Looking to learn about the latest in Korean pop culture? “A Geek in Korea” by Daniel Tudor, a former Korea correspondent for The Economist, will fill you in.
Tudor, who is currently a regular columnist for the JoongAng Ilbo, the mother paper of the Korea JoongAng Daily, arrived on the peninsula a day before the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup match between Korea and Italy. He was a tourist, but was so inspired that he returned here to work not long after.
The author”s book is more than a guide to K-pop. It examines various facets of Korea and is, in fact, more of a guide to the nation. It includes his personal suggestions on where to go, how to behave and how to understand Koreans, and it also explains the country”s Confucian and Buddhist roots. ...
When a meeting of the world”s genius musicians goes awry as one of them suddenly goes missing on “Running Man“, the race is on to assemble the clues and solve the mystery of the kidnapping case!
With guests Oh Yeon Seo, Kim Ji Hoon and A Pink“s Eunji, the quest is on to figure out the case – through puzzles, clues and good old-fashioned nametag ripping – and stop the crimes once and for all!
Check out the preview below. ...
Choo Sung Hoon and Jang Geun Suk showed off their close friendship.
Choo Sung Hoon tweeted on October 16, “With my dongseng!!! ^_^,” along with a cute selca of their wide-mouthed expressions like his daughter Choo Sarang”s trademark. Jang Geun Suk previously visited the “choovely” house on KBS 2TV“s “Superman is Back” and attended Choo Sung Hoon”s return match at “UFC in JAPAN” (“UFN 52“) to show his support. ...
Ryeowook apologizes and thanks ELF after news of Sungmin"s marriage + Heechul makes his Instagram private
Following the news of the upcoming marriage of Super Junior”s Sungmin, Ryeowook made sure he expressed his gratitude for fans while apologizing on behalf of the group for any heartache the news may have caused ELF.
Following the October 16th broadcast of KBS Cool FM“s “Super Junior”s Kiss the Radio“, Ryeowook wrote, “I”m sorry and I love you, ELF,” as he waved to the camera.
Heechul also made his Instagram private and left an explanation on his profile, stating, “I will return after the ups and downs settle down a bit. I am sorry to everyone.. Thank you. You guys haven”t done anything wrong..”...
Jessica updates fans saying she will be back soon on Weibo.
She posted on October 17th,”I was so amazed by all the fans that came out yesterday. Thank you sooooo much. You guys are the ones that keep me going & I promise I won”t let you down. I”m not going anywhere, I”ll be back…clean slate”
Jessica made her first public appearance following her issue with Girl”s Generation as the chief designer of “BLANC & ECLAIRE” at Lane Crawford‘s 1st anniversary event in Shanghai on October 16th. She said during the interview,”I”m going to take step by step into the fashion industry. I didn”t lose my passion for the entertainment industry. There are a lot of good things in store for my fans so please look forward to it”....
Female singer Seo In Young drop the music video for her latest single “Thinking Of You” featuring Zion.T
The MV itself is visually appealing matching the classy yet rich melody produces by Seo In Young and Zion.T together.
After the income of ZE:A’s Lee Hoo was leaked out, recently, this idol has smashed partly doubts of public with a post on his personal Twitter “A picture is just a picture. Don’t believe what people say, don’t count on everything you see #zea #moonjunyoung #leehoo #October 21 #it’s October let’s talk honestly,”
In the picture, the imcome of Lee Hoo is revealed, however, the other personal information of the singer is hidden.
Detailly, the document also shows that Moon Junyoung has earned annually 33,200,000 won since 2013....
“Modern Farmer,” the k-drama about a disenchanted band that tries to live the country life, begins this weekend. The drama, which stars FT Island”s Lee Hongki, Park Min Woo, Lee Si Un, Lee Ha Nui and Kwak Dong Yeon, is the latest in a k-drama legacy about the boys in the band.
In this drama the burned-out rock band Excellent Souls moves to the country to make a new life. Not only is it not the first show about idols or the only drama in which idols play idols; it”s not even Lee Hongki”s first k-drama role playing an idol. But that”s okay because k-dramas about bands are usually entertaining to watch....
Vixx Latest Almost Makes No “Error” Written by Willis On October 15, 2014
After a breakout year in 2013, the boys of Vixx have expanded their reach with a couple of key releases this year. Including Error, Vixx has made two comebacks in Korea this year. 2014 also marks the year that Vixx has expanded into the Japanese market with their debut album Darkest Angels dropping in July.
Vixx is a group associated with the supernatural concept. With Eternity, they side stepped supernatural and dealt with a broader sci-fi element of time – possibly attempting to appeal to a wider audience. The group’s collection of songs often deals with love, loss, separation, and relationships. These topics, while not the most novel subjects, become more fantastic with the inclusion of the unconventional supernatural elements sprinkled within the lyrics and some electronic experimentation in composition of the songs. Error does a great job of taking a sci-fi concept of the cyborg and running with it throughout the mini-album. Some of this can be attributed to the utilization of producer Melodesign who helped to produce two songs along with the intro track. Error sees the group refining their package and adapting a concept that is more science fiction than mythical. ...
[Exclusive] Lunafly Does Dramatic Reading of Pop Song, Talks of Fan’s Bra, Peru, Romance and More in Our Latest Interview!
Male trio Lunafly, consisting of members Sam, Teo, and Yun, recently celebrated its 2nd year since debut with a song dedicated to their fans (Lukies) titled “Thank You.” Oh my, time flies doesn’t it?
Check out their performance and interview from two years ago at Soompi HQ here!
The group dropped by our office again and we’ve chatted about how things have changed for them since they made their debut. They are noticeably more relaxed this time around, but we had a few things planned to get them out of their comfort zone. (Hint: Dramatic reading… will say no more!) ...