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  • BTS nominated for Grammy's best pop duo/group performance for Dynamite; first K-pop artist to do so

    BTS nominated for Grammy's best pop duo/group performance for Dynamite;
    first K-pop artist to do so

    Updated: 2020-11-25 10:02:10 KST

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    "Dynamite by BTS"

    Yet another moment of history making for the global sensation BTS as the group is nominated for a Grammy in the category of best pop duo/group performance for their hit English single "Dynamite.
    This is their first proper nomination at the renowned American awards, becoming the first K-pop artists to make the shortlist, although they have already been recognized at other major U.S. music awards the Billboard Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.
    The announcement was made Tuesday, local time, and for the members it was long-awaited news.

    "When people asked about our goal, (the Grammys) is one of the goals we always talked about. We are very nervous but are looking forward to it on the 25th."

    International media outlets such as AP and Reuters reacted to what they called a breakthrough and Billboard went further, claiming the Recording Academy, which hosts the awards, has finally recognized the cultural shift in a major category.
    The Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 31st., and the band will be competing against the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift for the prize.
    This isn't the first time the group will be at the ceremony however they were the first K-pop group to present an award in 2019, and the following year, they performed "Old Town Road" alongside then nominee Lil Nas X.
    With the Grammy's official cutoff for the 2021 awards already passed on August 31st, the Army, their die-hard fanbase, will be eyeing the 2022 Album of the Year nomination with the group's new album "BE".
    Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.

    Reporter : tkim@arirang.com


    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-25 View : 8
  • Stray Kids hold first virtual concert

    Stray Kids hold
    first virtual concert

    Updated: 2020-11-23

    K-pop boy band Stray Kids held their first virtual concert on Nov. 22.

    “Unlock: Go Live in Life” was streamed through Beyond Live, a livestreaming platform on the nation’s largest portal site Naver.

    The virtual event connected the group with their global fans and picked up from their first world tour “District 9: Unlock” which kicked off last November but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.



    Writer : KBS WORLD RADIO Date : 2020-11-25 View : 0
  • BTS hopes to make nomination list for 2021 Grammy Awards

    BTS hopes to make nomination list
    for 2021 Grammy Awards

    Updated: 2020-11-24 07:00:03 KST

    Of the three major music awards in the U.S., the only one left for BTS to take home is the Grammy Awards.
    Ahead of the Grammy nomination list being announced on Wednesday morning Korea time, BTS leader RM expressed the group's hope of getting a nod from the Grammys during a press conference promoting their latest album "BE".

    SOV (Korean/ Reuters 5005) 1:28~1:42
    "When people asked about our goal, (the Grammys) is one of the goals we always talked about. We are very nervous but are looking forward to it on the 25th."

    With group already earning historic achievements in the global music industry,… from topping the Billboard charts to winning prestigious awards with hit songs such as "Dynamite",…music experts optimistically see BTS as a potential nominee.

    "I believe that it would be difficult for the Grammys to exclude the group from the nomination altogether. With "Dynamite"'s success, it is true that there's a high chance the group will get nominated."

    The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards is scheduled for January 31, 2021.
    Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.



    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-24 View : 2
  • Zico’s agency taken over by Big Hit Entertainment

    Zico’s agency taken over
    by Big Hit Entertainment

    Updated: 2020-11-23

    Big Hit Entertainment, the management behind global K-pop group BTS, has taken over KOZ Entertainment.

    KOZ is an entertainment agency launched by rapper and producer Zico in 2018. It represents Zico as well as Dvwn.

    Big Hit said the takeover is expected to help the agency diversify its business and artist portfolio and marks the latest in the company’s aggressive expansion after taking over Pledis Entertainment in May.


    Writer : KBS WORLD RADIO Date : 2020-11-24 View : 2
  • Well-known actor Park Sang won's monologue 'Der Kontrabaß' on stage

    Well-known actor Park Sang won's monologue
    'Der Kontrabaß' on stage

    Updated: 2020-11-21 09:07:35 KST

    Due to the pandemic, it can be challenging for performers, with the need to maintain social distance.
    That's not the case for Park Sang won who takes to the stage all by himself.
    Kim Bo-kyoung provides a sneak peek of his monodrama.
    Only one actor is performing, yet his acting makes the stage seem full.
    It has been almost 42 years since Park Sang won started out as an actor, and now he is challenging himself to do something new: the monodrama.
    A theatrical piece played by a single actor, a monodrama is often considered a mountain to climb for actors Mount Everest for Park Sang won.
    His performance is based on 'Der Kontrabass', or 'The Double Bass', by German writer Patrick Suskind, who is best known for his novel 'Perfume'. But Park worked on the monologue for more than three years to make it his own.
    "Suskind's works are popular in Korea but the works are very metaphorical so I had difficulty in changing a literary piece to become theatrical."
    The story depicts the sorrow of the protagonist who plays the double bass in a public orchestra.
    He has great pride in the instrument, yet the fact his playing is marginalized and he stands at the end of the row in the orchestra makes him lose his confidence.
    To show the main character's unsociable lifestyle, Park brought his own furniture such as his worn-out chair and analog record player.
    Yet as the play goes on, this excluded, timid man builds up his courage and decides to confess his love towards a beautiful soprano.
    The actor says such drama along with fitting music could deliver hope to those who feel excluded.
    "The drama starts with Brahms' Symphony No. 2 Allegro non troppo meaning fast, but not too fast as if to depict the character's timid and cautious manner. It ends with Schubert's Piano Quintet Allegro vivace fast and faster showing his brave decision."
    The show runs until November 29th at Seoul Arts Center and the actor says he is going to keep pushing harder to portray the alienated artist's life.
    Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.




    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-23 View : 2
  • Arirang TV hosts International Broadcasting Leadership Program 2020

    Arirang TV hosts
    International Broadcasting Leadership Program 2020

    Updated: 2020-11-20 17:06:04 KST

    Arirang TV launched a platform today to exchange ideas on ways to better produce broadcast contents amid challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
    More than 200 broadcasters across Southeast and Central Asia joined the online conference dubbed International Broadcasting Leadership Program 2020 which also featured hot topics from K-pop and K-drama industries.
    Our very own anchor and reporter Oh Soo-young was also there to share her experience in mobile storytelling.


    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-23 View : 0
  • K-pop merchandise becoming major revenue stream for idols

    K-pop merchandise
    becoming major revenue stream for idols

    Updated: 2020-11-19 17:30:34 KST


    K-pop bands might be topping charts around the world, but its not just music sales that are making money for the K-pop industry.
    Die-hard fans are also filling their shopping bags with merchandise from their favorite idols and groups.
    And this industry is now worth well over 100 million U.S. dollars a year.
    Kim Cheong-ah has this report.
    This store sells products related to K-pop stars BTS.
    The BTS merchandise ranges from clothes to confectionary and the boyband even have their own brand of water.
    Fans buy these goods to support their favorite artists, and to feel more connected with their idols.
    " I came here as soon as my exam was over. It makes me happy and gives me strength."
    "I buy them because it makes me happy just lining them up."
    The merchandise market is growing into a major revenue stream for the artists.
    "The market stalled a bit after China imposed restrictions against South Korea in 2017 but now we see a steady expansion of 20 to 30 percent every year."
    Fans are also now directly investing in their idols such as promoting them in advertisements or holding massive birthday events.
    And as the "fandom economy" becomes more and more important, the industry can't help but be sensitive to fan culture.
    The K-pop goods market has already surpassed 132 million U.S. dollars annually.
    With South Korea's music market roughly the 9th largest in the world and its global fanbase getting larger by the day, especially in the U.S. and Europe, the merchandise market is expected to continue to grow.
    Kim Cheong-ah, Arirang News.



    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-20 View : 4
  • 2020 Mokkoji Korea goes online to take the Korean Wave beyond K-POP

    2020 Mokkoji Korea goes online
    to take the Korean Wave beyond K-POP

    Updated: 2020-11-19 10:04:54 KST

    K-pop idols are helping promote Korean culture through 2020 Mokkoji Korea, an interactive online platform.
    The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange introduced the platform in October.

    COVID-19 might have put a halt to concerts abroad, but it hasn’t stopped 2020 Mokkoji Korea from reaching out to fans overseas. The organizers have been interacting with fans online with live streaming sessions, avatar shopping events, and even virtual fan meetings with K-POP idols.

    Mokkoji means "social gathering" in Korean and the project looks to introduce foreigners to the Korean way of life.

    "2020 Mokkoji Korea wants to show the world how diverse Korea is that it's not just about K-POP. Our goal is to familiarize foreigners with Korean culture and make it more approachable."

    The platform features different K-pop idols each week, and this Tuesday's special guests were boyband Teen Top.
    Their efforts were focused on fans from Kazakhstan.

    "With the pandemic, it's impossible to meet fans in-person nowadays but we're delighted that 2020 Mokkoji Korea has enabled us to at least interact with them virtually."

    The idol group did a live-streamed Q-and-A session with some performances and tried out Kazakh cuisine for fans around the world, before mingling with around 50 fans in Kazakhstan on Zoom. Similar events are scheduled for fans in Myanmar and the Philippines in the months ahead.
    2020 Mokkoji Korea will run until the end of January.
    Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.


    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-19 View : 2
  • S. Korea's Lantern Lighting Festival likely to be added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list

    S. Korea's Lantern Lighting Festival likely to be added
    to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list

    Updated: 2020-11-17 09:59:07 KST


    The Lantern Lighting Festival, also known as Yeondeunghoe, may be added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
    The annual event is enjoyed by thousands of people across the country in celebration of the birth of Buddha and has a history of more than 1,000 years.
    The Cultural Heritage Administration said Tuesday that it has completed the necessary submission procedures and it will soon be under review.

    The 2020 nominations will be held online and discussed during the Committee's 15th session, which runs from December 14th to 19th.
    This year, a total of 42 nominations are eligible for inscription on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    If added, South Korea will have 21 cultural practices and properties listed by UNESCO, including traditional Korean wrestling, 'Ssirum', and the lyrical folk song 'Arirang'.
    In 2008, the royal ancestral ritual of the Jongmyo shrine and its music was the country's first cultural heritage item to be officially recognized by UNESCO.
    Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.




    Writer : Arirang News Date : 2020-11-18 View : 3
  • Rolling Stone Magazine’s Koran edition to be launched this month

    Rolling Stone Magazine’s Koran edition
    to be launched this month

    Updated: 2020-11-16

    American music magazine “Rolling Stone” will be launching a Korean edition starting this month.

    Rolling Stone Korea will be the 12th international edition by Rolling Stone and contain a mix of local content and syndicated articles. The magazine’s print edition as well as digital and video content will be available bi-monthly.






    Writer : KBS WORLD RADIO Date : 2020-11-18 View : 1
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