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Korean boy bands to generate heat in 2011 with new strategy

Seoul (The Korea Herald/ANN) – Expect a fierce rivalry on the Korean music scene this year, as top boy bands are ready to make a comeback.

Until now, the Korean music channels were mostly dominated by popular girl groups or singers like the Girls Generation, but this year the boys are expected to take the lead.

Even before the release of their albums, the long-waited returns of TVXQ and Big Bang have generated heat among K-Pop fans.

In 2011 boy bands, which usually consists of three to six members, will start performing in pairs.

In Japan, this marketing strategy known as “unit” is already being used to show each member’s talents and individual qualities by performing in smaller numbers than the original group.

During the end of last year, G-Dragon and T.O.P of Big Bang released the album “GD & TOP,” while U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin of TVXQ released “Keep Your Head Down.”

Now that the two major music industries in Korea, SM Entertainment for TVXQ and YG Entertainment for Big Bang have released duet albums, there is a growing interest in the changing music scenes for boy bands in Korea.

Internet sites and YouTube have already recorded a high number of viewers, as music fans are ecstatic over the duet performances.

The special edition of TVXQ, “Keep Your Head Down” was released on Jan 5, and within a day the duo had racked up an impressive sales amount of 15,000 copies. U-Know and Max will perform in Japan on the 26th to promote their new album.

For Big Bang and TVXQ it has already been over two years since their last album was released.

Their new music shows a major transition from their previous albums. The new album “GD&TOP,” is more of a mixture between electronica and hip-hop, with thumping house beats.

On Dec. 23, the boys of the group BEAST divided into three units of two members for duets for the popular Korean music program, Mnet Countdown.

The hip-hop duet “Thanks To” was performed by Yo-seop and Jun-hyung, the R&B “Let It Snow” by Hyun-seung and Gi-Kwang and the ballad “When the Door Closes” by Du-jun and Dong-woon.

“When six members perform together, what each individual performer can show is limited,” their agency said.

The agency further commented that the benefit of performing in duos is that the members can emphasize on their individuality and further reveal their talents such as their singing voice.

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110105 TVXQ-Big Bang-MBLAQ: Fierce Competition Among Male Groups In New Year

In the start of the new year of 2011, the competition between male idol groups is already heating up.

While MBLAQ, leading the new generation of male groups like INFINTE, Teen Top and more, is releasing their new album, the original top idol groups like TVXQ and Big Bang are releasing their new albums at the same time. This is also an indication that the music industry, which has been a “woman’s world” in recent years, will be blown away by the male groups.

On the 5th, TVXQ released their title track “Why (Keep Your Head Down)” from their special album and the Big Bang sub-unit GD&TOP released 3 title tracks – “High High”, “Oh Yeah” and “Knock Out” – attracting a lot of popularity. Some time in January, Big Bang’s maknae Seungri will be releasing his solo album.

Before the release of their first full length album, MBLAQ entered the exciting battle with the release of their title song “Cry” on the 3rd. Once “Cry” was released, they have been rising up the ranks of real-time search rankings on music sites like Mnet, Bugs and more, becoming a part of the battle for the top with competitors like TVXQ, Big Bang and IU.

In comparison with the same time frame last year, this is a drastic change as SNSD dominated the music industry with “Gee” and “Oh!” then.

Source: [Naver + BaiduTVXQ]
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100921 TV Drama “Haru” To Open On 24 Sept – Big Bang & Yunho Super Luxurious Line-up


The TV drama that has a super luxurious line-up consisting of Yunho, Big Bang, Han Chae Young, Lee Da Hae and more, and which has garnered explosive concern, will open on 24 September.

Produced by the Korea Tourism Organization, the short TV drama [Haru] (t/n: “one day”) was created along the theme of “An unforgettable day in Korea”. The story will unfold with the famous tourism spots in Korea as the background and with the participation of Hallyu stars, Japanese, Chinese and all Hallyu fans are anxiously anticipating it.

Although the content of the drama has not been revealed, the teaser video released on 11 September has stirred up hot response from fans in many countries.

Directed by Park Myeong Cheon who has directed many famous CFs, written by Lee Jeong Ah (The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince), and with music direction by Oh Jun Seong (Boys Over Flowers), these powerful staff have combined their strengths and are worth looking forward to.

It is understood that on the 24th, [Haru] will be revealed on the official website (http://www.haru2010.com) using IPTV which allows you to watch the drama as well as verify and collate the messages of interest.

Visitors of the website will be able to enjoy various scenes from the TV drama, messages and more. It is worth keeping an eye on the effectiveness of the Korea Tourism Organization’s tourism centered TV drama [One Day] on tourists.

Source: [NATE + BaiduTVXQ]
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100912 TVXQ Mentioned In More Variety Shows

Big Bang’s Seungri Humiliated By TVXQ In The Countryside?

Idol star Big Bang’s Seungri was humiliated multiple times.

Seungri appeared on MBC’s ‘Sunday Sunday Night’ program ‘Enjoy Today’ and had to sell products from the city in the countryside.

Seungri sang Big Bang’s hit songs for a grandmother working in the field but she didn’t know who he was. In a phone conversation with her granddaughter, Seungri asked the question, “Which singer do you like the most?” but received the answer “TVXQ.”

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Five members of KAT-TUN (excluding Jin) visited Korea for their upcoming concert at the Seoul Olympic Stadium and they mentioned the Korean artists that are active in Japan in one of their interviews.

100702 KAT-TUN Surprised By Activeness Of Korean Artists In Japan

6-member Japanese male-idol group KAT-TUN says: “Big Bang, BoA, and Tohoshinki’s level of activeness in Japan is really amazing!” during their interview in Korea on July 1.

In advance for their August 6-8 debut performance in Korea at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, they will be holding fanmeetings with the Korean fans first.

KAT-TUN’s Kōki Tanaka, Junnosuke Taguchi, and the other members expressed that in several music broadcasting shows, they’ve seen Big Bang, BoA, and Tohoshinki, praising their activeness in Japan.

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Congratulations to DBSK and Big Bang! They truly deserve to get this recognition. :)

DBSK Awarded as “Cultural Ambassador”

Both five-member groups Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang received the exceptional recognition of being “Cultural Ambassadors.”

The private organization from the Cultural Tourism Board, the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) stated, “Due to the contributions they have made in the development of the cultural aspect through popular music, we have decided to appoint/award them as ‘Cultural Ambassadors’ as a form of recognition.”

They have produced the most number of successful album records even in such a difficult period of time in the music industry, and have been energetically involved in both local and overseas activities; these are the main reasons behind this award.

A representative from KOFICE said, “This honor was awarded based on those who have contributed to the cultural industry on a yearly basis. Every year, this award has been given to those working in the cultural field, but this year is an exception as it has been given to idol groups.”

They added, “As both Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang are busy with their schedules, the official announcement will be made later in January.”

Source: KOFICE + BaiduTVXQ
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