Post #18 – The world of music brings us so, so many satisfactions, as BTS just did winning at the Billboard Music Awards.  I wish it could live in a bubble, away from the crude reality of our world.  I wanted to write about the latest highlights, but it is hard to focus on the good when such devastating events happen as in Manchester.  I hope we can all pause for a moment of silence now …………………………………………………………………………………………….. and send our deepest and most sincere thoughts of love and peace to the families and friends of the victims.  And much love to everyone involved …artists, techs, musicians who are dealing with such a shock now in their careers.

A heartfelt ‘get better soon’ to Kim Woo Bin in Korea, one of the country’s most beloved idol, and to his girlfriend Shin Min-a, who are dealing now with the recent news of his illness. My hope is with the Korean healthcare industry, one of the most advanced in the world.  I hope he is in time and can be treated and cured, as fast as possible.

Kim Woo Bin and Shin Min-a - GIORDANO ADVERTISING
Shin Min-a and Kim Woo Bin modeling for the brand GIORDANO – Photo Credit Giordano

Moving on to better news.  Billboard Music Awards.  Who would have thought that a k-pop group can pull the rug from underneath Biber and co.?  Can’t express how enchanted I am.  I have seen BTS several times in festivals, and they are super hard-working, humble, and well mannered.  What a nice group of young men.  It could have not happened to a better group.  They are good at everything they do, they work together perfectly, they have individual personalities and talents, and they are lovely ‘por donde los mires’… no matter how you look at them.  So, congratulations to the Bangtan Boys – the “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”…. BTS.

Rap Monster durin BTS concert
BTS in concert at KCON LA 2016, Rap Monster
FIRE - BTS in concert at KCON LA 2016
FIRE – BTS in concert at KCON LA 2016
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BTS in concert at KCON LA

You can see their concert schedule under but you can’t buy tickets – the current tour YOU NEVER WALK ALONE – WINGS TRILOGY, is SOLD OUT.  They toured Korea, US, Chile, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Australia, and have many dates pending in Japan till July, but tickets are gone.

I can see how k-pop acts will become now more and more popular around the world.  BTS has achieved what no other group has before.  Setting such a milestone will benefit the hallyu wave as a whole.  I hope that means that many others will come and tour US as well, and be able to expect bigger successes.


US is holding 2 KCON events this summer, one in New York (Newark) and one in Los Angeles. The available information is not overwhelming, but you can go to and see what is in store.  The NY event tickets are being sold now, since May 12.  There will be 9 acts performing in NY, headlined by the pop-rock band CNBLUE.  No lineup has yet been given for KCON LA.

KCON LA 2016
Amber and Eric Nam presenting at KCON LA 2016

The dates for the 2 KCON are: New York – June 23-24 (Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102); and Los Angeles – August 18-20 (Staples, LA).  Both events have also conventions attached, with official and not-so-official merchandise, more performances by rookie artists, and games – fun events for the very young audience.  Everyone else can enjoy the cosmetics, tech gadgets, and food.


At last, the miracle has happened.  G-Dragon is coming to Miami, my hometown, with the G-DRAGON 2017 World Tour Act III, M.O.T.T.E.  I am ecstatic.  Tickets are still available – a shout out to all Latin America traveling to Miami in July.  Come see GD – you will never get such cheap tickets… basically, you will never get to see GD in Korea or other parts in Asia, since there he sells out in seconds. This is your chance! There will be 7 other concerts in US, from San Jose, to Seattle, Chicago, and more, plus Toronto, Canada.  See tickets here: I hope GD considers a few days of vacation in Miami as well during the tour.  If not there, where? Listen to the song CROOKED here:

There was a KCON in Japan as well, just recently, May 19-21.  My favorite day would have been Saturday, May 20, with CNBLUE, GOT7, and MONSTA X.  I heard Jung Yong Hwa was the king of the event, and I did not expect any less from him. What a pity I missed it. Maybe next time!  CNBLUE is also touring at the moment, with BETWEEN US ASIA TOUR.  Their tour in Korea and Japan ends on Yong Hwa’s birthday, June 22, before the band heads to the US for KCON NY.  See you then!  Two more concert dates in Hong Kong will follow in August, and one in Taipei in September.  Most concerts are sold out or nearly.  It is a good time for k-pop.


CNBLUE in concert Seoul, 2015
Taking a bow – CNBLUE in concert Seoul, South Korea, 2015







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