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Korea's Top Pop Acts Hit The Stage With High Energy Performances For Annual Hallyu Dream Festival

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Korea's Top Pop Acts Hit The Stage With High Energy Performances For Annual Hallyu Dream Festival

(Photo : Twitter ) Many of South Korea"s hottest pop stars performed over the weekend for one of the country"s biggest music festivals.

The 2015 Hallyu Dream Festival was held at Gyeongju Citizens Stadium on September 20 featuring many popular idol groups and thousands of screaming fans.

The festival was made possible and organized by the Korea Entertainment Producer"s Association and a partnership with the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Gyeongju City.

For those of us who were not fortunate enough to attend in person, check out the great performances from groups like SISTAR, SHINee, VIXX, and Secret, among many others. Check out the stellar stages from the music festival belor.

Performances From The 2015 Hallyu Dream Festival

VIXX; "Love Equation" and "Error"

SHINee; "An Encore" and "View"

BTOB; "It"s Okay" and "Beep Beep"

GOT7; "Just Right" and "Stop Stop It"

SISTAR; "Shake It" and "I Swear"

KARA; "Cupid" and "Mamma Mia"

B1A4; "Sweet Girl" and "Solo Day"

Berry Good; "My First Love"

SECRET; "Love Is Move" and "Madonna"

Seoul School of Performing Arts: a K-Pop fangirl"s dream high school

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Seoul School of Performing Arts: a K-Pop fangirl

You know you"re in your dream high school when you"re surrounded by K-Pop idols! Seoul School of Performing Arts (SOPA) is a high school that attracts many idols due to its focus on the arts. Let"s play a game of make-believe--if SOPA was an ordinary public school and you, a lucky fangirl, were to attend, which role would high school stereotypical role would each idol play?

The football captain Kai

Aside from being a wizard with his dancing feet, Kai gives off the confident air of a cocksure jock. Plus, who wouldn"t have a crush on this cutie as he strides down the hallways like a football champ?

Rookies Red Velvet"s Joy, G-Friend, and SONAMOO"s Euijin would make perfect cheerleaders. With Joy"s constantly cheery disposition, G-FRIEND"s high-kicks, and Euijin"s twerks combined, these fresh girls would make kickass team.

Now that we"ve run through the athletes, who else would make a better mascot than mukbang queen Hyeri? With her killer aegyo and ability to consume all kinds of food in one bite, Hyeri will make the enemy both fall head over heels yet also cower in fear at the thought of being devoured Kirby-style.

Sehun, Sulli, A Pink members Hayoung, Na-Eun, and Namjoo, and Boyfriend members Kwangmin, Youngmin, and Minwoo all have one thing in common. They look like total preps.

While Sehun has a cool demeanor that makes him seem untouchable, Sulli and A Pink are all look like ladies that come from a refined background. Meanwhile, the Boyfriend members are cute as a trio of flowerboys who would definitely find success should they ever start a high school host club.

The band geeks Jonghyun and Juniel

CNBLUE"s Jonghyun and Juniel are both masters of the guitar. A duo that both comes from the band-music oriented agency FNC Entertainment, they would definitely be labeled as adorable "band geeks" for their love and skill for music.

The rebels BTS"s Jungkook

BTS"s energetic Jungkook and Lovelyz"s spunky Yoo Ji Ae would grace the halls of a high school as the rebels who act as they please. Despite their cute appearance and sweet mannerisms, these two strong idols are definitely no pushovers and won"t take crap from anybody--whether from other students or from teachers.

Glee Clubs make high school a musical place. Vocally talented, Gongchan and Lee Hi would rule the school with their melodic voices.

Class clown TEEN TOP"s Ricky

A cutie and a total dork, TEEN TOP"s Ricky would be the kind of guy that brightens up the room and makes everyone around him smile at his quirky antics, making him perfect for the role of "class clown."

Last but not least, we have the teacher"s pet--none other than miss A"s Suzy! With her goddess looks, heavenly smile, and angelic personality, Suzy has become the entertainment industry"s favorite. Seems like this girl was destined to be loved, so of course she would receive the same treatment anywhere she goes. 

Bonus: here"s a picture of the teacher"s pet with the school mascot.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with these roles?

Woman Crush Wednesday: IU's Character Kim Pil Suk On "Dream High"

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Woman Crush Wednesday: IU's Character Kim Pil Suk On

This week on Woman Crush Wednesday, we will take no heed at dreamy girls like Geum Jan Di from “Boys Over Flowers”or Go Eun Chan from “Coffee Prince. Instead of that, let’s spend some minutes on IU's character Kim Pil Suk from “Dream High”.

Due to her choice of wardrobe during the Kirin School of Arts audition, Kim Pil Suk is nicknamed Miss Sushi. She’s an overweight girl with an amazing voice, which is problematic for one who wishes for fame. Uncertain of how to reject her application solely based on appearances, Kim Pil Suk luckily claims a spot for herself at Kirin, where even sky high dreams can be reached.

Her accomplishments doesn’t stop there as Kim Pil Suk also claims a spot here on our weekly Woman Crush Wednesday feature. These are the five reasons why (spoilers ahead):

1. Kim Pil Suk is super cute!

From that first encounter where she wore the sushi costume to the way she would faithfully leave candy at Jason‘s locker, Kim Pil Suk is cute from head to toe. She falls over in surprise if Jason gets too close, leaves him cute sticky notes, and constantly carries around a doll like a security blanket. Her chuckles and excited dances are nothing short of endearing and her slightly spastic demeanor is humorous and delightful. But the great thing about her is that, despite her naturally adorable nature, when it comes to music and singing, Kim Pil Suk is completely serious, dedicated, and passionate.

2. She has the voice of an angel.

This reason is pretty self explanatory, but Kim Pil Suk possesses absolute pitch. Her voice is absolutely amazing and captivating to the point where you’ll find yourself lost in her songs whenever she sings. You may unintentionally sway to her music, get chills, or backtrack just to hear her sing again. She’ll make you wish you were a Kirin student as well, so you can sit with her and listen to her melodic voice on a daily basis.

3. Kim Pil Suk is downright gutsy… at times.

For someone often soft spoken, Kim Pil Suk has her moments of courage. Going on stage to sing in front of hundreds of people is always a brave act and she pulls it off effortlessly. Having the ability to let Jason know he was in the wrong, giving him a dose of common sense, with complete seriousness and without a trace of adoration in her eyes and tone is another form of courage. Oh, and let’s not forget grabbing Jason by the neck, almost forcibly, as he pulled away from giving her nose a peck to land a big one, we assume, on the lips. Hehe. If that’s not courage, then I’ll need to find myself a dictionary!

4. She has ambitions, hopes, and dreams.

Now, this is mixing things up, but in a drama I watched recently, “Fated to Love You,” the leading male, Lee Gun, said something I really agreed with, something that I thought applies to Kim Pil Suk as I was dissecting all the parts of her that I thought made her crush worthy and all the reasons why I like her. He said, “a woman is most lovable and beautiful when she’s a girl full of dreams.” From the beginning, we were able to see Kim Pil Suk’s dreams and how it has shaped her to change, develop, and grow. We saw how hard she strove to achieve those dreams and how passionate she was about singing. Even when she did not win the contest in the end, she still found an occupation where she could sing and kept that dream alive.

5. Kim Pil Suk is not a mold.

I’m all about promoting good health and keeping a fitness regime, but I’m also a firm believer that we were all born with a natural variety of shapes and sizes. With that said, it was refreshing to see someone like Kim Pil Suk, someone who didn’t stop dreaming simply because her outward appearance would have made her an outcast. For some teachers, they very reluctantly accepted her as a student, but managed to eventually look beyond her figure and see her talent, potential, and heart. For other teachers, they accepted her from the beginning and for that, they earned a special place in my heart.

Kim Pil Suk’s weight loss was expected, especially since she was becoming more exposed to talent agencies and stage performances. While a sad fact, it’s universally known that there is a higher chance for success if you’re thin and beautiful, and for a long moment, I feared that our beloved Kim Pil Suk would become nothing more than a mold – someone who portrayed the exact idea that you must be a certain size in order to become successful and to be loved by others.

Thankfully, Kim Pil Suk remained true to herself and solidified herself as crush worthy when she proved time and time again that she was actually quite comfortable in her skin when she was heavier. She even felt awkward when others insinuated that she wasn’t. Eventually, Kim Pil Suk settled for a weight in-between her heaviest and lightest, while still maintaining her love, friends, and happiness.

All in all, I’d say Kim Pil Suk sets a great example that we should be self-confident, regardless of what we may or may not look like, since it’s the interior – the heart and soul – that truly matters. For these reasons, I deemed Kim Pil Suk Woman Crush Wednesday worthy.

What do you think about Kim Pil Suk? Who would you like to see featured next? Make sure to let us know in the comments below as next week’s Woman Crush Wednesday will be a mystery reveal, where the featured woman will be randomly selected from Soompiers’ nominations found in this article, as well as the articles from the previous two weeks!

Let Kim Pil Suk captivate you with her voice on “Dream High” at SoompiTV!

BTS Ranks High on Oricon Weekly Chart with “No More Dream”

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BTS Ranks High on Oricon Weekly Chart with “No More Dream”

The growing overseas popularity of male group BTS can be currently felt in Japan, where the group has ranked high on music charts with their latest release “No More Dream.”

On June 4, BTS released their first Japanese single “No More Dream” and debuted at number six on the Daily Chart. The group sold 32,356 copies of their single during the first week, and managed to rank eighth on the competitive Oricon Weekly Single Chart.

The single received a lot of love domestically, and the song was thus chosen for BTS’ first Japanese remake. It has also been revealed that Japanese rapper KM Markit participated in writing the Japanese lyrics for the song.

In related news, BTS recently signed an exclusive contract with Japanese entertainment firm Pony Canyon and is set to soon start their official activities.

'Dream High' co-star Kim Soo Hyun revealed to have attended one of IU's concerts

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'Dream High' co-star Kim Soo Hyun revealed to have attended one of IU's concerts

IU"s agency Loen Entertainment revealed that her "Dream High" co-star, Kim Soo Hyun, attended one of her concerts recently, proving that the two have remained good friends!

SEE ALSO: IU finishes up her solo small-theater concerts

The rep told Newsen on June 3, "On May 29, Kim Soo Hyun attended IU"s little theater concert "Just One Step.. That Much More" and watched from the audience. After both IU and Kim Soo Hyun appeared in drama "Dream High" together, they have consistently been in contact with each other. IU maintains her relationships with her friends from "Dream High" and they all get along well."

Meanwhile, this is becoming a hot topic on the internet as people claim to have witnessed the two together. Despite his busy schedule as a famous Hallyu star, Kim Soo Hyun managed to find the time to watch his good friend"s concert!

All Six Leads of “Dream High 2” Appear in Second Teaser Video

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All Six Leads of “Dream High 2” Appear in Second Teaser Video

Following the release of its last official posters earlier today, KBS drama “Dream High 2” has released its second teaser video featuring all six main leads. Park Seo Joon, JB, T-ara’s Jiyeon, Kang So Ra, 2AM’s Jinwoon, and SISTAR’s Hyorin all make brief appearances in the 47-second video that was released just a few hours ago.

The video follows the overall theme of the drama, which is the battle between idol students and knucklehead kids. The line “idol vs. knucklehead” appears in the end signifying how the storyline will unfold in the future. Make sure you check out the first teaser video here too.

The first episode of the highly anticipated drama will air on January 30. Stay tuned for more updates!

J.Y. Park reveals the inspiration behind his idea for “Dream High”

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J.Y. Park reveals the inspiration behind his idea for “Dream High”

In relation to actor Kim Soo Hyun who has become a top star after his appearance in the KBS 2TV drama ”Dream High“, J.Y.Park revealed the inspiration behind his idea for the musical drama.

On february 28, J.Y.Park updated his Twitter account with the message, “I was writing a song on this paper when I flipped it over and it was the “Dream High” proposal keke I had nothing to do at my hotel room in Chicago so I toyed with an idea but who knew it would really become a drama and that this Soo Hyun became that Soo Hyun and this Suzy became that Suzy…^^”

The proposal with a relationship diagram (going down from left to right):

-Yoon Baek Hee (17/Female) Freshman – Eunjung

-Jung Ha Myung (37/Male) Chairman

-Shi Kyung Jin (34/Female) Music Teacher

-Go Hye Mi (17/Female) Freshman – Suzy

-Lee Li Ah (17/Female) Freshman

-Jason (17/Male) Freshman – Wooyoung

-Kang Oh Hyuk (36/Male) Music Teacher

-Song Sam Dong (17/Male) Freshman – Kim Soo Hyun

-Jin Kook (18/Male) Freshman – Taecyeon

-Jo Pil Sook (18) Freshman – IU

Such an interesting inspiration, right?!

Jiyeon reveals her thoughts on ‘Dream High 2′

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Jiyeon reveals her thoughts on ‘Dream High 2′

T-ARA’s Jiyeon reveals how she feels about the first episode of ‘Dream High 2’ airing soon.

On January 14, Jiyeon had an interview with Star News.  Of her new drama she explained, “I am currently working hard in filming ‘Dream High 2’, and continued, “From now on I will be working hard as a singer promoting our new song “Lovey-Dovey” and as an actress.

Jiyeon told Star News how she felt when she was first cast in the show. Jiyeon said, “When I got cast for ‘Dream High 2’ I couldnt believe it at first. Later on, when I realized it was real, I was both anxious and very excited.”

Jiyeon continued, “Eunjung gave me advise to work hard and gave me a lot of tips on acting. If there is something I don’t know how to do, I ask Eunjung and she teaches me.

Jiyeon has had acting experience in the past in the dramas ‘God of Study’ and ‘Miss Ripley’, but for this drama she has become Eunjung’s pupil.  She said, “When Eun Jung teaches me acting I don’t see her as a fellow member, but as a senior and I feel like that helps me learn better.

The first episode of ‘Dream High 2’ will be aired on January 30 after the conclusion of ‘Brain’.

SourceImage: Star News via Naver

Second teaser video for ?Dream High 2? revealed

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Second teaser video for ?Dream High 2? revealed

After teasing fans with various posters and a teaser video, KBS‘s ‘Dream High 2‘ has now revealed a second teaser video.

The new teaser video shows the tension between the privileged idols and the problematic trouble making students of Kirin Arts High School.

While the names of Kang Sora, Jinwoon, Jiyeon, and Hyorin are well known to the industry, JB and Park Seo Joo are relatively new. It’s been revealed that JB was the winner of the 5th JYP Auditions, and that he possesses great dance and vocal abilities. Park Seo Joo, meanwhile, is a rookie actor who previously made his debut in the movie, ‘Perfect Game‘.

‘Dream High 2′ will air its first episode on January 30th at 9:55 p.m.

Stay tuned to allkpop for further updates!

Kim Soohyun to make cameo in Dream High 2 as Samdong

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Kim Soohyun to make cameo in Dream High 2 as Samdong

Looks like a certain country-boy-turned singer will be making a comeback on Dream High 2: its just been confirmed that Kim Soohyun will have a cameo role as Samdong from the original series!

Kim Soohyun will be making his appearance in the first episode of Dream High 2, which is scheduled to air on January 30th. He is expected to be the first of a series of top stars that will be making cameos later in the series.

As earlier reported, the cast of Dream High 2 is expected to feature a series of idols, including 2AMs Jinwoon, SISTARs Hyorin, T-aras Jiyeon, After Schools Kahi and many more.

Samdongs appearance in this episode will certainly give fans a sense of nostalgia. Who else do you anticipate to make a feature return in this drama?