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  1. http://kconjapan.com/news/6/ "KCON 2018 Japan x M Countdown!" has announced its second lineup! The world's largest K-Culture festival shall be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, for three days, on April 13 (Fri), 14 (Sat) and 15 (Sun)! Lineup of "KCON 2018 JAPAN × M COUNTDOWN"! ! 4.13(Fri) gugudan、PENTAGON、Wanna One 4.14(Sat) fromis_9、GFRIEND、WOOYOUNG(From 2PM) 4.15(Sun) Golden Child、SUNMI、TWICE CR: http://kconjapan.com @sugoimomoring, if you going for KCON Japan on April 15, may we expect first person reports/news from you? Thank you (and for that matter, any reports from J-ONCEs and ONCE currently in Japan are welcome) ========== Wanna One, TWICE to grace KCON Japan next month [Yonhap News Agency] SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- Wanna One, TWICE and other leading K-pop acts will grace the Japanese leg of KCON, a global Korean pop music and culture convention, next month, according to its organizer Monday. The three-day event at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, east of Tokyo, from April 13 will feature Wanna One, TWICE, Gugudan, Pentagon, GFriend, Fromis 9, Sunmi, Golden Child and Wooyoung of 2PM, according to CJ E&M. The artists were announced in addition to the previously announced lineup of MOMOLAND, Seventeen, Stray Kids, Monsta X, SF9 and Samuel. Tickets will be sold through Japan's Ticket Pia starting Tuesday. First launched in Irvine, California in 2012, KCON events are held annually in multiple countries around the world. The events have become an annual pilgrimage for K-pop fans around the globe, with more than 566,000 fans taking part throughout its seven-year run. KCON Japan began in 2015 and has expanded in size every year to reach a three-year cumulative total of 96,000 visitors. This composite image, provided by CJ E&M, shows a number of K-pop artists booked to perform at the three-day KCON Japan next month in Chiba, Japan. (Yonhap) odissy@yna.co.kr (END) CR: Yonhap News Agency
  2. Industry Experts Name Best Hits In Korean Entertainment Korean entertainment extends past physical borders and is loved by many worldwide. For its 10th anniversary, media outlet Sports DongA conducted a survey analyzing Korean entertainment over the years. 100 industry experts voted on several categories, and one of the questions they were asked were what they believed is the greatest hit to come out of Korean entertainment. Chosen by 26 industry experts, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” was selected as the top hit product in Korean entertainment history. Some of the reasons given are that it is “the biggest worldwide hit among Korean content,” that it “introduced non-mainstream K-pop to the global music market,” and that its music video has “3.1 billion views in a YouTube generation.” In second place is MBC’s “Infinite Challenge,” which garnered 14 out of 100 votes. Experts who chose the variety program as the best hit in Korean entertainment expressed, “More than just an example of Korean content, it is a cultural icon that represents this generation,” and, “It has been a huge contribution to pop culture as a mirror that reflects the last 13 years.” Another expert stated, “It is a representative piece of intellectual property that utilizes its influence.” SBS drama “Sandglass,” KBS2 drama “Winter Sonata,” and BTS are tied for third, with six votes each. The experts who selected one of these dramas or the group explained that they picked their choices not because of their popularity, but because of their expandability or how they contributed to a new wave of pop culture. KBS 2TV 드라마 ‘겨울연가’-SBS 드라마 ‘모래시계’-그룹 방탄소년단(왼쪽부터 시계 방향으로). 사진제공|KBS·SBS·빅히트엔터테인먼트 As the biggest box office hit in all of Korean film history, movie “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” came in at fourth place, while MBC drama “Jewel in the Palace” is in fifth place. What are some of your personal hits or favorite things from Korean entertainment? Source (1) CR: soompi, sports.donga
  3. JYP’s New Group Stray Kids Explain The Meanings Behind Their New Stage Names JYP Entertainment’s new boy group Stray Kids has revealed the reasons why three of its members have decided to adopt stage names! See Also: JYP Adds Extra Tickets To Stray Kids' Sold-Out Debut Showcase Due To High Demand Stray Kids, who will making their debut at a sold-out showcase on March 25, recently announced that a few members would be debuting under stage names. Although all nine members went by their given names on the Mnet survival program “Stray Kids,” the group surprised its fans by releasing debut teasers that featured three unfamiliar names—Lee Minho now goes by the stage name Lee Know, Han Jisung by the name Han, and Yang Jungin by the name I.N. On a Naver V Live broadcast, the idols explained their decision and the meaning behind their new names. I.N shared that he had chosen to go by a stage name because foreigners sometimes found his given name difficult to pronounce. “I really like the name I.N,” he said. “What happened is this: the meaning of I.N is the ‘in’ from [my name] ‘Yang Jungin,’ but ‘In’ was too plain. So I wrote it as ‘I.N’ instead.” He went on to explain, “It means that I’m inviting all of our fans to come to me. It’s ‘in’ as in ‘come in,’ like ‘come into me.'” Lee Know shared, “There’s a lot of famous senior artists that have the same name as me. So I went with ‘Lee Know,’ which kind of sounds similar to ‘Minho.'” He then emphasized, “But it’s ‘Know,’ not ‘No.’ If it were ‘Lee No,’ it would be as though I were saying no to myself. Or saying ‘not me!’ So it means ‘I know.’ I know myself, and I know our fans’ hearts as well!” Finally, Han explained, “My given name is ‘Han Jisung,’ and ‘Han’ is my favorite syllable of my name. So I named myself ‘Han.'” He went on to reveal that the name ‘Han,’ which can also mean ‘one’ in Korean, had a deeper meaning as well. He shared, “The meaning of my stage name ‘Han’ is that I plan to leave ‘one’ mark on history through my music career.” Stray Kids will be releasing their debut mini album “I Am NOT,” featuring the title track “District 9,” on March 26 at 6 p.m. KST. What do you think of Stray Kids’ new stage names? Leave your thoughts below! Source (1) CR: soompi
  4. Flower festivals to raise curtain on spring Domestic tourists enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival held in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province, early every April. / Courtesy of Changwon Tour By Kim Jae-heun With spring approaching, many flower festivals across the country are dragging people from their homes to enjoy the long-awaited warm season. One of Koreans' favorite flowers in spring is, without a doubt, the cherry blossom. Yeouido in Seoul is most crowded in April with people gathering to look at the cherry blossoms in full bloom. But nobody can deny that the best town to savor the cherry blossom festival in the country is Jinhae in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. Situated in the southernmost part of the Korean Peninsula, Jinhae is about 370 kilometers from Seoul _ taking over five hours to get there by car. However, over 2 million tourists visit there annually for the country's biggest cherry blossom festival, the 10-day Jinhae Gunhangje Festival. This year, the festival celebrates its 56th anniversary, running April 1 to 10. Some 360,000 flowering cherry blossom trees line the roads alongside the 1.5 kilometer-long stream and looking at the white petals falling from them after three weeks is grandeur. Walking down the road, many couples stop by to take photos of themselves on the Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge, where the spot was set as the background of the hit TV drama "Romance" in 2002. Since then, the location was chosen as one of the 100 most beautiful roads in the country. However, the festival is more locally meaningful for Jinhae which is home to the Korean Navy. The Coast Guard that had its origins in the district became the matrix of the country's navy since liberation from Japan in 1945. Jinhae hosts major naval facilities such as the Republic of Korea Fleet Command, the Naval Education & Training Command and the Republic of Korea Naval Academy. The area is restricted on normal occasions, but opens to the public during the festival when the whole place becomes covered with cherry blossom flowers. Still, visitors can only watch from inside the car, as walking on the grounds or taking photos is prohibited. Military parades commemorating the victory of Admiral Yi Sun-shin over the Japanese invasion attempt were the beginning of Gunhangje, literally "military base festival." The admiral's statue was erected in the Bukwon Rotary area in Jinhae on April 1952 and people cherish the memory of the country's most respected hero. In 1963, the commemorative event expanded to adopt other events such as street performances, carnival stalls and street lighting along with the military parade to turn into Gunhangje and the magnificent sight of the cherry blossoms has played a big part in gathering millions of spectators to the festival. Everland launches tulip festival Friends take a selfie in the tulip garden during the flower festival held by Everland every March to April in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. / Courtesy of Everland If traveling all the way down to Jinhae is a hassle, visiting Korea's largest theme park, Everland, could be another option. Located at the Everland Resort in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, 47 kilometers south of Seoul, residents in the capital city can get there riding on many modes of transportation within 90 minutes. The theme park was originally farmland called "Jayeon Nongwon," which roughly translates to "natural farm." Continuing its heritage, Everland has been hosting the Tulip Festival to offer various spring attractions every March through April. This year's festival opened last Friday, introducing over 110 different kinds of flowers including narcissus and muscari. Everland has increased its tulip exhibition area by 40 percent this year compared to that of 2017, displaying nearly 1.2 million fresh blooms for the country's earliest flower festival. People will have the opportunity to witness 10 different types of lilies and several rare species of tulips including "Aladdin" and "Pretty Woman" tulips. The main stage of the Tulip Festival, the "Four Season's Garden" turns into "Magical Tulip Garden" for the 45-day event, where Everland's mascot Lara lives. The Magical Tulip Garden consists of six different theme zones including flower house, zoo and garden. At the main gate of the Global Fair zone, the park established a European flower market named "Marche aux Fleurs," where people can take photos with trains decorated with flowers and pot fairies. A flower boutique will open on weekends for people to purchase their favorite tulips in a pot. Everland has prepared various outdoor performances during the Tulip Festivals too. On a daily basis, three to five "Photo Wonderland" shows will bring 20 spring characters like bees and larva to take photos with visitors in the afternoon, while fireworks will decorate the sky at night. Apart from that, Everland will host carnival concepts like that of Brazil's Rio, Italy's Venice and the Caribbean festivals. The theme park also introduced 120 new foods for the Tulip Festival including Tulip hotdog. The chef draws tulips on classic hotdog bread using natural coloring. The Garden Terrace offers sherbet with rose-shaped ice cream on top for people to enjoy while viewing 1.2 million tulips from the top. At the Spanish restaurant at Everland, the dishes will be served with yellow sunflower decorations on the side. Visit everland.com for more information. CR: The Korea Times
  5. [V Report Plus] Twice’s Jihyo, Nayeon stop over in Canada Twice aired a V live broadcast Thursday while waiting in Canada for their plane bound for Chile. Jihyo began the broadcast by asking Nayeon if her hair looks short. “We are on our way to perform for Music Bank in Chile. We have to transfer from Canada to go to Chile,” said Jihyo. Jihyo and Nayeon were exhausted from a 13-hour flight to Canada from Korea. They had to wait more than six hours for their next flight to Chile, which would take 10 hours. When Nayeon told fans that the two of them did not look very good on camera, Jihyo added, “We have given up on our looks on today’s V live.” Nayeon then expressed disappointment that she could not watch the drama “Because This is My First Life” due to technical problems with her phone. “Why can’t I watch something I’ve paid for?” she said in frustration. http://www.vlive.tv/video/63940 CR: KPOPHERALD PS: To ONCE, do anticipate TWICE's upcoming new MV teaser(s) for their next Korean comeback in April to be out soon!
  6. Japanese adult video stars launch K-pop group, spark divisive debate By Chang Dong-woo SEOUL, March 22 (Yonhap) -- For a freshly-minted K-pop band, the trio could not look any more ordinary. Dressed in bright colorful dresses, the bubbly ladies of Honey Popcorn sang their catchy synthpop track, "Bibidi Babidi Boo," during their debut showcase on Wednesday in Seoul, dancing adorably like any other by-the-numbers rookie girl group. These seemingly unassuming women, however, have found themselves at the center of a public brouhaha, with tens of thousands demanding the government ban their activities. To a large extent, the controversy was unavoidable. The three singers are all Japanese adult video actresses. The Honey Popcorn members, Mikami Yua, Sakura Moko, and Matsuda Miko, all started their careers in the Japanese entertainment industry as singers in the J-pop idol scene. After retiring from their bands, SKE48, NMB48 and Bakusute Sotokanda Icchome, respectively, they turned to the Japanese adult video scene. Mikami later joined Ebisu Muscats, a musical group composed of Japanese adult video stars, in 2016. In this file photo, Honey Popcorn, a girl group comprised of Japanese adult video actresses, performs during a showcase for the its debut album in Seoul on March 21, 2018. (Yonhap) The group's formation was announced in late February, along with plans to hold a showcase in Seoul on March 14. The news of the members' steamy professional backgrounds was more than enough to turn heads. Many parents and conservatives became vigilant and demanded the group cancel their debut. A petition was filed on the presidential website, requesting the government to ban Honey Popcorn's debut. "There are many cases where idol stars directly affect fans. Idols are heroes to the young, especially teens," the petitioner, whose name was not made public, asserted. The petition had been signed by more than 35,000 people as of Thursday afternoon. Social media also became flooded with comments calling for the singers to return to Japan. "Is it not a problem if they film porn while promoting themselves as K-pop idols?" Twitter user @ya6355 wrote. "I hope they never return to our country," the person added. Such reaction is unsurprising as the K-pop industry tends to rely heavily on the clean and wholesome image of its stars. Many pop singers, especially female stars, rely heavily on advertisement deals in securing revenue for their companies. The image values of singers, when associated with negative news, tend to decline steeper compared with stars in other fields. Amid the backlash, the band's Korean agency, Kyun Create, suddenly canceled the showcase in early March, prompting speculation that the team capitulated to the negative sentiment. The timing also coincided with the fast spread of the Me Too movement in South Korea. The movement has crystallized lingering opposition to predatory sexual aggression, a subject that is not uncommon in pornographic material. But to the surprise of many, the company on Monday again notified reporters that the trio would move forward with the canceled showcase on Wednesday. The band released its debut EP the same day. "I am engaged in such (adult video) work in Japan. I also consider that work serious, but right now I want to focus on promoting Honey Popcorn," Mikami, leader of the group, said at the showcase held in western Seoul on Wednesday. Aware of the perception conundrum, Mikami said she would understand if not many could support the group. "I will try to be grateful for the fans who can root for us," she said. In this file photo, Mikami Yua, lead singer of Honey Popcorn, speaks to reporters during a showcase for the group's debut album in Seoul on March 21, 2018. (Yonhap) By all accounts, the members appear genuine in their passion for K-pop and their project. According to Kyun Create, the members are huge fans of K-pop music, with Mikami's partiality towards Korea and Korean culture fairly well known among her fans. On her YouTube account, Mikami has several videos of her dancing to hits from A-Pink, Cosmic Girl and TWICE. According to the company, Honey Popcorn is essentially a passion project funded by Mikami. The band also does not appear gimmicky, with production values for the music and videos on par with standard rookie K-pop acts. Not all opinions are negative either, with many supportive comments posted on their artist page on music streaming service Melon. "I want to live in a world where Honey Popcorn can sing with confidence," Melon user gkakf123 wrote. "Korean girl groups also often perform lewd dance moves. Is there a reason why these girls can't follow the footsteps of idol girl groups?" posted user ktmsh1211. But regardless of the earnestness in their affinity for K-pop and Korea, the team's debut has become a litmus test, for better or for worse, in measuring South Korean public tolerance towards the association of K-pop with adult video realm. It is not clear whether the singers will continue to film adult videos while releasing and promoting under Honey Popcorn. "It would be hard to prevent any group, regardless of their past, from pursuing their project. At the same time, expressing opposition against ideas that go against one's belief is something that should promoted in a healthy democracy," Chung Deok-hyun, a Seoul-based cultural critic, said. Chung expected that the future of Honey Popcorn will depend ultimately by how they are received by the general public. "I think its best just to let them be. If they grow on people they could become bigger. I think the market will ultimately decide the group's fate. odissy@yna.co.kr (END) CR: Yonhap News Agency
  7. Baek Ji-young popular in North: defector The Unification Ministry is fine-tuning the details before sending a 160-member art troupe to Pyongyang for two performances between March 31 and April 3. The artists included Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sun-hee, Choi Jin-hee, rock singer Yoon Do-hyun, Baek Ji-young, Jung-in, former Girls’ Generation member Seohyun, Ali and K-pop act Red Velvet. Among the much-anticipated performances, it is said Baek Ji-young is the most popular north of the border, thanks to her award-winning soundtracks for TV dramas and hit songs. Baek Ji-young (WS Entertainment) One North Korean defector, who was responsible for media censorship at Pyongyang’s Ministry of Public Safety until 2013, told Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo Thursday that “many college students in Pyongyang carried Compact Discs or USB flash drives, containing South Korean movies, dramas and songs.” The defector further mentioned that among the seized properties, Baek’s songs came up most frequently during routine inspections, specifically “Like Being Hit by a Bullet,” which became North Korean college students’ favorite song to sing. “Baek Ji-young’s songs came up so much that our inspection team started to sing her songs from memory,” the defector recalled. Baek, who debuted with “Dash” in 1999, rose to K-pop stardom with many of her chart-topping hits, such as dance track “My Ear’s Candy,” soft ballads “That Woman” and “Don’t Forget Me.” Baek’s “Like Being Hit by a Bullet,” which was produced by music producer-CEO Bang Si-hyuk of Big Hit Entertainment, topped South Koraen music charts Melon and Mnet for four and six consecutive weeks, respectively. University students in Pyongyang (AP) Yun Sang, a singer-songwriter and producer, led the South Korean delegation to the working-level talks concerning the art-troupe performance. His North Korean counterpart Hyun Song-wol agreed to the North’s hosting of two performances at Pyongyang’s Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium and East Pyongyang Grande Theatre in between March 31 and April 3, according to the Unification Ministry Tuesday. South Korea sent a six-member advance team Thursday to check out venues for the upcoming performances. By Catherine Chung (cec82@heraldcorp.com) CR: KPOPHERALD
  8. Red Velvet, Seohyun, Baek Ji Young, And More To Perform At Concert In North Korea Various artists are traveling to North Korea for a special performance. On March 20, the lineup and dates were finalized for a concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. A group of 160 artists from South Korea will be participating. The lineup includes Cho Yong Pil, Lee Sun Hee, Yoon Do Hyun, Baek Ji Young, Jung In, Ali, Red Velvet, and Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun. They will be directed by singer and producer Yoon Sang. Red Velvet is the first girl group to perform in North Korea since Baby VOX in 2003. They commented on their participation, “We are honored and happy to attend a meaningful event. As it is our first time performing in Pyongyang, we are looking forward to it. We will prepare well to showcase great performances.” The concert will be held for four days from March 31 through April 3 at East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and Pyongyang Arena. Ahead of the event, staff from South Korea will visit Pyongyang from March 22 through 24 to assess the situation for stage props, equipment, and more. Source (1) (2) CR: soompi
  9. [V Report Plus] Seoul Jazz Festival finalizes lineup (Seoul Jazz Festival) The annual summer Seoul Jazz Festival finalized the lineup for this year’s event, on Naver’s V app Wednesday. The two-day festival will feature 40 acts, with equal numbers split between the two days. See the full lineup below. Saturday, May 19 Lauryn Hill Maceo Parker Chris Botti Iron & Wine Gretchen Parlato Epik High Lucid Fall Crush John Park Lee Hi Loyle Garner Kwak Jin-eon Kwon Jin-ah Khruangbin J N Joy 20 Jang Yoon-ju & Ju Yoon-ha The Soul Rebels Moon Jeong Se-woon Dear Jazz Orchestra Sunday, May 20 An Evening with Branford Marsalis Quartet Jessie J Arturo Sandoval & His All-star Band Children of the Light: Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade Kehlani with Marteen Nell Rhye Mamas Gun Roy Kim Hyukoh 2nd Moon with Kim Jun-soo Yun Seok-cheol Trio x Baek Yerin Koh Sang-ji Tango x Jazz The Duke Ellington Orchestra Common Ground Heize Day6 PREP Richard Parkers Echae Kang Tickets to the jazz fest are now on sale at ticket.interpark.com. The festival is sponsored by BMW. CR: KPOPHERALD
  10. The following is briefly translated to the best of my understanding. Thank you for reading! "Clear Sky Without Clouds" - TWICE selected as Pocari Sweat AD models for 2nd consecutive year (2018) Sales record achieved last year ... 9-in-9 colours with charm for all summer charge Dong-A Otsuka (President: Yang Dongyoung) announced on March 12th that it has selected Korean top-class idol group TWICE as the advertising model of Pocari Sweat in 2018 for the 2nd consecutive year. Dong-A Otsuka said that all nine members of the TWICE (Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu) will be Pocari Sweat exclusive models. TWICE was talked about at last year's Pocari Sweat 30th anniversary and was named as their first idol girl group Pocari Sweat models. In fact, Pocari Sweat sales exceeded about 140 billion won last year and set a new sales record. CR: etnews , Pocari Sweat (Korea) Dong-A Otsuka Also, this could be related to their recent trip to Phuket, Thailand for a CF.
  11. CR: eNEWS24 CR: 아시아투데이ASIATODAY TWICE are on their way to Chile!
  12. “Music Bank” Announces Lineup And Details For World Tour Stop In Chile Updated March 2 KST: “Music Bank” is going to Chile for the 12th stop of their world tour! The lineup for the special episode of “Music Bank” in Chile has been modified. On March 2, KBS announced that SHINee’s Taemin and SF9 have been added to the lineup, with CNBLUE no longer attending. The lineup now consists of B.A.P, VIXX, TWICE, Wanna One, SF9, and Taemin. They will perform on March 23, and Park Bo Gum will return as MC. According to the production staff, the concert in Chile will be filled with special stages and fan service! Source (1) cr: soompi
  13. KCON USA Announces 2018 Dates And Gears Up For Another Exciting Year It’s time to get ready for another epic KCON USA! The annual event has announced that its 7th edition will be held this summer from June 23 to 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and from August 10 to 12 at STAPLES Center & LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. KCON USA is the world’s largest Korean culture convention, and it will once again be bringing exciting concerts by K-pop stars and lots of interesting content at its convention, which this year will expand to include K-beauty and esports. Last year’s KCON USA was attended by 128,000 fans, which is the most in its history. KCON USA attendees get to experience A-list concerts, celebrity meet and greets, and workshops and panels, with topics that cover not only Korean music but also food, fashion, television, film, esports and more. You can check out more information at KCON USA’s website and also follow @KCONUSA on Twitter. Stay tuned for news on which artists will be performing at KCON USA this year! CR: soompi
  14. Date And Details Announced For 2018 Soribada Best K-Music Awards Soribada is returning with their second ever awards show! The digital music platform confirmed they will be hosting the 2018 Soribada Best K-Music Awards on August 30. The ceremony will award the best K-pop acts and releases based on Soribada’s internal data as well as online and mobile voting. The organizer of the event emphasized that fairness is top priority when it comes to awarding their winners. The lineup has not been announced yet, but similarly to the 1st Soribada Best K-Music Awards held last year on September 20, the awards ceremony this year will feature performances from various genres like K-pop, rap, and trot. Stay tuned for more details! Source (1) CR: soompi
  15. Mnet Responds To Reports That They’ve Finalized Casting And Set Broadcast Date For “Produce 48” Mnet has released a response to reports that the list of contestants for their upcoming show “Produce 48” has been finalized. On March 20, a news outlet reported that the show had finished choosing the female trainees who will be appearing on the show, and had also set a broadcast date for May. A source from Mnet responded and said, “We have not yet finalized the list of contestants. We are currently meeting with potential participants and we are aiming to begin filming in April.” When asked when the show will begin airing, the source stated, “Though we hope to begin airing the show in May, we cannot give a definitive answer yet because there are many variables that may affect the date.” “Produce 48” will be a project show that combines Mnet’s “Produce 101” series with Japan’s AKB48 “Idols you can meet easily” concept. The show will be helmed by producing director Ahn Joon Young, who has been in charge of the “Produce 101” series. The show will invite female trainees from both Korea and Japan to compete and become part of a group that debuts like I.O.I and wanna One. Source (1) (2) CR: soompi
  16. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright and Dennis Rodman went in (met North Korean leaders Kim II Sung, Kim Jong II and Kim Jong Un) and came out, this far I know.

    Could it be TWICE !!!??? CR: IME Asia(instagram), IME Asia(Twitter) PS (Do not quote me please. Thanks in advance!): To Malaysian ONCE, this is just an observation after a few discussions among acquaintances. Any eventual schedule (should this event be officially confirmed) could be depending on NOT clashing dates with the preparations and date of your upcoming GE (which can happen anytime between April to June 2018.), since venue(s), e.g. Merdeka Stadium, might be used for rally point etc. Finally, pray hard that all events shall go smoothly (e.g. no ugly demonstrations after post-elections etc) and TWICE will touchdown in Malaysia soon.
  18. [DISCUSSION] Twice spotted in Thailand

    New Pocari Sweat CF coming soon. Dong-A Otsuka announced TWICE continuing as their Pocari Sweat models in 2018, (a consecutive year after 2017). http://pocarisweat.co.kr/post_news/2018-포카리걸-트와이스-선정/ http://www.etnews.com/20180312000097?mc=ev_003_00005 CR: Pocari Sweat (Korea) Dong-A Otsuka
  19. TWICE's 'Candy Pop' certified platinum by Japanese industry association SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- "Candy Pop," the latest Japanese single from South Korean girl group TWICE, has been certified platinum by Japan's recording industry association, the group's agency said Monday. The song recently received the certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan for selling more than 400,000 copies, JYP Entertainment said. It became the third TWICE song to be certified platinum by the association after its Japanese debut compilation album "#TWICE" and follow-up single "One More Time," released in October. The Japanese association gives the platinum certification to albums that sell more than 250,000 copies. TWICE is scheduled to return to the domestic music scene in early April and hold concerts titled "Twiceland Zone 2: Fantasy Park" in Seoul from May 18-20. It later plans to hold four concerts in Japan and perform in other Asian countries, including Singapore. A promotional image for TWICE, provided by JYP Entertainment (Yonhap) sshim@yna.co.kr (END) CR: Yonhap News Agency
  20. March Brand Reputation Rankings For Individual Girl Group Members Revealed On March 18, the Korean Business Research Institute announced this month’s ranking for brand reputation among individual girl group members. The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 111,233,224 pieces of big data on 318 girl group members from February 16 to March 17. With the recent premiere of her new drama “Tempted,” Red Velvet’s Joy rose six spots from the February ranking to top the list this month. With a participation score of 1,486,226, media coverage score of 473,820, interaction score of 651,752, and community score of 566,773, her total score for the month came out to be 3,178,571, which is a 16.56 percent increase from her February score. MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo also rose six spots to take second for the March ranking with a participation score of 1,977,812, media coverage score of 231,620, interaction score of 594,717, and community score of 362,747 for a total brand reputation score of 3,166,896. This is a 17.46 percent increase from her previous score. Following MAMAMOO’s recent comeback, Solar rose 67 spots from the February ranking to take third place. Her participation score is 1,029,568, media coverage score is 717,689, interaction score is 487,224, and community score is 758,066 for a total brand reputation score of 2,992,547, which is a 493.12 percent increase from last month. Check out the top 30 below: Red Velvet’s Joy MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo MAMAMOO’s Solar Red Velvet’s Seulgi Red Velvet’s Irene WJSN’s Xuan Yi MOMOLAND’s Nancy MOMOLAND’s JooE TWICE’s Dahyun gugudan’s Mina Red Velvet’s Yeri WJSN’s Cheng Xiao WJSN’s Bona Girls’ Generation’s YoonA TWICE’s Sana TWICE’s Momo TWICE’s Nayeon MAMAMOO’s Wheein TWICE’s Mina MAMAMOO’s Hwasa Red Velvet’s Wendy WJSN’s Yoo Yeonjung WJSN’s Seola Weki Meki’s Kim Doyeon Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul Weki Meki’s Choi Yoojung TWICE’s Tzuyu Oh My Girl’s YooA WJSN’s Dayoung Source (1) TWICE's members: 9. Dahyun 15. Sana 16. Momo 17. Nayeon 19. Mina 28. Tzuyu 31. Jeongyeon 36. Jihyo 38. Chaeyoung CR: soompi, rekorea.net
  21. Please give your support and show love to Dahyun! Link: http://www.vlive.tv/video/62277 New Link: http://www.vlive.tv/video/62489
  22. GOT7’s JB And Jinyoung Express Support For The “Me Too” Movement GOT7’s JB and Jinyoung shared their thoughts on the “Me Too” movement that has been sweeping South Korea lately during a recent interview in honor of the group’s comeback. See Also: GOT7's Jinyoung Reveals Unfortunate Side Effect Of Having Same Name As JYP Founder Park Jin Young “I want to applaud everyone who has courageously spoken up,” Jinyoung stated. “I believe there is a lot of unspoken pain everywhere, not just in the cultural or entertainment circles. I hope that they will be able to shake off their pain and confidently rise up again during and after the ‘Me Too’ movement. I hope the ‘Me Too’ movement becomes a good influence that spreads throughout society in general. I want to express my support and gratitude.” JB expressed, “I hope that such reprehensible acts will disappear. It makes me think that I have to mature properly. I thought it would be best if I become a role model without any disgraceful aspects as time goes on and I become a senior [in the industry] myself.” The GOT7 members were also asked if JYP Entertainment provided any education about such matters like sexual violence. JB revealed, “There are many programs within the agency. We have been receiving sex education since we were trainees. We can also receive ‘mental care.’ Park Jin Young thinks that a person’s character is the most important thing. We have always spoken about matters like this, and he also gives us a lot of advice as well.” GOT7 recently came back with their newest mini album “Eyes on You,” which features title track “Look.” Source (1) CR: soompi
  23. MADTOWN’s H.O Shares What Life Was Like As A JYP Entertainment Trainee MADTOWN member H.O recently told some stories from his days as a trainee at JYP Entertainment. H.O spent time as a trainee at JYP before he joined the agency J.Tune Camp and debuted with MADTOWN in 2014. He is currently a broadcasting jockey on the website AfreecaTV. In a recent live show, he shared stories in the hopes that it would help others who dream of joining the industry. He said that he’d auditioned for JYP Entertainment by performing WINNER member Kang Seung Yoon’s song “Instinctively.” He explained, “I really couldn’t sing at all. I had only ever danced, and the only time I’d been able to sing was at karaoke. So I picked a song that I sang a lot at karaoke, it was probably a recent song at the time.” H.O added that he hadn’t been worried about the dancing portion of the audition, since he’d practiced dancing for a long time. However, there was a part of the audition where they turned on random music and asked the applicants to freestyle dance. “But when I’d learned to dance, I’d only learned choreography,” said H.O. “So I couldn’t do things like freestyle, because I’d never tried. They put on a really energetic pop song, and I just clapped.” He then did a funny impression of how he’d awkwardly clapped along to the song instead of dancing. He went on to say that he’d passed the audition and began training at a special training center. He clarified that while a lot of people know the famous main JYP Entertainment building where artists practice, there was a separate training center about a five-minute walk away where training took place. As he talked about the daily life of a trainee, he shared that trainees were given meal tickets for the cafeteria. In addition, he said that the building was set up with CCTV cameras everywhere, and he explained that he’d found all the blind spots by the time he was a month into his training, so he could sleep and eat junk food without being monitored if he wanted to. H.O also shared how the monthly evaluations worked at JYP while he was a trainee. “All of the kind of systematic entertainment companies that you would recognize are probably the same,” he said. “There’s an evaluation that they do once a month.” “It shows them how much a person’s improved, and how passionate they are,” he continued. “They kind of draw a picture in their heads. They say, ‘Oh, that person seems to be passionate, and it seems like they’ve practiced hard. Their skills seem to have improved since last month.’ Then they keep training them. But if they see them and think, ‘Oh, their skills haven’t improved since last month,’ then they keep observing. They don’t let them go right away. If they haven’t improved for two or three months and they don’t seem to be passionate, then they let them go. Then other trainees keep coming in. So it’s really competitive.” H.O was asked what the vocal lessons were like at JYP, and he said that since he’d never learned how to sing, he had to start with vocalization. He’d go into a practice room with a teacher and practice scales. “There’s something called a JYP basic scale,” he said. “It’s on an MP3 file.” He laughed as he shared how he’d connect an MP3 player to a speaker and follow along with a voice giving directions on the file. He also said, “At JYP, you can’t do monthly evaluations with Korean songs.” Even if trainees asked if they could sing a Korean song, they were told not to. Instead, the trainees all had to sing songs in English. “I still don’t know the reason why,” he said. When asked about the ages of the trainees, H.O said, “When I was there, there were some really young people, and elementary school students and middle school students. I think the oldest was 20 or 21 years old.” H.O went on to talk about the good environment at JYP, saying that when the monthly evaluations were finished, they’d host a birthday party for the trainees, and also held Christmas parties. The trainees who were celebrating a birthday were also given gift cards worth 50,000 won (approximately $46.83). “Also, at the very end of the monthly evaluations, they’d have a freestyle part,” he said. “The 40 to 50 trainees would all get together in one spot and make a circle. They’d turn on music and people would take turns coming out into the center and doing a freestyle dance, just doing whatever they wanted.” “Once a year, we’d also go somewhere as an outing,” he added. “I’m not sure what it’s called, but we’d have a campfire and stuff like that. They treated us really well.” When asked if they gave them clothes, H.O said that wasn’t provided, so he’d just buy several sets of track suits. “I was always ripping them,” he explained. “So I’d just buy five of the same thing.” H.O explained that trainees had contract periods, with some of them being a year or two years. He was asked if trainees were paid, and he confirmed that they weren’t. “Instead, there’s really no place to use money,” he said. “You can live on the allowance and they pay for a place for trainees to sleep, they give them food, and take care of the lessons. They provide everything.” He said, “It was actually hard at the time, but looking back on it now, it was a good memory and really fun.” A commenter asked if he’d go to JYP Entertainment again and debut, if he could go back in time. H.O replied, “If I could go back in time, I’d get into Bitcoin. Don’t be crazy.” MADTOWN has been on hiatus since 2016, and the group has been through a difficult time in the past year and a half. They remain in a legal battle to be completely free from their contracts with their former agency. Source (1) CR: soompi
  24. Pop stars take control of their sound Teaching their artists how to produce music has paid off for agencies iKon members from left: Kim Dong-hyuk, Song Yoon-hyung, B.I, Bobby, Kim Jin-hwan, Koo Joo-hoe and Jung Chan-woo. [YG ENTERTAINMENT] YG Entertainment’s seven-member hip hop boy group iKON is on a roll these days. On Jan. 25, their single “Love Scenario” topped numerous music streaming charts, and stayed there for five weeks straight - the longest streak for a male group since YG boy band Big Bang’s “Haru Haru” was number one on the charts for seven weeks in 2008. Despite competition from popular boy group Wanna One’s “I.P.U.,” which was released on March 5, iKON has continued to hover around the top spot. In fact, the group also released “Rubber Band,” a digital single on March 5. Although K-pop groups are releasing music at higher frequency than ever before these days, it still is notable for a boy band to drop a new song just weeks after releasing their first full-length album in two years. Based on the career paths of many of their groups, YG, one of the nation’s biggest entertainment agencies, seems to be continuing its tradition of giving their singers the skills to be their own producers, creating what have come to be known as producer-dols - a portmanteau of producer and idol, what pop stars are commonly called in Korea. iKON group leader B.I was active in writing lyrics and composing music for all of the songs included on the group’s second album, as well as “Rubber Band.” B.I proudly explained to the press that “this song was revised eight times, as if it was given CPR.” “Rubber Band” was produced by B.I. in collaboration with Song Min-ho from the YG boy group Winner. Both artists collaborated in writing the lyrics and the music. Although from the same agency, it was the first time for the two groups to collaborate on music. Both boy groups are products of the 2013 Mnet music competition program “Win: Who is Next,” and therefore, they are often referred to as brother groups. The guys who made the show’s final group debuted together as Winner in 2014, while those who failed to make the cut were cast in follow-up Mnet music competition show, “Mix and Match,” and later became iKON. As most of the members of Big Bang, who have played a major role in raising the agency’s profile, recently entered the military, YG has turned its focus to firmly establishing Winner and iKON’s standing in the music industry and ensuring their success. These so-called post-Big Bang groups are following in the footsteps of one of the most successful male acts in Korean music history. In July 2007, Big Bang dominated the Melon charts for six consecutive weeks with its song “Lies.” Just months later, in November of the same year, the group broke its own record with “Last Farewell” off of the album “Hot Issue,” topping the charts for eight weeks. This led them to secure their spot as one of the most successful bands in K-pop history. Unlike selling albums, topping the streaming music charts requires seizing the attention of listeners outside of a group’s diehard fans. This makes it difficult for a single band to dominate music charts for more than a few days. Female acts are no exception to this rule. When looking over Melon’s charts, only Wonder Girl’s 2007 release “Tell Me,” which held on to the top spot for seven weeks, and Girls’ Generation’s 2009 song “Gee,” which stayed atop the charts for eight weeks, managed to pull off such success. Even Psy, who made a name for himself internationally with his 2012 smash-hit “Gangnam Style,” only topped the charts for six weeks, making the success of “Love Scenario” even more notable. Boy band BTS, known for its hit song “DNA,” is another male act that has proven the importance of members’ roles in producing the group’s music. Through their success, fans’ expectation that their favorite group members will take part in producing their music has only increased. If idols like iKON’s B.I. and Bobby and Big Bang’s G-Dragon are able to produce their own music, the record-making process becomes a lot easier. Of course, the direction of each K-pop group is different. While YG’s Big Bang pursues sophistication, BTS from Big Hit Entertainment has focused on making music for young people, with the aim that the fans will grow together with the group. This also goes for J-Hope, the third member of BTS after RM and Sugar to release a solo mixtape project. The singer released the song “Hope World” off of the project on March 2. Starting his career off as a dancer, he became a rapper and then a producer. “Hope World” has been well recieved by fans around the world, ranking first on the iTunes Top Album Chart, which is compiled from sales in 63 countries. Mixtapes have now come to be perceived as a window for artists to freely communicate with their fans. iKON pursues “a style of music that everybody empathizes with. A kind of music that provokes imagination,” said Mimyo, the chief editor of Korean pop music website Idology. “As shown through their debut song ‘My Type,’ iKON’s strengths lie in their cheerful melodies that can be sung easily and the lyrics, which both male and female fans can relate to.” As for B.I from iKON, he is “inspired by movies and dramas because [of a] lack of experience,” and Bobby’s surprisingly romantic lyrics often appeal to people of many ages despite his fans mostly being in their teens and 20s. For the first time, some K-pop groups are promoting themselves as producer-dols. JYP’s upcoming boy group Stray Kids, who are scheduled to make their official debut on March 25, announced its debut album, titled “Mixtape,” in January. The group’s debut single “Hellevator,” was produced by the group’s leader Bang-chan, and Stray Kids even ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s “K-pop Artists to Watch in 2018.” “In the case of large entertainment agencies, it has been challenging to manage a number of K-pop groups at the same time,” said Professor Lee Gyu-tag of George Mason University Korea. “But as these group members have become more [independent with their music], self-producing has become possible, overcoming the limitations of the previous system [that hindered the management of big agencies].” BY MIN KYUNG-WON [lee.jeonghyun@joongang.co.kr] YG Entertainment's Winner, right, is also known for having a hand in the production of its music, thanks to the work of member Song Min-ho, second from left. Stray Kids, left, who will soon debut under JYP Entertainment, released its first song "Hellevator" on Mnet music competition program "Stray Kids." The song was composed by group leader Bang-chan, center. [ILGAN SPORTS, JYP ENTERTAINMENT] CR: Korea Joongang Daily