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2015 Dodgers Korea Night to Feature Kimchi Dogs, K-pop

 

by KARIN CHAN

Kimchi dogs will be sold at the Los Angeles Dodgers game tonight in honor of the team’s fourth annual Korea Night. Presented by Korea Tourism Organization, this is an effort to celebrate Korean culture while having a fun time at a baseball game with family and friends.

The Dodgers will face the Texas Rangers, including South Korean outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, at Elysian Park in a sold-out game.

For the K-pop fans out there, you’re in for a special treat. South Korean rock band YB will perform at 6 p.m. for the pre-game show with a four-song set, followed by the Korean and American national anthems.

2NE1’s CL is also set to throw the first pitch. There will be an opportunity for CL to sign autographs at 7:30 p.m. 

Attendees will receive a Korea Night themed T-shirt if they purchased the special event ticket package.

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YG Entertainment Donates 100 Million Won to Nepal Earthquake Relief

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

YG Entertainment, one of K-pop’s top talent agencies, has made a generous donation toward helping victims of the Nepal earthquake, according to Korean media outlets.

As of May 4, YG Entertainment donated at least 100 million won ($92,450 USD) to the Korean Committee for UNICEF, a United Nations program that provides humanitarian care to children in developing countries.

Over the years, YG Entertainment has consistently donated to charities and humanitarian projects through their fundraising platform YG WITH, according to Osen. At every concert its held, the agency has set up a YG WITH booth to raise funds.

Prior to the Nepal earthquake, proceedings from the G-dragon’s concert in 2013, 2NE1’s concert in 2014 and the 2014 YG Family concerts went toward building schools, sending computers, training teachers and providing school supplies to Nepal.

Since May 5 is Children’s Day in South Korea, YG Entertainment said its 100 million won donation will go toward providing medicine and relief supplies to the children affected by the earthquake.

On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, resulting in over 7,000 deaths and leaving tens of thousands homeless. It is reportedly the strongest earthquake the country has experienced in 80 years.

South Korea’s foreign ministry has pledged $1 million USD in humanitarian aid and deployed a total of 42 rescue workers and medics, along with two sniffer dogs, to Nepal on Friday.

Several Korean celebrities have also donated to the quake-hit country, including former Olympian figure skater Kim Yuna (donated $100,000 USD), actress Park Shin-hye ($28,000), K-pop girl group Girls’ Day ($9,300) and Shinhwa member Kim Dong Wan ($33,440). Many Korean nonprofit organizations and universities have also donated funds and relief supplies.

If you wish to donate to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake, here are five nonprofit organizations that are collecting donations:

UNICEF

Save the Children

 Red Cross

Good Neighbors

International Medical Corps

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Vladimir Putin Beats 2NE1’s CL in TIME 100 Reader’s Poll

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin and K-pop artist CL have been running neck-to-neck in this year’s TIME 100 Reader’s Poll, but poll results are finally in.

The reader’s poll officially ended on April 10. Putin edged out CL of K-pop girl group 2NE1 to second place, claiming the number one spot with 6.95 percent of votes in the final tally. There was only a .05 percent gap between the the politician and Korean rapper.

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Pop singers Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five with 2.6 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent of the votes, respectively. Aside from Putin, the only non-entertainers to make the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7 percent), Malala Yousafzai (1.6 percent) and Pope Francis (1.5 percent).

More than half of the votes for this year’s reader’s poll were cast within the United States, with 5.54 percent and 4.55 percent of votes cast in Canada and the United Kingdoms, respectively.

TIME’s editors will unveil this year’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world on April 16.

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Epik High to Embark on North American Tour

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High has announced that they will be embarking on a North American Tour next month, according to a YG press release. The tour will kick off Saturday, May 28 at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and will make stops in several major U.S. and Canadian cities.

Epik High recently headlined the K-pop Night Out showcase at SXSW last month, which was the trio’s first U.S. performance in nearly six years. Formed in 2001 as an underground hip-hop group, Epik High is composed of Korean Canadian rapper-producer Tablo, Korean rapper Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz.

The trio rose to success with their hit song “Fly” from their third album Swan Songs. Epik High is often credited as one of South Korea’s most influential hip-hop acts and has topped a number of global music charts, including the Billboard’s World Album Chart as well as the iTunes hip-hop and album charts.

Last October, Epik High released their eighth studio album SHOEBOX, which has been praised for its musical narrative, artistic lyrics, and impressive collaboration tracks with other renowned rappers. The album was produced record label YG Entertainment, home to some of K-pop’s leading artists: BIGBANG, 2NE1, PSY, Lee Hi, Winner and Akdong Musician.

Tickets for Epik High’s 2015 North American Tour will go on sale on April 15 at 12 p.m. in each city’s time zone on the official tour website.

EPIK HIGH 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

May 28 – San Francisco, The Warfield Theater
May 29 – Los Angeles, Wiltern Theater
May 31 – Vancouver, Vogue Theatre
June 5 – Dallas, South Side Music Hall
June 12 – New York City, Best Buy Theater
June 14 – Toronto, Danforth Music Hall

To learn more about the tour, visit Epik High’s official Facebook page or the tour website

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2NE1’s CL Leads TIME 100 Reader’s Poll

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

To the left, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, say K-pop fans.

On March 24, TIME magazine opened up their reader’s poll for their annual 100 Most Influential People list. Thanks to the voting power of K-pop fans, 2NE1‘s CL is currently leading the poll with 11.6 percent of votes as of Friday, while Lady Gaga is in second place with 4.3 percent.

This year, 158 candidates have been included in the online poll, including Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzal, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama.

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CL is the third Korean entertainer to be up for votes in the TIME 100 reader’s poll, following Rain and PSY.

TIME introduced the 24-year-old rapper as the latest addition to Scooter Braun’s roster of top stars, noting her upcoming American solo debut.

The online poll will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on April 10, and the winner will be announced on April 13.

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Dara of 2NE1 and Kim Young-kwang to Star in Web Drama

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Kim Young-kwang and 2NE1’s Sandara Park will be starring in the upcoming Chinese-Korean web drama Dr. Mo Clinic, according to Star News.

Dr. Mo Clinic follows the story of a psychiatrist and hypnotherapist named Mo Ian, who specializes in helping his patients heal from painful memories of love. Throughout the web drama, Dr. Mo treats a woman named Lee So-dam, who seeks his counsel to help cope with her devastating breakup. In the process of treating her, the therapist finds himself healing from his own traumatic experiences.

Kim Young-kwang will play the titular role of Dr. Mo while Dara will portray the eccentric Lee So-dam. This is the first drama Dara has been cast as the female lead, according to YG Entertainment.

“I’m taking this as my first challenge in acting, so I want to steadily learn and grow as an actress, taking things one step at a time,” Dara said through an agency representative. “I think web dramas are a new genre with great merit because we can share our work online and meet fans overseas.”

She added, “I was intrigued by the character because she seemed so similar to me. Although I feel nervous and pressured, I want to work hard, focus and do my best.”

Dr. Mo Clinic is also generating buzz for being directed by Kwon Hyuk-chan, the director of the wildly popular series Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Dignity, and The Master’s Sun.

Filming will commence in February. As a Chinese-Korean joint project, the web drama will be air simultaneously on Korea’s Naver TVCast and on China’s drama website Youku in March.

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Image courtesy of KDramaStars.com

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2NE1’s ‘Crush’ Appears on Rolling Stone’s Top 20 Pop Albums of 2014 List

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

America has been a tough market for K-pop acts over the past decade, even with the success of “Gangnam Style” back in 2012. Leave it to the ladies of 2NE1 to “crush” that precedent.

Last week, Rolling Stone named 2NE1’s Crush, the quartet’s first full album since 2011, No. 6 on their list of Top 20 Pop Albums of 2014. Crush beat out some stiff competition, including Ed Sheeran’s X, Pharrell’s GIRL and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

2NE1 was the only Asian artist to be featured on the list after Crush quickly jumped up to No. 61 on the Billboard 200 list after its release and became the highest-selling K-pop album ever in the U.S.

“The album itself was no stiff,” Rolling Stone wrote. “In fact, it’s a canny downshift from the wigged-out ‘I Am the Best’ maximalist mash-ups of the past.”

In particular, Rolling Stone praised Crush for “Happy” and “Good to You” while singling out “MTBD,” CL’s solo track that sparked some controversy for its use of Quran quotes.

2NE1 has had a busy year in America. Since releasing the album back in February, they’ve made appearances on The Bachelor and America’s Next Top Model. 2NE1 and their fellow YG labelmate Big Bang have been consistently among the most recognized Korean artists by Western media for the last few years. G-dragon and CL, for example, recently collaborated with Skrillex and Diplo’s track “Dirty Vibe.”

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2NE1 Performs on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

by ETHEL NAVALES

Back in March, the streets of Seoul were filled with excitement as Tyra Banks landed in South Korea to film a segment of Americas’s Next Top Model. We were even more excited when we discovered that ANTM chose popular K-pop group 2NE1 to make an appearance during the highly-anticipated fashion show for designer Lie Sang Bong.

A source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”

After 9 long months, the waiting is finally over. Americas’s Next Top Model aired its final episodes of Cycle 21 this past Friday. The segment included a photo shoot for GUESS at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, as well as Korean barbecue and even more Korean barbecue.

Most exciting of all, 2NE1 went to wish the the remaining contestants good luck before heading out to the runway to perform their popular song, “Crush.”

Check out the performance below as well as the behind-the-scenes footage of the girls interacting with the ANTM contestants.

– Originally published on Audrey Magazine