Saudi cultural movement on social media in spotlight

Updated 01 April 2013
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Saudi cultural movement on social media in spotlight

The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) will hold the 6th meeting for the Saudi cultural discourse, entitled “The Cultural Movement in Social websites,” from April 9 to 10 in Dammam.
The meeting will focus on several issues related to the cultural movement on social media networks, the language of social communication discourse, society’s role amid the digital movement and the future of this cultural movement.
Secretary general of the KACND, Faisal bin Muammar, said that the meeting will be the first of its kind and will discuss new issues, Alsharaq daily reported yesterday.
Muammar said that the meeting aims to highlight general issues that are related to the national dimension in the cultural movement in Saudi Arabia and its future.
“Whoever observes the developments of the cultural scene in the Kingdom can tell that social networking sites have become a major influence, especially for youth who form the largest segment of the Internet users in the Kingdom,” he said.
KACND is an independent national institution established in 2003, which seeks to strengthen channels of communication and dialogue between Saudi citizens and the different elements and institutions of Saudi society. It also aims to establish and disseminate the culture of dialogue in society, discuss national issues which affect the life of the Saudi citizen and take part in the development of the nation through enabling the participation of different groups, intellectual tendencies and social institutions through the mechanisms and mediums of dialogue.


Boyband BTS make K-Pop history topping US album charts

Updated 28 May 2018
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Boyband BTS make K-Pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL: Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal.
Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most lucrative musical exports.
On Sunday, they passed a new milestone — becoming the first K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 music charts which ranks albums via sales, downloads and streams.
“It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop album to lead the tally,” Billboard wrote in its online report detailing the latest chart ranking.
While plenty of older music listeners in the West might be asking “who?,” it’s hard to underestimate the popularity of BTS and their seven stars Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, Jungkook and Jin.
According to one data analysis, they were they most talked about phenomenon on Twitter in 2017, with nearly double the number of mentions on the social media platform than US President Donald Trump and Canadian badboy heartthrob Justin Bieber combined.
Throw in their similarly massive appeal across the globe — they have huge social media followings in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and parts of Latin America — and you have a truly global supergroup.
Their new album “Love Yourself: Tear” toppled “Beerpong and Bentleys” by rising hip-hop star Post Malone, whose facial tattoos are the very antithesis of BTS’ wholesome, meticulously manicured image.
While BTS sing in Korean, their style successfully fuses the catchy earworms of K-Pop with hip-hop and R’n’B.
Last year, their previous release “Love Yourself: Her” became the first K-Pop album to make it into the top 10 US album charts, rising to number seven, and hit the number one spot on iTunes in more than 70 countries.