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BH Podcast 3: Kim Hyun Joong, Unpretty Rapstar, CL and keepin' it real

BH Podcast 3: Kim Hyun Joong, Unpretty Rapstar, CL and keepin' it real

We’re disappointed in us too, Cheetah.
We’re finally back! Apologies for the delay since the last episode, we had some problems when Lizzie’s laptop fell apart at the hinges but now we’re back on track.

We have now switched from Sounndcloud to Mixcloud (mainly for financial…

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Why Amber's reaction to rumours about dating girls is so refreshing

Why Amber's reaction to rumours about dating girls is so refreshing

In the world of female idols where gender roles and beauty standards are constantly monitored and policed to an extent few other industries can match, Amber stands out as a unique presence. With her tomboyish image and open and friendly persona, it’s perhaps unsurprising, given both these narrow gender…

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Girl's Day's Hyeri, employment laws and Korean youth disenfranchisement

Girl's Day's Hyeri, employment laws and Korean youth disenfranchisement

Image: Girl’s Day’s Hyeri reminds young workers of the minimum wage.
Tired of criticism for her attitude or singing abilities, Hyeri recently caused controversy of a different kind by doing something that was, for all intents and purposes, worthwhile. The Girl’s Day member appeared a series of…

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BH Playlist: Big Bang, The Road So Far

BH Playlist: Big Bang, The Road So Far

YG Entertainment has announced that Big Bang will have their comeback in April 2015. Finally! It’s been 1,082 days and counting since the release of their Alive album (Yes, I’ve been keeping track – don’t act like you haven’t as well.) And so, in anticipation of…

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Just a pretty face? The long, little known history of Korean flower boys

Just a pretty face? The long, little known history of Korean flower boys

Image above: The cast of popular 2013 drama Flower Boy Next Door
If you are into Korean dramas or Korean pop music, you have probably heard the term ‘flower boy’ (kkotminam 꽃미남) being used to refer to delicate, slightly feminine-looking boys. In dramas the ‘flower boy’  is the cute, generous…

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Korean Indie Interview: Electro rock duo From The Airport

Korean Indie Interview: Electro rock duo From The Airport

It was almost exactly two years ago that we first interviewed From the Airport just after they had released their second single. In the time since, they signed with their label Fluxus Music, home to Clazziquai Project and Urban Zakapa, and released their first EP Chemical Love a year later…

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Keeping it real: What is authentic about Korean hip hop?

Keeping it real: What is authentic about Korean hip hop?

Image: Contrary to what Bobby may believe, it has nothing to do with personal hygiene (or lack thereof).

Keeping it real, representing, staying true to yourself. These phrases, long ago woven into the fabric of hip hop culture, all refer to a key dialogue hip hop is constantly having with…

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Interview with former SKARF member turned up-and-coming soloist Ferlyn G Read More