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  1. TWICE are #1 most tweeted celebrities in Twitter Japan on 25th May There are 59042 tweets related to them Probably because they appeared on Music Station and also performed "What is Love?" on the opening
  2. On May 25 local time, both the Official Singles Chart and Official Albums Chart were released for the week of May 25 to May 31. BTS’s new album “Love Yourself: Tear” has entered the Official Albums Chart in the Top 10! It grabbed the No. 8 spot on the chart. The group’s previous highest ranking on the chart was No. 14 with their mini album “Love Yourself: Her.” The Official Albums Chart ranks the Top 100 biggest albums of the week in the United Kingdom, based on CD sales, downloads, vinyl, and weighted audio streams. BTS became the first Korean artist to enter the chart in the United Kingdom with “WINGS” back in 2016. Check out BTS’s previous rankings below: BTS has also set a new record for K-pop groups on the Official Singles Chart! Their title track “Fake Love” has entered the chart at No. 42, beating the previous record of No. 46 that they set with the remix of “MIC Drop” last year. The Official Singles Chart shows the most popular songs in the United Kingdom, and it ranks tracks based on official sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl, and audio streams. The record for highest ranking on the chart by a Korean artist is held by PSY’s “Gangnam Style” which came in No. 1. Official Charts is often regarded as the U.K. equivalent to Billboard’s charts in the United States. News about BTS’s rankings on Billboard’s album and song charts will be out next week. Stay tuned! cr https://www.soompi.com/2018/05/25/bts-earns-highest-ranking-yet-official-u-k-charts-albums-singles-charts/
  3. Q.Are there plans to debut new rookies from YG this year? A.After various changes in YG due to BIGBANG’s enlistments and PSY, I thought that it’s more important to focus on our existing artists to let them release new songs and further develop as artists. As a result, iKON made comeback on January and WINNER made comeback on April, while BLACKPINK is preparing to make comeback on June 15. Q.Any news on SEUNGRI’s solo album release? A.SEUNGRI will release his first full-length album on early July. SEUNGRI released two mini albums on 2011 and 2013, so it will be not only his first full-length album but also his comeback as a solo artist in 5 years. Also, SEUNGRI is planning to hold his first solo concert on August, in Seoul. The reason why SEUNGRI was able to prepare his full-length album earlier than expected was due to SEUNGRI’s reckless energy. He sent me confirmation request messages several times a day, so my hardest task while being hospitalized was responding to SEUNGRI’s messages since I couldn’t use my arms. <80% joke, 20% facts> SEUNGRI will also star in a variety program called ‘YG Electronics’ scheduled to air on September through ‘Netflix’, which dramatizes some of the events that happen within YG. SEUNGRI’s variety senses will stand out in the program. Q.What are some of the new plans of YG which haven’t yet been revealed to the public. A. A couple big events which have been prepared over the past couple years will take place at the end of this year, so I will summarize two plans that you will be interested in. 1. A YG Hip-hop crew that will continue the legacy of YG Family is currently being formed. On May 20, we had a small event to celebrate YG’s 22nd year founding anniversary. After the failure of the group Keep Six in 1996, the first artist group produced by YG, JINUSEAN and 1TYM made debut in 1997 and 1998 respectively, which let the public recognize the start of YG Entertainment. JINUSEAN and 1TYM achieved huge success by introducing Hip-hop music to the K-Pop scene, which was relatively an unfamiliar genre at the time. Following the success, YG Family’s first album and second album were released in 1999 and 2002, respectively. G-DRAGON was introduced through the title song ‘Hip Hop Gentleman’ from the 2nd album. It was the time when YG was known as a professional Hop-hop agency. After SE7EN and LEXY successfully debuted on 2003 and artists including Wheesung, Gummy, and Big Mama also achieved success under collaboration with M.BOAT, we were unable to release more YG Family albums since we had many artists diversified in different music genres. Since the impression YG Family gave to the public was so strong that people still mention the name even after 15 years, I thought about how to replace YG Family and eventually planned to form YG’s new Hip-hop crew. The group will be consisted of elite next generation artists from YG such as members from WINNER and iKON, who are close to each other and have great skills. We are planning to produce a program that illustrates the founding and detailed daily lives of the group, who will perform minor themed music. While it is our goal to release a new song within this year, the plan is only a rough sketch in my head at the moment. The good things about the new Hip-hop crew will be that members can focus on Hip-hop songs they couldn’t while they were part of their own teams, and that they will be able to release solo tracks very often. It will be a group that has many advantages and charms. I will calmly plan the project so that my rough sketch could become reality. 2. The foundation of YGX Academy / Supporting SEUNGRI’s DJ Label On August, we will establish a subsidiary company of YG called YGX. YGX will be in charge of 3 different tasks. The first task HIGHGRND’s title and tasks will be transferred to YGX, and YGX will continue discovering new rookies and will handle various entertainment agency tasks. Unlike HIGHGRND which did not involve YG, YGX will be co-operated with YG, while involving YG directly and indirectly. The second task YGX will be in charge of YG’s first dance academy. I am very excited because opening a dance academy is something I wished to do even before founding YG, since I used to be a dancer. It’s not hard to find top stars in Korea who say that they were previously dropped out from a YG audition. Since YGX Academy will discover and develop aspiring individuals who dream of becoming singers or dancers who may enter YG in the future, it will be a great opportunity for both parties and lower the risk of missing out on talented individuals who have potential to become superstars. There will be programs not only for trainees but also programs for the public, and people will be able to experience the same training artists from YG receive since choreographers and dancers from YG will teach the lessons themselves. The third task YGX will merge with NHR, which is a DJ label which is operated by SEUNGRI. YGX will target foreign markets using various methods, such as supporting DJs through collaboration with artists from YG. That was it. Since it’s been a couple years, I had a lot to talk about and also a lot I couldn’t express. As I read my own writing, I feel like I lack in writing skills, once again. I’m sorry I couldn’t mention SECHSKIES, LEE HI, and Lee Su-Hyun from AKMU in this writing, but please know that I will always do my best.Lastly, one of the things I really wanted to do when I first produced SECHSKIES was to produce EUN JIWON’s solo Hip-hop album.I thought about it since I still have the confidence, but it’s still only my desire since SECHSKIES’ successful comeback was a priority. I would like to conclude my writing by stating that I would like to make it happen in the near future. I don’t know when I’ll write to you again, it may be in a couple years. But I sincerely hope that this writing resolved at least a tenth of our fans’ curiosities. I hope everyone to stay healthy and be full of joy. I’m always sincerely sorry and grateful. 2018. 5. 26 FROM YG
  4. FROM: XIUMINBAR TO: SHINee and SHINee World "The name SHINee has become a group that the industry will never be able to erase away in KPOP history. SHINee the stars that continues to shine would be the steps where fans would always chase."
  5. Bambam: During the military draft, I saw a lot of people delaying the service so I prepared myself that if I ended up serving the nation then I want to join the air force. JYP also prepared the news that Bangkok would be my last world tour stop if I had to go
  6. On May 25, Fantagio Music posted a notice on ASTRO’s fan cafe. The statement reads as follows: “Hello. This is Fantagio Music. “First, we want to apologize for causing concern to many fans who love ASTRO with recent events. “We cherish and respect each and every artist of Fantagio Music. “Fantagio Music will heavily invest in our artists who are the owners of our company. “We will also not hold back with our support for the individual promotions of our artists. “ASTRO is busy spending their days preparing for their new album and solo concert. “ASTRO members and Fantagio employees will try our best to come to you with a better album and performance in order to repay all of you for your support and encouragement. “Please look forward to ASTRO who is working hard to prepare with the mindset of rebuilding their foundation. “We will continue to work hard in the future to communicate with fans. “Thank you.” The statement appears to be in response to many fans’ concerns after reports of a possible delay in ASTRO’s comeback due to recent events at the agency. Fantagio recently made headlines when the agency’s CEO was fired and replaced after Chinese company JC Group became its largest shareholder. While JC Group’s Wei Jie took over as the sole CEO of Fantagio, the CEO of Fantagio Music was also dismissed, and Wei Jie’s secretary has taken their position. Fantagio was recently removed from the Korea Entertainment Management Association on May 25 for failing to meet membership requirements following the firing of the agency’s CEO. Fantagio has asserted that artists under Fantagio and Fantagio Music are continuing activities as normal despite the situation. https://www.soompi.c...ure-activities/
  7. In September, K-pop fans are in for a real treat. It was announced today (May 24th) by H.A.H. Entertainment that HallyuPopFest 2018 will take place in Singapore over three days. That's three full days of K-pop acts. While the line-up has yet to be revealed, fans of all ages can be assured that the festival will take place over the local school holidays, from September 7th to 9th. "Festival activities will run from morning into the evening each day," they announced in a press release, "and organisers have confirmed an exciting line-up of performers, featuring a strong base of fan favourites peppered with a few new faces."
  8. Fantagio has reportedly been removed from the Korean Entertainment Management Association (KEMA) This was due to Fantagio not replying to their notices by the imposed deadline This is the first time a company has been removed from the KEMA
  9. Yang Hyun Suk announces BIGBANG will reunite as 4 (G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung) in late 2019, as Seungri will be in the military, so BIGBANG will not have that long of a gap where they are away
  10. NCT 127 topped Oricon’s Daily Album chart with their Japanese debut album, ‘Chain’
  11. Papa YG Yang Hyun Suk has just announced the release date of Black Pink's 1st mini album. Via his Instagram on May 25, Yang Hyun Suk shared a screen capture of a recent Q&A interview, where he answered, "The absence of YG's only girl group Black Pink was too long. Because they continued to release singles right after their debut, fans were disappointed; but this coming June 15, Black Pink will release their 1st mini album. As long as it took to prepare, we have satisfactory products, and we believe that beginning with the mini album release in June, the group will be able to carry out promotions throughout the year with new songs back to back. Please look forward to Black Pink's unstoppable run." Time to mark your calendars, Blinks! cr https://www.allkpop.com/article/2018/05/yang-hyun-suk-announces-the-release-date-of-black-pinks-1st-mini-album
  12. 180523 IU still treasures the flower that Twice’s Nayeon gave her on Valentine’s Day (7th Gaon Chart Music Awards) So cute!! + the members reaction IU's #1 fangirl must be feeling really accomplished
  13. Earlier in the week, it was revealed that “Wake Me Up” topped Oricon’s weekly singles chart and became the first foreign artist in history to surpass 200,000 sales with three consecutive releases. In the newest Hot 100 announced by Billboard Japan, TWICE’s third Japanese single “Wake Me Up” took first with a total of 299,195 sales recorded for the week. With 28,695 points, the single took an overwhelming victory with the second place single taking 10,328 points. Other TWICE releases that made the chart include “What is Love” at No. 12, the Japanese version of “TT” at No. 42, Japanese track “Candy Pop” at No. 56, “Likey” at No. 65, and “Heart Shaker” at No. 92. BTS also showed great strength in Billboard Japan’s Hot 100 with three releases in the top 20. The Japanese version of “DNA” took No. 9, “Fake Love” took No. 10, and their Japanese single “Don’t Leave Me” took No. 11. “Singularity” also placed No. 86. Other releases by Korean artists in the Top 100 are NCT 127’s Japanese track “Chain” at No. 26, GOT7’s Japanese track “THE New Era” at No. 30, and the Japanese version of MOMOLAND’s “BBoom BBoom” at No. 39. soompi
  14. Why did you change some lyrics at BBMAs? RM "There might be some ppl who's listening to the song for the first time, and the pronunciation could be misheard as the n word, so we changed it w/o changing the meaning as much as possible. I'm sorry for Jhope&Suga for that extra work"
  15. Rumored Produce48 Cover Mission Songs1 SNSD Gee2 KARA Pretty Girl3 T-ara Roly Poly4 4minute What A Girl Wants5 Bring It On OST Mickey6 200 Pounds Beauty OST Maria7 Lovelyz Candy Jelly Love8 Oh My Girl Cupid9 TWICE TT10 Apink Hush11 9muses News12 Girls Day Expectation
  16. BTS Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ 7.1 POP/R&B The latest album from the masters of the K-pop formula is a slick, loosely thematic album about love and loss, with a stronger focus on rapping than ever before. K-pop has long been poised for a breakthrough in the U.S., and the stars have aligned for the Korean boy band BTS. It doesn’t hurt that it is easier now than ever to be a K-pop fan on this side of the world, with the genre being tailor-made for our current algorithm-fed content chain. BTS has seized the opportunity, building a ravenous fanbase, not just at home and stateside but in South America and Europe as well. Bangtan Boys (their full name, Bangtan Sonyeondan, translates to “bulletproof boy scouts” in English), are designed for this moment, highly curated, aesthetically optimized for Western consumption. BTS have been presented as the art-house alternative to K-pop’s manic energy: a modish, dilettantish, act whose music is a vehicle for larger artistic choices and statements. After debuting as a swag rap outfit, they evolved from rap-sung mashups to posh electro-pop pageantry. The concept for their 2016 album, Wings, was inspired by Hermann Hesse’s 1919 book Demian. The visuals for one of the best BTS songs, “Blood Sweat & Tears,” were picturesque stills framed in a pop-up museum featuring “The Fall of the Rebel Angels,” Michelangelo’s “Pietà,” and Nietzsche quotes etched in stone, which all produced dramatic fan readings of the video’s symbolism. The members co-write and co-produce their songs, some of which delve into mental wellness and social responsibility, a process that has led many to dub their songs more “personal,” a word sometimes used as a dog whistle for music appealing to be taken more seriously. Their tactics have been emulated by boy bands who have followed, but in many ways, BTS are simply the K-pop model maximized for efficiency. Love Yourself: 轉 ‘Tear’, which follows the 2017 mini album Love Yourself: ‘Her’and the Japanese full-length Face Yourself released earlier this year, is a kaleidoscopic mark of that efficiency, observing the finely tuned formula BTS have been perfecting since 2015. ‘Tear’, like ‘Her’, is a concept album of sorts. Roughly half the songs adhere to the album’s subhead. If ‘Her’ was an assortment of heart-professing love songs, then ‘Tear’ is the inverse. It deals primarily, though not exclusively, with the cycle of grief that lingers through a separation. But all of the songs generally find their way back around to self-love at some point. The album’s opener, “Intro: Singularity,” provides its thesis. “Even in my momentary dreams/The illusions that torture me are still the same,” V sings. “Did I lose myself, or did I gain you?” Written and arranged with longtime producer and frequent collaborator Pdogg and Big Hit label CEO Hitman Bang along with a team of collaborators (Steve Aoki, MNEK, Chainsmokers co-producer DJ Swivel), ‘Tear’ aims for cohesion and produces fun, prismatic songs in the process. There is some level of thematic consistency on ‘Tear’ with at least a semblance of an emotional arc being teased out across the 11 tracks: navigating a dream world and the real one in search of a personal paradise (which at times reads like an analog for being a pop star, especially on “Airplane Pt. 2”), losing love and facing the requisite anxieties and loneliness. These all come to a head on the foreboding lead single “Fake Love,” characterized in full by a lyric that roughly translates to: “I grew a flower that couldn’t bloom/In a dream that can’t come true.” K-pop is often experimental in form and function, which produces full-lengths that can be spasmodic in tone and quality. BTS aren’t immune to this, but the rappers—RM (or Rap Monster), J-Hope, and Suga—anchor the group, not only keeping it moored to a unified aesthetic amid constant stylistic shifts but dictating much of what happens in the music. On the bruising, all-rap closer “Outro: Tear,” the three take turns ripping through the track with punchy cadences, at times suddenly swapping places. The group’s vocalists trade off short, sweet passages that revolve around and often pivot off of rapped verses. Where rap verses are often stopgaps for other K-pop groups, obligatory aspects of pop roleplaying, they are essential to structure and composition here. Whispered, breathy raps slingshot into the supple hook on the flute-powered “134340.” On “Love Maze,” RM balances elastic syllabics with singsong musings while Suga dashes into a tightly twisting flow. Between them, the other members let loose mellow, honeyed coos. The sequencing of the vocal routines is as carefully synchronized as the choreography in their videos. ‘Tear’ isn’t as ambitious or stunning or tragic as Wings, which gave each of the seven members a solo turn ranging from lounge-ready piano balladry and symphonic, single-spotlight melodrama to brooding alt-rap with “Blood Sweat & Tears” as its ideological and aesthetic centerpiece. But there are moments here when BTS seem more poised and more in sync than ever. The Aoki-produced “The Truth Untold” is an epic misdirection; instead of leaning into their EDM-flavored pop or the blitzing trap of Aoki’s “Mic Drop” remix, they opt for a seamless piano serenade wherein the group’s four singers weave in and out of each stanza. “Paradise” is largely propelled by graceful exchanges from Jungkook, V, and Jimin, who surface and retreat gently. Across Love Yourself: 轉 ‘Tear’, BTS are at their best when they feel for and support one another.
  17. The members of BTS have shared some of their goals for the future! On May 24, BTS held a press conference for their comeback with their latest album “Love Yourself: Tear.” The group recently returned from the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, where they won the Top Social Artist Award for the second year in a row. When asked about their next goals, leader RM revealed that the group was hoping to top Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart with their new album. “To be honest,” he confessed, “we’ve said amongst ourselves that we’d like to try and reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this time.” He continued, “Also, we made it to No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last time, so we’ve said to each other that we want to make it to the top 10 this time. If we reach the top 10, it’ll be extremely competitive, because all of the songs that are famous all over the world will be there. Someday, we hope to be No. 1 on the Hot 100.” Suga remarked, “Although part of me feels as though we may be talking about dreams that are too large in scale, I also think that it’s a good thing to dream big.” He went on, “We want to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200, and we want to go to the Grammy Awards.” Suga added, “We also want to do a stadium tour, and we want to become one of the most influential singers all over the world. Because [these dreams] are so hard to achieve, it’s not easy to say them out loud—but now that we’ve said them out loud, we might as well try to reach them.” Cr https://www.soompi.com/2018/05/23/bts-talk-grammy-awards-wanting-top-billboard-charts/
  18. Which idols do netizens think have the best live performances? A netizen picked out the idol groups that had the best live performances, and the majority of the netizens are agreeing with the list. They included the following idols: 1. BTOB 2. SHINee 3. Highlight 4. MAMAMOO 5. BTS 6. NU'EST 7. Lovelyz 8. INFINITE 9. iKON 10. Black Pink 11. GOT7 12. VIXX 13. Pentagon 14. Big Bang 15. G-Friend 16. WINNER 17. B1A4 18. TVXQ 19. B.A.P 20. Golden Child 21. KARD 22. Block B Do you agree with the list?
  19. Shares of Big Hit Entertainment, which is yet to go public, are skyrocketing on the snowballing fame and fortunes of its seven-member boy band BTS. In fact, market sources say that the stocks are in short supply and no one want’s to let go of them now. “Even if you are keen to invest in the stocks, it’s impossible now,” said one analyst, declining to be identified. “The last notable trading took place when a couple of venture capital firms sold their stake to Netmarble Games in March.” For instance, Korea Investment & Securities, which holds a 2.36 percent stake in Big Hit, has said it has no intention of selling any time in the near future. Industry sources say that early this year, a well-known US-based private equity fund was unsuccessful in securing a stake. Adding to its attraction, BTS won the Top Social Artist Award for the second straight year at this year’s Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas on May 20 (local time). On top of that, preorders for its latest album “Love Yourself: Tear” released on May 18 shot past 1.44 million to become the group’s second million-seller. According to local investment banks, Big Hit Entertainment has a market value of more than 1 trillion won (US$928.60 million). It’s the highest among local entertainment agencies and also more than the 800 billion won Big Hit was estimated to be worth in March when Netmarble scooped up a stake. “If Big Hit goes through with an IPO this year, it’s likely to be worth around 1.2 trillion won,”said Lee Ki-hoon, an analyst with Hana Financial investment. SM Entertainment, currently the largest agency in Korea, was worth 400 billion won as of May 21. Its stock price ended at 39,300 on May 23. In 2017, the agency’s operating profit reached 10.9 billion won, while Big Hit posted 32.5 billion won.
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