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[VIDEO] Emma Stone Admits Her K-pop Obsession on ‘Conan’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

It’s official. Emma Stone is a confirmed Blackjack.

On Tuesday night, Stone publicly announced her obsession with K-pop on Conan, describing the music to be “beyond excellent” and “very addictive.” When host Conan O’brien asked the Hollywood actress which K-pop artist was her current favorite, Stone listed girl group 2NE1, eliciting cheers from the audience. She later chose “I Am the Best” as her favorite song from the group.

Stone added that she became acquainted with the K-pop quartet when she was in Seoul three years ago for the The Amazing Spider-Man premiere.

When Conan’s co-host Andy Richter claimed that each K-pop band has about 15 members, Stone showed off her K-pop knowledge and corrected him, saying that only certain groups, such as Girls’ Generation, have a large number of members.

There’s no doubt that South Korean music has grown to become a global phenomenon in recent years, with several K-pop and K-indie artists touring overseas and performing at renowned music festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW) and Liverpool Sound City. In addition, K-pop groups 2NE1, Girls’ Generation and Super Junior were recently nominated for a Teen Choice award.

You can watch the full clip of Conan and Stone’s K-pop conversation below:

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2NE1, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior Nominated for Teen Choice Awards

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Right on the heels of KCON 2015, FOX will be hosting its annual Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles next month. This year, three K-pop groups have been nominated for the inaugural Choice International Artist award.

Hip-hop quartet 2NE1 was nominated for the brand new category on Wednesday, alongside SM Entertainment’s Girls’ Generation and Super Junior. The three K-pop acts will be competing against British-Irish boy band One Direction, Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, and British girl group Little Mix.

Launched in 1999 by FOX Network, the Teen Choice Awards celebrates popular and influential figures in film, TV, music and fashion. Every year, American teens between the ages of 13 and 19 vote for their favorite celebrity in each category, and the winners receive a surfboard with the awards show’s logo for that year.

K-pop fans can vote for their favorite artist by visiting TeenChoice.com or posting the artist’s name with the hashtag #ChoiceInternationalAward on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Voting ends next Friday, July 24.

The 2015 Teen Choice Awards will be held at Los Angeles’ Galen Center on Aug. 16 and will be aired live at 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox.

Last week, Girls’ Generation released the music video for their latest summer hit, “Party,” which currently has over 13 million views. Meanwhile, Super Junior is expected to release their 10th anniversary album, Devil, on Thursday. CL of 2NE1 is also slated to make her U.S. debut as a solo artist sometime later this year.

This is not the first time K-pop artists have been invited to the Teen Choice Awards. In 2009, Wonder Girls attended the ceremony as guests after opening up for The Jonas Brothers during their world tour.


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



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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Featured image via Korea Herald

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YG Entertainment Donates 100 Million Won to Nepal Earthquake Relief

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

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:


Save the Children

 Red Cross

Good Neighbors

International Medical Corps


TIME Reader poll finalists

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

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

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.



Epik High to Embark on North American Tour

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

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.


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


Featured image courtesy of YG Entertainment


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

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

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

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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