Big Bang once again proves that they are the kings of K-Pop.
Their fifth mini-album ‘ALIVE‘ has been acknowledged for its strong staying power, as “Fantastic Baby” still remains on the charts 10 weeks after its release. ”Fantastic Baby” is #8 on Melon, #9 on Mnet.com and #10 on Olleh Music.
Representatives from the music industry remarked, “In the music market, new albums get shuffled around and the life span of songs on music charts are extremely short. There are many songs that seize the #1 spot in real time, but there are very few that remain within the Top 10 for more than 2 weeks.”
“Big Bang’s long 2-month run is truly a rare sight,” they continued.
Big Bang’s hits “Blue“, “Fantastic Baby”, “Bad Boy“, “Ain’t No Fun“, and “Love Dust” all ranked within the Top 10 on the various Korean music sites.
A recent post on an online community board which explains the meaning behind the names of several girl groups has enlightened some netizens.
One user uploaded a post, titled, “The meanings behind girl group names” and thoroughly explained the hidden meanings behind the names of several girl groups.
According to this user, Girls’ Generation means, “The generation of girls’ domination has come“. On the other hand, the meaning behind Wonder Girls is, “Girls who will surprise the world“. Kara means, “Sweet Melody” while the hidden meaning behind T-ara represents, “We will wear the music queen’s crown“.
Aside from these groups, there are also the names of girl groups that are obvious and represent how their names actually read. For example, girl group, Secret means “Secret”, Girls’ Day means “Girls’ Day”. Girl group, A Pink‘s name was formed when their agency just decided to combine the first letter of their label, ‘A Cube Entertainment‘ and the english word, ‘Pink’.
From K-Pop to drama, everything that supported the ever-growing boom of the Hallyu wave is set to be gathered in one place.
During the second half of this year, Young Jong Do, Incheon, the place that holds Incheon International Airport, will also be the home to the new “Hallyu Museum” that is currently under construction. “Mountain Star” will take part in the construction and production of the Hallyu Museum which will serve to spread and create a positive image of the growing Hallyu Wave.
In order to house as many parts to the phenomenon, the building is planned to be an estimated 7,953.93 square meters so that visitors can fully experience and enjoy the Hallyu culture.
Hallyu Museum’s director, Heo Nam, states, “Hallyu Wave, like the Olympics, has become an important cultural brand that enlightens the people all around the world about South Korea. Therefore, it is only fitting that we create a place where people can come and experience the Hallyu culture, which will now be at the Hallyu Museum.”
The 19th National Assembly Election will take place on April 11th, and there are a number of K-Pop idols who will be able to cast their votes for the very first time.
The idol stars who will be eligible to cast their votes this year are those whose birthdays fall between June 3rd, 1991 and April 11th, 1993. During the 2010 election, Girls’ Generation‘s YoonA, SHINee‘s Onew and Jonghyun, 2PM‘s Chansung and Wooyoung, 4minute‘s Gayoon, and more casted their own votes for the very first time.
This year, Girls’ Generation member Seohyun who was born in June of 1991 will be able to participate, as well as miss A‘s Min, Nine Muses‘ Minha, Dal Shabet‘s Jiyool, Rainbow‘s Hyun Young, After School‘s Nana, Stellar‘s Gayoung, and more. miss A’s Min drew attention during the last elections, as her birthday fell 20 days short of the cut off line, but will be able to boldly cast her vote this year.
Of the boy group members, B2ST‘s Son Dongwoon will be eligible to participate, as well as SHINee‘s Key and Minho, CNBLUE‘s Lee Jung Shin & Kang Minhyuk, FT Island‘s Lee Jaejin, U-KISS‘ AJ & Hoon, ZE:A‘s Hyungsik, B1A4‘s Shinwoo, X-5‘s Haewon, The BOSS‘ Garam & Hyunmin, SMASH‘s Hero, Infinite’s Sungyeol, and more.
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.
Fifty celebrity ‘experts’ recently picked out celebrities who they believed were the current ‘Hottest Stars’. The group of experts include various professional critics such as music, movie, drama, and television officials.
Out of the 50 participants, thirty three experts picked out Kim Soo Hyun. Kim Soo Hyun’s popularity has skyrocketed after his role in MBC‘s ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun‘.
Big Bang followed behind by a big margin with five votes, while Girls’ Generation and actor Ha Jung Woo were tied for the third spot with just three votes each.
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It is the first time for a K-POP star to appear on the main page and main photo session of grammy‘s website.
Netizens are at it with yet another average graph for idols! This time, instead of height they have summarized the average weight of male idol groups and it has definitely caught the attention of fans.
The graph was uploaded on an online community board and sequences the average weight from lightest to the heaviest groups into five hilarious different category names: “Why am I living“, “No need for words“, “Not average“, “This is average“, and “Height and weight are proportional“.
The lightest group overall was TEEN TOP with 55.1kg and the heaviest were the ‘beast idols’ 2PM at 69.1kg.
Out of all the groups listed on the graph, the lightest overall member was TEEN TOP’s L.Joe weighing in at a flyweight-like 50kg with a height of 171cm.
Recently as Tony An from H.O.T. joined a relatively new and young idol group Smash as a member, there has been growing interest in first generation male idols. Male idol culture started back in the late 1990s and is now in its third generation. Today, we are looking at the differences among first, second, and third generation male idols.
It is indeed impossible to stop time.
SNSD (Girls’ Generation), Wonder Girls, Kara, T-ara, B2ST, and MBLAQ‘s members that were born in the later half of the 1980s and the early 1990s have led the boy group/ girl group craze the past few years. However, the once young and fresh idols have now become mature sunbae stars, and the younger members have taken their places.
In the music industry, the new leading faces of the idols are the ones born between 1994 and 1996, and the ones born in the mid- 90s. It has now become the norm to meet the mid 90s idols on any music show.
After reporting the average heights of K-pop groups, netizens have now averaged the age of idol boy groups.
The chart, posted on an online community board, displays the oldest group down to the youngest group by grouping them into five different categories.
According to the graph, Super Junior had the highest average age of 27.6, whereas TEEN TOP turned out to be the youngest boy group with an average age of 19.3.
In addition, the oldest member out of all the boy groups was Dalmatian‘s Inati at age 32 and the youngest was B.A.P‘s Zelo at age 17. (Keep in mind that these are all based on their Korean age)
We recently shared a summary of the average heights of girl groups in K-pop, and it looks like this time, a netizen has completed the same report on K-pop boy groups. Similar to the previous report, the boys were categorized into five different groups: Giant, Tall, Average, Short, and Shortest.
A summary reporting the average height of today’s girl groups was posted online, drawing major attention from fans.
The girl groups were ranked in five different categories: Giant group, Tall group, Average Height group, Short group, and Shortest group.
The tallest girl group was Nine Muses whose average height was reported to be 171.9cm or over 5’7″, while Brown Eyed Girls was the shortest girl group, averaging at 5’2″.
The complete list is as follows:
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.
Many of you have probably heard the news of Whitney Houston‘s untimely death by now; news of the legendary pop singer who left this world at the age of 48 spread all over the world in minutes upon it’s release. People all over the world are grieving over her death including a number of K-pop celebrities.
On February 12th, former lead singer of Fin.K.L, Ock Ju Hyun tweeted, “My heart aches after hearing the loss of Whitney Houston. She was the first singer that I loved and respected so much. She had a powerful and heavenly voice. Rest in Peace.”
Lee Young Hyun of Big Mama was also devastated by the news and wrote, “Whitney Houston has died? That’s impossible…no way.. Whitney Houston is a musician who influenced me so much. She was a role model and an imaginary mentor to me.”
Baby V.O.X singer Shim Eun Jin and singer Tablo also left, “Whitney Houston has passed away” and “Whitney Houston…I wish it[the news] wasn’t true” respectively.
The saying “the early bird catches the worm” now applies to idol groups and their members as the showbiz industry has become a battlefield of idols. Entertainment agencies no longer try to hide their newest idol members. Rather, they fully utilize the “Early-bird” members, or the “Aces,” to make a group known to the public. The sooner a member of an upcoming idol group is revealed, the better chance the group has in surviving in the harsh industry. Different groups take different measures in revealing their aces and warming up to the public.
Recently, idol group TEEN TOP won their very first #1 on a music program with their latest single, “Going Crazy“. For TEEN TOP, who debuted in July of 2010 with their first single ‘Clap‘, the achievement took them exactly 564 days after their debut. This begs the question, how long does it take for idols to reach #1?
On February 4th, an online community posted a topic titled, ‘The time it takes for idols to reach #1 after their debut is...?’
According to the post, the idols who took the shortest time to reach #1 were:
- CN BLUE: 15 days after their debut with “I Am a Loner“
- miss A: 22 days after their debut with “Bad Girl Good Girl“
- 2NE1: 40 days after their debut with “Fire“
- F.T. Island: 55 days after their debut with “Lovesick“
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It’s now February, which means it’s time for high school students in Korea to graduate, and the idols are no exception.
Idols born in 1993 and 1994 are preparing for their graduation, and so are the media and the fans who are planning to attend the ceremonies.
The first to graduate will be C-real leader Chemi who is currently a student at Chungdam High School in Seoul. Her graduation ceremony will take place on the 3rd, and she will be in attendance to receive her diploma.
On the 8th, KARA‘s maknae Jiyoung who is attending Muhak Girls’ High School in Seoul will also be in attendance to receive her diploma. As long as something new doesn’t pop up on her schedule, Jiyoung will be at the ceremony and plans to spend the day with her teachers and her friends.
On this week’s episode of MBC Every1’s “Weekly Idol,” current idol group members got a chance to vote for their favorite-looking face among fellow idol stars.
Korean movie and K-Pop stars united together for a new effort against piracy being led by Gaon Chart called the ‘2012 Good Downloader Campaign‘.
Actors Ahn Sung Gi, Park Joong Hoon, Lee Min Jung, Jang Hyuk and music stars Yoon Do Hyun (YB), Kim Yuna (Jaurim), Yunho (TVXQ), Nickhun (2PM), Sohee (Wonder Girls), as well as Sulli (f(x)) banded together for the campaign during a shoot yesterday, sending the message that pirating movies and music is illegal and wrong.
A representative from the ’2012 Good Downloader Campaign’ commented that they wanted to get the message across that pirating movies and music is definitely not okay, but to also make people think about pirating in a more broad sense including things like television programs, characters, and sportswear.
Yoon Do Hyun stated, “I got the call from Ahn Sung Gi and heard about the campaign so I happily participated. In terms of music, legal ways of getting it are increasing, but so are illegal ways to get it like smartphones…”
Entertainment agency representatives voice opinions on idol marriagesEntertainment agency representatives voice opinions on idol marriages
With the recent flurry of love scandals and many members of popular girl groups nearing the marriageable age, Sports Chosun was able to interview representatives from ten top music companies: Cube Entertainment, Happy Face Entertainment, Starship Entertainment, Core Contents Media, TS Entertainment, Star Empire Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, DSP Media, and NegaNetwork.
The representatives voiced their opinions on important issues that idol groups face, including marriage, dating, and the age at which girl group members halt activities.
▶ Is marriage poisonous to girl groups?
The following investigation is from ten staff members who are part of the singing industry with girl groups. All replied, “Whatever is the case, we do not believe that marriage will positively affect the girl group’s image.”
Where would the stars be without social networking?
Social networking has played a major role assisting the top celebrities promote and advertise, and has served as possibly the biggest tool in spreading K-pop and Hallyu awareness across the globe.
These days, the stars seem to enjoy communicating with the fans through SNS (Social Networking Services).
After the 4th annual ‘Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championships‘, the top stars thanked their fans through their respective Twitter pages.
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.