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K-Music To Have Strongest Showing in SXSW 2013 in Austin: f(x) Leads Kpop Event?
K-Music To Have Strongest Showing In Sxsw 2013 In Austin: F(X) Leads Kpop Event?

K-Music To Have Strongest Showing in SXSW 2013 in Austin: f(x) Leads Kpop Event?

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SXSW in Austin 2013In 2010, only one Korean music act got through for the prestigious event in Austin. Fast forward to to 2013, and we see the strongest showing of Korean music to-date at the said event.What makes it even more exciting is that a Hallyu favorite, SM Entertainment's f(x) gets to have a stage.

SXSW is a gathering place for hippies, indies, and technophiles.Dubbed as the "World's Capital of Live Music", many top acts in music have their roots tracing back to a stage in SXSW.The event which now also features a film and interactive stream of conferences is expected to attract crowds in the millions.A yearly tradition, SXSW becomes that moment in March where arts and technology collide and boasts the most lucrative of guest lists.

To have a stage at SXSW involves a rigorous vetting process, even with the thousands of stages happening nearly at the same time during the festival.Applications run up to the thousands as well and not all will be guaranteed a stage.This makes the victory of having ten Korean music acts showcasing at the event even sweeter.

Real life "Producer" couple (Music Bank & 1N2D PD"s) revealed to have gotten married

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In the current popular drama "Producer", Gong Hyo Jin is taking on the role as "Music Bank" producer while Cha Tae Hyun takes on the role of a "1 Night 2 Days" producer. The storyline as of now draws a complicated four-way love line between Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Soo Hyun, Cha Tae Hyun, and IU.

However, viewers have speculated and questioned if the drama is actually based on this real-life love story and that Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin may very well end up together in the end.

Which KPop Song Dominate Weekly KPop Music Chart 2015 Week 3?

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Singles Music Chart - March 2015, Week 3 1 (+2) Sniper Album: Shinhwa Vol. 12 Artist/Band: Shinhwa Music: Jackson, Lundberg, LDN noise Lyrics: January 8th (Jam Factory) Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 3 Previous rank   3 Number of week on chart   3 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 2 (–) Crazy Album: 4minute Mini-Album “Crazy” Artist/Band: 4minute Music: Seo Jae Woo, Big Ssancho, Son Young Jin Lyrics: Seo Jae Woo, Big Ssancho, Son Young Jin, Hyuna Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 2 Previous rank   5 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 3 (-2) Love Equation Album: VIXX Mini-Album “Boys’ Record” Artist/Band: VIXX Music: Hong Jae Sun Lyrics: Yoon Sang Hee, Ravi Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 1 Previous rank   3 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 4 (+2) You From The Same Time Album: Naul Digital Single “You From The Same Time” Artist/Band: Naul Music: Naul Lyrics: Naul Genres: RB Ballad Chart Info 6 Previous rank   6 Number of week on chart   3 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 5 (+11) Flower (feat. Tablo) Album: XIA Vol. 3 Artist/Band: Junsu Music: Junsu, Taewan Lyrics: Junsu, Kim Taewan, Tablo Genres: Pop Ballad Chart Info 16 Previous rank   2 Number of week on chart   16 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 6 (+2) Just Album: Zion. T, Crush Digital Single “Young” Artist/Band: Zion. T, Crush Music: Zion. T, Crush, PJ, Yoon Suk Chul Lyrics: Zion. T, Crush Genres: RB Chart Info 8 Previous rank   6 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 7 (-2) Lovekiller (feat. Dok2) Album: 니엘(NIEL 1ST SOLO “ONIELY”) Artist/Band: Niel Music: Black Eyed Victory Lyrics: Black Eyed Victory, Lee Kaeng, Dok2 Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 5 Previous rank   4 Number of week on chart   5 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 8 (+2) Cry Again Album: Davichi Mini-Album “Davichi Hug” Artist/Band: Davichi Music: Luvan, Wonderkid Lyrics: Luvan, Joohee, 77 Children Genres: Pop Ballad Chart Info 10 Previous rank   8 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 9 (+12) Love Mash (feat. Chancellor of the channels) Album: MC Mong Mini-Album “Song For You” Artist/Band: MC Mong Music: Yoon Gun, MC Mong Lyrics: MC Mong, The Channels, Jang Geun I Genres: Hip-Hop Chart Info 21 Previous rank   2 Number of week on chart   21 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 10 (-6) Up And Down Album: EXID Digital Single “Up And Down” Artist/Band: EXID Music: Shinsadong Tiger Lyrics: Shinsadong Tiger Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 4 Previous rank   12 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music chart or television ranking. It takes into account rankings by various major music charts in Korea as well as the hottest trending artists on Soompi, making it a unique chart that reflects what’s going on in K-Pop not only in Korea but around the world. Our chart is composed of the following sources:

GAON Music Chart – 20%Various Internet charts (Olleh, Bugs, Melon, Soribada, Genie) – 15%Soompi Airplay – 20%TV Music Show charts (SBS Inkigayo, KBS Music Bank, MBC Music Core, MNet M!Countdown) – 45%

Which KPop Song Dominate Weekly KPop Music Chart 2015 This Week?

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Singles Music Chart - March 2015, Week 2 1 (+14) Love Equation Album: VIXX Mini-Album “Boys’ Record” Artist/Band: VIXX Music: Hong Jae Sun Lyrics: Yoon Sang Hee, Ravi Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 15 Previous rank   2 Number of week on chart   15 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 2 (-1) Crazy Album: 4minute Mini-Album “Crazy” Artist/Band: 4minute Music: Seo Jae Woo, Big Ssancho, Son Young Jin Lyrics: Seo Jae Woo, Big Ssancho, Son Young Jin, Hyuna Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 1 Previous rank   4 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 3 (+17) Sniper Album: Shinhwa Vol. 12 Artist/Band: Shinhwa Music: Jackson, Lundberg, LDN noise Lyrics: January 8th (Jam Factory) Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 20 Previous rank   2 Number of week on chart   20 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 4 (-2) Up And Down Album: EXID Digital Single “Up And Down” Artist/Band: EXID Music: Shinsadong Tiger Lyrics: Shinsadong Tiger Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 2 Previous rank   11 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 5 (–) Lovekiller (feat. Dok2) Album: 니엘(NIEL 1ST SOLO “ONIELY”) Artist/Band: Niel Music: Black Eyed Victory Lyrics: Black Eyed Victory, Lee Kaeng, Dok2 Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 5 Previous rank   3 Number of week on chart   5 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 6 (-3) You From The Same Time Album: Naul Digital Single “You From The Same Time” Artist/Band: Naul Music: Naul Lyrics: Naul Genres: RB Ballad Chart Info 3 Previous rank   5 Number of week on chart   3 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 7 (-3) Shake That Brass (feat. Taeyeon) Album: Amber 1st Mini-Album Artist/Band: Amber Music: Amber, Harambasic, Choi Jin Suk, Woolsey Lyrics: Amber, Rhymer, V-Hawk, Lee Yoo Jin, Kang Ji Eun Genres: Pop/Dance Chart Info 4 Previous rank   4 Number of week on chart   4 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 8 (-2) Just Album: Zion. T, Crush Digital Single “Young” Artist/Band: Zion. T, Crush Music: Zion. T, Crush, PJ, Yoon Suk Chul Lyrics: Zion. T, Crush Genres: RB Chart Info 6 Previous rank   5 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 9 (-2) Love Is Madness (feat. Kanto of TROY) Album: 15 Digital Single “Love Is Madness” Artist/Band: 15 Music: Kim Won Lyrics: Kim Won, Kanto Genres: RB Ballad Chart Info 7 Previous rank   4 Number of week on chart   6 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album 10 (-2) Cry Again Album: Davichi Mini-Album “Davichi Hug” Artist/Band: Davichi Music: Luvan, Wonderkid Lyrics: Luvan, Joohee, 77 Children Genres: Pop Ballad Chart Info 8 Previous rank   7 Number of week on chart   1 Peak on chart   WatchWatch the music video BuyBuy the album

Soompi Music Chart is unlike any other music chart or television ranking. It takes into account rankings by various major music charts in Korea as well as the hottest trending artists on Soompi, making it a unique chart that reflects what’s going on in K-Pop not only in Korea but around the world. Our chart is composed of the following sources:

GAON Music Chart – 20%Various Internet charts (Olleh, Bugs, Melon, Soribada, Genie) – 15%Soompi Airplay – 20%TV Music Show charts (SBS Inkigayo, KBS Music Bank, MBC Music Core, MNet M!Countdown) – 45%

Song Chang-sik: A life immersed in music

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If last year"s music scene was all about the return of old boys from the 1990s, this year"s music industry will be concentrating on the sounds of the 1960s and "70s, when folk music was mainstream. And in the middle of that nostalgic trend is musical hall C"est Si Bon. C"est Si Bon opened in 1953 in Mugyo-dong, Jung District, central Seoul. Until its closure in 1969, Korea"s first music hall was a hangout for musicians like Song Chang-sik and Cho Young-nam, who represented popular culture of the "60s and "70s. Song, Cho and other regulars of C"est Si Bon are still spotted sporadically in the music scene today. C"est Si Bon was the only place back then in which ordinary people could listen to pop songs.

Actor Jo Bok-rae acts the role of Song Chang-sik in the film "C"est Si Bon", which is centered on a music hall that opened in 1953 in Mugyo-dong, central Seoul. The music hall has produced outstanding singers of the 1960s and 1970s such as Song.

"K-pop or the Korean Wave would not exist today [without C"est Si Bon]", recalled Lee Baek-cheon, a music critic and a former producer who worked for the now-defunct broadcast channel TBC, during an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo. The interview was conducted last September. "They [singers who performed at C"est Si Bon] were the first generation of Korean singers who began to write and sing songs", he added. With the recent release of the nostalgic feature film "C"est Si Bon", the JoongAng Ilbo recently visited Song Chang-sik, a member of folk duo Twin Folio. Song formed the folk duo with Yoon Hyung-joo, and the duo is considered synonymous with C"est Si Bon.Song is also credited for opening a new chapter in folk music. Although the film walks a fine line between fiction and non-fiction by adding in a third figure to Twin Folio, the film entertains filmgoers with a catalogue of folk songs from the "60s and "70s during its two-hour running time. Here are excerpts from an interview with the 68-year-old Song, who still plays guitar for hours every day. The interview was held earlier this month at a small room in Ssonger, a live music cafe located in Sinjang-dong, Hanam, Gyeonggi. Q.In the film "C"est Si Bon", actor Jo Bok-rae plays the role of Song Chang-sik. A.I was impressed by his singing. In the past, actors didn"t put much effort into singing even though they were doing a musical film, but Cho was different. To be honest, I was dubious about the film because it tells of a simple story that happened about 50 years ago. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. You formed Twin Folio with Yoon in 1968. What was it like to see a younger version of yourself in the film?A film is just a film. The film doesn"t reflect my younger days because I was homeless until I joined C"est Si Bon. I spent two winters with no place to sleep. Once I joined C"est Si Bon, I could eat, sleep and sing. I couldn"t have been happier. If you could go back to the days when you were in your 20s, would you? No thanks. I"m content with my life. But if I had to go back, I would choose to live alone rather than getting married. C"est Si Bon belongs to an era of people who are now in their 50s and 60s, but it keeps inspiring singers, TV shows and even films. People may feel nostalgic with songs from those days, but I don"t have entirely good memories [of them]. That"s one reason I didn"t reunite with Yoon under the name of Twin Folio. But people raved about Twin Folio"s music. All the hits like "White Handkerchief" and "Wedding Cake" were adapted songs. It would be more accurate to say that people liked our music because there was nothing to enjoy back then other than those songs. Koreans usually love to eat yeot [traditional Korean confectionery] or drink sikhye [traditional sweet rice beverage], but we suddenly gave them chocolates. But those chocolates were fake ones that looked like real chocolates. You majored in vocal music. I got a scholarship when I entered Seoul Arts High School, but I decided to drop out when I was a sophomore because I couldn"t afford to pay for vocal lessons. After quitting, I began to study all the basics of music such as harmonics and counterpoint as I spent most of my time at libraries and secondhand bookstores. That was when I decided to live for music, although I was living like a beggar. You were recognized because of Twin Folio but "Piri Bunen Sanai", one of your hits, became a turning point in your career. I suddenly had to join the military when I began to build up my career as a singer. I was supposed to be exempted because my father passed away during the Korean War while he was serving as a police officer. But I had to join anyway. I think I paid for fame. But I was able to transition into music thanks to two shows I watched during that time. One was a blues singing competition that was held by African-American soldiers who were based in Korea and the other one was Jeonju Daesaseupnori [a competition for gukak performers in which participants compete against one another by performing traditional Korean musical instruments]. Those were competitions for amateurs, but I realized there were more people who are musically accomplished than I was. I doubted my musical ability and cried a lot, too. I thought I needed to learn about traditional Korean music, too. And then I made "Piri Bunen Sanai" [meaning a man who plays a double-reed instrument]. After your military service, your career reached a peak with the release of "Piri Bunen Sanai", and a couple of more songs became huge hits after that. But you soon became entangled in a series of scandals. You were involved in a marijuana scandal in 1976 and were imprisoned in 1977 for violating the reserve forces act.I was in prison for about 20 days and I studied how to arrange jazz songs in that cell. I didn"t have time to learn about it until I got imprisoned. [Thanks to the imprisonment], I was able to arrange almost all songs since then. I wanted to know every tiny bit of music, and that is my motto. Rumor has it that you"ve made more than 1,000 songs so far. No. I just jot things down when I come across melodies and lyrics. I"ve been playing guitar for about two hours every day for the past 50 years. If you skip practicing just one day, you lose control of your guitar. I"ve never seen a musician who is trying as hard as me. You perform for five days at this live music cafe. But the stage seems a little small for you. There are about 180 seats and this was designed for myself. I was involved in every process of building this live music cafe, from designing the stage to construction to inspection. I studied computer-aided design for five years because I wanted to build my own house. This type of live music cafe is the best place for singers like me. You have different a audience and a different vibe every day. You also assemble your own computer. I return home around 2 a.m. [after a live performance] and then I turn on my computer when I don"t feel like sleeping. And I check all the latest computer parts so that I can keep my computer updated all the time. A computer is very logical and music is the same. You can"t create music by just resorting to your sensibility. You have to polish your skills every day if you want to produce the best kind. BY PARK JEONG-HO [[email protected]]

K-Pop Music Video Life Lessons: How To Heal A Broken Heart According To Girl's Day's 'I Miss You (Want To See)'
K-Pop Music Video Life Lessons: How To Heal A Broken Heart According To Girl's Day's 'i Miss You (Want To See)'

K-Pop Music Video Life Lessons: How To Heal A Broken Heart According To Girl's Day's 'I Miss You (Want To See)'

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(Photo : Girl"s Day MV) Go On A Trip.Pack up your most fabulous outfits in a bag and go somewhere far away. The distance can help you heal your heart wounds, and traveling to exotic places will give you exciting new memories to treasure.

(Photo : Girl"s Day MV) Start A Pillow Fight.But if you really want to let that anger out, follow Hyeri"s lead and release your frustrations by slamming your pillow until all the feathers and cotton fall out. Now that you"re free from all that negativity, you can step out feeling so much better.

(Photo : Girl"s Day MV) Play With Snow. If you step out and find snow pouring down, spread out your arms and embrace it wholeheartedly. Everyone says winter is a sad and depressing time but playing in the snow can be one of the happiest times you can have during the year - just ask Girls" Day. Build a snowman, throw a snowball and make some snow angels.

Music & Lyrics: Nell and Their Laments of Life

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MusicLyrics: Nell and Their Laments of Life Written by Laura On July 23, 2014 For the newest installation of MusicLyrics, lets leave the world of pop music for a while and take a look at the alternative side. When it comes to indie music in South Korea, Nell must surely be considered as one of the best-known groups both nationally and internationally. Their haunting music, Kim Jong-wans soft but urgent singing, and certainly their elaborate lyrics have garnered them a legion of fans over the years.

One of the reasons for Nells continuing popularity might be their consistency. While the specific type of language Kim Jong-wan, lead singer and main songwriter, uses is diverse and expressive, there are a few themes that run through the whole of the bands discography.

This discography begins with the release of their first indie album Reflection of in 2001. In a way it is impressive that the songs they created back then could easily be recognized as Nell songs even by a listener who just recently got into their music.

2PM’s Wooyoung says, 'I think we should put a lot of deeper efforts into KPop's music side'

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He was the guest of TOKiMONSTA. On the show, he shared his thoughts on KPop. He said, "I think K-pop is so popular because of that title of being an idol. It’s not about music style. It’s about being an idol and giving a performance. I think we should put a lot of deeper efforts into the music side and to make it even more popular. We need to know what’s lacking and start over. Doing something new is pretty challenging. You should face those challenges while starting something new. Sometimes I wonder, ‘Why is [K-pop] so popular? The one thing that stands out to me, is that Korean idols work very hard. They work really hard to put on a great performance on stage.”

Profile Of A K-Pop Fan: 14-Year-Old Exo Fan Elena Braun Explains How South Korean Music Changed Her Life
Profile Of A K-Pop Fan: 14-Year-Old Exo Fan Elena Braun Explains How South Korean Music Changed Her Life

Profile Of A K-Pop Fan: 14-Year-Old Exo Fan Elena Braun Explains How South Korean Music Changed Her Life

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FAN CREDENTIALS: Although she hasn"t had been able to see any K-pop artists live yet, last summer, Braun used a family trip to Portland, Ore. as an opportunity to stock up on her fan supplies. "We ate at a Korean restaurant named "Koreana,"" she recalled. "They had K-pop playing in the background. It was my first time hearing K-pop in public so I was very excited. After we finished eating, we went to a Korean store called H Mart and I had $50 to spend. I wish I could have stayed there for hours looking at everything from Korea but we had to leave after about an hour or so. I bought K-pop socks, Korean facemasks, Korean chopsticks, and a Korean keychain. It was an amazing experience because I saw many things that I have only seen in Korean dramas. I have always thought that some football fans were very peculiar because if their favorite team lost they would be really mad, or sometimes even cry. I now scold myself for judging them so easily."

WHAT MOST AMERICANS DON"T UNDERSTAND ABOUT K-POP: "That it"s okay for a guy to be fashionable!" Braun said. "One thing I love about K-pop is that the artists express themselves, not only through their music, but also through how they dress. Another thing I think a lot of people don"t understand is that K-pop idols are people too. In their music videos they look like perfect singing and dancing machines. Sometimes, when scandals or other things happen, people are shocked to think that they would do something like that. I think something a lot of people need to know is that they make mistakes, just like us."

WHY EXO IS EXCELLENT: "In addition to being handsome, cute and sexy, they are also very talented," Braun said. "I also like the fact that they are funny. When I first got into K-pop, I thought that the only groups that existed were Big Bang, Super Junior, Girls" Generation and SHINee because they were all I could find on YouTube. As the K-pop fan grew inside of me, I discovered more and more groups thanks to websites like KpopStarz and fan pages on Facebook. When I discovered Exo, I felt like I had finally found my ultimate group. Their music can be so sad and sweet it would make me want to cry. Then, the next minute, it would make me feel like I was on top of the world, thanks to songs like "Growl" and "Wolf." Their music would make my mood go from sad to happy kind of like how gas makes car"s gas gauge go from empty to full. I also love how they include their fans in their slogan, "we are one. We are Exo!""

 SHINee’s Jonghyun Says Music is His Life, Shinhwa’s Lee Min Woo Hops Into a Taxi and More
Shinee’S Jonghyun Says Music Is His Life, Shinhwa’S Lee Min Woo Hops Into A Taxi And More

SHINee’s Jonghyun Says Music is His Life, Shinhwa’s Lee Min Woo Hops Into a Taxi and More

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preview nextview 1/8 preview nextview It was a gathering of stars in the SNS world as celebs tweeted photos with their colleagues, and it’s all in today’s Twitter Roundup.

SHINee’s Jonghyun tweeted a photo with some big names in music, including Lee Juck, Yoo Hee Yeol, Yoon Jong Shin and Yoon Se Yoon, on January 23, writing “Hyungs are jjang. Still chatting up a storm in our chat room ㅎㅎ. It’s not difficult or all that special, but I realized once again that music is my life…Had so much fun throughout the recording! I think the program is going to turn out well too! Looking forward to it…ㅎㅎ.”

Liveworks Company tweeted a few more photos from Lee Min Woo’s music video set for Taxi, including the singer’s selcas above with Sam Hammington.