[HanCinema's Film Review] "Autumn Sonata" 2017/11/25,
Soo-ryeon (played by BoA) is a thirty-year-old postal service worker in rural Gyeonggi Province. The most effective moments of "Autumn Sonata" tend to focus on that backdrop. Director Lim Wang-tae's imagery is so vivid it frequently feels like we can taste the fresh air. This is Soo-ryeon's ancestral home, after all, and while the endless empty scenery is at times lonely, or at least mostly filled by old people, there is also a powerful serene sense of inner peace,...More
[Photo] BoA is thoughtful in poster for "Autumn Sonata" 2017/09/19, Source,
Shown at the 19th Jeonju International Film Festival this year, "Autumn Sonata" stars Hallyu starlet and actress BoA in a deep, contemplative role. Her character, Soo-ryeon, is preparing for the end of life, while Joon (Lee Hak-joo) is preparing to love her. This is a tragic start, but it does reach out to the hopeless romantic in me. Luckily, we now have a release date for it, October 19, which means we don't have to wait too long,...More
BoA and Joo Won spend time together before military service 2017/05/15, Source, BoA and Joo Won are seeing each other and they were recently seen together in Japan. BoA was in Japan for a concert and although they couldn't be together on his last night before he goes to military, they had already spent time in Japan.
According to various sources, they were on the plane to Japan on the 4th of May. BoA was going to Japan for a concert and Joo Won was on his way to promote his new SBS drama "My Sassy Girl - Drama". They were sitting apart from each other so they didn't draw attention,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Production Pains and New Romances 2016/07/23,
Today I talk about the always sad, always frustrating episode cutting and its latest victim, "Beautiful Mind". Ha Seok-jin is a busy man and he has two upcoming romantic dramas, so I share some media from those. Those looking for some romantic works between 35+ folks of similar age have three new dramas arriving soon which might interest them. Miscellaneous news are here, as usual and while I have been too busy to keep up with my own dramas, I can guarantee you it is because we have good things coming up at HanCinema,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - SMTown Coex Artium 2015/12/19,
S.M. Entertainment is one of the triumvirate of entertainment companies along with YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. Some of the most famous acts in K-pop are housed under S.M. such as my personal bias SHINee as well as Girls' Generation, Super Junior, f(x), EXO, Red Velvet, BoA, and TVXQ. This list is by no means inclusive of the immensely talented acts found under the S.M. name. Many of the members have been spotted in dramas and films. And some people represented under S.M. are not musicians, but actors such as Go Ara and Kim Min-jong,...More
Nominees For 2015 Mama Announced, Online Voting Begins 2015/10/31, Source,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a full list of nominees across 18 categories for the upcoming MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd. The announcement was broadcast live on Mnet and through Naver's mobile application V at 6 p.m. (KST) on October 30th. The nominees have been carefully selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from October 26th 2014 to October 29th 2015,...More
15 Years On, BoA Still Draws Thousands to Concerts 2015/08/24, Source,
K-pop star BoA preformed in front of more than 6,000 people over the weekend at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. Since her debut in 2000, BoA has grown into an international K-pop and cultural icon, and the weekend crowds are a testament to her continued popularity after 15 years. It has been close to three years since her last solo concert, and fans were clearly excited to hear more,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "SMTOWN The Stage" 2015/08/22,
SM Entertainment is the South Korean entertainment company that is responsible for such artists as Kangta, BoA, and Girls' Generation. That's a very abbreviated list- there's also Super Junior, EXO, and Red Velvet. Probably a bunch more that I'm forgetting too. This is easy to do, because "SMTOWN The Stage" packs about as many of its artists into the runtime as possible, with time roughly evenly split between live performance footage and the performers themselves just discussing why they've dedicated their lives to entertainment,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2015/06/06,
Hear from a top K-pop composer in an exclusive interview, Jamie documents his trip through Gangnam on his way to the DMZ, emerging K-pop groups perform in France, and the "White Porcelain in the Joseon Dynasty" exhibit is now on at Ewha Womans University Museum,...More
[Photos] Kim Hee-sun's graceful and elegant step
Actress Kim Hee-sun is entering the photo wall event at Stella McCartney's first visiting event in Korea, which took place at Boon The Shop in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on May 20th.
The event was to celebrate the opening of the popup store for The World of STELLA at BOONTHESHOP and to introduce the autumn 2015 collection by the brand,...More
Big Match (2014) 2014/11/28, Source, "Big Match"
Running Time: 112 min.
Directed by: Choi Ho
Starring: Lee Jung-jae, Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Sung-min, BoA
Synopsis: Ik-ho is a UFC fighter who has a promising future in his career. A director for an illegal gambling ring called Ace abducts Ik-ho's brother to make Il-ho as chessman for the game he has created. The game uses high technology and CCTVs to track down every little move of the chessman, and Ik-ho is forced to follows his direction to save his brother,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/22, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★ "Thuy": A Vietnamese woman living in rural Korea is met with resistance when she wants her husband's death investigated. (11/27) ★★★ "The Way to School": A documentary that follows a group of children in the Himalayas and their dangerous trek to school across the icy Chaddar road. (11/27) ★★★★ "Big Match": A UFC fighter and his brother get blackmailed into being apart of a lucrative gambling scam.(11/27) ★★★ "My Love, Don't Cross That River": A heartfelt documentary that follows an elderly married couple, their hold on tradition, love, and the death that stalks them. (11/27),...More
BoA accused of illegal development on the Green Belt 2014/09/14, Source,
Singer BoA and her father Kwon, have been managing the Green Belt and using the warehouse as a house for the past 10 years but it turns out there has only been one inspection by government authorities all this time. Naturally, suspicion of special treatment for the famous star rises.
A media reported on the 15th that BoA and her father were seen doing something illegal on the land and were imposed with a heavy fine of 50 million won,...More
BoA begins to fall for acting in "Make Your Move" 2014/04/20, Source,
The energy that comes from that small figure of hers is amazing. Singer BoA's first lead dance movie "Make Your Move" keeps her moving. She's seen banging on the drums like crazy, then engaging into intense tap dance routines.
BoA falls in love with Donny (Derek Hough). The intimate couple dance they perform is also something to check out. BoA said, "Derek is also a dancer so I realized I'd be competitive with him. We also fought when we were sensitive about the dangerous lifting scenes. We were all tense because if someone were to a mistake, anyone could have gotten hurt. Our passion for dancing maximized the synergy. And thankfully, no one got hurt",...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/04/12, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Han Gong-ju": A student struggles to escape her past at a new school in this compelling debut drama. (04/17)
★★★★ "One Summer Night": A romantic tale about broken hearts, abandonment, and newly confessed love. (04/17)
★★★ "God's Eye View": A missionary group are abducted by Islamic rebels and fear their faith is slipping away. (04/17)
★★★★ "Uigwe, the 8-Day Festival 3D": The KBS Documentary team that recorded the 8 books of Joseon's 22nd King Jeong-jo's 8-day festival revives this event in Korea's very own 3D technology. (04/17)
★★★ "KaTalk Project": Eleven upcoming Korean Art School students have gathered together to show modern children the definition of fun in art. (04/17)
★★★★ "The Legacy": A struggling law student has to deal with academic pressures, his dying father, and a would-be sibling who suddenly appears. (04/17)
★★★★ "Make Your Move": A top dancer falls in love with a rival club's sister and has to deal with the consequences. (04/17),...More
Dance Romance Film 'Make Your Move' Sold to 54 Countries for USD 6.3 Million 2014/04/11,
Model of Global Collaboration Winning Traction for Korean Films in Foreign Markets Co-produced by CJ E&M, SM Entertainment, and Robert Cort Productions, the dance romance film Make Your Move, starring renowned K-Pop artist BoA, has been sold to 54 countries including France, Germany, Australia, the Czech Republic, and across East Asia for total sales to-date of USD 6.3 million,...More
2013 Gwangju Design Biennale: Anything, Something 2013/09/14, Source,
Taking place September 6 to November 3 in the city of Gwangju in southwest Korea, the 2013 Gwangju Design Biennale will showcase around 660 installations and designs works. Around 358 participants, including 339 designers from more than 20 countries, will take part in the event.
Held every two years, the Gwangju Design Biennale was initiated in 2005 by Metropolitan City of Gwangju following the success of the Gwangju Biennale, the first biennale to be held in Asia,...More
BoA to Test Acting Skills in Two-Part Sitcom 2013/09/07, Source,
Singer BoA will make her acting debut by appearing in the two-episode show "Hope for Love" that will air on KBS next week. "People have been asking me why I want to act, even though I've already achieved so much in my singing career", she said at a press event in Seoul on Thursday.,...More
Im Si-wan stars in "Hope For Love" 2013/07/29, Source,
ZEA's Im Si-wan joins the KBS 2 part drama "Hope for Love".
He takes on the role of Jeong Jin-gook in the drama. He is a character who will reflect the awkward relationship methods of those beginners in Korea. He will remind you of the feeling of first love, with butterflies fluttering in the stomach,...More
BoA to star in a KBS drama 2013/07/16, Source,
"BoA" is revising the script for an upcoming KBS drama.
SM Entertainment claims she's been in meetings and has been revising the offer for a role in a drama,...More
South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer Dresses for Trendy Ladies 2013/06/30, Source,
South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer Dresses for Trendy Ladies
Kpopsicle is a stylish online fashion store which provides amazing fashion all year round. In this article, the emphasis is on adorable summer dresses from Kpopsicle which stand out based on lovely designs, delightful color schemes and the natural feel they represent. Therefore, with the sweltering heat of the Far East about to get even hotter over the next few months; then clearly these elegant and stylish dresses will appeal to trendy ladies who adore fashion.
The exquisite Kpopsicle (http://kpopsicle.com) website highlights the stylish buzz of South Korean fashion whereby the Korean wave related to K-pop and other areas is still running high. Indeed, the beauty of Kpopsicle is that they fuse the dynamic styles of America, Japan, and South Korea, in order to provide a lovely international vibe which appeals all over the world,...More
South Korea, Japan and US Fashion Styles by Kpopsicle: Stunning International Fashion 2012/11/04, Source,
By Lee Jay Walker Tokyo Correspondent
Stunning International Fashion Images belong to KPOPSICLE.
Kpopsicle (http://kpopsicle.com) is an amazing online fashion store which caters for stylish ladies who want to connect with the vibes of South Korea, America and Japan. Of course, the styles of these buzzing nations appeal internationally and this is the beauty of Kpopsicle. Therefore, this online fashion company provides stunning female fashion products all year round.
The Kpopsicle website is user-friendly and is updated regularly in order to connect with their client base and to highlight the latest trends hitting the streets of Seoul, Tokyo, New York and other vibrant cities. Also, images of items are extremely clear and taken from different angles in order that viewers can get a real feel about the product being viewed.
On the Kpopsicle website this company states that We focus on stylish and trendy designs and this is clearly true. Immediately on entering the website ladies will find an abundance of images and products to search. True to the words of Kpopsicle it is clear that this adorable online fashion company does focus on stylish and trendy designs which will appeal to ladies all over the world,...More
K-Pop Festival in Incheon Promotes 2014 Asian Games 2012/09/18, Source,
The nation's largest K-pop festival took place at Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon on Sept. 9. Organized by the Incheon city government, the concert was held to promote the host city of the 2014 Asian Games and boost its tourism industry and the regional economy. Admission tickets to the annual concert were provided free of charge.
The Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon is packed with fans for the nation's biggest K-pop festival on Sept. 9.
The venue of Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012 was packed with K-pop fans from home and abroad. Information booths and dedicated entrances were set up to help spectators from foreign countries, including Asia, France, Spain and the U.K., and foreign guides were on hand to make sure things went smoothly,...More
Free Tickets Available for Huge K-Pop Festival in Incheon 2012/09/07, Source,
Korea's largest K-pop festival, "Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012", will be held at Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon from 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission tickets are free of charge, but reservations are required. The concert, organized by the Incheon Metropolitan Government, will feature top stars like BoA, SHINee, Kara, 4Minute, IU, Girl's Day, Kim Tae-woo, Boyfriend, Dalshabet, B.A.P, and Woo-young from 2PM. Super Junior will host the show,...More
Classical Concerts 2012/08/18, Source, Classical Concerts Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio Tour 2012 Japan & Korea Sejong Center Dec. 9 Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, based in Tokyo and New York, will tour Japan and Korea with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. Sakamoto's album "1996", which is to be performed, includes songs many are aware of, such as, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", "R ain" and "The Last Emperor". Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743,...More
Americans dance to 'Gangnam Style' 2012/08/13, Source, NEW YORK _ For Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation and BoA, the U.S. market was a tough and tricky one to crack. But not for PSY, the eccentric Korean singer and rapper who just happened to make perhaps the most successful U.S. debut in Korean music history.
PSY's secret? He didn't try.
There was no extensive strategy, no hard training and not even a need for the 34-year-old to set foot on U.S. soil. The four-minute video of his newest single "Gangnam Style" on YouTube _ now with more than 20 million views and counting _ was enough to put PSY's name on the map,...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
A Tech-filled K-pop and Art Festival Rocks Seoul 2012/08/06, Source, S.M. Entertainment, which represents K-pop favorites like BoA, Shinee, Girls Generation and more, will hold the S.M.ART EXHIBITION at southern Seoul's COEX exhibition center from August 10 to 19.
According to the Korea Herald, it is the first interactive entertainment exhibition in the world and will showcase "various types of entertainment content" through art and cutting-edge technology,...More
K-pop singers to hold joint performance in Seoul 2012/08/01, Source,
A dozen of Korean pop singers from the same entertainment agency will hold a joint performance in Seoul next month as part of a world concert tour organized by their agency to capitalize on the rising popularity of K-pop music, the company said Thursday,...More
Infinite, lean and hungry 2012/07/24, Source,
This is the eighth 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 prolject in cooperation with the Korea foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.
When someone is in hot-pursuit of their dream, the hunger, the ardor, the positive energy of pursuit they emanate are undeniable,...More
BoA, queen of K-pop, returns with new album 2012/07/17, Source, BoA sings during SM Town Live World Tour III in Taiwan in this file photo taken on June 9. / Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Title track 'Only One' composed, written by 25-year-old singer By Rachel Lee Trailblazing K-pop singer BoA has been better known in recent months as a sharp-eyed judge following a stint last year on SBS' "K-pop Star", a popular audition program. But with a new studio album out next week she will bid to reaffirm her position as the queen of K-pop. Her agency, SM Entertainment, said Sunday that her seventh album titled "Only One" is set to be released through various musical online sites on July 22 and hit the shelves on July 25,...More
CJ Entertainment's "I AM." Tickets Now on Sale! 2012/07/11, Source,
Concert film about SMTOWN artists hits CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America brings the much anticipated biographical concert film "I AM." to Los Angeles on July 13, 2012. The film experienced explosive success during its Asia release, ranking #1 in the Japanese box office on opening weekend and selling out at theaters in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia,...More
SM Town concert to feature Korea's top artists 2012/07/07, Source,
Members of the Korean idol group Super Junior pose at a news conference held to promote their newly-released 6th album "Sexy, Free & Single", Tuesday. / Yonhap
By Rachel Lee
SM Entertainment, home to such stars as Girls' Generation and Super Junior will hold a concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium, southern Seoul next month. The concert scheduled for Aug. 18 will feature not only Girls' Generation and Super Junior but also BoA, SHINee, f(x) and Kangta, according to the agency on Thursday,...More
2012 K-Pop Video Contest Draws Hundreds of Entries from Worldwide, Awards 15 Top Prizes 2012/07/03, Source,
K-Pop lovers from across the globe vied for their chance at fame in the 2012 K-Pop Video Contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, and the 15 winners have just been announced (full list below). The winners-hailing from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, and Romania-were selected from among 270 submissions that included cover dances, singing, and instrumental performances, evaluated based on expression and content. The understanding of Korean culture and the enthusiasm for K-Pop became important factors for evaluation, said Byung Goo Choi, director of the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC. The quality videos made us realize the popularity of K-POP,...More
Juniel Flattered by 'Next IU' Comparisons But Has More to Offer 2012/06/23, Source,
Rookie singer Juniel has been racing up the online music charts despite only debuting in Korea two weeks ago with her mini-album "My First June" on June 7. The 19-year-old, dubbed "the next IU" for her acoustic guitar skills and cute looks, wrote three of the five songs on the album herself. "It's such an honor to be compared to IU, who has become a highly sought-after singer since her debut four years ago. It's truly more than I deserve", she said,...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
Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes 2012/05/02, Source,
The showcase of SM Entertainment's documentary film "I AM." featuring its recent K-pop concert at Madison Square Garden was held at CGV Yeongdeungpo in Seoul on Monday.
The film, which will officially be released here on May 10, shows the performances of Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) during the milestone SM Town Live World Tour in New York,...More
Park Ji-min wins 'K-pop Star Audition' 2012/05/01, Source,
Park Ji-min, 14, won SBS' "K-pop Star Audition" on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner of the biggest prize-money in the nation.
The singing sensation from Daejeon will also immediately start a collaboration with one of the three major talent agencies of SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment,...More
Art and Culture 2012/04/11, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. From Kpop stories to the latest Hollywood updates, Michelle Kim has it all in store for us. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young
So what's the latest entertainment news
[Reporter : ] If you think about it, the music scene in Korea right now is mostly dominated by kpop groups and male artists; and lacking a lot of female solo artists nowadays. To change this ongoing pattern, five female artists are planning on a comeback this year,...More
Is Big Bang Ready for the West? 2012/04/05, Source,
Idol group Big Bang are certainly getting their fair share of attention these days, but they are getting their just due; their latest mini-album 'Alive' is breaking records on Korean music charts and earning critical praise for its six singles on the EP. Their "concept" this go round is one of their most...unique so far- tattoos, oxygen masks, blue hair, the usual mélange from the YG stylist closet, and whatever G-Dragon happens to feel like throwing on when he wakes up in the morning. However, as has been closely noted by V.I.Ps (official Big Bang fan club), the music is what is attracting all the attention – from popular American blogs, sites, and international music insiders. They broke the Billboard 200, and placed high on other album charts (Independent, World, Heatseekers) demonstrating a pretty widespread appeal. It's interesting given that while it appears many in K-pop are still trying to find the magic formula for recognition in the West (Rain, BoA, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation) it seems as these guys are getting it and barely trying,...More
TVXQ First Foreign Band to Top Oricon Weekly Chart 10 Times 2012/03/21, Source,
With its new single, "Still", Boy band TVXQ have become the first foreign group to top Japan's Oricon Weekly chart 10 times.
The song shot to the top of the daily chart on the first day of its release last Wednesday and sold 139,000 copies in seven days to also emerge as the best-selling single album of the week, the duo's agency SM Entertainment said on Tuesday,...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
Digiryu: Spreading Korean Culture Online 2012/03/08, Source,
The internet has helped spread Korean pop culture faster than Manchester United's famed Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung runs down field. Sites like Soompi and All Kpop have helped expose many people in the West to Girls' Generation, Big Bang, bibimbap and BB Cream for the first time. Malaysia and Japan have their own sites dedicated to Korean pop culture as well,...More
SM Entertainment Holds Auditions in Chicago: Chicago Really Knows How to "Dream High!" 2012/02/29, Source,
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago in Wheeling, IL
Talents came from near and far for their shot at idol stardom. On Feb. 20, 2012, young people of all ethnicities gathered at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago in Wheeling, IL to audition for SM Entertainment. The South Korean entertainment agency was in the city to discover the next singer, dancer, actress, model and composer who could become the next star of Asia,...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
Hallyu extends to SNS created by Koreans 2012/02/14, Source,
Domestic social networking services (SNS) are gaining popularity from global smart-phone users as their operators strive to promote their apps overseas by implanting K-pop content into the their services for a synergy effect.
Earlier, Korean SNS operators such as Kakao Talk, Line, Cyworld and Tick Talk have allowed domestic users to exchange messages and upload videos or photos. But now it has been introduced to foreign smart-phone users. The services collaborated with entertainment agencies so that users can access eye-catching songs and videos of Korean pop idols,...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
K-pop still targeting American market 2012/01/31, Source, Girls' Generation, undisputably the hottest K-pop star now, will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" today (Korean Standard Time).
By Noh Hyun-gi
K-pop stars have proven their influence in Asia - most of them taking their first steps entering the Japanese pop music scene.
Encouraged by the success in the neighboring country, the agencies - SM, JYP, and YG - are looking to the United States. Or rather, the agencies are once again eying the American market,...More
Korean International Style Show in Tokyo Jan 25/26/27: Fashion and K-pop 2012/01/25, Source, Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker - Modern Tokyo Times
In Tokyo (http://www.mbcjapan.net/kiss/) the buzzing nature of Korean fashion and K-pop will be on show for three days starting on January 25. The "Korean wave" which is spreading internationally and growing in power in distant lands, will be on show in the ultra-modern city of Tokyo. Also, while the K-pop phenomena is internationally known because of the vibrancy of the younger generation in South Korea, this three day event will also focus on Korean fashion and show the buzzing nature of fashion in this nation which is rich in culture and history.
The event will be held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in trendy Tokyo and this building is in walking distance of the amazing fashion district of Harajuku. Girls Award presents KISS (Korean International Style Show) and clearly everything is being prepared for a stunning fashion and K-pop event which will reverberate throughout Tokyo,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/11, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
In showbiz, the best news is always about love.
This week, Hallyu star Jun Ji-hyun [전지현] formally announced that she's been hit with Cupid's arrow,...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
Fashion in South Korea: Kpopsicle & the trends of Seoul, Tokyo, and K-pop 2012/01/09, Source,
Kpopsicle (kpopsicle.com) is a stunning South Korean fashion company which is based in South Korea and America. In recent years the buzzing nature of Seoul, Tokyo, Busan, Osaka, Kobe, and other major cities in South Korea and Japan have impacted internationally. This applies to Tokyo being one of the most fashionable cities in the world, the growing rise of K-pop (Korean pop music), kawaii culture, modern technology from both nations, anime, and a host of other factors,...More
South Korean fashion: Kpopsicle, the rise of K-pop and Tokyo fashion 2011/12/17, Source, By Sarah Deschamps and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The nation of South Korea keeps on expanding internationally among the younger generation in Asia and now the sounds of K-pop are reaching Europe, North America, and South America. Naturally, the fashion scene will also be watched more closely and with exquisite fashion cities like Tokyo which is internationally famous, it is a great opportunity for South Korean fashion to enter this market and many other markets. Therefore, times are changing and will a South Korean "fashion wave" follow the "K-pop wave?"
If you check kpopsicle.com then you will see a South Korean fashion company which sells vibrant female fashion clothes online. The fashion available clearly matches all the latest styles and trends in the K-pop music scene. Therefore, you can see style, elegance, street wise fashion, sophisticated looks and a plethora of styles which suits the modern and trendy lady,...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
BoA Releases Stunning New Song "Milestone" 2011/12/09, Source, BoA released her new track called "Milestone" and this song highlights the sheer quality of this talented lady from South Korea. The track was released on December 7 in Japan and the lyrics are truly beautiful. Therefore, if you are familiar with K-pop, new to K-pop or you are a lover of international music, then this is the track to listen to and add to your collection,...More
Top Talent Agency to Hold Global Auditions for Future Star 2011/11/19, Source, Girls' Generation /Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Auditions will begin in January to find a new singing or acting talent to sign a contract with one of Korea's leading entertainment agencies, SM Entertainment said yesterday.
The agency's talent search will take place from January to March in 15 cities in the five countries of Korea, China, Canada, Japan, and the U.S., starting with the coastal city of Busan on Jan. 7,...More
A new Day dawns for K-pop: Canadian rapper sings Korean lyrics 2011/11/16, Source,
Last October, Canadian rapper Jesse Day spit-fired the Korean lyrics of "외톨이" (Alone) alongside speed rapper Outsider, on SBS's "Star King", a show which features performers with unique abilities. It was a breathtaking spectacle, requiring months of rigorous practice.
Day's fast-paced performance earned the praise of several of his idols, including 2PM member Nick Hun, and Outsider himself,...More
Who will take Mnet's Superstar K3? 2011/11/10, Source,
Will it be Busker Busker or Ulala Session?
This Friday, Mnet's "Superstar K3" will decide along with fans which group will win.
With a new rule change this season, groups were allowed to enter the contest, and changed the dynamics of the popular audition show. The competition was fiercer than ever where the fans have enjoyed three months of dynamic and inspiring performances, and it's the groups that are the two finalists,...More
Key K-Pop Concert in New York Being Made into Movie 2011/11/09, Source,
A recent K-pop concert at Madison Square Garden, the first concert by Asian singers at the legendary venue in the Big Apple, is scheduled to be released as a documentary.
It will feature performances by Kangta, BoA, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x), the singers that came together for the milestone-setting SM Town Live World Tour in New York concert on Oct. 23,...More
INFINITE - New Hallyu Idols 2011/10/29, Source,
Lot and lot of new groups are being called "new Hallyu" or "the future of Hallyu", but only time will tell which ones can actually make it. I was hesitant to write about any of them, not too sure if I write about a craze that will not live long. But the group I am going to introduce today has few distinctive traits that set them apart from others. This may become their undoing, but at the same time this may be their strongest asset.
The group consists of 7 members: Kim Seonggyu, Jang Dongwu, Nam Wuhyeon, Lee Howon (Hoya), Lee Seongyeol, Kim Myeongsu (L), and Lee Seongjong. They are managed by Woollim Entertainment, the same label of Epic High and Nell. Yes, I guess, that would be the first trait that sets them apart. Neither of those groups is typical Kpop, although Epic High is highly (nomen-omen) popular,...More
NYT Draws Attention to K-Pop Idol-Making Factories 2011/10/27, Source,
(Above picture: The New York Times on Tuesday carries a story about the SM Town Live concert held at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. /Newsis)
If viewed as a manufacturing factory churning out teen stars, the Korean pop music industry is streets ahead of the U.S. in its heyday in terms of output, according to a leading U.S. media.
"American teen-pop at its peak has never been this productive. K-pop is an environment of relentless newness, both in participants and in style", the New York Times wrote on Tuesday in an article about Korean entertainment agencies' ability to foster new talent,...More
K-pop Concert Sells Out in New York 2011/10/25, Source,
A long line formed at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday for a Korean pop concert featuring some of K-pop's biggest stars. South Korean record label SM presented the performance that featured Girls' Generation, f(x), BoA, Kangta, TVXQ, Super Junior and SHINee. Tickets cost up to 300-thousand won per person, but the concert still sold out all 15-thousand seats with foreigners accounting for 70 percent of the audience,...More
K-Pop Stars Lay Siege to Madison Square Garden 2011/10/25, Source,
(Above picture: Fans cheer and hold up photos of their favorite K-pop stars at the SM Town New York concert in Madison Square Garden on Sunday (local time). /Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
A troupe of K-pop stars became the first Asian singers to perform at a large 15,000-capacity arena in Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening (local time) when the SM Town New York concert lit up Manhattan.
BoA, Girls' Generation, Kangta, SHINee, TVXQ, Super Junior and f(x) all belong to SM Entertainment, Korea's leading talent agency. As they took to the stage, they were met with rapturous applause -- indicating K-pop's growing international appeal -- five years after Rain performed at a smaller 5,000-capacity theater at the same venue,...More
Secret Feels Special Attachment to New Album 2011/10/17, Source,
(Above picture: Secret/Courtesy of TS Entertainment)
Citing BoA and SES as early forms of inspiration, four-member girl group Secretfeels that it has finally graduated to the ranks of a "real" band with the upcoming release of its debut regular album, "Moving in Secret".
"I feel like we're officially saying that we are 'singers' in real terms now", band member Song Ji-eun told the Chosun Ilbo on Friday. "It was really hard preparing [the album], but I feel proud that we have achieved a new milestone as singers".,...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
Chuseok Greetings From K-Pop Stars 2011/09/13, Source, It's that time again! Chuseok, or the Korean Thanksgiving!.
Many K-pop stars took to their twitters or SNS to wish their fans a happy Chuseok and an abundant "fall harvest".
BoA said on the morning of September 11th at 9 AM through her twitter account, "I've been so busy that I even forgot that it was Chuseok,...More
JYP, SM and YG join 'Survival Audition K-pop Star' 2011/09/06, Source,
YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk, left, and JYP Entertainment President Park Jin-young, two of the judges for SBS' new talent show "Survival Audition K-pop Star", which will air in December, speak during a press conference last week. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
There are many talent shows on the small screen these days. Amateurs show their singing and acting skills, while stars foray into fields other than their expertise such as skating or dancing,...More
BoA Leads Successful K-Pop Blitz in Tokyo 2011/09/05, Source, BoA joined a list of A-cast celebrities at the SM Town Live World Tour in Tokyo Special Edition on Sunday.
SM had originally planned to stage a single show in Tokyo, but surging demand for tickets led the agency to revise its schedule and line up three concerts over two days last weekend,...More
SM Chairman Kim Young-min "Hallyu's shelf life" 2011/09/04, Source,
The future of Hallyu SM Entertainment Chairman Kim Young-min saw is bright.
After a successful round 2 "SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition" concert in Tokyo Dome, he said, "The future for Hallyu is bright. It should be OK for the next 3~5 years".,...More
BoA & Girls' Generation Performing At Summer Sonic 2011 2011/08/12, Source,
"Asia's Star" will join Korea's new tourism ambassadors to perform for one of the biggest festivals in Japan.
The Summer Sonic 2011 festival -- big enough to be included in the ranks of the Fuji Rock Festival -- will take place on August 13th and 14th, each date with two showings each, taking place in Osaka and Tokyo,...More
Korean American Actor Will Yun Lee Wins Best Ensemble Acting Award 2011/08/09, Source, Being an Asian American in Hollywood is challenging, says Will Yun Lee who recently shared in the award for Best Ensemble Acting at this year's Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for the film Where the Road Meets the Sun. But it is getting better, Lee adds, and more opportunities are opening up every day.
Where the Road Meets the Sun also earned Lee the award for Best Supporting Actor Award in WorldFest Houston. In the film, Lee, born in Arlington, VA to Korean parents, portrays a Japanese American gangster character who wakes after four years in a coma,...More
Lee Soo-man Recognized for Promoting K-Pop Around the World 2011/07/28, Source,
SM Entertainment president Lee Soo-man (right) shakes hands with Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug after receiving a plaque of appreciation on Wednesday. /Newsis
K-pop tycoon Lee Soo-man was given a plaque of appreciation by Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug on Wednesday in recognition of his contribution to promoting Korean pop music all over the world,...More
The big 3 of Korean pop music and entertainment 2011/07/28, Source, On the back of the K-pop boom, the stocks of talent managing agencies SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment have grabbed the spotlight. SM leads the market and is closely followed by JYP and YG, opening a new chapter in the Korean industry.
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
SEASON 2 MBC STAR AUDITION 2011/07/15, Source, Contestants from all over the world apply for auditions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, 7/12/11 – The Los Angeles Audition for the 2nd season of "MBC Star Audition" has attracted attention from all over the world.
Aspiring singers from countries as far away as Singapore and Germany have sent in applications to be part of the auditioning process. Judging by the on‐line submissions, an ever‐growing number of Non‐Koreans are eager to become a part of the K‐pop world,...More
Success of 'SM Town World Tour' in Paris Spurs Discussion 2011/06/16, Source,
A recent K-pop concert in Paris proved the power of SNS digital media. It is expected to pave the way for Korean groups to advance to Europe and South America.
"It was only the beginning of going to the European music market. The concert could prove the possibility of success in the European market". -Korean K-pop representative
The concert entitled "SM Town Live World Tour" that was held in Paris from June 10 to 11 successfully finished amidst hearty cheers from many European fans. Major newspapers in France, "Le Monde" and "Le Figaro", reported on the concert every day with headlines such as "Hallyu makes great impact at the concert hall Zenith in Paris" and "Hallyu advances to Europe",...More
Girls' Generation: 'We Will Boast of Power of Hallyu in Europe' 2011/06/08, Source, Girls' Generation, who will participate in the "SM Town Live World Tour" that will be held in Paris from June 10 to 11, revealed their feelings through their agency SM Entertainment (hereinafter referred to as SM) when they left for Paris on June 7, saying, "We will boast the power of Hallyu in Europe". They continued, "We are very much glad and feel nervous as we can meet our fans in Europe,...More
'I Am a Singer' ignites fever 2011/05/10, Source,
Lena Park sings veteran artist Cho Yong-pil's "I Hope It Would Be That Way Now" on Sunday's edition of "I Am a Singer", a talent competition among professional artists. Park won the round with her interpretation of the song. / Courtesy of MBC
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Lena Park has once again won another episode, Sunday, of "I Am a Singer", an MBC reality show sweeping the nation.
However, winning does not seem to be that important in the show, which has become a festival of musical experimentation and exceptional performances by top singers,...More
Kara Smash Japanese Charts Records 2011/04/13, Source,
Girl group 'Kara"s third single in Japan "Jet Coaster Love" topped the Oricon Weekly Single Chart on Tuesday, selling 123,000 copies in the first week since its release on April 6, the band's record to date,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Stars to unite for new global management 2011/04/08, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Hallyu stars will join forces to establish a collaborative agency to target the Asian market.
Keyeast, Bae Yong-joon's management agency, said Friday that six management agencies, AM Ent, Star J, SM, YG, JYP and Keyeast, will combine to launch UAM (United Asia Management) this month,...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
Big Bang's New Album On US Billboard Charts 2011/03/07, Source,
The idol group Big Bang's album, recorded in the Korean language, entered the US Billboard chart without a debut in the USA. Big Bang's album entitled "Heatseekers Albums" ranked in 7th place for the first time. The latest mini album, which was released on February 24, has been ranked in 7th place in the category for new singers' chart, which is to be decided by the number of album sales, and ranked in 3rd place in the category of "World Album" on February 12. Their agency YG Entertainment said on March 4, "The fact that album had been ranked in 6th place on the iTunes America Top 100 charts might be the driving force for its entering the Billboard chart",...More
TVXQ: 'We Will Keep Dong Bang Shin Ki and We Want JYJ to Come Back' 2011/01/17, Source,
TVXQ released a new album entitled "Why - Keep Your Head Down" after a two year and three months break. The two-member group TVXQ (Yunho Yun Ho, 25 and ChangminLee Changmin, 23) explained why they had formed this two-member group again, saying, "We had decided to continue this group only to keep the group, TVXQ. This is the second stage of our groups and it will be the third stage when the other three members come back to the group after settling the problem with the agency (SM Entertainment)".
They had to take a break after three members, Kim Jae-joong, Micky Yoochun, and Jun Su, had had a legal conflict with their agency in 2009, had left the group, and then formed a new group named JYJ. People in the music industry and their fans in Asian countries had felt disappointed about the breakup of the top star group,...More
BoA tweets about heading off to Hollywood 2011/01/05, Source,
Korean songstress BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation BoA has given fans an update on her recent life, posting a comment on her official Twitter account about her guest appearance on SBS' "ATHENA" and about her upcoming movie.
The songstress wrote on her webpage today saying, "'ATHENA'...I'm going to be leaving now...I'm going to concentrate on preparing for the movie^^Oh yeah!!",...More
SM to hold final leg of world tour in Japan 2010/12/08, Source,
SM artists at "SMTOWN LIVE'10 WORLD TOUR" [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols of top Korean agency SM Entertainment will perform for two days in Japan for the final stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE'10 WORLD TOUR" in January next year.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release Wednesday that after holding a series of successful shows in Seoul, Los Angeles and Shanghai, the artists of SM will take the stage of the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on January 25 and 26 on the last leg of their world tour,...More
2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band Big Bang members perform at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Muscle!" was what a fan from Hong Kong said as soon as she was asked what she finds most attractive about boy band 2PM. And when a girl, who would scream outright just by the mention of Nichkhun's name, was asked whose muscles she thinks are the best, without hesitation she blurted out "Taecyeon!" Numerous female fans from around Asia who like Korean idol stars for specific images crowded the lobby of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao where the red carpet event for the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held. But the cheering was not reserved only for good looking guys. A 19-year-old Chinese girl, who introduced herself as a big fan of Big Bang and in love with all its members, went equally wild at the sight of girl group 2NE1 and imitated the "Abracadabra" dance by Brown Eyed Girls saying they were the group outside YG Family that she loves. Hence in such an atmosphere, it may be only natural that these fans are interested not only in the Korean stars but also Korean culture,...More
Avex promises full-fleged support of SM Entertainment artists 2010/11/25, Source,
SM artists Super Junior (top) and f(x) (bottom) [SM Entertainment]
Top Japanese talenthouse Avex has promised its full-fledged support of the careers of Korean agency SM Entertainment's artists.
The announcement was made on Avex's official website today, stating that they will continue to back the singing careers of SM's artists such as BoA, J-Min "and TVXQ who will resume their activities as a two-man band formed of members Yunho and Changmin",...More
Big Bang and Kara to Appear in Biggest Music Festival in Japan 2010/11/23, Source,
The Japanese media continuously delivered the news that star Korean groups Big Bang and Kara would appear on NHK's 61st White vs. Red Fest. Sports-Nippon reported the news on November 21 with a caption saying, "Big Bang and Kara to Have Hallyu Competition in the White vs. Red Fest", and it delivered the news that Big Bang had already decided to appear in the festival, and that Kara was finalizing conditions for appearing on the program,...More
Kim Jeong-hoon to release new Japanese album today 2010/11/17, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon [Mersenne Entertainment]
Korean singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon, who is currently serving his mandatory two-year military service, will release a new Japanese album today.
An official at Mersenne Entertainment said Wednesday that Kim's latest album, whose title is translated into "Wait", will go on sale in Japan, 100 days ahead of his discharge from the military,...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
Girl Group Kara to Release New Album 'JUMPING' in Korea and Japan 2010/11/08, Source, Kara, who has created huge popularity for Korean girl groups in Japan, will release a new album entitled "JUMPING" both in Korea and Japan.
Their agency DSP Media said on November 5, "The new album entitled 'JUMPING' will be released in Japan on November 10 as their second single album in Japan, and in Korea in the middle of this month as their fourth mini album,...More
[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 1 2010/11/03, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Q: You placed first on Oricon's singles chart. How did it feel? Tiffany: We all cried. We were performing on stage when news came that we took third place with our first single "Genie" but we still all cried upon hearing about it. When we took No. 1, I woke up to a text message saying we got first place (laugh) and I cried as soon as I saw it. Q: Before, your seniors went to Japan with the mindset that they are starting their singing careers all over again. But you acted like pop stars from overseas from the very beginning. How have you been treated in Japan? Hyoyeon: I think the Japanese people we have met are just naturally kind and polite rather than us having received any form of special treatment. Tiffany: I think I've rather gone back to the mindset of when we debuted three years ago. And I've become more cautious as well. But I told myself I should have fun even though we're overseas. Jessica: I was tearing up from the moment we held our showcase because I was so excited. I could hear our fans' cheering before going on stage so my heart was overflowing with joy from the fact that the venue was full,...More
Korea's Cultural Diplomats Promote Nation to Tunisia 2010/11/03, Source, A group of young Korean musicians and b-boys have gathered in this small theater in Tunisia for a very special collaboration.
Despite the fact that many of them have just met ahead of the 3rd Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan's opening ceremony, held on Tuesday local time, they share the common goal of,...More
New Hallyu: K-POP Boom by Idol Groups 2010/11/03, Source,
At a joint interview with members of Kara, 2PM, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, and 4Minute, they all said, "We feel kind of a responsibility as Korean representatives overseas".
Hyun Ah (4Minute), On Yoo (SHINee), Wooyoung (2PM), Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), and Koo Ha Ra (Kara) came one after another for an interview at a cafe. All the guests in the cafe revealed their curiosity by paying full attention to these star members, whom they could rarely see at one place together.
Those members of the star idol groups who attended the interview were all actually the leaders who have created the "new Hallyu" with K-POP in countries such as Japan, the greater China region, South-East Asia, and the USA,...More
[60thAnni] Are girl groups riding next hallyu wave? 2010/10/28, Source, Girls' Generation
By Han Sang-hee While some argue that “hallyu,” or the Korean wave has seen its limits, others are discovering yet another one slowly making its way to Asian television channels, newspapers and magazines. Girl groups have become a new source of hallyu entertainment. The young and pretty girls have been criticized for being all talk and no true talent, but it seems they have evolved into another important pathway to spread Korean culture,...More
[PHOTOS] Asia Song Festival 2010/10/25, Source, Rain [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean male singer Rain performs at the 2010 Asia Song Festival held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on October 23, 2010,...More
BoA's 6th repackaged album released as smart phone app 2010/10/20, Source,
Cover of BoA's repackaged sixth album "Copy&Paste" [SM Entertainment]
SM Entertainment released a smart phone application of Korean singer BoA's sixth repackaged album "Copy&Paste" today.
SM announced through a press release that they have launched the application for BoA's album in free (light) and paid (pro) version in collabration with music service provider Neowiz Internet, making her the fifth SM artist to have a smart phone application for a record,...More
Twelve Asian Stars to Appear in 'Asia Song Festival' 2010/10/18, Source,
Star singers including Rain, BoA, 2PM, Lee Seung-chul from Korea, AKB48 from Japan, and Jane Zhang from China will appear in the "Asia Song Festival".
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on October 14 that twelve star singers from six Asian countries will appear in the "2010 Asia Song Festival" that will be held at the Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium on October 23,...More
SMTOWN LIVE'10 WORLD TOUR places in Billboard chart 2010/10/15, Source,
SM Entertainment artists at the SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR [SM Entertainment]
The "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR in LA", featuring the K-pop artists and actors of SM Entertainment, has placed at No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard Boxcore chart, beating out several of the biggest names in the international music scene.
According to Billboard's Boxcore chart on October 9, the second leg of the SMTOWN tour, which was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 4, came in tenth by attracting 15,015 fans and raking in over one million dollars in ticket sales,...More
Rain, Kara and AKB48 join line-up of Asia Song Festival 2010/10/01, Source,
2nd line-up of Asia Song Festival (from left to right): Rain, Kara, 2AM and Film
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming 2010 Asia Song Festival (ASF), to be held in Korea later on this month.
According to a press release by PR agency Prain, Korean superstar Rain, four-member boy band 2AM, girl group Kara and international stars including Japanese group AKB48 and Taiwanese singer Film will take the stage at the Olympic Park in Seoul for the event on October 23,...More
BoA to release title track from repackaged album today 2010/09/24, Source,
Album of BoA's repackaged album "Copy&Paste" [SM Entertainment]
K-pop female artist BoA will release the title track from her repackaged album today, according to her agency SM Entertainment.
A press release from SM announced that BoA will unveil the song "Copy&Paste" on various online music sites including MelOn, Bugs, Dosirak and social networking site Cyworld later on today as well as revealing its music video,...More
BoA to release repackaged album on Sept 27 2010/09/16, Source,
Korean songstress BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean songstress BoA will be releasing a repackaged version of her album "Hurricane Venus" on September 27, according to her agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced in a press release that the repackaged album will feature the original six songs from "Hurricane Venus" as well as include two new songs.
The agency also released a teaser photo of the singer donning her new concept for the record,...More
SM artists bring in 25,000 fans to concert in Shanghai 2010/09/13, Source,
SM artists celebrating the 15th anniversary of singer Kangta at the third concert SMTOWN LIVE '10 in Shanghai on September 11, 2010. [SM Entertainment]
The artists of top talent agency SM Entertainment held their third concert in Shanghai over the weekend, performing a total of 54 songs in front of 25,000 concertgoers,...More
SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert 2010/09/06, Source,
SM artists performing at the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles [SM Entertainment]
The artists of SM Entertainment made their second stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" in the United States over the weekend, drawing some 15,000 fans to the Staples Center in Los Angles,...More
K-pop stars kick off SM world tour in LA 2010/09/06, Source,
Some 15,000 North American fans gathered in Los Angeles, Saturday, for a concert featuring some 40 popular K-pop artists managed by S.M. Entertainment, including BoA, Girls' Generation and Super Junior./ Korea Times
By Han Sang-hee
When fans waiting in line for the S.M. Town Live 2010 World Tour in front of the Staples Center, Los Angeles, looked up at the sky, they were surprised to see the banners "'Relive S.M. Town at ALLKPOP.COM" trailing from a group of airplanes, The Korea Times' sister paper Sports Hankook reported Monday,...More
BoA continues to storm televised music shows with "Hurricane Venus" 2010/09/02, Source,
Korean pop sensation BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation BoA managed to hold onto the No. 1 position on both music programs over the weekend with her song "Hurricane Venus".
The songstress scored her third consecutive win on the special episode of KBS' Friday "Music Bank" after which she gave an encore performance of "Hurricane Venus" with the members of SHINee, via request from the fans in Poland, while collecting her second Mutizen award on SBS' Sunday program "Inkigayo",...More
Will 'Athena' Exceeds Popularity of 'IRIS'? 2010/09/01, Source,
The spy-action drama "ATHENA", in which actor Jung Woo-sung and actress Soo Ae will appear as the male and female protagonists, will be broadcast from this coming winter in December on SBS. The drama is a spin-off of the original "IRIS" drama and it is based on the original story of the KBS drama "IRIS", which had aired last year on KBS. "ATHENA" is very similar to the original "IRIS" as the production company Taewon Entertainment, which had produced "IRIS", will also produce this drama, and it has been equipped with an all-star cast and large-scale action and melodramatic storyline. But the backdrop of the drama has been expanded from the Korean peninsula and Asian countries into the whole world, and the relationships among cast members have become more complicated,...More
KBS' "Music Bank" to be broadcast to 54 countries 2010/08/27, Source,
KBS' music program "Music Bank" hosts Seo Hyo-rim and Song Joong-ki [Official "Music Bank" website]
KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank" will be broadcast live to 54 countries around the world, according to the official website of "Music Bank" on Friday.
The official website announced that today's show will be seen live for the first time ever in 54 different countries for a special episode titled "Live Music Bank K-Pop Special" later tonight,...More
BoA wins on weekend music shows with "Hurricane Venus" 2010/08/23, Source,
Korean singer BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean songstress BoA has proven to be an unstoppable force in the music industry, claiming wins on both music programs over the weekend with her latest single "Hurricane Venus".
BoA took the No. 1 spots on both weekend shows, scoring her second consecutive win on KBS' Friday music show "Music Bank" and her first Mutizen award on SBS' Sunday program "Inkigayo",...More
SM artists kick off world tour in Seoul over weekend 2010/08/23, Source,
Singers and actors of SM Entertainment at the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour in Seoul" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on August 21, 2010. [SM Entertainment]
Artists of top talent agency SM Entertainment kicked off their joint world tour over the weekend, performing a total of 78 songs for over six hours at their first venue in Korea's capital of Seoul,...More
[PHOTOS] SM talent at SM world tour in Seoul 2010/08/23, Source,
SM artists [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Singers and actors of SM Entertainment pose during a press conference ahead of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour in Seoul" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on August 21, 2010,...More
The girl group Kara released its single album called "Mister", which includes their flashy dancing in Japan, and,...More
Lee Changmin and Lee Hyeon's "They Live Well" takes first place 2010/08/19, Source,
Album cover of Homme collaboration "They Live Well" [Loen Entertainment]
Latest duet "They Live Well" by 2AM's Lee Changmin and 8eight's Lee Hyeon took first place on Gaon's singles chart during the second week of August.
The duo stepped up a notch from last week to No. 1 for their first win on the chart, pushing back previous winner "I'm a Guy Like This" by DJ DOC to second place while BoA's latest single "Hurricane Venus" also made its way to the top tier during the week of August 8 to 14,...More
[INTERVIEW] Avex Asia Managing Dir. Buddy Marini - Part 1 2010/08/18, Source,
Avex Asia Managing Director Buddy Marini [Avex Asia]
As former head of the international division of Japanese entertainment conglomerate Avex Group's artist management company, Buddy Marini had spearheaded artist development and international artist management in Asia for the region's top singers such as Korea's BoA and TVXQ and Japan's Ayumi Hamasaki. Now, as Managing Director of Avex Asia Limited, Marini is in charge of the company's film business in Asia which invests and co-produces films with Asian filmmakers. One of their most noted productions is John Woo epic "Red Cliff", a co-production between Avex, U.S.-based Lion Rock and China Film Group,...More
SM Entertainment profits surge in H1 2010/08/17, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Top Korean talent agency SM Entertainment (SM) saw its profits soar during the first half of 2010, almost quadrupling compared to last year.
According to a press release issued by SM on Monday, the agency recorded an operating profit of 18.6 billion won during the January to June period this year, the figure surging by 385 percent from the same period in 2009,...More
Eunhyuk says he feels "awkward" around BoA 2010/08/16, Source,
Super Junior member Eunhyuk speaks during a press conference for the group's "The 3rd ASIA TOUR SUPER SHOW 3" held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on August 15, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Eunhyuk, member of one of Asia's most popular boy bands Super Junior, has said he feels awkward around female songstress BoA although both are trained and managed by top Korean talent agency SM Entertainment.
The 24-year-old made the remark at a press conference held ahead of the boys' Seoul show of their third Asia tour "SUPER SHOW 3" on Sunday, explaining his relationship with the female solo singer he has known for at least five years,...More
BoA takes first win on "Music Bank" after comeback 2010/08/16, Source,
Korean songstress BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean songstress BoA scored her first win on televised music program KBS' "Music Bank" with her song "Hurricane Venus" over the weekend after having given her comeback performance just the previous week.
BoA claimed the top spot on Friday's music show against hip-hop trio DJ DOC as well as pushing down two-week winner SHINee from first place,...More
Chaebul.com reported Wednesday that Lee is found to have owned shares worth 61.76 billion won in terms of the prices of s,...More
BoA to make special appearance in TV series "Athena" 2010/08/11, Source,
Korean pop star BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA will be making a special guest appearance in the spin-off of last year's blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
SM announced in a press release that in upcoming action drama "ATHENA", BoA will be playing the role of a top female singer who will be faced with a hostage situation by terrorists before her concert, while being protected by her bodyguard Jung-woo (played by Jung Woo-sung),...More
BoA: 'I Have Challenged Myself for Ten Years As Singer' 2010/08/11, Source,
Singer BoA (real name Kwon Bo Ah, 24), who has been celebrating the tenth year since her debut, said, "For the last ten years that I have lived as a singer, I have tried to spare as much time as possible".
She made her debut in Korea in 2000 when she was in the second grade of middle school, and became a role model among Korean singers as she successfully debuted in Japan in 2001. In 2008, she also advanced to the American music industry, so that entire process that she had to complete required a long time, and "twelve months in a year was not enough time for her". She reportedly did not even have time to long for an ordinary life,...More
BoA's vocal chops are "right on", says Kim Dong-ryul 2010/08/10, Source,
Korean singer and songwriter Kim Dong-ryul [Music Farm]
Korean singer and songwriter Kim Dong-ryul, who recently worked with BoA on her latest album "Hurricane Venus", has said that BoA's vocal skills are "right on", according to a press release by his agency Music Farm on Tuesday.
Kim, who is notorious for not giving his compositions to other artists, explained that he accepted agency SM Entertainment's offer to pen a song for BoA because he thought it would be "interesting" to work with her,...More
[INTERVIEW] Female singer BoA - Part 1 2010/08/09, Source,
Korean pop singer BoA [SM Entertainment]
She has topped music charts in both Korea and Japan. She made her debut in the U.S. and took on the challenge of making it onto the Billboard charts and was recently cast in a Hollywood dance pic "Make Your Move" which will be produced by the makers of the film "Step Up". It took her ten years to achieve all these accomplishments. And BoA is now twenty-four years old. In that respect, "Hurricane Venus", BoA's first record release in Korea in five years, carries more meaning than it being just a new album. What kind of music does this singer, who has achieved almost everything she can achieve commercially and is now reaching her peak as a singer and dancer, want to make? Below are excerpts from a press conference with BoA, held on August 4. Q: You have come to celebrate the tenth year of your career at a young age. How do you feel looking back on it? BoA: Honestly, it's not like I have a certain feeling,...More
[INTERVIEW] Female singer BoA - Part 2 2010/08/09, Source,
Korean pop singer BoA [SM Entertainment]Q: It seems like you participated more on this album than you did on your previous ones. It even carries two tracks that were written by you. BoA: I hadn't originally planned on writing a song. But once, I had finished touring in Japan and had nothing to do and no one play with so I bought a computer and a songwriting program. I had no agenda at the time and I just started making beats which it was fun. So I just kept on writing and out came a song. I actually thought the company wouldn't put it on the album but they told me the song is "better than expected". So I was like, what do they mean by better than expected? (laugh) For the track "Let Me", everyone knows that I love dancing so I wrote about the desire for dancing in the format of a battle. "Day By Day" is a pop ballad that has very dark lyrics. When I was working on it, I felt similar to how I had felt when writing the lyrics in Japan for a song called 'moon & sunrise' and I wanted to express things like joy, sorrow, hope and solitude,...More
[INTERVIEW] Female singer BoA - Part 3 2010/08/09, Source, BoA [SM Entertainment]
Q: How did your Hollywood movie project come about? BoA: Personally, I am a huge fan of the film "Step Up". That film made me re-think about street dancing and I gained passion for dancing. When I heard that the writer of that film offered me a role, I was very surprised. There has been a lot of talk over the years that I would start acting, but I wasn't up for it because my original job is being a singer and I was worried that once I started to act, it would look like acting was my full-time job. But I like that this movie is a dance film. As a singer, there is no opportunity to leave behind my dancing as a work of its own. But being able to express a two-hour movie with dancing, I think that, in itself, will be of great help to my career. Q: Don't you want to keep acting, by any chance? BoA: So far I don't have a huge interest in other areas,...More
BoA's 6th album to be sold in 8 Asian countries 2010/08/05, Source,
Album cover of BoA's 6th studio release "Hurricane Venus" [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation BoA's sixth full-length album will be released in eight countries in Asia, according to her agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced in a press release that the songstress' record "Hurricane Venus", which will go on sale both online and offline in Korea today, will hit music stores in Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong in mid-August. The license for "Venus" will also be sold to the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia and China sequentially,...More
"SMTOWN LIVE" concert to be six hours long, says SM 2010/08/05, Source,
Official poster for upcoming "SMTOWN LIVE" concert featuring SM artists [SM Entertainment]
The upcoming "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour In Seoul" concert featuring numerous SM artists including BoA, Girls' Generation and Super Junior will be one of great scale and length.
Agency SM Entertainment (SM) announced in a press release on Thursday that the joint world tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and other major Asian cities, will be about six hours long and feature a total of some 80 songs by the artists,...More
BoA to make acting debut in Hollywood dance pic 2010/08/03, Source,
Korean pop star BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA will be making her acting debut in a Hollywood dance film "Make Your Move", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
SM announced in a press release that the singer has been cast as the female lead in a dance pic, to be written and directed by Duane Adler who previously penned "Step Up" (2006) and "Save the Last Dance" (2001). Adler is said to have had BoA in mind when writing the script, SM added,...More
BoA stirring hype with new album release this week 2010/08/01, Source,
Korean pop singer BoA on the cover of her new album "Hurricane Venus" [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA continues to stir up hype with her upcoming album release this week, her first record in Korea in five years.
According to a press release by agency SM Entertainment on Monday, the singer's sixth album titled "Hurricane Venus", will be released both online and offline on August 5,...More
BoA tweets about life and music comeback 2010/07/29, Source,
Asian pop sensation BoA [SM Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation BoA, set to make her local music comeback for the first time in five years, has given fans an update on her recent life.
The songstress posted a comment on her Twitter webpage (http://twitter.com/BoA_1105) today saying, "It feels great to be waking up early in the morning. I'm working on changing the pattern of my lifestyle since I'll be returning to the music stage",...More
BoA's Japanese single places at No. 10 on Oricon chart 2010/07/29, Source,
Korean songstress BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop songstress BoA's latest Japanese single has placed in the top 10 of the prestigious Oricon singles chart this week.
According to the data released by Oricon, BoA's 30th single "WOO WEEKEND" has positioned itself at No. 10 on the weekly chart after having made its debut at No. 5 on the daily chart on the day of its release on July 21,...More
BoA to unveil two tracks from new album tomorrow 2010/07/27, Source,
Korean pop singer BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop singer BoA will be unveiling two new tracks, "The Person Next To Me" and "GAME", from her upcoming album "Hurricane Venus", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
SM said in a press release that the digital sound source for tracks "Person" and "GAME" will be released on various music sites tomorrow including Bugs, Dosirak, Melon and Soribada,...More
BoA shoots new music video in 3D with "Avatar" creators 2010/07/26, Source,
Korean pop singer BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean singing sensation BoA has recently completed shooting a music video for her upcoming new single "Hurricane Venus" in 3D format with the help of creators of the smash hit 3D pic "Avatar", according to agency SM Entertainment (SM) on Monday.
SM explained in a press release that the singer collaborated with Samsung Electronics and PACE HD, the cinematography team behind "Avatar", to complete the shooting for the video to "Hurricane", the title single from her new sixth album,...More
Hallyu Stars Accused of Ignoring Korean Fans 2010/07/23, Source,
It has continuously been pointed out that Hallyu stars who are actively performing overseas rarely arrange performances and events for Korean fans.
Hallyu stars reportedly consistently neglect Korean fans and usually do not have much contact with fans in Korea; on the other hand, they have adopted friendly images to the public overseas by holding large-scale fan meetings and releasing photo and music albums.
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo, who evoked criticism with a hit-and-run last month, has raised controversy because he delivered a message of apology on his official Japanese fan website before his Korean website. After the news on his hit-and-run was spread, he just made a brief apology in Korea on the following day, which was June 25, simply by using the press release that his agency had distributed, but he still had not personally expressed an apology officially in Korea for three weeks after the accident. On the contrary, his agency had urgently left apology messages on the board of his official website in Japan on the very next day, which was on June 25,...More
2nd line-up of K-pop idols announced for Hallyu concert 2010/07/22, Source,
Official poster for "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert [HH Company]
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert, to be held next month in the city of Incheon, South Korea.
According to a press release by PR agency The J Story on Thursday, Korean singers BoA, Kara, Se7en and Taeyang of idol group Big Bang will also be performing at the concert, which will take place August 29 at Incheon Munhak Worldcup Stadium,...More
BoA to release 6th studio album on August 5 2010/07/22, Source,
K-pop sensation BoA [SM Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation BoA will be releasing her sixth full-length album in Korea next month, making a comeback to the local music scene for the first time in five years, according to her agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
A press release from SM explained that the songstress will release her sixth studio record on August 5 in Korea. The new album will mark the ten-year anniversary since her debut in the music industry,...More
SM vows to create better working environment for artists 2010/07/06, Source,
From left, Girls' Generation member Yuri (Kwon Yuri), National Assembly member Cho Moon-hwan, Girls' Generation member Sooyoung and SM Entertainment President Kim Young-min pose during a proclamation ceremony vowing to protect artists' rights held at Cho's office at the parliament building in Seoul, South Korea on July 6, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Major South Korean talenthouse SM Entertainment (SM), pop group Girls' Generation and National Assemblyman Cho Moon-hwan have taken action to establish a better working environment for artists in the Korean entertainment industry.
The agency on Tuesday held a proclamation ceremony at Cho's office, where they announced that SM and Cho's team will join forces to protect the rights of artists and set up a mutually beneficial contract system across the industry,...More
SM artists to embark on world tour in August 2010/07/02, Source,
Official poster of "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" [SM Entertainment]
The artists of major talenthouse SM Entertainment will go on a world tour starting mid-August, SM announced on Friday.
SM explained through a press release that their singers, including Kangta, BoA, Yunho Yunho, ChangminLee Changmin, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x), TRAX, will take off on the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" which kicks off at the Olympic Park in Seoul on August 21,...More
SM Entertainment artists perform at Shanghai Expo 2010/06/01, Source,
Pictured above: girl group f(x); below: singer Kangta [SM Entertainment]
Korean talenthouse SM Entertainment artists Kangta, BoA, Super Junior and f(x) performed at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China over the weekend.
The stars took to the stage of the 'Korea Music Festival' held at the Cultural Center of the Shanghai Expo Park in Sunday attended by 10,000 people,...More
[PHOTOS] 3D event 2010/05/14, Source,
SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man, Samsung Electronics visual display division president Yoon Boo-keun, Hollywood film director James Cameron and his 3D partner Vince Pace. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man, Samsung Electronics visual display division president Yoon Boo-keun, Hollywood film director James Cameron and his 3D partner Vince Pace pose during a photo session of the "3D Contents-Related Cooperation Plan" event held today at Samsung's office in the Seocho district of Seoul, South Korea on May 14, 2010,...More
SM Entertainment records biggest Q1 profit 2010/05/13, Source,
Korean entertainment entrepreneur Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment [SM Entertainment]
SM Entertainment (SM) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside YG and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful first quarter this year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to a press release issued by SM on Thursday, the agency recorded operating profits of 10.4 billion won from January to March this year, up an astounding 471 percent from the same period last year when the total operating profit for the entire year had been 9.3 billion won,...More
Lee Soo-man gives lecture at Harvard Business School 2010/03/29, Source,
Music producer Lee Soo-man gives lecture at Harvard Business School [SM Entertainment]
Korean entertainment mogul Lee Soo-man gave a lecture at Harvard Business School over the weekend, according to his company SM Entertainment on Monday.
SM explained in a press release that Lee spoke about the entertainment industry as representative of Asian showbiz market and "keynote speaker" at the Asia Business Conference, held Saturday at Harvard's Burden Auditorium,...More
Rain, Se7en, Hyo-lee, and Boa to Return to Korea 2010/03/04, Source, Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.
Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.,...More
BoA prepping for comeback in Korea 2010/03/02, Source,
Korean pop singer BoA on her jacket cover for "Bump Bump!" [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop singer BoA will be making a comeback to the K-pop music scene with her first album release in five years, according to her agency SM Entertainment.
An official at SM explained yesterday that BoA is "preparing for a comeback in Korea with a new album" but added that "time of release and details about the album have not been established as of yet".,...More
BoA to release 7th Japanese album "Identity" in Korea 2010/02/17, Source, BoA's 7th Album Cover "IDENTITY" [SM Entertainment]
K-pop singer BoA is set to release her seventh full-length album titled "Identity" in Korea on Thursday.
Released in Japan last Thursday, this is the first album she has produced since her debut in 2000, according to her agency SM Entertainment.
A total of 13 songs are featured in the "Identity" including title song "BUMP BUMP!" and "Possibility", a duet with Japanese singer Miura Daichi.,...More
BoA wins award at the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2010/02/01, Source, BoA's Seventh Album Cover [BoA's Official Japanese Website]
K-pop singer BoA was awarded with the "U.S. Billboard Publisher's Award" at the first Billboard Japan Music Awards last month.
"BoA won the U.S. Billboard Publisher's Award at the award ceremony that was held in Japan on Sunday", an official at SM Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Monday.
At the award ceremony, the songstress performed her title track "Possibility" from her seventh full-length album "IDENTITY" which will go on sale February 10.,...More
It may not be an exaggeration to say that today's Korean pop charts are literally "occupied" by boy bands and girl groups such as the Wonder Girls and TVXQ, whose members are in their late teens and early 20s and d,...More
BoA Performs at SF Pride 2009/06/30, Source, BoA, the South Korean top pop star who is now active in the United States, performed on the Main Stage of the San Francisco Pride Monday amid thunderous,...More
Is hallyu, or Korean Wave, waning or still booming? There has been lots of talk about the sustainability of hallyu among industry insiders as the overseas success of some of Korea's TV dramas and movies seemed to have declined in recent years.
BoA Steals Limelight in US 2009/05/21, Source, BoA, a South Korean pop star now active in the United States, is poised to take off in the United States, stealing the limelight as a promising singer. ,...More
Three Korean Pop Stars Featured in People Magazine 2009/04/09, Source, An article titled "Coming to America…Asian Pop Stars" in the latest edition of People magazine featured four Asian celebrities who have been making an impact on the American music industry. Equally interesting is the fact that three of the four stars featured in this article are of Korean decent. Th,...More
Korean 'Billboard Chart' and 'Grammy Awards' 2009/02/11, Source, In Korea, there will be an official chart and award like "Oricon Chart" of Japan and 'Grammy Award" of America. Also Popular Culture Center, which will be as great as Seoul Art Center, can be built in the near future. Education of copyright of music contents will be reinforced as well as related re,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
[How Much?] – Stars' pay 2008/04/17, Source, We're curious about the highest paid stars. How much money do Korean stars really make? We'll reveal it all.
The salary of the stars that come out in "On Air" is not just a story in a drama. We'll go through the best top 7 high paid stars.,...More
The new artist awards are given to ten artists who debuted in the previous year and ranked top ten in the album sales and revenue category. SS501 was placed under the spotlight when the group releas,...More
Korean pop music may be as popular as ever, but popularity does not translate into record sales. The K-pop music industry continues to struggle with the decline in album sales over the past seven years.
The year 2007 was no different. Based on the data o,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
User-created Videos: Faster and More Fun 2007/08/07, Source, The popularity of user-created videos keeps rising following their successful debut last year. Videos created using mobile phones are especially in high demand this year. Mobile phone makers are competing fiercely to launch video portal services, with some having introduced in their mobile phones se,...More
Imagine good-looking boys reigning at the top of a kingdom called high school: Choose your favorite among lace-clad Little Prince types to tough, sexy guys or clean-cut charmers.
S.M. Pictures of S.M. Entertainment, the production company that pumped out K-pop ic,...More
'China becoming future Hollywood' 2007/06/07, Source, Lee Soo-man, 54, founder and producer of SM Entertainment, expects that China will emerge as the world's largest entertainment market in years to come.
The former singer and show host, who helped turn Korea's pop music industry into big business, made the prediction in his lecture on the future o,...More
OSAKA, Japan - It took about 50 minutes for the first performer to appear on stage at this charity concert titled "Hallyu Festival in Osaka", but Japanese fans of Korean pop culture never got bored while waiting.
More than 20,000 devoted fans of Korean pop and film s,...More
When Japanese pop group Arashi arrived for a press conference at Incheon International Airport last July 31, about 2,000 screaming teenage girls greeted them. It was hard to tell who was,...More
Korean Wave in Music - "Promote Korean Culture First!" 2006/12/22, Source, "Only after Korean culture has become popular in foreign markets can Korean cultural content gain competitiveness. To perpetuate Korean Wave and extend its success in the music field, we should focus on promoting Korean culture right now".
Kim, Jae-Beom, Professor at Sungkyunkwan University, who,...More
Top 10 News Part 4- The Year's Cultural High Notes 2006/12/20, Source, In this fourth installment of the year's top ten news, we look at the cultural high notes of 2006.
The year's highlights range across the creative spectrum from pop music and movies to dramas and non-verbal performances.
Son Heekyung has this overview.
Korean pop culture has quickly spread acro,...More
Shinhwa Chosen Best Korean Singer Overseas 2006/12/07, Source, Foreign internet users have selected the six-man group Shinhwa as the best Korean singer of the year, according to Arirang International Broadcasting on Wednesday. The group's song "Once in a Lifetime" received 60 percent of the votes cast by foreign internet users.
Rain, who is with JYP Entertainment, will advance to the U.S. market next year.
Music knows no boundaries. Even language is not a hindrance. Nowhere is this more apparent than the K-pop explosion throughout,...More
LPG, which left for China August 18, will appear on the show August 19 in front of an audience of some 40,000 and Chinese TV viewers amounting to 1.3 billion people. Other artists to perform on that day include,...More
A Korean Broadcasting Institute report said Tuesday that Japanese satellite network BS aired last month nine Korean dramas on five of its channels, up from five dramas on four channels in Febru,...More
"Who the heck is Nam Hyeon-joon?" would probably be your most likely first reaction to his photo. Well, he is not a pop star yet, but as far as dance is conc,...More
Rain's Sold-Out New York Gig Could Take K-Pop Global 2006/02/03, Source, "My heart is thumping. Famous big-time songwriters and producers come looking for Rain every night", a breathless voice on the phone from New York says. It's the director of JYP Entertainment, the K-pop star's agency. "The interest in the music indust,...More
On Jan.18, two Koreans made impressive music charts entries in Japan signaling the start of yet another year of local singers showing strong presence abroad.
Singer K's first full-fledged album "Beyond the Sea" debuted at No. 2 on the Oricon Daily Album Chart wh,...More
Asia Goes Crazy Over Korean Pop Culture 2006/01/07, Source, The hottest thing in Asian pop culture these days is South Korea. The so-called Korean wave covers the craze for South Korean TV dramas, movies and pop singers - but increasingly also for fashion, cosmetics and electronics.
It isn't often that you get the chance to meet with and take photographs of a big star like Jennifer Lopez or local heartthrob Bae Yong-joon. So most people would jump at the chance to stand in the company o,...More
Body and Seoul 2005/11/10, Source, Asian Girls Turn to Plastic Surgery for Korean Beauty
By Gordon Fairclough
South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo enjoys huge popularity among in Seoul and in Asia. As economic standards improve an increasing number of young ladies opt for pl,...More
South Korea and its export-oriented economy seem to have found new bestsellers, thanks to "hallyu", the wave of enthusiasm for Korean pop culture sweeping Asia. Korea's cultural contents such as films, TV dramas and K-pop, have emerged as hot export commodities.
So, why are all the pop music, films and television dramas from this nation b,...More
BBC Features BoA as "New Face of Korea" 2005/08/01, Source, "News Night", BBC's representative program on current issues, has recently carried a special program entitled "Korean Waves". In the program, the British public broadcast network introduced Boa, 19, as "a new face of Korea who will publicize her countr,...More
BoA to Debut as Actress in China 2005/06/07, Source, CEO and producer of SM Entertainment Lee Soo-man reported that singer Boa will debut as an actress during a recent interview he gave at SM's main office in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.
Lawmakers enter a large hall inside the National Assembly in Yoido, central Seoul, but they aren't gathering to open a regular session for the legislation of a bill. Instead, they are going to watch movie.
Many films have been shown recently in preview screenin,...More
Keeping the 'Korea Wave' washing onto Asian shores 2004/08/26, Source, When President Roh Moo-hyun invited Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and his delegation for a luncheon meeting last September, something unexpected happened. After a moment of calm, the Vietnam officials stood up one by one and started to line up in front of a woman, asking her to sign their,...More
An official at the foreign sales team from Showbox,,...More
CJ Entertainment CEO named 'power leader' 2003/12/31, Source, Reflecting a year in which Korean films reached new heights, CJ Entertainment CEO Park Dong-ho was named the pop culture "power leader" of 2003 by The Herald Business, a sister newspaper of The Korea Herald.
CJ Entertainment, a film investment and distribution company, claimed 20.6 percent of th,...More
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