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[HanCinema's News] "True Beauty" to Be Broadcast in Japan

2021/01/18 | Permalink

The Japanese branch of CJ ENM recently announced that the South Korean drama "True Beauty" would be making its debut on Japanese airwaves. While a final broadcast date has not yet been set, "True Beauty" is expected to begin airing sometime in April on the Japanese version of Mnet...More

Lee Da-hee Shows Affection for Lim Soo-jung

Source | 2020/12/07 | Permalink

Lee Da-hee showed off her friendship with Lim Soo-jung.

She posted photos on her Instagram on the 6th saying, "My little Tammy. I'm so glad we spent the day together. Also, Ring Ring...",...More

"tvN, OCN Dramas to Cease Production, Safety First" According to CJ ENM

Source | 2020/08/24 | Permalink

Production of some dramas and entertainment programs produced by CJ ENM will be temporarily suspended.

CJ ENM announced its official position on the 22nd, "We inform you about changes in CJ ENM drama and entertainment production at a time when COVID-19 is rapidly spreading"....More

[HanCinema's News] Pregnant Kim Bo-mi-I Marries Ballerino

2020/06/08 | Permalink

On June 7th actress Kim Bo-mi-I married a ballerino. The two were wed at the Han Wedding Hall in the Gangnam district of Seoul. Originally they had planned to get married in April, but the COVID-19 epidemic forced them to delay their plans...More

[HanCinema's News] Ahn Joon-yeong and Kim Yong-beom Sentenced for Committing Fraud

2020/05/31 | Permalink

Famed Mnet producers Ahn Joon-yeong and Kim Yong-beom were sentenced to prison time on May 29th for their role in the Mnet vote manipulation scandal of last year. Though best known for their work on the long-running variety show 'Produce 101', the two were long time fixtures at Mnet. They had worked together to direct Mnet's short-term foray into television dramas in 2015 with "Sing Again, Hera Gu"...More

"Hanging on!" Kwon Hyun-bin to Star in Family Sitcom

Source | 2020/05/25 | Permalink

Kwon Hyun-bin is starring in a family sitcom.

"Hanging on!" is based on the popular long-lived webtoon of the same name, which has surpassed 2 billion views in 10 years, and is a family sitcom featuring the friendly and pleasant daily life of a family walking a tightrope at the edge of sanity...More

Fallen K-Pop Star Roy Kim Starts Military Service Next Month

Source | 2020/05/12 | Permalink

Singer Roy Kim is joining the Marine Corps next month.

According to his management agency on Monday, Kim signed up in March to serve in the Marines and has been admitted. He will enter a Marine boot camp in the southeastern port city of Pohang on June 15...More

Rom-com Masters Hwang Jung-eum and Yoon Hyun-min Courted for Drama "To All The Guys Who Loved Me"

Source | 2020/02/19 | Permalink

Hwang Jung-eum and Yoon Hyun-min, will they star in a rom-com together?

Both management companies announced on the 19th that the two will be starring in the new KBS 2TV drama "To All The Guys Who Loved Me"...More

Yoon Bo-mi, Lee Se-jin, Jang Cheon, Sumin in "Phantom the Secret Agent"

Source | 2020/02/17 | Permalink

A-Pink member Yoon Bo-mi and Lee Se-jin from Mnet Produce X 101 are starring in the webdrama "Phantom the Secret Agent".

Production company Mystery Friends announced on the 17th that "Phantom the Secret Agent" has confirmed stars of Jang Cheon, the lawyer from "heart Signal", DreamNote's Sumin and actor Jung Jin-II...More

Kim Yohan Confirms and Ahn Seo-hyun Considers "School 2021"

Source | 2020/02/04 | Permalink

KBS 2TV youth drama "School 2021" is coming back after 4 years. Kim Yohan has confirmed to be in the lead, while Ahn Seo-hyun is considering her offered role.

Sources from "School 2021" explained that there was a meeting with Ahn Seo-hyun and that she's reviewing the scenario with interest...More

SF9 Rowoon, Exclusive Feature on Magazine Cover

Source | 2020/01/28 | Permalink

Group SF9's Rowoon was featured exclusively on the cover of Dazed.

Rowoon styled basic materials against a backdrop of bright colors. He used props to seem like a mischievous kid, but perfectly pulled off a shirt and jeans look...More

Kim Yohan Considers Acting Debut With "School 2021"

Source | 2020/01/13 | Permalink

Will X1 member Kim Yohan make his actor's debut with "School 2021"?

OUI Entertainment announced on the 13th that Kim Yohan was offered a role in the KBS 2TV drama "School 2021"...More

Lee Jin-hyuk Makes Acting Debut in "Find Me in Your Memory"

Source | 2019/11/12 | Permalink

UP10TION's Lee Jin-hyuk is starring in "Find Me in Your Memory".

TOP Media announced to Star News that Lee Jin-hyuk has confirmed a role in "Find Me in Your Memory"...More

Lee Da-hee Perfectly Carries Unique Style

Source | 2019/10/29 | Permalink

Former supermodel and current actress Lee Da-hee was featured in a fashion magazine.

She posted a picture on Instagram saying, "The November issue of Nylon. It's been a while since I've done natural makeup"....More

[HanCinema's News] Old Oh Yeon-seo Photos Come to Light

2019/10/04 | Permalink

With the release of "Love With Flaws" next month more interest is coming to Oh Yeon-seo. On the Mnet program TMI News, the actress made a surprise appearance in the form of being an actress who used to be a singer in the group LUV back when she was still a teenager. The group LUV only lasted long enough for one album...More

Wannabe Pop Stars Flock to Korea

Source | 2019/08/04 | Permalink

Participants in Mnet's "Uhak Sonyeo: Ticket to K-Pop" pose in this undated picture. /Courtesy of CJ E&M

Korea has become a popular destination for wannabe pop stars from all around the world. The worldwide success of bands like Bangtan Boys, also knwon as BTS, TWICE, Black Pink and Red Velvet made Korea an attractive place to get training in the twin arts of pouting and hopping about...More

Kang Daniel Returns to Spotlight with Debut Solo Album

Source | 2019/07/26 | Permalink

Kang Daniel performs at a showcase for his new album in Seoul on Thursday. /Yonhap

Kang Daniel, formerly of now-disbanded boy group Wanna One, released his debut solo album on Thursday. His much-anticipated album, "Color on Me", features five songs, four of which include lyrical contributions from the singer...More

CJ ENM proves strength in music entertainment sealing multiple new deals, including U.S. travel of 'Love at First Song' with John Legend

2019/04/07 | Permalink

'Love at First Song' develops in U.S. and Malaysia, while '300: War of United Voices' and 'I Can See Your Voice' have agreed on another option deals in Europe...More

[HanCinema's News] Roy Kim Acknowledges Involvement in Jung Joon-young Chatrooms

2019/04/03 | Permalink

Roy Kim is confirmed to have participated in the illegal sexual video chatrooms set up by Jung Joon-young. Roy Kim has long been speculated to have been involved in some way, as his friendship with Jung Joon-young is public and goes back a long way...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Tae-eun-III Confirms Jung Joon-young Acted Inappropriately on "The Lovers"

2019/03/25 | Permalink

In light of Jung Joon-young's involvement in taking secret sex tapes of women in the Burning Sun nightclub scandals, more attention is being paid to Jung Joon-young's past work. One such case is Jung Joon-young's role on "The Lover", an omnibus Mnet drama from 2015...More

Lee Su-jeong Shows Off DJ-ing Skills

Source | 2019/03/07 | Permalink

Lee Su-jeong posted a video on her Instagram on the 3rd saying, "I tried to sleep early today and I think I might!"

In the video, she's looking at the camera in a cute pink shirt...More

Kang Daniel Writes Official Statement Regarding Dispute With Management

Source | 2019/03/03 | Permalink

Although LM Entertainment claimed that the certification of content was not a termination of contract and that there have been no misunderstandings between the company and the artist, Kang Daniel made an official statement which clarifies that there is indeed some conflict...More

Wanna One Bid Emotional Farewell to Fans at Final Concert

Source | 2019/01/28 | Permalink

Boy band Wanna One perform at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Sunday. /Courtesy of CJ E&M

Boy band Wanna One held their farewell concert at Gocheok Sky Dome before tens of thousands of emotional fans on Sunday.

Wanna One were formed with 11 top winners of the second season of the audition show "Produce 101" on cable channel Mnet and were supposed to work as a group for just 18 months before being dissolved. They started their activities as a boy group in August 2017 after the two-month-long show...More

Today's Photo: December 14, 2018 [4]

Source | 2018/12/14 | Permalink

Actress Jung Ryeo-won poses at Incheon International Airport on Thursday on her way to the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong...More

Today's Photo: December 12, 2018 [4]

Source | 2018/12/12 | Permalink

Girl group TWICE pose at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday on their way to the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Japan...More

Today's Photo: December 11, 2018 [3]

Source | 2018/12/11 | Permalink

Girl group Iz One attend the Mnet Asian Music Awards at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul on Monday...More

Actor Park Bo-gum to Host Japanese Leg of Annual Music Awards Show

Source | 2018/11/27 | Permalink

Actor Park Bo-gum will host one leg of this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), which will be held in Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, respectively next month...More

Fears of Japanese Pop Culture Invasion Proved Unfounded

Source | 2018/11/18 | Permalink

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Korea opening up its market to Japanese pop culture. The government first started to allow imports of Japanese movies and comics in October 1998, and it took until 2006 for Japanese TV programs, music albums, computer games and animated films to reach the country...More

Jeon So-mi Abruptly Ends Contract with JYP Entertainment

Source | 2018/08/21 | Permalink

Jeon So-mi, who was a member of the now-disbanded girl group I.O.I, has left JYP Entertainment...More

KCON LA Adds Ailee, Golden Child, Pentagon and Roy Kim to Artist Line-Up

Source | 2018/07/08 | Permalink

Ailee, Golden Child, Pentagon, And Roy Kim Joins Kcon Los Angeles Artist Line-up This Summer
KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists Ailee, Golden Child, Pentagon and Roy Kim will join KCON 2018 L.A.'s artist line-up. KCON LA is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. The concert tickets will go on sale July 11 at 10am (PST); and convention, Klub KCON, and Artist Meet & Greet tickets will go on sale on July 13 at 10am (PST)...More

[USA] KCON LA Adds TWICE, NU'EST W, IN2IT, and DAVICHI to Artist Line-Up

Source | 2018/07/01 | Permalink

KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists TWICE, NU'EST W, IN2IT, and DAVICHI will perform at KCON 2018 L.A. which is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. The highly anticipated KCON Los Angeles concert tickets will go on sale July 11 at 10am (PST); and convention, Klub KCON, and Artist Meet & Greet tickets will go on sale on July 13 at 10am (PST)...More

[USA] KCON LA Adds Seventeen and fromis_9 to Artist Line-up

Source | 2018/06/17 | Permalink

KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018

KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists fromis_9 and SEVENTEEN will perform at KCON 2018 L.A. which is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. As KCON Los Angeles returns for its seventh year, the K-Beauty, food, and gaming components of the convention will be bigger than before, while also offering even more access to K-pop artists...More

[USA] KCON LA Adds Momoland, Dynamic Duo, and Crush to Artist Line-up

Source | 2018/06/10 | Permalink

KCON LA Takes Place at Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018

KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that K-pop artists Crush, Dynamic Duo, and MOMOLAND will perform at KCON 2018 L.A. which is taking place August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. This year, KCON Los Angeles will expand the K-Beauty, food, and gaming components of the convention, while offering even more access to K-pop artists as it returns for its seventh year...More

[USA] KCON Announces First Artists to Join Los Angeles Line-up - Wanna One and Chung Ha

Source | 2018/06/03 | Permalink


KCON LA Returns to the Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center August 10-12, 2018

KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today that chart-topping K-pop artists Wanna One and Chung Ha will perform at this summer's Los Angeles edition on August 10-12 at the Staples Center & LA Convention Center. This year, KCON Los Angeles will expand the K-Beauty, food, and gaming components of the convention, while offering even more access to K-pop artists as it returns for its seventh year...More

Actress Esom Learns to Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride

Source | 2018/05/26 | Permalink

Actress Esom feels fortunate and happy to have appeared in the film "Microhabitat", the story of a young woman who scrapes by from day to day by housekeeping, but lives happily...More

[USA] Super Junior and Fromis 9 Join KCON 2018 NY Line-Up

Source | 2018/04/29 | Permalink

Concert Tickets for New York Metro Area Event Go On-Sale May 11 @ 3PM EDT – Convention Tickets to Follow May 14 @ 3PM EDT
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival, announced today that chart-topping K-pop boy bands Super Junior and fromis_9 will perform at this summer's New York metro area edition on June 23-24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The ticket on-sale dates for KCON 2018 NY are Friday, May 11 at 3 p.m. EDT for concert tickets, and Monday, May 14 at 3 p.m. EDT for convention tickets...More

[USA] NCT 127 and Stray Kids Join KCON New York Line-up + Ticket Sale Dates Announced @KCONUSA #KCON18NY

2018/04/22 | Permalink


Concert Tickets for New York Metro Area Event Go On-Sale May 11 @ 3PM EDT – Convention Tickets to Follow May 14 @ 3PM EDT
KCON USA, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival, announced today that chart-topping K-pop boy bands NCT 127 and Stray Kids will perform at this summer's New York metro area edition on June 23-24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ...More

Lee Seung-gi to MC "Produce 48"

Source | 2018/04/19 | Permalink

Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi is now an MC for the audition program "Producer 48".

Lee Seung-gi debuted in 2004 and earned the nickname 'nation's little brother'. He soon rose to stardom as a singer, then as an actor and now an entertainer. He completed his National Service in October last year and returned with the tvN drama "A Korean Odyssey" and SBS TV show "My Master"...More

Boy Band Wanna One to Embark on World Tour in June

Source | 2018/04/09 | Permalink

Boy Band Wanna One will embark on their first world tour in June. The tour will start with concerts at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from June 1-3...More

[USA] Wanna One Announced as First Artist Added to KCON 2018 NY Line-Up @KCONUSA #KCON18NY

Source | 2018/04/08 | Permalink

Chart-Topping Boy Band Folds KCON 2018 NY Stop into Recently Announced World Tour
KCON 2018 USA slated for June 23-24 in the NY Metro Area, and August 10-12 in Los Angeles...More

Over 1,400 Wannabe Stars in Training at Talent Mills

Source | 2018/01/28 | Permalink

No fewer than 1,440 hopefuls are in grueling training at talent mills in Korea, and the vast majority want to be pop singers, according to a study by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism out on Tuesday...More

[Interview] Jung Chae-yeon Looks Up to Jeon Ji-hyun and Bae Suzy

Source | 2018/01/05 | Permalink

I.O.I and DIA member, actress, and commercial star are just some keywords to describe Jung Chae-yeon (21).

The singer and actress debuted two years ago through an Mnet audition program called "Produce 101" in girl group I.O.I followed by DIA...More

Seo In-guk and Park Bo-ram In a Confirmed Relationship of 2 Years

Source | 2017/12/06 | Permalink

Singer and actor Seo In-guk and singer Park Bo-ram have been seeing each other for two years, their agencies confirmed...More

Today's Photo: December 1, 2017 [3]

Source | 2017/12/01 | Permalink

Actress Lee Young-ae arrives at Incheon International Airport on Thursday on her way to the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong...More

Kim Min-seok will not re-sign with Woollim Entertainment

Source | 2017/11/19 | Permalink

Actor Kim Min-seok isn't re-signing with Woollim Entertainment the agency stated on the 16th...More

Joo Won and BoA split up

Source | 2017/11/13 | Permalink

Singer BoA and actor Joo Won have broken up.

SM Entertainment confirmed that the couple are no longer together after a ten-month relationship...More

KBS, Kim Sohye to star in "Drama Special - Kang Deok-soon's Love History"

Source | 2017/08/31 | Permalink

I.O.I singer Kim Sohye is starring in the sixth KBS "Drama Special - Kang Deok-soon's Love History". She has been cast as the female lead of "Drama Special - Kang Deok-soon's Love History and the script reading was recently completed...More


2017/08/26 | Permalink

KCON, the world's largest Korean pop culture convention, to take place on 22-23 September with famous K-pop artists including EXO, Wanna One and more...More

"Age of Youth 2" Lee You-jin on board or not?

Source | 2017/08/16 | Permalink

JTBC drama "Age of Youth 2" claims Lee You-jin hasn't made up his mind yet.

He was offered the role of Kwon Ho-jang who pairs up with Ye-eun (Han Seung-yeon) who has the trauma of 'date violence' and overcome their past...More

JBJ Kwon Hyun-bin's appeal, "Ideal type, Krystal"

Source | 2017/08/09 | Permalink

Kwon Hyun-bin from the Mnet "Produce 101" Season 2 drew attention with his appeal.

GIOAMI Korea had pictures taken with Kwon Hyun-bin...More

Rookies Wanna One Beat Girls' Generation in the Charts

Source | 2017/08/09 | Permalink

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

Yoon Bora and Feeldog in a relationship, older-woman couples

Source | 2017/06/27 | Permalink

Sistar's Yoon Bora and Big Star Feeldog are in a relationship. They met in the mNet "Hot Stage" in July last year. They are both idols and Yoon Bora is older than Feeldog by 3 years.

Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-a are 5 years apart and she's older than him. They started seeing each other in 2015. Despite Kim Woo-bin's illness, Shin Min-a has been by his side, supporting him...More

KCON 2017 NY to be Livestreamed on KCON.TV

Source | 2017/06/21 | Permalink

KCON.TV to Live Stream KCON 2017 NY And Amazon's Mobile Masters Invitational

New York Leg of World's Largest Korean Culture Convention Set to Take Over the Prudential Center this Weekend - June 23 - 24

KCON.TV (, the leading short form online video platform dedicated to the fans of K-pop and beyond, announced today that it will livestream both the red carpet and star-studded concerts at KCON 2017 NY, as well as Amazon's Mobile Masters Invitational, which is taking place at the event. This will be the first time the red carpet at KCON USA will be livestreamed. Fans will be able to access the livestream on KCON.TV or through KCON USA's official app (Android, iOS)...More

Stars, leaders discuss Asian Americans in Hollywood at Mnet/CAPAC event

Source | 2017/05/21 | Permalink

Industry leaders discuss expanding platforms and opportunities in Hollywood for Asian American at dc event hosted by Mnet America and CAPAC.
Participating in Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Discussion Included Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0), Arden Cho (Teen Wolf), Sang Cho (President, Mnet America) and John C. Yang (President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice)...More

BoA and Joo Won spend time together before military service

Source | 2017/05/15 | Permalink

BoA and Joo Won are seeing each other and they were recently seen together in Japan. BoA was in Japan for a concert and although they couldn't be together on his last night before he goes to military, they had already spent time in Japan.

According to various sources, they were on the plane to Japan on the 4th of May. BoA was going to Japan for a concert and Joo Won was on his way to promote his new SBS drama "My Sassy Girl - Drama". They were sitting apart from each other so they didn't draw attention...More

"The Wailing" and "Goblin", tough competition for Baeksang Awards this year

Source | 2017/05/01 | Permalink

With one day left before the 53rd Baeksang Awards, likely nominees are being discussed.

The 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards is being held on the 3rd of May in COEX, Seoul...More

[Mexico] BTS Joins KCON Mexico on March 17-18

Source | 2017/01/24 | Permalink

KCON, the world's largest Korean culture and K-pop music festival, today confirmed BTS, arguably the most popular Korean pop group in the world, will perform as part of KCON Mexico. BTS joins boy bands Astro and MonstaX in the mega line-up. Tickets for the first KCON in Latin America, which go on-sale February 7, will range between $50 and $230 USD. KCON Mexico will take place at the Mexico City Arena, located in the Azcapotzalco neighborhood, on March 17-18...More

Jang Keun-suk to host SBS Drama Awards for first time in 7 years

Source | 2016/12/25 | Permalink

Jang Keun-suk is hosting the SBS Drama Awards for the first time in 7 years.

He's hosting the event that's coming up on December 31st along with Bang Minah from Girl's Day...More

[Video] 2nd "Hwarang" OST 'Even If I Die, It's You" by BTS enters top charts

Source | 2016/12/19 | Permalink

The new drama "Hwarang" OST "Even If I Die, It's You" has entered top charts.

"Hwarang" released the OST sung by BTS V and Jin on the 19th on various music sites...More

Today's Photo: December 2, 2016 [3]

Source | 2016/12/02 | Permalink

Actress Park Ha-sun arrives at Incheon International Airport on her way to the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Thursday...More

Bae Suzy and Kang Min-kyung at the airport, looking like goddesses

Source | 2016/12/01 | Permalink

Singer and actress Bae Suzy and Kang Min-kyung departed from Incheon Internatonal Airport to Hong Kong for the Mnet Asian Music Awards...More

[Photos] Ha Ji-won and Han Hyo-joo charismatic actresses

Source | 2016/11/30 | Permalink

Actress Ha Ji-won and Han Hyo-joo are headed for Hong Kong for the Mnet Asian Music Awards on December 1st...More

8 Top Celebrities Confirmed for Round 1 Lineup for Mnet Asian Music Awards

Source | 2016/11/21 | Permalink

The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed a star-studded lineup...More

KCON.TV to Livestream the 2016 MAMA Exclusively in North and South America on Dec. 2

Source | 2016/11/17 | Permalink

KCON.TV to livestream 2016 mama exclusively in north and south america
Live Broadcast from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong will Begin at 2AM PT / 5AM ET on December 2nd
KCON.TV, the short form video destination for all things Korean entertainment, announced today that it will be the exclusive live-streaming partner of the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) for both North and South America. MAMA will stream from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2, 2016 from 7PM until 11PM KST (December 2, 2016 2am-6am PT / 5am-9am ET) and can be viewed on KCON.TV at

[USA] Crush to go on First Solo U.S. Tour Next Month

Source | 2016/10/30 | Permalink

The "2016 Crush On You Tour" Will Stop in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York

Embarking on his second solo concert series, the Hip-Hop and R&B singer-songwriter Crush will be performing and meeting fans from around the world as a true global artist – also performing concerts in Seoul and Europe. Presented by CJ E&M, the organizer of many global concerts including KCON and MAMA, the "2016 Crush On You Tour" will hold concerts in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York throughout November 2016...More

'Run-off' actress Oh Yeon-seo looks gorgeous in fresh face selfie

Source | 2016/08/18 | Permalink

Oh Yeon-seo showed off her unchanging beauty.

Oh Yeon-seo posted her selfie on her personal Instagram on August 18th...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON LA 2016 Saturday Concert Review + Poster Giveaway

2016/08/09 | Permalink

There is something magical about a K-pop concert. Perhaps it's the well-known talent, finesse, and beauty of K-pop stars. Perhaps it's the zest, intricacy, and cleverness of their music. Perhaps it's the fact that live K-pop performances are not easily come by in North America. KCON USA has been the major organization through which K-pop has become more accessible. Smaller organizers have begun to make places like New York and LA hotspots for K-pop. But the opportunity to see favorites is still far and few between.

Regardless of the "why", the concerts at KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota were a surreal experience. Let's jump into the first night of concerts when acts from rookie to pro graced the stage and had the crowd roaring the entire time...More

KCON.TV Announces Live Streaming Plans, Expanding K-Pop Fan Festival Beyond Los Angeles This Weekend #KCON16LA

2016/07/29 | Permalink

CJ E&M America's New Short Form Video Destination to Officially Launch with 20-Plus Hours of Live Video to Fans of Hallyu

Highlights to include Celebrity Guest Interviews, Exclusive Full Concert Streams and Access to Convention Panels and Workshops

CJ E&M America, the producer and organizer of leading K-pop and Hallyu fan festival KCON USA presented by Toyota, is kicking off the official launch of KCON.TV – a new short form video platform and online community that is dedicated to all things Korean entertainment – with unprecedented live streamed coverage from their flagship event - KCON Los Angeles...More

KCON LA: Special guest performers Davichi and Turbo announced #KCON16LA @KCONUSA

Source | 2016/07/03 | Permalink

KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota revealed today two special guest artists, pop-ballad duo Davichi and K-dance group Turbo, who will be performing at KCON 2016 Los Angeles!
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY returned to the Prudential Center on June 24-25, seeing over 42,000 passionate fans in attendance for the two-day event. KCON LA kicks off on July 29-31, taking over the L.A. Live area including the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center for three days of convention and two nights of concerts...More

KCON.TV Launches as KCON USA Presented by Toyota Wraps Successful NY Portion of Fan Festival

Source | 2016/06/27 | Permalink

CJ E&M America's New Digital Unit to Unveil First of its Kind Short Form Video Destination Dedicated to Hallyu

Site Launches as KCON Prepares to Come to Los Angeles After Record Crowds and Sold Out Concerts in NY

Fresh from a sold-out KCON New York that attracted 42,000 fans to a convention and two sold out concerts during the weekend of June 24-25, CJ E&M America has announced the launch of KCON.TV - a short form video platform and online community that is the first of its kind to be dedicated to all things Korean entertainment. The digital platform is being timed ahead of KCON 2016 Los Angeles, which takes place July 29-31, and will livestream the event...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON New York Day 1

2016/06/24 | Permalink

Action-packed Day 1 of KCON New York at the Prudential Center is over and it was amazing! Even though temperatures spiked to 83°F, that didn't stop devoted Hallyu fans from flocking to KCON to get their full doses of Hallyu goodness. Kathryn and I got there around 9 A.M. to check in and scope the place out. The lines to enter the convention were already massively long.

Never doubt a Hallyu fan, though. The lines weren't a deterrent to happiness...More

KCON LA: Monsta X joins final line-up & Tickets go on sale tomorrow #KCON16LA @KCONUSA

Source | 2016/06/10 | Permalink

KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota revealed today that the boy group Monsta X will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup!
The official lineup for KCON LA was also revealed, with the lineup for Saturday, July 30 consisting of Block B, CNBlue, DEAN, GFRIEND, I.O.I, and SHINee. On Sunday, July 31, the lineup includes performances by ASTRO, BTS, Monsta X, TTS, and Twice. Please note, this is not the order each act will be performing on their respective night...More

'Superstar K' Winner Quietly Donated Prize Money to Charity

Source | 2016/05/11 | Permalink

Kwak Jin-eon, the winner of Mnet's audition-based talent show "Superstar K", donated the W300 million in prize money he earned on the show in October last year to a charity, it belatedly revealed on Tuesday (US$1=W1,173)...More

[Video] "Descendants of the Sun" Kim Jun-su's "How Can I Love You" tops charts

Source | 2016/04/13 | Permalink

Kim Jun-su, also known as XIA, expressed Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki's romance with a ballad.

Kim Jun-su's "Descendants of the Sun" OST "How Can I Love You" topped charts as soon as it was released...More

[Video] Song-Song couple, "Descendants of the Sun" take over music charts

Source | 2016/04/06 | Permalink

The KBS 2TV drama "Descendants of the Sun" Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo couple are causing the music charts to reach new heights.

MC the Max's "Wind Beneath Your Wings" came in first of music charts such as Genie, Olleh Music, Naver Music, MNet.Com, Soribada, Bugs and more...More

[Photos] Song Joong-ki's throwback photos from his college years

Source | 2016/03/22 | Permalink

'The Descendants of the Sun' Song Joong-ki's throwback photos from his college years are drawing attention again.

Song Joong-ki was accepted to the Business Administration major at Sungkyunkwan University in 2005. He is smart and intelligent with broad background knowledge. For example, when he was a second year student at the university, Song Joong-ki went on KBS' quiz show, 'Quiz Korea' and won the second place...More

"List of Names" Rain's marriage rumor? Lives 20 mins away from Kim Tae-hee

Source | 2016/03/21 | Permalink

Rain's house is world class.

The tvN show "List of Names" revealed Rain's self-designed interior of his house...More

Fifth Annual KCON USA to Take Place in New York on June 24-25 and Los Angeles on July 29-31

Source | 2016/03/13 | Permalink

KCON NY welcomes fans back to The Prudential Center and KCON LA returns to the Staples Center
The world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and today announced dates and venues for its two U.S. locations in the New York metropolitan area and Los Angeles. This year's KCON NY will return to The Prudential Center and expand to two days with two concerts on June 24-25. KCON LA will kick off a month later, taking place over three days from July 29-31 at the Staples Center...More

Han Hyo-joo, Chun Woo-hee and Kim Ok-vin, the muses that took over the screens

Source | 2016/03/09 | Permalink

'God! Thirty diva' is the term referred to actresses or singers who have outstanding talents. Those divas who were born in 1987 are turning thirty or have turned thirty already this year.

These 'girls' build on their filmography all these years and have become legit actresses. They have come past their 20s and have settled in their 30s now which allows them more room...More

[Video] "Descendants of the Sun" OST smashes music charts

Source | 2016/03/06 | Permalink

The OST for "Descendants of the Sun" is topping all music sites.

"This Love" sung by Davichi is currently on the top of the charts of 8 music charts including Melon, Genie, Naver Music, MNet, Bugs, Soribada, Olleh Music, Monkey 3 Music and more. This is based on 7AM this morning...More

[USA and Canada] DramaFever Launches New CJ E&M Movie Channel

Source | 2016/01/25 | Permalink

New Feature for DramaFever Premium Subscribers Brings Best Korean Films, On Demand, to Fans in the U.S. and Canada

DramaFever (, the leading online destination for international television shows, movies and concerts, and the leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have announced the launch of DramaFever's "CJ E&M Movie Channel".
Created as part of a previously-announced, multi-year licensing deal between the two companies, the CJ E&M Movie Channel will debut today, with two dozen films immediately available on demand to premium subscribers of DramaFever's OTT digital video network. Fans can access the channel at, and for the first three days...More

[Video] How Obscure Singer Soared to the Top of the Charts

Source | 2016/01/24 | Permalink

Kim Na-young

A quiet explosion shook Korea's heavily corporatized music industry on New Year's Eve, when the obscure name of Kim Na-young and her single "What Would Have Been" topped the MelOn charts.

On MelOn, Korea's biggest music streaming site, it held the top place for five days, and on other streaming sites it was well into the top spot...More

JYP on Defensive Over Tzuyu Twitterstorm

Source | 2016/01/19 | Permalink


The Twitterstorm involving Tzuyu, the Taiwan-born member of manufactured girl group TWICE, continues to escalate in Korea, China and Taiwan.

The fracas erupted when Tzuyu, who is all of 16 years old, was seen in a webcast waving the Taiwanese flag and was promptly made to apologize by JYP, the talent mill that runs the band, which only made matters worse...More

Nostalgia Soap Achieves Record Ratings for Cable

Source | 2016/01/18 | Permalink

The nostalgic soap "Answer Me 1988" broadcast on cable channel tvN achieved a 19.6 percent viewer rating, which was the highest since cable TV started in Korea in 1995 and a rare feat even for terrestrial channels.

The previous record was 18.1 percent for the audition-based talent show "Superstar K" on the music channel Mnet in 2010...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - M! Countdown

2016/01/09 | Permalink

Music shows are one of K-pop's most important forms of artist exposure and fanservice. They showcase the new acts, the returning acts, and give fans one more way to connect to their idols. There is a music show every day of the week and artists often hit many of them in order to promote new singles, mini-albums, and albums. Internationally, they allow fans to see their idols live on a weekly basis. In Korea, attending music shows is an involved process that gives fans many opportunities to see their bias groups live.

I was lucky enough to attend a live broadcast of Mnet's M! Countdown episode # 446 on October 8, 2015...More

Mnet America Expands Distribution Agreement with Time Warner Cable to Include San Diego & Increased Distribution in Los Angeles

Source | 2015/12/23 | Permalink


able Network Brings Programming Tailored to Fans of Asian Pop Culture to New Homes
Mnet America (, the nation's leading network dedicated to Asian American entertainment programming, and Time Warner Cable have agreed to extend their carriage in Los Angeles and bring the network to San Diego and Desert Cities. Other Time Warner Cable markets where Mnet America will continue to be available include New York City, Dallas-Fort Worth and Honolulu, all on channel 1490. Mnet America's overall distribution footprint now exceeds 20 million homes...More

Kim Soy, Kim Dasom and Jeon Ji-yoon meet their idol acting teacher

Source | 2015/12/10 | Permalink

Idols actor and actresses Kim Soy, Da-som and Jeon Ji-yoon meet their 'idol acting teacher' director Shin Yeon-shick.

The three are starring in Shin Yeon-shick's newest movie "Like a French Film" which comes out on the 14th of January...More

Today's Photo: December 3, 2015 [2]

Source | 2015/12/03 | Permalink

Hyuna of 4minute walks the red carpet at the Mnet Asian Music Award in Hong Kong on Wednesday...More

2015 MAMA Wows Fans with Unprecedented Performances Featuring Cutting-edge Tech

2015/12/03 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that Asia's biggest music awards 2015 MAMA excited over 10,000 K-culture fans from all over the world as well as the fans who were watching 2015 MAMA via various online platforms and on TV, showcasing mega-scale performances at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

"2015 MAMA" Yeo Jin-goo and Kim So-hyun, "The Sun and The Moon" couple all grown up

Source | 2015/12/02 | Permalink

The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was held in Hong Kong on the 2nd of December.

Yeo Jin-goo and Kim So-hyun are making a speech at the show...More

Park Shin-hye in see-through at 2015 MAMA

Source | 2015/12/02 | Permalink

The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was held in Hong Kong on the 2nd of December.

Park Shin-hye was on the red carpet...More

Kim So-hyun shares a selfie getting ready for attending MAMA 2015

Source | 2015/12/02 | Permalink

Kim So-hyun's validation shot taken right before attending 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards has been revealed. On December 2nd, Kim So-hyun posted on her personal Instagram a photo of herself with a short caption, More

[2015 MAMA] Go Ah-sung's sensational transformation

Source | 2015/12/02 | Permalink

2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards took place at Asia World Expo Center, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

Today's Photo: December 2, 2015 [2]

Source | 2015/12/02 | Permalink

Taeyeon of Girls' Generation arrives at Incheon International Airport on her way to the Mnet Asian Music Award in Hong Kong on Tuesday...More

Psy Overcomes Creative Block with New Album

Source | 2015/12/01 | Permalink

Psy talks at a press event promoting his new album in Seoul on Monday.

The pressures of fame and the super hit "Gangnam Style" have taken their toll on rapper Psy, he told reporters Monday.

"There were times when I used to write songs easily, but after 'Gangnam Style' I felt immense pressure from thoughts like, 'This song will not be as successful' and 'Non-Koreans won't be able to understand if I write like this.' That made it difficult for me to write songs", he said...More

Chow Yun Fat, Jolin Tsai to Attend 2015 MAMA

Source | 2015/12/01 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that best-known Chinese actor CHOW YUN FAT and famous Taiwanese singer JOLIN TSAI are confirmed to attend 2015 MAMA, which is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd.
CHOW YUN FAT, born in Hong Kong in 1955, started to gain immense popularity after starring in TV series "Hotel" in 1976. In 1980, his role as Hui Man Keung in another television smash "The Bund" made him a household name throughout Asia. In 1986, Asia's legendary gangster action film "A Better Tomorrow" made him a mega star and won him Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards...More

Final Line-up For 2015 MAMA Unveils

2015/11/28 | Permalink

HyunA, Jessi, San.E confirm to join star-studded night in Hong Kong. GOT7, MONSTA X, Seventeen, Vivian Koo to perform on the red carpet event

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announced HyunA, Jessi, San.E as final additional lineup for 2015 Mnet Asia Music Awards, which is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

EXO, Shinee, Taeyeon To Perform At 2015 Mama!

Source | 2015/11/27 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has officially announced that EXO, SHINee and TAEYEON from Girls' Generation will join the line-up of the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, which is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

2015 MAMA Announces Yet Another Star-studded List of Performing Artists and Celebrity Presenters

Source | 2015/11/24 | Permalink

- PSY, acclaimed for sweeping various global music charts and breaking Youtube records, is set to perform at 2015 MAMA
- Celebrity list includes Gong Hyo-jin, Lee Kwang-soo, Choo Ja-hyun, Claudia Kim, Han Chae-young, Lee Jung-jae, Park Bo-yeung, Son Ho-jun, Yeo Jin-goo and more
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a list of artists and celebrities who will take part in 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), set to take place at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

2015 Mama To Run Nominees' Day & Night Programs

Source | 2015/11/17 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced that there will be a new program added to 2015 MAMA this year from November 28th to December 1st called, '2015 MAMA Nominees' Day & Night', through which it plans to provide a whole new experience for fans...More

CJ E&M Reveals 3 New Awards Added to 2015 MAMA

Source | 2015/11/10 | Permalink

Best Producer, Best Engineer, and Best Live Entertainment in Asia
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced that they will be adding three professional awards categories including Best Producer, Best Engineer, and Best Live Entertainment for 2015 MAMA. Winners will be chosen from those who have played important roles in contributing to the development of Asian pop culture over this past year...More

2015 MAMA Sweepstakes Kicks Off with KCON and COM2US

Source | 2015/11/07 | Permalink

One Lucky Fan Will Win A Trip To The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards

KCONUSA'S COM2US MAMA 2015 Sweepstakes has begun. One lucky fan will win two roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong on December 2nd  with their accommodation paid for by KCONUSA to attend The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the biggest K-Pop award show of the year. The winner and their guest will fly economy class on Asiana Airlines from the United States to Hong Kong on November 30, 2015 and return to the United States on December 3, 2015. In addition to winning a trip to Hong Kong, the winner and their guest will have the opportunity to see their favorite K-Pop stars...More

Nominees For 2015 Mama Announced, Online Voting Begins

Source | 2015/10/31 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a full list of nominees across 18 categories for the upcoming MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd. The announcement was broadcast live on Mnet and through Naver's mobile application V at 6 p.m. (KST) on October 30th.

The nominees have been carefully selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from October 26th 2014 to October 29th 2015...More

2015 Mama Unveils BTS, CNBLUE, GOT7, Zion.T as First Line Up, Ticket Sales Open Oct. 30 for UnionPay Members

Source | 2015/10/28 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced its first line up of the upcoming MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), which includes K-pop artists BTS, CNBLUE, GOT7 and Zion. T (artist names in alphabetical order). 2015 MAMA is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Introducing Lisa Espinosa

2015/09/24 | Permalink

Annyeong haseyo, everyone! I am Raine aka Lisa Espinosa, HanCinema's representative in the first year of the Korea Joa (KJ) program hosted by KOFICE. As your fellow fan of Korean film, drama, culture, and music it is my distinct pleasure to travel, write, film, and photograph my experiences for you. Please be sure to leave comments for the HanCinema team below about what you would like to see in my travels that will take place September 27 to October 9th...More

2015 Mama Returns to Hong Kong on December 2 - The Largest-Ever Expansion with Cultural Events

2015/09/22 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announces that the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) will take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena (AWE) in Hong Kong on Wednesday, December 2...More

Actors with 'honey vocal cord' in their 20s/30s

Source | 2015/09/14 | Permalink

'Honey vocal cord' as in sweet voice is an important charming appeal for actors to have.

Attractive voice highlights emotions in acting by delivering them more vividly and makes audience focus more on his acting. The young actors in his 20s and 30s with the sweet voice as well as the charming look are 'perfect guys'...More

Kim Soo-hyun makes surprise appearance in 'M Countdown' in LA

Source | 2015/08/13 | Permalink

Actor Kim Soo-hyun made a surprise appearance on the August 13th show of Mnet's 'M Countdown Feelz in LA'. He went onto the stage and thanked Hallyu fans.

Kim Soo-hyun showed up smiling brightly. He said, "Hello, How are you? I really wanted to meet you. I'm very happy and excited to meet you all directly here on the stage while I have been meeting you through movies and dramas only"...More

KCON 2015 USA Rocked both Coasts with over 75,000 in Attendance in Its Fourth Year

Source | 2015/08/10 | Permalink

After three years of exponential growth, KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota ( expanded for the first time to a bicoastal event, with three days of panels, workshops, and star-studded k-pop concerts held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center in LA, in addition to a one day convention and concert held at the Prudential Center in the New York metro area. Over 75,000 fans of Korean entertainment and culture attended KCON 2015 USA, with 58,000 fans converging on the flagship event in LA, and another 17,000 celebrating KCON's arrival to the east coast...More

"Ace", who is Kim Min-ji? She kissed Nam Tae-hyun

Source | 2015/08/06 | Permalink

Lee Pil-mo, Kim Min-ji, Oh Yoo-na and Ji Eun-sung appeared in the short SBS drama "Ace" on the 5th.

Kim Min-ji played Park Soo-min, a teenage adolescent who is bad tempered but smart...More

Ryu Hyun-kyung, "A multi actress? It's a blessing to be used for a role"

Source | 2015/07/15 | Permalink

Ryu Hyun-kyung is known as an actress who does her job well. She's starred in various works without a break and has built on her career.

She doesn't disappoint in the movie "Three Summer Nights" that's coming this 16th. She swears like no other and appears in most of the movie bound up. At the end of the movie, she hangs from a wire...More

KCON Drama Stars Announcement - Kim Soo-hyun, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-jun, Ki Hong Lee

2015/07/10 | Permalink

Largest North American Festival for All Things Hallyu Confirms Appearances by Top Drama Stars, plus Writer and Director.
KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota, America's biggest event for All Things Hallyu is going big on drama in 2015 with confirmed appearances by top actors from television and film from Korea and the U.S. being featured at the annual celebration alongside the many top K-Pop artists previously announced. Living up to its mission to bring fans the most comprehensive celebration of all aspects of Korean entertainment, KCON 2015 USA has just confirmed stars Kim Soo-hyun, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-jun and Ki Hong Lee to participate in the Los Angeles dates of the event. (Bios below)...More

"Producers" Kim Sun-a, sudden popularity

Source | 2015/07/02 | Permalink

Kim Sun-a is one of the actresses from "Producers" that caused a hit. She played Kim Da-jeong, a scriptwriter for the show "Music Bank" in "Producers". She looks cynical but is loyal and showed many different sides of her personality.

Kim says she's sad the drama is over. "Da-jeong was beginning to appeal more to the public so I am sad it's over but I think it will last a long time"...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 12 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/06/27 | Permalink

Added episode 12 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

CJ E&M's Music Channel Mnet Launches Online Brand 'Mnet Digital Lab'

2015/06/25 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that its specialized music channel Mnet will launch Mnet Digital Lab on July 1st to create mobile-friendly online video content, featuring K-pop stars and their off-stage life stories...More

KCON 2015 USA Completes Lineup of Performing K-pop Artists

Source | 2015/06/23 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has completed the list of K-pop artists who will be performing at KCON 2015 USA (see below for the full list). Besides the K-pop artists, a number of celebrity guests are expected to join, and their names will soon be announced...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 11 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/06/20 | Permalink

Added episode 11 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 10 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/06/13 | Permalink

Added episode 10 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

[USA] KCON 2015 Adds Sistar and GOT7 to Star-Studded Lineup

Source | 2015/06/12 | Permalink

First-ever "2015 NY K-Pop Festival at KCON" Talent Competition to Launch this Year
KCON 2015 presented by Toyota has added chart-topping k-pop groups SISTAR and GOT7 to its already massive west coast lineup. KCON 2015 LA takes place at the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center over three days from July 31 – August 2...More

Hong Soo-ah's grad photos reveal her comical side

Source | 2015/06/09 | Permalink

Hong Soo-ah's throwback grad photos have been brought back to the current topic online.

In the revealed photos, Hong Soo-ah with short hair seems to have a strong personality somehow...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 9 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/06/06 | Permalink

Added episode 9 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

Roy Kim confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 in Los Angeles

Source | 2015/06/05 | Permalink

#KCONLiveChat announced today that Roy Kim is confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 Los Angeles, which takes place at the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center over three days from July 31 - August 2. Roy Kim joins KCON LA's star-studded lineup of previously announced artists Super Junior, Shinhwa, AOA, and Block B...More

KCON 2015 USA Presented by Toyota Artist Roster Expands Shinhwa and Vixx Added

Source | 2015/05/29 | Permalink

Ticket Information for Bi-Coastal Korean Entertainment Extravaganza Revealed
Los Angeles Convention Center Confirmed as Convention Site for KCON 2015 LA
K-pop pioneers Shinhwa and KCON veterans VIXX have both been added to the artist line-up for KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota ( Shinhwa will be performing at the west coast edition with VIXX heading east...More

Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers & Noel Gallagher to Descend on Korea for 'Ansan M Valley Rock Festival'

Source | 2015/05/24 | Permalink

CJ E&M's Must-see Event Will Take Place on July 24-26 in Ansan, Korea
Award-winning rock bands and artists, such as Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers, Noel Gallagher, Motorhead and Deadmau5, will excite tens of thousands of fans this summer at the popular Ansan M Valley Rock Festival, organized by Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 7 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/05/23 | Permalink

Added episode 7 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 6 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/05/16 | Permalink

Added episode 6 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

Kwak Si-yang to star in "Oh My Ghostess" with Park Bo-young and Cho Jung-seok

Source | 2015/05/12 | Permalink

Actor Kwak Si-yang has been cast for the new tvN drama "Oh My Ghostess".

He is playing the role of Seo-joon...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 5 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/05/09 | Permalink

Added episode 5 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 4 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/05/02 | Permalink

Added episode 4 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

'The Lover' Lee Jae-joon shows off firm body and perfect suit style

Source | 2015/04/30 | Permalink

BTS images from actor Lee Jae-joon's drama "The Lover" have been revealed.

The April 23rd, previous episode of Mnet's "The Lover" aired the scene where Lee Jae-joon (Joon-jae in the drama), who always enjoys staying only inside home, was getting ready to find a job and cleaned up nicely in a suit...More

[Spoiler] 'The Lover' Choi Yeo-jin gets super jealous as Jung Joon-young is fanboying over Kim Tae-hee

Source | 2015/04/30 | Permalink

On the 4th episode of Mnet's "The Lover", Choi Yeo-jin exploded with jealousy as Jung Joon-young was fanboying over Kim Tae-hee.

On this day, Yeong-joon (Jung Joon-young) asked Jin-nyeo (Choi Yeo-jin), "If you'd have to choose between homeless Won Bin and millionaire Okdongja (best-known ugly comedian), who would you choose"...More

Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Top Model Lee Cheol-woo Stars in Mnet's New SNS-based Fashion Reality Show 'Heart_a_tag'

2015/04/29 | Permalink

CJ E&M introduces a new fashion reality show in four years using social networking sites, titled Heart_a_tag. K-Pop fashion icon Tiffany and popular model known as a second winner of Korea's Next Top Model Guys & Girls in 2014 Lee Cheol-Woo will host the show...More

KCON 2015 USA Expands To NY After Three-Day Festival in LA this Summer

Source | 2015/04/28 | Permalink

Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series to Take Place July 31-August 2 at Staples Center in LA and August 8 at Prudential Center in New Jersey
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will expand in terms of the number of days and location, making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event.
On the West Coast, KCON 2015 LA will open for not two, but three days from July 31st at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and some of the world's biggest stars are set to perform on last two days of the event. East Coast K-pop fans will also get their own turn to have the ultimate Hallyu experience when the KCON descends upon the Big Apple for the first time on August 8th for a one-day convention and concert extravaganza, dubbed KCON 2015 NY, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ...More

KCON 2015 USA Comes to New York on August 8

Source | 2015/04/25 | Permalink

Mega Successful Korean Entertainment Convention and Concert Series Takes Over Metro Area's Prudential Center on August 8
After three exponentially successful years in Southern California, KCON ( has announced that it is making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event. East Coast K-pop fans will get their own turn to host the ultimate Hallyu experience when the first ever KCON 2015 NY descends upon the Big Apple for a one day convention and concert extravaganza on August 8, just one weekend after the flagship event completes in Los Angeles...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 3 capture for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/04/18 | Permalink

Added episode 3 capture for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

KCON 2015 USA Presented by Toyota Moves to Staples Center and Expands to Three Days

Source | 2015/04/17 | Permalink

Last year, over 42,000 passionate fans of Korean pop culture traveled from around the U.S. to solidify KCON as a summer Los Angeles staple.  From July 31 through August 2, "All Things Hallyu" will once again converge, with unforgettable concerts, panels, workshops, food, fashion, and much more at KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota ( With the world's top automaker back on board as the lead sponsor, KCON is expanding to three days and moving to L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles, with some of the world's biggest stars performing at the Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2...More

[North America] Korean Movies To Stream On Facebook

2015/04/16 | Permalink

[Spoiler] Added episode 2 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/04/11 | Permalink

Added episode 2 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

[Spoiler] Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/04/04 | Permalink

Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama "The Lover"...More

Korean drama starting today 2015/04/02 in Korea

Source | 2015/04/02 | Permalink

Korean drama starting today 2015/04/02 in Korea: "The Lover"...More

Kwak Si-yang, "The year of the 'Sheep', I want to do more"

Source | 2015/04/01 | Permalink

Actor Kwak Si-yang started off with the movie "Night Flight" and became famous for the SBS drama "Good Day". He then continued onto Mnet's "Sing Again, Hera Gu". He did three jobs in a year.

He's 187 centimeters tall with a model-like style and low-toned voice. He has pretty smiling eyes and has everything the 'it' star has today. He's also been out of the military for 5 years now. There's nothing but a smooth path ahead of him...More

CJ E&M Presents Star-studded M Countdown Lineup For KCON 2015 Japan, Announces List of Companies for Business Matchmaking

2015/03/31 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has revealed the lineup for upcoming KCON 2015 Japan's M COUNTDOWN section, which includes 10 solo artists and groups, namely in alphabetical order - Block B, BOYFRIEND, GOT7, INFINITE, Jun. K, KangNam (or Namekawa Yasuo), Lovelyz, Nicole (former member of Kara), SISTAR and Supernova.

KCON 2015 Japan is set to take place at Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday April 22, 2015...More

[Video] Added new 2nd teaser video for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/03/30 | Permalink

Added new 2nd teaser video for the upcoming Korean drama "The Lover"...More

Key (SHINee) & Lee Jung-shin (CNBLUE) Named New Hosts for M Countdown

2015/03/26 | Permalink

Performing artists for the latest installment include SHINee, Got7, Super Junior D&E and Son Ga-in.
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced that SHINee's Key and rock band CNBLUE's bassist Lee Jung-shin are the new hosts of its popular K-pop chart show M COUNTDOWN...More

Changmin to star in "Scholar Who Walks the Night"

Source | 2015/03/24 | Permalink

Group TVXQ's Changmin is starring in the new MBC drama "Scholar Who Walks the Night".

This is his first historical drama...More

[HanCinema's Idol Actors] B2st's Yong Jun-hyung and Exo's D.O.

2015/03/21 | Permalink

New actors come and go, especially in the wave that is Hallyu. Talents and beauties cross art genres all the time, whether at the behest of their companies, or because they feel compelled by the desire to succeed in a new challenge. Many new idol actors dabble in acting to get their name out onto the market, which is most certainly true of the two young men to be featured. Most of these idols do well. Some find they have an affinity for it; others find that they should remain idols. A few show a natural charisma that makes them the diamonds in the rough. Two of those who show that charisma are Yong Jun-hyung from Cube Entertainment's highly successful Beast; and Do Kyung-soo, better know as D.O. from the incredibly famous SM group, EXO.

Both of these young men had ample stage and television experience before they dove into acting. Their idol groups performed, toured, appeared on music shows, talk shows and much more. This experience prepared them some for speaking in front of the camera. What makes these acting rookies special is how comfortable they appear on scr...More

[Video] Added new teaser trailer and posters for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

Source | 2015/03/19 | Permalink

Added new teaser trailer and posters for the upcoming Korean drama "The Lover"...More

CT E&M's Brand-new Singing Talent Show "I Can See Your Voice" Lets Viewers Experience Music in Unprecedented Ways

2015/02/27 | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has launched a new type of singing talent show, titled "I Can See Your Voice", where contestants compete to prove that they have what it takes to be "recognized" as talented singers.
Most singing talent shows pick their winners by solely judging on the musical ability and prowess of contestants. But I Can See You Voice has a different approach. It highlights a debatable notion that some great singers usually share the same physical features and that physical traits may or may not play in the act of singing...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 7

2015/02/20 | Permalink

The direction in "Sing Again, Hera Gu" makes the drama look like a music video. That's not necessarily an insult, it's just that realizing this helps me to understand somewhat why the plot frequently takes such radical terms. In music videos, no one really cares about situations being overly melodramatic because they're so short. Car crashes, lovelorn crooning, secret conspiracies- heck, most music videos only even have vague verbal references to their "story" at all, relying mostly on visuals. So why should an Mnet drama be any different?...More

[Spoiler] 'Sing Again, Hera Gu' Min Hyo-rin sports smokey eyes and some exposure of upper body in music video

Source | 2015/02/13 | Permalink

Min Hyo-rin showed off her various charms through the parody video of "Sixth Sense" in the drama, 'Sing Again, Hera Gu'.

On the 6th episode of Mnet's music drama, 'Sing Again, Hera Gu', Gu Hera (Min Hyo-rin) and her band members reinterpreted Brown Eyed Girls' "Sixth Sense" and revealed their UCC video clip...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 5

2015/02/06 | Permalink

The viewers have spoken, so "Sing Again, Hera Gu" gives them what they really want- more fabulous shots featuring the manly chest of Shim Hyung-tak. I find it kind of hard to believe that the two directors are male. But maybe that was just the main point of discussion at the last meeting. Jeong Soo-hyeon and Sin Myeong-jin going no, no, no. The whole reason we wrote the shirtless scene was so that everyone could get a good long look at his chest and you did it wrong. If Shim Hyung-tak himself had any objection to this it was well-hidden. The man's performance is as jovially seriously ridiculous as ever...More

"Hologram" Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye bicker at each other

Source | 2015/01/22 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye joked to Jung Yong-hwa that he's old. Jung Yong-hwa reacted by telling her she lost weight.

The first episode of the Mnet reality program "Hologram" showed Park Shin-hye responding to Jung Yong-hwa's invitation...More

CJ E&M Launches Korea's First Female Rap Battle Reality Show

2015/01/21 | Permalink

"Unpretty Rapstar" Starting Thursday January 29 at 11:00 pm KST on Mnet
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announced today the premiere date and lineup for Korea's first female rap battle reality show Unpretty Rapstar. Starting January 29, eight talented female rappers –Jolly V, Cheetah, K-Pop band AOA's Ji Min, Tymee, Kisum, Lil Cham and Ji Dam Yuk –will compete to create nation's first rap compilation album...More

'Ansan M Valley Rock Festival' Returns July 24-26

2015/01/19 | Permalink

CJ E&M to Promote the Must-see Summer Event Globally, Using Its Music Brand M
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announces that it has renamed its premier annual rock festival as Ansan M Valley Rock Festival, and that the event will be held in Ansan, a city located south of Seoul, from July 24-26...More

[Spoiler] 'Sing Again, Hera Gu' Jin Young saves Min Hyo-rin and dies in car accident

Source | 2015/01/16 | Permalink

On the second episode of Mnet music drama 'Sing Again, Hera Gu', Goo Hae-ra and Kang Se-chan had a car accident.

On this day, Kang Se-chan (Jin Young) took Goo Hae-ra (Min Hyo-rin) to see Kang Se-jong (Kwak Si-yang) where he was recording a music video...More

Park Shin-hye's OST album for "Pinocchio"

Source | 2015/01/12 | Permalink

The official OST album for "Pinocchio" is being released.

This OST is sung by Roy Kim, K Will, Younha featuring Tiger JK, Zion-T, Kim Bo-kyeong-III with a creamy voice and other great singers in Korea...More

[Spoiler] 'Sing Again, Hera Gu' B1A4 member Jin Young made successful debut as leading actor

Source | 2015/01/09 | Permalink

Jin Young made a successful debut as a leading actor.

On the January 9th episode of Mnet music drama, 'Sing Again, Hera Gu', he played the male lead, Kang Se-chan and showed stable acting performance supported by his acting, singing and dancing skills he had been training for...More

Korean dramas starting today 2015/01/09 in Korea

Source | 2015/01/09 | Permalink

Korean dramas starting today 2015/01/09 in Korea: "Spy - Drama", "Heart to Heart" and "Sing Again, Hera Gu"...More

'Sing Again, Hera Gu' releases a teaser on its preview show behind the scenes

Source | 2015/01/02 | Permalink

A show featruing what went on behind the scenes of 'Sing Again, Hera Gu' will be released.

On January 2nd, the production team of Mnet's music drama, 'Sing Again, Hera Gu' released a sneak preview of 'Anticipate, 'Sing Again, Hera Gu", which will show many aspects behind the scenes with the drama including the vivid behind-the-scenes of the production and the stories from the staff...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Sing Again, Hera Gu"

Source | 2014/12/12 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Sing Again, Hera Gu"'s page to HanCinema database...More

[Video] 2014 MAMA! Re-air tomorrow night at 8pm on Mnet America

Source | 2014/12/09 | Permalink

2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards videos from Mnet America's YouTube page.

Mnet America will be airing the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards with subtitles on Dec. 10 at 8pm EST/PST. Check it out for the first time or tune in again to relive all the action...More

Today's Photo: December 9, 2014 [2]

Source | 2014/12/09 | Permalink

Hyolyn of girl group Sistar poses at the press junket for a new reality show called Mnet "No Mercy" she is to host in Seoul on Monday...More

IU's 35,000 won dress draws attention; same brand as Kang So-ra's

Source | 2014/12/08 | Permalink

IU's special occasion dress at an awards ceremony is drawing attention, after the news about Kang So-ra's. IU attended the '2014 Melon Music Awards', which took place in Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Bangyi-dong, Seoul on the last 13th...More

[Video] Added new teaser trailers and videos for the Korean drama 'Sing Again, Hera Gu'

Source | 2014/12/08 | Permalink

Added new teaser trailers and videos for the upcoming Korean drama "Sing Again, Hera Gu"...More

Singer Joanne Dies After Car Accident in U.S.

Source | 2014/12/05 | Permalink

Korean-American singer Joanne died Tuesday of injuries sustained in a car accident in the U.S. She had been in a coma since Nov. 26.

She debuted here back in 2001 at the age of 14 and enjoyed some success as a rising star. But she quit showbiz due to conflicts with her agency just a couple of years later...More

Kang So-ra's 39,000 won dress vs. Choi Ji-woo's 11.8 million won dress

Source | 2014/12/04 | Permalink

Actresses Kang So-ra and Choi Ji-woo's dresses are the talk of the town.

The two actresses attended the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held in Hong Kong, Asia World Expo Arena on the 3rd...More

'2014 MAMA' Paved Phenomenal Cultural Roads across Asia

Source | 2014/12/04 | Permalink

- With 10 months of preparation and 16 years of production know-how, CJ E&M successfully hosted Asia's premiere music awards ceremony
- The show has reached 2.4 billion people in 16 countries and garnered 65 million online votes worldwide
- Renowned Korean, Chinese, and US artists such as EXO, Taeyang, and John Legend delivered stunning performances in front of 10,000 audiences
The 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was successfully held in Hong Kong on December 3 announced Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M today. In its sixth year since evolving into Asia's premier music festival, MAMA's impact has spread far beyond its origins in Korea to across Asia and other parts of the world...More

Today's Photo: December 4, 2014 [2]

Source | 2014/12/04 | Permalink

Girl group Sistar and Jung Gi-go (center) pose at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Wednesday...More

Chae Rim looking beautiful as ever makes her first official appearance after marriage with Gao Zi Qi at 2014 MAMA

Source | 2014/12/03 | Permalink

On December 3rd, Chae Rim and Gao Zi Qi couple made their appearance on red carpet of 2014 MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) held in Asia World Expo...More

[Photos] Kang So-ra impressed with herself in her sensational dress at the venue of the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Source | 2014/12/03 | Permalink

Red carpet event of 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2014 MAMA) was held in the evening on the 3rd in Asia World Expo Arena, AWE, Hong Kong.

In the phone, actress, Kang So-ra walks red carpet at the venue of 2014 MAMA.

The 2014 MAMA is hosted in Asia World Expo Arena, the largest performance venue in Hong Kong...More

Today's Photo: December 3, 2014 [3]

Source | 2014/12/03 | Permalink

Actress Choi Ji-woo arrives at Incheon International Airport on her way to the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Tuesday...More

Forest Whitaker Delivers Video Message to 2014 MAMA

Source | 2014/12/03 | Permalink

- CJ and UNESCO partnership - "Bright Girls. Bright Future!" - supports the education of young girls
- The Asia's premiere music awards speaks to the power of music to bridge cultures and bring people together
Oscar-winning actor and the honorable UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker will deliver a video message for girls' education at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) announced Asia's No.1 content and media company CJ E&M today...More

Yoon Eun-hye strides in Marilyn Monroe's shoes at Incheon International Airport

Source | 2014/12/01 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Eun-hye departed from Incheon International Airport during the afternoon on December 1st to Hong Kong, where she will attend the '2014 Mnet Asian Music Award" ceremony...More

Mnet America Airing 2014 MAMA Exclusively in the U.S. on TV, Online and at CGV Cinemas Los Angeles

Source | 2014/11/24 | Permalink

Live Broadcast will Begin at 1 AM on December 3rd from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong

Mnet America, the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for the hottest in Asian entertainment, has announced that they will be airing the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) LIVE from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on its cable network as well as via live stream on the mini-site for Mnet America's talk show "Danny from LA" ( and the Mnet America YouTube channel (

Jung Heon in "Mission, Steal the Top Star"

Source | 2014/11/19 | Permalink

Actor Jung Heon is top-starring in the movie "Mission, Steal the Top Star".

He is co-starring in the movie with Oh Chang-seok...More

[Photos] Go Ara in a white dress at SIA

Source | 2014/10/28 | Permalink

The 2014 Style Icon Awards (SIA) was held at the Dongdaemun Design Center (DDP) on the 28th at 7PM.

Go Ara appeared on the red carpet at the Style Icon Awards...More

Top Star Jo In-sung, grand prize at 2014 SIA

Source | 2014/10/28 | Permalink

Actor Jo in-seong received the grand prize at the Style Icon Awards (SIA).

The 2014 Style Icon Awards was held at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) on the 28th and Jo In-sung won "Style Icon of The Year"...More

Mnet America Roadtrips with B1A4 on Their Four City U.S. Tour in New Series

Source | 2014/10/28 | Permalink

Follow hit K-pop group's antics from New York, Dallas, and San Francisco to Chicago with fresh daily web clips and in-depth episodes of "Go! B1A4 2.0 - Road Trip".
Mnet America (, the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for the hottest in Asian entertainment, will bring unprecedented access to one of the playful boy bands coming out of South Korea - B1A4 - as they make their way across the U.S. on a four city tour...More

Seo Taiji: "Sin Hae-cheol's death is a shame", "Headed for the funeral after rehearsals"

Source | 2014/10/27 | Permalink

Singer Sin Hae-cheol, who was hospitalized for cardiac arrest, has passed away. Seo Taiji who was informed of this tragedy will head to the funeral after his schedule.

Seo Taiji's management told E Daily, "He's gone to the funeral after the rehearsal of 'Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook'"...More

Official Logo and Teaser Trailer of 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Revealed

Source | 2014/10/09 | Permalink

- Colorful and multi-dimensional logo reflects past, present and future changes in media industry
- Transcending generations, national boundaries and music genres, Asia's greatest music festival returns to Hong Kong on December 3
Asia's leading content and media Company CJ E&M released today the official logo and the teaser trailer for the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). Asia's premiere music festival will take place this year on December 3 at Hong-Kong Asia World Expo Arena (AWE)...More

Asia's Largest K-Style Festival '2014 Style Icon Awards (SIA)' Set For October 28

Source | 2014/10/02 | Permalink

G-Dragon (The Winner of 2013 SIA)

- Tuesday, October 28 19:00 (KST) at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
- Online voting for the winner and 10 Style Icons of the year from September 30 to October 20
- 50 Style Icon nominees include Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, EXO, Jung Joon-young and more
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announced that the 2014 Style Icon Awards (SIA) will take place this year on October 28 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)...More

Acoustic KPO Singer Roy Kim to Release New Album 'Home' on October 8

Source | 2014/09/30 | Permalink

Winner of Mnet's singing competition show Superstar K Season 4 returns with the second studio album in this fall
Roy Kim, the Winner of Mnet's singing competition show Superstar K Season 4 will release his second studio album 'Home' on October 8, announced today by Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M...More

KCON 2014 Reaches New Heights with over 42,000 in Attendance

Source | 2014/08/12 | Permalink

Los Angeles Was the Center of "All Things Hallyu" This Weekend Mayor Eric Garcetti Toured the Convention and Welcomed KCON's Return to L.A.
More than 42,000 fans (over double of last year's numbers) converged in Los Angeles this weekend from across the country and all over the world to attend the third annual KCON (, the largest celebration of Korean pop culture. This year's event boasted 30 percent more programming, a new, free and open to the public market place, as well as two nights of concerts featuring the hottest K-pop artists from Korea-B1A4, BTS, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, IU, Jung Joon-young, SPICA, TEEN TOP and VIXX. A television special of the concert – M COUNTDOWN 2NIGHTS IN LA – will be shown in the U.S. by Mnet America ( on air and online on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7PM EST/4PM PST and Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7PM EST/4PM PST...More

KCON 2014 Comes Straight to Your Fingertips with Docu-Series

Source | 2014/08/06 | Permalink

Fans can experience all things KCON 2014 from the comfort of their own homes right now

KCON (, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, announced that every aspect of KCON 2014 will be showcased exclusively on Mnet America's website and their YouTube page through the docu-series -KCON Experience 2014 – airing now. If you can't come to LA for KCON, Mnet America is bringing all the excitement to you...More

Free Outdoor Market and Live Stage Added To KCON for First Time, as 2014 Convention Continues to Grow

Source | 2014/07/25 | Permalink

KCON 2014 Includes Two Night of K-pop Concerts, Appearances from Top Korean Drama Stars, "League of Legends" Exhibition Match, and the "Taste of KCON"

A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu Storm Downtown L.A. August 9 and 10

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of all things Hallyu, announced today that the third annual convention will feature a free marketplace with vendors from around LA and a free outdoor stage. KCON 2014 also revealed its program schedule for this year's two day convention taking place August 9 and 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Building on last year's highly successful event at the Los Angeles Memorial Arena, KCON 2014 will return with a programming slate double the size and more varied than ever. In addition to two star-studded K-pop concerts (up from one in 2013), special guests and a new program of panels and workshops, KCON 2014 will add a slew of first-time features to the convention.

These include:

- A free market and outdoor stage, which will showcase local artists along with vendors from the L.A. area including the "Taste of KCON", serving up some of the best food from K-Town. 

- Huge K-Drama stars Yoo In-naLee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin appearing at KCON as special guests...More

KCON 2014 - "Wish For More Sweepstakes" Presented by Verizon Opens

Source | 2014/07/23 | Permalink

One Lucky Fan Will Win a Technology Prize Pack and a Trip to KCON 2014

The "Wish for More Sweepstakes", presented by KCON Technology Sponsor Verizon is back. This summer, one lucky fan will win a VIP trip for two to KCON 2014, the largest Korean pop culture convention in North America, including 2 VIP KCON convention and concert tickets, airfare, 3-night hotel accommodations, plus a technology prize pack including a smartphone, tablet and an accessory of the winner's choice...More

CJ E&M Programs (TV Ratings for 1st Weekend of July): 'Dancing9' and 'Marriage over Love' Record Highs

2014/07/09 | Permalink

The second season of CJ E&M's hit dance survival show, Dancing9, and its new romantic comedy drama "Marriage Over Love" recorded top ratings over the first weekend of July. Specifically, according to Nielsen Korea, the most recent episode of Dancing9 scored its highest ratings ever with a 2.7% average viewing rate and peak of 3.6%. Among female adults ages 10-40, the second episode of "Marriage Over Love" ranked top with a 1.6% average viewing rate...More

CJ E&M Releases Exclusive Photos of f(x), T-ara's Hyomin, and 100% performing their new singles for the first time on M COUNTDOWN

Source | 2014/07/07 | Permalink

Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M [] has released official photos of M COUNTDOWN held in Seoul on July 3. The photos feature the first ever performances of new singles by f(x), T-ara's Hyomin, and 100%...More

Largest K-pop Fan Convention In North America Reveals Full Artist Line-up As Individual Tickets Go On-sale July 3 At 10 A.m. Pt

Source | 2014/07/02 | Permalink

KCON 2014 Now Features Two Nights of M COUNTDOWN:2NIGHTS IN LA Concerts Including Performances By BTS, B1A4, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, IU, Jung Joon Young, TEEN TOP and VIXX

A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu like K-Drama star, Lee Seung Gi All Scheduled for August 9 and 10 in Downtown L.A.

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture announced today the full artist lineup for both nights of concert as individual tickets become available starting Thursday, July 3 at 10 A.M. PT. Combo tickets are on sale now.

Returning to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Downtown Los Angeles on August 9-10, KCON 2014 is where "All Things Hallyu" will converge for two days of unforgettable concerts, panels, workshops, food, fashion, and much more...More

World's #1 K-Pop Chart Show M COUNTDOWN Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Source | 2014/06/25 | Permalink

By Choosing Favorite K-Pop Song of the Decade Fans can vote online for their favorite K-Pop song of the decade
M COUNTDOWN, the world's No.1 live K-Pop chart show, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special online poll allowing fans to vote for their favorite K-Pop song of the decade announced CJ E&M today...More

CJ E&M Releases Official Photos of Jay Park at "Dancing9 (Season 2)" Press Conference

Source | 2014/06/10 | Permalink

Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M [] has released official photos from the Dancing9 (Season 2) press conference held in Seoul today. The photos feature one of the dance masters of team "Blue Eye", Jay Park.
At the press conference, Park explained, "I haven't had much time to enjoy dancing lately because I've been busy preparing my new album, but joining Dancing9 has really ignited my passion for dancing again. Even though I think of myself as a singer, it has been a real honor when professional dancers have asked for my advice. I'm grateful for this fun and unique opportunity"...More

KCON Taps Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as First Two Headliners for 2014

Source | 2014/05/22 | Permalink

Largest K-Pop Fan Convention Grows to Two Concert Nights withMore Artists than Ever Before

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, continued its tradition of bringing the biggest and most exciting artists to the U.S., by naming Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as the first artists added to the two-day convention's concert line-up.  

This year's celebration will increase the number of marquee acts spreading the music over two nights, creating two separate outstanding concerts. For a second year in a row, the concerts again will be produced by #1 K-pop chart show, M COUNTDOWN, which is known for drawing the hottest names in Korean pop music. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks...More

CJ E&M Launches Season Three of "Show Me the Money"

Source | 2014/05/22 | Permalink

Korea's only battle rap reality show returns to Mnet on July 3...More

CJ E&M Launches New Singing Competition Show "100Seconds"

2014/05/20 | Permalink

For first 100 seconds, singers judged purely on vocal performance with appearances hidden

Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M will introduce the new singing competition show 100Seconds on its music channel Mnet and general entertainment channel tvN starting May 20. In each episode, a different group of eight undiscovered professional singers will compete to win the hearts of audiences...More

Yoon Jong-hoon to star "Only Love"

Source | 2014/05/07 | Permalink

Actor Yoon Jong-hoon is starring in the new SBS drama "Only Love".

This is his first ground wave channel drama...More

Lee Joon, "I was a wig fitting model"

Source | 2014/04/17 | Permalink

Lee Joon revealed pictures of himself as a wig fitting model on the Mnet show "Beatles Code".

MC Shin Dong-yup asked if there was anyone who was active as a child and Lee Joon said, "I was in "Ninja Assassin" when I was young"...More

Hit K-Pop Idol Group EXO's First Reality Show "xoxo, EXO" to Exclusively Air on Mnet

Source | 2014/04/11 | Permalink

Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M [] announced today that its music channel Mnet will exclusively broadcast hit K-Pop idol group EXO's first reality show xoxo, EXO starting April 18...More

Handsome model Jung Heon in "Golden Cross"

Source | 2014/04/01 | Permalink

Rookie Jung Heon has been cast for the new KBS 2TV drama "Golden Cross".

He takes on the role of Alex, the assistant of Kim Jae-gap (Lee Ho-jae). He follows Kim Jae-gap around like a shadow. He should create a synergy affect with the other actors and actresses...More

Mischievous Boy Band Block-B to Star in Mnet's New Live K-Pop Reality Show

Source | 2014/03/31 | Permalink

Mischievous Boy Band Block-B to Star in Mnet's New Live K-Pop Reality Show "Five Minutes before the Zaniness Begins" To Begin Airing on CJ E&M's Music Channel Mnet at 7:30PM (KST) starting April 10
March 31, 2014 – Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M [] announced today that hit K-Pop idol group Block-B will star in the new live reality show Five Minutes before the Zaniness Begins...More

[Press Release] Talent Agency CEO for Hit K-Pop Boy Group INFINITE Humorously Reveals Member Weaknesses On "This Is Infinite" (Episode #7)

Source | 2014/03/20 | Permalink

Show to Begin Airing on Channel M across Southeast Asia in May
Featuring hit K-Pop boy group INFINITE, the most recent episode (#7) of the K-Pop idol reality show This Is Infinite featured the CEO of the group's talent agency humorously unveiling each members "weakness"...More

2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Set This Year for December 3 in Hong Kong

Source | 2014/03/17 | Permalink

Asia's most influential music festival returns to geographical hub of Hong Kong
Seoul, Korea (March 17, 2014) – Asia's No.1 Total Contents Company CJ E&M [] announced today that the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Asia's greatest music festival, will take place this year on December 3 in Hong Kong.

"2014 MAMA returns to Hong Kong to leverage the city's status as a focal point of Asian economy, trade, and cultural diversity", said Shin Hyung-kwan, Executive Vice President of CJ E&M's music channel Mnet. "Bringing together the experience and production know-how of CJ E&M as well as amazing passion of fans both within and outside Hong Kong, the festival will highlight the incredible power and popularity of Asian music to the world"...More

"Mimi", the final shot

Source | 2014/03/13 | Permalink

Changmin is done with "Mimi".

The final makings of the Mnet drama "Mimi" were revealed through YouTube...More

CJ E&M Opens Applications for 2nd Season of Hit Global Dance Survival Show, Dancing9

Source | 2014/03/10 | Permalink

Regardless of dance genre, age, or nationality, anyone with a passion for dance welcome to apply
Asia's No.1 Contents Company CJ E&M has begun accepting contestant applications for the second season of its hit dancing survival TV show, Dancing9, which returns this June. The show has been a massive hit not only in Korea, but also across Asia for its thrilling, talented, and competitive performances, as well as discovery of talented dancers...More

"Trot X", First Ever Audition Show Highlighting Trot (the Oldest Form of K-Pop), to Premiere on Mnet on March 21

Source | 2014/03/05 | Permalink

New Singing Survival Show Presents the Ongoing Diversification of K-Pop
March 5, 2014 - CJ E&M's leading K-Pop music channel Mnet will introduce the new singing audition show Trot X on March 21 at 11:30 (KST)...More

[Event Recap/Feb 25] Asia Variety TV Forum in Tokyo, Japan

Source | 2014/02/28 | Permalink

Marking the first public meeting between a leading Korean and Japanese television producer, the "Asia Variety TV Forum:An Afternoon with Young-Suk Na and Tadahisa Fujimura" successfully took place on Tuesday, February 25 at the Korean Culture Center in Tokyo, Japan. During the Forum, which was hosted by CJ E&M [], the two producers, among several topics, exchanged ideas on the important role variety TV programming can play as a cultural bridge...More

Korean drama of the week "Monstar"

Source | 2014/02/27 | Permalink

Korean drama of the week "Monstar" (2013)

Directed by Kim Won-seok

Written by Jeong Yoon-jeong

Network  : Mnet

With Yong Jun-hyung, Ha Yeon-soo, Kang Ha-neul, Ahn Nae-sang, Kim Min-young, Park Kyu-sun,...

12 episodes - Fri 21:50
When a crazed fan takes it too far with Yoon Seol Chan (Yong Jun-hyung), member of top K-pop boy band Men in Black, he lashes out at her...More

"Mimi" Changmin has great chemistry with Moon Ga-young

Source | 2014/02/25 | Permalink

It's hard to believe that Changmin and Moon Ga-young are eight years apart.

Changmin is currently playing two roles in the Mnet ghost romance drama "Mimi". He plays Min-woo, a 18-year old student and a 28-year old web-toon designer...More

Hit K-Pop Groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day Slated to Appear at "M COUNTDOWN No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" in Japan

Source | 2014/02/21 | Permalink

- Taking place April 2 at Yokohama Arena, anticipation at a fever pitch among both local and international fans as hit K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014
- Event will also feature various fan engagement events including a meet & greet, red carpet ceremony, and cultural workshops/booths
Seoul, Korea (February 21, 2014) – Popular K-Pop groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day are slated to appear at "M COUNTDOWN: No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" on April 2 at Yokohama Area in Japan announced executive producer CJ E&M [] today. With the first lineup of artists revealed (all top-notch K-Pop stars ranked on M COUNTDOWN's weekly charts during the first quarter of the year), anticipation is at a fever pitch among both local Japanese and international fans as the popular K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014...More

Korean drama starting today 2014/02/21 in Korea

Source | 2014/02/21 | Permalink

Changmin's kiss scene

Source | 2014/02/19 | Permalink

New Mnet drama "Mimi" revealed stills of Changmin and Moon Ga-young's kiss.

The pictures show Changmin and Moon Ga-young secretly kissing each other in art class and Changmin is crying...More

Son Ga-in, the scandal with J.Y. Park

Source | 2014/02/11 | Permalink

Son Ga-in talked about the time she was at J.Y. Park's wedding and felt uncomfortable.

She appeared on the MNet TV show "Beatles Code" on the 11th and said, "I've had rumors but I've never had a scandal yet"...More

[Video] Updated cast, added poster shooting video, images and poster for the Korean drama 'Mimi'

Source | 2014/02/07 | Permalink

Updated cast, added poster shooting video, images and poster for the upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"...More

First 2014 Global Tour of "M COUNTDOWN", the World's Most Popular K-Pop Chart Show, to Take Place in Japan on April 2

2014/02/06 | Permalink

- With Yokohama Arena set as the venue, "M COUNTDOWN: No. 1 Artist of Spring 2014" to feature top-notch K-Pop artist performances and various K-Culture engagement activities
- Show's only previous stop in Japan in April 2012 drew 13,000 fans
Asia's No.1 Total Contents Company CJ E&M [] announced today that "M COUNTDOWN: No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" will take place on April 2 at Yokohama Arena in Japan. The world's most popular K-Pop chart show which draws throngs of fans and a worldwide TV viewing audience to its weekly live broadcasts from Korea, M COUNTDOWN has also uniquely been embarking on periodic global tours in Asia and the US since 2012. The show's only previous stop in Japan in April 2012 drew 13,000 fans...More

CJ E&M to Host "Asia Variety TV Forum" in Tokyo with Renowned Asian Variety TV Producers Young-Suk Na and Tadahisa Fujimura

2014/02/04 | Permalink

Na Young-Suk

Forum to highlight new trends in Asian variety TV programming ahead of the launch of the hit Korean variety show Sisters over Flowers in Japan
Asia's No.1 Total Contents Company CJ E&M [] announced today that local branch CJ E&M Japan will host the "Asia Variety TV Forum: An Afternoon with Young-Suk Na and Tadahisa Fujimura" in Tokyo on February 25. With acclaimed Korean and Japanese producers Na and Fujimura as special guests, the Forum will highlight new trends in Asian variety TV ahead of the launch of the hit Korean variety show Sisters over Flowers on Mnet Japan. Popular Japanese TV host Tomoki Fujiwara will serve as MC...More

[Video] First teaser released for the Korean drama 'Mimi'

Source | 2014/01/31 | Permalink

First teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"

Source | 2014/01/31 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Mimi"'s page to HanCinema database...More

New Original Series Alpha Girls Chronicles Asian and Asian American Women at the Top of Their Game

2014/01/30 | Permalink

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 (, 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

Rain cries at the sight of his father's video message

Source | 2014/01/23 | Permalink

Rain cried hard.

On the Mnet TV show "Rain Effect", Rain received a video message from his father and cried hard...More

Mnet 4 part drama "Mimi", starring Changmin

Source | 2014/01/22 | Permalink

TVXQ's Changmin has been chosen for the Mnet 4 part drama "Mimi".

He is a 28 year-old web-toon artist who embraces the memories of his lost first love. He travels back and forth his teen years and now, reminiscing about the past...More

Do-hee "Beatles Code"

Source | 2014/01/21 | Permalink

Min Dohee talked about a time when a fan asked her to swear at him.

Min Dohee appeared on the Mnet "Beatles Code" 3D. she was asked if there was anything she experienced after the drama and she said, "I had someone who asked me to swear at him"...More

Rain ranks the top as soon as he comes back

Source | 2014/01/16 | Permalink

Rain didn't look too happy despite the fact that he topped the charts as soon as he came back.

On Mnet "Rain Effect", Rain didn't smile, although he came in first in a music program...More

CJ E&M Drives Korean Pop Culture's Impressive Global Growth in 2013

2014/01/14 | Permalink

In 2013, Korean content exports grew an estimated 10.6% year-on-year to reach USD $5.1 billion according to the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The number of worldwide "Hallyu" fans also increased to 9.3 million by year's end per figures from the Korea Foundation.

As the nation's leading content company, CJ E&M played a pivotal role in driving this global growth by introducing attractive and diverse media, films, music, games, and live performances to regions around the world...More

Rain to appear in the 3rd season of "1 Night 2 Days"

Source | 2014/01/10 | Permalink

Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) who back with a regular album is now coming back on TV.

According to various media personnel, Rain has completed filming an episode of the KBS 2TV show "Happy Sunday - 1 Night 2 Days" season 3...More

Rain special, Mnet "Rain Effect"

Source | 2014/01/06 | Permalink

Music channel Mnet is going to broadcast Rain's comeback show "Rain Effect" on the 9th at 7:30PM.

Performances of "30 Sexy" and "La Song", his title songs from the 6th official album will be shown along with others...More

[HanCinema's Year in Review] Raine's Top Six Picks of 2013

2014/01/04 | Permalink

It is the end of another year in K-dramaland and time to look back and count how many hours I spent watching dramas, running my drama blog, and working on drama-related projects. Since I watched twenty-eight 2013 dramas, recapped three and reviewed nine, and delved into past dramas, that would give me a total of...More

Rain Makes Comeback with New Album

Source | 2014/01/03 | Permalink

K-pop superstar Rain has made an official comeback with his sixth album "Rain Effect" after he was out of limelight for about two years for his compulsory military service.

Since his debut in 2002, Rain has broken several records for Korean pop stars and even performed at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he has also been embroiled in a number of scandals, most prominently by abusing his privileges during military service to go on dates with his girlfriend, the actress Kim Tae-hee...More

"Rain Effect" Rain, "What's fame got to do with acting?"

Source | 2014/01/02 | Permalink

Singer and actor Rain stated a belief.

Mnet "Rain Effect" revealed Rain in the middle of shooting the Hollywood movie "The Prince". He spoke about his belief in acting...More

Kim Woo-bin calls G-Dragon and says, "I want to be friends with you"

Source | 2014/01/02 | Permalink

Actor Kim Woo-bin had a surprise phone call with G-Dragon.

On the New Year's Special episode of the Mnet "M Countdown", Kim Woo-bin answered questions posted by viewers through SNS...More

[Video] Mnet America's Year On #AllThingsHallyu 2013

Source | 2013/12/27 | Permalink

A 2013 Year In Review Video of Major Moments, People and Stories of 'All Things Hallyu (Korean Wave)' as Selected by Mnet America

Mnet America (, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has released their year in review for 2013 with images, videos, and sound clips that defined the year of 'All Things Hallyu (a.k.a. Korean Wave)' including K-pop, K-drama, and K-film in the U.S...More

Lee Hyori, "I imagined things while tanning with Rain"

Source | 2013/12/26 | Permalink

Lee Hyori mentioned a time when she had a conversation with Rain in a tanning shop, nude.

Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) revealed the backstage of the 2013 MNet Asian Music Awards through his MNet show "Rain Effect"...More

"Rain Effect" Rain hugs Lee Hyori but is it adultery?

Source | 2013/12/19 | Permalink

Singer Rain and Lee Hyori hugged each other in enthusiasm.

Mnet "Rain Effect" showed Rain meeting Lee Hyori in her waiting room before his performance at '2013 MAMA' which was held in Hong Kong...More

Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Park Shin-hye, what next?

Source | 2013/12/16 | Permalink

Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Park Shin-hye from the popular drama "The Heirs" are going to get busy with the year-end coming up.

All three of them have decided on movies. Kim Woo-bin is to star in the movie "Technicians" and will be busy standing as MC for various award shows. He's currently the MC for the Mnet "M Countdown" music show and will host the 2013 SBS Acting Awards with Lee Bo-young...More

"The Heirs" Kim Woo-bin nominated for SBS awards MC

Source | 2013/12/10 | Permalink

'Man of the year' Kim Woo-bin has been chosen as the MC for the end-of-year awards.

Kim Woo-bin's agency Sidus HQ mentioned that he will be the main MC for the SBS Awards at the end of the year...More

U-KISS First U.S. Tour Tickets on Sale Friday Dec. 6

Source | 2013/12/04 | Permalink

Mnet America (, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has announced that tickets for the first U.S. tour of the hit Korean pop band, U-Kiss will go on sale this Friday, December 6th at 4:00 PM ET/PT. Spanning three cities, the internationally known boy band will be hitting up New York at the Best Buy Theater (1/9), San Francisco at the Warfield Theater (1/11) and Los Angeles at Club Nokia LA Live (1/14). Ticket prices range from $50 to $180...More

Today's Photo: November 22, 2013 [3]

Source | 2013/11/22 | Permalink

Jang Hyun-seung (left) and Kim Hyun-ah of duo Trouble Maker go through Incheon International Airport on Thursday on their way to the Mnet Asian Music Award in Hong Kong...More

From Stevie Wonder to 2NE1 - International Worlds Collide at 2013 MAMA Airing in the U.S. Exclusively on Mnet America

Source | 2013/11/14 | Permalink


Hit-makers Icona Pop and Ylvis ("What Does the Fox Say") to Share the Stage with Asia's Megastars on November 22 in Hong Kong

Dumbfoundead (a.k.a. Parker) and Bekah to Highlight English-hosted Live

Broadcast of the Award Show

Mnet America (, the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, has announced that they will be airing the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) LIVE from the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on its cable network as well as their YouTube channel online ( Stay-up on November 22 at 1:00 am PST (4:00 am EST) for the chance to witness Asia's biggest award show unfold live...More

[Press Release] Worldwide Music Sensation BIGBANG Confirmed to Appear at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Source | 2013/10/25 | Permalink

- The entire BIGBANG crew including G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri set to appear in full force
- Performances only dreamt of until now to unfold on November 22 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong
Worldwide music sensation BIGBANG is confirmed to perform at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) scheduled for November 22 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong, announced Asia's No. 1 Content Company CJ E&M today. The appearance of BIGBANG, as well as other to be announced bands and artists, highlights MAMA's prominent role as an ambassador of Asian music and culture to fans around the world...More

2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) To Be Held October 22-24 in Seoul

Source | 2013/09/30 | Permalink

Unique style and cultural festival with awards ceremony, fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, and more

Having promoted K-Culture worldwide, will be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China, and the U.S.

The highly anticipated 2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) will take place on October 22-24 in Seoul, Korea announced CJ E&M today. A unique style and culture festival with fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, celebrity parties and more, SIA has grown rapidly in popularity worldwide, with this year's awards ceremony to be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China and the United States...More

Shinhwa's Lee Min-woo becomes the dandy guy in magazine

Source | 2013/09/24 | Permalink

Shinhwa's Lee Min-woo starred in a photo shoot of a fashion magazine.

He turned into the man of the season for the fashion magazine called, BAZAAR...More

American Idol vet HeeJun Han is joining Danny Im as the co-host of Danny from LA

Source | 2013/09/23 | Permalink

HeeJun Han Takes a Seat Next to Danny Im for the First Time

Thursday September 26 on Mnet America at 7:00 pm ET/ 4:00 pm PT

Mnet America ( the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, is bringing on American Idol vet HeeJun Han to co-host their flagship talk show Dannyfrom LA with former K-pop superstar, Danny Im. The singer currently is making headlines raking in YouTube views with his new single"Bring the Love Back" featuring Pusha T...More

#mykpop Premieres on Mnet America Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30pm ET/PT

2013/09/18 | Permalink

Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, premieres its newest reality series #mykpop on TuesdaySeptember 24 at 7:30pm ET/PT. This series showcases the K-pop wave that is spreading worldwide by documenting the lives of nine of the biggest K-pop fans in America as they make the trip to the largest K-pop fan convention in North America - KCON 2013. At first glance they all might seem very different, but they have one thing in coming – A deep passion for K-pop...More

2013 Mnet Asia Music Awards Confirmed for AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on November 22nd

2013/09/17 | Permalink

- Asia's greatest music festival hotly anticipated by fans around the world
- Performances only dreamed of before to unfold in international hub of Hong Kong
Seoul, Korea (September 17, 2013) – The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Asia's greatest music festival, is set to go this year for November 22 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) in Hong Kong, announced CJ E&M today. Hot global anticipation in the venue and date announcement for 2013 MAMA, now entering its fifth year, signifies MAMA's status as Asia's premier annual music festival celebrating the region's musical achievements worldwide...More

South Korea & Vietnam to Coproduce TV Drama!

2013/09/06 | Permalink

Korea's Leading Entertainment Group CJ E&M and Vietnamese Television (VTV) Signed Cooperation Agreement for Cultural Exchange
- Aiming to broadcast fall season in 2014, CJ E&M coproduces TV drama with Vietnamese Television for the first time in Korean broadcast history
- Initiating cultural exchange between Korea and Vietnam, 'K-Culture Beltline' is established across Korea, China and South East Asia!...More

KCON 2013 Hits L.A. With a Bang, Selling Out Two-day Convention And Concert

2013/08/26 | Permalink

Missy Elliott and Six of the World's Hottest K-pop Acts Capped off the Convention With M COUNTDOWN What's up LA concert

More than 20,000 fans of all things Hallyu attended the second annual KCON ( this weekend, as the largest K-pop fan convention in the U.S., expanded to two days and made the move to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The sold out convention and concert – which featured an on-stage collaboration between Missy Elliott and G-Dragon, along with performances from EXO, TEEN TOP, f(x), Dynamic Duo and 2AM – was the latest example of the impact the Korean Wave and Asian pop culture is having across America. The concert – M COUNTDOWN What's up LA – will be televised in the U.S. by Mnet America ( on air and online at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT on Thursday August 29...More

Mnet America's "Danny from LA" to tape live at KCON 2013!

Source | 2013/08/14 | Permalink

Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, just released news that "Danny from LA" will tape its season 2 premiere episode live at KCON 2013 (, the country's largest and first convention for k-pop fans which is taking place on August 24 and 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California...More

Missy Elliott To Perform At KCON 2013

Source | 2013/08/14 | Permalink

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Hosts Largest K-pop Convention in North America - August 24-25

Full Line-Up of M COUNTDOWN What's up LA Includes Major K-pop Artists EXO, f(x), Dynamic Duo, TEEN TOP, 2AM and G Dragon

Five-time Grammy Award winning rapper, singer-songwriter Missy Elliott is coming to KCON 2013, the country's largest K-pop fan convention to perform as part of the event's M COUNTDOWN What's up LA concert on August 25.

"I'm excited to be a part of KCON. This event will allow me to interact with a diverse group of artists and fans", said Missy Elliott.

Missy Elliott represents the most recent example of a hip hop artist participating in the worldwide explosion of K-pop. Since releasing her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly and hit single "The Rain" in 1997, Missy Elliott and her distinct vocal style skyrocketed to the upper echelons of rap music success and became one of the most recognizable figures in America pop culture...More

No. 1 K-POP chart show "M COUNTDOWN" goes to Los Angeles in August!

Source | 2013/08/04 | Permalink

'M COUNTDOWN-What's up LA' to be performed at KCON!
Fantastic Lineup Unveiled: G-Dragon, 2AM, f(x), EXO, TEEN TOP, Dynamic Duo, DJ KOO, Yu Seung Yoo with special guests!!
 The First and largest-ever Hallyu Festival in North America 'KCON 2013' to Unite K-POP fans through Global Music Carnival!
August 25, Sunday 19:00 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Leading the globalization of K-Pop, Asia's NO.1 music chart show "M COUNTDOWN" is to hit the US for the first time. CJ E&M introduces its music channel Mnet's flagship show "M COUNTDOWN-What's up LA" to the American audience as a part of K-Culture festival 'KCON 2013'.
Launched in 2012, KCON is the first-ever large-scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-Pop music Korean dramas and movies...More

G-Dragon Announced As Headlining Artist For KCON M Countdown: What's Up LA!

Source | 2013/07/30 | Permalink

Convention Capping Concert Includes EXO, f(x), 2AM, TEEN TOP with Additional Artists to be Announced in the Coming Weeks

KCON 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

KCON Fly-away Sweepstakes Presented By Verizon Is Back One Lucky Fan Will Win A VIP Trip To KCON 2013

Source | 2013/07/26 | Permalink

Verizon Presents One Grand Prize Winner with the Ultimate K-Pop Experience

The KCON Fly-Away Sweepstakes presented by KCON Gold Sponsor Verizon is back this year.  One lucky fan will win a VIP trip for two toKCON 2013, the first and largest Korean pop culture convention in North America. The winner will receive VIP access at the convention and VIP tickets to the concert, an exclusive meet & greet opportunity with the artists performing, and travel and hotel accommodations...More

Go! f(x) - Mnet America Releases Original Documentary

Source | 2013/07/26 | Permalink

Mnet America has just released an original documentary Go! f(x), which follows KCON 2013 artist, f(x), when they came to the United States earlier this year to perform at SXSW and prepare for their comeback (Rum Pum Pum Pum) in LA. The entire documentary can be viewed on, through Mnet America's YouTube page or when Go! f(x) makes its television premiere on July 31 at 7pm ET/PT...More

[USA] Mnet America, the Nation's Premier Asian Pop Culture Network, Launches on Bright House Networks

Source | 2013/07/23 | Permalink

Original English-Language Programming to Include Weekly Pop Culture Talk Show

Danny from LA and Animated Angry Little Asian Girl 

Mnet America ( and Bright House Networks are bringing the best in Asian pop culture and entertainment to Bright House Networks customers in all of their markets nationwide – from hit Korean pop (K-pop) music to original programming highlighting some of the biggest Asian American talent to hit the TV screen. This includes new episodes of Angry Little Asian Girl,an animated series from the mind of Southern California native Lela Lee which follows around the life of a snarky girl as she tries to juggle the two cultures that make up her world...More

Today's Photo: July 19, 2013 [3]

Source | 2013/07/19 | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori poses at the Mnet 20's Choice Awards in Seoul on Thursday...More

KCON 2013 Tickets Go On-Sale

2013/07/15 | Permalink

TEEN TOP Joins EXO and 2AM In Line-up for Convention Capping Concert August 25

Bekkah (formally of After School) also Scheduled to Participate

As tickets for KCON 2013 go on-sale today, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention announced that TEEN TOP will be one of the six groups to perform at this year's two day convention and concert. The line-up already includes EXO and 2AM. Tickets can be purchased through the KCON website here. Additional announcements surrounding the artists including headlining acts attending KCON 2013 will be shared in the coming weeks...More

Ha Yeon-soo's press conference

Source | 2013/07/09 | Permalink

Rookie actress Ha Yeon-soo who is known for her exotic features explained her true blood.

Ha Yeon-soo attended the press conference for the Mnet and tvB music drama "Monstar" on the 9th...More

Highly Anticipated Dance Survival Audition TV Show Arrived!

Source | 2013/07/09 | Permalink

The Greatest Dance Battle on Earth "Dancing 9" to be Aired on July 20, 11PM via Mnet  
Cheif Producer Met with Jon Chu to Discuss the Show!
Contestants from 62 Countries Worldwide!!
Shinhwa′s Lee Min-woo and Girls′ Generation (SNSD)′s Hyoyeon & Kwon Yuri Join as Team Masters!!
Korea's renowned music channel Mnet now presents a new kind of dance survival TV show "Dancing9"...More

Bae Suzy nominated for "20's Choice" for 3 years in a row

Source | 2013/07/07 | Permalink

Bae Suzy has been nominated for "20's Choice" for 3 years in a row.

Bae Suzy attended her first Mnet "20's Choice" event in 2010 and received the HOT New Star Award which is only given to those who have been outstandingly active in that year...More

Mnet America's New Reality Series #mykpop Searches for the Biggest K-pop Superfans in America

Source | 2013/07/03 | Permalink

Six passionate K-Pop fans will be chosen to star as cast of #mykpop

Following their journey to KCON 2013 in LA 8/24-25

Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is calling upon the biggest K-pop fans in the country to audition for the cast of its new reality series #mykpop airing this Fall. This series will document the K-Pop boom that has been occurring worldwide following the lives of six chosen cast members. The series will end with these six cast members flying to Los Angeles to take part in North America's biggest Korean pop culture convention and concert, KCON 2013. Produced by Mnet America, KCON 2013 will take place August 24- 25, 2013 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena...More

Roy Kim and Park Soo-jin met at a radio show…

Source | 2013/06/26 | Permalink

Actress Park Soo-jin (28) and singer Roy Kim (20) have been caught up in a scandal.

Sports Dong-ah reported on the 27th that Park Soo-jin and Roy Kim have been dating for four months...More

Racy Teaser Video Puts Spotlight on Lim Kim

Source | 2013/06/19 | Permalink

Lim Kim, best known as the female half of pop duo 2 Months, one of the finalists on Mnet's reality TV show "Superstar K" in 2011, has released a raunchy teaser video for her solo title song "All Right", just ahead of the launch of her first solo mini album on Monday.

It appeared on the YouTube channel on Thursday...More

M! Countdown, the World's #1 K-pop Chart Show Comes to Mnet America with English-language Host

Source | 2013/06/14 | Permalink

Danny Im Hosts New LIVE English Primetime Version of M! Countdown
Premieres Thursday, June 20 at 8pm ET/PT
WHAT: Mnet America, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will begin airing M! Countdown LIVE, the world's #1 K-Pop Chart show, next week with a US based host. Audiences in America can now catch all the live performances from the excitement that aired in Korea the night before in primetime with host Danny Im...More

Ko Chang-seok in "Monstar"

Source | 2013/06/12 | Permalink

Actor Ko Chang-seok made a special appearance in the tvN Mnet drama "Monstar".

Ko Chang-seok will be seen in the fifth episode of the drama...More

[Photos] Added new images for the Korean drama 'Monstar'

Source | 2013/05/27 | Permalink

Added new images for the Korean drama "Monstar"...More

B2st Member Yong Jun-hyung's Debut Drama 'monstar', Available on Hulu Today May 18th

Source | 2013/05/18 | Permalink

New Episodes To Be Available Every Saturday Only on Hulu
Idol group B2ST's Yong Jun-hyung's much talked about debut musical drama 'Monstar' just premiered on May 17th in Korea will almost immediately be available on Hulu for U.S. audiences through CJ E&M...More

Korean drama starting today 2013/05/17 in Korea

Source | 2013/05/17 | Permalink

Korean drama starting today 2013/05/17 in Korea "Monstar" (2013)

Directed by Kim Won-seok

Written by Jeong Yoon-jeong

Network : Mnet

With Yong Jun-hyung, Ha Yeon-...More

Baek Ji-young and Jung Suk-won to become parents this fall

Source | 2013/05/13 | Permalink

Baek Ji-young and Jung Suk-won who are getting married on the 2nd of June, are becoming parents this fall.

It appears that Baek Ji-young is currently in the early stages of pregnancy...More

Park Joon-suk appreciates Kim Hee-sun

Source | 2013/05/09 | Permalink

Actor Park Joon-suk from the group Taesaja showed his appreciation for actress Kim Hee-sun.

Park Joon-suk came back as an actor and said he was taken very well care of by Kim Hee-sun on the "Mnet Wide News"...More

[Video] Added new images and teaser trailer for the upcoming Korean drama "Monstar"

Source | 2013/05/07 | Permalink

Added new images and teaser trailer for the upcoming Korean drama "Monstar"...More

Applications for Mnet's "Dancing 9", A New Korean Dancing Competition Show, are Now Open

Source | 2013/04/16 | Permalink

Applications for Mnet's "Dancing 9", A New Korean Dancing Competition Show, are Now Open

WHAT: Dancing 9, the ultimate global dance survival program, is looking for applicants from around the world. The application process is now open for those interested in auditioning. Those chosen will be flown to Korea and be provided housing for as long as they survive. The competition will ultimately pare down the number of aspiring dancers to 18, splitting them into two teams of nine, and then choosing one team as the winner. The winning team will receive $500,000 in value rewards, and the MVP member of the team will receive the fulfillment of a wish – such as tuition to a dance school...More

An investigation f(x)'s secret new member on an all new "Danny from LA" in Episode 19

Source | 2013/04/05 | Permalink

This week on Danny From L.A., Danny heads down to SXSW to interview the members of f(x) on the set of their video shoot with Anna Kendrick...More

K-Pop Continues its North American Invasion

Source | 2013/04/04 | Permalink

Verizon Wireless Presents APAHM Concert Tour 2013: B.A.P Live on Earth

Mnet America will Produce the Four City Tour Coming to New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco during 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This Spring, Verizon Wireless will team up with Mnet America (, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, to present this year's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Tour – B.A.P "Live on Earth". The four city tour, headlined by one of the most popular up and coming K-pop groups in the world, B.A.P, will take place in the first half of May traveling to Los Angeles (5/7), San Francisco (5/10), Washington D.C. (5/14) and New York (5/17). Mnet America is producing the tour which will include concerts and also fan meet-ups in each city. Tickets to what will be a highly anticipated concert will go on sale April 6 at 12 p.m. local time...More

[Press Release] Mnet America Partners with Toyota to Release Interactive Hyuna Music Video and Launch Fan Video Contest

Source | 2013/04/02 | Permalink

Internet Stars Ryan Higa and D-Trix Appear in Custom "My Color" Videos

Now Available Exclusively on Mnet America's YouTube Channel Featuring the 2013 Toyota Corolla

Mnet America (, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, and Toyota have partnered to bring music fans an interactive experience as part of a campaign for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. The campaign features a new music video shot in Los Angeles starring Hyuna, a K-Pop artist known for appearing in PSY's "Gangnam Style" video and for being a member of popular group 4Minute. The Corolla is integrated into the video, which features Hyuna's new song "My Color"...More

Kevin interviews 4Minute's Hyuna on an all new "Danny from LA" in Episode 18

Source | 2013/04/02 | Permalink

This week on Danny From L.A., Kevin gets his suit and tie on for an exclusive interview with the adorably sexy Hyuna. She talks about her latest campaign with Toyota and also shows off some of her signature dance moves from the music video...More

K-pop sensation Ailee drops by the set of "Danny from LA" in Episode 17

Source | 2013/03/23 | Permalink

K-pop star, Ailee, comes to the set of DFLA to kick it with Danny and Kev and respond to viewer questions on an Ask DFLA: Ailee Edition! This week's episode also has a special surprise that'll have you shaking...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Monstar"

Source | 2013/02/22 | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Monstar"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Mnet America's 1st Annual Pre-GRAMMY® Party to Celebrate K-Pop's 2012 Breakthrough on February 7

Source | 2013/01/24 | Permalink

Event to Take Place at Legendary East West Studios

With a Night of Performances Including K-Pop Sensation Ailee

 Mnet Partners with CAPE and 3AF to Present

First Ever Mnet America Asian Pop Awards to Ailee, David Choi and Toyota

Mnet America (, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has announced its first annual Pre-GRAMMY® Party to take place at East West Studios ( on February 7, 2013, which coincides with Lunar New Year week. Celebrity presenters including Carrie Ann Inaba ("Dancing With The Stars" judge) and Suzanne Whang ("Las Vegas", "House Hunters") will host a celebration of Asian pop music, culture and entertainment highlighting the impact Asian America has made this past year, especially K-Pop which saw a huge explosion in popularity. Red carpet arrivals will talk place 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm...More

Turn off the TV! Koreans Prefer to Watch Shows on their Smartphones

Source | 2012/12/23 | Permalink

Koreans keep their eyes glued to the TV for 32 hours per week, on average. That's almost a full-time job! They outpace their peers in the US and UK, by 7.4 hours a week.

Why haven't Korean's become known as the world's biggest couch potatoes?  Maybe it's because they don't watch TV on the couch. Today's advanced smartphones are freeing Koreans from their TVs. A 2012 ConsumerLab report found that Koreans are leading a new trend in TV and video services by shifting to a multi-screen model.

On the subway, you'll often see young people streaming crisp, HD quality dramas or movies trhoguh apps. While DMB is no longer cutting-edge, plenty of older folk use it to catch up on their favorite soaps and sports...More

Mnet Combines Travel, Hallyu And Korean Food In New Season Of "K-Pop Tasty Road"

Source | 2012/12/05 | Permalink

Featuring K-Pop Celebrity Hosts, Kim Yoonji and U-Kiss' Eli Plus Special Guest Appearances by K-Pop Stars – U-Kiss, Ailee, K.Will, Jewelry, BTOB (Episode 1)
Premieres Tuesday, December 25
WHAT: Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, premieres "K-Pop Tasty Road"...More

Exhaustion Delays PSY's Departure To Thailand

Source | 2012/11/29 | Permalink

It's not easy being a world star. The craziness of it all has finally caught up with PSY physically...More

Mnet America to Bring Exclusive English Stream of the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards and Red Carpet to Fans, LIVE from Hong Kong on November 30

Source | 2012/11/27 | Permalink

K-Pop Megastars PSY, Super Junior and the United States' Adam Lambert and B.o.B. Slated to Perform, Jackie Chan to present. 

Exclusive Video Diary of Verizon Wireless and Mnet's "Share the Love of K-Pop" Contest Winner's Experience in Hong Kong and at MAMA 2012 to be

Live Streamed on MCube

Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will stream the highly anticipated 2012Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) through their new digital port, MCube ( on November 30 at 12 am PST / 3 am EST. The live stream will include exclusive English content with three hosts providing commentary throughout the broadcast so that fans will know exactly what is going on at MAMA 2012.  Hosting the exclusive English experience will be Danny Lim (Producer, Danny from LA), Hannah Jun (Actress, Model) and Eunice Kiss (Recording Artist, Model, Actress)...More

CGV Cinemas brings the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards to YOU!

Source | 2012/11/23 | Permalink

Watch the biggest K-POP festival of the year on the BIG SCREEN.

CGV Cinemas in LA and MNET are giving you TWO ways you can get tickets to this exclusive event:

1) Can't get enough of Song Joong-ki? Watch him at the 2012 MAMA in Hong Kong AND in his latest movie, "A Werewolf Boy"!

Purchase advance tickets to "A Werewolf Boy" on-site at the CGV Box Office from 11/23-11/29 and get FREE tickets to the 2012 MAMA screening!...More

Psy to Perform at Thai King's Birthday Bash

Source | 2012/11/23 | Permalink

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

2012 MAMA To Feature B.o.B. & Adam Lambert

Source | 2012/11/21 | Permalink

Both recognized internationally, pop singer Adam Lambert and hip hop singer-songwriter-producer B.o.B. will both be attending the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

According to the Director of MAMA Han Dong-cheol, the entire world will be able to enjoy performances by these two acts at the awards ceremony which will be taking place on November 30th at the Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Center (HKCEC)...More

[Press Release] Mnet America to Stream the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards

Source | 2012/11/14 | Permalink

Mnet America to Stream the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Asia's Biggest Music Festival, LIVE from Hong Kong on November, 30

K-Pop Megastars PSY, Super Junior, Big Bang, SISTAR Slated to Perform, Jackie Chan to present. 

Exclusive Video Diary of Verizon Wireless and Mnet's "Share the Love of K-Pop" Contest Winner's Experience in Hong Kong and at MAMA 2012 to be Live Streamed on MCube

Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, will stream the highly anticipated 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) through their new digital port, MCube ( on November 30 at 1 a.m. EST / November 29 10 p.m. PST.  The award show will be simulcast on the network and be replayed the next day in primetime...More

Mnet's "share The Love Of K-pop" Contest

Source | 2012/11/02 | Permalink

Mnet's "share The Love Of K-pop" Contest gives Grand Prize Winner Tickets to 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards held on November 30, 2012

Grand prize also includes two round-trip plane tickets to Hong Kong along with hotel accommodations

Mnet America, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is giving K-Pop fans the opportunity to come face-to-face with their idols via the "Share the Love of K-Pop" contest sponsored by Verizon Wireless...More

Mnet America Brings K-pop To The U.S. With Sold-out KCON Fan Convention & Concert

Source | 2012/10/25 | Permalink

First Event of Its Kind Draws Over 10,000 to Irvine and over 130,000 for the simulcast live stream on brand new digital platform

KCON (, the first-ever large-scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies was held this past weekend on October 13 in Irvine, CA at the Verizon Amphitheater...More

Hong Jong-hyun to star in "Jeon Woochi - Drama"

Source | 2012/09/27 | Permalink

Actor Hong Jong-hyun has confirmed to star in "Jeon Woochi - Drama".

He is going to take on the role of Seo Chan-hwee and conflict with Jeon Woo-chi...More

Anime Expo And Mnet To Co-produce First K-pop Cosplay Masquerade At KCON

Source | 2012/09/19 | Permalink

October 13 Event in Irvine, California will be the First North American K-Pop Convention

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 19, 2012 – Mnet, a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, is teaming up with Anime Expo, North America's largest annual anime and manga celebration, to co-create the inaugural K-Pop Cosplay Masquerade at KCON, the first ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia.

"There is an increasing popularity of K-pop among J-pop and anime fans", said Marc Perez, CEO of Anime Expo and the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. "It is only natural to be working with KCON to create this major partnership"...More

KCON Announces Nu'est Addition To Join "Gangnam Style" Co-star In Jam-packed Convention Line Up

Source | 2012/09/18 | Permalink

Nu'est Joins 4 Minute, B.A.P., VIXX, EXO-M and G.NA as Performers Confirmed for Concert

BWB (Blue Whale Brothers, Danny Im (1YTM), Eat Your Kimchi and Aimee Lee Lucas Among Additional Convention Participants

KCON (, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the addition of Nu'est to the line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the day-long convention. Other artists already confirmed to perform include 4Minute, B.A.P., EXO-M, G.NA and VIXX. Five-member girl group 4Minute, which includes Hyuna, most recently known as one of the "sexy ladies" guest starring alongside PSY in his "Gangnam Style" hit video that has an amassed over 150 million views this summer on YouTube. KCON takes place on October 13 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. with tickets available for an affordable $40...More

Like Sulli, Krystal to star in a drama

Source | 2012/09/12 | Permalink

MNet music drama "Monstar"

F(x) member Krystal is challenging herself to a leading role in a drama...More

CJ E&M's enewsWorld to Hold Special Giveaway for 1 Year Anniversary

Source | 2012/09/07 | Permalink

- enewsWorld to release special edition articles looking back at the k-pop industry the past year

- enewsWorld thanks readers for their support by holding Reader's Appreciation Month on website

 (Sep 7th, 2012, Seoul, Korea) 'enewsWorld' (, a global entertainment news service affiliated with Korea's No.1 entertainment & media company, CJ E&M, is celebrating its one year anniversary on September 19...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/09/05 | Permalink

It's Wednesday andyou guessed it, it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear that in addition to the latest celebrity gossip from Hollywood she has a special feature on the fashion scene.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] It's that time of the year again to check out the upcoming fashion trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The event, one of the world's most famous in fashion, is slated to open Thursday with a focus on light-hearted gypsy looks and styles inspired by "The Great Gatsby". Let's take a look.

Say goodbye to your bright, color-blocked clothes and your structured outfits. It's time to go back in time to the Roaring Twenties and try on a prohibition-era attitude. But if that doesn't suit your fancy, there's a more care-free gypsy look, with a touch of pink and lilac make-up...More

Super Junior reigns supreme

Source | 2012/09/05 | Permalink

This is the 11th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu" or Korean wave, which is gaining global popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korean Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.

By Kim Ji-soo, Rachel Lee

Young K-pop fans may have killed for the chance that we've had: to walk backstage on M Countdown, a popular cable television music program.

Stepping inside Thursday, we saw immaculately-styled Sung Min, a member of Super Junior, whiz by us. Then up ahead, in the room with a paper sign showing the group's name on the door, there was Shin Dong having his violet-colored hair styled up, as Si Won stepped out and with a manner worthy of a world star said hello to his interviewers...More

G-Dragon to release 2nd album

Source | 2012/09/04 | Permalink

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

KCON Bringing Some Of K-pop's Hottest Young Stars To The U.s. As Part Of Major Convention And Concert Celebrating All Things Hallyu

Source | 2012/08/24 | Permalink

Korean Wave to Make a Splash on the West Coast, with 4 Minute and VIXX Already Confirmed to Perform
Tickets on Sale Today 9pm PST Starting at $40 on Livenation - Giving Fans Access to Music, Panels, Workshops and More
KCON, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Asia including K-pop music, Korean dramas (K-dramas) and movies, announced today the initial line-up for the star-studded concert scheduled to cap off the full day convention. 4Minute and VIXX are already confirmed with more acts to be announced in the coming days. Hyuna, from the 5 member girl group 4Minute, recently guest starred alongside PSY in his viral hit "Gangnam Style" videos, which have an amassed over 65 million hits this summer on YouTube. Tickets, starting as low as $40, go on sale today at 9 p.m. PST...More

Classical Concerts

Source | 2012/08/18 | Permalink

Classical Concerts

Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio Tour 2012 Japan & Korea
Sejong Center
Dec. 9

Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, based in Tokyo and New York, will tour Japan and Korea with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. Sakamoto's album "1996", which is to be performed, includes songs many are aware of, such as, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", "R ain" and "The Last Emperor". Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/08/13 | Permalink

It's the start of a fresh new week and of course, our Michelle Kim here with us to give us the updates on the latest events we can attend. Today, she has two movies and a K-pop exhibition for us to enjoy.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today

[Reporter : ] Two Korean comedies hit theaters last Wednesday...More

At Last, a Convention for Hallyu Fans

Source | 2012/08/10 | Permalink

Star-Studded K-pop Concert to Headline All-Day Convention at the Verizon Amphitheater in Anaheim, CA on October 13
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 10, 2012 – Hallyu - also known as the Korean Wave and long relegated to an afterthought at other conventions - finally steps into the spotlight with  KCON, the first-ever large scale convention dedicated to the hottest entertainment coming out of Korea including K-pop, K-drama and Korean movies...More

SISTAR: Unpredictable girls ready to grow up but no too fast

Source | 2012/08/08 | Permalink

By Kwaak Je-yup

As the girls of SISTAR settled down in the sofas of their dressing room backstage at SBS's weekly K-pop show Sunday, it was striking how comfortable they looked, despite the presence of a reporter they had never met before.

First to find her spot, Soyou, 20, asked for her poofy Rilakkuma pillow and kept the Japanese bear character in her arms...More

'Angry Little Asian Girl' to Make TV Premiere October 26 on Mnet

Source | 2012/08/07 | Permalink

Fall Premiere Dates also Announced for YTF (September 12), Danny from LA (September 13) and Kollaboration (October 18), Rounding Out New Original Series Line-Up

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 7, 2012 – Mnet (, the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. inspired by Asian pop culture, has announced premiere dates for four new original series in the hottest line-up of original shows for Asian Americans and fans of Asian entertainment.

Angry Little Asian Girl, is an animated series based on Lela Lee's "Angry Little Girls" series of comics, books, t-shirts, bags, and other products with a rabid cult following. ALAG will premiere October 26 and some episodes will feature special guest star Margaret Cho as Kim's mother...More

Two amazing new shows are premiering on Mnet this month

2012/08/07 | Permalink

One might even be the best show you'll ever see. Straight from Seoul, the heart of K-pop, comes the highly hilarious and always entertaining K-pop news and culture show, Jjang premiering this Friday, August 10 at 7pm ET/PT. From interviews with the hottest idols to the juiciest gossip, your host, Jake Patchett, has it all in this one stop shop for everything K-pop. Check out the official promo for Jjang below...More

B.A.P destroys 50,000 album jackets

2012/07/20 | Permalink

B.A.P has postponed the release of its first EP, aptly titled "No Mercy", because the band was unhappy with the album jacket.

As a result, 50,000 jackets were destroyed...More

CNBLUE to hold arena tour in Japan

Source | 2012/07/19 | Permalink


Korean rock band CNBLUE will undertake an arena tour of Japan in October. The four-member group is to give nine performances in six cities including Niigata, Osaka, Hiroshima and Saitama.

According to their agency FNC Entertainment on Wednesday, the tour is to start at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 21. Some 100,000 are expected to attend the concerts...More

BoA, queen of K-pop, returns with new album

Source | 2012/07/17 | Permalink

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

Kollaboration Los Angeles

Source | 2012/07/12 | Permalink

Kollaboration Los Angeles, the first ever Asian American non-profit talent competition, supporting the hottest up-and-coming local entertainment acts all competing for the $1,000 first place prize. 

Comparable to "America's Got Talent" + "So You Think You Can Dance, Kollaboration is part of a country-wide network of talent shows that started 12 years ago and now has expanded to 15 shows in 14 cities...More

Shinhwa press conference to be broadcast live online

Source | 2012/07/11 | Permalink

Popular K-pop group 'Shinhwa' will hold a news conference in Seoul next month to publicize their comeback after a four-year hiatus during a live online broadcast for the group's fans all over the world, the group's entertainment agency said Friday...More

Kim Hyun-joong releases single 'Heat' in Japan

Source | 2012/07/04 | Permalink

Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong meets and greets fans at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday to celebrate the release of his second single "Heat".

By Rachel Lee

Singer Kim Hyun-joong, a former member of boy band SS501, released his second single in Japan on Wednesday titled "Heat".

His agency, Keyeast, said that the new single, also featuring the tracks "Let's Party", ranked first in daily sales for Japan's Tower Records as of Tuesday due to pre-orders. With this song, the 26-year-old artist has tried to promote a more masculine image...More

Super Junior eyes becoming beloved idol group

Source | 2012/07/04 | Permalink

Korea's pop group Super Junior said during a comeback news conference on Tuesday that they want to become a nationally beloved idol group that is even supported by elderly citizens.

Once nicknamed the "president of hallyu" for its popularity both among local and overseas fans, the boy band has made a comeback with their first album in about a year.

Hallyu, meaning the Korean wave, refers to the boom of Korean pop culture in other Asian and Western countries.

Their sixth album "Sexy, Free & Single" is set to be released to the local market on Wednesday...More

[Press Release] CJ E&M to Rebuild Global

Source | 2012/07/02 | Permalink

(July 2, 2012, Seoul, Korea) CJ E&M's Smart Media Division announced on July 2 that it would be completely restructuring its K-Pop site 'Global' (

The new site aims to provide galleries of information grouped by individual artist and also strengthen communication among the site's users. CJ E&M found that global K-Pop fans usually view content based on his/her preferred artist, and rebuilt the main page of Global to reflect this trend. Users will not only be able to view news, photos and videos on the individual artists, but also see the celebrity's tweets in their separate sections...More

Today's Photo: June 29, 2012

Source | 2012/06/29 | Permalink

Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, attend the Mnet 20's Choice Awards at a hotel in Seoul on Thursday...More

[Video] CJ ENTERTAINMENT Hits the Catwalk with Runway Cop

2012/06/22 | Permalink

CJ Entertainment launches the hilarious comedy about fashion, "Runway Cop", for a limited engagement at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 29, 2012. The film is Director Shin Terra's second action comedy flick, following his 2009 hit, "My Girlfriend is an Agent".
He's about the get the biggest makeover of his life.
Detective Cha has a belly about to burst and unbelievably bad hygiene. He's no model, but Cha's only interest is to get the bad guys, no matter what it takes. Then comes the mission to infiltrate drug deals taking place in the fashion industry, and he is assigned the impossible: transform into a runway model… in 2 weeks! With the pressure on, Detective Cha is about to undergo the biggest makeover of his life...More

CJ Entertainment America to release Korean Movie on DVDs and Blu-rays in the USA

2012/06/08 | Permalink

If the last time you checked, Korean filmmaking was all about horror ... It may be time to check again! While pan-Asian filmmakers still know how to produce a superior scarefest (and do!), American movie-goers – and critics – are also taking note of the regions' dramas, romantic fare, comedies and music.

G&A is now working with CJ Entertainment America, the U.S. arm of Asia's premier entertainment company and Korea's #1 filmmaker and distributor, CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M). Since 1995, CJ E&M has provided original, award-winning content; is a prominent investor in entertainment co-ventures with such U.S. companies as 1492 Pictures, DreamWorks and IMAX; and has been a key force in popularizing Korean and Pan-Asian cinema around the world...More

Juniel tries to make girl rock mark on K-pop scene

Source | 2012/06/08 | Permalink


Can a teen girl rocker make a dent on the music scene dominated by dance pop troupes? Nineteen-year-old Juniel thinks so.

"I have my own identity, my own style, my own voice", she told a room full of reporters at her debut showcase Thursday in Seoul. "I don't' have to compete with girl groups"....More


Source | 2012/05/31 | Permalink

Los Angeles auditions to take place on June 9; New York auditions June 10

Season Four will air LIVE on Mnet America for the first time

NEW YORK – May 30, 2012  Mnet (, the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, has announced the ultra popular singing competition show, SUPERSTAR K (SSK)will again hold auditions in America for their upcoming fourth season. The show will scour the earth for the best talent to bring back to Korea to compete for the chance to win 500,000,000 Korean Won or approximately 500,000 US Dollars along with an opportunity to perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and many more prizes...More

Who are 4minute?

Source | 2012/05/30 | Permalink

Members of Korean girl group 4minute pose in a promotional photo. The "little girl" concept is seemingly out of character for the three-year-old act most associated with thumping beats, athletic choreography and provocative costumes. / Courtesy of Cube Entertainment

By Rachel Lee

With their bouncy, boisterous character, 4minute are known to us for hits such as "Hot Issue", and "Heart to Heart". The five-member K-pop girl group were formed by Cube Entertainment in 2009...More

Juniel's debut single 'Stupid' ranks second in Korea

Source | 2012/05/25 | Permalink

By Rachel Lee

New female artist Juniel has made a promising start with the recent release as duet "Stupid", is ranked second on various music charts, FNC Entertainment said Tuesday.

The up-and-coming singer released the single Tuesday, along with a music video, performing with Jung Yong-hwa from Korean rock band CNBLUE, who wrote and composed the song...More

CJ E&M Launches Global Hallyu News App 'KPOP News'

Source | 2012/05/22 | Permalink

'enewsWorld' (, CJ E&M (CEO Kim Seong Su)'s hallyu entertainment news service, has revealed on May 21 that it will launch the 'KPOP News' mobile application (iOS and Android).
It is expected that the 'KPOP News' app, CJ E&M's first-ever English hallyu news service, will receive positive responses from hallyu fans all over the world through its differentiated content and English language service.
The 'KPOP News' app provides fans with the latest hallyu news about K-Pop, Korean dramas and movies, along with celebrity interviews. It also allows users to view photos and multimedia clips as well...More

K-Pop Expands the Hallyu Wave: SHINee, Wonder Girls, SNSD, 2PM Captivate World

Source | 2012/05/17 | Permalink

Girls' Generation (SNSD)

SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.

South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More

College student claims 'The Voice of Korea' throne

Source | 2012/05/14 | Permalink

By Kwaak Je-yup

Son Seung-yeon, an 18-year-old music student, beat out her competitors to win the first season of the cable TV audition show, "The Voice of Korea", Friday.

With the first-place finish on the Mnet program, she received 100 million won (approximately $87,000) in prize money, additional 200 million to record and release a debut album, a Nissan Cube and a chance to study music abroad with her vocal coach in the program and one of Korea's legendary singers Shin Seung-hun...More

Global Launching K-Drama Free Service (US Only)

Source | 2012/05/11 | Permalink

Finally, American viewers are allowed to watch K-Drama contents for free on Global from May 10th.

CJ E&M (CEO Kim SungSoo) Smart Media Division announced that they will provide service on Global, by establishing a technical collaboration with American online streaming company Hulu.

Global is ready to strengthen their positioning as the representative K-Wave website with K-POP and K-DRAMA contents. K-DRAMA will be serviced for free through Hulu's platform on Global

1 Million Wannabes Apply for 'Superstar K4'

Source | 2012/05/09 | Permalink

People wait to apply for "Superstar K4" in Busan. /Courtesy of Mnet

More than 1 million people had applied for Mnet's reality TV show "Superstar K4" on Monday. That translates into an average of 17,000 people per day or 709 per hour since applications opened on March 8...More

Tune-in: Wu Tang Clans' RZA, and Streetwear icon Jeff Staples on BPM Wednesday at 9pm ET/PT

Source | 2012/05/08 | Permalink

Tune in to MNET this Wednesday at 9pm ET/PT to catch the exciting episode four of Beats Per MNET (BPM) featuring the legendary artist RZA from Wu Tan Clan, streetwear icon Jeff Staples, Toronto's new buzzing duo Airplane Boys and more!

In this episode, the hosts introduce the up-and-coming rap duo from Toronto - Airplane Boys. The Airplane Boys have opened for top acts, including Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Big Sean, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar. They've also rocked large stages on their own, most recently at Coachella 2012...More

Tune into MNET this Wednesday 5/2 at 9pm ET/PT to catch the exciting episode three of Beats Per MNET (BPM).

Source | 2012/05/01 | Permalink

In this episode, BPM's very own TK Nguyen takes you to the premier street/board tradeshow Agenda and gives you sneak peeks of what's coming for the top brands such as Diamond, Primitive (P. Rod) Crooks and Castles, Orisue and more...More

Taetiseo's 'Twinkle' Soars Up Charts as Girls' Generation Branches Out

Source | 2012/05/01 | Permalink

Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, on Monday released the music video for "Twinkle", the title track of their first mini-album. The group, comprising Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, will perform for the first time on cable music channel Mnet on May 3.

Earlier last Friday, the group revealed teaser images of Taeyeon on YouTube, followed by clips of the other two members -- which garnered 11.47 million total hits as of Monday...More

Beats Per MNET (BPM) season two

Source | 2012/04/17 | Permalink

Weekly Series Highlights the Hottest Trends in Asian Pop Entertainment, from the Latest Music to Food, Fashion and Art

Mnet, the leading U.S. television network for Asian Americans and fans of Asian pop culture, launches season two of Beats Per Mnet (BPM) on April 18 with a new look, new hosts Jelynn Sophia and TK Nguyen and new production partners, Cashmere Agency (MTV's (Volcano High, Dogg After Dark and Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood on E!). The series, airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, continues to guide viewers to what's hot in Asian pop entertainment, from the latest music to food, fashion and art...More

Busker Busker To Perform In Japan

Source | 2012/04/12 | Permalink

Runner-ups in the Super Star K 3, Busker Busker will be performing in Japan!

According to Mnet on April 10th, Busker Busker will be holding their first performance in Japan in Saitama by participating in the M! Countdown Haro Japan event...More

2PM, 2AM to film documentary in Japan

Source | 2012/04/11 | Permalink

Members of 2PM and 2AM (Courtesy of JYP Entertainment)

K-pop groups 2PM and 2AM will film a documentary on their concerts in Japan, which will hit theaters in June...More

Stylists' death halts MIB's comeback

Source | 2012/04/05 | Permalink

By Kwaak Je-yup

MIB, a hip-hop group, have cancelled all engagements to mourn the unexpected death of their stylists.

The victims, identified only with their last names Song and Jin in accordance with the press law, died in a fire Thursday at around 4 a.m. in their apartment in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul. A third individual, Kim, living in the same premises incurred severe injuries and has been under treatment since...More

'Superstar K' returns with fourth season

Source | 2012/03/28 | Permalink

The crew of "Superstar K4", from left, Kim Ki-woong , Lee Seung-chul, Psy, and Kim Tae-eun-I pose at a press conference Wednesday. / Courtesy of CJ E&M

Survival audition program "Superstar K" will launch its fourth season in August...More

PSY To Take Over For Yoon Jong-shin As Super Star K 4 Judge

Source | 2012/03/27 | Permalink

Singer PSY will be filling in some big shoes.

According to an entertainment industry official on March 27th, Psy will be taking over the judge position left behind by Yoon Jong-shin for season 4 of Super Star K. He will be working alongside Lee Seung-cheol, who's back on board after the previous seasons...More

Korean-American kids grow curious about Korea

Source | 2012/03/26 | Permalink

NEW YORK -- Maybe it's the way Eric Nam rocked the stage on MBC's "Star Audition: The Great Birth", or how John Park from Mnet's "Superstar K" debuted with a bang, but Korean-American teens are starting to see their mother country under a whole new light.

To many second-generation adolescents, Korea used to be a far-away land laden with uptight rules and tradition...More

Han Ga-in is surprised at husband's appearance on stage

Source | 2012/03/21 | Permalink

Mnet "Wide Entertainment News" reported the press release scene of movie "Architecture 101" on the 13th. Yeon Jung-hoon attended this event to support his wife Han Ga-in who is returning with a movie for the first time in 7 years...More to spin at Club Answer

Source | 2012/02/27 | Permalink, 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 " 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

Source | 2012/02/24 | Permalink

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

Ahn So-hee of Wonder Girls

Source | 2012/02/23 | Permalink

Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007...More

'Music Island' to push limits of K-pop

Source | 2012/02/15 | Permalink

Sunny from Girls' Generation, center in front row, talks with IU, on her left, at the filming of the first episode of "Music Island" Wednesday. Other guests on the show included Sunny Hill, Rainbow and B.A.P. (Courtesy of SBS Contents)

JEJU - With Sunny from Girls' Generation as host on a stage on Jeju Island, "Music Island", an upcoming K-pop program, has many grandiose objectives. One is to "prove that K-pop idols can sing", said Kim Chang-woo, the SBS MTV director in charge of the new show...More

Drama made to promote struggling singers

Source | 2012/01/30 | Permalink

Acting is a serious endeavor that doesn't just come with good looks. It definitely isn't a default occupation for those who didn't make it as singers. Yet producers of "Shut Up: Flower Boy Band", a new drama on tvN about rebellious rock star wannabes, seem to think otherwise.

The 16-episode series that starts airing at 11 p.m. today tells the story of six middle school students who form a rock band called "Ahn-gu-jeong-wha", which translates to eye candy...More

C-REAL takes over world of girl groups

Source | 2012/01/17 | Permalink

Girl group C-REAL members from left, Ann J, Lenny, Chemi, Re Dee, and Effie pose at their studio in Dogok-dong, southern Seoul. / Korea Times photo by Noh Hyun-gi

By Noh Hyun-gi

Stepping into the K-pop scene dominated by big names like Girls' Generation and 2NE1 would be a tough decision for anyone. But five members of bubbly girl group C-REAL, Chemi, Re Dee, Effie, Ann J and Lenny, make it sound so matter-of-fact...More

Rookie Girl Band A Pink Have Big Hopes for 2012

Source | 2012/01/05 | Permalink

Seven-member girl group A Pink, though still only eight months into their career, are already making a splash. Eldest member Park Cho-rong, 21, and youngest Oh Hah-yeong, 16, are five years apart. They started enjoying some success with their debut single in April last year, and won the Best New Female Artist award at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Since November 2011 when they released their second single, they have been frequently appearing on TV shows...More

Lee Seung-chul in Duet with 'Superstar K' Finalist

Source | 2011/12/16 | Permalink

Lee Seung-chul, a singer and judge on Mnet reality TV show "Superstar K3", asked Korean-American contestant Christina Love Lee after a performance on one episode of the show to sing a duet with him, and the result is the single "I Believe", to be released next Monday...More

VCR1 K-Celebrities

Source | 2011/12/09 | Permalink

Now We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!

Can it be true[Interview : Uhm Tae-woong, Actor] "I uploaded that wedding photo. We took it on the set of our movie, and we looked really great together, as the movie intended".

It turned out that the photo was taken as part of filming for the upcoming movie "Never Ending Story". In the movie, Uhm Tae-woong and Jung Ryeo-won will play a dying couple...More

Seo In-young's tummy fat?

Source | 2011/12/08 | Permalink

The live "MNet Countdown" was held on December 8th at CJ E&M in Seoul.

T-ara took first place on this day with "Cry Cry"...More

Shin Ji-soo exclaims, "Kim Ha-neul is a beauty"

Source | 2011/12/01 | Permalink

Shin Ji-soo, from Mnet's "Superstar K3", admired actress Kim Ha-neul's beauty.

She posted a picture with her on her Twitter on December 1st saying, "She was very beautiful"...More

Lee Seung-gi "Lonely without Kang Ho-dong"

Source | 2011/11/30 | Permalink

Singer Lee Seung-gi missed the entertainer Kang Ho-dong who has gone temporarily off television.

Lee Seun-ki appeared in the cable TV Mnet "MIC" on the 27th...More

K-Pop Singers Lauded at MAMA Awards in Singapore

Source | 2011/11/30 | Permalink

Girls' Generation perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. /Courtesy of CJ E&M

Korea's pop singers captivated Singapore on Tuesday at this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards held in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday evening (local time).

MAMA is hosted by cable channel Mnet, and the recipients of the awards are chosen based on the votes of fans around the world, as well as input from a panel of experts...More

2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards - Results & Photos

2011/11/29 | Permalink

Girls' Generation & 2NE1

The 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) were held on the evening of November 29 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Super Junior was the big winner of the night, and among those attending or performing were 2NE1, IU, and Girls' Generation...More

Kim Hyun-joong comes back with a new drama

Source | 2011/11/29 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong hinted that he is going to be coming back with a drama.

A welcome meeting for the artists attending the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2011 MAMA) at Singapore Indoor Stadium took place at 10AM on the November 29th. Numbers of reporters and members of press showed up to hear what the artists had to say...More

[Pictures on Site] "From no make-up to shorts" female stars

Source | 2011/11/27 | Permalink

"Beauty star is here"

Those actresses leaving the country on the morning of the 28th to attend the "2011 MNet Asian Music Awards", did so with unique styles of their own. ...More

Winners of 2011 Melon Music Awards

Source | 2011/11/25 | Permalink

The 2011 Melon Music Awards took place on November 24th at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium, awarding some of the hottest acts in k-pop.

After its first run in 2009, the MMA has established itself as one of the biggest music award ceremonies in the country, up in the ranks of the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards. Winners are determined through a calculation of 80% digital sales and 20% online votes...More

Lee Byung-hun Awarded Presidential Award

Source | 2011/11/22 | Permalink

After spending the past five months in New Orleans of the the United States shooting for the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2", Lee Byung-hun finally returned home on November 21st.

As soon as Lee touched Korean soil, he was busy as the recipient of the Presidential Award for advancing Korean pop culture and arts...More

[Interview] "Penny Pinchers" Shin So-yul on a scooter

Source | 2011/11/20 | Permalink

"I caused the accident due to my clumsy driving, it must've hurt..."

She has gentle eyes and a never fading smile on her lips. She answers all questions with a bold voice one by one. She is Shin So-yul from the movie "Penny Pinchers" and the SBS drama "Deep-rooted Tree". She seemed more feminine with her hair down and forehead showing...More

T-ara Will Not Attend Year-End's Award Ceremony

Source | 2011/11/14 | Permalink

The girl group T-ara will not attend various awards ceremony that will be held at the end of this year. Their agency, Core Content Media, said on November 10, "T-ara will not be able to attend awards ceremonies for singing groups such as 'Melon Music Awards', 'Mnet Asia Music Award', and 'Golden Disc Award' that will be held one by one starting from the end of this month. T-ara has been requested to attend those events, but they cannot find time from their tight schedule as they will make a comeback to the Korean music industry while simultaneously holding activities in Japan, and they also plan to visit Asian countries such as China and Taiwan"....More

Ulala Session takes 'Superstar K3'

Source | 2011/11/14 | Permalink

The audience watched with trembling excitement and anticipation early Saturday - around 1 a.m. - as Ulala Session was announced the winner of Mnet's "Superstar K3" in Jamsil Gymnasium, southern Seoul.

After months of battling other talented artists, the four-member band earned 500 million won in cash and a chance to perform at the Mnet Asia Music Awards in Singapore on Nov. 29. The band will also release a single and a music video for "With You", the song they performed on the final stage...More

[Photo N] Yoo Ah-in 'hiding behind Park Han-byeol"

Source | 2011/11/11 | Permalink

Ooh La La Sensation has been selected as the final winner of the MNet "Super Star K 3" finals that was held on the 11th of November in Seoul.

The TOP 2 finalists Ooh La La Sensation (Kim Myeong-hoon, Park Seung-il, Im Yoon-taek, Park Kwang-sun) and Busker Busker (Jang Beom-joon, Brad, Kim Hyung-tae) performed twice each this day....More

Who will take Mnet's Superstar K3?

Source | 2011/11/10 | Permalink

Will it be Busker Busker or Ulala Session?

This Friday, Mnet's "Superstar K3" will decide along with fans which group will win.

With a new rule change this season, groups were allowed to enter the contest, and changed the dynamics of the popular audition show. The competition was fiercer than ever where the fans have enjoyed three months of dynamic and inspiring performances, and it's the groups that are the two finalists...More

Wonder Girls back with 'Wonder World'

Source | 2011/11/08 | Permalink

Wonder Girls is back in Korea with its long anticipated official 2nd album "Wonder World".

The band's fans have been waiting for this comeback for over a year. In June 2009, the band suddenly embarked on a promotional tour of the American music scene after enjoying an immense success with the hit song "Nobody". The band released a mini album "2 Different Tears" in May 2010 and stayed in Korea for about 15 days, but since then the girls spent most of their time in the United States...More

The late Jang Jin-yeong's husband, "Get well soon Im Yoon-taek"

Source | 2011/10/30 | Permalink

"I hope for Im Yoon-taek's quick recovery".

The late Jang Jin-yeong's husband, Kim Yeong-gyoon, posted a cheering message for Ooh Lala Sensation, who made the song honoring his wife...More

INFINITE - New Hallyu Idols

Source | 2011/10/29 | Permalink

Lot and lot of new groups are being called "new Hallyu" or "the future of Hallyu", but only time will tell which ones can actually make it. I was hesitant to write about any of them, not too sure if I write about a craze that will not live long. But the group I am going to introduce today has few distinctive traits that set them apart from others. This may become their undoing, but at the same time this may be their strongest asset.

The group consists of 7 members: Kim Seonggyu, Jang Dongwu, Nam Wuhyeon, Lee Howon (Lee Ho-won), Lee Seongyeol, Kim Myeongsu (Kim Myung-soo), and Lee Seongjong. They are managed by Woollim Entertainment, the same label of Epic High and Nell. Yes, I guess, that would be the first trait that sets them apart. Neither of those groups is typical Kpop, although Epic High is highly (nomen-omen) popular...More

CJ films to stream on Netflix

Source | 2011/10/22 | Permalink

By KOFIC Staff

Major Korean entertainment company CJ E&M has announced a deal to stream 20 of its films on Netflix, leading internet subscription service for films and TV shows. Netflix members in the US will be able to watch these CJ films on multiple platforms including televisions, computer, tablets, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.

"CJ E&M is delighted to make our movies available through Netflix for the first time", said Joon CHOI, CEO of CJ E&M America. "Netflix has been a revolutionary force in entertainment, whose members have long enjoyed unparalleled access to a rich selection of films. This deal brings movie lovers iconic films from Asia's top entertainment company"...More

MTV Puts Yoon Mi-rae on List of World's Top Female Rappers

Source | 2011/10/05 | Permalink

Yoon Mi-rae has been included on the list of the world's top 12 female rappers by TV show MTV Iggy. Yoon joins names such as Mexican rapper Nina Dioz, Muthoni The Drummer Queen from Kenya and Ana Tijoux from Chile on the coveted list.

MTV praised her as the "reigning queen of Korean hip hop". Yoon was born in the United States and possesses a soulful voice that adds natural melody to her rapping...More

'Superstar K' Winner to Debut in Star-Filled TV Soap

Source | 2011/09/22 | Permalink

Seo In-guk, who won the inaugural season of the "Superstar K" audition show on cable channel MNet, will make his acting debut on an upcoming soap opera tentatively titled "Love Rain".

Seo's singing and guitar skills gave him a strong edge during casting for the show...More

'Superstar K3' under fire for distorting truth

Source | 2011/09/20 | Permalink

Mnet's "Superstar K3", under fire for questionable editing methods, apologized to viewers Tuesday.

"We thank you for the interest and advice that you have shown for 'Superstar K3'," the producers of the popular audition program said on its website. "We apologize once again to the audience for the recent episode concerning Yeri Band".

Unlike other talent shows that focus on celebrity judges, "Superstar K3" has concentrated on depicting contestants' offstage personas and events. As entrants have increasingly complained that the cable program grossly distorted the truth, makers went on to reveal unedited clips...More

Davichi takes crown on Mnet's singles chart with new song

Source | 2011/09/06 | Permalink

Korean female duo Davichi was named the new winners on Mnet's singles chart with their new song.

"Don't Say Goodbye", the title track from their third mini-album "Love Delight", made its debut atop the singles chart during the week of August 29 to September 4...More

'Superstar K3' returns with diverse music

Source | 2011/08/16 | Permalink

Judges for "Superstar K3", from left, Kim Yong-beom, Lee Seung-chul, Yoon Mi-rae and Yoon Jong-shin, pose for the camera at a press conference in Sangam-dong, Seoul last week. / Yonhap

By Kwon Mee-yoo

Mnet's "Superstar K" is the program that ignited the talent show boom in Korea. It has returned for a third season, with new judges, more contestants and improved rules embracing more diversity.

The first segment that aired Friday immediately became the talk of the town. Ten-year-old girl Son Ye-rim, Choi Yeong-tae who sang his own songs and Yeri Band passed the regional preliminary round in Busan under much attention...More

K-pop auditions to hunt for S.East Asian talent

Source | 2011/07/25 | Permalink

By Kim Rahn

International K-pop auditions will take place for aspiring stars in Southeast Asia, granting a chance to make their dream of becoming another Nichkhun of 2PM and Victoria of f(x) come true.

Fox International Channels, Cube Entertainment and CJ E&M will jointly produce "K-Pop Star Hunt" during the second half of this year, with Seoul City supporting the shooting of the program in Korea, according to the city government, Sunday.

The audit...More

Kim Hyun-joong wraps up "Break Down" in Korea

Source | 2011/07/24 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong will wrap up his activities for his second mini album in Korea on the 24th.

Kim came back in June and had been active with his mini album, taking off the soft guy image and going through a transformation....More

The Most Popular Song At Korean Norae Bangs?

Source | 2011/07/22 | Permalink

The "barefoot diva" as she's called in Korea, has charmed all of Korea with her song "I Have a Lover".

According to cable channel Mnet on "Yoon Do-hyun's Must" this past July 19th, the song Koreans most want to sing when they have a mic in their hands is Lee's "I Have a Lover". "Yoon Do-hyun's Must" is a show that falls under a different theme every week to introduce 100 songs to the viewers...More

Cha Seung-won "Yoo Jae-suk is a very skilled MC"

Source | 2011/07/11 | Permalink

Cha Seung-won was invited to MBC FM4U "A Date with Yoon Do-hyun" on the 11th as a special guest.

Cha Seung-won once lead the SBS TV program " Family " and he said, "Yoo Jae-suk was running late but the recording started and it was a disaster"....More

Today's Photo: July 8, 2011

Source | 2011/07/08 | Permalink

Girl band f(x) perform at the 2011 Mnet 20's Choice awards in Seoul on Thursday...More

Cha Seung-won 20's Choice 'Hottest Six Pack'

Source | 2011/07/07 | Permalink

Actor Cha Seung-won (41) has been chosen as the best body beating younger actors in their 20's.

The Mnet 20's Choice Awards was held on the 7th at the Walker Hill Hotel outdoor poolside River Park. In the falling rain, many stars made appearances and heated up the atmosphere....More

Kim Hyun-joong takes shirt off in the rain (Mnet 20's Choice)

Source | 2011/07/07 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong took off his shirt along with his performance.

Hosted by Song Joong-ki, the 5th Mnet 20's Choice was held in the Sheraton Grand Walker Hill River Park Poolside on the 7th of July at 6PM....More

Best Selling Albums For 1st Half Of 2011

Source | 2011/07/07 | Permalink

Duo TVXQ has clinched the spot as the best album sellers for the first half of 2011.

According to a list of the best selling albums compiled by some of the major music charts -- Melon, Mnet, and Dosirak -- on July 7th, TVXQ's 5th album "Keep Your Head Down" sold 230,922 copies from January 1st to June 30th. This makes them the highest selling act in k-pop for the earlier half of 2011...More

Audition Fever Grips Korean Society

Source | 2011/07/04 | Permalink

A total of 80,000 people gathered at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Saturday and Sunday to compete in the second regional preliminary round of the talent search program "Superstar K" on cable TV music channel Mnet.

Traffic along the boulevard in front of the stadium matched the level of peak rush hours on a week day as the auditions ran all day from 11 a.m. past 9 p.m. at 27 booths. Those who took part had already passed a preliminary round conducted over the phone with a success rate of 10:1...More

"High Kick 3" Julien Kang is the only survivor

Source | 2011/06/28 | Permalink

Producer Kim Byung-wook's "High Kick 3, The Short Legs Counterattack" has people interested in the new cast.

Green Snake media will release the official cast list on the 29th through Facebook and Twitter. Before this the already known casts are Yoon Kye-sang, Park Ha-sun, Seo Ji-suk, Lee Jong-suk, Kang Seung-yoon, Julien Kang, Baek Jin-hee, Crystal, Park Ji-seon and more....More

'Superstar K' to hold auditions overseas

Source | 2011/05/17 | Permalink

Aspiring singers take part in an open auditon for 'Superstar K 3' in Daegu on May 5. / Courtesy of Mnet

By Lee Hyo-won

"Superstar K" will hold auditions in Japan, China and the United States this summer to select contestants for the third season of the talent show, Mnet said Tuesday.

The popular cable show modeled after "American Idol" will hold sessions in Tokyo, Sendai and Osaka, as well as Beijing and New York in June. Auditions for local talent are currently being held in eight locations around Korea...More

Korean Music - Reporting From Abroad

Source | 2011/04/01 | Permalink

By: Mark Russell

Apollo 18 being interviewed during SXSW

As I mentioned a few months ago, 2011 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for Korean indie music. Although not as famous as K-pop, and not receiving the institutional support that traditional music does, Korean rock music is one of the most dynamic and interesting parts of Korean culture (in my humble opinion). And at last, some of the best bands from Korea are getting recognition from abroad...More

2NE1 Rises to International Fame in Music – and also in fashion!

Source | 2011/03/16 | Permalink

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

"Dream High" Kim Soo-hyun, surprise performance in "Mnet Countdown"

Source | 2011/03/15 | Permalink

'Kim Soo-hyun debuts singer?'

Actor Kim Soo-hyun from KBS 2TV drama "Dream High" made his dream come tre in real life as well. He is personally singing in a music program....More

Cable Reality Show Flooded with Applications

Source | 2011/03/14 | Permalink

Cable channel Mnet's audition reality TV show "Superstar K3" has attracted over 180,000 applications in just four days. According to Mnet, 182,000 people had applied for the audition as of Sunday...More

Korean Television Big on Reality

Source | 2011/02/25 | Permalink

As pointed out by The Wall Street Journal's Korea RealTime blog, Korean television networks have jumped on the reality TV bandwagon "with gusto".

"Superstar K2", a Korean version of "American Idol", found great success on Mnet Korea, a cable music channel. And now network MBC has started broadcasting "Star Audition", another singing competition with applications also submitted via Internet as well as at auditions as far afield as the U.S., China and Japan...More

Big Bang Makes Explosive Comeback

Source | 2011/02/24 | Permalink

They don't call themselves Big Bang for nothing.

The populary five-membered idol group exploded back onto the music scene with a bang on February 24th. it's been two years and three months since their last official release as a group. The newly released mini-album consists of six songs. All six of which are currently taking up the number one to six spots on all the major online music charts in Korea : Melon Chart, Dosirak, Cyworld, Mnet, Bugs, and Soribada.

On Melon Charts, the group's title track "Tonight" is currently at number one followed by "What Is Right", "Somebody To Love", "Hands Up...More

Super Junior, miss A Albums Top Sellers in 2010

Source | 2011/02/12 | Permalink

Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug (center) poses with Bang Geuk-gyun (fourth from left), chairman of the Korea Music Content Industry Association, singer G.NA (third from left) and K-pop group Super Junior after the Gaon Chart award ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald)

Boy band Super Junior's latest album "Miinah (Bonamana)" ranked No. 1 among Korean pop albums sold during 2010, the Korea Music Content Association announced earlier this week...More

Hyun Bin, first place in 8 music sites for the fifth day...long run?

Source | 2011/01/11 | Permalink

Actor Hyun Bin is leading first place in 8 music charts with the OST "The Man" for "Secret Garden".

The song, which was released on the 7th came first right away and five days later today is still the leading number one song. Melon, Dosirak, Bugs, MNet, Naver, Daum, Cyworld and Soribada all have "The Man" as their top ranking song. Only Monkey 3, which wasn't supplied with the song has "Shy Boy" as their top song....More

GD and T.O.P emerges atop Mnet music channel

Source | 2011/01/07 | Permalink

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

Korean TV: The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K

Source | 2011/01/06 | Permalink

The Korean version of American Idol, Superstar K, was a hot issue in 2010 in Korea. Superstar K first started in 2009 summer on cable music TV channel Mnet. It had a highest viewer rating (8.47%) for a cable channel as of then. However, in 2010, the second season of Superstar K broke that rank and made a new highest viewer rating with 14.5%. It was aired only from July till October but the whole process took about seven months. Among 1,340,830 applicants, the final 11 people were selected to be aired on TV...More

Idol Groups to Have Showdowns in New Year

Source | 2011/01/05 | Permalink

Group TVXQ

Open year-round

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

[REVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" - 1st Episode

Source | 2011/01/04 | Permalink

KBS series "Dream High" [KBS]

KBS2 Monday & Tuesday 9:55 p.m.

KBS drama "Dream High" takes off at seven years from now, with singer "K", a graduate of Kirin Art School, appearing at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Chung Ha-myung (Bae Yong-joon), the director of Kirin High, reminisces on how all he did was strike a "break shot" (the first shot in billiards that scatters the balls). The problem with the first episode of "Dream High" was in those balls. The way Ko Hye-mi (played by Bae Suzy), the so-called genius in vocal music, jeers at popular culture went beyond arrogance to make it seem forced and the scene where Jin-guk (Ok Taecyeon) easily fights off the men who are after Hye-mi, several loan sharks including their boss (Ahn Kil-gang) who are after her father, or the overuse of slow motion was cliche enough to be seen in a scene of an online comic book...More

[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 1

Source | 2011/01/04 | Permalink

G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Not everybody can express their thoughts through music. And not everybody can organize and speak of the result of the thoughts they have gained from making music. But G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) are musicians who can do both. They spoke only of their music throughout our interview with them and talked about the thoughts they injected into their music. Whether you agree with their music or not, we recommend you read this interview to hear what the two have to say about their music. This is what it means for these two young men in their early 20s, regarded as idols stars, to make their own music and present it to people.

10: How does it feel having to work together during Christmas time? (laugh)
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): We feel sorry for each other. (laugh)...More

IU's "Good Day" takes charge of Mnet chart for 4th week

Source | 2011/01/04 | Permalink

Singer IU in music video "Good Day" [Loen Entertainment]

The New Year opened with IU's song "Good Day" on top of Mnet music chart as of December 27 to January 2.

This is the fourth week in a row that "Good Day", the title track to female singer IU's EP album "Real", has topped cable music channel Mnet's weekly singles chart...More

10 moments in culture

Source | 2010/12/29 | Permalink

By Culture Desk 1 Gwanghwamun restored

Gwanghwamun, the main entrance to Gyeongbok Palace and one of Korea's representative symbols, was unveiled on Aug. 15 after more than three years of renovations.

The unveiling came in time for the G20 Seoul Summit inNovember, as well as the 65th anniversary of the country's liberation from colonial Japan in 1945; it thus holds great symbolic importance: built in 1395, the gate was destroyed during a 16th-century Japanese invasion.

Though later reconstructed, its location was shifted during Japanese colonial rule.

Criticism arose over the craftsmanship of the iconic edifice's nameplate as cracks began to form on the surface, and the national heritage administration decided Tuesday to replace it.

2 Cultural relics reclaimed

French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed in November to return ancient royal Korean documents that French troops looted during a 19th-century attack, though on a permanent lease contract that is to be renewed every five years.

The agreement settles an issue that had been pending for 19 years. The books are currently stored at the National Library of France in Paris.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan also agreed to return a collection of 1,205 royal books known as "Uigwe" that were stolen during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

Meanwhile, UNESCO recognized three Korean cultural traditions - "gagok" (lyrical songs), "maesanyang" (falcon hunting), and "daemokjang" (artistry of wooden architecture) - as intangible world treasures in November.

3 Celebrities pass

In 2010, Korea lost spiritual props in Buddhism, fashion and entertainment. Ven. Beop Jeong, one of the most highly revered Buddhist monks in the country, passed away in March. He is noted for his books and essays, sharing lessons he learned from Buddhism.

"Poverty that is made by choice is not poverty at all", he wrote in "Musoyu", one of his most popular books. After his death, his books all sold out at local bookstores.
In August, Korea's top fashion designer Andre Kim departed this life. The pioneer designer was considered an ambassador of Korean fashion to the world. He held numerous fashion shows known for their distinct venues, such as amid the Egyptian Pyramids, and for featuring top actors and actresses such as Kim Hee-sun. Hallyu, or Korean wave, star Park Yong-ha took his own life in June, with fans in Korean and Japan grieving the loss. 4 Girl groups invade Japan

K-pop girl groups like Girls' Generation and Kara had a successful year not only in Korea but also in Japan.

They were both chosen for the top 10 artists by "Music Station" of Japan's Asahi TV and topped the Oricon Char...More

IU's "Good Day" dominates Mnet chart for 3rd week

Source | 2010/12/28 | Permalink

Korean singer IU [Loen Entertainment]

Female singer IU's latest song "Good Day" claimed first place on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the third week in a row during the week of December 20 to 26.

"Good Day", the title track to IU's second EP album "Real", has been sweeping music charts both offline and online music charts since its release early this month...More

IU's "Good Day" comes atop "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/12/24 | Permalink

Cover of IU's 3rd mini-album "Real" [Loen Entertainment]

Songstress IU was named the winner once again on Mnet's music cable channel show "M! CountDown" with her song "Good Day" on Thursday...More

Big Bang G-Dragon poses with BEAST Hyun-seung on "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/12/24 | Permalink

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

Big Bang unit G-Dragon and T.O.P release third title track

Source | 2010/12/24 | Permalink

Big Bang unit G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [YG Entertainment]

Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), who began activities as a duo unit, have revealed the third title track from their new album "GD&TOP" today.

YG Entertainment announced in a press release that their final song "Knockout" was unveiled on numerous online music sites, adding that G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) will simultaneously promote the song and other title tracks "HIGH HIGH" and "OH YEAH" as well...More

BEAST unveils final track from digital album "My Story"

Source | 2010/12/24 | Permalink

Boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]

The final track from boy band BEAST's digital album "My Story" will be unveiled today, announced Cube Entertainment on Friday.

According to Cube, the full version of BEAST's song "Lights Go On Again" will be available on numerous online music sites later on today. The short version of the song was released on the group's fourth mini-album of the same name in early November...More

Girls' Generation voted singer of the year by Gallup Korea

Source | 2010/12/21 | Permalink

Cover of Girls' Generation's mini-album "Hoot" [SM Entertainment]

Popular female idol group Girls' Generation has been voted singer of the year by major survey firm Gallup Korea, making it the second consecutive time the girls have won the recognition.

A press release by the girls' agency SM Entertainment said Tuesday that in a poll asking 3,401 people over the age of 13 to name their favorite singer, Girls' Generation came out the winner after taking 31.5 percent of the votes...More

Female singer IU rules Mnet chart for 2nd week

Source | 2010/12/21 | Permalink

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

Korea's MNet impacts pop culture in U.S.

Source | 2010/12/18 | Permalink

By Daniel Matthews

MNet is coming! Wait... it's actually already here and I do say it's going to be making (or probably already is making) quite the impact on Asian pop culture in the United States. Hailed as the MTV of Korea, MNet already broadcasts to millions of viewers each day who are thirsty for their K-pop, dramas, and entertainment news. MNet is the source for those aching to live vicariously through celebrity fantasies and provides an amazing portal to do just that. As one of the top rated networks in Korea, how will the success translate in the U.S.?...More

2010 MelOn Music Awards - About time to come honest

Source | 2010/12/17 | Permalink

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

Buzzwords of Year 2010 in Pop Culture

Source | 2010/12/17 | Permalink

"My score is..". and "Cha Do Nam" (meaning a cold-hearted chic man of the city)

Many gloomy accidents and incidents including the sinking of corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island had occurred throughout this year in society, but many buzzwords had also been created and greatly loved by people in the popular culture. Popular programs such as "Superstar K - Season 2","High Kick Through The Roof", and "Bread, Love and Dreams" had entered the cradle of buzzwords, and those buzzwords had been talked about for a year by people, in pleasant times as well as times of suffering. But some buzzwords had aroused criticism and could not be kept as buzzwords. For example, the buzzwords created from the KBS comedy program "Gag Concert", saying "I am Dong Hyuk's old brother", which had made viewers feel refreshed, had been criticized by a civic group, who insisted, "the phrase is an inflammatory phrase base on populism"...More

Wonder Girls to perform Hong Kong leg of Asia Tour

Source | 2010/12/15 | Permalink

Korean girl group Wonder Girls performing for their concert in Malaysia. [Mnet Media]

Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls will perform in Hong Kong for the first time this week, taking the stage for the second leg of their Asia Tour.

A press release from their concert's promoter Mnet Media announced on Wednesday that the girls will hold a concert on December 17 and head off to several other countries in Asia including Taiwan and Thailand...More

IU's new album splashes onto weekly Mnet chart

Source | 2010/12/14 | Permalink

Album jacket of IU's EP album "Real" [Loen Entertainment]

Solo songstress IU reigned on cable music channel Mnet's charts last week with her new release.

"Good Day", the title track to her second EP album "Real" released December 9, debuted atop Mnet's weekly singles chart for the week of December 6 to 12...More

[ASIAE EXCLUSIVE] K-pop idols' Wants & Hopes for 2011: BEAST

Source | 2010/12/10 | Permalink

BEAST [Cube Entertainment]

They may have been newcomers to the music scene but the year 2010 has been a busy one for Yoon Doo-joon, Hyun-seung, Jun-hyung, Yo-seop, Dong-woon and Lee Gi-kwang, the six members of boy band BEAST...More

T-ara takes 1st place on comeback stage

Source | 2010/12/10 | Permalink

Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]

Girl group T-ara won the top prize on this week's Mnet music show "M! CountDown" on Thursday.

The girls, who made a comeback to the local music scene for the first time in almost a year, took first place with title track "YAYAYA" from their second mini-album titled "Vol.2 Temptastic" released December 1...More

MBLAQ to hold first live concert in Singapore

Source | 2010/12/03 | Permalink

Boy band MBLAQ [J.Tune Camp]

Five-member boy band MBLAQ will hold their first live concert in Singapore on Saturday.

According to the group's agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday, MBLAQ will take part in the Mnet Ultimate Live in Asia (MULA) Concert where they will perform not only as a group but stage solo performances as well...More

2AM album nabs No. 1 spot on Singapore music chart

Source | 2010/12/01 | Permalink

2AM [10Asia]

Korean idol group 2AM's first full-length album "Saint O'clock" has taken the No.1 spot on a weekly chart in Singapore for two weeks.

Big Hit Entertainment, 2AM's producer and promoter, announced in its press release on Wednesday that the album has been taking the lead on the weekly K-POP/J-POP chart of global record retailer HMV in Singapore from November 14 to 27, as well as the top spot on the same chart for major record store CD-RAMA...More

T-ara dance tune claims No.1 on Mnet singles chart

Source | 2010/11/30 | Permalink

Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]

A new dance number by a girl group T-ara has come out the winner on last week's Mnet singles chart.

The seven-member girl band's song "Why Are You Like That" featuring electrical guitar and bass sounds, was ranked on top of music cable channel Mnet's weekly singles chart from November 22 to 28...More

2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao

Source | 2010/11/29 | Permalink

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


Source | 2010/11/29 | Permalink

Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Boy band Big Bang member Taeyang performs at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010...More

1st line up for Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed

Source | 2010/11/23 | Permalink

2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards [Mnet]

The first line-up of guests attending the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) have been revealed.

The official website of the Ment's annual music festival showed that Korean artists 2PM, 2NE1, miss A, Taeyang and Tiger JK will attend the event while international singers include Zhang Jie and iMe from China, Perfume and Chemistry from Japan and American hip-hop quartet Far East Movement...More

2NE1 member Sandara has 200,000 friends

Source | 2010/11/23 | Permalink

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

T-ara to make comeback next month with 2nd mini-album

Source | 2010/11/22 | Permalink

Korean girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]

Korean female idols T-ara will make a comeback to the local music scene with their second mini-album next month.

Core Contents Media announced through a press release on Monday that they will reveal the group's title track and music video for the song whose title is translated into "Why Are You Like That", on Mnet and popular video portal site GomTV tomorrow...More

10Asia publishes mook on Korea's hottest idol groups

Source | 2010/11/16 | Permalink

10Asia's mook publication "10+idol" [10Asia]

Korea's leading web-based entertainment magazine 10Asia has published its first mook [magazine+book] on the 16 hottest Korean idol stars of 2010.

Titled "10+idol", the publication contains articles, interviews and photographs on artists the first issue has deemed as idols of the year including SHINee, Taeyang, Jay Park, Rain, 2AM, Girls' Generation, TOP (Choi Sung-hyeon), Wonder Girls, f(x), Jung Yong-hwa, missA, BEAST, MBLAQ, Secret, Infinit and Orange Caramel...More

Korean girl group Kara cast in new Japanese drama

Source | 2010/11/09 | Permalink

Korean girl group Kara for their Japanese series "URAKARA" [DSP Media]

The members of Korean girl group Kara have been cast in an upcoming Japanese drama, according to their agency DSP Media on Tuesday.

A press release from DSP announced that the girls will play roles in TV Tokyo's 12-part series titled "URAKARA" which will air every Friday night on the "Drama 24" timeslot (00:12~00:53) starting January 14...More

Girl Group Kara to Release New Album 'JUMPING' in Korea and Japan

Source | 2010/11/08 | Permalink

Kara, who has created huge popularity for Korean girl groups in Japan, will release a new album entitled "JUMPING" both in Korea and Japan.

Their agency DSP Media said on November 5, "The new album entitled 'JUMPING' will be released in Japan on November 10 as their second single album in Japan, and in Korea in the middle of this month as their fourth mini album...More

[REVIEW] MBC reality show "MBC Star Audition" - 1st Episode

Source | 2010/11/08 | Permalink

A scene from "MBC Star Audition" [MBC]

"MBC Star Audition" - 1st Episode

"MBC Star Audition" raised its curtains by showing the history of its past singing competition programs. And there was a pretty simple to them listing each and every one of the shows -- from the "Campus Song Festival" to the auditioning segments in their variety shows to the relatively recent "Show Survival". To prove that MBC was the network that gave birth to audition programs in Korea and that "MBC Star Audition" continues is continuing the tradition. Without question, it was aimed at season 2 of cable music channel Mnet's "SuperstarK" which ended its run two weeks ago...More

On the set of "MBC Star Audition" premiere episode

Source | 2010/11/08 | Permalink

Singer Lee Eun-mee, producer and songwriter Bang Si-hyuk, rock guitarist Kim Tae-won-I, rock vocalist Kim Yuna, balladeer Shin Seung-hun and anchorwoman Park Hye-jin take part in the live broadcast "MBC Star Audition" at MBC Dream Center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 5, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

The premiere episode of public network MBC's singing competition series "MBC Star Audition" which went on air live November 5 was sort of the launching episode to the show introducing its hosts and judges. In a way, a preview aimed at encouraging more participation before the actual competition starts. This was because while contestants have yet to start competing and show how they will grow as the program progresses, there was also a need for explanation on what "MBC Star Audition" is about. And yet its producers are taking their chances too by having created a show they themselves cannot predict the outcome to, to air live for 70 minutes every week...More

2PM continues to shine on "M! CountDown" for 2nd win

Source | 2010/11/05 | Permalink

Korean boy band 2PM [Official 2PM website]

Six-member boy band 2PM continued to shine on music channel Mnet's weekly program "M! CountDown" on Thursday.

The boys grabbed their second consecutive win on the show with the title track "I'll Be Back" from their new mini-album "Still 2:00PM" against fellow labelmates ballad group 2AM...More

Kara's new album jacket fully revealed

Source | 2010/11/05 | Permalink

Gu Hara and Seun-yeon in Kara's new album jacket "JUMPING" [DSP Media]

The remainder of photographs in the jacket of girl group Kara's upcoming album "JUMPING" were revealed today.

The newly unveiled photos distributed by DSP Media carried individual pictures of Seung-yeon and Gu Hara followed by a group photo. Just like the individual shots of other three members Park Gyu-lee, Nicole and Ji-young revealed yesterday, they were in black and white op-art style with geometric designs...More

On the set of Mnet's weekly music show "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/11/05 | Permalink

2AM members Jeong Jinwoon and Jo Kwon sing on cable music channel Mnet's "M! CountDown" at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

It was finally the day the press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place and the day the nominees for the show would be announced as well. That is why cable music channel M! CountDown which took place on October 28 took place under the name "2010 MAMA Special". Through a pre-recorded clip, 2PM member Nichkhun introduced the various categories artists would be recognized in at the 2010 MAMA and on stage, Ok Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Hwang Chan-sung talked about how they would react should they win an award...More

Actress Yoon Jin-seo and Lee Taek-geun actually broke up last summer

Source | 2010/11/04 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Jin-seo's break up news is lately arrived; she broke up in last summer with professional baseball player Lee Taek-geun.

Yoon Jin-seo's company, Well Made Stardom said, “Yoon Jin-seo finished her relationship with Lee Taek-geun right before she started shooting 'The Fugitive Plan B'. They were busy with their jobs and that automatically lead to divorce, since they couldn't meet each other often.”...More

2PM sweeps Mnet CountDown by storm

Source | 2010/10/29 | Permalink

Six member boy band 2 PM [JYPE Entertainment]

Boy band 2PM became the winner on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" on Thursday.

The six-member group took the top prize on the program with "I'll Be Back", the title track from their mini-album "Still 2:00PM" released two weeks ago...More

Mnet takes annual music fest overseas for first time

Source | 2010/10/29 | Permalink

From left, Mnet's director Kim Ki-woong and Mnet Media's head Park Gwang-won speak at a press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010.

Korean cable music channel Mnet will take its annual music festival to Macau this year, holding the show overseas for the first time as it strives to become bigger than the Grammy Awards...More

2AM to launch singing career throughout Asia

Source | 2010/10/28 | Permalink

2AM [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Korean ballad group 2AM will officially launch their singing career in eight Asian countries next month, joining a line of K-pop artists who have branched out into the international music markets.

The news came yesterday during the group's showcase introducing their first full-length album "Saint o'clock" to local and foreign media at the AX-Korea hall in Seoul, when member Im Seulong spoke about the group's upcoming activities overseas...More

Lim Ju-hwan holds first ever meet-and-greet in Japan

Source | 2010/10/25 | Permalink

Korean actor Lim Ju-hwan at this first fan meeting in Japan. [Trophy Entertainment]

Korean actor Lim Ju-hwan held his first ever meet-and-greet in Japan over the weekend.

A press release from Trophy Entertainment announced that the actor was in Japan for his fan meeting titled "2010 Lim Ju-hwan The Magic Hour" held at the Yamano Hall on October 24...More

Uhm Jung-hwa recovered from 'thyroid cancer'

Source | 2010/10/19 | Permalink

Uhm Jung-hwa had thyroid cancer, but recovered after a quick treatment

“Thyroid cancer had been discovered, but fully fixed since it was in early stage.”...More

Ga-in hits No. 1 spot with "Irreversible"

Source | 2010/10/19 | Permalink

Cover of Ga-in (Son Ga-in)'s solo album "step 2/4" [Nega Networks]

Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-in (Son Ga-in) has made her way to the top spot on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her new song "Irreversible".

Ga-in (Son Ga-in), who recently began her solo music career, climbed up six spots to No. 1 with "Irreversible", taking her first win during the week of October 11 to 17...More

2PM reveals new album track list and video trailer

Source | 2010/10/11 | Permalink

Korean idols 2PM members (from left to right): Hwang Chan-sung, Lee Junho, Wooyoung, Junsu, Nichkhu and Ok Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean boy band 2PM have unveiled the complete track list for their upcoming mini-album.

The track list for their new album "Still 2:00 PM" was revealed on various web-based music sites earlier today as well as the trailer for their title track "I'll Be Back" on the group's official website...More

[PHOTOS] 2NE1 on Mnet's "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/10/01 | Permalink

2NE1 [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

From left, 2NE1 members CL, Minzy, Park Bom and Sandara Park give an acceptance speech after winning the top prize on Mnet's weekly music show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on September 30, 2010...More

Three Actors from 'The Slave Hunters' Visit Japan

Source | 2010/10/01 | Permalink

"The Slave Hunters" will be broadcast on the Hallyu channel MNet from November 1, and the video files will be ready for rental service at the TSUTAYA shops in all parts of the country beginning October 22.

The actors appeared on the talk show held at the outdoor stage in the Shinjuku Station Square located right in front of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on September 27...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Joo Won

Source | 2010/09/29 | Permalink

Korean actor Joo Won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

My name is Joo Won. My given name is Moon Joon-won. My father came up the name Joo Won for me after I made it into college. It means 'what the Lord wants and what I should do for the Lord'.
I was born in Seoul on September 30, 1987 but I currently reside in Yong-in.
My family is composed of my parents and my brother who is five years older than me. My brother and I are the type of siblings that if we don't talk outside of the house you wouldn't think we were related. One can say that my brother is a 'real man' because he is well-built and has a tough personality, whereas I am thinner and the soft type...More

[INTERVIEW] Super Junior's Shindong, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk - Part 2

Source | 2010/09/29 | Permalink

Leeteuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

10: Shindong, your dress up show is also popular. You recently even pulled off actress Shin Min-a's look from SBS TV series "My Girlfriend is Gumiho". I'm sure even the preparation that goes into isn't an easy job so what would you say are the difficulties you experience if there are any?
Shindong: I actually had dressed up a lot since a long time ago -- so much that there were almost nothing I hadn't dressed up as. I used to dress up once a day when I used to host a show on cable channel Mnet. But dressing up as someone isn't just about dressing up like them. There is a large amount of pressure that comes from the fact that you need to express yourself to be exactly like that person while doing it so that it's also fun and what I was worried about a lot was whether the onlooker would enjoy watching me do it...More

Footage of 2NE1 collaborating with Will.i.Am to air today

Source | 2010/09/28 | Permalink

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

Jang Hyuk to promote "The Slave Hunters" in Japan

Source | 2010/09/27 | Permalink

The Slave Hunters" official Japanese poster [Sidus HQ]

Korean actor Jang Hyuk flew into Japan yesterday to begin promoting hit television series "The Slave Hunters" in the country, according to his agency Sidus HQ on Monday.

Sidus HQ announced in a press release that Jang, as well as co-stars Oh Ji-ho and actress Lee Da-hae, will meet with 50 local media outlets for a press conference held at the Shinjuku Station Square in Tokyo today...More

2NE1 takes over televised music programs with title tracks

Source | 2010/09/27 | Permalink

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

2PM To Debut in Japan by Releasing DVD

Source | 2010/09/27 | Permalink

The Sankei Sports newspaper reported an article with the title "Asia's NO.1 Group 2PM to Debut in Japan" on September 22 and said that the six-member male group has decided to debut in Japan. 2PM will release its debut DVD entitled "Hottest-2PM 1st MUSIC VIDEO COLLECTION & The History", in which their seven hit songs and music videos are included, to present their various talents to Japanese fans on November 24. They will also hold a large-scale debut event in Ryogoku Kokugi-kan located in Tokyo on December 8 to interact with their fans...More

2NE1 takes over Mnet's charts with new album

Source | 2010/09/24 | Permalink

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

[ChanMi's take] Son Ye-jin vs Yoo In-young!

Source | 2010/09/23 | Permalink

Two stars are wearing the same dress!

The nude one piece dress is worn by Son Ye-jin and Yoo In-young...More

2NE1 holds 4D music video showcase over weekend

Source | 2010/09/20 | Permalink

From left, girl group 2NE1 members Sandara Park, Park Bom, Minzy and CL pose during a photocall of their 4D music video showcase at the CJ CGV theater in Yeongdeungpo district of Seoul, South Korea on September 18, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

K-pop female group 2NE1 held a showcase over the weekend featuring their music videos for their three title tracks in 4D format, the first time such an attempt has been made by a recording artist.

The quartet kicked off the event with an autograph session for fans at the Time Square shopping center in Yeongdeungpo district in Seoul, followed by unveiling the music videos for "Can't Nobody", "Go Away" and "Clap Your Hands" in 4D from their recent first full-length album "To Anyone"...More

Korean version of 'American Idol' will be made into a film

Source | 2010/09/19 | Permalink

'Superstar K', which is rewriting a history of cable program, will be made into a film. On September 20th, an official from the movie industry said that CJ Entertainment, Korea's biggest Film Investing Company, is planning and developing an auditionfor a film based on 'Superstar K'...More

Kim Hyun-joong series "Naughty Kiss" sold to 12 countries

Source | 2010/09/15 | Permalink

Official poster for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]

New MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" starring popular singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong, was sold to 12 countries around the world ahead of going on air early this month, according to the show's producer Group 8 on Wednesday...More

Lee Hyori songwriter held in custody for plagiarism

Source | 2010/09/15 | Permalink

Lee Hyori [Mnet]

Prosecutors have detained a songwriter who provided Korean singer Lee Hyori with several plagiarized songs for her latest album "H-Logic".

Local news broadcaster YTN reported on Tuesday that songwriter Bahnus Vacuum, whose real name has been known by his surname Lee, has been held in custody by the Seoul Seobu Disctrict Prosecutors Office on charges of fraud...More

Interpark Demands Monetary Compensation From Lee Hyori

Source | 2010/09/13 | Permalink

K-pop diva Lee Hyori is currently in the legal hot seat for "causing" financial losses for online shopping mall, Interpark. Interpark is claiming that Lee, who was one of their models, has damaged their image because of her music plagiarism.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Newspaper,the singer's entertainment company, Mnet Media was slapped with a 490 million won lawsuit for damage compensation.

Interpark expressed how because Lee's fourth album contained plagiarized songs, she stopped her promotional activities short and even stopped her modeling for the company. Interpark continued ...More

Mnet "20's Choice" -- needless to explain with words

Source | 2010/08/27 | Permalink

All artists attending the 4th annual cable music channel Mnet's "20's Choice" ceremony held at the River Park pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010, sing and dance to trio DJ DOC's song "Run to You". [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

On the stage that miss A sang "Bad Girl Good Girl" and 4minute "Hot Issue", veteran actor Kim Kap-soo yelled to the audience to call him 'hyung' [a Korean term men use to men who are slightly older than them] and 'oppa' [a Korean term women use to men who are slightly older than them]...More

[PHOTOS] Mnet "20's Choice"

Source | 2010/08/27 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong arrives at the 4th annual cable music channel Mnet's "20's Choice" ceremony held at the River Park pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010...More

[ChanMi's star news] Shin Se-kyung receives an award!

Source | 2010/08/26 | Permalink

Shin Se-kyung was the the MNET 20s Choice Awards this 26th....More

Kim Hyun-joong "Naughty Kiss" to air in Japan starting Dec

Source | 2010/08/24 | Permalink

Official poster for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" [MBC]

SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong starrer "Naughty Kiss" will air in Japan starting December, according to the show's producer on Tuesday.

Park Rae-hyun, in charge of the PR & Promotions team at production company Group 8, told 10Asia over the phone that cable music channel Mnet Japan will broadcast the TV series twice a week in about three months time although additional details have yet to be set...More

Gong Yoo meets with 5,000 fans during drama promotion

Source | 2010/08/23 | Permalink

Korean actor Gong Yoo at the "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22. [N.O.A Entertainment]

Korean actor Gong Yoo held a promotional event in Japan for hit TV series "Coffee Prince" over the weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Monday...More

Gong Yoo to promote "Coffee Prince" in Japan

Source | 2010/08/20 | Permalink

Korean actor Gong Yoo [N.O.A Entertainment]

Korean actor Gong Yoo will promote hit Korean TV series "Coffee Prince" in Japan this weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Friday.

N.O.A announced that Gong Yoo was invited by Fuji TV to attend an event titled "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22, where he will meet with about 2,000 fans to speak about filming the drama and participate in quizzes and games...More

Will college life be romantic and full of hopes for MBLAQ?

Source | 2010/08/20 | Permalink

MBLAQ and Kim Soo-ro [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

"I think I'd place first in the entire school, no in the whole universe, if Girls' Generation member Taeyeon taught me", boy band MBLAQ member Mir said quite seriously during an interview with the show's writer. That is when Yang Seungho, who had ended his interview with the writer without any particular request, said if he could go on a group blind date in college, he would like to do one with rhythm gymnastics majors...More

[PHOTOS] MBLAQ on set of Mnet show

Source | 2010/08/20 | Permalink

MBLAQ [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

From left, boy band MBLAQ members Mir, Cheondung, Lee Joon, Yang Seungho and G.O pose during a shoot for music cable channel Mnet's program "Celebrity Goes to School with MBLAQ and Kim Soo-ro"...More

Mnet Media, JYP joins forces to take on Asian music market

Source | 2010/08/13 | Permalink

Popular Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]

Major talenthouse JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and music cable unit Mnet Media have come together to expand Korea's music business and talent into the Asian music market.

On Thursday, JYPE and Mnet Media announced that they have formed a partnership through which they will jointly work toward expanding the influence of Korean music content in Asi...More

Se7en wins on M! Countdown with "Better Together" again

Source | 2010/08/06 | Permalink

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

Se7en cheered on by 2NE1, Big Bang members

Source | 2010/08/06 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Se7en (center) poses with 2NE1 members Minzy (front left), Sandara Park and T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun) of idol group Big Bang [Se7en's official Twitter page]

Korean pop singer Se7en, who recently made a comeback to the local music scene, has revealed a photograph he took with YG labelmates Sandara Park and Minzy of girl band 2NE1 and T.O.P.(Choi Seung-hyun) of idol group Big Bang.

Se7en posted the picture on his Twitter page...More

Lee Hyori songwriter handed over to prosecutors for fraud

Source | 2010/07/22 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori

The songwriter who provided Korean singer Lee Hyori with plagiarized songs for her latest album "H-Logic" has been handed over to prosecutors on charges of fraud, according to SBS TV's eight o'clock news which aired Wednesday.

It was reported that early this year, a songwriter known by the last name Lee had heard that Lee Hyori was looking for songs to put on her fourth album...More

Ryu Si-won says got good vibe about young Rottyful Sky

Source | 2010/07/21 | Permalink

Ryu Si-won speaks during singer Rottyful Sky's showcase held at multiplex Coex Megabox in Seoul, South Korea on July 21, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Korean star Ryu Si-won said he cast female solo artist Rottyful Sky because he "got a good vibe about her despite her young age".

Ryoo spoke to reporters during a showcase for Rottyful Sky's digital single "No Way" held at multiplex Coex Megabox in Seoul on Wednesday, explaining how he became the producer for the singer...More

Se7en says U.S. foray was "not a failure but a new challenge"

Source | 2010/07/21 | Permalink

Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]

Korean singer Se7en has said that his attempted foray into the U.S. pop market over the past few years was "not a failure but a beginning of a new challenge".

The singer made the remark at a press conference, held Wednesday at a club in Seoul's trendy Cheongdam-dong district, which celebrated the July 21 release of his mini-album titled "Digital Bounce"...More

TVXQ trio to hold fan meeting in Seoul in September

Source | 2010/07/15 | Permalink

TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Park Yoo-chun at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia] The newly-established trio from TVXQ -- namely Kim Jae-joong Jaejung, Micky Yuchun and Xiah Junsu -- will be holding a fan meeting in Seoul in September. According to an announcement post...More

Taeyang makes shining debut on iTunes overseas

Source | 2010/07/09 | Permalink

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

Lee Hyori suspends TV appearances

Source | 2010/07/08 | Permalink

Following the controversy over plagiarism on her latest album, singer Lee Hyori, 31, has decided to suspend all her TV appearances.

Lee is scheduled for a guest spot on the new SBS variety show 'Running Man', which premiers Sunday. After this, she will indefinitely refrain from any further TV appearances.

Last month, Lee posted an online message, admitting that several songs on her latest album credited to composer Bahnus were plagiarized from foreign artists.

Lee's agency Mnet Media sued Bahnus for fraud last Thursday.

"Even though the contract is over, we will take full responsibility for this", said Mnet Media.

이효리 11일 '런닝맨' 방송 끝으로 활동 중단

이효리가 활동을 중단한다.

이효리는 11일 방송된 SBS '일요일이 좋다-런닝맨' 출연을 마지막으로 활동을 중단한다. 얼마 전 불거진 표절논란으로 인한...More

SS501 reveals music video for "Let Me Be The One"

Source | 2010/07/07 | Permalink

SS501 members from left to right: Kim Hyung-jun, Park Jung-min-I, Kim Kyu-jong, Kim Hyun-joong and Heo Young-saeng [DSP Media]

Korean idols SS501 have released a new music video, according to agency DSP Media on Wednesday.

A press release from DSP announced that the video for song "Let Me Be The One", from their latest album "DESTINATION", can be seen on numerous online sites including multimedia player GomTV, Naver, Mnet, MelOn and Dosirak...More

MC Mong and Taeyang shine atop Mnet charts

Source | 2010/07/06 | Permalink

Korean rapper MC Mong (left) and Big Bang member Taeyang (right) [IS Entermedia Group/Official Taeyang website]

Korean rapper MC Mong has topped the Mnet's singles chart with his recent duet "Hurts Like Death" with female singer Mellow for the first week of July.

According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper pushed back previous week's winner Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), taking his first win on the music char...More

Lee Hyori's agency sues Bahnus Vacuum

Source | 2010/07/02 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Asia Economic Daily]

Top Korean singer Lee Hyori's agency Mnet Media has taken legal action for the recent plagiarism controversy surrounding Lee's latest album "H-Logic", filing criminal charges against record producer group Bahnus Vaccuum to Seoul West District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday.

"Bahnus provided [Lee and Mnet Media] songs that were plagiarized", an official at Mnet Media told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Thursday. "Today [July 1], we filed a criminal lawsuit against Bahnus Vaccuum for fraud and obstruction of work"...More

[ChanMi's star news] Ku Hye-sun "I'm lonely, but it's okay"

Source | 2010/06/29 | Permalink

Actress, musician, writer, artist, and movie director Ku Hye-sun revealed her thoughts about dating ...More

miss A opens official website and YouTube channel

Source | 2010/06/29 | Permalink

Members of new girl group miss A [official miss A website]

The official website and video channel for new girl group miss A have opened, according to JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Tuesday.

A press release from JYPE announced that the girls' website is available at and the video channel site on YouTube channel at

T.O.P bows into top spot on Mnet's chart with "Turn It Up"

Source | 2010/06/29 | Permalink

Big Bang member T.O.P [YG Entertainment]

Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) bowed into the top spot on Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Turn It Up" during the final week of June.

According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper knocked out last week's winners Untouchable to score his first win on the music chart...More

Lee Hyori Removes Plagiarized Tracks From Album

Source | 2010/06/25 | Permalink

After Lee Hyori finally spoke out about the plagiarism allegations directed at her most recent album, H-Logic, Mnet Media also announced their course of action. The company has revealed that they will be taking legal action against Bahnus, who is the composer allegedly behind these plagiarized tracks. In addition to the fi...More

Lee Hyori's plagiarism scandal snowballs

Source | 2010/06/24 | Permalink

By Bae Ji-sook
Staff reporter

Sensation over six of singer Lee Hyori's songs, apparently plagiarized by Bahnus, is about to snowball as more singers and industry insiders claim to have been duped by the composer.

Bahnus, the leader of the seven-member composers' group Bahnus Vacuum, faces a string of lawsuits that extend to his management and team members. The looming legal battles are expected to be the largest in K-pop history.

On Wednesday, Chang, the management director of Bahnus Vacuum, said he had found a "statement of regret" written by Bahnus, whose real name is Lee Jae-young, on Lee's computer hard disc. The letter was, surprisingly, not for Lee Hyori but for a relatively unknown singer Lee Hyun, written two years ago.

Lee Hyun, who sang "Jajonshim" (pride) written by Bahnus in 2008, received complaints from another composer Kim just a few days after the song was released. Kim claimed the rhythm, melody and lyrics were identical to his creation.

When Lee Hyun asked Bahnus for an explanation, he promised to drop his name from the credits and pay a refund for the song.

Chang said Bahnus, who introduced himself as "a Yonsei University graduate who had sold numerous songs to foreign artists during his stay in the U.K", lied about other things too.
"He was not a Yonsei University graduate and the contracts he had suggested for potential song sales were also fabricated", he told a local daily.

"Had I seen the letter before, if I had known that Bahnus was a conman, I would never have started the company to support young talented composers", Chang...More

Should We Let Lee Hyori Off the Hook?

Source | 2010/06/23 | Permalink

Can pop stars be forgiven practically any offense? That is a question on many lips after the revelation that singer Lee Hyori's latest album "h.logic" contains no fewer than six plagiarized songs. Lee admitted to the wrongdoing and vowed to refrain from promoting the album. Yet she appeared on a recent SBS program.

The producers say Lee was not directly responsible for the plagiarism, but the public sees things differently. They feel it is unseemly for Lee to make out that she is a victim herself, and that the producers of TV shows should not sweep the problem under the carpet.

Unlike other artists accused of plagiarism, who deny their wrongdoings to the end, Lee owned up. But the fact that half of an artist's album consisted of songs that had been stolen from foreign artists le...More

Lee Hyori Admits Plagiarism Allegation

Source | 2010/06/21 | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori (31) has admitted that several songs in her fourth album had been plagiarized.

Her agency Mnet Media will sue the composer for fraud, who gave copied songs to Lee Hyori after the original copyright holder had been confirmed. Lee Hyori posted a statement in her fan café on June 20, stating, "Among songs in the fourth album, a few of them which were given by Bahnus Vacuum -- a group of new composers -- had caused problems. At first, I trusted their saying that the demo songs had been leaked, and also I did not suspect their opinion at all because I received those songs through my agency. But, after thorough investigation, it was found that the songs had not been composed by them". Seven songs in Lee Hyori's fourth album have continuously brought controversy about plagiarism on the Internet, but her agency Mnet Media had officially announced that the demo songs were accidentally leaked as Bahnus strongly insisted.


Lee Hyori admits to plagiarism accusations

Source | 2010/06/21 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Asia Economic Daily]

Top Korean singer Lee Hyori has admitted that several songs from her latest album "H-Logic" were plagiarized, taking responsibility for the situation by announcing a break from all musical activities until the matter is sorted out.

The singer posted a message on her official fan cafe on Sunday morning, providing fans with a detailed explanation of the entire situation and stating that "there will be no follow-up activities unless [the plagiarism controversy] gets solved"...More

Lee Hyori Admits New Songs Were Plagiarized

Source | 2010/06/21 | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori has admitted that some of the songs on her recently-released fourth album "h.logic" were plagiarized.

In a message posted to her online fan club on Sunday morning, Lee said, "Among the songs on the fourth album, several songs by composer Bahnus were found to be plagiarized. I will take the moral responsibility as best as I can, and I don't think I will be able to continue to promote the album for now.

The songs plagiarized are "How Did We Get", "Bring It Back", "Feel The Same", "I'm Back", "Memory", "Swing...More

Lee Hyori admits plagiarizing songs

Source | 2010/06/20 | Permalink

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff reporter

Amid an escalating plagiarism debate, pop star Lee Hyori admitted herself that several tracks from her fourth album were indeed borrowed, Yonhap News reported Sunday.

Her agency Mnet Media plans to sue the songwriter who gave the songs to Lee if the songs in question are proven to breach copyright laws.

"There were problems regarding the pieces by (the newcomer songwriter) Bahnus Vacuum", said Lee in a message posted on her fan website. "At first I was convinced that the demo tape of the songs suffered (premature) exposure. I didn't have any doubts since I received the songs through the company (Mnet Media). But after an investigation it turns out that they were not Bahnus' songs".

Seven titles on her latest recording "H-Logic" are credited to Bahnus Vacuum (real name Lee ...More

4minute scores first win on Mnet televised music program

Source | 2010/06/18 | Permalink

Female K-pop idols 4minute [Cube Entertainment]

Korean female idols 4minute scored their first win on Mnet's televised music program on Thursday with their latest song "HUH".

The female quintet took the crown from previous week's winner "Love" from boy band CNBLUE on Mnet's music show "M! Countdown", after having giving their first stage comeback performance on the show on May 20...More

Lee Hyori: Sexy Pop Diva to TV Comedy Host

Source | 2010/06/17 | Permalink

After making a successful comeback with her hit song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Lee Hyori is set to make another comeback... on the small screen. This time, rather than just starring on a entertainment variety show, she'll be hosting it. She'll be making another transformation from the sexy diva on stage to a funny, outgoing variety show personality.

She received a totally new image after starring on the reality variety program "Family Outing", which she has since left. She'd appear with her face still swollen from waking up, wear no make up, and show off her more tomboyish side. It wasn't in vain as she won an entertainment award for the series with ...More

TVXQ trio to record album with Kanye West, Timbaland

Source | 2010/06/17 | Permalink

TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Park Yoo-chun at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

The newly-formed trio from TVXQ, consisting of members Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun and Xiah Junsu, is gearing up for a splashing debut with a new album which will be produced by prominent U.S. musicians Kanye West and Timbaland.

1990s boy band SOLID member Jae-yoon, now working as a record producer in Taiwan, said in an online posting that he has been writing songs for "DBSK, or better known as TVXQ in Japan" whom he described as "the best selling group in Asia basically crushing everyone's sales"...More

Mnet Media to recruit via Twitter

Source | 2010/06/15 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff reporter

Will Mnet Media start a new trend in recruiting?

The media giant announced Monday that it was planning to start recruiting online through Twitter, the instant messaging service that lets users send and receive short messages of up to 140 characters.
"We believe Twitter is the best communication tool to recruit future employees for Mnet Media, which is working to become Asia's No.1 music and entertainment firm. This will surely help in recruiting some of the most talented and passionate applicants around the world", the company said through a press release.

This is the first time for a lo...More

IU and Im Seulong take crown on Mnet's singles chart

Source | 2010/06/15 | Permalink

2AM member Im Seulong and singer IU [LOEN Entertainment]

Korean songstress IU and 2AM's Im Seulong grabbed the crown on Mnet's singles chart with their duet single "Nagging" during the week of June 7 to 13.

According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the singers collected their first win on the chart with their duet song, knocking back previous week's winner Seo In-young...More

New TVXQ trio unit gives concert in Japan

Source | 2010/06/14 | Permalink

TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Park Yoo-chun at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on November 21, 2009. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Korean pop idols Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun and Xiah Junsu, three members of boy band TVXQ who formed a new unit since getting involved in a legal battle with agency SM Entertainment, gave a sold-out concert in Japan over the weekend...More

CNBLUE take crown on Mnet "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/06/10 | Permalink

Male band CNBLUE [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Male band CNBLUE took the No. 1 spot on Mnet's music show on Thursday with their latest single "Love".

The quartet beat out last week's winner MBLAQ, currently promoting their second single "Y", with the song from their second mini-album titled "Bluelove"...More

Super Star K to hold audition in LA

Source | 2010/06/09 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff reporter

The popular Korean program "Super Star K" is reaching out to the United States. Mnet Media, the cable channel that airs the show, announced Wednesday that the program, which is in its second season, is casting its eyes on America.

"We have received requests for overseas auditions from people who wanted to try out and hopefully become the next winner of `Super Star K'. Considering that many singers who work in Korea have been chosen through auditions held abroad, we decided to hold one in Los Angeles as a start", Kim Yong-beom, the chief producer of the show, said.

People of any age who can sing Korean songs in Korean can apply for an audition, regardless of nationality. It will take place at 10 a.m. on June 26 at the L....More

Park Yong-ha's Japanese Fans To Establish School in Africa

Source | 2010/06/08 | Permalink

Actor Park Yong-ha's Japanese fans have made donations to establish a school in Africa.

According to a statement from Park Yong-ha's agency, Yona Entertainment, which was released on June 7, Japanese cable broadcasting channel Mnet Japan had received 4.2 million yen (amounting to 57 million won) from Park Yong-ha's Japanese fans as donations and delivered the contributions to Good Neighbors, which is an international humanitarian an...More

2PM to hold first solo concert

Source | 2010/06/04 | Permalink

By Ines Min
Staff reporter

Pop group 2PM will hold their first solo concerts this summer.

Managing company JYP Entertainment said two concerts will be held, one on July 31 and the other on Aug. 1 at the Olympic Park's Olympic Gymnastics Arena in southern Seoul.

The six-member group plans to sing some of their hottest singles at the performance, including "Again & Again", Heartbeat and "Without U".

In a move to emphasize the unique aspects of the group, the concert will highlight each of the individuals' talents.

"It's not just the hit songs that are going to debut live", said an official from JYP. "But each of the members is also preparing their own unique performance".

The major pop group arrived on the Korean music scene in 2008. Last summer the band faced controversy as lead member Jay Park left the gr...More

Kim Je-dong show halted

Source | 2010/06/01 | Permalink

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff reporter

Comedian Kim Je-dong will not go ahead with his eponymous talk show on a cable television network, Yonhap News reported Wednesday.

Kim recorded the first episode of the show on April 21. It was due to air on May 6. The comedian's agency said that the cable TV company Mnet delayed the premiere, after learning that Kim was to host the one-year anniversary memorial service for the late former President Roh Moo-hyun, at the end of April.

Mnet had asked the comedian's agency to reconsider Kim's role as h...More

Wonder Girls takes 2nd win on Mnet's singles chart

Source | 2010/05/31 | Permalink

Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls [JYP Entertainment]

Korean female pop group Wonder Girls' latest song "2 Different Tears (2DT)" became the No. 1 single on cable music channel Mnet's singles chart during the week of May 24 to 30.

According to the data released on Monday, the pop sensation remained at the same position as last week, claiming their second consecutive win on the chart issued by the cable music channel...More

Wonder Girls crowned No.1 on "M! Countdown"

Source | 2010/05/28 | Permalink

Korean pop group Wonder Girls [Asia Economic Daily]

Female pop group the Wonder Girls took the crown on Mnet music show "M! Countdown" yesterday, their latest single "2 Different Tears" taking its first win on a televised music show .

The girls became emotional when they were announced winners for the week, defeating Rain's boy band MBLAQ for the No. 1 title...More

2PM and Super Junior top televised music shows

Source | 2010/05/24 | Permalink

Boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]

Korean boy bands 2PM and Super Junior ranked number one on televised music shows over the weekend.

2PM claimed their second consecutive Mutizen award on SBS' Sunday music program "Inkigayo" with their single "Without U" while giving out the top spot on KBS' Friday live show "Music Bank" to Super Junior who recently made a comeback with a new song titled "BONAMANA"...More

[PHOTO] Wonder Girls, Rain perform on Mnet "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/05/20 | Permalink

Wonder Girls [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]

From left, Wonder Girls members Sohee (Ahn So-hee), Sun, Yenny, Lim and Yubin perform on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on May 20, 2010...More

[PHOTOS] Rain, Lee Jung-hyun perform on Mnet "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/05/13 | Permalink

Rain [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Singer and actor Rain sings on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on May 13, 2010...More

[PHOTOS] Lee Hyori, Rain, 2PM on Mnet "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/05/07 | Permalink

2PM members Junsu, Changsung and Lee Junho [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

From left, boy band 2PM members Junsu, Changsung and Lee Junho give an acceptance speech after winning the top prize on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on May 6, 2010...More

Rain and Lee Hyori rock televised music shows

Source | 2010/05/03 | Permalink

Winners of televised music programs Rain and Lee Hyori [J.Tune Entertainment, Mnet Entertainment]

Top Korean singers Rain and Lee Hyori took over the top spot on televised music programs over the weekend.

"Love Song" singer Rain claimed the top honor on KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank", taking his third consecutive win on the show, while queen of pop Lee Hyori's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" scored the Mutizen Award on SBS' music program "Inkigayo" on Sunday...More

2PM's "Can't Stop" rise to the top of Gaon charts

Source | 2010/04/28 | Permalink

Members of boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]

Korean idol group 2PM stormed to the top of Gaon's singles chart to claim the title as the most popular single for the week of April 18 to 24 with their new track "Without U".

According to Gaon's singles chart on Thursday, 2PM scored their first win with their new tune knocking out Lee Hyori from first place...More

2PM tops weekly music charts with "Without U"

Source | 2010/04/28 | Permalink

Korean boy band 2PM [JYP Entertainment]

Korean idol group 2PM has topped several K-pop music charts this week with their latest single "Without U", triumphing over new hit tunes by Rain and Lee Hyori.

"Without U", the title track from the group's new album "Don't Stop Can't Stop", ranked at No. 1 on various music charts including Monkey3, Dosirak and Mnet for the week of April 19 through 25...More

[PHOTOS] Rain and Lee Hyori perform on Mnet "M! CountDown"

Source | 2010/04/23 | Permalink

Rain [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]

Pop singer Rain sings on music channel Mnet's weekly show "M! CountDown" held at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on April 22, 2010...More

Lee Hyori rocks Gaon chart with "Bang"

Source | 2010/04/21 | Permalink

Korean songstress Lee Hyori [Mnet Entertainment]

Korean pop sensation Lee Hyori proved to be an unstoppable force, making a banging debut on top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 11 to 17 with her new single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

Lee successfully claimed the title of most popular single for the third week of April, pushing back her previous chart topper "Swing" off the No. 1 spot.

The songstress, who returned to the music stage last Thursday on televised music program "Mnet Countdown", has been conquering numerous online and offline charts with several tracks from her fourth album "H.Logic" since its release on April 12...More

Lee Hyori new album reigns Mnet charts

Source | 2010/04/20 | Permalink

Korean queen of pop on Mnet's "Mnet Countdown' [Mnet]

Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has gracefully bowed onto the top spot of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with her single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

The songstress' title track from her fourth album "H. Logic" claimed the No. 1 position on the chart, pushing back last week's winner Rain to become the most-popular single during the week of April 12 to 18...More

TVXQ's Xiah, Micky, Kim Jae-joong form new group

Source | 2010/04/15 | Permalink

From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Park Yoo-chun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Asia Economic Daily]

Boy band TVXQ members Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun and Xiah Junsu, currently embroiled in a legal battle with major talenthouse SM Entertainment, have formed a separate group through which they will pursue their singing careers.

"Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu have formed a new unit and they have signed with us to carry out their musical activities", Japanese management firm Avex stated on its official website on Wednesday.

"They have also decided to hold dome events in an expression of gratitude toward their fans...... We will update you on further details as soon as they are set", Avex added...More

Lee Hyori rules singles chart with "Swing"

Source | 2010/04/15 | Permalink

Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori promoting her single "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]

Korean queen of pop Lee Hyori has ascended her way up to the top of Gaon's singles chart for the week of April 4 to 10 with her latest single "Swing".

The songstress scored her first win during the second week of April, scaling up 11 spots on the music chart to beat out last week's winner Rain.

The new song by Lee has been gaining popularity since its release earlier this month on online music sites. She will be making her stage comeback today on the televised music program "Mnet Countdown"...More

SM sues TVXQ members for 2.2 bln won

Source | 2010/04/15 | Permalink

From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Park Yoo-chun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Asia Economic Daily]

Three members of boy band TVXQ, namely Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun and Xiah Junsu, have been sued a total 2.2 billion won, equivalent to nearly two million dollars, by major talenthouse SM Entertainment.

SM, in charge of discovering and managing the five-member band, had taken legal action against the three singers on Monday, filing an objection against a court's decision ordering provisional disposition of their working contracts as well as a lawsuit reclaiming their validity.

"We are demanding compensation for damages the agency and the remaining two members have suffered from the cosmetics business the three have undertaken and them also cancelling a concert in Shenzhen", SM stated in its complaint...More

SM takes legal action against TVXQ members

Source | 2010/04/14 | Permalink

From left, TVXQ members Xiah Junsu, Kim Jae-joong and Park Yoo-chun receive an award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 21, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

SM Entertainment, the talent powerhouse in charge of discovering and managing boy band TVXQ, has taken legal action against three of the group's members whose exclusive contract with the agency was nullified last year.

"On April 12, we filed an objection against the court's decision ordering provisional disposition of the contracts as well as a lawsuit to reclaim their validity", the agency stated through a press release Tuesday...More

Will Lee Hyori's Magic Work Again?

Source | 2010/04/13 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Sometimes nothing will go according to plan, even when you are a big star like Lee Hyori.

The singer has had her fair share of fame over the past 12 years, starting as the leader of the now disbanded girl group Fin.K.L, then as a solo singer and until recently the host of the popular television show "The Family is Out!" She is now back with a fresh album and, hopefully, a new look and tune, but returning to the pop scene after two years has proven to be tougher than expected.

First of all, there was the tragedy with the Navy frigate Cheonan. Lee's agency, Mnet Media, announced that they were postponing Lee's release of her fourth album, "H-Logic", from April 4 to 13. This was inevitable as most of the entertainment programs, including music shows, were being dropped by broadcasters due to the tragic incident. Along with the album, the online release of her tracks and music video were also pushed back.

Fans may have been disappointed, but the release of one of her tracks called "Swing" kept them busy. The hip-hop number showed that Lee has inde...More

Lee Hyori's new album sweeps online music charts

Source | 2010/04/13 | Permalink

Album cover of Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" [Mnet Entertainment]

Pop sensation Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" has skyrocketed to the top of online music charts in just a day of its release.

Title track "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has taken over the No. 1 spot on all music charts, while other tracks on her record have entered the top 50 of several online music charts including Melon, Dosirak and social networking website Cyworld.

On the web-based charts of cable music channel Mnet and music provider Bugs, the entire record listing successfully broke into the top 30 slots...More

Rain celebrates double win on Mnet charts

Source | 2010/04/13 | Permalink

Picture of Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]

Korean pop sensation Rain has made his way to the top of cable music channel Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Love Song".

The title track from the singer's latest album "BACK TO THE BASIC" bounced up three slots from its previous position to rank the hottest single during the week of April 5 to 11...More

Rain says was "swamped" with female celeb date requests

Source | 2010/04/13 | Permalink

Asian pop sensation Rain [Mnet]

K-pop sensation Rain said he was once "swamped" with date requests by female celebrities.

The 27-year-old singer made the remark on KBS talk show "Win Win" aired on Monday, responding to whether he had been asked out on a date by female celebrities before.

"It was after I finished promoting my second album containing song 'How to Avoid the Sun'.... I was completely swamped with them", Rain explained, recollecting on his experience from early 2004...More

Rain commands weekly music charts with "Love Song"

Source | 2010/04/12 | Permalink

Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]

Asian superstar Rain has taken command of online and offline music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Monday.

J.Tune stated that "Love Song", the title track from Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", climbed to the No. 1 spot on numerous online weekly charts including Melon, Dosirak, Mnet, Bugs and others...More

Lee Hyori pulls up album release to today

Source | 2010/04/12 | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]

Singer Lee Hyori's album will be released today, a day earlier than announced last week, according to her agency Mnet Media on Monday.

Mnet decided to pull up the date from midnight on Tuesday to 11 a.m. today, after the title song to her new album "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" got leaked on video website YouTube over the weekend...More

Lee Hyori to unveil teaser video to album title track today

Source | 2010/04/09 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori will be unveiling the teaser video to the title track of her upcoming album today, according to her agency Mnet Media on Friday.

Mnet explained that the teaser, a 30-second clip from the music video to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", will be released on major portal sites and various online music providers at 5 p.m. today...More

Lee Hyori postpones album release to April 13

Source | 2010/04/07 | Permalink

K-pop idol Lee Hyori for her song "Swing" [Mnet Entertainment]

Korean pop phenom Lee Hyori has postponed the release date of her new album "H-Logic", according to her agency Mnet Entertainment on Wednesday.

A representative at Mnet stated the date has been delayed from tomorrow to April 13, also pushing back the unveiling of her music video and title track.

"It is still unclear whether music shows will air this week so we didn't want to release the album first and have her wait too long till giving her first performance", Mnet explained of the reason for their decision...More

Rain takes the reigns of online music charts

Source | 2010/04/02 | Permalink

Rain on the cover of "BACK TO BASICS" [J. Tune Entertainment]

Asian pop sensation Rain has dominated all online music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday.

"Love Song", the title track from his special album "BACK TO BASICS" released at midnight on Tuesday, swept all Korean charts including Melon, Mnet, Dosirak, Bugs, Soribada, Hanteo, Monkey 3 and social networking site Cyworld...More

Lee Hyori unveils new single "Swing" from upcoming album

Source | 2010/04/02 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori in the music video for new single "Swing" [Mnet Media]

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori has unveiled a new single titled "Swing" from her upcoming fourth album "H-Logic", according to her agency Mnet Media.

The singer revealed her latest song and its music video through Mnet website and portal site Naver yesterday, prior to the record's official release on April 8.

"Swing", which is composed of acoustic guitar melodies, features Gary of popular Korean hip-hop duo Leessang...More

Lee Hyori gears up for comeback next week

Source | 2010/03/30 | Permalink

Korean pop singer Lee Hyori [Mnet Media]

Top Korean singer Lee Hyori is gearing up for a comeback to the K-pop music scene with her fourth album release next week, according to her agency Mnet Media.

Mnet on Monday unveiled a 30-second spot teaser video of the singer on and portal site Naver after having announced the previous day that Lee will be releasing a new record titled "H-Logic" on April 8...More

Lee Hyori's Comeback Teaser Unveiled

Source | 2010/03/29 | Permalink

After weeks of hype and speculation, M-net Media has finally unveiled a teaser video of K-pop sensation Lee Hyori's comeback of her fourth album. Titled "H-Logic", the video surfaced on and Naver Music at 11 AM on March 29, 2010.

Though the teaser is short, running for a mere 30 seconds, Lee Hyori shows off her typically dynamite style.

Teaser pictures of Lee Hyori had surfaced just a day before, showing off her new platinum blonde hair, a bright yellow and black patterned outfit, and smokey eye makeup. Lee who is known as a fashion and style icon in Korea, was also seen sporting a more casual attire of trendy athletic-wear.

What's even more noteworthy was the tiger that popped up in the teas...More

[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Dong-wook

Source | 2010/03/16 | Permalink

Actor Kim Dong-wook [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

My name is Kim Dong-wook.
I was born on July 29, 1983.
I like actor Johnny Depp especially in "Donnie Brasco" where he played an FBI agent who goes undercover and joins the mafia. I am greedy in the sense that I want to play masculine roles like that.
There was a period in my life where I felt uneasy if I didn't listen to music even for a minute. Wherever I went, wherever I was and even when I'm sleeping, I had to listen to music to calm myself mentally. I remember breaking my speakers when I connected them to my CD player and tried to play them in the shower. I still love music but not as much as I did back then...More

Se7en, BoA Back to Local Stage

Source | 2010/03/02 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Competition in the music industry this summer is expected to be fierce, with two favorites returning with new looks and sounds.

Se7en and BoA are both planning to release new albums this year, their firsts in more than three and five years, respectively.

Se7en, who made his debut in 2003, garnered fans with his signature smile, sleek dance moves and strong vocals. The 26-year-old had hits with albums "Just Listen", "Must Listen", "24/7" and "Se7onlution", but competing with fellow singer Rain proved to be hard, both in popularity and album sales.

The singer flew to the United States three years ago and it seemed he was making progress with collaborations with American rapper Lil' Kim and Amerie. His expectations faded, and fans started to wonder when he would return to the local stage. News that he would make a comeback came out last year, but according to his agency, YG Entertainment...More

Korea launches integrated K-pop music chart "GAON"

Source | 2010/02/23 | Permalink

Korea's music industry executives and artists gather at the launching ceremony for GAON held at The Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul, South Korea on February 23, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]

Integrated Korean pop music chart "GAON Music Chart" was launched today by Korea Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA).

"GAON will serve as the official K-pop music chart -- Korea's equivalent of the prestigious U.S. Billboard chart -- to rank singles and albums according to online and offline sales data provided by major web-based music providers (Bugs, Dosirak, Melon, Mnet and Soribada) and record distribution companies (Loen Entertainment, Mnet Media, SM Entertainment, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music)....More

Eight K-pop idols to host Mnet music show

Source | 2010/02/17 | Permalink

Idol group 2PM member Nichkhun [10Asia]

Eight Korean pop idols -- namely Nichkhun, Lee Junho, Chansung (of 2PM), Jo Kwon, Jeong Jinwoon (2AM), Kang Min-hyuk (C.N.Blue), Lee Joon and G.O (MBLAQ) -- have been selected to host cable music channel Mnet's weekly music show starting Thursday.

Mnet explained yesterday that the popular idol group members -- newly nicknamed "MCD GUYZ" -- will team into groups of three or fours and take turns co-hosting popular music show "M countdown" each week....More

[TV Program] Cable Networks Step Up Production Efforts

Source | 2010/02/12 | Permalink

"The Rollercoaster", Korean mystery detective "Jeong Yak-yong" Become Smash Hits on Cable NetworksViewers' Perception of Cable Networks Is Also Changing

Cable networks are stepping up their efforts to produce their own programs. Previously, cable networks simply served as an outlet for reruns of programs produced by major broadcasting networks.

Recently, however, they have begun launching their own productions including dramas, entertainment and educational programs and other shows which have proven quite successful. Last year, some cable channel programs such as "The Rollercoaster" (tvN) and Superstar K (Mnet) gained explosive popularity and even changed the way people think about cable networks.

In an effort to meet the viewers' changing expectations, cable channels are rushing to roll out new programs. Celebrities who previously appeared only on major TV networks or in movies are now showing up on cable channels as well, confirming the changing status of cable networks.

"The Rollercoaster", produced by the cable network tvN, became such a huge success that the network is planning to increase its drama production. tvN's "...More

Solo Singers Get Ready for 2010

Source | 2010/01/12 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Boy and girl bands may have conquered music charts last year, but solo singers are aiming at comebacks in 2010. But will they be able to win over fans amid the popularity of idol groups?

Lee Hyori and Kim Jong-kook, the two stars of the first season of the popular show "Family Outing" are returning to the small screen as singers this February. Netizens expressed their anticipation as the news spread that they were returning to the idol group dominated music scene, and experts are expecting a year of more diversity.

Lee, a former member of girl group fin.K.L in the late '90s, has become an icon among fellow singers and fans alike. Thanks to her likable personality, charismatic stage presence and fashion, she has not only topped music charts, but was also chosen as the most stylish singer in the nation at various events. The 30-year-old's popular songs and wardrobe have influenced many, and fans and music experts are waiting in anticipation for future hits and styles.

Expectations are high, but some doubt that the diva can...More

T-ara dominates TV music charts for second week

Source | 2010/01/11 | Permalink

Korean girl band T-ara [Core Contents Media]

Korean girl group T-ara dominated the K-pop charts on televised music shows for the second week in a row.

The group took the crown on KBS's "Music Bank" on Friday with their hit single "Bo Peep Bo Peep", the title track from their album "Absolute First Album"....More

[TV Program] New President of the Korea Broadcast Content Export Association Elected

Source | 2010/01/04 | Permalink

The Korea Creative Content Agency (President & CEO Lee Jae-woong) announced that it held a Regular Meeting for the Korea Broadcast Content Export Association at the 14th Floor Conference Room of the Sangam-dong Culture Contents Center last week. During the meeting, Yi Sang-ok, Director of the Overseas Business Team of MBC, was elected as the new president of the association.

Yi Sang-ok said, "The role of the person responsible for the overseas distribution of content is becoming increasingly important. The Korea Broadcast Content Export Association will strengthen its basis and promote its competitiveness while devoting itself to the development of new fields".

President Yi Sang-ok will strive to secure actual support from the government to increase the export of broadcast contents, conduct research and ...More

[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009

Source | 2009/12/30 | Permalink

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?...More

2NE1 Picked Artist of the Year by Mnet

Source | 2009/12/15 | Permalink

The girl group 2NE1 has been named the "Artist of the Year" by

The four-member girl group 2NE1 has been named the "Artist of the Year" by music portal, grabbing the honor in their debut year. announced the result Tuesday, after analyzing its online music charts from Jan. 1 to Dec. 10.

The girl group was also crowned in the best album category, underlining it is at the top of the domestic pop music scene.

Created by the makers of Big Bang, YG Entertainment, the group ― comprised of Sandara Park, CL, Bom and Minzy ― debuted in May with their single "Fire" and since then has steadily built up their popularity with the ...More

Super Junior, Girls' Generation Shine

Source | 2009/12/11 | Permalink

Golden Disk Awards Congratulates SM Bands; but Fails to Bring Fairness

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Super Junior and Girls' Generation from SM Entertainment took home the Grand Prize and the Grand Prize for Digital Music Source, respectively, at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards held at the Olympic Hall, Thursday.

The award for Best Hip Hop went to Epik High, while the Best Rock Award was given to Jang Ki-ha and the Faces. 4Minute and T-ara won Best Rookie Awards, while the Most Popular Singer Awards were given to Super Junior and SHINee.

As one of the biggest music award ceremonies in Korea, the Golden Disk Award...More

3 TVXQ Members in Charity

Source | 2009/12/06 | Permalink

The three members of top pop group TVXQ, who have been in a dispute over what they called a slave-like contact with their agency SM Entertainment, will meet fans Saturday in a charity event.

Yes24, an Internet bookstore, said in a notice on its Web site that the three ― Xiah, Mickey and Kim Jae-joong ― will take part in the "Smile Again"' charity to be held at a gym in Korea University in Seoul at 5 p.m. But Yunho and Changmin, the group's two other members who didn't join the rebellion, will not be present at the event.

"Smile Again" is a charity to be organized by the ChildFund Korea.

This is the first time since the Mnet Asian Music Awards in late November that the three TVXQ members will meet fans. Xia is scheduled to appear in the musical "Mozart" in January.

In late October, a court ruled that the three mem...More

Women at the Helm at CJ, Shinsegae

Source | 2009/12/03 | Permalink

Two granddaughters of Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chol wield tremendous power in the CJ and Shinsegae groups, which are affiliated with the Samsung conglomerate. The epicenters of power are CJ Group vice chairwoman Lee Mi-kyung and Shinsegae vice president Chung Yoo-kyung. Lee is a core part of CJ's management who leads the group's new growth businesses of entertainment ventures. Chung was promoted on Tuesday from managing director of the Westin Chosun Hotel to vice president of Shinsegae.

◆ Spearheading CJ's Entertainment Business

CJ's broadcast and media business is booming this year. "Super Star K", a reality show on cable music TV station Mnet to discover new singing talent, achieved 8.47 percent ratin...More

Choose Concert to Warm Up December

Source | 2009/11/24 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Music fans will have a tough time deciding which concerts to attend this December, as some of Korea's best singers will present their songs at separate events.

Ballads Galore

Shin Seung-hun, who recently released his second mini-album, "Love O'clock", will dazzle his fans at his concert titled "The Shin Seung-hun Show". The performance has become famous both in Korea and Japan, featuring great music and special stages for his fans. Tickets cost from 66,000 to 132,000 won and will be held at Olympic Hall, Olympic Park, Dec. 18-20.

Park Hyo-shin, who held his 10th anniversary concert in October, is offering his "2009 Gift Live Tour +" on Dec. 30 and 31. More than 200 staff members, including 120 dancers and chorus singers, will help Park prepare a show with various events. Tickets cost from 44,000 to 121,000 won and will be held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium.

Boy-next-door singer Lee Seung-gi, having recovered from the H1N1 virus, will show his versatility and engage in a special dance act with fellow dancers. Lee's concert will be held at the Fencing Stadium, Olympic Park, on Dec. 12 and 13. Tickets cost from 55,000 to 110,000 won.

Join Bobby Kim, Kim Bum-soo and ...More

All TVXQ Members to Perform in Japan

Source | 2009/11/23 | Permalink

The five members of K-pop boy band TVXQ will put on a performance together for a Nippon Television music show on Thursday in Japan, the first time in about three months that all members will perform together. Three of the five members are currently in a dispute with their agency SM Entertainment.

They also plan to take the stage together for another Japanese TV music show in early December, according to the Japanese broadcasters' Web sites, Monday.

The news of their performances in Japan came just two days after the three renegade members ― Xiah, Park Yoo-chun and Kim Jae-joong ― expressed their friendship with the two other band members at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Award (MAMA) in the Jamsil Gymnasium in southeastern Seoul, Saturday.

Yunho and Changmin, who are not involved in the dispute, did not attend the show as SM Entertainment boycotted the year-end music festival.

After receiving the Best Asian Stars award, the trio said it would have been better if all five members had stood together on the same stage.

"This award was only possible because five people all worked together", Xiah said.

Hero also said, "I'm happy and thankful as this prize is from Asian fans. I don'...More

3 TVXQ Members in MAMA

Source | 2009/11/22 | Permalink

The three members of top pop group TVXQ, who have been in dispute over what is called a slave-like contact with their agency SM Entertainment, Saturday took the stage in South Korea for the first time since the conflict erupted.

The three _ Xiah, Park Yoo-chun and Kim Jae-joong _ appeared in the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Award (MAMA) held at Jamsil Gymnasium in southeastern Seoul.

Yunho and Changmin, the group's two other members who didn't join the rebellion, were not seen as SM decided not to take part in the year-end music festival.

After receiving the Best Asian Stars award, the three rebellious members expressed thanks to their fans and said amid cheers, "It would have been better if all the five members stood on the same stage"....More

Music Awards Has Fresh Yet Disappointing Start

Source | 2009/11/22 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) came to an end Saturday, but unfortunately, there were some shortcomings despite it being called Asia's best music award event.

The much-anticipated event was held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium, with young fans lined up near the entrances in hopes of catching a glimpse of some of their favorite K-pop singers.

Mnet Media scrapped its 10-year Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF) in October, announcing that it was bringing an upgraded music event for not only fans in Korea, but throughout Asia as well. While the overall show was entertaining, it failed to truly captivate fans with its results and concept.

The red carpet entrance was a good way to kick off the six-hour event, with female singers donning stylish outfits, mostly in black, some in fur and others in leather.

MAMA offered eight main stages, or "waves", each with special concepts and performances.

The first wave, "Asian Fever", featured Drunken Tiger, who later won the Best Male Solo Artist. The award for the Best Female Solo Artist went to Baek Ji-young. The Best New Male Artist went to the Supreme Team, while 2NE1 won the Best New Female Artist, and two other awards eventually, including the Best Music Video and, one of the grand prizes, the Best Song of the Year for "I Don't Care".

The second wave, "Girls x Girls", featured top girl groups the Brown Eyed Girls, which won the Best Female Group and Best House & Electronic awards, and Kara, which won Best Dance.


[ChanMi's star news] Han Go-eun's sexy beauty!

Source | 2009/11/21 | Permalink

Han Go-eun has attended the Mnet Asian Music Awards!

She is posing for the camera in her sexy makeup and outfit!

This event is shown in 10 different countries awarding singers, songs, a...More

OST album of 'You're Beautiful' soars with nearly 20,000 copies sold in the first week

2009/10/27 | Permalink

OST of SBS idol drama, "You're Beautiful" has created a sensation in the music market. The OST album sales have reached nearly 20,000 within 7 days upon its release on Oct. 14.

The production company of the OST said, "OST album of "You're Beautiful", unveiled on 14th, has sold 15,000 copies until on 22nd". "The album has been sold consistently even now so that it will pass the 20,000 mark in days".

The OST album placed 1st on the first day of the release in the Hant...More

Mnet's New Music Awards to Be Held Next Month

Source | 2009/10/26 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Mnet Media, one of Korea's most popular music networks, will scrap its 10-year-old music festival for a new one titled "2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards" (MAMA).

The former event "Mnet KM Music Festival" (MKMF) was organized by two music cable channels, Mnet and KM. It was considered one of the biggest music award events in Korea. However, Mnet surprised fans when they posted a large sign on its Web site early this month saying that they were not holding the MKMF this year.

Curiosity emerged, and the network finally announced that they were creating a new event that would attract not only Korea's most popular singers, but also those from around the world.

"Our final goal is to not only show the best of Korean music to the world, but also become Asia's representative award event and attract other famous artists to come as well", Mnet Media said.

The network is preparing subtle yet unique changes, from the style of the event to the judging system.

The biggest change will be the overall concept.


[ChanMi's star news] Yoon Jin-seo and her boyfriend!

Source | 2009/09/30 | Permalink

Actress Yoon Jin-seo and her boyfriend Lee Taek-geun have been in a model shoot together.

For those of you who don't know Lee, he is a baseball sports star!

The couple have been in a jean model shoot for which the video of their m...More

Super Star K Produces Its First Singer

Source | 2009/09/25 | Permalink

Korea's talent search show, Super Star K, on Mnet produced its first professional singer. Jeong Seul-ki left a very strong impression on music industry insiders and the show's judges although she was eliminated in the fourth preliminary round. She sang "I Have No Heart" by 8ight and moved Lee Hyori to tears.

Jeong signed a contract with Brand New Stardom, an age...More

Lee Hyori, Wilber Pan to Appear in Hyundai Motor Ad

Source | 2009/07/16 | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori, 30, and Taiwanese singer Wilber Pan, 29, will appear together in a TV commercial to be shown in China and perform the background song as a duet. Lee's agency, Mnet Media, said the two singers had been cast for a TV commercial for Hyundai Motor's "i30" and will record its background song in Korean and Chinese. They will begin shooting the commercial on July 19 in China.

The commercial will be produced in the form of "branded entertainment", like Samsung Electronics' Anycall commercials, which featured diverse content. It will be produced by director Cha Eun-taek and songwriter Pa...More

Battle of Girl Groups Under Way

Source | 2009/07/14 | Permalink

Reigning girl group Girls' Generation is ahead of the game, for now.

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The local pop scene is sizzling with an array of girl groups, both old and new, and the competition is expected to heat up with each band presenting distinctive sounds, fashion and personalities.

Reigning Groups

Girls' Generation and the Wonder Girls have been the top girl groups for the past two years, but now their thrones are starting to look a bit shaky as new groups loaded with new tricks have appeared.

The nine-member Girls' Generation, of SM Entertainment, released their new album "Genie" in June, donning a marine and military style for their new look. They have been topping charts on Internet music Web sites and music programs aired on television.

Despite the success, the group's image has been smeared by several incidents: First there was the rumor regarding an album cover that depicted a Japanese fighter jet; then the discord between band members; seen from clips taken by fans during rehearsals; and finally a plagiarism dispute, an allegation which later turned out to be false.

The Wonder Girls, of JYP Entertainment, on the other hand, are busy in the United States as the opening act of the Jonas Brothers' U.S. tour. The group was originally scheduled for 13 concerts, but after the girls surprised both fans and organizers with their witty handling of a technical delay, they were offered to open the entire 45 concerts.

Photos and clips of the five girls performing on stage dressed in their colorful retro outfits and matching wigs have captivate...More

Actor Lee Joon-gi in Japanese Spotlight

Source | 2009/07/13 | Permalink

By Ines Min
Contributing Writer

Actor-turned-singer Lee Joon-gi is making a return to center stage in Japan with concerts in Kobe and Yokohama on July 18 and 19. The event will commemorate the re-opening of his fan club, Splendor.

Lee previously recorded and released music in 2006, but his new single in April was his first time back on the music scene. Another EP is due later this year and the undying love of his fans has thrust him back into the public eye.

The 27-year-old gained widespread fame for his role as an androgynous court jester in the film "...More

More Viewer Participation in TV Shows

Source | 2009/06/16 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

An array of programs by cable channels are presenting programs that beckon viewers to stand in front of the camera themselves.

Cable music channel Mnet leads these programs, with a total of three programs open for viewers to join in and become a part of them. One of the most anticipated is "Superstar K", which is the Korean version of the United States' hit program "American Idol". With a winning prize of more than 100 million won and the chance to make a debut this coming fall backed by music mogul Mnet, more than 5,000 viewers applied on the first day of admissions.

"There were plenty of similar music programs that held auditions for aspiring singers but the problem with most of them was the lack of support and interest given to the winners after the program. Another important feature we focused on is that literally anyone can participate and try out to become the next top singer of Korea", the makers of "Superstar K" said through a statement.

The program toured around the nation in search of talented contestants for the past two months and brought out interesting participants from different regions of the country.

Kim Byung-soo, 69, is one of the many interesting contestants; just the type the program makers were searching for.

Kim is a North Korean defector who arriv...More

Domestic broadcast content is tailored according to local conditions

Source | 2009/06/15 | Permalink

Well-made existing programs are refined through formatting, aiming at foreign market
To promote format export, which recently emerges as a new business model for content exports, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA, President & CEO: Lee Jae-woong) announced that they have selected 14 best programs such as KBS's 'Happy Together-Friends' and 'Couple Clinic: Love and War', and 'Interview Game' of Every Show Co., Ltd. to provide financial assistance worth a total of 358 million won for their format bible production.
Among those selected are 11(79% of the total) programs of edutainment genre which has been less exported. What is unique about the production support is that programs which are no longer on air or some corners of a program have been chosen. The examples include 'Guerilla Concert' of MBC's Sunday Sunday Night and 'Happy Together-Friends'. Formatting allows a program which is no longer on air to produce new added value and entertainment programs to be exported to ar...More

Panelists Discuss Ways to Open New Era for Hallyu

Source | 2009/05/28 | Permalink

By Kang Hyun-kyung
Staff Reporter

Younghoon David Kim, chairman of energy, environment and culture-based business Dae-sung Group, had a nice surprise in China two years ago when he was on a business trip.

An executive from China Film Group Corporation, the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China, expressed deep enthusiasm about forging a partnership with Kim's business which invested part of its capital in producing cultural products.

"I was told that Korean soap operas were very popular there. Due to the guidelines set by the government, Chinese people were allowed to watch made-in-Korea dramas only after 10 p.m. Despite the inconvenience, families gathered together in front of television late at night to watch Korean dramas", said the businessman.

Before the business trip, Kim confessed he thought the Chinese madness to hallyu was waning.

"To link the enthusiasm to business opportunities, I think we need to stop using the term hallyu that embraces some defensive meaning on made-in-Korea cultural products in China", he said.

Chinese media coined the term of hallyu &...More

T-MAX Holds 1st Concert in Japan

Source | 2009/05/14 | Permalink

The group T-MAX has successfully held its first concert in Japan, showing off the charm and talent of its members.

T-MAX's popularity has been on the rise since the TV drama "Boys over Flowers" drew the spotlight on the satellite channel Mnet. On May 10, the group gave two concerts, both entitled "T-MAX First Live", at the Astro Hall in Tokyo. The band opened the concerts with the songs "Bang Bang Boom" from its 2007 debut album and "Bad Tooth". It also performed rock songs and ballads with a four-member Japanese band.

The T-MAX members freely communicated with their audiences in Japanese because they have st...More

'F4 Special Edition' to be Unveiled April 28 on

Source | 2009/04/28 | Permalink

A music drama about the lives of the so-called "F4" men -- Gu Jun-pyo, Yoon Ji-hoo, So Yi-jung and Song Woo-bin -- five years from now is to be produced soon.

The 25-minute omnibus music drama will be unveiled on April 28 on the music portal The actors playing the F4 team -- Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Beom and Kim Jun -- have personally selected the music for the production. The drama made headlines after its video teaser was unveiled on April 20 on It aroused great curiosity a...More

SeeYa's Nam Gyu-ri Out of the Group

Source | 2009/04/21 | Permalink

Female trio SeeYa is one member short now that its main vocal Nam Gyu-ri has left the team. SeeYa's management company, Core Contents Media, released a statement on Monday to explain that Nam has left the group despite the fact that she is still contracted for two more years. The agency says that Nam, Kim Yeon-ji and Lee Bo-ram had each signed a five-year exclusive contract with GM Planning (currently Mnet Media) in February 2006. But when GM was acquired by Mnet Media later in 2006, they had all signed three-year contracts and agreed to work the remaining two years with the CEO of Core ...More

Protecting Music Through Copyrights Education

Source | 2009/04/21 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Trying to stop illegal music downloading on the Internet may seem like an impossible task, as young and old Internet users alike freely download copyrighted songs without awareness of the criminal implications.

In the past, music companies would chase after people who illegally downloaded music, but this proved to be largely ineffective in deterring other downloaders.

Now, the music industry has changed tactics. According to Lee Deok-yo, the CEO of the Korean Association of Phonogram Producers (KAPP), the industry is fighting against rampant music piracy through an information campaign featuring pop stars like Wonder Girls and FT Island, and improving technical protection for digital audio files.

"We have sued people who have downloaded contents illegally, but we soon realized our actions would not help in rooting out the already widely-known and practice. The downloaders were young, high school and even middle school students, and it was quite a shock for them to be sued by an organi...More

Nationwide Talent Search Draws Thousands

Source | 2009/04/07 | Permalink

Do you want to be a star? Then try your luck and show your talent at the auditions for "Superstar K", the Korean version of "American Idol". The talent search show began accepting phone applications for the show on Monday, but the ARS phone service (1566-0199) were suspended for two hours, because of an overwhelming number of calls made to register for the audition. Over 5,600 applicants registered over the phone and the Superstar K homepage ( saw over 400 thousand hits in just a few hours. The show's organizer, Mnet Media, said that they never dreamed of such explosive responses. They're in the process of installing more ARS lines.


[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jung-won's photoshoot

Source | 2009/03/25 | Permalink

She is another actress taking a bold transformation.

Choi Jung-won is the second guest to the 'Be Fabulous' corner on Mnet. She has transformed from the lovely innocent image into a sexy femme fatale!

Her concept was of one well-known and wanted photographer in New York. She is wearing a simple shirt with jeans and some smoky makeup with natural curls.

Choi's transformation will be revealed on March 31st....More

Stars Look to Revive Hallyu in Japan

Source | 2009/02/24 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Some may say that hallyu, or the Korean wave, is over, but according to some celebrities' plans, the wave is just waiting for the perfect time to hit harder.

Singers and actors alike are moving their radars to Japan, with new albums, fan meetings and new dramas, a perfect way to reinvigorate the star power of local celebrities.

Singers Shin Seung-hun and R&B group SG Wannabe will release new albums in Japan this March. Shin, who proved his ballad power in Japan with his first album four years ago, returned to the local ballad scene last year, releasing a local album for the first time in two years. Recently announcing a concert tour in cities like Osaka and Tokyo starting in April, the 40-year-old singer's second album will be released March 25 and bring fans his new acoustic sounds.

SG Wannabe, consisting of Kim Jin-ho, Kim Yong-jun and Lee Suk-hun, will release its fifth album, "Rainbow", in Japan March 11. Making its Japanese debut last year, the group recorded a total of 12 songs, all in Japanese. SG Wannab...More

"Boys over Flowers" to Air in Japan from April 12

Source | 2009/02/10 | Permalink

KBS 2TV's immensely popular drama "Boys over Flowers", based on a hit Japanese comic, will air in Japan from April 12.

Japan's Mnet, a main channel of Korean broadcasts, will air the Korean drama series every Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Before the airing, Mnet will feature a special program on March 14 highlighting the "F4" actors, ...More

SS501 Upbeat about Dual Hit

Source | 2009/01/20 | Permalink

The five member male idol group SS501 has scored successes in both music and drama.

The title song of the group's mini album released by only three of the members--Heo Yeong-seang, Kim Hyung-jun, Kim Gyoo-jong--and entitled "U R Man" has ranked as the top "Mutizen Song" in a SBS TV music program, while ranking number one for two weeks on the cable Mnet channel program "M! Countdown".

Member Kim Hyun-joong, who is currently not a member of the band due to his acting career, is also climbing in popularity as the sensational hit KBS 2TV drama "Boys over Flowers" has topped 20% in viewer ratings.

SS501 is particulary happy about the music-drama synergy effect.

The group appeared as themselves singing U R Man in a dance club scene ...More

Lee Hyori Too Ill for Award Ceremonies

Source | 2008/12/29 | Permalink

Hospitalized for acute pneumonia and excessive fatigue, K-pop diva Lee Hyori will be absent from all the year-end award ceremonies. Her representative MNet Media reported that Lee has been diagnosed with pneumonia, malnutrition, and over exhaustion, and has been ordered by her doctors to take at least 10 days of complete bed rest.

Lee's condition has forced her to c...More

Rain Launches Six to Five Fashion Line

2008/12/29 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Rain has had a busy year but is about to wear a new hat: designer of his own clothing line.

The 26-year-old singer held a showcase in Ilsan last week to announce the launching of "Six to Five" with the help of fellow celebrities and fans.

Dressed in a neat black and white tuxedo, Rain explained the line's overall concept and objectives to reporters, not as a singer, but as the head designer and main model.

"`Six to Five' means that we are aiming to reach the sixth sense from our original five senses. I also wanted to use numbers to make it easier to find and comfortable to approach", he said.

Six to Five will start business in Korea and then expand elsewhere in Asia and then Europe and the United States.

"I think it's a bit unreasonable to call myself a designer. I never le...More

Jang Keun-suk Opens Japanese Fan Site

Source | 2008/12/10 | Permalink

Jang Keun-suk's popularity is expected to soar even further with the upcoming launch of the popular Korean TV drama series "Beethoven Virus" in Japan.

Jang recently opened his official Japanese website ( ) and will prepare a special event to meet with his fans. He also plans to provide realtime information for his fans via a mobile fan site.

The Korean Council will also hold a "Korean Film Showcase" from December 13 to 19 at the Tokyo CQN theater featuring "Baby and I" and "...More

Actors Take Pay Cut in Economic Downturn

Source | 2008/12/09 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The global economic crisis and corresponding local business sentiments are spreading over to the entertainment sector. Planned dramas are being dropped from production while top celebrities are willingly reducing their paychecks.

Main broadcasters MBC, KBS and SBS have each cut one drama from their programming budgets this fall, as production costs, along with actors' paychecks, are still soaring higher than ever.

At a seminar dubbed "The Crisis of TV dramas and Normalization of Performance Fees", drama directors from television networks, producers from outsource production companies, actors, scholars and civil group members got together to further discuss the reality and come up with constructive solutions.

"Production costs have jumped 25 percent to even 120 percent since 2004. The surprising part of the jump is that almost 60 percent of it is due to the paychecks (of the actors)", said Ha Yun-geum from the Korean Broadcasting Institute.

The paychecks given to top actors ranged from one million won to nine million won in 2002, but the number has jumped to 10 million and higher. Now it takes about 25 million won per episode to bring a top celebrity to star in a...More

Male, Female Singer Alike Returning to Fans

Source | 2008/11/11 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Autumn is considered "men's season" here, with the cool fall breeze blowing jackets open and solitude flowing in the air. But this year, the local pop scene will be crowded with both male and female singers. Singers like Jo Sung-mo, Wheesung, Kim Jong-kook and Rain have returned to the pop scene, while Lee Hyori, Lee Soo-young and Baek Ji-young are also following closely behind.

Soulful crooners Jo Sung-mo and Kim Jong-kook have both returned after completing their military service, but they chose to meet fans through different channels.

Jo, who made it big back in the late 1990s with his delicate voice and sweet ballads, has been b...More

Lee Hyori to hold first solo concert since debut

Source | 2008/10/28 | Permalink

The nation's foremost pop diva, Lee Hyori will hold her first solo concert since her debut on Dec. 20 at the Seoul Jamsil Gymnasium.

According to her management MNET Media, "Since her debut as a member of the all-female super group FINKL in 1998, she is determined to give her fans the greatest concert ... her very first concert since debuting as a solo artist in 2003".

Since the...More

Seminar for Digital Sound Source and Activation of Sound Businesses

Source | 2008/10/27 | Permalink

'Seminar for Digital Sound Source and Activation of Sound Businesses of Asia's Culture-Oriented City', hosted by Asia's Culture-Oriented City of Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (Minister: In-Chon Yu) and managed by Gwangju Information Cultural Industry Agency, is held at 3:00 pm on 30th in Kim Dae-Jung Convention Center of Gwangju.

This seminar is for deducing strategies as a core content of Asia's culture-oriented city, collection of Asian cultural resources of Asian Culture Complex Information Cente...More

[ChanMi's star news] Different images of Lee Da-hae

Source | 2008/10/27 | Permalink

Lee Da-hae is revealing many sides of her.

Her acting in the MBC drama "East of Eden" is a big hit.
Lee Da-hae has also been in "My Girl" and "Hello, Miss" as a cute and bright attractive girl, but in "East of Eden", she is a strong and bold ...More

Rain's 5th Album Teaser to Be Released

Source | 2008/10/01 | Permalink

A teaser music video of the hottest K-pop star Rain's fifth album will be released on Thursday, October 2nd. Rain's agent said that the teaser video of "Love Story" will be first posted on online music sites like MNet and major portal sites. Now Rain's fans will be able to get a taste of his new music video shot in some of the trendiest places in southern Seoul.

Actress Ha Ji-won has co-starred ...More

Lee Hyori & Uhm Jung-hwa Perform Together

Source | 2008/08/18 | Permalink

The "sexy divas" of K-pop, Lee Hyori and Uhm Jung-hwa, will be performing on-stage together for the first time.

Lee Hyori interviewed Uhm on the Mnet reality program which ended in May, "Off the Record with Hyo-lee". During the candid interview, Uhm confessed her feelings about returning to the music scene and in a moment of on-air bonding, the two decided to give a joint performance.

That performance will be at the "2nd Mnet 20's Choice" summer ceremony on August 23rd at 5 p.m. at Seoul's Jangchung Stadium.

"I have great respect for Uhm Jung-hwa", said Lee Hyori. "I'm honored to be able to join her on-stage.

We will give you a performance that can only be made possible w...More

'Hyorish' Is Sexy, Friendly

Source | 2008/08/10 | Permalink

By Min Hee-young
Korea Times Intern

Like her or not, pop icon Lee Hyori has guts.

Besides the usual suggestive photos and controversial lyrics, the pop diva's latest display of audacity is the name of her newest album. In typical Hyo-lee demeanor, the artist opted for a new spin on the standard self-titled album, with "It's Hyorish".

Rather than using her given name like most artists, she has invented a new word: "Hyorish" which is an adjective that describes all things Hyori.

"We tried to portray Hyo-lee's charms through the word `Hyorish'. There are ...More

TV Program Omits Part About Singer Yoo

Source | 2008/07/29 | Permalink

By Kim Ji-soo
Staff Reporter

Singer Steve Seungjun Yoo's attempt at a comeback ― his second one in seven years ―has failed yet again.

The 32-year-old was to appear in MBC's "Never Ending Story" on July 30, as part of a documentary about Chinese action star Jackie Chan. However, after the appearance of Yoo became known, strong public opinion against him made the production team cut out the segment featuring the singer.

"The program is about Jackie Chan. We thought a scene of Chan meeting Yoo wouldn't cause such a big problem. However, considering the public opinion, we made the final decision to leave it out", a staff member on the ...More

Park Yong-ha Attracts 23,000 Fans to Fan Meeting in Japan

Source | 2008/07/28 | Permalink

Hallyu star Park Yong-ha met with some 23,000 Japanese fans through a series of fan meetings in eight major Japanese cities, including Sendai.

Some 5,000 fans flocked to see Park, their favorite Korean actor and singer, the first day of the fan meeting held at the Marunouchi Tokyo International Forum A Hall.

During the fan meeting, Park said he plans ...More

Songs from Lee Hyori's Third Studio Album Illegally Distributed

Source | 2008/07/16 | Permalink

Mnet Media is calling on cyber investigators to dig into the illegal distribution of songs from Lee Hyori's third studio album.

Mnet Media said that songs from the singer's latest album were recently found to have been distributed online. It said it is determined to dig into the matter by consulting a cyber investigation team.

The company, which had originally planned on uploading five songs from the album through s...More

Female Singers Return for Summer

Source | 2008/06/24 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Summer is not just about the sizzling sun, cool beaches and ice cream; it's also about new styles, music and fashion.

Top Korean female singers are preparing for big comebacks this season and some are already making headlines with their new looks and music.

Lee Hyori, Ivy and Jang Yoon-jeong are ready to surprise fans with their new music and styles.

Lee, one of Korea's favorite female singers, is planning to make a comeback next month and is already making fans wonder about her new look and melodies. Lee's management, Mnet Media, recently released a tea...More

"On Air" will air in Japan in July... love call from all over Asia

Source | 2008/06/12 | Permalink

On the 4th, a representative from SBS said, "Agreements are almost finished with Mnet Japan. From July, "On Air" will be aired in Japan".

When asked the price of each episode, he said, "I can't reveal that, but it was sold at the highest price out of the recent Korean dramas. For each episode, it is at least 60 million won ($US 60,000)".

"On Air" is receiving love calls from Southeast Asia and China. The production company said, "The television rights have been sold to Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. We are almost finished with agreements with China".


Jin Won - Park Min-ji, confirmed lovers

Source | 2008/05/29 | Permalink

The rumors between Jin Won and Park Min-ji are true.

Jin Won's management company said in an interview, "It has been a year since they've dated. They were able to get closer while shooting a drama". They have appeared as a couple in "Super Mom", which ended last August.

According to the company, Jin Won tried to prevent the news from getting out. He was worried that Park Min-ji would have to face the consequences.

The company said, "Recently, after the rumor came out, I think they are enjoying their dates. Please help them ...More

Epik High's Tablo Recovers from Car Accident

Source | 2008/05/22 | Permalink

Hip hop group Epik High's leader Tablo has returned to work after a car accident left him in hospital on Tuesday. He appeared on the cable music channel Mnet's "M Countdown" and hosted his live radio program "Tablo's Dreamy Radio" Thursday night.

Tablo's representative Ulim Entertainment says that the singer has decided to resume his TV and radio appearances, promising the doctors that he won't overexert himself. He has to return to hospital after work, because he has not been discharged yet.

Tablo has thanked his fans for their support and concern about his w...More

Reality Programs Hit Cable Television

Source | 2008/04/29 | Permalink

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

The trend on television these days is "reality" and these are beginning to dominate productions.

Reality shows depict the stories of people of their lives. Unlike a drama or a talk show, the flow is more natural and most importantly, unpredictable. The programs delve deeper into meaning and look at those who are different. Boredom turns to entertainment.

Mnet Media launched their "star reality" programs a while ago, and they have become widely popular among other cliche programs.

"Off the Record Lee Hyori" takes a look into the life of Korea's top singer. The cameras literally barge into her house, her studio and even her closet. Being a famou...More

"New Heart" Ji Sung Feels the Love

Source | 2008/04/24 | Permalink

Actor Ji Sung is planning an official trip to Japan for the first time after his mandatory military service.

He became very popular in Japan after his part in the TV drama, "All In". After his 2-year military service, he made a successful comeback into the spotlight with the MBC drama "New Heart" (Teleplay by Hwang Eun-kyeong, Directed by Park Hong-gyoon). Next month, ...More

New Singers to Watch for in 2008

Source | 2008/01/22 | Permalink

By Kwon Mee-yoo
Staff Reporter

Idol groups such as the Wonder Girls, Big Bang and Girls' Generation dominated the pop charts last year. This power of youngsters in the Korean pop music industry will likely to continue this year, steered by the big entertainment companies.

Amid the overall slump in the K-pop industry, JYP, the entertainment company run by singer-producer J.Y. Park, hopes for another successful year.

Referred to as "the jewel of JYP", Joo is certainly the most prominent new face of the year.

Joo participated in SBS's talent show "Super Star Survival" (2006) in collaboration with JYP. Though not the winner of the show, she got into the training program at JYP.

Since JYP has produced many hit singers such as G.O.D, Rain and Wonder Girls, expectations on Joo were high eve...More

How did Kim Tae-hee – Song Hye-kyo – Soo Ae became best dressers?

Source | 2008/01/17 | Permalink

Not only stars become best friends to each other. A stylist maintains much closer relationship to a star than their manager and is solely responsible for their management. Therefore they are an inseparable assistance and a strong supporter and a best friend.

If a certain star made a sudden escape from disgraceful "worst dress" to honourable "Best dresser" category, there must be a well-matched stylist behind them.

Actor Lee Young-ae often says that she shared "10-years-old friendship" with Ma Yong-hee, her stylist. Hereupon once can see a relationship between a star and their stylist is beyond what is shared between colleagues.

A program called "Trend Report, Feel – Season II" (directed by PD Lee Sun-young/ 11pm on Tuesday) from Mnet, investigated the inseparable relationship between a star and their stylist and analys...More

Top Stars to Attend Paris Hilton's Benefit Party

Source | 2007/11/09 | Permalink

Top Korean celebrities will attend a charity party held by the visiting pop heiress Paris Hilton.

Jung Woo-sung, Jo In-sung, Lee Jung-jae, Lee Dong-gun, Ock Joo-hyun, Cho Yeo-jeong and the female band LPG will attend the party held Fr...More

Video Scandal Casts Cloud Over Ivy's Schedule

Source | 2007/11/05 | Permalink

Singer "Ivy" is going through a rough patch after the arrest of a man named Yu (31) last week who had attempted to blackmail her with a revealing video clip showing him with the K-pop star. "It is possible that such video clips exist since "Ivy" slept over at Yu's place quite often, but none were shot with her consent", "Ivy" publicist Fantom Entertainment said Friday. Yu and "Ivy" had been in a romantic relationship for the past two years.

"Ivy" is this year's undisputed no.1, rising to the top with her second album "Sonata of Temptation" released early this year and is also busy shooting commercials for everything from cosmetics to drinks. "The incident has made it impossible for "Ivy" to go on with her public appearances or even go for a simple walk outside", says her agency. That requires a rethink of her scheduled appearance at various end-of-the-year events and commercial shoots. They could include the 2007 Mnet KM Music Festival...More

More Foreign Faces in Korean Dramas

Source | 2007/08/28 | Permalink

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Staff Reporter

Perhaps a reflection of the growing awareness of an increasingly multiracial Korea, a growing number of foreign faces are appearing on Korean television. More and more Korean dramas are casting foreign-born actors and actresses, although in supporting roles.

In recent years, hunky actors like Daniel Henney and Dennis Oh, who are partly Korean, have won the hearts of fans, even though they can barely speak Korean.

Now, it's the turn of good-looking and fluent Korean speakers like exotic British-Japanese Eva Popiel and blonde Belgian Julian Quintart to make a splash on the entertainment scene.

Foreign Beauties

Eva Popiel, a young Japanese-British woman who attracted attention after appearing in the hit KBS talk show "Beauties Chatterbox", is now parlaying her popularity into an acting career.

At the press conference for the KBS1 daily series "Likable or Not" ("I Hate You, But It's Fine"), Popiel attracted media attention because this is her first acting role, though she may have even overshadowed the drama's lead stars ...More

"Goong S"("Prince Hours") Members Se7en and Huh Yi-jae To Hold Fan Meeting In Japan

Source | 2007/05/17 | Permalink

In commemoration of the MBC drama "Prince Hours", a large-scale fan meeting will be held in Japan. This drama is due to air on the 9th of next month in Japan through SKY PerfecTV! on the Korean channel Mnet.

Mnet invited the main characters of the drama, Se7en and Huh Yi-jae, to come to Tokyo for a fan meeting on June 15th.

Following up after the popular drama "Princess Hours", which aired last year in Japan,...More

Jang Dong-gun, Bae Yong-joon and others awarded at the First Annual Hallyu Awards

Source | 2007/05/16 | Permalink

The Korean Entertainment Industry Society selected Jang Dong-gun, Bae Yong-joon, and 21 others to be awarded at the first Hallyu Awards.

In the star category, Jang Dong-gun and Jun Ji-hyun (movie), Bae Yong-joon...More

Lee Hyori Sizzles in Calvin Klein

Source | 2007/03/04 | Permalink

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Staff Reporter

Calvin Klein Jeans ads are known for their ultra-sexy, provocative and oftentimes controversial images.

So, it came as no surprise to many when Calvin Klein Jeans picked sexy fashion icon Lee Hyori as its first ever model for Asia. Her ads for Calvin Klein Jeans will be released this month. Judging from the initial photographs, the ads will show an edgy but more sensual side of Lee.

Lee made a splash in her debut as a Calvin Klein Jeans model at the Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear Spring 2007 party at the Papertainer Museum in Olympic Park, southern Seoul, on Wednesday evening.

Wearing black jeans that showed off her famous curves and a fitted tank top, Lee performed three new songs from her digital album. She opened with a romantic...More

"A Sister's Dream" Most Viewed Music Video in 2006

Source | 2007/01/05 | Permalink

The music video that was most watched on the internet in 2006 was actress Hyun Young's "A Sister's Dream", according to internet music site

The company on Friday announced the most viewed music video, most downloaded song, and longest chart-topping song based on its service data from Dec. 1, 2005 until Nov. 31, 2006.

Korea's 30 Most Influential Pop Culture Figures Released

Source | 2006/12/28 | Permalink

CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.

The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a professional group of 30 film producers and distributors, management company chiefs, broadcasting producers, music producers and film directors, and its own culture and entertainment reporters.

Orion Group President Lee Hwa-kyung dropped from her top spot last year to second place this year. ...More

Lee Hyori Signs Another Lucrative Deal With Samsung

Source | 2006/12/12 | Permalink

One of the hottest domestic stars, Lee Hyori will be paid top dollar for her third year modeling for Samsung Electronics Anycall commercials. Her agency Mnet Media on Monday said Lee recently signed one of the country's highest-paying one-year contracts with Samsung Electronics. With this, she will now be entering her third year of modeling for the phones. Lee, who left an impression with he...More

Hallyu Star Blunders On Military Issue

Source | 2006/11/19 | Permalink

By Seo Dong-shin
Staff Reporter

Song Seung-heon, one of the hottest stars of the Korean wave sweeping Asia, is becoming aware of Korean fans' feelings about his conscription records.

The TV and movie actor learned the lesson again last weekend when his public relations company had to cancel an exhibition featuring photos and items related to his military service, which was originally scheduled to run until today.

Mnet Media planned the exhibition at N Seoul Tower near Mt. Namsan that would have displayed Song's military uniforms, ammunition belt and other equipment as well as pictures and films featuring his life in the military. The company officials said that it was to show the star's "other side" to his international fans, who came mostly from Japan to Seoul to meet and celebrat...More

Song Seung-heon to Be on Fuji TV

Source | 2006/10/19 | Permalink

Japan's FujiTV is in the process of producing a special program on actor Song Seung-heon, one of the leading Korean Wave stars who will be discharged from military service on Nov. 15.

Mnet Media, Song's agency, said Thursday that the Japanese broadcasting company is working ...More

Shinhwa to Advance into Japanese Market

Source | 2006/04/14 | Permalink

The six-man group Shinhwa will give a press interview at Budokan in Japan on Apr. 14 at 3:00 p.m. to make an official announcement on its plans to advance into the Japanese pop market.

In the press interview, the group will disclose its projects for 2006, including the production of its first Japanese-version single album that will be released in June through the album agency Columbia Music Entertainment, the release of its regular album in August, and its Asia concert tour.

Due to the upcoming arrival of t...More

Park Yong-ha and Shinhwa Too Popular to Land at Haneda

Source | 2006/04/13 | Permalink

Such is the popularity of Park Yong-ha and K-Pop band Shinhwa in Japan that their plans to fly in via Tokyo's conveniently close Haneda Airport on Friday were scuppered by safety concerns.

Park and the band, together with other top Korean Wave stars, planned to enter Japan for a concert Saturday in a CJ Media series celebrating the founding of Mnet Japan, "M-Countdown in Japan", at Tokyo's Budokan.

But the airport feared hordes of fans would turn up to welcome their idols and denied approval due to safety concerns. Both sides agreed with the assessment and decided to fly instead to the larger Narita International Airport. There was talk afterward that Narita will also put all sorts of security measures into effect, including dispatching 100 ...More

Mnet Asian awards heads to Singapore

Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) 2011, one of the largest music awards in Korea, heads to Singapore this year.

Hosted by music cable channel Mnet, the 13th music awards will be held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov. 29. Top singers TVXQ, B2ST, Big Bang, Super Junior and 2PM will vie for the best male group award, while Brown Eyed Girls, Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1 and f(x) compete in the best female group section. Kim Hyun-joong, Jay Park, Jang Woo-hyuk, HyunA and G.NA are nominated for the best dance performance by a solo singer...More