5 Pleasant Surprises in Kpop from 2013

5 Pleasant Surprises in Kpop from 2013

Howdy, I"mNoodle, a new Op-Ed and Features writer for allkpop. I grew up inHouston, Texas and through my interest in Starcraft2, I"ve come to gain an interest in Korean music,television, and culture as a whole. My favorite solo artist is BoAand my favorite group is After School. I hope that I can neatly mergemy interest in kpop with my development as a writer to delivercontent that you can enjoy.

Life is full ofsurprises and every now and then you receive surprises within K-Pop that pleaseyou in an unexpected way. Here"s a list of my five pleasant surprises within thelast year of K-Pop that have left fans with a good aftertaste.

5dolls Gets Successfully Rebuilt asF-ve Dolls with "Can You Love Me"

5dolls was never very active,nor was their main group Co-ed School. After overa year without any releases and a scandal, the announcementof additional members and the re-branding as "F-ve Dolls" left thegroup with few lasting fans and a large mountain to climb in order toget back to the level of success that the group achieved with "LikeThis or That".

With their comeback single "Soulmate #1" lookingand sounding like a weak "Roly-Poly" rehash and the announcementthat Dani, the young and unproven member of T-ara N4, would befeatured on "Can You Love Me," expectations for the song werevery low.

But "Can You Love Me" turned out tobe one of the most underrated songs of 2013. It carries a verypleasant harmony and allows the members to showcase their vocaltalent. The new additions to the group get their chance to show thattheir inclusion was not for naught and allow the group to begin building an identity as the re-branded "F-ve Dolls." The use of Daniproved most surprising: CCM may not have given her a token rapsolo (her notes are pitched), but the unproven 14-year-old managed todo a good job, anyway. With this single, 5Dolls showed thatthey should not be looked over the next time they announce acomeback.

Lim Chang Jung"s "Open the Door"

Announced as a cover of theunderwhelming Wonder Boyz track, nobody was really sure quite what toexpect out of actor and veteran singer Lim Chang Jung"s release.

The musicvideo turned out to be super entertaining with a very fun dance andfunny story line. The song itself manages to sound catchier than theoriginal version and the overall product stands out as a success. A very nice and pleasant surprise.

Nine Muses Gets Productive  5 Pleasant Surprises in Kpop from 2013

As a group ofmodels, Nine Muses" first few years had lineup changes and few produced songs. In 2010 they put out only two songs, in 2011 they became aseven member group and released only a single song, and in early 2012they added Kyung Li and put out their mini album Sweet Rendezvous.

But after adding SungA to the lineup in mid 2012, Nine Muses showeda surprisingly substantial increase in activities in 2013. Over theyear, the group released their second mini album as well as theirfirst full length album and two single albums. From January throughDecember, Nine Muses constantly placed themselves in the limelight,giving content to their starved existing supporters while gaining newfans.

Tiny-G"s "Miss You"

Tiny-G"sinitiation as a girl group full of short members standing 159cm (5"2") orshorter seemed like a weird concept at the start. Their debut hip-hopthemed music video featured a cringe-inducing part where they playbasketball and their second single"s aegyo concept didn"t reallystand out.

So it came as a surprise when their single "Miss You"ditched their previous showcasing of their height and hit the ballout of the park with one of the catchiest tunes of 2013. The song hasa guilt-free addictive chorus with good choreography to accompanyit, solid verses, and a nice high note in the bridge. Over a yearafter their debut, Tiny-G managed to strike gold with "Miss You".

Crayon Pop Makes it Big in SouthKorea  5 Pleasant Surprises in Kpop from 2013

Crayon Pop debutedas simple girl group from a new company. Without the advantages ofbigger label, they focused on creating catchy and fun songs andmanage to gain a fair amount of attention from foreign fans sincetheir debut song "Bing Bing."

But struggling to get time on themajor music television shows in South Korea, the group remainedalmost unheard of in their home country and foreign fans wondered ifthey"d ever be able to generate enough revenue to keep them andChrome Entertainment from having to disband. And then Crayon Popreleased their music video for "Bar Bar Bar," which paired theirsignature simple and catchy songs with attention-drawing outfits andchoreography. The group"s recognition and popularity exploded andforeign fans no longer had to worry about Crayon Pop dying outwithout every achieving any success or recognition in their nativecountry of South Korea.

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Girls' Generation Yuri and Oh Sang Jin to host 2013 Gaon Chart Kpop Awards

Girls' Generation Yuri and Oh Sang Jin to host 2013 Gaon Chart Kpop Awards

Girls' Generation Yuri and Oh Sang Jin to host 2013 Gaon Chart Kpop Awards

It was revealed that Girls' Generation Yuri along with Oh Sang Jin will be the MCs for 2013 Gaon Chart Kpop Awards which will be hold on February 12th at Seoul Olympic Park's Gymnastics Stadium.

Gaon Chart Kpop Awards is an awards show which focus on the sales of songs and album. For this year many stars are nominated such as Cho Yong Pil, PSY, Girls' Generation, EXO, Sistar, San-E, IU, Davichi, Dynamic Duo, 4Minute, Miss A, SoyuMad Clown, Seo In Guk, Jia and etc.

You can find more info about the nominees through its official site.

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Billboard picks 'Growl' as Top Kpop Song of 2013

Billboard picks 'Growl' as Top Kpop Song of 2013

Billboard picks 'Growl' as Top Kpop Song of 2013

Billboard America chose EXO's "Growl" as the no.1 song in Top 20 Kpop Songs of 2013.

According to Billboard, "Growl" was the crown jewel in boy band EXO's fantastic 2013. While past singles like "Mama" and "Wolf" were based around complex concepts and busy production, "Growl" used a sparse, Southern hip-hop beat that let the 12 boys' talents shine through. A blend of rap, R and B melody and pop hooks, the breakout single had something for all listeners. Its accompanying video focused on a straight-forward, one-take video, again allowing for EXO's talents -- in this case, choreography -- to shine, not detracting from over-the-top high fashion. Along with high interest from the United States -- the boy band is the newest act to land among the top-selling K-pop tracks in America -- "Growl" solidifies EXO as the act to watch in K-pop's continuing international advancement."

EXO is steadily rising as one of the next top global stars. They have achieved many awards this year from Korea and China, such as 2 Daesang Awards from MelOn Music Award and MAMA, "Most Popular Group Award" from "Baidu The Hottest Awards","Best Group Award" at "Top Chinese Music Billboard Newcomer Awards"

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Multi-talented Korean Girl Group AOA Greets The Media At Sundown Festival 2013 Press Conference In Singapore, Confidently Admits They Are All Angelic! [PHOTOS]

Multi-talented Korean Girl Group AOA Greets The Media At Sundown Festival 2013 Press Conference In Singapore, Confidently Admits They Are All Angelic! [PHOTOS]

AOA, Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Youkyung, Hyejeong, Mina, Seolhyun, Chanmi

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Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea – the Ultimate K-Culture and K-Pop Event which was held in Singapore last month had a smashing opening with the presence of top Korean stars like Sung Dong Il, Han Chae Young, NUEST and APINK.

The first evening of the 3-day event starting off with a mass press conference graced by all the invited celebrities.

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Question: Is Lee Chae Young more comfortable acting or modelling?

Lee Chae Young: I enjoy doing both, but i prefer to be an actress

Question: Sung Dong Il, what is the best and worst thing about having his son on the show Appa where are you going?

Sung Dong Ill: The best thing is, i get to hang out with my son. The bad thing is, my son is getting a little spoilt! (jokingly) I hope Singaporeans will show more support for Korean pop, movies and culture!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Question: Korean places and food to recommend?

Aaron: If you guys like shopping, you can go to Dong Dae Mun, there are also of inexpensive clothes there. You also have to try Korean foods like kimbap, teokbokki. I would likely suggest if you guys have time, do visit Korea and have fun!

Namjoo: We hope you guys can visit Jeju Island because the scenery and beach is beautiful.

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Question: Which member has the best variety skills?

Apink: Bomi is the best at variety shows, she is honest and truthful.

NUEST: We all agree is probably Ren, he is good at copying girlgroup dances, and his personality.

Question: Would Apink go for a sexy concept like 4 minute?

Eunji: We love our current cutie concept.

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

After the light-hearted and informative press conference, it was time for APINKs music showcase!

And the girls showed us why they won numerous rookies awards at shows such as the 26th Golden Disk Awards, 21st Seoul Music Awards, and 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Performing a total of 7 hit songs which include: I Don’t Know, My My, U You, Bubibu, Lovely Day, 19th of April and NoNoNo, the 7 member girl group were met with roaring cheers and claps throughout the whole showcase.

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

Vizit Korea Singapore 2013: Star-studded event!

That was not all, lucky fans even got a chance to go on stage and meet the girls upclose, take pictures and receive gift packs!

The day ended with Apink promising to come back to Singapore again soon!

Korea.com would like to thank Mediacorp Vizpro International for the invitation to cover this event.

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MBC Korean Music Wave In Singapore 2013 Cancelled 10 Days Before Scheduled Date Over Contract Dispute

MBC Korean Music Wave In Singapore 2013 Cancelled 10 Days Before Scheduled Date Over Contract Dispute

MBC, EXO, 4minute

MBC Korean Music Wave In Singapore 2013 Cancelled 10 Days Before Scheduled Date Over Contract Dispute On Tuesday, promoter Fatfish Entertainment explained the decision to cancel what had been billed as Singapores largest-ever K-pop concert. Less than two weeks before it's Nov. 16 scheduled date, the event producers of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 have pulled the plug on the three-hour concert, which would have featured an A-list lineup of performers like EXO, Sistar and 4Minute.

In a statement posted to the company's Facebook page on Tuesday, concert promoter Fatfish Entertainment explained the decision to cancel what had been billed as Singapore's largest-ever K-pop concert, according to the publication Today.

"We regret to announce that the MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances including contractual difficulties with our co-producer MBC," the Fatfish statement read.

"This is an unexpected turn of events and we are ascertaining how this cancellation will affect our financial position. We are currently seeking professional advice to see how we can best refund our ticket holders and other creditors. We will need some time for this and seek your patience and understanding during this difficult time."

The decision comes one week after the company reportedly posted another statement to the social networking site, asking fans to help fund other aspects of the performance like the artists' transportation and food in addition to the ticket price.

That Facebook post has since been deleted.

Wang Li Na, head of consumer marketing for would-be MBC Korean Music Wave In Singapore 2013 sponsor StarHub, claims she is unsure exactly what led to the move to axe the concert.

"We were very disappointed to learn this evening, from the concert promoter, Fatfish Entertainment, that the MBC Korean Music Wave concert has been cancelled," Wang said. "We are currently in talks with them to find out more."

K-pop fan Mira Jamil can't believe the incompetence.

"It's so unprofessional of you to announce at such a short notice when the event is just 10 days away," Jamil wrote on Starfish Entertainment's Facebook page.

"Ticket prices were unreasonably sky high, which caused you guys to have poor sales."

Ticket prices for the concert, which was slated to take place at Singapore's Gardens By The Bay, ranged from $140 to $550.

Other acts on the MBC Korean Music Wave In Singapore 2013 bill included the groups SHINee, 2PM, 2AM, F.T. Island, B1A4, Teen Top, B.A.P, Kara and Miss A and solo singer IU.

Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun of Girls' Generation were scheduled to host the event.

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Pledis Entertainment to Hold '2013 PLEDIS Global Audition in Brazil'

Pledis Entertainment to Hold '2013 PLEDIS Global Audition in Brazil'

Pledis Entertainment, Brazil, Auditions

Pledis Entertainment to Hold '2013 PLEDIS Global Audition in Brazil' Pledis Global Auditions in Brazil Pledis Entertainment, where Son Dam Bi, Kahi, After School, NU'EST and others are housed, will be holding auditions in Brazil.

On November 4, Pledis commented, "We are on the hunt for new faces to join our agency. We want to hold auditions outside of Korea in order to find more talented stars. We decided to host it in Brazil as Brazil has been showing great interest in K-pop these days."

Pledis is also the first agency to hold auditions in Brazil as well, causing much interest.

They will hold the auditions on December 14 in Brazil and look for not only singers but also actors, models and other categories as well.

They are currently looking for new faces that will upgrade the image of the agency for the upcoming years.

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A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

A Pink, Chorong, bomi, Eunji, naeun, Namjoo, Hayoung

Korea Festival 2013 was held in conjunction with Vizit Korea, took place at the Singapore Expo on October 25 to 27, 2013. It was the only festival with Korean focused consumer travel, food, lifestyle and entertainment event and was held over a span of three days with various artistes gracing the stage. The opening ceremony on October 25, started off with the breathtaking and definitely cute "Arirang" performance by the Little Angels. After which, they surprised the crowd by singing their adorable version of Singapore's "Chan Mali Chan" bringing in lots of admiration from the audience.

Their act was then followed up by an extraordinary performance by the Taekwondo team. The Taekwondo masters showed really daring moves making everyone else cringe. The most intense moment was definitely when two blindfolded members kicked an apple out of a knife, causing the apple to fly above the heads of the audience.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

Following up with another amazing performance was NU'EST. They performed their recent title track "Sleep Talking", giving the fans a brief introduction of their powerful stages they can expect on the second day of the event.

It was then time for the highlight of the first day of Vizit Korea, the showcase of the six lovely girls of A-PINK. As soon as the lights were deemed and opening video played, it had fans all screaming and shrieking, definitely hyping up the atmosphere. The opening video showed a video of the girls introducing their concert with Hayoung hilariously exclaiming that, "Singapore reminds me of the Merlion". They then showed their excitement of performing in Singapore again after two years.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

As soon as the video stopped playing, the hall was filled with screams as the girls stepped on the stage performing their debut song "I Don't Know", giving off their fresh and young charm. They blew the fans away as some watched their performance in awe, obviously taken away by their beauty. They then followed up with "Bubibu" as their next song, again showing their adorable sides.

After the two amazing performances, they took a short break to give their introductions. Chorong asked everyone to enjoy themselves, saying they have prepared a lot for the showcase. When asked whether there were any places they would love to visit in Singapore, Bomi quickly answered, "I really want to go to the Merlion Park and make good memories with the rest of the members". Namjoo also added on that she would love to visit Marina Bay Sands' swimming pool and swim there.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

They then got to reminisce about their first win at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) which was held in Singapore two years ago. Chorong showed her appreciation to Singapore fans saying that "After debut, we got our first award in Singapore, which is why it is more meaningful to be in Singapore."

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

After being posed the question on how they have changed after the two years, Eunji explained "In 2011, two years ago, I was so nervous I did not get to enjoy the stage. Now I am able to enjoy and interact more with the fans". Bomi also said that they now have more responsibilities and feel pressured to perform better, signalling how they plan to return the fans' support and love for them.

A-PINK brought much laughter to the crowd as they agreed unanimously that Bomi is the most popular member in Singapore. Chorong explained, "When I came to the airport, the first thing I heard was Bomi's name (laughs)". They were then asked to reveal the good points of each other, showing their close ties with each other. They also have great teamwork and showed the fans how supportive they are as a team.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

After the mini interview session, they then continued with their amazing performances and performed their hit song "My My", followed by "U You", which hyped up the atmosphere of the hall. While performing, they gave various fan services to the fans and even posed for some lucky fans' cameras, giving them a memory that they would never forget.

After a short break, they came back up the stage to answer some of the fans' questions. The questions vary from their recommendations of places to visit in Korea, to their favourite food in Singapore as well as any skills that they would like to take up in the future. They answered the questions truthfully and even caused the hall to roar with laughter with their full-of-wit remarks.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

They then continued the showcase with "Lovely Day". Chorong exclaimed, "It is indeed a lovely day because I get to see all of you up close!" and continued with, "Thank you for all the fans for supporting us this far. The only way I can show you my love is to prepare a better song." Her statement made lots of fans feel loved as they listened carefully to what she has to say.

It was then time for the hugely anticipated lucky draw as the members pick a name each. The lucky fans won an autographed 'Secret Garden' album. The winners also received a good treat as they got to hug the members and take a picture with them, definitely bringing back a good memory.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

A-PINK then closed off the showcase with their last performance, "No No No" performing to the loud fan chants by fans as they concluded their full-of-life showcase. It was therefore no surprise how A-PINK maintained an enormous pool of dedicated fans, even after only 2 years of debut. The fans show their dedication by queuing up several hours in advance to get a good position in the mosh pit. The fans' effort was definitely not to waste as A-PINK gave an all-around good showcase and fantastic fan services.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

It was however not the end, as the girls get to choose two fans each who will win a set of make-up merchandise from them. All the fans frantically waved their arms up in the air and some even climbed on top of their friends to make the girls notice them. The fans did all sorts of crazy antics that brought much laughter and smile to the girls of A-PINK.

After giving away the merchandise, it was then really time for the girls to leave. They concluded their showcase with a picture together with the crowd. A-PINK requested the photographer to take the picture from different angles, as they do not want anyone to be excluded from the picture.

A PINK Has A 'Lovely Day' With Singapore Fans At Vizit Korea 2013, Displays Their Flawless Performances And Personalities

It was definitely not the end for Vizit Korea 2013 as boy group NU'EST and A-JAX will be having their showcases as well, on the 26th October (Saturday) and 27th October (Sunday) respectively. Don't miss the Film Festival (including Movie Screening and appearance of the lovely actress Lee Chae Young and father-son duo Sung Dong Il and Sung Joon from 'Dad, Where Are You Going') on Sunday as well. It would be three days filled with star-studded events.

Special thanks toMediaCorp VizPro International Pte Ltdfor inviting KpopStarz.comto cover'Korea Festival 2013 - Vizit Korea'.

Writer: Sri Ayuni | Photo Credits: Leonard Lim

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Robin Thicke Nabbed Two Songs From Marvin Gaye, Says Suit;  Song That Got Miley Cyrus Twerking at the VMAs 2013 Performance Generates More Controversy; Kpop Artist IU Also in Copyright Scandal

Robin Thicke Nabbed Two Songs From Marvin Gaye, Says Suit; Song That Got Miley Cyrus Twerking at the VMAs 2013 Performance Generates More Controversy; Kpop Artist IU Also in Copyright Scandal

, Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Twerking, VMAs 2013 performance

'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which got Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs 2013 performance, was copped from two Marvin Gaye songs, according to a lawsuit by Marvin Gaye's family. Copyright claims also came against Kpop star IU this week, for new hit, "The Red Shoes." Kpop star Hyuna also raised eyebrows for similarities between the new Trouble Maker video "Now" and Rihanna's video for "We Found Love."

"Blurred Lines" is Robin Thicke's biggest hit. Marvin Gaye's children filed legal papers saying Robin Thicke stole Gaye's "After the Dance" for his song "Love After War." The family of the late Motown legend says Robin Thicke has a "Marvin Gaye fixation" and has copped more than a few licks from his idol.

Gaye's family is also suing the song publisher EMI April, which is owned by Sony/ATV. The suit says EMI breached a contract because it didn't protect Marvin Gaye's songs, tried to scare the family away from suing and didn't stay neutral in the fight. The also says EMI tried to make the Gaye family look bad in the press.

Robin Thicke Nabbed Two Songs From Marvin Gaye, Says Suit;Song That Got Miley Cyrus Twerking at the VMAs 2013 Performance Generates More Controversy; Kpop Artist IU Also in Copyright Scandal

Kpop Star IU was also recently accused of plagiarism in her new single "The Red Shoes."

IU's "The Red Shoes" is being compared to Nekta's 2009 hit "Here's Us."

Kpop singer IU's "The Red Shoes" was written by Lee Min Soo and Kim Ee Na.

Marvin Gaye'sfamily says that should cost EMI the right to Marvin Gaye songs. EMI shouldn't profit from Marvin Gaye and they should lose all profits on "Blurred Lines." EMI should also lose the rights to administer Marvin Gaye's catalog, known as the "Prince of Soul."

Thick might have seen this coming. In August, Thicke preemptively protected "Blurred Lines" from claims against Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic's "Sexy Ways," along with his producers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. in California federal court. They claimed that a song that is "reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement." In other words, they wanted to capture the feel and energy of the original recordings that made Gaye a star, but weren't actually stealing the song. They were paying the song homage.

Court papers indicate Frankie Gaye and Nona Gaye say the suit is about "blatant copying of a constellation of distinctive and significant compositional elements of Marvin Gaye's classic #1 song." They also say that Robin Thicke it in interviews with GQ and Billboard.

Thicke told GQ "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.' I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.' Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it."

After the original suit was filed, Thicke told TMZ: he didn't think of Marvin Gaye when writing "Blurred Lines."

The Gaye family says music critics at The New York Times, Vice, Rolling Stone and Bloomberg Businessweek all saw similarities between the Gaye songs and "Blurred Lines." Musicologist Judith Finell noticed "at least eight substantially similar compositional features" with Gaye's original. According to the court papers Finell said the signature phrase, vocal hook, backup vocal hook, their variations, and the keyboard and bass lines "far surpassing the similarities that might result from attempts to evoke an 'era' of music or a shared genre."

The suit also cites Thicke for "including the similar bridge and identical lyrics from Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You' in Thicke's similarly-themed work, 'Make U Love Me.' It also makes claims only over similarities between Thicke's "Love After War" and Gaye's "After the Dance."

Marvin Gaye's family claims that not only did EMI refuse to bring counterclaims after seeing a "renowned musicologist's report," but that it gave "strong biased support to the Blurred Writers."

EMI said the Gaye family guilty of "ruining an incredible song," "killing the goose that laid the golden egg" and being responsible for "Blurred Lines" not receiving an MTV Video Music Award.

Marvin Gaye's family accused EMI and Williams and Thicke reps of "the planting of a knowingly false story in the press that the Gaye Family supposedly turned down a "six figure settlement" (no such offer was made) in order to make them appear unreasonable."

Thicke's Lawyer, Howard King, told The Hollywood Reporter,"Plaintiffs anticipated a baseless counterclaim for copyright infringement when they filed their original complaint for declaratory relief, so no surprise there. What is surprising in their press-release-disguised-as-a-complaint (much of which will eventually be stricken by the court) is their acknowledgment that the Gaye family has no standing to bring a copyright claim. For this, they blame EMI, the administrator and registered copyright owner of the Marvin Gaye songs. Obviously, EMI, which is in the business of collecting substantial sums for actual infringements, regardless of the publishing affiliations of the infringers, consulted their own expert musicologists who gave the same opinion our 3 musicologists gave: The genres of the songs are the same, the notes are different. So whether or not plaintiffs are fans of Marvin Gaye is irrelevant; no infringement occurred here."

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AOA to represent Korea at ‘Sundown Festival 2013’ in Singapore

AOA to represent Korea at ‘Sundown Festival 2013’ in Singapore

AOA to represent Korea at Sundown Festival 2013 in Singapore

Girls group AOA will be representing South Korea at the upcoming Sundown Festival 2013 in Singapore.

The Sundown Festival 2013 will be held at Marina Promenade on November 16 and will feature performances by rock and pop musicians from all over Asia. Aside from AOA, the festival will include artists from Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand and more.

This will be AOAs second performance in Singapore since the K-POP Night Out at Music Matters 2013 in June. All eight members from AOA will be making their full appearance at the festival.

AOA to represent Korea at Sundown Festival 2013 in Singapore

AOA to represent Korea at Sundown Festival 2013 in Singapore

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