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The American music company made a surprise announcement via Instagram today that a few more artists are expected to take the stage at Coachella this weekend.
Former K-pop girl group leader of 2NE1, CL continues her collaborations with the 88rising label, having performed at their recent Head In the Clouds festival in November. CL is known for powerfully confident tracks that highlight her rapping and vocals. Some of her hits include “Hello Bitches,” “Lifted” and “Lovers Like Me,” which won Record of the Year at the Asian Pop Music Awards. She released album “Alpha” last year and became one of the first female K-pop artists to attend the MET Gala.
Hong Kong-based rapper, singer, dancer and fashion designer Jackson Wang helms his own record label and fashion brand, Team Wang. He is also a solo artist and television host in China as well as a member of two boy groups, Got7 in South Korea and Chinese hip-hop group Panthepack. He made Forbes’ top 10 list of China celebrities and recently came out with single “Blow” in 2022.
Another Head in the Clouds veteran performer, South Korean singer-songwriter and music video director BibiI debuted with the digital single “Binu” in May 2019 and has since contributed to the original soundtrack for Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” She’s known for her hit song “The Weekend” under the 88rising label. She is also featured on the K-drama “Twenty-Five Twenty-One” soundtrack with a song titled “Very, Slowly” and on former Iz*One member Yena’s solo debut track “Smiley.”
Japanese American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada holds the distinction of creating Japan’s best-selling album of all time, 1999’s “First Love.” Her songs have been used in games and anime like “Kingdom Hearts” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” Some of her biggest singles include “Addicted to You,” “Wait & See (Risk)” and “Can You Keep a Secret?,” all of which had millions of copies sold. She most recently released the album “Bad Mode” earlier this year.
Thai rapper Milli rose to acclaim for her debut song “Phak Kon” (พักก่อน)” in February 2020, which used a mix of English, Isan and Lu. The music video has over 68 million views. Her follow-up single “Sud Pang” (สุดปัง) from June 2020 featured both Northern and Southern Thai, Isan, Lu, Japanese and English languages. She’s also made a popular remix of Bibi’s “The Weekend” and has contributed original soundtracks for the Thai drama “The Graduates” and film “Friend Zone 2 Dangerous Area.” Milli won the Mnet Asian Music Awards’ Best New Artist (Thailand) in 2020.
Indonesian rapper Warren Hue is an artist under the 88rising label and made his debut with the song “Omomo Punk.” His tracks “Always Rising,” “Lazy Susan,” “Foolish” and “Warriors” are featured on the original soundtrack for Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” If that wasn’t enough, he also has two singles out this year, “W” and “Runaway w Me,” and is working on an upcoming album called “Boy of the Year.”
Speculated Attendees: Blackpink’s Jennie Kim and Aespa
No official announcements have been made about Blackpink’s Jennie or Kpop girl group Aespa actually performing at Coachella, but eagle-eyed K-pop fans have speculated that these idols may also be in attendance.
Jennie was confirmed to be in Los Angeles this week based on her recent Instagram post at the Gentle Monster store showing off her recently dyed orange hair.
Twitter users also spotted Jennie out and about with close friend Chahee, a former member of the K-pop girl group Melody Day.
Meanwhile Aespa posted on their IG story today teasing fans by asking, “Guess where we are going next?” followed by stories asking for recommendations of things to do in California.