When Being a Black Fan Girl Hurts: Antiblackness [OPINION]

“Ran into this girl. I said I’m tired of explaining. Man, this shit is draining. But I’m not really allowed to be mad.” — “Mad,” Solange I’m just going to come out and say it: Being a black fan of Korean pop music hurts. A lot. Often. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being involved (in a very small way) in the Korean music … Continue reading When Being a Black Fan Girl Hurts: Antiblackness [OPINION]

The Seventh Day Begins! JunHyeok Announces Solo Debut!

Former contestant of KBS idol reboot show “The Unit” and former member of K-Rock band Day6, Lim Jun Hyeok has announced his upcoming debut solo single album “Stay.” The project will be released on Feb. 22, 2018 and contains two songs. He wrote both songs himself. Fans can anticipate his first fan meeting as a solo artist to take place in March. It has been … Continue reading The Seventh Day Begins! JunHyeok Announces Solo Debut!

G-Dragon to Enlist at the End of February

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, YG Entertainment officially announced G-Dragon‘s enlistment. After receiving his draft notice, the BIGBANG leader and one of K-pop’s veritable legends decided to fulfill his mandatory military service starting on Feb. 27. Along with members Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri, GD (birth name Kwon Ji-yong) successfully completed BIGBANG’s “LAST DANCE Tour” at Gocheok Sky Dome. He will be the second of the BIGBANG … Continue reading G-Dragon to Enlist at the End of February

‘DNA’ Goes GOLD!

On Feb. 9, 2018, just three days after “Mic Drop” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), “DNA,” the lead single from BTS’ most recent EP, “Love Yourself: Her,” has been certified Gold with 500,000 units sold digitally. This is the second Gold certification, stamping BTS’ place in music history as the first K-Pop group to receive multiple Gold certifications in the … Continue reading ‘DNA’ Goes GOLD!

SHINee’s Jonghyun Shines Oh So Brightly in ‘Shinin’

On Jan. 22, 2018, SM Entertainment released the the late Kim Jonghyun‘s music video for his song “Shinin’,” which is the title track off of his posthumous album, “Poet | Artist.” “Shinin’” is a true testament to Jonghyun’s love of syncapated rhythms and funky percussion. His voice floats and lilts over a ’80s-esque dance breakdown while a tasteful trap beat interjects periodically through the verses, … Continue reading SHINee’s Jonghyun Shines Oh So Brightly in ‘Shinin’

Mnet Announces KCON Japan 2018!

On Feb. 4, 2018, Mnet officially announced that KCON is returning to Japan once again! They released a teaser for KCON Japan on their official YouTube channel. This year KCON Japan will be held at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall from April 13-15! More details to follow soon! KCON season  has officially begun! Have you gotten the chance to attend yet? Which city would you … Continue reading Mnet Announces KCON Japan 2018!

DEAN Goes Mad in the Virtual Limbo of ‘Instagram’

On Jan. 29, 2018, “Different R&B” artist DEAN released the music video for “Instagram.” The official audio for the track was released at the end of December, with a 34-second trailer as the only visual accompaniment. Never one to do anything halfway, Dean had a hand in directing the video, along with director flipEvil and long-time collaborator 96wave. So it’s no surprise to anyone that … Continue reading DEAN Goes Mad in the Virtual Limbo of ‘Instagram’

Sunmi Takes Center Stage in ‘Heroine’

Following her wild success with “Gashina,” Sunmi returns with her new single “Heroine.” The 26-year-old (25 internationally) starlet plays the lead in a stage production-esque video while the song comments on the supposed sad conclusions of relationships. Sunmi spends much of the video dancing in a free interpretive style, which suits the airy and light texture of the verses. It’s also very different from choreography … Continue reading Sunmi Takes Center Stage in ‘Heroine’