For Kim Dong Hwa its wife before Shinhwa

While Shinhwa is an important aspect of his life, Kim Dong Wan revealed that when he gets married, he’s going to put all of his focus on his new family.

On November 1, Kim Dong Wan and the cast of KBS’ new daily drama, Cheer Up, Mr. Kim gathered together at the press conference held at the 63 City Juniper Hall in Yeouido.

During the press conference, Kim Dong Wan was asked about his marriage plans. “Of courseI want to get married quickly,” said Kim Dong Wan. “Three months ago, I finally moved out of my parents’ house, and after living by myself, I realized that I need to have a wife.”

“I began to think that no human being is programmed to live alone. If there’s a nice person and she agrees, I want to get married immediately,” continued the singer-turned-actor. “When I get married, I’m going to pour two years into my marriage. I’m not going to focus on Shinhwa or any other activities.”
Then he talked about the jealousy he felt towards Jae Hee, who recently revealed that he has a wife and child. “I made my debut at the same time as Jae Hee. When I heard about his marriage and child, I wasn’t shocked, but more jealous. I kept thinking, ‘I need to get married quickly too…’”
He finally said, laughing “My original plan was to get married when I was 35, but that’s already next year.”
Kim Dong Wan will be playing the character Kim Tae Pyung, who works odd jobs to provide for his four adopted children.
The drama will begin on November 5.
Photo Credit: KBS
Source – enewsworld

Suju’s love for their fans

“Leeteuk said: “In this world, the saddest form of love is between an idol and a fan. Because idols always say that they love the fans, but they don’t really love with the fans. But the sad thing is, the fans always fall in love with the idol. Many people said like that.. But ELF loves are pure for Super Junior, and we really love them too not to get the popularity only but its pure by our hearts, for us ELF are not the fans but Eternal Friends”

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Swizz Beatz paints K-pop’s rosy future in world market

Swizz Beatz, a renowned American rapper-producer, said on Monday K-pop is leading a trend for new music and that he wants to play a leading role in introducing Asia to the West through Korean music.

“What I found in Korean pop music is a new expression. The world is open for new things and I think right now K-pop in Korea is leading in that area. I’d like to be the one to introduce that to the West,” the musician said during a news conference in Seoul.

The musician, also husband of the famous U.S. singer Alicia Keys, is in Seoul to sign a partnership agreement between his company named after him and O & Media, a South Korean entertainment company.

The agreement calls for the two companies’ partnership in helping U.S. pop artists advance to the Asian market and new K-pop artists to the U.S. market, according to the local entertainment agency. The two sides also plan to produce joint albums of leading musicians of both countries, it said.

“My idea to bridge the world together with music starting in Asia and going to the West is something that is new, untapped and leading to the future of bringing the worlds together. And this partnership is the beginning in making a history,” Beatz said.

He said K-pop represented by such leading groups and singers as Kara, Big Bang, 2NE1 and Boa has already had many successes in Asia but can appeal to the world with help from the partnership.

Swizz Beatz, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, has produced pop albums for top celebrities, including Madonna, Britney Spears, Eminem, U2, Lady Gaga and Jay Z.

The musician is also known for expanding his business to other industries such as film and art.

“I think the more we come together, the more that everybody as a musical voice can be heard because music, whether it’s in hard times or good times, is always the No. 1 answer,” he stressed. (Yonhap)

 

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K-pop stars asked to be cautious on racial prejudice

By Kim Jong-chan

“Now is the time to provide K-pop stars with education programs on racial prejudice,” said top singer Tiger JK in a column contributed to “All K-pop,” an Internet K-pop site for foreign fans.

As K-pop gains popularity across the world, an increasing number of foreign fans are watching Korean entertainment programs.

There are also growing calls for K-pop idols to “be culturally sensitive,” with industry sources expressing concern that thoughtless make-up, comments and gestures could be insulting to certain people or countries.

K-pop stars and other Koreans should listen to Tiger JK’s advice, the sources said Wednesday.

On March 29, an article about Korean singers demeaning colored people was posted on the English-language online community titled “Oh No They Didn’t (ONTD).”

Also posted were photographs of K-pop singers made up as colored people and imitating their voices.

An entertainment industry source familiar with the U.S. market said, “The U.S. is one of the most culturally tolerant societies in the world. But when it comes to racial matters, Americans are also very sensitive.”

Meanwhile, a poll showed the popularity of Korean popular culture in Asia and other parts of the world is beneficial to businesses seeking to expand overseas.

The survey on 300 companies conducted by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) showed 51.9 percent of respondents saying “hallyu” contributed to greater sales abroad, according to Yonhap News Agency Wednesday. Hallyu, or “The Korean Wave,” refers to the popularity of TV shows and music that have secured hordes of fans in Asia, Europe and the American continent.

The country’s largest private economic organization with 135,000 members said the Korean wave has exerted the greatest effect on the cultural content field, tourism and retail.

The survey said 86.7 percent of cultural content businesses had better sales, with numbers reaching 85.7 percent and 75 percent for tourism and retail, respectively.

 

Credit: The Korea Times

Korean rock bands to take on North America

Yep, the two of us will be seeing these guys live! Can’t wait!

 

Korean rock bands are making inroads into the United States and Canada this month in a bid to introduce the country’s unique indie music culture to the West.

“From indie clubs to international festivals, SEOULSONIC pushes the tempo of Korean music acts making waves across and beyond Asia,” said DFSB Kollective, a Seoul-based music agency. The project features talented Korean rock bands Yellow Monsters, 3rd Line Butterfly and Crying Nut. SEOULSONIC is the latest project developed by the agency, which also has been providing overseas distribution services for more than 350 Korean artists.

Starting in Northern California for the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival on March 11, SEOULSONIC will take the Korean rock bands to America’s largest new music festival, South By Southwest, on March 13-18.

The artists will continue their journey to Canada’s longest running music festival, Canadian Music Week, on March 21-25. The bands will give additional concerts in New York on March 29-30; in San Diego on April 1; and Los Angeles on April 5.

The project will also feature other Korean bands on North American tours.

“Hip-hop trio Aziatix and psychedelic garage rockers Galaxy Express are now confirmed to share the same stage with 2012 SEOULSONIC artists at this year’s SXSW,” the agency added.

Yellow Monsters is a three-member alternative rock band, and was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2012 Korean Music Awards. 3rd Line Butterfly is a post-modern rock band representing the Korean underground with its “moody guitars and smoky vocals.” The quartet was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2010 Korean Music Awards.

Crying Nut, a leading punk rock band here and across Asia, also joins the project. The five-member band gained popularity in the mainstream music scene here with its debut album “Speed Up Losers” in 1998. More than 100,000 copies of the album were sold, helping them gain the title of “best-selling Korean indie band of all-time” for the last 15 years with their six acclaimed albums, DFSB said. The band, famous for its energetic live shows, has performed on the main stages of Asia’s top music festivals.

For more information, visit www.seoulsonic.kr.

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

 

Credit: The Korea Herald

Hallyu star Kim Jae-joong meets Turkey fans

JYJ member Kim Jae-joong made his first appearance in Turkey for a fan meeting Monday.

About 600 fans attended the meeting at Ankara University.

A female student of Ankara University holds up her hand to show off nails painted in Korean and Turkish national flags, 6 February 2012 (GMT). (Yonhap)

President Lee Myung bak introduces Kim Jae-joong to the students of Ankara University, 6 February 2012 (GMT). (Yonhap)

“As much as to see my fans, I’m here at the invitation by the Korean Culture Service, so I will do my utmost to promote our culture,” the popular singer told his excited fans.

His fans sang along to his songs in Korean before surprising him with a belated birthday party.

The tickets sold out within 30 minutes on the Korean Culture Service website, reflecting the popularity of hallyu in Turkey.

Kim Jae-joong also attended a state dinner Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted for President Lee Myung-bak at the Presidential Palace later in the day.

By Sim Guk-by
Intern Reporter
(simgukby@heraldm.com)

 

Credit: The Korea Herald