Singer Wheesung Gets Surgery For Bad Back 2012/07/16, Source,
Singer Wheesung, who's currently serving his mandatory military sentence, recently underwent surgery for his ongoing back problems. Wheesung's reps stated that the singer received the surgery for a herniated disc on July 11th at a Gangnam hospital. The surgery went well, and he's currently resting in the recovery room,...More
Lee Hyun: 'I Achieved My Dream as Vocalist' 2012/01/09, Source, Lee Hyun (29), who released his first official album entitled "The Healing Eco" six years after his debut, expressed his feelings, "I achieved my dream as a vocalist. I released my own album, and my song ranked atop the music chart. I still cannot believe that these good things are happening to me". He has continuously released new songs as a member of the mixed group "8Eight" and the project group "Homme" and as a solo singer, and he finally released his own official album that showcases his every competency as a singer on January 2. The title of the album is "The Healing Eco", and it conveys his thought of delivering consoling songs for people who are tired from their tough lives. The title sounds very appropriate for his nickname, "representative emotional vocal",...More
S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC 2011/11/14, Source,
Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.
Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School,...More
Wheesung To Enlist In The Military In November. 2011/10/04, Source,
Kpop will be losing a huge talent come November: Wheesung for his two-year mandatory military service.
Wheesung will be starting up his five week training on November 7th at 1 PM at the Nonsan Training Facility in South Chungcheong Province. He will then proceed with the two-year term that's required of all fit and able Korean national men,...More
Wheesung To Make Comeback In October 2011/09/28, Source,
Singer Wheesung is planning for an October comeback!
The last fans really heard from Wheesung was when he featured on Yong Jun-hyung's song "Heartbreaking Story" in March of this year. After the song hit the scene, he decided he wanted to soon make his comeback. However, because of concert planning, song composing, and oing the "Two Man Show" with Kim Tae-woo, the release date was pushed back. However, after much preparation on Wheesung's part and patience from the fans' end, things are all being finalized with the music video for his comeback single being filmed,...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
'SHINee World' Enraptures 24,000 Japanese Fans 2010/12/28, Source,
Idol group SHINee's first solo concert i Japan
SHINee announced that they would officially debut in Japan in March next year.
The first impression of the five-member group "SHINee" in Japan was vivid and strong and that impression is expected to remain until next year. SHINee held their first solo concert in Japan entitled "SHINee World" at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Japan on December 26 at 1 pm and 5 pm consecutively, and gave a strong impression to around 24,000 fans in Japan,...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
Their agency Big Hit Entertainment said on October 20, "2AM will hold a showca,...More
BoA's 6th repackaged album released as smart phone app 2010/10/20, Source,
Cover of BoA's repackaged sixth album "Copy&Paste" [SM Entertainment]
SM Entertainment released a smart phone application of Korean singer BoA's sixth repackaged album "Copy&Paste" today.
SM announced through a press release that they have launched the application for BoA's album in free (light) and paid (pro) version in collabration with music service provider Neowiz Internet, making her the fifth SM artist to have a smart phone application for a record,...More
YG Entertainment artists to hold joint concert in Dec 2010/10/15, Source,
Poster for the "2010 YG Family Concert" [YG Entertainment]
Korean singers from major talenthouse YG Entertainment will hold a concert in December.
YG announced in a press release Friday that Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy and Psy will perform at the two-day "2010 YG Family Concert" to be held at the Olympic Park Stadium located in Seoul on December 4 and 5,...More
BoA to release title track from repackaged album today 2010/09/24, Source,
Album of BoA's repackaged album "Copy&Paste" [SM Entertainment]
K-pop female artist BoA will release the title track from her repackaged album today, according to her agency SM Entertainment.
A press release from SM announced that BoA will unveil the song "Copy&Paste" on various online music sites including MelOn, Bugs, Dosirak and social networking site Cyworld later on today as well as revealing its music video,...More
2NE1 celebrates first win on KBS' "Music Bank" 2010/09/20, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): CL, Bom, Sandara and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 celebrated their first win on a televised music program over the weekend with their new song "Can't Nobody".
The quartet, who gave their comeback performance with "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody", took the crown on KBS' Friday show "Music Bank", beating out R&B singer Wheesung,...More
Actor Lee Beom-soo, 41, tied the knot with Lee Yun-jin, an English interpreter at the Sheraton Grande Wal,...More
YG Entertainment records biggest profit in history 2010/04/12, Source,
Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment (YG) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful business year to date last year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to the annual audit report YG submitted to Korea's Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) on Friday, the agency recorded operating profits of 7.39 billion won last year with a net profit of 4.16 billion won, the company's biggest profit yet,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
[Music] Korean 'Hot' Music & Fashion Light Up Shanghai's Night 2009/12/18, Source, Shanghai Becomes Stage for 'Feel Korea, K-Pop Night & K-Fashion Show' on the 24th-25th
Cultural Exchanges and Mutual Understanding between Korea & China to Commemorate 2010-2012 Korea-China Cultural Exchange Shanghai will stage Korea's most representative contents including pop music and fashion. ,...More
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
These days, it's not a fire fighter, a teacher, a doctor or even the nation's president that kids want to be when they grow up. Instead, according to a recent survey, 2 out of 3 children want to go into show business, as either an actor or a singer.
2004 good for movies, gloomy in performing arts 2004/12/29, Source, The year 2004 has been good for movies and musicals, but other culture areas like performing arts and K-pop suffered due to the long drawn-out economic slump that forced consumers to trim budgets for entertainment activities. Here are the sector-by-sector summaries of what happened this year.
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