Here’s Where You Can Watch The MUST SEE K-DRAMAS of 2019

Now that DramaFever is gone, the search is on for the best places to find your K-dramas in the coming year. Look no further, because I’ve narrowed down the top places to stream new shows legally.

OnDemandKorea has a great mix of everything! After DramaFever shut down in October, ODK picked up a large selection of their latest and popular K-dramas. ODK also offers several programs in the variety/reality, documentary, sports, religion genres and more. There is literally something for everyone on this Korea Content Platform, LLC. approved streaming site.

Kocowa is dedicated to bringing K-drama viewers the best TV programs from KBS, MBC and SBS. Lee Seung Gi and Suzy’s “Vagabond”, Gong Hyo Jin’s “Camellia Blooms”, Choi Si Won’s “Dear Citizens” and Jung Il Woo’s “Hatch” are pretty much guaranteed to be released through Kocowa. (VIKI picks up many of Kocowa’s library, but adds their own subtitles.)

Cable shows like Song Joong Ki’s “The Chronicles of Aseudal”, Lee Dong Wook’s “Touch Your Heart”, Park Bo Young’s “Abyss” and Lee Jong Suk and Lee Na Young’s “Love Is A Supplement” may be licensed by a variety of online streaming sites like NetFlix, YouTube, Amazon and VIKI.

Bae Doo Na and Joo Ji Hoon’s “Kingdom”, Kim So Hyun’s “Love Alarm” and Ji Soo’s “Because It’s My First Love” are all NetFlix productions! It’s safe to say these will start streaming exclusively there.

Happy viewing in 2019!

Image Credits: Song Couple and Kim So Hyun

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BTSCelebs to Review Jolina Petersheim’s “How The Light Gets In”

In March 2019, author Jolina Petersheim plans to release her next contemporary fiction novel titled “How The Light Gets In”. Tyndale House Publishers graciously sent BTSCelebs an advance reader copy last month…. so this winter I’m reviewing it!

I haven’t started reading the novel, but it seems “How The Light Gets In” resembles the biblical story of Ruth. The main character’s name is Ruth. She and her mother-in-law search for a new start after tragically losing their husbands.

I’ll try to give you my complete review before the early Spring release date. Stay Tuned!

*A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book*

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3 South Korean Singers Poised to be Stiff Competition for BTS

BTS has taken the music industry by storm with their unique music and mesmerizing choreography! It’s only a matter of time before they share the spotlight with another talented act from South Korea. The country is full of gifted musicians, and today I plan to place a spotlight on three chart-topping K-Pop artists who could prove to be stiff competition for BTS in the USA.

IU

The 25 year-old singer and actress continues her award-winning streak with numerous projects. IU, who celebrates a 10-year career anniversary this year, is best known for songs like “Nagging”, Good Day” and “Palette”. In October, she released her first alternative R&B single “Bbibbi” just five months after her cable mini-series “My Mister” ended.

Watch the music video for the single that was streamed over 100 million times.

BLACK PINK

After debuting a little over two years ago, BLACK PINK has blown music lovers away by releasing a string of hits like “Whistle”, “As If It’s Your Last”, and”Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”. In addition to selling millions of singles, the girl group set YouTube records by earning 100s of millions of views for multiple videos. BLACK PINK recently signed a deal with Interscope Records & UMG to start promoting their music here in the States.

“As If It’s Your Last” is inching its way to half a billion views!

EXO

Since 2012,  EXO enjoyed the title as Asia’s number one boy band! They consistently headlined global tours and music festivals. Despite a few members parting ways with the team, they have stayed strong through their hit singles and record album sales. EXO is best known for songs like “Growl”, “Call Me Baby” and “Ko Ko Bop”. Many K-drama and movie fans are well-acquainted with members D.O., Kai, Chanyeol and more as they solidified their successful acting careers.

Watch a dance video for one of their earlier hits “Growl”.

Keep your eye on these singers as the years go by.

All rights to the photo and videos belongs to Big Hit Entertainment, KaKao M, YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment.

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Book Review: Carla Laureano’s “Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe”

Rachel, Melody and Ana are back in Carla Laureano’s newest Supper Club Novel “Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe”. Readers are quickly getting introduced to the trio of friends through their foodie/romance books. The first book in the series, “The Saturday Night Supper Club, Rachel and Alex’s love story was highlighted.

“Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe” is all about Melody Johansson’s  new relationship with handsome young pilot Justin Keller. The baker/pastry chef accidentally meets the him when he gets stranded near her job.  Despite their initial attraction to each other, they aren’t ready for yet another unpredictable relationship. The two part ways hoping to never run into each other again. However, nosy friends and an unexpected death in the family have them crossing paths repeatedly. Over time, the pair starts dating, but their polar opposite career aspirations become yet another hurdle.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love this one! “Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe” is abounding in delicious pastries, loaves of bread and love. This book also illustrates different levels of love through faith, friendship, family and significant others.

“Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe” releases in February 2019.

*A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book*

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Lecrae Promotes “Creed 2”

Image Credit: Lecrae’s Instagram

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Cirque du Soleil’s “VOLTA” Premieres Spring 2019 in Chicago

Photo Credit: Matt Beard & Costumes: Zaldy

The famous show plans to start wowing audiences May 18th under the Big Top!

According to The Silverman Group‘s official press release, VOLTA will run through June 23rd in Soldier Field’s South Lot. The public relations boutique described the grand performance as a “captivating voyage of discovery”. “Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation.”

Click Here to read the official press release.

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Which K-Pop Stars Are Touring North America Next?

K-Pop is on fire in North America!

Before BTS fever, singers who found fame in South Korea were performing here on a yearly basis. Now, Amber Liu (f(x), WINNER, Tiffany Young  (Girls Generation) and more are the next group of superstars headed to the States in the coming months.

Amber’s “Gone Rogue” Tour has already sold out shows in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco! Next month, her very first solo tour plans to make stops all over the USA with one special concert in Toronto, Canada. Click Here to read more on her social media page.

WINNER’s “Everywhere” Tour is ready to kick off 2019 with an impressive list of concerts across the country! Like Amber, they’ll meet everyone in major US cities and Toronto. (See photo above for details).

Tiffany recently released a video teasing her upcoming solo tour “Lips On Lips”  in March.

News about TWICE’s 2019 tour was rumored, and fans are anxiously waiting for details like dates and venues. Click Here to visit their social media account and stay updated on the latest.

An early welcome to all of these beloved stars! I hope they have a great time.

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