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Struggles of girl groups point to crises in K-pop

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink


Psy moved K-pop into a higher gear, galloping across the world with the hit song "Gangnam Style", while boy bands continued to make headlines by holding worldwide concerts and attracting massive audiences.

But it was the K-pop girl groups that first began to perform consistently overseas, starting in nearby nations such as Japan or China before spreading their wings further to countries like the United States.

Wonder Girls, of JYP Entertainment, strategically entered the U.S. market in 2009 as an opening act for The Jonas Brothers' World Tour before becoming the first K-pop group to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart...More


Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink



Lotte Card Art Center, Art Hall

Tomorrow to Nov. 2: Considered one of the most successful indie bands in Korea, Chang Kiha and the Faces recently released their third full-length album. To celebrate this event, the band will be on tour until November...More

Scholars' Village gives a Confucian education

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

An aerial view of the Scholars' Village, also known as Seonbichon, in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang. Provided by the Korea Tourism Organization

YEONGJU, North Gyeongsang - To learn about how traditional Korean seonbi, or scholars, attempted to live by Confucian teachings, visit Yeongju.

The city houses Sosu Seowon, the country's first Confucian academy, which specializes in recreating the everyday lives of historical scholars...More

2NE1 declines festival invites

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Girl group 2NE1 said yesterday that the group would not take part in any end-of-year music festival, even though it released its second studio album in February and stayed on top of many music charts with the title track from the album earlier this year.

"It is an honor for a musician to be invited to a music festival, but we politely declined all the offers because we think it is time for [2NE1] to keep a low profile", said an official from YG Entertainment...More

Shin Hae-chul seriously ill

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Musician Shin Hae-chul is in serious condition after suffering from cardiac arrest on Wednesday. According to his agency, KCA Entertainment, he is in need of further medical care.

According to Asan Medical Center, where Shin is in the intensive care unit, the 46-year-old could not communicate with his family or medical staff and was unable to breathe by himself as of 3:30 p.m. yesterday...More

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