2014 Girl Group Rankings: SISTAR Joins Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 at the Top

Media outlet Sports Chosun recently released its “2014 Girl Group Ranking” on February 4. This follows after their ranking lists in 2012 and 2013, and is a reflection of industry representatives’ views of where girl groups stand in the competitive music industry. The first tier is called the “Insurmountable Wall,” and consists of Girls’ Generation, SISTAR and 2NE1. Girls’ Generation has been in th...

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Rainbow’s Jae Kyung Breaks a Camera Lens with an Arrow

Rainbow’s Jae Kyung revealed a photo of herself with a broken camera lens. On January 30, Jae Kyung had uploaded four photographs of herself and a short message, “Ta-dah! For the Idol Star Archery competition for the bronze medal, the poor sacrificial lamb that was on the camera stand. It is a broken camera lens. Can you see the arrow mark on it? It is interesting, right? I think Rainbow will be s...

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Lunar New Year Special: Do You Know Your Hanbok?

The Lunar New Year (Seollal) is one of the major holidays in Korea, and as such, it’s one of the few occasions when people might wear the traditional national garment known as hanbok. For women, the hanbok consists of a jeogori (a jacket, usually cropped below the bustline and held together with a tie), and a chima (a long skirt that ties around the bust and billows out in a full shape). For...

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SISTAR’s Bora Thanks Fans for Birthday Gifts and Wishes

SISTAR member Bora recently celebrated her 25th birthday and thanked fans for the thoughtful gifts and birthday wishes.  On January 30, she updated SISTAR’s official Twitter page with a photo and accompanying message that read, “Thank you to the STAR1 people who wished me a happy birthday! Is everyone spending a wonderful time with their families? I hope everyone receives a lot of new year’s...

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Hyorin, Ga In, Ailee and Other Female Solo Artists Rule January Charts Over Girl Groups

The Korean music world in January was run by the girls, the solo artists in particular. While the sexy girl group comebacks made for a hot topic, the music charts were ruled by powerful female vocalists like SISTAR’s Hyorin, Ailee, and Brown Eyed Girls‘ Ga In. According to Melon’s real-time music chart on January 29, new songs from female artists were in 7 of the top 10 spots. Excluding Girl...

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How Are Idols Celebrating the Lunar New Year?

As Korea celebrates the Lunar New Year, it’s no surprise that fan still watch their favorite idols on television through such programs as MBC’s “Idol Olympics.” However, as some idols are heading home to celebrate with their families, other idols are busy working and promoting in Korea and overseas. For SM Entertainment’s artists, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), and EXO were g...

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BTOB’s Minhyuk and 4minute’s Kwon So Hyun Nab Gold Medals + Other Results from...

Day 1 of the Lunar New Year special broadcast of the 8th “Idol Star Athletic Championships” has ended, resulting in some heart-pounding actions, unbelievable twists and all-time high records for the track, archery, futsal and curling events! On January 30, part 1 of the “Idol Star Athletic Championships” (henceforth, ISAC) was broadcast on MBC. The first event was the femal...

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