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Interview with Uprising YouTube Star Megan Lee!

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

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. ^^

PROFILE
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)
YouTube Channel
Facebook
Twitter

ALBUM
* March 2011 – Love, Laugh & Live [Single]
* July 2011 – Destiny [Single]
* October 2011 – Destiny [Single]

FILM CAREER
* 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

AWARDS
* 2008 – Award of Merit (U

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

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – March Week 5

By in News posted Oct March 30th, 2014 No comments

2NE1’s “Come Back Home” becomes our new No. 1 song this week, swapping positions with Girls’ Generation’s “Mr. Mr.”

“Come Back Home” won on M!Countdown and also ranked higher than “Mr. Mr.” on GAON, Billboard Korea, and most internet charts, enabling 2NE1 to claim the top spot over Girls’ Generation. Congratulations to 2NE1. Next week we expect these two songs to battle again for the top spot.

There are two new songs in the top 10 this week, both are from sub-units. Moving up 20 spots to No. 3 is Orange Caramel’s “Catallena.” The After School sub-unit returns to the top 10 for the first time in one and a half year. “Catallena” is an Indian style dance track inspired by a Punjabi folk song “Jutti Meri

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – March Week 4

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

Girls’ Generation’s “Mr. Mr.” becomes our new No. 1 song this week, moving up from No. 3 last week. Carrying the strength of four music show wins in last week’s M!Countdown, KBS Music Bank, MBC’s Music Core and Show Champion, “Mr. Mr.” finally moves up to the top spot and distinguish itself from the rest of the strong competitions. Congratulations to Girls’ Generations.

Moving up two spots to No. 2 is 2NE1’s “Come Back Home.” This song won on SBS Inkigayo last week and prevented “Mr. Mr.” from sweeping all music shows. “Come Back Home” was not yet ranked in M!Countdown yet as of last week, and that explains the gap in scoring between this song and “Mr. Mr.”

We only have one brand new song in the top 10 this week and it is right below the top two

February Face-Off: Girls’ Generation vs. 2NE1

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


The two top girl groups in South Korea (and possibly the world) both released their music near the end of February, sparking a whole lot of interest as well as setting a competitive edge in the K-Pop world whether this was intentional or even wanted. Of course Girls" Generation ("Mr.Mr") and 2NE1 ("Come Back Home") are vastly different in style and feel, but how did they end up satisfying or dissatisfying the crowd?


Check out reviewers eric-r-wirsing, joora, and joy-k as they take on the challenge of comparing the two top groups in various categories on their respective long-awaited comebacks!


eric-r-wirsing


MUSIC

This is a tough call. "Mr.Mr" and "Come Back Home" are two great songs in very different styles

Movie “Professional Mr. Baek” Starring Yoon Shi Yoon and Yeo Jin Gu Premieres in April

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

The movie “Professional Mr. Baek,” starring actors Yoon Shi Yoon and Yeo Jin Gu, has finally received a premiere date for April 3.

“Professional Mr. Baek” is about a famous professional golfer, Baek Se Jin (Yoon Shi Yoon) who loses everything after a drunk-driving accident and ends up becoming the golf instructor of a group of students at an island village school. “The golfer who came to play and was roped into being a teacher,” is how Baek Se Jin is described on the movie poster.

The movie will tell the story of the school’s six students, led by representative Lee Byung Joo (Yeo Jin Gu), described as “the unstoppable bad boy,” and their teacher Baek Se Jin, and the troubles they encounter in their quest to save the school from closing down.

“Professional Mr

English terms all K-Pop fans should know

By in News posted Oct March 9th, 2014 No comments

Last week, we covered which Korean terms were essential for K-Pop fans to know. Now, we will cover the English terms, either words that seem English but have never been heard of before K-Pop and words that are English and you can pretty much tell what they mean. At the end, there is also a list of terms that are a fusion of both cultures! Korean words combined with English for a baby language. Check out the list below to become an even more knowledgeable fan.


SEE ALSO: Korean terms all K-Pop fans should know



fighting (hwaiting)

This is something you"ll hear often (but may be pronounced like "hwaiting")! This isn"t a cheer telling people to fight each other, but rather to fight the circumstances. It is a supportive cheer, so when you want people to cheer up and do their best, you"ll say, "Fighting!" At times, this is accompanied by an arm movement where you bend your elbow so your arm is still vertical, form a fist, and then pull your elbow down a bit as you say it

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – March Week 2

By in News posted Oct March 9th, 2014 No comments

Even though it cannot repeat the perfect score of last week, the duet “Some” between Soyu and Junggigo is No. 1 for the third straight week. This song just keeps piling up music show wins. Even before very strong competitions, this week “Some” still wins on KBS Music Bank. Odds don’t favor this song to be No. 1 again next week since we have a trio of major artists coming back and eyeing the top spot (more on that below). But “Some” has been incredibly durable in popularity and may surprise again next week.

We have five new songs in the top 10 this week. Just below “Some” is our highest new song. Moving up 17 spots to No. 2 is Sunmi’s new hit “Full Moon.” Last year, Sunmi successfully came back as a solo artist with the chart topping hit “24 Hours

SNSD Ranks NO. 1 on Forbes Korea’s ‘2014 Korea Celebrity 40’

By in News posted Oct March 4th, 2014 No comments

Girls’ Generation (SNSD) was named at the top of the list in Forbes Korea’s ‘2014 Korea Celebrity 40.’

Forbes Korea selected and announced 40 of the most influential celebrities in Korea, and the girls won first place beating out the stars in various fields.

‘Korea Celebrity 40’ selected 100 contestants in the field of movie, drama, variety, music, sports and others. The winners were selected based on four categories of sales, frequency of exposure on media, broadcasting activities and professionalism.

SNSD was the only group that ranked in the top 10 under all four categories, and it also set the record of being the only celebrity to rank in top five of the ‘Korea Celebrity 40’ list since 2009, when Forbes Korea first began releasing the list.

Meanwhile, SNSD will be promoting its new song Mr

“Miss Granny” Director Is Thankful to Kim Soo Hyun for His Cameo

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

Kim Soo Hyun makes even the smallest cameo shine like no other.

In the comedy film “Miss Granny,” Kim Soo Hyun makes a surprise cameo appearance as the young Mr. Park, played by actor Park In Hwan.

Until now, Kim Soo Hyun’s existence in the film was a sort of ending or spoiler, and the people who have seen the movie made sure to keep his cameo a secret, as if they would be ruining the movie otherwise. However, as the film broke the 8,000,000 viewer mark, the “Miss Granny” production publicly expressed their thanks to Kim Soo Hyun and revealed his cameo scene.

Director Hwang Dong Hyuk said, “We were looking for an actor who would match well with Doo Ri, played by Shim Eun Kyung, and we immediately thought of Kim Soo Hyun

SNSD Members and Their Shining Moments of Friendship

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

As much as they depend on each other as sisters and friends, the nine members of Girls’ Generation (SNSD) also have a special place in their heart for their friends outside of the group.

With all the members keeping themselves busy performing on stage as SNSD and individually in dramas, variety shows, movies and more, these beautiful and talented girls know how important it is to have a support system with friends they can share their hearts with, in order to keep strong.

So, let’s take a look at some of these friendships that have kept the SNSD girls going with their energy and bright spirits, as we celebrate the group as the winner of this week’s Star of the Week!

miss A’s Min

miss A’s Min is known to be good friends with both Hyoyeon and Seohyun of SNSD

Then and Now: Girls’ Generation

By in News posted Oct March 1st, 2014 No comments

With the recent release of their latest title track, "Mr. Mr.," it seems like a good time tocover Girls" Generation, one of K-pop"s biggest and most influential groups in our "Then andNow" series. So, let"s take a look!


SEE ALSO: [Original Feature] Big Bang - Then and Now


Into the new World


Girls" Generation has really developed as artists since their debut back in 2007. As the first girl groupto debut after the highly publicized Super Junior under SM Entertainment,expectations for this group were high. In the 7 years since their debut, it is safe to say that Girls" Generation has goneabove and beyond, redefining the standard for future girl groups in not onlyKorea, but in countries such as Japan and China as well

Singer Bumkey Introduces Himself for Debut of his New Hip Hop Group “TROY”

By in News posted Oct February 28th, 2014 No comments

Singer Bumkey introduces himself and talks about his new Hip Hop group TROY in a new video posted on Brand New Music Korea‘s Youtube channel. The video is the first of four videos where each member introduces himself and talks about their story.

In Bumkey’s introduction, he tells us his story of how he became apart of the group TROY. The singer talks about his teen years in L.A. and how he was exposed to hip hop. The singer explains how he left for Korea to follow his dream to become an entertainer. He also talks about the feelings he had during his solo debut which happened before his group’s debut.

Look out for the other member’s introductions which should be coming out soon.

Tags Bumkeytroy

Lordbordem’s Weekly Ramblings – Goodbye May Seem Forever and Like the End

By in News posted Oct February 27th, 2014 No comments

I’ve now been promoted as the official penguin of the Soompi network, hence why I have that awesome “Le Penguin Officiel” tag in the comment section. Thanks to our dear leader, soomp, for that amazing addition. You should start seeing the other editors and writers on the team getting their own unique tags over the coming weeks.

Anyway first point of business for the official penguin is to discuss the age old question of when to call it quits, because nothing really lasts forever.

Very Important Disclaimer Stuff: The writer is not really an expert at anything much and is just a mere casual fan of pretty much everything. The writer has been known to be rather weird and cynical at times. The writer’s opinions certainly DO NOT reflect the opinion of Soompi’s news team or Soompi as a whole. Trust me, the rest of the team is quite normal

Super Junior to Deliver a Lecture on Hallyu at the National Assembly of Korea

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

Super Junior, leader of Hallyu, will be giving a special lecture at the National Assembly of Korea.

According to an announcement made by the Secretariat of the National Assembly on February 17, the male group members will participate in the sixth part of “The National Assembly Top Class Culture and Arts Course” as guest lecturers. The event will be held on February 20 at 7.30pm, and the audience will be consist of members of the National Assembly.

The members selected to represent the group and SM Entertainment are ShindongEunhyuk, and Sungmin. Titled “The world is influenced by K-Pop,” the three talented speakers will be lecturing on entering the global market and maintaining the state in the future for one and half hours

Soompi Weekly High Five – February Week 2

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

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 =-

Ryang Hyun and Ryang Ha Plan to Make Their Comeback After 7 Years

DMTN’s Daniel Wins Appeal, Jail Sentence Changed to Probation

Ye Eun Celebrates Wonder Girls’ 7th Anniversary

Actor Oh Ji Ho to Tie the Knot with Girlfriend in April

Sohee Finds a New Home at Lee Byung Hun and Han Hyo Joo’s Agency

-= Music =-

STELLAR Criticized for Using Sexually Suggestive Marketing Tactics

[Gallery] Performances and Highlights from the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards

YG Announces February 24 Comeback for 2NE1 with “CRUSH”

KBS Bans All H

Stellar receive flak for their provocative concept + ‘Oppa! I’ll Do Whatever You Want Me To Do’ Facebook promotion events

By in News posted Oct February 12th, 2014 No comments
Stellar definitely caught eyes with their new image and comeback with "Marionette", but not without stirring up some heat along the way as netizens and media outlets are asking if the girls have gone too far with their sexy concept.


SEE ALSO: Stellar return with seductive 19+ rated MV and choreography for "Marionette"


When searching for their name on Korean portal sites, users are overloaded with articles that all point out Stellar"s dramatic image transformation with their provocative choreography and outfits that expose their buttocks. Although at first one could argue that they"re simply doing a sexy concept like all the other girl groups are doing, netizens point out Stellar have taken it too far with how they are portraying themselves, especially through their promotional Facebook events

10 Predictions for 2014 in K-Pop

By in News posted Oct February 4th, 2014 No comments

2014 is already off to an explosive start - from Girl"s Day overtaking TVXQ and Rain on the charts to members of Girls" Generation confirmed to be dating, it looks like we"re in for an eventful year! Today, jennywill and contagion are here with our guesses and open ended questions for what else 2014 might just have in store for us! Remember, this is all just speculation!


SEE ALSO: 10 Bold Predictions in K-pop for 2013


1. What"s in store for the Wonder Girls?




Even though JYP Entertainment has reassured fans that Wonder Girls will not be breaking up, it"s also true that the girls" future plans are pretty uncertain right now

VIXX fans speak out against Jellyfish Entertainment to demand better treatment and communication + organize DVD boycott

By in News posted Oct February 4th, 2014 No comments

A significant portion of VIXX"s fans have come together to express their frustration and anger at the boys" management agency, Jellyfish Entertainment, even starting a petition and organizing a boycott of the group"s upcoming DVD.


It seems the latest event that triggered the fans to resort to such actions came from an article piece that a reporter previously wrote, discussing his treatment by the employees of Jellyfish Entertainment at a photo and interview session of VIXX. The reporter had detailed his or her account of the rudeness of the employees. Becoming aware of the post, fans seem to have become concerned that the rudeness of the employees not only affects fans, but can reflect badly on the boys of VIXX themselves. With this final straw, they set out to make themselves heard.


The fans state, "VIXX"s agency Jellyfish ask for unnecessary personal information, fan managers speak abusively towards fans, show poor hosting of the group"s showcase and fan club inauguration, and neglect the fan cafe and do not communicate with fans

Kim Kang-woo’s thriller shows the dark side of tabloid news

By in News posted Oct January 28th, 2014 No comments

I hope this movie is good, because the subject matter is so fascinating. Kim Kang-woo’s next project, Tabloid: Dangerous Rumor, is due out in theaters in a few weeks, and it’s about the real story behind celebrity scandals and who gets paid to release said stories at just the right time, all in an effort to turn the public’s attention away from something else.

The teaser introduces the subject of scandalous gossip, which in the Korean press is always headlined “Miss A caught doing this or that,” or “Mr. B revealed as such and such.” But the omniscient narrator tells us: “It’s not who A or B is that you should be curious about, but who made the rumors, how, and for what reason. And most importantly, why they were released.”


Kim Kang-woo stars as the manager to an actress who becomes the target of a gossip scandal