Metro

  • Written by Media Outreach


There is no doubt that the K-Pop scene in Australia is continuing to rise. With a tremendous cult following, freshly released music, octet ATEEZ are not only international superstars, but social justice advocates too. 

Die-hard fans of the international K-Pop group ATEEZ noticed Hong Joong rocking one painted fingernail throughout 2019. Further research taught them that it was the hallmark for the Polished Man campaign, an initiative that brings awareness to violence against children. “I had the chance to get to know about this campaign through other artists before my debut. And after hearing about the painful reality that a lot of children are going through, I thought that I also want to promote this campaign more to the public when I stand in front of the public too. Just like how I have, it’s a campaign that you can easily participate in. I hope that more and many people will participate along with me,” Hong Joong says. Such a small act has surpassed intentions, with fans across the globe learning more about the cause and aiding fundraising efforts. 

2020 sees the official partnership between Polished Man and ATEEZ kick-off, meaning Hong Joong’s iconic painted nail now has even more meaning behind it. Hong Joong’s promise to continue to paint his nail to spark conversations, and communicate the important message behind Polished Man, has seen the remainder of the band sign up to be Polished Man ambassadors to raise much-needed donations.

“It’s more meaningful for us because it’s a campaign that we’ve been interested in for a long time. We are happy and proud to be able to take the lead in this meaningful campaign and prompt the fans and to the public. We will continue to work hard to become artists who exercise positive influence on many people.” 

Following an extremely successful 2019 campaign, the team at Polished Man is back! The 2020 campaign will once again be encouraging men, women and non-binary people from across the globe to paint one fingernail this October to raise awareness for violence against children. Following the announcement of K-Pop band, ATEEZ, coming onboard as ambassadors, this October is set to produce a whirlwind of donations, painted nails, and much-needed conversations. All funds raised for the cause are channelled into trauma recovery and the facilitation of trauma prevention for victims of family violence. 

One billion children experienced violence in the last year alone - that’s half the world’s children. Australian-based social impact organisation, ygap, is determined to reduce this shocking statistic since establishing Polished Man in 2014. Sadly, these numbers are only increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as people are being asked to stay home, domestic violence cases across Australia have rapidly risen, so the need to keep them safe is more paramount than ever. Thankfully, Polished Man are here to help. 

Those wishing to make a donation are encouraged to visit the Polished Man website for more information at www.polishedman.com.au 

TOGETHER WE CAN HELP END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN, FOR GOOD.

Entertainment News

KAI ALECE “Raise ‘Em Up”

Sometimes, a song written by a brilliant, insightful songwriter who’s been flying – and singing - way too long under the radar, rises to meet the sociopolitical moment in unimaginably provocative ways. After hundreds of gigs throughout the Southe...

News Co - avatar News Co

How I tied an 80s Pop Icon to an Alien Abduction

I was playing guitar when I got a message that 80s rocker Tommy Tutone (Tommy Heath) wanted me to use the hook from his 1984 hit "867-5309/Jenny" in a new song.  You might know the song; it's the one with the phone number "867-5309".  It might be...

AV Super Sunshine - avatar AV Super Sunshine

An Unexpected Effect of COVID: Collaboration and Creativity

Who knew? The mentions in the news of the coronavirus hitting American shores were just beginning when my husband and I went ahead with our weekend getaway. It was late February, and we were headed to Chicago, a simple four-hour drive away from o...

Angela Predhomme - avatar Angela Predhomme

COVID-19: A MUSIC INDUSTRY KILLER

Fifty years from now—long after Covid-19 has run its course—what will historians say about how we handled this pandemic? Will they praise us for a job well done? Or will they marvel, instead, at the viral panic that led to such irrational, cont...

David P Hatherill, PhD (aka Dr Dave Smooth Jazz Recording Artist) and John Sack, MD - avatar David P Hatherill, PhD (aka Dr Dave Smooth Jazz Recording Artist) and John Sack, MD

NEW MUSIC AND VIDEO: AV SUPER SUNSHINE “X File: 8675309”

One of the most iconic phone numbers in rock history, 867-5309 began life scrawled under the name “Jenny” on a bathroom wall in 1982 – the year the band Tommy Tutone took the single to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nearly four decades later, thank...

News Co - avatar News Co

COVID-19'S EFFECT ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the music industry in ways that could ultimately turn it on its head not only during the pandemic but, perhaps, permanently. Since its inception, the business model of the music industry has remained largely un...

Brandyn Cross - avatar Brandyn Cross

Writers Wanted


News Co Media Group

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion