Interview with …. Arab Cassiopeia

Dubbed as “Asia’s Stars” and “Kings of K-pop”, TVXQ!, short for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, are a K-pop duo that consists of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. Originally debuted as a five-member in 2003, TVXQ! have been actively promoting as a duo since 2011 and continue to top the charts in Korea and Japan. They have a hugely loyal fanbase, Cassiopeias, around the world and in the MENA region.

NorahSaharJumanah and Norah are the four Saudi Arabian girls, ranging from 24 to 26 year-olds, handling a dedicated TVXQ! Arab fan account @TVXQArabFans on Twitter. The majority of their followers are Saudi Arabian females in their late tens to early thirties.

“The reason behind us deciding to create this account and build a support platform 4 years ago is to contribute in helping TVXQ’s art reach as many Arabs as possible and to introduce the duo to their Arabic fanbase,” they add. “Thus, we have allocated a certain amount of time to translate the duo’s song lyrics, interviews, and other activities on a daily basis.”

What about TVXQ first caught your attention?

Uniqueness. We have all grown up with all types of arts and entertainment surrounding us but the kind TVXQ are providing is different. They put their own magic into simple songs turning them into master pieces. Adding to that the attractiveness of their polite and funny personalities.

What has been your favorite memory of TVXQ throughout their career?

Stumbling upon TVXQ for the first time has always been a favourite and precious memory. However, a new favorite memory shall be created once we actually meet them for the first time in SMTown Concert in Dubai.

“They are so passionate and determined about singing, performing, touching people’s heart with music, and spreading hope and happiness.”

What do you like most about the K-pop duo?

Their passion; they are so passionate and determined about singing, performing, touching people’s heart with music, and spreading hope and happiness. They have never given up on their musical dreams no matter how many times they were turned down and pushed back to the starting point.

What songs would you recommend for those who are new to TVXQ?

With the kind of art TVXQ create, it’s really hard to choose a few songs, but if we have to do so then we would recommend:

– Catch Me
– Spellbound
– Something
– I Swear
– Before you Go
– Off-road
– She
– Rising Sun
– Why ~ Keep Your Head Down

Please keep in mind that this list might change once TVXQ make their most annticipated comeback in the 28th of March with their 9th full-length album.

Is there anything in particular that you would like people to know about them?

We would like people to get to know their personalities. They have two opposite personalities that complement each other so well. Therefore, we recommend watching their interviews on different variety shows.

“They have never given up on their musical dreams no matter how many times they were turned down and pushed back to the starting point.”

Any projects (posters, banners, fan chants etc…) you’ll be working on for the SM Town concert in Dubai that you can share with us?

Yes, our project consists of all the examples you have mentioned; banners, fanchants, balloons, and lightsticks. We are also planning to send the duo a special welcoming gift from thier Arab fans.

What are you looking forward to mostly from their performance?

Their way of dominating the stage with their singing, dancing, and interaction with the fans. We are also looking forward to TVXQ talk-segment to see if they have learned any Arabic words/phrases to communicate with us more intimately.

Do you collaborate with other TVXQ accounts around the world on projects such as send gifts, create banners, display posters outdoors etc…?

Yes, we have done several projects for TVXQ before with the help and collaboration of different fans from all around the globe. For example, we are part of a world-wide project for TVXQ upcomimg record-breaking performance on Nissan Stadium.

If you had a chance to sit down with them, what would you like to ask them or tell them?

We would tell them about how much they are loved and looked up to by the Middle Eastern fans and they are the reason behind the happiness many of us are feeling.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to share that I haven’t asked?

Not really. Thank you for your time. We really appreciate you reaching out to us and providing us this opportunity to voice out our opinion about and emotions toward TVXQ.

Interview with …. Arab Shawol

You might have heard of SHINee, one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop boy bands. Formed by S.M. Entertainment, the quintet – Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho and Key – have gained popularity ever since their debut in the K-pop scene in 2008. This in return has earned the title ‘Princes of Kpop’ in their native country. Not only are they known for their complex dance moves, but they are considered one of the best live vocals K-pop groups. Their official color is Pearl Aqua.

They also have dedicated fans, who are referred to as Shawols, around the world and the MENA region is no exception. Since SHINee is coming to Dubai for the SMTown concert, I had a chance to interview admins of their official Arab Twitter fan account @SHINeeAR, to know more about SHINee’s fans, when they became interested in the K-pop group, what they like about each member and what they have planned for the concert in Dubai next month.

Hi there, can you tell me more about yourself and the admins as well as the @SHINeeAR Twitter account? Why did you decide to create the SHINee fan account?

Uhood: Hello, my name is Uhood from SA, admin in SHINeeAR since 2012.

SHINeeAr started as a way to help fans know more about SHINee and we are thrilled to have been active for so long, since 2010 to date.

Hind: Hello, my name is Hind from UAE, admin of SHINeeAR since 2014.

Taghreed: Hello, my name is Taghreed from SA, admin of SHINeeAR since 2015.

I started translating at this account because I really love SHINee and I want people who love them to know their latest news etc.

Who are your followers? (Nationality, gender, age groups etc…)

We have 91% of the followers are females and 9% are males.

The followers from all of States Arabic, but the most is from Saudi Arabia, Emirates and Iraq. There are also followers from Turkey, Sweden and USA.

The ages range between 17-29 years old.

What made you become interested in SHINee?

Uhood: Lucifer MV.

Hind: I saw Ring Ding Dong MV and I thought they were so cool.. after that, I searched for their videos and I fell in love with them.

Taghreed: I knew SHINee since I was really young and I liked their music so much. Then I got to know who they are and how their relationship and their personalities and how hardworking they are. They’re always making me feel overwhelmed and happy.


“The members are just so caring about shawols (SHINee fans). SHINee is one of the most caring groups when it comes about the fans” – Uhood

When would you say you first became a Shawol?

Uhood: already know SHINee since 2008, they were the first group I heard and I became a fan of SHINee since 2010.

Hind: I liked them since 2010 but I think that I became a true shawol in 2012.

Taghreed: I became a shawol since 2010 after I saw their Ring Ding Dong MV.


What do you like most about each member?

Uhood: Ummm …I love SHINee so much because their relationship is so amazing. They all love each others and you can see that they are real friends, like brothers.

Hind: I like their personalities and their visuals but if I have to specify (the first thing I like about each member):

Jinki: his smiling face
Jonghyun: his eyes and his gaze
Kibum: his style
Minho: his charismatic personality
Taemin: his childish and baby face

But honestly I like and love everything about them.

Taghreed: I love how they are so respectful and polite and hardworking even after 10 years of their debut, onew is always happy and giving people around him this warm feeling. Jonghyun is so talented and hardworking and kind. Key is so hardworking and he is always doing new stuff and trying to communicate with the fans in any possible way. Minho is so soft and heartwarming. He always takes care of everyone around him. Taemin is so talented and hardworking. He always tries new stuff and really knows how to make the fans happy.

How is SHINee different from other K-pop boy groups? What do you like most about them?

Uhood: The members are just so caring about shawols (SHINee fans). SHINee is one of the most caring groups when it comes about the fans.

Hind: I don’t know how and why they are different but they are so talented.. after loving them I lost my interest in other groups.. I like their music and their songs.. I like their vocals and their harmony.. I like the way they move and dance.. I like their strong relationship and their personalities.. I like their polite behavior with us and with others.. I like everything about them..

Taghreed: To me, SHINee is so different because their music is different, their relationship is different and their aims are different, they REALLY love shawols and they really care about them and they are so polite and respectful to everyone.


“I’m really looking forward to SHINee’s reactions because they will see that they have alot of fans in Arabic countries who are waiting for them and will support them no matter what” – Taghreed

Any projects (posters, fan chants etc…) you’ll be working on for the SM Town concert that you can share with us?

We’re still in the planning stage, but, yeah this year is SHINee’s 10th anniversary of debut 😉

What are you looking forward to mostly from their performance?

Uhood– Looking forward to SHINee’s live performance of Replay.

Hind– I think that their performance will blow my mind … I’m looking forward to it.

Taghreed–  I’m really looking forward to SHINee’s reactions because they will see that they have alot of fans in Arabic countries who are waiting for them and will support them no matter what.

Have you worked on any other projects for SHINee? If so, what are they?

There are some projects we did with international fans, but we are preparing for the most important project. Will be announced later.

If you had the chance to meet SHINee, what would you tell them?

Uhood: I will tell them I love so much, I will always be with them and thank you for giving my life a taste.

Hind: I won’t have the ability to speak!! But if it happens, I want to express my feelings and my love to them + I will support them always and I will stand by their side. Also, I want them to know that they were my strength when I had a hard time and I’m really proud of them. They are my hope. I’M PROUD TO BE A SHAWOL.

Taghreed: I will tell them that I really love them and I’m so proud of them and glad to be their fan.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to share that I haven’t asked?

I’d like to thank @ArabJongYu @Arabtaemints for helping all fans in Arab countries to get SHINee’s albums and goods and thank you to @ShawolSubTeam (arabic translation for SHINee’s videos and tvshow) @ArabJongYu @Arabkeybum @arabchoiminho and @Arabtaemints.

Instagram (SHINee_arab) and Twitter (@shin5545) and lets spread love to our shining boys and thank you Samar! I hope you are attending SMT’s concert and watch SHINee’s performance. You will enjoy with SHINee.

K-Pop Group EXO in Dubai

It was a big day for Arab EXO-Ls and all K-pop fans in Dubai. Not only was it EXO‘s first visit to the Emirates but also they’re the first K-pop group to have their upbeat Korean-hit song Power to be played for the first time at the world’s largest choreographed fountain, The Dubai Fountain.

Hundreds of fans of all ages and cultures gathered at venue, eagerly waited till 5:30pm and armed with the group’s official lightsticks and banners along with mobile phones to capture the historic moment and to celebrate EXO’s achievement.

The video consists of interviews with EXO-L’s and some footage from EXO’s private press conference.

Read the related article on Gulf News’s tabloid! here.

BTS Take Over Anghami

BTS has done it again! The global K-pop sensation has surpassed 10 million plays on Anghami.

The seven-piece boy band is the first and only K-pop group to achieve this on MENA’s largest music streaming service.

Fans never fail to show support of their favorite artists. Their loyal fans, ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth, in particular Arab ARMYS took to Twitter, hashtagging #ArabArmyWithBTS and #BTS_10_Million_Arab_listeners in celebration of BTS’s achievement.

Arab ARMYs across the MENA region have also created Twitter accounts dedicated to everything BTS with their followers, from sharing the band’s latest news to organizing fan projects.

The Emirates is no stranger to the record-breaking group. BTS’s songs, especially DNA and Mic Drop have been played on Dubai-based radio stations such as Virgin Radio Dubai and Radio 1 UAE.

BTS may have made their breakthrough presence in the American music market but it’s seems they have attracted fans locally and around the MENA region.

2018 may be a big year for K-pop in the Middle East.

Image source: BTS’s official Facebook account. 

EXO Fan Art You Need to See Pt.2

Only four days till the arrival of K-pop boy band EXO! Here are some EXO fan art I happen to stumble on on Instagram:



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EXO Fan Art You Need to See Pt.1

It’s official! The K-pop mega-group EXO will be coming down to Dubai Tuesday, January 16th for the premiere of their hit song Power, which will be played at the world’s largest choreographed fountain, The Dubai Fountain.

EXO are the first Korean artists to be featured at Dubai’s famous fountain show. In honor of them coming down to the Emirates, I’ve put together a list of the best EXO fan arts on Instagram:

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My Top 4 Spotify Songs of 2017

This month, I received an email from Spotify, revealing my four tops songs I’ve to listened religiously this year. 16,811 minutes of filling my ears with music isn’t considered enough, but hear me out. I usually listen to music on other music apps but decided to create a Spotify account a few months ago. That ‘s a reasonable excuse I stand by.

So as the new year’s approaching, I’ve compiled my top four songs that I’ve listened in 2017:



1. Beautiful by Crush

I mean how can you not listen to this track. Sung by Korean hip-hop/R&B singer and producer Crush, ‘Beautiful’ is the original theme song for tvN’s critically acclaimed fantasy-romance television drama ‘Goblin: The Lonely and Great God’, featuring Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na and Yook Sung-jae.

The nominated song for Best OST at 2017 Mnet Asian Music Award ranked number 1 on numerous Korean music charts. Due to the immense popularity of the song, Crush had “a flood of different emotions”.

Honestly, whenever I went to concerts and events, the audience already remembered me by connecting the song ‘Beautiful’ to my name, which I’m obviously thankful for,” he said at the 2017 Seoul International Music Fair Road Show. “However, because it was such a different style of music compared to what I was aiming for, I did fall into a pit musically.”

Check out Crush’s first-live performance of ‘Beautiful’ here.


2. Dive by Ed Sheeran

OK, Ed Sheeran is and always will be included on my playlist. There’s no doubt about that! With all those surprising collaborations, you’d expect his chart-topping track ‘Perfect’ as the number one song from his third studio album ÷ on my playlist. I have to say, ‘Dive’ was the one for me. All it took was one play and I was instantly hooked!

Co-written with Benny Blanco and Julia Michaels, Dive was a hit on the music charts, debuting at No.49 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and at No.8 on the UK Singles Chart. Sheeran said that ‘Dive’ has themes of emotional reflection, vulnerability and a sense of devotion.

Sheeran never fails to showcase his vocals and guitar-led ballad on all his albums and ‘Dive’ is no exception.


3. Attention by Charlie Puth

 You just want attention, you don’t want my heart ….”. This was the song of the summer for me.

Recorded and produced by American Grammy-nominated pop singer Charlie Puth, Attention is the lead single of Puth’s second studio album Voicenotes.

The midtempo pop rock song is pretty catchy filled with his emotional voice. Once it’s played, you’ll find your body dancing to the 1980s soft-soul and funk track.

“‘Attention’ was the first song for the album, and it started out as this really sad, depressing piano ballad – as most of my songs start out as – and then they become groovy, fun pop songs,”Puth told Rolling Stone.

Charlie recorded bits of the song while he was on tour in Japan in 2016.

After its release, Attention charted at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the singer’s third top ten single and his first top 5 hit on the chart since his Grammy-nominated 2015 track See You Again.

It will no doubt get your attention!


4. New Rules by Dua Lipa

 This song is all about female-empowerment, love and break-up. Who wouldn’t want to listen to the EDM, tropical house and electropop-filled song.

New Rules is sung by British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa, who began posting covers of her favourite artists on YouTube at the age of 14.

The summer pop, break-up anthem entered in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the singer’s first number one single in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The music video is even visually appealing, its make you want to listen to New Rules over and over again.

What’s yours?

A look Into Melbourne-based K-pop Dance Cover Crew The Sense

You watch millions of K-pop dance covers on YouTube, with their eye-catching fashion and knife-like choreographies. But have you ever wondered who they are and what they actually do behind cameras?

Lillian Shi isn’t you’re typical fashion student at RMIT university in Melbourne. When’s she’s not stitching clothes and creating aesthetic designs in class, you can find her dancing to K-pop idol’s catchy music and perfecting their synchronized dance moves with her five-member cover crew The Sense.

This video explores the student’s life and documents her transformation, from being an ordinary student into a K-pop dancer and answers questions to how important K-pop is to her, the meaning of being perfect in the K-pop world, understanding the importance of becoming a K-pop dancer in Melbourne and much more.

You can follow The Sense Crew on Facebook and watch all their latest K-pop covers on YouTube.

BTS Count The Days for ‘Mic Drop’ Remix Release On Spotify

ARMYs, did you miss this?! The remix may be around the corner, but that didn’t stop the Korean act to pick up more excitement.

BTS have been counting the days for the release of their ‘MIC Drop’ remix on their personalized Spotify playlist.

Each member has been updating their profile picture by holding an alphabet from ‘MIC DROP’ as well as dropping new tracks on their newly curated playlist till Nov. 24, the release date of the group’s remix song, produced by DJ and producer Steve Aoki and featuring rapper Desiigner.

RM is the latest member to have done so by holding the letter ‘R’ and recently adding a variety of new songs on ‘RM’s Heavy Rotations‘ via the streaming music site.

While the other members have revealed their curated playlist to their fans, AMRYs are still waiting for J-hope’ and V’s personal Spotify playlist to be shared before the official release of the remix tomorrow.

BTS performed their MIC Drop remix on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (Nov. 21) and will be aired on Nov. 27.

“I love these guys. These guys are the geniuses,” Steve Aoki told Billboard. “They’re so creative on every level — on their dance, on their sound, on their style, their flow, creatively musically, creatively on the fashion tip. They’re brand developers. They developed their own brand, and they’re global. It’s incredible working with artists like that.”​

This is not their first collaboration with the biggest artists in the American music industry. They previously teamed up with The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart on ‘Best of Me’ song for the group’s record-breaking album Love Yourself: Her earlier this year.

South Korean boy group made their first U.S. television debut performance at the 2017 American Music Awards on Nov. 19, grabbing international attention with their perfectly distinct vocal skills and eye-catching, synchronized dance moves of their title track DNA.

They are currently nominated for Best Male Group, Best Dance, Best Music Video, Song of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Here’s a one-minute long MV teaser of their ‘MIC Drop’ remix:

Who’s ready for the ‘MIC Drop’ remix?

BTS’s DNA Hits Australian Radio Airwaves

It’s official! BTS’s hit new track “DNA” aired on Australian radio stations, 2Day FM and Fox FM.

Upon the release of the seven-member K-pop boy band’s fifth album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ on September 18, “DNA” made it’s way into Australians hearts, proving that music has no language barrier.

With it’s whistle-led hook, “DNA” is a bright EDM-pop and soft hip-hop, inspired by “young, passionate love”.

“It’s very different from our previous music, technically and musically. I believe it’s going to be the starting point of a second chapter of our career; the beginning of our Chapter Two,” BTS’s leader Rap Monster says in an interview with Billboard.

With Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope’s rap style, V and Jin’s soulful, smooth voices and Jungkook and Jimin’s impressive dancing skills, the group never seize to disappoint their dedicated fans, also known as ARMY’s, an acronym for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth, by channeling sensitive yet controversial topics that other K-pop groups usually avoid covering. They seem to know their ARMYs and make sure to compose and produce music that listeners can relate to on a deeper level.

BTS’s mini-album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’, consists of nine tracks, with a surprise collaboration with New York’s The Chainsmokers‘s Andrew Taggart, who co-wrote and produced the ‘Best of Me’ track, as well as two hidden tracks that are only available in the physical album.

“I think this album will be a type of turning point for us,” says Rap Monster at a press conference.

“It is also about the love of boys who grow up, but it’s also about a message of reconciliation and integration that we want to convey to the society.”

In return for the group’s hard work and captivating highlight reels (that keep fans on their toes), ARMYs around the world joined forces to make the DNA music video hit 20 million views, making it YouTube’s 11th most viewed video of all-time in the first 24 hours and knocking down American artists such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

According to the group’s agency, Big Hit Entertainment, the album is the top selling album chart on iTunes in 73 countries, making it the largest debut number for any South Korean artist.

They also became the first K-pop group to enter Spotify’s Global Top 50, making their new hit “DNA” number 45 in the playlist as of September 22nd.

This is not the first time BTS – who also go by Beyond The Scene – beat out top-charting artists. They also took the award for Top Social Artist at this year’s Billboard Award’s, beating out the likes of Selena Gomez, Justine Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande.

Check out their record-breaking MV “DNA”:

Congrats once again to BTS!