Actress Ha Ji Won joins the growing list of celebrities who are giving what they can to help the victims and relief efforts of the Sewol ferry disaster.
Ha Ji Won, who is currently starring in the MBC drama “Empress Ki” has donated 100 million won (~96,200 USD) to the relief efforts of the ferry disaster. She has always had a soft spot for children and youths, according to reports, previously donating to the “Hottest Scholarship” that supports students in the art, music, and physical education fields, and to Severance Hospital to support children with visual impairment.
Celebrities Song Seung Hun, Song Hye Gyo, Kang Dong Won, Yoo Ah In, Park In Young, and more have also donated their time and money to Sewol ferry disaster relief efforts. Actor On Joo Han also donated 10 million won, saying that while his donation amount can’t compare to Song Seung Hun’s 100 million won, he wanted to continue the relay of donations
The frustrations of a delayed rescue and politics surrounding the SEWOL ferry disaster have been building up with not only the parents of the missing students crying out, but even celebrities.
On April 20, 2PM’s Chansung tweeted, “Incidents can occur. However, the handling of these incidents shows us our society. Through one incident, we can see what kind of environment we’re in, and that [incident] is something that isn’t just somebody else’s but something that could easily happen to us. I think society is ill right now. It’s sad and unfortunate…. After the accident, I’ve been in low spirits. It’s not just because of the accident, but because of all the wicked acts and unconfirmed truths that have been circulating after the accident that have stabbed the hearts of those in pain, making my heart hurt even more. Those kinds of people… I hope they hurt as much as the pain they caused
With EXO’s comeback postponed, Samsung Music has decided to put a hold on all of its EXO events.
While it successfully hosted EXO’s comeback show on April 15, with the ongoing SEWOL tragedy that occurred on April 16, Samsung Music has decided to put a hold on its EXO special events until further notice.
Samsung Music posted a pop up window on its main website with a message that reads, “We would like to send words of comfort to the victims and families who are experiencing much pain due to an unexpected accident. We sincerely hope that everyone be rescued and returned to their parents.
As we at Samsung Music join the entire nation in desperately hoping that even just one person be rescued until the last moment, we ask for your understanding as we put a temporary hold on all EXO special events and fan signings
Although Akdong Musician is already one of the most well-known rookie artists in Korea, they still had a tough path to follow before they could realize their dream - including a hellish diet routine which they detailed in their new autobiography, Raise Your Voice High!
The two halves of AkMu have radically different tastes - while Chan Hyuk loves noodles, Soo Hyun is a meat lover, which made it especially hard for her to go on her diet.
The dieting life in YG Entertainment consists of both a diet and an exercise routine, AkMu writes. For lunch, Soo Hyun was only allowed to eat vegetarian bibimbap - if she wanted to eat anything else, she had to take a photo of it and get it approved by her dietitian!
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There were other restrictions - chicken breasts could only be eaten in the evenings, and snack foods such as cookies and bread as well as high-sodium foods such as ddukbokki and ramen were banned outright
fan has been revealed to be one of the students rescued from the Sewol
A student at IU"s fancafe created a post titled "Jeju Island lulu lala" on the 15th. It read, "I"m on my way there on a boat on a school trip!!!! I"m so excited kekekeke. Everyone in Yooaena, have you been?!!! I"m on a boat right now, but of course I"m thinking about [IU]...ㅠㅠ ♥♥ I can"t help but keep thinking about her!!!! Now I have to sleep, so good night!!!!". The student also replied to other members by saying, "It takes 13 hours by boat, but we"re having a lot of fun and we"re enjoying fireworks, too, so it doesn"t feel too long."
SEE ALSO: IU reveals she confessed her feelings to a person she had a crush on last year
However, on the 16th, when news of the Sewol sinking hit Korea, all the members started to post replies in worry
A Pink’s “Mr. Chu” comes from outside of the top 10 and moves up 16 spots to become our new No. 1 song this week!
This song swept all the music shows last week and easily won over Lee Sun Hee’s “Meet Him Among Them.” Orange Caramel’s “Catallena” rounds out the all female top three this week.
“Mr. Chu” is the title track of A Pink’s 4th mini album, “Pink Blossom.” It is a cute pop dance song about the thrill of sharing the first kiss with one’s significant other. The various synth effects and the upbeat rhythm highlight the sweet and lovable qualities of A Pink. This is A Pink’s second No. 1 song on our chart as they did it last year with “NoNoNo.” Congratulations to A Pink.
EXO revealed a small behind the scenes secret of their “Overdose” music video after their new mini album comeback show on April 15.
The music video of “Overdose,” the title track of the new mini album of the same name, was filmed in using the one-take technique that the group previously used for their “Growl” music video. Because of this the “EXO-K members had to run around trying to hide while the EXO-M members were being filmed so we don’t get caught by the camera; it was fun,” revealed EXO-K member Chanyeol.
EXO has only officially revealed a teaser clip for “Overdose” for the general public, while showing the whole music video for the audience of their comeback show on April 15. EXO’s album release, which was originally scheduled for April 21, has been postponed due to Sewol Ferry tragedy that took place in Korea on April 16
Singer Lee Jung
will be postponing his concert "Together
His concert personnel said, "Because of the deep sadness from the Sewol sinking, the 2014 concert "Together" that was set for May 17th-18th has been postponed.
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Lee Jung also tweeted, "My 2nd concert that was planned for the 17th-18th will be canceled and postponed. I"m planning to lend my strength for mourning and a miracle. God bless."
The concert was going to be all live with a 7-member super band. He was preparing for a collaboration stage from his label artists as well. His label said, "We all decided to postpone his concert for mourning. We"re sorry to those who are waiting. We send our condolences to the families of the deceased and the families who are desperately waiting for those still alive to be rescued
How has Girls’ Generation (SNSD) changed over the years?
Recently dubbing animated film Rio 2, SNSD’s Sunny mentioned her SNSD members in an interview saying, “We have become something other than family to each other. We cheer for one another no matter where we are and what we are doing. I realized that even our individual activities are part of SNSD. I always support them.”
There are nine of them. They dreamed their dreams together, made their debut and grew. It would be a lie to say there were no conflicts along the way. All nine could not receive the spotlight evenly all the time.
Sunny agreed and said, “When we were younger, there was a time when all nine of us had more greed for individual benefits. I think we wanted to stand out among the other members.”
She continued, “We all had different thoughts, such as ‘I can do this well, I want to do this, I want to sing alone, I want to act…’ But there came a moment when we started understanding each other and got to know more about one another
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
Celebrities voted for who they believe are the top 3 stars on the "Plus+ Chart
" segment of "Moon Hee Jun"s Pure 15+
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Moon Hee Jun and Kim Tae Woo went through comments by idols and various celebrities who chose their favorite and most respected peers. Third on the list is "You Who Came from the Stars
" actress Jun Ji Hyun
, who singer Jo Sung Mo
and Orange Caramel
vouched for. They chose her because she has her own unique mood and appeal and still stays humble despite her stardom.
Second up are the hot idols EXO
. NS Yoon-G
in particular mentioned that she loves their song "Growl
". The top of the top is none other than "nation"s MC" Yoo Jae Suk
for reasons that most would agree with.
Check out the clip above!
BoA, who made her debut at the young age of 13 and will be turning 29 (Korean age) this year, opened up about her recent transition into an actress.
SEE ALSO: BoA cancels interviews and VIP premiere of "Make Your Move" in light of the tragic ship incident
BoA revealed that she had no plans on being an actress until she was suddenly handed the opportunity to star in "Make Your Move", "When I was busy with my singing career, the director came all the way to Japan and handed me a script. He saw my video on YouTube and thought that it would be good if I pay the lead role of Aya. I was also suspicious and thought, "Why a movie suddenly?" I have a lot of similarities with the character and her love for dancing, so I accepted it to show a lot of things through the movie. It started out as a dance movie, but it opened my eyes to acting
Mad Clown expressed his affection towards SISTAR’s Hyolyn.
Mad Clown released his second mini album Fierce on April 4 with the title track Without You featuring SISTAR’s Hyolyn, ranking high on various music charts.
In a recent interview with Newsen, Mad Clown expressed his thoughts on making another hit with Without You, following his last hit with Stupid In Love featuring Soyou in 2013
When asked if he feels his current popularity, Mad Clown hesitated for a moment and said, “I don’t really know. It still feels awkward. I feel good but embarrassed at the same time. I usually walk around without having shaved or washed my hair, but I’m embarrassed when there are people who recognize me.”
About making another hit with Without You, Mad Clown said, “I feel relieved
Would it be possible for a divorced couple to fall in love with each other again?
In the recently ended tvN drama Emergency Couple, Choi Jin Hyuk acted as ‘Oh Chang Min’ who falls in love with his ex-wife ‘Oh Jin Hee,’ played by Song Ji Hyo.
In a recent interview with Newsen, however, Choi Jin Hyuk waved off as he said, “It’s not an easy thing for a divorced couple to fall in love with each other again.”
He continued, “Of course, it’s possible and it probably happens somewhere. But among the cast members, we said that it’s possible because it’s a drama, especially because Chang Min and Jin Hee hated each other when they split up.”
As personal thoughts are separate from the drama role, what did Choi Jin Hyuk do to play Oh Chang Min, who falls for his ex-wife?
He said, “I constantly thought to myself, ‘Song Ji Hyo is pretty, she is pretty
Every year, dramas tend to follow a certain trend and this year proves no different as we already have at least three romance dramas centering on a younger man and older woman couple! As a matter of fact, right now there are two dramas with pretty huge age gaps, so which of the couples below do you think rock this concept the best?
Let us know in the poll below. If you haven"t seen all the dramas, check out the videos below to get the basic gist.
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This JTBC drama is a more sexy and mature drama that is currently airing. It stars the elegant Kim Hee Ae and handsome Yoo Ah In. The two have about a twenty-year age gap in both the drama and real life! Regardless, there is some steaming chemistry between the two as they carry out their "love affair
As rescue missions continue and people continue to pray for a miracle for all the missing people who were on the Sewol Ferry to return safely, celebrities have begun to get actively involved in rescue efforts as well as volunteering activities.
Actor and president of the Korean Rescue Federation, Jung Dong Nam has joined the rescue operations at the scene of the accident.
On April 17, Jung Dong Nam arrived in Jindo, Jeollanam-do Province and got directly involved in the rescue efforts. He even explained the difficulties of the rescue in a phone interview with a Korean news outlet.
It has been revealed that Jung Dong Nam was a former UDT agent and has received recognition from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. He was also involved in the search operations when the Cheonan warship incident occurred in 2010
Song Hye Kyo, who recently starred in the Chinese movie “The Grandmaster,” attended the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Beijing International Film Festival. “The Grandmaster” is one of fifteen films competing for the festival’s highest honor, the Tiantan Award.
For the red carpet event, Song Hye Kyo wore a black silk gown from the Jenny Packham RTW Fall 2013 collection. For jewelry, she accessorized simply with large drop earrings and gold bracelets. Smoky eye makeup and a loose ponytail completed the sultry look.
Like the outfit and have some money to spend? The Jenny Packham gown, which retails for 5,400 USD, is still available for sale. It has been worn by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who counts the British designer as one of her favorites
Girls" Generation"s Sunny, who has branched out into the dubbing sphere as the voice of Jewel
the parrot in the animated movie "Rio 2
", shared what her members would be good at doing and her career goals!
SEE ALSO: Sunny discusses working with Siwan, jealousy in Girls" Generation, + how long the group can last
During her recent interview with Newsen, when asked if she thinks there are any members who haven"t shown their hidden talents yet, Sunny shared, "I think that if Hyoyeon were to do a musical, she would be really good at it. I think she would be a perfect fit for a dance musical... I think that YoonA would suit voice acting for a child character. She has a unique way of saying, "Eung eung~". Now that I think about it, I think she would do really well
preview nextview 1/
6 preview nextview With more and more artistsmaking their anticipated comebacks, the K-pop charts have been getting filled with songs that we must listen to.
And some of the artists making their returns have been those who got their names out more than a decade ago.
So play through the playlist featuring some of the old and new K-pops in celebration of these amazing artists who never seem to quit dreaming their dreams! 1. Mad Clown- - Without You (Feat. Hyolyn)
Following Madly in Love
featuring SISTAR’s Soyou in his single album last year, which topped the music charts for weeks, Mad Clown is back with a new title featuring yet another SISTAR member, Hyolyn.
He didn’t let the fans down in this heart-wrenching song about a couple suffering from a break-up, in this perfect harmony between Mad Clown’s straightforward rapping full of emotions and Hyolyn’s sentimental vocals
With so many still trapped underwater with rescue missions continuing, starts sent their condolences and prayers for those who were affected by the sinking of the ferry on April 16.
There were more than 400 onboard, the majority of them high school students who were on a class field trip. As of April 17, there have been six casualties with an estimate of 290 people still missing.
Unable to do anything about the situations, stars expressed their sorrow through SNS, praying that everyone be rescued on the ship.
Song Seung Hun – I’m watching with a praying heart but this is just heartbreaking. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the sunken Jindo passenger ship and pray that all missing people be safe.
Super Junior Ryeowook – As soon as I came back to Korea, I heard the bad news