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Korean, foreign students invited to join content creation contest centering on traditional Korean music

Participants in the 2019 “Nonjangpan” contest (KOCIS) The Korean Culture and Information Service and the Culture Ministry announced Tuesday that the 2020 “Nonjangpan” competition for students interested in the liberal arts was starting. South Korean students and foreign students living in Korea are invited to submit applications by June 28. The competition aims to cultivate…

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Festival to show ‘here and now’ of Korean music

Poster for 11th Yeowoorak Festival (NToK) The annual Yeowoorak Festival, a gugak-themed festival organized by the National Theater of Korea, is to kick off on July 3, featuring 12 performances over 23 days. This year’s festival, titled after an abbreviation for the Korean sentence meaning “our music (gugak) is here,” will focus on the “here…

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When traditional music meets K-pop

(Big Hit Entertainment) Suga’s solo track “Daechwita” under the alias Agust D in late May begins with a powerful burst from a taepyeongso — a Korean wind instrument — as the BTS member sits up from a throne in a period thriller-themed video reminiscent of Netflix’s zombie series Kingdom. “I sampled ‘Daechiwta,’ which is the…

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BTS’ ‘DNA’ music video tops 1b YouTube views

(Big Hit Entertainment) The music video of BTS’ 2017 hit song “DNA” topped 1 billion YouTube views on Monday, becoming the band’s first music video to surpass that milestone. “DNA,” the lead track of BTS’ 2017 album “Love Yourself: Her,” achieved the feat early Monday morning, according to the band’s label-management agency Big Hit Entertainment.…

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Genie Music to supply K-pop to China’s Tencent Music

Genie Music CEO Kim Hoon-bae (KT) Genie Music, the music streaming platform owned by Korean telecom giant KT, said Wednesday it has recently signed a deal with Tencent Music to supply K-pop for streaming services in the Chinese market. Genie has distributed K-pop in over 50 countries through diverse global platforms, including Apple Music, Google…

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NK paper warns against imitating foreign films, music

(KCNA-Yonhap) North Korea’s main newspaper on Tuesday warned its people against emulating foreign films and music, saying the inflow of bourgeois culture hinders the country from progress. The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the North’s ruling Worker’s Party, made the appeal in an editorial saying that the obstacles stopping the country from developing are not…

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BTS’ music video second-most liked in world

Music videos by South Korean K-pop groups were among the top 10 most liked videos on YouTube globally this year, including those from BTS and Blackpink. According to YouTube, BTS’ hit song “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey was the second-most liked video in 2019. It was followed by four-piece girl group Blackpink’s “Kill This Love”…

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