Nicole and Jiyoung's future with KARA has been talked about for months, but now it's official: They're out of the band and going solo.
Nicole ended her activities with the popular girl group this week after her contract expired, while Jiyoung's father has confirmed that his daughter will be doing the same thing when her contract runs out in April.
KARA's agency, DSP Media, has already announced that KARA will continue promoting as a trio, which isn't a bad idea. KARA's one of the biggest Asian girl groups of the past ten years, but their popularity has rapidly declined over the past year or so -- relaunching as a trio might just be the perfect way for DSP to revamp KARA's image and make them interesting once again.
As for Nicole, she's heading to America for singing and dancing lessons in preparation for a solo album, while Jiyoung is planning to follow her ex-bandmate to the States to take some acting lessons and work on her English skills.
It's sad to see one of K-pop's top acts split in half like this, but it's also exciting to see what the future will hold for KARA 2.0. They've still got the star member, Hara, and the best singer, Seungyeon, so don't count the girls out just yet.
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.