BTS Says It’s Taking a Break, but Promises It’s Not Permanent

Members of the K-pop juggernaut said in a video conversation that they wanted time to explore their individual artistic identities.

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Sweden’s Songwriters Look to K-Pop

Dozens of songwriters and producers in Stockholm make a living from K-pop — even if they can’t speak Korean.

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North Korea Executes People for Watching K-Pop, Rights Group Says

At least seven people have been put to death in the past decade for watching or distributing K-pop videos, as the North cracks down on what its leader calls a “vicious cancer.”

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From BTS to ‘Squid Game’: How South Korea Became a Cultural Juggernaut

The country was once largely known for cars and smartphones, but a global audience has become mesmerized by its entertainment, and creators say success didn’t happen overnight.

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BTS Took Center Stage at the U.N. Over One Million Fans Watched Live.

The boy band’s seven members accompanied President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who designated them as special presidential envoy for future generations and culture.

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China’s Weibo Suspends BTS, Blackpink and EXO Fan Accounts

Weibo accused one account devoted to a BTS member of illegal fund-raising amid a crackdown on 22 pages.

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‘BTS Meal’ Frenzy Forces Some McDonald’s Outlets in Indonesia to Close

Crowds of delivery drivers responding to a rush of online orders violated safe distancing measures as they flooded unprepared restaurants.

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Kim Jong-un Calls K-Pop a ‘Vicious Cancer’

South Korean music, movies and dramas are winning the hearts of young North Koreans. Their influence is seen as a threat to Mr. Kim’s grip on society.

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‘Friends’ Reunion Is Censored in China, Cutting BTS and Lady Gaga

Cameos by Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and the K-pop group BTS mysteriously disappeared from the special when it aired on Chinese streaming sites. Online, fans suspected censorship.

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BTS Fans Mobilize to Denounce Anti-Asian Jokes Targeting the Boy Band

A global outcry fueled by a sketch on a Chilean comedy show reflected a growing sensitivity to racist, particularly anti-Asian, speech.

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Song Yoo-jung, a South Korean Actress, Has Died at 26

No cause of death was disclosed, but the case followed a string of suicides by young entertainers in the country.

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New ‘BTS Law’ Is Passed in South Korea. An Army of Fans Rejoices.

The oldest member of BTS was saved at the last minute from having to join the military under the country’s conscription system.

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BTS Debuts at No. 1, and CDs Play a Major Role

For a second week in a row, an old-fashioned format has helped push a new release to the top of the Billboard album chart.

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Blackpink Panda Cuddle Riles Up Chinese Internet Users

The K-pop band was accused of putting the cub at risk after the group posted video of its antics at a South Korean zoo.

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A Centuries-Old Korean Style Gets an Update

The hanbok, a traditional form of Korean dress, is being embraced by K-pop stars and adapted by innovative designers.

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BTS Management’s Stock Soars on First Day of Trading

Shares in Big Hit, the company behind the K-pop phenomenon, opened at more than double the offering price, then jumped 30 percent in early trading before finishing down on the day.

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‘Blackpink: Light Up the Sky’ Review: Glowing Young Superstars

The idolized K-pop girl group takes center stage in this endearing documentary that emphasizes each member’s individuality.

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BTS’s Loyal Army of Fans Is the Secret Weapon Behind a $4 Billion I.P.O.

What investors are really paying for is not necessarily the K-pop group or its management company, but its huge, highly connected ecosystem of followers.

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BTS Honored Korean War Sacrifices. Some in China Detected an Insult.

Samsung and Fila distanced themselves from the K-pop band, becoming the latest example of multinational companies deferring to Chinese patriotic sentiment.

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The Work Diary of 88rising’s Pan-Cultural Hitmaker

Sean Miyashiro used to drive around listening to music, pretending it was off his own label. Now it’s come true.

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Hindu God in a K-Pop Video? Blackpink Runs Afoul of Fans

A tempest over the band Blackpink’s use of a Hindu god in a video was the latest example of K-pop fans holding artists to account — while staying fiercely loyal.

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