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[OP-ED] Bold Moves: How More K-Pop artists are Standing Up to Censorship
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[OP-ED] Bold Moves: How More K-Pop artists are Standing Up to Censorship

If there's one constant element that K-pop fans (and likely artists, too) have learned to hate over the years, it's definitely censorship. The practice comes into play at seemingly random intervals, without much consistency governing the reasons why a song or video might end up banned from broadcast. Indeed, K-pop content itself has an interesting and arguably tumultuous relationship with entities like the Korean Communications Commission and KBS, who continue to extend their moral judgment over all the media that's released to the public for broadcast.

April share a preview of their adorable moves to 'MAYDAY' in bonus dance teaser
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April share a preview of their adorable moves to 'MAYDAY' in bonus dance teaser

April released a bonus video for their upcoming release.

The girls are gearing up for their comeback with 2nd single album 'MAYDAY'. Yesterday, April dropped the official MV teaser for their new song and today, they're showing a bit more with a bonus clip showing their adorable new moves. 

SEE ALSO: April release MV teaser for 2nd single 'MAYDAY'

Check out the bonus video above and stay tuned for the full release on May 29. 

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24K Released Full MV Of 'Only You' With Manly Concept & Powerful Dance Moves
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24K Released Full MV Of 'Only You' With Manly Concept & Powerful Dance Moves

24K just released the full MV for their new song "Only You" and the boys really rocked the video. "Only You" is the title track from their new album "ADDICTION 24K," which has the manly concept.

24K showed powerful dance on their "Only You" MV and the manly concept really suited them well. Each member had a solo shot and it really showed the charm of each member. Jinhong as the visual received much attention for his handsome look. Meanwhile, for the dance, the boys wore a black and white outfit with the changing color background, AllKpopreported.

How SM Entertainment Chooses Songs For Their Artists
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How SM Entertainment Chooses Songs For Their Artists

Lee Sung Soo, a production team manager at SM Entertainment revealed how the agency chose songs for their artists.

SM Entertainment receives an average of 100 songs every week from composers in Korea and around the world.

Lee Sung Soo and his production team review each song and give a numbered grade to every song.

After grading the songs, they present the best songs to Lee Soo Man and he personally chooses which will be title tracks.

Lee Soo Man carefully chooses songs and he looks at small details such as how this part will be performed and how the lyrics should be performed.

SoundCloud and K-pop: Where Artists Find Creative Freedom
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SoundCloud and K-pop: Where Artists Find Creative Freedom

SoundCloud for years has provided a place for musicians, famous and local, to share their music. Its home to groups of artists as diverse as the music itself. SoundCloud is more than just the current radio hits, as it reached artists of many different genres and languages.

Recently, the Korean music industry has entered the music-sharing hub, where K-artists and K-pop idols are uploading the kinds of music they love.  Many are quite active in releasing music, such as BTS, who have put up great covers and mixtapes, and Exo Chanyeol, who has multiple original tracks. Going through their SoundClouds, its refreshing and wonderful to hear how artists are taking roles outside of their group, such as hearing Rap Monster taking on the vocals in their cover of Troye Sivans Fools along with Jungkook, and Chanyeol putting up short tracks, such as Last Hunter, that shows off his production skills. As more and more artists and K-pop idols are becoming involved in the process of creating their music and showing off more of their skills, SoundCloud has become the number one outlet to release music.