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101 K-pop Boy Band Hopefuls Ask Korean Audiences To ‘Pick Me’: Watch

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The first season of Produce 101 picked 11 young women out of more than 100 to be members of I.O.I, and the second season of the Korean music competition show is all about the guys — 101 of them.

A clip featuring the competitors performing the theme song for the second season of Produce 101 aired in Korea on March 9. “Me, It’s Me (Pick Me)” is a sequel of sorts to the first season’s widely popular theme, “Pick Me.” Like the original, “Me, It’s Me (Pick Me)” is an uptempo electro-pop song. It was created by Ryan Jhun, who produced several songs for I.O.I.

The performance is the first time the new competitors have been introduced to the public, whose voting will affect the future of the young men. Throughout the second season of Produce 101, the male K-pop trainees will compete for the top spots of the show’s voter-influenced rankings and the most popular men will be granted spots in a temporary boy band that seeks to replicate I.O.I’s success.

Over 100 trainees from multiple Korean entertainment companies will be featured in the new season of Produce 101, although major players like SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment are notably absent.

Along with unknown talent and former members of various K-pop acts, the second season of Produce 101 features current members of K-pop groups like Nu’Est and JJCC, the latter of which was produced by Jackie Chan.

Produce 101 began in 2016 by Mnet as an interactive show where voters could affect the final outcome of the upcoming girl group’s lineup and also impact the band’s name, musical styling, and other aspects of the temporary act. The resulting eleven-member I.O.I and the individual members themselves became extremely popular throughout their year together, and have a continued presence in the Korean entertainment industry since they disbanded in January.

The new group resulting from the second season of Produce 101 will last even longer than the length of time I.O.I was together, with Korean media reporting that the boy band will last through the end of 2018.

Although the show was extremely popular and the second season is expected to do well, the Korea Times reported that Produce 101 was heavily criticized last year after producer Han Dong Chul explained he created the show to be a form of “healthy pornography.”

The second season of Produce 101 begins airing in Korea on Mnet on April 7.

Watch the video of “It’s Me (Pick Me)” here:

This article originally appeared on: Billboard

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Red Velvet Traumatizes A Delivery Man In New Video, Peek-A-Boo

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Red Velvet is back with a new single and as a fellow netizen I am, left intrigued yet confused. The new video is addicting as the song is unforgettable. It features the members Seulgi, Wendy, Irene, Yeri, and Joy in a sorority house of sorts with an unnatural obsession for pizza and delivery guys. In the music video, the girls like to hone their skills in practicing with weaponry by day and capture and initiate delivery boys by night–All the while with an impassive expression on their faces. Red Velvet never disappoints by blending weird imagery with bright visuals with an element of darkness. As for LP itself, ‘The 2nd Album’ is doing exceptionally well charting at number one on the world charts. Check out the video below and see for yourself what the rest of the world is listening to and be sure to download the album on Apple music.

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Bobby Drops Two Singles In Wake Of First Album Release

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iKon’s Bobby has kicked off the release of his debut album ‘Love and Fall’ by releasing two all-new M/V’s. The first one entitled, ‘I Love You’ and the second single, ‘Runaway.’  Bobby’s album has been highly anticipated since he burst onto the scene in 2014 and took the win in Korea’s ‘ Show Me The Money 3.’  Not only does the album showcase his rap skills and writing talents, but also contains features from labelmates, Mino, Dk, and newcomer Katie Kim. ‘Love and Fall’ has already taken first place in the Itunes album charts in 22 countries showing that this star has a promising career ahead of him. Check the video out below and be sure to download ‘Love and Fall’ on Itunes right now!

 

 

 

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Sunmi Releases Single Under New Label

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After the disbandment of the Wonder Girls in the earlier part of the year, it’s time to officially start calling Sunmi a JYP alumni. After 12 years with the iconic label, Sunmi has decided to break ties and start anew with the label, Makeus Entertainment. Her latest single, ‘Gashina’ was produced by hitmaker Teddy Park, under his newest label, ‘The Black Label.’ The single itself is reggae influenced fused with pop. Netizens are excited seeing as her last solo single was dated back to 2014. The visuals for the video are striking as it allows us to see Sunmi in a brand new light. She is as intense as she is playful with the vocals to match. Check the video out below:

 

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