[OPINION] Hong Jin-Young Solo Concert & Kim Jong Kook

On January 12, Trot singer Hong Jin-Young held her first solo concert in Los Angeles, California. Highlights were Hong Sun Young’s surprise performance, wardrobe malfunction and other exciting segments.


Korea’s Trot fairy Hong Jin-Young, held her first solo concert in LA (technically Temecula which is 2 hours away) commemorating her 10th year since debuting in 2009.

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Hong Jin Young sang all of her hit songs starting with Love Battery to set the mood followed by all of her singles like Cheer Up, My Love, Thumb Up, Good Bye etc. The concert audience consisted of a wide range of age groups from children to the elderly fans. It was a boisterous environment with lots of excitement. The stadium had a seating capacity of 3260 seats, which was filled to the max. The light sticks from the audience was mesmerizingly beautiful once the ceiling lights dimmed.

Photo of 2nd floor audience:

photos of 2nd floor audience
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Permission to take photos and videos were granted!

Generally in regards to taking photos or videos during the concerts, it is not allowed. However in Hong Jin-Young’s case, the Trot fairy gave her explicit consent at the opening of the concert. Her method to convey her permission was witty, “When you all came in, did you see the sign about not taking photos or videos?” (Hearing this all the excited fans have drooped shoulders and are slowly putting away their phones.) She continues by saying, for me you can take as much photos and videos as you want. (People are in disbelief and shocked, myself included.) Hong Jin-Young says “In fact, I look better in videos, for some reason I don’t look so great in photos,” followed by “during the concert I will strike a pose and stay still, you can take photos then so the picture comes out nice.” As a result, I was able to take photos and videos to my heart’s content to share with everyone!

Highlights of the Concert

Hong Jin Young actively interacted with fans throughout the entire concert.

Hong Jin Young made sudden poses during her performance to give the audience a chance to take her picture. It was hilarious at times when the singer would be dancing then casually stay still for a few minutes at the left or right side of the stage to give fans a chance to capture a great photo. Her intent to interact with the crowd was so strong to the point her security detail probably exasperated at the artist’s determination.

Hong Jin Young visits 2nd floor audience:

Hong Jin Young shared her intention to walk to the audience to get a chance to greet them since only the fans sitting in the front can see her. The excitement from that announcement was really amazing. When the artist started walking out while singing a song, many fans blocked her path (security was busy keeping on eye on everything at this point) to take a selfie together or to shake her hand etc. Interesting point was these fans were of various ages ranging from 20s-70s. Grandfather figures were so excited seeing their favorite singer up close that they forgot about their wives and grandchildren seeing them turn into excited fan boys. One of the fun remarks about this from some people around me was “The ride back home will be full of fights for forgetting their social dignity.” Considering Korean social norms play a significant role in Korean-American society, it is understandable that for some it can seem socially embarrassing to see important figures changing into excited fan boys in front of their beloved singer.

It’s probably comparable to this scene from Descendants of the Sun when the officers in the army turn into ardent fan boys in front of Red Velvet in the drama.


Hong Jin Young had to make many attempts to reach the audience in the second floor due to many excited fans blocking her path at every point. By the time she finished her walk around the venue to return to the stage, Hong Jin Young found her shoe had fallen apart and needed to take a quick break to change them. She stated it was her first time seeing this happen although she has performed on the stage so many times, commenting on how memorable it is for her.

Hong Jin Young’s shoe fell apart:

Hong Sun-Young

During the segment where Hong Jin-Young reads all the post-its prepared in advance by fans, the most remarkable one was asking about her sister.  As a result, Hong Jin Young called out her sister Hong Sun Young to the stage and the two performed a song together followed by Hong Sun Young’s solo performance. To be able to hear Hong Sun Young’s amazing vocals in person, it really reminded me of BMK in terms of her voice and singing style.

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Hong Sun Young was shy and taken aback by the enthusiasm from the audience whenever everyone chanted “encore” at the end of her songs. Unfortunately the cheers were even louder for Hong Sun Young than for artist Hong Jin Young, which were remarked by the singer.

Hong Sun Young performance snippets:

Since 2018 there have been lots of speculation and interest in whether Trot singer Hong Jin-Young and former-idol Kim Jong-Kook are (or will be) dating.

Both Hong Jin-Young and Kim Jong-Kook have expressed their chemistry with each other on screen. Many fans who have watched the variety shows when they appeared together have been wishing for the two people to really date. The crucial variety show that broadcasted their chemistry was seen on SBS’s Running Man where Kim Jong-Kook has been a cast member since 2010 with Hong Jin-Young appearing as a featured member various times. Additionally, SBS’s Ugly Ducking where Hong Jin-Young and Kim Jong-Kook are both cast members since 2018 is also memorable. Much of the public have been very supportive of these two to become a couple in real life, including myself.


I don’t think I really understood how much love and support Hong Jin-Young and Kim Jong-Kook had been receiving as an on screen item until now. It has already been established on screen to consider them to be a potential couple with the ambiguous atmosphere and hyping from the MCs. Both have been flirty on screen in various shows with the editing  building it up. This was confirmed when a compilation of those flirty scenes were played at Hong Jin-Young’s solo concert in Los Angeles.


Towards the end of the concert, Hong Jin Young started singing any song the audience requested. Lo and behold, Kim Jong Kook’s song was requested with many people shouting for Kim Jong Kook’s One Man. The cheers when Hong Jin Young sang Kim Jong Kook’s songs one after other were the loudest cheers during this segment. People were cheering for them to date, shouting they look great together etc.

Kim Jong Kook covers:

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Freebies like light sticks were given to cheer for Hong Jin Young.

Due to many local and corporate sponsors for the concert, there were some free stuff available for the audience before the concert like light sticks, health magazines, vitamin samples and coupons being handed out with some giveaways of skin care, electronics, gift certificates, health supplements and even a grand prize of one round trip to Korea from Korean Air.

Overall everyone had a wonderful time.

Hong Jin Young’s concert was not catered to one specific age group, but for all ages. Whole families from young to old had a great time listening to Korean Trot, ballads and great song covers from Hong Jin Young. Hong Jin Young was very proactive in interacting with the audience, not the mention the unexpected appearance of Hong Sun Young, which made an unforgettable experience.

Personally, I enjoyed the concert very much and glad for the spontaneous decision to go. If it wasn’t for my friend’s acquaintance being unable to go hours before the concert, my friend and I wouldn’t have had the chance to see and hear Hong Jin Young in person. There may be many memorable parts to the concert but what I shared are what was most memorable for me. Looking back to the concert a week later, I hope there are more chances to hear Hong Sun Young perform whether with her own debut as a singer or participating in her sister’s songs. She sounded awesome and would be perfect for Kdrama OSTs.

By S.N


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Actor Kim Min-Seok Salutes in Pictures Before Military Enlistment

Actor Kim Min-Seok reveals his short haircut and salutes in new pictures

Kim Min Seok, who is known for his role in “Descendants of the Sun,” posted new pictures on his social media on Saturday. In the black-and-white photos, Kim faces the camera, saluting in a beret, while in the other he shows off his military-style haircut.

On December 3, Kim announced his plans to enlist sometime this month. Born in 1990, is at the age limit for when he can begin his military service. Once he enters the army, he will go through basic training for about a month and be discharged sometime in 2020.



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Song Joong-Ki and Lee Jong-Suk Are the Highest Paid Male Actors in Televison

Industry insiders have produced a list of names of the highest paid male actors on television this years. However, although there are several names on the list, there are no surprises with the biggest names getting the biggest paychecks.

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According to entertainment industry insiders, seven actors received more than 100 million won (roughly 89,300 USD) per drama. Unsurprisingly, this list comprised of Lee Byung-hun, Jang Dong-gun, So Ji-sub, Hyun Bin, Song Joong-ki, Lee Seung-gi, and Lee Jong-suk. Further, out of the seven, Song Joong-ki and Lee Jong-suk are said to have the highest salary.

Both actors are paid over 100 million per episode. After starring in the enormous success of “Descendants of the Sun,” Song is in high demand and is currently filming “Asadal Chronicles” alongside Jang Dong-gun. Similarly, Lee Jong-suk is starring in next year’s romantic drama “How to Publish Love.”

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On the other hand, Lee Byung-hun, So Ji-sub, and Hyun Bin were paid a substantial amount for their roles in “Mr. Sunshine,” “My Secret Terrius,” and “Memories of the Alhambra,” respectively. However, after the first few episodes, the actors proved by they have such a high asking price.

Each of the dramas they starred in drew in a higher viewership rate incomparision to other other airing dramas at the same time. Notable, Lee’s “Mr. Sunshine” yielded an 18.1% viewership rate while So’s show always ranked in the top 10 most watched dramas. Likewise, Hyun’s program, which is currently airing, broke the 7% viewer rating in just two episodes.

All of the actors have such high salaries based on their reliable acting skills, the weight their names carry in the industry, market value, and established reputations and fans. An example of how this is how “Mr. Sunshine” simultaneous premiered on Netflix, opening it up to a global audience. Moreover, broadcasters in the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan bought the rights to air “My Secret Terrius” at high prices.



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Kim Min-Suk Announces Military Enlistment

Kim Min-Suk has announced his military enlistment date!

On December 3, Respect Entertainment reported, “Kim Min-Suk will be enlisting in the military on December 10 as an active soldier. He plans to enlist quietly without any official event for the press or fans.”

Kim Min-Suk, born in 1990, has confirmed to enlist at the age of 29. After completing his military service, he is set to be discharged from the military in July, 2020.

The actor made his debut through drama “Shut Up, Flower Boy Band” in 2012. Afterwards, he gained the recognition from the public for his stable acting skills in various productions, such as “Descendants of the Sun” and “Defendant.”

Recently, he became the talk of the town for appearing in JTBC’s “Beauty Inside” as special cameo. Furthermore, reports state that he recently concluded his filming for upcoming films “Clowns,” set to premiere sometime next year.

Best of luck to Kim Min-Suk!

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Song Hye-kyo Shares Adorable Photo with Close Friend Yoo Ah-in

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Actress Song Hye-kyo shared her close friendship with Yoo Ah-in.

On October 25th, Song Hye-kyo posted a photo of her and Yoo Ah-in on her Instagram and wrote “Let’s hope to work for a drama or film together”.

In the photo, Song and Yoo are smiling towards the camera with their faces close to each other. Song Hye-kyo is holding a dog and looking adorable with short hair.

Song Hye-kyo and Yoo Ah-in are close friends, who are also in the same agency. Also, Yoo Ah-in is close to Song Hye-kyo’s husband, Song Joong-ki, who they appeared on KBS drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ together.

Currently, Song Hye-kyo is filming for a new tvN drama ‘Boyfriend’, and Yoo Ah-in has finished filming the movie Default, which will be released soon.


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Kim Min-Seok to Lead Short Drama “Almost Touching”

Actor Kim Min-seok from “Because This Is My First Life” will be acting the male lead in the upcoming single episode drama, “Almost Touching.”

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“Almost Touching” (working title), which is an episode comprising KBS’ Drama Special series, is a short drama illustrating a romantic relationship between two curling athletes.

In the drama, Kim Min-seok will be acting the newly joined member to the curling team. The playful character will suit the image Kim Min-seok has been portraying in several dramas.

Previously, the actor made his name known for cute and playful characters in dramas like “Because This Is My First Life” and “Hello, My Twenties! 2.” In addition, his roles in rather serious dramas like “Descendants of the Sun,” “Doctors,” and “Innocent Defendant” show the wide range of genres he can cover.

“I’m excited to be a part of such a meaningful drama,” said Kim Min-seok about his upcoming piece. “I’m happy to be able to work with great staffs and actors. I will do my best to show my own appeal.”

“Almost Touching” will air on November 16.


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Song Joong-ki Says the “Best Thing a Man Can Do Is Love His Woman”

Actor Song Joong-ki chats about his love and commitment to his wife, Song Hye-kyo.

Image source – Esquire

In a recent photo shoot and interview combo with fashion magazine Esquire, actor Song Joong-ki opened up about his marriage and love for his wife, Song Hye-kyo.

The two actors met while starring in the 2016 drama “Descendants of the Sun,” and like their on-screen counterparts, fell in love. Their romance which spanned about a year eventually lead to a highly-anticipated wedding in October 2017.

During the interview, Esquire asked the actor if the Song-Song couple keep their passion alive even after marriage. In response, Song said that he doesn’t think that “dating” (going on dates with Song Hye-kyo) or romance ends with once two people are married. In fact, the actor boldly proclaimed that he thinks “the best thing a man can do is love his woman.”

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Continue the line of the conversation; the actor felt that in doing so is what really makes a man. “Although it may be important to be rich and gain fame, I think that being as in love with one’s woman as ever is the manliest thing a guy can do,” Song said.

Meanwhile, the two actors who put their careers on hold to spend time together have decided on their next acting projects. Song Joong-ki is set to star in a new tVN drama “The Chronicles of Asdal,” which will air next year. Likewise, Song Hye-kyo has taken a lead role in the drama “Boyfriend” with Park Bo-gum that will come out in November.



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Drama ‘Boyfriend’ Starring Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum Confirmed to Air in November

New drama ‘Boyfriend’, starring Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum, has been confirmed to start airing in November on tvN as a Wed-Thurs drama.

“‘Boyfriend’ has been organized to air on tvN as a Wed-Thurs drama. It will start airing in upcoming November”, officials at tvN announced on July 30th.

‘Boyfriend’ is a love story between Cha Soo-hyun (played by Song Hye-kyo), a daughter of a politician and an ex-daughter-in-law of a wealthy family, and Kim Jin-hyuk (played by Park Bo-gum), who is a hardworking young man living an ordinary life.

The new drama is a comeback drama for both actors. Song Hye-kyo’s latest work was ‘Descendants of the Sun’ in 2016, and Park Bo-gum’s was ‘Love in the Moonlight’ also in 2016.

‘Boyfriend’ is written by Yoo Young-ah, who has written movies including ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ and ‘Take Off 2’, and directed by director Park Shin-woo.

‘Boyfriend’ will go into filming as soon as the casting process is completely done.


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