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TOMORROW X TOGETHER – STILL DREAMING

Global phenomenon K-pop boy group TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI) will release STILL DREAMING via UMe, their first full-length album in Japanese, on February 12, 2021, in the U.S. Pre-order and you can pre-order here.

The album title STILL DREAMING imparts the message that the five boys continue to reach for a shared dream after the success of their debut album The Dream Chapter: STAR, released in March 2019.

The album features ten tracks comprised of Japanese versions of six of the group’s Korean hits, plus two intro/outro tracks, their Japanese hit “Everlasting Shine,” and a brand new Japanese original song, “Force,” featured as the opening theme for the animation “World Trigger” (2nd season).

In addition to the STANDARD 1 CD version, which will include one of five randomly selected photo cards for the first-run pressing, there will also be limited-edition versions of STILL DREAMING featuring all ten tracks. LIMITED EDITION A (1CD) is encased in a limited-edition deluxe slipcase with a 24-page booklet filled with daytime photos, a 24-page booklet filled with sunset-time photos, and a lyrics booklet. LIMITED EDITION B (1CD + 1 DVD) will include a DVD featuring the music video for “Blue Hour (Japanese Ver.),” a making-of video and footage from cover photoshoot, as well as a 12-page booklet filled with daytime and sunset-time photos unique to this limited-edition package.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER made their debut in March last year and has proved themselves as global super rookies as the forefront of the K-Pop scene, claiming a total of ten Rookie Awards. Widely recognized for their high-quality content and impeccable performances, TOMORROW X TOGETHER is once again prepared to take the world by storm with the release of STILL DREAMING.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER received global attention even before the release of their Korean debut mini-Album The Dream Chapter: STAR in March 2019. Upon its release, the mini-Album topped the charts at No.1 on iTunes’ Top Album chart in 44 countries and regions and went to No. 140 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. In addition, the music video for “CROWN” achieved 10M streams in just 13 hours and exceeded 14.49M streams 24 hours after its release, which is the fastest record among new artists debuting in 2019. As of February 15, 2020, the video now has more than 100M views.

Their debut full-length Korean album Dream Chapter: MAGIC also went to No.1 on iTunes’ Top Album chart in 25 countries and regions and the music video for its lead track, “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away),” has already exceeded 65M streams (as of Nov 25, 2020).

TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s last mini-Album minisode1 : Blue Hour reached 300K in physical sales in the first week of release, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and debuting at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.. The EP also placed No. 19 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums Chart. The new ranks mark career milestones for the group, coming on the heels of previous accolades including reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart.

Track List:  

  1. Intro: DREAMING
  2. Force *New Japanese original
  3. Blue Hour *New Japanese version of the lead track in the mini album, “minisode1: Blue Hour” released in Oct.
  4. Run Away [Japanese version]
  5. CROWN [Japanese version]
  6. Angel Or Devil [Japanese version]
  7. Drama [Japanese version]
  8. Everlasting Shine
  9. Can’t You See Me? [Japanese version]
  10. Outro: STILL

Limited Edition A (CD)

Available on CD in a limited-edition deluxe slip case with a 24-page booklet filled with daytime photos, a 24-page booklet filled with sunset-time photos, and a lyrics booklet.

Limited Edition B (CD+DVD)

Available as a CD + DVD limited-edition with the DVD featuring the music video for “Blue Hour,” a making-of feature of the music video and videos from the album cover photoshoot. In addition, this package includes a 12-page booklet filled with daytime and sunset-time photos unique to this limited-edition package.

Standard Edition (CD

The first pressing to include one of five randomly selected photo cards.

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER (“tomorrow by together”) has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy. In just two months of their debut, TOMORROW X TOGETHERsuccessfully sold out their first US showcase tour in six cities with their debut album The Dream Chapter: STAR. Emerging as one of K-pop’s most highly-acclaimed acts, the global super rookies have already won Best New Artist accolades on various award shows and received nominations in 2019 & 2020 MTV Video Music Awards’ Best K-Pop category.

About Big Hit Entertainment

Founded in February 2005 in Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management, and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global superstars BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of “Music & Artist for Healing”’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

Black Pink illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

BLACKPINK Postpones ‘The Show’

BLACKPINK shared today that their highly anticipated global livestream experience THE SHOW will be postponed from December 27 to January 31, 2021 at 12 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. KST, due to safety precautions and current restrictions pertaining to COVID-19 in South Korea.

BLACKPINK said, “We can’t wait to meet our BLINKS as soon as possible, but in order to comply with the South Korean COVID-19 prevention guidelines and to ensure a safe performance, we have unfortunately made the decision to postpone THE SHOW from December 27 to January 31 of next year. Through our concert, we wanted to give you some sort of comfort during these difficult times, but the health and safety of everyone taking part in THE SHOW is our top priority, so, in order to make sure that we prepare for the concert in a safe environment, we have decided to postpone THE SHOW.”

Automatic Refund Details

Everyone who purchased access to BLACKPINK’s THE SHOW via channel memberships will be automatically and fully refunded to their original form of payment starting today and can expect the following:

Fans who already purchased access to THE SHOW will receive emails from YouTube confirming the cancellation and refund. Shortly after these fans receive email notifications from YouTube confirming their refund, the “JOIN” button will reappear on BLACKPINK’s Official YouTube Channel and fans will be able to re-purchase the new channel membership.

How to Buy Access to a NEW Channel Membership

The good news is that Blinks from around the world can NOW buy access to a new channel membership. Fans have two purchase options, both of which include access to the online concert experience on January 31 and additional membership perks. Details on how to purchase and membership options are included below:

Fans can buy access to THE SHOW via the channel membership offer page on desktop and mobile devices, or by visiting BLACKPINK’s Official YouTube Channel and clicking “JOIN” membership on the YouTube website or the YouTube Android app.

Fans can choose from a Standard or Plus channel membership which include the following:

STANDARD: 36,000 KRW / $29.98 USD: THE SHOW livestream, rebroadcast and custom emojis

PLUS: 48,000 KRW / $39.98 USD: THE SHOW livestream, rebroadcast, custom emojis and behind-the-scenes content

Safety is of the utmost importance to BLACKPINK, YG Entertainment and YouTube so we hope fans understand and will join us to celebrate THE SHOW in just a few weeks’ time on January 31, 2021!

Visit BLACKPINK’s BLACKPINK’s Official YouTube Channel for the most up-to-date information on THE SHOW.

TWICE – I CAN’T STOP ME

International K-pop phenomenon, TWICE, released the English version of their current title track “I CAN’T STOP ME” today via Republic Records, through all digital and streaming platforms. Exploring ’80s American retro-pop sounds, the new track marks the group’s second global English single to release this year.  The energy-filled track boasts confidence-inspiring lyrics, as well as themes of balancing both good and bad desires, while acknowledging that in the end, personal longings can’t be stopped.

“We wanted to show a different side of us to ONCE with the English version of ‘I CAN’T STOP ME,’” said TWICE in a group statement. “We (TWICE) are always growing as a group, and love to keep our relationship with ONCE close to us and around the world!”

Earlier today, the group made their highly anticipated debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to perform “I CAN’T STOP ME” for the Covid-friendly #PLAYATHOME series. The performance premiered on the show’s YouTube channel and can be watched HERE.

Eyes wide open, TWICE’s second full-length album, released digitally on October 26th, and made strong debuts across multiple charts in its first week of release.  The album hit the top 5 slot on the all-genre iTunes US Album Sales Chart and debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s World Albums chart; and the album’s lead single debuted in the top 10 of the all-genre iTunes US Song Sales Chart.

In 2015, TWICE became globally renowned phenomenon’s, rapidly taking the U.S. and beyond by storm. Having graced Allure Magazine’s May 2020 cover, the group have been praised by the likes of Harper’s Bazaar, TIME, Billboard, MTV, Forbes, Teen Vogue, Elle and BuzzFeed to name a few. In 2019, the group successfully completed their World Tour, TWICELIGHTS, which included sold-out shows in the U.S. at The Forum in Los Angeles, the Prudential Center in Newark (where they performed in front of 11,000 fans), and a show at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

“I CAN’T STOP ME” English version is available now on all streaming platforms. Listen to the track HERE. The Eyes wide open physical album release date is December 4th. You can preorder your copy HERE.

ABOUT TWICE

Formed under K-pop powerhouse, JYP Entertainment in 2015, TWICE is one of the best-selling K-pop girl groups of all time regarding physical album sales, and this new project will certainly follow suit. The group first rose to prominence with their debut title song “Like OOH-AHH”, and 2016 breakthrough single “CHEER UP” which went on to top multiple Korean pop charts and won ‘Song of the Year’ at the Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. In the same year, TWICE was included in Variety’s Youth Impact Report and was the only K-pop group included in the list. The group was included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity issue in both 2019 and 2017; and were also included in 18th place and as the only Asian act in Billboard’s 21 Under 21 2017: Music’s Next Generation issue. Earlier this year, TWICE’s album MORE & MORE made its first ranking on the Artist 100 and Billboard 200 lists – becoming the fifth all-female musical act from their country to do rank on the Billboard 200. Since 2015, the 9-member group have maintained the reins of K-pop super stars, having released a number of consecutive hits including “TT”, “KNOCK KNOCK”, “SIGNAL”, “LIKEY”, “Heart Shaker”, “What is Love?”, “Dance The Night Away”, “YES or YES”, “FANCY”, “Feel Special”, “MORE & MORE,” and “I CAN’T STOP ME.”

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Bts illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine.

BTS – Be

Written by Thais Jacomassi 

Illustration by Kaelen Felix 

The wait is over. BTS’ fifth studio album, Be, is out now featuring the record-breaking, hit single “Dynamite.” This is the band’s second album release of 2020 – following their release of Map of the Soul: 7 in February — marking the latest comeback for their already historic career. While live concerts and events came to a halt and BTS’ Map of the Soul Tour was canceled due to the pandemic, the band took this opportunity to spur their creativity. The end result was a sentimental and thoughtful eight-track album, including a spoken skit, that reflected on what the past year has been like for them. 

As many sections in the US are entering a new state of crisis with rising Covid-19 cases, Be sends a reassuring message for fans to stay upbeat and hopeful with good-humored, singalongs to keep us afloat from the stress and fear that the pandemic has brought out of everyone. 

Be opens with the band’s newest single, “Life Goes On.” The song’s theme revolved around the pandemic which is made clear in its music video — directed by band member Jeon Jungkook — that features various shots of the members reminiscing on their lives prior to Covid-19 beginning with the line “One day the world stopped.” Despite its melancholic tone, the lyrics are sweet with the promise that one day life will return back to normal, but until then it is important to find positivity among other things. Watch/Listen to “Life Goes On” Here. 

Accompanying the single are more somber and vulnerable songs like “Blue & Grey” and “Fly To My Room” which explore the loneliness that many people have claimed to experience from the confinement of quarantine, especially in the beginning months of the pandemic. In an article by Time Magazine, public health experts stated that coronavirus has amplified the already rising problem of loneliness in the US and across the globe. These two songs not only demonstrate how these negative thoughts have been plaguing so many of us, but it also shows the close and understanding relationship between the band and its millions of fans worldwide. 

“Skit” is a spoken word interlude placed right in the middle of the album which was originally recorded at the same moment that the group was celebrating becoming the first all-Korean group to rise to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August with their single “Dynamite.” It serves as the perfect tool to transition the mood of the album from emotional to cheerful with songs like “Telepathy” and “Dis-ease.” 

Tracklist: 

  1. Life Goes On
  2. Fly To My Room 
  3. Blue & Grey 
  4. Skit 
  5. Telepathy 
  6. Dis-ease 
  7. Stay 
  8. Dynamite 

Listen to Be Here

Listen/Watch “Life Goes On” Here

Listen/Watch “Dynamite” Here

About BTS:

Otherwise known as Bangtan Boys, BTS is a South Korean boy band that was originally formed in 2010 but only debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. The seven members — RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook– co-write and co-produce their own music whose style ranges over a wide variety of genres including pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rap. 

BTS crossed borders into the global market by becoming the first Korean group to receive an RIAA for their single, “Mic Drop,” as well as the first Korean group to top the US Billboard 200 chart with their album, Love Yourself: Tear. Since then, they have continued to lead K-pop’s global phenomenon and break records by being the first all-South Korean group to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with their single “Dynamite” and their remix of Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love.”

More on BTS: 

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About Big Hit Entertainment:

Big Hit Entertainment is a South Korean entertainment company that was founded on February 1, 2005, by Bang Si-hyuk. It currently manages idol groups like BTS and TXT and soloists like Lee Hyun. Big Hit Entertainment continues to make new innovations to the music industry business model and according to their website, “Big Hit strives to become the world’s best music-based entertainment lifestyle platform company.” 

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Twice – Eyes wide open

Twice released a brand new album Monday titled “Eyes wide open.”

It is their second studio album, and it is streaming now on all platforms. You can listen to it by clicking right here.

With this album, the superstar K-pop group set out to show transition and growth, both in maturity and in musical style.

Twice uses inspiration from 80s synths for the 13-track album, which offers a little something for everyone, including new fans as well as old.

“I CAN’T STOP ME,” the first song on the album, is a tone-setter, showing listeners that the album is about to step outside the box and encouraging them to do the same. You can see the music video for the song by clicking right here.

The album was made with the help of some of the music industry’s biggest stars. Dua Lipa worked with the band for “BEHIND THE MASK,” a song written by Heize. Twice is also coming off a YouTube Special Live showcase for “Eyes wide open” that has pulled in more than 2 million viewers. You can see it by clicking right here.

The band debuted in 2015 and found rapid success, gaining popularity in the United States and beyond. They were featured on the cover of Allure Magazine in May.

They’ve also received praise from Harper’s Bazaar, TIME, Billboard, MTV, Forbes, Teen Vogue, Elle and BuzzFeed.

They spent 2019 touring the world on their TWICELIGHTS tour, which sold out The Forum in Los Angeles, the Prudential Center in Newark and the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Next they will release a song titled “I’LL SHOW YOU” for Riot Games.

The entire track list for the album is as follows:

1. I CAN’T STOP ME

2. HELL IN HEAVEN

3. UP NO MORE

4. DO WHAT WE LIKE

5. BRING IT BACK

6. BELIEVER

7. QUEEN

8. GO HARD

9. SHOT CLOCK

10. HANDLE IT

11. DEPEND ON YOU

12. SAY SOMETHING

13. BEHIND THE MASK

You can follow Twice on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

McDonald’s sponsors K-pop event – the KCON:TACT season 2 premier

Fans can connect virtually with hit group, The Boyz, through a special segment presented by McDonald’s

If you are a K-pop stan, McDonald’s has your back this KCON season as a premier sponsor of the world’s largest celebration of Korean culture and music. Starting today through October 25, fans can experience KCON:TACT season 2, virtually, from their living room (or location of choice).

On Sunday, October 25, fans can watch “Crush Moment with The Boyz,” a special segment sponsored by McDonald’s that will feature the 11-member boy group, a headlining KCON:TACT performer. Over the last couple of weeks via social media, The Boyz invited their loyal fan base, “THE B,” to share the first moment they fell in love with the group. The Boyz will choose the top moments and reenact them during the segment.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with KCON for the sixth consecutive year, and especially during this time when people’s access to fun and meaningful events and moments are limited and vastly different,” said Elizabeth Campbell, McDonald’s Senior Director of Cultural Engagement. “­We recognize how important K-Pop is to our customers and are proud to continue celebrating this iconic cultural event, and giving fans access to The Boyz.”

McDonald’s has been a long-time sponsor of KCON with pop-ups at both the New York and Los Angeles events. Last year, convention attendees sampled World Famous Fries® and ice cream, met their favorite K-pop idols, and tried their hand at winning branded goodies through retro-style arcade machines. McDonald’s was also the livestream sponsor, bringing the concert directly to fans watching at home.

“We are excited to partner with McDonald’s to connect with our fans virtually, and give them a special moment,” said The Boyz. “We can’t wait for this segment as we know our beloved THE B is going to love it.”

For details about the full 10-day KCON:TACT experience, visit www.kconusa.com. The entire program will be streamed exclusively on Mnet K-Pop (www.youtube.com/mnet) and KCON official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/kcon).

About McDonald’s USA

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook. www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

About KCON USA

KCON USA (kconusa.com) is the largest fan festival in North America celebrating Korean culture and music. The convention launched in 2012 with over 10,000 fans attending and has more than doubled annually since to over 158,000 fans. KCON is now established in Los Angeles as the annual flagship event for American fans of Hallyu and Asian pop culture, providing the largest forum for fans to directly connect with each other, as well as artists and professionals from the Korean entertainment industry. In 2017, the brand further expanded internationally, presenting KCON in Mexico and Australia as well as returning to Japan. KCON has also held events in France, UAE and Thailand.

NCT Releases New Album – RESONANCE PT. 1

K-pop concept group NCT returns with a new album NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1 and an expanded lineup. The new album will be released digitally worldwide on October 12 via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. with Capitol Music Group/Caroline. Physical albums will be released October 16 in the U.S. It will be followed by the release of NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 2.

Album Pre-order Available Now

The mega-project features the 21 members of NCT 127, NCT DREAM and WayV plus newcomers SHOTARO and SUNGCHAN, bringing the total number of members to 23. Each individual’s unique talent and musical style will have room to shine as they perform in a variety of smaller collaborative units. Watch the official “YearParty” video featuring all 23 members HERE.

NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1 will feature a total of 12 songs, including the lead singles “Make A Wish” and “From Home.”

The album is available for pre-order HERE. View the “Interlude” video HERE, and the full track listing below.

Building on the themes of NCT 2018 EMPATHY, NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1 celebrates the power of connecting through music and the powerful synergy and ripple effects that resonate from such a bond. From the start, NCT’s organic storytelling has been based on the fundamental concept of connection with one another through dreams and empathizing with one another to become one through music.

NCT 2018 EMPATHY charted in the top five of the Billboard World Albums chart and was certified Platinum in Korea. The 14-song album contained such hits as “Boss,” “The 7th Sense,” “Baby Don’t Stop” and “Without You,” which all charted in the top five of Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales tally.

NCT 2020 is: TAEIL, JOHNNY, TAEYONG, YUTA, DOYOUNG, TEN, JAEHYUN, WINWIN, MARK, RENJUN, JENO, HAECHAN, JAEMIN, CHENLE, JISUNG, LUCAS, JUNGWOO, KUN, XIAOJUN, YANGYANG, HENDERY, SHOTARO, and SUNGCHAN.

Track Listing NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1

01 Make A Wish  

02 Misfit  

03 Volcano  

04 백열등 (Light Bulb) 

05 Dancing In The Rain 

06 Interlude: Past to Present 

07 무대로 (Déjà Vu; 舞代路) 

08 月之迷 (Nectar) 

09 Music, Dance 

10 피아노 (Faded In My Last Song) 

11 From Home 

12 From Home (Korean Ver.)

K-POP Star Announces First Livestream Concert

Singer-Songwriter-Producer, Wonho, announced today, via Rolling Stone, that he will be partnering with LiveXLive for a global pay-per-view concert. This will mark his first ever live solo act and debut performance for his first solo album ‘Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me.’ The concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th at 8PM EST/ 11PM EST / Sunday, September 27th at 12PM KST. Tickets will be open for sale on Friday, September 11th at 11AM EST / 8AM PST at LivexLive.com.

WATCH “OPEN MIND” MUSIC VIDEO HERE

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The livestream pay-per-view performance is Wonho’s much-anticipated return to live performing. Wonho recently debuted his first single “Losing You” on August 14th, earning many great reactions from his awaited fans. Following that release, Wonho dropped his first solo mini album ‘Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me’, featuring the title track “Open Mind” on September 4th, which topped the Worldwide iTunes Album charts; taking up the #1 spot under U.S. Pop Album Chart, K-Pop Album Chart in twenty different countries including U.S., and catapulting to #6 under the U.S. All Genres Album Chart.

Immediately upon release, “wonho” was trending #1 worldwide on Twitter, with “open mind,” “#OPEN_MIND,” and “#Love_Synonym” following closely behind. As Wonho makes his first step as a solo artist with this eight-track mini album, he showcases not only his vocal skills; but also his lyrical, compositional, and production skills.

The title ‘Love Synonym’ symbolizes a new start that is different from Wonho’s music style and performances that he has shown before. ‘Love Synonym’ is a new definition of love that Wonho created in order to show his pledges and determinations that he will communicate with his fans. Wonho expressed his earnestness by participating in writing and composing five songs, including the title track “Open Mind” and the pre-released single “Losing You.”

The full performance on LiveXLive will not only feature songs from Wonho’s new solo album among other original and cover songs and a unique PPV experience with behind the scenes footage, docureality-style coverage. Premium tiered pricing includes VIP experiences, exclusive merchandise, meet-and-greets, and other event-exclusive perks. “LiveXLive is fortunate to be able to support Wonho’s return to his fans, the WENEE’s, and the career he loves. Our platform is built for moments like these and we are excited to power this one-of-a-kind concert experience together. We saw an incredible response for the Monsta X live show and anticipate Wonho’s solo breakout performance is perfectly timed to serve as the encore of a lifetime!” stated Dermot McCormack, president of LiveXLive.

Buzz surrounding his pre-released single, “Losing You,” which was dedicated to the fans who thought they may have lost him, took the U.S. Market by storm. Upon release, #WONHO_LosingYou_MV shot up to the #1 Twitter Trend Worldwide; and received notable mentions from publications such as PAPER Magazine, MTV News, Access, iHeart, and Rolling Stone, who stated,

“Performed entirely in English, the sweeping, piano-driven ballad showcases Wonho’s delicate falsetto, as he sings about protecting a cherished love despite all costs.”

Wonho also spoke to Forbes and Teen Vogue about his solo ventures.

“While these weren’t easy moments to face and endure, it was a time that made me think a lot and that allowed me to develop and grow — that was very important and precious for me. I thought of the fans waiting and supporting me … I feel a little more mature, and like I have more to say to the world.”

Late last year, Wonho’s fans tirelessly put forth efforts to show him he wasn’t alone in this world. Their message was heard globally, loud and clear; with multiple hashtags trending worldwide on twitter for weeks on end, online petitions garnering half a million signatures, fans taking it to the streets of Seoul writing supportive notes, and putting up billboards in Times Square, China and all over the world to support him.

As told by Forbes, “…fans had shown their support for the artist by sending the 2017 song “From Zero,” a special track co-written and producer by Wonho, to No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart to help prove his continuing viability and commercial appeal as an artist, songwriter and producer.”

After months of fan-driven fundraisers, online petitions, Twitter trends and love; Wonho is thrilled to be giving back to his fans. His fanbase’s new name is Wenne; and the fandom name represents the special bond between Wonho and his fans, who have been there to support him through the ups and downs.

Wonho sings passionately on the track “Coz anytime or place I’d be your shield, when you feel, like you ain’t got the fight in you to heal.”

The release of “Losing You” is Wonho’s first step forward in his solo career after signing with Highline Entertainment, which is a subsidiary label of Starship Entertainment—the home to K-pop groups including Monsta X, WJSN and Cravity—and houses viral EDM star DJ Soda [Read HERE on Forbes]. Back in early April, Wonho also joined Maverick Management’s roster, alongside Britney Spears, Madonna, The Weeknd, and many more big-name artists.

Eamonn Burke illustrates an article for 360 MAGAZINE.

BTS Lands First Billboard No.1 with Dynamite

By: Elle Grant

K-Pop titans, BTS, have achieved a new milestone with their summer hit “Dynamite.” Released August 21st, the South Korean group’s first single entirely in English debuted in the number one slot of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The group’s previously highest charting hit was “ON” which debuted at No. 4 this past March. It is the first song in 57 years to earn an Asian act the #1 spot, and their first time in history an Asian act has debuted at #1.

“Dynamite” continues to rack in accomplishments, having already racked in the biggest digital sales week in the music industry since 2017 and having smashed YouTube’s record of views on a music video in 24 hours with a cool 101.1 million. The hit is a retro inspired, upbeat pop hit, featuring seventies inspired décor and style in its music video.

BTS is comprised of seven members: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook and debuted seven years ago in their home country of South Korea. Though the group already boasts four number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart, their humble beginnings and time as an underdog in their own country has made this accomplishment that much sweeter to their group and their unflinchingly loyal fanbase, called ARMY. The members admitted the accomplishment brought tears to their eyes, especially when thinking back on their long road to the top.

Though, “Dynamite” is a song in English, the group has repeatedly emphasized that they will continue to focus their music in the Korean language for as long as they are active. The group is credited with helping to popularize K-Pop in the West, paving the way for other enormously popular groups such as Blackpink, NCT, Super M, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. K-Pop, alongside Spanish music, has been credited with diversifying the American focused music charts. While BTS has undoubtedly faced their share of xenophobia, the success of BTS and “Dynamite” reflect the increasing inclusivity of the music industry.

The group is hot off their performance of their single on Sunday’s VMAs where they claimed three prizes. BTS is currently working on their eighth album, to be released before the end of 2020.

Blackpink

BLACKPINK ft. Selena Gomez – Ice Cream

Today marks the highly awaited release of “Ice Cream” — the electrifying new single from global pop sensations BLACKPINK and multi-platinum singer/songwriter Selena Gomez. Another powerhouse performance from BLACKPINK, “Ice Cream” is the second single from the K-pop quartet’s massively anticipated debut album, set for release via YG Entertainment/Interscope Records on October 2nd. Pre order the album HERE.
Check out “Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez HERE.
With its accompanying video, “Ice Cream” was penned by an incredible lineup of songwriters, including Gomez herself as well as fellow pop icon Ariana Grande, plus Victoria Monét, TEDDY, Tommy Brown, Steven Franks, Bekuh BOOM, and 24.
“Ice Cream” arrives as the follow-up to BLACKPINK’s record-shattering single “How You Like That” — a trap-pop anthem recently nominated for Song of Summer at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to surpassing a staggering 100 million streams on Spotify in under a month, “How You Like That” debuted at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, making BLACKPINK the K-pop act with the second-highest number of Hot 100 entries in chart history. Meanwhile, the mind-blowing visual for “How You Like That” became the fastest video in YouTube history to cross 10 million likes and smashed the record for most views within the first 24 hours. Check out the video for “How You Like That” HERE.
Both “Ice Cream” and “How You Like That” will appear on BLACKPINK’s full-length debut. Merch bundles for the album are available now at BLACKPINK’s website.