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[INTERVIEW] Saudi Arabia seeks to become cultural leader via partnership with Korea
In October 2019, K-pop behemoth BTS grabbed international headlines for becoming the first non-Arab artist to play a concert at a stadium in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, where foreign singers could rarely take to the stage in the past. The sold-out show at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh took place only about three months after K-pop act Super Junior becam...
'Carter' starring Joo Won to be released on Netflix Aug. 5
“Carter,” an action film starring actor Joo Won, is set to be released on Netflix, Aug. 5, the streaming giant said Friday. Netflix unveiled a teaser on the same day, featuring Joo with a cross-shaped scar on the back of his head, holding a gun.
'Im Nayeon': TWICE's Nayeon creates splash as soloist
Nayeon of K-pop girl group TWICE is hitting the ground running as a soloist. Her first solo EP, “Im Nayeon,” which came out June 24, secured the No. 7 spot on Billboard's main albums chart ― the highest ranking for any K-pop soloist ― according to Billboard, July 6 (local time.) The mini-album reportedly sold 57,000 copies in a week.
Forum sheds light on how metaverse can reshape entertainment industry
Hardly anyone doubts that the metaverse is a hot talking point in the entertainment scene today, but many do not have a clear picture of how it can reshape the industry and change the way people enjoy cultural content. To help them better understand the concept, opinion leaders in cultural fields gathered together at the 2022 World Cultural Industry Forum (WCIF), which was he...
World Cultural Industry Forum highlights Sweden's impact on K-pop
K-pop hits like SuperM's “One (Monster & Infinity)” (2020), TWICE's “Dance the Night Away” (2018) and Red Velvet's “Peek-A-Boo” (2017) have one thing in common: all of them involved Swedish songwriters in their creative processes. On the first day of the 2022 World Cultural Industry Forum (WCIF) that took place at Hotel Susung in the southeastern city of Daegu, Wednesday, opi...
[INTERVIEW] How Frank Wildhorn became most popular musical composer in Korea
What makes a great composer? Talent, effort or luck may help, but in the case of American musical/popular song composer Frank Wildhorn, his ability to enjoy the entire process of songwriting seems to be the most powerful weapon he has. Being creative can be a form of torture for some people, but for him, it is pure joy.
Korean studies struggles to grow despite success of K-pop, K-dramas
Korean cultural content is sweeping the world off its feet. K-pop titan BTS earned two nominations at the prestigious Grammy Awards, while the 2021 Korean survival series, “Squid Game,” attracted the views of over 142 million households worldwide on streaming platform Netflix. Actor Song Kang-ho recently became the first male actor from Korea to nab the Best Actor award at th...
Korea's 1st queer romance reality show to hit air July 8
“Merry Queer,” the first LGBTQ romance reality show made in Korea, will premiere on the streaming platform, Wavve, July 8. The program will show how LGBTQ couples in Korea tackle the different challenges they face as they try to keep their relationship strong. But Wavve has not revealed many details about the cast.
[INTERVIEW] With unusual nicknames and backgrounds, MIRAE eyes becoming next big K-pop star
Upon sitting in their chairs for an interview, the seven members of rookie K-pop boy group MIRAE - meaning “future” in Korean - began introducing themselves. But before saying their names, they first introduced their nicknames - including “Cotton candy,” “Wolf,” “Angel” and “Christmas” - which were all hard to forget.
Musical 'Sandglass' is love letter to original TV drama
Among all the Korean dramas that have aired to date, SBS' “Sandglass” (1995) is the third most-viewed series ever. Starring acclaimed actors such as Choi Min-soo, Ko Hyun-jung and Park Sang-won, the mega-hit drama was reportedly so popular that there were hardly any people on the street when it was on the air.
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