August 29th, 2014

Winner remains at No.1 for 2 weeks



Rookie K-pop band Winner has stayed at the top of the local music charts for two weeks straight with its debut track as of Tuesday, outshining established idol stars such as Sistar, HyunA, Block B and Girls Day.

The quintet’s title track “Empty” from its debut EP “2014 S/S” held the No.1 spot for the second consecutive week on three major music charts -- Melon, Genie and Bugs Music -- as of Aug. 26, two weeks after its release on Aug. 12.

Their album also topped the Billboard World Albums chart and ranked No. 6 on its Heatseekers Albums chart on Aug. 22, showing that the group is gaining global attention.

The rookie group also came in first on three TV music shows -- Mnet’s “M Countdown,” KBS-2TV’s “Music Bank,” and SBS “Inkigayo” -- just a week after their official debut on TV.

The YG’s newest group was first introduced through the survival audition show “Who Is Next: WIN,” YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk’s latest project to pick members for his newest boy band.

During the program, Team A and Team B, all composed of trainees under the label, vied for a chance to debut in the winner-takes-all competition. The victory went to Team A, which is now the group Winner.

source koreanherald

South Koreans 'will be extinct by 2750'



South Koreans will be 'extinct' by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation's falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.

The fertility rate declined to a new low of 1.19 children per woman in 2013, the study showed, well below the fertility rate required to sustain South Korea's current population of 50 million people, the Chosun Ilbo reported.

In a simulation, the NARS study suggests that the population will shrink to 40 million in 2056 and 10 million in 2136. The last South Korean, the report indicates, will die in 2750, making it the first national group in the world to become extinct.

The simulation is a worst-case scenario and does not consider possible changes in immigration policy, for example.

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Winner’s debut EP tops Billboard chart



K-pop boy band Winner has topped the Billboard World Albums chart with its debut album on Friday, becoming the fastest Korean rookie group to take No.1 on the chart.

The quintet’s debut EP “2014 S/S” rose to the top of the chart, and ranked No. 6 on its Heatseekers Albums chart the same day, proving the new group has been receiving global attention.

Winner is creating a frenzy at home as well. Shortly after the group dropped its debut EP on Aug. 12, the title track “Empty” swept major Korean music charts.

Winner was first introduced through the reality survival show “Who Is Next: WIN,” YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk’s latest project to pick members for his newest boy band.

During the program, Team A and Team B, all composed of trainees under the label, vied for a chance to debut in the winner-takes-all competition. The victory went to Team A, which is now the group Winner.

koreanherald

The power of a dream CEO Jung Mi Sung strives to create a ‘good company’ with good artists



For producer and CEO of SouLime SounD Jung Mi Sung, also known as Melody, there has always been one dream in her life: music.

The 26-year-old started playing piano and attending music academies at age 5. However, her parents had other plans for the enthusiastic musician, saying they wanted her to live a normal life and pursue a normal path.

Still drawn to music, Jung ended up continuing it behind her parents’ backs in high school. While she was in the U.S. a teacher reminded her that her parents weren’t there to find out. So, she got involved with anything related to music, from choir to musicals to orchestra, and even a cappella.

But after winning high scores at a music competition, Jung knew she needed to convince her parents that music was what she wanted to do.

“They told me, ‘If you can get into a good music school, then maybe I will understand a bit.’ So, I auditioned for Berklee College of Music,” she said. “And then I thought I was not going to get in, because I heard a lot of crazy musicians, they come there and then they audition and they’re all freaking geniuses.”

Jung said if she didn’t get in, then it wasn’t where she was meant to be. Which is why she was shocked when she found out that not only was she accepted, but she was receiving a scholarship.

This did help with bringing her parents around a bit, though her father still wanted her to do business. So Jung settled on a double major in music business and songwriting in order to fully understand the music industry.

“People in the music business industry, they don’t usually understand the musician, because they need to make money for themselves, not them. And then the songwriting majors, they just want to make music. They don’t care about the business,” she said.

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This article is part of a series highlighting women and their accomplishments in the various facets of the Korean entertainment industry


source koreanherald

Gayoon, Do Sangwoo and KiGwang are Style Log's New MCs!



Lee Gi Kwang, Heo Ga Yoon, and Do Sang Woo will now bring all the hot places of the fashion people to your smallscreen.

On August 29, OnStyle stated, "B2ST′s Lee Gi Kwang, 4minute′s Heo Ga Yoon, and rookie actor, Do Sang Woo were chosen as the new MCs for Style Log.

Not only does Style Log focus on fashion and beauty hot places, but it is a program that also introduces trendy places for living, interior, art, and hit restaurants

Receiving the baton from Hong Jong Hyun, After School′s Nana, and Cho Min Ho from last season, the new MCs Lee Gi Kwang, Heo Ga Yoon, and Do Sang Woo are already receiving attention for what kinds of charms they′ll show through the program.

Heo Ga Yoon has flaunted her exceptional fashion sense and affection for fashion by participating in everything from her album concepts to stage costumes for the group. B2ST′s Lee Gi Kwang is also quite famous for his unique sense of style. The two are both the same age and have held a close relationship having trained together. Model-turned-actor Do Sang Woo, who appeared as Gong Hyo Jin′s ex-boyfriend in SBS′ It′s Okay, It′s Love, will also be adding chemistry to the new bunch.

Moon Shin Ae PD of Style Log stated, "The new MCs of many charms will be searching for all the hot life and style places within the city. We ask for a lot of interest and affection for the three, who are around the same age and have much love for fashion, culture, art, and lifestyle."

The first broadcast begins September 12.



source: mwave and newsen
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Omona's favorite group to release a Japan Best album + new song!

As a teaser for their new upcoming Japanese album, “[BEAST JAPAN BEST]”, BEAST has released a new music video for one of their songs, “More Than You Think” (“君が思う以上に”).

The music video for the ballad is filmed in black and white and features the BEAST boys recording in the studio. This song is one of the new songs included in their upcoming Japanese album, “[BEAST JAPAN BEST]”.



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source: UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN1 2, universal-music 1 2
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US Remake of “Good Doctor” to Air on CBS

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After almost four months since news of a US remake for “Good Doctor” was released, more details regarding the program have been finalized.

On August 29, KBS confirmed that the KBS 2TV drama series, “Good Doctor,” will be remade by US broadcast station CBS. This is the first time that a major US broadcast company will remake a Korean drama.

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SOURCE: SOOMPI

I never watched Star Crossed, but the fact that it's a CW writer has me iffy. But I still have a mad crush on Jin Kwon ♥ so I'll tune in at least once.
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Hwang Jung Eum Signs Contract with C-JeS

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Singer-turned-actress Hwang Jung Eum has joined C-JeS Entertainment.

C-JeS Entertainment broke the news through a press release on August 29, saying, "The filmography of Hwang Jung Eum, an actress who has improved in her acting with every project to now take on lead roles, was very impressionable. We will be supporting her in everyway we can to allow her to show great acting in various projects to come."

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source: mwave

im legit surprised she finally ditched ccm
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OPs excuse to post pics of Gong Hyo Jin, B1A4 and Jay Park in hats

B1A4, Gong Hyo Jin, and Jay Park Model for Hat’s On

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Stylish hat brand Hat’s On has released their latest fall collection, and B1A4, Gong Hyo Jin, and Jay Park have appeared in a pictorial promoting the brand’s new accessories.

Showcasing a new type of snapbacks called “folding cap,” Hat’s On’s latest photo shoot with the stars are simple and cute, as each celebrity models the accessories in their own unique way.

Hat’s On’s latest “folding caps” are a hybrid between a snapback and bike hats. More pictures of the celebrities modeling the hats will be released in Hat’s On stores. [...]

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SOURCE: SOOMPI
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Lizzy to become hair stylist for Momo Salon

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Still photos of Lizzy from Orange Caramel who will appear in a short film ‘Momo Salon’ (Director Kim Tae-hee) have been released.

Lizzy will appear as a hair stylist named ‘Hyeni’ in the film ‘Momo Salon.’

Lizzy previously showed great acting in MBC’s sitcom ‘All My Love’ and MBC’s weekend drama ‘Rascal Sons’ while she performed as a member of ‘After School’ and ‘Orange Caramel.’

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this is looks like japanese drama, which is something that i like for short episodes and slice of life story. i hope there'll be subs for this and yay for Lizzy!

source: getitk, asdaze 1, 2, 3, GMarketZone
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Henry to release Japanese versions of Fantastic and Trap on October 8th

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Super Junior-M member Henry will be releasing his debut Japanese single, "Fantastic" on October 8th under avex trax. Its B-side is "Trap", a song from his 2013 debut EP of the same name. Both songs are Japanese versions and will include its respective instrumentals. The single will be available in both CD+DVD and CD-only editions.

SUPER JUNIOR official JPN website / avex

I am not surprised with this at all. SM still trying Japan? I thought they have shifted to China already? And yeah, Henry releasing Trap in a total of four languages?

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  • theemii

Sunny Reveals Which Girls’ Generation Members Use Insoles on “Happy Together”

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Girls’ Generation member Sunny made an appearance on the August 28 broadcast of KBS 2TV’s variety program “Happy Together,” for the ‘Tall vs. Short’ special, and revealed that the shortest members of the group sometimes use up to three layers of insoles.

During the show, the topic of insoles was brought up. One of the male guests confessed that he uses about three different insoles at a time, comparing it to women’s heels, and said that his ankle is still fine even if the insoles bend.

After hearing this, Sunny said that she could relate, saying, “There was a time that I was dancing on stage when that happened. During ‘Into the New World’ and ‘Oh!’ we wore sneakers. The tall members don’t need to wear insoles, but they started to use insoles in order to have better proportions.”

She continued, “That’s when we [the shorter members] have to start wearing more and more insoles. Those members are Taeyeon, Hyoyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, and me. When the tall members put in insoles, then the average members have to start wearing insoles too, which means I have to put in three layers. There are side effects though. The shoelaces are hard to tie and the sides of my feet are visible,” causing everyone to laugh.

Source: Soompi
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  • jeliza

K-Indie Chart for July 26-August 10

#1: Happy, One More Chance



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top 20, translated to English
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While the Barbarettes have dropped down to 45, they've been on the chart continuously for 19 weeks. Early last month, they were #3. Woot!

Apologies for any bad translations -- I was at the mercy of google/youtube

Sources: Daum, Mirrorball Music youtube

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Song Hye Kyo Apologizes Again

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Song Hye Kyo has already apologized publicly for her tax evasion scandal, even though technically it is not her fault. Still, when she was interviewed in the Korea Herald recently she felt the need to apologize again. Only this time she apologized for promoting her film, "My Palpitating Life," in light of the scandal.

Was it appropriate for her to make appearances that promoted the film even though she was the subject of so much negative attention?
It was a matter of keeping promises.

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source: kdramastars
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Surplus Princess EP 4 discussion post (spoiler warning!)



Watch on Viki/Good Drama/Dramabay

Synopsis:

Ha-Ni (Jo Bo-Ah) is a mermaid. For a man she is in love with, she becomes a human being and begins to live at the Ingyeo House. The house is for people who are preparing to land their first jobs. To permanently become a human being, Ha-Ni must make the man love her within 100 days.

source: tvN + AsianWiki

LMAO the Crooked parody

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  • nanchoo

jyp ent looking for songwriters and producers on reddit

JYP Entertainment is looking for new songwriters and producers!

Hi /r/kpop,

Hope you're having a wonderful day! I'm posting an opportunity on behalf of JYP Entertainment for talented songwriters and producers to submit their work for a chance to get signed. We're running an open audition for songwriters and producers, and I thought it would be a great chance for members of the community to showcase their work. Genres we are looking for include Pop, Dance, Electronic, R&B, Soul, Ballad, Hip Hop, and Urban. Here's a link to the audition details and an application form:http://english.jype.com/#/company/NoticeView.aspx?idx=22

Feel free to post any questions you might have in this thread as well (please try to keep them on topic), and I'll answer them as soon as possible. Additionally, if you know anyone who might be interested, even if they're not totally familiar with the Kpop scene, please let them know about this opportunity - the more the merrier!

I apologize for the lack of post history on this account! We (the JYP team based in Los Angeles) are long time readers/lurkers of reddit, but felt that we should create an account with an official name to represent the label. At any rate, I'm hoping to speak with many of you soon!


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it's nice that they aren't only holding auditions for idol trainees tho~


source: reddit, english.jype.com

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Fly to the Sky to release remake album mid-September



Fly to the Sky’s agency revealed on 29th of August that the group will release a remake album in mid-September.

Fly to the Sky had released their 9th regular album “CONTINUUM” on May 20th, which topped many online music charts. The group will be making their comeback with a new remake album, which will include all their greatest hits.

With the release of their new remake album, Fly to the Sky will also begin a nationwide tour. Brian and Hwanhee mentioned that they are preparing extremely hard to provide fans with an unforgettable performance.

Meanwhile, The group will be performing at “Fly to the Sky Encore Concert” from the 13th of September to the 14th of September at Kyunghee University Peace Hall, which will be the start of their nation-wide tour.

source: koreaboo + tv report + herald pop