Korea's only battle rap reality show returns to Mnet on July 3
Korea's only battle rap reality program Show Me the Money will be back for a third season on music channel Mnet starting July 3 announced Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com
During episodes, crews comprised of professional and amateur rappers will battle it out in rap competitions and perform hip-hop collaborations featuring famous vocalists. Audiences will then vote for the winning crew.
For first 100 seconds, singers judged purely on vocal performance with appearances hidden
Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M will introduce the new singing competition show 100Seconds on its music channel Mnet and general entertainment channel tvN starting May 20. In each episode, a different group of eight undiscovered professional singers will compete to win the hearts of audiences...More
Lee Joon revealed pictures of himself as a wig fitting model on the Mnet show "Beatles Code".
MC Sin Dong-yup asked if there was anyone who was active as a child and Lee Joon said, "I was in "Ninja Assassin" when I was young"...More
Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] announced today that its music channel Mnet will exclusively broadcast hit K-Pop idol group EXO's first reality show xoxo, EXO starting April 18...More
Rookie Kim Jeong-heon has been cast for the new KBS 2TV drama "Golden Cross".
He takes on the role of Alex, the assistant of Kim Jae-gap (Lee Ho-jae). He follows Kim Jae-gap around like a shadow. He should create a synergy affect with the other actors and actresses...More
Mischievous Boy Band Block-B to Star in Mnet's New Live K-Pop Reality Show "Five Minutes before the Zaniness Begins" To Begin Airing on CJ E&M's Music Channel Mnet at 7:30PM (KST) starting April 10
March 31, 2014 – Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] announced today that hit K-Pop idol group Block-B will star in the new live reality show Five Minutes before the Zaniness Begins...More
Show to Begin Airing on Channel M across Southeast Asia in May
Featuring hit K-Pop boy group INFINITE, the most recent episode (#7) of the K-Pop idol reality show This Is Infinite featured the CEO of the group's talent agency humorously unveiling each members "weakness"...More
Asia's most influential music festival returns to geographical hub of Hong Kong
Seoul, Korea (March 17, 2014) – Asia's No.1 Total Contents Company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] announced today that the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Asia's greatest music festival, will take place this year on December 3 in Hong Kong.
"2014 MAMA returns to Hong Kong to leverage the city's status as a focal point of Asian economy, trade, and cultural diversity", said Shin Hyung-kwan, Executive Vice President of CJ E&M's music channel Mnet. "Bringing together the experience and production know-how of CJ E&M as well as amazing passion of fans both within and outside Hong Kong, the festival will highlight the incredible power and popularity of Asian music to the world"...More
Max is done with "Mimi".
The final makings of the Mnet drama "Mimi" were revealed through YouTube...More
Regardless of dance genre, age, or nationality, anyone with a passion for dance welcome to apply
Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M has begun accepting contestant applications for the second season of its hit dancing survival TV show, Dancing9, which returns this June. The show has been a massive hit not only in Korea, but also across Asia for its thrilling, talented, and competitive performances, as well as discovery of talented dancers...More
New Singing Survival Show Presents the Ongoing Diversification of K-Pop
March 5, 2014 - CJ E&M's leading K-Pop music channel Mnet will introduce the new singing audition show Trot X on March 21 at 11:30 (KST)...More
Marking the first public meeting between a leading Korean and Japanese television producer, the "Asia Variety TV Forum:An Afternoon with Young-Suk Na and Tadahisa Fujimura" successfully took place on Tuesday, February 25 at the Korean Culture Center in Tokyo, Japan. During the Forum, which was hosted by CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com], the two producers, among several topics, exchanged ideas on the important role variety TV programming can play as a cultural bridge...More
It's hard to believe that Max and Moon Ga-yeong are eight years apart.
Max is currently playing two roles in the Mnet ghost romance drama "Mimi". He plays Min-woo, a 18-year old student and a 28-year old web-toon designer...More
- Taking place April 2 at Yokohama Arena, anticipation at a fever pitch among both local and international fans as hit K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014
- Event will also feature various fan engagement events including a meet & greet, red carpet ceremony, and cultural workshops/booths
Seoul, Korea (February 21, 2014) – Popular K-Pop groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day are slated to appear at "M COUNTDOWN: No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" on April 2 at Yokohama Area in Japan announced executive producer CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] today. With the first lineup of artists revealed (all top-notch K-Pop stars ranked on M COUNTDOWN's weekly charts during the first quarter of the year), anticipation is at a fever pitch among both local Japanese and international fans as the popular K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014...More
Son Ga-in talked about the time she was at Park Jin-young's wedding and felt uncomfortable.
She appeared on the MNet TV show "Beatles Code" on the 11th and said, "I've had rumors but I've never had a scandal yet"...More
Updated cast, added poster shooting video, images and poster for the upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"...More
- With Yokohama Arena set as the venue, "M COUNTDOWN: No. 1 Artist of Spring 2014" to feature top-notch K-Pop artist performances and various K-Culture engagement activities
- Show's only previous stop in Japan in April 2012 drew 13,000 fans
Asia's No.1 Total Contents Company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] announced today that "M COUNTDOWN: No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" will take place on April 2 at Yokohama Arena in Japan. The world's most popular K-Pop chart show which draws throngs of fans and a worldwide TV viewing audience to its weekly live broadcasts from Korea, M COUNTDOWN has also uniquely been embarking on periodic global tours in Asia and the US since 2012. The show's only previous stop in Japan in April 2012 drew 13,000 fans...More
Forum to highlight new trends in Asian variety TV programming ahead of the launch of the hit Korean variety show Sisters over Flowers in Japan
Asia's No.1 Total Contents Company CJ E&M [http://en.cjenm.com] announced today that local branch CJ E&M Japan will host the "Asia Variety TV Forum: An Afternoon with Young-Suk Na and Tadahisa Fujimura" in Tokyo on February 25. With acclaimed Korean and Japanese producers Na and Fujimura as special guests, the Forum will highlight new trends in Asian variety TV ahead of the launch of the hit Korean variety show Sisters over Flowers on Mnet Japan. Popular Japanese TV host Tomoki Fujiwara will serve as MC...More
First teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"...More
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Mnet America's New Series Tracks the Lives of Four Jet-setting Women in Fashion, Music, and Art to Premiere on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, will unfold its new original series, Alpha Girls on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT. Documenting the hustle and grit needed to succeed in the world of fashion, music and art, Alpha Girls follows the lives of four Asian and Asian American women as they juggle professional hardships and personal drama...More
Rain cried hard.
On the Mnet TV show "Rain Effect", Rain received a video message from his father and cried hard...More
TVXQ's Max has been chosen for the Mnet 4 part drama "Mimi".
He is a 28 year-old web-toon artist who embraces the memories of his lost first love. He travels back and forth his teen years and now, reminiscing about the past...More
Dohee talked about a time when a fan asked her to swear at him.
Dohee appeared on the Mnet "Beatles Code" 3D. she was asked if there was anything she experienced after the drama and she said, "I had someone who asked me to swear at him"...More
Rain didn't look too happy despite the fact that he topped the charts as soon as he came back.
On Mnet "Rain Effect", Rain didn't smile, although he came in first in a music program...More
In 2013, Korean content exports grew an estimated 10.6% year-on-year to reach USD $5.1 billion according to the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The number of worldwide "Hallyu" fans also increased to 9.3 million by year's end per figures from the Korea Foundation.
As the nation's leading content company, CJ E&M played a pivotal role in driving this global growth by introducing attractive and diverse media, films, music, games, and live performances to regions around the world...More
Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) who back with a regular album is now coming back on TV.
According to various media personnel, Rain has completed filming an episode of the KBS 2TV show "Happy Sunday - 1 Night 2 Days" season 3...More
Music channel Mnet is going to broadcast Rain's comeback show "Rain Effect" on the 9th at 7:30PM.
Performances of "30 Sexy" and "La Song", his title songs from the 6th official album will be shown along with others...More
It is the end of another year in K-dramaland and time to look back and count how many hours I spent watching dramas, running my drama blog, and working on drama-related projects. Since I watched twenty-eight 2013 dramas, recapped three and reviewed nine, and delved into past dramas, that would give me a total of...More
K-pop superstar Rain has made an official comeback with his sixth album "Rain Effect" after he was out of limelight for about two years for his compulsory military service.
Since his debut in 2002, Rain has broken several records for Korean pop stars and even performed at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he has also been embroiled in a number of scandals, most prominently by abusing his privileges during military service to go on dates with his girlfriend, the actress Kim Tae-hee...More
Singer and actor Rain stated a belief.
Mnet "Rain Effect" revealed Rain in the middle of shooting the Hollywood movie "The Prince". He spoke about his belief in acting...More
Actor Kim Woo-bin had a surprise phone call with G-Dragon.
On the New Year's Special episode of the Mnet "M Countdown", Kim Woo-bin answered questions posted by viewers through SNS...More
A 2013 Year In Review Video of Major Moments, People and Stories of 'All Things Hallyu (Korean Wave)' as Selected by Mnet America
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has released their year in review for 2013 with images, videos, and sound clips that defined the year of 'All Things Hallyu (a.k.a. Korean Wave)' including K-pop, K-drama, and K-film in the U.S...More
Lee Hyori mentioned a time when she had a conversation with Rain in a tanning shop, nude.
Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) revealed the backstage of the 2013 MNet Asian Music Awards through his MNet show "Rain Effect"...More
Singer Rain and Lee Hyori hugged each other in enthusiasm.
Mnet "Rain Effect" showed Rain meeting Lee Hyori in her waiting room before his performance at '2013 MAMA' which was held in Hong Kong...More
Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Park Shin-hye from the popular drama "The Heirs" are going to get busy with the year-end coming up.
All three of them have decided on movies. Kim Woo-bin is to star in the movie "Technicians" and will be busy standing as MC for various award shows. He's currently the MC for the Mnet "M Countdown" music show and will host the 2013 SBS Acting Awards with Lee Bo-yeong...More
'Man of the year' Kim Woo-bin has been chosen as the MC for the end-of-year awards.
Kim Woo-bin's agency Sidus HQ mentioned that he will be the main MC for the SBS Awards at the end of the year...More
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has announced that tickets for the first U.S. tour of the hit Korean pop band, U-Kiss will go on sale this Friday, December 6th at 4:00 PM ET/PT. Spanning three cities, the internationally known boy band will be hitting up New York at the Best Buy Theater (1/9), San Francisco at the Warfield Theater (1/11) and Los Angeles at Club Nokia LA Live (1/14). Ticket prices range from $50 to $180...More
Jang Hyun-seung (left) and Kim Hyun-ah of duo Trouble Maker go through Incheon International Airport on Thursday on their way to the Mnet Asian Music Award in Hong Kong...More
Hit-makers Icona Pop and Ylvis ("What Does the Fox Say") to Share the Stage with Asia's Megastars on November 22 in Hong Kong
Dumbfoundead (a.k.a. Parker) and Bekah to Highlight English-hosted Live
Broadcast of the Award Show
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, has announced that they will be airing the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) LIVE from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on its cable network as well as their YouTube channel online (www.youtube.com/mnetamica). Stay-up on November 22 at 1:00 am PST (4:00 am EST) for the chance to witness Asia's biggest award show unfold live...More
- The entire BIGBANG crew including G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), Taeyang, Daesung, and Seung Ri set to appear in full force
- Performances only dreamt of until now to unfold on November 22 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong
Worldwide music sensation BIGBANG is confirmed to perform at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) scheduled for November 22 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong, announced Asia's No. 1 Content Company CJ E&M today. The appearance of BIGBANG, as well as other to be announced bands and artists, highlights MAMA's prominent role as an ambassador of Asian music and culture to fans around the world...More
Unique style and cultural festival with awards ceremony, fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, and more
Having promoted K-Culture worldwide, will be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China, and the U.S.
The highly anticipated 2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) will take place on October 22-24 in Seoul, Korea announced CJ E&M today. A unique style and culture festival with fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, celebrity parties and more, SIA has grown rapidly in popularity worldwide, with this year's awards ceremony to be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China and the United States...More
Shinhwa's Lee Min-woo starred in a photo shoot of a fashion magazine.
He turned into the man of the season for the fashion magazine called, BAZAAR...More
HeeJun Han Takes a Seat Next to Danny Im for the First Time
Thursday September 26 on Mnet America at 7:00 pm ET/ 4:00 pm PT
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com) the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, is bringing on American Idol vet HeeJun Han to co-host their flagship talk show Dannyfrom LA with former K-pop superstar, Danny Im. The singer currently is making headlines raking in YouTube views with his new single"Bring the Love Back" featuring Pusha T...More
Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, premieres its newest reality series #mykpop on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30pm ET/PT. This series showcases the K-pop wave that is spreading worldwide by documenting the lives of nine of the biggest K-pop fans in America as they make the trip to the largest K-pop fan convention in North America - KCON 2013. At first glance they all might seem very different, but they have one thing in coming – A deep passion for K-pop...More
- Asia's greatest music festival hotly anticipated by fans around the world
- Performances only dreamed of before to unfold in international hub of Hong Kong
Seoul, Korea (September 17, 2013) – The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Asia's greatest music festival, is set to go this year for November 22 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong, announced CJ E&M today. Hot global anticipation in the venue and date announcement for 2013 MAMA, now entering its fifth year, signifies MAMA's status as Asia's premier annual music festival celebrating the region's musical achievements worldwide...More
Korea's Leading Entertainment Group CJ E&M and Vietnamese Television (VTV) Signed Cooperation Agreement for Cultural Exchange
- Aiming to broadcast fall season in 2014, CJ E&M coproduces TV drama with Vietnamese Television for the first time in Korean broadcast history
- Initiating cultural exchange between Korea and Vietnam, 'K-Culture Beltline' is established across Korea, China and South East Asia!...More
Missy Elliott and Six of the World's Hottest K-pop Acts Capped off the Convention With M COUNTDOWN What's up LA concert
More than 20,000 fans of all things Hallyu attended the second annual KCON (www.kconusa.com) this weekend, as the largest K-pop fan convention in the U.S., expanded to two days and made the move to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The sold out convention and concert – which featured an on-stage collaboration between Missy Elliott and G-Dragon, along with performances from EXO, TEEN TOP, f(x), Dynamic Duo and 2AM – was the latest example of the impact the Korean Wave and Asian pop culture is having across America. The concert – M COUNTDOWN What's up LA – will be televised in the U.S. by Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com) on air and online at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT on Thursday August 29...More
Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, just released news that "Danny from LA" will tape its season 2 premiere episode live at KCON 2013 (www.kconusa.com), the country's largest and first convention for k-pop fans which is taking place on August 24 and 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California...More
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Hosts Largest K-pop Convention in North America - August 24-25
Full Line-Up of M COUNTDOWN What's up LA Includes Major K-pop Artists EXO, f(x), Dynamic Duo, TEEN TOP, 2AM and G Dragon
Five-time Grammy Award winning rapper, singer-songwriter Missy Elliott is coming to KCON 2013, the country's largest K-pop fan convention to perform as part of the event's M COUNTDOWN What's up LA concert on August 25.
"I'm excited to be a part of KCON. This event will allow me to interact with a diverse group of artists and fans", said Missy Elliott.
Missy Elliott represents the most recent example of a hip hop artist participating in the worldwide explosion of K-pop. Since releasing her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly and hit single "The Rain" in 1997, Missy Elliott and her distinct vocal style skyrocketed to the upper echelons of rap music success and became one of the most recognizable figures in America pop culture...More
'M COUNTDOWN-What's up LA' to be performed at KCON!
Fantastic Lineup Unveiled: G-Dragon, 2AM, f(x), EXO, TEEN TOP, Dynamic Duo, DJ KOO, Yu Seung Yoo with special guests!!
The First and largest-ever Hallyu Festival in North America 'KCON 2013' to Unite K-POP fans through Global Music Carnival!
August 25, Sunday 19:00 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Leading the globalization of K-Pop, Asia's NO.1 music chart show "M COUNTDOWN" is to hit the US for the first time. CJ E&M introduces its music channel Mnet's flagship show "M COUNTDOWN-What's up LA" to the American audience as a part of K-Culture festival 'KCON 2013'.
Launched in 2012, KCON is the first-ever large-scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-Pop music Korean dramas and movies...More
Convention Capping Concert Includes EXO, f(x), 2AM, TEEN TOP with Additional Artists to be Announced in the Coming Weeks
KCON 2013, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention has announced that G-Dragon, one of the biggest individual music stars in Korean pop, will be headlining KCON's M Countdown: What's Up LA! concert.
G-Dragon is the leader, rapper, and producer of the extremely popular Korean boy band BIG BANG. Since beginning his career at the age of 13 with YG Entertainment, G-Dragon has grown to become one of the biggest individual male icons in Korean pop music...More
Verizon Presents One Grand Prize Winner with the Ultimate K-Pop Experience
The KCON Fly-Away Sweepstakes presented by KCON Gold Sponsor Verizon is back this year. One lucky fan will win a VIP trip for two toKCON 2013, the first and largest Korean pop culture convention in North America. The winner will receive VIP access at the convention and VIP tickets to the concert, an exclusive meet & greet opportunity with the artists performing, and travel and hotel accommodations...More
Mnet America has just released an original documentary Go! f(x), which follows KCON 2013 artist, f(x), when they came to the United States earlier this year to perform at SXSW and prepare for their comeback (Rum Pum Pum Pum) in LA. The entire documentary can be viewed on Mnetamerica.com, through Mnet America's YouTube page or when Go! f(x) makes its television premiere on July 31 at 7pm ET/PT...More
Original English-Language Programming to Include Weekly Pop Culture Talk Show
Danny from LA and Animated Angry Little Asian Girl
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com) and Bright House Networks are bringing the best in Asian pop culture and entertainment to Bright House Networks customers in all of their markets nationwide – from hit Korean pop (K-pop) music to original programming highlighting some of the biggest Asian American talent to hit the TV screen. This includes new episodes of Angry Little Asian Girl,an animated series from the mind of Southern California native Lela Lee which follows around the life of a snarky girl as she tries to juggle the two cultures that make up her world...More
Singer Lee Hyori poses at the Mnet 20's Choice Awards in Seoul on Thursday...More
TEEN TOP Joins EXO and 2AM In Line-up for Convention Capping Concert August 25
Bekkah (formally of After School) also Scheduled to Participate
As tickets for KCON 2013 go on-sale today, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention announced that TEEN TOP will be one of the six groups to perform at this year's two day convention and concert. The line-up already includes EXO and 2AM. Tickets can be purchased through the KCON website here. Additional announcements surrounding the artists including headlining acts attending KCON 2013 will be shared in the coming weeks...More
Rookie actress Ha Yeon-soo who is known for her exotic features explained her true blood.
Ha Yeon-soo attended the press conference for the Mnet and tvB music drama "Monstar" on the 9th...More
The Greatest Dance Battle on Earth "Dancing 9" to be Aired on July 20, 11PM via Mnet
Cheif Producer Met with Jon Chu to Discuss the Show!
Contestants from 62 Countries Worldwide!!
Shinhwa′s Lee Min-woo and Girls′ Generation (SNSD)′s Hyoyeon & Kwon Yoo-ri Join as Team Masters!!
Korea's renowned music channel Mnet now presents a new kind of dance survival TV show "Dancing9"...More
Suzy has been nominated for "20's Choice" for 3 years in a row.
Suzy attended her first Mnet "20's Choice" event in 2010 and received the HOT New Star Award which is only given to those who have been outstandingly active in that year...More
Six passionate K-Pop fans will be chosen to star as cast of #mykpop
Following their journey to KCON 2013 in LA 8/24-25
Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is calling upon the biggest K-pop fans in the country to audition for the cast of its new reality series #mykpop airing this Fall. This series will document the K-Pop boom that has been occurring worldwide following the lives of six chosen cast members. The series will end with these six cast members flying to Los Angeles to take part in North America's biggest Korean pop culture convention and concert, KCON 2013. Produced by Mnet America, KCON 2013 will take place August 24- 25, 2013 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena...More
Kim Ye-rim, best known as the female half of pop duo 2 Months, one of the finalists on Mnet's reality TV show "Superstar K" in 2011, has released a raunchy teaser video for her solo title song "All Right", just ahead of the launch of her first solo mini album on Monday.
It appeared on the YouTube channel on Thursday...More
Danny Im Hosts New LIVE English Primetime Version of M! Countdown
Premieres Thursday, June 20 at 8pm ET/PT
WHAT: Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will begin airing M! Countdown LIVE, the world's #1 K-Pop Chart show, next week with a US based host. Audiences in America can now catch all the live performances from the excitement that aired in Korea the night before in primetime with host Danny Im...More
New Episodes To Be Available Every Saturday Only on Hulu
Idol group B2ST's Yong Joon-hyung's much talked about debut musical drama 'Monstar' just premiered on May 17th in Korea will almost immediately be available on Hulu for U.S. audiences through CJ E&M...More
Added new images and teaser trailer for the upcoming Korean drama "Monstar"...More
Applications for Mnet's "Dancing 9", A New Korean Dancing Competition Show, are Now Open
WHAT: Dancing 9, the ultimate global dance survival program, is looking for applicants from around the world. The application process is now open for those interested in auditioning. Those chosen will be flown to Korea and be provided housing for as long as they survive. The competition will ultimately pare down the number of aspiring dancers to 18, splitting them into two teams of nine, and then choosing one team as the winner. The winning team will receive $500,000 in value rewards, and the MVP member of the team will receive the fulfillment of a wish – such as tuition to a dance school...More
This week on Danny From L.A., Danny heads down to SXSW to interview the members of f(x) on the set of their video shoot with Anna Kendrick...More
Verizon Wireless Presents APAHM Concert Tour 2013: B.A.P Live on Earth
Mnet America will Produce the Four City Tour Coming to New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco during
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
This Spring, Verizon Wireless will team up with Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, to present this year's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Tour – B.A.P "Live on Earth". The four city tour, headlined by one of the most popular up and coming K-pop groups in the world, B.A.P, will take place in the first half of May traveling to Los Angeles (5/7), San Francisco (5/10), Washington D.C. (5/14) and New York (5/17). Mnet America is producing the tour which will include concerts and also fan meet-ups in each city. Tickets to what will be a highly anticipated concert will go on sale April 6 at 12 p.m. local time...More
Internet Stars Ryan Higa and D-Trix Appear in Custom "My Color" Videos
Now Available Exclusively on Mnet America's YouTube Channel Featuring the 2013 Toyota Corolla
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, and Toyota have partnered to bring music fans an interactive experience as part of a campaign for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The campaign features a new music video shot in Los Angeles starring Hyuna, a K-Pop artist known for appearing in PSY's "Gangnam Style" video and for being a member of popular group 4Minute. The Corolla is integrated into the video, which features Hyuna's new song "My Color"...More
This week on Danny From L.A., Kevin gets his suit and tie on for an exclusive interview with the adorably sexy Hyuna. She talks about her latest campaign with Toyota and also shows off some of her signature dance moves from the music video...More
K-pop star, Ailee, comes to the set of DFLA to kick it with Danny and Kev and respond to viewer questions on an Ask DFLA: Ailee Edition! This week's episode also has a special surprise that'll have you shaking...More
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Monstar"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Event to Take Place at Legendary East West Studios
With a Night of Performances Including K-Pop Sensation Ailee
Mnet Partners with CAPE and 3AF to Present
First Ever Mnet America Asian Pop Awards to Ailee, David Choi and Toyota
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has announced its first annual Pre-GRAMMY® Party to take place at East West Studios (www.eastwest-studios.com) on February 7, 2013, which coincides with Lunar New Year week. Celebrity presenters including Carrie Ann Inaba ("Dancing With The Stars" judge) and Suzanne Whang ("Las Vegas", "House Hunters") will host a celebration of Asian pop music, culture and entertainment highlighting the impact Asian America has made this past year, especially K-Pop which saw a huge explosion in popularity. Red carpet arrivals will talk place 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm...More
Koreans keep their eyes glued to the TV for 32 hours per week, on average. That's almost a full-time job! They outpace their peers in the US and UK, by 7.4 hours a week.
Why haven't Korean's become known as the world's biggest couch potatoes? Maybe it's because they don't watch TV on the couch. Today's advanced smartphones are freeing Koreans from their TVs. A 2012 ConsumerLab report found that Koreans are leading a new trend in TV and video services by shifting to a multi-screen model.
On the subway, you'll often see young people streaming crisp, HD quality dramas or movies trhoguh apps. While DMB is no longer cutting-edge, plenty of older folk use it to catch up on their favorite soaps and sports...More
Featuring K-Pop Celebrity Hosts, NS Yoon-G and U-Kiss' Eli Plus Special Guest Appearances by K-Pop Stars – U-Kiss, Ailee, K.Will, Jewelry, BTOB (Episode 1)
Premieres Tuesday, December 25
WHAT: Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, premieres "K-Pop Tasty Road"...More
It's not easy being a world star. The craziness of it all has finally caught up with PSY physically...More
K-Pop Megastars PSY, Super Junior and the United States' Adam Lambert and B.o.B. Slated to Perform, Jackie Chan to present.
Exclusive Video Diary of Verizon Wireless and Mnet's "Share the Love of K-Pop" Contest Winner's Experience in Hong Kong and at MAMA 2012 to be
Live Streamed on MCube
Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will stream the highly anticipated 2012Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) through their new digital port, MCube (www.mnetamerica.com) on November 30 at 12 am PST / 3 am EST. The live stream will include exclusive English content with three hosts providing commentary throughout the broadcast so that fans will know exactly what is going on at MAMA 2012. Hosting the exclusive English experience will be Danny Lim (Producer, Danny from LA), Hannah Jun (Actress, Model) and Eunice Kiss (Recording Artist, Model, Actress)...More
Watch the biggest K-POP festival of the year on the BIG SCREEN.
CGV Cinemas in LA and MNET are giving you TWO ways you can get tickets to this exclusive event:
1) Can't get enough of Song Joong-ki? Watch him at the 2012 MAMA in Hong Kong AND in his latest movie, "A Werewolf Boy"!
Purchase advance tickets to "A Werewolf Boy" on-site at the CGV Box Office from 11/23-11/29 and get FREE tickets to the 2012 MAMA screening!...More
K-pop sensation Psy will attend a massive celebration for the birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Psy's management agency YG Entertainment on Thursday said Psy will perform four or five songs including "Gangnam Style" in front of an audience of 25,000 in Bangkok on Nov. 28 marking the king's 85th birthday on Dec. 5...More
Both recognized internationally, pop singer Adam Lambert and hip hop singer-songwriter-producer B.o.B. will both be attending the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).
According to the Director of MAMA Han Dong-cheol, the entire world will be able to enjoy performances by these two acts at the awards ceremony which will be taking place on November 30th at the Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Center (HKCEC)...More
Mnet America to Stream the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Asia's Biggest Music Festival, LIVE from Hong Kong on November, 30
K-Pop Megastars PSY, Super Junior, Big Bang, SISTAR Slated to Perform, Jackie Chan to present.
Exclusive Video Diary of Verizon Wireless and Mnet's "Share the Love of K-Pop" Contest Winner's Experience in Hong Kong and at MAMA 2012 to be Live Streamed on MCube
Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will stream the highly anticipated 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) through their new digital port, MCube (www.mnetamerica.com) on November 30 at 1 a.m. EST / November 29 10 p.m. PST. The award show will be simulcast on the network and be replayed the next day in primetime...More
Mnet's "share The Love Of K-pop" Contest gives Grand Prize Winner Tickets to 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards held on November 30, 2012
Grand prize also includes two round-trip plane tickets to Hong Kong along with hotel accommodations
Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is giving K-Pop fans the opportunity to come face-to-face with their idols via the "Share the Love of K-Pop" contest sponsored by Verizon Wireless...More
First Event of Its Kind Draws Over 10,000 to Irvine and over 130,000 for the simulcast live stream on brand new digital platform
KCON (www.kconusa.com), the first-ever large-scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies was held this past weekend on October 13 in Irvine, CA at the Verizon Amphitheater...More
October 13 Event in Irvine, California will be the First North American K-Pop Convention
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 19, 2012 – Mnet, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is teaming up with Anime Expo, North America's largest annual anime and manga celebration, to co-create the inaugural K-Pop Cosplay Masquerade at KCON, the first ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia.
"There is an increasing popularity of K-pop among J-pop and anime fans", said Marc Perez, CEO of Anime Expo and the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. "It is only natural to be working with KCON to create this major partnership"...More
Nu'est Joins 4 Minute, B.A.P., VIXX, EXO-M and G.NA as Performers Confirmed for Concert
BWB (Blue Whale Brothers, Danny Im (1YTM), Eat Your Kimchi and Aimee Lee Lucas Among Additional Convention Participants
KCON (www.kconusa.com), the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the addition of Nu'est to the line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the day-long convention. Other artists already confirmed to perform include 4Minute, B.A.P., EXO-M, G.NA and VIXX. Five-member girl group 4Minute, which includes Hyuna, most recently known as one of the "sexy ladies" guest starring alongside PSY in his "Gangnam Style" hit video that has an amassed over 150 million views this summer on YouTube. KCON takes place on October 13 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. with tickets available for an affordable $40...More
MNet music drama "Monstar"
F(x) member Krystal is challenging herself to a leading role in a drama...More
- enewsWorld to release special edition articles looking back at the k-pop industry the past year
- enewsWorld thanks readers for their support by holding Reader's Appreciation Month on website
(Sep 7th, 2012, Seoul, Korea) 'enewsWorld' (www.enewsworld.com), a global entertainment news service affiliated with Korea's No.1 entertainment & media company, CJ E&M, is celebrating its one year anniversary on September 19...More
It's Wednesday andyou guessed it, it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear that in addition to the latest celebrity gossip from Hollywood she has a special feature on the fashion scene.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] It's that time of the year again to check out the upcoming fashion trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The event, one of the world's most famous in fashion, is slated to open Thursday with a focus on light-hearted gypsy looks and styles inspired by "The Great Gatsby". Let's take a look.
Say goodbye to your bright, color-blocked clothes and your structured outfits. It's time to go back in time to the Roaring Twenties and try on a prohibition-era attitude. But if that doesn't suit your fancy, there's a more care-free gypsy look, with a touch of pink and lilac make-up...More
This is the 11th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu" or Korean wave, which is gaining global popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korean Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.
By Kim Ji-soo, Rachel Lee
Young K-pop fans may have killed for the chance that we've had: to walk backstage on M Countdown, a popular cable television music program.
Stepping inside Thursday, we saw immaculately-styled Sung Min, a member of Super Junior, whiz by us. Then up ahead, in the room with a paper sign showing the group's name on the door, there was Shin Dong having his violet-colored hair styled up, as Si Won stepped out and with a manner worthy of a world star said hello to his interviewers...More
By Rachel Lee
G-Dragon, a member of Korean boy band Big Bang, will release his second solo album 3 years after his first.
According to YG Entertainment Monday, the 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, "One of A Kind" will be available from various online music sites on Sept. 15. It will hit the shelves on Sept. 18. It is his first solo recording since studio album "Heartbreaker" in 2009...More
Korean Wave to Make a Splash on the West Coast, with 4 Minute and VIXX Already Confirmed to Perform
Tickets on Sale Today 9pm PST Starting at $40 on Livenation - Giving Fans Access to Music, Panels, Workshops and More
KCON, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the initial line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the full day convention. 4Minute and VIXX are already confirmed with more acts to be announced in the coming days. Hyuna, from the 5 member girl group 4Minute, recently guest starred alongside PSY in his viral hit "Gangnam Style" videos, which have an amassed over 65 million hits this summer on YouTube. Tickets, starting as low as $40, go on sale today at 9 p.m. PST...More
Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio Tour 2012 Japan & Korea
Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, based in Tokyo and New York, will tour Japan and Korea with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. Sakamoto's album "1996", which is to be performed, includes songs many are aware of, such as, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", "R ain" and "The Last Emperor". Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743...More
It's the start of a fresh new week and of course, our Michelle Kim here with us to give us the updates on the latest events we can attend. Today, she has two movies and a K-pop exhibition for us to enjoy.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
So what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Two Korean comedies hit theaters last Wednesday...More
Star-Studded K-pop Concert to Headline All-Day Convention at the Verizon Amphitheater in Anaheim, CA on October 13
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 10, 2012 – Hallyu - also known as the Korean Wave and long relegated to an afterthought at other conventions - finally steps into the spotlight with KCON, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Korea including K-pop, K-drama and Korean movies...More
By Kwaak Je-yup
As the girls of SISTAR settled down in the sofas of their dressing room backstage at SBS's weekly K-pop show Sunday, it was striking how comfortable they looked, despite the presence of a reporter they had never met before.
First to find her spot, Soyou, 20, asked for her poofy Rilakkuma pillow and kept the Japanese bear character in her arms...More
Fall Premiere Dates also Announced for YTF (September 12), Danny from LA (September 13) and Kollaboration (October 18), Rounding Out New Original Series Line-Up
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 7, 2012 – Mnet (www.mnetamerica.com), the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. inspired by Asian pop culture, has announced premiere dates for four new original series in the hottest line-up of original shows for Asian Americans and fans of Asian entertainment.
Angry Little Asian Girl, is an animated series based on Lela Lee's "Angry Little Girls" series of comics, books, t-shirts, bags, and other products with a rabid cult following. ALAG will premiere October 26 and some episodes will feature special guest star Margaret Cho as Kim's mother...More
One might even be the best show you'll ever see. Straight from Seoul, the heart of K-pop, comes the highly hilarious and always entertaining K-pop news and culture show, Jjang premiering this Friday, August 10 at 7pm ET/PT. From interviews with the hottest idols to the juiciest gossip, your host, Jake Patchett, has it all in this one stop shop for everything K-pop. Check out the official promo for Jjang below...More
B.A.P has postponed the release of its first EP, aptly titled "No Mercy", because the band was unhappy with the album jacket.
As a result, 50,000 jackets were destroyed...More
Korean rock band CNBLUE will undertake an arena tour of Japan in October. The four-member group is to give nine performances in six cities including Niigata, Osaka, Hiroshima and Saitama.
According to their agency FNC Entertainment on Wednesday, the tour is to start at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 21. Some 100,000 are expected to attend the concerts...More
BoA sings during SM Town Live World Tour III in Taiwan in this file photo taken on June 9.
/ Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Title track 'Only One' composed, written by 25-year-old singer
By Rachel Lee
Trailblazing K-pop singer BoA has been better known in recent months as a sharp-eyed judge following a stint last year on SBS' "K-pop Star", a popular audition program.
But with a new studio album out next week she will bid to reaffirm her position as the queen of K-pop.
Her agency, SM Entertainment, said Sunday that her seventh album titled "Only One" is set to be released through various musical online sites on July 22 and hit the shelves on July 25...More
Kollaboration Los Angeles, the first ever Asian American non-profit talent competition, supporting the hottest up-and-coming local entertainment acts all competing for the $1,000 first place prize.
Comparable to "America's Got Talent" + "So You Think You Can Dance, Kollaboration is part of a country-wide network of talent shows that started 12 years ago and now has expanded to 15 shows in 14 cities...More
Popular K-pop group 'Shinhwa' will hold a news conference in Seoul next month to publicize their comeback after a four-year hiatus during a live online broadcast for the group's fans all over the world, the group's entertainment agency said Friday...More
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong meets and greets fans at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday to celebrate the release of his second single "Heat".
By Rachel Lee
Singer Kim Hyun-joong, a former member of boy band SS501, released his second single in Japan on Wednesday titled "Heat".
His agency, Keyeast, said that the new single, also featuring the tracks "Let's Party", ranked first in daily sales for Japan's Tower Records as of Tuesday due to pre-orders. With this song, the 26-year-old artist has tried to promote a more masculine image...More
Korea's pop group Super Junior said during a comeback news conference on Tuesday that they want to become a nationally beloved idol group that is even supported by elderly citizens.
Once nicknamed the "president of hallyu" for its popularity both among local and overseas fans, the boy band has made a comeback with their first album in about a year.
Hallyu, meaning the Korean wave, refers to the boom of Korean pop culture in other Asian and Western countries.
Their sixth album "Sexy, Free & Single" is set to be released to the local market on Wednesday...More
(July 2, 2012, Seoul, Korea) CJ E&M's Smart Media Division announced on July 2 that it would be completely restructuring its K-Pop site 'Global Mnet.com' (global.mnet.com).
The new site aims to provide galleries of information grouped by individual artist and also strengthen communication among the site's users. CJ E&M found that global K-Pop fans usually view content based on his/her preferred artist, and rebuilt the main page of Global Mnet.com to reflect this trend. Users will not only be able to view news, photos and videos on the individual artists, but also see the celebrity's tweets in their separate sections...More
Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, attend the Mnet 20's Choice Awards at a hotel in Seoul on Thursday...More
CJ Entertainment launches the hilarious comedy about fashion, "Runway Cop", for a limited engagement at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 29, 2012. The film is Director Sin Tae-ra's second action comedy flick, following his 2009 hit, "My Girlfriend is an Agent".
He's about the get the biggest makeover of his life.
Detective Cha has a belly about to burst and unbelievably bad hygiene. He's no model, but Cha's only interest is to get the bad guys, no matter what it takes. Then comes the mission to infiltrate drug deals taking place in the fashion industry, and he is assigned the impossible: transform into a runway model… in 2 weeks! With the pressure on, Detective Cha is about to undergo the biggest makeover of his life...More
If the last time you checked, Korean filmmaking was all about horror ... It may be time to check again! While pan-Asian filmmakers still know how to produce a superior scarefest (and do!), American movie-goers – and critics – are also taking note of the regions' dramas, romantic fare, comedies and music.
G&A is now working with CJ Entertainment America, the U.S. arm of Asia's premier entertainment company and Korea's #1 filmmaker and distributor, CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M). Since 1995, CJ E&M has provided original, award-winning content; is a prominent investor in entertainment co-ventures with such U.S. companies as 1492 Pictures, DreamWorks and IMAX; and has been a key force in popularizing Korean and Pan-Asian cinema around the world...More
Can a teen girl rocker make a dent on the music scene dominated by dance pop troupes? Nineteen-year-old Juniel thinks so.
"I have my own identity, my own style, my own voice", she told a room full of reporters at her debut showcase Thursday in Seoul. "I don't' have to compete with girl groups"....More
Los Angeles auditions to take place on June 9; New York auditions June 10
Season Four will air LIVE on Mnet America for the first time
NEW YORK – May 30, 2012 – Mnet (www.mnetamerica.com), the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, has announced the ultra popular singing competition show, SUPERSTAR K (SSK)will again hold auditions in America for their upcoming fourth season. The show will scour the earth for the best talent to bring back to Korea to compete for the chance to win 500,000,000 Korean Won or approximately 500,000 US Dollars along with an opportunity to perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and many more prizes...More
Members of Korean girl group 4minute pose in a promotional photo. The "little girl" concept is seemingly out of character for the three-year-old act most associated with thumping beats, athletic choreography and provocative costumes. / Courtesy of Cube Entertainment
By Rachel Lee
With their bouncy, boisterous character, 4minute are known to us for hits such as "Hot Issue", and "Heart To Heart". The five-member K-pop girl group were formed by Cube Entertainment in 2009...More
By Rachel Lee
New female artist Juniel has made a promising start with the recent release as duet "Stupid", is ranked second on various music charts, FNC Entertainment said Tuesday.
The up-and-coming singer released the single Tuesday, along with a music video, performing with Jung Yong-hwa from Korean rock band CNBLUE, who wrote and composed the song...More
'enewsWorld' (enewsworld.com), CJ E&M (CEO Kim Seong Su)'s hallyu entertainment news service, has revealed on May 21 that it will launch the 'KPOP News' mobile application (iOS and Android).
It is expected that the 'KPOP News' app, CJ E&M's first-ever English hallyu news service, will receive positive responses from hallyu fans all over the world through its differentiated content and English language service.
The 'KPOP News' app provides fans with the latest hallyu news about K-Pop, Korean dramas and movies, along with celebrity interviews. It also allows users to view photos and multimedia clips as well...More
Girls' Generation (SNSD)
SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.
South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More
By Kwaak Je-yup
Son Seung-yeon, an 18-year-old music student, beat out her competitors to win the first season of the cable TV audition show, "The Voice of Korea", Friday.
With the first-place finish on the Mnet program, she received 100 million won (approximately $87,000) in prize money, additional 200 million to record and release a debut album, a Nissan Cube and a chance to study music abroad with her vocal coach in the program and one of Korea's legendary singers Shin Seung-hun...More
Finally, American viewers are allowed to watch K-Drama contents for free on Global Mnet.com from May 10th.
CJ E&M (CEO Kim SungSoo) Smart Media Division announced that they will provide service on Global Mnet.com(http://global.mnet.com/mnettv/kdrama/program-list.m), by establishing a technical collaboration with American online streaming company Hulu.
Global Mnet.com is ready to strengthen their positioning as the representative K-Wave website with K-POP and K-DRAMA contents. K-DRAMA will be serviced for free through Hulu's platform on Global Mnet.com...More
People wait to apply for "Superstar K4" in Busan. /Courtesy of Mnet
More than 1 million people had applied for Mnet's reality TV show "Superstar K4" on Monday. That translates into an average of 17,000 people per day or 709 per hour since applications opened on March 8...More
Tune in to MNET this Wednesday at 9pm ET/PT to catch the exciting episode four of Beats Per MNET (BPM) featuring the legendary artist RZA from Wu Tan Clan, streetwear icon Jeff Staples, Toronto's new buzzing duo Airplane Boys and more!
In this episode, the hosts introduce the up-and-coming rap duo from Toronto - Airplane Boys. The Airplane Boys have opened for top acts, including Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Big Sean, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar. They've also rocked large stages on their own, most recently at Coachella 2012...More
In this episode, BPM's very own TK Nguyen takes you to the premier street/board tradeshow Agenda and gives you sneak peeks of what's coming for the top brands such as Diamond, Primitive (P. Rod) Crooks and Castles, Orisue and more...More
Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, on Monday released the music video for "Twinkle", the title track of their first mini-album. The group, comprising Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, will perform for the first time on cable music channel Mnet on May 3.
Earlier last Friday, the group revealed teaser images of Taeyeon on YouTube, followed by clips of the other two members -- which garnered 11.47 million total hits as of Monday...More
Weekly Series Highlights the Hottest Trends in Asian Pop Entertainment, from the Latest Music to Food, Fashion and Art
Mnet, the leading U.S. television network for Asian Americans and fans of Asian pop culture, launches season two of Beats Per Mnet (BPM) on April 18 with a new look, new hosts Jelynn Sophia and TK Nguyen and new production partners, Cashmere Agency (MTV's (Volcano High, Dogg After Dark and Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood on E!). The series, airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, continues to guide viewers to what's hot in Asian pop entertainment, from the latest music to food, fashion and art...More
Runner-ups in the Super Star K 3, Busker Busker will be performing in Japan!
According to Mnet on April 10th, Busker Busker will be holding their first performance in Japan in Saitama by participating in the M! Countdown Haro Japan event...More
Members of 2PM and 2AM (Courtesy of JYP Entertainment)
K-pop groups 2PM and 2AM will film a documentary on their concerts in Japan, which will hit theaters in June...More
By Kwaak Je-yup
MIB, a hip-hop group, have cancelled all engagements to mourn the unexpected death of their stylists.
The victims, identified only with their last names Song and Jin in accordance with the press law, died in a fire Thursday at around 4 a.m. in their apartment in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul. A third individual, Kim, living in the same premises incurred severe injuries and has been under treatment since...More
The crew of "Superstar K4", from left, Kim Ki-woong , Lee Seung-chul, Psy, and Kim Tae-eun-I pose at a press conference Wednesday. / Courtesy of CJ E&M
Survival audition program "Superstar K" will launch its fourth season in August...More
Singer PSY will be filling in some big shoes.
According to an entertainment industry official on March 27th, Psy will be taking over the judge position left behind by Yoon Jong-shin for season 4 of Super Star K. He will be working alongside Lee Seung-cheol, who's back on board after the previous seasons...More
NEW YORK -- Maybe it's the way Eric Nam rocked the stage on MBC's "Star Audition: The Great Birth", or how John Park from Mnet's "Superstar K" debuted with a bang, but Korean-American teens are starting to see their mother country under a whole new light.
To many second-generation adolescents, Korea used to be a far-away land laden with uptight rules and tradition...More
Mnet "Wide Entertainment News" reported the press release scene of movie "Architecture 101" on the 13th. Yeon Jeong-hoon attended this event to support his wife Han Ga-in who is returning with a movie for the first time in 7 years...More
will.i.am, American producer, songwriter, rapper, singer and member of hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, will host a club party this week, CJ E&M announced Friday.
Taking place Wednesday at southern Seoul hotspot Club Answer in Cheongdam-dong, the "will.i.am DJ Set in Seoul" is also bringing the Grammy-winning group's collaborators DJ Poet and DJ Ammo to spin during the event...More
A promotional image for the album "Touch" shows Fei, memebr of multinational girl group Miss A. (Courtesy of JYP Entertainment)
Currently, K-pop programs are filled with new faces such as Sunny Hill, or B.A.P., but that is about to change. Many groups are returning to the stage here in the coming weeks after wrapping up their schedule abroad or dedicating their time to new albums...More
Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007...More
Sunny from Girls' Generation, center in front row, talks with IU, on her left, at the filming of the first episode of "Music Island" Wednesday. Other guests on the show included Sunny Hill, Rainbow and B.A.P. (Courtesy of SBS Contents)
JEJU - With Sunny from Girls' Generation as host on a stage on Jeju Island, "Music Island", an upcoming K-pop program, has many grandiose objectives. One is to "prove that K-pop idols can sing", said Kim Chang-woo, the SBS MTV director in charge of the new show...More
Acting is a serious endeavor that doesn't just come with good looks. It definitely isn't a default occupation for those who didn't make it as singers. Yet producers of "Shut Up: Flower Boy Band", a new drama on tvN about rebellious rock star wannabes, seem to think otherwise.
The 16-episode series that starts airing at 11 p.m. today tells the story of six middle school students who form a rock band called "Ahn-gu-jeong-wha", which translates to eye candy...More
Girl group C-REAL members from left, Ann J, Lenny, Chemi, Re Dee, and Effie pose at their studio in Dogok-dong, southern Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Noh Hyun-gi
By Noh Hyun-gi
Stepping into the K-pop scene dominated by big names like Girls' Generation and 2NE1 would be a tough decision for anyone. But five members of bubbly girl group C-REAL, Chemi, Re Dee, Effie, Ann J and Lenny, make it sound so matter-of-fact...More
Seven-member girl group A Pink, though still only eight months into their career, are already making a splash. Eldest member Park Cho-rong, 21, and youngest Oh Hah-yeong, 16, are five years apart. They started enjoying some success with their debut single in April last year, and won the Best New Female Artist award at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Since November 2011 when they released their second single, they have been frequently appearing on TV shows...More
Lee Seung-chul, a singer and judge on Mnet reality TV show "Superstar K3", asked Korean-American contestant Christina Love Lee after a performance on one episode of the show to sing a duet with him, and the result is the single "I Believe", to be released next Monday...More
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
The live "MNet Countdown" was held on December 8th at CJ E&M in Seoul.
T-ara took first place on this day with "Cry Cry"...More
Sin Ji-soo, from Mnet's "Superstar K3", admired actress Kim Ha-neul's beauty.
She posted a picture with her on her Twitter on December 1st saying, "She was very beautiful"...More
Singer Lee Seung-gi missed the entertainer Kang Ho-dong who has gone temporarily off television.
Lee Seun-ki appeared in the cable TV Mnet "MIC" on the 27th...More
Girls' Generation perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. /Courtesy of CJ E&M
Korea's pop singers captivated Singapore on Tuesday at this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards held in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday evening (local time).
MAMA is hosted by cable channel Mnet, and the recipients of the awards are chosen based on the votes of fans around the world, as well as input from a panel of experts...More
Girls' Generation & 2NE1
The 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) were held on the evening of November 29 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Super Junior was the big winner of the night, and among those attending or performing were 2NE1, IU, and Girls' Generation...More
Kim Hyun-joong hinted that he is going to be coming back with a drama.
A welcome meeting for the artists attending the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2011 MAMA) at Singapore Indoor Stadium took place at 10AM on the November 29th. Numbers of reporters and members of press showed up to hear what the artists had to say...More
"Beauty star is here"
Those actresses leaving the country on the morning of the 28th to attend the "2011 MNet Asian Music Awards", did so with unique styles of their own. ...More
The 2011 Melon Music Awards took place on November 24th at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium, awarding some of the hottest acts in k-pop.
After its first run in 2009, the MMA has established itself as one of the biggest music award ceremonies in the country, up in the ranks of the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards. Winners are determined through a calculation of 80% digital sales and 20% online votes...More
After spending the past five months in New Orleans of the the United States shooting for the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2", Lee Byung-hun finally returned home on November 21st.
As soon as Lee touched Korean soil, he was busy as the recipient of the Presidential Award for advancing Korean pop culture and arts...More
"I caused the accident due to my clumsy driving, it must've hurt..."
She has gentle eyes and a never fading smile on her lips. She answers all questions with a bold voice one by one. She is Shin So-yul from the movie "Penny Pinchers" and the SBS drama "Deep-rooted Tree". She seemed more feminine with her hair down and forehead showing...More
The girl group T-ara will not attend various awards ceremony that will be held at the end of this year. Their agency, Core Content Media, said on November 10, "T-ara will not be able to attend awards ceremonies for singing groups such as 'Melon Music Awards', 'Mnet Asia Music Award', and 'Golden Disc Award' that will be held one by one starting from the end of this month. T-ara has been requested to attend those events, but they cannot find time from their tight schedule as they will make a comeback to the Korean music industry while simultaneously holding activities in Japan, and they also plan to visit Asian countries such as China and Taiwan"....More
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
Ooh La La Sensation has been selected as the final winner of the MNet "Super Star K 3" finals that was held on the 11th of November in Seoul.
The TOP 2 finalists Ooh La La Sensation (Kim Myeong-hoon, Park Seung-il, Im Yoon-taek, Park Kwang-sun) and Busker Busker (Jang Beom-joon, Brad, Kim Hyung-tae) performed twice each this day....More
Will it be Busker Busker or Ulala Session?
This Friday, Mnet's "Superstar K3" will decide along with fans which group will win.
With a new rule change this season, groups were allowed to enter the contest, and changed the dynamics of the popular audition show. The competition was fiercer than ever where the fans have enjoyed three months of dynamic and inspiring performances, and it's the groups that are the two finalists...More
Wonder Girls is back in Korea with its long anticipated official 2nd album "Wonder World".
The band's fans have been waiting for this comeback for over a year. In June 2009, the band suddenly embarked on a promotional tour of the American music scene after enjoying an immense success with the hit song "Nobody". The band released a mini album "2 Different Tears" in May 2010 and stayed in Korea for about 15 days, but since then the girls spent most of their time in the United States...More
"I hope for Im Yoon-taek's quick recovery".
The late Jang Jin-yeong's husband, Kim Yeong-gyoon, posted a cheering message for Ooh Lala Sensation, who made the song honoring his wife...More
Lot and lot of new groups are being called "new Hallyu" or "the future of Hallyu", but only time will tell which ones can actually make it. I was hesitant to write about any of them, not too sure if I write about a craze that will not live long. But the group I am going to introduce today has few distinctive traits that set them apart from others. This may become their undoing, but at the same time this may be their strongest asset.
The group consists of 7 members: Kim Seonggyu, Jang Dongwu, Nam Wuhyeon, Lee Howon (Hoya), Lee Seongyeol, Kim Myeongsu (L), and Lee Seongjong. They are managed by Woollim Entertainment, the same label of Epic High and Nell. Yes, I guess, that would be the first trait that sets them apart. Neither of those groups is typical Kpop, although Epic High is highly (nomen-omen) popular...More
By KOFIC Staff
Major Korean entertainment company CJ E&M has announced a deal to stream 20 of its films on Netflix, leading internet subscription service for films and TV shows. Netflix members in the US will be able to watch these CJ films on multiple platforms including televisions, computer, tablets, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.
"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time", said Joon CHOI, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to a rich selection of films. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company"...More
Yoon Mi-rae has been included on the list of the world's top 12 female rappers by TV show MTV Iggy. Yoon joins names such as Mexican rapper Nina Dioz, Muthoni The Drummer Queen from Kenya and Ana Tijoux from Chile on the coveted list.
MTV praised her as the "reigning queen of Korean hip hop". Yoon was born in the United States and possesses a soulful voice that adds natural melody to her rapping...More
Seo In-guk, who won the inaugural season of the "Superstar K" audition show on cable channel MNet, will make his acting debut on an upcoming soap opera tentatively titled "Love Rain".
Seo's singing and guitar skills gave him a strong edge during casting for the show...More
Mnet's "Superstar K3", under fire for questionable editing methods, apologized to viewers Tuesday.
"We thank you for the interest and advice that you have shown for 'Superstar K3'," the producers of the popular audition program said on its website. "We apologize once again to the audience for the recent episode concerning Yeri Band".
Unlike other talent shows that focus on celebrity judges, "Superstar K3" has concentrated on depicting contestants' offstage personas and events. As entrants have increasingly complained that the cable program grossly distorted the truth, makers went on to reveal unedited clips...More
Korean female duo Davichi was named the new winners on Mnet's singles chart with their new song.
"Don't Say Goodbye", the title track from their third mini-album "Love Delight", made its debut atop the singles chart during the week of August 29 to September 4...More
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
By Kim Rahn
International K-pop auditions will take place for aspiring stars in Southeast Asia, granting a chance to make their dream of becoming another Nichkhun of 2PM
of f(x) come true.
Fox International Channels, Cube Entertainment and CJ E&M will jointly produce "K-Pop Star Hunt" during the second half of this year, with Seoul City supporting the shooting of the program in Korea, according to the city government, Sunday.
Kim Hyun-joong will wrap up his activities for his second mini album in Korea on the 24th.
Kim came back in June and had been active with his mini album, taking off the soft guy image and going through a transformation....More
The "barefoot diva" as she's called in Korea, has charmed all of Korea with her song "I Have a Lover".
According to cable channel Mnet on "Yoon Do-hyeon's Must" this past July 19th, the song Koreans most want to sing when they have a mic in their hands is Lee's "I Have a Lover". "Yoon Do-hyeon's Must" is a show that falls under a different theme every week to introduce 100 songs to the viewers...More
Girl band f(x) perform at the 2011 Mnet 20's Choice awards in Seoul on Thursday...More
Actor Cha Seung-won (41) has been chosen as the best body beating younger actors in their 20's.
The Mnet 20's Choice Awards was held on the 7th at the Walker Hill Hotel outdoor poolside River Park. In the falling rain, many stars made appearances and heated up the atmosphere....More
Kim Hyun-joong took off his shirt along with his performance.
Hosted by Song Joong-ki, the 5th Mnet 20's Choice was held in the Sheraton Grand Walker Hill River Park Poolside on the 7th of July at 6PM....More
Duo TVXQ has clinched the spot as the best album sellers for the first half of 2011.
According to a list of the best selling albums compiled by some of the major music charts -- Melon, Mnet, and Dosirak -- on July 7th, TVXQ's 5th album "Keep Your Head Down" sold 230,922 copies from January 1st to June 30th. This makes them the highest selling act in k-pop for the earlier half of 2011...More
A total of 80,000 people gathered at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Saturday and Sunday to compete in the second regional preliminary round of the talent search program "Superstar K" on cable TV music channel Mnet.
Traffic along the boulevard in front of the stadium matched the level of peak rush hours on a week day as the auditions ran all day from 11 a.m. past 9 p.m. at 27 booths. Those who took part had already passed a preliminary round conducted over the phone with a success rate of 10:1...More
Aspiring singers take part in an open auditon for 'Superstar K 3' in Daegu on May 5. / Courtesy of Mnet
By Lee Hyo-won
"Superstar K" will hold auditions in Japan, China and the United States this summer to select contestants for the third season of the talent show, Mnet said Tuesday.
The popular cable show modeled after "American Idol" will hold sessions in Tokyo, Sendai and Osaka, as well as Beijing and New York in June. Auditions for local talent are currently being held in eight locations around Korea...More
By: Mark Russell
Apollo 18 being interviewed during SXSW
As I mentioned a few months ago, 2011 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for Korean indie music. Although not as famous as K-pop, and not receiving the institutional support that traditional music does, Korean rock music is one of the most dynamic and interesting parts of Korean culture (in my humble opinion). And at last, some of the best bands from Korea are getting recognition from abroad...More
2NE1 album cover for their first officially released album "To Anyone".
Among hundreds of celebrities, only a select few become mega-stars, and they require more than just beautiful faces and nice bodies. When 2NE1 debuted in September 2009, they quickly rose to stardom, breaking new ground for girl group singers in the Kpop industry by shattering the stereotypes previously set for a "Korean girl group" – pretty, but rather bland, lacking in personality.
2NE1 first became known to the public through the song, "Lollipop", digitally released in early 2009, as a promotion song for an LG Cyon mobile phone commercial. It was a joint release with Big Bang, the hottest all-boy "idol" group in Korea, as well as sharing the same label, YG Entertainment. "Lollipop" immediately hit No. 1 on various online charts as well as on several music television shows for over three consecutive weeks...More
Cable channel Mnet's audition reality TV show "Superstar K3" has attracted over 180,000 applications in just four days. According to Mnet, 182,000 people had applied for the audition as of Sunday...More
As pointed out by The Wall Street Journal's Korea RealTime blog, Korean television networks have jumped on the reality TV bandwagon "with gusto".
"Superstar K2", a Korean version of "American Idol", found great success on Mnet Korea, a cable music channel. And now network MBC has started broadcasting "Star Audition", another singing competition with applications also submitted via Internet as well as at auditions as far afield as the U.S., China and Japan...More
They don't call themselves Big Bang for nothing.
The populary five-membered idol group exploded back onto the music scene with a bang on February 24th. it's been two years and three months since their last official release as a group. The newly released mini-album consists of six songs. All six of which are currently taking up the number one to six spots on all the major online music charts in Korea : Melon Chart, Dosirak, Cyworld, Mnet, Bugs, and Soribada.
On Melon Charts, the group's title track "Tonight" is currently at number one followed by "What Is Right", "Somebody To Love", "Hands Up...More
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
Actor Hyeon Bin is leading first place in 8 music charts with the OST "The Man" for "Secret Garden".
The song, which was released on the 7th came first right away and five days later today is still the leading number one song. Melon, Dosirak, Bugs, MNet, Naver, Daum, Cyworld and Soribada all have "The Man" as their top ranking song. Only Monkey 3, which wasn't supplied with the song has "Shy Boy" as their top song....More
Male unit GD&T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) [YG Entertainment]
Boy bang Big Bang unit GD&T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)'s song "HIGH HIGH" came on top on weekly music show "M! CountDown" yesterday, a weekly music show aired by music cable channel Mnet.
"We thank everyone who has shown us love and support", the duo said in their acceptance speech after receiving the winning trophy at the live stage at CJ E&M Center in Sangam-dong of Seoul on Thursday...More
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
Idol groups are fighting fierce battles from the start of the new year by releasing new albums. Many idol groups including star idol groups such as TVXQ, Seung Ri from Big Bang, and JYJ, and newcomer groups such as MBLAQ, Secret, Dalmatian, Infinite, and Dalshabet will release new albums. Usually, singers do not release new albums in January and February after finishing their activities at the end of the last year, but this year will be different because star singers and new singers are all beginning to have showdowns from the beginning of the year. The team leader of the Music Business Department at Mnet Media said on January 2, "Singers tended to release new albums in September or October in the past, but recently they are actively performing all year round by releasing single albums and mini albums. Idol groups regardless of their popularity all think that they will be forgotten if they do not have activities, so they release new songs one after another without taking a long break"...More
KBS series "Dream High" [KBS]
KBS2 Monday & Tuesday 9:55 p.m.
KBS drama "Dream High" takes off at seven years from now, with singer "K", a graduate of Kirin Art School, appearing at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Chung Ha-myung (Bae Yong-joon), the director of Kirin High, reminisces on how all he did was strike a "break shot" (the first shot in billiards that scatters the balls). The problem with the first episode of "Dream High" was in those balls. The way Ko Hye-mi (played by Suzy), the so-called genius in vocal music, jeers at popular culture went beyond arrogance to make it seem forced and the scene where Jin-guk (Taecyeon) easily fights off the men who are after Hye-mi, several loan sharks including their boss (Ahn Kil-gang) who are after her father, or the overuse of slow motion was cliche enough to be seen in a scene of an online comic book...More
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
Singer IU in music video "Good Day" [Loen Entertainment]
The New Year opened with IU's song "Good Day" on top of Mnet music chart as of December 27 to January 2.
This is the fourth week in a row that "Good Day", the title track to female singer IU's EP album "Real", has topped cable music channel Mnet's weekly singles chart...More
By Culture Desk
1 Gwanghwamun restored
Gwanghwamun, the main entrance to Gyeongbok Palace and one of Korea's representative symbols, was unveiled on Aug. 15 after more than three years of renovations.
The unveiling came in time for the G20 Seoul Summit inNovember, as well as the 65th anniversary of the country's liberation from colonial Japan in 1945; it thus holds great symbolic importance: built in 1395, the gate was destroyed during a 16th-century Japanese invasion.
Though later reconstructed, its location was shifted during Japanese colonial rule.
Criticism arose over the craftsmanship of the iconic edifice's nameplate as cracks began to form on the surface, and the national heritage administration decided Tuesday to replace it.
2 Cultural relics reclaimed
French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed in November to return ancient royal Korean documents that French troops looted during a 19th-century attack, though on a permanent lease contract that is to be renewed every five years.
The agreement settles an issue that had been pending for 19 years. The books are currently stored at the National Library of France in Paris.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan also agreed to return a collection of 1,205 royal books known as "Uigwe" that were stolen during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.
Meanwhile, UNESCO recognized three Korean cultural traditions - "gagok" (lyrical songs), "maesanyang" (falcon hunting), and "daemokjang" (artistry of wooden architecture) - as intangible world treasures in November.
3 Celebrities pass
In 2010, Korea lost spiritual props in Buddhism, fashion and entertainment.
Ven. Beop Jeong, one of the most highly revered Buddhist monks in the country, passed away in March. He is noted for his books and essays, sharing lessons he learned from Buddhism.
"Poverty that is made by choice is not poverty at all", he wrote in "Musoyu", one of his most popular books. After his death, his books all sold out at local bookstores.
In August, Korea's top fashion designer Andre Kim departed this life.
The pioneer designer was considered an ambassador of Korean fashion to the world. He held numerous fashion shows known for their distinct venues, such as amid the Egyptian Pyramids, and for featuring top actors and actresses such as Kim Hee-seon
Hallyu, or Korean wave, star Park Yong-ha
took his own life in June, with fans in Korean and Japan grieving the loss.
4 Girl groups invade Japan
K-pop girl groups like Girls' Generation
had a successful year not only in Korea but also in Japan.
They were both chosen for the top 10 artists by "Music Station" of Japan's Asahi TV and topped the Oricon Cha...More
Korean singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's latest song "Good Day" claimed first place on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the third week in a row during the week of December 20 to 26.
"Good Day", the title track to IU's second EP album "Real", has been sweeping music charts both offline and online music charts since its release early this month...More
Cover of IU's 3rd mini-album "Real" [Loen Entertainment]
Songstress IU was named the winner once again on Mnet's music cable channel show "M! CountDown" with her song "Good Day" on Thursday...More
BEAST member Hyun-seung (left) and Big Bang member G-Dragon (right) [M! CountDown's official Twitter site]
A photograph of Big Bang member G-Dragon and BEAST member Hyun-seung in the waiting room of Mnet's music cable channel show "M! CountDown" has been unveiled.
The official "M! CountDown" Twitter site revealed the picture of G-Dragon showing the rabbit ears sign with his hand while having his right arm around Hyun-seung with a comment below saying, "G-Dragon, where is your fellow member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon)? Here is a reunion photo with close friend Hyun-seung"...More
Big Bang unit G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) [YG Entertainment]
Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon), who began activities as a duo unit, have revealed the third title track from their new album "GD&TOP" today.
YG Entertainment announced in a press release that their final song "Knockout" was unveiled on numerous online music sites, adding that G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) will simultaneously promote the song and other title tracks "HIGH HIGH" and "OH YEAH" as well...More
Boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
The final track from boy band BEAST's digital album "My Story" will be unveiled today, announced Cube Entertainment on Friday.
According to Cube, the full version of BEAST's song "Lights Go On Again" will be available on numerous online music sites later on today. The short version of the song was released on the group's fourth mini-album of the same name in early November...More
Cover of Girls' Generation's mini-album "Hoot" [SM Entertainment]
Popular female idol group Girls' Generation has been voted singer of the year by major survey firm Gallup Korea, making it the second consecutive time the girls have won the recognition.
A press release by the girls' agency SM Entertainment said Tuesday that in a poll asking 3,401 people over the age of 13 to name their favorite singer, Girls' Generation came out the winner after taking 31.5 percent of the votes...More
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's recent hit song "Good Day" topped cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the week of December 13 to 19, making it her second consecutive win.
"Good Day" is the title track to IU's second EP album "Real" whose lyrics is about a girl confessing her feelings to a guy. The teenage singer has won attention particularly for the high pitch she reaches at the end of the song...More
By Daniel Matthews
MNet is coming! Wait... it's actually already here and I do say it's going to be making (or probably already is making) quite the impact on Asian pop culture in the United States. Hailed as the MTV of Korea, MNet already broadcasts to millions of viewers each day who are thirsty for their K-pop, dramas, and entertainment news. MNet is the source for those aching to live vicariously through celebrity fantasies and provides an amazing portal to do just that. As one of the top rated networks in Korea, how will the success translate in the U.S.?...More
Girls' Generation at the 2010 MelOn Music Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Artists from SM Entertainment were nowhere to be seen at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). The same thing could be said of YG Entertainment at this year's Golden Disc Awards Ceremony that came after. But at the MelOn Music Awards held at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University on December 15, all three major agencies -- SM, YG and JYP Entertainment (JYPE) -- gathered together, proving the influence the nation's largest online music contents site has over even the 3 largest houses in the music industry.
Unfortunately, the quality of the actual ceremony which went on for three hours and was hosted by actor Song Joong-ki, hardly matched up to the fame of guests who gathered that day...More
"My score is..". and "Cha Do Nam" (meaning a cold-hearted chic man of the city)
Many gloomy accidents and incidents including the sinking of corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island had occurred throughout this year in society, but many buzzwords had also been created and greatly loved by people in the popular culture. Popular programs such as "Superstar K - Season 2","High Kick Through The Roof", and "Bread, Love and Dreams" had entered the cradle of buzzwords, and those buzzwords had been talked about for a year by people, in pleasant times as well as times of suffering. But some buzzwords had aroused criticism and could not be kept as buzzwords. For example, the buzzwords created from the KBS comedy program "Gag Concert", saying "I am Dong Hyuk's old brother", which had made viewers feel refreshed, had been criticized by a civic group, who insisted, "the phrase is an inflammatory phrase base on populism"...More
Korean girl group Wonder Girls performing for their concert in Malaysia. [Mnet Media]
Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls will perform in Hong Kong for the first time this week, taking the stage for the second leg of their Asia Tour.
A press release from their concert's promoter Mnet Media announced on Wednesday that the girls will hold a concert on December 17 and head off to several other countries in Asia including Taiwan and Thailand...More
Album jacket of IU's EP album "Real" [Loen Entertainment]
Solo songstress IU reigned on cable music channel Mnet's charts last week with her new release.
"Good Day", the title track to her second EP album "Real" released December 9, debuted atop Mnet's weekly singles chart for the week of December 6 to 12...More
BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
They may have been newcomers to the music scene but the year 2010 has been a busy one for Yoon Doo-joon, Hyun-seung, Jun-hyung, Yo-seop, Dong-woon and Gi-kwang, the six members of boy band BEAST...More
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
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
Korean idol group 2AM's first full-length album "Saint O'clock" has taken the No.1 spot on a weekly chart in Singapore for two weeks.
Big Hit Entertainment, 2AM's producer and promoter, announced in its press release on Wednesday that the album has been taking the lead on the weekly K-POP/J-POP chart of global record retailer HMV in Singapore from November 14 to 27, as well as the top spot on the same chart for major record store CD-RAMA...More
Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
A new dance number by a girl group T-ara has come out the winner on last week's Mnet singles chart.
The seven-member girl band's song "Why Are You Like That" featuring electrical guitar and bass sounds, was ranked on top of music cable channel Mnet's weekly singles chart from November 22 to 28...More
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
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
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
Post from 2NE1 member Sandara Park [Official Sandara Park me2today]
Korean girl group 2NE1 member Sandara Park said on her official me2day site (Korean version of Twitter) that she has 200,000 friends, the largest number of followers for a celebrity.
The K-pop idol posted a photograph of 2NE1's band practicing with a comment below saying, "Wow! I just reached 200,000 friends on my me2day account -- all thanks to you. I am a girl with many friends!! Let's work hard to get along in the future"...More
Korean girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Korean female idols T-ara will make a comeback to the local music scene with their second mini-album next month.
Core Contents Media announced through a press release on Monday that they will reveal the group's title track and music video for the song whose title is translated into "Why Are You Like That", on Mnet and popular video portal site GomTV tomorrow...More
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
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
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
A scene from "MBC Star Audition" [MBC]
"MBC Star Audition" - 1st Episode
"MBC Star Audition" raised its curtains by showing the history of its past singing competition programs. And there was a pretty simple to them listing each and every one of the shows -- from the "Campus Song Festival" to the auditioning segments in their variety shows to the relatively recent "Show Survival". To prove that MBC was the network that gave birth to audition programs in Korea and that "MBC Star Audition" continues is continuing the tradition. Without question, it was aimed at season 2 of cable music channel Mnet's "SuperstarK" which ended its run two weeks ago...More
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
Korean boy band 2PM [Official 2PM website]
Six-member boy band 2PM continued to shine on music channel Mnet's weekly program "M! CountDown" on Thursday.
The boys grabbed their second consecutive win on the show with the title track "I'll Be Back" from their new mini-album "Still 2:00PM" against fellow labelmates ballad group 2AM...More
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
2AM members Jinwoon and Jo Kwon sing on cable music channel Mnet's "M! CountDown" at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It was finally the day the press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place and the day the nominees for the show would be announced as well. That is why cable music channel M! CountDown which took place on October 28 took place under the name "2010 MAMA Special". Through a pre-recorded clip, 2PM member Nichkhun introduced the various categories artists would be recognized in at the 2010 MAMA and on stage, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung talked about how they would react should they win an award...More
Actress Yoon Jin-seo's break up news is lately arrived; she broke up in last summer with professional baseball player Lee Taek-geun.
Yoon Jin-seo's company, Well Made Stardom said, “Yoon Jin-seo finished her relationship with Lee Taek-geun right before she started shooting 'The Fugitive Plan B'. They were busy with their jobs and that automatically lead to divorce, since they couldn't meet each other often.”...More
Six member boy band 2 PM [JYPE Entertainment]
Boy band 2PM became the winner on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" on Thursday.
The six-member group took the top prize on the program with "I'll Be Back", the title track from their mini-album "Still 2:00PM" released Two Weeks ago...More
From left, Mnet's director Kim Ki-woong and Mnet Media's head Park Gwang-won speak at a press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010.
Korean cable music channel Mnet will take its annual music festival to Macau this year, holding the show overseas for the first time as it strives to become bigger than the Grammy Awards...More
2AM [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Korean ballad group 2AM will officially launch their singing career in eight Asian countries next month, joining a line of K-pop artists who have branched out into the international music markets.
The news came yesterday during the group's showcase introducing their first full-length album "Saint o'clock" to local and foreign media at the AX-Korea hall in Seoul, when member Seulong spoke about the group's upcoming activities overseas...More
Korean actor Im Joo-hwan at this first fan meeting in Japan. [Trophy Entertainment]
Korean actor Im Joo-hwan held his first ever meet-and-greet in Japan over the weekend.
A press release from Trophy Entertainment announced that the actor was in Japan for his fan meeting titled "2010 Im Joo-hwan The Magic Hour" held at the Yamano Hall on October 24...More
Uhm Jung-hwa had thyroid cancer, but recovered after a quick treatment
“Thyroid cancer had been discovered, but fully fixed since it was in early stage.”...More
Cover of Ga-in (Son Ga-in)'s solo album "step 2/4" [Nega Networks]
Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-in (Son Ga-in) has made her way to the top spot on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her new song "Irreversible".
Ga-in (Son Ga-in), who recently began her solo music career, climbed up six spots to No. 1 with "Irreversible", taking her first win during the week of October 11 to 17...More
Korean idols 2PM members (from left to right): Chansung, Junho, Wooyoung, Junsu, Nichkhu and Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy band 2PM have unveiled the complete track list for their upcoming mini-album.
The track list for their new album "Still 2:00 PM" was revealed on various web-based music sites earlier today as well as the trailer for their title track "I'll Be Back" on the group's official website...More
2NE1 [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, 2NE1 members CL, Kong Minji, Park Bom and Sandara Park give an acceptance speech after winning the top prize on Mnet's weekly music show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on September 30, 2010...More
"The Slave Hunters" will be broadcast on the Hallyu channel MNet from November 1, and the video files will be ready for rental service at the TSUTAYA shops in all parts of the country beginning October 22.
The actors appeared on the talk show held at the outdoor stage in the Shinjuku Station Square located right in front of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on September 27...More
Korean actor Joo Won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Joo Won. My given name is Moon Joon-won. My father came up the name Joo Won for me after I made it into college. It means 'what the Lord wants and what I should do for the Lord'.
I was born in Seoul on September 30, 1987 but I currently reside in Yong-in.
My family is composed of my parents and my brother who is five years older than me. My brother and I are the type of siblings that if we don't talk outside of the house you wouldn't think we were related. One can say that my brother is a 'real man' because he is well-built and has a tough personality, whereas I am thinner and the soft type...More
Leeteuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Shindong (Sin Dong-hee), your dress up show is also popular. You recently even pulled off actress Sin Min-ah's look from SBS TV series "My Girlfriend is Gumiho". I'm sure even the preparation that goes into isn't an easy job so what would you say are the difficulties you experience if there are any?
Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): I actually had dressed up a lot since a long time ago -- so much that there were almost nothing I hadn't dressed up as. I used to dress up once a day when I used to host a show on cable channel Mnet. But dressing up as someone isn't just about dressing up like them. There is a large amount of pressure that comes from the fact that you need to express yourself to be exactly like that person while doing it so that it's also fun and what I was worried about a lot was whether the onlooker would enjoy watching me do it...More
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from left to right): Sandara, Minzy, CL and Bom [YG Entertainment]
A video of Korean female idols 2NE1 working with The Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.Am will air on cable music channel Mnet today, according to a press release from YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG announced that through TV show 2NE1 TV season 2, the upcoming episode will reveal the quartet preparing for their debut in the United States with Will.i.Am, starting with their first encounter with the singer at his recording studio...More
The Slave Hunters" official Japanese poster [Sidus HQ]
Korean actor Jang Hyeok flew into Japan yesterday to begin promoting hit television series "The Slave Hunters" in the country, according to his agency Sidus HQ on Monday.
Sidus HQ announced in a press release that Jang, as well as co-stars Oh Ji-ho and actress Lee Da-hae, will meet with 50 local media outlets for a press conference held at the Shinjuku Station Square in Tokyo today...More
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from left to right): CL, Sandara, Minzy and Bom [YG Entertainment]
Korean female idols 2NE1 once again took over televised music programs with their three title tracks last week.
The girl group took the crown on KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank" with "Go Away", one of the three titles tracks they are currently promoting simultaneously, to make it their second consecutive win on the show after having claimed the week before with "Can't Nobody"...More
The Sankei Sports newspaper reported an article with the title "Asia's NO.1 Group 2PM to Debut in Japan" on September 22 and said that the six-member male group has decided to debut in Japan. 2PM will release its debut DVD entitled "Hottest-2PM 1st MUSIC VIDEO COLLECTION & The History", in which their seven hit songs and music videos are included, to present their various talents to Japanese fans on November 24. They will also hold a large-scale debut event in Ryogoku Kokugi-kan located in Tokyo on December 8 to interact with their fans...More
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from top left to right): CL, Sandara, Bom and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol girl group 2NE1 took over both of Mnet's music charts during the fourth week of September with their first full-length album.
Their three title tracks "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands" placed at the No. 1, 2, and 3 spot on Mnet's singles, respectively, for the week of September 13 to 19...More
From left, girl group 2NE1 members Sandara Park, Park Bom, Minzy and CL pose during a photocall of their 4D music video showcase at the CJ CGV theater in Yeongdeungpo district of Seoul, South Korea on September 18, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
K-pop female group 2NE1 held a showcase over the weekend featuring their music videos for their three title tracks in 4D format, the first time such an attempt has been made by a recording artist.
The quartet kicked off the event with an autograph session for fans at the Time Square shopping center in Yeongdeungpo district in Seoul, followed by unveiling the music videos for "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands" in 4D from their recent first full-length album "To Anyone"...More
'Superstar K', which is rewriting a history of cable program, will be made into a film. On September 20th, an official from the movie industry said that CJ Entertainment, Korea's biggest Film Investing Company, is planning and developing an auditionfor a film based on 'Superstar K'...More
Official poster for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]
New MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" starring popular singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong, was sold to 12 countries around the world ahead of going on air early this month, according to the show's producer Group 8 on Wednesday...More
Lee Hyori [Mnet]
Prosecutors have detained a songwriter who provided Korean singer Lee Hyori with several plagiarized songs for her latest album "H-Logic".
Local news broadcaster YTN reported on Tuesday that songwriter Bahnus Vacuum, whose real name has been known by his surname Lee, has been held in custody by the Seoul Seobu Disctrict Prosecutors Office on charges of fraud...More
K-pop diva Lee Hyori
is currently in the legal hot seat for "causing" financial losses for online shopping mall, Interpark. Interpark is claiming that Lee, who was one of their models, has damaged their image because of her music plagiarism.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Newspaper,the singer's entertainment company, Mnet Media was slapped with a 490 million won lawsuit for damage compensation.
Interpark expressed how because Lee's fourth album contained plagiarized songs, she stopped her promotional activities short and even stopped her modeling for the company. Interpark continued ...More
All artists attending the 4th annual cable music channel Mnet's "20's Choice" ceremony held at the River Park pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010, sing and dance to trio DJ DOC's song "Run to You". [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
On the stage that miss A sang "Bad Girl Good Girl" and 4minute "Hot Issue", veteran actor Kim Kap-soo yelled to the audience to call him 'hyung' [a Korean term men use to men who are slightly older than them] and 'oppa' [a Korean term women use to men who are slightly older than them]...More
Kim Hyun-joong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong arrives at the 4th annual cable music channel Mnet's "20's Choice" ceremony held at the River Park pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010...More
Official poster for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong starrer "Naughty Kiss" will air in Japan starting December, according to the show's producer on Tuesday.
Park Rae-hyun, in charge of the PR & Promotions team at production company Group 8, told 10Asia over the phone that cable music channel Mnet Japan will broadcast the TV series twice a week in about three months time although additional details have yet to be set...More
Korean actor Gong Yoo at the "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22. [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Gong Yoo held a promotional event in Japan for hit TV series "Coffee Prince" over the weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Monday...More
Korean actor Gong Yoo [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Gong Yoo will promote hit Korean TV series "Coffee Prince" in Japan this weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Friday.
N.O.A announced that Gong Yoo was invited by Fuji TV to attend an event titled "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22, where he will meet with about 2,000 fans to speak about filming the drama and participate in quizzes and games...More
MBLAQ and Kim Soo-ro [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I think I'd place first in the entire school, no in the whole universe, if Girls' Generation member Taeyeon taught me", boy band MBLAQ member Mir said quite seriously during an interview with the show's writer. That is when Seung-ho, who had ended his interview with the writer without any particular request, said if he could go on a group blind date in college, he would like to do one with rhythm gymnastics majors...More
MBLAQ [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
From left, boy band MBLAQ members Mir, Cheon Dung, Lee Joon, Seung-ho and G.O pose during a shoot for music cable channel Mnet's program "Celebrity Goes to School with MBLAQ and Kim Soo-ro"...More
Popular Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and music cable unit Mnet Media have come together to expand Korea's music business and talent into the Asian music market.
On Thursday, JYPE and Mnet Media announced that they have formed a partnership through which they will jointly work toward expanding the influence of Korean music content in Asi...More
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, returning to the local music scene after three years and eight months, took the No. 1 spot on Mnet's televised music show "M! Countdown" with his latest single "Better Together" once again this week.
The singer, up against Korean songstress G.Na's song "I'll Back Off", scored his second consecutive win on the cable music channel's Thursday evening show...More
Korean pop singer Se7en (center) poses with 2NE1 members Minzy (front left), Sandara Park and T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyeon) of idol group Big Bang [Se7en's official Twitter page]
Korean pop singer Se7en, who recently made a comeback to the local music scene, has revealed a photograph he took with YG labelmates Sandara Park and Minzy of girl band 2NE1 and T.O.P.(Choi Seung-hyeon) of idol group Big Bang.
Se7en posted the picture on his Twitter page...More
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori
The songwriter who provided Korean singer Lee Hyori with plagiarized songs for her latest album "H-Logic" has been handed over to prosecutors on charges of fraud, according to SBS TV's eight o'clock news which aired Wednesday.
It was reported that early this year, a songwriter known by the last name Lee had heard that Lee Hyori was looking for songs to put on her fourth album...More
Ryoo Si-won speaks during singer Rottyful Sky's showcase held at multiplex Coex Megabox in Seoul, South Korea on July 21, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean star Ryoo Si-won said he cast female solo artist Rottyful Sky because he "got a good vibe about her despite her young age".
Ryoo spoke to reporters during a showcase for Rottyful Sky's digital single "No Way" held at multiplex Coex Megabox in Seoul on Wednesday, explaining how he became the producer for the singer...More
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en has said that his attempted foray into the U.S. pop market over the past few years was "not a failure but a beginning of a new challenge".
The singer made the remark at a press conference, held Wednesday at a club in Seoul's trendy Cheongdam-dong district, which celebrated the July 21 release of his mini-album titled "Digital Bounce"...More
TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong
and Micky Yoochun
at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The newly-established trio from TVXQ -- namely Kim Jae-joong
Jaejung, Micky Yuchun and Xiah Junsu -- will be holding a fan meeting in Seoul in September.
According to an announcement post...More
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
Following the controversy over plagiarism on her latest album, singer Lee Hyori
, 31, has decided to suspend all her TV appearances.
Lee is scheduled for a guest spot on the new SBS variety show 'Running Man', which premiers Sunday. After this, she will indefinitely refrain from any further TV appearances.
Last month, Lee posted an online message, admitting that several songs on her latest album credited to composer Bahnus were plagiarized from foreign artists.
Lee's agency Mnet Media sued Bahnus for fraud last Thursday.
"Even though the contract is over, we will take full responsibility for this", said Mnet Media.
이효리 11일 '런닝맨' 방송 끝으로 활동 중단
이효리가 활동을 중단한다.
이효리는 11일 방송된 SBS '일요일이 좋다-런닝맨' 출연을 마지막으로 활동을 중단한다. 얼마 전 불거진 표절논란으로 인한...More
SS501 members from left to right: Kim Hyung-joon, Park Jung-min, Kim Gyoo-jong, Kim Hyun-joong and Heo Yeong-saeng [DSP Media]
Korean idols SS501 have released a new music video, according to agency DSP Media on Wednesday.
A press release from DSP announced that the video for song "Let Me Be The One", from their latest album "DESTINATION", can be seen on numerous online sites including multimedia player GomTV, Naver, Mnet, MelOn and Dosirak...More
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
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean singer Lee Hyori's agency Mnet Media has taken legal action for the recent plagiarism controversy surrounding Lee's latest album "H-Logic", filing criminal charges against record producer group Bahnus Vaccuum to Seoul West District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday.
"Bahnus provided [Lee and Mnet Media] songs that were plagiarized", an official at Mnet Media told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Thursday. "Today [July 1], we filed a criminal lawsuit against Bahnus Vaccuum for fraud and obstruction of work"...More
Actress, musician, writer, artist, and movie director Koo Hye-seon revealed her thoughts about dating ...More
Members of new girl group miss A [official miss A website]
The official website and video channel for new girl group miss A have opened, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday.
A press release from JYPE announced that the girls' website is available at www.aq-ent.com and the video channel site on YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/missa...More
Big Bang member T.O.P [YG Entertainment]
Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyeon) bowed into the top spot on Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Turn It Up" during the final week of June.
According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper knocked out last week's winners Untouchable to score his first win on the music chart...More
After Lee Hyori
finally spoke out about the plagiarism allegations directed at her most recent album, H-Logic, Mnet Media also announced their course of action. The company has revealed that they will be taking legal action against Bahnus, who is the composer allegedly behind these plagiarized tracks. In addition to the fi...More
By Bae Ji-sook
Sensation over six of singer Lee Hyori
's songs, apparently plagiarized by Bahnus, is about to snowball as more singers and industry insiders claim to have been duped by the composer.
Bahnus, the leader of the seven-member composers' group Bahnus Vacuum, faces a string of lawsuits that extend to his management and team members. The looming legal battles are expected to be the largest in K-pop history.
On Wednesday, Chang, the management director of Bahnus Vacuum, said he had found a "statement of regret" written by Bahnus, whose real name is Lee Jae-young, on Lee's computer hard disc. The letter was, surprisingly, not for Lee Hyori
but for a relatively unknown singer Lee Hyun
, written two years ago.
, who sang "Jajonshim" (pride) written by Bahnus in 2008, received complaints from another composer Kim just a few days after the song was released. Kim claimed the rhythm, melody and lyrics were identical to his creation.
When Lee Hyun
asked Bahnus for an explanation, he promised to drop his name from the credits and pay a refund for the song.
Chang said Bahnus, who introduced himself as "a Yonsei University graduate who had sold numerous songs to foreign artists during his stay in the U.K", lied about other things too.
"He was not a Yonsei University graduate and the contracts he had suggested for potential song sales were also fabricated", he told a local daily.
"Had I seen the letter be...More
Can pop stars be forgiven practically any offense? That is a question on many lips after the revelation that singer Lee Hyori
's latest album "h.logic" contains no fewer than six plagiarized songs. Lee admitted to the wrongdoing and vowed to refrain from promoting the album. Yet she appeared on a recent SBS program.
The producers say Lee was not directly responsible for the plagiarism, but the public sees things differently. They feel it is unseemly for Lee to make out that she is a victim herself, and that the producers of TV shows should not sweep the problem under the carpet.
Unlike other artists accused of plagiarism, who deny their wrongdoings to the end, Lee owned up. But the fact that half of an artist's album consisted of songs that had been stolen from foreign artists le...More
Singer Lee Hyori
(31) has admitted that several songs in her fourth album had been plagiarized.
Her agency Mnet Media will sue the composer for fraud, who gave copied songs to Lee Hyori
after the original copyright holder had been confirmed. Lee Hyori
posted a statement in her fan café on June 20, stating, "Among songs in the fourth album, a few of them which were given by Bahnus Vacuum -- a group of new composers -- had caused problems. At first, I trusted their saying that the demo songs had been leaked, and also I did not suspect their opinion at all because I received those songs through my agency. But, after thorough investigation, it was found that the songs had not been composed by them". Seven songs in Lee Hyori
's fourth album have continuously brought controversy about plagiarism on the Internet, but her agency Mnet Media had officially announced that the demo songs were accidentally leaked as Bahnus strongly insisted.
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean singer Lee Hyori has admitted that several songs from her latest album "H-Logic" were plagiarized, taking responsibility for the situation by announcing a break from all musical activities until the matter is sorted out.
The singer posted a message on her official fan cafe on Sunday morning, providing fans with a detailed explanation of the entire situation and stating that "there will be no follow-up activities unless [the plagiarism controversy] gets solved"...More
Singer Lee Hyori
has admitted that some of the songs on her recently-released fourth album "h.logic" were plagiarized.
In a message posted to her online fan club on Sunday morning, Lee said, "Among the songs on the fourth album, several songs by composer Bahnus were found to be plagiarized. I will take the moral responsibility as best as I can, and I don't think I will be able to continue to promote the album for now.
The songs plagiarized are "How Did We Get", "Bring It Back", "Feel The Same", "I'm Back", "Memory", "Swing...More
By Lee Hyo-won
Amid an escalating plagiarism debate, pop star Lee Hyori
admitted herself that several tracks from her fourth album were indeed borrowed, Yonhap News reported Sunday.
Her agency Mnet Media plans to sue the songwriter who gave the songs to Lee if the songs in question are proven to breach copyright laws.
"There were problems regarding the pieces by (the newcomer songwriter) Bahnus Vacuum", said Lee in a message posted on her fan website. "At first I was convinced that the demo tape of the songs suffered (premature) exposure. I didn't have any doubts since I received the songs through the company (Mnet Media). But after an investigation it turns out that they were not Bahnus' songs".
Seven titles on her latest recording "H-Logic" are credited to Bahnus Vacuum (real name Lee ...More
Female K-pop idols 4minute [Cube Entertainment]
Korean female idols 4minute scored their first win on Mnet's televised music program on Thursday with their latest song "HUH".
The female quintet took the crown from previous week's winner "Love" from boy band CNBLUE on Mnet's music show "M! Countdown", after having giving their first stage comeback performance on the show on May 20...More
After making a successful comeback with her hit song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Lee Hyori
is set to make another comeback... on the small screen. This time, rather than just starring on a entertainment variety show, she'll be hosting it. She'll be making another transformation from the sexy diva on stage to a funny, outgoing variety show personality.
She received a totally new image after starring on the reality variety program "Family Outing", which she has since left. She'd appear with her face still swollen from waking up, wear no make up, and show off her more tomboyish side. It wasn't in vain as she won an entertainment award for the series with o...More
TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The newly-formed trio from TVXQ, consisting of members Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, is gearing up for a splashing debut with a new album which will be produced by prominent U.S. musicians Kanye West and Timbaland.
1990s boy band SOLID member Jae-yoon, now working as a record producer in Taiwan, said in an online posting that he has been writing songs for "DBSK, or better known as TVXQ in Japan" whom he described as "the best selling group in Asia basically crushing everyone's sales"...More
By Han Sang-hee
Will Mnet Media start a new trend in recruiting?
The media giant announced Monday that it was planning to start recruiting online through Twitter, the instant messaging service that lets users send and receive short messages of up to 140 characters.
"We believe Twitter is the best communication tool to recruit future employees for Mnet Media, which is working to become Asia's No.1 music and entertainment firm. This will surely help in recruiting some of the most talented and passionate applicants around the world", the company said through a press release.
This is the first time for a lo...More
2AM member Seulong and singer IU [LOEN Entertainment]
Korean songstress IU and 2AM's Seulong grabbed the crown on Mnet's singles chart with their duet single "Nagging" during the week of June 7 to 13.
According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the singers collected their first win on the chart with their duet song, knocking back previous week's winner Seo In-young...More
TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Korean pop idols Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, three members of boy band TVXQ who formed a new unit since getting involved in a legal battle with agency SM Entertainment, gave a sold-out concert in Japan over the weekend...More
Male band CNBLUE [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Male band CNBLUE took the No. 1 spot on Mnet's music show on Thursday with their latest single "Love".
The quartet beat out last week's winner MBLAQ, currently promoting their second single "Y", with the song from their second mini-album titled "Bluelove"...More
By Han Sang-hee
The popular Korean program "Super Star K" is reaching out to the United States. Mnet Media, the cable channel that airs the show, announced Wednesday that the program, which is in its second season, is casting its eyes on America.
"We have received requests for overseas auditions from people who wanted to try out and hopefully become the next winner of `Super Star K'. Considering that many singers who work in Korea have been chosen through auditions held abroad, we decided to hold one in Los Angeles as a start", Kim Yong-beom
, the chief producer of the show, said.
People of any age who can sing Korean songs in Korean can apply for an audition, regardless of nationality. It will take place at 10 a.m. on June 26 at the L....More
Actor Park Yong-ha
's Japanese fans have made donations to establish a school in Africa.
According to a statement from Park Yong-ha
's agency, Yona Entertainment, which was released on June 7, Japanese cable broadcasting channel Mnet Japan had received 4.2 million yen (amounting to 57 million won) from Park Yong-ha
's Japanese fans as donations and delivered the contributions to Good Neighbors, which is an international humanitarian an...More
By Ines Min
Pop group 2PM
will hold their first solo concerts this summer.
Managing company JYP Entertainment said two concerts will be held, one on July 31 and the other on Aug. 1 at the Olympic Park's Olympic Gymnastics Arena in southern Seoul.
The six-member group plans to sing some of their hottest singles at the performance, including "Again & Again", "Heartbeat"
and "Without U".
In a move to emphasize the unique aspects of the group, the concert will highlight each of the individuals' talents.
"It's not just the hit songs that are going to debut live", said an official from JYP. "But each of the members is also preparing their own unique performance".
The major pop group arrived on the Korean music scene in 2008. Last summer the band faced controversy as lead member ...More
By Lee Hyo-won
Comedian Kim Je-dong
will not go ahead with his eponymous talk show on a cable television network, Yonhap News reported Wednesday.
Kim recorded the first episode of the show on April 21. It was due to air on May 6. The comedian's agency said that the cable TV company Mnet delayed the premiere, after learning that Kim was to host the one-year anniversary memorial service for the late former President Roh Moo-hyun, at the end of April.
Mnet had asked the comedian's agency to reconsider Kim's role as h...More
Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]
Korean female pop group Wonder Girls' latest song "2 Different Tears (2DT)" became the No. 1 single on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart during the week of May 24 to 30.
According to the data released on Monday, the pop sensation remained at the same position as last week, claiming their second consecutive win on the chart issued by the cable music channel...More
Korean pop group Wonder Girls [Asia Economic Daily]
Female pop group the Wonder Girls took the crown on Mnet music show "M! Countdown" yesterday, their latest single "2 Different Tears" taking its first win on a televised music show .
The girls became emotional when they were announced winners for the week, defeating Rain's boy band MBLAQ for the No. 1 title...More
Boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy bands 2PM and Super Junior ranked number one on televised music shows over the weekend.
2PM claimed their second consecutive Mutizen award on SBS' Sunday music program "Inkigayo" with their single "Without U" while giving out the top spot on KBS' Friday live show "Music Bank" to Super Junior who recently made a comeback with a new song titled "BONAMANA"...More
Wonder Girls [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, Wonder Girls members Sohee (Ahn So-hee), Sun, Yenny, Lim and Yubin perform on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on May 20, 2010...More
Rain [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Rain sings on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on May 13, 2010...More
2PM members Junsu, Changsung and Junho [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, boy band 2PM members Junsu, Changsung and Junho give an acceptance speech after winning the top prize on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on May 6, 2010...More
Winners of televised music programs Rain and Lee Hyori [J.Tune Entertainment, Mnet Entertainment]
Top Korean singers Rain and Lee Hyori took over the top spot on televised music programs over the weekend.
"Love Song" singer Rain claimed the top honor on KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank", taking his third consecutive win on the show, while queen of pop Lee Hyori's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" scored the Mutizen Award on SBS' music program "Inkigayo" on Sunday...More
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
Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM has topped several K-pop music charts this week with their latest single "Without U", triumphing over new hit tunes by Rain and Lee Hyori.
"Without U", the title track from the group's new album "Don't Stop Can't Stop", ranked at No. 1 on various music charts including Monkey3, Dosirak and Mnet for the week of April 19 through 25...More
Rain [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Pop singer Rain sings on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on April 22, 2010...More
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
Korean queen of pop on Mnet's "Mnet Countdown' [Mnet]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has gracefully bowed onto the top spot of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
The songstress' title track from her fourth album "H. Logic" claimed the No. 1 position on the chart, pushing back last week's winner Rain to become the most-popular single during the week of April 12 to 18...More
From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band TVXQ members Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, currently embroiled in a legal battle with major talenthouse SM Entertainment, have formed a separate group through which they will pursue their singing careers.
"Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu have formed a new unit and they have signed with us to carry out their musical activities", Japanese management firm Avex stated on its official website on Wednesday.
"They have also decided to hold dome events in an expression of gratitude toward their fans...... We will update you on further details as soon as they are set", Avex added...More
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori promoting her single "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has ascended her way up to the top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 4 to 10 with her latest single "Swing".
The songstress scored her first win during the second week of April, scaling up 11 spots on the music chart to beat out last week's winner Rain.
The new song by Lee has been gaining popularity since its release earlier this month on online music sites. She will be making her stage comeback today on the televised music program "Mnet Countdown"...More
From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Asia Economic Daily]
Three members of boy band TVXQ, namely Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, have been sued a total 2.2 billion won, equivalent to nearly two million dollars, by major talenthouse SM Entertainment.
SM, in charge of discovering and managing the five-member band, had taken legal action against the three singers on Monday, filing an objection against a court's decision ordering provisional disposition of their working contracts as well as a lawsuit reclaiming their validity.
"We are demanding compensation for damages the agency and the remaining two members have suffered from the cosmetics business the three have undertaken and them also cancelling a concert in Shenzhen", SM stated in its complaint...More
From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Micky Yoochun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SM Entertainment, the talent powerhouse in charge of discovering and managing boy band TVXQ, has taken legal action against three of the group's members whose exclusive contract with the agency was nullified last year.
"On April 12, we filed an objection against the court's decision ordering provisional disposition of the contracts as well as a lawsuit to reclaim their validity", the agency stated through a press release Tuesday...More
By Han Sang-hee
Sometimes nothing will go according to plan, even when you are a big star like Lee Hyori
The singer has had her fair share of fame over the past 12 years, starting as the leader of the now disbanded girl group Fin.K.L, then as a solo singer and until recently the host of the popular television show "The Family is Out!" She is now back with a fresh album and, hopefully, a new look and tune, but returning to the pop scene after two years has proven to be tougher than expected.
First of all, there was the tragedy with the Navy frigate Cheonan. Lee's agency, Mnet Media, announced that they were postponing Lee's release of her fourth album, "H-Logic", from April 4 to 13. This was inevitable as most of the entertainment programs, including music shows, were being dropped by broadcasters due to the tragic incident. Along with the album, the online release of her tracks and music video were also pushed back.
Fans may have been disappointed, but the release of one of her tracks called "Swing" kept them busy. The hip-hop number showed that Lee has inde...More
Album cover of Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" [Mnet Entertainment]
Pop sensation Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" has skyrocketed to the top of online music charts in just a day of its release.
Title track "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has taken over the No. 1 spot on all music charts, while other tracks on her record have entered the top 50 of several online music charts including Melon, Dosirak and social networking website Cyworld.
On the web-based charts of cable music channel Mnet and music provider Bugs, the entire record listing successfully broke into the top 30 slots...More
Picture of Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Rain has made his way to the top of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Love Song".
The title track from the singer's latest album "BACK TO THE BASIC" bounced up three slots from its previous position to rank the hottest single during the week of April 5 to 11...More
Asian pop sensation Rain [Mnet]
K-pop sensation Rain said he was once "swamped" with date requests by female celebrities.
The 27-year-old singer made the remark on KBS talk show "Win Win" aired on Monday, responding to whether he had been asked out on a date by female celebrities before.
"It was after I finished promoting my second album containing song 'How to Avoid the Sun'.... I was completely swamped with them", Rain explained, recollecting on his experience from early 2004...More
Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain has taken command of online and offline music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J.Tune stated that "Love Song", the title track from Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", climbed to the No. 1 spot on numerous online weekly charts including Melon, Dosirak, Mnet, Bugs and others...More
Singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]
Singer Lee Hyori's album will be released today, a day earlier than announced last week, according to her agency Mnet Media on Monday.
Mnet decided to pull up the date from midnight on Tuesday to 11 a.m. today, after the title song to her new album "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" got leaked on video website YouTube over the weekend...More
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori will be unveiling the teaser video to the title track of her upcoming album today, according to her agency Mnet Media on Friday.
Mnet explained that the teaser, a 30-second clip from the music video to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", will be released on major portal sites and various online music providers at 5 p.m. today...More
K-pop idol Lee Hyori for her song "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean pop phenom Lee Hyori has postponed the release date of her new album "H-Logic", according to her agency Mnet Entertainment on Wednesday.
A representative at Mnet stated the date has been delayed from tomorrow to April 13, also pushing back the unveiling of her music video and title track.
"It is still unclear whether music shows will air this week so we didn't want to release the album first and have her wait too long till giving her first performance", Mnet explained of the reason for their decision...More
Rain on the cover of "BACK TO BASICS" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain has dominated all online music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday.
"Love Song", the title track from his special album "BACK TO BASICS" released at midnight on Tuesday, swept all Korean charts including Melon, Mnet, Dosirak, Bugs, Soribada, Hanteo, Monkey 3 and social networking site Cyworld...More
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori in the music video for new single "Swing" [Mnet Media]
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori has unveiled a new single titled "Swing" from her upcoming fourth album "H-Logic", according to her agency Mnet Media.
The singer revealed her latest song and its music video through Mnet website and portal site Naver yesterday, prior to the record's official release on April 8.
"Swing", which is composed of acoustic guitar melodies, features Gary of popular Korean hip-hop duo Leessang...More
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]
Top Korean singer Lee Hyori is gearing up for a comeback to the K-pop music scene with her fourth album release next week, according to her agency Mnet Media.
Mnet on Monday unveiled a 30-second spot teaser video of the singer on Mnet.com and portal site Naver after having announced the previous day that Lee will be releasing a new record titled "H-Logic" on April 8...More
After weeks of hype and speculation, M-net Media has finally unveiled a teaser video of K-pop sensation Lee Hyori
's comeback of her fourth album. Titled "H-Logic", the video surfaced on Mnet.com and Naver Music at 11 AM on March 29, 2010.
Though the teaser is short, running for a mere 30 seconds, Lee Hyori
shows off her typically dynamite style.
Teaser pictures of Lee Hyori
had surfaced just a day before, showing off her new platinum blonde hair, a bright yellow and black patterned outfit, and smokey eye makeup. Lee who is known as a fashion and style icon in Korea, was also seen sporting a more casual attire of trendy athletic-wear.
What's even more noteworthy was the tiger that popped up in the teas...More
Actor Kim Dong-wuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name is Kim Dong-wuk.
I was born on July 29, 1983.
I like actor Johnny Depp especially in "Donnie Brasco" where he played an FBI agent who goes undercover and joins the mafia. I am greedy in the sense that I want to play masculine roles like that.
There was a period in my life where I felt uneasy if I didn't listen to music even for a minute. Wherever I went, wherever I was and even when I'm sleeping, I had to listen to music to calm myself mentally. I remember breaking my speakers when I connected them to my CD player and tried to play them in the shower. I still love music but not as much as I did back then...More
By Han Sang-hee
Competition in the music industry this summer is expected to be fierce, with two favorites returning with new looks and sounds.
are both planning to release new albums this year, their firsts in more than three and five years, respectively.
, who made his debut in 2003, garnered fans with his signature smile, sleek dance moves and strong vocals. The 26-year-old had hits with albums "Just Listen", "Must Listen", "24/7" and "Se7onlution", but competing with fellow singer Rain proved to be hard, both in popularity and album sales.
The singer flew to the United States three years ago and it seemed he was making progress with collaborations with American rapper Lil' Kim and Amerie. His expectations faded, and fans started to wonder when he would return to the local stage. News that he would make a comeback came out last year, but according to his agency, YG Entertainment, fans wil...More
Korea's music industry executives and artists gather at the launching ceremony for GAON held at The Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul, South Korea on February 23, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Integrated Korean pop music chart "GAON Music Chart" was launched today by Korea Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA).
"GAON will serve as the official K-pop music chart -- Korea's equivalent of the prestigious U.S. Billboard chart -- to rank singles and albums according to online and offline sales data provided by major web-based music providers (Bugs, Dosirak, Melon, Mnet and Soribada) and record distribution companies (Loen Entertainment, Mnet Media, SM Entertainment, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music)....More
Idol group 2PM member Nichkhun [10Asia]
Eight Korean pop idols -- namely Nichkhun, Junho, Chansung (of 2PM), Jo Kwon, Jinwoon (2AM), Kang Min-hyuk (C.N.Blue), Lee Joon and G.O (MBLAQ) -- have been selected to host cable music channel Mnet's weekly music show starting Thursday.
Mnet explained yesterday that the popular idol group members -- newly nicknamed "MCD GUYZ" -- will team into groups of three or fours and take turns co-hosting popular music show "M countdown" each week....More
"The Rollercoaster", Korean mystery detective "Jeong Yak-yong
" Become Smash Hits on Cable NetworksViewers' Perception of Cable Networks Is Also Changing
Cable networks are stepping up their efforts to produce their own programs. Previously, cable networks simply served as an outlet for reruns of programs produced by major broadcasting networks.
Recently, however, they have begun launching their own productions including dramas, entertainment and educational programs and other shows which have proven quite successful. Last year, some cable channel programs such as "The Rollercoaster" (tvN) and Superstar K (Mnet) gained explosive popularity and even changed the way people think about cable networks.
In an effort to meet the viewers' changing expectations, cable channels are rushing to roll out new programs. Celebrities who previously appeared only on major TV networks or in movies are now showing up on cable channels as well, confirming the changing status of cable networks.
"The Rollercoaster", produced by the cable network tvN, became such a huge success that the network is planning to increase its drama production. tvN's "...More
By Han Sang-hee
Boy and girl bands may have conquered music charts last year, but solo singers are aiming at comebacks in 2010. But will they be able to win over fans amid the popularity of idol groups?
and Kim Jong-kook
, the two stars of the first season of the popular show "Family Outing" are returning to the small screen as singers this February. Netizens expressed their anticipation as the news spread that they were returning to the idol group dominated music scene, and experts are expecting a year of more diversity.
Lee, a former member of girl group fin.K.L in the late '90s, has become an icon among fellow singers and fans alike. Thanks to her likable personality, charismatic stage presence and fashion, she has not only topped music charts, but was also chosen as the most stylish singer in the nation at various events. The 30-year-old's popular songs and wardrobe have influenced many, and fans and music experts are waiting in anticipation for future hits and styles.
Expectations are high, but some doubt that the diva can...More
Korean girl band T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Korean girl group T-ara dominated the K-pop charts on televised music shows for the second week in a row.
The group took the crown on KBS's "Music Bank" on Friday with their hit single "Bo Peep Bo Peep", the title track from their album "Absolute First Album"....More
The Korea Creative Content Agency (President & CEO Lee Jae-woong) announced that it held a Regular Meeting for the Korea Broadcast Content Export Association at the 14th Floor Conference Room of the Sangam-dong Culture Contents Center last week. During the meeting, Yi Sang-ok, Director of the Overseas Business Team of MBC, was elected as the new president of the association.
Yi Sang-ok said, "The role of the person responsible for the overseas distribution of content is becoming increasingly important. The Korea Broadcast Content Export Association will strengthen its basis and promote its competitiveness while devoting itself to the development of new fields".
President Yi Sang-ok will strive to secure actual support from the government to increase the export of broadcast contents, conduct research and ...More
Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?...More
The girl group 2NE1
has been named the "Artist of the Year" by Mnet.com.
The four-member girl group 2NE1
has been named the "Artist of the Year" by Mnet.com music portal, grabbing the honor in their debut year.
Mnet.com announced the result Tuesday, after analyzing its online music charts from Jan. 1 to Dec. 10.
The girl group was also crowned in the best album category, underlining it is at the top of the domestic pop music scene.
Created by the makers of Big Bang, YG Entertainment, the group ― comprised of Sandara Park
, CL, Bom and Minzy ― debuted in May with their single "Fire" and since then has steadily built up their popularity with the consecutive releases of hit...More
Golden Disk Awards Congratulates SM Bands; but Fails to Bring Fairness
By Han Sang-hee
Super Junior and Girls' Generation
from SM Entertainment took home the Grand Prize and the Grand Prize for Digital Music Source, respectively, at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards held at the Olympic Hall, Thursday.
The award for Best Hip Hop went to Epik High, while the Best Rock Award was given to Jang Ki-ha and the Faces. 4Minute and T-ara
won Best Rookie Awards, while the Most Popular Singer Awards were given to Super Junior and SHINee.
As one of the biggest music awa...More
The three members of top pop group TVXQ, who have been in a dispute over what they called a slave-like contact with their agency SM Entertainment, will meet fans Saturday in a charity event.
Yes24, an Internet bookstore, said in a notice on its Web site that the three ― Xiah, Mickey and Kim Jae-joong
― will take part in the "Smile Again"' charity to be held at a gym in Korea University in Seoul at 5 p.m. But U-Know
, the group's two other members who didn't join the rebellion, will not be present at the event.
"Smile Again" is a charity to be organized by the ChildFund Korea.
This is the first time since the Mnet Asian Music Awards in late November that the three TVXQ members will meet fans. Xia is scheduled to appear in the musical "Mozart" in January.
In late October, a court ruled that the three members c...More
Two granddaughters of Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chol wield tremendous power in the CJ and Shinsegae groups, which are affiliated with the Samsung conglomerate. The epicenters of power are CJ Group vice chairwoman Lee Mi-kyung and Shinsegae vice president Chung Yoo-kyung. Lee is a core part of CJ's management who leads the group's new growth businesses of entertainment ventures. Chung was promoted on Tuesday from managing director of the Westin Chosun Hotel to vice president of Shinsegae.
◆ Spearheading CJ's Entertainment Business
CJ's broadcast and media business is booming this year. "Super Star K", a reality show on cable music TV station Mnet to discover new singing talent, achieved 8.47 percent ratin...More
By Han Sang-hee
Music fans will have a tough time deciding which concerts to attend this December, as some of Korea's best singers will present their songs at separate events.
Shin Seung-hun, who recently released his second mini-album, "Love O'clock", will dazzle his fans at his concert titled "The Shin Seung-hun Show". The performance has become famous both in Korea and Japan, featuring great music and special stages for his fans. Tickets cost from 66,000 to 132,000 won and will be held at Olympic Hall, Olympic Park, Dec. 18-20.
Park Hyo-shin, who held his 10th anniversary concert in October, is offering his "2009 Gift Live Tour +" on Dec. 30 and 31. More than 200 staff members, including 120 dancers and chorus singers, will help Park prepare a show with various events. Tickets cost from 44,000 to 121,000 won and will be held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium.
Boy-next-door singer Lee Seung-gi
, having recovered from the H1N1 virus, will show his versatility and engage in a special dance act with fellow dancers. Lee's concert will be held at the Fencing Stadium, Olympic Park, on Dec. 12 and 13. Tickets cost from 55,000 to 110,000 won.
Join Bobby Kim, Kim Bum-soo and Wheesung
for a memorable evening at "T...More
The five members of K-pop boy band TVXQ will put on a performance together for a Nippon Television music show on Thursday in Japan, the first time in about three months that all members will perform together. Three of the five members are currently in a dispute with their agency SM Entertainment.
They also plan to take the stage together for another Japanese TV music show in early December, according to the Japanese broadcasters' Web sites, Monday.
The news of their performances in Japan came just two days after the three renegade members ― Xiah, Micky Yoochun
and Kim Jae-joong
― expressed their friendship with the two other band members at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Award (MAMA) in the Jamsil Gymnasium in southeastern Seoul, Saturday.
, who are not involved in the dispute, did not attend the show as SM Entertainment boycotted the year-end music festival.
After receiving the Best Asian Stars award, the trio said it would have been better if all five members had stood together on the same stage.
"This award was only possible because five people all worked together", Xiah said.
Hero also said, "I'm happy and thankful as this prize is from Asian fans. I don't know...More
The three members of top pop group TVXQ, who have been in dispute over what is called a slave-like contact with their agency SM Entertainment, Saturday took the stage in South Korea for the first time since the conflict erupted.
The three _ Xiah, Micky Yoochun
and Kim Jae-joong
_ appeared in the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Award (MAMA) held at Jamsil Gymnasium in southeastern Seoul.
, the group's two other members who didn't join the rebellion, were not seen as SM decided not to take part in the year-end music festival.
After receiving the Best Asian Stars award, the three rebellious members expressed thanks to their fans and said amid cheers, "It would have been better if all the five members stood on the same stage".
By Han Sang-hee
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 entrances in hopes of catching a glimpse of some of their favorite K-pop singers.
Mnet Media scrapped its 10-year Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF) in October, announcing that it was bringing an upgraded music event for not only fans in Korea, but throughout Asia as well. While the overall show was entertaining, it failed to truly captivate fans with its results and concept.
The red carpet entrance was a good way to kick off the six-hour event, with female singers donning stylish outfits, mostly in black, some in fur and others in leather.
MAMA offered eight main stages, or "waves", each with special concepts and performances.
The first wave, "Asian Fever", featured Drunken Tiger, who later won the Best Male Solo Artist. The award for the Best Female Solo Artist went to Baek Ji-young
. The Best New Male Artist went to the Supreme Team, while 2NE1
won the Best New Female Artist, and two other awards eventually, including the Best Music Video and, one of the grand prizes, the Best Song of the Year for "I Don't Care".
The second wave, "Girls x Girls", featured top girl groups the Brown Eyed Girls, which won the Best Female Group and Best House & Electronic awards, and ...More
Han Go-eun has attended the Mnet Asian Music Awards!
She is posing for the camera in her sexy makeup and outfit!
This event is shown in 10 different countries awarding singers, songs, a...More
OST of SBS idol drama, "You're Beautiful"
has created a sensation in the music market. The OST album sales have reached nearly 20,000 within 7 days upon its release on Oct. 14.
The production company of the OST said, "OST album of "You're Beautiful"
, unveiled on 14th, has sold 15,000 copies until on 22nd". "The album has been sold consistently even now so that it will pass the 20,000 mark in days".
The OST album placed 1st on the first day of the release in the Han...More
By Han Sang-hee
Mnet Media, one of Korea's most popular music networks, will scrap its 10-year-old music festival for a new one titled "2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards" (MAMA).
The former event "Mnet KM Music Festival" (MKMF) was organized by two music cable channels, Mnet and KM. It was considered one of the biggest music award events in Korea. However, Mnet surprised fans when they posted a large sign on its Web site early this month saying that they were not holding the MKMF this year.
Curiosity emerged, and the network finally announced that they were creating a new event that would attract not only Korea's most popular singers, but also those from around the world.
"Our final goal is to not only show the best of Korean music to the world, but also become Asia's representative award event and attract other famous artists to come as well", Mnet Media said.
The network is preparing subtle yet unique changes, from the style of the event to the judging system.
The biggest change will be the overall concept.
Actress Yoon Jin-seo and her boyfriend Lee Taek-geun have been in a model shoot together.
For those of you who don't know Lee, he is a baseball sports star!
The couple have been in a jean model shoot for which the video of their m...More
Korea's talent search show, Super Star K, on Mnet produced its first professional singer. Jeong Seul-ki left a very strong impression on music industry insiders and the show's judges although she was eliminated in the fourth preliminary round. She sang "I Have No Heart" by 8ight and moved Lee Hyori
Jeong signed a contract with Brand New Stardom, an age...More
Singer Lee Hyori
, 30, and Taiwanese singer Wilber Pan, 29, will appear together in a TV commercial to be shown in China and perform the background song as a duet. Lee's agency, Mnet Media, said the two singers had been cast for a TV commercial for Hyundai Motor's "i30" and will record its background song in Korean and Chinese. They will begin shooting the commercial on July 19 in China.
The commercial will be produced in the form of "branded entertainment", like Samsung Electronics' Anycall commercials, which featured diverse content. It will be produced by director Cha Eun-taek
and songwriter Pa...More
Reigning girl group "Girls' Generation
" is ahead of the game, for now.
By Han Sang-hee
The local pop scene is sizzling with an array of girl groups, both old and new, and the competition is expected to heat up with each band presenting distinctive sounds, fashion and personalities.
and the Wonder Girls have been the top girl groups for the past two years, but now their thrones are starting to look a bit shaky as new groups loaded with new tricks have appeared.
The nine-member Girls' Generation
, of SM Entertainment, released their new album "Genie" in June, donning a marine and military style for their new look. They have been topping charts on Internet music Web sites and music programs aired on television.
Despite the success, the group's image has been smeared by several incidents: First there was the rumor regarding an album cover that depicted a Japanese fighter jet; then the discord between band members; seen from clips taken by fans during rehearsals; and finally a plagiarism dispute, an allegation which later turned out to be false.
The Wonder Girls, of JYP Entertainment, on the other hand, are busy in the United States as the opening act of the Jonas Brothers' U.S. tour. The group was originally scheduled for 13 concerts, but after the girls surprised both fans and organizers with their witty handling of a technical delay, they were offered to open the entire 45 concerts.
Photos and clips of the five girls pe...More
By Ines Min
Actor-turned-singer Lee Joon-ki
is making a return to center stage in Japan with concerts in Kobe and Yokohama on July 18 and 19. The event will commemorate the re-opening of his fan club, Splendor.
Lee previously recorded and released music in 2006, but his new single in April was his first time back on the music scene. Another EP is due later this year and the undying love of his fans has thrust him back into the public eye.
The 27-year-old gained widespread fame for his role as an androgynous court jester in the film "...More
By Han Sang-hee
An array of programs by cable channels are presenting programs that beckon viewers to stand in front of the camera themselves.
Cable music channel Mnet leads these programs, with a total of three programs open for viewers to join in and become a part of them. One of the most anticipated is "Superstar K", which is the Korean version of the United States' hit program "American Idol". With a winning prize of more than 100 million won and the chance to make a debut this coming fall backed by music mogul Mnet, more than 5,000 viewers applied on the first day of admissions.
"There were plenty of similar music programs that held auditions for aspiring singers but the problem with most of them was the lack of support and interest given to the winners after the program. Another important feature we focused on is that literally anyone can participate and try out to become the next top singer of Korea", the makers of "Superstar K" said through a statement.
The program toured around the nation in search of talented contestants for the past two months and brought out interesting participants from different regions of the country.
Kim Byung-soo, 69, is one of the many interesting contestants; just the type the program makers were searching for.
Kim is a N...More
Well-made existing programs are refined through formatting, aiming at foreign market
To promote format export, which recently emerges as a new business model for content exports, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA, President & CEO: Lee Jae-woong) announced that they have selected 14 best programs such as KBS's 'Happy Together-Friends' and 'Couple Clinic: Love and War', and 'Interview Game' of Every Show Co., Ltd. to provide financial assistance worth a total of 358 million won for their format bible production.
Among those selected are 11(79% of the total) programs of edutainment genre which has been less exported. What is unique about the production support is that programs which are no longer on air or some corners of a program have been chosen. The examples include 'Guerilla Concert' of MBC's Sunday Sunday Night and 'Happy Together-Friends'. Formatting allows a program which is no longer on air to produce new added value and entertainment programs to be exported to ar...More
By Kang Hyun-kyung
Younghoon David Kim, chairman of energy, environment and culture-based business Daesung Group, had a nice surprise in China two years ago when he was on a business trip.
An executive from China Film Group Corporation, the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China, expressed deep enthusiasm about forging a partnership with Kim's business which invested part of its capital in producing cultural products.
"I was told that Korean soap operas were very popular there. Due to the guidelines set by the government, Chinese people were allowed to watch made-in-Korea dramas only after 10 p.m. Despite the inconvenience, families gathered together in front of television late at night to watch Korean dramas", said the businessman.
Before the business trip, Kim confessed he thought the Chinese madness to hallyu was waning.
"To link the enthusiasm to business opportunities, I think we need to stop using the term hallyu that embraces some defensive meaning on made-in-Korea cultural products in China", he said.
Chinese media coined the term of hallyu ― meaning th...More
The group T-MAX has successfully held its first concert in Japan, showing off the charm and talent of its members.
T-MAX's popularity has been on the rise since the TV drama "Boys over Flowers
" drew the spotlight on the satellite channel Mnet. On May 10, the group gave two concerts, both entitled "T-MAX First Live", at the Astro Hall in Tokyo. The band opened the concerts with the songs "Bang Bang Boom" from its 2007 debut album and "Bad Tooth". It also performed rock songs and ballads with a four-member Japanese band.
The T-MAX members freely communicated with their audiences in Japanese because they have st...More
A music drama about the lives of the so-called "F4" men -- Gu Jun-pyo, Yoon Ji-hoo
, So Yi-jung and Song Woo-bin -- five years from now is to be produced soon.
The 25-minute omnibus music drama will be unveiled on April 28 on the music portal Mnet.com. The actors playing the F4 team -- Lee Min-ho
, Kim Hyun-joong
, Kim Beom
and Kim Jun
-- have personally selected the music for the production. The drama made headlines after its video teaser was unveiled on April 20 on Mnet.com. It a...More
Female trio SeeYa is one member short now that its main vocal Nam Gyoo-ri
has left the team. SeeYa's management company, Core Contents Media, released a statement on Monday to explain that Nam has left the group despite the fact that she is still contracted for two more years. The agency says that Nam, Kim Yeon-ji and Lee Bo-ram had each signed a five-year exclusive contract with GM Planning (currently Mnet Media) in February 2006. But when GM was acquired by Mnet Media later in 2006, they had all signed three-year contracts and agreed to work the remaining two years with the CEO of Core...More
By Han Sang-hee
Trying to stop illegal music downloading on the Internet may seem like an impossible task, as young and old Internet users alike freely download copyrighted songs without awareness of the criminal implications.
In the past, music companies would chase after people who illegally downloaded music, but this proved to be largely ineffective in deterring other downloaders.
Now, the music industry has changed tactics. According to Lee Deok-yo, the CEO of the Korean Association of Phonogram Producers (KAPP), the industry is fighting against rampant music piracy through an information campaign featuring pop stars like Wonder Girls and FT Island
, and improving technical protection for digital audio files.
"We have sued people who have downloaded contents illegally, but we soon realized our actions would not help in rooting out the already widely-known and practice. The downloaders were young, high school and even middle school students, and it was quite a shock for them to be sued by an organi...More
Do you want to be a star? Then try your luck and show your talent at the auditions for "Superstar K", the Korean version of "American Idol". The talent search show began accepting phone applications for the show on Monday, but the ARS phone service (1566-0199) were suspended for two hours, because of an overwhelming number of calls made to register for the audition. Over 5,600 applicants registered over the phone and the Superstar K homepage (www.superstark.co.kr) saw over 400 thousand hits in just a few hours. The show's organizer, Mnet Media, said that they never dreamed of such explosive responses. They're in the process of installing more ARS lines.
She is another actress taking a bold transformation.
Choi Jeong-won is the second guest to the 'Be Fabulous' corner on Mnet. She has transformed from the lovely innocent image into a sexy femme fatale!
Her concept was of one well-known and wanted photographer in New York. She is wearing a simple shirt with jeans and some smoky makeup with natural curls.
Choi's transformation will be revealed on March 31st....More
By Han Sang-hee
Some may say that hallyu, or the Korean wave, is over, but according to some celebrities' plans, the wave is just waiting for the perfect time to hit harder.
Singers and actors alike are moving their radars to Japan, with new albums, fan meetings and new dramas, a perfect way to reinvigorate the star power of local celebrities.
Singers Shin Seung-hun and R&B group SG Wannabe will release new albums in Japan this March. Shin, who proved his ballad power in Japan with his first album four years ago, returned to the local ballad scene last year, releasing a local album for the first time in two years. Recently announcing a concert tour in cities like Osaka and Tokyo starting in April, the 40-year-old singer's second album will be released March 25 and bring fans his new acoustic sounds.
SG Wannabe, consisting of Kim Jin-ho, Kim Yong-jun and Lee Suk-hun, will release its fifth album, "Rainbow", in Japan March 11. Making its Japanese debut last year, the group recorded a total of 12 songs, all in Japanese. SG Wannab...More
KBS 2TV's immensely popular drama "Boys over Flowers
", based on a hit Japanese comic, will air in Japan from April 12.
Japan's Mnet, a main channel of Korean broadcasts, will air the Korean drama series every Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Before the airing, Mnet will feature a special program on March 14 highlighting the "F4" actors, ...More
The five member male idol group SS501 has scored successes in both music and drama.
The title song of the group's mini album released by only three of the members--Heo Yeong-seang, Kim Hyung-joon
, Kim Gyoo-jong--and entitled "U R Man" has ranked as the top "Mutizen Song" in a SBS TV music program, while ranking number one for two weeks on the cable Mnet channel program "M! Countdown".
Member Kim Hyun-joong
, who is currently not a member of the band due to his acting career, is also climbing in popularity as the sensational hit KBS 2TV drama "Boys over Flowers
" has topped 20% in viewer ratings.
SS501 is particulary happy about the music-drama synergy effect.
The group appeared as themselves singing U R Man in a dance club scene ...More
Hospitalized for acute pneumonia and excessive fatigue, K-pop diva Lee Hyori
will be absent from all the year-end award ceremonies. Her representative MNet Media reported that Lee has been diagnosed with pneumonia, malnutrition, and over exhaustion, and has been ordered by her doctors to take at least 10 days of complete bed rest.
Lee's condition has forced her to c...More
By Han Sang-hee
has had a busy year but is about to wear a new hat: designer of his own clothing line.
The 26-year-old singer held a showcase in Ilsan last week to announce the launching of "Six to Five" with the help of fellow celebrities and fans.
Dressed in a neat black and white tuxedo, Rain
explained the line's overall concept and objectives to reporters, not as a singer, but as the head designer and main model.
"`Six to Five' means that we are aiming to reach the sixth sense from our original five senses. I also wanted to use numbers to make it easier to find and comfortable to approach", he said.
Six to Five will start business in Korea and then expand elsewhere in Asia and then Europe and the United States.
"I think it's a bit unreasonable to call myself a designer. I never lea...More
's popularity is expected to soar even further with the upcoming launch of the popular Korean TV drama series "Beethoven Virus
" in Japan.
Jang recently opened his official Japanese website ( http://www.jang-keunsuk.com ) and will prepare a special event to meet with his fans. He also plans to provide realtime information for his fans via a mobile fan site.
The Korean Council will also hold a "Korean Film Showcase" from December 13 to 19 at the Tokyo CQN theater featuring "Baby and I
" and "...More
By Han Sang-hee
The global economic crisis and corresponding local business sentiments are spreading over to the entertainment sector. Planned dramas are being dropped from production while top celebrities are willingly reducing their paychecks.
Main broadcasters MBC, KBS and SBS have each cut one drama from their programming budgets this fall, as production costs, along with actors' paychecks, are still soaring higher than ever.
At a seminar dubbed "The Crisis of TV dramas and Normalization of Performance Fees", drama directors from television networks, producers from outsource production companies, actors, scholars and civil group members got together to further discuss the reality and come up with constructive solutions.
"Production costs have jumped 25 percent to even 120 percent since 2004. The surprising part of the jump is that almost 60 percent of it is due to the paychecks (of the actors)", said Ha Yun-geum from the Korean Broadcasting Institute.
The paychecks given to top actors ranged from one million won to nine million won in 2002, but the number has jumped to 10 million and higher. Now it takes about 25 million won per episode to bring a top celebrity to star in a...More
By Han Sang-hee
Autumn is considered "men's season" here, with the cool fall breeze blowing jackets open and solitude flowing in the air. But this year, the local pop scene will be crowded with both male and female singers. Singers like Jo Sung-mo, Wheesung
, Kim Jong-kook
have returned to the pop scene, while Lee Hyori
, Lee Soo-young
and Baek Ji-young
are also following closely behind.
Soulful crooners Jo Sung-mo and Kim Jong-kook
have both returned after completing their military service, but they chose to meet fans through different channels.
Jo, who made it big back in the late 1990s with his delicate voice and sweet ballads, has been b...More
The nation's foremost pop diva, Lee Hyori
will hold her first solo concert since her debut on Dec. 20 at the Seoul Jamsil Gymnasium.
According to her management MNET Media, "Since her debut as a member of the all-female super group FINKL in 1998, she is determined to give her fans the greatest concert ... her very first concert since debuting as a solo artist in 2003".
'Seminar for Digital Sound Source and Activation of Sound Businesses of Asia's Culture-Oriented City', hosted by Asia's Culture-Oriented City of Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (Minister: In-Chon Yu) and managed by Gwangju Information Cultural Industry Agency, is held at 3:00 pm on 30th in Kim Dae-Jung Convention Center of Gwangju.
This seminar is for deducing strategies as a core content of Asia's culture-oriented city, collection of Asian cultural resources of Asian Culture Complex Information Cente...More
A teaser music video of the hottest K-pop star Rain
's fifth album will be released on Thursday, October 2nd. Rain
's agent said that the teaser video of "Love Story" will be first posted on online music sites like MNet and major portal sites. Now Rain
's fans will be able to get a taste of his new music video shot in some of the trendiest places in southern Seoul.
Actress Ha Ji-won
has co-starred ...More
The "sexy divas" of K-pop, Lee Hyori
and Uhm Jung-hwa
, will be performing on-stage together for the first time.
interviewed Uhm on the Mnet reality program which ended in May, "Off the Record with Hyo-lee". During the candid interview, Uhm confessed her feelings about returning to the music scene and in a moment of on-air bonding, the two decided to give a joint performance.
That performance will be at the "2nd Mnet 20's Choice" summer ceremony on August 23rd at 5 p.m. at Seoul's Jangchung Stadium.
"I have great respect for Uhm Jung-hwa
", said Lee Hyori
. "I'm honored to be able to join her on-stage.
We will give you a performance that can only be made possible w...More
By Min Hee-young
Korea Times Intern
Like her or not, pop icon Lee Hyori
Besides the usual suggestive photos and controversial lyrics, the pop diva's latest display of audacity is the name of her newest album. In typical Hyo-lee demeanor, the artist opted for a new spin on the standard self-titled album, with "It's Hyorish".
Rather than using her given name like most artists, she has invented a new word: "Hyorish" which is an adjective that describes all things Hyori.
"We tried to portray Hyo-lee's charms through the word `Hyorish'. There are ...More
By Kim Ji-soo
Singer Steve Seungjun Yoo's attempt at a comeback ― his second one in seven years ―has failed yet again.
The 32-year-old was to appear in MBC's "Never Ending Story" on July 30, as part of a documentary about Chinese action star Jackie Chan. However, after the appearance of Yoo became known, strong public opinion against him made the production team cut out the segment featuring the singer.
"The program is about Jackie Chan. We thought a scene of Chan meeting Yoo wouldn't cause such a big problem. However, considering the public opinion, we made the final decision to leave it out", a staff member on the program sa...More
Hallyu star Park Yong-ha
met with some 23,000 Japanese fans through a series of fan meetings in eight major Japanese cities, including Sendai.
Some 5,000 fans flocked to see Park, their favorite Korean actor and singer, the first day of the fan meeting held at the Marunouchi Tokyo International Forum A Hall.
During the fan meeting, Park said he plans ...More
Mnet Media is calling on cyber investigators to dig into the illegal distribution of songs from Lee Hyori
's third studio album.
Mnet Media said that songs from the singer's latest album were recently found to have been distributed online. It said it is determined to dig into the matter by consulting a cyber investigation team.
The company, which had originally planned on uploading five songs from the album through Mnet.com s...More
By Han Sang-hee
Summer is not just about the sizzling sun, cool beaches and ice cream; it's also about new styles, music and fashion.
Top Korean female singers are preparing for big comebacks this season and some are already making headlines with their new looks and music.
, Ivy and Jang Yoon-jeong are ready to surprise fans with their new music and styles.
Lee, one of Korea's favorite female singers, is planning to make a comeback next month and is already making fans wonder about her new look and melodies. Lee's management, Mnet Media, recently released a tea...More
On the 4th, a representative from SBS said, "Agreements are almost finished with Mnet Japan. From July, "On Air"
will be aired in Japan".
When asked the price of each episode, he said, "I can't reveal that, but it was sold at the highest price out of the recent Korean dramas. For each episode, it is at least 60 million won ($US 60,000)".
is receiving love calls from Southeast Asia and China. The production company said, "The television rights have been sold to Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. We are almost finished with agreements with China".
The rumors between Jin Won
and Park Min-ji
's management company said in an interview, "It has been a year since they've dated. They were able to get closer while shooting a drama". They have appeared as a couple in "Super Mom", which ended last August.
According to the company, Jin Won
tried to prevent the news from getting out. He was worried that Park Min-ji
would have to face the consequences.
The company said, "Recently, after the rumor came out, I think they are enjoying their dates. Please help them ...More
Hip hop group Epik High's leader Tablo
has returned to work after a car accident left him in hospital on Tuesday. He appeared on the cable music channel Mnet's "M Countdown" and hosted his live radio program "Tablo
's Dreamy Radio" Thursday night.
's representative Ulim Entertainment says that the singer has decided to resume his TV and radio appearances, promising the doctors that he won't overexert himself. He has to return to hospital after work, because he has not been discharged yet.
has thanked his fans for their support and concern about his w...More
By Han Sang-hee
The trend on television these days is "reality" and these are beginning to dominate productions.
Reality shows depict the stories of people of their lives. Unlike a drama or a talk show, the flow is more natural and most importantly, unpredictable. The programs delve deeper into meaning and look at those who are different. Boredom turns to entertainment.
Mnet Media launched their "star reality" programs a while ago, and they have become widely popular among other cliche programs.
"Off the Record Lee Hyori
" takes a look into the life of Korea's top singer. The cameras literally barge into her house, her studio and even her closet. Being a famou...More
Actor Ji Seong
is planning an official trip to Japan for the first time after his mandatory military service.
He became very popular in Japan after his part in the TV drama, "All In"
. After his 2-year military service, he made a successful comeback into the spotlight with the MBC drama "New Heart"
(Teleplay by Hwang Eun-kyeong
, Directed by Park Hong-gyoon
). Next month, ...More
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Idol groups such as the Wonder Girls, Big Bang and Girls' Generation
dominated the pop charts last year. This power of youngsters in the Korean pop music industry will likely to continue this year, steered by the big entertainment companies.
Amid the overall slump in the K-pop industry, JYP, the entertainment company run by singer-producer Park Jin-young
, hopes for another successful year.
Referred to as "the jewel of JYP", Joo is certainly the most prominent new face of the year.
Joo participated in SBS's talent show "Super Star Survival" (2006) in collaboration with JYP. Though not the winner of the show, she got into the training program at JYP.
Since JYP has produced many hit singers such as G.O.D, ...More
Not only stars become best friends to each other. A stylist maintains much closer relationship to a star than their manager and is solely responsible for their management. Therefore they are an inseparable assistance and a strong supporter and a best friend.
If a certain star made a sudden escape from disgraceful "worst dress" to honourable "Best dresser" category, there must be a well-matched stylist behind them.
Actor Lee Young-ae
often says that she shared "10-years-old friendship" with Ma Yong-hee, her stylist. Hereupon once can see a relationship between a star and their stylist is beyond what is shared between colleagues.
A program called "Trend Report, Feel – Season II" (directed by PD Lee Sun-young/ 11pm on Tuesday) from Mnet, investigated the inseparable relationship between a star and their stylist and analysed...More
Singer "Ivy" is going through a rough patch after the arrest of a man named Yu (31) last week who had attempted to blackmail her with a revealing video clip showing him with the K-pop star. "It is possible that such video clips exist since "Ivy" slept over at Yu's place quite often, but none were shot with her consent", "Ivy" publicist Fantom Entertainment said Friday. Yu and "Ivy" had been in a romantic relationship for the past two years.
"Ivy" is this year's undisputed no.1, rising to the top with her second album "Sonata of Temptation" released early this year and is also busy shooting commercials for everything from cosmetics to drinks. "The incident has made it impossible for "Ivy" to go on with her public appearances or even go for a simple walk outside", says her agency. That requires a rethink of her scheduled appearance at various end-of-the-year events and commercial shoots. They could include the 2007 Mnet KM Music Festival...More
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Perhaps a reflection of the growing awareness of an increasingly multiracial Korea, a growing number of foreign faces are appearing on Korean television. More and more Korean dramas are casting foreign-born actors and actresses, although in supporting roles.
In recent years, hunky actors like Daniel Henney
and Dennis O
, who are partly Korean, have won the hearts of fans, even though they can barely speak Korean.
Now, it's the turn of good-looking and fluent Korean speakers like exotic British-Japanese Eva Popiel
and blonde Belgian Julian Quintart
to make a splash on the entertainment scene.
, a young Japanese-British woman who attracted attention after appearing in the hit KBS talk show "Beauties Chatterbox", is now parlaying her popularity into an acting career.
At the press conference for the KBS1 daily series "Likable or Not
" ("I Hate You, But It's Fine"), Popiel attracted media attention because this is her first acting role, though she may have even overshadowed the drama's lead stars ...More
In commemoration of the MBC drama "Prince Hours
", a large-scale fan meeting will be held in Japan. This drama is due to air on the 9th of next month in Japan through SKY PerfecTV! on the Korean channel Mnet.
Mnet invited the main characters of the drama, Se7en
and Heo I-jae
, to come to Tokyo for a fan meeting on June 15th.
Following up after the popular drama "Princess Hours
", which aired last year in Japan, ...More
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Calvin Klein Jeans ads are known for their ultra-sexy, provocative and oftentimes controversial images.
So, it came as no surprise to many when Calvin Klein Jeans picked sexy fashion icon Lee Hyori
as its first ever model for Asia. Her ads for Calvin Klein Jeans will be released this month. Judging from the initial photographs, the ads will show an edgy but more sensual side of Lee.
Lee made a splash in her debut as a Calvin Klein Jeans model at the Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear Spring 2007 party at the Papertainer Museum in Olympic Park, southern Seoul, on Wednesday evening.
Wearing black jeans that showed off her famous curves and a fitted tank top, Lee performed three new songs from her digital album. She opened with a romantic b...More
The music video that was most watched on the internet in 2006 was actress Hyeon Yeong
's "A Sister's Dream", according to internet music site Mnet.com.
The company on Friday announced the most viewed music video, most downloaded song, and longest chart-topping song based on its service data from Dec. 1, 2005 until Nov. 31, 2006....More
CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.
The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a professional group of 30 film producers and distributors, management company chiefs, broadcasting producers, music producers and film directors, and its own culture and entertainment reporters.
Orion Group President Lee Hwa-kyung dropped from her top spot last year to second place this year. Ge...More
One of the hottest domestic stars, Lee Hyori
will be paid top dollar for her third year modeling for Samsung Electronics Anycall commercials. Her agency Mnet Media on Monday said Lee recently signed one of the country's highest-paying one-year contracts with Samsung Electronics. With this, she will now be entering her third year of modeling for the phones. Lee, who left an impression with he...More
By Seo Dong-shin
, one of the hottest stars of the Korean wave sweeping Asia, is becoming aware of Korean fans' feelings about his conscription records.
The TV and movie actor learned the lesson again last weekend when his public relations company had to cancel an exhibition featuring photos and items related to his military service, which was originally scheduled to run until today.
Mnet Media planned the exhibition at N Seoul Tower near Mt. Namsan that would have displayed Song's military uniforms, ammunition belt and other equipment as well as pictures and films featuring his life in the military. The company officials said that it was to show the star's "other side" to his international fans, who came mostly from Japan to Seoul to meet and celebrat...More
Japan's FujiTV is in the process of producing a special program on actor Song Seung-heon
, one of the leading Korean Wave stars who will be discharged from military service on Nov. 15.
Mnet Media, Song's agency, said Thursday that the Japanese broadcasting company is working ...More
The six-man group Shinhwa will give a press interview at Budokan in Japan on Apr. 14 at 3:00 p.m. to make an official announcement on its plans to advance into the Japanese pop market.
In the press interview, the group will disclose its projects for 2006, including the production of its first Japanese-version single album that will be released in June through the album agency Columbia Music Entertainment, the release of its regular album in August, and its Asia concert tour.
Due to the upcoming arrival of t...More
Such is the popularity of Park Yong-ha
and K-Pop band Shinhwa in Japan that their plans to fly in via Tokyo's conveniently close Haneda Airport on Friday were scuppered by safety concerns.
Park and the band, together with other top Korean Wave stars, planned to enter Japan for a concert Saturday in a CJ Media series celebrating the founding of Mnet Japan, "M-Countdown in Japan", at Tokyo's Budokan.
But the airport feared hordes of fans would turn up to welcome their idols and denied approval due to safety concerns. Both sides agreed with the assessment and decided to fly instead to the larger Narita International Airport. There was talk afterward that Narita will also put all sorts of security measures into effect, including dispatching 100 ...More
Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) 2011, one of the largest music awards in Korea, heads to Singapore this year.
Hosted by music cable channel Mnet, the 13th music awards will be held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 29. Top singers TVXQ, B2ST, Big Bang, Super Junior and 2PM will vie for the best male group award, while Brown Eyed Girls, Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1 and f(x) compete in the best female group section. Kim Hyun-joong, Park Jae-beom, Jang Woo-hyuk, HyunA and G.NA are nominated for the best dance performance by a solo singer...More