BTS are the biggest names in K-pop - and they continue to go from strength to strength. After becoming the first K-pop band to top the US album charts in 2018, the seven-member boy band went on to con

quer the world, propelled by the support of their devoted Army fan club.

K-pop may help end China’s dispute with South Korea
Perhaps BTS’ next song should be titled Time heals all wounds because four years after China banned the K-pop supergroup, their songs have finally returned to Chinese airwaves.  In a promising sign this week that suggests warming relations between the two nations, the band’s hit song Dynamite was played on Beijing radio. One academic described the move as “hopeful”, but said it was too soon to tell if the nations’ long-running disputes would end.  Since 2016, relations between China and South Korea have been frosty after China strongly opposed South Korea’s decision to deploy the US anti-missile defense system THAAD.  Beijing’s backlash was swift, with Korean television shows banned and K-p
Why China wants its citizens to boycott a South Korean television show
China’s social media users have called for a boycott of a popular South Korean variety show saying the latest episode of Running Man is "an insult".  "I feel speechless, I will no longer watch the show," one user posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The offending episode - and the uproar that followed - occurred as members of the show played a board game, similar to Monopoly.  Eagle-eyed viewers noticed China and Taiwan were placed side by side - on equal footing - along with Taiwan’s official flag, in what they regarded as a violation of the ‘One China’ policy.  Within hours of the episode being aired, China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo was flooded with posts, earning more than 1.5 billi
BTS among other celebrities who dared to anger China
There has been mounting pressure on celebrities to avoid angering Beijing and Chinese netizens, and risk losing access to China’s lucrative market, with a growing number falling afoul of Chinese fans and regulators for remarks deemed politically incorrect in the past year. BTS K-pop sensation BTS was the latest to spark boycott calls in China, after the group’s leader Kim Nam-joon, known as RM, delivered a speech last month about remembering the “history of pain” and “sacrifices” by the US and South Korea during the Korean war. The comments drew backlash from Chinese netizens, who took to social media to complain that BTS had not acknowledged Chinese suffering during the war. The Korean war,