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K-Wave Stateside: K-Pop Stories In American News (Week Of November 10 - November 16, 2014)

By James B | November 17, 2014 01:06 AM EST


Check out the K-Pop-related news that appeared in American media outlets this week.

K-Pop Male Group BTOB Appears On 'America's Next Top Model'

News media Billboard featured an article regarding K-Pop male group BTOB as they appeared on the November 14th episode of 'America's Next Top Model.'

During the show, BTOB taught the models how to dance while striking a pose for the camera each time they perform on stage. BTOB is not the only group that does this, but all K-Pop idols know how to model while performing due to them always facing the camera and being seen on television.

BTOB's Peniel said, "While we're performing, we always have to focus on what we look like." He further said, "We always have to be aware of our expressions. We always have to look good for our fans."

Female Group Pritz Gets Noticed Negatively Due To Their Nazi Uniforms

US-based news media The Korea Times featured an article regarding female group Pritz as they are facing a controversy due to their uniforms.

Netizens have reacted negatively to Pritz's outfits, calling them offensive due to the reseblence to Nazi uniforms. The red armbands bearing the group's logo have been under attack for their similarity to the Nazi-worn swastikas.

The group's agency is reportedly going to change the group's logo and costumes.

On November 15th, a representative from PandaGram spoke to Korean news media outlet Star News.  "Never did we expect such controversy [about Nazi uniforms] to arise," said the rep. "We only looked at the red color and thought it was fine, and did not check the outfits properly at the time."

An official from PandaGram spoke regarding the logo and how it represents the group, saying it means "to expand without a limit in four directions."

G-Dragon Wears Male Makeup?

News media USA Today published an article regarding the global popularity of Big Bang member G-Dragon.  

With his amazing vocals, tattoos, vibrant hair styles, G-Dragon is also known for wearing makeup. The article highlighted South Korea's penchant for not only women's skin care products, but now for male makeup products as well.

With this, the popularity of skin care products for females and now males is getting recognized. Kim Tae-young, who is a makeup artist and works for Korean cosmetics brand Olive Young said, "The market for male cosmetics has definitely been expanded in the last couple of years."

With G-Dragon traveling globally, he is not only promoting his music; but now male makeup to get guys to travel to South Korea.

Tagged :  K-Pop, BTOB, pritz, G-Dragon, Big Bang, Peniel


K-POP 08.14.19 | 11:59AM EDT

Fans Worry About IU's Health Condition After Seeing Photos On Instagram

Recently, the songstress uploaded a picture of her standing next to a tarp of herself, which is beside a food truck that was sent to her filming set. Uaena, IU's official fan club name, remarked that her collarbone is somewhat more pronounced than before and her face looked smaller. Also, in the latest photo of her together with Sulli that the latter uploaded through her official Instagram account, the fans noticed that she looked much skinnier than usual and so they expressed their concern over her condition.

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X1, ‘Produce X 101’ Project Group, Hits Billboard’s Social 50 and Emerging Artist Charts

Even before their official debut arrives, 11-member K-pop group X1 is already making ripples in the scene! According to Billboard’s weekly charts dated August 13, the project boy band -- with members coming from the Mnet survival show-cum-talent search Produce X 101 -- has taken the No. 6 spot on the music magazine’s Social 50 chart.

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