Lee Seung Gi Explains Reasons for Withdrawing from Variety Shows

Lee Seung Gi Explains Reasons for Withdrawing from Variety Shows

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Lee Seung Gi Explains Reasons for Withdrawing from Variety Shows

Lee Seung Gi recently shared his thoughts on stepping down from variety shows.

The press conference for "The King 2Hearts" was held on March 8 and the lead cast, Ha Ji Won, Lee Seung Gi, Yoon Jae Moon, Lee Yoon Ji and Jo Jung Suk attended.

During the press conference, Lee Seung Gi stated, "I unexpectedly had to step down from variety shows along with the start of this drama. However, the decision to step down from '1N2D' was already planned out before. Even when Kang Ho Dong stepped down from 'Strong Heart,' I knew I wasn't able to carry on by myself because I still have so much to learn."

He continued, "However, I couldn't step down right away so my stay got extended. For all this time, I thought holding the MC spot by myself had its limits. The timing may seem otherwise but stepping down from variety shows is not because of 'The King 2Hearts.'"

Finally, he stated, "Rather than saying that it was my goal to debut in Japan, I just wanted to act alongside my sunbaenims and learn. I did not chose this drama with any strategical means of enhancing my career. I'm just releasing a single album and getting ready for promotions as a singer. I still don't have any concrete plans on debuting in Japan as an actor."

"The King 2Hearts" will be the follow-up drama for "The Moon that Embraces the Sun," and will first air on March 21.

"This is Family" 40.1%, "The Legendary Witch" 31.4% and "My Heart Shines" 2.8%

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"This is Family" 40.1%, "The Legendary Witch" 31.4% and "My Heart Shines" 2.8%

KBS and MBC took over the weekend.

According to Nielsen Korea, KBS 2TV “This Is Family” rated 40.1%.

This is 10.1% more than the episode of the drama on the 31st of January. . ... Read more

Infinite plans large fan meet

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Infinite plans large fan meet

K-pop boy group Infinite will hold a large fan meet on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Olympic Gymnastic Arena, southeastern Seoul. Woollim Entertainment, the seven-member boy group”s agency, said on Friday that the fan meet “will be a chance for both fans and the K-pop boy band to look back on the previous year and share the K-pop act”s future plans”.The Olympic Gymnastic Arena accommodates up to 70,000 people at once. The boy group also held a large-scale fan meet event two years ago at the same venue. Tickets will go on sale starting Feb. 4 for fan club members and other people can purchase tickets from Feb. 6 through Interpark. By Sung So-young . ... Read more

Customers Steer Clear of Troubled New Lotte Mall

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Customers Steer Clear of Troubled New Lotte Mall

Stores in the new Lotte World mall in Jamsil, Seoul are empty on Friday, the 100th day of its opening.

The sprawling halls of the new Lotte World mall in southern Seoul were eerily empty last Friday afternoon, usually peak shopping time for Korea”s avid consumers. One store owner reported a marked drop in the number of customers since late December and says now only 20 to 30 people a day stop by.”Sales have declined by around 70 percent and I wonder if I”ll be able to stay in business”, the owner added.There were no fanfares as the gigantic mall marked its first 100 days in business on Friday. A series of accidents and construction flaws have plagued the new mall, keeping any customers away who are not already deterred by the draconian parking restrictions. . ... Read more

Spring, Sentience, and Sorority in Davichi’s “Hug”

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Spring, Sentience, and Sorority in Davichi’s “Hug”

Spring, Sentience, and Sorority in Davichi’s “Hug” Written by Irteqa On February 1, 2015

One thing utterly unique about Davichi is the fact that both songstresses, Hae-ri and Min-kyung, emit an outstanding warmth in unity with one another. One does not vocally exceed the other, the other does not surpass the one with her beauty. They are one voice, one artist, one “shining light”, inhabiting musicality and creating nostalgia. This solitary splendor is heightened in the duo’s latest mini-album, Hug. What is more epitomizing of unity than a sweet and sisterly hug? . ... Read more

[Spoiler] "Rosy Lovers" Park Sang-won announces breakup to Lee Mi-sook

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[Spoiler] "Rosy Lovers" Park Sang-won announces breakup to Lee Mi-sook

On the 32nd episode of MBC weekend drama, “Rosy Lovers“, Lee Yeong-gook (Park Sang-won) met Jeong Si-nae (Lee Mi-sook) and told her, “I don”t think I will be able to keep the promise with you. So please don”t wait for me”. . ... Read more