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‘K-Pop Star’ Contestant Han Hee Jun Donates 10 Million Won to Sewol Tragedy

By in News posted Oct April 23rd, 2014 No comments

SBS ‘K-Pop Star’s Han Hee Jun has joined in on the continuous donations.

Han Hee Jun gained much attention after rising to the Top 6 in the recently concluded K-Pop Star season 3. He especially touched the hearts of many viewers byshowing his many efforts to let go of his American Idol title and meet eye-to-eye with the Korean audience.

In all of this, Han Hee Jun has moved the public once again. He has donated 10 million won to the families of the victims in the Sewol sinking accident, as well as canceled his April 19 fanmeeting to pay his respects to the victims.

Han Hee Jun’s US agency spoke with Newsen on April 23, saying, “Han Hee Jun donated 10 million won to the families of victims.”

“The donation is a collection of the money from Han Hee Jun’s appearance fees and profits from events

Woman In Her Thirties Discusses Her Dreams of Becoming an Idol on “Hello Counselor”

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

On the latest episode of KBS2TV’s talk show “Hello Counselor,” a young husband expressed his frustration over the dream of his wife.

The husband revealed that his wife has attended over 60 music shows over the past nine months. He continued, “Her dream is to become an idol. I don’t know if she felt encouraged by the debut of Girl Hood, but she recently begun attending a dance academy. She goes to music shows every day, so there are no side dishes in our fridge. She only gives me a detox drink called ‘Beauty Soup.’”

Moreover, he added that not only do her activities take up a lot of time, but also money, “Her monthly gas bill is around one million won (~1000 USD) because of driving to the music shows. If I look at her bill, all I see are gas stations and rest areas.”

His wife opened up about her reason for pursuing such lifestyle, “I was watching a music show one day and begun to cry while wanting to ask myself ‘What have you been doing all this time?’ Seeing Girl Hood debut, I think I can make it if I start now

Jang Geun Suk and Lee Jun Ki Fans Get Involved In Sewol Ferry Relief Efforts

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

Fans of Hallyu actors Jang Geun Suk and Lee Jun Ki are offering their hand towards the Sewol Ferry rescue efforts.

On April 18, a rep from Jang Geun Suk’s official fan club stated, “We posted the details of a wire transfer we made to the Nonghyup Hanaro Mart located near the Sewol Ferry accident site on our official fan café. The mart is delivering things needed by the family members who are waiting at the Jindo Gymnasium.” The total amount was over 5 million won (approx. $4,800).

Lee Jun Ki’s fan café is also accepting donations. Posted on the fan café was, “If we gather our sincere hearts, we believe a miracle can happen. We are accepting donations.” It has been also reported Lee Jun Ki cancelled his fan meeting and birthday celebration with fans which was originally scheduled to take place on April 19 at the Seoul Olympic Park Woori Financial Art Hall

BoA’s “Make Your Move” Movie Review and Premiere Coverage

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

Soompi covers BoA’s highly anticipated “Make Your Move” featuring “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Derek Hough!

Certainly without a dull moment, “Make Your Move” kicks off high energy, never once missing a chance to showcase its overwhelmingly talented stars. With a starkly different image than that of her old school idol persona, BoA plays an independent, adventurous, and effortlessly sexy Aya, a Zainichi Korean woman set on following her dreams with her fusion hip-hop Taiko group COBU. It is when Donny, played by Derek Hough, shows up and takes her head on in a club tap dancing battle that her world is pulled asunder. “Make Your Move” is a modern-day Romeo & Juliet (but much happier and definitely not sleep-inducing), jam packed with familial drama, intricate dance sequences, and a soundtrack appealing to all audiences

8 Artists with that ‘Unique Voice’

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

Korea is completely inundated with singers from the pretty idols and talented dancers to the indie artists and OST stars. However, amongthe Korean artists I know, the names that immediately flood my head when I hearthe phrase "unique voice" form a much shorter list. Much like the "it factor", it"s a bit hard to quantify but when you hear it, you just know that there"s something special there.

Keepin mind that this list is solely based on my opinion and the artists are who I deem to have unique voices. Also, I"mlimited to the scope of artists that I"ve been exposed to so I apologize in advance for notincluding your favorite artist!

Kim Yoon Ah

Let"sstart with Kim Yoon Ah. If you don"t know already, Kim Yoon Ah is the leadsinger of alternative rock band Jaurim

Fanclubs of EXO, B.A.P, VIXX, Shinhwa and More Send Needed Supplies to Victims’ Families

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

With exhausted family members still praying for a miracle in the sunken ferry accident, fanclubs of various idol groups have decided to help in any way they can.

It’s said on April 18 that fanclubs of various groups, including EXO, Super Junior, Shinhwa, B.A.P, VIXX, Infinite, Got7, BTS, SHINee, and more, are gathering money to send needed supplies to the parents waiting in the Jindo Indoor Stadium.

One EXO fan tweeted, “I heard that the people in Jindo are in need of supplies, so in Kris’ name, I am sending a little. Although the amount is little, I hope that it will be of help. 2000 paper cups, 250 mouth wash, 900 bags of tea, 120 hot packs, 150 masks.”

Another B.A.P fan tweeted, “Please come back like a miracle. With One Shot One Kill (Fanclub name), we are sending supplies in B.A.P Bang Yong Guk and Kim Him Chan’s names, hoping to be of some help

Which Idol ‘Roommate’ Do You Want to Move in With?

By in News posted Oct April 15th, 2014 No comments

So what happens when you throw a bunch of celebrities into a house? Well, we’ll soon find out, when SBS’ new variety show Roommates airs on April 20.

Korea’s top entertainers will be living under one roof, but we’re most excited about the three idols confirmed for the new show, so let us know who your dream idol roommate is by voting below!

After School’s Nana

Orange Caramel may play cute on stage, but member Nana has proved she can keep it real, especially when it comes to her love life.

From revealing she was hit on by 10 celebrities to addressing her scandal with Kim Soo Hyun and even boldly stating she wants to kiss a boy idol, there’s no stopping Nana. And she’s just the roommate we need to mix things up on the show.

2NE1’s Park Bom

From the Roommates staff to K-Pop fans, there’s no denying 2NE1 member Park Bom’s appearance on the show is one of the most anticipated

Shindong and Shin Dong Yup’s “Beatles Code” to Wrap Up Season 3, Future Uncertain

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

MNet’s talk show “Beatles Code 3D” will sadly end its run on April 22, and as of now, there are no news of a new season.

According to a representative of Mnet, the 18th episode of “Beatles Code” airing next week will be its last. Regarding future plans, the source commented, “Uncertain.”

“Beatles Code” aired its first episode in 2010 with Yoon Jong Shin and Yoo Se Yoon chosen as the MCs. After a successful first season, the show was renewed for season two, which recorded decent ratings until MC Tak Jae Hoon was caught up in a controversy regarding illegal gambling, causing the show to end its run.

The third “3D” season has been led by Super Junior’s Shindong and Shin Dong Yup, and the weekly guests have been popular artists and even rookie idols

Find Out More about Eddy Kim in His Showcase Interview! His Dating Style, Pledge for Number 1, and More!

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

On the afternoon of April 11, Eddy Kim filled the IFC Mall’s M Pub in Yeouido, Seoul with the sound of his voice and guitar at his first showcase as a solo artist, and as MYSTIC89’s first male soloist from the fourth season of audition program “Superstar K,” where he placed in the Top 6.

Eddy Kim is a talented musician whose interest in music began when he was young, starting with violin and studying classical music until high school. Afterwards, he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he really started to study music in an official setting.

All of the songs on “The Manual” are songs written, composed, and produced by Eddy Kim himself

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – April Week 2

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

Lim Chang Jung repeats as No. 1 for the second week in a row with “Ordinary Song.” In another wide open week last week in which different songs were winning on various music shows, “Ordinary Song” was clearly the most consistent song amongst music charts and was able to win again. Congratulations to Lim Chang Jung.

Moving up three spots to No. 2 is Orange Caramel’s “Catallena.” This song dropped to No. 5 last week and was able to rebound three spots up to second this week, just ten points below “Ordinary Song.” Historically, Orange Caramel’s songs have done well and also fared better than After School’s songs on our chart. This time is no exception. Let see if “Catallena” can move up to the top spot next week.

There are four new songs in the top 10, all by non-idol artists

’1 Night 2 Days’ former mascot dog Sang Geun passes away

By in News posted Oct April 12th, 2014 No comments
It has been unfortunately reported that "1N2D"s original mascot dog or better yet "the nation"s dog" Sang Geun has passed away on the 11th.

SEE ALSO: "1N2D"s mascot dog Sang Geun spotted at charity event for abandoned dogs

His owner Lee Woong Jong"s reps shared the unfortunate news through their official homepage on the 11th, "The "nation"s dog" Sang Geun was fighting cancer and passed away in his home today at 1 PM KST."

Sang Geun is of the Great Pyrenees breed and was born on April 16, 2004, passing away almost exactly 10 years later. He captured viewers" hearts as the beloved mascot of "1N2D" and following his leave from the show, he had been active in other various programs

PD Explains Difference Between BEAST’s “Showtime” And EXO’s “Showtime”

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

BEAST will be returning to meet with their fans through a reality show!

On April 10, BEAST attended a press conference for their upcoming MBC Every1 reality show, “Showtime.” After wrapping up their promotions for “Shadow” last year, BEAST plans to make their comeback in May, making it ten months since the group last reunited for official activities. But before making their official comeback, fans will get a chance to catch up with the BEAST members through, “Showtime!”

PD Jang Jae Hyuk said during the press conference, “BEAST is already a top idol group. Just the fact that they’re BEAST will make the program television-worthy. Fans will also be able to see unexpected sides to BEAST as well if they watch the show. When EXO was on ‘Showtime,’ the atmosphere was fresh and not very organized, but even during the first recording BEAST was able to deliver a stable and full performance

Super Junior’s Shindong confirmed to be dating model Kang Shi Nae

By in News posted Oct April 11th, 2014 No comments
It"s been confirmed by SM Entertainment that Super Junior"s Shindong and model Kang Shi Nae are indeed a couple.

SEE ALSO: [INFOGRAPHIC] [Tournament] Battle of the Best Boy and Girl Groups!

The two were photographed arm in arm at the IFC Mall in Yeouido, Seoul. They"re reported to have been carefree as they walked around, not worrying about anyone watching them. The idol and model visited a bookstore, where they joked around and recommended books to each other. They also browsed the album and interior corner, where Shindong and Kang Shin Nae talked about music. After buying some items and leaving the store, they continued their shopping mall date.

Super Junior"s label SM Entertainment stated on April 11, "They recently met through an acquaintance and became close... They"ve just started dating

SNSD Tiffany and 2PM Nichkhun vs. SNSD Yoona and Lee Seung Gi

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

After featuring fictional couples and scandal-ridden pairs, two real-life idol couples are going head-to-head in this week’s Battle.

Not only are the contenders in the Battle of the Cutest Idol Couple two members of the same top girl group, they’re in opposite corners of the ring, so vote wisely!

SNSD Tiffany and 2PM Nichkhun

The weather outside isn’t warming up as fast as we’d like it to, but the K-Pop world is getting hotter by the day, as SNSD’s Tiffany and 2PM’s Nichkhun are the latest idol couple to go public with their relationship.

As soon as news broke that the two idols were an item, Tiffany and Nichkhun coolly confirmed the rumors. While the news may have left many boys and girls heartbroken, the fans weren’t so surprised.

SNSD Yoona and Lee Seung Gi

Tiffany, however, is preceded by member Yoona (Sooyoung also confirmed she was in a relationship with actor Jung Kyung Ho), who was in the spotlight earlier this year, when she confirmed she is dating singer and actor Lee Seung Gi after paparazzi photos of the couple surfaced

‘Three Days’ Rakes in Over 200 Million Views in China

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

Three Days has not only ranked number one out of dramas airing on Wednesdays and Thursdays but it has also become a big hit in China.

According to China’s Youku, which has purchased the copyrights to the drama,Three Days has already reached 180 million views as of April 9, before the drama even reached the halfway point.

Three Dayshas also raked in 68 million views on another Chinese streaming site Tudouas of April 9, with the drama earning a total of around 240 million views in the country.

Three Days has also been receiving high ratings. Starting with 9.3 rating, the drama hit a 9.5 rating last week, the highest score for any Korean drama so far.

With the increasing popularity of Three Days, lead actor Park Yoo Chun’s other drama Rooftop Prince has resurfaced on the drama chart again after two years, ranking number 7

B2ST Reveals How It Will Differ from EXO on ‘Showtime’

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

Chosen as the next idol group to be featured on Showtime, B2ST revealed how it intends to surpass EXO, who featured in the first season.

B2ST attended press conference for MBC Every1’s Showtime-Burning the B2ST on April 10 at IFC mall in Yeouido.

When a reporter asked what are some of B2ST’s charms that can surpass that of EXO, Yoon Du Jun answered, “We promoted for a longer time so we are probably more natural and experienced in front of cameras.”

Yang Yo Seop said, “We also have half as many members, so you can focus more on each member.”

Song Dong Woon added, “There are many things we haven’t been able to share for the past four years. You’ll be able to enjoy many episodes we’ve built up until now.”

Photo credit: enews/ Hea Jung Min

“Golden Cross” PD Explains Why He Didn’t Cast Any Idols

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

It’s pretty hard to find a drama these days that doesn’t involve an idol in some form or another. That says a lot about how much idol acting has improved over the last couple years. However, in an interesting twist, KBS’s new drama series “Golden Cross” features a total of zero idols in its whole cast. The reason for that was that the PD believed having an idol on the cast could affect viewer immersion.

On April 7 a press conference was held for KBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama series “Golden Cross,” featuring a cast list that comprises of Lee Si Young, Kim Kang Woo, Han Eun Jung, and Uhm Ki Joon. An interesting note about this drama was that there was not a single idol amongst the cast. Main PD for the drama, Hong Suk Goo, explained that he “Doesn’t have any negativity towards idols; however, after considering the effect it may have on immersion, we decided to go without idols on this drama

Eric Nam Breaks Out of the Mold with ′Ooh Ooh′

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

After 15 months since his last single, Eric Nam is finally back - not that it ever seemed like he was really away.

Appearing on television every week, interviewing top international stars, and greeting overseas fans through various programs, Eric Nam has been working hard, and working a lot - but not quite in the capacity that he wanted.

“I think last year was a very difficult and trying year for me personally and professionally, on many levels,” said Eric Nam, in an interview with Mwave’s enewsWorld. “And part of that came from the fact that I came and signed as a singer and .. I wasn’t singing. To be releasing one song a year, and this song 15 months after that song - as a singer, it’s very depressing in a way. It’s disheartening.”

But thankfully, Eric Nam’s latest single, Ooh Oohhas already been garnering a positive response, despite, or perhaps, because of, the different direction he’s gone since releasing his soft ballad, Heaven’s Door

B2ST Gets Wild for ′Showtime′

By in News posted Oct April 10th, 2014 No comments
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The members of B2ST gathered at the Yeouido CGV in Seoul on April 10 to talk about its new MBC Every1 variety show Showtime - Burning the B2ST.

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min

Too cool, Yong Jun Hyung

The members of B2ST gathered at the Yeouido CGV in Seoul on April 10 to talk about its new MBC Every1 variety show Showtime - Burning the B2ST.

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min

Yoon Du Jun puts a peace sign up

The members of B2ST gathered at the Yeouido CGV in Seoul on April 10 to talk about its new MBC Every1 variety show Showtime - Burning the B2ST

Boy Group 100% Draws Attention for Starting the “Fan Welfare” Trend

By in News posted Oct April 8th, 2014 No comments

6-member boy group 100% is drawing attention for looking out after the fans, and the media is coining their kind gesture as “fan welfare.”

The members are currently holding fan signing events in different cities within Korea after releasing their latest mini album “Bang the Bush.” After realizing how uncomfortable it must be for fans to kneel while getting their albums signed, the members decided to start bringing chairs to set up across the table so fans could sit comfortably while they wait for the members of 100% to sign their CDs. Other idols and groups have noticed the gesture and have followed suit.

Regarding how they came up with the idea, member Rockyun explained, “We didn’t like how the fans have to [be uncomfortable and] kneel during the fan signing events so we wanted them to [sit comfortably] on chairs