Korean Dramas (Index)

I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t want to watch K-Dramas at first, because everyone had told me how addictive they could be. I was afraid of getting sucked in aaaaannnnnnd that’s pretty much what has happened. There’s no turning back now though ’cause I am hooked! But, really, who needs to sleep, right? Right?!

Why are Western Audiences Falling Head Over Heels for K-Dramas?

In 2009, a rich South Korean high schooler became fixated on a poor scholarship student. Annoyed by her disinterest in him, he had her kidnapped, knocked out with chloroform, and taken to his house, where the unconscious girl was given a makeover to become more physically attractive to him.The wealthy teen sounds like a serial killer in the making, right? But he’s actually the lead character in the hit Korean series “Boys Over Flowers.” Read more in my article for MTV News.

How BTS Are Breaking K-Pop’s Biggest Taboos

In modern South Korea, pop stars and politics don’t often mix. While some hip-hop acts (such as Epik High) address controversial topics, many idol groups stick to a slick, apolitical formula with a proven record of success. BTS, who just became the first K-pop act ever to top the Billboard 200 album sales chart, have become a record-setting success story in part because of their willingness to buck this convention.

Go Away With … Jeannie Mai

It has been a busy year for Jeannie Mai. Besides co-hosting the talk show “The Real,” she is a correspondent on Stephen Curry’s ABC mini-golf competition series, “Holey Moley.” Whenever she can carve out some free time, the on-air talent says she enjoys exploring new cities. One of her favorite memories is a childhood trip she took with her family. “We went to Yosemite and I absolutely loved it,” said Mai, 40. “We lost my little brother for a second and set bear traps, thinking he was bear napped. But that story is for another time.”

Ahead of KCON Los Angeles’ Kick-Off, a Look at Korean Pop Culture in 2019

Created to celebrate South Korea’s soft power, KCON has grown into the Coachella of Korean culture. Debuting in 2012 as a one-day festival in Los Angeles just months after Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide hit, KCON attracted 12,000 curious fans. Flash forward to 2019, when one of the world’s most-famous groups is the Korean boy band BTS, Korean beauty products are all the rage, chefs are incorporating kimchi into western cooking and streaming sites including Netflix are premiering buzzworthy Korean shows such as the zombie serial “Kingdom.”

Music, music, music

I’ll be updating this page periodically to include music that’s piquing my interest at the moment. What’s that you say? Some of this music is old? Well, so am I. 😛

Obrigada Brazil!

Brazilians said they wanted KOCOWA and guess what? On August 1, the streaming service officially launched in Brazil with Portuguese subtitles. Maravilhosa!

Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Since the beginning of time, celebrities have tried to hide their dating status. Part of it was for privacy issues. But there was also a business element. Managers wanted to make it appear as if their clients were available to fans. Certainly, this holds true for K-Pop and K-Drama stars, who are forced to spend an inordinate amount of time evading questions about their love lives.

Young Hollywood Impact Report 2019: Blackpink

2019 is shaping up to be Blackpink’s breakthrough year. The all-girl Korean quartet kicked off the U.S. leg of a world tour with a concert at Coachella that was livestreamed in New York’s Times Square.

Go Away With … Roselyn Sanchez

Best known for her roles in “Chasing Papi,” the “Rush Hour” franchise and “Without a Trace,” Roselyn Sanchez portrays Gigi Mendoza in the ABC series “Grand Hotel.” An avid traveler, the actress says she prepares for her family’s next trip by recharging at home. “We work like crazy, have two kids and are always on the go,” says Sanchez, 46. “We travel a lot, so my favorite weekend getaway is being able to stay home with my kids and read at night.” She and her husband, actor Eric Winter, also are the authors of the children’s book, “Sebi and the Land of Cha Cha Cha.”

K-Drama Mukbangs

Unlike some U.S. shows where the actors clearly look like they don’t want to eat the meal in front of them (I’m looking at you, “The Big Bang Theory”!), K-Dramas are full of amazing food scenes where the actors eat with gusto. They make whatever they’re eating look like it’s the most delicious thing on earth. And, not for nothing, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I always want to eat along with the characters.

Go Away With … Shownu

Monsta X has been nominated for their first MTV Video Music Award for their English-language single “Who Do U Love?” They will become the first K-Pop group to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival later this year. (They previously were the first Korean boy band to take the stage at Jingle Ball.) But a highlight of 2019 for the group was performing in Oslo for South Korean president Moon Jae-in and King Harald V of Norway, where the countries’ dignitaries celebrated the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Norway.

‘Seoul Town Road’ Has BTS’ RM Joining Lil Nas X, and Now K-Country-Pop is a Thing

BTS’ RM went a little bit country late Wednesday night with “Seoul Town Road,” his surprise collaboration with Lil Nas X. Unlike Billy Ray Cyrus – who is featured on the latter’s chart-topping “Old Town Road” remix – the Korean rapper hasn’t dabbled in country music previously. Not the American genre, anyhow.

K-Pop Idols and K-Drama Actors: Friendship Goals

V and Park Seo-Joon. Jungkook and Yeo Jin-Goo. EXO’s D.O. and Jo In-Sung. Which are your favorite idol/actor bromances?

Go Away With … Katherine Castro

Born in the Dominican Republic, actress Katherine Castro (“Someday”) has a minimalist’s approach to hitting the road. “Travel light,” she says. “Less is more. If it doesn’t fit in your carry-on, you don’t need it.” A resident of West Hollywood, Castro says it’s helpful that she speaks several languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Arabic), but stepping outside of your comfort zone can make trips an enjoyable learning experience regardless of your level of fluency.

Go Away With … Karen Fukuhara

Best known for playing Katana in “Suicide Squad,” Karen Fukuhara will next be seen in the Amazon series, “The Boys” (premiering on July 26). Her resume also includes the feature film “Stray” and Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” An avid traveler, the actress says she’d like to explore Southeast Asia next.

“The King of Mask Singer”: Doyoung, Ryan Reynolds and Jungkook

What do NCT 127’s Doyoung, BTS’ Jeon Jung-Kook and “Deadpool” himself, Ryan Reynolds, all have in common? The A-Listers have all appeared on “The King of Mask Singer.”

Go Away With … Margaret Brennan

“Face the Nation” moderator and CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan has seen the world. She has reported stories from Havana, Kabul, Beijing, Tehran and throughout the United States. “A lot of the traveling that I have done is for work,” says Brennan. “I’ve been to spots in Afghanistan and Iraq that are lovely, too, but I wouldn’t put those on travel itineraries.”

BLACKPINK on “Running Man”

Everyone already knows that BLACKPINK are polished performers who slay at their concerts. But the quartet also is quite at home on variety shows. Funny, smart and not afraid of making fun of themselves, Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa are sought-after guests.

Go Away With … Howie D

Nearly 20 years after their last No. 1 album, the Backstreet Boys’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their latest release, “DNA.” As the group prepares to kick off their North American tour, Howie D (born Howard Dorough) is also celebrating the July 12 release of his debut children’s album, “Which One Am I?”

EXO star D.O. enlists in the military

Though he could’ve gotten an extension, EXO’s D.O. chose to enlist on July 1 to begin his mandatory military duty. It’s a fact of life that all able-bodied South Korean men have to serve their country in the armed forces. K-Pop idols aren’t exempt from this, no matter how famous they are.

Kim Soo-Hyun: Back to civilian life!

Hallejuah! July 1st is a great day for Kim Soo-Hyun fans. The “My Love From The Star” actor will be discharged from his mandatory military duty.

“Descendants of the Sun” stars to divorce

Are you as sad as we are? Superstar couple Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye-Kyo have announced their plans to divorce.

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