EXO-K, KARA, SISTAR, 4Minute, VIXX, Block B, Ailee, B.A.P, GOT7, and More to Heat Up ‘2014...

The fifth ‘2014 Hallyu Dream Festival’ will be opening up on September 28 at Gyeongju Civic Stadium. On September 1, it was announced that the festival’s amazing lineup will consist of a total of 22 different teams, including EXO-K, KARA, SISTAR, 4Minute, VIXX, BTOB, Block B, Ailee, Secret, B.A.P, Crayon Pop, T-ara, Dal Shabet, Topp Dogg, F.Cuz, GOT7, BESTie, Dick Punks, LU:KUS, HALO, Red Velvet, ...

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Big Byung (Yook Sungjae, Jackson, N, Hyuk) Releases Goofy “Stress Come On” MV

On the August 19 episode of “Hyungon & Daejun’s Music Revelation,” the Jung Hyung Don-Defconn producer pair, self-dubbed “Brave Double Tiger,” released their music video for “Stress Come On.” The song is performed by Big Byung, a group composed of Yook Duk (BTOB’s Yook Sung Jae), Wang Kong (GOT7’s Jackson), Dol Baeki (VIXX’s N), and Hyuk Ddi (VIXX’s Hyuk). It’s a goofy yet relatable track, rem...

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Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle: Round 2

Welcome to Round 2 of the Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle! The first round was a motley assortment of battles, some of them being complete runaway matches (T.O.P vs. HyunA, G-Dragon vs. Jung Hana), with no question as to the clear winner, and others with less of a split (CL vs. Rap Monster, Bang Yong Guk vs. Ilhoon). Still, some of the matches were neck and neck all the way (Jackson vs. Yong Junhyung...

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Block B Wins #1 on This Week’s M! Countdown “2 Nights in LA” Special + Perform...

On this week’s M! Countdown “Two Nights in LA” special, Block B took home the win for “H.E.R”! Congratulations! This episode was filmed during KCON 2014 at the Los Angeles Memorial Spots Arena in Los Angeles. The convention, which drew in over 42,000 attendees over the course of two days, is the largest Hallyu event in the United States. Mnet America will be broadcasting the concert on...

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Opinion: Why New “Inkigayo” Rulings on 19+ Music Videos Will Not Work

Any opinion expressed in this column is the writer’s only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Soompi Editorial Team and its management. When SBS announced that “Inkigayo,” its flagship music show, was no longer going to count music video hits from music videos rated 19+ as part of its chart ranking system, my initial reaction was to think, “Poor HyunA.” Her latest single, “R...

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[Recap] Top 10 of Our Favorite Moments From KCON 2014′s “M! Countdown Two Nigh...

K-Pop was in the center of attention this weekend in Los Angeles for the third annual KCON convention, the largest gathering of “All Things Hallyu” in the US. Of course, the weekend could not end without performances from an amazing lineup of everyone’s favorite artists, a roster list spanning from KCON veteran G-Dragon to crowd-pleasing newcomer BTS. In honor of the ten spectacular pe...

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Happy International Left-Handers’ Day! Say Hello to These K-Pop and K-Drama Lefties!

August 13 is International Left-Handers’ Day! Today we celebrate the approximate 10 percent of the population who do things “the opposite way.” In the olden days, left-handedness was considered a sort-of abnormality and an indication of aberrant behavior. This explains why there are few South Koreans, particularly within the older generation, who are proudly left-handed, as many ...

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Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle: Round 1

Hip-hop has played a major role in influencing the sound of K-Pop, ranging from artists who incorporate a slight hip-hop influence in certain songs (2NE1 or Girls’ Generation) to groups that have a much heavier emphasis on hip-hop (Block B or B.A.P). Even within each idol group, there’s almost always a rapper — with so many groups these days, that’s a lot of rappers. (We...

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Girls’ Generation, CNBLUE, IU, Lee Seung Gi, B1A4, and More Walk the Red Carpet at K...

Before each of the M!Countdown concerts at KCON2014, artists, actors and actresses walked down the red carpet and on to a stage to greet the media and fans.  Hosted by Eric Nam, he conducted a brief interview with all of the attendees and also translated their responses.  Click on the links to jump to their photo section or just go to the next page. Day 1: VIXX, IU, Teen Top, Jaekyung (Rainbow), Y...

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