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Korean Hip Hop Star Jay Park Signs with Roc Nation

On July 21st, the news of Jay Park’s signing with Roc Nation was announced extending their roster of talented artists.

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Jay Park was a member of the K-pop group 2 pm before launching a successful solo career in 2010. Park is the first Asian American to sign with Roc Nation. He took to Instagram to share the news stating, ” This is a win for the Town This is a win for Korea This is a win for Asian Americans This is a win for the overlooked and underappreciated This is a win for genuine ppl who look out for their ppls This is a win for hard work and dedication This is a win for honesty and authenticity Thank you for the acknowledgement and recognition”

In 2013 Park founded his own independent hip hop/urban record label called AOMG, short for Above Ordinary Music Group. Using his label to support artists and producers so that they can develop their craft as individual artists first, without the restrictions of commercialism.

Since then Park has become a multi platinum artist releasing four studio albums, including his bilingual album Everything You Wanted. Jay Park has helped lead the K-pop phenomenon becoming an international icon in the Hip Hop and R&B community. He has stayed true to his culturally American roots, and his Korean roots, as the multicultural styles can be found throughout his music.

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: My Personal Heartbreak

By now many, if not all fan’s know that Chester Bennington, lead singer of one of the most iconic alternative rock bands took his own life. It’s been a week since the news broke and It hasn’t been easy revisiting the horror and shock of what’s happened. For many teenagers, Linkin Park was the voice that helped us out of the darkest places. Above all Chester’s voice was the beacon of light that guided us through.

The first time Linkin Park entered my life was through their first single “Numb”. Watching their debut music video on MTV was an experience that changed the way I listened and felt the music. This was a new genre for me as I figured out where I belonged in my adolescent world. I owned every album leading up to ‘The Hunting Party’. My favorites being Hybrid Theory, Meteora, and ReanimationI stayed committed even though their sound started to change. Afterward, I stopped listening as much and revisited their hits periodically. When news of Chester Bennington’s suicide broke, I felt numb. Memories of that first song and the lyrics came rushing back to me all at once and the feeling was almost overwhelming.

I fought to understand what had happened and mourned that he was gone and I would never get the chance to see him perform live. I missed the opportunity when they came to Brooklyn and their show was canceled. I was so hurt by the realization that he was in fact truly gone, that I decided to pay my own personal tribute and face my personal heartbreak. After gathering my equally heartbroken friends together, we arranged a karaoke session, sang all of our favorite Linkin Park songs, and did our best Chester Bennington impersonations. I can’t say now that I’ve gotten over it, however, Chester will remain an important part of my life experience. Helping to mold me into the person I am now.

Chester’s legacy will forever live on in all the lives of the people he’s touched. His family, friends, fans and all who were touched by Linkin Park’s music. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

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PSY New Album and M/V Release

Mega K-Pop idol PSY released his new Album on Wednesday, May 10 followed by two new M/Vs “Luv It” and “New Face”. Sticking to his signature quricky and outrageous shinanigans. In “New Face” Naeun of Apink, plays Pys’s love interest as he tries, by playing different roles, to win her love. The album and M/Vs are filled with collabs of well-known stars including, Lee Byung Hun (Terminator), Singer Pikotaro of “PPAP” (Pen-Pinapple-Apple-Pen), BigBang’s Taeyang and G-dragon, and IU(아이유). Typical of Psy’s albums is a signature dance-pop feel with encorparated EDM. He’s also worked with well known Korean producers JY Park and Zico. 

Check out “Luv It” below ft Lee Byung Hun and Pikotaro, all of which show off their most effortless dance moves.

 

New York City: Welcome Back Grammys

New York welcomes the Grammys for the first time since 2003 hosting the Grammys at none other than Madison Square Garden on Jan 28, 2018. Next year will be the 60th anniversary of the award show. It’s no surprise considering New York is a major music city that artists from all walks of life come to live their dreams and make it big. Spike Lee, Q-Tip, and Grandmaster Flash in conjunction with the ceremony have released a video to make the announcement.

Mayor Bill Deblasio of New York has been outspoken about hosting the event stating ” It is incredibly exciting that Music’s biggest night return to the world’s greatest city”

“Playing host to the music industry’s marquee awards show is a unique creative, artistic and economic boon to the rich cultural fabric of our city, we welcome the Grammy Awards back to New York City with open arms and we look forward to continuing to partner with music a industry that supports access and empowerment in the arts.”

G – Dragon ACT III, MOTTE

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V.I.P’s REJOICE! Big Bang leader G-Dragon is touring North America and Canada. Tickets for the event are now on sale at Ticketmaster and  VIP Nation.

July 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
July 14 San Jose, CA SAP Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
July 19 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 21 Chicago, IL United Center
July 25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
July 27 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
July 30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

 

KYLE – iSpy (feat. Lil Yachty)

When it works it works. If the video leaves you happy but confused, it’s ok you’re not alone. The duo, KYLE, and Lil Yachty are seen as toddlers (CGI) playing in a sandbox while innocently or not so innocently playing at make believe while bikini-clad women prance and lounge around the beach.  In his interview with FADER, KYLE explains his ideas behind the music video stating, “This song is fun. The video needs to be twice as fun.” Check it out.


‘Kiss My Airs’ and 100,000 USD donations

If you don’t already know Big Bang, then you probably need to step your Kpop game up. Big Bang is the best-selling digital group of all-time in Asia under the record label YG Entertainment. They are one of the best-selling boy bands in the World. VIP’s, as their fans dub themselves, would argue in the history of all boy bands. They’ve also got the numbers to back it up, selling over 140 million records and 128 million singles and 13 million albums in Korea, Japan, and China.

G-Dragon is the leader of the five-man group and the most influential.  For the global sports brand Nike, G-Dragon starred in the official commercial ‘Kiss My Airs’ in collaboration with the brand’s global campaign 2017 Air Max Day. The singer has never been one to shy away from the camera and showcases his charisma along with his signature glare as he poses in Nike’s latest release Vapormax shoes.

G-Dragon is also known for his generosity. Donating 81.8 million won (approx 81.800 USD) in 2014 for his Birthday according to Soompi. His fan site Always GD released on twitter the total amount of 130,501,506 Korean Won ($117,072 USD) of donations made by members between 2013 to 2016 in hopes of following in the footsteps of their idol.  The singer has also campaigned with the RED charity foundation, November of last year, encouraging fans to support HIV/AIDS patients with donations as small as $10 to $5000. One extremely lucky fan was chosen from among donors to have an enviable opportunity to not only receive an all-expense trip to Seoul but also dine in private with G-dragon, tour the YG Entertainment building and come away with a load of souvenirs and an experience of a lifetime.

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