September 25th, 2016


[OMONA DISCUSSION] Is it possible for non-asian people to debut in K-pop?

Hello and welcome to the second OMONA DISCUSSION post! First of all I'd like to thank everybody that participated in the last one. If you have no idea what I'm talking about just click here. If you want to talk about a certain topic next time just post it in the comments or message me (or make a post lol). Maybe we can really turn this into a weekly/monthly thing!

Today, I want to talk about the possibility of non-asian people debuting in a K-pop group. The reason why I choose this topic is because I randomly stumpled upon this video on youtube last week.

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In this video, a guy from Italy talks about his experience in Korea. He trained with 4 other korean dudes and was preparting to debut in a K-pop group, but in the end it didn't work out because of visa-issues. He doesn't mention the company though so we don't know if he was signed to a big or a small entertainment agency.

Nowadays it's not unusual to have one or more half-korean or non-korean idols in a group. However, most are still asian. When Chocolate debuted back in 2011 with 3 half-korean/half-white girls they received great attention. Unfortunately they didn't make it big.
Later, Busker Busker debuted with an caucasian member. I don't know much about Busker Busker so I don't know if it was a big deal. In 2015, Alex joined Rania, making her the first half-african-american/half-white idol in Korea. Netizens complimented her, saying she was pretty and asking what the hell such a pretty girl is doing in Korea. However Rania failed to make it big even after Alex joined the group.

Technically, the answer to my question above is "yes". However, none of the examples mentioned above have really hit it big (Busker Busker isn't really an idol group), eventhough officially the big agencies are open to any nationality and race in their auditions. So I'd like to hear your opinion now, Omona: Do you think it's possible that one day we will see a non-asian person debuting in Korea, maybe under SM/JYP/YG, and hitting it big? Why is this still not the case in 2016 and after K-Pop became a global sensation? Do you think Korea is ready for non-asian popstars (given the fact that they already talk bad about foreign asian idols, calling them "traitors" and what not)? Would YOU (if you're not asian) want to debut in Korea? Share your opinion below!

sources: Seoul Mafia on yt + netizenbuzz



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p.s. mods, i put the tweets under a cut, forgot to do that in the original post.
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Jota and Jinkyung - WGM Ep. 20 aka The one with the Double Date! 💕

💕 EPISODE 20 💕

Jinkyung keeps her promise to set up one of the MADTOWN members on a blind date with one of her model friends.

[💕 Preview for the next episode 💕]

sources: @mbcentertain | kshowdaily | MBCentertainment

Lee Geon and Jota trended on Naver yesterday! Get that promo, babes! lol
(p.s the model is Song Hae Na)
bri baby

Inkigayo Unplugged: Melon5 - Love Yourself by Justin Bieber


Melon5: Young K (Day6), Henry (Super Junior M), Jaehyun (N.Flying), Benji (B.I.G) and Eunwoo (ASTRO)

[some cute back stage pics]

Source: SBS Inkigayo | SBS Inkigayo on Naver TVCast | @offclASTRO | @NFlyingofficial | @day6official

I'm so in loooove! Everyone looks good and sounds amazing! I especially love the violin duet and youngk's everything.

(I included the Naver link for those that are in countries that Inkigayo blocked)
bang bang bang

Who gets paid when you sing at noraebang?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of noraebang, or "singing room" in Korea. Now, it has become a popular place for residents and tourists alike. Did you know that every time you sing a song at noraebang, someone is collecting royalties for the music? This week, we explore every thing you need to know about noraebang royalties, including how they are calculated, collected, and distributed.

Favorite noraebang jams? At my fav joint I'm usually doing Big Bang, 90s R&B, The Sound of Music soundtrack, or Lisa Loeb's "Stay". There's also a good chance I'll be eating fried chicken too. Come say hi if you see fried chicken being delivered to any room with the aforementioned playlist!

Arirang Issue
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Sunhwa decides not to renew with TS Ent; SECRET to continue as 3-membered group

After a long discussion, Han Sunhwa and TS Entertainment have decided not to renew her contract and to end her activity as part of SECRET.
Sources say that it looks like Sunhwa will focus on her acting career and SECRET will continue its activity with three members: Jun Hyosung, Jung Hana, and Song Ji Eun.
Sunhwa has not yet decided her next agency.

Yonhap News

summarized by OP

is anyone surprised at all?

EDIT: Sunhwa updates her instagram
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Sunhwa's Instagram

translated by OP

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Hyosung's Instagram

MONSTA X - The Clan Pt.2 "OATH OF HYUNGWON" Narration Teaser

[Rough Trans (by me)]
We swore to protect the X-Clan with everything we had.
But I let go of the X-Clan.

I dreamed a beautiful dream, and at the end of that dream, we met again.


Previous Teasers:
|| The Clan pt.2 “Guilty” Coming Soon Teaser || Comeback Instruction Manual || Clue: 1 'LOSE' Teasers || Clue: 2 'HOPE' Teasers || Album Track List ||

Source: StarshipTV Youtube [1]

chae hyungwon. i am so confused, but the continuation of the story has me so excited rn.