Is Big Bang Ready for the West? 2012/04/05, Source,
Idol group Big Bang are certainly getting their fair share of attention these days, but they are getting their just due; their latest mini-album 'Alive' is breaking records on Korean music charts and earning critical praise for its six singles on the EP. Their "concept" this go round is one of their most...unique so far- tattoos, oxygen masks, blue hair, the usual mélange from the YG stylist closet, and whatever G-Dragon happens to feel like throwing on when he wakes up in the morning. However, as has been closely noted by V.I.Ps (official Big Bang fan club), the music is what is attracting all the attention – from popular American blogs, sites, and international music insiders. They broke the Billboard 200, and placed high on other album charts (Independent, World, Heatseekers) demonstrating a pretty widespread appeal. It's interesting given that while it appears many in K-pop are still trying to find the magic formula for recognition in the West (Rain, BoA, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation) it seems as these guys are getting it and barely trying,...More
Big Bang to hold "BIG SHOW" and embark on Japan tour in 2011 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang [Official Big Bang website]
K-pop idols Big Bang next year will hold their annual "BIG SHOW" in Korea as well as embark on a concert tour in Japan, according to YG Entertainment on Thursday.
Yang Hyun-suk, CEO and founder of YG, announced on their official blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) that Big Bang will take the stage for their concert titled "BIG SHOW" at the Olympic Park Stadium from February 25 to 27,...More
G-Dragon, T.O.P and LeeSSang to perform at Xmas party 2010/12/07, Source,
Poster for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" [SK Telecom]
Some of the biggest names in the K-pop scene will be performing on stage at a Christmas party hosted by a communications company in Korea.
A press release from the party's publicist Prain Inc. announced Tuesday that Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), rap duo LeeSSang and Se7en will take the stage at a club in Kangnam of Seoul for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" held on December 24,...More
Big Bang may release new album in Oct or Nov 2010/08/20, Source,
Korean pop idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), Taeyang, G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idols Big Bang may be making a comeback to the local music scene in October or November, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Friday.
An official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, "There are plans for the boys to release a new album but it is tentative -- it will depend on the progress of the album",...More
Big Bang reveals 4th Japanese single 2010/06/09, Source,
Big Bang's 4th Japanese single "Tell Me Goodbye" [YG Entertainment]
Korean boy band Big Bang released their fourth Japanese single today, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Wednesday.
YG announced in a press release that their single "Tell Me Goodbye", featuring the combination of their signature vocals and rap with a calming piano melody, went on sale in Korea today,...More
Big Bang first Korean dance group at Japan music fest 2010/05/26, Source,
Big Bang members Seung Ri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP (Choi Seung-hyun) and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Boy band Big Bang will be the first Korean dance group to take the main stages of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival 2010 in August, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced in a press release that the group is set to perform on the Ocean Stage of the Maishima Summer Sonic site in Osaka on August 7 and on the Marine Stage of the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo the following day,...More
Big Bang wraps up Big Show in success 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performs at the "2010 Big Show" in Seoul [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang successfully wrapped up their Seoul concert over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
The five-member group performed in front of some 13,000 fans at the "2010 Big Show - Big Bang concert" , held at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on January 31.
"This is a wonderful day because we get to enjoy it with the fans who we love and adore", the group had said during the concert. "We didn't get to be with you last year because we were all involved in individual activities. We are grateful that you are still here with us".,...More
T-ara dominates TV music charts for second week 2010/01/11, Source,
Korean girl band T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Korean girl group T-ara dominated the K-pop charts on televised music shows for the second week in a row.
The group took the crown on KBS's "Music Bank" on Friday with their hit single "Bo Peep Bo Peep", the title track from their album "Absolute First Album".,...More
44 Korean Films at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival 2009/11/19, Source, In a celebration of Korean film, a record 44 will screen at this year's 2009 International Film Festival of Marrakech. In addition, representatives from Korean government organizations, the Korean film industry: producers, directors, actors and film festival delegates will be in attendance. The fes,...More
Big Bang's 'Day by Day' Sweeps K-POP Charts for Four Weeks 2008/09/08, Source, "Day by Day", the title song of the third album released by five-member male vocal group Big Bang, has topped the "Melon Music Chart" for four straight weeks since it was released on August 6. Previously, Big Bang topped various K-pop charts last year for more than six weeks with,...More
Korea-Japan Business Campus Takes Place in Jeju 2008/07/10, Source, KOFIC is hosting a 4-day business campus for Japanese and Korean producers at a resort on the balmy island of Jeju, south of the Korean mainland. Taking place July 8 – 11, the campus brings together 5 Korean and 5 Japanese producers each with projects in development.
What nude scenes mean for actresses 2006/03/27, Source, Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.
But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...More
Sex revolution in Korean cinema 2005/09/06, Source, "Sex and Lucia", a Spanish film directed by Julio Medem, which was released here last Friday, is full of sexual description. In the sexually explicit movie, a naked man and woman embrace each other and immerse in the sea in their seductive encounter ensued by consecutive scenes of sex.
Parody gone wrong in 'Match Girl' 2004/10/08, Source, They say that the secret of producing a commercially, not to mention artistically, successful parody film is to use the sillier aspects of your target genre as a source of creative inspiration to write a screenplay chock-o-block full of in-jokes, references and send-ups of the cliches.
Lots of slap but no tickle in 'Lies' 2004/09/10, Source, Back in the dark days of the 1990s, Madonna was setting the musical world afire with her raunchy lyrics and sexually provocative music videos. The memories of listening to Mrs. Guy Ritchie cooing "treat me like I'm a bad girl" and "I don't want you to thank me, you can just spank me", from the song,...More
Reality bites drop-outs in 'Bad Movie' 2004/04/08, Source, One of the greatest criticisms of "reality" cinema is that while it claims to picture things "the way they are", more often than not it is simply a vehicle for expressing middle-class and patriarchal values, or worse still, the ideology of one director or writer.
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