On May 6, YG Entertainment welcomed Hollywood celebrities Will Smith and Jaden Smith at their headquarters. They just came from Taipei, Taiwan where they held their promotions for their movie After Earth.
The news of the Smiths’ arrival in Korea is not new but updates from fans spread like wildfire all over Twitter and photo-sharing sites about their visit to the YG building, which was later confirmed through photos by CL of 2NE1 and one of YG producers who goes by the name Choice.
The Smiths are scheduled to meet with Jay Park on the red carpet event for the movie who sang a self-written song for After Earth’s official soundtrack as requested personally by Will Smith.
They are also to appear in a collaboration project of General Idea, owned by Korean Bumsuk Choi and MSFTSrep (Misfits Republic) established by Jaden Smith in 2010. The event details can be found in the Seoulcialite website.
Curious as to what YG Entertainment‘s store in Busan Airport looks like? Photos were recently shared through community websites revealing the goods and apparel sold at the store.
The store is dedicated to the agency’s latest artists BIGBANG, PSY, 2NE1, and Epik High. Lights sticks, body accessories, and artist pouches are enclosed in glass cases as well as store shelves. Varsity jackets are seen hanging on racks at each side of the store and boots and purses are arranged on shelves. Each individual artists’ albums are also displayed in glass cases.
If you want to represent the YG artists, this store will be the perfect place to stock up on official gear. Check out the images of the YG Entertainment store below:
YG Family recently tweeted a Facebook link, tagged #YouGreat, and uploaded a photo of a message reading “YOU.GREAT.” The image also includes “2012.12.14 SEND” edited onto the bottom corner of the photo.
Fans are utterly confused by the obscure messages and have left their assumptions on what it could be. Netizens have suggested that it may be a page for YG Entertainment‘s newest group or maybe a new column. Several people have left comments such as “I think there is gonna be a new group”, “Better not be the name of any new group because it would be AWFUL”, “Does this have to do with YB or 2NE1?” and “YG?? Stop playing with our feelings…what is this?”.
What could this sudden advertisement possibly mean?
YG Entertainment is on a roll. Every hit has been a home run for the agency.
During this year, six YG Family artists have released songs: Se7en in February, Big Bang (G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP, Daesung, Seungri) in February and June, 2NE1 (Park Bom, Sandara, Minzy, CL) and Psy in July, G-Dragon by himself in September, and Epik High (Tablo, Mithra, DJ Tukutz) in October. All of them charted within the top 3 in monthly charts and some topped them.
YG oldie Se7en was the one to start this marathon. In February, he released a mini album containing the song Even if I Can’t Sing and confidently occupied third place on the Melon monthly chart.
Veteran idol group Big Bang, which debuted in 2006, succeeded him. The group’s fifth mini album, Alive, was released in February and hit the charts hard as expected. In first place was Blue; in fourth, Fantastic Baby; in fifth, Bad Boy; and in eighth, Love Dust.
In June, Big Bang stepped out to conquer the charts again with special album Still Alive. Monster topped out at #2 and Still Alive went to #12.
Meanwhile, 2NE1 released single I Love You like a warm-up exercise and easily hit #2 in July charts.
But the biggest hit came on July 15th when Psy released Part 1 of his sixth album. The title song, Gangnam Style, charted at #6 in July; in August it vaulted to #1 and in September it charted at #3. But domestic charts were not the issue. As what has been well-documented, the song has topped American iTunes charts, and is currently ranked #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week. A grand slam, indeed.
G-Dragon didn’t stay still, either. In September he pre-released That XX out of his mini album, and it charted at #4. Title song Crayon occupied #6, and Missing You took #12.
In October, hip-hop trio Epik High, led by Tablo, looks poised to take over. On the 9th, when new single Cold was released ahead of the full album via music sites such as Melon and M-net, it placed within the top 1o in the real-time chart. If the trend continues, Epik High’s first studio album under YG, set for release on the 19th, will succeed in replicating YG’s trademark chart takeovers.
It is not just about them. In November, 2NE1 and Taeyang will make a comeback, and in January of next year, a new group is debuting. YG Entertainment’s stride could indeed be called “Unstoppable High Kick”.
YG Family has released details regarding the official merchandise of G-Dragon‘s first mini album ONE OF A KIND. The goods can be purchased as of October 12, 2012 and will be available online and in-store.
Merchandise can be purchased online through the YG e-shop, eBay, Hottracks, and 10X10 as well as in store at the Gwanghwamun, Centum City, Yeongdeungpo, and Daegu Hottracks branches and the 2nd floor KHOS at Lotte Young Plaza in Myeongdong.
A total of nine items have been released:
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Cap
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Beanie (Black, White)
- GD 2012 First Mini Album T-shirts (Black, White)
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Sweat shirt (Black, White)
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Hoodie shirt (Black, White)
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Cushion
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Tatoo Sticker
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Mobile phone case (iPhone 4/4s, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3)
- GD 2012 First Mini Album Necklace
Source (News & Photo) – YG Family Facebook