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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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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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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EXO’s Christmas Gift for Fans

SM Entertainment announced on the 15th of December that EXO’s vocal line (Chen, Baekhyun, D.O) would be releasing a special Christmas gift for fans via SM Ent’s gaming app ‘ Super Star SM Town‘. The news, which was released via SM’s official twitter account stated that a teaser of the song would be released at 12pm KST of the 15th and the full song will be available to play on the 19th and is titled “December, 2014 (The Winters Tale)” . However due to some technical difficulties the teaser was delayed by 9 hours, keeping fans waiting in anticipation for a chance to hear Chen, Baekhyun and D.O again. Continue reading

EXO win big at 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards

SM Entertainment super group EXO nabbed a total of four awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards that were held on the 3rd of December at the Asia World Arena in Hong Kong. The boys won “Best Asian Style”, “Best Male Group”, “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and whilst the first two were just based on online fan voting, “Artist of the Year” was chosen based on online votes, industry judges as well as sales, “Album of the Year” meanwhile was based off sales as well as a panel of industry judges and a selection committee.  Continue reading

APAN Star Awards 2014: Winners, Performers & Winning Fashion

The 2014 3rd APAN Star Awards (part of the annual Daejeon Drama Festival) was held a few days ago on November 15th and Jo In Sung was the big winner of the night for his performance in the critically-acclaimed It’s Okay, It’s Love, while two of his fellow castmates, Lee Kwang Soo and rookie actor Do Kyung Soo (D.O of EXO), also took home awards. To absolutely no one’s surprise, however, the show that earned the most nods was You Who Came From the Stars with a total of five – most notably Kim Soo Hyun winning the Actor Top Excellence award and both Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun taking home the Hallyu Star award.

That’s not to say the night wasn’t without a few eyebrow-raising surprises – Kim Hee Sun (while I love her) winning the Actress Top Excellence for Feature-length Dramas for Wonderful Season over Ha Ji Won (Empress Ki) was unexpected, to say the least. I didn’t expect Kim Hee Ae to win Actress Top Excellence for Mini-series over Gong Hyo Jin either, though I wouldn’t say Gong Hyo Jin was robbed in this case – both actresses are excellent. But what about Jin Se Yeon winning a popularity award for Doctor Stranger? At least the love was spread out across the dramas nominated?

The APAN Star Awards ceremony was broadcasted on tvN on November 19th from 6-7pm.

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