Top Stars Couple Chemistry in Advertisements 2017/06/26, Source,
Sometimes the couple chemistry we see in the advertisements can be even more impactful in our mind than the ones we see in a drama or a movie. Perhaps it's because of the short moment we see them together, it lingers in our head, wanting to see more of them, but some of the advertisement couples have been famous for their chemistry,...More
Bridal Fashions Get Simpler, More Individual 2017/02/05, Source,
Bridal fashions are getting simpler and more individualistic thanks to the stars of screen and stage.
Actress Kim Tae-hee surprised label addicts when she wore a custom-tailored mini dress to her wedding to K-pop superstar Rain in Seoul on Jan. 19. Kim, who majored in clothing and textiles at Seoul National University, designed the dress herself,...More
[Guest Post] Celebrating Family Outing Part 1 - The Cast 2015/07/05, Source,
Seven years ago, an ambitious reality show called Family Outing appeared on Korean TV. Hosted by "The Nation's MC" Yoo Jae-suk (most may know him only as the guy with the bowl cut in PSY's recent videos), this variety show took outdoor reality to a level that is still trying to be reached. The show ran for nearly 2 years on SBS's 'Good Sunday' and had many of the same cast and crew members from the game show X-Man. What this show offered was more than just silly games and jokes, it was a travelogue of Korean villages and offered a glimpse into the Confucian-based society unheard of in America,...More
Won Bin and Lee Na-young's 'small wedding' 2015/05/31, Source, Won Bin and Lee Na-young got married. They are a top star couple also known as the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of Korea. The two of them got married in a quiet village and had a small wedding without the fuss of having a huge top star wedding. Why though?
There are a few things that can be mentioned when it comes to top star weddings. Media and the spotlight, a luxury hotel wedding hall with celebrity guests who look like they're going to an award show and more fanciness and fuss than a regular wedding are some. The wedding alone is confusion enough but it's true that celebrities have more pressure on their shoulders when their wedding becomes the hottest topic not only in the showbiz but publicly as well,...More
'2014 MAMA' Paved Phenomenal Cultural Roads across Asia 2014/12/04, Source,
- With 10 months of preparation and 16 years of production know-how, CJ E&M successfully hosted Asia's premiere music awards ceremony - The show has reached 2.4 billion people in 16 countries and garnered 65 million online votes worldwide - Renowned Korean, Chinese, and US artists such as EXO, Taeyang, and John Legend delivered stunning performances in front of 10,000 audiences The 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was successfully held in Hong Kong on December 3 announced Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M today. In its sixth year since evolving into Asia's premier music festival, MAMA's impact has spread far beyond its origins in Korea to across Asia and other parts of the world,...More
Pricey Chapel Weddings Come in Vogue 2014/08/10, Source,
Ostentatious luxury hotel weddings or outdoor events are starting to make way for more dignified, solemn venues that feel like chapels, but these are proving far from cheap. "The trend has come from Japan", said Lee Duk-jin, an editor of magazine My Wedding. "As more and more people started to look for venues with character for their special day instead of boilerplate wedding halls, chapels have captured the imagination of brides and grooms",...More
Lee Hyori Appeases Fans with Wedding Pics 2013/09/04, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori unveiled her wedding photos and thoughts about her recent marriage on Tuesday on a website run by her fans. Lee tied the knot with guitarist Lee Sang-soon in a private ceremony on Jeju Island on Sunday. "I hope you understand how I wanted to be just like an ordinary daughter and daughter-in-law to my family, relatives and parents-in-law on my big day", she wrote. "I was worried about the possibility of rain, but luckily the weather was very pleasant. The wedding preparations were not easy, but still enjoyable",...More
Lee Hyori to Offload Reminders of Her Single Life Before Wedding 2013/08/02, Source,
Top singer Lee Hyori will hold a flea market before she walks down the aisle next month. On Thursday, Lee posted the following message on her Twitter account: "Flea market on Aug. 9 and 10: I will part ways with everything I have before I get married. Goodbye to everything that shared my splendid single days with me". Actress Song Hye-kyo and stylist Han Hye-yeon have also donated their belongings for Lee's flea market, which will take place at Supernormal, a fashion store in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, on Aug. 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only cash payments will be accepted, the singer said,...More
Uhm Tae-woong's wedding pictures with bride Yoon Hye-jin 2013/01/10, Source,
Actor Uhm Tae-woong and bride Yoon Hye-jin revealed their wedding photos from their wedding that was held on the 9th at the Seoul Conrad Hotel.
In the pictures, the two are looking at each other with huge smiles. Despite the fact that the bride is 3 months pregnant, she still has a slim body with shining beauty,...More
Lee Hyori takes a break from public commercials 2012/11/28, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori declared that she is taking a break from public commercials.
To a media source that announced Lee Hyo-ri was quitting commercials, her agency claimed that she was not starring in any animality or alcohol product ads due to her widened interest in abandoned animals and the environment,...More
2012 K-Pop Video Contest Draws Hundreds of Entries from Worldwide, Awards 15 Top Prizes 2012/07/03, Source,
K-Pop lovers from across the globe vied for their chance at fame in the 2012 K-Pop Video Contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, and the 15 winners have just been announced (full list below). The winners-hailing from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, and Romania-were selected from among 270 submissions that included cover dances, singing, and instrumental performances, evaluated based on expression and content. The understanding of Korean culture and the enthusiasm for K-Pop became important factors for evaluation, said Byung Goo Choi, director of the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC. The quality videos made us realize the popularity of K-POP,...More
Fashion Magazine Shoot Shows Lee Hyori Still Oozing Sex Appeal 2012/06/20, Source,
Never far from the media spotlight, Lee Hyori is generating much buzz after her racy photo shoot with top model Matthew Terry was unveiled. In one of the photos for the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes that were unveiled on Tuesday, Lee strikes a provocative pose in blue jeans and no top while being cradled in Terry's arms. In another, she again flashes her sexy credentials in just jeans and a bra,...More
Liquor Adverts Rely on Star Power 2012/06/18, Source,
More and more top stars are appearing in ads for alcoholic beverages, which critics say could be one reason for Korea's cavalier attitude to heavy drinking. Women are especially sought-after for soju commercials, which have featured pop diva Lee Hyori and actresses Shin Min-a and Kim Tae-hee, to name just a few, making the commercials an increasingly reliable gauge of a female celebrity's marketability,...More
[Photo N] Lee Hyori in swimwear 2012/04/18, Source, Lee Hyori revealed her outlooks on marriage along with a photo collection that covers all throughout sexiness and innocence.
Lee Hyori's outlooks on marriage were released on the issue of High Cut that is being released on the 19th of April as well as various looks of Lee Hyori wearing lounge wear and swimwear,...More
Four films and two shorts from South Korea showcased at Terracotta festival 2012/04/14, Source,
The Terracotta Far East Film Festival, London's premier festival celebrating Asian film, returns to the Prince Charles Cinema and will run from 12th-15th April 2012. Terracotta Far East Film Festival is an annual event which aim is to widen the audience for Far Eastern film in the UK and to further promote this genre to existing film fans. For this year's 4th edition, the festival aimed to emphasize the leading position and diversity of Korean cinema and will feature a panel of 4 films from different genre including blockbuster "My Way, Kim Ki-duk's "ARIRANG - Movie" and a Double Bill of Korean hit comedies,...More
Art and Culture 2012/04/11, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. From Kpop stories to the latest Hollywood updates, Michelle Kim has it all in store for us. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young
So what's the latest entertainment news
[Reporter : ] If you think about it, the music scene in Korea right now is mostly dominated by kpop groups and male artists; and lacking a lot of female solo artists nowadays. To change this ongoing pattern, five female artists are planning on a comeback this year,...More
Freedom of expression for entertainers 2012/03/21, Source,
By Kim Ji-hyun
A broadcasting company recently banned an actress from appearing on its program for expressing her political opinion in a talk show. The expression of political and social opinions in public by a growing number of entertainers has been causing a controversy here. In my opinion, entertainers shouldn't be oppressed from expressing their opinions in public.
First of all, in a democratic society, all people have the right to speak freely, and entertainers are not an exception. If they want to, entertainers should speak and express themselves and that's what freedom of speech provides us,...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
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/11, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
In showbiz, the best news is always about love.
This week, Hallyu star Jun Ji-hyun [전지현] formally announced that she's been hit with Cupid's arrow,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/05, Source,
On December 21st, Lee Hyori had a fan signing in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.
[Interview : Lee Hyori, Singer] "I created a calendar to promote the adoption of stray dogs, so please spread the word. I really hope that we can help many of them this winter". Lee Hyori took a moment to meet her fans and to promote her new calendar,...More
Online social networks becoming rumor mill 2011/11/19, Source, Calls mount for gov't to take tougher stance against rumormongers
By Lee Hyo-sik
Twitter and other social networking service (SNS) tools have enabled young people and others marginalized by mainstream media outlets to express their opinions on various social issues.
SNS users have brought a great deal of political and social change here by pressuring politicians and other decision makers to reflect their views,...More
Lee Hyori to Meet Primatologist Jane Goodall 2011/10/14, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori (32) will meet the primatologist and environmentalist Jane Goodall, who is famous for her studies on chimpanzees, in the USA. Lee's agency B2M Entertainment said on October 13, "Lee Hyori had received an offer to interview Jane Goodall from a magazine publisher, and she left for Seattle on October 11 to have a meeting with Jane Goodall today".,...More
Lee Hyori Off To Seattle To Interview Jane Goodall 2011/10/13, Source,
Well known for her work advocating for abandoned animals, singer Lee Hyori will be meeting with the world-renowned scholar and animal expert, Jane Goodall.
Lee posted up on her twitter on October 13th, "I've always been interviewed, this is the first time I'm interviewing someone else. On top of that, that someone is Jane Goodall. I'm so nervous. What do I do? From now on, I think I should be a bit more friendly to those coming to interview me",...More
Weekly star scene 2011/09/29, Source,
It's time now for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the week's five hottest stories from the Korean entertainment industry.
: We have our one and only energetic Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Good Morning 건영! Hi Sean!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, it seems that Korea is still in shock over top comedian Kang Ho-dong's announcement that he will be retiring from the industry. We are hearing updates about his activities on entertainment news shows each week. He finished his last episode of "One Night, Two Days" on September 25th and will wrap up "Star King" on October 8th, before enterting his tentative retirement.,...More
Lee Hyori comforts Uhm Tae-woong 2011/08/29, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori comforted Uhm Tae-woong who lost his pet dog Bektong.
She posted on her Twitter on the 29th, "Tae-woong went all the way to the market to find his pet dog and he text me, what he's going to do with all the dogs that look like Bektong. I teared when I read that text".,...More
Kim Yuna, Most Memorable Ad Model For First Half of 2011 2011/08/18, Source,
World-renowned figure skater Kim Yuna leaves deep impressions not only on the ice, but through her many advertisements.
According to a report on the most memorable ad model for the first half of 2011 conducted by government organizations, Kim came out on top with 10.5% of the votes. This is her third win after being number one in 2009 and 2010,...More
'Superstar K3' returns with diverse music 2011/08/16, Source,
Judges for "Superstar K3", from left, Kim Yong-beom, Lee Seung-chul, Yoon Mi-rae and Yoon Jong-shin, pose for the camera at a press conference in Sangam-dong, Seoul last week. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo Mnet's "Superstar K" is the program that ignited the talent show boom in Korea. It has returned for a third season, with new judges, more contestants and improved rules embracing more diversity. The first segment that aired Friday immediately became the talk of the town. Ten-year-old girl Son Ye-rim, Choi Yeong-tae who sang his own songs and Yeri Band passed the regional preliminary round in Busan under much attention,...More
Best Bikini Bods In The Biz? 2011/08/01, Source,
It's summer time and what epitomizes summer more than getting into your swimsuits for fun at the beach?
Amidst the many Korean celebrities boasting enviable figures, a list was compiled by a panel of 5,000 from the research site Tillion, of some of the best bikini bods in the biz,...More
Korea's Fashion Leaders 2011/07/25, Source,
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Seo-hyun, G-Dragon, Gong Hyo-jin, Lee Boo-jin, Lee Kun-hee, Kim Yong-ho-I, and Hong Jung-wook
Who are the most influential fashion icons in Korea in 2011? The Chosun Ilbo asked 32 fashion experts to name five celebrities in politics, business, sports, culture or entertainment in any order, and came up with a representative list,...More
A district court ordered singer Lee Hyori's former songwriter to pay her former agency 270 million won in compensation, Friday,...More
Top Stars Donate Belongings to Charity 2011/07/19, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori, actress Park Si-yeon and fashion stylists Han Hye-yeon and Jung Bo-yoon are holding a charity bazaar of their personal belongings from Thursday to Saturday to raise money for various causes. Close to 1,000 items, ranging from shoes to jewelry, are scheduled to be sold,...More
Lee Hyori Sponsoring Indian Slum Kids 2011/07/16, Source,
As the summer monsoon rain pounded the streets of India's commercial and entertainment capital last week, singer Lee Hyori was not lost in reflections of her wealth and success, but on the similarities between this Korean sex symbol and a 16-year-old Indian girl she met in the slums of Mumbai the day before.
"She reminded me of myself when I was young", said the 32-year-old celebrity, who grew up in poverty,...More
KBS World, the international satellite channel of the Korean Broadcasting System, has launched an English entertainment show, "K-WAVE STATION".
The weekly 30-minute show airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and consists of three sections — K-wave News, K-pop No. 1, and Idol Adventures —,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/06/01, Source,
Once again it's time for weekly star scene, your update of the latest comings and goings in entertainment.
: We have our oh so unique reporter Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hello 건영 and Sean! Now we recently there has been some exciting news about a big star couple! ^.~ That's right! I am talking about Eugene and Ki-Tae-yeong. The announced to a roomful of press that they will be tying the knot this year! Let's go ahead and join everyone at the scene of the press conference where both stars were all smiles in announcing their big day!,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/05/12, Source, Show transcript
Once again it's time for "weekly star scene", where we have a review of the events that moved and shook the Korean entertainment scene during the past week.
: We have no other than our unique Dami in the studio! Hello Dami.
[Reporter : ] : Hi 견영! Hi Sean! First let me ask 건영, who would you like to sing at your wedding: __________ . Why do you ask[Reporter : ] : Well, indeed, no wedding is complete without a congratulatory song. And don't you think is make the most unforgettable wedding if you could have a Hallyu star to perform on your big day
King of all trades, Lee Seung-gi, with his proven talents in singing, acting and hosting TV shows, has come to grace an otherwise ordinary wedding today,...More
Idol Groups to Have Showdowns in New Year 2011/01/05, Source,
Idol groups are fighting fierce battles from the start of the new year by releasing new albums. Many idol groups including star idol groups such as TVXQ, Seungri from Big Bang, and JYJ, and newcomer groups such as MBLAQ, Secret, Dalmatian, Infinite, and Dalshabet will release new albums. Usually, singers do not release new albums in January and February after finishing their activities at the end of the last year, but this year will be different because star singers and new singers are all beginning to have showdowns from the beginning of the year. The team leader of the Music Business Department at Mnet Media said on January 2, "Singers tended to release new albums in September or October in the past, but recently they are actively performing all year round by releasing single albums and mini albums. Idol groups regardless of their popularity all think that they will be forgotten if they do not have activities, so they release new songs one after another without taking a long break",...More
Actor Park Hae-jin suspected of shirking military service 2010/11/28, Source,
Actor Park Hae-jin [10Asia]
Korean actor Park Hae-jin is embroiled in controversy after being suspected of evading Korea's two-year mandatory military service by falsely reporting of suffering from mental conditions.
Debate had been mounting since early last week after police stated they are planning to investigate into the neuropsychiatry department of a hospital in Korea's city of Daegu in the North Gyeongsang Province on charges of providing false medical reports declaring draft evaders unfit for military service,...More
On Monday afternoon at the National Assembly's audit of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, pop princess,...More
[INTERVIEW] Super Junior's Shindong, Lee Teuk, Eunhyuk - Part 2 2010/09/29, Source, Leeteuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Shindong (Shindong), your dress up show is also popular. You recently even pulled off actress Shin Min-a's look from SBS TV series "My Girlfriend is Gumiho". I'm sure even the preparation that goes into isn't an easy job so what would you say are the difficulties you experience if there are any? Shindong (Shindong): I actually had dressed up a lot since a long time ago -- so much that there were almost nothing I hadn't dressed up as. I used to dress up once a day when I used to host a show on cable channel Mnet. But dressing up as someone isn't just about dressing up like them. There is a large amount of pressure that comes from the fact that you need to express yourself to be exactly like that person while doing it so that it's also fun and what I was worried about a lot was whether the onlooker would enjoy watching me do it,...More
According to sources from KBS Cool FM program "Gayo Gwangjang", memb,...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
Lee Hyori songwriter held in custody for plagiarism 2010/09/15, Source, Lee Hyori [Mnet]
Prosecutors have detained a songwriter who provided Korean singer Lee Hyori with several plagiarized songs for her latest album "H-Logic".
Local news broadcaster YTN reported on Tuesday that songwriter Bahnus Vacuum, whose real name has been known by his surname Lee, has been held in custody by the Seoul Seobu Disctrict Prosecutors Office on charges of fraud,...More
Actress Park Si-yeon's Song Picks 2010/08/05, Source,
Actress Park Si-yeon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
There are many words in this world which can be used to describe a beautiful woman but the adjective which probably best suits actress Park Si-yeon is 'alluring'. The clean-cut contour of her face and deep eyes which became known first through her participation in the Miss Korea competition in 2000 and then a cosmetics commercial, continues to retain its classical beauty ten years later. That may be why the characters Park played were women who drove many men to their destruction and misfortune,...More
Several top entertainers have recently made headlines not with their hit movies or songs but by taking the role of villain in the real world. But such celebrities ar,...More
Son Dam-bi: 'Taking Criticism of My Singing Is My Assignment' 2010/07/30, Source,
As they say that good times come with the bad, star singer Son Dam-bi (27), who recently released a mini album entitled "The Queen", is now facing unfavorable reviews for the first time.
The music video for the title song "Queen" has been talked about with allegations of plagiarizing an American drama, and the video of her appearance on TV was posted on an Internet website with the MR (Music Recorded) removed, so she has been pointed out for her lack of singing ability. She eventually confirmed the plagiarism from the music video production company and the problematic scene has been deleted from the music video, and now she is singing the chorus live, although she had originally planned not to sing it live to focus on dancing,...More
Lee Hyori songwriter handed over to prosecutors for fraud 2010/07/22, Source,
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori
The songwriter who provided Korean singer Lee Hyori with plagiarized songs for her latest album "H-Logic" has been handed over to prosecutors on charges of fraud, according to SBS TV's eight o'clock news which aired Wednesday.
It was reported that early this year, a songwriter known by the last name Lee had heard that Lee Hyori was looking for songs to put on her fourth album,...More
[REVIEW] Variety show "Haha Mong Show" - Premiere episode 2010/07/06, Source, Just who is the current target audience for "Haha Mong Show"?
Hosts MC Mong and Haha (front) of variety show "Haha Mong Show" [SBS]
"Haha Mong Show" - First episode (SBS TV, Sunday 10:45 AM)
The first main guest [Korean singer Lee Hyori] on the premiere episode of "Haha Mong Show" is caught up in a plagiarism controversy while one of the show's emcees is being suspected of shirking Korea's mandatory military duties. "Haha Mong Show", which premiered on the small screen two months after its pilot broadcast, kicked off in the midst of unfavorable events surrounding the show. But apart from such external circumstances, the bigger problem lies in the "Haha Mong Show" itself and how the show was a mess overall,...More
Lee Hyori's agency sues Bahnus Vacuum 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean singer Lee Hyori's agency Mnet Media has taken legal action for the recent plagiarism controversy surrounding Lee's latest album "H-Logic", filing criminal charges against record producer group Bahnus Vaccuum to Seoul West District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday.
"Bahnus provided [Lee and Mnet Media] songs that were plagiarized", an official at Mnet Media told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Thursday. "Today [July 1], we filed a criminal lawsuit against Bahnus Vaccuum for fraud and obstruction of work",...More
Her agency Mnet Media will sue the composer for,...More
Lee Hyori admits to plagiarism accusations 2010/06/21, Source,
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean singer Lee Hyori has admitted that several songs from her latest album "H-Logic" were plagiarized, taking responsibility for the situation by announcing a break from all musical activities until the matter is sorted out.
The singer posted a message on her official fan cafe on Sunday morning, providing fans with a detailed explanation of the entire situation and stating that "there will be no follow-up activities unless [the plagiarism controversy] gets solved",...More
The popular Korean program "Super Star K" is reaching out to the United States. Mnet Media, the cable channel that airs the show, announced Wednesday that the progr,...More
Super Junior grabs 2nd win on televised music programs 2010/05/31, Source,
Korean boy band Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols Super Junior rose to the top of a televised music program over the weekend again.
The boys claimed their second consecutive win on KBS' music show "Music Bank" with their latest single "BONAMANA" from their fourth full-length album of the same name which they have been promoting since the album's release on May 13,...More
Rain and Lee Hyori rock televised music shows 2010/05/03, Source,
Winners of televised music programs Rain and Lee Hyori [J.Tune Entertainment, Mnet Entertainment]
Top Korean singers Rain and Lee Hyori took over the top spot on televised music programs over the weekend.
"Love Song" singer Rain claimed the top honor on KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank", taking his third consecutive win on the show, while queen of pop Lee Hyori's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" scored the Mutizen Award on SBS' music program "Inkigayo" on Sunday,...More
[ChanMi's star news] ELLE with Lee Hyori 2010/04/29, Source,
World's best magazine ELLE's May issue is starring boyish charisma by Lee Hyori!
Her pose and glare at the camera has no hesitation. She captures the audience at once with her attraction.
Lee Hyori is wearing a leather jacket with an acrobatic pose in this photoshoot. Short cut hair makes her look more bold with the red lipstick.
Lee is the older sister for many fans and her hip hop al,...More
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
2PM tops weekly music charts with "Without U" 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM has topped several K-pop music charts this week with their latest single "Without U", triumphing over new hit tunes by Rain and Lee Hyori.
"Without U", the title track from the group's new album "Don't Stop Can't Stop", ranked at No. 1 on various music charts including Monkey3, Dosirak and Mnet for the week of April 19 through 25,...More
Rain shines on music program with "Love Song" 2010/04/26, Source,
Korean pop star Rain [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Rain's title ballad "Love Song" scored its second win on KBS' televised music program "Music Bank" over the weekend, according to the show's official website on Monday.
Rain beat out "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" by songstress Lee Hyori and "Run Devil Run" by female K-pop group Girls' Generation to take the top honor on the Friday show,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori's amazing concept 2010/04/22, Source, Lee Hyori is in VOGUE KOREA May issue.
She is wearing a dress with a zip up jumper holding two basketballs.
This is no regular concept. Her hair and makeup has taken a long time and yet her energetic attitude is well portrayed here.
Lee has been loved by her new album and is glad t,...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
Lee Hyori new album reigns Mnet charts 2010/04/20, Source,
Korean queen of pop on Mnet's "Mnet Countdown' [Mnet]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has gracefully bowed onto the top spot of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
The songstress' title track from her fourth album "H. Logic" claimed the No. 1 position on the chart, pushing back last week's winner Rain to become the most-popular single during the week of April 12 to 18,...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
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori is in business! 2010/04/16, Source, Lee Hyori has been back!
Her new album "H-LOGIC" brought her to the fashion magazine COSMOPOLITAN's May issue. She is in a Bohemian Cow girl concept.
She is weawring Guess jeans in solitary settings. Her fantastic body line is revealed in the tank top and roll up jeans that,...More
Lee Hyori: 'Tide of Girl Groups is not Crisis, but Opportunity' 2010/04/15, Source,
Interviewer: "Do you regard yourself as a star singer?"
Lee Hyori: "Since I can see many vicious comments about me, I might rank among the top in terms of people's interest".
Interviewer: "There are opinions that you tried to emulate the style of pop singers such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce".
Lee Hyori: "I do not want to lag behind the international trend. More important point is that I have to make my own style while following the trend".
There are no unnecessary words in the conversation with singer Lee Hyori (31). She sometimes straightforwardly opens her heart and she is also very good at pushing and pulling during the talk. She can attract her fans both with her sensual eyes that are full of charisma onstage and her smiling eyes revealing her easygoing personality on reality shows.
I met Lee Hyori, who recently released her fourth album entitled "H.LOGIC", at her favorite café. She came out in comfortable clothes with a baseball cap on her head. She expressed her satisfaction by saying, "Releasing an album is like waiting for my homework to be checked. But, comparing to the past when I used to be very nervous, this time was different because I wanted to let people hear my songs as soon as possible",...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
Lee Hyori rules singles chart with "Swing" 2010/04/15, Source,
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori promoting her single "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has ascended her way up to the top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 4 to 10 with her latest single "Swing".
The songstress scored her first win during the second week of April, scaling up 11 spots on the music chart to beat out last week's winner Rain.
The new song by Lee has been gaining popularity since its release earlier this month on online music sites. She will be making her stage comeback today on the televised music program "Mnet Countdown",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori looks different 2010/04/14, Source, Lee Hyori is showing a very different look than before.
Her new album "H-LOGIC" has brought a new wave of looks and music.
She is busy with her schedule and has taken time to be in the ELLE magazine shoot.
Her Charisma is definitely taking over the pi,...More
Lee Hyori's new album sweeps online music charts 2010/04/13, Source,
Album cover of Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" [Mnet Entertainment]
Pop sensation Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" has skyrocketed to the top of online music charts in just a day of its release.
Title track "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has taken over the No. 1 spot on all music charts, while other tracks on her record have entered the top 50 of several online music charts including Melon, Dosirak and social networking website Cyworld.
On the web-based charts of cable music channel Mnet and music provider Bugs, the entire record listing successfully broke into the top 30 slots,...More
Rain celebrates double win on Mnet charts 2010/04/13, Source,
Picture of Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Rain has made his way to the top of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Love Song".
The title track from the singer's latest album "BACK TO THE BASIC" bounced up three slots from its previous position to rank the hottest single during the week of April 5 to 11,...More
Lee Hyori pulls up album release to today 2010/04/12, Source,
Singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]
Singer Lee Hyori's album will be released today, a day earlier than announced last week, according to her agency Mnet Media on Monday.
Mnet decided to pull up the date from midnight on Tuesday to 11 a.m. today, after the title song to her new album "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" got leaked on video website YouTube over the weekend,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori makes an impact again! 2010/04/09, Source,
She has returned as a hip hop legend!
The sexy star Lee Hyori is back with her 4th album titled, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Her return has been previewed through the teaser music video of 30 seconds.
There is powerful hip hop sound with trendsetting style! This teaser was only 30 seconds but it left a big impact for the viewers.
The powerful beat and quick rhythm was impressive with its great images. Her bold statements were emphasized with her powerful voice.,...More
Lee Hyori to unveil teaser video to album title track today 2010/04/09, Source,
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori will be unveiling the teaser video to the title track of her upcoming album today, according to her agency Mnet Media on Friday.
Mnet explained that the teaser, a 30-second clip from the music video to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", will be released on major portal sites and various online music providers at 5 p.m. today,...More
Lee Hyori postpones album release to April 13 2010/04/07, Source,
K-pop idol Lee Hyori for her song "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]
Korean pop phenom Lee Hyori has postponed the release date of her new album "H-Logic", according to her agency Mnet Entertainment on Wednesday.
A representative at Mnet stated the date has been delayed from tomorrow to April 13, also pushing back the unveiling of her music video and title track.
"It is still unclear whether music shows will air this week so we didn't want to release the album first and have her wait too long till giving her first performance", Mnet explained of the reason for their decision,...More
Rain says "Love Song" based on own experience - Part 1 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean singer Rain [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain says the inspiration for his latest single "Love Song" came from his own experiences. The artist made the remark during a press conference for his new album "BACK TO THE BASICS" held Monday at the KT Building in Youido. He is set to return to the Korean music scene with his special album due out April 7 featuring the title track "Love Song", the first in two years since releasing his last studio album "Rainism" in 2008. Below are excerpts from his press conference. 10: Your first song off the new album is a ballad instead of a dance song and you have taken on an androgynous image which is different from your previous images. What was the reason behind this attempt? Rain: I want to show a definite change because it has been eight years since I made my debut. I had recorded "Love Song" when "Rainism" was unveiled. With "Song" I took out the embellishments and released something light. I was looking to perform an authentic ballad. After promoting “Song,” I am thinking of promoting "Hip Song", a dance track from the album. My androgynous image is a ground breaking attempt. I wanted to stimulate the listeners through my eyebrows, vest, leather pants and hat which are impossible to match with the bling bling music. Releasing the music will be the first round and I want to show new things through my performances on stage. I want to put on a performance that will satisfy the audience's ears and eyes,...More
Lee Hyori unveils new single "Swing" from upcoming album 2010/04/02, Source,
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori in the music video for new single "Swing" [Mnet Media]
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori has unveiled a new single titled "Swing" from her upcoming fourth album "H-Logic", according to her agency Mnet Media.
The singer revealed her latest song and its music video through Mnet website and portal site Naver yesterday, prior to the record's official release on April 8.
"Swing", which is composed of acoustic guitar melodies, features Gary of popular Korean hip-hop duo Leessang,...More
Lee Hyori gears up for comeback next week 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]
Top Korean singer Lee Hyori is gearing up for a comeback to the K-pop music scene with her fourth album release next week, according to her agency Mnet Media.
Mnet on Monday unveiled a 30-second spot teaser video of the singer on Mnet.com and portal site Naver after having announced the previous day that Lee will be releasing a new record titled "H-Logic" on April 8,...More
The Luxury Properties Owned by Korean Stars 2010/03/18, Source, Sports, TV and movie stars are the envy of many, and that has if anything increased with the revelations of their vast real estate holdings. Although such cases are limited to only the highest-paid st,...More
Rain, Se7en, Hyo-lee, and Boa to Return to Korea 2010/03/04, Source, Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.
Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori models for GUESS 2010/03/02, Source,
Sexy queen, Lee Hyori is in GUESS EYEWEAR model shoot.
She has been in the launching of Guess Eyewear product. She is posing for the camera in the picture.
Her curvy features and the chic charisma is perfect for this brand.
Will she bring a new fashion trend through this design?,...More
The small screen has had its fair share of sports dramas, so the question must be asked: Are local viewers r,...More
[REVIEW] Variety show "Family Outing" 2010/02/08, Source,
Season 1 finale of variety show "Family Outing" [SBS]
"Family Outing" - Final episode, SBS TV (Sunday, 5:10 PM)
The family's last trip was no different from any other. The family members still played games, continued to play the game of love sticks in the hope they might avoid the dreaded early morning chores, huddled in a single room to go to sleep and made breakfast when they woke up. Except for the fact that they presented the production crew with red bean noodles, which would be their last breakfast together, it was the routine morning viewers had gotten used to seeing on the show.,...More
Jo Kwon becomes newest member of "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/19, Source,
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon has decided to join the new cast of SBS variety show "Family Outing", becoming the latest in a string of celebrities who have agreed to appear in a revamped season of the program.
A source close to Kwon said, "We have talked with the producers of the show and he has been set to appear as a regular in the second season".,...More
Boy and girl bands may have conquered music charts last year, but solo singers are aiming at comebacks in 2010. But will they be able to win over fans amid the popu,...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
2PM's Ok Taecyeon also cast for "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM member Ok Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM's Ok Taecyeon has become the latest celebrity to join the new cast of variety show "Family Outing", according to one of the show's producers on Friday.
"Ok Taecyeon has decided to appear on the second season of 'Family Outing'" said SBS entertainment producer Nam Seung-yong in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily. He added that they are "planning to cast one or two more people" but added that it is "too early to say who they will be".,...More
Girls' Generation Yoona to appear on "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source, Girls' Generation member Yoona [SM Entertainment]
Girls' Generation member Yoona has joined the cast of the new season of variety show "Family Outing", according to the show's broadcaster SBS on Friday.
An official at SBS told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that the 19-year-old singer has agreed to appear on the second season of 'Family', where she had made a guest appearance last year.
Producers of "Family Outing" have reportedly asked many Korean celebrities -- including actor Yoon Sang-hyun, singers Psy and 2PM's Taecyeon-- to be regulars on the new season. So far, actress and show host Kim Won-hee and comedian Ji Sang-ryul have confirmed to become part of the new cast.,...More
Yoon Sang-hyun verbally agreed to join "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun verbally agreed to appear in the new season of variety show "Family Outing",, according to his agency MGB Entertainment.
An official at MGB told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Wednesday the actor has "given a verbal agreement to do the show with the producers of the show".
However, the official went on to say, "But it literally is only a verbal agreement, not a commitment. We didn't sign the contract yet. We'll have to see what happens in the future".
The agency had explained yesterday that "nothing has been set" after news broke out that Yoon was considering to appear on the second season of "Family", one of the most popular variety programs in Korea which will soon end its first season run.,...More
Yoon Sang-hyun considering new season of "Family Outing" 2010/01/06, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyun is reportedly considering to appear in the new season of variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency MGB Entertainment. An official at MGB told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Tuesday that Yoon has been asked to appear on the show's second season, but also explained that they were "baffled the news had been printed in the media". "Yoon Sang-hyun is scheduled to work in Japan and looking into new projects so nothing has been set", the official said. "But he is discussing the matter on a positive note". The entire cast from the first season of "Family", including the show's host Yoo Jae-suk and singer Lee Hyori, are set to leave the show.,...More
"Family Outing" to shoot final episode next week 2010/01/06, Source,
Scenes from variety show "Family Outing" [SBS]
Producers of SBS variety show "Family Outing" have announced that they will close the show, with shooting of the final episode set to take place on January 11. The producers explained on Tuesday that they "chose to bid farewell" and that former regulars on the show -- such as Lee Chun-hee, Park Ye-jin and Park Si-yeon -- will be joining the final shoot. "The producers and Family [cast] members will do their best to the end, as we have always done", the show's creators were quoted as saying. "We thank our viewers for their overwhelming love and we ask for your continued support for the Family members".,...More
Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Hyori share grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards 2009/12/31, Source,
Korean entertainers Lee Hyori (left) and Yoo Jae-suk at SBS Entertainment Awards [SBS]
Korean entertainers Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Hyori shared the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Wednesday.
Yoo, who won the same title yesterday at MBC, was so nervous and ecstatic that he could not carry on with his speech.
"I don't know how to express my gratitude", said Yoo in his acceptance speech. "This is too big of an award for me. I won a big award yesterday and I don't know if I should keep receiving these awards. Thank you so much, I can't think of what to say. Can Hyo-lee go first?",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori in New York! 2009/11/27, Source,
The actress and pop star Lee Hyori is in New York!
Sexy icon will be releasing her new album next January and to work on the concept for this album, she has gone to New York!
She will be making the costumes and concepts for her performances.,...More
Jeans Brands Woo Top Stars for Ads 2009/10/15, Source, Jeans brands seem to be replacing cosmetics as the most coveted prize among Korea's advertising contracts. Traditionally, becoming the " face " of cosmetics brands was the recognition of bona fide sta,...More
Super Star K Produces Its First Singer 2009/09/25, Source, Korea's talent search show, Super Star K, on Mnet produced its first professional singer. Jeong Seul-ki left a very strong impression on music industry insiders and the show's judges although she was eliminated in the fourth preliminary round. She sang "I Have No Heart" by 8ight and moved,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori with sexy models! 2009/08/20, Source, American sexy casual brand, GUESS has starred Lee Hyori has their main model for the 'RED PROMOTION' campaign. Lee modeled with other sexy male models that makes this shoot very much charismatic.
The new visual are for the Fall season's RED LINE products that will emphasize the hot and sexy model Lee Hyori's concept of "TEMPTATION OF HYORI",...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 take] Hyo-lee with different hair styles 2009/02/10, Source, She is a pop star as well as an actress.
Lee Hyori also has different looks that look good on her!
She can take the role of a student, as well as a sexy diva anywhere.
Which Hyo-lee do you like best?
The Hyo-lee with purely straight, preppy straight, candy wave, or go-go wave hair?,...More
The idol forecast for 2009 will be bright with new groups, individual activities, concerts and tours.
Super Junior, the 13-member pop group, saw some of its members branching out here and also abroad through smaller "units" like Super Junior-T, Super Junior-Hap,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Hyori in hospital for 8 days 2009/01/03, Source, Pop star and actress Lee Hyori has been in hospitalized for 8 days and is resting at home currently.
Last December 26th, She has been found passed out and was rushed to the Emergency Room. Lee has spent her year end in the hospital where she had a lot of time to watch TV!
Her friends say that she has recovered a lot of her health and was sent home on the second. For now, she has no schedule to work but an upcoming filming for a TV program.
Lee has suffered malnutrition and tumor in her lungs. All she needs is a lot of rest and care. If you've wondered why she hasn't been in any year end awards ceremonies, she was resting at home to recover her health!,...More
Pop group Wonder Girls have been chosen as "Koreans' Favorite Singer" for two consecutive years. According to research company Gallup Korea Wednesday, the group was voted No. 1 among 4,330 Koreans who participated in three individual surveys carried out from last,...More
As the end of 2008 draws near, numerous singers are beckoning fans with Christmas and year-end concerts. Intimate and cozy shows may be the answer for some, but those looking for bigger and wilder shows are in for a treat.
Autumn is considered "men's season" here, with the cool fall breeze blowing jackets open and solitude flowing in the air. But this year, the local pop scene will be crowded with both male and female singers. Singers like Jo Sung-mo,,...More
Big Bang's 'Day by Day' Sweeps K-POP Charts for Four Weeks 2008/09/08, Source, "Day by Day", the title song of the third album released by five-member male vocal group Big Bang, has topped the "Melon Music Chart" for four straight weeks since it was released on August 6. Previously, Big Bang topped various K-pop charts last year for more than six weeks with,...More
Over the weekend, Koreans may have noticed something a little bit too familiar in the moment following the announcement of the nation's first 2008 Olympic gold medals: Korean pop songs by Lee Hyori and,...More
[Interview of the week] Thirty, rehearsal is over! Entertainer Lee Ji-hoon 2008/07/24, Source, It's been 12 years since Lee Ji-hoon's debut, but he is 'still' careful to define himself. The word 'still' may sound odd, but that seems most fitting. It's because he has overcome dangers that don't happen easily, and he is beginning to bear fruit for his longtime prayers. Lee Ji-hoon, who is turning thirty this year, says that his life so far has only been an introduction. The thing I need is not a break but energy "One glass of hot cocoa". Mid-June brought an earlier heat wave, and Lee Ji-hoon, who we met at a cafe, ordered hot cocoa. Hot cocoa on a day for refreshing iced tea… He laughs and explains, feeling the eyes of the reporter on him. "I didn't get to drink it this morning. I have filming left in the afternoon, so I'm going to replenish my calories". MBC drama "New Heart", which started November 2007 ended in February, in March and April, made his album and started filming KBS drama "You Are My Destiny", Japanese show in May and release of his sixth album ' The Classic '. Lee Ji-hoon, who has come nonstop, didn't need a break but replenishment. In the midst of his busy schedule with drama filming, interviews, and television programs, he is heavy-hearted for the lack of his album activities.,...More
What Makes the Wonder Girls 'So Hot'? 2008/07/18, Source, Leave it to the Wonder Girls to make lightning strike twice. Not long ago the pop group sparked a national craze with their hit song and dance "Tell Me". Now it looks as if they've done it again, with their latest track "So Hot" growing as popular as the "Tell Me" phenomenon. Netizens' home-made ver,...More
Boy band Big Bang seems to have it all, from loving fans, stylish fashion trends, easy-to-memorize songs and the members' distinctive characteristics. Now, the ambitious group is expanding their talents in ot,...More
Seo In-young Returns as Solo 2008/07/11, Source, Seo In-young of female band Jewelry will return as solo singer later this month with a song written by Psy. The release of Seo's new solo album is scheduled for July 23rd, which signals a fierce battle over the title of top dancing queen with,...More
K-pop's golden boys stage comebacks 2008/07/07, Source, Key players of K-pop's golden generation are returning to the music scene after a long hiatus, which is good news for the long-struggling local pop music industry.
Although there has not been an album surpassing the 100,000 sales mark so far this year, the situation was totally different 10 years,...More
Kim Tae-hee 'Eyes', Han Ga-in 'Nose', Song Hye-kyo 'Mouth' 2008/06/26, Source, It's a world full of beauties. If you turn on the television, the screen is vividly filled with well-defined faces. The internet is full of regular people who are known for their beautiful faces or bodies. Beauty marketing is everywhere, and it has been a long time since beauty has become a way to j,...More
The trend on television these days is "reality" and these are beginning to dominate productions.
Reality shows depict the stories of people of their lives. Unlike a drama or a talk show, the flow is more natural and most importantly, unpredictable. The programs,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
Putting a Foreign Face on a Korean Brand 2008/03/07, Source, Kate Moss, Raquel Zimmerman, Hilary Rhoda, and Agyness Deyn. These are world-famous models whose names anybody interested in fashion would likely know. Besides that, they have another thing in common -- as well as appearing in ads for foreign luxury brands, they also represent Korean fashion brands.,...More
Korean pop music may be as popular as ever, but popularity does not translate into record sales. The K-pop music industry continues to struggle with the decline in album sales over the past seven years.
The year 2007 was no different. Based on the data o,...More
Korea's 20-somethings Being Sidelined 2007/11/07, Source, It's tough being in your 20s in Korea. With youth unemployment hovering at 7 percent for four or five years running, 20-somethings are being squeezed between hyper-energetic teens and those in their vigorous 30s. The Twens are variously described as the "No Graduation Generation" -- because students,...More
Video Scandal Casts Cloud Over Ivy's Schedule 2007/11/05, Source, Singer "Ivy" is going through a rough patch after the arrest of a man named Yu (31) last week who had attempted to blackmail her with a revealing video clip showing him with the K-pop star. "It is possible that such video clips exist since "Ivy" slept over at Yu's place quite often, but none were sh,...More
10 Influential Women on the Cultural Scene (1950-2007) 2007/10/22, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these moment,...More
Japanese actor Takuya Kimura won the Best Actor Award at the 2007 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA) held Monday night in Seoul. He won the award for his role in the Japanese TBS-made drama "The Grand Tribe", which a,...More
The Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange says 14 teams from nine countries will perform at the festival opening Sept. 22nd at Seoul World Cup Stadium. The star studded list includes,...More
When celebrities start dating or fall in love, they usually take pains to hide their relationships from the public eye. It's hard enough having a relationship, but it's even harder when the media is following your every move.
Justin Timberlake may be singing "I'm bringing sexy back", but in the K-pop scene, it seems the "sexy" concept is still alive and kicking. Sultry pop stars led by Lee Hyori and Ivy, as well as newcomer,...More
K-pop star Se7en's acting debut has been a disappointment to many fans, as shown by the lackluster ratings for his drama "Kung S" (Palace S - ",...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Pop Star Prepped for Better Year 2007/01/16, Source, "I gave it my best last year, but a lot of unfortunate stuff happened. Hopefully this year will be better. Instead of looking for simple popularity, this year I'm hoping people will see I'm improving,...More
Rain, Jun Ji-hyun Top on Fantasy Spouse List 2006/12/30, Source, A recent survey to uncover the number-one heartthrob for unmarried people shows that single men would most like to marry actress Jeon Ji-hyun and single women would sooner be hitched with singer Rain than any other man.
In the poll of 437 (217 men, 220 women) single members of the matchmaking fir,...More
Korea's 30 Most Influential Pop Culture Figures Released 2006/12/28, Source, CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.
The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomena of 2006 was the "going-solo" trend among former boy band and girl band members. In fact, this year's K-pop scene has been crowded with what seems like an endless procession of "first solo albums".
Stars and their Cars, in Korea and Abroad 2006/12/20, Source, Stars and luxury cars go together in the popular imagination: both attract attention, neither are easily accessible to the crowd. But more and more stars here choose prosaic Korean-made minivans as their preferred conveyance, albeit equipped with all mod cons inside. The vans account for half the ve,...More
Also on her own is Lee Hyori, who was formerly with all-girl group, Fin.K.L, before going solo in 2003.
Boys are not the only ones who can leave their band days behind. Women from popular girl groups su,...More
Top Singers to Make Comebacks in Fall 2006/08/09, Source, Several top singers will make comebacks this fall. Ballad singer Shin Seung-hoon will release his tenth album in early October after more than a two-year hiatus. Shin, who this year marks the 16th anniversary of his debut, is currently puttng finishing touches of his upcoming album and has set the d,...More
Fans Bet Kim Tae-hee's the Marrying Kind 2006/08/07, Source, As Kim Tae-hee's demure image suggests, her fans feel the actress would take to married life like a duck to water. In a poll on the homepage of the Sports Chosun, a sister paper of the Chosun Ilbo, asking which celebrity was most likely to enjo,...More
Speaking Her Mind 2006/08/05, Source, She is tough. She is energetic enough to love martial arts. Her provocative charm is more than evident in dance scenes from her latest movie, "Dasepo Girl". Her remarks on a TV show have invited a barrage of criticism. The name,...More
CJ Entertainment CEO named 'power leader' 2003/12/31, Source, Reflecting a year in which Korean films reached new heights, CJ Entertainment CEO Park Dong-ho was named the pop culture "power leader" of 2003 by The Herald Business, a sister newspaper of The Korea Herald.
CJ Entertainment, a film investment and distribution company, claimed 20.6 percent of th,...More
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