Purple glow envelops Riyadh buildings ahead of K-pop stars BTS performance

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Buildings in Riyadh have been lit up in purple to welcome BTS. (Photo: Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee’s Twitter)
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Buildings in Riyadh have been lit up in purple to welcome BTS. (Photo: Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee’s Twitter)
Updated 10 October 2019

Purple glow envelops Riyadh buildings ahead of K-pop stars BTS performance

  • BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, are the most streamed K-pop band in Saudi Arabia on Spotify
  • The music genre’s upbeat tempo, painstakingly choreographed dance routines, and colorful visuals have turned it into a global phenomenon

RIYADH: Buildings in Riyadh have been lit up in purple to welcome BTS ahead of their debut performance in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is the most streamed K-pop band in Saudi Arabia on Spotify. They currently have six tracks in the top 10 K-pop list in the UAE and four of the top 10 in Saudi Arabia.
The music genre’s upbeat tempo, painstakingly choreographed dance routines, and colorful visuals have turned it into a global phenomenon, despite the language barrier.
BTS recently launched a mobile simulation application, “BTS World,” which allows players to become the group’s manager (in the virtual world — and without real-life cash).


South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

This undated photo released by Yonhap in Seoul on October 14, 2019 shows Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x). (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2019

South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

  • She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle

SEOUL, South Korea: South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said.
The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn’t answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department.
Kim said that there were no signs of foul play and that police did not find a suicide note.
“The investigation is ongoing and we won’t make presumptions about the cause of death,” said Kim, adding that security camera footage at Sulli’s home showed no signs of an intrusion.
In a statement sent to reporters, SM Entertainment, Sulli’s agency, said her death was “very hard to believe and sorrowful.”
Sulli’s legal name is Choi Jin-ri. She began her singing career in 2009 as a member of the girl band “f(x)” and also acted in numerous television dramas and movies.
She was known for her feminist voice and outspokenness that was rare among female entertainers in deeply conservative South Korea. She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle.