[FEATURE] Fuse TV: BIGBANG, 2NE1, Jay Park & More Headline ‘FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop’



Fuse declared 2012 was the year K-pop crossed over and last year the scene proved it was getting even hotter. To kickstart the K-pop love in 2014, Fuse News is unrolling a whole week dedicated to Korean pop and hip-hop stars with the first-ever FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop.

Next week, tune in to Fuse News every night at 7:30/6:30c to see exclusive interviews and reports with Korea’s hottest artists, executives and personalities.

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When host Liz Walaszczyk visited Seoul, she didn’t just interview…and take a breath, fans…2NE1, BIGBANG, Jay Park, Drunken Tiger, Lee Hi, Epik High, T-ara, U-KISS, WINNER and more. She dived deep into the K-pop world: She found out what Korean life is like with Canadian YouTube celebs Eat Your Kimchi; She explored the business side of K-pop talking with execs at a top agency; Liz even joined a girl group in the dance studio for a rehearsal.

Source: Fuse TV

[FEATURED] Starcast: “Missing You ~ 2013″…2NE1’s Last Diary


2013, there is one day left.

Missing you~ missing you~ miss~ing you~

Maybe! Would there be any other group like 2NE1 that was active in 2013 and who will miss 2013? After the leader CL started off with her solo song ‘The Baddest Female’ in last May, 2NE1 was restless until December.

The total of three songs ‘Falling in love’, ‘ Do you love me’, ‘Missing You‘ has dominated the music site and Bom presented a carol song with YG singer Lee Hi.

A one busy year. In what way would 2NE1 remember the year 2013? We were curious about the things they laughed, cried, sad and felt not enough about. It is the so-called ‘2013, missing you’.


☞ First, we asked them the things they were most happy about. The answers of the four members CL, Minzy, Bom and Dara were all same. They were most happy when they were actively promoting after releasing the new song. They were most happy when they presented a new song to fans and they were happy because they were loved.

Dara:  We promoted the songs ‘Falling in love’, ‘Do you love me’ and ‘Missing You’ this year. When each of the songs came into being and when each was released, I was so happy.

CL: I was happy when I was promoting the song ‘The Baddest Female’. I stood on the solo stage for the first time after 4 years since the debut. Just that fact alone was meaningful to me.

Minzy: I was happy when I saw the fans when I was on the stage. We met after preparing for a long time. Even though the promotion activity was short, I have to say that I was happy when I saw the fans in such a long time while I was up on the stage.

☞ Not all moments can be happy. When would be the times when they were sad personally? They each had different answers. There was a member who talked about the emotions they felt when they were on the stage and there was a member who talked about personal experiences. Also, they talked about the sadness coming from responsibilities.

CL:  I was most sad when performing the second stage of ‘Missing You’ (SBS-TV ‘Popular Music’ Comeback stage). It was our first comeback stage on the music broadcast show in Korea. When I sang the ballad song in such a long time, something was very sad and I was absorbed into emotions when I thought of the lyrics…. Anyhow, it was something like that.

Minzy: I am sad because we did not get to release a proper regular album this year. We were supposed to present it this year by working hard and preparing it fast, and that was so sad.

Dara: I was sad when my hair got too bad. I gave changes restlessly from gold, pink and to silver this year so my hair was too ruined. All the hair was cut off. I am sad because I miss my hair. For that reason, there is a sad story that I had to wear a hat in ‘Missing You’~~


☞ What kind of moments would have been most meaningful to 2NE1Dara and Bomsaid it was every moment. It means that they have tried that hard and lived intensely. At times, they put in their hearts the special memory of the moment when they met with the fans.

Bom: Working hard (All the activities). That is most meaningful.

Dara: I think the moment when members gather and record the song and preparing for a new performance is always meaningful. Especially, I like who we are and what we are doing now recently. Please be sure to check the achievements of this very moment next year.

CL: I remember the moment when the fan meeting was held for the first time. It was the first fan meeting after making the debut. This time, we met with the fans in Japan but I hope to meet fans in Korea myself in the upcoming New Year.

☞ However, not everything can turn out good. The truth is, there were things that they felt not enough about. First, the promotion period was shorter than expected. There was also no concert. The fact that they did not get to release the proper and regular album was something that all members felt not enough about.

Minzy: I feel sad that I did not get to see you guys (fans) often due to a short promotion period.

Bom: Yes. There might be lots of things but I feel sad that 2NE1’s (Regular• Mini) album was not released. Personally, I also feel sad that I did not get to release a solo album.

Dara: The hot concert in the middle of the summer that took place 2 years in a row did not happen in 2013. I felt so sad about it. But, do not worry. It will begin in March of 2014. 2NE1’s 2014 World Tour.   


☞ Girl group fashion star. When talking about 2NE1, fashion cannot be left out. For every stage, they showed a unique style that is to the different level compared to other girl groups. Then, what would be the best style that members have picked?Dara gave an answer first.

Dara: I remember the broad hat style. The feeling of putting on that hat on a blonde gold hair, I know what that is like~. It is unique but it can show the female charm at the same time, so I liked it. Fascinatingly, that hat matched well with all kinds of outfits.

Minzy: For me, there as a time when I wore a red cheetah patterned knit sweater out of the outfits in ‘Missing You’. I think it was simply the style that matched with me the most.

CL: I will pick the outfit from ‘The Baddest Female’. You guys remember the white swimming suit style that I wore on ‘Popular Music’ right? It was unconventional but it is memorable as it was an outfit that has charisma and is unique.

☞ In this year, 2NE1 met lots of people. Who would be the most memorable person?Dara said “I met too many people and said bye to too many people. The question is too difficult and hesitated to give an answer, but the rest of the members shared stories about their special someone that they remember.

Minzy: I have in my memory people who always cheer for me, the fans.

Bom: If I were to pick just one, I will choose Lee Hi. We sang a Christmas carol together. But, I think she is someone who is so adorable and nice.

CL: For me, of course it is Stevie Wonder. We met in the stage of ‘MAMA’. Just the fact that I was able to be on the same stage with the king of pop was such a big honor.

☞ We also asked about the moment that they can never forget. The moment that they cannot forget this year was all different. There was a member who talked about personal experiences and there was a member who talked about the memories felt while promoting. Stevie Wonder was mentioned once again. It was a double crown.

CL: I would have to answer it as the day that I met Stevie Wonder to this question also.

Minzy: I think it was the time when I volunteered with Sean. I think I cannot forget the moment when I took care of the kids when I visited Holt Children Welfare Center.

Bom: For me, it was holding a fan meeting for the first time in Japan and getting the award with ‘Missing You’.

Dara: It is almost the same for me too. The time when we were promoting ‘Missing You‘ is an unforgettable moment. We got awards few times and I cannot forget the stage that the fans voluntarily sang along altogether, no, I do not want to forget.

☞ Finally, the question 10. It is the question about things they are going to miss after this year passes. In one word, it is ‘2013 Missing You’ that 2NE1 shares. Missing you, missing you, what do you miss?

CL: It is a secret ^^

Minzy: I will miss 20 year old Minzy. It is the first year that I greeted as an adult and it is the moment that will now never come back.

Dara•Bom: I think it would be every single moment. If this year passes, I think I am going to miss all the moments in this year. Since, I can never go back, wouldn’t that be why every single moment is so valuable?

Credits: Star Cast

[ARTICLE] Starcast: “Star Anatomy 2NE1″


# Music & Vocal – The rapid progress of the female musician resulted from the changing phases of time in 2000s.

Overall comment: The leading role in girl groups as they are centered on women. Using a differentiated strategy with the individuality of each member.

– Jo Hong Kyung, the representative of Voiceffect (JTBC ‘Hidden Singer’ vocal masters)

In their early years, 2NE1 made their debut with a nickname ‘Woman BIGBANG’ and back then, they showed a differentiated strategy through the strong colors of each member. Their music had easy melodies, which made people of all ages easily sing along and it is also the advantage that 2NE1 has.

If we take a look at the members, CL is someone in which her charm develops along with her age. CL, who shows the most power and energy in vocals, has a chic charm that is like a rebel. Also in the team, she has the most powerful vocal style.

Bom has a voice with unique individuality and a solid singing ability and is raising the level of completeness in terms of music. She is someone who has a unique voice but it looks like that she needs to make more effort to make her strengths certainly stand out. Dara is the oldest in the group and is definitely a mood maker but in terms of singing, it is slightly not enough. Just like CL, ‘The dancer’ Minzy is a member that appeals to people with fantastic singing ability. Since she has an enormous charm as she is able to dance, it would be better if she is much bold and daring in expressing her power.


-Bae Soon Tak, music critic (The writer of MBC radio ‘Bae Chul Soo’s Music Camp’)

The popular music itself has not much cases of being entirely described in relation to music. In most cases, the music decides its status based on the close relation it has with the society of a specific time period. This very fact is what makes 2NE1, a girl group with 4 members, important. Through their music, we can get a sense of a social atmosphere that changed after 2000s. Let’s think about their representative song ‘I Don’t Care’. The lyrics in the song convey the message ‘To a guy who is like a playboy, I don’t care if he leaves me’. Along with such a song and lyrics, 2NE1 made their fashion rather neutral and at times, chose to go with a powerful image.

To sort them in a much rough and wild way, it can be said that 2NE1 is a girl group who refused to give fantasies to men and instead, showed confident views that women has. This is never an exaggeration but is something that reflects the flow of time. Even globally, the one of the phenomenon in common was the rapid progress of women musicians and girl groups. It corresponds exactly with the level of changes in women rights that are rising as each year passes. The changes that first began with Madonna in 80’s are finally getting to shine with proper results and 2NE1 is the one who plays one of the main roles in it.


# Dance – Looks like the dance is wild and full of freedom but there is obvious beauty of moderation

Overall comment: CL’s charisma is blended with cuteness. Her confidence that comes from trust in herself is the biggest weapon.

– Ha Hwi Dong, Mnet ‘Dancing 9 Season1 MVP B-Boy steak

To me, the most important part of a performance is the intro part of the song and in the case of CL, her ability to start the song with her unique charisma blended with cuteness stands out. Dara looks like she will fit better with adorable dance moves from songs such as ‘Do you love me’. It is a song that gives a feeling that it has nicely pulled off cute dance moves that matches the most with Dara. Out of all the members, the one who dances in a comfortable way and shows her relaxed facial expression as a bonus is of course Minzy. Bom, who is in charge of vocal, does not get help from other members in her part but in other parts, her existence can be felt relatively strong and a lot.

– The singer Kim Wan Sun

I think to a singer, dancing is almost like a singer putting on a make-up and putting on the outfit. I view it as one of the ways to express the song and music in much fancier way. Of course, it would be better to dance like a professional dancer but it is hard to sing while showing that kind of dance moves. Also, I personally have a conservative way thinking that the main part is not supposed to be interrupted whatsoever. In that part, 2NE1’s dance cleverly does not interrupt the song but 2NE1 is still expressing their music in an individualized way. They look wild and full of freedom but there is a beauty of moderation in facial expressions and in the attitudes of the members. However, it looks like the confidence and self-esteem coming from working together with the staff members, who shows strong faith in the talents that 2NE1 has, is 2NE1’s powerful weapon that is stronger than all the dance moves with brilliant techniques.


# Fashion –From fresh chameleon to mature women

Overall comment: Street fashion + Black hip hop look added with luxurious mood.

– Designer Chae Gyu In

Since their debut, 2NE1 gave off a feeling that is like a chameleon. In outfits, if Tokyo and London street fashion and black hip hop look played the main role up till now, it looks like there is a ‘high end collection (Luxurious outfit)’ added to it recently. In previous albums, 2NE1 have been showing images that are like a bright young girl. But now, it could be seen little by little that 2NE1 is making an attempt to give changes to their images as fully grown-up women

Especially, in their newly released song ‘Missing You’, CL exposing her entire body looks like a way to actively trying to portray the characteristics of mature women. In the music video of ‘Missing You’, the hat with broad visor and the smoking look is an item that fits with the trend of ‘Restoring the old’ in 1970~80’s. It looks like that these outfits interpreted the ‘Restoring the old’ looks of the time with a modern sentiment. The concept that ‘Missing You’ gives a feeling like seeing a new version of the song ‘Lonely’, which was released in 2011. It is evaluated that in terms of sincerity, ‘Lonely’ is a step ahead. In ‘Missing You’, shows the charms of women and arouses curiosity through diverse and luxurious style of outfit such as a spangled skirt. It looks like right now is a time in which the attempt to break the frame by trying new things and by leaping to the next level is needed.


It looks like CL has the most choices for outfits out of 2NE1. She often surprises the crowd with her unconventional styles but her sense of matching the accessories or props that others did not try before is different from others. In real life, she shows skilled abilities in coming up with various styles of outfits such as being funky, chic or dressing like a man. Bom has a beautiful body figures so no matter whether it is on the stage or in daily life, she often wears micro miniskirts, skirts or shorts. Rather than sticking to the styles that emphasizes the leg, I think it would be better if she tries to much more various and bold styles.


Dara used to wear the most hip fashion out of all the members but recently, she has been showing daily-life look fashion that does not stand out by using fashion props but she still shows her sense. In contrast, when she is on the stage, she frequently enjoys elegant styles that show the beauty of woman. In the clothes that Dara wears in her daily life, it is most always a skinny jean with a belt. It looks like she showed her individuality nicely with her unique way of highlighting the fashion. Minzy is a member who shows most little change in style since her debut until now. She wears a jacket and matched with simple pants most of the time and it looks like that she chose to go with stable fashion and does not try anything bold.


# Facial features: Full of talents and a successful career
-Jo Gyu Moon, assistant professor at culture and arts graduate school Kyung-gi University, name and fortune research center

CL: First, when looking at her forehead, it is pretty neat and shiny so it is a good forehead. Forehead represents the fortune from earlier years of life to age 30 and also shows the fortune in the career. CL has good fortune in earlier years of her life so she has parents luck and also career luck. She has the facial features that tell that she will be successful with her own job. Eyebrows represent the fortune for siblings and her eyebrows are soft and clear so it is reminded of a crescent moon. When looking at this fact in regards to the relationships with the members, it means that the members in 2NE1 have a nice teamwork and is able to form good relationships. Her lips are thick and mouth is pointing upwards. This kind of lips means popularity and a precious fate. But, one thing bad among all the good is the fact that the nostrils can be slightly seen when looking at the face from the front. The meaning it carries is that even when you earn a lot of money, it is possible to have unnecessary spending from not managing the money well so it is necessary to be careful.

Bom:  If the forehead represents the fortune in earlier years in life, then the eyes and the nose is the fortune in mid-age and the mouth, both upper chin and lower chin, and the lowest chin represents the fortune in the end of life. Judging from the eyes and nose that represents the fortune in mid-age, her eyes have a clear distinction between black and white parts, meaning being healthy and wise and also being successful in career. The nose that represents wealth is also neat and stretched out with power so it looks like she will be earning a lot of money. To point out a part to be improved, her upper lips looks thinner than her lower lips so it would be good if she make her upper lips thick and red when putting on make-ups.


Dara: The shape of her face is oval and she is a typical beauty type. When dividing the face into three parts of eyes, nose, lips and both the upper chin and lower chin and the lowest chin, it has a 1:1:1 proportion so it can be said that she has a precious face. When looking at her forehead, she can be successful in terms of career and looking at the eyes, which show the health, she is showing good health. The nose, which represents wealth, is chubby so it is a nose that is pretty and will bring luck. However, a beauty is popular among people of opposite sex and it can be considered as a double-bladed sword.

Minzy: The end of her both of her eyes is slightly pointing upwards. It looks like her eyes make her unique individuality and charisma meaningful. Her eyes show that she is talented and skilled and these kinds of eyes are from a person is full of confidence. The part in between the eyes and the eyebrows are called ‘Jeontaekgoong’, which is related to realty. For Minzy, this part is formed relatively wide so it could be good for her to invest in realty. It looks like the part right below her eyes is rather plain but it looks like that Minzy will have fortune when she makes this part thicker and brighter and putting on make-ups.

Written by. Jang Seo Yoon (TenAsia)
Edited by. Choi Jin Sil (TenAsia)
Source: Naver

[NEWS] YG, Heavy Comeback… Relay of Strong Dominating Stages

[OSEN=Hwang Mi-hyun] YG Entertainment‘s main singers coming out with strong distinguished performance. YG families’ heavy singers Bigbang, 2NE1 is coming back as solos with various methods, filling the end of 2013. Especially Bigbang members are topping the sound source charts whenever each members release their solo … Continue reading

[OTHER] 111213 Letter of a DARA Fanboy . . .

Naisip ko na isulat ‘to sa Tagalog dahil para ‘to kay DARA,

Hi Dara! Kamusta ka na? Sana mabasa mo ‘to kahit na mahaba.Alam ko hindi mo ako kilala, pero kilala ako ng mga kamag-anak at kaibigan ko bilang isang DARA FANBOY.  Nag-umpisa ako nung sumali ka sa SCQ noon. Frustrated ako kasi gusto ko sumali kaso 12 pa lang ako noon at hindi pwede kasi underage ako. Pero habang nanonood ako ng isa sa mga episode ng SCQ nakita kita at ikaw agad ang naging pambato ko . Alam ko noon na hindi ka magaling pero noon lang ako nakakita ng Koreana na mahal ang Pilipinas at ginagawa ang best niya para matuto umarte at mag-Tagalog.


Masayang-masaya ako nung naka-pasok ka sa Magic Circle of 10. Inabangan ko ang elimination every week at kinakabahan ako kasi anytime pwede kang ma-eliminate. Nung GRAND TEEN QUESTORS NIGHT naman, nalungkot ako kasi hindi ikaw ang nanalo 😥 Pero okay lang, sabi ko sa sarili ko, hindi ako bibitiw at ikaw pa din ang number 1 saken.  Sinubaybayan ko career mo, pinanood ko yung SCQ Reload OK Ako, Sandara’s Romance, Krystala, Crazy 4 U, Your Song at Abt Ur Luv. Nainis ako sa treatment nila sayo after 2 years kasi hindi ka na nila binigyan ng matinong projects pero kahit na ganon masaya ako kasi naging part ka ng araw-araw kong buhay.Pinanood ko din yung Bcuz of U kahit na nakatayo kami ng Lola at Kapatid ko sa sinehan dahil sa dami ng tao. Yung Can This Be Love, D’ Lucky Ones at Super Noypi naman kapag pinapalabas sa Cinema One, hanggang ngayon pinapanood ko at hindi ako nagsasawa. Nakita ko ang improvement mo mula noon. Ikaw lang din ang nagkaroon ng album sa batch niyo ng SCQ. Sana nga magkaroon ng Korean Version yung IN OR OUT eh. Bumili ako ng Dong-A Pen kasi ikaw yung model. Ang saya ko din nung nanalo ka noon sa STAR AWARDS bilang Best New Actress.

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Napanood ko noon sa ASAP yung last guesting mo. YG Trainee ka na pala that time at tama ang hinala ko na may pinagkaka-abalahan ka sa Korea. Inabangan ko yung pagbabalik mo simula nung umalis ka sa Pilipinas. At sulit ang paghihintay ko, bumalik ka bilang DARA na part ng 2NE1 noong 2009. Simula nung debut niyo naging Blackjack na ako. Siyempre nalulungkot ako kapag may bashers kayo pero ginagawa ko lahat para ipagtanggol kayo, lalo na ikaw dahil alam ko kung gaano ka ka-dedicated sa craft mo. Nung nilabas yung FIRE, natuwa ako kasi nakita kita at totoo nga ang bali-balita na KPOP STAR ka na sa Korea.

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Lalo kang gumanda at nag-improve ka sa singing at dancing. Alam ko na masaya ka dahil naabot mo ang pangarap mo.Mas masaya ako kasi alam ko na matagal mo nang gusto yan. Isa ang FIRE at I DON’T CARE sa nagpasimula ng KPOP dito sa Pilipinas. Alam mo ba na number 1 kayo sa MYX at hindi natinag ng ilang araw. Tapos nung bumalik ka dito para sa MYX Interview ang saya ko kasi andtio ka na ulit. Pinanood ko din yung guesting mo sa Entertainment Live. Nung 2010 naman na comeback niyo, nakita ko na mas naging malakas  ang Blackjacks kasi yung GO AWAY, CAN’T NOBODY at CLAP YOUR HANDS pare-parehong number 1 at all-kill lahat! Naalala ko noon naka-Triple Crown pa kayo. Sumunod naman na comeback niyo nung 2011. Nanood din ako ng THE PARTY at kitang-kita ko na masaya ka that time dahil naakapag-perform ka na sa Araneta kasama ang 2NE1. Parang tumigil ang oras ang kahit mag-isa ako, nanood ako ng concert niyo. Yung I AM THE BEST comeback niyo isa talaga sa the best lalo na nung MAMA dahil pati ibang KPOP STARS napasayaw niyo. Nakaka-miss yung mga oras na yun.Walang araw na hindi ko nababanggit ang pangalan mo at ng 2NE1 sa mga kaibigan at kakilala ko. Nung 2012 naman nagulat ako sa comeback niyo, kasi shaved yung buhok mo T_T pero alam ko naman na bumagay sa’yo. Excited kami kasi nagbalik kayo pero nalungkot din nung naputol promotions niyo ng I LOVE YOU. Naging busy kayo sa NEW EVOLUTION WORLD TOUR. Ngayong 2013 naman nag-comeback kayo via FALLING IN LOVE. Masaya ako kasi bumalik na kayo tapos sinundan pa ng DO YOU LOVE ME. Na- excite ako pati mga Blackjacks dahil may kasunod pa yun tulad nga ng plano ni YG. Pero natapos ang September, walang teaser or new song na nilabas. Ngayon naman na October na naghihintay pa din ako sa pagbabalik niyo. Alam ko na busy kayo at puno ang schedule. Nalulungkot ako kapag sinasabihan ako ng ibang fandom na wala nang 2NE1 at malapit na kayo ma-disband 😥 Pero hindi naman ako bumibitiw at hindi ko iiwan ang fandom ko. Blackjack at DARAling ako from 2009-forever. Ngayon na malapit na kayong mag 5 years and   Birthday Wish ko sa’yo DARA, sana magkaroon ka na ng secons solo song mo, maging part ka na din sana ng isang Korean Drama at sana maggkaroon na kayo ng tuloy-tuloy na comeback. Ako naman next year, 10 years na akong DARA Fanboy. Alam mo ba na pareho tayo ng dream? Dream ko din maging KPOP STAR pero alam ko mahirap maabot, pero ikaw ang inspiration ko para maabot yun.Sana nakikita mo din at ng 2NE1 yung mga post namin sa FACEBOOK tungkol sa paghihintay namin sa inyo. Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit ikaw ang bias ko kasi hindi ka nakakalimot at mahal mo pa din ang Pilipinas hanggang ngayon. Kung magagawi ka sa FACEBOOK visit ka naman sa DARA PARK Philippines, ginawa ko yung page na yun para sa’yo. Mahal ka namin! Mahal ka ng PINOY DARAlings at Blackjacks. Sana one day makausap kita ng harapan at maka-kwentuhan . . . pasensya na at wala akong regalo sa’yo pero ang maibibigay ko sigurong gift ay yung NEVER ENDING SUPPORT ko sayo 🙂

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Nagmamahal, ang dakila mong FANBOY,  Ken Buenaventura