Lee Eun Mi 2011 U.S. Concert Tour

Affectionately nicknamed the “Barefoot Diva”, Lee Eun Mi has revolutionized the Korean music scene with her powerful and emotional live performances. Gracing us with her presence, Lee Eun Mi will be holding an U.S. tour called “The 2011 Lee Eun Mi Tour.” The first concert will be held on January 15 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in Orange County, California. She will then stop at Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts, Colden Auditorium in New York City on the 21st, and finally wrap up the tour on the 23rd at George Mason University: Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. For those of you looking for a exhilarating experience, be sure to make it out to her live concert!

Concert Promotional Video:

Check out her most famous song, “I Have A Lover”!

For more information, please visit www.powerhouselive.net or call Powerhouse at 323-692-0303.

Source: Allkpop


Secret Garden To Hold OST Concert

With its phenomenal ratings, SBS’s Secret Garden plans to hold an OST concert on January 15 at the Children’s Park Dome Art Hall. There will be performances by artists Baek Ji Young and 4Men, who are both featured on the OST soundtrack, as well as the two main male leads, Yoon Sang Hyun and Hyun Bin. During the concert, fans have a chance to win Kim Joo Won’s (played by Hyun Bin) iconic, sparkly track suit. After the concert, which runs from 8 to 10 PM, the fans will be able to watch the second to last episode broadcast live.

Footage taken at the concert will be used for the drama’s finale scheduled to air on the 16th. Tickets will be on sale starting on the 6th through Interpark. Although many feel the 99,000 won (close to $90 USD) is rather steep, concert organizers claim that the quality of the show will exceed that of ordinary pop concerts.

Sources: Allkpop + Dramabeans

Top 10 Korean Entertainment Stories of 2010

The Korean entertainment in 2010 was marked by the surge of the popularity of K-pop and Korean films advancing in the international arena.

However, the K-pop music scene was rocked by controversies, including the issues surrounding popular boy bands TVXQ, 2PM and SS501.

Here are the top 10 stories that have made significant impact in the Korean entertainment last year.

1. TVXQ/JYJ – The controversy involving top K-pop boy band TVXQ started in 2009 and continued in 2010. After Xiah Junsu, Micky Yoochun and Youngwoong Jaejoong sued SM Entertainment to void their exclusive contracts with the agency in 2009, the three focused on their career in Japan and established their own group, JYJ. But after a successful run in Japan, Avex, JYJ’s Japanese agency, announced in September that it would stop JYJ’s activities in Japan. JYJ then released their first English album, “The Beginning,” in October and embarked on a world tour including performing in the United States. SM Entertainment, on the other hand, announced that the remaining members of TVXQ, Yunho and Changmin, would be coming back and the two would use the name TVXQ, a move that did not sit well with some fans. While the idea of uniting all the members of TVXQ is now elusive, fans are hoping that one day, TVXQ will be back with the original five members performing as one.

2. Jay Park and 2PM – Another controversy that rocked the K-pop industry was the ouster of rapper and bboy Jay Park (aka Park Jaebum) as leader of boy band 2PM. On February 25, JYP Entertainment announced that it was terminating Jay from 2PM. This angered fans who wanted the agency to explain the real reason it decided to oust Jay. A conference between JYP representatives, 2PM members and fans was held on Feb. 27, where 2PM members admitted that they all agreed to terminate Jay from the group. In March, Jay posted a viral video on YouTube that started his trek back to the K-pop industry. In April, Jay announced that he would be starring in “Hype Nation,” his first movie. With the help of many people, including Ned Sherman, who became Jay’s lawyer for his activities, Jay successfully came back to South Korea in June and launched his solo career. Despite parting ways with 2PM, Jay repeatedly said that he still loves 2PM members.

3. SS501 – Another boy band that was involved in controversy was SS501, headed by popular actor and singer Kim Hyun Joong. When the boy band’s contract with DSP Entertainment expired in June, members signed up with different agencies. Kim Hyun Joong signed up with KeyEast Entertainment. This worried fans who feared that SS501 would be headed for disbandment. However, the members assured that SS501 will continue as a boy band.

4. K-pop invades Japan – More K-pop groups debuted in the lucrative Japanese music market. Several years ago, TVXQ and BoA paved the way for the entry of K-pop music in Japan. Big Bang has also become popular there. In 2010, Girls Generation, KARA and 2PM also debuted in Japan while FT Island debuted as a mainstream group.

5. Scandals – From drugs and gambling to alleged evasion of enlisting in the Korean military, Korean stars were involved last year in different scandals and controversies. Entertainer Shin Jung Hwan is now living outside Korea after becoming news fodder for allegedly failing to pay his gambling debt in Cebu. Rapper MC Mong is now on trial for allegedly having his teeth pulled out in order to dodge military service. Actor Kim Sung-Min was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Rapper Crown J was also charged with allegedly using marijuana while he was in the US. Super Junior member Kangin was fined for drunk driving, an incident that prompted him to enlist in the army. Singer Lee Hyori was also involved in a controversy when it was found that some tracks from her 2010 album, “H-Logic,” were plagiarized. The album composer was eventually charged and convicted by a court and was sentenced to imprisonment.

6. K-pop’s popularity surges in the Philippines – 2010 marked the debut of different K-pop acts in the Philippines. SHINee started the trend in 2009 when the group performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Super Junior included the Philippines in its Super Show 2 Asia Tour. Pop star Rain, BEAST, FT Island, 4Minute, Kim Hyun Joong and U-Kiss also visited the country. The popularity of K-pop also resulted in brisk K-pop album sales in the Philippines.

7. Rain’s lawsuit and acquittal – Asian pop star Rain was again swept in a controversy when a Korean-American businessman sued the singer for fraud and breach of contract in the US. Concert promoter Andrew Kim filed a case against Rain to claim $2 million, including $150,000 in alleged gambling debt. The singer and his agency, J. Tune Entertainment, vehemently denied the charges. On the other hand, Rain won a lawsuit last December against an investor regarding his concert in Hawaii in 2007. A Seoul court ordered the businessman to pay Rain close to $900,000.

8. Girls Generation dominates K-pop industry – Nine-member Girls Generation dominated the K-pop industry in 2010 based on album sales and popularity. The girl group won the grand prize in the 25th Golden Disk Awards in addition to numerous awards it received in 2010. Online music site Monkey3 cited Girl Generation’s “Oh” as the No. 1 Best Song in 2010. Hanteo, another online music site, bestowed the 2010 Best Singer Award to Girls Generation. The pop group also became successful in Japan, winning the Best New Artist award in the 52nd Japan Record Awards.

9. Hangeng wins lawsuit vs SM Entertainment – It took one year before this Super Junior member achieved his goal to be free from the clutches of SM Entertainment. Last December, the Seoul Central District Court annulled Hangeng’s contracts with SM Entertainment, paving way for the Chinese member of Super Junior to chart to his solo career.

10. Tablo and the Stanford University issue – Hip-hop singer Tablo was swept in a controversy when netizens accused him of faking his Stanford University degree. The online attacks lasted for months. Despite that, the university had issued certifications to prove that the singer was indeed a Stanford graduate. The controversy prompted Tablo to bring a camera crew to Stanford to interview officials and prove once and for all that the allegations were all lies. A police investigation cleared Tablo, and 14 persons were charged with maligning the singer.

Source: AsianFanatics

Jay Chou 2010《The Era》Concert in LA

To start off the new year with relatively old, yet good news, well-known Taiwanese artist Jay Chou will be holding a concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM!! For those of you who missed the New Years countdown with Jay Chou in San Jose, be sure to make the final concert of his tour!

The ticket price ranges are from: $398 (VIP), $298, $238, $168, $128, and $98. Note that there are no extra perks for buying VIP tickets. They are simply closer to the stage. To buy tickets, please click HERE.

For more information, please click HERE.

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year guys! I hope everyone is having an awesome but safe holiday break!

For the past few months, I’ve been busy preparing for my radio show, Juiceberry. I’ll be playing East Asian music, so mostly Korean, Japanese, and Taiwanese (Mandopop) music.

After months of training and planning (not to mention, a nervous breakdown), I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my friends from the other side of the globe. I would like to thank Carol Tang, Carol Liao, Kaede Mashiko, Rebecca Ma, and the Kuwahara Family for providing me with old and new CDs. (For those that came from Japan and Taiwan, shipping and handling must have been such a pain! Special thanks to you guys!) I also want to thank Reem for not only giving me feedback on how my blog should look like, but also designing the awesome banners you see on the top of this page. Reem, we’ve probably sent a hundred emails back and forth trying to finalize ideas for my blog and I’m extremely grateful that you replied to my very first email! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Juiceberry‘s first show will be on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM on KUCI 88.9 FM. (Yeah, I know. It’s a crazy hour to be awake…Also, it’s important to note that this channel is only available in Orange County. You can listen through online streaming by clicking here.) If you’re fans of East Asian music, please join me on Saturday while I make a complete fool of myself. But hey, at least I’ll be having fun!