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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Chart Again: My Top 10 Slow Korean Song List

Ellow, we meet again..

For 'tis month, I would love to show you yet another of my personal preference of my favourite slow songs. It's just in my blood that I like to listen to several song that did attracts my attention, with its groove, sweet and yet I can't get it over; can't even get it out my mind, listening to these catchy song.
With my pleasure, I will show you, my preferred list of these melodic songs.

1. EXO - Growl

Ever since the song hits the airwaves, it has never left since. Certainly, this song have catapulted the rookie boyband EXO into stardom. It has a groovy feel; simple yet catches the attention of the listener. Disagree? Watch the video.


2. Teen Top - To You

A great song by Teen Top, but i wonder why it doesn't really reached peak like its predecessor song promoted, Going Crazy. Nevertheless, I like this song, particularly because of the song arrangement. It molds together R&B element, as well as pop, this song is surely get into my list.

3. SHINee - Hello

I would consider the song in ballad category, but it is still an ear candy to me. This song makes me feel at peace, wonderful and more important, it is not melancholic. SHINee did well pulling this song, considering that their musical philosophy is techno-oriented and more experimental, such as Ring Ding Dong, Lucifer and Sherlock.

4. BIGBANG - Cafe

Definitely G_Dragon is a musical savant. Most of his songs are a hit, and this is not an exception. "Cafe" is not a song they promoted, but the melodies and tunes this genius arranged is great. It is a relaxed song, sweet to listen to.

5. U-Kiss - 0330

A first move by U-Kiss to sing ballad song, although it was not much successful, it marks the turning point of the group after the member's exit from the group; Kibum and Alexander. Nevertheless, this song is a good catch, very melodramatic yet it soothes the blissful listener.

6. Busker Busker - Cherry Blossom Ending

They do not ever promote their song in TV shows, yet their song managed to claim top spot in the show. Busker Busker is a runner-up winner of Superstar K season 3. This song was released in spring, so its called Cherry Blossom. It is a very relaxing song, and the music video is also panoramic and full of tranquillity.

7. Jung Yeob - Nothing Better

It is been told the the member of Brown Eyed Soul, Jung Yeob only done composing the song in just 3 hours. Never he knew that this song would be a massive hit among drama lovers and of course, couples. The song is just a simple, yet sentimental song that will deeply catches your mind. Take a couple of minutes listening to it, and I'm sure you would also enjoy that.

8. Super Junior - No Other

Who says that Super Junior only releases techno upbeat song? They could also sing ballad too. Introducing to you "No Other, one of the best slow tempo song Super Junior have ever performed. Wanna hear it? Let's go check it!

9. Se7en - I'm Going Crazy

I admit, this song is melodramatic. But at least I like the arrangement of the song, and the way Se7en expresses himself singing it.  The music video starred his lover Park Hanbyul, and it revolves around their relationship, more or less, explained in the interpretation of the piece.

10. Park Bom - You & I

It seems like this song is not really a Korean song, the first time I listened to it, but the moment I listen to the singing voices, I never expect that it is indeed, Korean. Introducing Park Bom's "You & I", the only female singer made into my list. The song really touches my mind, as well as my soul, the moment I listen to the first beat of the song. Nevertheless, I should recommend you, listening to it.

[p/s: well this is what i have decided for my favorite list, but anyway, it was just my opinion. You have your other selection, up to you, and I don't hold any copyright to all the media shared in this post. I would like to credit my post to sources available in completing this post. Till then, we'll see u again with another good post from me.. Bye!]

Friday, January 17, 2014

How Time Flies..

Ellow.. Welcome back!! (after such a very, very long while...)

It seems to me that my ideas of writing the blog have already drained, and perhaps I might discontinue posting articles in the blog. However, part of my mind suggest me to keep writing the blog, although I have not maintained this blog for a while. Therefore, for this post, I should dishes you with something attractive, just so that next time I will be encourage to continue writing my inside thought here.

Time have passed, and ever since then, I must say here, that I've already lost my track on K-pop scene, and perhaps its entertainment industry. Putting up together some dismal drama aired on the tele, just not so interesting that it even copies numerous Japanese-scripted drama as remakes. Nevertheless, some of the dramas managed to gain spotlight, at least in my perspective. Let us review together with me, the dramas that make the cut.

1. The Heirs

Starred by many of them view as the hot young prospect of the industry, the much anticipated "drama of the year" pieces led by the infamous Lee Minho, well known for numerous blockbuster drama KBS "Boys Before Flowers", MBC "Personal Preference", and SBS "City Hunter", a name that no need for introduction. The lead actress Park Shinhye, acted in early of last year's cable TV drama TvN "Flower Boy Next Door" and in wildly successful SBS "You're Beautiful", which put her name in the map of entertainment scene across Asia. Together joined the production are Kim Woobin, who rise into fame after his hit drama KBS "School 2013" alongside Lee Jongsuk, in which put his name in the wanted actor list. Supporting actors involved in the project are Kim Jiwon, most notable in her roles in SBS "To The Beautiful You" and short dramas such as KBS "Waiting For Love", Krystal Jung (MBC "High Kick 3: The Revenge of the Short-Legged", member of girl group f(x)), Kang Minhyuk (KBS "You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly", member of boyband CN Blue), Kang Haneul (SBS "To The Beautiful You", TvN "Monstar"), Park Hyungsik (member of ZE:A - Children of Empire), and Choi Jinhyuk (MBC "Pasta", SBS "It's Okay, Daddy's Daughter", and MBC "Gu Family Book").

The collaboration between the director of SBS "Tazza" & SBS "Midas", together with the scriptwriter of SBS "Secret Garden" and SBS "A Gentlemen's Dignity", it scores rather well in it timeslot, reaching an average of 16.7% Seoul viewers and 18.4% nationwide. The drama was proven succesful in terms of rating, eventhough it receives stiff competition form KBS drama "Secret Love" at the beginning of the broadcast. The drama, after a long while of hype, tuned in the television, with the beginning part of the drama was shot in Malibu, California in the summer.

2. I Hear Your Voice

Led by the award-winning Daesang winner Lee Boyoung (KBS "You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly and KBS "The Equator Man") and the rise young talent Lee Jongsuk (SBS "Secret Garden" and MBC "High Kick 3: The Revenge of the Short-Legged"), the drama was somehow a theme repeat of 2012 drama of the year SBS "The Chaser", portraying humanities as its main theme. The drama's strength lies in its strong character and storyline, together with the critically-acclaimed act of both the lead actors Lee Boyoung and Lee Jongsuk itself, particularly the former, who won her first Daesang ever, thanks to her acting prowess. The touchful acts and also the perfect reprisal of psychotic villain in actor Jung Woongin ( KBS "Ojakgyo Brothers") helps in gaining its own audience during its broadcast. Together with Yoon Sanghyun (SBS "Secret Garden and KBS "Take Care of The Young Lady"), this drama is worth watching for.

3. Gu Family Book

Starred by the "bluechip" of the industry Lee Seunggi (SBS "My Girlfriend is Nine-Tailed Fox" and SBS "Brilliant Legacy") and Bae Suzy (KBS "Dream High" and KBS "Big", member of girl group miss A), the alternate history drama provides alternatives to the viewers who crave for some fantasy romantic genre. And this was the trend of last year's production. Audience who watch the drama will be pleased to watch the chemistry of both actor in getting into their character. last for 21 episode, the drama never feels bored for those who watching the whole episodes of it. The smooth storyline written by the scenarist Kang Eun Kyung, who is famous in writing the 2010 national drama KBS "King of Baking, Kim Takgu". The drama also features some popular actor such as Lee Yeonhee (SBS "Paradise Ranch" and a 2006 it movie "A Millionaire's First Love"), Choi Jinhyuk (MBC "Pasta", SBS "It's Okay, Daddy's Daughter", and MBC "Gu Family Book") together with supporting cast Lee Yubi (KBS "Nice Guy"), Sung Joon ("SBS "Lie To Me", TvN "Shut Up Flower Boy Band") and Yoo Yeonsuk (movie Introduction to Architecture).

4. The Master's Sun

The romantic comedy queen is back with another bang! Gong Hyojin (MBC "Pasta" and MBC "the Greatest Love") has return with her new project, together with another great actor So JI Sub "SBS "What Happened in Bali" and SBS "Ghost"). Another romantic comedy in stores, the lead actress sure have her talent under he sleeves. Comedy has always been the mainstream trend in the entertainment scene, but with a touch in supernatural element make this drama totally different with the previous comedic predecessor. Together joined the cast is Seo Inguk, after his successful transformation from audition singing contest winner to an actor with success drama under his belt, with TvN's "Reply 1997" with A-Pink Jung Eunji. A gamble to create the drama on metaphysical theme, but it is a success in this project. Surely Gong Hyojin a lady luck in every drama she stars; this drama is not an exception.

5. Good Doctor

The only KBS Drama in the list, God Doctor stars Joo Won, who was famous with his highly praised works in KBS "King of Baking, Kim Takgu" KBS "Bridal Mask" and MBC "7th Grade Civil Servant", alongside the ever improving Moon Chaewon (SBS "Brilliant Legacy" and KBS "The Princess Man" and "Nice Guy"), this medical drama is another hot drama aired in last year's period. It was rare to see a medical drama triumph in the rating battle between the main 3 public brodcaster, but Good Doctor is an exception. Joo Won who has already known in his short stint in KBS veriety show "2 Days 1 Night", proved that his magic in acting is still not faded yet. And so Moon Chaewon, the actress gained attraction after her firm courteous dynasty lady portrayed in move "War of The Arrows" puts her name in the most-sought after actress. The combination of both popular actors led to the success of the drama, supported by the matured acting of the actor Joo Sang Wook (KBS "The Thorn Birds", SBS "Paradise Ranch" & SBS "Giant") and chic acting by Kim Minseo (KBS "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", KBS "Babyfacd Beauty" and MBC's 2012 most successful historical drama "The Moon That Embraces The Sun".

[p/s: This article is just personal opinions of the author; nothing to do with the real assessment of another. My appreciation to all sources that I've searched to complete this post; See you next time!]

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Inconsistency

Ellow again...

I believe that everybody has known it for a while, that this blog has its inconsistency; the analysis on main direction of the blog has been crisscrossed by the emotional post beneath its writing. Nevertheless, it's my blog, so well, you know then...

It seems after a week holiday, I still couldn't really mustered up some time, just to update the blog post. But I really wanted to admit somehow, that these few week is just tough for me, and everybody involved. I just couldn't let it past by me. It might be the first for me, but it is still tough, and I ought to solve the problems A.S.A.P. However, little things changed ever since its inception.

At this moment, I still listening a song that really suit my mood the most; Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna. It was not the lyrics that I want to studied through, but the music that follows together with the compose, the melody, the instruments that created the beautiful arrangement of the music. I love to listen to music not because of the lyrics, but the song itself. Weird, right.

I think my mind now at ease, even a little, but still vulnerable. It's my first; to be honest, to have such a feeling that hurt, really. Maybe I should take a nap now. But before that, let me introduce you the song that accompany me during these times.

Marina & The Diamonds - Primadonna

Primadonna girl, yeah
All I ever wanted was the world
I can't help that I need it all
The primadonna life, the rise and fall
You say that I'm kinda difficult
But it's always someone else's fault
Got you wrapped around my finger, babe
You can count on me to misbehave

Primadonna girl,
Would you do anything for me?
Buy a big diamond ring for me?
Would you get down on your knees for me?
Pop the pretty question right now baby
Beauty queen of the silver screen
Living life like I'm in a dream
I know I've got a big ego
I really don't know why it's such a big deal, though
I'm sad to the core, core, core
Everything is a chore, chore, chore
When you give I want more, more, more
I wanna be adored

(1st Chorus)
Cause I'm a primadonna girl, yeah
All I ever wanted was the world
I can't help that I need it all
The primadonna life, the rise and fall
You say that I'm kinda difficult
But it's always someone else's fault
Got you wrapped around my finger, babe
You can count on me to misbehave

Primadonna girl
Fill the void up with Celluloid
Take a picture, I'm with the boys
Get what I want cause I asked for it
Not because I'm really that deserving of it
I'm living life like I'm in a play
In the limelight I want to stay
I know I've got a big ego
I really don't know why it's such a big deal, though
Going up, going down, down, down
Anything for the crown, crown, crown
With the lights dimming down, down, down
I spin around

(2nd Chorus)
Cause I'm a primadonna girl, yeah
All I ever wanted was the world
I can't help that I need it all
The primadonna life, the rise and fall
You say that I'm kinda difficult
But it's always someone else's fault
Got you wrapped around my finger, babe
You can count on me to misbehave

Cause I'm a primadonna girl, yeah
All I ever wanted was the world
I can't help that I need it all
The primadonna life, the rise and fall
You say that I'm kinda difficult
But it's always someone else's fault
Got you wrapped around my finger, babe
You can count on me to misbehave
Primadonna girl

[p/s: I promise that I will return with better post than this. Till then, have a feel good time.]

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The 90's Line: The Next in Line

It is so quick to realise that I suddenly wished to post another of my ideas, after fulfilling my vow to write another article before then. Now that I have come to another chance to write my post, my fingers would never stop typing what lies in my mind, not more or less I presume.

I have decided to compose another compilation of my rank; about the 90's line artist who suddenly pops up in my mind, thinking that there were many of them never made into my list, last year. Thanks to the viewers who paid a visit to my blog, although I certainly sure some of you were just visiting my blog as it appears in the search engine site. Nonetheless, for this topic, it received immense amount of viewers that I am willing to write another, so that it just not ended up as a "one-hit-wonder" for my site.

Without further delay, introducing my next in line, the next star in the making. Check it out!

30. Hwayoung

Real Name : Ryu Hwayoung
Date of Birth : April 22, 1993
Profession : Singer (ex-T-ara member), actress
Debut Year : 2010

She was the new addition of T-ara, after their management company Core Contents Media have decided to implement addition and expulsion system, posed into the group. She was virtually unknown, until suddenly rise into headlines after an alleged controversy and "bullying theory" sparked surrounding T-ara, in which the members of the group were accused of bullying Hwayoung during her stint in the group. Until now, there is no recent news about her which rise during late July and stays for months. It is been told that she is now preparing to be an actress, after her expulsion from T-ara, amid massive protest among T-ara fan, Queens and public citizen who cannot condone to such a big issue, particularly about the bullying case. Let's hope that she will have better life and career in the future.

29. Park Gun Tae

Real Name : Park Gun Tae
Date of Birth : February 5, 1996
Profession : Actor
Debut Year : 2002

I firstly come across this actor when he was acting as one of the lead roles in KBS kids drama "Hwarang Fighter Maru". Since then, he was offered numerous child roles in dramas, particularly in MBC "East of Eden" before his breakthrough in SBS "Warrior Baek Dong Soo", and tow MBC dramas "The King 2 Hearts" and "May Queen". This year, he is prospected to shine, after his excellent acting in May Queen.

28. Lee Hi

Real Name : Lee Ha Yi
Date of Birth : September 23, 1996
Profession : Singer
Debut Year : 2012

Her name started to chant among fans when she was still competing in inaugural competition held by SBS, K-Pop Star, which joined by the top 3 figures in Korean music industries; BoA (SM Entertainment), Yang Hyun Suk (CEO of YG Entertainment), and Park Jin Young (founder of JYP Entertainment). Her talent started to discover during the audition, and never look back till the final round, when she was defeated in final by the eventual winner, then 14 year old Park Ji Min. Recently released her first digital signal, "1,2,3,4", which quickly achieved all-kill in music chart, and become the first female rookie to win weekly music chart show, the November 8 show of Mnet M!Countdown. Looking forward to another success to this base-toned, soulful singer.

27. N

Real Name : Cha Hak Yeon
Date of Birth : June 30, 1990
Profession : Singer - VIXX
Debut Year : 2012

Leader of the rookie boy band VIXX was found to be the winner of "2009 Korea Youth Dance Festival". He won grand prize with his own created choreography, proving his talent encompasses both creation and execution of dance. After he joined the second season of tvN "The Romantic and Idol", his name was searched numerous times, signalling the interest from his fans beginning to rise.

26. Jonghyun

Real Name : Kim Jonghyun
Date of Birth : April 8, 1990
Profession : Singer - SHINee
Debut Year : 2008

The main vocalist of SHINee was indeed one of the best vocalist in the entire Korean idol, with his loud and husky voice, even stronger when performing live. It is truth that he is rarely on the variety scene, but his talent itself in singng were not going to waste. It is revealed that he prefer live performance rather than lip-syncing, a notable reason given his past experience as part of a rock band, prior to his debut. Still a lot to come from him, may he soon rise to his peek later.

25. Hyejeong

Real Name : Shin Hyejeong
Date of Birth : August 3, 1993
Profession : Singer - AOA
Debut Year - 2012

She is notably discovered when she was part of the cast in tvN "The Romantic and Idol", as well as playing as Moon Geun Young's younger sister in SBS drama "Alice in Cheongdamdong". She was believed to be shadowed by one of her bandmate, Seolhyun, but sooner or later, she will be expected to shine throughout the year, after her appearance in labelmate FT Island music video "I Wish".

24. Sohyun

Real Name : Kwon Sohyun
Date of Birth : August 30, 1994
Profession : Singer - 4minute
Debut Year : 2009

The youngest member of 4minute was virtually unknown, due to the huge popularity of member Hyuna, who cemented her position after her appearance in superstar hit music video of Psy's "Gangnam Style", but she was known as one of the popular '94-line idol with Kara's Kang Jiyoung, f(x)'s Krystal & Sulli, and miss A's Suzy. I believe she will shine later, particularly when all of 4minute members embark to individual promotion later.

23. Subin

Real Name : Park Subin
Date of Birth : February 12, 1994
Profession : Singer - Dal Shabet
Debut Year : 2011

The youngest member of hit composer E-Tribe's girl group, which produces hits like SNSD's "Gee" and Lee Hyori's "U-Go Girl" is popular with her cute Jeolla dialect speaking, as well as her quirky and outgoing personality. Looking forward to her next project, after she was selected as MC in two upcoming shows, MBC Music "Music Toktok Marbling" and tvN "Find The Fake".

22. CL

Real Name : Lee Chaerin
Date of Birth : February 26, 1991
Profession : Singer - 2NE1
Debut Year : 2009

The leader of YG Entertainment's main girl group has charms lie inside her. Beneath her charismatic and funky style, lies her innocent, sweet girl hidden. Not much can be told about her, but she was reported to be living as a trainee at JYP Entertainment, before debuting under YG. Fluent in speaking French, this year might be the return of 2NE1, along with her cool but strong image.

21. Youngmin & Kwangmin

the twins, Youngmin and Kwangmin

Real Name : Jo Youngmin & Jo Kwangmin
Date of Birth : April 24, 1995
Profession : Singer - BOYFRIEND
Debut Year : 2011

It is hard for me to recognise which is which; until now, but both of them shine at their own, which is why I put them together. Part of boyband BOYFRIEND, they were stand out at their own  during the beginning of the group formation. I prefer them in package rather than moving solo on different schedules, but anyway, they are in my list. Former JYP trainee, their group now are in form after their group single, "Janus" breaks into digital chart.

20. JB

Real Name : Im Jae Bum
Date of Birth : January 6, 1994
Profession : Singer - JJ Project
Debut Year : 2012

Having made successful debut in music industry with JJ Project Single "Bounce", he acted in the second installment of Dream HIgh, prior to the singing debut. Discovered by JYP after he tied-winnng the 5th Open JYP audition, along with groupmate Jr. After debut, JJ Project's name seems fade, until JB joined the cast of tvN "The Romantic and Idol", in which rises his name again. In 2013, he is again expected to breakthrough again, so fans outside, stay tune.

19. Jonghoon

Real Name : Choi Jonghoon
Date of Birth : March 7, 1990
Profession : Singer - FT Island (guitarist)
Debut Year : 2007

The main guitarist of FT Island is virtually unknown when his groupmate Lee Hongki usually steals group's limelight possibly because of his past work as a child actor. However, with all the members of FT Island who are now at legal age to venture into other field of entertainment other than singing, he will surely gain popularity, after his amicable present in tvN "The Romantic and Idol" season 2. Beforehand, he was also present in some of the cable channel program, including Mnet shows "Maknae Rebellion" and "Scandal". He is tipped to shine this year, along with his group's advancement in Japan.

18. Kim Yoon Hye

Real Name : Kim Yoon Hye (previously known as Woori)
Date of Birth : January 24, 1991
Profession : Actress, model
Debut Year : 2007

Her name started to rise after her acting in MBC "Heartstring", which starred Park Shin Hye and Jung Yonghwa. She was first appeared on a 2002 magazine cover of Vogue Girl Korea, and also modeled for MTV Asia in 2005 before starring in several music videos, notably present in Kim Tae Woo's "Echo". She was dubbed the rising actress this year, after starring in cable channel tvN "Flower Boy Next Door", and people will definitely wait on what's stored in her.

17. Hwang Min Woo

Real Name : Hwang Min Woo
Date of Birth : -unknown-
Profession : Dancer, Actor
Debut Year : -unknown-

At the moment this article was written, he is 8 years old. He is not formally debut, yet has gain international fame, after his imitation of Psy in "Gangnam Style" give him nickname "Little Psy". He was already famous after featuring in talent show SBS "Star King" and tvN 'Korea's Got Talent", before appearing in Psy's music video. His dance rendition of SISTAR "Alone" in Korea's Got Talent have piqued interest by Psy to ask him shooting for his music video. Since then, his name rise in search engine. He is still young, and is expected to debut in few years time. Before then, let's just enjoy his quirky, yet addictive performance by him.

16. Jonghyun

Real Name : Lee Jonghyun
Date of Birth : May 15, 1990
Profession : Singer - CNBLUE 
Debut Year : 2010

The main guitarist and supporting vocalist of CNBLUE is usually quiet, but full of charisma when playing guitar. Embark on acting scene, playing as Jang Dong Gun's son in SBS "A Gentleman's Dignity", his stock rises with his cool charisma shown in the drama. Already featured in variety show through SBS "Running MAn" as guest, fan could anticipate another breakthrough from him after successful transition from singing to acting, and then entertainer.

15. Dasom

Real Name : Kim Dasom
Date of Birth : May 6, 1993
Profession : Singer - SISTAR
Debut Year : 2010

Youngest member of the group, she might be not as famous as leader Hyorin, but her group's recent success catapulted her to success in acting transition. Having acted in KBS daily drama "Shut Up Family", she might as well continue her group and individual success this year. As SISTAR has now reach their peak of popularity, her presence will surely give impact to the industry.

14. Mir

Real Name : Bang Chul Yong
Date of Birth : March 10, 1991
Profession : Singer - MBLAQ
Debut Year : 2009

The youngest member of MBLAQ, in charge in rapping was in the variety world for years, but he still not reached his peak. Appearing in numerous shows, including Mnet "Scandal", tvN "The Romantic and Idol", and recently SBS "Law of the Jungle", this year could be his year, given that several years under the radar of fellow member Lee Joon.

13. Im Soo Hyang

Real Name : Im Soo Hyang
Date of Birth : April 19, 1990
Profession : Actress
Debut Year : 2009

Debuting in 2009 in Yoo Seung Ho movies " 4th Period Murder Mystery", her name started chanted among fan when she stars in SBS weekend drama "New Tales of GIsaeng". Since then, her career never looked back, acting in some high-profiled drama SBS 'Paradise Ranch",   MBC "I Do I Do" and highly anticipated KBS Drama "IRIS 2" which will air soon. Looking forward to her next work this year.

12. Jungshin

Real Name : Lee Jungshin
Date of Birth : September 21, 1991
Profession : Singer - CNBLUE (bassist)
Debut Year : 2010

This seemingly girlish CNBLUE bassist was, after all, has successful career in acting. Youngest but the tallest member in the group, he also ventures into modelling, when he modelled for Song Hye Myung Designer Show in 2010. His metrosexual appearance of him make others attracted, but watch out, he is a man, after all. He is also in charge of rapping in the band too, proving his versatility.

11. Juniel

Real Name : Choi Junhee
Date of Birth : September 3, 1993
Profession : Singer-Songwriter
Debut Year : 2011 (Japan), 2012 (Korea)

She might be new to Korean music industry, but when she was in Japan, she has won audition program Niji Iro Supernova, beating out many singers and songwriters throughout Japan, hence starting her Japanese career there, prior to her Korean debut. Her live performance with her sweet voice and melody, attracted Korean fans when performing her debut single "Illa Illa". Considering her debut was just reaching a year this June, and the music trends that prefers live performance rather than lip-syncing, she will mostly grab most of opportunity this year.

10. One Light Hyoyoung

twins Hwayoung and Hyoyoung

Real Name : Ryu Hyoyoung
Date of Birth : April 22, 1993
Profession : Singer (Co-Ed School, 5Dolls)
Debut Year : 2010

Unlike her twin who marred by controversy, another twin Hyoyoung have better career, perhaps one of the most successful rookie. Her twin's mishap does not affect her, instead her career rise with offers in acting, notably in KBS drama "School 2013", which recently wrapped its broadcast. She will shine, riding her luck throughout the year; fan can anticipate it.

9. Eunji

Real Name : Jung Eunji
Date of Birth : August 18, 1993
Profession : Singer - A Pink
Debut Year : 2011

Main vocalist of Cube Entertainment newest girl group A Pink, she suddenly rise to stardom when she starred in flashback tvN drama "Reply 1997", in which she showed her fluent "satoori" Gyeongsang dialect in the drama. Her acting suddenly catapulted her to success, along with her couple in the drama, Seo In Guk. Their OST single for the drama "All For You" cemented her position as one of the rising star in the industry. With her critically-acclaimed drama under her belt, there is no reason why she would not shine this year.

8. Jin Se Yeon

Real Name : Jin Se Yeon
Date of Birth : February 15, 1994
Profession : Actress
Debut Year : 2010

Virtually unknown during debut day, she shot to stardom after appearing as lead actress in highly successful KBS imperial drama, "Bridal Mask" alongside Joo Won. Controversy arose when she was accidentally, indirectly told her real age during interview, which sparked numerous interest from netizen, calling the agency to correct her website profile. Nevertheless, she shines throughout 2012, and fans cannot wait to see what is in stores this year.

7. Zico

Real Name : Woo Ji Ho
Date of Birth : September 14, 1992
Profession : Singer - Block B
Debut Year : 2011

Prior to his debut, he was involved in several underground hip-hop project, releasing some records. Controversy surrounding Thailand incident merely brought the group to its setback, but the talent of him producing and composing song never faded. I fact, some of Block B's ong were produced by them, with assistance and guidance from their mentor, Cho PD. If he choose to go on solo path, he might have a successful comeback.

6. Kim So Hyun

Real Name : Kim So Hyun
Date of Birth : June 4, 1999
Profession : Actress
Debut Year : 2007

This child actress rise into popularity when she was acted alongside fellow child actress Kim Yoo Jung in MBC "The Moon That Embraces The Sun" and SBS "Rooftop Prince" as an antagonist, before her strong acting as young Yoon Eun Hye in MBC "I Miss You" as lead. She is really the trend nowadays; several offers come across her, and she carefully selects her next project. She was also acted as lead actress in BOYFRIEND music video "I Yah", released January of this year.

5. Bang Yong Gook

Real Name : Bang Yong Gook 
Date of Birth : March 31, 1990
Profession : Singer - B.A.P
Debut Year : 2012

He may be new to Korean idol industry, but he has made names underground. He steals limelight when he featured as rapper in Secret Song Ji Eun's solo single "Going Crazy" before his debut. The single become a commercial success, and critics praise him for his "husky and fierce rapping". Even before then, in 2007, he was part of an underground hip-hop group called Soul Connection under the stage name Jepp Blackman Before his formal debut with B.A.P, he released single "I Remember", featuring B2ST Yang Yoseob, the release duet with fellow groupmate wannabe Zelo with single "Never Give Up", creating subunit Bang&Zelo. His talent certainly never go wasted, and he will create difference in music industry with B.A.P's unique music styles.

4. Park Bo Young

Real Name : Park Bo Young
Date of Birth : February 12, 1990
Profession : Actress
Debut Year : 2006

Debuted in 2006 with EBS drama "Secret Campus", she rose to fame with comedy movie "Speedy Scandal" along with Cha Tae Hyun. Since them, her life is not the same. Problems with management agency does not shatter her acting career. Again in 2012, she conquered Korean movie cinema with 2012 blockbuster "Wolf Boy" alongside actor of the moment, Song Joongki. Several appearance in SBS variety show "Running Man" cemented her position as a seek-out actress of her age. Cannot wait for her next project though.

3. Yeo Jin Goo

Real Name : Yeo Jin Goo
Date of Birth : August 13, 1997
Profession : Actor
Debut Year : 2006

Nobody would realise that the matured young man is just 15 at the moment this article was written. In 2008, at age 11, he already bagged award at SBS Drama Award, wining Best Young actor award with dramas "Iljimae", "Gourmet", and "Tazza". Four years passed, and he really stamped his mark in the acting industry with her perfect combination with fellow actress Kim Yoo Jung in MBC "The Moon That Embraces The Sun" and Kim So Hyun in MBC "I Miss You". Nothing could described his life now; he is really the trend nowadays. His acting is exceptional; critics praise his realistic acting. This year could be his; though.

2. Lee Hyun Woo

Real Name : Lee Hyun Woo
Date of Birth : March 23, 1993
Profession : Actor
Debut Year : 2005

Name all of hit dramas; Spring Days, The Legend, The Great King Sejong, Queen Seon Duk, God of Study, and the latest syndrome "To The Beautiful You", he was there. But then, "To The Beautiful You" really made him famous, internationally. The drama did not quite selling though locally, but the Korean adaptation of Japanese manga "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e" really gives him luck, even embarking his Asian Tour soon after. He is at the age where his talent is mostly capitalised, so stay tuned to his development.

1. Park Shin Hye

Real Name : Park Shin Hye
Date of Birth : February 18, 1990
Profession : Actress
Debut Year : 2003

If I put her top of the list, many will agree. She was wildly recognised after her superb performance as young Choi Ji Woo in mega-hit SBS drama "Stairway To Heaven", in which her acting put her in spotlight, along with brilliantly done chemistry with Lee Wan, younger brother of prominent actress Kim Tae Hee. She then joined numerous project such as KBS "Seoul 1945" and SBS "Tree of Heaven", which she reunited back with Lee Wan in Korea-Japan joint venture drama. She then secures her first lead roles in wildly-successful band drama SBS "You're Beautiful", in which she performs as a member in legendary popular fictional band A.N.Jell. The drama even have its own Japanese and Taiwanese take, proving the drama's success, more than 3 years after its release. She now becomes the jewel of acting industry, and considering her age, she's not done yet, not quite reaching her peak yet.

[p/s: It looks to me that actors and actress are taking over the chart, unlike previous rank, proving there exists dimension shift in the popularity of the artists and the interest of the fan specially. This rank is just personal opinions of the author; nothing to do with the real assessment of another. My appreciation to all sources that I've searched to complete this post; 7 hours, well much faster that the previous series. See you next time!]

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Interest of the Moment: Flower Boy Next Door

Welcome again..

Yesterday, I promise myself that I will give myself some time to post updates to my blog; glad I fulfill it. This recent weeks I suddenly encounter across a drama that I would anticipate it, since my favourite actress was in there (actor??). Well, let's see what's in store for my article, right after this.

Flower Boy Next Door (이웃집 꽃미남, romanised spelling "Yi-ut-jib Kkot-mi-nam") is the drama produce by CJ Entertainment, aired in the cable channel tvN and OnStyle. For those who are familiar with the "Flower Boy" series, I'm sure everyone involved were interested it, after the success of its predecessor "Flower Boy Ramyun Shop" (Jung Il Woo, Lee Chung Ah)  and "Shut Up Flower Boy Band" (Sang Joon, Jung Ui Chul and Infinite's L). The third installment of "Oh Boy" series was highly anticipated by majority of fans, as the star-studded cast Yoon Shi Yoon (Baker King Kim Takgu, High Kick to the Roof) and Park Shin Hye (You're Beautiful, Heartstring) have joined the project. Park Shin Hye was after all, rise into superstardom with hit release of flower boy band drama You're Beautiful, alongside Prince of Asia, Jang Geun Suk, CNBLUE leader Jung Yong Hwa and FT Island frontman Lee Hong Ki. In the drama where Park Shin Hye acted as a girl disguise as a man to fit in the legendary fictional band A.N.Jell, the drama receive explosive success overseas. Yoon Shi Yoon were dubbed "Rating Prince" after his successful lead role portrayed in Baker King, Kim Takgu, reaching 50.8% at its peak.

Flower Boy Next Door is based on the popular webtoon "I Peak At Him Everyday", this rom-com drama is all about a girl named Go Dok Mi (Park Shin Hye) who lock herself in her "tower" trying to peak at a man live next door. However, she was caught spying by Enrique Geum (Yoon Shi Yoon), a genius creative director, who is good-looking, stylish and bohemian and can′t get enough of soccer, who also has his own problem that can relate to. Go Dok Mi is modeled as a "city Rapunzel" who never ventures outdoors, yet has her own set of charms that makes men flutter. 

 From left: Mizuta Kouki, Kim Ji Hoon, Park Shin Hye, Yoon Shi Yoon and Go Kyung Pyo

(Source: tvN official poster, synopsis adapted from HanCinema & DramaWiki)


(Source: YouTube channel CJENDRAMA)

Along the cast who also involved in this project are Park Soo Jin, who will provide antagonistic elements in the drama, Kim Yoon Hye (formerly known as Woori, Shin Hye's castmate in "Heartstring"), and Kim Seul Gi (the quirky webtoon editor in the series).

I really anticipate it, and so do you the reader, I hope.

[p/s: Credits to Soompi discussion on Flower Boy Next Door, as to provide this article with some valuable information and comprehensive graphics. No copyright infringement intended; this article is just author's personal opinion in the materials that interest him.]