Keyword: Rain Bi 2013
Despite the gentle rain, the exhibition hall at Old Billingsgate Market in London was busy with fans who came to get a glimpse of their K-pop stars. They came to see K-pop related exhibitions and a live performance by 2NE1, a girl group and the honorary ambassadors for the Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo 2013 held between November 4 and 6.
"I've been a fan of 2NE1 for three years", said 16-year-old Josh Norton. "I came to see their opening concert at the expo".
When the 2NE1 concert began, the exhibition hall heated up with enthusiastic fans. The British broadcaster BBC televised the event live.
Singer Rain was honored as the top Asian entertainer at the 2013 Bazaar Men's Style People of the Year Awards on Saturday at 751 D-Park in the heart of Beijing's art district.
Rain was recognized for his role as a multi-talented singer and actor. He walked on the red carpet with leading celebrities, fashion designers, artists, and businessmen. Chinese artists cheered when Rain thanked them in Chinese and English with a big smile.
He returned to Korea on Sunday after the awards ceremony.
By Baek Hee-youn
K-Pop has lost one of its talented singers. Kim Haneul, also known as Rottyful Sky, passed away on October 8, 2013 after battling with a brain tumor for about a year. The 25-year-old singer made her debut in 2001 when she was only 13 years old. In 2006 she joined Roo’ra, a HipHop Dance Group, but withdrew a year after. She made her comeback as a solo artist in 2010 with a new single, “No Way”. She was also known as a close friend of Big Bang’s GD and Taeyang, as well as Taeyang’s brother. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, she stopped all her activities to fight her illness. Earlier on October 8, she was admitted to an intensive care unit in a brain-dead state which eventually led to her death. May she rest in peace.
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YG Entertainment’s reality show, Who Is Next: WIN (WIN) premiered on the 23rd of August 2013. This show follows the journey of two boy groups whom, at the end of a hundred days, will face judgment in the form of votes from TV voters. The group with the higher vote count will be guaranteed a debut immediately. Nevertheless, knowing YG, “immediately” doesn’t say much. The fate of the other group is unknown, with the possibility of being broken up and even let go from YG Entertainment.
A previous Seoulbeats article has already eloquently detailed why this is a bad idea, given YG’s influential position in the market. This is them giving even more acceptance to a toxic environment where trainees are subject to much exploitation, whether it is in the form of incredibly long hours or, in extreme cases, sexual abuse
Visitors to the Gwangju Biennale walk in rain in the southwestern city on Friday.
Women make songpyeon or crescent-shaped rice cakes for the needy in Seoul on Friday, ahead of Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving.
Gaon Chart is the national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts.
[Rankings for Week August 25, 2013 – August 31, 2013]
Weekly Singles Chart
1. Yoon Mirae : “Touch Love”
2. Sunmi : “24 Hours”
3. Baek Ji Young : “Is Crying”
4. SISTAR’s Hyorin : “Driving Me Crazy”
5. Kim Ye Rim : “Rain”
6. EXO : “Growl”
7. Teen Top : “Rocking”
8. Lyn : “I Like This Song”
9. Bumkey ft. Dynamic Duo : “Attraction”
10. SPICA : “Tonight”
Weekly Album Chart
Stage name: Sunmi (선미) Full name: Lee Sunmi Nickname: Mimi, 4-D, SunMa Birthday: May 2nd, 1992 Label: JYP entertainment School: Chung Dam Middle School, Chung Dam High School Height: 167cm Weight: 43kg Blood type: AB Religion: Christian Duration of Training: 1 year 6 months Specialty: Vocal, Choreography, Poppin’, Acting, Chinese Favorite Food: Udon Favorite Artist: Beyonce, Rain Favorite Actor: Song Kang Ho Favorite Color: Purple Ideal Type: Person who is masculine Debut as a solo: August 20th, 2013 Debut single: "24 hours"
Sunmi is a former member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007
Reggae seems to be in this summer. And let’s be honest with ourselves: there have been some mixed results. 2NE1’s summer track “Fallin’ in Love” was a miss. Where “I Love You” infectiously stayed in our brains for months after summer came to an end, “Fallin in Love” is already forgotten, with the hope that the next track, “Do You Love Me?” will be 2013’s true answer to 2012’s infectious hit. This is a pretty big let down after CL’s epic solo “Baddest Female” primed us for a summer of excellence.
On top of having a largely forgettable sound, the music video looks like it was made by a YG asleep at the wheel. The choreography is slow, and Park Bom seems incapable of keeping up with it. Add in Sandara’s less than stellar cultural appropriation with the bindi, and where the music video for “I’m the Best” insisted it was the best, “Fallin in Love” insists that it is the meh-st