[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 11 2016/09/27,
Prince So's solution to the assassination plot against his brother was, as we see recapped at the beginning of this episode, rather needlessly dangerous. It was only through sheer force of will that Prince So was able to prevent an immediate crisis from breaking out. The actions of the other actors in the carnival of Goryeo politics render that sacrifice meaningless anyway, even if for another day, Prince So is able to save his brother. But is this really a sustainable plan?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 10 2016/09/26,
There's some good use of close-ups here as we can see Prince So's make-up is slowly wearing off. It's a good metaphor- Prince So is somewhat less vicious with Soo's influence, and it's unmistakable how the more we see of the scar, the more it seems like Prince So is turning back to rage and hatred. Even Prince So himself is surprisingly cognizant of just how scary he is, and how this can be off-putting to Soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 9 2016/09/20,
As usual Prince So doesn't have that much screentime. But continuing the trend from last episode, "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" very effectively manages to drive up the tension by making nearly everything the other characters do be a reaction to Prince So. While poor Prince So himself is fairly oblivious to most of what's going on, it's very easy to see what brings on his bad moods. Even when Prince So does good, people are too terrified over his very existence to act all that grateful,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 8 2016/09/19,
The soundtrack in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is really anachronistic, to the point it even manages to overshadow Soo. I'm not saying everything has to be traditional Korean musical instruments all the time. It's just a little off-putting when we're watching a traditional Goryeo ritual with everyone acting like standard characters in a classical costume drama, but then a modern pop song shows up and all of a sudden the immersion is ruined,...More
"Pretty princess' dilemma" Suzy VS IU 2016/09/15, Source,
'Well-rounded' means someone who is pretty all around. It also means someone who shows talent in everything they do.
While idol stars have been standing out in all genres of the entertainment biz, there are those who act as well as they sing. However, Suzy and IU can't get around the criticism that they can't act. What can be the problem?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 7 2016/09/13,
Soo begins her adjustment to palace life under the harsh eye of Lady Oh (played by Woo Hee-jin). It's hard to feel sorry for Soo because while aspects of her new life are obviously unpleasant, they're also fairly unremarkable considering this is Goryeo. You know, none of the other maids get to have pick me ups in the form of handsome princes chasing them around every few scenes. Although I'll admit getting mad at Soo for giving immediate medical attention to the man angrily demanding immediate medical attention was kind of silly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 6 2016/09/12,
I'm having trouble grasping how much time has progressed in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo". Last episode had all this beautiful winter scenery and yet this episode there's...none? Does that mean that Soo has been in Goryeo for several months? Because it sure doesn't feel like it's been that long. Mainly this is a consequence of the story having slowed to a crawl, as politics take a backseat to everything revolving around Soo for no good reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 5 2016/09/06,
Lady Hae (played by Park Si-eun) is Prince Wook's wife. She doesn't really do anything, I just thought it was worth acknowledging her existence since it puts Prince Wook in a fairly unusual situation as second lead. Normally we feel sorry for him getting the short end of the stick in a love triangle, since he's always such a nice guy, but hey! When Soo inevitably breaks Prince Woo's heart, he still has his wife, and she's really nice too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 4 2016/09/05,
Empress Yoon (played by Park Ji-yeong) is the closest thing Prince So has to a parental figure. Unlucky for him, she's a huge jerk. After his murderous rampage last episode I never thought I'd feel sorry for Prince So but, well, this episode does a surprisingly good job humanizing the guy. We can see that his generally vile behavior is, twisted though it may seem, really just a desperate if inevitably doomed to fail effort on his part to gain some level of normal emotional satisfaction,...More
[Spoiler] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Lee Joon-ki and IU, love like the first snow 2016/09/05, Source,
On the fifth episode of the SBS drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo", Wang So (Lee Joon-ki) started to feel for Hae-soo (IU) who was the only one who approached him when others were afraid of him.
Wang So went ballistic when his tower crashed and Hae-soo tried to calm him down. She was surprised to find blood on him and Wang So said, "Yes, that's blood. The blood of those I killed today". He tried to push her away but she still worried about his wounds and said, "I hear this is the kind of place where one has to hold a sword from a young age and kill to survive. Still, wanting to live is not a crime",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 3 2016/08/30,
At first, it seems like it's finally starting to dawn on Soo that Goryeo is a pretty vicious world. Then the danger passes and she's mostly back to her normal happy-go-lucky self, even if the neck scar is a constant reminder as to what will happen if she steps out of line again. The attitude is actually rather oddly appropriate- everyone else in Goryeo has to deal with the prospect of death on a constant basis, but if they worried about that twenty four seven there'd be no time for sexy bath parties,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 2 2016/08/30,
The pacing in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" really is top notch. While I still psychologically recognize the obvious discordance between the political powerplay scenes and Soo's vastly more simplistic interpretation of plot, the tones are quite well balanced. We go from one to the other without any real sense of whiplash. Prince So is an uncommunicative jerk with his brothers, and he's also an uncommunicative jerk with Soo. But in both cases Prince So is also the main guy who's all about getting things done even if it means his hands get dirty in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 1 2016/08/29,
Soo (played by IU) is a woman in the modern world with relationship problems. She also quickly gets into the unfortunate situation of being in close proximity to a child who cannot swim yet somehow manages to make his way into improbably deep water without anyone noticing. From there, Soo is plunged into the Goryeo era, where the King's many children, in addition to having sexy baths together, also engage in major political plots. Prince Wook (played by Kang Ha-neul) is the clear heir apparent while Prince So (played by Lee Joon-ki) has a chronically bad attitude due to childhood trauma,...More
IU looks like a doll at airport 2016/08/19, Source, IU arrives at the Incheon International Airport in the afternoon on August 19th in order to depart to Chengdu, China for her concernt schedule.
IU is headed to the departure room,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Recurring Trends and Great Ladies 2016/07/09,
What would Dramaland be without its love for trends? The answer is "probably better", but let us not go into the value of those trends for now. They are here and they will join us for the next drama season. Coming up are loves across time and universes as well as two major "reverse harem" productions. I will also talk about tvN as a star magnet and give you the usual weekly news,...More
Suzy vs IU, two best friends take up challenge to pre-filming production 2016/06/29, Source, Suzy and IU, the two best friends are returning to the small screen through two different dramas produced on the pre-filming system.
As the dramas are produced through the 100% pre-filming system and will be broadcast in Korea and China at the same time, the anticipation has been raised even higher. While the two stars, who experienced acting for the first time for their roles in "Dream High", 2011, will they be able to earn a happy scorecard through the upcoming dramas?,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
[Photos] IU looks flawless in slim petite size
Singer actress IU attended a promotional event for Sonly's Bluetooth audio h.ear at The Westin Chosun Seoul Hotel on April 5th.
She is responding to photoocall for reporters at the venue. It seems that she lost weight and her body looks flawless in the slim petite size,...More
The keyword this year is 'romance' 2016/03/31, Source,
The keyword is romance. The three ground-wave broadcasting stations are coming up with romantic comedy and melodramas.
11 out of 17 dramas that are due to be released this year are romantic dramas,...More
Chopin Competition Winner's Album Sweeps Charts 2015/11/10, Source,
An album with Cho Seong-jin's winning performances at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition last month swept the music charts here as soon as it was released Friday. Cho even beat top K-pop stars IU and Shin Seung-hoon, who released his first album in nine years. It is at any rate practically unheard-of for classical music to top the overall charts,...More
Jeon Ji-hyeon to Receive President's Award 2015/10/28, Source,
Actress Jeon Ji-hyeon will be given the top award for her contribution to promoting Korean culture around the world. The government announced 29 winners of various Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards based on their activities at home and abroad, contribution to the cultural industry and society as a whole, and popularity and reputation,...More
Singer IU to Hold Nationwide Concerts 2015/10/21, Source,
Singer IU will start a nationwide tour next month to celebrate the release of her fourth mini album. The tour will start in Seoul on Nov. 21 and 22 and then continue to Busan, Daegu and Gwangju,...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
IU traveling in Europe
2015/08/06, Source, IU shared part of her daily activity during her trip in Europe.
On August 6th, IU posted a photo of herself on her personal Instagram account along with a short caption, "Photo taken by In-na",...More
[Spoiler] 'Producers' 'IU', Kim Soo-hyeon-I and a surprise kiss
On the 7th episode of KBS 2TV's "Producers", Cindy (IU) revealed to Baek Seung-chan (Kim Soo-hyeon-I) about her painful past when she had lost her parents.
Baek Seung-chan said, "It's not your fault, Cindy. They must be very proud of you and think you've been doing really well all the way until now". Cindy said, "I've never thought I would come here again. I think it's good that I came here today. It's even better I came with you. I will get to think about you each time whenever anything with an entertainment park comes up from now on",...More
Kong Hyo-jin, "My B Cuts are lovely too" 2015/04/29, Source, Kong Hyo-jin is working out.
She models for North Face and pictures of her makes one smile. Her hair is naturally tied back and she's wearing simple and casual outdoor looks. Her trademark smile made the photographing session that much livelier,...More
KCON 2015 USA Expands To NY After Three-Day Festival in LA this Summer 2015/04/28, Source,
Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series to Take Place July 31-August 2 at Staples Center in LA and August 8 at Prudential Center in New Jersey Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will expand in terms of the number of days and location, making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event. On the West Coast, KCON 2015 LA will open for not two, but three days from July 31st at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and some of the world's biggest stars are set to perform on last two days of the event. East Coast K-pop fans will also get their own turn to have the ultimate Hallyu experience when the KCON descends upon the Big Apple for the first time on August 8th for a one-day convention and concert extravaganza, dubbed KCON 2015 NY, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ,...More
IU on vacation with Lee Hyun-woo 2015/04/16, Source, Casual brand Union Bay used IU and Lee Hyun-woo to introduce its summer collection. The concept was Union Bay Vacance and made it look so that IU and Le Hyeon-woo left on summer vacation together.
Pictures of them show the couple wearing comfortable linen shirts with graphic tees and shorts,...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] IU 2014/05/31,
The idol actor is a special breed of actor that receives a lot of attention because the transition from idol to actor is often difficult and rather ugly. This piece is going to focus on an idol who has successfully expanded her perfomance palette to include acting, Lee Ji-eun, more famously known as IU. What makes her notable is that she has grown immensely since her singing debut, and done the same with her acting. IU debuted as a solo singer in 2008 at the age of 15,...More
"Get It Beauty" with Yoo In-na 2014/05/30, Source,
It should come as no surprise that Korea, especially Seoul, is a very fashionable location. With any drama or variety show that a fan watches, there are usually trends or fashion items that he or she wants to emulate. From expensive brand-name clothing, to cutting-edge hairstyles, to enviable nail art, Korean celebrities have perfected the art of looking good 24/7,...More
Variety Adds Spice to IU's New Album 2013/10/16, Source, IU has released a new album with a more mature and elegant sound. "Modern Times" is her third full-length album and her first in almost 18 months, during which time she appeared in a TV drama. "The new album took nine months to complete. I thought I would be able to juggle working on the album and appearing in a TV drama, but it wasn't easy", she said. "As I worked meticulously on recording the songs, as well as getting the sound of the chorus right, it took a lot longer than I initially thought",...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 46 Recap 2013/08/23, Source,
Soon-shin has a lot to say when she learns the truth and I'm glad she gives Mi-ryeong a really hard verbal punch in the gut. Jin-wook continues to be my favorite character - he is total husband and father material.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.6%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 45 Recap 2013/08/17, Source,
As Joon-ho ventures into the land of noble idiocy, Mi-ryeong reverts back into her narcissistic self. The annoying amps up as the family drama gears for its close in two weeks. At least the baker gives us something worth watching.
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 23.7%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 43 Recap 2013/08/10, Source,
Secrets are coming to a head and there will be some definite fallout soon. This is good because our couples are stagnating (although Joon-ho and Soon-shin are adorable.)
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 22.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 42 Recap 2013/08/09, Source,
I like that there are no secrets between Joon-ho and Soon-shin. I hope it stays that way as the tension ramps up. I also want to see Yeon-ah stop being pathetic. But I'll settle for cute.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 27.1%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 41 Recap 2013/08/03,
Yeah, Soon-shin and Joon-ho are cute. All the people conspiring to keep them apart are not. But seriously, I could watch them take pictures in a sticker booth ALL DAY LONG!
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 25.2%,...More
IU's love for abalone almost stops drama 2013/07/16, Source,
Singer and actress IU loves abalone.
Behind cuts of the filming scene in the Island Wan was revealed. Apparently, IU demonstrated how to cut an abalone for Choi Yeon-ah (Kim Yoon-seo) who didn't know how to do so but it was part of a scene. IU continued to show her love for abalone even when the camera was off,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 35 Recap 2013/07/13, Source,
When this show is cute, it is SUPER cute. When it's annoying, it makes me want to pull my hair out. I don't know what to say that I haven't said before. Stop being contrived, show. Be natural, like Soon-shin and Joon-ho.
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.0%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 34 Recap 2013/07/12, Source,
Some of this episode was really beautiful. Some of it seemed belabored. They need to get some new, strong playing cards on the table. I'm sick of them spinning their wheels on Mi-ryeong.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 33 Recap 2013/07/06, Source,
We have some progress regarding Soon-shin and Joon-ho. They're comfortable with each other now, which is very good. He is the only one she can turn to now that she feels cast out by her family and used by Mi-ryeong. Mi-ryeong, Gil-ja, and even Yeon-ah have started to be a little less hateful and a little more understandable because we see some depth of character and reasoning behind their behavior. They're still annoying though.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 23.5%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 32 Recap 2013/07/05, Source,
I love Joon-ho. I want a whole episode of him and Soon-shin. But I didn't get it. There was a rather anticlimactic truth reveal and Mi-ryeong is trying to be human. She needs to try harder.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 27.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 31 Recap 2013/06/28, Source,
Epic cuteness mixed with the same ol' same ol'. I'm not even curious to see how Mi-ryeong is going to be even MORE selfish next episode. I'm only curious about the relationships, which have been on a serious back burner for way too long.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 23.2%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 28 Recap 2013/06/15, Source,
I have to admit. The way the writer's are weaseling Soon-shin into a corner is pretty clever. However, using Mi-ryeong to do it is driving me bonkers. There is also not enough Joon-ho. I need more Joon-ho. MOAR. Like...yesterday.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 29.6%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 27 Recap 2013/06/14, Source,
I'm so mad. The show was amazing when Soon-shin found out the truth. And now it should be called "Mi-ryeong is the Worst" because I don't think this show is about Soon-shin. She's more of a football being kicked around between people.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.4%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 26 Recap 2013/06/08, Source,
And this show just got GOOD. Like whoa. It was pretty heavy, but oh it hurt soooo good. It was all about Soon-shin and how everyone and everything is reacting to the news. IU steps up to the acting plate guns blazing. Just....wow.
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 29.8%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 25 Recap 2013/06/07, Source,
Wow, what an emotionally packed episode. Some great acting on IU and JJS's parts. Even Mi-ryeong's selfishness plays a part in her future character development. But seriously, I had tears in my eyes so may times. And again IU...*claps*
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 23 Recap 2013/06/01, Source,
OMG OMG OMG! Haircut. Hotness. It's Eun Shi-kyung! I mean, no, Jo Jung-seok, no, I mean, HOTNESS.
My brain seriously fried seeing his new haircut.
Oooooh, you want to hear about the episode? Oh, okay. Things are moving along pretty quickly now. Thank god for no more set up. 22 episodes of that crap is enough,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 22 Recap 2013/05/29, Source,
Oh the agony! Oh the tears! Truths are leaking left and right. Joon-ho is finally starting to see beyond himself and thinking of another person. The same goes for Jung-ae who has been driving me (and I'm sure all of you) crazy for the past ten+ episodes. It's a kind of transition episode. We're moving from the contract that used Soon-shin to Soon-shin really going towards her own future herself. And as for the other romances, they're starting to move a bit.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 29.5%,...More
IU retorts to scandal about marriage with 'H' 2013/05/27, Source,
Singer and actress IU was firm about the marriage rumor going around right now.
Her agency claimed, "We feel regret in the fact that baseless rumors have been spread about IU by online messengers, SNS and mobile messengers in the name of stock pamphlets",...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 21 Recap 2013/05/25, Source,
Stuff is happening! There is still too much brooding and moping, but stuff is actually happening. HOORAY! Joon-ho is learning a lot the hard way, but it's good for him. And there are a lot of truths flying around creating havoc and making things veeeeery interesting.
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.6%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 20 Recap 2013/05/24, Source,
This episode is most definitely a turning point in the show. Feelings are made known (sorta), Jung-ae is finally only despicable instead absolutely loathsome and Soon-shin gets knocked to the ground and has to pick herself back up again. The question is: will she?
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 27.6%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 18 Recap 2013/05/11, Source,
IU was SO CUTE! She really had a chance to shine this episode. Too bad there was some serious mommy nastiness to counteract my happiness. But then again, more sister romance in this episode, too, which equals more happy Raine.
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.2%. Dropped to 2nd place. Not surprised. The moms ruined it,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 16 Recap 2013/05/04, Source,
I'm pretty sure this is the last episode before the next plot threads start emerging. All I have to say is THANK GOD. If I have to deal with more mommy drama I will pull all my hair out. The sisters start taking steps towards their own romances and also help Soon-shin out. I've been waiting for them to step up for ages.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.7%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 15 Recap 2013/05/03, Source,
Too much Jung-ae in this episode. It felt like a super set-up episode. Based on my limited weekend family drama experience, we're getting to secondary plot introduction time. So too much Jung-ae and not enough Joon-ho/Soon-shin cuteness.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 23.0%,...More
Lee Soon-shin is the Best: Episode 14 Recap 2013/04/27, Source,
How much do I love the growth in the people and the relationships in this show? Well, save for Jung-ae. I feel like they make her cranky for the sake of making her cranky. But I really love watching all the couples and friends and family members interact.
But I am getting antsy for singing. They won't deprive me, will they? They let Jo Jung-seok sing in King 2 Hearts...for a hot minute. But STILL.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 27.3%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 13 2013/04/26, Source,
We finally have a few annoying issues starting to come to a head. I want to see this business with Jung-ae explode so we can just get it over with. I'm sick of her crabby moods. But I love watching Joon-ho and Soon-shin grow close. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 25.9%. It's still first though!,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 12 2013/04/20, Source,
How much am I loving the rapport between all the growing relationships? There is an ease about this show, even with the secrets lurking about, that makes me want to watch it over and over and really look forward to each Saturday.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 28.0%. Highest rating thus far! Whoo, rock on Lee Soon-shin!,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 11 2013/04/19, Source,
SMILES! Glorious, SMILES! Cuteness, relationship development, more people in on Soon-shin's secret, Jung-ae delving deeper into her husband's secret. Lots of good Soon-shin/Joon-ho development, which is what I was a-hankering after!
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.0%. Although the rating went down, it still holds 1st place amongst weekend dramas!,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 10 2013/04/13, Source,
How proud am I of Soon-shin this episode? She did a few things that really made me gloriously happy. I also loved watched the couples progress and the hilarity that went along with said progression.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 27.3%. Yeah, it deserves it, y'know, that #1 status,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 9 2013/04/12, Source,
YAY! CUTENESS! The actress ball is rolling. Well, she's climing up a mountain this episode, literally, followed by her trusty President Shin and his walking sticks. Don't ask. Just read and you'll see what I mean.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 25.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 8 2013/04/06, Source,
Things are moving along and we have the big meet between Soon-shin and Mi-ryeong, which will bring along one of the parts I'm most interested in: the mentoring relationship. I'm also happy to see the other relationships go beyond a foot in the door, even if it's not romantically.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.9%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 7 Recap 2013/04/06, Source,
All three sisters' romances are now firmly set on their paths. We got to dress up IU Lee Soon-shin. And finally...finally...she's on the road to being an actress...this means IU will sing soon...hopefully. Please? Pretty please?
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 23.3%,...More
IU in a cocktail dress 2013/03/28, Source,
Actress IU is wearing a cocktail dress in a scene from the KBS 2Tv weekend drama, "Lee Soon-sin is the Best".
She is wearing a light purple cocktail dress which goes along well with her light milky skin. She looks loveable and fresh and at the same time, mature as she reveals her excellent bodyline like never before,...More
IU in a wedding dress 2013/03/28, Source,
Singer and actress IU displayed a wedding dress.
Modeling for the online shopping market "11th Street:", IU put on a wedding dress for some pictures promoting 'smart marriage' supplies,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 6 Recap 2013/03/27, Source,
And the ball is rolling folks! Things are happening on all fronts. Our characters may not know exactly where they are going, but Chang-hoon's death is catapulting them forward. Death tends to do that. It causes massive amounts of change and for this huge family, it's pretty exciting. At least for me to watch. Heh.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 26.2%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 5 Recap 2013/03/26, Source,
Warning: Heavy, heart-wrenching episode. Get the tissue box ready and prepare for high emotional stakes, hot tempers, and our main storylines starting to emerge from the texture.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 22.3%,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 3 Recap 2013/03/23, Source,
Ladies and gents, the show has truly found it's stride. I had a great time watching AND recapping and after watching I didn't want to type this thing up in favor of just jumping into episode 4...but I resisted!
AGB Nielson Nationwide had this episode coming in at 21.0%, but still strong and each episode gets progressively stronger. This one had some serious comedic and acting gems in it,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 2 Recap 2013/03/22, Source,
So I think, thus far, I'm enjoying this show. There are some points I greatly dislike, especially the really obvious setups, but at the same time, it has a nice beat to it and the leads are engaging.
AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.3%, 1st overall. I think it deserved it. Nothing was new or surprising, but it was nicely put together, well-paced and engaging. That's pretty good for a second episode!,...More
[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 1 Recap 2013/03/15, Source,
And it has begun! My very first family drama recapping project. Fifty episodes. EEEK! At least I get Jo Jung-seok the whole time...
There really wasn't anything new about the set up, but hey, it's the first episode! I'm not judging. IU is adorable and Jo Jung-seok...hehehehe.
Oh yes, the AGB Nielsen had this episode coming in at 22.2%, 2nd overall,...More
IU "I told my mother about my drama and she…" 2013/03/04, Source,
Singer and actress IU got the question, "How was your family's reaction when you told them about your drama casting?" at the press releasing event of the upcoming KBS 2TV weekend drama, "Lee Soon-sin is the Best".
She answered, "My mother and grandmother love weekend KBS dramas. My mother said, "How can I see you after watching Lee Bo-yeong?" and I told her that Soon-shin also becomes prettier later",...More
IU seen leaving work 2013/01/29, Source, IU was seen leaving work in her car recently from the pictures of her posted online.
IU is waving her hand to those fans who recognized her on the streets,...More
IU's New Years Greetings 2013/01/02, Source,
Singer IU is dressed in an elegant Hanbok and sending her New Years greetings.
Open Market 11th Street revealed pictures of IU, their model bowing to say the New Years Greetings,...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
MBC's 'College Music Festival' has announced its judges. 2012/11/07, Source,
One of the most anticipated music events in Korea, the 13th College Music Festival will be airing November 8th. Some of the most talented college acts will strut their stuff on stage in front of judges to try and come out on top. The two MCs were already announced earlier this week -- Suzy and Lee Juk,...More
K.Will To Release New Album 2012/10/10, Source,
Talented singer K.Will will be making his comeback with a new album. The first album in three years! Starship Entertainment revealed K.Will's album jacket photoshoot. In the teaser shots, K.Will is seen in a classic suit with an aura of charisma. The black-and-white pictures seem to help capture the autumn atmostphere, further appealing to fans,...More
K-Pop Festival in Incheon Promotes 2014 Asian Games 2012/09/18, Source,
The nation's largest K-pop festival took place at Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon on Sept. 9. Organized by the Incheon city government, the concert was held to promote the host city of the 2014 Asian Games and boost its tourism industry and the regional economy. Admission tickets to the annual concert were provided free of charge.
The Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon is packed with fans for the nation's biggest K-pop festival on Sept. 9.
The venue of Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012 was packed with K-pop fans from home and abroad. Information booths and dedicated entrances were set up to help spectators from foreign countries, including Asia, France, Spain and the U.K., and foreign guides were on hand to make sure things went smoothly,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/12, Source,
Its Wednesday and that means its time for our celebrity news segment with Michelle Kim. She's here with news of weddings, break-ups and a few musical awards. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today, I'll tell you about the surprise marriage of two Hollywood s tars, an award for one of the Beatles and a new s tar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a look. The co-s tars of last summers film Green Lantern", Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, tied the knot last Sunday in South Carolina. The couple had been dating for about a year. Reynolds was previously married to Scarlett Johansson for two years until the couple split in late 2010. This is the first marriage for Lively, whose latest film was Oliver Stones "Savages".,...More
#1 Rivals In K-pop: IU vs. Suzy 2012/09/07, Source,
The "nation's younger sister", IU, and the "nation's first love", Suzy were chosen as the new #1 rivals. According to the September 6th broadcast of "Entertainment In TV" on a cable channel in Korea, the two topped the "Secret Chart" that was unveiled. There are many famous and long-time rivals in Korean entertainment, like Song Dae-gwan vs. Tae Jin-ah, and Shin Seung-hoon vs. Kim Gun-mo. However, being that they've been compared time and time again, the public wanted to see some new faces on the rivals list. Hence the "Secret Chart of NEW Rivals" was compiled,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/04, Source,
And now it's time for the arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. As always, she has a variety of arts and culture events for us to enjoy so let's get right to business. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, there are two exhibitions going on in Seoul that are striking for how they blur the lines between genres until it is difficult to tell whether you are looking at a painting, a photograph or a computer image. The artists behind these creations use an innovative blend of techniques to produce beautiful results. Take a look. Images of flowers, plants and leaves line the walls of the Ilwoo Art Space in central Seoul. But are they photographs[Interview : Koo Sung-soo, Artist] "When you take a three-dimensional photograph, the photo divides into two parts -- blurry and clear -- so if I press on the plants, the focus will match on all sides, and then I can adjust the form any way I want".,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/24, Source,
It's finally Friday and the weekend is upon us. And to make our weekends more interesting with fun arts and culture events, we have our Michelle Kim here with us to give us some recommendations on things we can do. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today,...More
Art and Culture 2012/07/24, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. I hear she has some interesting exhibitions for us today, so let's bring her out to the studio. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today,...More
IU "I prefer soju" 2012/07/16, Source,
Singer IU revealed her drinking taste.
A conversation between fans and IU was revealed recently on an online community with the title, "IU drunk after the final concert",...More
Today's Photo 2: July 4, 2012 2012/07/04, Source,
Singer IU poses at the launch of the book on school violence published by the National Police Agency in Seoul on Tuesday. She is a promotional ambassador for the police,...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
Juniel Flattered by 'Next IU' Comparisons But Has More to Offer 2012/06/23, Source,
Rookie singer Juniel has been racing up the online music charts despite only debuting in Korea two weeks ago with her mini-album "My First June" on June 7. The 19-year-old, dubbed "the next IU" for her acoustic guitar skills and cute looks, wrote three of the five songs on the album herself. "It's such an honor to be compared to IU, who has become a highly sought-after singer since her debut four years ago. It's truly more than I deserve", she said,...More
Art and Culture 2012/06/20, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture report with Michelle Kim. I hear today she has updates on the Shanghai International Film Festival that opened a couple of days ago and a photo exhibition that's ongoing at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today ?,...More
IU Thrills Fans with First Solo Show 2012/06/05, Source,
K-pop starlet IU gave her first solo concert on Saturday, four years after she made her debut with the mini-album "Lost and Found". She appeared at Kyunghee University's Peace Hall in front of an audience of 4,500 and sang 24 songs during the three-hour show,...More
Concerts and Events 2012/06/03, Source, Classical Concerts Daniel Muller-Schott Cello Recital Seoul Arts Center* June 5 German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott will hold his first recital in Korea with a concert program including Bach Suite No. 2 in D minor, Britten's Suite No. 3, and Bach Suite No. 3 in C major. Muller-Schott was born in 1976 in Munich and has earned much acclaim at a young age. Tickets cost 70,000 to 90,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743 or visit www.daniel-mueller-schott.com. Paavo Jarvi & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra,...More
IU "I got Jiyeon a fake bag for her birthday" 2012/05/29, Source, IU explained about getting Jiyeon a fake branded bag.
She appeared in the SBS TV program "Kang Heart" and said, "There was a fashion style recently that became an issue at the airport. It was that I was holding a branded backpack. I only knew that was a branded bag after I read the article",...More
Video Subtitling Site Viki Puts K-Pop Content in Spotlight 2012/05/25, Source,
Global video site Viki provides internationally popular TV shows, music videos and films with subtitles in multiple languages. Since some graduate students at Stanford University started the company as a venture project in 2007, it has grown into a global IT business.
Now Viki will work as an advance guard for spreading K-pop by signing a deal with LOEN Entertainment, a major music distributor in Korea,...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
Art and Culture 2012/04/17, Source, It's only the start of the week but I'm sure, many of you are already be planning an outing with your family and friends to enjoy the sunshine and the ultimate spring weather. If you're still looking for a place to go, our Michelle Kim is here to guide us through. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young
So where can we go to enjoy the spring season ?
[Reporter : ] I'm sure a lot of people think of flower festivals when they plan an outing on spring day. So I have an event that for some of you may require an overnight trip to check out beautiful, colorful flowers in different regions of Korea,...More
Art and Culture 2012/04/11, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. From Kpop stories to the latest Hollywood updates, Michelle Kim has it all in store for us. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young
So what's the latest entertainment news
[Reporter : ] If you think about it, the music scene in Korea right now is mostly dominated by kpop groups and male artists; and lacking a lot of female solo artists nowadays. To change this ongoing pattern, five female artists are planning on a comeback this year,...More
IU To Hold Nationwide Headlining Tour 2012/04/06, Source,
The younger singer IU can add another feat to her name: a solo concert tour.
After four years since her debut at the tender-age of 16, IU will be holding a solo concert tour titled "Real Fantasy" this year. She revealed the news on her personal twitter page on April 5th, a day before her agency even made the official announcemnt,...More
K-Pop Singers Top Oricon Rankings 2012/04/02, Source,
Star K-Pop singers such as IU, Jang Geun-seok, and Yoon Hook of the group Novasonic released albums on March 21, and they all entered the top 10 of the Oricon rankings.
Jang Geun-seok and producer and artist Big Brother formed a dance unit group Team H and released a mini album entitled "Lounge H The First Impression" on March 21, and it has ranked in third place on the Oricon weekly chart by selling 30,000 copies for the first week of sales,...More
Singer IU Wins "Best Pop Song" Award At KMA 2012/03/02, Source,
Singer IU's popularity has been proven once again. The young singer was awarded the Best Pop Song award at the 2012 Korean Music Awards.
The event took place on February 29th at the AX Korea in Seoul for the 9th annual run. Unfortunately though, IU wasn't able to attend due to poor vocal health,...More
Who's The Best Singing Female Idol Star? 2012/02/27, Source,
This is a question that could get things pretty ugly amongh k-pop girl group fans, but here goes: who's the best singer among female idol groups?
According to an online community board posting, the topic of "Ranking of girl group idols with the best vocal talent" was raised. This posting attracted all the more attention because three industry/professional experts claimed to have taken part in the rankings,...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
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
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/02, Source,
On January 28th, Arirang Today headed to Konjiam Resort in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province.
Everyone is enjoying the snow, heedless of the cold.
It looks like so much fun!
But wait, what's going on here,...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
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
IU performs solo in Japan 2012/01/25, Source,
Teenage singer-actress IU performed Tuesday in front of some 4,000 Japanese fans at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, signaling a green light for her advance into the Japanese pop market.
She performed a total of six songs including the single "Good Day", which will be released in Japan on March 21. The "Good Day", which was a hit for the singer, will be released in Japanese,...More
Greatly Anticipated Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea in May! What are the Current Issues? 2012/01/21, Source,
Above is the construction site of Dio, which is one of Yeosu Expo's three icons. It finally showed its figure. Dio is Korea's largest screen that will produce new-concept show, collaborating on-the-sea fountain and exhibitions
Hello, everyone! I introduced you how Yeosu Expo is progressing after the previous post that Yeosu Expo (http://www.advancedtechnologykorea.com/?p=9571).
To summarize briefly, about one hundred countries participate in Yeosu Expo, which is held under the theme 'The Living Ocean and Coast', and it shows ecosystems of the world's Five Oceans, and at the same time it provides diverse attractions such as the exhibition on the ocean, multimedia show, and ocean experiment park. It is one of three global festivals. It only has 120 days to go until the opening date. How is the preparation going for Yeosu Expo?,...More
Nominees Announced For Korean Public Music Awards 2012/01/19, Source,
The Korean Public Music Awards conference committee announced on January 18th this year's nominees.
Idols made up the majority in terms of the nominations for "Best Dance & Electronic Song": 2NE1's "I'm The Best", f(x)'s "Pinocchio", Infinite's "Be Mine", and "T-ara"'s "Roly Poly". both 2NE1 and f(x) were nominated for the same category last year as well,...More
Kim Yu-na, IU Donate Song Proceeds to Skaters 2012/01/05, Source,
Olympic figure skater Kim Yu-na and singer IU delivered proceeds of W73 million (US$1=W1,149) from the song "Ice Flower" to members of the national figure skating team at the Taeneung Training Center on Wednesday.
Figure skater Kim Yu-na and singer IU pose with the national figure skating team at the Taeneung Training Center on Wednesday´,...More
IU, pretty since the past 2011/12/20, Source, IU has been suffering speculations of plastic surgery, but she put them away with pictures of herself from the past.
Currently polishing all of her prizes from music awards season, IU's pictures from her youth are getting attention,...More
Teen Star IU Chooses Music Over University 2011/11/30, Source,
Teenage singer IU has released her second album with 13 songs, exactly one year after her hit song "Good Day" took the K-pop market by storm.
"It'd be difficult to be seen fresh as I was a year ago, but I can confidently say that this new album is a better effort along similar lines", the 18-year-old said,...More
Winners of 2011 Melon Music Awards 2011/11/25, Source,
The 2011 Melon Music Awards took place on November 24th at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium, awarding some of the hottest acts in k-pop. After its first run in 2009, the MMA has established itself as one of the biggest music award ceremonies in the country, up in the ranks of the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards. Winners are determined through a calculation of 80% digital sales and 20% online votes,...More
Teen Singer IU Ready for Japan Debut 2011/11/16, Source,
Teenage singer IU is set to debut in Japan after signing a deal with EMI Music Japan, one of the biggest record labels in the country.
The Japanese media spotlighted IU's upcoming debut on Wednesday, reporting that an 18-year-old who broke new ground in K-pop will broaden her musical career to Japan,...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
Teen Pop Star Passes on Prestigious University Offer 2011/09/23, Source,
Teenage singer IU has postponed her plans to go to university as she is busy focusing all of her efforts on her upcoming album.
Her management agency said on Thursday IU is busy working on her second album set for release in October and decided to delay her plans to go to university,...More
"Suzy" VS "IU", same clothes "Both like angels" 2011/09/15, Source,
Miss A Suzy and singer IU showed of different looks in the same dress.
They both wore sleeveless dresses recently. This dress falls to the midriff, with buttons from the collar. It has the effect of looking thin and tall thanks to its pastel-toned stripes,...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
Kim Yuna, Most Memorable Ad Model For First Half of 2011 2011/08/18, Source,
World-renowned figure skater Kim Yuna leaves deep impressions not only on the ice, but through her many advertisements.
According to a report on the most memorable ad model for the first half of 2011 conducted by government organizations, Kim came out on top with 10.5% of the votes. This is her third win after being number one in 2009 and 2010,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/08/11, Source, It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we give you the week's top 5 stories from the Korean world of entertainment.
: Just like every other week, we have our one and only Dami here in the studio with us. Hello Dami! What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Today our first story is about the o,...More
IU Postpones Comeback For Fall 2011/08/10, Source, It seems that IU fans will have to wait just a bit longer before hearing any new IU jams.
Originally having scheduled her comeback for the end of August, IU and her reps have announced a postponement. The new time frame is for late September of early October,...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
The Most Popular Song At Korean Norae Bangs? 2011/07/22, Source,
The "barefoot diva" as she's called in Korea, has charmed all of Korea with her song "I Have a Lover".
According to cable channel Mnet on "Yoon Do-hyeon's Must" this past July 19th, the song Koreans most want to sing when they have a mic in their hands is Lee's "I Have a Lover". "Yoon Do-hyeon's Must" is a show that falls under a different theme every week to introduce 100 songs to the viewers,...More
IU Drops Out Of "Immortal Song 2" 2011/06/07, Source,
Following singer IU's announcement that she would be leaving KBS's new show, "Immortal Song 2", the rumor mill started churning. Many people linked her departure to the fact that she had placed last in the first episode of the show that ranks idol stars in purely their vocal abilities. IU had given an impressive performance of her own rendition of Toy's "Good Person", but failed to move the audience enough to beat any of of the other contestants,...More
Reality TV gets a spin as stars challenge skating, dancing 2011/06/07, Source,
Krystal of f(x) in "Kiss and Cry"
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Stars are being kept busy. They have to prove their singing ability on MBC's "I Am a Singer" and hone their vocal skills on tvN's "Operastar 2011". Now, two new shows bring celebrities into the professional fields of skating and dance.
Riding the popularity of figure skating queen Kim Yu-na, SBS started airing "Kiss and Cry" on May 22, bringing singers and actors to the ice rink. The broadcaster created a small skating rink at its production center in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, to shoot the show,...More
Kim Yu-na's TV Show Struggles in the Ratings 2011/06/01, Source,
Kim Yu-na /Courtesy of SBS
Figure skating champion Kim Yu-na is having a tough time with her first reality TV show, "Kiss and Cry" on SBS, which posted the lowest ratings among the evening variety shows in the highly competitive Sunday evening slot.
According to ratings researcher TNmS, last Sunday's episode of "Kiss and Cry" had an average viewer rating of just 8.1 percent, down 2.4 points from the first show on May 22,...More
Singer IU reveals her first written song "The Greatest Love" 2011/05/23, Source,
Singer IU reveals her first self written song.
IU's management Roen Entertainment producer Jo Yeong-cheol put up on his Twitter on the 24th, "IU's first very own song coming soon! She said she's embarrassed but I want to show it off like this. It's your first but you did well and I give my "Greatest Love" to you".,...More
Music Bank Live From Tokyo 2011/05/23, Source, KBS's popular music show "Music Bank" will be broadcasting live from Toyko on July 13th, under the title of "K-Pop Festival-Music Bank In Tokyo".
15 Korean groups and artists will be heading over t,...More
Jay Park: 'It Is Too Early to Say That My Album Achieves Great Success' 2011/05/18, Source,
Singer Jay Park released a mini album in Korea and the album ranked atop the music chart. He came back as a solo singer album after one year and eight months break and he was not a leader of a star idol group anymore. The recently released album entitled "Take A Deeper Look" ranked atop the chart only in a day after its release, and it was also placed on the third place on the category of "World Album" on the Billboard Music Chart. He had created a stir and caused a bit of buzz, but he could successfully take his first step as a solo singer with his new album,...More
IU reveals birthday presents... 'uncle fans melt' 2011/05/17, Source, IU revealed her birthday presents.
IU uploaded a picture of herself wearing a T-shirt she received as a birthday present on her Me2day on the 16th with the writing, "I came to work today wearing this! Thank you! When I got home after work my birthday was over! I forgot that it was my birthday because I was so tense the whole day but thank you to those who congratulated me! I love you mom and dad!",...More
IU terrorized by laser at a University 2011/05/15, Source,
Singer IU was terrorized by a laser at an event at a University.
A netizen using the ID orora*** on Daum Telzone, uploaded pictures of IU singing at an event under the title "IU being terrorized by a laser" on the 13th.,...More
New KBS Idol Singer Reality Show 2011/05/04, Source,
Following the success of the reality show "I'm A Singer" featuring singers that are mainly known for their vocals and staying power in the music industry comes a new KBS show!
It will be called "Immortal Song 2", following "Immortal Song" which aired in 2007-2009. The first season involved renowned Korean artists to teach various entertainers how to sing their top hit songs,...More
IU make over as a man 2011/05/02, Source,
'Nation's sister' IU became a 'nation's man'.
On a portal site bulletin on the 2nd, came up a picture under the title, "Man IU, enough for a woman to fall for?",...More
Kim Yu-na to host TV show 2011/05/02, Source,
Figure skater Kim Yu-na poses at Incheon International Airport after returning from the World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, Monday. / Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
Figure skater Kim Yu-na will host a new television show titled "Kim Yu-na's Kiss and Cry" which will be aired on SBS from May 22,...More
[Star ESI 2] Goo Ha-ra "Just got prettier through plastic surgery" 2011/05/01, Source,
Some female artists leave shocking statements related to their appearance. They sometimes say "I'm pretty" in talk shows or awards. It looks like pretty people are proud of their prettiness. Here are some pictures of their younger days
- Goo Ha-ra "I just got prettier through plastic surgery" Big eyes, slender body, "Barbie Girl" of female groups Goo Ha-ra. She said, "I did touch up my face a little but my baby face is still there. Her pointy nose and deer-like eyes in the picture proves she's right. This is the picture that cut off at once the rumor that she had a major face lift.,...More
IU and Teen Top To Perform In Sharing Concert 2011/03/23, Source,
K-pop stars IU and TEEN TOP will be performing at a concert aiming to help victims of the Japan earthquake.
According to Star News and Money Today, the 2011 Money Today Media Cheonggye Stream Sharing Concert will be held on March 26th, starting from 1 PM,...More
"Dream High 2" hypothetical lead character? "Park Eun-bin vs Park Jin-young 2011/03/17, Source,
As the drama "Dream High 2" is believed to go into production, there are questions about who will be the new lead characters. There have been rumors about 'Sam-dong's brother' to 'Yang Jin-man as main role', and other various scenario's as well as the question if the cast from season 1 would exist.
It is known that KBS will start production of "Dream High 2" in timing of the next winter break and due to be aired next year. Previously a "Dream High" spokesperson talked about some possibilities to Seoul Newspaper NTN, "There haven't been any details formed. However, season 2 is being positively looked over".,...More
Dreaming of "Dream High" 2011/02/18, Source, Korean-Content.Com's Mark Russell Talks To JYP President Jimmy Jung
Jimmy Jung, president of JYP Entertainment, one of Korea's biggest music companies, had a dilemma – how could his company be successful making music when young people no longer buy music? After all, the Internet killed off physical music sales in Korea years ago, and the rest of the world since then. Endorsements and reality programs can only take you so far. The company needed something bigger,...More
Suzy's elephant thigh's Photoshop issue 2011/02/16, Source,
Miss A Suzy's thighs are talk of the issue online.
Recently on an online community a picture of Suzy and IU walking together came up. What caught people's eyes, were the short skirts the girls were wearing. Suzy's thighs were so thick compared to those of IU's. However, this turned out to be fake as a netizen had purposefully 'photo-shopped' her thighs to make them look thick.,...More
"Dream High" acting beginner Suzy, has grown 2011/02/15, Source, Suzy's acting skills have constantly been progressing.
Suzy plays the role of Ko Hye-mi in the KBS 2TV drama "Dream High" and is surprising viewers as every episode goes with her improving act. Acting for the first time of her life, in the beginning of the drama, Suzy was caught in a issue for her inaccurate pronunciation and vocals, awkward expressions and so on but she is getting over this. It's not the most sophisticated but now she's capable of emotional acts.,...More
IU to perform at Bailey Rae's concert in Korea 2011/02/07, Source,
Pop artists Bailey Rae, left, and IU
By Ines Min
Korean pop singer IU will appear at British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae's concert here on March 10, according to organizers 9 Entertainment.
The 17-year-old artist will perform a cover of Bailey Rae's song "Like a Star", the company said in a press release. The show will mark the U.K. artist's first solo concert in the country, following her debut here at the 2010 Jisan Valley Rock Festival,...More
Teenage Singer IU Is Open to Surprises 2011/01/22, Source, Teenager IU is undisputedly one of the hottest singers of the moment. The 18-year-old high-school student's real name is Lee Ji-eun, but her management agency gave her a stage name "IU", meaning "I and You become one through music", she says.
"I've given dozens of interviews since the release of my latest album in December. I'm so busy that I don't even have time to whine. I haven't been able to sleep for nearly four days, but I can sustain myself with the moments of fun I get", she says,...More
Hyeon Bin, first place in 8 music sites for the fifth day...long run? 2011/01/11, Source,
Actor Hyeon Bin is leading first place in 8 music charts with the OST "The Man" for "Secret Garden".
The song, which was released on the 7th came first right away and five days later today is still the leading number one song. Melon, Dosirak, Bugs, MNet, Naver, Daum, Cyworld and Soribada all have "The Man" as their top ranking song. Only Monkey 3, which wasn't supplied with the song has "Shy Boy" as their top song.,...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
IU's "Good Day" takes charge of Mnet chart for 4th week 2011/01/04, Source,
Singer IU in music video "Good Day" [Loen Entertainment]
The New Year opened with IU's song "Good Day" on top of Mnet music chart as of December 27 to January 2.
This is the fourth week in a row that "Good Day", the title track to female singer IU's EP album "Real", has topped cable music channel Mnet's weekly singles chart,...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
IU: "I Feel Both Amazed and Fear 'IU Syndrome'" 2010/12/30, Source, IU's new song entitled "Good Day" ranked atop the various music charts.
When high school student singer IU (real name Lee Ji Eun, 17), who has emerged as the "nation's little sister", sings the song "Good Day" on the stage, male fans cheer for her with deep masculine voices, chanting, "A great success of IU's 'Good Day'."
When she singsthe chorus with the lyrics "I really like you", they cheers become a roar. Many new buzzwords such as "IU Syndrome" and "IU Watch" have been coined on the internet, and the title song "Good Day", which is included in her new mini album entitled "REAL", bears another nickname of "three octave song" because of her excellent singing ability in high-pitched tones. Her song has ranked atop the various music charts, reflecting her huge popularity,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" 2010/12/28, Source,
Casts from KBS series "Dream High" : Starting from left JOO, Wooyoung, Eom Gi-joon, Taecyeon, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Ham Eun-jeong, Lee Yoon-ji, IU etc., [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia
Co-produced by Bae Young-joon of KEYEAST and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment and starring members from idol groups 2PM, T-ara and miss A and female singer IU, it is obvious what KBS TV series "Dream High" wishes to be -- a drama which shows how the 'dream factory' really works along with the hardships young trainees go through to become a star, a drama about young people, and a drama where idols stars are the main characters. "Dream High" shows where it is headed to from the beginning with the story starting in the year 2018 with a man named 'K' from Korea sweeping the Grammy awards to become a world star and Jung Ha-myung (Bae Young-joon), the director of Kirin High School of Art, reminisces on the time when he himself was a freshman at the school,...More
IU's "Good Day" dominates Mnet chart for 3rd week 2010/12/28, Source,
Korean singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's latest song "Good Day" claimed first place on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the third week in a row during the week of December 20 to 26.
"Good Day", the title track to IU's second EP album "Real", has been sweeping music charts both offline and online music charts since its release early this month,...More
Singer IU sweeps televised music programs 2010/12/27, Source,
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
IU's song "Good Day" again placed on top of two major televised music programs.
"Good Day", the title track to IU's newest EP album "Real", won the top prize on KBS' "Music Bank" on December 24 and No.1 again in SBS music program "Inkigayo" on Sunday,...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
Female singer IU rules Mnet chart for 2nd week 2010/12/21, Source,
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's recent hit song "Good Day" topped cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the week of December 13 to 19, making it her second consecutive win.
"Good Day" is the title track to IU's second EP album "Real" whose lyrics is about a girl confessing her feelings to a guy. The teenage singer has won attention particularly for the high pitch she reaches at the end of the song,...More
Still images released for upcoming drama "Dream High" 2010/12/20, Source,
KBS drama "Dream High" [Holym (KEYEAST and JYPE) & CJ Media]
Still images of upcoming KBS drama "Dream High" were released today, according to a press release by Holym Co. and CJ Media on Monday.
The drama, a joint production between major entertainment agencies KEYEAST, JYP Entertainment and CJ Media, released two group photos that feature the main cast of the drama set to go on air next year,...More
IU's new song tops weekly Gaon chart 2010/12/16, Source,
Female singer IU's album jacket "Real" [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's new song "Good Day" topped Gaon's weekly singles chart during the week of December 5 to 11.
"Good Day", which showed up in Gaon chart for the first time, is the title track to IU's second EP album "Real" that tells of a girl nervous and at the same time elated over confessing her feelings to a boy,...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
IU's new album splashes onto weekly Mnet chart 2010/12/14, Source,
Album jacket of IU's EP album "Real" [Loen Entertainment]
Solo songstress IU reigned on cable music channel Mnet's charts last week with her new release.
"Good Day", the title track to her second EP album "Real" released December 9, debuted atop Mnet's weekly singles chart for the week of December 6 to 12,...More
2AM In The Top 20 The Most Often In 2010 2010/12/06, Source, One of the most representative music sites in Korea, Melon, took at a look at the past year to see which artists were included in the top 20 on their charts the most often. The verdict,...More
2AM tops Bugs' year-end music chart 2010/11/26, Source,
Cover 2AM's first full-length album "Saint o'clock" [Big Hit Entertainment]
Korean ballad group 2AM has topped the year-end chart of an online music site with their song "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die".
According to online music site Bugs' "2010 Bugs Year-End Overall Top 100" chart released Wednesday, 2AM's ballad "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" placed in at No. 1 while six of their other songs ranked within the top 100 as well,...More
[INTERVIEW] Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I 2010/08/18, Source, Interview with Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I
Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name isLee Min-ho-I. I had considered using a stage name because many people confuse me with the other actor Lee Min-ho. My parents disapprove of that idea though and say that I should work harder instead of changing my name and taking a step backwards. So I'm just going to work hard and live with my name. (laugh) I was born on June 28, 1993. My co-stars Seo Sin-ae and Kim Yoo-jeong asked what I wanted for my birthday this year. I couldn't ask them to buy me a present because I am older than them, so I instead told them to write me a letter. They each gave me a handwritten letter, chocolates and a foam cleanser. I was so thankful,...More
On the set of SBS variety segment "Hero Girls" 2010/07/09, Source,
From left, TV personality No Hong-chul, veteran singer No Sa-yeon, comedienne Shin Bong-sun, TV personality Jung Ka-eun, actress Hong Soo-ah, girl group Kara member Nicole, girl group After School member Kahi, girl group Brown Eyed Girls member Narsha, solo female artist IU, girl group T-ara member Jiyeon and comedian Lee Hwi-jae take part in a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Hero Girls"[tentative title] - We should have learned how to play rugby
"Everyone! Which singer are you expecting to see?" the show's emcee No Hong-chul asked Korea's national women's rugby team with an air of triumph, as if he has a joker up his sleeve as a hidden card,...More
MC Mong climbs to No. 1 with new single on Gaon chart 2010/07/08, Source,
Korean rapper MC Mong (left) and boy band Super Junior (right) [IS Entermedia Group/SM Entertainment]
Korean rapper MC Mong has climbed to the No. 1 spot on Gaon's singles chart with his latest song "Hurts Like Death" featuring female singer Mellow.
According to data released by Gaon on Thursday, he took the title of best-selling single during the week of June 27 to July 3, pushing three-week winner IU and Seulong down the chart,...More
IU and CNBLUE rocks televised music shows 2010/07/05, Source,
Korean singer IU and 2AM Seulong (right), CNBLUE (left) [LOEN Entertainment/FNC Music]
Duet IU and Seulong and rock band CNBLUE took the top spot on televised music programs over the weekend of the first week of July.
IU scored her second consecutive win on KBS' Friday music show "Music Bank" with "Nagging", a collaboration with 2AM member Seulong. This week however, IU performed the song with male solo artist Seo In-guk,...More
IU and Seulong remains victorious on Gaon's singles chart 2010/07/01, Source,
2AM member Seulong and singer IU [LOEN Entertainment]
Korean idols IU and 2AM's Seulong have claimed another victory on Gaon's singles chart with their latest collaboration "Nagging" for the third week of June.
According to data released by Gaon on Thursday, the singers celebrated their third win on the music chart during the week of June 20 to 26,...More
IU and Seulong takes No. 1 spot on Gaon's singles chart 2010/06/17, Source,
Cover of IU and Seulong's duet single "Nagging" [LOEN Entertainment]
Korean songstress IU and 2AM's Seulong took the No. 1 spot atop Gaon's singles chart with their duet single "Nagging" during the week of June 6 to 12.
According to data released by Gaon on Thursday, the two artists' song climbed up 11 slots to score its first win on the music chart, pushing down three-week winner the Wonder Girls,...More
IU and Seulong take crown on Mnet's singles chart 2010/06/15, Source,
2AM member Seulong and singer IU [LOEN Entertainment]
Korean songstress IU and 2AM's Seulong grabbed the crown on Mnet's singles chart with their duet single "Nagging" during the week of June 7 to 13.
According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the singers collected their first win on the chart with their duet song, knocking back previous week's winner Seo In-young,...More
Today is the day that kids can have their own way in just about anything. To celebrate Children's Day, television broadcasters and cables channels have prepared a l,...More
T-ara dominates TV music charts for second week 2010/01/11, Source,
Korean girl band T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Korean girl group T-ara dominated the K-pop charts on televised music shows for the second week in a row.
The group took the crown on KBS's "Music Bank" on Friday with their hit single "Bo Peep Bo Peep", the title track from their album "Absolute First Album".,...More
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