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[#W_NEWS] 180418 Pop Group WINNER Chosen as The Ambassador for ‘Talk Talk Korea’ 2018

The Korean Culture & Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, announced on April 18 that it has designated the four-member pop group Winner as its official campaign model for the global Talk Talk Korea 2018 contest.

The group will follow in the footsteps of the Bangtan Boys and EXO, pop groups that worked with the campaign previously in 2016 and 2017. Winner will film a few video clips to promote the contest, as well as pose in pictures at the contest’s official website.

A group of KOCIS Honorary Ambassadors will be working with the contest this year, running social media campaigns and livestreaming all sorts of Korean content, like songs and movies, across seven languages: English, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French. The Honorary Ambassadors will be part of the contest, from pre-promoting the event in their respective languages, to participating in an invitational tour of Korea with contest winners.

They will accompany the five winners in a total of five categories on a trip across Korea, and they will produce their own digital content and spread it by means of their own personal online channels for their fans all around the world.

The annual Talk Talk Korea contest, which marks its fifth run this year, attracts about 20,000 entries from about 130 countries each year. Last year’s contest, which was focused on the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, had more than 31,000 entries globally.

Under the theme of “Find Korea in your country” this year, the contest will collect creations from all around the world in a total of five categories: Korean Food, Beauty Products & Style, Songs & Soap Operas, Other (Hanbok, Hangeul, taekwondo, et cetera), and, lastly, a special topic that has yet to be decided. The entries can be video clips, online comic strips, photographs, computer graphics or drawings.

For those interested in entering the contest, please submit your creation at www.talktalkkorea.or.kr between May 16 and June 28. A select group of 125 participants will receive some sort of gift, like a laptop, a tablet or a smart wristband.

Winners in each of the five categories will have an opportunity to travel to Korea for five days in October 2018, to have a hands-on experiences with the country’s heritage, arts and other traditions.

Winning contestants will be selected via a combined score from judges’ evaluations and votes by viewers worldwide, which will run from July 24 to Aug. 20, and the number of viewers on each online channel will play a part, too.

Please note that voting will be done not only online, but also offline at global events and at certain Korean locations around the world.

“This contest will be a chance to showcase Korean arts, heritage and other traditional aspects that are being enjoyed by the whole world,” said KOCIS Director Kim Tae-hoon.

Source: korea.net

[#W_NEWS] 180417 WINNER’s Interview with Sports Korea

The year 2017 was precious for group WINNER. They released their single album FATE NUMBER FOR after 1 year and 2 months long hiatus and they swept up wins in music charts and music shows. Although they had reformed themselves as a 4-membered group, the comeback brought them rewarding outcomes after a long hiatus.

Now, they’re back with their second full album EVERYD4Y. WINNER’s last full album was in 2014. As much as it took them 4 years to release a second full album, Kang Seungyoon, Lee Seunghoon, Kim Jinwoo, and Song Mino are confident with all 12 songs.

Kang Seungyoon, “When we were preparing this album, we worried a lot. We mulled over what kind of WINNER we wanted to show to the public since this album displays our identity. The conclusion we came to was that the album should have messages that many people can relate to. The messages of each song are all different but we all have the goal of giving hope and comforting people who listen to our music.”

Song Mino, “Since it’s a full album, there were many different concepts we could try. Since we’re greedy, one of the things we worked hard to achieve was to touch the heart of the listener. There are songs that leave a mark in life and you listen to it no matter how much time passes. They’re different from songs that you listen for a few times and never look for it again. We wanted to make songs that would leave a lasting mark on listeners and also contain our unique color.”

Among the 12 songs that all the members played a part in producing, EVERYDAY is their title track. This song is about a fresh love that is like a flower that has just blossomed. Kang Seungyoon, Lee Seunghoon, and Song Mino worked together to create this song. With its release, EVERYDAY swept up #1 on numerous music charts and further proved WINNER’s value.

Kang Seungyoon, “I don’t think it’s groundbreaking to make self-composed music. Almost all groups promote with self-produced music now and they’re talented at it. We don’t think we’re radically different from other groups but our strength would be that our unique color shows itself naturally in our music. We released four songs last year and [three of them] were cheerful and energetic songs. We want to give many people the feeling of becoming youthful.”

Lee Seunghoon, “I think WINNER’s music has an energy that makes the listener feel good. Each group has their own distinct characteristics and those characteristics are their strengths. There used to be a stereotype that YG groups get swept away by their own coolness and overflow with swag. I think you can say that WINNER is an energetic boy group. I think our bright and cheerful energy make people happy.”

Among the four of them, it was the first time for Lee Seunghoon to have his self-composed songs be included in the album. He participated in all 12 songs but he has special affection for ’SPECIAL NIGHT’, a disco song about enjoying a fancy evening, and ‘RAINING’, an emotionally sensitive song where one feels the absence of a significant other because of a rainy day.

Lee Seunghoon, “I made ‘RAINING’ because I love rainy days. I made ‘SPECIAL NIGHT’ because I enjoy listening to disco funk and I wondered what it would be like to make a song of that genre with WINNER’s style and color. I took part in producing [for the first time] and I’m shy to say this but I think it was meaningful since I was able to show my potential in producing in this way.”

Kang Seungyoon, “Director Yang Hyunsuk directly praised Seunghoon-hyung for his songs. He said that if we didn’t have any songs to show him until the weekend, we would have to release a mini album so we stayed up all night for a week straight and had him listen to 2 to 3 new songs all at once (that week). He praised us for each of us having a distinct composing style since that’s what makes listening to the album enjoyable.”

The most eye-catching member of this “self-produced idol group” WINNER is none other than the eldest, Kim Jinwoo. In an interview last year, he revealed his personal thoughts, “I want to raise my discretion and release a solo song or anything [that showcases my abilities].” While talking about how he didn’t compose any songs on this recently released album, he stated that he was in the middle of preparing his solo song. It seems that this song has a different color from WINNER’s Kim Jinwoo.

Kim Jinwoo, “Many people ask me about composing and writing my own lyrics but I don’t have the confidence to do well. I think I haven’t prepared myself enough for that yet. I’m constantly working on it. I think that if I work hard, it’ll be possible. Director Yang Hyunsuk also agreed with me. Right now I’m working on my solo song. WINNER songs need to be good and sophisticated so I want the members to keep making our group songs.”

Kang Seungyoon, “Right now, Director Yang Hyunsuk is overlooking the production of Jinwoo-hyung’s solo song. We all thought it would be nice for Jinwoo-hyung to release a solo song so the workings are in progress. We don’t know yet if it’ll be a solo album or a side track on our group album. We haven’t listened to it either so we’re curious too. Jinwoo-hyung should promise that he’ll work hard to release it as soon as possible (laughs).”

From releasing their album to preparing for solo songs, WINNER’s versatility makes them a busy group. Recently, they are in the middle of preparing a concert tour to meet with their fans in Asia. Within their busy schedule, it wouldn’t be surprising if they faint from exhaustion but they are as energized as ever. When asked about the secret behind their energy, they replied, “It’s because of our good teamwork.”

Kang Seungyoon, “During our last 4 years of promoting, there were incidents and hardships. It wasn’t obvious to the public but during hiatuses, we started taking the time to talk to each other more often. From last year, we started making really happy memories and we keep wanting to make happy memories. I think this kind of conversation help us maintain good teamwork.”

Song Mino, “I think the main reason we have good teamwork is thanks to Jinwoo-hyung and Seunghoon-hyung. When there is an absence of conversation within a group of people, things build up and then explode uncontrollably in the end. We tend to share our thoughts right away. Whether it’s Jinwoo-hyung, Seunghoon-hyung, or Seungyoon, we always listen to each other’s stances and talk it out to resolve it no matter what.”

Source: Sports Korea

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[#W_NEWS] 180414 ‘Comeback’ WINNER, No. 1 At ‘Music Core’ #EVERYDAY2ndWIN

‘Comeback’ WINNER, No. 1 At ‘Music Core’ (COMPREHENSIVE)

Originally Posted at YG LIFE

[스타뉴스=김미화 기자] Group WINNER won the no. 1 spot at ‘Music Core’, as soon as they made comeback.

On MBC’s ‘Show! Music Core’ aired live on April 14, WINNER was ranked at no. 1 with their new song, ‘EVERYDAY’. Among other no. 1 contenders including BIGBANG’s ‘FLOWER ROAD’ and Mamamoo’s ‘Starry Night’, WINNER became the final winner to receive the no. 1 trophy.

WINNER stated, “We feel happy to have won the no. 1 trophy with a song made for our fans. We would like to thank our fans who support us, producers that helped us create a good song, our president (YANG HYUN SUK), and our family”. They continued sharing their thoughts by stating, “We would also like to thank our fellow artists that gave us good advice”.   

2018. 4. 14.

[#W_NEWS] 180412 WINNER Will Recruit Members for Their Official Fan Club, Unit 2… “Get Closer, Meet More Often”

WINNER Will Recruit Members for Their Official Fan Club, Unit 2… “Get Closer, Meet More Often”

Originally Posted at YG LIFE

[한국경제tv=유병철 기자] WINNER will recruit unit 2 of their official fan club, ‘Inner Circle’.

For 2 weeks, starting from April 12 at 11 AM to April 26 at 11 AM, WINNER will be recruiting members of ‘WINNER OFFICIAL INNER CIRCLE UNIT 2’.

It will be the best present for the fans who have waited approximately 4 years, since the recruitment of fan club unit 1, back in 2014.

Korean citizens that can authenticate their real name, and foreigners who live in Korea and hold an alien card that makes name authentication possible can join the fan-club.

There will be various benefits for those who join. Members will get access to artists’ schedules and information regarding the fan club, will be provided with artists’ contents 4 times a year, and will be given priority on pre-sale tickets in case of public broadcasting or concerts.

They will also be provided with a membership card with WINNER’s face or the logo of ‘INNER CIRCLE’ engraved, along with limited official unit 2 goods.

WINNER has previously mentioned, “We’ll try harder to meet closer in 2018” and “Please continue to show love and support” regarding the new fan club recruitment.

On April 4, WINNER released a new album in 4 years. The new release achieved an ‘all-kill’ in various music charts as soon as the song was released, while also topping iTunes Charts in 18 different countries. Furthermore, the song topped the Comprehensive New Releases Chart and the MV Chart of QQ Music, which is China’s largest music platform. The song was also placed at no. 1 at Japan iTunes Pop Album Chart and K-Pop Chart.

After achieving great results in music charts, WINNER is planning to continue their communication with fans through not only fan club recruitments, but also through special exhibitions and variety program appearances. Today at 3 PM, WINNER will communicate with the listeners at SBS Power FM’s ‘Cultwo Show’.

[#W_NEWS] 180412 MCOUNTDOWN: WINNER EVERYDAY 1ST WIN #EVERYDAY1STWIN

NEWS:180412 NAVER: ‘MCOUNTDOWN’ WINNER, Comeback  NO 1.. SUJU, EXO CBX, TWICE Comeback

Source: NAVER

Video by TWICE VIDEO

Total Score Point:

Digital:5000

Album Sales:1500

Global fan votes: 687

Social Media:1500

Mnet Broadcast Points: 0

Real time votes: 1000

 

 

 

[#W_NEWS] 180409 [N CHART] WINNER, No. 1 on Music Charts For 6 Days… MV Almost Reaches 10 Million Views

[N CHART] WINNER, No. 1 on Music Charts For 6 Days… MV Almost Reaches 10 Million Views

originally posted at YG-LIFE


[서울뉴스1=황미현 기자] WINNER is continuing their no. 1 march in major music charts for 6 consecutive days.

As of April 9, the song ‘EVERYDAY’ from WINNER’s 2nd official album was ranked at no. 1 in 3 different music charts in platforms including Melon, Naver Music, and Soribada.

Furthermore, the MV for ‘EVERYDAY’ uploaded on WINNER’s official YouTube channel is currently at 9,845,724 views, and is expected to reach 10 million views very soon.

The MV for ‘EVERYDAY’ was shot at Malibu, California, and displays perfect harmonies between Malibu’s beautiful scenery and WINNER’s homme-fatal charms.

Members of WINNER perform groovy moves with women choreographers with the clear view of the beach as a background, while showing masculine beauty with disciplined choreography.

WINNER held a fan-signing event at Sinchon, Seoul on April 8 to celebrate the release of their 2nd official album, ‘EVERYD4Y’. The endless crowd despite the pouring rain proved WINNER’s popularity among the public.

2018. 4. 9.

[#W_NEWS] 180408 WINNER Will Perform ‘EVERYDAY’ For the First Time Today At ‘Inkigayo’

Originally Posted at YGLIFE.

[OSEN=김은애 기자] WINNER will perform at ‘Inkigayo’.

On April 8, WINNER will perform their new song ‘EVERYDAY’ on stage at SBS ‘Inkigayo’.

After raising expectations by revealing the MV teaser for the title song ‘EVERYDAY’ on April 2, they will officially perform the song at ‘Inkigayo’ as their first comeback performance. The choreography for the song ‘EVERYDAY’ was created by Kinjaz who previously participated in creating the choreography of iKON’s ‘LOVE SCENARIO’, and choreographers from WINNER’s previous hit, ‘REALLY REALLY’. The disciplined yet flexible choreography performance is expected to attract the viewers’ attention.

In addition, ‘Inkigayo’ arranged a simple talk-corner with members of WINNER at its mini-corner, “I Need Sense” hosted by MC Minkyu, Jung Chae-yeon, and Song Kang. The corner will entertain the fans by testing WINNER’s wits and senses with words that rhyme with WINNER’s new song, ‘EVERYDAY’.

Along with WINNER, girl-group EXID will also have a comeback performance with the song ‘LADY’. ‘LADY’ is a song in a New Jack Swing genre, which was popular in the 90s, while the song presents EXID’s unique identity with its funky rhythm and retro melody. Boy-group Pentagon will also make comeback with their ‘nerd’ concept, and will perform the title song ‘Shine’ from their 6th mini-album, ‘Positive’.

Furthermore, OH MY GIRL Banhana will make debut with the song ‘BANANA ALLERGY MONKEY’, while THE BOYZ will make comeback with the song ‘Giddy Up’. Groups and artists including WINNER, EXID, UP10TION, Monsta X, Pentagon, NCT127, April, Wanna One, OH MY GIRL BANHANA, SF9, Golden Child, The Boyz, Samuel, Stray Kids, Cheon Danbi, Leciel, and Hyun Sang will perform at ‘Inkigayo’ on the same day.

SBS ‘Inkigayo’ will air on April 8, Sunday at 12:10 PM.

2018. 4. 8.

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