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'Hottest' to artist: evolution of 2PM

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'Hottest' to artist: evolution of 2PM

Members of K-pop boy band 2PM pose for a promotional photoshoot for their most recent release, "Hands Up", in 2011. In their fifth year as one of the country's most popular groups, they insist the best is yet to come, with great participation in the creative process. / Courtesy of JYP Entertainment

This is the fifth in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of Hallyu, or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ EM. - ED.

By Kwaak Je-yup Dancing boy bands are a common feature in K-pop, but when it comes to fan loyalty, 2PM has few rivals.Catchy dance pop singles produced by their agency's head producer JYP, intricate choreography that often takes a cue from acrobatics, handsome faces with slick hairstyles gelled to perfection and especially their signature chiseled torsos have driven quite a few fans around the world mad. In their hundreds of thousands, to put a real figure on it. Their first Asian tour, which ran from September to March and visited eight states, attracted nearly 160,000 people. Venues were packed every night.

Last month, they sold out six consecutive dates at Tokyo's iconic Nippon Budokan arena - every ticket was purchased under a minute after sale - amassing an additional 60,000.The six members' regular meetings with their official fan club "The Hottest" look like a rock-infused church service; women let go of their inhibitions and find (momentary) salvation. They sigh, scream, cry, swoon and of course, sway with the massive group. Non-Korean fans visit the group's home country and take pictures in front of their agency, JYP Entertainment, in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, as well as billboards with their faces on it, like a pilgrimage.

And when controversy arises, the group elicits scorn and fury like no other. Beginning as a seven-member act - with Junsu, Nickhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho, Chansung and Jaebeom - the 2009 announcement of the last name's removal from the group brought angry fans holding demonstrations for weeks.What is behind this ardent emotional connection? Even the members themselves want to know."I'd guess that it's the 2PM identity", says Wooyoung, 23. "The six members have different individual characters. I don't think we can be called a global group yet, but when we had our first Asian tour ... we couldn't believe the love that all the Korean and other fans were showering us with, singing along to our songs in groups".

"I can't properly describe the feeling on stage when the Cool Ray (lighting device aimed toward the audience) at the Budokan is turned on, which only happens at sold-out performances", says Taecyeon, 23. "Someone told me that it's really difficult to have the Cool Ray up. When it happens, you can see every face in the house, all the way up to the third floor. It made me unbelievably happy to see the 60,000 fans (over six nights)".If they were best-known for their precision and synchronized dance moves five years ago, 2PM now seem more at ease, enjoying themselves more and trying to let each personality reflect in music and performance - and perhaps even lose control."Compared to our debut stage, we are definitely more relaxed", said the rapper. "And we really know each other like family now. We can improvise a little now because of that"."Before one performance, we actually agreed not to rip our shirts off", says Junho, 22,

referring to one of their signature attractions, "But as we were coming off stage, we noticed Taecyeon's abs were showing. He explained it as an in-the-moment thing; he said he was high on the fans' love".The singer added that he and Junsu, one year his senior, are also increasing the level of participation in the creative process, for lyrics, music and the overall concept, among other things."We are also saddened by the fact that our overseas activities prevent us from spending more time in Korea and seeing our fans here more", says Chansung, 22. "Stay tuned for our next Korean album, which should be released around this fall. It will be better than what we've done before".Even in this path of evolution, some things will remain the same - especially their now internationally famous physique.

"All of us are really active and love sports. We like that 'jimseungdol' nickname that fans have coined for us", says Nickhun, the sole American member of Thai and Chinese descent who turns 23 at the end of this month, referring to the Korean portmanteau between beast and idol. "Instead of a drastic change in image, we want to show the sides we haven't fully explored yet with different staging styles and performances. We are constantly thinking of new ideas and concepts".And he adds that there is more than just their bodies to be uncovered: "If you listen more closely to our music, there are softer, more sentimental tracks as well".For more, visit www.enewsworld.com.Who are 2PM?The six members of 2PM - Junsu, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung - all feature the good looks synonymous with K-pop groups. But since their debut in 2008, the group has attempted to distinguish themselves by adding a muscular physique and dynamic dance moves including nearly-acrobatic choreography to their act. So, while most K-pop boy bands are known as "kkotminam" or "flower pretty boys", the 2PM are more known as "jimseungnam", which roughly translates into "animalistic boys", referring to their muscular frames. They first debuted in 2008 with a catchy tune, "10 Points Out of 10". But it was with "Again and Again" that the group hit No. 1. Then following it, "Heartbeat", which was a single from their first full-length album "1:59 PM" released in November 2009, soared quickly to the top of the charts. In fact, both the album and single climbed multiple music sales charts.When the group first debuted, they originally had seven members led by rapper/dancer Jaebeom. But after a troublesome posting on the Internet, he eventually left in 2009. The abrupt departure of its leader briefly put the group's future on hold, but only briefly. The six remaining members regrouped their energy and music with yet another hit song "Hands Up". Popular across Asia, the group recently wrapped up a successful performance in Japan. Each member also pursues activities outside music. Taecyeon and Wooyoung have starred in popular television dramas including "Dream High". Nickhun appeared on the entertainment program "We Got Married" where he took part in a mock-marriage with Victoria of girl group f(x).

Interpreter Guides Foreigners to Greater Sense of Korea

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The answers to the query above and quite a bit of others may also bediscovered in her book, "K-style". It provides lighthearted definitions for such terms as "Gangnam wedding traffic" -- traffic jam in southern Seoul throughout the spring and autumn wedding seasons -- "chi-maek" -- chook and beer.

She added, "In English, that ismuch likepronouncing 'see you again.'" Choi explained, "So do not say 'next time' but 'again' so as to reallykeep up a correspondence your thoughts".

There had been other books making an attempt to bridge the language gap, but they were all written from the viewpoint of Koreans, Choi said. "There were no books that sought to respond to the questions of foreigners, despite the truth that Koreans too canhave the convenience of reading this book".

Joo Won Talks Feminine Casting For “My Sassy Girl” Drama Whilst At Open Auditions

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Joo Won Talks Feminine Casting For “My Sassy Girl” Drama Whilst At Open Auditions

Joo Won Talks Feminine Casting For My Sassy Lady Drama Whilst At Open Auditionsleonid Might 29, 2016 0 Actor Joo Won, who is determined to celebrity in SBS’s tv remake of “My Sassy Girl,” joins the panel of judges in deciding on who some of theapplicants in the large-scale open auditions can be the drama’s female lead.

On May just 29, the actor holds a are living broadcast on V app where he says, “I’m a pass judgement on for the ‘My Sassy Girl’ auditions. This jogs my memory of the days I auditioned for my beyond plays, dramas, and movies.”

He continues, “There are many judges. We are assessing the candidates from more than a few perspectives and we canselectany personyou'll all like. I'm also looking ahead to someone I can like.”

EXO Hints At Functionality Taste For Comeback Album

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EXO Hints At FunctionalityTaste For Comeback Albumhajima Might 29, 2016 0 EXO contributors Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun publisheda little about their upcoming comeback album in front of enthusiasts at a emblemtournament held in Shanghai, China on May just 28.

In reaction to a fans queryreferring tothe concept that for their comeback, member Kai optimistically reponds, We are coming circular again amongst a new album and, as with any other EXO comeback, its going to be lovely different.

BTOB’s Yook Sungjae Steps Down As “Inkigayo” Host

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BTOB’s Yook Sungjae Steps Down As “Inkigayo” Host

BTOBs Yook Sungjae Steps Down As Inkigayo Hostan0ya Would possibly 29, 2016 0 BTOBs Yook Sungjae has bid farewell to the audience of SBS weekly tunedisplay Inkigayo.

This weeks are living broadcast marked the closing day for Yook Sungjae as some of thepresentations hosts. After joining the Inkigayo crew last September, he entertained viewers with his co-hosts GOT7s Jackson and actress Kim Yoo Jung. With Yook Sungjaes departure, Jackson is now the solemounted host of the show.

At the finish of the May just 29 broadcast, the idol shared how he feels about stepping down as the host. I wish to thank my fellow hosts Jackson and Kim Yoo Jung. Thank you for making satisfied memories with me, he smiled.

Fans in love with Soyou’s prefect body

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Fans in love with Soyou’s prefect body

However, after seeing her contemporary photos, Korean media outlet Dispatch promised enthusiasts that the Starship Entertainment singers frame is for sureone of the crucialabsolute best in the industry, and fully unedited to boot. In fact, Dispatch even referred to Soyous S-line as a cola bottle body, relating to her perfect curves.

Super Junior and TVXQ dangle collaboration performance

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Super Junior and TVXQ dangle collaboration performance

And whilstlovers are unhappy that one of the mostparticipants of the 2 groups arent in a position to advertiseon account of their obligatoryarmy duty, fans were treated to anything amazing these daysbecause of that same reason. TVXQChangmin recently carried out with Super JuniorDonghae and Siwon due to their statuslocally and internationally. With the 3 of them being portions of the promotional police unit, fans are no doubt excite to look more in their collaboration stages.

Taeyeon isn’t refined at all in terms of dating

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Taeyeon isn’t refined at all in terms of dating

And whilst the SM Entertainment singer has shown that she has many skills, however, enthusiasts are claiming that shes incrediblymissing in being discrete, especially in connection with dating. For example, fans brought up examples involving her and JYJJunsu, in addition EXOs Baekhyun to prove that she isnt discrete at all about her relationships, losing hints continuously for fans.

Korean Girls Maximum Suspicious in their Husbands

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Korean ladiesseem likemaximum suspicious in their husbands, in step withgiantinformationresearchviamarketplace researcher Daumsoft.The company analyzed 530 million words that seemed on blogs and networkweb sites and discovered that the be aware "husband" seemed virtuallycontinuouslyalong side the words "suspicion" and "can't trust".Out of 1,924 words related most usually amongst mistrust, 314 or 16.3 %associated with "husband", followed by "Friend" (192), "employee" (71), "Mother" (66), "child" (59) and "Doctor" (40). Next were "son" (32), "father" (29) and "boyfriend" (23). This styleused to be repeated in searches of the word "Lie". The words that were most typically associated with "Lie" were "Friend" (3,013), "Mother" (754), "husband" (615) and "boyfriend" (547). "Father" also ranked 8th (376). The common appearance of "Friend" and "Mother" highlights that young Koreans are the most avid posters of comments at the Internet.Daumsoft analyzed Daum and Naver blogs and comments on popular internet sites from January of 2013 tillWould possibly of this year. "Women have a tendency to be more active than men on the web and this can have had an have an effect on on the result of the analysis", acknowledged Kwon Mi-kyung at Daumsoft.

“Lucky Romance” Provides Sneak Peek Of Ryu Jun Yeol and Hwang Jung Eum’s Hilarious Unscripted Scene

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“Lucky Romance” Provides Sneak Peek Of Ryu Jun Yeol and Hwang Jung Eum’s Hilarious Unscripted Scene

Lucky Romance Provides Sneak Peek Of Ryu Jun Yeol and Hwang Jung Eums Hilarious Unscripted SceneJiwonYu Would possibly 29, 2016 0 On Could 29, C-Jes Entertainment released some behind-the-scenes pictures of the following episode of Fortunate Romance.

In the photos, you'll run into that Hwang Jung Eum and Ryu Jun Yeol are rehearsing scenes and having a super time discussing the drama with every other.

About the photo that presentations Hwang Jung Eum blockading Ryu Jun Yeols mouth, a team of workers member who used to be at the scene relays, That scene turned into added thank you to the actors ingenious ideas. Prior to the filming began, the 2 actors idea deeply about how to make this scene more humorous. After much brainstorming, they added funny main points to absolute best this hilarious scene.

Min Hyo Rin Talks About Her Type Display Role Fashion And excellent Type

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Min Hyo Rin Talks About Her KindDisplay functionFashionAnd perfectSort leonid Might 29, 2016 0 Actress Min Hyo Rin affirms her admiration for actor Cha Tae Hyun and calls him her role model.

The actress seemsat theCould 28 episode of KBS2’s “Entertainment Weekly,” where she was once asked if she discovered information technologytough to be on the forged of “Unni’s Slam Dunk with such sturdy personalities.

The host then asks her about her salary from the show, and she responds “I don't have anypassion in salary. So long as it’s a task where I may beready to grow, I’ll take it.”