Sounds of strings to usher in the fall months

Classical music fans may be seen flocking to the Seoul Arts Center in the upcoming autumn months of October and November to witness some of the finest one-night-only performances from three world-class musicians.  Anne-Sophie Mut...

‘Bacchus Lady’ offers more than sexual services

As elderly men stroll around lush, sun-soaked parks in the city, equally aged women approach them offering energy drinks called “Bacchus,” which is also the name of the Roman god of wine and debauchery. This exchange is code for...

Return of the boy bands

Boy bands are churning out new releases in time for fall. Returning with a new look just this week was the band GOT7, with the group’s first studio album in two years, “Flight Log: Turbulence,” released Tuesday. The music video...

Scorsese's ‘Silence’ to get Oscar-qualifying release

NEW YORK (AP) - Martin Scorsese's “Silence,” a historical drama about faith in feudal Japan, will open in time to qualify for the Academy Awards. Paramount Pictures said Monday that “Silence” will open in limited release Dec. ...

Bums and cash set tongues wagging at UK's Turner Prize

LONDON (AFP) -- A giant backside, a mountain of money and chastity belts suspended from a ceiling: the Turner Prize once again looks set to divide the contemporary art world after unveiling its finalists in London on Monday.The fo...

New LP means change, growth to Apink

South Korean girl group Apink on Monday hoped to show ample change and growth with its latest album "Pink Revolution," calling musical maturity its top priority to match its six-year career.In a media showcase held in southeastern...

Singer Lee Seung-chul celebrates 30 years

When singer Lee Seung-chul made his debut with the legendary Korean rock band Boohwal in 1986, he and his group released an LP record. “Now this is the era of MP3,” Lee said at a press conference celebrating his 30th debut anni...

Dangerously skinny K-pop girl groups

Member of a Seoul-based college dance group Lee Hyo-min (not her real name) says she has no fancy tricks up her sleeve when it comes to dieting. She simply “starves” herself, said the 22-year-old. “I drink water and iced Ameri...

SF9 gears up for debut

Entertainment agency FNC Entertainment is getting ready to lift the veil on its first boy dance group, Sensational First 9, or SF9, next month. SF9 will release its debut single “Feeling Sensation” and its music video on local ...

Apink tops music charts

K-pop girl group Apink has returned with full force. Following the release of their third full-length album “Pink Revolution” on Monday morning, the album’s lead track “Only One” topped seven local music charts -- Naver Musi...

Secret's Han Sun-hwa quits team

Secret member Han Sun-hwa has decided to leave the girl group after seven years, the K-pop singer’s agency said Monday. The 24-year-old chose to put behind her girl group career to fully engage herself in acting, the K-pop quarte...

Researchers restore first ever computer music recording

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) -- researchers said Monday they have restored the first recording of computer-generated music, created in 1951 on a gigantic contraption built by British genius Alan Turing.The aural artefact, which ...

Phantom of the Opera ‘curse’ hits as fire menaces Paris debut

PARIS (AFP) -- The curse of the “The Phantom of the Opera” appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theater on Sunday, which is threatening to derail the musical’s debut in France next month.The global sensation comp...

‘Child porn’ row engulfs US photographer's Moscow show

MOSCOW (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin activists who threw urine at pictures by US photographer Jock Sturges -- best known for nude images of adolescents and their families -- on Sunday forced its closure, a day after a government adviser con...

MOBB tops global music charts

Hip-hop duo MOBB -- consisting of boy band Winner’s Mino and iKON’s Bobby -- is on the rise. “Hit Me,” one of the two lead tracks off MOBB’s debut mini album “The MOBB,” topped the weekly K-pop chart on one of China’s lar...