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Sign o'the times: K-pop idol Yang Joon-il emerges from decades past

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Once bashed for his flamboyant fashion and music, 50-year-old Korean-American singer Yang Joon-il is earning a new set of fans in the new age of K-pop music

This picture taken on March 14, 2020 shows K-pop singer Yang Joon-il performing during a recording session for a television channel music show in Seoul. - Fifty-year-old Korean-American singer Yang Joon-il is enjoying an unlikely comeback, hailed by the YouTube and social media generation, who re-discovered his work through online clips, as the "original" K-pop star. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) / TO GO WITH SKorea-music-social-people,INTERVIEW by Claire LEE

Ex-Monsta X member Wonho cleared of drug charges

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The K-pop star left the boy band following accusations of marijuana use

CLEARED. Wonho of Monsta X performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festiva in September 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/AFP

K-pop star Taeyeon’s father passes away on her birthday

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:57 AM

SM Entertainment says the Girls' Generation member's newest single will be released on a later date

Scandal-ridden K-pop star Seungri enlists in army

Mar 09, 2020 - 6:23 PM

The singer from BIGBANG has been indicted on accusations including prostitution arrangement, embezzlement and illicit gambling

Former BIGBANG boyband member Seungri wearing a face mask arrives at a military boot camp in the border town of Cheorwon, 100 kilometres north of Seoul, on March 9, 2020. - Disgraced K-pop star Seungri enlisted in the South Korean army on March 9, meaning a military court will now hear his trial on charges stemming from a sex and drugs scandal that saw him retire from showbiz last year. (Photo by - / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

BTS song ‘On’ debuts at number 4 on Billboard's Hot 100

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Two other tracks from BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' album also make it to the list

BTS cancels Seoul concerts as coronavirus spreads in South Korea – agency

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The 4 concerts were scheduled to take place between April 11 and 19 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium

BTS. In this file photo taken in December 2019, BTS performs onstage in Los Angeles, California. The K-pop megastars cancelled 4 Seoul concerts in April as the number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea passed 2,000. Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP

WATCH: James Corden, BTS drive through LA and attend a dance class

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Papa Mochi, please

BTS KARAOKE. The K-pop group is featured in the latest edition of the 'Late Late Show' segment. Screenshot from Youtube

Coronavirus forces BTS to stream album press conference from empty hall

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The group releases the album 'Map of the Soul: 7'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

BTS drops 'Map of the Soul: 7,' 'kinetic manifesto film' for lead single

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Plus! There's a Spotify-exclusive 'enhanced' album that includes commentary from the group

NEW ALBUM. BTS drops a new album. Image courtesy of Big Hit/Spotify release

Girls' Generation member Hyoyeon wants to collaborate with Nadine Lustre

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:16 PM

The DJ and member of girl group Girls's Generation spun at House Manila last February 8

What went down at K-pop group Seventeen’s 2020 Manila stop

Feb 08, 2020 - 3:30 PM

It was an eventful arrival for the K-pop group, as GMA-7 reporter Marisol Abdurahman attempted to interview them upon arrival and said things that angered fans

SEVENTEEN. The K-pop group is set to perform their 'Ode To You World Tour' in Manila. Screenshot from Instagram.com/saythename_17

K-pop group EXO's appearance at PH beauty brand event canceled

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Nature Republic Philippines says the group's appearance at a February 22 event will not push through due to the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus

MANILA CONCERT. EXO's 'Planet #5' show is heading to the SM Mall of Asia this weekend. Photo from EXO's Facebook page

Sandara Park turns emotional as she recalls 2NE1's split

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Sandara says after the group disbanded, she was lost and in the dark over what to do next

Head and Shoulders Supreme launch. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

(G)I-DLE is coming to Manila

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:57 AM

The K-pop girl group is heading here in June!

(G)I-DLE. The girl group is heading to Manila. Screenshot from Twitter.com/G_I_DLE

WATCH: WINNER performs Sarah Geronimo's 'Tala'

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Not even the K-pop boy band is spared from the phenomenon of 'Tala'

DANCE CRAZE. WINNER dances to Sarah Geronimo's viral hit 'Tala' at their Manila concert on January 25. Screenshot from Twitter.com/MOAArena

BTS to perform at 2020 Grammys 'Old Town Road' segment

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The K-pop sensation will join Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, and other artists for a special 'Old Town Road All-Stars' segment

BTS AT THE GRAMMYS. The idol group will be performing during a special segment. Photo from BTS's Instagram

Girls' Generation's Tiffany Young to serenade Filipino fans

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Are you going to Tiffany's first-ever fan meeting in Manila?

TIFFANY YOUNG. Girls' Generations' Tiffany Young is set to serenade her Filipino fans on Saturday, January 25. Photo from Tiffany Young's Instagram account

NCT Dream is coming to Manila

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The leap year just got a little more exciting!

NCT DREAM. The K-pop idols are heading to Manila. Photo from SM Entertainment

K-pop group Stray Kids to perform in Manila

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The boys are bringing their 'District 9: Unlock' world tour to Manila on April 2020

EXO's Chen is getting married

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:53 PM

SM Entertainment confirms that Chen and his non-celebrity girlfriend are also expecting a baby

K-pop group X1 disbands after vote-rigging controversy

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'We could not come to an agreement, so we have decided on their disbandment,' the 9 talent agencies of the 11 boys say in a joint statement

Fans of K-pop's Blackpink superstar Lisa pummel Thai cafe

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:16 PM

The owner of MQQN Cafe in Bangkok is accused by the fans of sexual harassment after making lewd comments about Lisa's visit and attempting to sell the furniture she sat on and the cutlery she used

BIGBANG to perform at Coachella 2020

Jan 03, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The annual music festival releases their full lineup, which includes Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean

BIGBANG. The K-pop boy band is set to make a comeback at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2020. Screenshots from Facebook.com/BIGBANG

It's official: Super Junior’s Kim Heechul and TWICE’s Momo are dating

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Label SJ and JYP Entertainment confirm the dating rumors

HIGHLIGHTS: SuJu gives Filipino fans an amazing yearend with 'Super Show 8'

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The Mall of Asia Arena turns sapphire blue as one of the biggest K-pop group returns to Manila

SUPER SHOW. Super Junior returns to the Philippines for 'Super Show 8.' Photo by Gracia Lualhati/Rappler

Red Velvet's Wendy injured after falling offstage during SBS Gayo Daejeon rehearsals

Dec 25, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Red Velvet's agency SM Entertainment cancels the girl group's performance at the music festival following the incident

WENDY. The Red Velvet singer is being treated for injuries after falling off stage during rehearsals. Screenshot from Facebook.com/RedVelvet

BTS to hold tour in April 2020

Dec 24, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Does this mean a comeback is coming sooner than we think?

The ARMYs' dream home in Seoul

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:06 PM

That RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook had visited the House of BTS themselves makes the experience more exciting for their fans, collectively known as ARMY. The pop-up store is open until January 5, 2020.

Photo by Nikko Dizon/Rappler

BTS, EXO most tweeted about K-pop groups in PH for 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:22 PM

In 3rd place is BLACKPINK! Did your favorite group make it to Twitter Philippines' list?

K-pop star Kang Daniel to take showbiz break due to 'depression, panic disorder'

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:50 PM

'We reached the conclusion that sufficient rest and stability is of the highest priority for the artist's health and safety,' says the South Korean singer's management company

LOOK: The girls from Twice are now Bench endorsers

Dec 06, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Heads up, Onces!

BENCHSETTERS. Twice greets their fans as they are announced as the newest endorsers for Filipino clothing brand Bench. Screenshot from Twitter.com/Benchtm

K-pop star Jung Joon-young jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spycam crimes

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young is convicted of gang rape and secretly filming and then distributing illicit sex videos of his female partners

China fans desert Super Junior's Choi Siwon for 'liking' Hong Kong tweet

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The Super Junior member apologizes but some of his Chinese fans did not accept it

Bullying debate after death of K-pop star Goo Hara

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The singer's death has sparked an online petition on the website of the South’s presidential office calling for stronger punishments for cybercrimes and abusive online comments

Korean singer Goo Hara found dead

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Police say that the singer was found dead inside her home in Cheongdam

Exiled K-pop star Steve Yoo backed by court after draft-dodging

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:47 PM

But South Korea's foreign ministry says it plans to appeal the Supreme Court decision

BACK IN KOREA? The South Korean Supreme Court sides with the exiled K-pop star. Image from Steve Yoo's Instagram

Fans urge Blackpink to leave YG Entertainment after comeback remains elusive

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:59 AM

On Twitter, fans say the group is not getting the promotion they deserve

BLACKPINK. The K-pop girl group is being urged by fans to leave its label, YG Entertainment. Photo from Facebook.com/BLACKPINKOFFICIAL

LOOK: Lisa of BLACKPINK is the newest face of Penshoppe

Nov 06, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Lisa is officially in Penshoppe's area!

G-Dragon to release Air Force 1 collab with Nike

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Behold, 'Para-noise'

K-pop group BTS finishes world tour with millions generated

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The BTS world tour, which ran from August 2018, drew a total audience of more than two million at 62 shows in 23 cities, according to Big Hit Entertainment

Super Junior coming back to Manila for 'Super Show 8'

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Mark your calendars – December 15, 2019

SUPER SHOW. Super Junior members pose with their Filipino fans to conclude the Manila leg of their Super Show 7 World Tour, Saturday, June 30. File photo from Siwon Choi's Twitter

Dancing in the streets: Performers gather for K-pop festival

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The Changwon K-pop World Festival, contestants from around the globe perform imitation dances or sing cover versions of the genre's biggest hits

In a photo taken on October 11, 2019, competitors from Cambodia perform at the 'K-pop World Festival' in Changwon. - At the grandly titled and government-funded Changwon K-pop World Festival contestants from around the globe perform imitation dances or sing cover versions of the genre's biggest hits -- with thousands of fans cheering them on. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) / TO GO WITH SKorea-entertainment-music-diplomacy,FOCUS by Claire Lee

Friends, colleagues mourn Sulli's death

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

f(x) member Amber, Goo Hara, and other stars remember the singer and actress

K-pop star Sulli found dead

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) The actress debuted as a member of the girl group f(x)

GONE TOO SOON. Sulli, formerly of f(x) is found dead in her home. Photo from Sulli's Instagram

K-Pop's BTS rocks out in ultra-conservative Saudi

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Korean group visits Riyadh as the kingdom seeks to transform its ultra-conservative image

James Reid to star with Momoland's Nancy in upcoming ABS-CBN drama

Oct 04, 2019 - 5:14 PM

'Soulmate' is set to be directed by Antoinette Jadaone

WINNER is coming back to Manila in 2020

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

The K-pop group is making a stop in the country as part of their 'Cross Tour'

WINNER. The K-pop group is headed to Manila as part of their 'Cross Tour'. Photo from Facebook.com/OfficialYGWINNER

K-pop concert Rainbows in Asia Music Festival postponed

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The organizers have yet to announce a new date for the festival

RAMF. The upcoming concert has been postponed. Screenshot from Facebook.com/2019RAMF

Momoland to donate concert earnings to kids in Antipolo

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The South Korean girl group will be performing in 'Good Friends in Manila,' alongside former Wanna One members Ha Sung Woon and Kim Jae Hwan

MOMOLAND. The K-pop group, seen here in a press conference in August 2018, is performing in concert in October 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Korea-trained Pinoy boy band SB19 gives K-pop a Filipino twist

Sep 07, 2019 - 7:06 PM

SB19 members Sejun, Stell, Josh, Ken, and Justin introduce P-pop: K-pop inspired melodies with Filipino lyrics