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Overworked singer needs a break
by | September 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
“I’ll return after taking a break for a while.” Clazziquai vocalist Alex is putting a halt to most of his broadcast appearances, he explained. He’s been worn out from overwork — promoting his solo album, appearing on MBC’s We Got Married, radio DJ-ing, and doing Mnet’s M Countdown program, among others. Now all that stress... More »


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Copyright troubles for Jang Nara
by | September 11, 2008 | 27 Comments
According to the Seoul Central District Court, the Korea Music Copyright Association received a request from an American songwriter that sales be stopped for Jang Nara’s sixth album “Dream of Asia.” She’s charged with infringing on copyright by recording a song without permission, “Mirage” [신기루], for which she also recorded its English version, “If You... More »


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Sittin’ on top of the world
by | August 30, 2008 | 9 Comments
(First thought at seeing the photo: Why don’t I have a disco-ball swing?) Rapper MC Mong performs to 8,000 concertgoers at Seoul’s Jamsil Stadium on the evening of August 30. DJ KOO opened the show; MC Mong performed a duet with Park Jung-hyun (“Love you to death”), and also had special guests Sohn Ho-young and... More »


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Back in action: Kim Jong-kook in Japan
by | August 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Singer Kim Jong-kook recently completed his mandatory military service and is now back to recording. He also held his first Japanese fanmeeting on August 24 in Tokyo at Showa Women’s University. At the three-hour event, Kim introduced a hip-hop singer Joosuc, who’s been active in the Hongdae rap scene, and performed a duet of one... More »


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A new album, a new image
by | August 24, 2008 | 16 Comments
What I like about rock(ish) singer Younha is that she hasn’t really had to rely on “image,” at least not in the way that other pop artists have had to build up a publicity whirl around themselves to attract attention and try to distinguish themselves from people from whom they are not actually that distinguishable.... More »


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Shin Hye-sung and Honey Lee’s good day to love
by | August 24, 2008 | 17 Comments
Shinhwa vocalist Shin Hye-sung is out and about promoting his new third solo album, and boasting a new look. Some have called it a “rocker transformation,” but I think of it as retro kitsch (all he needs is a ‘stache and he’s got the old-school skeeze look down). His album also features a few collaborations,... More »


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Mnet 20′s Choice Awards makes weird choices
by | August 23, 2008 | 38 Comments
MC Jang Geun-seok Although I didn’t watch August 23′s broadcast of Mnet’s 20′s Choice awards (a wannabe VMA’s, really), looking over the full winners list, my first reaction is: “What were they smoking?” Some choices made sense. I get why Jang Geuk-seok, shakin’ his thang above as the event’s MC, was awarded Hot Movie Star... More »


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A duet with Honey Lee
by | August 20, 2008 | 21 Comments
Another reason to hate on 2006′s Miss Korea (and new actress) Honey Lee? After all, she’s gorgeous (and a Miss Universe finalist), a talented musican (majoring in classical instruments like the gayageum), smart (went to Seoul National University), and is expanding her career to include not only acting but now also singing. If that ain’t... More »


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Can you feel the love?
by | August 16, 2008 | 7 Comments
Kim Dong-wan wishes fellow Shinhwa member Jun Jin a happy 29th birthday at Jun Jin’s fanmeeting, themed “All For You.” The event took place on August 16 at Konkuk University in Seoul. Infinity Challenge‘s Jung Hyung-don served as MC, while VIP attendees included Kim Su-ro (who shakes up some champagne below; he wears orange shorts)... More »


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An Isolated Life for So Ji-sub
by | August 13, 2008 | 14 Comments
So Ji-sub returns to MVs after three and a half years since his last one (ballad singer Jo Sung-mo’s “Mr. Flower”). This time he’s appearing in the music video for the digital single “고독한 인생” (Isolated life) by ”G” (mp3 posted below). The track was released online on August 13. Part of the interest in... More »


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Summer Vacation with Rain
by | July 27, 2008 | 19 Comments
As announced, supa-star Rain held his fanmeeting and birthday party (called “Summer Vacation with Rain”), at Olympic Hall in Seoul’s Olympic Park on July 27. The event commenced at 3pm, hosted by MC Kim Jae-dong, who made his TV debut around the same time as Rain’s singer debut. That familiarity made for a light-hearted time... More »