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Megan Lee to Star in Nickelodeon K-pop Musical Series, ‘Make It Pop’

Pictured above: From the left to right, Louriza Tronco, Megan Lee and Erika Tham in the new Nickelodeon musical comedy series, Make It Pop. (Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon)

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Remember the K-pop inspired show that Nick Cannon co-created? Well, Nickelodeon officially greenlit it for the 2015-2016 season, and K-pop singer Megan Lee will be starring as one of the female leads.

Co-created by executive producers Thomas W. Lynch and Nick Cannon, Make It Pop is a half-hour musical comedy series that follows three teenage girls who meet as roommates at an international boarding school and bond over their shared love for K-pop. With the help of a fellow schoolmate, the girls eventually form a K-pop band that gains school-wide recognition as they compete for a spot in the upcoming school musical.

Megan Lee will be portraying Sun Hi, an aspiring pop star who is a social media maven. Her co-star Louriza Tronco will play Jodi, a fashionista and hip hop enthusiast, while Erika Tham will star as Corki, a bookish classmate.

Produced by DHX Media, Make It Pop is one of three new live action shows to be picked up by Nickelodeon and has been signed for 20 episodes. Each episode will feature original songs and performances, in a format similar to the FOX musical series Glee.

Lee is currently involved in a contract dispute with her Korean management agency, Soulshop Entertainment. Her lawsuit against the agency is still pending.

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‘Baby Kara’ Member Ahn So-jin Dead in Apparent Suicide

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Popular K-pop trainee and reality-show contestant Ahn So-jin died on Feb. 24 after an alleged suicide attempt. Ahn was 22 years old.

According to Yonhap, Ahn was found unconscious in a flowerbed near an apartment in Daejeon at 2:07 p.m. KST. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she was declared dead upon arrival. After initial investigations, the police have ruled her death as a suicide and are currently investigating whether or not the singer had jumped from the 10th floor of the apartment complex. No note was found.

“We have concluded it to be suicide and we will be wrapping up the case. We did not find any traces of evidence that would suggest that it was something other than suicide,” said a representative from the Daeduk police station. “The family of the deceased are having a very difficult time, they want to send her off peacefully so there will not be any autopsy.”

Ahn was a trainee under DSP Media for five years and participated in the reality competition program Kara Project: The Beginning, also known as the “Baby Kara” series. She was one of seven singers vying to become a member of the established K-pop girl group Kara. She rose to fame and managed to make it to the top 4, but she was ultimately dropped from the competition.

It’s been reported that Ahn suffered from depression. DSP Media said in a press release that Ahn did not renew her contract with the agency one month ago and had returned back home to Daejeon since the reality show ended.

“We suddenly heard of this unfortunate news today. It is so unfortunate. We will do everything we can to help her family,” DSP Media told the press, according to allkpop.

K-pop fans have expressed their condolences for the departed talent through social media, making the hashtag #RIPSojin a worldwide trend.

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Featured image via Billboard

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Kim Tae Woo’s April ‘Spring Romance’ Tour Tickets Now On Sale

If you missed seeing Kim Tae Woo last year during his U.S. tour with g.o.d., fret not (check out KoreAm‘s interview with the singer from our December/January 2015 issue). He’s back in April with his solo “Spring Romance” Tour, and tickets are available through pre-sale right now!

The tour, presented by TGM Events, will feature a one-of-a-kind “Proposal Event” for some lucky fans. If you have a certain special someone in your life you want to share the “Spring Romance” experience with, Tae Woo is here to help.

Write to hello@tgmevents.com with the subject, “Our Love Story” and your city. In the body of the email, share your love story. If the concert will mark the beginning of your new love story, let the organizers know. The grand prize is two VVIP invitations, as well as an opportunity to share the stage with Tae Woo for an intimate proposal.

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Check out the tour dates below. You can find more information and purchase the tickets at the TGM Events website.

Los Angeles: Friday, April 10

Orange County: Sunday, April 12

D.C.: Friday, April 17

New York: Sunday, April 19

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Ticket Prices:

- VVIP ($150) includes an autograph session with Kim Tae Woo.

- VIP ($100) ticket holders will be able to participate in a group photo session with Tae Woo (10 people per group photo).

- General admission is $50.

You can get your pre-sale tickets online, or by calling TGM Events at (213) 785-5159.

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Featured image courtesy of Soulshop Entertainment

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How to Say Goodbye to the PMS Monster

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

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is a terrifying monster that attacks every month and leaves a path of destruction and hormones in its wake. Or so they say.

“They” being K-pop singer Lizzy (After School, Orange Caramel) and comedian/singer Park Myung-soo, who collaborated with producer Duble Sidekick for this single. The song, titled “Goodbye PMS,” carries an uplifting tune dedicated to the women who are stricken with PMS monthly—as well as the men who are caught in the blast radius.

Park Myung-soo plays the monster that embodies PMS (fitting, since his initials spell it out) and attacks poor Lizzy during her time of the month. His tactics are the worst possible, as they cause acne breakouts, food cravings, headaches, cramps, emotional sensitivity and irritability cranked to the highest setting.

With a little help from her medications, Lizzy finally says enough is enough and fights the PMS monster: “This is all your fault, PMS. I wont be fooled anymore, don’t come back!” At least until the next month.

PMS 3Park Myung-soo as the PMS monster.

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[VIDEO] Americans Try to Pronounce K-pop Star Names

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

“I feel like everything’s a lie, knowing Psy isn’t his real name.”

Brace yourselves: You’re about to hear some of your favorite K-pop stars’ names get butchered. On Friday, BuzzFeed released a new ear-cringing video titled, “Americans Pronounce K-pop Star Names.”

In the video, several Americans are asked to pronounce the birth names of various K-pop celebrities, including Park Jae-sang (PSY), Kwon Ji-yong (G-Dragon), Kim Heechul, Jung Ji-hoon (Rain) and Bae Su-ji (Suzy of Miss A).

While a few managed to nail the task, most of the participants failed miserably. Many of the pronunciation errors seemed to stem from adding extra letters or syllables to the names, turning certain consonants silent or using irregular intonations.

Still, you have to applaud the participants for effort. Korean romanization is tricky and not always the most accurate rendering of the Korean pronunciation.

You can watch the BuzzFeed video below:

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Big Bang’s ‘Ice, Nose, Lips’ Got Netizens Crying

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

K-pop fans always straddle the line between being the best and worst fans in the world. But where this latest bit of fandom falls, we’re not entirely sure.

The latest product to trend among netizens is an ice cube tray with molds shaped like the nose and lips of Big Bang’s Daesung. Yes, it’s official merchandise, and it has been appropriately deemed as “Ice! Nose Lips,” a pun on Taeyang’s song “Eyes, Nose, Lips.”

Daesung apparently spent 15 minutes making a silicone cast of his face. The product, a bright-yellow flexible ice cube tray, carries only two of his features—nose and lips. There may or may not have been a few cosmetic adjustments to make the nose and lips more… prominent.

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(Image via @muyon88/Twitter)

The ice cubes are kind of funny, but leave it to K-pop fans to take this product above and beyond its normal parameters. Just imagine what they could do with a 3D printer. Check out what these creative/crazy individuals came up with below.

Chocolates:

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Chocolate noses with “boogers”:

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Chicken nuggets:

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Plastic jewelry:

Candle wax:

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(Image via @caramel42627/Twitter)

Refrigerator magnets:

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H/T to Rocket News 24

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A Trend Towards a More Natural Look

by LISA WONG MACABASCO

If you’ve ever flipped through a Korean fashion magazine or tuned into a singing competition on Korean TV, you’ve seen models and singers donning elaborate, dramatic makeup. Take K-pop singer Hyori Lee, known for her glam, sexy style and bold use of colors, and 2NE1’s CL, who sports an edgy look and favors darker shades of makeup.

But a more natural look is coming into vogue, especially among Korean actresses, said makeup artist Seong Hee Park during a talk held late January at The Korea Society in New York City.

During her hour-long talk entitled “Images of Korean Female Beauty,” Park, an 18-year veteran of the fashion industry, explained how the standards of Korean beauty have origins in the use of more natural shades to accentuate, rather than exaggerate, one’s features, so as to make it appear as if one wasn’t wearing makeup at all.

This emphasis on naturalness, Park said, is part of a long tradition in Korea that dates as far back as the Joseon Dynasty.

“Personally, I believe that the natural hair and makeup portrayed by actresses in Korean dramas and movies better represents Korea’s beauty rather than the more dramatic, sexier appeal of today’s K-pop girl groups that have largely been influenced by Western pop culture,” Park said, speaking through an interpreter at the Jan. 28 event.

The boyish, petite Park, who wears her hair shortly cropped and has bright, clear skin, is a native of South Korea who has lived in New York for the last six years. Speaking at The Korea Society before a small audience, she came dressed in a modern black suit over a white shirt. A silver earring dangled from her left ear and she wore a stud in her right ear.

IMG_3316Seong Hee Park during at The Korea Society in NYC. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Kung).

Park has created looks for the K-pop group Wonder Girls and actress Yunjin Kim (of the hit series Lost), and has collaborated with international makeup artist Pat McGrath for such events as the Met Costume Institute Gala, the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards and fashion weeks in New York, Paris and Milan. Park’s looks also have been featured in fashion magazines around the world, including i-D Magazine, Vogue Korea, W Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea and Elle Korea.

Although Park acknowledged the popularity of plastic surgery among many Korean female celebrities, she said many Korean actresses today favor embracing one’s natural features, including Yeong-ae Lee from the Korean historical drama Dae Jang Geum; Ji-hyun Jun from the fantasy romance TV series My Love from Another Star; Hye-kyo Song from the drama Autumn in My Heart and film Hwang Jin Yi; and Su-ji “Suzy” Bae from the K-pop girl group Miss A.

During the Joseon Dynasty period between 1392 and 1897, inner beauty was prized over outer beauty, said Park. As a result, women favored simple styles during that era, for instance parting their hair down the middle and wearing similar styles of hanbok so as to not stand out.

Makeup styling during this era was one way to discern differences in status and rank, she said. For instance, lower-ranking women wore heavier makeup, such as thick powder, red lips, blushed cheeks and defined eyebrows. Women from the noble class wore a thin layer of powder and a light application of makeup on their eyebrows on a daily basis. These women reserved more defined makeup for special occasions such as rituals, outings or entertaining guests at their home. Bright, clear skin defined the ideals of beauty, while a clear, lighter complexion symbolized nobility, Park said.

To illustrate how beauty was defined during that era, Park referenced the Joseon-era artwork Mi In Do (“Portrait of a Beauty”) by the late-18th-century Korean painter Shin Yun-bok.

“Women of the Joseon Dynasty had a healthy, more voluptuous shape, [and] thick black hair and soft expressions,” Park said. “They had small, cherry red lips; thin eyebrows like crescent moons; slightly slanted eyes without any creases or folds; a small nose like a single piece of garlic; and a wider forehead. Although they did apply a bit of makeup to their eyebrows, cheeks, and lips, it did not overpower, and maintained their natural complexions within the limit of the natural shape.”

The current trend towards natural and organic beauty products in Korea also has a history steeped in tradition, Park noted. Korean women dyed their nails with bongseonhwa flower petals long before the invention of nail polish, she said, while women in the Joseon era created beauty products from products like beans, milk and eggs.

Alicia Yoon, founder and CEO of the New York–based Korean beauty retail site Peach and Lily, agrees that the current trend in Korea is to look more natural. “The ‘no-makeup makeup’ look is what women strive for,” Yoon said. “The ideal look, as propelled by Korean popular culture and media, is flawless, youthful, radiant skin with slightly flushed cheeks and dewy pink or peach-toned lips. Smoky, dark eyes or darker-hued lips are not as much en vogue today in Korea.”

Although beauty trends have come and gone in Korea, Korean celebrities are gradually moving towards showing their most natural selves, Park said. “Like the woman in Mi In Do, Korean female stars still try to enhance, not hide, their most natural beauty by applying natural makeup that always leaves people wondering [whether] they are or are not wearing makeup,” she said.

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Photos courtesy of Thomas Kung

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PSY Brushes Off Mean Tweet on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Jimmy Kimmel Live recently posted another music edition of its “Mean Tweets” segment, in which several celebrities read crude tweets sent by their haters. This time, K-pop sensation PSY was added to the lineup.

PSY’s mean tweet read, “Gangnam Style is so f—ing annoying like jfc I want to shove a stick up Psy’s a— so he can’t dance anymore.”

The K-pop star laughed off the hateful comment and wittily replied, “You can do it, but I still can dance.”

Other featured musicians, such as Josh Groban, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), responded to their haters in their own unique fashion.

You can watch the video below:

It’s not surprising that PSY would brush off the mean tweet so easily as the star has developed a thick skin over his long career. After all, mean tweets are nothing compared to the brutal comments made by South Korean anti-fans.

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