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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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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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