.

Korea Tourism Organization officially announced BTOB as the Korea Tourism Honorary Ambassador last February. With seven members of BTOB, they will represent the seven looks and contents of Korea tour which are performance, traditional markets, sports, cruise, events, foods and hands-on experiences.

Good news for all Melody, BTOB will promoting Korea various entertaining contents and events throughout the year! Be sure to catch them all! ^^

List of Korea Tourism Honorary Ambassador

2017 – Lee Jong Suk
2016 – Song Joong Ki
2012 – Kim Soo Hyun
2011 – Park Si Hoo & Jung Ryeo Won
2009 – Lee Jun Ki

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Jeju Shinhwa World Grand Opening – A World-class Integrated Leisure and Entertainment Resort in Jeju http://k-popped.com/2018/03/jeju-shinhwa-world-grand-opening-world-class-integrated-leisure-entertainment-resort-jeju/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:00:48 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=38894 Landing International Development Limited is pleased to announce the grand opening of Jeju Shinhwa World which is developed and operated by the Group. This represents the first and only iconic world-class integrated leisure and entertainment resort in Jeju Island, Korea. The… Continue Reading

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Landing International Development Limited is pleased to announce the grand opening of Jeju Shinhwa World which is developed and operated by the Group. This represents the first and only iconic world-class integrated leisure and entertainment resort in Jeju Island, Korea.

The grand opening ceremony of Jeju Shinhwa World was held earlier at the Landing Convention Centre. The event was hosted by Dr Yang Zhihui, Chairman and Executive Director of Landing International. Also present at the ceremony were distinguished guests, including Mr Liu Zhifei, Deputy Consulate General of Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China in Jeju; Mr Cho Jeong-Sik, Chairman of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea; Mr Ahn Dong-Woo, Vice Governor for Political Affairs of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Mr Ko Choong-Hong, Chairman of Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council; and Mr Lee Kwang-Hee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jeju Free International City Development Center, Mr. Ahn Choong-Hwan, Director General for Territorial Policy of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport as well as Landing International’s overseas business partners and friends.

Dr Yang Zhihui delivered a speech at the ceremony, during which he said, “This is a memorable milestone in the development of Jeju Shinhwa World. It represents the successful development of a world-class leisure and entertainment integrated resort on Jeju Island.” He pledged to develop Jeju Shinhwa World into a world-class leisure and entertainment integrated resort that Jeju residents would be proud of, and to contribute to Jeju Island’s economic development, particularly its tourism industry.

Known as “the most fabulous garden isle in South Korea and rich in natural resources, Jeju Island attracts countless visitors every year from around the world. The island’s tourism industry therefore possesses immense potential for development. Spanning a total area of 2.5 million square metres, Jeju Shinhwa World consists of luxury hotels, theme parks, facilities for catering, M.I.C.E (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events), gaming and leisure activities. The resort provides one-stop services that cover tours for leisure or business to tours for couples and families, thus complementing the existing offerings from Jeju Island’s tourism industry.

The world-class facilities at Jeju Shinhwa World have opened in phases since April 2017:

  • In April 2017, Somerset Jeju Shinhwa World, the first world-class full-serviced resort condominium in Jeju was opened.
  • In September 2017, Shinhwa Theme Park, in partnership with TUBAn Company Limited, a premier 3D animation company in South Korea, welcomed its first group of customers.
  • In November 2017, Jeju Shinhwa World Landing Resort — the first own-brand hotel of Landing Group, Landing Convention Centre and YG Republique — a food and beverage and entertainment complex which is a collaboration between Jeju Shinhwa World and YG Entertainment was opened.
  • In December 2017, Jeju Shinhwa World Marriott Resort and Shinhwa Shoppes were opened.
  • On 25 February 2018, Jeju Shinhwa World Landing Casino conducted its grand opening.

Highly exceptional facilities are set for opening in the future, including:

  • Shinhwa Waterpark, the only large-scale water park in Jeju, and Jeju Shinhwa World Shinhwa Resort are scheduled to commence operation in the summer of 2018.
  • Jeju Shinhwa World Four Seasons Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel to be located in the heart of Jeju Shinhwa World, and Lionsgate Movie World, the first branded outdoor theme park based on world-famous movies, representing a collaboration between Jeju Shinhwa World and Lionsgate, are expected to be open in Jeju Shinhwa World in 2020.

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[Photos] Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch with Park BoGum http://k-popped.com/2018/03/photos-samsung-galaxy-s9-s9-launch-park-bogum/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:12:59 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=38668 Date: 15 March 2018 (Thursday) Time: 6.30 pm Venue: Pavilion KL Organised by Samsung  

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Date: 15 March 2018 (Thursday)

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: Pavilion KL

Organised by Samsung

 

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Korean’s Premier Star Search Competition Super Model 2017 Comes To MTV Asia This March http://k-popped.com/2018/03/koreans-premier-star-search-competition-super-model-2017-comes-mtv-asia-march/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:55:21 +0000 http://k-popped.com/?p=38764 Catch a screener of Episode 1 HERE! MTV Asia is bringing you the Korean’s premier star search competitionSUPER MODEL 2017 in March. Since 1992, the series has become the launchpad for the biggest stars in South Korea. Catch the stunning and statuesque… Continue Reading

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Catch a screener of Episode 1 HERE!

MTV Asia is bringing you the Korean’s premier star search competitionSUPER MODEL 2017 in March. Since 1992, the series has become the launchpad for the biggest stars in South Korea. Catch the stunning and statuesque models as they strut their way to snag the next hottest celebrity spot!

SUPER MODEL 2017 premieres on MTV Asia on Sunday, 11 March at 7.00PM (WIB), 8.00PM (SG) and 9.00PM (MY). Catch the replays on Wednesday at 10.20PM (WIB), 11.20PM (SG) and 12.20PM (MY).

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