K-pop

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K-pop star Sowon apologises for posing with 'Nazi mannequin'
GFriend band member deletes photos taken on video shoot with figure dressed in German military uniform

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

02, Feb, 2021 @7:06 AM

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AI and K-pop at the festival of Korean movers and shakers
Dancers learn routines from an algorithm and we get a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of K-pop choreography as the Place’s festival moves online

Lyndsey Winship

04, Dec, 2020 @8:30 PM

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BTS become first K-pop act to receive a Grammy nomination
The boy band hail the ‘miracle’ of being shortlisted for their single Dynamite alongside artists such as Justin Bieber

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

25, Nov, 2020 @4:38 AM

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Map of the soul: how BTS rewrote the western pop rulebook
Contrary to their dismissive framing as manufactured robots, South Korea’s BTS use social media, documentary and storytelling to make themselves into profoundly human stars

Katie Hawthorne

18, Nov, 2020 @3:31 PM

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K-Pop band BTS scores huge hit on South Korea stock market in management firm's IPO
Investors scramble to buy shares in Big Hit Entertainment amid speculation that the boy band members could be allowed to defer military service

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and Martin Farrer

15, Oct, 2020 @2:45 AM

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Blackpink: The Album review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
The K-pop group unleash an intense 24-minute bombardment of killer hooks and snappy detailing – but it’s a shame the lyrical topics are so narrow

Alexis Petridis

02, Oct, 2020 @7:00 AM

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BTS: K-pop stars become first all-South Korean act to top US singles charts
Dynamite, the boy band’s first single sung completely in English, has nabbed the No 1 spot from Cardi B’s WAP

Guardian staff

01, Sep, 2020 @12:05 AM

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‘They use our culture’: the Black creatives and fans holding K-pop accountable
As K-pop grows, international fans and those writing and producing songs want the industry to to develop a more sensitive understanding of race

Elizabeth de Luna

20, Jul, 2020 @5:00 AM

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How US K-pop fans became a political force to be reckoned with
Expect more online raids of the kind that drowned out a racist BLM backlash and humiliated Donald Trump, experts say

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

24, Jun, 2020 @1:37 PM

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Digitally-savvy and passionate, K-pop fans' Trump activism should come as no surprise
K-pop fans have been able to put the online organisational tools they’ve honed for fandom projects to work on political activism

Tamar Herman

22, Jun, 2020 @7:13 AM

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K-pop singer Yohan dies aged 28
Record label announces ‘the most unfortunate, sorrowful news’ about singer from boyband TST

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Jun, 2020 @12:44 PM

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K-pop fans join forces to drown out opposition to #BlackLivesMatter
Social media bombardment saw K-pop fans commandeer rightwing and pro-Donald Trump hashtags including #WhiteLivesMatter

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

05, Jun, 2020 @3:24 AM

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