[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

[INFO] Inkigayo Performance List For 25 Oct

25 10 2009

Learn how to watch SBS Inkigayo @ 4PM LIVE here!

# Comeback Special #
– SS501 [Love Like This + 하루만]
– Mighty Mouth feat. Naomi [웃어]

# Take 7 #
– Kim Tae Woo [Love Rain]
– G-Dragon [Boy]
– SHINee [Ring Ding Dong]

# Special Stage #
– Tae Yang [Where U At]
– G-Dragon [Seo Tae Ji and Boys’ I Know]
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[INFO] Steps On How To Vote For Mnet MAMA 09

24 10 2009


-Instructions/ Steps on how to REGISTER at Mnet

-Vote HERE

Please do not take this out. Instead, link back here!

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[PICS] 2009 Dream Concert Performances (10 Oct)

10 10 2009


Big Bang, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, 2AM, 2PM, SHINee, Jewelry, 2NE1, 4Minute, Kara, T-ara, F(X), MC Mong, ChaeYeon, Wheesung, Park Hyo Shin, Epik High

Super Junior M


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[NEWS] K-Pop Boom in Asia Sheds Light on Korea’s Unique Talent Search

24 09 2009

Approximately 23,000 aspiring singers from elementary school students to those in their early 20s flocked to the JYP Entertainment’s talent search held in Seoul last month.

Only four were picked as JYP trainees, scheduled to go through the years-long training program before making their debut.

The record-high turnout in the audition came after the JYP trainee program gained the reputation of a machine producing K-pop idols, such as Wonder Girls and 2PM.

Not only JYP, but also other entertainment businesses have seen a huge number of aspiring stars participating in their talent searches.

Despite the K-pops’ phenomenal success in Asia, hallyu experts warn the popularity of Korean pop icons may be short-lived if the bad practices in the industry, which only benefit entertainment businesses while idols income is minimal, persists. Read the rest of this entry »

[NEWS] KBS, SBS, MBC Music Shows Cancelled For This Week!

20 08 2009

After the date for funeral for Korea’s ex-president Kim DaeJoong has been set, all 3 major broadcasting companies proceed with the decision for no airing of shows and comedies on their channels.

And with that, all 3 music shows for this week on KBS, SBS and MBC have been cancelled.

Announced on 19th August shows that will not be aired or are canceled:

  • MBC ‘Music Journey LaLaLa’ on 19th August
  • MBC ‘Show! Music Core’ on 22nd August
  • MBC ‘Gag Ya’ on 23rd August
  • KBS ‘Music Bank’ on 21st August
  • SBS ‘WootChatSa’ on 20th August
  • SBS ‘Inkigayo’ on 23rd August

But the following programmes will air as usual:

  • MBC ‘Golden Fishery’
  • MBC ‘Infinite Challenge’
  • MBC ‘Sunday Night’
  • SBS ‘Family Outing’

Ex-president Kim DaeJoong was hospitalised last month on 13th for pneumonia symptoms, he was given treatment but he passed away on 18th August at 1.43pm. The funeral ceremony will be held on 23rd August.

Source: Sookyeong

[NEWS] Pop Goes the Contract

10 08 2009

There is a fairly decent overview of the contract situation faced by entertainers in Korea over in today’s Joongang Ilbo. Using the lawsuit Dong Bang Shin Gi (aka TVXQ) has filed against SM Entertainment as the peg, the article looks at the long and onerous contracts that most entertainers in Korea have to have, especially singers.

As you have probably heard, on July 31, three members of DBSG filed suit against its management company, claiming their contract is unfair. DBSG is one of SME’s most popular bands these days, and is doing especially well in Japan, where they recently played two nights in the Tokyo Dome. The band’s complaints were mostly the same things we have heard over and over again in Korea over the years — their contracts are too long, their contracts do not pay enough, the penalties for leaving the management company are too severe, the performers do not have enough control over their own careers, the performers are not paid enough (probably the biggest issue).
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[NEWS] Can K-pop Make It Without The Western Mix?

8 08 2009

Over the years, as the Korean wave has touched the shores of Asian countries, several popular singers have tried to make it in the Asian market. Rain, Se7en and Yangpa have been among the notable flops, and BoA is currently releasing singles and videos in the United States. Now the group Wonder Girls is trying, with much fanfare, to make an impact. The group made its television debut on “The Wendy Williams Show” in July and is currently an opening act for the insanely popular Jonas Brothers.

The Korean media is, of course, uniformly excited, but the online community is more ambivalent. Regarding the performance on The Wendy Williams Show, 3gyupsal writes: “Three girls sang, and they lip-synched the chorus. One girl was obviously digitally assisted”.

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[NEWS] SM Ent Stocks Drop Due to Lawsuit

3 08 2009

Source: Soompi + Forbes

[INFO] Special Stage Galore for Music Bank Tonight

26 06 2009

Follow the steps here to catch this epic episode of Music Bank!

As many have heard about it, (26.06.2009) today’s episode of KBS Music Bank is going to be really interesting.

Today’s episode is a sum-up episode of all the popular Kpop hits on all the different charts on KChart for the first half of 2009. And some of the special stages line-up are

  • 2NE1 with ‘Umbrella’
  • So Nyeo Shi Dae comeback stage with ‘Tell Me Your Wish’
  • ‘Idol Parade’ featuring idol groups like KARA, SHINee and 2PM doing classic hits by Fin.K.L, HOT and G.O.D.

Today’s Music Bank stages include:

  1. Wan Seok Hyun & Lee HwiJae ‘Noona I Love You’
  2. So Nyeo Shi Dae comeback stage – ‘Tell Me Your Wish’
  3. 2NE1 special stage – ‘Umbrella’
  4. Girls Generation So Nyeo Shi Dae with ‘Boys Generation’ 2AM, 2PM and Super Junior
  5. Rookie dance battle – ChungRim vs AJ vs TaeGoon
  6. KWill, Baek Ji Young, Jo Sung Mo with ‘That’s what friends are for’
  7. [Special ‘Idol Parade’] KARA performing Fin.K.L
  8. [Special ‘Idol Parade’] SHINee performing HOT
  9. [Special ‘Idol Parade’] So Nyeo Shi Dae performing S.E.S
  10. [Special ‘Idol Parade’] 2PM performing G.O.D
  11. 2NE1 with ‘Fire’
  12. Super Junior with ‘Sorry Sorry + It’s You’
  13. KARA with ‘Pretty Girl + Honey’
  14. 2PM with ‘Again & Again + I Hate You’
  15. Son DamBi with ‘Saturday Night’
  16. Davichi with ‘8282′
  17. Chung Rim with ‘Step’
  18. AJ with ‘Dancing Shoes’
  19. TaeGoon with ‘Superstar’
  20. 2AM with ‘A Friend’s Confession’
  21. SHINee with ‘Juliette’
  22. Jo Sung Mo with ‘I was happy’
  23. K Will with ‘One drop one second’
  24. Baek Ji Young with ‘Like Being Hit’
  25. Im Chang Jung ‘It’s being long’
  26. I heard K Chart #1 contestants tomorrow are said to be So Nyeo Shi Dae, Super Junior and 2NE1

Follow the steps here to catch this epic episode of Music Bank!

Credits: Sookyeong

[NEWS] Lady Gaga to Appear on Mnet M!Countdown on 18th June

17 06 2009

World renown pop star Lady Gaga will performing on Mnet M!Countdown on 18th June.

She is in Korea for the promotions for her debut album. And amidst her busy schedule she will be performing on M!Countdown.

The songs ‘Just Dance’ off her 1st single has also went up to the #1 spot on music charts.

And her fans will also be doing cosplaying to watch her performance on Mnet M!Countdown.

Meanwhile other performing groups like Jewelry, HyunA’s group 4Minute and 2NE1 will also be the highlights for the M!Countdown that night.

Credits: Sookyeong

[NEWS] Music Companies like SM-YG-JYP for ‘Korea Music Power Project’

13 05 2009

Music production companies like SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment etc will come together for a press conference regarding the amendment of copyright laws and contents circulation.

These large-scale companies, with the support of Korean Entertainment Productions Association and sponsorship of KMP (Korea Music Power), will hold the ‘Korea Music Power Project’ press conference on 14th May at 2pm at SeJong Arts Centre hall.

At the press conference that day, the companies will talk their stand on supporting and promoting music awards based on fair charts, support of public welfare projects like Dream Concert, and common damage that media politics businesses bring.

Representatives of Lion, Star Empire, JYP, SM, YG, together with the directors from Korea Entertainment Production Association will be present at the press conference.

Credits: Sookyeong

[NEWS] Korea and Japan Unite to Find New Girl Group

27 04 2009

Japanese idol girl group, Morning Musume announced their support for the first joint Korea-Japan audition venture project called the Great Toyko Girls with 4 of the group’s members arriving in Seoul on the 27th. Besides promoting the joint project venture during their time here, they will also be meeting up with their fans. The 4 members of Morning Museume who are here in Seoul include Ai Takahashi (leader), Risa Niigaki (fluent in Korean language), Reina Tanaka (cute looks) and Lin Lin (Chinese descent). They already have many fans in Korea and said that they could not wait to meet the future members that will join their family. This will be Morning Musume’s first visit back to Korea since their last concert on 1st June 2008.

The joint project is a collaboration between Mnet Korea and the media company behind Morning Museume, Upfront. The name of the group at the end of the audtions will be known as Haro Project and the members will be chosen from Korea. The preliminary cut for the Great Tokyo Girls search will air on Mnet in mid-May with 2PM‘s Junho and Chansung confirmed as hosts for the program.

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[INFO] How to Watch Seoul Gayo Daejun/ Music Awards 2009

10 02 2009

Live on YTN Star at 5PM – 8PM (JST), airs on 12th February 12 2009 at 5PM (KST)

Show starts at exactly:
South Korea – 5pm
California – 12am Wednesday morning
Malaysia – 4pm
Philippines – 4pm
Vietnam – 3pm
HongKong – 4pm
China – 4pm
Taiwan – 4pm
Japan – 5 pm
Indonesia – 3pm
Thailand – 3pm
Singapore – 4pm

Method 1 (TVants)
1. Download “TVants 2009 Version” here.
2. After the download has completed, install it into your computer.
3. Open “TVants” and search for “韩国>YTN Live“.

Method 2 (GomPlayer)
1. Download “GomPlayer” here.
2. After the download has completed, install it into your computer.
3. Open “GomPlayer”, and right click on the blank screen.
4. Click > Open> URL… and type into this into the search box : http://localhost:16900/1.asf


Tutorial by: xietin94 @xietinloveshero