2009 Melon Music Awards will be held on the 16th of December, 7PM at Seoul Olympic Park. After MNet “2009 MAMA” and the 24th Golden Disk Awards, this ceremony will be the third year end awards.
Netizens believe that this time the battle will be between the two top companies in the kpop industry, SM and YG. The “no show no award” policy has previously infuriated fans of both parties as each of their idols attended one award and were no-shows to the other one. On November 21, all YG artists managed to be present in Mnet Asia Music Awards 2009 but were nowhere to be seen on the recent Golden Disk Awards while SM artists were all present on the 24th GDA. It was clear that YG artists snagged most of the awards in MAMA, totaling to a number of six while SM also brought home 6 awards in total through Super Junior, SNSD and SHINee in GDA.
Everyone is expecting for a showdown between the two top girl groups, 2009 shining star SNSD and 2009 rookie star 2NE1, especially after it is confirmed by Star News that Big Bang will once again have to miss the ceremony for Japan and only half the members of SM boys, Super Junior will make it to the show due to its subgroup’s SJ-M’s conflicting schedule. Other boy group from DSP Entertainment, SS501, will also give the show a miss but that does not stop the great anticipation from fans. Even though some groups will be missing, at least there will be representatives from each companies.
There will be promising special stages, including a joint stage of the top 4 girl groups, SNSD, 2NE1, BEG and KARA. Fans are also anticipating for a special appearance of Super Junior Eunhyuk, Sungmin, 2PM Nickhun, TRAX Jungmo and IRIS Juni. To top it off, the stars of the recent big hit drama “You Are Beautiful”, Jang Geunsuk and Park Shinhye are chosen to be MCs of the show. The list of the performers and the performances have yet to be released so they might be just another rumors.. whether it will turn out to live to the viewers’ expectations or not, we will have to see it ourselves tomorrow..
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The all-girl K-pop group Girls Generation (aka SNSD) and “Beastly Idols” 2PM dominated the Korean music scene in 2009 and emerged as top idol groups, according to a survey and a ranking by a TV show.
In a ranking by a program on Korean TV station MBC, Girls Generation emerged as the number one singing group in Korea.
Girls Generation dominated the first half of the year with their song “Gee.” It ruled on “Music Bank,” a Korean music program on KBS TV station, for nine consecutive weeks—a record for a Korean artist. The song also started a dance craze in Korea.
Hot on the heels of Girls Generation was the Brown Eyed Girls followed by 2PM, Baek Ji Young, Super Junior, Infinity Challenge, 2NE1, G-Dragon, SHINee, Jang Ki Ha and the Faces, Kara, f(x), Kim Tae Woo, 4Minute and Norazo.
On the other hand, producers of entertainment programs in Korea picked 2PM as the best artist for 2009.
The survey was done among 22 producers of entertainment shows from the top three Korean TV stations MBC, KBS and SBS.
2PM got nine votes followed by Girls Generation with five votes, 2NE1 with three, Brown Eyed Girls with two and Kara and Big Bang with one vote each. 2PM generated a lot of buzz with their song “Again and Again.”
In the song of the year category, “Gee” by Girls Generation was named top pick with seven votes followed by “Abracadabra” by BEG with six and 2NE1’s “I Don’t Care” with three.
2PM also garnered the male artist of the year award with 17 votes while G-Dragon of Big Bang was second with three votes. Super Junior and Big Bang got one vote each.
Girls Generation was chosen as female artist of the year with 11 votes. 2NE1 was second with seven, Brown Eyed Girls with three and Kara with one vote.
2NE1 was picked as rookie of the year with 13 votes followed by After School with seven votes.
The emergence of girl groups in Korea was voted as the hottest issue of the year followed by the departure of Park Jaebum as leader of boy band 2PM.
Girls Generation is composed of Taeyeon, Jessica, Yoona, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, and Sunny.
On the other hand, 2PM is composed of Wooyoung, Nichkhun, Junsu, Junho, Taecyeon, and Chansung. Its leader, Jaebum, is on hiatus.
|Cover of BoA’s new single album “White Wishes” [SM Entertainment]|
Korean pop singer BoA is set to release her new J-pop single in Korea on Wednesday, according to a press release by SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
The singer’s 29th single “White Wishes”, which was released in Japan on December 9, will be available in Korea in two versions — CD and CD/DVD.
“Wishes” is a medium-tempo ballad track that was featured as a theme song for the best-selling Nintendo game “Tale of Graces”. The album also carries another R&B track titled “The End and…”, which was written by the singer herself.
Limited editions of the CD version include a remix track of BoA’s 28th single “Bump Bump!” with a featuring by Japanese hip-hop artist Verbal of m-flo. The DVD contains a music video of “Wishes” and footage of the video in the making.
BoA, one of the most active K-pop stars on the international scene, debuted in 2000 with the album “ID; Peace B”. She was discovered and trained by SM Entertainment, a major talent agency in Korea. She has released eight studio albums in Korea, six in Japan and made her U.S. debut in March 2009.
Reporter : Lynn Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Boy band T-Max [Planet 905]|
Korean boy band T-Max will receive an award from the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) for their contribution in promoting Korean culture, according to their agency on Tuesday.
They have been selected as “Hallyu Stars of 2009” by KTO and will be presented the award at the 2009 Hallyu Tourism Night event on December 19, to be held at Yonsei University.
The “Hallyu” event will feature a special performance from T-Max as well as a video showing of overseas promotional videos which stars a handful of K-pop stars including Son Ho-young, Andy, Kim Joon and F.T Island.
“We are very proud and happy to share in the responsibility of continuing the popularity of Korean Wave,” T-Max members were quoted as saying. “We will continue our efforts in promoting Korea to overseas markets in the future.”
According to KTO, the number of tourists who visited Korea last month was counted at over seven million visitors, a record-high for the month of November.
T-Max had recently also held a Hallyu Star autograph session at Incheon International Airport as part of their activities as promoting the city of Incheon.
T-Max, who debuted in 2007, is best known for their song “Paradise” which was featured in the soundtrack for hit TV series “Boys Over Flowers”. The group’s rapper Kim Joon achieved an even greater success playing an F4 member, one of the key characters, in the drama.
The group became popular throughout Asia, thanks to the success of “Flowers” and several of their songs on the soundtrack including “Say Yes”, “Wish You’re My Love”, “Fight The Bad Feeling” and “Bang Bang Boom”.
They recently wrapped up a concert in Singapore and are set to perform in Japan next week. The concert, titled “Christmas Talk & Live Show Merry ChrisT-MAX”, will be held in Tokyo and Osaka on December 22 and 23, respectively.
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|SS501 leader Kim Hyun-joong [DSP Media]|
Korean pop idol Kim Hyun-joong won three awards at the 2009 Yahoo! Buzz Awards held in Hong Kong on December 14.
Kim, leader of popular idol group SS501, was voted Asia Top Buzz Male Artist, Top Buzz KR (Korean) Artist by Taiwanese netizens and Top Buzz KR Artist by Korean netizens. His group SS501 was also awarded Asia Top Buzz Group at the event.
The Yahoo! Buzz Awards, into its sixth year, selects winners based on the “buzz”, or number of searches, a star has received on Internet portal site Yahoo!.
Kim prepared his acceptance speech in Korean, Chinese and English, saying “I would like to thank all the fans in Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong who have given me so much support, and I will work even harder in the future.”
Popular Taiwanese actor Joseph Cheng reportedly showed up and mingled with SS501 at the event.
The five-member boy band debuted in 2005 with single “Warning” and have been active in Korea and Japan, releasing numerous albums both as a group and also pursuing individual careers such as acting and appearing in variety shows.
The group made a successful comeback to the music scene in October, topping various music charts with their second mini-album “REBIRTH”.
Reporter : Kang Seung-hun firstname.lastname@example.org
MANILA, Philippines – It seems anything Korean or commonly known as the hallyu wave is in these days. From soap operas, restaurants to beauty products, Korean culture has won the Filipinos’ hearts. Who could forget Koreanovelas like the Endless Love series, Lovers in Paris, Full House and Stairway to Heaven?
Not to be outdone is the Korean music, better known as Kpop. Thanks to YouTube, Korean cable TV and music download, Filipinos are exposed to Korea’s finest singers and groups. As a Kpop follower, I came up with a list of eight Kpop singers and groups many Filipinos are familiar with and will hear from in the future.
BoA — One of South Korea’s top female singers. She has topped the charts in Korea, Japan and released an album in the US. She collaborated with western artists such as Westlife and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys and was cited as an Influential Artist in the 2004 MTV Asia Awards.
2NE1 — With Sandara Park (known as the Pambansang Krung-Krung) as one of its members, the group is fast becoming popular in the country thanks to songs
such as Lollipop, Fire and I Don’t Care. Sandara, now known as Dara, released the song Kis featuring Lee Min Ho (Gu Jun Pyo of Boys Over Flowers) to promote Korean beer brand Cass.
Rain — Known to Filipino audience as Justin of the hit romantic-comedy Full House, Rain is Korea’s latest export in the international entertainment industry. He was cited by Time Magazine as one of the 100 “Most Influential People Who Shape the World Award” and People Magazine named him one of the Most Beautiful People in its “First-Time Beauties 2007” section. Aside from being a singer-actor, Rain heads his own company J. Tune Entertainment and dabbles in fashion with his clothing line Six to Five. He broke into Hollywood via Speed Racer and will be seen in the movie Ninja Assassin, produced by the Wachowski brothers, the duo behind The Matrix trilogy.
Wonder Girls — Filipinos by now could not stop singing the group’s hit song Nobody. With its catchy tune and ’60s theme music video, the Wonder Girls composed of Yubin, Yenny, Sohee, Sunye and Sunmi have invaded the US where they are now touring with the Jonas Brothers. Their song, Nobody, debuted in the Billboard charts last October, making them the first Korean group to do so.
SS501 —The group composed of Hyun Joong, Young Saeng, Jung Min, Kyu Joong and Hyung Jun debuted in 2005 with the song Warning and Snow Prince. They also invaded the Japanese music industry and even recorded a TV show SS501: The Mission. The group’s popularity further rose due to the show Boys Over Flowers which was aired all over Asia. In the show, Hyun Joong played the quiet, musically-inclined Yoon Ji-Hoo while three of the members performed the songs Because I am Stupid and Making A Lover, included in the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack. After a year and seven months hiatus, the group released the mini album Rebirth, and is currently touring Asia for their Persona Tour. Their single A Song Calling for You (LaLaLa) is in the Top 20 of MYX’s international charts.
Super Junior —They are considered the largest boyband with 13 members. They are one of the many Korean groups to go beyond singing and dancing with many of its members involved in acting and other activities such as anime voice recording. Although they have three albums, it was their third album Sorry, Sorry that brought them commercial success.
Shinee — Known as one of Korea’s R&B boybands, Shinee debuted in 2008 with mini-album Replay. The group has won many awards including the Best Newcomer at the 18th Seoul Music Awards and participated in various concerts including the Dream Concert in the Seoul Olympic Stadium alongside other groups such as Girl Generation, Wonder Girls and Super Junior last year. They also released the album The Shinee World and recorded songs like Stand By Me, included in the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack and Bodyguard, used for the promotion of Samsung’s Anycall mobile phone featuring Kim Bum and Kim So Eun. The group is also known for its fashion sense dubbed as the “Shinee trend,” which led to endorsements for Reebok and Korean Cosmetic Company Nana B. Filipino fans will get the chance to see the group when they perform in Manila this month at the Korean Culture Festival.
Girls Generation — Composed of nine female members, fans often refer them as SNSD which is short for the group’s Korean name So Nyeo Shi Dae or So Nyuh Shi Dae. Like other groups, the members of Girls Generation are trained in various aspects of the performing arts. Their second mini-album Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) was recently released with the song of the same name as its carrier single. The group also has its own TV series and endorses various products in Korea.
With the continued craving for anything Korean, Filipinos will continue to hear and see more Kpop artists in the coming years.
Taegoon held a concert “TAEGOON White Love 2009” recently. The performances started off with “Superstar” and “One Two Step”. He did a total of 15 songs, including familiar songs like “Call Me” and “Betrayed”, but also a few special performances like “I Do” by Rain, and “Perfect Man” by Shinhwa. In addition, supportive video messages from Taegoon’s seniors in the industry were presented. TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu message stated “I’m close with Taegoon, so I’m very moved too. Song and dance performances are expected, do your best!”
During a press conference after the event, Taegoon talked about the selection of songs to perform. He says, “Rain is a senior that I respect the most. There were many dance songs, but I wanted to present a ballad song to my fans, so “I Do” was chosen.” Taegoon also chose “Perfect Man” by Shinhwa because of his participation in Battle Shinhwa several years ago before his debut. “Although I had a shaved head back then, (smiles) I saw Shinhwa performing and I thought I’d like to do that someday.”
Taegoon talked about the difference between Korean and Japanese fans. “The fans in South Korea all get up and dance together while I perform, but the fans in Japan listen carefully and quietly. I heard that it was because of cultural differences, but at first I was puzzled and thought I was doing something wrong in Japan.” He seems to become accustom to the atmosphere of Japan.
Taegoon also commented on some memorable fans, “One person came to support me with a handmade round fan, however, instead of having my face on it, the face of Jaejoong was there. Though I think it means that my fan also supports him… but because he’s a friend that I love, and a true friend, I was happy.”
Although Taegoon’s current weight is 73kg (160lbs) he wants to drop to 68kg (149lbs). “Because I have broad shoulders, I have to buy things according to that. The clothes I buy are always in sizes too large. I don’t need to become thinner in circumference, but I do aerobic exercises because I could wear very cool things if I were thinner.
“I’m very active in Japan recently, but it’s said that the night view of Kobe and Tokyo Disneyland would be nice places to visit. When I was on Battle Shinhwa I came to Japan with the other members. We ate ox tongue and it was very delicious. That left a deep impression on me.”
Taegoon talked about his desires for the future, “I do my best in singing activities, but I would like to show other sides of myself outside of music programs. I want to challenge myself with variety shows and acting.” and showed a willingness.
Girl Group Kara has exceeded expectations in Japan.
It was announced that Kara are holding their Japanese showcase fanmeeting in Akasaka, Tokyo at a venue which seats 1400 people. Consequently the reactions of Japanese fans have been explosive. With tickets on sale for less than a week, for the 1400 seats available more than 3000 people (and counting) have registered. With the number of registrants steadily increasing to this day, Kara should be very pleased with themselves.
A PR stated “This is beyond all of our expectations, even we are astonished. We are currently in discussions over how to move forward.”
This could possibly be a sign of Kara skyrocketing to fame in Japan. After well-known Japanese gagman Gegitan Hitori’s continuous talks about Kara, the girl group has become quite a topic of conversation in the country. They even appeared through video on Japan’s great idol group show, Arashi’s homework.
Meanwhile Kara have said “Around January in the new year we will announce our new album and, initially, focus on Korean activities; our Japanese activities will need to be evaluated a little more closely before any are made definite.”
2NE1 is chosen as The Year’s Best Artiste during the 1st year of their debut.
Music portal site Mnet collated its own music charts from 1st January till 10th December of this year and announced 2NE1 as the Best Artiste Of The Year. 2NE1 has gained great popularity in the first year of their debut, going up to #1 in both artist and album category.
Their hits include ‘Lollipop’ released in April before debut, and after debut there were ‘Fire’, ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘In The Club’ etc. And apart from that, the members also have their special solo hits like Sandara Park with ‘Kiss’, Park Bom with ‘You And I’, CL and MinJi with ‘Please Don’t Go’. The members have also done their unique solo activities.
Go under the cut for the rest of the ranking.
2. Big Bang
5. So Nyeo Shi Dae
6. MC Mong
7. Brown Eyed Girls
Mnet.com head Geum GiHoon explained, “This year was a year for girlgroups, and 2NE1 has been the hot issue from the every beginning doing the concept of ‘female Big Bang’. And then after that, they released hits after hits and maintained their popularity and attracted fans throughout. In addition, the visitor hits for their ‘Artiste Page’ is also relatively higher than other singers.”
This ranking chart uses the industry standard of looking at streaming and download hits, and also judging from Mnet’s very own artiste page for each singers.
The best MV of the year goes to ‘Gee’ by So Nyeo Shi Dae which was watched by over 1.2 million.
GomTV Music Chart (GMC) 2009 chooses the MV as the best MV of the year. And in the Top 10 this year, there is So Nyeo Shi Dae, 2NE1, Brown Eyed Girls, Big Bang, and 2PM etc.
The MV ‘Gee’ was watched by over 1.2 million viewers, and is #1 on GomTV Music Chart for over 10 weeks. The girls’ ‘Tell Me Your Wish’ is also at #9 on the chart.
Go under the cut for the rest of the rankings.
1. So Nyeo Shi Dae ‘Gee’ – #1 for 10 weeks
2. GDragon ‘Heartbreaker’ – #1 for 6 weeks
3. 2NE1 ‘Fire’
4. 2NE1 and Big Bang ‘Lollipop’
5. Brown Eyed Girls ‘Abracadabra’
6. Son DamBi ‘Saturday Ngith’
7. 2PM ‘Hearbeat’
8. 2NE1 ‘I Don’t Care’
9. So Nyeo Shi Dae ‘Tell Me Your Wish’
10. Park Bom ‘You & I’
SOURCE: Newsen + kbites