You know you’ve hit it big when you’re getting your own line of official dolls modelled after you. Yes, you’ve read it right: the boys of K-pop phenomenon BTS will soon be available in doll form in a newly announced collaboration with Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

On 7 January, the toymaker shared on Twitter that they will be partnering up with BTS’ record label Big Hit Entertainment to introduce a series of dolls, collectible figures, games and more as part of the deal. The first range of dolls is set to be launched globally this summer and will be fashioned after the iconic looks from their ‘IDOL’ music video – think eye-popping ensembles in vibrant colours, flamboyant prints and quirky patterns.

While ARMYs around the world were thrilled to hear the news, there are some fans who remain skeptical about the dolls’ appearance (well, the One Direction dolls were a bit of a hot mess if you ask us). Will they look like the Asian versions of Ken? Do they come with different sets of Gucci suits? Are they able to change hair colours with every comeback? So many questions!

Not much details are revealed as of now, but Mattel did reassure fans via Twitter that they are not Barbie or Ken dolls, but “a new line of Mattel dolls”. Let’s just hope that Mattel does BTS justice with this one.

Meanwhile, start saving up ARMYs!

What are your thoughts on the BTS dolls? Yay or nay – tell us in the comments below!

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Another year, another Coachella – but this year’s edition looks set to be the most exciting one yet.

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California from 12 to 21 April 2019, the popular music fest features a stellar bill of up-and-coming artistes and must-see crowd favourites, such as Ariana Grande, BLACKPINK, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, The 1975 and more.

While the massive lineup of international acts is enough to send us packing, what really sealed the deal for us is the appearance of BLACKPINK. Known for their infectious earworms such as ‘DDU’DU DDU’DU’, ‘As If It’s Your Last’ and ‘BOOMBAYAH’, the YG four-piece will be the first ever K-pop girl group to perform at the annual extravaganza on 12 and 19 April. More impressively, it’s said that the founder of Coachella even flew over to Seoul to personally extend the invitation to the BLACKPINK girls!

Also joining them on the Coachella stage is Korean indie outfit HYUKOH as well as avant-rock band Jambinai, who will be playing on 14 and 21 April, 13 and 20 April respectively. Other notable acts include Khalid, Zedd, Diplo and Solange, just to name a few.

Check out the full festival lineup here:

Coachella 2019

Which act are you most excited to see at Coachella? Let us know in the comments!

2018 was no doubt a stellar year in the world of Asian entertainment. Held at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands on 22 December, a star-studded lineup of artistes graced the stage at the inaugural StarHub Night Of Stars event, including Korean leading man Lee Joon Gi and Chinese actress Qin Lan of Yanxi Palace fame – who were the big winners of the night.

The 36-year-old actor took home the Best Male Asian Star Award for his groundbreaking role as a gangster-turned-lawyer in Lawless Lawyer, which went on to become one of the highest rated series in Korean cable television history.

Starhub Night of Stars Qin Lan Lee Joon Gi

What’s an Asian award ceremony without mentioning the biggest drama of 2018, Story of Yanxi Palace? Thanks to her brilliant performance as Fucha Rong Yin, the loveable actress not only won over the hearts of audiences worldwide, but also bagged the crown as Best Female Asian Star Award – truly a title fit for the empress. Taiwanese heartthrob Jasper Liu, who recently starred in the hugely popular film remake of More Than Blue, was also honoured with the Dazzling Star Award.

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StarHub Night of Stars Cosmic Girls

A couple more awards were being handed out, but the moment that stole the show for us was when K-pop boy band A.C.E went up to receive the Best Newcomer Award. Despite making their debut more than a year ago, it was their first time attending an awards ceremony and being recognised for their hard work.

Leader Jun was visibly emotional as he thanked fans for the award, “Thinking back on our trainee days, we always imagined ourselves standing on a big stage to receive an award. We’re the ones receiving the award, but it’s all because of the love and support you guys have given us since our debut. We’ll work harder to show you a better side of A.C.E in 2019.”

Besides the award presentation, the audience was also treated to enthralling performances by A.C.E as well as Jeong Sewoon and Cosmic Girls, ending the night on a high note.

Check out the complete list of winners:

  • Best Female Asian Star Award – Qin Lan
  • Best Male Asian Star Award – Lee Joon Gi
  • Best Asian Drama OST Award – Jeong Sewoon
  • Most Charismatic Performance Award – Cosmic Girls
  • Best Newcomer Award – A.C.E
  • Favourite Korean Drama Character (Social Voting Award) – Kai (EXO)
  • Dazzling Star Award – Jasper Liu
  • Rising Star Award – Derek Chang
  • Evergreen Artiste Award – Chen Mei Feng
  • Best Host Award – Pauline Lan
  • Best TVB Drama Character – Rebecca Zhu
  • Best TVB Artiste Award – Joe Ma
  • Breakthrough Star Award – Lawrence Wong

Photo credits: StarHub

What a magical night! Who do you think will make it onto the StarHub Night of Stars list this year?

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What better way to kickstart 2019 than some red-hot dating news in K-town? The newest power couple of the year is none other than two of the trendiest idols in the scene, EXO’s Kai and BLACKPINK’s Jennie!

In news that shook the entertainment industry earlier this morning, Korean media outlet Dispatch (a domestic tabloid notorious for its annual tradition of exposing celebrity couples to the public every 1st Jan, the previous victims being BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and former After School member Jooyeon) revealed that the two stars have been dating in secret since October.

Kai Jennie

According to the report, the pair was recently spotted holding hands on a date at a park in Seoul. In addition, Dispatch claims that Kai’s seemingly unassuming Instagram post on 25 November was actually a photo taken by his new bae, Jennie.

Following the shocking revelation, SM Entertainment confirmed that the two indeed have “positive feelings” towards each other – and fans on Twitter exploded over the budding romance. Check out some of the best reactions below:

What else can we say, dude sure knows how to get ’em girls. And in case you didn’t know, Kai and Krystal of f(x) were previously an item. They’ve split in 2017.

For the uninitiated, Jennie just wrapped up promotions for her solo debut track ‘SOLO’. Looks like she ain’t a shining solo anymore!

Gotta thank those Inkigayo sandwiches!

Here’s the TL;DR: BIGBANG’s Seungri, who ironically happens to be Jennie’s fellow labelmate, dished that idols would sneakily scribble down their numbers on the plastic wrap of the famous sandwiches sold at the Inkigayo cafeteria, and pass it on to their crush.

If Jennie not-so-coincidentally naming her puppy Kai isn’t enough to convince you that they are literally a match made in heaven, the BLACKPINK member also owns a teddy bear called Nini, which happens to be one of Kai’s nicknames given by fans.

But that’s not the only thing they have in common; this fan broke it down perfectly.

Not to mention they’re both faces of luxury brands – Kai with his Gucci duds and Jennie, well, is basically a Human Chanel. Name a more powerful duo than #JenKai!

And while most fans are busy showering the new couple with their best wishes, EXO-Ls are the ones asking the REAL question… Welp, guess this clears up the doubts!

Once again, huge congratulations to Kai and Jennie!

More dating news: Song Joong Ki And Song Hye Kyo Reportedly Already Dating While Filming Descendants Of The Sun10 Moments That Prove Lee Sung Kyung And Nam Joo Hyuk Were Dating In Secret

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