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[OP-ED] How SoundCloud is Changing the Korean Music Scene as We Know It
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[OP-ED] How SoundCloud is Changing the Korean Music Scene as We Know It

Soundcloud is a producer's playground

These days, between your mobile device, tablet, computer, laptop, and tv, there is no shortage of access to music streaming apps, programs, or websites. Companies like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube offer ways to listen to your favorite music for little to no cost. Among these brands exists SoundCloud, an online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany.

SoundCloud gives users the ability to upload, record, promote, and share their original works to a worldwide audience. But what makes the site unique and how is it changing the K-Pop and the Korean music scene?

SECHSKIES' First Win In Music Bank, Strong Showing In iTunes, Korean Music Charts Cements Their Relevance In K-pop Music Scene
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SECHSKIES' First Win In Music Bank, Strong Showing In iTunes, Korean Music Charts Cements Their Relevance In K-pop Music Scene

The SECHSKIES may have been the most senior among the contenders in last week's Music Bank but they proved their mettle against some tough competition when they bagged their first win for their single "Be Well." The win is especially significant for the group's members who recently celebrated their 20thdebut anniversary with a new album.

According to a report by Soompi, SECHSKIES's track "Be Well" was pitted against another strong track from no less than IU featuring BIG BANG's G-Dragon "Palette". At the end of the show, it was SECHSKIES who won with 8,031 points. However, they were not present during the show to receive the award in person.

[Video] Music trailer released for the Korean documentary 'Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang'
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[Video] Music trailer released for the Korean documentary 'Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang'

Music trailer released for the upcoming Korean documentary "Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang"

"Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang" (2016)

"We've never been embarassed of our performance here and there".

Kazahstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Moscow...

The day 'Koryo Theater' came around was a party for those spread out all over the world. They cried for joy as if reuniting with their long lost families.

Bang Tarama, born between a Russian mother and a Koryo father, had a beautiful voice. Lee Ham-deok is the queen of the stage as she managed to play 100 characters.

EXO Lay’s “Lose Control” is breaking records in South Korean music charts
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EXO Lay’s “Lose Control” is breaking records in South Korean music charts

Lays Lose Control broke records in South Korea for having the most sales by a solo artist in Gaon Charts History, and it was only his solo debut.

EXO Lays October solo debut was one for the books as the idol was named as having the most sales by a solo artist in Gaon Charts History.

The EP, titled Lose Control, was released in October 2016 and shortly went on to sell 270,000 copies. Soon, it peaked at number one on the Gaon Album Chart, and eventually ranked as the 7th Best-Selling Album of 2016.

Various Music Shows Cancel Broadcasts This Week In Observance Of Korean Holidays
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Various Music Shows Cancel Broadcasts This Week In Observance Of Korean Holidays

Certain music programs will not be airing in observance of Buddhas birthday on May 3 and Childrens Day on May 5.

On May 2, MBC Musics Show Champion confirmed on their official homepage that their May 3 episode had been canceled. Instead, MBC Music K-Plus Concert in Hanoi is scheduled to air in its time slot.

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Mnets M!Countdown will also be taking a break on May 4. The station plans to air a special highlighting the months upcoming K-pop festivals instead.