Monday, June 10, 2013

"PSY Stands at the Forefront of Korean Tourism" plus 24 more

"PSY Stands at the Forefront of Korean Tourism" plus 24 more

PSY Stands at the Forefront of Korean Tourism

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:50 AM PDT

"PSY will headline Korea's efforts to increase tourism by introducing popular travel icons. Users will be able to actively interact with the campaign by uploading their own unique contents on Wiki Korea, which will become an online database about Korea Travel, just like Wikipedia."

Global sensation PSY and the Korea Tourism Organization(KTO) launched an interactive campaign that will encourage tourism in Korea. TV commercials were released on June 3rdthat highlight popular Korean food and tourist spots, such as Samgyeopsal, Banchan, Bulgeum, Cosmeroad, Olle-gil, and Dongdaemun.

In addition to the TV commercials, the campaign also launched 'Wiki Korea" through KTO's tour portal site 'BUZZ KOREA' ( The website shows 27 items(Yasik, Susansijang, Bungeoppang, Pageon, Banchan, Samgyeopsal, Jeonju bibimbap, Tteokbokki, surasang, Jagalchisijang, Temple Stay, Olle-gil, Georieungwon, Dolharbang, Minsokchon, Pocha, bulgeum, Garosu-gil, Hongdaeap, Cheongdam-dong, BB cream, Jeontongsijang, Cosme Road, Gangnam, chak-syat, Dongdaemun) and borrowed elements from the renowned internet encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Users can submit their own opinions and questions about each item in different formats – video, text, or photo. KTO will select 8 users who upload the best contents on the website and reward them by taking them on a 7 day 6 night tour to Korea accompanied by popular Korean celebrities. Other rewards include a Samsung SMART Camera or a gift set for those who aren't able to make it to the top eight

"This Year, we are determined to introduce Korean tourist icons. They will highlight Korea's spirit (Ki), entertainment (Heung), and heart (Jeong), which are key elements of Korean culture. I'm sure that they can be loved worldwide. KTO's new ambassador PSY is a global super star. His songs 'Gangnam Style' and 'Gentleman' showed great global appeal, having over 2 hundred million views worldwide. We believe we can leverage PSY's global popularity to effectively promote tourism in Korea; and hence, will use the TV commercials, which are starred by PSY, to grab the attention of our global audience," Charm Lee, CEO of KTO, said at a morning press release on June 3rd.

Over the past years, KTO hasn't been afraid to use different strategies with its advertisements. In 2010, KTO selected Yong Jun Bae, a famous Korean Actor, to appeal to Japanese tourists. The next two years, Korea chose '2PM' and 'Miss A' due to an increase in popularity of K-pop. Last year, the 'Touch Korea' campaign starred by actress Se-Young Park was nominated as one of the top 10 consumer-favorite advertisements by Singapore's mass media group 'MediaCorp'. Moreover, according to the '2012 Korea Tourism Advertising Effectiveness Survey,' the rate of positive responses reached 86%.

"We will differentiate our strategy by connecting TV commercials and online promotions together in order to effectively engage users to learn about and visit Korea," said Charm Lee.  

Gaon Chart releases rankings for the month of May 2013

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:30 AM PDT

Gaon Chart is the national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts.

[Rankings for the month of May 2013 (May 1st - May 31st)]

Monthly Singles Chart

1. 4minute : "What's Your Name?" : 103,669,226 Points

2. Roy Kim : "Spring Spring Spring" : 97,131,656

3. Lee Hyori : "Miss Korea" : 85,335,022

4. Vibe : "For The Last Time" : 80,886,948

5. SECRET : "YooHoo" : 73,556,827

6. Akdong Musician : "I Love You" : 71,266,813

7. 4men : "Propose Song" : 68,232,852

8. Psy : "Gentleman" : 61,096,865

9. Geeks ft. Ailee : "Wash Away" : 59,292,452

10. Younha : "The Real Reason Why We Broke Up" : 56,475,397


Monthly Album Chart

1. Cho Yong Pil : "Hello" : 167,323 Albums

2. 2PM : "Grown" : 109,389

3. B1A4 : "What's Happening?" : 71,821

4. Shinhwa : "The Classic" : 70,169

5. T-ara N4 : "Countryside Life" : 26,080

6. SHINee : "Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me" : 24,271

7. VIXX : "Hyde" : 22,294

8. Big Bang : "2013 Bigbang Alive Galaxy Tour : The Final in Seoul" : 14,070

9. Lee Hyori : "Monochrome" : 12,573

10. Lee Min Ho : "My Everything" : 10,924

< Last month's rankings

Shinhwa successfully kicks start Asia Tour in Hong Kong

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:00 AM PDT

After the sucessful promotions for "This Love", Shinhwa launched its 2013 world tour with first concert in Hong Kong.

The group held the first show of '2013 SHINHWA GRAND TOUR "THE CLASSIC" in HONGKONG' on June 8th at ASIA WORLD EXPO with 15,000 cheering fans in the audience. Not only it's the first show of their new Asia tour, it was also their first solo concert in the country.

About 1,000 fans waited at the Hong Kong International Airport to see the group to touch down on June 7. There were also a big crowd of fans near Marriott Hotel where the group stayed for a night.

According to SHINHWA Company, "Even though it was Shinhwa's first solo concert in Hong Kong, a great number of fans attended the concert. All of the members and staffs were very excited for the fans' warm cheers."

Starting with Hong Kong, Shinhwa plans to continue performing in Shanghai, Taiwan, Tokyo and Beijing, before finally wrapping up with another set of concerts in Seoul.

G-Dragon parties with 20,000 fans in Thailand

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Big Bang's G-Dragon successfully concluded his concert in Thailand as part of his ongoing world tour.

On June 7 and 8, G-Dragon continued his 'G-Dragon 2013 World Tour: One of a Kind' at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, electrifying a crowd of 20,000 with his powerful performance. He has been having his world tour for four months already and there are only three more cities left until the end.

G-Dragon begun the concert proceedings by appearing in a race car and performed "MichiGO'. He also performed songs like "Heartbreaker", "One of a Kind", and more for a total of 20 songs. In addition, fellow member Seungri appeared as a special guest and he sang two songs from his solo album as well as Big Bang's "Bad Boy".

Meanwhile, G-Dragon will head to Indonesia to hold back-to-back concerts at the Mata Elang International Stadium from June 15th and 16th.

Kim Hyun Joong celebrates his birthday in a fanmeeting with 5,000 fans

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:02 AM PDT

After hanging out with 10,000 Japanese fans last week, Kim Hyun Joong also made a special memory with his fans in Korea through a successful fanmeeting over the weekend.

On June 8, the singer held a fanmeeting titled '2013 KHJ Show - Party People' at Hwajung Gymnasium of Koryo University in Seoul, which gathered 5,000 fans. This is his first official fan meeting in Korea in 1 and a half years.

In the two-hour event, Kim Hyun Joong performed a total of 18 songs as well as held a birthday party and talk session with his fans. Especially, a special "Giyomi Song"video was produced for his fans, drawing happy squeals from the audience.

He also showcased his special birthday single "The Reason I Live", which he produced just for his fans, for the first time, and it is said that some fans even showed their tears.

KPop Who Am I #16

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:49 AM PDT

Hi, DKp readers. We are back with another quiz.

Today's question: See those photos below and guess who are they?

B.A.P wins Golden Disk Award in Taiwan

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:30 AM PDT

B.A.P, who's celebrating their 500th day since debut, recently received a very special gift from Taiwan.

On June 8, B.A.P received a Golden Disk Award from Taiwan's Sony Records for their album 'One Shot'. Golden Disk Awards are given to artists who sold more than 5,000 copies. Popular artists such as B2ST, Big Bang, Girls' Generation, and CNBLUE previously won the same award.

On the same day, the group also held a press conference with 50 media platforms at the Taipei International Convention Center. A live concert was then hosted at Taipei 101 the following day with 3,000 fan in attendance.

Congratulations B.A.P!

KARA to become professors in upcoming fan meeting

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Girl group KARA will be taking their fan meeting to the next level!

According to DSP Media, KARA will hold a fan meeting in Japan at the Yokohama Arena concert hall on June 24th with Japanese fans. The theme of the event will be 'Kamilia School' and will resemble school classes.

The KARA members will transform into professors and will meet fans in three educational sessions focusing on music, art, and language classes.

CNBLUE excited to meet their Filipino fans

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 04:30 AM PDT

Idol band CNBLUE expressed their excitement on meeting their fans in the Philippines through a short promotional video, released by the local concert producer Pulp Live World.

CNBLUE is currently embarking on their '2013 CNBLUE Blue Moon World Tour' in support of their fifth EP, 'Re:Blue', which was released on 14 January 2013. The group already visited Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia.

On June 15th, CNBLUE will be rocking Manila, Philippines for the first time with their much anticipated concert at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Check out the video below!

KARA’s Nicole shows her sexy moves in cover of Beyonce’s “Dance For You”

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 04:14 AM PDT

KARA's Nicole surprised the fans with her sexy choreography practice clip.

On June 10th, DSP Media updated KARA's official Youtube channel with a new clip featuring Nicole giving a drool-worthy sexy dance moves to the tune of Beyonce's single "Dance For You". Dressed in white top and short pants, with newly blond hair, she heats up the practice room with her sexy body waves.

In related news, KARA is currently busy filming for their upcoming five-part drama 'Secret Love'.

Check out the clip below!

MBLAQ Mir’s zombie profile photo scares fans

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 04:00 AM PDT

MBLAQ member Mir's new profile photo is currently creating buzz online.

Recently on an online community, a photo was uploaded under the title "Mir's zombie profile." The post shows a screen capture of Mir's profile on a portal site, giving scare to the fans.

In the photo, Mir is wearing pale makeup with long hair, and his eyes is widely opened with an empty expression, creating a zombie-like look. The photo is taken from MBLAQ's concept photos for new album 'Sexy Beat'.

Netizens commented, "I was so surprised", "It's scary" and "I get surprised every time I see it."

2PM Junho’s debut movie ‘Surveillance’ releases intense trailer

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:30 AM PDT

2PM Junho's first ever movie 'Surveillance' (Cold Eyes), which is already receiving attention for its hot cast, has unveiled its first intense trailer.

'Surveillance' is a crime action film about a special police unit who tries to track down a secret criminal gang. It boasts stellar casts that include Seol Kyung Koo, Jung Woo Sung and Han Hyo Joo.

Junho will play the role of "ace" of the squad who runs after target without mistakes. He plays the partner of actor Seol Kyung Koo iand they will be running after Jung Woo Sung, who is a leader of secret mafia.

Check out the trailer below!

INFINITE announces first world tour

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:14 AM PDT

After the much successful mini album 'New Challenge', INFINITE is making one great step by holding its first ever world tour!

On June 10, INFINITE held a press conference to announce their upcoming '2013 INFINITE 1st World Tour One Great Step', which was streamed live through Google+ Hangout and Youtube.

The group also revealed a special promotional video, featuring INFINITE members dressed in classy black suits, readying up for something big-- the world tour. In the clip, it is also announced that they will be touring different countries like Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, as well as cities in United States and Europe.

Check out the teaser below.

Girls' Generation's Seohyun shows off her cooking skills

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 01:11 AM PDT

Girls' Generation's maknae impresses fans with her cooking skills.

Some photos of Seohyun preparing ddukbokki were uploaded on Girls' Generation's official message board earlier today. Seohyun is posing at the kitchen happily with the ddukbokki she made.

In addition, she thanked fans who went to Girls' Generation's concert on 8th and 9th June.

Do you wanna try the delicious ddukbokki prepared by Seohyun?

Suzy & Jia hint at miss A's comeback?

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 12:40 AM PDT

miss A's Suzy and Jia updated their Twitter on 10th June with mysterious messages.

As you can see in the photos above, Suzy is holding a message card written ,"A Bad Girl, A Good Girl" while Jia is posing with "A Bad Boy, A Good Boy" message.

Besides, the girls wrote "Coming Soon" on their Twitter.

Fans commented,"Coming soon means miss A's comeback?","can't wait to see you girls performing again" and etc.

Do you anticipate miss A's comeback?

Gaon Chart releases rankings for May 26 – June 1

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 12:00 AM PDT

Gaon Chart is the national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts.

[Rankings for Week May 26, 2013 – June 1, 2013]

Weekly Singles Chart

1. B2ST : "Will You Be Okay?"

2. Lee Hyori : "Bad Girls"

3. Akdong Musician : "Bean Tteok Bing Soo"

4. CL : "The Baddest Female"

5. Lee Seung Gi : "Last Word"

6. Two Months : "Number 1"

7. 4minute : "What's Your Name?"

8. The One : "Best Wishes To You"

9. Roy Kim : "Spring Spring Spring"

10. Shinhwa : "This Love"


Weekly Album Chart

1. Big Bang : "2013 Bigbang Alive Galaxy Tour : The Final in Seoul"

2. B1A4 : "What's Happening?" [4th Mini Album]

3. 100% : "Real 100%" [1st Mini Album]

4. VIXX : "Hyde" [1st Mini Album]

5. Daft Punk : "Random Access Memories" [4th Album]

6. EXO-K : "MAMA" [1st Mini Album]

7. Cho Yong Pil : "Hello" [19th Album]

8. 2PM : "Grown" [4th Album]

9. EXO-M : "MAMA" [1st Mini Album]

10. Lee Min Ho : "My Everything" [Special Album]

< Last week's rankings

Girls’ Generation kicks start ‘2013 Girls & Peace World Tour’ in Seoul

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 11:30 PM PDT

Girls' Generation launched its first-ever world tour with two-day concert at home over the weekend.

On June 8th and 9th, Girls' Generation has successfully kickstarted the first leg of their '2013 Girls' Generation's World Tour – Girls & Peace' at Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul in front of thousands of cheering fans.

In the three-hour concert, the girls heated up the stadium with a total of 27 songs including their hits such as "Gee", "Genie", "The Boys", "I Got A Boy" and more as well as their hit Japanese singles including "Mr. Taxi", "Flower Power" and "Paparazzi".

This is the first time the group has embarked on a world tour since its debut in 2007. The girls held Asian tours in 2009 and 2011. The group leader Taeyeon said during a conference, "We've always talked about the possibility of doing a world tour, so we are honored to finally get this started."

Girls' Generation will be continuing on its world tour '2013 Girls & Peace World Tour' as a succession of its Japan tour that drew 200,000 fans to 20 concerts in seven Japanese cities between February and April.

After School gets ‘naked’ in new “First Love” teaser

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 11:16 PM PDT

After the series of teasers, After School is giving more excitement to fans with the release of first music video teaser for "First Love" comeback.

Released via Pledis Entertainment's official Youtube, the new video teaser shows After School members seemingly wearing nothing at all as they flaunt their sexy upper body. The clip also shows cuts of their anticipated pole dancing.

After School will be making a comeback with title track "First Love". Produced by hitmaker Brave Brothers, the song will give a lasting impression with high quality performance like watching a Las Vegas show.

Check out the teaser below!

Skarf releases dance practice video for “Luv Virus”

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 10:56 PM PDT

Korean-Singaporean girl group Skarf has just released a dance practice video for their latest single, "Luv Virus".

Skarf revealed this dance practice video for the fans around the world who want to learn the dance of "Luv Virus". The clip shows the members practicing the dance and gains attention for the group's lovely casual looks.

"Luv Virus" is a bright, refreshing track that perfectly fits this summer. The song is composed by Lee Ki and hitmaker Seo Young Bae, whom had composed Skarf's "My Love" from their debut single.

Check out the clip below!

T-ara’s unit QBS releases jacket photos for ‘Like the Wind’

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 10:33 PM PDT

With T-ara's first subunit T-ara N4 finding success with their recent debut, the group will be debuting another subunit in Japan named QBS under EMI Music. QBS already released a preview for the single, and now, the album jacket photos have been unveiled.

Different from T-ara N4's hip hop and funky image, QBS will have sweet and feminine concept, with members Qri, Bora and Soyeon flaunting their stunning and lovely looks in their white dresses.

QBS will focus on the Japanese market, and will release their debut single 'Kaze no Youni' ('Like the Wind') on June 26, 2013.

Sunny Hill to join summer comeback rush!

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 10:00 PM PDT

Talented group Sunny Hill will be added to the list of intense comeback competition this summer.

Sunny Hill who is known for unique and changing concepts for previous tracks "Midnight Circus", "The Grasshopper Song" and "Goodbye to Romance", will be returning to the spotlight this June with new album titled, 'Young Folk'.

The group will be trying different music styles using folk music and plans to create its trademark 'SunnyHill sound'. The currently all-girl group also unveiled its first teaser image showing the members in dotted prints and mini dresses, hinting at a feminine and sweet concept.

Ivy shows two different charms in black and white see-through dresses

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 09:30 PM PDT

Female soloist IVY is coming back to the local music scene to take back her former title as K-pop's sexy queen. Giving fans a sneak peek at her concept, she unveiled a drool-worthy jacket photo for her new mini album.

Ivy shows two completely different charms with two concepts for her upcoming second mini album 'INTERVIEW PART. 2' which will be released on June 13. She displays her fierce and sexy charms on deep smoky makeup and black see-through dress while the other photo shows her pure and feminine side.

Ivy's comeback title track "I Dance" was revealed to be written and composed by Park Jin Young. The song will also feature Wonder Girls' rapper Yubin.

SISTAR gets wet in new Ocean World CF

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 08:52 PM PDT

The sexy ladies of SISTAR, who recently became the new "muses" for Ocean World, get ready to get wet in its latest commercial campaign.

SISTAR heats up the summer showing off their fit bodies and lively charms in summer shorts and bikini, much to the delight of fanboys and girls. The group's signature healthy, sexy and fun image perfectly matches with the park's feature and brand image.

Check out the CF below!

Chocolat releases a long sexy teaser video for “Black Tinkerbell”

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 08:32 PM PDT

After over a year since releasing their addictive track "One More Day", the sweet ladies of Chocolat are coming back with new single "Black Tinkerbell"!

On June 10th, Chocolat dropped a 1-minute long music video teaser for "Black Tinkerbell", creating a buzz with their more mature looks and improved talents. The group also recently performed a preview of the song on Arirang's 'After School Club'.

Check out the teaser below!

T-ara, The SEEYA, 5Dolls and SPEED release “Painkiller” MV!

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 08:12 PM PDT

Core Contents Media's artists T-ara, The SEEYA, 5Dolls and SPEED surprised the fans with a release of new single!

On June 10th, labelmates T-ara's Soyeon, The SEEYA's Soojin, 5Dolls' Eunkyo and SPEED's Taewoon and Sungmin released their collaborative single titled, "Painkiller". The song is composed, written and arranged by the hitmaker Jo Young Soo and Doublekick.

Check out the MV below featuring T-ara's Jiyeon.