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Prepare for an Intense Kpop Battle in March with MCs Kim Jong Kook & Soyou

New Kpop battle with Kpop artists from various genres like ballad, rap, rock and more will be duking it out next month on TV.

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Kpop artists will be having an intense battle for 4 weeks to find their perfect duet partner starting March 5th! The show, In Sync, broadcasted by KBS will be led by Kim Jong Kook and former Sistar member MC Soyou as 9 contestants will duke it out with their musical talent, wit, charm etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uDGmSBFdPQ

Whose excited to see Kim Jong Kook as he helms a variety show?

Additionally, it turns out former Sistar member Soyou will not only be an MC for the show but also a contestant! For those who are familiar with Soyou, nearly ALL of her duet songs have been a hit. From “Some” to “Stupid in Love” to “I Still”, there is high anticipation for lots of competition for the right to become Soyou’s duet partner!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-FhDScM_2w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yuSAdmK_mo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdLEnI_6IyA

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Former Sistar Member Hyolyn Makes Less $$ After Going Solo

On February 11th, former Sistar member Hyolyn was featured on MBC’s Section TV updating fans how life is as a solo artist with her self-managed company.

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OSEN reports when Hyolyn was visited during her photoshoot for jeans by Section TV’s Moon Shi On, the set had a very cheerful and bright atmosphere. When asked about the photoshoot, Hyolyn said the current shoot was “a concept she has always wanted to do” sharing her personal tips for posing.

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During the interview with Section TV, Hyolyn played the truth (O/X) quiz and talked about her career as a solo artist. When asked the question about how much her earnings have changed after going solo, Hyolyn replied “I earned more when I had group (Sistar) activities.” She continued to say “there are more cons than pros going solo, there is nothing to fill the emptiness (of the members).”

The soloist shared how she thinks about the other Sistar members whenever she has a hard time or feels lonely. Hyolyn reminisced how the members always knew how she was feeling with just one look. The artist also shared the members recently got together to celebrate Bora’s birthday showing fans the members to be close as ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz8zZs09Rfk

Hyolyn, also known as the ‘Queen of OSTs, was asked if she considered acting to which she answered an absolute “no.” The soloist shared she had previously experienced filming for a drama and felt extremely embarrassed when over 100 crew members watched her act out her lines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-WdOwE0jco

Artist Hyolyn shared out of her numerous soundtrack appearances, her favorite OST to be Crazy of You from the 2013 Korean drama, Master’s Sun. Soloist Hyolyn shared she is “planning for a world tour later this year.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iov70BaXM4

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Hyolyn Announces to Showcase New Single at Upcoming Solo Concert

Hyolyn has prepared yet another single prior to the upcoming solo concert!

On November 2, Bridge Entertainment reported, “Hyolyn will showcase a new single at her first solo concert “TRUE,” scheduled to take place on November 10.”

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According to the reports, the singer’s joined forces with Melanie Fontana, who is famously known for writing the lyrics of BTS’ hit-track “Euphoria.” Fontana has also worked with other famous American artists, such as Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and the Chainsmokers.

While Hyolyn sought help from Fontana to produce the track, reports state that the singer wrote the lyrics herself. The lyrics, which contain her truthful feelings and thoughts, go along very well with the title of her first solo concert, “True.”

A representative of Bridge Entertainment said, “Hyolyn is currently working on the new track’s choreography with Nicole Kirkand’s crew, with whom she collaborated for her “See Sea” promotions and the busking tour in July. She is in the final stages of preparation, working to increase the quality of her first solo concert since the disbandment of SISTAR.”

Meanwhile, Hyolyn’s first solo concert “TRUE” will take place at the Yes24 Live Hall in Seoul on November 10. The singer plans to feature a variety of performances, including her new collaboration with Melanie Fontana.

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Soyou Reveals to Have Hesitated to Appear on Mnet ‘Produce 48’

Soyou says it took a while for her to decide whether go to on Mnet ‘Produce 48’ but she is glad she eventually did.

On October 2, Soyou participated in an interview to commemorate the release of her second solo album “RE:FRESH.” During the interview, she talked about appearing on Mnet’s audition program “Produce 48” as a vocal trainer and how she gained a lot more from it than she expected.

Soyou said, “when I received the offer to appear as the vocal trainer, I had to think about it a lot. I didn’t think I was capable of teaching someone. However, you know how when you teach someone, sometimes you get to learn something from it. That’s why I eventually decided to do it.”

She continued, “I was always thinking about how I could deliver my know-how’s as efficiently and effectively as possible. I was just like them before I debuted. I also competed against others to debut, so I knew exactly how desperate they were at the moment. That’s why I may have seemed a bit harsh towards some trainees.”

At last, she said, “if you don’t put your best effort in the moment, all you have later is just regret. I didn’t want them to feel regret. That’s what made me to give harsh, but realistic advice to the trainees.”

On the other hand, Soyou also expressed how proud she was of all participants.

The singer said, “if you really think about it, they are so young. They even amazed me, sometimes. The trainees who absorbed my advice like a sponge, they are the ones that really showed growth throughout the show. Some trainees are overload with passion and enthusiasm that they come to me with questions even when we are not filming. I loved that, too. As I was teaching them, I was learning from them at the same time. I didn’t want to forget my beginning, when I was just another trainee like them. That really helped me with preparing for my new album, as well.”

Regarding the new album, Soyou says she wants to showcase the “upgraded” version of herself with the upcoming comeback. The singer said, “there is an image of me that was established during my time as a SISTAR member. However, I wanted to show you an upgraded version of that with my comeback this time.”

She continued, “During the SISTAR era, we had a lot of choreography and dance moves that were both sexy and powerful. Of course that’s very important, but as I’ve aged, I wanted a choreography that focused on my body line. If you look at the choreography for my upcoming title track, it’s like seeing a musical. This one song conveys many different genres in itself.”

At the end, Soyou said she put in more effort into the second album than her first. The singer said, “when you are overdoing something, it becomes too much. That’s why for my first album, I tried to relax a little. However, for the second one, I decided that my title track should be a dance song. Naturally, I had to put in more effort into this.”

Soyou’s second solo album “RE:FRESH” and its title track will become available on October 4 at 6PM, KST.

Image Source – Starship Entertainment

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Soyou Confirms Solo Comeback in October

Soyou confirms to return as a soloist in October!

On September 12, several sources from the industry reported that Soyou is releasing a new mini album in October. The singer is currently in the final stages of album preparation and has already confirmed the comeback schedule. In order to release an album to near-perfection, Soyou is putting all her time and effort into the preparation.

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Thus, the singer will be making her solo comeback for the first time in 10 months, since the release of “RE:BORN” in December, 2017. This upcoming album is her second album since group SISTAR disbanded.

Meanwhile, Soyou had previously gained much recognition for her uniquely soothing voice through collaborations with many artists. The list includes Geeks, Junggigo, Mad Clown, and EXO’s Baekhyun.

Furthermore, she also participated in numerous hit songs as a member of SISTAR, until the members concluded their partnership on good terms in 2017. Ever since then, Soyou released her first solo album, for which she collaborated with many male artists, including Sung Si-Kyung, Yoon Jong-Shin, and Kwon Soon. In addition, she appeared in various TV programs, such as tvN’s “Seoul Mate” and “Road to Ithaca,” receiving much love from the public for her honest talks.

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Hyolyn Talks About Childhood Illness and Post-SISTAR Life

Hyolyn recently gathered much attention for opening up about overcoming insecurities from childhood illness and post-SISTAR life.

On August 9 broadcast of tvN’s “Life Bar,” Hyolyn appeared as a guest. During the show, the singer openly shared the things and emotions she went through after SISTAR had disbanded, in addition to overcoming insecurities from suffering illness as a baby.

First, Hyolyn shared how much she misses her former co-workers. She said, “they just randomly pop up in mind while I’m about living my daily life. I think it’s because we’ve been working together for so long and we know each other more than anyone else.”

Moreover, she briefly talked about the one-man agency she had established and some of the struggles she went through as a soloist. The singer said, “I lack so much experience and knowledge so I get a lot of help from this one particular person. I’m not the CEO. My business card identifies as me as both artist and a director of the company.”

She continued, “I am a very responsible person. I used to be a person who easily forgets things and don’t get stressed out and even SISTAR members were so jealous of that. However, things have changed. Now I feel like I can’t rest and when I do, I feel guilty.”

Then, she shared about overcoming a trauma she had received from suffering an illness as a child. When MC Han Hye-Jin asked her about the abdominal tattoo, Hyolyn explained she had gotten it to cover up a surgery scar. She said, “I got a tattoo to cover up my scar. As a baby, I had an abdominal surgery twice, and the scar that resulted from the surgery was my biggest insecurity.”

She continued, “after I got the tattoo to cover it up, my insecurity went away. Currently, many parents with children suffering from Tendonosis send me a lot of and e-mails. They always ask me to be the best that I can and sing louder and harder for their children.”

Meanwhile, not long after making a comeback with “See Sea,” Hyolyn has already announced to release another surprise single “Bae.”

Image Source – tvN “Life Bar”

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Dasom Confirmed to Take on Lead Role in Upcoming KBS Drama Special

Dasom has confirmed to take on the lead role for the upcoming KBS2 drama special, “Ms. Kim’s Mystery” (literal translation).

On July 25, King Kong by Starship Entertainment confirmed that Dasom will star in the upcoming KBS drama “Ms. Kim’s Mystery” as the main character, Ms. Kim.

The drama will tell a story about a mysterious woman named Ms. Kim in an office setting. The character was hired through nepotism, and though her presence in the office is not obvious, her intelligence, strong memory, and the ability to pick up people’s signals arouse curiosity from other people.

Meanwhile, Dasom first debuted in the drama industry from 2013 KBS drama “Love Rides the Song, continuing onto KBS drama “The Eccentric Daughter-in-law” in 2015. Recently, the actress received much praise for her villainous role in SBS drama “Sister is Alive” last year, ultimately winning the Best New Actress award at the 2017 SBS Drama Awards.

“Ms. Kim’s Mystery” is aiming for a premiere in the later half of 2018.

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[M/V] Hyolyn Releases “See Sea” as Final Track of Single Project

Hyolyn is back with the final track of her single project!

On July 20, Hyolyn released a music video for “See Sea,” a final track of her single project “SET UP TIME.”

The music video features the singer by the beach, dancing to a rhythmic song in her swimwear. She collaborated with producer duo Black Eyed Pilseung for “See Sea,” who has also produced TWICE’s “Cheer up, “TT,” and “LIKEY.”

Following the first single “To Do List” in February, Hyolyn released “Dally” featuring rapper GRAY in April. In both tracks, the audience could see a side of her that did not quite show during SISTAR era. With “See Sea,” Hyolyn shows off her unique voice and upgraded choreography.

Check it out below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzyteF8OyhQ

Bora Fills in for Lee Seung-Gi as Special MC on Mnet ‘Produce 48’

Bora will be filing in for Lee Seung-Gi as a national producer!

On July 17, a source from Mnet reported, “Bora participated in the recent filming of “Produce 48″ as a special MC.” Due to a busy schedule, Lee Seung-Gi could not make it to the filming, leaving Bora in charge.

According to the source, Bora filled in as a special MC for the second round of position evaluations. She is currently under the same agency as Lee Seung-Gi, and had no problem covering for her senior. Furthermore, she has already prover her skills as an MC as she has hosted many live broadcasts before.

Meanwhile, the upcoming position evaluation round will feature the remaining contests, as they split up into teams based on their area of expertise. The teams will be divided into three separate areas – rap, vocals, and dance.

Last week, they had their first ranking announcement ceremony, where only top 58 contestants made into continuing their participation. The first place went to Pledis trainee, Lee Kaeun.

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