‘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!

Ayumi Hamasaki Speaks on Recent Health Issues

On May 20, 2017, J-Pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki announced that she is losing her ability to hear out of her right ear. This coupled with the loss of hearing in her left ear will slowly put Ayumi on the road to losing her hearing completely. Ayumi became ill and caught an ear infection. Despite the doctor’s warnings to keep away from loud noises, Ayumi continued with her tour, … Continue reading Ayumi Hamasaki Speaks on Recent Health Issues

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’

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’

Zion. T Announces His North American Tour

On Jan. 27, K-R&B artist Zion. T just announced the dates for his North American tour and the internet is casually freaking out. It’s finally here: Zion.T North American Tour 🇰🇷🇺🇸🇨🇦🔥🔥 – Ticket sale info coming soon! @kpopmeent – Which city are you planning to attend? #HiphopKR A post shared by HiphopKR (@hiphopkr) on Jan 26, 2018 at 9:24pm PST The twenty-eight-year-old South Korean singer … Continue reading Zion. T Announces His North American Tour