Posts tagged with "K-pop"

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FASTEST GROWING TOURIST ATTRACTION OF KOREA – INCHEON

Korea has quickly earned increasing global interest and attention with the rise of online cultural trends. So many people are intrigued by the experience of Korean culture, and since Korea has been continuously recuperating from COVID-19, the Incheon Tourism Organization predicts that international tourists will be able to indulge in trips to Korea very soon.

Seoul has been often regarded as the leading tourist attraction in Korea, but Incheon may triumph over Seoul modernly. Conveniently located by the sea amongst islands and numerous filming locations of Korean cultural content, tourists can now encounter trips in the area with Incheon’s smart tourist platform.

Incheon Tourism Organization suggests the following tourist locations to get to know the true essence of Incheon.

Wolmido Island – Location from Squid Game

Wolmi Theme Park (Wolmi My Land) opened in 1992 and is the oldest amusement park in Wolmido. The park has become exceptionally popular as it was the filming location of Squid Game, where Deoksu meets his gang members. Fans come near and far to get photo ops at Wolmi There Park, indulging in dalgona like the characters from Squid Game and to admire the breathtaking sunsets.

Yeongjongdo Island – The Heart of Korean Content

Yeongjongdo Island is typically the first site that tourists encounter, as many international airlines arrive in Korea via Incheon International Airport. One of the top art and entertainment resorts in Yeongjongdo Island, Paradise City, is noteworthy for the multitude of music videos, photoshoots and fan meeting sites for K-Pop artists. Paradise City isn’t the only filming location for Korean content from TV series to reality shows in Yeongjongdo Island. Eurwangni Beach is where BTS filmed one of their music videos, and is a must-visit for those looking to appreciate a stunning sunset in Korea.

Incheon Open Port – Smart Travel via Incheon Easy App

Incheon Open Port may just be the most significant historic tourist attraction that allows for an experience of the 19th century, and the present. Domestic and international visitors can take pleasure in these trips by using the Incheon Easy app. The app includes tourism suggestions, transportation reservations and a luggage keeping service. Download the Incheon Easy app if you plan on traveling to Incheon soon. (Available on Google Play and App Store).

If you’re in search of the perfect tourist destination that will submerge you in culture, entertainment and history, you’ve found exactly that in Incheon.

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A Year in Review : SEVENTEEN

2021 saw SEVENTEEN take the global music scene by storm. They kicked the year off with their U.S. TV debut performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, released two EPs Your Choice (lead single “Ready to love“) and Attacca (lead single “Rock with you“) as well as their first-ever all English song “2 MINUS 1,” received nominations at multiple U.S. award shows including the Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, and were just named MTV’s Global PUSH artist for the month of December, marking the first time a K-pop group has ever received this honor.

2022 will see SEVENTEEN return with new music and more surprises throughout the course of the year.

SEVENTEEN‘s EPs, Your Choice and Attacca, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart. They are the first group to have two No. 1s on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart in 2021. Your Choice and Attacca landed at No. 15 and No. 13 on the Billboard 200, respectively. Both sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, earning SEVENTEEN the “quintuple million sellers” title as several other of their albums also sold over 1 million copies each.

They have received critical praise. The Rolling Stone stated, “SEVENTEEN are quickly conquering the U.S. market”. Esquire stated, “SEVENTEEN has emerged as one of the top groups of the pop culture phenomenon and for good reason. Their incredible talent and charm, specialized sub-groups, and active role in all aspects of production all combine to produce K-pop magic”

About Seventeen

Racking up 2 billion streams and selling 10 million albums, SEVENTEEN, comprised of S.COUPS, JEONGHAN, JOSHUA, JUN, HOSHI, WONWOO, WOOZI, THE 8, MINGYU, DK, SEUNGKWAN, VERNON and DINO has rocketed to the forefront of the music scene fueled by a fiercely independent spirit and a nonpareil in-house creative ecosystem. The group’s innovative structure hinges on the interplay of three units: hip-hop, vocal, and performance. Living up to the title of “musical all-stars,” SEVENTEEN has unassumingly made history and become one of the biggest groups ever due to their world-class synchronization, jaw-dropping choreography, and tight teamwork.

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ENHYPEN × DIMENSION : ANSWER

Breakout K-pop destination ENHYPEN is set to release their first Studio Repackage Album DIMENSION : ANSWER on January 10, 2022. Announced recently on the official social media accounts of ENHYPEN along with the global fan platform Weverse, the announcement of the new album follows their popular first Studio Album DIMENSION : DILEMMA.

ENHYPEN consists of the artists JUNGWON, HEESEUNG, JAY, JAKE, SUNGHOON, SUNOO and NI-KI. The name of the boyband found muse from the ‘hypen(-),’ essentially sporting the meaning of seven individual boys coming together to discover and grow collectively. Taking off from their first debut album BORDER : DAY ONE, they took the “Rookie of The Year” title at four separate Korean award shows within only two months of their unveiling.

Continuing their achievements, ENHYPEN truly marked their territory in the realm of K-pop when their first Studio Album DIMENSION : DILEMMA released in October 2021. The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 810,000 in the first week of its release. This was the largest first week sale among K-pop’s 4th generation boybands, and they rightfully earned the “Million-Seller” title surpassing 1.1M copies corresponding with South Korea’s Gaon October Monthly Album Chart.

K-pop continues to be transformed through the work of the record-breaking ENHYPEN, and it is only expected that great work will continue to come from their first studio repackage album of DIMENSION : ANSWER.

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K-POP STARS SEVENTEEN – ATTACCA

K-POP SUPERSTARS SEVENTEEN UNVEIL ATTACCA TRACKLIST AND LEAD SINGLE TITLE “ROCK WITH YOU”

SEVENTEENs first-ever English track

“2 MINUS 1” included in EP

SEOUL & October 15, 2021, & Leading K-pop superstars SEVENTEEN unveiled the tracklist of their upcoming 9th EP Attacca and revealed the title of lead single “Rock with you” ahead of their highly-anticipated October 22 return.

Including the lead single, “Rock with you,” Attacca is comprised of a total of seven tracks: “To you”, “Crush”, “PANG!” (Performance unit), “Imperfect Love” (Vocal unit), “I can’t run away” (Hip-hop unit), and JOSHUA and VERNON’s English track “2 MINUS 1.”

Lead single “Rock with you” fluidly weaves together a powerful synth riff, addictive guitar backing, and a 2-step rhythm for a smooth yet riveting listen. WOOZI, VERNON and JOSHUA participated in penning the lyrics, while WOOZI also participated in the composition.

Attacca also contains SEVENTEEN’s first song entirely in English, “2 MINUS 1” (a digital-only track) from the creative minds of JOSHUA and VERNON. Both JOSHUA and VERNON participated in its composition and songwriting to show their appreciation for and to repay SEVENTEEN’s fans around the world for their continued love and support. WOOZI also participated in its composition.

Attacca surpassed 1.4 million pre-orders globally on Day 1 of pre-order open, heralding the beginning of another career-high for the group. Expectations continue to rise as the return of the K-pop movers and shakers is sure to be bolder and hotter than ever before.

SEVENTEEN will drop their highlight medley giving fans a short preview of the Attacca tracks at midnight on October 19.

Jeon Somi – XOXO

Today, Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer-songwriter, JEON SOMI, announces her debut album entitled XOXO, which is set for release next Friday, October 29th via THEBLACKLABEL/Interscope Records. The 8-track album will include the K-Pop sensation’s most recent single “DUMB DUMB,” her 2020 Interscope debut single “What You Waiting For,” a larger than life anthem for which the video surpassed 7.5 million views in 24 hours, previous singles “Birthday” and “Outta My Head,” as well as four more brand-new songs. In addition, major music hitmakers such as THEBLACKLABEL’s founder, Teddy, along with R.TEE, 24, Pink Sweat$, and JEON SOMI herself, are credited producers on the album. XOXO is available for physical pre-order here, as well as a digital download version. See full track list below.
XOXO Track List:
1. DUMB DUMB
2. XOXO
3. Don’t Let Me Go (feat. Giriboy)
4. Anymore
5. Watermelon
6. Birthday
7. What You Waiting For
8. Outta My Head
About JEON SOMI
Born as Ennik Somi Douma in 2001 in Ontario, Canada, JEON SOMI grew up in Seoul, South Korea. After several commercial ventures, JEON SOMI ultimately became known after winning Produce 101, a South Korean TV singing competition, and subsequently became part of the project girl group I.O.I. After winning first place on Korean reality singing competition Produce 101, the young musician joined THEBLACKLABEL and began her musical partnership with producer Teddy. JEON SOMI emerged as a solo artist in June 2019 with her single “BIRTHDAY,” which has since amassed over 79M streams worldwide on Spotify and over 95M views on YouTube to date (Click HERE to watch). In 2020, JEON SOMI signed to Interscope Records as part of the label’s partnership with THEBLACKLABEL and released her previous single, “What You Waiting For,” which has racked up over 63.5M streams on Spotify alone and over 53.3M views on YouTube to date (Click HERE to watch). Most recently, she released her single, “DUMB DUMB”, which has amassed over 36M streams on Spotify and over 91M views on YouTube (Click HERE to watch) to date. In addition, JEONSOMI’s multifarious commercial and acting career has also included being global ambassador for Louis Vuitton, Samsung and coverage in Vogue and W.
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All You Need To Know K-POP

By: Conan Zhang, Elle Grant × Kai Yeo

Korean pop music, known as K-Pop is becoming a global force. With forceful sounds, charismatic performances, and colorful concepts, it is a maximalist’s dream perception of music. The fans are dedicated, if not overwhelming in their dedication to their favorite artists. Recently, the political successes of K-pop fans are making just as many headlines: fans crashed Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally and have been at the forefront of vocalizing issues related to Black Lives Matter. Who are the artists that inspire such loyalty and such action? Read into 360’s introduction to some of the twenty-first century mainstays below.

Seo Taiji And Boys

Debuted in 1992, Seo Taiji and Boys were and influential 3-member band and are known as the first “boy group” in K-pop industry consisting of Seo Taiji himself, alongside fellow members Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Juno. Their debut single, “Nan Arayo (I Know),” was an instantly catchy hit that topped the charts for a record-breaking, seventeen consecutive weeks and propelled the group to pop mega-stardom.

In April 2017 it was announced that Seo Taiji was assembling a group of modern K-Pop acts to cover songs from his past to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut with Seo Taiji and Boys. The first act announced for the project was BTS,  with other acts including Urban Zakapa and Younha. The first single from this project, a cover of “Come Back Home” (from Seo Taiji and Boys IV) recorded by BTS, was released with a music video on July 5, 2017.

In case you’re new to K-pop, it might be helpful to add that BTS was also invited by Seo Taiji to perform their rendition of Come Back Home and other acts at their 25th anniversary concert.

PSY

Heard of Gangnam Style? Born Park Jae-sang on December 31 1977, he is better known as the artist PSY. He is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. PSY is famous in Korea for his funny videos and stage performances. After releasing Gangnam Style on 15 July 2012, the video crossed over 2 billion views in less than two years (so many that it broke YouTube). This song can also arguably be named the first breakout Korean hit to become popular in the West. The song’s refrain was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012.

Since his international success, PSY has gone on to found his own record company P NATION and currently mentoring other artists.

Big Bang

No introduction needed, Big Bang is a South Korean boy band under YG Entertainment. The group consists of four members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung; They are named as “Kings of K-pop,” Bigbang have greatly helped spread the Korean Wave internationally. A fifth member, Seungri, left the group and the industry in disgrace following an the Burning Sun sex scandal, of which he was an organizer, a moment that blighted K-pop’s reputation at home.

Eighteen of Big Bang’s singles have been number one hits in South Korea and have remained atop the Melon charts for a record 51 weeks. The group has sold over 150 million records globally, which rank them among the best-selling boy bands in the world. Forbes Korea ranked them as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea from 2009 to 2016 (placing 2nd in 2009, 2012 and 2014, and they were the first Korean artists to be included on the Forbes Celebrity 100 and 30 Under 30 list of most influential musicians in the world (2017).

Currently with 4 members discharged from military service, fans are eagerly waiting to see what happens next.

CL 

Lee Chae-rin, better known by her stage name CL, rose to fame as girl group 2NE1’s leader in 2009, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. As a solo artist, CL made her debut with “The Baddest Female” in 2013 and has continued to pursue her own career following the group’s hiatus in 2015. The release “Hello Bitches” (2015) led CL to become the first female Korean solo artist to place onto the Billboard Hot 100, and the third Korean artist to do so overall.

In November 2016, YG announced the disbandment of 2NE1 after nearly two years of hiatus, and CL subsequently remained under the label. Shortly after leaving YG in December 2019, she released her solo EP project In the Name of Love (2019), consisting of six tracks written during the three years since her previous single “Lifted.” Her debut studio album, Alpha, was released in October 2021.

BTS

BTS, an abbreviation for Bangtan Boys, was formed in 2010 while the group debuted in 2013. The team is made up of seven members including Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. The members co-write and co-produce almost every song that they perform, marking a shift in the K-Pop industry to including artists in the songs they sing and promote.

Originally intended to be a Korean hip-hop group, they are now producing music in a wide range of genres. Their songs often focused on personal and social hot topics, mentioning mental health, troubles of school-age teenagers.

Having sold over 20 million albums on the Gaon Music Chart, BTS is now the best-selling artist in South Korean history and holds the best-selling album in South Korea with the work Map of the Soul: 7. The group’s numerous accolades include six American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, 24 Golden Disc Awards, and nominations for a Grammy Award and a Brit Award. They are undoubtedly the current Kinds of K-Pop and have broken through to Western popularity unlike any other artist.

BLACKPINK

Blackpink is a girl group formed by YG Entertainment, featuring four team members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. In August 2016, they debuted with their single album Square One, which is features the extremely popular songs “Whistle” and “Boombayah.”

Blackpink is ranked as the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100 and they broke a huge number of online records since they released “Kill This Love” (2019) and “How You Like That” (2020), each become the most-viewed music video within the first 24 hours of release. Though this record was eventually broken by BTS, it is nonetheless just one of many examples proving the quartet’s impact on society.

IU

Lee Ji-eun is well known as IU. She is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. The name IU is a combination of the letters ‘I’ and ‘you’ which means “you and I become one through music.” She debuted as a singer when she was fifteen with her first mini album Lost and Found (2008). Her work “Good Day” won her five consecutive weeks at the top position of South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart. In the year of 2019, “Good Day” was ranked number one on Billboard’s “100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s” list.

NCT

NCT are a K-pop group created by SM Entertainment. NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and the idea is that they’re a group of infinite members who are constantly shifting into different sub-units in different cities around the world. Currently consisting of 5 sub-units – NCT U, NCT 127, NCT Dream, NCT 2018, WayV.

Currently, NCT is made up of 21 members – we know, it’s a handful! The members are: Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, Jisung, Xiao Jun, Yang Yang, and Hendery.

After debuting in 2016, they have won 7 awards from 19 nominations and are continuing their stardom today. Pionerring the “noise music” trend and have so far been the only ones that do it well – “Simon Says.” Find out more information about them through their show NCT Life streaming on YouTube for free.

TWICE

Like many of today’s K-pop acts, Twice originated from a reality competition show. The 2015 series Sixteen involved that many JYP entertainment “trainees” – the term used for aspiring idols-in-training, preparing for a potential debut. After a series of challenges and fighting for a place in the final lineup, the remaining nine formed a new ensemble, also known as Twice.

After the announcement of the label’s new girl group, founder and CEO of JYP explained that Twice refers to the act of making an impact “once through the ears and once through the eyes.” As so, the group’s fame has been propelled by hit after hit of vibrant sound through bright and colorful music videos. Their unique sound can be heard especially in “TT” and “Cheer Up.”

More on K-pop

These men and women are just of a few forcing open the door to K-Pop in the west after being mainstays in South Korean and Asian popular culture for years. This list features artists from the first to third generation of K-Pop stars, known as the generations to push international boundaries of popularity. In this new decade of the twenty-first century, K-Pop is more popular than ever. Stars of the fourth generation, coinciding with the Gen Z age group, are achieving international successes early on in their forebearers above could only dream of just years ago. A great deal of this success is owed to the listed artists, who have collectively decades breaking barriers and sharing music. New groups like ITZY, TXT, Ateez and Enhypen are achieving new heights, learning from the elders while paving the way for the future.

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NCT 127’S STICKER DEBUTS ON TOP OF BILLBOARD

Billboard officially announced today that K-Pop superstars NCT 127’s highly anticipated comeback album, STICKER, became the group’s 3rd consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Album Sales Chart, besting Lil Nas X for the number of physical albums sold. The album also debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart behind only Drake and Lil Nas X. This makes it the group’s second top 10 and highest U.S. debut to date. The album’s title track music video has also seen massive success. It quickly surpassed a million views in the first 22 minutes after release and now has well over 52 million views. Watch the official video here

STICKER, the album, contains a total of 11 songs from various genres, and sold more than 2.15 million copies in just one week since release. Produced by the talented ‘Dem Jointz’ (Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna) and hitmaker YOO YOUNG JIN, the geniuses behind ‘Kick It,’ the record includes an experimental but exciting title track followed by a perfect mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop. The album also marks the group’s first Top 40 album on UK’s Official Albums Chart and debuting in Top 20 on Australia’s ARIA Albums chart.

Press has been raving about the album since its release. NME called it “a bold-face reaffirmation of the boyband’s talent and hunger for constant evolution,” meanwhile Billboard proclaimed the group brought “more energy than a nuclear power plant,” and Teen Vogue praised the group for how, “they’ve consistently challenged themselves both musically and personally.”

In case you missed it, NCT 127 premiered their single “Sticker” with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The rhythmical and powerful hip-hop dance track features a catchy signature flute sound and dynamic bass line. This bouncy anthem focuses on a couple’s promise to always be by each other’s side in this complicated world to create a new history of their own. Rewatch the stellar performance here.

ABOUT NCT 127

With 30M Spotify listeners and over 11.5M Instagram followers, NCT 127 is known for having not only a loyal and active fanbase (nominated by iHeart as Best Fan Army in 2021), but also amazing hit songs and impressive stage performances. Debuting in 2016, NCT 127 is NCT’s Seoul Team and the number ‘127’ is the longitude of Seoul, symbolizing the group’s home base, the home of K-pop. Members include TAEIL, JOHNNY, TAEYONG, YUTA, DOYOUNG, JAEHYUN, JUNGWOO, MARK, and HAECHAN. In March of last year, NCT 127 became a Million Seller for the first time with the 2nd album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone’, which also saw their highest chart debut at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, and lived there for 10 weeks, receiving over 70M audio streams in the US with its lead track ‘Kick It’. In addition to the group peaking at #2 on Billboard Artist 100, NCT 127 was named as one of Time’s “Songs and Albums That Defined K-Pop’s Monumental Year in 2020”. With the group’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ set for release on September 17th, the new album is already gaining huge attention with the expectation for NCT 127 to once again prove their value as a global phenomenon.

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AZRA

Korean-American “Substance Pop” Artist AZRA represents LA’s Koreatown in Ep. 3 of Barrio Fino’s Docu-Series: “Koreatown 3.0”.

Streaming on September 1 at 7:00 PM PT Presented by AAX Media & Levitt Pavilion: https://levittlosangeles.org/

Korean-American “Substance Pop” creator and artist, AZRA, is proudly headlining this Wednesday’s episode Barrio Fino, a 5-part music docu-series exploring the communities surrounding MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Presented by AAX Media, the 60-minute episode entitle: Koreatown 3.0’s, will explore the music and cultural diversity of Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

AZRA shares: “As a 1.0 generation immigrant myself who moved to the Bay Area from South Korea, then eventually to LA, Koreatown has always been a very special and warm place for me growing up. I strongly believe that LA wouldnt be LA without K-Town due to its awesome food, entertainment, ever-growing diverse community, and the impact it has on our Los Angeles city culture and beyond. Koreatown also has one of the most coveted venues for musicians and singers to perform at, The Wiltern, a place I hope to one day perform. I am honored and grateful to be representing Koreatown and performing for this festival to promote and celebrate the greater Los Angeles community, youth development, diversity and our continued efforts in Asian American representation in Media and our American culture”.

AZRA’s performance will be live-streamed and screened at 7:00 PM PT from the rooftop of Walter J. Towers. For more information, please visit Here.

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Destiny Rogers × Flo Milli – Simon Say

DESTINY ROGERS RELEASES SIMON SAY FEAT. FLO MILLI

Listen/Watch the Visualizer HERE

Destiny Rogers is the new ‘It’ girl of alt-R&B. – NYLON

…an unapologetic uniqueness, a creative presence, and a strong voice. – V MAGAZINE’S NEXT GENERATION

Destiny Rogers marries a gift for personal storytelling with a sumptuous percussion palette… – Billboard

Beach Wave Sound / RCA Records artist Destiny Rogers releases a brand new single with accompanying visualizer Simon Say featuring Flo Milli.

LISTEN / WATCH HERE

Simon Say was produced by multi-Grammy Award winning and Producer of the Year nominated producers/songwriters The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Cardi B., Justin Bieber) who also co-wrote the song with Destiny Rogers, Flo Milli and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ant Clemons. On Simon Say, Destiny offers up a gorgeously understated anthem of empowerment. One of the main messages I want to put out in my songs is the idea of being an independent woman and a boss bitch. ‘Simon Say’ is about knowing what you’re capable of, and never letting anyone hold you down says Destiny.

Simon Say follows Destiny’s latest tracks What I Like, which was featured in Destiny’s Jordan Brand campaign, titled Delta of Destiny for the release of the Jordan Delta 2 shoe, and West Like featuring Kalan.FrFr on which Destiny pays loving homage to her West Coast and Latin roots.

Check out her live performance video for What I Like HERE and the official video for West Like HERE , plus a live performance video HERE.

Since first breaking through with her boldly confident but carefree single Tomboy, which has generated over 45 million views on YouTube (Watch HERE) and most recently covered by K-Pop super group Black Pink’s Lisa through a dance cover (Watch HERE) that has generated over 70 million views,  Destiny Rogers has staked her claim as an artist to watch. Growing up in the Northern California town of Lodi, the 21-year-old multi-faceted musician taught herself to play guitar at age 10 and soon started writing and self-producing her own songs. Soon after the 2019 premiere of Tomboy, a track that recently hit #12 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50, Destiny’s spectacular rise has included touring the world and writing for heavy hitters such as Alicia Keys, Khelani and G-Eazy, all while discovering a new sound that transcends genres to irresistible effect.

Check out her Genius Verified piece HERE which explores her debut Tomboy.

Destiny Rogers is currently in the studio working on new material.  Prior to West Like featuring Kalan.FrFr, Destiny released a reworking of Tomboy feat. Coi Leray, and linked up with Coi for a special TikTok to the song which was reposted on Instagram and praised by Kim Kardashian West.  In addition, K-Pop superstar B.I released his global single, Got It Like That featuring Destiny Rogers with Tyla Yaweh which debuted at #1 on Spotify’s K-Pop X-Overs chart and has generated over 4 million views on YouTube (Watch HERE).

About Destiny Rogers

21-year-old Destiny Rogers is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who was born and bred in Lodi, a small Northern California town. At age 6, she became obsessed with skateboarding and even thought she wanted to pursue her passion professionally. She grew up in the church with her father who is a youth pastor who and listened to AC/DC and Mexican mother who listened to Mariachi music — Destiny was pulled in by the power of music. At age 9, she received her first guitar and by age 10 taught herself how to play by watching Justin Bieber covers online and began singing.

After a few years of busking in Los Angeles on the weekends and facing the trials and tribulations of the music industry, she connected with the Grammy-Award winning songwriter/producer team The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Justin Bieber). She signed to their label, Beach Wave Sound in 2018 and released her R&B and hip-hop inflected pop debut EP Tomboy via Beach Wave Sound/RCA Records the following year.

Destiny has performed at various festivals including Something in the Water, Lights On and Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw, as well as on a European and North American tour with Ruel.

Follow Destiny Rogers via Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

About Flo Milli

21-year old, Alabama born rapper, Flo Milli has taken the Internet by storm in her short accent. Releasing her first official track Beef FloMix on her SoundCloud in late 2018, she had gone viral by early 2019 on TikTok, marking her breakout success and she hasn’t let up since. Known for her bubbly delivery and aggressive bars, in July 2020 she took the internet by storm once again with the release of her debut mixtape, Ho, why is you here ?  On the project, Flo exudes unapologetic confidence and empowers females with her experiences shared in her music, making her a relatable youth figure. Standout tracks from the project include the SWV-sampling Weak and May I.  The mixtape received great critical support upon release landing on the covers of Spotify’s Feelin Myself playlist and Apple Music’s On Repeat, along with two Spotify New Music Friday billboards last summer. She received rave reviews in the press from the likes of New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Complex, FADER and NYLON, with many calling her the next female rapper to break through and coining Ho, why is you here ? as one of the best projects of 2020. Other accolades include her first ever award show nomination for Best New Artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards where she performed as part of the cypher.

Following the BET Hip-Hop Awards and breaking into 2021, she was named a VEVO DSCVR Artist for 2021 and Spotify’s latest RADAR Artist. Her first release of the year is her Fiddler On The Roof sampling, Kenny Beats produced, Roaring 20s which is accompanied by a dance-filled, flapper visual. Most recently, Flo was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2021 BET Awards and was an inductee of XXL’s 2021 Freshman Class.

Follow Flo Milli via Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and her website.

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K-POP STAR SOMI — “DUMB DUMB”

Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer-songwriter SOMI releases her brand-new single entitled “DUMB DUMB” today along with the music video. This is the K-Pop sensation’s first single since her 2020 Interscope Records debut “What You Waiting For,” a larger than life anthem for which the video surpassed 7.5 million views on YouTube in 24 hours. “DUMB DUMB” marks a new chapter for SOMI as she enters the next phase of her music career with more new music on the horizon. SOMI’s “DUMB DUMB” is available now at all digital retail providers via THEBLACKLABEL/Interscope Records. You can listen to “DUMB DUMB” HERE.

“DUMB DUMB” depicts the playful story of a confrontation between a confident girl and her crush. With “DUMB DUMB,” SOMI’s iconic playful attitude has been upgraded with maturity, both in her vocals and in her looks. Her expressive attitude is backed by the track’s powerful beat while her strong dance performance will leave viewers captivated. “DUMB DUMB” was co-written by SOMI and the production was created by THEBLACKLABEL’s founder, Teddy, along with producers R.TEE and 24. Together, they created a track unique for SOMI.

SOMI says, “Hey guys, I am back with ‘DUMB DUMB’! I love how this track shows all of my personality everything from cute, sassy, playful to fierce. The dance is really fun as well, I’m excited to see all your guys’ covers. It’s been a busy year since my last release, from participating in the songwriting of ‘DUMB DUMB’ to working on a lot of different music. I can’t wait for you guys to see everything I have planned for this year!”

The music video for “DUMB DUMB” finds SOMI coming into her own as a bold, self-assured young woman who knows what she wants, as she pursues her crush at school. Between scenes of SOMI having fun with her girlfriends, going out of her way to stand out from the crowd at a party, purposely walking into her crush in the school hallway, SOMI makes sure her efforts to get her crush’s attention do not go unnoticed. With countless costume changes and choreographed dance breaks with some of her signature moves, this video perfectly captures the song’s energy and SOMI’s newfound direction. You can watch the music video HERE.

About SOMI:

Born as Ennik Somi Douma in 2001 in Ontario, Canada, SOMI grew up in Seoul, South Korea known as Jeon So-mi. After several commercial ventures, SOMI ultimately became known after winning Produce 101, a South Korean TV singing competition, and subsequently became part of the project girl group I.O.I. After winning first place on Korean reality singing competition Produce 101, the young musician joined THEBLACKLABEL and began her musical partnership with producer Teddy. SOMI emerged as a solo artist in June 2019 with her single “BIRTHDAY,” which has since amassed over 73M streams worldwide on Spotify and over 91M views on YouTube to date (Click HERE to watch). In 2020, SOMI signed to Interscope Records as part of the label’s partnership with THEBLACKLABEL and released her previous single, “What You Waiting For,” which has racked up over 56M streams on Spotify alone and over 48M views on YouTube to date (Click HERE to watch).  In addition, SOMI’s multifarious commercial and acting career has also included being global ambassador for Louis Vuitton, Samsung and coverage in Vogue and W.