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IU’s ‘Eight’ featuring BTS’ Suga is out

IU’s latest single “Eight” is available for streaming and we are screaming! The track and music video features the rapping of BTS’ Suga.   The influence of the film “Inception” is very noticeable in the music video which was released today, May 6.  IU enters a white chamber, puts on the music and goes to sleep.  …

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BTOB anniversary

Eight reasons why we love BTOB

Born to Beat or BTOB debuted on March 21, 2012 under Cube Entertainment. It’s the first time that we saw Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik, Peniel, Ilhoon and Sungjae. They practically grew up before our eyes. We celebrate eight years with BTOB. We light our melody bong for them and count the many ways we love them. We love how …

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Map of th Soul: 7

Album review: Worlds collide in BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’

Six years ago, BTS embarked on a two-week journey of Los Angeles, California to learn about the roots of hip-hop culture.  Wearing baggy pants, oversized tees and shiny bling, they were wide-eyed rookies trying to find their place both in the grounded and gritty world of West Coast hip-hop and the expanding universe of K-pop.  …

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Plenty of firsts in Seventeen’s ‘Ode to you’ Manila

It’s Seventeen’s fourth concert in the country since their first fanmeeting in 2016.  “Ode to You” in Manila on Feb. 8 is the 25th show for Pledis Entertainment’s 13-member Korean boy group.    And yet, the group managed to do a lot of firsts in this concert.   This concert saw plenty of firsts.  It’s the first …

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Seventeen’s ode to their Manila fans

“Long time no see Manila!” Seungkwan screamed into a crowd clad in face masks. The unusual scene didn’t faze the singer at all, as he playfully declared “miss you, very very miss you.” With the K-pop group Seventeen, nostalgia and excitement came in waves. When the boys made their dramatic entrance to the heavy bass …

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Yook Sung-jae drops concept photos for upcoming album

The first concept photos for BTOB’s Yook Sung-jae’s upcoming album dropped on February 20. The twitter account of BTOB posted three closeup photos of the actor/singer wearing blue sweater under the blue sky. The concept photos are for the special album “Yook O’Clock”. It will be released on March 2. The actor released single tracks …

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Filipino songwriters share how they helped create BTS’ ‘Black Swan’

BTS working with two Filipino songwriters is staying true to the group’s philosophy—music knows no boundaries. August Rigo and Vince Nantes composed and wrote lyrics for “Black Swan” with BTS leader RM. Multiawarded producer Pdogg and rapper Clyde Kelly also share the credit. The song is the first single off their forthcoming album, “Map of …

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BTS worked with two Filipino songwriters

International phenomenon BTS started 2020 with a bang, taking the world by storm with their much-anticipated single “Black Swan,” their first comeback since the success of “Map of the Soul: Persona” last year.  The septet has cemented their status as world music icons, working with artists, dancers and various organizations all over the globe. Fittingly, …

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Victon and the hysteria of Alice

To my left, right and especially behind, a nonstop barrage of excitement manifested as shouting, shrieking and general histrionics ensued, lasting the entire length of the song, resulting in my not ever knowing what it sounded like. I watched them dance, though, and like all K-pop groups they had their choreography down pat, with the …

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