Girls' Generation just can't stop snagging superstar boyfriends these days. First Yoona started dating Korean golden boy Lee Seung-gi, then Sooyoung revealed she was dating actor Jung Kyung-ho, and in April, Tiffany and 2PM's resident bad boy Nickhun went public with their relationship. Now it's Taeyeon's turn, with the Girls' Generation vocalist revealed to be secretly seeing none other than EXO's Baekhyun.
Taeyeon, 25, and Baekhyun, 22, were busted by Korean media outlet Dispatch while on a secret date in the front seat of Taeyeon's luxury Mercedes. According to reports, they've been together about four months now, confirming long-standing rumours in the group's respective fandoms that the pair are a couple.
As far as Korean celebrity couples go, this one is pretty big. Girls' Generation and EXO are probably the two biggest pop groups in Asia right now, with both groups having expanded well outside of Korea to find huge success in lucrative overseas markets like Japan and China. Most K-pop couples keep their relationships private due to public backlash (primarily stemming from the media and overzealous fans), but given Taeyeon and EXO's high standing in the Korean entertainment industry, they should be able to weather this without receiving too much criticism.
Good luck you crazy kids. You're gonna need it!
[Via Netizen Buzz]
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.