iKON Wins Best Rookie Award in Japan 2016/11/22, Source,
iKON won an award given to the best rookies of the year at Japan's annual awards ceremony for singers.
Boy band Big Bang and girl group 2NE1 received the same award in 2009 and 2011, respectively,...More
KCON.TV to Livestream the 2016 MAMA Exclusively in North and South America on Dec. 2 2016/11/17, Source, KCON.TV to livestream 2016 mama exclusively in north and south america Live Broadcast from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong will Begin at 2AM PT / 5AM ET on December 2nd KCON.TV, the short form video destination for all things Korean entertainment, announced today that it will be the exclusive live-streaming partner of the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) for both North and South America. MAMA will stream from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2, 2016 from 7PM until 11PM KST (December 2, 2016 2am-6am PT / 5am-9am ET) and can be viewed on KCON.TV at http://www.kcon.tv/live,...More
Rookie Quartet Release Another Single After Brief Break 2016/11/03, Source,
Rookie girl group Black Pink released a new single after taking a two-month break since their debut in August.
"Instead of fully taking a rest during the break, we spent almost two months preparing our new single while practicing songs and choreography as we wanted to perform on stage as early as possible", the four-member group said in a press event on Wednesday,...More
CL's Single Debuts on U.S. Billboard Chart 2016/10/13, Source,
CL of girl group 2NE1 debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first English-language single, "Lifted", which ranked 94th in this week's Billboard rankings.
This is the first time that a Korean female singer has made an entry on the U.S. chart,...More
2015 MAMA Wows Fans with Unprecedented Performances Featuring Cutting-edge Tech 2015/12/03,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that Asia's biggest music awards 2015 MAMA excited over 10,000 K-culture fans from all over the world as well as the fans who were watching 2015 MAMA via various online platforms and on TV, showcasing mega-scale performances at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, Hong Kong on December 2nd,...More
CL Makes Rolling Stone's Top 10 List of New Artists 2015/08/20, Source,
CL of girl band 2NE1 has been included on the list "10 new artists you need to know" by Rolling Stone on Monday. Other artists included Travis Mills, Halsey and Cold Beat. "The self-proclaimed 'Baddest Female' is one of the buzziest female rappers in Korea", the U.S. magazine said. "CL is now taking her career solo stateside under the helm of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande manager Scooter Braun",...More
[Funcurve Review] "Producers" 2015/08/15,
Perhaps the most anticipated Korean drama of 2015, "Producers" drew huge attention from the media and the public thanks to its A-list cast and star-studded cameos. Besides the strong lead actors comprised of Kim Soo-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyun, and IU, there's an incredible number of Kpop idol appearances like TaeTiSeo of Girls' Generation, Sandara Park of 2NE1, Hani of EXID, and other hallyu stars like Kim Jong-kook, Lee Seung-gi, and Jang Hyuk. But more than the star power, the topic of the drama itself piqued my interest. "Producers" talks about the lives of a group of variety show television producers (PDs) of a major broadcasting company (KBS), shedding light on how they work tirelessly to devise hit programs and handle various work related situations. As an avid fan of Korean variety shows, I'm naturally excited to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at this profession,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2015/08/02,
Would you spend part of your gap year studying in North Korea?, upper-class North Koreans are becoming increasing brand conscious, Korean men's fashion spotted in America, but who wears it better?, and how is the "Asian" identity represented in the music industry?,...More
CL of 2NE1 Makes Int'l Waves with New Song 2015/06/26, Source,
CL of K-pop girl group 2NE1 featured in the Guardian on Monday in the Playlist section, where a team of music specialists recommend music from all corners of the world. CL's song "Doctor Pepper", the product of collaboration with American rappers Riff Raff, Diplo and OG Maco, hit more than 1 million streaming downloads in just three days after it was released on Sound Cloud on May 22,...More
MTV Hails 2NE1's CL Ahead of U.S. Debut 2014/12/31, Source,
CL of girl group 2NE1 was named one of "Asia's most prominent pop stars" by MTV ahead of her U.S. debut. The network also expects that the year 2015 has "potential to be one of the biggest years for Asian pop",...More
2NE1 Album Makes Rolling Stone's Top 20 2014/12/24, Source,
K-pop girl group 2NE1's second full-length album "Crush" has been chosen as one of the 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014 by U.S. music magazine Rolling Stone, YG Entertainment said on Sunday. "Crush" was the only Asian album to make the list, which included Taylor Swift's "1989", Pharrell Williams' " Girl ", Ariana Grande's "My Everything" and Maroon 5's V,...More
2NE1 Singer 'No Drug Smuggler' 2014/07/03, Source,
Park Bom of girl band 2NE1 was caught trying to smuggle in amphetamine pills from abroad in 2010 but prosecutors dropped the charges. Park is the main vocalist and one of four members of the manufactured combo, which debuted in 2009. Prosecutors on Tuesday said customs at Incheon International Airport intercepted a consignment of 82 amphetamine pills sent by express air mail on Oct. 12, 2010. The use of amphetamines is banned in Korea, where they are classified as psychotropic drug,...More
Exo's New Album Races Up Billboard 200 2014/05/19, Source,
Boy band Exo's new album ranked 129th on the Billboard 200 on Friday, the highest slot ever achieved by a male Korean singer or band on the main U.S. album chart, proving their global popularity.
"Overdose" was released through iTunes on May 7 in two languages -- Korean and Chinese. The Korean version entered the Billboard album chart,...More
[Giveaway] Win 2 copies Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today 2014/04/12, Source,
Win 2 copies of the book, one "Girls Edition" and one "Boys Edition", open to everybody.
Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date,...More
[Press Release] Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today 2014/03/31, Source,
Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date,...More
2NE1 Accused of 'Insulting' Islam 2014/03/14, Source,
Girl band 2NE1 have found themselves embroiled in a bitter controversy over alleged insults to Islam after a song on their latest album quoted verses from the Quran. The offending lines come in a ditty titled "MTBD". An official at the Korea Muslim Federation on Wednesday demanded that 2NE1's agency YG Entertainment "swiftly delete" the lyrics in question or "completely revise" the song, and apologize to all Muslims,...More
Han Ye-seul and YG Teddy in a relationship 2013/11/24, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul and YG producer Teddy (Park Hong-joon) are currently reported to be seeing each other.
According to the December issue of the female magazine Woman Sense, the two started dating after being introduced by a mutual friend. It was possible for them to get close quickly because of their background in the States before they started to work in Korea,...More
CL Appears Nude in 2NE1's New Music Video 2013/11/24, Source,
The music video for girl group 2NE1's new song "Missing You" has been generating much buzz since it was released Wednesday due to CL's brief nude scene. In the video, which depicts the sadness of longing for a past lover, CL appears without clothes for about 10 seconds. She is one of the four members of the group,...More
2NE1's New Single Smashes iTunes' Charts in 7 Countries 2013/07/10, Source,
"Falling in Love", the latest single by 2NE1, topped the iTunes chart in seven countries -- Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam -- on Monday, within less than 24 hours of its release.
The girl group attempted to sing and dance in a reggae style in their new single.
2NE1 will start making TV and radio appearances to promote it from Thursday. They plan to release a new single every month until October,...More
Access K-pop on Your Smartphone with KT's Genie App 2013/02/02, Source,
Psy amassed millions of fans, raising interest in Korean entertainers in the process. Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/Y2r4MUGirls' Generation's latest single "I got a boy" racked up over 30 million views on YouTube, but K-pop fans outside of Korea have a new option: Now you can listen to all your favorite K-pop right on your smartphone. KT Corp announced that it was expanding its Genie KPOP mobile music app to 45 countries to meet global demand.
It's undeniable that K-pop fever has only increased with Psy's breakout fame in 2012 and the continued popularity of groups like Big Bang, 2NE1 and SHINee around the world. But it wasn't always easy for fans outside of Korea to buy music and video content of their favorite celebs,...More
The Midas Behind 'Gangnam Style' 2013/01/04, Source,
Rapper Psy captured the worldwide fame with over 1 billion people listening to his dance hit "Gangnam Style" on YouTube. Everyone was surprised by the global success of a chubby man in his 30s, who does not fit the sleekly doctored image of most K-pop stars. But Yang Hyun-suk (43), the CEO of Psy's management company YG Entertainment, had faith. Yang says he has targeted the global market since he opened YG Entertainment back in 1997. "Psy's success?" asks Yang. "The door we've been knocking on has finally opened". Yang himself is a pop icon in Korea. He got his start with the group Seo Tai-ji & Boys, which transformed the landscape of Korean pop music in the 1990s and later opened his own talent agency, whose artists are now making inroads into the W23 trillion (US$1=W1,069) global music industry,...More
The New York Times Honors Big Bang & 2NE1 With "Best Concert Of 2012" 2012/12/28, Source,
Though they may have been partially eclipsed by the success of their labelmate PSY in 2012, groups Big Bang and 2NE1 still had a stellar year. Both idol groups embarked on global tours: 2NE1 on their "New Evolution World Tour" and Big Bang with their "Alive Galaxy Tour". 2NE1 kicked off their series in Seoul on July 28th, moving on to the US (New York, Los Angeles), Japan (Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Saitama), Taiwan (Taipei), and Singapore,...More
Non-Koreans Flock to K-Pop Auditions Overseas 2012/10/13, Source, YG Entertainment, one of the biggest Korean management agencies which manages stars such as Psy and 2NE1, held an overseas audition in Toronto, Canada in July. The agency expected to see Koreans or Korean Canadians, but scouts were shocked to find people of various ethnic make-ups filling the lines of aspiring young singers or dancers who hope to make it in the music business. "Around 60 percent of those who came to the audition had no ethnic link to Korea whatsoever", one YG staffer said. "The same holds true for half of the people who came to auditions held in London, Seattle, New York and Berlin between June and August",...More
Creator's Project in Seoul - Highlights 2012/09/30, Source,
Photo Credit: Bryan Derbella
Picking up from my last post about the Creator's Project in Seoul, I'll give a few highlights from my favorite parts of Saturday night.
ExhibitionsThe Treachery of Sanctuary by Chris Milk
According to the artist's website, "The Treachery of Sanctuary" is an interactive triptych that is a panoptic narrative interpretation of the universal human experience: birth, death and regeneration. Each panel in the piece represents a step on a journey. It is also the artist's intention to reflect the parallel experience of the artist as he journeys through the creative process.
In the first panel, your shadow appears. A flock of birds gather at the top of the panel. If you reach up, your shadow begins to dissolve into hundreds of small birds that flutter up to join the flock. Your shadow disappears,...More
Smartphone Apps and Pop Culture Combine 2012/09/30, Source,
Do you have a favorite K-pop group? It can be a struggle to keep up with everything they're doing, even if you read every single K-pop blog and subscribe to their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Now several groups are making it easier to keep up with them by introducing their own smartphone apps.
Here are a few:
Popular girl group T-ara now has their official application available on Android. While it costs 8.99 USD, it has lots of functionality. You can check the group's latest schedule, see individual group members' activities, watch videos and look at 3D photos. This is an OK buy, considering that it's less than the cost of downloading an album or buying a CD,...More
Why the Hype for Gangnam Style? 2012/09/28, Source,
The hype of Gangnam Style is getting to the point of insanity! This catchy song has dominated music charts all over the world, competing with popular western singers like Pink, Script, Taylor Swift and even Fun. The official YouTube video has more than 284 million views as of right now.
Many people ask me, why do you think Gangnam Style became so popular? Well, before sharing my own personal opinion, I would like to take a few excerpts from The Korean, who runs the very popular Ask a Korean blog. The Korean posits two main factors that made Gangnam Style stand out,...More
The Creators Project 2012/09/23, Source, The Creators Project is going to be in Seoul this weekend from September 21-23!
Founded by Intel and Vice Magazine, The Creators Project started out as a website combining technology with creativity and art. It travels around the world to hold short cultural festivals that "bring together innovators working at the forefront of creativity and technology".
In Seoul, the Creators Project will transform the Dongdaemun Design Plaza into an interactive and visual cultural hub, hosting art installations, film screenings and live music and performances from top Korean artists, such as Drunken Tiger and 2NE1, as well as bands like Idiotape,...More
Foreigners dance to 'Gangnam Style' 2012/09/21, Source,
Semifinalists of the 2012 audition for the "K-pop Cover Dance Festival" dance to rapper-singer Psy's hit song, "Gangnam Style", during performance at Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, Friday. / Korea Times photo by Shin Sang-sun
By Yun Suh-young "Oppan Gangnam Style!" shouted foreigners who danced to the song "Gangnam Style" in the middle of Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, Friday. About 70 foreigners danced to rapper-singer Psy's hit song which has gone viral online and hit the billboard charts in the United States, during a dance session held Friday from 11:30 a.m. till noon,...More
KCON Announces Nu'est Addition To Join "Gangnam Style" Co-star In Jam-packed Convention Line Up 2012/09/18, Source,
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
K-Pop Founding Duo Own Stocks Worth over 200 Bill. Won 2012/08/27, Source,
K-Pop is not only about catchy tunes and energetic dance routines it is also about some seriously big bucks. New data shows that two of the most prominent figures in the world of K-Pop are now worth over 200 billion won around 175 million U.S. dollars.
Online conglomerate tracker Chaebul.com says Lee Soo-man[̼], the founder of SM Entertainment, has over 210 million dollars in stock holdings, while Yang Hyun-suk, founder of YG Entertainment, has amassed nearly 200 million dollars,...More
The Hallyu Wave Washes Further from Korean Shores with Social Media 2012/08/26, Source,
Photo Credit: ThoughtPick
Korean singer and rapper Psy is the latest and perhaps most seasoned K-pop star to make international headlines with his song, "Gangnam Style".
To date, the "Gangnam Style" video has received over 46 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 15. It's been featured in major media like TIME, the Wall Street Journal Blog and CNN. It's been tweeted about by the likes of Robbie Williams, T-Pain and Josh Groban. Nelly Furtado even recently did a cover of the song at her concert in Manila. If you've been living under a rock and haven't seen this viral hit, you can see it below,...More
KCON Bringing Some Of K-pop's Hottest Young Stars To The U.s. As Part Of Major Convention And Concert Celebrating All Things Hallyu 2012/08/24, Source,
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
Art and Culture 2012/08/22, Source,
It's Wednesday and as always,.. it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear she has some news on the U.S. debut of K-pop group and updates from Hollywood. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So which K-pop group is in the U.S.
[Reporter : ] It's the four-member girl group 2NE1, which has become one of my favorites. The K-pop group is just coming off of a successful concert on the east coast and will next go west for a concert in Los Angeles on Friday. Here are the details on the group's tour and its very famous producer,...More
2NE1 to Appear on Facebook Live 2012/08/18, Source, 2NE1 will be the first Asian band to be interviewed on Facebook Live, a live-streamed video interview program. The group will visit the U.S. social networking service's headquarters for an interview on Thursday, their management company YG Entertainment said,...More
Not Just a Pretty Face – Korea is Leading the Global Cosmetics Industry 2012/08/12, Source, Photo Credit: Tony Moly
Whenever I ask my friends what they want from Korea, they always respond, "makeup". Korean cosmetics are high in quality but remain affordable. And with great packaging like this, they really are pretty sweet:Last year, Marie Claire wrote that Korea is about 12 years ahead of the United States in terms of skincare technology, and how in the skincare world, "South Korea has become the new France".
For example, many industry experts and fashion media credit Korea as being the first to get on board with BB cream, a product that is a combination of tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation and an overall makeup base. Now many high-end cosmetics brands, such as Bobbi Brown, have developed their own BB creams,...More
SISTAR: Unpredictable girls ready to grow up but no too fast 2012/08/08, Source,
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
2NE1 triumph in year's most thrilling concert 2012/07/31, Source, 2NE1 perform during the Seoul segment of their "2NE1 Global Tour: New Evolution" concert at Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Sunday. The tour proceeds to Newark, N.J. and Los Angeles later this month. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup The K-pop girl group 2NE1 are often called Korea's TLC. In Sunday's concert, however, the four Korean girls showed not only can they match America's hottest female act of the '90s but even better them onstage. They aptly began the show with the thrilling club-banger "I Am the Best", which the group sang again as the final encore of the two-hour set. And what came in between proved that bold claim,...More
Son Dam-bi & Ailee's Comebacks Postponed 2012/07/25, Source,
Bad news for Son Dam-bi and Ailee fans!
We've been seeing hot k-pop comebacks left and right this summer, from Big Bang, 2NE1, G.na, Wonder Girls, T-ara, Sistar, 4minute, Beast, etc. Two names that were initially planning on dropping new track around mid-August, Son Dam-bi and Ailee, will be making a change of plans. Both solo singers will be pushing back their comeback dates,...More
July & August 2012 K-Pop Giveaway Featuring PSY and 2NE1!! 2012/07/18, Source,
This months featured artists are PSY and 2NE1! Enter for a chance to win one of the following prizes: 1st place: one autographed album (there are 15 of each artist) or 2nd place: one of 20 Korean popular culture book sets(10 for each contest)! - About the K-Pop Giveaway Korean popular music, or K-Pop, has become a vibrant cultural phenomenon in recent years and a new symbol of Korea for millions of fans worldwide. To celebrate these talented Korean artists, the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC is thrilled to host a new K-Pop Giveaway each month of 2012. Each time will feature a different K-Pop artist or group, and 10 or more winners will receive a special prize based from the featured artist, such as CD albums, photo books, clothing, or other exclusive accessories,...More
Kollaboration Los Angeles 2012/07/12, Source,
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
2NE1 - pushing boundaries, defying expectations 2012/07/11, Source, This is the seventh in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwaak Je-yup From day one, K-pop foursome 2NE1 have been all about breaking rules and surprises.
Their larger-than-life stage presence and natural charm were already enough to make them stars but their uncanny ability to produce something fresh and out of the ordinary with every new release - catching fans and casual listeners off-guard without exception - has placed them in a league of their own,...More
Get your dose of 2NE1 2012/07/11, Source,
K-pop girl group 2NE1 perform at the "2NE1 Nolza in Japan Concert" in October, 2011. Starting with shows on July 28 and 29 at the Olympic Gymnastics Gymnasium in southern Seoul, the group will embark on the "New Evolution" tour to 10 cities in seven countries including Japan, the United States and Hong Kong. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup If any girl group has a chance of global success, 2NE1 should be one. They are fluent in English and other languages; have distinct flair and charisma that fill up any arena; natural talent in singing and dancing; and years of training,...More
2NE1 Embrace Oldest Form of K-Pop 2012/07/09, Source,
/Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Manufactured girl band 2NE1 have their eye squarely on the international market with a style of K-pop they have dubbed "electrot", which combines Korea's oldest pop genre, trot, with electronic elements. "People outside of Asia still think of Japan or China before Korea when they hear the word 'Asia'. We wanted to approach the fans around the world with a novel yet very Korean music", band members said at a press junket Friday,...More
Korean girl groups take center stage this summer 2012/07/03, Source,
By Rachel Lee Power K-pop girl groups such as Wonder Girls, 2NE1 and T-ara are returning to local stages this summer. 2NE1 will release their new single "I Love You" on Thursday. The New Evolution world tour will start at the Olympic Gymnastics Gymnasium in southern Seoul on July 28 and 29. The girls will head to 10 cities in seven countries including Japan, the United States and Hong Kong. The Wonder Girls new EP "Wonder Party" came out last month, and they will be in concert at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in southern Seoul on Saturday. The five-member group, managed by JYP Entertainment, is one of the few K-pop acts that have broken into the U.S. market,...More
Fashion leader, music CEO team up to promote `K-fashion` abroad 2012/06/29, Source,
A fashion company leader and an entertainment company CEO decided to work together to create a global Korean Wave fashion brand. It is drawing attention if Cheil Industries Vice President Lee Seo-hyeon and YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyeon-seok might initiate a boom for Korean fashion.
Cheil Industries said it signed a contract for a new business with YG, whose CEO is a former member of the famous Korean rap group Seo Taiji and Boys, and will set up a joint venture. They plan to launch a fashion brand to target young people worldwide aged 17 to 23 by combining K-pop and Korean fashion,...More
Bill to ban alcohol ads by young celebrities 2012/06/29, Source,
Figure skater Kim Yu-na appears in a local beer advertisement. / Korea Times file
By Kim Rahn Figure skater Kim Yu-na and CL of girl group 2NE1 may not appear in beer commercials anymore, because a lawmaker plans to present a bill banning athletes and entertainers aged-under 25 appearing in alcoholic drink ads. The move is aimed at putting the brakes on alcoholic marketing that targets youngsters. Rep. Lee Elisa of the ruling Saenuri Party, a sports star-turned-lawmaker, said Thursday she has decide to propose a revision to the National Health Promotion Law to prevent TV ads for alcoholic beverages having athletes and entertainers under that age as models,...More
K.Will's Japan Concerts Sold Out 2012/06/27, Source,
Ultimate balladeer K.Will is showing off his popularity in Japan. His two concerts scheduled for Osaka on June 21st and Tokyo on June 23rd have completely sold out, surprising even the industry officials in Japan.
K.Will wrapped up his tour in Korea, and has been preparing for his Japanese stops. Almost as soon as the tickets went on sale, all 3,000 seats for both concerts were bought out. This is quite a feat for any artist, but especially so for ballad singers. The singer has been getting requests for additional tickets,...More
Who are MBLAQ? 2012/06/26, Source,
By Rachel Lee MBLAQ stands for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality and are known for hits such as "Oh Yeah", "Y" and "Mona Lisa". The five-member K-pop boy band was formed by internationally acclaimed entertainer Rain under J. Tune Entertainment in 2009. Its members are leader/vocalist Seungho, 24, main vocalist G.O., 24, rapper and vocalist Cheondung, 21, vocalist Lee Joon, 24, and rapper Mir, 21,...More
Won't Stop, Can't Stop, It's Kpop 2012/06/23, Source,
Photo Credit: Wordans
It's no secret that Kpop is making some serious waves overseas.
An appearance on the Letterman Show (Girls' Generation). A sold out concert in Paris (SM Town). Climbing the international billboard charts (EXO-K, Shinee, et. al) Picking up the "World Wide Act" award at MTV's European Music Awards, followed by being the first Asian artists to win the category for best fan of the 2012 MTV TRL Awards in Italy (Big Bang) Collaborating across countries (Tasha, Tiger JK featured on Far East Movement's song / Wonder Girls headlining for the Jonas Brothers / Will.i.am producing tracks for 2NE1),...More
K.Will's Japan Concerts Sold Out 2012/06/21, Source,
Ultimate balladeer K.Will is showing off his popularity in Japan. His two concerts scheduled for Osaka on June 21st and Tokyo on June 23rd have completely sold out, surprising even the industry officials in Japan.
K.Will wrapped up his tour in Korea, and has been preparing for his Japanese stops. Almost as soon as the tickets went on sale, all 3,000 seats for both concerts were bought out,...More
K-Pop Bands Scramble to Get Out Summer Releases 2012/06/20, Source,
From top, Big Bang, f(x) and Wonder Girls
K-pop fans this summer will see a veritable battle of the manufactured bands, many of whom have returned from overseas after trying to make an impact there. Big Bang, Wonder Girls, After School, T-ara, ZE:A - Children of Empire, TEEN TOP and Dalshabet have returned to the music scene lately or are preparing for releases in early July, and 2NE1 and BEAST are said to be planning releases in mid-July,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/06/14, Source,
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has launched an official global store on eBay, the first of its kind opened by a Korean record label. BIGBANGs newest special album STILL ALIVE has been made available through the online store, to the delight of many fans worldwide,...More
2NE1, First Korean Group To Hold World Tour 2012/06/13, Source, 2NE1 has created another record: the first Korean girl group to embark on a world tour. "New Evolution" will be the title of this big musical endeavor, with Seoul, Korea being the first stop on July 28-29th at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena. The girls announced they will be making stops in 10 cities across 7 countries in Asia, the Americas, and Europe,...More
Has Manufactured K-Pop Run Its Course? 2012/06/08, Source,
Fans cheer wildly at a concert by JYJ in Barcelona, Spain in October last year. /Courtesy of C-Jes Entertainment
June 10, 2010 was a momentous day for Korean pop music. A large-scale live concert of K-pop stars like Girls' Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and f(x) was staged in Paris, and some had high hopes that this would mean the Korean Wave had splashed beyond Asia into the wider world. There have since been some 260 K-pop concerts in the West, from New York via Barcelona and Berlin to Santiago de Chile, according to Korea Creative Contents Agency. But is K-pop really moving in the right direction?,...More
Insatiable craving for getting thinner 2012/06/03, Source, Many young women go on extreme diets By Jung Min-ho, Bahk Eun-ji, Kim Bo-eun, Kim Jung-yoon As much as a flat stomach is every woman's wish, shedding a few extra pounds is every woman's dream. Many Korean women are on a diet of one form or another, and some of them are extreme, putting their health at risk. Kim, a 20-year-old college student, recently appeared on a popular TV show to introduce her diet "Secrets" that helped her lose 15 kilograms. Shockingly, her secrets were spitting out the food before swallowing it and hitting herself to lose fat in particular areas of the body, clearly serious self-abusive behaviors,...More
Finalists of Colombian K-Pop Show Meet Idols in Seoul 2012/05/31, Source,
A group of Columbian youngsters who fell in love with K-pop won the chance to visit Korea last week, where they met several K-pop singers during their week-long stay.
The six finalists of "K-Pop Reality", an audition show that aired on Caracol TV, Colombia's largest private TV station, appeared on Arirang TV's "Simply K-Pop" music show on Wednesday and showcased their dancing skills while singing songs by 2PM and 2NE1,...More
[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the K-Pop Fan 2012/05/27, Korea has a number of cultural exports that fall under the title of the 'Korean Wave", no area of which can boast the fanaticism and loyality that bubbles from K-Pop fans. How did this growing international music trend sweep you up and what is it that is keeping you hooked?
I've been listening to quite the odd myriad of music since high school. One of my weaknesses is Japanese rock, and my hobby is discovering new groups and bands to listen to. One late-night YouTube search in university I happened to click on a group called "Super Junior". Honestly, I looked at the video for a few seconds before bursting into laughter-there were so many boys dancing! And I just had to know, what kind of country makes (at the time) the world's largest boy band? It was a rapid descent down the rabbit hole after that. Korean pop and hip hop made for great homework music, and since I wasn't judging based on lyrics, I just enjoyed a good, addicting beat and pretty voices. I also think Kpop is the best kind of music to drive, dance, and exercise to. The turnaround for groups in Korea is ridiculously fast, so there is always a new and catchy song to listen to. It's hard to get bored when they're singularly feeding my music addiction weekly,...More
pop!gasa - Kpop Lyrics on Demand 2012/05/25, Source,
내 가 제일 잘 나가. If you're a Kpop fan you might recognize that as the opening line to 2NE1's latest hit song. But what does it mean? If you're a Kpop fan who doesn't speak Korean then there's a great new website and iOS app for you called pop!gasa. It provides up-to-date English translations of the latest Kpop songs.
Pop!gasa is actually the brainchild of two of my friends from Syracuse University: Sung-eun Grace Lee and Jenny Kim. They are passionate about their work with pop!gasa, which is done on the side to their full-time jobs (in unrelated industries). As a friend, I was excited to support their project. As a huge Kpop fan, I was excited to write about their project on this blog,...More
Rolling Stone Picks K-Pop Groups Most Likely to Make It in U.S. 2012/05/24, Source,
U.S. magazine Rolling Stone ran a special feature on K-pop on Sunday and picked 10 Korean singers who are most likely to succeed in the U.S.
Under the headline "The 10 K-pop Groups Most Likely to Break in America", it named six girl groups -- 2NE1, After School, Girls' Generation, Miss A, Sistar and Wonder Girls -– three boy bands -- Big Bang, SHINee and BEAST -- and solo singer Ailee,...More
YouTube celebrates 7th anniversary with K-pop 2012/05/23, Source,
Girls' Generation perform during "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, to celebrate the anniversary of video sharing service YouTube. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
As YouTube celebrated its seventh anniversary, K-pop singers from TVXQ to Kara performed and rocked Silicon Valley.
YouTube, which is now Google/YouTube, and Korean broadcaster MBC co-hosted Monday the "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., to celebrate the anniversary of the world's largest video sharing service. Google took over YouTube five years ago,...More
2NE1 To Make June Comeback 2012/05/22, Source,
Amidst the many comeback acts that have been hitting the k-pop scene week after week, YG Entertainment announced on May 21st that 2NE1 is also prepping for their return.
According to YG, "2NE1 will be releasing a new Korean album sometime mid-June. Teddy has taken rein as the producer with seven awesome tracks completed as of now. After the new album is released, the group will start their broadcast promotions",...More
Colombia Getting into K-Pop Groove with Reality TV Shows 2012/05/14, Source,
A K-pop reality show is shown being filmed for Colombia's private TV station Caracol TV. /Courtesy of Caracol TV
The popularity of K-pop is now evolving to another level as foreign terrestrial networks have begun producing audition programs for the genre. Colombia, a gateway to Latin America, is a case in point. The nation's largest private TV station, Caracol TV, joined hands with Korea's English-language network Arirang TV to make a K-pop reality show in April.
Colombian singers and music producers judge participants' performances while K-pop band U-Kiss watches their video clips and evaluates them. Over 500 youngsters have so far taken part. A group of six finalists will be selected in June to make a trip to Korea for meetings with K-pop bands here,...More
Actor Lee Wan Released From Military 2012/04/24, Source,
It's already been two years since actor Lee Wan went off to serve his military duties. You know what that means. He's out.
Hundreds of his fans, most notably from Japan, gathered at Lee's discharge ceremony in Yongsan on April 23rd,...More
2NE1 Selected as Speaker at Cannes Lions Creativity Festival 2012/04/09, Source,
Girl group 2NE1 has been selected as a speaker who will introduce Hallyu to the world at Cannes in France. According to Cheil Communications on April 4, 2NE1 and the regional president of Cheil Worldwide South-East Asia, Kim Sung Jong, have been invited to the seminar on "Digital Hallyu Marketing" at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival in June,...More
9 out of 10 French hallyu fans want to visit Korea 2012/04/08, Source,
More than nine out of 10 French hallyu fans, who are interested in the Korean culture, want to travel Korea, a survey showed Tuesday.
A poll at tourism promotion Website (www.visitkorea.or.kr), conducted by the state-run Korea Tourism Organization's Paris branch, displayed that more than 90 percent of 3,775 respondents said they want to visit Korea. Of them, 75.8 percent said they will come to Korea without fail,...More
2NE1 to Appear on Stage at Cannes Advertising Awards Festival 2012/04/05, Source,
K-pop girl group 2NE1 will appear on stage at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June, which celebrates creativity in global advertising. The band will not appear as performers, but as speakers.
They will tell global advertising and marketing experts why they should keep their eyes on the K-pop phenomenon that is sweeping across Asia and now making its presence felt as far ashore as Europe, the U.S. and South America,...More
Hallyu Fans in France Like Big Bang and 2NE1 2012/04/04, Source,
Research says that the local fans in France like Big Bang and 2NE1 the most among K-Pop singing groups, and 98.2 percent of the respondents revealed that they would like to visit Korea.
The Paris branch of the Korea Tourism Organization Paris conducted an online survey with 3,775 Hallyu fans. According to the result of the survey released on April 3, Big Bang and 2NE1 were selected as their favorite male and female singing groups by obtaining 49.9 and 64.8 percent of the votes, respectively,...More
Big Bang & 2NE1 In Top Tier Of Japan's Oricon Charts 2012/03/29, Source, YG Entertainment's most representative groups, Big Bang and 2NE1, are not only representative of Korea's top groups, but Japan's as well. After the two acts simultaneously released new albums in Japan on March 28th, they both jumped up to hit 2nd and 4th place, respectively, on Japan's top music rankings, the Oricon Album chart,...More
20th anniversary of Seo Taiji and Boys 2012/03/20, Source,
A photo taken in 1995 shows, from left, Lee Juno ,Yang Hyun-suk, and Seo Taij. Seo Taiji and Boys changed the history of Korean pop music when they debuted in 1992 with "I Know". / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi
"Nan, arayo!" (I know! in English)
With that musical declaration, the history of Korean pop music changed completely 20 years ago Friday when a group of three boys released the album and title song, "I Know". In 1992, Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-Suk and Lee Juno shocked the music scene with combined elements of hip-hop and rock, bringing rhythm, rap, break dance and most importantly the bold attitude. Until their sudden disbandment in Jan. 22, 1997, Seo Taiji and Boys produced four albums,...More
NYT Dissects Global Success of 'Goose-Stepping' K-Pop Singers 2012/03/09, Source,
The New York Times published a feature article on March 5 on the secrets behind K-pop's worldwide popularity.
Under the headline "Bringing K-Pop to the West", the article talks about how K-pop is spreading and attracting audiences around the world. The genre "has spread, first to Asia and more recently to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, mainly because of the broad use of social media", it said,...More
Singer IU Wins "Best Pop Song" Award At KMA 2012/03/02, Source,
Singer IU's popularity has been proven once again. The young singer was awarded the Best Pop Song award at the 2012 Korean Music Awards.
The event took place on February 29th at the AX Korea in Seoul for the 9th annual run. Unfortunately though, IU wasn't able to attend due to poor vocal health,...More
Entertainer will.i.am Comes To Town 2012/03/01, Source,
will.i.am has the love. The multi-talented musician, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, is in Korea for a few days.
[Interview : will.i.am, Singer/Producer] "My music allows me to pay it forward, rather than the concept of giving back",...More
will.i.am to spin at Club Answer 2012/02/27, Source,
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
Swizz Beatz paints K-pop's rosy future in world market 2012/02/20, Source,
Swizz Beatz, a renowned American rapper-producer, said on Monday K-pop is leading a trend for new music and that he wants to play a leading role in introducing Asia to the West through Korean music.
"What I found in Korean pop music is a new expression. The world is open for new things and I think right Now K-pop in Korea is leading in that area. I'd like to be the one to introduce that to the West", the musician said during a news conference in Seoul,...More
K-pop album sales in Japan hit all-time high in 2011 2012/02/17, Source,
Japanese purchases of Korean pop music hit an all-time high last year, according to industry data. According to Oricon Inc., a provider of music industry statistics, sales of albums, singles, DVDs and blue-ray disks of K-pop increased for the third consecutive year to 24.47 billion yen ($310 million) last year, up 22.3 percent from 2010.
South Korean signers' annual market share also rose from 6 percent to 7.8 percent during the period. The comparable figure for 2009 was 3 percent. Korea's leading idol groups Kara and Girls' Generation advanced to the Japanese market after 2009,...More
Chicago to Hold 2nd Flashmob for "SM Town" Live Concert 2012/02/14, Source,
In 2011, United States was showered with top acts like Girls' Generation, 2NE1 and the Wonder Girls making their mainstream debuts. One of Korea's most popular tours, the SMTOWN Live World Tour, has touched down in Los Angeles and New York.
Now, fans in America's Midwest want their own show too. On November 12th, 2011, fans from all over the Chicago land area danced to hit songs from SHINee, Girls' Generation, Super Junior and many others in Lake Shore Park,...More
Korean Hip Hop to Expand into World 2012/01/30, Source,
The popular US weekly magazine Newsweek reported about the expansion of Korean hip hop in its recently released edition, and it introduced the group 2NE1 as the representative hip hop group. Newsweek said that K-Pop has advanced into the world along with the popularity of splendid and lively girl groups and boy bands up to now, but K-hop (Korean Hip Hop) groups are gaining more popularity and drawing attention in the music industry. It mentioned 2NE1's live concert tour in Japan which was held last year in October with almost 70,000 audience members. According to its explanation, 2NE1 is different from other singing groups as they present music mixing R&B and pop together,...More
'Korean hip-pop goes global' 2012/01/27, Source,
Popular Korean hip-pop girl group 2NE1 was featured in the second-largest weekly news magazine in the U.S. on Jan. 25, under the title of "Korean Hip-pop: K-hop goes global".
In its latest edition, Newsweek showed confidence in the rise of K-hop as a global trend.
The article introduced the four-piece girl group, as having the original R&B soul mixed with hip-hop, and their songs as being astutely tailored for a global audience in the digital age,...More
Nominees Announced For Korean Public Music Awards 2012/01/19, Source,
The Korean Public Music Awards conference committee announced on January 18th this year's nominees.
Idols made up the majority in terms of the nominations for "Best Dance & Electronic Song": 2NE1's "I'm The Best", f(x)'s "Pinocchio", Infinite's "Be Mine", and "T-ara"'s "Roly Poly". both 2NE1 and f(x) were nominated for the same category last year as well,...More
C-REAL takes over world of girl groups 2012/01/17, Source,
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
Big Bang To Make February Comeback 2012/01/17, Source,
Big Bang will soon be making a big comeback!
YG Entertainment recently announced the popular idol group will be making a comeback in February. This triggered one big question in the k-pop industry: When will YG's next brand new girl group debut then?
Many are predicting after the recent announcement regarding Big Bang that the highly-anticipated new girl group will then debut sometime after,...More
The ultimate Korean beauty 2012/01/15, Source,
Pictures of 'the ultimate Korean beauty', created by synthesizing the pictures of beautiful actresses and girl group members, have created a stir.
Two pictures titled 'The Ultimate Korean Beauty' popped up online recently. One is an imaginary face made up with the faces of beautiful actresses and the other of girl group members',...More
K-pop stars to tour overseas in 2012 2012/01/10, Source,
A JYJ fan from Peru holds a poster that says "Peru loves JYJ". Fans in South America have been actively requesting K-pop groups perform in their countries through various media outlets. / Courtesy of C-JeS Entertainment
By Noh Hyun-gi
With seemingly unstoppable momentum, K-pop stars are advancing across the globe.
Many fans have asked the artists to visit their home countries through innovative methods like uploading flash mob videos online. Moved by these active and sincere requests, K-pop stars will hold concerts around the world and are planning additional gigs to accommodate the enthusiastic fans,...More
K-Pop Expected to Boom Again This Year 2012/01/10, Source,
Five representatives who are leading the new Hallyu boom in the world expressed their prospects for K-Pop this year.
Representatives of major entertainment agencies (from left, clockwise) -- Kim Young Min of SM, Yang Hyun Seok of YG, Hong Seung Sung of Cube, and Jeong Wook of JYP
K-Pop gained huge popularity all over the world beyond Asia last year. It has been spread into the popular culture of many Asian countries such as Japan and countries in East Asia, and K-Pop's internet fandom was created in Europe and South America through various internet websites such as YouTube and SNS (Social Network Service). In addition, some of the entertainment agencies, who are leading the widespread of K-Pop in the world, held concerts in the USA, Europe, and South America, and the major local medias reported the popularity of K-Pop in their countries as a new phenomenon by indicating it as "Attack by K-Pop Stars" and "Crazy about K-Pop". The representatives of major entertainment agencies -- SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and Cube Entertainment -- and the singer BoA, who achieved great success overseas for the first time among Korean singing groups, expressed their bright prospects for K-Pop this year,...More
PSY Impresses Japan Media 2012/01/10, Source,
Singer PSY has made his successful debut in Japan!
PSY was a part of the YG Family 15th anniversary concert which took place from January 7-8 in Osaka, Japan. Since then, the Japanese media has been touting him as a breath of fresh air in terms of k-pop acts, offering a certain different appeal.
One example of these different media sources is Fuji TV. A popular show "Mejamashi TV" on it featured the headline "New K-POP Stars According to Mejamashi TV", with video clips of Big Bang, 2NE1, and PSY airing,...More
CL and Black Eyed Peas' Performance Selected Best Joint Performance by MTV 2012/01/05, Source,
CL from the girl group 2NE1 and Will.i.am and Apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas recently held a joint performance, and it was selected the best performance by MTV IGGY, YG Entertainment said on January 4. CL, Will.i.am, and Apl.de.ap performed together at "2011 M.Net Asian Music Awards (MAMA)" held at the Indoor Stadium in Singapore last year on November 29. They sang the hit song by The Black Eyed Peas entitled "Where is the Love" together. MTV IGGY, which is a network channel of MTV in the USA, selected their joint performance as the most thrilling joint performance ever in the world and evaluated their performance by saying, "The K-Pop star creates freshness to the Black Eyed Peas' song 'Where is the Love'",...More
[AT&D] From Samsung, YouTube and 4G LTE, We bid 2011 Farewell with the Top Posts of the Year! 2011/12/31, Source, Have you ever pondered the concept of time? Some consider time to be straight like a timeline, accounting for significant events that have occurred throughout history; and some consider time to be more circular, like the hours and minutes on a clock. Whatever you may think of when you think of " time ", time passes and despite technological advancements and unthinkable inventions being birthed out of the 21st century, time remains something man has yet to manipulate. It's already been one year since we launched project Advanced Technology and Design Korea, and my, the time has flown. From sharing about Korea's technology, design and business, we were able to also visit many other areas and share insight with our great fans and followers. As I bring you the final post for 2011, let's take a trip down memory lane and see which posts were the most popular from each category.
Digital Devices: "Best 4G Smartphones: the Race of the 4G Smartphones in Korea"
2011 was filled with electronic companies and telecom companies racing to release that "it" HD LTE smartphone or to develop and establish the first, the best 4G LTE broadband system. With the internet and mobile life exponentially growing and reaching more citizens within Korea, a love and interest for digital devices, especially smartphones, was inevitable. Although many us are already accustomed to Samsung and LG releasing top of the line gadgets, Pantech made a definite hit with their motion-sensor equipped Vega 4G LTE smartphone. To revisit the post and for image source, refer here,...More
Top Korean News of 2011 2011/12/30, Source,
Freak weather and upheavals in Korea's political landscape punctuated a year of uncertainties that ended with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il just before Christmas. But Koreans also took pride in their burgeoning exports, not only of electronics and cars that are increasingly prized around the world but also of the pop music generated by leading talent factories, which cheered up listeners worldwide in gloomy times,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2011/12/29, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Let's start with singer Kim Tae-woo, who heard wedding bells chime on Tuesday!
Kim Tae-woo is one of Korea's top vocals, effortlessly gliding through songs of different genres,...More
Show what you've got at 2012 auditions 2011/12/15, Source,
(Above picture: You can become the next Girls ' Generation: Show off your talent and passion at "The 2012 SM Global Audition". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
With the popularity of audition shows like "Super Star K", "The Great Birth", and "Survival Audition K-Pop Star", the door to stardom has widened.
This month, major Korean talent agencies JYP Entertainment, SM entertainment and DSP Media are starting their search for star material,...More
2NE1 named MTV Iggy's Best New Band 2011/12/13, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 wins the MTV Iggy's inaugural Best New Band in the World during an awards ceremony at the Best Buy Theater in New York, Monday. / Yonhap
By Noh Hyun-gi
Korean girl group 2NE1, named the Best New Band in the World by MTV Iggy on Nov. 10, headlined the "Best New Band in the World Concert" at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, Monday,...More
VCR2 K-Celebrities Now 2011/12/09, Source, [SOV] [Interview : ] "Are you ready to dance[Interview : ] "Music, please!"
YG Entertainment is one of the major entertainment agencies in Korea behind the K-pop and Hallyu boom. Last weekend, the artists signed with the agency held their annual "YG Family Concert",...More
Korean idols give dance lessons to global K-pop contest finalists 2011/12/06, Source,
Dozens of foreign contestants cheered and clapped as Korean idols K.Will, Sistar and Boy Friend entered a practice room at an entertainment agency in southern Seoul to give them advice on dancing, performing and fashion one day before the final round of a global K-pop contest.
With some shooting pictures and videos of the stars, the young foreigners all danced and sang in unison to Sistar's hit-song "So Cool" in Korean when the girl group presented their choreography of the song,...More
K-Pop Artists Dominate Online Searches In Japan 2011/12/04, Source,
If the internet's search rankings are any indication of the top trends in Japan, k-pop is one of them.
According to the search rankings for the top male and female entertainers and sports athletes for January 1 to October 31st 2011, 18 of the top 20 spots were dominated by k-pop artists,...More
'We Will Present Enjoyable Performance at MAMA'
2011/11/30, Source, Girls' Generation
All the Korean singing groups who appeared in the "2011 M.net Asian Music Awards" (MAMA) said on November 29, "We will present an enjoyable performance". During the press conference held at Singapore Sands Expo & Convention Center, all the cast members agreed with the idea. The leader of Girls' Generation, Tae Yeon, who could not attend last year's MAMA, said, "We are attending MAMA after such a long break, so we highly anticipate this event. We have prepared our song in a completely different version, and we want that people can enjoy our song,...More
K-Pop Singers Lauded at MAMA Awards in Singapore 2011/11/30, Source, 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
Kim Hyun-joong comes back with a new drama 2011/11/29, Source, 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
Winners of 2011 Melon Music Awards 2011/11/25, Source,
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
Korean Wave still riding High on SNS - YouTube to open an Official K-Pop Channel 2011/11/25, Source,
HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, "Lee teuk" Image source here
What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen.
Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot,...More
Super Junior, 2NE1, Hyuna Given K-Pop YouTube Awards 2011/11/22, Source,
Super Junior, 2NE1, and Hyuna were all recipients of the YouTube K-pop Music Video awards.
On November 22nd at 1 PM in Yeoksam-dong of Seoul, Google Korea held the 2011 YouTube K-pop Awards for the most popular k-pop videos. The three hot k-pop acts, Super Junior, 2NE1, and Hyuna of 4minute were all given awards,...More
2NE1 Selected As MTV's Best New Band in the World 2011/11/15, Source,
The girl group 2NE1 has been selected as the "Best New Band" in the world through an MTV online poll on November 11. According to 2NE1's agency, YG Entertainment, MTV's network channel, MTV IGGY, had conducted the online survey for the past six weeks from the beginning of last month to select the "Best New Band In The World" on their Internet website, and 2NE1 ranked atop the survey,...More
2NE1 Voted Best New Band of 2011 by MTV 2011/11/14, Source,
MTV has named Korean girl group 2NE1 its "Best New Band in The World" for 2011 according to an online vote, their management agency YG Entertainment said on Friday.
MTV Iggy asked for netizens around the world to vote on their favorite new band over a six-week period starting from early last month,...More
K-pop's voice attracts 4 trillion won per year 2011/11/10, Source,
By Kim Do-yeun
American and European artists have long dominated the pop music scene worldwide. To cite a few examples, the iconic tunes of the Beatles of Britain and ABBA of Sweden flooded the soundtracks of the 1970s through the '80s. From the '80s to the '90s, American star Michael Jackson took over as the "King of Pop".
Today, the U.S. still holds the lion's share of the global music market, according to the Korea Creative Content Agency (KCCA) and other sources, followed by Japan and European countries, including Britain, Germany and France,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/20, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year. YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans. The group will then head to Japan for concerts on January 7-8 at the Osaka Colosseum expected to attract about 80,000 people. Finally, two more shows, each slating for another 80,000 concert-goers, will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on January 21-22,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/19, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year.
YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans,...More
September's Best Selling Albums, KARA #1 2011/10/07, Source,
Girl group Kara is finally number one on domestic soil. The numbers for the girls' third album "STEP" are out, according to GAON Charts.
After having been released on September 6th, STEP sold 97,667 copies during the month of September, making them the number one album for the month,...More
The Hallyu Dream Festival 2011/10/06, Source,
Fans scream their hearts out, showing their love for K-Pop.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "We love Korea".
[Interview : ] "We love everyone here"
[Interview : ] "It's the best".
Let's join them at the Hallyu Dream Festival, which took place in Gyeongju.
Gyeongju, a city where history breathes in every corner, is full of excited fans,...More
The LA Korean Festival, a Global Hallyu Festival! 2011/10/05, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Korean festival, Korean festival, Come to the LA Korean festival!"
[Interview : Elli Yi, Reporter] "Right now, we are in the heart of Koreatown on Olympic and Normandie Boulevard. It's amazing because there are so many people from all different backgrounds that have come out to enjoy the 38th Annual Korean Festival in Los Angeles. Let's go check it out! Come on".
The Los Angeles Korean Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, drawing over 100,000 visitors each year. This year's festival was filled with a variety of exciting events,...More
Stars Strike Gold with Stakes in Their Own Companies 2011/09/22, Source,
From left, Lee Soo-man, Yang Hyun-suk, Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young
The surging popularity of K-pop has sent shares of talent management companies through the roof, and this has generated huge wealth for the stars who own them.
According to Chaebul.com, a website that tracks the activities of business conglomerates, the wealthiest entertainer-turned-talent-manager was Lee Soo-man, owner and majority shareholder of SM Entertainment that manages Girls' Generation, Super Junior and other idol groups, whose stake in SM Entertainment is worth W165.7 billion (US$1=W1,151). The value of Lee's stake more than doubled this year due to the Korean Wave,...More
2NE1 Creates Fever in Japan 2011/09/22, Source, 2NE1 began their recent concert tour in Japan by holding concerts in Yokohama, and 12,000 audience members were full of enthusiasm.
Girl group 2NE1's debut concert tour in Japan took off smoothly. They held two concerts as a part of their concert tour entitled "NOLZA In Japan" in Yokohama, Japan on September 19 and 20, and a total of 12,000 audience members went wild while enjoying 2NE1's performances. Even though it was a rainy day, the audience heated up the concert venue. They were all standing during the whole time and singing and dancing to 2NE1's hit songs. When 2NE1 appeared on the stage to sing their debut song entitled "Fire", the huge ovation of the audience filled the venue and the place resembled a huge club,...More
2NE1 Sends Tremors Through Tokyo with Debut Concert 2011/09/21, Source,
The earthquake and tsunami that caused havoc in Japan in March led K-pop band 2NE1 to delay their debut concert there, but it was well worth the wait for local fans earlier this week as thousands gathered at Tokyo's Yokohama Arena.
Waving red and blue glow sticks, some 12,000 fans went wild at the stadium on Monday as the four Korean girls strutted their stuff, whipped out their hip hop dance moves and belted out the tunes that have been reverberating over the East Sea for months,...More
Billboard opens K-pop chart 2011/08/26, Source,
Girl group Sistar
By Chung Ah-young
Billboard launched a new chart, the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100, on Aug. 25 in conjunction with Billboard Korea.
Billboard Korea said that it is the second such chart in Asia after Japan, reflecting the rising potential of K-pop and its current worldwide popularity.
In the first standings, girl group Sistar's "So Cool" grabbed the No. 1 slot, followed by Leesang's "I Turned Off the TV" and 2NE1's "Ugly",...More
'Introverts' 2NE1 Stay Humble as Debut Concert Nears 2011/08/09, Source, 2NE1 /Courtesy of YG Entertainment2NE1 has been on a fast track to success since its debut in 2009 and now the K-pop girl group hopes to take another step forward with its first solo concert in Seoul from Aug. 26 to 28.
The girls swept various online charts earlier this year with a number of hit singles and have been praised by fans for their ability to sing, dance and rap at the same time. But the growing adulation and success has not gone to their heads,...More
2NE1: 'We Are the Best Thanks to Good Music' 2011/08/04, Source,
Many of 2NE1's songs have become popular hits. They will begin activities in Japan after holding their first solo concert there.
During an interview held at a building of YG Entertainment located in Hapjeongdong on August 1, 2NE1 (CL, Sandara Park, Park Bom, and Minzy) answered the question asking the reason why they are popular -- and what is their own strength that distinguishes them from other girl groups -- by saying, "That is our good music". Like this, 2NE1 is very confident in their music and that is why they used a completely new promotional strategy when they released their second mini album. They released songs in the album one by one online from last April. As a result, every song in their album such as "Don't Cry", "Lonely", "I Am the Best", "Hate You", and the title song "UGLY" ranked atop the online music chart consecutively,...More
2NE1 Top YouTube Favorites 2011/08/04, 2NE1
Girl group 2NE1's music video "Lonely" was at the top of Korean YouTube favorites in the first six months of this year. "Lonely" was released as a digital sound source and music video in May,...More
2NE1, 2nd on iTunes Electronic Album Chart 2011/08/01, Source, 2NE1 has done it again!
On the same day that the girls released their new mini-album on July 28th, it hit number two on the Electronic Album Chart in the US iTunes market. The mini-album was dropped around the world through iTunes.
Currently, 2NE1 is working on their album for a US release with famed producer and singer Will.i.am. Although the exact date of their debut has yet to be announced, it does appear that this is something that they're working full-speed for,...More
Pop Idols Bringing Korean Wave to Germany 2011/07/29, Source,
The growing popularity of K-pop bands in Germany indicates that the Korean Wave may have finally made its way to Western Europe.
According to the VIVA Online Clip Charts, girl group 2NE1's recently released song "I Am the Best" ranked top of the charts this week. This was followed by "Mona Lisa", by boy band MBLAQ, and Beast's "Breath". Songs by 2PM, Super Junior-M and Big Bang also made their way into the top 100,...More
New YG Acts Training For 2012 Debut 2011/07/27, Source, YG Entertainment, home to 2NE1 and Big Bang, released plans of debuting new groups for next year.
Yang Hyun-suk, head of YG, revealed through Korean media sources that there will be a number of new acts to look forward to, including solo acts, slated for 2011. For one, a YG version of Girls' Generation will hit the scene the first half of 2012. Yang stressed that this group will not only be talented, but very pretty...like Girls' Generation,...More
YG to Advance into Japan by Establishing Exclusive Label 2011/07/25, Source,
Launch of "YGEX"
YG Entertainment and Japanese music distributing company Avex held a press conference at Nikko Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on July 21 and announced the launch of YG Family's exclusive label "YGEX (YG+AVEX)". The president of YG, Yang Hyun Seok (right), and the president of Avex Holdings, Matsuura Masato, are shaking hands.
"YG will hold a family concert at the end of this year to celebrate its 15th anniversary of its foundation in both Korea and Japan",...More
TVXQ #1 in Vietnam 2011/07/25, Source,
TVXQ doesn't just dominate in Korea and Japan, but Vietnam too!
According to the Korea Culture Business Exchange Organization and the "Best Fan Forever" contest website, TVXQ was the number one group, chosen by 90,898 Vietnam internet voters,...More
B2ST, 4Minute to hold concert in England 2011/07/08, Source,
K-pop group B2ST
By Kwon Mee-yoo
With K-pop's increasing popularity in Europe, Korean singers B2ST, 4Minute and G.NA will hold a concert in the United Kingdom in November.
Cube Entertainment, the singers' management agency, said it plans to hold the "United Cube Concert" in London on Nov. 19,...More
The term "Korean Wave" was coined in 2003 when the hit soap opera ",...More
K-pop concert hall to open today 2011/06/21, Source,
The Olympic Hall in Olympic Park in Seoul will reopen as a K-pop concert hall today after a one-year renovation project. / Courtesy of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
By Chung Ah-young
The Olympic Hall in Olympic Park in Seoul will reopen as a K-pop concert hall today after a one-year renovation project. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation said the concert hall will be a cultural complex that offers not only musical facilities but also content from the past, present and future of K-pop at one place,...More
Girl Groups Advance to Japan One After Another 2011/06/15, Source,
After School, T-ara, Secret, and Rainbow will officially debut in Japan.
Star Korean girl groups will debut in Japan during this summer. As other star girl groups who had already debuted in Japan such as Kara, Girls' Generation, Brown Eyed Girls, 4 Minute, and 2NE1 had gained huge popularity in Japan, the debut of new groups has raised anticipation about whether they could be kicking off a K-KOP boom again,...More
2NE1 Sweeps Filipino Music Chart 2011/06/07, Source,
Girl group 2NE1 has swept the Filipino music scene with their new song "Lonely".
According to MYX on the 3rd, the largest music chart in the Philippines, the girls ranked at number one by jumping one spot from 2nd place on June 2nd,...More
2NE1's "Lonely" Video #1 On YouTube 2011/05/16, Source,
Popular idol group 2NE1 has made their mark on the international community through their latest single, "Lonely".
After releasing their new song at midnight on May 12th, the girls swept through all the major music charts, taking over the number one spot by the morning of the 13th,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
K-Pop Event in Paris Draws 4,000 French Fans 2011/05/08, Source,
French teenagers dance to 2NE1's hit song "I don't care" during a K-pop contest at the Espace Champerret in Paris on Sunday.
The Espace Champerret in Paris' 17th arrondissement saw the unusual spectacle of hundreds of French teenagers singing and dancing to Korean pop music on Sunday afternoon. Four of them took to the stage to lip-sync to 2NE1's hit song "I don't care" during a K-pop contest held there while the audience boogied along,...More
Spread of K-POP Booms Beyond Asia and Into Europe 2011/05/06, Source, A street rally was held in France asking, "Add more SM singers' concerts". Many fans all around Europe who love singing groups belonging to SM and YG gathered on a YouTube channel.
"I will definitely buy two tickets for the concert. I really hope to meet Super Junior on the concert". --ID Makijoo
"The best K-POP singing groups, who belong to SM Entertainment (hereafter referred to as SM), held their historical first concert in Paris, France. I hope that it will opens the door for other K-POP singing groups to France". – ID Mopiou,...More
'Sunny - 2010 - 2010' brims with 1980s retro fun 2011/05/05, Source,
A scene from the teen drama "Sunny - 2010", which evokes the nostalgia of 1980s pop culture and the wonders of youth / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Lee Hyo-won
Whether you feed on contemporary gum-pop or remain strictly '80s, the iridescently "retro-licious" film "Sunny - 2010" will brighten up your day. Besides, 2NE1 sports the double denim look Madonna pulled off back then,...More
K-Pop Arrives in Europe 2011/05/03, Source,
Fans demonstrate in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday demanding an extra K-pop concert after tickets to a scheduled event sold out. /Yonhap
Hundreds of French fans gathered in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday demanded an extension of a Korean pop concert, symbolizing the spread of the Korean Wave beyond Asia and into Europe.
Around 200 diehard K-pop fans picketed while dancing to Korean pop tunes for over an hour in front of the museum, demanding that a concert by TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) scheduled for June 10 be extended for another day,...More
2NE1 Rises to International Fame in Music – and also in fashion! 2011/03/16, Source, 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
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
Cancelled... postponed... tsunami in Hallyu events 2011/03/13, Source,
As the damaged of the massive earthquake in Japan is spreading, Hallyu stars Japanese schedules are being cancelled or postponed as well.
Kim Hyun-joong was to attend a promotion event in Tokyo nhk Hall on the 13th but it got cancelled and he never left. Ryu Soo-young had a fan meeting in Osaka Nikko Hotel but that was postponed. Singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon also had a fan meeting on the same day in Saitama Super Arena but cancelled and returned to Korea on the 13th. He had been preparing since the 8th.,...More
Garion sweeps music awards 2011/02/24, Source,
Hi-hop duo Garion
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Hip-hop duo Garion won Album of the Year, Best Hip-hop Album with "Garion 2" as well as Best Hip-hop Song at the eighth Korean Music Awards, Wednesday,...More
2NE1 to make debut in Japan 2011/02/23, Source,
Girl group 2NE1
By Chung Ah-young
Popular girl group 2NE1 will make its debut in Japan this spring. Japanese newspaper Sankei Sports reported that the band has signed a contract with Avex, Japan's largest entertainment company,...More
Definitely IN for the season – Project Runway Korea Season 3! 2011/02/23, Source, "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day, you're out".
Does this sound familiar? Yes, and many of us are probably reminded of Heidi Klum in a sleek cocktail dress and skyscraper heels. And similarly in this country, there's the acknowledged first supermodel of Korea, Lee So-ra, the host of "Project Runway Korea".
Picture of the show : Lee So-ra with 15 new challenging designers for the new season.
After months of silence following two very successful seasons, (the second season winning the "Best Adaptation of An Existing Format" at the 15th Asian TV Awards held in Singapore) "Project Runway Korea Season 3" kicked off on January 29,...More
Which Girl Band Will Rule the Charts in 2011? 2011/01/15, Source,
The year 2010 was the year of girl groups, with over 50 of the manufactured combos including Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1, and Wonder Girls competing for the top position. The trend is likely to continue and even intensify in the new year with many new groups such as Dalshabet and 5dolls waiting in the wings.
The Chosun Ilbo selected 13 girl groups based on music portal Bugs' and KBS2 Music Bank's annual top charts at the end of last year, and analyzed their star power in five categories -- stage presence, fan loyalty, capability of each member, power of management, and performance in 2010 -- to predict what the year 2011 will be like for them. The result showed four strong powerhouses, five in the middle, and four at the weaker end,...More
IU's "Good Day" takes charge of Mnet chart for 4th week 2011/01/04, Source,
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
Female singer IU rules Mnet chart for 2nd week 2010/12/21, Source,
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
Korea's MNet impacts pop culture in U.S. 2010/12/18, Source,
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
2010 MelOn Music Awards - About time to come honest 2010/12/17, Source,
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
Girls' Generation wins best artist at 2010 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS 2010/12/16, Source,
Winners of the "2010 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS"
Korean female idols Girls' Generation have claimed the top prize once again at the MelOn MUSIC AWARDS, taking the award for best artist this year as well as winning in three other categories.
At the awards ceremony for the 2010 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS held yesterday at the Grand Peace Palace at Seoul's Kyung Hee University, the nine-member girl group were recognized as best artist of the year, placed among the top 10 singers in the country and took the Hot Trend award,...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P hold world premiere showcase for duo unit 2010/12/15, Source,
From left, Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon pose during a photocall of the world premiere showcase for their new duo unit album "GD & TOP" held at major shopping complex Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea on December 14, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A world premiere which went on air live through YouTube. This may sound somewhat grandiose but the stage that G-Dragon (GD) and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of boy band Big Bang stepped on ahead of releasing their album as a unit was small and simple. Instead, they revealed snippets of each song listed in the album and explained the background to them. To the fans who were looking forward to a fancy comeback performance, this showcase in the format of a talk show may have come off as long-winded but their choice rather came off as the best method to express their affection for the album. And like the two said, them having worked on each of the songs will be like a welcome rain to fans who have long waited for Big Bang's comeback to the local music scene,...More
YG holds agency concert over the weekend 2010/12/07, Source,
YG Family Concert [YG Entertainment]
YG Family Concert: YG Has Come a Long Way
"Eun-joo, I love you", a man confessed during the "YG Family Concert" held in Jamsil Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul on December 5. It is the man who sang "Smoke of The Devil" but not it's original singer Yang Hyun-suk, the owner of YG Entertainment ("YG" in short) but Seung-ri from boy band Big Bang. Before and after that, another Big Bang member Dae-sung sang Wheesung's "With Me" and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon performed Jinusean's "Phone Number". Till the very end of the show, the first generation of YG singers such as Yang, Jinusean and Teddy did not appear on stage but the three-hour concert was already packed enough with hit songs by singers such as Gummy, Se7en, Big Bang, 2NE1 and PSY. 15 years has passed since YG Entertainment has launched and it has certainly grown large,...More
2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band Big Bang members perform at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Muscle!" was what a fan from Hong Kong said as soon as she was asked what she finds most attractive about boy band 2PM. And when a girl, who would scream outright just by the mention of Nichkhun's name, was asked whose muscles she thinks are the best, without hesitation she blurted out "Ok Taecyeon!" Numerous female fans from around Asia who like Korean idol stars for specific images crowded the lobby of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao where the red carpet event for the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held. But the cheering was not reserved only for good looking guys. A 19-year-old Chinese girl, who introduced herself as a big fan of Big Bang and in love with all its members, went equally wild at the sight of girl group 2NE1 and imitated the "Abracadabra" dance by Brown Eyed Girls saying they were the group outside YG Family that she loves. Hence in such an atmosphere, it may be only natural that these fans are interested not only in the Korean stars but also Korean culture,...More
[PHOTOS] Mnet's MAMA 2010/11/29, Source, Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Boy band Big Bang member Taeyang performs at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010,...More
YG Entertainment announces Big Bang comeback 2010/11/28, Source,
Announcement of the comeback of boy band Big Bang [Official YG Entertainment blog]
Top Korean agency YG Entertainment has announced that boy band Big Bang will make their long-awaited comeback to the local music scene, as their original five-member band and also through solo and duo albums.
YG's CEO and founder Yang Hyuk-suk wrote on the official YG Life blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) on Monday that members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) will be the first to return, releasing songs "High High" and "Oh Yeah" on December 15 as a duo while their full-length album, featuring 11 tracks, will hit stores a week later,...More
1st line up for Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed 2010/11/23, Source,
2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Mnet]
The first line-up of guests attending the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) have been revealed.
The official website of the Ment's annual music festival showed that Korean artists 2PM, 2NE1, miss A, Taeyang and Tiger JK will attend the event while international singers include Zhang Jie and iMe from China, Perfume and Chemistry from Japan and American hip-hop quartet Far East Movement,...More
2NE1 member Sandara has 200,000 friends 2010/11/23, Source,
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
Big Bang to receive honor at Japan Record Awards 2010/11/22, Source,
Korean boy band Big Bang [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will receive an honor at the upcoming 52nd Japan Record Awards, alongside some of the biggest names in the J-pop music scene.
The Japan Record Awards, hosted by the Japan Composer's Association, announced over the weekend that Big Bang will be handed the award for best song alongside ten artists including Japanese singers Exile and AKB48,...More
Super Junior voted favorite Hallyu star in Brazil 2010/11/17, Source,
Boy band Super Junior's fanclub in Brazil [Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange]
Thirteen-member boy band Super Junior have been picked the most popular Korean idols in Brazil.
According to a survey in Brazil conducted by the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) on 2,826 youths, Super Junior took first place with 2,137 votes followed by SHINee (1,507), Big Bang (1,471) and BoA (1,315),...More
Rating The Latest Idol Group Comebacks 2010/11/15, Source,
Three of the most representative groups from three of the most representative entertainment companies in Korea have recently made their comebacks this fall season. It was no surprise that each of these three groups won number one honors on the live music performance shows in Korea. It's been established that all three groups have the three factors that idol groups these days need to have: good music, great performances, and enviable style.
These three groups -- Girls' Generation from SM Entertainment, 2PM from JYP Entertainment, and 2NE1 from YG Entertainment -- were rated according to those three factors for their latest comeback songs, in comparison to their previous works,...More
2NE1 member Sandara celebrates birthday 2010/11/12, Source,
Korean idols 2NE1 [Official Sandara me2day website]
Korean girl group 2NE1 member Sandara Park has posted pictures of herself and her groupmates celebrating her birthday on her official me2day site.
Three photographs were uploaded onto the site earlier today with the first pic revealing Sandara holding her birthday cake followed by one with cake on her face and the last one with her fellow bandmates,...More
Big Bang's DVD reaches No. 1 on Oricon chart 2010/11/04, Source,
Korean boy band Big Bang [YG Entertainment]
A DVD by Korean boy band Big Bang has reached the No. 1 spot on Japan's prestigious Oricon chart.
According to Oricon's weekly music DVD chart, Big Bang's latest DVD "BIGSHOW BIGBANG LIVE CONCERT 2010" ranked in first, selling about 15,000 copies since going on sale in the country on October 27 and came in second in terms of DVD sales for all categories,...More
2NE1 reveals music video for new track today 2010/11/01, Source,
Clip from 2NE1's music video "I'm Hurt" [YG Entertainment]
Korean idols 2NE1 unveiled the full-length music video for their new song on their official YouTube channel today.
The music video for R&B track "I'm Hurt" from their first full-length album, features the girls donning clothes, make-up and hairstyles in a fantasy-like theme. Member Sandara Park acts in the video with model and actor,...More
Mnet takes annual music fest overseas for first time 2010/10/29, Source,
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
G20 Committee Enlists Celebrities to Help Promote G20 Summit 2010/10/21, Source, And with only 20 days left until the G20 Seoul Summit the organizing committee formed a team of celebrities to help raise public awareness about the important global meeting.
A launch ceremony held at COEX on Thursday opened with a heart pounding drum performance and welcome remarks from Sakong Il,...More
Ga-in hits No. 1 spot with "Irreversible" 2010/10/19, Source,
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
K-pop idols to perform at Tokyo music festival in Nov 2010/10/15, Source,
Concert poster for the "2010 Seoul Tokyo Musical Festival" [SBS Contents Hub]
Several K-pop idols will be performing at a music festival in Japan next month, according to a press release from SBS Contents Hub.
Major Korean network SBS and Japan's TBS have come together to co-host the "2010 Seoul Tokyo Music Festival" to be held at the Saitama Super Arena located in Tokyo on November 3, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the foundation of SBS,...More
2NE1 continues to dominate TV music programs 2010/10/04, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from top left to right) CL, Sandara, Bom and Minji [YG Entertainment]
K-pop girl group 2NE1 continued to dominate televised music programs with songs from their newest album "To Anyone" last week.
The quartet, who have been promoting three title tracks simultaneously, grabbed their third win on KBS' Friday music show "Music Bank" with "Go Away" while scoring their third Mutizen Award on SBS' Sunday program "Inkigayo" with "Can't Nobody",...More
At an event hosted by the Ministry of Justice on Tuesd,...More
Footage of 2NE1 collaborating with Will.i.Am to air today 2010/09/28, Source,
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
2NE1 takes over televised music programs with title tracks 2010/09/27, Source,
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
2NE1 takes over Mnet's charts with new album 2010/09/24, Source,
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
Buying beauty at a bargain price 2010/09/23, Source,
Nature Republic most foreigner-friendly; Face Shop least; Skin Food in between
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia The streets of Seoul are filled with shops like The Face Shop, Missha, Etude House, Nature Republic, Skin Food and Innisfree. With a wide selection of cutely packaged makeup and skin care products at quite cheap prices, it is no surprise that many teenage girls and women flock to these so-called "bargain beauty’’ shops. Yet it is actually not easy to distinguish one shop from the other. All of them have adopted the same marketing concept: to sell skincare and cosmetics products at affordable prices with an ad campaign featuring Hallyu stars. Interestingly, more male stars are being featured in the ad campaigns to target young females and foreign fans of Korean stars. Nature Republic’s ads feature K-pop star Rain, while The Face Shop still uses actor Bae Yong-joon,...More
2NE1 celebrates first win on KBS' "Music Bank" 2010/09/20, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): CL, Bom, Sandara and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 celebrated their first win on a televised music program over the weekend with their new song "Can't Nobody".
The quartet, who gave their comeback performance with "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody", took the crown on KBS' Friday show "Music Bank", beating out R&B singer Wheesung,...More
2NE1 holds 4D music video showcase over weekend 2010/09/20, Source,
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
2NE1: 'We Want to Become Icon' 2010/09/15, Source, 2NE1
Three songs among the title songs included in 2NE1's first album have brought about a sensation on the music charts.
People in the music industry recently have been keeping a close watch on 2NE1's (CL 19, Sandara 26, Park Bom 26, and Kong Min Ji 16) first album release. Because of word-of-mouth saying their songs included in their first regular album are very good, some music management companies even rescheduled the release of new albums for their singers. As anticipated, 2NE1's first album, which was released on September 9, has received an enthusiastic response. They adopted a strategy to advertise the three title songs "Can't Nobody", "Clap Your Hands" and "Go Away", and those three songs all ranked from first to third on various music charts. In addition, other songs included in the album such as "Slow", "I'm Busy" and "Love is Ouch" are all ranked in the top 10,...More
2NE1 sweeps various music sites with title tracks 2010/09/10, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): Sandara, CL, Bom and Minzy [Official YG Entertainment Blog]
Korean girl group 2NE1 has swept various online music charts with the title tracks from their new album.
Songs "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands", all three the title tracks from 2NE1's first full-length album, have placed on the top three spots of various web-based music charts, according to the real-time charts of online music providers Bugs, Monkey 3, Dosirak and Melon,...More
2NE1 unveils 2nd title track 2010/09/07, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): Bom, CL, Minzy and Sandara [YG Entertainment]
K-pop artists 2NE1 yesterday unveiled the second title track to their upcoming album, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG announced in a press release that the first verse of the girls' second title track "Clap" was uploaded onto YG's official blog, YG Life, as well as photographs from the set of their music video,...More
2NE1 to make music comeback on September 12 2010/09/02, Source,
Members of 2NE1 (from top left to right): CL, Sandara, Bom and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 will be making a comeback to the music scene with their first full-length album next Friday, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Thursday.
"The girls will giving their comeback performance on SBS' Sunday music show 'Inkigayo' on September 12", an official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, adding that they will be singing three of the title tracks including "Go Away" while the other two have yet to be decided,...More
2NE1 readying for U.S. debut with Will.i.Am 2010/08/17, Source, 2NE1 [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 has been readying for their debut in the United States with multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer Will.i.Am, according to YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG's CEO Yang Hyun-suk made the announcement through a message on the agency's official website, saying that the girls finished recording ten songs produced by the rapper through three recording sessions held at London and Los Angeles over a span of three weeks,...More
2NE1 to release first full-length album in September 2010/08/17, Source,
Korean female pop idols 2NE1 [YG Entertainment]
Korean pop idols 2NE1 will be making a music comeback with the release of their first full-length album in early September, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment's CEO Yang Hyun-suk on Tuesday.
Yang wrote on YG's official website that the girls' first studio release titled "To Anyone" will hit stores on September 9, featuring a total of 12 songs including six new tracks, four previously releases and two bonus tunes,...More
Korean pop stars to perform at Hallyu Dream Concert 2010/08/11, Source,
Official Hallyu Dream Festival site
Korea's hottest K-pop stars will gather in the city of Gyeong Ju in the North Gyeongsang Province next month to perform at the Hallyu Dream Concert.
Close to two dozen artists including Super Junior, 2PM, Kangta, 2AM, 2NE1, Se7en, 4minute, BEAST, Son Dam-bi, Kara, After School, miss A, FT Island, Choshinsung, Davichi, T-ara, MBLAQ, U-Kiss, ZE:A, Secret, Flower and Seo In-guk will take to the stage of the concert to be held on September 12 at the Gyeong Ju Citizen's Stadium as part of the two-day Hallyu Dream Festival which begins on September 10,...More
Se7en: 'High Wall of American Music Industry Caused Homesickness' 2010/07/22, Source,
In the middle of the sound of a high-pitched siren and sharp electronic music, singer Se7en (real name Choi Dong Wook, 26) came up to the stage. The performance entitled "Se7en Digital Bounce Release Party" was held on July 20 at a club located in Gangnam, Seoul. There was a pounding hiphop drum beat and blue laser light on the stage, and his splendid dance was very light and looked relaxed. The place was where he introduced his new song for the first time that is included in his mini album entitled "Digital Bounce", which he released after a break of three years and eight months to advance into the American music industry,...More
2NE1 and Lee Min-ho to attend makeup brand concert 2010/07/15, Source,
Official poster of Etude's "Pink Play Concert" [Etude House]
Korean female idols 2NE1 and actor Lee Min-ho will be attending a concert for a make-up brand next month, according to concert host Etude House on Thursday.
Etude House announced in a press release that 2NE1, spokesmodels for Etude, and Lee will be attending the "Pink Play Concert" to be held at the Walker Hill Hotel Riverpark on August 20,...More
Taeyang makes shining debut on iTunes overseas 2010/07/09, Source, Taeyang's new solo album Solar ranked No.3 on U.S. iTunes R&B/Soul Albums chart [U.S. iTunes]
Korean singer Taeyang of popular idol group Big Bang has made a shining debut in North America, placing his solo album Solar high atop Apple's iTunes online music charts.
According to a press release by agency YG Entertainment on Friday, Solar came in at No.1 on Top R&B/Soul Albums chart of Canada iTunes and No. 3 on the U.S. site. It is the first time and the highest that an Asian artist has ranked on either charts,...More
YG Entertainment records biggest profit in history 2010/04/12, Source,
Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment (YG) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful business year to date last year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to the annual audit report YG submitted to Korea's Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) on Friday, the agency recorded operating profits of 7.39 billion won last year with a net profit of 4.16 billion won, the company's biggest profit yet,...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
KBS music awards 2009/12/30, Source, Shin Seung-hoon, 2PM attend KBS music awards
Shin Seung-hoon and 2PM [KBS]
From left, singer Shin Seung-hoon and boy band 2PM members Nichkhun, Junsu and Junho perform together on stage at major broadcaster KBS' year-end music awards held at the KBS Hall in Seoul, South Korea on December 30, 2009.,...More
(10 FOCUS) 10 Awards - Top 10 People of 2009 2009/12/22, Source, Top 10 People of 2009
In the entertainment industry, the end of a year is a season about watching and talking about "people". Many media outlets select their "person of the year" and people flock to year-end awards shows to hear a quote from stars that they do not get to see often. 10Asia picked our own figures of the year, but there is no red carpet or photo spotlights for the stars to enter upon. Our selection of "persons of 2009" are not top stars who attained the most popularity from the public, but people who changed the landscape of Korea's entertainment industry and stimulated the public with experiences that we had not had before. Here are ten people who showed us a new direction for upcoming 2010.,...More
The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) came to an end Saturday, but unfortunately, there were some shortcomings despite it being called Asia's best music award event.
The much-anticipated event was held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, with young fans lined up near the en,...More
5 Decades of Korean Girl Bands 2009/11/05, Source, The Kim Sisters were arguably the first girl group in the history of Korean popular music. They debuted in their teens in the early 1950s, and were extremely popular among U.S. soldiers stationed in K,...More
MANILA ― Hallyu, popularly known as the Korean wave, continues to cast its spell in the Philippines. Not only are Korean dramas being embraced by Filipinos but more teens and young adults are becoming ardent fans of K-pop artists as well.
According to press reports, Lee will resume her singing caree,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Eun-jung, edgy girl! 2009/08/22, Source, Han Eun-jung is bringing back a new wave of imagination and expressions through the sensitive young woman's SJSJ photoshoot with the concept "power edge girl".
She has been known as a fashionista and has come back with her disheveled yet natural looking wavy hair with professionalism and passion for beauty.
Han has such boldness and,...More
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 e,...More
Mnet Asian awards heads to Singapore , Source,
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, Jay Park, Jang Woo-hyuk, HyunA and G.NA are nominated for the best dance performance by a solo singer,...More
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