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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – April Week 3

By in News posted Oct April 20th, 2014 No comments

A Pink’s “Mr. Chu” comes from outside of the top 10 and moves up 16 spots to become our new No. 1 song this week!

This song swept all the music shows last week and easily won over Lee Sun Hee’s “Meet Him Among Them.” Orange Caramel’s “Catallena” rounds out the all female top three this week.

“Mr. Chu” is the title track of A Pink’s 4th mini album, “Pink Blossom.” It is a cute pop dance song about the thrill of sharing the first kiss with one’s significant other. The various synth effects and the upbeat rhythm highlight the sweet and lovable qualities of A Pink. This is A Pink’s second No. 1 song on our chart as they did it last year with “NoNoNo.” Congratulations to A Pink.

Besides “Mr

Song Ji Hyo Is the Rising Star of Hallyu in China

By in News posted Oct April 18th, 2014 No comments

After charming the audience with her humble personality and skillful acting, actress Song Ji Hyo has become one of the hottest Hallyu stars in Chinese-speaking countries.

It all begun with “Running Man.” Together with Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, and other male members, Song Ji Hyo has entertained the viewers through a number of hilarious episodes. The cast members have travelled around Asia to greet their local fans, and the responses have been particularly hot in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Recently, Song Ji Hyo has gained popularity through her role on “Emergency Couple.” The drama has been sold to ten countries so far, proving its overseas appeal, and the download rates in Chinese-speaking countries have been extremely high

EXO ‘Overdoses’ Fans With Its Charms at Comeback Show

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments

EXO made its comeback this year with upgraded performance.

EXO held a showcase titled EXO Comeback Show on April 15 in Jamsil Arena, presenting its new title song Overdose along with its music video.

Opening the stage by performing Wolf and History, the EXO members took turns introducing themselves and greeting the fans before the group performed its hit Growl.

During talk time, EXO was asked about the process of preparing the new album and Baek Hyun answered, “We practiced a lot in order to show new sides of us. There is this one part where D.O has to lie down and the other members have to go on top of him to make a formation. I remember struggling to get the formation right.”

Chan Yeol added, “When we filmed the music video, it was shot in a one-take technique

Party with Eric Nam, AKMU, IU and More

By in News posted Oct April 13th, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/6 preview nextview Thankfully, it′s still spring over here in Korea, which means we can walk around with our earphones in, enjoying the nice weather - and we′ve got the perfect playlist for this weekend! Click through for a listen.

1. Eric Nam - Ooh Ooh

Eric Nam ditched the ballad route and went for it with Ooh Ooh and we basically can′t get that ′Oh pretty baby′ out of our heads.

It′s a good replacement for the catcalls you might get while walking around in the sunshine.

2. Akdong Musicians - 200%

During a recent interview, a certain Dal Shabet member said she had JungKey’s Aloneon repeat-so we had to check it out and now we’ve got it on repeat

“K-Pop Star 2′s” 2000 Won Releases Music Video Teaser for Upcoming Debut

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

Many will remember 2000 Won as one of the contestants from SBS‘ “K-Pop Star 2.” Now, the duo plan to make their debut through their new song “Don’t Like Seoul Anymore.” The duo consisting of Kim Il Do and Kim Hyo Bin first made their impression when they auditioned for the singing show back in 2012. Although they did not make it as the final winners, 2000 Won seems to have finally made it to the Korean music industry.

The teaser starts with Kim Il Do’s strong rap followed by a melody that foreshadows Kim Hyo Bin’s sweet vocals. “Don’t Like Seoul Anymore” depicts the bitter feelings of a man after a break up, and the subsequent feelings towards the memories made in Seoul.

2000 Won’s first mini album will be released on online music sites at 12PM on April 11 (KST)

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – April Week 1

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

There is a major upset on top of the chart this week. Veteran male soloist Lim Chang Jung’s “Ordinary Song” is anything but ordinary as it moves up 20 big spots and leaps over many top idol artists to No. 1 this week. “Ordinary Song” just edged out last week’s No. 1 2NE1’s “Come Back Home” by four points. Congratulations to him.

Lim started his singing career in 1995, and reached a peak in the early 2000′s. Nearly all his album title songs reached No. 1 on the chart back then. He abruptly quit singing after releasing his 10th album in 2003 to focus on his acting career. In 2009 Lim came back to the music scene and released his 11th album. He regained a lot of popularity last year with the song “About Me.”

“Ordinary Song” is the title track of Lim Chang Jung’s 12th album, his first full length album in nearly five years

Fall in Love with 2NE1, Henry, 4minute and More

By in News posted Oct March 30th, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/6 preview nextview We love K-Pop for its flash, but we also love when artists breathe new life into their songs by stripping it down to just vocals and a simple instrumental.

We’re back with more editors’ picks in our Weekend Playlist, and this time, we dug up some of our favorite acoustic versions of a few K-Pop hits as well as a few dance party-worthy tracks.

So kick back, enjoy the music and let’s pretend tomorrow isn’t Monday (sorry).

Henry - ‘1-4-3 (I Love You)’

Who knew Super Junior-M’s Henry was quite the playa-playa?

Henry may be spitting game on variety shows these days, but all he needs to do to make us swoon is this. Bring EXO’s Chan Yeol along, and it’s a done deal.

2NE1 X Jung Sungha - ‘I Love You

Our next pick is also coincidentally called ‘I Love You,’ but if Henry’s confession was sweet,2NE1 goes grunge in the acoustic version of its 2012hit

INFINITE’s Hoya revealed to have treated his fans to a birthday dinner

By in News posted Oct March 28th, 2014 No comments

Happy birthday to INFINITE"s Hoya, who turned 23 (24 in Korea) on March 28!

On the same day as his birthday, he started to gain a lot of attention through online communities as netizens discovered that he already celebrated his birthday with fans two days before on March 26! It turns out that fans hurried early to the filming site of his KBS variety program "Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education" on that day to wish him a happy birthday after he finished recording.

To pay them back for this sweet act, Hoya treated them to a dinner of dong tae tang (frozen pollack pot soup) and jokbal (pork hocks)! INFINITE fans took to the internet to brag about his generous act towards his fans. One person who claimed to have been there said that he stayed to eat with the fans, waited until everyone was done, paid the bill, and then left

Happy Sweet Sixteen Soompi!

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

♪ ♫ Happy Birthday to You ♫ ♪ 

♪ ♫ Happy Birthday to You ♫ ♪ 

♪ ♫ Happy Birthday Dear SOOMPI ♫ ♪ 

♪ ♫ Happy Birthday to You ♫ ♪ 

March 27, 1998 was the day when a small community for K-pop lovers was born. Since then, the small forum-only site has grown to be one of the representative gateways to Korean entertainment and culture. Despite all the changes and incidents (Never forgot “The Great Crash of 2005″) that Soompi has gone through in those sixteen years, Soompi still remains what it was in 1998: A welcoming home for fans of Korean Entertainment. To this day, Soompi has some of the best K-pop and K-drama fans on the website and the forums

Actor Lee Sang Yoon Suits Up for Spring in the New Pictorial for Brand Wear “Tremolo”

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

Actor Lee Sang Yoon recently posed for the brand wear Sejung’s “Tremolo” pictorial. Through these photos, we can definitely see why the actor is getting more popular each day, especially front his female fan base.

Born on August 15, 1981, the actor garnered much attention from the netizens after revealing that he has been in a romantic relationship with fellow actress Nam Sang Mi when they both starred in the drama “Life is Beautiful” in 2010. The couple was regarded as one of the sweetest celebrity couples but they broke up in December 2012. The actor appeared in various well-known productions including “Goddess of Fire,” “Angel Eyes,” “My Daughter Seo Young,” and “Home Sweet Home” for which he won the Best Actor Awards at the MBC Awards back in 2010

F.Cuz Is Back after 2 Years With “One Love” MV

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

Male quintet F.Cuz (Jinon, Daegun, Raehyun, Kan, Yejun) is finally making a Korean comeback with a new digital single, “One Love.” The single and music video was released on March 27 on online music sites, for their first Korean comeback in 2 years since their 2012 digital single, “Dreaming I.”

While they’ve been absent from Korea, the group proved themselves as international stars last November, with their Japanese single “Change,” which hit number one on the Tower Records chart and the Space Shower TV K-Pop chart. With their new single “One Love,” F.Cuz will no doubt have the attention of Korean and Japanese fans alike.

Prior to the release of their new single, F

Emergency Couple: Episode 17 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct March 26th, 2014 No comments

Emergency Couple: Episode 17 recap by Dramabeans

After leaving Chang-min’s father’s room, Jin-hee is in a daze as she walks through the hospital alone. She sits in the ER break room, remembering Dad’s last words to her that he can die happy because he’s seen Jin-hee become a doctor. She holds her white coat and badge and finally breaks down.

Ah-reum arrives at work and takes a call from Yong-gyu. She chirps brighty at him, teasing that he’d better come to work today, then suddenly becomes serious and asks him where he is.

The head nurse takes a call, and informs the doctors that Yong-gyu is in an ambulance on the way to the ER after taking a severe beating. When they wheel him in, he’s covered in blood and in a semi-comatose state

12 Female Celebrities who don’t look their age

By in News posted Oct March 23rd, 2014 No comments
If you paid attention to the "Korean Terms All K-Pop Fans Should Know" article, then you know that there are such things as dongans and no-ans. As a reminder, dongan is used to refer to someone who looks younger than their age - a "baby face." On the other hand, no-an is used to refer to someone who looks older than their age.

SEE ALSO: 7 male actors who don"t look their age

A lot of people, like myself, are shocked when they find out the real age of a certain celebrity whom they presumed to be younger or older. So which female celebrities were you wrong about? Check out the list below.

Crayon Pop

This whole group is older than most people would think and the surprise is partly because the girls are so youthful and energetic and caters more to a younger audience with their bright costumes and catchy songs

Spring, Love, Crushes with 2NE1, Primary and More

By in News posted Oct March 23rd, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/6 preview nextview It′s Sunday over here in Korea, so we hope you′re all chillin′ out maxing relaxing all cool - but just in case you′re puttering around, feeling a little bored, we′re rolling out a Weekend Playlist, with some of our editor′s picks!

Click through for a listen!

K-POP STAR 3′s Kwon Jin Ah - See Through (Primary ft. Zion T and Gaeko)

Primary, Zion T and Gaeko of Dynamic Duo rank high on our list of favorites, but they don′t get as much recognition from K-Pop fans overseas - which was why when Kwon Jin Ah of K-Pop Star 3 covered the hit SeeThrough during the competition, we completely fell in love.
The acoustic take on the sassy song is sweet and endearing, and we could totally hear this being played on the streets of Hongdae

Jun Yang Ja

By in Actress posted Oct March 22nd, 2014 No comments

Name: 전양자 / Jun Yang Ja (Jeon Yang Ja)
Real name: 김경숙 / Kim Kyung Sook
Profession: Actress
Birthdate: 1942-Feb-20
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 157cm
Weight: 52kg
Star sign: Pisces

TV Shows

I Love Lee Tae Ri (tvN, 2012)
The Man Who Can’t Get Married (KBS2, 2009)
The Tale of Janghwa and Hongryeon (KBS2, 2009)
My Sweetheart My Darling (KBS1, 2005)
You are a Star (KBS1, 2004)
Beijing My Love (KBS2, 2004)
Saxophone (KBS2, 2002)
Flower Story (KBS1, 2001)
Love (MBC, 1998)
First Love (KBS2, 1996)

Choo Sung Hoon’s daughter Sarang gets another kiss from boyfriend Yuto

By in News posted Oct March 21st, 2014 No comments

Anyone else thinking of a romantic Korean drama at the picture above? True to her name, Choo Sung Hoon"s daughter Sarang (Korean for "love") is getting a lot of love from her boyfriend, Yuto!

At the recent filming for KBS 2TV"s "Superman Is Back," Choo Sung Hoon took his daughter to kindergarten where she met up with Yuto as he ran over to greet her.

SEE ALSO: Yano Shiho reveals she fell for Choo Sung Hoon first and her dream for Choo Sarang with "InStyle"

Although Yuto gave every toy to Sarang as a present, she still hogged the grapes and said, "Don"t come over this line." However, before leaving, Yuto gave her a sweet kiss so that Sarang became very bashful and smiled out of happiness!

When her father came back, she acted awkwardly around him and maintained a distance between them, which perplexed him to no end

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – March Week 3

By in News posted Oct March 16th, 2014 No comments

Despite strong competition from several new songs, Soyu and Junggigo’s duet “Some” refuses to give up the top spot and repeats as No. 1 for the fourth week in a row. “Some” recorded another win in KBS Music Bank last week and still tops Billboard Korea. It is the first song on our chart to stay at No. 1 for four or more weeks since PSY’s famous hit “Gangnam Style” one and a half year ago. Congratulations.

As mentioned last week, a trio of big name artists released their new albums and they are storming into the top 10 this week right below the top spot. They will again try to dethrone “Some” for the top spot next week.

Moving up 20 spots to No. 2 is CNBLUE’s “Can’t Stop,” the title song from their fifth mini-album of the same name

Boy Group 100% Gifts Fans Sweet Candy with Kisses for White Day

By in News posted Oct March 14th, 2014 No comments

As some may know, Korea is one of a few countries celebrating White Day on March 14. Traditionally, on this day, guys gift girls with white gifts from candies to intimate articles of clothing.

On March 13, the members of 100% went around giving fans candy along with simple cards marked with their kisses right before their performance at “M! Countdown.”

Some fans thought that the members printed the card with the kiss-shaped lipstick marks, but member Rok Hyun quickly erased that thought by posting a selca wearing faded lipstick (from all that kissing!).

Meanwhile, 100% recently made a comeback with “Beat” at “M! Countdown” yesterday and will be performing tonight at “Music Bank

Northwestern Graduate, NY Lawyer Lee So Eun Flies to Korea to Participate in Lee Seung Hwan’s Upcoming Title Track

By in News posted Oct March 14th, 2014 No comments

It’s not everyday you see a lawyer featured in an album!

Lee So Eun recently took vacation days to come to Korea to participate in Lee Seung Hwan’s title track for his eleventh studio album,” stated a representative from Lee Seung Hwan’s agency Dream Factory. “She came to Dream Factory’s studio on her first day to Korea to record.”

It’s been revealed that Lee So Eun previously had experience in the music industry. The last time she was involved in a project was in 2009 as a featured singer on singer Espresso’s song “Two People” before deciding to study abroad in the States at Northwestern. She’s currently a lawyer in New York after graduating.

A representative from Dream Factory shared, “Fans will not be able to tell that it’s been a while since she last held a microphone as her voice hasn’t changed much and she had a comfortable time recording

Film “Venus Talk” Brings Korean Sensibilities to “Sex and the City”

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

Get ready for an emotional ride of ups and downs filled with laughter, tears, and raunchy honesty. “Venus Talk” depicts themes relevant to modern women everywhere, but with a dash of good-ol’ fashioned Korean drama. Here is “Venus Talk,” a story for women who aren’t afraid to take charge of their life.

The Characters and Set-up

-Independent TV producer Shin Hye (Uhm Jung Hwa)

Recently separated from her long-time boyfriend after he cheats on her with a much younger woman, Shin Hye’s love life is rekindled by a very young and handsome production assistant (Lee Jae Yoon). She can’t seem to get her hands off of him, and at the same time she tries to resist him as she struggles with their age-gap and rumors of their “scandalous” relationship circulating around the office