Unmasked Contestant on MBC’s ‘King of Masked Singers’ from Super Junior

The latest unmasked singer who captivated everyone was a member of Kpop’s global idol group, Super Junior!

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On March 10, a member of Kpop’s global idol group Super Junior was once again in the spotlight on MBC’s ‘King of Masked Singers’. He (Chang Young Shil) was able to make it to the third round with many people unable to guess the identity behind the mask. There was a time when the idol’s identity was mentioned in round 1 but no one followed up with that speculation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPDTxxpOY8

When the big reveal finally occurred, everyone was amazed at the idol’s identity. One of the guest panelists was IZ*ONE’s Kwon Eun Bi who speculated Chang Young Shil to be an artist who debuted earlier but was younger than herself. When it was finally revealed to be Super Junior’s main vocalist Ryeo Wook, everyone was as expected very surprised. SuJu’s Ryeo Wook previously participated on the show prior to serving mandatory military service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKye33Syjzg

Were you able to guess the identity of Chang Young Shil?

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[M/V] Super Junior Remakes ‘Ahora Te Puedes Marchar’ Starring SNSD Yuri

Super Junior releases remake of Luis Miguel’s ‘Ahora Te Puedes Marchar’ starring Girl’s Generation Yuri!

https://youtu.be/aNcgx832uMM

Super Junior, the first Kpop idol group to list on Billboard’s Latin based chart in 2018, released a remake of Luis Miguel’s Ahora Te Puedes Marchar on March 1st as a special video. Girl’s Generation Yuri starred as the female protagonist of the members’ affection. What do you think of the 80s look?

Girl’s Generation Yuri has been very supportive of her SuJu oppas by posting about their remake on her social media.

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SM Entertainment Enters a Joint Venture Agreement With Indonesian CT Corp

This week SM Entertainment entered an agreement with the Indonesian conglomerate CT Group in a move to establish a solid foothold in local media.

CT Corp chairman Chairul Tanjung and SM Entertainment’s Lee Soo-man shake hands – SM Entertainment

SM Entertainment (SM) announced its joint venture with CT Corp, a leading conglomerate in the Indonesian media, broadcasting, finance, and retail sectors, as an entry into the Indonesian markets. SM is starting with an agreement with Transmedia, a comprehensive media company under CT Corp. An event signifying their union took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia on Thursday morning.

During the event, the companies said they would be focusing on four areas of entertainment: content production, comprehensive advertisement, lifestyle business, and digital businesses. CT Corp chairman Chirul Tanjung, Transmedia president Atik Nurwahuni, and SM’s Lee Soo-man and Han Semin along attended the announcement ceremony.

In particular, Rossa, the first artist to be recruited by their joint venture company, was introduced along with an upcoming collaboration with group Super Junior. The boy group’s leader Lee Teuk and Rossa attended the event in person where they talked about the expectations going forward.

Rossa debuted more than two decades ago in 1996 and has won several awards over the years. Last September, she performed at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta’s and holds the titles as one of the nation’s representative singers. Likewise, Super Junior is one of the most successful K-Pop acts to debut and was one of the driving forces of the Hallyu Wave.

Moreover, the joint venture is a way to promote and ease the entry of SM artists into Indonesia. Additionally, there is talk of producing “I-Pop” or Indonesian pop music through the discovery and recruitment of local artists and talent. Further, SM might produce video programs geared towards the Indonesian public and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This is particularly notable in that in the ASEAN there are more than 100 million young consumers.

 

 

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BTS No.1 for Selling Most Albums on Ebay Korea for 2018

BTS has once again proven their global popularity by selling the most albums to foreigners on Ebay Korea for 2018!

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On February 17, Ebay Korea reported their sales for albums and photobooks increased by 62% while idol related goods like t-shirts, mugs etc. went up by 55% in 2018.

BTS’s 3rd album Love Yourself 轉 Tear was reported to have sold the most for 2018. Even though the BTS album as a packaged set with 4 versions could be considered to be one of the most expensive Kpop albums at 65,000 won (~$65), the price did not deter the popularity of the album. It has been reported that 1 out of 5 shoppers on Ebay Korea (aka gmarket global website) purchased the packaged BTS album set that included a photobook, photocard, poster etc.

Unboxing video of BTS’s 3rd album Love Yourself 轉 Tear for the curious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_c0oZG6ObQ

BTS’s 3rd album Love Yourself 轉 Tear, title track: Fake Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C2z4GqqS5E

Other boy groups responsible for increasing album sales by 62% includes Wanna One, EXO, GOT7, Super Junior and Shinee showing off the power of Kpop boy groups.

Congratulations to BTS for setting another record!

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[OPINION] History of Kpop Boy Groups From 1990s

Kpop has come a long way over the years to become globally recognized in 2019. Looking back from the first generation of idols from the 1990s to now, Kpop idols have always had the burden of being adventurous and trend-setting icons.

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With the current trend of older Kpop idol groups making a comeback to the Kpop scene, a lot has changed over the decades. In the 1990s when the first Kpop idol groups started emerging like H.O.T, Sechs Kies, Shinhwa and G.O.D, these idol groups experienced much criticism and love for their music while trying to solidify the upcoming genre, Kpop.

Taking a trip down memory lane towards one’s youth or childhood, there are some groups that can NOT be forgotten! The first generation of idol boy groups who not only created what is today’s Kpop fandom culture but also the foundation for the Hallyu wave! While there are many idols that deserve to be considered legends for each decade (1990s, 2000s, 2010s), these specific groups mentioned in this article were selected based on hours of research, personal memory, today’s popularity/activities and such! As a result, many may not agree with the listing or feel some idol groups should have been mentioned. Please note this is solely the opinion of the writer who may be biased with childhood memories of watching these groups in variety shows like SBS’s X-Men (2003-2007), SBS’s Love Letter (2004-2006) etc!

First generation of Kpop boy groups (1990s)

H.O.T (1996-2001, 2018-present)

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Finding anyone who doesn’t know H.O.T would be rare in the Kpop scene. H.O.T is considered the first ever Kpop idol group that was formed by SM Entertainment. Even TVN’s hit drama series ‘Reply 1997’ (2012) has many references to H.O.T where the female lead is a die-hard fan of H.O.T’s Tony.

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

To signify how much importance H.O.T has in Korean culture, H.O.T had their reunion in 2018 through the famous variety show, MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ (2005-2018).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GqIxImIF7E

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After H.O.T made their comeback in 17 years on ‘Infinity Challenge’, H.O.T went on to hold their comeback concert in Seoul where fans and idols took a trip back to their youth in the 90s.

Secks Kies (1997-2000, 2016-present)

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The second idol group in Kpop history, aka H.O.T’s rival, played an important role for shaping Kpop fandom. The power of Kpop fans gave rise to allowing artists to venture into other fields within the entertainment industry. Secks Kies was the first idol group to film their own movie, perform in a musical and perform at the Blue House for the president serving during that time.

Clip of H.O.T vs. Sech Kies fan war from Reply 1997 Kdrama

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Secks Kiss also made their comeback in 2016 as guests on MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ through a guerrilla concert. It was reported news of Secks Kies’s reunion was shared only 5 hours before the concert, which still managed to gather 6000 fans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQPNoDDDVR0

To really get an idea for what it was like in the 1990s during the reign of H.O.T and Sechs Kies, I HIGHLY recommend watching TVN’s Reply 1997. It is pretty accurate in depicting how severe or passionate Kpop fandom culture already was back then. Not to mention, this drama in addition to the rest of the Reply series (1997, 1994, 1988) are really great dramas to watch whether to understand Korean culture or to reminisce about your past.

Shinhwa (1998-present)

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The role model of many idols, the longest active boy group in Kpop history, Shinhwa is the idol group who showed versatility to be possible for Kpop idols. It is common for idol groups to keep to their “color” or “style” but Shinhwa has proven the key to longevity to be due to the constant rebranding and continuous creativity among other things. Shinhwa formed their own company Shinhwa Company with Minwoo and Eric as co-CEOs managing their activities as a group confirming the brotherhood among the members.

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Shinhwa members are well known for their talents in various areas in the entertainment industry. Not only are they immensely popular for their appearances on variety shows, each member has successfully proven their talents in various areas like dramas, movies, musicals, producing and much more!

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Shinhwa is extremely talented and everyone has such a great relationship, it is no wonder the group has made history by being the longest active Kpop idol group! They spend infinite amounts of time and effort for fans, one of the most noteworthy would be that they have a concert every year. In 2019, it will be their 21st anniversary since debut.

G.O.D (1999-present)

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JYP’s first idol group G.O.D has never disbanded, however they were previously on an extended hiatus as each member pursed their solo careers. G.O.D is known for their iconic songs that really reflected Korean culture in the early 2000s amassing fans from various age groups. Labeled as the “nation’s idols” that used lyrics described as  “storytelling,” many of their songs are still remembered as iconic Korean songs.

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G.O.D is considered to be part of the legendary first generation Kpop idol groups among H.O.T, Seck’s Kiss and Shinhwa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6RXGKRmO6I

G.O.D’s songs are one of the best songs to sing in karaoke regardless of how old the songs are. The songs are still relatable and relevant amidst the 4th industrial revolution, simply “classic songs.”

Kpop Boy Groups of the 2000s

Super Junior (2005-present)

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The iconic Kpop idol group that broke the stereotype by consisting of many members even 13 at one point. Super Junior can be considered to be one of the earliest hallyu idols that paved the path for Kpop to become globally recognized. Not only are they a household name today in 2019 but their everlasting popularity in Korea and abroad is something many idols aim for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6QA3m58DQw

Super Junior can be considered one of the examples of successful subgroups that has proven to create more opportunities for the idols to showcase their talents outside of their group activities. After dominating Asia, Super Junior has proven their reigning power as iconic Kpop idols by their amazing success in Latin America even releasing songs in English, Korean and Spanish!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbB4SYJNuTo

Super Junior was one of the first idol groups with so many members creating the opportunity to market to so many different preferences. Each member had their own unique remarkable characteristics that would appeal to nearly anyone. Frankly, it was a genius move by SM and now we have idol groups that follow this strategy! (Thank you SM!)

Big Bang (2006-present)

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YG’s first idol group aka “Kings of Kpop” and the MVPs for setting the Hallyu wave ablaze internationally, especially outside of Asia, Big Bang is the group who continuously redefined what ‘KPOP’ is by experimenting out of the norm while expressing their individuality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzCbEdtNbJ0

Big Bang is renowned for writing their own songs which plays a significant role for their success.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ips2mM7Zqw

Not only is the group incredible for having so many No.1 songs but also their success promoting as subunits and soloists unbelievable that has become something to strive for the following generation of idols. Is there anyone who doesn’t know Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips or GD’s Coup d’etat?

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

 

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Just thinking of Big Bang, the concept of swag, hip, fast beats, clubs and parties come to mind. While is it sad to see that most of the members are still serving mandatory military service, it won’t be long before they will be back!

SHINee (2008-present)

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The boy band of SM aka the “Princes of Kpop” who set the standard for live performances with complex dance moves, Shinee contrasts crucially with other groups of the 2000s. Not only is this group experimental with their music exploring various genres, they are also considered the “aesthetic,” “artistic,” “beautiful” group through their choreography, concepts and wardrobes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dww9UjJ4Dt8

With the sad passing of member Jonghyun (RIP) in 2017, Shinee will never be the same. However, Shinee’s songs as a quintet, Jonghyun’s legacy remains as numerous fans continue to love and cheer for Shinee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J41qe-TM1DY

Shinee will forever be that scarred part of my Kpop love. They have had to regroup after the unfortunate experience of losing a member, however I fervently hope that they will be able to recover not only for themselves and fans but also for the legacy of JH to not be forgotten in the future.

Kpop Boy Groups of Today (2010s)

With less than 10 months before the end of the current decade, there are so many boy groups who debuted and deserve to be listed as THE boy group of 2010s. While many would want to nominate for their favorite group, I would say based on the past 110 months (2010-2019.2), EXO and BTS are the ones who will be considered the “legends” of 2010s in Kpop history years from now.

EXO (2012-present)

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BTS (2013-present)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6UlRDcA93g

Is there anyone in the Kpop scene who doesn’t know EXO and BTS? EXO is the 3rd generation of SM’s beloved idol boy group taking on the baton from their seniors H.O.T, Shinhwa, Super Junior and Shinee. BTS is without a doubt the “titans of Kpop” if my 90 year old grandmother knows who they are because of the Korean news. So many records were broken and so much history was made by these two idol groups during this decade, I personally would like to bet some dough on whether BTS or EXO will show up in the history or business books in the near future. Having heard that UC Berkley is offering a DeCal class on BTS from a friend attending UCB, my odds of winning are very high. 

Looking back on Kpop idols from the 1990s, Kpop itself is still pretty young with so much potential for growth. As a passionate Kpop fan who grew up with the first generation of Kpop idols on my TV screen in the 1990s and 2000s, I genuinely hope that there will be a day when Kpop music can be heard on the radio (outside of Korean radio stations) abroad.

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Super Junior Kyuhyun’s Sister and Family Threatened by Stalker, SJ Label Responds

The sister of Super Junior member Kyuhyun has experienced a series of devastating privacy invasions from a stalker.

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A representative of Kyunhyun revealed that for the past three years, the singer’s sister and parents have been victimized by an unknown Netizen stalker.

According to the representative, the stalker would call and message her day and night. Further, they also hack into one of her online accounts and even her phone. His sister took to Instagram where she uploaded multiple screenshots of posts and messages from the stalker. As of the writing of this article, she has deleted all posts related to the stalker.

Image source – Instagram via Dispatch

Currently, she is preparing to give birth at a hospital. As such, it has been difficult to respond to the issue at the moment, Super Junior’s label said. Notwithstanding, they are planning to work with Kyunghyun and his family to solve this problem going forward to get a desirable result.

Meanwhile, the Super Junior member is currently serving in the military as a social worker. He is expected to be discharged in mid-May.

 

 

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Super Junior’s Yesung and Chungha Announce Upcoming Collaboration

Super Junior’s Yesung and Chungha announce this winter’s hottest collaboration!

According to reports, Super Junior’s Yesung and Chungha will release new collaboration “Whatcha Doin'” on December 17.

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The track is an uptempo pop that features a groovy base line and synth sound. On the other hand, the lyrics convey a conversation exchanged between two lovers, who express their regret about the lack of communication.

Yesung has previously gained much recognition from the public for his voice that stole hearts of many. He debuted as a soloist with first mini album “Here I am” followed by second album “Spring Falling.” Furthermore, the singer also actively participated in various drama OSTs and solidified his place as one of the most recognized male solo artists.

Meanwhile, Chungha debuted last summer with hit-track “Why Don’t You Know” and has since received much love from the public for her powerful dancing and vocal skills. The singer recently announced a January comeback, generating much excitement from fans all around the world.

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2019 Idol Star Athletics Championship Announces Final Lineup of Participants

2019 Idol Star Athletics Championship has announced the lineup of participants!

On December 11, MBC announced the final lineup for this year’s Idol Star Athletics Championship. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the lineup for the upcoming event is more legendary and epic than ever before.

According to the notice, this year’s event will feature artists from the Big 3 companies – JYP, SM, and YG for the first time. More in detail, the lineup includes Super Junior, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, Red Velvet, MONSTA X, NCT 127, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, Momoland, ASTRO, The Boyz, gugudan, Celeb Five, and Golden Child. Moreover, iKon has announced their first-ever appearance in this particular annual event.

Furthermore, MBC had also previously announced a new category that’s been added to the event called a Penalty Shootout. For this particular event, iKon, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, ASTRO, NCT 127, The Boyz, Stary Kids, and Golden Child have confirmed participation.

Meanwhile, 2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships will air over the Korean Lunar New Year holidays.

Image Source – MBC, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment

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Most of the Nominations for the 33rd Golden Disc Awards Go to SM Entertainment

This year, the Golden Disc awards have given the most nominations to artists from SM Entertainment.

SM Entertainment
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Out of the “Big 3” K-Pop agencies (SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment), SM Entertainment (herein referred to as SM) has produced the most nominated artists the 33rd Golden Disc Awards.

In 2017, SM’s artists had nine nominations with six of them (Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, Taeyeon, EXO, Red Velvet) winning the Grand Prize. This year, the agency has racked up 10 nominations in total. Eight of those nominations (TVXQ, Red Velvet, Jonghyun, Taeyeon, EXO, EXO CBX, NCT, NCT127) will likely take home the Grand Prize. Meanwhile, Red Velvet and EXO will compete against their peers in the digital music category. Usually, SM’s physical CD sales outpace their digital ones. With this last nomination, it highlights how strong the agency’s artists have been this year.

JYP Entertainment came in second behind SM with eight nominations, including DAY6, GOT7, Stray Kids, and TWICE. In addition to the Grand Prize, girl group TWICE is up for the Best Album of the year with What Is Love and in the digital category for “Heart Shaker” from their album Merry & Happy. Moreover, Stray Kids are a contender for the Rookie and Best Record awards.

YG Entertainment has five nominations. This year, WINNER is competing in the Best Record category while BLACKPINK, BIGBANG, and iKON are up for the Grand Prize. Additionally, BLACKPINK in also a contender for the digital music category.

 

 

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Super Junior Ryeowook Announces Solo Comeback

Super Junior’s Ryeowook is returning as a soloist!

On November 26, SM Entertainment announced that Super Junior’s Ryeowook will have a solo comeback. According to the report, the singer will pre-release track “One and Only” on November 28 at 6PM, KST prior to the official release of second solo mini album.

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The pre-released track “One and Only” is a traditional R&B Pop that reportedly features a soothing acoustic guitar line that has been decorated with electronic sounding elements. The lyrics will talk about the distance between two lovers, who will eventually circulate back to each other and reunite.

Then, Ryewook will drop his second solo mini album on December 10, thus making his long-awaited comeback as a soloist for the first time in 3 years.

Meanwhile, the singer first debuted as a soloist with first mini album “The Little Prince” in 2016. He enlisted in the military in October, 2016, recently finishing his duties and joining back the team.

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