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Emotions Run High at Ms. Janet’s ‘State of the World’ in Columbia, SC

There are few experiences in my life that I would call “life-altering.” Yes, I’ve been exceptionally blessed to be able to see some artists I adore and others I’m just discovering for the first time. Each of these experiences has enriched my life in some way. However, to be truly life-altering means I’ve been forever changed in a way that shifts my conceptions about life, … Continue reading Emotions Run High at Ms. Janet’s ‘State of the World’ in Columbia, SC

Artists To Look Out For: UNIONE

Japanese pop group UNIONE originally made their debut in 2013 as a four-member outfit known as SoA, an acronym for Soul of Asia. During their time as SoA they performed all throughout Japan and released their first album, which is now hard to find. Let’s meet the members! SAM, vocalist YUTA, vocalist YUUKI, vocalist JIN, vocalist ISSY, vocalist In 2014, Yuta left SoA to pursue a … Continue reading Artists To Look Out For: UNIONE

MONSTA X Shines on New Japanese Single, ‘Spotlight’

Not wasting a moment, MONSTA X dropped their third Japanese single, “Spotlight,” just a few days after finishing their latest two-month promotional period in South Korea. Released through Universal Music Japan’s Mercury Tokyo label, the single continues MONSTA X’s in-your-face trend of hard-hitting backtracks, killer vocals and rap line perfection. While MONSTA X always manages to bring those ear-worming choruses, “Spotlight” is obviously a very … Continue reading MONSTA X Shines on New Japanese Single, ‘Spotlight’

Nintendo Reveals Labo And You Seriously Have To See And Get This Now

Although I don’t usually write with many exclamation points for MACG Magazine, I’m stepping out of character a bit and saying what you’ll be thinking: “Oh my goodness, I want this thing. I have to have it!” Check out the promotion video for Nintendo Labo and then flail with excitement! On January 17, Nintendo revealed the do-it-yourself accessory for their Switch console.  The cardboard line comes in sets with … Continue reading Nintendo Reveals Labo And You Seriously Have To See And Get This Now

[DISCUSS] YouTube Announces Changes To YouTube Partner Program (YPP)

On January 16, YouTube announced that the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) will change monetization eligibility requirements to 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. The change is effective immediately. In April 2017, the YPP eligibility requirement was 10,000 views over the lifetime of a channel. The company stated that the change, “will allow us to significantly improve our ability to … Continue reading [DISCUSS] YouTube Announces Changes To YouTube Partner Program (YPP)

Anticipation For LOONA Debut Grows

With the introduction of member Go Won less than 24 hours ago, anticipation continues to increase for the official debut of LOONA (stylized LOOΠΔ)! Since their initial announcement in October 2016 via Naver, BlockBerry Creative has strategically released teasers and music for each member of the girl group. BlockBerry Creative is a subsidiary of Polaris Entertainment. The sustained interest throughout several months has proven to be a … Continue reading Anticipation For LOONA Debut Grows

World’s First Wearable Translator Continues Pre-Orders Beyond United States

In 2017, pre-orders for ili shipped to its first 10,000 recipients. The wearable translator created by Takuro Yoshida, a Japanese tech entrepreneur and CEO of Logbar Inc., was created to connect people around the world after Yoshida was unable to ask for a simple glass of water during foreign travel.The device is a Wi-Fi free one-way translator, allowing current users to speak English into it and … Continue reading World’s First Wearable Translator Continues Pre-Orders Beyond United States

SHINee Addresses Fans, Announce Continued Japan Concert Plans

SHINee members Onew (Lee Jinki), Key (Kim Kibum), Minho (Choi Minho) and Taemin (Lee Taemin) left handwritten messages on January 9 on their official website to announce their intentions to continue on with a planned concert in Japan. It is their first public statement from the remaining members after the passing of member Jonghyun. The handwritten letters express their initial concerns with moving forward with … Continue reading SHINee Addresses Fans, Announce Continued Japan Concert Plans

MC Jin And GOT7 Jackson Promote “Idol Trainee”, EXO Lay As Host

On January 6, a promotional video was uploaded to Chinese media platform IQIYI in anticipation of Idol Trainee (also promoted as “Idol Producer”), featuring Jackson Wang of South Korean idol group GOT7, and Chinese-American hip-hop artist MC JIN (Ouyang Jing). The upcoming nationwide competition is being compared to Produce 101 and will be hosted by Zhang Yixing (Lay), member of South Korean idol group EXO. … Continue reading MC Jin And GOT7 Jackson Promote “Idol Trainee”, EXO Lay As Host