Archive for April 28th, 2012

Performance list for the "2012 Dream Concert" undergoes changes

A few weeks ago, it was reported that excited fans rushed to reserve their tickets for the annual "Dream Concert" to see their favorite artists. Each year, many of the country's top artists gather on one stage to perform for their fans who usually sit in designated sections and wear their favorite artists' official color.

Previously, a list of performing artists for this year's concert was revealed however, some changes have been made. While some artists cancelled their appearance at the concert, other artists have confirmed their participation.

The "2012 Dream Concert" will be held on Saturday May 12th at 6PM KST at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

The following artists have unexpectedly cancelled their participation in the "2012 Dream Concert":

miss A
Jiggy Dogg

"2012 Dream Concert" performance list:

Girls' Generation
Teen Top
A Pink*

Note: "*" indicates newly added artists

Will you be attending the "Dream Concert" this year?


The Digital and Analog Art World Meet

Starting next week, two notable art exhibitions in Seoul will be in their final week showcasing the latest in digital and analog art.
The Samsung sponsored "Wish Note" exhibition, at The Page gallery, invited local pop artists to draw their work on Galaxy Note smartphones.

Equipped with only a 5-inch digital canvas and stylus, these artists are able to call on an array of colors and brushes.
Even on these mobile devices, incredible stunning images are brought to life.

After completing their designs, the images can be printed onto all sorts of materials, including ceramics, canvases, and even engraved onto stainless steel.

This new experimental step into digital art provides a new medium for amateur artists and professionals who want to express themselves conveniently.

Interview : Charles Jang, Pop Artist "Artists can express their personality through computers and digital devices now

DBSK Yunho Cries During Japan Concert Tour

On the most recent episode of KBS “Entertainment Relay” that was aired on April 28, there was a segment that featured DBSK’s most recent concert “DBSK Japan Live Tour 'Tone'” at Osaka Kyocera Dome.

DBSK and fans had a very energized and passionate concert. Toward the end of the concert, Yunho started to cry. He said through his tears, “I am very happy right now because this is a very meaningful concert.” Fans were especially touched by his tears because Yunho is not normally one to cry. As a result, many fans cried along with him.

Meanwhile, DBSK garnered an audience of over 550,000 during this tour. Specifically, due to the request of many fans, there was an additional concert day added at the Tokyo dome resulting in a three-day attraction of 165,000 fans

With just weeks to go, the Yeosu Expo is set to impress

The Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea will be held for three months starting on May 12. Under the theme "The Living Ocean and Coast", the international event will consider environmental issues like climate change and the sustainable development of the ocean.

The Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea is just weeks away, scheduled to kick off May 12. The exhibition hall, performance halls and events are finally being revealed. The 250,000-square-meter (62-acre) exhibition site is filled with specialized facilities and exhibition halls that will house top-notch performances and events. In particular, four attractions are the landmarks of the expo, designed to be used even after the expo ends.

The Big-O includes a 40-meter (131-foot) O-shaped multimedia structure, "The-O". EDG, or the Expo Digital Gallery with a 218-meter long, 30-meter wide LED screen, is in the ceiling of the International Pavilion

Lady Gaga tweets about her concert in South Korea

Lady Gaga shared her feelings after wrapping her recent concert ‘Born This Way Ball‘ in South Korea.

The global pop star tweeted:

I could barely sleep last night. It was the 2nd highest attendance of fans in the History of concerts in Korea. Photo:…

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 28, 2012

Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way Ball’ took place in Seoul’s Olympic Park Stadium on April 27th at 8PM KST. 45,000 fans were reported to be in attendance to watch the star perform with many fans even cosplaying as Lady Gaga to show their fandom. A number of South Korean celebrities have tweeted about their experiences at Lady Gaga’s concert as well.

Netizens commented, “The hype did not live up to the awesomeness of this concert,” “Last night passed by too fast,” “I didn’t go this time, but I will next time,” and “Return for another concert in South Korea whenever

Private museums gather up for networking

By Kwon Mee-yoo

An association of private art museums in Korea gathers to discuss the Korean art scene.

The Korean Art Museum Association (KAMA) holds the third Museum Day event at Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA) through Wednesday. A total of 21 museums will participate to consult art students and provide information on the art museums in the two-day event.

At the main consulting space, curators and educators from participating museums will explain their major exhibitions, education programs and assistance programs for young artist such as residency and competition. An archive of the private museums' collections will also be on display.

A round-table talk on the life of contemporary artists will be held from 4-6 p.m. today at the first exhibition hall of SEMA

Hyoyeon on "Dancing With the Stars Korea: Season 2"

On April 27, on a preview for "Dancing With the Stars Korea: Season 2," the show’s twelve contestants and their dancing partners were revealed.

A short clip of dancer Kim Hyung Suk and his partner, Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon was featured in the clip. Hyoyeon’s partner said of the singer, “When Hyoyeon smiles she looks cute.” The two seemed to get along with one another - a good sign of things to come as each team needs to be synchronized for the upcoming competition. 

Facing the first practice session for the first dance challenge, the tango, Hyoyeon commented that it was difficult at first because it was awkward to feel natural with her new partner. She continued to remark that although she has done many dances, she has never danced choreography that put her so physically close to her partner

Moby Dick ends triumphant run Sunday

Scenes from the musical theater production Moby Dick.

'By Kwon Mee-yoo

The musical Moby Dick will end its voyage Sunday at Yonkang Hall of Doosan Art Center in central Seoul. Tickets are selling better than ever and the last performance is nearly sold out.

The show begins with Ishmael playing modern jazz and develops into a duet with him on the piano and harpooner Queequeg, whose violin bow doubles as his harpoon, as they become friends. The sound of the sea and the waves is expressed through Latin rhythms such as the samba.

The musical has received critical acclaim for its unique use of actors playing musical instruments while simultaneously acting. It premiered at 110-seat theater Space 111 last July and then transferred to the 600-seat Yonkang Hall in March with improved music, more spectacular sets and new actor/musicians

Journey to Yeosu Expo gets faster

(Photo courtesy of KORAIL)

The opening of Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea is just three weeks away. Rated by CNNGo as one of the world's top places to visit in 2012, the international event is gearing up to draw an expected 10 million visitors throughout its three-month run, equipped with an enhanced transportation infrastructure.

Yeosu, a maritime city lying on the southern coast of Korea, had been considered remote until recently, despite its abundant variety of tourist attractions and the clarity of its ocean waters. A journey to the coastal city was prone to take more than six hours by car and over four hours by rail ahead of the completion of Korea's rapid-transit rail system known as the Korea Train eXpress (KTX).

In a bid to make the host city more accessible and more convenient to other regions, the Korean government has undertaken a number of nationwide transportation network expansion plans, such as the construction of expressway and rapid-transit-line projects

[Updated] TTS’s ‘Twinkle’ Mini Album Releases & Moves Up On US iTunes ‘Top Albums’ Chart

Earlier today, TTS’s mini album has been released on iTunes as well as on Melon and Olleh, and currently, ‘Twinkle’ has moved up to #4 on iTunes’ US ‘Top Albums’!

As announced, ‘Twinkle’ consists of seven tracks:

1. Twinkle

2. Baby Steps

3. OMG (Oh My God)

4. Library

5. 안녕 (Good-bye, Hello)

6. 처음이었죠 (Love Sick)

7. 체크메이트 (Checkmate)

Along with these tracks, exclusively on iTunes, the mini album comes with a special digital booklet and an audio file of the members introducing the tracks. SM has released a preview of the latter on their YouTube channel.

In addition, SM has announced that they are hosting a special contest