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Sex, lies and video: K-pop world rocked by sex scandals

SEOUL — South Korea police were due to question two K-pop stars on Thursday over allegations of sex tapes, secret chat about rape, and deals facilitated by prostitutes, in a sex scandal that has rocked South Korea’s music world and hit entertainment stocks.

K-Pop Watch (03/01/19)

Park Ji Hoon fan meet PARK JI HOON is holding his first- ever solo Fan Meeting Tour “First Edition,” with a stop in Manila on...

Love (local) in the time of K-pop

FILIPINO fashion brand, Bench, has mastered the art of fostering nationalism while keeping up with the trends. Its mantra, “Love Local,” has a unique twist in that while Bench is a homegrown line, it has partnered with Asian superstars to beef up marketing. The formula has worked -- and continues to work -- making Bench the brand of choice in its target segments.

Barbie’s new best friends: S. Korean boyband BTS

MATTEL INC., maker of Barbie and Hot Wheels toys, is turning to a Korean boy band for help luring the new generation of kids.

Front(Row) and center with Momoland: direct selling group taps K-pop group

MORE THAN for its products, direct selling company, FrontRow, has initially caught the public’s attention with its powerhouse line-up of endorsers.

Winner takes it all

TELEVISION TALENT contests may be either a boon or a bane for budding Korean artists. While many proceed to make a name for themselves after the competition, some have fallen into oblivion after their 15 minutes of fame.

Iconic iKON

UNLIKE IN beauty pageants, the “spare tire” principle does not apply to reality shows. The winner usually proceeds to sign the hefty, multi-year, exclusive contract, receive all the accolades, and, for all intents and purposes, makes the runner-up eat dust.

Championing K-pop

AS THE dispute with Beijing over the deployment of a US anti-missile system in South Korea is still unresolved, the Korean music industry is constantly looking to expand its market to countries outside China. The two-year security-related spat has resulted not only in the dwindling of Chinese tourists going to Seoul but also in China effectively banning Korean artists and producers of Korean dramas and films from its territory. To fill the void, K-pop producers have trained their sights on Southeast Asian countries to sell their talents.

Fan meet set

MANILA FANS will get the chance to meet actor and model Lee Jong Suk during the “2018 Lee Jong Suk Fanmeeting Tour Crank Up in Manila,” presented by PULP Live World, on Nov. 18 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Q.C.

Hello, hallyu: The meteoric rise of K-pop

The fame, fortune, and fans fueling the K-pop revolution.

Analyst who triggered K-Pop stock plunge apologizes

A DAY after analyst Kihoon Lee setoff a plunge in the shares of K-pop talent agencies, he wrote another note apologizing for triggering short-selling among foreign investors.

Two K-Pop shows coming in November

NOVEMBER will see two major K-Pop groups make Manila their stop in their respective world tours: Winner and iKon.

K-pop rides high on charts but flops in stock market

K-POP boy band BTS has climbed to the top of US Billboard charts, appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and is in the middle of a sellout world tour that’s taking them through 12 countries, including the US and England.

Beauty and the boys

APPOINTING male ambassadors for Korean beauty brands is more common than ever. Customers strolling through the Seoul shopping district of Myeongdong can attest that they are often lured into stores by men endorsers of make-up and skin care lines rather than their women counterparts. The strategy may have seemed odd several years back, but today it has become the norm, especially for Korean cosmetics.

An Ideal Cut above the rest

SOME KOREAN pop groups — no matter how popular — have performed in the Philippines only once and without an insistent demand, they never managed to return. Not so in the case of the 13-member group, Seventeen, which can now boast of a three-sold-out-concert streak in Manila, a feat that only equally phenomenal bands such as BTS, EXO, and Super Junior have managed.

The Rocker and the Prince

KOREAN POP fans know Jung Joon Young as the wacky yet competitive member of the reality-variety show, 2 Days 1 Night (2D1N). Every Sunday evening, he — along with five other regular cast members — entertains audiences worldwide with various challenges as the show also showcases suburban Korea.

Stars for all seasons

“FULL FAN experience” best describes the concert of K-pop group GFriend in Manila over the weekend.

The ‘Bboom’ of MOMOLAND

SOCIAL MEDIA has greatly contributed to the burgeoning interest in Korean pop music worldwide.

Korean greats amidst the chaos

THE FRENZY that accompanied the visit of K-pop group, MOMOLAND, to the Philippines over the weekend overshadowed the arrival of three of Korea’s best singers.

Do you want to be a K-pop idol? There is a...

KOREAN POP idols are all the craze not just in Asia but worldwide — BTS headlined the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and even appeared on Ellen; Big Bang celebrated its 10th anniversary by guesting on CNN’s Talk Asia; and Korean music festivals featuring boy and girl groups are making the rounds of Europe and the Middle East. K-pop fame is indeed enticing — although the road to stardom is never easy.

The Gentle Sungjae

YOOK SUNGJAE is only 1/7 of the Korean boy band BtoB (Born to Beat) but he is arguably the most popular member. Aside from his activities with the group, he has a flourishing acting career which shot up several notches when he joined the cast of blockbuster K-drama Goblin, and played the nephew of Gong Yoo from Train to Busan fame.

K-pop’s Holland releases new single ‘I’m Not Afraid’

SOUTH KOREA’s first openly gay singer Holland has released his new single, “I’m Not Afraid.” This autobiographical track is the first volume of his new twin single album: Holland Twin Single Project.

Everlasting Super Junior

THIRTEEN YEARS after they were catapulted to stardom, Korean pop group Super Junior can still give boy bands half their age a run for their money. In their first solo concert in Manila in five years, the group — which is recognized as the catalyst that led to the worldwide K-pop craze — rocked the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Fans could only describe their performance as “walang kupas” (unfading).

Interview with Nichkhun (2PM) and Xander (U-Kiss)

  The second season of One Night Food Trip, airing in July, features Nichkhun of 2PM and Alexander, formerly of U-Kiss, competing with Filipino celebrity cousins...

K-pop idols versus food

THE WORLD is fascinated with food these days. Food blogs, cooking segments, and reality television shows centered on food prove that every gastronomic experience — even the vicarious kind — makes for great entertainment.

A busy K-pop weekend

JUNE 30 will be a busy day for Filipino K-pop fans. Super Junior (below) will hold the Manila leg of Super Show 7 (Super Junior World Tour) at the Mall of Asia Arena at 8 p.m., while fast-rising actor Jung Hae In (right) will meet his local fans for the first time at the Kia Theater at 6 p.m. With Super Junior members taking turns serving their mandatory military service, the group was forced into inactivity for a few years.

Seungri goes solo

THE PECULIARITY with male Korean pop groups is that at some point in their career, the band will go on hiatus. By force of circumstances — or more aptly, due to the mandatory military service required of able-bodied adult male Koreans — groups either go on an involuntary 24-month respite or perform as an incomplete unit or members pursue solo careers while waiting for their band to regroup.

Boyband BTS makes K-pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL — Korean boyband phenomenon BTS has become the first K-pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid...

Kim Jong Un ‘deeply moved’ by K-pop concert

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was “deeply moved” by a rare performance by South Korean K-pop...

K-pop group Kard visits Manila on Asian tour

SOUTH KOREA’s popular co-ed group Kard is holding its second fan-initiated tour, kicking off the 2018 Wild Kard Tour in Asia in Bangkok on...

3 K-pop fan meets kick off 2018

MANILA-BASED K-pop fans have much to look forward to as 2018 starts with fan meets with a so-called “idol group miracle,” and two popular...

Star’s suicide highlights dark side of the K-pop dream

SEOUL — Known for its ultra-competitive, pressure-cooker society, South Korea has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. And this week the even higher...

Dara relives 2NE1 experience, delights fans in solo concert

By Anjie Blardony Ureta, Contributor Concert Review Penshoppe Presents: Dara Featuring Sandara Park Dec. 1, Kia Theater, Cubao, Quezon City KOREAN pop star Sandara Park paid tribute to 2NE1 and...

Philippine K-pop Convention this weekend

THE BIGGEST annual K-pop event, the K-pop Convention, is now on its ninth year. The convention will be held on Dec. 17, from 10...

Jamming with Jae Joong

By Cecille Santillan-Visto Contributor Fan Meet 2017 Kim Jae Joong Asia Tour Fan Meeting in Manila Smart Araneta Coliseum, QC, Nov. 30 KOREAN STAR Kim Jae Joong may be...

CNBLUE returns to Manila for Between Us tour

Korean band CNBLUE returns to Manila for the Manila leg of the group’s Between Us tour on Dec. 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum....

Hung up on Hyung Sik

Fan meet Park Hyung Sik: First Love in Manila Fan Meeting Nov. 11, Kia Theater, Cubao, QC KOREAN ACTOR and pop star Park Hyung Sik — who...

K-pop star Park Hyung Sik holds first Manila concert

PULP Live World brings Korean singer and actor Park Hyung Sik in a concert called 2017 Park Hyung Sik First Love in Manila on...

K-Pop conglomerate says it’s hunting for acquisitions in US

CJ GROUP, the South Korean company responsible for spreading much of K-Pop’s popularity abroad, said it’s considering acquiring entertainment and food assets in the...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was once known as a honeymoon destination for...

Wondrous Gangwon

There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the beaten track to discover some...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

Text and Photos by Kristine Joy V. Patag JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was...

Beauty collab at the club

In the world of fashion, music, and even sports, collaboration is a favorite buzzword. Artists from different musical genres can whip up a one-of-a-kind record...

Bustling, bewitching Busan

Text and Photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto No small thanks to a movie featuring a charismatic actor and a train full of zombies, Busan has caught...

All the way to the (Music) Bank

By Cecille Santillan-Visto SEOUL -- There are several music television shows in Korea that pit K-pop groups against each other. If a band’s new work is...