Month: September 2020

Entertainment

BLACKPINK ‘Light Up the Sky’ trailer up on Netflix

"Light Up the Sky' tells the story of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa -- from their trainee days to the time they made history as the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella. Image credit: Netflix
‘BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky’ tells the story of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa — from their trainee days to the time they made history as the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella. Image credit: Netflix

“But when it was the four of us, the whole thing worked.” The “Light Up the Sky” trailer for the BLACKPINK documentary of Netflix is already up on the streaming site. BLINKS should prepare to cry.

“BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky”, which streams on Oct. 14, is the very first Netflix K-pop original documentary. As promised when Netflix announced the documentary, “Light Up the Sky” includes never-before-seen footage — including the pre-debut days of the four young trainees who would one day become the “biggest girl group in the world“.

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Entertainment

Globe Telecom, 88rising to push Filipino music globally

The "semilucent" mixtape is the first release from the new Paradise Rising label launched by Globe Telecom and 88rising. Image credit: Paradise Rising
The “semilucent” mixtape is the first release from the new Paradise Rising label launched by Globe Telecom and 88rising. Image credit: Paradise Rising

Paradise Rising, a new record label in Asia launched by Philippine telco Globe Telecom and US-based music company 88rising, aims to help more Filipino artists enjoy international success.

“The journey for Globe started many years ago. Part of our DNA is actually asking ‘Why?’ Why certain things are the way they are, and testing the different theories. We asked why banks are so bad in our country, and we created a product called GCash, and now it’s the number one fintech business in the Philippines with 30 million users. One of the questions we asked ourselves as well is why haven’t Filipino artists truly broken out,” said Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu in a session moderated by Billboard International Editor Alexei Barrionuevo at All That Matters.

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Entertainment

‘Lovesick Girls’ MV teaser released by BLACKPINK

Jisoo concept teaser for "THE ALBUM". Jisoo and Jennie are listed in the writing credits of "Lovesick Girls". Image credit: YG Entertainment
Jisoo concept teaser for “THE ALBUM”. Jisoo and Jennie are listed in the writing credits of “Lovesick Girls”. Image credit: YG Entertainment

The “Lovesick Girls” MV teaser is here, and Twitter is going crazy over this sneak peek at the music video of the title track of BLACKPINK’s first full album in South Korea.

On Sept. 28, YG Entertainment confirmed “Lovesick Girls” as the title track of “THE ALBUM”. The “Lovesick Girls” teaser poster showed members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa apparently posing as the two ships that the girl group’s fans — called BLINKS — are very familiar with: Chaesoo (Rosé and Jisoo) and Jenlisa (Jennie and Lisa). BLINKS were also overjoyed when yesterday’s tracklist poster revealed that Jisoo and Jennie were included in the writing credits of “Lovesick Girls“.

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Gaming

Fantasy Town mobile game from Garena arrives in PH

Build your dream town with Fantasy Town, a casual farming simulator mobile game from Singapore-based Garena, in conjunction with Arumgames.

Build your dream town with Fantasy Town, a casual farming simulator mobile game from Singapore-based game developer and publisher Garena, in conjunction with Arumgames.

Players will also notice local Filipino content in the game, such as Manananggal. Characters like Manananggal will be crafted in the unique art direction that ​Fantasy Town ​offers, as a key attraction for simulation game fans.

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Gaming, Geek Culture

Aya Ezmaria: The gamer as cosplayer and storyteller

Aya Ezmaria cosplaying Black Widow from "Avengers: Endgame". Image credit: Jay Tablante
Aya Ezmaria cosplaying Black Widow from “Avengers: Endgame”. Image credit: Jay Tablante

It all started with Duck Hunt for gamer, cosplayer, and streamer-storyteller Aya Ezmaria. Yes, the Family Computer (released in the US as the Nintendo Entertainment System) video game.

“Our dad introduced us to the gaming world. As far as I can remember, the first game I ever played was Duck Hunt on the Family Computer complete with the shotgun,” Aya told Digital Life Asia.

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Entertainment

BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab confirmed in album tracklist

YG Entertainment officially confirmed the BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab when it unveiled the tracklist poster of "THE ALBUM" this morning. Image credit: YG Entertainment
Image credit: YG Entertainment

It’s official: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK is collaborating with American rapper Cardi B. YG Entertainment officially confirmed the BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab when it unveiled the tracklist poster of “THE ALBUM” this morning.

“Bet You Wanna” is the BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab single. It also lists songwriter and OneRepublic lead vocalist Ryan Tedder in the writing credits. Meanwhile, BLACKPINK fans — called BLINKS — are also overjoyed to see the names of the girl group’s members Jisoo and Jennie in the writing credits of the title track “Lovesick Girls“.

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Entertainment

Wheein unveils “Shine On You” for ‘Record of Youth’ OST

MAMAMOO vocalist Wheein is trending on Twitter after the release of her song "Shine On You" for the "Record of Youth" original soundtrack. Image credit: tvN
Image credit: tvN

MAMAMOO vocalist Wheein is trending on Twitter after the release of her song “Shine On You” for the “Record of Youth” original soundtrack (OST).

One thing you really have to admire about tvN’s ongoing K-drama starring Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam, and Byeon Woo Seok is the amazing OST. Now it has an excellent addition from Wheein. The hashtag #Wheein_RecordOfYouth started trending on Twitter after the song and music video became available on YouTube, Spotify, and other digital platforms.

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Entertainment

‘Lovesick Girls’ is BLACKPINK 1st full album title track

YG Entertainment has officially confirmed "Lovesick Girls" as the title track of "The Album", BLACKPINK's highly anticipated first full album in South Korea.Image credit: YG Entertainment
Image credit: YG Entertainment

(UPDATE) YG Entertainment has officially confirmed “Lovesick Girls” as the title track of “THE ALBUM”, BLACKPINK’s highly anticipated first full album in South Korea. The South Korean entertainment company posted the “Lovesick Girls” teaser poster this morning, and unveiled this concept teaser video this afternoon.

This is part of the daily countdown to the BLACKPINK album launch on Oct. 2. It features members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa apparently posing as the two ships that the girl group’s fans — called BLINKS — are very familiar with: Chaesoo (Rosé and Jisoo) and Jenlisa (Jennie and Lisa).

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Entertainment, Technology

YouTube FanFest 2020: SB19, Chloe Ting, and more

Image credit: YouTube FanFest
Image credit: YouTube FanFest

YouTube FanFest 2020 is back and the community event for YouTube creators and fans promises to be bigger than ever when it streams on Oct. 11.

The first official reveal of the lineup of YouTube FanFest 2020 was posted on Twitter. It includes the first Filipino boy group trained under a Korean entertainment company, SB19; Australian YouTuber and fitness personality Chloe Ting; and many more. Visit the site for the complete lineup.

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Entertainment, Gaming

BTS Universe Story mobile game launched by Netmarble

ARMY can now determine the fate of their favorite K-pop idols with the launch of the BTS Universe Story mobile game developed by South Korea's biggest mobile gaming company, Netmarble Corp. Image credit: Netmarble Corp.
Image credit: Netmarble Corp.

ARMY can now determine the fate of their favorite K-pop idols with the launch of the BTS Universe Story mobile game developed by South Korea’s biggest mobile gaming company, Netmarble Corp.

Available for download on the App Store and Google Play, BTS Universe Story is a storytelling game where the player’s choices influence the outcome. While it can be downloaded for free, the game offers in-app purchases.

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Technology

SYKES brings employees’ interest clubs online

Interest clubs: SYKES has turned their planned activities into virtual events.

To bolster engagement amid the pandemic, multinational business process outsourcing (BPO) pioneer SYKES Philippines has transformed the planned activities of its employees’ interest clubs into virtual events.

“At SYKES, we encourage a healthy work-life balance by heavily investing in the training, development, and overall success and engagement of our workforce and providing them avenues to pursue their passions with fellow SYKESers. We are especially keen on continuing our employee engagement programs now that we are in quarantine, considering how the current situation is significantly affecting our employees’ everyday lives. It’s a little more challenging with our work-from-home arrangements, but we believe that anything is possible if we set our mind to it,” said Lia Lynn Marcos, Human Resources, Senior Director, APAC of SYKES in a press statement.

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Entertainment

Lisa of BLACKPINK named CELINE’s global ambassador

Thai rapper, singer and dancer Lalisa Manoban, better known as Lisa of BLACKPINK, is now the global brand ambassador of French fashion house CELINE. Image credit: Hedi Slimane
Image credit: Hedi Slimane

Thai rapper, singer and dancer Lalisa Manoban, better known as Lisa of BLACKPINK, is now the global brand ambassador of French fashion house CELINE.

Lisa is CELINE’s first global ambassador since Hedi Slimane took the helm in 2018 as Artistic, Creative and Image Director. Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, CELINE has been owned by LVMH since 1996.

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