[HanCinema's Film Review] "One Step" 2017/04/15,
In the opening scene of "One Step", Si-hyeon (played by Sandara Park) is hit with tragedy, and wakes up an amnesiac with a bad physical reaction to music. So now she lives with aerobics instructor Ji-won (played by Hong Ah-reum). Together, they get the idea to piece together Si-hyeon's memories using her vague memory of a simple tune. That's when they enlist the help of writer's block hobbled songwriter turned name that tune radio guy Jee-yeol (played by Han Jae-suk),...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25,
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
[Spoiler] 'One More Happy Ending' Jang Nara loses her fiance to Sandara Park
On the first episode of MBC's new Wednesday & Thursday drama, "One More Happy Ending", Kim Jeonghoon (Lee Dong-ha-I) left Han Mi-mo (Jang Nara) and proposed to Goo Seul-ah (Sandara Park).
A divorced single lady, Han Mi-mo was expecting to marry Kim Jeonghoon for her second marriage. When she found out about Kim Jeonghoon's plan to propose to someone, Han Mi-mo was so happy while dressing up and putting on makeup. However, she received a text message from him saying, "Let's break up. Sorry". Ha Mi-mo became furious and called him to say "How can you end our two year relationship with only two lines of text message",...More
[Funcurve Review] "Producers" 2015/08/15,
Perhaps the most anticipated Korean drama of 2015, "Producers" drew huge attention from the media and the public thanks to its A-list cast and star-studded cameos. Besides the strong lead actors comprised of Kim Soo-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyun, and IU, there's an incredible number of Kpop idol appearances like TaeTiSeo of Girls' Generation, Sandara Park of 2NE1, Hani of EXID, and other hallyu stars like Kim Jong-kook, Lee Seung-gi, and Jang Hyeok. But more than the star power, the topic of the drama itself piqued my interest. "Producers" talks about the lives of a group of variety show television producers (PDs) of a major broadcasting company (KBS), shedding light on how they work tirelessly to devise hit programs and handle various work related situations. As an avid fan of Korean variety shows, I'm naturally excited to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at this profession,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/22, Source,
It's Wednesday and as always,.. it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. I hear she has some news on the U.S. debut of K-pop group and updates from Hollywood. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So which K-pop group is in the U.S.
[Reporter : ] It's the four-member girl group 2NE1, which has become one of my favorites. The K-pop group is just coming off of a successful concert on the east coast and will next go west for a concert in Los Angeles on Friday. Here are the details on the group's tour and its very famous producer,...More
2NE1 - pushing boundaries, defying expectations 2012/07/11, Source, This is the seventh in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwaak Je-yup From day one, K-pop foursome 2NE1 have been all about breaking rules and surprises.
Their larger-than-life stage presence and natural charm were already enough to make them stars but their uncanny ability to produce something fresh and out of the ordinary with every new release - catching fans and casual listeners off-guard without exception - has placed them in a league of their own,...More
2NE1 Embrace Oldest Form of K-Pop 2012/07/09, Source,
/Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Manufactured girl band 2NE1 have their eye squarely on the international market with a style of K-pop they have dubbed "electrot", which combines Korea's oldest pop genre, trot, with electronic elements. "People outside of Asia still think of Japan or China before Korea when they hear the word 'Asia'. We wanted to approach the fans around the world with a novel yet very Korean music", band members said at a press junket Friday,...More
Who are MBLAQ? 2012/06/26, Source,
By Rachel Lee MBLAQ stands for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality and are known for hits such as "Oh Yeah", "Y" and "Mona Lisa". The five-member K-pop boy band was formed by internationally acclaimed entertainer Rain under J. Tune Entertainment in 2009. Its members are leader/vocalist Seungho, 24, main vocalist G.O., 24, rapper and vocalist Cheondung, 21, vocalist Lee Joon, 24, and rapper Mir, 21,...More
Insatiable craving for getting thinner 2012/06/03, Source, Many young women go on extreme diets By Jung Min-ho, Bahk Eun-ji, Kim Bo-eun, Kim Jung-yoon As much as a flat stomach is every woman's wish, shedding a few extra pounds is every woman's dream. Many Korean women are on a diet of one form or another, and some of them are extreme, putting their health at risk. Kim, a 20-year-old college student, recently appeared on a popular TV show to introduce her diet "Secrets" that helped her lose 15 kilograms. Shockingly, her secrets were spitting out the food before swallowing it and hitting herself to lose fat in particular areas of the body, clearly serious self-abusive behaviors,...More
Korean Wave still riding High on SNS - YouTube to open an Official K-Pop Channel 2011/11/25, Source,
HyunA, 2NE1 and Super Junior member, "Lee teuk" Image source here
What is it that has aided in the K-pop and Korean Wave sensation spread so fast? In terms of K-pop, it is no doubt that YouTube has been a key influence in the global success K-pop has seen.
Both Asia-Pacific Google/YouTube representatives made a visit to Korea this summer and held an invitation only forum for SNS professionals. At the forum, YouTube representatives stated how they were shocked as to how popular K-pop was on their channels. Low and behold, a few months later, earlier this month on November 7, Google made the official announcement to make an official K-pop channel that will essentially hub together all the K-pop related channels on YouTube, to be in one spot,...More
2NE1 Creates Fever in Japan 2011/09/22, Source, 2NE1 began their recent concert tour in Japan by holding concerts in Yokohama, and 12,000 audience members were full of enthusiasm.
Girl group 2NE1's debut concert tour in Japan took off smoothly. They held two concerts as a part of their concert tour entitled "NOLZA In Japan" in Yokohama, Japan on September 19 and 20, and a total of 12,000 audience members went wild while enjoying 2NE1's performances. Even though it was a rainy day, the audience heated up the concert venue. They were all standing during the whole time and singing and dancing to 2NE1's hit songs. When 2NE1 appeared on the stage to sing their debut song entitled "Fire", the huge ovation of the audience filled the venue and the place resembled a huge club,...More
'Introverts' 2NE1 Stay Humble as Debut Concert Nears 2011/08/09, Source, 2NE1 /Courtesy of YG Entertainment
2NE1 has been on a fast track to success since its debut in 2009 and now the K-pop girl group hopes to take another step forward with its first solo concert in Seoul from Aug. 26 to 28.
The girls swept various online charts earlier this year with a number of hit singles and have been praised by fans for their ability to sing, dance and rap at the same time. But the growing adulation and success has not gone to their heads,...More
2NE1: 'We Are the Best Thanks to Good Music' 2011/08/04, Source,
Many of 2NE1's songs have become popular hits. They will begin activities in Japan after holding their first solo concert there.
During an interview held at a building of YG Entertainment located in Hapjeongdong on August 1, 2NE1 (CL, Sandara Park, Park Bom, and Minzy) answered the question asking the reason why they are popular -- and what is their own strength that distinguishes them from other girl groups -- by saying, "That is our good music". Like this, 2NE1 is very confident in their music and that is why they used a completely new promotional strategy when they released their second mini album. They released songs in the album one by one online from last April. As a result, every song in their album such as "Don't Cry", "Lonely", "I Am the Best", "Hate You", and the title song "UGLY" ranked atop the online music chart consecutively,...More
YG to Advance into Japan by Establishing Exclusive Label 2011/07/25, Source,
Launch of "YGEX"
YG Entertainment and Japanese music distributing company Avex held a press conference at Nikko Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on July 21 and announced the launch of YG Family's exclusive label "YGEX (YG+AVEX)". The president of YG, Yang Hyun Seok (right), and the president of Avex Holdings, Matsuura Masato, are shaking hands.
"YG will hold a family concert at the end of this year to celebrate its 15th anniversary of its foundation in both Korea and Japan",...More
2NE1 to make debut in Japan 2011/02/23, Source,
Girl group 2NE1
By Chung Ah-young
Popular girl group 2NE1 will make its debut in Japan this spring. Japanese newspaper Sankei Sports reported that the band has signed a contract with Avex, Japan's largest entertainment company,...More
[PHOTOS] Mnet's MAMA 2010/11/29, Source, 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
2NE1 member Sandara has 200,000 friends 2010/11/23, Source,
Post from 2NE1 member Sandara Park [Official Sandara Park me2today]
Korean girl group 2NE1 member Sandara Park said on her official me2day site (Korean version of Twitter) that she has 200,000 friends, the largest number of followers for a celebrity.
The K-pop idol posted a photograph of 2NE1's band practicing with a comment below saying, "Wow! I just reached 200,000 friends on my me2day account -- all thanks to you. I am a girl with many friends!! Let's work hard to get along in the future",...More
2NE1 member Sandara celebrates birthday 2010/11/12, Source,
Korean idols 2NE1 [Official Sandara me2day website]
Korean girl group 2NE1 member Sandara Park has posted pictures of herself and her groupmates celebrating her birthday on her official me2day site.
Three photographs were uploaded onto the site earlier today with the first pic revealing Sandara holding her birthday cake followed by one with cake on her face and the last one with her fellow bandmates,...More
2NE1 reveals music video for new track today 2010/11/01, Source,
Clip from 2NE1's music video "I'm Hurt" [YG Entertainment]
Korean idols 2NE1 unveiled the full-length music video for their new song on their official YouTube channel today.
The music video for R&B track "I'm Hurt" from their first full-length album, features the girls donning clothes, make-up and hairstyles in a fantasy-like theme. Member Sandara Park acts in the video with model and actor,...More
2NE1 holds 4D music video showcase over weekend 2010/09/20, Source,
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
Taeyang makes shining debut on iTunes overseas 2010/07/09, Source, Taeyang's new solo album "Solar" ranked No.3 on U.S. iTunes R&B/Soul Albums chart [U.S. iTunes]
Korean singer Taeyang of popular idol group Big Bang has made a shining debut in North America, placing his solo album "Solar" high atop Apple's iTunes online music charts.
According to a press release by agency YG Entertainment on Friday, "Solar" came in at No.1 on Top R&B/Soul Albums chart of Canada iTunes and No. 3 on the U.S. site. It is the first time and the highest that an Asian artist has ranked on either charts,...More
KBS music awards 2009/12/30, Source, Shin Seung-hoon, 2PM attend KBS music awards
Shin Seung-hoon and 2PM [KBS]
From left, singer Shin Seung-hoon and boy band 2PM members Nichkhun, Junsu and Junho perform together on stage at major broadcaster KBS' year-end music awards held at the KBS Hall in Seoul, South Korea on December 30, 2009.,...More
MANILA ― Hallyu, popularly known as the Korean wave, continues to cast its spell in the Philippines. Not only are Korean dramas being embraced by Filipinos but more teens and young adults are becoming ardent fans of K-pop artists as well.
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,...More
'Female Big Bang' About to Be Revealed 2009/03/27, Source, A new girl group groomed by YG Entertainment, one of Korea's biggest entertainment agencies, will reveal themselves in a commercial where they appear alongside the idol boy band Big Bang.
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