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