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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.

IU goes viral for performing in hot air balloon at sold-out 14th-anniversary concert

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  • K-pop soloist IU has gone viral for performing in a hot air balloon during her four-hour 14th anniversary concert, her first in-person show in three years. 
  • IU performed “Strawberry Moon” in a pink hot air balloon on Sunday at the Seoul Olympic Main Stadium to ensure she could interact with her fans at the upper levels.
  • The concert also had a fireworks show, drones forming light displays, special guest artist Jay Park and thousands of seat cushions for attendees provided by IU’s mom. 
  • IU also revealed she has been dealing with a minor hearing issue for about a year, which she describes as causing a painful ringing. 

K-pop legend IU has gone viral for performing in a hot air balloon during her 14th-anniversary celebration concert over the weekend. 

IU’s “The Golden Hour: Under the Orange Sun” concert was her first in-person show in three years since 2019’s “Love Poem.” The singer sold out the Seoul Olympic Main Stadium, a venue that has a maximum capacity of more than 69,000. Sunday marked 14 years since she started her career with the EP “Lost and Found.”

BTS fans angry after city of Busan requests HYBE pay the bill for free concert

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  • BTS fans are upset after the city of Busan, South Korea, insisted that label HYBE pay for the cost of a free BTS concert.
  • The concert is part of Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
  • The Busan Metropolitan Government and the Expo committee claimed they do not have the funds to pay for the concert.
  • Media outlets have estimated that the cost for the concert will be around $5 million, but HYBE says it will cost more and has agreed to pay for advertising costs through sponsors.

BTS fans, ARMY, are outraged with the government of Busan, South Korea, for insisting that BTS’ label HYBE pay for a free BTS concert in the city. 

The BTS concert is part of the city of Busan’s efforts to host the World Expo in 2030. The K-pop superstars were appointed as ambassadors for Busan’s expo campaign just a month ago. 

BTS Busan concert venue changed due to safety concerns raised by ARMY

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  • BTS’ Busan concert has been relocated to Asiad Main Stadium following backlash over safety concerns of the original makeshift stage planned at a former glass factory site in Busan.
  • HYBE issued a statement on Friday announcing the change, with the new venue able to accommodate 60,000 attendees and containing facilities like food vendors and restrooms, which the factory site did not.
  • Fans and residents in Busan initially expressed frustration over the factory site venue as there would only be a singular entry point for the expected 50,000 attendees.
  • The concert is an effort to promote the bid for the 2030 Busan World Expo, of which BTS is an ambassador.

K-pop superstars BTS will now hold their “Yet To Come in Busan” concert at Asiad Main Stadium after fans expressed safety concerns over the original venue, a makeshift stage at a former glass factory site near Ilgwang Beach in Busan. 

HYBE issued a statement on BTS’ Weverse page on Friday assuaging concerns:

SEVENTEEN concert review: Idols bring the heat for ‘BE THE SUN’ tour

  • K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN are currently on their “BE THE SUN” world tour, with a total of 27 shows in over 20 cities around the world.
  • The PLEDIS Entertainment 13-member act stopped at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on Aug. 12 for a nearly two-and-a-half-hour concert with a setlist of over 20 songs. 
  • “BE THE SUN” was inspired by the group’s album “Face the Sun,” which charted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 after its May release. 
  • SEVENTEEN debuted in 2015 with members S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, Seungkwan, Hoshi, Jun, The8 and Dino.

SEVENTEEN’s fourth album “Face the Sun” uses said star in the solar system to represent the career heights that the K-pop boy group’s members want to reach. During their Seattle show at Climate Pledge Arena, they were nothing short of iridescent with a spectrum of a showman’s spark.

The nearly two-and-a-half-hour show began in a literal blaze. All 13 members – S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, Seungkwan, Hoshi, Jun, The8 and Dino – strode onto the stage with an intensity that matched the pyrotechnic pillars around them. Included in their first set of songs was a favorite of mine: “Face the Sun”’s EDM-spiked title track “HOT.”

AB6IX concert review: Becoming an ABNEW and K-pop fan anew

  • K-pop boy group AB6IX concluded their latest tour "AB_New Area" at the beginning of July.
  • In June, the four members kicked off their tour in Seoul before they headed off to Tokyo and six cities in the U.S.
  • AB6IX’s Seattle show lasted around 80 minutes, with a 10-track setlist that included songs such as “Hollywood,” “Breathe” and “Encore.”
  • AB6IX debuted in May 2019 under the label Brand New Music with members Woong, Dong-hyun, Woo-jin, Dae-hwi and Young-min, with Young-min leaving the group in 2020.

I grew up in Seattle, but it took attending a recent AB6IX concert to learn that Daejeon, South Korea, is its sister city. There is a Daejeon Park in Seattle’s Beacon Hill complete with a Korean-style pagoda, lawn and a commemoration plaque installed in 1998 that says the pavilion was a gift from the city of Daejeon. The way these little-known facts have come to my attention mirrors my experience with AB6IX, a K-pop boy group I wasn’t familiar with despite being a diehard K-pop fan for almost four years now. 

What is familiar, however, is how passionate K-pop fandoms are, and theirs is no different. AB6IX started their latest tour “AB_New Area” in Seoul in June before flying to Tokyo and six cities in the U.S.: New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle. The small, intimate venue of The Showbox in the heart of downtown Seattle flooded with cheers as the group’s four members dressed in summer-appropriate, crisp white shirts sauntered to the stage. Their fans, known as ABNEW, could put even the most adoring Seahawks supporters in Lumen Field to shame.  

BTS ends final ‘Permission to Dance on Stage’ concert by teasing new album

  • K-pop supergroup BTS wrapped up their fourth and final “Permission to Dance on Stage” concert in Las Vegas on Saturday by announcing the release date of their next album.
  • The South Korean supergroup teased the upcoming album at the end of their show via a video montage of their old music videos, which ended with the tagline: “We are bulletproof,” followed by the date “2022.06.10.”
  • “BTS will be back with another new album on June 10, 2022,” Big Hit Music confirmed in an announcement on Weverse on Sunday. “Details on the new album will be provided in a separate notice at a later date. We look forward to your love and support for BTS’ new album.”
  • It is still unknown whether “We Are Bulletproof” is the new album’s official title, a single from the album or a mere tagline.

BTS announced the release date for their next studio album during their fourth and final “Permission to Dance on Stage” concert on Saturday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The South Korean supergroup teased the upcoming album at the end of their show via a video montage of their old music videos, which ended with the tagline: “We are bulletproof,” followed by the date “2022.06.10.”

Twice becomes first K-pop girl group to headline and sell out US stadium show

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  • Twice’s upcoming two-night encore concert at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles sold out both nights, making them the first-ever K-pop girl group to headline a U.S. stadium as well as sell out a show.
  • After completing and selling out all seven shows of the U.S. leg of their “III” tour, Twice announced their first-ever U.S. stadium concert at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
  • Twice added a second show to their encore stadium concert after selling out in less than an hour.
  • The dates for the encore concert are May 14 and May 15.

Twice’s upcoming two-night encore concert at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles sold out both nights, making them the first-ever K-pop girl group to headline a U.S. stadium as well as sell out a show.

The girl group, which debuted with JYP Entertainment in 2015, recently completed their U.S. tour circuit with their “III” tour selling out all seven shows in L.A., Oakland, Fort Worth and New York. Twice added another night to their L.A. show at The Forum in February due to popular demand.

Seoul’s first K-pop concert venue, set for 2025, will have a max capacity of 28,000 people

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  • South Korean IT company Kakao and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have agreed to construct the first K-pop arena in Seoul.
  • The arena, named Seoul Arena, will begin construction in June of this year and is expected to be completed in October 2025 at an estimated cost of $257 million.
  • The venue will be able to hold more than 20,000 attendees and will include around 19,000 seats in addition to a midsize venue that can accommodate another 7,000 concertgoers.
  • Kakao expects that Seoul Arena will attract around 1.8 million visitors annually and will help boost the local economy.

South Korean IT company Kakao and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have agreed to build Seoul’s first K-pop arena, expected to be complete by 2025. 

The concert venue, called Seoul Arena, will begin construction in June of this year and is expected to be completed by October 2025. The project will cost around $257 million and is set to be built in Seoul’s northern Dobong-gu.

Twice to give fans ‘More and More’ with one-night-only encore concert in Los Angeles

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  • K-pop girl group Twice is returning to Los Angeles on May 14 for their first-ever North American stadium performance in a one-night-only encore to their “III” tour.
  • After selling out all seven shows of their U.S. tour, which concluded last month, the girl group will be the second-ever K-pop group, after BTS, to perform at a North American stadium.
  • Twice’s first-ever official English track “The Feels” debuted at No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October of last year.

“Cheer Up,” Twice fans. JYP Entertainment announced on social media yesterday their K-pop girl group will return to Los Angeles “One More Time” for a one-night-only encore concert to their successful “III” U.S. tour. 

For the first time, Twice and their fans will “Dance the Night Away” in a stadium — Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles — with a capacity of 22,000 instead of their usual The Forum venue, which has a capacity of 17,505. 

Official video of the unforgettable BTS street concert witnessed by unsuspecting LA drivers is released

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One lucky fan got to experience BTS’ traffic-stopping performance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” much earlier than its official premiere on the show Friday night. 

Front-row seat: Filipino American news anchor Cher Calvin chanced upon BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook last month as they were filming their crosswalk performance with James Corden on Beverly Boulevard outside the “Late Late Show” studios in Los Angeles.

‘Sorry they gave me tickets and not you because you’re poor’: Streamer playing game at BTS concert angers ARMY

BTS fans angered by Twitch streamer for playing a game at their concert

BTS fans took to Twitter to criticize a popular Twitch streamer for playing a mobile game during the K-pop band’s first concert in two years.

The wrath of the ARMY: The gaming streamer, known as “39daph” to her nearly 1 million followers on Twitch, received online backlash from BTS fans after a video of her playing “Cookie Run” while at the band’s concert went viral.