Cha Seung Won, star of hit drama “The Greatest Love”, has pledged 100 million won (roughly US$96,300) to a charity committed to helping the families and victims of the Sewol ferry disaster.
The actor’s donation was received by the Community Chest of Korea. A spokesperson for the charity said that the money would be used to provide valuable support for survivors and the families of the victims.
Cha Seung Won joins other major Koreans stars who have also made financial donations to charities involved with relief efforts. Other donors include Major League baseball payer Ryu Hyun Jin, actors Song Seung Hun, Park Jae Min, Ha Ji Won, Joo Sang Wook, On Joo Wan, Jung Il Woo, Jang Mi In Ae, Kim Bo Sung and many others. UAA, the entertainment agency which manages stars such as Song Hye Kyo, Yoo Ah In and Kang Dong Won, has also announced that it will be sending items such as blankets to the site in Jindo, where the families of missing passengers are still gathered
YG Entertainment announced that for the second week in a row, brother and sister duo Akdong Musician topped five Korean online music charts with their title song “200%.” From April 14 to April 20, “200%” had been ranked number one on Melon, Mnet, Genie, Olleh Music, and Naver Music. Furthermore, during the same week, the duo’s song “200%” ranked second on Soribada, Daum Music, and Bugs.
The high popularity of the group’s song reflects how this brother and sister duo are musically talented despite their young ages. Having won SBS‘ “K-Pop Star 2,” the group released their album “Play” in the first week of April
Three Korean movies are scheduled to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival in May this year. The three films are “The Target”, “A Girl at My Door” and “Breath”.
Festival organizers have announced that action thriller “The Target”, starring Ryu Seung Ryong (star of “Midnight in Cell No. 7”), will be scheduled for a midnight screening. Traditionally, two or three movies in the action, sci-fi, and horror genres have been selected for midnight screenings at the festival. Although films in these genres are not usually shown at Cannes, a select few are chosen by organizers to screen as part of special late-night sessions.
“The Target”, directed by Chang, is a remake of a 2010 French movie entitled “Point Blank”. The story follows a former mercenary who finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit
While there are some celebrities that make girls swoon and wish they were dating these hunky men, there are some celebrities who are popular and attractive just because they seem like really nice and warm guys - like an older brother!
So out of the choices of actors below, which would you want most as your older brother?
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Jo In Sung
Handsome and charismatic, Jo In Sung would make one of those awesome brothers you"d like to put on display in front of your friends to make them green with envy. He also played a brotherly figure in his last drama "Wind Blows In Winter" alongside Song Hye Kyo. Of course, he wasn"t her real brother
Wanting to help out the Sewol rescue mission in some way, the production company for SBS’ Three Days joined in making donations.
It became known that Three Days’ production company, Golden Thumb Pictures donated 30 million won to the Korean Salvation Army on April 21. The company asked for the 30 million won to be used for the rescue operations of the Sewol tragedy.
Speaking with Newsen on April 22, the company rep said, “The donation was meant to be kept quiet. We didn’t think it would be right for our donation to be publicized during such a grave period in our country.”
“But it became known, and since it did, we hope that the donation culture grows bigger,” said Golden Thumb Pictures.
Golden Thumb Pictures’ donation of 30 million won especially stands out
You may not recognize her at first glance because she"s not wearing a traditional hanbok, but this is Song So Hee. The singer, who"s been on "Star King", is famous for her talent in the Korean traditional genre of pansori!
Song So Hee showed off her cute charms befitting an idol girl group member for "International bnt" as she looked pure and innocent in a white dress and more vibrant and cheerful for other aegyo-filled pictures!
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In the accompanying interview, Song So Hee said, "It occurred to me that I might not be able to go long just doing traditional music. I am trying to burden myself more with studies.
She then chose trot as the genre she sang most often after traditional music
On April 13th, the B.A.P
boys touched down in New York for their 2nd ever concert in the Big Apple!
One of the staff members told me that there were girls waiting overnight, and I know some people who were there from the crack of dawn to see their boys up close. The doors opened at 6:30, and fans poured into the Best Buy Theater to get as close as they could.
Sadly enough, with so little space to breathe and move comfortably, I saw one girl getting carried out even before the concert started. Throughout the concert, the crowd had to part here and there to allow room for various girls to get carried out. All this even though the staff did their best to cool the audience down by fanning them, cranking up the AC, spraying them with cool water, and handing out water bottles continuously
Actor Jung Suk Won has joined a new home at C-JeS Entertainment.
C-JeS Entertainment announced on April 16, “Actor Jung Suk Won has become one of our family members. As much as he has devoted endlessly and worked hard since his debut, we will do our best to support Jung Suk Won to continue expanding his acting spectrum in the future. Please show him your support.”
Jung Suk Won made his debut through KBS’ “Belle.” He rose to fame in the 2009 SBS drama “Brilliant Legacy.” Since then he has appeared in various dramas including SBS’ “Midas,” KBS 2TV’s “Ojakgyo Brothers,” SBS’ “Rooftop Prince,” and KBS 2TV’s “Iris II: New Generation.”
Meanwhile, Jung Suk Won joins many famous names in the Korean entertainment industry at C-JeS Entertainment including JYJ, Choi Min Sik, Seol Kyung Gu, Lee Jung Jae, Lee Bum Soo, Kang Hye Jung, Song Ji Hyo, and Gummy
G.NA is here to surprise you as a lovely bride in the next set of teaser images for her comeback!
This is definitely a change from her first image which showed us a peek at her "Pretty Lingerie", which is the Korean title of her new song. Dressed in bridal gear this time, the singer leaves us to wonder about the concept and who the dashing groom could be!
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According to her latest Facebook post, it seems she"ll be going with the title "G.NA"s Secret" for the international audience. So get ready to learn about her "secret" with her single on April 21!
Taking her title song literally, T-ara’s Jiyeon released a spoiler video for her upcoming music video for Never Ever (Korean title: 1 Minute 1 Second).
The video was released on April 15, revealing Jiyeon and her back dancers performing on a set that was being rained on. True to the title, the video only showed one minute and one second worth of footage, which include Jiyeon taking a break to eat a meal.
Jiyeon will release her solo song, Never Ever April 30. The next teaser will be released April 18.
Photo Credit: Core Contents Media.
SBS Power FM radio program “After Club” earned two new DJs after the company’s spring reshuffle.
The two new DJs are none other than refreshing vocals Lim Kim and indie modern rock representative The Black Skirts.
Regarding the new position, Lim Kim shared, “I listened to the radio since I was very young so I even thought about hosting my own show. I’m really looking forward to ‘After Club’ since the program is pretty lax where one can freely interact with the listeners.”
Singer-songwriter The Black Skirts (Korean name: Jo Hyu Ill) stated, “It’s great that ‘After Club’ has seven different DJs with their own styles.”
“After School” is a radio program that uses music as its basis and has seven different DJs with different backgrounds from hip hop, electronica, rock, world music, among other genres
Female soloist Z.Hera (known as Ji Hae Ra in Korean)’s debut track “Peacock” will be the latest theme song for the second season of cable SBS Sports’ show “Baseball’s Real Character.”
The sports program made its premiere last month to match the start of the baseball season, and used a remake version of Z.Hera’s track “Peacock.”
“Victory’s Fireworks” is the remake song of “Peacock” and has been arranged into the rock genre. The song is hot among baseball fans to the point that the program’s online forum got flooded by viewers asking more information on the song.
“Baseball’s Real Character” is a real documentary program that sheds light on the world of baseball, its victories, and behind the scenes, and is aired every Sunday at 10pm (KST) through SBS Sports
Through their world tour, group Teen Top has broadened the reach of K-Pop.
Following their performance in Russia on April 10, Teen Top went to Budapest, Hungary for a performance on April 12, the first Korean artist to hold a solo concert in Budapest. People from all over Eastern Europe flocked to Budapest in order to see the group perform, from Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, and Austria. Starting the day before the show, the performance area was like a festival, fans having come in advance to wait in line, singing songs by Teen Top and just having a great time.
Even after the end of two encore performances and all the staff had gone home, the fans remained where they were, chanting the group’s name. Eventually, Teen Top came back on stage for an unplanned encore performance of “Rocking,” after which they reluctantly said their goodbyes
Some might already be familiar with Megan Lee through her participation on MBC’s audition program “Birth of a Great Star,” or have come across one of her many videos on YouTube. Already active as a YouTube artist, she continually tries to stretch her boundaries as an artist. Currently preparing for her official debut, which is just around the corner, Megan Lee was gracious enough to set aside time from her VERY busy schedule (read the interview to find out) to share with us just her pretty awesome journey.
Here’s a quick bio, and scroll down for the interview. ^^
Name: Megan Lee
D.O.B: September 18,1995 in California, United States
Agency Label: Soulshop Entertainment
Appearances: “Birth of a Great Star” season 1 & 2
OFFICIAL SNS (hover over the links to go to the respective page)
* March 2011 – Love, Laugh & Live [Single]
* July 2011 – Destiny [Single]
* October 2011 – Destiny [Single]
* 2008 – Tranquility [Role: Sun Kim] – Short Film
* 2009 – Crush [Role: Jeremy's Sister]- Short Film
* 2010 – The Legend of Beaver Dam [Role: JuJu] – Short Film
* 2010 – The Case Against Jill [Role: Jill] – Short Film
* 2008 – Award of Merit (U
Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!
The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.
“Hi Singapore, hi everyone. Wow! This is really wonderful, it’s very scary. It’s scary, but it’s very exciting to be here in Singapore. Are there any Koreans here? Annyeonghaseyo! I’m composer and pianist Yiruma, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank You!”
“Xie xie (Thank you, in Mandarin), I started with the song called ‘May Be
Following a successful concert in Russia, Teen Top finished off a concert in Hungary, for the first time for a K-Pop singer.
On April 12, Teen Top continued the Teen Top 2014 World Tour – High Kick in Europe, holding an exclusive concert in Budapest for the first time ever for a Korean singer.
Fans from Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Austria, and more gathered in Budapest to see Teen Top for the first time in Hungary. Fans lined up the day before the concert, singing Teen Top songs to get through the long waiting periods.
Despite the finish of the concert after two encore performance, fans didn’t leave the stadium, urging Teen Top to rise to the stage again to perform one more song, which was unscheduled.
In an interview with Hungary MTV, Teen Top stated that Teen Top is the first Korean group to perform in Hungary and hopes that K-Pop will continue to have success in Europe, making it recognized as another music genre
After a long season of talented singers being cut off each week, SBS’ K-Pop Star finally selected its third winner.
The final battle was between Korean Americans Bernard Park and Sam Kim with Bernard Park taking the honorable title of being the third K-Pop Star after Park Ji Min and Akdong Musician.
Due to a new rule in the third season, Bernard Park had the choice to pick which of the three agencies he wanted to be signed with. The judges made their appeals, and Bernard Park ended up choosing JYP Entertainment
Meanwhile, SBS’ Roommates will begin on April 20 in the same time slot.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Wonderful Days 21
Continuing the excitement over EXO‘s comeback, weekly music show SBS Inkigayo has released a comeback stage teaser during its April 13 episode.
The teaser, however, only shows EXO-K, confirming that only the Korean unit of EXO will be performing at the comeback stage. Despite earlier reports that EXO will be promoting as twelve for at least a couple of weeks before splitting up into EXO-K and EXO-M, it seems the two sub-units of EXO will start off its “Overdose” promotions separately.
MBC’s weekly music show, Music Core, and KBS’ Music Bank also released a teaser for EXO’s comeback on its April 12 and 11 broadcast, respectively, showing only EXO-K.
EXO-M will be holding its comeback stage on the Chinese weekly music program, “Global Chinese Music,” on April 19
The final competition of SBS’ “K-Pop Star 3,” which aired on April 13 consisted of two rounds: the first round was a mission round assigned by the judges and the second mission was a free selection round. 60% of the judges’ scores and 40% of the viewers’ votes were compiled in order to determine the final score.
The first contestant to take the stage was Sam Kim. He reinterpreted BIGBANG’s “Lies.” His mission was to “perform a song that would allow the audience to focus on your voice.”
After his performance Park Jin Young commented, “Sam Kim proved his performance abilities during the live shows. I wanted to know, as a composer and a producer, what his recorded voice would sound like, but I wasn’t able to hear his voice as much as I wanted to. However, the arrangement was amazing
The members of Teen Top made sure they had their fill of Korean food before heading off to Russia for the European leg of their “2014 HIGH KICK World Tour.”
On April 10, Teen Top performed for many dedicated fans in Moscow, Russia. Despite the sub zero weather, fans patiently waited before they were let in the concert venue. Bystanders and pedestrians were able to witness the passion of many young fans as they sing Teen Top’s songs in Korean by memory while waving the South Korean flag during their wait outside the building. Industry insiders were surprised by the fans display of passion and affection since, despite the growing awareness of K-Pop in various countries, Russia didn’t have many K-Pop artists come to perform.
Teen Top members got to show different sides through different genres including dance, hip hop and ballad