If asked “What is the first Korean music you were introduced to?” how would you respond? Fans from the 90′s might say H.O.T., Seo Taiji and Boys, g.o.d, Fin.k.l and etc. More recent fans may respond with Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, 2NE1, and etc. However, if you were to ask the same question to an American in the 1960′s, they would most likely respond with “The Kim Sisters.”
Wait, the Kim Sisters? Who in the world are they? “The Kim Sisters” was a popular female music trio from Korea composed of sisters Sook-ja, Ai-ja, and Mia (Mia is actually a cousin of the two, but was considered a sister) who battled poverty and hardships on their journey to becoming a top act in the glittering light filled city of Las Vegas, as well as becoming a favorite guest on the popular Sunday night variety show “Ed Sullivan Show
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8 preview nextview Super Junior′s Kyuhyun is taking the musical world by storm once again in The Moon That Embraces the Sun
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Kyuhyun turns 27 (Korean age) today, and we′ve gathered a few of our favorite photos for his special day. It took some time for baby Kyuhyun to warm up to the camera Who didn′t take glamour shots seriously? Kyuhyun knows how to play on the playground But he′s since moved on to big boy bicycles We feel you Kyuhyun - getting older doesn′t get any easier But Kyuhyun seems to be doing a fine job And he′ll always be a kid at heart!
Howdy, I"mNoodle, a new Op-Ed and Features writer for allkpop. I grew up inHouston, Texas and through my interest in Starcraft2, I"ve come to gain an interest in Korean music,television, and culture as a whole. My favorite solo artist is BoAand my favorite group is After School. I hope that I can neatly mergemy interest in kpop with my development as a writer to delivercontent that you can enjoy.
Life is full ofsurprises and every now and then you receive surprises within K-Pop that pleaseyou in an unexpected way. Here"s a list of my five pleasant surprises within thelast year of K-Pop that have left fans with a good aftertaste.
5dolls Gets Successfully Rebuilt asF-ve Dolls with "Can You Love Me"
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Lunafly‘s Yun has been cast as the lead for an upcoming drama!
Lunafly’s Yun will be entering the acting world for the first time through the TV Chosun Lunar New Year special short drama, “A Blue Bird,” which will air on January 31.
It is known that this casting took place due to Lunafly’s high popularity in the Southeast Asian and South American countries. Although Lunafly’s popularity in Korea is not as big, their overseas fandom is quite large. They have been partaking in many overseas activities and promotions over the past year, building up their fanbase all over the globe.
Yun commented that he is very happy to be able to greet his Korean fans and hopes that Lunafly will be more widely recognized through “A Blue Bird
Actor Yeo Jin Goo appeared on the January 26 episode of SBS’s “Running Man” along with ZE:A’s Im Siwan and Tiny G’s Do Hee, and participated in a ‘Korean chessboard – Letter from Hong Kong’ race.
Yoo Jae Seok introduced Yeo Jin Goo as 2014’s ‘rising star,’ and after feeling the actor’s arm, said, “Jin Goo, you’ve been exercising?” surprised at how much the actor has grown. At this, Yeo Jin Goo seemed a little embarrassed, and explained that he really likes sports.
On the episode, Yeo Jin Goo teamed up with Yoo Jae Suk and participated in the ‘Running Water Land Big 3’ game, where he showed a strong confidence in diving. When he stepped onto the 7.5m (24.6 ft) diving board, Yoo Jae Suk tried to stop him, but he said, “7
Spotted: pastel oversized coat! The oversized coat has been one of the biggest trends in the fall of 2013. Not only is it featured on the runway, it is also a trend that is apparent in Korean dramas and Prime Minister and I is no different. Nam Da Jeong (YoonA) wears a purplish pink oversized coat with a bow blouse to add a more feminine touch. The pastel colour lightens up the look as oversize coats can look a little bulky and heavy.
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Want to get her look? You can try some of these pieces below!
(Left to right, top to bottom)
1. ZARA, Mohair Coat
2. ZARA, Boucle Coat
3. Topshop, Wool Skirted Coat
4. French Connection, Glorious Wool Oversized Coat
The entertainment world sees a bunch of rookies every single year. But it"s not just rookie artists that get to see the light of day - sometimes, entertainers who have been in the game for years suddenly get their big break
And 2013 sure had a lot of breakthrough stars, ranging from just-debuted rookies to veterans who debuted-15-years-ago. Check out the biggest breakthrough stars of 2013, in no particular order!
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How could we possibly talk about 2013 and leave EXO out? (On a side note: I keep using this picture for my EXO articles because I really like it for some reason.) When EXO debuted in 2012 with "MAMA", they had a lot of fangirls crying at their awesomeness. But then as 2012 rolled on and on, and then 2012 turned to 2013, EXO seemed to simply fade in the background with next-to-zero promotions
Ailee’s song will make its way to the runway in Japan.
After being selected as one of Japan iTune’s ‘iTunes New Artists 2014’ as the only Korean artist, Ailee has been selected to sing the theme song for some of Japan’s biggest fashion shows: 2014 S/S ‘Kobe Collection’ and ‘Tokyo Girls Collection (Tokyo Runway).’
Ailee’s U & I has been selected as the main theme song for ‘Kobe Collection’ and ‘Tokyo Girls Collection,’ proving her popularity among the Japanese trend setters
The diva will be invited to perform the Japanese version of U & I on the fashion show stage, as well as some of her other hits, such as Heaven and I Will Show You.
A rep from Ailee’s Japanese agency said, “Ailee has been getting a lot of attention from many female fans in Japan with her explosive vocals and confident and powerful performances
Lee Min Ho was selected to model for one of the world’s biggest open markets, Taobao.
The actor filmed the commercial for mobile Taobao on January 23, gathering over 5,000 people at the filming site.
An affiliate of Taobao said, “We selected Korean actor Lee Min Ho as the model, who has been causing syndrome in China, in order to set trust and consensus among consumers.”
Taobao marketplace, operated by Alibaba Group, is an open market that reaches up to 940 billion KRW (~875 million USD) in sales records in a day and recorded the total sales of around 176 trillion KRW (~163 billion USD) last year, setting the highest sales records for an online market around the world.
Lee Min Ho is the first foreign actor to model for Taobao.
According to an expert, mobile Taobao is a platform that records daily traffic of about 2 hundred million people, and is used by over 240 trading businesses
Popular band YB just signed a contract with former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein, and will be entering the American and European markets. According to DEE Company, YB’s agency, they will be releasing their first English single mid-February and will start activities through local radio stations and music magazines in Europe.
YB was the first Korean artist to be invited to and attend various international rock festivals, but this will be the first time they sign on with management and officially take part in international activities.
Doug Goldstein was with Guns N’ Roses from 1980 to 2000, and had been in charge of many huge events like Guns N’ Roses’ 40-country world tour. He has also helped the band sell a total of roughly 150,000,000 albums worldwide. The former Guns N’ Roses manager said about YB, “YB’s guitar riffs, melodies, vocals, and performance are all excellent
I Need Romance 3 - Episode 1, Episode 2 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
The third installment of the I Need Romance series is here and I bet you thought you learned something about romance in the first two series, right? Pfft. Those two were chickenfeed compared to this drama which is pulling all the stops when it comes to romance. And to show just how serious they are about it, there’s French everywhere. The first words spoken are: “J’ai envie de romance” which means I might need to have Google Translate open to keep from missing anything.
The drama begins with a little girl walking in the first snowfall of the year with a cute French song playing in the background. Where’s she going? The male narrator tells us that she was going to see him shortly after exiting his mother’s womb
On January 21, Big Bang leader G-Dragon posted on his Instagram a picture of himself and fellow member Taeyang with worldwide leader in fashion Karl Lagerfeld. Along with the picture, he wrote, “It was an honor to meet you. The show gave me such inspiration, Lagerfeld.”
Indeed, the German fashion designer seems to be scotched between our two Korean idols and they seemed especially pleased to meet with Lagerfeld.
Karl Lagerfeld, born in Germany, has been the fashion director of Chanel, H&M, and various other high-street brands. He is labeled as one of the most influential and powerful designers of the 20th Century.
G-Dragon and Taeyang left Korea on January 15 to head for France for the 2014 Paris Fashion Week.
Tags 2014 Paris Fashion WalkBig BangG-DragonKarl LagerfeldKPLGTaeyang
It seemed like yesterday when the Korean entertainment world shook in shock after singer Rain and actress Kim Tae Hee were caught to be secretly dating. A year after, Rain opened up about their current relationship and the details of love between the two big celebrities.
After being caught on a secret date with the actress while the singer was serving his military duties, Rain expressed how the couple’s relationship is still going strong. In regards to each other’s work, Rain said, “We don’t touch on each other’s work. I don’t let her listen to my songs. When my album comes out, she will probably hear it. I love surprising people, so even my own family doesn’t get to listen to my songs early.”
When asked if the singer meets with the actress often, Rain joked, “Do you think I can meet her?” and then continued, “We are doing very well
For the first time ever for a Korean star, 2PM graced the cover of Japan’s popular magazine, CanCam.
2PM appeared on the cover of CanCam’s March issue as revealed on January 20. The editorial staff at CanCam stated through JYP Entertainment, “Ever since we found out about 2PM the group, the scale was pretty big. We wanted to express all of 2PM’s overwhelming atmosphere and masculine sexiness.”
CanCam first began in 1982 and rose to become a popular magazine in Japan.
“We are always working hard to create new images and new music for the people who are always supporting us. Thank you for the big love and support. We’ll become a 2PM who will work even harder,” said the 2PM members.
Meanwhile, 2PM will begin its arena tour in Nagoya starting January 27
Recently for the new year, boy band BIGBANG’s member Taeyang had posted a picture of Seungri and himself. In that photo, Seungri and Taeyang had displayed a sharp and dandy style. But now, Taeyang has a new look with G-Dragon! On January 18, Taeyang posted a new picture with a short message “Koreans in Paris” on his Twitter account. In the photo, G-Dragon and Taeyang are sitting on a bench in Paris. G-Dragon and Taeyang are dressed in a unique and punk style. G-Dragon has his head down, while Taeyang sat down sideways showing the fans his handsome side profile. Both men have very interesting hairstyle. G-Dragon has blue tint in his hair. Taeyang has a Mohawk and bleached his hair nearly white. The photo looks as if it is from a photo shoot or for a music video rather a casual shot
Hello everyone! I"m a new writer here with a new column called "Style Coverage". Join me on a wonderful adventure through Korean dramas while picking up tips and pointers for your own personal style. Hope we"ll have a fantastic time digging through the closets of our favourite drama characters! First up is episode 1 of "Can We Love?" xoxo
Being 39 is a nightmare. Love doesn"t turn out well, neither does money... nor success. What"s worse, you"re counting down to the big four-oh. Quarter-life crisis was long gone and mid-life crisis is anxiously waiting for your arrival. Life is just a crisis. At least for these three women.
Need a hug already? Why not just bundle up in a huge comforting scarf. That"ll do the trick.
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At least this will keep you warm in this cold, harsh world
Happy Birthday to 2NE1 maknae Minzy (Gong Minji)!
It seems like a really long time ago that 2NE1 debuted in 2009, but Minzy just turned 20 today (21 in Korean age). Over the years, we have seen her grow from cute maknae, to a sexy, confident young lady. The photo collages depict her transformation during her time with 2NE1.
She’s known as the best dancer in 2NE1, and has the most stable voice of the four members. Minzy has released “Please Don’t Go” with fellow member CL as a duo unit, but she’s had no solo activities so far. Perhaps in 2014?
YG Entertainment posted a “Happy Birthday” message to Minzy on their blog, but perhaps the biggest presents from YG are 2NE1′s upcoming, long-awaited album, “AON – All or Nothing,” and their world tour
PSY is definitely a world star who has represented Korea through his music. It seems just like yesterday when the singer hit it big with his famous song, “Gangnam Style,” but now PSY plans to perform at a World Economic Forum which Korea’s president, Park Geun Hye, also plans to attend.
The 44th World Economic Forum will hold a special meeting in Switzerland titled the Davos Forum, which will be held from January 22 -25, to focus on the world’s society, politics, and business. On the eve of the Davos Forum, “Korea Night” will open in which the event hopes to expand the knowledge of Korean culture and technology. Singer PSY will perform at “Korea Night” as a representative of Korean cultural arts.
The Davos Forum will be attended by about 2,800 prominent figures including South Korean president Park Geun Hye, UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and former United States president Bill Clinton
Some of the biggest names of the past year were all in one place at Kyung Hee University"s Grand Peace Palace for the "28th Golden Disk Awards
" on the 16th and gave some fan service backstage with a photo spree!
SEE ALSO: Performances from the "28th Golden Disk Awards"!
The first "Golden Disk Awards" began in 1986, and since then, it"s become one of Korea"s most prestigious awards ceremony for music. Dubbed the "Korean Grammy Awards", it"s an annual awards show held by the Music Industry Association of Korea to recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry in South Korea.
Girls" Generation, SHINee, EXO, B2ST, CNBLUE, INFINITE, SISTAR, 4minute, Davichi, A Pink, Roy Kim, Crayon Pop, B1A4
, BTS, Kim Ye Rim, Lee Jong Suk
, Lee Bo Young
, and more attended the awards ceremony to make it a night to remember
The cast of “Infinity Challenge” will head for Brazil to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
A representative of MBC revealed on January 17, “‘Infinity Challenge’ team will travel to Brazil, where the 2014 World Cup is held, to cheer on the national football team of Korea.”
The world’s leading football event will take place from June to July. The Korean team will have their first match on June 18, when they are scheduled to face the Russian team. On June 23, they will go head-to-head with Algeria, and their last match will be against Belgium on June 27.
Due to scheduling difficulties, the popular variety show was unable to attend the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The next big sports event will be the 2014 Incheon Asian Games held in September, but so far, nothing has been discussed or confirmed