Editorial: Celebrity Military Scandals in Korea 2013/06/29, Source,
Some natural beauty before the the ugliness of the rant Okay, so this article will probably annoy a few people and while that's not my intention, I just can't keep quiet this time. I didn't write a response to the last celebrity-in-the-military scandal and I should have. So I have to say something now because it's just bursting out. I need to put my two cents in,...More
Why Psy and not JYP? 2012/09/21, Source,
By Jason Lim I just watched Psy perform live in New York City's Rockefeller Center on NBC's Today Show, a venue usually reserved for the most popular of international singers. I mean, you can't get much more mainstream than that in the U.S. Wait. And the song just hit No. 1 in iTunes in 17 countries across the world. Wait again. Psy was just parodied in Saturday Night Live, reaching the pantheon of international stardom. This is getting ridiculous. Next, they will be inviting him to the White House and Buckingham Palace. The problem is, for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I admit that the song is catchy, silly, and fun. Then again, there are a lot of catchy, silly, and fun songs out there,...More
K-Entertainment 2012/06/14, Source,
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment has launched an official global store on eBay, the first of its kind opened by a Korean record label. BIGBANGs newest special album STILL ALIVE has been made available through the online store, to the delight of many fans worldwide,...More
20th anniversary of Seo Taiji and Boys 2012/03/20, Source,
A photo taken in 1995 shows, from left, Lee Juno ,Yang Hyun-suk, and Seo Taij. Seo Taiji and Boys changed the history of Korean pop music when they debuted in 1992 with "I Know". / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi
"Nan, arayo!" (I know! in English)
With that musical declaration, the history of Korean pop music changed completely 20 years ago Friday when a group of three boys released the album and title song, "I Know". In 1992, Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-Suk and Lee Juno shocked the music scene with combined elements of hip-hop and rock, bringing rhythm, rap, break dance and most importantly the bold attitude. Until their sudden disbandment in Jan. 22, 1997, Seo Taiji and Boys produced four albums,...More
South Korean actress and model Park Han-Byeol 2012/02/25, Source,
South Korean actress and model Park Han-byul has demonstrated her beauty in a recent fashion brand photo shoot.
Park was born on Nov. 17, 1984.
As a student at Anyang Art High School, Park posted photographs of herself on the internet, becoming an online celebrity due to her close physical resemblance to actress Jun Ji-hyun,...More
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/16, Source, Se7en, the prince of K-pop, is back after a year and a half with a new mini-album that has swept all competition off the charts!
[Interview : Se7en, Singer] "Hello, Arirang Today viewers! It's nice to meet you. I'm Se7en".
We've all been waiting for this moment, and it's finally here! We joined Se7en for his comeback fan meeting.
Last week, Se7en held a fan meeting to commemorate his comeback. The venue was packed with hundreds of fans,...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/09, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ho recently topped a poll held in France.
[SOV] [Interview : Lee Min-ho, Actor ] "You're probably enjoying a happy life in Seoul, right
A popular Hallyu website in France, DMS, which stands for Dramas Mangas Sensei, held a poll to pick the best Korean drama and actor. Lee Min-ho ranked number 1 by a landslide!,...More
Album review 2012/02/07, Source, Jay Park - 'New Breed' (UNIVERSAL MUSIC)
Why we recommend it: Though a few tracks offer something new, for the most part, the album is recommended for Jay Park's fans.
Recommended track: "Clap"
One and a half stars out of four
Jay Park, the former member of a popular boy band 2PM, has released his first full-length album, "New Breed". The 15-track CD includes five songs from a mini album "New Breed Part 1" put out in December 2011,...More
Se7en: 'This Is the Song that I Have to Sing Right Now' 2012/02/06, Source, Se7en is gaining popularity with his new song entitled "When I Can't Sing".
Se7en (real name Choi Dong-wook, 28) who made a comeback after one and a half year break with his new song "When I Can't Sing" that has autobiographical lyrics, said, "This is a song that only I can sing right now. It conveys my genuine feelings about how I have reached this position. I have never listened to my own song this much before and repeatedly sing by myself (laugh),...More
Singer Se7en Makes Successful Comeback With Help Of Park Jin-young 2012/02/01, Source,
It's no secret that Se7en has been having trouble attaining the level of popularity he had enjoyed before taking off the the US to attempt a debut there. His first long-awaited comeback created waves, but was lukewarm compared to his "it boy" status years before.
Well, after 1 year and 6 months, Se7en has made his comeback with the song "Even If I Can't Sing", off of his second mini-album on February 1st. And the song immediately soared to number one on many of the major real-time music charts,...More
Se7en To Make Comeback January 2012 2011/12/05, Source, Se7en will be making his comeback with the onset of 2012.
The singer will be releasing a new mini-album on January 18th, kickstarting a new round of promotions. As of now, the plan is to only release it in Korea. However, there have been requests coming in from Japan for a simultaneous release there. YG Entertainment is currently in the process of thinking the idea over,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/20, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year. YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans. The group will then head to Japan for concerts on January 7-8 at the Osaka Colosseum expected to attract about 80,000 people. Finally, two more shows, each slating for another 80,000 concert-goers, will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on January 21-22,...More
Daesung To Join YG Family For Year-End Concert 2011/10/19, Source,
After months of laying low, Big Bang's Daesung will finally be re-joining his group at the end of this year.
YG Entertainment typically holds a YG Family concert around December, featuring all of the popular YG artists. This year is no exception with three concerts scheduled for Seoul (Olympic Hall) alone on December 3-4th, each show expected to draw in 40,000 fans,...More
Chuseok Greetings From K-Pop Stars 2011/09/13, Source, It's that time again! Chuseok, or the Korean Thanksgiving!.
Many K-pop stars took to their twitters or SNS to wish their fans a happy Chuseok and an abundant "fall harvest".
BoA said on the morning of September 11th at 9 AM through her twitter account, "I've been so busy that I even forgot that it was Chuseok,...More
New YG Acts Training For 2012 Debut 2011/07/27, Source, YG Entertainment, home to 2NE1 and Big Bang, released plans of debuting new groups for next year.
Yang Hyun-suk, head of YG, revealed through Korean media sources that there will be a number of new acts to look forward to, including solo acts, slated for 2011. For one, a YG version of Girls' Generation will hit the scene the first half of 2012. Yang stressed that this group will not only be talented, but very pretty...like Girls' Generation,...More
YG to Advance into Japan by Establishing Exclusive Label 2011/07/25, Source,
Launch of "YGEX"
YG Entertainment and Japanese music distributing company Avex held a press conference at Nikko Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on July 21 and announced the launch of YG Family's exclusive label "YGEX (YG+AVEX)". The president of YG, Yang Hyun Seok (right), and the president of Avex Holdings, Matsuura Masato, are shaking hands.
"YG will hold a family concert at the end of this year to celebrate its 15th anniversary of its foundation in both Korea and Japan",...More
Global Star Agency, United Asia Management 2011/05/13, Source, by Lee Hwa-jung / May 06, 2011
This April, six major Korean talent management agencies joined forces to launch the Asian management agency, UAM (United Asia Management). With 'Hallyu' or better known as the 'Korean Wave' becoming a significant factor in Asia's Entertainment businesses such as KEYEAST, AM Entertainment, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment all came together to create a joint investment corporation called "UAM", an international talent agency with the purpose of strengthening the foundations of 'Hallyu', promoting collaborative exchange and establishing an efficient casting system. The main operations will focus on overseeing the portrait rights of all talents managed by the six agencies and intellectual rights as well as establishing an efficient talent database,...More
Sexy rocker Park Han-byul reveals sexy back 2011/04/10, Source, Se7en's long time lover and sexy fashionista Park Han-byul showed off voluptuous beauty through "High Cut"s "Rock 'n' Roll" photo shoot. Her pretty doll face was contrasted to her fantastic volume body.
Making it unbelievable that she doesn't work out usually, her body is healthy and voluptuous. Her lean thighs and legs that have been trained well when she danced in the younger days were the most standing out. She also showed off a soft and white-looking back with a backless top.,...More
Se7en and Big Bang Garner Awards Together 2011/04/05, Source, Se7en and Big Bang were awarded at the "Singapore Entertainment Award (SEA)" that was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on April 2. Se7en garnered the "Best Asia Performance" award that was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of experts in the entertainment business from Singapore and abroad, and Big Bang garnered the "Most Popular Korea Artist" award that was chosen based on a popularity vote and opinions from the panel of judges,...More
YG donates over 180 million won for year-end charity 2010/12/28, Source,
Singers and employees from YG Family take part in coal briquette delivery campaign on Monday, December 27, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment announced through its press release on Tuesday that it has donated over 180 million won for charity this year.
YG Entertainment, which is heading the public charity campaign "WITH", recently donated some 184 million won accumulated from their sales of albums, mobile music, concerts and other music-related merchandise of its artists,...More
G-Dragon, T.O.P and LeeSSang to perform at Xmas party 2010/12/07, Source,
Poster for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" [SK Telecom]
Some of the biggest names in the K-pop scene will be performing on stage at a Christmas party hosted by a communications company in Korea.
A press release from the party's publicist Prain Inc. announced Tuesday that Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), rap duo LeeSSang and Se7en will take the stage at a club in KangNam of Seoul for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" held on December 24,...More
YG holds agency concert over the weekend 2010/12/07, Source,
YG Family Concert [YG Entertainment]
YG Family Concert: YG Has Come a Long Way
"Eun-joo, I love you", a man confessed during the "YG Family Concert" held in Jamsil Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul on December 5. It is the man who sang "Smoke of The Devil" but not it's original singer Yang Hyun-suk, the owner of YG Entertainment ("YG" in short) but Seung-ri from boy band Big Bang. Before and after that, another Big Bang member Dae-sung sang Wheesung's "With Me" and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon performed Jinusean's "Phone Number". Till the very end of the show, the first generation of YG singers such as Yang, Jinusean and Teddy did not appear on stage but the three-hour concert was already packed enough with hit songs by singers such as Gummy, Se7en, Big Bang, 2NE1 and PSY. 15 years has passed since YG Entertainment has launched and it has certainly grown large,...More
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
Big Bang's DVD reaches No. 1 on Oricon chart 2010/11/04, Source,
Korean boy band Big Bang [YG Entertainment]
A DVD by Korean boy band Big Bang has reached the No. 1 spot on Japan's prestigious Oricon chart.
According to Oricon's weekly music DVD chart, Big Bang's latest DVD "BIGSHOW BIGBANG LIVE CONCERT 2010" ranked in first, selling about 15,000 copies since going on sale in the country on October 27 and came in second in terms of DVD sales for all categories,...More
2NE1 reveals music video for new track today 2010/11/01, Source,
Clip from 2NE1's music video "I'm Hurt" [YG Entertainment]
Korean idols 2NE1 unveiled the full-length music video for their new song on their official YouTube channel today.
The music video for R&B track "I'm Hurt" from their first full-length album, features the girls donning clothes, make-up and hairstyles in a fantasy-like theme. Member Sandara Park acts in the video with model and actor,...More
Se7en girlfriend Park Han-byul to debut as singer 2010/10/14, Source,
Korean actress Park Han-byul [JF Entertainment]
Korean idol star Se7en's actress girlfriend Park Han-byul will debut as a singer at the end of this month, industry sources have said.
A source close to the actress then also confirmed the news, telling Sports Today over the phone on Wednesday, "Park will release a project album at the end of the month which will feature two tracks. She recently finished recording the songs",...More
Taeyang to joins artists for Seoul Seoul Festival in Oct 2010/09/27, Source,
Concert poster for Seoul Soul Festival 2010 featuring Korean singer Taeyang [S2 Entertainment]
Korean singer Taeyang has joined a line-up of international and local artists for the Seoul Soul Festival 2010 to be held next month.
On Monday, the concert's promoter S2 Entertainment announced that Big Bang member Taeyang will perform at the two-day soul music festival to be held at the Peace Plaza located in the War Memorial of Korea starting October 9,...More
Musiq Soulchild to perform in Korea for the first time in Oct 2010/09/24, Source,
Concert poster for Seoul Soul Festival 2010 featuring Musiq Soulchild [S2 Entertainment]
American soul artist Musiq Soulchild will be performing for the first time ever in Korea next month.
According to the concert's promoter S2 Entertainment, the singer's official Twitter website said he will be taking the stage of the live Seoul Soul Festival 2010 held at the Peace Plaza located in the War Memorial of Korea on October 9 and 10,...More
Se7en says almost debuted as duo with Rain 2010/09/08, Source, Se7en speaks on SBS variety show "Steel Heart" broadcasted on September 7, 2010. [SBS]
Singer Se7en has said he almost debuted as a duo with Asian pop sensation Rain.
The 25-year-old pop star made the remark on a pre-recorded session of SBS variety show "Steel Heart" which went on air Tuesday, explaining that his producer and agency chief Yang Hyun-suk had suggested he form a two-man band with Rain,...More
KBS' "Music Bank" to be broadcast to 54 countries 2010/08/27, Source,
KBS' music program "Music Bank" hosts Seo Hyo-rim and Song Joong-ki [Official "Music Bank" website]
KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank" will be broadcast live to 54 countries around the world, according to the official website of "Music Bank" on Friday.
The official website announced that today's show will be seen live for the first time ever in 54 different countries for a special episode titled "Live Music Bank K-Pop Special" later tonight,...More
Korean pop stars to perform at Hallyu Dream Concert 2010/08/11, Source,
Official Hallyu Dream Festival site
Korea's hottest K-pop stars will gather in the city of Gyeong Ju in the North Gyeongsang Province next month to perform at the Hallyu Dream Concert.
Close to two dozen artists including Super Junior, 2PM, Kangta, 2AM, 2NE1, Se7en, 4minute, BEAST, Son Dam-bi, Kara, After School, miss A, FT Island, Choshinsung, Davichi, T-ara, MBLAQ, U-Kiss, ZE:A, Secret, Flower and Seo In-guk will take to the stage of the concert to be held on September 12 at the Gyeong Ju Citizen's Stadium as part of the two-day Hallyu Dream Festival which begins on September 10,...More
Se7en wins on M! Countdown with "Better Together" again 2010/08/06, Source,
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, returning to the local music scene after three years and eight months, took the No. 1 spot on Mnet's televised music show "M! Countdown" with his latest single "Better Together" once again this week.
The singer, up against Korean songstress G.Na's song "I'll Back Off", scored his second consecutive win on the cable music channel's Thursday evening show,...More
2nd line-up of K-pop idols announced for Hallyu concert 2010/07/22, Source,
Official poster for "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert [HH Company]
The second line-up of performers have been announced for the upcoming "Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010" concert, to be held next month in the city of Incheon, South Korea.
According to a press release by PR agency The J Story on Thursday, Korean singers BoA, Kara, Se7en and Taeyang of idol group Big Bang will also be performing at the concert, which will take place August 29 at Incheon Munhak Worldcup Stadium,...More
Se7en: 'High Wall of American Music Industry Caused Homesickness' 2010/07/22, Source,
In the middle of the sound of a high-pitched siren and sharp electronic music, singer Se7en (real name Choi Dong Wook, 26) came up to the stage. The performance entitled "Se7en Digital Bounce Release Party" was held on July 20 at a club located in Gangnam, Seoul. There was a pounding hiphop drum beat and blue laser light on the stage, and his splendid dance was very light and looked relaxed. The place was where he introduced his new song for the first time that is included in his mini album entitled "Digital Bounce", which he released after a break of three years and eight months to advance into the American music industry,...More
Se7en to advertise BlackBerry 2010/07/19, Source,
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, who is set to make his comeback to the local music scene this week, has become the new model for the Blackberry smartphone, according to his agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
YG announced in a press release that Se7en has signed a contract with telecommunication company SK Telecom to advertise for smartphone device BlackBerry,...More
Se7en unveils teaser video for title track 2010/07/14, Source,
Images of Korean singer Se7en for his upcoming mini-album [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, who will be returning to the local music scene for the first time in three years, released a teaser video for the title track of his new album today.
A 25-second long teaser video for the title track "Better Together" from Se7en's new mini-album was unveiled online (http://www.hello7.com), along with photographs of the young star dressed in accordance to the concept of his new album,...More
Se7en reveals tracklist for new mini-album 2010/07/13, Source,
Korean singer Se7en in a teaser page announcing his comeback [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, who will be making a comeback to the local music scene next week, has unveiled the tracklist from his new record on his official homepage (http://www.hello7.com).
According to a press release by agency YG Entertainment (YG) on Tuesday, the singer revealed the tracklist from his upcoming mini-album earlier this morning including a twenty-second teaser of the song "Digital Bounce", which features Big Bang member T.O.P (Choie Seung-hyeon),...More
YG Entertainment records biggest profit in history 2010/04/12, Source,
Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment [YG Entertainment]
YG Entertainment (YG) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful business year to date last year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to the annual audit report YG submitted to Korea's Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) on Friday, the agency recorded operating profits of 7.39 billion won last year with a net profit of 4.16 billion won, the company's biggest profit yet,...More
Rain, Se7en, Hyo-lee, and Boa to Return to Korea 2010/03/04, Source, Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.
Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.,...More
For foreigners living outside the country, finding Korean entertainment content can be tricky. To help quench their thirst, the KBS World launched English radio show "K-Pop Connection" two year,...More
Singer Se7en Wednesday confessed his love for actress,...More
Three Korean Pop Stars Featured in People Magazine 2009/04/09, Source, An article titled "Coming to America…Asian Pop Stars" in the latest edition of People magazine featured four Asian celebrities who have been making an impact on the American music industry. Equally interesting is the fact that three of the four stars featured in this article are of Korean decent. Th,...More
No Wave, just a Korean breeze in Poland 2008/04/28, Source, The Korean Wave has been spreading Korean pop culture across Asia and beyond for more than a decade, although it has barely reached Poland, in the centre of Europe. It is sad to admit, but Korean culture (traditional as well as the "new wave") does not exist in Polish minds as a distinctive identity,...More
Korean pop music may be as popular as ever, but popularity does not translate into record sales. The K-pop music industry continues to struggle with the decline in album sales over the past seven years.
The year 2007 was no different. Based on the data o,...More
[2007 Drama Highlights] Best Kiss scenes 2007/12/27, Source, The drama market of 2007 had been flooded with a large number of high-quality dramas, range from large-scaled dramas of billion dollars worth production cost to much smaller-scaled, but of rich conten,...More
When you've been a member of one of the country's longest-running boy bands for nearly a decade, it would be tempting to sit back and enjoy your success. But,...More
Band No Brain 2007/09/19, Source, "We used to go to great lengths not to lose the reins of a free-spirited life. I guess our songs were kind of rebellious music aimed at angst-ridden youngsters. These days, we don't care whether they loosen their reins or not. It's their life anyway. Now, we just want to sing about life without over,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomena of 2006 was the "going-solo" trend among former boy band and girl band members. In fact, this year's K-pop scene has been crowded with what seems like an endless procession of "first solo albums".
Shinhwa Chosen Best Korean Singer Overseas 2006/12/07, Source, Foreign internet users have selected the six-man group Shinhwa as the best Korean singer of the year, according to Arirang International Broadcasting on Wednesday. The group's song "Once in a Lifetime" received 60 percent of the votes cast by foreign internet users.
Rain, who is with JYP Entertainment, will advance to the U.S. market next year.
Music knows no boundaries. Even language is not a hindrance. Nowhere is this more apparent than the K-pop explosion throughout,...More
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