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K-POP CONTENT MEDIA APP

theQoos Inc. has launched a data-based media service app platform that targets English reading K-Pop fans. Through aggregating K-Pop content, theQoos attempts to lock-in users and create communities among K-Pop fans. theQoos Inc. was established in February 2019 with a Seoul office established in April. The venture founders are composed of experienced members from Kakao, Samsung Electronics and, YG Entertainment USA. An investment by SK Group, South Korea’s third largest conglomerate, was completed earlier this year.

2019 has been yet another record-breaking year for K-Pop with BLACKPINK signing to Interscope/Universal Records and being the first K-Pop girl-group to perform at Coachella. BTS became the first Korean act to perform on “Saturday Night Live” and followed up with performances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Good Morning America” and “The Voice.” A new study by Hyundai Research Institute found that the boy band is worth more than $3.6 billion yearly to Korea’s economy. Both acts contributed to the “Hallyu” (or Korean wave) fanbase which is estimated to grow to 100 million fans by 2020 and leading the way for other acts globally such as Monsta X and NCT. In the first half of 2019, there were over 50 concerts taking place in North America and as STYLE put it, “K-Pop is now more popular and profitable in the West than ever before.”

With the increased interest in K-Pop globally, theQoos set out to build a roadway for content by gathering as many select English-written sources of K-Pop into one feed. The idea is that fans who have an enthusiastic passion for K-Pop are called “theQoos” and want to consume all of the content that exists out there without having to search or open multiple applications. These content sources include K-Pop news sites, reputable global news sites that cover K-Pop, artists’ official social media, and YouTube but also fan-made content such as reaction videos, and fancam footage. Since many K-Pop fans usually find their news through K-Pop sites, theQoos also gathers in-depth coverage from respected major media outlets so users can see content they might not normally come across. theQoos also gathers album and concert reviews from various lesser known sites/blogs that deserve to be read as well as fan-made content that are meant to entertain and be enjoyed.

In 2018 BTS was the most tweeted about account worldwide and a tweet featuring BTS member J-Hope participating in the #InMyFeelingsChallenge was the Most Liked Tweet worldwide last year with 1.8 million Likes. Since K-Pop thrives on Twitter, we also gather many official and non-official Twitter accounts into our feed.

Users are able to “Save,” “Like,” and “Share” content but also organize the feed based on their favorite artist(s). Artist pages also include discography and links to music videos. theQoos promises this release to be their minimal viable product and has already planned for many features including in-app commenting and a community section so that Users can have “real interaction”.

MISSION STATEMENT:

theQoos is dedicated to encouraging the growth and distribution of, English language, K-Pop content, and to provide this content to fans free of charge. We want to build a bridge between K-Pop fans across the world and the content that exists in the universe. As the fan community continues to grow, we want to create a platform for them to engage with each other in a genuine way. By promoting users to enter their real information into their profiles we believe that real commentary and real interaction will create a positive space for K-Pop.

By learning who our users are and what their interests are in, we will be able to understand this community like no one has before us. Imagine a world in which every English reading K-Pop fan can freely view and share K-Pop content & be part of a community – which they can take with them, everywhere. theQoos: We are your gateway to the K-Pop Universe.

Wengie, Target, 360 MAGAZINE

“WHIMSICAL BY WENGIE” 

POP STAR WENGIE REVEALS FIRST-EVER TOY LINE

Popular YouTuber announces her one-of-a-kind products will be sold at Target stores nationwide

YouTube’s biggest personality turned K-pop star, Wengie, announced today that she released her toy line of products named, Whimsical by Wengie that will be sold at Target, the biggest retail giant in the United States with over 1,800 stores nationwide. The line will consist of products that Wengie is best known for by her worldwide fan base known as “Wengiecorns”, who love her for her prank and slime videos.

The launch comes just after Wengie’s music releases skyrocketed to the top of the charts with the eight singles she released in a period of just 12 months. The superstar has over 18.5 million YouTube subscribers, 25 million combined social media reach and accumulated over 1.3 billion views on her YouTube channels to date.

“I’m so excited to share my first-ever toy line, Whimsical by Wengie,” said Wengie. “These are products that I would LOVE to use in my own YouTube videos and I can’t believe that I’m the one that gets to share them with my Wengiecorns! Whimsical by Wengie was such a blast to create and I know you guys will love the products.”

The toys, aimed at her loyal fanbase includes, Body Art, Glitter Lava Lamp, Unicorn Hair Kit and a Scented Slime 4-pack. Fans can purchase on Target.com, the Target app and in-store.

See more information on each toy below:

Wengie Body Art

  • Channel your inner unicorn! This fun deluxe body art kit comes with 6 tattoo sheets, 1 stencil sheet, 6 pots of glitter in red, light blue, purple, silver, pink and blue, 4 body markers in pink, purple, blue and red, 2 brushes, 1 sheet of body jewels and a tube of glue.
    • Easy to apply and decorate.
    • Super washable!
    • Creative and fun!
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie Glitter Lava Lamp

  • Create your own room décor with this fun and glitzy “make your own” glitter lava lamp kit.  Comes with lamp, swirling mechanism, 1 packet confetti, adhesive gemstones, glittered sticker sheet, colored sticker sheet.
    • Color changing lights
    • Create! Decorate! Glow!
    • Needs 3 AA batteries
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie Unicorn Hair Kit

  • Create your own hair look with this fun and colorful deluxe hair kit.  Comes with 6 hair chalk sliders in pink, purple, blue, orange, green and yellow, 3 pots of hair glitter in purple, green and pink, 3 hair ties in pink, purple and blue, 2 hair tattoo sheets and a hair applicator sponge
    • Easy to apply!
    • Washes out easily!
    • Color! Glitter! Style!
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie Scented Slime 4-Pack

  • Play! Stretch! Squish with this delicious smelling slime. Item comes with 4 yummy gummy flavors – Cotton Candy, Birthday Cake, Banana and Candy.
    • Fun to play with and smells great!
    • Comes with different types of slime – Cloud, Glass and Regular
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie’s most recent collaboration with Filipino pop star Iñigo Pascual “Mr. Nice Guy” (currently over 3.5 million views) was #1 on two separate charts in the Philippines in June 2019 while speaking on a K-pop panel at MIDEM conference in Cannes, France. She also spoke on another K-pop panel on July 11 at RISE technology conference in Hong Kong. Fans can follow Wengie on Instagram and Twitter at @wengie, on Facebook at @wwwengie and her YouTube channels at @wengie@wengiemusic@wengielifestyle@wengiemusicasia and @ReactiCorns.

ABOUT WENGIE

As one of the most influential YouTube stars and personalities, Wengie’s unique ability to deliver vibrant, informative, and highly-relatable content (including her wildly popular life “hacks” series) to a global audience—with signature quirk and humor—keeps her zealous ‘Wengiecorns’ wanting more. This unparalleled closeness and trust with her fans has cemented Wengie’s power as a leading content collaborator for both high-profile and emerging brands. Wengie has leveraged her prominence on YouTube to tackle other creative realms—she recorded her first music album in China in 2017 and is the voice of the fourth “Powerpuff Girl” on the Cartoon Network. With Wengie’s single ‘Oh I Do’, hitting #5 on the Honggebang charts in China, her music career continues to blossom with each music release skyrocketing to the top of international music charts. She has accumulated over 26 million views on YouTube with her first three releases of “Oh I Do,” “Cake,” and “Déjà vu,” which continues to grow daily. Following those, Wengie dropped her holiday anthem “Ugly Christmas Sweater” song, which hit the #1 spot on YouTube’s trending list and garnered nearly two million views in its first day, and 8.8 million to date. Wengie’s first collaboration “Mr. Nice Guy” features Filipino star musician Iñigo Pascual, which reached #1 on the OPM Top 10 Chart in the Philippines! Wengie’s music channel “Wengie Music” has over 55 million total views (as of June 2019). For the majority of her life, she has had multicultural musical taste, listening to mainly J-pop, C-pop, and K-pop. Wengie’s main goal in music is to create fun music that is “East meets West” / K-Pop-fused-with-American-pop, which is essentially all the things she loves. Her musical influences include BLACKPINK, TWICE, ITZY, HyunA, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Wengie is managed by RARE Global, music by Asian Agent, and her agency is UTA.

Epic Records Signs Monsta X

Continuing a banner year marked by sold out arena shows, tens of millions of streams, and widespread critical acclaim, K-pop supergroup and worldwide phenomenon, Monsta X, sign to Epic Records for their English language recordings and worldwide distribution ex Korea. 

“K-pop has indelibly impacted the global conversation and influenced culture everywhere. At the top of that conversation, you’ll find Monsta X. They’re ushering the genre into the future with an original style befitting of their experience, passion, and diverse influences. We’re honored to welcome them to the Epic Records family,” said Epic Records Chairman and C.E.O. Sylvia Rhone.

“We are thrilled to join the Epic Family alongside some of the artists we admire the most. This is like a dream come true and we still can’t believe that this is happening to us. We can’t thank our monbebe enough for their endless support and for making everything possible,” said Monsta X.

Currently on the cusp of their seventeen-date “we are here” would tour, Monsta X will only catapult further in the U.S. market with this prestigious partnership. Kicking off on June 1st in Bangkok, the tour will weave through places such as Sydney, London, Mexico City, closing out with a bang in 6 cities throughout the U.S.

MONSTA X WORLD TOUR

DATE                  CITY                        VENUE

June 1                    Bangkok, TH           Thunder Dome  

June 5                    Sydney, AU              ICC Sydney Theatre

June 8                    Melbourne, AU        Margaret Court Arena

June 22                  Kuala Lumpur, MY  Stadium Malawati

June 29                  Madrid, ES                Palacio Vistalegre

July 3                      Amsterdam, NL        AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)

July 6                      Paris, FR                  La Seine Musicale

July 9                      London, UK             The SSE Arena Wembley

July 13                    Berlin, DE                Mercedes-Benz Arena (O2 World Berlin)

July 19                    São Paulo, BR        Espaco das Americas

July 21                   Mexico City, MX      Teatro Metropolitan

July 25                   Dallas, TX                 Verizon Theatre

July 27                  Houston, TX              Smart Financial Centre

July 30                  Atlanta, GA                 Fox Theatre

August 3               New York, NY            Hulu Theater

August 6              Chicago, IL                  Rosemont Theatre

August 10            Los Angeles, CA         Staples Center

2019 has already been a phenomenal year for the band, with the release of their Steve Aoki English language collaboration “Play It Cool” making its presence known on the Billboard HotDance/Electronic Chart [watch the video here]. Aoki composed, arranged, and produced this track, alongside co-writer and Monsta X rapper, I.M.; and he stated their [Monsta X] voices dive into your soul.” With Idolator further elaborating “It’s a feast for the eyes and ears, and a reminder why Monsta X is one of the hottest acts on the planet right now” 

The band’s latest album, Take.2 ‘We Are Here,’ debuted at #5 on Billboard’sWorld Albums Chart for the week of March 2, 2019; and has been causing an unstoppable wave of interest with notable mentions in Complex, Idolator,Billboard, Cosmopolitan, and NME stating that the album “features some giant leaps forward for the band.” On top of that, the band is currently set to perform as the first K-pop group at the iHeartRadio Music Festival out in Las Vegas on September 21st, 2019.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MONSTA X:

TOMORROW X TOGETHER Debut US Showcase

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER DEBUT US SHOWCASE TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND WILL PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

Tickets for Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, TOMORROW X TOGETHER first-ever US showcase tour go on sale TODAY at 4PM local time. The showcase, introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound, will kick off in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on AXS for New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketfly for Chicago and Dallas.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketmaster for Atlanta.

View all TOMORROW X TOGETHER SHOWCASE: STAR in US tickets HERE.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, visit: HERE.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

About Big Hit Entertainment

Founded in February 2005 in South Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global boyband BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of ‘Music & Artist for Healing’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

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GLOBAL K-POP SUPERSTARS NCT 127

NCT 127 will embark on its first North American tour on April 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, performing 11 shows through mid-May. The band will perform national television shows, as well as engage in additional promotion activities in New York and Los Angeles.

According to Steve Barnett. We are thrilled to be partnering with Young-Min Kim (Group CEO of SM Group) and Nikki Semin Han (CEO of SM Entertainment) to further the phenomenon of NCT 127 around the world. The band’s potential for global success is virtually unlimited, and SM Entertainment is a powerhouse that we hope to be in business with for many years to come. Young-Min Kim added, CMG and Caroline have been early believers in the global potential and influence of the group. We are very excited about the new partnership between SM and CMG/Caroline that is sure to generate more diverse and intensive marketing, and look forward to the journey ahead to bring NCT 127 to the world starting from the U.S., with their support. Jacqueline Saturn and Caroline Executive Vice President Matt Sawin added, “While the K-Pop explosion is one of the most exciting developments in pop music, we have long set our sights on NCT 127 in particular. The members are extremely talented and incredibly hard working, and SM Entertainment is a powerhouse that brings incredible resources, experience and know-how to the table. Everyone at Caroline is beyond excited about this partnership.” NCT 127 is the acronym for Neo Culture Technology and the number 127, which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul, Korea, the home of K-Pop. NCT 127 announced their arrival in July 2016 with the mega-hit Fire Truck,, sweeping rookie-of-the-year awards that year. Other hits like Cherry Bomb and Regular showcased their trendy music and stand-out performances, winning the hearts of fans all over the world. Their U.S. debut album charted at No. 86 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and claimed No. 1 on iTunes Album Charts in over 22 regions around the world. In October, the band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month & the first-ever K-Pop act to earn that coveted title. NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with “Regular“, their all-English hit song, made a red carpet appearance at the 2018 American Music Awards, and was the fastest male K-Pop act to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart with their latest single Simon Says, proving their rapid rise as worldwide superstars.

With 4.5 million instagram followers and 1.3 million Twitter followers in tow, Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 has shaken up the K-pop world since their 2016 mega-hit Fire Truck with their unique and conceptually-progressive artistry (Limitless, Cherry Bomb). In October, the breakout boy band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month, first-ever K-Pop act to take the coveted title. In addition, they were Billboard’s first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Emerging Artist Chart, Rolling_Stone’s 2018. K-Pop Artist to Watch, and declared to be leading the next generation of K-Pop by the LA_Times. Charting above world’s biggest artists including Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on Billboard’s Social 50, the talented group delivers more of an experience than just a performance every time they hit the stage. Known for mixing genres, NCT 127 combines sounds in pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin trap.NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Regular their all-English hit song which was included in Apple’s Best of 2018 playlist. NCT 127 returns to the U.S. this Spring on their first-ever headlining North American tour. Their debut full-length studio album NCT 127 Regular-Irregular is out everywhere now. For the latest on NCT 127, keep up with them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Monsta X & Steve Aoki “Play It Cool

GLOBAL POP SENSATIONS MONSTA X & STEVE AOKI RELEASE ENGLISH VERSION OF HIT SINGLE “PLAY IT COOL” TODAY

STREAM “PLAY IT COOL” ENGLISH VERSION HERE

Today, global superstars, Monsta X, and two-time Grammy nominated DJ and Producer, Steve Aoki, release the English version of their collaborative hit “Play it Cool.” On the heels of releasing the Korean version last month, the Aoki-Monsta force keeps fans on their feet with this new English language track. Aoki composed, arranged, and produced this track, alongside co-writer and Monsta X rapper, I.M.

The bouncy piano keys and punchy beat provide the foundation for Aoki’s iconic electro-pop sound, paired with Aoki’s use of Monsta X’s voices, to create texture and build the track as a whole. The initial chorus proclaims “And when you’re dancin’ in my face, I just play it cool,” followed by the lyrics “I love the way that you came over here” repeated over and over again in an edited sped-up hook that is impossible to get out of your head. Steve says, “their [Monsta X] voices dive into your soul”, so it’s no surprise that he would utilize their singing as a fundamental motif and driving force, outside of the vocal leads.

“Monsta X is one of those powerhouse groups that sets the bar very high,” stated Aoki. “Their voices stay with you long after the song is over, and on this track they sang so profoundly that all we had to do was focus on the story we were telling. I really believe in today’s world that we have redefined what love and relationships look like, so I think that this song is one that many people can relate to.”

“It was such an honor to work with Steve Aoki. He is truly an amazing artist and producer. We love how “Play It Cool” turned out at the end so much that we included it in our recent album – Take 2 ‘We Are Here’!” said Monsta X. “After the great success of the Korean version, we can’t wait to see the responses to the English version from all over the world. This collab is a gift from us to our ‘monbebe’ , for always taking care of us and keeping it cool. Thank you.”

Outside of this new collab with Steve, Monsta X have also announced a nineteen-date world tour beginning in April, ending with six U.S. dates. The band will be traveling all the way from South Korea to California throughout the course of their performances, ending at the historic Staples Center. Tickets are on sale Friday March 29th, 4:00PM local; follow the link here for more information. The band’s latest album, Take.2 ‘We Are Here,’ debuted at #5 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart for the week of March 2, 2019; and has been causing an unstoppable wave of interest with notable mentions in Complex, Idolator, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, and NME stating that the album “features some giant leaps forward for the band.” On top of that, the band is currently set to perform as the first K-pop group at the iHeartRadio Music Festival out in Las Vegas on September 21st, 2019.

MONSTA X U.S. TOUR INFO| TICKETING INFO HERE

July 25         Dallas, TX         Verizon Theatre

July 27         Houston, TX   Smart Financial Centre

July 30         Atlanta, GA    Fox Theatre

August 3       New York, NY      Hulu Theater

August 6      Chicago, IL            Rosemont Theatre

August 10      Los Angeles, CA     Staples Center

ABOUT MONSTA X

Monsta X has been causing an unstoppable wave of interest here, with their history making performances at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball last December. Variety raved that Monsta X “was especially impressive, getting down with the acrobatics the group displayed on their hyped up, historic appearances as the first K Pop act to grace the Jingle Ball stage.” The Boston Globe referred to them as the “night’s most fascinating act” and MTV stated that they “had The Forum shaking and rattling.” Instyle stated; “If we were giving out an award for “Best Dancer” at the Jingle Ball, it would go to Monsta X, hands down. The K-pop band opened the whole shebang, and while their vocals were also great, they stole the show with their moves.”

In addition to that, the band continues to garner stellar reviews from media such as: MTV, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Allure, Idolator, Billboard, Dazed, Rolling Stone India, Popcrush “Monsta X is a group that cannot be overlooked.” They even made the cut for Pandora’s 2019 Artist’s To Watch, as the only K-Pop group included.

ABOUT STEVE AOKI

Steve Aoki, the two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 1.5 billion music streams on Spotify, with an additional 2 billion music streams on YouTube. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop, and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography.

As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; the Neon Future series, which includes Neon Future I (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), Neon Future II (2015), Neon Future III (November 2018), and Neon Future IV (spring 2019); and the hip-hop centric Steve Aoki Presents Kolony (2017). His genre-defying collaborations also include original songs with A-listers like Lil Yachty and Migos (“Night Call” from Kolony, 2017); One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson on the global hit “Just Hold On” (2016), which debuted at #1 in more than 40 countries and has since gone gold or platinum in 18 countries; K-Pop idols BTS on the hit track “Waste It on Me” (2018) which amassed praise domestically and internationally, debuting at #1 in more than 60 countries with 4 million streams in the first 24 hours, as well as the #1 worldwide trend on Twitter with 1k+ retweets per minute; and Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, and Elvis Crespo on the Spanish-language track “Azukita” (2018).

In 2016, Aoki released the Netflix Originals documentary film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which earned him his second Grammy nomination for Best Music Film and globally released in more than 190 countries. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’s and the world’s hardest working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year, with past performances at nearly every top festival around the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and more. As a fashion designer/entrepreneur, Aoki has collaborated with major fashion and lifestyle brands like Converse and Bathing Ape and serves as a global ambassador for several international brands including ASICS and Diesel. In 2016, he also debuted his very own Dim Mak Collection streetwear line, which he later presented at New York Fashion Week in 2017. In 2012, Aoki founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas and has donated more than $500,000 to date. www.steveaoki.com

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Breakout Artist Tiffany Young

TIFFANY YOUNG FIRST KOREAN FEMALE TO WIN IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARD BEST SOLO BREAKOUT

Pop artist, Tiffany Young, has just been announced as the first Korean female to win an award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Walking the red carpet in Jean Paul Gaultier, Tiffany took home the award for Best Solo Breakout, and captured attention from Entertainment Tonight, Elle, EXTRA, Access, and Daily Mail; amongst others.

“I am so humbled and honored that I can be a part of representing young Asian American women in music, and so grateful for my Korean and K-pop roots that have given me the opportunity to follow my dreams. This award belongs to all the fans around the world who worked hard for this. I promise I will work harder, I want to make you proud!” Tiffany states

Tiffany is currently in the midst of promotion for her first U.S. EP, Lips On Lips, which surpassed her initial solo stats from 2016 on the Billboard chart debuting at No. 9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 30 on the Independent Albums chart. Tiffany opened up to OC Weekly about the single “Not Barbie” off her EP, explaining; “I wanted it to be a song for every woman, man, girl, boy, any human being. I never got to say that to myself and I’m so happy that I get to open up. Not just for me, but for a generation of young woman.” Her sold out Lips On Lips North American Mini Showcase Tour wraps up in San Francisco tonight, and Los Angeles tomorrow night, Saturday the 16th.

About Tiffany Young

Tiffany’s life became a double-edged sword upon her move to Korea at age 15. At the same time that she was experiencing huge success with Girls’ Generation, garnering 16 No. 1 singles, 1.8 billion YouTube views, 120 awards from various organizations, 15 released albums, sold out world tours, millions of records sold, her dad’s irresponsibility in business was taking a huge toll on her. Debt collectors and other lenders would show up at various shows demanding money from her that was borrowed by her father. Luckily she had a solid support system with her bandmates and others on the GG team, which bolstered her and gave her the strength to continue on.

“Life continues to challenge me and inspire me everyday and I think that is just our human experience,” the artist says, “As each day, month and year pass, I am more motivated and feel so humbled by the gifts that I have been given both good and bad.  I hope the fans feel that as well. I do this all to be an example.”

As Tiffany started breaking out into the U.S market in 2018, her personal struggles with her dad’s bad choices began to bubble up on social and traditional media once again. Being the brave and powerful young woman that she is, Tiffany decided to face all of the attention about her father head on and chose to use the unfortunate situation as inspiration for her single, “Born Again.” Co-written by Tiffany, the lyrics and emotion behind “Born Again” come straight from these lifelong experiences and struggles; “The lyrics come from deep inside me as inspiration to others and to myself to be authentic and find strength in being vulnerable. I hope that this song conveys my willingness to grow and to also show others that even through sad and heartbreaking times, you can not only survive but thrive.”   

Tiffany grew up in California, and as a young child felt neglected by her father’s inconsistent lifestyle. After her mom passed, Tiffany found true solace in music which then became her passion. “I do music because it saved me, and I hope with what I have done and who I am as a person, I can connect and can heal others to help them find a way to smile.” The path that opened up for her because of this love of music  led her to Korea alone at 15, join Girls’ Generation, who remains as one of the biggest, and most important K-Pop girl groups of all time.

With 10 years of touring, writing, singing and performing, Tiffany came back to the US to launch her solo career. With the huge success of her english singles, “Over my Skin” and “Teach You”, Tiffany is on the cutting edge of pop music. With spreads in Rolling Stone, PAPER Magazine and Cosmopolitan, among other media outlets and a turn for H&M, Tiffany enjoyed a lot of success for most of 2018.

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Jennie From BLACKPINK Releases “Solo”

Produced by YG Entertainment’s  Teddy and 24, “SOLO” is the solo debut single from BLACKPINK member Jennie. The hip-hop, pop anthem was released today, November 12th, along with an accompanying video.  Watch the video for “SOLO” HERE. Aside from her work with   BLACKPINK, this solo debut track showcases Jennie’s maturity and independence as an artist. YG Entertainment recently announced that all BLACKPINK  members are preparing for their solo debuts. Rosé  will be the next to debut her solo effort.

Discovered by K-Pop superstar artist/producer Teddy Park and YG Entertainment (the multi-faceted South Korean entertainment company responsible for the breakout successes of Big Bang, PSY, and 2NE1, among many others ), BLACKPINK’s lineup includes Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé. The group made its debut in August 2016 with a massively popular pair of singles: “Boombayah” and “Whistle,” which debuted at #1 and #2 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. That November, BLACKPINK delivered their singles “Stay” and “Playing with Fire,” their second single to reach #1 on World Digital Songs. By the end of the year, BLACKPINK had landed at #2 on Billboard’s 10 Best New K-Pop Groups in 2016.

On June 15 of this year, BLACKPINK released their debut EP Square Up and premiered its lead single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.” The song shot to #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it history’s highest-charting debut by an all-female K-pop act.   The video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” surpassed 10 million views in just 6 hours and earned 36.2 million views in one day.  In August, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” appeared at #3 on YouTube’s Global Top 10 Songs of the Summer list, surpassing Drake’s “In My Feelings” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”  The video currently has over 450,000,000 views on YouTube.  Square Up debuted at #40 on the Billboard 200, cementing it as the highest-charting release to date by an all-female K-pop group. Square Up also hit #1 on the Billboard World Albums chart.

Monsta X Premiering FIRST English Single

 International K-Pop Sensations, Monsta X, continue their worldwide onslaught with the announcement of their first all English language release of their title track, “Shoot Out,” exclusively revealed by Billboard“Shoot Out” English version is set to drop THIS Friday November 9th at 6:00pm KST / 4:00am EST on all streaming platforms; with JoJo Wright of 102.7 KIIS FM exclusively premiering the single on Friday November 9th at 9:00AM Pacific. Monsta X have already made a huge impact in U.S. media with OC Weekly calling them “power players in the K-pop game,” Metro UK comparing their fandom to the likes of One Direction stating “…the Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday night looked like the intense sort of fan dedication not seen since One Direction were a thing,” and  PAPER Magazine stating “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that Monsta X’s darkly textured but nonetheless high-energy music is the reason why they stand apart from other acts in the vibrant (and constantly expanding) K-pop scene.”

Monsta X is currently preparing to cause pandemonium stateside once again by making history as the first K-Pop group to perform at the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball, where they will be performing the English version of “Shoot Out” for the first time. The first of five dates will be kicking off in Los Angeles on Friday November 30th alongside household names such as Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, G-Eazy, Khalid, Normani, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Calvin Harris, Bazzi and Bebe Rexha.

The Korean version of “Shoot Out” has already made a huge impact on both Korean and U.S. shores by picking up 4 consecutive #1 wins on the prestigious Korean TV Shows; M Countdown, Show Champion, SBS MTV’s “The Show,” and Music Bank.

Billboard noted “This week on the charts, “Shoot Out” climbs from No. 10 to No. 8 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart, marking the band’s ninth top 10 on the chart.” https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/8483568/monsta-x-shoot-out-english-version-radio-premiere?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

The band are in the midst of making a huge impact on our shores with their 2nd Album Take.1, ‘Are You There?’ debuting on the Billboard World Albums chart at No. 7; marked the week of November 3rd. Not to mention their 47 week streak on the Billboard Social 50 Chart. Monsta X is causing a unstoppable wave of interest here with their 2nd Album and title track “Shoot Out”, with PAPER Magazine stating “Shoot Out” is niche enough to catch the ear of the most cynical music critic, and accessible enough, via the band’s perfectly synchronized harmonies, to appeal to the masses” and MTV describing it as“..a thundering beat, slick pop-rock chorus, and sensual visual.” Earmilk also added “Brimming with the grit and sensual rhythms that are core to the band’s musical style, “Shoot Out” is about the inescapability of fate and the importance of filling life with love.”

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K-Expo

All That Group and DramaFever are bringing K-Expo to New York City for the first time at Pier 36 with special performances and fan meetings from Astro, Infinite L, A.C.E and The Rose on Sunday, September 30th. This is the inaugural K-Expo event here in the United States and will consist of a variety of exhibitions, auditions, workshops, special guests and performances exposing K-Culture.

One of our special guests, Jeff Benjamin is Billboard’s K-Pop columnist who has written for Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue and The New York Times referred to him as “the most knowledgeable person in America about K-Pop.”

I Love Dance will be performing and holding a dance workshop open to everyone who might want to learn or try K-Pop dance choreography.

Beauty Influencer, Fei Yang, who has 1.1M YouTube subscribers will be stopping by our numerous K-Beauty booths to film contents around K-Expo for her own channel.

FNC Entertainment will also be holding a global audition in search of the next big Actor or K-Pop Idol Star(s).

There will be many K-Beauty brands such as TONYMOLY, Kosette Beauty Market, YADAH and K-Fashion brands such as VINSMOKEUSA and Infono hosting booths with freebies and tutorials. Also, we will have NongShim and Binggrae as K-Food representors for those who are hungry. There will also be a performance by Woorigarak Korean Culture Arts Center (WKCAC) who will be doing a drum troupe performance to modern K-Pop music.