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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).

Red Velvet Yeri’s Close Dating With Korean Actress Ha Yeon Soo Published On SNS

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Red Velvet Yeri’s Close Dating With Korean Actress Ha Yeon Soo Published On SNS

There are many friendships between idols in the K-pop industry. Yet often, there are unforeseen friendships between idols and celebrities of different industries. But is Red Velvet Yeri as regards tosome of themost famed actresses in Korea?

Korea Adds This Secret Element To Rice To Make The Tastiest Dish Ever

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Korea Adds This Secret Element To Rice To Make The Tastiest Dish Ever

And combine alongside some Korean kimchi soup and your able to eat!

You'll be able to also are attempting information technology with some Korean soy bean soup to boot

These Are The pinnacle 7 Korean Movies World Film Fans Want to Watch Appropriate Now

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A guy with a skill for cards makes his way into the unhealthy world of underground gambling in this crime mystery from South Korea. Go-ni (Jo Seung-woo) is a small-town guy with a large appetite for gambling. Convinced he?s on a hot streak one night timeall through a card game, Go-ni bets his lifestyles savings on a hand of hwatu, best to lose to a crooked cardsharp. Decided to get revenge, Go-ni sets out to discoverthe fellow who cheated him and win back his money.

The movie is based totally on a true story, the notorious Nayoung Case in 2008, in which an 8-year-old lady called Na-young in the Korean press, was once raped and beaten by a inebriated 57-year-old guy in a public toilet. The court sentenced the man to just 12 years in prison, which led to outrage in the rusticbecause of the awful brutality of the crime and the mans history of physical and sexual violence.

Laysha Making Waves In Korea As K-Pop’s Most up to date New Dance Group

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Laysha Making Waves In Korea As K-Pop’s Most up to date New Dance Group

And whilst veteran groups such as Bambino have built incredibly huge fandoms already, there are also new impressive groups emerging each and every day. In fact, new dance group Laysha has wowed fans with their fantastichorny dancing and has already built itself a name for being one of the freshestat themarketplacecorrect now.

IU Releases Attractive New Photo From Her Newest GQ Photo Shoot

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IU Releases Attractive New Photo From Her Newest GQ Photo Shoot

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSolo singer IU is understood in the industry for having a fantastic voice in addition a lovely and fascinating personality. And whilst the LOEN Entertainment singer has been known for her blameless image, she lately showed that she has a hornyaspect as smartlyvia shooting a hot pictorial with magazine GQ. Donning a black tank best and matching shorts, IU showed that she can unquestionably pull of a hornythought as well, wowing fanatics amongst her new mature look.

AOA Releases Slew Of Teasers And BTS Footage Forward Of Approaching Comeback

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And whilstenthusiasts have expressed their excitement for the release, the FNC Entertainment has persisted to tease their comeback with many teaser pictures and in the back of the scenes photos with the teamssea coast concept. With such so much of hot teasers already released, AOAs upcoming track is surelyanything to stay up for this month.

Fans Loving Rainbow Hyunyoung’s Tanktop On Stage

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While the DSP Media singer has donned many sexy level outfits in the past, however, fans were amazed when she took the stage dressed ina gorgeous tank peak covered only by a denim jacket. And as a treat to fans, Hyunyoung even took the jacket partly off all over her teams performance, appearing off her athletic frame and well-endowed chest.

Dana and Director Lee Ho Jae Open Up About Their Relationship

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Dana and Director Lee Ho Jae Open Up About Their Relationship

Dana and Director Lee Ho Jae Open Up About Their Courting leonid Might 6, 2016 0 The Graces Dana and director Lee Ho Jae are such an adorable couple!

On Could 5, Lee Ho Jae printed in an interview that he fell in love with the singer in the beginning sight. He adds, Shes a friend-like lover I would like to spend the remainder of my existence with.

The couple also uploaded images from their dates, adding a black-and-white shot of the pair watching at every other, a picture of them walking a dog, and a photo of Lee Ho Jae heavily watching the singers face as she smiles at the camera.

Go Soo Visits Health center Because of Fatigue

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Go Soo Visits ClinicBecause of Fatigueleonid Might 6, 2016 0 Actor Pass Soos busy agendaisn't without its consequences.

The actor felt in deficient health and went to a hospital in quest ofclinical attention on Could 6. Consequently, he was oncenot ableto wait the scheduled script reading for ongoing MBC drama “The Flower in Prison” and the 13th Green Movie Festival in Seoul.

Representatives from his firm state, Go Soo advancedfitnessissues due to accumulated fatigue. They provide an explanation for that his exhaustion increased since the actor filmed two videos back to back earlier thanstraight away joining a drama.