We thought that the Hyung Yong Don Jyong couple was dead, but perhaps the relationship is just starting to bloom.
On the April 2 broadcast of MBC Every1‘s “Weekly Idol,” MC Jung Hyung Don revealed the birthday text he received from G-Dragon.
Although the two had received the best couple award on MBC‘s “2013 Entertainment Awards,” the bromance between G-Dragon and Jung Hyung Don had started to fade. Yet, the recent birthday text revealed by Jung Hyung Dong seemed to translate that the two friendship still remains (of course, they were never on bad terms to begin with!). MC Jung Hyung Dong revealed the birthday text me received from the BIG BANG leader.
The text read, “Hyung, Happy Birthday
EXO is coming back in April.
According to affiliates of EXO, EXO will be launching a comeback show on April 15 at Jamsil Arena and begin promotional activities.
The news on EXO’s comeback has been spreading quickly on online communities and SNS, gathering much attention. Having released the first full-length album XOXO last year and a special album in December, the group is ready to make its comeback after four months.
The group gained much recognition last year by winning various awards, including at 2013 MelOn Music Awards, 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards, 2013 KBS Music Festival , the 28th Golden Disk Awards, the 23rd Seoul Music Awards, the 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards, the 11th Korean Popular Music Awards and more.
Photo credit: SM Entertainment
G-Dragon and comedian Jung Hyung Don received much attention last year partnering together for MBC’s “2013 Infinity Challenge Freedom Road Music Festival.” They revealed they were “Going to Try” for the best couple award at the year-end’s entertainment awards.
MBC’s “Section TV Entertainment News,” which aired on January 5, showed scenes backstage at the 2013 MBC Entertainment Awards.
The show interviewed the Hyung Yong Don Jyong couple after they received the best couple award.
G-Dragon said, “I’m not sure if a male couple can win this award. I no longer plan on keeping in touch. We were a contract couple.”
Jung Hyung Don countered G-Dragon’s comment and said, “This is the end,” displaying a curt attitude
The brightly lit up stadium full of orange was wonder in itself.
Compared to the stars that spark up shortly before disappearing in this competitive entertainment industry, Shinhwa, the longest running idol group who has kept its place on top for 16 years, has stayed constant. Or rather, Shinhwa was maturing with the flow of time, writing its own shinhwa (legend).
On March 23, Shinhwa held its 2014 Shinhwa 16th Anniversary Concert – HERE at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium. With both performances on March 22 and 23, a total of 27,000 fans appeared for the group, boasting that it hasn’t lost it yet.
The concert opened up with Scarface from Shinhwa’s 11th album, released in 2013, continuing with Venus and Brand New, turning up the heat from the way beginning. Especially with Brand New being the song that won Shinhwa the highest award at the 2004 Seoul Music Awards, fans exploded when the song began to play, with around 14,000 fans singing along
BoA’s Hollywood film Make Your Move will finally be premiering in Korea and America.
Revealing two versions of the movie poster, Make Your Move announced that it will be premiering on April 17 in Korea and America.
Make Your Move, starring BoA and Derek Hough, is about two lovers, who grew up in completely different environments, coming to understand and falling in love with each other through dance.
Having received an award for her role in KBS drama Expect Dating in 2013, BoA will be acting as dance group Cobu’s leader, Aya. Derek Hough, who has won American survival program Dancing with the Stars multiple times, will be acting opposite BoA as Donny.
The film was directed by Duane Adler, who wrote the script for Save the Last Dance and Step Up and was participated by numerous professionals, including choreographers Nappytabs and music director Joel C
Among the different K-Pop idol groups, B.A.P is especially popular in Europe. The group was recently asked why they think that is.
On March 9, at the press conference for “B.A.P Live on Earth Seoul 2014,” member Daehyun said, “I think there’s an appeal in our unique style, and I think people like our masculine and powerful performances.”
B.A.P’s agency TS Entertainment said, “As B.A.P hasn’t been to Europe yet, it’s hard to tell, but there’s definitely a highly positive response to the group there. We should be able to get an idea of their popularity during this world tour.” For this year’s world tour, B.A.P will be visiting America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia for a total of 20 concerts. In Europe they have decided on visits to Germany and France, and they will be adding other European countries to their itinerary at a later date
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
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
2013 was a year full of surprises for Ladies Code.
After debuting, the group released songs like Bad Girl and Pretty Pretty, which turned into veritable hits. Ladies Code was also the only girl group that debuted that year to receive the New Artist Award.
But despite their busy schedules, the five members of Ladies Code want ‘more schedules quickly.’ What makes them want to focus so much on their activities?
The laides of Ladies Code, who came back with So Wonderful, met with enews to share their thoughts.
Meeting with Ladies Code
The five members all looked a bit sad, as they only had a week left to promote So Wonderful.
“We want to promote more and spread our name, but the promotions have already come to an end
Singer Lim Kim swept the rookie awards at major award ceremonies in 2013 with her first full-length album “Goodbye 20.” Her stellar performance last year has once again become a topic of interest.
Lim Kim first came into public attention through Mnet’s “Superstar K” Season 3 in 2011, later signing on to Yoon Jong Shin’s label, Mystic89. She released her first mini-album “A Voice” in June 2013.
Her debut album’s title song, “All Right,” hit number 1 on various music charts and was warmly received on music shows as well. “Goodbye 20” followed in November last year.
Lim Kim’s success has no doubt contributed to Mystic89’s rise to prominence in the K-Pop entertainment industry
TVXQ took home five awards from 28th Japan Golden Disk Awards.
According to the announcement released on the homepage of 28th Japan Golden Disk Awards on February 27, TVXQ won for ‘Best Asian Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best 3 Albums,’ ‘Downloaded Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Music Video.’
28th Japan Golden Disk Awards, hosted by the Japanese Record Association, celebrates the artists and albums that have contributed to the advancement in the record industry throughout the year, based on the sales of albums, videos and more.
TVXQ’s full length album Time released last March won the ‘Album of the Year’ as well as ‘Best 3 Albums.’
Moreover, the group’s Catch Me-If you wanna was selected as ‘ Downloaded Song of the Year’ and TVXQ Live Tour 2013~Time~ was selected as ‘The Best Music Video
4minute showed fans how they have fun backstage with a game of gonggi
, a traditional Korean game often played by children,
in a BTS video!
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Cube Entertainment shared the clip from the "2013 Award Season" which shows 4minute becoming cute school girls all over again as they play the classic Korean game showing off their honed skills. While Jiyoon proved to be quite good, HyunA and Gayoon shared that they aren"t all that good at it. HyunA especially seemed to get frustrated at her lack of skill as she continued to practice by herself, and even cutely nagged Gayoon to practice and compete with her.
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Worried you might have missed out any important news in the week of Korean entertainment? Get comfortable and ready to scroll as we go through the best news and articles of this week in music, drama, variety and fashion.
This is your Weekly High Five!
-= News =-
1.Korea Communication Standards Commission Calls for Action Against Overly Sexual Girl Group Concepts
2. Yoo Ah In, Choi Jin Hyuk, Super Junior’s Sungmin, and Supernova’s Sungje Preparing to Enlist for Military Service
3. Jang Geun Suk, Jung Il Woo, and Others Attend Their College Graduation Ceremony
4. Everyone Wants to Wear What Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun Wear, Product Placement in Dramas
5. KBS Bans Ga In’s “Fxxk U” and Tae Jin Ah Version of Rain’s “La Song”
-= Music =-
A Korean version of the popular American series “Homeland” starring actor Kim Nam Gil has been reported on extensively by international press outlets, gathering a lot of interest. Kim Nam Gil’s agency Star J Entertainment said, “It is true that we are in the beginning stages of production.”
Reporters from the American media outlet Hollywood and the English entertainment media outlet and research company C21 Media recently released articles on the “Korean Homeland.” The Hollywood reporter said, “Korea’s Star J Entertainment bought rights to Israel’s drama ‘Prisoners of War,’ which is the original drama that ‘Homeland’ is based off of. Kim Nam Gil is the prospected main actor for the show, and participating in the production are the Star J president Jung Young Bum, ABC network consultant and ‘City Hunter’ producer Lee Dong Hoon (Sebastian Lee), Hollywood producer Teddy Geiger, etc
We might be seeing an Israeli-to-Korean (by way of Hollywood) drama adaptation in the near future. Kim Nam-gil’s agency Star J Entertainment has acquired the rights to the acclaimed Israeli series Prisoners of War, the show which was the basis for Showtime’s Emmy-award-winning Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
Kim is in talks to star in the Korean drama adaptation, which would rework the story into more familiar North-South conflicts and focus on a soldier caught between the two nations as a suspected double agent. His reps were careful to say that they’ve only bought the rights, and the casting is hardly set in stone since they have yet to secure a production house, director, or writer.
The original Israeli series Hatufim was created in 2010 by Gideon Raff, and is currently planning for its third season
Following the live broadcast of the Soompi Awards 2013 on Myx TV this week, the full show is now available online for fans around the world!
Featuring appearances by G-Dragon, EXO, SHINee, 2NE1, Ailee, B.A.P, Changmin (2AM), Block B and BTS, this broadcast was a special extended version of our awards video.
Music videos featuring the winners and nominees are seen, giving a comprehensive look at the top artists and songs of 2013.
Watch it here.
This is the third year Myx TV has broadcast our year-end Soompi awards. Videos for 2012 and 2011 are also available.
MYX is an Asian-American TV station that broadcasts on cable channels across the US, and also on Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Samsung Blue-Ray, and Sony Entertainment Network
EXO will be hosting a large-scale event that will attract about 10,000 Japanese fans.
On April 11 to 13, EXO will be holding “EXO Greeting Party in Japan ‘Hello!’” at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The event will be held five times during the three days.
SM Entertainment stated, “EXO’s first Japanese event scheduled to be held in April was well-received by fans. Thus, we added another show for April 11. It will be a spectacular show hosting about 10,000 people.”
There has been already much interest for EXO’s first event in Japan from fans as well as the media. The response has been explosive receiving as many as 40,000 inquiries although the group has not officially debuted in Japan.
EXO swept the awards ceremonies last year receiving awards at the “2013 Melon Music Awards,” “2013 MAMA,” “2013 KBS Gayo Daejeon,” “The 28th Golden Disc Awards,” “The 23rd High1 Seoul Music Awards” as well as “The 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards
SNSD (Girls’ Generation) took over the music charts in Taiwan.
SNSD’s hit I Got a Boy topped the yearly album and song chart in 2013 for Taiwan’s KKBOX.
Being one of the biggest online music sites in Taiwan, KKBOX announced its yearly music charts for 2013 on February 17, and SNSD took first place honors on the K-Pop’s album and song charts.
KKBOX’s yearly chart ranks music based on the number of downloads and streams throughout the year, selecting the most heard and purchased albums and songs.
SNSD’s I Got a Boy had also been globally recognized by winning the Video of the Year at the Youtube Music Awards and it was also listed in Time’s top 10 songs in 2013.
Photo credit: SM Entertainment
The results of the 2013 Soompi Awards are almost here! Myx TV will be airing a special show on February 18 at 9:30pm PST for the event, featuring many of the winners.
After months of voting, we will finally see who K-Pop fans from around the world chose are the best artists of 2013 in 15 different categories. Nominations included Girls‘ Generation, EXO, Big Bang, SHINee, B.A.P, Ailee, 2NE1, Hyori, and many more.
The Soompi Awards 2013 will also be available at www.myx.tv/soompi on Wednesday, February 19 and on connected platforms – Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Samsung Blue-Ray, and Sony Entertainment Network – on March 13
It has been reported that actor So Ji Sub personally invested in the British-French-American movie that stars world-famous actress Judi Dench, “Philomena”. Judi Dench is very well known for her role as “M” that appears in almost every James Bond movies. The movie is based on the novel “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” written by journalist Martin Sixsmith. The movie also stars of Steve Coogan and it tells the true story of Philomena Lee’s 50-year-long search for her son.
Apparently, So Ji Sub, along with his entertainment agency, invested over $51,000 in this movie.
After its screening at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, “Philomena” won several international awards including the People’s Choice Award Runner-Up Prize at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival