If you happen to be celebrating Christmas in Las Vegas, then you may want to drop by Caesar’s Palace on the Las Vegas strip to see Korean pop sensation RAIN. He’ll be performing two nights on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. It’s his first concert in the United States in three years. He’s bringing his RAINISM tour so watch out!
Our good friends at Chaos Theory Music notified us that the 4-member band “Seriously” will be coming to New York this Saturday. Yes! If you haven’t heard of this young rising band, then take a good listen because you’ll really like these fellas. We’ll be at the concert on Saturday night at Uncle Mike’s in New York City. Come join us and get a good glimpse of this up and coming band.
Where: Uncle Mikes, 57 Murray St, NY, NY
When: Saturday, Oct 3rd at 10pm
Tickets: Click Here
At the beginning of this year, who would’ve thought that a girl band from South Korea would be the opening act for one of the biggest musical tours in the U.S. this summer? Well the Wonder Girls did the unthinkable and performed as the opening act for the Jonas Brothers. In fact, 48 shows in 65 days is what they accomplished. Monday night in Canada, the Wonder Girls performed their final opening act (48th) for the Jonas Brothers tour. It all started in Portland back in June and it’s been a whirlwind run across America. Along the way, they played softball with the Jonas Brothers and made numerous appearances on American airwaves. They soared in popularity as they found their hit video “Nobody” as one of the top selling videos on iTunes. This all happened because of entertainer extraordinaire, JYP, who imported the Wonder Girls to America. What these very young ladies may have done is pave the way for other Korean artists to become accepted in American music. BoA and Se7en have been struggling to find their way but the Wonder Girls look like the real winners in the summer of the Korean Wave, by correctly partnering with a big musical act which provided them a platform to introduce Kpop to the American masses. They became somebody with their hit song “Nobody.” It’s sad to see a tour end and you can see by the Tweets of the young ladies that they’re getting emotional about the end, but it may only be the beginning for greater things for these Wonder Girls.
It’s the Wonder Girls performing in New York. They’ve been opening up for the Jonas Brothers all summer as they tour together. We can’t say this enough but it’s pretty amazing that a girl band from South Korea is touring with one of the biggest musical acts in the country. The only other tour that would be bigger is U2 so this really makes what the Wonder Girls are doing this summer even more impressive. If you follow the Wonder Girls and watch this video, you’ll notice that they’ve dramatically improved their vocals as well as their English. The only odd thing about their performance is that since they’re being introduced to America, most of the people in attendance don’t know their song so there’s not much singing along. However, they sure put on a great performance live with “Nobody.” They are the pioneers for Kpop’s entry into the good ol’ U S of A!
Sing with me now, “I want nobody nobody but you!” Clap clap clap!
They also relaxed a bit and did an interview with the Power Play Network this week. Interestingly, they took off their makeup for the interview and as you’ll see, their English has really improved. They share a little bit about their musical ambitions when they were younger and how their dreams have come true through the Wonder Girls.
According to JYP’s blog, Michelle Obama and her two daughters were in attendance last night to watch the Jonas Brothers and the Wonder Girls in concert in Washington D.C.
“It has been confirmed that first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters came to see the performance of Wonder Girls tonight,” Park wrote. “The Wonder Girls gave them their best show,” he added.
The Wonder Girls are making inroads to the surprise of many doubters. JYP is becoming the real mastermind of globalizing Korean music. Last week, Jordin Sparks met up with the girls to learn the Nobody dance, and just last night was another example of the importation of Kpop music into the United States. The fact that they’re touring and opening up for one of the biggest summer acts – The Jonas Brothers – is pretty remarkable.
Could the Wonder Girls pull it off? Could they really import their brand and music into the biggest entertainment market in the world? They’re getting their foot in the door by going on tour and opening up for the Jonas Brothers. If you know anything about the Wonder Girls, they’re more known for their catchy dance moves, which goes in sync with their songs. “Tell Me” was their first smash hit that took Asia by storm with thousands of people trying to mimic their dance moves. However, this video may be further evidence that South Korean music is going beyond borders with numerous non-Koreans trying to dance to the Wonder Girls.
The Map the Soul tour with Epik High, Far East Movement and Kero One seems to be the big buzz from the weekend. AllKPop.com, Ningin and SeoulBeats provide great coverage of the concert at Irving Plaza, which is the famed concert venue where U2 recorded their most famous live performance of “One.” We were also present covering the concert and it was a blast for us. We’ll have the feature up soon.
Irving Plaza was jam packed with concert goers and it wasn’t just a bunch of Koreans who attended. It was an incredibly diverse crowd which just tells you that 1) music brings people together and 2) people are more open to crossing over. Check out the coverage at Allkpop, Ningin and others.