It’s well known to everyone that debuting, let alone being chosen as a trainee, under SM Entertainment is a difficult process. It takes up to seven years of preparation just for your debut, and it’s only after you’ve endured the strenuous training process and harsh competition that you can make it out.
As such, there’s a reason why every new rookie the company debuts is put under such spotlight, which goes the same for their latest, EXO. MK News sat down with the six members of EXO-K to hear firsthand what it was like to survive the competition admist their fellow trainees and finally get a taste of the spotlight.
Leader Suho was able to make his debut after training seven years as a trainee. He’s even had to see his juniors debut before him. He expressed, “I wanted to give up often, but I still worked hard. I think more than anything, keeping my mindset positive helped the most. For seven years, I believed that I could achieve what I worked for, which has led me to where I’m standing today. I was also aided by seniors who’ve debuted before me.”
Chanyeol was cast in his freshman year of high school and trained for four years before his debut. While training, he focused his efforts on making his talents shine. “I knew that I would debut under a team so I tried to show what I was best at. Because I played the drums when I was younger, I felt that I was more rhythmic than my peers. Rapping is also one of my talents, and I was highly confident in my abilities, which I showed. As long as I was better at something than someone, I knew that I could grab that part.”
4 years after SHINee made a big wave into the music industry, SM Entertainment brought out another talented boy group, EXO-K, whose members began their road to stardom from an early age.
It was revealed that G-Dragon used to be a trainee with SM Entertainment. That makes one wonder, what if G-Dragon had been a part of DBSK, or even Super Junior? On May 8, Mnet’s “Wide Entertainment News” revealed 8 secrets about celebrities’ pasts.
The members of EXO-K recently sat down with Mydaily for an interview where they bared their past history and upcoming goals in an effort to get closer to fans.
For those not yet familiar with the group, EXO-K is comprised of members Suho (21), Baekhyun (20), Chanyeol (20), D.O. (19), Kai (18), and Sehun (18).
Leader Suho kicked off the interview by introducing the meaning behind EXO, “EXO is derived from EXO Planet, and I feel that it’s a name that matches us well. We want to show the entire world what EXO’s all about. It’s only been about three weeks since we came to Earth, but I think we’ve been adjusting very well (laughter).”
Prior to their debut, EXO released promotional teaser videos for about 100 days before marking their debut with a showcase at the end of May. After seeing what the boys were finally all about on stage, the reaction from new fans was ecstatic. The members revealed that they still hold those feelings to heart.
As we previously reported, SM Entertainment has refueled its plans to produce upcoming drama “To the Beautiful You,” a Korean adaptation to the popular Japanese manga “Hana Kimi.” SM Entertainment has finally unveiled the two male and female leads for the upcoming drama: SHINee’s Minho and f(x)’s Sulli. The series will be directed by “Boys over Flowers‘” Jeon Ki Sang.
A dream-like stage will be put on for SBS‘ “K-Pop Star,” which is now at the top 3, Park Jimin, Baek Ahyeon, and Lee Hayi. Top Korean stars G-Dragon and TOP, Girl’s Generation, and Miss A will be collaborating with the three contestants.
On the 18th, a representative revealed to Star News that G-Dragon and TOP will be performing on the K-Pop Star episode to be aired on the 22nd for a collaborative stage.
Girl’s Generation, who is talked about every day even though they are not currently promoting, will also be collaborating with one contestant.
Miss A, who released title song “Touch” with their new mini album in February, is also planned to perform that day.
People are interested because GD&TOP, Girl’s Generation, and Miss A are not only featured on the show, but are actually performing on this audition program. This show is continuously pleasing k-pop fans, as the top 3, Park Jimin, Baek Ahyeon, and Lee Hayi are rising to fame.
Following the releases of the character posters for f(x), SHINee, BoA, Kangta, TVXQ, and Super Junior, Girls’ Generation has released their own for SM Entertainment’s upcoming film, ‘I AM‘.
The posters show the members on stage during their concerts or in photoshoots, each accompanied by captions unique to the girls.
Taeyeon: Have I…changed?
Jessica: The 7 years as a trainee swept by like a panorama.
Following the releases of the character posters for f(x), SHINee, BoA, Kangta, and TVXQ, Super Junior has released their own for SM Entertainment’s upcoming film, ‘I AM‘.
The posters show the members on stage during a concert, and are accompanied by a set of captions that are unique to each poster.
Leeteuk: “We became special when we took on a special name.”
Siwon: “Whether there’s a camera or not, I’m always the same.”
Following the releases of the character posters for f(x), SHINee, BoA, and Kangta, TVXQ has released their own character poster for SM Entertainment’s upcoming film, ‘I AM‘.
The poster shows the charismatic members during a performance in a concert.
Yunho‘s poster states, “Aren’t we the representatives of Korea?” while Changmin‘s reads, “I never dreamed that I would become a star.”
The movie will contain footage from behind the scenes of SMTOWN concerts as well as the the process of preparation and daily lives of the SM Entertainment artists. The movie will hit theaters in May.
Following the releases of the character posters for f(x), SHINee, and BoA, soloist Kangta has released his own character poster for SM Entertainment’s upcoming film, ‘I AM‘.
Following the releases of the character posters of SHINee and f(x) for SM Entertainment‘s ‘I AM‘, world star BoA has released her very own today!
SM Entertainment‘s upcoming movie, ‘I AM‘, has revealed character posters of girl group f(x).
The movie, which will be released this May, will reveal real footage of the SM artists during their ‘SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden‘. The film will also include a biographic record of the years of effort made by the artists, to expose their passions and dreams.
The new character posters, which were released on April 10th, unveiled the truthful and candid side of each f(x) member along with their personal messages.
The personal message of f(x)’s leader Victoria who is currently playing the female lead in a Taiwanese drama read, “I’m exhausted because I have too many ambitious desires,” showing her desire to strive for perfection on stage. Amber‘s personal message was, “I just wanna dance for 24 hours straight“, proving her right to be labeled the group’s performer, while Luna stated, “I focus my attention on rehearsing, so much to the point that I feel uneasy when my body doesn’t ache,” exemplifying the hardship behind the glamorous stage.
SM Entertainment‘s upcoming movie, ‘I AM‘, has revealed character posters of SHINee. The movie, which will be released this May, will reveal real footage of SM artists during their ‘SM Town Live World Tour in New York’ and a biographic record of the years of effort made by the artists, to realize their passions and dreams.
SM Entertainment has finally unveiled the full showcase videos of their upcoming boy bands, EXO-K and EXO-M!
The videos contain the entire footage of the showcase concert recently held by both groups. The introductory narration is in English so fans around the world will be able to fully appreciate it. Both groups have separate numbers and some dance numbers together.
The showcase was hosted by Leeteuk from Super Junior. The boys flaunted their intense dance moves and their impressive vocals. The members also formally introduced themselves to fans and spectators worldwide. They also gamely answered questions about themselves so fans would be able to get to know them better.
EXO-K and EXO-M will be releasing their first mini album, “MAMA,” will drop on April 9. It will also be available in iTunes and various Korean and Chinese music sites on the same date. The title track, “MAMA,” will be available as a digital single a day before the release of the full album.
After a hundred or so days of a slew of teasers, the highly anticipated newest SM group EXO is finally breaking into the K-Pop scene. SM Entertainment just released EXO-K‘s and EXO-M’s music videos for their respective versions of “MAMA.”
On April 6, SM Entertainment revealed part one of the full version video of EXO’s grand showcase. The 19-minute video showcases the newest SME group’s singing and dancing skills, giving a hint at what the 12-member boy group will look like on stage. As reported earlier, EXO will promote in two separate groups in Korea and China simultaneously, under the same title track.
The track list and album jacket photos for SM Entertainment‘s upcoming idol group EXO‘s mini-album ‘MAMA‘ have appeared online!
SM Entertainment has announced that the full footage of EXO-K and EXO-M‘s debut showcase will be revealed this week!
Super Junior Leeteuk revealed his actual phone number on Twitter earlier today as an event to celebrate April Fools’ Day with fans.
As a result, his phone broke down because of the massive amount of phone calls and messages it received at the same time.
SM Entertainment’s representatives stated about this, “Leeteuk’s Twitter account didn’t get hacked. The phone number he posted was his real phone number.” They continued by saying, “It looks like he wanted to play with fans and did this for April Fools’ Day. Since he got a lot of calls, his phone froze and broke down.”
Earlier today, Super Junior’s leader Leeteuk tweeted to fans, “010-4460-1117 is the popular celebrity Leeteuk’s real phone number. It’s 100% real. Please don’t be fooled by false phone numbers from now on, you can get in touch with me through this number.”
Reports that SM Entertainment‘s new boy group, EXO-K‘s Baekhyun and Chanyeol take showers together has many netizens and fans buzzing over this hot topic.
On March 31st, EXO-K and EXO-M‘s first showcase was held at Seoul Olympic Hall. During one of the interviews, EXO K’s Baekhyun shared the group’s dorm lifestyle. He said, “After we finish our practice, I normally take a shower with Chanyeol. After we finish showering, we sometimes practice making CF expressions in the mirror.” The rest also chipped in by sharing, “In the future we want to film various CFs like cosmetic brands and what not“.
Although EXO is one large 12 member group, they are separated into two units, EXO-K and EXO-M, each consisting of 6 members. Members for EXO-K consists of: Kai, Suho, Chanyeol, Baekhyun, D.O, and Sehun while EXO-M includes: Luhan, Lay, Kris, Xiu Min, Chen, and Tao.
The boys will be holding another showcase on April 1st in China in the theatre of Foreign Economic and Trade University of Beijing. EXO’s mini album, “MAMA” will be released on April 9th in both South Korea and China, simultaneously.
SM Entertainment‘s upcoming movie, ‘I AM‘, has just revealed its second poster!
SM, YG and JYP Entertainment, as publicly traded stock companies on Korea’s KOSDAQ, all recently submitted its 2011 audit report to the Financial Supervisory Service, providing the public with a glimpse inside the financial turnings of the three major entertainment agencies.
First, it was revealed that the combined income of the three major agencies for 2011 was a staggering 182 billion won (approximately 160 million U.S. dollars), an all-time record for the agencies.
SM recorded total sales of 109.9 billion won in 2011, making it the first time the company passed the 100 billion mark. The total sales for 2011 marked a 27.2 percent increase, or 23.5 billion won increase from 2010.
However, business profits were down 19.2 percent compared to 2009 as SM revealed its profit was 20.7 billion won for 2011. Net profits declined 32 percent from 2010 to 16.4 billion won for 2011. SM explained that the decline in profit was due to the rise in ratio of sales costs.
SM Entertainment’s fresh new faces EXO will hold showcases in both Korea and China. Fans are quite anxious in anticipation as the group has released many teasers but have yet to debut. The agency officially announced the event via their official website and through SNS portals.
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!