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After several weeks of preparation, Korean technology corporation Naver has officially invested ₩100 billion KRW ($83.72 million USD) into SM Entertainment. If you love EXO, Red Velvet, NCT, or any other group under this K-Pop agency, here’s how the investment will change things for your fandom.

New fan clubs

Part of the investment is going to SMEJ Plus, a recently launched SM Entertainment subsidiary that operates fan clubs.

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Currently, all SM Entertainment artists’ fan clubs are managed on mobile app Lysn, one of the company’s many technology investments. The platform recently came under fire after Red Velvet’s Irene and Seulgi received inappropriate and harassing messages through the app’s “Dear U. Bubble” feature. It has also been criticized for its high shipping costs, making it inaccessible to many international fans.

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Going forward, as part of the new partnership, all Lysn fan clubs will be unified with Naver’s own Fanship platform. Launched in 2019, Fanship was created to connect idols with fans all over the world through VLIVE. Some of the idols whose fan clubs are currently managed through Fanship include Sunmi, Stray Kids, and Wonho.

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Fanship fan club member benefits include access to exclusive broadcasts and videos, no video ads, artist communication, a members’ only board, the opportunity to apply for exclusive events, and advanced ticketing privileges for events.

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We will collaborate with SM Entertainment more closely through this investment and boost Fanship’s competitiveness.

— Han Seong Sook, Naver CEO

But for international fans, one of the benefits of Fanship over Lysn is that most fan clubs offer a “Welcome Kit Excluded” membership. By opting out of receiving the welcome kit (which includes merchandise and photocards), overseas fans can join fan clubs for ₩30,000 KRW ($25 USD) without facing high shipping costs.

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However, despite this new consolidation, “Dear U. Bubble” communication will still be provided via Lysn. As of right now, Naver has not announced any plans to launch a similar service through Fanship.

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New content

Naver has also allocated a separate fund solely to creating new video content.

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Fans have already seen a taste of the content a Naver and SM Entertainment partnership can bring with Beyond Live. Beyond Live is a joint venture between the two companies which uses augmented reality and other advanced technology to bring fans a live, virtual concert experience in their own homes.

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Alongside continuing the Beyond Live series, which has expanded to include non-SM Entertainment artists such as TWICE, Naver will also be producing additional video contents for the label’s artists.

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SM Entertainment is excited to collaborate with Naver in this “ontact” era, providing differentiated content for fans and opening a new era of entertainment.

— Lee Sung Soo, SM Entertainment CEO

Not much has been revealed about what this new content will entail, but fans of SM Entertainment artists are sure to have plenty of next-generation video in conjunction with subsidiary Mystic Story.

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(G)I-DLE is a girl group well-known for their beauty, and for good reason too. From elegant to chic, the members each have different types of beauty that appeal to all fans. You’ll definitely find a member (or more!) to stan.

Read on to see why each (G)I-DLE member is an absolute visual!

1. Yuqi

First up is one of the most lovable members of the group, Yuqi! She has one of the cutest visuals in K-Pop.

Her button nose and small lips make her seem like a human bunny.

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She’s ready to steal your heart with her kind and gentle appearance.

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2. Miyeon

Miyeon, meanwhile, is well-known for her elegant visuals.

She actually looks like an angel whenever she wears white.

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Many people are left breathless when they take even one look at her.

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3. Shuhua

The official visual of the group, Shuhua practically radiates class.

Her outstanding beauty is hard to miss, even in the beauty-filled K-Pop entertainment industry.

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She’s the type who will always leave you in awe!

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4. Minnie

Next up, Minnie is the definition of lovely.

She always has pure and fresh visuals that make it hard to turn away from her.

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How adorable is she?

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5. Soojin

Soojin may have an adorable personality in real life…

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…but she’s known for being the definition of “sexy vixen” when on stage.

Red lips and heavy eyeshadow were made for her!

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6. Soyeon

Finally, Soyeon definitely gives off girl crush vibes.

Her charisma matches her image as one of the best rappers in K-Pop.

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She can easily mesmerize you with how cool she appears to be.

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When it comes to visuals, everyone in (G)I-DLE is absolutely gorgeous!

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A professional freelance dancer for 4 years, Jang Heeyoon has performed alongside groups like Lovelyz and GFRIEND. Now, she’s revealed the idol dancers who get her professional seal of approval—and these three stars are the best dancers she’s ever seen.

1. YooA (Oh My Girl)

Jang Heeyoon saw Oh My Girl’s main dancer YooA perform on Mnet’s Queendom and described her as “amazing”.

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YooA has often been praised for the power and intensity she shows in her dancing, extending her movements to fill the stage.

She executes angles perfectly, and her upper and lower body are always coordinated. Plus, she’s also skilled at head movements.

2. Rocky (ASTRO)

The second idol Jang Heeyoon named as one of the best she’s seen is ASTRO’s main dancer Rocky.

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According to fans, one of Rocky’s biggest strengths is his control. Down to the smallest head movements, he can execute any move exactly how it’s intended.

Alongside acing other people’s choreographies, he’s also created his own—a sign of a truly skilled dancer. He choreographed “Morning Call”, “Fireworks”, and covers on YouTube.

3. Jisung (NCT Dream)

Jang Heeyoon said that she watched NCT Dream’s rehearsal on KBS’s Music Bank and it was “no joke”, but the member who stood out to her the most was main dancer Jisung.

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Jisung is a great all-rounder when it comes to NCT’s choreography. Whether he’s focusing on armwork or footwork, he has great control over his isolations.

His talent for powerful dancing really comes out in his crisp body locks, and he’s also been praised for his dynamic energy and perfect facial expressions on stage.

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SuperM recently sat down for an interview with YouTube channel hello82. Besides discussing who would survive a zombie apocalypse, they also revealed their greatest fears in life. From ghosts to heights, they’re ultra-relatable!

Check them out below!

1. Mark

Mark shared that he’s afraid of heights, which makes it difficult for him to ride roller coasters.

2. Taeyong

Taeyong revealed the story of how his fear of ghosts came to be. He, Baekhyun, and Lucas were sleeping in the same bed, and he became scared of ghosts after watching a scary movie with them.

There’s a specific event that triggered this fear. When we were in Mexico, we watched a movie…I’ll go with ghosts.

— Lucas

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Lucas wasn’t able to finish his sentence before Baekhyun and Taeyong hilariously teased him that he was also scared of ghosts.

4. Ten

Out of all the members, Ten definitely has the most unique fear. He shared that he is afraid of eating fruits and insects. The taste of the former probably scarred him for life!

5. Kai

Finally, Kai was the last person who shared his greatest fear. He explained that nothing really scares him. If anything, he is afraid of people who can be “the scariest” as Mark expounded.

If you want to see SuperM share more of their experiences, watch the entire video below!

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According to Jae Ha Kim, a New York Times best-selling author and journalist, these idols excel at acting, dancing, and singing, making them the ultimate triple threats. Take a look at the 6 impressive idols below!

1. V (BTS)

V’s signature husky voice on smooth songs like “Singularity” makes him an essential part of BTS‘s vocal line.

Despite not officially being part of BTS’s dance line, his skills on stage are sharp and charismatic.

V’s role as Han Sung in Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth gave him a chance to express the pain his character was going through “behind his wide-eyed smile.”

2. Chanyeol (EXO)

Chanyeol is EXO‘s main rapper, but don’t let that fool you: He also has a beautiful singing voice as shown by his cover of John Legend’s “All of Me.”

His stage presence is equally as passionate, starting from his intense facial expressions.

Chanyeol proves his acting ability in the thriller Memories of the Alhambra where he realistically captured the emotions of a scared teenager.

3. D.O. (EXO)

As EXO‘s main vocalist, D.O.‘s vocal prowess and ad-libs elevate each and every song.

Not only can he sing, but he nails the choreography as well.

It’s Okay, That’s Love allowed D.O. to show his reversal charms as a high school student.

 

4. IU

IU‘s sweet and soothing voice make her one of Korea’s most popular solo artists.

Some of her lively performances for songs like “BBIBBI” have charming choreography.

IU received positive feedback for her role as Jang Man Wol in the hit drama Hotel Del Luna.

 

5. Bae Suzy (Miss A)

Suzy is the cutesy maknae and lead vocalist of Miss A.

She stole fan’s hearts from the moment she debuted with her angelic visuals on stage!

Suzy brought “depth and believability to her role” in While You Were Sleeping.

 

6. Park Hyung Sik (ZE:A)

Hyung Sik is the main vocalist of ZE:A. His incredible voice can be heard on various drama OSTs.

His performing skills are just as impressive.

Among his many roles, his chemistry with Park Bo Young in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is especially enjoyable to watch.

 

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When it comes to music, no matter where in the world an artist is from, being nominated for a GRAMMY would make any one of them happy to be recognized by such a respected collective of musical professionals.

Although BTS has yet to receive any nominations due to the organization’s mysterious rules, they had a ground-breaking performance with Lil Nas X for the awards show. Based on some of the changes to those rules, there could now be quite a few K-Pop artists snatching up nominations.

Since the category for “Best New Artist” has expanded from a mere five slots to eight, it creates room to shine the spotlight on artists who deserve to be recognized—especially K-Pop artists. Who could receive those nominations? According to Forbes, MONSTA X, SuperM, BLACKPINK, and NCT 127 are the most likely to be chosen.

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With MONSTA X having released an entire English album, All About Luv, dedicated to International fans, and BLACKPINK topping the charts for their “Sour Candy” collaboration with Lady Gaga, it puts both groups in the perfect position to be nominated for the category.

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After taking the world by storm with their debut, supergroup SuperM charted high with their self-titled album in the United States and sold out dates for their North American Tour We Are The Future. It made them such a successful act that they could easily be nominated.

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As for NCT 127, they’ve been charting so well in the United States and releasing so much that they wouldn’t have met the requirements for the category in the past. With the new changes, they could finally get their foot in the door.

Regarding this category, it could finally be time for K-Pop to really shine and receive the recognition by professionals that it truly deserves. With months before the nominations are decided anything can happen.

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Back when NCT 127‘s Doyoung and NCT Dream‘s Renjun unknowingly met up to attend BoA‘s concert, the two gave off the vibe that they were awkward around each other. They even earned the title “awsaz,” or awkward brothers for it.

In a humorous episode titled It’s Awkward, But It’s OK dedicated to them, the two admitted they indeed felt awkward around each other. Laughing, Renjun and Doyoung both answered, “Yes!

They even admitted that they had never spent time alone with just the two of them. Thinking the same, they both responded, “No,” with Renjun adding, “Never.” Fortunately for them, Mark and Haechan were there to make that possible in the most entertaining yet embarrassing way.

Wearing earpieces so Mark and Haechan could guide them into becoming closer, the two met alone for the first time. Of course, the two couldn’t resist turning it into a comedy. Instead of greeting Renjun normally, Haechan told Doyoung to stand behind him and say, “Long time no see. Did you miss me?

Before Doyoung could even get the first sentence out, Renjun was feeling the embarrassment from the sappy words. By the end, he had to hide his face.

Doyoung couldn’t hide his embarrassed smile. He wasn’t alone. Mark felt the secondhand embarrassment and let out the funniest scream, forgetting altogether that he had to guide Renjun on how to respond. When he did, it was absolute gold.

Leaving Renjun to fend for himself in the situation, he simply agreed with Doyoung, “It’s been a while.” The awkwardness had everyone bursting into laughter and Renjun questioning himself, “Ugh, what am I doing?

Leave it up to Haechan and Mark to make Doyoung and Renjun’s first meeting alone as awkwardly hilarious as it could be. Feel the secondhand embarrassment along with all the members here.

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YG Entertainment‘s new 12-member boy group, TREASURE, is set to debut on August 7 with their first single THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER ONE. Although the group hasn’t officially debuted yet, TREASURE has already achieved numerous records ahead of their debut and recently added one more to their list as they reached 150,000 stock pre-orders.

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On August 3, a representative of YG Entertainment announced the company had decided to produce 50,000 extra copies of TREASURE’s debut album. Explaining the decision, the representative revealed, “We decided to produce 50,000 additional copies of TREASURE’s debut single album late last week as its demand is surging in Japan and China.”

They also added that in addition to the orders from Korea, Japan, and China, they’ve also been receiving many requests for the album in other regions around the world including the U.S. and countries in Southeast Asia.

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Before reaching this milestone, TREASURE had already set a record when their debut album had achieved over 100,000 stock pre-orders in just 2 days. According to YG Entertainment, this was the highest album sales among their rookie groups so far and with 50,000 more stock pre-orders, TREASURE has now added onto that record!

With TREASURE already setting records before their debut, these powerhouse rookies are definitely a group to look forward to! TREASURE, meanwhile, will be making their debut on August 7 with the release of their single THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER ONE and the MV for their title song “Boy”.

#TREASURE ‘BOY’ MOTION TEASER

1st SINGLE ALBUM ‘THE FIRST STEP : CHAPTER ONE’
✅2020.08.07 6PM

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🎬YouTube : https://t.co/uLGE8bWi1l#트레저 #1stSINGLEALBUM #THEFIRSTSTEP_CHAPTERONE #TITLE #BOY #MOTION_TEASER #20200807_6PM #YG pic.twitter.com/vy7sVlcVsN

— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) August 3, 2020

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Whenever a soft, fluffy plushy is involved, TXT‘s Hueningkai is never too far away. He loves the stuffed toys so much that his collection of them was taking over the group’s dorm.

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With their growing number and the limited space in their dorm, he resorted to taking over Soobin‘s space, “He said that there is no room on his bed for the dolls that he moved them to my bed. It’s so uncomfortable.

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To prevent Hueningkai’s plushies from taking over even more space within their dorm, Taehyun came up with a plan to make them disappear. He would throw a few of the stuffed animals away. Fortunately for him, he didn’t seem to get the chance and ended up doing a complete one-eighty.

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In one of the group’s X:TIME news segments, Yeonjun revealed a new addition to their dorm, “It is about a new member at home. Shockingly, a plushy has been discovered…”

At the mention of a plushy, MOAs would automatically think it belonged to the ultimate collector: Hueningkai.

It turned out to be the person who was most against the stuffed animals, “Taehyun once declared he would throw away all of Hueningkai’s plushies. But, one day he showed up with a cute alpaca plushy.

Even though Taehyun had been ready to get rid of all Hueningkai’s stuffed animals, all it took was one to make him see the light, “Considering that he’s been leading efforts to cut down on plushies, this comes as a shock.

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See how a cute, fluffy alpaca caused Taehyun to join Hueningkai’s takeover of their dorm.

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The members of BLACKPINK recently released their personal music playlists on the Korean music streaming app Melon for fans’ listening pleasure. Take a look at the songs that they can’t get enough of lately!

1. Jisoo

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Jisoo‘s playlist contains popular western artists like Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Lauv.

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Her playlist has a laidback vibe with songs like HONNE’s “Day 1” and Loren Gray’s “Cake.”

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For a song that embodies that chill theme of Jisoo’s playlist, listen to her song recommendation “EMERGENCY” by Vince featuring Zion.T.

2. Jennie

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Jennie adds some unexpected throwbacks to her playlist, including artists like Chet Baker and Bobby Vinton.

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However, there’s no shortage of summer bops with songs like “Do It” by Chloe X Halle and “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles.

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Enjoy the duo’s catchy song and dance here.

3. Rosé

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It’s hard not to love Rosé‘s cool music taste with songs like Wolftyla’s “All Tinted” and Lil Uzi Vert’s “That Way.”

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Mac Miller’s post-humous “Good News” suits the vibe with a comforting and casual beat.

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Take the inspiring journey below.

4. Lisa

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Lisa named Kiana Ledé’s “Second Chances” and Troye Sivan’s “Take Yourself Home” as the calming and relaxing songs she likes to listen to at home.

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Lisa’s soothing playlist makes the perfect quarantine chill-out background music.

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Relax with Lisa to one of her faves!

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