[News] The Korean Invasion: New Yorkers are screaming for the wave of pop stars

[News] The Korean Invasion: New Yorkers are screaming for the wave of pop stars

The symptoms are uncontrollable shrieks, intense heart palpitations, soaked palms, speaking — and squealing — in foreign tongues.

Now arriving in New York City: The South Korean phenomenon known as “hallyu,” or “Korean Wave.”

Already a craze in Asia, the wave has opened the floodgates of K-Pop in France, Brazil, Germany and Australia. Now it’s about to take over New York.

Fans will pack a sold-out Madison Square Garden Sunday night for a concert presented by SM, one of South Korea’s biggest record labels. The lineup: Girls’ Generation, f(x), BoA, Kangta, TVXQ, Super Junior and SHINee.

If you don’t know the names, don’t worry. Think of the show as a combination of the annual Jingle Ball extravaganza and a big helping of Seoul Train.

And if fans are pumped, so are the performers.

“It is absolutely a dream come true,” Tiffany Hwang, 22, one member of Girls’ Generation told the Daily News. “I’m so excited. All I’ve been looking forward to was this weekend for a pretty long time.”

A previous SM concert in Paris sold out in under 15 minutes. A second show was added and tickets went in less than 10 minutes.

Korean pop has been causing a frenzy in NYC, too.

On a recent Monday afternoon, hordes of fans outnumbered tourists in Times Square, holding colorful cardboard signs outside of MTV’s TRL studios. The cheers weren’t for Katy Perry or Justin Bieber, but for a group of South Korean acts including B2ST and 4 Minute. One fan issued a familiar cry.

“Oh my God, this is a dream come true!” exclaimed Nicole Asmat, 19, who was part of the lucky audience inside TRL studios. A flood of tears drenched her face after one of her favorite stars held her hand from the stage.

“I haven’t seen this in years,” Peter Griffin, executive vice president at MTV said while peering at the crowd outside. “It reminds me of when ‘N Sync was here and the fans lined up around the studio.”

Just one day earlier, 40,000 fans screamed as K-Pop heartthrobs 2PM and TVXQ, among others, performed at the New York Korean Festival in Overpeck County Park in Bergen County, N.J. The next morning residents complained to authorities about the crowd noise.

“They mean so much to me. I started dancing again because of them,” Ana Ciprian, 15, shrieked from her seat, wildly clapping her hands.

Others, like Katerin Morales, 21, traveled from Texas to get her up-close and personal dose of K-Pop. “I’m having a moment,” she said, her left hand covering her mouth. “They’re so far away that I never thought I’d see them.”

Ashley Diomedi, 20, drove eight hours from Virginia; Kharla Salazar, 22, took a red-eye flight from Miami; Virgine Cote and five of her friends traveled from Quebec.

“Korean pop stars are beautiful, and I love them because they care so much about their fans,” said Cote, sporting a bright shirt with the words SHINee — her favorite band — emblazoned in bold letters, while tugging on her art book, filled with sketches of Korean celebrities.

“We don’t have singers like them in Canada.”


The Backstreet Boys in their heyday have nothing on this band. After some member drama last year, where three performers decided to leave, the two survivors, Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho, carried on. With tight choreography and impressive pipes, this dynamic duo has become the epitome of K-Pop: slick dance moves, stellar musical productions and big voices to boot.
Download this: “Before You Go,” a soft ballad that showcases just how refined and beautiful voices in Korean pop music can be.

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[News] Shindong – Yunho, Proof shot of them as New Yorkers: “Just amazing”

[News] Shindong – Yunho, Proof shot of them as New Yorkers: “Just amazing”

A proof shot of Super Junior’s Shindong and TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho in New York has been revealed.

On October 23, Shindong published a photo on his personal twitter together with the following words, “I’m New York! It’s amazing that I’ve come to New York. It’s worthwhile to have taken a 14-hour flight to come here. And one shot with Yunho!”

In the photo which was revealed, Shindong and U-Know Yunho were standing at a height where one would just get dizzy merely by looking down, and took a picture with a bright smile together with New York’s panoramic view. Both of them wore unique sunglasses and spectacles respectively, catching attention for their fashionable appearances which rivals that of New Yorkers.

Netizens who had seen the photos showed off a variety of responses, “They look like they’re really thrilled”, “I’m envious”, “Just by looking at the photo I feel nauseous”, “Yunho’s sunglasses are pretty”, “Just for today, they’re New Yorkers”.

Meanwhile, on October 22, TVXQ has shown off their cool stages at the New Jersey “New York-Korea Festival” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s entry into the United Nations.

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SMTOWN artists arrive in New York for SMTOWN LIVE in NYC

SMTOWN artists arrive in New York for SMTOWN LIVE in NYC

Koreaboo.com writes:

On October 23rd, SMTOWN artists will take over Madison Square Garden in New York City for their SMTOWN LIVE in NYC concert. Artists began flying from Korea to the US in the last couple of days, causing thousands of fans to flood the airport in Incheon as well as in New York.

Super Junior was the first group to depart Korea for the US, and safely touched down at John F. Kennedy airport in New York on October 22nd at 11:15am. Girls’ Generation is expected to arrive later in the day, at approximately 8:10pm. Other groups are also expected to arrive in New York today.

Many fans showed up to the John F. Kennedy airport in New York when Super Junior arrived; however, netizens have been discussing about the treatment of fans by the security guards as well as SM Entertainment, with fans upset about the fact that a bus was sent to take away the members of Super Junior directly from the plane, and the fans were not informed that they would not be able to see their idols until the members had already left the airport.

In the meantime, pictures of the idols traveling have been released by SMTOWN as well as media outlets. We have compiled the pictures for you below from Korea as well as NYC – keep checking back for updates, as more pictures will be added throughout the day!

Source: SMTOWN, @Famous_Jae, Newsen, @ShinsFriends, and @Nerdiac

You may see more pictures of the SM artists at http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/general/smtown-artists-arrive-in-new-york-for-smtown-li-r10900

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[News] Tohoshinki singing their first Christmas song

[News] Tohoshinki singing their first Christmas song

Popular group Tohoshinki will release their first Christmas song through their new single “Winter” on November 30.

According to an official notice on Tohoshinki’s official Japanese homepage (toho-jp.net) on October 21, this single will contain their first Christmas song, “Winter Duet” as the title track, together with the winter version of the ballad “Duet”, previously included in all-conquering album “TONE”, which was revealed on September 28 and went on to sweep the #1 positions on the Oricon Daily Charts and Weekly Charts.

Meanwhile, Tohoshinki has been scheduled to hold their arena tour, “Tohoshinki Live Tour 2012 – TONE”, starting from the performance in January 2012 in Yokohama and moving on to 9 cities nation-wide for 14 performances.

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[Trans] TVXQ, two men’s winter…casual or chic

[Trans] TVXQ, two men’s winter…casual or chic

TVXQ have suggested winter looks for this year’s winter. As Lacoste’s ambassadors this season, TVXQ’s Yunho and Changmin have decided on each of their looks based on their personal style, and have displayed their individual sense of style.

U-Know Yunho opts for a casual feel, showing his “Free Style,” while Choikang Changmin is fashionable and modern, a clean, city, manly winter style.  TVXQ does a mix-and-match for the representative winter items such as quilted jackets and coats as well as various outerwear, showing off their modern star quality as ambassadors (for the brand).

As the Lacoste goodwill ambassadors, TVXQ was invited to appear at the 12ss Lacoste Collection in New York this September as representatives of Korea, and also participated in a fashion magazine shoot, a style book and other activities. The winter fashion suggested by TVXQ will be available at all Lacoste stores in Korea from 20 October onwards, greeting the public in the form of a style book.

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