They may seem as different as chalk and cheese, but Korean-American singer Megan Lee and Korean self-taught guitarist Sungha Jung have more than just their love for music in common.
For one, both shot to fame after their videos on video-sharing platform YouTube went viral.
Megan and Sungha were the opening acts for the MFW 2012 yesterday, performing three covers, which included Adele’s Someone Like You and Korean singer Narsha’s I’m In Love.
The duo also shared common interests in their favorite singers — all of whom are from Korean entertainment company YG Entertainment — which should not come as a surprise.
YG Entertainment was in the spotlight for being selective against certain TV shows or channels. It was revealed that YG artists were focusing on appearances on SBS channel only.
Regarding the criticism YG Entertainment has received, Yang Hyun Suk stated, “If stars schedule appearances as much as they are requested, they might be scheduled for way too many appearances. Not only do the stars get exhausted but their back dancers, stylist, manager and all the staff become exhausted. And it’s not like they can appear on each event looking the same way. They have to look unique and different for each appearance. Sometimes when stars appear on too many shows, they begin to look the same in each appearance, which is a problem.”
And “Instead of scheduling as many events possible, we decided to choose and focus on the shows that the artist will be appearing in. We’re trying to schedule about two appearances per week for the stars. For the stars to perform in their best condition, they need to maintain their strength but if they get overwhelmed, they won’t be able to show perfect performances. Even if I get criticized, it just has to be done this way for the artists.”
Even though Yang Hyun Suk is being criticized for being selective against certain shows, he explains that it is for the best. He will not overwhelm and exhaust the stars by over scheduling them. Instead, Yang Hyun Suk wants his stars to perform at their 100% to show their fans a perfect performance.
Strong Heart “YG Special” will air on March 27 and April 3 (2 episodes). Confirmed YG artists attending the show are: BIGBANG, Tablo, 2NE1, Psy, Yoo In Na & Kang Hye Jung.
Former singer of ‘Seo Taiji and Boys’ Yang Hyun-Suk currently representing YG Entertainment has stated that the revenue and operating profit were much higher than anticipated from that of the previous year.
On Feb. 9th, LIG Investments and Securities ‘YG Entertainment member idols X-File belonging to public (Jeong Yu-seok, an analyst)’ It is reported that this year’s sales had increased 122.7 percent to about 167 billion won, a 167.4 percentage higher than the anticipated 36 billion won. The current target price (based on 8 days) was predicted as 48,150 won but was 81,000 won, nearly doubling up ‘buying’ were revealed.
This report pertains to YG Entertainment’s singers Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy, Psy, Tablo, and Actors/actresses Yoo In Na, Kang Hye Jung, Jung Hye Young whose activities were more vigorous than ever this year, and thus saying the performance improvement was expected. In particular, Yang Hyun-Suk audience brought nearly 15.0% for SBS ‘Kpop Star’ in his appearance on episode ‘The Boss is at Work’ where he also predicted that Big Bang and 2NE1 would increase rapid growth in sales.
During Big Bang’s comeback activities last year alone brought a revenue of 29 billion won. This year’s scheduled comeback for Big Bang is expected to increase even more sales. The report says, the scheduled March 2-4th Big Bang concert is expected to raise the revenue of 4 billion won. They are working with the music industry in the United States for 2NE1’s collaborations, even more growth than last year is predicted to show up for them as well.
From Official YG Facebook:
[YG Family Application Launch Event!] The prize from YG family will be given out among the App downloaders~!Check this out now!
The YG Family Concert tour in both Korea and Japan have successfully came to an end.
This tour was in commemoration of YG’s 15th anniversary and featured the top YG artists such as Jinusean, Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy, Psy, Tablo and more. The YG family toured around Korea and Japan, reaching crowds of 20,000 people and more. Each group/artist showed strong and charismatic performances. Since it was the first joint concert in five years, fans showed a lot of love as well.
As expected, all of the artists performed their hit songs. But there were a few special performances that left a greater impression such as Taeyang, Daesung, Seungri and Se7en’s rendition of 2NE1’s “It Hurts” and “Lonely,” Gummy’s jazz remake of G-Dragon‘s “Heartbreaker,” and Jinusean, Se7en and G-Dragon’s “Fly Gentlemen.”
The HD LED screen at the Osaka Kyosera Dome and the Saitama Super Arena, which holds over 40,000 people, held those in the farthest seats to catch every glance of their favorite artists up-close. There were moving stages, cranes, magic lifts and other special stage props as well as flashy video clips to further entertain the audience.
Big Bang‘s T.O.P drove his fans crazy after doing a ‘wave’ dance that completely contradicts his mysterious and charismatic image.
T.O.P, along with his fellow Big Bang members G-Dragon, Daesung, Taeyang, and Seungri performed labelmate 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best” for ’YG Family 15th Anniversary Concert‘, which is currently taking place in Japan.
Dressed in all black, the members flawlessly performed both the solo and group dances that are an essential part of the “I Am The Best” performance. What drove the audience especially wild, however, was handsome rapper T.O.P’s sexy wave dance that showcased his silly and playful side.
Netizens who saw the footage responded with comments such as, “I want to see the actual video, not a fan cam“, “I want to see the Japanese fans’ reactions“, and more.
Celebrating their 15th anniversary, YG Entertainment continues to see enormous success with their ‘YG Family Concerts’, the latest concert in Osaka, Japan, drawing 80,000 fans to a one-of-a-kind concert featuring some of the biggest names in K-Pop.
With artists such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy, Tablo, PSY, and Jinusean, YG artists celebrated for two straight days at the Osaka Kyocera Dome on the 7th and 8th of January.
2NE1 kicked off the energetic night with their debut track, “FIRE“, and Big Bang took to the stage soon after, drawing immense cheer from the crowd.
Se7en continued the festivities, and sang the Japanese versions of his songs “Better Together” and “Somebody Else“, the title track for his Japanese mini-album, which is scheduled for release on the 18th.
YG Entertainment will most likely rake in a revenue of over $26,000,000 USD after performing in two cities in Japan.
The artists of YG Entertainment are currently in preparations of the Japanese portion of their ‘YG 15th Anniversary Family Concert‘ tour, and they will be performing in front of 80,000 fans over the course of two shows (7th & 8th) at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, as well as 80,000 more fans at the Super Arena in Saitama.
Each ticket sold for over $160, and ticket sales from their Japanese shows alone will most likely be over $26,000,000. This of course, doesn’t include the revenue they will also bring in from the concert merchandise.
This is the result of building YG awareness in Japan for the past 7 years, beginning with singer Se7en‘s Japanese debut in 2005. This is the first time in six years YG is putting on a family concert in Japan. The last was held back in August of 2006, when they sold out both performances in Tokyo and Osaka.
Kang Dong Won (actor)
Ko Hyun Jung (actress)
Kang Ho Dong (MC)
Lee Hyuk Soo (actor/model/friend of GD&TOP)
Kim Min Hee (actress/model/friend of GD&TOP)
Park Tae Hwan (T.O.P’s schoolmate/swimmer)
Chan Ho Park (Korean baseball player)
Park Min Young (actress/Haru Haru)
Shim Eun-ha (actress) and her husband Ji Sang-wook (former Seoul mayoral candidate)
Lee Young-ae (actress)
Song Seungheon (actor)
Son Ye Jin (actress)
Kim Tae Hee (actress)
Yang Dong Geun (actor/worked with T.O.P in I Am Sam)
Cha Seung Won (actor/worked with T.O.P in Into the Fire)
Kwon Sang Woo (actor) and his wife Son Tae-young (actress)
TEEN TOP (singers)
Ha Ji-won (actress)
bigbangupdates>>>>Note: This isn’t an official/confirmed list. Source is also a fansite.
BIGBANG Group Set List:
1) Tonight Remix
2) Hands Up
4) Love Song Acoustic Version
Part 2 (after other artists’ performances)
5) Haru Haru
BIGBANG with YG Family:
1) T.O.P – Digital Bounce with Se7en
2) G-Dragon – Hip-Hop Gentlemen with Jinusean and Se7en
3) Taeyang – Tomorrow with Tablo
4) Daesung – It Hurts (2NE1) with Se7en
5) Daesung, Taeyang, Seungri – Lonely Acoustic Version (2NE1) with Se7en
6) GD&TOP – Oh Yeah with Minzy & CL
7) GD&TOP – High High
8) Seungri – Short skit imitating Se7en
9) G-Dragon – Heartbreaker with Gummy (This version will be released in Gummy’s new album)
10) BIGBANG except Taeyang – I Am The Best (GD did CL’s part, Seungri – Dara, T.O.P – Bom and Daesung did Minzy’s)
11) YG Family – Champion
YG Entertainment‘s newest generation of artists, Kang Seung Yoon and Kim Eun Bi, will not be taking part in the upcoming YG Family concert this year.
Kang Seung Yoon and Kim Eun Bi were participants in last year’s ‘Superstar K2‘ and were recognized for their potential after placing in fourth and sixth place, respectively. They later signed with YG Entertainment and began training under the prestigious label.
Kim Eun Bi in particular has been gaining a lot of attention after news got out that she will be debuting in YG’s upcoming girl group. Similarly, Kang Seung Yoon is becoming a rising star after he started acting in MBC‘s popular sitcom, ‘High Kick 3‘.
Despite their contract with YG Entertainment, Kang Seung Yoon and Kim Eun Bi have yet to release any official albums. Fans were expecting to see the two rookies at the concert, however, because of their prior experience on ‘Superstar K2′.
It’s been confirmed that Big Bang‘s leader, G-Dragon, will perform at the upcoming YG Family concert!
According to concert representatives on December 2nd, G-Dragon showed up in the early morning for rehearsal and successfully completed his preparations.
The announcement finally put to rest fans’ anxieties about the concert, as YG Entertainment had been mum about G-Dragon’s appearance due to an unpleasant controversy. In fact, reports are saying that YG seriously debated on the idea of G-Dragon’s participation until very recently.
However, since the YG Family concert is an event where all YG artists come together to successfully wrap up the year, the agency decided to let G-Dragon perform so that he could repay and thank his supportive fans.
Earlier in the month, it was confirmed that Jinusean, one of YG Entertainment‘s first artists, will be participating in the upcoming ’15th Anniversary YG Family Concert’. Now, there’s a rumor that old school YG Entertainment group 1TYM might also be performing at the concert.
From November 26, 2011 to January 5, 2012, YG Entertainment will be holding a special exhibition event at Gangnam Station, Sin Bundang Line B2, G-Arche.
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Jinusean, one of YG Entertainment‘s first artists, will be participating in the upcoming ’15th Anniversary YG Family Concert’. It’ll be their first performance in four years since 2007′s ‘YG One Concert’.
Jinusean has been active behind-the-scene by taking on various duties for the company, while supporting their hoobae artists. Since this year’s ‘YG Family Concert’ is a special event commemorating the 15th year of YG Entertainment’s establishment, Jinusean decided to dust off their mics and perform on stage once again.
It’s been rumored that their hoobaes (such as Se7en, Big Bang, and 2NE1) actively pleaded the duo to perform. Jinusean politely refused until CEO Yang Hyun Suk himself stepped up to persuade them.
YG Entertainment stated, “Seeing as how difficult it was to persuade them, this may really be Jinusean’s last performance. They will put on a special performance to collaborate with their hoobae artists, as well as showcase their own stage, fit for the oldest group from YG.”
From YG Family Official Concert Website (Korea):
Concert Name: 2011 YG FAMILY CONCERT 15th Anniversary
Artists: GUMMY, SE7EN, BIGBANG, 2NE1, PSY, TABLO
December 03, 2011 (Saturday) at 6:00 PM
December 04, 2011 (Sunday) at 8:00 PM
December 04, 2011 (Sunday) at 3:00 PM
Location: Olympic Gymnasium No. 1, located at Olympic Park (Chejo Gyoung-gi-jang)
Tickets: 88,000 won (including tax)
Organizer: YG ENTERTAINMENT
Sponsors: Gmarket, GScaltex, Look Korea, Copyright Research and Info Center, Sunny10, Nikon
Advance ticket sale open: October 27, 2011 (Thu) at 8PM
Advance ticket sale site: Gmarket only (www.gmarket.co.kr)