Author: Denise Coley

 “All that glitters isn’t gold” Is a phrase I often heard growing up to describe how people can project an outward appearance of perfection while behind closed doors their lives would be anything but perfect. In her second feature film Time to Be Strong, which premiered at the 25th Jeonju International Film Festival, writer and director Namkoong Sun strips down the facade of perfection projected by the Korean music industry to show that the lives of its artists are anything but golden. Following the success of her 2021 debut feature Ten Months which screened at numerous film festivals within…

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The legendary American singer and songwriter, Billie Eilish, is set to appear on Korea’s popular tvN talk show, “You Quiz On The Block’”. The “Lunch” hitmaker is set to interact with Yoo Jae Suk and Cho Sae Ho with the filming scheduled for mid-June. Billie Eilish released her 3rd studio album, ‘Hit Me Hard and Soft’, early last month. On June 5, the star released a music video teaser of one of the album tracks. The “Chihiro” track MV teaser has skyrocketed the fans’ expectations, especially Korean fans as Bille Eilish is expected to visit Korea in June to promote…

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Crayon Pop became a sensational K-pop act from the “Bar Bar Bar” single that gave them over 65 million YouTube views in 2021. Formerly known as Hurricane Pop, Crayon Pop girl band debuted in July 2012 with the “Saturday Night” single under Chrome Entertainment. Composed of Gummi, Choa, Way, and Ellin after Soyul’s departure, Crayon Pop band made international strides including occulting in doing an opening act for Lady Gaga. The group strived to maintain high ratings throughout their career earning a well-deserved credibility status in the history of K-pop. Crayon Pop band has been inactive since 2017 after their…

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Bobby, who was set to join mandatory military service last month on the 21st  finally enlisted on June 4, 2024. The iKON boy band member became the band’s third member to enlist in the military. Bobby shared a picture with his hair cut short as he thanked the fans for their continued support. Bobby rose to fame after winning the 2014 Mnet’s Show Me the Money 13 survival reality program. Bobby’s agency, 143 Entertainment, announced it would hold a small private ceremony during his enlistment. Bobby has been quite busy in the first half of 2024 including releasing his 3rd…

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Viral Music Sensation Gets Ready for 19-city Nationwide Tour on the Heels of Celebrating Two Billion Views Collectively Trending Asian-American boy group, North Star Boys has released their much-anticipated second full-length album, CYDIA on all digital streaming platforms. The seven-track album showcases the group’s versatility and emotional depth, marking a significant milestone in their careers. Back in April, North Star Boys had already released their main track of CYDIA, Jet Black which garnered attention from fans from all over the world with their 55+ million social media followers. Jet Black, is a dark yet catchy song that highlights the group’s…

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I’m a huge RM fan. I loved mono and Indigo. This album is nothing like those! Which to be honest, was a tad disappointing, but Right Place, Wrong Person transports listeners in a new way, and that’s worth exploring. Right People, Wrong Place: 8/10 This track is unlike anything I’ve heard from RM before. The layers are eerie, curious, and deep. The experimental style probably won’t resonate with everyone, but I liked it. The most understood lyric in this track is “Getting high on a forest fire” and that seems to melt into how the song feels. Nuts: 7/10 The…

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MetaMoon Partners with Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at LIU for Innovative Education Initiative with Summit on Asian Representation in Live Music Industry MetaMoon Music Festival, the event celebrating Asian/AAPI artists and pop culture, is back with two days of programming during the last weekend of September. Headlining the concert at the newly renovated Brooklyn Paramount on Saturday, September 28th will be global superstars Eric Nam and Henry Lau, with rising artists Emei and SUNKIS rounding out the rest of the lineup. This concert marks a milestone for Henry Lau as he makes his solo performance debut in the United States, giving his fans the chance…

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It has been about 8 years since the talented Orange Caramel girl band’s performance as a group. The trio debuted in June 2010 with the ‘Magic Girl” single. Orange Caramel is a sub-unit birthed from Pledis Entertainment agency’s After School girl group. Orange Camael’s final concert was in April 2016 at the SBS’ 2016 Cultwo Show Legend Concert. As of now, only one member is under Pledis Entertainment agency and is still part of the After School group. However, although the other two members left both After School group and Pledis Entertainment, Orange Caramel has not yet disbanded which is…

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There is strength in silence when the silence becomes your testimony of what is too difficult to speak aloud. In director Jee Hyewon’s latest documentary VOICES, which screened in the Korean Cinema program of the 2024 25th Jeonju International Film Festival, the silence and voices of the female survivors of the violent massacres that took place in 1948 on Jeju Island, are finally being shared with the world to listen to. On April the 3rd, 1948 armed forces of the Namrodang South Korean Labor Party attacked 12 police stations located on the island of Jeju off the southern coast of…

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In a country and culture where the R&B music genre is still gaining traction, HALLEY band has made groundbreaking strides and gained global attention despite their recent debut. This young and multi-cultural band’s music pieces are a fusion of Asian pop, jazz, funk, gospel, and soul music vibes showcasing their uniquely diverse backgrounds. K-Crush America Magazine sits with HALLEY band members; Taehyung (vocals), Shin Nishiyama (keyboards), Haru Toyama (guitar), Naoto Shimizu (drums), and Kay Takahashi (bass), to have a glimpse of what their musical journey entails. Given your diverse roots, how did you all meet? We met at the university…

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Global K-pop boy group A.C.E is gearing up to meet “CHOICE” (official fandom name), through their A.C.E 2024 US Tour [REWIND_US]. The five-member boy group, managed by BEAT INTERACTIVE, will showcase their charms in fourteen cities, including Madison, Denver, Santa Rosa, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Tampa, Orlando, Nashville, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit, New York and San Juan. The tour kicks off in Madison on June 19, 2024, and concludes in San Juan on July 18, 2024. A.C.E returns to A.C.E 2024 US Tour [REWIND_US] for the first time in a while. A.C.E, a quintet under the label BEAT INTERACTIVE, comprises members…

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Download and streaming links Japanese pop artist SANTA, who has a huge fan base across Asia, will release his first solo album ‘Prologue’ on May 20.  But you don’t have to wait until then – seven tracks including lead song ‘Let em Out’ have been made available on streaming services as an early taste of what’s to come. This will be SANTA’s first full-length album since beginning his solo career last year. The album includes songs based on the four most important milestone ages in SANTA’s life: ages 14, 17, 21 and 25.  On the album, SANTA expresses his life through…

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Written by student filmmaker Kim Junhyung, A Sucker Punch is a short which film premiered in the Korean Competition for Shorts program at the 25th Jeonju International Film Festival, in Jeonju, South Korea. Despite its 15 minute run time, A Sucker Punch is a very effective demonstration of how the simplest games can work as observational studies in human behaviour and motivations. Led by Doyeon (Im Harry), a weekly game session of Mahjong becomes filled with tension when a new invitee, Hyunwoo (Jang Taehyun), to her regular group is added at the invitation of Soyeon’s romantic interest Sian (Song…

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Kwon Eun Bi and TWICE’s Nayeon will be making solo comebacks this June. Eunbi is scheduled to make a comeback this June. The “Summer Queen” hit-maker will be returning to the entertainment world after 8 months since the October 2023 “Like Heaven”  release.  Eunbi debuted under Ye-A girl group back in 2021. She then moved to Iz*One girl group in 2018 before venturing into the solo artist realm in 2021 with the ‘Open’ EP which skyrocketed her fame. Kwon Eunbi’s agency, Woollim Entertainment confirmed that the start will be making a comeback this June with a new…

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SHINee’s Taemin and ONEW have taken huge milestones after leaving their past agency of 16 years. SHINee’s Taemin official fun club is finally out. The fan club which goes by the name “TEAMate” solidifies the stars change of agency move. “TEAMate” is a combination of “Teamin”, the artists himself, and “Mate”, which means a close friend. The fan club name denotes that fans are Taemin’s closest friends. Taemin, who left SM Entertainment agency last month alongside band teammate ONEW, joined Big Planet Made Entertainment agency. The launched “TEAMate” fun club will help Taemin strengthen his brand while…

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