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Monday, April 21, 2014

Akdong Musician wins #1 on 'M! Countdown' and 'Inkigayo'

Article: Akdong Musician wins #1 on both 'M! Countdown' and 'Inkigayo'

Ilgan Sports via Naver

1. [+838, -49] We're unable to see their first #1 after their debut because of the unfortunate Sewol Ferry accident but still, congratulations! I sincerely hope all of the victims are saved and returned to their families.

2. [+654, -42] Congratulations. Continue being great musicians ^^

3. [+623, -30] I wanted to see them smiling brightly after receiving their trophies but congratulations

4. [+577, -38] Congratulations kids on your first trophy since debut... I'm sure they're understanding of the situation because they're such nice kids.

5. [+553, -35] Unfortunate timing but congratulations. Continue to release great music!

6. [+105, -13] No reason to hate on them for receiving an award at a time like this. By that logic, businesses should stop opening and kids should stop going to school. Life goes on... AkMu was merely given an award from Inkigayo, no need to say anything more about it.

7. [+100, -20] No need to blame AkMu for receiving an award in this situation...

8. [+82, -10] Unfortunate that they're not able to give an award speech or sing for their first win since their debut. Their win will be forgotten soon...

9. [+84, -17] Unfortunate that receiving a trophy isn't automatically joyous in this situation... Congratulations.

10. [+71, -6] I understand the sadness everyone is feeling... but everyone has a life to live and it's nobody's business to involve themselves in how someone chooses to live it. In a situation where it's easy to fall into depression and trauma, I think it's good to heal your heart with good music.. Don't force people to feel sad.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Physical albums see a 20% increase in sales compared to last year

Article: Physical albums are back... 20% increase compared to last year... 80s/90s singers comebacks renew interest in albums

Herald News via Naver

1. [+112, -5] There's something about owning albums that makes you feel content

2. [+80, -6] It's fun collecting good albums one by one~

3. [+67, -5] Digital songs are definitely easier to listen to but physical albums allow you to focus on every individual song in it aside from the title tracks which is why it's worth owning it.

4. [+62, -5] There's a different type of contentment that comes with buying albums than digital songs... It satisfies an analog part of you that digital things can't.

5. [+41, -16] Everything's digital purely for the sake of ease.. CD players are too big to carry around compared to cellphones or USBs. Unless they make CDs the size of a nail or give it to the storage space of a USB, the physical album market will continue to drop.

6. [+18, -1] Albums tell a full story and it's an expression of what the singer wants to tell you. There's a rhythm and flow to all of the songs that combine into one big piece. At least that's the reason why I buy albums.

7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.

8. [+15, -1] There's definitely a fun to collecting albums... I hope the rate of purchase continues to go up.

9. [+15, -1] The older artists definitely spend more effort on their physical albums so they're high quality and worth owning. You can tell Lee Seung Hwan spent a lot of money on his album quality.

10. [+15, -3] The album market needs to grow even further for our music industry as a whole to grow... Japan has the #2 music market in the world and are close contenders for #1 because they have a huge market for physical albums. Korea's digital market isn't even doing that well either.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

'The Art of Fist Duel' in casting turmoil over Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Soo Hyun

Sorry about this late request.


Article: [Screen] 'The Art of Fist Duel' loses both Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Soo Hyun, can it get back to where it was?

Source: Sports Korea via Naver

The movie had originally had Jo In Sung as the male lead but Yeo Jin Goo was contracted in the end. Producers found out that Yeo Jin Goo had also contracted another movie and told his company that they didn't want him focusing on another movie while their movie was set for crank in at the end of August.

Yeo Jin Goo's company refuted that he would have no problem fulfilling the film schedule for the movie and said they had no right to involve themselves in his other activities.

While he was still under contract, the movie producers were then said to have contacted Kim Soo Hyun to replace Yeo Jin Goo because the movie's majority investors were Chinese and they thought Kim Soo Hyun had more name as a Hallyu star. CJ E&M denied these claims.

Yeo Jin Goo's company ws not pleased with the movie contacting another actor for the role when contracts were already finalized.

Kim Soo Hyun opted out of the role entirely due to the controversy surrounding it.

Opinions on the issue are divided, with some blaming Yeo Jin Goo's company for overworking him and others blaming the movie producers for overstepping contract boundaries.


1. [+5,586, -54] So they were turned down by Kim Soo Hyun after turning down Yeo Jin Goo for Kim Soo Hyun, yeah?

2. [+4,988, -36] Kim Soo Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo both made the right decision to opt out of the movie

3. [+3,819, -20] At this point, who is going to want to do a movie with this much controversy around it...

4. [+3,448, -148] The movie's image is destroyed now. No one will watch it, even if Won Bin picks it up.

5. [+513, -6] They didn't just lose their male leads, they lost the audience as well.

6. [+477, -10] It's good that both of them opted out of it. They're young actors with bright futures, they don't have to do everything they're cast in.

7. [+456, -5] The fact that they tried to cast Jo In Sung, Yeo Jin Goo, and Kim Soo Hyun is so weird... I get Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Soo Hyun since they play the child/adult roles together and have similar images but how could you exchange Jo In Sung for Yeo Jin Goo? Their age and image are so different.

8. [+397, -13] This is better for the both of them. This drama smells like failure anyway... It's a waste of Yeo Jin Goo's talent to go through with it. Good for Kim Soo Hyun to avoid it as well.


Emma Stone claims to be a fan of Korean cuisine

Article: Female lead of 'The Amazing Spiderman 2' loves Korean food

OSEN via Naver

Emma Stone and director Marc Webb mentioned that she's been loving Korean food lately and has been frequenting Korean restaurants at their movie conference.

1. [+5,049, -140] There are so many delicious Korean foods like bulgogi and galbi, foreigners absolutely love them. Let's stop pushing kimchi and start promoting meat type dishes. It'll be daebak.

2. [+2,836, -80] It's true that Korean cuisine is healthy and delicious...!

3. [+2,197, -159 ㅠㅠ Thanks for liking Korean cuisine

4. [+1,986, -36] Korean cuisine is delicious ㅜㅜ

5. [+337, -17] It's going to be difficult to globalize kimchi. To foreigners, the garlic smell is too strong and there are a lot of people who can't eat spicy things. Bulgogi or steamed galbi will be daebak. A lot of foreigners love it when they try it.

6. [+213, -7] Any meat type dish or pajun (savory mixed meat/vegetable pancakes) are really liked by westerners. Pajun can be eaten in place of a meal and it's similar to their pancakes so it's easy to introduce.

7. [+164, -9] Korea is also one of the countries with the most variety in rice cakes ㅋㅋㅋ Let's get dduk known too ㅋㅋ Kimbaps are cool too since it's so easy to eat when you're on the rush, it'll be daebak ㅋㅋ

8. [+135, -11] I also think Korean cuisine is delicious but the majority is red and spicy, which doesn't fit all taste types... We also use a lot of salt. At least it's delicious.

9. [+83, -1] Kimchi will only be liked by a minority overseas. I think anything our Korean children like will be liked by foreigners, foods that aren't so overly stimulating. Ddukgalbi, kebabs, round meat patties, steamed galbi, steamed chicken, bulgogi, seafood pancakes, rice cakes, samgyupsal, ddukbokgi, honey/rainbow rice cakes, seaweed rolls, sweet/savory dumplings~~~

10. [+65, -2] What I find funny is when foreigners go to Korean restaurants for the first time and they get so surprised at all of the dishes coming out when they only ordered one thing on the menu ㅋㅋ Side dishes are so normal for us.

11. [+55, -0] Reminds me of that story about a foreigner trying bibmbap for the first time. Thought it was an appetizer and ate all of the salad on top only to go wtf at the rice on the bottom ㅋㅋ

12. [+58, -4] Let's keep kimchi to ourselves. It's difficult for any country where rice isn't the main meal to like kimchi. There are lots of k-foods like bulgogi and steamed galbi that anyone can enjoy.


Is K-Pop growing in Europe?

Article: K-Pop expands with concerts all over Europe

Sports Donga via Naver

1. [+489, -46] Did you guys all know? That the media hypes K-Pop as being famous worldwide but in reality, anyone who listens to K-Pop is treated like anyone who listens to J-Pop in Korea.. an otaku. Foreigners don't know about K-Pop aside from the most famous Psy and you know how all of the K-Pop concert videos do close-ups on foreigners? They're the minority... They just pan the camera where the most foreigners are. The rest are all Korean.. I don't get why K-Pop is so hyped up when it's not that famous overseas ㅋ

2. [+430, -8] It makes me proud but I remember in MBC or somewhere that had a concert, they gave out free tickets to foreigners to fill up their seats so articles like this just seem like media play.

3. [+338, -16] As a student studying abroad in Canada, I don't know how anyone can think K-Pop is famous worldwide. When I saw an article about the Wonder Girls ranking 4th or 3rd on a Canadian chart, I wondered where in the world they got that information from. Aside from Psy, no one knows anything about K-Pop artists.. and where did people get information about CNBLUE being popular in South America? No one in South America knows them aside from students studying abroad there. Of course, aside from Psy, that is.

4. [+143, -10] Well I hope they perform safely..

5. [+75, -5] The gaming industry brings in >>>>>>>>> income compared to K-Pop. Stop media playing about K-Pop and invest more in the gaming industry.

6. [+72, -5] Think about it this way. Not a lot of Koreans know about One Direction, barely even know the names of any of the members. There are just as many who don't know Katy Perry or Ke$ha. In the end, people who are interested in it will listen while the rest don't care. It's just that the particular fan base that does listen to K-Pop is getting larger now.

7. [+67, -2] As a student studying abroad in Germany, I've seen people who don't even know where Korea is over the past two years... The first thing they think of when you say Korea is a divided country at risk of war. I've met one person who knows K-Pop, one who knows SNSD.

8. [+61, -7] Call it Hallyu all you want, K-Pop is just a genre listened to by the minority overseas, like the rock fans in Korea.

9. [+35, -8] People in Europe or North America listen to K-Pop songs and scoff, asking if it's a real song and not trash... And anyone who likes K-Pop over there is treated like an otaku. Don't let the media fool you.

10. [+40, -0] I read interviews from reps over in Europe about KBS and other big company concerts in Europe being canceled because tickets weren't sold. The Hallyu hype is a bubble.

11. [+63, -23] There was an interview on European teens being asked about K-Pop and 20 out of 30 didn't know what it was while the few that did only knew Psy. When shown Super Junior or SNSD music videos, they said only otakus would watch something like this. The ones who listen to K-Pop are a minority... foreigners don't care about K-Pop at all, it's embarrassing how Korea keeps hyping it up like this ㅠㅠ Stop

12. [+45, -5] Just like we can't expect the majority of Koreans to know about foreign artists, we can't expect the majority of foreigners to know about K-Pop artists.

13. [+44, -5] It's a bubble ㅋㅋ There are people in Germany, England, and Spain who flat out don't even know where Korea is.. as if they'd know K-Pop ㅋㅋㅋ

14. [+40, -1] Pathetic how media play about this is still going on

15. [+43, -6] I live in France and nobody knows about K-Pop here. I've never seen one K-Pop album sold in record stores. Stop the media play, it's embarrassing at this point.