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  • Ex-Kara Member Kang Ji-young Appears in Korean TV Series After 5 Years in Japan

    2020/05/26, Source
    Kang Ji-young, a former member of the now-disbanded girl group Kara, wants to reboot her career as an actress in Korea with the new TV series "Sweet Munchies" on JTBC,...More
  • New Dramas Are Coming, From "Oh My Baby" to "Sweet Munchies"

    2020/05/04, Source
    Upcoming Monday-Tuesday dramas combine laughter and heart-warming feelings, while Wednesday-Thursday dramas combine food and romance. Along with the warm spring breeze, various new dramas are in full swing,...More
  • Singer-Turned-Actress Kang Ji-young to Explore Acting Career in Korea

    2019/12/03, Source
    Kang Ji-young, formerly a member of the now-disbanded girl group Kara, is getting ready to explore her career in Korea as an actress, after recently signing a contract with a local management agency here,...More
  • [HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-young Memorializes Goo Ha-ra

    On November 29th Kang Ji-young of the girl group Kara made an Instagram post about Goo Ha-ra. Both singers got their start in the group, and Kang Ji-young shared pictures of the two together,...More
  • K-Pop Star Goo Ha-ra Dead in Apparent Suicide

    2019/11/25, Source
    K-pop star Goo Ha-ra, a former member of the girl group Kara, was found dead of apparent suicide in her house on Sunday. Her death came little over a month after her close friend and K-pop star Sulli committed suicide. According to police, Goo was found dead in her home in the Gangnam area of southern Seoul at around 6 p.m. She left a photo on her social media page the previous night showing her lying in bed with the caption "good night",...More
  • Troubled Singer Goo Ha-ra Resumes Career in Japan

    2019/06/26, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of defunct girl group Kara is set to resume her activities in showbiz after going through some troubles in her private life,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra in Failed Suicide Attempt

    2019/05/28, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of defunct girl band Kara is in hospital after a failed suicide attempt. According to police on Sunday, Goo (28) was found unconscious in her smoke-filled home by her manager in the early hours and rushed to a nearby hospital. She is reportedly breathing normally and has regained consciousness,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra Updates Fans After Controversy

    2018/12/05, Source
    Kara's Goo Ha-ra is as pretty as a doll in the two pictures she recently on Instagram,...More
  • Ex-Kara Member Goo Ha-ra 'Victim of Revenge Porn'

    2018/10/08, Source
    Goo Ha-ra, formerly of the girl band Kara, accuses her ex-boyfriend of threatening to post a sex tape of the two of them online. Goo (27) and her ex-boyfriend, identified by his surname Choi (27), have been conducting a very public spat since Choi filed a police report on Sept. 13 claiming Goo assaulted him at her home,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra Accused of Assaulting Boyfriend

    2018/09/14, Source
    Goo Ha-ra, a former member of girl band Kara, has been accused of assaulting her boyfriend. Police said that a 27-year-old hairdresser filed a report claiming that Goo assaulted him at her home in Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, just after midnight on Thursday following an argument,...More
  • Girls' Generation Rated Best K-Pop Girl Group of Past Decade

    2017/07/17, Source
    Girls' Generation topped a list of the 10 best K-pop girl groups of the past 10 years released by Billboard on Wednesday,...More
  • Footballer Ji Dong-won to Tie the Knot in Mid-June

    2017/06/05, Source
    Footballer Ji Dong-won will get married this month,...More
  • Heo Young-ji, "Marriage with Eric Mun? Not even the 'Oh Hae-Young Again' team knew"

    2017/05/15, Source
    Former Kara member Heo Young-ji who is now an actress, heard that Eric Mun is getting married. She said she didn't know anything about his marriage and that the whole "Oh Hae-Young Again" didn't know,...More
  • Zico and Seolhyun's relationship revealed

    2016/08/11, Source
    Zico and Seolhyun are two of today's hottest idol stars. They have recently admitted that they are seeing each other. Their managements announced that they were dependant on each other during hard times and eventually evolved into a relationship. They are only just getting to know each other,...More
  • Girl Group Kara Split Up

    2016/01/19, Source
    K-pop girl group Kara have officially dissolved. Three of the four members decided to leave as their contracts with DSP Media ended as of last Friday,...More
  • Kang Ji-yeong VS Park Shin-hye in black midi-skirts

    2015/12/15, Source
    Even high school students make mini-skirts out of their midi-skirt uniforms but there's nothing like a midi-skirt if your want to look feminine and gentle. Midi-skirts are great for the 'granny look' or wear them tight to seem sexier. Several stars have been appearing in public events wearing midi-skirts,...More
  • "Section TV" Kang Ji-young, "I don't have a boyfriend"

    2015/12/06, Source
    Kang Ji-young said she doesn't have a boyfriend. Former Kara member and current actress Kang Ji-young was a guest on the MBC TV show, "Section TV",...More
  • Park Shin-hye, "Congratulations Asia Today!"

    2015/11/11, Source
    Actress Park Shin-hye congratulated Asia Today on its 10th anniversary. Hallyu stars EXO, Girls' Generation, Kim Joon-soo from JYJ, Infinite, Sistar, Girl's Day, Apink, AOA, Rainbow, Kara, Wonder Girls, Shinhwa, Block B, Beast, ZE:A - Children of Empire, BtoB, April, Sonamu, and other top singers sent their greetings,...More
  • Today's Photo: October 28, 2015 [2]

    2015/10/28, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of Kara smiles at an event to raise awareness of breast cancer in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
  • Today's Photo: October 14, 2015 [3]

    2015/10/14, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of Kara smiles at a press junket for her new reality TV show in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra to Make Solo Debut

    2015/07/11, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of girl band Kara will make her solo debut next week. "The songs of her first mini album will be released to major music-streaming websites on July 14", her management agency DSP Media said on Monday,...More
  • Today's Photo: May 27, 2015 [3]

    2015/05/27, Source
    Girl group Kara pose before a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
  • Today's Photo: May 25, 2015 [2]

    2015/05/25, Source
    Girl group Kara pose ahead of a concert at Seoul World Cup Stadium in the capital on Saturday,...More
  • Nicole to Release 1st Solo Album in Japan

    2015/05/19, Source
    Singer Nicole, a former member of the girl group Kara, will make her Japanese debut as a solo singer with the release of a mini album on June 24, her agency said,...More
  • Today's Photo: April 10, 2015 [2]

    2015/04/10, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of Kara attends a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Thursday,...More
  • CJ E&M Presents Star-studded M Countdown Lineup For KCON 2015 Japan, Announces List of Companies for Business Matchmaking

    Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has revealed the lineup for upcoming KCON 2015 Japan's M COUNTDOWN section, which includes 10 solo artists and groups, namely in alphabetical order - Block B, BOYFRIEND, GOT7, INFINITE, Jun. K, KangNam (or Namekawa Yasuo), Lovelyz, Nicole (former member of Kara), SISTAR and Supernova. KCON 2015 Japan is set to take place at Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday April 22, 2015,...More
  • Today's Photo: March 26, 2015 [2]

    2015/03/26, Source
    Hosts of an upcoming TV show pose at a press junket in Seoul on Wednesday. From left, Kim Heechul of Super Junior, Goo Ha-ra of Kara, Yoon Bora of Sistar and Ha-ni of EXID,...More
  • 'Cable TV Awards' 'Incomplete Life' and producer Na Young-seok sweep awards

    2015/03/13, Source
    CJ E&M channel was crowned winner of 5 awards at Cable TV Awards, which suits their stance as a leader among cable broadcasting companies. Cable TV Awards was held at Dongdaemoon Design Plaza in the afternoon on March 13th,...More
  • Today's Photo: March 5, 2015 [2]

    2015/03/05, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of Kara poses at a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
  • Today's Photo: February 4, 2015 [3]

    2015/02/04, Source
    Girl group Kara smile during a promotional event for a cosmetics brand in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
  • Kara's Park Gyu-ri to star in a movie

    2014/12/30, Source
    Kara's Park Gyu-ri us starring in the movie, "Two Rooms, Two Nights". According to DSP Media, the singer has completed filming the movie,...More
  • Today's Photo: November 29, 2014 [2]

    2014/11/29, Source
    Actress Cho Yeo-jeong attends an Audrey Hepburn-themed exhibition at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul on Friday,...More
  • Ex-Kara Member Nicole Makes Solo Debut

    2014/11/21, Source
    Nicole made her solo debut on Wednesday as she held a showcase for her first mini album. The former member of Kara left the girl group early this year when her contract with DSP Media expired,...More
  • Actor Jung Il-woo to sing duet with Kara's Nicole

    2014/10/21, Source
    Actor Jung Il-woo is going to sing a duet with Nicole, formerly from the group Kara. "The Night Watchman's Journal" OST "Tears of Rain" will come out on the 21st at noon. The song is about the undying love of a man and a woman and Jung Il-woo sings the song with Nicole, a friend of his,...More
  • Today's Photo: September 22, 2014 [2]

    2014/09/22, Source
    Girl group Kara perform at the K-Pop Expo in Asia in Incheon on Sunday,...More
  • Today's Photo: September 18, 2014 [2]

    2014/09/18, Source
    Girl group Kara pose before a concert to celebrate the Asian Games in Incheon on Wednesday,...More
  • Today's Photo: August 19, 2014 [2]

    2014/08/19, Source
    Girl group Kara pose during a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Monday,...More
  • Today's Photo: August 18, 2014 [2]

    2014/08/18, Source
    Park Gyu-ri of girl group Kara holds up a baseball with her kiss mark before throwing the ceremonial pitch at a game between Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants in Seoul on Sunday,...More
  • Kara to Meet Fans with New Face Next Month

    2014/07/30, Source
    A new face will join just in time for Kara's new mini album, "Day & Night", which is set to be released in mid-August. The girl group's management agency DSP Media on Monday unveiled a couple of photos featuring new member Heo Young-ji,...More
  • Today's Photo: May 10, 2014 [2]

    2014/05/10, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of Kara arrives at Incheon International Airport on Friday on her way to Indonesia,...More
  • Whittled-down Kara Prepare to Meet Fans in Korea, Japan

    2014/04/18, Source
    From left, Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon and Goo Ha-ra Kara are returning as a three-member group next month almost half a year after two of the original members left the girl band. Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon and Goo Ha-ra will meet fans in Seoul on May 24, and in Budokan, Japan on June 1,...More
  • [Giveaway] Win 2 copies Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today

    2014/04/12, Source
    Win 2 copies of the book, one "Girls Edition" and one "Boys Edition", open to everybody. Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date,...More
  • [Press Release] Stars of K-Pop: Your Guide to the Hottest Acts in K-Pop Today

    2014/03/31, Source
    Watermark Publishing has released boy- and girl-group editions of Stars of K-Pop, the authorized guide to the biggest stars in the K-Pop genre. K-Pop (Korean pop music or hallyu) is one of the hottest trends in music and online media today. How hot is it? Top K-pop group Girls' Generation took home the Video of the Year Award at YouTube's inaugural Music Awards ceremony. The ladies of 2NE1 made an appearance in the current season of the hit ABC-TV show The Bachelor as collaborators on a dance lesson date,...More
  • Today's Photo: February 15, 2014 [3]

    2014/02/15, Source
    Han Seung-yeon of girl group Kara smiles at a press event for her new TV series "Women, Comics and Shoes" in Seoul on Friday,...More
  • Updated cast for the Korean drama 'KARA - Secret Love'

    2014/01/02, Source
    Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "KARA - Secret Love",...More
  • Today's Photo: November 1, 2013 [2]

    2013/11/01, Source
    Kara's Goo Ha-ra poses after being named promotional ambassador for blood donation in Seoul on Thursday,...More
  • Hyun Bin and Goo Ha-ra get a savings award

    2013/09/30, Source
    Actor Hyun Bin and girl group Kara's Goo Ha-ra are receiving savings awards from the government. The list also includes Lee Hye-young, baseball player Lee Dae-ho and actress Han Hye-jin. The Financial Services Committee are expected to award them on the 29th on the '50th Savings Day',...More
  • Today's Photo: September 3, 2013 [3]

    2013/09/03, Source
    Girl group Kara pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Monday,...More
  • Kara to Perform in Drag Ahead of New Album

    2013/08/18, Source
    K-pop girl group Kara will hold a showcase on Sept. 2 just prior to releasing their fourth full-length album,...More
  • Yeon Woo-jin stars in Kim Kyoo-tae's "KARA - Secret Love"

    2013/07/11, Source
    Actor Yeon Woo-jin will be starring in producer Kim Kyoo-tae's newest "KARA - Secret Love". "KARA - Secret Love" is by Kim Kyoo-tae who produced "That Winter, the Wind Blows" and Kara (Han Seung-yeon, Park Gyu-ri, Nicole, Kang Ji-young, Goo Ha-ra) stars as the lead character in each of the five episodes,...More
  • Kara's Park Gyu-ri fools the people with do-over

    2013/05/28, Source
    Kara's Park Gyu-ri fooled the public with her do-over. Park Gyu-ri walked around in her man disguise after filming the MBC Queen Drama "Nail Shop Paris",...More
  • Korean history boom among K-Pop stars

    2013/05/25, Source
    Theres an app about Korean history. Lets use it together. (2PM member Hwang Chan-sung) Today is May 18. On this meaningful day, Im studying Korean history about which I need to know more. (Kara member Han Seung-yeon) Search democracy movement. I hope my fans are well aware of our history! (B2ST member Yang Yo-seop) Korean idol starts are studying hard their history. Around the May 18 pro-democracy uprising, more idol celebrities mentioned about history study. Certain idols teach their fans how to study Korean history. For example, 2PM member Lim Seul-ong posted on his twitter account, Theres no future for the people who forgot their own history, while BIGBANG member Taeyang twitted, Ill remember those who have become part of the history,...More
  • Upcoming Korean drama "KARA - Secret Love"

    2013/05/24, Source
    Added the upcoming Korean drama "KARA - Secret Love"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra and Park Bo-young's rendezvous debut

    2013/04/29, Source
    Girl group Kara's Goo Ha-ra and "A Werewolf Boy" heroine Park Bo-young are about to make their screen rendezvous. According to the movie industry, Goo and Park have decided to star in the movie "Blood Hot Young Bloods" which is about the laughter, impression and conflicts of the last uniformed generation of the 80's,...More
  • Kara Trumps K-Pop Rivals at China Music Awards

    2013/04/23, Source
    Kara picked up the gong for Most Popular CMA International Group at the 17th China Music Awards in Macau on Thursday last week, besting rival K-pop groups Big Bang and 2NE1, and British boy band One Direction, in the process,...More
  • Song Hye-kyo's charity work for stray dogs

    2013/04/21, Source
    Actress Song Hye-kyo was seen quietly doing community work. She was seen taking care of stray dogs by an animal protection foundation last weekend,...More
  • Today's Photo: April 17, 2013 [2]

    2013/04/17, Source
    Girl group Kara's Kang Ji-young (left) and f(x)'s Krystal hand out gift packs to students to help them prepare for the mid-term exams at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
  • Song Jae-rim becomes a nail artist

    2013/03/28, Source
    MBC Drama Net revealed a scene from "Nail Shop Paris". Song Jae-rim was seen in the picture revealed,...More
  • MBLAQ Cheondung in "Nail Shop Paris"

    2013/03/24, Source
    MBLAQ's Cheondung is starring in his first leading role. J Tune Camps claimed that he has been cast as the leading role for the first time of his acting career,...More
  • Song Jae-rim's first lead with Park Gyoo-ri and Cheon-doong

    2013/03/03, Source
    Kara's Park Gyu-ri, MBLAQ's Cheon-doong and Song Jae-rim have been cast in the MBC Queen drama "Nail Shop Paris". "Nail Shop Paris" is a romantic comedy based on a famous nail shop with handsome nail art artists,...More
  • K-Pop Earns Over W10 Billion in Royalties from Japan

    2013/02/25, Source
    Korean pop music has earned over W10 billion in royalties from Japan alone (US$1=W1,085). The Korea Music Copyright Association on Sunday said it calculated the data from the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers and tallied last year's royalties at W11.03 billion, the first time they exceeded W10 billion. The money is generated from Korean songs being played and sung in concerts, TV and radio programs as well as karaoke bars. It amounts to about 10 percent of royalties earned at home during the same period,...More
  • Ok Taecyeon and Oh Yeong-gyeol in "We Just Got Married"

    2013/01/31, Source
    2PM member Ok Taecyeon and Taiwanese idol group member Oh Yeong-gyeol are starring in "We Just Got Married" as a married couple. A Taiwanese source told TV Report, "Oh Yeong-gyeol is going to be starring in the TV program and Ok Taecyeon's wife. We have completed the contract and are now just waiting for the shooting day to come",...More
  • Han Seung-yeon in "Jang Ok-jeong Lives in Love"

    2013/01/31, Source
    Girl group Kara's Han Seung-yeon has been cast for the upcoming SBS drama "Jang Ok-jeong Lives in Love" as the queen of Sook Jong (Yoo Ah-in) and King Yeong-jo's mother Choi. She is to rival with Kim Tae-hee but not right away. She forms a conflict with Jang Ok-jeong in the middle when she is made Hee Bin,...More
  • Soyeon to fill Kang Ji-young's space in "Iris 2"?

    2013/01/07, Source
    There was a rumor going around saying that Soyeon was going to join "IRIS 2" but it turns out to be wrong. Soyeon from T-ara was reported to be in negotiation with the "IRIS 2" team to fill in the empty space left by Kang Ji-young (Kara) who was to play the role of Song Chae-ran, a NSS bodyguard team agent,...More
  • Who is Jo Hyeon-gil who died in his car in a parking lot?

    2013/01/02, Source
    The news of Jo Hyeon-gil (48) who produced the drama "IRIS" is a shock to many. Chairman Jo was found dead in his car in the parking lot of the restaurant he ran on the 2nd. Police suspect he might've frozen to death in the weather of minus 10 degrees but the real reason is being investigated,...More
  • SHINee & KARA Attain Cold Certification In Japan

    2012/11/16, Source
    Two popular idol groups SHINee and Kara have once again proven their success in Japan,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra, Hyuna, & Hyolyn To Take Over Lee Hyori's Soju Endorsement

    2012/11/16, Source
    After news of the ultimate k-pop queen Lee Hyori stepping down as the official endorsement model for a representative soju brand in Korea, many have been wondering who would fill her big, high-heeled, sexy shoes,...More
  • KARA's Kang Ji-young, BEAST's Yoon Doo-joon, & MBLAQ's Lee Joon To Join "IRIS 2"

    2012/09/19, Source
    Some of the most popular idol stars have just joined the cast of the blockbuster drama sequel "IRIS 2". According to drama officials, Kara's Kang Ji-young, BEAST's Yoon Doo-joon, and MBLAQ's Lee Joon will be taking on roles as agents in the drama,...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
  • Kara Kang Jiyoung's drama to be aired in Japan

    2012/09/04, Source
    "Rainbow rose" starring Kang Jiyoung from Kara and Gunil from Supernova will be aired on cable TV channel Tooniverse. "Rainbow Rose" is based in a Korean boarding house where students from various countries live together. The friendship and love between the students living there should be the fun of the drama. This drama was popular for the outstanding performance of the supporting actors and actresses when it was aired in Japan TV Tokyo in April,...More
  • Korean Stars in Japan in Bind Over Dokdo

    2012/08/27, Source
      Kara (left) and Song Il-gook Korean Wave stars who are popular in Japan find themselves in a fiendish dilemma as tensions rise between Seoul and Tokyo over Dokdo. A case in point is comments by Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi about actor Song Il-gook, who took part in a relay swim to Dokdo on Aug. 15, which marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial occupation. "Unfortunately, it will not be easy for him to come to Japan from now on", Tsuyoshi said on a TV program on Friday,...More
  • Today's Photo: August 23, 2012

    2012/08/23, Source
     Girl group Kara pose at a showcase for their new album "Pandora" in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
  • Incheon's about to heat up with some of the most popular acts in k-pop!

    2012/08/22, Source
    2012 Korean Music Wave Festival On September 15th The 4th annual 2012 Korean Music Wave festival will be held on September 15th at the Incheon Munhak World Cup Stadium,...More
  • Jay Park To Perform With Justin Bieber At MTV WSLIM 2012

    2012/07/10, Source
    One of the best in Korea will be performing with one of the best in the world: Jay Park and Justin Bieber. Park will be attending the MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia 2012 (MTV WSLIM 2012) event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 14th as Korea's representative,...More
  • K-Pop Star Entertain Art Show Brings Together Fans and Stars

    2012/06/20, Source
    The 2012 K-Pop Star Entertain Art Show, Korea's first K-pop inspired art exhibition targeting hallyu fans in Korea and overseas, will open at KINTEX on June 23rd. Sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization and Goyang City, the exhibition, which runs until August 19th, has been described by organizers as a mixture of K-Pop with magic art to create a new form of hallyu contents. The pieces on display use the Trompe-L'Oeil or "trick eye" technique which turns two-dimensional pictures into 3D illusions. Visitors will be able to take pictures that really makes them look like they're standing with their favorite stars,...More
  • The reason why young Japanese women like Korean men

    2012/06/11, Source
    경제력을 갖춘 20, 30대 일본 여성들이 K팝 소비의 중심으로 떠오르고 있다. 사진은 지난달 12일 도쿄돔에서 열린 슈퍼주니어 콘서트에 모인 여성팬들. / SM엔터테인먼트 제공 Jang Keun-suk and 2PM guaranteed to be a success by rich "meat-eater females" in Japan On May 31, outside the Budokan, an indoor arena in central Tokyo, Japan, was crowded with women in their 20s-40s. These females were fans of the Korean boy group 2PM who came to see their concert. When asked why they like 2PM, they replied in unison, "Because they're manly". When asked if there's any Japanese group like 2PM, they replied, "No". Two days later, there was a SHINee concert at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, an arena in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan. Although they debuted in Japan less than a year ago, as many as 12,000 tickets were sold out. "SHINee can dance and sing, but more importantly they make us want to protect them. And it's cute when they try very hard to speak in Japanese though they're not used to it", said Saeko Kitamura, 23,...More
  • Has Manufactured K-Pop Run Its Course?

    2012/06/08, Source
     Fans cheer wildly at a concert by JYJ in Barcelona, Spain in October last year. /Courtesy of C-Jes Entertainment June 10, 2010 was a momentous day for Korean pop music. A large-scale live concert of K-pop stars like Girls' Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and f(x) was staged in Paris, and some had high hopes that this would mean the Korean Wave had splashed beyond Asia into the wider world. There have since been some 260 K-pop concerts in the West, from New York via Barcelona and Berlin to Santiago de Chile, according to Korea Creative Contents Agency. But is K-pop really moving in the right direction?,...More
  • As YouTube Turns Seven, Google Holds K-Pop-Themed Birthday Bash

    2012/05/24, Source
    People wait to enter the Korean Music Wave in Google concert co-organized by YouTube and MBC at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on Monday (top); All of the performers appear on stage at the end of the concert. /Yonhap Some 20,000 American K-pop fans gathered at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Monday evening to watch a concert dubbed "Korean Music Wave in Google". It was co-hosted by Google's YouTube and terrestrial Korean broadcaster MBC. The fans lined up for about 1 km to enter the venue,...More
  • KARA and 2PM to Participate in 'Love-1 Festival' in Japan

    2012/05/16, Source
    The season two performance of the "Life-1 Festival" will be held for two days from June 16 to 17 at Osaka-Jo Hall. The "Love-1 Festival" held the first live K-POP outdoor festival -- the "K-POP All Day Outdoor Festival" -- in June last year in Japan, drawing about 20,000 audience members. In the second performance this year, Kara, Rainbow, CNBLUE and Leessang will heat up the stage together with Japanese performers: soloist Beni and the six-girl group Happiness,...More
  • Girls' Generation, KARA, Wonder Girls -- Most Popular Groups Awarded Hangul URLs

    2012/05/15, Source
    Hangul Smart Domain Organization, which is the group that provides URL addresses in the Korean language of hangul, held an online survey from May 3-11th. The subject: who the most popular girl idol group is. The site listed ten of the top girl groups as possible answers: Girls' Generation, Kara, Wonder Girls, 4minute, Secret, T-ara, Sistar, miss A, 2NE1, and After School,...More
  • Dream Concert Held In Seoul

    2012/05/14, Source
    The top idol stars in k-pop gathered for the ultimate annual musical spectacle the Dream Concert. The 18th annual Dream Concert was held at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul on May 12th, where the hottest acts were all on the list of acts. Fans got to see TVXQ, Girls' Generation, Taetiseo, 2PM, 2AM, MBLAQ, Sistar, Secret, Beast, 4minute, Infinite, Boyfriend, A Pink, T-ara, Kara, B1A4, Ailee, EXO-K, ZE:A - Children of Empire, Davichi, Rania, and TEEN TOP,...More
  • Top K-Pop Acts Gather To Perform At Google Headquarters

    2012/05/03, Source
    Some of the biggest names in k-pop will be performing live at the base of the internet search portal-giant, Google. This coming May 21st at 6 PM (local time), Girls' Generation, TVXQ, Super Junior, Kara, SISTAR, MBLAQ, Beast, and the Wonder Girls will all perform in San Francisco San Hose of the US at the Google headquarters. This performance will also be recorded and broadcast on a main network here in Korea at a later date,...More
  • Drama 'Rainbow Rose' Holds Press Conference in Japan

    2012/04/05, Source
    Kang Ji-young of Kara and Gunil of Novasonic will appear as protagonists in the joint Korea-and-Japan drama "Rainbow Rose" (Japanese title "Love Mahjong"), and a press conference and preview event were held before its airing at TV Tokyo Tennozu Studio on April 3. The director of the drama, Kim Soo-ryong, said, "Actors from Korea, Japan, and the USA worked together to make this film. And I have tried to create a beautiful image like a rainbow, as the title says. At first, we had communication issues due to different languages, but all the actors tried to overcome this difficulty and produce a beautiful story together",...More

    2012/04/05, Source
      SEOUL, 2 April 2012 – Kara, the multi-­‐award winning South Korean girl group, officially announced today the launch of their first-­‐ever signature fragrance. Having sold more than 1.18 million albums in Japan in 2011, Kara are one of the most influential K-­‐ Pop celebrity groups and fashion icons today. With recent chart-­‐topping hits such as "Super Girl" and "Step", Kara have established themselves as a powerhouse in Asian entertainment and a role model for their fans across the globe,...More
  • KARA Strives To Sell 1 Million+ Albums In Japan

    2012/03/30, Source
    Kara's popularity in Japan has reached yet another milestone. The group is approaching the one million sales mark for their second Japanese album, "Super Girl". A special Tour Edition of the album will be re-released on April 11th to celebrate their upcoming tour in the country. This re-release is sure to spur growth, nearly ensuring that they will be able to achieve the feat of selling over one million copies!,...More
  • Korea Street in Tokyo Draws Criticism

    2012/03/20, Source
    It's been ten years since Hallyu made its first waves in Japan; and with the ever-rising popularity of K-pop idols like Kara and Girls' Generation, its seems like Japanese fans still can't get enough. Korean products and cuisine have found a popular home on a particular street in Tokyo. Even on weekdays, you'll find Shin-Okubo street packed with Japanese citizens getting their taste of Korean food and culture, including favorite Korean treats like sweet pancakes and spicy rice cake, more commonly known as Ho-tteok and Ddeok-bokki respectively,...More
  • Secret Successfully Ends Their Japan Tour: Japanese Fans Call Jeon Hyo-Sung "Korean Beyonce"

    2012/03/12, Source
    Jun Hyo-seong of the four-member South Korean girl group Secret earned a new nickname "Korean Beyonce" from her Japanese fans during her recent tour to Japan. Jun Hyo-seong and three other members have recently finished their first concert in Japan,...More
  • Korean drama, K-pop idols shine in Okinawa concert

    2012/03/06, Source
    The influence of Korean pop culture has reached the southernmost island of the Japanese archipelago, resulting in a concert that showcased not only just K-pop idol groups like Kara and 2PM but also the soundtracks of Korean dramas. "World Music Festival in Okinawa" took place Sunday in a two-part format at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, the island's capital,...More
  • KARA STEP tops on Japanese mobile music charts

    2012/02/24, Source
    Japanese version of STEP from Kara tops on the largest Japanese mobile music charts at Recochoku ( It is just one day after Japanese version of the song released. The original song was ranked #1 last September as well. It proves Kara is the hottest KPOP group in Japan,...More
  • Overkill Could Damage Korean Wave, Oricon Chief Warns

    2012/02/24, Source
    A senior figure in the Japanese entertainment industry has warned against the flood of Korean singers, manufactured bands and actors who rush to perform in Tokyo, which has become something of a rite of passage for entertainers who made it in Korea. "I'm afraid that the rotation of Korean acts [through Japan] is too fast", said Koh Koike, the CEO of Japan's Oricon, which supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry,...More
  • K-celebrities now 1

    2012/02/23, Source
    Hwang Jung-eum's Boyfriend Kim Yong-jun Enters the Military SG Wannabe's Kim Yong-jun entered basic military training in Nonsan on February 16th. Fans from all over the country came to see him off. He shyly reveals his cropped hair!,...More
  • Kara's Park Has Surgery on Vocal Chords

    2012/02/21, Source
    Park Gyu-lee, lead singer of girl group Kara, was scheduled to go under the knife on Tuesday to have several vocal fold nodules and polyps removed after she was diagnosed with a problem on her vocal cords last November. She was warned that her singing career would be in jeopardy if she did not get surgery right away. However, she initially delayed the operation in order to complete the stage rub of her musical "200 Pounds Beauty", which ran from December through January,...More
  • Today's Photo: February 20, 2012

    2012/02/20, Source
    Kara pose at their first solo concert at Olympic Park's Gymnasium in Seoul on Sunday,...More
  • Swizz Beatz paints K-pop's rosy future in world market

    2012/02/20, Source
    Swizz Beatz, a renowned American rapper-producer, said on Monday K-pop is leading a trend for new music and that he wants to play a leading role in introducing Asia to the West through Korean music. "What I found in Korean pop music is a new expression. The world is open for new things and I think right now K-pop in Korea is leading in that area. I'd like to be the one to introduce that to the West", the musician said during a news conference in Seoul,...More
  • K-pop album sales in Japan hit all-time high in 2011

    2012/02/17, Source
    Japanese purchases of Korean pop music hit an all-time high last year, according to industry data. According to Oricon Inc., a provider of music industry statistics, sales of albums, singles, DVDs and blue-ray disks of K-pop increased for the third consecutive year to 24.47 billion yen ($310 million) last year, up 22.3 percent from 2010. South Korean signers' annual market share also rose from 6 percent to 7.8 percent during the period. The comparable figure for 2009 was 3 percent. Korea's leading idol groups Kara and Girls' Generation advanced to the Japanese market after 2009,...More
  • Win a CD and Photo Book With "K-Pop Giveaway!"

    2012/02/01, Source
    This month's group of the month is Kara! Each month of 2012, the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC is thrilled to announce our very own "K-Pop Giveaway". This exciting monthly giveaway will feature some of South Korea's top pop stars, known globally for their memorable songs, entertaining dances, and cutting-edge style. Winners of the monthly giveaways will win a CD, a photo album, a t-shirt, accessories, and more from their favorite K-Pop group! This February, the "K-Pop Giveaway" artist is Kara!,...More
  • Japanese Media Awaiting Lee Seung-gi's Japanese Debut

    2012/01/31, Source
    The Japanese media is already printing about the upcoming debut of "Korea's Younger Brother" in the country. This comes ahead of Lee dropping his first digital album, "Dating Time", in Japan on March 6th. The album will feature the songs "Dating Time" and "But We're Friends". According to reports on January 31st, the local press even mentioned Lee's concert at a dance hall in Japan, scheduled for this June. To start off with his first concert at such a venue, after only three months since his debut, says a lot about the kind of popularity he is expected to receive,...More
  • KARA wins five crowns at Japan's Gold Disc Award

    2012/01/30, Source
    Rising K-pop girl group Kara were five-time winners at the Japan Gold Disc Awards 2012. They swept Best Asian Artist, Best Three Asian Albums, Song of the Year by Download, Best Five Songs by Download and Best Music Video, during Friday's ceremony hosted by the Recording Industry Association of Japan in Tokyo,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra and her bouncy school looks

    2012/01/29, Source
    Kara's Goo Ha-ra suggested a school look. She showed various kinds of school looks in of bright, fresh and enchanting skirts and accessories,...More
  • K-Celebrities now VCR1

    2012/01/26, Source
    We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go! We start off this week with photos of stars bowing on Lunar New Year's Day. Hallyu stars dressed up in traditional hanbok to bow to their fans and wish them all a prosperous new year in observation of Lunar New Year's Day,...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 ( 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
  • Today's Photo: January 19, 2012

    2012/01/19, Source
    Girl band Kara receives an award at the 2012 Asia Model Festival Awards in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
  • Kara to Hold Concert in February Before Asian Tour

    2012/01/16, Source
    Five years after they debuted, girl group Kara are still going strong and are scheduled to hold a concert at Olympic Park Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul on Feb. 18-19. They have become a leading Asian girl group following their huge success in Japan and will perform their hit songs at the concert, Kara's management company said,...More
  • Fashion in South Korea: Kpopsicle & the trends of Seoul, Tokyo, and K-pop

    2012/01/09, Source
    Kpopsicle ( 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
  • Han Seung-yeon, Hyolyn, Park Soo-young-II, Han Sunhwa chosen for "Thump Goes My Heart"

    2012/01/08, Source
    "We are going on a date!" MBC Lunar New Year's special "Thump Goes My Heart" revealed its female cast members,...More
  • Kara: 'We Grew Up During Extremely Busy Schedule For A Year'

    2012/01/02, Source
    Kara expressed their feelings after holding a rehearsal for the NHK Red & White Year End Song Festival. Girl groups Girls' Generation and Kara participated in the rehearsal for the 62nd NHK Red & White Year End Song Festival held in NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on December 29. At first, Girls' Generation appeared and checked the sound and their positions on the stage while presenting a splendid performance with their Japanese debut song "GINIE". Then Kara presented their hit songs "Jet Coaster Love" and "Mister" with cute dance movements,...More
  • Year of Black Dragon

    2011/12/30, Source
    The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and the mythical animal, seen in this "Hwangnyonggi", symbolizes power and wealth.(Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea) The animal has a head resembling a camel, eyes of a rabbit, the nose of a pig, ears like an ox, antlers similar to a buck, a snake-like neck, fists as fierce as those of a tiger, the sharp talons of a hawk and scales no different from a carp. There are long whiskers decorating the mouth and a bump in the middle of the head, which allow the animal to fly in the air. In this manner the mythical dragon creature is described in "Boncho Gangmok" (Classified Records of Chinese Medical Botany) originally published in 1596,...More
  • K-celebrities now VCR2

    2011/12/29, Source
    [SOV] [Interview : ] "Just keep running behind me!" "My Way" opened in the theaters on December 22nd, and in just five days reached over one million viewers! Meet the stars of Korea's big box office hit. These days, movies from both Korea and abroad are fighting to attract the largest crowds during the holiday rush. "My Way", starring Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun, seems to be leading the pack,...More
  • South Korean Government Uses K-POP Calendars To Spread Korean Culture

    2011/12/23, Source
    The South Korean government has decided to take a new approach to spread Korean culture. To promote Korean idol groups to countries abroad, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism had special photo calendars produced and distributed to 170 international embassies,...More
  • Kara Emerge as Most Profitable K-Pop Group in Japan

    2011/12/20, Source
    Girl group Kara have recorded W70 billion in sales of their CDs and DVDs in Japan, ranking first among K-pop singers who have made inroads into the country. Local media outlets reported Monday that Kara earned revenue of 4.93 billion yen (W74 billion) from sales of their CDs and DVDs this year, according to data released by the Oricon chart,...More
  • KARA & Girls' Generation At Top Tier Of Japanese Album Sales

    2011/12/19, Source
    Girls groups Kara and Girls' Generation have once again proved their popularity in Japan. While Kara placed 4th on Oricon's 2011 Total Annual Sales By Artist, Girls' Generation was only one spot behind at 5th. Japan's biggest music chart, Oricon, compiled a list of singles and albums that had the highest sales from December 27, 2010 to December 19, 2011,...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 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
  • K-celebrities now VCR1

    2011/12/16, Source
    Kara is one of Korea's top idol groups. And Kara's Gyu Ri is making her debut in the musical world through "200 Pounds Beauty". [Interview : Gyu Ri, Member Kara] "This is my first musical. It's something I've wanted to do ever since I was a child". As a singer in an idol group, Gyu Ri is a little worried about performing in a musical,...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
  • VCR1 K-Celebrities

    2011/12/09, Source
    Now We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go! Can it be true[Interview : Uhm Tae-woong, Actor] "I uploaded that wedding photo. We took it on the set of our movie, and we looked really great together, as the movie intended". It turned out that the photo was taken as part of filming for the upcoming movie "Never Ending Story". In the movie, Uhm Tae-woong and Jung Ryeo-won will play a dying couple,...More
  • K-Pop Artists Dominate Online Searches In Japan

    2011/12/04, Source
    If the internet's search rankings are any indication of the top trends in Japan, k-pop is one of them. According to the search rankings for the top male and female entertainers and sports athletes for January 1 to October 31st 2011, 18 of the top 20 spots were dominated by k-pop artists,...More
  • Girls' Generation and Kara to Appear in NHK Red & White Year End Song Festival

    2011/12/02, Source
    Star singing groups Girls' Generation, Kara, and Dong Bang Shin Ki will appear in the representative year-end song festival in Japan entitled "NHK Red & White Year End Song Festival". The final list of 55 cast members for this year's festival was unveiled at the press conference held at the head office of NHK in Tokyo on November 30 at 4:30 pm, and the list included the names of Girls' Generation, Kara, and Dong Bang Shin Ki. Girls' Generation and Kara will appear in the festival for the first time, and it will be the third time for Dong Bang Shin Ki,...More
  • Korean Wave still riding High on SNS - YouTube to open an Official K-Pop Channel

    2011/11/25, Source
    HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, Leeteuk Image source here What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen. Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot,...More
  • Park Gyu-ri of Kara Diagnosed with Vocal Nodule

    2011/11/24, Source
    A member of the girl group Kara, Park Gyu-ri, was recently diagnosed with a vocal nodule. Her agency, DSP Media, said on November 23, "Park Gyu-ri went to a hospital after feeling a problem on her vocal cords during singing practice for the musical work 'Beautiful Girl', in which she appears as the protagonist, and she was diagnosed with a vocal nodule on November 18". Park Gyu-ri has been actively performing as a Kara group member both in Korea and Japan since last August and appearing in the musical "Beautiful Girl" in Japan,...More
  • Kara Expect 2nd Japanese Album to Outsell Debut

    2011/11/22, Source
    Girl group Kara continue to enjoy sweeping popularity in Japan. As of Friday, their debut Japanese album "Girl's Talk" sold 501,999 copies since it was released at the end of last year. "Girl's Talk" was an instant hit with sales of over 100,000 copies in the first week of its release, and fans continue to snap it up almost a year after its launch,...More
  • Idol Group Members Postpone Taking College Scholastic Aptitude Test

    2011/11/10, Source
    Idol group members who were born in 1993, such as Kang Ji-young (Kara), Kim Dasom (Sistar), Hyunseong (Boyfriend), and Gongchan (B1A4), and Dohyun and Shin Ji-soo-I, who have become popular with their appearances on the audition program "Superstar K - Season 3", will take this year's College Scholastic Aptitude Test on November 10. The number of test takers is small compared to last year when many stars such as Kim Chang-ryul, the former member of the Wonder Girls Sunmi, Park Soo-young-II of After School, Key of SHINee, and Son Dong-woon of Beast had taken the test,...More
  • Queens of musical are coming

    2011/11/09, Source
    "200 Pounds Beauty", "Evita", "Elizabeth" to go on stage Musical divas are preparing to dominate local theater scene this winter, portraying strong women from an Austrian Empress to an Argentine First Lady to a backup singer reborn after plastic surgery. "200 Pounds Beauty", a Korean musical based on the 2007 movie of the same name, will raise its first on Dec. 6 at the Grand Theater of Chungmu Art Hall in central Seoul,...More
  • YouTube to Launch Exclusive K-Pop Channel

    2011/11/08, Source
    YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google, will create a special section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, a move the government hopes can further promote Korean popular culture around the world,...More
  • Young producer brings fun, fresh musicals

    2011/11/07, Source
    Kim Young-wook, producer and CEO of Shownote, speaks during an interview with The Korea Times at the company's office in Daehangno, Seoul, on Oct. 28. Shownote introduced "Hedwig" and "Le Passe-Muraille" to Korea and turned hit movie "200 Pounds Beauty" into a musical. This line greets visitors to the Daehangno office of Shownote, the theatrical company that staged "Hedwig" and "Le Passe-Muraille" in Seoul,...More
  • Kara's Park Hoping to Continue Acting Success on Seoul Stage

    2011/10/29, Source
    Park Gyu-lee, lead singer of girl group Kara, is hoping she can continue her acting and singing success in Korea with her starring role in the musical "200 Pounds Beauty", which has been winning over fans and critics alike in Osaka since Oct. 8,...More
  • Sunny and Hyoyeon of Girls Generation to Appear on 'Invincible Youth - Season 2'

    2011/10/19, Source
    The KBS 2TV reality program "Invincible Youth", which enjoyed popularity by presenting how members of star girl groups adapted to farm villages, will air again with a more influential lineup. KBS said on October 18, "We have confirmed the cast members of 'Invincible Youth - Season 2',...More
  • f(x) Amber Joining "Invincible Youth"

    2011/10/18, Source
    f(x)'s Amber has been most recently selected to join the cast of KBS 2TV's "Invincible Youth". According to entertainment reps on October 18th, Amber will start as a regular on the show November 12th for season 2. She will be joining Girls' Generation's Sunny and Hyoyeon, Kara's Kang Ji-young, SISTAR's Yoon Bora, miss A's Bae Suzy, Rainbows's Koh Woo-ri, and Jewelry's Kim Yewon,...More
  • Kanstyle Magazine to Open Up South Korean Fashion, K-pop and Culture in Japan

    2011/10/10, Source
    Kanstyle magazine is now on the shelves in Japan because of the growing popularity of South Korean culture in the land of the rising sun. The Seoul based magazine is clearly hoping to make the "Hallyu" (Korean wave) even bigger and being based in Seoul it is a major scoop,...More
  • September's Best Selling Albums, KARA #1

    2011/10/07, Source
    Girl group Kara is finally number one on domestic soil. The numbers for the girls' third album "STEP" are out, according to GAON Charts. After having been released on September 6th, STEP sold 97,667 copies during the month of September, making them the number one album for the month,...More
  • KARA's Park Gyu-ri To Quit ShimshimTapa Radio Show

    2011/09/26, Source
    Kara's leader Park Gyu-ri will be stepping down from her post as the co-host of MBC FM Shimshimtapa with Shindong of Super Junior. According to Park's management DSP Media on September 26th, Park's last day will be October 2nd, marking the end of her one year and five month long gig. The reason was because she's currently busy with work abroad for her role in the upcoming musical version of "200 Pounds Beauty", not to mention her international promotions for Kara's new album,...More
  • "Kara": 'We Hope to Hold Concert at Tokyo Dome'

    2011/09/16, Source
    The members of the girl group Kara, who have set remarkable records on Japan's Oricon chart while holding activities exclusively in Japan, said, "We have dreamed of holding a concert at Tokyo Dome since our debut, so we really hope our dream can come true". Kara's third album is highly anticipated.The members of the girl group Kara, who have set remarkable records on Japan's Oricon chart while holding activities exclusively in Japan, said, "We have dreamed of holding a concert at Tokyo Dome since our debut, so we really hope our dream can come true".,...More
  • Today's Photo: September 15, 2011

    2011/09/15, Source
    Girl group Kara pose at a press event for their new album "Step" in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
  • Kara Still Marching in 'Step' with New Album

    2011/09/15, Source
    Korean girl group Kara have proved with their third official album, "Step", that internal conflict and crisis can sometimes pull artists closer together than ever, the band said on Wednesday. "We worked on this album with more affection and attachment than any of our previous albums", said main vocalist Han Seung-yeon, who earlier this year became involved in a legal wrangle with the band's management agency,...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
  • The girls are coming back home

    2011/09/13, Source
    Girls' Generation, which has performed mostly in Japan, will have a new recording out in Korea in October. / Korea Times file Girls' Generation, Kara, Wonder Girls returning with local albums By Lee Hyo-won Girl groups that have been active abroad are returning one after another to the local music scene this fall. Top acts such as Kara, Girls' Generation, T-ara and the Wonder Girls, who have been mostly performing in Japan or the United States, will release new albums through November,...More
  • [Photos] Chuseok Greetings 2011 - Groups

    Kara Chuseok Greetings 2011 - Groups,...More
  • G-Dragon, Idol Star With Highest Earnings?

    2011/09/09, Source
    Who's the idol star that earns the most?,...More
  • Hanbok-Toting K-Pop Singers Send Seasonal Greeting

    2011/09/09, Source
    Girl groups Kara and Rainbow on Thursday sent fans their greetings for the Chuseok Thanksgiving holiday while dressed in colorful hanbok, Korea's traditional costume. "Our biggest holiday, Chuseok, is approaching. We wish you a wonderful holiday and everlasting happiness", they said,...More
  • Korean Pop Music Continues to Hit Heights in Japan

    2011/09/06, Source
    South Korean sexuality is being fused within K-pop (Korean pop music) in order to make further inroads into the Japanese market. This is a sure-fire winner in Japan and a very obvious market ploy. Alongside this traditional route you have catchy tunes and a more mature outlook with pouting looks and sexy outfits to appeal to many fashion conscious youngsters of both sexes in Japan,...More
  • Kara to Open 'KARA Channel' on YouTube

    2011/08/29, Source
    Star hallyu group Kara will open the "Kara Channel" ( on YouTube. Their agency DSP Media revealed on August 26 that Kara will provide content on the "Kara Channel" once a week from September 7 before they will begin holding activities for their third album,...More
  • Jang Keun-suk and Kim Tae-hee's never ending Hallyu Wave

    2011/08/25, Source
    Pretty boy and girl Jang Keun-suk and Kim Tae-hee have set about hardening the Hallyu Wave in Japan. The general trend, Jang Keun-suk's popularity it hitting the skies. According to Japanese weekly Flash, Jang Keun-suk was chosen as the most highly paid Hallyu star, beating Bae Yong-joon and Lee Byung-hun. His guarantee per advertisement series is 90 million Yen (roughly 1.27 billion won) and is twice as much as Girl's Generation and Kara who get paid 50 million Yen.,...More
  • Today's Photo: August 15, 2011

    2011/08/15, Source
    Girls' Generation perform at the 2011 Incheon Korean Music Wave festival at the city's Munhak Stadium on Sunday,...More
  • JYP Nation Concert Hitting Japanese Theatres

    2011/08/12, Source
    With JYP Entertainment's "JYP Nation in Japan 2011" concert set to take place August 17-18th, many Japanese fans may be disappointed that they weren't able to get tickets. Well, good news! JYP recently announced that fans who aren't able to attend the concert live at the Saitama Super Arena for the 18th showing, can watch it live in theatres,...More
  • Hundreds of Japanese Protest Against Korean Wave

    2011/08/09, Source
    Demonstrators protest against Korean soaps near Fuji TV's headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday. /Yonhap Around 500 demonstrators gathered around Fuji TV headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday to protest against broadcasts of Korean TV dramas. "No more Korean Wave!" the protestors chanted. The demonstrators were brought together via messages on Twitter and other websites,...More
  • TVXQ #1 in Vietnam

    2011/07/25, Source
    TVXQ doesn't just dominate in Korea and Japan, but Vietnam too! According to the Korea Culture Business Exchange Organization and the "Best Fan Forever" contest website, TVXQ was the number one group, chosen by 90,898 Vietnam internet voters,...More
  • Weekly star scene
    2011/07/21, Source
    It's time for weekly star scene, a round up of the top 5 stories in entertainment from the past week! : We have our beautiful Dami here with us in the studio. Hello Dami[Reporter : ] : Hello 건영! Hello Sean! I was wondering do you happen to have any favorite artists : _____________ .,...More
  • K-pop stars scholarships irk students

    2011/07/18, Source
    From top, Four out of six members of Beast, Hyuna from 4 Minute and Goo Ha-ra from Kara have received either special admission or scholarships from their universities. / Korea Times By Yun Suh-young Colleges often award scholarships to K-pop stars and popular entertainers as their enrollment can be valuable assets for the promotion of a schools' image. However, many ordinary students who have to work various part-time jobs to pay tuition say the awarding of scholarships to young celebrities is unfair,...More
  • Park Gyu-ri and Goo Ha-ra: 'We feel Nervous because Huge Tokyo Dome'

    2011/07/15, Source
    Park Gyu-ri and Goo Ha-ra, members of Kara (which is leading the K-Pop boom in Japan), hosted a special episode of the music program entitled "Music Bank" held at the Tokyo Dome, and they said before they began hosting the program at the Tokyo Dome for the first time, "We felt really nervous when we looked at the huge stage". During an interview held at the Tokyo Dome on July 13, all the group members had said, "Kara wants to hold a solo concert at the Tokyo Dome someday",...More
  • weekly star scene

    2011/07/14, Source
    Show transcript Up next is , our round up of the top 5 stories from showbiz in the past week. : We have our lively, energetic Dami here in the studio with us. Hello, Dami! [Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and Hi 건영. It's nice to have you back! : I'm glad to be back! What sort of news do you have for us today,...More
  • SHINee earns Gold Album in Japan

    2011/07/12, Source
    K-pop boy band SHINee Five-member boy band SHINee's Japanese debut single "Replay" won a Gold Album for the first time as a Korean male group's debut single, Monday. The Japanese single was released on June 23 and sold more than 91,000 copies in a week. The single has "Replay" and "Hello" in both Japanese and Korean,...More
  • Export of Korean pop culture is evolving: KOTRA study
    2011/07/11, Source
    Four Korean pop songs made Thailand`s top 20 chart last year, and six Korean pop music concerts were held in that country.

    In Japan, regional broadcasters, satellite and cable TV stations all air Korean dramas regularly.

    Evolution of `Korean Wave` by country

    In Japan, China and Thailand, ha,...
  • First Outdoor K-Pop Festival to Be Held in Japan

    2011/07/08, Source
    The first outdoor K-Pop festival will be held in Japan. The grand-scale festival entitled "Love-1 Festival", which will be co-hosted by Tokyo FM and Inter FM and supported by the Japanese National Tourism Organization and Terebi Asahi, will be held at the special outdoor stage of Boat Park in Chiba on July 30,...More
  • Today's Photo: July 8, 2011

    2011/07/08, Source
    Girl band f(x) perform at the 2011 Mnet 20's Choice awards in Seoul on Thursday,...More
  • [Weekender] Summer musical treats

    2011/07/07, Source
    "Romance of Their Own" From Broadway classics to K-pop jukebox musical By Kwon Mee-yoo The summer is usually considered a slow season for musicals but a wide variety of hot shows are here this season. From Broadway classics to jukebox musicals featuring K-pop, offering spectacles to tempt people to spend their vacations in theaters. Classics with modern touch Broadway classics "Guys and Dolls" will raise its curtain at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul on Aug. 2,...More
  • "White: The Melody of the Curse" Coming to CGV Cinemas L.A. on July 8th! and FREE TICKETS

    2011/07/01, Source
    The first thriller horror of the year, "White: The Melody of the Curse" coming to CGV Cinemas L.A. on July 8th! (Digital- English Subtitles) Horror/Thriller Directed by Kim Gok, Kim Sun Starring: Ham Eun-jung, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, May Doni, Choi Ah-ra, Jin Se-yeon Idol girl group, Pink Dolls, struggle to make their name in the Kpop music industry. The group consist of lead singers Jenny (Jin Se-yeon) and Ah Rang (Choi Ah-ra), Eun Ju (Ham Eun-jung) and rapper, Shin Ji (May Doni). One day the group agency moves into a new office,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra Keeps Silent About Joon Hyung

    2011/07/01, Source
    A member of the star girl group Kara, Goo Ha-ra, kept silent regarding any questions concerning her dating life. She has become a subject of conversation as she revealed that she has dated Yong Joon Hyung, a member of the star idol group Beast,...More
  • Japanese Charts Proves Girls' Generation's Unstoppable Rise

    2011/06/27, Source
    Girls' Generation Korean girl band Girls' Generation came fifth overall in Japan's Oricon pop charts rankings for the first half of the year and first among foreign artists with 2.6 billion yen in sales. Japanese girl band AKB48 topped the chart with 6.66 billion in sales, followed by boy band Arashi (6.59 billion yen), Exile (4.68 billion yen), and Namie Amuro (2.7 billion yen),...More
  • Weekly Star Scene
    2011/06/23, Source
    Show transcript

    Next we have our "Weekly Star Scene" where we take a review of the hot issues in the Korean show business over the past week.

    : We have our one and only, oh-so-cute Dami in the studio. Hello Dami!

    [Reporter : ] : Hey guys!

    : So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] :,...
  • K-Pop Stars Taking Korean Musicals on Asian Tour

    2011/06/17, Source
    Left: Park Gyu-lee of the girl group Kara, who will star in the musical "200 Pounds Beauty" in Japan; Right: Kim Kyu-jong (center front) of boy band SS501 takes a curtain call along with other cast members after performing the musical "Goong" at a theater in Kyoto, Japan /Courtesy of DSP Media and Group Eight Producers are turning to leading K-pop bands and targeting overseas audiences in a bid to reinvigorate Korea's over-saturated musical market, which is estimated to be worth W250 billion but is feeling the pinch as supply outpaces demand. Japan, which boasts the largest market for musicals in Asia, is emerging as Korean producers' prime target as they aim to capitalize on the popularity of K-pop stars in the neighboring country,...More
  • Girl Groups Advance to Japan One After Another

    2011/06/15, Source
    After School, T-ara, Secret, and Rainbow will officially debut in Japan. Star Korean girl groups will debut in Japan during this summer. As other star girl groups who had already debuted in Japan such as Kara, Girls' Generation, Brown Eyed Girls, 4 Minute, and 2NE1 had gained huge popularity in Japan, the debut of new groups has raised anticipation about whether they could be kicking off a K-KOP boom again,...More
  • KARA's Park Gyu-ri To Star In The "200-Pound Beauty" Musical

    2011/06/15, Source
    Kara member Park Gyu-ri is about to get a lot busier. Park was chosen as the best candidate to star in the musical version of "200 Pounds Beauty". The original film starred actress Kim Ah-joong,...More
  • Girl Band After School Poised for Japanese Debut

    2011/06/07, Source
    The Japanese press is excited about the imminent debut of Korean girl group After School there,...More
  • Peruvian fans meet K-pop idols through concert videos

    2011/06/06, Source
    By Kang Hyun-kyung

    LIMA ― Fans living in other parts of Asia embark on a pilgrimage to South Korea to attend their K-pop stars' performance or meet them in person. K-pop idols conduct perform,...
  • Kara's Fan Meeting to Be Broadcast Live in 84 Movie Theaters in Japan

    2011/06/02, Source
    Star girl group Kara's fan meeting, which will be held in Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium on June 11, will be broadcast live in 84 movie theaters all around Japan, and the audience will be provided with simultaneous interpretation,...More
  • "City Hunter" Goo Ha-ra popularity explodes, debating number of cuts

    2011/05/31, Source
    The staff of SBS drama "City Hunter" are concerned about Goo Ha-ra's amount of appearances. Goo Ha-ra is Choi Da-hye, the president's daughter in the drama "City Hunter". She is a active and lively character who doesn't like the shade of being the president's daughter and is a repeater.,...More
  • Today's Photo: May 30, 2011

    2011/05/30, Source
    Girl group Kara pose in the I Love Korea Dream Concert 2011 at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Saturday,...More
  • Lee Seun-gi club dances with Goo Ha-ra... aggressive pumpin'

    2011/05/24, Source
    Lee Seung-gi and Goo Ha-ra had a club dancing battle. On the SBS TV program "Kang Heart" on the 24th, Goo Ha-ra confessed about the first time she ever went to a club.,...More
  • "Romance Town" Sung Yu-ri tells actors turned idols

    2011/05/23, Source
    Actress turned original idol Sung Yu-ri from the group Fin.K.L advised those younger idols who want to take a challenge in acting. She is currently in the KBS 2TV drama "Romance Town" acting as No Soon-geum. She had been in several items after changing her career course to an actress but she always suffered from issues about her acting and such. However, she has showed development and progress in this drama and she is getting lots of attention.,...More
  • Music Bank Live From Tokyo

    2011/05/23, Source
    KBS's popular music show "Music Bank" will be broadcasting live from Toyko on July 13th, under the title of "K-Pop Festival-Music Bank In Tokyo".

    15 Korean groups and artists will be heading over t,...
  • Korean Makeup Trends Find Global Following

    2011/05/10, Source
    First there were TV dramas and K-pop, and now Korean makeup style is becoming a global fad. Already the makeup styles of Korean actresses and young pop groups influence fashions in China, Japan and Southeast Asia, where the Korean Wave first started, but recently American and European women, too, have been learning the techniques on YouTube, which features hundreds of videos promising to reveal Korean "beauty secrets",...More
  • Lee Min-ho shows Won Bin's "The Man From Nowhere" moves in "City Hunter"

    2011/05/01, Source
      Actor Lee Min-ho is going to display the martial arts moves made by Won Bin from movie "The Man From Nowhere" Lee Min-ho is Lee Yoon-seong, an MIT doctorate on the National Communications Team in the SBS drama "City Hunter" coming this 25th of May.,...More
  • Girl Band Kara Resolves Contract Dispute

    2011/04/29, Source
    Three members of the five-strong girl band Kara have resolved problems with their management agency and are ready to perform again,...More
  • Goo Ha-ra close to being bottom naked... sexy clubber

    2011/04/28, Source
    Group Kara's Goo Ha-ra has become the sexy clubber girl in SBS new drama "City Hunter". She makes her debut as an actress as bubbly Da-hye, the youngest daughter of the president. She acts with Lee Min-ho who is a MIT doctorate Lee Yoon-seong and her personal tutor and with Park Min-young who is the Blue House bodyguard Kim Na-na.,...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
  • Today's Photo: April 13, 2011

    2011/04/13, Source
    Goo Ha-ra of the girl band Kara attends a promotional event for a shoes brand in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
  • KARA Getting Attention for Tears During Concert

    2011/03/29, Source
    By: LB of Images posted online gains sympathy from fans It's not easy being a celebrity and being in the middle of a contract dispute doesn't make things any easier. Over the last couple of months though, Korean vocal group Kara have been facing those very difficulties which ultimately came out during a performance,...More
  • Kara's Goo Ha-ra secretly donates 1 hundred million Won to Japan

    2011/03/22, Source
    Kara Goo Ha-ra's secret 1 hundred million won (~US$100,000)donation to help Japan was generous. Goo Ha-ra donated a hundred million won to the social welfare donations on the 22nd of March.,...More
  • "City Hunter" Lee Min-ho starts shooting on the 24th in Thailand location

    2011/03/15, Source
    New SBS drama "City Hunter" starts shooting around this 24th. The "City Hunter" group will leave for location shots on the 20th and Lee Min-ho will join them on the 24th. It seems to be in a Thailand jungle area.,...More
  • KARA To Donate Full Profits Off New Single

    2011/03/15, Source
    During the time of crises in neighboring country, Japan, many k-pop stars are offering aid through financial means. One of such cases is the girl group,...More
  • More celebrity donors rush to help Japan quake victims

    2011/03/15, Source
    Actor Song Seung-heon donated 200 million won for emergency relief in earthquake-stricken Japan. / Korea Times file By Lee Hyo-won An increasing number of local artists and cultural organizations, including "hallyu" celebrities and religious groups, are making donations to earthquake-struck Japan. On Monday evening, actor Song Seung-heon, popular in the neighboring country through TV soaps, donated 200 million won for emergency relief to the Salvation Army Korea Territory, said the organization,...More
  • Cancelled... postponed... tsunami in Hallyu events

    2011/03/13, Source
    As the damaged of the massive earthquake in Japan is spreading, Hallyu stars Japanese schedules are being cancelled or postponed as well. Kim Hyun-joong was to attend a promotion event in Tokyo nhk Hall on the 13th but it got cancelled and he never left. Ryu Soo-young had a fan meeting in Osaka Nikko Hotel but that was postponed. Singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon also had a fan meeting on the same day in Saitama Super Arena but cancelled and returned to Korea on the 13th. He had been preparing since the 8th.,...More
  • KARA Stay on Top of Japanese DVD Chart

    2011/03/10, Source
    Courtesy of DSP Entertainment The girl band Kara, though plagued with internal strife, maintains its hold over Japanese fans, with DVD "Kara Best Clips" released on Feb. 23 topped the Oricon DVD Weekly chart for the second week running,...More
  • KARA to appear on Japanese TV

    2011/03/09, Source
    Kara, a five-member Korean girl group, is stated to appear on a Japanese TV music program on March 18. / Yonhap By Kwon Mee-yoo Girl group Kara, successful both in Korea and Japan, will appear on Japanese television for the first time after a dispute with their agency, DSP Media,...More
  • Girl group Kara tops Japan's Oricon DVD chart

    2011/03/01, Source
    Korean girl group Kara ranked first on the Japanese Oricon weekly DVD chart, becoming the first female foreign group to top the list, Japan's music chart said on its Web site,...More
  • Korean Wave`s focus in Tokyo shifting to music
    2011/02/24, Source
    A Korean restaurant named "Koshire" opened in August 2006 by Korean actor Bae Yong-joon in Tokyo will be closed next month.

    Grabbing more attention, however, is "K Theater", a performance hall exclusively for Korean pop music that has emer,...
  • Weekly star scene

    2011/02/16, Source
    Show transcript Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene". We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami in the studio with us, today. Hello Dami! [Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영! Well, what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today for , as always, I'll deliver the news and issues that heated up the entertainment industry! First up is the news of JYJ's Kim Jun-su, who is enjoying stardom as a musical actor as well as a recording artist. Let's kick off this week's by taking a look at this new dark horse of the musical industry,...More
  • [Intern Report] Anti-Korean Wave backlash has political, historical causes

    Korean girl groups use sexual favors to get their way and the Korean government has invested over 1 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) to support the Korean Wave, at least according to one Japanese comic.
  • KARA Members Sue Agency

    2011/02/15, Source
    Kara /Courtesy of DSP Media Three members of the five-strong girl band Kara who are in a dispute with their agency DSP Media filed a lawsuit for annulment of their exclusive contract with the agency. The Seoul Central District Court on Monday said Han Seung-yeon, Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young are asking the court to confirm the dissolution of the contract,...More
  • KARA Still As A Group Of Five In Japan

    2011/02/10, Source
    Despite the ongoing battles between the popular group Kara, there will be no setbacks for their activities in Japan. Currently the five-membered group,...More
  • Girl group Kara to model in Japan

    2011/01/26, Source
    Girl group Kara has signed an exclusive modeling contract in Japan./ Korea Times By Ines Min Girl group Kara has signed an exclusive modeling contract in Japan, a Japanese news outlet said Wednesday,...More
  • Girl Group "KARA"'s Breakup Crisis and the Impact on Korean Pop in Japan

    2011/01/23, Source
    The girl group Kara is on the verge of splitting.
    Three of the five-member group said they will terminate their contract with their management agency,,...
  • Idol Groups Conflict with Agencies Over Contracts

    2011/01/20, Source
    Following Dong Bang Shin Ki and Super Junior, Kara has become involved in an agency contract conflict for various reasons including profits distribution, which is projected to damage the Hallyu wave. Star idol groups have requested to terminate their agency contracts one after another, and it is expected to make a large impact on the music industry. Four members of Kara (Han Seung Yeon, Jeong Nichole, Koo Ha Ra, and Kang Ji Young) made the announcement on January 19 through their legal representative, the law firm Landmark, saying, "Kara's agency misused their authority and made members hold activities when they did not want to perform, and the agency desecrated their human dignity",...More
  • KARA Members Ditch Management Agency

    2011/01/20, Source
    Three members of the five-strong girl band Kara told their talent agency DSP Media on Wednesday that they are terminating their contract. The news comes after three of the five members of the hugely successful boy band TVXQ filed a lawsuit against their management agency in 2009. Han Seung-yeon (23), Jung Nicole (20) and Kang Ji-young (17) announced the termination of their contract through their legal representative Landmark. The other two, Park Gyu-lee (23) and Gu Ha-ra (20), did not,...More
  • Top girl group "KARA" terminates contract with agency

    2011/01/20, Source
    Top girl group Kara announced Wednesday that they will terminate their exclusive contract with their agency DSP Media.

    Four members of the group --,...
  • K-pop groups hamstrung by contracts

    2011/01/20, Source
    By Park Si-soo The revolt against their management agency by three members of the popular K-pop girl group Kara laid bare once again the vulnerability of idol groups tied by what have been known as "slave-like contracts" to their agencies, analysts and industry officials said. The latest dispute also underscores the lack of guidelines governing contracts in the Korean showbiz industry although the government has unveiled a series of steps to improve what they called unfair contracts,...More
  • Kara terminates contract with agent

    2011/01/19, Source
    Five-member girl group Kara have cancelled their exclusive contract with its agent DSP Media. "Kara has terminated their exclusive contract with DSP media and made known the discontinuation of the administrative relationship", said Kara's legal representatives, Landmark, Jan. 19, emphasizing further that "The agent abused their position", being demanding and forceful in assigning the members' work, even "dishonoring the members' characters",...More
  • Which Girl Band Will Rule the Charts in 2011?

    2011/01/15, Source
    The year 2010 was the year of girl groups, with over 50 of the manufactured combos including Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1, and Wonder Girls competing for the top position. The trend is likely to continue and even intensify in the new year with many new groups such as Dalshabet and 5dolls waiting in the wings. The Chosun Ilbo selected 13 girl groups based on music portal Bugs' and KBS2 Music Bank's annual top charts at the end of last year, and analyzed their star power in five categories -- stage presence, fan loyalty, capability of each member, power of management, and performance in 2010 -- to predict what the year 2011 will be like for them. The result showed four strong powerhouses, five in the middle, and four at the weaker end,...More
  • KARA Starring in Japanese Drama

    2011/01/14, Source
    According to The Korea Herald, the five-member Korean girl singing group Kara stars in the 12-episode half-hour Japanese drama "URAKARA", which will be aired on Japan's TV Tokyo every Friday starting on Jan. 14. The drama, produced by Japan's TV Man Union with investment from Korea's CJ Media, is also reportedly set to be broadcast in Korea beginning late January through tvN under the Korean title "Kara's Double Life",...More
  • Today's Photo: January 14, 2011

    2011/01/14, Source
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  • Japanese cartoon of K-pop girl groups raises eyebrows
    2011/01/14, Source
    By Han Sang-hee

    An online Japanese cartoon is drawing protest from netizens here as it overstated sensational and derogatory images of K-pop girl groups.

    The cartoon not only directly mentions two girl groups ― Kara and,...
  • Japanese comic insults K-pop idols

    2011/01/13, Source
    A Japanese comic book about Anti-'Korean wave' has come as a shock to the Korean society as it disparaged K-pop stars, including Girls' Generation and Kara. The book, titled 'Chase of fabricated K-pop boom', is spreading out quickly on Japanese websites,...More
  • Kara: 'Look Forward to Our Acting'

    2011/01/12, Source
    Kara holds press conference for their first drama "URAKARA". Members of the star girl group Kara participated in a press conference held at a Tokyo TV studio on January 10 for the drama "URAKARA", in which they will appear as protagonists for the first time, and they delivered their thoughts on the drama. The leader of the group, Park Kyu Ri, said, "This drama has elements of various genres. Basically it will deal with a love story, but a robot will appear in this drama". Han Seung Yeon said, "Please look closely at our growing performance in the drama not as singers, but as actors",...More
  • Girls' Generation, KARA Capture New Artists Awards in Japan

    2011/01/07, Source
    Girls' Generation Korean girl groups Girls' Generation and Kara won top honors at the 25th Japan Gold Disc Awards. Both groups were named as one of the Best New Artists and received the New Artists of The Year awards. Established in 1987, the awards are given based on the number of albums sold, less those returned, between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31,...More
  • [HS] Stars donate 8.3 mil. won in charity auction of possessions

    2011/01/07, Source
    By Park Yeon-kyung Seoul City said Tuesday that it donated 8.33 million won of proceeds from a charity auction of stars' possessions to the needy. A pair of wool boots donated by Goo Ha-ra, 20, a member of popular five-member idol group Kara, sold for 840,000 won, the highest among the belongings stars put up for auction at the hope-sharing campaign jointly conducted by Web portal Nate last October,...More
  • Girls' Generation, Kara score double wins at 25th Japan Gold Disc Award 2010

    2011/01/06, Source
    Girls' Generation (top) and Kara (bottom) [SM Entertainment/DSP Media] Korean female idols Girls' Generation and Kara have both scored double wins at the 25th annual Japan Gold Disc Award. According to the official website, both girl groups were named the new artist of the year and have placed among other best new artists in the country alongside Japanese singers including KG, WEAVER, Miwa and Orianthi,...More
  • Celebrities Donate Treasured Items to Charity Auction

    2011/01/05, Source
    Kara (left) and Jang Keun-suk The Seoul Metropolitan Government has decided to donate the entire proceeds of the joint auction of celebrities' personal items it hosted with Internet portal Nate in December. The auction, which included items donated by actors Yoo Ji-tae and Jang Keun-suk, cellist Chung Myung-wha and Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon among many others, drew bids from 841 people and made W8.33 million (US$1=W1,123),...More
  • Kang Ho-dong scores grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards

    2010/12/31, Source
    Kang Ho-dong [Asia Economic Daily] Korean entertainer Kang Ho-dong scored the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Thursday. Kang was given the top honor for his role as the emcee for popular SBS variety shows "Steel Heart" and "Star King", making it his fifth grand prize win during a year-end show,...More
  • Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010?

    2010/12/31, Source
    From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions. Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time",...More
  • Korean idols rock the stage for SBS' "Gayo Daejun"

    2010/12/30, Source
    Screen shots of SBS' "Gayo Daejun" [SBS] Korean idols and veteran singers have come together to share the stage during SBS' "Gayo Daejun", performing some of the biggest songs from the past and the hits from this year. Super Junior's Kim Heechul, CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, 2AM's Jo Kwon and actress Hwang Jung-eum hosted this year's music festival, held at Ilsan Kintex on December 29, which kicked off with a performance from children, singing and dancing to the latest songs by Super Junior, miss A, Kara, SHINee, Son Dam-bi, 2PM, Girls' Generation and CNBLUE,...More
  • 10 moments in culture

    2010/12/29, Source
    By Culture Desk 1 Gwanghwamun restored

    Gwanghwamun, the,...
  • Kara and Girls' Generation to perform on a music show in Japan

    2010/12/23, Source
    Girls' Generation (top) and Kara (below) [SM Entertainment/DSP Media] Top Korean girl groups, Kara and Girls' Generation, are both set to appear on a special year-end music program in Japan. Their agencies DSP Media and SM Entertainment announced in a press release that Kara and Girls' Generation will perform on Asahi TV's "Music Station" on Christmas Eve, making it the first time for both groups to take the stage on the same show since making their debuts in Japan,...More
  • Girls' Generation and IU top weekend TV music shows

    2010/12/20, Source
    Album cover of Girls' Generation "Oh!" [SM Entertainment] Girls' Generation came out the winner in KBS show "Music Bank" televised last Friday while IU who topped SBS music program "Inkigayo" on Sunday. Music Bank, which aired a special episode announcing the top song of the year, Girls' Generation's "Oh!" came out the winner followed by boy band 2AM's "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" and Kara's "Lupin" in second and third place, respectively,...More
  • Kara, Girls' Generation most successful new artists in Japan this year

    2010/12/20, Source
    Version B of Kara's Japanese album "Girl's Talk" [DSP Media] Korean girl groups Kara and Girls' Generation were the most successful new artists in Japan this year in terms of sales, according to the website for the prestigious Oricon music chart on Monday. Oricon's 43rd annual rankings, based on sales data from Japan's 39,580 music stores throughout Japan, showed that Kara and Girls' Generation placed No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the chart for the year of 2010,...More
  • Kara "Jumping" claims No.1 in downloads for smartphone applications

    2010/12/17, Source
    Girl group Kara [DSP Media] The smartphone application for female idol group Kara's new album "Jumping" is currently the most-downloaded application in Japan, according to the girls' agency DSP Media on Friday. A press release from DSP quoted local mobile contents provider Danal co. as saying that the Kara's free music application "KARA JUMPING" which was released on December 4, has been downloaded,...More
  • Kara sweeps televised music shows

    2010/12/13, Source
    Girl group Kara [DSP Media] Girl group Kara claimed wins on both televised music programs over the weekend with their latest single "Jumping". The five-member female band took their first win on KBS' "Music Bank" on Friday and SBS' "Inkigayo" on Sunday with the title track from their fourth mini-album released on November 10,...More
  • Girls' Generation, Kara in Battle for No. 1 in Japan

    2010/12/13, Source
    Girls' Generation /Courtesy of SM Entertainment Korean girl groups Girls' Generation and Kara are in a fierce competition for the top position in Japan's music charts. According to the latest sales charts released by Japan's Tower Records on Friday, Girls' Generation's album "Run Devil Run" is leading the K-Pop chart for 2010,...More
  • T-ara takes 1st place on comeback stage

    2010/12/10, Source
    Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media] Girl group T-ara won the top prize on this week's Mnet music show "M! CountDown" on Thursday. The girls, who made a comeback to the local music scene for the first time in almost a year, took first place with title track "YAYAYA" from their second mini-album titled "Vol.2 Temptastic" released December 1,...More
  • Kara ranks top new artist on Japan's mobile music chart

    2010/12/06, Source
    Girl group Kara [DSP Media] Girl group Kara has been selected best new artist of the year on a top Japanese mobile music chart. The website for RecoChoku, Japan's largest and most comprehensive mobile music chart, announced Saturday that between December 1 of last year to November 30 this year, Kara's music received the most downloads in full version and the second-most downloads in short version, both in terms of new artist,...More
  • Kara's Japanese album places at No. 2 on daily Oricon chart

    2010/11/26, Source
    Version B of Kara's Japanese album "Girl's Talk" [DSP Media] Korean female idols Kara made a big splash in Japan with their latest album, taking the No. 2 spot on the prestigious Oricon chart. The girls' first full-length Japanese album titled "Girl's Talk", which came in third on the day of its release on Wednesday, climbed up a notch to No. 2 on the daily Oricon music chart as of today,...More
  • Kara wins gold in Japan with best album

    2010/11/25, Source
    Album cover for Kara's best album "Kara BEST 2007-2010" [DSP Media] Korean female idol group Kara's best album released in Japan was recently certified a gold album. The website for official Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) showed that Kara claimed gold disc status, handed to records which sell over 100,000 copies, with their first best album "Kara BEST 2007-2010" released in the country in late September,...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
  • Kara "JUMPING" bounces to No. 5 on weekly Oricon chart

    2010/11/18, Source
    Japanese weekly oricon chart [DSP Media] Girl group Kara's new album "JUMPING" has reached fifth place on Japan's weekly Oricon chart. "JUMPING", Kara's second single album in Japan, took the No. 5 spot on the prestigious chart following popular bands in Japan including Arashi, Perfume, Soul Brothers and Yusuke, while also scoring higher than AKB48, one of the most popular girl groups in the country,...More
  • [Hallyu] Move over girls, the boys are back!

    2010/11/18, Source
    Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong By Han Sang-hee It seems like only yesterday that young, handsome and talented male singers and actors paved the path for local television programs to debut overseas. The word "hallyu" has become a household term in so many Asian countries, including Japan, China and Thailand, and the torch has been passed to yet another group of talented stars, particularly K-pop girl groups. Just when fans may have thought the pretty girls have captivated Asia, the boys, both old and new, have jumped right back into the picture, but on a more diverse scale. The females take over... Currently, girl groups are doing a good job in continuing the hallyu craze. Some local press are even calling it the "second phase of hallyu", and the groups have music chart success, concerts and television shows to prove it,...More
  • Kara "JUMPING" jumps to second place on Oricon chart

    2010/11/15, Source
    Kara in second place on Japan's daily Oricon chart as of November 13, 2010. [Oricon Style] Kara's latest release "JUMPING" has claimed the No. 2 spot on Japan's daily Oricon chart. Kara's second Japanese single "JUMPING", placed second on Japan's prestigious daily Oricon chart as of November 13, less than a week after its release in the country on November 11 where it debuted at fifth on the chart,...More
  • Kara collection cards go on sale

    2010/11/12, Source
    Kara's star collection card [SBS Contents Hub] A card collection featuring five-member girl group Kara have gone on sale in Korea. According to a press release from the card's creator SBS Contents Hub on Friday, the collection containing a total 105 photos went on sale starting Wednesday,...More
  • Kara's new album "JUMPING" places fifth on Oricon Chart

    2010/11/11, Source
    Girl group Kara [DSP Media] Korean girl group Kara's new album "JUMPING" has entered Japan's prestigious Oricon daily album chart at No. 5. Kara's agency DSP Media announced through a press release on Thursday that "JUMPING", the girls' second mini-album in Japan, placed fifth on the chart yesterday, on the day it went on sale in the country,...More
  • Kara unveils full length music video for "JUMPING" today

    2010/11/10, Source
    Korean girl group Kara [DSP Media] Korean girl group Kara revealed the title track and full-length music video for their new song on various portal and music websites today. The music video for "JUMPING", the song an 80s pop euro-track by duo Han Jae-ho and Kim Seung-soo, features the girls donning black and white op-art clothes in accordance to the concept of their new album,...More
  • Korean girl group Kara cast in new Japanese drama

    2010/11/09, Source
    Korean girl group Kara for their Japanese series "URAKARA" [DSP Media] The members of Korean girl group Kara have been cast in an upcoming Japanese drama, according to their agency DSP Media on Tuesday. A press release from DSP announced that the girls will play roles in TV Tokyo's 12-part series titled "URAKARA" which will air every Friday night on the "Drama 24" timeslot (00:12~00:53) starting January 14,...More
  • 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
  • Kara releases teaser video for new album "JUMPING"

    2010/11/08, Source
    Album jacket of girl group Kara's fourth mini-album [DSP Media] A teaser video for Korean girl group Kara's upcoming album "JUMPING" has been unveiled. Through a press release on Monday, Kara's agency DSP Media released a 20-second long teaser video for the girls' fourth mini-album "JUMPING", also the name of their title track,...More
  • Kara's new album jacket fully revealed

    2010/11/05, Source
    Gu Hara and Seun-yeon in Kara's new album jacket "JUMPING" [DSP Media] The remainder of photographs in the jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming album "JUMPING" were revealed today. The newly unveiled photos distributed by DSP Media carried individual pictures of Seung-yeon and Gu Hara followed by a group photo. Just like the individual shots of other three members Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young revealed yesterday, they were in black and white op-art style with geometric designs,...More
  • Kara's new album jacket partially revealed

    2010/11/04, Source
    Images from girl band Kara's jacket for mini-album "JUMPING" [DSP Media] Several photographs from the album jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming mini-album were revealed today. Kara's agency Daesung Entertainment (DSP) said that black-and-white photos of three of five Kara members -- namely Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young -- were unveiled to the public on Thursday,...More
  • Young celebs get early admits to college for 2011

    2010/11/03, Source
    From top left to right: Kara member Gu Hara, actresses Ku Hye-sun and Seo Woo, 4minute member HyunA and actress Go Ah-sung and Lee Se-young 4minute's HyunA, Kara's Gu Hara, actresses Ku Hye-sun, Seo Woo, Go Ah-sung and Lee Se-young have been accepted on early admission to college for the spring semester of 2011,...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
  • [PHOTOS] Kara and 2AM at ASF press conference

    2010/10/22, Source
    Kara [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily] Korean girl group Kara poses during a photocall of a press conference for the 2010 Asia Song Festival held at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on October 22, 2010,...More
  • Girls' Generation 'a Model for Korean Business'

    2010/10/18, Source
    Now that K-pop group Girls' Generation has almost single-handedly spurred a new round of the Korean Wave in Japan, a number of businesses are trying to benchmark the group for their management practice. It says Korean businesses should learn from the way the manufactured group has been managed -- building capacity through rigorous training over a long period of time and profiting from aggressive and bold global management strategies,...More
  • K-pop idols to perform at Tokyo music festival in Nov

    2010/10/15, Source
    Concert poster for the "2010 Seoul Tokyo Musical Festival" [SBS Contents Hub] Several K-pop idols will be performing at a music festival in Japan next month, according to a press release from SBS Contents Hub. Major Korean network SBS and Japan's TBS have come together to co-host the "2010 Seoul Tokyo Music Festival" to be held at the Saitama Super Arena located in Tokyo on November 3, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the foundation of SBS,...More
  • K-pops idols come together for G20 Seoul Summit song

    2010/10/12, Source
    Cover of G20 song "Let's Go" [Asia Bridge Contents] Several top K-pop idols have come together to record a song promoting the upcoming G20 event in South Korea's capital of Seoul,...More
  • Idol Singers Sing Commemorative Song for G20 Summit

    2010/10/11, Source
    Twenty singers including star idol singers sang a song together to commemorate the G20 Seoul Summit. The song, entitled "Let's Go", was produced by the famous music composer named "Tiger in Shinsadong", and singers including Joon Soo (2PM), Lee Changmin (2AM), Sungmin (Super Junior), Seohyun (Girls' Generation), Jonghyun (Shinee), Park Gyu-ri (Kara), Luna (f(x)), Kahi (After School), Heo Gayoon (4MINUTE), Yong Jun-hyung (Beast), Min (Miss A), G.O (MBLAQ), Song Ji-eun (Secret), and Kim Jae-kyung (Rainbow) participated in singing the song in a chorus,...More
  • Kara's best album places at No. 2 on weekly chart in Japan

    2010/10/05, Source
    Album cover of "KARA BEST 2007-2010" [DSP Media] Korean pop sensation Kara have placed second on Japan's prestigious Oricon weekly chart with their best album. According to a press release from their agency DSP Media on Tuesday, the girls came in No. 2 on the chart with their best record "KARA BEST 2007-2010", which went on sale in the country on September 29,...More
  • 'Girls' Generation's and Kara's hot pants not allowed!' in Thailand

    2010/10/05, Source
    With their popularity increasing all over Asia, Korean girl groups have become fashion icons to young fans. The trendy hot pants these groups often wear on stage have also become popular among fans, b,...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
  • Kara's album receives most downloads on iTunes Japan

    2010/10/01, Source
    Korean girl group Kara [DSP Media] Korean female idols Kara have grabbed another title in Japan with their best album becoming the most downloaded record on iTunes Japan. On Friday, the girls' agency DSP Media announced that "Kara BEST 2007-2010" was the No. 1 downloaded album on iTunes Store Pop,...More
  • Kara's best album takes No. 2 spot on Oricon daily chart

    2010/09/30, Source
    Korean girl group Kara [DSP Media] Korean girl group Kara's best album has taken the No. 2 spot on the prestigious Oricon daily albums chart with their latest release. According to the Oricon chart, the girls' record "Kara BEST 2007-2010", which went on sale in the country on September 29, came in second place with,...More
  • CNBLUE And Kara, Reaching New Heights On The Oricon Charts

    2010/09/30, Source
    Being a k-pop star isn't only about dominating Korea's music charts anymore. Many idol groups are eyeing out foreign markets with one of the most appealing targets being the neighboring country, Japan,...More
  • ZE:A releases first full-length album in Japan

    2010/09/27, Source
    Korean boy band ZE:A [Star Empire Entertainment] Korean boy band ZE:A released their first full-length album in Japan last week, according to their agency Star Empire Entertainment on Monday. A press release from Star Empire announced that "ZE:A!" (in Japanese), which had received 15,000 pre-orders, went on sale on September 22 and has placed at No. 3 on the prestigious Oricon daily chart, pushing past Korean girl groups Girls' Generation and Kara who also made a debut in Japan just recently,...More
  • Why Japanese Girls Go Mad for Korean Girl Bands

    2010/09/18, Source
    Korean girl groups are attracting more fervent admirers among their own sex in Japan than from the young men they are ostensibly manufactured to appeal to. About 80 percent of the audience at the debu,...More
  • Female Stars Boasting Their Natural Beauty

    2010/09/16, Source
    These days, girl groups are duking it out in terms of how beautiful their natural, bare faces are. Whereas before, netizens would have to go digging around for makeup-free shots of their favorite fema,...More
  • 2NE1: 'We Want to Become Icon'

    2010/09/15, Source
    2NE1 Three songs among the title songs included in 2NE1's first album have brought about a sensation on the music charts. People in the music industry recently have been keeping a close watch on 2NE1's (CL 19, Sandara 26, Park Bom 26, and Kong Min Ji 16) first album release. Because of word-of-mouth saying their songs included in their first regular album are very good, some music management companies even rescheduled the release of new albums for their singers. As anticipated, 2NE1's first album, which was released on September 9, has received an enthusiastic response. They adopted a strategy to advertise the three title songs "Can't Nobody", "Clap Your Hands" and "Go Away", and those three songs all ranked from first to third on various music charts. In addition, other songs included in the album such as "Slow", "I'm Busy" and "Love is Ouch" are all ranked in the top 10,...More
  • Song Seung-heon says wants to dine with Girls' Generation and Kara

    2010/09/02, Source
    Actor Song Seung-heon speaks during a showcase for film "A Better Tomorrow" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on August 30, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily] Korean heartthrob Song Seung-heon has said that amongst Korean girl groups, he would like to dine with Girls' Generation, Kara, After School and f(x). Song made the remark during a showcase celebrating the premiere of his film "A Better Tomorrow" on Monday while taking part in a o/x quiz session alongside other cast members Joo Jin-mo, Kim Kang-woo and Jo Han-sun,...More
  • Korean culture 'invades' Japan, a century after annexation
    2010/08/27, Source
    By Kang Hyun-kyung

    Makgeolli, Korean rice wine also known as "drunken rice" in English, has been a big hit in Japan with its consumption soaring three times this year, compared with that of a year ago.

    The domestic liquor became popular among Japanese, a century after Japan annexed Korea by fo,...
  • Female Korean Singers A Hit in Japan
    2010/08/20, Source
    Korean female singers are expanding their power in Japan by sweeping all the charts in the area, such as sound source, record, and DVD.

    The girl group Kara released its single album called "Mister", which includes their flashy dancing in Japan, and,...
  • K-Pop concerts beckon fans

    By Han Sang-hee

    After Stevie Wonder wowed fans with his popular tunes, powerful vocals and unforgettable stage presence, local K-pop groups are following suit with a festival to keep the musical w,...
  • Korean pop stars to perform at Hallyu Dream Concert

    2010/08/11, Source
    Official Hallyu Dream Festival site Korea's hottest K-pop stars will gather in the city of Gyeong Ju in the North Gyeongsang Province next month to perform at the Hallyu Dream Concert. Close to two dozen artists including Super Junior, 2PM, Kangta, 2AM, 2NE1, Se7en, 4minute, BEAST, Son Dam-bi, Kara, After School, miss A, FT Island, Choshinsung, Davichi, T-ara, MBLAQ, U-Kiss, ZE:A, Secret, Flower and Seo In-guk will take to the stage of the concert to be held on September 12 at the Gyeong Ju Citizen's Stadium as part of the two-day Hallyu Dream Festival which begins on September 10,...More
  • K-pop idols to perform at summer concert next month

    2010/07/30, Source
    Poster for "Brand New Concert - Burning Day!!" [Asia Bridge Contents] A number of Korean idols are set to perform at a summer concert in August, according to the concert's promoter Asia Bridge Contents on Friday. Asia Bridge Contents announced in a press release that K-pop groups 2AM, Brown Eyed Girls, BEAST, Kara and T-ara will take to the stage of the "Brand New Concert - Burning Day!!" to be held at the Olympic Park Stadium in Seoul on August 20,...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
  • On the set of SBS variety segment "Hero Girls"

    2010/07/09, Source
    From left, TV personality No Hong-chul, veteran singer No Sa-yeon, comedienne Shin Bong-sun, TV personality Jung Ka-eun, actress Hong Soo-ah, girl group Kara member Nicole, girl group After School member Kahi, girl group Brown Eyed Girls member Narsha, solo female artist IU, girl group T-ara member Jiyeon and comedian Lee Hwi-jae take part in a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] "Hero Girls"[tentative title] - We should have learned how to play rugby "Everyone! Which singer are you expecting to see?" the show's emcee No Hong-chul asked Korea's national women's rugby team with an air of triumph, as if he has a joker up his sleeve as a hidden card,...More
  • SS501 Kim Hyun-joong to play lead role in new TV series

    2010/07/09, Source
    Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily] Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has been tapped to star in a TV series based on popular Japanese comic "Naughty Kiss". "He hasn't officially signed a contract yet but he has provisionally agreed to appear in the drama", a high-ranking official at Kim's agency KEYEAST said on Friday. Kim will play the role of "Mr. Perfect" Baek Seung-jo -- the top student, good cook and great athlete -- who later falls in love with Moon Hani, a girl at his high school who always ends up in trouble,...More
  • IU and Im Seulong remains victorious on Gaon's singles chart

    2010/07/01, Source
    2AM member Im Seulong and singer IU [LOEN Entertainment] Korean idols IU and 2AM's Im Seulong have claimed another victory on Gaon's singles chart with their latest collaboration "Nagging" for the third week of June. According to data released by Gaon on Thursday, the singers celebrated their third win on the music chart during the week of June 20 to 26,...More
  • Girls' Generation and Kara With Their Eyes Set On Japan

    2010/06/11, Source
    Two of Korea's hottest girl groups will go head to head in Japan during the month of August. SM Entertainment announced on June 11th that,...More
  • Girls' Generation to debut in Japan

    2010/06/11, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff reporter

    Korean girl group Girls' Generation is finally making their official debut in Japan.

    The group's a,...
  • Entertainment industry ready for World Cup

    2010/06/08, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff reporter

    The World Cup is finally drawing near and the entertainment industry is getting ready to celebrate and cheer on the Korean team along with the public.

    The easies,...
  • 2PM's "Can't Stop" rise to the top of Gaon charts

    2010/04/28, Source
    Members of boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment] Korean idol group 2PM stormed to the top of Gaon's singles chart to claim the title as the most popular single for the week of April 18 to 24 with their new track "Without U". According to Gaon's singles chart on Thursday, 2PM scored their first win with their new tune knocking out Lee Hyori from first place,...More
  • 2010 Dream Concert Lineup Revealed

    2010/04/21, Source
    It's one of the hottest k-pop concerts of the year! The 16th annual Dream Concert will be featuring some of the hottest stars, like it does every year. This year's line-up includes two of the most suc,...More
  • Lee Hyori rocks Gaon chart with "Bang"

    2010/04/21, Source
    Korean songstress Lee Hyori [Mnet Entertainment] Korean pop sensation Lee Hyori proved to be an unstoppable force, making a banging debut on top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 11 to 17 with her new single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Lee successfully claimed the title of most popular single for the third week of April, pushing back her previous chart topper "Swing" off the No. 1 spot. The songstress, who returned to the music stage last Thursday on televised music program "Mnet Countdown", has been conquering numerous online and offline charts with several tracks from her fourth album "H.Logic" since its release on April 12,...More
  • Rain takes crown from Girls' Generation on "Music Bank"

    2010/04/20, Source
    Korean pop singer Rain for his single "Love Song" [J.Tune Entertainment] Asian pop sensation Rain has claimed his first win on KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" with his single "Love Song". According to the official website of "Music Bank", Rain, who was to make his stage comeback on the show over the weekend, triumphed over contenders Girls' Generation's "Run Devil Run" and R&B trio Brown Eyed Soul's "I'll Move". "Music Bank" had originally been set to show last Friday with the lineup including Secret, Kara, After School, U-Kiss and F.Cuz, as well as featuring a comeback performance by Lee Hyori,...More
  • KBS to cancel broadcast of "Music Bank" for third week

    2010/04/15, Source
    The hosts of KBS' music program "Music Bank" [Official KBS website] KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" will not air for the third consecutive week, according to the show's producer on Thursday. Producer Go Won-suk told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that the show has been cancelled another week in consideration of the national interest in salvage operations for the sunken Cheonan patrol ship which has been gaining momentum over the past couple of days. A mysterious explosion had caused the naval ship to sink in late March, where only slightly over half of the ship's crew members were rescued, leaving the country in a state of grievance,...More
  • Actor Yang Dong-geun Discharged From Army

    2010/03/25, Source
    Actor and rapper Yang Dong-geun, 30, was discharged from the military Thursday, after fulfilling over two years of compulsory military servic,...More
  • Korean stars at shine at Korean military concert

    2010/03/12, Source
    (From left) Korean actor Jo In-sung, TV personality Boom and actor Kim Jae-won salute at a military concert hosted by military broadcasting TV station KFN. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] "We all love the Republic of Korea!" It was actor Kim Jae-won who suggested that they all cry out the cringy phrase and TV personality Boom and actor Jo In-sung complied to the request. To imagine that this quite unlikely mix of celebrities would make such a patriotic remark. But like in Wonderland where abnormal behavior is not regarded as abnormal, here at the concert for military officials hosted by military broadcasting TV station KFN, everything was in harmony and dissolved into one. Even when Tony of H.O.T., Andy of Shinhwa, Jang Su-won and Kim Jae-duc appeared one after another, there was no conflict among the former boy band members,...More
  • Celebrities in the Military to Take Part in a Special Program

    2010/02/24, Source
    Celebrities currently serving their military duty will be out to take part in a special military program in March. The 2010 KCTA Digital Cable TV Show will host a two-hour special Korean Forces Networ,...More
  • Super Junior, Girls' Generation Shine
    2009/12/11, Source
    Golden Disk Awards Congratulates SM Bands; but Fails to Bring Fairness

    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    Super Junior and Girls' Generation from SM Entertainment took home the Grand Prize and the Grand Prize for Digital Music Source, respectively, at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards held at the Olym,...
  • Music Awards Has Fresh Yet Disappointing Start
    2009/11/22, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) came to an end Saturday, but unfortunately, there were some shortcomings despite it being called Asia's best music award event.

    The much-anticipated event was held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, with young fans lined up near the en,...
  • 5 Decades of Korean Girl Bands

    2009/11/05, Source
    The Kim Sisters were arguably the first girl group in the history of Korean popular music. They debuted in their teens in the early 1950s, and were extremely popular among U.S. soldiers stationed in K,...More
  • TV Program Guide During 'Chuseok'
    2009/09/29, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    The "Chuseok" weekend is just around the corner and both major and cable broadcasters have prepared various programs for friends and family to enjoy.

    Special Programs

    KBS is traveling back in history to explore the ancient boat that carried celadon porcelain,...
  • More Viewer Participation in TV Shows
    2009/06/16, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    An array of programs by cable channels are presenting programs that beckon viewers to stand in front of the camera themselves.

    Cable music channel Mnet leads these programs, with a total of three programs open for viewers to join in and become a part of them. O,...
  • Male Singers Returning to K-Pop Scene
    2009/02/17, Source
    By Han Sang-hee
    Staff Reporter

    The K-pop scene is currently dominated by female stars like Son Dam-bi, Baek Ji-young and girl groups,...
  • [YEAR-END REVIEW (5) : MUSIC] New idol bands put fresh spin on pop industry
    2007/12/27, Source
    Throughout 2006, many former boy band and girl band members went solo, and a brand-new lineup of male and female idol groups replaced them this year.

    One of the most conspicuous phenomenon on this year's pop music scene was the popularity of two girl bands: Wonder Girls and,...