“Mandatory Military Service” are probably the three most despised words in a Kpop fan’s vocabulary. The very mention of the term, immediately invokes a cringe and causes fans to cry, wail, and panic. Why? As we all know, Kpop fans are one of the most dedicated and die-hard groups of fans in the world, so when their favorite artist has to serve his military service, naturally they become quite upset. Two years without new albums, tours, or seeing them perform on music shows can be quite traumatic for some fans. But still, the purpose of the conscription is important and meaningful to the Koreans; for the defense of the country and largely seems as a transition stage of manhood from a boy to a man.
As a Kpop artist embarks on his journey into the Korean military, fans go to every length and distance to show their support by starting support campaigns and even “Countdown Till Release” time clock sites. “Who’s in” and “who’s getting out soon” are very hot topics among the fan community, so we at hellokpop set out to compile a release-date list for our readers. Currently there are twenty-two Korean celebrities serving in the military who are set to be discharged within the 2013-2014 cycle.
Check out the following list to see if your favorite artist will be discharged, and when.
*Note: All dates are estimated based on enlistment date and branch of service enlistment time requirements. This list is categorized by month of enlistment date.
[January - April ]
Kim Jang Hyun (Sunny Hill)
- Enlistment date: January 31, 2012
- Estimated discharge date: February/March 2014
- Enlistment date: April 25, 2011
- Estimated release date: March 2013
[May - August ]
Kim Kyu Jong (SS501)
- Enlistment date: July 23, 2012
- Estimated release date: May 2014
[ September - December ]
Kim Jun (T-MAX)
- Enlistment date: September 29, 2011
- Estimated release date: July 2013
Jung Yunhak (Supernova)
- Enlistment date: October 25, 2011
– Estimated release date: June 25, 2013
Leetuk (Super Junior)
- Enlistment date: October 30, 2012
- Estimated release date: August 2014
- Enlistment date: December 5, 2012
– Estimated release date: October/November 2014
Did you see your favorite artist mentioned here? Who’s release are you looking forward to the most? Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!
Singer Lee Hyun joined to serve in the army last month but has participated in making an OST single for the new drama Drama King (드라마의 제왕).
It is said that this OST, Keep in Your Heart (가슴에 새겨져), was recorded before Lee Hyun joined the army as a gift to the fans who would be missing him.
The song Keep in Your Heart will be the main theme song for Drama King. It has a fun and lively beat to support the viewers rate for the two main characters Anthony Kim (played by Kim Myoungmin) and Lee Goeun (played by Jung Ryeowon). Lee Hyun was able to combine his sorrowful voice with a bright melody to create a unique song.
Drama King’s OST producing representative said, “out of the many songs, I think this song kind of best fit with the drama. It’s an easy melody and it’s a song you can’t easily forget once you listen to it. So it synchronizes with the drama 100%. I think Keep in Your Heart will help the drama’s popularity as well.”
Keep in Your Heart was made by hit song producer Oh Sunghoon. He also produced hit songs Love 119 sung by K.Will and MC Mong, Tears in Heaven sung by December, Heart Damage by Navi and Crown J, and Padam Padam‘s main theme OST, To Live, by Noel.
Drama King is airs every Monday and Tuesday on SBS at 9:55pm.
Check out the OST Keep in Your Heart here:
Source: news and photo-Asia Today
Busker Busker has claimed the top spot of Billboard‘s K-pop Hot 100 chart with If You Really Love Me and left the previous week’s winning track Like This from the Wonder Girls at the number two spot.
Billboard updated the chart on the 29th of June to reveal that not one, but four tracks from Busker Busker’s First Album Conclusion ranked within the top ten for the week of the 7th of July. It’s Hard to Face You currently ranks at fourth place, Showers is at sixth, and Neon Sign currently occupies the ninth place.
Other occupants of the top ten include Lee Hyun‘s My Heart Hurts at the third spot, f(x)‘s Electric Shock at the fifth, BIG BANG‘s MONSTER at the seventh, Verbal Jint‘s Pretty Enough at number eight and After School‘s Flashback at number ten.
Congratulations to Busker Busker on their success on the K-pop Hot 100!