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Recording Industry Association of America certifies BTS;s ‘Butter’ double platinum 👏👏

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The Recording Industry Association of America on Friday certified “Butter” double platinum for achieving more than 2 million certified units in sales and streams. The awards range from gold certification (500,000 units) to platinum (1 million units), multi-platinum (over 2 million units) and diamond (10 million units).
 
With the feat, BTS has the most certifications for a Korean act, with five platinums for the albums “Love Yourself: Answer” and “Map of the Soul: 7” as well as singles “MIC Drop,” “Idol” and “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey. “Butter” is BTS’s second single to earn double platinum after “Dynamite,” which was certified in March.
 
Meanwhile, BTS released the official lyric video for their collaborative single “My Universe!” with Coldplay on Friday. It was viewed more than 300,000 times just two hours after its release.  

< 1 mn read The Recording Industry Association of America on Friday certified “Butter” double platinum for achieving more than 2 million certified units in sales and streams. The awards range from gold certification (500,000 units) to platinum (1 million units), multi-platinum (over 2 million units) and diamond (10 million units). With the feat, BTS has the most certifications […]

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Boy band Seventeen set to drop ninth EP ‘Attacca’ next month 🤩

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Boy band Seventeen is gearing up to drop its ninth EP “Attacca” next month. The band’s agency Pledis announced the news on Friday along with a teaser image of the members walking inside what looks like an abandoned swimming pool.  
 
“Attacca” is the third part of the group’s “Power of Love” project, which reveals songs that talk about different types of love. The first was “Bittersweet” released by members Wonwoo and Mingyu featuring singer Lee Hi, followed by Seventeen’s eighth EP “Your Choice,” released in June.  
 
“Attacca” will drop at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22.  

< 1 mn read Boy band Seventeen is gearing up to drop its ninth EP “Attacca” next month. The band’s agency Pledis announced the news on Friday along with a teaser image of the members walking inside what looks like an abandoned swimming pool.   “Attacca” is the third part of the group’s “Power of Love” project, which reveals songs that […]

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💎 Former IZ*ONE member Jo Yu-ri to make her solo debut 💎

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Jo Yu-ri, a former member of IZ*ONE is set to make her solo debut. Her agency Wakeone announced Friday that the singer will be dropping her first solo single “Glassy” on Oct. 7.
 
In the teaser photograph for the upcoming song, Jo is donned in a Cinderella dress, holding a glass slipper in her hand.
 
“Glassy” has “colorfully captured the charm of Jo Yu-ri, who is taking the first step from being a main vocalist of the girl group IZ*ONE to a solo artist,” said the agency. “’Glassy’ is a dance-pop track with a lively and catch melody topped with the singer’s charming voice.”
 
Jo has also just released a duet track “Autumn Box” with Lee Seok-hoon of SG Wannabe on Sept. 23. Upon its release, it landed at the top of a music chart Bug’s real-time chart.

< 1 mn read Jo Yu-ri, a former member of IZ*ONE is set to make her solo debut. Her agency Wakeone announced Friday that the singer will be dropping her first solo single “Glassy” on Oct. 7. In the teaser photograph for the upcoming song, Jo is donned in a Cinderella dress, holding a glass slipper in her hand.  “Glassy” […]

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Twice to perform ‘The Feels’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Oct. 1 💖👏

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JYP Entertainment announced Thursday night that girl group Twice will be making its debut appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Oct. 1. On the show, the girls will be performing “The Feels,” which drops on the same day.
 
“The Feels” is Twice’s first-ever English-language single.
 
After their appearance on the talk show, JYP Entertainment also said it has scheduled the group to make an appearance at ABC’s “GMA3: What You Need to Know” on Oct. 6. The group will also perform “The Feels” and be interviewed to reveal more about their upcoming single to global fans.
 
Twice revealed the teaser images of the upcoming single early last month, heightening the anticipation. According to JYP Entertainment, “The Feels” is a disco-pop track with a fast tempo and an “addictive melody [that] will captivate the minds of the listeners.”
 
Twice will also be holding a Twitter Blueroom Live session to meet with fans right after the release at 2 p.m. on Oct. 1.

< 1 mn read JYP Entertainment announced Thursday night that girl group Twice will be making its debut appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Oct. 1. On the show, the girls will be performing “The Feels,” which drops on the same day.  “The Feels” is Twice’s first-ever English-language single.  After their appearance on the talk […]

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Kim Gu-ra becomes a father for second time aged 51 👏

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Fifty-one year old entertainer Kim Gu-ra became a father before the beginning of Chuseok holidays this month, according to Kim’s agency Line Entertainment.
 
After finalizing his divorce in 2015, Kim revealed through various entertainment shows that he was in a relationship with his non-celebrity girlfriend who is 12 years younger than him. They registered their marriage without holding a ceremony last year.
 
The entertainer’s 23-year-old son Kim Dong-hyun from a previous marriage is active as singer MC Gree.
 
Kim debuted as a comedian on SBS in 1993 and is active as the host of various entertainment programs such as “Radio Star,” “My Working Vlog” and “Midnight Horror Story” on MBC and “Same Bed Different Dreams 2- You Are My Destiny” on SBS.

< 1 mn read Fifty-one year old entertainer Kim Gu-ra became a father before the beginning of Chuseok holidays this month, according to Kim’s agency Line Entertainment.  After finalizing his divorce in 2015, Kim revealed through various entertainment shows that he was in a relationship with his non-celebrity girlfriend who is 12 years younger than him. They registered their […]

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💜 BTS uploads photo posing with Coldplay ahead of single release 💜

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BTS, who is currently in New York after giving a speech at the Sustainable Development Goals Moment on Monday ahead of the U.N. General Assembly, uploaded a picture on its social media channels Thursday with the British rock band Coldplay.
 
In the photo, the septet and the four members of Coldplay are posing with their hands on each other’s shoulders. Chris Martin and Guy Berryman are seen wearing modern hanbok (traditional Korean attire), which is said to be a gift prepared by BTS.
 
Earlier this month, media outlets reported that BTS and Coldplay collaborated on a single titled “My Universe,” which will be released worldwide on Friday 1 p.m.
 
Chris Martin visited Korea in April this year to collaborate with BTS at their agency HYBE.
 
According to Coldplay’s record label Parlophone, the single and the official lyric video of “My Universe” will be released Friday and the two bands will appear together in a documentary titled “Inside My Universe,” which will be released on YouTube Sunday.
 
BTS is in New York as special presidential envoys for future generations and culture at the United Nations headquarters, encouraging the youth of the world to be hopeful through the pandemic and look forward to the future. The band’s special performance video of its latest hit English-language single “Permission To Dance” at the U.N. headquarters, was streamed more than 14 million times on the U.N.’s YouTube channel as of Thursday morning.

< 1 mn read BTS, who is currently in New York after giving a speech at the Sustainable Development Goals Moment on Monday ahead of the U.N. General Assembly, uploaded a picture on its social media channels Thursday with the British rock band Coldplay.  In the photo, the septet and the four members of Coldplay are posing with their […]

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🎀 Chanel names Blackpink’s Jennie as new face of Coco Neige 🎀

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Chanel announced Thursday that Jennie of girl group Blackpink will be the new face of Coco Neige, the fashion house’s collection for winter sports.
 
Chanel revealed the news with photos of Jennie donning a hot pink two-piece set that was matched with long-padded coat. Dutch photography duo Inez and Vinoodh shot the 2021/22 campaign.
 
“Just hearing about being able to join the Coco Neige collection was like a dream!” Jennie said during the shoot.
 
In relation to the campaign’s concept dedicated to ski, mountain and snow, Jennie said, “I love to go out in the snow, doing winter sports. I really like how snow just makes you feel. Wearing these clothes makes me feel like I’m ready to ski tomorrow.”
 
Jennie debuted as a member of Blackpink in 2016 and has been active as an ambassador for Chanel since 2017. She also performed at the opening of the Chanel flagship store in Seoul in 2019.
 
The 2021/22 collection campaign fronting Jennie will be revealed on Sept. 28 on chanel.com.

< 1 mn read Chanel announced Thursday that Jennie of girl group Blackpink will be the new face of Coco Neige, the fashion house’s collection for winter sports.  Chanel revealed the news with photos of Jennie donning a hot pink two-piece set that was matched with long-padded coat. Dutch photography duo Inez and Vinoodh shot the 2021/22 campaign.  “Just […]

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Kim Han-bin of iKON handed three-year suspended prison sentence

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Kim Han-bin, better known as B.I., a former member of the boy band iKON, was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and four years of probation for illegal drug use.
 
According to local reports Thursday, Kim did not file an appeal by the due date of Sept. 17, finalizing the verdict handed down by the Seoul Central District Court on Sept. 10.
 
Kim was found guilty of smoking marijuana and purchasing and using LSD in 2016. He left iKON in June 2019 following reports of his illegal drug use and his contract with YG Entertainment was terminated accordingly.
 
The court also ordered Kim to complete 80 hours of community service, a 40-hour drug treatment course and pay 1.5 million won ($1,270).
 
“Drug-related crimes committed by a celebrity immensely affects society in the sense that it dilutes the weight of the drug crime,” the court said. “However, the defendant has admitted to all of his charges and seems to be repenting for his actions.”

< 1 mn read Kim Han-bin, better known as B.I., a former member of the boy band iKON, was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and four years of probation for illegal drug use.  According to local reports Thursday, Kim did not file an appeal by the due date of Sept. 17, finalizing the verdict handed down by the […]

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‘Squid Game’ is No. 1 among U.S. Netflix viewers 👀👍

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The Netflix original series “Squid Game” ranked No. 1 in the U.S., the first Korean series to do so.
 
According to streaming analytics company FlixPatrol, “Squid Game” surpassed the highly popular British teen comedy-drama series “Sex Education,” which had previously topped the U.S. chart. On Netflix’s global top 10 TV show list, “Squid Game” is No 2.
 
Before “Squid Game,” the Korean original series “Sweet Home,” released last December, reached No. 3 for U.S. viewership.
 
“Squid Game” topped charts in 14 territories including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.
 
The story revolves around 456 people on a secluded island playing life-or-death survival games to win prize money of 45.6 billion won ($39.5 million).
 
Actor Lee Jung-jae stars along with Park Hae-soo, Oh Young-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung.
 
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who was behind “Silenced” (2011), “Miss Granny” (2014) and “The Fortress” (2017), wrote the script and directed.
 
Although critics have assailed a narrative overly familiar from other survival game movies, the actors’ performances have been praised along with the structuring of the games.
 
The series is rating 100 percent fresh by critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website and has an 8.3 out of 10 rating on entertainment database IMDb.

< 1 mn read The Netflix original series “Squid Game” ranked No. 1 in the U.S., the first Korean series to do so.  According to streaming analytics company FlixPatrol, “Squid Game” surpassed the highly popular British teen comedy-drama series “Sex Education,” which had previously topped the U.S. chart. On Netflix’s global top 10 TV show list, “Squid Game” is […]

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Girls’ Generation’s Yoona wants the best of both worlds 💖

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Singer-turned-actor Yoona is no longer just known as a member of girl group Girls’ Generation. After debuting on the silver screen in the espionage film “Confidential Assignment” (2017) and starring in the hit comedy disaster film “Exit” (2019) which garnered over 9.4 million moviegoers, Yoona has established herself as a bona fide actor.
 
Now she takes on the role of La-hee, a pure-hearted high school student and the first love of a country boy in the film “Miracle: Letters to the President,” which hit local theaters last week. The film is set in the rural Bonghwa County, North Gyeongsang, in the 1980s.
 
“This was the first pure, bubbly romance movie I have starred in,” the actor said during a recent video call interview will the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily.  
 
“I didn’t feel particularly pressured that this is my first film since ‘Exit,’” said Yoona. “I only thought about what I want to do and what I want to show through this movie.”
 
The actor described “Miracle: Letters to the President” as “a film that heals you and fills your heart.” Bonghwa County, in which the story takes place, is a rural region in the southeast of Korea and was especially isolated until the 1980s as the town had no train station of its own.
 
In the film, a local high school student named Joon-kyung played by actor Park Jeong-min starts writing letters to the president, asking him to build a train station for the village. Joon-kyung eventually takes on the task himself and starts building a small station with the help of his family.  

The story is adapted from the true story of Yangwon Station in Bonghwa County with a sprinkle of imagination. Yangwon Station, which is known as Korea’s tiniest train station, is also considered to be Korea’s first privately funded station because the locals raised money and built it by themselves in 1988.
 
Director Lee Jang-hoon of the 2018 romance film “Be with You” and screenwriter Son Joo-yeon wrote the script together.
 
Yoona plays the bubbly high school student La-hee who is in the same class as Joon-kyung. She is the one who notices his hidden talent in math and volunteers to be his “muse” who helps him follow his dream.
 
“She’s the one who notices Joon-kyung’s extraordinary abilities and leads him to fulfill his potential,” Yoona said. “She’s adorable and pure but also daring. I tried not to overthink while acting, but simply portrayed the exact emotions I felt while reading the script.”
 
One of the movie’s memorable scenes is when La-hee directly asks Joon-kyung “Do you like me?” in a thick Bonghwa dialect, leaving him flustered. What sounds like a clichéd line in any romantic comedy was brought to life by Yoona’s delivery.
 
“People around me told me that La-hee is actually like me,” the actor said laughing. “I did act in many scenes thinking, ‘I would probably also behave like this in such situation.’ I found every part of La-hee adorable.”

Yoona said the most challenging part of the filming was the characters’ thick Bonghwa dialect.
 
“I’m familiar with the Gyeongsang dialect, but Bonghwa dialect was different,” she said. “All the lines were so difficult, so I was always asking the dialect coach for guidance, even for minor lines.
 
“I referred to recordings of the script by people from that region, then compared my accent to theirs. My grandparents are from Yeongju [in North Gyeongsang], so the dialect that I heard from them since I was young helped me a lot too.”
 
Yoona said the most memorable scene to shoot was a cute date with Joon-kyung.
 
“Park is friendly and comfortable to be with,” she said. “Thanks to that, we were able to get along with each other on set. I think our chemistry was good and that really shows in our characters. Park made an effort to get closer with me so we could have that chemistry.”
 
Her costar Park has said in another interview that Yoona “acts freely,” proclaiming himself to be a fan and giving her the nickname “the star in my heart.”  
 
“Park can handle all kinds of roles like an ever-changing chameleon,” Yoona said, and also gave him the nickname “Jeongmeleon,” a portmanteau of Jeong-min and chameleon.

“My fellow Girls’ Generation members told me their thoughts on the movie after watching it at the preview event,” she said. “Sunny said she enjoyed it and that the movie captures my cute side. Tiffany told me she cried her eyes out. Hyoyeon couldn’t attend because of another appointment on her schedule, but she says she is dying to find out what the movie is like.”
 
What does Yoona think is a better title for herself — “the center member of Girls’ Generation” or “actor?”  
 
“I don’t want to miss out on either,” she said. “I’ll try my best to become a center among the actors as well then.”

4 mn read Singer-turned-actor Yoona is no longer just known as a member of girl group Girls’ Generation. After debuting on the silver screen in the espionage film “Confidential Assignment” (2017) and starring in the hit comedy disaster film “Exit” (2019) which garnered over 9.4 million moviegoers, Yoona has established herself as a bona fide actor. Now she takes […]

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