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Reporter : Dong Sun-hwa
Wed, June 29, 2022 | 03:06
[INTERVIEW] With unusual nicknames and backgrounds, MIRAE eyes becoming next big K-pop star
Upon sitting in their chairs for an interview, the seven members of rookie K-pop boy group MIRAE - meaning “future” in Korean - began introducing themselves. But before saying their names, they first introduced their nicknames - including “Cotton candy,” “Wolf,” “Angel” and “Christmas” - which were all hard to forget.
Musical 'Sandglass' is love letter to original TV drama
Among all the Korean dramas that have aired to date, SBS' “Sandglass” (1995) is the third most-viewed series ever. Starring acclaimed actors such as Choi Min-soo, Ko Hyun-jung and Park Sang-won, the mega-hit drama was reportedly so popular that there were hardly any people on the street when it was on the air.
'Im Nayeon': TWICE's Nayeon shows who she is with her 1st solo EP
It has taken about seven years for Nayeon to go solo since her 2015 debut as part of K-pop girl group TWICE. But the 26-year-old singer, whose first solo EP “Im Nayeon” came out on Friday afternoon (KST), believes it is not too late.
'Casting meddling' claim stirs musical scene
The nation's musical scene is under a cloud of confusion and internal squabbling, following allegations that a big-name actress made producers cast her close acquaintances in a popular musical. The chaos has driven veteran musical actors to issue a statement to call on actors to refrain from meddling in the casting process.
KARD's new release 'Re:' heralds rebirth of co-ed group
“Re:” - the title of the fifth mini-album by mixed-gender K-pop quartet KARD - stands for multiple words, like rebirth and restart, but it has one clear message: KARD is eager to refresh itself. “'Re' is a prefix meaning 'again,' so we thought it was the best title for our new release, which came out after more than a year off,” leader BM said during a media event at Yonsei U...
Winner, aespa: K-pop hotshots prepare for July releases
K-pop lovers will have their hands full in July, with dozens of K-pop stars putting out their new music offerings next month. From WJSN to Winner to aespa, some of the most attention-grabbing acts are getting ready to steal the hearts of people with their summer songs.
Sakamoto clears plagiarism allegations against singer-songwriter You Hee-yeol
Prolific Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has taken a stand against allegations that Korean singer-songwriter You Hee-yeol plagiarized his 1999 release “Aqua” to write his 2021 song, “A Very Private Evening.” Sakamoto's comments came about a week after You was accused of plagiarism when some internet users pointed out on Instagram that “A Very Private Evening” - a track mad...
Kep1er invites listeners to 'Kep1er Island'
K-pop girl group Kep1er is inviting listeners to “Kep1er Island” - a place of happiness created by the nine members. The group rolled out its second mini-album, “Doublast,” Monday afternoon, about five months after the release of its debut EP, “First Impact.” The singers, who sang about their determination to become the best player in the K-pop scene in “First Impact,” have t...
Culture minister congratulates Lim Yun-chan, winner of 2022 Van Cliburn Competition
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo-gyoon congratulated Lim Yun-chan, Sunday, for becoming the youngest winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to you for your victory,” Park said in his congratulatory message.
Dream Concert marks return of huge K-pop concerts
On Saturday, Sports Complex Station in southern Seoul was crowded with people heading to the Main Stadium of the Jamsil Sports Complex, where the 28th Dream Concert took place in front of a live audience for the first time in three years. The hot and humid weather was not perfect for an outdoor event, but it was not a big deal for the 45,000 eager spectators who came out to w...
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