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May 2016

New K-Pop Boy Band: NCT U

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In this post, I’m going to be talking about NCT U. This is one of the new boy band that recently debuted a month ago on April. They’re part of S.M Entertainment, as you guys may know by now that S.M is one of the top music labels in South Korea.¬†NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and it’s going to have many sub-units all around the world. NCT U is just one of the units based in Seoul, Korea and there are going to be more in different countries like in China, ¬†Japan, etc. I’ve heard many rumors that the founder of S.M, Lee Soo-man, is trying to dominate the K-Pop world with this upcoming plan, which I found to be amusing yet true.

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Since K-Pop is so popular now that this new idea of having numerous sub-units with in one group is a fairly new concept. Especially because it has unlimited members. Basically, they can recruit new members as as much as they’d like and don’t have to worry about replacing the old members if they do choose to leave. I think S.M Entertainment is taking this approach because EXO, a very popular boy band under their company had complications. 3 out of 12 members left and filed a lawsuit against them. They were under a 10 yr contract but then later decided that they didn’t want to be part of the group anymore since 10 years is such a long time.

More about NCT U, it has six members and their names are¬†Mark,¬†Taeyong, Jaehyun, Taeil, Ten and¬†Doyoung. The age range is from 16- 21, Mark (16) the youngest one is from Canada and Ten (20) is from Thailand. They have international members. All of them have been trained under the S.M company for a long period of time and finally got to debut this year. I’ve watched their music videos, dance videos, and their variety shows and I’ve grown to like them even though they’re a new group. They’re extremely talented and I’m looking forward to see more of them and their music!

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I.O.I: Ideal of Idol

I.O.I is a new Korean girl group with 11 members that just debuted less than a week ago on May 4th, 2016. The 11 selected girls got to debut through the reality show named “Produce 101” which had a hundred and one female trainees! Having a show with over 100 people seems pretty crazy but it worked. They narrowed it down to 11 girls through voting and ranked them accordingly throughout the show.

In the beginning there were team A,B,C,D, and F. The judges put the 101 girls in the team they thought they belonged to by judging their skills such as singing, dancing and overall stage presence. I watched most of the episodes of “Produce 101” and it was pretty good, I enjoyed it.

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All the girls that participated in the show were from different company labels, which is something new because most of the K-pop groups that do debut are within the same company. From what I can recall I.O.I is an experimental girl group which is handled by the company CJ E&M.

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The members age in I.O.I  vary from 1995 to 2001. So there are all very young girls, 20 is the oldest and 15 year old is the youngest. Also I.O.I members names are: Nayoung, Chungha, Sejeong, Chaeyeon, Pinky, Sohye, Yeonjung, Yoojung, Mina, Doyeon, and Somi.

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Somi, the youngest (15) and also the “center” of the group. She also won the show with the most votes!
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Chaeyeon (18) the “visual” in the group.

These are the 101 girls in one stage performing the first song they all worked on together called “Pick me”. It’s ¬†actually a very catchy song but might annoy some of you lol.

Image: I.O.I / YMC Entertainment
After debut!

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Bangtan Boys (BTS)

Hey Y’all how’s it going? ūüôā

Today I’m going to introduce another K-pop band called BTS formed by Big Hit Entertainment.¬†They are one of the most popular male groups right now. BTS has 7 members: Jimin, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jungkook, Rapmonster, and V. Their fans are called ARMY’S.¬†Honestly, these guys are the funniest people in K-Pop. They are super random and all of them have weird yet funny personalities. They’re not afraid of the cameras and will show you their true-self which the fans find very entertaining and endearing.

BTS debuted on June 13, 2013 and within almost 3 yrs they have accomplished a lot as artists. They have¬†won several “New Artist of the Year” awards, and the Best World Performer award in the 2015 MAMA awards. They recently made a comeback with the new music video called “Fire”. What’s cool about BTS is that they keep working on new songs and keep releasing videos after videos within few months and don’t take a year or two off like other K-Pop artists. They keep working on new things every time.

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V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rapmonster, Jimin and J-Hope.

One of my favorite K-pop songs!

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