2PM and 2AM will be releasing a documentary called ‘Beyond the Oneday‘ in Japan!
The top idol stars of today will gather together for the 18th annual ‘Dream Concert‘ in May.
The 2012 Dream Concert is usually the biggest and baddest contest in Korea and this year will be no different. The concert will take place on May 12th at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, and 20 of today’s hottest K-Pop stars will be performing at this mega event, including TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, 2PM, miss A, 2AM, MBLAQ, SISTAR, SECRET, IU, B2ST, 4minute, INFINITE, TEEN TOP, T-ara, KARA, Davichi, K. Will, and more.
The annual ‘Dream Concert’ has been an iconic Hallyu concert, drawing in fans from not only Korea but Japan, South America, the Middle East, and more, contributing to further spread K-Pop awareness across the globe.
The concert is organized by the Korean Entertainment Producers’ Association (KEPA) who has donated the profits from the concert to various charities since 2009. This year, KEPA will be creating a ‘Dream Concert Scholarship Fund’ with the profits, helping young students in financially difficult situations to study and fulfill their dreams.
On the evening of April 2nd, B.A.P made an appearance at the ‘2012 Spring Seoul Fashion Week: the Song Hye Myung Collection‘ show, which was held at Seoul Bangi-dong’s Olympic Hall. Members Yong Guk and Daehyun caught the crowd’s attention with their new dirty blonde hair color, giving off a different feel from their platinum blonde hair.
JAKARTA – Boy band BIG BANG is currently planning for their “BIG BANG Alive Tour 2012“. They will be traveling in 16 countries all over the world. Will Indonesia be one of the stops?
Some time ago, there was news that the promoter who brought Lady Gaga to Indonesia will be responsible for bringing Big Bang. During an interview, the director of Big Daddy Indonesia, Michael Rusli, confirmed that the group, made up of G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri, will be visiting Indonesia in October.
“They have a schedule to have a tour in Indonesia in October for Alive Tour 2012” Michael commented when detikHOT news called on Monday (2/4/2012).
Despite confirming the news, he cannot confirm that Big Daddy will be the chosen promoting company for Big Bang’s concert in Indonesia.
Nominees for the ‘2012 Paeksang Arts Awards‘ have finally been revealed!
On March 23rd, the official homepage for the awards ceremony updated with a list of nominations for the film and TV categories that have been the topic of much discussion online.
Check out some of the names below!
INFINITE has revealed that they will be revealing a new song for the very first time at their encore concert!
On April 1st, the boys will be holding the ‘Second Invasion – Evolution‘, where leader Sunggyu will be revealing a song off of their upcoming album through his solo stage.
INFINITE has been a hit with every activity they pursue lately, as not only did they sell out their first Korean concert, but also two concerts in Japan, as well as their encore concert.
As this encore concert in particular will be releasing a new song off of their May release, officials have put up high security measures to ensure that the song cannot get leaked prematurely. The members stated, “We’re practicing as if this is another of our first concerts, not an encore.”
In a day and age when idol groups no longer take hiatuses, why does it seem like we hardly ever see them on stage? Well, we took a look into it and found out that it was due to the idol groups taking their performances to the global stage instead of just focusing on their activities in Korea.
Big Bang, Super Junior, B2ST and other idol groups all have very busy schedules and are performing in venues faraway from Korean fans. Moreover, these idol groups are leading the way in the global K-Pop craze, holding their aptly named ‘World Tours’ and meeting with fans all over the world.
Big Bang, who successfully completed its Seoul concert from March 2-4, will head to Japan next in the first half of this year. Then in the second half, the group will head to Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States and South America, making an appearance in 25 cities in 16 different countries on its world tour. Although Big Bang wasn’t able to carry out many activities last year due to various complications, this coming year is expected to be extra special for the group.
Korea Investment & Securities analyst Kim Shi Woo said, “Big Bang will hold its world tour this year and there’s much more to it than just seeing an increase in its concert revenue. Thanks to the joint venture with America’s number one concert agency Live Nation, this has become a great opportunity for Korean artists to showcase their musical talents [in the U.S. market]. Big Bang’s selection was most likely due to the group’s strong odds to find success in the international music scene. And since the revenue will be distributed between YG Entertainment and Live Nation, there’s a good chance Big Bang will make a profit in Japan and in the other countries as well.”
YG Entertainment’s president, Yang Hyun Suk, shared his confidence and excitement over Big Bang’s fast approaching comeback.
Big Bang is scheduled to begin their promotions in early March. The group is to hold concerts on March 2 through 4 at Korea’s largest indoor venue, the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium.
Big Bang’s highly-anticipated comeback to the music scene will be nothing short of big. There are plans set for the group to perform in 20 cities around the world. Their “Alive World Tour 2012” will take them to Asia, North America, South America, and Europe. The fact that they are planning on having a World Tour is adding to the public’s excitement.
Even though Big Bang has many things to prepare for between the promotion of six title tracks and the concert dates in March, the members along with YG are ready. This is an extremely meaningful comeback for the members, their company, as well as the music industry.
With CN Blue and F.T. Island’s Los Angeles concert two weeks away, they have both released promotional videos for the event. Their joint concert “Stand Up” will be at the Nokia Theater in LA on March 9 at 8PM. This event was created by CJ E&M‘s K-Pop concert brand, “M-Live,”
World renown hip hop producer Swizz Beatz expressed his hopes to one day see a collaboration between Rihanna and 2NE1.
C.N. Blue and F.T. Island will hold a joint concert in Los Angeles!
Through CJ E&M‘s K-Pop concert brand, “M-Live,” C.N. Blue and F.T. Island will hold their joint concert at the Nokia Theater on March 9 at 8pm.
This is the first time that C.N. Blue and F.T. Island will hold a joint concert together, therefore, the expectations are very high.
With Valentines Day approaching, both men and women are preparing for a romantic day filled with lots of love. In Korea however, Valentines Day is a day where females give presents to the males. The opposite known as ‘White Day‘, every March 14th, is the day where males give gifts to the females.
This year, 4men decided to give the gift of song by holding a concert on March 16-18th.
The ’4men Romantic- White Day After Party- March is the Sweetest Month‘ concert will take place at Seoul’s Olympic Park in the ‘Woori Finance Art Hall’.
Like their successful concert last year, this concert will also feature sweet ballads such as “I Can’t“, “Once While Living“, and even dance songs to show off the members’ various charms.
Earlier today, INFINITE held their first Korean concert “Second Invasion” at the Olympic Park SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul.
Fans will finally have their wishes come true, as the 5-member boy band will make various stops at different cities.
From March 2nd to the 4th, Big Bang will open their world tour in the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastic Stadium. Following these shows, the group will tour 16 countries, 25 cities, in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.
By working with Live Nation, the tour will be brought to a higher level in terms of the scale of directing. As Live Nation has helped world tours for Madonna and U2, Big Bang is the first Asian group/singers to earn the help of Live Nation with the joint investment and production team. Live Nation is recently a promotion agent for K-pop singers in 1-2 regions in America and Europe.
Live Nation’s president, Alan Ridgeway, stated,
BIGSHOW 2012 IN JAPAN (Tentative Title)
・May 17 & 18 – Aichi Prefecture (Nippon Gaishi Hall)
・May 26 & 27 – Yokohama (Yokohama Arena)
・June 1 & 2 – Osaka (Osaka-jo Hall)
・June 16 & 17 – Saitama (Saitama Arena)
・June 23 & 34 – Fukuoka (Marine Messe)
Official Fanclub Ticket Sale: February 24 – March 5
More info will be announced in the fanclub page soon.
With news of FT Island and CN Blue’s “Stand Up by M Live” joint concert in Los Angeles, their first in the United States, both groups’ fans have anticipated and prepared to buy prime seats when tickets went on sale through Ticketmaster on January 28.
Big Bang and 2NE1 to appear at Japan best R&B and Hip-Hop festival “SPRINGROOVE”.
Started in 2006, as Japan’s largest R&B and Hip-Hop festival, SPRINGROOVE has been known for casting top stars locally and internationally.
In 2006, SPRINGROOVE invited Snoop Dogg, and after that, each year they invited Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Akon, T-Pain, TLC, and other great R&B Hip-Hop singers to this big festival.
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced the winners of “The 26th Japan Gold Disc Award” on January 27th, and many Korean artists were featured.
It’s just been confirmed that F.T. Island and CNBLUE will be holding a joint concert in Los Angeles!
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.
On January 18th, the Conference Committee of the Korean Public Music Awards announced the award nominees.
Four out of five nominees that were selected under the ‘Best Dance & Electronic Song’ category were idols, and the songs selected were none other than 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best“, f(x)‘s “Pinocchio“, INFINITE‘s “Be Mine“, and T-ara‘s “Roly Poly“.
This was the second time that 2NE1 and f(x) were selected under this category after also being selected last year.
In regards to more idols being selected under this category, a representative from the Korean Public Music Awards remarked, “They live up to their titles as idols at the forefront of the Hallyu wave, producing dance music that is energetic and have a sense of completion.”