Posts Tagged ‘South Korea’

Phantom to delay their comeback

Phantom has become the next group of artists to delay their comeback in light of the recent tragedy that has struck South Korea.



Phantom"s agency reps announced through the group"s official fan cafe on April 22, "Phantom"s full-length album "Phantom Power" set for release on April 24 will be delayed... South Korea is in a deep state of sorrow right now. The Phantom members thought that releasing their album at this time of mourning is inappropriate, and after a meeting with all of those in our agency, we made the decision to delay the album release."


The reps added, "As this is their first full-length album since their debut, they have been preparing a lot for it daily and focused only on their comeback. However, we decided to temporarily push back the comeback due to this incident and decided to take time to mourn

Lee Jong Suk shows more of his abs in intense teaser for ‘Doctor Stranger’

The third teaser for "Doctor Stranger" was released recently, showing some of the more lighthearted moments from the drama as Lee Jong Suk is first portrayed as a slightly clueless and clumsy North Korean defector in front of the South Korean doctors.


Although he doesn"t exactly gain the confidence of the other actors like Park Hae Jin and Kang So Ra, he soon sets out to prove them wrong.


re, including his toned abs which we also got a peek at through his recent pictorial.


The drama airs on May 5 so make sure you check out the trailer above!

Hwayoung’s ‘Cousin’ Hong Ga Hye In South Korean Police Custody For Allegedly Impersonating Rescue Diver In Ferry Disaster

(Photo : YouTube still)(Photo : YouTube still (MBN))

A woman who once claimed to be former T-ARA"s singer Hwayoung"s cousin during a bullying scandal that coincided with her leaving the group, was reportedly taken into police custody in South Korea on Sunday, for impersonating a rescue scuba diver at the site of last week"s Sewol ferry disaster.

Hong Ga Hye reportedly turned herself to police in South Korea"s South Jeolla Province, after a warrant had been issued for her impersonating a volunteer diver at the scene of the ferry accident in an interview on Friday with the Korean business channel Maeil Broadcasting Network (MBN), according to the website allkpop.

According to CNN, 87 people have been confirmed dead in the tragic shipwreck, which occurred when a ferry to Jeju Island in the Yellow Sea, off of South Korea"s southwestern coast, capsized

Understanding K-Drama: What Are They Drinking?

Social events that involve drinking are often featured in k-dramas. Whether it"s a celebration after work or a first meeting with a prospective father-in-law, you can expect k-drama characters to share a few glasses of some alcoholic beverage.

Are the dramas accurate in portraying how much people drink?

Yes, says a recent Euromonitor survey. South Koreans drink on average more than people of any other nationality. And while soju is the most popular drink in k-dramas, other varieties of alcohol are consumed.

Someone drinks soju in almost every k-drama and we"ve written about soju scenes before. This clear colorless drink serves as a vehicle for the kind of confessions a character might not make when sober or as an excuse for a piggyback ride. You may remember the scene in "Personal Taste" when a very drunk Son Ye Jin announces very loudly to everyone in the restaurant that Lee Min Ho"s character is gay

Akdong Musician, HIGH4 + IU, and 15& top Instiz chart for third week of April 2014

The Instiz chart combines the overwhelming variety of charts that South Korea uses to rank music sales, and it"s also what fans use to determine whether their favorite artist has achieved an "All-Kill".

Check out the chart rankings for the second week of April (April 7 to April 13) below!


Instiz Chart Singles Ranking

1. Akdong Musician - "200%" - 46,649 Points


2. HIGH4 ft. IU - "Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms" - 33,054 Points


3. 15& - "Can"t Hide It" - 29,395 Points


4. A Pink - "Mr. Chu" - 16,347 Points


5. Akdong Musician - "Give Love" - 15,754 Points


6. Yoon Min Soo - "Relationship" - 14,963 Points


7. Park Hyo Shin - "Wild Flower" - 14,327 Points


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Ha Ji Won Donates 100 Million Won to Ferry Disaster Relief Efforts

Actress Ha Ji Won joins the growing list of celebrities who are giving what they can to help the victims and relief efforts of the Sewol ferry disaster.

Ha Ji Won, who is currently starring in the MBC drama “Empress Ki” has donated 100 million won (~96,200 USD) to the relief efforts of the ferry disaster. She has always had a soft spot for children and youths, according to reports, previously donating to the “Hottest Scholarship” that supports students in the art, music, and physical education fields, and to Severance Hospital to support children with visual impairment.

Celebrities Song Seung Hun, Song Hye Gyo, Kang Dong Won, Yoo Ah In, Park In Young, and more have also donated their time and money to Sewol ferry disaster relief efforts. Actor On Joo Han also donated 10 million won, saying that while his donation amount can’t compare to Song Seung Hun’s 100 million won, he wanted to continue the relay of donations

Jay Park’s Hong Kong Fan Meeting !



On Sunday April 20th, “V City Easter big party x Jay Park (Park Jaebeom)” Fan Meeting was held successfully in V City Tuen Mun, Hong Kong; organised by Smilesproductions and Jasco.


There were hundred over female fans waiting for Jay Park, as it was his second time performing in Hong Kong, but his first time meeting HK fans up close. When he finally went on stage, Jay greeted his fans by thanking them for attending, and sought their understanding for his uneasy mood due to the current situation in South Korea. He asked everybody to pray for the victims of the tragedy in Korea.


The show kicked off with Jay singing three of his songs “I Got Your Back”, “Star”, and “JOAH”, which he said he selected them because it is rather hard for him to be upbeat while Korea is going through a hard time now

2PM Chansung Expresses Dark Feelings About Sewol Ferry Disaster

Group 2PM Chansung revealed a self-camera picture taken during concert rehearsal. (Photo : twitter)

With the entire nation of South Korea focused on the ongoing search and rescue efforts of Wednesday"s tragic Sewol Ferry incident, new evidence is coming into light that has upset many.

Among the outspoken is idol group 2PM"s Chansung.

Over the years, Chansung has become somewhat well-known for his no-holds social commentary and voicing his opinions freely through his personal Twitter account.

Early on April 20, the boy band member opened up about his feelings regarding the sad circumstances surrounding the Sewol Ferry disaster stating that "Society is diseased."

In a long message to his fans and followers Chansung expressed, "Accident can occur.Bus the way it is handled reflects our society

Korean Celebs Help Out In The Sewol Ferry Disaster Relief Efforts

(Photo : KpopStarz)

In the wake of a national tragedy, it is not at all uncommon to see citizens from all walks of life coming together for the greater good.With the recent Sewol Ferry tragedy, the entire nation of South Korea has been stricken with grief and many are doing what they can to help.

Among the volunteers and donators are some of the nation"s best known stars and celebrities.

After widespread cancellation of TV programs, concerts, and scheduled appearances, Korea"s biggest names are lending a hand as the search and rescue efforts continue to locate the hundreds still missing from the capsized ferry.

At the disaster site, many famous faces appeared to lend a hand.

Actor Jung Dong Nam and comedian Kim Jung Goo were among the first celebrities to arrive on the scene

Koreans Abstaining From Entertainment As Sewol Ferry Disaster Search And Rescue Continues

The entertainment industry took a huge hit this weekend as many planned events and programs were canceled and movie box offices saw limited audiences. 

As the tragic saga of the Sewol ferry disaster continues to plague the people of South Korea, the nation has all attention focused on the relief effort and holding out hope that at least some of the hundreds still missing will be found alive now several days after the passenger vessel capsized.

In the wake of such a sudden and shocking national disaster, entertainment companies, including broadcasters, producers, and the artists themselves, have opted to put their schedules on hold so that the people of South Korea may properly focus and mourn this week"s tragic events.

And now, as the relief effort continues, viewers and fans can expect further scheduling and programming delays as media coverage of the ferry tragedy continues to take precedent