Hello and welcome to a brand new spin-off from the commercially ignored and critically underrated DiS Does Pop. In the innovatively-titled DiS Does International Pop column we’ll be cocking our ear for a Top 40 smash abroad and shining a light on the biggest hits from foreign lands.
Want a sarcastic view of the Eurovision Song Contest that isn’t written by a Guardian staff writer? Fancy dipping your toes into the hyperactive world of J-Pop? Got a burning desire to discover Azerbaijan’s answer to Jedward? We’ll be answering most, if not all, of these questions in the months ahead.
We begin the column with a list of the biggest singles you’ve never heard of. Some are good. Some are excruciatingly bad. One of them is by Shakira.
1) B’z – Taiyo no Komachi Angel
2) Fun – We Are Young
3) Shakira – La Tortura
4) Marlon Roudette – New Age
5) Celine Dion – Pour que tu m’aimes encore
6) Tino Rossi – Petit Papa Noël
7) Big Bang & 2NE1 – Lollipop
8) Jedward – Bad Behaviour
9) Kent – Max 500
10) Chris Rene – Young Homie
Simply landing CF deals doesn’t seem to be enough for idols on their quest for world domination, as even singing ‘CM songs’ is now a required must for the hottest idol stars.
With the K-Pop boom being felt all over the world, the influence of idols has definitely reached new heights. Their names are regularly seen on everything from internet portals, variety shows, dramas, and endorsement deals, so it’s no wonder the advertisement industry is eagerly making full use of their potential.
CM songs, or theme songs for CFs and endorsements, has become an easy and effective way to increase marketing power for brands, as songs sung by idols will easily land at the top of music charts and earn an explosive response from consumers. Previously, bands like Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, JYJ, KARA, 2PM, and T-ara all have experience with hit CM songs under their belts.
Perhaps the strongest in the area is Big Bang thanks to their hits like “Stylish” for ‘Fila’, “So Fresh, So Cool” for ‘Hite Beer‘, and “Lollipop” for ‘LG Cyon’. Just these three tracks alone recorded over $883,978 USD in profits.
Over the last week we revisited the good, the bad and the ugliest of boy band hairstyles throughout pop music history. Our look back at everything from Davy Jones and Ringo Starr’s trailblazing swoops to the fluctuating styles of Justin Timberlake during his ‘N Sync days left us with 32 of the all-time greatest boy band haircuts, and a healthy debate over what is considered today’s definitive heartthrob look, according to you, the fans. Now that March Madness is over, the time has come to crown a winner. Drumroll, please…
Starting from “love at first sight” then becoming lovers…
Q: The album includes songs in various types/genres. Please describe them.
V.I: FANTASTIC BABY is the most energetic song in the album. You won’t only see it in our outfits. We filmed the music video with a fantastic feeling too.
‘Superstar K3‘ contestant Yuna Kim has been revealed to have become a trainee under YG Entertainment.
An industry official revealed, “After being eliminated from ‘Superstar K3′, it’s known that she joined YG Entertainment as a trainee. She’s determined to become a singer in Korea, and despite having received love calls from other companies, she rejected them all for YG.”
Hailing from the States, Yuna Kim failed to make it into the ‘Top 10′. The official went on to explain, “Yuna Kim’s Korean is still not fluent yet so she was unfortunately eliminated for forgetting the lyrics in the middle of her audition. Considering that she is now under the training system of YG, we’re sure that she’ll grow to become a better singer.”
This is the third contestant YG Entertainment has brought under their wings from the ‘Superstar K’ series, with their other trainees being Kang Seung Yoon and Kim Eunbi from ‘Superstar K2′.
Big Bang and 2NE1 have been selected as the male and female groups most loved by the Hallyu fans in France.
The Paris office of Korean Tourism Organization has conducted ‘A survey to identify the status and distribution of Hallyu wave in France and the behavior of the Hallyu fans’ targeting 3,775 of local Hallyu fans. Big Bang and 2NE1 have each received 49.9% and 64.8% support coming in at #1.
The age range and gender of the fans who prefer 2NE1 and Big Bang were different. Big Bang was relatively highly preferred by male fans of Hallyu in France. As far a the age goes, Hallyu fans in their early 20′s seemed to prefer Big Bang. 2NE1 enjoyed most support of the Hallyu fans who are teenagers and those in their early 20′s and there was no significant difference between the genders.
The male group to rank #2 following Big Bang was Super Junior, then followed SHINee, B2ST, then 2PM. SNSD ranked #2 among female groups, followed by Miss A, f(x), then T-ara.
BIGBANG 『Pressured!? Opening up about their mindset and thoughts on their new album!』
A turning point album for BIGBANG
Q: Before this interview, you were on the Telephone Shocking corner of ‘Waratte Iitomo’ (Fuji TV). Weren’t you nervous?
V.I: We’ve been on the show ‘Waratte Iitomo!’ before, so we were not that nervous.
Q: Unfortunately, you guys didn’t get the phone strap.
V.I: Yeah. Since we are gyudon (beef bowl) maniacs, we expected the audience to love gyudon too. A little bit disappointing.
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.
A photo of Big Bang‘s T.O.P in Japan was recently uploaded to a Korean community site with the caption, “T.O.P got married in Japan?”
In the photo, T.O.P was carrying a lady on his back with MBC‘s filming crew around them. Because of the photo, netizens are speculating that T.O.P is the latest idol that will be added to We Got Married‘s roster.
Many are also wondering who is the lucky celebrity that got paired with T.O.P.
Netizens commented, “That girl must have saved the country in her previous life to be paired up with T.O.P”, “Among the BIGBANG members, I was hoping it was Taeyang who will be on WGM”, “Thank goodness it isn’t Seungri”, “Doesn’t that lady look like Jiyong?”
Popdust, a music and artist critique website recently pitted Big Bang‘s G-Dragon against Mindless Behavior‘s Princeton for the final round of ‘The Great Boy Band Hair-Off‘ tournament.
This tournament essentially provides fans to choose the artist who they believe has the most slick hair style. The tournament was launched about a week ago and 32 of the ‘all-time greatest boy band hair cuts‘ were lined up for round one. Since then, G-Dragon’s hairstyle has defeated several top notch hair cuts including that of Joe Jonas.
Now the fate of G-Dragon’s hairstyle in the final round rests in the hands of VIPs. Vote for him here!
Currently, G-Dragon has the upper hand with ~74% of the votes opposed to Princeton’s ~27%.
Singer Se7en has released the jacket photos from his single album ahead of his Japanese debut.
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.
JYP Entertainment‘s president Park Jinyoung has praised Yang Hyunsuk of YG Entertainment for Big Bang‘s “Bad Boy”
He showed interest in idol group YG Entertainment’s Big Bang’s “Bad Boy” while talking in SBS‘ “Kpop Star.”
Yang Hyunsuk told Star News that “Park Jinyoung asked me who made “Bad Boy” because he thinks its the best song from the past year. I was happy to hear this from such an influential producer.”
He went on to say “I also personally like “Bad Boy” out of all the Big Bang songs, and I think Park Jinyoung likes this song because he has an interest in Hip Hop and R&B.”
Park Jinyoung’s praise to Big Bang was very heart-warming, considering Big Bang is an idol group from a rival company.
Popular idols Big Bang and 2NE1 are said to take over Japan at the same time.
Both groups will start promotions with new Japanese albums on the 28th. Big Bang with “Alive” and 2NE1 with their first full album, “Collection.”
Big Bang’s “Alive” will have two new songs “Ego,” and “Feeling,” along with the songs from the 5th mini album, for a total of 10 songs.
“Feeling” became the theme song for Japanese animation “Transformer Prime,” and it was made by worldwide artist Boyz Noize, G-Dragon, and TOP.
2NE1’s first Japanese album will have Japanese versions of their hit songs from Korea, plus a bonus track of “Like a Virgin.”
On the March 23 broadcast of B1A4’s Sesame Seed Player in Mnet’s Wide Entertainment News, the members of B1A4 tried their hand at becoming literal ‘sweet guys’.
After experiencing hardships, Big Bang has returned – bigger and better.
Big Bang marked its return after a year on February 29 with the release of its new mini album Alive. After becoming one of the leaders of the Hallyu last year, a series of setbacks from Daesung’s car accident to G-Dragon’s marijuana scandal put a halt to the group’s activities and brought the group’s existence into danger.
But returning as a much more mature group, Big Bang made all its tracks off of the new mini album title tracks and found success on the music charts and even ended up on America’s Grammy Awards homepage and on Billboard to prove it was Korea’s representative idol group.
In addition, actress Han Ga In even took time out of her busy shooting schedule for MBC’s The Sun and the Moon to attend Big Bang’s concert recently, while Shinhwa, who is preparing for its impending comeback, selected Big Bang as the most eye-catching among idol groups.
Q. The second TOP came on stage, “winter ended and spring found us.” I love all the parts and tunes of “Fantastic Baby”, but I lost conscience when TOP’s “Boom Shakalaka Boom Shakalaka” part came on. You know the feeling when your whole body feels like a spell has cast on it and you can’t move at all? Like a lagging computer, all day I am yelling Boom Shakalaka, Boom Shakalaka. What in the world has “TOP God” done to me? (more…)
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.”
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“.