Source: wodms Official Music Chart ll
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Five Korean indie bands will fly to Austin, Texas, in March to take to the stages of the South by SouthWest Music Festival, according to the state-run Korea Creative Content Agency.
The Barberettes, [su:m], EE, Asian Chairshot and Eastern Sidekick were handpicked by SXSW director James Minor during the Seoul International Music Fair, or MU:CON, hosted by the KOCCA from Oct. 6-8 in Itaewon, Seoul.
(Barbarettes at MU:CON)
At the annual MU:CON, which brought in international music scouts from around the world, six more local acts won the chance to showcase their music at three other major music festivals ― France’s MIDEM, Singapore’s Music Matters and Canadian Music Week. They include IDIOTAPE and Glen Check, both invited to the Singaporean fair; Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio and Loro’s, both invited to the French festival.
Three renowned music producers, who participated in the Seoul event, also chose one team apiece to work with.
Rodaidh McDonald, a producer at the U.K.-based independent music label XL Recordings, chose local crossover band Jambinai and will produce the band’s digital single, the KOCCA said. Similarly, Tony Maserati who has worked with Beyonce and Usher will pair up with Sultan of the Disco, while Jimmy Douglass, famous for working with Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, will work with the Solutions.
source: Korea Herald, The Barbarettes facebook,
Seoul mayor Park Won-soon has become the first mainstream politician in South Korea to openly endorse same-sex marriage.
In an interview with Bay-Area daily the San Francisco Examiner, published on Sunday, Mr Park said that he hoped South Korea would become the first Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage.
His stance on gay rights could invite controversy from the country’s social conservatives, yet he has been cited as a likely candidate for the 2016 presidential election. Coming out in support of gay rights is a rarity in South Korea, with a vast majority holding negative attitudes towards LGBT people, according to recent polls.
Mr Won-soon, who started his career as a human rights lawyer, said: “I personally agree with the rights of homosexuals. But the Protestant churches are very powerful in Korea. It isn’t easy for politicians.” A Seoul city spokeswoman confirmed the mayor’s comments to the Wall Street Journal, which were made in late September during a visit to San Francisco.
Politicians are under considerable pressure from religious groups that oppose gay rights. This year’s annual gay-pride parade in Seoul was met with protests by Christian groups, and the authorities of the district that hosted the event later announced that they opposed it.
Local think-tank Asan Institute for Policy Studies showed just 21.5 per cent said they had little or no objections to homosexuality, with a quarter saying they supported gay marriage.
However, due to an increase in mainstream media coverage, South Korea’s views towards homosexuality have improved in recent years, with an advance in the number of films and television shows that feature gay characters.
It's progress atleast, esp in such a conservative, family orientated society. Baby Steps.