Singer Lee Seung-chul Denied Entry to Japan 2014/11/12, Source,
Singer Lee Seung-chul was denied entry to Japan on Sunday, apparently due to his performance on Dokdo in celebration of Liberation Day on Aug. 15. Japan lays a flimsy claim to the Korean islets on East Sea, and Liberation Day marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial rule in 1945,...More
K-Pop Legend, Lee Seung-chul, Made His Unification Song Debut with North Korean Defectors at Dokdo 2014/08/23,
On August 14, K-Pop singer Lee Seung-chul, led a choir of young North Korean defectors, 'With-U', to sing his new song, "The Day", along with the Korean traditional song "Arirang" at Dokdo Island. This project was inspired by one courageous man, Il Kon Yoon, who envisioned a united North and South Korea. Il Kon Yoon is a North Korean native, who was one of the few North Koreans to have a relatively comfortable life in North Korea. However, despite his "fortune" he decided to leave everything behind, and risked his life to escape to South Korea where there would be more opportunities and resources to fulfill his vision. His journey to his promise land was not easy. He lived in complete poverty, destitute of basic necessities, which eventually drove him to the brink of suicide; until one day, he met Jesus Christ, and converted to Christianity. His new faith, restored hope in his vision and he found the strength to finish his journey to South Korea,...More
Art and Culture 2012/11/09, Source, It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is with us for our arts and culture segment. Today, she has a preview of a movie and a concert happening in Korea over the weekend. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us[Reporter : ] A detective chases a serial killer who publishes a book detailing the crimes in the new action thriller "Confession of Murder", starring Park Si-hoo and Jeong Jae-yeong The movie was released in Korea yesterday and the reviews are already full of praise, so this may be the winner for a weekend movie outing. Let's take a look. Lee Du-seok is propelled to fame when he publishes a book about 10 unsolved murders from 15 years ago in which he claims to be the murderer,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/09, Source,
And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today, she'll introduce us to a performance celebrating Hangeul Day and a new movie coming soon to Korea. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today is Hangeul Day, so I'm going to start off by introducing you to a play about King Sejong and the creation of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The play, a mystery-drama, puts on a lively display of Korean culture and history, with flashes of music and dance. Take a look. The creation of the Korean alphabet is celebrated every year on Hangeul Day with festivals, writing contests and performances, and this year is no exception,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/17, Source, It's Monday and it's the beginning of a new week. Today, our Michelle Kim joins us for our regular arts and culture segment and I hear she has news about a movie and the latest on the Emmys. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] The new Oliver Stone thriller "Savages" has been earning solid reviews in the U.S. for doing what he does best -- provoke and entertain. The film is set to be released in Korea on November 1st. Take a look. The s tars of "Savages" were in Paris last week to promote the film, directed by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone, who is known for films such as "Platoon", "JFK" and "Born on the Fourth of July". Based on author Don Winslow's book of the same name, the film follows two Southern California marijuana growers and the woman they both love. The three are peacefully going about their life, until a Mexican drug cartel moves in and s tarts a war,...More
Classical Concerts Big Tickets Museums Pop & Jazz 2012/07/01, Source, Classical Concerts Great Mountains Music Festival & School Alpensia Concert Hall Through Aug. 5 The Great Mountains Music Festival & School will be held in the midst of nature in the mountainous province of Gangwon. Two renowned artists - cellist Chung Myung-hwa and her sister violinist Chung Kyung-hwa - serve as artistic directors of this renowned chamber music festivals in Korea. This year, the annual festival will explore the relationship between dance and music. Tickets cost 40,000 to 250,000 won. For more information, call (02) 725-3394,...More
The Era of Smartphone Directors 2012/02/20, Source,
Nowadays, anybody can make a movie, become a cultural artist, and turn his or her imagination into reality.
This indispensable communication device has ushered in the era of smartphone directors.
In Korea, the global IT powerhouse, smartphones mean so much more than just a tool for communication. They play a central role in reinventing culture, as attested by today's smartphone movies,...More
Superstar K3 winners ready for new path 2011/11/15, Source,
The winner of "Superstar K3" Ulala Session, and the third and fourth place winners, Christian Love Lee and the duo Two Month, looked tired but ready for their journey into professional music. But runner-up Busker Busker was absent at the interview held at Sangam-dong, Seoul, Monday. After winning one of the biggest audition programs in the country, the three will go on a six-month incubation system with CJ E&M and after which, a possible professional career,...More
Ulala Session takes 'Superstar K3' 2011/11/14, Source,
The audience watched with trembling excitement and anticipation early Saturday - around 1 a.m. - as Ulala Session was announced the winner of Mnet's "Superstar K3" in Jamsil Gymnasium, southern Seoul.
After months of battling other talented artists, the four-member band earned 500 million won in cash and a chance to perform at the Mnet Asia Music Awards in Singapore on Nov. 29. The band will also release a single and a music video for "With You", the song they performed on the final stage,...More
'Superstar K3' returns with diverse music 2011/08/16, Source,
Judges for "Superstar K3", from left, Kim Yong-beom, Lee Seung-chul, Yoon Mi-rae and Yoon Jong-shin, pose for the camera at a press conference in Sangam-dong, Seoul last week. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo Mnet's "Superstar K" is the program that ignited the talent show boom in Korea. It has returned for a third season, with new judges, more contestants and improved rules embracing more diversity. The first segment that aired Friday immediately became the talk of the town. Ten-year-old girl Son Ye-rim, Choi Yeong-tae who sang his own songs and Yeri Band passed the regional preliminary round in Busan under much attention,...More
Super Junior, miss A Albums Top Sellers in 2010 2011/02/12, Source,
Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug (center) poses with Bang Geuk-gyun (fourth from left), chairman of the Korea Music Content Industry Association, singer G.NA (third from left) and K-pop group Super Junior after the Gaon Chart award ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald)
Boy band Super Junior's latest album "Miinah (Bonamana)" ranked No. 1 among Korean pop albums sold during 2010, the Korea Music Content Association announced earlier this week,...More
Korean TV: The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K 2011/01/06, Source,
The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K, was a hot issue in 2010 in Korea. Superstar K first started in 2009 summer on cable music TV channel Mnet. It had a highest viewer rating (8.47%) for a cable channel as of then. However, in 2010, the second season of Superstar K broke that rank and made a new highest viewer rating with 14.5%. It was aired only from July till October but the whole process took about seven months. Among 1,340,830 applicants, the final 11 people were selected to be aired on TV,...More
On the set of "MBC Star Audition" premiere episode 2010/11/08, Source,
Singer Lee Eun-mi-I, producer and songwriter Bang Si-hyuk, rock guitarist Kim Tae-won-I, rock vocalist Kim Yuna, balladeer Shin Seung-hun and anchorwoman Park Hye-jin-II take part in the live broadcast "MBC Star Audition" at MBC Dream Center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 5, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The premiere episode of public network MBC's singing competition series "MBC Star Audition" which went on air live November 5 was sort of the launching episode to the show introducing its hosts and judges. In a way, a preview aimed at encouraging more participation before the actual competition starts. This was because while contestants have yet to start competing and show how they will grow as the program progresses, there was also a need for explanation on what "MBC Star Audition" is about. And yet its producers are taking their chances too by having created a show they themselves cannot predict the outcome to, to air live for 70 minutes every week,...More
Twelve Asian Stars to Appear in 'Asia Song Festival' 2010/10/18, Source,
Star singers including Rain, BoA, 2PM, Lee Seung-chul from Korea, AKB48 from Japan, and Jane Zhang from China will appear in the "Asia Song Festival".
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on October 14 that twelve star singers from six Asian countries will appear in the "2010 Asia Song Festival" that will be held at the Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium on October 23,...More
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
The Luxury Properties Owned by Korean Stars 2010/03/18, Source, Sports, TV and movie stars are the envy of many, and that has if anything increased with the revelations of their vast real estate holdings. Although such cases are limited to only the highest-paid st,...More
Yoon Sang-hyeon to promote Korea on Japanese TV 2010/03/17, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyeon [MGB Entertainment]
Hallyu star Yoon Sang-hyeon will be promoting Korea on a Japanese television show next week, according to his agency MGB Entertainment on Wednesday.
MGB said in a press release that the actor will be attending the "Hallyu! Language Joy Night" event, to be held March 25 in Tokyo, where he will introduce the Korean language and culture to his Japanese fans,...More
KBS music awards 2009/12/30, Source, Shin Seung-hoon, 2PM attend KBS music awards
Shin Seung-hoon and 2PM [KBS]
From left, singer Shin Seung-hoon and boy band 2PM members Nichkhun, Junsu and Junho perform together on stage at major broadcaster KBS' year-end music awards held at the KBS Hall in Seoul, South Korea on December 30, 2009.,...More
In the past, original soundtrack albums were just a little extra something that came with a television drama. Now, however, more viewers and drama makers are starting to realize their importance and potential.
One of the most popular drama soundtracks lately ha,...More
As the end of 2008 draws near, numerous singers are beckoning fans with Christmas and year-end concerts. Intimate and cozy shows may be the answer for some, but those looking for bigger and wilder shows are in for a treat.
Avid fans are about to be treated to the biggest K-rock concert ever held in Seoul, featuring a total of 101 Korean rock bands gathering for a rock festival. The concert will run May 17-26.
Four hundred plus musicians, all Korean, will give all they have to the crowd eager to ex,...More
The Chosun Ilbo Chart of Quickie Divorces 2007/02/05, Source, Since the private life of stars has always attracted huge curiosity, not a day passes without news about their marriages, divorces and remarriages making headlines. Especially their divorces. Here in Korea, the star couple Lee Min-young and,...More
K-pop concerts cheer TV awards show fans 2006/12/07, Source, One thing K-pop fans look forward to doing at this time of the year is plopping down on their warm and cozy couches and watching local television's annual "pop music awards".
Last month, however, MBC - one of the three major broadcasting networks in this country - announced that there would be no,...More
Top Singers to Make Comebacks in Fall 2006/08/09, Source, Several top singers will make comebacks this fall. Ballad singer Shin Seung-hoon will release his tenth album in early October after more than a two-year hiatus. Shin, who this year marks the 16th anniversary of his debut, is currently puttng finishing touches of his upcoming album and has set the d,...More
Actress Choi Ji-woo Stars in Joint Korean-Japanese TV Drama 2005/12/20, Source, A press conference introducing a joint Korean-Japanese television drama entitled "Circle Dance Music-Rondo" produced by TBS TV, a Japanese television network, was held at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on the afternoon of Dec. 19. The drama stars,...More
It isn't often that you get the chance to meet with and take photographs of a big star like Jennifer Lopez or local heartthrob Bae Yong-joon. So most people would jump at the chance to stand in the company o,...More
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