Korean band Busker Busker made a strong comeback with their much-awaited second studio album.
Busker Busker released their second nine-track studio album on Tuesday midnight KST. The songs are taking the top to ninth spots straight on Korea’s biggest online music streaming website MelOn and five other music charts Wednesday morning.
Early this morning, the website of MelOn was even shut down due to a rush of listeners trying to stream and download Busker Busker’s new tunes.
Despite of their eye-popping achievement, the trio will not have comeback performances on any TV music program nor any promotional events for the album, an official with the group’s agency Chungchun Music told TenAsia today.
The group will focus on their upcoming nationwide concert tour “2013 Busker Busker Concert” in Busan on October 3, Daegu on October 20 and Seoul on November 1 and 2.
Busker Busker first appeared on the local music scene with their unique music through cable channel Mnet’s talent show “Superstar K 3″ in 2011, making an official debut with their first studio album in March 2012.
The band’s spring anthem “Cherry Blossom Ending” from their first studio album ranked high on Korean music charts this spring, a year later after it was dropped.
G-Dragon of boy band Big Bang is attracting attention from foreign media with his second full-length album "Coup D’Etat." The New York Times carried an article on the singer on Sept. 15 that shone a light on his uniqueness and originality.
In the article entitled "K-Pop's Antic Emissary Raids the Cupboard," the paper said, "G-Dragon has no American male pop-star equivalent; the closest in recent memory would be Justin Timberlake from peak-era 'N Sync. His malleability is more reminiscent of female stars like Lady Gaga, Kesha and Nicki Minaj, all of whom are as much about the packaging as what's inside."
The paper described G-Dragon as "a miraculous canvas to work with." It also said the song "Black" is "mellow early-1990s R&B, and convincing," while "'Runaway' has some of the shriek of 1980s arena rock."
G-Dragon's fashion also caught the paper's attention. "He cycles through at least two-dozen outfits [per show, ranging from] a tight cotton-candy-blue double-breasted suit […to] a tattered white punk T-shirt with tight chain-festooned jeans straight from Trash and Vaudeville.”"
However, it added that he "appears far more mindful of how he looks than how he sounds. But he's capable of exciting musical synthesis, and the more he lets his appearance inform his music, the better off he'll be."
"Much of the time K-pop is importing pop ideas from [the U.S.], although its splicing of them into something different is unique," the daily said. "Before long, it's likely the borrowing will be going in the other direction, with the world learning from [G-Dragon]."
Sep 23 2013
Moon Geun-young was injured while filming a historical drama for MBC in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday night when some audio equipment fell on her, striking her in the face. The accident caused production of the drama to come to a halt.
According to MBC and her management agency on Sunday, the actress sustained bruises around the eyes and some cuts.
She is now resting at home and will decide whether to resume filming the drama after undergoing medical examinations on Monday, the agency said.
Sep 23 2013
K-pop group Big Bang’s member T.O.P’s upcoming action film is set to excite Korean moviegoers this November.
Showbox, a distributor of T.O.P’s upcoming action film “Commitment,” released through a press release on Monday the teaser photos of the K-pop star and announced that the film will be released in November.
Co-starring actresses Han Ye-ri and Kim You-jung, the film centers on a 19-year-old North Korean boy Myung-hoon (T.O.P) who becomes an anti-South spy to protect his sister Hye-in (Kim), the only family of him.
In the released photo, the brother and sister looks happy and peaceful playing a piano. Han will play the actor’s only friend in the South.
The actor, also known as his real name Choi Seung-hyun, has proven his acting skill by playing characters in 2009 TV series “IRIS” and war film “71-Into The Fire” the following year.
Sep 17 2013
After a series of successful drama roles, Lee Min-ho might land his first film lead soon.
Lee’s agency announced yesterday that the 26-year-old had indeed been given the manuscript for “Gangnam Blues,” the latest film by Yoo Ha, famous for such recent hits as “Howling” and “Frozen Flower.”
While nothing has been signed yet, Lee’s spokesperson did say that they were leaning toward taking the role.
Yoo’s film is set in the southern Seoul neighborhood of Gangnam in the 1970s, when it was just starting to be developed. As it swiftly turned from fields into one of the most elite parts of Seoul, corruption was a serious problem in the area’s development.
According to local media there are many actors eyeing the role, as crime thrillers are a popular genre, and Yoo is a hot name in cinema.
Yoo’s “Once Upon a Time in High School” cemented Kwon Sang-woo’s reputation as a leading actor in Korea, and his “A Dirty Carnival” took Zo In-sung’s career to the next level.
Whether or not Lee ends up working with Yoo, he has confirmed that his next project will be on the small screen, the SBS drama tentatively titled “The One Who Wants to Wear the Crown.”
Big Bang member G-Dragon's 2nd solo album, "Coup D'etat: Part 1" has placed 182nd place on Billboard's main Billboard 200 chart, according to YG Entertainment.
Big Bang's album "Alive" and G-Dragon's earlier solo album, "One of a Kind" rose to 150th and 161st place respectively.
YG Entertainment said, "The ranking especially has special meaning because it was a Korean album which was not released in the U.S.".
G-Dragon swept the Korean charts upon releasing his 2nd album "Coup D'etat" online and will be releasing the CD on September 13th.
Girl group Girls’ Generation held an exclusive concert for the first time in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sept. 14 and received a rapturous response from the audience of 12,000 fans.
According to SM Entertainment, the group’s agency, on Sept. 16, tickets for the “2013 Girls Generation World Tour - Girls & Peace - in Jakarta”, which was held at Meta Elang International Stadium in Jakarta, sold out shortly after ticket sales began.
The girls sang a total of 25 songs including songs that have been hits in Korea and Japan, such as ‘Gee’, ‘Tell your wish’, ‘Oh!’, ‘Flower Power’ and ‘I Got A Boy’, which is from their fourth album released in January.
Indonesian fans cheered to the group members with signs bearing the message “We are always by you♥” in their hands during the 'I Got A Boy' stage. When the group sang “Baby Baby”, fans held up signs bearing the message “It’s HYOurs time!” to celebrate Hyo Yeon's birthday, which falls on Sept. 22.
Girls Generation will continue their world tour in Singapore on Oct. 12.
G-Dragon is not skimping when it comes to the promotion for his new solo album, Coup D’etat. Just days after releasing the music video for the trap-heavy title track, he’s followed up with a video for the album’s other main single, “
If GD’s transformation into a punk rocker wasn’t surprising enough, he’s also gone and collaborated with Sky Ferreira (of all people). The pair team up on the Coup D’etat cut, “
check out both “Crooked” and “Black,” below.
Sep 03 2013
South Korea pop diva tied the knot with her musician fiancé at Jeju Island yesterday
Unfazed by comments about their incompatibility, K-pop singer Lee Hyori and songwriter Lee Sang Soon tied the knot yesterday at Jeju Island. According to Korean media, the couple chose to hold a low-profile wedding and had taken tight security measures to protect their privacy.
The ceremony, which was only attended by immediate relatives and a few close friends, was held outdoors and reporters had only managed to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds behind the bushes.
In one of the photos taken and leaked to Korean social networking website, me2day, Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon were seen exuding an air of happiness. The 34-year-old bride wore a white simple dress with a purple flora headband while the groom was dressed in a pastel blue suit.
Sep 02 2013
K-pop artist G-Dragon’s second album “Coup D’e Tat” will have three different release dates — the first five songs at today noon KST, another seven tunes on Thursday noon and the last two tracks next Friday noon, his agency YG Entertainment said in a press release Monday.
The overall 14-track album will also have four title tunes, two of which are unveiled today, namely “WHO YOU?” and “BLACK,” the latter featuring YG’s new artist Jennie Kim, and also the heroin in the music video of GD’s “That XX.”
“CROOKED” and GD’s version of “NILIRIA,” which he first performed with U.S. hip-hop icon Missy Elliot at Los Angeles’ KCON last Thursday, are another two title tracks to be released three days later. Missy Elliot’s version of “NILIRIA” will be released today.
Missy Elliot is not the only world-famous talent GD collaborated with in the upcoming album. Popular U.S. DJs Diplo and Baauer participated in “Coup D’e Tat,” German DJ Boys Noise joined “I LOVE IT” and U.S. singer-actress Sky Ferreira also featured in “BLACK,” one of the two last tracks to be released next Friday.
GD, Big Bang’s mastermind who wrapped up his second world tour “One Of A Kind” with two Seoul encore shows over the weekend, is revving up to kick off his full-scale activities with the second album.