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K-Pop: From EXO to BlackPink, here are the acts to watch for 2018

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It’s been a big year for K-Pop; with BTS con..

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From EXO to BlackPink, here are the K-Pop acts to watch for 2018
you’ll be hearing more from these guys (Picture: Getty)

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

Wanna One

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 Live

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)

MORE: BlackPink top YouTube’s list of most watched K-Pop videos – and BTS take second place

MORE: BTS’ RM reveals why he decided to change his name

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Big Brother will return next year on ITV2 and online

Big Brother, one of the original UK reality TV shows, will return to screens in 2023, years after being axed by both Channel 4 and later Channel 5.

The show, which launched careers of ITV presenter Alison Hammond and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, will be revived by ITV2 and new streaming platform ITVX.

A promotional video aired during the Love Island series finale on Monday evening.

Officials said the famous house will return with a “contemporary new look”.

The returning programme – which was originally on for 18 years – will see a cast of “carefully selected housemates from all walks of life” live together under strict surveillance for up to six weeks.

Similar to previous editions, the public will regularly vote contestants off in live evictions, as well as deciding on an overall cash prize winner.

“This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience,” said Paul Mortimer, ITV2’s reality TV chief.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”

The series, which takes its name from the all-seeing ruler in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, first appeared on Channel 4 in 2000, and was won by Liverpudlian builder Craig Phillips.

It was influential, both as a public social experiment and also in creating a new form of celebrity, with normal people prepared to have their every waking (and sleeping) moment caught on camera and broadcast to the world.

Celebrity editions aired, featuring the likes of Katie Price, Gemma Collins and Mark Owen.

Despite its early success and influence, the National TV Award-winning programme soon found itself embroiled in controversy over reports of bullying, racism, fixing, and general toxic behaviour in the house, with complaints being made to both the police and Ofcom.

The show moved to Channel 5 in 2011 but was axed in 2018 amid a ratings slump. Channel 5 controller Ben Frow later said he had no regrets over the decision and that the media landscape had become “very crowded with reality shows”.

‘Jumping the shark’

Speaking on the BBC Sounds Podcast, Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV, this summer, Big Brother’s creative director Philip Edgar-Jones said audiences “very clearly hated it” when producers intervened in the programme too much.

“We call it ‘jumping the shark’ in television, when you the hand of the producer is too overt and you feel like the show has therefore lost that sense of authenticity – that’s when the audience gets more angry.

“Being authentic to the show, you create this world with its own internal logic, and you can’t break that internal logic, otherwise you break the magic and you lose the trust of the audience.”

At the time, Big Brother producers said they were open to “future possibilities”, apparently leaving the door open for a return one day.

Irish singing duo Jedward, the identical twin brothers who twice appeared on the celebrity version of the show, have made an early bid online to host the returning series.

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Kim Kardashian ‘wasn’t planning on’ a relationship with Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian did not see loe coming with Pete Davidson.

In a conversation for Hoda Kotb’s “Making Space” podcast, Kardashian explained that she’d been single for about 10 months before she was ready to date again.
“I think that, you know, sometimes things happen when you just least expect it. It was the last thing that I was really planning on,” she said, “And so when it did happen, we were kind of, like, ‘Oh, my God, I wasn’t planning on this. And this isn’t even what I was thinking of,’ and it just makes it that much sweeter and so much more fun.”
In February 2021, Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West.
Kardashian and Davidson appeared in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch together last fall where they shared a kiss. They became Instagram official in March.
“I definitely took my time,” Kardashian said. “I took, you know, 10 months or something before I dated or talked to anyone. And I just wanted that time to really figure out and go through the motions: ‘Am I making the right decision? How do I feel about this?’ So once I went through all of the motions, I finally was, like, ‘OK, guys, I am so ready to meet someone.’ And I randomly did.”
Despite their very public relationship. Kardashian says she is keeping some aspects of her time with Davidson private.
“I do think that I am holding, you know, a little bit more close to my heart on certain aspects of my relationship with Pete, and it feels good just to know that, like, we have this connection and we have our little bubble of a relationship world that we live in that, like, not a lot of people know about,” she said.
For now, Kardashian said just being with Davidson puts a smile on her face.
“We were driving in the car yesterday and I just, like, looked at him and I was like, ‘Thank you.’ And he was like, ‘What?’ And I was like, ‘For running errands with me, like, this is so much fun just to, like, go to a doctor’s appointment or go to the dentist and just, like, run errands. I’m having so much fun.'”
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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.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

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."

Sean Connery and Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice, 1967
Image: The Bond films have been criticised for their sexism
Dr No turned Sean Connery into an international superstar
Image: Dr No featured the famous scene with Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in a white bikini

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'.

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