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LOONA’s Kim Lip walks off stage at Chicago concert due to interruptions from fans during her speech

  • Kim Lip of K-pop girl group LOONA left the stage mid-concert during their Chicago tour stop after fans kept drowning out the singer’s speech with fan chants for fellow member Vivi.
  • After she missed the next three songs, LOONA’s leader HaSeul informed the crowd that Kim Lip would be absent from the remainder of the show.
  • Tour promoters MyMusicTaste later took to social media to announce that the singer would not be present at the meet-and-greet event happening that same day.
  • Kim Lip did participate in their Louisville show on Aug. 13.
  • The 12-member girl group will headline at KCON LA 2022 next week before venturing out to Europe for their tour in September.

LOONA’s Kim Lip left the stage mid-concert during their Chicago tour stop after fans repeatedly interrupted her with fan chants for member Vivi as she tried to give a speech. 

In videos posted on social media, concertgoers of the “LOONATHEWORLDTOUR” captured a scene where the 12-member girl group took turns speaking between one of their songs. Vocalist Kim Lip, who was supposed to speak after Vivi, was interrupted by fan chants for her fellow group member. 

Tiger JK gives shows-off his ‘POV’ in new single and music video

  • Korean-American rapper Tiger JK dropped his new single and music video “POV” on Tuesday.
  • The track is penned by the rapper and composed by Feel Ghood Music’s in-house producer Zoey Cho, who has worked on other hits like Bibi’s “I’m good at goodbyes” in 2020.
  • Chicago based artist Jarvis Kim, who went viral via Simu Liu’s social media shoutout for his “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” artwork, created the album cover art for “POV.”
  • Tiger JK founded Feel Ghood Music in 2013, and is a founding member of the Korean hip-hop group Drunken Tiger.

Feel Ghood Music founder Tiger JK released his new single and music video “POV” on Tuesday. 

In a press release from Feel Ghood Music, the Korean American rapper’s latest track is described as “a multi-layered reflection on the dichotomy between the past and the current loves of one’s life – all to the deep 808s of hip hop trap, lush synths, and the soulful background vocals of R&B singer Twlv.” 

Indonesian singer-songwriter Niki remembers her first love in new single ‘High School in Jakarta’

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter Niki released the music video for her new single “High School in Jakarta” on Thursday.
  • The track, which is a follow-up to last month’s single “Oceans and Engines,” takes listeners back in time to Niki’s first romance.
  • “High School in Jakarta” and “Oceans and Engines” will be included in her upcoming album, “Nicole,” which is scheduled for release next week.
  • Niki will headline her first solo North American tour starting in Vancouver in September and concluding in Los Angeles in October.
  • She is also set to join the lineup of headliners at this month’s 88rising Head In The Clouds music festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Indonesian singer-songwriter Niki goes back to “High School in Jakarta” with a new single and music video.

Per a press release about the new song, “‘High School in Jakarta’” brings listeners “back to the start of Niki’s first romance, capturing the intense whirlwind of emotions that come with the beginning of falling in love.”

Warner Music Korea launches ‘Under House’ YouTube series featuring Korean musicians

  • Warner Music Korea launched a new YouTube series Thursday called “Under House,” which will showcase artist performances, DJs and songs under their label.
  • In its inaugural episode, DJ Minky plays various songs from artists like Mamamoo’s Wheein, soloist Seori and Charlie Puth’s collaboration with BTS’ Jungkook, “Left and Right.”
  • She is later joined by singer-songwriter Shaun for live performances of his new song “Road” from his July EP “Omnibus pt.1: Kaleidoscope” and his 2018 viral hit song, “Way Back Home.”
  • The series is spearheaded by the label’s marketing director and head of K-pop and J-pop, Shin Cho.

Warner Music Korea launched their new YouTube series “Under House,” which is aimed at featuring artist performances, DJs and songs under their label, on Thursday.

The inaugural episode sees DJ Minky at her turntable playing a mix of songs such as Seori’s “Really High,” Mamamoo’s Wheein with the song “D-Day” and Charlie Puth and BTS’ Jungkook’s collaboration track “Left and Right.”

Jackson Wang shows off something ‘Cruel’ in new single release

  • Soloist and Got7 member Jackson Wang released his new single “Cruel” on Thursday.
  • “Cruel” is the second single following “Blow” to be released in anticipation of Wang’s 10-track album “Magic Man,” which has a Sept. 9 release.
  • Wang choreographed the music video for “Cruel” and participated in its movement and creative direction alongside choreographer Vinh Nguyen and director Rich Lee.
  • The Chinese artist will perform at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival next month.

Chinese singer and producer Jackson Wang dropped his fiery new single “Cruel” on Thursday and announced a Sept. 9 release date for his highly anticipated 10-track album “Magic Man.” 

“Cruel” is the second single from the forthcoming album to be digitally dropped following “Blow” in March. Earlier this month in Thailand, Wang gave a live performance with Thai rapper Milli to debut “Mind Games,” another track on the upcoming album. “Magic Man” is produced by Wang, Daryl K and Henry Cheung.

Meet Larry Ramos, the first Asian American Grammy winner

Larry Ramos became the first Asian American to win a Grammy Award

Today, the Recording Academy announced the nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards, which will take place on Jan. 31, 2022. With recent big wins from part-Filipino artists H.E.R. and Bruno Mars, as well as part-Korean artist Anderson. Paak, music’s biggest night has certainly become a source of inspiration and jubilation for Asian America; however, it could be argued that the celebrations should have started a long time ago — 60 years ago to be exact! 

In 1963, Larry Ramos became the first Asian American to win a Grammy Award. Ramos, born Hilario D. “Larry” Ramos Jr. in Hawaii, was of Filipino descent.

BTS are the first Asian artists to win AMAs’ ‘Artist of the Year’ award

BTS wins "Artist of the Year" at 2021 American Music Awards

BTS won every award they were nominated for at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) and also became the first Asian act to take home the biggest annual honor in the ceremony’s 48-year history.

The winners: During the awards ceremony, which took place on Nov. 21 at Los Angeles’  Microsoft Theater, BTS became the biggest winners of the night by taking home “Artist of the Year” award for the first time. 

These 7 Filipino American artists are on their way to becoming superstars — listen to them now

Filipino Americans artists

With established global icons such as Bruno Mars, H.E.R. and Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, as well as the skyrocketing ascension of superstars like Hailee Steinfeld, Bella Poarch and Saweetie, it is undeniable that Filipino Americans are continuing to make their mark in music. In celebration of Filipino American History Month, here are seven artists of Filipino heritage we’ve got our eyes on!

7. Kajo

Don’t let the lack of information about Kajo fool you — this genre-bending songwriter and producer needs to be on your radar. Now signed to Def Jam Recordings, Kajo first gained traction after writing several songs with rapper Logic, eventually joining his label BobbyBoy Records. With an acute awareness of musical history mixed with an ear for the fantastical, his new solo work is fresh and primed to defy expectations.

27-year-old Korean American violinist named concertmaster for prestigious Hamburg Philharmonic

concertmaster is Korean

A Korean American violinist has been appointed as the concertmaster for the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra (Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg), an internationally renowned symphony orchestra based in Germany. 

A concertmaster rises: Daniel Cho, 27, is taking on the leadership role after being selected by General Music Director and Chief Conductor Kent Nagano following an audition attended by other orchestra members, reported Korea Times. The announcement came from Sejong Soloists, a string ensemble Cho is part of.

Stan LOONA to Save LOONA: Fans are asking billionaire Elon Musk to help the K-pop girl group

LOONA fans ask Elon Musk to save the band

Fans of K-pop girl group LOONA are asking Elon Musk, estimated to be the world’s wealthiest man, to rescue their idols from their agency’s financial crisis. 

The gravity of the situation: South Korean entertainment agency BlockBerry Creative, which created and represents LOONA, is reportedly facing a serious financial crisis that could potentially affect its talents’ careers, reported NME

Chris Martin surprises Kelly Clarkson by singing the Korean verses of Coldplay and BTS’ new single

Chris Martin shocks Kelly

Coldplay singer Chris Martin surprised talk show host and fellow singer Kelly Clarkson today when he sang in Korean while performing an acoustic version of the new Coldplay and BTS collaborative single “My Universe” on her talk show.

“You are my universe”: Martin, 44, went on the “Kelly Clarkson Show” to discuss and solo-perform the song his band did with the K-pop superstar group BTS on the same day that the song was pre-released, Sept. 24.