[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
YG Artists Chip In To Open Children 2013/02/22, Source,
YG Entertainment artists do more than entertain, they give back to the community as well. Members of the agency chipped in to help out in opening a children's rehabilitation hospital,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/28, Source,
It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is here to give us updates on arts and culture events coming up this weekend over the Chusok holidays. And I hear she has news about a new book being release and a concert tour by one of K-pop's hottest idol groups. Hello, Michelle. [Reporter : ] Hello, Conn-young. So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] I'm sure most of you have read at least one of the Harry Potter books. The Harry Potter phenomenon may have come to an end, but the billionaire celebrity author behind the popular series, JK Rowling, is back at it. She's released a newest book, this time targeted towards adults,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/07/11, Source,
Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)., left, and and G-Dragon perfom on the first night of the "Big Bang Alive Tour 2012" at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Friday. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records By Kwaak Je-yup Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
Big Bang's Seung Ri To Debut As Solo Artist In Japan 2012/06/22, Source,
The youngest member of Big Bang is planning for a solo career over in Japan starting in September. Seung Ri and Daesung made an appearance on a Japanese radio program called "All Night Nippon" on June 19th, where Seung Ri revealed his future plans. He said that while the other members will be pursuing solo activities in Korea, he will be staying in the neighboring country from July to September to work on a variety of his own solo works. He added that he hoped to be making appearances on many Japanese programs,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/03/05, Source,
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records
Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
K-pop stars make overdue returns 2012/02/24, Source,
A promotional image for the album "Touch" shows Fei, memebr of multinational girl group Miss A. (Courtesy of JYP Entertainment)
Currently, K-pop programs are filled with new faces such as Sunny Hill, or B.A.P., but that is about to change. Many groups are returning to the stage here in the coming weeks after wrapping up their schedule abroad or dedicating their time to new albums,...More
The entertainment business: a statistical analysis of what happens after stars find trouble 2012/02/19, Source,
A mother with a large brood never has a peaceful day. It's the same for the entertainment business. There are drugs, drunk driving, violence, gambling, education fraud and more. The patterns for those stars who find themselves in trouble are similar. They take some time of to self reflect and return.
The period of self reflection differs according to the severity of the problem and the star's profession. Drunk driving can be seen as needing the shortest period of self reflection. The average turned out to be only about 6.6 months. Drug cases take more than 20 months to recover from. Only after about two years could stars come out in front of fans with their heads down,...More
Big Bang To Make comeback February 29th Followed By Concert Series 2012/02/02, Source,
The five-membered male idol group Big Bang will be making a comeback after 10 months with a new album in February. It's confirmed even more specifically to be exactly February 29th.
YG Entertainment has been dropping hints by revealing titles of the new songs bit by bit. Most recently, on February 2nd, the powerhouse agency revealed the 7th track, titled "Wings". The song will actually be a solo song by Daesung. Daesung helped G-Dragon in the lyric-writing process, while the song was composed by Choi Pil-gang,...More
2012 iF Design Award– Which Korean Designs joined the Winners Circle? (Part 1) 2011/12/31, Source,
Since 1954, the iF Design Awards have been honoring products in four categories: product, communication, material, and packaging, under the supervision of the International Forum Design in Germany, established in 1953. And its worldwide authority is recognized as one of three global design awards along with Red dot design award and IDEA design award.
This year, 4322 submitted works from 48 countries that made for a fierce competition, and a total of 1218 products received the honor of an iF award. Right now I will introduce to you the Korean companies and brands that received iF design awards. This year, around 20 companies were recognized for their product designs. I will introduce 8 companies that received an iF design award in today's post,...More
VCR2 K-Celebrities Now 2011/12/09, Source, [SOV] [Interview : ] "Are you ready to dance[Interview : ] "Music, please!"
YG Entertainment is one of the major entertainment agencies in Korea behind the K-pop and Hallyu boom. Last weekend, the artists signed with the agency held their annual "YG Family Concert",...More
Reality TV Show Tops Search Terms of the Year 2011/12/05, Source,
"I Am a Singer", the title of a reality TV show, was the most popular search phrase of the year, Daum Communications said. The company released the most popular search terms in 14 categories. Celebrity scandals dominated the rest of the top 10.
No. 2 was "Lee Ji-ah and Seo Taiji", whose acrimonious divorce sparked much online chatter,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/20, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year. YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans. The group will then head to Japan for concerts on January 7-8 at the Osaka Colosseum expected to attract about 80,000 people. Finally, two more shows, each slating for another 80,000 concert-goers, will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on January 21-22,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/19, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year.
YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans,...More
D-Cube City inspired by Korean mountains, rivers 2011/10/10, Source,
A view of Daesung D-Cube City with its iconic tower, left, and lantern-shaped buildings in front / Courtesy of Jerde Partnership
By Kwon Mee-yoo
A 42-story round strucutre with lantern-like front buildings, a department store, theater and an apartment complex make up D-Cube City in Sindorim, Seoul. Integrating retail, entertainment and cultural functions with offices, hotels and residential areas, D-Cube City has become a new landmark of southwestern Seoul since its opening in September.
The facility was designed by the Jerde Partnership, a design studio based in Los Angeles, with offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Dubai,...More
Prosecutor Rules Daesung Not Guilty 2011/08/30, Source,
The Seoul Southern District Public Prosecutors' Office announced on August 29 that they had ruled that Daesung (real name Kang Dae-sung, 22), a member of the idol group Big Bang, was not guilty of the charges filed against him. Daesung had been sent to the public prosecutor's office for accidental homicide as he had struck a motorcyclist with his car and killed him,...More
Daesung acquitted of charges involving motorcyclist's death 2011/08/29, Source, Daesung, a member of Big Bang
By Kim Tae-jong
The prosecution Monday cleared Daesung, a member of K-pop boy band Big Bang, of suspicions involving a motorcyclist's death in a traffic accident on a Han River bridge last May.
The 22-year-old pop star whose full name is Kang Dae-sung has been investigated after he ran over a 30-year-old man lying on the road and then crashed into a parked taxi in front of the victim while he was driving his Audi on Yanghwa Bridge at around 1:30 a.m. on May 31,...More
Daesung comes to an agreement 2011/07/19, Source,
Group Big Bang's member Daesung finally came to an agreement with the family of the deceased.
The mediator for this accident said, "Daesung came to an agreement with the family of the deceased on the 19th. They didn't wish for him to be punished. They felt pity for Daesung and they hope this incident doesn't affect him so that he can perform even better in the future".,...More
Police: 'Daesung Caused Death of Motorcyclist' 2011/06/29, Source, Daesung will be sent to the public prosecutor's office for accidental homicide.
Daesung (real name Kang Daesung, 22) from the star idol group Big Bang, was investigated by the police, and the police found that he had struck with his car a motorcyclist -- who was lying on the ground after crashing into a lamp post -- and killed him. Seoul Youngdeungpo police station announced on June 24, "Kang was driving 80 kilometers per hour and struck the motorcyclist surnamed Hyun, who was lying on the ground, without seeing he had collapsed on the ground and dragged his body, causing his death",...More
Pop Star Charged in Fatal Car Accident 2011/06/01, Source, Daesung of popular boy band Big Bang has been charged over the death of a motorcyclist in a speeding accident. The 22-year-old singer was driving his Audi across Yanghwa Bridge at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday at 80 km/h, well over the 60 km/h speed limit, when he ran over the motorcyclist who was lying in the road and rammed into a parked taxi,...More
Big Bang ranks 3rd on Billboard's world album chart 2011/03/09, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Korean boy band Big Bang's new mini-album "Tonight" ranked third on the World Albums of the Billboard Chart after sweeping the nation's major online music charts.
YG Entertainment said the album, which was released in Korea on Feb. 24, is seeing success on its U.S. debut after being listed at No. 7 in the Heatseekers Album Chart for artists that have newly arrived in the top 100 of the Billboard Chart,...More
Big Bang Turns up Analogue Sound in New Mini Album 2011/03/07, Source,
Big Bang /Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Boy band Big Bang sought to bring back the warmth of pre-digital pop music on their latest mini album, "Tonight", which was released last Friday.
"Listeners must be tired of the rampant use of digital effects in K-pop, just as we are", the band said. "We wanted to comfort and cheer up people distressed by a series of unfortunate events in the country last year through bright, lyrical and melodious music",...More
Big Bang to return with new album 2011/01/17, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Popular group Big Bang will release a new album and hold a concert next month, YG Entertainment announced Monday.
The five-member iconic boy band has been preparing the new album for the past two years and it will be released on Feb. 24. The band will officially return to its fans in a large-scale concert "2011 Big Show" slated for Feb. 25 to 27 at the Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park which can accommodate some 40,000 spectators,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 1 2011/01/04, Source, G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Not everybody can express their thoughts through music. And not everybody can organize and speak of the result of the thoughts they have gained from making music. But G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) are musicians who can do both. They spoke only of their music throughout our interview with them and talked about the thoughts they injected into their music. Whether you agree with their music or not, we recommend you read this interview to hear what the two have to say about their music. This is what it means for these two young men in their early 20s, regarded as idols stars, to make their own music and present it to people. 10: How does it feel having to work together during Christmas time? (laugh) T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon): We feel sorry for each other. (laugh),...More
Big Bang to hold "BIG SHOW" and embark on Japan tour in 2011 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang [Official Big Bang website]
K-pop idols Big Bang next year will hold their annual "BIG SHOW" in Korea as well as embark on a concert tour in Japan, according to YG Entertainment on Thursday.
Yang Hyun-suk, CEO and founder of YG, announced on their official blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) that Big Bang will take the stage for their concert titled "BIG SHOW" at the Olympic Park Stadium from February 25 to 27,...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jeong - Part 2 2010/12/22, Source,
Actress Kim Yoo-jeong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You recently played a middle school student in "Happy Maker Soonjung". How was that? Kim Yoo-jeong: It was fun because I got to wear a uniform but I don't think there's much difference in terms of the acting. 10: What do you think it'll be like when you go to middle school? Kim Yoo-jeong: I think I'll have a lot of fun. People say it's when you have the most fun. Oh, except for the studying. (laugh) Middle schools these days have snack bars, right? But not in Ilsan! And they study more than kids do in Seoul. Elementary schools in Seoul only test you in Korean language, math, social studies and science, and although it may differ depending on your principal, in the city of Goyang you get tested in English and the arts and physical education as well,...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P hold world premiere showcase for duo unit 2010/12/15, Source,
From left, Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) and G-Dragon pose during a photocall of the world premiere showcase for their new duo unit album "GD & TOP" held at major shopping complex Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea on December 14, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A world premiere which went on air live through YouTube. This may sound somewhat grandiose but the stage that G-Dragon (GD) and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) of boy band Big Bang stepped on ahead of releasing their album as a unit was small and simple. Instead, they revealed snippets of each song listed in the album and explained the background to them. To the fans who were looking forward to a fancy comeback performance, this showcase in the format of a talk show may have come off as long-winded but their choice rather came off as the best method to express their affection for the album. And like the two said, them having worked on each of the songs will be like a welcome rain to fans who have long waited for Big Bang's comeback to the local music scene,...More
Big Bang Daesung he looks exactly like Sammy 2010/12/08, Source,
Big Bang member Daesung speaks at a press conference for animated film "Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on December 7, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean boy band Big Bang member Daesung has said he looks exactly like his character Sammy in the upcoming animated movie "Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage".
The remark came on Tuesday during a press conference for the 3D computer animated picture as he responded to a reporter's question on how members of Big Bang reacted when they found out he was going to do a voice over for the cartoon,...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
Kara's new album jacket fully revealed 2010/11/05, Source,
Gu Hara and Seun-yeon in Kara's new album jacket "JUMPING" [DSP Media]
The remainder of photographs in the jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming album "JUMPING" were revealed today.
The newly unveiled photos distributed by DSP Media carried individual pictures of Seung-yeon and Gu Hara followed by a group photo. Just like the individual shots of other three members Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young revealed yesterday, they were in black and white op-art style with geometric designs,...More
Kara's new album jacket partially revealed 2010/11/04, Source,
Images from girl band Kara's jacket for mini-album "JUMPING" [DSP Media]
Several photographs from the album jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming mini-album were revealed today.
Kara's agency Daesung Entertainment (DSP) said that black-and-white photos of three of five Kara members -- namely Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young -- were unveiled to the public on Thursday,...More
Big Bang's new single enters Oricon chart at No. 5 2010/08/26, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, Taeyang, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idol Big Bang's latest Japanese single has placed at fifth on the prestigious Oricon daily music chart, according to Japanese publication Oricon Style on Thursday.
Oricon Style reported that according to Oricon's daily chart, the five-member boy band's fifth Japanese single "Beautiful Hangover", released in the country yesterday, entered the music chart at No. 5,...More
Big Bang may release new album in Oct or Nov 2010/08/20, Source,
Korean pop idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), Taeyang, G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idols Big Bang may be making a comeback to the local music scene in October or November, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Friday.
An official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, "There are plans for the boys to release a new album but it is tentative -- it will depend on the progress of the album",...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
[REVIEW] Variety show "Haha Mong Show" - Premiere episode 2010/07/06, Source, Just who is the current target audience for "Haha Mong Show"?
Hosts MC Mong and Ha Dong-hoon (front) of variety show "Haha Mong Show" [SBS]
"Haha Mong Show" - First episode (SBS TV, Sunday 10:45 AM)
The first main guest [Korean singer Lee Hyori] on the premiere episode of "Haha Mong Show" is caught up in a plagiarism controversy while one of the show's emcees is being suspected of shirking Korea's mandatory military duties. "Haha Mong Show", which premiered on the small screen two months after its pilot broadcast, kicked off in the midst of unfavorable events surrounding the show. But apart from such external circumstances, the bigger problem lies in the "Haha Mong Show" itself and how the show was a mess overall,...More
Big Bang's "IRIS" single ranked No. 5 on Oricon chart 2010/06/10, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang's new single "Tell Me Goodbye" has made the top five on Japan's prestigious Oricon music chart on the day of its release.
According to estimates released by Oricon on Thursday, the boy band's latest single "Goodbye" landed at No. 5 in the singles chart upon its local release on June 9,...More
Big Bang scores triple win at Japan MTV Music Awards 2010/05/31, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang scored a triple win at the MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced through a press release Saturday that the five-member boy band picked up trophies for Best New Artist Video for "Gara Gara Go!!", their second single in Japan, and Best Pop Video for third single "Koe o Kikasete" at the award ceremony, held at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday,...More
Big Bang first Korean dance group at Japan music fest 2010/05/26, Source,
Big Bang members Seung Ri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP (Choi Seung-hyeon) and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Boy band Big Bang will be the first Korean dance group to take the main stages of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival 2010 in August, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced in a press release that the group is set to perform on the Ocean Stage of the Maishima Summer Sonic site in Osaka on August 7 and on the Marine Stage of the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo the following day,...More
Lee Hyori new album reigns Mnet charts 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean queen of pop on Mnet's "Mnet Countdown' [Mnet]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has gracefully bowed onto the top spot of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
The songstress' title track from her fourth album "H. Logic" claimed the No. 1 position on the chart, pushing back last week's winner Rain to become the most-popular single during the week of April 12 to 18,...More
Big Bang to sing Japanese soundtrack for "IRIS" 2010/04/16, Source,
Big Bang members Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will sing the main theme song for the Japanese release of the hit TV series "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Friday.
Sankei reported that the boy band will be singing a ballad titled "Tell Me Goodbye", which will be featured in the show's broadcast next Tuesday on Japanese channel TBS,...More
Big Bang wraps up Big Show in success 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performs at the "2010 Big Show" in Seoul [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang successfully wrapped up their Seoul concert over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
The five-member group performed in front of some 13,000 fans at the "2010 Big Show - Big Bang concert" , held at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on January 31.
"This is a wonderful day because we get to enjoy it with the fans who we love and adore", the group had said during the concert. "We didn't get to be with you last year because we were all involved in individual activities. We are grateful that you are still here with us".,...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
"Family Outing" to shoot final episode next week 2010/01/06, Source,
Scenes from variety show "Family Outing" [SBS]
Producers of SBS variety show "Family Outing" have announced that they will close the show, with shooting of the final episode set to take place on January 11. The producers explained on Tuesday that they "chose to bid farewell" and that former regulars on the show -- such as Lee Cheon-hee, Park Ye-jin and Park Si-yeon -- will be joining the final shoot. "The producers and Family [cast] members will do their best to the end, as we have always done", the show's creators were quoted as saying. "We thank our viewers for their overwhelming love and we ask for your continued support for the Family members".,...More
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