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Actor Lee Jong-suk and Suzy, an actress and a member of K-pop girl group Miss A, recently participated in the filming of a local chicken brand they are modeling for.

As K-pop stars with large followings in Asia, their pictorials will be released in Korea and China at the same time, according to a company spokesperson.

Last September, Lee and Suzy were mired in a dating scandal, but Lee denied the rumor in a recent interview, saying, “I have no acquaintance with Suzy.”

The TV commercials starring them will be aired in early February, the company said.

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K-pop boy band BTS was recognized as “rookie of the year” at the 4th Gaon Chart K-pop Awards on Wednesday.

The group received the “World Rookie Award” alongside up-and-coming girl group EXID and boy group Block B, which both received the “Hot Trend Award.”

“Thank you so much for such a special award. We would like to express special thanks to all our staff and fans,” the group’s leader Rap Monster said during the acceptance speech.

BTS, consisting of members Rap Monster, Jin, Jimin, V, Suga, J-Hope and Jungkook, debuted with the EP “2 COOL 4 SKOOL” in 2013. The group is known for many hit singles including “Boy in Luv” and “Danger.”

Every year, the Gaon Chart K-POP Awards recognizes K-pop artists based on the amount of online traffic and downloads that their songs receive.

BTS is scheduled to release a set of pictures taken in Europe and the United States on Feb. 16.

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iKON was selected as one of the K-pop groups to watch this year by the U.S. ranking chart Billboard.

The music magazine picked the hip-hop-focused septet along with G-Friend, G.Soul, Joo Young and MAMAMOO as the rising rookie stars.

Fan anticipation, chart performance in the past, YouTube views and opinion of industry watchers were taken into account when listing the groups, Billboard said.

The magazine expressed its high anticipation for iKON members Bobby and BI, given that they have been under the spotlight even before their debut for collaborative works with established K-pop stars.
Bobby was featured as a rapper in Hi Suhyun’s “I’m Different” while BI performed with Epik High for the hip-hop group’s “Born Hater” performance at a year-end music awards.

iKON is the latest group to be unveiled by YG Entertainment, one of the largest labels in Korea.

The label recruited iKON members through winner-takes-all TV audition program last year.

iKON is currently putting final touches on its debut album, said YG Entertainment chairman Yang Hyun-suk.

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JYJ member Jaejoong’s fan club made a financial donation in his name to mark his birthday.

It was belatedly revealed that the fan club donated 10 million won ($9,160) to Korean charity shop Beautiful Store on Monday.

The money will be added to a scholarship fund, named after Jaejoong, to help high school students from low-income families.

Jaejoong’s fans created the “Kim Jaejoong Boomerang Scholarship Fund” at Beautiful Store in 2011.

They have collected 54 million won and offered financial help to 19 high school students so far.

Jaejoong celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday with over 6,000 fans by holding a fan meeting in Seoul.

The singer-actor currently stars as a covert government agent in KBS drama “Spy” that airs at 9:30 p.m. every Friday.

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Jessica hinted at her upcoming transformation as an actress.

On January 28, the Hong Kong media outlet Apple Daily reported on Jessica’s current activities as well as her plans for future activities.

On this day, Jessica attended a promotional event for one cosmetics brand in Hong Kong. Jessica caught attention with her lacey see-through style, going for the sexy look instead of the lovely look she has enjoyed until now.

Jessica said, “I’ve been looking for scenarios for dramas and films. I’ve been practicing singing when I have time as well.”

When asked, “Which Hong Kong actor do you want to act with?” Jessica answered, “If the opportunity comes, I would like to act with Nicholas Tse.”

Meanwhile, Jessica stopped promoting as Girls’ Generation (SNSD) as of September 30.

At the time, SM Entertainment stated through official press release, ‘Jessica notified the company that she will stop carrying out team activities after releasing one more album, due to her personal circumstances. Despite having continuous discussions, it came to the situation where the team could no longer be maintained.’

Jessica is currently working on expanding her business for the brand ‘Blanc & Eclare.’

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Park Hae Jin has been selected as the model of the business casual brand Mind Bridge in China.

Mind Bridge is a business casual brand that pursues the image of professional working people, leading the trend in business fashion with its luxurious, sophisticated and comfortable designs.

The photos released on January 29 show Park Hae Jin in neat styles, from a white shirt and navy suit to shorts, pulling off various poses with his well-proportioned figure and 186 cm height.

An affiliate of Mind Bridge stated, “Park Hae Jin’s honest and friendly image, tall height and ideally proportioned figure are not only what women prefer in men but they are also the role model elements of all men, which suits the brand image that Mind Bridge pursues, so we’ve selected him as the commercial model.”

The fact that Park Hae Jin has been gaining hallyu popularity by promoting actively in China through fashion and commercials on top of acting in dramas, has added to being selected as the brand model.

Meanwhile, Park Hae Jin is currently filming the drama Nan Ren Bang – Friend in China.


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Big Bang’s Taeyang successfully wrapped up the Guangzhou concert for his first solo world tour Rise.

On January 28, Taeyang launched his solo concert at Guangzhou Gym No. 2, captivating 3,000 fans who gathered for the concert.

Starting the concert with Body form his second full length album, Taeyang performed Super Star with his groovy choreography and flawless live singing, immediately heating up the stadium.

He then caught the fans’ hearts with sentimental songs like Move and You’re My. He even prepared a special event for the fans. While singing I Need a Girl, he brought one female audience member up to the stage as he performed the song.

He then performed Good Boy, which he released along with G-Dragon and raked in over 37 million hits on its music video on YouTube, leading the concert by himself by presenting a total of 20 songs.

Wrapping up the China tour with the concert, taking place on January 31 in Beijing Exhibition, Taeyang will head over to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan to continue his solo tour.

Meanwhile, Taeyang released Sol Japan Tour ‘Rise’ 2014 DVD & Blue-Ray in Japan on January 28 and ranked number two on Oricon’s Total DVD Daily Chart on the day of the release.


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Suho and Sung Kyu have held hands with Lee Ye Ji PD.

EXO′s Suho and Infinite′s Sung Kyu will be appearing in the new KBS variety show, Pit-a-Pat India (tentative), produced by Lee Ye Ji PD.

Taking place in India, Pit-a-Pat India is a program in which male celebrities head to India to create a new kind of broadcast culture with the local people.

Pit-a-Pat India will have six idol singers. So far, Sung Kyu and Suho have been confirmed.

Lee Ye Ji PD and the staff have already made a field study in India and plan on starting filming in mid-February. The first broadcast is set to air in March.

Meanwhile, Lee Ye Ji PD has risen as a star PD through programs such as Our Neighborhood Variety and Sports and Hello. She is currently in charge of Yoo Hee Yeol′s Sketchbook.

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K-pop hit idol group Big Bang will make a comeback in the coming months, almost two years since it released its album “Still Alive,” a local media outlet said Wednesday.

Yang Hyun-seok, the CEO of YG Entertainment, confirmed in a recent interview that Big Bang is putting the finishing touches on its new album.

Big Bang fans have been waiting for a new album since early 2014, when the five members had a concert tour of Japanese cities.

YG chief also said confirmed the launch of its new seven-member boy band iKON.

iKON is set to debut six months after YG’s “Mix & Match” weekly boy band survival program.

In the TV show, iKON members competed in cutthroat song and dance battles.

iKON members have already attracted attention across Asia thanks to the online voting system for local and foreign fans.


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In the new tvN miniseries “Hogoo’s Love,” girl group After School member Uee takes on the role of Do Do-hee, a beautiful but haughty it-girl and national swimming champion.

Known for her long legs and voluptuous body, Uee recently appeared in reality show “Law of the Jungle.”

“Hogoo” is her first TV drama lead since 2013, when she played orphan Kim Baek-won in “Golden Rainbow.”

“I have never sworn this much before in my life,” she said on her role as the boisterous queen bee. “I’m so immersed in my character, I find myself yelling ‘Get out of my way!’ and being really outspoken even in real life. It’s such a stress release!”

The role, Uee said, is perfect for her in more ways than one.

“As many of you may know, I was an actual swimmer in high school, so I’m happy to be able to show off my swimming skills on television,” she said Thursday in a press conference for the show.

Newer to the TV scene, actor Choi Woo-shik portrays Kang Hogoo, the ultimate “nice guy” who has never been on a date in his life and is head over heels in love with the unattainable Do-hee.

“I very strongly pushed for this chance,” Choi said on landing his first lead TV role. “It felt like a piece of clothing that fit me perfectly, and I just knew I could do it justice.”

Hogoo, whose name literally means “pushover,” by no means boasts chiseled looks or sophisticated manners. He is, however, sweet, considerate, and endearingly clueless, and an unexpected friendship blossoms between him and Do-hee throughout the series.

“Playing the lovable buffoon is my specialty and my greatest strength,” Choi said with a broad, playful grin. “I’m sure our show will be every bit as fun as it was making it.”

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