It’s been a big year for K-Pop; with BTS conquering America, the spotlight is on the rest of the industry to show what K-Pop has to offer.
The K-Pop scene has infiltrating the global charts, with YouTube having just released their list of the most played K-Pop videos of 2017 outside of Korea, the global market is getting excited about the genre.
While Psy managed to dominate our charts a few years ago, scene has bad a resurgence over here thanks to band BTS and their incredible AMAs performance. And now there are a whole load of new acts to be on the look out for.
Here are seven artists to watch in 2018:
BTS openly owe much of their success to their fandom, known as ‘Army’; EXO-L’s (the name for members of the EXO fandom) are no different. Given the success that BTS have had, there’s no doubt that EXO’s fans will be pushing for the same in the band’s sixth year together.
This nine-piece group is famous for their innovative dance routines and energetic performances, constantly reinventing their sound and image with each release. While BTS lean towards hip-hop, EXO are firmly rooted in pop with such recent singles as Ko Ko Bop and The Eve hinting at R’n’B flavours for good measure.
Check out: Monster
While BTS went global in 2017, Wanna One stole their crown in South Korea. The eleven-piece boy band, who were formed on a TV singing competition, won Best Male Group as well as Best New Male Artist at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
After debuting in August, they have released two very different singles: the dreamy, romantic, mid-tempo Beautiful; and the EDM-influenced Energetic. As they have plans to disband at the end of next year, they’ll no doubt make the most of 2018.
Check out: Energetic
Since debuting in late 2016, BlackPink have steadily built a reputation as one of the most individual girl groups around. They’re not afraid to try new directions with their music, which is why all of their songs sound unique, including their reggaeton-inspired last single, As If It’s Your Last. With the ability to switch from sweet to sassy to sexy in a heartbeat, Jenny, Jisoo, Rose and Lisa are just getting started.
Check out: Whistle
Referred to as a ‘co-ed group’ due to the mix of guys and girls, dancehall-inspired Kard debuted in 2017 as a rarity in K-Pop – but mixing up the formula has certainly worked, as they already have a global fan-base and a mini world tour under their belt in their first year together. Kard often release teasers of their music videos with a featured dance move, as well as secret versions with guest artists or versions sung completely in English.
Check out: Don’t Recall
Following the trend of sub-unit projects instead of standard groups, each member of Loona is being introduced with her own single, and when the group is fully revealed, they’ll debut together in 2018. It’s a fun way to showcase each member’s individual personality and style, so by the time the whole group is formed they’ll have developed a solid fan-base. As of November 2017, nine of the twelve members have debuted.
Check out: Eclipse (Kim Lip’s debut)
DPR stands for ‘Dream Perfect Regime’, which is the stage name of Hong Da-bin, an incredible artist striking out on his own in K-Pop. His second EP, entitled Her, has just been released, blending hip-hop, trip-hop and R’n’B to create music that has a real lo-fi vibe to it, with gorgeous, dream-like music videos.
Check out: Martini Blue
Having reformed from a previous line-up with plans to promote throughout 2018, Dreamcatcher are not your regular girl group. Bucking the hip-hop, R’n’B and EDM trends in K-Pop, these girls fuse heavy guitars with classic pop, so what you get is the equivalent of Juicy Fruit with the foil left on – bubble-gum with a twist of metal.
Check out: Lucky Strike (Maroon 5 cover)
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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.
"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.
"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."
Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".
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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.
Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship
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Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.
The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.
But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.
The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.
Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".
"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.
"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.
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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman
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Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.
The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.
Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.
On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.
Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.
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