How to become a pop star

How to become a pop starRina Lipa. — CREDIT: Rosaline Shahnavaz

Rina Lipa was loving her older sister Dua’s style way before she was famous.

The 20-year-old Gen Z It Girl reminisces about her childhood living in Pristina, the capital of her parents’ native Kosovo, in a new interview with Tatler.

She says of her musician sister’s wardrobe when they were growing up, “I worshipped her. I’d try to dress like her, I’d steal her clothes.

“When I wore them, I’d feel older. It’s still like that, I go through her closet and say, ‘Mmm, you haven’t worn that for a while.’ She’s like ‘Oh God, bring that back!’”

How to become a pop starRina Lipa. CREDIT: Rosaline Shahnavaz

Rina goes on to talk about being close to the Hadid family through Dua who has been dating Anwar Hadid for the past two years.

The social media star, who has nearly a million Instagram followers, shares, “We’re all creatives. We hang out with the Hadids and they’re really lovely.”

She also tells the publication how Dua had plans to become a pop star at age 15 before heading to London, U.K.

Rina says, “She was young, but she was mature, she was ready.

“My parents didn’t let her go easily – it was all done in a very controlled way. She had to get back at certain times and she lived with a family friend. But it was hard. I missed her. She worked very, very hard. I really looked up to her for that and I do to this day.”

How to become a pop star

How do you become a K-Pop idol? It’s a question that definitely might have crossed your mind at some point if you’re a K-Pop fan.

If such is the case, what you really should be asking is, ‘how do you become a successful K-Pop idol?’

In all honesty, becoming a K-Pop idol isn’t as complicated as you might think. Fans know that on the surface, a combination of good visuals, bright personality, willingness to work hard, willingness to obey agency’s requests, moderate singing and dancing skills, and a positive attitude can catch the attention of entertainment agencies.

What is complicated, however, is ensuring success. Remember, there are many K-Pop idols out there who will never see commercial success by the end of their careers. It’s a tough industry and competition is fierce.

While many K-Pop idols today are quite talented, there are of course some who aren’t as well. What you might lack in talent, you must be able to make up for through marketability, whether it is through visuals or character and etc.

1 Proficiency In Any Music Related Talent

The first thing anyone should try to do is be as musically proficient as possible. Whether it’s singing, dancing, composing, writing lyrics, and etc. Afterall, the K-Pop industry is to some extent, still about music. Technology and good producers can enhance and package talent nicely, but they can’t turn trash into gold. Many K-Pop idols are especially good at one of those things above. Some can even produce their own content as well. If you are proficient in one musical thing, it’s definitely a plus and you’ll have one of the most fundamental basics down.

2 Look Like An Idol

The second thing that people wanting to become K-Pop idols should do is look the part. The unfortunate side of the K-Pop industry is that your appearance is going to influence your popularity in most cases. We’re not saying that you should rush to the nearest cosmetic surgeon. Rather, it’s all about how confident you are able to look and blend into your environment. K-Pop comes from South Korea, and South Korea is a country that has difficulty tolerating individualism and anything that is different from what is already established. It is also a nation that strongly embraces collectivism. So it would be a good idea to go for a look that is similar to idols today. And of course, heavy makeup is always an option. But don’t worry, you can still manage to look like an idol by perfectly grooming your hair, dying your hair in extravagant colors, maintaining a healthy diet, good skincare, and dressing according to the trends of South Korean fashion. You have to keep in mind that K-Pop is an ‘entertainment’ industry. People want to be entertained. They want to be mesmerized. They want their eyes to feel happy. If you aren’t a natural beauty, you can always still look presentable and attractive through good grooming and good fashion sense. If you think that won’t cut it, then visiting a cosmetic surgeon in Gangnam is still open as an option. But it’s something you should think carefully about.

The third thing for aspiring K-Pop idols is doing your job even before you officially become an idol. This means you should be active everywehre including on social media showing what you are about. If you dance, show people that you dance. If you sing, show people you sing. If you think you’re mind-blowingly beautiful, take a lot of selfies. This would make it easier for entertainment agencies to notice you and also grasp your particular strengths and weaknesses. In fact, if it’s good enough, agencies might not even have to do much work except to sign and promote you, instead of having to invest time and money to get you ready as a performer.

The fourth thing anyone wanting to become a K-Pop idol should do is go to auditions. This one is quite obvious. All K-Pop entertainment agencies usually look for potential idols regularly. Visiting their websites for information definitely helps. And don’t take it so hard if you are rejected. Several current K-Pop idols have failed auditions before in the past. You can always try again if you fail. But remember, you only have one life, and you should think wisely about how much time you want to invest in trying to become a successful K-Pop idol.

And fifth, play politics well if you’re inside an agency. The entertainment business is no joke. Who you know and whose support you have can be a game changer. This doesn’t mean be a snake or a manipulative person per say. This means, know who can really be useful to you and always maintain a good relationship with people. How do you maintain a good relationship with people? That’s another story that doesn’t exactly have a definite answer. But you can start by respecting everyone, regardless of who they are and what position they are in.

Stay positive and be smart about your decisions. Whatever you do in any career field, success doesn’t come easily.

How to become a pop star

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How to become a pop star

“Inspires the party with boundless energy and the magic of song!”

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Pop Star description

【Miitopia】 – Pop Star Play Demo

The Pop Star (Japanese: アイドル Idol) is a Job in Miitopia that focuses on party support and area-of-effect damage.

Their weapon of choice is the Microphone.

Their armor is called Outfits (Japanese: コーデ Coord; short for “Coordinates”) for female Pop Stars or Threads (Japanese: スタイル Styles) for male Pop Stars. Unlike other jobs that have

30 different gears, Pop Stars have 17 Outfits and 17 Threads. The choice in gear is not gender locked, thus a male Mii may wear outfits if the player chooses the job “Female Pop Star”, and vice versa.

With a high pool of HP and MP as well as plenty of support abilities, the Pop Star will certainly be a big hit with the party.

Pop Star’s default attack hits all enemies, but the strength progressively weakens as it goes down the line.

In the Switch version both versions of the Pop Star are no longer specified as a gender.

Stats

Note that both the Male Pop Star and the Female Pop Star have the same base stats and stat growth.

Skills

Skill Learned MP Cost Description Attack multiplier Activation chance (AI) Extra notes
Encore Lv. 2 2 “Encourage a friend to give them an extra turn.” 25% Encourages an ally to perform again on the same turn. Only works with allies that have already had their turn at least once (if used on the first turn).
Earworm Lv. 3 4 “Get enemies dancing to a catchy tune to distract them for one turn.” 30% An area-of-effect skill that has a 50% chance of distracting opposing foes for a round. (Can distract for more than one round if used repeatedly with succession)
Out of Tune Lv. 5 5 “Hurt the enemy by singing badly. Your friends suffer a bit too.” 1.5 30% A physical area-of-effect attack that hurts both enemies and allies. Does not make friends angry. Lend a Hand increases the damage dealt to both enemies and allies.
Love & Peace Lv. 6 12 “Spread the love and help a friend to let go of their quarrel.” 70% A single-target skill that dispels any negative attitude an ally bears for one of their “friends”. Only ends one side of a two-sided quarrel (usually from events). It cannot be used on self. If used on a Moody Mii they will instantly cheer up. However, if used on a Stubborn Mii, it could possibly not work due to the Stubborn Mii’s Bluff quirk.
Love Song Lv. 8 4 “Sing a touching ballad to temporarily deepen the party’s bond with you.” 30% A relationship buff that raises the user’s friendship with every other party member to whatever the highest-level friendship in your party is temporarily.
Cheer On Lv. 11 4 “Lift the party’s spirits and get some of their MP back.” 0.25 50% An ally-only MP restorative area-of-effect skill. Will not heal the user’s MP.
Smooth Moves Lv. 16 1 “Perform some slick dance moves and recover some HP with style.” 0.4 30% Primary effect: A self-heal skill.

Secondary effect: Should the user’s allies choose to Lend a Hand out of friendship, those that participate will also get healed.

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K-pop has proven to be a phenomenon of global proportions, and after BTS members announced the launch of their personal Instagram accounts last week, one in particular proved to be the most popular. On December 13, K-pop idol V broke not one but two records. Just 43 minutes after its creation, the account had already amassed more than a million followers, beating the previous record of one hour and 45 minutes set by another K-pop idol, Taeil from NCT. However, after four hours and 52 minutes, V’s follower figures had jumped to a whopping 10 million, setting yet another record.

nothing to see here, just V breaking records for the fastest time to hit one million AND ten million followers on Instagram 💜@[email protected]_bighit

— Guinness World Records (@GWR) December 13, 2021

With many celebrities launching personal Instagram accounts, the record to beat one million followers has been broken quite a few times. Previous record holders have included the likes of naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and actors Rupert Grint and Angelina Jolie.

But this isn’t the first world record BTS have got under their belt. The group’s jaw-dropping popularity landed them several world records in 2021 alone. Their video for the track ‘Butter’ broke no fewer than five Guinness World Records on YouTube: the most viewers for a premiere of a video, as well as for a premiere of a music video, and the most views in 24 hours for a video, a music video, and a music video by a K-pop group.

The same song also broke the record on Spotify, getting more than 11 million global streams in just one day, beating both Justin Bieber’s and Ed Sheeran’s previous records. BTS also beat Coldplay to become the most-streamed act on Spotify.

by Mariah Cooper December 03, 2021

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The agency elevated Karol G’s career through authentic brand partnerships with Urban Decay, Smirnoff and Xbox.

The Latin music industry is dominated by men — Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny and J Balvin — but Karol G has solidified her status as a Latin music sensation in the last few years. 

The Columbian singer first began releasing music in 2007, but it wasn’t until 10 years later that she released her first album, Unstoppable. Since then, she has collaborated with artists like J Balvin and Nicki Minaj, remained on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart for 25 weeks and received four Latin Grammy nominations.

Karol G’s success allowed for a natural transition into brand sponsorships, guided by Melissa Newhart, who oversees UTA Marketing’s East Coast music brand partnerships business. Newhart wanted to catapult Karol G’s visibility, taking her from an emerging artist into the mainstream. 

“Karol didn’t take any shortcuts to get where she is,” Newhart told Campaign US. “She’s an artist that has put in a lot of work, effort and dedication to her craft. When she got on my radar, I went back to the larger team at UTA and said, ‘This is something we should be paying attention to and supporting because I think she’s significant, not just from an artist perspective, but she’s somebody significant in terms of breaking down barriers in the world for other female artists.’”

When looking for brand partners, UTA leaned into Karol G’s ability to be a “larger than life superstar” while connecting with fans on a personal level.

Urban Decay’s “Pretty Different” campaign, which celebrates individuality, was Karol G’s first global partnership. In 2019, the Latin music sensation starred alongside Lizzo, Joey King, Ezra Miller and more celebrities in a spot for the campaign. Her character in the spot is a “badass female,” which gave the singer an outlet to express herself creatively, said Newhart. 

The Urban Decay partnership put Karol G on the map as she was emerging onto the artist scene. The campaign opened doors for her to work with even more brands on a global scale.

But UTA had to be strategic about which brands would be the best fit.

“We wanted to make sure they’re not just working with her to say they’re diversifying their portfolio or because they want to reach a more multicultural audience,” said Newhart. “We want to help brands understand that Karol is not just a Latin American superstar or a reggaeton superstar, but she’s a global female superstar.”

Following that strategy, UTA brokered a deal for Karol G to become Smirnoff’s spokesperson, starring in the liquor brand’s new campaign “Sabor for the People.” The campaign features Smirnoff’s Poco Pico Seltzer variety pack and Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind products with Día de Los Muertos-inspired cans, and includes Karol G’s first TV commercial, as well as in-store, out of home and digital marketing collateral.

Karol G took a hands-on approach to filming, playing a role in choosing the videographer, the photographer, the set, the locations and more. 

Smirnoff also teamed up with Karol G for the Bichota Tour, her first headlining US tour, which will include Smirnoff activations for fans at select stops.

The vodka brand looks for partners who are “game changers in their respective industry,” and who will be “innovative and disruptive,” said Jay Sethi, CMO at Diageo Beer Company and SVP, North America convenience category leader at Diageo.

“Not only did we believe Karol G was the perfect partner, but we knew she was preparing for her first-ever US tour and English track, and we wanted to be a part of those pivotal moments in her legacy as an artist,” he added. “The Bichota Tour is introducing Karol’s bold music to new audiences while paving the way for future Latinas to follow their own career paths just as boldly.”

After flexing her matchmaking skills for Urban Decay and Smirnoff, Newhart turned her attention to Xbox. 

Xbox Game Studios promoted its new game Forza Horizon 5 in the short film, “The Getaway Driver,” created by agency 215 McCann. In the spot, a bored ride-share driver’s (Cristo Fernández) routine is shaken up when an unexpected passenger enters the car: himself. 

The man’s alter-ego instructs him to drive throughout Mexico, where he encounters vehicles like a classic 1963 Volkswagen bug and a Ford Bronco. Karol G makes a cameo as a woman who challenges the man to a drag race.

The campaign was the perfect fit for Karol G, who is a gamer and enjoys starring in “fast-paced, high-energy” creative work, said Newhart. The spot also was released in October, around the same time as her U.S. tour kicked off. And it included a TikTok component, which connected Karol G to her Gen Z fanbase.

“I think the more that the brand understands where the artist is coming from, and artists understands where the brand is coming from, and when they both have that mutual trust and respect in each other’s visions, you have these really impactful campaigns that feel the most authentic to both parties,” said Newhart. 

The core brand goal of any celebrity partnership is to introduce artists like Karol G to an untapped audience.

“We want to make sure we tell the story of her history and her cultural roots, and empower the audience so a 15-year-old fan that’s sitting in Ohio and hasn’t heard of Karol sees her on a commercial and says, ‘Wow, who is that?’”

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss’ Kandi Cares Foundation partnered with Goodr and the city of East Point’s Parks and Recreation Department to host a Thanksgiving pop-up food pantry.

More than a hundred cars wrapped around the John D. Milner Athletic Complex in the Atlanta suburb of East Point, Georgia, to take advantage of the abundance of food.

“Kandi Cares and East Point are doing our thing this year and we try to do it in a big way every time so I’m just excited that people are able to come today and get what they need,” said Burruss.

Burruss has a deep connection to East Point. She attended the city’s Tri-Cities High School and went on to become a big music star, actress and businesswoman. Burruss was joined by her mom, Joyce Jones, to lend to the army of volunteers a helping hand.

Burruss’ nonprofit foundation supports single parents with children. The “RHOA” star says she wanted to make sure families in need get everything they could possibly want days ahead of Thanksgiving. Volunteers stuffed the trunks or back seats of cars and trucks with turkey, tea, lemonade, fruits, vegetables, cornbread, stuffing and more.

“We just want to be that extra village they may need especially this time of year because there’s so much going on, financially there are so many people who need a little help, so we wanted to be able to come through for them,” said Burruss.

Atlanta mother of two Aisha Flood participated in the pop-up food giveaway and says the event could not have come at a better time. “Especially with the cost of food going up so high for a single mother like myself who isn’t working at the time due to COVID, this is very important, or otherwise we probably wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving so I’m very thankful,” said Flood.

Funko Pops have become a huge part of the world of pop culture over the years, with countless figures being created for characters in movies, television, comics, and anime. Now, Star Wars: Visions, the popular Disney+ anthology series that brings the light and dark sides of the force into the world of anime, is creating its first Funko Pop as one of the most popular characters of the television show will receive a figure as fans wait for any news when it comes to a second season of the popular streaming series.

Specifically, “Ronin” will be receiving a deluxe Funko Pop that will have his trusty droid by his side, with this surprising wielder of the Force being featured in the Star Wars: Visions short, “The Duel,” In said anthology entry, the main character is dragged into a battle in which a small village is under siege by both a Sith and their companions that are looking to ravage the civilians of this enclave for all that they can grab. Revealing himself to actually be a former Sith, “The Duel,” is considered by many to be one of the best entries of the anthology, so it’s no surprise to see that Ronin is one of the first characters from the series to get a Funko of his very own.

Funko’s Official Twitter Account shared the first look at the Deluxe Pop, which will land as a Target Exclusive, which displays both Ronin and his droid following their successful introduction in the Star Wars anime series that turned quite a few heads when it came to both Star Wars and anime fans alike:

Coming soon: Pop! Deluxe – STAR WARS: Visions™. Pre-order this Target exclusive Pop! Deluxe of The Ronin and B5-56 for your collection today! https://t.co/BWeIeg0QoI #Funko #BringHomeTheBounty pic.twitter.com/fsgibaR1U1

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) December 7, 2021

As mentioned earlier, a second season of the anthology series has yet to be confirmed by Disney, though the “House of Mouse” recently submitted one of its shorts within the television show for consideration at the Academy Awards. While the short in question wasn’t “The Duel,” it was still quite the entry in the anthology with “The Village Bride,” which crafted an amazing story while using some gorgeous animation to do so.

Will you be picking up this Star Wars: Visions Funko Pop? What was your favorite short from the Disney+ anthology? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of Star Wars.

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GALVEZ, La (BRPROUD) – Get vaccinated and check out books at the same time when a local library turns into a pop-up clinic.

Ascension Parish Library in Galvez will become the location for a pop-up vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge will be administering Pfizer vaccines for those who are 12 years and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Appointments are preferred, but not required. APL asks that an official state ID or proof of residency be brought to the event and that all participants wear face coverings. Call 1-(844)-888-2772 to schedule an appointment.

Need to get vaccinated? No problem! Join us at the library for Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics throughout the month of December.

Pfizer vaccines will be available to all Louisiana residents ages 12+. Please call 1-844-888-2772 to schedule an appointment. #myAPL pic.twitter.com/QG4ZllqCAD

— Ascension Parish Library (@myAPLibrary) December 9, 2021

The library is located at 40300 Hwy 42 in Prairieville, La. Find more events the library has scheduled here.

The campaign has gained attention, with the hashtag #WTFJustin circulating on Twitter and a plane with a banner reading “Why is Bieber singing for Saudi killers?” flying above last month’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Justin Bieber is scheduled to appear in front of thousands at Sunday’s post-race show in Jeddah

He probably never expected it, but Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has found himself at the heart of an ideological row between Saudi Arabia and rights activists that could rumble on for years.

The “Love Yourself” singer’s decision to perform at this week’s inaugural Saudi Arabian Formula One Grand Prix, while undoubtedly lucrative, has not come without a cost as campaigners urge him to cancel in protest at Riyadh’s human rights record.

Bieber, 27, is scheduled to appear in front of an audience of thousands at Sunday’s post-race show in Jeddah which also features superstar French DJ David Guetta and American singer Jason Derulo.

Criticism of the concert follows similar reactions to other high-profile events in Saudi Arabia, which is trying to soften its conservative image and diversify its oil-reliant economy.

Leading the calls for Bieber to cancel is Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose 2018 murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul prompted international outrage.

“This is a unique opportunity to send a powerful message to the world that your name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics,” Cengiz told Bieber in a Washington Post op-ed.

The campaign has gained attention, with the hashtag #WTFJustin circulating on Twitter and a plane with a banner reading “Why is Bieber singing for Saudi killers?” flying above last month’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Bieber is yet to comment but world champion Lewis Hamilton and other F1 drivers, who are increasingly vocal on social issues, are unlikely to be reticent this week on rights abuses.

– ‘Can’t erase history’ –

The conservative kingdom has made reforms, including allowing women to drive, but its crackdowns on dissent, rejection of the LGBTQ+ community and high number of executions frequently raise the ire of campaigners.

“It might just seem like Justin Bieber and an audience of people gathering to hear him sing,” said Professor Simon Chadwick, a sports industry expert from the Emlyon Business School in Lyon.

“But the reality is that there are some complex issues underpinning much of what is happening in Saudi Arabia this weekend, including who sings there and who drives there.”

Other Formula One hosts including Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China and Hungary have been accused of ‘sportswashing’ — using sport to divert attention from abuses — but the debate is particularly heated around Saudi Arabia, partly because of Khashoggi.

The Saudis “can’t erase history” as regards the murder, said James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute.

Rather than accept criticism and act on it, he said he expected Saudi Arabia to continue to use its tremendous oil wealth to attract sports and celebrities.

“The indication is that they’re basically going to offer enough money to make these things offers you can’t refuse,” Dorsey said.

Chadwick said the Saudis would reject the charge of sportswashing, and would argue they are using sport to diversify the economy and create “positive social change”.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan al-Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, said the country’s leaders and people were its best advertisement, rather than Bieber.

“The one that (polishes) the image of the kingdom is not a singer, but its leadership and people,” he told AFP in Jeddah this week.

– ‘He’s just a singer’ –

But with the debate already intractable, Chadwick said Bieber’s performance had become a focal point for both sides.

“What many are immediately doing is weaponising, geopoliticising Justin Bieber. And essentially making him something that he’s not. He’s just a singer singing in front of an audience,” Chadwick said.

“Justin Bieber on the one hand is going to be judged very harshly by liberals for going to Saudi Arabia,” he added.

“But at the same time, if he wasn’t to go to Saudi Arabia, then those from countries in the Gulf region and elsewhere in the world may well perceive (him) as being some kind of liberal ideologist opposed to what happens in these countries.”

For Dorsey, Saudi Arabia’s battle with its critics is not one that will go away, and will continue long after the F1 teams, Bieber and Guetta depart.

“Ultimately, I think this is a question of who has the longer breath?” he said. “In other words, can the Saudis just hold out until the people that are protesting get tired of it?”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Sitala Wongkrachang, a daughter of late actor and director-turned activist Saranyu, has decided to release her first girl-group album in South Korea.

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K-Pop artist Sitala Wongkrachang (Photo from H1-KEY Facebook account)

However, instead of supporting her, critics have carped at her father’s involvement in protests against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra in 2013 that spurred a coup in 2014.

Sitala, nicknamed “Luk Nang”, is one of four members of H1-KEY, a band signed to the South Korean label GLG (Grandline Group). The group will unveil its debut album on Jan 5.

She was one of the twin daughters of Sarunyu, a supporter of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), and actress and DJ Hatthaya. Sitala graduated from Ewha Womans University, one of South Korea’s most prestigious schools and the world’s largest women’s university.

But after GLG promoted the girl group, she faced a backlash on Thai social media and was criticised for joining PDRC rallies from 2013-2014, with the two hashtag campaigns #SITALA and #Banluknang trending on Twitter in Thailand.

Further, a photo of her and her family hanging whistles on their necks — a symbol used at PDRC rallies — was widely shared on social media together with many derogatory comments.

Some netizens even compared her to activists like Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Benja Apan.

They said Sitala would go on to become a star while the anti-government protesters face prison.

According to KoreaBoo.com, many South Koreans had sought to have her debut album cancelled.

On the other hand, some Thai netizens have argued she should be allowed to follow her dream, and let the past be the past.

Others have also rushed to her defence, describing her as young, naive and easily influenced by her parents.

Activist Nattha “Bow” Mahatthana said she disagreed with the movement to ostracise Sitala. She said everyone deserves freedom of expression and should be responsible for their own actions.

GLG has yet to comment in response to the controversy, while Sitala has pared down the public comments on her Instagram account.

Toronto got a Fred VanVleet pop-up shop and the Raptors star showed up to meet fans

Toronto loves its sports stars and its pop-up shops so when the two mash together, people take notice.

That’s the case this weekend with the Fred VanVleet pop-up shop within the Foot Locker at 306 Yonge Street. Located just north of the Toronto Eaton Centre this popular Foot Locker location is playing host to VanVleet’s clothing line until Sunday.

Long lines today to get into the new @FredVanVleet pop-up shop at 306 Yonge St. in Toronto #Toronto #Raptors @footlocker 📹 FVVShop pic.twitter.com/7NuAXvdiuE

— blogTO (@blogTO) November 12, 2021

The Raptors star even made an appearance himself to kick off the event Friday afternoon, taking photos with fans and signing everything from merchandise to even someone’s dog.

Much of VanVleet’s clothing line includes the “bet on yourself” slogan, a term that has become an iconic catchphrase for the NBA champion who went undrafted out of college before signing with the Raptors.

Famously, VanVleet turned down a number of offers to play in the NBA’s developmental league that would have seen him make only $20,000 for two years. Instead he accepted an offer to try out for the Raptors with no guarantee on making the team.

Because of his risk to bet on himself, he beat out a number of other players at training camp to earn a contract with the Raptors and now finds himself to be an NBA champion making over $20 million a year.

Needless to say, the bet on yourself mantra that adorns his clothing line holds a special meaning to VanVleet and all his fans.

Toronto Raptor @FredVanVleet signing merch inside his new pop-up shop at 306 Yonge St. in #Toronto #Raptors @footlocker 📹 iamchrisreign pic.twitter.com/vKj6a87uqZ

— blogTO (@blogTO) November 12, 2021

Shockingly the items at the pop-up shop aren’t nearly as expensive as one might think, with many shirts and other pieces costing under $20.

That said, the value of those items is sure to skyrocket if VanVleet makes another surprise appearance to do some signings, though whether that happens or not is only something he knows.

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Los Angeles: Actor Park Hae-soo, who played the role of Cho Sang-woo in the globally popular survival drama show ‘Squid Game’, has revealed that he is a big fan of South Korean superband BTS.

The 40-year-old actor sat down with Variety to take part in a game of ‘Most Likely To’ alongside several co-stars and director Hwang Dong-hyuk, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Park Hae-Soo, Jung Ho-yeon, Lee Jung-jae and Hwang Dong-hyuk were asked who among them was “most likely to sing a BTS song” and the votes were equally split between Jung Ho-yeon and Park Hae-soo.

Talking about his co-star, Jung said: “I mean, he’s a better singer than me, I think, But I think I know more about BTS than you.”

Park then went on to reveal that he was a massive fan of the K-pop boy band, whose hits include ‘Butter’, ‘Permission To Dance’ and Coldplay collaboration ‘My Universe’, but that he preferred dancing over singing.

‘Squid Game’ is a South Korean survival drama Netflix series, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. The story follows a contest in which 45.6 billion South Korean won is up for grabs.

The 456 contestants taking part are all in debt and risk their lives by playing a series of deadly children’s games in order to be crowned the victor.

The concept of ‘Squid Game’ was inspired by Hwang’s own economic struggles as well as the social inequality that exists in Capitalist South Korea. The title was derived from a Korean children’s game of a similar name.

Hwang originally wrote ‘Squid Game’ in 2009, but was unable to find a production company that was interested in his story. It wasn’t until 2019 that Netflix picked up the series and decided to fund it.

Since its release earlier this year, it has become Netflix’s most watched series, and was the top viewed programme in 94 countries.

The mega hit show surpassed the previous top series, period drama ‘Bridgerton’, as it attracted more then 1,65 billion views in its first four weeks from launch.

Following the success of the first season, Netflix officially renewed ‘Squid Game’ for Season 2.

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BLACKPINK star Lisa, who tested positive for COVID-19, has made a full recovery and has even been released from quarantine.

On December 4, YG Entertainment made an official statement regarding the singer and rapper’s recovery. In the statement, the record label not only assured BLINKs of Lisa’s recovery, but they also confirmed she is now of no risk to others as well, after seeking the necessary treatment and going into self-quarantine.

The statement accessed by allkpop.com read, “We would like to inform you that BLACKPINK member Lisa has fully recovered from COVID-19.
Lisa, who received treatments from home, was released from self-quarantine at 12 PM KST today (December 4), following the decision of health authorities that she was no longer a concern for spreading COVID-19.”

Although Lisa did not come in close contact with her BLACKPINK bandmates, Jisoo, Rosé, and Jennie were also tested and classified as ‘actively monitored individuals’. They, however, did not need to self-quarantine because more than one week had passed since their vaccinations. Nevertheless, the three reportedly minimized their nonwork-related activities.

“We are grateful to the fans who sent in their concerns, and the medical staff who are dedicated to overcoming COVID-19. Thank you for encouranging BLACKPINK to return healthily again. Looking forward, we will prioritize the health and safety of our artists and employees and thoroughly comply with the health authorities’ guidelines,” the statement concluded.

Lisa also celebrated her negative test results by posting a bunch of photos from her recent Los Angeles getaway. The clicks saw her rocking an all-black outfit with a statement scarf around her neck and strawberry blonde hair. She shared the photos and captioned it with a heart emoticon.

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There are a lot of idols who are acting in K-Dramas but few 2021 dramas about idols or with idols in the main characters.

These dramas are often eye-opening about idols’ life and struggles and also the behind stories going on inside the agency and the entire showbiz. Some fangirl/boy love to see their dream-come-true with idol romance in a drama

Here are the few K-Dramas about idols in 2021 (as announced for now).

1. “Imitation”

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The drama “Imitation” tells the stories of idols in the entertainment industry and the cast is filled with idols too! If you are looking for a drama about K-Pop idols, you should not miss this one. KBS even opened social media accounts for the three groups.

Jung JiSo, ATEEZ’s YunHo, SeongHwa, JongHo, and San, SF9’s Chani and HwiYoung, U-KISS’s Jun, T-ARA’s JiYeon, ex-PRISTIN’s Lim NaYoung, Park Yuri, Ahn JungHoon, MinSeo, Boys’ Republic’s SuWoong, g.o.d‘s Danny Ahn and Shim EunJin are the cast of this drama. It will air from May 7 on KBS.

2. “Let Me Be Your Knight”

There is a new hot drama talk about among L.O.Λ.E, BABAL, and ABNEW as NU’EST’s JR, Yoon JiSung, and AB6IX’s DongHyun are cast for a new drama. It is none other than “Let Me Be Your Knight” (Nov. 7). Jung InSun and U-KISS’s Jun (Lee JunYoung) are the leads.

The drama tells the romance between a famous idol (part of the band LUNA) who is suffering from somnambulism and a doctor who enters the group’s dorm in order to secretly treat him. From the few released information, it seems like “Let Me Be Your Knight” will give a deeper look at idols’ non-public life and struggles.

3. “Must You Go?” (web drama)

The web drama “Must You Go?” with SF9’s Chani, Park JungYeon, and N.Flying’s Lee SeungHyub is mostly about music. In the drama, Chani is a Joseon musician, and Park JungYeon wants to become a singer.

As for Lee SeungHyub, he is acting as a popular idol. There are a few scenes where he is seen struggling with scandals and the fact that he only needs to show his good sides to the public. There is even a dialogue with his manager about the loss he had caused to the agency.

4. “Be My Boyfriend” (web drama)

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In the web drama “Be My Boyfriend”, the characters are high school students. Lee SiWoo and Cherry Bullet’s YuJu are also idol trainees training under an agency. There are a few scenes where they are seen practicing and talking with the agency’s staff.

5. “One Fine Week 2” (web drama)

The season one of “One Fine Week” with Lovelyz’s JiSoo and former MYTEEN’s Shin JunSeop was popular. The season 2 (2020-2021) continues the story of a university student dating an idol and pretending to be an idol for a week.

If you are interested in a love story with an idol, you should watch this one.

6. “So I Married The Anti-Fan”

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“So I Married The Anti-Fan” is a 2021 iQIYI original drama filmed back in 2018. The drama starring Choi TaeJoon, Girls’ Generation’s (Choi) SooYoung, and more is based on webtoon.

It is the romance between a top star who is re-writing the history of K-Pop and a journalist named as his anti-fan who get to live together.

7. “IDOL: The Coup”

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“Idol: The Coup” is starring Kwak SiYang, HaNi and Kim MinKyu (from Nov. 8). This drama tells a very touching and realistic story of idols who have not found success and only need one big win before they can disband.

The drama will focus on the hardships of idols and those without success. It might be a heart-aching drama.

8. “Miracle”

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SF9’s Chani and Kang MinAh are the lead actors of the web drama “Miracle”. It is an idol romance drama about young people who overcome hardships and grow up with the power of love. Chani will act as a world-renowned artist and Kang MinAh as a producer who wanted to be an idol.

9. “Fly Again”

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MONSTA X’s HyungWon and Kim MyungJi are the lead actors of the web drama “Fly Again”. It tells the story of high school students who dream of becoming idols.

Bonus – “True Beauty”

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“True Beauty” (2020-2021) is not about idols but the story has a lot of links to them. The story includes the story of SF9’s Chani acting as an idol and Hwang InYeop acting as a former trainee.

Bonus – “Run On”

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In “Run On” (2020-2021), Choi JaeHyun acting as the younger brother of SooYoung (one of the lead actresses) is an idol. In the drama, there are scenes where he does a live broadcast for fans, and once he was chased by fans. The production team even created a fandom name for the group.

Bonus – “Replay: The Moment” (web drama)

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The school music romance web drama “Replay: The Moment” (starring (G)I-DLE’s MiYeon, Kim MinChul, SF9’s HwiYoung, and more) tells the story of a band in high school (no idols). If you are interested in music drama that you might want to have a look at it.

Bonus – “On Air: The Secret Contact” (live sitcom)

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“On Air: The Secret Contact” is a live sitcom about the love story of a top idol and a writer. Sandara Park is acting as the writer and the role of the top idol is played by Super Junior’s RyeoWook, Lee JinHyuk, VICTON’s SeungSik, and Golden Child’s JooChan. You can watch it on V-Live here.