Sunday, 28 August 2011

ukiss profile

U-Kiss (유키스) is a 7-member Korean boy band under NH Media. They debuted in 2008 with a single album entitled “어리지 않아” (Not Young). Their first single is said to be a fusion of the typical kpop as well as a "dirty south" style which was entirely composed by the Brave Brothers.

U-Kiss is comprised of 6 boys – two of which came from or were former members of another group, Xing (Kevin and Kibum). They are a multi-lingual group allowing them to communicate with fans in Korean, English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

U-Kiss Stands For:
U- Ubiquitous
K- Korean
I- International (Idol)
S- Super
S- Star

This shows their intention of becoming an international group with the member's ability to converse with different languages. Alexander can converse in seven languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and English). He has a flair for languages. Eli is articulate in English, Korean and Mandarin and DongHo in Mandarin. Kevin is fluent in English and KiBum can speak Japanese. They are not only ready for Asia, but also for the US and Europe as well.

ss501 profile

SS501(pronounced as Double-S 501 or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il) is a popular South Korean boyband under management of Daesung Entertainment, also known as DSP Entertainment. The name of the band is a combination of the alphabet and numbers that have special meanings in them. The first “S” stands for “Super”. The second “S” is an abbreviation for whatever they want to be that starts with an S, Star/Singer etc. The number 5,0 and 1 means `five members united as one forever.’ Their official fan club is known as “Triple S”. There are only three official Triple S currently, but more are surfacing from other countries and waiting for DSP to recognize them.

SHINee profile

SHINee is one of the amazing and talented R&B South Korean boy bands. They were formed under the SM Entertainment in 2008 and had made their debut on May 25, 2008 in SBS’s Inkigayo with their first promotional single entitled as “Noona Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)” that is literary means that “older girl, you’re so pretty (replay). The group includes their leader Onew, lead vocalist Jonghyun, Key, Minho and youngest Taemin. Ever sine their debut, the groups has already released two albums, three mini albums, and several singles. The group has also won many awards, have done a concert tour and have been starred with their own reality shows. SHINee can be considered as the fashion icon that had started the “SHINee Trend”. The group was set to have their debut in March 2011.

At the middle of their promotional activities for their second studio album, the group has presented in the SM Town Live ’10 World Tour with their label-mates last August 21, 2010 in the Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium. They had also done some performance for the said concert in Shanghai and Los Angeles after few days.
Last December 26, 2010, the group held their first concert entitled SHINee World at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. It was recorded that there were approximately 24,000 attendees in the concert. They had also revealed the music video of their ballad track, “Quasimodo”, from their second album entitled, Lucifer. The boys had also announced that they are going to release their first Japanese language studio release on March 2011 under the management and label of EMI Music Japan.
Last January 1, 2001, the group had performed a concert in the Olympic Park Stadium in Seoul as one of the part of their tour, SHINee World. The next day, they held a press conference before the second half of the concert starts. They had answered various questions, mostly related to their future plans, and also they had announced their debut in Japan, as well as their success in the early year.
SHINee is quite popular because of their fashion style, created by their designer Ha Sang Baek that features high-top of sneakers, bright yet colorful jeans and sweaters. This style has been the reason why most students in the media have the “Shinee Trend”. This has also led to some product endorsement, and promotions for Smart, Reebok, and Nana’s B which is a Korean cosmetic company.
The group is the one who had sang “Stand by Me” for the Korean adaptation drama of popular manga series Boys over Flowers by Yoko Kamio. In addition with their promotional activities to Smart, they had recorded a song titled, “Blue Pink Song” that helps to further advertisement of the product. They had also recorded a digital single “Bodyguard” to promote the Samsung’s Anycall mobile phone. Fro the drama series Dream, they had recorded a song named “Countdown” and “Fly High” for the series Prosecutor Princess. The group also contributed in the soundtrack of Koran National Tourism Organization’s web movie, Haru

mblaq profile

MBLAQ, (엠블랙) is a South Korean quintet boy band created by Korean pop R&B singer Rain under his label J.Tune Entertainment. The group debuted in October 9, 2009 at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert. On October 14, 2009 the group released their debut single album, "Just BLAQ", which topped various on-line and off-line music charts in South Korea.

Having trained for two years, MBLAQ was first announced on 21 September 2009, with an appearance on Nylon magazine.The group appeared alongside Rain, in his Legend of Rainism concert. They performed various songs from their produced EP, Just BLAQ and were met with praise. The group released teasers for their debut song, "Oh Yeah" on October 12,with the music video being released two days later. Coinciding with the music video, MBLAQ's debut single album Just BLAQ, was released on the same day, topping various charts in South Korea. The next day, the group made their broadcast debut on's M!Countdown, performing "Oh Yeah".

In early December, the group debuted in Japan, following their performance during Rain's fan meeting- resulting in a documentary being produced surrounding their stay at Japan. Later in the month, the group commenced promotions for their follow up track, "G.o.o.d Luv", with the music video being released December 10 2009. On December 15, it was announced that the group would be part of Season five of the Idol Show (Hangul: 아이돌 군단의 떴다! 그녀 lit. Idol Corps, She Has Arrived!), with the first episode airing a day later.
Company: F&C Music & Warner Music Japan
Shows: 두근두근 여친만들기 Wanna Be My Boyfriend?
Official Website:
Debut: 27th May 2007
F.T. Island (Korean : 에프티 아일랜드) is the name of a South Korean band. The name is abbreviated from “Five Treasure Islands” because of its five members. An album was supposed to be released commercially in May 2007. However, all of the members appear on a television program called “Dugeun Dugeun Yeochinmandeulgi” (Korean : 두근두근 여친만들기) on channel. This is officially translated by as "Wanna Be My Boyfriend?" though obviously there are some grammatical errors with that. "두근두근" refers to the sound the heart makes. They also already performed live on stage at the Rolling Hall and their first official showcase at Live House Melon-AX, Gwangjang-dong in Seoul on 27th May 2007 .On 7th June 2007 F.T.Island had performed their first debut on music television programme called M!Countdown and the day after their 1st album was commercially released

Their first album “Cheerful Sensibility” combining 13 songs can be divided into 2 parts “Emotional Chapter” and “FT Island Chapter” respectively according to the style of the song in the album. For the “Emotional Chapter” the genre is obviously rock ballad oriented which produced by the composers who work for many songs of famous Korean singer such as SG Wannabe and K. In another part “FT Island Chapter” tend to be the upbeat pop-rock oriented style which produced by the Japanese famous composers participating with the SMAP and Utada Hikaru

BIG BANG profile

BIGBANG is a South Korean boy band which started up in 2005-2006. The band is made up of five members T.O.P., Taeyang, G-Dragon, Deasung and Seungri. The band signed with YG Entertainment and under this label released several singles and EPs. Their first EP, Always was released in 2007. This was soon followed by a number one single, Lies. It was the breakthrough success of this single that put them on the charts. Other successful albums of theirs were Hot Issue and Stand Up.

Before Big Bang was formed, some members in the group had already stepped into the entertainment arena. Among these were the band leader G-Dragon and lead vocalist Taeyang. Both of these members had been signed with YG Entertainment since they were twelve years old. Another member of the band, T.O.P., had been an underground rapper known as Tempo. The group first performed together at the YG Family Concert in 2006 at the Gymnastics Arena in Seoul Olympic Park. This debut was soon followed by their single, Bigbang.
The band continued to meet with great success in 2007. In fact, the record company had to create more albums because there was such a high demand for them. There were also some reports late in 2007 that several members of the band were hospitalized from exhaustion. This halted some of their promotions but did not stop the band from traveling to Japan and making a big hit there as well. Their EP, For The World was their first Japanese release in early 2008. They continued to release successful albums in Korea and Japan throughout the rest of the year. Their single, Day By Day was number one for six consecutive weeks. Other successful songs were Heaven, Oh My Friend and Good Man.
In 2009 the group took a break to pursue solo activities though they came back together on some projects. In 2010 the group performed in their 2010 Big Bang Concert Big Show at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. This was followed by a Japanese tour. For the rest of the year the band mainly pursued their solo activities again but came back together in 2011 for another Big Show Concert. Their latest EP, Tonight has met with success not only in Korea but it also is the first K-pop album to make the US iTunes top 10.

b2st profile

Beast (비스트 ) Cube Entertainment’s new boy group which debuted as B2ST, or Boys 2 Search the Top, this coming September, with AJ’s rehashed song Dancing Shoes, promising great stage performance and vocal talent. Recently unveiled in Tokyo, the boys have undergone strenuous training and are in the process of recording songs, going to MV sites and showcases, and preparing for the MTV documentary filming. The documentary, which shows the lives of Cube trainees, airs August 23rd.

A source stated, “Through MTV B2ST, the group revealed themselves as B2ST. After the debut, the group will keep growing up as a better group, being known as BEAST.”

BEAST’s first mini-album, titled BEAST IS THE B2ST (talk about confusing), contains 5 tracks, with the title-song “Bad Girl.” The producers are Lee Sang Ho and Shin Sa Dong Tiger (Lee Ho Yang), who in the past have composed 4minute’s “Hot Issue” and “MUZIK”.

2ne1 profile

2NE1 is one of South Korea’s most popular girl groups, with hit songs like Fire, I Don’t Care, Try To Follow Me, and Go Away etc.
Korean pop group 2ne1 picture
The group name 2NE1 (pronounced as To-Anyone or Twenty-One) stands for 21st Century New Evolution. The four members of 2NE1 are CL, Bom, Dara and Minzy. 
2NE1 were introduced in March 2009 with Lollipop, a commercial theme song jointly released with boy band Big Bang. They made their official debut in May with a digital single, Fire, which was quite a hit. They released a self-titled mini album in July, which includes another hit song I Don’t Care.
2NE1 released their first full length album, To Anyone, in September 2010, which again did pretty well.

4minute profile

4minute is a popular South Korean girl group.
Korean pop group 4minute picture
4minute made their official debut in June 2009 with single Hot Issue, followed by a mini-album For Muzik in August. The five members of 4minute are Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon, Hyuna and Sohyun. 
4minute released their second Korean mini-album HuH (Hit Your Heart), and also their first Japanese single, a remake of Muzik, in May 2010. They released their first original Japanese single, First / Dreams Come True, in October, before releasing their first full length Japanese album, Diamond, in December.
4minute released another Japanese single, Why, in February 2011.

after school profile

After School (애프터스쿨) is a popular female pop group from South Korea, with hit songs like Diva, Because of You, and Bang etc.
Korean girl group After School picture
The current nine members of After School are Kahi, Jung Ah, Jooyeon, Bekah, Uee, Raina, Nana, Lizzy and Leeyoung. 
After School made their debut as a five member group in January 2009 with single AH! which did just ok. A new member Uee was introduced in March and the new team released digital single Diva with moderate success. They released a few more songs before member So-young graduated from the group in October.
Two new members Raina and Nana were introduced a month later and the group released Because of You which became their first major hit and chart topper.
After School enrolled another new member Lizzy in March 2010 and released a single Bang days later. The three new members formed a sub-unit, Orange Caramel and made their debut with Magic Girl in June.
After School released Happy Pledis, a Xmas themed charity album in December, and also introduced their ninth member, Lee-young, later that month.

girls' generation profile

Girls’ Generation is one of South Korea’s most popular female pop groups. The girls are well known across Asia with hit songs like Gee, Genie, Oh, and Hoot etc.
Korean pop group Girls Generation picture
Girls’ Generation is often referred to as Soshi, or SNSD by international fans – abbreviation of the group’s Korean name, So Nyeo Shi Dae (소녀시대, or So Nyuh Shi Dae). The nine members of Girls’ Generation are Hyoyeon, Jessica, Seohyun, Sooyoung, Sunny, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Yoona and Yuri. 
SNSD made their official debut in August 2007 with single Into the New World. They released their first (self-titled) full album in November, with its second track Kissing You a hit. The album was re-released as Baby Baby in March 2008. The girls also worked in various (solo) projects, e.g. in reality shows, dramas and radios etc.
SNSD released a mini-album, Gee, in January 2009. The title song was a mega hit, breaking various #1 records on music charts. They released their second mini-album, Tell Me Your Wish in June, which was hugely successful as well.
SNSD continued to excel in 2010 – with their second full length album, Oh! in January; a repackaged album, RunDevilRun, in March; and their third mini-album, Hoot, in October – all were best sellers as expected. The group also made their official Japanese debut in September, with single Genie which reached the #4 spot on Oricon weekly chart.
SNSD released their first original Japanese single, Mr Taxi, in April 2011. They released their first (self-titled) full-length Japanese album in June, which reached the top of Oricon weekly album-sales chart.

kara profile

Kara (카라, often stylised as KARA) is one of South Korea’s top female pop groups, with hit songs like Honey, Mister and Lupin etc.
Korean girl group Kara picture
The five members of KARA are Park Gyuri, Han Seung-yeon, Nicole Jung, Koo Hara and Kang Ji-young.
KARA made their debut as a four member group with album First Blooming in March 2007. The group was reshuffled when Sunghee left in February 2008, with two new members Hara and Ji-young being brought in to form the current five member group. The new team released a mini-album Rock U in July.
KARA made their first major breakthrough in November with mini-album Pretty Girl, which include their first #1 hit song Honey, which shaped them up as one of the top female pop groups in South Korea.
KARA released their second full length album Revolution in July 2009. Its first track Mister (and the choreo) was a huge hit and was one of the songs of the year. The girls were also active with their very own variety shows Mnet Kara Metafriends and Kara Bakery etc. in 2009.
KARA released their third mini album Lupin in February 2010, which was also a huge hit. The girls opened their own online fashion mall Karaya in May; and they also became popular commercial models, featuring for Mistine cosmetic, Lesmore shoes, Hangame, and Ottogi food etc. (no longer contracted to some though).
KARA recorded We’re With You, a World Cup theme song in June. And they released their first Japanese single with a Japanese version of Mister in August which made it to the #5 spot on the authoritative Oricon weekly chart.

miss a profile

Miss A – often stylised as miss A – is a Chinese-Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group made their official debut in early July 2010.
Korean girl group miss A picture
The four members of miss A are Fei and Jia from China, and Suzy and Min from South Korea. 
The group, initially with five members, was unofficially known as (JYP) Sisters. The group has appeared on random shows in China before being reshuffled and made their official debut in July 2010 with Korean album Bad But Good. Its main track Bad Girl, Good Girl became an immediate hit, reaching #1 spot on various charts.
Miss A released their second single Step Up in September.

t-ara profile

     T-ara (티아라, pronounced as Tiara) is a popular South Korean female pop group, with hit songs like TTL, Bo Beep Bo Beep, Crazy Because of You, and Roly Poly etc.
Korean pop group T-ara picture
The seven members of T-ara are Boram, Qri, Soyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin, Jiyeon and Hwayoung. 
T-ara released their first song, Good Person, in April 2009. The group was reshuffled before making their official debut in July with single Lies, which wasn’t well received. The girls made their redemption with TTL (Time to Love) in September – a special collaboration with boyband Supernova which became a huge hit.
T-ara followed up with their Absolute First Album in December, which includes the highly popular Bo Peep Bo Peep. A repackage album, Breaking Heart, was released in February 2010, with new song Crazy Because of You a chart topper as well. The girls released their first mini-album, Temptastic (YaYaYa the main track), in December with moderate success. A new member, Hwayoung, was also officially introduced.
T-ara made their 2011 comeback in June with another mini-album, John Travolta Wannabe (Roly Poly the main track), which did pretty well.

f(x) profile

f(x) is a South Korean girl group which made their official debut in 2009. Some of their hit songs include Danger, NU ABO and Chu~ etc.

The five members of f(x) are Victoria Song, Amber Liu, Luna Park, Sulli Choi and Krystal Jung.  .
Dubbed as the Asia Pop Dance Group, f(x) made their official debut in September 2009 with digital single LA chA TA, followed by their first single album Chu~♡ in November. The girls released their first mini album NU ABO in May 2010. They released their first full length album, Pinocchio, in April 2011.

secret members


Secret (Korean: 시크릿) is a four-member South Korea girl group formed in 2009. The group consisted of Jeon Hyosung, Jung Hana, Song Jieun and Han Sunhwa. The group were signed under LOEN Entertainment and released their debut single, "I Want You Back", in 2009. In 2010 they released two mini albums entitled Secret Time with the lead single "Magic" and Madonna. In 2011, Secret released the smash hit "Shy Boy" followed by "Starlight Moonlight".

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