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
[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
Korean history boom among K-Pop stars 2013/05/25, Source,
Theres an app about Korean history. Lets use it together. (2PM member Hwang Chan-seong)
Today is May 18. On this meaningful day, Im studying Korean history about which I need to know more. (Kara member Han Seung-yeon)
Search democracy movement. I hope my fans are well aware of our history! (B2ST member Yang Yo-seop)
Korean idol starts are studying hard their history. Around the May 18 pro-democracy uprising, more idol celebrities mentioned about history study. Certain idols teach their fans how to study Korean history. For example, 2PM member Lim Seul-ong posted on his twitter account, Theres no future for the people who forgot their own history, while BIGBANG member Taeyang twitted, Ill remember those who have become part of the history,...More
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
Taecyeon and Oh Yeong-gyeol in "We Just Got Married" 2013/01/31, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon and Taiwanese idol group member Oh Yeong-gyeol are starring in "We Just Got Married" as a married couple.
A Taiwanese source told TV Report, "Oh Yeong-gyeol is going to be starring in the TV program and Taecyeon's wife. We have completed the contract and are now just waiting for the shooting day to come",...More
Who is Jo Hyeon-gil who died in his car in a parking lot? 2013/01/02, Source,
The news of Jo Hyeon-gil (48) who produced the drama "IRIS" is a shock to many.
Chairman Jo was found dead in his car in the parking lot of the restaurant he ran on the 2nd. Police suspect he might've frozen to death in the weather of minus 10 degrees but the real reason is being investigated,...More
Kara Kang Jiyoung's drama to be aired in Japan 2012/09/04, Source,
"Rainbow rose" starring Kang Jiyoung from Kara and Park Geon-il from Supernova will be aired on cable TV channel Tooniverse.
"Rainbow Rose" is based in a Korean boarding house where students from various countries live together. The friendship and love between the students living there should be the fun of the drama. This drama was popular for the outstanding performance of the supporting actors and actresses when it was aired in Japan TV Tokyo in April,...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
K-Pop Star Entertain Art Show Brings Together Fans and Stars 2012/06/20, Source, The 2012 K-Pop Star Entertain Art Show, Korea's first K-pop inspired art exhibition targeting hallyu fans in Korea and overseas, will open at KINTEX on June 23rd.
Sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization and Goyang City, the exhibition, which runs until August 19th, has been described by organizers as a mixture of K-Pop with magic art to create a new form of hallyu contents.
The pieces on display use the Trompe-L'Oeil or "trick eye" technique which turns two-dimensional pictures into 3D illusions. Visitors will be able to take pictures that really makes them look like they're standing with their favorite stars,...More
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
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
KARA and 2PM to Participate in 'Love-1 Festival' in Japan 2012/05/16, Source,
The season two performance of the "Life-1 Festival" will be held for two days from June 16 to 17 at Osaka-Jo Hall. The "Love-1 Festival" held the first live K-POP outdoor festival -- the "K-POP All Day Outdoor Festival" -- in June last year in Japan, drawing about 20,000 audience members.
In the second performance this year, Kara, Rainbow, CNBLUE and Leessang will heat up the stage together with Japanese performers: soloist Beni and the six-girl group Happiness,...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
Drama 'Rainbow Rose' Holds Press Conference in Japan
2012/04/05, Source, Kang Ji-young of Kara and Park Geon-il of Novasonic will appear as protagonists in the joint Korea-and-Japan drama "Rainbow Rose" (Japanese title "Love Mahjong"), and a press conference and preview event were held before its airing at TV Tokyo Tennozu Studio on April 3. The director of the drama, Kim Soo-ryong, said, "Actors from Korea, Japan, and the USA worked together to make this film. And I have tried to create a beautiful image like a rainbow, as the title says. At first, we had communication issues due to different languages, but all the actors tried to overcome this difficulty and produce a beautiful story together",...More
KARA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THEIR FIRST FRAGRANCE "K5J" 2012/04/05, Source,
SEOUL, 2 April 2012 – Kara, the multi-‐award winning South Korean girl group, officially announced today the launch of their first-‐ever signature fragrance.
Having sold more than 1.18 million albums in Japan in 2011, Kara are one of the most influential K-‐ Pop celebrity groups and fashion icons today. With recent chart-‐topping hits such as "Super Girl" and "Step", Kara have established themselves as a powerhouse in Asian entertainment and a role model for their fans across the globe,...More
KARA Strives To Sell 1 Million+ Albums In Japan 2012/03/30, Source, Kara's popularity in Japan has reached yet another milestone.
The group is approaching the one million sales mark for their second Japanese album, "Super Girl". A special Tour Edition of the album will be re-released on April 11th to celebrate their upcoming tour in the country. This re-release is sure to spur growth, nearly ensuring that they will be able to achieve the feat of selling over one million copies!,...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
Korean drama, K-pop idols shine in Okinawa concert 2012/03/06, Source,
The influence of Korean pop culture has reached the southernmost island of the Japanese archipelago, resulting in a concert that showcased not only just K-pop idol groups like Kara and 2PM but also the soundtracks of Korean dramas.
"World Music Festival in Okinawa" took place Sunday in a two-part format at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, the island's capital,...More
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
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/23, Source, Hwang Jeong-eum's Boyfriend Kim Yong-jun Enters the Military
SG Wannabe's Kim Yong-jun entered basic military training in Nonsan on February 16th.
Fans from all over the country came to see him off.
He shyly reveals his cropped hair!,...More
Kara's Park Has Surgery on Vocal Chords 2012/02/21, Source,
Park Gyu-lee, lead singer of girl group Kara, was scheduled to go under the knife on Tuesday to have several vocal fold nodules and polyps removed after she was diagnosed with a problem on her vocal cords last November.
She was warned that her singing career would be in jeopardy if she did not get surgery right away. However, she initially delayed the operation in order to complete the stage rub of her musical "200 Pounds Beauty", which ran from December through January,...More
Swizz Beatz paints K-pop's rosy future in world market 2012/02/20, Source,
Swizz Beatz, a renowned American rapper-producer, said on Monday K-pop is leading a trend for new music and that he wants to play a leading role in introducing Asia to the West through Korean music.
"What I found in Korean pop music is a new expression. The world is open for new things and I think right Now K-pop in Korea is leading in that area. I'd like to be the one to introduce that to the West", the musician said during a news conference in Seoul,...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
Win a CD and Photo Book With "K-Pop Giveaway!" 2012/02/01, Source,
This month's group of the month is Kara!
Each month of 2012, the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC is thrilled to announce our very own "K-Pop Giveaway". This exciting monthly giveaway will feature some of South Korea's top pop stars, known globally for their memorable songs, entertaining dances, and cutting-edge style. Winners of the monthly giveaways will win a CD, a photo album, a t-shirt, accessories, and more from their favorite K-Pop group! This February, the "K-Pop Giveaway" artist is Kara!,...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
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
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
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
Kara to Hold Concert in February Before Asian Tour 2012/01/16, Source,
Five years after they debuted, girl group Kara are still going strong and are scheduled to hold a concert at Olympic Park Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul on Feb. 18-19.
They have become a leading Asian girl group following their huge success in Japan and will perform their hit songs at the concert, Kara's management company said,...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
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
Year of Black Dragon 2011/12/30, Source,
The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and the mythical animal, seen in this "Hwangnyonggi", symbolizes power and wealth.(Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea)
The animal has a head resembling a camel, eyes of a rabbit, the nose of a pig, ears like an ox, antlers similar to a buck, a snake-like neck, fists as fierce as those of a tiger, the sharp talons of a hawk and scales no different from a carp. There are long whiskers decorating the mouth and a bump in the middle of the head, which allow the animal to fly in the air. In this manner the mythical dragon creature is described in "Boncho Gangmok" (Classified Records of Chinese Medical Botany) originally published in 1596,...More
K-celebrities now VCR2 2011/12/29, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Just keep running behind me!"
"My Way" opened in the theaters on December 22nd, and in just five days reached over one million viewers! Meet the stars of Korea's big box office hit.
These days, movies from both Korea and abroad are fighting to attract the largest crowds during the holiday rush. "My Way", starring Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun, seems to be leading the pack,...More
Kara Emerge as Most Profitable K-Pop Group in Japan 2011/12/20, Source,
Girl group Kara have recorded W70 billion in sales of their CDs and DVDs in Japan, ranking first among K-pop singers who have made inroads into the country. Local media outlets reported Monday that Kara earned revenue of 4.93 billion yen (W74 billion) from sales of their CDs and DVDs this year, according to data released by the Oricon chart,...More
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
K-celebrities now VCR1 2011/12/16, Source, Kara is one of Korea's top idol groups.
And Kara's Gyu Ri is making her debut in the musical world through "200 Pounds Beauty".
[Interview : Gyu Ri, Member Kara] "This is my first musical. It's something I've wanted to do ever since I was a child".
As a singer in an idol group, Gyu Ri is a little worried about performing in a musical,...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
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
K-Pop Artists Dominate Online Searches In Japan 2011/12/04, Source,
If the internet's search rankings are any indication of the top trends in Japan, k-pop is one of them.
According to the search rankings for the top male and female entertainers and sports athletes for January 1 to October 31st 2011, 18 of the top 20 spots were dominated by k-pop artists,...More
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
Park Gyu-ri of Kara Diagnosed with Vocal Nodule 2011/11/24, Source,
A member of the girl group Kara, Park Gyu-ri, was recently diagnosed with a vocal nodule.
Her agency, DSP Media, said on November 23, "Park Gyu-ri went to a hospital after feeling a problem on her vocal cords during singing practice for the musical work 'Beautiful Girl', in which she appears as the protagonist, and she was diagnosed with a vocal nodule on November 18". Park Gyu-ri has been actively performing as a Kara group member both in Korea and Japan since last August and appearing in the musical "Beautiful Girl" in Japan,...More
Kara Expect 2nd Japanese Album to Outsell Debut 2011/11/22, Source,
Girl group Kara continue to enjoy sweeping popularity in Japan. As of Friday, their debut Japanese album "Girl's Talk" sold 501,999 copies since it was released at the end of last year.
"Girl's Talk" was an instant hit with sales of over 100,000 copies in the first week of its release, and fans continue to snap it up almost a year after its launch,...More
Idol Group Members Postpone Taking College Scholastic Aptitude Test 2011/11/10, Source,
Idol group members who were born in 1993, such as Kang Ji-young (Kara), Da Som (Sistar), Hyun-sung (Boyfriend), and Gong Chan (B1A4), and Kim Do-hyun and Shin Ji -soo, who have become popular with their appearances on the audition program "Superstar K - Season 3", will take this year's College Scholastic Aptitude Test on November 10. The number of test takers is small compared to last year when many stars such as Kim Chang-ryul, the former member of the Wonder Girls Sun Mi, Lizzy of After School, Key of SHINee, and Sohn Dong-hoon of Beast had taken the test,...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
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
September's Best Selling Albums, KARA #1 2011/10/07, Source,
Girl group Kara is finally number one on domestic soil. The numbers for the girls' third album "STEP" are out, according to GAON Charts.
After having been released on September 6th, STEP sold 97,667 copies during the month of September, making them the number one album for the month,...More
KARA's Park Gyuri To Quit ShimshimTapa Radio Show 2011/09/26, Source, Kara's leader Park Gyuri will be stepping down from her post as the co-host of MBC FM Shimshimtapa with Shindong of Super Junior.
According to Park's management DSP Media on September 26th, Park's last day will be October 2nd, marking the end of her one year and five month long gig,...More
"Kara": 'We Hope to Hold Concert at Tokyo Dome' 2011/09/16, Source,
The members of the girl group Kara, who have set remarkable records on Japan's Oricon chart while holding activities exclusively in Japan, said, "We have dreamed of holding a concert at Tokyo Dome since our debut, so we really hope our dream can come true".
Kara's third album is highly anticipated.The members of the girl group Kara, who have set remarkable records on Japan's Oricon chart while holding activities exclusively in Japan, said, "We have dreamed of holding a concert at Tokyo Dome since our debut, so we really hope our dream can come true".,...More
Kara Still Marching in 'Step' with New Album 2011/09/15, Source,
Korean girl group Kara have proved with their third official album, "Step", that internal conflict and crisis can sometimes pull artists closer together than ever, the band said on Wednesday.
"We worked on this album with more affection and attachment than any of our previous albums", said main vocalist Han Seung-yeon, who earlier this year became involved in a legal wrangle with the band's management agency,...More
Chuseok Greetings From K-Pop Stars 2011/09/13, Source, It's that time again! Chuseok, or the Korean Thanksgiving!.
Many K-pop stars took to their twitters or SNS to wish their fans a happy Chuseok and an abundant "fall harvest".
BoA said on the morning of September 11th at 9 AM through her twitter account, "I've been so busy that I even forgot that it was Chuseok,...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
Hanbok-Toting K-Pop Singers Send Seasonal Greeting 2011/09/09, Source,
Girl groups Kara and Rainbow on Thursday sent fans their greetings for the Chuseok Thanksgiving holiday while dressed in colorful hanbok, Korea's traditional costume.
"Our biggest holiday, Chuseok, is approaching. We wish you a wonderful holiday and everlasting happiness", they said,...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
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
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
Weekly star scene 2011/07/21, Source, It's time for weekly star scene, a round up of the top 5 stories in entertainment from the past week!
: We have our beautiful Dami here with us in the studio. Hello Dami[Reporter : ] : Hello 건영! Hello Sean! I was wondering do you happen to have any favorite artists : _____________ .,...More
K-pop stars scholarships irk students 2011/07/18, Source,
From top, Four out of six members of Beast, Hyuna from 4 Minute and Goo Ha-ra from Kara have received either special admission or scholarships from their universities. / Korea Times
By Yun Suh-young
Colleges often award scholarships to K-pop stars and popular entertainers as their enrollment can be valuable assets for the promotion of a schools' image.
However, many ordinary students who have to work various part-time jobs to pay tuition say the awarding of scholarships to young celebrities is unfair,...More
Park Gyuri and Goo Ha-ra: 'We feel Nervous because Huge Tokyo Dome' 2011/07/15, Source,
Park Gyuri and Goo Ha-ra, members of Kara (which is leading the K-Pop boom in Japan), hosted a special episode of the music program entitled "Music Bank" held at the Tokyo Dome, and they said before they began hosting the program at the Tokyo Dome for the first time, "We felt really nervous when we looked at the huge stage". During an interview held at the Tokyo Dome on July 13, all the group members had said, "Kara wants to hold a solo concert at the Tokyo Dome someday",...More
weekly star scene 2011/07/14, Source, Show transcript
Up next is , our round up of the top 5 stories from showbiz in the past week.
: We have our lively, energetic Dami here in the studio with us. Hello, Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and Hi 건영. It's nice to have you back!
: I'm glad to be back! What sort of news do you have for us today,...More
SHINee earns Gold Album in Japan 2011/07/12, Source,
K-pop boy band SHINee
Five-member boy band SHINee's Japanese debut single "Replay" won a Gold Album for the first time as a Korean male group's debut single, Monday.
The Japanese single was released on June 23 and sold more than 91,000 copies in a week. The single has "Replay" and "Hello" in both Japanese and Korean,...More
First Outdoor K-Pop Festival to Be Held in Japan 2011/07/08, Source,
The first outdoor K-Pop festival will be held in Japan. The grand-scale festival entitled "Love-1 Festival", which will be co-hosted by Tokyo FM and Inter FM and supported by the Japanese National Tourism Organization and Terebi Asahi, will be held at the special outdoor stage of Boat Park in Chiba on July 30,...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
Goo Ha-ra Keeps Silent About Joon Hyung 2011/07/01, Source,
A member of the star girl group Kara, Goo Ha-ra, kept silent regarding any questions concerning her dating life. She has become a subject of conversation as she revealed that she has dated Yong Joon Hyung, a member of the star idol group Beast,...More
Next we have our "Weekly Star Scene" where we take a review of the hot issues in the Korean show business over the past week.
: We have our one and only, oh-so-cute Dami in the studio. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hey guys!
: So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] :,...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
"Romance Town" Seong Yoo-ri tells actors turned idols 2011/05/23, Source,
Actress turned original idol Seong Yoo-ri from the group Fin.K.L advised those younger idols who want to take a challenge in acting.
She is currently in the KBS 2TV drama "Romance Town" acting as No Soon-geum. She had been in several items after changing her career course to an actress but she always suffered from issues about her acting and such. However, she has showed development and progress in this drama and she is getting lots of attention.,...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
Korean Makeup Trends Find Global Following 2011/05/10, Source,
First there were TV dramas and K-pop, and now Korean makeup style is becoming a global fad. Already the makeup styles of Korean actresses and young pop groups influence fashions in China, Japan and Southeast Asia, where the Korean Wave first started, but recently American and European women, too, have been learning the techniques on YouTube, which features hundreds of videos promising to reveal Korean "beauty secrets",...More
Kara Smash Japanese Charts Records 2011/04/13, Source,
Girl group 'Kara"s third single in Japan "Jet Coaster Love" topped the Oricon Weekly Single Chart on Tuesday, selling 123,000 copies in the first week since its release on April 6, the band's record to date,...More
KARA Getting Attention for Tears During Concert 2011/03/29, Source, By: LB of Ani.me
Images posted online gains sympathy from fans
It's not easy being a celebrity and being in the middle of a contract dispute doesn't make things any easier. Over the last couple of months though, Korean vocal group Kara have been facing those very difficulties which ultimately came out during a performance,...More
More celebrity donors rush to help Japan quake victims 2011/03/15, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon donated 200 million won for emergency relief in earthquake-stricken Japan. / Korea Times file
By Lee Hyo-won
An increasing number of local artists and cultural organizations, including "hallyu" celebrities and religious groups, are making donations to earthquake-struck Japan.
On Monday evening, actor Song Seung-heon, popular in the neighboring country through TV soaps, donated 200 million won for emergency relief to the Salvation Army Korea Territory, said the organization,...More
Cancelled... postponed... tsunami in Hallyu events 2011/03/13, Source,
As the damaged of the massive earthquake in Japan is spreading, Hallyu stars Japanese schedules are being cancelled or postponed as well.
Kim Hyun-joong was to attend a promotion event in Tokyo nhk Hall on the 13th but it got cancelled and he never left. Ryoo Soo-yeong had a fan meeting in Osaka Nikko Hotel but that was postponed. Singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon also had a fan meeting on the same day in Saitama Super Arena but cancelled and returned to Korea on the 13th. He had been preparing since the 8th.,...More
KARA Stay on Top of Japanese DVD Chart 2011/03/10, Source,
Courtesy of DSP Entertainment
The girl band Kara, though plagued with internal strife, maintains its hold over Japanese fans, with DVD "Kara Best Clips" released on Feb. 23 topped the Oricon DVD Weekly chart for the second week running,...More
KARA to appear on Japanese TV 2011/03/09, Source, Kara, a five-member Korean girl group, is stated to appear on a Japanese TV music program on March 18. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Girl group Kara, successful both in Korea and Japan, will appear on Japanese television for the first time after a dispute with their agency, DSP Media,...More
Grabbing more attention, however, is "K Theater", a performance hall exclusively for Korean pop music that has emer,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/02/16, Source, Show transcript
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami in the studio with us, today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영!
Well, what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today for , as always, I'll deliver the news and issues that heated up the entertainment industry! First up is the news of JYJ's Kim Jun-su, who is enjoying stardom as a musical actor as well as a recording artist. Let's kick off this week's by taking a look at this new dark horse of the musical industry,...More
KARA Members Sue Agency 2011/02/15, Source, Kara /Courtesy of DSP Media
Three members of the five-strong girl band Kara who are in a dispute with their agency DSP Media filed a lawsuit for annulment of their exclusive contract with the agency. The Seoul Central District Court on Monday said Han Seung-yeon, Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young are asking the court to confirm the dissolution of the contract,...More
Girl group Kara to model in Japan 2011/01/26, Source, Girl group Kara has signed an exclusive modeling contract in Japan./ Korea Times
By Ines Min
Girl group Kara has signed an exclusive modeling contract in Japan, a Japanese news outlet said Wednesday,...More
Idol Groups Conflict with Agencies Over Contracts 2011/01/20, Source,
Following Dong Bang Shin Ki and Super Junior, Kara has become involved in an agency contract conflict for various reasons including profits distribution, which is projected to damage the Hallyu wave.
Star idol groups have requested to terminate their agency contracts one after another, and it is expected to make a large impact on the music industry.
Four members of Kara (Han Seung Yeon, Jeong Nichole, Koo Ha Ra, and Kang Ji Young) made the announcement on January 19 through their legal representative, the law firm Landmark, saying, "Kara's agency misused their authority and made members hold activities when they did not want to perform, and the agency desecrated their human dignity",...More
KARA Members Ditch Management Agency 2011/01/20, Source,
Three members of the five-strong girl band Kara told their talent agency DSP Media on Wednesday that they are terminating their contract. The news comes after three of the five members of the hugely successful boy band TVXQ filed a lawsuit against their management agency in 2009.
Han Seung-yeon (23), Jung Nicole (20) and Kang Ji-young (17) announced the termination of their contract through their legal representative Landmark. The other two, Park Gyu-lee (23) and Gu Ha-ra (20), did not,...More
K-pop groups hamstrung by contracts 2011/01/20, Source,
By Park Si-soo
The revolt against their management agency by three members of the popular K-pop girl group Kara laid bare once again the vulnerability of idol groups tied by what have been known as "slave-like contracts" to their agencies, analysts and industry officials said.
The latest dispute also underscores the lack of guidelines governing contracts in the Korean showbiz industry although the government has unveiled a series of steps to improve what they called unfair contracts,...More
Kara terminates contract with agent 2011/01/19, Source,
Five-member girl group Kara have cancelled their exclusive contract with its agent DSP Media.
"Kara has terminated their exclusive contract with DSP media and made known the discontinuation of the administrative relationship", said Kara's legal representatives, Landmark, Jan. 19, emphasizing further that "The agent abused their position", being demanding and forceful in assigning the members' work, even "dishonoring the members' characters",...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
KARA Starring in Japanese Drama 2011/01/14, Source,
According to The Korea Herald, the five-member Korean girl singing group Kara stars in the 12-episode half-hour Japanese drama "URAKARA", which will be aired on Japan's TV Tokyo every Friday starting on Jan. 14.
The drama, produced by Japan's TV Man Union with investment from Korea's CJ Media, is also reportedly set to be broadcast in Korea beginning late January through tvN under the Korean title "Kara's Double Life",...More
Kara: 'Look Forward to Our Acting' 2011/01/12, Source, Kara holds press conference for their first drama "URAKARA".
Members of the star girl group Kara participated in a press conference held at a Tokyo TV studio on January 10 for the drama "URAKARA", in which they will appear as protagonists for the first time, and they delivered their thoughts on the drama. The leader of the group, Park Kyu Ri, said, "This drama has elements of various genres. Basically it will deal with a love story, but a robot will appear in this drama". Han Seung Yeon said, "Please look closely at our growing performance in the drama not as singers, but as actors",...More
[HS] Stars donate 8.3 mil. won in charity auction of possessions 2011/01/07, Source,
By Park Yeon-kyung
Seoul City said Tuesday that it donated 8.33 million won of proceeds from a charity auction of stars' possessions to the needy.
A pair of wool boots donated by Goo Ha-ra, 20, a member of popular five-member idol group Kara, sold for 840,000 won, the highest among the belongings stars put up for auction at the hope-sharing campaign jointly conducted by Web portal Nate last October,...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
Kara "Jumping" claims No.1 in downloads for smartphone applications 2010/12/17, Source,
Girl group Kara [DSP Media]
The smartphone application for female idol group Kara's new album "Jumping" is currently the most-downloaded application in Japan, according to the girls' agency DSP Media on Friday.
A press release from DSP quoted local mobile contents provider Danal co. as saying that the Kara's free music application "KARA JUMPING" which was released on December 4, has been downloaded,...More
Kara sweeps televised music shows 2010/12/13, Source,
Girl group Kara [DSP Media]
Girl group Kara claimed wins on both televised music programs over the weekend with their latest single "Jumping".
The five-member female band took their first win on KBS' "Music Bank" on Friday and SBS' "Inkigayo" on Sunday with the title track from their fourth mini-album released on November 10,...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
Kara ranks top new artist on Japan's mobile music chart 2010/12/06, Source,
Girl group Kara [DSP Media]
Girl group Kara has been selected best new artist of the year on a top Japanese mobile music chart.
The website for RecoChoku, Japan's largest and most comprehensive mobile music chart, announced Saturday that between December 1 of last year to November 30 this year, Kara's music received the most downloads in full version and the second-most downloads in short version, both in terms of new artist,...More
Kara's Japanese album places at No. 2 on daily Oricon chart 2010/11/26, Source,
Version B of Kara's Japanese album "Girl's Talk" [DSP Media]
Korean female idols Kara made a big splash in Japan with their latest album, taking the No. 2 spot on the prestigious Oricon chart.
The girls' first full-length Japanese album titled "Girl's Talk", which came in third on the day of its release on Wednesday, climbed up a notch to No. 2 on the daily Oricon music chart as of today,...More
Kara wins gold in Japan with best album 2010/11/25, Source,
Album cover for Kara's best album "Kara BEST 2007-2010" [DSP Media]
Korean female idol group Kara's best album released in Japan was recently certified a gold album.
The website for official Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) showed that Kara claimed gold disc status, handed to records which sell over 100,000 copies, with their first best album "Kara BEST 2007-2010" released in the country in late September,...More
Big Bang and Kara to Appear in Biggest Music Festival in Japan 2010/11/23, Source,
The Japanese media continuously delivered the news that star Korean groups Big Bang and Kara would appear on NHK's 61st White vs. Red Fest. Sports-Nippon reported the news on November 21 with a caption saying, "Big Bang and Kara to Have Hallyu Competition in the White vs. Red Fest", and it delivered the news that Big Bang had already decided to appear in the festival, and that Kara was finalizing conditions for appearing on the program,...More
Kara "JUMPING" bounces to No. 5 on weekly Oricon chart 2010/11/18, Source,
Japanese weekly oricon chart [DSP Media]
Girl group Kara's new album "JUMPING" has reached fifth place on Japan's weekly Oricon chart.
"JUMPING", Kara's second single album in Japan, took the No. 5 spot on the prestigious chart following popular bands in Japan including Arashi, Perfume, Soul Brothers and Yusuke, while also scoring higher than AKB48, one of the most popular girl groups in the country,...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
Kara "JUMPING" jumps to second place on Oricon chart 2010/11/15, Source, Kara in second place on Japan's daily Oricon chart as of November 13, 2010. [Oricon Style]
Kara's latest release "JUMPING" has claimed the No. 2 spot on Japan's daily Oricon chart.
Kara's second Japanese single "JUMPING", placed second on Japan's prestigious daily Oricon chart as of November 13, less than a week after its release in the country on November 11 where it debuted at fifth on the chart,...More
Kara collection cards go on sale 2010/11/12, Source, Kara's star collection card [SBS Contents Hub]
A card collection featuring five-member girl group Kara have gone on sale in Korea.
According to a press release from the card's creator SBS Contents Hub on Friday, the collection containing a total 105 photos went on sale starting Wednesday,...More
Kara's new album "JUMPING" places fifth on Oricon Chart 2010/11/11, Source,
Girl group Kara [DSP Media]
Korean girl group Kara's new album "JUMPING" has entered Japan's prestigious Oricon daily album chart at No. 5.
Kara's agency DSP Media announced through a press release on Thursday that "JUMPING", the girls' second mini-album in Japan, placed fifth on the chart yesterday, on the day it went on sale in the country,...More
Kara unveils full length music video for "JUMPING" today 2010/11/10, Source,
Korean girl group Kara [DSP Media]
Korean girl group Kara revealed the title track and full-length music video for their new song on various portal and music websites today.
The music video for "JUMPING", the song an 80s pop euro-track by duo Han Jae-ho and Kim Seung-soo, features the girls donning black and white op-art clothes in accordance to the concept of their new album,...More
Korean girl group Kara cast in new Japanese drama 2010/11/09, Source,
Korean girl group Kara for their Japanese series "URAKARA" [DSP Media]
The members of Korean girl group Kara have been cast in an upcoming Japanese drama, according to their agency DSP Media on Tuesday.
A press release from DSP announced that the girls will play roles in TV Tokyo's 12-part series titled "URAKARA" which will air every Friday night on the "Drama 24" timeslot (00:12~00:53) starting January 14,...More
Girl Group Kara to Release New Album 'JUMPING' in Korea and Japan 2010/11/08, Source, Kara, who has created huge popularity for Korean girl groups in Japan, will release a new album entitled "JUMPING" both in Korea and Japan.
Their agency DSP Media said on November 5, "The new album entitled 'JUMPING' will be released in Japan on November 10 as their second single album in Japan, and in Korea in the middle of this month as their fourth mini album,...More
Kara releases teaser video for new album "JUMPING" 2010/11/08, Source,
Album jacket of girl group Kara's fourth mini-album [DSP Media]
A teaser video for Korean girl group Kara's upcoming album "JUMPING" has been unveiled.
Through a press release on Monday, Kara's agency DSP Media released a 20-second long teaser video for the girls' fourth mini-album "JUMPING", also the name of their title track,...More
Kara's new album jacket fully revealed 2010/11/05, Source,
Gu Hara and Seun-yeon in Kara's new album jacket "JUMPING" [DSP Media]
The remainder of photographs in the jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming album "JUMPING" were revealed today.
The newly unveiled photos distributed by DSP Media carried individual pictures of Seung-yeon and Gu Hara followed by a group photo. Just like the individual shots of other three members Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young revealed yesterday, they were in black and white op-art style with geometric designs,...More
Kara's new album jacket partially revealed 2010/11/04, Source,
Images from girl band Kara's jacket for mini-album "JUMPING" [DSP Media]
Several photographs from the album jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming mini-album were revealed today.
Kara's agency Daesung Entertainment (DSP) said that black-and-white photos of three of five Kara members -- namely Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young -- were unveiled to the public on Thursday,...More
New Hallyu: K-POP Boom by Idol Groups 2010/11/03, Source,
At a joint interview with members of Kara, 2PM, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, and 4Minute, they all said, "We feel kind of a responsibility as Korean representatives overseas".
Hyun Ah (4Minute), On Yoo (SHINee), Wooyoung (2PM), Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), and Koo Ha Ra (Kara) came one after another for an interview at a cafe. All the guests in the cafe revealed their curiosity by paying full attention to these star members, whom they could rarely see at one place together.
Those members of the star idol groups who attended the interview were all actually the leaders who have created the "new Hallyu" with K-POP in countries such as Japan, the greater China region, South-East Asia, and the USA,...More
[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
[PHOTOS] Asia Song Festival 2010/10/25, Source, Rain [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean male singer Rain performs at the 2010 Asia Song Festival held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on October 23, 2010,...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
K-pop idols to perform at Tokyo music festival in Nov 2010/10/15, Source,
Concert poster for the "2010 Seoul Tokyo Musical Festival" [SBS Contents Hub]
Several K-pop idols will be performing at a music festival in Japan next month, according to a press release from SBS Contents Hub.
Major Korean network SBS and Japan's TBS have come together to co-host the "2010 Seoul Tokyo Music Festival" to be held at the Saitama Super Arena located in Tokyo on November 3, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the foundation of SBS,...More
Kara's best album places at No. 2 on weekly chart in Japan 2010/10/05, Source,
Album cover of "KARA BEST 2007-2010" [DSP Media]
Korean pop sensation Kara have placed second on Japan's prestigious Oricon weekly chart with their best album.
According to a press release from their agency DSP Media on Tuesday, the girls came in No. 2 on the chart with their best record "KARA BEST 2007-2010", which went on sale in the country on September 29,...More
Rain, Kara and AKB48 join line-up of Asia Song Festival 2010/10/01, Source,
2nd line-up of Asia Song Festival (from left to right): Rain, Kara, 2AM and Film
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming 2010 Asia Song Festival (ASF), to be held in Korea later on this month.
According to a press release by PR agency Prain, Korean superstar Rain, four-member boy band 2AM, girl group Kara and international stars including Japanese group AKB48 and Taiwanese singer Film will take the stage at the Olympic Park in Seoul for the event on October 23,...More
Kara's album receives most downloads on iTunes Japan 2010/10/01, Source,
Korean girl group Kara [DSP Media]
Korean female idols Kara have grabbed another title in Japan with their best album becoming the most downloaded record on iTunes Japan.
On Friday, the girls' agency DSP Media announced that "Kara BEST 2007-2010" was the No. 1 downloaded album on iTunes Store Pop,...More
Kara's best album takes No. 2 spot on Oricon daily chart 2010/09/30, Source,
Korean girl group Kara [DSP Media]
Korean girl group Kara's best album has taken the No. 2 spot on the prestigious Oricon daily albums chart with their latest release.
According to the Oricon chart, the girls' record "Kara BEST 2007-2010", which went on sale in the country on September 29, came in second place with,...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
Female Stars Boasting Their Natural Beauty 2010/09/16, Source, These days, girl groups are duking it out in terms of how beautiful their natural, bare faces are. Whereas before, netizens would have to go digging around for makeup-free shots of their favorite fema,...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 enthusiastic response. They adopted a strategy to advertise the three title songs "Can't Nobody", "Clap Your Hands" and "Go Away", and those three songs all ranked from first to third on various music charts. In addition, other songs included in the album such as "Slow", "I'm Busy" and "Love is Ouch" are all ranked in the top 10,...More
After Stevie Wonder wowed fans with his popular tunes, powerful vocals and unforgettable stage presence, local K-pop groups are following suit with a festival to keep the musical w,...More
Korean pop stars to perform at Hallyu Dream Concert 2010/08/11, Source,
Official Hallyu Dream Festival site
Korea's hottest K-pop stars will gather in the city of Gyeong Ju in the North Gyeongsang Province next month to perform at the Hallyu Dream Concert.
Close to two dozen artists including Super Junior, 2PM, Kang Ta, 2AM, 2NE1, Se7en, 4minute, BEAST, Son Dam-bi, Kara, After School, miss A, FT Island, Choshinsung, Davichi, T-ara, MBLAQ, U-Kiss, ZE:A, Secret, Flower and Seo In-guk will take to the stage of the concert to be held on September 12 at the Gyeong Ju Citizen's Stadium as part of the two-day Hallyu Dream Festival which begins on September 10,...More
K-pop idols to perform at summer concert next month 2010/07/30, Source,
Poster for "Brand New Concert - Burning Day!!" [Asia Bridge Contents]
A number of Korean idols are set to perform at a summer concert in August, according to the concert's promoter Asia Bridge Contents on Friday.
Asia Bridge Contents announced in a press release that K-pop groups 2AM, Brown Eyed Girls, BEAST, Kara and T-ara will take to the stage of the "Brand New Concert - Burning Day!!" to be held at the Olympic Park Stadium in Seoul on August 20,...More
2nd line-up of K-pop idols announced for Hallyu concert 2010/07/22, Source,
Official poster for "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert [HH Company]
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert, to be held next month in the city of Incheon, South Korea.
According to a press release by PR agency The J Story on Thursday, Korean singers BoA, Kara, Se7en and Taeyang of idol group Big Bang will also be performing at the concert, which will take place August 29 at Incheon Munhak Worldcup Stadium,...More
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
SS501 Kim Hyun-joong to play lead role in new TV series 2010/07/09, Source, Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has been tapped to star in a TV series based on popular Japanese comic "Naughty Kiss".
"He hasn't officially signed a contract yet but he has provisionally agreed to appear in the drama", a high-ranking official at Kim's agency KEYEAST said on Friday.
Kim will play the role of "Mr. Perfect" Baek Seung-jo -- the top student, good cook and great athlete -- who later falls in love with Moon Hani, a girl at his high school who always ends up in trouble,...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
2PM's "Can't Stop" rise to the top of Gaon charts 2010/04/28, Source,
Members of boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM stormed to the top of Gaon's singles chart to claim the title as the most popular single for the week of April 18 to 24 with their new track "Without U".
According to Gaon's singles chart on Thursday, 2PM scored their first win with their new tune knocking out Lee Hyori from first place,...More
2010 Dream Concert Lineup Revealed 2010/04/21, Source, It's one of the hottest k-pop concerts of the year! The 16th annual Dream Concert will be featuring some of the hottest stars, like it does every year. This year's line-up includes two of the most suc,...More
Lee Hyori rocks Gaon chart with "Bang" 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean songstress Lee Hyori [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Lee Hyori proved to be an unstoppable force, making a banging debut on top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 11 to 17 with her new single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
Lee successfully claimed the title of most popular single for the third week of April, pushing back her previous chart topper "Swing" off the No. 1 spot.
The songstress, who returned to the music stage last Thursday on televised music program "Mnet Countdown", has been conquering numerous online and offline charts with several tracks from her fourth album "H.Logic" since its release on April 12,...More
Rain takes crown from Girls' Generation on "Music Bank" 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean pop singer Rain for his single "Love Song" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain has claimed his first win on KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" with his single "Love Song".
According to the official website of "Music Bank", Rain, who was to make his stage comeback on the show over the weekend, triumphed over contenders Girls' Generation's "Run Devil Run" and R&B trio Brown Eyed Soul's "I'll Move".
"Music Bank" had originally been set to show last Friday with the lineup including Secret, Kara, After School, U-Kiss and F.Cuz, as well as featuring a comeback performance by Lee Hyori,...More
KBS to cancel broadcast of "Music Bank" for third week 2010/04/15, Source,
The hosts of KBS' music program "Music Bank" [Official KBS website]
KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" will not air for the third consecutive week, according to the show's producer on Thursday.
Producer Go Won-suk told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that the show has been cancelled another week in consideration of the national interest in salvage operations for the sunken Cheonan patrol ship which has been gaining momentum over the past couple of days.
A mysterious explosion had caused the naval ship to sink in late March, where only slightly over half of the ship's crew members were rescued, leaving the country in a state of grievance,...More
Korean stars at shine at Korean military concert 2010/03/12, Source,
(From left) Korean actor Jo In-Seong, TV personality Boom and actor Kim Jae-won salute at a military concert hosted by military broadcasting TV station KFN. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"We all love the Republic of Korea!" It was actor Kim Jae-won who suggested that they all cry out the cringy phrase and TV personality Boom and actor Jo In-Seong complied to the request. To imagine that this quite unlikely mix of celebrities would make such a patriotic remark. But like in Wonderland where abnormal behavior is not regarded as abnormal, here at the concert for military officials hosted by military broadcasting TV station KFN, everything was in harmony and dissolved into one. Even when Tony of H.O.T., Andy of Shinhwa, Jang Su-won and Kim Jae-duc appeared one after another, there was no conflict among the former boy band members,...More
The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) came to an end Saturday, but unfortunately, there were some shortcomings despite it being called Asia's best music award event.
The much-anticipated event was held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, with young fans lined up near the en,...More
5 Decades of Korean Girl Bands 2009/11/05, Source, The Kim Sisters were arguably the first girl group in the history of Korean popular music. They debuted in their teens in the early 1950s, and were extremely popular among U.S. soldiers stationed in K,...More
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