Special festival recreates major intangible Korean cultural assets in Seoul

A special festival in central Seoul will showcase the essence of some internationally recognized traditional Korean performing arts, the culture ministry said Friday.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation, will host the festival, whose title translates as "Great Inheritance Meets Today," from Aug. 31 to Sept. 21 on the premises of the National Museum of Korea.


The upcoming event is the festival's second edition. The inaugural event last year entertained around 15,000 spectators.


Star-studded songs from hit TV drama storm charts

Midway through its 16-episode run, tvN drama series "Hotel Del Luna" is having its moment, with its latest episode aired on Sunday hitting a viewership high of 10 percent.

And so is the drama's original score that brings together unprecedentedly top-tier K-pop singers to grace the background of the fantasy romance combined with horror.

"Can You Hear My Voice" by female solo singer Ben, an OST number for the series, topped the daily chart of Melon, one of the major online music stores, as of Tuesday.


WINNER's Jinu celebrates heyday of his twenties with 1st solo record

Compared to Seungyoon, the outspoken leader and producer of K-pop boy band WINNER, and its two other dynamic rappers, vocalist Jinu has been an unusually shy member, revealing little about himself and his artistic ambitions.

This week, however, Jinu, whose real name is Kim Jin-woo, took a major step out of the shadows to release the first solo record of his six-year musical career with the band.

The title of the single -- "Jinu's Heyday" -- is fully representative of his awareness about this critical first step.


Red Velvet to drop new summer record

Girl band Red Velvet will return to the K-pop scene next week with their second record of the summer season, the group's management agency said Monday.

The upcoming album, "The ReVe Festival: Day 2," set for release on Aug. 20 is a continuation of its previous record, "The ReVe Festival: Day 1,' dropped two months earlier.

Having stormed the K-pop scene with "Zimzalabim," the main track of the June album, the upcoming record will be full of sparkling summer songs, SM Entertainment said, without elaborating further.


SHINee, EXO, NCT 127 members to come together in one boy band in Oct.

 In collaboration with an affiliate of American entertainment giant Universal Music Group, South Korea's biggest music label SM Entertainment will unveil a new boy band in October that will bring together highly accomplished artists under its wing.

Under the joint project with the U.S.-based Capitol Music Group (CMG), home for such famous music acts as Katy Perry and the Beatles, SM will globally launch the seven-member band SuperM, SM said in a press release.


Asia's biggest K-pop awards MAMA reconsiders Japan, Hong Kong as event venues

The Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA, the biggest annual K-pop awards series held outside of South Korea, is reconsidering Japan and Hong Kong as its destinations for this year's event, according to the event's organizer.

Having been among the biggest consumers of K-pop outside of Korea, Japan and Hong Kong have hosted the high-profile K-pop event for the past two years, welcoming in an army of A-list K-pop artists to their cities, including BTS, Wanna One and actors Park Bo-gum and Song Joong-ki as show hosts.


Ensemble La Mer et L'Ile to stage special concert to mark historic Korean centenary

Non-profit Korean ensemble La Mer et L'Ile, or the Island and the Sea Ensemble, will stage a special classical fusion concert this month to celebrate the centennial of two major events in Korean history.

The "Special Concert to Commemorate the Centenary of the March 1st Independence Movement and Korean Provisional Government," set for National Liberation Day on Aug. 15 at Seoul Arts Center, is part of the ensemble's mission to promote Korea's diplomatic causes through art events, according to the ensemble.


A series of K-pop album releases, concerts in Japan in limbo amid trade row

An unprecedentedly large number of high-profile K-pop concerts and album releases are set to hit Japan from August onward as K-pop is enjoying a heyday in the neighboring country, but an accelerating trade row between Korea and Japan is feared to pose uncertainty over their future.

Pushing its diplomatic relations with South Korea to the lowest point, Japan imposed, in early July, curbs on exports of three essential high-tech materials to South Korea.


TWICE's Jihyo, Kang Daniel confirm romantic relationship

 Two top-tier K-pop stars, Jihyo of girl band TWICE and solo artist Kang Daniel, confirmed Monday that they are in a romantic relationship.

Early Monday, a news outlet released photos of the two stars on a date near Kang Daniel's home in Hannam-dong in central Seoul.

Within a few hours, their management agencies -- JYP Entertainment and Konnect Entertainment -- confirmed the couple's romantic relationship.

"The two people are in a relationship under which (they) are dating and interested (in each other)," Konnect Entertainment said.


(News Focus) High-profile idol competition show comes under fire for alleged vote rigging

 Since its launch in 2016, idol competition TV show "Produce 101" has grown into one of the most promising debut channels for would-be K-pop stars, but the show sustained a major blow to its credibility as the competition results of its latest season have been called into question.

The final episode of the show's fourth season, titled "Produce X 101," on July 19, revealed the results of viewers' voting to pick the final 11 winners who will officially debut as a boy band under a contract with the show.



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