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Lee Min Ho – From Nameless Actor to the “$9 Million Man”

By in News posted Oct March 13th, 2014 No comments

Recently, actor Lee Min Ho has risen to Hallyu star status, with explosive popularity not only in Korea and China, but all over Asia. However, Lee Min Ho’s success was not a straight candle-lit path to the top, but the result of years and years of hard work.

The actor debuted in 2006 in the EBS drama “Schoolyard Secrets,” with which he was slowly making himself known to the masses. However, after a serious car accident, Lee Min Ho had to suspend his activities for about a year, giving up following roles in “High Kick” and “9 End 2 Outs.”

When Lee Min Ho returned, he starred in “Mackerel Run,” which yielded poor results, ending early, as a result of problems with the production company and low viewer ratings

YG Confirms G-Dragon, CL, and Snoop Dogg in Psy’s New MV

By in News posted Oct March 13th, 2014 No comments

After not saying anything for a while, YG Entertainment finally confirmed that 2NE1’s CL, Big Bang’s G-Dragon, and Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion) will be appearing in Psy’s new music video.

On March 13, Newsen spoke with a YG Entertainment rep, who said, “CL, G-Dragon, and Snoop Dogg did participate in the music video recording of Psy’s new song.”

“The song production and the music video filming began last year and is currently completely. We’re not confirmed on the time when Psy will make a comeback. Everything related to the comeback are still under discussion.”

Psy previously posted up pictures of G-Dragon and Snoop Dogg in a billiards club and a karaoke room, leaving proof shots of the music video filming. With the news that CL will also be participating in Psy’s music video, fans are already getting more anticipated

Jackie Chan Invites Kim Hee Sun, EXO and Choi Siwon to His 60th Birthday Celebration

By in News posted Oct March 12th, 2014 No comments

Actress Kim Hee Sun, idol group EXO, and Super Junior’s Siwon were invited to Jackie Chan’s benefit concert in celebration of his 60th birthday.

According to The Jackie Chan Group Korea on March 5, Kim Hee Sun, the twelve members of EXO, and Super Junior’s Siwan have confirmed their attendance to Jackie Chan’s “2014 Peace & Love & Friendship” benefit concert to be held at the Beijing National Stadium on April 6.

Last year, Jackie Chan held a benefit concert to aid the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Many of his Chinese celebrity friends were invited to the event along with Big Bang’s G-Dragon.

This year’s benefit concert will be done on a much larger scale than last year’s. Jackie Chan has invited actress Kim Hee Sun whom he co-starred with in the 2005 Hong Kong film, “The Myth

Actress Park Soo Jin Has Joined Kim Soo Hyun’s Agency

By in News posted Oct March 12th, 2014 No comments

Actress Park Soo Jin has officially become the new family member of fellow actor Bae Yong Joon‘s entertainment agency, Keyeast.

With her porcelain-skinned pretty face added with a touch of elegance, Park Soo Jin first made her entrance into the world of entertainment through a girl group called “Sugar.” Two of the members of the group were actress Hwang Jung Eum and Ayumi Lee. After mediocre success, the group disbanded and Park Soo Jin made her acting debut through the 2007 SBS drama “Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung!” by playing Uhm Jung Hwa‘s teenage character.

After that, Park Soo Jin appeared in various other dramas including the Korean adaptation of “Boys of Flowers” playing Kim Bum‘s first love, and the jealous character of Eun Hye In in the SBS drama “My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho,” and in tvN’s “Flower Boys Next Door

“Cunning Single Lady” Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers

By in News posted Oct March 12th, 2014 No comments

The new MBC drama Cunning Single Lady is a fun and modern drama about love and revenge. The drama portrays the relationship between divorced lovers when they meet again after three years of no contact. The ex-husband Jung Woo (Joo Sang-Wook) is now a top business man and multimillionaire, and the ex-wife Na Ae Ra (Lee Min-Jung) lived clueless of her ex-husband’s success for three years. The drama follows the complex relationship between the ex-lovers after their fateful reunion at the police station. The show gives us a good perspective on the serious topic of divorce while also making us laugh.

*Disclaimer: the article was written by kpop1stop, and the views and opinions below do not reflect Soompi’s views or opinion.

In the first episodes, we are introduced to the main character Na Ae Ra, a divorced woman who has a dysfunctional family

G-Dragon and CL Collaborates Skrillex for “Dirty Vibe”

By in News posted Oct March 11th, 2014 No comments

YG artists Big Bang‘s G-Dragon and 2NE1‘s CL collaborated with American electronic musician Skrillex for the song “Dirty Vibe.”

“Dirty Vibe” is one of the tracks off of Skrillex’s newest album, “Recess.” “Dirty Vibe” has the distinct Skyrillex composition and sound, but also with G-Dragon and CL’s signature rapping styles. The Korean rappers use a mix of Korean and English for their raps. The song was shared through Soundcloud, which you can listen to here:

This is not the first time Skrillex and G-Dragon has worked together. In September of last year, Skrillex participated in G-Dragon’s “Coup D’etat.”

CL is currently busy promoting 2NE1′s newest album, and recently released the music videos for “Happy’ and “Come Back Home

English terms all K-Pop fans should know

By in News posted Oct March 9th, 2014 No comments

Last week, we covered which Korean terms were essential for K-Pop fans to know. Now, we will cover the English terms, either words that seem English but have never been heard of before K-Pop and words that are English and you can pretty much tell what they mean. At the end, there is also a list of terms that are a fusion of both cultures! Korean words combined with English for a baby language. Check out the list below to become an even more knowledgeable fan.


SEE ALSO: Korean terms all K-Pop fans should know



fighting (hwaiting)

This is something you"ll hear often (but may be pronounced like "hwaiting")! This isn"t a cheer telling people to fight each other, but rather to fight the circumstances. It is a supportive cheer, so when you want people to cheer up and do their best, you"ll say, "Fighting!" At times, this is accompanied by an arm movement where you bend your elbow so your arm is still vertical, form a fist, and then pull your elbow down a bit as you say it

Kim Woo Bin Cries, Flies, and Falls Like a Heodang on “Running Man”

By in News posted Oct March 9th, 2014 No comments

Actor Kim Woo Bin has been on the SBS Sunday variety show “Running Man” couple of times before, and each time, he has surprised viewers with his unexpected soft and clumsy side. The charismatic actor doesn’t look charismatic when he is on “Running Man,” and even admitted it on this week’s show when Yoo Jae Suk called him a “heodang,” a Korean term for someone who is unexpectedly clumsy and sometimes slow. Actor and singer Lee Seung Gi has also been called a “heodang” on the KBS variety show “1 Night, 2 Days.”

On this week’s “Running Man,” Kim Woo Bin flew over with singer and actor Rain and with the rest of the “Running Man” members to Australia to complete the mission of finding the treasure. He and Rain were given a stylish and handsome entrance on the show, riding into the dock on a yacht

G-Dragon, Taeyang, f and More to Perform at “Simply K-Pop Tour 2014 in Shanghai”

By in News posted Oct March 9th, 2014 No comments

On March 22, a large-scale K-Pop concert, “Simply K-Pop Tour 2014 in Shanghai,” will be held at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena in China.

The “Simply K-Pop Tour 2014 in Shanghai” will feature a total of 12 artists: BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and Taeyang, f(x), Crayon Pop, U-KISS, Rainbow, Block B, VIXX, A-JAX, C-Real, Kan Mi Youn, and Jjun. The organizers are planning a grand, three-hour concert with a variety of diverse performances.

The concert will be overseen by Arirang TV and Shanghai’s Dragon TV, hosted by Intercrew and F

Kim Soo Hyun Takes His Step Forward as ‘Irreplaceable Actor’

By in News posted Oct March 9th, 2014 No comments

Having turned just 27 this year (Korean age), Kim Soo Hyun has become one of Korea’s representative and irreplaceable actors.

From his early project Giant to the most recent syndrome-causing You Who Came From the Stars, the actor has been setting records with his successful projects.

With numerous places sending out love calls, Kim Soo Hyun turned all of this success to those around him and remained humble.

Having just completed filming, without having chance to look around at the explosive response surrounding him, Kim Soo Hyun looked rather relaxed and calm. One could see the actor has finally left behind ‘Do Min Jun,’ the character who struggled with deep emotions, from the looks of ease on his face.

-How would you compare Do Min Jun to Kim Soo Hyun?

“(Do) Min Jun knows many things, but I need to study a lot more

Kim Yuna Revealed to be Dating Ice Hockey Player

By in News posted Oct March 6th, 2014 No comments

With the entire country on her side soon after the Olympics, Kim Yuna found herself swept in dating rumors. The man in the story is ice hockey player, Kim Won Joong, who is six years older.

The news broke out on March 6, exclusively through Dispatch, who released photos of Kim Yuna and Kim Won Joong during their dates.

According to the report, they met in July of 2012 at the Taereung National Training Center. As both are students of Korea University, they naturally became close, and while preparing for the winter Olympics, they began to lean on each other for support, eventually becoming someone special to each other.

Dispatch stated that Kim Yuna and Kim Won Joong celebrated each other birthday′s on September 16 and December 19. The news platform also released photos of the two on a date on Christmas Eve, a night for couples

Why Did Yang Hyun Suk Sell 5.8% of His YG Shares?

By in News posted Oct March 5th, 2014 No comments

YG Entertainment’s biggest shareholder Yang Hyun Suk recently sold 45,000 shares (5.8%) through after hours trading.

He now holds 29.99% of shares, down from his previous 35.79%.

Yang Min Suk, Yang Hyun Suk’s brother and YG’s CEO, also reduced his percentage ownership to 5.42%, disposing of 16,000 shares.

The duo put a combined total of 61,000 shares up for sale after markets closed on February 28. At a price of 56,357 Korean won per share, Yang Hyun Suk and Yang Min Suk earned 25.3 billion Korean won (US$23.6 million) and 9 billion Korean won (US$8.4 million) respectively.

These funds are expected to be used for recapitalization.

YG Entertainment announced on February 14 that it would be raising capital by issuing new stock in order to prepare 51

BoA Reveals “Shout It Out” CDs the Day Before Release

By in News posted Oct March 5th, 2014 No comments

Singer BoA recently revealed her Japanese single, “Shout It Out,” in CD form for fans the day before its release!

On March 4, BoA shared a photo to Instagram with the caption, “I’ve received the ‘Shout It Out’ CD. It will be released tomorrow. Please look forward to it!”

In the photo, BoA makes a V-sign while posing cheerfully next to her single albums. “Shout It Out” will be officially released on March 5.

Netizens commented, “Wow, it’s been a while since you released a single,” “I’m really looking forward to her next Korean album,” “I’ll make sure to buy the album and listen to it! I’m looking forward to it.”

In related news, BoA along with actors Lee Jung Jae and Shin Ha Kyun were cast in the movie, “Big Match

Big Bang’s Seungri Gets Everyone Laughing at the Script Reading of ‘Angel Eyes’

By in News posted Oct March 5th, 2014 No comments

Participating in the script reading of SBS’ Angel Eyes, Big Bang’s Seungri had the entire cast laughing.



Seungri, Lee Sang Yoon, Ku Hye Sun, Kim Ji Seok, Gong Hyung Jin, Joo Ahn, Kwon Hae Hyo, Kim Yeo Jin, Kang Ha Neul, Nam Ji Hyun, and others sat together for the script reading for the drama. The session began with director Park Shin Woo encouraging the actors and staff to create a good drama together.

With each line, the actors became seriously invested in their roles, and then Seungri’s part came along. With his character being a Korean American, who grew up in the hands of his grandmother from down south, Seungri made everyone roar in laughter as he presented his lines in a Chungcheong-do accent mixed in with some English.

After the script reading, the staff praised the actors and shared his confidence in the team work for Angel Eyes

Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, Suzy, and more make top 40 list for ’2014 Forbes Korea Celebrities’

By in News posted Oct March 4th, 2014 No comments

"Forbes Korea" released their "2014 Korean Celebrity 40" list for which they selected and ranked the 40 top stars in the nation.


Girls" Generation ranked in first place, but this comes as no surprise as they had previously topped the list in both 2011 and 2012. As a matter of fact, they have always ranked in the top five since 2009, making them the only celebrity to have made the top 5 for 6 years straight.


For this year"s list, "Forbes Korea" chose about 100 candidates through name search rankings and then did a collaborative ranking based on four parts: sales, exposure in media, broadcasting activities, and professionalism. Girls" Generation are also the only ones that ranked in the top 10 this year in all four sections.


SEE ALSO: Big Bang reveal their intention of making a comeback this summer at the "YG Exhibition in Japan"


Other big name celebrities in the list include Big Bang in 2nd, Suzy in 3rd, EXO in 5th, TVXQ in 7th, SHINee in 8th, IU in 10th, Yoo Jae Suk and Psy in 12th, Lee Seung Gi and CNBLUE in 14th, and Lee Byung Hun in 16th

Saying Goodbye to “Man from the Stars”

By in News posted Oct March 1st, 2014 No comments

With Episodes 20 and 21 “Man from the Stars” has officially come to an end. The final two episodes aired amongst great speculation about possible endings and the delivery was filled with largely satisfying emotions. That being said, saying goodbye is never easy, no matter if you are an alien, an actress, or an invested viewer.

Key Plot Developments:

Min Joon Explains His View on Death

During his 400 years on Earth, Min Joon has seen death countless times, but it is only now that he has experienced love that he understands the point of trying. It’s the moments in life that are the most important. Even with the certainty of death, we can still live happy lives.

Min Joon’s First Family Dinner

Not only is this meal Min Joon’s first dinner with his in-laws, it’s also his first meal with a family

Big Bang’s Seungri to Appear in His First Korean Drama

By in News posted Oct March 1st, 2014 No comments

Seungri of Big Bang will appear in a Korean drama for the first time.

Seungri confirmed his role in a new SBS weekend drama, “Angel Eyes (working title),” which will begin airing in April.

According to an affiliate of the drama, “Seungri attended the first scrip reading for the drama on February 27 with other actors including Lee Sang Yoon, Goo Hye Sun, and Kang Ha Neul. The script reading completed in a harmonious mood.”

Seungri will be playing the role of a 119 (911) rescue worker who return to Korea after growing up overseas. He was raised by his grandmother, so he speaks Korean with a Choongcchung-do Province dialect and English with a Texan accent. He shows an obsession towards elders who live alone and suffer from dementia and causes problems because tries to exceed the bounds of his duties

CNBLUE Talks About Promoting at the Same Time as 2NE1, Girls’ Generation and Nell

By in News posted Oct February 27th, 2014 No comments

While CNBLUE was waiting to go on “M!Countdown” on February 27, they had a brief interview with OSEN and spoke about a lot of things regarding their comeback including their thoughts on competing with 2NE1 and Girls’ Generation.

First, CNBLUE talked about what they would do if they won the #1 trophy for “Can’t Stop.” The band promised to release “Can’t Stop” in a different dialect or saturi version. They commented, “It’s already finished. We can release it anytime.”

CNBLUE commented, “While we were recording our album, we thought of recording a saturi version of the song. Even if we don’t win #1, we want to release it.”

CNBLUE also wants to do as many Korean promotions as they can

Lordbordem’s Weekly Ramblings – Goodbye May Seem Forever and Like the End

By in News posted Oct February 27th, 2014 No comments

I’ve now been promoted as the official penguin of the Soompi network, hence why I have that awesome “Le Penguin Officiel” tag in the comment section. Thanks to our dear leader, soomp, for that amazing addition. You should start seeing the other editors and writers on the team getting their own unique tags over the coming weeks.

Anyway first point of business for the official penguin is to discuss the age old question of when to call it quits, because nothing really lasts forever.

Very Important Disclaimer Stuff: The writer is not really an expert at anything much and is just a mere casual fan of pretty much everything. The writer has been known to be rather weird and cynical at times. The writer’s opinions certainly DO NOT reflect the opinion of Soompi’s news team or Soompi as a whole. Trust me, the rest of the team is quite normal

Lim Chang Jung Releases First Ever Drama OST “Goodbye” for Drama “Three Days”

By in News posted Oct February 27th, 2014 No comments

Actor/singer Lim Chang Jung has released his first ever drama OST single “Goodbye” for the upcoming thriller drama “Three Days.” The track is bringing more attention to the big budget drama before its March 5 premiere.

The OST track “Goodbye” is an emotional ballad featuring an orchestra, and the soft voice of Lim Chang Jung. Listen to the track below and share your opinions on Lim Chang Jung’s first ever OST track.

The upcoming SBS drama “Three Days” is a thriller that follows the the attempts to kidnap and assassinate the South Korean president. It features a real time element similar to the American drama “24.” You can watch the drama when it premieres on March 5. Posters of drama were also recently released