'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
Big Bang's Taeyang Releases Second Solo Album 2014/06/18, Source, Taeyang, a member of the popular K-pop group Big Bang, recently released his second solo album "Rise", four years after the debut of his first album in 2010. The title song of the second album is a slow R&B-style song called "Eyes, Nose, Lips". His new song feels quite different from his previous songs as he has taken the stage to softly sing without brilliant dance moves,...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
Art and Culture 2012/09/28, Source,
It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is here to give us updates on arts and culture events coming up this weekend over the Chusok holidays. And I hear she has news about a new book being release and a concert tour by one of K-pop's hottest idol groups. Hello, Michelle. [Reporter : ] Hello, Conn-young. So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] I'm sure most of you have read at least one of the Harry Potter books. The Harry Potter phenomenon may have come to an end, but the billionaire celebrity author behind the popular series, JK Rowling, is back at it. She's released a newest book, this time targeted towards adults,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/07/11, Source,
Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)., left, and and G-Dragon perfom on the first night of the "Big Bang Alive Tour 2012" at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Friday. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records By Kwaak Je-yup Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
Big Bang Makes Hearts Throb, Heads Explode in Seoul 2012/03/12, Source,
Big Bang just kicked off their Big Bang Alive world Tour last weekend with three sold-out concerts in Seoul in front of more than 30,000 fans. As this is a Korea-focused technology and design blog we dispatched our secret K-pop loving staffer to the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in southern Seoul to check out the show,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/03/05, Source,
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records
Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
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
Tablo's Album, #5 On US iTunes Hip Hop/Rap Chart 2011/11/02, Source, Tablo may have been quiet for some time, but his fans are supporting him stronger than ever.
After the release of his first solo album Fever's End on November 1st, it hit number five on the US iTunes Hip Hop/Rap Album Chart. This is no new feat as Tablo's debut group, Epik High's past album reached number one on the same chart,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/08/17, Source, It's time for "weekly star scene" our selection of the top 5 stories that rocked the world of entertainment in Korea for the past week!
: Hold onto your seats because we have our one and only Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hey guys!
: What do you have for us today Dami[Reporter : ] : Well, I'm pretty sure you guys have noticed, but many people these days have been out on vacation enjoying their summer! And I was wondering, have you guys thought about where you'd like to go:
[Reporter : ] : Well, with K-pop fever these days, many international fans have chosen Korea as their vacation spot! On August 13th, there was a huge concert held in Incheon and about 6,500 fans attended from 10 different countries! The power of K-pop is growing day by day and today we begin with news about the concert that drove hallyu fans wild over the weekend!! Let's go!!,...More
Big Bang ranks 3rd on Billboard's world album chart 2011/03/09, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Korean boy band Big Bang's new mini-album "Tonight" ranked third on the World Albums of the Billboard Chart after sweeping the nation's major online music charts.
YG Entertainment said the album, which was released in Korea on Feb. 24, is seeing success on its U.S. debut after being listed at No. 7 in the Heatseekers Album Chart for artists that have newly arrived in the top 100 of the Billboard Chart,...More
Big Bang to return with new album 2011/01/17, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Popular group Big Bang will release a new album and hold a concert next month, YG Entertainment announced Monday.
The five-member iconic boy band has been preparing the new album for the past two years and it will be released on Feb. 24. The band will officially return to its fans in a large-scale concert "2011 Big Show" slated for Feb. 25 to 27 at the Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park which can accommodate some 40,000 spectators,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 1 2011/01/04, Source, G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Not everybody can express their thoughts through music. And not everybody can organize and speak of the result of the thoughts they have gained from making music. But G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) are musicians who can do both. They spoke only of their music throughout our interview with them and talked about the thoughts they injected into their music. Whether you agree with their music or not, we recommend you read this interview to hear what the two have to say about their music. This is what it means for these two young men in their early 20s, regarded as idols stars, to make their own music and present it to people. 10: How does it feel having to work together during Christmas time? (laugh) T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon): We feel sorry for each other. (laugh),...More
Big Bang to hold "BIG SHOW" and embark on Japan tour in 2011 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang [Official Big Bang website]
K-pop idols Big Bang next year will hold their annual "BIG SHOW" in Korea as well as embark on a concert tour in Japan, according to YG Entertainment on Thursday.
Yang Hyun-suk, CEO and founder of YG, announced on their official blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) that Big Bang will take the stage for their concert titled "BIG SHOW" at the Olympic Park Stadium from February 25 to 27,...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P hold world premiere showcase for duo unit 2010/12/15, Source,
From left, Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) and G-Dragon pose during a photocall of the world premiere showcase for their new duo unit album "GD & TOP" held at major shopping complex Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea on December 14, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A world premiere which went on air live through YouTube. This may sound somewhat grandiose but the stage that G-Dragon (GD) and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) of boy band Big Bang stepped on ahead of releasing their album as a unit was small and simple. Instead, they revealed snippets of each song listed in the album and explained the background to them. To the fans who were looking forward to a fancy comeback performance, this showcase in the format of a talk show may have come off as long-winded but their choice rather came off as the best method to express their affection for the album. And like the two said, them having worked on each of the songs will be like a welcome rain to fans who have long waited for Big Bang's comeback to the local music scene,...More
MBLAQ to hold first live concert in Singapore 2010/12/03, Source,
Boy band MBLAQ [J.Tune Camp]
Five-member boy band MBLAQ will hold their first live concert in Singapore on Saturday.
According to the group's agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday, MBLAQ will take part in the Mnet Ultimate Live in Asia (MULA) Concert where they will perform not only as a group but stage solo performances as well,...More
2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band Big Bang members perform at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Muscle!" was what a fan from Hong Kong said as soon as she was asked what she finds most attractive about boy band 2PM. And when a girl, who would scream outright just by the mention of Nichkhun's name, was asked whose muscles she thinks are the best, without hesitation she blurted out "Taecyeon!" Numerous female fans from around Asia who like Korean idol stars for specific images crowded the lobby of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao where the red carpet event for the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held. But the cheering was not reserved only for good looking guys. A 19-year-old Chinese girl, who introduced herself as a big fan of Big Bang and in love with all its members, went equally wild at the sight of girl group 2NE1 and imitated the "Abracadabra" dance by Brown Eyed Girls saying they were the group outside YG Family that she loves. Hence in such an atmosphere, it may be only natural that these fans are interested not only in the Korean stars but also Korean culture,...More
[PHOTOS] Mnet's MAMA 2010/11/29, Source, Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Boy band Big Bang member Taeyang performs at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010,...More
1st line up for Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed 2010/11/23, Source,
2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Mnet]
The first line-up of guests attending the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) have been revealed.
The official website of the Ment's annual music festival showed that Korean artists 2PM, 2NE1, miss A, Taeyang and Tiger JK will attend the event while international singers include Zhang Jie and iMe from China, Perfume and Chemistry from Japan and American hip-hop quartet Far East Movement,...More
[PHOTOS] Pop culture awards 2010/11/22, Source,
Super Junior member Siwon [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band Super Junior member Siwon receives an award for his group's contribution to pop culture at an awards ceremony held at the Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 22, 2010,...More
10Asia publishes mook on Korea's hottest idol groups 2010/11/16, Source,
10Asia's mook publication "10+idol" [10Asia]
Korea's leading web-based entertainment magazine 10Asia has published its first mook [magazine+book] on the 16 hottest Korean idol stars of 2010.
Titled "10+idol", the publication contains articles, interviews and photographs on artists the first issue has deemed as idols of the year including SHINee, Taeyang, Jay Park, Rain, 2AM, Girls' Generation, TOP (Choi Sung-hyeon), Wonder Girls, f(x), Jeong Yong-hwa, missA, BEAST, MBLAQ, Secret, Infinit and Orange Caramel,...More
Taeyang to joins artists for Seoul Seoul Festival in Oct 2010/09/27, Source,
Concert poster for Seoul Soul Festival 2010 featuring Korean singer Taeyang [S2 Entertainment]
Korean singer Taeyang has joined a line-up of international and local artists for the Seoul Soul Festival 2010 to be held next month.
On Monday, the concert's promoter S2 Entertainment announced that Big Bang member Taeyang will perform at the two-day soul music festival to be held at the Peace Plaza located in the War Memorial of Korea starting October 9,...More
Taeyang's int'l album ranks in top 10 of iTunes charts 2010/08/26, Source,
Big Bang member Taeyang [Official Taeyang website]
Big Bang member Taeyang's international album has entered the top 10 of Apple's iTunes R&B/Soul records charts in several countries.
According to the official iTunes website, Taeyang's international release, which simultaneously went on sale locally and internationally yesterday, has placed at No. 2 in Japan, No. 3 in Australia, No. 5 in Canada and No. 6 in the United States,...More
Big Bang's new single enters Oricon chart at No. 5 2010/08/26, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, Taeyang, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idol Big Bang's latest Japanese single has placed at fifth on the prestigious Oricon daily music chart, according to Japanese publication Oricon Style on Thursday.
Oricon Style reported that according to Oricon's daily chart, the five-member boy band's fifth Japanese single "Beautiful Hangover", released in the country yesterday, entered the music chart at No. 5,...More
Big Bang may release new album in Oct or Nov 2010/08/20, Source,
Korean pop idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), Taeyang, G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idols Big Bang may be making a comeback to the local music scene in October or November, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Friday.
An official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, "There are plans for the boys to release a new album but it is tentative -- it will depend on the progress of the album",...More
[INTERVIEW] Jay Park - Part 2 2010/08/09, Source,
Singer Jay Park poses during a photo session of a press conference ahead of performing at the "Summer Week&T" music festival held at the Naksan Beach in Gangwon Province of South Korea on August 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: You weren't able to do what you wanted while you were in the United States. How did you cope with it?Jay Park: It was really hard. Because I caused trouble for many people and I myself was upset too. That's why I kept quiet. So I just kept practicing and working part-time at a tire shop. But b-boying again helped a lot. I liked being able to dance with other people again because I hadn't been able to b-boy while pursuing my singing career. My body had been itching for it though. I was happy because I got to b-boy even though I wasn't singing,...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
Taeyang makes shining debut on iTunes overseas 2010/07/09, Source, Taeyang's new solo album "Solar" ranked No.3 on U.S. iTunes R&B/Soul Albums chart [U.S. iTunes]
Korean singer Taeyang of popular idol group Big Bang has made a shining debut in North America, placing his solo album "Solar" high atop Apple's iTunes online music charts.
According to a press release by agency YG Entertainment on Friday, "Solar" came in at No.1 on Top R&B/Soul Albums chart of Canada iTunes and No. 3 on the U.S. site. It is the first time and the highest that an Asian artist has ranked on either charts,...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
MC Mong and Taeyang shine atop Mnet charts 2010/07/06, Source,
Korean rapper MC Mong (left) and Big Bang member Taeyang (right) [IS Entermedia Group/Official Taeyang website]
Korean rapper MC Mong has topped the Mnet's singles chart with his recent duet "Hurts Like Death" with female singer Mellow for the first week of July.
According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper pushed back previous week's winner Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), taking his first win on the music char,...More
Big Bang's "IRIS" single ranked No. 5 on Oricon chart 2010/06/10, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang's new single "Tell Me Goodbye" has made the top five on Japan's prestigious Oricon music chart on the day of its release.
According to estimates released by Oricon on Thursday, the boy band's latest single "Goodbye" landed at No. 5 in the singles chart upon its local release on June 9,...More
Big Bang scores triple win at Japan MTV Music Awards 2010/05/31, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang scored a triple win at the MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced through a press release Saturday that the five-member boy band picked up trophies for Best New Artist Video for "Gara Gara Go!!", their second single in Japan, and Best Pop Video for third single "Koe o Kikasete" at the award ceremony, held at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday,...More
Big Bang first Korean dance group at Japan music fest 2010/05/26, Source,
Big Bang members Seung Ri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP (Choi Seung-hyeon) and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Boy band Big Bang will be the first Korean dance group to take the main stages of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival 2010 in August, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced in a press release that the group is set to perform on the Ocean Stage of the Maishima Summer Sonic site in Osaka on August 7 and on the Marine Stage of the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo the following day,...More
Big Bang to sing Japanese soundtrack for "IRIS" 2010/04/16, Source,
Big Bang members Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will sing the main theme song for the Japanese release of the hit TV series "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Friday.
Sankei reported that the boy band will be singing a ballad titled "Tell Me Goodbye", which will be featured in the show's broadcast next Tuesday on Japanese channel TBS,...More
Big Bang wraps up Big Show in success 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performs at the "2010 Big Show" in Seoul [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang successfully wrapped up their Seoul concert over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
The five-member group performed in front of some 13,000 fans at the "2010 Big Show - Big Bang concert" , held at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on January 31.
"This is a wonderful day because we get to enjoy it with the fans who we love and adore", the group had said during the concert. "We didn't get to be with you last year because we were all involved in individual activities. We are grateful that you are still here with us".,...More
Korea Music Awards Honor Top Singers 2009/03/12, Source, Jang Ki-ha and trio bank My Sister's Barbershop have won the most awards at the sixth Korea Music Awards. At the award ceremony held in Daehakro in Seoul, Jang received three awards – the best song of,...More
Boy band Big Bang seems to have it all, from loving fans, stylish fashion trends, easy-to-memorize songs and the members' distinctive characteristics. Now, the ambitious group is expanding their talents in ot,...More
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