B.A.P kickstarted its global concert tour with B.A.P Live On Earth Seoul 2014 on March 8 and 9, bringing over 10,000 fans.
The Seoul concert was the starting point to the upcoming concert tour around America, Europe, Oceania and Asia, for a total of 20 concerts.
B.A.P gathered over 200 reporters from 100 media outlets from in and out of Korea for the press conference held on March 9.
With the concept of ‘Earth Needs You,’ B.A.P staged performances centered on the six themes of justice, love, passion, emotion, happiness, and you.
From the performances of One Shot, Badman and Power representing ‘justice’ to sweet songs to represent ‘love,’ the B.A.P members filled the stage with powerful energy and sound.
The members also performed solo and unit stages, including Bang Yong Guk and Himchan’s performance of Q and Jong Up’s dance performance combining modern dance with b-boying
"Voice Korea"s Ji Se Hee
will make her comeback with her first mini-album "Blooming
" with the help of her former mentor Kangta!
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Ji Se Hee made her debut with her single album "One & Only" last April, impressing and touching the hearts of fans with her sweet voice in the confessional love song. It has been revealed that her "Voice Korea" coach Kangta gifted Ji Se Hee with one of her new double title tracks which he composed, wrote, and arranged.
Her agency Louders Entertainment rep stated, "Ji Se Hee"s first album is filled with the sorrowful atmosphere that suits her powerful and husky voice... It is an album that various artists participated in so it would be good to anticipate Ji Se Hee"s comeback
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
From now on, no star is safe, as we will be featuring not just K-Pop stars, but actors, actresses and entertainers in our weekly Battles!
We’re kicking things off with the ladies, so read on and vote as Korea’s sassy girl takes on Korea’s first love.
From miss A’s sweetheart to the sweetheart who stole all of Korea’s heart, singer and actress Suzy has quickly become a force to be reckoned with not only in K-Pop but in dramas and films.
Although Suzy has been laying low since starring in 2013 drama Gu Family Book and releasing Hush with miss A in the same year, she made a very welcome cameo in hit drama You Who Came From the Stars, stepping back on set (not to mention on Jun Ji Hyun’s character’s toes) alongside Architecture 101 costar Kim Soo Hyun, as a woman after Do Min Joon’s heart
A total tease, Suzy’s cameo left fans wanting more, and we can’t to see what she has in store for us next!
Jun Ji Hyun
After starring in a number of blockbuster films, the highly private A-lister Jun Ji Hyun made a wild comeback to dramaland this year with SBS’ hit drama You Who Came From the Stars, proving she still has what it takes to sweep her competition
We have a new No. 1 this week!
“Some,” a duet between SISTAR’s Soyu and R&B artist Junggigo, jumps from No. 26 all the way to the top spot this week, overtaking our three-week champion Girl’s Day and their “Something.”
Soyu has become a favorite duet partner for male K-Pop artists as this is the third time she’s helping a relatively unknown male artist to get into the spotlight. In 2012, Soyu lent her vocal to Geeks’ “Officially Missing You, Too.” Last year, she had a No. 1 song “Stupid In Love” with Mad Clown. Now, four months later, she strikes again with this new No. 1 song “Some.” Geeks’ Lilboi returns the favor to be the featured rapper on this song
Age of Feeling: Episode 12 recap by Dramabeans
Doctor Jung and Ok-ryun get an unexpected delivery to the clinic in the form of Daddy Shin’s body, brought there by Jae-hwa’s men.
But it seems like they may not be the only ones behind the body switch, since Jung-tae heeds So-so’s words about where his father’s funeral should rightfully take place and sheds his funeral clothes. So-so beams: “I guess you’re not fake after all. Let’s go.”
Jung-tae claims he has some business to take care of first, which leads us back to the body reveal with Leader Seol and Kaya. Leader Seol is the only one to open the casket and spot the random dead person inside, and closes it before a sudden letter arrives from Jae-hwa informing him of what he’s already confirmed: that they don’t have Daddy Shin’s corpse
Emergency Couple Episode 7 - 8 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
This week, someone heard our prayers because not only is Jin Hee showing everyone what a great intern she is (girl haz mad skills) but there appears to be tiny flashes of jealousy from Chang Min. *hehehe* Are we going to get our wish and he falls for her first?
Tessieroo: What? Only one episode this week? Whyyyyy?
Leila: It’s because of the Sochi Winter Olympics. I bet every Korean are anticipating for Kim Yu Na’s performance in figure skating. One episode only this week and we know that hardcore fans of this series will savor this to pieces.
Tessieroo: I don’t know why I thought someone would catch her but nope, our girl falls flat on her face
Confirmations are in for Jin Se-yeon (Age of Feeling), who was offered the lead in SBS’s spring Monday-Tuesday drama Doctor Stranger opposite Lee Jong-seok. She’s signed on to play the heroine (and her doppelganger, naturally), which means the show finally has a leading foursome secured. The casting isn’t terribly exciting, though it makes perfect sense that they went from Park Min-young to Jin Se-yeon, because they’re pretty interchangeable in my mind.
Doctor Stranger is the medical spy melodrama from PD Jin Hyuk of Master’s Sun and City Hunter and writer Park Jin-woo of Conspiracy in the Court. It stars Lee Jong-seok as a North Korean doctor who defected to the South and gets treated as an outsider in the hospital where he works
SBS’ You Who Came From the Stars inched a little closer to 30 percent, receiving 27.4 on Wednesday night, its highest number since episode 1.
The episode included more sweet moments between Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) and Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun), as well as a plot development between the two chaebol brothers, Lee Hwi Kyung (Park Hae Jin) and Lee Jae Kyung (Shin Sung Rok). Yeon Woo Jin also made a cameo appearance as the oldest brother who died.
SBS also scored high in the broadcast of Kim Yuna’s short program, which took place around 2:20 AM (KST). Despite the late hour, the program recorded 12.2 percent, while MBC got 9.6 and KBS 7.0 percent for the Figure Skating Women’s Single Short Program. Kim Yuna also placed first for the short program.
Maybe it was the Stars effect or the Kim Yuna effect that cause both programs to have high ratings, but either way, SBS was one happy broadcast station last night
Today is Valentine"s Day
You know what that means. Chocolates, flowers, teddy bears... Well.... if we had a significant other, maybe. Thankfully for the rest of us who happen to be single, we can overdose on ice cream and chocolate by our lonely selves and live vicariously through drama couples. For this Valentine"s Day, we decided to look at some of the drama couples with relationships that we dreamed of having (SPOILERS BELOW)!
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The Couple with the Worst Timing
Sung Shi Won (A Pink"s Eunji) and Yoon Yoon Jae (Seo In Guk) of "Reply 1997" by contagion
HE WAS TOO EARLY
These two episodes offered many an adorable moment for our lead couple, even giving us a glimpse of what their normal, happy life could look like. Now that Min Joon is ready to hold Song Yi close, he’s finally showing off more emotion. He’ll hold her hand, appear by her side when called, and may even drunkenly teleport into her bedroom. As his departure looms ever closer, he begins to make some important decisions about his future actions. What’s the use of an eternal life if he can’t be beside his loved one?
Min Joon and Song Yi’s Relationship Takes Center Stage
Romantic Highlights Include:
When Song Yi drags Min Joon back home due to his kiss-induced illness, she can’t help but pester him about his kissing weakness. Min Joon lays in bed doing his best to recover while Song Yi fires off question after question
Love was in the air, as the stars updated fans with Valentine’s treats. See the sweet in today’s Twitter Roundup.
Girl’s Day Minah tweeted a photo of her Valentine’s Day treat on February 14, writing “I received chocolate, but huk…! The universe… I love stars so much these days...Is there anyone else who came from the stars…”
Miss A’s Jia tweeted a photo on Valentine’s Day as well, writing “HVD~ Have a good day~^^. I’m going to spend it with my ‘boyfriend’ too~ㅠㅠ. My ‘boyfriend’ is too tall~ Or am I too short?ㅋ.”
Sistar’s Soyou tweeted a photo of her special Valentine’s treats for fans, writing “The day Some boy and Some girls confess their love!! For the fans in my style~ Valentine’s chocolate from Soyou!!!!!!! I know the feeling~ Did you get it?”
Super Junior’s Ryeowook was feeling the Valentine’s Day love as well, from Vixx’s N, in particular, writing “Chocolate from Paris and a handwritten letter from N^^ Blushing ㅋㅋㅋ Thank you
Name: 에릭 / Eric
Also known as: Eric Moon
Real name: 문정혁 / Moon Jeong Hyuk
Profession: Singer, actor and model
Star sign: Aquarius
Blood type: B
Family: Two older sisters and one older brother
Talent agency: Good Entertainment
Kpop group: Leader/rapper of the Korean boyband Shinhwa
Military Service : October 9th, 2008.
Myung Wol the Spy (KBS2, 2011)
Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2, 2008)
Que Sera, Sera (MBC, 2007)
Wolf (MBC, 2006)
Invincible Parachute Agent (SBS, 2006)
Super Rookie (MBC, 2005)
Phoenix (MBC, 2004)
Banjun Drama (SBS, 2004)
Breathless (MBC, 2003)
Diary of June (2005)
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Emergency Act 19 (2002)
2006 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actor Award (Invincible Parachute Agent)
2006 SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars Award (Invincible Parachute Agent)
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor Award (Super Rookie)
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Super Rookie)
2004 Acting Daesang Awards Best New Actor Award (Phoenix)
Girl group AOA will be holding a mini concert next week on “Lee.Bahl.Show” (shortened in Korean for “This Month’s Discovery). What makes “Lee.Bahl.Show” special is the small venue with 150 seating so fans can have an intimate time with the artists and other fans.
Also, Soompi is giving away four pairs of tickets to the special event! If you’re in Korea, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss! The event will take place this Monday, February 17 from 8:00~9:00pm (KST) at Olleh Square in Gwanghwamun, Seoul.
So, how do you get in on this sweet deal? Check out the easy details below!
To enter the contest all you have to do is::
Follow us on Twitter (@soompi), Leave a comment below with your Twitter username, Tweet: “@soompi is giving away free tickets to AOA’s mini-concert! Click here for more info! http://bit
“I Need Romance 3″ Episode 7 - 8 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
This drama zips through relationships faster than a CW teen show. At this point, it’s like an American sitcom with 1-episode relationships except that instead of main characters dating quirky guest stars, they are dating other main characters.
Having said that, I found this week’s episodes a little interesting.
We learn that for the two months Sweet Potato has lived with Joo Yeon, he’s been her unpaid homemaker and caretaker while she’s been too busy to relax and enjoy a meal. She doesn’t really stop till the night she cries after disappointing her sunbae. After resting on Wan’s comforting shoulders for a bit, she suddenly perks up, announces that she’s hungry and rummages through the fridge for something to eat
Happy Lunar New Year to all our readers.
Due to Korea’s Lunar New Year celebrations, not many singers released new songs. As a result, our music chart is quieter this week and the top three songs remain the same as last week. Girl’s Day’s “Something” becomes the first song to repeat as No. 1 this year. This week it further pulls away from Ailee’s “Singing Got Better,” which remains at No. 2. B1A4’s multiple music show winning song “Lonely” is still at No. 3.
There are two new songs in the top 10 this week. Moving up 19 spots to No. 8 is Hong Dae Kwang’s “No Answer.” It is the title track from his single album “The Silver Lining.” and is an acoustic guitar style mid-tempo ballad that showcases Hong Dae Kwang’s sweet voice
“Man from the Stars” episodes 14 and 15 deliver both thrilling and romantic sequences. Episode 15 in particular brought back some much needed humor, delighting audiences with Min Joon’s comedic struggle to express his feelings. It’s Min Joon’s turn to feel jealousy and frustration, as he begins to give in to his ever-building emotions. Song Yi instead focuses on regaining her health as well as her independence when it comes to love. Alas, no matter what she does she can’t quite shake her feelings for Min Joon.
Song Yi Falls After Wires Snap
Jae Kyung’s plan to sabotage Song Yi’s stunt succeeds and Song Yi plummets to the ground.
Luckily Hee Kyung leaps into action and runs to to break Song Yi’s fall. He reaches her just in time, helping to shield her from impact
Girls’ Generation’s members, Taeyeon and Tiffany shared a photo of themselves eating cotton candy!
On Febrary 5, Taeyeon posted a photo online with the short message, “Stress. Cotton candy. Sweet.”
Taeyeon and Tiffany enjoyed themselves with a sweet treat. In the first three photographs, Taeyeon angrily ate the cotton candy. In the last one, she looked as if she’s being tickled by a piece of cotton candy while Tiffany showed her fans different ways of eating the treat in the three photographs. For the first, Tiffany ate the cotton candy in a sexy manner and changed her expression to that of surprise in the last photo.
Meanwhile, Taeyeon will return to her fans through an album called “SM The Ballad” which will be released on February 13. Tayeon will sing a solo song, “Set Me Free”
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"
5dolls was never very active,nor was their main group Co-ed School
I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I had watched, there was one that I was obsessed with that I already wrote about last week and one that I still don"t know how I managed to finish. For this week, I will finally unveil (I know the week-long wait must have been torture) which drama I was most disappointed with in 2013. Keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the worst drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).
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MOST DISAPPOINTING K-DRAMA
There was a lot of hype for this drama and honestly... I think the only reason I managed to finish SBS"s "Heirs" was because of the eye candy