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An in-depth look at the Seoul HQ where phenoms like PSY, BIGBANG and K-pop’s future stars record, work out and chow down
Home to acts like Psy, BIGBANG and 2NE1, South Korean record label YG Entertainment is one of the biggest forces in the global K-pop phenomenon. The agency’s Seoul headquarters is where their artists record, work out, rehearse, learn choreography, play and eat at the famous YG Cafeteria that’s fed the likes of Justin Bieber,Quincy Jones and Will and Jaden Smith. As a part of Fuse News‘ week-long FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop special, host Liz Walaszczyk got an exclusive inside look that you can watch above.
But not just anybody gets the five-star treatment from YG HQ. Artists need to work hard to earn it.
The label’s latest act—newly-created boy band WINNER—will release music this month after competing for their K-pop debut on a reality show, Who is Next: WIN, against another YG male act.
“We were happy that we won and sad for those who lost,” rapper Mino tells Fuse in their U.S. television debut. “There were a lot of mixed emotions, so we cried together.”
Look out for more segments on YG artists like BIGBANG, Epik High and Lee Hi coming later this week as FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop continues.
Source: Fuse TV
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EXO sold over a million albums in 2013, so it comes as no surprise that they topped our album bestsellers as well. The below rankings are based on K-pop sales on YesAsia.com from January 1 to December 31, 2013. Sales of all editions (including repackages) and versions (Korea, Taiwan, Japan, etc.) of the same album/concert are summed up to determine the total sales. Only Korean-language releases are included here; check the C-pop and J-pop bestsellers for Chinese and Japanese releases by Korean artists.
Despite having released no new album in 2013 2NE1 manages to still rank #3 in YESASIA album sales for 2013 behind SNSD, f(x), and T-ara who all promoted albums in 2013 (I Got a Boy, Pink Tape, Again & its Repackage respectively).
BEST-SELLING FEMALE ARTISTS
1. Girls’ Generation
7. Nine Muses
9. Girl’s Day
10. miss A
Kim Jae Joong had the highest-selling solo album of the year, followed by G-Dragon whose Big Bang dominated the DVD chart. Girls’ Generation still reigns as the top-selling girl group and the only female artist in the overall top ten artists (third after SHINee). Infinite and B.A.P continued to climb the ranks following 2012′s strong showing, but 2013 also saw some new names – VIXX, Nine Muses, Sistar and Girl’s Day – rising to top-selling artists for the first time.
In a see of testoterone, 2NE1 (and SNSD) rise up the ranks on the DVD charts as well, with 2NE1′s New Evolution DVD sales ranking at an impressive 6th place.
#1 Big Bang
#3 Super Junior
#4 Big Bang
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
Despite promoting on all three major broadcast stations, it looks like YG artists will not be attending the MBC Gayo Daejejon. On December 11, MBC stated “YG Entertainment artists will not be attending the 2013 MBC Gayo Daejejeon. As of now, we have … Continue reading
[스타뉴스 이경호 기자] YG Entertainment, its artists including BIGBANG, 2NE1, Lee Hi and Epik High, is arousing much attention as many are curios to see whether its artists will be making an appearance on KBS Gayo Daejun, an annual music … Continue reading