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Why This Former K-Pop Singer Left Fame Behind To Become a Monk
The K-Pop industry has a dark side, one that Lee Kyung-Mi – now Monk Bohyun – knows all too well. From performing pop songs on stage to singing Buddhist prayer songs on YouTube.
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Kim Ji-hun trained with 30 other trainees for what would later become the biggest K-pop band in the world, BTS. However, life had other plans for Ji-hun. This is his story of being on the brink of fame and then losing it all.
The World's Most Controversial K-Pop Group
We met up with the members of EXP Edition, the world’s first non-Korean K-pop group, to find out why they’re trying to become the genre’s next breakout stars—and explore the backlash they're facing from people accusing them of cultural appropriation.
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China’s Hottest Boy Band is Made up of All Girls
With Asian pop acts suddenly dominating charts around the world, a new band called FFC-Acrush hopes to be China’s answer to K-Pop.
How Jay Park is Changing Attitudes to Korean Beauty
Grace Neutral meets a Korean gang member and a K-Pop superstar, to paint a more detailed picture of what influences the country's youth and their vision of modern beauty.