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‘Oneiric Theater’: IZ*ONE dazzles in 1st online concert

"Oneiric Theater', the first online concert of 12-member South Korean-Japanese girl group IZ*ONE, truly delivered on the promise of a unique virtual experience powered by AR (augmented reality) and XR (extended reality).
We are still recovering from IZ*ONE’s stunning rendition of Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi’s “Monster” in “Oneiric Theater”. How about you?

“Oneiric Theater’, the first online concert of 12-member South Korean-Japanese girl group IZ*ONE, truly delivered on the promise of a unique virtual experience powered by AR (augmented reality) and XR (extended reality).

More than the virtual effects, however, it was the real talent of all 12 members that shone through. They took their fans — dubbed WIZ*ONE — on a magical journey across different thematic stages, performing tracks not just from their comeback EP “Oneiric Diary”, but also their previous albums.

IZ*ONE (pronounced as “EYEZ-wun”), also delighted viewers by showing new sides of themselves and unveiling wonderful surprises in “Oneiric Theater”, including sub-unit stages, a jaw-dropping dance break, a live band, and a game show segment called Quizland.

And, of course, an absolutely stunning cover of Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi’s “Monster”.

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‘Ice Cream’ dance video, fansign event via ZEPETO app

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of “Ice Cream“, the highly anticipated collaboration between the popular K-pop girl group  BLACKPINK and international pop star Selena Gomez that was released on Aug. 28. BLACKPINK fans (more popularly known as BLINKS), however, were surprised when an “Ice Cream” dance performance video also came out after the music video.

This wasn’t the usual dance performance video K-pop fans are used to, however, but instead a virtual one created using the South Korean 3D avatar social network ZEPETO.

BLINKS were even more shocked when it turned out that the “Ice Cream” dance video included an avatar of Selena, dancing in all her animated glory with Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.

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‘Ice Cream’ MV: BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez in your area

Today is "Ice Cream" D-Day, as BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez  served up the "Ice Cream" single and music video (MV) at 1 PM Korean Standard Time (12 noon Philippine Standard Time).

Today is “Ice Cream” D-Day, as BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez  served up the “Ice Cream” single and music video (MV) at 1 PM Korean Standard Time (12 noon Philippine Standard Time).

Anticipation for the collaboration between the popular K-pop girl group and international pop star reached a fever pitch with the release of the “Ice Cream” MV teaser, which was uploaded yesterday. The “Ice Cream” MV teaser has already generated more than almost 15 million views on YouTube as of this writing.

Watch the “Ice Cream” MV now and enjoy this sweet collaboration between BLACKPINK and Gomez.

“Ice Cream” is the second single from BLACKPINK’s upcoming first studio album in South Korea, after “How You Like That“. The K-pop girl group’s debut Korean album, BLACKPINK: The Album, will come out on Oct. 2.

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‘Ice Cream’: BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez MV teaser out

"Ice Cream" is the highly anticipated collaboration between BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez.

Popular K-pop girl group BLACKPINK and international pop star Selena Gomez released this morning the teaser for the music video of their highly anticipated collaboration,”Ice Cream”.

“Ice Cream” is the second single from BLACKPINK’s upcoming first studio album in South Korea, after “How You Like That“.

The “Ice Cream” song and music video will come out tomorrow, Aug. 28, at 1 PM Korean Standard Time (12 noon Philippine Standard Time).

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Gamers and K-pop fans already living in virtual world

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Gamers and K-pop fans have been living in the virtual world for many years now. Decades, in fact, in the case of gamers. Now it’s time for the rest of the world to catch up.

In last week’s column piece, I talked about how geeks are inheriting the earth. Today, I’m going to point out that this new world we’re inheriting is an increasingly virtual one. There is no going back to the pre-COVID world. The digital transformation of the world is here to stay, and this will have a profound impact on human society, changing the way we work and play.

The thing is, gamers and K-pop fans are already way ahead of most of humanity. Embracing virtual currency and purchasing virtual items is already second nature to them. Since I’m both a gamer and a K-pop fan — specifically a Blink (BLACKPINK fan) and Monbebe (MONSTA X fan) — I can attest that the virtual world is very real.

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IZ*ONE to tap AR, XR for Sept. 13 online concert

IZ*ONE, the 12-member South Korean-Japanese girl group, will hold an online concert called “Oneiric Theater” on Sept. 13.

IZ*ONE, the 12-member South Korean-Japanese girl group, will hold an online concert called “Oneiric Theater” on Sept. 13 at 5 PM Korea Time (4 PM Philippine Time).

According to a report from Soompi, the IZ*ONE online concert will make use of AR (augmented reality) and XR (extended reality) to deliver a unique virtual experience.

The name of the online concert alludes to the girl group’s comeback mini-album “Oneiric Diary”. Released on June 15, “Oneiric Diary” features eight tracks, including the lead single “Secret Story of the Swan”.

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Samsung Electronics remains Asia’s top brand

Samsung has collaborated with the popular Kpop group BTS. Image credit:  Samsung Newsroom
Samsung has collaborated with the popular Kpop group BTS. Image credit: Samsung Newsroom

For the ninth consecutive year, Samsung Electronics has been named the best brand in Asia. This is according to results from Asia’s Top 1000 Brands.

Campaign Asia-Pacific conducts this annual survey in collaboration with Nielsen. The report cited Samsung’s commitment to innovation. It also noted the company’s collaboration with popular South Korean boy band BTS for the Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition and Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition.

“A large part of what keeps Samsung top of consumers’ minds is its continual investment in innovation. In 2019 it was the number one manufacturer of 5G smartphones, selling more than 6.7 million devices and accounting for more than half (54%) of the global 5G market.

“Samsung has also embraced star power of exceedingly popular K-pop group BTS, collaborating with the group for a special purple edition of its Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Buds+. The special edition products sold out in just one hour.”

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition now available in PH

Attention, ARMY! The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition has finally landed on our shores.

Attention, ARMY! The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition has finally landed on our shores.

Starting today, July 9, the Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition will be available through the Samsung Online Store and authorized channels.

The BTS edition Galaxy Buds+ will sell for Php8,990. It comes with a purple smart cover. Moreover, buyers will get seven collectible BTS photo cards featuring RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.

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BLACKPINK music video sets 5 Guinness World Records

The BLACKPINK music video for their comeback single "How You Like That" has enabled the popular Kpop girl group to set multiple new Guinness World Records titles.

The BLACKPINK music video for their comeback single “How You Like That” has enabled the popular Kpop girl group to set multiple new Guinness World Records titles.

Guinness World Records said the BLACKPINK music video generated 86.3 million views in the first day of release. With this, “How You Like That” has achieved new records for:

  • Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours
  • Most viewed music video on YouTube in 24 hours
  • Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group

“All three records surpass previous record holder BTS — who, together with US singer Halsey previously achieved these three record titles with the video for ‘Boy With Luv’ in April 2019.”

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition pre-order to re-open

Samsung Philippines is re-opening the Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition pre-order for a second batch of units.

Here’s good news, ARMY! Disappointed that you weren’t able to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition last week?

Due to the overwhelming support of fans, Samsung Philippines is re-opening its Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition pre-order for a second batch of units.

The pre-order will start on July 1 at 10 AM through the Samsung Online Store. Samsung Philippines launched its official online store in the Philippines in May.