JJCC Mini-Concert/ Fanmeet in India 2016/06/26, Source,
Idol group JJCC will have their first ever mini-concert/fanmeet in India this July. This will be the group's first visit and interaction with Indian fans (Keys). The event is organized by Pink Box Events in association with Korean Cultural Centre India and is scheduled for 31st July at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chennai. The mini-concert/fanmeet will be a 2 hours event starting from 3:30 pm onwards,...More
[Guest Post] Celebrating Family Outing Part 1 - The Cast 2015/07/05, Source,
Seven years ago, an ambitious reality show called Family Outing appeared on Korean TV. Hosted by "The Nation's MC" Yoo Jae-seok (most may know him only as the guy with the bowl cut in PSY's recent videos), this variety show took outdoor reality to a level that is still trying to be reached. The show ran for nearly 2 years on SBS's 'Good Sunday' and had many of the same cast and crew members from the game show X-Man. What this show offered was more than just silly games and jokes, it was a travelogue of Korean villages and offered a glimpse into the Confucian-based society unheard of in America,...More
Taecyeon's first time in "Assembly" 2015/06/23, Source, Taecyeon turned into a hard working bar exam student named Kim Gyu-hwan in the drama "Assembly".
"Assembly" is a human political drama that deals with the origin of politics and the Assembly that has never been explained before. Taecyeon's role of Kim Gyu-hwan is one who doesn't give up even in tough conditions and makes a living by substitute driving at night and studying hard in the daytime. He gets involved with Song Yoon-ah as an affair and gets off on the wrong foot with Jeong Jae-yeong,...More
KCON 2015 USA Expands To NY After Three-Day Festival in LA this Summer 2015/04/28, Source,
Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series to Take Place July 31-August 2 at Staples Center in LA and August 8 at Prudential Center in New Jersey Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will expand in terms of the number of days and location, making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event. On the West Coast, KCON 2015 LA will open for not two, but three days from July 31st at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and some of the world's biggest stars are set to perform on last two days of the event. East Coast K-pop fans will also get their own turn to have the ultimate Hallyu experience when the KCON descends upon the Big Apple for the first time on August 8th for a one-day convention and concert extravaganza, dubbed KCON 2015 NY, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ,...More
KCON 2015 USA Comes to New York on August 8 2015/04/25, Source,
Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series Takes Over Metro Area's Prudential Center on August 8 After three exponentially successful years in Southern California, KCON (www.kconusa.com) has announced that it is making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event. East Coast K-pop fans will get their own turn to host the ultimate Hallyu experience when the first ever KCON 2015 NY descends upon the Big Apple for a one day convention and concert extravaganza on August 8, just one weekend after the flagship event completes in Los Angeles,...More
KCON 2015 USA Presented by Toyota Moves to Staples Center and Expands to Three Days 2015/04/17, Source,
Last year, over 42,000 passionate fans of Korean pop culture traveled from around the U.S. to solidify KCON as a summer Los Angeles staple. From July 31 through August 2, "All Things Hallyu" will once again converge, with unforgettable concerts, panels, workshops, food, fashion, and much more at KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota (www.kconusa.com). With the world's top automaker back on board as the lead sponsor, KCON is expanding to three days and moving to L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles, with some of the world's biggest stars performing at the Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2,...More
Not idol but actor Junho 2015/04/15, Source, Junho has starred in three movies so far. The three movies are "Cold Eyes", "Memories of the Sword" and "Twenty".
What is surprising is that he has grown into an actor in just 3 movies. Some may be prejudice and say that he's got an advantage because of his idol image. However, he's too good to criticize. He's already doing well enough 'for an idol',...More
2PM Junho in "Twenty" as an actor 2015/03/19, Source, He's more familiar with being a part of 2PM but he's earned the title 'actor'. He started acting 2 years ago but he's gotten himself a lead role and we can't find the title 'idol' anywhere around Junho.
Junho came in first out of 6500 competitors in an audition program called "Superstar Survival" in 2006. He was called the next Rain from this point. He had the skills and became a part of JYP and starred in another reality show. He then came out with an idol group called 2PM and while other members branched out into acting or variety, he stayed a singer,...More
2PM Junho, what makes him sexy 2015/02/25, Source, Junho participated in a pictorial shooting session with a fashion magazine recently and delivered exemplary ideas for what makes a guy sexy.
During the pictorial shooting under the concept, 'This man's night', Junho posed against the night lights of Seoul reflected on the window and showed off his masculine sides,...More
'2014 MAMA' Paved Phenomenal Cultural Roads across Asia 2014/12/04, Source,
- With 10 months of preparation and 16 years of production know-how, CJ E&M successfully hosted Asia's premiere music awards ceremony - The show has reached 2.4 billion people in 16 countries and garnered 65 million online votes worldwide - Renowned Korean, Chinese, and US artists such as EXO, Taeyang, and John Legend delivered stunning performances in front of 10,000 audiences The 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was successfully held in Hong Kong on December 3 announced Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M today. In its sixth year since evolving into Asia's premier music festival, MAMA's impact has spread far beyond its origins in Korea to across Asia and other parts of the world,...More
2PM to release its new album 2014/09/01, Source,
Boy band 2PM will release a new album this month, according to local media reports. The group has set Sept. 15 as its return date and is currently in talks to schedule performances on local television music shows following the Chuseok holiday,...More
[Giveaway] Win 2 copies Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today 2014/04/12, Source,
Win 2 copies of the book, one "Girls Edition" and one "Boys Edition", open to everybody.
Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date,...More
[Press Release] Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today 2014/03/31, Source,
Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date,...More
Mwave MEET&GREET Provides Unique Opportunities for Global Fans to Interact Online with Their Favorite K-Pop Stars 2014/03/05,
- Fans can hear from their favorite stars, obtain autographs and other special merchandise - Since launching in October 2013, more than 1,000,000 fans have participated - Upcoming in March, a special gift promotion for female fans in celebration of International Women's Day, as well as session with K-Pop boy group BTOB. Seoul, Korea (March 5, 2014) - Providing unique opportunities for global fans to interact online in real-time with their favorite K-Pop stars, CJ E&M has launched regularly scheduled MEET&GREET events on its popular K-Pop site Mwave [http://www.mwave.me/]. During sessions, fan can hear from their favorite stars, obtain autographed CDs and also purchase K-Pop related merchandise. Since launching in October 2013, more than 1,000,000 fans have participated in the sessions. Upcoming this month, MEET&GREET will hold a special gift promotion for female fans in celebration of International Women's Day, as well as session with K-Pop boy group BTOB,...More
Hit K-Pop Groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day Slated to Appear at "M COUNTDOWN No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" in Japan 2014/02/21, Source,
- Taking place April 2 at Yokohama Arena, anticipation at a fever pitch among both local and international fans as hit K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014 - Event will also feature various fan engagement events including a meet & greet, red carpet ceremony, and cultural workshops/booths Seoul, Korea (February 21, 2014) – Popular K-Pop groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day are slated to appear at "M COUNTDOWN: No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" on April 2 at Yokohama Area in Japan announced executive producer CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] today. With the first lineup of artists revealed (all top-notch K-Pop stars ranked on M COUNTDOWN's weekly charts during the first quarter of the year), anticipation is at a fever pitch among both local Japanese and international fans as the popular K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014,...More
"Answer Me 1994" mini concert on the 9th 2014/02/06, Source,
Cable channel tvN drama "Answer Me 1994" is having a mini concert on the 9th at 2PM in celebration of publishing the novel version of this popular drama. The concert is 30 minutes long which stars singer Hong Dae-gwan who has released his second mini album. He will be singing the OST from the drama itself. The entry is free,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014 2014/01/11, Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
Taecyeon Cleared for Active Duty on Second Attempt 2013/12/13, Source, Taecyeon of boy band 2PM has been cleared for active duty but he will delay enlisting for his 21-month mandatory military service because of his busy workload and concert schedule. The singer, who failed a previous medical exam in 2008 due to a herniated disk, took another examination on Thursday in Daegu and passed with flying colors, according to his agency JYP Entertainment,...More
Meet K-Pop Stars, Get Signed CDs 2013/10/22, Source, CJ E&M launches new online services at Mwave, 'Meet & Greet' and 'Mwave shop' for K-Pop fans around the world!!
- Meet your K-Pop idol at "Meet & Greet"
- Get signed CDs at "Mwave shop", and deliver your message to Stars!
- 2PM's Taecyeon will host the first session of Meet & Greet, introducing unique character items of his own, OKCAT.
Asia's No.1 content company CJ E&M is bringing a new way to meet K-pop artists and receive signed CDs on its web portal Mwave,...More
Nam Bo-ra's sensible talk 2013/08/12, Source,
Actress Nam Bo-ra's sensible talk has become an issue and witnesses claim she was seen serving.
Nam Bo-ra appeared on the KBS radio FM "Hong Jin-kyeong's 2PM" and said, "When I don't have work I go to my mom's restaurant and waitress there",...More
Idol Groups Go Out of Fashion as Water Park Models 2013/06/16, Source,
With their striking looks and enviable physiques, idol singers have proven a natural choice to promote water parks across the nation. But that is changing as the park operators look to other TV personalities and models with a friendly image that people can relate to. Caribbean Bay in Yongin, Gyeonggy Province is now finalizing the details of a contract with a TV celebrity in his 40s who looks decidedly unfit to promote its facilities,...More
Korean history boom among K-Pop stars 2013/05/25, Source,
Theres an app about Korean history. Lets use it together. (2PM member Hwang Chan-seong)
Today is May 18. On this meaningful day, Im studying Korean history about which I need to know more. (Kara member Han Seung-yeon)
Search democracy movement. I hope my fans are well aware of our history! (B2ST member Yang Yo-seop)
Korean idol starts are studying hard their history. Around the May 18 pro-democracy uprising, more idol celebrities mentioned about history study. Certain idols teach their fans how to study Korean history. For example, 2PM member Lim Seul-ong posted on his twitter account, Theres no future for the people who forgot their own history, while BIGBANG member Taeyang twitted, Ill remember those who have become part of the history,...More
Taecyeon plans to get married at 27 2013/05/23, Source,
Idol group 2PM member Taecyeon revealed that he wants to get married at the age of 27.
Taecyeon appeared in a recent TV program and said, "My parents got married when they were 27 so I have a dream to get married then too. I think it will be good around that age to get married to have kids too",...More
14th Jeonju International Film Festival Final Report 2013/05/07,
- Cinema Street crowded with various guests and filmmakers visiting from all around the world! - Tickets of all sections including FOCUS ON and STRANER THAN CINEMA had evenly sold out, organizing film programs was conservative - 5th Jeonju Project Market brought huge success within steady managements! -Special Attraction in JIFF 2013! On stage talk show and live performances had set on fire! On 25 Apr (Thu), 14th Jeonju International Film Festival that commenced at Sori Arts Center closed on 3 May (Fri) with visitors' attentions and involvements,...More
KBS 'Music Bank' Concert Held in Indonesia 2013/03/11, Source,
"Music Bank", South Korean broadcaster KBS' music show held its first overseas concert at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday.
Twenty-three-thousand fans of K-pop filled the stadium during the three-hour concert,...More
Veteran Talent Scout Goes Extra Mile to Find Budding Stars 2013/03/04, Source,
Top stars like IU, Kara's Goo Ha-ra and miss A's Suzy lead the K-pop scene at different entertainment agencies, but all have one thing in common: being spotted by Lee Ji-young at JYP Entertainment. Over her 10-year career, the casting manager has earned a reputation for her on-target instinct in identifying new stars. "This is my 10th year looking for new talent in showbiz. I have probably seen more than 200,000 people in auditions", said Lee, who started her career at SM Entertainment in 2004 before moving to JYP a year later.
Others discovered by Lee include 2PM, 2AM, 4minute's Kim Hyun-a and JiHyun, and Sistar's Hyorin and Dasom,...More
Taecyeon and Oh Yeong-gyeol in "We Just Got Married" 2013/01/31, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon and Taiwanese idol group member Oh Yeong-gyeol are starring in "We Just Got Married" as a married couple.
A Taiwanese source told TV Report, "Oh Yeong-gyeol is going to be starring in the TV program and Taecyeon's wife. We have completed the contract and are now just waiting for the shooting day to come",...More
2PM Taecyeon rejuvenates 2012/12/12, Source,
Idol group 2PM's Taecyeon was seen rejuvenated recently.
Tacyeon cut his hair short and posted a picture on his Twitter. He cut his hair and dyed it lighter, looking younger than his age,...More
Non-Koreans Flock to K-Pop Auditions Overseas 2012/10/13, Source,
YG Entertainment, one of the biggest Korean management agencies which manages stars such as Psy and 2NE1, held an overseas audition in Toronto, Canada in July. The agency expected to see Koreans or Korean Canadians, but scouts were shocked to find people of various ethnic make-ups filling the lines of aspiring young singers or dancers who hope to make it in the music business. "Around 60 percent of those who came to the audition had no ethnic link to Korea whatsoever", one YG staffer said. "The same holds true for half of the people who came to auditions held in London, Seattle, New York and Berlin between June and August",...More
Free Tickets Available for Huge K-Pop Festival in Incheon 2012/09/07, Source,
Korea's largest K-pop festival, "Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012", will be held at Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon from 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission tickets are free of charge, but reservations are required. The concert, organized by the Incheon Metropolitan Government, will feature top stars like BoA, SHINee, Kara, 4Minute, IU, Girl's Day, Kim Tae-woo, Boyfriend, Dalshabet, B.A.P, and Woo-young from 2PM. Super Junior will host the show,...More
2PM Delays September Comeback 2012/08/28, Source,
After having announced a September comeback, popular idol group 2PM has revised their plans. After having been involved in a drunk driving accident earlier in the year, popular member Nichkhun has been laying low, taking some time off for self reflection. This has left the rest of the group having to perform as a five-membered group at various events, such as the JYP Nation concerts,...More
SISTAR: Unpredictable girls ready to grow up but no too fast 2012/08/08, Source,
By Kwaak Je-yup As the girls of SISTAR settled down in the sofas of their dressing room backstage at SBS's weekly K-pop show Sunday, it was striking how comfortable they looked, despite the presence of a reporter they had never met before. First to find her spot, Soyou, 20, asked for her poofy Rilakkuma pillow and kept the Japanese bear character in her arms,...More
S. Korean dramas gain hold in NK 2012/07/28, Source,
South Korean variety show "Infinity Challenge" is gaining growing popularity in North Korea. / Korea Times file
By Kim Young-jin It's no longer just South Korean dramas causing a stir in North Korea: America's "Desperate Housewives" and "Sex and the City" are also being circulated in the isolated state,...More
Nichkhun apologizes for drunken driving 2012/07/27, Source,
The Thai-American member of South Korean boy band 2PM apologized for his "irresponsible" behavior on Thursday after being involved in an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol. Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul, better known here as Nichkhun, was charged Tuesday with drunk driving after getting into a fender-bender with a motorcycle in southern Seoul,...More
Business Selling Top Idol Stars' Phone Numbers 2012/07/26, Source,
Imagine being the top idol group in Korea, and having your phone number up for sale. According to a recent broadcast of "One Night of TV Entertainment" on July 25th, there's reportedly a source selling some of the top stars' personal phone numbers. The show's production team was able to narrow in on this situation, where these phone numbers are being circulated over the web. Depending on the stars' popularity, the cost for their personal digits will range from 5,000 won to 10,000 won,...More
Another Pop Star in Drunk Driving Crash 2012/07/26, Source,
Nichkhun of the popular boy band 2PM was involved in a drunk driving accident on early Tuesday morning that left a motorcyclist injured. Only last Wednesday singer Alex was arrested for drunk driving in Seoul's wealthy Gangnam district. Nichkhun was driving his Volkswagen down a hill in a backstreet in Gangnam at around 2:45 a.m. after a drinking session and collided with a 55-year-old man identified only as Park who was just turning into the alley on his motorcycle. Park injured his right shoulder, legs and face and is undergoing treatment at a hospital,...More
Infinite, lean and hungry 2012/07/24, Source,
This is the eighth in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu" or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special prolject in cooperation with the Korea foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.
When someone is in hot-pursuit of their dream, the hunger, the ardor, the positive energy of pursuit they emanate are undeniable,...More
2PM's Nichkhun Makes Film Debut 2012/07/23, Source,
Nichkhun /Courtesy of JYP Entertainment
After returning to Bangkok to attend a preview of his first movie, Nichkhun, the Thai member of Korean boy band 2PM, described his acting debut as an exciting new step in career. His agency JYP Entertainment announced on Saturday that the star had visited the Southeast Asian country to promote the Thai film "Seven Something".,...More
Art and Culture 2012/07/18, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear she has all of the latest gossip on Hollywood and beyond, so let's get right to business. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's the news this week,...More
Wonder Girls Launch World Tour 2012/07/13, Source, The Wonder Girls launched the first leg of their Wonder World Tour 2012 on July 5th in Seoul, in the midst of five thousand fans. The Seoul concert was held at Jamsil Gymnasium, with the girls performing many of their hit songs like "Be My Baby", "Tell Me", "Nobody" and their latest "Like This".
The Wonder Girls were the first girl group to hold a solo concert in 2009, and were keen on showing how much they had matured at the latest concert. Rather than focusing on the visual elements and special effects, the girls showed off their voice through their live performances,...More
K-Pop Stars Take Asian Visitors on Tour of Seoul 2012/06/27, Source, 2PM's Taecyeon (fifth from left) and Miss A's Jia (second from left) and Fei (second from right) pose with fans from Chinese-speaking countries at a department store in Seoul on Tuesday. /Courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization
2PM's Taecyeon and Miss A's Chinese members Jia and Fei made time in their busy schedules for K-pop fans from Chinese-speaking countries to guide them around Seoul on Tuesday,...More
Star-studded K-pop concert in Hong Kong 2012/06/25, Source,
Thousands of fans flocked to a major K-pop concert in Hong Kong on Saturday, cheering an array of South Korean stars in the latest sign of the pop music phenomenon's rising popularity. Music Bank featured eight popular South Korean artists and was the largest K-pop concert to be held in the southern Chinese city. Boy band TVXQ and singing starlet IU were among the groups that danced and sang to a sea of exuberant fans,...More
K-Pop Star Entertain Art Show Brings Together Fans and Stars 2012/06/20, Source, The 2012 K-Pop Star Entertain Art Show, Korea's first K-pop inspired art exhibition targeting hallyu fans in Korea and overseas, will open at KINTEX on June 23rd.
Sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization and Goyang City, the exhibition, which runs until August 19th, has been described by organizers as a mixture of K-Pop with magic art to create a new form of hallyu contents.
The pieces on display use the Trompe-L'Oeil or "trick eye" technique which turns two-dimensional pictures into 3D illusions. Visitors will be able to take pictures that really makes them look like they're standing with their favorite stars,...More
Liquor Adverts Rely on Star Power 2012/06/18, Source,
More and more top stars are appearing in ads for alcoholic beverages, which critics say could be one reason for Korea's cavalier attitude to heavy drinking. Women are especially sought-after for soju commercials, which have featured pop diva Lee Hyori and actresses Sin Min-ah and Kim Tae-hee, to name just a few, making the commercials an increasingly reliable gauge of a female celebrity's marketability,...More
Wait until 2PM 2012/06/13, Source,
An interesting report surfaced recently about how moneyed women in their 20s and 30s were fueling the popularity of such K-pop groups as 2PM. "Yugsikyeo" or "meat-eating females" refer to a generation of active women empowered by their talent and the financial stability that comes with it. That marks a shift from the women in their 40s and 50s that constituted the fan base for Korean pop,...More
'Hottest' to artist: evolution of 2PM 2012/06/12, Source,
Members of K-pop boy band 2PM pose for a promotional photoshoot for their most recent release, "Hands Up", in 2011. In their fifth year as one of the country's most popular groups, they insist the best is yet to come, with great participation in the creative process. / Courtesy of JYP Entertainment
This is the fifth in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of Hallyu, or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M,...More
The reason why young Japanese women like Korean men 2012/06/11, Source,
경제력을 갖춘 20, 30대 일본 여성들이 K팝 소비의 중심으로 떠오르고 있다. 사진은 지난달 12일 도쿄돔에서 열린 슈퍼주니어 콘서트에 모인 여성팬들. / SM엔터테인먼트 제공
Jang Geun-seok and 2PM guaranteed to be a success by rich "meat-eater females" in Japan On May 31, outside the Budokan, an indoor arena in central Tokyo, Japan, was crowded with women in their 20s-40s. These females were fans of the Korean boy group 2PM who came to see their concert. When asked why they like 2PM, they replied in unison, "Because they're manly". When asked if there's any Japanese group like 2PM, they replied, "No". Two days later, there was a SHINee concert at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, an arena in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan. Although they debuted in Japan less than a year ago, as many as 12,000 tickets were sold out. "SHINee can dance and sing, but more importantly they make us want to protect them. And it's cute when they try very hard to speak in Japanese though they're not used to it", said Saeko Kitamura, 23,...More
2PM ranks No.2 on Oricon chart 2012/06/08, Source,
The members of Korean boy band 2PM pose at a press conference held in Budokan of Tokyo on May 30. Their fourth single "Beautiful" ranked second on Oricon daily chart.
Korean boy band 2PM's fourth single "Beautiful", released on Wednesday, placed second on Japan's Oricon daily chart with over 70,000 copies sold,...More
K-pop Singers Introduced in Thai School Textbooks 2012/06/02, Source,
Thai school textbooks now include Korean pop stars in their contents. The Korea Thailand Communication Center(KTCC) said Friday that one of the top ranking publishers in Thailand had recently released music textbooks for junior high to high school classes which include pictures of well-known K-pop stars, including CNBLUE, Super Junior, 2PM, Rain and Big Bang,...More
"JYP Nation In Japan" Concert In August 2012/06/01, Source,
JYP Entertainment artists will all be heading to Japan for their first "family" concert there. JYP announced at 2PM's solo concert on May 31st at Budokan, Japan, that the agency's artists will all gather for two concerts in Tokyo and Yoyogi of Japan on August 18-19th. It's been a year since such a show, after a similar concert took place in Saitama's Super Arena last year,...More
Finalists of Colombian K-Pop Show Meet Idols in Seoul 2012/05/31, Source,
A group of Columbian youngsters who fell in love with K-pop won the chance to visit Korea last week, where they met several K-pop singers during their week-long stay.
The six finalists of "K-Pop Reality", an audition show that aired on Caracol TV, Colombia's largest private TV station, appeared on Arirang TV's "Simply K-Pop" music show on Wednesday and showcased their dancing skills while singing songs by 2PM and 2NE1,...More
'Hallyu' fans invited to travel around nation 2012/05/28, Source,
By Yun Suh-young
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is hosting "Touch Korea Tour", a campaign to invite 15 "hallyu" (Korean wave) fans from around the world to tour the nation, starting next month.
The KTO said Monday out of 2,000 candidates who submitted user created content (UCC) from over 100 countries, seven were selected as winners, while the remaining eight were chosen by regional KTO offices overseas,...More
The Workd of Line, Ink, and Nude by Chang-Woo Seok (Friday, May 25) 2012/05/23, Source,
The Workd of Line, Ink, and Nude by Chang-Woo Seok (Friday, May 25)
Join us at the Korean Cultural Center for a new exhibit opening and performance art event featuring inspiring artist Chang-Woo Seok.
In 1984, Chang-Woo Seok's first career as an electrical engineer ended abruptly with a 22,000-volt shock that nearly killed him. The accident forced the complete amputation of both arms and two toes. Seeking to rebuild his life, Seok took up Korean calligraphy and traditional ink and paper artwork, with the use of special attachments developed for his prosthetic arms. For more than 20 years since, he has developed a unique method and style that strives to capture the movement and form of the human body, in defiance of his physical disability,...More
2PM To Perform At 2012 MTV Video Music Awards 2012/05/17, Source, 2PM has been busy over in Japan with their fourth Japanese single " Beautiful " set to be released on June 6th". Beautiful " has already been picked up by a company to be used in a Japanese commercial, receiving positive responses. The single album will also include a song written by 2PM member Junho, titled "Kimi Ga Areba",...More
2PM's Taecyeon With Arm Injury 2012/05/17, Source,
Boys will be boys. 2PM's Taecyeon is learning the hard way that fun and games can lead to pain. Taecyeon reportedly injured his humerus bone -- the bone stretching from one's shoulder to elbow -- while arm wrestling his fellow groupmates.
JYP Entertainment reported the news on the official homepage, "After finishing promotions in Japan on May 15th, Taecyeon injured his left humerus while arm wrestling with the other 2PM members. He went to the hospital right away late at night, where he received his diagnosis, inspection, and treatment in the emergency room,...More
Celebrity K-Pop Singers Share Sparrow's Diets with Fans 2012/05/10, Source,
A small portion of steamed cabbage, four small pieces of sweet potato and a chicken breast smaller than the size of his fist are what Jun-ho, a member of K-pop idol group 2PM, revealed on his Twitter to be his daily diet, which he consumes as a single meal.
Until recently, low-calorie diets have typically been the preserve of girl group members, who make considerable efforts to stay trim. However, more male celebrities are now sharing their diets on social network services such as Twitter,...More
2PM's Japanese concerts sold out 2012/05/09, Source,
By Rachel Lee
Korean boy band 2PM's concerts in Japan are completely sold out, JYP Entertainment said Tuesday.
According to the agency, the tickets for "6 Beautiful Days", which will run from May 24 through 31 in Budokan, Tokyo, with additional nights at the Yokohama Arena on June 5 and 6 have all been purchased,...More
Gavy NJ Add Two New Members 2012/05/02, Source,
Power vocalist group Gavy NJ has added two new members ahead of their comeback.
Last May, the previous members Hee-young and Misty had left the group to pursue solo activities following the completion of their contract with their last agency. After a number of auditions, the two new members joining the original member Si-hyun will be Jenny (25 years-old) and Gun-ji (21 years-old),...More
2AM Attracts 6,000 Japanese Fans 2012/04/24, Source,
The four-member group 2AM held an event to commemorate the release of their second single in Japan entitled "You wouldn't Answer My Calls" four times with around 6,000 fans at Stella Ball in Tokyo on April 22.
The tickets for the event were included in their album on which the faces of each member was printed, and the event with various programs received a favorable response,...More
Kids World Cinema: Korea & Spain (Sunday, April 22, 2012) 2012/04/20, Source,
Join us for a free afternoon of film, fun, and festivities for kids! As part of Kids World Cinema 2012, the Korean Cultural Center is teaming up with the Embassy of Spain to present a collection of short Korean and Spanish films just for kids, followed by a group discussion and cultural activities.
Children will learn about Korean and Spanish culture in a fun setting, and see how even though kids in other countries may not speak the same language, they are not so different. Children and parents of all backgrounds are welcome to participate. Intended for children age 6-10, but slightly younger or older children are also welcome,...More
Self-regulating indecency 2012/04/17, Source, Comedian belatedly in hot water for calling 'comfort women' whores
By Na Jeong-ju
Public opinion appears to be taking a decisive turn for decency over freedom of speech.
A foul-mouthed popular podcaster alienated supporters of an opposition party whose ticket he ran on in the April 11 parliamentary elections, negatively affecting the outcome.
Of course, his young fans remained loyal,...More
9 out of 10 French hallyu fans want to visit Korea 2012/04/08, Source,
More than nine out of 10 French hallyu fans, who are interested in the Korean culture, want to travel Korea, a survey showed Tuesday.
A poll at tourism promotion Website (www.visitkorea.or.kr), conducted by the state-run Korea Tourism Organization's Paris branch, displayed that more than 90 percent of 3,775 respondents said they want to visit Korea. Of them, 75.8 percent said they will come to Korea without fail,...More
Hallyu Fans in France Like Big Bang and 2NE1 2012/04/04, Source,
Research says that the local fans in France like Big Bang and 2NE1 the most among K-Pop singing groups, and 98.2 percent of the respondents revealed that they would like to visit Korea.
The Paris branch of the Korea Tourism Organization Paris conducted an online survey with 3,775 Hallyu fans. According to the result of the survey released on April 3, Big Bang and 2NE1 were selected as their favorite male and female singing groups by obtaining 49.9 and 64.8 percent of the votes, respectively,...More
2PM play dress-up for fans 2012/04/03, Source,
Members of K-pop boy band 2PM host a mock talk show at their fan-only gathering on Sunday, at the Grand Peace Palace of the Kyunghee University in Hoegi-dong, eastern Seoul. Taecyeon, who did most of the speaking for the evening, is on screen./ Courtesy of JYP
By Kwaak Je-yup
Even with just about 4,000 in the Seoul auditorium, 2PM's fans could easily out-scream the crowds at world's largest music festivals like Glastonbury or Coachella.
Cheering and hollering the band members' names, the entirely female audience seemed unable to contain their excitement, fuming every emotion out in full force at every opportunity and leaving no part of their vocal chords unmoved,...More
Showbiz Tycoon Targets China with New Boy Band 2012/03/30, Source,
EXO-M /Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Showbiz tycoon Lee Soo-man has often said that China's entertainment market will overtake Hollywood one day, and the ultimate goal of his company SM Entertainment will be making China's Hollywood his home ground,...More
Big 3 Entertainment Agencies: How Did They Fare In 2011? 2012/03/29, Source,
YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun-suk must be pretty smug. It seems he's managing his agency pretty well.
According to a KOSDAQ report revealing the 2011 financial reports for the big three agencies (SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, & YG Entertainment), SM came out on top in terms of annual sales,...More
Today's Photo: March 27, 2012 2012/03/27, Source,
U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a photo after a talk at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies before attending the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit later on Monday,...More
2PM Successfully Finishes Asia Concert Tour in Hong Kong 2012/03/13, Source,
The idol group 2PM has finished their last concert of their Asia tour entitled "Hands Up" in Hong Kong, their agency JYP Entertainment said on March 12. According to JYP, around 9,000 audience members from various Asian countries came to 2PM's first solo concert in Hong Kong which was held at the Asian Expo Arena on March 10. 2PM heated up the venue by presenting their hit songs including the title song of their second album entitled "Hands Up".,...More
Korean drama, K-pop idols shine in Okinawa concert 2012/03/06, Source,
The influence of Korean pop culture has reached the southernmost island of the Japanese archipelago, resulting in a concert that showcased not only just K-pop idol groups like Kara and 2PM but also the soundtracks of Korean dramas.
"World Music Festival in Okinawa" took place Sunday in a two-part format at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, the island's capital,...More
Hong Sang-soo Film Retrospective @Museum of the Moving Image March 17, 18, and 23, 2012 2012/03/05, Source,
The Korea Society film fans celebrate Asia Week with a screening of works by celebrated director Hong Sang-soo ("The Day He Arrives", "Ha Ha Ha"). Since he debuted with 'The Day a Pig into the Well' in 1996, all of his films were invited by prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals, and began to receive worldwide attention. We present highly acclaimed 5 films and they will be shown at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image, home to New York City's finest, state-of-the-art screen. This retrospective is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] K-Pop as its own music genre on YouTube? 2012/03/03,
Last year Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced that a YouTube channel will be launched dedicated to Korea's own brand of popular music called "K-pop". This was huge news, especially when considering that it would come to be the only true category of music inspired and fuelled by a specific country. I mean genres such as reggae, Latin, and country music all have there roots in other countries, but an exclusive category for Korea's popular music? Surprising indeed, but what's not surprising is the popularity of the music and its continued spread around the world that has come to be known as the "the Korean Wave",...More
2PM to Teach Korean on Japanese TV Channel 2012/03/02, Source,
Boy band 2PM will appear on a Korean language education program set to air on NHK, Japan's major broadcaster. "2PM will host a segment of NHK TV's 'Learning Korean through TV' for a year from April 2", the band's agency JYP Entertainment said on Thursday.
The 25-minute show will be broadcast across the nation every Monday at 10 p.m. During their 5-minute segment, the members will explain common Korean expressions and phrases in addition to useful tips that can be used when traveling in Korea,...More
2PM Hands Up Asia Tour at Nanjing China 2012/02/27, Source,
Hands Up Asia Tour, the first Asia Tour concert for 2PM, was held in Nanjing, China on the 25th of February with great supports from 9,000 Chinese fans. The words 2PM was ranked #2 for the real time search words chart at Sina Weibo,...More
Ahn So-hee of Wonder Girls 2012/02/23, Source, Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007,...More
2PM's First Concert in Thailand Attracts 9,000 Audience Members 2012/02/21, Source,
The idol group 2PM successfully finished their Asian concert tour entitled "Hands Up" in Thailand, their agency JYP Entertainment said on February 20. According to JYP, 2PM held their first solo concert in Thailand at Impact Arena on February 18, and around 9,000 audience members came to their concert.
2PM sang their hit songs including the title song of their second album entitled "Hands Up" during the concert. Group member Nichkhun, who hails from Thailand, received a standing ovation when singing the song of a Thai singer named Bird,...More
Boy band Block B offers apology for Thai interview 2012/02/20, Source,
By Kwaak Je-yup
After a barrage of online criticism and a celebrity Twitter blast, new hip-hop boy band Block B publicly apologized for their cultural insensitivity and misbehavior in a recent interview with a Thai online news outlet.
"We misunderstand where the line is drawn between freedom and lack of common sense", said P.O., one of the band's seven members, in a statement posted Monday on the group's bulletin board for fans, commonly called fan cafes here,...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/16, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
We're kicking off the week with an adorable kiss scene between two hot pop idol stars.
F's Luna locked lips with SS501's Kim Gyoo-jong in their first major acting debut, the TV drama "Go! Mrs. Go!",...More
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/16, Source, Se7en, the prince of K-pop, is back after a year and a half with a new mini-album that has swept all competition off the charts!
[Interview : Se7en, Singer] "Hello, Arirang Today viewers! It's nice to meet you. I'm Se7en".
We've all been waiting for this moment, and it's finally here! We joined Se7en for his comeback fan meeting.
Last week, Se7en held a fan meeting to commemorate his comeback. The venue was packed with hundreds of fans,...More
'Right to be forgotten' matters in Internet Age 2012/02/15, Source,
Increasing privacy infringement on the Internet has set off a campaign to uphold the "right to be forgotten", which allows users to demand information about them be deleted by social networking websites. / Korea Times file
People plagued by endless lifespan of online data By Park Si-soo Human beings have a limited memory. Yet the invention of the Internet has prolonged it eternally, creating a fresh form of social headache that didn't exist in the bygone unconnected era. Many celebrities here are haunted by articles and photos they posted on social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook,...More
T-ara: 'It Is Amazing to Be Besieged by Autograph Hunters in Europe' 2012/02/15, Source, Soyeon (25), Ham Eun-jeong (24), and Hyomin (23) of the girl group T-ara, which is enjoying incredible popularity with their songs "Roly-Poly" and "Lovey-Dovey", said, "We had just wanted to rank atop the music chart in the past, but now we are besieged by autograph hunters in Europe. It is amazing thing (laugh)".
T-ara finished their activities in Korea for a while after their appearance in the SBS TV music program "The Music Trend" on February 12, and they will leave to Japan on February 16. They will hold activities in Japan until March 3 with their third single album "Roly-Poly" in Japan. Soyeon, Ham Eun-jeong, and Hyomin came to Euljiro on February 13 to give an interview. Soyeon said, "We had been very busy for the last ten months without taking a break, but we feel satisfied as more people recognize us at this month. We had a full schedule every day for the past ten months, and sometimes we had nine different schedules on the same day and spent almost 22 hours for our activities. Our fans worried about us, saying, 'You have too much work'. But the interesting thing was that the group members did not sleep even though they were all very tired from heavy schedule. All of us tended to release our stress from works by talking to each other while we were moving in a car". Like Soyeon mentioned, T-ara had been extremely busy for the past ten months,...More
Chicago to Hold 2nd Flashmob for "SM Town" Live Concert 2012/02/14, Source,
In 2011, United States was showered with top acts like Girls' Generation, 2NE1 and the Wonder Girls making their mainstream debuts. One of Korea's most popular tours, the SMTOWN Live World Tour, has touched down in Los Angeles and New York.
Now, fans in America's Midwest want their own show too. On November 12th, 2011, fans from all over the Chicago land area danced to hit songs from SHINee, Girls' Generation, Super Junior and many others in Lake Shore Park,...More
K-Pop Singers Heat Up Frozen Paris 2012/02/10, Source,
KBS 2TV Music Bank held a concert in Paris with 10,000 audience members.
Eight Korean singing groups held a performance in Paris. And Girls' Generation is making a grand finale at the KBS 2TV Music Bank that was held at Bercy Stadium in Paris on February 8,...More
Album review 2012/02/07, Source, Jay Park - 'New Breed' (UNIVERSAL MUSIC)
Why we recommend it: Though a few tracks offer something new, for the most part, the album is recommended for Jay Park's fans.
Recommended track: "Clap"
One and a half stars out of four
Jay Park, the former member of a popular boy band 2PM, has released his first full-length album, "New Breed". The 15-track CD includes five songs from a mini album "New Breed Part 1" put out in December 2011,...More
KARA wins five crowns at Japan's Gold Disc Award 2012/01/30, Source,
Rising K-pop girl group Kara were five-time winners at the Japan Gold Disc Awards 2012.
They swept Best Asian Artist, Best Three Asian Albums, Song of the Year by Download, Best Five Songs by Download and Best Music Video, during Friday's ceremony hosted by the Recording Industry Association of Japan in Tokyo,...More
2PM's Nickhun To Act In Thai Movie 2012/01/17, Source,
Nickhun is not only a singer, but now soon-to-be an actor!
According to JYP Entertainment, the 2PM member will be acting in a Thai movie project, celebrating major filmmaker GTH's 7th anniversary. He's already in Thailand, and has been since January, for the filming. This is Nickhun's first time acting.
GTH is well known for movies like "Phobia2", "Hello Stranger", and "Bangkok Traffic Love Story". Three directors will be participating on this latest project, creating a three-part story about life and love,...More
K-pop stars to tour overseas in 2012 2012/01/10, Source,
A JYJ fan from Peru holds a poster that says "Peru loves JYJ". Fans in South America have been actively requesting K-pop groups perform in their countries through various media outlets. / Courtesy of C-JeS Entertainment
By Noh Hyun-gi
With seemingly unstoppable momentum, K-pop stars are advancing across the globe.
Many fans have asked the artists to visit their home countries through innovative methods like uploading flash mob videos online. Moved by these active and sincere requests, K-pop stars will hold concerts around the world and are planning additional gigs to accommodate the enthusiastic fans,...More
K-Pop Expected to Boom Again This Year 2012/01/10, Source,
Five representatives who are leading the new Hallyu boom in the world expressed their prospects for K-Pop this year.
Representatives of major entertainment agencies (from left, clockwise) -- Kim Young Min of SM, Yang Hyun Seok of YG, Hong Seung Sung of Cube, and Jeong Wook of JYP
K-Pop gained huge popularity all over the world beyond Asia last year. It has been spread into the popular culture of many Asian countries such as Japan and countries in East Asia, and K-Pop's internet fandom was created in Europe and South America through various internet websites such as YouTube and SNS (Social Network Service). In addition, some of the entertainment agencies, who are leading the widespread of K-Pop in the world, held concerts in the USA, Europe, and South America, and the major local medias reported the popularity of K-Pop in their countries as a new phenomenon by indicating it as "Attack by K-Pop Stars" and "Crazy about K-Pop". The representatives of major entertainment agencies -- SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and Cube Entertainment -- and the singer BoA, who achieved great success overseas for the first time among Korean singing groups, expressed their bright prospects for K-Pop this year,...More
Top Korean News of 2011 2011/12/30, Source,
Freak weather and upheavals in Korea's political landscape punctuated a year of uncertainties that ended with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il just before Christmas. But Koreans also took pride in their burgeoning exports, not only of electronics and cars that are increasingly prized around the world but also of the pop music generated by leading talent factories, which cheered up listeners worldwide in gloomy times,...More
Year of Black Dragon 2011/12/30, Source,
The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and the mythical animal, seen in this "Hwangnyonggi", symbolizes power and wealth.(Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea)
The animal has a head resembling a camel, eyes of a rabbit, the nose of a pig, ears like an ox, antlers similar to a buck, a snake-like neck, fists as fierce as those of a tiger, the sharp talons of a hawk and scales no different from a carp. There are long whiskers decorating the mouth and a bump in the middle of the head, which allow the animal to fly in the air. In this manner the mythical dragon creature is described in "Boncho Gangmok" (Classified Records of Chinese Medical Botany) originally published in 1596,...More
Stars Sing for Hospital Patients 2011/12/27, Source,
Wonder Girls perform at Samsung Medical Center on Tuesday
Singers with talent factory JYP Entertainment staged a small free concert for some 1,000 patients, their families and fans at Samsung Medical Center on Tuesday,...More
KTO offers virtual dates with K-pop stars 2011/12/20, Source,
Snapshot of the interactive film, "Annyeong", featuring K-pop stars, Miss A and 2PM. Users can access the interactive movie at www.ibuzzkorea.com and go on a three-day virtual tour with the singers. / Courtesy of KTO
By Noh Hyun-gi
K-pop stars are at the forefront of "hallyu" or the Korean wave, and they are stepping up as spokesmen and spokeswomen for Korea,...More
Kara Emerge as Most Profitable K-Pop Group in Japan 2011/12/20, Source,
Girl group Kara have recorded W70 billion in sales of their CDs and DVDs in Japan, ranking first among K-pop singers who have made inroads into the country. Local media outlets reported Monday that Kara earned revenue of 4.93 billion yen (W74 billion) from sales of their CDs and DVDs this year, according to data released by the Oricon chart,...More
Show what you've got at 2012 auditions 2011/12/15, Source,
(Above picture: You can become the next Girls ' Generation: Show off your talent and passion at "The 2012 SM Global Audition". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
With the popularity of audition shows like "Super Star K", "The Great Birth", and "Survival Audition K-Pop Star", the door to stardom has widened.
This month, major Korean talent agencies JYP Entertainment, SM entertainment and DSP Media are starting their search for star material,...More
Tourists flocking to Garosu-gil 2011/12/09, Source,
Bean Story, a cafe, is seen on the second floor of a building at Garosu-gil in Gangnam, southern Seoul, a hot destination that attracts not only Koreans but also foreign tourists with unique shops. / Korea Times photo by Kim Rahn
By Kim Rahn
Yuka, a tourist from Japan, was recently walking along Garosu-gil in southern Seoul on a sunny afternoon. She and her three friends looked around the shops there, bought boots and clothes and took pictures,...More
2PM Begins Arena Tour 2011/12/07, Source,
Star group 2PM began their first Arena Tour entitled "Republic of 2PM" at Osaka Hall in Osaka on December 5. In the midst of cheering from their 10,000 fans, they showcased splendid performances while singing their hit songs such as "Hot" and "Put Your Hands Up".
Taek Yeon said, "We have decided the title of this concert tour will be 'Republic of 2PM' because we wanted to announce our concept about the world in front of you". 2PM presented three title songs that had been ranked in the top four of the Oricon chart such as "Take Off", "I'm Your Man", and "Ultra Lover", hit songs in Korea, and the ballad entitled "Even If We Are Apart" that Joon Soo had made for their fans during the two-hour concert,...More
K-Pop Artists Dominate Online Searches In Japan 2011/12/04, Source,
If the internet's search rankings are any indication of the top trends in Japan, k-pop is one of them.
According to the search rankings for the top male and female entertainers and sports athletes for January 1 to October 31st 2011, 18 of the top 20 spots were dominated by k-pop artists,...More
A new Day dawns for K-pop: Canadian rapper sings Korean lyrics 2011/11/16, Source,
Last October, Canadian rapper Jesse Day spit-fired the Korean lyrics of "외톨이" (Alone) alongside speed rapper Outsider, on SBS's "Star King", a show which features performers with unique abilities. It was a breathtaking spectacle, requiring months of rigorous practice.
Day's fast-paced performance earned the praise of several of his idols, including 2PM member Nick Hun, and Outsider himself,...More
S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC 2011/11/14, Source,
Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.
Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School,...More
Super Junior, Jang Geun-seok, and SHINee Chosen as Most Popular Hallyu Stars 2011/11/02, Source,
Research has said that the idol group Super Junior, actor Jang Geun-seok, and the idol group SHINee have been chosen as the most popular Hallyu stars overseas by ranking in the top three. The English website of Korea.com calculated the number of fans belonging to each star's fan clubs organized on their website, and released the rank indicating the most popular Hallyu stars overseas on November 1. Super Star (with 3,063 members) ranked atop the stars including singing groups and actors, and Jang Geun-seok (with 2,303 members) and SHINee (with 2,138 members) followed,...More
VCR1 Weekly star scene 2011/10/20, Source, We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Our #5 Hot news is the comeback of Lee Seung-gi, a.k.a. the king of ballads.
The multi-entertainer is back in the music industry with a song he wrote himself, and his voice is as sweet as ever.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Shall we date
Hot News #4 brings us news of Hallyu star Ryoo Si-won's fan meeting.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Hello, everyone!",...More
"Kim Tae-hee be gone" Tokyo week-end riot 2011/10/17, Source,
"Let's get rid of the anti-Japanese actress Kim Tae-hee!"
The backlash towards actress Kim Tae-hee in the Japanese Fuji TV drama "99 Days With the Star" is very strong. The netizens who used to attack her online for stating that Dokdo was part of South Korean, suddenly started to pour out on the streets in riot.,...More
Film to portray making of K-pop idols 2011/10/06, Source,
The main cast of "Mr. Idol" pose for the camera during a promotional event last week in Seoul. From left, Ji Hyeon-woo, Jay Park, Jang Seo-won and Kim Randy. / Courtesy of Cinergy/Lotte Entertainment By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop is all the rage as the media has taken notice of fan bases in Europe and beyond, and a new movie will focus on the making of an idol band.
The press junket for "Mr. Idol" (working title) was held in Seoul last week, ahead of a fan meeting in Busan this weekend during the course of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The country's largest cinema event kicked off Thursday and continues through Oct. 16,...More
The Hallyu Dream Festival 2011/10/06, Source,
Fans scream their hearts out, showing their love for K-Pop.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "We love Korea".
[Interview : ] "We love everyone here"
[Interview : ] "It's the best".
Let's join them at the Hallyu Dream Festival, which took place in Gyeongju.
Gyeongju, a city where history breathes in every corner, is full of excited fans,...More
Chansung of 2PM To Act In Drama 2011/10/06, Source,
Chansung of popular group 2PM has landed an acting gig in the Japanese drama "Kaito Royale" or "Phantom Thief".
According to a Japanese news source on October 6th, the young talent will be playing a regular character in the drama which is set to air October 28th on TBS. "Kaito Royale" is a popular social game where players can become phantom thieves, go on missions and collect treasures,...More
Show Host Making Comeback After 12-Year Hiatus 2011/09/28, Source,
Talk show host turned businessman Joo Byung-jin, 52, will return to show business by hosting the popular MBC FM radio program "2 PM's Date" after he disappeared from TV screens 12 years ago.
MBC Radio said on Tuesday, "He will begin hosting the program from the end of October when we revamp our regular line-up this fall".,...More
Stars Strike Gold with Stakes in Their Own Companies 2011/09/22, Source,
From left, Lee Soo-man, Yang Hyun-suk, Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young
The surging popularity of K-pop has sent shares of talent management companies through the roof, and this has generated huge wealth for the stars who own them.
According to Chaebul.com, a website that tracks the activities of business conglomerates, the wealthiest entertainer-turned-talent-manager was Lee Soo-man, owner and majority shareholder of SM Entertainment that manages Girls' Generation, Super Junior and other idol groups, whose stake in SM Entertainment is worth W165.7 billion (US$1=W1,151). The value of Lee's stake more than doubled this year due to the Korean Wave,...More
2PM to tour Japan in December 2011/09/15, Source,
K-pop group 2PM
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group 2PM will give concerts across four Japanese cities in December.
The band will kick off the tour with concerts on Dec. 5 and 6 in Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka and will continue to give shows at Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Dec. 8 and Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 14. The tour will wrap up at Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Dec. 17,...More
2PM Nichkhun, f(x) Victoria to leave married life 2011/09/06, Source, 2PM member Nichkhun and f(x) member Victoria will step down from "We Got Married", MBC's reality show where they have played a married couple for over a year.
"September 17 will be the last time the two appear on the show", an official with the broadcaster told 10Asia on Tuesday, while adding that couples David Oh and Kwon Rise, who gained recognition through auditioning program "Star Audition", will leave "We Got Married" the same day as well,...More
2PM starts Asia concert tour 2011/09/06, Source, 2PM has kicked off "Hands Up Asia Tour" which was held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on Friday and Saturday. / Courtesy of JYP Entertainment
By Kwon Mee-yoo
A dynamic performance kicked off 2PM's "Hands Up Asia Tour" at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Friday and Saturday.
The six members dominated the stage for more than two hours, almost non-stop. Sharing in the excitement with their fans the K-pop sensation reveled being onstage,...More
2PM's Taecyeon Pushes Forward Despite Knee Injury 2011/09/06, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon is showing the will to continue on with preparations for the group's Asia Tour as originally planned, despite a recent knee injury. However, in order to not strain his knee into a relapse, he is planning on taking things slow with frequent health checks in between,...More
2PM Nichkhun, f(x) Victoria to leave married life 2011/09/06, Source, 2PM member Nichkhun and f(x) member Victoria will step down from "We Got Married", MBC's reality show where they have played a married couple for over a year.
"September 17 will be the last time the two appear on the show", an official with the broadcaster told 10Asia on Tuesday, while adding that couples David Oh and Kwon Rise, who gained recognition through auditioning program "Star Audition", will leave "We Got Married" the same day as well,...More
Concerts, museums & theater 2011/08/25, Source, Classical concerts The Sonata Series of the Beethoven Association of Korea ― Heroic Beethoven Seoul Arts Center* (See 'Venues' on the right for more information) Aug. 29 To celebrate the 5th anniversary of its establishment, the association has been promoting Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas with 32 pianists, and has divided the performance into six sections. Its 4th performance is this August with "Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2-3" and "Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10-3" planned. Tickets cost 20,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3436-5929,...More
Should lyrics be alcohol-free for youth? 2011/08/23, Source, By Kim Tae-jong
Fresh public debates have been ignited over songs labeled by censors as "harmful to youth" due to the mention of alcohol-related phrases in the lyrics.
Some popular K-pop songs like "Day When It Rains" by boy band Beast and "You Can Eat Well" by the male duo Homme have been banned for those under 19 by the Youth Protection Committee (YPC) under the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family for containing lyrics about alcohol.
Among the lyrics of "Day When It Rains" is the line, "I should stop drinking as I'm drunk". The song "You Can Eat Well" contains the lines",I'll drink heavily with my friends to forget everything" and "Blub, blub, blub after I drank heavily yesterday",...More
2PM Extends Hands Up Asia Tour 2011/08/16, Source,
With the group's immense popularity, increasing demand for more stops during 2PM's "Hands Up Asia Tour" has been pouring in. And JYP Entertainment has granted the fans' wishes,...More
JYP Nation Concert Hitting Japanese Theatres 2011/08/12, Source,
With JYP Entertainment's "JYP Nation in Japan 2011" concert set to take place August 17-18th, many Japanese fans may be disappointed that they weren't able to get tickets.
Well, good news! JYP recently announced that fans who aren't able to attend the concert live at the Saitama Super Arena for the 18th showing, can watch it live in theatres,...More
Pop Idols Bringing Korean Wave to Germany 2011/07/29, Source,
The growing popularity of K-pop bands in Germany indicates that the Korean Wave may have finally made its way to Western Europe.
According to the VIVA Online Clip Charts, girl group 2NE1's recently released song "I Am the Best" ranked top of the charts this week. This was followed by "Mona Lisa", by boy band MBLAQ, and Beast's "Breath". Songs by 2PM, Super Junior-M and Big Bang also made their way into the top 100,...More
The big 3 of Korean pop music and entertainment 2011/07/28, Source, On the back of the K-pop boom, the stocks of talent managing agencies SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment have grabbed the spotlight. SM leads the market and is closely followed by JYP and YG, opening a new chapter in the Korean industry.
TVXQ #1 in Vietnam 2011/07/25, Source,
TVXQ doesn't just dominate in Korea and Japan, but Vietnam too!
According to the Korea Culture Business Exchange Organization and the "Best Fan Forever" contest website, TVXQ was the number one group, chosen by 90,898 Vietnam internet voters,...More
Park Gyuri and Goo Ha-ra: 'We feel Nervous because Huge Tokyo Dome' 2011/07/15, Source,
Park Gyuri and Goo Ha-ra, members of Kara (which is leading the K-Pop boom in Japan), hosted a special episode of the music program entitled "Music Bank" held at the Tokyo Dome, and they said before they began hosting the program at the Tokyo Dome for the first time, "We felt really nervous when we looked at the huge stage". During an interview held at the Tokyo Dome on July 13, all the group members had said, "Kara wants to hold a solo concert at the Tokyo Dome someday",...More
weekly star scene 2011/07/14, Source, Show transcript
Up next is , our round up of the top 5 stories from showbiz in the past week.
: We have our lively, energetic Dami here in the studio with us. Hello, Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and Hi 건영. It's nice to have you back!
: I'm glad to be back! What sort of news do you have for us today,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/07/08, Source, It's time once again for "weekly star scene", where we round up the top 5 stories of the past week in the entertainment scene.
: Hold onto your seats, we have our lively and energetic Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
Best Selling Albums For 1st Half Of 2011 2011/07/07, Source,
Duo TVXQ has clinched the spot as the best album sellers for the first half of 2011.
According to a list of the best selling albums compiled by some of the major music charts -- Melon, Mnet, and Dosirak -- on July 7th, TVXQ's 5th album "Keep Your Head Down" sold 230,922 copies from January 1st to June 30th. This makes them the highest selling act in k-pop for the earlier half of 2011,...More
[Weekender] Summer musical treats 2011/07/07, Source,
"Romance of their Own"
From Broadway classics to K-pop jukebox musical
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The summer is usually considered a slow season for musicals but a wide variety of hot shows are here this season. From Broadway classics to jukebox musicals featuring K-pop, offering spectacles to tempt people to spend their vacations in theaters.
Classics with modern touch
Broadway classics "Guys and Dolls" will raise its curtain at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul on Aug. 2,...More
Hallyu Reaches Popular Video Website 2011/07/01, Source,
While hit Korean "K-Pop" music groups such as Big Bang, 2PM, and Girls' Generation are leading the Korean wave of popular culture, or Hallyu, in Europe, Korean drama series are quickly catching on in the United States and now boast their own section on the popular video website Hulu.com,...More
2PM: 'We Want to Show Our Enthusiasm On Stage' 2011/06/27, Source, 2PM recently released a song entitled "Hands Up.
After releasing their second album, 2PM said, "We want to come back to our friendly image that we showed when we debuted".
The "Animal Idol" image of 2PM is undergoing change. 2PM released their new song "Hands Up" after an eight month break, and they frankly expressed their feelings in an interview held on June 21, saying they had tried to express the bright and candid image that they had presented right after their debut. Wooyoung said, "I told our producer, Jin Young, that I wanted to play on the stage. I think that we will enjoy our performances along with our fans and we will be shown as ordinary boys who can dance really well on the stage". Joon Soo said with confidence, "People who watch our performance on the stage for the first time will all think that 2PM members are playing on the stage really joyfully",...More
K-pop concert hall to open today 2011/06/21, Source,
The Olympic Hall in Olympic Park in Seoul will reopen as a K-pop concert hall today after a one-year renovation project. / Courtesy of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
By Chung Ah-young
The Olympic Hall in Olympic Park in Seoul will reopen as a K-pop concert hall today after a one-year renovation project. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation said the concert hall will be a cultural complex that offers not only musical facilities but also content from the past, present and future of K-pop at one place,...More
B-boy world championship due in Seoul next week 2011/06/21, Source, Jay Park, the former leader of K-pop group 2PM, will hold a special showcase with b-boy crew Art of Movement on July 2. / Korea Times file
Tiger JK, Jay Park to give special performances
By Lee Hyo-won
Get ready for some of the most mind-bending, gravity-defying and joint-popping contortions, with the opening of an international b-boy tournament in Seoul next week,...More
IU Drops Out Of "Immortal Song 2" 2011/06/07, Source,
Following singer IU's announcement that she would be leaving KBS's new show, "Immortal Song 2", the rumor mill started churning. Many people linked her departure to the fact that she had placed last in the first episode of the show that ranks idol stars in purely their vocal abilities. IU had given an impressive performance of her own rendition of Toy's "Good Person", but failed to move the audience enough to beat any of of the other contestants,...More
LIMA ― Fans living in other parts of Asia embark on a pilgrimage to South Korea to attend their K-pop stars' performance or meet them in person. K-pop idols conduct perform,...More
Jay Park Sets His Eyes on U.S. Music Scene 2011/05/25, Source, Jay Park /CNNGo
Jay Park, former leader of boy band 2PM, is enjoying topping charts at home and abroad with his latest single and has plans to make inroads into the U.S. music industry.
CNN's Asian culture and travel website CNNGo interviewed the 24-year-old pop star and discussed his musical achievements and the key to his global popularity,...More
Music Bank Live From Tokyo 2011/05/23, Source, KBS's popular music show "Music Bank" will be broadcasting live from Toyko on July 13th, under the title of "K-Pop Festival-Music Bank In Tokyo".
15 Korean groups and artists will be heading over t,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
New KBS Idol Singer Reality Show 2011/05/04, Source,
Following the success of the reality show "I'm A Singer" featuring singers that are mainly known for their vocals and staying power in the music industry comes a new KBS show!
It will be called "Immortal Song 2", following "Immortal Song" which aired in 2007-2009. The first season involved renowned Korean artists to teach various entertainers how to sing their top hit songs,...More
Riding Korean Wave in Thailand 2011/04/25, Source, Welcome back.
The Korean wave, also known as the Hallyu, refers to the widespread popularity of Korean pop culture all across the globe.
Having kicked off in China in late 1990s, it has been achieving over one billion dollars in revenue annually for South Korea through cultural exports.
How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid? 2011/04/19, Source, With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fac,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Stars to unite for new global management 2011/04/08, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Hallyu stars will join forces to establish a collaborative agency to target the Asian market.
Keyeast, Bae Yong-joon's management agency, said Friday that six management agencies, AM Ent, Star J, SM, YG, JYP and Keyeast, will combine to launch UAM (United Asia Management) this month,...More
"Dream High 2" hypothetical lead character? "Park Eun-bin vs Park Jin-young 2011/03/17, Source,
As the drama "Dream High 2" is believed to go into production, there are questions about who will be the new lead characters. There have been rumors about 'Sam-dong's brother' to 'Yang Jin-man as main role', and other various scenario's as well as the question if the cast from season 1 would exist.
It is known that KBS will start production of "Dream High 2" in timing of the next winter break and due to be aired next year. Previously a "Dream High" spokesperson talked about some possibilities to Seoul Newspaper NTN, "There haven't been any details formed. However, season 2 is being positively looked over".,...More
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2 2011/02/23, Source, Show transcript
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our Dami in the studio today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영! Today for we're going to start off with Park Jin-young, who has debuted as an actor through the TV drama "Dream High", and has been chosen to be a model for a commercial. Let's kick off this week's with the latest news from this super-multi-entertainer.
Park Jin-young has been chosen to represent a laptop brand in its newest commercials. He is now taking his first steps as a model,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/02/16, Source, Show transcript
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami in the studio with us, today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영!
Well, what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today for , as always, I'll deliver the news and issues that heated up the entertainment industry! First up is the news of JYJ's Kim Jun-su, who is enjoying stardom as a musical actor as well as a recording artist. Let's kick off this week's by taking a look at this new dark horse of the musical industry,...More
Family fun for the long holiday 2011/02/01, Source,
"COSplayer" (2004) by Cao Fei at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea / Courtesy of MOCA, Showbox/Mediaplex, SBS Contents Hub, Seensee Company, SBS
Movies, performances and exhibition lineup for Seollal By Lee Hyo-won, Kwon Mee-yoo and Ines Min Seollal falls on Thursday this year, giving way to a long lunar New Year break that allows some people to take up to nine days off,...More
TVXQ: 'We Will Keep Dong Bang Shin Ki and We Want JYJ to Come Back' 2011/01/17, Source,
TVXQ released a new album entitled "Why - Keep Your Head Down" after a two year and three months break. The two-member group TVXQ (U-Know Yun Ho, 25 and MaxChangmin, 23) explained why they had formed this two-member group again, saying, "We had decided to continue this group only to keep the group, TVXQ. This is the second stage of our groups and it will be the third stage when the other three members come back to the group after settling the problem with the agency (SM Entertainment)".
They had to take a break after three members, Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Jun Su, had had a legal conflict with their agency in 2009, had left the group, and then formed a new group named JYJ. People in the music industry and their fans in Asian countries had felt disappointed about the breakup of the top star group,...More
Just hearing these names together already spurs high anticipation for an upcoming television series, ",...More
'Rabbit' celebrities to make leaps in 2011 2010/12/31, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are considered skillful and diligent, though not very patient in Korean traditional beliefs, following the traits of real rabbits, a small but clever animal.
The hottest rabbit star could be singer and actor Lee Seung-gi who was born in 1987, turning 24 this year,...More
"Athena" scores 3rd win on Monday and Tuesday nights 2010/12/29, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS' series "ATHENA" came on top of the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot, according to surveys by two media research firms on Wednesday.
Data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that "ATHENA", a spin-off to KBS' blockbuster hit series "IRIS", posted average viewership ratings of 18.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, both dropping by one percent compared to a week ago,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" 2010/12/28, Source,
Casts from KBS series "Dream High" : Starting from left JOO, Wooyoung, Eom Gi-joon, Taecyeon, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Ham Eun-jeong, Lee Yoon-ji, IU etc., [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia
Co-produced by Bae Young-joon of KEYEAST and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment and starring members from idol groups 2PM, T-ara and miss A and female singer IU, it is obvious what KBS TV series "Dream High" wishes to be -- a drama which shows how the 'dream factory' really works along with the hardships young trainees go through to become a star, a drama about young people, and a drama where idols stars are the main characters. "Dream High" shows where it is headed to from the beginning with the story starting in the year 2018 with a man named 'K' from Korea sweeping the Grammy awards to become a world star and Jung Ha-myung (Bae Young-joon), the director of Kirin High School of Art, reminisces on the time when he himself was a freshman at the school,...More
Park Jin-young says "wants to make 'Dream High' a reality" 2010/12/28, Source,
From left, Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young pose during the press conference for KBS' upcoming musical drama "Dream High" held at Ilsan Kintex in Gyeong-gi Province, South Korea on December 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Even though announcer Lee Ji-ae emphasized that both Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young were there as producers and not actors, it was no use. At the press conference for KBS' "Dream High" held at the Ilsan Kintex located in Gyeong-gi Province, a Japanese translator appeared for Bae Yong-joon's Japanese fans and 2PM and miss A's fans cheered for JYP Entertainment's founder and CEO Park Jin-young. The is how strong of an influence these two 'star creators' had combined. However, the title of 'producer' is something they were both uncomfortable with and they instead spoke of how the largest reward they have seen from working together was "meeting someone of the same age" and "with the same dream". Below are excerpts from the press conference,...More
JYP Nation artists spend Christmas Eve with 10,000 fans 2010/12/27, Source,
JYP Nation artists during their first joint concert titled "TEAMPLAY" held on December 24 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea. [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) took the stage in front of 10,000 fans for their first joint concert on Christmas Eve.
JYPE announced in a press release Monday that JYP Nation artists -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- joined each other on stage for their three-hour long concert titled "TEAMPLAY" at the Olympic Park Stadium on December 24,...More
Wonder Girls' Sun to make guest appearance at Park Jin-young's concert 2010/12/23, Source,
Wonder Girls' member Sun [JYP Entertainment]
Wonder Girls' member Sun, who is currently tour in Asia, will make a special guest appearance at singer Park Jin-young's concert this week.
A PR official from JYP Entertainment (JYPE) told 10Asia over the phone that Sun will join their agency's famed producer for the first stop of his solo concert titled "Park Jin-young Bad Party - The Dancer" to be held tonight at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea,...More
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
Park Jin-young says BEAST's Gi-kwang was too good to be JYP singer 2010/12/22, Source, Park Jin-young on variety program "Win Win" [KBS]
Park Jin-young, famed producer and founder of top Korean agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE), has said he failed BEAST member Gi-kwang from his agency because the young idol star was aware of how good his own dancing and singing skills were even when he was a trainee under him.
Park made the remark on a pre-recorded session of KBS' variety program "Win Win" which went on air on Tuesday while explaining why he was unable to make a singer out of Gi-kwang who is now one of the most popular members of hit idol group BEAST,...More
JYP is 5.8 billion won in debt 2010/12/22, Source, Park Jin-young, 38, singer and producer of K-pop stars as head of management agency JYP Entertainment, has amassed huge debts, he told KBS2 TV talk show "Seung Seung Jang Gu" Tuesday night.
Park said he was 5.8 billion won in debt when asked how much he earned by main MC Kim Seung-woo. Park is the producer of famous pop idol bands such as 2AM, Wonder Girls and 2PM,...More
2AM Jo Kwon becomes 2PM Nichkhun's masseur 2010/12/21, Source, 2PM member Nichkhun (left) and 2AM leader Jo Kwon (right) [Jo Kwon's official Twitter site]
Korean idol Jo Kwon has posted pictures of himself acting as 2PM member Nichkhun's masseur on his official Twitter site (http://twitter.com/2AMkwon).
On Monday, the 22-year-old singer uploaded two photographs of himself in his pajamas while massaging a blindfolded Nichkhun's hands with a comment underneath saying, "Giving a massage for Nichkhun~~~Looking at this picture is making me sleepyㅠㅠ (yawn)..."..,...More
Still images released for upcoming drama "Dream High" 2010/12/20, Source,
KBS drama "Dream High" [Holym (KEYEAST and JYPE) & CJ Media]
Still images of upcoming KBS drama "Dream High" were released today, according to a press release by Holym Co. and CJ Media on Monday.
The drama, a joint production between major entertainment agencies KEYEAST, JYP Entertainment and CJ Media, released two group photos that feature the main cast of the drama set to go on air next year,...More
Wonder Girls to perform Hong Kong leg of Asia Tour 2010/12/15, Source,
Korean girl group Wonder Girls performing for their concert in Malaysia. [Mnet Media]
Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls will perform in Hong Kong for the first time this week, taking the stage for the second leg of their Asia Tour.
A press release from their concert's promoter Mnet Media announced on Wednesday that the girls will hold a concert on December 17 and head off to several other countries in Asia including Taiwan and Thailand,...More
f(x) Victoria takes photo with 2PM Nichkhun's family 2010/12/10, Source,
f(x) Victoria with 2PM Nichkhun's family [MBC]
A photograph girl group f(x) member Victoria took with boy band 2PM member Nichkhun and his family has been revealed by major Korean broadcasting company MBC.
Through a press release on Friday, MBC unveiled the photo taken while Victoria visited Nichkhun's home in Thailand while shooting a couple of episodes for reality TV show "We Got Married" where the two play a make-believe married couple,...More
2PM Japan showcase attracts 25,000 fans 2010/12/09, Source,
Boy band 2PM's first showcase "2PM 1st Contact in Japan" held in Kokugikan, Tokyo on December 8, 2010. [JYP Entertainment]
Six-member boy band 2PM debuted with a bang in Japan yesterday, attracting over 25,000 fans to their first showcase in the country, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Thursday.
At the event titled "2PM 1st Contact in Japan", held at Tokyo's Kokugikan, the group greeted their fans in Japanese and performed their hit numbers including "Don't Stop Can't Stop", "Again & again" and "Heartbeat",...More
2PM: 'We Are Proud of Being Beast Idol Group' 2010/12/08, Source,
Members of 2PM said at the press conference held before a large-scale showcase held in Japan with 20,000 audience MEMBERS, "We created the term 'beast idol' in Korea first, so we are very much proud of being the 'beast idol group'."
Star male idol group 2PM held a press conference at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo, Japan and delivered their plans for advancing into the Japanese music industry. Nichkhun said, "We really appreciate having this opportunity. Japanese fans have come to Korea to cheer for us up until now, and we will enthusiastically perform for them in Japan from now on". Chan Sung said, "The most important thing is to introduce 2PM to Japan. We are eager to sing our songs and show our performances in Japan as soon as possible. I also want people to look closely at our individual members",...More
JYP Entertainment's JYP Nation reveals concert poster 2010/12/06, Source,
JYP Nation concert poster [JYP Entertainment]
Major Korean talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) today unveiled a poster for JYP Nation's upcoming concert.
The poster revealed all the members of JYP Nation -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- dressed in black and giving off cold and dark expressions,...More
Jang Woo-hyuk wins Best Foreign Artist award in China 2010/12/06, Source,
Korean singer Jang Woo-hyuk at the Southeast Music Rankings Award [WH Entertainment]
Korean singer Jang Woo-hyuk has won the award for Best Foreign Artist at an annual Chinese music awards ceremony, according to his agency WH Entertainment on Monday.
WH announced in a press release that Jang was named the top foreign artist at the Southeast Music Ranking Awards, which was hosted by China's CCTV on December 4, beating Korean pop idols including Super Junior, 2PM and former bandmate Kang Ta,...More
Trainee picture of JYP Entertainment artists revealed 2010/12/03, Source,
Trainee picture of JYP Entertainment artists [Online celebrity website]
Some of the biggest names in the K-pop industry stirred the Internet on Friday after a picture of them during their years as a trainee at JYP Entertainment (JYPE) was unveiled.
Various online websites revealed 2AM's Jo Kwon, 2PM members Taecyeon and Junho, Wonder Girls member Sohee, current BEAST member Gi-kwang and solo songstress JOO from years ago when they were training at JYPE,...More
Jang Geun-seok to receive 2 awards at 2010 Asia Buzz Award 2010/12/02, Source,
Actor Jang Geun-seok [Tree J Company]
Korea's popular idol star Jang Geun-seok is likely to receive two awards for the upcoming Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010, according to Jang's promoter Tree J. Company on Thursday.
Tree J. announced in press release that Jang is currently first in two of three categories -- top male star and top Asian star -- in a popularity poll including Internet users in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia between November 8 to December 1,...More
2PM DVD places fourth on Japan's Oricon chart 2010/12/02, Source,
Cover of 2PM's DVD "Hottest~2PM 1st Music Video Collection & The History~" [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy band 2PM's first Japanese DVD has been ranked at No. 4 on Japan's prestigious Oricon chart.
The group's DVD "Hottest~2PM 1st Music Video Collection & The History~", which came in second on the daily chart on the day of its release on November 24, took fourth place on ranked at No. 4 on Oricon's overall weekly chart as of November 29,...More
Korean TV Drama - "Cinderella's Sister" 2010/12/02, Source,
The Korean TV Drama "Cinderella"S Sister' is a twisted cinderella story that is more focused on cinderella's step sister. It's a modern and trendy Korean TV drama that had 20 episodes and 22.7% of audience rate. This Korean TV drama has gotten much attention for four main characters, Moon Geun-young, Seo Woo, Cheon Jeong-myeong, and Ok Taecyeon.
Moon Geun-young played Gu Eun-jo, a villainess role in the Korean TV drama. She is popular for her innocent baby face, so she used to play very bright and naïve characters. However, in this particular soap opera, she played a character that has a dark past,...More
JYP Entertainment artists release Christmas song today 2010/12/01, Source,
Cover of JYP Nation's single "This Christmas" [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) released a Christmas song today.
JYPE announced in a press release Wednesday that the artists of JYP Nation -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- unveiled their first-ever carol titled "This Christmas", written by Park, founder and CEO of JYPE,...More
2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band Big Bang members perform at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Muscle!" was what a fan from Hong Kong said as soon as she was asked what she finds most attractive about boy band 2PM. And when a girl, who would scream outright just by the mention of Nichkhun's name, was asked whose muscles she thinks are the best, without hesitation she blurted out "Taecyeon!" Numerous female fans from around Asia who like Korean idol stars for specific images crowded the lobby of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao where the red carpet event for the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held. But the cheering was not reserved only for good looking guys. A 19-year-old Chinese girl, who introduced herself as a big fan of Big Bang and in love with all its members, went equally wild at the sight of girl group 2NE1 and imitated the "Abracadabra" dance by Brown Eyed Girls saying they were the group outside YG Family that she loves. Hence in such an atmosphere, it may be only natural that these fans are interested not only in the Korean stars but also Korean culture,...More
[PHOTOS] Mnet's MAMA 2010/11/29, Source, Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Boy band Big Bang member Taeyang performs at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010,...More
2PM's first DVD tops Japan's Oricon chart 2010/11/25, Source,
DVD cover of 2PM's "Hottest~2PM 1st Music Video Collection & The History~" [JYP Entertainment]
K-pop idol 2PM's first DVD has topped Japan's prestigious Oricon DVD chart.
The group's DVD titled "Hottest~2PM 1st Music Video Collection & The History~", which came in second on the chart on day of its release yesterday, climbed up a spot to rank No. 1 on the daily Oricon DVD chart as of today,...More
2PM's DVD comes in at No. 2 on Oricon chart 2010/11/24, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
K-pop idols 2PM have claimed the No. 2 spot on Japan's prestigious Oricon DVD chart with their latest DVD release.
The boys' first DVD titled "Hottest~2PM 1st Music Video Collection & The History~", which was released today, came in second place on the daily Oricon DVD chart as of Monday,...More
1st line up for Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed 2010/11/23, Source,
2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Mnet]
The first line-up of guests attending the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) have been revealed.
The official website of the Ment's annual music festival showed that Korean artists 2PM, 2NE1, miss A, Taeyang and Tiger JK will attend the event while international singers include Zhang Jie and iMe from China, Perfume and Chemistry from Japan and American hip-hop quartet Far East Movement,...More
Promotional events kick off in Japan for release of 2PM DVD 2010/11/23, Source, 2PM cafe in Mandoka cafe of Shibuya of Tokyo, Japan [JYP Entertainment]
Promotional events promoting boy band 2PM's first DVD release in Japan have kicked off, according to their agency JYP Entertainment on Tuesday.
A press release from JYP Entertainment (JYPE) announced Monday that they have come together with Japan's Mandoka cafe in Shibuya of Tokyo to open a 2PM Cafe, where fans who visit the store can listen to 2PM's hit songs, enjoy refreshments and receive special gifts which feature the group,...More
2PM takes over mobile music chart in Japan 2010/11/19, Source,
Japan's Recochuku's mobile music chart
Korean boy band 2PM has dominated a mobile music chart in Japan, securing all top five slots on the chart with their songs.
JYP Entertainment announced in a press release Friday that 2PM's hit songs "Without U", "Heartbeat", "Again & Again", "My Life 4 U" and "10 Out of 10", which were released as ringtones on Wednesday, have placed on the top five spots on Japan's Recochuku's mobile music chart,...More
Super Junior voted favorite Hallyu star in Brazil 2010/11/17, Source,
Boy band Super Junior's fanclub in Brazil [Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange]
Thirteen-member boy band Super Junior have been picked the most popular Korean idols in Brazil.
According to a survey in Brazil conducted by the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) on 2,826 youths, Super Junior took first place with 2,137 votes followed by SHINee (1,507), Big Bang (1,471) and BoA (1,315),...More
10Asia publishes mook on Korea's hottest idol groups 2010/11/16, Source,
10Asia's mook publication "10+idol" [10Asia]
Korea's leading web-based entertainment magazine 10Asia has published its first mook [magazine+book] on the 16 hottest Korean idol stars of 2010.
Titled "10+idol", the publication contains articles, interviews and photographs on artists the first issue has deemed as idols of the year including SHINee, Taeyang, Jay Park, Rain, 2AM, Girls' Generation, TOP (Choi Sung-hyeon), Wonder Girls, f(x), Jeong Yong-hwa, missA, BEAST, MBLAQ, Secret, Infinit and Orange Caramel,...More
Rating The Latest Idol Group Comebacks 2010/11/15, Source,
Three of the most representative groups from three of the most representative entertainment companies in Korea have recently made their comebacks this fall season. It was no surprise that each of these three groups won number one honors on the live music performance shows in Korea. It's been established that all three groups have the three factors that idol groups these days need to have: good music, great performances, and enviable style.
These three groups -- Girls' Generation from SM Entertainment, 2PM from JYP Entertainment, and 2NE1 from YG Entertainment -- were rated according to those three factors for their latest comeback songs, in comparison to their previous works,...More
JYP Entertainment artists to hold joint concert on Xmas Eve 2010/11/12, Source,
JYP Entertainment artists (from top left to right): Park Jin-young, JOO, San E, miss A and Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) will hold a concert next month.
JYPE announced in a press release Friday that JYPE founder and CEO Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, JOO, San E and miss A will come together under the name of "JYP Nation" to take the stage of the Olympic Park Stadium for their first-ever joint concert titled "TEAMPLAY" on December 24,...More
On the set of "MBC Star Audition" premiere episode 2010/11/08, Source,
Singer Lee Eun-mi-I, producer and songwriter Bang Si-hyuk, rock guitarist Kim Tae-won-I, rock vocalist Kim Yuna, balladeer Shin Seung-hun and anchorwoman Park Hye-jin-II take part in the live broadcast "MBC Star Audition" at MBC Dream Center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 5, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The premiere episode of public network MBC's singing competition series "MBC Star Audition" which went on air live November 5 was sort of the launching episode to the show introducing its hosts and judges. In a way, a preview aimed at encouraging more participation before the actual competition starts. This was because while contestants have yet to start competing and show how they will grow as the program progresses, there was also a need for explanation on what "MBC Star Audition" is about. And yet its producers are taking their chances too by having created a show they themselves cannot predict the outcome to, to air live for 70 minutes every week,...More
2PM continues to shine on "M! CountDown" for 2nd win 2010/11/05, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM [Official 2PM website]
Six-member boy band 2PM continued to shine on music channel Mnet's weekly program "M! CountDown" on Thursday.
The boys grabbed their second consecutive win on the show with the title track "I'll Be Back" from their new mini-album "Still 2:00PM" against fellow labelmates ballad group 2AM,...More
On the set of Mnet's weekly music show "M! CountDown" 2010/11/05, Source,
2AM members Jinwoon and Jo Kwon sing on cable music channel Mnet's "M! CountDown" at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It was finally the day the press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place and the day the nominees for the show would be announced as well. That is why cable music channel M! CountDown which took place on October 28 took place under the name "2010 MAMA Special". Through a pre-recorded clip, 2PM member Nichkhun introduced the various categories artists would be recognized in at the 2010 MAMA and on stage, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung talked about how they would react should they win an award,...More
2PM Wooyoung, miss A Suzy cast for "Dream High" 2010/11/04, Source, 2PM member Wooyoung (left) and miss A Suzy (right) [JYP Entertainment]
2PM member Wooyoung and miss A's Suzy will both be making their acting debut in the upcoming KBS music TV series "Dream High", a highly anticipated co-production between top Korean entertainment firms JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and KEYEAST.
The show's promoter announced Thursday that Wooyoung has been cast for the role of Kevin, a skilled dancer from overseas, while Suzy will be playing the role of Ko Hye-mi, the prettiest girl at a performing arts school who dreams of becoming the next Jo Sumi (famed female soprano),...More
New Hallyu: K-POP Boom by Idol Groups 2010/11/03, Source,
At a joint interview with members of Kara, 2PM, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, and 4Minute, they all said, "We feel kind of a responsibility as Korean representatives overseas".
Hyun Ah (4Minute), On Yoo (SHINee), Wooyoung (2PM), Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), and Koo Ha Ra (Kara) came one after another for an interview at a cafe. All the guests in the cafe revealed their curiosity by paying full attention to these star members, whom they could rarely see at one place together.
Those members of the star idol groups who attended the interview were all actually the leaders who have created the "new Hallyu" with K-POP in countries such as Japan, the greater China region, South-East Asia, and the USA,...More
2PM Taecyeon cast in new KBS musical drama 2010/11/02, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
K-pop idol Taecyeon will be showing off his acting skills once again, this time as one of the male leads in KBS' musical TV series "Dream High", a much-anticipated collaboration between Korea's top entertainment firms JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and KEYEAST.
JYPE announced in a press release Tuesday that Taecyeon has been cast as Jin-kook in the upcoming show, a skilled dancer that has been kicked out of a school for performing arts but transferred back by request from the chairman of the school,...More
2PM and Ga-in claims No. 1 spot on TV music programs 2010/11/01, Source,
Cover of 2PM's mini-album "Still 2:00PM" [JYP Entertainment]
Six-member boy band 2PM and Brown Eyed Girls' member Ga-in (Son Ga-in) took the crown on televised music programs during the final week of October.
2PM scored their second consecutive win on KBS' Friday music show Music Bank with their new title track "I'll Be Back" from their latest mini-album "Still 2:00PM",...More
2PM sweeps Mnet CountDown by storm 2010/10/29, Source,
Six member boy band 2 PM [JYPE Entertainment]
Boy band 2PM became the winner on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" on Thursday.
The six-member group took the top prize on the program with "I'll Be Back", the title track from their mini-album "Still 2:00PM" released Two Weeks ago,...More
Mnet takes annual music fest overseas for first time 2010/10/29, Source,
From left, Mnet's director Kim Ki-woong and Mnet Media's head Park Gwang-won speak at a press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010.
Korean cable music channel Mnet will take its annual music festival to Macau this year, holding the show overseas for the first time as it strives to become bigger than the Grammy Awards,...More
2PM returns in full-force with a seven-track mini album,...More
2PM celebrates wins on TV music shows with "I'll Be Back" 2010/10/25, Source,
Six-member boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Six-member boy band 2PM, who returned to the local music scene last week, placed atop both televised music shows with their latest single over the weekend.
The group won on KBS' Friday music program and scored the Mutizen Award on SBS' Sunday show "Inkigayo" with their title track "I'll Be Back" from their mini-album "Still 2:00PM",...More
Ga-in and 2PM win the battle to top Gaon charts 2010/10/21, Source,
Brown Eyed Girls' memeber Ga-in (Son Ga-in) [Nega Networks]
Korean idols Ga-in (Son Ga-in) and 2PM beat out other artists to top Gaon charts during the week of October 10 to 16.
Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-in (Son Ga-in)'s latest solo "Irreversible" managed to position itself at No. 1 on Gaon's singles chart, making a nine-spot leap to first place to beat out Supreme Team,...More
2PM wins award at music festival in China 2010/10/19, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM at the Mandarin Music Honors in China. [JYP Entertainment]
Six-member boy band 2PM won top honors at a music award ceremony in China on Monday.
JYP Entertainment announced in a press release Tuesday that 2PM, who were invited to represent Korea at the Mandarin Music Honors (MMH) hosted by China's CCTV and MTV, won the title of "Most Popular Asian Artist",...More
Ga-in hits No. 1 spot with "Irreversible" 2010/10/19, Source,
Cover of Ga-in (Son Ga-in)'s solo album "step 2/4" [Nega Networks]
Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-in (Son Ga-in) has made her way to the top spot on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her new song "Irreversible".
Ga-in (Son Ga-in), who recently began her solo music career, climbed up six spots to No. 1 with "Irreversible", taking her first win during the week of October 11 to 17,...More
Twelve Asian Stars to Appear in 'Asia Song Festival' 2010/10/18, Source,
Star singers including Rain, BoA, 2PM, Lee Seung-chul from Korea, AKB48 from Japan, and Jane Zhang from China will appear in the "Asia Song Festival".
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on October 14 that twelve star singers from six Asian countries will appear in the "2010 Asia Song Festival" that will be held at the Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium on October 23,...More
2PM reveals new album track list and video trailer 2010/10/11, Source,
Korean idols 2PM members (from left to right): Chansung, Junho, Wooyoung, Junsu, Nichkhu and Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment] Korean boy band 2PM have unveiled the complete track list for their upcoming mini-album.
The track list for their new album "Still 2:00 PM" was revealed on various web-based music sites earlier today as well as the trailer for their title track "I'll Be Back" on the group's official website,...More
2PM unveils teaser video and title of upcoming album 2010/10/07, Source,
Teaser video of Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Six-member boy band 2PM unveiled a teaser video and the title of their upcoming album today, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE).
A video of the boys dancing, which revealed the name of their new album "Still 2:00 PM" at the end of the clip, was revealed on the group's official website,...More
2PM goes into countdown for comeback 2010/10/04, Source,
Teaser image of 2PM comeback [JYP Entertainment]
Six-member idol group 2PM has gone on a countdown ahead of making their comeback to the local music scene later this month.
The group's agency JYP Entertainment revealed an image of the phrase "Day - 2" on a black background on their official website (www.2PM.jype.com) on Monday, indicating that a teaser will be revealed two days later,...More
2PM To Debut in Japan by Releasing DVD 2010/09/27, Source,
The Sankei Sports newspaper reported an article with the title "Asia's NO.1 Group 2PM to Debut in Japan" on September 22 and said that the six-member male group has decided to debut in Japan. 2PM will release its debut DVD entitled "Hottest-2PM 1st MUSIC VIDEO COLLECTION & The History", in which their seven hit songs and music videos are included, to present their various talents to Japanese fans on November 24. They will also hold a large-scale debut event in Ryogoku Kokugi-kan located in Tokyo on December 8 to interact with their fans,...More
KBS is seeking to bring about a change in the sluggish teenage program scene with its new series,...More
2PM to expand career into Japan 2010/09/24, Source, 2PM's expansion into Japan reported in Sankei Sports [Sankei Sports]
Top Korean boy band 2PM will be expanding their singing career into Japan in a few months, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE).
JYPE explained through a press release Thursday that as reported by Japanese media outlets the previous day, 2PM will make a debut in Japan through major record label Sony Music Entertainment in two months time,...More
2NE1 celebrates first win on KBS' "Music Bank" 2010/09/20, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): CL, Bom, Sandara and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 celebrated their first win on a televised music program over the weekend with their new song "Can't Nobody".
The quartet, who gave their comeback performance with "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody", took the crown on KBS' Friday show "Music Bank", beating out R&B singer Wheesung,...More
Jay Park to arrive in Korea today 2010/08/25, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park (Korean name Jay Park) will arrive in Korea today after having left for the United States two weeks ago on vacation.
"Park is scheduled to arrive in Korea this afternoon through Incheon International Airport", an official at SidusHQ told Sports Today over the phone on Wednesday,...More
2PM releases digital single and music video for Thank You 2010/08/18, Source,
Cover of 2PM's digital single "Thank You" [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idols 2PM have released a digital single and music video for "Thank You", according to the group's agency JYP Entertainment on Wednesday.
JYPE announced in a press release that the ballad song "Thank You", which was first revealed at 2PM's first solo concert, was revealed on various web-based music sites yesterday,...More
Park Jin-young receives int'l award alongside Bill Clinton 2010/08/17, Source,
Founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment Park Jin-young at the World Leadership Awards in Atlanta, Georgia [JYP Entertainment]
Founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment Park Jin-young was honored with an international award alongside former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the World Leadership Awards last week, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Monday.
JYPE announced in a press release that Park was handed the Global Ambassador Award at the World Leadership Awards held in Atlanta, Georgia on August 6. He received this award because of the dreams and hope that he instilled in children as well as discovering and training new talent,...More
Mourning Over Andre Kim's Death 2010/08/16, Source,
The late Andre Kim is talking with the actress Kim Hee-seon at the fashion show held in Seoul in 2001.
People in the entertainment industry were mourning over the news of Andre Kim's death while saying, "A great star in Korea has fallen".
The late Kim had been involved in the entertainment industry and formed close family-like relationships with many stars during his life. In particular, actors such as Kim Hee-seon, Cha In-pyo, Jang Seo-hee, Choi Ji-woo, Ryoo Si-won, and Cha Seung-won had shared special affection for Kim and each other for a long time, and they had been loved by fans for appearing on the catwalk at Kim's fashion shows, and they looked deeply shocked by the news that Kim had passed away on August 12,...More
Korean producer Park Jin-young, also known as JYP, received an award for global leadership in Altanta, Ga., alongside othe,...More
2PM to give encore concert 2010/08/16, Source,
Official poster of 2PM's encore concert [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idols 2PM will be giving an encore performance of their first live show in September, according to their agency JYP Entertainment on Monday.
In a press release, JYP announced that the boys will hold a second showing of their first solo concert "Don't Stop Can't Stop" on September 4 and 5.
Their first round of shows was held July 31 and August 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul and on August 7 and 8 at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO) in Busan,...More
The funeral parlor of Seoul National University Hospital rang with the sobbing cries of friends coming to pay their respects to the late fashion icon, Andre Kim.,...More
Mnet Media, JYP joins forces to take on Asian music market 2010/08/13, Source,
Popular Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and music cable unit Mnet Media have come together to expand Korea's music business and talent into the Asian music market.
On Thursday, JYPE and Mnet Media announced that they have formed a partnership through which they will jointly work toward expanding the influence of Korean music content in Asi,...More
There's been a new wave of poster boys in the k-pop industry that have created a new fusio,...More
Jay Park returns to the U.S. 2010/08/11, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Jay Park left for the United States today after wrapping up filming of b-boy pic "Hype Nation 3D".
Park had been in Korea since mid-June to shoot the Korea and U.S. joint production about a dance contest between Western and Eastern b-boys,...More
Korean pop stars to perform at Hallyu Dream Concert 2010/08/11, Source,
Official Hallyu Dream Festival site
Korea's hottest K-pop stars will gather in the city of Gyeong Ju in the North Gyeongsang Province next month to perform at the Hallyu Dream Concert.
Close to two dozen artists including Super Junior, 2PM, Kang Ta, 2AM, 2NE1, Se7en, 4minute, BEAST, Son Dam-bi, Kara, After School, miss A, FT Island, Choshinsung, Davichi, T-ara, MBLAQ, U-Kiss, ZE:A, Secret, Flower and Seo In-guk will take to the stage of the concert to be held on September 12 at the Gyeong Ju Citizen's Stadium as part of the two-day Hallyu Dream Festival which begins on September 10,...More
BoA's vocal chops are "right on", says Kim Dong-ryul 2010/08/10, Source,
Korean singer and songwriter Kim Dong-ryul [Music Farm]
Korean singer and songwriter Kim Dong-ryul, who recently worked with BoA on her latest album "Hurricane Venus", has said that BoA's vocal skills are "right on", according to a press release by his agency Music Farm on Tuesday.
Kim, who is notorious for not giving his compositions to other artists, explained that he accepted agency SM Entertainment's offer to pen a song for BoA because he thought it would be "interesting" to work with her,...More
[INTERVIEW] Jay Park - Part 1 2010/08/09, Source,
Singer Jay Park poses during a photo session of a press conference ahead of performing at the "Summer Week&T" music festival held at the Naksan Beach in Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
We met with Jay Park. This seems to be the only way to describe his press conference held at Naksan Beach in the Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, where he was appearing in public officially for the second time. The 23-year-old singer was also just hours away from giving his first stage performance since going solo, taking to the stage of the two-day "Summer Week&T" festival with his act right before Korea's king of hip-hop Drunken Tiger and two before American hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco,...More
Actress Park Si-yeon's Song Picks 2010/08/05, Source,
Actress Park Si-yeon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
There are many words in this world which can be used to describe a beautiful woman but the adjective which probably best suits actress Park Si-yeon is 'alluring'. The clean-cut contour of her face and deep eyes which became known first through her participation in the Miss Korea competition in 2000 and then a cosmetics commercial, continues to retain its classical beauty ten years later. That may be why the characters Park played were women who drove many men to their destruction and misfortune,...More
Decision on Jay Park drama casting yet to come 2010/08/04, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
The decision on former boy band 2PM leader Jay Park appearing in a drama tentatively titled "Secret Garden" has yet to be made, according to his agency on Wednesday.
SidusHQ stated through a press release that negotiations regarding Park's casting for the upcoming SBS TV series had been "going positively" and they are now waiting for a response from the show,...More
2PM's First Concert Wows 12,000 Audience Members 2010/08/03, Source,
When the clock on the screen indicated 2 pm, wild and tough action scenes were played onscreen.
When the heavy booming sounds played enough to raise tension among the audience members, the concert hall was filled with the sound of motorcycle engines. The members of 2PM made an appearance on the stage by riding motorcycles, and they showcased their first song "Don't Stop Can't Stop" with a dynamic dance performance,...More
Kim Beom named PR ambassador for Hallyu Dream Festival 2010/08/02, Source,
Korean actor Kim Beom
Several Korean stars including actors Kim Beom and Yoon Sang-hyeon have been appointed PR ambassadors for the upcoming Hallyu Dream Festival to be held next month in the city of Gyeong-ju in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
The event's organizing committee announced in a press release on Monday that they have named Kim Beom as the publicity ambassador for the festival while giving the same title to actor Yoon Sang-hyeon, idol group Choshinsung and singer Hong Jin-young to promote North Gyeongsang Province,...More
Jay Park to hold extra day of Korea fan meeting 2010/07/30, Source,
Fan meeting poster of Jay Park [MC Culturepai]
Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, will be extending his fan meeting in Korea next month by one day, according to event promoter MC Culturepia on Monday.
A press release from MC announced that Park, who is scheduled to hold his fan meeting in Seoul on August 28, will meet and greet his fans once again the following day at the Hwaseong Tiger Dome located in Korea University in Seoul,...More
After releasing his mini-album "Nothin' On You" just two weeks ago, the now solo singer saw about,...More
The next serving of 'hallyu'? 2010/07/28, Source,
A poster for MBC drama "Pasta" / Courtesy of MBC
By Han Sang-hee Staff reporter
The word "hallyu", or Korean wave, first appeared in the late 1990s, and it has been growing within the local entertainment industry over the years.
The word, which referred to the popularity of Korean culture around the world, has now become a representative term when explaining and defining Korean culture. It refers to almost all cultural aspects_ from drama, music, food to fashion_ and as much as Korea would like to see some effects in other parts of the world, it certainly impacts the entire region of Asia,...More
Jay Park dances back into spotlight at "Hype Nation 3D" press conf 2010/07/23, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park speaks during a press conference for upcoming film "Hype Nation 3D" held in Namyangju, South Korea on July 22, 2010. [photographed by Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park danced his way back into the spotlight yesterday, making his first public appearance since being infamously ousted from popular boy band 2PM last September.
All eyes were on the Korean-American entertainer as he showed up, accompanied by his co-stars, crew and director, at the press conference for film "Hype Nation 3D", held Thursday on the movie's set located in the city of Namyangju, South Korea,...More
2nd line-up of K-pop idols announced for Hallyu concert 2010/07/22, Source,
Official poster for "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert [HH Company]
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert, to be held next month in the city of Incheon, South Korea.
According to a press release by PR agency The J Story on Thursday, Korean singers BoA, Kara, Se7en and Taeyang of idol group Big Bang will also be performing at the concert, which will take place August 29 at Incheon Munhak Worldcup Stadium,...More
miss A, 2AM to perform at 2PM concert next weekend 2010/07/22, Source,
K-pop girl band miss A [JYP Entertainment]
Korean pop groups 2AM and miss A will be performing as musical guests at labelmate 2PM's Seoul concert next weekend, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Thursday.
"2AM and miss A gladly offered to be performing guests at 2PM's first concert despite their busy schedules", JYPE said in a press release. "Both groups are congratulating 2PM's significant first concert from the bottom of their hearts, and they will present the best opening performances for the audience",...More
Jay Park to perform solo single at summer music fest 2010/07/21, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Park's official Twitter page]
Korean singer Jay Park will perform his new song at a summer music festival next month, according to his agency SidusHQ on Wednesday.
Sidus announced in a press release that Park will be performing his solo single "Count on Me", for the first time ever, at the annual two-day "Summer Week&T 2010" music festival beginning August 7,...More
Ha Ji-won cast as female lead in new SBS drama 2010/07/21, Source,
Korean actress Ha Ji-won [Wellmade StarM]
Korean actress Ha Ji-won, who is returning to small screen after four years, will play the female lead in a new SBS weekend drama tentatively titled "Secret Garden", according to an official related to the show on Wednesday.
"Ha has been set to play female character Gil La-im. She has finished negotiating on the details of the contract", the official explained,...More
Jay Park officially signs with SidusHQ 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park, former leader of boy band 2PM has signed an exclusive contract with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
SidusHQ released a statement on Friday, explaining that they signed Park on officially as of July 15, the same day that mother company iHQ's Jung Hoon-tak returned to his position as C.E.O. in the firm,...More
SidusHQ set to sign with Jay Park this week 2010/07/13, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
SidusHQ, one of Korea's largest talenthouses, is set to wrap up talks with former boy band 2PM leader Jay Park and sign him onto the agency within the week, according to an official at SidusHQ on Tuesday.
"We have yet to finalize the contract -- we are negotiating on the details -- but we will reach a deal with him this week if nothing in particular comes up", the official told Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
Jay Park likely to sign with SidusHQ 2010/07/08, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, is likely to sign with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
"We are currently in final stages of negotiations with Park regarding an exclusive contract", a high-ranking official at SidusHQ explained on Thursday, adding that a decision is expected to be made next week since talks are "going in a positive direction",...More
Jay Park to release solo debut album on July 13 2010/07/08, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park will be releasing his solo debut single album next week, according to Warner Music Korea on Thursday.
Warner announced that Park's solo album featuring the English, Korean and remix versions of song "Count on Me" will go on sale on July 13,...More
Jay Park to hold fan meeting tour in Asia 2010/07/07, Source,
Korean singer, dancer and actor Jay Park [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, will be holding a fan meeting tour throughout Asia later this summer, according to a press release posted on his official website (www.jaypark.com/fanmeet.html).
The singer, who is currently in Korea shooting the b-boy film "Hype Nation 3D", will meet with his fans in eight Asian cities, starting with the Seoul fan meet on August 28 which will continue onto Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore,...More
Jae Bum: 'I Missed Korea' 2010/07/06, Source,
"I really wanted to come back to Korea. These days, I am practicing acting with a script written in both Korean and English, but it is easier to memorize the Korean lines". -Jae Bum
A news reporter recently met Jae Bum (23) -- who was once a member of the idol group 2PM -- twice, once in an office in Gangbuk and once in a recording studio in Gangnam. He has grown more gaunt than before and bruises could be seen here and there on his knees and elbows as if he had hurt himself by practicing B-boying. It was actually the first time that he met a person from the media since he left for America last year,...More
K-pop idols to perform at Incheon Hallyu concert in August 2010/07/06, Source,
Official poster for "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert [HH Company]
A handful of the hottest Korean pop idols including Girls' Generation and Super Junior are gearing up to perform at the "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010", according to concert organizer HH Company on Tuesday.
HH Company and the city of Incheon announced the first line-up of performers for the event, to be held at Incheon Munhak Worldcup Stadium on August 29, which includes 2PM, After School, BEAST, CNBLUE, MBLAQ, SG Wannabe, SHINee, Son Dam-bi and U-Kiss,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls and 2PM to Promote Seoul City 2010/07/06, Source,
Wonder Girls in commercial for China
Seoul city official announced on July 5 that Seoul city will broadcast four kinds of TV commercials to promote Seoul city in foreign countries, in which Hallyu stars such as Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls, and 2PM appear. The advertising commercials for Seoul city were made in order to inform the world of the attractiveness of Seoul city, and the contents and themes were differentiated by different regions targeting Japan, China, South-East Asian countries, and countries in Europe and the American continent,...More
Jay Park posts message prior to Seoul arrival today 2010/06/18, Source,
Former 2PM member Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park, former leader of popular boy band 2PM, has posted a personal message to fans on his official website (http://www.jaypark.com) on Thursday, a day before his long-awaited return to Korea.
The singer, who will be arriving in Seoul Friday afternoon to start shooting b-boy film "Hype Nation 3D", released a lengthy statement in English and Korean on the website, saying "before I move on to a new chapter in my life, I want to just say some things and put my past to rest",...More
[PHOTOS] Cheering for South Korean soccer team 2010/06/17, Source,
Boy band 2PM [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, boy band 2PM members Junsu, Nichkhun, Chansung and Junho cheer for South Korea playing against Argentina for its second game in Group B of the 2010 World Cup South Africa. 2PM rooted for the South Korean soccer team at the JYP headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on June 17, 2010,...More
Jay Park to arrive in Korea tomorrow 2010/06/17, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park, who is set to start filming b-boy pic "Hype Nation 3D", will arrive in Korea on Friday afternoon.
"Jay Park will arrive at Incheon International Airport at around 5:50 p.m. on June 18", a source related to the film told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Thursday.
Park's arrival has been much awaited by fans of his former boy band 2PM -- his visit to Korea had been talked of after news of his casting for the film broke out in mid April,...More
Female lead cast for Jay Park film 2010/06/15, Source,
RaNia member T-ae [DrMusic]
Singer T-ae has been cast as the female lead for Hollywood film "Hype Nation 3D" starring former boy band 2PM member Jay Park.
DrMusic, in charge of managing T-ae's girl group RaNia, said Tuesday that T-ae will play the role of Park's younger sister in the b-boy film about a dance contest between an American dance crew and South Korean dancers,...More
2PM unveils new music video on Youtube 2010/06/14, Source,
Korean idol group 2PM on the cover of their latest album "Don't Stop Can't Stop" [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM has unveiled a music video for their ballad single "I Will Give You My Life" on popular video-sharing site Youtube, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE).
The group posted the video on Youtube (link to video: www.youtube.com/2PM) last Thursday, which contains never-seen-before footage of the members performing on stage, goofing off during a photo shoot and interacting with their fans, said JYPE through a press release on Monday,...More
Shapely legs is the way to Nichkhun's heart 2010/06/11, Source,
Nichkhun of Korean idol group 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Nichkhun of Korean boy band 2PM has confessed that the first body feature he looks at when he sees a woman is her legs, according to a press release by major TV broadcaster MBC.
The singer made the remark during the group's guest appearance on popular quiz show "World Changing Quiz", when he was asked the question by host Lee Hwi-jae,...More
Pop group 2PM will hold their first solo concerts this summer.
Managing company JYP Entertainment said two concerts wi,...More
2PM's Nichkhun and f(x)'s Victoria cast in reality show 2010/06/04, Source,
f(x) leader Victoria and 2PM member Nichkhun [SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment]
2PM member Nichkhun and f(x)'s Victoria have been cast as one of the latest make-believe couples in MBC's reality show "We Got Married".
JYP Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Friday that "the two began recording for the show at the beginning of June although the schedule for the airing of the show has yet to be set",...More
2PM Junsu unlikely to join Wonder Girls' North America tour 2010/06/04, Source,
Members of boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Boy band 2PM member Junsu is unlikely to be joining the rest of his members for the Wonder Girls' North America tour this month, according to his agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Friday.
"The members of 2PM have departed from Korea because they will open the Wonder Girls' tour but Junsu will stay back and take time to recover from his knee injury", an official from JYPE told Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
Wonder Girls to embark on a 27-stop North America tour 2010/06/04, Source,
Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]
Korean female pop group Wonder Girls will kick off a 27-stop tour in the North Korea on Friday (EST), according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) today.
JYPE announced through a press release that the first solo tour titled "Wonder World Tour", promoted by Live Nation, will start off in Washington D.C. and head to over a two dozen other venues located throughout the U.S. and Canada,...More
Nichkhun says being called pretty is "like an insult" 2010/06/01, Source,
Boy band 2PM member Nichkhun appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Nichkhun, member of popular idol group 2PM who is famous for his dashing looks, has said that being told he is pretty is like "an insult" for him.
The 21-year-old singer made the remark while appearing as a guest on popular celebrity talk show "Steel Heart", according to a press release by the show's broadcaster SBS on Tuesday,...More
Jay Park signs with online media company DMW 2010/05/31, Source, Jay Park (center) with DMW CEO Ned Sherman (left) [Digital Media Wire]
Korean singer Jay Park, former leader of popular boy band 2PM, has signed with U.S. online media company Digital Media Wire (DMW) to manage his career.
DMW announced on its official website (www.dmwmedia.com) Friday (U.S. time) that its CEO and entertainment lawyer Ned Sherman will be "representing artist Jay Park with respect to his global entertainment career",...More
2PM and Super Junior top televised music shows 2010/05/24, Source,
Boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy bands 2PM and Super Junior ranked number one on televised music shows over the weekend.
2PM claimed their second consecutive Mutizen award on SBS' Sunday music program "Inkigayo" with their single "Without U" while giving out the top spot on KBS' Friday live show "Music Bank" to Super Junior who recently made a comeback with a new song titled "BONAMANA",...More
On the set of TV series "Cinderella's Sister" 2010/05/12, Source,
The cast of KBS TV series "Cinderella's Sister" [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"We are going to wrap up with a kiss", cried out director Kim Yeong-jo of KBS TV series "Cinderella's Sister". One would have thought that it was the long-awaited and much-anticipated kiss between the show's main female and male character, but it was actually the charming Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) planting a thank-you kiss on a servant grandmother and a maiden for giving her vegetables without her mother knowing about it. The scene will later air in the twelfth episode. The shooting started early in the morning on an incredibly sunny Children's Day [May 5 - National holiday] and attracted huge crowds of families, who were visiting a nearby amusement park and flocked around the surrounding roads near the shooting location,...More
Jae Bum to Star in Movie 2010/05/05, Source, "Jae Bum (Park Jae Bum, 23), as a former B-boy, has remarkable dance and rap skills, he can speak English fluently, and he also has a cute,...More
2PM's "Can't Stop" rise to the top of Gaon charts 2010/04/28, Source,
Members of boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM stormed to the top of Gaon's singles chart to claim the title as the most popular single for the week of April 18 to 24 with their new track "Without U".
According to Gaon's singles chart on Thursday, 2PM scored their first win with their new tune knocking out Lee Hyori from first place,...More
2PM tops weekly music charts with "Without U" 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM has topped several K-pop music charts this week with their latest single "Without U", triumphing over new hit tunes by Rain and Lee Hyori.
"Without U", the title track from the group's new album "Don't Stop Can't Stop", ranked at No. 1 on various music charts including Monkey3, Dosirak and Mnet for the week of April 19 through 25,...More
Jay Park considering press conference in Korea 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park seen at the Incheon International Airport on September 8, 2009 [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park is said to be considering holding a press conference in Korea when he returns to the country in June to shoot his b-boy film "Hype Nation 3D".
In a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Wednesday, a source related to the film explained that the singer is "discussing with his parents about holding a press conference regarding his permanent resignation [from 2PM and agency JYPE]",...More
2010 Dream Concert Lineup Revealed 2010/04/21, Source, It's one of the hottest k-pop concerts of the year! The 16th annual Dream Concert will be featuring some of the hottest stars, like it does every year. This year's line-up includes two of the most suc,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 2 2010/04/19, Source, 6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups,...More
Former 2PM member Jay Park to star in "Hype Nation 3D" 2010/04/14, Source,
Former 2PM member Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band 2PM's former leader Jay Park has signed on for movie "Hype Nation 3D", according to an official with the film on Wednesday.
The official explained that Park signed a contract with the movie's producer Young Lee, agreeing to appear in "Nation" as well as participating in the soundtrack for the movie which is set for filming starting June.
Park is expected to fly into Korea for the film since 70 percent of the movie will be shot in Korea,...More
Jay Park offered role in Hollywood film "Hype Nation 3D" 2010/04/12, Source,
Korean pop singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park, Korean singer and former leader of boy band 2PM, has been offered to appear in a Hollywood film titled "Hype Nation 3D", according to an industry source on Monday.
"Park and the film's producer Young Lee have been friends for a long time", the source explained. "From what I know, Lee had offered the role to Jay Park back when he was working as 2PM and recently asked him again".
The singer has yet to announce his plans regarding the movie, known to be about a dance contest between an American dance crew and South Korean dancers,...More
[FASHION] Lid hair: Taecyeon vs. Yoona 2010/03/31, Source,
Lid hair: 2PM's Taecyeon vs. Girls' Generation's Yoona [10Asia]
2PM member Taecyeon's lid hair A lid is intended at covering for protection. Other idol stars have tried the lid hairstyle but the style originated from character Ho-sup in the 1989 MBC weekend drama "Happy Woman". That is why [Ok] Taecyeon is being called Ok Ho-sup. The avant garde hairstyle swept the fashion shows of Paris in 2008 but it was actually a hairdresser's accident which brought about the innovation. Ho-sup's idiotic character left an impression strong enough that he could form a troika with actors Park In-hwan and Choi Joo-bong who are well-known for their comical acting,...More
"Cinderella's Sister" is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (2) 2010/03/25, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon attends a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "Cinderella's Sister" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 24, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: Cheon Jeong-myeong, have you gotten used to the atmosphere on set?Cheon Jeong-myeong (Cheon): I think I got the hang of things quite faster than I usually do because up until part of the fourth episode, we've been shooting on rotation so being able to meet up with everyone and act with them has helped. I also tend to prepare a lot in advance, read my script a lot and I had constantly kept in touch and met up with the other actors so that has also helped me to understand my character more quickly. I've become better at anticipating what will be in the next script I get. I used to get the hang of things into the second half of a drama in the past so I'm glad it's happened faster this time,...More
Young Koreans' Obsession with Stardom Is a Deep Concern 2010/03/23, Source, In 1983, a popular children's magazine conducted a survey of 6,595 schoolchildren asking them what they wanted to be when they grew up. Their top choice was scientist with 23.3 percent, followed by teacher (14.1 percent), judge (11.5 percent), doctor (11 percent) and artist (7.8 percent). When asked,...More
2PM Taecyeon starts shooting for new drama 2010/02/23, Source,
Boy band 2PM member Taecyeon [3HW Communications]
2PM member Taecyeon began shooting for TV series "Cinderella's Sister" through which he will make his acting debut next month, according to its promoter 3HW Communications on Tuesday.
"Taecyeon performed very well for the title scene, even though it was his first time standing in front of the camera as an actor", an official with the production company A-Story said of the shoot at the city of Yeoju in Gyeonggi Province on Friday.,...More
Eight K-pop idols to host Mnet music show 2010/02/17, Source,
Idol group 2PM member Nichkhun [10Asia]
Eight Korean pop idols -- namely Nichkhun, Junho, Chansung (of 2PM), Jo Kwon, Jinwoon (2AM), Kang Min-hyuk (C.N.Blue), Lee Joon and G.O (MBLAQ) -- have been selected to host cable music channel Mnet's weekly music show starting Thursday.
Mnet explained yesterday that the popular idol group members -- newly nicknamed "MCD GUYZ" -- will team into groups of three or fours and take turns co-hosting popular music show "M countdown" each week.,...More
The popularity of K-pop around the world has led to a growing demand for English news and information about idols like Big Bang, TVXQ, 2PM and,...More
The set of "Steel Heart" is where heaven is 2010/02/15, Source,
Hosts of "Steel Heart": Singer/actor Lee Seung-gi (left) and emcee Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Everyone, are you going to feel tired during today's taping? You are, aren't you?" The person who says this in the most coy yet charming way is none other than Kang Ho-dong, the main host of SBS variety show "Steel Heart". He was a former national champion in Korean wrestling and currently also plays the Knee-Drop Guru [on MBC's celebrity talk show "Golden Fishery"]. And like the male Siberian Tiger he is called, more than capable of going out far beyond Korea, his show "Two Night and One Day" is also ready to soon go on its excursion to the South Pole.
With more than twenty guests appearing on every episode, inevitably making the conversations last for over a total six to seven hours in a single sitting, the show's taping session becomes a test of one's physical strength. Hence, the host has to tend to the audience before shooting begins and Kang's partner Lee Seung-gi also greets the audience members with his generous smile. But the audience seem particularly glad to see Lee Soo-geun -- comedian and former MC of a rival variety show -- and cry out in unison "Soo-geun oppa! Great to see you!" before the taping begins. But for Lee -- who coveted Kang Ho-dong's position as show host -- such moments of glory comes to an abrupt end, lasting only five minutes as he starts to ramble during his turn to speak. Then Kang Hong-dong and Lee Seung-gi display their superb skills as hosts by keeping the conversation going and lifting up the atmosphere again,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Taecyeon's first drama 2010/02/14, Source,
First time to be the main actor on a drama, Taecyeon from 2PM is very happy for his role.
The drama following "The Slave Hunters" will be aired in March. "Cinderella's Siser" will be starring Moon Geun-young also. Moon's character is loved by the innocent lover, Jeong-woo acted by Taecyeon.
Through parents' divorce and remarriage, these two characters are raised lonely and share a common story. Jeong-woo's longed for a warm loving dinner table cooked by a mother, and the fir,...More
Kim Seung-woo says "Win Win" gave him hardest time in life 2010/02/11, Source,
Scene from "Seungseungjanggu" [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
First, there was rumor it would be the "Kim Seung-woo show". But viewers began to wonder what role Kim would play on show when the names of the supporting show hosts were revealed -- namely TV personality Choi Hwa-jeong, comedienne Kim Shin-young, 2PM member Woo Young and Girls' Generation member Taeyeon. But people then started taking interesting in the talk show "Win Win" when it became known that Kim Seung-woo played the traditional jjanggu in the middle of downtown Myeong-dong one day to 'keep the promise' he made with viewers. Then when it premiered on February 2, the show left a not-so-bad impression, showing promise of becoming competition for other shows aired in the same time slot. Below are exercpts from a joint press conference attended by the cast of the show and producer Yoon Hyun-jun.,...More
[Review] KBS talk show Seungseungjanggu 2010/02/03, Source,
MC Kim Seung-woo on "Seungsungjanggu" [KBS2]
"Seungseungjanggu" - First Episode, KBS2 (Tue, 11:05 P.M.)
The first episode of talk show "Seungseungjanggu" presented viewers with 'talk' and much more. A song which was sung by the emcees at the opening of the show, was sung again with revised lyrics and at the end of the show. And those who made surprise appearances in the show started with main show host Kim Seung-woo's friend from army to those related to Kim Nam-joo, the first main guest of the show.,...More
Jang Geun-seok successfully wraps up his fan meeting in Korea 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean actor Jang Geun-seok performs at his fan meeting [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Jang Geun-seok held his second fan meeting in Korea over the weekend, attracting scores of domestic and overseas fans to the event.
The actor met with some 3,000 fans -- including 700 people from eight countries overseas -- at his fan event, held at Seoul's Olympic Park Olympic Hall on Sunday.
Jang performed songs from the soundtrack to his recent TV series "Minamishineyo" as well as past hits by other K-pop artists including "It's Raining" by Rain and "Heartbeat" by 2PM.
The actor also displayed his deejaying skills and unveiled a series of personal photographs and videos from his childhood days up to the present.,...More
2PM Taecyeon mulling TV acting debut 2010/01/26, Source,
Boy band 2PM member Taecyeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Taecyeon of popular boy band 2PM is considering making his acting debut in a TV series, according to a source at broadcaster KBS on Tuesday.
"It is highly likely that Taecyeon will appear in the drama", the source said of the singer's possibility to join the cast of the show tentatively titled "Cinderella's Sister" in English. "Talks are in final stages and Taecyeon is considering the project on a positive note".,...More
Jo Kwon becomes newest member of "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/19, Source,
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon has decided to join the new cast of SBS variety show "Family Outing", becoming the latest in a string of celebrities who have agreed to appear in a revamped season of the program.
A source close to Kwon said, "We have talked with the producers of the show and he has been set to appear as a regular in the second season".,...More
The final line-up for the second season of the popular show "Family Outing" (SBS) has been revealed.
The first season garnered fans with stars including top comedian and host Yoo Jae-seok and singers,...More
2PM's Taecyeon also cast for "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM member Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM's Taecyeon has become the latest celebrity to join the new cast of variety show "Family Outing", according to one of the show's producers on Friday.
"Taecyeon has decided to appear on the second season of 'Family Outing'" said SBS entertainment producer Nam Seung-yong in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily. He added that they are "planning to cast one or two more people" but added that it is "too early to say who they will be".,...More
Kim Hyun-joong declined offer to appear on "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Leader of boy band SS501 Kim Hyun-joong has turned down the offer to appear in the new season of SBS variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency DSP Media on Thursday.
An official at DSP told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that although Kim did receive the offer, he had "decided not to take on the show due to his conflicting work schedules and other issues".,...More
KBS music awards 2009/12/30, Source, Shin Seung-hoon, 2PM attend KBS music awards
Shin Seung-hoon and 2PM [KBS]
From left, singer Shin Seung-hoon and boy band 2PM members Nichkhun, Junsu and Junho perform together on stage at major broadcaster KBS' year-end music awards held at the KBS Hall in Seoul, South Korea on December 30, 2009.,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
[Music] Korean 'Hot' Music & Fashion Light Up Shanghai's Night 2009/12/18, Source, Shanghai Becomes Stage for 'Feel Korea, K-Pop Night & K-Fashion Show' on the 24th-25th
Cultural Exchanges and Mutual Understanding between Korea & China to Commemorate 2010-2012 Korea-China Cultural Exchange Shanghai will stage Korea's most representative contents including pop music and fashion. ,...More
In the past, Korean students wanted to become doctors, lawyers and the like. Now, sought after professions include acting, singing and modeling. These talented celebrities are nearly worshipped here in Korea and in Asian countries due to "hallyu", the Korean wave.,...More
Singers Say No to Illegal Downloads 2008/12/10, Source, Jewelry, SG Wannabe, Brown-eyed Girls and other top stars have come out to wipe out illegal song downloads. Fifteen musician groups have attended Wednesday morning a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the movement to eradicate illegal downloading. The movement has launched five rounds of mass,...More
Mnet Asian awards heads to Singapore , Source,
Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) 2011, one of the largest music awards in Korea, heads to Singapore this year.
Hosted by music cable channel Mnet, the 13th music awards will be held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 29. Top singers TVXQ, B2ST, Big Bang, Super Junior and 2PM will vie for the best male group award, while Brown Eyed Girls, Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1 and f(x) compete in the best female group section. Kim Hyun-joong, Jay Park, Jang Woo-hyuk, HyunA and G.NA are nominated for the best dance performance by a solo singer,...More
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