No, Taeyang Is Not the Justin Bieber of K-Pop [Opinion]

Kpoppers, it’s time to stop the comparisons. Stop comparing BTS to EXO and BIGBANG to SHINee, and please stop comparing all Korean boy groups to One Direction. Stop comparing 2NE1 to Fifth Harmony, and stop comparing Taeyang to Justin Bieber. Just stop. Let the artists be their own persons. Let the music be their own. The…

Health and K-pop Part 3 — Depression and Coping

By itself, music can be a fantastic coping mechanism, especially for fans with depression. It can be so easy to channel emotions through song selection and find solace in the lyrics or instrumentals.  One great benefit of listening to K-pop as an international fan is the inability to understand the language at first; while to…

[INTERVIEW] HallyuNoona.com Re-Introduces U.K.-Based Radio Show, Podcast

Recently, HallyuNoona announced a return to the airwaves via Twitter, an exciting accomplishment for their team and for international Hallyu Wave fans! The website, a “Korean culture blog from a waegukin,” has undergone changes as well. Read our interview with HallyuNoona below. MACG MAGAZINE: You recently navigated radio licensing in the United Kingdom. What does this approval provide…

Health and K-pop Part 2 — Entitlement

An artist’s musical journey to fame is usually fueled by two things: their passion for the craft and support from their fans. While many artists claim that they would make music no matter the how many fans they had, they also claim that their current supporters are a large factor in their decision to continue…

Health and K-pop Part 1 — Dating

Occasionally, stories surface about K-pop fans who have become a little too wrapped up in the lives of their idols. There are horror stories of sasaeng fans who have caused injuries to idols, invaded their privacy and caused horror-filled reactions from fans. But there are also subtle signs arising from people who enjoy K-pop that…

[GIVEAWAY] New Music Release: ‘Distance’ by Alan Z

Alan Z flexes his rap and R&B skills in his newest single, “Distance.” It’s a true R&B track with just the right amount of hip hop. Alan borrowed from a recipe of quality not often identified in R&B/hip hop mixes today. After delivering a calm yet powerful verse, he lures you in with the sweetest vocals. “Distance” holds its own as Alan Z proves he can be both the “cutie pie next door” and the man with the perfectly laid flow.

Thank You L.Joe by Robyn Rush

This guest entry was written by MACG Community member Robyn of YouTube channel K-pop 101. Views and opinions expressed in this entry are solely those of the guest contributor. As 2017 is trekking along, it never fails to make sure K-pop fans are on their toes as another one bites the dust. Recently, L.Joe from…

Alan Z “Distance” Music Video Review

Have you ever watched a video for a new song and wondered what connection the music video and song have with each other? The lyrics have nothing to do with what is happening in the video and leaves the viewer confused. Well, that will not happen when you watch “Distance” by Alan Z. Alan Z…

Dean Suspends Fans in ‘Limbo’

More news from the land of the Rebels. Early on Feb. 9, Dean released a teaser for his upcoming single. Titled “Limbo,” the teaser takes us down the proverbial rabbit hole. However, this seemingly endless spiral downward is less psychedelia and more negative space—darkness as the mind is suspended on the very edge of sleep and…

K-Pop Says Goodbye to Another Powerhouse Group in SPICA

As if 2017 couldn’t get any more tumultuous, it seems K-pop is determined to keep fans on edge, anticipating—as has become the catch phrase of the last few years—who’s next. On Feb. 6,  we got that answer, and all of K-pop fandom let out a collective cry of heartbreak. CJ E&M announced vocal powerhouse SPICA will be taking their…

Hello Counselor Episode 309 Recap

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet watched the 309th episode of Hello Counselor, please watch it here. This week’s guests are announcer Cho Choon-Hyun, comedian Lee Suji, and actor Hwang Dong-Joo. Before being on the set, Lee Young-Ja and Cho Choon-Hyun form an instant friendship, they seem like the ideal couple. For this episode, we…

Mr. House Husband Episode 12 Recap

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet watched this episode of Mr. House Husband, please watch it here. This week’s episode of Mr. House Husband is different from the others. Instead of the regular panel and videos, the housekeeping men will take a trip to Busan, where they will learn how to make traditional holiday food…