Thursday, August 18, 2011

K-Pop Concert(s) in NYC -- October 2011

In the past few weeks, two potential K-pop concerts have been discussed on allkpop.com:
1. First weekend of October: Free concert on Randall Island -- reportedly for 10,000 fans
2. Third-last weekend in October: Organized by SM, "SMTown Live in NYC" at Madison Square Garden

Details from allkpop.com below.

Top K-Pop stars to hold free concert in New York!

UPDATE: allkpop has just received info that KBS is trying to lineup at least 10 total artists.

Some of the top Hallyu stars will be coming to New York in October!

The free concert from KBS, open to all ages, will be held on October 9th 2011 at Randall’s Island Park in New York and will feature many top artists, the tentative list includes TVXQ, Wonder Girls, 2PM, B2ST, SHINee, Se7en, Sistar19, Lee Hyori, and 4Minute! (*Note: the lineup may change)

The concert will begin at around 7:00PM and is estimated to bring in about 10,000 fans.

The concert will promote the globalization of Korean culture through live music and performances in the US, but will also be featured in South Korea through a broadcast by KBS.

Stay tuned to allkpop for more info on this concert!


‘SMTOWN Live in NYC’ concert in October?

Inside sources have informed allkpop that SM Entertainment is in the process of finalizing negotiations for an ‘SMTOWN Live in NYC‘ concert in October of this year.

The tentative date is set for around the 3rd week of October, and so long as there aren’t any major issues during the final planning and negotiation stage, fans can expect to see their favorite SM TOWN artists in New York City this October.

Stay tuned for more details, only on allkpop!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

SHINee birthday gifts!



Though JH and TM's birthdays' have passed, the gifts for all three idols should arrive in time for Kibum's birthday on September 23.

If you were a hardworking young idol, what would you want from your fans for your birthday? (Aside from time off...)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

어떻게 "ottoke" (how can or what should (i do)?)

This is probably one of my early favorite Korean words 어떻게.

It just sounds pretty and easy is pronounce... I hear it so often in K-Pop and K-Dramas. It seems as though Korean speakers use it as a way of signifying confusion/worry/concern about an action or decision. Somehow the word conveys a sense of longing for a resolution.

It's used in the bridge to the chorus in one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite K-Pop idol groups SHINee. The youngest in the group Taemin, uses it at the end of the bridge and the group transitions into the chorus.

Credits to: from YouTube and SMTown/SHINee!

In the clip below from an informal interview with a few of the members of another of my favorite K-Pop idol groups Super Junior, the word is used again repeatedly.



Credits to: from YouTube and SMTown/Super Junior!

Tomorrow, I'll break 어떻게 down into it's component parts!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

남자 "namja" (man)

My first Hangul/Korean word is 남자 (namja) which means man.

I was first introduced to this word through the K-Drama: Boys Over Flowers (according to Wikipedia, the title of BOF in Hangul is "꽃보다 남자" -- notice the characters for the "namja" sound).

I didn't really appreciate the use of the word until I heard this song by one of my favorite K-Pop groups: SHINee. The song is titled "Get it" -- wow...


Credits to: from YouTube & SMTown/SHINee


SHINee's Minho uses the word in the first line of the song and I recognized it right away!

남 nam (the funky L is the n sound -- similar to the sound of n in the word now; the funky t is the a sound -- similar to the sound of the a in the word apple; the rectangular box is the m sound -- similar to the sound of m in the word money)

자 ja (the stool is the j or "ch" sound -- similar to the "ch" sound in church; and the funky t represents the same a sound we hear in the first syllable "nam" -- similar to the sound of the a in the word apple).