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5 Pleasant Surprises in Kpop from 2013

By in News posted Oct January 31st, 2014 No comments

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

The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

By in News posted Oct January 26th, 2014 No comments

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).

SEE ALSO: [OP-ED] My Favorite Drama of 2013


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

13 breakthrough stars of 2013

By in News posted Oct January 25th, 2014 No comments
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!

SEE ALSO: [OP-ED] 13 breakthrough stars of 2013


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

Ivy Proves Singer Kim Bum Soo Is a Neat Freak

By in News posted Oct January 25th, 2014 No comments

Singer and musical actress Ivy revealed a photo of singer Kim Bum Soo’s refrigerator.

On January 23, Ivy posted a photo and wrote on her blog, “Not long ago, we had a wine party at Bumsoo oppa’s house. I knew he was a neat freak, but what’s this in his fridge? The top shelf is stocked with make-up, the middle shelf is stocked with water bottles, and the bottom shelf is stocked with sikhye (sweet rice drink). Bum Soo oppa is a shikhye lover.”

She continued the blog post by writing, “After enjoying some wine, Guri Guri oppa (Yang Dong Geun) transformed into a monster. Everyone helped clear away the traces of our wine party and prepared for the second round. It was time for Bum Soo oppa’s Snack Myun time! He says Snack Myun is the best ramen.”

Prior to Ivy’s blog post, Kim Bum Soo appeared on KBS 2TV’s “Happy Together” back in 2012 and said, “I’m a neat freak

JYJ Kim Jae Joong Gathers Over 100,000 Fans for Japanese Concert Tour

By in News posted Oct January 24th, 2014 No comments

JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong proved his popularity in Japan once again, by gathering over a total of 100,000 fans for his Japanese concert tour.

C-JeS Entertainment reported on January 24, “He successfully held his two day concert titled 2014 KIM JAEJOONG 1st Album Asia Tour Concert in NAGOYA on January 22 and 23, gathering 18,000 fans. Kim Jae Joong’s Japanese tour, which started last November, set a record of inviting over a total of 100,000 fans.”

Kim Jae Joong was able to captivate fans of different age groups through the concerts, by showing off his unique solo performances, setting an example as a member of idol group.

A staff member of the show commented, “Kim Jae Joong’s dynamic performance presented a variety of atmospheres for the audience, taking them through a club scene with electronic music or a small concert play scene with sweet ballad and talks

I Need Romance 3: Episode 1 – Episode 2 Recap

By in Drama Recap posted Oct January 23rd, 2014 No comments

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

My Favorite Drama of 2013

By in News posted Oct January 19th, 2014 No comments

I think it"s pretty safe to say that I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I did watch, there was one that I was obsessed with. There was another one I cannot believe to this day that I even finished considering how terrible it was but I"ll get to that next week. This week is a focus on the good and keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the best drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).

SEE ALSO: Watch "Show! Music Core" livestream!


This has to be tvN"s "Reply 1994" for a couple of reasons. Generally, the writing was absolutely superb, the episodes were edited in a way that heightened anticipation and each revelation

Win Free Tickets to Rainbow Blaxx Showcase!

By in News posted Oct January 17th, 2014 No comments

Hey Soompiers!

We previously announced that Rainbow’s sexy sub-unit Rainbow Blaxx is confirmed as the first artist of 2014 for ‘Lee.Bahl.Show” and that this will be their showcase.

Soompi is giving away four pairs of tickets to “Lee.Bahl.Show”! The fun event will take place this Monday, January 20 from 8:30~9:30pm (KST) at Olleh Square in Gwanghwamun, Seoul.

What makes “Lee.Bahl.Show” (shortened in Korean for “This Month’s Discovery) special is the intimate 150 seating and several planned events for the fans like a Q&A session with the artists.

Soompiers in Korea are in for a treat as only a lucky few will be able to watch the girls perform tracks from the new mini album live before the rest of the world!

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 Rainbow Blaxx’ showcase! Click here for more info! http://bit

Top 5 Duos in K-Pop

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

Sadly, duo groups are not as prevalent in K-Pop, but they are growing with the help of sub-units and popular collaborations. People love these duos because they can focus on just two people who work admirably well together in their partnership. While showing off an intimate relationship almost like a couple or a pair of best friends, these duos use both members" unique traits and skills to an advantage.

SEE ALSO: Performances from the "28th Golden Disk Awards"!

Which duos are especially eye-catching with their amazing chemistry and teamwork?

GD & T.O.P

Obviously, it would have been difficult for G-Dragon to pick just one fellow Big Bang member for the first duo, but he eventually went with T

allkpop’s Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 1-25

By in News posted Oct January 16th, 2014 No comments
Throughout the month of December, we brought you our list of the best and most important K-Pop songs of 2013. Now, with the new year, we"re pleased to present the best K-Pop music videos of 2013! 

Read on to find out where your favorites rank in our list. On today"s list, we bring you the second half - numbers 25 through 1.

SEE ALSO: allkpop"s Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 26-50

25. SHINee "Dream Girl"
SM Entertainment
Release Date: February 19th, 2013

SHINee"s been a busy, busy group this year, knocking out comeback after comeback with very little time for breaks in between- so much so that it seems like "Dream Girl", their first video of 2013, came out much earlier than it actually did. The video features all five guys navigating a strange, topsy-turvy dream world while chasing a faceless girl in a painting through rooms where time and gravity have no meaning

Im Hyun Sik

By in Actor posted Oct January 13th, 2014 No comments

Name: 임현식 / Im Hyun Sik (Lim Hyeon Shik/Yim Hyun Sik)
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1945-Dec-31
Birthplace: Sunchang, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Star sign: Capricorn
Family: Wife and 3 daughters

TV Shows

Suspicious Family (MBN, 2012)
Salaryman Chohanji (SBS, 2012)
If Tomorrow Comes (SBS, 2011)
Gye Baek (MBC, 2011)
The Duo (MBC, 2011)
Pure Pumpkin Flower (SBS, 2010)
Dae Mul (SBS, 2010)
My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (SBS, 2010)
I Am Legend (SBS, 2010)
Creating Destiny (MBC, 2009)
Can Anyone Love (SBS, 2009)
Tazza (SBS, 2008)
Chunja’s Happy Events (MBC, 2008)
Powerful Opponents (KBS2, 2008)
Life Special Investigation Team (MBC, 2008)
Yi San (MBC, 2008)
The Innocent Woman (KBS2, 2007)
Legend of Hyang Dan (MBC, 2007)
The Return of Shim Chung (KBS2, 2007)
Mun Hee (MBC, 2007)
101st Proposal (SBS, 2006)
The Book of Three Han (MBC, 2006)
Bad Family (SBS, 2006)
Fugitive Lee Doo Young (KBS2, 2006)
Ballad Of Suh Dong (SBS, 2005)
Love Hymn (MBC, 2005)
Smile Of Spring Day (MBC, 2005)
Old Miss Diary (KBS2, 2004)
The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
Little Women (SBS, 2004)
Dog Bowl (SBS, 2004)
Desert Spring (MBC, 2003)
Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003)
My Fair Lady (SBS, 2003)
Buni (KBS1, 2003)
Forever Love (MBC, 2003)
All In (SBS, 2003)
The Maengs’ Golden Era (MBC, 2002)
Sunshine (MBC, 2002)
Everyday With You (MBC, 2001)
Sweet Bear (MBC, 2001)
Sangdo (MBC, 2001)
Rookie (SBS, 2000)
Great Great (SBS, 2000)
Huh Joon (MBC, 1999)
Rising Sun, Rising Moon (KBS1, 1999)
Queen (SBS, 1999)
Last War (MBC, 1999)
Seven Brides (SBS, 1998)
When She Beckons (KBS2, 1997)
Cinderella (MBC, 1997)
Women (SBS, 1997)
Im Kkeok Jung (SBS, 1996)
Their Embrace (MBC, 1996)
Do You Remember Love (MBC, 1995)
Sandglass (SBS, 1995)
Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 1991)
The Imjin War (MBC, 1985)
The Ume Tree in the Midst of the Snow (MBC, 1984)


Oh! My God 2 (2009, cameo)
Underground Rendez-vous (2007)
Old Miss Diary (2006, cameo)
200 Pounds Beauty (2006)
Ddukbang (2006)
See You After School (2006, cameo)
Quiz King (2005, cameo)
The Twins (2004, cameo)
Liar (2004)
Tube (2003)


2004 SBS Acting Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 MBC Drama Awards: Special Award
2000 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award
1990 MBC Acting Awards: Top Excellence Award
1987 MBC Acting Awards: Excellence Award
1977 MBC Acting Awards: Excellence Award

Looking Back at “Reply 1997″ and “Reply 1994″

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

Warning: Contains Spoilers

1. Introduction

Last year, tvN scored a smash hit with “Reply 1997,” transporting us to a much simpler decade infused with nostalgia, growing pains, 90s pop culture and fan girls. The drama premiered with little hype, but gained recognition through word of mouth, becoming a sensation and breaking the 6% ratings barrier, considered to be high for a cable drama, and that’s not even counting the rebroadcasts. In fact, Episodes 15 and 16 of “Reply 1997” was broadcast on tvN, Olive, Mnet, OCN, Onstyle and Ongamenet simultaneously. Set in 1997 Busan, “Reply 1997″ was the coming-of-age story of a group of high schoolers who grow through their own share of teenage troubles

Trends that stood out in 2013

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

2014 may have begun more than a week ago now, but people are undoubtedly still writing 2013 on applications, papers, and such, aren"t they? The transition is never as easy, plus it is always nice to look back at the past year and sum it up so you can move onto the next with a fully refreshed mindset.

This is why allkpop writers alim17 and jennywill collaborated to put together some of the biggest trends of 2013. Check them out below!

SEE ALSO: Lee Hyori to recruit non-celebrity "Miss Korea"s for her stage at the "2013 SBS Gayo Daejun"

Dramas that deal with the supernatural

We think it"s fairly safe to say that 2012 was pretty saturated with time traveling, particularly between the modern era and something more like the Chosun Dynasty

“Man From the Stars” Kim Soo Hyun Increases Book Sales

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

American writer Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” recently sold over 30,000 copies.

The book was first published in 2009, and was quickly forgotten without receiving much interest. However, it’s as if the book has sprouted wings; it’s selling like crazy. This is because of its appearance in the currently very hot SBS drama, “Man From the Stars.”

In the drama, which is about the fateful love story of 400-year-old alien Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) and top star Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun), Do Min Joon is often seen reading books, and they have become more than just simple props.

The lines from the book fantastically fall in line with the innocent heart of Do Min Joon, and give his story another level of wholeness, as well as an additional element of foreshadowing in the drama

Seungri and Taeyang Spent Their New Year with a Bang

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

Hey Soompiers, how did you start off your new year? By yourself? With your family? With your friends? Or like myself traveling to another country?

Big Bang’s Taeyang and Seungri celebrated their new year together. The recent photo had revealed their lean, charming, and handsome selves together. On January 9, Seungri had uploaded their picture together on his Instagram account with one sentence, “The beginning of 2014”.

In the past, Taeyang and Seungri would dress up in an extravagant or punky styles. However, on this day, the two gentlemen in the photo displayed their new styles by dressing semi-formal and looking very sharp. The two had their arms over each other shoulders showing their fans of the closeness of their relationship. Taeyang pouted sweetly for the camera, while Seungri shown his mischievous smile

Hyorin Looks Sweet and Simple in Black Glasses

By in News posted Oct January 10th, 2014 No comments

Sistar‘s Hyorin took a picture proof shot that she looks pretty good in glasses.

Sistar’s official Twitter shared the photo first. The picture is of Hyorin, offering a a cute smile while she wears a pair of black glasses. It looks like she is also wearing headphones, so perhaps she took this selca while relaxing to some music. Although Hyorin promoted her song “One Way Love” with a fierce and sexy image, here we see a more subtle and sweeter side to her.

Along with the picture was the caption, “[Hyorin] Wrapping up the last days of the Hong Kong trip in Macao. I’m sad that we’ll be returning to Korea soon.”

Hyorin, Bora, and Soyu were in Hong Kong filming a reality show. The girls shared other photos from their trip, which you can see here

Jay Park and 2NE1’s CL Talk Poop, SNSD’s Yuri Gets Benched and More

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/9 preview nextview If you find it hard to believe that stars are just like us – well, the topic of poop came up one too many times, and it’s all in today’s Twitter Roundup.

Seungri fans in Korea! Want a chance to Twitter talk with the Big Bang member?

Seungri tweeted the above photo on January 7 with the message, “All day tomorrow, I will respond to everyone who goes to Café And.here in Jongno-gu Dongseung-dong 31-14 and sends me a mention with a photo holding an AND cup. Have a warm cup of coffee with a sweet waffle!!”

Tablo shared a photo on January 7 with the simple caption “fly high.”

Jay Park posted the above collage of two seemingly unrelated photo on Instagram, explaining, “On the left: i was actually takin a shit but u cant tell from the pic

Episode 6 of “Noonas Over Flowers”

By in News posted Oct January 7th, 2014 No comments

EPISODE 6. Broadcast on January 3, 2014.

girlfriday: So after that incident where Seung-gi maybe-sorta lost the noonas and Na PD and maybe himself, the group makes it to the apartment where they’ll be staying. They decide to play rock-paper-scissors for room choosing privileges, and maknae Mi-yeon wins. Uh… is this a thing to be happy about?

javabeans: I’m cracking up because the choosing order turns out to be the reverse of the age order.

girlfriday: It is against the laws of nature.

javabeans: Yeo-jung says, “Go ahead and choose comfortably, really, I’m fine”… but she seems to be holding her breath over the answer

SHINee’s Onew shows his sweet voice in love theme song ‘Moonlight’ for ‘Miss Korea’ OST

By in News posted Oct January 3rd, 2014 No comments
The wait is over to hear SHINee"s Onew"s "Moonlight" in the full as it has been released online to the delight of his fans as well as fans of the drama "Miss Korea".

The idol crooned the song for the OST of the drama, which stars his labelmate Lee Yeon Hee, showing his support. The song itself serves as the love theme song of the two main leads, the mentioned actress and actor Lee Sun Kyun.

So give Onew"s OST track a listen above and make sure to catch "Miss Korea" every Weds-Thurs!

A Look at the Hundreds of Stars Who Chose SNSD’s Yoona as Their Ideal Type

By in News posted Oct January 2nd, 2014 No comments

Grab a tissue, boys, because Girls’ Generation’s Yoona is officially off the market.

On January 1, both Lee Seung Gi and Yoona confirmed that they have been dating since September, 2013, becoming the new star couple of 2014.

With the surprising, yet expected birth of another pretty couple, Yoona’s Tang Soo Yook (sweet and sour pork) list has been spotlighted once again.

The Tang Soo Yook list refers to Korean Chinese restaurants that give stickers with each order. When a large number of stickers is collected, the restaurant will provide a free dish of tang soo yook.

A comedian mentioned in the past that if all the men that chose Yoona as an ideal type were stickers, Yoona could get a free dish.

Since then, fans collected all of the ‘stickers,’ compiling all the stars, ranging from actors, singer, to athletes, and even celebrities from overseas