K-pop News 210424: BIG OCEAN, LE SSERAFIM, Minji and more

Welcome to our K-pop News Digest for April 21. Here’s what’s buzzing in the world of Korean Entertainment.

BIG OCEAN Makes Historic Debut with Hearing-Impaired Members

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In a groundbreaking move, BIG OCEAN, the first K-pop group where all members are hearing-impaired, has debuted under Parastar Entertainment.

Comprising rapper Lee Chan-Yeon, main vocalist Park Hyun-jin, and rapper Kim Ji-seok, the group launched their career on Disabled Persons’ Day in Korea with the song Glow, a thoughtful remake of H.O.T’s Hope.

Their choreography uniquely incorporates sign language, demonstrating their commitment to accessibility in music. Despite facing initial scepticism about their sign language fluency and choosing to leave stable careers for music … BIG OCEAN is determined to pursue their dreams and inspire others.

SM Entertainment Embroiled in Lawsuit Over Unfinished SMTown LA Project

SM Entertainment faces legal challenges over the unfinished SMTown LA project, with significant unpaid construction costs causing strife. The project, intended to solidify SM’s international presence, has been marred by delays and financial disputes. This led to a lawsuit from Pub Construction and potential legal action from other involved parties.

Changes in management during the project’s development exacerbated existing issues, ultimately halting construction and leaving financial obligations unresolved. This controversy highlights the complex interactions between K-pop’s global ambitions and the practicalities of international expansion.

LE SSERAFIM’s Coachella Performance Sparks Vocal Skill Debate

As LE SSERAFIM prepares for their second performance at Coachella … Discussions about their vocal prowess compared to other groups like BLACKPINK have intensified among fans and critics.

Following mixed reactions to their previous performance, which included tracks like ANTIFRAGILE and an unreleased song 1-800-hot-n-fun. The group is facing scrutiny over their live singing abilities.

Member Sakura responded thoughtfully on Weverse, emphasizing learning and enjoyment over perfection. She reflected on the pressures and expectations placed on modern K-pop idols in international venues.

Netizens Buzz Over NEWJEANS’ Minji’s New Blonde Look

NEWJEANS’ Minji recently debuted a striking blonde hairstyle in selfies shared on the group’s fan communication app, causing a stir among fans and netizens.

Dressed casually and sporting a playful wink, Minji showcased a fresh, doll-like image that quickly became a hot topic online. Despite revelations that the blonde locks were a wig, the transformation highlights the constant public fascination with idol aesthetics and their impact on fashion trends.

Meanwhile, NewJeans continues to enjoy significant success, with their single Super Shy reaching major streaming milestones.

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