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K-pop Indie Gem: Rheehab
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K-pop Indie Gem: Rheehab

While artists like Dean and Crush are at the frontline of the RB music scene in South Korea, Rheehab is but one of the growing pool of artists dedicated to the genre. Producing music that blurs the lines between hip hop and RB, Rheehab’s tracks are laidback and soothing. Rheehab has gained a fair number of followers of his music online, though he remains distant from the public spotlight.

Rheehab’s recent tracks which he released on Soundcloud only a few days ago are characteristically groovy, allowing the listener to sink into a tender relaxation of the tunes. “ohohoh” is a track that uses a familiar echoing beat mix, calling to mind harder hitting hip hop tracks. However, Rheehab manages to soften the melody such that he conveys a sensuality, differentiating his music from those of his predecessors. Listeners are sucked into a whirling soundscape of slow-paced and alluring grooves.

Progress Report on Groups Promoting a Member Short
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Progress Report on Groups Promoting a Member Short

This month saw a sizeable amount of idol groups that are promoting, for various reasons, one member short. These absences arent due to a sudden injury that takes a member out of promotions at the very last minute, but its where the member is absent from the entire process of the comeback. As with most group acts, the absence of a member affects the group dynamic depending on the degree of the missing members past contributions to the group as a whole. With that in mind, some groups hid the absence well. But for others, its safe to say the member definitely made their mark on the group as a whole.

Idol Marriages: Fine Line Between Admiration and Obsession
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Idol Marriages: Fine Line Between Admiration and Obsession

Wedding bells are ringing more vivaciously than never before in the K-Pop sphere. The term marriage has reached its prime in the Korean media, almost becoming a norm. In April alone, we’ve witnessed the announcement of at least three marriages – Gary’s, Yoochun’s and Eric’s to actress Na Hyemi, which have stirred a roar of tidal waves amongst netizens and fans. But whether they’re taking the news well begs another question.

Can Amazon Survive the K-pop Reality Show Market?
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Can Amazon Survive the K-pop Reality Show Market?

According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon is in talks with Mnet to produce a K-pop competition reality show entitled K-pop: The Search for the Next K-pop Superstar. It will be Amazons second idol-themed show after drama The Idolmaster Korea, which begins airing on the 28th on SBS Plus. There’s so much unknown about this newest endeavor, but from the premise it looks like rounding up some wannabe pop stars from the US and sending them to South Korea for a rude awakening and lots of drama. However, why is Amazon making this move?

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Barren Landscapes
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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Barren Landscapes

Welcome back to For Your Viewing Pleasure, where we take time out of the week to curate a set of photos from the K-pop landscape.

The use of plain, barren landscapes brings about a nostalgic, lonesome, and somewhat soulful aura. In this weeks spread, we take a look at some of the recent photo-shoots that have evoked such feelings.

Lee Min-ho | Cosmopolitan

Shin Se-kyung | Black Yak

Lee Min-ho | Cosmopolitan

Gong Yoo | Discovery Expedition

Gong Yoo | Discovery Expedition

Best of Weekly Music Shows: 4/17 – 4/23
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Best of Weekly Music Shows: 4/17 – 4/23

Welcome back to Best of Weekly Music Shows! April has been an extremely month as just about everyone is either making their debuts or a comeback. This week alone saw the solo debuts of Minzy and Lee Haeri and comebacks from Bonusbaby, Berry Good, SF9, DIA, IU, Laboum, Jungiggo, Ulala Session and Yesung. Trophies were awarded to a variety of artists, with Eunji winning on Show Champion and The Show, TEEN TOP winning on Music Bank, and Winner getting top honors Inkigayo, M! Countdown, and Show! Music Core which recently brought back the award system again.

Week in Review, 4/15 to 4/21
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Week in Review, 4/15 to 4/21

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of SB Week in Review! Heres what you need to know before the weekend is up:

Following last weeks creepy incident at G-Friends fansign, another person was removed from a Pristin event. Fans alerted Pledis of one man who had written lewd comments about Kyulkyung online, and was planning to crudely proposition her at an upcoming fansign. Management decided to keep their surveillance low key, and were able to apprehend the man before he got to Kyulkyung.

Uno Shows us Where Minzy Belongs
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Uno Shows us Where Minzy Belongs

A number of fans were heartbroken (but probably not shocked) when Minzy left 2NE1 and YG Entertainment once her contract expired. Out of all the members of 2NE1, she was the only one who didnt get a solo. Blackjacks couldnt figure out why that was. She didnt appear to lack in singing or dancing, so why didnt her former agency give her the same shot her other members had? It was possibly the most frustrating mystery that fans couldnt solve.

As sad as it was to see one of K-pops most popular girl groups fizzle out, fans were still excited by news that Minzy would finally release a solo album. This was the silver lining Blackjacks needed. Even non-fans seemed intrigued by the news. What kind of music could we expect? Ballads? Pop? RB?

Will Netflix and Man x Man Begin a New Chapter of Worldwide K-drama Consumption?
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Will Netflix and Man x Man Begin a New Chapter of Worldwide K-drama Consumption?

A new deal between JTBC and Netflix has been signed which will enable Netflix to simulcast the latest episodes of Man x Man at the same time as it is shown on the Korean network. Hallyu is still developing across the world and this news could mean a big leap forward into countries that struggle to access Korean culture. Netflix themselves have said that the deal “defines how the internet enables Netflix to put the focus on the consumer to bring a show from Korea to over 93 million subscribers across 190 countries in over 20 languages.”

BTS WINGS Tour Was Worth The Wait
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BTS WINGS Tour Was Worth The Wait

Its been almost three weeks since BTS performed in South and North America for their sold-out WINGS tour. Intense barely describes the chaotic clamor for tickets that ensued the literal minute they went on sale. Their fans flew from different countries and continents for a chance at seeing them live. Not only that, but some sacrificed work, school, and prom to meet these seven talented men who came from South Korea to astound an audience of thousands with their concert.

Their recognizable popularity attracted various news outlets to interview them: Billboard, Teen Vogue, People, etc. March gave way to numerous k-pop concerts, yet BTS stood out the most. Maybe it was their record-breaking reputation, or it couldve been the sight of excited ARMY coming out in droves for this rare occasion. Whatever it was, non k-pop fans certainly noticed something hot was happening, and their name happened to be BTS.