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Korean Boy Band BTS Opened A Pop-Up Shop In Mexico City And The City Lost Its Mind

Korean Boy Band BTS Opened A Pop-Up Shop In Mexico City And The City Lost Its Mind

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So BTS is a big deal. And in Mexico it’s no different, the country is home to some seriously dedicated fans.

Chicos and chicas alike are obsessed with the Korean boy band but sadly the group has only given one concert in Mexico City, back in 2015.

So this was the announcement that everyone had been waiting for.

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Though for those not living near CDMX, they were disappointed the collection wouldn’t immediately be available online.

But now the BT21 store is officially open in Mexico City and people are losing their minds.

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Many on Twitter we’re anxiously waiting in-line and live-Tweeting the play by play for those of us that couldn’t be there.

There was already a lot of hype leading up to the actual opening.

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Like they had to tweet out this reminder to stay calm, bring water, and be prepared to wait.

Pretty much everyone agreed that the line for the pop-up shop was bigger than the lines to go to an actual BTS concert.

Now imagine the line at Mexico’s next BTS concert. But it’s obvious their fans in Mexico are dedicated and come hail, sleet, snow, or rain, it wouldn’t matter, they’d still show up in droves.

People were taking photos and posing with whatever they could.

And thankfully, the shop thought ahead and provided plenty of life-size cutouts of each of the singers along with all sorts of cute decorations.

But most were after the dolls created by each member of BTS.

Tata, RJ, Mang, Chimmy, Cooky, Shooky, Koya are the names of the animated characters created by Jungkook, Taehyung, Jimin, Namjoon, Jin, Hoseok and Yoongi, members of the K-Pop band.

Many took to Twitter to share their hauls from the pop-up.

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How cute is this stuff?!

Some realized that the Mexico City store even had things that other stores didn’t.

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Translation: “oooh they have things that they don’t have in the Times Square store! Kinda jealous but Mexico deserves it.”

Many on Twitter were just speechless that a BT21 store had arrived in the Mexican capital.

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After nearly four years without a BTS concert in the city, many were shocked that they would open up a shop in the city.

The fact that BTS had chosen Mexico City as the first location for a pop-up in all of Latin America lends some serious cred to the city.

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The all boy Korean band has only been to Mexico City once before but they’ve played Sao Paulo several times.

Many from outside the country may not have realized but BTS is basically at the level of la Virgen de Guadalupe in terms of fandom.

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And few would actually line up in numbers like they did for this pop-up shop.

Which leaves us wondering, when will BTS do their next show in Mexico?

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Mexico City Paints Its LGBTQ Pride Across A Pedestrian Crossing And The People Are Here For It

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Mexico City Paints Its LGBTQ Pride Across A Pedestrian Crossing And The People Are Here For It

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June is Pride month in countries all around the world. It’s no different in Mexico which celebrates its Pride Parade at the end of the month.

But to kick off the start of Pride season, the city painted a pedestrian crossing in all the colors of the rainbow!

The pedestrian crossing that was painted crosses one of the city’s most important streets – Avenida Juarez.

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Avenida Juarez runs right in front of the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes, a very popular tourist attraction in the city. So tons of people are going to see this colorful display of orgullo!

A group of volunteers painted the zebra crossing and it was sponsored by YAAJ Mexico and Copred to begin the commemorations of Pride Month.

The rainbow pedestrian crossing has made news across the country.

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From Quintana Roo to Tabasco and Chiapas, everyone has been talking about the Pride display.

I mean it’s only the second time that the city has paid respect to the LGBT community in this way. So it really is a big deal.

While painting the crossing with the colors of the pride flag, Geraldina González de la Vega told SoyHomosensual that “with this act, we symbolically inaugurate June as LGBT Pride month. It is about making visible that all people have a place in a diverse Mexico City.”

Rainbow pedestrian crossings to celebrate Pride have become more common around the world.

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Like this gem out of Oxfordshire, UK.

Or this one out of the Phillipines.

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It’s amazing to see so many cities around the world step up to celebrate their diversity.

Happy Pride!

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

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The year 2017 marks a time of major multilingual and multicultural musical collaborations. With Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, climbing to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, and J Balvin and Willy William’s remix for “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, making it to the No. 3 spot, the western music market is opening up to music in Spanish. But these aren’t the only collaborations bridging different cultures and genres. In the era of globalization, K-pop, short for Korean pop music, is an international phenomenon, and the genre is beginning to meld its addictive melodies with urban Latin pop. Evidence: K-pop boy band Super Junior’s recent collaboration with Leslie Grace.

Debuting in 2005, the fellas of Super Junior are the kings of Hallyu — the Korean wave. At their height, 15 men donned the Super Junior title, but, due to departures, mandatory military service and other issues, only Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Yesung, Heechul and Leeteuk are currently active. As a group, the men have led a revolution in the industry, spurring forward electro-pop and R&B-influenced dance tracks.

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And among K-pop, they also have one of the strongest fan bases in Latin America. The group has long captivated these audiences with hits like “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” and “Mamacita,” and Super Junior has made sure to visit their Latin American E.L.F — what they call their fans — on three separate tours since 2013, holding arena shows in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. It must be noted that the group has yet to hold a single solo show in the U.S.

For many years, Super Junior and SM Entertainment, their label, had seen the excitement from their supporters in Latin America and wanted to show their gratitude by releasing a song partly sung in Spanish. In March, the group dropped “Lo Siento,” a tune about finding romance on the dance floor, featuring Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and the Latino production duo Play-N-Skillz as part of the extended version of their eighth album, Replay.  

“The song with Super Junior and Play-N-Skillz came out of nowhere. None of us really knew each other,” Leslie Grace, who was recommended to the K-pop group by the Argentine-Venezuelan sibling duo Play-N-Skillz, told FIERCE. “The beauty of it was [having the opportunity of] discovering something that’s been happening hugely in its own right in a different side of the world, and discovering it for the first time and saying, ‘Man, I wanna be a part of that. I don’t know anything about it up until this point, but I really want to be a part of that.’”

While it’s commonplace for K-pop groups to release records in Japanese or Mandarin in order to cater to Asian music markets, or English one-offs for international fans, no act had ventured into singing in Spanish or acknowledged their Latin American fans with a song quite like Super Junior.

“Lo Siento” is a true K-pop and urban Latin-pop mashup. It plays up the typical Spanish guitar and blends a familiar Latin flair with the energy and the mix of pop, dance and hip-hop that K-pop is known for. The music video, shot in South Korea, even features the “Díganle” singer dancing along with the guys of Super Junior.

The trilingual track debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Latin digital sales chart, the first K-pop entry ever. A bit over two weeks after the music video dropped, “Lo Siento” surpassed 20 million views, which was three times more than what their last Korean single, “Black Suit,” accumulated.

While “Lo Siento” isn’t the first time K-pop artists have teamed up with Latin ones nor used Latin genres in their music, it is the first instance that we can actually call a real collaboration. In 2016, for instance, Ricky Martin released a version of his hit “Vente Pa’ Ca” featuring Wendy from K-pop girl group Red Velvet, though she sang in English, and Mexican boy band CD9 released “Get Dumb” with Korean girl group Crayon Pop. In both cases, the artists simply exchanged vocals, put them together and released the song with little fanfare. With “Lo Siento,” however, not only did Leslie fly to Korea to be in the music video, but Super Junior invited her and Play-N-Skillz on their Latin American tour last month.

Stopping in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City, Leslie, Play-N-Skillz and Super Junior played before a total of 55,000 fans. The stars blew up the stage with “Lo Siento,” but both Play-N-Skillz and Leslie also had the chance to perform their own sets during the show.

“It never stops being a surprise, with my most recent released single ‘Duro y Suave,’ for [the crowd] to sing it back to me,” the 23-year-old singer, who came to fame after the release of her bachata remake of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” in 2013, told us. “I know it’s Super Junior’s crowd. I know that their fans are so accepting and loving, and I knew that they would be attentive during the show, but you don’t expect everyone to connect, especially a crowd that’s so different, to your music when you’re the special guest.”

Leslie is currently finishing her new album, which she says will drop by the end of the year. She’s also very excited about potentially finishing another leg of the tour with Super Junior. “They’re trying to see if we can do some more shows in Latin America, in Central America, go to the countries we didn’t get to go to in South America, like Colombia [and] Brazil,” she said.

Just like with “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” “Lo Siento” is bringing together different cultures, languages and even fandoms from various parts of the world that don’t get to interact as much through music in a compact, smooth earworm.

“For us to come together just fully based off of mutual artistic respect, and for something like this to happen, and now everybody really enjoying it despite the cultural differences, that to me was the biggest takeaway and the biggest blessing to now be a part of Super Junior’s story and them a huge part of mine,” Leslie said.  

During an interview in Times Square, the dominicana gave the boys a quick dance lesson — and it was all caught on camera.

“Bridging cultures one dance step at a time! First Super Junior with me and ‘Group Dance’ in their land South Korea, and now me with them and ‘Bachata’ in my home NYC,” Grace, 23, captioned a video of the dance sesh she posted on Instagram. “Proud to be your instructor, @eunhyukee44 hahaha! You are officially baptized the best bachatero out of Korea by the princess of bachata — BOOM!”

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