May is shaping up to be one of the biggest months in K-pop this year, with major players marking their return to the scene and newer acts attempting to make a name for themselves. Ranging from million-selling albums to a contender for the song of the summer from BTS, here’s what to check out from the Seoul-based scene. NCT Dream The youthful unit from the larger NCT group is set to release their first full-length album, Hot Sauce, on May 10. The spicy album is racking up a lot of anticipation among fans, and has recorded over 1 million pre-ordered copies ahead of its release. Highlight The group returns after several years away and one member down with their new mini album The Blowing on May 3 (Monday), fronted by the single Not The End. Oh My Girl The popular girl group will release their eighth mini album Dear OhMyGirl on May 10. They have been keeping fans busy in the lead up to the release of it and single Dun Dun Dance with a variety of teaser videos and images … [Read more...] about New K-pop releases to look forward to in May, from BTS to NCT Dream
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The company behind South Korean boy band BTS on Wednesday (Feb 17) announced a project to find the next K-Pop sensation, through a global audition program that is expected air in the United States in 2022. Big Hit Entertainment said it was teaming with Universal Music Group to find, develop and train the new K-Pop boy band. Lenzo Yoon, Big Hit’s global chief executive, said the new project would “apply Big Hit’s success formula established over the past 16 years to the US, the centre of the global music market.” The new K-Pop group will record on a new Los Angeles-based record label within the Universal Music Group. BTS, the seven-member band which made its debut in South Korea in 2013, went on to conquer the highly competitive US music market with top-selling singles and videos featuring a sunny, positive vibe. Last year BTS, which has a vast and fervent fan base, was named entertainer of the year by Time magazine. Universal Music Group Chief Executive Sir Lucian Grainge … [Read more...] about Wanted: New K-Pop band, American style
The subculture of Selena Quintanilla Pérez super-fandom, or Selenidad , was born out of grief. After the Queen of Tejano music was murdered on March 31st, 1995 — shot once in the back by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar — her Mexican American fans mourned her. For some it was like a close relative had been assassinated and an untouchable, living religious diva was extinguished before she could perform her miracles. When Dreaming of You , her first English-language album, was released posthumously that summer, it sold over 175,000 copies in a single day and eventually over 3 million copies. In her home state of Texas, they painted large murals of her, erected a statue, named a park in her honor and made her Corpus Christi music studio into a museum. All these decades later, fans still put her photos up on their Día De Muertos ofrendas and dress up in her most famous outfits on the anniversary of her death. Related Stories What to Watch in May: … [Read more...] about Who Owns Selena’s Legacy?
Playing with knives, spinning guns, and carrying out dangerous heists – that’s what mastermind Kaz Brekker, assassin Inej Ghafa and gunslinger Jesper Fahey, from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse duology Six of Crows, are known for, and stars Freddy Carter, Amita Suman and Kit Young are bringing these characters to life, even though technically, the baddest and most beloved characters, The Crows, weren’t part of the first book that Netflix’s new fantasy series Shadow and Bone is based on. In our interview with Carter, Suman and Young, Carter shares that The Crows’ incorporation into the adaptation of Shadow and Bone is prequel material, all whilst hinting at a potential season 2. “The first season will follow the first book of Shadow and Bone, the first book of the trilogy. What’s really exciting for the fans of the books is that everything in the characters is prequel material before we get to meet them at the beginning of Six of Crows. That was really exciting for me, and for all of us … [Read more...] about Shadow and Bone’s Freddy Carter hints at Season 2, and on bringing The Crows to the screen
HE is the suave star of the Great British Sewing Bee – and is now rivalling Paul Hollywood as the housewife's favourite. Yet unlike Bake Off’s cheeky chappy Paul, Patrick Grant ’s appeal to a legion of women — and one or two men — comes from being seriously posh totty. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Despite the contrast, Patrick, 48, understands why these unlikely shows — one about cookery, the other about making clothes — have transformed both men into heart-throbs. Patrick, who is six years younger than Paul, 54, said: “We’re very different characters from very different backgrounds, but we’re both incredibly passionate about what we do. “I love what I do and that’s something people find alluring. People are drawn to that. “I’m game for all of the comparisons, but am I the next Paul Hollywood? I don’t know. “I certainly get a lot of messages now. “I can’t even tell you the most extreme because some of them are … [Read more...] about Hunky designer Patrick Grant is TV’s new No1 pin-up after judging The Great British Sewing Bee – and he’d date a fan