Hong Jin-Young’s First Full Album Tops Trot Music Charts

Singer Hong Jin-young’s first full-length album’s title song “Love Tonight” has taken over South Korea’s trot music charts.

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Hong Jin-young had made an impressive comeback when she released her first full-length album Lots of Love last Friday. Not only has she managed to dominate South Korea’s trot charts but also made a massive stride in her career. This album marks the singer’s first full album since she debuted with “Love Battery” ten years ago.

As of Monday, the record’s title track “Love Tonight” ranked no.1 in the trot music category on the nation’s most used music sites including MelOn, Bugz, Soribada, and Naver Music. Further, it also clocked in at the 25th spot in the real-time music charts where competition with idol music is fierce. Her hit from last year, “Goodbye” also rose on the charts at the time of the new album’s release.

Remarkably, Hong composed all expect two of the songs on Lots of Love. “Love Tonight” combined the classic melodies of trot with disco funk that heralds back to the 1980s. The resulting retro sound is addictive and easy to listen to.

 

 

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[RECAP] ‘Running Man’ Members Need to Find Faker Hiding Among The Freshmen Ep 442

On this week’s 442 episode of SBS’s Running Man, everyone is suspicious of each other being the fake freshman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETtnAL9lqU8

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man was similar to SBS’s X-Man (2003-2007) where everyone looked for the “spy” who is completing secret missions. In this case, the cast had to find the fake freshman, henceforth returnee, hiding among the incoming students (class of 2019). Members had to correctly vote who is the returning student at the end of each round to win and avoid punishment.

Cast consisted of all 8 regular members with guests Hong Jin Young, Han Da Gam and Keum Sae Rok.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp_pHT_zMoI

First round: Play various ‘OT’ games

Highlights from the first round included how the cast played the orange game, orange fart game and the Kpop game.

Orange game: Every time the “orange” was passed along, the player had to act like the orange had gotten bigger.

Orange Fart game: Suggested by Hong Jin Young, the rules are similar to the 007 game where people next to the “farting” person needs to say “oh it smells.” Whoever laughs during the game loses.

Kpop game: Everyone had to sing a song that included a keyword.

Interestingly when it was Kim Jong Kook’s turn, no one knew which song he was singing. Turned out it was his own song from 2006. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvHT2GvyGRA

End of Round 1: Returnee failed to complete the secret mission. Everyone was told the hint about the identity of the returnee, “actions and words revealing (returnee’s) age were used a lot.”

Second round: Jokgu

Members were divided into teams to determine the lunch menu. 1st place was awarded pork belly bbq for lunch. 2nd place got ramen and 3rd place received only rice and seaweed.

The secret mission for the returnee was shared at the beginning of this round, to avoid winning first place.

End of Round 2: Returnee succeeded in completing the secret mission.

Third round: Couple hoodie game

Cast was told they have to avoid being a couple with suspected returnee. Couples competed to see the words on the back of their opponent that needs to be relayed to their blindfolded partner.

Hilarious scene was when Lee Kwang Soo and Yoo Jae Suk competed. It was commented to be giraffe vs. hopper, with a reference made to Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won’s drama scene in ‘Secret Garden’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztw9DdNYJRw

As usual when Kim Jong Kook played a round with Lee Kwang Soo, the lion beat the giraffe to no one’s surprise. Lee Kwang Soo was being dragged along by Kim Jong Kook so Yoo Jae Suk later called out Lee Kwang Soo’s word to end the poor giraffe’s misery.

End of Round 3: Returnee succeeded the secret mission of saying an old popular phrase.

Winner of this week’s episode

Returnee: The returning student among the incoming students was none other than… Haha!

Loser: 3 members excluding Haha had to get punished.

Kim Jong Kook’s triangle love line

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gNxgPD9N8g

Kim Jong Kook’s choice between Song Ji Hyo and Hong Jin Young was…..Song Ji Hyo! During the third round, Kim Jong Kook asked Song Ji Hyo to be a couple with him by saying “honey.” Hong Jin Young watched the two members become a couple while commenting “they look good together” possibly marking the end of Hong Jin Young’s love line with Kim Jong Kook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weToRL-eETo

Check out what happened in previous episodes: episode 439, episode 441

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[Teaser] How Will Kim Jong Kook’s Love Triangle End on Running Man this Sunday?

On March 10, an article revealed 3 photos from the upcoming Running Man episode hinting at Kim Jong Kook’s love triangle.

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A news article released a teaser for the upcoming Running Man episode with just 3 photos and the headlines: ‘Running Man‘s Kim Jong Kook, The End of His Love Triangle with Hong Jin Young & Song Ji Hyo‘. What do you think of this teaser? Will Kim Jong Kook finally choose between Hong Jin Young and Song Ji Hyo?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ETtnAL9lqU8

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[RECAP] Jeon So Min & Park Yoo Na Dish on KBS’s ‘Happy Together’

This week’s new episode of KBS’s Happy Together 4, touched on the hardships, scandals and behind the scene stories with Jeon So Min, Park Yoo Na, Hong Jin Young, Jo Bin and Kim Ho Young.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy4qz9oWWuw

New episode of KBS’s Happy Together that aired on February 28 was full of laughter and behind the scene stories shared by guests Running Man’s Jeon So Min, Sky Castle‘s Park Yoo Na, trot fairy Hong Jin Young, Norzao’s Jo Bin and musical actor Kim Ho Young.

KBS’s Happy Together (2001-present) a talk show in its 4th season with Yoo Jae Suk and Jun Hyun Moo as the main MCs. Other regular members are Jo Se Ho and Jo Yoon Hee.

Highlights

Dating Rumors

Sky Castle’s couple

Actress Park Yoo Na (aka Sky Castle‘s Seri) shared she had no idea her co-stars Kim Bora and Jo Byung-gyu were dating. She realizes the two people were often missing during Sky Castle casts’ vacation to Phuket.

Jeon So Min’s predicament

When Shin Dong Yup predicted Jeon So Min was dating fellow Running Man member Lee Kwang Soo during the SBS Entertainment Awards, Lee Kwang Soo was really panicked! Turns out Kwang Soo was pinching Yoo Jae Suk’s leg under the table for help since he knows his dating news will be in the papers the next morning.

A fortune teller told Jeon So Min she needs to get married within 3 years to her exasperation since she doesn’t have any opportunity to look for a husband.

Jeon So Min’s mom-is a fan of Yang Se Chan-who told Jeon So Min to search for her future spouse among her friends. As a result, Jeon So Min jokingly proposed to Yang Se Chan. She asked Yang Se Chan to marry her if neither of them are married in a few years. 

Hong Sisters’ popularity

Hong Jin Young is a highly demanded commercial model. All of her commercials has increased sales which credits to the trot singer’s popularity.

Hong Sun Young, Hong Jin Young’s sister, has received 20 commercial offers. Jin Young shares her sister is more popular than herself when they are together in public. Jin Young often feels like she’s Sun Young’s manager.

Responding to Haters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKO1YrOGEYA

Park Yoo Na is assumed to be very intimidating through her role as Seri in Sky Castle. As a result Park Yoo Na’s mother responds to all of Park Yoo Na’s haters by reporting all the hateful comments.

Hong Jin Young responds to some haters by telling them she will work harder. She once replied to a hater with “What do you hate about me? I will try to fix it.”

Jo Bin has previously responded to haters by genuinely responding to them. There was an instance when some left a comment telling the Norazo member to become a comedian instead of a singer. Jo Bin replied with a genuine answer of “I previously auditioned to be a comedian but I wasn’t selected.”

Kim Ho Young uses “eye for an eye” response to his haters by telling them he doesn’t like them either.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy4qz9oWWuw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3_jpzlZEs0

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[RECAP] Someone Challenges Kim Jong Kook on Ep 441 of ‘Running Man’

On this week’s 441 episode of SBS’s Running Man, someone directly challenged Kim Jong Kook!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix_JMCN5msw

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man had the members in a frenzy to find the identity of “honeybee” who kept eliminating the members at every round. The first member eliminated from the start of the show was none other than Kim Jong Kook. The reason was for “bullying other members by intimidating and using your muscles.”

Cast consisted of all 8 regular members with some guests during one of the rounds. One of the guests was actress Lee Bo Young who appeared as a spontaneous guest during one of the segments.

Spoilers

The “honeybee” turned out to be…. more than 1 person! In the end, it was revealed to be the 3 maknaes- Lee Kwang Soo, Jeon So Min and Yang Se Chan. As all three members sought revenge against their older sister and brothers for giving them a hard time.

Potential suspects throughout this episode were Kim Jong Kook, Ji Suk Jin and Yoo Jae Suk. However, towards the end of the episode, members finally realized it was the youngest members based on clues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1bx74DAY8o

Winners: The maknaes won against the other members when Lee Kwang Soo survived until the very end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrHr3Qm-4G4

Losers: Members minus maknaes lost so the winners each chose a person to get the punishment. Coincidently, everyone chose the same member so Yoo Jae Suk had to get a spanking 3 times.

Check out the summary of episode 439: Mukbang race!

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[OPINION] 2019 Kpop Outlook in the USA

As unbelievable as it may be, the 2010s will soon be over in just 10 short months! Kpop has had exponential growth in the last few years, which will also determine Kpop’s future for the following decade!

The hallyu wave aka Kpop wave has definitely become more globalized within the last couple years. There is no doubt that in 2019 there will be more Kpop fans as more Kpop idols (BTS, Monsta X, NCT, Oh My Girl, Red Velvet, Blackpink, Sunmi etc.) continue to promote abroad. Especially in the US, thanks mostly to BTS’s success paving the way for Kpop growth this year.

Hollywood is the Kpop market for this year

Based on previous patterns of Kpop idol groups like Wonder Girls, Girl’s Generation, Super Junior, TVXQ etc. many Kpop idols usually extend their fan base to other countries in Asia before pursuing Europe & the Americas. Kpop’s growth in other countries are indeed significant, but given US is home to global names like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ed Sherman, Chris Brown, Drake, Justin Timberlake etc. (as well as Kpoplove’s headquarters) Kpop’s future global outlook will focus on the US market for this article.

Kpop before BTS

BTS on American Music Awards (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH1PVvFj8cE

Just 5 to 10 years ago, prior to BTS’s historical invasion in the US, Kpop was just a new and upcoming genre in the US that originated from a small country in Asia. As a decades old Kpop fan, I can personally attest to instances in the past where people confused North and South Korea and probably couldn’t name any Kpop artist even if their life depended on it.

Other idols’ success in the US

However, this does not mean Kpop has never made its mark in the US. Examining only the idol groups who are no longer “active” meaning either disbanded or no longer actively promoting with all members, idol groups like Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation have previously tried to break into the US market without as much success as BTS.

JYP’s Wonder Girls (2007-2017) released a single- ‘Nobody’ (2009)- that was No.76 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as the 1st Kpop group on the Billboard charts. This provided the opening for the group to enter the US market and pursue international activities. Wonder Girls can be considered to have been at the peak of their career in Korea (and Asia) prior to moving to the US in 2009 to focus on US activities. However contrary to expectations, Wonder Girls was unable to continue their momentum and ended up with changing the line-up and regroup back in Korea.

Wonder Girls on Wendy Williams Show (2009)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHFL-mIeZX4

SM’s Girl’s Generation (2007-present) released a single-’The Boys’ (2012)-officially debuting and promoting in the US a few years after Wonder Girls. Comparing various aspects like promotions, fanbase, hallyu wave’s influence and method, there are so many differences that can explain the different levels of success between the 2 girl groups.

Girl’s Generation on Late Show with David Letterman (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k1-jOZ7f1w

Taking a closer look at how BTS did not need to promote in the US to have the biggest US debut stage of all in 2017 as the 1st Korean group to perform at AMAs, BTS clearly did something that sets them apart from others. Not to mention BTS performed in Korean while Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation performed in English. Based on BTS’s sucess, BTS’s momentum can only be expected to grow further this year.

BTS’s significant role for Kpop mainstreamed in US

In 2019, there are very few individuals who wouldn’t know what the 3 letters “BTS” refers to in the US. Even if one is completely clueless about Kpop, there is a big chance someone’s family, friend or acquaintance is a BTS fan or BTS ARMY.

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Similar to BTS’s predecessors (e.g. legendary Kpop idol groups Girls Generation, Super Junior, TVXQ), BTS became mainstream in Asia a few years ago and became more globally recognized as they made their mark on the Billboard charts in 2015. But unlike other Kpop groups, BTS didn’t make any special plans to promote in the US market soon after their first placement on the Billboard charts. Instead BTS continued to release more content and focused on their music letting time to gradually increase their popularity all over the world.

Why is BTS different?

BTS contributed to further spreading the hallyu wave rather than having to focus on establishing the Kpop wave. Currently in 2019, nearly everyone has a smartphone as opposed to 10 years ago. Internet is easily accessible to many age groups enabling the daily use of social media like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc. This has allowed Kpop idols, especially BTS, to focus on interacting with fans and growing their fanbase. BTS members are well known for being very active participants as singers-songwriters within the Kpop industry and renowned for sharing many of their content on SoundCloud or V Live which played a significant role for BTS’s success today.

https://twitter.com/BTS_twt/status/1100449341200773121

BTS’s timing may have been what led to BTS’s breakthrough to becoming the biggest Kpop group in the world. Rather than jumping on the first signs of opportunity to pursue international activities, BTS bided their time to focus on their work and to further nurture their talents while waiting for their hard work to come to fruition.

https://youtu.be/D_nyuB8GbM8

As a result, BTS was able to become a household name is the US even prior to their official debut on the American Music Awards in 2017. Afterwards, BTS continued to set more records on the AMAsBillboards, Youtube, iTunes, Ebay Korea, Forbes, Time Magazine, Bloomberg etc. in 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QK-HR7xfEA

The 7 membered boy group became recognized for their global popularity when selected by international corporations like Puma, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors etc. as global ambassadors and made significant collaborations with Mattel, Medicome Toy, Netmarble Games, Line Webtoons, Line Friends x BT21 and more!

BTS World Tour & BT21

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlTF_iJhvlh/?hl=en

When BTS had their 3rd world tour last summer, Line Friends x  BT21 also officially opened their pop-up store in LA situated amongst Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. As someone who has accompanied various people to this store in August, September, October and December of last year, I can personally affirm the lines were unbelievably long not only when the pop-up store first opened but also for the following months. Amazingly, the lines did not really decrease much every time I had to go.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8S5QphtwR/

 

https://twitter.com/LINEFRIENDSinfo/status/1054826311938646018

Most of my experience at this store consisted of standing in line for hours while conversing with other people accompanying their niece or cousin to the store. As to why the lines didn’t decrease much even after BTS finished touring in the US would be since BT21 items were often sold out with limited quantities, unpredictable shipments of new items, new seasonal (Halloween, Christmas) items and such.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnshifThY9g/

Initially the Line Friends store was announced to stay for 3 months. Later, due to high demand, the pop-up was extended to January 2019 with plans to locate permanently. Just the fact that BT21 became popular enough to become a permanent store in LA speaks volumes about BTS’s success in the US. Aside from BT21, BTS is renowned for increasing sales for many associated businesses leading to the birth of the term “BTS effect” from major news outlets as many profit from BTS’s influence. BTS has become symbolic as a guaranteed catalyst to enhance micro and macro economics.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnXnJ-7BF8X/

Lots of Kpop events in 2019

Just within 2 months of this year, there have been so many appearances or scheduled appearances of Kpop idols and artists in the US. Just to name a few upcoming events- Girl’s Generation’s Tiffany will be having her first showcase as Tiffany Young in a few days, Sunmi will be having her first world tour next month, BLACKPINK will be at Coachella in April and BTS will be touring the US again in May. Additionally, Red Velvet, Oh My Girl, Hong Jin Young and Dean have already performed in the US within the last 2 months. 

https://youtu.be/PIMB64pJS3o

BLACKPINK made their official US debut on “Good Morning America”  and announced their North American Tour during the interview just awhile back. With so many activities planned in the US for the first half of 2019, many are wondering whether BLACKPINK will be able to have success similar to BTS. There is definitely a lot of potential but as previous idol groups like Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation have proven, it isn’t easy to accomplish.

Overall Take

As an avid Kpop fan whose biases are mostly the first generation of Kpop idols, I can’t help but feel happy and excited to see how well Kpop is doing in the US. There are many idol groups who have also contributed to Kpop’s success like Monsta X, EXO and annual events like KCON LA or KCON NY. But amongst everything I have read, seen and heard, I want to credit BTS for really opening the door wide open for Kpop to take on the US. There have been many attempts but no one has been as successful as BTS and thanks to that, I think Kpop fans are able to have more opportunities to see their favorite Kpop idols shine for Uncle Sam.

All I could hope for would be that BTS’s continuous momentum ushers in even more opportunities for other Kpop artists to enter the US market. Till the day Kpop can be heard on various iheart radio stations in the US, “Hwaiting” to all Kpop artists!

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[Opinion] The Satisfying and Disquieting Use of Loveline Entertainment

A couple of weeks ago SBS’ long-running entertainment variety show “Running Man” officially introduced a new loveline — an on-screen romance — between two members. While entertaining, it is also disquieting to see people forced into a romantic construct that is not of their making.

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Lovelines, the real or faux on-screen romances on Korean entertainment programs, are exploited by both cast members and producers to jump-start interest, provide fan service, and to open a slew of possible entertaining moments notable enough to wind up in the news and trend on search engines.

This kind of entertainment goldmine is especially viable if the participants are attractive and eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. One network, in particular, has become proficient in honing in on popular would-be couples and banking in on the fan-led fantasies.

SBS is behind the massively popular “Monday Couple” of rapper Gary and actress Song Ji-hyo born during the first years of “Running Man” and later capitalized on the viable connection between Kim Jong-kook and singer Hong Jin-young on “My Little Old Boy.”

Just a few weeks ago, the network officiated the loveline between permanent cast members Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook (the same one on “My Little Old Boy”). In doing so the networks answered the prayers of a dedicated subgroup of the show’s fans who refer to the couple as “Spartace,” a combination of their “Running Man” nicknames “Sparta” and “Ace.”

Admittedly, the episode first episode where the cast, guests, and staff seemed conspired to play up every one of their interactions was very entertaining. More than the embarrassing reactions of the Song and Kim was the ingenuity of the cast in finding ways to tease the two — including an impromptu rendition of Kim’s song “One Man.”

The most recent episode of “Running Man,” the cast was divided into two groups where they had to find and eat a cheaper dish of food than the opposing team. While simple in concept, the dynamics of each team was unique enough that laughs came easily, especially from the team that had the show’s new loveline couple in a group with Haha and Yang Se-chan.

In fact, the episode was so entertaining I decided to watch it again. During the second watch through, the interactions and reactions of the members took on a new somewhat disquieting light.

As the cast members (especially Haha and Yang who deserve an award for their work) and crew continued to bank in on the loveline between Kim and Song, it became clear that while the two took the teasing in good humor that it also made them uncomfortable.

https://youtu.be/X8xz1or9D_I?t=152

With Kim and Song having been colleagues and friends for close to a decade, the loveline appears to have created a shift on the show that the two may not have been fully prepared for. This is unlike the loveline between Kim Jong-kook and Hong Jin-young on “My Little Old Boy” and occasionally on “Running Man” where the two are placed in clearly constructed situations and understanding their relationship dynamics when on set.

Whether they do have any romantic feelings for each other or are just friends, is it okay to profit from their discomfort that may have repercussions even when the cameras are off?

This issue is connected to the broader topic of fan-service. In fictional works, it is when non-plot affecting elements are added to please the audience. In K-pop, it is when celebrities engage in behavior that is not normal for them for their fans. This can include but is not limited to such acts of physical intimacy like holding hands, hugging, and cheek kissing.

While fans of shows and groups may enjoy and even find these kinds of interactions and lovelines exciting and satisfying, it can also lead to unforeseen consequences — especially if those involved don’t enjoy it themselves.

 

 

 

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Mukbang Missions for ‘Running Man’ Members on Ep 439

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man that aired on February 17 was another mukbang tour for the cast members as they complete missions to avoid the punishment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrJb8s9Fu_0

For this week’s episode consisted of a mukbang race between Team Yoo (Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Jeon So Min, Lee Kwang Soo) and Team Kim (Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo, Haha, Yang Se Chan). As each team sets off to quickly eat a selected food item with a small budget at each round, there were missions to try to disqualify the other team by making the opponent’s bomb to explode. Spoilers ahead!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWoUImBU4UA

Main Highlights

Love Line: One of the highlights was the continuous shipping for Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook to hold hands keeping the “love line” active for the single members. Haha and Yang Se Chan did not forget to look for opportunities to cheer “Hold hands! Hold hands!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_iNQklojfY

Interestingly when one of the missions allowed to “use a friend chance”, Team Kim decided to visit trot fairy Hong Jin Young to complete a mission. Seeing the SBS’s Ugly Duckling shipped couple Kim Jong Kook & Hong Jin Young with the Running Man shipped couple Kim Jong Kook & Song Ji Hyo, Haha made a remark that it seemed like “a American soap opera” since the love rivals were best friends.

Traditional Korean Food: As each team successfully ate a specific menu item at each mission, it was interesting to notice most of the items were expensive traditional food that were rarely affordable within the budget. Especially watching Team Yoo suffer eating fermented skate was very funny given eating fermented skate is similar to eating a spoonful of wasabi with longer side affects. Another noteworthy food clip was the chungkookjang (fermented soy bean soup) segment where team members did absurd things to make everyone laugh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9miAvesm8c

Winners: The winning team was Team Yoo, who successfully made Team Kim’s bomb explode at the end of the episode resulting in the losing team get splashed with a ladle of cold water by the winning team.

Screen Time: There was undoubtedly a lot of screen time for Team Yoo, they were extremely funny during their missions and very creative trying to succeed at each mission.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4AKLfFRc38

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[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.

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqgxcSVoHFo

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt96L7zeK8c

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU9unDY7i3s

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:

Someone yells “Kim Jong Kook” snippet:

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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Hong Jin-Young Trends After Appearing on the Home Shopping Network

Trot singer Hong Jin-young made her first appeared of the new year on the Home Shopping Network.

Image source – MusicK Entertainment

Singer Hong Jin-young made another charismatic visit to the Home Shopping Network on Sunday. While these, the singer promoted her make-up line including her “Hong Shot” foundation, concealer, lip tint, and sponges.

It has been months since the singer first appeared on the show after launching her brand and the audience was enthusiastic to see her again. Watchers bought more than 8,000 sets during the broadcast. She made such a splash with her appearance on the network that she began to trend in real-time searches.

 

 

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