The Asian Dream Cup is back for its third year, and this time with a revamped list of special guests.
Led by superstar soccer player Park Ji Sung and the JS Foundation, the 3rd Asian Dream Cup will be held in Shanghai, China at the Hongkou Football Stadium, on June 23. Last year’s Asian Dream Cup was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The organiser, HS Media confirmed that idol group EXO-M, SHINee‘s Minho and global superstar PSY will be present at the event. Not only that, they recently revealed that members Kim Jong Kook and Gary of beloved variety show Running Man, will be joining the list of guests. It was reported that they will be participating in the game itself, joining Minho. The Running Man members are familiar with the game as this is not their first time. At last year’s game, the whole Running Man cast was present, with a few members partaking in the game.
The Asian Dream Cup is a charity football game, created with the purpose of promoting football (or soccer) throughout South East Asia. Anticipation is growing to see Park Ji Sung and the Running Man members go up against professional players from around the globe.
Are you looking forward to the game?
Last year was a marvelous year for record label and agency YG Entertainment as their labeled artist PSY’s Gangnam Style single went viral and Big Bang’s Alive 2012 World Tour was well received. Benefiting from its artists’ success and the popularity of K-Pop, YG has enjoyed a 36-percent increase in revenue to 106.55 billion in 2012.
Over the past year, PSY’s global phenomenon video becomes the most-viewed video on YouTube with over 1.58 billion views. Under the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, Gangnam Style was the third-best selling digital single in the world.
Besides PSY’s huge success, fellow labeled artist Big Bang made a world tour to 24 cities across the globe with an estimated total audience of 800,000. The overwhelming response to Big Bang’s concert in Guangzhou and Shanghai last year significantly boosted YG Entertainment’s confidence in making an expansion into the Chinese market.
According to YG Chief operating officer Simon Choi Sung-Jun, “It’ll be very hard to generate income from physical and digital downloads [on the mainland], so we are thinking of…things such as concerts and events that people can enjoy.” With future prospects of entering the market, YG plans to set up a firm, as well as collaborate with local partners, to engage a China-oriented strategy.
Mainland China fans are in for a real treat as YG plans to hold more events, thus increasing the possibility of meeting their idols.
Source : News - South China Morning Post ; Photo – Hellokpop media library
Popular group Super Junior-M will be making a comeback with a new album in China soon. It is said that Super Junior-M will release their 2nd album Break Down on various Chinese music sites on January 7th. They will also reveal their full Break Down music video and already through their teaser many fans in Asia have been showing an overwhelming reaction.
On December 31st of 2012 Super Junior-M participated in the year-end stage in China. SMTOWN‘s YouTube channel and YouKu channel revealed the transformed members were revealed through the teaser video. Especially as Super Junior-M is making their comeback after a long time since Perfection in 2011, many of their music fans are looking forward to the new album.
Also, on January 7th at 2pm (time in China), Super Junior-M will be holding a press conference about their comeback in Beijing. It seems that not only the fans are showing a lot of love, but the media press in China are also very interested.
Super Junior-M will be actively promoting Break Down in China soon.
Are you looking forward to the new album?
Source: news and photo-The Star
SM Entertainment artists TVXQ, f(x) and Zhang Li-yin attended the New Year concert in China. On December 22 at 7:30pm, Sichuan Satellite Channel 2013 New Year Concert was staged by the best artists and stars of Taiwan, China and South Korea.
The Sichuan Satellite TV created a spot for TVXQ, f(x), and Zhang Li-yin to participate and the artists were treated with VIP service and had the main focus of the Chinese media and press. The Korean media were once again able to confirm the rocketing popularity of these three SM artists in China.
TVXQ performed powerful stages with Catch Me, Humanoids and Why, while f(x) showed a lively stage with Electric Shock, Pinocchio and NU ABO. Zhang Li-yin confidently sang a couple songs in Chinese. With these powerful popular artists groups performing, the support and cheering grew even louder from the audience.
Sources: (News & Photo) – The Star
Actor Kim Kibum is chosen as a main character for the Chinese fantasy drama Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (天龙八部 Tian Long Ba Bu).
This will mark his first attempt for Chinese drama series. The drama was written by China’s best author Jin Yong (金庸). Each character is said to have strong personalities and the story is based on the Eight Races of non-human entities described in Buddhist cosmology. The drama is said to be aired starting in the later half of 2013.
In the new drama, it is said that Kim Kibum will be taking the role as a kind and naive prince, Duan Yu. The young prince strongly believes in the Buddhist’s benevolent principles, and as he is forced to learn martial arts, he runs away . However as he continues to experience twist of events outside the pugilist world, he ironically becomes a master of martial arts.
Kim Kibum stated, “I’m honored to be part of such a great production and in such a great role. As it is my first Chinese drama, I am quite nervous but I have discussed my character much with the director and I will do my best to flawlessly play Duan Yu’s character as best as I can.”
Currently Kim Kibum is residing in China to focus on the acting.
Source: news and photo- The Star