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Girl Group April Out With ‘Eternity,’ Avoids Playing Sexy Card

Girl Group April Out With ‘Eternity,’ Avoids Playing Sexy Card

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Girl group April on Wednesday jumped into the early fall music chart race with its fourth EP album, backed by a pulsating-yet-innocent new dance track titled “Hold My Hand.” “After first listening to the song I thought this is it. I knew that this had to be the lead song,” leader Chaekyung explained to reporters [...]

MU:CON Seoul 2017 Kicks Off Next Week

MU:CON Seoul 2017 Kicks Off Next Week

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — An annual global music fair will kick off next week in Seoul to help promote Korean pop music in overseas markets, organizers said Wednesday. K-pop, as it is known, is already becoming more popular among young people in other Asian countries, as well as in Europe and the Americas, with its influence generating interest in other facets of Korean culture. [...]

Super Junior’s Comeback Preparation Going Smoothly: Members

Super Junior’s Comeback Preparation Going Smoothly: Members

JAKARTA, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Preparations for K-pop act Super Junior’s comeback are going smoothly, according to its members, with the bulk of the 11-member team having finished their mandatory military duties. “Just until yesterday I practiced our dance choreography with our members. We’re also planning to hold a concert,” Super Junior member Donghae [...]

TV Series ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’ Sold to European Distributor for Possible Remake

TV Series ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’ Sold to European Distributor for Possible Remake

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Popular TV series “Kill Me, Heal Me” from 2015 has been sold to a European distributor for a remake, the drama’s production company said Wednesday. Pan Entertainment said it sealed a memorandum of understanding for the remake and overseas distribution with Scandinavian distributor Eccho Rights. The romantic drama, starring [...]

Gangnam Uses Mystery Shoppers to Gauge Customer Service at Plastic Surgery Clinics

Gangnam Uses Mystery Shoppers to Gauge Customer Service at Plastic Surgery Clinics

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — For the past two months, Gangnam district has inspected around 50 cosmetic surgery facilities within its boundaries by sending out mystery shoppers. The aim of its covert operation was to “objectively measure the quality of the medical services offered and identify any problems and improve them in order to [...]

Street Cred: Why More K-pop Stars are Throwing Guerrilla Street Shows

Street Cred: Why More K-pop Stars are Throwing Guerrilla Street Shows

SEOUL, Aug. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — When it comes to busking, or the act of the no-frills street performance, the common notion is that the domain is reserved for, or occupied by, underground or experimental art. But in today’s K-pop, that notion is slowly being upended, with more mainstream artists hitting the streets as a [...]