‘The Men That Drove Us Crazy’ for 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Who will be crowned Korea’s style icon this year? From K-pop stars to sports figures, the nominees for the Style Icon Awards 2012 are a mix of the most popular celebrities in Korea. …

Billed as a search for the “Most Stylish Icons that Brightened 2012,” the Style Icon Awards will culminate in an awarding ceremony on Oct. 25.
Some 50 candidates have been chosen in 10 categories. Of them, 10 “will be chosen will be chosen by an executive committee comprised of 100 style specialists (40%), research preferences (30%) and online votes (30%). The celebrity with the most points will take home the ‘Style Icon of the Year’ award,” according to ENews World.
Last year, actor Cha Seung Won won as the Style Icon of the Year. It was in 2011 when he solidified his status as an actor through the hit drama “The Greatest Love.”
This year, the nominees include singers, actors and comedians.
For the First Love Fantasies category, the nominees are singers Busker Busker, Seo In Guk, Suzy and Jung Eunji, and actor Lee Je Hoon.
Actor Jang Dong-gun is nominated in the Charming Older Men category along with Kim Yun Seok, Ryu Seung Ryong, Son Hyeon Ju and Yoo Joon Sang.
 Nominated in the World Dominators category are 2NE1, rapper Psy, Super Junior, Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, and actors Lee Byung Hun and Jang Geun Suk.
The Men That Drive Us Crazy are Kim Soo Hyun, Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, Lee Min-ho, Lee Seon Kyun and Ha Jung Woo.
Categorized under Trend Setting Beauties are Kim Nam Joo, Kim Ha Neul, Kim Min Hee,  Kim Hee Sun, Jun Ji-hyun and Im Soo Jung.
Sports stars nominated under the Nation′s Representatives category are swimmer Park Tae Hwan, gymnast Son Yeon Jae, gymnast Yang Hak Seon and football star Hong Myung Bo.
The Worship-Worthy Idols are BEAST, Shinhwa, Sistar, CN Blue, Infinite and f(x).
Nominees under the Motivating Socialtainers are Gong Hyo-jin, Lee Hyori and Cha In Pyo.
On the other hand, nominated under the Comic Geniuses category are Shin Dong Yup, Shin Bora, Yoo Jae Suk, and Hyung Don and Dae June.
The Hot Rising Stars are Kim Jun Hyun, Yun Jin Yi, Lee Hui Jun and Jo Jeong Seok.
Source – en.korea.com

K-pop stars enthrall French audience

K-pop stars including Girls’ Generation, 2PM and BEAST captivated an audience of about 10,000 at a joint show at Bercy Stadium, one of the biggest concert venues in Paris.

Eight K-pop stars, who also included boyband SHINee and girl groups 4 Minute and SISTAR, performed on “Music Bank in Paris,” a music show produced and distributed by Korea Broadcasting System.

It was the second concert by K-pop stars in the French capital — SM Town concert featuring musicians from SM Entertainment took the place at the Zenith of Paris in June last year.

Despite the cold weather in Paris, K-pop fans from all over Europe including Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom came to Paris to meet their Korean stars, according to reports.

Starting with U-KISS, the show lasted three hours, according to reports.

Girls’ Generation, which made its TV debut in the United States last week, highlighted the show with “The Boys.”

The group also appeared on a popular French talk show on Thursday, ahead of its first album release in Europe early next week.

The Music Bank show featuring K-pop stars in Paris will air on Feb. 18 in 72 countries through KBS World, an international broadcasting service provided by KBS.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldm.com)


Credit: The Korea Herald

Singers to test ‘hallyu’ power beyond Asia

K-pop artists are looking for opportunities to enter markets outside Asia as competition in the market stiffens.

Decreasing album sales due to the popularity of music download and video-sharing sites and the arrival of international pop stars to perform in Asia are leading K-pop stars to look further afield.

“They are trying to make money to cover losses from their album sales,” an official at CJ E&M said.

2PM (CJ E&M)

“K-pop artists are competing with world stars in the Asian market. So we need to target markets outside of Asia as well,” she added.

BIGBANG, a popular boyband in Korea, will travel around the globe to meet their fans starting at the Olympic Gymnastics Hall in Seoul March 2-5. BIGBANG is then set to take their tour to Asia, North and South America, and Europe, performing in 25 cities in 16 countries.

“The tour is presented by Live Nation, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world, and the shows are expected to be spectacular in terms of production size and creative direction,” YG Entertainment said in a statement on Tuesday. It will be the first world tour for an Asian artist that Live Nation will have produced and promoted, it added.

Internationally renowned director, Laurieann Gibson, has joined the tour as the creative director. Laurieann recently directed Lady Gaga’s “The Monster Ball Tour,” and also worked with other stellar artists such as Shakira, Janet Jackson, Beyonc and Katy Perry, YG said.

Big Bang (YG Entertainment)
BEAST (Cube Entertainment)

Boyband BEAST is currently on a world tour. A total of 21 concerts in 14 countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States and Canada are scheduled for the rest of the year. The boy band kicked off its tour in Berlin on Sunday, drawing attention from German media, its agency Cube Entertainment said.

T-ara, one of the country’s leading girl groups, also holds their first performance in the United States in April. The group will put on a show with singers and groups that belong to the same entertainment agency, Core Contents Media, in San Francisco and L.A., according to the agency.

Super Junior and 2PM kicked off their world tour last year. Titled “Super Junior World Tour: Super Show 4,” the 10-member group, which performed in Osaka in December and in Taipai two weeks ago, plans to hold concerts in Singapore on Feb. 18-19. Schedules have yet to be confirmed, but they are to visit cities in Europe and South America as well, according to reports.

Starting in September last year, 2PM performed for fans in Taiwan, Jakarta and Singapore. The boy band continues its Asian tour titled “2PM Hands Up Asia Tour Concert” in Bangkok on Feb. 18, Nanjing on Feb. 25 and to Hong Kong on March 10.

About 27,000 tickets for 2PM concerts to be held in the three Asian cities are already sold out. Ticket prices about 100,000 won, almost the same as those charged for concerts held in Korea.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldm.com)


Credit: The Korea Herald

Beast, New Song, “I Knew It”, Music Charts Occupied

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아이돌그룹 비스트의 신곡 ‘이럴 줄 알았어’가음원 공개와 함께 주요 음원 사이트의 정상에 올랐다.

비스트의 신곡 ‘이럴 줄 알았어’는 지난해 5월 비스트가 발표한 정규 1집 ‘픽션 앤드 팩트(Fiction and Fact)’ 이후 8개월 만에 선보이는 곡.

특히 이날 유튜브 공식채널을 통해 함께 공개된 ‘이럴 줄 알았어’ 테마 뮤직비디오는 국내외 팬들의 뜨거운 관심을 모았다.

‘이럴 줄 알았어’ 테마 뮤직비디오에서는 첫 단독 주연을 맡은 멤버 손동운의 깊은 눈빛 연기가 눈에 띈다.

비스트는 오는 2월 4일과 5일 양일간 서울 올림픽 체조경기장에서 신곡을 선보이는 무대를 열 계획이다.


Idol group, Beast’s “I Knew It”, with their song release, they got into the top of music charts.

Beast’s new song, “I Knew It” was released after 8 months since releasing Beast’s 1st album “Fiction and Fact” last May.

In particular, on this day, through youtube official channel, they released “I Knew It” music video and there were alot of fans interest in it.

At “I Knew It” music video, you could see Son Dongwoon’s deep “act of turning one’s eyes” acting.

Beast will perform this song at Seoul Olympic Athletic Stadium on February 4th and 5th.

CREDITS: Kyongbuk (SOURCE); Cazsdancebuddy@B2ST RISING (TRANS)

Simon D feels lonely

Aww poor SimonD…no one wants to go to his concert


Joker891219: @skullhong Sunbaenim

skullhong: @Joker891219 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋYes okay let’s eat chicken later

Joker891219: @skullhong Buy chicken and bring it to our practice room and cheer for us sunbaenim ㅠㅠ

babospmc: @Joker891219 @skullhong Very good guys who don’t even come to my concert^^


Credit: miinhyuk

BEAST to give 1st European concert

K-pop boy band BEAST will have its first concert in Europe next month, its agency said on Friday.

BEAST attended the MBC Korean Music Festival on the 31st of December, 2011. (YONHAP)

The concert, titled “2012 Beast 1st World Tour — Beautiful Show,” will take place in Columbia Halle, one of most prestigious concert halls in Berlin, Agency Cube entertainment said. The concert hall has hosted major concerts performed by international stars such as Boys∥Men and Sting, it added.

Beast members said they were looking forward to introducing K-pop music to an audience more used to different kinds of music.

“We recently ranked third in a German music chart so we’re especially excited to repay our German fans for their support,” band leader Yoon Du-jun was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.

BEAST gave a joint performance in London last year with singers from their agency such as G.NA and 4minute.

By Sim Guk-by
Intern Reporter


Credit: The Korea Herald