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  • Girls' Generation (Publicity photo)Hallyu stars Girls' Generation are bringing the boys out in another continent, so to speak.

    Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Sunny, Hyoyeon, Seohyun, Sooyoung, Yuri, and Yoona started their American promotions for "The Boys," the girls' first American single, with live stage performances on popular evening talk show "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Live! With Kelly," hosted by morning show icon Kelly Ripa. Initial promotions for "The Boys," ranked 2nd on Billboard's World Albums chart. It also placed 22nd on Billboard's broader Heatseekers Album chart a list which is reserved for acts who have yet to land an album in the top 100 of its overall Billboard 200 albums chart.

    Girls' Generation's appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman," which also featured legendary American actor Bill Murray and television personality Regis Philbin, was met with mixed emotions by netizens. While many SONEs, Girls' Generation fans, were clearly overwhelmed by the historic implications of their idols'

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  • JYJ (Photo courtesy of PolyEast records)It looks like one of my K-Pop wishes for 2012 is coming true! The month of love is starting up pretty rosy for JYJ fans because it is confirmed that JYJ's notable album "In Heaven" will be released within the month.

    JYJ is composed of former-TVXQ members Jaejoong, Yuchun and Junsu. About their album, they expressed that: "We are very delighted to make our music heard by fans after the long break. The songs are already released during our world tour and most of the songs are telling our own stories. It is meaningful to show JYJ itself with this music."

    "In Heaven" contains a total of ten tracks including the title track "In Heaven" written by Jaejoong himself. The music video of "In Heaven" also featured the acting talents of fellow member Junsu and is one of the most tear-jerking music videos of 2011.

    "In Heaven" is indeed an achievement for JYJ, who were unable to publicly promote the album due to certain hurdles. Regardless of the lack of promotions, the power of JYJ revealed itself

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  • (George Carvelo/NPPA Images) It is always exciting to meet young Filipinos who get their talents noticed and appreciated abroad.

    Talented teens Rince Cajucom (19) and twins Charlene (17) and Charmaine (17) Albino represented the Philippines in the "tvn K-Pop Star Hunt." Being in the Top 11 of this grueling "American Idol-like" talent contest is no small feat as these teens faced talented finalists from other Asian countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

    tvN KPOP Starhunt top 11 finalists (Publicity photo)

    Rince Cajucom (19) and twins Charlene (17) and Charmaine (17) Albino represented the Philippines in the "tvn K-Pop Star Hunt." (Publicity photo) Last Saturday, January 28, I had the pleasure of interviewing these three inspiring young artists who made the Philippines proud during their impressive top 11 performance in Seoul, South Korea. As finalists, Rince, Charlene and Charmaine had the chance to join a boot-camp with Cube Entertainment, the management company of top Korean idols like B2ST, 4Minute, and G.NA.  With an unmistakeable twinkle in their eyes, the future stars shared their personal dreams, hardships, and plans with me.

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  • Big Bang (Photo from Official YG Big Bang website)Korean superstars Big Bang is already creating a lot of buzz about their plans for an early March comeback.

    Considered K-Pop royalty, Big Bang announced their comeback plans through a teaser video posted on YouTube, a teaser for their 2012 Big Show concert, and a sneak peek into the first two songs of their upcoming album.

    Big Bang really knows how to keep the buzz going as the titles of the songs are enough to excite fans. The intro is entitled "Alive" and the second track is entitled "Blue". Both tracks were written by G-Dragon with "Alive" produced by Park Han Bum and "Blue" co-written and produced with Teddy. More details of Big Bang's comeback will be released starting January 21.

    YG Entertainment is really laying it on thick in promoting Big Bang. In a telephone interview with OSEN, YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun Suk said that "My first priority this year is Big Bang. I want to do the best that I can for Big Bang." It is clear that YG is giving all their support to Big Bang as they

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  • Korean Pop Music (K-Pop) albums have consistently topped sales charts across record bars in the Philippines for the past two years. K-Pop artists like Super Junior, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, SHINee, 2PM, B2ST, CNBLUE and many others have become familiar names among music fanatics whether K-Pop fans or not. Local distributors like Universal Records, PolyEast Records, and Warner Music have invested in K-Pop and sales figures attest they are not regretting it.

    Still, there are K-Pop artists who are very successful in their own right but are yet to be distributed in the country. It seems that some of the top K-Pop artists are yet to be noticed by local distributors. Here's my little K-Pop artist wishlist for 2012. What a treat it will be to see these artists' albums on local record bar shelves.

    JYJ

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    JYJ is composed of Korean superstars Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu. The trio, considered as Hallyu stars, were former members of one of the biggest K-Pop idol groups

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  • Becoming a K-Pop star is no walk in the park. It involves years of preparation, and only the best and the brightest survive. If a singer or dancer manages to make it into a group, it is no guarantee of success. Getting noticed among other members can be quite difficult, and talent alone is not enough to stand out.

    When an artist does have true talent, we can only hope their stars will shine, sooner or later, as in the case of these four incredibly gifted vocalists from popular K-Pop acts Super Junior, Secret, 2PM, and Sistar. These four pack quite the vocal punch and 2012 may just be the year they shine above the rest.

    Kim Ryeowook (Super Junior)

    Sports KoreaOn paper, Ryeowook seem to have everything: razor-sharp jawline, cheekbones to die for, a hard-working ethic, and, of course, the amazing voice that has made him one of Super Junior's three main vocalists (alongside Kyuhyun and Yesung). The humble vocalist always seemed content to fade into the background, letting members with "on-cam"

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  • Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young (SportsKorea)Korean star couple Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young seemed to have parted ways.

    K-drama fans will recall that the twosome met and started dating while shooting "City Hunter" six months ago. Although many of Lee Min Ho's fans were dismayed by the "unavailable" status of their favorite star, most have learned to be happy for him. After today's news, it looks like the hot actor is single once again.

    Park Min Young's agency revealed that the couple have parted ways for a while now. Park's agency expressed that due to Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young's busy schedules, they had very limited time to spend with each other causing their relationship to fall apart. Park's agency further revealed that the couple broke up even before the 2011 acting award shows which explains why the stars attended two different award ceremonies separately.

    No official word from Lee Min Ho's agency has been released. Stay tuned for more updates.

    Catherine Deen blogs for Yahoo! Philippines OMG! She lives, eats and

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  • Lee Min Ho (Sports Korea)Hallyu star Lee Min Ho ("Boys Over Flowers", "Perfect Match") is set to conquer local television once again as "City Hunter," the actor's first action drama, is scheduled to air on ABS-CBN's primetime lineup starting January 23.

    "City Hunter" is inspired by the original Japanese manga created by Tsukasa Hojo.  "City Hunter" has already been adapted for animation and the big screen starring HK star Jackie Chan. This 20-episode drama version moves the story to modern day South Korea. Lee Min Ho plays an orphan raised to seek revenge for his father's death due to political betrayal. To reach his goal, Lee becomes the "City Hunter," a  vigilante who gains notoriety with his unusual way of exposing corruption. "City Hunter" is a well crafted drama balancing action, romance and comedy in one awesome package.

    Lead star Lee Min Ho's risked a lot for this drama including efforts to achieve a swimmer's body and doing many dangerous action scenes himself. Lee Min Ho was even involved in a car

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  • ZE:A (Publicity photo)
    Filipino K-Pop fanatics had an eventful start of the year due to the Manila promotional visit of one of K-Pop's hottest idol groups--ZE:A! As reported by Yahoo! Philippines OMG! here , the ZE:A boys visited Manila from January 11 to 14. The fresh-faced idols toured three Ayala malls including Trinoma, Glorietta and Market! Market! to the delight of their many young fans.

    During ZE:A's almost week-long stay in the Philippines, the members including Kevin, Kwang Hee, Jun Young, Tae Heon, Hee Chul, Min Woo, Hyung Sik, and Dong Jun not only won the hearts of their fans but also the press and other Filipinos as well. Aside from touring the malls, ZE:A also had a television guesting through Eat Bulaga!

    It has truly been an exciting and successful tour for ZE:A. A tangible testament to the fruits of their efforts is the impressive sales performance of their CD+DVD "Exciting" in the Astrochart, the weekly sales chart of Astrovision. "Exciting" topped the foreign sales category and the overall

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  • There is no doubt that Korean telenovelas, movies, and music have consistently gained popularity over the past two years. One of the reasons for this phenomenon, also known as the Hallyu phenomenon or the "Korean Wave", is the sheer beauty of Korean actresses. Get to know some of the most beautiful Korean actresses celebrated for their flawless skin, beautiful physique, and unmistakeable talent.

    Kim Tae Hee

    Kim Tae Hee (Sports Korea)The beautiful Kim Tae Hee is perhaps the most beautiful Korean actress of her generation. Boasting of a perfectly natural "Angel's face", Kim Tae Hee is indeed a woman other woman would want to hate. Not only is she a talented actress having completed several successful K-dramas including "Stairway to Heaven", "Iris" and "My Princess", Kim Tae Hee is also a top student who graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from Seoul National University. Kim Tae Hee's last project was a Japanese drama entitled "Boku to Star no 99 Nichi" where she played a successful Korean actress who fell

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