Grand K-POP Festival 2015 Promotes Hallyu with CNBLUE, EXO’s Chen, SNSD and More

The Grand K-POP Festival 2015 was held on September 4th at the Seoul Olympic Stadium with the goal of promoting Korean culture by attracting fans of Korean pop music from around the world to the festival – and attract it did, since it boasted an impressive line-up of top stars: SNSD/Girl’s Generation, CNBLUE, Chen of EXO, Taemin of SHINee, BEAST, Block B, EXID and BTOB. The festival was organized by the Korean Tourism Organization and hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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EXO’s Chen is King of Masked Singer’s Legendary Guitar Man!

On Episode 22 of MBC’s mystery singing competition show, King of Masked Singer, which aired on August 30th, winners of Round 1 from last week competed in Rounds 2 & 3, with the final winner going on to challenge the reigning Masked King in Round 4 for the honour of becoming the 11th generation Masked King.

‘Legendary Guitar Man’ made a splash last week with rampant speculations over his identity (with many arguing that he’s EXO’s main vocalist Chen) and he again shot to the top of Naver and Melon search as well as trended worldwide on Twitter after two incredible vocal displays in Rounds 2 & 3.

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Yong Pal Episodes 1-6: Medical Meets Action Thriller Meets Chaebol Melo

Yong Pal is the new show on the block that everyone’s talking about: with Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee headlining and its fair share of plot twists and turns keeping viewers at the edges of their seats, it’s definitely raking in the ratings. The most recent episode (Episode 6, which aired last Thursday) scored 20.4% nationwide according to AGB Nielsen, which is just crazy by recent standards. But does it truly deserve all the hype? (Note: Spoilers for Episodes 1-6 below.)

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King of Masked Singer’s ‘Legendary Guitar Man’: Is it Chen of EXO?

The contestant known as ‘Legendary Guitar Man’ has been a hot topic on Korean news portals and SNS ever since he made a splash on his first appearance in this week’s Episode 21 of MBC’s mystery singing competition show, King of Masked Singer, which aired yesterday.

Search terms and keywords such as “King of Masked Singer Guitar Man” topped Naver search, Weibo and Twitter trends for hours after the episode aired as netizens debated over the identity of Guitar Man.

In this episode, Guitar Man (in red) faced contestant ‘Knowledgeable Man’ in a Round 1 duet battle of Toy’s “Passionate Goodbye”:

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Chen and Kim Bo Kyung Performs Stunning Duet at In the Heights Musical Practice

An open rehearsal for the upcoming musical In the Heights (starring Yang Dong Geun, SHINee’s Key, INFINITE’s Dongwoo and Sunggyu, EXO’s Chen, f(x) Luna, Kim Bo Kyung and more) took place today at Namsan Creative Center in Seoul, during which the cast showcased some major set pieces.

One of these feature Chen (in the role of Benny) and Kim Bo Kyung (in the role of Nina) delivering a stunning rendition of “Sunrise,” in which Benny ponders over what Kevin (his boss, as well as Nina’s father) will think of his new relationship with Nina, and Nina teaches him some Spanish phrases.

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I Remember You: A Review

If you had told me a few weeks ago that I Remember You would be the show to shake me out of the epic drama slump that I found myself in following Kill Me, Heal Me, I would have scoffed. And yet, here we are. Nothing in the promotional material for I Remember You warned me that this would be such a thought-provoking, well-plotted and brilliantly-acted little drama, but it was the very best of surprises. Imagine how bright and promising kdramaland would be if there were more dramas like this.

Note: Please be warned that this review *will* have spoilers right up to the end; it’s impossible to review even the acting of certain roles without revealing character mysteries!

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EXO’s Chen to Make Musical Debut in “In the Heights”

Chen of EXO is set to make his debut as musical actor in the upcoming musical In the Heights!

In the Heights is a Broadway-licensed musical about the lives and dreams of immigrants in the Latin American neighbourhood of Washington Heights in New York City and will incorporate rap, hip-hop and street dance. Chen will play the character of Benny, a taxi driver who falls in love with his boss’ daughter, Nina, and dreams of opening his own business. The production team stated that “Trending idol Chen of EXO recently received a lot of love for his sweet solo OST for the drama It’s Okay, It’s Love.” With his exceptional singing abilities already proven, he is expected to garner considerable attention for his musical debut.

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‘Masked Singer’ PD Selects “Vocal Skills Top 7” Among Idols

Popular MBC singing competition show Masked Singer (or King of Mask Singer) has been garnering considerable attention of late from the Korean public for revealing the hidden singing abilities of many idol vocalists who have appeared on the show. The competitors are given elaborate masks to conceal their identity, thereby eliminating factors like popularity and public perception which may influence audience votes. In an interview yesterday, PD Min Chul Ki was asked to name the Top 7 male and female idols with the best vocal skills, which he listed as follows (in no particular order):

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EXO Drums Up Comeback Anticipation with ‘Love Me Right’ Teaser Photos


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Brand new individual and group teaser photos have been released on the heels of official confirmation that EXO’s repackaged version of their 2nd full-length album EXODUS, titled Love Me Right, will be released on June 3rd.

The title track “Love Me Right” is described as a bright summer track and will be performed for the first time next week on the group’s comeback stage on Mnet M!Countdown on June 4th. In the meantime, EXO will be continuing their EXO’luXion tour in Shanghai this weekend on May 30-31st.

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Cha Tae Hyun & Gong Hyo Jin Unveiled as Veteran PDs in First Producer Stills

With such an impressive lead cast, writer Park Ji Eun of hit drama You Who Came From the Stars penning the script and veteran romcom directer Pyo Min Soo (Ho Gu’s Love, You’ve Fallen for Me, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop) at the helm, it’s no surprise that any news on the upcoming KBS drama Producer has been received with great interest.

The first stills have recently been released, featuring Gong Hyo Jin in character as Tak Ye Jin, PD of Music Bank. and Cha Tae Hyun as Ra Joon Mo, the veteran PD of 1 Night 2 Days.

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