Monday, March 31, 2014

[Crayon Pop] 크레용팝 '어이' Uh-ee M/V

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4Minute wins first comeback trophy

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop quintet 4Minute notched their first TV music chart triumph since making their comeback with their new mini-album “4Minute World,” which contains five tracks including the lead single “Whatcha Doin’ Today.”
The girl group performed the title track on SBS “Inkigayo” on March 30, competing with other artists including CNBLUE, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, Orange Caramel, Boys Republic and JJCC.
4Minute showing their first comeback trophy (Twitter)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

G-Dragon, Rain, Hangeng win at QQ Music Awards

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Asian pop star Rain, Big Bang’s G-Dragon and former Super Junior member Hangeng are among winners at the recently concluded QQ Music Awards, organized by China’s biggest music streaming site, QQ Music.
The awards ceremony, held at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, drew popular artists from across Asia including Jay Chou, JJ Lin and Jolin Tsai.
(Clockwise from top left) Rain, G-Dragon, Hangeng and Lyn (QQ Music and YG Entertainment)

SM Entertainment founder under tax evasion probe

A scandal is brewing at SM Entertainment but this time it's not one of its artists that is involved.
The center of the controversy is none other than Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment, the biggest entertainment company in South Korea.

Lee Soo Man (

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2NE1, BTOB to appear in ‘America’s Next Top Model’

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model” hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks is filming in South Korea for the program’s upcoming season and among those tapped to appear as guests are K-pop groups 2NE1 and BTOB.
2NE1 in Hong Kong and BTOB with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ judge J.
Alexander in Seoul (Facebook page and

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jackie Chan’s K-pop boy band debuts

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Film star Jackie Chan is now also managing artists, including a K-pop boy band known as JJCC, or Double JC.
The boy band just released their first single “At First,” making their debut performance on Korean TV music show “M Countdown.”
JJCC and Jackie Chan ( and Jackie Chan’s website)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lee Min Ho mania sweeps Manila

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean superstar Lee Min Ho’s return to the country – a visit that lasted three days, from March 21 to 23 – drew an estimated crowd of 10,000 fans to the Smart Araneta Coliseum for a meet and greet organized by clothing brand Bench.
Photos: BENCH

Cafe set of Korean drama still draws fans

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The popularity of Korean dramas has turned the locations where they are shot as tourist attractions. One such place is the cafe where the hit Korean drama “1st Shop of Coffee Prince” was filmed.
“1st Shop of Coffee Prince,” which aired in Korea from July to August 2007, starred actress Yoon Eun-hye and actor Gong Yoo.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Super Junior-M_SWING_Music Video (CHN ver.)

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunye to live in Haiti

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Sunye, leader of the Wonder Girls, took to the group’s online fan cafe to announce her plans to move to Haiti with her husband, James Park, in their effort to spread the Gospel to that Caribbean nation.
Sunye (right) and her husband James Park (

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lee Min Ho is back

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean superstar Lee Min Ho arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around noon today.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

DJ Gennie Kim eases Pinoys’ loneliness, problems in South Korea

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Seoul, South Korea – Since March last year, Filipino-Korean DJ Maria  Genevie “Gennie” Kim has been giving valuable advice, news and  information to Filipinos in South Korea through her radio program,  ”Philippine Language Multicultural Family Music Radio,” also known as  the “Multicultural Family Broadcast for Filipinos,” which streams via  the internet.
DJ Gennie Kim at the radio station (Photos: Gennie Kim and Jonathan Hicap)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Super Junior M ‘Swing’ in new album

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Super Junior M, the subunit of Korean boy band Super Junior that consists of Siwon, Donghae, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Eunhyuk, Sungmin, Henry and Zhoumi, is making a comeback with a new mini-album dubbed ”Swing” to be released March 21.
Super Junior M at Araneta Coliseum last February (Jonathan Hicap)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2NE1 is still on fire

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
It’s been five years since K-pop group 2NE1 debuted with “Fire” in 2009.
This year, 2NE1, composed of CL, Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy, is on the comeback trail with their new album “Crush.”
2NE1 (

EXCLUSIVE: JYJ members talk about individual projects

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Apart from their responsibilities as members of JYJ, the members of the popular boy band have pursued individual activities ranging from films, TV series, theatrical roles and solo albums. In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, JYJ’s Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu shared some of their solo pursuits.
(Clockwise from top left) Yoochun in ‘Three Days;’ Jaejoong and Junsu performing at their solo concerts (SBS and C-JeS Entertainment)

Friday, March 14, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: JYJ gearing up for new album, concerts this year

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Popular K-pop boy band JYJ will be quite busy this year with a ramped up list of activities they have lined up.
“Finally, we will bring you a new JYJ album in the second half of this year and, of course, there will be tours for concerts,” JYJ told Bulletin Entertainment.
JYJ (Photo by C-JeS Entertainment)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Pinay actress Sunshine Estores balances career, family life in South Korea

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Bucheon, South Korea – Filipina Sunshine Estores landed her very first acting part as a troubled expat in the hit Korean drama “Melody of Love,” during her first audition ever, October last year.
Sunshine considers it a great blessing, especially since the last few years have been quite a struggle for her and her Korean husband, Kim Dong Seop.
Sunshine Estores

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fans brave cold weather to watch K-pop shows

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Seoul, South Korea – Korean music TV shows showcasing the most popular K-pop singers continue to draw local and international fans.
Bulletin Entertainment witnessed how these fans would even brave the coldest of weathers to see their idols in person.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ku Hye Sun, Big Bang’s Seungri in new drama

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Ku Hye Sun, the popular female lead of “Boys Over Flowers,” and Big Bang’s Seungri will be working together on a new drama series dubbed “Angel Eyes,” which will start airing in April on Korean TV channel SBS.
This will be the 29-year-old Sun’s new drama in two years. She last starred in “Take Care of Us, Captain,” in 2012.
‘Angel Eyes’ star (clockwise from left) Ku Hye Sun, Lee Sang-yoon and Big Bang’s Seungri (

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Girls’ Generation tops Forbes Korea’s 2014 celeb list

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Forbes Korea magazine has released its annual “Korea Celebrity 40″ list, which ranked the country’s most influential and popular celebrities according to product sales, media exposure, broadcasting activities and professionalism.
(Clockwise from top left) Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, EXO and miss A’s Suzy (Facebook,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

2NE1′s world tour kicks off in Seoul

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1′s “All or Nothing” world tour got off to a big start on March 1 and 2 at the SK Handball Arena in Seoul, South Korea, with an estimated 12,000 domestic and international fans in attendance.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Gold Disc Awards 2014 winners announced

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Japanese girl group AKB48 and boy band One Direction won as Artists of the Year at the recently concluded Japan Gold Disc Awards 2014.
Several K-pop artists also emerged as winners in the prestigious awards, including TVXQ, Girls’ Generation and BAP.
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