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Kep1er’s agency WAKEONE announces in-person Los Angeles ‘One Planet’ auditions



South Korean entertainment agency WAKEONE has announced in-person auditions at KCON LA for its upcoming boy group set to debut next year.

On August 2, the K-pop agency shared on social media that it will be holding in-person auditions in Los Angeles, California later this month.

Titled the ‘One Planet Audition’, WAKEONE will be scouting for members of an upcoming boyband preparing to debut in 2023. The auditions will take place over the weekend from August 19-21, at the LA Convention Center West Hall, at the same time as KCON LA.

According to WAKEONE, there are no limitations on gender, nationality or age of applicants. Applicants can either audition as a solo act, or in a team of two. Online pre-registration for the auditions are now available until August 11.

However, applicants can also opt for on-site registration at WAKEONE’s Global Audition booth at KCON LA 2022 between 12-5pm on August 19, and 11am-5pm on August 20 and 21. Additional details and instructions can be found in WAKEONE’s Instagram post below.

As of writing, it is unclear if the ‘One Planet Audition’ is related to the previously-announced Boys Planet reality competition show, which is set to air later this year on Mnet. The upcoming reality series is an all-male version of 2021’s Girls Planet 999, through which the girl group Kep1er was formed.

In other KCON LA 2022 news, the K-pop festival announced late last month that boybands Stray Kids and P1Harmony would be the final artists to join its line-up.The former will be joining the likes of ATEEZ, ITZY, Kep1er and more on the August 20 date, while the latter are set to perform on August 21, alongside groups like LOONA, NCT Dream and NMIXX.

Notably, this year’s KCON LA is set to be a celebration of the convention’s tenth anniversary. It also marks its first in-person event in two years, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ted Nugent urges Trump supporters to “remain peaceful” if former President is arrested



Ted Nugent has urged supporters of Donald Trump to “remain peaceful” if the former President is arrested.

Trump has claimed that he will be arrested today (Tuesday, March 21) on charges related to an investigation into a $130,000 (£106,000) payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, per BBC News.

Back in 2016, Daniels offered to sell her account of what she claimed was an adulterous affair she had with Trump in 2006. It’s said that the ex-POTUS’ lawyer Michael Cohen subsequently paid her $130k to keep quiet.

Should Trump be arrested, he would be the first US president to be indicted.

Speaking a the recent edition of his news commentary series The Nightly Nuge, controversial US singer-songwriter and activist Nugent – who is an avid Trump supporter – told his viewers to “stand strong” and “remain peaceful” no matter the outcome.

“Put on your truck light. Put on your porch light. Carry a lantern. We need to stand strong,| he said (via Blabbermouth) “And if they wanna arrest President Trump, we need to not protest; we need to not put on rallies… because Antifa, Black Lives Matter and these imported Chinese nationals and Somali nationals who are coming across our open border, as orchestrated by Biden Satan gang, they are ready to do battle.”

Nugent went on to tell Trump’s supporters to instead participate in non-violent forms of protest. “Do not go into battle – yet,” he continued, adding that people should “remain peaceful and shine a positive, loving, patriotic light on the darkness”.

Last Saturday (March 18), Trump – who is running for President in 2024 – took to his Truth Social platform to tell his followers to “protest” and “take our nation back” should he be arrested.

He used similar language when he called on his supporters to take part in a “big protest” in Washington D.C. in the wake of Biden’s 2021 election victory. Trump was later impeached for the second time in his presidency for inciting the US Capitol riot, in which five people died.

Nugent, however, reiterated that protest should be “peaceful” this time. “Remain strong. Remain spiritual,” he said. “Pray like you’ve never prayed before, and in a loving, supportive, civil manner, convince anybody in your life […]

“Improvise, adapt and overcome. Pray, remain forceful for Constitution, Bill Of Rights, truth, logic and common sense to your elected employees, and let the other side show their terrorism. Let the other side show their hate and their dishonesty. We should remain peaceful and support Donald Trump like never before. He is the answer.”

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. CREDIT: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nugent then claimed that Trump was “sent for times like this, as Putin and Xi are meeting and galvanizing the evil empires against what was once the shining city on the hill”, adding: “Let’s remain positive and bring light to their darkness.”

He continued: “There are so many examples we can give how the left has not prosecuted thousands of Democrats that have done far worse on film, recorded, evidence drenched, than anything Donald Trump has ever done, and no one goes after the Democrats.

“Hunter Biden. Are you kidding me? Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama. Eric Holder running guns, illegal guns to the Mexican drug cartels. I could go on and on and on.

“So, remain positive.”

It has been reported that Trump’s plea for protest has received a largely muted response from his supporters. However, police in New York are continuing to monitor online posts about any potential violence.

Last December saw Ted Nugent receive the Great American Defender Of Freedom award from Trump at the American Freedom Tour’s Winter Gala at Mar-A-Lago in Florida.

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Fan in wheelchair goes viral for epic stage dive at hardcore festival



A music fan in a wheelchair has gone viral after stage diving at a hardcore festival in Louisville, Kentucky – check out the video below.

The moment occurred during Kublai Khan TX’s set at this year’s edition of LDB Fest (Life And Death Brigade Fest), which took place last weekend (March 18, 19).

A 20-second clip posted on Twitter by hate5six sees the disabled festivalgoer crowd-surfing to the stage before being assisted by vocalist Matt Honeycutt. Once they were up, the fan headed back towards the edge and into the audience.

“Hardest shit I’ve ever seen,” wrote videographer Sunny Singh, who captured the footage. The video has so far been watched over 272,600 times, and has registered 13.7k ‘likes’ and more than 4,000 retweets.

In the replies, one viewer said: “This is some of the raddest shit I’ve ever seen at a show.” Another person added: “I LOVE THIS!! It’s crazy how communally minded mosh pits are, even in the midst of the chaos! Everyone should be able to experience the joy of crowd surfing at least once.”

You can see the post below.

According to Lambgoat, the fan in the wheelchair “was lifted onto the stage by the crowd, and to everyone’s amazement, she performed a stage dive by propelling herself with speed off the stage and into the hands of the crowd”.

LDB Fest 2023 also saw performances from heavy acts such as Knocked Loose, Drug Church, Terror, Dying Wish, No Pressure and Foreign Hands.

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tripleS unveil new Taiwanese-Vietnamese member Nien



Girls Planet 999 competitor Nien (also known as Hsu Nien Tzu) has been revealed as the 13th member of upcoming K-pop girl group tripleS.

On March 21, Modhaus shared a video unveiling TripleS’ 13th member Nien, a former contestant on Mnet’s 2021 reality competition series Girls Planet 999. The Taiwanese-Vietnamese singer joins the group’s existing 12 members.

The new clip introduces Nien as “S13” before showing several faceless shots of the idol. Her face is shown in shots towards the end of the video, and she introduces herself in a Mandarin voiceover: “I am tripleS’ S13, Nien. Please take good care of me in the future.”

Nien had been part of Girls Planet 999’s Chinese group of trainees, and was eliminated in the show’s second elimination round. Her highest rank throughout her stint on the show was fifth place in the C-group during its third episode.

tripleS – whose final line-up will include 24 members – launched their first sub-unit Acid Angel from Asia last October, introducing members Kim Yoo-yeon, Jeong Hye-rin, Kim Na-kyoung and Gong Yu-bin.

Their second sub-unit comprising 10 members debuted last month with the mini-album ‘Assemble’ and its lead single ‘Rising’. The group are also set to debut another sub-unit called (KR)ystal Eyes sometime this year.

Currently, tripleS consists of members (in order of joining) Yoon Seo-yeon, Jeong Hye-rin, Lee Ji-woo, Kim Chae-yeon, Kim Yoo-yeon, Kim Soo-min, Kim Na-kyoung, Gong Yu-bin, Kaede, Seo Da-hyun, Kotone, Kwak Yeon-ji and Nien.

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