From TVXQ to Girls’ Generation, its no secret Japan has become by far one of the biggest hot spots for Korean artists to expand their talent, into the world’s 2nd highest selling music distributor. But which artist has had the biggest debut in sales so far?
Despite not taking the no.1 spot when they debuted, Girls’ Generation charmed the people of Japan with their debut single “Genie” selling 44,907 in 2010, making them the no.1 Korean female group with highest debut sales.
On the other hand Jang Geun Suk who made his debut less than 2 weeks ago with “Let Me Cry” sold an impressive 119,149 copies, not only breaking an Oricon record, but making him the no.1 soloist on the list.
Finally MBLAQ not only ranks as the highest debut sales by a male group, but they also broke a record becoming the 1st group to chart no.1 on the Daily Charts.
Check out the list below:
01. Jang Geun Suk 119,149
02. SNSD “Genie” 44,907
03. MBLAQ “Your Luv” 40,281
04. KARA “Mister” 29,238
05. Beast “Shock” 28,532
06. Big Bang “Heaven” 26,039
07. BoA “ID Peace B” 14,740
08. Supernova 8,542
09. ZE:A “Love letter/My only wish” 8,273
10. SES “Meguriau Sekai” 7,390
11. Se7en “Hikari” 7,303
12. 4MINUTE “Muzik” 4,241
13. FT Island “One Way” 4,043
14. CN Blue “The Way” 3,353
15. DBSK “Hug” 2,502
Did your favorite artist sell as much as you expected?
Source : GoKpop
Top singer BoA’s acting debut and Hollywood dance movie “COBU 3D” is just around the corner. On May 7th, BoA updated her Twitter and wrote, “Just finished all preparing for my movie… All I need to hear from the director is ..’action’!!!!!!”
She continues, “Shooting starts on next Monday!!! Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheer up for COBU 3D!!”
According to BoA’s agency, SM Entertainment, she has been staying in Toronto, Canada all this while and will officially begin shooting for the movie “COBU 3D” on May 9th.
BoA plays the female lead Aya alongside “Dancing With The Stars” Derek Hough. Their two characters grow up in different environment, but eventually meet at an underground New York club. However, Aya and Donny (Derek Hough) are put into a Romeo and Juliet situation as both of their brothers own rival clubs.
“Step Up” and “Save the Last Dance” director Duane Adler, and “Jumanji” producer Robert Cort have joined together to create “COBU 3D.” SM Entertainment and CJ Entertainment have been listed as co-producers.
One of Korea’s biggest cruise line, AllThatCruise, announced on May 2nd at the “Korean Cruise Establishment” press conference about its plans of creating the biggest cruise line titled the “Hallyu Star.” The cruise line will be 74,000 tons and will be Korea’s biggest cruise line.
AllThatCruise has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SM Entertainment’s affiliated company, SM Art Company, who will be providing the Hallyu performances. They have also signed a letter of intent (LOI) with CJ CGV for plans to install an on-board cinema.
The “Hallyu Star” plans to make stops at major ports in China, Korea, and Japan. Passengers will be presented a variety of Hallyu-products in addition to the performances by SM Entertainment artists such as BoA, TVXQ, and SNSD. The planned on-board cinema will provide passengers with Hallyu movies and dramas as well.
An approximate cost for the cruise line “Hallyu Star” has also been revealed to be $190 USD per day per person, or 1.2 million won (approximately $1,115 USD) for 6 days per person.
AllThatCruise CEO Lee Kangok said, “We will be arriving at each nation’s ports in one to two day intervals, so passengers will be able to enjoy performances from Hallyu stars as they wait to leave the cruise liner at the next stop and explore a new destination. Through the 6 day package we will be providing, passengers will be able to enjoy various aspects of the Hallyu culture such as Korea’s food and traditional performances.”
“If one takes into consideration the fact that those who purchase the 6 day package will have unlimited access to the cruise liner’s additional facilities, such as the restaurants, swimming pools and performances, one will see that it costs less to experience what the cruise liner has to offer than to pursue these activities independently in Korea.”
AllThatCruise claimed ownership to “Hallyu Star” after 7 years repaying all of their funds to companies such as KSF Ship Finance and Asia Trust. According to AllThatCruise, they are confident in this cruise line as the cruise line industry has increased at an average of 12.2% per year.
AllThatCruise has planned for “Hallyu Star” to launch the cruise line on January 2012 with plans to expand to the Mediterranean in 2014 with a 100,000 cruise liner. In order to further expand into Europe, North America, and the Middle East, AllThatCruise is expected to be one of the leading cruise liners in the world by launching four 150,000 cruise liners between 2016 and 2020.
Source: Koreaboo, EBN News, dongbangdata
“This time, it’s South America!”
TVXQ, BoA, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee, f(x) and other SM Entertainment artists are preparing for a tour in South America. According to SM Entertainment representatives, the company is currently planning to hold a series of “SM Town Live” concerts in South American countries such as Brazil and Chile in July.
The South American tour has been in the planning stage since last year, when SM Entertainment artists embarked on the “SM Town World Tour” and held an unforgettable concert in Los Angeles, USA.
Due to the popularity of Kpop and SM Entertainment artists in South America, the company plans to tap into this untouched market with a series of concerts in the continent. In February, a Brazilian program asked viewers “Which Korean singer do you want to come to Brazil?” and SM Entertainment artists dominated the results, with Super Junior, BoA, SNSD and SHINee taking the #1 to #4 spots.
SM Entertainment is already taking major steps in making their mark in foreign countries, as it was recently announced that on June 10th, SM artists will hold “SM Town in Paris” and mark Europe’s first Kpop concert ever. Tickets for the show sold out within 15 minutes and large-scale protests are happening all over Europe for SM Entertainment to add another concert date.
Last year, SM Town held concerts in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. This year, SM Entertainment will expand into two continents that Kpop artists have never stepped into, Europe and South America.
SM Entertainment representatives stated, “SM’s ripple effect is really amazing. They have already taken over USA, China and Japan and are now accomplishing the unheard precedent of going to Europe and South America. Isn’t this the path of a true ‘World Star’?”
Source: Koreaboo, Sports Seoul
COBU 3D will star one of the favorite stars of the ABC show “Dancing With the Stars,” Derek Hough. BoA will be starring as the lead actress and the man who will play her brother is also supposedly a famous Korean entertainer! There has been little to no news of who will play the role of BoA’s fictional brother in the movie for a long time, but BoA recently revealed him through Twitter!
BoA recently tweeted her good friend Don Theerathada. She wrote, “Going to meet my brother KAZ!!!!! Can’t wait!!!” Shortly thereafter, Don Theerathada tweeted her in response, asking her if it was a man called “Will”, to which she confirmed. After that, a new tweet appeared on her Twitter page addressed to a username called WillYunLee1.
Her later tweets left no doubt that this person, WillYunLee1, is her “brother” in the movie COBU 3D, for she wrote to this person that Don Theerathada had mentioned his greetings to him and that they would do well together in the movie! Will Yun Lee will be playing the role of Kaz, BoA’s brother in COBU 3D.
Does he sound familiar? Here’s some background on Will Yun Lee:
Will Yun Lee is an emerging talent on both the big and small screens. Lee was featured in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful and 25 Sexiest Men Alive issues.
Will just completed shooting CBS’s Hawaii 5-0 and ABC’s Boston’s Finest. Also, in the MGM feature Red Dawn, Will is the lead villain opposite Chris Hemsworth, which will open this Thanksgiving. His film 5 Star Day, starring opposite Cam Gigandet is opening the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival. Will starred in the critically acclaimed HBO/BBC filmTsunami: The Aftermath opposite Tim Roth, Sophie Okonedo, Toni Collette, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as well as the Emmy nominated F/X mini-series THIEF. Will’s feature credits also include the Marvel Entertainment action flick Elektra, where he played the lead villain opposite Jennifer Garner, as well as Die Another Day and Torque for Warner Brothers.
Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to parents recently emigrated from Korea. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life on the Bronx streets and idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens, he was living in the San Francisco area with his father, a Korean Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster. Lee also became an accomplished martial artist and won an athletic scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley.
While in school, Lee worked at the East Bay Asian Youth Centre teaching high-risk teens from neighborhoods not unlike those he had known as a child in the Bronx. It was there that his ongoing commitment to young people began, a commitment that continues to play an important role in his life.
It was also at this time that he became seriously interested in acting, and after landing a role in Nash Bridges he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. Guest star roles in series such as Profiler and Brimstone led to a role in the TV movie The Disciples for UPN, and soon after to What’s Cooking and TNT’s Witchblade.
The casting of Will Yun Lee is another addition to the star studded cast of COBU 3D. His experience and recognition by the American entertainment industry is sure to assist the interest that’s already swirling around the movie. Do you think that Will Yun Lee makes a good fit for the role of BoA’s brother?
Source: Koreaboo, @WillYunLee1, @BoA_1105, @Don_Thai
MTVK recently released their ranking of the top ten sexiest female idols.
MTVK recently released their picks for the top ten sexiest Kpop idols.
Check out their ranking below, and be sure to stay tuned, as MTVK announced that they will also release a list of the top ten sexiest male idols in the near future!
Rainbow’s leader Jae Kyung is well known for her well-proportioned physique, and has recently wowed fans with her new, more mature image.
Brown Eyed Girls’s Ga In has gained much fame through her sensuous “Abracadabra” dance, as well as her cat-like eyeliner and tiny outfits.
Wonder Girls’ rapper Yubin adds her own sex-appeal to the typically wholesome group image.
International soloist BoA creates a strong image with her powerful vocals, sexy choreography, and unique sense of fashion.
2NE1’s rapper Park Bom is known for her trademark long hair, and short skirt, giving the funky group a sexy edge.
HyunA is notorious for both her impressive rapping skills and her risqué choreography, as exhibited during performances of “Change”, and more recently, “Mirror Mirror”.
After School’s Ka Hi boasts a perfectly proportioned figure, and a dazzling presence which allows her to stand out even in a large group of nine.
Although she may have just recently made her debut, soloist G.NA’s impressive vocal talent and glamorous figure has made her a hit in the industry.
Amidst a group of nine, all known for separate attributes, such as Hyo Yeon’s dancing skills and Tae Yeon’s strong vocals, Yu Ri is most known for her sexy image.
Former Fin.K.L. member turned hit soloist, Lee Hyo Ri’s name is piratically synonymous with sexy.
What do you think of MTVK’s ranking of the top ten sexiest female idols? Who would you have added?
Source : GoKpop
BoA recently appeared in a promotional clip for the skin care brand L’OCCITANE Korea for their latest product. While on set, High Cut magazine got up-close and personal with one of Korea’s brightest stars making her the front page of the site’s beauty section.
BoA, who currently is residing in Toronto, Canada working on many other promotions, makes beauty seem effortless in these candid shots of her advertisement. As a professional in the music business, many rookie Korean artists look up to her as a strong and successful individual. Now she has many woman young and old looking up to her as well for keeping skin beautiful.
Take a look at her photos below!
Source : GoKpop