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.
It"s been a while since we"ve seen 4minute all together so enjoy their backstage moments above!
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
It has been reported actress Moon Chae Won is looking over the female leading role a new film with the working title, “Three Men’s Woman.”
A representative of her agency, MS Team Entertainment, carefully stated on February 12, “She was offered a role in ‘Three Men’s Woman’ last month. She is looking over the role optimistically. However, no final decision has been made. She has been receiving various offers of diverse projects.”
“Three Men’s Woman” is a romantic comedy film directed by Park Jin Pyo, who also directed “You Are My Sunshine” and “Closer to Heaven.” If Moon Chae Won confirms this role, it would be her first film since “War of the Arrows,” which released in 2011.
Meanwhile, Moon Chae Won played a pediatrician in the KBS 2TV drama, “Good Doctor,” which earned her the Excellence Award and the Popularity Award at 2013′s year-end awards ceremony
have won the "Artist of the Year" award for January at "The 3rd GAON Chart Kpop Awards
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The SM Entertainment
group released their hit album, "I Got a Boy
", in January of 2013. Taeyeon
said, "It was an album that we worked a long time on. We promoted and worked really hard with an excited heart, and it makes me happy we received a lot of love. Girls" Generation"s album is out soon, so please look forward to it. We"ll make sure to get another award next year. Please give us lots of love!"Seohyun
also commented, "It"s been over 7 years since we debuted, and I"m happy that we got to perform such good music for our sunbaes and hoobaes. Thank you."
Award finalists are based on the previous year"s Gaon year-end chart performance according to data for sales of songs and albums
Actress Sung Yuri has signed on to Fantagio, home to actors such as Ha Jung Woo, Kim Sung Kyun and Joo Jin Mo, and actresses such as Yeom Jung Ah and Kim Sun Ah.
According to Fantagio on February 10, Sung Yuri signed an exclusive contract with us last week.”
After her contract with King Kong Entertainment ended last month, Sung Yuri was contacted by various agencies, including Fantagio’s CEO Na Byung Joon. After careful deliberation, she picked Fantagio a the place to begin the next phase of her career.
Fantagio revealed further, “Sung Yuri is an actress who has gained recognition for her influence and star quality. Her recent foray into the variety world has proven that she is an all-rounded entertainer
Over the last few years, the K-Pop market has shown a diversification of genres, as well as a shift in power among key players.
While there companies that depend heavily on idols, such as the “Big 3,” consisting of SM, YG and JYP, there are also others that have caught the public’s attention with their offerings of ballad singers and singer-songwriters. Smaller companies have found that the internet has given them greater avenues to promote themselves, such as via YouTube and various SNS. Yoon Jong Shin’s Mystic89 and Yoo Hee Yeol’s Antenna Music are two such up-and-coming labels.
Mystic89 is home to Kim Yeon Woo, Park Ji Yoon, Jang Jae In, Puer Kim, Jo Jung Chi, Harim and Lim Kim, while Antenna Music houses artists such as Lucid Fall, Jung Jae Hyung and Peppertones
Lee Bo Young made fans jealous with the details on her happy marriage with Ji Sung!
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On the February 5th broadcast of SBS" "One Night of TV Entertainment", the reporter took the actress on a limousine date and asked, "I bet Ji Sung hasn"t done this kind of event for you...?" Lee Bo Young defended her husband, "How can you [talk like that]?"
When asked, "On the last day of 2013, you won the Daesang at the "2013 SBS Drama Awards". How does it feel to receive the Daesang?" Lee Bo Young shared, "At first, I couldn"t believe it. The pressure on me also grew because I should meet the expectations for my next production."
The reporter also asked if she dressed up in a hanbok for the Lunar New year holiday
The movie “The Technicians” has finalized its main cast, including actors Kim Woo Bin and Lee Hyun Woo and will move into filming in March.
Production company Trinity Entertainment confirmed the casting for its follow-up movie to “Friend 2,” “The Technicians.” The movie will star Kim Woo Bin, Lee Hyun Woo, Go Chang Suk, Jo Dal Hwan, Kim Young Chul, Shin Gu and Im Joo Hwan.
In 2013, Kim Woo Bin saw his stock rise following memorable performances in “Friend 2” and “The Heirs,” while Lee Hyun Woo was in box-office hit “Secretly and Greatly,” alongside Kim Soo Hyun and Park Ki Woong
Actors Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye have had to come out again to official deny that they are dating as Chinese media reports that the two are in a romantic relationship gained traction recently. Various reports stated that Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye have been dating for about two months, after their drama “The Heirs” ended, but no pictures or other specific evidence were provided to support such claims.
Lee Min Ho’s agency stated to various local and Chinese media sources that the report was untrue. To TV Report specifically, it stated, “We don’t know why this type of report came out in China. We are taking steps [to handle the situation] through our Chinese agent.”
Park Shin Hye’s agency also stated to Metro News, “It’s a baseless story. It seems to be a rumor coming out because of the high popularity of the drama [in China]
BIG BANG’s G-Dragon made it clear that he has no thoughts of creating more music with comedian Jung Hyung Don. On the January 25 episode of KBS’ “Entertainment Weekly,” the singer was captured posing for a fashion photoshoot. In regards to modeling for a female fashion brand, G-Dragon joked, “I will work hard and try modeling for children’s clothes,” causing laughter amid the star’s charismatic presence.
Furthermore, during the interview, the singer was asked about his thoughts on receiving the Best Couple award at the 2013 MBC Entertainment Awards with Jung Hyung Don. G-Dragon commented, “I think my image is slowly starting to harden towards that image, causing me to experience an identity crisis. I think making music with Jung Hyung Don once is enough.” Moreover, when asked about YG’s CEO Yang Hyun Suk’s singing ability, the BIG BANG leader stated, “I heard it, but it sounds just like his speaking tone,” causing people to once again laugh