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[REVIEW] Shinhwa impresses with “The Return”

It is a well-known fact that Korean idol group Shinhwa is one of the most respected idol groups in K-Pop. Admired by the young and old, Shinhwa members Eric, Minwoo, Junjin, Dongwan, Andy, and Hyesung have been together for 14 years, the longest running idol group in Korea. Today, Shinhwa continues to entertain through their successful television show entitled “Shinhwa Broadcast” and their comeback album “The Return”. Continue reading

Kim Hyun Joong “Hi Five! Touch Event” Philippine Press Conference: An Account and Transcription

As an expression of my excitement and solidarity with fellow Kim Hyun Joong fans all over the Philippines, I humbly offer you my blow-by-blow account of his “Hi Five! Touch Event” Philippine Press Conference held yesterday, August 25 at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel. This entry is dedicated to all my K-Pop loving friends and fellow Henecians.

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2NE1 continues their winning comeback strategy on YouTube

Top Korean idol girl group 2NE1 continues their winning comeback strategy. YG Entertainment, 2NE1’s management, uploaded the group’s three Inkigayo debut performances on their official YouTube channel. These include 2NE1’s debut stages for Can’t Nobody, Go Away and Clap Your Hands, all from their new album, To Anyone.

Numerous international fans who have no access to Korean music shows are growing tired of uploaded videos being taken down due to copyright claims. By creating an official online venue for 2NE1’s performance videos, YGE allows international fans to enjoy 2NE1’s performances anytime.

Using online resources to spread 2NE1’s music and news is not new to YGE. It may be recalled that YGE officially launched their YG-Life Blog (http://www.yg-life.com/) with 2NE1’s comeback album tracklist and teaser photos. The artists themselves foster online relationships with their fans through their minihompy accounts, a Korean social network. Sandara Park, a member of 2NE1, is known as the “Queen of Minihompy.” With their effective use of online strategies, it is not a surprise that 2NE1 has topped and continues to top several music charts since their comeback.

Super Junior breaks silence over controversial members Kangin and Hankyung

The remaining members of Korean supergroup Super Junior finally broke their silence and shared their feelings about controversial members Kangin and Hankyung. Fans of the formerly thirteen-member idol group are familiar with controversies involving these two members: Kangin was involved in an assault case shortly followed by a drunk driving incident, while Hankyung abruptly resigned from the group to pursue a solo career in China. This break was particularly infamous because he ended up suing SM Entertainment, Super Junior’s management and record label.

During the Chuseok special of MBC’s Radio Star Super Show, the members expressed that when Kangin was first involved in the assault case, they felt the need to shield and protect him. However, they felt betrayed after he was involved in a drunk driving incident just a month later. The members continued, “We believed that we are all one, so we tried to protect him as much as possible. They say that time heals, and as time passed, our feelings softened as well.” Kangin is currently serving his mandatory military service.

As for their feelings for Hankyung’s decision to sue SM Entertainment and leave the group, the members stressed they were close to him. However, given the circumstances, they have not been able to contact Hankyung. Lee Teuk, Super Junior’s leader, said, “It would have been nice if he discussed his problems with the members first because we honestly had no idea.” The members further said they were quite disappointed when they learned of reports about how difficult Hankyung’s life was in Korea and how the Super Junior members did not take care of him.

Fans can still hope for a reunited Super Junior as Lee Teuk, once voted best leader of an idol group, said that “We leave an empty space for Hankyung. My one dream is to stand on stage with all 13 of us and perform before I leave for the army. I hope for it to happen.” With their loyal fans behind them, the leader’s dream will not be impossible to achieve.

Ready, Action! Kim Hyun Joong in Spain Photobook Review

When Korean superstar Kim Hyun Joong (“Boys Over Flowers”, “Playful Kiss”) visited Spain last year, fans thought it was for a well-earned vacation. As it turned out, the visit was for a special photobook project which Kim Hyun Joong himself referenced as a “gift” for his fans in the year 2010. I am not really sure if this was what he referred to but given the style and quality of the photobook, I would say this was the gift he talked about. Continue reading