X1 debut marked by record win time

By Nadine Kam I So my question prior to X1’s debut on Aug. 27 was, are they going to match or top Wanna One, the previous male band formed by the “Produce 101” franchise that disbanded earlier this year after …

A Kaneohe Bakery is home to the surprising K-pop sandwich

By Nadine Kam I If you’re ever in Kaneohe, you might want to check out the Korean bakery Ono2Guys for its unique “croissant Korean-style sandwich,” also known as the Idol or K-pop sandwich ($4.76) because of its link to K-pop …

‘Produce X 101’: A Cinderella story

By Nadine Kam I Two weeks after the finale of “Produce X 101” I am still processing all that happened on the K-pop survival show. Overall, I am happy about the final “audience-produced” lineup for X1, the group that emerged …

‘Produce X 101’ finale picks

By Nadine Kam I That time has come. After 12 weeks, the finale of “Produce X 101” is upon us, airing on Vlive Thursday eve. The top photo represents my attempt to guess who will win a slot on the …

Nizi Project audition for girl group coming to Honolulu

By Nadine Kam I In pursuit of growth, the South Korean entertainment industry is increasingly looking overseas to create global-oriented groups to sing in the language of their native countries. Now JYP Entertainment (Twice, 2PM, GOT7, Stray Kids, Itzy) is …

All eyes on ‘Produce X 101’ for next K-pop sensation

By Nadine Kam I For every K-pop success story like BTS there are dozens of groups that never make it. Even BTS had a rocky start, struggling for years in South Korea, as a hybrid rap-idol group that drew criticism …

And the BBMA award for faux pas of the evening goes to … Sofia Carson

By Nadine Kam I It was another history-making moment for BTS at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 on May 1, when they took home their first music prize in the United States, as Top Group, finally breaking that barrier as …

Dance diary: SHINee’s ‘Everybody’

By Nadine Kam I Through Jonghyun, SHINee is the first group that brought me to K-pop and on Jan. 5, the boy group dance we learned was SHINee’s “Everybody.” It’s a dubstep-electro house-complextro song, so comes with all the mechanical, …

BlackPink on the rise

By Nadine Kam I When watching BTS as presenters tonight on the Grammy Awards show, let’s not forget that there are dozens of K-pop artists equal to the task of conquering America. BTS has worked hard to get to its …

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