30th Golden Disk Awards – Day 1

CZIuCkuVIAAtgYa Day 1 (20th of January 2016) of the 30th Golden Disk Awards have come to an end and to no ones surprise Big Bang took home the biggest award of the night, that of the Digital Daesang, the group also took home a Digital Bonsang and the iQIYI Best Male Artist award. Day 1 was MC’d by Girls Generation member Seohyun, host Jun Hyun Moo and Running Man’s Spartakooks aka Kim Jong Kook, the night featured performances by Big Bang, rookie group iKon, JYP, SISTAR, Girls Generation Leader Taeyeon, Super Juniors Kyuhyun, AOA, rookie group Monsta X, EXID, Hyukoh, Zion.T, Red Velvet and rookie group GFriend.  Continue reading

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2016 Seoul Music Awards Winners and Performances

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We kick off the year with the 25th Seoul Music Awards which were held at the Olympics Gymnastics Arena in Seoul Olympic Park on the 14th of January (shout out to EXO’s Kai who celebrated his birthday on this day). The awards were hosted by MC Jun Hyun Moo, actress Honey Lee (Tazza 2) and EXID‘s Hani. The unstoppable EXO took home the biggest award of the night, the Daesang (Grand Prize) for the third year running marking them as the first artists to win the award for more than two consecutive years. The group also won the most awards for the night, taking home a Bonsang Award as well the Hallyu Special Award. The event was not without it’s hiccups though with Song of the Year winners Big Bang absent from the event despite not having an actual group schedule for that night, another notable absence for the night was JYJ‘s Junsu whom won the Popularity Award (which was based solely on fan votes online) according to the producers they had decided not to present the award during the live show to save time for other “major” awards hence Junsu’s absence however the announcement was met with outrage by fans who accused organisers of not sending him an invite. Jun Hyun Moo who was one of the co-hosts for the night also came under some fire for his comments about his fellow co-hosts love lives. Singer Ailee also got in a bit of hot water when she was shown playing on her phone during SHINee‘s performance, the artist later took to social media to explain herself saying that she had been downloading an app that allowed her to show a message on her screen so that she could hold it up in support of SHINee, she was later seen using the app to support BoA and EXO during their performances.  Continue reading

2015 Melon Music Awards Winners

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Kicking off the music awards season are the Melon Music Awards which were held on Saturday the 7th of November 2015 at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul. The main MC of the night was entertainer Yoo Byung Jae, with actor Seo Kang Joon (Hwajung), actress Lee Yubi (Scholar Who Walks the Night), entertainer Kim Shin Young, actress Kim So Hyun (School 2015) and Red Velvet’s Irene serving as special MC’s throughout the night. Performances for the night included Big Bang, WINNER, iKON, SISTAR, Girls’ Generation, EXID, Hong Jin Young, Red Velvet, BTS, GFRIEND, Mad Clown, MONSTA X, ZION.T, Band Hyukoh, A Pink, and San E. International artists Big Bang, were the biggest winners of the night, nabbing both “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for their song “Bang, Bang, Bang” as well as the “Netizen Popularity Award“.
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2015 MAMA Award Nominees

It’s that time of year again, say it with me everyone…awards season!! The nominees for the upcoming Mnet Asian Music Awards aka the MAMA’s have finally been announced and there’s some fierce competition this year (although I do question the inclusion of the rookie groups that have debuted for less than six months in the ‘Artist of the Year’ category). The Big Bang guys lead the pack this year with five nominations which consists of ‘Best Male Group‘, ‘Best Music Video‘ for their song “Bae Bae” off their M mini album, ‘Best Dance Performance‘ for “Bang Bang Bang” which is off their A mini album the song is also up for ‘Song of the Year‘ and they’re also up for ‘Artist of the Year‘ as well. SM Entertainment super group EXO are nominated for four awards this year including ‘Best Male Group‘, ‘Best Dance Performance‘ for their song “Call Me Baby“, which is also nominated for ‘Song of the Year‘ and the boys are also nominated for ‘Artist of the Year‘. Currently only CNBLUE, BTS, GOT7 and Zion.T are confirmed to perform at the awards which will take place on the 2nd of December in Hong Kong.  Continue reading

EXO tops Forbes Korea’s “2015 Power Celebrity 40”

 Forbes Korea released their “Power Celebrity 40” list for the year 2014 at the end of last month, surprisingly SM’s super group EXO came in at first place despite the scandals that rocked the group throughout last year (with two members filing lawsuits and one member caught in the midst of a date with a label member), the group rose four places to take the number one spot, whilst last years #1 SNSD dropped down to ninth. There are two steps involved in determining the Top 40, the first step involves finding the Top 100 most searched people of the year based on data provided by Nate, the second step involves measuring that celebrity’s:

1. Sales – Estimated based on appearance fees, CF guarantees, album sales, etc. + reported overseas income
2. Media Exposure – Number of appearances in the top 3 newspapers, magazine covers
3. Television Exposure – CF model ranking and appearances on talk shows and variety shows
4. Ratings –  For MC’s and actors this is based on TV ratings, for movie actors it is the total audience number, Gaon digital and physical sales rankings for singers and competition results for athletes
The final list is the 40 celebrities with the highest average ranking across all four categories.

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