BTS, Charlie Puth to perform together at 2018 MGA

K-pop phenomenon BTS and U.S. singer-songwriter Charlie Puth will stage a never-seen-before joint performance at 2018 MGA, a local music award event in Korea, the organizers announced Monday.

The 2018 MGA, co-organized by broadcasting company MBC Plus and online music streaming service Genie Music, is slated for Nov. 6 at Namdong Gymnasium in the port city of Incheon.

Their collaboration comes after the two sides have shown their mutual respect toward each other’s music and exchanged affectionate comments on Twitter. While the idol group and singer-songwriter haven’t met in person before, their tweets have sparked explosive response from their fans and raised hopes for collaboration.

Their performance will take place ahead of Puth’s concerts in Korea on Nov. 7 and 8 as part of his Voicenotes Tour. Rising to stardom in 2015 with his debut single “See You Again,” Puth is a Grammy-nominated artist with numerous hits including “One Call Away,” “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and “Attention.”

Apart from their joint performance, BTS has been fostering collaborative tracks this year with other Western artists, including American DJ and music producer Steve Aoki and British duo HONNE.

Aoki’s song “Waste It On Me” on his new album “Neon Future III” features the seven-member band while BTS leader RM’s track “seoul” in his second solo mixtape entitled “mono” was jointly composed and produced by Honne.

East-meets-West collaborations on rise

Earlier this month, a string of K-pop stars like CL, BLACKPINK and Red Velvet’s Wendy said they’ve worked together with Western artists to venture music outside K-pop norm. As an alternative to modern K-pop, these collaborative efforts take the K-pop production and combine it with pop, R&B and hip-hop elements.

CL, the lead rapper of now the disbanded girl group 2NE1, featured in Black Eyed Peas’ new song “Dopeness” in a group’s long-awaited new album titled “Masters of the Sun” released on Friday. The K-pop starlet also featured in the accompanying music video, which has surpassed 2 million views on YouTube as of Monday.

Regarding the collaborative work with the K-pop artist, The Black Eyed Peas’ member Taboo told Metro.co.kr “I am glad to see K-pop really pop off and it’s cool to see how it’s become an international craze. It’s amazing how people may not be Korean but they still take part in the experience and it is kind of cool.”

Rising K-pop girl band BLACKPINK, which consists of members Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rose, has teamed up with Dua Lipa on the British pop star’s single “Kiss and Make Up.” The new song from the pair is an electro-pop number with tropical tones. This is significant not only because it is BLACKPINK’s first official collaboration, but the song has a mix of English and Korean lyrics.

Red Velvet’s Wendy and R&B singer John Legend have collaborated on the track “Written in The Stars” as part of “Station X 0” project, a digital collaboration series from SM Entertainment. The track was released on Oct. 19, and it is the first time Legend has ever worked with a K-pop act.

– The Korea Times

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