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  • Siwon and Donghae of Super Junior (Photos courtesy of SportsKorea)(UPDATE) It has finally happened. The moment I had been waiting for.

    Since K-Pop started taking over the Philippines (and the world for that matter), I had been waiting for the time when I'll see billboard of  top K-Pop stars particularly endorsing Bench. Why Bench? Well, if you recall, during the heyday of "Meteor Garden," Bench signed the popular Taiwanese star Jerry Yan to endorse its brand. The brand started a "Bench Yan" campaign. Whether you like it or not, that campaign proved extremely successful for the brand which sold "Bench Yan" shirts (and I am sure other things) like hotcakes.

    Fast forward to 2012 and Bench proves anew that they are in tune with the pulse of the youth by signing two of the most popular K-Pop stars in the country--Super Junior's Donghae and Siwon. To mark their 25th anniversary, Bench has gone K-Pop!

    There is no doubt that signing on Super Junior members is the best way to go since Super Junior is the most popular K-Pop stars in the Philippines with

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  • K-Pop meets the iPad

    (UPDATE) There is no better way to enjoy music than to enjoy it as a game.

    In the past year, a series of iPad, iPhone, and iPod games featuring top K-Pop artists hit the Apple store. dooub media, the developer of the Super Junior SHAKE and Girl's Generation SHAKE, has already revolutionized the mobile game market amassing over 2 million users around the world in a year. Super Junior SHAKE, the company's very first "SHAKE" application, won the "Best Mobile Game of the Year 2011" during the Mashable Awards winning over popular games such as "Angry Birds." The company has applied their unique brand of musical "tapping and shaking" game for a slew of other popular K-Pop artists including teen sweetheart IU, girl group stars T-ARA, indie-rock band Guckkasten and hard-rock band AXIZ.

    Publicity photos from the Apple store and dooub media official websites.

    The "SHAKE" games, developed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, are part of dooub's "Musician SHAKE Project" which focuses on creating rhythm-action games for individual artists. Since the company is based in

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  • miss A album cover (Publicity photo)The mixed Korean and Chinese K-Pop girl group miss A has recently released "Touch," its fourth musical project with the title track as its carrier single.

    Thousands of Say A's, as miss A fans are known, came out in full force to support the girls' latest mini album, it's third after "Step Up" and "Bad But Good." The full fan support lead to miss A's chart-topping finishes on several Korean digital music sites. "Touch" also took the #1 spot on many Korean charts and countdowns, including "Champion Song" status on rising MBC chart show "Show Champion."

    The MV for "Touch" proved just as successful. A day after its release on YouTube, "Touch" registered more than a million views. To date, the video has more than three million views. For this release, Fei, Jia, Min and Suzy showed a more mature image bringing a more sophisticated feel that pleased fans worldwide. The MV also registers a sleek, dark vibe unlike previous videos from miss A. The MV was so successful that it took the top spot

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  • After a few months of relatively low-key K-Pop releases, the K-Pop fandom is ready to welcome back some of the biggest names in the industry this March with new releases from Big Bang and expected releases from 2AM and Shinhwa. Aside from these, there are reports of potential comebacks from SHINee and CNBLUE.

    Big Bang (Publicity photo from YG Family website)

    Yahoo! Philippines OMG! oK Pop has already reported about the excitement taking place in relation to the comeback of Hallyu superstars Big Bang. G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri haven't released new material since 2011 and the excitement of V.I.P.s is reaching fever-pitch. To date, two MVs have been released, one for the mid-tempo ballad "Blue" and one for the more hiphop-flavored "Bad Boy." The mini-album "Alive" released on February 29 had massive sales.

    "Alive," released by YG Entertainment, has sold many digital copies on iTunes that it has literally debuted in the Top 10 of the iTunes U.S. chart, and achieved an all-kill on all legitimate Korean music download

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  • John Park (Publicity photo)Korean-American singer John Park, best known in Korea for his third-place finish in the popular singing competition "Superstar K2" and as a shortlisted "American Idol" contestant, has released his debut album "Knock" last February 22.

    John Park's debut was met with critical and peer acclaim, hailing the unique adult contemporary sound the artist offers. In fact, within the week of its release, John Park's "Knock" has been praised by K-Pop luminaries like Girls' Generation's Yoona, veteran Korean singer Lyn, and respected musician Jung Jae Hyung, who all tweeted about the quality of the songs on "Knock."

    Park's debut album is literally an effort to "knock" on the door of the K-Pop world. "Knock" features the smoky carrier single "Falling," a musical collaboration with Andy Platts of British soul funk band Mamas Gun. Park's sincerity and dramatic vocal delivery on "Falling," along with the MV, have resulted in more than 600,000 views on YouTube to date.

    The singer admitted that he felt a

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  • Big Bang (Publicity photo)After a month of teasing fans with photos and videos, Hallyu stars Big Bang finally released their newest mini-album titled "Alive." The album coincides with the release of their second MV titled "Bad Boy," a follow-up to their first MV "Blue."

    Without a doubt, VIPs or Big Bang's fans from all over the world will be ecstatic with this latest release as the boys continue to delight with their fresh sounds and cool fashions. After launching a soft-tempo R&B track "Blue," Big Bang serves another helping of the "break-up" theme in "Bad Boy." The track has a faster pace composed of signature G-Dragon rap and melodic vocals from Daesung, Seungri and Taeyang. Of course, T.O.P.'s unmistakeable masculine rap is heard at the middle and end of the track.

    "Bad Boy" is quintessential Big Bang and I am loving it. It has the innovative electronica feel that is very Big Bang yet it offers something fresh and new. As if the track itself is not enough to please fans, the MV is also a work of art.

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  • I recently wrote a blog titled "Five beautiful Korean actresses" which featured Kim Tae Hee, Song Hye Gyo, Lee Da Hae, Ha Ji Won and Han Ga In. My choices drew a lot of comments from fans, most in agreement but some expressing support for other Korean actresses who did not make it to my list. To be honest, picking five out of many was a difficult task and I fully expected to write a follow-up to my first article. So, here it is - five more beautiful Korean actresses.

    Go Hyun Jung (Publicity photo)Go Hyun Jung

    Go Hyun Jung is beautiful not just because of her physical appearance but for her admirable spirit of survival. Go Hyun Jung's entry into showbusiness started after she performed well during the 1986 Miss Korea pageant placing first runner-up. Although she did not win the crown, Go Hyun Jung went on to become one of the most respected actresses of her generation. At the height of her popularity largely due to the drama "Sandglass," Go Hyun Jung formally retired from the industry after marrying Chung Yong Jin

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  • Big Bang (Publicity photo from YG Family website)K-Pop royalty Big Bang solidifies their "K-Pop blue blood" status with their latest release titled "Blue."

    Known for their hard-hitting hip-hop electronica hits like "Tonight" and "Love Song," G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung, and Seungri returns with their newest mini album titled "Alive" with "Blue" as the first track off the mini-album. "Alive," Big Bang's fifth EP consists of seven new songs and is set for release on February 29, 2012.

    Big Bang "Blue" cover (Publicity photo) Given their K-Pop royalty status, "Blue" immediately topped various music portal sites including Melon, Bugs, Naver, M.net, Soribada, and many others upon its release. Boasting of a new "icy-cool" look, Big Bang is again taking the K-Pop world by storm.

    "Blue" is a slow-tempo track with subtle electronica influences characteristic of Big Bang. As the title suggests, "Blue" is an emotional song about longing and heartbreak. The music video was shot with simple background, reminiscent of early Big Bang music videos such as "Lies" and "Haru Haru."

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  • Se7en (Publicity photo)Se7en, one of the most-respected solo R&B artists in Korea, has staged a long-overdue comeback.

    The handsome star returns to the spotlight a year and five months after the release of his previous album "Digital Bounce." This time around, Se7en releases two tracks and music videos simultaneously including "When I Can't Sing," a smooth R&B ballad and "Somebody Else," a mid-tempo club track.

    The K-Pop world was thrown into a bit of a whirl when it was revealed in January that Se7en's comeback would be a collaboration with legendary Korean singer and producer Park Jin Young (of JYP Entertainment). Cross-label collaborations are rare, especially between the Big Three (SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment). But when it was revealed that JYP, the musical tour de force behind acts like The Wonder Girls, 2PM, and miss A, would not only be collaborating with Se7en (a YG artist), but is actually writing and producing Se7en's title track, Lucky Se7ens (as Se7en's fans are

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  • SHINee (Publicity photo)"SHINee: The First", the Japanese language album of Korean idol group SHINee, can make you fall in love with the Korean boyband all over again.

    SHINee has come a long way since their humble beginnings in 2008. I can still recall the fresh-faced young idols winning my heart with "Reply (Noona, You're So Pretty)" and my ultimate favorite SHINee track "Love's Way" which sampled "Tender Love" from the 1980s. SHINee was, in fact, one of my earliest K-Pop biases which I had to suffer from since my friends teased me greatly for liking them. Well... I was still right. SHINee has since become one of the most popular K-Pop idol groups with a series of memorable hits including "Juliette," "Ring Ding Dong," and "Lucifer."

    Following the steps of their SM sunbaes TVXQ who has a massive following  in Japan, SHINee went on to become bigger than their sunbaes with "SHINee: The First."

    For this album, SM Entertainment has pulled out all the stops to ensure that Onew, Jongyun, Minho, Key, and Taemin

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