Which Celebrity Club Would You Want to Join? 2017/06/30,
Everyone's got their squad, the circle of friends who support and love each other. Without them, our life would be a bit lonely, honestly. Now, the squad can be formed because of the common interest, or personalities. It could be the age, it could be the school and the classes you take. What about the K-celebrities? How did they form the squad they are in?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Prince of Prince" Episodes 6-10 2015/06/19,
The first half of "Prince of Prince" certainly had its charms, what with moving so outrageously quickly that I could barely keep track of what was happening. Here though, the story goes the more traditional route of having good guys and villains. And in this regard the lack of serious buildup is a much more serious problem. For all practical intents and purposes these story points come out of nowhere, and the flashbacks don't offer much of a convincing reminder as to who these basically crazy people are,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Prince of Prince" Episodes 1-5 2015/06/12,
What makes web dramas somewhat disorienting compared to the television ones is that they tend to be really, really fast. I mean this in very literal terms. By the second episode "Prince of Prince" has stopped even trying to slowly draw out its characters and simply resorts to dossier profiles. Which strangely enough works out all right. These are uncomplicated people working in the fast-paced world of video games. Job time is work time, not play time, even if there's plenty of spare moments for the characters to have short, indignant arguments,...More
Juniel tries to make girl rock mark on K-pop scene 2012/06/08, Source,
Can a teen girl rocker make a dent on the music scene dominated by dance pop troupes? Nineteen-year-old Juniel thinks so. "I have my own identity, my own style, my own voice", she told a room full of reporters at her debut showcase Thursday in Seoul. "I don't' have to compete with girl groups".,...More
Reveling in music, youth, hallyu 2012/02/22, Source,
From left, Song Seung-hyun, Lee Jae-jin, Choi Min-hwan, Lee Hong-ki and Choi Jong-hoon-I of FT Island pose at FNC Academy in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
FT Island aims for success outside K-pop comfort zone By Kwaak Je-yup At a studio in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, only three out of five members of the F.T.Island are waiting; the missing two are at a doctor's being checked up for fatigue, said the manager. Of those present, bassist Lee Jae-jin looks at the interviewer with a curious grin but becomes a little alert when their eyes meet. Choi Jong-hoon-I, leader, guitarist and keyboardist, and Lee Hong-ki, vocalist, are enjoying their "time off", jamming on an acoustic guitar and sitting quietly as the hair and make-up crew put on their final touches,...More
FT Island: 'We Were Spurred By CNBLUE While Holding Activities in Japan' 2011/06/14, Source, FT Island has ranked atop the Oricon chart with their mini album entitled " Return ".
FT Island, who recently released a mini album entitled " Return ", seemed to have revitalized their spiritual energy during their ten-month break. The group members seemed more serious and their every comment during the interview revealed their ambitions. Lee Hong-ki, who abandoned his usually mischievous character, said with a smile, "I tried to become a diligent singer who gives off energy freely on the stage and to become more careful off the stage". FT Island has received impetus from their previous activities at the bottom of the Japanese music industry for the past three years. And the rapid ascension of another Korean band, the group CNBLUE (who belongs to the same agency as FT Island), also served to motivate them. The interview took place right after FT Island's first album in Japan ranked atop the Oricon weekly chart,...More
Super Junior Heechul wants to go crazier this year 2011/01/06, Source,
Members of "Kind of Psycho yet Charming by the day" [Super Junior's Heechul (Kim Heechul)'s official Twitter]
Boy band Super Junior member Heechul (Kim Heechul) has said he wants to "go crazier" this year on his official Twitter website (http://twitter.com/Heedictator).
The 28-year-old singer uploaded a photo just hours after the new year began, showing him celebrating with the members of his celebrity friend group whose name is translated into 'Kind of Psycho yet Increasingly Charming', known to be composed of,...More
FT Island Holds Successful Concert Tour in Japan 2011/01/02, Source, FT Island successfully completed a concert tour in Japan.
The five-member band FT Island finished a concert tour in Japan by holding its last concert at the International Forum Hall in Tokyo on December 28. FT Island had held concerts entitled "FT Island Hall Tour 2010 - So Today" in cities including Osaka (December 3), Aichi (December 11), and Tokyo (December 19), and they held an encore concert in Tokyo again with more than 5,000 fans. The venue was a great success. They began the concert by singing the title song entitled "Flower Rock", which had been released last May and ranked in fourth place on the Oricon weekly chart, and sang a total 26 songs including the songs "Brand-new-days", "So Today", which had ranked in eighth place on the Oricon weekly chart, "Baby Love", "I Hope", and "Love Love Love" consecutively for three hours at the concert. Their performance filled the venue with excitement,...More
FT Island holds Christmas Concert in Taiwan 2010/12/27, Source,
Rock band FT Island [FNC Music]
FT Island held a Christmas concert in Taiwan which was attended by over 9,000 fans, according to the group's agency FNC Music on Monday.
A press release by FNC announced that FT Island held their latest concert titled "2010 beautiful journey Live in TAIWAN" in TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei on December 25,...More
[10ASIA EXCLUSIVE] K-pop idols' Wants & Hopes for 2011: CNBLUE & FTIsland 2010/12/17, Source, [** This will be part of a series of weekly interviews to be published throughout December on what Korea's hottest idol stars want and hope for in the year 2011.]
CNBLUE and FTIsland [FNC Music]
Two of Korea's hottest rock bands, CNBLUE and FTIsland, have several things in common: they are both managed by talenthouse FNC Music, they won their first award on a televised music show in just two weeks into their debut, they are known for their pretty looks and are widely popular throughout Asia. Start with CNBLUE, the four-member idol band composed of Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk, who in 2009, kicked off their singing career in Japan first. They then received a boost to their debut in Korea when leader and main vocalist Jung starred in popular TV series "You're Beautiful" through which he shot to fame just a couple of months before CNBLUE officially appeared in the local music scene,...More
FT Island promotes 3rd Japanese single over the weekend 2010/11/22, Source, FT Island performs in Japan over the weekend [FNC Music]
Korean rock band FT Island held a promotional event for their third Japanese single "So today"... in Japan over the weekend.
The boys' agency FNC Music revealed in its press release on Monday that over a total 10,000 fans gathered for the two-day live performance held in Osaka and Tokyo, respectively, on November 20 and 21,...More
FT Island lands at No. 6 on Japan's Oricon chart 2010/11/19, Source,
Rock band FT Island [FNC Music]
Korean rock band FT lsland's third single album "So today"... reached sixth place on Japan's Oricon daily chart.
FNC Music, the agency of FT Island, explained through a press release on Friday that the latest achievement with the new album comes as a triumph for FT Island as this was the week that many top class J-pop groups released new albums around the same time,...More
FT Island reveals teaser video for comeback 2010/08/23, Source,
Cover of FT Island's 2nd mini-album "beautiful journey" [FNC Music]
Five-member Korean rock band FT Island has revealed a teaser video for the title track from their upcoming album, according to their agency FNC Music on Monday.
FNC announced in a press release that earlier in the day, a clip for "Love, love, love" from their second mini-album "beautiful journey" was released on various online music sites and on their official website,...More
FT Island unveils teaser video and cover for new album 2010/08/18, Source,
Cover of FT Island's 2nd mini-album "beautiful journey" [FNC Music]
Korean rock band FT Island unveiled a teaser video and cover for their new mini-album today, according to the band's agency FNC Music on Wednesday.
A press release from FNC announced that the group, who will be returning to the local music scene after a year, will be releasing their second mini-album titled "beautiful journey" on August 25,...More
FT Island kicks off Japan tour in Tokyo 2010/07/19, Source,
Korean rock band FT Island performing at their concert held in Tokyo, Japan on July 16, 2010. [FNC Music]
Korean rock band FT Island has kicked off their five-city concert tour in Japan, according to their agency FNC Music on Monday.
FNC said in a press release that the five-member band performed in front of some 3,000 fans in Tokyo on Friday, as the first show of their live tour titled "Zepp Tour 2010-Hands UP",...More
FT Island and CNBLUE's records top Taiwan music charts 2010/06/22, Source,
Korean rock bands FT Island (top) and CNBLUE (below) [FNC Music]
Korean rock bands FT Island and CNBLUE have topped the weekly music charts of Taiwan during the week of June 11 to 17, according to their agency FNC Music on Tuesday.
A press release from FNC stated that FT Island's latest single "Flower Rock" positioned itself at No. 1 and CNBLUE's "BlueLove" came in second place on Taiwan's G-Music and Five Music weekly charts, respectively,...More
FT Island bows into Japan's Oricon weekly chart at No. 4 2010/05/25, Source,
The cover of FT Island's Japanese album "Flower Rock" [FNC Music]
Korean rock band FT Island has placed fourth on Japan's prestigious Oricon weekly album chart, according to their agency FNC Music on Tuesday.
The group's Japanese debut album "Flower Rock" had entered the daily music chart at No. 3 as soon as it was released on May 19 and held onto the position for two consecutive days,...More
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