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Super Junior is the most popular Korean Idol in which South American country? November 17, 2010

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With K-pop quickly spreading in popularity across the globe, the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange is conducting various surveys and researching Hallyu trends in foreign countries. Recently, this organization conducted a Top 10 most popular Korean artist survey in a South American country. Which country was it?

The country is none other than Brazil, which is the world’s fifth largest country and where football (soccer) reigns supreme. The survey polled 2,826 young Brazilians who enjoy Korean music and Super Junior reigned supreme with a total of 2,137 votes.

Top 10:
1. Super Junior 2137 votes
2. SHINee 1507 votes
3. Big Bang 1471 votes
4. BoA 1351 votes
5. SNSD 1310 votes
6. 2NE1 1090 votes
7. 2PM 1027 votes
8. 4Minute 978 votes
9. f(x) 959 votes
10. Wonder Girls 887 votes

In addition to Brazil, youtube viewing statistics show that Super Junior has many views from countries such as France, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Canada, and Sweden.

source; AllKpop


Professional critics rank the ‘Top 5 Best and Worst Idols’ September 17, 2010

Filed under: DBSK,kOrean ShOws,super junior — keiiryeomin @ 10:01 pm
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Korean website 100Beat is receiving a lot of attention for their recent article on the “5 Best and Worst Idols over the past 10 years”, and we’re bringing it straight to you.

The hottest topic of the Korean music industry over the past few years has been none other than the ‘idol fever’ sweeping the market. With previous years being taken over by boy bands, the past 10 years of the music market have been dominated by both group and soloist idols.

Which idols are the best? Which idols are the worst? With the emergence of H.O.T as the initial marking point of the trend, five individual teams were chosen to compile entries for both the best and the worst categories.

Those that participated in the survey include 20 professional critics, such as music magazine editor-in-chiefs, journalists, and broadcast writers. All of them participated in a discussion meeting with ‘100 BEAT‘ in order to come up with the following list.

<”BEST 5″>

1. BoA
3. Big Bang
4. S.E.S

BoA has topped the list, having debuted 10 years ago at the age of 14. She’s become the model of detailed planning and success. Maybe it’s because she was produced with the foresight and future planning of penetrating the overseas market, but her music itself was trendy with very little flaws. Her agency created a system that worked positively in BoA’s case, making her first footsteps the standard planning of all subsequent idols. She was also one of the first female idols to blow away the image of being a ‘passive’ woman, making sexist phrases like, “The right and wrong of women are covered behind men,” a thing of the past.


SNSD, who is now regarded as a cultural phenomenon, has taken second. SNSD was able to make those that turned away from the TV screens return with anticipation for their next stunt. Kim Jungwee mentioned, “They’ve even made ‘rock kids’ be able to confidently say that they like idols.”

Big Bang was able to garner attention as well, considering they’re a fresh group and unlike any other idol before them; consequently they’ve gathered a strong fanbase (VIP’s). If SNSD possess the ‘uncle fans,’ Big Bang has the ‘older sister fans.’ One such older sister, Lee Hoyoung, commented, “Their strength lies in the fact that each individual member came together to make a harmonious team, despite having their own talents and interests. Not only that, but they are also strong on their own as well.”

And despite much time having been passed since the era of S.E.S, they are still remembered as ‘the’ model for girl groups, earning their place in fourth. Critic Kim Bonghyun stated, “S.E.S is one of the first idols that successfully accomplished both image and music.” Their competition with Fin.K.L showed the market the effects of competition between stars – much like how the competition between the Wonder Girls and SNSD opened doors for yet a newer generation of girl groups.

In the fifth spot is none other than TVXQ / DBSK. Choi Jisun elaborated on TVXQ’s ranking by stating, “TVXQ works in correspondence with the needs of each new generation. They’re an example of a successful entrance into the Japanese market and a group that has made the Hallyu wave something meaningful.”


<”WORST 5″>

1. CNBlue
2. ZE:A
3. Super Junior
4. H.O.T
5. Rain

At the head of the list stands CNBlue. The group is regarded as an idol group imitating a band, and many critics have stepped forward claiming that it’s a problem when their plagiarism controversies have had no effect on their promotions at all. Their reasoning lies within the fact that there are definitely clear lines between singing and being a singer, respecting the rights of composers and selfishly using their work for personal gain; the music industry itself needs to understand the differences in genres. Kim Kwanghyun mentioned, “Just because they’re performing ‘band music’ does not mean that they are a rock band.”

Many critics were put off by idol groups pretending to be a ‘band,’ with other groups like FT Island and Click B earning cold reviews as well.

Lee Kyungjoon commented, “ZE:A is an example of the previous three reasons being applied in a roundabout way.” This statement coupled with their song title, ‘Break Up Adlib,’ is nothing short of being the cherry on top of the absolute worst.


Super Junior has also managed to make the list by dividing listeners into those that can memorize their names, and those that cannot. Critics regarded Super Junior as being nothing other than a bandwagon-type group with skills that fall short of the rising level of expectations. Ironically, there are qualifications to even becoming the worst, though the true worst is yet to be revealed. Critics concluded that Super Junior is an unfortunate group that just isn’t able to live up to the level of their popularity.

H.O.T, the first idols to ever succeed, also became an icon of failure in their eyes. Although full responsibility cannot be placed on H.O.T, they are, however, one of the reasons for the distortion behind the music market and biased planning.

Critics that chose Rain as the worst revealed their reasons to be his excessive media exposure, constantly bombarding the press with news of his ‘world expansion’ and being a ‘world star.’ Although being an all-around player is one of the points of idol promotions, critics have stated that once the details of Rain’s accomplishments are actually investigated, nothing can be found other than the skinny reality behind his impressive body.

With SM Entertainment artists dominating both the best and the worst lists, the list reveals that the company has been the leader of the idol market thus far. These results also demonstrate that groups are more popular than solo artists. No group made both lists, proving that there is a universal standard dividing a clear ‘like and dislike’ with each idol. Idols are immediately separated into ‘likable’ and ‘not likable’ – a standard that only looks at the absolute basics of each idol. Whether or not such a phenomenon will work in the advantage of idols requires more time to see.

Kim Hyunjoon concluded, “I was not able to participate in this survey under three reasons. The first is because I do not know enough about the idols mentioned in this list. The second is because I’m becoming old. It’s difficult for me to hear their songs. And the third is because there is still an endless amount of music to be heard in this world. Even if I am able to live 3x the average lifespan, I will never have the extra time to spend listening to idol music.”

Netizens commented on DAUM’s BBS board with comments such as , “I agree overall with the list,” “Maybe the journalist is a male, there are no girl groups in the worst list,” “I don’t care that they chose those groups as the worst, but I think a better explanation is needed,” and “Where is 2PM in the worst?”



Performances On Incheon Korean Music Wave September 11, 2010

U-Kiss – Man ManHani & Round And Round :

Secret – Madonna :

SuperNova – On Days That I Missed you :

Ft Island – Love Love Love :

After School – Bang & Diva :

MblaQ – Y :

4Minute – Huh Remix :

Beast – Special :

SHINee – Lucifer :

Brown Eyed Girls – Sign & Abracadabra :

CNBlue – Love :

-Yonghwa And Seohyun – Special Stage – :

SNSD – Oh! :

Kara – Lupin :

2PM – Without U & I Was Crazy About You :

Taeyang – I’ll Be There :

Super Junior – No Other & Bonamana :

Son DamBi – Queen & Saturday Night :

SE7EN – Digital Bounce :

SG Wannabe – LaLaLa :

BoA – Hurricane Venus :


NEWS SMTOWN’s chartered plane to LA totaled $851,000 USD

A couple of days ago, the SM family boarded their plane at Incheon Airport for their next stop of SMTOWN Live ‘10 World Tour in Los Angeles, which will be taking place on September 4th.
For the very first time, SM Entertainment raked up a whopping 1 billion won for the expenses of their own chartered plane, a Boeing 747-400, which calculates to $851,000 USD. A total of 250 people, including staff, bodyguards, press reporters and 40 of SM artists, were all on board to LA.

The first artist to step foot on the chartered plane was Super Junior’s leader, Lee Teuk. Through the in-flight mic, Lee Teuk said, “When you talk loudly in public places, people glare at you and say, “Do you guys think you own this place?” Why yes, we really do own this!”, which made everyone laugh.

Kim Min Jong and Kangta had a fun time of their own, acting as stewards as they went around the whole plane, serving wine and swiping cards, and when they finished, Kangta made a toast to ‘South Korea to the world‘.

The first floor business section of the chartered plane consisted of Kangta, BoA, Kim Min Jong, DBSK’s Uknow Yunho and Max Changmin, SNSD and f(x). Super Junior and SHINee took over the business section of the second floor. Given the nickname ‘Charlie’s Angels‘, SNSD’s Yuri and actress Lee Yeon Hee sat together to gossip.
Inside the chartered plane, BoA commented, “I always travel to America, but since this time I’m going with other artists, it feels really good”, while Yunho adding, “It feels like we’re going on a reunion trip.”


Guest BoA @SJ’s Kiss The Radio KBS COOL FM (2010.AUG.10) August 11, 2010

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Eunhyuk will try to become closer to BoA July 28, 2010

Filed under: eunhyuk,leeteuk,super junior — keiiryeomin @ 10:43 pm

Although both Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and BoA are under the SM family, they still seem to be awkward with one another. BoA has decided to initiate the mission of stepping up the game by first becoming closer to Eunhyuk through Twitter!

Eunhyuk and BoA were both born in the same year (1986) and have run into each other many times from their trainee years till now.

On the recent broadcast of Super Junior’s Kiss The Radio, the topic of BoA’s comeback was brought up. Leeteuk and Eunhyuk’s conversation went a little something like this:

L: BoA’s comeback is soon. I hope BoA and Eunhyuk will become a lot closer.

E: I have BoA’s number in my cell phone, but I think she changed her number by now”

E: “Siwon is extremely close with BoA, but BoA and I act as if we’re under different companies. There was a time when I almost became friends with BoA. Through this year’s SM concert, I’ll try to become closer to BoA”

BoA tuned in to this radio broadcast and she expressed through her Twitter:

“ke ke Eunhyuksshi? Instead of saying through the radio that you want to build a friendship with me, shall we try a ‘becoming closer project through Twitter? ke ke”

BoA then tweeted her best friend Heechul and revealed that the project has officially started: “I finally followed Eunhyuksshi and Leeteuk oppa!”

Cr: Allkpop


SM Town World Tour to be held in the U.S. and Asia: July 3, 2010

SM Entertainment will hold a large scale world tour.

SM Entertainment will hold the large scale joint performances at SM Town Live World Tour, starting the tour in Seoul on August 21st. The tour will be held in LA, Tokyo, Shanghai and other various Asian cities.

“SM Town Live 10 World Tour” is a large scale music festival that crosses over Asia to the world. The tour will feature Kangta, BoA, U-know Yoonho, Max Changmin, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee, f(x), Trax and other artists that are associated with the company showcasing grand stages for 5 hours. SM Town Live Tour will especially feature joint stages between the singers which are expected to gather the interests of music fans.

SM Town Live has solidified its standing as the best concert in Asia in by leaving Asian cities including Seoul, Shanghai and Bangkok sizzling in 2008 tour. On this world tour, the largest number of artists to date will participate which is expected to garner the attention of music fans all over the world.

The Seoul concert which will start the world tour will be held on August 21st 5 PM at Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium. The U.S. concert will be held on September 4th at LA Staples Center and the Shanghai concert is expected to be held on September 11th at Shanghai Hongqiao Stadium.

The ticket sales for the Seoul concert will start on July 15th at 8PM through G Market. The pre-sales for fan clubs will start on the 13th which many are expecting to spark fierce ticket sales war.

Meanwhile, in this SM Town Live Concert, happy family seats are prepared for families to enjoy the concert as the tour was planned as the summer music festival for friends, significant others, and families to enjoy together

Source: Sports Chosun
Translated : Minnie @ SUJUISM.BLOGSPOT.COM
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