[NEWS] KBS, MBC and SBS Will Not Give Out Awards For Year-End Music Festivals This Year

23 11 2009

The 3 major broadcast companies in Korea – MBC SBS KBS – will not have any award ceremony for their year-end music festivals.

MBC said on 23rd November, “This year alike, we will not be giving out awards for our year-end music festivals to the singers.” MBC started having their ‘Teens Singer Music Festival’ which they will give out awards every year. But from 2006, they decided to do away with the awards and named it as ‘MBC Music Festival’, and have singers showcase various performances during the event.

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[NEWS] Watching MAMA On The Internet? Try Out The New ‘Multi-Angle’ Service!

17 11 2009

2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards(MAMA) will be one of the first in Korea to launch the real time multi-angle web casting service on the Internet during the whole ceremony.

By ‘multi-angle’, netizens can choose to watch the ceremony from the different cameras positioned at different angles during the show. Added to the fact that MAMA will be having some of Korea’s top singers for special stages for the show, it will give audience a real feel of the performances. Read the rest of this entry »

[NEWS] The Meaning Of The TVXQ Trial And The Solution Of The Problem It Presents

9 11 2009

On the 27th, the Seoul District Courts laid down a wise decision that will leave an impact in the nation’s entertainment business. They partially accepted the exclusive contract suspension request submitted by three members of TVXQ, YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, against their agency SM Entertainment. This means that the Courts have accepted that the 13 year exclusive contract forged between SM and TVXQ is in fact a slave contract and an unlawful one as well.

In the Courts’ ruling, they stated, ‘Until the lawsuit verdicts are made, SM is not allowed to make new contracts for activities related to the three members without their permission, and SM must not interfere with the three members’ independent activities.’ There are two voices raised on this decision: one that applauds the Courts for its actions against exclusive contracts that have been ravaging entertainment agencies in Korea, and one that worries that the Courts have not taken the specialty and reality of the Korean entertainment business into consideration.
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[NEWS] Idol Members’ Graduation Photos The Recent Topic of Interests Amongst Netizens

5 11 2009

There has been recently great interests from netizens about the graduation photos of ‘flower boys’ idol group members.

Netizens have been posting up graduation photos of idol group members on various portal sites, comparing their current appearance with that from their graduation photos. Read the rest of this entry »

[NEWS] MNET Responds to MAMA Boycott by SM and Inwoo

4 11 2009

Earlier this evening, we reported that SM Entertainment had decided to boycott 2009 MAMA. MNET was swift with their response to SME’s claims against them.

In a phone interview with Money Today on the 3rd, a MNET representative said:

Inwoo and SM Entertainment mentioned that the fairness in selection of candidates was questionable, but that is not true. All candidates were selected fairly through the music charts and data collected on Mnet.com. Read the rest of this entry »

[NEWS] TVXQ’s Victory Is A Call For Change In The Entertainment Industry From The Courts

31 10 2009

On the 27th, the Seoul District Courts sided with popular group TVXQ’s three members and their exclusive contract suspension against SM Entertainment. The Courts decided that the entertainment agency was not allowed to create new contracts without the consent of the celebrity and must not interfere with said celebrity’s independent activities in the business. Therefore, a road of free movement has opened up for the members of TVXQ. Although the formal trial procedures are left, this decision seems to shed light on the future of unlawful contracts that are rampant in the entertainment business. Overall, the call for shift from a vertical relationship to a parallel, equal relationship is welcomed. Many expect this dispute to lead into an equal relationship between celebrities and agencies in the future.
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[NEWS] MAMA Voting For Overseas Viewers Now Officially Opened!

30 10 2009

After all the hype and discussions following the announcement of Mnet’s new annual music event MAMA and also the nominees list, the voting has been been opened officially for overseas voters and fans!

Overseas fans can now head over to: http://mama.mnet.com/2009/AwardVote/AwardVoteForeign.asp and vote for the ‘Best Song of 2009′ award.
Check out:

Steps On How To Register An Account on Mnet

Steps On How To Vote For Mnet MAMA 09

MAMA – Full Nominee List