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2NE1 and CEO Yang Hyun Suk talk about their success in Japan

Recently, YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk and girl group 2NE1 sat down for an interview and shared their thoughts about their recent success in Japan.

2NE1 released their debut album, “Nolza“, on September 21st, and it’s managed to grab 1st place on Japan’s Oricon charts for two consecutive days. Yang Hyun Suk gave a modest opinion of the matter, as he said, “2NE1 has just gotten their feet inside the door; they are receiving a lot of advice from K-Pop seniors who have already promoted in the industry.”

He continued, “Right now, we are just simply doing our best. It’s too early to think about success.


INFINITE confirms November release date for Japanese ‘BTD’

Rising boy group INFINITE hinted at their upcoming Japanese debut earlier this month, and now they’ve confirmed a release date!

According to Japan’s Oricon News on September 24th, INFINITE performed at the Yokohama Blitz the day before, where they announced that their debut Japanese single would be “BTD“. The boys then revealed that it would be released on November 19th.

The upcoming single will contain a total of four songs, including the Japanese versions of “BTD (Before the Dawn)”, from their 2nd mini-album, ‘Evolution‘, and “Can U Smile“, from their 3rd single, ‘Inspirit‘.



Source + Photo: Yonhap News via Nate

by CWK @ allkpop

Popularity of Hallyu wave increases sales and exports of Korea’s creative content

Thanks to the popularity of the Hallyu wave, the contents production industry has seen a sharp increase in sales and exports this year.

On September 22nd, the Ministry of Culture and the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) released an overview for the second half of 2011 and found that the total sales made by the entire contents industry amounted to around $27.5 billion USD, a 15.6% (or around $4 billion USD) increase compared to last year’s record.

Exports have also seen a 27.2% increase compared to last year, recording a total of around $2 billion USD. Such results were seen across the board, as business profits increased by 18.2%, broadcasting by 95.9%, and advertising by 104.3%.


2PM’s Nichkhun and BEAST’s Lee Kikwang Join Cast Of “I’m A Flower Too”

2PM’s Nichkhun and BEAST’s Lee Kikwang were chosen as ‘Lee Ji Ah’s man’ for MBC‘s upcoming drama, I’m A Flower Too.

This drama is the well-anticipated comeback drama for actress Lee Ji Ah, who was involved in a divorce scandal with singer Seo Taeji earlier this year. She will be playing the role of Cha Bong Sun, a policewoman. Opposite her will be Kim Jae Won, who will play the male lead Seo Jae Hee.

Lee Kikwang has taken up the role of a younger rookie cop named Maru who likes Bong Sun. In the drama, Maru has a strange personality. As for Nichkhun, he will appear as either Bong Sun’s dream or imagination.

There is much anticipation for the acting of both popular idol singers in this upcoming drama.

I’m A Flower Too is a romantic comedy, a combined work of My name is Kim Samsoon writer Kim Dowoo and Queen of Housewives PD Ko Dongsun. It will be aired after Can’t Live With Losing finishes.



Source: Sports Chosun, b2strising (trans)

Posted By : KAHTHIESTAR @ hellokpop.com

Block B’s Interview with Fukumaru

Cho PD‘s new hiphop idol group, Block B, headed to Japan for a showcase to prepare for their eventual advance into that country. Before they left, Fukumaru had the chance to grab an interview with the boys. Check out the interview below.


Block B at MTV Behind the Show 110923

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Block B’s Zico is Kang Seung Yoon’s doppelganger? 100% alike! 110923

Block B’s Zico has been earning attention for his striking resemblance to actor Kang Seung Yoon.

On September 22nd, an online community board uploaded a post with the photo above under the title, “Kang Seung Yoon and Zico!  Who is who?”

In the picture provided, Zico and Kang Seung Yoon not only have the same facial features, but also the same hair styles and blank expressions as they pose for the camera.  Netizens remarked over how they felt like they were seeing twins on the same screen.

Netizens commented, “They really do look alike, I’d believe it if they were brothers,” and “They should take a picture together, I’m really curious now!”