Kim Tae-hee and Rain en route honeymoon 2017/01/22, Source, Kim Tae-hee and Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) smiled.
The two headed for Incheon International Airport to Bali on the 22nd. Many thought they would leave for Bali in secret as they had their wedding under complete secrecy but they didn't. They stood right in front of the reporters,...More
JYP on Defensive Over Tzuyu Twitterstorm 2016/01/19, Source,
The Twitterstorm involving Tzuyu, the Taiwan-born member of manufactured girl group TWICE, continues to escalate in Korea, China and Taiwan. The fracas erupted when Tzuyu, who is all of 16 years old, was seen in a webcast waving the Taiwanese flag and was promptly made to apologize by JYP, the talent mill that runs the band, which only made matters worse,...More
2015 MAMA Wows Fans with Unprecedented Performances Featuring Cutting-edge Tech 2015/12/03,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that Asia's biggest music awards 2015 MAMA excited over 10,000 K-culture fans from all over the world as well as the fans who were watching 2015 MAMA via various online platforms and on TV, showcasing mega-scale performances at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, Hong Kong on December 2nd,...More
Nominees For 2015 Mama Announced, Online Voting Begins 2015/10/31, Source,
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a full list of nominees across 18 categories for the upcoming MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd. The announcement was broadcast live on Mnet and through Naver's mobile application V at 6 p.m. (KST) on October 30th. The nominees have been carefully selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from October 26th 2014 to October 29th 2015,...More
"Producers" experiments with 'documentary' 2015/05/07, Source, 'It was like a docu-drama' is what a manager of an actor said.
The drama seems that much "Real". "Producers" that's being released on the 15th is about the real things that happen in a broadcasting station. According to various sources, there is even a story about a real KBS Producers,...More
Singer Byul Still Shining 10 Years After Debut 2012/11/30, Source,
When Byul released her debut album in 2002, JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young gave her the stage name Byul ("S tar"), signifying his desire for her to become a shining light in the Korean music industry. Although Byul has failed to dominate the firmament of stars, she has managed to keep shining with a soft glow for the last decade and recently released her latest album "No stalgia" in commemoration of her 10th year in the limelight. "This album is to celebrate the 10th year [since my debut]", she said. "But I'm not attaching too much significance to this, or trying to prove myself in any particular way. I just, as always, sang songs that convey my every day feelings and thoughts,...More
Art and Culture 2012/11/14, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's time for our weekly celebrity news updates with Michelle Kim.
Today she'll give us the latest about the scandal on "Sesame Street" and tell us about a teen pop star break up. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what will you start us off with[Reporter : ] Today I'm going to begin with some shocking news about a television show that we all love and adore. The man behind the character of Elmo, the fuzzy red monster on the long-running American children's television show "Sesame Street", is taking a break from the show. Take a look at this to learn why,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/24, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. Today she has stories on a birth and a marriage.
Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young, and welcome back. Thank you. So what will you tell us first[Reporter : ] Well, to start us off, I have news on one of my favorite singers. This past weekend, Adele gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I have the details for you right now. 2012 has been a great year for Adele,...More
Why Psy and not JYP? 2012/09/21, Source,
By Jason Lim I just watched Psy perform live in New York City's Rockefeller Center on NBC's Today Show, a venue usually reserved for the most popular of international singers. I mean, you can't get much more mainstream than that in the U.S. Wait. And the song just hit No. 1 in iTunes in 17 countries across the world. Wait again. Psy was just parodied in Saturday Night Live, reaching the pantheon of international stardom. This is getting ridiculous. Next, they will be inviting him to the White House and Buckingham Palace. The problem is, for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I admit that the song is catchy, silly, and fun. Then again, there are a lot of catchy, silly, and fun songs out there,...More
Park Jin-young's birthday 'cake' 2012/08/30, Source,
Singer Park Jin-young sent Bae Yong-joon a birthday message.
He posted on his Me Today, "Today's Yonsama's birthday!" In one hand he's holding a bread-shaped like Yonsama and the other hand is holding a fist towards it with his face scrunched up. Netizens say, "I can see he's serious", "He's got so many friends" and more,...More
HaHa to marry Byul 2012/08/14, Source,
By Rachel Lee Singer-turned-comedian HaHa (Haha), 32, and singer Byul, 28, are expected to tie the knot in November this year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.07.20 ~ 2012.07.22 2012/07/23, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review
The third film in Christopher Nolan's Batman series has arrived in Korea and was welcomed by a massive reception of 1,992,257 admissions! "The Dark Knight Rises" was flagged to challenge the likes of Marvel's "The Avengers" for the 2012 crown; But despite this amazing admissions count, can "The Dark Knight Rises" continue with this first weekend momentum all the way to the top? In the face of Mr. Nolan's much anticipated blockbuster, Park Jeong-woo's "Deranged" was convincingly shoved off the podium; claiming just 15.70% (494,866) of the total tickets sales at the weekend,...More
Art and Culture 2012/07/18, Source,
It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear she has all of the latest gossip on Hollywood and beyond, so let's get right to business. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's the news this week,...More
BoA, queen of K-pop, returns with new album 2012/07/17, Source, BoA sings during SM Town Live World Tour III in Taiwan in this file photo taken on June 9. / Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Title track 'Only One' composed, written by 25-year-old singer By Rachel Lee Trailblazing K-pop singer BoA has been better known in recent months as a sharp-eyed judge following a stint last year on SBS' "K-pop Star", a popular audition program. But with a new studio album out next week she will bid to reaffirm her position as the queen of K-pop. Her agency, SM Entertainment, said Sunday that her seventh album titled "Only One" is set to be released through various musical online sites on July 22 and hit the shelves on July 25,...More
Wonder Girls Launch World Tour 2012/07/13, Source, The Wonder Girls launched the first leg of their Wonder World Tour 2012 on July 5th in Seoul, in the midst of five thousand fans. The Seoul concert was held at Jamsil Gymnasium, with the girls performing many of their hit songs like "Be My Baby", "Tell Me", "Nobody" and their latest "Like This".
The Wonder Girls were the first girl group to hold a solo concert in 2009, and were keen on showing how much they had matured at the latest concert. Rather than focusing on the visual elements and special effects, the girls showed off their voice through their live performances,...More
"Deranged" premieres sooner than expected 2012/06/06, Source,
Looks like we are going to see "Deranged" very soon! CJ Entertainment, the production company of the disaster-horror movie confirmed that "Deranged" will premiere in South Korean cinemas on 5 July. The new date is one week ahead of its original release date of 12 July, which was earlier confirmed by Ozone Film. The advanced release will also avoid the clash with Hollywood movies "The Amazing Spiderman" and "Cabin in the Woods" due to hit theaters on 12 July.,...More
"JYP Nation In Japan" Concert In August 2012/06/01, Source,
JYP Entertainment artists will all be heading to Japan for their first "family" concert there. JYP announced at 2PM's solo concert on May 31st at Budokan, Japan, that the agency's artists will all gather for two concerts in Tokyo and Yoyogi of Japan on August 18-19th. It's been a year since such a show, after a similar concert took place in Saitama's Super Arena last year,...More
Celebrity K-Pop Singers Share Sparrow's Diets with Fans 2012/05/10, Source,
A small portion of steamed cabbage, four small pieces of sweet potato and a chicken breast smaller than the size of his fist are what Jun-ho, a member of K-pop idol group 2PM, revealed on his Twitter to be his daily diet, which he consumes as a single meal.
Until recently, low-calorie diets have typically been the preserve of girl group members, who make considerable efforts to stay trim. However, more male celebrities are now sharing their diets on social network services such as Twitter,...More
Park Ji-min wins 'K-pop Star Audition' 2012/05/01, Source,
Park Ji-min, 14, won SBS' "K-pop Star Audition" on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner of the biggest prize-money in the nation.
The singing sensation from Daejeon will also immediately start a collaboration with one of the three major talent agencies of SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment,...More
Park Jin-young Opens Luxury Korean Restaurant in Manhattan 2012/03/30, Source,
Singer Park Jin-young, who opened Korean Restaurant in Manhattan
Singer and producer Park Jin-young opened a luxury Korean restaurant named "Kristalbelli" in Manhattan, New York on March 26 (local time) to provide Korean foods to New Yorkers. Park Jin-young held an official press conference on the opening day and explained the reason why he opened the Korean restaurant, saying, "The Hallyu boom has spread in many countries all around the world, and more local people are asking for information about Korean foods, but I actually found it very difficult to recommend any good Korean restaurant to the locals. This is why I have decided to open this Korean restaurant",...More
Big 3 Entertainment Agencies: How Did They Fare In 2011? 2012/03/29, Source,
YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun-suk must be pretty smug. It seems he's managing his agency pretty well.
According to a KOSDAQ report revealing the 2011 financial reports for the big three agencies (SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, & YG Entertainment), SM came out on top in terms of annual sales,...More
K-Pop Tycoon Opens Innovative New York Restaurant 2012/03/28, Source,
The pop music tycoon Park Jin-young has opened a Korean restaurant named Kristalbelli in Manhattan, New York. At a press conference in New York, Park said, "I think the image of Korean food is as important as its popularity. To give foreigners the impression that Korean food is fine cuisine, we need to target trend-setters".
Located on 36th Street near Korea Town, the 600 sq. m restaurant is as luxuriously decorated as any fancy bar,...More
20th anniversary of Seo Taiji and Boys 2012/03/20, Source,
A photo taken in 1995 shows, from left, Lee Juno ,Yang Hyun-suk, and Seo Taij. Seo Taiji and Boys changed the history of Korean pop music when they debuted in 1992 with "I Know". / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi
"Nan, arayo!" (I know! in English)
With that musical declaration, the history of Korean pop music changed completely 20 years ago Friday when a group of three boys released the album and title song, "I Know". In 1992, Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-Suk and Lee Juno shocked the music scene with combined elements of hip-hop and rock, bringing rhythm, rap, break dance and most importantly the bold attitude. Until their sudden disbandment in Jan. 22, 1997, Seo Taiji and Boys produced four albums,...More
K-pop stars make overdue returns 2012/02/24, Source,
A promotional image for the album "Touch" shows Fei, memebr of multinational girl group Miss A. (Courtesy of JYP Entertainment)
Currently, K-pop programs are filled with new faces such as Sunny Hill, or B.A.P., but that is about to change. Many groups are returning to the stage here in the coming weeks after wrapping up their schedule abroad or dedicating their time to new albums,...More
S. Korea's K-pop takes off in the west 2012/02/11, Source,
When pop sensation Girls' Generation recently provided the grand finale to the Late Show with David Letterman, a top slot on US television, it signalled that South Korea's entertainment industry had broken out of Asia and is now looking to make it big in the west.
Just days after making their first appearance on US network television with their hit single "The Boys", the band of nine telegenic women this week returned to France - where tickets for a 2011 concert sold out in 15 minutes - to sing on prime time television,...More
Album review 2012/02/07, Source, Jay Park - 'New Breed' (UNIVERSAL MUSIC)
Why we recommend it: Though a few tracks offer something new, for the most part, the album is recommended for Jay Park's fans.
Recommended track: "Clap"
One and a half stars out of four
Jay Park, the former member of a popular boy band 2PM, has released his first full-length album, "New Breed". The 15-track CD includes five songs from a mini album "New Breed Part 1" put out in December 2011,...More
Singer Se7en Makes Successful Comeback With Help Of Park Jin-young 2012/02/01, Source,
It's no secret that Se7en has been having trouble attaining the level of popularity he had enjoyed before taking off the the US to attempt a debut there. His first long-awaited comeback created waves, but was lukewarm compared to his "it boy" status years before.
Well, after 1 year and 6 months, Se7en has made his comeback with the song "Even If I Can't Sing", off of his second mini-album on February 1st. And the song immediately soared to number one on many of the major real-time music charts,...More
K-pop still targeting American market 2012/01/31, Source, Girls' Generation, undisputably the hottest K-pop star now, will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" today (Korean Standard Time).
By Noh Hyun-gi
K-pop stars have proven their influence in Asia - most of them taking their first steps entering the Japanese pop music scene.
Encouraged by the success in the neighboring country, the agencies - SM, JYP, and YG - are looking to the United States. Or rather, the agencies are once again eying the American market,...More
'Dream High Season 2' To Begin 2012/01/19, Source,
"Dream High 2" will air its first episode on January 30.
The KBS drama "Dream High", which gained great popularity, will air its second season under the title of "Dream High 2" from January 30. Many idol stars will appear as the cast members like the first season, but it will present a different storyline featuring confrontation between the students at Kirin Art School. The previous season mainly presented how the young students at Kirin Art School developed their dreams of becoming stars, but the second season will mainly deal with the confrontations between students who have already become stars and students who want to become stars,...More
Park Jin-young: 'Wonder Girls Acquire Invaluable Wisdom Through Overseas Activities' 2012/01/03, Source,
The producer of JYP Entertainment, Park Jin-young, left message about new year's plans and his opinions on the Wonder Girl's advancement to the USA on his Twitter account. Park said on January 1, "If I and Wonder Girls would not have challenged ourselves by advancing to the USA, JYP might have earned more money and become a millionaire, and the Wonder Girls might have earned more popularity in Korea, but we actually went to the USA as a reckless challenge,...More
Lee Byung-hun Awarded Presidential Award 2011/11/22, Source,
After spending the past five months in New Orleans of the the United States shooting for the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2", Lee Byung-hun finally returned home on November 21st.
As soon as Lee touched Korean soil, he was busy as the recipient of the Presidential Award for advancing Korean pop culture and arts,...More
A new Day dawns for K-pop: Canadian rapper sings Korean lyrics 2011/11/16, Source,
Last October, Canadian rapper Jesse Day spit-fired the Korean lyrics of "외톨이" (Alone) alongside speed rapper Outsider, on SBS's "Star King", a show which features performers with unique abilities. It was a breathtaking spectacle, requiring months of rigorous practice.
Day's fast-paced performance earned the praise of several of his idols, including 2PM member Nick Hun, and Outsider himself,...More
Who will take Mnet's Superstar K3? 2011/11/10, Source,
Will it be Busker Busker or Ulala Session?
This Friday, Mnet's "Superstar K3" will decide along with fans which group will win.
With a new rule change this season, groups were allowed to enter the contest, and changed the dynamics of the popular audition show. The competition was fiercer than ever where the fans have enjoyed three months of dynamic and inspiring performances, and it's the groups that are the two finalists,...More
Wonder Girls Returns Home All Grown Up with 2nd Album 2011/11/07, Source,
Starting with an appearance on a KBS music program on Friday, Wonder Girls are marking its return to Korea with a big splash after 18 months spent working overseas.
The five-member girl band is set to release its second album, "Wonder World", which the members described as an intensely personal statement of their recent journey, during which time they also made inroads into the U.S,...More
Stars Strike Gold with Stakes in Their Own Companies 2011/09/22, Source,
From left, Lee Soo-man, Yang Hyun-suk, Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young
The surging popularity of K-pop has sent shares of talent management companies through the roof, and this has generated huge wealth for the stars who own them.
According to Chaebul.com, a website that tracks the activities of business conglomerates, the wealthiest entertainer-turned-talent-manager was Lee Soo-man, owner and majority shareholder of SM Entertainment that manages Girls' Generation, Super Junior and other idol groups, whose stake in SM Entertainment is worth W165.7 billion (US$1=W1,151). The value of Lee's stake more than doubled this year due to the Korean Wave,...More
Weekly Star Scene 1 2011/09/15, Source, It's time now for where we bring you the five hottest headlines coming out of the Korean entertainment industry.
: Hold onto your seats because we have our one and only Dami here in the studio with us. Hi Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi 건영 and Hi Sean!
: So what sort of news do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] : Well, let me start off with a pop quiz! What do Jo Kwon of 2AM, Huh Gak, Seungri of BigBang and Suzy of Miss A, have in common:,...More
The girls are coming back home 2011/09/13, Source, Girls' Generation, which has performed mostly in Japan, will have a new recording out in Korea in October. / Korea Times file
Girls' Generation, Kara, Wonder Girls returning with local albums
By Lee Hyo-won
Girl groups that have been active abroad are returning one after another to the local music scene this fall.
Top acts such as Kara, Girls' Generation, T-ara and the Wonder Girls, who have been mostly performing in Japan or the United States, will release new albums through November,...More
2PM starts Asia concert tour 2011/09/06, Source, 2PM has kicked off "Hands Up Asia Tour" which was held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on Friday and Saturday. / Courtesy of JYP Entertainment
By Kwon Mee-yoo
A dynamic performance kicked off 2PM's "Hands Up Asia Tour" at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Friday and Saturday.
The six members dominated the stage for more than two hours, almost non-stop. Sharing in the excitement with their fans the K-pop sensation reveled being onstage,...More
JYP, SM and YG join 'Survival Audition K-pop Star' 2011/09/06, Source,
YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk, left, and JYP Entertainment President Park Jin-young, two of the judges for SBS' new talent show "Survival Audition K-pop Star", which will air in December, speak during a press conference last week. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
There are many talent shows on the small screen these days. Amateurs show their singing and acting skills, while stars foray into fields other than their expertise such as skating or dancing,...More
Promising girl group Miss A returns with 1st regular album 2011/07/28, Source, In debuting in July last year with the song "Bad Girl, Good Girl", the Korean girl band Miss A was touted as one of the country`s most promising new talents. Living up to expectations, the group hit it big in September that year with "Breathe", which featured a more powerful dance.
"Dream High 2" hypothetical lead character? "Park Eun-bin vs Park Jin-young 2011/03/17, Source,
As the drama "Dream High 2" is believed to go into production, there are questions about who will be the new lead characters. There have been rumors about 'Sam-dong's brother' to 'Yang Jin-man as main role', and other various scenario's as well as the question if the cast from season 1 would exist.
It is known that KBS will start production of "Dream High 2" in timing of the next winter break and due to be aired next year. Previously a "Dream High" spokesperson talked about some possibilities to Seoul Newspaper NTN, "There haven't been any details formed. However, season 2 is being positively looked over".,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2 2011/02/23, Source, Show transcript
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our Dami in the studio today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영! Today for we're going to start off with Park Jin-young, who has debuted as an actor through the TV drama "Dream High", and has been chosen to be a model for a commercial. Let's kick off this week's with the latest news from this super-multi-entertainer.
Park Jin-young has been chosen to represent a laptop brand in its newest commercials. He is now taking his first steps as a model,...More
Dreaming of "Dream High" 2011/02/18, Source, Korean-Content.Com's Mark Russell Talks To JYP President Jimmy Jung
Jimmy Jung, president of JYP Entertainment, one of Korea's biggest music companies, had a dilemma – how could his company be successful making music when young people no longer buy music? After all, the Internet killed off physical music sales in Korea years ago, and the rest of the world since then. Endorsements and reality programs can only take you so far. The company needed something bigger,...More
Rain to release new album this year 2011/01/04, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain performs at his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 31, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Rain has said that he plans to release a new album sometime this year.
Rain made the comment to reporters before taking to the stage for his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium on December 31, which was attended by about 7,500 fans from Korea as well as fans from overseas,...More
Just hearing these names together already spurs high anticipation for an upcoming television series, ",...More
Rain cleared of embezzlement charges 2010/12/31, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Rain has been cleared of charges of embezzlement, according to the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office on Thursday.
A fabric manufacturing company had filed a lawsuit against Rain and executives of his agency J.Tune Entertainment in April, saying that they had suffered financial losses due to J.Tune's fashion affiliate J.Tune Creative,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" 2010/12/28, Source,
Casts from KBS series "Dream High" : Starting from left JOO, Wooyoung, Uhm Ki-joon, Taecyeon, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, Ham Eun-jung, Lee Yoon-ji, IU etc., [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia
Co-produced by Bae Young-joon of KEYEAST and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment and starring members from idol groups 2PM, T-ara and miss A and female singer IU, it is obvious what KBS TV series "Dream High" wishes to be -- a drama which shows how the 'dream factory' really works along with the hardships young trainees go through to become a star, a drama about young people, and a drama where idols stars are the main characters. "Dream High" shows where it is headed to from the beginning with the story starting in the year 2018 with a man named 'K' from Korea sweeping the Grammy awards to become a world star and Jung Ha-myung (Bae Young-joon), the director of Kirin High School of Art, reminisces on the time when he himself was a freshman at the school,...More
Park Jin-young says "wants to make 'Dream High' a reality" 2010/12/28, Source,
From left, Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young pose during the press conference for KBS' upcoming musical drama "Dream High" held at Ilsan Kintex in Gyeong-gi Province, South Korea on December 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Even though announcer Lee Ji-ae emphasized that both Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young were there as producers and not actors, it was no use. At the press conference for KBS' "Dream High" held at the Ilsan Kintex located in Gyeong-gi Province, a Japanese translator appeared for Bae Yong-joon's Japanese fans and 2PM and miss A's fans cheered for JYP Entertainment's founder and CEO Park Jin-young. The is how strong of an influence these two 'star creators' had combined. However, the title of 'producer' is something they were both uncomfortable with and they instead spoke of how the largest reward they have seen from working together was "meeting someone of the same age" and "with the same dream". Below are excerpts from the press conference,...More
JYP Nation artists spend Christmas Eve with 10,000 fans 2010/12/27, Source,
JYP Nation artists during their first joint concert titled "TEAMPLAY" held on December 24 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea. [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) took the stage in front of 10,000 fans for their first joint concert on Christmas Eve.
JYPE announced in a press release Monday that JYP Nation artists -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- joined each other on stage for their three-hour long concert titled "TEAMPLAY" at the Olympic Park Stadium on December 24,...More
Rain to be reunited with Park Jin-young 2010/12/27, Source,
Renowned K-pop producer Park Jin-young is likely to be reunited with top actor and singer Rain as the former has been proposed to participate in the management company the latter heads as the major shareholder.
Park's management agency, JYP Entertainment, said Monday that it discussed with J.Tune Entertainment how much Park will take over shares and in what manner,...More
Wonder Girls' Sun to make guest appearance at Park Jin-young's concert 2010/12/23, Source,
Wonder Girls' member Sun [JYP Entertainment]
Wonder Girls' member Sun, who is currently tour in Asia, will make a special guest appearance at singer Park Jin-young's concert this week.
A PR official from JYP Entertainment (JYPE) told 10Asia over the phone that Sun will join their agency's famed producer for the first stop of his solo concert titled "Park Jin-young Bad Party - The Dancer" to be held tonight at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea,...More
Park Jin-young says BEAST's Lee Gi-kwang was too good to be JYP singer 2010/12/22, Source, Park Jin-young on variety program "Win Win" [KBS]
Park Jin-young, famed producer and founder of top Korean agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE), has said he failed BEAST member Lee Gi-kwang from his agency because the young idol star was aware of how good his own dancing and singing skills were even when he was a trainee under him.
Park made the remark on a pre-recorded session of KBS' variety program "Win Win" which went on air on Tuesday while explaining why he was unable to make a singer out of Lee Gi-kwang who is now one of the most popular members of hit idol group BEAST,...More
JYP is 5.8 billion won in debt 2010/12/22, Source, Park Jin-young, 38, singer and producer of K-pop stars as head of management agency JYP Entertainment, has amassed huge debts, he told KBS2 TV talk show "Seung Seung Jang Gu" Tuesday night.
Park said he was 5.8 billion won in debt when asked how much he earned by main MC Kim Seung-woo. Park is the producer of famous pop idol bands such as 2AM, Wonder Girls and 2PM,...More
Still images released for upcoming drama "Dream High" 2010/12/20, Source,
KBS drama "Dream High" [Holym (KEYEAST and JYPE) & CJ Media]
Still images of upcoming KBS drama "Dream High" were released today, according to a press release by Holym Co. and CJ Media on Monday.
The drama, a joint production between major entertainment agencies KEYEAST, JYP Entertainment and CJ Media, released two group photos that feature the main cast of the drama set to go on air next year,...More
YG holds agency concert over the weekend 2010/12/07, Source,
YG Family Concert [YG Entertainment]
YG Family Concert: YG Has Come a Long Way
"Eun-joo, I love you", a man confessed during the "YG Family Concert" held in Jamsil Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul on December 5. It is the man who sang "Smoke of The Devil" but not it's original singer Yang Hyun-suk, the owner of YG Entertainment ("YG" in short) but Seung-ri from boy band Big Bang. Before and after that, another Big Bang member Dae-sung sang Wheesung's "With Me" and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon performed Jinusean's "Phone Number". Till the very end of the show, the first generation of YG singers such as Yang, Jinusean and Teddy did not appear on stage but the three-hour concert was already packed enough with hit songs by singers such as Gummy, Se7en, Big Bang, 2NE1 and PSY. 15 years has passed since YG Entertainment has launched and it has certainly grown large,...More
JYP Entertainment's JYP Nation reveals concert poster 2010/12/06, Source,
JYP Nation concert poster [JYP Entertainment]
Major Korean talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) today unveiled a poster for JYP Nation's upcoming concert.
The poster revealed all the members of JYP Nation -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- dressed in black and giving off cold and dark expressions,...More
JYP Entertainment artists release Christmas song today 2010/12/01, Source,
Cover of JYP Nation's single "This Christmas" [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) released a Christmas song today.
JYPE announced in a press release Wednesday that the artists of JYP Nation -- composed of Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2AM, Lim Jeong-hee, JOO, San E and miss A -- unveiled their first-ever carol titled "This Christmas", written by Park, founder and CEO of JYPE,...More
JYP Entertainment artists to hold joint concert on Xmas Eve 2010/11/12, Source,
JYP Entertainment artists (from top left to right): Park Jin-young, JOO, San E, miss A and Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]
Top Korean singers from major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) will hold a concert next month.
JYPE announced in a press release Friday that JYPE founder and CEO Park Jin-young, Wonder Girls, 2PM, JOO, San E and miss A will come together under the name of "JYP Nation" to take the stage of the Olympic Park Stadium for their first-ever joint concert titled "TEAMPLAY" on December 24,...More
T-ara member Eunjung cast in upcoming musical drama 2010/11/05, Source, T-ara member Eunjung (Ham Eun-jung) [Core Contents Media]
Korean girl group T-ara member Eunjung (Ham Eun-jung) has been cast as one of the female leads in KBS' musical mini-series "Dream High", a co-production between Korea's top entertainment firms KEYEAST and JYP Entertainment.
A press release from the show's promoter announced Friday that Eunjung (Ham Eun-jung) will take on the role of Yoon Baek-hee, rival to miss A Suzy's character Goo Hae-mi, who shows a complete transformation after entering the performing arts school,...More
2PM Wooyoung, miss A Suzy cast for "Dream High" 2010/11/04, Source, 2PM member Wooyoung (left) and miss A Suzy (right) [JYP Entertainment]
2PM member Wooyoung and miss A's Suzy will both be making their acting debut in the upcoming KBS music TV series "Dream High", a highly anticipated co-production between top Korean entertainment firms JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and KEYEAST.
The show's promoter announced Thursday that Wooyoung has been cast for the role of Kevin, a skilled dancer from overseas, while Suzy will be playing the role of Ko Hye-mi, the prettiest girl at a performing arts school who dreams of becoming the next Jo Sumi (famed female soprano),...More
2PM Taecyeon cast in new KBS musical drama 2010/11/02, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
K-pop idol Taecyeon will be showing off his acting skills once again, this time as one of the male leads in KBS' musical TV series "Dream High", a much-anticipated collaboration between Korea's top entertainment firms JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and KEYEAST.
JYPE announced in a press release Tuesday that Taecyeon has been cast as Jin-kook in the upcoming show, a skilled dancer that has been kicked out of a school for performing arts but transferred back by request from the chairman of the school,...More
Kim Soo-hyun cast as male lead in upcoming KBS drama 2010/11/01, Source,
Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun [KEYEAST]
Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun has been cast as the male lead for upcoming KBS musical TV series "Dream High", a collaboration between Korea's top entertainment firms KEYEAST and JYP Entertainment (JYPE).
A press release from KEYEAST on Monday announced that Kim will be playing the role of Song Sam-dong in the show, a guy who dreamed of owning his own farm but later decides to go a performing arts school after falling head over heels in love with Go Hae-mi,...More
Se7en says almost debuted as duo with Rain 2010/09/08, Source, Se7en speaks on SBS variety show "Steel Heart" broadcasted on September 7, 2010. [SBS]
Singer Se7en has said he almost debuted as a duo with Asian pop sensation Rain.
The 25-year-old pop star made the remark on a pre-recorded session of SBS variety show "Steel Heart" which went on air Tuesday, explaining that his producer and agency chief Yang Hyun-suk had suggested he form a two-man band with Rain,...More
Wonder Girls hold showcase at gaming show in U.S. 2010/09/07, Source,
Wonder Girls members at the PAX PRIME 2010 in Seattle, Washington [JYP Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation the Wonder Girls held a showcase and fan meeting at a major gaming show in the United States over the weekend.
According to a press release from the girls' agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday, the girls were invited by 3D game company, NCsoft, to perform on stage at the EMP (Experience Music Project), part of the PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) Prime 2010 which was held in Seattle of Washington on September 3,...More
[PHOTOS] JYP, NCsoft attend press conference on cooperation 2010/08/19, Source,
miss A, NCsoft executives, Park Jin-young and Jung Wook [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, miss A members Suzy and Jia, NCsoft executive Kim Hyung-jun, JYP producer and CEO Park Jin-young, NCsoft executive Kim Taek-heon, JYP chief Jung Wook and miss A members Min and Fei pose during a press conference announcing the establishment of a partnership between major talenthouse JYP Entertainment and online gaming company NCsoft on collaborating on creative content held at NC soft's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on August 19, 2010,...More
Park Jin-young receives int'l award alongside Bill Clinton 2010/08/17, Source,
Founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment Park Jin-young at the World Leadership Awards in Atlanta, Georgia [JYP Entertainment]
Founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment Park Jin-young was honored with an international award alongside former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the World Leadership Awards last week, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Monday.
JYPE announced in a press release that Park was handed the Global Ambassador Award at the World Leadership Awards held in Atlanta, Georgia on August 6. He received this award because of the dreams and hope that he instilled in children as well as discovering and training new talent,...More
Korean producer Park Jin-young, also known as JYP, received an award for global leadership in Altanta, Ga., alongside othe,...More
Mnet Media, JYP joins forces to take on Asian music market 2010/08/13, Source,
Popular Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]
Major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and music cable unit Mnet Media have come together to expand Korea's music business and talent into the Asian music market.
On Thursday, JYPE and Mnet Media announced that they have formed a partnership through which they will jointly work toward expanding the influence of Korean music content in Asi,...More
Wonder Girls' Sohee featured in fashion spread for Dazed 2010/07/20, Source,
Wonder Girls member Sohee (Ahn So-hee) [Dazed & Confused Korea]
Wonder Girls member Sohee (Ahn So-hee) will be showing off a new side to herself in the August issue of fashion magazine Dazed & Confused Korea, according to a press release by agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday.
JYPE revealed a photo from the fashion spread for Dazed, in which Sohee (Ahn So-hee) is seen posing sideways in a profile shot. The concept for the shoot is said to have been thought up by the singer herself,...More
Wonder Girls make Billboard chart again with "2DT" 2010/07/07, Source,
Wonder Girls' "2 Different Tears" ranked at No.21 on Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart [Billboard.com]
Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls have made their second Billboard chart entry with their latest single "2 Different Tears" (2DT), according to the band's official website (http://wondergirlsworld.com).
For the week of July 21, "2DT", the title single from the band's second studio album of the same name, came in at No.21 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart, which ranks top-selling albums released by new or developing artists,...More
Wonder Girls told to "wait to date" by Park Jin-young 2010/06/01,
Korean pop group Wonder Girls [Asia Economic Daily]
Female pop group Wonder Girls have revealed that they want to date but producer Park Jin-young is telling them to wait a few more years.
The girls made the remark while appearing on celebrity talk show "Win Win", which airs tonight on KBS2 TV.
"When we first debuted, Park Jin-young told us to wait just three years", the girls said on the show. "And when we went to the U.S., he said to wait another two years... We don't know how much longer we have to wait",...More
Teaser photo of Wonder Girls' member Sohee unveiled 2010/05/13, Source,
Wonder Girls' member Sohee (Ahn So-hee) [JYP Entertainment]
A teaser photograph of Wonder Girls' member Sohee (Ahn So-hee) was released on their official website on Thursday, the last of a series of promotional photos for their upcoming album "2 Different Tears".
In the photo distributed by agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE), the group's youngest member Sohee (Ahn So-hee) was seen holding a television set while wearing heavy eye make-up and donning a new hairstyle,...More
Wonder Girls to appear on variety show "Family Outing" 2010/05/03, Source,
Korean pop group Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]
Female pop group Wonder Girls will be making a comeback to the Korean entertainment scene by appearing in popular variety show "Family Outing Season 2" later this month, according to the show's broadcaster SBS.
SBS announced in a press release on Monday that the girl band will be appearing on the second season of "Family", making their first variety show appearance in over a year.
The group, who have been working in the United States since last summer, will be flying into Seoul on May 17 and head straight to the set of "Family Outing" to shoot an episode till the following day,...More
Rain and JYP 'faceoff' 2010/05/01, Source, Korean pop singer Rain, who is arguably the biggest sensation throughout Asia, made "a slip of the tongue" during a TV show, which incurred a response,...More
KEYEAST, JYP, CJ Media team up for drama "Dream High" 2010/04/14, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon and JYP CEO Park Jin-young [KEYEAST and JYP Entertainment]
Major entertainment companies KEYEAST, JYP Entertainment and CJ Media have come together to create a new TV series titled "Dream High", according to a press release by KEYEAST on Wednesday.
KEYEAST and JYP jointly established a drama production company under the name Holym which last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with major cable unit CJ Media in producing the series.
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon, a major shareholder of KEYEAST, and famed producer Park Jin-young, also the founder and CEO of JYP, are set to take part in directing series as well as making guest appearances,...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
Rain says "Love Song" based on own experience - Part 2 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain at the press conference at the KT Building [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: How long will you promote your album and do you have any plans on appearing in variety programs? Rain: Since my debut I had received lots of love through variety programs. I want to show everything that I can while promoting this album because I intended on going back to my original resolution and work hard on this release. As long as the audience don't feel uncomfortable about it, I want to be in as many variety shows as possible. I plan on promoting my album for about two months before I begin shooting a drama and movie. I have an upcoming tour in Japan so I will be visiting several cities in the country but I think I'll be able to manage both by going back and forth till early May,...More
Bae Yong-joon's Keyeast profits up three-fold 2010/02/16, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon's company Keyeast Co., Ltd. saw its profits surge three-fold last year, proving it is a strong player in the entertainment industry which has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
Keyeast, a provider of Korean cultural content of which Bae is a major stockholder, announced through a press release Friday that the firm posted profits worth 10.5 billion won in 2009, a 303.5 percent increase compared to the previous year.
An official at Keyeast explained that the reappraisal value of Digital Adventure (DA), worth about 10 billion won, accounted for a majority of the gain. DA, a Japanese digital contents distribution company, had merged with BOF Entertainment, another subsidiary of Keyeast in May.,...More
The Wonder Girls reappeared in Korea for their local fans with good news last Friday: they ranked 76 in the Hot 100 of the Billboard chart.
This is the first time in the chart's 115-year history that a Korean singer or group has ranked in the top 100, according,...More
Wonder Girls Enters Billboard Hot 100 2009/10/22, Source, The Wonder Girls, one of South Korea's top girl groups, has been active in the United States and recently became the first Korean singers to enter the top 100 of the main Billboard chart.
Wonder Girls Sing 'Nobody' at US Show 2009/07/21, Source, The Wonder Girls, South Korea's pop sensation now active in the United States, made a successful appearance on a U.S. TV talk show on Monday with hit song "Nobody".
The five-member girl band sang the song in English on the daytime Wendy Williams Show in New York and drew a standing ovation. The m,...More
In the past, Korean students wanted to become doctors, lawyers and the like. Now, sought after professions include acting, singing and modeling. These talented celebrities are nearly worshipped here in Korea and in Asian countries due to "hallyu", the Korean wave.,...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
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
The 30 stars, all dressed in a white T-shirt with the,...More
Stars Come Together for Earthquake Victims 2008/05/29, Source, Korean stars have come together to help out the victims of a devastating earthquake in China. Celebrities who joined the recording of "I Love Asia", a joint earthquake relief project, at a studio in southern Seoul included singer/producer,...More
According to a recent assessment by Chabul.com, CEO of JYP Entertai,...More
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06, Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
Entertainment in 2007 was all about versatility. Fans could watch news anchors dance and sing, while some singers created their own shows and even starred in movies. Among these talented and ambitious celebri,...More
Born in the Year of the Rat 2007/12/31, Source, In the Year of the Rat, Korean pop culture is led by those born in another, in 1972. Coincidence or cosmic determination? Readers may decide for themselves. Known as the "president of culture" in the 1990s, Seo Taiji releasef his 15th anniversary,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomenon on this year's pop music scene was the popularity of two girl bands: Wonder Girls and,...More
New Trends in the Music Industry in 2007 2007/12/20, Source, SG Wannabe's fourth album, which boasts the largest sales this year, sold only about 190,000 times. That is the clearest indication yet that music has moved from store-bought recording to cyberspace. When the form changes, content changes too. This year, Koreans have witnessed rapid changes in Korea,...More
Some fans send presents and letters to their favorite stars, shouting their names and wishing they could get a closer look at them. But little they may know about the special meanings to the names of their favorite stars hold.
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
Rain Pours Out to Fans 2007/03/04, Source, K-pop star Rain met with 3,000 fans from 20 countries during a special fan meeting event held at the Weight Lifting Stadium in the Olympic Park, southe,...More
An academic discussion on hallyu and its broader geopolitical implications will be held on Feb. 16 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in the United States.
Jason Lim, the event organizer and a mid-car,...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
Rain, who is with JYP Entertainment, will advance to the U.S. market next year.
Music knows no boundaries. Even language is not a hindrance. Nowhere is this more apparent than the K-pop explosion throughout,...More
After finishing the filming of his first movie early this month, Rain left for the United States on June 10, w,...More
Singer Rain to Work with Top American Star Omarion 2006/02/09, Source, Singer Rain, a "star of Asia", has recently knocked on the door of the American music market with his concert at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. He will likely work with top American star Omarion, who is dubbed "the second Usher", to pr,...More
The New York Times, one of the most prestigious newspapers in the United States, carried a two-page story in its Jan. 29 issue featuring,...More
Rain's Global Ambition Alerts New York Times 2006/01/30, Source, The K-pop star Rain's ambitions attracted the attention of arguably the world's weightiest newspaper, the New York Times, in its doorstop Sunday edition ahead of Thursday's concert by the heartthrob at Madison Square Garden. Under the heading "The Amb,...More
A number of top Japanese artists released their new albums on the same day, including Gackt, B'z, Koda,...More
MTV introduces Rain to US 2006/01/24, Source, The foreign media have recently introduced singer Rain, who is scheduled to perform at the New York Medison Square Garden Theater Feb. 2-3 in the United States.
No Korean wave star seems to have achieved more than multi-talented Rain in 2005. All across Asia, Rain gained unprecedented popularity through his live performances and TV drama ap,...More
Pop star Rain (Bi), reaching out beyond Asia 2005/10/26, Source, If you look up the word "bi" in a Korean dictionary, you will discover more than seven definitions, including 'a downpour falling to the earth caused by water vapors in the air cooling down', 'a cleaning tool designed to clear away dust and garbage', and a 'monument that is inscribed with characters,...More
Time: "Rain ready to branch out overseas" 2005/09/13, Source, The Asian edition of the U.S. magazine "Time" wrote on Sept. 12 that singer Rain is poised to establish his presence in the U.S. market. "[Rain is now] ready to branch out overseas", wrote the magazine, which interviewed the singer in late Augus,...More
Rain wins MTV award in Japan 2005/05/31, Source, TOKYO - Rain was among the hottest international stars in music last Sunday for the MTV Music Video Awards Japan 2005, winning "best pop artist of Korea". Pop diva Mariah Carey, Ashanti and Linkin Park were also there to accept awards that evening, ch,...More
Rain to Perform on Same Stage with Mariah Carey 2005/05/25, Source, Top artist Rain will perform on the same stage with such big stars as Mariah Carey, Ashanti and Japanese idol Amuro Namie at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2005 (VMAJ 2005) slated for May 28 in the Tokyo Bay NK Hall.
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