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[Profile Korean Singer] Kim Ki-bum Super Junior – Kibum

                                    Kim Ki-bum (born August 21, 1987), sometimes mononymously credited as Kibum, is a Korean pop singer, actor, and a member of the super boy band Super Junior. He made his debut in the Korean television drama April Kiss in 2004. Although debuted as an actor, he achieved higher results as a singer after his music debut with Super Junior in 2005. Since the release of the group’s third studio album “Sorry, Sorry”, Kibum did not take part in any of the group’s promotional activities except for music video shoots for “Sorry, Sorry” and “It’s You”, due to acting pursuits.

                         Kibum was born in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger sister, Kim Saehee, who lives with their mother. He also has cousins in Florida, California, Atlanta and New Jersey. One of his cousin is a famous actor and model, Shin Dong Wook. At the age of ten, he moved to Los Angeles, California, United States where he attended his high school years at Santa Monica High School.

                                          In 2002, he was discovered by a talent agent from South Korea and was recommended to audition for the Starlight Casting System, a casting system organized by SM Entertainment, and also the home of top Korean pop acts like BoA , Shinhwa and TVXQ. Kibum soon signed a contract with SM Entertainment and became their official trainee, being trained in areas of singing, acting, dancing, and other performing talents such as hosting and modeling. He placed particularly strong efforts in acting, as he explained that he is most interested in that area. Although he resided in Seoul at the time, he constantly returned to Los Angeles to visit his family and to attend short school sessions.

                               Before debut, Kibum was often seen participating in runway modelling and appearing in advertisements for KTF, C&C phone, NF Sonata, OLIVE, My Chew, Ottogi Noddle and Elite Uniform with his SM senior BoA. He was also seen in many other ads with fellow future co-star, Ahyoomee, Go Ara, and future bandmate Kim Heechul.

                                Kibum debuted on April 21, 2004, the premiere date of the KBS drama, April Kiss. He plays the young role of Han Jungwoo. Kibum’s largest role among Korean audiences was in the KBS drama, Sharp 2, starring alongside labelmates Go Ara and Kim Heechul. Soon after the premiere of Sharp 2 in early 2005, Kibum debuted as a member of Super Junior, which tightly interfered with his acting career. He was then given a small role in the MBC drama, Marrying a Millionaire, appearing in only one episode where he plays the young Kim Younghoon. However, he reprised as a lead actor in the MBC daily sitcom, Rainbow Romance, sharing the lead with Kim Heechul for 243 episodes a year later. In the fall of 2006, Kibum’s second drama with Go, Snow Flower aired on SBS, attracting more audiences.

                                  Kibum’s first silver-screen appearance was in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, a 2007 high school Korean film that starred all members of Super Junior except Kyuhyun. He plays the narrator of the story; a student who investigates the mysterious happenings at school. Despite positive critical ratings, the film did not do well in the box-office, but all four versions of the film’s DVD were all sold out and broke chart records. 2010, Kibum’s new movie (Jumunjin) is set to be released on the 21st of January. The basic premise is about a love story of a ghost man (Kibum) meeting a girl that lives in the country side and they form a relationship. He has also been cast in an upcoming play called A (Middle) Nap (낮잠).

                                     In early 2005, Kibum’s talent agency released an official announcement that Kibum would make a second debut as a singer. Along with eleven other members, Kibum with Super Junior 05, Super Junior’s first generation, debuted on November 6, 2005 on SBS’s Popular Songs, performing the group’s first single “TWINS (Knock Out).” The group released their full studio album a month later, and the album debuted as #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.

                                As the group’s second promotional single, “Miracle”, came to an end, his talent agency was about to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation, Super Junior 06, planning to replace Kibum with a new member. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations.[2] The group dropped the suffix “05” and became officially credited as Super Junior. Sumber : Wikipedia

 

Big Bang – BIGBANG (Korean: 빅뱅)

Big Bang (Korean: 빅뱅), commonly stylized as BIGBANG, is a South Korean boy band. The group’s formation was chronicled on the television series Big Bang Documentary, from July to August 2006. The show was also aired online on GomTV and on MTV Korea. Initially a six-member group, one member, Jang Hyunseung (now a member of BEAST), got eliminated during the airing of the show before the official debut leading to their current line-up.

Signed to YG Entertainment, Big Bang released several successful singles and EPs. Their first release, the EP Always (2007), spawned the number-one single “Lies” (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal). The follow-up EPs Hot Issue and Stand Up were similarly successful. After they received the “Artist of the Year” award from the M.net KM Music Festival and the Seoul Gayo Daesang Award, the group expanded their activities into Japan, releasing mini-albums and airplay singles. Their materials would not receive major promotion until the following year with the release of their first physical Japanese single, “My Heaven”.

By the end of 2009, Big Bang became the most searched artist in South Korea. They also became the first foreign group in Japan to receive the Japan Cable Broadcasting Award for “Best Newcomer”, and the first from Korea to receive the Japan Records award. In recent years, the members have branched out to do solo activities: Taeyang and G-Dragon have released solo materials while T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri have started acting.

During the early days of their career, Big Bang’s music was predominately hip hop, although they incorporated R&B songs into their albums as well. A writer for Yahoo! Japan once compared their early materials to that of American hip-hop artists such as the Black-Eyed Peas, stating that their material included “catchy vocals, rap and characters”. Always was noted for its change of musical styles from their previous efforts, with the group experimenting with electronic music and setting it as the new music trend in Korea. G-Dragon later stated that they hoped “to reach even more fans” with the new direction.In 2008, they recorded “Oh My Friend”, a rock-based song, with the Korean rock-band No Brain. In an interview, the group also expressed interests in covering the music genre trot.

Members of the band have branched out to other styles for solo projects, thus the group has been described as “rich in variety” for their fans. Taeyang’s mini-album, Hot, was mainly a collection of R&B songs, with the singer stating that the genre was his “main focus”. Daesung’s first digital single, “Look at Me, GwiSun” (Korean: 날 봐, 귀순), was a trot song, which drew criticisms due to Big Bang’s image as “hip-hop artists”. For his debut album, Heartbreaker, G-Dragon incorporated a mix of dance, hip-hop, and R&B songs.

Following the release of Always, G-Dragon began involving himself with the production of the group’s materials, penning the lyrics and composing the songs “Lie”, “Last Farewell”, and “Day By Day”. His involvement was praised by the Korea Times, who described him as a “genius singer-songwriter”. G-Dragon himself described the group as “an idol group not born of talent but through effort”.A writer for Yahoo! Japan complimented the group for their involvement in their work, stating that “perhaps by [each of the members’] contributing to their own materials, not only do they become in sync with one another, but each person’s personality stands out.”

Big Bang is choreographed by Shaun Evaristo. While they once relied heavily on street dancing for their moves, Big Bang have made a transition towards more choreography. Their dance moves have been widely copied and covered. One of the moves, which incorporates the group lifting their shirts to expose their abdomens, quickly gained popularity online and became one of the top searches on the internet.Another one, in which the group incorporates the idea of “jump roping” as a dance move, also gained attention from fans.

Big Bang has received both praise and criticism. Time magazine described them as one of the “most promising” South Korean acts to venture into Japan, while the Korea Times called them “the icons of Korean pop [music]”. Bill Lamb of About.com also list them as one of the “top 10 Asian boy bands”. Their contribution to their materials early in their career, most notably by G-Dragon, has garnered praises; singer Baek Jiyoung has state that she “like[s] idol singers if they are like Big Bang”.However, the group has been criticized for their over-use of electronic music in their materials.

Citing the longest-running boy band in South Korea, Shinhwa as their influence and role model,Big Bang’s own influence extends beyond the music industry, shaping major trends in the fashion industry. Dubbed as “Big Bang fashion”, their style has gained a following throughout Asia. The group first adopted the “hip-hop” image concept for their debut. The release of Always in 2007 was accompanied by a change in image, with the group leaning towards a more preppy-punk style, including skinny jeans with Converse or high-top sneakers which became a still ongoing trend in South Korea. Taeyang also traded his cornrows for a faux hawk. Seen wearing brands such as Bape, 10 deep, Louis Vuitton, Jeremy Scott, and Phenomenon, Big Bang also wear custom printed hoodies for many of their performances and music videos.They were also credited for bringing back “old school” fashion into the mainstream, such as Nike and Reebok high-top shoes.Described as the “most fashionable” one in the group, G-Dragon is known to sport triangular scarves that were later nicknamed “Big Bang scarves”.T.O.P also gained a following for wearing sunglasses during performances. The clothes that the members donned on stage have gained a cult among their fans and are sold in boutique stores such as DongDaeMun. In 2011, Big Bang collaborated with Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo to create t-shirts in promotion of their Japanese comeback. It was reported that the items were “sold out within 15 minutes of the store’s opening.”

The group’s popularity and success have led to endorsement deals. Big Bang have been endorsing Fila products since 2006, as well as the Korean online FPS video game Sudden Attack. Other products and/or label that the group have been affiliated with is Baskin Robbin’s, Skoolooks, LG CYON, and NII among others. In 2011, along with their label management, Big Bang teamed up with Nikon for the campaign, A Shot A Day, where daily pictures of the group were be taken and released in episodic format online. The group also released their own fragrance, “BB Bud’s My First Fragrance” (Korean: 나의 첫번째 향기), in early 2007. In 2009, they released their autobiography book Shouting to the World, which became a best-seller.

 

Big Bang influenced the creation of the Chinese boy band OkBang, who were described as having “many similarities to Big Bang in terms of musical style, wardrobe and hairstyles”.In 2010, the group’s Big Show concert was chosen by the South Korean Touristic Committee for their Visit Korea from 2010—2012 campaign, stating that they will “have a big economic impact on the country”. Sumber : Wikipedia

 

Korean Discography

Studio Albums

Bigbang Vol.1 (2007)

Remember (2008)

Extended plays

Always (2007)

Hot Issue (2007)

Stand Up (2008)

Tonight (2011)

Compilation albums

Bigbang Special Edition (2011)

Singles

First Single (2006)

Second Single (2006)

Third Single (2006)

Concert Albums

First Live Concert: The Real LIVE Concert CD (2006)

2ND LIVE Concert: The GREAT LIVE Concert CD (2008)

BIG SHOW LIVE CONCERT ALBUM (2009)

BIG SHOW LIVE CONCERT ALBUM (2010)

Japanese Discography

Studio Albums

Number 1 (2008)

Big Bang (2009)

Big Bang 2 (2011)

Extended plays

For the World (2008)

With U (2008)

Compilation albums

Asia Best 2006-2009 (2009)

The Ultimate -International Best- (2011)

Singles

My Heaven (2009)

Gara Gara Go! (2009)

Koe wo Kikasete (2009)

Tell Me Goodbye (2010)

Beautiful Hangover (2010)

[2PM] Jang Wooyoung 2PM – Wooyoung 2PM

Detail Information :

Name: Jang WooYoung
Nickname: Boo-uhngee(owl)
Position: Singer

Birthdate:April 30, 1989
Height: 180cm
Weight: 65kg

Education: Seoul School For The Arts – Dance Major
Blood tyle: B

Hobbies: Listening to music, surfing the web
Speciality: Dancing
Religion: Atheist

Fav. food: I love all the food in this world.
Idea Woman: Someone who I like everything about

Label: JYP Entertainment

                  Jang Wooyoung, known mononymously as Wooyoung (Hangul: 우영), was born on April 30, 1989. He is a singer in 2PM, a 6-member boy band that is active in South Korea and managed by JYP Entertainment.

Wooyoung was born in Busan and has an older sister. He attended Seoul School for the Arts with a dance major.

              He was selected to be a JYP trainee through MGoon’s JYP auditions. He won first place in this audition against 5000 other candidates.

                     He once filled in as a dancer partner with Wonder Girls member Kim Yubin when T.O.P from Big Bang fainted the day before the special performance with the Wonder Girls during the 2007 MBC Music Awards.

                       On September 4, 2008, Wooyoung, along with 6 other members, debuted as 2PM with their first single “10점 만점에 10점” (“10 Points out of 10 Points”) from their single album “Hottest Time of the Day.”

                   Wooyoung, along with Taecyeon formally hosted SBS’s music show Inkigayo, from July 26, 2009 till July 11, 2010.

                     On February 2, 2010, he was officially the sub-MC in Kim Seung Woo’s talk show KBS Win Win alongside Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, Kim Shin Young, and Choi Hwa Jung. He received high praise for his very natural MC-ing and exceptional wit. He was always curious about everything, so he constantly began his sentences with, “I’m curious about something…” thus, earning the nickname, ‘Curious Wooyoung’. He left the show on August 3, 2010.

                          He first debuted as an actor in the 2011 KBS drama series Dream High playing as Jason, which premiered on January 3, 2011.

                Wooyoung stands 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) and weighs 65 kg (140 lb; 10.2 st). He speaks Korean,Japanese and understands a little of the English language. His hobbies include surfing the web and listening to music. There is exactly 3 things that he likes: music, soccer and interior (design). When asked why he didn’t include dancing, he replied, “it is also included in music .. and soccer.” His blood type is B. He enjoys dancing and singing. His well known nicknames are ‘AngAng’, ‘Mandu Cheeks’ and ‘Ssanti Wooyoung’. He has a twitter account. Sumber : Wikipedia

2PM member, Jang Wooyoung has successfully copied Park Jin Young’s dance has caused a lot of attention.

 

 

2PM has shown their charismatic talents to After School in this week’s Idol World. Especially Jang Wooyoung in particular went up and performed Park Jin Young’s dance very well.

 

 

[2PM] Taecyeon 2PM

                                                               Detail Information :

Ok Taecyeon

Name : Ok Taecyeon

Role in 2PM : Rapper, Dancer

Nickname : Okcat, Jeemseung (beast)

Date of birth : 27th December 1988

Height : 185cm

Weight : 76kg

Blood Type : AB

Religion : Christian

Languages : English & Korean, Japanese (in order of fluency)

School : Dankook University

Hobbies : Music appreciation, Wakeboarding, Skiing

Specialties : Cooking

Ideal Woman : A girl who does her own stuff well

                      Ok Taec-Yeon (born December 27, 1988), generally known as Taecyeon, is a member in the Korean boy band 2PM, where he’s mainly responsible for the rapping parts. In 2010, Taecyeon gave his debut as an actor in the Korean drama Cinderella’s Sister.

Taecyeon was born in Seoul, South Korea, but emigrated with his family to Bedford, Massachusetts, where his parents and older sister still currently reside. Taecyeon himself lived there for seven years before returning to pursue his career in Korea. Taecyeon was educated at Gel In High School in Seoul and studied Business Administration at Dankook University.

                              It was his sister who persuaded him to participate in a JYP Entertainment-audition, whose promotion she had noticed when surfing on the internet. After his reluctant agreement to participate, both headed for New York City on his 17th birthday. A week later, he was chosen for the final 35 and finally got the call-back to go to Korea for the further competition. At first, Taecyeon applied to become a model, but the judges suggested him to try to do dancing and singing. He eventually was named one of the dozen finalists (including his future bandmates Junho and Chansung) to compete in the show Superstar Survival, but was the first contestant to leave the show.

                         In 2008, he took part in Mnet’s Hot Blood Men which follows the extreme training of 13 trainees in order to become a member of the boy band One Day. One Day spawned two boy bands, 2AM and 2PM, of which the latter one Taecyeon became a member of. Six months after Hot Blood was aired on TV, 2PM debuted with their first single “10점 만점에 10점” (“10 Points out of 10 Points”) from their first EP Hottest Time of the Day, but it wasn’t until their second EP 2:00PM Time For Change which skyrocketed their success in the Korean music industry.[2] So far, 2PM has released one studio album and two further EPs.

                 Taecyeon is featured in “Yes I’m In Love” by Bada on her fourth album and Baek Ji-Young’s 2009 song “내 귀에 캔디” (My Ear’s Candy). He formally hosted SBS’s music show Inkigayo with Wooyoung, and was a permanent cast member on Family Outing 2 before it got canceled.

In 2010, he saw his debut as an actor in the 2010 KBS drama series “신데렐라 언니” (“Cinderella’s Sister”) alongside Moon Geun Young and Chun Jung-myung. His second drama is Dream High, which he acted as Jinguk which premiered on January 3, 2011.

                    On December 9, 2010, a JYP Entertainment representative revealed that “Taecyeon would like to give up his American permanent residence visa, and recently on December 1st, he received his official confirmation for his permanent residence cancellation.”

            Taecyeon has gotten a physical examination for drafting and received a physical body status sufficient enough to only enlist as public service personnel due to his poor vision and dislocated shoulder back in 2008. However, he is currently thinking of getting another physical examination in order to complete active military duties.

                       The JYP representative stated, “Taecyeon has voiced out thoughts of wanting to enter the military service. He submitted his documents on the 1st and is clear on his actions.” He went on to explain, “Now that Taecyeon wants to enter active duties, he recently received a re-examination. I think he was affected by the recent Yeonpyeong Island shelling, so we want to respect his decision.” He concluded that, “Since Taecyeon is still at a young age, he won’t be entering the military immediately. He is currently active as an actor as well as continuing his studies, so we still need to watch over him.”

                      On the February 7th, 2011 broadcast of KBS2TV’s “Yeo Yu Man Man,” Taecyeon shared his thoughts on his enlistment situation stating that he plans to get corrective eye surgery so he can enlist.

Taecyeon stands 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and weighs 76 kg (170 lb; 12.0 st). He speaks English, Korean and Japanese. His hobbies include wakeboarding, skiing, listening to music and cooking. He believes in Christianity. Sumber : Wikipedia

 

 

[Profile BoyBand Korea] 2PM

                2PM is a South Korean boy band, originally a seven-member group, but currently consisting of six members due to the sudden contract termination of leader Jaebeom following an Internet controversy in September 2009. They are managed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Junsu, Junho, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung.

                          2PM is one of the two subgroups branched out from the eleven-member (before Jaebeom’s departure) boy band One Day, the other being 2AM. They debuted with the song “10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom” (10점 만점에 10점, lit. 10 Points Out of 10 Points), which showcased their acrobatic dance styles. They achieved their first No. 1 song with “Again & Again”.

The members of 2PM all auditioned (except Nichkhun, who was scouted) to become part of JYP Entertainment, to which the Wonder Girls & 2AM also belong. Some members held their auditions in other countries; for example, Park Jaebeom auditioned in the United States. Other members already had experience in the entertainment industry prior to their acceptance into JYP Entertainment, such as Kim Junsu, who had won various singing competitions, and Ok Taecyeon, Lee Junho and Hwang Chansung, who had participated in the show ‘SuperStar Survival’.

2PM’s and 2AM’s training days were filmed in a documentary called Hot Blood Men, which aired on Mnet. The show documented the time by time training program of the JYP trainees who were to be part of the group “One Day”, as well as the elimination of three trainees from the group during the time.

Unlike other Korean record labels, their record label JYP Entertainment opted to promote them with a more mature than “pretty-boy” (in Korean ggotminam) image.

 

2PM debuted with their single “10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom” (10점 만점에 10점, lit. 10 Points Out Of 10 Points) on September 4, 2008. On October 17, 2008, they began promotion of “Only You”, another song from their debut mini album “Hottest Time of the Day.”

On April 16, 2009, the group released their second mini album 2:00PM Time For Change, which they began promoting on April 23. On May 9, 2009, they won their first Mutizen Song award on M!Countdown since their debut; in the same week, they won their second Mutizen on SBS Inkigayo.

The group earned their third Mutizen the following week, completing the triple crown and making them ineligible to win for the following weeks. However, the award that had been eluding them – Music Bank – was quickly won soon after. On June 11, 2PM began promotions for “Niga Mipda” (니가 밉다, lit. I Hate You) on M!Countdown. On July 2 and 3, 2PM achieved first place on the M!Countdown and Music Bank charts for the song “Niga Mipda”. They achieved the triple crown for the song on M!Countdown by July 16. On July 30, 2PM won the ‘Only One Song’ award on M!Countdown.

 

On September 4, 2009, articles surfaced on the internet regarding Jaebeom’s posts from 2005 on his personal Myspace account, in which he expressed his dislike for Korea while still a trainee for JYP Entertainment. Jaebeom issued an apology regarding this matter. Although outraged protesters demanded that Jaebeom should be forced out of 2PM, JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin-young stated on September 7 that he was going to continue to remain part of the group. The following day, Jaebeom announced on his official fancafe that he would be leaving the group and returning to the United States, with plans of going back to school and bettering his understanding of music, and also apologized to the other 2PM members for not being a good leader and older brother to the group. Park Jin-young has confirmed that he will respect the singer’s decision, and that 2PM will continue on as a 6-member group. Additionally, due to the sensitive topic of Jaebeom’s departure, all 2PM members were withdrawn from their regular appearances on variety shows.

 

The group finished re-filming their music video for “Heartbeat”, the title song of their first full-length album, without Jaebeom on October 31, 2009. During a press conference, it was revealed that Jaebeom’s vocals would not be removed from the songs. The day after the now 6-member 2PM’s full-length album was released, Park Jin-young released a statement that Jaebeom would return as a member of 2PM if he wanted to make a comeback, while indicating that his return was not imminent. In further support of Jaebeom’s place in the group, the six 2PM members have also decided to distribute their income from their 1st album with him, sending him an equally divided amount of the earnings.

The group’s first full length album, titled 1:59PM, was released on November 10, 2009. Both the album and title track, “Heartbeat”, quickly rose to the #1 position on multiple music sales charts. The group made their first comeback performance, signifying the beginning of their promotional activities for the album, on M.Net’s ‘O Good Concert’ on Thursday, November 12, 2009, subsequently making their KBS Music Bank, MBC Music Core and SBS Inkigayo comebacks on Friday, November 13, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, respectively.

 

On November 20, 2009, 2PM performed at and was honored with two awards by the M.net Asian Music Awards (previously known as M.net KM Music Festival): the award for Best Male Group and Artist of the Year (the latter being one of the three most prestigious awards, or “Daesang”s, at the show, which also include Song of the Year and Album of the Year). The group paid homage to him during their performance of “Again & Again”, in which a spotlight was shown over Jaebeom’s usual position in the dance formation and his vocals were not replaced. Sumber :  Wikipedia