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YG Family Concert Tour Successfully Ends

The YG Family Concert tour in both Korea and Japan have successfully came to an end.

This tour was in commemoration of YG’s 15th anniversary and featured the top YG artists such as Jinusean, Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy, Psy, Tablo and more. The YG family toured around Korea and Japan, reaching crowds of 20,000 people and more. Each group/artist showed strong and charismatic performances. Since it was the first joint concert in five years, fans showed a lot of love as well.

As expected, all of the artists performed their hit songs. But there were a few special performances that left a greater impression such as Taeyang, Daesung, Seungri and Se7en’s rendition of 2NE1’s “It Hurts” and “Lonely,” Gummy’s jazz remake of G-Dragon‘s “Heartbreaker,” and Jinusean, Se7en and G-Dragon’s “Fly Gentlemen.”

The HD LED screen at the Osaka Kyosera Dome and the Saitama Super Arena, which holds over 40,000 people, held those in the farthest seats to catch every glance of their favorite artists up-close. There were moving stages, cranes, magic lifts and other special stage props as well as flashy video clips to further entertain the audience.

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Which idols own the most expensive homes?

Hallyu’s most affluent idol stars have raked in an impressive profit, not only with their album promotions, but also with various CFs, events, dramas, and more. Even more so now, with further promotions throughout the Asian continent.

It’s no secret that the Korean celebrity with the most lavish home is legendary singer Cho Young Nam, whose villa is worth over $5.2 million. But what about amongst the idols? Where do they live?

The idol star with the most expensive home is none other than Asian prince Jang Geun Suk.

The singer and actor who is the current “it” star in Japan currently resides in a $3.5 million dollar home in Seoul. He moved into the villa last October, which has it’s own family-sized movie theater as well as a cafe. He is neighbors with actresses Lee Hae Young and Suh Ji Young.

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Daesung reveals his thoughts on performing at the YG Family Concert

With the “15th Anniversary YG Family Concert” now officially over, Big Bang‘s Daesung explains his honest thoughts on participating after his extended hiatus.

Last year, due to several external circumstances, Big Bang was unable to promote for most of the year. However, on January 22nd, all five members of Big Bang stood together to perform at the YG Family Concert.

Daesung stated, “Because of what had happened, I discovered how precious music and performing really is. Let’s meet next time at the Big Bang concert. I ask for your support.”

For the 15th Anniversary celebration of YG Entertainment, artists such as Jinusean, Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy, Psy, and Tablo represented the agency with impressive performances, putting on a meaningful concert for fans from Korea, Osaka, and Saitama.

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End of Lunar New Year festivities signals the onslaught of comebacks in the music industry

The flood of comebacks in the Korean music industry has been temporarily stemmed during the Lunar New Year holiday. However, the end of the holidays will signal the renewed onslaught of comebacks.

Big Bang has already started the countdown to their long awaited comeback. Just before the end of the holidays, YG Entertainment posted an image titled, “Big Bang is Coming” on their homepage. Big Bang was originally scheduled to make their return at the end of February, but rumors of an earlier comeback has other singers holding their breath anxiously.

Another group planning a February comeback is 4Minute. 4Minute had originally planned to make a release sometime January, but has since pushed back their release date to late February. 4Minute, who last year made an impact with their ‘Mirror, Mirror‘ concept, is currently planning another killer concept to surprise their fans.

EXO, SM Entertainment‘s first new group since SHINee, is speculated to be making their debut mid-February. EXO is said to have TVXQ‘s charisma combined with SHINee‘s fresh appeal, and will be making their debut simultaneously in Korea and China.

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Old Photo of 2NE1’s CL Looking Nervous and Shy with Lee Hyori

A past photo of 2NE1’s CL and Lee Hyori has surfaced the web.

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Idol Research Part 2: Ideal Types and Allowances

On January 20, Ilgan Sports, a popular Korean newspaper in Seoul, did a special survey of idols, called Idol Research. It surveyed a total of 92 idols, 45 male and 47 female.

Part 1 asked idols about their grades in school. Other questions on the survey asked about the idols’ height preferences for their ideal types, and how much monthly allowance each idol got. (Note: The following results are averages calculated by all the answers that were given.)

Idols’ heights for their ideal types

Male Idols: My ideal type has to be over 155.2 cm. (34 people)

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Idol Research Part 1: Idols’ Grades In School

On January 20, Ilgan Sports, a popular Korean newspaper in Seoul, did a special survey of idols, called Idol Research. It surveyed a total of 92 idols, 45 male and 47 female. The following idols were surveyed:

Male Idols: Jay Park, Boyfriend (Kwangmin, Donghyun, Minwoo, Youngmin, Jungmin, Hyunsung), BEAST (Kikwang, Dongwoon, Doojoon, Yoseob, Junhyung, Hyunseung) MBLAQ (Mir, Lee Joon, G.O., Seungho, Thunder), Super Junior (Kyuhyun, Donghae, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Shindong, Siwon, Yesung, Eunhyuk, Leeteuk), C.N. Blue (Minhyuk, Yonghwa, Jungshin, Jonghyun), Infinite (Dongwoo, Sunggyu, Sungyeol, Sungjong, Woohyun, L, Hoya), K.Will, Huh Gak, B1A4 (Gongchan, Baro, Sandeul, Shinwoo, Jinyoung)

Female Idols: Dal Shabet (Ga Eun, Viki, Subin, Jiyul, Ah Young, Serri), Rainbow (Jae Kyung, Woori, Jisook, No Eul, Seung Ah, Yoon Hye, Hyun Young), miss A (Fei, Jia, Min, Suzy), Secret (Hyosung, Sunhwa, Zinger, Ji Eun), SISTAR (Hyorin, Bora, Dasom, Soyu), A Pink (Namjoo, Chorong, Bomi, Eunji, Na Eun, Yookyung, Hayoung), G.NA, Kara (Gyuri, Seungyeon, Nicole, Hara, Jiyoung), 4minute (Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon, HyunA, Sohyun), f(x) (Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli)

One of the questions on the survey asked about each idols’ class ranks in middle school. Besides GPA, Korean schools use a ranking system by class to determine who has the best grades. Most classes in Korean schools have an average of 60 students. Therefore, if someone was ranked 13th in their class, their grades would be about 78% higher than the rest of the class. (Note: The following results are averages calculated by all the answers that were given.)

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