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JYJ’s Park Yoochun receives ‘Popularity Award’ at the 48th annual Paeksang Arts Awards + Full List of Winners

The Paeksang Arts Awards were held at the Olympic Park in Seoul on April 26th, and JYJ‘s Park Yoochun received a noteworthy award.

Park Yoochun attended the 48th annual Paeksang Arts Awards hosted by Lee Hwi Jae and Kim Ah Joong, and was awarded the ‘Popularity Award‘ for his performance in ‘Miss Ripley‘.

His brother Park Yoohwan was also nominated for this award, and Yoochun remarked that he would like his brother to win.

However when asked to say a few words to Yoohwan, Park Yoochun remarked, Yoohwan, I think it’s a bit too soon for you to win this award. Let’s work hard,” causing the other guests to explode into laughs.

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LEDApple to hold a live concert featuring ‘TOP Band’ winner, Toxic

On May 11th, LEDApple will meet their fans through a live concert, ‘#Now Playing – LEDApple in Seoul Vol.1’, at Sound Holic City in Seoul.

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Teen Top covers Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” for Big Bang Cover Contest?

Big Bang‘s Global Cover Contest is well underway, and it looks like the boys of TEEN TOP took the time to also participate in the event!

A video of some of the TEEN TOP members covering Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” has been surfacing all over the internet.

Niel, Ricky, and Changjo put on a fierce dance performance that was so spot-on, VIP‘s couldn’t help but applause their efforts.

They did the Big Bang members proud.

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Cube Entertainment artists celebrate the opening of ‘Cube Studio’

Cube Entertainment has announced that they have opened the doors to a new personal studio for their artists to mark the start of a brand new adventure together!

On April 10th, CEO Hong Seung Sung and his artists, 4minute, B2ST, G.NA, and BtoB all gathered to celebrate the opening of ‘Cube Studio’. Leaders from each respective group stood alongside their CEO to cut the tape for the grand opening. Although Cube Entertainment was established in 2008, this will be their first private studio where they will be using it as a foundation for their global marketing strategies.

Hong Seung Sung stated, “I created this place to instill a sense of bravery in our artists to help the Korean entertainment industry become one of the best. I hope that this studio will be the start of K-Pop transcending Asia and taking place all over the world.”

‘Cube Studio’ will be aiding singers and musicians to better grow and advance with their skills. The studio will include facilities dedicated to the areas of vocal, composition, performance, production, and choreography training. A special cafe for artists to be able to sit down and communicate with their fans will also be included in the studio. All profits from the cafe will be donated to charities of the company’s choice.

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2PM & 2AM to release documentary film ‘Beyond the Oneday’!

2PM and 2AM will be releasing a documentary called ‘Beyond the Oneday‘ in Japan!

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20 Top idol stars to perform at ’2012 Dream Concert’ in May

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.

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B.A.P makes an appearance at Seoul Fashion Week with new hair color

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.

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Big Bang stopping in Indonesia for Alive Tour?

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.

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’2012 Paeksang Arts Awards’ releases its list of nominees

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!

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SHINee Announces Singing and Dance Cover Contest

SHINee‘s fans, good news!

SHINee has just announced a singing and cover dance contest for their newest song “Sherlock.” All you have to do is apply for any of the two categories, whether singing or dancing and you’re in. Make sure to learn the full song and all the dance steps so you might be chosen as the winner! All the votes in YouTube also count.

Among the amazing prizes, you can win a signed SHINee CD, discount coupons or even stage accessories.

Excited already? Well then make sure to participate and show your talent to the boys of SHINee! Upload your video on YouTube or participate using the smartphone app! It’s easy!

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INFINITE to reveal a brand new song at their encore concert

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.”

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Big Bang, Super Junior and B2ST leading the Korean Wave Revolution

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.”

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KARA, Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2NE1, SHINee, and CNBLUE receive nominations for MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012

Some of the top Kpop stars have received nominations at the MTV VMAJ 2012 (Video Music Awards Japan 2012).

On March 19th, MTV Japan revealed the nominees for the MTV VMAJ 2012 (Video Music Awards Japan 2012). KARA, Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2NE1, SHINee, and CNBLUE all received nominations in various categories.

In the “Best Group Video” category, 2PM received a nomination for “I’m Your Man“.

In the “Best New Artist Video” category, CNBLUE received a nomination for “In My Head” along with 2NE1 with “I AM THE BEST“.

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Yoseob & Eunji announce their ‘Be My Partner’ event

In addition to B2ST‘s Yoseob offering to buy dinner for a few fans, the official rules for the event have now been revealed. A special UCC (User Created Content) event named ‘Be My Partner‘ is being offered by A Cube Entertainment & Mnet.

The contest requires fans to sing a cover of Yoseob’s new collaboration song, “Love Day (Panda or B2UTY version)” with A Pink‘s Eunji, upload it (to a site such as YouTube) and then share the link on A Cube’s facebook event page.

Yoseob & Eunji will personally judge the videos and the top 2 winners will win a dinner date with Yoseob & Eunji.

The two idol singers recently released a video explaining the official rules for the ‘Be My Partner’ event.

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YG Opens 2nd Global Event for Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby”

After previously opening a cover contest for Big Bang’s tracks “Blue” and “Bad Boy” off its new mini album “ALIVE“, YG Entertainment has surprised fans with another cover contest.

This time, fans get the chance to strut their moves for the dance cover contest for the track “Fantastic Baby“.

From now until March 26, 11:59 pm (KST), fans from all over the world can upload and submit a YouTube video of a dance cover of “Fantastic Baby”. The recipient of the grand prize, (the Fantastic Baby Award), will receive roundtrip airfare to Seoul, accommodation, a tour of the YG headquarters and more.

Ten other lucky winners will receive a Big Bang Alive goods gift box, signed CD and a personal message from Big Bang. All winners will be announced on May 1.
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NU’EST to hold a fan signing before official debut

Pledis Entertainment‘s first boy group NU’EST will be meeting up with fans even before they make their official broadcast debut.

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Winners from the ’2012 Korean Music Awards’

The ’2012 Korean Music Awards’ was recently held at AX Korea in Seoul on February 29th, where singers were rewarded for their successful promotions in 2011.

The results of the Netizen choice awards were revealed earlier, in which Verbal Jint won ‘Netizen-Picked Best Male Singer’, while IU received the honor of ‘Netizen-Picked Best Female Singer’. In addition, popular idol group, INFINITE, beat out the tough competition to become the ‘Netizen-Picked Best Group’.

The ‘Korean Music Awards’ acknowledges the achievements made by music artists in the past year, and the winners are decided by a panel of judges consisting of music critics, music radio PDs, and other professionals within the industry.

The full list of winners at the 9th ’2012 Korean Music Awards’ include:

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Yang Hyun Suk talks about Big Bang’s “Alive Tour” preparations Read

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.

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CN Blue and F.T. Island Release Promotional Videos for Upcoming Los Angeles Concert

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,”

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Big Bang takes “April” award at 1st Gaon K-Pop Awards (120222)

The “1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards” took place at 7pm on February 22nd (KST) at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall.

Big Bang became one of the the “Artists of the Year” taking the #1 spot for the April of 2011 with “LOVE SONG“. Big Bang were not able to attend the Awards ceremony due to schedule issues so a representative of YG Entertainment received the award on their behalf.

The “Artists of the Year Award” is given to an artist(s) for each month and then again for each quarter for a total of 16 possible awards in the year with possible overlaps.

On/Offline Entertainment Media Star News and Gaon Chart co-sponsored “The 1st Gaon Chart K-pop Awards” and objectivity and fairness was the top priority. The award winners were determined based on Gaon’s aggregate data (digital music, album sales).

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Winners Announced for “1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards”

On February 22, the first-ever “Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards” was held in Seoul for over three hours. A total of 14 artists were given the “Artist of the Year” award, which was broken down by each quarter and month of the past year. There were a lot more artists awarded across 15 different categories.

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Hip hop producer Swizz Beatz wants to see a collaboration between 2NE1 and Rihanna

World renown hip hop producer Swizz Beatz expressed his hopes to one day see a collaboration between Rihanna and 2NE1.

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[UPDATED] C.N. Blue and F.T. Island to Hold Joint Concert in Los Angeles

[Feb 13] You can buy tickets now at Powerhouse (323-692-0303) and Ticketmaster. Tickets start from $50.

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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.

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4men to hold a romantic ‘White Day After Party’ concert

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.

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