On April 13th, the B.A.P
boys touched down in New York for their 2nd ever concert in the Big Apple!
One of the staff members told me that there were girls waiting overnight, and I know some people who were there from the crack of dawn to see their boys up close. The doors opened at 6:30, and fans poured into the Best Buy Theater to get as close as they could.
Sadly enough, with so little space to breathe and move comfortably, I saw one girl getting carried out even before the concert started. Throughout the concert, the crowd had to part here and there to allow room for various girls to get carried out. All this even though the staff did their best to cool the audience down by fanning them, cranking up the AC, spraying them with cool water, and handing out water bottles continuously
With three members remaining, Kara’s Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara will hold an official fanmeeting.
After about five months, Kara will have its first official activity with the third anniversary fanmeeting, Kamilia Day, with Kara’s fanclub. The fanmeeting will take place on May 25 at the Bluesquare Samsung Card Hall in Seoul, and on June 1 at the Budokan in Japan.
As this is the first official activity after Nicole and Kang Ji Young’s departure from the group, the remaining Kara members plan on having an honest talk with their fans first at the fanmeeting. Especially since Kara is a group loved in Japan as well, the fanmeeting was organized for both countries.
Through this fanmeeting, Kara will have several programs and events planned out. The members will also express their gratitude towards the fans, who have stuck by Kara during this difficult period
SBS Power FM radio program “After Club” earned two new DJs after the company’s spring reshuffle.
The two new DJs are none other than refreshing vocals Lim Kim and indie modern rock representative The Black Skirts.
Regarding the new position, Lim Kim shared, “I listened to the radio since I was very young so I even thought about hosting my own show. I’m really looking forward to ‘After Club’ since the program is pretty lax where one can freely interact with the listeners.”
Singer-songwriter The Black Skirts (Korean name: Jo Hyu Ill) stated, “It’s great that ‘After Club’ has seven different DJs with their own styles.”
“After School” is a radio program that uses music as its basis and has seven different DJs with different backgrounds from hip hop, electronica, rock, world music, among other genres
Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!
The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.
“Hi Singapore, hi everyone. Wow! This is really wonderful, it’s very scary. It’s scary, but it’s very exciting to be here in Singapore. Are there any Koreans here? Annyeonghaseyo! I’m composer and pianist Yiruma, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank You!”
“Xie xie (Thank you, in Mandarin), I started with the song called ‘May Be
And the battle is over! After a long and heated match between GOT7′s Mark and EXO’s Lay, the champion of Soompi K-Pop Dance Madness was finally crowned… and that winner is Lay. Congratulations to Lay and all EXO fans!
It was not a game without hiccups: A slew of spam votes contaminated the poll results early on, winding up in a 95-to-5 score in favor of Lay. In fact, we received so much spam that it shut down the poll, rendering everyone unable to vote. In the end, we started over from scratch, opening a 24-hour lightning round to decide the winner. Without the influx of spam, we could see a less dramatic but consistent pattern, and in the end, EXO-M’s main dancer walked away with a clean 68% of the votes.
We began this contest to see which idol might be considered by most to be the best K-Pop dancer, knowing that the definition of “best” would be somewhat subjective
Actor Jung Suk Won and his former agency have finally put an end to their legal battles, having reached an agreement regarding Jung Suk Won’s request to leave the agency. The issue has been ongoing since last September.
In an exclusive report by news media outlet, Ohmynews, actor Jung Suk Won has finally negotiated an agreement with his ex-agency, Foresta Entertainment, in regards to Jung Suk Won’s request to leave the agency. Jung Suk Won had been with the agency since 2007 but began to have clashes in opinion about how best to proceed in the future. The disagreement culminated with Jung Suk Wow officially filling a contract cancellation request with the agency. The conflict was initially referred to the Korean Entertainment Management Association’s Ethical Justice Arbitration Committee, with the case eventually being handled by the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board under request from Jung Suk Won’s representatives
Kim Soo Hyun has rejected the role for upcoming movie "Kwon Bob (Martial Arts)" following controversy about the production company"s sudden termination of their contract with Yeo Jin Goo for the role in question.
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Yeo Jin Goo"s agency rep revealed that the actor"s contract had been suddenly nullified by the movie"s production company: "We were notified of the cancellation of our contract by the movie production company reps... Before he is an actor, Yeo Jin Hoo is a minor and a student. We hope that he doesn"t get hurt by this."
The sudden contract cancellation led to backlash by netizens and it was revealed that the movie production company reps offered the role in question to Kim Soo Hyun, who rejected the casting offer due to the sensitive nature of the situation
Earlier this year, actor Yeo Jin Goo was confirmed as the lead role in the large-scale $2 million-budget sci-fi fantasy film “Kwon Bob” (aka Martial Arts). However, a controversy has arisen concerning the distributor, CJ E&M, who offered actor Kim Soo Hyun the lead role while in the state of already having signed with Yeo Jin Goo, in conjunction with talks about Yeo Jin Goo stepping down from the role.
A high-ranking official from Yeo Jin Goo’s agency said, “On the afternoon that the news on Yeo Jin Goo stepping down from the film was released, we met with the production company and decided to step down. If they had cancelled the contract before offering the role to another actor, we wouldn’t have been this upset. This was a huge blow to the young actor who has yet to even come of age
Travel guide author Littlemisshoo
has recently released her second book “Oppa! Take Me to Korea!” after achieving great success to her first book titled “Travel to Korea in KPOP/KDRAMA Style”. K-Drama fans who plan on visiting Korea for filming locations will not only find comprehensive information in the book but also photos and easy-to-follow maps.
Some of the locations listed in this new guide includes Café Illuso, which was featured in the drama “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” the shopping mall in “Master’s Sun,” and the fried chicken shop opened by Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young)’s mother in “I Hear Your Voice,” just to name a few.
Many scenes in “Love Rain” were shot in Daegu.
Plan a trip to scenic Jeju easily with this guide book
After 15 months since his last single, Eric Nam is finally back - not that it ever seemed like he was really away.
Appearing on television every week, interviewing top international stars, and greeting overseas fans through various programs, Eric Nam has been working hard, and working a lot - but not quite in the capacity that he wanted.
“I think last year was a very difficult and trying year for me personally and professionally, on many levels,” said Eric Nam, in an interview with Mwave’s enewsWorld. “And part of that came from the fact that I came and signed as a singer and .. I wasn’t singing. To be releasing one song a year, and this song 15 months after that song - as a singer, it’s very depressing in a way. It’s disheartening.”
But thankfully, Eric Nam’s latest single, Ooh Oohhas already been garnering a positive response, despite, or perhaps, because of, the different direction he’s gone since releasing his soft ballad, Heaven’s Door
While some stars were busy on set, others took it easy, catching bites to eat to shows, and it’s all in today’s Twitter Roundup.
SNSD’s Jessica posted a photo of herself grabbing a quick bite at a cafe on Weibo on April 8.
Actress Go Ara was seen getting prettied up, as she tweeted this photo on April 9 with the message, “Preparing to shoot (Be careful of catching a cold with the change of seasons).”
Super Junior’s Donghae posted a photo with actress Jung Ryeo Won from the audience at the Bruno Mars concert in Seoul, writing “Long time no see with RW^^.”
He also shared an Instagram video from the show, writing “I don′t know how to say ... It was great show!! Bruno Mars Just the way you are!!”
On April 9, Kim Heechul posted a photo on his Instagram with his fellow Flower Grandpa Investigative Team cast members
The companies considered as the "Big 3" in the Korean music industry - SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment - were revealed to have risen in sales at an incredibly rapid rate over the last three years with YG having the sharpest increase rate.
According to the Financial Supervisory Service on April 8, SM Entertainment"s sales were at 164 billion won (~ $156 million USD) in 2013, which is an increase of 90.2% compared to 2010 (86.4 billion won or around $82 million USD).
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Meanwhile, YG sales reached 106 billion won (~ $100 million USD) last year, which is a striking 135.9% increase in three years! Compare this to sales in 2010 for YG, which was around 45 billion won or around $42
JJCC may have stormed onto the stage as Jackie Chan’s proteges, but despite being trained by China’s famous action star, there’s only one Chinese member in the group.
Simba, E.co and San Cheong, who all hail from Korea, and Eddy, a Korean American by way of Los Angeles, were the only four members to appear in JJCC’s debut music video for At First - but JJCC actually also includes another talented member, Prince Mak, who reps China and Australia.
Jackie Chan Group quickly announced that Prince Mak had to miss the shoot due to an injury, but thankfully, the group is currently promoting as five - so what exactly happened to Prince Mak?
“It was one of the worst things in my life, because we had all prepared for this for so long, and it just happened very suddenly,” said Prince Mak
Name: 최진실 / Choi Jin-shil (Choe/Chae Jin-sil)
Chinese name : 崔眞實
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Star sign: Capricorn
Blood type: O
Family: Divorced from baseball player Jo Sung Min. 2 children
Hobby: Swimming, Drawing
Education: Sun-Il Girls’ High School
Family: Brother/singer/actor Choi Jin Young and two children
About Choi Jin Shil
Choi Jin Shil was a popular South Korean actress. She committedsuicide at the age of 39. Since her debut in 1988 till her death in 2008she appeared in various soap operas, movies and commercials, becoming ahousehold name
Kim Hyun Joong
talked about his friends Yoochun
Kim Hyun Joong had an interview with TV Daily
after his drama "Generation of Youth
" ended on a high note. In the interview, he was asked, "Do you often talk with idol singers who are also active as actors?
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He answered, "I think the cases of idol members to actors that succeeded well are Yoochun and [T.O.P]. When I called [T.O.P], he said he was working hard on filming the movie "Tazza". I only hear Yoochun from rumors, but they say he really focuses on his work.
He continued, "He"s not just pretending. He tries to melt into the role and communicate with the director. Yoochun is normally a very warm person
Actor Lee Min Ho was reported to have met South Korean president Park Geun Hye on April 4. He was invited to take part in the third meeting of the Committee of Flourishing Culture by the Korea Creative Content Agency. President Park Geun Hye likewise participated in the meeting to discuss the topic of Hallyu.
A rep from the Korea Creative Content Agency said, "President Park Geun Hye is set on making the prosperity of culture be this administration"s main task. As a part of this, Lee Min Ho and a couple of business world leaders went to the discussion to listen and talk about Hallyu contents."
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Park Geun Hye took part in this discussion with nine other people, including the chairman of the Committee of Flourishing Culture, Kim Dong Ho
It’s not uncommon to see celebrity images being used for purposes that were clearly not legally approved. The issue has become so severe for actress Lee Young Ae that her management team has decided to run an ad to caution against the rampant illegal use of her image.
On April 1, Lee Young Ae’s legal team ran an in the major Korean newspapers, cautioning against the illegal usage of Lee Young Ae’s personality rights. According to the ad in question, after the success of “Dae Jang Geum,” there has been several cases of people across Asia claiming to be Lee Young Ae’s manager and/or legal representative. They then used fake identity stamps to sign contracts allowing the use of Lee Young Ae’s image, collecting the money for themselves.
According to Lee Young Ae’s legal team, they are the sole authority in regards to contracts for the usage of Lee Young Ae’s personality rights
In the midst of Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany and 2PM’s Nichkhun officially coming out as a couple, past posts talking about their relationship have come up to the surface.
On April 4, SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment both confirmed, “They started out as friends and recently became a couple.”
However, fans seemed to have already been discussing it since 2009.
From necklaces to cellphone chains, passport cases and cellphone decorations, Tiffany and Nichkhun have shared the same items as captured in pictures.
Also, in their respective album jackets, Nichkhun wrote, ‘The Silly little Young one,’ while Tiffany wrote, ‘the Silly bf’ in their thanks messages. Netizens picked out that ‘Young’ was referring to Tiffany’s Korean name, Mi Young, and thought that ‘bf’ in Tiffany’s message stood for ‘boyfriend
Girls′ Generation′s Tiffany joins Yoona and Sooyoung as it′s been revealed she is also dating.
On April 4, a news outlet revealed that Tiffany was dating 2PM’s Nichkhun.
Their relationship has been going on for about four months. As they are both from out of the country, it’s said that they found comfort in each other as friends while getting used to Korean culture. They eventually grew to become a couple. They were spotted on a date in Sinsadong on March 11.
JYP Entertainment spoke with enews, confirming the relationship between Nichkhun and Tiffany.
“Nichkhun and Tiffany have been friends since they lived in the U.S. They were friends and recently became a couple. They’re still in the beginning stages, so please watch over them with good thoughts
On April 3, "Ssul Jeon" discussed Henry"s appearance on MBC"s "Real Men," talking about how he appeared to be clueless about the Korean military and having a hard time on the show.
Heechul said, "Henry is ignorant about the military to the point that he does not understand the concept of group punishment. Before going, he"ll say to me, "No way, hyungnim," and then after filming, he"ll say, "Hyungnim, I don"t want to go.""
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Kim Gu Ra then revealed he heard directly from the MBC producer that at the first recording, Henry called for his manager and after the second recording, he said he could not do it anymore.
Heechul added, "He says it"s so hard