TTS-Girls' Generation, CNBLUE Added to KCON 2016 LA Line-up #KCONLiveChat 2016/05/01, Source,
KCON 2016 presented by Toyota revealed today that the Billboard-topping girl group TTS and the pop-rock boy group CNBLUE will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup! Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center,...More
Fifth Annual KCON USA to Take Place in New York on June 24-25 and Los Angeles on July 29-31 2016/03/13, Source,
KCON NY welcomes fans back to The Prudential Center and KCON LA returns to the Staples Center The world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and today announced dates and venues for its two U.S. locations in the New York metropolitan area and Los Angeles. This year's KCON NY will return to The Prudential Center and expand to two days with two concerts on June 24-25. KCON LA will kick off a month later, taking place over three days from July 29-31 at the Staples Center,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - SMTown Coex Artium 2015/12/19,
S.M. Entertainment is one of the triumvirate of entertainment companies along with YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. Some of the most famous acts in K-pop are housed under S.M. such as my personal bias SHINee as well as Girls' Generation, Super Junior, f(x), EXO, Red Velvet, BoA, and TVXQ. This list is by no means inclusive of the immensely talented acts found under the S.M. name. Many of the members have been spotted in dramas and films. And some people represented under S.M. are not musicians, but actors such as Ko Ah-ra and Kim Min-jong,...More
Sin Min-ah Has Given Over W1 Billion to Charity 2015/12/05, Source,
Star actress Sin Min-ah has donated more than W1 billion to charity over the years, forming part of an international trend by the very rich to give away their earnings (US$1=W1,161). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was widely said to be the latest prominent face of the trend. Announcing the birth of a baby daughter on Monday, Zuckerberg vowed to give to charity 99 percent of the shares he and his wife own in Facebook,...More
2015 MAMA Wows Fans with Unprecedented Performances Featuring Cutting-edge Tech 2015/12/03,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that Asia's biggest music awards 2015 MAMA excited over 10,000 K-culture fans from all over the world as well as the fans who were watching 2015 MAMA via various online platforms and on TV, showcasing mega-scale performances at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, Hong Kong on December 2nd,...More
Nominees For 2015 Mama Announced, Online Voting Begins 2015/10/31, Source,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a full list of nominees across 18 categories for the upcoming MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd. The announcement was broadcast live on Mnet and through Naver's mobile application V at 6 p.m. (KST) on October 30th. The nominees have been carefully selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from October 26th 2014 to October 29th 2015,...More
Girls' Generation Win Brandname Suit 2015/10/22, Source,
The Supreme Court on Tuesday took time out from serious crime and injurious tort to rule that there can be only one Girls' Generation. The ruling overturns a lower court's decision that allowed a businessman to register the name of the manufactured girl combo as a brand for clothing, toys and food products,...More
Taeyeon of Girls' Generation Releases Solo Album 2015/10/08, Source,
Taeyeon of Girls' Generation unveiled songs on her first solo mini-album on major music-streaming websites on Tuesday at midnight and garnered tons of clicks overnight as soon as its release. She will make the rounds on music shows starting Thursday and will hold concerts from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 and between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "SMTOWN The Stage" 2015/08/22,
SM Entertainment is the South Korean entertainment company that is responsible for such artists as Kang Ta, BoA, and Girls' Generation. That's a very abbreviated list- there's also Super Junior, EXO, and Red Velvet. Probably a bunch more that I'm forgetting too. This is easy to do, because "SMTOWN The Stage" packs about as many of its artists into the runtime as possible, with time roughly evenly split between live performance footage and the performers themselves just discussing why they've dedicated their lives to entertainment,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Producers" 2015/08/15,
Perhaps the most anticipated Korean drama of 2015, "Producers" drew huge attention from the media and the public thanks to its A-list cast and star-studded cameos. Besides the strong lead actors comprised of Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Kong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyeon, and IU, there's an incredible number of Kpop idol appearances like TaeTiSeo of Girls' Generation, Sandara Park of 2NE1, Hani of EXID, and other hallyu stars like Kim Jong-kook, Lee Seung-gi, and Jang Hyeok. But more than the star power, the topic of the drama itself piqued my interest. "Producers" talks about the lives of a group of variety show television producers (PDs) of a major broadcasting company (KBS), shedding light on how they work tirelessly to devise hit programs and handle various work related situations. As an avid fan of Korean variety shows, I'm naturally excited to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at this profession,...More
KCON 2015 USA Rocked both Coasts with over 75,000 in Attendance in Its Fourth Year 2015/08/10, Source,
After three years of exponential growth, KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota (www.kconusa.com) expanded for the first time to a bicoastal event, with three days of panels, workshops, and star-studded k-pop concerts held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center in LA, in addition to a one day convention and concert held at the Prudential Center in the New York metro area. Over 75,000 fans of Korean entertainment and culture attended KCON 2015 USA, with 58,000 fans converging on the flagship event in LA, and another 17,000 celebrating KCON's arrival to the east coast,...More
Goo Ha-ra to Make Solo Debut 2015/07/11, Source, Goo Ha-ra of girl band Kara will make her solo debut next week. "The songs of her first mini album will be released to major music-streaming websites on July 14", her management agency DSP Media said on Monday,...More
KCON Drama Stars Announcement - Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-joon, Ki Hong Lee 2015/07/10,
Largest North American Festival for All Things Hallyu Confirms Appearances by Top Drama Stars, plus Writer and Director. KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota, America's biggest event for All Things Hallyu is going big on drama in 2015 with confirmed appearances by top actors from television and film from Korea and the U.S. being featured at the annual celebration alongside the many top K-Pop artists previously announced. Living up to its mission to bring fans the most comprehensive celebration of all aspects of Korean entertainment, KCON 2015 USA has just confirmed stars Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-joon and Ki Hong Lee to participate in the Los Angeles dates of the event. (Bios below),...More
KCON 2015 USA Completes Lineup of Performing K-pop Artists 2015/06/23, Source,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has completed the list of K-pop artists who will be performing at KCON 2015 USA (see below for the full list). Besides the K-pop artists, a number of celebrity guests are expected to join, and their names will soon be announced,...More
KCON New York Artist Announcements 2015/06/22, Source,
KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota has announced new additions to their east coast lineup with two groups who just released new albums today! AOA and TEEN TOP will be joining previously confirmed artists Girls' Generation and VIXX at the August 8 convention and concert held in the New York metro area at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. AOA is also booked for KCON Los Angeles and will perform at the Staples Center on Sunday, August 2,...More
Girl Groups Set to Heat Up the Summer Music Scene 2015/06/08, Source,
A number of girl groups are scheduled to release albums in June and July, heralding a summer of fierce competition in the popular music scene here. Sistar recently posted some teaser images for their upcoming album on their official social network accounts, raising expectations of a June 22 release,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2015/06/06,
Hear from a top K-pop composer in an exclusive interview, Jamie documents his trip through Gangnam on his way to the DMZ, emerging K-pop groups perform in France, and the "White Porcelain in the Joseon Dynasty" exhibit is now on at Ewha Womans University Museum,...More
[Photos] Kim Hee-seon's graceful and elegant step
Actress Kim Hee-seon is entering the photo wall event at Stella McCartney's first visiting event in Korea, which took place at Boon The Shop in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on May 20th.
The event was to celebrate the opening of the popup store for The World of STELLA at BOONTHESHOP and to introduce the autumn 2015 collection by the brand,...More
Super Junior Revealed as First Performer for KCON 2015 in Los Angeles 2015/05/15, Source,
Additional Acts for the July 31-August 2 Convention and Concert in Downtown L.A. to be announced in the Coming Weeks
Easily one of the most colossal groups to come out of Korean pop music over the past ten years, Super Junior has been announced as the first addition to the Los Angeles line-up for KCON 2015, presented by Toyota. More artists will be announced in the coming month before tickets go on sale in June. The announcement was made during #KCONLiveChat, which airs every Thursday at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET leading up to the convention on KCON's YouTube channel,...More
Rookie K-Pop Girls Debut on Billboard World Chart 2015/03/31, Source,
Rookie K-pop girl group Red Velvet made a surprise appearance on the Billboard charts for world albums last week. The five-member group's mini album "Ice Cream Cake", released in mid-March, "debuts at No. 2 on World Albums and No. 24 on Heatseekers Albums less than eight months after the outfit dropped their first single "Happiness" in August", Billboard said,...More
TVXQ Bags 5 Gold Disc Awards in Japan 2015/03/04, Source,
TVXQ collected five awards at Japan's Gold Disc Awards for the second consecutive year. The veteran boy band won Best Asian Artist, Album of the Year in Asia for "Tree", and Best Asian Music Video for the video of their concert tour "TVXQ Live Tour 2014 Tree",...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
KCON 2014 Reaches New Heights with over 42,000 in Attendance 2014/08/12, Source,
Los Angeles Was the Center of "All Things Hallyu" This Weekend Mayor Eric Garcetti Toured the Convention and Welcomed KCON's Return to L.A. More than 42,000 fans (over double of last year's numbers) converged in Los Angeles this weekend from across the country and all over the world to attend the third annual KCON (www.kconusa.com), the largest celebration of Korean pop culture. This year's event boasted 30 percent more programming, a new, free and open to the public market place, as well as two nights of concerts featuring the hottest K-pop artists from Korea-B1A4, BTS, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, IU, Jung Joon Young, SPICA, TEEN TOP and VIXX. A television special of the concert – M COUNTDOWN 2NIGHTS IN LA – will be shown in the U.S. by Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com) on air and online on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7PM EST/4PM PST and Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7PM EST/4PM PST,...More
Largest K-pop Fan Convention In North America Reveals Full Artist Line-up As Individual Tickets Go On-sale July 3 At 10 A.m. Pt 2014/07/02, Source,
KCON 2014 Now Features Two Nights of M COUNTDOWN:2NIGHTS IN LA Concerts Including Performances By BTS, B1A4, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, IU, Jung Joon Young, TEEN TOP and VIXX
A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu like K-Drama star, Lee Seung Gi All Scheduled for August 9 and 10 in Downtown L.A.
KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture announced today the full artist lineup for both nights of concert as individual tickets become available starting Thursday, July 3 at 10 A.M. PT. Combo tickets are on sale now.
Returning to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Downtown Los Angeles on August 9-10, KCON 2014 is where "All Things Hallyu" will converge for two days of unforgettable concerts, panels, workshops, food, fashion, and much more,...More
[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Ham Eun-jeong and Yoona 2014/06/21, Ham Eun-jeong
Idols who go into acting often have limited choices to begin with. Smaller roles, music-related roles and other less challenging ones. Ham Eun-jeong has had a few drama and movie parts in the 9 years she has been working as an actress and having had the chance to act in different genres and roles, her skills have matured nicely due to that variety and consistency,...More
When Fans Pay for Ads for Their Idols 2014/05/30, Source,
From left, ads promoting Yoona's new TV drama, wishing Super Junior's Eun-hyuk a happy birthday, and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of boy band TVXQ /Courtesy of Grida Partners
The Sunday edition of the Chosun Ilbo carried a whole-page color ad wishing actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I the best of luck at the annual Baeksang Arts Awards, which was held on Tuesday. The advertisement was paid for by a lone admirer,...More
KCON Taps Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as First Two Headliners for 2014 2014/05/22, Source,
Largest K-Pop Fan Convention Grows to Two Concert Nights withMore Artists than Ever Before
KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, continued its tradition of bringing the biggest and most exciting artists to the U.S., by naming Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as the first artists added to the two-day convention's concert line-up.
This year's celebration will increase the number of marquee acts spreading the music over two nights, creating two separate outstanding concerts. For a second year in a row, the concerts again will be produced by #1 K-pop chart show, M COUNTDOWN, which is known for drawing the hottest names in Korean pop music. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks,...More
Exo's New Album Races Up Billboard 200 2014/05/19, Source,
Boy band Exo's new album ranked 129th on the Billboard 200 on Friday, the highest slot ever achieved by a male Korean singer or band on the main U.S. album chart, proving their global popularity.
"Overdose" was released through iTunes on May 7 in two languages -- Korean and Chinese. The Korean version entered the Billboard album chart,...More
Korean-American Band Talk About Rise to Pop Charts 2014/04/18, Source,
Run River North
The debut album of Run River North, a band consisting of six second-generation Korean-Americans in Los Angeles, has made it to No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Hwang spoke to the Chosun Ilbo by telephone on Tuesday morning in a mixture of Korean and English,...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
[Video] Mnet America's Year On #AllThingsHallyu 2013 2013/12/27, Source,
A 2013 Year In Review Video of Major Moments, People and Stories of 'All Things Hallyu (Korean Wave)' as Selected by Mnet America Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has released their year in review for 2013 with images, videos, and sound clips that defined the year of 'All Things Hallyu (a.k.a. Korean Wave)' including K-pop, K-drama, and K-film in the U.S,...More
Psy Claims No. 1 K-Pop Video on YouTube for 2nd Year 2013/12/12, Source,
Psy's single "Gentleman" has become the most-viewed K-pop video on YouTube, just one year after his mega-hit "Gangnam Style" went viral and stole the same title in 2012. YouTube revealed its list of the top 10 K-pop music videos of 2013 on Tuesday based on the number of hits they received from December 2012 until the end of last month,...More
Psy Tops TIME Magazine's Viral Video List 2013/12/08, Source,
Psy's "Gentleman" ranks first on a list of the "Top 10 Viral Videos" compiled by TIME Magazine on Wednesday. "Korean pop star Psy proved he was a rainmaker when he debuted 'Gentleman' in April", the U.S. weekly said. "Gentleman" is Psy's follow-up to his mega hit "Gangnam Style", and the video had 595.63 million clicks on YouTube as of Thursday,...More
Girls' Generation named Time`s Top 10 Songs of 2013 2013/12/07, Source,
K-pop group Girls' Generation ranked fifth on U.S. news weekly magazine Time`s "Top 10 Songs of 2013" with "I Got a Boy".
"The nine-woman South Korean group Girls' Generation is a ridiculously effective hook machine, and a major phenomenon in Asia, whose biggest pop acts make One Direction and Katy Perry sound like audience-alienating avant-gardists", the magazine said in an article posted on its Website Wednesday. "If you like songs that do everything at once, go straight to YouTube and call up the over-the-top video for this monomaniacally charming hybrid of bubblegum, dubstep and hard rock,...More
f(x) and Exo Team Up to Give Fans Special Xmas Concert 2013/11/29, Source,
Two idol groups will celebrate Christmas with their fans. The five girls that make up f(x) will work with the 12 male members of Exo to stage joint concerts at KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Both belong to top talent agency SM Entertainment. f(x) have enjoyed continuous popularity since their debut in 2009, while Exo have recently emerged as one of the hottest K-pop boy groups,...More
Lee Jong-suk pleases fans with picture of abs 2013/08/07, Source, Lee Jong-suk is currently residing in the Philippines for the movie "NO-BREATH" after "I Hear Your Voice". He posted on the 7th and said, "Are you all well? The weather's nice, the views nice but why do I want to go home? I want to see my mother. I am so tired. I need to listen to "Cheer Up" by Girls' Generation".
Lee Jong-suk is wearing a swimsuit in the picture with a 'V' on his hand. Another thing that catches the eye is the fact that he has a firm ab. Fans say, "Too revealing!", "My eyes have been cleansed", "So fair and muscular" and more,...More
[Photos] 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Red Carpet 2013/07/18, Lee Byung-hun
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from July 18 to July 28 in Gyeonggi Province. On the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, a total of 230 films -- 135 features and 95 shorts -- from 44 countries will be screened this year.
Many actors and actresses attended and walked down the festival's glamorous red carpet before entering the pavilion,...More
Girls' Generation to Sing National Anthem at Dodgers Stadium 2013/07/11, Source,
From left, Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Sunny
Sunny, Tae-yeon and Tiffany of Girls' Generation will sing Korea's national anthem and make a ceremonial first pitch when the Los Angeles Dodgers meet the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on July 28. This comes as part of an event called "Korea Week", which is being hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization in Los Angeles in cooperation with the Dodgers to capitalize on the success and popularity of pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin and Reds' hitter Choo Shin-soo,...More
South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer Dresses for Trendy Ladies 2013/06/30, Source,
South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer Dresses for Trendy Ladies
Kpopsicle is a stylish online fashion store which provides amazing fashion all year round. In this article, the emphasis is on adorable summer dresses from Kpopsicle which stand out based on lovely designs, delightful color schemes and the natural feel they represent. Therefore, with the sweltering heat of the Far East about to get even hotter over the next few months; then clearly these elegant and stylish dresses will appeal to trendy ladies who adore fashion.
The exquisite Kpopsicle (http://kpopsicle.com) website highlights the stylish buzz of South Korean fashion whereby the Korean wave related to K-pop and other areas is still running high. Indeed, the beauty of Kpopsicle is that they fuse the dynamic styles of America, Japan, and South Korea, in order to provide a lovely international vibe which appeals all over the world,...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
Guidebook Draws on Girls' Generation to Promote Korea 2013/05/12, Source,
Some 3,000 pamphlets promoting Korea's cultural assets were distributed at Central Station in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Monday. Korean backpackers joined in the activity, which was led by Prof. Seo Kyoung-duk, a public relations expert and professor at Sungshin Women's University,...More
Girls' Generation Now 2-2 in Terms of Embarrassing Pitches 2013/05/10, Source,
Tiffany (left) and Jessica
Two Girls' Generation members, Tiffany and Jessica, have now come unstuck while attempting to make ceremonial first pitches in baseball games, albeit in different leagues and countries. Tiffany made hers on Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles ahead of an MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. She appeared in a Dodgers' uniform while the K-pop girl group's "I Got a Boy" played in the background,...More
Today's Photo: May 8, 2013  2013/05/08, Source,
Tiffany of girl band Girls' Generation (right) walks with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin during the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Dodgers' baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles on Monday,...More
Tiffany to Throw Ceremonial Pitch at Dodgers Stadium 2013/05/07, Source,
Tiffany (left) and Ryu Hyun-jin
Tiffany of Girls' Generation will throw the ceremonial pitch for a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodgers Stadium on Monday.
Her management agency SM Entertainment said that the Dodgers made the request of the girl band. Left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, who is known to be a fan of the group, is not scheduled to start in the match, but he will serve as the catcher when Tiffany takes to the mound,...More
Korean Girl Bands Bare More Skin in Japan 2013/04/13, Source,
Girl band T-ara have been performing in Japan since unveiling their latest album "Bunny Style" last month. The album has reached the No. 2 spot in Japan's Oricon weekly charts, and the girls have made a splash with their risqué dance routine. One widely watched video clip on the Internet shows Japanese women laughing while T-ara perform their routine at an outdoor concert in Japan. The video has incensed some Korean patriots, who feel the manufactured combo are letting the side down,...More
K-Pop Earns Over W10 Billion in Royalties from Japan 2013/02/25, Source,
Korean pop music has earned over W10 billion in royalties from Japan alone (US$1=W1,085). The Korea Music Copyright Association on Sunday said it calculated the data from the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers and tallied last year's royalties at W11.03 billion, the first time they exceeded W10 billion. The money is generated from Korean songs being played and sung in concerts, TV and radio programs as well as karaoke bars. It amounts to about 10 percent of royalties earned at home during the same period,...More
Young Korean Fashion Designer Makes Waves 2013/02/03, Source,
Designer Jung Mi-sun is relatively a new face in the fashion industry with only five years in the business. She did not particularly want to become a fashion designer, and made her own brand Nohke J in 2009 just for fun while preparing to study abroad. "I didn't initially want to restrict myself to making clothes", she says. "I made the brand while I was making a portfolio to send to schools abroad. I wanted to try various areas of lifestyle design from furniture to lighting as well as fashion". But critics are already raving about Jung's clothes. "Nohke J's clothes look like something that only rock stars would wear. But once you take a closer look and dissect it one by one, you can discover subtle feminine beauty in them. Celebrities like Girls' Generation, f(x), Ko Joon-hee, and Sin Min-ah ask for Nohke J", says stylist Jung Yun-ki,...More
Access K-pop on Your Smartphone with KT's Genie App 2013/02/02, Source,
Psy amassed millions of fans, raising interest in Korean entertainers in the process. Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/Y2r4MUGirls' Generation's latest single "I got a boy" racked up over 30 million views on YouTube, but K-pop fans outside of Korea have a new option: Now you can listen to all your favorite K-pop right on your smartphone. KT Corp announced that it was expanding its Genie KPOP mobile music app to 45 countries to meet global demand.
It's undeniable that K-pop fever has only increased with Psy's breakout fame in 2012 and the continued popularity of groups like Big Bang, 2NE1 and SHINee around the world. But it wasn't always easy for fans outside of Korea to buy music and video content of their favorite celebs,...More
Baek Ji-young Confident She Can Keep Girl Groups at Bay 2013/01/19, Source,
Amid a K-pop scene dominated by flashy dance moves and fast beats, heart-rending ballads may seem out of date. But these have served as Baek Ji-young's bread and butter for the last 10 years and helped cement her enduring popularity. The singer, now in her late 30s, recently released her latest single "I Hate It", which is competing with Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy" in the local charts,...More
Girls' Generation Hope to Ape Psy's Success with New Song 2013/01/16, Source, Girls' Generation's latest song "I Got a Boy", which was released at the beginning of the year, is already proving a hit. As the music video is being viewed on YouTube at a faster pace than "Gangnam Style", some expect the song to ape the success of Psy's viral hit. "Gangnam Style" ranks as the most viewed video in the history of YouTube, attracting 10 million hits 19 days after the video was released and 20 million hits within 26 days. "I Got a Boy" garnered 10 million views in just three days of its release and over double this number within six days. As of Monday afternoon, the video has received 29 million views. By country, it has attracted the most hits in the U.S. with 4.5 million, followed by Korea with 3.1 million. With Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Britain included among the top 20 countries, the song is becoming popular all over the world,...More
Girls Generation's New Album Already a Hit with U.S. Media 2013/01/09, Source, Girls' Generation's new album "I Got a Boy" is receiving rave reviews from the U.S. media. Billboard on Friday ran a review on all the tracks on the album and described them as "polished K-pop confections that combine elements of forward-thinking EDM (electronic dance music), classic and modern R&B, 80s new wave, and more". It added that "it should more than satisfy not only K-pop fans but also listeners of all types of popular music". It said the title song is "one of the most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country", adding that, "with this title track, Girls' Generation just set the bar truly high for pop in 2013,...More
Psy Beats Girls' Generation in 2012 Popularity Poll 2012/12/31, Source,
Psy has been named singer of the year in a poll by Gallup Korea. In the survey of 4,157 people aged between 13 and 59 in all parts of the country except for Jeju Island, the rapper was named this year's most popular singer by 24.4 percent of respondents, followed by Girls' Generation (19.8 percent) and boy band Big Bang (9.5 percent),...More
PSY Chosen S.Korea's Most Popular Singer of 2012 2012/12/29, Source,
Singer PSY was chosen as the most popular South Korean musician of 2012. Gallup Korea conducted a survey on over four thousand people aged between 13 and 59 throughout the nation in May, September and November, asking the respondents to name their three favorite singers,...More
South Korea, Japan and US Fashion Styles by Kpopsicle: Stunning International Fashion 2012/11/04, Source,
By Lee Jay Walker Tokyo Correspondent
Stunning International Fashion Images belong to KPOPSICLE.
Kpopsicle (http://kpopsicle.com) is an amazing online fashion store which caters for stylish ladies who want to connect with the vibes of South Korea, America and Japan. Of course, the styles of these buzzing nations appeal internationally and this is the beauty of Kpopsicle. Therefore, this online fashion company provides stunning female fashion products all year round.
The Kpopsicle website is user-friendly and is updated regularly in order to connect with their client base and to highlight the latest trends hitting the streets of Seoul, Tokyo, New York and other vibrant cities. Also, images of items are extremely clear and taken from different angles in order that viewers can get a real feel about the product being viewed.
On the Kpopsicle website this company states that We focus on stylish and trendy designs and this is clearly true. Immediately on entering the website ladies will find an abundance of images and products to search. True to the words of Kpopsicle it is clear that this adorable online fashion company does focus on stylish and trendy designs which will appeal to ladies all over the world,...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
Why the Hype for Gangnam Style? 2012/09/28, Source,
The hype of Gangnam Style is getting to the point of insanity! This catchy song has dominated music charts all over the world, competing with popular western singers like Pink, Script, Taylor Swift and even Fun. The official YouTube video has more than 284 million views as of right now.
Many people ask me, why do you think Gangnam Style became so popular? Well, before sharing my own personal opinion, I would like to take a few excerpts from The Korean, who runs the very popular Ask a Korean blog. The Korean posits two main factors that made Gangnam Style stand out,...More
K-pop stars to heat up Gangnam Festival Oct. 2-7 2012/09/27, Source,
Boy band Super Junior will perform on the last day of the Gangnam Festival on a stage near the COEX, southern Seoul, on Oct. 7.
By Kim Rahn In October, you'll find Seoul's southern district of Gangnam will offer a lot more than the rodeo dance of "Gangnam Style". The district will hold the Gangnam Festival from Oct. 2 through 7 showcasing its infrastructure related to fashion, shopping and "hallyu" entertainment, which is making the region a must-visit tourist destination. Started in 2007 as a fashion festival, the annual event has been expanded to include other entertainment elements that can show off the district,...More
Anime Expo And Mnet To Co-produce First K-pop Cosplay Masquerade At KCON 2012/09/19, Source, October 13 Event in Irvine, California will be the First North American K-Pop ConventionLOS ANGELES, CA, September 19, 2012 – Mnet, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is teaming up with Anime Expo, North America's largest annual anime and manga celebration, to co-create the inaugural K-Pop Cosplay Masquerade at KCON, the first ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia.
"There is an increasing popularity of K-pop among J-pop and anime fans", said Marc Perez, CEO of Anime Expo and the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. "It is only natural to be working with KCON to create this major partnership",...More
K-Pop Founding Duo Own Stocks Worth over 200 Bill. Won 2012/08/27, Source,
K-Pop is not only about catchy tunes and energetic dance routines it is also about some seriously big bucks. New data shows that two of the most prominent figures in the world of K-Pop are now worth over 200 billion won around 175 million U.S. dollars.
Online conglomerate tracker Chaebul.com says Lee Soo-man[̼], the founder of SM Entertainment, has over 210 million dollars in stock holdings, while Yang Hyun-suk, founder of YG Entertainment, has amassed nearly 200 million dollars,...More
Korean Stars in Japan in Bind Over Dokdo 2012/08/27, Source, Kara (left) and Song Il-gook
Korean Wave stars who are popular in Japan find themselves in a fiendish dilemma as tensions rise between Seoul and Tokyo over Dokdo. A case in point is comments by Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi about actor Song Il-gook, who took part in a relay swim to Dokdo on Aug. 15, which marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial occupation. "Unfortunately, it will not be easy for him to come to Japan from now on", Tsuyoshi said on a TV program on Friday,...More
KCON Bringing Some Of K-pop's Hottest Young Stars To The U.s. As Part Of Major Convention And Concert Celebrating All Things Hallyu 2012/08/24, Source,
Korean Wave to Make a Splash on the West Coast, with 4 Minute and VIXX Already Confirmed to Perform Tickets on Sale Today 9pm PST Starting at $40 on Livenation - Giving Fans Access to Music, Panels, Workshops and More KCON, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the initial line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the full day convention. 4Minute and VIXX are already confirmed with more acts to be announced in the coming days. Hyuna, from the 5 member girl group 4Minute, recently guest starred alongside PSY in his viral hit "Gangnam Style" videos, which have an amassed over 65 million hits this summer on YouTube. Tickets, starting as low as $40, go on sale today at 9 p.m. PST,...More
K-drama leads 'hallyu' 2012/08/21, Source, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment
This is the 10th 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 project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave,...More
Classical Concerts 2012/08/18, Source, Classical Concerts Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio Tour 2012 Japan & Korea Sejong Center Dec. 9 Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, based in Tokyo and New York, will tour Japan and Korea with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. Sakamoto's album "1996", which is to be performed, includes songs many are aware of, such as, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", "R ain" and "The Last Emperor". Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/13, Source, It's the start of a fresh new week and of course, our Michelle Kim here with us to give us the updates on the latest events we can attend. Today, she has two movies and a K-pop exhibition for us to enjoy.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Two Korean comedies hit theaters last Wednesday,...More
Americans dance to 'Gangnam Style' 2012/08/13, Source, NEW YORK _ For Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation and BoA, the U.S. market was a tough and tricky one to crack. But not for PSY, the eccentric Korean singer and rapper who just happened to make perhaps the most successful U.S. debut in Korean music history.
PSY's secret? He didn't try.
There was no extensive strategy, no hard training and not even a need for the 34-year-old to set foot on U.S. soil. The four-minute video of his newest single "Gangnam Style" on YouTube _ now with more than 20 million views and counting _ was enough to put PSY's name on the map,...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
K-pop singers to hold joint performance in Seoul 2012/08/01, Source,
A dozen of Korean pop singers from the same entertainment agency will hold a joint performance in Seoul next month as part of a world concert tour organized by their agency to capitalize on the rising popularity of K-pop music, the company said Thursday,...More
Fans feel closer to stars at K-pop emporiums 2012/08/01, Source,
The window display of the K-pop themed cafe KSTORY in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, featuring items that once belonged to stars / Korea Times photo by Rachel Lee
By Rachel Lee As the K-pop craze heats up across Asia, Europe and Latin America, themed cafes are sprouting amid the hustle and bustle of Myeong-dong, or in the trendy streets of Gangnam in southern Seoul. These cafes offer a plethora of items related to K-pop stars. Imagine the Hershey's or M&M store in Times Square New York, but a K-pop version. The cafes have already spread outside the capital, and will soon go international to open in cities such as Bangkok,...More
Do idol pop groups have outcasts in their ranks? 2012/07/31, Source,
A member of a famous Korean pop group is said to be ostracized by other members, which may have a negative impact on youths.
Core Contents Media, the management agency of the group "T-ara", said in a news release Monday, We have terminated our contract with Hwa-young, a member of "T-ara". This is irrelevant to the rumor milling around,...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
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
Girls' Generation Appear in Korean Cultural Guide for Foreigners 2012/07/24, Source, Prof. Seo Kyoung-duk (center) holds up a promotional pamphlet with foreign visitors and staff at the Yeosu Expo on Monday.
Girls' Generation feature in a new pamphlet promoting Korean culture produced by Seo Kyoung-duk, a PR expert and professor at Sungshin Women's University in Seoul. The guide provides information in English on the country's five key cultural assets -- the Korean alphabet (hangeul), traditional dress (hanbok), traditional houses (hanok), traditional cuisine (hansik) and traditional paper (hanji),...More
Girls' Generation Pose in Olympic Uniform for Magazine Shoot 2012/07/19, Source, Girls' Generation pose in the official uniform that will be worn by Korean athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the upcoming London Olympics, in this photo for the High Cut magazine
Girls' Generation flash their long legs, svelte looks and the official uniform that will be worn by Korean athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the upcoming London Games, in a new photo shoot for High Cut magazine that was due to be published on Thursday,...More
Big Bang Proves to Be Center of the K-Pop Universe on YouTube 2012/07/17, Source,
Big Bang /Reuters
Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby" has emerged as the most-watched K-pop music video on YouTube in terms of international views in the first half of this year. Sistar's "Alone" was the most popular among domestic viewers. According to a list of the top 10 K-pop music videos in the first six months, as released by YouTube on Monday, "Fantastic Baby" recorded 33.2 million hits. The total number would be even higher if the number of hits made via mobile devices was also factored in,...More
BoA, queen of K-pop, returns with new album 2012/07/17, Source, BoA sings during SM Town Live World Tour III in Taiwan in this file photo taken on June 9. / Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Title track 'Only One' composed, written by 25-year-old singer By Rachel Lee Trailblazing K-pop singer BoA has been better known in recent months as a sharp-eyed judge following a stint last year on SBS' "K-pop Star", a popular audition program. But with a new studio album out next week she will bid to reaffirm her position as the queen of K-pop. Her agency, SM Entertainment, said Sunday that her seventh album titled "Only One" is set to be released through various musical online sites on July 22 and hit the shelves on July 25,...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
Top K-pop Stars Revealed to be Robots 2012/07/12, Source,
A video of a group of robots dancing to K-pop became a viral sensation on the internet not long ago. I remember liking the video well enough to share it with my friends as well. I mean who wouldn't? It's robots and K-Pop, the two hottest things on the earth together!
As you could see in the video (below), while the robots were cute, they didn't in any way resemble actual K-pop stars. But what if they did. Imagine a robot that looks and dances just like TOP from Big Bang!,...More
2NE1 - pushing boundaries, defying expectations 2012/07/11, Source, This is the seventh 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 project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwaak Je-yup From day one, K-pop foursome 2NE1 have been all about breaking rules and surprises.
Their larger-than-life stage presence and natural charm were already enough to make them stars but their uncanny ability to produce something fresh and out of the ordinary with every new release - catching fans and casual listeners off-guard without exception - has placed them in a league of their own,...More
Fans feel closer to stars at K-pop emporiums 2012/07/09, Source,
The window display of the K-pop themed cafe KSTORY in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, featuring items that once belonged to stars/ Korea Times photo by Rachel Lee
As the K-pop craze heats up across Asia, Europe and Latin America, themed cafes are sprouting amid the hustle and bustle of Myeong-dong, or in the trendy streets of Gangnam in southern Seoul. These cafes offer a plethora of items related to K-pop stars. Imagine the Hershey's or M&M store in Times Square New York, but a K-pop version. The cafes have already spread outside the capital, and will soon go international to open in cities such as Bangkok,...More
SM Town concert to feature Korea's top artists 2012/07/07, Source,
Members of the Korean idol group Super Junior pose at a news conference held to promote their newly-released 6th album "Sexy, Free & Single", Tuesday. / Yonhap
By Rachel Lee
SM Entertainment, home to such stars as Girls' Generation and Super Junior will hold a concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium, southern Seoul next month. The concert scheduled for Aug. 18 will feature not only Girls' Generation and Super Junior but also BoA, SHINee, f(x) and Kang Ta, according to the agency on Thursday,...More
Girls' Generation-Themed Stamps Out in August 2012/07/04, Source,
Courtesy of SM Entertainment
A special set of stamps celebrating the fifth anniversary of Girls' Generation's debut will be released in early August, the girl group's agency said on Tuesday. "The stamps were made especially for Girls' Generation, a leading group that stands at the forefront of the global popularity of K-pop. This is the first stamp collection focusing on showbiz celebrities that Korea Post has ever issued", said SM Entertainment,...More
Girls' Generation stamps to debut 2012/07/04, Source,
A set of stamps featuring K-pop group Girls' Generation issued by Korea Post will be released next month, the first stamps here to have entertainers on them. / Yonhap
By Kim Rahn Stamps featuring K-pop star group Girls' Generation will be released next month. The Korea Post and the girl group's agency SM Entertainment said Tuesday that the postal service will issue Girls' Generation stamps in early August. It is the first time for the Korea Post to directly make a contract and issue stamps featuring entertainers. "We chose the nine-member girl group as they are leading the K-pop boom across the world", an official of the Korea Post said,...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
Won't Stop, Can't Stop, It's Kpop 2012/06/23, Source,
Photo Credit: Wordans
It's no secret that Kpop is making some serious waves overseas.
An appearance on the Letterman Show (Girls' Generation). A sold out concert in Paris (SM Town). Climbing the international billboard charts (EXO-K, Shinee, et. al) Picking up the "World Wide Act" award at MTV's European Music Awards, followed by being the first Asian artists to win the category for best fan of the 2012 MTV TRL Awards in Italy (Big Bang) Collaborating across countries (Tasha, Tiger JK featured on Far East Movement's song / Wonder Girls headlining for the Jonas Brothers / Will.i.am producing tracks for 2NE1),...More
K-Entertainment 2012/06/14, Source,
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has launched an official global store on eBay, the first of its kind opened by a Korean record label. BIGBANGs newest special album STILL ALIVE has been made available through the online store, to the delight of many fans worldwide,...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
Has Manufactured K-Pop Run Its Course? 2012/06/08, Source,
Fans cheer wildly at a concert by JYJ in Barcelona, Spain in October last year. /Courtesy of C-Jes Entertainment
June 10, 2010 was a momentous day for Korean pop music. A large-scale live concert of K-pop stars like Girls' Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and f(x) was staged in Paris, and some had high hopes that this would mean the Korean Wave had splashed beyond Asia into the wider world. There have since been some 260 K-pop concerts in the West, from New York via Barcelona and Berlin to Santiago de Chile, according to Korea Creative Contents Agency. But is K-pop really moving in the right direction?,...More
K-pop leaders to perform in Macao 2012/06/04, Source,
A poster for "K-pop Nation Concert in Macao 2012".
Korean idol groups will perform at "K-pop Nation Concert in Macao 2012", at the Venetian Hotel in Macao on July 2. Co-hosted by MBC Plus Media and Hong Kong's Beneco Asia, the stage will be graced by popular Korean artists Girls' Generation, SHINee, U-Kiss and up-and-coming boy band B.A.P,...More
Insatiable craving for getting thinner 2012/06/03, Source, Many young women go on extreme diets By Jung Min-ho, Bahk Eun-ji, Kim Bo-eun, Kim Jung-yoon As much as a flat stomach is every woman's wish, shedding a few extra pounds is every woman's dream. Many Korean women are on a diet of one form or another, and some of them are extreme, putting their health at risk. Kim, a 20-year-old college student, recently appeared on a popular TV show to introduce her diet "Secrets" that helped her lose 15 kilograms. Shockingly, her secrets were spitting out the food before swallowing it and hitting herself to lose fat in particular areas of the body, clearly serious self-abusive behaviors,...More
Girls' Generation Pull Out All the Stops with New Music Video 2012/06/01, Source, Girls' Generation released an elaborate teaser video on Thursday for their new single "Paparazzi", which is set to be released in Japan, and the clip received 443,348 views on You Tube within less than two days. The grand production scale of the video is especially notable. It took 120 stage crew members one week to build the set, a mini-replica of New York's Broadway lit up with over 30,000 light bulbs to resemble the streets of the Big Apple. Some 300 extras participated in making the five versions of the music video,...More
[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the K-Pop Fan 2012/05/27, Korea has a number of cultural exports that fall under the title of the 'Korean Wave", no area of which can boast the fanaticism and loyality that bubbles from K-Pop fans. How did this growing international music trend sweep you up and what is it that is keeping you hooked?
I've been listening to quite the odd myriad of music since high school. One of my weaknesses is Japanese rock, and my hobby is discovering new groups and bands to listen to. One late-night YouTube search in university I happened to click on a group called "Super Junior". Honestly, I looked at the video for a few seconds before bursting into laughter-there were so many boys dancing! And I just had to know, what kind of country makes (at the time) the world's largest boy band? It was a rapid descent down the rabbit hole after that. Korean pop and hip hop made for great homework music, and since I wasn't judging based on lyrics, I just enjoyed a good, addicting beat and pretty voices. I also think Kpop is the best kind of music to drive, dance, and exercise to. The turnaround for groups in Korea is ridiculously fast, so there is always a new and catchy song to listen to. It's hard to get bored when they're singularly feeding my music addiction weekly,...More
Rolling Stone Picks K-Pop Groups Most Likely to Make It in U.S. 2012/05/24, Source,
U.S. magazine Rolling Stone ran a special feature on K-pop on Sunday and picked 10 Korean singers who are most likely to succeed in the U.S.
Under the headline "The 10 K-pop Groups Most Likely to Break in America", it named six girl groups -- 2NE1, After School, Girls' Generation, Miss A, Sistar and Wonder Girls -– three boy bands -- Big Bang, SHINee and BEAST -- and solo singer Ailee,...More
As YouTube Turns Seven, Google Holds K-Pop-Themed Birthday Bash 2012/05/24, Source,
People wait to enter the Korean Music Wave in Google concert co-organized by YouTube and MBC at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on Monday (top); All of the performers appear on stage at the end of the concert. /Yonhap
Some 20,000 American K-pop fans gathered at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Monday evening to watch a concert dubbed "Korean Music Wave in Google". It was co-hosted by Google's YouTube and terrestrial Korean broadcaster MBC. The fans lined up for about 1 km to enter the venue,...More
YouTube celebrates 7th anniversary with K-pop 2012/05/23, Source, Girls' Generation perform during "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, to celebrate the anniversary of video sharing service YouTube. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
As YouTube celebrated its seventh anniversary, K-pop singers from TVXQ to Kara performed and rocked Silicon Valley.
YouTube, which is now Google/YouTube, and Korean broadcaster MBC co-hosted Monday the "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., to celebrate the anniversary of the world's largest video sharing service. Google took over YouTube five years ago,...More
Lucrative College Festival Season For K-Pop Agencies 2012/05/22, Source,
This is a busy season for Korean pop management companies. It's the season of college festivals where famous k-pop acts will come visit the universities all across the country to perform anywhere from one to three songs each.
According to a survey conducted via Facebook by Sungkyungwan Unviersity's student association, 112 out of 270 participants voiced that they wanted to see IU perform at their college festival the most,...More
A Glimpse of the Future at Seoul's T.Um Museum - Part 1 2012/05/20, Source,
This post is part one of a two-part series chronicling our visit to SK Telecom's futuristic T.um museum in downtown Seoul.
Today the Advanced Technology & Design crew paid a visit to T.um museum, a concept museum where you can experience the future of communication and information technology upclose and personal. T.Um is operated by SK Telecom, Korea's largest Information Communication Technology(ICT) company,...More
Campus festival 2012/05/19, Source,
Students with pedometers on their heads try and guess the number they show at a festival on May 9, at Yonsei University in Shinchon, western Seoul.
By Shim Hyun-chul
Who can forget the energetic feeling, the vibrant scent and the exuberance of youth?
Especially during one's college days in spring when the verdure shows off different shades of green,...More
"Hallyu", Korean wave, will not last 5 years 2012/05/18, Source,
Top, Girls' Generation, a popular K-pop group, pose with actor and co-guest Bill Murray on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on January 31. / Bottom left, K-pop girl group T-ara take part in a photo shoot. / Bottom right, Lee Byung-hun poses for the cameras at a press launch for a TV drama.
"'Hallyu' will cool down in four years".
Six out of 10 foreigners believe the recent fad for Korean culture - K-pop, movies and TV dramas and soap operas - will decline over the next few years,...More
Pitching Gaffe by Jessica of Girls' Generation Goes Viral 2012/05/16, Source, Girls' Generation member Jessica has captured the limelight recently, not with her performance on-stage but rather due to her gaffe on the baseball field.
She was invited to throw the first pitch at a professional baseball game between LG Twins and Samsung Lions last Friday, and turned up sporting a uniform with her name on it, skinny jeans, pink sneakers and a baseball g love with pink feathers,...More
Colombia Getting into K-Pop Groove with Reality TV Shows 2012/05/14, Source,
A K-pop reality show is shown being filmed for Colombia's private TV station Caracol TV. /Courtesy of Caracol TV
The popularity of K-pop is now evolving to another level as foreign terrestrial networks have begun producing audition programs for the genre. Colombia, a gateway to Latin America, is a case in point. The nation's largest private TV station, Caracol TV, joined hands with Korea's English-language network Arirang TV to make a K-pop reality show in April.
Colombian singers and music producers judge participants' performances while K-pop band U-Kiss watches their video clips and evaluates them. Over 500 youngsters have so far taken part. A group of six finalists will be selected in June to make a trip to Korea for meetings with K-pop bands here,...More
"Ka-talk Me" 2012/05/12, Source,
Among the hundreds of messenger services currently available, one app in particular is causing quite a bit of chatter (pardon the pun) with over 42 million users worldwide and 12 language capabilities.
Riding the subway in Korea, I see Kakao Talk on practically every smartphone. The same is true at my office, in my Korean class, on the street... everywhere,...More
Stars Get Busy Promoting Yeosu Expo 2012/05/12, Source,
From left, Park Ji-sung, IU, Seohyun and Jessica Gomez
Top sports stars, singers and actors have been roped in to promote the 2012 Yeosu Expo all around the world. It is the first expo in Korea since the Daejeon Expo in 1993.
Football star Park Ji-sung of Manchester United in the English Premier League is the promotional ambassador for the event. He was given an appointment plaque and appeared in a promotional video. When the Premier League season wraps up this month, Park will visit the venue,...More
K-Pop Video Contest and SNS Festival for K-Pop Lovers Worldwide 2012/05/11, Source,
Presented by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC
The chart-topping music of Korea's hottest K-Pop stars, including Girl's Generation, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, and TVXQ, will be featured among the exclusive merchandise prizes up for grabs in the K-POP Video Contest, a new SNS event hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Throughout the month of May, K-Pop lovers worldwide can take part via the Korean Cultural Center's official Facebook page at,...More
Art and Culture 2012/05/09, Source,
It's Wednesday and..you know what that means it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. From the Lindsay Lohan to Girls' Generation, she has brought all the latest updates in Hollywood and Korea.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So what's the latest entertainment news in Korea,...More
Top K-Pop Acts Gather To Perform At Google Headquarters 2012/05/03, Source,
Some of the biggest names in k-pop will be performing live at the base of the internet search portal-giant, Google.
This coming May 21st at 6 PM (local time), Girls' Generation, TVXQ, Super Junior, Kara, SISTAR, MBLAQ, Beast, and the Wonder Girls will all perform in San Francisco San Hose of the US at the Google headquarters. This performance will also be recorded and broadcast on a main network here in Korea at a later date,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/05/02, Source,
Hello, everyone. I'm Lena Hong with the latest K-pop news updates. Shinhwa member Kim Dong-wan proved to have a great knack for acting last week,...More
Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes 2012/05/02, Source,
The showcase of SM Entertainment's documentary film "I AM." featuring its recent K-pop concert at Madison Square Garden was held at CGV Yeongdeungpo in Seoul on Monday.
The film, which will officially be released here on May 10, shows the performances of Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) during the milestone SM Town Live World Tour in New York,...More
Taetiseo's 'Twinkle' Soars Up Charts as Girls' Generation Branches Out 2012/05/01, Source,
Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, on Monday released the music video for "Twinkle", the title track of their first mini-album. The group, comprising Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, will perform for the first time on cable music channel Mnet on May 3.
Earlier last Friday, the group revealed teaser images of Taeyeon on YouTube, followed by clips of the other two members -- which garnered 11.47 million total hits as of Monday,...More
SHINee keep changing for fans 2012/05/01, Source,
Members of K-pop boy band SHINee pose in a photoshoot to promote the group's latest EP, "Sherlock". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Boy band tireless in making cutting-edge music, dance their own
This is the second of a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu", or Korean wave, which is gaining global popularity particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M,...More
Exhibition Traces History of Girl Bands 2012/04/30, Source,
An exhibition covering the history of manufactured girl bands in Korea will be held from May 4 to June 17 at the Bupyeong Arts Center in Incheon. Rare items such as concert leaflets of the Jeogori Sisters from the 1940s will be displayed.
Over 600 exhibits include albums, pictures, and posters from the Kim Sisters in the 1950s to the Wonder Girls and Girls' Generation in the present to give visitors a grand overview of the phenomenon,...More
UK has most Korean Wave fans in Europe: study 2012/04/21, Source,
Korean pop music groups including Girls' Generation and Super Junior held a hugely successful concert in Paris in June last year, the first large-scale K-pop performance in Europe.
Choung Byoung-gug, then Korea's minister of culture, tourism and sports, held a meeting with "hallyu (Korean Wave)" fan clubs in Europe. Deemed the center of European culture, Paris was considered the optimal beachhead to spread Korean pop culture.
The U.K., however, had the largest number of Korean Wave fans in Europe, however. Had Girls' Generation gone to London, Heathrow Airport would have been packed with the group's fans,...More
Seoul Olympic Stadium to host world's best DJs 2012/04/10, Source,
Four of the world's best DJs are slated to spin beats in Seoul as part of a world-famous festival in August.
Household names in electronic music such as Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Carl Cox have confirmed that they will headline the inaugural Seoul edition of the Ultra Music Festival (UMF), with the first two spinning on Aug. 3 and the other two on the following night,...More
Is Big Bang Ready for the West? 2012/04/05, Source,
Idol group Big Bang are certainly getting their fair share of attention these days, but they are getting their just due; their latest mini-album 'Alive' is breaking records on Korean music charts and earning critical praise for its six singles on the EP. Their "concept" this go round is one of their most...unique so far- tattoos, oxygen masks, blue hair, the usual mélange from the YG stylist closet, and whatever G-Dragon happens to feel like throwing on when he wakes up in the morning. However, as has been closely noted by V.I.Ps (official Big Bang fan club), the music is what is attracting all the attention – from popular American blogs, sites, and international music insiders. They broke the Billboard 200, and placed high on other album charts (Independent, World, Heatseekers) demonstrating a pretty widespread appeal. It's interesting given that while it appears many in K-pop are still trying to find the magic formula for recognition in the West (Rain, BoA, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation) it seems as these guys are getting it and barely trying,...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
Tiger JK Dominates Brazil's K-Pop Charts 2012/04/03, Source,
Whereas idols dominate the k-pop charts in most countries, k-pop hip hop pioneers dominate Brazil's Korean music rankings.
According to Jungle Entertainment on April 2nd, Tiger JK's song "Monster" ranked number one as of March 29th on the k-pop chart of Brazil's famed music charts, BAH,...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
Hallyu star Kim leads in new musical 2012/03/27, Source, Kim Jeong-hoon, second from left, stars in "Catch Me If You Can" along with other leading stars, from left, Kyuhyun of Super Junior, musical theater veteran Eom Gi-joon, Key of SHINee and actor Park Kwang-hyun. / Courtesy of M Musical
By Kwaak Je-yup
There is plenty of running away involved in the story of "Catch Me If You Can", the musical based on the 2002 detective-chase film by Steven Spielberg and opening today in Seoul as the first licensed show outside the United States.
As one of the men who does most of the running and dancing during the performance, Kim Jeong-hoon sounded genuinely impressed by his character's lifestyle, especially the panache his character, con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., displays in full glory when dodging the police by assuming several fake identities,...More
Full Clip: Teddy Riley Runs Down His Entire Catalogue Ft. Keith Sweat, Guy, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Blackstreet, and Lady Gaga 2012/03/21, Source, By Vibe | March 14th, 2012
"Joining that Korean pop music was something I had never planned. God never shows you the plan. He makes the plan happen. All I did is apply New Jack Swing to K-pop. And the reason I got into the whole K-pop scene is I was working with a girl group called RaNia. I was working with them at the same time I was working on Michael's album. But the people who hired me to do it took my name to Korea and used it as title of the album [laughs], which was good in a way and bad in a way because I wasn't there to stand behind it. So when that RaNia album came out, I knew I had to go to Korea,...More
Korea Street in Tokyo Draws Criticism 2012/03/20, Source,
It's been ten years since Hallyu made its first waves in Japan; and with the ever-rising popularity of K-pop idols like Kara and Girls' Generation, its seems like Japanese fans still can't get enough.
Korean products and cuisine have found a popular home on a particular street in Tokyo. Even on weekdays, you'll find Shin-Okubo street packed with Japanese citizens getting their taste of Korean food and culture, including favorite Korean treats like sweet pancakes and spicy rice cake, more commonly known as Ho-tteok and Ddeok-bokki respectively,...More
Kanryu Currents in Japan, Past and Present 2012/03/11, Source,
Tokyo-based journalist, translator and filmmaker Jason GRAY examines the ebb and flow of the Korean Wave in Japan over the past ten years, pinpointing the highs and lows.
The Korean wave of popular culture in Japan, referred to as "kanryu" or "hanryu" in Japanese, has had an interesting ebb and flow over the past decade. There were earlier booms here including traditional Korean ballads ("enka") in the late 70s, the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the South Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup in 2002. Japanese cinema exhibitors saw their first genuine Korean smash with Kang Je-gyu's "Shiri" (2000), which earned JPY1.8 billion (US$22.1 million) - an impressive result to this day. As we'll see, KANG is unique in that he figures into pre, peak and post kanryu cinema,...More
Korean celebrities criticized for racism 2012/03/09, Source,
A screen shot of Lee Gi-kwang, a member of boy band BEAST who appeared in a local TV program in blackface in 2010
NEW YORK ― For many Koreans, "blackface" gags may simply be old-school comedy with no harm behind it _ but not so much for African-Americans.
And with a series of blackface performances by Korean celebrities spreading online, their animosity toward Koreans as a whole is rising,...More
Digiryu: Spreading Korean Culture Online 2012/03/08, Source,
The internet has helped spread Korean pop culture faster than Manchester United's famed Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung runs down field. Sites like Soompi and All Kpop have helped expose many people in the West to Girls' Generation, Big Bang, bibimbap and BB Cream for the first time. Malaysia and Japan have their own sites dedicated to Korean pop culture as well,...More
'K-pops which are racial discriminative nauseating' 2012/03/06, Source,
It has been controversial as an overseas website pointed out that K-pop culture contains racial discriminative element that abases the black amid the fervor of hallyu or Korean cultural wave across the world.
"K-POP or KKK-POP? Covert Anti-Black Music Scene Sweeping America" was posted on "Oh No They Didn't (ONTD)", an English online community handling gossips about mass culture,...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
SM Entertainment Holds Auditions in Chicago: Chicago Really Knows How to "Dream High!" 2012/02/29, Source,
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago in Wheeling, IL
Talents came from near and far for their shot at idol stardom. On Feb. 20, 2012, young people of all ethnicities gathered at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago in Wheeling, IL to audition for SM Entertainment. The South Korean entertainment agency was in the city to discover the next singer, dancer, actress, model and composer who could become the next star of Asia,...More
Overkill Could Damage Korean Wave, Oricon Chief Warns 2012/02/24, Source,
A senior figure in the Japanese entertainment industry has warned against the flood of Korean singers, manufactured bands and actors who rush to perform in Tokyo, which has become something of a rite of passage for entertainers who made it in Korea. "I'm afraid that the rotation of Korean acts [through Japan] is too fast", said Koh Koike, the CEO of Japan's Oricon, which supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry,...More
Is Korean fashion next in the Korean Wave abroad? 2012/02/18, Source, More than 540 journalists and fashion buyers flocked to the fashion show Concept Korea Fall/Winter 2012 at The Stage at New York's Lincoln Center Friday to see fall and winter clothes by Korean designers. All seats were filled due to the unexpected large number of participants.
In its fifth year, the fashion show is organized by the Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry to help Korean designers enter overseas markets,...More
K-pop album sales in Japan hit all-time high in 2011 2012/02/17, Source,
Japanese purchases of Korean pop music hit an all-time high last year, according to industry data. According to Oricon Inc., a provider of music industry statistics, sales of albums, singles, DVDs and blue-ray disks of K-pop increased for the third consecutive year to 24.47 billion yen ($310 million) last year, up 22.3 percent from 2010.
South Korean signers' annual market share also rose from 6 percent to 7.8 percent during the period. The comparable figure for 2009 was 3 percent. Korea's leading idol groups Kara and Girls' Generation advanced to the Japanese market after 2009,...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
'Music Island' to push limits of K-pop 2012/02/15, Source,
Sunny from Girls' Generation, center in front row, talks with IU, on her left, at the filming of the first episode of "Music Island" Wednesday. Other guests on the show included Sunny Hill, Rainbow and B.A.P. (Courtesy of SBS Contents)
JEJU - With Sunny from Girls' Generation as host on a stage on Jeju Island, "Music Island", an upcoming K-pop program, has many grandiose objectives. One is to "prove that K-pop idols can sing", said Kim Chang-woo, the SBS MTV director in charge of the new show,...More
Girls' Generation Blaze New Trail with Asian Tour 2012/02/14, Source, Girls' Generation successfully concluded their 10-monthlong Asian tour by setting a new record after attracting the greatest number of spectators for a Korean girl group to date.
The girls proved their global appeal by drawing a total of 230,000 fans to 23 concerts at various Asian destinations, including Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. They performed 14 times in Japan alone, in Osaka, Saitama, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya and Fukuoka,...More
Hallyu extends to SNS created by Koreans 2012/02/14, Source,
Domestic social networking services (SNS) are gaining popularity from global smart-phone users as their operators strive to promote their apps overseas by implanting K-pop content into the their services for a synergy effect.
Earlier, Korean SNS operators such as Kakao Talk, Line, Cyworld and Tick Talk have allowed domestic users to exchange messages and upload videos or photos. But now it has been introduced to foreign smart-phone users. The services collaborated with entertainment agencies so that users can access eye-catching songs and videos of Korean pop idols,...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
What Song Do You Want To Hear Sung By Your BF/GF On Valentine? 2012/02/13, Source,
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and men and women around the world are all planning for the "perfect" day with their significant others.
On February 1st, free online dating site (www.cp.co.kr) conducted a three day survey asking men in their 20′s to 30′s which song they would like to hear their girlfriends sing to them on Valentine's Day?,...More
S. Korea's K-pop takes off in the west 2012/02/11, Source,
When pop sensation Girls' Generation recently provided the grand finale to the Late Show with David Letterman, a top slot on US television, it signalled that South Korea's entertainment industry had broken out of Asia and is now looking to make it big in the west.
Just days after making their first appearance on US network television with their hit single "The Boys", the band of nine telegenic women this week returned to France - where tickets for a 2011 concert sold out in 15 minutes - to sing on prime time television,...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
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/09, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ho recently topped a poll held in France.
[SOV] [Interview : Lee Min-ho, Actor ] "You're probably enjoying a happy life in Seoul, right
A popular Hallyu website in France, DMS, which stands for Dramas Mangas Sensei, held a poll to pick the best Korean drama and actor. Lee Min-ho ranked number 1 by a landslide!,...More
Girls' Generation to Release Album in Europe 2012/02/08, Source, Girls' Generation will release an official album in France on February 13. Their agency SM delivered the news on February 7 that Girls' Generation will release their album "The Boys" through Polydor, the French branch of Universal music. The album will be a special album of their album "The Boys" that was released in the USA last month.
Girls' Generation's album release in Europe is an outstanding achievement in the Korean music business. The group Coreana held activities with the group name "Arirang Singers" in France in the 1970s, and they released a single album through Polydor, but Girls' Generation will be marked as the first group that a Korean company organized and released an official album for in such a large volume,...More
K-Pop Singers Target Global Market 2012/02/08, Source,
(Above picture: Big Bang)
K-pop seems ready to take the world by storm this year to capitalize on the momentum of the resurgent Korean Wave, with leading bands such as Girls' Generation, Big Bang, and JYJ staging world tours or debuting overseas in the coming months.
Big Bang plan to launch their first world tour next month, with 25 cities in 16 countries packed into their whistle-stop itinerary. The group will return to the stage with their mini album "Alive" on Feb. 29, and will tour Asia, North and South America, and Europe after a concert in Seoul on March 2,...More
Girls' Generation to appear on France's popular TV talk show 2012/02/08, Source,
K-pop group Girls' Generation will appear on a popular French talk show ahead of its first release of a music album in Europe early next week, the group's entertainment agency said Wednesday.
The group will be on the "Le Grand Journal", a talk show program of the French pay-TV channel "CANAL plus" on Thursday (on Paris time), S.M. Entertainment Co. said,...More
LMFAO to bring 'party rock' 2012/02/07, Source,
American duo LMFAO will perform at Olympic Hall in Bangi-dong, southeastern Seoul on April 7. / Courtesy of VU Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup
When K-pop fans were dancing to the moves of idol groups Big Bang and Girls' Generation last year, pop music lovers elsewhere were rocking to the addictive sounds of American duo LMFAO, DJs RedFoo and his nephew SkyBlu. As demonstrated by their appearance on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show and in one of the commercials, they made one of the definitive albums of 2011,...More
[HanCinema Korea's Diary] SNSD in America: Will the West Ever Truly Embrace K-pop? 2012/02/04,
This past week the popular K-pop group Girls' Generation (also called SNSD) made their US prime time debut, appearing on both ABC's morning show "Live! with Kelly" as well as on "The Late Show with David Letterman". This is the latest attempt by a K-pop group/artist to infiltrate the global mainstream music industry, with the US being the final obstacle needing to be overcome in order to truly break into the global music scene. A lot has been made of SNSD's performance and their subsequent media exposure in the US, but perspectives are divided on not only if they could succeed but also whether a Western audience could ever accept K-pop in its entirety,...More
Girls' Generation Appears on US Talk Show 2012/02/02, Source, Girls' Generation appeared on the CBS talk show program "The Late Show With David Letterman" in the USA on January 31 (local time) and presented a live performance. According to their agency SM on February 1, Girls' Generation appeared on the show and sang the title song of their album entitled "The Boys" that had been released in the USA last month after arranging the song into a band version,...More
Girls' Generation gets face time on US TV 2012/02/02, Source,
K-pop group Girls' Generation poses with Kelly Ripa, center in the front row, the host of "LIVE! With Kelly".
By Noh Hyun-gi
Korean K-pop group Girls' Generation appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS, Tuesday, and "LIVE! With Kelly", a morning show on ABC on Wednesday. On both shows they sang "The Boys", the title song of their third album released in December 2011,...More
Girls' Generation Sing on Late Show 2012/02/02, Source,
Above picture: Girls' Generation pose with actor Bill Murray after shooting "The Late Show With David Letterman" at a CBS studio in the U.S. /Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Leading K-pop outfit Girls' Generation have been doing the rounds in the U.S. and raising awareness of their talents as they increasingly go global by appearing on famous talk shows there.
On CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman", which aired on Tuesday night, the band sung an English version of "The Boys" to celebrate the eve of the show's 30th anniversary. They also appeared on ABC's morning talk show "Live! with Kelly" on Wednesday morning,...More
The next Korean Wave 2012/02/02, Source,
Korean pop group Girls' Generation recently appeared on three major TV talk shows in the U.S.: CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman", ABC's "Live with Kelly", and NBC's "Extra TV". The host of "Live with Kelly" described the reaction of fans from around the world by saying many are Tweeting about Girls' Generation being on the show. There is no doubt that the Korean Wave has expanded beyond Asia to reach American shores, serving as an effective bridge-builder between Korean and U.S. culture.
Last year's K-pop concert in Paris drew fans from all over Europe, who buzzed with excitement and sang Korean songs that even Koreans have a hard time memorizing. In response, American fans asked for K-pop concerts to be held in the U.S. Korean singers swept 12 honors at Japan's Gold Disc Awards last year, with another Korean girl group Kara taking five and Girls' Generation three,...More
K-pop still targeting American market 2012/01/31, Source, Girls' Generation, undisputably the hottest K-pop star now, will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" today (Korean Standard Time).
By Noh Hyun-gi
K-pop stars have proven their influence in Asia - most of them taking their first steps entering the Japanese pop music scene.
Encouraged by the success in the neighboring country, the agencies - SM, JYP, and YG - are looking to the United States. Or rather, the agencies are once again eying the American market,...More
Japanese Media Awaiting Lee Seung-gi's Japanese Debut 2012/01/31, Source,
The Japanese media is already printing about the upcoming debut of "Korea's Younger Brother" in the country. This comes ahead of Lee dropping his first digital album, "Dating Time", in Japan on March 6th. The album will feature the songs "Dating Time" and "But We're Friends".
According to reports on January 31st, the local press even mentioned Lee's concert at a dance hall in Japan, scheduled for this June. To start off with his first concert at such a venue, after only three months since his debut, says a lot about the kind of popularity he is expected to receive,...More
Korean Hip Hop to Expand into World 2012/01/30, Source,
The popular US weekly magazine Newsweek reported about the expansion of Korean hip hop in its recently released edition, and it introduced the group 2NE1 as the representative hip hop group. Newsweek said that K-Pop has advanced into the world along with the popularity of splendid and lively girl groups and boy bands up to now, but K-hop (Korean Hip Hop) groups are gaining more popularity and drawing attention in the music industry. It mentioned 2NE1's live concert tour in Japan which was held last year in October with almost 70,000 audience members. According to its explanation, 2NE1 is different from other singing groups as they present music mixing R&B and pop together,...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
'Korean hip-pop goes global' 2012/01/27, Source,
Popular Korean hip-pop girl group 2NE1 was featured in the second-largest weekly news magazine in the U.S. on Jan. 25, under the title of "Korean Hip-pop: K-hop goes global".
In its latest edition, Newsweek showed confidence in the rise of K-hop as a global trend.
The article introduced the four-piece girl group, as having the original R&B soul mixed with hip-hop, and their songs as being astutely tailored for a global audience in the digital age,...More
K-Celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/26, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
We start off this week with photos of stars bowing on Lunar New Year's Day.
Hallyu stars dressed up in traditional hanbok to bow to their fans and wish them all a prosperous new year in observation of Lunar New Year's Day,...More
Girls' Generation to Perform on Letterman Show 2012/01/26, Source, Girls' Generation will appear on two U.S. TV talk shows. The leading K-pop girl group will appear on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" as a guest next Tuesday and give a five-minute performance, their agency SM Entertainment said.
They will present "The Boys", the title song of their third full length album, which was released globally at the end of last year, the agency added,...More
Korean International Style Show in Tokyo Jan 25/26/27: Fashion and K-pop 2012/01/25, Source, Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker - Modern Tokyo Times
In Tokyo (http://www.mbcjapan.net/kiss/) the buzzing nature of Korean fashion and K-pop will be on show for three days starting on January 25. The "Korean wave" which is spreading internationally and growing in power in distant lands, will be on show in the ultra-modern city of Tokyo. Also, while the K-pop phenomena is internationally known because of the vibrancy of the younger generation in South Korea, this three day event will also focus on Korean fashion and show the buzzing nature of fashion in this nation which is rich in culture and history.
The event will be held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in trendy Tokyo and this building is in walking distance of the amazing fashion district of Harajuku. Girls Award presents KISS (Korean International Style Show) and clearly everything is being prepared for a stunning fashion and K-pop event which will reverberate throughout Tokyo,...More
Celebrities' Clothes Going Cheap in Seoul This Week 2012/01/18, Source,
Clothes worn by K-pop celebrities such as Girls' Generation and TVXQ will be sold at discounted prices of up to 80 percent this week at an event in Seoul aimed at promoting young fashion designers.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Tuesday that it will sell clothes and accessories made by young and promising fashion designers at the Seoul Fashion Creative Studio in Dongdaemun for three days from Wednesday,...More
C-REAL takes over world of girl groups 2012/01/17, Source,
Girl group C-REAL members from left, Ann J, Lenny, Chemi, Re Dee, and Effie pose at their studio in Dogok-dong, southern Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Noh Hyun-gi
By Noh Hyun-gi
Stepping into the K-pop scene dominated by big names like Girls' Generation and 2NE1 would be a tough decision for anyone. But five members of bubbly girl group C-REAL, Chemi, Re Dee, Effie, Ann J and Lenny, make it sound so matter-of-fact,...More
Girls' Generation named best dressed in Japan 2012/01/12, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group Girls' Generation Wednesday won a best-dressed award at a Japanese jewelry exhibition.
The nine-member band received a special prize in the women's category for best dressers at the 23rd International Jewellery (this is the official spelling) Japan (IJT) 2012, which opened Wednesday at Odaiba, Tokyo,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/11, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
In showbiz, the best news is always about love.
This week, Hallyu star Jeon Ji-hyeon [전지현] formally announced that she's been hit with Cupid's arrow,...More
Fashion in South Korea: Kpopsicle & the trends of Seoul, Tokyo, and K-pop 2012/01/09, Source,
Kpopsicle (kpopsicle.com) is a stunning South Korean fashion company which is based in South Korea and America. In recent years the buzzing nature of Seoul, Tokyo, Busan, Osaka, Kobe, and other major cities in South Korea and Japan have impacted internationally. This applies to Tokyo being one of the most fashionable cities in the world, the growing rise of K-pop (Korean pop music), kawaii culture, modern technology from both nations, anime, and a host of other factors,...More
Rookie Girl Band A Pink Have Big Hopes for 2012 2012/01/05, Source,
Seven-member girl group A Pink, though still only eight months into their career, are already making a splash. Eldest member Park Cho-rong, 21, and youngest Oh Hah-yeong, 16, are five years apart. They started enjoying some success with their debut single in April last year, and won the Best New Female Artist award at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Since November 2011 when they released their second single, they have been frequently appearing on TV shows,...More
Kara: 'We Grew Up During Extremely Busy Schedule For A Year' 2012/01/02, Source, Kara expressed their feelings after holding a rehearsal for the NHK Red & White Year End Song Festival.
Girl groups Girls' Generation and Kara participated in the rehearsal for the 62nd NHK Red & White Year End Song Festival held in NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on December 29. At first, Girls' Generation appeared and checked the sound and their positions on the stage while presenting a splendid performance with their Japanese debut song "GINIE". Then Kara presented their hit songs "Jet Coaster Love" and "Mister" with cute dance movements,...More
Arirang's 2011 People of the Year 2011/12/31, Source, 2011 has been an eventful year.
At the tail of the year, various websites are starting polls to determine the top issues and people that stirred the world in 2011. So we prepared a special list ourselves!
Who has made it to Arirang's 2011 People of the Year
[Interview : ] "Professor Ahn Cheol-soo made the greatest impression".
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Professor Ahn Cheol-soo",...More
Sales of Sweet Potatoes Surge Due to Health Benefits 2011/12/31, Source,
As more Koreans take an interest in their health, sales of sweet potatoes have surpassed those of potatoes, one of the most popular snacks in winter.
According to E-Mart, the ratio of sales of potatoes to sweet potatoes in 2009 was roughly 58:42, but this year it shifted to 46:54,...More
This Week's Cultural News VCR1 2011/12/30, Source,
In 2011, Korea was filled with performances to see and enjoy, and original Korean performances received accolades abroad.
In August, the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, invited more Korean performances than ever before. They included those by the theatre troupe Mokhwa[목화] and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Chung Myun-whun [정명훈].
The popular movie "Black Swan" and a comedy corner centered on the ballerino costume has helped ballet come closer to audiences of all ages,...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
K-celebrities now VCR1 2011/12/29, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Let's start with singer Kim Tae-woo, who heard wedding bells chime on Tuesday!
Kim Tae-woo is one of Korea's top vocals, effortlessly gliding through songs of different genres,...More
Secret marriage, lawsuits, rumors: stars make headlines 2011/12/28, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji, left, and actress Lee Ji-ah shocked the nation with their marriage history. / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi For the most, entertainers make us laugh with their talents. But they are often the scrutiny of the limelight themselves, prompting news, sometimes rumors and controversies. Here are the top entertainment news items that made headlines in 2011,...More
Girls' Generation named Grand Star of the Year 2011/12/27, Source, Girls' Generation, was won the Grand Star of the Year Prize for the third time from Sports Hankook, a Korean sports daily.
The K-pop group received the most votes with 30 from 100 entertainment industry experts surveyed by the newspaper. The girl group won the title in 2010 and 2009 as well. They are the first to claim the title three times since the inception of the prize in 2005,...More
Girls' Generation Nation's No. 1 Band for 3rd Year 2011/12/27, Source, Girls' Generation have been voted as the best singers in Korea for the third consecutive year, according to a recent survey. Gallup Korea conducted a survey on 3,401 people aged between 13 and 59 nationwide and asked them to pick three singers or bands who had their best year in 2011.
The nine-girl group ranked first for the third straight year with 26.1 percent of the votes and emerged as the clear favorite among all age groups: 30 percent among teens, 29.2 percent among those in their 20s, 29.5 percent among 30-somethings, 25.2 percent among people in their 40s and 18.2 percent among those aged 50-59,...More
South Korean fashion: Kpopsicle, the rise of K-pop and Tokyo fashion 2011/12/17, Source, By Sarah Deschamps and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The nation of South Korea keeps on expanding internationally among the younger generation in Asia and now the sounds of K-pop are reaching Europe, North America, and South America. Naturally, the fashion scene will also be watched more closely and with exquisite fashion cities like Tokyo which is internationally famous, it is a great opportunity for South Korean fashion to enter this market and many other markets. Therefore, times are changing and will a South Korean "fashion wave" follow the "K-pop wave?"
If you check kpopsicle.com then you will see a South Korean fashion company which sells vibrant female fashion clothes online. The fashion available clearly matches all the latest styles and trends in the K-pop music scene. Therefore, you can see style, elegance, street wise fashion, sophisticated looks and a plethora of styles which suits the modern and trendy lady,...More
YouTube Opens K-Pop Section 2011/12/16, Source,
YouTube has opened a separate section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, Google, which owns the video-sharing website, said on its official blog on Wednesday.
YouTube divides music into pop, rock, R&B, rap and other genres. But this is the first time it has created a separate genre for a particular country's music,...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
Korean jewelry brand sets up shop on NY's Fifth Ave. 2011/12/09, Source,
J.Estina has focused on the four P's of marketing –- product, price, place and promotion –- over the past two years to enter New York, the world's fashion capital.
New York's Plaza Hotel, where the Korean jewelry brand opened its store in the first-floor shopping arcade, is located on Fifth Avenue, a district known for high-end department stores and designer brands. Restaurants and cafes there are venues for social networking of celebrities and fashion leaders,...More
VCR1 K-Celebrities 2011/12/09, Source,
Now We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Can it be true[Interview : Eom Tae-woong, Actor] "I uploaded that wedding photo. We took it on the set of our movie, and we looked really great together, as the movie intended".
It turned out that the photo was taken as part of filming for the upcoming movie "Never Ending Story". In the movie, Eom Tae-woong and Jeong Ryeo-won will play a dying couple,...More
'We Will Present Enjoyable Performance at MAMA'
2011/11/30, Source, Girls' Generation
All the Korean singing groups who appeared in the "2011 M.net Asian Music Awards" (MAMA) said on November 29, "We will present an enjoyable performance". During the press conference held at Singapore Sands Expo & Convention Center, all the cast members agreed with the idea. The leader of Girls' Generation, Tae Yeon, who could not attend last year's MAMA, said, "We are attending MAMA after such a long break, so we highly anticipate this event. We have prepared our song in a completely different version, and we want that people can enjoy our song,...More
K-Pop Singers Lauded at MAMA Awards in Singapore 2011/11/30, Source, Girls' Generation perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. /Courtesy of CJ E&M
Korea's pop singers captivated Singapore on Tuesday at this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards held in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday evening (local time).
MAMA is hosted by cable channel Mnet, and the recipients of the awards are chosen based on the votes of fans around the world, as well as input from a panel of experts,...More
Kim Hyun-joong comes back with a new drama 2011/11/29, Source, Kim Hyun-joong hinted that he is going to be coming back with a drama.
A welcome meeting for the artists attending the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2011 MAMA) at Singapore Indoor Stadium took place at 10AM on the November 29th. Numbers of reporters and members of press showed up to hear what the artists had to say,...More
Korean Wave still riding High on SNS - YouTube to open an Official K-Pop Channel 2011/11/25, Source,
HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, "Lee teuk" Image source here
What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen.
Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2011/11/25, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
The star girl group T-ara has released a new single!
They've transformed into sexy female warriors for their title track "Cry Cry", sporting short hair and leather jackets.
T-ara also released a video of their choreography rehearsal for "Cry Cry".
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Good luck to "Cry Cry!""
T-ara's plans include releasing a single in Japan in step with their comeback in Korea. Keep your eyes on T-ara as they sweep through the charts!,...More
Lee Byung-hun Awarded Presidential Award 2011/11/22, Source,
After spending the past five months in New Orleans of the the United States shooting for the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2", Lee Byung-hun finally returned home on November 21st.
As soon as Lee touched Korean soil, he was busy as the recipient of the Presidential Award for advancing Korean pop culture and arts,...More
Top Talent Agency to Hold Global Auditions for Future Star 2011/11/19, Source, Girls' Generation /Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Auditions will begin in January to find a new singing or acting talent to sign a contract with one of Korea's leading entertainment agencies, SM Entertainment said yesterday.
The agency's talent search will take place from January to March in 15 cities in the five countries of Korea, China, Canada, Japan, and the U.S., starting with the coastal city of Busan on Jan. 7,...More
SM to debut its first multinational boy band in 2012 2011/11/15, Source,
SM Entertainment will debut a new male group consisting of Korean, Chinese and Japanese members, aimed to attract a more international fan base, a local website, Newen.com, has reported.
It is not yet decided how many members it will be comprised of and all members will also act in smaller units as well as a whole group, according to the report,...More
Kim Hyun-joong Inks Deal with Universal Japan 2011/11/11, Source,
Korean Wave star Kim Hyun-joong has signed a deal with Universal Music Japan, one of a number of major record labels in the country that have been trying to woo him since the success of his first showcase there in July.
With the aid of Universal Music, he will now receive considerable support for his Japan-based activities, ranging from promotional stunts for his album to tour concerts,...More
K-pop's voice attracts 4 trillion won per year 2011/11/10, Source,
By Kim Do-yeun
American and European artists have long dominated the pop music scene worldwide. To cite a few examples, the iconic tunes of the Beatles of Britain and ABBA of Sweden flooded the soundtracks of the 1970s through the '80s. From the '80s to the '90s, American star Michael Jackson took over as the "King of Pop".
Today, the U.S. still holds the lion's share of the global music market, according to the Korea Creative Content Agency (KCCA) and other sources, followed by Japan and European countries, including Britain, Germany and France,...More
K-Pop Stars to Hold Concert in Australia 2011/11/09, Source,
Some of the biggest names in Korean pop are set to take the stage in Sydney, Australia this weekend.
A dozen of groups including Girls' Generation and SHINee will perform at ANZ Stadium in the Australian city on Saturday.
Australian event organizer JK Entertainment said the 57 performers from 12 groups will display the essence of K-pop in front of about 20-thousand fans. JK added this will be the largest concert by Asian groups held in Australia,...More
Key K-Pop Concert in New York Being Made into Movie 2011/11/09, Source,
A recent K-pop concert at Madison Square Garden, the first concert by Asian singers at the legendary venue in the Big Apple, is scheduled to be released as a documentary.
It will feature performances by Kangta, BoA, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x), the singers that came together for the milestone-setting SM Town Live World Tour in New York concert on Oct. 23,...More
YouTube to Launch Exclusive K-Pop Channel 2011/11/08, Source,
YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google, will create a special section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, a move the government hopes can further promote Korean popular culture around the world,...More
Tiffany of Girls' Generation Reinventing Herself for Musical 'Fame' 2011/11/08, Source,
Tiffany from girl group Girls' Generation showcased her transition from K-pop poster girl to musical actress on Monday at a media preview for the musical "Fame" held at Dongsoong Art Center in Jongno, Seoul.
In the award-winning musical about a group of aspiring dancers, which will run at a theater in Seoul from Nov. 25 until Jan. 29, Tiffany plays the role of a young woman who hopes to rise to stardom by working tirelessly on her craft at a performing arts school,...More
Double standards in K-Entertainment 2011/11/05, Source,
Some time ago, when Korea was in a frenzy of banning Kpop songs, I joked that maybe they should ban also the dramas. I take back my bad, bad joke.
It's been on my mind for a while, but was wondering whether I should bother and cause another stir. But since it's my evil nature, I decided I should. K-entertainment is full of double standards, and non-equal treatment. We got accustomed to it to the point of numbness. I guess we all remember the "Han Ye-seul gate", so to those who somehow slept through whole summer - short recapitulation. Shooting of the drama in usual korean circumstances - 2 hours of sleep per week, 4 meals per week but 100% efficiency. You may ask how actors do it? I have no idea, frankly,...More
VCR1 This Week's Cultural News 2011/11/04, Source, These are the images that usually come to mind when one thinks of Oriental paintings.
However, in this exhibition, people will be able to see unconventional images Girls' Generation and Lady Gaga in the works.
[Interview : Kim Yeong-hwi, Visitor] "I came because the exhibition looked interesting, but it was actually very fun".
[Interview : Kim Jong-jin, Visitor] "While the paintings give off a historical look and feel, they are filled with modern references. I think the paintings are fun to look at because both modern and traditional effects clash with each other",...More
The 20th Filipino - Korean Cultural Festival 2011/11/03, Source, The Filipino-Korean Cultural Festival, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, clearly shows Hallyu, or the Korean Wave craze. The country is deep in love with K-pop! Visitors start lining up hours before the festival. With all the tickets sold out, the 2,700 seats in the hall hardly do justice to the festival's popularity,...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
Musical "Winter Sonata" 2011/10/28, Source, The Hallyu milestone TV drama "Winter Sonata" is back for the first time in 10 years as a musical.
[Interview : Oh Yeong-jin, Producer] "While groups like Girls' Generation are leading the current Hallyu phenomenon, we thought that bringing back "Winter Sonata", the original trigger for Hallyu, as a musical would be a good idea".
Both the TV drama and the musical versions have the same storyline. However, the kind of charm each version presents is different,...More
NYT Draws Attention to K-Pop Idol-Making Factories 2011/10/27, Source,
(Above picture: The New York Times on Tuesday carries a story about the SM Town Live concert held at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. /Newsis)
If viewed as a manufacturing factory churning out teen stars, the Korean pop music industry is streets ahead of the U.S. in its heyday in terms of output, according to a leading U.S. media.
"American teen-pop at its peak has never been this productive. K-pop is an environment of relentless newness, both in participants and in style", the New York Times wrote on Tuesday in an article about Korean entertainment agencies' ability to foster new talent,...More
Japanese royal offspring is fan of K-pop 2011/10/27, Source,
A granddaughter of the Japanese Emperor, Akihito, danced to the music of Girls' Generation, one of the most popular K-pop groups. This has caused controversy as some Japanese have recently shown extreme right-wing views toward Hallyu, a Korean wave, in the country.
Gako, 17, gave performance last fall in her high school, copying the choreography of 'Oh!' a hit song of the group's second album released at the beginning of 2010,...More
NYT: K-Pop Stars More Productive than American Teen Idols 2011/10/27, Source,
NYT: K-Pop Stars More Productive than American Teen Idols The US daily reported Monday that American teen-pop at its peak has never been as productive as K-pop after fans in New York had the chance to see SM Entertainment's showcase at Madison Square Garden Sunday night starring major K-pop stars.
The New York Times article noted that Korea is rich in companies that specialize in manufacturing a steady stream of teenage idols, unlike the United States where a vast amount of work is required to make just one like Justin Bieber. The paper also commented that K-pop has excelled at putting together large groups of various configurations that seem to defy logic and order which was made possible by Korea's environment of relentless change and adaptation, both in participants and in style,...More
Girls' Generation fascinates New Yorkers 2011/10/26, Source, Girls' Generation, one of the top girl group in Korea, has appeared at MTV, an American music television network based in New York City. This shows that "Hallyu" or "Korean Wave", meaning spreading of Korean culture around the world, has now taken over the most populous city there, which has already craze in Europe as well as in Asia.
The girls made their appearance on Monday at MTV News and MTV IGGY, a channel of MTV Networks, to promote their new song, "The Boys". They also had an interview. They had the schedule one day after having concert with other Korean popular singers in Madison Square Garden presented by SM Entertainment, one of the South Korea's biggest record labels,...More
K-pop Concert Sells Out in New York 2011/10/25, Source,
A long line formed at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday for a Korean pop concert featuring some of K-pop's biggest stars. South Korean record label SM presented the performance that featured Girls' Generation, f(x), BoA, Kang Ta, TVXQ, Super Junior and SHINee. Tickets cost up to 300-thousand won per person, but the concert still sold out all 15-thousand seats with foreigners accounting for 70 percent of the audience,...More
Girls' Generation Continue to Top Charts with New Album 2011/10/25, Source,
(Above picture: Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
"The Boys", the title track of Girls' Generation's third official album, which was released on Oct. 19, has been topping various domestic music charts, reaffirming the girl group's enduring popularity. The album proved a weekly chart-buster on both Hot Tracks and Yes24 for the week ending Oct. 23,...More
K-Pop Stars Lay Siege to Madison Square Garden 2011/10/25, Source,
(Above picture: Fans cheer and hold up photos of their favorite K-pop stars at the SM Town New York concert in Madison Square Garden on Sunday (local time). /Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
A troupe of K-pop stars became the first Asian singers to perform at a large 15,000-capacity arena in Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening (local time) when the SM Town New York concert lit up Manhattan.
BoA, Girls' Generation, Kang Ta, SHINee, TVXQ, Super Junior and f(x) all belong to SM Entertainment, Korea's leading talent agency. As they took to the stage, they were met with rapturous applause -- indicating K-pop's growing international appeal -- five years after Rain performed at a smaller 5,000-capacity theater at the same venue,...More
Girls' Generation: 'Releasing Album Targeting All Around World Is Meaningful Challenge' 2011/10/20, Source,
The title song of Girls' Generation's third album, "The Boys", has been released all around the world at the same time. They challenged themselves with various trials with their new album, and they will advance to the American music industry in November.
Tiffany: "It has been only four years since we debuted, and I am very glad that we can have this huge and excellent challenge in a short period of time".
Tae Yeon: "We did not target to achieve a huge success with this song, we rather thought that the song itself, which would be released targeting all around the world, was very meaningful",...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
Girls' Generation Poised for U.S. Album Release 2011/10/18, Source,
Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Girls' Generation will release an album in the U.S. through a Universal Music Group label. The top Korean girl band will launch a maxi single of their new song "The Boys" in November on Universal's Interscope Records, whose artists include Lady Gaga, Eminem and Black Eyed Peas,...More
Girls' Generation targets global fame 2011/10/18, Source, Girls' Generation will release its first-ever maxi single in the U.S. next month. / Korea Times
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Girls' Generation reveal their new song "The Boys" today, aiming to hit the world with a powerful, strong image.
During an interview prior to their third studio album in Korea and the first-ever maxi single to hit the United States in November, the girls seemed excited to be returning to the local music scene,...More
f(x) Amber Joining "Invincible Youth" 2011/10/18, Source,
f(x)'s Amber has been most recently selected to join the cast of KBS 2TV's "Invincible Youth".
According to entertainment reps on October 18th, Amber will start as a regular on the show November 12th for season 2,...More
Girls' Generation to debut in US in November 2011/10/13, Source,
Korean girl group Girls' Generation will release a single in the United States on the same recording label as Lady Gaga and Eminem.
The group's agency SM Entertainment announced Wednesday that the nine-member girl group will release a maxi single including a new song "The Boys" in November through Interscope Records owned by Universal Music Group,...More
Kim Hyun-joong: 'I Am More Deeply Attached to My Work Than Before' 2011/10/12, Source, Kim Hyun-joong, who released his second mini album, said, "I want to perform music that has a reversal".
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong cast off his tough and charismatic image and made a comeback with an image of a mischievous gambler. Kim Hyun-joong released his second mini album entitled "Lucky" on October 11, and it was different from his first solo album entitled "Break Down" by utilizing a funky band sound.
Kim Hyun-joong gave an interview at Coex Intercontinental Hotel on October 10, and he said, "I have wanted to present music that has a reversal. Many people seemed to expect that I would release music that would be similar to my previous album 'Break Down', and I think that I successfully provided a reversal in light of that. People will evaluate my album, but I personally want to give 100 points to my album as I had put my utmost efforts into create this album". He revealed that he was satisfied with his album,...More
Girls Generation Plans For November Debut In The US 2011/10/12, Source,
The nine-membered girl group Girls' Generation will be hitting the largest music market in the world come November.
According to SM Entertainment on October 12th, the group signed with internationally-renowned music label Universal Music Group ahead of their US music release. The idol stars will release their single "The Boys" through Interscope Records, the same company that distributes music for Lady Gaga, Eminem, and the Black Eyed Peas. This will not only be circulated throughout the US, but Europe, South America, and other parts of the world,...More
Wonder Girls Brace for Clash with Other Girl Bands 2011/10/10, Source,
Korean girl group Wonder Girls will return home from the U.S. this weekend to prepare for a much-awaited performance. The band recently wrapped up shooting the made-for-TV film "Wonder Girls at the Apollo", which is slated to air next year.
An official at their agency JYP Entertainment said, "The Wonder Girls have been very busy with various commitments including the TV film. If everything goes as planned, they will arrive in Korea this weekend to get ready to meet their Korean fans again".,...More
Talent Agencies Becoming Tourist Spots for Foreign Fans 2011/10/08, Source,
/Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Die-hard fans are known to wait for hours in front of a star's management agency or home just to catch a glimpse of their favorite singer or actor. In fact, many teenagers in Korea gather in front of management agencies all day long to see their idols.
But these days it is not just locals making up the crowds outside the gates. Foreign fans of K-pop have joined the ranks of those seeking to get a chance to meet their favorite Korean singers,...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
Korean Group 'Big Bang' Performs at Singapore Formula 1 2011/10/04, Source, "Big Bang" performed at the Singapore F1 festival on the eve of Singapore F1 Grand Prix as a representative Korean singing group.
"Big Bang" made an appearance at the Singapore F1 held at the Singapore Marina Bay Circuit and received an ovation. According to the organizing committee for F1 on September 30, "Big Bang" presented a splendid showcase during the concert to celebrate the eve of the Singapore Grand Prix on Padang Stage on September 23 as representative K-Pop stars,...More
Girls' Generation Cancel Album Release 2011/10/03, Source, Girls' Generation have abruptly cancelled the planned Oct. 5 release of their third album "The Boys" after promotion already got into full swing.
Management agency SM Entertainment in a press release Sunday said the album has been "postponed" but when it will be released is now uncertain,...More
Poll finds Chinese youths favoring S. Korea more than NK 2011/10/01, Source, Chinese youths consider North Korea "weak, dark, dirty and slow" and South Korea "strong, bright, clean and fast", according to a recent survey. This shows Chinese youths are shifting from a pro-North Korea sentiment based on their country's alliance with the North and favoring South Korea more. The office of Rep. Koo Sang-chan of the ruling Grand National Party conducted a survey of 935 Chinese college students Aug. 15-31 on their perceptions of China`s relations with the two Koreas and other neighboring countries,...More
Girls' Generation to release new album 2011/09/26, Source,
Listen up hallyu fans: K-pop group Girls' Generation will unveil their third album worldwide early October.
According to SM Entertainment, the group will release the title song "The Boys" through major music sites in Asia and iTunes in the American and European continents on Oct. 4, followed by all the remaining tracks of the album the next day, at the same sites,...More
Experience the fusion of Korean Culture and The Four Season City of Australia, through the eyes of KOFFIA 2011 2011/09/24,
"I'm genie for you boy, I'm genie for your wish…" (GENIE, Girls' Generation)
As I was walking across the aisle, the Genie song tickled my ears as it was inviting me to come in. I was then so sure for stepping my feet further inside. This is the place.
It was Monday. As Melbourne is (in)famously known as the four season city, the day was a bit chilly even though it was already spring. It supposed to be the most lovable season when the wind should've stopped demonstrating his fierce blow. I hurriedly walked from the nearest tram stop to my destined place, ACMI (Australia Center for Moving Image). One of the greatest place in Melbourne. And where the Korean Film Festival 2011 was held,...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
Kim So-ri Keeps Troops in Fighting Form 2011/09/19, Source,
Life is tough for young conscripts in Korea's armed forces, but having groups of beautiful young women perform K-pop songs for them helps take the edge off and heightens morale as they guard the nation's defenses.
Although girl groups such as the Brown Eyed Girls, T-ara and Girls' Generation receive the highest fees when performing for soldiers - they earn an average of W5.5 million per appearance - a former musical actress has emerged as the most popular chanteuse,...More
Girls Generation Holds Successful Concert In Taiwan 2011/09/14, Source,
Popular group Girls' Generation held their second solo concert in Taiwan on September 9th through the 11th for their "2011 Girls' Generation Tour In Taipei". The series of shows were held at the Taipei Arena and attracted a staggering crowd of 30,000 fans!
In fact, because of the explosive demand, SM Entertainment ended up adding on an extra concert date to the original two-day lineup. This made the group the first foreign girl group to have three back to back concerts at the venue ever,...More
Kim Yu-na Dolls to Hit Market Next Year 2011/09/14, Source,
Molded figurines of skating queen Kim Yu-na and actor Ryoo Si-won will be available on the domestic and export market next fall, according to Seoul. The municipal government has signed agreements with two firms to provide a subsidy of W150 million to manufacture the dolls (US$1=W1,077),...More
The girls are coming back home 2011/09/13, Source, Girls' Generation, which has performed mostly in Japan, will have a new recording out in Korea in October. / Korea Times file
Girls' Generation, Kara, Wonder Girls returning with local albums
By Lee Hyo-won
Girl groups that have been active abroad are returning one after another to the local music scene this fall.
Top acts such as Kara, Girls' Generation, T-ara and the Wonder Girls, who have been mostly performing in Japan or the United States, will release new albums through November,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/09/08, Source, : It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the week's five hottest stories from the Korean Entertainment industry!
: Hold onto your seats, because we have our very own Dami here in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and 건영~!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, we get updates about stars' everyday activities all the time, and do you guys happen to where the paparazzi find their information,...More
Korean Pop Music Continues to Hit Heights in Japan 2011/09/06, Source,
South Korean sexuality is being fused within K-pop (Korean pop music) in order to make further inroads into the Japanese market. This is a sure-fire winner in Japan and a very obvious market ploy. Alongside this traditional route you have catchy tunes and a more mature outlook with pouting looks and sexy outfits to appeal to many fashion conscious youngsters of both sexes in Japan,...More
BoA Leads Successful K-Pop Blitz in Tokyo 2011/09/05, Source, BoA joined a list of A-cast celebrities at the SM Town Live World Tour in Tokyo Special Edition on Sunday.
SM had originally planned to stage a single show in Tokyo, but surging demand for tickets led the agency to revise its schedule and line up three concerts over two days last weekend,...More
SM Town Bringing K-Pop Stars to Madison Square Garden 2011/09/01, Source,
K-Pop is coming to Madison Square Garden in October when the SM Town Live World Tour descends on the world's most famous concert venue in Manhattan, New York.
The six-hour concert on Oct. 23 will feature prominent artists such as Girls' Generation, Super Junior and SHINee. They belong to SM Entertainment, one of the country's leading talent agencies,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/08/31, Source,
It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the top 5 entertainment headlines of the week.
: We have our oh so unique Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi 건영! Hi Sean!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, up in our first story, Girls' Generation, the Hallyu stars that charmed Asia and wowed Europe, have been named PR ambassadors for the "Visit Korea Year" campaign! And actor 공유 is coming out with a new movie! Let's go check it out right now on Weekly Star Scene!,...More
Another suit filed against 'Harmful to youth' rating 2011/08/29, Source,
K-pop boy group Beast
By Yun Suh-young
Cube Entertainment, the agency of the popular boy band Beast, filed a suit against the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family to nullify its "harmful to youth" rating on the group's song, court officials said.
Beast's song, "On a Rainy Day", was designated by the ministry's censorship arm as "harmful to youth" for containing alcohol-related lyrics,...More
S.Korean pop music and dance sweeping N.Korea: report 2011/08/17, Source, South Korean pop music, or K-pop, has reportedly started to gain popularity in North Korea. Despite a stern crackdown by the North's security authorities, many people in the North led by the children of high-income families are learning the latest South Korean folk songs and dance, news reports say. Introducing this trend, the U.S.-based Radio Free Asia said Tuesday, "Names of South Korean dance groups, such as Girls' Generation' and Big Bang are no longer unheard of in North Korea",...More
BoA & Girls' Generation Performing At Summer Sonic 2011 2011/08/12, Source,
"Asia's Star" will join Korea's new tourism ambassadors to perform for one of the biggest festivals in Japan.
The Summer Sonic 2011 festival -- big enough to be included in the ranks of the Fuji Rock Festival -- will take place on August 13th and 14th, each date with two showings each, taking place in Osaka and Tokyo,...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
Hundreds of Japanese Protest Against Korean Wave 2011/08/09, Source,
Demonstrators protest against Korean soaps near Fuji TV's headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday. /Yonhap
Around 500 demonstrators gathered around Fuji TV headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday to protest against broadcasts of Korean TV dramas. "No more Korean Wave!" the protestors chanted.
The demonstrators were brought together via messages on Twitter and other websites,...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.
Weekly star scene 2011/07/28, Source, It's time for "Weekly Star Scene", our selection of the top 5 stories of the week from show business.
:We have our one and only sunshine Dami here in the studio with us today. Hello Dami! What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] :The stars of our first story is none other than,...More
New YG Acts Training For 2012 Debut 2011/07/27, Source,
YG Entertainment, home to 2NE1 and Big Bang, released plans of debuting new groups for next year.
Yang Hyun-suk, head of YG, revealed through Korean media sources that there will be a number of new acts to look forward to, including solo acts, slated for 2011. For one, a YG version of Girls' Generation will hit the scene the first half of 2012. Yang stressed that this group will not only be talented, but very pretty...like Girls' Generation,...More
Girls' Generation - it's the girls' time! 2011/07/26, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
K-pop group Girls' Generation rocked some 20,000, from children to their parents, from Koreans to overseas fans, at their "2011 Girls' Generation Tour"at Gymnastics Stadium, Olympic Park in Seoul, Sunday.
The nine girls gave a powerful performance, offering 32 songs in three hours. The seats were filled with "samchon", or "uncle fans" and followers from across the globe. As there were more males than at any other concerts, the sounds of the crowd's shouts were relatively low but their spirits were higher than ever,...More
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
US Fans Watch K-Pop Show at KBS 2011/07/25, Source, Some one-hundred American fans of Korean pop music (K-pop) visited the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) studios on Monday and watched a popular entertainment program that features K-pop singers.
The group of fans will arrive in South Korea on Thursday and on Sunday atte,...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
[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
T-ara Captivate Fans on Debut in Japan 2011/07/06, Source, T-ara
K-pop girl group T-ara got a standing ovation from 1,500 Japanese fans at the Shibuya AX Hall in Tokyo on Tuesday as the band made their debut in the country.
As the magnificent seven strutted their stuff on stage and flashed their dance moves to the swaying crowd, over 200 Japanese journalists scribbled down notes and took photos, reflecting the country's strong interest in the band,...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
The term "Korean Wave" was coined in 2003 when the hit soap opera ",...More
Fair trade body bans sexualizing teen stars 2011/06/17, Source,
The popularity of boy- and girl- bands like Girls' Generation is pushing K-pop to new heights, but there are also increasing concerns over the sexualization of young celebrities. / Korea Times file
By Kim Tong-hyung
Government officials are attempting to prevent the revealing styles of teenage pop idols as they warn against the media's portrayal of young women as sex objects.
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) Friday announced a new guideline for standard contract terms between production companies and artists, which include preventing underage singers from dressing in excessively sexual clothing. Management shouldn't deprive the boys and girls in showbiz from their educational opportunities either, the FTC said, and needs to protect them from long working hours,...More
K-Pop Stars Taking Korean Musicals on Asian Tour 2011/06/17, Source,
Left: Park Gyu-lee of the girl group Kara, who will star in the musical "200 Pounds Beauty" in Japan; Right: Kim Kyu-jong (center front) of boy band SS501 takes a curtain call along with other cast members after performing the musical "Goong" at a theater in Kyoto, Japan /Courtesy of DSP Media and Group Eight
Producers are turning to leading K-pop bands and targeting overseas audiences in a bid to reinvigorate Korea's over-saturated musical market, which is estimated to be worth W250 billion but is feeling the pinch as supply outpaces demand.
Japan, which boasts the largest market for musicals in Asia, is emerging as Korean producers' prime target as they aim to capitalize on the popularity of K-pop stars in the neighboring country,...More
Girl Groups Advance to Japan One After Another 2011/06/15, Source,
After School, T-ara, Secret, and Rainbow will officially debut in Japan.
Star Korean girl groups will debut in Japan during this summer. As other star girl groups who had already debuted in Japan such as Kara, Girls' Generation, Brown Eyed Girls, 4 Minute, and 2NE1 had gained huge popularity in Japan, the debut of new groups has raised anticipation about whether they could be kicking off a K-KOP boom again,...More
K-pop takes European fans by storm 2011/06/13, Source,
French fans hold the signs reading "Thank you again" written in Korean at the second K-pop concert "SM Town Live World Tour" which was held at Le Zenith de Paris, France, Saturday. SM Entertainment held the additional concert Saturday to meet the request from French fans who failed to get the tickets of the first concert which took place Friday. / Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
K-pop singers wowed some 7,000 European fans at their first concert in Paris, France, late Friday. The K-pop concert "SM Town Live World Tour" was held at Le Zenith de Paris for the first time ever in Europe, drawing a huge crowd of European fans who came from various countries including Spain, Italy, Poland and Sweden as well as France,...More
Lee reveals know-how of hallyu 2011/06/13, Source,
Lee Soo-man, the founder of SM entertainment, gives a speech on "CT (culture technology) and hallyu" during the "2011 SM TOWN in Paris" writers and publishers conference at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel, Saturday. / Yonhap
By Chung Min-uck
Lee Soo-man, the founder of SM Entertainment, the nation's largest talent agency, said that the secret of success for Korean artists in the global market is the long-accumulated culture technology (CT), during the "2011 SM TOWN in Paris".
Addressing the attendees of the writers and publishers conference at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel, June 11, he introduced the theory of CT which was a concept he created in the mid-90s in order to break into other Asian markets,...More
Super Junior most-favored hallyu group as travel companion 2011/06/13, Source,
K-pop group Super Junior
By Lee Hyo-sik
Foreign fans of hallyu, or the Korean Wave, picked K-pop group Super Junior as the hallyu star they would most like to travel with in Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) said Monday.
KTO conducted an online survey through a VisitKorea website (www.visitkorea.or.kr) set up to promote Korean tourism among non-Koreans from May 11 through May 31. A total of 12,085 people from 102 different countries took the survey and gave answers in seven categories,...More
Big bienvenue for K-pop idols 2011/06/10, K팝 아이돌 파리 입성 … 드골 공항엔 '지지지지~' 울려퍼졌다
French police form lines to allow vans with Korean pop stars on board to get through hordes of fans upon the performers' arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, yesterday, to hold two concerts starting tonight. Over 1,500 European fans flocked to the airport to greet the stars. [YONHAP]
PARIS - The Korean Wave has stretched beyond Asia and reached the heart of Europe. On Wednesday evening, members of three popular Korean pop groups landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris for a concert and were met by over 1,500 teenage fans from France, England, Italy and Sweden. The teens surged to get a look at 10 singers as they came through customs, and French police had to escort the performers safely to a van outside,...More
The first ever K-pop concerts in Europe will be available to view online this weekend.
TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) are scheduled to perform at the 6,000-seat Le Zenith de Paris, France, on,...More
Passionate K-Pop Fans Lay Siege to Charles de Gaulle 2011/06/10, Source,
Girls pose while waiting for Korean pop stars to arrive at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on Wednesday. /Yonhap
Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was bristling with K-pop fans on Wednesday afternoon (local time) as they waited for precious glimpses of their idols, ahead of the first-ever live K-pop concert in Europe scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Around 1,000 autograph-hungry fans crowded in front of Gate E at the airport's second terminal, jostling for space and calling out the names of various dance group members who were due to arrive aboard a Korean Air flight,...More
French Media Predict Success of First K-Pop Concert in Europe 2011/06/10, Source, The French media expect the first Korean pop music concert to take place in Europe to be a huge success.
Tickets for the show sold out in just 15 minutes.
French daily Le Figaro reported Thursday that the Korean singers, having conquered Asia, have finally come to Europe, adding that Paris is a br,...More
Showbiz Tycoon with Global Ambitions for K-Pop 2011/06/09, Source,
The Korean Wave is advancing into Europe. Korea's largest showbiz management agency SM Entertainment is making the first move with "SM Town Live" at the 6,700 capacity concert venue Le Zenith de Paris on June 10 and 11.
The concerts proved extremely popular, with tickets for the first show selling out online in just 10 minutes. SM Entertainment originally planned to hold just one concert, but on May 1 several hundred French K-pop fans demonstrated in front of the Louvre and demanded a second,...More
French Fans Go Wild at K-pop Stars at Airport 2011/06/09, Source, Hundreds of French teenagers gathered at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris Wednesday to welcome Korean pop stars to the country.
Seven-hundred members of a fan club called "Korean Connection" arrived at the airport together to catch a glimpse of their idols who will perform at an SM Town Live Worl,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/06/08, Source, Show transcript
It's time for "Weekly Star Scene", our review of the week's hottest entertainment news. : We have our lovely Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami, what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, now a days, Hallyu stars are bigger than ever with their popularity spreading across the entire Asian region and even to Europe! Our favorite Hallyu stars are coming back from a short break with great news for their fans. Let's check them out in today's Weekly Star Scene!,...More
2NE1 Sweeps Filipino Music Chart 2011/06/07, Source,
Girl group 2NE1 has swept the Filipino music scene with their new song "Lonely".
According to MYX on the 3rd, the largest music chart in the Philippines, the girls ranked at number one by jumping one spot from 2nd place on June 2nd,...More
Girls' Generation tops Oricon Chart 2011/06/07, Source,
Members of K-pop group Girls' Generation performs during their concert at Osaka-jo Hall in Osaka, Japan, May 31. The group's first studio album in Japan topped the Oricon Weekly Chart. / Courtesy of S.M. Entertainment
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Korean girl band Girls' Generation topped the Japanese Oricon Weekly Chart with its first album there,...More
Sunny Rushed To Hospital Mid-Concert 2011/06/06, Source,
One of the members of Girls' Generation caused some concern at the recent concert in Japan -- the second performance of their Japan tour in Saitama Super Arena -- on June 5th. With an audience of 25,000, member Sunny had to leave mid-concert for the hospital,...More
Social media fuels hallyu boom in France 2011/05/13,
Some 300 French K-pop fans gather in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 1, demanding additional performances by Korean pop stars. / Yonhap
By Kang Hyun-kyung
Hallyu in France? Mais oui!
A host of French fans of K-pop staged a protest at the Louvre Museum Square in Paris last Saturday, calling for more performances of SM Entertainment singers, including Girls' Generation,...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
SM Entertainment Adds Extra Concert in Paris 2011/05/12, Source,
SM Entertainment has decided to add another concert date for its SM Town Live in Paris, which is planned for June 10, in response to the interest and support of fans in Europe.
The company said on Wednesday it decided to hold an extra concert on June 11 at Le Zenith de Paris,...More
K-Pop Event in Paris Draws 4,000 French Fans 2011/05/08, Source,
French teenagers dance to 2NE1's hit song "I don't care" during a K-pop contest at the Espace Champerret in Paris on Sunday.
The Espace Champerret in Paris' 17th arrondissement saw the unusual spectacle of hundreds of French teenagers singing and dancing to Korean pop music on Sunday afternoon. Four of them took to the stage to lip-sync to 2NE1's hit song "I don't care" during a K-pop contest held there while the audience boogied along,...More
'Sunny - 2010 - 2010' brims with 1980s retro fun 2011/05/05, Source,
A scene from the teen drama "Sunny - 2010", which evokes the nostalgia of 1980s pop culture and the wonders of youth / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Lee Hyo-won
Whether you feed on contemporary gum-pop or remain strictly '80s, the iridescently "retro-licious" film "Sunny - 2010" will brighten up your day. Besides, 2NE1 sports the double denim look Madonna pulled off back then,...More
Actor-singer Jang Geun-seok made a record debut on Japan's Oricon Chart, ranking No. 1 during the first week of his single',...More
K-Pop Arrives in Europe 2011/05/03, Source,
Fans demonstrate in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday demanding an extra K-pop concert after tickets to a scheduled event sold out. /Yonhap
Hundreds of French fans gathered in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday demanded an extension of a Korean pop concert, symbolizing the spread of the Korean Wave beyond Asia and into Europe.
Around 200 diehard K-pop fans picketed while dancing to Korean pop tunes for over an hour in front of the museum, demanding that a concert by TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) scheduled for June 10 be extended for another day,...More
French K-pop Fans Call for an Additional Concert in Paris 2011/05/02, Source, An unusual flash mob protest was held in Paris Sunday.
French fans of Korean pop music gathered in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, calling for an additional K-pop concert to be held in the city.
During the hour-long protest, some 300 hundred K-pop fans shouted slogans while holding signboards,...More
'SM Town Live' Advances to Europe by Holding Concert in Paris 2011/04/21, Source,
Singers belonging to SM Entertainment (hereinafter refer to as SM) will hold a joint concert in Europe. SM said on April 20, "The concert entitled 'SM Town Live' will be held at the Le Zenith de Paris located in Paris, France, on June 10". Famous singers such as Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, and Jonas Brothers have had showcases in the same concert venue,...More
French K-Pop Fans Show Their Devotion in Visit to Korea 2011/04/21, Source,
Members of the French K-pop fan club Korean Connection pose with SHINee at the SM Entertainment building in Seoul on Wednesday. /Courtesy of SM Entertainment
A French K-pop fan club called Korean Connection was overjoyed to meet boy band SHINee at the SM Entertainment building in Apgujeong, Seoul, on Wednesday,...More
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
Lights, camera, fashion: Seoul forecasts slim silhouettes for fall/winter 2011/03/31, Source,
Kim Seoryong kicks off the 2011 Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week's Seoul Collection at SETEC, Daechi-dong, Monday with classic suits for men. /Yonhap
By Lee Hyo-won
Hang on tightly to those skinny jeans, leather leggings and treadmill handles - it looks like slim silhouettes will remain in vogue this fall and winter. But rest assured, for puffy jackets in all forms and colors will help balance things out.
With the last cold snap persistently lingering about, Seoul Fashion Week's outlook for 2011 fall/winter trends seemed most appropriate - we might as well skip over the sunny season and fast-forward to the understated hues and warm jackets,...More
Travelers from China, Japan or Thailand selected Seoul as the city foremost on their minds as a future destination, according to a survey Wednesday.
The survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government showed that Chinese, Japanese and Thais chose Seoul as the city they want t,...More
Girls' Generation to Hold First Concert in Japan from May 2011/03/08, Source,
The girl group Girls' Generation will hold their first concert tour in Japan beginning from May. Their agency SM Entertainment said on March 8, "Girls' Generation will begin their concert tour entitled 'Arena Tour Concert' on May 18 by holding their first concert in Japan Yoyogi National Stadium located in Tokyo, and then they will hold a total of seven concerts in large concert halls in four major cities including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka",...More
Internationally Known Producers & Composers Turn to K-pop 2011/03/02, Source,
Girl group 2NE1 made waves last year when footage of them working with Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am hit national television. (YG Entertainment)
An increasing number of leading American and European music producers and composers are working with Korean entertainment companies, which in turn is fostering even more interest in Korean pop music globally, an article in The Korea Herald points out,...More
Rain, Girls' Generation win Seoul Art Awards 2011/02/15, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
Pop singers Rain and Girls' Generation, and actress Jeon Do-yeon, among other high-profile stars have been chosen as grand prize winners of the 2nd Seoul Art and Culture Award.
The awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Seoul City, features 11 categories and recipients were revealed Monday ahead of the ceremony later this month, in Seoul,...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
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...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
Which Girl Band Will Rule the Charts in 2011? 2011/01/15, Source,
The year 2010 was the year of girl groups, with over 50 of the manufactured combos including Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1, and Wonder Girls competing for the top position. The trend is likely to continue and even intensify in the new year with many new groups such as Dalshabet and 5dolls waiting in the wings.
The Chosun Ilbo selected 13 girl groups based on music portal Bugs' and KBS2 Music Bank's annual top charts at the end of last year, and analyzed their star power in five categories -- stage presence, fan loyalty, capability of each member, power of management, and performance in 2010 -- to predict what the year 2011 will be like for them. The result showed four strong powerhouses, five in the middle, and four at the weaker end,...More
European Singer Allegedly Plagiarizes SHINee's Song 2011/01/10, Source,
As suspicion that a Serbian singer had plagiarized SHINee's song "Lucifer" had been raised, SHINee's agency SM Entertainment (hereinafter refer to "SM") announced that they would take legal action against the singer. SM said on January 7, "The suspicion had been aroused from an Internet report that Serbian singer Jelena Karleusa had plagiarized SHINee's song 'Lucifer', and songwriters who had composed the song 'Lucifer', consisting of a Korean writer who belongs to SM and an American writer, both agreed that the Serbian singer's song had infringed their copyright,...More
Actor Lee Jong-suk's Song Picks 2011/01/07, Source,
Actor Lee Jong-suk [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I went to a restaurant yesterday and there was a lady who called me by my name and gave me a free drink. It was unbelievable!" Lee Jong-suk is a rookie actor from SBS TV series "Secret Garden" who is still not used to people recognizing him on the streets. Despite making short appearances in the show, he has made a strong impression playing the dirt-poor musician Sun who is so broke that he will sing at bars and work on fishing boats but harbors a pride strong enough to jeer right into the face of Hallyu star Oska (played by Yoon Sang-hyun) about how his music "stinks". He confessed that in reality however, he is so shy that he was close to an outcast among the drama team until actor Yoon started speaking to him first. Nonetheless this shy boy who breaks into an occasional smile, proved himself quite charming in his interview with 10Asia,...More
IU "Good Day" stays atop Gaon chart for 4th week 2011/01/06, Source,
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
For teenage singer IU, every day during the month of December turned out to be a good day as she took her fourth win in a row on Gaon weekly singles chart with her song "Good Day" for the week of December 26 to January 1.
A song with vibrant melody and high pitch ending that expresses a girl's anticipation and excitement of confessing her feelings to a boy, "Good Day" from IU's second EP album "Real" has been sweeping both online and offline charts of various music sites since its release in early December,...More
Idol Groups to Have Showdowns in New Year 2011/01/05, Source,
Idol groups are fighting fierce battles from the start of the new year by releasing new albums. Many idol groups including star idol groups such as TVXQ, Seung Ri from Big Bang, and JYJ, and newcomer groups such as MBLAQ, Secret, Dalmatian, Infinite, and Dalshabet will release new albums. Usually, singers do not release new albums in January and February after finishing their activities at the end of the last year, but this year will be different because star singers and new singers are all beginning to have showdowns from the beginning of the year. The team leader of the Music Business Department at Mnet Media said on January 2, "Singers tended to release new albums in September or October in the past, but recently they are actively performing all year round by releasing single albums and mini albums. Idol groups regardless of their popularity all think that they will be forgotten if they do not have activities, so they release new songs one after another without taking a long break",...More
[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "My Princess" 2011/01/04, Source,
Actors Song Seung-heon, Park Ye-jin, Kim Tae-hee and Ryu Su-young poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "My Princess" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 3, 2011. [MBC]
The 'cheerful and nothing-can-bring-me-down' female character meets the grandson of a conglomerate. He tries to turn her into a princess and the two fall in love. That is how you could summarize MBC's "My Princess". To add on just a little more detail, Lee Seul (played by Kim Tae-hee) is a stingy female college student who is of royal descent and diplomat Park Hye-young (played by Song Seung-heon) becomes her tutor to make her a princess per the request of his grandfather (played by Lee Soon-jae) in order to restore their imperial family,...More
Kang Ho-dong scores grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/31, Source,
Kang Ho-dong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainer Kang Ho-dong scored the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Thursday. Kang was given the top honor for his role as the emcee for popular SBS variety shows "Steel Heart" and "Star King", making it his fifth grand prize win during a year-end show,...More
Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010? 2010/12/31, Source,
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae
Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions.
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time",...More
Koreans who shine in 2010 2010/12/27, Source, Politics
In the June 2 local elections, Kim Moon-soo of the ruling Grand National Party was reelected as governor of Gyeonggi Province, defeating Rhyu Si-min, the opposition's unified candidate and a close confidant of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Since then, Kim, with the image of a hard-working administrator, has enjoyed solid support in his province, emerging as a potential candidate for the next presidency.
As governor, he has pushed for an ambitious project to build an underground high-speed train, the GTX, short for Great Train Express. The express train, once completed by 2017, will link satellite cities and the capital, running up to 200 kilometers per hour,...More
Girls' Generation Tiffany to resume group activities 2010/12/20, Source, Girls' Generation (from left to right) Sooyoung, Tiffany and Yuri (Kwon Yoo-ri) [SM Entertainment]
Korean female idol Girls' Generation member Tiffany will resume her activities with her groupmates this week after having taken a break to recover from her knee injury.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release on Monday that Tiffany will make her comeback appearance on Japan's Fuji TV's "Mezamashi TV", a weekly news show, on December 23 to sing their hit song "Gee",...More
2010 MelOn Music Awards - About time to come honest 2010/12/17, Source, Girls' Generation at the 2010 MelOn Music Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Artists from SM Entertainment were nowhere to be seen at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). The same thing could be said of YG Entertainment at this year's Golden Disc Awards Ceremony that came after. But at the MelOn Music Awards held at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University on December 15, all three major agencies -- SM, YG and JYP Entertainment (JYPE) -- gathered together, proving the influence the nation's largest online music contents site has over even the 3 largest houses in the music industry.
Unfortunately, the quality of the actual ceremony which went on for three hours and was hosted by actor Song Joong-ki, hardly matched up to the fame of guests who gathered that day,...More
[10ASIA EXCLUSIVE] K-pop idols' Wants & Hopes for 2011: CNBLUE & FTIsland 2010/12/17, Source, [** This will be part of a series of weekly interviews to be published throughout December on what Korea's hottest idol stars want and hope for in the year 2011.]
CNBLUE and FTIsland [FNC Music]
Two of Korea's hottest rock bands, CNBLUE and FTIsland, have several things in common: they are both managed by talenthouse FNC Music, they won their first award on a televised music show in just two weeks into their debut, they are known for their pretty looks and are widely popular throughout Asia. Start with CNBLUE, the four-member idol band composed of Jeong Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk, who in 2009, kicked off their singing career in Japan first. They then received a boost to their debut in Korea when leader and main vocalist Jung starred in popular TV series "You're Beautiful" through which he shot to fame just a couple of months before CNBLUE officially appeared in the local music scene,...More
TVXQ becomes the third most-searched artist in Japan 2010/12/17, Source,
Korean boy band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols TVXQ were the third most-searched artist in Japan this year.
According to Yahoo! Japan, the Korean boy band came in third on the website's annual most-searched artist list after popular Japanese bands AKB48 and Arashi,...More
Girls' Generation wins best artist at 2010 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS 2010/12/16, Source,
Winners of the "2010 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS"
Korean female idols Girls' Generation have claimed the top prize once again at the MelOn MUSIC AWARDS, taking the award for best artist this year as well as winning in three other categories.
At the awards ceremony for the 2010 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS held yesterday at the Grand Peace Palace at Seoul's Kyung Hee University, the nine-member girl group were recognized as best artist of the year, placed among the top 10 singers in the country and took the Hot Trend award,...More
TVXQ to sing soundtrack for "Athena" 2010/12/15, Source,
Teaser image for TVXQ's upcoming release set for January 5, 2010 [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will take part in the soundtrack for new SBS TV series "ATHENA", announced the drama's promoter Vidan Co on Wednesday.
Film marketing company Vidan stated through a press release that boy band TVXQ will sing a soundtrack to spy thriller "ATHENA", joining the list of big names in the Korean music scene including Park Hyo-shin, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Brown Eyed Soul, who have already sung and released soundtracks to the new show,...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
T-ara takes 1st place on comeback stage 2010/12/10, Source,
Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Girl group T-ara won the top prize on this week's Mnet music show "M! CountDown" on Thursday.
The girls, who made a comeback to the local music scene for the first time in almost a year, took first place with title track "YAYAYA" from their second mini-album titled "Vol.2 Temptastic" released December 1,...More
SM to hold final leg of world tour in Japan 2010/12/08, Source,
SM artists at "SMTOWN LIVE'10 WORLD TOUR" [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols of top Korean agency SM Entertainment will perform for two days in Japan for the final stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE'10 WORLD TOUR" in January next year.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release Wednesday that after holding a series of successful shows in Seoul, Los Angeles and Shanghai, the artists of SM will take the stage of the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on January 25 and 26 on the last leg of their world tour,...More
Korea Festival Raises Money for Flood Victims in Thailand 2010/12/07, Source,
Visitors pose at a Korea festival in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.
The Korean Embassy in Thailand and the Korea-Thailand Communication Center hosted a Korea festival in Bangkok on Sunday.
The event included a charity bazaar selling personal items donated by 130 Korean celebrities such as,...More
Girls' Generation and BEAST top TV music programs 2010/12/05, Source,
Korean boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
Korean idols Girls' Generation and BEAST scored wins on televised music programs over the weekend, placing on the No. 1 spot with their latest songs.
On KBS' Friday music show "Music Bank", the nine-member girl group was crowned winners for the fifth consecutive week with their title track "Hoot" while on SBS' Sunday program "Inkigayo", BEAST won their first Mutizen Award with " Beautiful ",...More
Ballads take over Gaon weekly chart 2010/12/02, Source,
Album jacket of Taeyeon & The One' "Like A Star"
Girls' Generation member Taeyeon and solo male singer The One's duet song "Like A Star" and other two ballads dominated Gaon's weekly singles chart during the final week of November.
"Like A Star", the title track to The One's single album, climbed up five steps to reach the top of Gaon's singles chart from November 21 to 27,...More
Release date of T-ara's new album pulled up to Dec 1 2010/11/30, Source,
Album jacket of T-ara's second mini-album [Core Contents Media]
The release date for girl group T-ara's new album has been changed again, pulled up to tomorrow instead of December 3, their agency Core Contents Media said through a press release on Tuesday.
The date had originally been set for November 29 but Core Contents had revised the date last week,...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
Avex promises full-fleged support of SM Entertainment artists 2010/11/25, Source,
SM artists Super Junior (top) and f(x) (bottom) [SM Entertainment]
Top Japanese talenthouse Avex has promised its full-fledged support of the careers of Korean agency SM Entertainment's artists.
The announcement was made on Avex's official website today, stating that they will continue to back the singing careers of SM's artists such as BoA, J-Min "and TVXQ who will resume their activities as a two-man band formed of members U-Know and Max",...More
Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) calendars to be released 2010/11/22, Source, Girls' Generation (left) and SHINee (right) [Danal]
A 2011 calendar featuring the photographs of SM Entertainment artists Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(X) will become available for preorders tomorrow.
The calendar's creator Danal announced on Monday that they will release a desk top and wall version of the calendar featuring individual and group pictures of the popular K-pop stars. It will also be available as an application for smartphones,...More
[Hallyu] Move over girls, the boys are back! 2010/11/18, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong
By Han Sang-hee
It seems like only yesterday that young, handsome and talented male singers and actors paved the path for local television programs to debut overseas. The word "hallyu" has become a household term in so many Asian countries, including Japan, China and Thailand, and the torch has been passed to yet another group of talented stars, particularly K-pop girl groups. Just when fans may have thought the pretty girls have captivated Asia, the boys, both old and new, have jumped right back into the picture, but on a more diverse scale.
The females take over...
Currently, girl groups are doing a good job in continuing the hallyu craze. Some local press are even calling it the "second phase of hallyu", and the groups have music chart success, concerts and television shows to prove it,...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
The entertainment giant revealed on the 17th that Shindong (,...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
In Taiwan, 'hallyu pilgrimage' continues 2010/11/15, Source, TAIPEI ― Back in 2004, Taiwanese people saw a swarm of travel agents promoting the so-called "Daejanggeum" tour named after the then popular South Korean drama, in their brochures and advertisin,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ji-won-I 2010/11/09, Source,
Actress Kim Ji-won-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKim Ji-won-I. I like my name but since it's such a common name, so many people come up whenever you search my name on portal sites. I even asked my mom on what she thought of me working with a stage name but she firmly told me no. I was born on October 19, 1992. My family is composed of my parents and my older sister who is two years older than me. My friends threw me a surprise birthday party this year. They called my house and to make it seem as if there was an emergency, told me to come down quickly. And when the elevator doors opened up my friends were standing outside with a birthday cake! The sad thing was that they were all girls...(laugh),...More
Girls' Generation crowned winners on music shows 2010/11/08, Source, Girls' Generation's third mini-album "Hoot" [SM Entertainment]
Korean female idol group Girls' Generation was crowned winners on both weekend televised music programs during the first week of November.
The girls scored their first win on Friday's music show "Music Bank" as well as taking the Mutizen Award on SBS' "Inkigayo" with their title track "Hoot" from their third mini-album of the same name,...More
[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 1 2010/11/03, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Q: You placed first on Oricon's singles chart. How did it feel? Tiffany: We all cried. We were performing on stage when news came that we took third place with our first single "Genie" but we still all cried upon hearing about it. When we took No. 1, I woke up to a text message saying we got first place (laugh) and I cried as soon as I saw it. Q: Before, your seniors went to Japan with the mindset that they are starting their singing careers all over again. But you acted like pop stars from overseas from the very beginning. How have you been treated in Japan? Hyoyeon: I think the Japanese people we have met are just naturally kind and polite rather than us having received any form of special treatment. Tiffany: I think I've rather gone back to the mindset of when we debuted three years ago. And I've become more cautious as well. But I told myself I should have fun even though we're overseas. Jessica: I was tearing up from the moment we held our showcase because I was so excited. I could hear our fans' cheering before going on stage so my heart was overflowing with joy from the fact that the venue was full,...More
[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 2 2010/11/03, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Q: In "Hoot", you each take turns receiving the spotlight. Is there anything that you pay particular attention to when you each sing your parts?Taeyeon: What I was surprised while monitoring ourselves was that each member was putting on facial expressions as well while doing the choreography. And I thought that must look refreshing for the third person. And I wanted us to be able to express ourselves in line with the lyrics. Q: Sunny and Jessica, you each sing in very unique voices in your parts. What had the director asked of you?Jessica: That I sing in a sharp voice. We each went with how we feel based on that. Sunny: When we were recording, the director said there's a part where my voice sets the basic tone for when we sing altogether, so he asked I sing in a really unique voice. As if I was being strangled. (laugh),...More
Girls' Generation sweeps mobile charts in Japan with "Gee" 2010/10/29, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Korean female pop stars Girls' Generation has continued to create a big splash in Japan, sweeping mobile music charts with their second Japanese single.
According to Japan's Recochuku's weekly mobile music chart on October 28, "Gee", which was released in the country last week, took first place, while becoming the most downloaded track on the Video Clip chart and several other charts including music.jp, Hudson, JOYSOUND and mora,...More
[60thAnni] Are girl groups riding next hallyu wave? 2010/10/28, Source, Girls' Generation
By Han Sang-hee While some argue that “hallyu,” or the Korean wave has seen its limits, others are discovering yet another one slowly making its way to Asian television channels, newspapers and magazines. Girl groups have become a new source of hallyu entertainment. The young and pretty girls have been criticized for being all talk and no true talent, but it seems they have evolved into another important pathway to spread Korean culture,...More
Girls' Generation "Gee" nabs top spot on Oricon daily chart 2010/10/27, Source, Girls' Generation's "Gee" No. 1 on Oricon's daily singles chart [Official Oricon chart]
Girls' Generation made music history yesterday, becoming the first Korean girl group to rank No. 1 on Japan's prestigious Oricon chart with their latest album.
Oricon's official website showed that the girls' second Japanese single "Gee", which was released on October 20, sold 3,456 copies on Monday to take first place on the daily singles chart,...More
Girls' Generation reaches No. 2 on Oricon weekly chart 2010/10/26, Source, Girls' Generation's second single album "Gee" claimed the No. 2 spot on Japan's Oricon weekly singles chart this week.
Oricon's official website showed that the nine-member group placed second on the chart with the album released October 20, making it the first time for a non-Japanese Asian female group to be included in the top three of famed chart,...More
Girls' Generation to release new mini-album "Hoot" 2010/10/19, Source,
Girls' Generational members (from left to right) Tiffany, Jessica and Seohyun [SM Entertainment]
Korean girl group Girls' Generation will be returning to the local music scene with their upcoming mini-album "Hoot" at the end of the October.
Their agency SM Entertainment made the announcement through a press release Tuesday while revealing teaser photographs of members Tiffany, Jessica and Seohyun as well as a short snippet of "Hoot", also the name of the title track, on the girls' official webpage,...More
Girls' Generation holds sold-out concerts in Taiwan 2010/10/18, Source,
Korean girl group Girls' Generation at their first solo concert in Taiwan. [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Girls' Generation held two sold-out concerts in Taiwan over the weekend.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release Monday that the nine-member girl group flew into Taiwan last week for the concert "The 1st ASIA TOUR CONCERT - Into the New World" held at the Taipei Arena on October 16 and 17 which was attended by,...More
Girls' Generation 'a Model for Korean Business' 2010/10/18, Source,
Now that K-pop group Girls' Generation has almost single-handedly spurred a new round of the Korean Wave in Japan, a number of businesses are trying to benchmark the group for their management practice. It says Korean businesses should learn from the way the manufactured group has been managed -- building capacity through rigorous training over a long period of time and profiting from aggressive and bold global management strategies,...More
SMTOWN LIVE'10 WORLD TOUR places in Billboard chart 2010/10/15, Source,
SM Entertainment artists at the SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR [SM Entertainment]
The "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR in LA", featuring the K-pop artists and actors of SM Entertainment, has placed at No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard Boxcore chart, beating out several of the biggest names in the international music scene.
According to Billboard's Boxcore chart on October 9, the second leg of the SMTOWN tour, which was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 4, came in tenth by attracting 15,015 fans and raking in over one million dollars in ticket sales,...More
SS501 card collection to go on sale on Oct 12 2010/10/07, Source,
Korean boy band SS501 [SBS Contents Hub]
A collection of cards featuring photographs of Korean boy band SS501 have gone on sale in Korea, according to a press release from the card's creator SBS Contents Hub on Thursday.
SBS announced that the cards titled "Star Collection Card", which went on sale on online shopping mall GMarket last weekend, will also hit stores on October 12,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Steel Heart" 2010/10/01, Source, Lee Seung-gi and Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"There's no photo for Jia!" "Not Lee Ji-ah, not solo singer Zia so try typing in 'miss A Jia'". The dressing room of the 'Teuk Academy' team, composed of Super Junior members Leeteuk, Shindong (Sin Dong-hee) and Eun-hyuk, of SBS talk show "Steel Heart" is busy two hours ahead of going into shoot. "There's a photograph she took with Nichkhun a long time ago. You'll probably be able to find it on Daum", Leeteuk says, chipping in to the dialogue between Shindong (Sin Dong-hee) and Eun-hyuk. His brain contains any celebrity's picture from the past and every photo of them netizens have edited. Then one after another, he also finds one of a foreign female singer with pink hair like Jia's and when Norazo's Jo Bin was pretty,...More
ZE:A releases first full-length album in Japan 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean boy band ZE:A [Star Empire Entertainment]
Korean boy band ZE:A released their first full-length album in Japan last week, according to their agency Star Empire Entertainment on Monday.
A press release from Star Empire announced that "ZE:A!" (in Japanese), which had received 15,000 pre-orders, went on sale on September 22 and has placed at No. 3 on the prestigious Oricon daily chart, pushing past Korean girl groups Girls' Generation and Kara who also made a debut in Japan just recently,...More
2NE1: 'We Want to Become Icon' 2010/09/15, Source, 2NE1
Three songs among the title songs included in 2NE1's first album have brought about a sensation on the music charts.
People in the music industry recently have been keeping a close watch on 2NE1's (CL 19, Sandara 26, Park Bom 26, and Kong Min Ji 16) first album release. Because of word-of-mouth saying their songs included in their first regular album are very good, some music management companies even rescheduled the release of new albums for their singers. As anticipated, 2NE1's first album, which was released on September 9, has received an enthusia