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.