Archive for the ‘Kpop News’ Category

Kpop News
Younha’s new album and “lovely girl” image
by | April 6, 2009 | 32 Comments
It’s not really a new image — recall that kpop singer Younha had also unveiled a more feminine look for her second album last summer. And Younha (aka the “Oricon comet” given her success on Japan’s pop charts before debuting in Korea) has always been very pretty. But she’s gone a little softer than her... More »


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Kim Haneul follows “To Heaven” with “I Was Happy”
by | April 1, 2009 | 16 Comments
Eleven years after starring in a famous music video for a song by ballad singer Jo Sung-mo, actress and hair-envy provocateur Kim Haneul is again taking the lead role for the singer’s latest MV. When she starred in Jo’s 1998 “To Heaven” video alongside Lee Byung-heon, Kim Haneul was a relative unknown who gained a... More »


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Epik High maps the soul, redefines kpop business model
by | March 29, 2009 | 59 Comments
By now, I’m sure y’all have heard about Epik High‘s newest album — and their new, independent business model by which they’re distributing it. Namely, they’re opting out of the major-label system and putting out their record themselves, via their spankin’-new website mapthesoul.com and iTunes. The site’s got everything written in Korean and English, is... More »


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Artist Profile: Jang Kiha and the Faces
by | March 28, 2009 | 33 Comments
If you’re into Korean indie or rock music, you may already know about Jang Kiha and the Faces — and if not, you should be hearing about them very soon. Jang Kiha has all but exploded onto the scene recently, and is being called the “indie Seo Taiji,” accruing enough acclaim and buzz in the... More »


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The Blue is back!
by | March 15, 2009 | 33 Comments
The Blue: Kim Min-jong, Sohn Ji-chang Omona, ajumma! Okay, this one’s for us old fogeys out there, with some news about old (oooold)-school kpop. The popular-in-the-’90s vocal duo The Blue — aka actors Kim Min-jong and Sohn Ji-chang — are reuniting. *sound of crickets* Yeah, I know most of you don’t know who they are... More »


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Seo Taiji gives “Juliet” a White Day launch
by | March 13, 2009 | 12 Comments
Seo Taiji‘s back! The k-rock icon released the first part of his 8th “Atomos” album last year (“Part Moai”), and now he’s released the second (“Part Secret”), which went on sale this week. And to kick off the round of promo work for this disc, he’s holding a White Day concert — two, actually, on... More »


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Lee Yeon-hee sings for Super Junior
by | March 8, 2009 | 83 Comments
Well, I suppose it isn’t totally out of line, considering that Lee Yeon-hee, who is managed by SM Entertainment, was almost in Girls Generation back in her training days. But I admit I tire of singers crossing over as actors with mediocre acting skills, as well as the reverse, actors crossing over into kpop with... More »


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Roller Coaster vocalist goes solo
by | March 5, 2009 | 29 Comments
Ooh. Interesting. This may only interest a handful of you out there who also happen to love Roller Coaster, but this is for us fans of the laid-back, acid-jazz/lounge/groovetronica group: the voice of the band, Jo Won-sun, is finally coming out with her own solo album 17 years after her debut. I’d been wondering when... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Brian heads for Hollywood
by | February 16, 2009 | 18 Comments
Another day, another Korean entertainer making a Hollywood debut. Half of ballad duo Fly To the Sky, 28-year-old singer Brian, has announced his foray into the Western market. He’d begun negotiations to make his Hollywood debut last year, and has now confirmed his first project, which coincidentally is also his first movie role. (Lot of... More »


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Lee Junki raps for Sori
by | February 10, 2009 | 10 Comments
What’s with all these actors wanting to be rappers? (Case in point: Jang Geun-seok, So Ji-sub.) Now it’s Iljimae‘s Lee Junki, who’s teaming up with rookie singer Sori. He’ll be featured as guest rapper on her song “Pinky Finger.” According to Sori’s management, “Lee Junki’s participation in this recording came after he received the request... More »


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Seo Hyo-rim is F.T. Island’s “Bad Woman”
by | February 2, 2009 | 21 Comments
Honestly, I just really like that picture. Rising actress Seo Hyo-rim (The World They Live In) takes a lead role in idol band FT Island’s music video alongside the band’s drummer Choi Min-hwan, seven years her junior (she’s 24, he’s 17). The actress takes the title character of the MV’s “Bad Woman,” which is a... More »