Many eyes are on SM Entertainment with its latest business move.
On February 28, the major label is in the spotlight for investing stocks into new indie label Baljunso. The former director of Can Entertainment, Kang Byung Yong, founded Baljunso in 1991. Some of the artists in the indie label include Kim Jong Seo, Jang Hye Jin, Park Sang Min, and Can.
CEO Kang Byung Yong stated on February 26, “Rather than the mainstream K-Pop scene that’s currently lead by idol groups, our main goals at Baljunso is to revive the non-mainstream scene including hip hop and band music.”
He continued, “SM Entertainment, who is leading the Korean Wave, invested shares [into Baljunso] to help globalize the diversity of K-Pop and plans to establish distribution, marketing, and additional business ideas within Korea and abroad with a cooperative relationship with Baljunso
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.
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Super Junior’s Donghae, 4Minute’s Nam Ji Hyun and FTISLAND’s Song Seung Hyun will appear in a new movie project, “Youth Project.”
The project is organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KCCA) and aims to cultivate creativity among youths. Five young and talented creators were selected and given production sponsorship in order for them to produce, present and commercialize their movies. The movie project will be made up of five episodes.
Film company, InventStone, which produced movies such as “I Love You,” “Grape Candy” and “Aging Family,” was picked to lead the project, with two other film companies, Samgeori Pictures and Little Boy Pictures joining in the planning and development of the project, making this a joint production by the three companies
According to the spoilers post, Chun Songyi and Do Min Jun share a kiss at a movie filming scene in 2014. Flashes go off and a director says "Cut!", implying that the entire drama was a movie filming. Chun Songyi and Do Min Jun part ways in separate cars.There years later, in 2017, Chun Songyi and Do Min Jun appear at a film fesival and officially declare themselves a couple (they're both top actors). Lee Hwi Kyung and Yoo Semi are also originally a married couple, making the entire ending a happy ending. 1. [+164, -6] Everyone shut up! I'm going to watch it fair and square at 10 pm!!!!!!!!!!!2. [+160, -20] Just kill Do Min Jun off if you're going to do that ㅋㅋㅋ I'd rather that than a forced happy ending like this. Just give me a powerful sad ending.3. [+130, -2] If this is true, it'd make me feel so empty...4
JYP Entertainment has taken the first step towards revealing their latest girl group.
A representative of JYP revealed to Sports Seoul on February 27, “We are preparing a six-member girl group. They will show the healthy charm of bright and strong teen girls. We ask you to anticipate a lot.”
According to the source, one of the members is Lena, who caught the attention of many with her smooth rap verses in Sunmi‘s “Full Moon.” Born in 1993, she is originally from the U.S., and has been a trainee for over two years. Thanks to her outstanding rap and dance skills, not to mention her beautiful looks, she is one of the leading members of the group.
Even though Rina is a Korean-American, the other members are not from multicultural backgrounds
The day has come! SBS’ hit alien-human romance drama, “Man from the Stars,” will be airing its final episode today (February 27 KST), and thankfully, the cast and staff has wrapped up filming the final episode earlier today.Such is the case for many Korean dramas, where episodes are almost shot right up to the airing on the same day. Called “live-shooting,” each scene is shot and sent to the editing room, and the episode gets edited piece by piece as the footage comes in, almost right up to the hour of the broadcast.“Man from the Stars” wasn’t terribly backed up like some other dramas, but it did keep the race tight. The first report of the drama finishing filming was released at 8:08AM February 27 KST, just a little over 12 hours until the broadcast time. The filming proceeded as clandestinely as possible and the staff was giving a gag order to prohibit any specific details about the ending from leaking
Crayon Pop donned a Korean traditional hat this time, known as the sangmo, for "Women"s JoongAng"!
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"Women"s JoongAng" and Chrome Entertainment collaborated to whip up this creative pictorial with the help of designer Ji Chun Hee who previously designed actress Lee Bo Young"s wedding dress. Ji Chun Hee specially designed the traditional yet modern sangmo hats for Crayon Pop in the spirit of those who perform traditional Korean music nongak.
You can check out more of Crayon Pop"s pictorial in the magazine"s March issue!
Girl group Crayon Pop tried on some fusion fashion styles for a pictorial in the Women’s magazine, Women’s Central.
Photos from the pictorial were released by Crayon Pop’s agency, Chrome Entertainment. The clothes were designed by Choi Joon Hee, who was also the designer for actress Lee Bo Young‘s wedding dress. In the photos Crayon Pop wears clothes that fuse the styles of traditional Korean musicians and sophisticated vintage. With bright spring colors added into contrast the black and white base, Crayon Pop pulls of the funky and unique look with their own energy.
You can see more photos from this colorful pictorial in the March edition of Women’s Central.
Crayon Pop is currently preparing for their full album comeback in April, which they will do without their iconic helmets
"You Who Came From the Stars" is the new fan favorite among Korean TV shows!
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According to a Korea Gallup monthly poll titled, "TV programs that Koreans love," which surveyed 1218 people of ages 19 and above, SBS" "You Who Came From the Stars" took the crown at #1 with 11.5% of the votes.
MBC"s "Infinity Challenge" broke its 11-month reign at first place and came in second place with a strong 10.3%. KBS 2TV weekend drama "The Wang Family" ("King"s Family") took the third spot with its popularity among the elderly and housewives.
MBC"s "Empress Qi" and "Dad Where Are You Going?", SBS" "Running Man", and KBS 2TV"s "1N2D" trailed behind in the Top 10
The most recent episode of MBC"s "Real Men" featured members K.Will and Henry leaving the military training school, which led to heartwarming tears and poignant emotions. The two of them had become close to the other colleagues at the training school, yet they had to now depart and separate.
SEE ALSO: Henry also reveals he cried because of "Real Men"
Henry could not stop the tears, showing sadness at saying farewell to the other colleagues with whom he had grown attached. He said, "When you are with somebody in the military, I think the two form a special bond. We did not spend time together for very long, but we became very attached."
It appears he is quickly maturing and understanding the special relationships that come with military service
The world of K-pop is currently ablaze with dating rumors and scandals. To keep everyone updated, so far Soyeon and Oh Jong Hyuk have confirmed to be dating while Kim Woo Bin and Yoo Ji Ahn have also confirmed their relationship and actor Jung Kyung Ho revealed that he has a girlfriend.
SEE ALSO: [Breaking] T-ara"s Soyeon and Oh Jong Hyuk revealed to have been dating for the past 3 years
In addition, there have been rumors about whether Sulli is dating Dynamic Duo"s Choiza. Now, joining the list, is a new rumor that INFINITE"s L is dating ulzzang Kim Do Yeon who is known for her statement of eating 1.2 tons of chocolate over the past 6 years on tvN"s "Martian Virus"
If you are a new K-Pop fan, there is no doubt that some of you are confused about all this Korean terminology casually thrown around regarding your favorite stars. If you are a seasoned K-Pop fan, you probably already know most of these terms and teach them to your friends who are new to K-pop! Regardless, a little terminology 411 can"t hurt so here are some of the most commonly used Korean words below.
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Possibly synonymous with Sunny, the Queen of Aegyo! "Aegyo" means super cuteness, like when someone does a very adorable act ranging from giving simple puppy eyes to clinging to another"s arm and whining in a lovable fashion. Aegyo seems to be a huge part of the Korean culture and people love it a lot! I, personally, find it to be a bit too much at times and I definitely don"t have any in my inventory
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!
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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”
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
As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics comes to an end, the world was shocked by the outcome of the ladies figure skating program when Yuna Kim took home the silver instead of the gold medal, which went to 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova of Russia.
As expected, countless Korean celebrities reacted with a complicated mix of emotions that include joy, gratitude, pride, anger and frustration.
Kara‘s Park Gyu Ri tweeted, “Well, it’s meaningless to place a score on something that is textbook. Yuna, I love you.”
2PM‘s Jun.K tweeted, “Kim Yuna is the best. Best. The best! SHE GOT TRUE SWAG.”
Haha tweeted, “The best and the person who came in first place are completely different
Doctor Jung and Ok-ryun get an unexpected delivery to the clinic in the form of Daddy Shin’s body, brought there by Jae-hwa’s men.
But it seems like they may not be the only ones behind the body switch, since Jung-tae heeds So-so’s words about where his father’s funeral should rightfully take place and sheds his funeral clothes. So-so beams: “I guess you’re not fake after all. Let’s go.”
Jung-tae claims he has some business to take care of first, which leads us back to the body reveal with Leader Seol and Kaya. Leader Seol is the only one to open the casket and spot the random dead person inside, and closes it before a sudden letter arrives from Jae-hwa informing him of what he’s already confirmed: that they don’t have Daddy Shin’s corpse
Fans of drama "You"re Beautiful" unite! Main actors Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Suk will work together once again, not only as the models for "Tongyi Juice" but now also as the leads in a short film meant for promoting Korean tourism.
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The two of them will go to Jeju Island at the end of this month for their first filming, which will follow a "Discovery of KOREA" concept as they will be showcasing the wonders of the country. Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Suk will be playing a couple that just started their love, which will have fans reminiscing back to their squeal-worthy moments in "You"re Beautiful".
One rep said on February 21, "Both of them are widely popular Hallyu stars, so they are perfect for promoting Korea
Singer G.NA has joined MBC Every1′s variety show “A Celebrity Lives in Our House.”
On the February 20 episode, the Canadian-born idol met her new family for the first time. With three generations living under the same roof, the musically talented household with all of the women practicing Korean traditional music came as a surprise to G.NA, who was first slightly confused over the traditional and large family. However, thanks to her social attitude, she quickly became closer with her new family members.
Even though she tends to have troubles sleeping at an unfamiliar place, it has been said that the singer slept extremely tight at her new home, and did not wake up until her new family took turns waking her up. Also her lovable attitude towards the grandparents of the family has caught the viewers’ eye
Emergency Couple Episode 7 - 8 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
This week, someone heard our prayers because not only is Jin Hee showing everyone what a great intern she is (girl haz mad skills) but there appears to be tiny flashes of jealousy from Chang Min. *hehehe* Are we going to get our wish and he falls for her first?
Tessieroo: What? Only one episode this week? Whyyyyy?
Leila: It’s because of the Sochi Winter Olympics. I bet every Korean are anticipating for Kim Yu Na’s performance in figure skating. One episode only this week and we know that hardcore fans of this series will savor this to pieces.
Tessieroo: I don’t know why I thought someone would catch her but nope, our girl falls flat on her face
Just as Chun Song Yi said good bye in SBS’ You Who Came From the Stars, Korea bid farewell to Kim Yuna in her last Olympic program of her career.
Past 3AM (KST), Kim Yuna skated in her last free skate program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Despite a clean cut program, the previous gold medalist placed second behind Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova.
Knowing her retirement will soon come, Korean netizens, who woke up early morning to watch her program, sent warm farewells to the Korean skater by writing ‘Adios,’ as one Korean announcer said during the program, and ‘Yuna, Thank you’ on SNS.
Despite the early hours of the morning, people in Korea woke up to witness Kim Yuna’s last Olympic event, bringing in ratings of 10.7 percent for SBS, 7.4 for MBC, and 5.6 for KBS. ,