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BTS smashes YouTube record, Donald Glover and Rihanna releases top-secret movie and more

BTS smashes YouTube record, Donald Glover and Rihanna releases top-secret movie and more

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Text: Su Fen Tan


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What you might have missed from the wide, wide world of pop culture news this week

Fly By Night finally hits local cinemas

After makings its rounds at films festivals across the world—Busan, Macao, Jogja and New York—local production Fly By Night finally celebrates its homecoming this week. Filmmaker Zahir Omar's feature debut, it is a gritty action thriller that follows two petty criminals who gets entangled with the authorities—but things are not as black and white as you might think. It features a stellar cast, starring the likes of Sunny Pang, Bront Palarae, Iedil Putra and Jack Tan, and rave reviews have been rolling in, so catch it in the cinemas while you can!

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BTS releases MV for 'Boy With Luv' to wild success

There's no denying the power of K-pop. Just one week after Blackpink's 'Kill This Love' set the record for most views within 24 hours (56.7 million) on YouTube, BTS coolly smashes the standard, racking up a whopping 78 million views along with 2 million comments in a day. The main track from the megagroup's new album Map of the Soul: Persona, 'Boy With Luv' features Halsey on guest vocals.

That wasn't the group's only achievement of the week. They also just became the first K-pop group to perform on SNL this weekend, lighting up the stage with 'Boy With Love' and 'Mic Drop' in the episode hosted by Emma Stone.

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Blackpink makes explosive debut at Coachella

It's one historic moment after the other for K-pop. While BTS hits up the East Coast, Blackpink is on the other side of the county making fans proud with their debut at Coachella, performing 13 songs in just over 50 minutes Their set also marks the first time ever a female K-pop group performed at Coachella.

 

Also at Coachella, Donald Glover premieres Guava Island

Little was known about Donald Glover's secret project, save for the facts that it was his first feature-length film, and Rihanna was in it—she first teased the project back in August with a video of herself dancing to Childish Gambino's 'Summertime Magic' in Havana, where the film was shot. But Coachella attendees had first look of the music film on Thursday, as it premiered at the festival ahead of Glover's headlining performance as his musical alter ego the next night.

Titled Guava Island, the 54-minute film was directed by Hiro Murai, who also collaborated with Glover for the momentous 'This Is America' MV and the Emmy-winning series Atlanta. The music-driven production stars Glover as happy-go-lucky singer Deni and Rihanna as his love interest Kofi. Nonso Anozie and Letitia Wright also make appearances. Guava Island is now available to stream on Amazon Prime

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