Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – July Week 4

f(x) has the new No. 1 song this week with “Red Light,” moving up eight spots to take over our top spot.  This song swept all music shows for the past week and it is no surprise to see them winning in our chart as well.  “Red Light” also tops our Soompi Airplay source, and is the only song to score over 900 points this week.  Congratulations to f(x). For the third straight week, AOA’s “Short Hair”...

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IU to Appear as Guest on Yoo Jae Suk’s New Variety Program “I’m a Man”

Singer IU will be making an appearance as the first female guest on KBS’ “I’m a Man,” a new variety show that was recently added to the broadcast station’s regular program lineup. Suzy of miss A was the guest on the pilot episode.  On July 27, a broadcast representative told TV Report, “Today, IU will appear as a surprise guest during the recording for ‘I’m a Man.’” It appears that IU will be the ...

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Halfway Results for Seoul International Drama Awards 2014

Hey Soompiers! It just felt like a few days ago when we opened up the voting for the Outstanding Korean Drama portion of Seoul International Drama Awards 2014. Just like we’ve anticipated, the battle is quite fierce in all categories: drama, actor, actress. Curious to see who are currently topping the voting poll? Flip through the gallery! Note: Percentages and rankings could have changed since th...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – July Week 3

BEAST’s “Good Luck” repeats as No. 1 this week as it holds off AOA’s “Short Hair” again this week.  “Good Luck” recorded wins on SBS Inkigayo, KBS Music Bank, and MBC Music Core last week. It also topped our newly added Soompi Airplay source as the BEAST was the hottest trending artist on our last chart period.  Congratulations to BEAST. Moving up one spot to No. 3 is K.Will’s “Day 1.”  This song ...

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The Growth and Decline of K-Pop Fan Cafes

Before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Instagram accounts were a necessity for K-Pop groups, there were and still are fan cafes.  Fan cafes are online communities where fans not only share photos and have discussion, but also become a united voice and identity in representing the fandom. You couldn’t be considered a true fan unless you were a member in an official fan cafe. Even celebri...

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Singer IU Reveals That Her Confidence Rises When in Love on “Healing Camp”

The talented singer IU recently revealed her honest thoughts about dating. On July 14, the singer appeared on SBS’s variety show, “Healing Camp” along with singer and actor Kim Chang Wan and the cute Akdong Musicians. IU shyly said, “For me, being in a relationship is the best. It’s the time where narcissism springs up.” Continuing on, she said, “I usually have low confidence but when I start dati...

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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – July Week 2

Our weekly music chart has undergone a major change starting this week.  To make our chart more reflective of what is hot internationally, we are introducing “Soompi Airplay” as 15% of our chart score.  “Soompi Airplay” reflects the relevance of each artist by measuring the frequency of their coverage on Soompi each week.  We feel that this adds our own flavor to the music chart rather than just s...

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BEAST, IU, Girl’s Day, ZE:A, Fly to the Sky, Baek Ji Young, and More to Perform at MBC’s &...

It has been confirmed that many big names, including BEAST, IU, and Girl’s Day will be attending the ‘Hope Concert’ organized by MBC. This year will mark the fourth ‘Hope Concert’ to take place and it is scheduled to be broadcast on television this coming July 11 at 1:10 PM (KST). The entire lineup is drawing attention, as it includes not only some of the most popular idols...

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