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  • The beautiful and talented twins and YouTube sensation, Jayesslee, is scheduled to visit Manila for the Asian leg of their concert tour.

    Jayesslee is composed of Korean twin sisters Janice and Sonia Lee who were born and raised in Australia. Their videos have had a staggering 58,842,123 views (this is not a typo!) and counting.  Traveling the world for performances, Jayesslee has even shared the stage with fellow Internet sensation Jay Park in Singapore.

    On June 21, Jayesslee is performing at the Robinson's Pioneer Forum. With only 1,500 seats in the venue, the concert  will feature Jayesslee's signature two-part harmonies and down-to-earth personalities in an intimate setting.

    Jayesslee

    Jayesslee first uploaded videos on their official YouTube channel in June 2008. They began by posting mostly their versions of Christian songs.  When they covered Tamia's "Officially Missing You" in September 2009, the twins' music went viral. More than 11.6 million have viewed their heartfelt version of the

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  • Jay Park "New Breed" album cover Korean singer Jay Park continues his love affair with the Philippines when he returns on May 4 to promote his latest album, "New Breed."

    Jay Park, known for his iconic cover of the song "Nothin' on You," as well as his solo hits such as "Demon," "Abandoned" and "Tonight," visited the country last year to support  MTV EXIT in a concert that aimed to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking.

    This time around, Jay Park intends to get closer to the Jaywalkers, his fans, through a series of mall tours and signing events.

    Jay Park's latest album "New Breed" contains a total of 15 songs featuring a mix of R&B, dance, electro hiphop, and Euro dance sounds.

    The title song, "Know Your Name," clearly reveals the new direction Jay Park wants to take. It's a tangible step away from the "idol" image he wants to shed and brings him closer to his dream of being seen as a serious musical artist.

    In fact, he wrote 80 percent of the songs in "New Breed."  He also worked with top U.S. producer

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  • On K-Pop Sub-units

    The K-Pop world has been abuzz lately with rumors that SM Entertainment is considering launching a sub-unit of Girls' Generation, one of the Hallyu wave's most popular artists.

    With the success of the girls' recent promotions for "The Boys," launching a sub-unit is not too unusual a concept, especially since the K-Pop grapevine seems to be hinting at the powerhouse combination of Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Jessica being the most likely to launch. SM Entertainment, the girls' management label, has made it clear that there are no immediate plans for a Girls' Generation sub-unit, but the rumors refuse to die down.

    What exactly is a sub-unit? And why is SME adamantly denying that Girls' Generation isn't forming one?

    A K-Pop sub-unit is a concept group made up of members from larger usually established idol groups and a combination of talents from a particular talent agency. Sub-units are formed specifically to promote particular musical styles, charms, and talents. Some of the more popular

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  • Goo Hey Sun (SportsKorea)South Korean actress Goo Hye Sun, best known for her role as Geum Jan Di in the smash Korean romance drama "Boys Over Flowers," recently wrapped up her new drama, "Take Care of Us, Captain."

    The SBS drama completed its 20-episode run in March with average ratings of 8.8%, considered low but not too shabby, considering that "Take Care of Us, Captain" ran smack into the ratings juggernaut that was "The Moon That Embraces the Sun." Fans may recall that Goo Hye Sun's "Boys Over Flowers" co-star Kim Hyun Joong also completed a drama, "Playful Kiss," that was exceptionally well-made but didn't earn particularly high ratings because it launched around the same time that South Korea was swooning over "Baker King."

    In "Take Care of Us Captain," Goo Hye Sun essays the role of Han Da Jin, a student pilot who loses her parents in a tragedy but returns to Korea determined to fly and make her parents proud of her. In the course of her following her heart, she runs into Kim Yoon Sung (essayed by

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  • Kangin (SportsKorea)Hallyu idol group Super Junior may have lost a member to Korea's mandatory military service when Kim Heechul enlisted on September 1, 2011, but fellow Super Junior member Kim Young-woon, better known by his stage name Kangin, completed his military service on April 16, 2012, and stepped immediately back into the spotlight as he was greeted by hundreds of fans and six of the ten members of Super Junior.

    Kangin, whose distinctive voice and bubbly on-stage personality was at times overshadowed by his occasional run-in's with the law due to drunk driving and aggressive behavior, was welcomed by Super Junior's Leeteuk, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Sungmin, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun as he stepped out of the military camp's gates onto a waiting stage where press representatives from all over Korea waited to ask the singer about his military service experiences and future plans. The 27-year-old singer was also greeted with a cake topped with an image of him in military fatigues. On the cake, the fans

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  • The cast of 'Dream High' (Publicity photo)One of the most popular and groundbreaking Korean dramas is set to air on local television.

    "Dream High," a musical drama about the trials and victories of young people who dream to make it big in show business, took Korea by storm when it aired in early 2011.

    Obviously inspired by the success of the US series "Glee," "Dream High" tells the story of six talented students enrolled in "Kirin High School," a school that trains its students in all aspects of the entertainment industry including singing, dancing, acting, songwriting, and more. "Dream High" stars Korea's hottest young idols including miss A's Suzy, T-ara's Eun Jung, IU, and 2PM's Taecyon and Wooyoung. Kim Soo Hyun, considered one of Korea's top young actors, completes the cast.

    "Dream High" is an entertaining series that features a mix of comedy, drama, romance, and of course musical performances. Produced by Korean entertainment legends Bae Yong Joon ("Winter Sonata") and Park Jin Young or JYP, "Dream High" possess all the

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  • What better way to spend the summer break than to sip cold drinks while watching your favorite K-dramas? Well, I can think of something that can make your summer break even more exciting--watching hot young Korean actors in K-dramas!

    Find out more about some of today's hottest Korean actors 25 years old and below. I deliberately did not include K-Pop singers who became actors since that would be a whole new article altogether. This list only contains those who debuted as actors and may have incidentally become singers along the way. Enjoy!

    Lee Min Ho

    Lee Min Ho (SportsKorea)Who can forget the smoldering chaebol who fell in love with the spunky Geum Jan Di in "Boys Over Flowers"? Lee Min Ho (24), who played the iconic role of "Gu Jun Pyo," has since made very intelligent career moves that further strengthened his Hallyu star status. The talented actor has covered almost all genres including romance, action, comedy, and drama. After the success of his 2011 action drama "City Hunter" Lee Min Ho is set to star in

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  • CNBLUE (Photo from official CNBLUE website)Popular Korean band CNBLUE, who recently released their extremely successful single "Hey You" from their third mini-album "Ear Fun," helped build a school in Burkina Paso, an underdeveloped country in Western Africa.

    According to FNC, CNBLUE's management, the decision to help support and improve one of the world's poorest nations through education was an idea generated by the CNBLUE members themselves. Due to the love and support they received from their fans worldwide, Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Jong Hyun, Lee Jung Shin, and Kang Min Hyuk felt the need to spread the love they received. They chose to focus their charitable work in helping children specifically children in Africa.

    CNBLUE also promised to assist about 1,100 children from the village with after school classes and free lunch. Through this effort, the band expressed that they will continue to take the lead in helping neglected children.

    Watch: CNBLUE builds "CNBLUE" School in Africa

    The desire to give back is also something the

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  • SISTAR (SportsKorea)K-Pop girl group SISTAR launched a comeback this week with "Alone," the carrier single of the seven-track mini-album of the same title. The SISTAR girls Hyorin, Bora, Soyu, and Dasom worked with long-time collaborator Brave Brothers, who has produced every single release by the girls since their debut in 2010. For "Alone," the girls have put together a cohesive collection that suits them and sets them apart from other girl groups. oK Pop readers may recall that two members of SISTAR made it to the list of fabulous female rappers and underappreciated K-Pop singers.

    In their less than three years together, SISTAR have produced several chart-topping hits including their debut single, "Push Push," follow up single "Shady Girl," and the #1 Music Bank hit "How Dare You." In the process, the girls won several awards, including "Best Newcomer" at the 2010 Golden Disk Awards and Seoul Music Awards. However, it was in 2011 when SISTAR really won critical and commercial acclaim with "So Cool,"

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  • Members of 4minute perform onstage during the 2011 Hallyu Dream Concert at on October 3, 2011 in Gyeongju, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)4Minute has released its third mini-album titled "Volume Up" after almost a year to the day of its last release "4Minutes Left."  Buoyed by the carrier single of the same title, "Volume Up" garnered impressive sales numbers and critical acclaim.

    Leader Ji Hyun, main vocalist Gayoon, lead vocalist and dancer Ji Yoon, lead rapper and maknae So Hyun, and main rapper, dancer and vocalist Hyuna have displayed phenomenal digital staying power and with the release of "Volume Up," 4Minute has once again topped Mnet, Soribada, and Bugs charts, and ranked consistently in the Top 3 on other online digital sales countdowns as well. Hyuna has earned rave reviews on her own, topping music charts and the occasional TV music show with her own hits "Bubble Pop" and "Trouble Maker" (as part of concept duo Trouble Maker, with B2ST member Hyunseung).

    The girls vamp all over "Volume Up," a saxophone riff-driven dance track featuring several power notes, sexy growls and the general high-energy vocal

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