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.
SONEs who have scored tickets to the one-night only 2013 GIRLS' GENERATION World Tour '“ Girls & Peace '“ in Singapore tour, give yourselves a pat on the back. To make the event even more special, organizers Running Into The Sun (RITS) have announced that they will be unveiling a commemorative holographic ticket '“ exclusive memorabilia that is available only to concert-goers.
The fancy cards are available on SISTIC at the price of $12 (excluding S$3 SISTIC fee). With only ticket-holders being able to purchase the ticket, fans can be sure that it will serve as a fond reminder of the concert that is bound to excite all fans. More information on the commemorative tickets will be made available on RITS's Facebook page.
The concert, which sold out within the first day of public sales '“ will feature the biggest moshpit yet of the organizers' concerts that have been held at the Indoor Stadium. This equates to a larger number of fans being able to get as close as their favourite girls as possible. For those worried about safety, RITS has assured that fans' safety will always be their priority.
The girls have enjoyed unparalleled popularity in Singapore and beyond, with beauties Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun causing many a fans' heart to skip a beat with just a smile or a wink.
Seungri, a member of the K-pop group Big Bang, released his second mini-album “Let’s Talk About Love” at midday on Aug. 19.
The title song, tentatively named “I Have Something to Say,” features fast-paced house music. The accompanying music video was shot by renowned director Han Sa-min, who was behind Big Bang’s “Blue,” “Bad Boy” and “Monster.”
Seungri made his debut when he was only a 17-year-old. He is now grown up enough to show off his brand new image through this album, having contributed his talents to composing the music and writing the lyrics.
“Let’s Talk About Love” was uploaded online on Aug. 19, and Seungri will meet fans on Thursday.
Meaningfully, the day Seungri released his new mini-album is also the seventh anniversary of Big Bang’s debut.
YG Entertainment, Big Bang’s agency, unveiled the celebratory poster for their seventh anniversary, which features a picture of Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Seungri posted on his Facebook,
According to iTunes album chart across the world on August 19 at 6 p.m., Seungri’s album ‘LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE’ that was released at noon on the same day is already ranking #2 in 5 countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Apart from the 5 countries, the album stands at #3 in the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, while #10 in Brunei, #16 Macau, #25 in Finland.
Seungri successfully penetrated the world’s largest pop music market, the U.S., ranking #42. This means that SEUNGRI is well and truly ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Aug 18 2013
YG Entertainment teases fans for G-Dragon's solo comeback with the release of his first teaser video.
On the eve of G-Dragon's birthday today, YG Entertainment updated their official Youtube channel with the official teaser spot for his 2nd album. G-Dragon was featured in a black, red and white liquid concept while chanting the line "Shake The World." An audio preview of his new sound was also used as a background track.
By the end of the clip, it was revealed that G-Dragon will be naming his 2nd album "coup d'etat."
YG Entertainment also celebrated G-Dragon's birthday on Twitter with a special announcement.
Top South Korean movie star Lee Byung-Hun, one of the best known faces of the "Korean Wave" of popular culture, married actress Lee Min-Jung on Saturday.
The 43-year-old, who starred in last year's blockbuster costume drama "Masquerade", told reporters the wedding was "a dream come true" shortly before tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Lee.
"There was thunder and lightning this morning. There is an old saying that thunder and lightning are a good sign for newlyweds. We will do our best to live a long, happy life", the bride said.
Lee Byung-Hun is well known as the star of a number of popular television dramas, including the spy series "Iris", as well as for his films.
His role as a swashbuckling gambler in the pan-Asian hit series "All In" has earned him a particularly devoted following in Japan.
As well as "Masquerade," which swept last year's national film awards, Lee starred in the 2000 hit "Joint Security Area" and this year he reprised his role as the villainous ninja Storm Shadow in the Hollywood action blockbuster "G.I. Joe: Retaliation".
He also features in the Hollywood action comedy "Red 2" starring Bruce Willis.
Lee Min-Jung became a household name for her supporting role in the mega-hit high-school TV drama series "Boys Over Flowers".
Aug 09 2013
Max Changmin, a member of the popular K-pop group TVXQ, missed filming the latest episode of the KBS entertainment show “Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education” on Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict that saw him promoting his projects in Japan.
KBS moved quickly to squash rumors that the singer might be leaving the sports-themed entertainment program, especially as it came days after he suffered a minor injury while filming another episode.
While Changmin is abroad, his spot will be filled by singer Kim Hyun-joong, who recently returned to the music scene with his third album, “Round 3.”
In the episode, Kim and the other regular members of “Our Neighborhood,” including entertainer Kang Ho-dong, visited Taereung Village, where national team athletes trained.
The episode with Kim in it will air on Aug. 20.
Aug 09 2013
Even though the Ministry of National Defense has announced plans to dissolve the Defense Media Agency’s public relations support unit - where enlisted celebrities served as so-called “entertainment soldiers” - debate is still swirling about the controversial program. Some are even calling for celebrities who have already served as entertainment soldiers to be required to re-enlist and perform their military service again.
The latest debate is over 10 former entertainment soldiers who reportedly did not properly complete the paperwork to join the special unit. But one name mentioned is much bigger than the others - Rain, the singer and actor whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon.
Rain was discharged from the military last month, but before he left his name was mentioned in a controversial TV documentary about inappropriate behavior among entertainment soldiers.
Two other entertainers, Seven and Sangchu, were caught drinking and going to an illegal adult massage parlor in Chuncheon, Gangwon. Although Rain was not with those celebrities, he did perform at the same event earlier in the day.
Now, however, Rain is being pulled into this new controversy over his application to the public relations support unit.
To be selected for the entertainment unit, celebrities had to present their career histories, detailing the TV programs and movies they starred in and music they released. In addition, the celebrities were asked to submit a letter of recommendation by any relevant association.
Kim Kwang-jin, opposition Democratic Party lawmaker, says that Rain benefited from his fame and was chosen as an entertainment soldier even though he did not complete the full application.
The lawmaker also added on Tuesday that requiring soldiers who had problems with their enlistment to serve again was ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
SEOUL: Korea's three biggest entertainment companies - SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment - on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office, alleging that Korean music charts are being illegally manipulated, reported Korean media.
The three, along with along with Korean entertainment company Star Entertainment Empire, claim that certain management agencies have artificially bumped up the position of their artistes’ songs on the music charts, which are influenced by the number of times songs have been downloaded or streamed online, and called for a thorough investigation of the matter.
According to Korean media reports, these management agencies apparently pay specialist companies which then download or stream their artistes’ songs in bulk using a variety of methods, so as to propel these songs to the top of the charts.
This makes the songs - and the idols who sing them - more likely to gain exposure on television programmes, as well as allow the management agencies to earn more royalties, putting artistes from agencies who don’t engage in the practice at a disadvantage.
A spokesperson for YG Entertainment, which manages stars like 2NE1, Psy and G-Dragon, said the practice also "hurts the credibility of music charts", and urged players in the digital music industry to work together to stamp it out.
Aug 07 2013
Heartthrob Daniel Henney on Monday appeared with other cast members at a press event to promote his new movie "The Spy," which is set to be released in early September.
He was accompanied by fellow stars Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri.
The comic action film set in Bangkok, Thailand is the story of a spy and his wife, who has no idea what he does for a living.
Henney plays a cold-blooded villain.
Aug 07 2013
Seohyun of Girls’ Generation will start building an acting career, as she is considering taking part in an upcoming SBS weekend drama, tentatively named “Crazy Romance.”
An official at SBS was quoted as saying that the production team offered the singer a role and gave her a copy of a script.
“As we were looking for an actress who has an image that makes others think about their first love, we thought that Seohyun is the perfect fit and offered her a part,” the official said, according to local media reports.
If she joins the drama, Seohyun will play a college student named Han Yu-rim who studies veterinary medicine and falls in love with another college student who lied about his much younger age.
If she were to take the role, she would be the fifth member of the nine-member group to try acting.