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Hybe issues statement on who will front the bill for upcoming free BTS concert in Busan

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  • HYBE issued a statement on Wednesday agreeing to pay for the remaining expenses of the free BTS concert in Busan.
  • The concert is part of Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
  • HYBE said the group’s members will perform the concert without pay, and that it has been their dream to put on a free concert for fans.
  • They recognize that South Korea is an underdog in the competition for the expo bid and wish to help in an important national event.

BTS’ label HYBE issued a statement on Wednesday agreeing to front the bill for the upcoming “Yet To Come” concert in Busan, South Korea. 

The concert was already being partly paid for by corporate sponsors and streaming advertisements, but now the Seoul-based label has said they will pay for the concert.

Mobile game ‘Cookie Run: Kingdom’ announces collaboration with BTS

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  • K-pop superstars BTS are collaborating with the mobile game “Cookie Run: Kingdom” for an in-game event.
  • The event, called “Braver Together,” will see the K-pop act transformed into their own Cookie and players on BTS-themed maps in the game, culminating in an in-game concert by BTS.
  • No official release date has been announced by the “Cookie Run: Kingdom” developers, South Korean game studio Devsisters.
  • “Cookie Run: Kingdom” is a free-to-play game where players can build towns and go on adventures fighting various enemies.

The mobile game “Cookie Run: Kingdom” announced a special in-game collaboration event with K-pop icons BTS.

The in-game event will be called “Braver Together.” A promo image shows the music septet in silhouette — or, in this case, cookie silhouette — form performing on stage for fans wielding lightsticks.

Sandra Oh represents Canada at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London

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  • Sandra Oh was in attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.
  • Oh was part of the official Canadian delegation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Other figures in the procession included former Olympian Mark Tewksbury and musician Gregory Charles, to name a few.
  • The “Killing Eve” actor was appointed to the Order of Canada in June — the highest civilian honor of the country — for her contributions to onstage and onscreen art and entertainment.

Sandra Oh attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday as part of the Canadian delegation led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The Canadian-born actor, who has dual Canadian and American citizenship, was appointed to the Order of Canada in June — the highest civilian honor of the country — in recognition of her accomplishments onstage and onscreen. 

Le Sserafim fans accuse Japanese show of sexism and harassment toward Sakura and Kazuha

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  • South Korean netizens were up in arms over a Japanese TV host’s alleged inappropriate questions for Le Sserafim members Sakura and Kazuha.
  • The Japanese artists, who made their debut with the K-pop girl group on May 2, were subjected to the questioning when they appeared on the variety show “Zero Ichi” in July.
  • One of the show’s hosts reportedly first asked Sakura and Kazuha, “How much does it cost to stay at a luxury hotel for a night?”
  • When the members replied that they didn’t know, the host responded with: “You probably went there with your boyfriend. Why are you pretending like you don’t know?”
  • The interview ignited controversy after it resurfaced on the Korean platform Nate‘s popular community board Pann on Sept. 15.

A Japanese TV show host sparked outrage in South Korea for allegedly subjecting Le Sserafim members Sakura and Kazuha to inappropriate questions during an interview. 

The Japanese artists, who made their debut with the K-pop girl group on May 2, appeared on the variety show “Zero Ichi” in July to promote their first extended play (EP), “Fearless.”

K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN to perform at inaugural LA3C festival with Megan Thee Stallion and Maluma

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  • K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN will perform at the first-ever LA3C festival on Dec. 10-11 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
  • The event’s headliners include Megan Thee Stallion and Maluma, with Snoop Dogg joining as a guest performer.
  • LA3C, which stands for “Los Angeles, the Capital of Culture & Creativity,” will be a celebration of the city’s multicultural food, art and talent.
  • SEVENTEEN recently concluded the North American leg of their “BE THE SUN” world tour.

K-pop superstars SEVENTEEN will join the lineup at the inaugural LA3C festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park on December 10-11.

LA3C, which stands for “Los Angeles, the Capital of Culture & Creativity,” will be headlined by Megan Thee Stallion and Maluma. Rap legend Snoop Dogg, who recently collaborated with BTS, will perform as a guest performer as well.  

Chinese parents sue daughter they abandoned for not buying her brother an apartment

  • A 29-year-old woman in China is being sued by her estranged parents for refusing to buy her younger brother an apartment.
  • The woman was left to be raised by her aunt when she was 2 years old.
  • After the woman refused to pay for the apartment, her biological parents filed a lawsuit against her for 500,000 yuan (approximately $71,818) in parental maintenance.
  • The court decided that the woman must negotiate the money with her parents and pay the maintenance fee.
  • The Civil Code of China states that adult children have a legal obligation to support their parents regardless of estrangement or abandonment.

After a woman in China refused to buy her younger brother an apartment, her estranged parents filed a lawsuit for 500,000 yuan (approximately $71,818) in parental maintenance.

The woman, 29-year-old Zhang from Guangzhou of southern China, was abandoned by her biological parents when she was 2 years old and has no relationship with them. She was reportedly abandoned as her biological parents could not financially support her, and they rarely contacted her throughout her life.

Weki Meki’s Choi Yoo-jung blossoms in debut solo ‘Sunflower’

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  • Weki Meki’s Choi Yoo-jung dropped her debut solo album “Sunflower” on Wednesday.
  • The album has three tracks: “Sunflower (P.E.L),” “Tip Tip Toes” and “OWL,” with Choi co-writing the first two.
  • Choi is currently a member of the girl group Weki Meki, whose last comeback was in 2021 with the EP “I AM ME.”
  • Prior to Weki Meki, Choi was a member of the 11-idol act I.O.I., formed from the singing competition show “Produce 101.”

Weki Meki’s Choi Yoo-jung has sprouted into a solo artist with her debut single album, “Sunflower.”

After six years as an idol across two different girl groups, Choi Yoo-jung is finally making a solo debut. In an interview with NME, the singer shared that the title for the single stems from her late grandfather, who drew her a sunflower and said it was her. 

NCT’s Jeno teams with designer Peter Do to become first K-pop artist to open New York Fashion Week runway show

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  • NCT’s Jeno is the first K-pop star to open a runway show at New York Fashion Week.
  • Vietnamese American luxury designer Peter Do joined forces with SM Entertainment's first initiative at the fashion event.
  • Do’s collection focuses on the concept of time and includes personalized invitations in the form of memory boxes, containing a CD mix featuring SM artists that Do listened to as a child among other items.
  • Red Velvet’s Seulgi will be a guest of honor, and SM trainees Shohei and Eunseok will debut at Fashion Week on the runway.

NCT’s Jeno became the first K-pop artist to open a runway show at New York Fashion Week, thanks to Vietnamese American fashion designer Peter Do. 

Do previously styled fellow NCT member Johnny for the 2022 Met Gala, but this is the first initiative from SM Entertainment at the iconic annual fashion event in New York City. Scheduled for Sep. 13, Jeno will help highlight Do’s Spring/Summer 2023 collections.

How EDEN found success through happy accidents and jarring genre blending

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When asked whether he would still define his music as “conscious,” referencing a Billboard interview with the artist from half a decade ago, EDEN pressed his lips into a sheepish smirk and shook his head, dismissing his response in the same way he would dismiss an awkward adolescent phase.  

“That was definitely a very different time to where I feel about that,” says EDEN. “That was really like an introspective kind of time for me and how I was creating music and I was writing. I don’t know what a one-word definition would be at the moment, maybe liberated?” 

The best of both worlds: ‘Hannah Montana’ actor attending Jackson Wang meet-and-greet surprises fans

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  • GOT7 member and solo artist Jackson Wang held a fansign meet-and-greet event on Sunday in Long Beach, California, to promote his new album “MAGIC MAN.”
  • Actor Jason Earls, who played Hannah Montana’s brother Jackson Stewart on the Disney Channel show, was one of the many waiting in line to meet Wang.
  • Earls and his wife Katie Drysen are both K-pop fans and have previously tweeted about the group Stray Kids.
  • Drysen also attended last month’s Head In The Clouds Festival, an annual music festival organized by 88rising, and watched Wang perform.

It’s the best of both worlds for K-pop and Disney fans as actor Jason Earls of “Hannah Montana” attended Jackson Wang’s meet-and-greet on Sunday.  

The fan event was held at Fingerprints Music store in Long Beach, California, to promote his sophomore solo album “MAGIC MAN,” which was released on Sept. 9. 

This Connecticut Barnes & Noble has an ARMY who is a real RM stan

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  • A Barnes & Noble in Connecticut is celebrating BTS leader RM’s birthday with a collection of books.
  • The Waterbury bookstore curated books that were read by RM or inspired by him, many of which were written by prominent Asian authors.
  • Some of the books included are Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko,” Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore,” Ted Chiang’s “Story Of Your Life and Exhalation” and Kyung Sook Shin’s “Please Look After Mom.”
  • All of the books in the collection will be on sale at the Waterbury location for the next seven days.
  • Earlier this month, RM dropped a collaboration single titled “Sexy Nukim” with South Korean music collective Balming Tiger.

A Barnes & Noble in Connecticut is wishing a happy birthday to BTS leader RM, who is turning 28 this Monday.  

The Waterbury location constructed what they call “Namjoon’s Library,” a collection of the BTS rapper’s favorite books or those inspired by him. All of the books in the collection at the store will be on sale for the next seven days.  

VIXX’s RAVI is all about ‘LOVE & HOLIDAY’ in new EP

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  • RAVI of the K-pop boy group VIXX released his fifth EP, “LOVE & HOLIDAY,” on Monday.
  • Released alongside the album are two new music videos: one for the title track “Kiss You” and the other for “Dumb Dumb Dumb,” which came out on Sep. 8.
  • The album’s 10 tracks were co-written and co-composed by RAVI and includes his prerelease collaboration single “Bye,” featuring L1VE labelmate Wheein of K-pop girl group MAMAMOO.
  • RAVI is the founder of the labels GROOVL1N and L1VE, the latter of which Wheein has been signed to since last year.

GROOVL1N and L1VE label founder and soloist RAVI dropped his fifth EP “LOVE & HOLIDAY,” flanked by two music videos. 

The first music video is for the title track “Kiss You,” featuring clips and audience interactions from RAVI’s “Revoir” concert earlier this year. His B-side “Dumb Dumb Dumb,” which dropped on Sep. 8, also got the music video treatment. It includes footage from RAVI’s performance during one of the Waterbomb Festivals in South Korea over the summer.