Rookies Wanna One Beat Girls' Generation in the Charts 2017/08/09, Source,
Rookie boy band Wanna One has beaten established girl band Girls' Generation in the charts and drew tens of thousands to their debut gig at the Geochok Sky Dome in Seoul last week.
Girls' Generation's latest song entered the Melon charts at 24th on Tuesday, while Wanna One's latest single grabbed first place,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art 2017/07/09,
Cultural ties between Pakistan and Korea strengthen with new "Gandhara" art exhibition in Seoul, YG Entertainment releases photo book of iKon to celebrate youth, this emeritus professor is happily blurring the line between art and engineering, and Quartz showcases "masterpieces" of anti-American propaganda from North Korea,...More
T.O.P. of Big Bang Booked for Smoking Dope 2017/06/02, Source,
T.O.P of boy band Big Bang
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of boy band Big Bang has been booked for smoking marijuana, police said Thursday.
T.O.P started his mandatory military service as an auxiliary police officer in February, his main duty being to promote the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency as a member of the police band,...More
Psy Launches New Album After Creative Struggles 2017/05/11, Source,
Rapper Psy on Wednesday released his first studio album in more than a year and music videos of some high-profile tracks.
The title of the album -- "4X2=8" -- contains a pun, as numbers 4 (sa) and 2 (i/ee) pronounced together in Korean sound like Psy, and the album is his eighth,...More
Star Couple Keep up Charitable Activities 2017/03/10, Source,
Celebrity couple Sean and Jeng Hye-yeong donated W100 million to Holt Children's Services (US$1=W1,160).
The couple, who are known for their charitable activities, visited the adoption agency Wednesday to deliver the donation to help children in need, their agency YG Entertainment said on Thursday,...More
Big Bang on Forbes' List of Celebrities Under 30 2017/01/06, Source,
Big Bang /Courtesy of YG Entertainment
K-pop boy band Big Bang made it onto Forbes' list of "The 30 Under 30: Celebrities".
They are the only Koreans on the list released on Tuesday. Among the other celebrities on the list are American football player Odell Beckham Jr., Hollywood star Hilary Duff and R&B singer Jeremih,...More
Rookie Quartet Release Another Single After Brief Break 2016/11/03, Source,
Rookie girl group Black Pink released a new single after taking a two-month break since their debut in August.
"Instead of fully taking a rest during the break, we spent almost two months preparing our new single while practicing songs and choreography as we wanted to perform on stage as early as possible", the four-member group said in a press event on Wednesday,...More
Chinese Tourism Curbs Hit Korean Shares 2016/10/30, Source, A Chinese crackdown on the unregulated travel industry has impacted shares of Korean companies dependent on revenues from Chinese tourists.
Beijing recently announced tougher rules for travel agents including fines of up to W50 million on operators that sell cut-price packages to Korea with the aim of herding travelers into shops here that pay commissions (US$1=W1,135),...More
Tension with China Hits Korean Impresarios' Pockets 2016/09/13, Source,
Korea's leading showbiz tycoons have lost a lot of money as the fortunes of the stars in their stable suffered from tensions between Korea and China over the regional arms race.
According to corporate tracker Chaebul.com on Sunday, 18 Korean showbiz figures who own more than W100 million worth of stocks saw the appraised value of their equity holdings plunge 32.9 percent this year to W408.1 billion last week (US$1=W1,102),...More
Big Bang Celebrates 10 Years in Showbiz 2016/08/23, Source,
Fans pack Seoul World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong during Big Bang's 10th anniversary concert on Saturday. /Courtesy of YG Entertainment
K-pop boy band Big Bang held a sold-out 10th anniversary concert on Saturday at Seoul World Cup Stadium in northwestern Seoul. YG Entertainment, which manages Big Bang, issued an additional 5,000 tickets after the initial 60,000 were all snapped up in advance, but those, too, sold out fast,...More
China Cancels Events with Korean Stars Amid THAAD Spat 2016/08/05, Source,
China has canceled a major event featuring Korean celebrities scheduled later this year and is scrapping mass company outings to Korea. The move is the latest gambit in an escalating spat over Seoul's decision to deploy a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery that China believes is intended to keep its military might in check,...More
Young Korean Singer Grabs Spotlight at U.S. Music Festival 2016/04/17, Source,
Talent alone won't make a singer a pop star. To captivate the public, to capture their imaginations, he or she needs something more -- charisma or "star quality". Whatever it is called, 24-year-old singer and composer Dean definitely has it.
Dean gave mesmerizing performances at South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the world's largest pop music festivals, in Austin, Texas last month. Some 100 American fans wearing "Dean" stickers on their chests followed him around throughout the festival. Dean made his debut in the U.S. before establishing himself in Korea,...More
iKON Release Japan Debut Album 2016/01/14, Source,
/Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Boy band iKON released a two-disc album on Wednesday, containing about a dozen songs in Korean and Japanese versions.
They will soon begin several promotional events and concerts to promote their album in Japan,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - SMTown Coex Artium 2015/12/19,
S.M. Entertainment is one of the triumvirate of entertainment companies along with YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. Some of the most famous acts in K-pop are housed under S.M. such as my personal bias SHINee as well as Girls' Generation, Super Junior, f(x), EXO, Red Velvet, BoA, and TVXQ. This list is by no means inclusive of the immensely talented acts found under the S.M. name. Many of the members have been spotted in dramas and films. And some people represented under S.M. are not musicians, but actors such as Go Ara and Kim Min-jong,...More
Psy to Release New Album on Dec. 1 2015/11/05, Source,
Million-selling rapper Psy is back with a new album on Dec. 1. But except for a poster he has posted on social media, details are being kept under close wraps. A staffer at his agency YG Entertainment said, "Even within the company, only a select few know the details",...More
Teen Duo Release Single Celebrating Hangeul Day 2015/10/11, Source,
Akdong Musician, the brother-sister duo who won the SBS TV audition program "K-pop Star" in 2013, have released a new single. Lee Chan-hyuk and Lee Soohyun have been praised for their witty lyrics and innocent charm. The new single is titled "Ga-na-da Together", and celebrates the 569th Hangeul Day or anniversary of the Korean alphabet on Friday,...More
Book Charts G-Dragon's Efforts to Mount Art Exhibition 2015/06/22, Source, G-Dragon of the K-pop group Big Bang will release a companion book to an exhibition of contemporary art he produced in collaboration with the Seoul Museum of Art. The book chronicles the period of more than one year during which he worked with artists to find a nexus of pop culture and contemporary art. The book includes biographical sketches of the artists and discusses the meanings of their works,...More
G-Dragon's Much-Hyped Collaboration Art Show Unveiled 2015/06/10, Source,
A collaborative art exhibit between the Seoul Museum of Art and G-Dragon of the K-pop group Big Bang was opened to the media on Monday. As the first joint project involving a Korean art gallery and a pop star, "PEACEMINUSONE: Beyond the Stage" has already received a significant amount of attention,...More
"A dancing Psy doll doesn't violate portrait rights", ruled the court 2015/02/22, Source,
Can it be said that a celebrity-looking doll violates portrait rights of the celebrity?
In 2012 when a Korean pop song Gangnam style sung by Psy (Park Jae-sang) became hugely popular, a doll manufacturing company began to produce and sell a stuffed toy (photo), which dances to the song. The company paid the royalty for Gangnam style to YG Entertainment, Psys management company, and embedded a sound chip into the doll. From dark sunglasses, lifted mouth corner to a glittering vest, the doll looked like Psy on the surface,...More
2NE1 Album Makes Rolling Stone's Top 20 2014/12/24, Source,
K-pop girl group 2NE1's second full-length album "Crush" has been chosen as one of the 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014 by U.S. music magazine Rolling Stone, YG Entertainment said on Sunday. "Crush" was the only Asian album to make the list, which included Taylor Swift's "1989", Pharrell Williams' " Girl ", Ariana Grande's "My Everything" and Maroon 5's V,...More
[Interview] Ku Hye-sun, "To those who reject me" 2014/12/08, Source,
There's no knowing her. She's been successful as an actress, producer, composing, conversation and more. It's hard to regulate her in one category. Ku Hye-sun always stimulates the curiosity with her ways of releasing her desires with various ways.
However, her ways of expression don't always agree with the public. Criticisms that she's an unrecognized but pretty actress who is caught up in her world and just branching out through various methods, is always bothering her. Why is she dealing with all these criticisms and still struggling to fulfill her desires?,...More
Customized tour programs entertain Chinese tourists in Korea 2014/12/07, Source, Six women in their early 30s from Guangzhou, China were visiting Korea last month. They wanted to visit Hongik University area, Garosu-gil in southern Seoul, or "Petit France" in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province (the place where hit drama "My Love from the Star" was filmed), rather than ordinary tourist attractions. They chose a customized tour program with which they can set their own itinerary as they please. Customized tour programs allow tourists to fix schedule as they want through counseling in advance, and get estimates accordingly,...More
2NE1 Singer 'No Drug Smuggler' 2014/07/03, Source,
Park Bom of girl band 2NE1 was caught trying to smuggle in amphetamine pills from abroad in 2010 but prosecutors dropped the charges. Park is the main vocalist and one of four members of the manufactured combo, which debuted in 2009. Prosecutors on Tuesday said customs at Incheon International Airport intercepted a consignment of 82 amphetamine pills sent by express air mail on Oct. 12, 2010. The use of amphetamines is banned in Korea, where they are classified as psychotropic drug,...More
Teen Duo Prove Talent with Debut Album 2014/05/15, Source,
Teen duo Akdong Musician, who drew attention by winning the SBS' audition show "K-pop Star" last year, recently released their debut album. By winning the show, singer-song writer Lee Chan-hyuk and his younger sister Su-hyun got the opportunity to release an album with one of the nation's three major entertainment agencies. They choose YG Entertainment,...More
2NE1 Accused of 'Insulting' Islam 2014/03/14, Source,
Girl band 2NE1 have found themselves embroiled in a bitter controversy over alleged insults to Islam after a song on their latest album quoted verses from the Quran. The offending lines come in a ditty titled "MTBD". An official at the Korea Muslim Federation on Wednesday demanded that 2NE1's agency YG Entertainment "swiftly delete" the lyrics in question or "completely revise" the song, and apologize to all Muslims,...More
New Original Series Alpha Girls Chronicles Asian and Asian American Women at the Top of Their Game 2014/01/30,
Mnet America's New Series Tracks the Lives of Four Jet-setting Women in Fashion, Music, and Art to Premiere on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT
Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, will unfold its new original series, Alpha Girls on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT. Documenting the hustle and grit needed to succeed in the world of fashion, music and art, Alpha Girls follows the lives of four Asian and Asian American women as they juggle professional hardships and personal drama,...More
Big Bang's Tour Highlights Band's Enduring Popularity in Japan 2014/01/15, Source,
Big Bang's concert at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Monday showed how K-pop is still washing through Japan. The concert was an unscheduled last stop on their tour of the country but tickets still sold out. The boy band launched their tour with a gig at Seibu Dome in Saitama on Nov. 16 and continued to Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Sapporo, drawing about 770,000 fans,...More
Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Sweeps Billboard's Year-End Charts 2013/12/14, Source,
Psy's "Gangnam Style" has topped six categories in Billboard's end-of-year charts, his agency YG Entertainment said on Wednesday. In a special December issue of the U.S. magazine, Psy came first in the three categories of "Dance/Electronic Streaming Song Artist", "Rap Streaming Song Artist" and the "World Digital Song Artist" of the year,...More
Han Ye-seul and YG Teddy in a relationship 2013/11/24, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul and YG producer Teddy (Park Hong-joon) are currently reported to be seeing each other.
According to the December issue of the female magazine Woman Sense, the two started dating after being introduced by a mutual friend. It was possible for them to get close quickly because of their background in the States before they started to work in Korea,...More
CL Appears Nude in 2NE1's New Music Video 2013/11/24, Source,
The music video for girl group 2NE1's new song "Missing You" has been generating much buzz since it was released Wednesday due to CL's brief nude scene. In the video, which depicts the sadness of longing for a past lover, CL appears without clothes for about 10 seconds. She is one of the four members of the group,...More
Crayon Pop's Unusual Road to Success Draws Media Interest 2013/10/31, Source,
British weekly magazine the Economist published an article highlighting K-pop girl band Crayon Pop in its latest issue, which hit newsstands on Saturday. As part of a 14-page special report on Korea, it wrote, "Crayon Pop are not a typical K-pop outfit. They look goofy rather than glamorous, like kid sisters not dream dates, and prefer plimsolls to stilettos",...More
G-Dragon Announced As Headlining Artist For KCON M Countdown: What's Up LA! 2013/07/30, Source, Convention Capping Concert Includes EXO, f(x), 2AM, TEEN TOP with Additional Artists to be Announced in the Coming WeeksKCON 2013, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention has announced that G-Dragon, one of the biggest individual music stars in Korean pop, will be headlining KCON's M Countdown: What's Up LA! concert.
G-Dragon is the leader, rapper, and producer of the extremely popular Korean boy band BIG BANG. Since beginning his career at the age of 13 with YG Entertainment, G-Dragon has grown to become one of the biggest individual male icons in Korean pop music,...More
For Actress Yoo In-na, 'Wobbles' Are Just Part of Finding the Way 2013/06/07, Source,
For actress Yoo In-na, spending two hours each evening swapping stories with listeners as the host of a prime-time radio show, "Volume Up" on KBS 2FM, is nothing but fun. "I like reading books out loud and listening to people's stories", she said of the program, which now has the highest listener ratings for the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot across both AM and FM bandwidths,...More
Psy Meets Beyoncé in Big Apple 2013/05/09, Source,
Psy posted a photo with American pop star Beyoncé Knowles on his Twitter account on Tuesday, saying that he "finally talked to Beyoncé about 'Single Ladies'". At his recent concert in Seoul, Psy donned the kind of lingerie favored by the pop diva and sang her hit song from 2008,...More
Ga-in Gets Attention for 'Gentleman' 2013/04/15, Source,
With the release of Psy's new single "Gentleman", girl band member Son Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls has attracted attention. Son Ga-in appeared alongside the rapper in his latest music video as Psy adopted the girl band's butt-shaking dance from the previous album, "Abracadabra" for the follow-up song to his mega hit "Gangnam Style",...More
Psy's Horse-Riding Dance Sets New Record 2013/04/03, Source,
Left: Seoul Plaza is packed with over 80,000 spectators at Psy's free concert on Oct. 4, 2012; Right: Psy performs his hit song "Gangnam Style" during the concert.
Psy's concert at Seoul Plaza last October has been recorded as the biggest mob dance as 100,000 fans bounced along to the rapper's mega hit song, according to the Korea Record Institute,...More
Psy Bids Farewell to Star Basketball Player 2013/03/24, Source,
Psy is set to attend a farewell match on Tuesday for the Korean Basketball League's hottest player, Seo Jang-hoon. "Psy will make the opening throw at the final game of the season against the Jeonju KCC Egis to be held at Sajik Gymnasium in Busan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday", said the Busan KT Sonicboom, Seo's team,...More
'Gangnam Style' Goes Postal in Korea 2013/02/15, Source,
A set of stamps celebrating Psy's "Gangnam Style" success will be released on Monday at 22 post offices in Seoul. In one series of six, Psy is depicted doing his signature horse-riding dance in pop art fashion,...More
PSY Comes Away from NRJ Awards with 3 Wins 2013/01/29, Source,
South Korean singer PSY won three awards at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes France over the weekend. PSY's agency, YG Entertainment, said on Monday that PSY won International Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year and a special award for "Gangnam Style" passing one-billion views on YouTube,...More
G-Dragon Gifts Lady Gaga 2013/01/16, Source, G-Dragon has once again proved his strong ties with the fashion world. Famed stylist Nicola Formichetti -- boasting clients like Lady Gaga -- recently revealed through his twitter, "Coolest Asian dragon is making music for my show on Wednesday", as well as, "Mugler men's fashion show tomorrow!! Music by G-Dragon", in addition to several uploaded photos,...More
The Midas Behind 'Gangnam Style' 2013/01/04, Source,
Rapper Psy captured the worldwide fame with over 1 billion people listening to his dance hit "Gangnam Style" on YouTube. Everyone was surprised by the global success of a chubby man in his 30s, who does not fit the sleekly doctored image of most K-pop stars. But Yang Hyun-suk (43), the CEO of Psy's management company YG Entertainment, had faith. Yang says he has targeted the global market since he opened YG Entertainment back in 1997. "Psy's success?" asks Yang. "The door we've been knocking on has finally opened". Yang himself is a pop icon in Korea. He got his start with the group Seo Tai-ji & Boys, which transformed the landscape of Korean pop music in the 1990s and later opened his own talent agency, whose artists are now making inroads into the W23 trillion (US$1=W1,069) global music industry,...More
Psy to Perform at Thai King's Birthday Bash 2012/11/23, Source,
K-pop sensation Psy will attend a massive celebration for the birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Psy's management agency YG Entertainment on Thursday said Psy will perform four or five songs including "Gangnam Style" in front of an audience of 25,000 in Bangkok on Nov. 28 marking the king's 85th birthday on Dec. 5,...More
Teen Singer Takes Korean Music Scene by Storm 2012/11/21, Source,
A 16-year-old teen singer who made her debut on the SBS audition program "K-Pop Star" has become an overnight star. After finishing second on the show in April, Lee Hi was signed by YG Entertainment where she underwent six months of preparation to release her first single. Her debut song "22.214.171.124", released at the end of last month, has swept various music charts in Korea. Apart from Psy's global hit "Gangnam Style", it is the longest-running No. 1 single in here this year. Her second song, which is scheduled for release on Thursday, has also been drawing much attention,...More
Psy Collects Best Video Award from MTV Europe 2012/11/14, Source,
Psy kisses his Best Video award backstage during the 2012 MTV European Music Awards show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on Sunday. /Reuters-Newsis
Psy received the Best Video award at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday (local time). The gong is given to the most popular music video of the year in the continent. He beat other nominees like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry to become the first Asian artist to receive the award,...More
Non-Koreans Flock to K-Pop Auditions Overseas 2012/10/13, Source, YG Entertainment, one of the biggest Korean management agencies which manages stars such as Psy and 2NE1, held an overseas audition in Toronto, Canada in July. The agency expected to see Koreans or Korean Canadians, but scouts were shocked to find people of various ethnic make-ups filling the lines of aspiring young singers or dancers who hope to make it in the music business. "Around 60 percent of those who came to the audition had no ethnic link to Korea whatsoever", one YG staffer said. "The same holds true for half of the people who came to auditions held in London, Seattle, New York and Berlin between June and August",...More
PSY's Concert to Stream Live Worldwide 2012/10/05, Source,
South Korean singer PSY will hold a free concert in Seoul on Thursday night that will be streamed live to the rest of the world through YouTube. PSY, who is enjoying international fame for his megahit "Gangnam Style", will perform from 10 p.m. at Seoul Plaza in front of city hall,...More
'Gangnam Style' raises stock value of Psy's mgmt. agency CEO 2012/10/04, Source,
The worldwide popularity of rapper Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" has boosted the stock holdings of Yang Hyun-suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, a major entertainment company that represents Psy, from 130th place to 49th, said Chaebul.com Tuesday.
Ranking the wealthiest conglomerates and individuals in the nation, the website said Yang`s stocks jumped 161.8 percent in value Friday from Jan. 2 this year to 340.2 billion won (305.5 million U.S. dollars), rising more than 200 billion won(179.6 million dollars) this year. Yang`s stock value surpassed that of SM Entertainment`s Chairman Lee Soo-man to make the former the richest stockholder among Korean entertainer-turned-entrepreneurs,...More
'Gangnam Style' Closes in on Top Spot on Billboard Hot 100 2012/09/21, Source,
Psy performs on the NBC TV's "Ellen Show" on Wednesday.
Psy's hit song "Gangnam Style" has jumped 53 slots to 11th on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, which was updated on Thursday (Korean time). The chart ranks songs based on single album sales, downloads and radio broadcasts. According to Billboard, "Gangnam Style" was downloaded 188,000 times over the past week, up 210 percent from a week earlier. It placed 43rd on the On-Demand Songs chart, which ranks songs based on the number of song requests. As the song is getting more airplay in the U.S., and given what it has achieved so far, it seems destined for the top spot,...More
K-pop star runs into scandal 2012/09/14, Source, Seungri, a member of the popular musical group Big Bang, is all over the news. The Japanese weekly Friday published two photos of him being allegedly in bed with a Japanese woman,...More
PYS's Gangnam Style Ranks on iTunes Top 10 Songs Chart 2012/09/14, Source,
Korean rapper PSY's hit song, "Gangnam Style", has ranked on iTunes top ten songs chart. PSY's agency, YG Entertainment, said Thursday that the fact that a Korean song made it to the iTunes top ten list, which has a nearly 80 percent share of the U.S. online music market, is highly significant. The agency added PSY had achieved a feat that would be hard to top,...More
[K-Pop Star]'s Baek Ah-yeon To Debut In September 2012/09/06, Source,
Baek Ah-yeon, who first drew attention as one of the top 10 finalists of the survival competition show [K-Pop Star] will soon be making her official debut. According to JYP Entertainment on September 3rd, Baek will be releasing her first debut album on September 10th, titled [I'm Baek],...More
Psy's Popularity Going Global 2012/09/05, Source,
The popularity of Psy's "Gangnam Style" has been a worldwide phenomenon since debuting in July. Psy's now-famous horse dance and the song's catchy rhythm have contributed to the rise, and it's not just fans who have taken notice. U.S. pop star Justin Bieber's record agency contacted Psy last month and expressed a desire to work with the Korean artist in the future,...More
G-Dragon to release 2nd album 2012/09/04, Source,
By Rachel Lee G-Dragon, a member of Korean boy band Big Bang, will release his second solo album 3 years after his first. According to YG Entertainment Monday, the 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, "One of A Kind" will be available from various online music sites on Sept. 15. It will hit the shelves on Sept. 18. It is his first solo recording since studio album "Heartbreaker" in 2009,...More
Korean actress cancels visit to Japan amid tension over Dokdo 2012/09/03, Source,
A Korean TV actress has canceled her plan to visit Japan, her entertainment agency said Monday, after a Japanese network suspended the broadcast of a television drama starring her amid heightened diplomatic tension over the Korean islets of Dokdo. Ku Hye-sun planned to visit Japan on Monday and Tuesday to attend events to mark the release of a DVD set of "Absolute Darling", a Taiwanese TV drama in which she took a lead role,...More
How a chubby Korean man got the world to dance 2012/08/29, Source,
A scene from the music video for "Gangnam Style", Korean rapper Psy's latest single. Its clip on YouTube has been viewed more than 65 million times and spawned parodies. Local and foreign pundits have tried to analyze it and find a hidden message behind it, but the artist has yet to speak of anything more than entertainment. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup, Rachel Lee If you thought the Oscars were too boring, try watching the Korean award ceremonies at the end of the year. Tied down by decorum, everybody forces themselves to stay serious and modest; actresses with plunging necklines remain buttoned up in demeanor. The same could be said about K-pop. The industry has so strenuously but unsuccessfully tried to break into the United States, the world's largest record market, with its mix of faultlessly produced electro-pop, complex choreography and toned thighs because it lacks humor,...More
K-Pop Founding Duo Own Stocks Worth over 200 Bill. Won 2012/08/27, Source,
K-Pop is not only about catchy tunes and energetic dance routines it is also about some seriously big bucks. New data shows that two of the most prominent figures in the world of K-Pop are now worth over 200 billion won around 175 million U.S. dollars.
Online conglomerate tracker Chaebul.com says Lee Soo-man[̼], the founder of SM Entertainment, has over 210 million dollars in stock holdings, while Yang Hyun-suk, founder of YG Entertainment, has amassed nearly 200 million dollars,...More
Psy to Visit U.S. Again Next Month 2012/08/27, Source,
After emerging as a YouTube sensation, Korean rapper Psy has returned home from the U.S. Speaking with the media, he said his future looks bright overseas as he has set up talks with U.S. producers on possible collaborative projects. During his recent trip, Psy met with Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, who reportedly offered him the chance to release his hit single "Gangnam Style" in the U.S., but Psy said nothing has been decided yet. His agency, YG Entertainment, said the singer will visit the U.S. again early next month after he completes a number of scheduled appearances in Korea,...More
Korean Stars in Japan in Bind Over Dokdo 2012/08/27, Source, Kara (left) and Song Il-gook
Korean Wave stars who are popular in Japan find themselves in a fiendish dilemma as tensions rise between Seoul and Tokyo over Dokdo. A case in point is comments by Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi about actor Song Il-gook, who took part in a relay swim to Dokdo on Aug. 15, which marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial occupation. "Unfortunately, it will not be easy for him to come to Japan from now on", Tsuyoshi said on a TV program on Friday,...More
The Hallyu Wave Washes Further from Korean Shores with Social Media 2012/08/26, Source,
Photo Credit: ThoughtPick
Korean singer and rapper Psy is the latest and perhaps most seasoned K-pop star to make international headlines with his song, "Gangnam Style".
To date, the "Gangnam Style" video has received over 46 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 15. It's been featured in major media like TIME, the Wall Street Journal Blog and CNN. It's been tweeted about by the likes of Robbie Williams, T-Pain and Josh Groban. Nelly Furtado even recently did a cover of the song at her concert in Manila. If you've been living under a rock and haven't seen this viral hit, you can see it below,...More
Korean rapper Psy to Return to the US Next Month 2012/08/25, Source,
The latest Youtube sensation Korean rapper Psy has returned home from the US. Speaking with the media, he says lots of good things look likely to happen to him in collaboration with US producers. During the U.S. visit, Psy met with Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun,...More
2NE1 to Appear on Facebook Live 2012/08/18, Source, 2NE1 will be the first Asian band to be interviewed on Facebook Live, a live-streamed video interview program. The group will visit the U.S. social networking service's headquarters for an interview on Thursday, their management company YG Entertainment said,...More
New Version of Psy's 'Gangnam Style' to Launch Wednesday 2012/08/14, Source,
K-pop singer Psy is still not done with his massively popular "Gangnam Style" music video. On Monday his management company YG Entertainment said that fans will be treated to a new video with the same music but with different lyrics coming from the female point of view on Wednesday. Called "Oppa, You're Just My Type", the song will showcase the standpoint of women from Seoul's affluent Gangnam district,...More
Psy to unveil new version of hit music video 2012/08/14, Source,
Pop singer Psy will unveil another version of his hit music video "Gangnam Style" this week, his management agency said Monday. The new video whose title translates into "Oppa, You're Just My Type" in English will be put on major online music sites for free on Wednesday, YG Entertainment said,...More
From 'Gangnam' to US, video goes viral 2012/08/07, Source,
Korean pop singer PSY performs dance steps resembling horseback riding in the music video for his new song "Gangnam Style", which has spawned parody versions around the world. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Rachel Lee Korean pop singer PSY's new song "Gangnam Style" is capturing the world's attention with its wacky music video. The title track of his sixth studio album has topped various online charts including Melon and Naver music for three consecutive weeks since its release on July 15. On YouTube, over 15 million clicks were recorded as of Monday for the song and comical video from the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Park Jae-sang,...More
2NE1 triumph in year's most thrilling concert 2012/07/31, Source, 2NE1 perform during the Seoul segment of their "2NE1 Global Tour: New Evolution" concert at Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Sunday. The tour proceeds to Newark, N.J. and Los Angeles later this month. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup The K-pop girl group 2NE1 are often called Korea's TLC. In Sunday's concert, however, the four Korean girls showed not only can they match America's hottest female act of the '90s but even better them onstage. They aptly began the show with the thrilling club-banger "I Am the Best", which the group sang again as the final encore of the two-hour set. And what came in between proved that bold claim,...More
Epik High Signs With YG & Prepping For September Comeback 2012/07/26, Source, Epik High is back! Or they soon will be. After frontman Tablo signed with YG Entertainment September of last year, the remaining members Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz, have followed suit. The signing process has already been finalized and the three have finished the recordings for their next album. The release of a new album will be the first from the group since "Epilogue" in March of 2010,...More
July & August 2012 K-Pop Giveaway Featuring PSY and 2NE1!! 2012/07/18, Source,
This months featured artists are PSY and 2NE1! Enter for a chance to win one of the following prizes: 1st place: one autographed album (there are 15 of each artist) or 2nd place: one of 20 Korean popular culture book sets(10 for each contest)! - About the K-Pop Giveaway Korean popular music, or K-Pop, has become a vibrant cultural phenomenon in recent years and a new symbol of Korea for millions of fans worldwide. To celebrate these talented Korean artists, the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC is thrilled to host a new K-Pop Giveaway each month of 2012. Each time will feature a different K-Pop artist or group, and 10 or more winners will receive a special prize based from the featured artist, such as CD albums, photo books, clothing, or other exclusive accessories,...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
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/07/11, Source,
Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)., left, and and G-Dragon perfom on the first night of the "Big Bang Alive Tour 2012" at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Friday. / Courtesy of YG EntertainmentVisibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records By Kwaak Je-yup Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
2NE1 - pushing boundaries, defying expectations 2012/07/11, Source, This is the seventh in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwaak Je-yup From day one, K-pop foursome 2NE1 have been all about breaking rules and surprises.
Their larger-than-life stage presence and natural charm were already enough to make them stars but their uncanny ability to produce something fresh and out of the ordinary with every new release - catching fans and casual listeners off-guard without exception - has placed them in a league of their own,...More
Get your dose of 2NE1 2012/07/11, Source,
K-pop girl group 2NE1 perform at the "2NE1 Nolza in Japan Concert" in October, 2011. Starting with shows on July 28 and 29 at the Olympic Gymnastics Gymnasium in southern Seoul, the group will embark on the "New Evolution" tour to 10 cities in seven countries including Japan, the United States and Hong Kong. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Kwaak Je-yup If any girl group has a chance of global success, 2NE1 should be one. They are fluent in English and other languages; have distinct flair and charisma that fill up any arena; natural talent in singing and dancing; and years of training,...More
2NE1 Embrace Oldest Form of K-Pop 2012/07/09, Source,
/Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Manufactured girl band 2NE1 have their eye squarely on the international market with a style of K-pop they have dubbed "electrot", which combines Korea's oldest pop genre, trot, with electronic elements. "People outside of Asia still think of Japan or China before Korea when they hear the word 'Asia'. We wanted to approach the fans around the world with a novel yet very Korean music", band members said at a press junket Friday,...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 leader, music CEO team up to promote `K-fashion` abroad 2012/06/29, Source,
A fashion company leader and an entertainment company CEO decided to work together to create a global Korean Wave fashion brand. It is drawing attention if Cheil Industries Vice President Lee Seo-hyeon and YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyeon-seok might initiate a boom for Korean fashion.
Cheil Industries said it signed a contract for a new business with YG, whose CEO is a former member of the famous Korean rap group Seo Taiji and Boys, and will set up a joint venture. They plan to launch a fashion brand to target young people worldwide aged 17 to 23 by combining K-pop and Korean fashion,...More
Big Bang To Donate Part Of World Tour Proceeds To UNICEF 2012/06/20, Source,
The untouchable group Big Bang has been getting a lot of spotlight for their world tour, set to visit 25 cities in 16 countries lasting until this December. The tour will be partially for a good cause as the group has decided to donate a part of the concert proceeds to UNICEF so that children in Africa can get vaccinated for the measles,...More
Big Bang Pledge Concert Proceeds to African Kids 2012/06/16, Source,
Boy band Big Bang decided to donate part of the profits from their world tour, which will take them to 25 cities in 16 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas until December, to UNICEF Korea so African children can be vaccinated against measles,...More
Big Bang To Donate Part Of World Tour Proceeds To UNICEF 2012/06/15, Source,
The untouchable group Big Bang has been getting a lot of spotlight for their world tour, set to visit 25 cities in 16 countries lasting until this December. The tour will be partially for a good cause as the group has decided to donate a part of the concert proceeds to UNICEF so that children in Africa can get vaccinated for the measles. YG Entertainment signed a written agreement with the Korean branch of UNICEF in Changseong-dong of Seoul on June 14th,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/06/14, Source,
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has launched an official global store on eBay, the first of its kind opened by a Korean record label. BIGBANGs newest special album STILL ALIVE has been made available through the online store, to the delight of many fans worldwide,...More
Is hallyu guidebook censorship? 2012/06/07, Source,
By Chung Min-uck Entertainment industry representatives are worried that a guidebook on spreading "hallyu" or the Korean wave, which is being prepared by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), may act as a form of censorship. A ministry official said that its "Guideline for Overseas Hallyu" will be distributed to entertainment companies and broadcasters by next month,...More
YouTube celebrates 7th anniversary with K-pop 2012/05/23, Source,
Girls' Generation perform during "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, to celebrate the anniversary of video sharing service YouTube. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
As YouTube celebrated its seventh anniversary, K-pop singers from TVXQ to Kara performed and rocked Silicon Valley.
YouTube, which is now Google/YouTube, and Korean broadcaster MBC co-hosted Monday the "MBC Korean Music Wave in Google" at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., to celebrate the anniversary of the world's largest video sharing service. Google took over YouTube five years ago,...More
2NE1 To Make June Comeback 2012/05/22, Source,
Amidst the many comeback acts that have been hitting the k-pop scene week after week, YG Entertainment announced on May 21st that 2NE1 is also prepping for their return.
According to YG, "2NE1 will be releasing a new Korean album sometime mid-June. Teddy has taken rein as the producer with seven awesome tracks completed as of now. After the new album is released, the group will start their broadcast promotions",...More
K-Pop Star Contestants: 3 Sign With JYP & 5 With YG 2012/05/22, Source,
Out of the top 10 contestants on the popular survival show "K-Pop Star", 3 have decided to sign with JYP Entertainment and 5 with YG Entertainment.
According to reports YG's Official's blog on May 22nd, Lee Ha-yi, Lee Michelle, and Lee Seung-hoon have been picked up by the entertainment powerhouse. Additionally, two others have been scouted with further details to be released in due time,...More
Facebook Opens K-Pop Page 2012/05/22, Source,
A K-Pop page opened on Facebook on Monday to deliver news about Korean pop stars and their new songs to fans around the world. Facebook is the second global user-content website to open a K-pop page after YouTube last December,...More
K-Pop Video Contest and SNS Festival for K-Pop Lovers Worldwide 2012/05/11, Source,
Presented by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC
The chart-topping music of Korea's hottest K-Pop stars, including Girl's Generation, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, and TVXQ, will be featured among the exclusive merchandise prizes up for grabs in the K-POP Video Contest, a new SNS event hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Throughout the month of May, K-Pop lovers worldwide can take part via the Korean Cultural Center's official Facebook page at,...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
Big Bang Special On MTV To Air In May 2012/04/20, Source,
Big Bang's taking their act global!
YG Entertainment announced plans for the idol group to be featured on "World Stage-Big Bang ALIVE" on the popular MTV network on May 4th. "World Stage" highlights concert performances of big internationally-recognized acts like Beyonce and Lady Gaga,...More
Third Girl Group Member For YG 2012/04/12, Source,
The hottest girl of the hour in k-pop is one that's completely unknown.
YG Entertainment revealed a photo featuring a girl who is speculated to be a member of the girl group that is in the works at the agency. The picture, titled "Who's That Girl?", was uploaded on the YG Life blog on April 10th at 3:30 PM. The young girl is undeniably beautiful, drawing much attention from k-pop fans,...More
2NE1 Selected as Speaker at Cannes Lions Creativity Festival 2012/04/09, Source,
Girl group 2NE1 has been selected as a speaker who will introduce Hallyu to the world at Cannes in France. According to Cheil Communications on April 4, 2NE1 and the regional president of Cheil Worldwide South-East Asia, Kim Sung Jong, have been invited to the seminar on "Digital Hallyu Marketing" at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival in June,...More
9 out of 10 French hallyu fans want to visit Korea 2012/04/08, Source,
More than nine out of 10 French hallyu fans, who are interested in the Korean culture, want to travel Korea, a survey showed Tuesday.
A poll at tourism promotion Website (www.visitkorea.or.kr), conducted by the state-run Korea Tourism Organization's Paris branch, displayed that more than 90 percent of 3,775 respondents said they want to visit Korea. Of them, 75.8 percent said they will come to Korea without fail,...More
Is Big Bang Ready for the West? 2012/04/05, Source,
Idol group Big Bang are certainly getting their fair share of attention these days, but they are getting their just due; their latest mini-album "Alive" is breaking records on Korean music charts and earning critical praise for its six singles on the EP. Their "concept" this go round is one of their most...unique so far- tattoos, oxygen masks, blue hair, the usual mélange from the YG stylist closet, and whatever G-Dragon happens to feel like throwing on when he wakes up in the morning. However, as has been closely noted by V.I.Ps (official Big Bang fan club), the music is what is attracting all the attention – from popular American blogs, sites, and international music insiders. They broke the Billboard 200, and placed high on other album charts (Independent, World, Heatseekers) demonstrating a pretty widespread appeal. It's interesting given that while it appears many in K-pop are still trying to find the magic formula for recognition in the West (Rain, BoA, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation) it seems as these guys are getting it and barely trying,...More
Big Bang & 2NE1 In Top Tier Of Japan's Oricon Charts 2012/03/29, Source, YG Entertainment's most representative groups, Big Bang and 2NE1, are not only representative of Korea's top groups, but Japan's as well. After the two acts simultaneously released new albums in Japan on March 28th, they both jumped up to hit 2nd and 4th place, respectively, on Japan's top music rankings, the Oricon Album chart,...More
Full Clip: Teddy Riley Runs Down His Entire Catalogue Ft. Keith Sweat, Guy, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Blackstreet, and Lady Gaga 2012/03/21, Source, By Vibe | March 14th, 2012
"Joining that Korean pop music was something I had never planned. God never shows you the plan. He makes the plan happen. All I did is apply New Jack Swing to K-pop. And the reason I got into the whole K-pop scene is I was working with a girl group called RaNia. I was working with them at the same time I was working on Michael's album. But the people who hired me to do it took my name to Korea and used it as title of the album [laughs], which was good in a way and bad in a way because I wasn't there to stand behind it. So when that RaNia album came out, I knew I had to go to Korea,...More
Big Bang's Seungri Drops Out Of Current University 2012/03/12, Source,
According to reports from YG Entertainment on March 8th, the youngest member of Big Bang, Seungri has decided to drop out of Chungang University where he was a student at up until last year. His busy schedule of the 2012 Big Bang Alive concert tour and other various promotions led him to the decision to drop out being that he wasn't able to fulfill his academic duties as a Theatre Arts major,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/03/05, Source,
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records
Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
Tablo Honored With Hiphopplaya's Album of the Year Award 2012/02/28, Source, Tablo has yet another trophy to prove that his solo comeback in 2011 was one of the hottest that year. According to the results of the 2011 Hiphopplaya Awards, Tablo's album "Fever's End" was chosen as the Album of the Year, with 23.1% of the votes.
The artist spoke out through his YG Entertainment reps, "I'm thankful to the hip hop fans that took the time to listen to my music during a year where other such great albums were released",...More
will.i.am to spin at Club Answer 2012/02/27, Source,
will.i.am, American producer, songwriter, rapper, singer and member of hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, will host a club party this week, CJ E&M announced Friday.
Taking place Wednesday at southern Seoul hotspot Club Answer in Cheongdam-dong, the "will.i.am DJ Set in Seoul" is also bringing the Grammy-winning group's collaborators DJ Poet and DJ Ammo to spin during the event,...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
K-Pop Singers Target Global Market 2012/02/08, Source,
(Above picture: Big Bang)
K-pop seems ready to take the world by storm this year to capitalize on the momentum of the resurgent Korean Wave, with leading bands such as Girls' Generation, Big Bang, and JYJ staging world tours or debuting overseas in the coming months.
Big Bang plan to launch their first world tour next month, with 25 cities in 16 countries packed into their whistle-stop itinerary. The group will return to the stage with their mini album "Alive" on Feb. 29, and will tour Asia, North and South America, and Europe after a concert in Seoul on March 2,...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
Se7en: 'This Is the Song that I Have to Sing Right Now' 2012/02/06, Source, Se7en is gaining popularity with his new song entitled "When I Can't Sing".
Se7en (real name Choi Dong-wook, 28) who made a comeback after one and a half year break with his new song "When I Can't Sing" that has autobiographical lyrics, said, "This is a song that only I can sing right now. It conveys my genuine feelings about how I have reached this position. I have never listened to my own song this much before and repeatedly sing by myself (laugh),...More
Big Bang To Make comeback February 29th Followed By Concert Series 2012/02/02, Source,
The five-membered male idol group Big Bang will be making a comeback after 10 months with a new album in February. It's confirmed even more specifically to be exactly February 29th.
YG Entertainment has been dropping hints by revealing titles of the new songs bit by bit. Most recently, on February 2nd, the powerhouse agency revealed the 7th track, titled "Wings". The song will actually be a solo song by Daesung. Daesung helped G-Dragon in the lyric-writing process, while the song was composed by Choi Pil-gang,...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
Big Bang To Make February Comeback 2012/01/17, Source,
Big Bang will soon be making a big comeback!
YG Entertainment recently announced the popular idol group will be making a comeback in February. This triggered one big question in the k-pop industry: When will YG's next brand new girl group debut then?
Many are predicting after the recent announcement regarding Big Bang that the highly-anticipated new girl group will then debut sometime after,...More
K-pop stars to tour overseas in 2012 2012/01/10, Source,
A JYJ fan from Peru holds a poster that says "Peru loves JYJ". Fans in South America have been actively requesting K-pop groups perform in their countries through various media outlets. / Courtesy of C-JeS Entertainment
By Noh Hyun-gi
With seemingly unstoppable momentum, K-pop stars are advancing across the globe.
Many fans have asked the artists to visit their home countries through innovative methods like uploading flash mob videos online. Moved by these active and sincere requests, K-pop stars will hold concerts around the world and are planning additional gigs to accommodate the enthusiastic fans,...More
K-Pop Expected to Boom Again This Year 2012/01/10, Source,
Five representatives who are leading the new Hallyu boom in the world expressed their prospects for K-Pop this year.
Representatives of major entertainment agencies (from left, clockwise) -- Kim Young Min of SM, Yang Hyun Seok of YG, Hong Seung Sung of Cube, and Jeong Wook of JYP
K-Pop gained huge popularity all over the world beyond Asia last year. It has been spread into the popular culture of many Asian countries such as Japan and countries in East Asia, and K-Pop's internet fandom was created in Europe and South America through various internet websites such as YouTube and SNS (Social Network Service). In addition, some of the entertainment agencies, who are leading the widespread of K-Pop in the world, held concerts in the USA, Europe, and South America, and the major local medias reported the popularity of K-Pop in their countries as a new phenomenon by indicating it as "Attack by K-Pop Stars" and "Crazy about K-Pop". The representatives of major entertainment agencies -- SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and Cube Entertainment -- and the singer BoA, who achieved great success overseas for the first time among Korean singing groups, expressed their bright prospects for K-Pop this year,...More
CL and Black Eyed Peas' Performance Selected Best Joint Performance by MTV 2012/01/05, Source,
CL from the girl group 2NE1 and Will.i.am and Apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas recently held a joint performance, and it was selected the best performance by MTV IGGY, YG Entertainment said on January 4. CL, Will.i.am, and Apl.de.ap performed together at "2011 M.Net Asian Music Awards (MAMA)" held at the Indoor Stadium in Singapore last year on November 29. They sang the hit song by The Black Eyed Peas entitled "Where is the Love" together. MTV IGGY, which is a network channel of MTV in the USA, selected their joint performance as the most thrilling joint performance ever in the world and evaluated their performance by saying, "The K-Pop star creates freshness to the Black Eyed Peas' song 'Where is the Love'",...More
Show what you've got at 2012 auditions 2011/12/15, Source,
(Above picture: You can become the next Girls ' Generation: Show off your talent and passion at "The 2012 SM Global Audition". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment)
With the popularity of audition shows like "Super Star K", "The Great Birth", and "Survival Audition K-Pop Star", the door to stardom has widened.
This month, major Korean talent agencies JYP Entertainment, SM entertainment and DSP Media are starting their search for star material,...More
VCR2 K-Celebrities Now 2011/12/09, Source, [SOV] [Interview : ] "Are you ready to dance[Interview : ] "Music, please!"
YG Entertainment is one of the major entertainment agencies in Korea behind the K-pop and Hallyu boom. Last weekend, the artists signed with the agency held their annual "YG Family Concert",...More
Se7en To Make Comeback January 2012 2011/12/05, Source, Se7en will be making his comeback with the onset of 2012.
The singer will be releasing a new mini-album on January 18th, kickstarting a new round of promotions. As of now, the plan is to only release it in Korea. However, there have been requests coming in from Japan for a simultaneous release there. YG Entertainment is currently in the process of thinking the idea over,...More
Private banking centers race to sign celebrities, pro athletes 2011/11/25, Source, The head of the private banking center at a large securities company that serves clients with hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets has recently attracted several singers and entertainers to his fold.
He did so thanks to his relationships with them formed through his appearance on an entertainment show as an economic adviser.
Each of them invested 50 million to 100 million won (44,000 to 88,000 U.S. dollars), which does not befit their celebrity status. He said, however, "As seen in the public offering jackpot hit by YG Entertainment, the domestic entertainment industry is growing at a rapid pace on the back of the popularity of Korean pop culture", adding, "I manage them by focusing on their potential instead of the money they invest now",...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
2NE1 Selected As MTV's Best New Band in the World 2011/11/15, Source,
The girl group 2NE1 has been selected as the "Best New Band" in the world through an MTV online poll on November 11. According to 2NE1's agency, YG Entertainment, MTV's network channel, MTV IGGY, had conducted the online survey for the past six weeks from the beginning of last month to select the "Best New Band In The World" on their Internet website, and 2NE1 ranked atop the survey,...More
2NE1 Voted Best New Band of 2011 by MTV 2011/11/14, Source,
MTV has named Korean girl group 2NE1 its "Best New Band in The World" for 2011 according to an online vote, their management agency YG Entertainment said on Friday.
MTV Iggy asked for netizens around the world to vote on their favorite new band over a six-week period starting from early last month,...More
Singer releases new album after being cleared in scandal 2011/11/14, Source,
"I hope the people who are having a hard time and lonely to be soothed and eased of their burdens while listening to my music. I also hope the people who hate me to be consoled by my music if they face times of trouble".
Singer Tablo, 31, who suspended music career due to false rumors suggesting that he had fabricated his educational background, has made a public statement for the first time since the controversy erupted,...More
YouTube to Launch Exclusive K-Pop Channel 2011/11/08, Source,
YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google, will create a special section dedicated to K-pop for the first time, a move the government hopes can further promote Korean popular culture around the world,...More
Tablo's New Album Tops iTunes Chart 2011/11/03, Source,
"Fever's End", rapper Tablo's latest album, soared to the top of the iTunes hip hop and rap album charts both in the U.S. and Canada. The success suggest that Tablo, whose career went into eclipse for two years after false online allegations that he faked his academic credentials, is firmly back on track,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/20, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year. YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans. The group will then head to Japan for concerts on January 7-8 at the Osaka Colosseum expected to attract about 80,000 people. Finally, two more shows, each slating for another 80,000 concert-goers, will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on January 21-22,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/19, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year.
YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans,...More
Korea Has 25 Trillionaires 2011/10/11, Source,
(Above Picture From left: Park Hyeon-joo, Kim Jung-ju, Ahn Cheol-soo, Chin Dae-je, and Lee Soo-man)
Twenty-five Koreans own more than W1 trillion worth of assets, up six from last year, according to a list of the 400 wealthiest people in Korea released by business news site Chaebul.com on Monday (US$1=W1,170).
New in the top 10 are two self-made businessmen -- Park Hyeon-joo, an investment guru and chairman of Mirae Asset Financial Group, and Kim Jung-ju, the CEO of online gaming firm Nexon's holding group NXC. Park ranked sixth with W2.47 trillion, up from 14th last year. His assets grew by W1.28 trillion over the past year. Kim jumped from 39th to eighth with W2.34 trillion,...More
Boy Band Member 'Sorry' for Smoking Marijuana 2011/10/06, Source, G-Dragon of the boy band Big Bang was let off with a caution for smoking marijuana due to mitigating circumstances and his young age.
"He smoked marijuana while staying in Japan to give performances there, but it was his first offense and he smoked only a tiny amount, so we decided to suspend his indictment", a spokesman for the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office said Wednesday,...More
Tablo to Release Solo Album 2011/09/29, Source,
Singer Tablo of the boy band Epic High has signed up with YG Entertainment to release a solo album in November.
The agency is run by former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun-suk.
Tablo stopped performing in 2009 after the Stanford University graduate was faced with accusations that he forged his academic credentials,...More
Tablo Signs With YG For November Comeback 2011/09/27, Source, Tablo is back. Or he soon will be.
The Epik High front man recently signed on to a four year contract with the same company that his wife Kang Hye-jung is signed under: YG Entertainment. His new album can be expected on November 1st. This is the first time in 20 months that the singer will be re-hitting the scene, following the number one hit on iTunes' Hip Hop Chart "Epilogue",...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
2NE1 Creates Fever in Japan 2011/09/22, Source, 2NE1 began their recent concert tour in Japan by holding concerts in Yokohama, and 12,000 audience members were full of enthusiasm.
Girl group 2NE1's debut concert tour in Japan took off smoothly. They held two concerts as a part of their concert tour entitled "NOLZA In Japan" in Yokohama, Japan on September 19 and 20, and a total of 12,000 audience members went wild while enjoying 2NE1's performances. Even though it was a rainy day, the audience heated up the concert venue. They were all standing during the whole time and singing and dancing to 2NE1's hit songs. When 2NE1 appeared on the stage to sing their debut song entitled "Fire", the huge ovation of the audience filled the venue and the place resembled a huge club,...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
GD&TOP Plans Japanese Debut 2011/09/14, Source,
Two of the hottest faces in k-pop will be re-debuting in Japan...under a different group.
Big Bang members G-Dragon and TOP (Choi Seung-hyun) will be introducing their sub-unit duo GD&TOP in the neighboring country by dropping the single "Oh Yeah" on November 9th. Also included will be the song "High High", both previously released tracks in Korea,...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
'Introverts' 2NE1 Stay Humble as Debut Concert Nears 2011/08/09, Source, 2NE1 /Courtesy of YG Entertainment2NE1 has been on a fast track to success since its debut in 2009 and now the K-pop girl group hopes to take another step forward with its first solo concert in Seoul from Aug. 26 to 28.
The girls swept various online charts earlier this year with a number of hit singles and have been praised by fans for their ability to sing, dance and rap at the same time. But the growing adulation and success has not gone to their heads,...More
2NE1: 'We Are the Best Thanks to Good Music' 2011/08/04, Source,
Many of 2NE1's songs have become popular hits. They will begin activities in Japan after holding their first solo concert there.
During an interview held at a building of YG Entertainment located in Hapjeongdong on August 1, 2NE1 (CL, Sandara Park, Park Bom, and Minzy) answered the question asking the reason why they are popular -- and what is their own strength that distinguishes them from other girl groups -- by saying, "That is our good music". Like this, 2NE1 is very confident in their music and that is why they used a completely new promotional strategy when they released their second mini album. They released songs in the album one by one online from last April. As a result, every song in their album such as "Don't Cry", "Lonely", "I Am the Best", "Hate You", and the title song "UGLY" ranked atop the online music chart consecutively,...More
2NE1 Top YouTube Favorites 2011/08/04, 2NE1
Girl group 2NE1's music video "Lonely" was at the top of Korean YouTube favorites in the first six months of this year. "Lonely" was released as a digital sound source and music video in May,...More
New YG Acts Training For 2012 Debut 2011/07/27, Source, YG Entertainment, home to 2NE1 and Big Bang, released plans of debuting new groups for next year.
Yang Hyun-suk, head of YG, revealed through Korean media sources that there will be a number of new acts to look forward to, including solo acts, slated for 2011. For one, a YG version of Girls' Generation will hit the scene the first half of 2012. Yang stressed that this group will not only be talented, but very pretty...like Girls' Generation,...More
YG to Advance into Japan by Establishing Exclusive Label 2011/07/25, Source,
Launch of "YGEX"
YG Entertainment and Japanese music distributing company Avex held a press conference at Nikko Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on July 21 and announced the launch of YG Family's exclusive label "YGEX (YG+AVEX)". The president of YG, Yang Hyun Seok (right), and the president of Avex Holdings, Matsuura Masato, are shaking hands.
"YG will hold a family concert at the end of this year to celebrate its 15th anniversary of its foundation in both Korea and Japan",...More
He wrote "Today I'm starting my session with the,...More
B2ST, 4Minute to hold concert in England 2011/07/08, Source,
K-pop group B2ST
By Kwon Mee-yoo
With K-pop's increasing popularity in Europe, Korean singers B2ST, 4Minute and G.NA will hold a concert in the United Kingdom in November.
Cube Entertainment, the singers' management agency, said it plans to hold the "United Cube Concert" in London on Nov. 19,...More
2NE1's "Lonely" Video #1 On YouTube 2011/05/16, Source,
Popular idol group 2NE1 has made their mark on the international community through their latest single, "Lonely".
After releasing their new song at midnight on May 12th, the girls swept through all the major music charts, taking over the number one spot by the morning of the 13th,...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
Spread of K-POP Booms Beyond Asia and Into Europe 2011/05/06, Source, A street rally was held in France asking, "Add more SM singers' concerts". Many fans all around Europe who love singing groups belonging to SM and YG gathered on a YouTube channel.
"I will definitely buy two tickets for the concert. I really hope to meet Super Junior on the concert". --ID Makijoo
"The best K-POP singing groups, who belong to SM Entertainment (hereafter referred to as SM), held their historical first concert in Paris, France. I hope that it will opens the door for other K-POP singing groups to France". – ID Mopiou,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Se7en and Big Bang Garner Awards Together 2011/04/05, Source, Se7en and Big Bang were awarded at the "Singapore Entertainment Award (SEA)" that was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on April 2. Se7en garnered the "Best Asia Performance" award that was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of experts in the entertainment business from Singapore and abroad, and Big Bang garnered the "Most Popular Korea Artist" award that was chosen based on a popularity vote and opinions from the panel of judges,...More
MVIBO.com Streaming Korean Movies, Dramas and More 2011/03/23, Source,
The MVIBO.com website, established and founded by KBS America, is an online video streaming service offering North American viewers popular movies, dramas, music videos and clips.
"It's not only the dramas, but a larger variety of Korean entertainment, like movies and K-POP, where all these materials formulate into the success of Hallyu (the Korean Wave)", said Chunai Choi, CEO and president of KBS America, Inc,...More
2NE1 Rises to International Fame in Music – and also in fashion! 2011/03/16, Source, 2NE1 album cover for their first officially released album "To Anyone".
Among hundreds of celebrities, only a select few become mega-stars, and they require more than just beautiful faces and nice bodies. When 2NE1 debuted in September 2009, they quickly rose to stardom, breaking new ground for girl group singers in the Kpop industry by shattering the stereotypes previously set for a "Korean girl group" – pretty, but rather bland, lacking in personality.
2NE1 first became known to the public through the song, "Lollipop", digitally released in early 2009, as a promotion song for an LG Cyon mobile phone commercial. It was a joint release with Big Bang, the hottest all-boy "Idol" group in Korea, as well as sharing the same label, YG Entertainment. "Lollipop" immediately hit No. 1 on various online charts as well as on several music television shows for over three consecutive weeks,...More
Cancelled... postponed... tsunami in Hallyu events 2011/03/13, Source,
As the damaged of the massive earthquake in Japan is spreading, Hallyu stars Japanese schedules are being cancelled or postponed as well.
Kim Hyun-joong was to attend a promotion event in Tokyo nhk Hall on the 13th but it got cancelled and he never left. Ryu Soo-young had a fan meeting in Osaka Nikko Hotel but that was postponed. Singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon also had a fan meeting on the same day in Saitama Super Arena but cancelled and returned to Korea on the 13th. He had been preparing since the 8th.,...More
Big Bang ranks 3rd on Billboard's world album chart 2011/03/09, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Korean boy band Big Bang's new mini-album "Tonight" ranked third on the World Albums of the Billboard Chart after sweeping the nation's major online music charts.
YG Entertainment said the album, which was released in Korea on Feb. 24, is seeing success on its U.S. debut after being listed at No. 7 in the Heatseekers Album Chart for artists that have newly arrived in the top 100 of the Billboard Chart,...More
Big Bang's New Album On US Billboard Charts 2011/03/07, Source,
The idol group Big Bang's album, recorded in the Korean language, entered the US Billboard chart without a debut in the USA. Big Bang's album entitled "Heatseekers Albums" ranked in 7th place for the first time. The latest mini album, which was released on February 24, has been ranked in 7th place in the category for new singers' chart, which is to be decided by the number of album sales, and ranked in 3rd place in the category of "World Album" on February 12. Their agency YG Entertainment said on March 4, "The fact that album had been ranked in 6th place on the iTunes America Top 100 charts might be the driving force for its entering the Billboard chart",...More
Big Bang Turns up Analogue Sound in New Mini Album 2011/03/07, Source,
Big Bang /Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Boy band Big Bang sought to bring back the warmth of pre-digital pop music on their latest mini album, "Tonight", which was released last Friday.
"Listeners must be tired of the rampant use of digital effects in K-pop, just as we are", the band said. "We wanted to comfort and cheer up people distressed by a series of unfortunate events in the country last year through bright, lyrical and melodious music",...More
2NE1 to make debut in Japan 2011/02/23, Source,
Girl group 2NE1
By Chung Ah-young
Popular girl group 2NE1 will make its debut in Japan this spring. Japanese newspaper Sankei Sports reported that the band has signed a contract with Avex, Japan's largest entertainment company,...More
Big Bang to return with new album 2011/01/17, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Popular group Big Bang will release a new album and hold a concert next month, YG Entertainment announced Monday.
The five-member iconic boy band has been preparing the new album for the past two years and it will be released on Feb. 24. The band will officially return to its fans in a large-scale concert "2011 Big Show" slated for Feb. 25 to 27 at the Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park which can accommodate some 40,000 spectators,...More
GD and T.O.P emerges atop Mnet music channel 2011/01/07, Source,
Male unit GD&T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [YG Entertainment]
Boy bang Big Bang unit GD&T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s song "HIGH HIGH" came on top on weekly music show "M! CountDown" yesterday, a weekly music show aired by music cable channel Mnet.
"We thank everyone who has shown us love and support", the duo said in their acceptance speech after receiving the winning trophy at the live stage at CJ E&M Center in Sangam-dong of Seoul on Thursday,...More
2011: Year Of Male Idol Duos? 2011/01/05, Source, It's safe to say that 2010 was dominated by girl groups and female solo singers. Well, that trend may be coming to an end with the new year of 2011.
Already, two duos have been sweeping the music c,...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
Girls' Generation, Big Bang win at 52nd Japan Record Awards 2010/12/31, Source,
Girls' Generation (top) and Big Bang (bottom) [SM Entertainment/YG Entertainment]
Korean idols Girls' Generation and Big Bang have received honors at the prestigious 52nd Japan Record Awards.
The Japan Record Awards, hosted by the Japan Composer's Association, announced that Girls' Generation won under the category for best new artist against Japanese singers ICONIQ, Kikuchi Madoka and S/mileage, while Big Bang won the prize for best song with "Tell Me Goodbye",...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang G-Dragon Pt. 1 2010/12/29, Source, The reporters of 10Asia spent three days, starting December 24 till 26, working. It was the weekend that included Christmas. However, who cares about working? During those three days, we watched the performance by G-Dragonand T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), we interviewed them on the set of their show and took pictures of them on stage. We just feel bad for them having to spend Christmas with the two who said they feel bad for each other. Below are the excerpts from 10Asia's interview with G-Dragon.
Big Bang member G-Dragon [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You seem to have some dark bags under your eyes. (laugh) G-Dragon: Yes, I performed all night yesterday as well. (laugh),...More
YG donates over 180 million won for year-end charity 2010/12/28, Source,
Singers and employees from YG Family take part in coal briquette delivery campaign on Monday, December 27, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment announced through its press release on Tuesday that it has donated over 180 million won for charity this year.
YG Entertainment, which is heading the public charity campaign "WITH", recently donated some 184 million won accumulated from their sales of albums, mobile music, concerts and other music-related merchandise of its artists,...More
Big Bang G-Dragon poses with BEAST Hyun-seung on "M! CountDown" 2010/12/24, Source,
BEAST member Hyun-seung (left) and Big Bang member G-Dragon (right) [M! CountDown's official Twitter site]
A photograph of Big Bang member G-Dragon and BEAST member Hyun-seung in the waiting room of Mnet's music cable channel show "M! CountDown" has been unveiled.
The official "M! CountDown" Twitter site revealed the picture of G-Dragon showing the rabbit ears sign with his hand while having his right arm around Hyun-seung with a comment below saying, "G-Dragon, where is your fellow member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)? Here is a reunion photo with close friend Hyun-seung",...More
Female singer IU rules Mnet chart for 2nd week 2010/12/21, Source,
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's recent hit song "Good Day" topped cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the week of December 13 to 19, making it her second consecutive win.
"Good Day" is the title track to IU's second EP album "Real" whose lyrics is about a girl confessing her feelings to a guy. The teenage singer has won attention particularly for the high pitch she reaches at the end of the song,...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P take pictures on set of music video 2010/12/21, Source,
Pictures of Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) (left) and G-Dragon (right) [T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon's official me2today site]
Boy band Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) have revealed photographs of themselves from the set of their upcoming music video.
Earlier today, the two, who began their singing activities as a duo unit this month, posted a picture of themselves on each of their official me2day sites (Korean version of Twitter), with both their hands in the air while riding Segways and a comment below saying, "The music video shoot is finished today!!",...More
2010 MelOn Music Awards - About time to come honest 2010/12/17, Source,
Girls' Generation at the 2010 MelOn Music Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Artists from SM Entertainment were nowhere to be seen at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). The same thing could be said of YG Entertainment at this year's Golden Disc Awards Ceremony that came after. But at the MelOn Music Awards held at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University on December 15, all three major agencies -- SM, YG and JYP Entertainment (JYPE) -- gathered together, proving the influence the nation's largest online music contents site has over even the 3 largest houses in the music industry.
Unfortunately, the quality of the actual ceremony which went on for three hours and was hosted by actor Song Joong-ki, hardly matched up to the fame of guests who gathered that day,...More
G-Dragon, T.O.P and LeeSSang to perform at Xmas party 2010/12/07, Source,
Poster for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" [SK Telecom]
Some of the biggest names in the K-pop scene will be performing on stage at a Christmas party hosted by a communications company in Korea.
A press release from the party's publicist Prain Inc. announced Tuesday that Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), rap duo LeeSSang and Se7en will take the stage at a club in KangNam of Seoul for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" held on December 24,...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
2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band Big Bang members perform at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Muscle!" was what a fan from Hong Kong said as soon as she was asked what she finds most attractive about boy band 2PM. And when a girl, who would scream outright just by the mention of Nichkhun's name, was asked whose muscles she thinks are the best, without hesitation she blurted out "Ok Taecyeon!" Numerous female fans from around Asia who like Korean idol stars for specific images crowded the lobby of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao where the red carpet event for the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held. But the cheering was not reserved only for good looking guys. A 19-year-old Chinese girl, who introduced herself as a big fan of Big Bang and in love with all its members, went equally wild at the sight of girl group 2NE1 and imitated the "Abracadabra" dance by Brown Eyed Girls saying they were the group outside YG Family that she loves. Hence in such an atmosphere, it may be only natural that these fans are interested not only in the Korean stars but also Korean culture,...More
YG Entertainment announces Big Bang comeback 2010/11/28, Source,
Announcement of the comeback of boy band Big Bang [Official YG Entertainment blog]
Top Korean agency YG Entertainment has announced that boy band Big Bang will make their long-awaited comeback to the local music scene, as their original five-member band and also through solo and duo albums.
YG's CEO and founder Yang Hyuk-suk wrote on the official YG Life blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) on Monday that members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) will be the first to return, releasing songs "High High" and "Oh Yeah" on December 15 as a duo while their full-length album, featuring 11 tracks, will hit stores a week later,...More
2NE1 member Sandara has 200,000 friends 2010/11/23, Source,
Post from 2NE1 member Sandara Park [Official Sandara Park me2today]
Korean girl group 2NE1 member Sandara Park said on her official me2day site (Korean version of Twitter) that she has 200,000 friends, the largest number of followers for a celebrity.
The K-pop idol posted a photograph of 2NE1's band practicing with a comment below saying, "Wow! I just reached 200,000 friends on my me2day account -- all thanks to you. I am a girl with many friends!! Let's work hard to get along in the future",...More
Big Bang to receive honor at Japan Record Awards 2010/11/22, Source,
Korean boy band Big Bang [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will receive an honor at the upcoming 52nd Japan Record Awards, alongside some of the biggest names in the J-pop music scene.
The Japan Record Awards, hosted by the Japan Composer's Association, announced over the weekend that Big Bang will be handed the award for best song alongside ten artists including Japanese singers Exile and AKB48,...More
Rating The Latest Idol Group Comebacks 2010/11/15, Source,
Three of the most representative groups from three of the most representative entertainment companies in Korea have recently made their comebacks this fall season. It was no surprise that each of these three groups won number one honors on the live music performance shows in Korea. It's been established that all three groups have the three factors that idol groups these days need to have: good music, great performances, and enviable style.
These three groups -- Girls' Generation from SM Entertainment, 2PM from JYP Entertainment, and 2NE1 from YG Entertainment -- were rated according to those three factors for their latest comeback songs, in comparison to their previous works,...More
Big Bang's DVD reaches No. 1 on Oricon chart 2010/11/04, Source,
Korean boy band Big Bang [YG Entertainment]
A DVD by Korean boy band Big Bang has reached the No. 1 spot on Japan's prestigious Oricon chart.
According to Oricon's weekly music DVD chart, Big Bang's latest DVD "BIGSHOW BIGBANG LIVE CONCERT 2010" ranked in first, selling about 15,000 copies since going on sale in the country on October 27 and came in second in terms of DVD sales for all categories,...More
2NE1 reveals music video for new track today 2010/11/01, Source,
Clip from 2NE1's music video "I'm Hurt" [YG Entertainment]
Korean idols 2NE1 unveiled the full-length music video for their new song on their official YouTube channel today.
The music video for R&B track "I'm Hurt" from their first full-length album, features the girls donning clothes, make-up and hairstyles in a fantasy-like theme. Member Sandara Park acts in the video with model and actor,...More
2NE1 continues to dominate TV music programs 2010/10/04, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from top left to right) CL, Sandara, Bom and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
K-pop girl group 2NE1 continued to dominate televised music programs with songs from their newest album "To Anyone" last week.
The quartet, who have been promoting three title tracks simultaneously, grabbed their third win on KBS' Friday music show "Music Bank" with "Go Away" while scoring their third Mutizen Award on SBS' Sunday program "Inkigayo" with "Can't Nobody",...More
Footage of 2NE1 collaborating with Will.i.Am to air today 2010/09/28, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from left to right): Sandara, Minzy, CL and Bom [YG Entertainment]
A video of Korean female idols 2NE1 working with The Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.Am will air on cable music channel Mnet today, according to a press release from YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG announced that through TV show 2NE1 TV season 2, the upcoming episode will reveal the quartet preparing for their debut in the United States with Will.i.Am, starting with their first encounter with the singer at his recording studio,...More
2NE1 takes over televised music programs with title tracks 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from left to right): CL, Sandara, Minzy and Bom [YG Entertainment]
Korean female idols 2NE1 once again took over televised music programs with their three title tracks last week.
The girl group took the crown on KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank" with "Go Away", one of the three titles tracks they are currently promoting simultaneously, to make it their second consecutive win on the show after having claimed the week before with "Can't Nobody",...More
2NE1 takes over Mnet's charts with new album 2010/09/24, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 (from top left to right): CL, Sandara, Bom and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol girl group 2NE1 took over both of Mnet's music charts during the fourth week of September with their first full-length album.
Their three title tracks "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands" placed at the No. 1, 2, and 3 spot on Mnet's singles, respectively, for the week of September 13 to 19,...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
2NE1 sweeps various music sites with title tracks 2010/09/10, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): Sandara, CL, Bom and Minzy [Official YG Entertainment Blog]
Korean girl group 2NE1 has swept various online music charts with the title tracks from their new album.
Songs "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands", all three the title tracks from 2NE1's first full-length album, have placed on the top three spots of various web-based music charts, according to the real-time charts of online music providers Bugs, Monkey 3, Dosirak and Melon,...More
2NE1 unveils 2nd title track 2010/09/07, Source,
Korean girl group 2NE1 members (from left to right): Bom, CL, Minzy and Sandara [YG Entertainment]
K-pop artists 2NE1 yesterday unveiled the second title track to their upcoming album, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG announced in a press release that the first verse of the girls' second title track "Clap" was uploaded onto YG's official blog, YG Life, as well as photographs from the set of their music video,...More
2NE1 to make music comeback on September 12 2010/09/02, Source,
Members of 2NE1 (from top left to right): CL, Sandara, Bom and Minzy [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 will be making a comeback to the music scene with their first full-length album next Friday, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Thursday.
"The girls will giving their comeback performance on SBS' Sunday music show 'Inkigayo' on September 12", an official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, adding that they will be singing three of the title tracks including "Go Away" while the other two have yet to be decided,...More
2NE1 readying for U.S. debut with Will.i.Am 2010/08/17, Source, 2NE1 [YG Entertainment]
Korean girl group 2NE1 has been readying for their debut in the United States with multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer Will.i.Am, according to YG Entertainment on Tuesday.
YG's CEO Yang Hyun-suk made the announcement through a message on the agency's official website, saying that the girls finished recording ten songs produced by the rapper through three recording sessions held at London and Los Angeles over a span of three weeks,...More
2NE1 to release first full-length album in September 2010/08/17, Source,
Korean female pop idols 2NE1 [YG Entertainment]
Korean pop idols 2NE1 will be making a music comeback with the release of their first full-length album in early September, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment's CEO Yang Hyun-suk on Tuesday.
Yang wrote on YG's official website that the girls' first studio release titled "To Anyone" will hit stores on September 9, featuring a total of 12 songs including six new tracks, four previously releases and two bonus tunes,...More
Se7en wins on M! Countdown with "Better Together" again 2010/08/06, Source,
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, returning to the local music scene after three years and eight months, took the No. 1 spot on Mnet's televised music show "M! Countdown" with his latest single "Better Together" once again this week.
The singer, up against Korean songstress G.Na's song "I'll Back Off", scored his second consecutive win on the cable music channel's Thursday evening show,...More
Big Bang honored with UN "Global Unity" award 2010/07/26, Source,
Members of Big Bang during the "Asia-Pacific Global Tolerance with Music 2010" concert with their "Global Unity" award [YG Entertainment]
K-pop idols Big Bang was honored with the United Nations' "Global Unity" award over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced in a press release that the boys were handed the "Global Unity" award on July 24 during the "Asia-Pacific Global Tolerance with Music 2010" concert held at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka,...More
Se7en: 'High Wall of American Music Industry Caused Homesickness' 2010/07/22, Source,
In the middle of the sound of a high-pitched siren and sharp electronic music, singer Se7en (real name Choi Dong Wook, 26) came up to the stage. The performance entitled "Se7en Digital Bounce Release Party" was held on July 20 at a club located in Gangnam, Seoul. There was a pounding hiphop drum beat and blue laser light on the stage, and his splendid dance was very light and looked relaxed. The place was where he introduced his new song for the first time that is included in his mini album entitled "Digital Bounce", which he released after a break of three years and eight months to advance into the American music industry,...More
Se7en to advertise BlackBerry 2010/07/19, Source,
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, who is set to make his comeback to the local music scene this week, has become the new model for the Blackberry smartphone, according to his agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
YG announced in a press release that Se7en has signed a contract with telecommunication company SK Telecom to advertise for smartphone device BlackBerry,...More
Se7en unveils teaser video for title track 2010/07/14, Source,
Images of Korean singer Se7en for his upcoming mini-album [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, who will be returning to the local music scene for the first time in three years, released a teaser video for the title track of his new album today.
A 25-second long teaser video for the title track "Better Together" from Se7en's new mini-album was unveiled online (http://www.hello7.com), along with photographs of the young star dressed in accordance to the concept of his new album,...More
Se7en reveals tracklist for new mini-album 2010/07/13, Source,
Korean singer Se7en in a teaser page announcing his comeback [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, who will be making a comeback to the local music scene next week, has unveiled the tracklist from his new record on his official homepage (http://www.hello7.com).
According to a press release by agency YG Entertainment (YG) on Tuesday, the singer revealed the tracklist from his upcoming mini-album earlier this morning including a twenty-second teaser of the song "Digital Bounce", which features Big Bang member T.O.P (Choie Seung-hyeon),...More
Taeyang makes shining debut on iTunes overseas 2010/07/09, Source, Taeyang's new solo album Solar ranked No.3 on U.S. iTunes R&B/Soul Albums chart [U.S. iTunes]
Korean singer Taeyang of popular idol group Big Bang has made a shining debut in North America, placing his solo album Solar high atop Apple's iTunes online music charts.
According to a press release by agency YG Entertainment on Friday, Solar came in at No.1 on Top R&B/Soul Albums chart of Canada iTunes and No. 3 on the U.S. site. It is the first time and the highest that an Asian artist has ranked on either charts,...More
Big Bang's "IRIS" single ranked No. 5 on Oricon chart 2010/06/10, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang's new single "Tell Me Goodbye" has made the top five on Japan's prestigious Oricon music chart on the day of its release.
According to estimates released by Oricon on Thursday, the boy band's latest single "Goodbye" landed at No. 5 in the singles chart upon its local release on June 9,...More
Big Bang reveals 4th Japanese single 2010/06/09, Source,
Big Bang's 4th Japanese single "Tell Me Goodbye" [YG Entertainment]
Korean boy band Big Bang released their fourth Japanese single today, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Wednesday.
YG announced in a press release that their single "Tell Me Goodbye", featuring the combination of their signature vocals and rap with a calming piano melody, went on sale in Korea today,...More
Big Bang scores triple win at Japan MTV Music Awards 2010/05/31, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang scored a triple win at the MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced through a press release Saturday that the five-member boy band picked up trophies for Best New Artist Video for "Gara Gara Go!!", their second single in Japan, and Best Pop Video for third single "Koe o Kikasete" at the award ceremony, held at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday,...More
[PREVIEW] G-Dragon's "Shine A Light" theater release 2010/04/19, Source, G-Dragon at the premiere of "Shine A Light" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
One source multi use continues to remain a model which maximizes profits for creators. In the United States, Miley Cyrus' 3-D documentary film "Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 2008" and the release of the Rolling Stones' live concert "Shine A Light" confirmed the possibility of using concerts for multi use. "Shine A Light", G-Dragon's first solo concert held last December, was digitally re-mastered and shown in 13 CGV theaters last Thursday. It is receiving attention as an attempt at providing various ways to consume an idol singer's show as a form of content,...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
[INTERVIEW] "High Kick Through The Roof" Actress Yoo In-na 2010/03/19, Source,
"I was chosen? Thank you so much", is was what Yoo In-na said after receiving news she was selected as our next interviewee. The public have started to become curious about her, not just because of her role in MBC sitcom "High Kick Through The Roof", but because they are curious to find out more about this actress whose popularity has been increasing. She had been in training under her agency YG Entertainment for over a year to make her acting debut at the not-so-young age of 27 so we asked her the recent change in her life means to her.
Actress Yoo In-na [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Your popularity right now is uncomparably high from when you first made your debut. Do you get treated differently for that? Boy band 2AM said their meals have changed since reaching No.1 on music programs,...More
A press release on Thursday by the newly-established Korea Music Power Holdings (KMP Holdings) announced that seven companies -- namely,...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
G-Dragon questioned by Korean authorities 2010/02/05, Source,
Korean pop idol G-Dragon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean pop idol G-Dragon was summoned by Korean authorities last night and questioned for about an hour, according to the criminal investigation department at the Seoul East District Court.
In a phone conversation with Asia Economic Daily on Friday, the department official explained that they had confidentially brought in the singer to investigate the recent controversy surrounding his solo concert, for which he was accused of displaying sexually explicit behavior during the performances.
The leader of idol group Big Bang, who showed up at the court around 8:45 PM, was questioned by authorities for approximately one hour.,...More
Big Bang wraps up Big Show in success 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performs at the "2010 Big Show" in Seoul [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang successfully wrapped up their Seoul concert over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
The five-member group performed in front of some 13,000 fans at the "2010 Big Show - Big Bang concert" , held at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on January 31.
"This is a wonderful day because we get to enjoy it with the fans who we love and adore", the group had said during the concert. "We didn't get to be with you last year because we were all involved in individual activities. We are grateful that you are still here with us".,...More
MCST & KOCCA Held '2009 Korea Content Awards' 2010/01/06, Source, 'Presentation on Strategies to Increase the Export of Culture & Tourism' MCST to Establish the Industrial Infrastructure and to Recognize Room for Improvement in System and Provide Policy Support
MCST to Establish 'Strategic Meeting to Support the Export of Culture & Tourism (Tentative)' Presided b,...More
Dae-sung to replace T.O.P. in new Song Ji-na drama 2010/01/04, Source,
Big Bang member Dae-sung [Asia Economic Daily]
Dae-sung, member of popular boy band Big Bang, will replace T.O.P., the rapper of the same group, to star in a new TV series by famed writer Song Ji-na.
"Dae-sung will take off his acting career starting by making an appearance in 'Zero Plus'", an official at the group's agency YG Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Monday.
T.O.P., whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, had originally been tapped to play the main character but decided to withdraw from the drama due to a conflict of schedule. He had made his acting debut in 2007 drama "I Am Sam" and last appeared in hit blockbuster drama "IRIS" alongside Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee.,...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
(10 FOCUS) 10 Awards - Top 10 People of 2009 2009/12/22, Source, Top 10 People of 2009
In the entertainment industry, the end of a year is a season about watching and talking about "people". Many media outlets select their "person of the year" and people flock to year-end awards shows to hear a quote from stars that they do not get to see often. 10Asia picked our own figures of the year, but there is no red carpet or photo spotlights for the stars to enter upon. Our selection of "persons of 2009" are not top stars who attained the most popularity from the public, but people who changed the landscape of Korea's entertainment industry and stimulated the public with experiences that we had not had before. Here are ten people who showed us a new direction for upcoming 2010.,...More
It may not be an exaggeration to say that today's Korean pop charts are literally "occupied" by boy bands and girl groups such as the Wonder Girls and TVXQ, whose members are in their late teens and early 20s and d,...More
In the past, original soundtrack albums were just a little extra something that came with a television drama. Now, however, more viewers and drama makers are starting to realize their importance and potential.
One of the most popular drama soundtracks lately ha,...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 Big Bang indeed offered a "Big Show" at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium Friday night. With more than 13,000 fans attending, the group captivated the audience with spectacular settings, their stage presence and songs.
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
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
K-Pop Concerts Heading Overseas 2006/07/15, Source, To maintain the booming popularity of Korean pop culture, also known as Hallyu, several Korean pop stars toured around Asia, this summer.
They are also hoping to expand their fan base to other regions, including the United States.
Son Hee-kyung has this story.
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