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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).

Man bursts into tears after staring at VIXX's 'Error' MV

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At first, it is going tolook like the YouTuber cried justfor the explanation that MV's tale rings your center alongside sadness; however, there has beensome other deeper reason. The fellowchanged into remembering his past due wife, who he explained gave up the ghost around two years ago. The guystated tearfully, "I did no longerbe expecting that to have an effect on me like this," going on to give an explanation for that his wife had passed fewer than two years prior.

We give our condolences to the man's wife and also commend him for sharing with such so much ofother peopleone of these touching yet personal moment of his life.

Produce 101 Enhance Group, ep. 1-2: Dangle The Pickle

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Produce 101 Enhance Group, ep. 1-2: Dangle The Pickle

Produce 101 Beef up Group, ep. 1-2: Dangle The PickleWritten via Seoulbeats On February 10, 2016In a time where Mnets fresh talent-based competitive programmes  Show Me The Money and Unpretty Rapstar  had been receiving ire from audience for biased editing and a focal point on drama over talent, the final thing any person expected was another such show. So, folks were taken aback when Produce 101 was once announced.

In the show 101 feminine trainees from Korean entertainment agencies vie for a position in a 11-member lady group that could becontrolled by Mnet for one year. The overall line-up, in addition eliminations, will be determined purely thru world vote, which could also beout there to global fans.

Considering Mnets recognition and the sheer scale of Produce 101, there is possible for such a lotto head wrong. And yet, there are loads ofpeople who cant glance away. So we have, opposed to our greater judgement, made a decision to watch Produce 101. This assist group is here not tohandiest to make sense of what is occurring on screen, yet too what we are doing observing this show in the primary place.

Yoon Doo-joon stocks a selfie to precise his thankful middle against his fans

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In the photo, Yoon Doo-joon is smiling whilst giving his thumbs up. And you'll see lunch boxes readyby ability of Yoon Doo-joon's lovers next to him in the photo.

Meanwhile, Yoon Doo-joon gave the impression in MBC's 'Idol Famous personTune and Box Championship' on February 10 and showed off his athletic ability in a futsal game.

TWICE's Dahyun unearths a promise J.Y. Park has yet to keep

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During a possibilityto precise any negative emotionsthey are going to have felt in the past, Dahyun published that he had no longer kept a promise to the girls!  She said, "Producer J.Y. Park told us that he would purchase U.S. a meal once we debuted.  Not too long ago was once our 100th day since our debut, yet he still has not purchased U.S. of A. a meal."

Spoiler 'Remember' Yoo Seung-ho 's memories are at risk

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However, Jin-woo lost his reminiscenceall through the trial. He even said, "The defendant is littered with Alzheimer's disease". He was puzzled the trial on the day with the trial for his father four years ago.

EXID Competes Opposed to Red Velvet in “Idol Megastar Athletics Championships” Archery Finals

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EXID Competes Opposed to Red Velvet in “Idol Megastar Athletics Championships” Archery Finals

EXID Competes Opposed to Red Velvet in Idol Famous person Athletics Championships Archery Finalsck525 February 10, 2016 0 Spoiler alert for the ones that haven’t watched the “2016 Idol Star Athletics Championships”

On the episode of MBC’s “2016 Idol Star Athletics Championships” aired on February 10, EXID competed against Red Velvet in the women’s archery finals.

Solji controlledto stick calm all overthe sportwhilst scoring prime points. Regardless that Irene did neatly while competiting against EXID’s Hyerin early in the game, her mistakes at the finishgreater the point hole between the 2 groups.

Netizens ACCUSE f(x)’s Luna Of A wide variety Of Plastic Surgical procedure After Her Contemporary Weight Loss

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Netizens ACCUSE f(x)’s Luna Of A wide variety Of Plastic Surgical procedure After Her Contemporary Weight Loss

According to Luna, “It is correct that I’ve shed numerous weight, I made alterations to my diet.” She explained that exceptfending off snacks and alcohol, the secret became from her low salt regime where she did no longerdevour any salty, candy or highly spiced food and replaced it with healthy one instead.

However, in spite of sharing her secret, Luna was met with robust responses from the netizens for her sudden weight loss, whilst more or less speculate on some plastic surgical procedure involvement instead.

Meanwhile, after wrapping up activities with f(x) observe their first concert remaining month, Luna does her own promotional rounds for her the film, Lightning Man’s Secret.

Netizens Claim Those 8 Feminine ROOKIE K-Pop Idols Have Best Visuals

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Netizens Claim Those 8 Feminine ROOKIE K-Pop Idols Have Best Visuals

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Koreaboo has amassed reactions from Netizens who commented at thecustomary article from our Korean source. The beneath comments are the preferred comments at the time of this article being published.

Yerin seriously gets cuter the more I glance at herBae Joohyun..ahh.Kei, Sinbi and Yerin omgIndividuallyI believe Mijoo looks the maximum amazingTheyre all so fairlyBae Joo Hyun is a goddessYerin is so adorable ㅋㅋㅋㅋIrene is a goddess for genuine Source: Instiz

Anti-Fans Nitpick, Accuse IU Of COPYING Sulli’s Smile Whilst Netizens Defend

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Anti-Fans Nitpick, Accuse IU Of COPYING Sulli’s Smile Whilst Netizens Defend

According to a netizen on Instiz, IUs smile is so very identical to former f(x) member Sullis smile that a post used to be created to turn how similar the 2 look. The post when put next several gifs and pictures of IU and Sulli, concluding that the two singers either share a utterly unique open-mouth, teeth-baring smile. However, for the explanation that two are very close friends, having an identical smile doesnt necessarily mean IU is aware copying Sulli.

Koreaboo has gathered reactions from Netizens who commented at thenormal article from our Korean source. The under comments are the preferred comments at the time of this article being published.

Now theyre even dissing her as a result of her smileThe ones are all just antisFriends finally finish up picking up each and every others behavior its now not an unusual thingShes at all times smiled like thisI dont even know why folks are making a large deal out of thisI dont even find this claim worthy of arguing opposed to Source: Instiz

Netizens Shocked Through Krystal’s GODDESS Point Beauty

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Netizens Shocked  Through Krystal’s GODDESS Point Beauty

Finally they make her glance amazing ㅠㅠㅠKrystal my godshes this type ofattractiveness Truthfully Krystal may brandthe restappearancejust right After all theyre placing build up on her that makes her if fact be told look sensibleWhat took them goodbye to make perfect use of such an excellentversionSeriouslygod soojung.. Source: Instiz