‘2012 Kpop super concert in America’ will be hosted at at Home Depot Center in Los Angeles during August.
School violence is a serious problem in Korea nowadays.
왕따 Wangta is the Korean term for a victim of school bullying. Wang means king, and Ta is a term for a loner or an ostracized person. The problem with wangta is that everyone in school targets the wangtas. And even the person who helps wangtas are often ostracized.
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Well here’s the good news.
IU, a Korean singer song writer and actress, volunteered herself to be used for anti-bullying campaigns. The cute singer and ambassador for the prevention of school violence attended a fan signing event for the publication of “I’m Sorry” – a book about school violence at the Gwanghwamun Kyobo Bookstore in Seoul.
“I’m Sorry” is a book written about the experiences that the 13 members of the Police Agency’s Prevention of School Violence task team had about this issue. The book’s profits will be donated to the Foundation for Preventing Youth Violence in order to help the victims of school violence.
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Through this meaningful event, I hope adults and kids will look up to IU, and read this book, which will allow people to be more aware and take interest in stopping school violence.
Read an article about one of my favorite artists :
KARA, one of the most popular Korean pop groups in Japan, was ranked 6th in the “2012 First Half
Talent Power Ranking” according to Nikkei Entertainment, a Japanese entertainment magazine.
The five-member girl group proved its popularity, ranking the highest out of hallyu stars in Japan. The
result was a pleasant surprise for the group as it ranked after the five members of Arashi, a Japanese
boy group, who took the top five spots.
The survey of teenage girls in Japan placed KARA as the only foreign group in the top ten, beating out
popular Japanese girl group AKB48 as well.
In addition, the girl group set the record of having sold 1,000,000 copies of its album in 23 months,
the shortest time for a Korean artist.
Source : http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20120713-358836.html
It’s good to see that the popularity of K-pop in the world is spreading!
AND that KARA is doing well, and we hope that other K-pop artists will be as successful as KARA, not only in Japan, but else where in the world music market.
Big Bang won Best Fan award at 2012 MTV TRL Awards at Italy May 5th.
The TMV TRL Awars began in 2006 to honor Italy’s most favored artists and their music videos in the industry, and Big Bang became the first Asian singer to win the award.
The ‘Best Fan’ category of the awards is decided by online voting of worldwide fans.
Other nominees in the same category were world stars such as pop star Avril Lavigne, famous idol group One Direction, and more.
Big Bang last year have won ‘Best Worldwide Act’ back in November at MTV’s 2011 Europe Music Awards.
If you’re wondering why they are so popular…
Check out their music videos.
Coming to Midtown before Christmas: Kristalbelli, Manhattan’s latest entry in the global quest to make Korean barbecue upscale, not just popular. Its chef, David Shim, has worked at Gramercy Tavern, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Veritas. He promises Wagyu beef, organic vegetables, pork belly and the usual prize morsels for grilling.
But the main attraction will be the grills themselves. Each unit, set in the center of the table, is made of a single piece of crystal, with infrared heat that will produce higher temperatures than charcoal or gas grills. In Korea, both infrared and crystal cooking have been touted for their health benefits. Here, some backyard grill jockeys have experimented with infrared, but this will be a first for a restaurant. Powerful downdraft machines are promised to suck the usual smoke and cooking smells out through the floor.
This combination of sleek lounge and D.I.Y. grilling is the brainchild of the young Korean entertainment mogul J.Y. Park.
Super Junior, a 10-member K-pop group, will hold its first solo concert in Paris next month, according to reports on Wednesday.
The Paris show is part of Super Junior’s world tour titled “Super Show 4” and will take place on April 6 at Le Zenith de Paris where world-famous stars including Neyo, the Pussycat Dolls and the Jonas Brothers have performed.
The boy band performed for French fans at the same venue last year along with other K-pop artists under SM Entertainment.
In December, the group performed for a record 90,000 people in a two-day concert in Osaka and also held concerts in Singapore and Taipei. The schedule has yet to be confirmed, but they are to visit other cities in Europe and South America as well, according to reports. On March 9-10, the Korean boy band will hold its solo concert in Macao.
Ticket sales for Super Junior’s Paris show open at 10am on Friday (Paris time) via http://www.livenation.fr.
Some 30 South Korean celebrities held a concert in Seoul to urge China not to repatriate North Korean defectors. The celebrities, including popular TV actor Cha In-pyo and his actress wife Shin Ae-ra, has recently formed an organization called “Cry with us” with 30 teenagers who defected from North Korea, to help defectors caught in China.
During the concert slated for Sunday at Yonsei University’s main campus in Seoul, the group issued a letter of appeal written in Korean, Chinese and English, urging Beijing not to repatriate North Korean defectors to their homeland.
Tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of North Koreans are believed to be living in hiding in China after fleeing their communist homeland in hopes of settling in South Korea.
The issue has drawn fresh media and public attention as China is reportedly moving to return dozens of detained North Korean escapees to their homeland where they are certain to face severe punishment or even execution.
Cry with us MV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Jx7a86eRI
Concert video clip: http://www.ytn.co.kr/_pn/0109_201203050834354008
Source: Yonhap News Agency