'Veteran' Is Coming To North America On September 18

'Veteran' Is Coming To North America On September 18

(Photo : CJ Entertainment America ) The Korean summer blockbuster, "Veteran," will hit North American theaters on September 18. Since its domestic premiere on August 5, "Veteran" has grossed more than $74 million USD to date. Through hard-hitting social commentary that examines conglomerate heirs or chaebols, "Veteran" continues to fend off "Assassination" and "Beauty Inside," to maintain the number one spot in the Korean box office.

"Veteran" stars Hwang Jung Min as detective Seo Do Cheol, a tough-as-nails investigator known for his hardline on crime. The role serves as a follow-up to the meteoric success of his 2014 hit film, "Ode to My Father," which remains the second-highest-grossing film in the history of Korean cinema.

Do Cheol is renown for his ability to solve major crimes. After he brings down an international auto theft ring, he is introduced to JoTae Oh, the third-generation heir of the conglomerate, Sunjin Group.

Yoo Ah In portrays Tae Oh, a young millionaire who possesses boundless power and the ability to escape from the clutches of law enforcement due to his endless resources. The seasoned detective suspects that Tae Oh is involved with drugs or some other form of criminal activity and attempts to investigate him.

Do Cheol relentlessly pursues Tae Oh even though the odds appear to be stacked against him.

Directed by Ryoo Seung Wan, whose extensive resume includes "The Berlin File" and "Rough Play," "Veteran" provides social commentary on corruption within conglomerate families and the constraints placed on Korean law enforcement.

"Veteran" marks a turning point in the film career of Yoo Ah In. The 28-year-old actor will follow the success of "Veteran" with his portrayal of Crown Prince Sado in the upcoming period flick, "Sado." Yoo is expected to begin his mandatory period of military service in 2015.

"Veteran" opens on September 18, in more than 40 select North American theaters in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Philadelphia. Information including showtimes and theaters can be found on the website for CJ Entertainment America.


About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramaStars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment"s KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).


BTOB represent Kpop with their appearance on

BTOB represent Kpop with their appearance on "America"s Next Top Model"

BTOB represent Kpop with their appearance on

Many international fans got to watch BTOB appear on their TV screens thanks to the November 7th episode "America"s Next Top Model"!

The contestants were whisked off to Seoul, where they met up with BTOB who performed "Beep Beep". The show introduced K-pop as a "trend-setting fusion of music, dance, and fashion," showing that the contestants can learn a thing or two from the boys. Peniel also helped the contestants get the moves down with his fluent English.

Check out the clips from the episode above and below!

ReTweet if You Think I Should Be The Newest @OFFICIALBTOB Member??? #ANTM #btob pic.twitter.com/Zd4RbsFyEo

— Miss J Alexander (@MissJAlexander) November 8, 2014

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KBS America Announces Mega Kpop Event in L.A.

KBS America Announces Mega Kpop Event in L.A.

KBS America Announces Mega Kpop Event in L.A.

KBS America and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles have announced that they will be holding a kpop concert of epic proportions in L.A. on April 12th, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

The concert will be held in celebration of the 111th Anniversary of Korean immigration to North America and will be host to a wide variety of major Kpop stars and idols like SHINee, 2PM, Sistar, CNBLUE, Dynamic Duo, and Girl’s Day. More artists will be announced soon for a total of 14 Kpop singers or groups to attend the event. Some fans are holding out hope for guests like BTS and B.A.P.

The concert will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena- a huge events center which can hold up to 100,000 people. Best of all? This amazing concert will be held free of charge!

The 3 hour concert will be broadcast by KBS in 88 different countries. if rumors are correct, it will be the largest Kpop concert ever.

Stay tuned for more information regarding tickets and artist lineup.

In the meantime, check out the video below to see one of the commercials for the concert.

KBS America Announces Mega Kpop Event in L.A.

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 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.


[Video] Mnet America's Year On #AllThingsHallyu 2013

[Video] Mnet America's Year On #AllThingsHallyu 2013

[Video] Mnet America's Year On #AllThingsHallyu 2013

A 2013 Year In Review Video of Major Moments, People and Stories of 'All Things Hallyu (Korean Wave)' as Selected by Mnet America

Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com), a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, has released their year in review for 2013 with images, videos, and sound clips that defined the year of 'All Things Hallyu (a.k.a. Korean Wave)' including K-pop, K-drama, and K-film in the U.S.

If 2012 was the year that K-Pop crossed over with Psy's international smash 'Gangnam Style', 2013 was the year that K-Pop and the All Things Hallyu movement proved that it was here to stay. From Girls' Generation beating out Beliebers and Directioners and winning Video of the Year at the YouTube Music Awards to singer-rapper G-Dragon landing on the U.S. Billboard 200 again, with his follow-up album Coup D'Etat, Pt. 1, the Korean pop scene thrived in 2013.

Discover the moments, people and stories of #AllThingsHallyu with Mnet America's year in review video.


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"


Billboard unleashes 2013's Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America!

Billboard unleashes 2013's Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America!

Billboard unleashes 2013's Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America!

Billboard unveiled the list ofBiggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America!

Here they are:

1. "Gangnam Style" PSY2. "Gentleman" PSY3. "Fantastic Baby" BIGBANG4. "I Got a Boy" Girls' Generation5. "Growl" EXO6. "I Am the Best" 2NE17. "The Baddest Female" CL8. "Right Now" PSY9. "Wolf" EXO10. "Falling in Love" 2NE1


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YG Entertainment Artists Dominate Billboards Chart for 2013s Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America

YG Entertainment Artists Dominate Billboards Chart for 2013s Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America

YG Entertainment Artists Dominate Billboard’s Chart for 2013’s Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in AmericaPSY landed three spots on Billboard’s chart for 2013’s Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America. On December 19, Billboard’s Year-End World Digital Song Chart revealed the most popular K-Pop songs sold in America were PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” and “Gentleman,” respectively ranking in first and second on the chart.

‘Gangnam Style,” which was released last July and made PSY into a world star, remained the most downloaded song in 2013. “Right Now,” a track included in PSY’s fifth album which was released in 2010 also confirmed the singer’s popularity in America by landing the eighth spot on the chart.

In the No. 3 spot was Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby,” and in forth was Girls’ Generation’s “I Got a Boy.” The No. 5 spot was filled by EXO’s “Growl.” The group also took No. 9 with “Wolf.”  

2NE1’s “I Am the Best” came in at No. 6, and CL’s “Bad Girl” took No. 7. 2NE1 also ranked No. 10 with “Falling in Love,” matching Psy with a total of three tracks on the chart. Furthermore, the three artists from YG Entertainment dominated the chart with a total of seven tracks within the top ten ranks. 



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."