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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!”

2NE1 will soon hit $10 million USD in sales for ‘NOLZA in Japan’

Girl group 2NE1 is making waves all over Japan with their debut. They landed first place on the Oricon daily chart recently, and are currently on a three-city tour that is reportedly racking up almost $8 million USD in sales!

2NE1′s first Japanese tour originally scheduled four to five concerts, but after receiving countless requests from 190,000 fans, the group decided to hold a total of six concerts, starting at the Yokohama Arena and ending at the Makuhari Messe.

According to tour officials, 2NE1 has sold 70,000 tickets thus far, each worth around 7,500 yen. In total, they’ve brought in $7.87 million USD in sales, and that’s not including the memorabilia that fans can purchase, so officials are looking forward to upwards of $10 million USD in total sales.



Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

Se7en to make first Japanese comeback in almost four years

On September 23rd, Se7en announced that he’ll be heading back to Japan for the first time in four years.

Speaking through Star News, representatives of YG Entertainment revealed, “Se7en will be releasing a new mini-album in Japan by the end of the year, and will kick off his promotions. Since it will be his first time back in a while, he is working very hard on his preparations.”

Se7en last released a Japanese work in 2007, and has since been in a hiatus from the market. He’ll be joined by labelmates 2NE1, GD&TOP, and Gummy, who are all preparing (or are already embarking) on promotions in Japan.

As expected, ‘YGEX‘ will be backing Se7en’s comeback.



Source + Photos: Star News via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

J.Y. Park judges 2,000 hopefuls at ‘K-POP Star’ audition in NYC

Producer J.Y. Park was in the Big Apple from September 17th to the 18th to discover the next big K-Pop star for his new show, SBS‘s “Survival Audition K-POP Star“!

He was recently in Argentina for the first round of auditions, and New York City was his second destination. J.Y. Park was the first of the “Big 3″ judges from JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, and YG Entertainment to personally oversee the auditions.

2,000 hopefuls tried out at the New York auditions, and all were from various cultures and backgrounds. Talented people from all walks of life joined the auditions, including a Harvard alumnus, an MIT researcher, models, child actors, and even some ‘American Idol’ tryouts! They came with the sole ambition of becoming the next big K-Pop star, and everyone brought their ‘A-game’ knowing that they’d be standing before one of the biggest names in the Korean music industry.