Foreigners' Favorite Korean Dramas 2017/09/27, Source,
The Korean Wave used to be limited to Asia but is now reaching the shores of the U.S. and other western countries as well. MsMojo, a website dedicated to pop culture, recently published a list of the 10 most popular Korean dramas among English-speaking fans,...More
Kim Hyun-joong to enforce activity 2017/04/10, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong who was in the hot seat for drunk driving, will begin activities in and out of the country.
He is releasing his new single in Japan on the 6th of June. Then starting from Shizuoka on the 7th of June, he will be conducting 18 tours in 16 different Japanese cities until the 24th of July. His fan meeting in Seoul, Korea will also happen according to schedule on the 29th of April,...More
Kim Hyun-joong, no wings are needed to fall 2017/04/06, Source,
Abuse, pregnancy, miscarriage and drunk driving: there's no righteous Kim Hyun-joong.
It's been 3 years since he was sued for abusing his ex-girlfriend 'A'. However, his dark days still continue. Existence of his girlfriend then came out and text messages between them also surfaced. This affected Kim Hyun-joong's image greatly. He chose to join National Service but the trial is still ongoing even after his 21 months of duty and on top of that, he was recently caught driving under intoxication. It looks like he's going to have a hard time regaining his good reputation,...More
Actor Kim Hyun-joong Caught Drunk Driving 2017/03/31, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has been caught drunk driving, police in Gangnam said Thursday.
The star, who recently completed his mandatory military service after a messy legal dispute with an ex-girlfriend, apparently fell asleep in his BMW as it waited at a traffic light in southern Seoul early Sunday morning,...More
Kim Hyun-joong VS ex-girlfriend in court 2017/01/11, Source,
It looks like group SS501 member and actor Kim Hyun-joong's damages suit with his ex-girlfriend is going to take more time.
The Seoul High Court No. 32 Civil Affairs Division held an appeal for damages on the 11th at 2.20PM. The Choi and Kim lawyers put up a fierce fight. It also turns out Choi was charged with defamation by publications and attempted fraud by the prosecutions,...More
Kim Hyun-joong's ex-girlfriend, acquitted 2016/06/23, Source,
Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong's ex-girlfriend Choi who is also his son's mother was acquitted of all charges of threat, fraud, false accusations and defamation.
According to investigators, Kim sued her for threat, fraud, false accusations and defamation but she was found not guilty,...More
Kim Hyun-joong and A's 4th trial 2015/10/29, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong and his ex-girlfriend A are having their 4th trial on the 30th. This trial will deal with the main issues of this court case and establish plans for the future and will be held in private.
The 3rd trial was on the 23rd of last month and like this trial, it is expected that there is going to be fierce battle surrounding A's miscarriage because of Kim's abuse and evidence. Also, the result of the paternity suit by A will be brought forth and the background on Kim's counteraction relief sought in demand,...More
Kim Hyung-joong VS A, 3rd pretrial today (23rd) 2015/09/22, Source,
While the 3rd pretrial between Kim Hyun-joong and A is being held on the 23rd, it seems likely that truth about her pregnancy will come to surface.
The third pretrial regarding A's case against Kim for 1.6 billion won is being held on the 23rd. Lawyers Lee Jae-man from Kim's side and Seon Jong-moon from A's side will be present,...More
Kim Hyun-joong and his ex-girlfriend: The algorithm between 'paternal test' and 'child expenses' 2015/09/17, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong are in conflict about the blood of the child. The baby was born early September and paternal issues are at hand. It will happen either way but with form. Kim Hyun-joong claimed he's done DNA testing but the ex-girlfriend, known as Choi, said, "We have no reason to comply".
Kim and Choi are in legal dispute over pregnancy, miscarriage, abuse and such. They are irrelevant to the delivery of the child. Choi sued Kim for abuse and infliction of injuries in August last year and again in April this year for compensation of 1.6 billion won,...More
Kim Hyun-joong, the text messages are false 2015/08/03, Source, Singer and actor Kim Hyun-hoong's ex-girlfriend A released additional statements but Kim Hyun-joong claims that the text messages she revealed are not entirely true.
Kim's legal attorney Lee Jae-man mentioned the text messages between Kim and A that were a big issue at one point,...More
Kim Hyun-joong asks, "Miss Choi, why talk to the press after being silent in court?" 2015/07/30, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong released a statement saying that he doesn't understand why his ex-girlfriend Miss Choi is releasing the contents of her text messages to the public after they were shown to be false in court.
An inside at his agency Keyeast Entertainment told OSEN on the 30th that "From the start, Miss Choi has claim the text messages were evidence. If so, she could submit them to the courts. The summation of evidence is done in court and not via a press release. We do not understand why they are being made public. Everything should be conducted according to the law". Thus, they are claiming that there are issues with releasing the text messages while the trial is still underway,...More
The views on Kim Hyun-joong 2015/06/30, Source, Is Kim Hyun-joong the victim or did he really hit his ex-girlfriend and cause a miscarriage?
There doesn't seem to be an end to Kim Hyun-joong and the right with his ex-girlfriend, Choi. In May last year, Choi claimed Kim abused her and caused her to lose the child she was pregnant with. The fight is still ongoing today,...More
Kim Hyun-joong is discharged from training camp 2015/06/18, Source,
Singer actor Kim Hyun-joong, 29, will be discharged from the new recruit training camp on June 18th.
According to a source from Army Headquarter, Kim Hyun-joong will be assigned to his regular duty under Division 30 of the army after the completion ceremony of the new recruit training. It has been known that he will serve the military as a soldier at guard posts for the next 20 months,...More
Kim Hyun-joong, "Abuse, pregnancy and miscarriage all a lie" complete scam 2015/06/04, Source, Kim Hyun-joong's side is now suspecting the ex-girlfriend's claim of abuse.
Kim's legal attorney Lee Jae-man told Daily Sports on the 4th, "We inquired the truth from two of the hospitals Choi (ex-girlfriend) got her medical report. After she claimed she was abused by Kim on the 30th of May last year, she got a medical certificate from one hospital and then from another when she claimed he hit her again on the 21st of July. However, none of them said she was hit 'in the stomach'. It's her claim that she was hit there, not the doctors'",...More
Kim Hyun-joong, "There was no abortion" 2015/06/03, Source, Kim Hyun-joong's representatives revealed their plans with his ex-girlfriend Choi after the preparatory proceedings of the defense.
Kim Hyun-joong's legal attorney Lee Jae-man claimed, "We are sure there was no miscarriage, let alone pregnancy. We are prepared to take action in all ways possible. We will sue her for blackmail and compensation for damage. The civil case will be proceeded with within this month but the criminal case later as she is 'pregant'",...More
Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin, why the rush? 2015/05/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon proposed to Park Soo-jin on the 100th day of their relationship and they are getting married. They started seeing each other this February and he proposed to her on the 100th day. They even met each others' families.
The two of them knew each other from work and started having feelings for each other since February this year. Bae Yong-joon was attracted to Park Soo-jin's bright personality and consideration and she was attracted to his warmth and caring heart,...More
Kim Hyun-joong's ex-girlfriend, "Why should I go to the hospital?" 2015/02/24, Source, Singer Kim Hyun-joong's ex-girlfriend replied to speculations of her missing her hospital appointment. "I've never made an appointment. Why should I go to a hospital when I've proven my pregnancy?" she says.
Kim's ex, known as Choi's legal attorney Seon Jong-moon told OSEN, "Kim just made it up that Choi had appointments to go to the hospital but didn't go. She has never made an appointment before",...More
Kim Hyun-joong Denies Reuniting with 'Pregnant' Ex 2015/02/24, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong said he will take responsibility if reports of his ex-girlfriend's pregnancy are true, according to his agency KeyEast on Monday. The agency released a statement after a local magazine on Sunday reported that Kim was reunited with his girlfriend, identified as Choi, who is pregnant. Choi filed an assault charge against Kim last year, but dropped it when they reached a settlement,...More
Kim Hyun-joong's official statement 2015/02/23, Source, Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong released an official statement that he will take responsibility if his ex-girlfriend was actually pregnant. However, the ex is refusing to go through a verification process and has cut off all contacts.
Kim Hyun-joong's management Key East released at official statement on the 23rd and said, "Kim can't get in contact with his ex but if the pregnancy turns out to be true, then he will take full responsibility",...More
Kim Hyun-joong returns home after investigation 2014/09/02, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong who has been charged with physically abusing his girlfriend, claimed the charges to using violence but not to the broken ribs.
Kim Hyun-joong appeared at the Seoul Songpa Police on the 2nd saying, "I'm sorry. I am going to answer everything during investigations". Then he returned home later avoiding reporters' eyes,...More
Kim Hyun-joong's possibility of enlisting in the army this year 2014/08/31, Source,
Military issues about the singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong, who has been charged with physically abusing his girlfriend, has been brought up.
According to a source, Kim Hyun-joong is looking towards joining the National Service as soon as possible in terms of taking the time to reflect on himself. He's been notified of his entry date which is on October 7, but he postponed the date since it conflicted with his overseas tour. If he cancels the postponed date, he could be in the NS in the next three months,...More
Kim Hyun-joong accused of hitting girlfriend and the after effect 2014/08/24, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong's Hallyu star image has been greatly affected by the lawsuit regarding the abuse on his girlfriend.
The famous SS501, "Boys over Flowers", "Generation of Youth" and "Playful Kiss" star Kim Hyun-joon was sued by his girlfriend on the 21st. Seoul Songpa Police say Kim Hyun-joong assaulted his girlfriend known as 'A', in the time frame of May to July in his apartment. 'A' claimed they were arguing over his ex-girlfriend when this happened and her rib cage broke, resulting in 6 weeks of treatment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Inspiring Generation" 2014/04/12,
When "Inspiring Generation" started and the adult cast finally kicked in after its opening flashback, everything was looking wonderful. It looked like KBS had another potential 'Bridal Mask' in its hands; an epic story with epic battles. Good cast of both popular and seasoned actors, lovely visuals and sound, great choreography and interesting characters. It was doing great. Sadly, the Korean drama industry has a habit of destroying potential, which is what happened to this series,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Inspiring Generation" 2014/01/25,
After the success of 'Bridal Mask' in 2012 and given heroic tales are always loved by people, it was only a matter of time before the idea of making a period epic with another popular celebrity was realized. While only comparable to 'Bridal Mask' for being in the same era and for the production value, so far, "Inspiring Generation" is definitely shaping up into a grand epic story of its own, presented in a fine and impressive manner,...More
Bae Yong-joon Still Adored by Japanese for 'Winter Sonata' 2013/10/21, Source,
Fans cheer as Bae Yong-joon appears on the stage during a Korean entertainment awards ceremony in Chiba, Japan on Saturday.
Japanese women young and old flocked to a Korean entertainment awards ceremony in Chiba on Saturday despite the current wave of anti-Korean sentiment in the country. Early in the afternoon, teenagers sporting miniskirts and stickers pasted on their faces were seen pouring out of nearby subway stations en route to the Makuhari Messe convention center to catch glimpses of their favorite stars,...More
S. Korea Is the King of Cosmetic Surgery 2013/03/03, Source,
Cosmetic surgery is costly. There are also serious complications and risks associated with cosmetic surgery, from blot clots to infections and in some cases death. Another major risk, of course, is that the outcome is never guaranteed. A doctor can speculate how a patient will look after their procedure, but the result may be different than what the patient expected. Further surgeries may then be required to repair the problem, resulting in additional money spent and more exposure to other risks.
Despite these risks, researchers are discovering significant increases in the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery. Even teenagers, as young as 12, are having cosmetic procedures.
According to a new study from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, approximately 15 million cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide by licensed cosmetic surgeons in 2011, up almost 5 percent since 2010.
Where is most cosmetic surgery performed? If you answered the USA, you are correct. When it comes to sheer numbers, more cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out in America than anywhere else, with over 3 million performed in 2011. America is followed by Brazil, China, and Japan,...More
K-Pop Rocks Brazil 2013/02/27, Source,
Some big names in k-pop like Kim Hyun-joong, Ailee, Baechigi, and comedy group, Ongals, all took part in the 2K13 Feel Korea show in San Paulo, Brazil on February 24th. About 1,600 fans attended the show to watch some of their favorite k-pop acts perform live. The festival runs from February 23-25th, to celebrate the 50th anniversary for Korean immigration into Brazil,...More
As Busan Goes 5-Star, Luxury Hotels Feel the Heat 2012/10/20, Source,
Five-star hotels in Busan are engaged in a frenzied spate of renovations to hold off the challenge of ramped-up competition as a number of major luxury hotel chains are building new properties in the coastal resort city. Experts say this reflects the enhanced status of Busan as a tourist destination. Hyatt will open its Park Hyatt Busan near the Suyeong Bay Yachting Center in February. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, it will boast 269 rooms including 69 suites, a handful of restaurants and a range of other amenities,...More
Kim Hyun-joong's Newest Single Album Tops Oricon Chart 2012/07/06, Source,
Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong's second single album "Heat" released in Japan on Wednesday sold 137-thousand copies on its first day, topping the Oricon daily music chart in the single album category. The album features two songs, including the title track "Heat" written by popular Japanese group B'z, and "Let's Party".,...More
Kim Hyun-joong releases single 'Heat' in Japan 2012/07/04, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong meets and greets fans at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday to celebrate the release of his second single "Heat".
By Rachel Lee Singer Kim Hyun-joong, a former member of boy band SS501, released his second single in Japan on Wednesday titled "Heat". His agency, Keyeast, said that the new single, also featuring the tracks "Let's Party", ranked first in daily sales for Japan's Tower Records as of Tuesday due to pre-orders. With this song, the 26-year-old artist has tried to promote a more masculine image,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/05/09, Source,
Hello, everyone. I'm Lena filling you in with the latest K-pop news updates. First up, we have K-pop idol sensation Super Junior who have stayed at No. 1 on the Taiwanese music chart for a staggering, record-setting 100 weeks,...More
Kim Hyun-joong, New Honorary UN Ambassador 2012/03/12, Source,
Popular singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong is now the newest addition to the UN ambassador family.
On March 9th at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Kim was appointed an honorary ambassador for the UN's Korean Campaign on Contributions to Social Welfare. He will seek to serve his title by spreading hope throughout the Korean society,...More
Which Idol Star Owns The Most Expensive Home? 2012/01/25, Source,
Top stars in Korean entertainment work hard, and earn quite large sums for their hard work. Reports on some of the most successful stars living in the most expensive homes have been revealed in the past. Legendary singer Cho Young-nam has been rumored to be at the top of the list with a villa worth $5.2 million. However, what about the younger generation of idol stars?,...More
Kim Hyun-joong To Release Thank You Song For His Fans 2011/12/14, Source,
After having a successful run as a solo artist with the songs "Break Down" and "Lucky" earlier this year, Kim Hyun-joong is planning on releasing a digital single titled "Marry Me" to thank his fans.
The song features an acoustic melody promising eternal love, quite appropriate to sum up his sentiments towards his biggest supporters. Kim is said to have been personally involved in the making of the song,...More
K-Pop Artists Dominate Online Searches In Japan 2011/12/04, Source,
If the internet's search rankings are any indication of the top trends in Japan, k-pop is one of them.
According to the search rankings for the top male and female entertainers and sports athletes for January 1 to October 31st 2011, 18 of the top 20 spots were dominated by k-pop artists,...More
'We Will Present Enjoyable Performance at MAMA'
2011/11/30, Source, Girls' Generation
All the Korean singing groups who appeared in the "2011 M.net Asian Music Awards" (MAMA) said on November 29, "We will present an enjoyable performance". During the press conference held at Singapore Sands Expo & Convention Center, all the cast members agreed with the idea. The leader of Girls' Generation, Tae Yeon, who could not attend last year's MAMA, said, "We are attending MAMA after such a long break, so we highly anticipate this event. We have prepared our song in a completely different version, and we want that people can enjoy our song,...More
Kim Hyun-joong comes back with a new drama 2011/11/29, Source, Kim Hyun-joong hinted that he is going to be coming back with a drama.
A welcome meeting for the artists attending the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2011 MAMA) at Singapore Indoor Stadium took place at 10AM on the November 29th. Numbers of reporters and members of press showed up to hear what the artists had to say,...More
Kim Hyun-joong Tops Oricon Weekly Chart Again 2011/11/15, Source, Kim Hyun-joong topped Japan's Oricon weekly chart in the import albums category on Monday with his second solo mini-album "Lucky", which was released in Korea on Oct. 11. This is the second time Kim has stormed to the top of the chart after first doing so in July with his debut solo album "Break Down".,...More
S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC 2011/11/14, Source,
Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.
Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School,...More
Kim Hyun-joong Inks Deal with Universal Japan 2011/11/11, Source,
Korean Wave star Kim Hyun-joong has signed a deal with Universal Music Japan, one of a number of major record labels in the country that have been trying to woo him since the success of his first showcase there in July.
With the aid of Universal Music, he will now receive considerable support for his Japan-based activities, ranging from promotional stunts for his album to tour concerts,...More
Seoul Hoping to Win over Shanghai with Kim Hyun-joong 2011/11/01, Source,
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is hoping to promote the city with the assistance of K-pop star Kim Hyun-joong.
The local authority announced on Monday that it will install large-scale advertisement boards showing the image of its new promotional ambassador at a large department store in Xujiahui, Shanghai, until the end of the year. The Xujiahui area one of the largest shopping zones in Shanghai, and can be compared to Myeongdong in Seoul,...More
Kim Hyun-joong: 'I Am More Deeply Attached to My Work Than Before' 2011/10/12, Source, Kim Hyun-joong, who released his second mini album, said, "I want to perform music that has a reversal".
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong cast off his tough and charismatic image and made a comeback with an image of a mischievous gambler. Kim Hyun-joong released his second mini album entitled "Lucky" on October 11, and it was different from his first solo album entitled "Break Down" by utilizing a funky band sound.
Kim Hyun-joong gave an interview at Coex Intercontinental Hotel on October 10, and he said, "I have wanted to present music that has a reversal. Many people seemed to expect that I would release music that would be similar to my previous album 'Break Down', and I think that I successfully provided a reversal in light of that. People will evaluate my album, but I personally want to give 100 points to my album as I had put my utmost efforts into create this album". He revealed that he was satisfied with his album,...More
Kim Hyun-joong to Make Comeback As Singer & Actor 2011/10/12, Source, Kim Hyun-joong held a press conference recently to announce his upcoming plans. His 2nd mini album is pending release, just four months after his last solo album. Kim revealed that a new digital single will hit the kpop scene in the beginning of November, followed by an album in January of next year,...More
Kim Hyun-joong covers front page of Hong Kong when he just had a transit 2011/09/26, Source,
Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong is going to release his second album and will be active in Asia on a large scale.
His management Key East said, "Work on his second album has been completed about halfway. It is going to be released in October and there will be a fan meeting as well as a concert in Japan and other Asian countries. He should be very busy traveling around Asia until December".,...More
Kim So-ri Keeps Troops in Fighting Form 2011/09/19, Source,
Life is tough for young conscripts in Korea's armed forces, but having groups of beautiful young women perform K-pop songs for them helps take the edge off and heightens morale as they guard the nation's defenses.
Although girl groups such as the Brown Eyed Girls, T-ara and Girls' Generation receive the highest fees when performing for soldiers - they earn an average of W5.5 million per appearance - a former musical actress has emerged as the most popular chanteuse,...More
"Billboard" Creates a New K-pop Chart 2011/09/06, Source, [ENG] [Interview : Lauren, Tourist France] "They sing well, they dance well, and they are kind of beautiful".
It's 2011, and the whole world is captivated by Korea's pop music. Some fans follow their favorite stars' dance moves
while others are taking the long flight to Korea to see them in person.
The demand for everything K-pop has now even produced a new online Hot 100 K-pop chart! Let's find out what exactly it is about K-pop that's grabbed the whole world by storm,...More
Kim Hyun-joong Appears on 'The Person' on TVBS in Taiwan 2011/08/18, Source,
Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong will appear on the Taiwanese TV talk show program entitled "The Person" on TVBS for the first time among Korean stars, his agency Keyeast said on August 17. The agency said, "'The Person' is the most popular TV talk show program with the highest viewer ratings in Taiwan in which only the best stars appear,...More
Job Ad by China's Foreign Ministry Shows Influence of Korean Wave 2011/08/04, Source, A hiring notice appeared at 11:23 a.m. on Monday morning on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter. It read, "Did you graduate from a four-year university? Are you adept at using office software? Do you have no problem communicating in English? Do you have a driver's license? Hu,...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
Kim Hyun-joong Sweeps Asian K-pop Charts 2011/07/15, Source, Kim Hyun-joong is not just a top star in Korea, but in Asia.
After releasing his first solo album, "Break Down", Kim has swept major music charts all across Asia.
It all started in Japan on June 8th after "Break Down" was released. The catchy song rose to number one on the Oricon Weekly Album Sales Chart. G-Music, Five Music, and other major music charts in Taiwan for J-pop and K-pop saw Kim's song hit number one,...More
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
Best Selling Albums For 1st Half Of 2011 2011/07/07, Source,
Duo TVXQ has clinched the spot as the best album sellers for the first half of 2011.
According to a list of the best selling albums compiled by some of the major music charts -- Melon, Mnet, and Dosirak -- on July 7th, TVXQ's 5th album "Keep Your Head Down" sold 230,922 copies from January 1st to June 30th. This makes them the highest selling act in k-pop for the earlier half of 2011,...More
Kim Hyun-joong, 1st Solo Singer To Sell 100,000 Album Copies 2011/06/22, Source,
Solo singer Kim Hyun-joong has made quite the successful comeback, selling 100,000 copies of his album already.
According to album sales tracking agency, Hanteo Chart, on June 22nd, Kim sold 80,000 copies of his mini album "Break Down" in just the first two weeks. Another 20,000 were sold until now making total sales clock in at about 100,000 copies,...More
Kim Hyun-joong: 'I Want to Appeal as Strong Man' 2011/06/09, Source,
Singer Kim Hyun-joong, who will release his first solo album entitled "Break Down", said, "Bae Yong Joon gave me positive advice on my album".
"I was just an idol when I held activities as a member of SS501, so I wanted to reveal my grown-up appearance as a strong man when I decided to debut as a solo singer". -- Kim Hyun-joong (25)
Singer Kim Hyun-joong, who debuted as a solo singer by releasing his first solo album entitled "Break Down", held a press conference and a showcase at Jang Choong Gymnasium on June 7 and expressed his feelings,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/06/08, Source, Show transcript
It's time for "Weekly Star Scene", our review of the week's hottest entertainment news. : We have our lovely Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami, what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, now a days, Hallyu stars are bigger than ever with their popularity spreading across the entire Asian region and even to Europe! Our favorite Hallyu stars are coming back from a short break with great news for their fans. Let's check them out in today's Weekly Star Scene!,...More
Kim Hyun-joong Goes Back To School 2011/05/27, Source,
Recent reports have indicated that singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has started college earlier this year.
Kim entered Cheongwoon University located in Hongseong of South Chungcheong Province this past March to study performance planning management,...More
Kim Hyun-joong reveals teaser for "Please" 2011/05/26, Source, Kim Hyun-joong, returning to the pop scene with his first mini album revealed the teaser for his title song "Please".
He exclusively revealed the teaser on Naver Music on the 26th of May around 4 PM. The song is a sad R&B dance song with the arrangement of an orchestra and mellow piano well blended with the sorrowful lyrics.,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
VCR1 weekly star scene 2011/04/27, Source, Show transcript
Next we bring you the week's juiciest entertainment news in "Weekly Star Scene".
: Of course, we have our special Dami in the studio with us!
What do the actor Jung Joon-ho, JYJ member Kim Jun-su and Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong have in common,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
According to his management company, KEYEAST Entertainment, on March 14th, Kim d,...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
Actor Joo Ji-hoon signs with Bae Yong-joon agency 2011/01/05, Source,
Actor Joo Ji-hoon [KEYEAST]
Actor Joo Ji-hoon has signed with top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon-owned entertainment firm KEYEAST, according to the agency on Wednesday.
According to a press release by KEYEAST, Joo, who is currently serving in the army to fulfill Korea's two-year mandatory military duties, finalized a contract with the firm early this month ahead of resuming his acting career in November when he is set to be discharged,...More
Kim Jun to enter graduate school next year 2010/12/21, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Jun [Planet 905]
Korean heartthrob Kim Jun has been accepted to a graduate school at Korea's Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
An official from Kim's agency Planet 905 told 10Asia over the phone on Tuesday, "Kim Jun will attend Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for graduate school in March of next year under the Department of Global Cultural Contents",...More
Kim Hyun-joong, Jang Geun-suk win big at Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010 2010/12/20, Source, Kim Hyun-joong at the Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010 [KEYEAST]
Hallyu stars Kim Hyun-joon and Jang Geun-suk won several honors during the Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010 over the weekend.
During the ceremony for the Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010 held in Hong Kong on December 17, Kim received a total three awards including Hong Kong and Taiwan's Top Buzz Korean Artist and Best Searched Asia Buzz Award 2010, while Jang was selected as Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia's top Buzz Star and scored the Male Buzz Star award,...More
Bae Yong-joon takes photo with 5,000 fans in Japan 2010/12/16, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon has taken his first picture for his new photograph project this week, according to his agency KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Bae, known for calling his fans his 'family', met with 5,000 fans to take his first 'family photograph' for the event titled "Family Photo Project - We're a family" on December 15,...More
Jang Geun-suk to receive 2 awards at 2010 Asia Buzz Award 2010/12/02, Source,
Actor Jang Geun-suk [Tree J Company]
Korea's popular idol star Jang Geun-suk is likely to receive two awards for the upcoming Yahoo! Buzz Awards 2010, according to Jang's promoter Tree J. Company on Thursday.
Tree J. announced in press release that Jang is currently first in two of three categories -- top male star and top Asian star -- in a popularity poll including Internet users in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia between November 8 to December 1,...More
Bae Yong-joon Takes 'Family Photo' with Fans 2010/11/29, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon's agency Keyeast said on November 26, "Hallyu star Bae Young Joon will take a 'family photo' with fans in Asian regions, and the fans who take a picture with him will be selected on a first-come basis. Bae Yong-joon, who has expressed his special love for his fans for a long time so much that he calls his fans 'family', has decided to take a family photo with fans. The project to take a family photo will begin in Korea and Japan and expand all around the Asian regions",...More
Bae Yong-joon starts new photograph project in Asia 2010/11/26, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon will begin a new photograph project throughout Asia, according to his agency KEYEAST on Friday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Bae, known for calling his fans his 'family', will begin an event titled "Family Photo Project-We're a family" where Bae will take 'family photos' with his fans, starting in Korea and into Japan and other countries in Asia,...More
Singer Rain to sing at finale for Guangzhou Asian Games 2010/11/26, Source,
Singer and actor Rain [Asia Economy Daily]
Popular Korean singer and actor Rain will perform at the closing ceremony of the 2010 16th Guangzhou Asian Games in China on Saturday.
Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment said on Friday that Rain will fly to China early tomorrow morning to take part in the event where he will sing three of his hit songs,...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
SS501 Kim Hyung-jun visits Park Jung-min-I on MV set 2010/11/16, Source,
From left, SS501 members Kim Hyung-jun and Park Jung-min-I pose for the camera on the set of Park's music video shoot in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea on November 15, 2010. [CNR Media]
SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun paid a surprise visit to the set of fellow bandmate Park Jung-min-I's music video shoot yesterday, according to Park's agency CNR Media on Tuesday.
"Kim surprised Park by visiting the set with his hands full of food after hearing from his manager that Park's producer said he was filming the video", explained an official with CNR through a press release,...More
Kim Hyun-joong sings at Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games 2010/11/15, Source,
Korean singer Kim Hyun-joong performing at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games [MBC]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong took to the stage of the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games on Friday alongside several international artists.
A press release from his agency KEYEAST announced Monday that Kim sang the theme song "Sunshine Again" for the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games alongside Chinese singers Wei Wei and Tan Jing, Taiwanese singer David Tao and Hong Kong Cantopop singer Joey Yung,...More
Kim Hyun-joong to show "deeper affection" to Jung So-min 2010/11/02, Source, Kim Hyun-joong poses during a photocall of a press conference for the YouTube version of TV series "Naughty Kiss" held at the Megabox theater in COEX of Seoul, South Korea on November 1, 2010. [Group 8]
Boy band SS501 member and actor Kim Hyun-joong has said he will show deeper affection toward his co-star Jung So-min in the YouTube version of his latest TV series "Naughty Kiss".
"There are no regulations or restrictions to what is broadcast through YouTube so we'll be able to express our affection to each other in a deeper way. Hence, you'll get to see a more natural-looking married couple", Kim said with a smile of the newly produced online version of the drama which tells of the twos characters married life,...More
Bae Yong-joon to hold photo session with fans in Japan 2010/10/19, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon has invited his Japanese fans to a photo session in December.
According to a report in a Japanese newspaper today, Bae invited 600 fans to the official photograph session of the first of the "Miso Project" series titled "Message! to Asia" established by Japan's DATV (Digital Adventure TV), set to be held at the Tokyo Dome on December 14,...More
SS501 card collection to go on sale on Oct 12 2010/10/07, Source,
Korean boy band SS501 [SBS Contents Hub]
A collection of cards featuring photographs of Korean boy band SS501 have gone on sale in Korea, according to a press release from the card's creator SBS Contents Hub on Thursday.
SBS announced that the cards titled "Star Collection Card", which went on sale on online shopping mall GMarket last weekend, will also hit stores on October 12,...More
Buying beauty at a bargain price 2010/09/23, Source,
Nature Republic most foreigner-friendly; Face Shop least; Skin Food in between
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia The streets of Seoul are filled with shops like The Face Shop, Missha, Etude House, Nature Republic, Skin Food and Innisfree. With a wide selection of cutely packaged makeup and skin care products at quite cheap prices, it is no surprise that many teenage girls and women flock to these so-called "bargain beauty’’ shops. Yet it is actually not easy to distinguish one shop from the other. All of them have adopted the same marketing concept: to sell skincare and cosmetics products at affordable prices with an ad campaign featuring Hallyu stars. Interestingly, more male stars are being featured in the ad campaigns to target young females and foreign fans of Korean stars. Nature Republic’s ads feature K-pop star Rain, while The Face Shop still uses actor Bae Yong-joon,...More
Kim Hyun-joong to release pictorial book on Sept 15 2010/09/06, Source,
Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong on the cover of "READY, ACTION!" [SBS Contents Hub]
A pictorial book featuring photographs of Korean idol Kim Hyun-joong's travels in Spain will be released in Korea in mid-September, according to the book's creator SBS Contents Hub on Monday.
SBS announced that the booklet titled "READ, ACTION!" will be released in the country on September 15, while preorders for the book began on September 1 in Korea and was pre-sold in Japan last month,...More
Kim Hyun-joong's Official Site Hacked 2010/09/03, Source, According to Keyeast Entertainment on September 3rd, the website of Korea's most representative "flower-like pretty boy" has been victim to cyber hacking. Singer and actor,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Naughty Kiss" - First episode 2010/09/03, Source,
A scene from MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]
"Naughty Kiss" - First episode (MBC TV, 9:55 PM)
The lighting was bright and the colors eye-blindingly brilliant. The picture shown in "Naughty Kiss" was as warm as a spring day, enough to capture the mellow and shy sensitivity teenage girls feel when reading romantic comics. However, a drama is not a painting of a landscape. A drama only comes to life when the people in the picture move about and form relationships,...More
Kim Hyun-joong to endorse THEFACESHOP 2010/09/02, Source,
Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong [KEYEAST]
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has become the new face of Korean cosmetics brand THEFACESHOP, according to Kim's agency KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced through a press release that the 24-year-old heartthrob will endorse THEFACESHOP both domestically and internationally starting September through television commercials,...More
A catchy storyline, plus likable characters, is a must for dramas. And this is probably why some are made into various versions in different countries, particularly in Asia. But to,...More
TV series "Naughty Kiss" press conference - Part 1 2010/08/27, Source,
From left, singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong and actress Jung So-min pose during a photocall of a press conference for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010. [Group 8]
"Will fans of Kim Hyun-joong please exit the room to facilitate the interviews?" The host of the press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" had to repeat this line several times during a Q&A session. The show had drawn people's interest due to the popularity of the original Japanese comic series combined with the participation of director Hwang In-roi of hit series "Goong" fame. And it became a 'hot' drama even before going into production after singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong's casting for the show was announced. Will the interest be reflected in its ratings? Below are excerpts from the press conference held at Seoul's Imperial Palace hotel on Thursday,...More
TV series "Naughty Kiss" press conference - Part 2 2010/08/27, Source, Kim Hyun-joong [Group 8]
Q: All the characters have unrealistic sides to them. What's your interpretation of yours?Kim Hyun-joong: As much as they're unrealistic, I think I'll be able to show more unique sides to them than I would be able to in conventional dramas. And Baek Seung-jo is a genius so he sometimes uses words that I don't usually use so I have a hard time with those. For scenes related to studying, I need to be natural with it so I actually study those parts and make sure I understand them. I'm doing the studying that I hadn't done in high school for "Naughty Kiss". (laugh),...More
SS501 Kim Hyung-jun joins Kang Ji-hwan agency 2010/08/27, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun [S-Plus Entertainment]
K-pop idol group SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun has signed with actor Kang Ji-hwan's agency S-Plus Entertainment, making him the third member of the five-man band to join a new talenthouse.
S-Plus made the announcement through a press release on Friday, saying the firm "will provide its unstinting support to Kim Hyung-jun so he may pursue his activities in all fields of entertainment including singing and acting beyond Asia",...More
Kim Hyun-joong says SS501 has not disbanded 2010/08/26, Source,
Actor Kim Hyun-joong speaks during a press conference for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has said his boy band SS501 has not disbanded, playing down rumor that its five members will go separate ways since their contract with their former agency has ended and some have signed with new management,...More
Kim Hyun-joong "Naughty Kiss" to air in Japan starting Dec 2010/08/24, Source,
Official poster for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong starrer "Naughty Kiss" will air in Japan starting December, according to the show's producer on Tuesday.
Park Rae-hyun, in charge of the PR & Promotions team at production company Group 8, told 10Asia over the phone that cable music channel Mnet Japan will broadcast the TV series twice a week in about three months time although additional details have yet to be set,...More
Kim Hyun-joong joins Bae Yong-joon for Japanese project 2010/08/16, Source,
Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong (left) and Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon (right) [KEYEAST]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong will take part in a Japanese project with Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon, according to their agency KEYEAST on Monday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Kim will be joining Bae for the "Miso Project", aimed at helping the future of children in Asia, which was set up by Japan's Digital Adventure TV (DATV). This will be the first official event that Kim and Bae will be attending together,...More
Lee Min-ho reveals pics from Maldives vacation 2010/08/09, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho on his Maldives vacation [Official Lee Min-ho Cyworld and Twitter]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has uploaded pictures from his recent vacation in the Maldives on his official Cyworld webpage and Twitter.
Last Friday, Lee posted several photographs of himself including one of himself on the beach sporting a navy blue t-shirt and white pants, a close-up shots from a swimming pool and another of himself talking on his phone while sitting on a bench,...More
Kim Hyun-joong confirmed to star in new TV series 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [KEYEAST]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has been confirmed as the male lead in upcoming TV series "Naughty Kiss" based on popular Japanese comic "Itazura na Kiss", according to agency KEYEAST on Friday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that Kim has been cast for the role of Baek Sung-jo, the all-around Mr. Perfect-type character who ends up falling in love with a girl always getting into trouble, to be played by actress,...More
2NE1 and Lee Min-ho to attend makeup brand concert 2010/07/15, Source,
Official poster of Etude's "Pink Play Concert" [Etude House]
Korean female idols 2NE1 and actor Lee Min-ho will be attending a concert for a make-up brand next month, according to concert host Etude House on Thursday.
Etude House announced in a press release that 2NE1, spokesmodels for Etude, and Lee will be attending the "Pink Play Concert" to be held at the Walker Hill Hotel Riverpark on August 20,...More
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
Kim Hyun-joong in talks to star in new TV series 2010/07/07, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [10Asia]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong of idol group SS501 is rumored to star in an upcoming TV series based on popular Japanese comics "Itazurana Kiss".
According to various media reports, the singer is currently talking with the show's producers to play the male lead, who is smart, athletic and perfect in every way but has a cold personality,...More
SS501's Park Jung-min-I denies signing with Sony Records 2010/07/05, Source,
SS501 member Park Jung-min-I [DSP Media]
SS501 member Park Jung-min-I has denied recent rumors that he had signed with Taiwan's Sony Records.
Park posted a message on his official website on Saturday, saying "I have not signed with any agency as of yet. There have been offers from several places but I have not yet given my [final] answer. I have only responded that I will talk it over with the members",...More
Lee Min-ho sets up official Twitter account 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Lee's official Twitter page]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has set up an official Twitter account after falling victim to a Twitter impersonator last March.
The actor announced on his Cyworld mini-hompy board Thursday afternoon that he had created his own account (http://twitter.com/actorleeminho) on Twitter, a popular social networking and micro-blogging service.
Lee made his first Twitter entry, saying "I want to ride a bike" along with a photo of himself riding a bicycle in a commercial,...More
Park Shin-hye No. 1 female star on Chinese website 2010/06/18, Source,
Korean actress Park Shin-hye [Ava Entertainment]
Korean actress Park Shin-hye has been chosen the No. 1 female Asian star on a Chinese entertainment website, according to her agency Ava Entertainment on Friday.
Ava announced in a press release that on a poll conducted on the website for "EASY", Park claimed the title as most popular female Asian star for seven months starting December of last year up against other international artists such as Ueno Juri and Haruka Ayase,...More
Lee Min-ho to meet and greet fans on June 20 2010/05/27, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho will hold a fan meeting on June 20, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment on Thursday.
Starhaus announced through a press release that the actor will meet with his fans at the event titled "2010, The Special Day with Minoz" at the Grand Peace Palace located in Kyung Hee University in June,...More
Kim Hyun-joong gets into car accident, ok for comeback 2010/05/18, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
SS501 leader Kim Hyun-joong was involved in a car accident last week but he has suffered minor injuries, allowing his group to make their comeback to the local music scene as planned next month, according to their agency on Tuesday.
An official with DSP Media told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that Kim had gotten into the accident on Wednesday when a car he was riding in with an acquaintance collided into another car, leaving the singer with bruises and abrasions which would take two weeks to heal,...More
SS501 Kim Hyun-joong considering "IRIS" spin-off 2010/05/12, Source,
Korean actor/singer Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong is in talks to appear in the upcoming action TV series "ATHENA", the spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
"Kim is a strong candidate for the drama but we are currently in talks with his agency and nothing has been set as of now", a representative from Taewon told Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
Local agencies eager to sign on SS501 Kim Hyun-joong 2010/05/06, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong is reportedly keeping local talent agencies on their toes as his contract nears its expiration date with DSP Entertainment next month.
The singer has become the hottest recruit in the entertainment business as he will be a free agent when his contract with agency DSP Entertainment expires on June 8,...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 7 2010/05/04, Source,
Actors Lee Min-ho (right) and Ku Hye-sun in TV series "Boys over Flowers" [KBS]
Although the location shoot in New Caledonia was difficult, what shocked Lee Min-ho the most during the filming of "Boys over Flowers" was the car accident.
"I didn't have a driver's license but I had to shoot a driving scene. So I got my license in a rush and drove the car on a provisional license. And the car I was driving in the scene was a Lotus GP3". That is when last January, Lee Min-ho ended up crashing into a guard rail while shooting the driving scene for the show,...More
Lee Min-ho warns fans about fake Twitter account 2010/03/15, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has warned fans of a fake Twitter account opened up under his name, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment.
"What people currently know as Lee Min-ho's Twitter is a fake account", said an official at Starhaus on Friday, adding that they are preparing countermeasures to protect the actor's fans.,...More
SS501 to release new album on May 1 2010/03/02, Source,
From left, boy band SS501 members Park Jung-min-I, Kim Hyung-jun, Kim Hyun-joong, Heo Young-saeng and Kim Kyu-jong pose during a press conference held ahead of giving an encore performance of their Asia tour "PERSONA" at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on February 27, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean idol group SS501 have announced that they will be releasing a new album in May.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday -- prior to their "PERSONA" encore concert at Seoul's Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium -- the five members spoke about their plans to "meet fans with a fantastic album".
"We have to discuss with our agency about the new album but we are thinking about releasing it on May 1, which is '501 Day'", the group's leader Kim Hyun-joong was quoted as saying.,...More
SS501 to give encore concert in Seoul next month 2010/01/25, Source,
Concert poster for K-pop idol group SS501 [DSP Media]
Korean idol group SS501 is set to give a concert in Seoul next month, according to their agency DSP Media on Monday.
The boy band will be performing at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on February 27 and 28, as an encore gig of their Asian tour "PERSONA".
"It is an encore performance but we will edit the repertoire so that it will be like a brand new show", the agency was quoted as saying.,...More
Kim Hyun-joong attends former Korean president Chun's birthday 2010/01/19, Source,
Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong of SS501 recently attended former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan's 80th birthday party, according to his agency DSP Media on Tuesday.
"Before attending a birthday party for [DSP agency CEO] Mr. Lee Ho-yeon, Kim stopped by the reception for former president Chun Doo-hwan with Mr. Lee", an official at DSP Media was quoted as saying.,...More
Lee Min-ho to make comeback in new drama 2010/01/11, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho is set to make a comeback to the small screen in April, according to television broadcaster MBC on Monday. The actor has been cast for the lead role in a new MBC TV series, tentatively titled "Personal Taste", which is based on a novel of the same title by Korean writer Lee Se-in. Lee will play the role of Jun Jin-ho, who pretends to be a gay man in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend.,...More
[10LINE] Kim Hyun-joong 2010/01/11, Source,
Clockwise from top center, musician Seo Taiji, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, singer Lee Hyori and Kim Hyun-joong's character Yoon Ji-hoo from KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers". [10Asia]
Kim Hyun-joong Truth #1: He is a good-looking idol. He is a guy you would go out with regardless of his age. He is someone so pretty that he is likely to appear in a romance comic. Truth #2: He was a runaway teenager who has experienced almost every part-time job out in the world. He is the most four-dimensional celebrity in Korea. He is a rock mania who body would squirm at the cheesy lines he had to say in hit TV series "Boys over Flowers". Truth #3: He is a happy-go-lucky sort of person, unpredictable and hence, we become increasingly curious. Attracted.
Seo TaijiKim Hyun-joong's favorite musician. The first record Kim ever bought was Seo Taiji & Boys' second album. Kim had enjoyed his studies so much up till elementary school that he would wake up at 6 A.M. everyday to study but after listening to Seo Taiji's music, he gave up on his studies to become a bassist in a rock band. That is why Kim took a one year leave during his high school days, went to a new school and ran away from home because his parents were against him pursuing music. Up to this point, it may look like he walked the typical path many rockers take on in order to achieve their dreams. But Kim worked part-time at a fried chicken restaurant and did manual labor to buy his own guitar, then worked again for about a year after running away from his house a second time. He made about a total 100 million won working part-time jobs. "I taught myself (how to live in society) by making money earlier than others", Kim said of how important he considers this time period. This is why as soon as he debuted as a member of SS501, he believed "time is money".
SS501 The five-member group Kim is a member of. He passed his audition for the group after simply being asked his height, weight and address. It may be because of this but according to member Park Jung-min-I, Kim played hard to get, not being sure of whether being a member of an idol group was the path he should take. But Kim sets his heart on becoming part of the band after looking at the numerous fans looking forward to SS501's debut. Thereafter, the whole group appears in various reality shows and pursues a music career in Japan simultaneously. But they do not care about looking pretty and have promised to never receive expensive gifts from fans, making them the idols they are yet also the guys next door with good morals. They did not gain stardom instantaneously but continue to solidify their fanbase. On a side not, SS501 stands for the 'sun' and "STAR", as well as 'five become one', but also a name intended to be typed easily on mobile phones and the computer.,...More
The final line-up for the second season of the popular show "Family Outing" (SBS) has been revealed.
The first season garnered fans with stars including top comedian and host Yoo Jae-suk and singers,...More
Kim Hyun-joong declined offer to appear on "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Leader of boy band SS501 Kim Hyun-joong has turned down the offer to appear in the new season of SBS variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency DSP Media on Thursday.
An official at DSP told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that although Kim did receive the offer, he had "decided not to take on the show due to his conflicting work schedules and other issues".,...More
The tiger may well be Korea's most beloved animal throughout its history. The country was once dubbed the "nation of tigers" as it has mountainous areas that provi,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
Lee Min-ho wraps up fan meeting in Singapore 2009/12/22, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho has successfully wrapped up another fan meeting in Singapore, according to his agency Starhaus Entertainment.
Some 2,000 fans attended the fan meeting -- titled "MINOZ, THE FIRST ASIA FAN MEETING - FIRST LOVE...with SINGAPORE" -- which took place on December 21 at the Max Pavilion auditorium.,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "You're a Pet" cast to be determined! 2009/11/30, Source,
Actress Soo Ae has been nominated for the main character of "You're a Pet" along with Kim Hyun-joong!
Soo Ae is contemplating as to whether she should take the role or is fit for the role.
The character she would take if she were to agree is of a fashion editor.
"You're a Pet" is originally from the Japanese cartoon anime that is about a talented fashion magazine editor who lives with a handsome young man. The episodes of their life tog,...More
SS501 to Release Mini-album in Korea 2009/10/18, Source, The five-member boy band SS501, which has been holding its first Asia tour entitled "Persona" since its debut in 2005, will release a mini-album in Korea late this month. Entitled "Rebirth", it's the first album to feature all five members in a year and seven months.
K-Will Diagnosed with New Flu 2009/10/14, Source, Ballad singer K-Will was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza, becoming the second Korean celebrity to contract the disease. His agency Starship Entertainment said that K-will has been suffering from high fe,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Hyun-joong released from hospital! 2009/09/14, Source, Kim Hyun-joong will be released on the 15th finally!
He has been in the hospital because of the most recent swine flu! Now, he is healthy enough to return to Korea from Japan on the 16th.
Kim Hun-joong has been in the hospital for a week because of this flu and will be able to recover fully at home in Korea.
Kim has been visited by his mother in Japan and been nursed,...More
SS501 to Wow Japanese Fans 2009/04/10, Source, Hot male quintet SS501 is going to Japan to reignite their career there. This time all five members of the team will be present to wow Japanese fans. SS501 has been working as a trio called Triple S for the past few months, while,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Hyun-joong is discharged from the hospital 2009/04/04, Source, Actor Kim Hyun-joong had been hospitalized because of stress and over exhaustion!
The actor had been in a model shoot for a sports brand clothing when he passed out.
It is known that he had only been sleeping 2 to 3 hours while he had been filming for the drama, "Boys over Flowers". His health had been deteriorating as he had been planning for a fan meeting and other programs in addition to a automobile accident only a little while ago. He lost 8 kg!
Let's hope for his quick recovery!,...More
While many singers are gasping for air amid the economic recession, which lowered revenue from already plunging album sales, some are temporarily leaving their original posts to pursue different careers.
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Hyun-joong in a car accident! 2009/01/21, Source, F4 Kim Hyun-joong got in a car accident on the way to the filming set for the drama "Boys over Flowers".
Kim's car has been damaged on the right side, however there has been no great impact where Kim was sitting. He is very shocked, however and feels as if the body has taken a shock too. He will be going to the hospital to see if muscle has been strained.
Kim is in the drama that is being a syndrome throughout,...More
Stars' Campus Life? Students before entertainers 2008/04/03, Source, Stars are wonderful and handsome. They seem to be fantastic inside or outside the TV. However, away from the camera, they are just normal people. Especially entertainers who go to school are simply students.
For these stars, pictures of their school life are becoming big news. The reason is becau,...More
The group's concerts at the Tokyo International Forum on January 13 and 14 were total sell-outs, heralding the arrival of another star pop group from Korea. With a repertoire totally different from the one featured a,...More
Mnet Asian awards heads to Singapore , Source,
Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) 2011, one of the largest music awards in Korea, heads to Singapore this year.
Hosted by music cable channel Mnet, the 13th music awards will be held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 29. Top singers TVXQ, B2ST, Big Bang, Super Junior and 2PM will vie for the best male group award, while Brown Eyed Girls, Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1 and f(x) compete in the best female group section. Kim Hyun-joong, Jay Park, Jang Woo-hyuk, HyunA and G.NA are nominated for the best dance performance by a solo singer,...More
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