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K-Pop Wave Strong in Chile

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K-Pop Wave Strong in Chile

What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Chile?

The country of dictators, sweet wine and perhaps the land of South American passion might come to mind. However, when Chileans hear 'Korea,' it seems they associate the word with girl groups and idols. Chile is currently one of the many places that have come under the influence of the K-pop wave. JYJ Junsu's solo "Tarantallegra" recently was awarded number one on one of Chile's broadcasting network websites. Last weekend, in Santiago, a K-Pop contest drew 1,000 people, including contestants and viewers.

On August 18, the contest titled "2012 The 4th K-Pop Dance and Singing Contest" was held in one of Santiago's popular neighborhoods. The venue could hold approximately 1,300 people and the event began at 1:15PM. However, the fans started lining up at 11AM. On one side of the streets, the competing teams were seen practicing. When the Korean consulate handed out tickets to the event, people lined up despite the pouring rain and 400 people were turned away.

AT 1PM, the judges came together, which included people from KOTRA, Consulate employees, Chilean record company representatives and music experts. Out of this contest, they will pick certain teams to attend the "2012 World K-Pop" event to be held in Changwon in October. Fighting for the spot and the crown were 20 dance teams and 10 singing teams.

The judges are hid away on the first row of the second floor. The stage has a screen that says, 'Over the Andes to Patagonia.' Dance will be evaluated based on visuals, rhythm, technique and reactions. Singing is evaluated based on rhythm, breathing and pronunciation. The judges do not say whether they pass or don't pass, but score them on a scale of 0-10.

A 6-member male group 'Just Blackstar' performs BEAST's "Shock." They are fully dressed in their outfits and their dance seems incredibly authentic. Reactions are instant, as people cheer the group on. The judges award 9s and 10s. The 'Blue Boys' performed Super Junior and the reactions aren't as good. The groups keep coming, some performing lesser known songs and not able to draw big reactions from either the attendees or the judges.

The judges don't say anything to them but keep score on their scorecards. A group that performs JYJ's "Get Out," all missed their beats and drew low scores from the judges and the viewers. These similarly average performances continued until 'Big Crash,' who performed Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby" and they really hit the mark with their dance moves. The fans go crazy and sing along to the songs.

Even a documentary crew from KBS is there, filming the performance and the judges. The show puts on promotional videos of Korea that include Park Ji Sung, Ban Ki Moon, Namsan Tower, 63 Building and Kimchi. All the things that you'd expect from a Korean cultural experience are present. There are vendors selling Korean goods and candies.

Why is K-Pop so popular in Chile, a country that couldn't possibly be farther away geographically from Korea?

A Chilean record company executive Gonzalo Garcia said, "Here in South America, Japanese culture was really popular for a while and there was a lot of consumption of Asian culture. In the beginning, Korean culture began here when Korean dramas started to compete with Japanese dramas. And now K-Pop is much more accessible and familiar than Japanese music. The music, dance and visuals are all very unique. It's a completely different experience." Could it be that the growing economic power of Korea, the amount of popularity it's gaining in the internet and the improvement of the Korean cultural experience are all working together?

After the contest, the judges got together in a room and faced the difficult challenge of picking only a few winners. Because there are so many criteria and many judges, it's hard to come to a unanimous agreement. Deciding to pick out of majority, they decide on the 3 groups that will win. As the judges come back out on to the stage, Psy's "Gangnam Style" blasts out and sends the whole venue into frenzy. Even some of the judges are dancing along to Psy's viral horse dance.

The event ends slightly over 7PM and the awards are handed out. The fans start to go home, their bags full of Korean ramen, snacks and drinks. The K-Pop party was now over. The fans are taking their groups' posters from the wall and when asked how they felt, they said, "It was amazing. It was so much better than last year and we hope that the event will be held in a bigger venue next year!"

This will probably come true. Popular Korean drama "Secret Garden" is going to be airing on their main broadcasting channels and JYJ Junsu is planning on a concert there in September. There are even Korean schools where over 100 Chileans are learning Korean. It's thought that Korean cars and cell phones will be successful here as well.

2NE1's CL Joins Fashion designer Alexander Wang's Spring Sequence Campaign

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2NE1's CL Joins Fashion designer Alexander Wang's Spring Sequence Campaign

In contemporary months CL has gave the impression and carried out at a Calvin Klein match in Shanghai and graced the covers of a couple of fashion magazines reminiscent of W Korea. The idol could also be famously best possiblefriends amongst Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott and is regularlynoticed attending fashion shows.

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BTS's Manager Sings Along Individuals Jimin And Jungkook

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BTS's Manager Sings Along  Individuals Jimin And Jungkook

(Photo : BigHit Entertainment)(Photo : KBS)Do BTS have a secret member hidden among their ranks?

On February 8, BTS individuals Jimin and Jungkook took phase in theIdol and Circle of relatives National Making a song Competition, the KBS network's Lunar New Year special.

The two idols took on Korean new wave, pop-rock sensation Cho Yong Pil's noted ballad "I Hope It'll Be That Way Now" with the assistance of their manager, Kim Hyun Soo.

Nine Muses' Kyung Li expresses discontent over her firm CEO

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If what Nine Muses' Kyung Li says is true, the CEO of Star Empire Entertainment might lack for some very, very, very fundamental manners. 

Kyung Li expressed no longer without some discontent the slights she has experienced when she attempted to be well mannered to Famous person Empire Entertainment CEO Shin Joo Hak. The idol explained at the February 10 broadcast of 'Gold Medal Duty,' "When I greet the CEO with 'Hello,' he ignores me." 

Kyung Li added, "But I don' think he ignores Kwanghee, Siwan or Hyungsik. I heard that he even purchased a bag for Kwanghee. I just wish that he would recognize my greetings with a smile." Sounds like an effortlessample wish. Let's just hope the Star Empire CEO will have center to settle for Kyung Li's greeting. 

Pungdeng-E To Bring A Dose Of K-Pop To Hawaii's Biggest Anime Convention

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Pungdeng-E To Bring A Dose Of K-Pop To Hawaii's Biggest Anime Convention

Pungdeng-E are a kitschy trio created from Heejin "Red", Gahee "Blue" and Eunbi "Yellow" with a "satori concept," that means that every member represents a regional dialect of South Korea.If they do sing at the event, attendees are yesto look the trio's hit songs "Baechu Bossam" and "PPIPPIPPAPPA" carried out live.

Kawaii Kon 2016 will also host a panel discussion titled The Pop Pacific: Creation to J-Pop and K-Pop. The professionals will speak about genres of J-pop and K-pop, popular acts, and the role of entertainment agencies in the market.

Kang Ho Dong needs to install his son with Yang Hyun Suk's daughter?

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Kang Ho Dong needs to install his son with Yang Hyun Suk's daughter?

On JTBC's 'Mari and Me' on February 10, he visited the YG Entertainment building with iKON's B.I to select up the dog they were entrusted to by way of Yang Hyun Suk. However, in Yang Hyun Suk's stead was once the manager, who offeredthe 2 to Hongsun, revealing, "Hongsun become the call given by the daughter of Yang Hyun Suk, Yoo Jin."

Kang Ho Dong then asked how old the daughter, who was published by the chief ot be seven years old. Kang Ho Dong said, "That's best possible for my son, Shi Hoo. The entire thing is falling into place," revealing his preference to develop into in-laws with Yang Hyun Suk. Wonder how the YG CEO feels about that!

Go Jun Hee Is A 'Nain' Lady In Dazed & Confused

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Go Jun Hee Is A 'Nain' Lady In Dazed & Confused

(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)become Jun Hee starred in "Be Pretty" for the February factor of Dazed Confused.

The model-turned-actress showcased pieces from Nain's Spring 2016 serieswhilst posing in a collection alongside a beige carpet and couch. In line with the magazine, the concept thatobserve this season's "pretty clean" trend. Go's cloth cabinetincorporated a floral dress, leather shorts, studded loafers and quite so much of trench coats.

Among the standout pieces presented there used to be the Episode J LX Irene tweed jacket. The jacket is is described as a "warm spring day" item, is to be had in purple and ivory, and contours gold buttons and pretend pockets. The piece may also be yours HERE and will most probably benoticed below.

'Star King's 'Little Psy' Jun Min Woo published to have lost the combat to brain tumor

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'Star King's 'Little Psy' Jun Min Woo published to have lost the combat to brain tumor

Lunar New Year is meant to be a time of festivities and new beginnings, yet so far, the Year of the Monkey turns out to be having a coarse start.  Not handiest did Jung Kyung Ho's grandfather pass away and a little boy get suffocated to death through his father but also Jun Min Woo, who used to be much liked as 'Little Psy' on 'Star King' (not to be puzzled alongside Hwang Min Woo from Psy's MVs), becamepublished to have gave up the ghosta couple of days ago.

Back in 2014, he seemed on  SBS's 'Curious Tale Y' to speak about coming to Korea to regard his brain cancer.  However, consistent witha up to date report, Jun Min Woo passed away on middle of the night of February 9.  Due to issue breathing, he had instantly been transported to a sanatorium on February 8 where he won emergency treatment, but it was not enough, as he in the end passed away.

Is YG Entertainment Making plans A SXSW Take Over? POLL

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Is YG Entertainment Making plans A SXSW Take Over? POLL

(Photo : YG Entertainment)(Photo : YG Entertainment)One primary Korean entertainment label is having a look to take over South Through Southwest (SXSW) for a 2d time.

On Tuesday, YG Entertainments legitimate Instagram shared a picture of SXSWs logo for the approaching March tech, music, and picturetournament in Austin Texas. YG artists have attended and conducted at SXSW in the past, resulting inwell-likedhypothesis that the image is a trace of exciting news for SXSW attendees.

Following final years functionality by Epik Top at SXSWs K-Pop Evening Out Showcase, enthusiasts are eagerly expectinga statementrelating to YG performers heading to this years SXSW.

Boyfriend's Youngmin Rescues Fan From Being Hit Via Car

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Boyfriend's Youngmin Rescues Fan From Being Hit Via Car

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Time to celebrate Seventeen Dino's birthday!

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Dino used to be born on February 11, 1999, making him 17 across the world and 18 in Korea. Are you ready totrust that the maknae is creating up so fast? Soon he will exist stealing all our hearts as a good-looking young man, not more a teenage boy.