The ‘Japan Gold Disc Award 2014’

The winners of “THE JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD 2014” are officially out. The “Japan Gold Disc Awards” is headed by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). This award was first started back in 1987 to show recognition to amazing artist and their works that contributed to the recording industry. These awards are presented to artist base on their actual sales number. Looking over K-POP for the 28th edition data collected data from November 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 was utilized to rank them.

Check out the Korean winners of “THE JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD 2014” below! Look to see if your favorite made it on the list and was recognized for their talents. These artist all work hard to do what they love, it is always nice to see them getting recognize by the top professionals in the industry.  This also show the love the fans have for them in regards to how they support their songs, concerts, and other projects they work on. Do not worry if your favorite did not make it on the list because there is always next year for them to be recognized and look at it this way it gives them time to really master their arts.

Best Asian Artist

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Best 3 New Artists (Asia)

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New artist of the year (world)

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Album of the Year (Asia)

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Best 3 Albums (Asia)

Girls’ Generation II – ‘Girls & Peace~’

 

Girls’ Generation – ‘Love & Peace’

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Song of The Year Downloads (ASIA)

TVXQ – “Catch Me If You Wanna

Best Music Video (Asia)

TVXQ – Live Tour 2013 ‘Time’

With TVXQ taking home pretty much all the GOLD you should catch their latest video :

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He is Back in ACTION!!! Jonghyun

When Shinee came back with ‘DreamGirl’ I feel in love al over again with the group only to hear of Jonghyuns injury.  I was really worried that he would be out of commission a lot longer than we could handle.  Guess what fans….he is on his way back any day now.  After not being able to perform with the group due to his nose injury for two months,  he his coming back on the 26th of May.  SM Entertainment has release official news  that Jonghyun will be joining the other four members in a fan event.  Due to his car accident back in April he was absent from the groups promotions and performance.

The group have been looking great onstage with their performance, we also known that they miss Jonghyuns presence.  With his charismatic personality, his colorful look, and just how much his character comes to life, we have all miss him.  Waiting just a few more days and we will have him back and shave Shinee a complete whole.

 

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Hallyu 101: Lesson 1 – The Korean Wave

So last year I found a new love and it was ‘Love at First site’ with “BIGBANG” kpop group.  I was on youtube and saw their video ‘Fantastic Baby’ and I just had to known about the K-pop world.  If you are like me as a new fan and VIP you really did not know anything to begin with.  I had to learn a whole new lingo, culture, and language to get in touch with my Idols.  With this article on kpostarz I believe some of the new fans and the older generation will be able to get more in touch with the k-pop world.  So lets get started with lesson number 1!

Okay, so you know how to dance “Gangnam Style.”  You remember Stephen Colbert’s feud with Rain.  You watched Girls’ Generation on The Late Show with David Letterman.  And you are interested in knowing more about K-Pop and Korean pop culture.  You’ve come to the right place.

Hallyu 101 is a beginner’s guide to all things related to the global phenomenon that is K-Pop.  It is meant as a reference guide for old and new fans so that they may more easily enjoy Korean music, movies, and television.

Lesson 1: Just what is “hallyu” and the Korean wave?

Hallyu is a Korean word that represents the idea of Korean culture spreading around the world.  It is a combination of two words, ‘han,’ the quality of being Korean, and ‘ryu’ which means “to flow.”  Put them together and you have what is more commonly known as the “Korean Wave.”

There are several elements involved in the Korean Wave including music (K-Pop), fashion, movies, animation, television (K-drama and variety shows), as well as language and food.

Author and scholar Mark Ravina described ‘hallyu’ as “a surge in the international visibility of Korean culture” in his Introduction: Conceptualizing the Korean Wave.

When the Korean wave really started to kick off in the late 1990’s, Korean entertainment and culture primarily spread to other parts of Asia.  However, in the last five years or so, it has seen a greater presence in other parts of the world as well.

After the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the economy of South Korea began to move away from manufacturing and placed a lot more emphasis on the entertainment industries.  A year later, the restriction on cultural imports from Japan was lifted, and worried about Japanese media flooding South Korea, the Ministry of Culture increased the budget for cultural industry departments in universities throughout the nation.

This elaborate system directly led to the thriving cultural technology industry of South Korea which today exports media and entertainment globally at an alarming rate.

During the 2000s, Korean television series began to fill the Asian markets and by the end of the decade K-Pop had pretty much dominated the Asian music scene.

The Korean Wave began to spread outside of Asia in 2009, thanks in large part to YouTube.  Korean artists saw a huge rise in their international popularity through the release of their music videos on the popular website.

By the end of 2011, K-Pop videos on YouTube had amassed more than two billion views, and a year later the world was introduced to perhaps the most recognizable example of the hallyu wave, Psy‘s “Gangnam Style.”  Not only was it the first video to receive more than a billion online views, but “Gangnam Style” thrust the Korean Wave into the previously impenetrable American market.

In February 2000, Korean boy band H.O.T became the first modern K-Pop artist to perform overseas and held a sold-out concert in Beijing.  Since then, there has been a steady increase in international concerts by Korean singers, and in the past two years there have been some major milestones in this aspect.

In 2011 the European market began to take notice of the Korean Wave.  SM Entertainment, one of the biggest record labels in South Korea, held the first large-scale K-Pop concert in France and the event was attended by fans from all across Europe.  Later that year the group Big Bang won an MTV Europe Music Award, the first major European music award given to an artist from South Korea.

And just this year, dance-pop group Super Junior became the first to hold a concert tour across South America for sold out shows in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile.

As more and more Korean artists focus their promotional activities overseas, recognition in world markets increases.  The South Korean government recognizes the power of the Korean Wave in spreading other exports from the country as well.

Earlier this year, the Export-Import Bank of Korea made an astonishing decision to increase loans an credit guarantees worth over $900 million in the next few years to further spread the Korean Wave internationally.  A spokesperson for the bank said that K-Pop, K-dramas, and Korean cuisine have huge growth potential worldwide and more investment and financial support was needed.

Hallyu has also contributed to the increase in tourism to South Korea.

While it seems that the Korean Wave is spreading like wild-fire for the time being, some scholars have noted that it may be a short-lived fad.  According to an international survey that asked people across Asia, Europe and the Americas about the future Korean culture’s popularity in the world, over 66% of respondents believe that the Korean Wave will “subside in the next four years.”

The US market remains the toughest for the Korean entertainment industry to crack.  The popularity of K-Pop and Korean television and movies, for the time being, remains confined to large cities with thriving immigrant populations such as New York City and Los Angeles.

One American music executive suggested K-Pop will never truly succeed in the United States because music fans “would just be too critical about the lyrics and the acts’ accents when singing in English.”

Whatever the future of the Korean Wave may be, it is for certain that at the moment hallyu stars are rising to fame and recognition all around the world.

 

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Jay Park NEW TEASER!!!!!!!!!!!”Welcome”

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Jay Park once again is on all his kpop fans watch list due to his recent release of his teaser for “Welcome”. 

His comeback album contains his HOT track “JOAH” which is also his album tittle, also featuring “It’s the Truth“, with the three tracks covering R&B ballads to hip hop genres.  On a funny note this teaser was label WARNING:  This may cause severe nose bleeding and it’s NSFW. [Not Safe For Work or Not Safe For Women]

So for all the number 1 fans like myself this teaser will have you waiting on your toes for the video coming on 4/25/13, until than check out his teaser on the right of my page.

 

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New M/V ‘Jay Park!!!’

So once again if you just have not seen Jay Park’s new M/V by now well here it is!! I absolutely love this guy as an artist, he is really creative in so many ways.

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Jay Park releases MV for “1HUNNIT” featuring Dok2

Jay Park has released the music video for “1HUNNIT” featuring Dok2!

“1HUNNIT” is part of his next single albumJOAH“. The single album will contain the title track, which is of course “JOAH”, in addition to two coupling tracks, “1HUNNIT“ and “Welcome” for a total of three songs that will cover the genres of R&B ballads and hip hop.

 

 

source: allkpop

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Psy’s has special guests at his concert……’G-Dragon & Lee Hi’

g-dBig Bang’s G-Dragon and Lee Hi will perform as special guests during Psy’s upcoming concert.

YG Entertainment confirmed, “G-Dragon and Lee Hi will be appearing as special guests at Psy’s ‘HAPPENING’ concert on April 13th. But it’s still uncertain whether they will collaborate with Psy or perform solo stages.” leehi

Psy’s ‘HAPPENING’ concert will be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on April 13th, where Psy will perform his new single “Gentleman” for the first time. Fans all over the world can also enjoy his concert as it will be streamed live through YouTube.

 

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Lee Min Ho confirmed for new drama ‘Heirs’

You’ll soon be able to enjoy weekly doses of Lee Min Ho

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‘Heirs’ will be a 20-episode drama and has already piqued the interest of fans with the reveal of its top-notch writer and director, Kim Eun Sook and Kang Shin Hyo PD, as well as its male lead Lee Min Ho.

Lee Min Ho shared, “As I normally watch writer Kim’s productions, I wanted to definitely work with her and my wish was fulfilled through this opportunity. Working with the writer and director whom I respect, I think it will become a meaningful production.”

The drama’s production company also stated, “Lee Min Ho is confirmed to play the male lead and we are currently working on the casting of the female lead.”

Meanwhile, Lee Min Ho will be meeting fans through a 10-city tour across Asia kicking off in Korea on May 25th!

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