Korean Fanatics Are Convinced This Idol Staff Holds Concerts Just To Have Water Fights On Stage

Korean Fanatics Are Convinced This Idol Staff Holds Concerts Just To Have Water Fights On Stage

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterAfter seeing pictures from some in theirnewest concerts, Korean lovers are convinced that rookie male group iKON holds concerts in order thatthey are in a position to have water fights with each and every other. 

While many artists throw water at themselves or into the crowd right through their performances to building up hype, fans claim that iKON has taken on-stage water fights to every other level. As smartly as pouring water bottles on one another and the crowd, individuals of the crowd have also been known to spit water into each one others faces for amusing as well, causing fans to laugh at their creativity and innovation with water fights.

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Soompi Says: Korean vs. American K-Pop Concerts

Soompi Says: Korean vs. American K-Pop Concerts

Soompi Says: Korean vs. American K-Pop Concertsharmonicar November 23, 2015 0 LINE it!Soompi Says: Korean vs. American K-Pop Concerts Concert season is speedycoming near in Seoul, whilstin contemporary times in the U.S. there has been a stableflow of K-pop teams coming to excursion stateside.

Here at Soompi, we’re no strangers to the concert grind regardless that our K-pop concert enjoy has generally been separated by way ofanything called the Pacific Ocean. Recently, our workforce OK, handiest3folksgot herein combination to chat about precisely what the variations are between K-pop concerts in the U.S. and Korea.

Believe it or not, there are reasonablyloads of differences that we discovered to be rather sudden from the ticketing procedure to concert day itself. We’ll also speak about INFINITE’s faces (OK, perhaps alone I’ll do that).

To get started with, how qualified are you to discuss about concerts?Monica (harmonicar): Man, we want tocommence alongside qualifications?? OK, so beautiful much I’ve lived in Korea for three years and all overthat point I’ve observednumerous concerts, like, a lot. I in the beginningpurchased a price tage bookthat maygrasp like, one hundred tickets and I… may… have… almost… filled… it….

Jenny (benightedxflame): Total judgement.

Courtney (knims): Side-eyeing you correct now.

Monica: Y U DO DIS TO ME JENNY. Courtney, you went with me so

Jenny: Wait, so fundamentally you lot spent a 3rd of your time in Korea attending concerts? Not gonna lie, this is THE LIFE.

Monica: I WORKED, OK? Yet haven’t you long goneto loveso much of concerts in the U.S. too?  I appearto endure in mind you telling me you saw VIXX. More than one times.

Courtney: To be fair, it’s depravedsimpleto wait concerts when you’re in Korea.

Jenny: OKAY, so I would possibly or would in all probability not accept (totally have) visible VIXX each and everyunmarried fourth dimension they came to the U.S. I duvetmany of U.S. concerts for Soompi, so I might order that I’ve been to maybe 80% of idol groups’ tours in the U.S. since 2010. And its fairly astounding you wouldnt believe how much the scene has changed, just in thebeyond few years. Concerts in the U.S. for K-pop were pretty infrequenta couple of years ago, but there turns out to be one or occasionally eve more one each calendar month or so. Earlier than 2011, maximum artists just attended gala's in Los Angeles and glued to the West Coast for minor performances, but now you've got artists like B1A4 appearing solo in Dallas. Still, organizers are pretty selective in getting artists to tour the U.S., but I’d thinkfolksgetsto look their favorites more continuously in Korea?

Courtney: Definitely! When I used to be in Korea for just a few years I saw BEAST like 30 times but I’ve only considered them in the states once. For the past two years I’ve been seeing concerts in the U.S. (mainly West Coast), so I’ve played the ticketing game in either countries. In the end, seeing concerts in Korea is such a lotmore straightforward (when you are living in Seoul) so I went to plenty of more than a few groups’ solo concerts and while I’ll also pass to random groups in the U.S., I need to bea bit of more selective because tickets here are expensive. When I opt for work, I’ll see any personbut if 1in realitysign up for the ticketing game it’s just for groups I truly honey (mainly BTS, in conjunction withthe remainder of North America).

Monica: Personally, I’ve never been to a K-pop concert in the U.S. so I’m no longer exactly certain what the activity is like. Most groups preservea minimum of one solo concert once a year, and regularly times there can be smaller appearances at festivals or “collective” concerts like Dream Concert interspersed at some point of the year. Upload that in your idol actively selling and you’ll be ready to see them multiple times a year on stage.

Courtney: Yeah, Korea loves having smaller concerts featuring a number of artists for random reasons like university festivals, brand-sponsored events, church events, tourism-related festivals. You'll win tickets, go for loose equally a foreigner, or maybe but pay an affordable $50 to see up to ten acts in one night! Sure, the U.S. has the KTMF at Hollywood Bowl and KCON but the ones volition set you back as a minimum $200 for quality seats if you could become the quality seats!

Jenny: Wow, it’s pretty wild to think that you will see that your bias community in usereach month or so in Korea. Very few artists have had more than one solo tour in the U.S. For example, I like INFINITE, and I haven’t seen them since they toured in 2013, and wont get every otherprobability to till next January.

Monica: Yep, in contrast, I’ll be capable of catch them while I’m here since, although I’m only here for three months, they’ll be making an appearance at the Pepsi Concert in December.

Jenny: I truly precisely visited Korea for the primary time final month thanks to KOFICE, and had the opportunity to catch iKON’s first debut concert live. For a debut concert, it used to be A LOT of people. I know in the U.S. concerts, even more veteran artists are most commonly confined to smaller spaces that seat a few thousand individuals then the concert itself feels more intimate, but iKON brought in, what, 15,000 people? I believe like I say this a lot, but, that’s crazy.

Monica: LiterallyI believe the concert venues in Korea at the instant are smaller than in comparison to the U.S.? Where you saw iKON, Olympic Gymnastic Stadium, is currently regarded asthe largest concert venue in Korea; if an artist does a concert there they’re taken into consideration to have “made it.” It’s definitely smaller than say Madison Square Lawn or the Staples Center, maybe two-thirds the size?

Jenny: Well, the last act that conducted at Madison Square Garden changed into SMTOWN NYC back in 2011. DJ DOC, COOL and a few older artists done there this September, but rather than that, groups sometimes go for the smaller Very bestPurchase Theater when they’re performing in New York. Groups definitely dont opt for the huge, all-out venues.

Courtney: Most of the groups that come here on tour hit up smaller venues for example at the West Coast, Club Nokia (LA) and the Warfield Theater (SF) are favourite stops and they just seat 2,300 americans each. In Korea, we’re speaking Olympic arenas!! But, it’s also vitalto noticethat during Korea the general public displacecommute to Seoul pretty effortlessly to see their faves even from the farthest point south it’s a five hour, kind of $40 bus ride tops. In the U.S., the target market is so a lot more spread out and flights are very much now not cheap.

Monica: Interesting, I haven’t really been to concerts in the U.S. so I really can’t say, but in general the venues in Korea feel much smaller in comparison to the venues I’ve been in in Japan or Taiwan.

Courtney: Oh! Some other interesting thing is the superiority of “mystery” concerts in the U.S. For example, yearly the KTMF Hollywood Bowl tickets go on sale before the lineup is announced. Lovers who needthe most efficient seats have to shop for earlier they really know who’s attending. We also had one more concert this past year that sold tickets before the lineup was announced I ponder whetherthis is avogue that the U.S. may well be moving towards? I can’t believe Korea having mystery concerts…

Monica: Yeah Korea doesn’t really do mystery concerts. I feel like it’s because fans are so in-the-know that there wouldn’t really be a mystery, they’d figure it out right away.

Jenny: Never querythe ability of the netizens.

So, I'm hoping we’ve convinced you that we know what we’re talking about and that you could trust us. In portions two and 3 of this series, we’ll go more in-depth into the process of ticketing and then the true concert experience!

How many concerts have you been to? Do you have any questions you’d like us to cope with in the impending parts?Courtney (knims) is situated in the San Francisco place of work and desperately anticipating a BEAST North American tour. In the meantime, she’s seeing a lot of BTS and isn’t complaining about it. Shes also captivated with gifs.

Monica (harmonicar) is located in the Seoul office, and is a former instructor who once taught at CNBLUEs Yonghwas primefaculty in Busan. She is an avid Endless fan, and was once served beer by Sungyeol in Seoul.

Jenny (benightedxflame) is all over the place the East Coast going to concerts (particularly VIXXs), and wishing she was a a section of the Running Guy cast. 

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Korean Indie Pop Acts 10cm And Okdal To Hold Collaboration Concerts In New York, Washington DC This June

Korean Indie Pop Acts 10cm And Okdal To Hold Collaboration Concerts In New York, Washington DC This June

K-indie fans, rejoice! Two of the most popular indie groups in South Korea are headed to New York City this summer for a collaboration concert.

Earlier this month, South Korean indie pop groups 10cm and Okdal announced plans for a New York City concert on June 5 and a Washington DC performance on June 6, 2015.

On April 13, a Facebook event page created by the concert organizers Urbansider, a New York-based production group, announced the official details of the collaboration concert between two of Seoul"s best-known independent acts.

The concert will be held at The Concert Hall at Ethical Culture on West 64th Street in Manhattan"s Central Park West area, a first-time K-pop concert venue in the city. The show is scheduled to run from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Tickets for the concert are available now atsix different price levelsthrough the Urbansider website and range in price from $50 for the furthest away seats to $195 for the VIP package seats.

(Photo : Urbansider)

The following night, the two acts will head down to Washington DC where they will perform at George Washington University"s Lisner Auditorium (details to follow - stay tuned).

10cm is an acoustic duo comprised of Kwon Jung Yeol, who is the main vocalist and plays percussion, and Yoon Chul Jong, who plays the guitar.The group"s name refers to the height difference between Kwon and Yoon.

The pair shot to fame in 2011 with their hit single "Americano" (although officially released the year prior) and dropped their third studio album, 3.0, last November.

The group previously performed in the United States last year when they played at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Female indie pop duo Okdal is made up of longtime friends Kim Yoonju and Park Sejin and they are well known for their fun and sentimental folk-pop songs. The pair gained mainstream traction with the release of their song "Oksangdalbit" that was featured on the soundtrack for the popular MBC television drama Pasta.

In 2013, Okdal collaborated with K-pop boy band VIXX for the song "Girls, Why?" and have since been a mainstay in the Korean music scene.

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SHINee promises a new Korean album soon during their successful Tokyo Dome concerts!

SHINee promises a new Korean album soon during their successful Tokyo Dome concerts!

SHINee had successful concerts at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on March 14 and 15 for their "SHINee WORLD 2014~I"m Your Boy~Special Edition in TOKYO DOME," which brought in over 100,000 fans!

After finishing their first concert at the Tokyo Dome on March 14, SHINee met with the press and talked about a new album! Leader Onew said, "What I kept thinking about while performing in Japan was that we should show a good image in Korea, as well. We"re preparing for a new album in Korea, and I think we"ll show everybody it soon." If he could just elaborate more on "soon," that would be great.

Minho took it from there with, "We are really preparing it, and it will be our first Korean album in a while, so even we are having high expectations. We will try our hand in a cool album within this year."

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Taiwan Chooses CN Blues Im Sorry as the Most Loved Korean Song in 2013

Taiwan Chooses CN Blues Im Sorry as the Most Loved Korean Song in 2013

CN Blue’s I’m Sorry ranked as the most loved Korean song in Taiwan in 2013.

According to Taiwanese radio music program called Hit FM, CN Blue’s I’m Sorry ranked number six on the 100 songs single chart in 2013.

Out of the 100 songs, 54 were Chinese songs, 18 were international pop and 17 were Korean songs.

Out of all 17 Korean songs, I’m Sorry composed by CN Blue Jung Yong Hwa ranked the highest on the chart.

Taiwan Chooses CN Blue’s ‘I’m Sorry’ as the Most Loved Korean Song in 2013

Hit FM’s 100 songs single chart is a chart that selects 100 of the most loved songs in Taiwan, and it includes tunes from all around the globe. The chart is ranked based on the number of broadcast appearance, album sales as well as online voting.

This year, over 10 million people participated in voting, and CN Blue was the highest-ranking K-pop artist on the chart, going shoulder to shoulder with the other renowned artists around the globe.

Photo credit: FNC Entertainment, Taiwan’s Hit FM screen capture

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Does the Use of English During Korean Concerts in the U.S. Help with Fan and Media Reception

Does the Use of English During Korean Concerts in the U.S. Help with Fan and Media Reception

Does the Use of English During Korean Concerts in the U.S. Help with Fan and Media Reception? Jung Yong Hwa during the "Blue Moon Tour"New York City Best Buy Theater performance. On January 21st Korean pop rock group CNBLUE delivered an amazing performance for their Blue Moon Tour in the midst of blizzard conditions at New York City"s Best Buy Theater.The concert followed the January 9th performance by male idol group U-KISS which garnered heavy media attention due to the English proficiency within the group.Although, CNBLUE is an act whose career began with the delivery of English covers in Japan, audience members were surprised by the level of English utilized by the band during breaks between songs.While U-KISS and CNBLUE perform music from entirely different genres, the concerted effort made by both groups to connect with audiences in the United States has created an interesting situation for acts who will follow them.While performing in the U.S., it is necessary for Korean musicians and idol groups to interact with the audience primarily in English?

While the Hallyu Wave initially started within Asia, internet mediums such as YouTube and subtitled media such as Viki and Dramafever have helped to fuel the rapid fire spread of Korean entertainment into English and Spanish speaking countries.U-KISS is one of few K-Pop groups to have a focused tour in Latin America, while CNBLUE is the first Korean rock group to do so. YG Entertainment and SM Entertainment initially focused their efforts on infiltrating the markets in Japan and China, with English speaking markets coming in as an after thought. However, groups such as NH Media"s U-KISS were created with consideration for the English market.

U-KISS members Kevin and Eli are Korean-American, while AJ is currently enrolled at the prestigious Columbia University.During their January 9th concert, the members with English proficiency acted as hosts and translators for the remaining members, Hoon, Kiseop, and Soohyun who had more difficulty when speaking English.The format of the concert was consistent with a Korean pop showcase in terms of the unique methods of fan engagement such as question and answer session and brief skits.These types of engagement are often left out of concerts in the United States due to the awkwardness of translating during such segments.Although, the heart of K-Pop is the fact that it is Korean pop music, U-KISS is an excellent example of how English can effectively be incorporated into K-Pop to create a unique product.

CNBLUE does not have any Korean-American members however, Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Jung Shin engaged with English-speaking fans at their New York City concert with grace, even if it was derived from lots of practice.Members Lee Jong Hyun andKang Min Hyuk also interacted with the audience, but with more limitation due to the English sequences. While CNBLUE performed their some of their most loved songs such as I"m Sorry and Intuition, the group ended the concert with the English version of Try Again, Smile Again.Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Jung Shin, in particular, included ad-libs of American pop and hip-hop songs throughout the concert, including a very spot on impression of Jay-Z. The show had enough of an American indie rock show feel that audiences displayed surprise during the times when Jung Yong Hwa spoke in Korean to engage fans.

Ohio resident Nina Prozzo and her friend Juliana Nine traveled to New York City for CNBLUE, which was their first Korean concert. New Yorker John Panchoo who has attended six K-Pop concerts, with his first being the concert with Son Dambi and Brian Joo, waited alongside Nina and Juliana in the blizzard conditions to see CNBLUE.The efforts for all three fans were worth it, as they were amongst the audience that were closest to the stage.When asked about her feelings regarding the use of English during the concert, Nina Prozzo said, "I had seen clips of them on variety shows speaking limited English, so listening to them at the concert was a surprise and a treat".Juliana Nine commented on the Jung Shin"s command of the English language when speaking about the way in which the weather effected the concert.Juliana stated, "Jung Shin used the word arduous involving the weather.I was impressed that he knew such an obscure word that isn"t used very often nowadays".

As Korean pop concerts continue to travel to the United States, it will be interesting to see how the format of concerts shift from those that are performed throughout Asia.U-KISS and CNBLUE have both proven that fan interaction are an integral component of performance in the United States, however, it helps to deliver these segments in English.By not using a translator separate from the group, both acts remained connected with audiences in a way that differentiates them from other idols and musicians that have visited the U.S. Do you think it is inappropriate to expect K-Pop and Korean pop rock acts to interact with the audience in English in the United States or should the concerts continue to be delivered in Korean?

Photo Credit:Nina Prozzo Instagram

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8 Korean Stars Appear in The List of 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013

8 Korean Stars Appear in The List of 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013

8 Korean Stars Appear in The List of “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013″

Following the list of “100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2013″ which was revealed on December 2013, The Independent Critics List has recently published the ”100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013” list.

The original “Most Beautiful” list is a yearly tradition for TC Chandler and their Independent Critics List to compile a list of the 100 most beautiful female faces in entertainment and sports. The list boasts of its diversity, with celebrities from many countries making up the list. For 2013, 14 female Korean celebrities made the list, which you can see here.

Now for the first time, the same company has made a list of the 100 “Most Handsome” faces. According to their Facebook page, this list was made at the request of many people who wanted to see a list of handsome men. Like its counterpart, the “Most Handsome” list consists of celebrities from different countries, with eight Koreans making out the list.

Actor Lee Byung Hun starts off the list at 91, in between American actor Armie Hammer and Argentine soccer player Gonzalo Higuaín. Dennis Oh makes a surprise appearance at 66. World star Rain makes number 46, and not too far ahead is actor Lee Jung Jae at 40. Of the Big Bang members, it was actually Taeyang who managed to get on the list at a high 33. Actor Daniel Henney gets to 24. 2PM‘s leader and rising idol-actor Taecyeon made it to the top twenty with being 13. Lastly, the highest ranking Korea celebrity is Super Junior‘s Choi Siwon, who was lucky number 7. Actor Michael Fassbender was voted the number one most handsome face.

You can watch the video for some visual, or scroll down for the entire list.

100. Robert Downey Jr

99. Raoul Bova

98. Benedict Cumberbatch

97. Morris Chestnut

96. Leehom Wang

95. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

94. Pierce Brosnan

93. Guy Pearce

92. Armie Hammer

91. Byung-hun Lee

90. Gonzalo Higuaín

89. Justin Timberlake

88. Jamie Foxx

87. Travis Fimmel

86. Matt Damon

85. Todd Lasance

84. Viggo Mortensen

83. Jin Akanishi

82. Iker Casillas

81. Takeshi Kaneshiro

80. Edward Burns

79. Tom Hardy

78. Denzel Washington

77. Rafael van der Vaart

76. Aljur Abrenica

75. Eric Dane

74. Zayn Malik

73. Colin Farrell

72. Jon Hamm

71. Kevin Hart

70. Daniel Craig

69. Hrithik Roshan

68. Gary Barlow

67. Rodrigo Santoro

66. Dennis Oh

65. Fabio Fognini

64. Johnny Depp

63. Enrique Iglesias

62. Manu Bennett

61. Giuseppe Rossi

60. Djimon Hounsou

59. Tom Cruise

58. Keisuke Honda

57. Mark Wahlberg

56. Sean Penn

55. Godfrey Gao

54. Aksel Hennie

53. Clive Owen

52. David Beckham

51. Ben Affleck

50. 50 Cent

49. Alex Pettyfer

48. Jude Law

47. Matthew McConaughey

46. Rain

45. Guillaume Canet

44. David Oyelowo

43. Tom Brady

42. Matthias Schoenaerts

41. Norman Reedus

40. Lee Jung-jae

39. Garrett Hedlund

38. Gael García Bernal

37. Joel Kinnaman

36. Ricky Whittle

35. Sam Worthington

34. Jean Dujardin

33. Taeyang

32. Jake Gyllenhaal

31. Daniele De Rossi

30. Ryan Reynolds

29. Chiwetel Ejiofor

28. Chris Hemsworth

27. Mario Gomez

26. Liam McIntyre

25. Jamie Dornan

24. Daniel Henney

23. Mads Mikkelsen

22. Javier Bardem

21. Yoann Gourcuff

20. Dwayne Johnson

19. Chris Pine

18. Paul Walker

17. Omar Sy

16. Leonardo DiCaprio

15. Hugh Jackman

14. Gerard Butler

13. Taecyeon

12. Channing Tatum

11. Bradley Cooper

10. George Clooney

9. Diego Boneta

8. Brad Pitt

7. Choi Siwon

6. Henry Cavill

5. Stephen Amell

4. Idris Elba

3. Ryan Gosling

2. Alexander Skarsgård

1. Michael Fassbender

What do you think of this list? Who do you think should be on this list?

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Can You Guess Which 8 Korean Celebrities Made the 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013 List

Can You Guess Which 8 Korean Celebrities Made the 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013 List

Can You Guess Which 8 Korean Celebrities Made the “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013″ List? After listing their choices for the “100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2013″ last month, The Independent Critics List has put together their choices for the first”100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013.”

The original “Most Beautiful” list is a yearly tradition for TC Chandler and their Independent Critics List to compile a list of the 100 most beautiful female faces in entertainment and sports. The list boasts of its diversity, with celebrities from many countries making up the list. For 2013, 14 female Korean celebrities made the list, which you can see here.

Now for the first time, the same company has made a list of the 100 “Most Handsome” faces. According to their Facebook page, this list was made at the request of many people who wanted to see a list of handsome men. Like its counterpart, the “Most Handsome” list consists of celebrities from different countries, with eight Koreans making out the list.

Actor Lee Byung Hun starts off the list at 91, in between American actor Armie Hammer and Argentine soccer player Gonzalo Higuaín. Dennis Oh makes a surprise appearance at 66. World star Rain makes number 46, and not too far ahead is actor Lee Jung Jae at 40. Of the Big Bang members, it was actually Taeyang who managed to get on the list at a high 33. Actor Daniel Henney gets to 24. 2PM‘s leader and rising idol-actor Taecyeon made it to the top twenty with being 13. Lastly, the highest ranking Korea celebrity is Super Junior‘s Choi Siwon, who was lucky number 7. Actor Michael Fassbender was voted the number one most handsome face.

You can watch the video for some visual, or scroll down for the entire list.

100. Robert Downey Jr

99. Raoul Bova

98. Benedict Cumberbatch

97. Morris Chestnut

96. Leehom Wang

95. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

94. Pierce Brosnan

93. Guy Pearce

92. Armie Hammer

91. Byung-hun Lee

90. Gonzalo Higuaín

89. Justin Timberlake

88. Jamie Foxx

87. Travis Fimmel

86. Matt Damon

85. Todd Lasance

84. Viggo Mortensen

83. Jin Akanishi

82. Iker Casillas

81. Takeshi Kaneshiro

80. Edward Burns

79. Tom Hardy

78. Denzel Washington

77. Rafael van der Vaart

76. Aljur Abrenica

75. Eric Dane

74. Zayn Malik

73. Colin Farrell

72. Jon Hamm

71. Kevin Hart

70. Daniel Craig

69. Hrithik Roshan

68. Gary Barlow

67. Rodrigo Santoro

66. Dennis Oh

65. Fabio Fognini

64. Johnny Depp

63. Enrique Iglesias

62. Manu Bennett

61. Giuseppe Rossi

60. Djimon Hounsou

59. Tom Cruise

58. Keisuke Honda

57. Mark Wahlberg

56. Sean Penn

55. Godfrey Gao

54. Aksel Hennie

53. Clive Owen

52. David Beckham

51. Ben Affleck

50. 50 Cent

49. Alex Pettyfer

48. Jude Law

47. Matthew McConaughey

46. Rain

45. Guillaume Canet

44. David Oyelowo

43. Tom Brady

42. Matthias Schoenaerts

41. Norman Reedus

40. Lee Jung-jae

39. Garrett Hedlund

38. Gael García Bernal

37. Joel Kinnaman

36. Ricky Whittle

35. Sam Worthington

34. Jean Dujardin

33. Taeyang

32. Jake Gyllenhaal

31. Daniele De Rossi

30. Ryan Reynolds

29. Chiwetel Ejiofor

28. Chris Hemsworth

27. Mario Gomez

26. Liam McIntyre

25. Jamie Dornan

24. Daniel Henney

23. Mads Mikkelsen

22. Javier Bardem

21. Yoann Gourcuff

20. Dwayne Johnson

19. Chris Pine

18. Paul Walker

17. Omar Sy

16. Leonardo DiCaprio

15. Hugh Jackman

14. Gerard Butler

13. Taecyeon

12. Channing Tatum

11. Bradley Cooper

10. George Clooney

9. Diego Boneta

8. Brad Pitt

7. Choi Siwon

6. Henry Cavill

5. Stephen Amell

4. Idris Elba

3. Ryan Gosling

2. Alexander Skarsgård

1. Michael Fassbender

What do you think of this list? Who do you think should be on this list?

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EXO's Suho Appears with Korean President Park Geun Hye at the Seoul Arts Center in Honor of the Group's Success in 2013

EXO's Suho Appears with Korean President Park Geun Hye at the Seoul Arts Center in Honor of the Group's Success in 2013

EXOs Suho Appears with Korean President Park Geun Hye at the Seoul Arts Center in Honor of the Groups Success in 2013 (Photo : KBS news)EXOs Suho Appears with Korean President Park Geun Hye at the Seoul Arts Center in Honor of the Groups Success in 2013 (Photo : KBS News)On January 3, EXOleader Suhoappeared beside South Korean President Park Geun Hye at the Seoul Arts Center.

During a New Year's greeting and short speech about the advancement of the arts in 2013 and South Korea's investment in the future of cultural artistry in the coming year and beyond, Suho stood alongside the President as she addressed the media and attendees at the annual event.

The Seoul Arts Center's 2014 kick-off soiree was attended by influential media and entertainment professionals as well as some of the nation's greatest cultural icons and artistic minds.

Suho was given the honor of participating in the event and appearing with President Park to honor the immense success of his group EXO in 2013.

With a couple number one hits, and the release of their first full-length album, the young idols became the first group in a dozen or so years to sell over a million copies of their album, a particularly large feat considering the high rates of pirating and music streaming services.

EXO is a 12-member Chinese-Korean boy band that debuted in April 2012 under Korea's biggest record label SM Entertainment.

The group released their first studio album, XOXO, in June and a repackaged version two months later in August.EXO took home the Mnet Asian Music Award this year for Album of the Year and won the MelOn Music Award for Song of the Year with the single "Growl."

SBSnews program 'Morning Wide' also did a feature on the EXO and their banner year in 2013, which you can watch below.

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2013 a record-breaking year for Korean cinema

2013 a record-breaking year for Korean cinema

2013 a record-breaking year for Korean cinema

This year has been a record-shattering year at the Korean box office. According to the Korean Film Council, as of yesterday, Koreans had gone to the movies more than 210 million times in 2013, well ahead of last year's 195 million.

That works out to 4.1 trips per person, one of the highest rates in the world - just behind the United States' 4.3 but ahead of Britain's 2.7 and Australia's 3.8.

The significance of this growth was reflected by the number of Hollywood actors who made promo stops here, often making Seoul the only Asian spot on their tour.

Vin Diesel said during his visit for "FastFurious 6", that Korea is a "very important film market in the world", while Matt Damon said, "Everybody in America knows that it's a huge market, and a growing market".

Earning 634 billion won ($601.2 million), Hollywood had its second-best year ever in Korea (just behind the "Avatar"-powered 649 billion won in 2010).

But that paled before the successes local movies had this year. Korean films accounted for 59.5 percent of the box office in 2013, their second-best showing in the modern era, earning a record-smashing 894.5 billion won.

Out of the top 10 films of the year, eight were local films. Only "Iron Man 3" and "World War Z" made the top 10.

Here's a look at the most successful films of 2013 in Korea:

"Miracle in Cell No.7" - 12.8 million admissions

The plot revolves around dim-witted father Lee Yong-gu (Ryoo Seung-ryong) who is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Yong-gu's five cellmates team up to help smuggle in his 6-year-old daughter Ye-sung (Gal So-won) in a heartwarming comedy that opened in January.

"Snowpiercer" - 9.3 million

Bong Joon-ho's much-anticipated film "Snowpiercer" was a largely English-language film, starring the likes of Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. But it was made squarely within the Korean film system and also featured Korea's own Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-ra. It also did well in France, earning $5.3 million there. But a dispute with its distributor, Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company, over editing has delayed the movie's North American rollout.

"The Face Reader" - 9.1 million

Not long after "Snowpiercer", Song Kang-ho also starred in "The Face Reader", a period drama that featured Lee Jeong-jae, Baek Yoon-sik, Kim Hye-soo and newbie Lee Jong-suk. It examined the notion of destiny and human existence in the royal court during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

Iron Man 3 - 9.0 million

When Robert Downey Jr. visited Seoul, he said there may be a link between Koreans' love of high-tech gadgets and the demand for Iron Man. Indeed, Korea seems to fall more in love with Iron Man each year - "Iron Man" pulled in 4.3 million admissions, "Iron Man 2" had 4.5 million and "The Avengers" received a whopping 7.1 million admissions.

"The Berlin File" - 7.2 million

One of the first of several movies about spies this year, this Ha Jeong-woo and Jeon Ji-hyeon thriller was set in Berlin, of all places.

It was also by far the most successful movie by longtime action director Ryoo Seung-wan.

"Secretly and Greatly" - 7.0 million

From the get-go, this film promised big things. Not only was it the screen adaptation of a popular web comic by the artist Hun, it also featured three heartthrobs: Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Park Ki-woong and Lee Hyun-woo. The three played North Korean spies living undercover in the South.

Powered by the eager young fans of those stars, "Secretly and Greatly" jumped out to the biggest opening weekend ever and the fastest 4 million admissions of any movie in Korea.

"Hide and Seek" - 5.6 million

One of the scariest films of this year, "Hide and Seek" played on a simple fear: What if there was someone secretly living in your house? Directed by first-time filmmaker Huh Jung, it pulled in 1.35 million admissions in its opening weekend.

"The Terror Live" - 5.6 million

With a newbie director, Kim Byeong-woo, just one major character and 96 percent of the film taking place in one location - at the desk of a news anchor - the success of "The Terror Live" surprised everyone. But when your lead is Ha Jeong-woo, any film can be a hit.

"Cold Eyes" - 5.5 million

This action thriller with Seol Kyeong-gu, Jeong Woo-seong and Han Hyo-joo featured a fictional police squad called the Surveillance Team.

World War Z - 5.2 million

Although considered a disappointment in most of the world, the Brad Pitt vehicle "World War Z" was the second-biggest foreign film of 2013 in Korea.

By CARLA SUNWOO

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