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 …

Fall will be the battle ground for K-pop’s new supergroups

By Nadine Kam I Because people know I listen to K-pop they often ask if I also watch K-dramas. I don’t because I’m afraid of getting hooked like I did with the music, because I really didn’t think that would …

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 …

Korean Festival welcomed Ladies Code and eSNa

By Nadine Kam I It’s rare for Hawaii fans to witness K-pop live. Groups come here all the time, but not for concerts. Since last November, EXO, Winner, Black Pink and Twice have all been in town for a mix …

Super M: Avengers of K-pop coming to America

By Nadine Kam I Everybody say “Yeah!” On Aug. 7, SM Entertainment formally announced the formation of Super M, a supergroup the company has dubbed “The Avengers of K-pop,” comprising a stellar lineup of SM stars from its established boy …

‘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 …

10 reasons you don’t want your child to be a K-pop star … it looks fun & glam but …

IBy Nadine Kam I In my last post, I wrote about JYP Entertainment coming to town to audition Japanese speaking girls for a K-pop band created for the Japan market on Aug. 8. (Registration deadline Aug. 1) A few weeks …

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 …

Happy 11th anniversary SHINee!

By Nadine Kam I The 11th anniversary of SHINee should be a joyous time, but being new to the K-pop and Shawol community, the two anniversaries since I came on board last year have been bittersweet occasions. Last year, it …

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