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Fabolous Vs Jadakiss: Verzuz Recap & Scorecard

Fabolous vs. Jadakiss in 'Verzuz' Battle of New York Heavyweights: See The Scorecard & Winner It was Freddy versus Jason once again. Fabolous and Jadakiss served as the latest battle as part of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland's Verzuz series, as the New York veteran duo faced off for an Instagram live audience in the hundreds of thousands on Monday night (June 29).
By Michael Saponara
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6LACK Interview: New EP, Kobe & More

With Uncertain Times Ahead, 6LACK's Optimism Keeps Him Moving Forward All eyes on 6LACK. In an industry where many project rollouts can feel formulaic, 6LACK's innovative approach to unveiling his appetizing 6pc Hot EP features his very own 600 Degrees hot sauce bottle delivered to fans' doorstep, tracklist-revealing scratch-offs, and a digital 6LACKBOX hub filled with everything 6LACK to connect with his growing audience. The whole thing is sure to grab the attention of envious marketing agenc
By Michael Saponara
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WJSN on Spreading Their Wings With 'Neverland' Mini Album

In the story of Peter Pan, fairy companion Tinker Bell offers a mature conscience to the boy who will never grow old. But in WJSN’s latest release Neverland, the members of the girl group reimagine Tinker Bell's story, exploring through their single how one can thrive as a fey-like “Butterfly” and follow their dreams as they get older. Exemplifying WJSN’s distinct brand of whimsical, atmospheric dance-pop, Neverland features six songs that showcase the act’s growth since their early days.
By Tamar Herman
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Kiswe Discusses Partnership With Big Hit Entertainment Ahead of BTS' 'Bang Bang Con: The Live'

Fans will be able to self-produce their own BTS concert in the comfort of their own homes this weekend thanks to a new partnership between Big Hit Entertainment and Kiswe Mobile. Big Hit, the South Korean company behind BTS and TXT, and live streaming solution company Kiswe Mobile have and signed a memorandum of understanding [MOU] that will see the two media entities teaming up to bring dynamic live music events directly to audiences during the era of social distancing. Announced today (June
By Tamar Herman
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From Ariana Grande to Maroon 5, Here's What K-Pop Artists Are Listening to During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, people around the world are seeking solace in their favorite tunes and artists. Since voices and melodies resonate across borders and cultures, members of K-pop acts are sharing their go-to songs during this period with Billboard.
By Tamar Herman
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Blackpink's Playlist With Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan & More Will Brighten Up Your Quarantine: Exclusive

It’s been a while since the world has heard new music from BLACKPINK, but even amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the K-pop quartet are keeping busy. Not only are they going to be in Lady Gaga’s area later this month with a feature on her Chromatica album, but the members have also been seen back in the studio working on their own new music. The group also released the live album from the Tokyo Dome performance of their 2019-2020 In Your Area world tour on Thursday (May 14), for those looki
By Tamar Herman
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NCT Dream Set New Album 'Reload,' Scrap Age-Based System With Return of Mark

Yo, Dream! Fans of NCT Dream, the youth-oriented K-pop act can look forward to a new album, Reload, from the act on April 29, as well as some exciting changes to their lineup following its release. On Monday night (April 13, April 14 in South Korea), the team’s company SM Entertainment announced that NCT Dream’s new album will be the last with the current lineup as Dream will shift away from its current, age-based rotational system. Reload will feature the current lineup of members Jeno, Jaemin
By Tamar Herman
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Former Monsta X Member Wonho Launches Solo Career Following Outpouring of Fan Support

Last year, Wonho parted ways with Monsta X amid a tumultuous state of affairs and accusations against him. But this week fans of the K-pop star can rest assured as the artist has announced he will continue his career. Cleared of all charges last month, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter signed with Highline Entertainment on April 10. Wonho signed with Highline both as a solo artist and a producer. “I am deeply reflecting on my foolish and thoughtless behavior from my past,” Wonho said in a stat
By Tamar Herman
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(G)I-dle Believe in Themselves -- and Each Other -- on New EP 'I Trust'

In 2018, girl group (G)I-dle arrived on the K-pop scene. They made a lot of noise with their debut single, “Latata” and its follow-up, “Hann,” rapidly gaining a following and diehard fanbase (known as Neverland) with their addicting, dramatic music blended with strong yet elegant performances from the six members. Since then, they’ve released numerous singles and put out their third EP, I Trust, earlier this week.
By Tamar Herman
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Introductory A-Z Crash Course for New K-Pop Fans

With numerous K-pop acts making waves on charts, and artists coming out of the South Korean music world signing with major labels in the U.S., there has never been a better time to get into the genre. But as important as the music is, the fandom element of the K-pop-loving lifestyle is just as important for many fans. Though it’s impossible to learn everything overnight that you'll need to know as a diehard K-pop fan, take this quick A-Z crash course in K-pop verbiage to prepare yourself before
By Tamar Herman
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Your 'Introduction to K-Pop' Playlist, From A to Z

You've got plenty of free time at home while social distancing amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, so there’s no better time to take a deep dive into the world of K-pop. With something for everyone (and then some) the South Korean popular music industry is full of diverse, genre-defying artists, with new music exploring the realms of popdom each and every day. There's so much to choose from that it may be hard to get started on your journey into the land of K-pop. But take a leap down the
By Tamar Herman
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Watch SuperM Bring 'Jopping' to 'All That' Reboot: Exclusive

Watch SuperM Bring 'Jopping' to 'All That' Reboot: Exclusive On Saturday (April 4), SuperM will jop onto the reboot of Nickelodeon’s iconic All That with a performance of their song “Jopping.” The K-pop boy band, which is an amalgamate team featuring seven men pulled from SM Entertainment’s roster of acts such as EXO, SHINee, NCT 127, and WayV, will not only perform on the comedic sketch show, but also appear in a skit. A brief clip featuring the stars was already shared through All That’s Ins
By Tamar Herman
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K-Pop Star Jaejoong Apologizes After Coronavirus April Fool's Day Joke

Kim Jae-joong poses on the red carpet of the 13th Asian Film Awards on March 17, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. South Korean singer Kim Jae-joong, known mononymously as Jaejoong, has apologized after falsely taking to social media on April Fool's Day to say he was diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic. On April 1, in the afternoon in South Korea, Jaejoong shared a post on Instagram, saying that he was in the hospital and diagnosed with CO
By Tamar Herman
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Big Hit Entertainment, Home to BTS, Generated Record $500M In Revenue Last Year

Big Hit Entertainment, the South Korean company behind BTS, had its biggest year ever in 2019, the company announced in a statement on Tuesday (March 31). According to the statement, which referenced its 2019 auditor’s report, last year witnessed Big Hit’s best year to date, with a revenue flow of 587.2 billion South Korean won, or around US$507.9 million, and an operating profit of 98.7 billion KRW, or US$85.4 million. Big Hit, which is headed by co-CEO’s Bang Si-hyuk and Lenzo Yoon, saw a 95
By Tamar Herman
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K-Pop Industry Moves Forward as South Korea Controls Coronavirus Spread

Even with South Korea’s live music sector still largely shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, the K-pop world is buzzing to life with the arrival of new music. Some of the world’s biggest musical acts have postponed plans to release music for months to come, but it’s business as usual when it comes to K-pop releases. March saw a relatively slow release cycle for the Seoul-based K-pop industry -- as girl groups like (G)I-dle and April postponed planned releases to the following month -- but
By Tamar Herman
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BTS Perform 'Boy With Luv' on James Corden's 'HomeFest' Special

Straight from South Korea, the men of BTS joined The Late Late Show’s HomeFest coronavirus special event tonight (March 30), and performed their hit song "Boy With Luv". Following performances and appearances from the likes of John Legend, Will Ferrell, Andrea Bocelli, Dua Lipa, David Blaine, and Billie Eilish, the Seoul-based hitmakers appeared on the CBS show's special fundraising event. After greeting host James Corden and sharing messages of goodwill to the audience and the people of the w
By Tamar Herman
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CA$HPASSION Talks Being Travis Scott's Engineer

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting essential workers who would normally be glossed over on normal weeks, many in the music world also slip under the radar and don't get their fair due. CA$HPASSION is a name people might not be familiar with outside of a select group of fans who decided to ink themselves with a Cactus Jack tattoo.
By Michael Saponara
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EVERGLOW Reflect on Impactful Debut Year & First US Tour

In each of their music videos, the six members of K-pop girl group EVERGLOW are fierce dancers, draped in elegant, urbane outfits as they charismatically greet the world. Beginning with last year’s debut single “Bon Bon Chocolat,” which landed them a top five World Digital Song Sales hit, the act has thrilled fans over the past 12 months with their dynamism and catchy, powerful electro-pop. The year's success culminated in the release of February’s reminiscence EP, their first album arriving jus
By Tamar Herman
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