Rolling Stonehas named CL of K-pop girl group 2NE1 as one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know” of August 2015.
The music magazine described CL as one of the “buzziest female rappers in Korea” and noted that she will be releasing an American debut EP this fall on the Mad Decent label. Details about the project is still under wraps, but CL already has collaborations with Skrillex, will.i.am and Diplo under her belt.
The 24-year-old rapper is starting her American solo career under the wing of Scooter Braun, the manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. Braun reportedly met CL in April 2013 and was impressed by her English proficiency, rapping skills and fashion sense.
The music video for CL’s collaboration track with Diplo, OG Maco and RiFF RAFF titled “Doctor Pepper” released last on Aug. 14. According to Rolling Stone, the rapper wrote the song while she was irritated with Diplo after he canceled a recording session.
Earlier this month, CL also performed on the Brooklyn stage for the Mad Decent Block Party tour. She is set to perform in future tour cities, including Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the next few weeks.
Super Junior on Sunday became the first Korean artist to ever win a Teen Choice Award.
The 2015 Teen Choice Awards took place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 16. Last month, Super Junior was nominated along with K-pop groups Girls’ Generation and 2NE1. Other nominated international bands included One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer and Little Mix.
More than 25 million people voted for their favorite artists on the Teen Choice Awards poll via social media. Super Junior fans had more reason to celebrate, as the band’s official fan club ELF was given the Choice Fandom award.
Last month, Super Junior released its eighth album Devil, which topped the iTunes Album Chart in 10 Asian and European countries.
In recent years, K-pop and Korean indie music has been gaining global popularity. There were more than 10 Korean musicians on the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) roster last March, including YB, The Barbarettes, Big Phony, Epik High, Crayon Pop and EE. 2NE1’s leader CL is also currently preparing for her American solo debut, which is slated for sometime this year.
Trap music is a genre that began in the 90s and has since become a recent phenomenon in the American music industry. In particular, Trap music is becoming very popular within dance music culture. Originating in the South, Trap music began by using a lot of low-end 808 bass samples, snares and percussions. Today, the trap music movement has taken that original sound and turned it into “EDM Trap,” which incorporates a mixture of hip-hop, dance music and low frequency dub.
Now when you think about EDM Trap music, you probably wouldn’t think to associate it with K-pop. After all, the K-pop genre is generally more upbeat and catchy. But if you think pretty K-pop boys can’t mix well with grungy EDM Trap, then you may be in for a surprise.
Not only has Korea been embracing this shift in sound, they’ve been experimenting with it and the results are EPIC. So what happens when you take fast upbeat songs and slow them down with a fresh new beat? Let these 5 Korean trap songs show you.
Disclaimer: These songs may contain strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.
BIGBANG – “Bang Bang Bang”
BIGBANG has always been pioneers in the K-pop world. Constantly giving their audience fresh, new sounds, the group tends to explore different styles of music. Recently, BIGBANG released their new album MADE, and as usual, the songs did not disappoint. With a new trap sound, incorporation of electronics, silky vocals and flawless rapping, the group’s songs have become instant hits. You can’t help but want to dance to the infectious beat and catchy chorus of “Bang Bang Bang.”
CL – “MTBD”
CL, the leader of K-pop’s popular girl group 2ne1, has recently been collaborating with household DJs such as Skrillex and Diplo. Known in South Korea as a fierce rapper, CL has added her own personal style on her take on trap music. Interestingly enough, this song was released back in 2014, so like most of her music, she is a trendsetter. With her effortless style of rapping mixed with the song’s low snares, this is one track that will have you bobbing your head all day long.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, are one of K-pops newer groups. However, their vocal skills and sharp dance moves have made them one of South Korea’s top boy bands. Don’t let the word “boy band” fool you– these guys are fierce, and they’re not your ordinary cutesy boy bands. Appropriately titled “Dope”, the choreography that accompanies this hard-hitting beat is nothing short of jaw dropping.
4MINUTE – “Crazy”
Girl group 4Minute usually takes on a cute, colorful and sexy persona. But when 4Minute debuted their “Crazy” music video, their drastic new bad girl image made their fans go crazy. With a new, confident attitude, these girls have found a way to fuse K-pop vocals and trap music to create an entirely innovative fusion sound that can only be found in Korea.
KEITH APE – “It G Ma”
Keith Ape may not exactly be a part of the K-pop world, but he’s renowned for his rapping and is still a serious contributor to Korean trap. His song “It G Ma” has garnered over 11 million views and an impressive following here in the States. The music video for the song features other pioneering hip hop artists like JayAllDay, Loota, Okasian and Kohh.
It’s official. Emma Stone is a confirmed Blackjack.
On Tuesday night, Stone publicly announced her obsession with K-pop onConan, describing the music to be “beyond excellent” and “very addictive.” When host Conan O’brien asked the Hollywood actress which K-pop artist was her current favorite, Stone listed girl group 2NE1, eliciting cheers from the audience. She later chose “I Am the Best” as her favorite song from the group.
Stone added that she became acquainted with the K-pop quartet when she was in Seoul three years ago for the The Amazing Spider-Manpremiere.
When Conan’s co-host Andy Richter claimed that each K-pop band has about 15 members, Stone showed off her K-pop knowledge and corrected him, saying that only certain groups, such as Girls’ Generation, have a large number of members.
There’s no doubt that South Korean music has grown to become a global phenomenon in recent years, with several K-pop and K-indie artists touring overseas and performing at renowned music festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW) and Liverpool Sound City. In addition, K-pop groups 2NE1, Girls’ Generation and Super Junior were recently nominated for a Teen Choice award.
You can watch the full clip of Conan and Stone’s K-pop conversation below:
Right on the heels of KCON 2015, FOX will be hosting its annual Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles next month. This year, three K-pop groups have been nominated for the inaugural Choice International Artist award.
Hip-hop quartet 2NE1 was nominated for the brand new category on Wednesday, alongside SM Entertainment’s Girls’ Generation and Super Junior. The three K-pop acts will be competing against British-Irish boy band One Direction, Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, and British girl group Little Mix.
Launched in 1999 by FOX Network, the Teen Choice Awards celebrates popular and influential figures in film, TV, music and fashion. Every year, American teens between the ages of 13 and 19 vote for their favorite celebrity in each category, and the winners receive a surfboard with the awards show’s logo for that year.
K-pop fans can vote for their favorite artist by visiting TeenChoice.com or posting the artist’s name with the hashtag #ChoiceInternationalAward on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Voting ends next Friday, July 24.
The 2015 Teen Choice Awards will be held at Los Angeles’ Galen Center on Aug. 16 and will be aired live at 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox.
Last week, Girls’ Generation released the music video for their latest summer hit, “Party,” which currently has over 13 million views. Meanwhile, Super Junior is expected to release their 10th anniversary album, Devil, on Thursday. CL of 2NE1 is also slated to make her U.S. debut as a solo artist sometime later this year.
This is not the first time K-pop artists have been invited to the Teen Choice Awards. In 2009, Wonder Girls attended the ceremony as guests after opening up for The Jonas Brothers during their world tour.
Kimchi dogs will be sold at the Los Angeles Dodgers game tonight in honor of the team’s fourth annual Korea Night. Presented by Korea Tourism Organization, this is an effort to celebrate Korean culture while having a fun time at a baseball game with family and friends.
The Dodgers will face the Texas Rangers, including South Korean outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, at Elysian Park in a sold-out game.
For the K-pop fans out there, you’re in for a special treat. South Korean rock band YB will perform at 6 p.m. for the pre-game show with a four-song set, followed by the Korean and American national anthems.
2NE1’s CL is also set to throw the first pitch. There will be an opportunity for CL to sign autographs at 7:30 p.m.
Attendees will receive a Korea Night themed T-shirt if they purchased the special event ticket package.
YG Entertainment, one of K-pop’s top talent agencies, has made a generous donation toward helping victims of the Nepal earthquake, according to Korean media outlets.
As of May 4, YG Entertainment donated at least 100 million won ($92,450 USD) to the Korean Committee for UNICEF, a United Nations program that provides humanitarian care to children in developing countries.
Over the years, YG Entertainment has consistently donated to charities and humanitarian projects through their fundraising platform YG WITH, according to Osen. At every concert its held, the agency has set up a YG WITH booth to raise funds.
Prior to the Nepal earthquake, proceedings from the G-dragon’s concert in 2013, 2NE1’s concert in 2014 and the 2014 YG Family concerts went toward building schools, sending computers, training teachers and providing school supplies to Nepal.
Since May 5 is Children’s Day in South Korea, YG Entertainment said its 100 million won donation will go toward providing medicine and relief supplies to the children affected by the earthquake.
On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, resulting in over 7,000 deaths and leaving tens of thousands homeless. It is reportedly the strongest earthquake the country has experienced in 80 years.
Several Korean celebrities have also donated to the quake-hit country, including former Olympian figure skater Kim Yuna (donated $100,000 USD), actress Park Shin-hye ($28,000), K-pop girl group Girls’ Day ($9,300) and Shinhwa member Kim Dong Wan ($33,440). Many Korean nonprofit organizations and universities have also donated funds and relief supplies.
If you wish to donate to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake, here are five nonprofit organizations that are collecting donations:
Russian President Vladimir Putin and K-pop artist CL have been running neck-to-neck in this year’s TIME 100 Reader’s Poll, but poll results are finally in.
The reader’s poll officially ended on April 10. Putin edged out CL of K-pop girl group 2NE1 to second place, claiming the number one spot with 6.95 percent of votes in the final tally. There was only a .05 percent gap between the the politician and Korean rapper.
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Pop singers Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five with 2.6 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent of the votes, respectively. Aside from Putin, the only non-entertainers to make the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7 percent), Malala Yousafzai (1.6 percent) and Pope Francis (1.5 percent).
More than half of the votes for this year’s reader’s poll were cast within the United States, with 5.54 percent and 4.55 percent of votes cast in Canada and the United Kingdoms, respectively.
TIME’s editors will unveil this year’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world on April 16.