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Netizens express concern for their idols as new coronavirus cases pop up among celebrities

Two members of South Korean girl band Everglow, Chinese singer Yiren and South Korean singer Sihyeon, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. The two are the latest COVID-19 infection cases in the South Korean entertainment industry.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/2 21:37:07

Pop star Rita Ora 'embarrassed' after breaking London lockdown

British singer Rita Ora apologized on Monday for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules after holding a 30th birthday party with friends in a London restaurant.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/1 18:43:40

'Hero of Asia' Li Yuchun talks about life amid fame and pop culture

“I want to make more heart-warming music in the post-pandemic age,” said Li Yuchun (Chris Lee), one of China's most iconic female pop stars, in an exclusive interview with the Global Times in Wuhan, the “hero city” of Central China's Hubei Province.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/29 13:23:40

Faded K-pop star competes for comeback

When Ryu Sera made her debut with K-pop girl band Nine Muses, the years of intense training and ruthless competition seemed worthwhile, her dreams of stardom finally coming true.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/26 16:48:41

Think twice before saying anything: Chinese netizens on Sina Weibo about BTS' Grammy nomination

Chinese fans of the hit South Korean boy band BTS celebrated on social media after the band became the first K-pop group to earn a Grammys award nomination on Wednesday. The band was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/25 18:03:40

Pop on top

Pop queen Beyonce on Tuesday led the Grammys pack with nine nominations, as music prepares to celebrate its hitmakers in a year that saw the coronavirus crisis deal devastating blows to the industry.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/25 16:33:40

Netizens in China strike back against South Korean reaction to IZ*One cover shoot for Chinese magazine

IZ*One, a 12-member South Korean-Japanese female idol group, recently released their cover solo shots for China's emerging visual art and fashion magazine WAVES (Man Chao). However, the idols' looks for the shoot have been booed by fans in South Korea, who claiming that they made the girls look "local" and "frumpy."
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/24 22:39:57

Musical adaptation of hit internet series to debut in Beijing

Chinese musical Soul Ferryman is set to make its debut at Beijing's Tianqiao Performing Arts Center on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/24 17:13:40

Lang Lang International Music Foundation to host first virtual concert in December

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation (LLIMF) will host its first virtual concert, entitled Reaching Dreams Through Music, on December 12.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/23 17:53:40

Coronavirus stokes fears for UK music industry

Classically trained singers Mark Nathan and his partner Carolyn Holt had bookings stretching into 2021 until the coronavirus pandemic struck.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/22 17:08:40

Taylor Swift says her master tapes sold off for second time

Taylor Swift said on Monday that her master recordings had been sold off to a private equity company, denying her the chance to buy back the tapes herself and resume control over the rights to her first six albums.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/17 18:28:41

Shanghai orchestra allies with art collective teamLab for immersive experiences

With works from classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra transformed the Borderless Shanghai, Japanese art and technology collective teamLab's second museum following its venue in Tokyo, into a packed music hall on Friday and Saturday nights. The only difference from traditional performances was that these were accompanied by projected digital images such as blooming flowers, swimming fish and leaping animals.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/12 19:13:40

Montreux Jazz Festival to tour China in 2021, connect East and West, says CEO

The renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, one of the world's biggest and longest-running music events, will expand into China for the first time in 2021, its CEO told the Xinhua News Agency, with the mission to build more cultural bridges between East and West.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/11 18:58:40

Report shows independent musicians in China gaining ground

Chinese music platform NetEase Cloud Music has released a report concerning the living conditions of independent Chinese musicians, showing that the music industry is growing and online platforms have given more musicians the chance to shine and thrive in the industry.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/9 18:18:40

Beijing concert to mark 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth

The Run! Beethoven - 2020 Beethoven Marathon Concert is scheduled to be held at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing on December 12 to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/8 17:11:11

News of comeback by K-pop king G-Dragon excites Chinese netizens

According to an exclusive news report by South Korean news outlet OSEN on Monday, globally acclaimed K-pop idol Kwon Ji-yong, better known by his stage name G-Dragon, is currently working on preparing a solo album.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/4 17:49:09

Chinese boy band too 'effeminate' to promote marathon, netizens complain

The Alibaba sports company that organizes the 2020 Hangzhou Marathon appears to have stumbled for promoting the boy-band SKY, with netizens criticizing the young singers for being too effeminate to run a marathon.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/4 1:47:13

Popular variety show seeks to bring young people closer to China's intangible cultural heritage

A musical spin off of the hit reality show Sisters Who Make Waves aired its first episode on Friday. The new show aims to use star power to get young people in China more involved with China's intangible cultural heritage.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/3 10:18:40