K-pop has well and truly arrived on America’s shores

Last weekend proved to be K-pop’s biggest-ever week in America, as two of K-pop’s largest groups claimed notable firsts for Korea. BTS became the first-ever Korean act to perform on Saturday Night Live, while on the West Coast, girl group BLACKPINK performed at Coachella. And it’s not just primetime television or concert events that K-pop […]

BTS finds ‘Answer’ to questions of self-love in final album of ‘Love Yourself’ series

The international phenomenon that is Korean boy band BTS released the final album of its “Love Yourself” series, entitled “Love Yourself: Answer,” on Aug. 24 to critical acclaim. Marketed as a special repackaged album, “Answer” consists of two discs of music from the band’s previous two releases, “Love Yourself: Tear” (2018) and “Love Yourself: Her” (2017), as […]

BTS breaks boundaries for K-pop on worldwide charts with ‘Love Yourself: Her’

BTS has returned with their latest EP, “Love Yourself: Her” (2017), the group’s first release since the repackaged album of “You Never Walk Alone” (2017) in February. The nine-track EP is part of their new “Love Yourself” series — a concept that will define the next few albums. Released on Sept. 18, “Her” has received […]

Bangtan Boys excel at blending genres in new album ‘Wings’

The seven-member boy band Bangtan Boys — commonly knows as BTS — hailing from South Korea returned with a repackaged second album, “You Never Walk Alone” (2017), this past February. The group has come a long way from its debut single “No More Dream,” released on June 13, 2013, having headlined both of the KCON music festivals in the […]

Op-ed: Learning to listen

“We bring to this debate an Israeli, patriotic voice that says ‘we love Israel, but the occupation harms it.’ It’s critical that the world knows there are Israeli soldiers who think the state’s future depends on ending the occupation.” – Yuli Novak, Executive Direct of Breaking the Silence, and former Israeli Air Force officer (Haaretz). […]