Hall & Oates And Tears For Fears Team Up For North American Summer Tour

Fans of the 1980s will be pleased to hear that Tears for Fears and Hall & Oates have decided to team up together for a North American tour this summer. The two musical acts will be kicking off their 29-date tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 4 and will conclude the tour in Los Angeles on July 28. Rolling Stone report that Daryl Hall is thrilled to be touring with Tears for Fears, suggesting that this tour “could be the start of a long relationship between Tears for Fears and us.” “I am very excited to be touring with Tears for Fears. Their music has a timeless quality that complements what we do.” Of the decision for Hall & Oates to work with Tears for Fears, John Oates said that he was excited to get “back out there on the road,” and also admitted that Tears for Fears happened to be “one of his favorite bands.” Hall & Oates in Nashville, Tennessee on June 2, 2013. Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears will be touring together this summer. [Image by Erika Goldring/Getty Images] The last record for Hall & Oates came out in 2006 and is titled Home for Christmas. Tears for Fears, meanwhile, are busy laboring on a new record which is due out this year on Warner Bros. Records. This will be the first record that Tears for Fears have released in 13 years, and fans of the duo Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are understandably excited. The last studio album that Tears for Fears recorded was Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which came out in 2004. Fans may have been concerned about the future of Tears for Fears when Curt Smith spoke in 2010 about the difficulties artists faced when it comes to putting out new music. Smith said at the time that he and Roland Orzabal were certainly interested in releasing new music, but explained that record companies simply wouldn’t invest in bands like Tears for Fears, The Guardian reported. “There really isn’t a forum for people like us to make new music. People don’t really buy records anymore, so record companies won’t invest in bands like us. They want cookie-cutter acts. For us, making a record would be a money-losing proposition.” Here is another chance to win Hall and Oates tickets. Good luck!
Listen to WWJ Newsradio 950 on March 10th for… https://t.co/DGqfXskEzp — hallandoatesforever (@hallandoates) March 7, 2017 Hall & Oates have also had their moments, and John Oates was noticeably underwhelmed when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, as The Guardian noted. “There was a lot of back-slapping. It was like one big mutual-admiration society. Listening to people talking about themselves for four and a half hours is not my idea of a good time.” Daryl Hall felt similar to John Oates, saying “I have mixed feelings about the whole event.” With mullets, shoulder pads, vests, and mustaches featured heavily in the videos of their early career, Hall also recalls having mixed feelings about this too, and admits he tries not to watch any of these. “I don’t look at them any more, because I can’t stand to. But if I did, I would wince and remember what I was thinking. I didn’t like being objectified. That wasn’t pleasant. So I went for it in a cartoony way.” Tears for Fears in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 24, 2016. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] If you would really like tickets and are already humming “I Can’t Go for That” by Hall & Oates or “Shout” by Tears for Fears, you can purchase tickets and VIP packages to see Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears on Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. If you happen to be a card member of American Express, there will be a pre-sale event held from Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. that will run until Thursday, March 9 at 10 p.m. However, if you wish to see Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears in Los Angeles on July 28, these tickets will be for sale on Friday, March 17 at noon. [Featured Image by Mark Davis/Getty Images]

Harry Styles Of One Direction Is A Rock Star: New Album Rocks Hard For 2017

One Direction’s Harry Styles is officially a rock star. He has already been recognized by some of the best in the music business for his new 2017 solo album, which will soon be released. Harry Styles of One Direction is a real rock star now. See this Inquisitr article for details. Styles has been giving clues for nearly a year now that he has become a classic rock musician. The One Direction crooner’s new music has been compared, by professionals at Hits Daily Double, the publication of the music industry itself, to both Queen and David Bowie. “[Harry Styles] has crafted a set that recalls the regal high-water mark of ’70s British rock, Bowie, and Queen in particular. The lead single, which could come out as soon as late April or early May, sounds like it would be a smash in any decade.” Harry Styles has the respect of top music industry publications, as well as rock and roll royalty like Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and Mick Jagger who have consistently been there for him throughout the new solo album’s creative process. Harry Styles of One Direction also has the respect of current rockers like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers who offered him a song for his new 2017 solo album. See this Inquisitr article for details. It is unknown if Styles included the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song on his new album, though. A lot of stuff didn’t make the cut according to Ed Sheeran. Harry Styles’ long-time collaborator Ed Sheeran is quoted in The Mirror explaining that although he wrote a song with One Direction teen idol, for this new 2017 solo album, it will not be included. “He came round like two years ago and we jammed out a song. I think he’s gone in a totally different direction now. It’s really good. Anything he puts out is going to be massive, let’s be honest. But I think it’s very good musically as well.” Rock Royalty: Joe Walsh, Harry Styles, Marjorie Bach, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach [Image by Larry Busacca /Getty Images] Harry Styles is taking his time and being choosy about what he is putting on his new 2017 solo album and that is a good thing. It means Harry Styles has a central theme and a plan for this music. He’s going in a “different direction.” Harry is getting away from the rushed making of commercial music, and doing something far more “authentic.” Harry Styles is working with one of the best producers in the industry, Jeff Bhasker has worked with The Rolling Stones. The main differences between a One Direction album and Styles new 2017 solo album the extra time and consideration invested, and the expertise of the collaborators, as well as a harder and more complex classic rock style Working with a single producer, the versatile Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, ‘Uptown Funk!’), in marked contrast to One Direction’s production by committee.” Harry Styles’ music is “authentic” according to Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol who is quoted in Digital Spy. “He is a really prolific artist and a super-talented guy. He’s really authentic and he has an incredible voice, so we’ve been writing a lot of songs. We’ve been writing songs for years together.” Rock Star Harry Styles of One Direction is about to drop a new solo album [Image by Helga Esteb/Shutterstock] Harry Styles music is making a dramatic change in his new 2017 solo album work. It will be different from One Direction’s music but is Styles going to be different now? Is Harry Styles of One Direction teen pop fame just gone, to be replaced by grown-up rock star Harry? Well not exactly. Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson all say there is a One Direction reunion coming eventually. Though there is no timetable yet. RELATED REPORTS FROM THE INQUISITR One Direction’s Harry Styles Is Sending A Clear Message So Why Don’t People Get It? Is One Direction’s Harry Styles A Rock Star? Does Harry Styles’ Another Man Photo Shoot Mean Harry Is A Rock Star To Be Compared To Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney And Jim Morrison? Harry Styles of One Direction will never be too cool to get down on his knees to sign pictures for tiny fans either. That part of sweet Harry that will never change, no matter how cool he becomes or how old he gets. One Direction’s Harry Styles is a rock star with a new solo album coming out very soon, but he will always love the Directioners. [Featured Image by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

James Durbin Joins Quiet Riot, Terry DuBrow Says Brother's Band Got It Right

James Durbin is the latest American Idol alum to land a lead singer role with a major rock band. Durbin has been tapped to headline the revamped lineup of ’80s heavy metal band Quiet Riot, and he’s even got the full support of late lead singer’s brother, according to Billboard. Terry #Dubrow Gives ‘American #Idol’ Alum James #Durbin … #Billboard #Brother #Catalog #Frankie #Singers #news https://t.co/MCkzSaEjRo pic.twitter.com/2PWGlAvjjR — True Viral News (@trueviralnews) March 5, 2017 Quiet Riot hasn’t been the same since lead singer Kevin DuBrow passed away in 2007. Ill-fated replacements have included L.A. Guns alum Jizzy Pearl and Montrose’s Keith St. John. Now, the late singer’s brother Terry, a plastic surgeon who’s famous in his own right from his stints on The Real Housewives of Orange County and Botched, says the band finally got it right. “Finally Quiet Riot gets a lead vocalist who will do my brother’s voice justice,” he told Billboard. “Every time I watched James in American Idol I would close my eyes and I would swear he was channeling Kevin. He’s got great range and the gravelly depth that launched Quiet Riot to stardom.” Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot pic.twitter.com/hCFndQgkbr — Music Timeline (@MusicTimeIine) September 5, 2016 James Durban has no intention of filling Kevin DuBrow’s shoes but instead hopes to bring something new to the Metal Health rockers’ repertoire. “I’m from a different generation, but have a lot of the same influences as Kevin, as I’ve been told,” Durbin told Yahoo Music. “With my youth, I hope to bring a fresh new energy to Quiet Riot. I will perform these songs and entertain the fans in a way that pays tribute to Kevin DuBrow’s intensity and enthusiasm, only in my own way.” James Durbin admitted that he was compared to the Quiet Riot frontman early on. “The first time I really remember hearing Quiet Riot on a video game called Legends of Wrestling,” James recalled. “The game’s theme song was “Bang Your Head (Metal Health).” I remember the game sucked! But I kept the disc to listen to the song — this was before YouTube. Then as I started developing my sound early on, I was compared vocally to Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot.” Of course, American Idol fans best remember James Durbin for his Season 10 finale performance with his own idol, Rob Halford of Judas Priest. After a season-long campaign in which he passionately appealed to viewers to “give metal a chance,” James Durbin brought heavy metal to the American Idol finale, and the Fox singing competition was never the same. Durbin finished fourth in that season’s competition, but it’s clear that his efforts definitely got him noticed. #tbt @americanidol #season10finale with @judaspriest @robhalfordlegacy. What are your favorite #idolmoments? A post shared by James Durbin (@durbinrock) on Nov 29, 2016 at 8:29pm PST Quiet Riot was first formed in the early 1970s, but the band’s most successful lineup featured lead singer Kevin DuBrow. The band’s 1984 album Metal Health put them on the map and into MTV’s heavy rotation. James Durbin told Yahoo that he’s “grateful” to be the seventh lead singer of Quiet Riot. Like fellow Idol alum Adam Lambert, who’s currently touring as the frontman for Queen, James Durbin also said he plans to continue to pursue his solo career. Durbin told Yahoo he is currently working on an acoustic album to be released under his Independent label, Wild Vine Records, and he also performs with the cover band the Lost Boys in his hometown of Santa Cruz. “My plate is beginning to fill up, needless to say, but I will do my best keep this train a-rolling no matter how many cars are on the track,” James said. “I’m just thankful and grateful to be able to keep on making music and entertaining my fans — past, present, and future. Now it’s time to bang your head and come on feel the noise.” Take a look at the video below to see James Durbin bringing heavy metal to American Idol. [Featured Image by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]

Taylor Swift And Katy Perry Will Release New Albums At Challenging Career Times

If this was 2013, the thought of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry releasing new albums in the same year would have thrilled people. However, this is 2016, and although Swift and Perry are bonafide superstars, their mega-success is no longer guaranteed. Perhaps Taylor Swift has faced more resentment than Katy Perry. Swift’s 2014 album 1989 turned her from a megastar into an icon. But with that came resentment. By the time Swift released her video to “Wildest Dreams” in the fall of 2015, she was accused of being a racist. Taylor Swift has been accused of being racist. [Image by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images] “Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people. It’s brave, really,” said Lauren Duca from the Huffington Post. Then, the pile-on started. Salon, Mic, and other similar sites joined in. The Guardian tried to insist that “Wildest Dreams” marked the beginning of the end for Swift. Since then, Swift has dealt with more accusations of racism, white privilege, etc. Recently, Swift was bashed after sending out her support for the Women’s March. So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I’m proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 21, 2017 The big problem was that Swift didn’t actually show up for the march. As the Huffington Post noted, not everybody was thrilled. “In recent years, Swift has transformed herself into somewhat of a feminist icon, in part by surrounding herself with a ‘girl gang’ of famous female friends and crafting punchy lyrics about relationships. But, as many have pointed out, her public image also seems like a convenient marketing tool.” As a result of the backlash, Taylor Swift’s new single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” has failed to hit No. 1. A top-five hit for a new song would be a dream come true for most people, but not Taylor Swift, who use to be guaranteed a No. 1 hit with every new song. Perhaps things will change when Taylor Swift releases her new still untitled album, which most sources believe will be released during the fourth quarter. Perry’s latest single is struggling somewhat. [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images] There hasn’t been a release date set yet for Taylor’s arch enemy Katy Perry’s new album either. Katy Perry just released a heavily-hyped single “Chained to the Rhythm,” which debuted at No. 4 two weeks ago. However, it has dropped to No. 8 this past week. The first single from Prism, “Roar,” debuted at No. 1 just as “California Gurls” did from Teenage Dream. Perry’s last single “Rise” struggled to become a hit, despite the fact that she performed it live at the Democratic National Convention. The Olympics-themed song peaked at No. 11 and caused people to speculate that Perry was no longer the hot property she was earlier in the decade. After one pop music fan tweeted that “Rise” ended her career, Katy Perry shot back on Twitter. @godneybjs see you at my show 2K17???? — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 18, 2016 Many people certainly like Perry’s new single. Slant claims that “Chained To The Rhythm” is the type of song we need now. “Rather than the stomping disco anthem the song’s title and inventive, albeit not always successful, pre-release promo might have suggested, ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ is a mid-tempo — but no less beckoning — invitation to the dance floor,” says critic Sal Cinquemani, who praises the song’s Caribbean flavor and light political statement. Some speculate that Kerry’s extreme support for Hillary Clinton has damaged her brand. However, with Donald Trump’s approval rating at an extreme low, others believe Perry’s political awareness can help her career in the future. Why do you think Perry is struggling to be as successful as she used to be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. [Featured Image by Jason Merritt and David Becker/Getty Images]

Justin Bieber Didn't Show Up For Grammys Despite 4 Noms: Luckily He Didn't Win

Justin Bieber didn’t show up for the Grammys 2017 ceremony despite being nominated for four awards, because he says the Grammys are irrelevant and not representative, especially for young singers, according to TMZ. And it’s probably just as well that he didn’t show up, because he lost all four awards in the categories for which he was nominated. Justin Bieber joined the ranks of Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Drake, all of whom deliberately decided not to attend the Grammy Awards for various, albeit similar, reasons. But at least Drake had an excuse for missing the ceremony, as he was busy with two commitments at the time. Teen Vogue reported that Justin Bieber made a deliberate show of being decidedly un-busy on the night of the Grammys ceremony, publicly going out for sushi and filming his every movement in an Instagram Story. Justin Bieber spotted in LA today. 02-12-17. Skipping the #GRAMMYs for some sushi. (jbk) pic.twitter.com/MHEMFbw47v — Bieber Tracker (@celebritracker) February 13, 2017 Perhaps The “Love Yourself” singer was concerned that he wouldn’t win any of the four awards he was nominated for (a justifiable concern, as it turns out), or perhaps he was worried about running into his on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez and her new boyfriend The Weeknd, who Bieber publicly dissed in a video. Justin Bieber threw some shade to The Weeknd cuz he’s dating Selena?? Someone’s pressed
pic.twitter.com/RJ2jYlymla — XO???? (@IamHR2512) February 13, 2017 Whatever the reason, the “Love Yourself” singer wanted to make it very clear to everyone that he definitely could have gone to the Grammys, but he chose not to. Point taken. Justin Bieber proved to be a true game-changer in the music industry when he promoted himself on YouTube by posting videos that showed him singing cover songs of R&B artists, as well as videos from a local singing competition in which he made it to the top three. The YouTube videos caught the attention of Scooter Braun, a talent manager, who helped to launch the singer in the music industry. #PurposeTour is Back! @MartinGarrix is the special guest for the next 5 shows w/ @justinbieber! ➕✖️ 1st Round is Tomorrow in Perth,Australia pic.twitter.com/TQt8OOx0Uk — WorldOfMar➕inGarri✖ (@worldofgarrix) March 5, 2017 Justin Bieber, who was once mentored by Usher, went on to launch four studio albums from My World 2.0 in 2010 to Purpose in 2015, with each of the albums making it to the top position in the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. Justin Bieber’s music specifically appealed to teenage girls who packed the arenas during his live concerts. In due course, the “Love Yourself” singer began to be considered more of a teenage fixation than a talented musician. Last year, Justin Bieber won the Grammy for the Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now,” the hit song produced by Jack U. Despite his success, there was a time when Justin Bieber’s career was almost knocked off the tracks because of his legal hassles and brattish behavior. In 2013, the singer faced vandalism charges in Brazil and was also accused of driving offenses. In 2014, Bieber’s neighbor accused him of causing damage to his property, and the singer was also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. This is Scooter Braun’s secret to Justin Bieber’s early fame ❤️ https://t.co/ilkVtjvsXr #Beliebers… by #webelievebeliev via @c0nvey pic.twitter.com/hXh5fQV3u0 — Errythang (@CachePhlowLLC) March 3, 2017 However, the “Baby” singer has managed to bounce back and was nominated for four Grammys at this year’s awards for Purpose, his fourth studio album. Billboard reported that Justin Bieber’s four nominations created a social media frenzy. People like filmmaker Jon M. Chu, who have been closely associated with Justin Bieber throughout his career, believe that the singer’s survival in the music industry is nothing short of a miracle, as no one predicted that the Canadian singer would resurface with as much popularity as he had before. Justin Bieber wouldn’t have been successful without the help of the internet, and YouTube in particular, that enabled people around the world to witness his talent when he was just a preteen. His huge and unprecedented success has motivated many parents to showcase the talents of their preteen children on the internet, and foremost amongst these parents is Victoria Beckham, who has encouraged her now-12-year-old son Cruz to share videos online showing off his musical talents. According to E! Online, Beckham had previously shared a video that showed the 12-year-old Cruz singing a cover song of Faith Evans’ “Hope.” Since then, people have been comparing Cruz Beckham with Justin Bieber, partly because of the similar ages of their first online video releases, but also because Cruz has a wide vocal range similar to Beiber’s. Victoria, David and Brooklyn Beckham Celebrate Cruz Beckham’s Birthday https://t.co/boSRKmoD2u #teenstyle #streetwear #ootd pic.twitter.com/uidEqLY0vs — Wildflower In Heels (@WildflowerHeels) February 21, 2017 Moreover, just before Christmas, 2016, Cruz released “If Every Day Was Christmas,” his first single that reminded everyone of Justin Bieber’s early romantic songs. Media reports suggest that Cruz Beckham could very well be the next Justin Bieber, and TMZ reported that the Beckhams have hired Scooter Braun to help their son achieve a breakthrough in the music industry. [Featured Image by John Misa/AP Images]

Gwen Stefani Reveals Inspiration For No Doubt's 'Just A Girl'

Gwen Stefani took No Doubt fans on a stroll down memory lane when she opened up in a candid interview and revealed how the 90’s ska-punk band came up with the hit song, “Just A Girl.” Stefani was the front-woman of the Orange County band long before she obtained major television gigs like The Voice. Since stepping away from No Doubt and embarking on her own solo endeavors in the entertainment industry and fashion world, Gwen, 43, has acquired a ton of professional success. However, the upsetting conflicts Gwen had with loved ones which lead to penning, “Just A Girl,” still resonates with the songstress to this day. Gwen sat down in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview and shared the story behind the band’s 1995 hit, as per reported by People. “I just literally started songwriting, I didn’t even know that I knew how to song write… My parents were quite strict with me and I was living at home, even into my 20s. And I would have to come home and knock on my parents’ door. And it was frustrating because I was already like older.” Stefani remembers driving in her car one morning and thinking all of a sudden that she was vulnerable because of her gender. Stefani said she just wanted to express her feelings at the moment and never once in her wildest dreams did she think anyone else would hear it. “I can remember thinking, ‘Wow, I’m in the car right now, I’m driving home, it’s like one in the morning and if something did happen to me, I’m vulnerable because I’m a girl.’ And you start to think, ‘Wow, maybe people actually look at me different because I am a female.’” No Doubt had been together for eight years before they skyrocketed to fame with their breakthrough album, Tragic Kingdom. “Just A Girl” was No Doubt’s second successful single, behind their 1994, “Squeal.” No Doubt members, Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 2001. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] Gwen said the song holds significant memories of the many years she spent in Anaheim with her bandmates, Tom Dumont, and Tony Kanal. “That song has been incredible and I remember coming up with every single line… I have a really bad memory but I really, really remember that moment and feeling I could really relate to myself and this song … I felt like it really echoed exactly how I felt.” To this present day, Stefani says she is very proud of the song and the message it contains. “I think that when I do that song now, it still feels like it represents, it’s beyond an age, it just represents a feeling so I feel really proud of it.” No Doubt Band Members Forge Dreamcar No Doubt band members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young have come together to form the band, Dreamcar, with AFI frontman, Davey Havok. The bands’ existence was announced a year ago however, the guys came together in 2014 and just “worked on music,” according to Rolling Stone. KILL FOR CANDY | @spotify A post shared by DREAMCAR (@dreamcarmusic) on Mar 3, 2017 at 5:03pm PST “It’s almost like pressing the reset button and going back to the garage… It’s like a rebirth, a really beautiful, pure, and positive thing.” Kanal said the only people who knew of the project were the band mates significant others. The reason Dreamcar was shrouded in so much secrecy was because Tony said the band was uncertain of what they would become. The seasoned musicians finally unveiled their first single, “Kill for Candy.” The track offers a preview of Dreamcar’s self-titled 12-song debut album set to hit airwaves on May 12. Tom Dumont and Tony Ashwin Kanal of No Doubt perform onstage. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] Now that Dreamcar has formed, Rolling Stone magazine asked Tony Kanal what the future holds for No Doubt. Kanal said the band members are simply going through a period in which everyone is pursuing their own endeavors. “… Right now Gwen’s focusing on her solo stuff, and we’re focusing on Dreamcar. No Doubt will always be there; we’ve experienced things together that no one else will ever experience with us. It’s a family that will always be there, and the music we’ve created will always be there…”

BTS' Rap Monster And Wale Meet In Korea To Collaborate On Major Project

American rapper, Wale, jetted off to Seoul, Korea to link up with BTS member, Rap Monster. The highly-anticipated collaboration that fans have suspected between BTS’ Rap Monster and Wale is very likely to be in the works. On Friday, Wale uploaded a photo of himself in Itaewon and said he would be getting together with Namjoon, according to AllKpop. The rapper did not give further details on what the meeting was about. Regardless, fans are elated as the rapper’s meet up confirmed suspicions of a potential collaboration. Also, Namjoon is Rap Monster’s birth name, so many were excited to see Wale call Rap Monster by his real name as it illustrated a bond between the artists. Its late af here.. linking wit my guy Namjoon in a few . ???????? limited EBM Seoul tee shirts in hand if u see me holla A post shared by Wale (@wale) on Mar 3, 2017 at 10:42am PST “Its late af here… linking wit my guy Namjoon in a few. limited EBM Seoul tee shirts in hand if u see me holla.” Rumors the musical collaboration between BTS’ Rap Monster and Wale were set ablaze back in November of 2016 when a fan tweeted an audio clip of Rap Monster covering Wale’s “Illest B****.” Wale showed appreciation to BTS by mentioning the Kpop group on one of his tracks. In December of 2016, Wale released the track, “Folarin Like (Nas Is Like Freestyle)” on SoundCloud. Kpop fans promptly noticed he mentioned BTS in the lyrics. “Foreign feature from South Korea, BTS be the s***, we about to see it.” According to AllKpop, a fan was the catalyst for the collaboration between the artists. A month or so later, Wale tweeted, “collab???!” @DarthVenn @BTS_twt it’s in motion ???????? thank you #venny X Army — Wale (@Wale) November 23, 2016 Wale stated a couple of weeks ago that he’d be on the other side of the world. Yesterday he confirmed in a new tweet that he and his team landed in Seoul. Seoul .. we here — Wale (@Wale) March 3, 2017 On February 15, Wale announced to his fans that within a few weeks he would jet off to the other side of the world. The American rapper even mentioned “Army” which many took to be a nod to BTS’s fan base better known as A.R.M.Y. I’ll be wit the bros in a few weeks on their side of the ???? the
????????x the ARMY https://t.co/LfjQzXRw4n — Wale (@Wale) February 15, 2017 Bang Si Hyuk, the CEO of BTS’s record label Big Hit Entertainment, recently addressed the question of a U.S. crossover, according to Popcrush. (English translation via Soompi) “A K-pop artist succeeding in Korea and getting noticed by the mainstream U.S. market because of the global scale of K-pop is completely different in every way from entering the U.S. market and competing with the mainstream artists there.” RELATED NEWS FROM THE INQUISITR: BTS Dominates With ‘Not Today’ MV As Views For TWICE’s ‘Knock Knock’ Skyrocket
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SM Entertainment K-Pop School To Pick Talented Students For K-Pop Idol Training As of November 2016, BTS members are simply focusing on growing as Kpop artists, according to Popcrush. “BTS has strengths as K-pop artists, and they’ve made it to where they are now by playing to those strengths. Because of this, we will be focusing on BTS’s growth as K-pop artists in the future as well… I think actively preparing for the U.S. market would be biting off more than we can chew.” However, Hyuk noted that if during the process of expansion, if BTS surpasses that critical point to where they were not only noticed by the U.S. but seamlessly jumped into the market, they would be incredibly thankful. [Featured Images by Big Hit Entertainment and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]

BTOB Makes 2017 K-Pop Comeback With 'Feel'eM' Featuring Title Track 'Movie'

2016 was considered one of the worst years for Cube Entertainment. 4minute disbanded. Beast left to become a new K-pop boy band under their own label called Around Us Entertainment, Highlight. CLC released four extended plays (EPs) or mini-albums and the total number of sales were less than 15,000 copies. Finally, April released one EP or mini-album and it only sold just under 5,000 copies. If it weren’t for the current generation of boy bands holding the fort down, Cube Entertainment would have suffered more. Though Pentagon was the talk of the town since they were dubbed the successors to Beast as proven by selling more than 40,000 copies of their two extended plays, Born to Beat — better known as BtoB — was the one to really contribute the most in 2016 with a total of more than 130,000 copies sold across one Japanese full-length studio album and two extended plays or mini-albums. Now BtoB wants to continue their success into 2017 as they will soon make their return. The seven-member boy band consisting of Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik, Peniel, Ilhoon, and Sungjae will make their K-pop comeback with Feel’ eM featuring the title track song “Movie.” News of BtoB making their first K-pop comeback for 2017 was first made known in February with their pre-release track song “Someday.” Once it started to dominate Korean music charts, as reported by AsiaStarz, Both BtoB and Cube Entertainment started to release pre-release teasers starting with images on February 27. BTOB Makes 2017 K-Pop Comeback With ‘Feel’eM’ Featuring Title Track ‘Movie’ BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Eunkwang Eunkwang [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Hyunsik Hyunsik [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Ilhoon Ilhoon [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Minhyuk Minhyuk [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Peniel Peniel [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Sungjae Sungjae [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB ‘Feel’eM’ promo for Changsub Changsub [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] BtoB and Cube Entertainment would continue to release pre-release teasers after the individual and group images including more teaser images on February 28. However, it was the teaser image before that on February 27 that is of tantamount importance for K-pop fans, especially those who are Melody (official fan club of BtoB). They released the title track song list for Feel’eM in which we learn that “Movie” will be the featured title track song. When BtoB and Cube Entertainment teased the track song list for ‘Feel’eM,’ we learned that the title track song is ‘Movie.’ [Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe] With K-pop fans now knowing the title track song for Feel’eM, they anticipated what it will be like. Prior to the music video teaser being released on March 4, we did know that Ilhoon composed it. Anyways, the teaser is out now and discerning from the teaser, each member will represent iconic characters from both past and present movies. Hyunsik will be Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction, Ilhoon will be the Joker from Suicide Squad (unsure about this but it looks like Sorn from CLC is Harley Quinn), Changsu is Bruce Lee from Enter the Dragon, and Peniel is Eminem from 8 Mile. The other members had roles that seemed to generic in the teaser to discern who they were representing. BtoB will be the third K-pop act signed under Cube Entertainment to make their 2017 K-pop comeback. It is most likely the label and agency are hoping their popularity will make up in lack of sales from April and CLC’s K-pop comebacks. Technically, the two girl groups did improve or break barriers with their respective releases, but they did not garner much in sales as both are less than 5,000 copies sold. Feel’eM releases at midnight KST on March 7. Since no pre-release schedule teaser was released, we are unsure what else BtoB has in store for K-pop fans. However if we look back from past K-pop comebacks, we expect to see BtoB log on Naver or another Korean app for a countdown to when Feel’eM releases. [Featured Image by Cube Entertainment/BtoB’s Official Daum Cafe]

MAMAMOO 'Blackface' Scandal: K-Pop Girl Group, RBW Entertainment Release Apology

Over the past 17 years, K-pop has exponentially gained more and more international exposure and popularity thanks to its role in Hallyu or the Korean Wave. It is by far the most popular way of expanding Korean culture internationally. However, with such an exponential expansion, K-pop acts now have more crowds to cater to than just Koreans. This in turn means certain sensitivities of said countries must be learned. When it comes to K-pop fans in the United States, many K-pop acts have to learn the people’s sensitivities to racism especially towards the Black (or African American/Haitian American) community. Taeyang of Big Bang was suddenly thrust in the limelight when he wished K-pop fans, especially V.I.P.s (official fan club of Big Bang), a Happy Lunar New Year back in 2016. He used a facial simulator to make himself look like Kanye West saying “Happy monkey new year.” As many Americans know, there is a derogatory association between Black people and monkeys. Now it seems that a K-pop act has fallen victim to utilizing racism for entertainment purposes though it is most likely accidental. Mamamoo recently did “blackface” at one of their shows much to the disdain of many international K-pop fans, especially those in the United States. Since then, both the girl group and their label Rainbow Bridge World (RBW) have released official apologies. An image of Mamamoo doing “blackface” at a concert is making its rounds on the internet. For the U.S., it was first seen on OneHallyu’s forums. [Image by OneHallyu] From what we know, for one of the “Moosical” concerts, Mamamoo prepared a video cover of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars. The video clip has created quite a bit of controversy as the members of the girl group used dark facial makeup to “darken their skin tone.” A lot of people have called out Mamamoo for blackface, a highly-offensive form of theatrical makeup used by non-black performers to represent a black person primarily in the United States. Anyways, an image of the video clip was initially uploaded to the discussion forums at OneHallyu but is now making its rounds on the internet. Since then, RBW has released a statement on the matter, as reported by Soompi. It includes a formal apology, the reason why they did the bit for Mamamoo, and made it clear said bit will no longer be used in the anymore “Moosical” concerts. “Hello. This is RBW. Mamamoo’s parody video of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ at their encore concert has been misunderstood as a performance that belittles African Americans, and the controversy has been spreading through online community and social media sites.” “We had the intention of doing the [parody] in order to show a different side of Mamamoo through a popular music video that is known by everyone. However, it has become a controversial issue and so we will be taking it out starting from the second round of concerts.” “We apologize for releasing a controversial video and we will pay attention to even the smallest of details [from now on]. We apologize once more.” Eventually, Mamamoo themselves would release their own apology on their official Facebook page. They released the apology in both Hangul (Korean) and English for international K-pop fans. Once again, it primarily centered on K-pop fans in the United States. Despite the apology and the fact they admitted they were ignorant of blackface, many K-pop fans are still crucifying Mamamoo for their actions. As a matter of fact, it has started out a bit of an “international war of words” on numerous news sites that reported on this news and on Mamamoo’s social media pages. Of course many U.S. international fans are trying to explain why it is offensive while many international fans outside of the U.S. are sympathizing with Mamamoo stating in their country, utilizing blackface for entertainment was never associated with racism. Right now, Mamamoo is in the midst of a their second concert known as the “2017 Mamamoo Concert Moosical Curtain Call.” Their last K-pop comeback was back in November of 2016 with an extended play (EP) or mini-album titled Memory. [Featured Image by Rainbow Bridge World/Mamamoo’s Official Daum Cafe]

BTS 'Spring Day' Dance Rehearsal Video Ignites Fan Frenzy

K-Pop superstars BTS continue to show off their impressive moves with the release of a dance rehearsal video for their massive hit “Spring Day.” The video, uploaded directly to their YouTube channel, features group members Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, Jin, J-Hope, and Rap Monster in their new practice room, a minimalist all-white large space. With non-stop intricate moves, the choreography dramatizes the expressive lyrics of the song, which hit No.1 on the Korean Gaon Music Charts. The widely-anticipated dance clip for the song quickly amassed over 1 million views and counting when it was released. As expected, BTS’s A.R.M.Y of loyal fans went into a frenzy upon the release of their latest choreographed dance video. #SpringDay dance practice Hoseok focus????hope you don’t mind me posting this. ❤ Yep. I’m a Hoseok girl. ~N#방탄소년단 #BTS#Bts #jhope pic.twitter.com/LxMFSd3SVu — BAS_twt (@BulletARMYscout) March 4, 2017 BTS – Spring Day – Dance Cover by Frost
Full: https://t.co/Mf453CSzPR#bts #Dance #dancecover #방탄소년단 #KPOP #cover #Army #armybts #frost pic.twitter.com/4gIZHt82ZA — Frost (@thaline_frost) March 3, 2017 The track “Spring Day” comes from their Wings re-release entitled You Never Walk Alone, which came out on February 13, 2017, earning the group their 7th No. 1 album in Korea. In recent years, BTS’s popularity has grown to new heights. They are the most successful Korean pop group in Billboard history. With You Never Walk Alone, BTS reached as high as No. 26 on the Billboard 200 and “Spring Day” reached No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Word Digital Song Sales. BTS at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Image by Kin Cheung/AP Images) The release of You Never Walk Alone ushered in a level of maturity for BTS. Their pop sounds have always flirted with dance and hip-hop sounds, but most recent music by BTS fully embraced an urban edge that moves them away from the teeny-bopper tracks that they were initially known for. The road to worldwide dominance for BTS has not been without controversy. The K-Pop phenoms have continued to deny charges of plagiarism leveled at them by fans of BIGBANG that came as the result of similarities noted during the 6th GAON Chart Music Awards last month. It still upsets me that Bts will always have those plagarism accusations under their name tbh — ???? (@JinnandJuuice) February 28, 2017 In spite of the copycat charges, BTS have maintained an enviable position in the pop landscape as a group that is growing in popularity while they experiment with their music. With “Spring Day,” BTS managed to receive some of the best reviews of their careers thus far. As Billboard noted, BTS have shown a willingness to discuss dark themes that challenge the audience in unique ways. “Undoubtedly, BTS has found the major enthusiasm for their LPs thanks to the deeper social and personal topics the band discusses with past album tracks touching on bullying, mental health and the dark sides of adolescence.” “Spring Day” quickly emerged as a stand-out track for BTS. It tells the story of someone dealing with a deep longing to see the object of the affection once more. The metaphor of an endless winter is used as an example of the cold and empty feeling the person feels as they grapple with the ache of missing their loved one. As the dance rehearsal footage shows, the choreography for the track sets a melancholy tone with group members frequently bending over in agony and appearing to reach out in the distance for something or someone that has their heart. BTS at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Image by Kin Cheung/AP Images] According to PopCrush, BTS broke their own record for the fastest group to hit 10 million views on YouTube with the release of their music video for “Spring Day.” The boy band, along with EXO and TWICE, continue to garner global popularity, highlighting K-Pop’s growing popularity, as evidenced by the almost 100 million votes tallied at the recent for the 12th annual Soompi Awards. #BTS Spring Day MV has reached over 44.6M views. Let’s support BTS and stream, ARMY!https://t.co/uZv5oHRQ70 pic.twitter.com/IMie7pXyCO — ARMY Base (@bangtanitl) March 4, 2017 The release of the dance rehearsal clip “Spring Day” comes on the heels of BTS’s well-received music video for the anthemic track “Not Today.” With the recent premieres of “Not Today” and “Spring Day” it is expected that BTS will continue their US crossover push well into 2017 and beyond. [Featured Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]