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Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!

December 23, 2010

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Regine Velasquez new CD "Fantasy" is still Number One!

Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez newest album "Fantasy" is still the #1 OPM album in one of the country's biggest record retail chains, Odyssey! The album debuted at #1 in Odyssey record stores last week and maintained its position at the top for the 2nd week! Sales charts are based on total sales tabulated from more than 80 Odyssey record stores nationwide! "Fantasy" was also certified Gold after two weeks of release in the market!

Fantasy” is a special collector’s item CD box-set that contains 2 discs featuring Regine at her very best as she belts out 12 original ballads in disc one while she revives a collection of 10 homegrown favorites in the second disc. The album’s carrier single is an original composition of singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, a romantic love ballad entitled “You Don’t Know.” The song’s music video is directed by Nani Naguit and it is currently enjoying massive airplay on the country’s top music channels.

The first disc which contains all-original OPM material also assembles the work of some of today’s most talented songwriters such as Francis “Kix Salazar (“Been Waiting”), Ramon Luis Silvestre (“Always,” a duet with Jay Perillo), Nyoy Volante (“This Time”), Janno Gibbs (“True Romance”), Edwin Marollano (“Sana’y Laging Ganito”), Chito Miranda (“OK Lang Ako”), Noel Mendez (“Fairy Tale” and “S.M.I.L.E.”), Robin Nievera (“Smile”), Isabela Ledesma (“Funny One”), and another song by Ogie Alcacid entitled “Walang Iba.”

In Disc 2, Regine belts out such classics as Gerard Kenny’s “Fantasy,” America’s “All My Life,” Paul Davis’ “I Go Crazy,” Heart’s “What About Love,” Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach,” Lighthouse’s “You And Me,” Clair Marlo’s “Without Me,” Landon Pigg’s “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop,” The Eagles’ “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” and Five For Fighting’s “Dying.”

Fantasy” also has two sets of packaging that every collector should have – one colored and one in black and white featuring Regine in rare and never-before-seen photos as taken by the lens of top photographer Mark Nicdao. Each box-set contains 10 sets of post-cards that are in color and in black and white.

To get Regine Velasquez’ ringback tones from her “Fantasy,” check out the back of the CD for directions and to vote for “You Don’t Know” music video on MYX, text MYX (space) Vote (space) You Dont Know and send to 2366.

Watch Regine's Music Videos here:

You Don't Know:

Been Waiting:

Inquirer.net | Sunset wedding for singers Ogie, Regine

by Marinel R. Cruz
First posted 03:46:00 12/23/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The bride wore a flaming red gown, her signature color, to her wedding.

Singer-actress Regine Velasquez, who tied the knot Wednesday with long-time boyfriend, singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, “derives power from that color,” her friend, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

The off-shoulder outfit was a creation of Monique Lhuiller, the US-based Filipino designer who has also designed gowns for Hollywood celebrities Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Stewart and Hillary Duff.

Alcasid’s gray suit was by Randy Ortiz. “I have nothing against the barong Tagalog. It’s just that parang mas pogi kasi ako (I look more dashing in a suit),” he told the Inquirer in a previous interview.

The ceremony was held at The Peak, Terrazas de Punta Fuego Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas.

The wedding was set in time for the sunset. “A thousand butterflies were released while Regine was walking down the aisle. They all clung to her. It was an amazing sight,” Laurel said. “Everyone cried when the couple exchanged their marriage vows.”

Velasquez sang the APO Hiking Society original “Awit ng Pag-ibig” as part of her wedding pledge. She ended it by saying: “I’ve never felt so happy all my life.”

‘So romantic’
Hyped as the “Wedding of the Decade,” the Christian ceremony began at 4 p.m., officiated by Pastor Clem Guillermo and Nasugbu Mayor Tony Barcelon.

President Benigno Aquino III was one of the groomsmen.

“The swimming pool was covered with fiberglass. The couple crossed it and climbed a flight of stairs on their way to the altar. It was so romantic,” said Redgie Acuña-Magno, GMA 7 senior program manager.

The all-male vocal group Tux performed at the ceremony...

Read the full write up here:

Phil. Star | Ogie, Regine make wedding guests cry

FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricardo F. Lo (The Philippine Star)
Updated December 23, 2010 12:00 AM

The wedding vows were so touching that the well-heeled guests couldn‘t help but cry.

The groom, Ogie Alcasid, 43, lovingly looked at his bride, Regine Velasquez, as he said in English, “I will be your Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Justin Bieber,” and Regine, 40, her eyes fixed on her brand-new husband, answered in Tagalog, “Kuwarenta anyos na ako kaya pasensya na lang kung masungit ako kung minsan.”

Recounted STAR contributor Girlie Rodis who was among the teary-eyed guests, “Not a pair of eyes was dry.”

Then, Regine sang the APO song Di Ko Malimutan, part of which goes, …di ko maalaala kung kailan nagsimula, di ko malimutan kung kailan ko natikman ang tamis ng ‘yong halik, yakap na napaka-higpit, pagibig na tunay hanggang langit…

The wedding, held at The Peak, Terrazas de Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas, as heavenly shades of night were falling late yesterday afternoon, was dubbed Wedding of The Decade. It will be shown as a TV special on Sunday, Dec. 26, on GMA with which the couple is under exclusive contract, with a wedding primer to be aired tomorrow in Startalk, also on GMA.

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24oras | Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez tie knot in Batangas

12/22/2010 | 08:30 PM

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Malaya | No more sad songs for Regine

by Arnel Ramos

...Yesterday, December 22, the woman who is simply known as Asia’s Songbird to generations of music, TV and film audiences exchanged vows with the man who goes by the moniker the "Songwriter." Does this signal the beginning of a fairy tale for the two well-liked showbiz icons? Personally, we no longer believe in fairy tales. We used to when we were young and shallow and didn’t know any better. Marriage is a serious matter that one should approach and enter into with a clear perspective.

In the days to come, reports on the Alcasid-Velasquez nuptials will dwell on the grandness of the Batangas ceremony, the reception, the red Monique Lhuillier gown, the star-studded entourage, the lavishness of it all. Adjectives will run out. Praises will sound redundant. We choose to turn an eye on the beginnings of this romance and how their individual tenacity has brought Ogie and Regine this far...

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ABS-CBN News | Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid tie the knot

Posted at 12/22/2010 5:17 PM |
Updated as of 12/22/2010 5:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - After three years of being together, singers Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez tied the knot on Wednesday afternoon at Terrazas de Punta Fuego beach resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

The private ceremony, which was closed to the media, was attended by the couple's families and closest friends in and outside of show business.

Cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo tweeted: “Reg pairing her red dress with high heeled leather boots .george her dog is in a gorgeous tux.”

Also on Twitter, designer Rajo Laurel said the Asia's Songbird sang her wedding vow.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was part of the entourage along with Janno Gibbs, Michael V, Belo, Megastar Sharon Cuneta and businessman Manny Pangilinan.

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino was also present at the event.

Spotted during the ceremony were Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Noel Cabangon, Kuh Ledesma, Eddie Gutierrez, Annabelle Rama, Ruffa Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, Hayden Kho Jr., Dennis Trillo, Pia Magallona, Jose Mari Chan, Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Bing Loyzaga, John Prats, Rachelle Ann Go, Christian Bautista, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes and Lea Salonga.

Also present in the ceremony was Alcasid's first wife, Michelle van Eimeren, mother of his 2 daughters.

Eimeren did the bouquet and the flowers for the entourage, while their daughters, Leila and Sarah, were the flower girls at the wedding.

Alcasid's marriage to Eimeren was annulled last June 21.

Alcasid and Velasquez became a couple in 2007. According to Velasquez, Alcasid proposed to her at a restaurant while she was eating steak.

Alcasid gave her an heirloom ring from his mother as an engagement ring.

In a previous interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Velasquez divulged that she and Alcasid won't have a honeymoon after their Christian wedding.

She said she and Alcasid will instead spend time with their family, including bonding moments with Alcasid's former wife.

The singers have been living under the same roof for three years now, and Velasquez said “it’s actually one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.”

Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Alcasid, he said he's planning to take Velasquez to Europe after their Christmas bonding with their family.

“Sabi ko kay Regine na huwag muna kaming mag-beach. Gusto kong mag-Europe kami dahil hindi pa kami nakakapag-Europe dalawa. And there’s a very romantic place in Italy called Positano. I really want to take her there,” he said.

*Photos taken from Rajo Laurel's Twitter account.


PEP.ph | (updated) Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez are now officially husband and wife

Report by Karen Pagsolingan
Text by Mark Angelo Ching and Erwin Santiago
Thursday, December 23, 2010, 07:00 AM

(This article was originally posted on December 22, 5:13 PM)

Kasal na sina Ogie Alcasid at Regine Velasquez.

Naganap ang kasal ng dalawang singers sa Terrazas de Punta Fuego, isang beach resort, sa Nasugbu, Batangas, kaninang bandang alas-tres ng hapon, December 22, at natapos ito bago 5 p.m.

Ayon kay Karen Pagsolingan, ang representative ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na dumalo sa wedding, naluha sina Ogie at Regine habang nag-e-exchange ng kanilang wedding vows. Ibinigay ng dalawa ang kanilang vows sa pamamagitan ng kanta.

Sa isang bahagi ng wedding vow ni Ogie ay sinabi niyang, "I'll be your number one Reginean, your Brad Pitt, and Justin Bieber..."

Bilang bahagi ng kanyang wedding vow, inawit ng Asia's Songbird ang "Di Ko Malimutan" ng APO Hiking Society. Nangako siyang mamahalin niya si Ogie, na ayon sa kanya ay "cute na cute" siya.

Nanghingi na rin si Regine ng paumanhin kay Ogie dahil minsan ay nasusungitan niya ito, ganun daw yata ang malapit nang "mag-menopause." Tawanan ang mga bisita sa kanyang biro.

Tinapos naman ni Regine ang kanyang wedding vow sa linyang ito: "I've never felt so happy all my life."

Nakasuot si Regine ng bright red gown, na gawa ni Monique Lhuillier. Si Ogie naman ay naka-coat and tie...

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PEP.ph | Christian Bautista wants to explore a new sound for 2011; reveals his wish for Ogie and Regine

by Mark Angelo Ching
Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 04:24 PM

Hindi matawaran ang pasasalamat ng singer na si Christian Bautista dahil maganda ang itinakbo ng 2010 para sa kanya, hindi lang sa kanyang recording career kundi sa acting na rin.

Nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Christian sa pagpirma niya ng isang endorsement deal noong Huwebes, Disyembre 16, sa Johnny Rockets, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Sa panayam na ito ay ikinuwento ni Christian ang mga nangyari sa kanyang career ngayong taon. Idinetalye rin ng singer, na sikat na sikat sa Southeast Asia, ang iba pang mga personal na bagay.

"The music career is doing very well," saad ni Christian. "The Romance Revisited album is triple platinum. Just a Love Song in Indonesia is double platinum. I might go to some Asian countries next year."

Para raw sa 2011, naghahanap si Christian ng bagong tunog, para na rin ma-excite ang kanyang mga tagahanga.

"Yun nga, I wanna do something else next year. I wanna do something exciting. I wanna do something different.

"In terms of music, I'm looking for a new sound. I actually tweeted it. I tweeted, 'Who has a song, any song. Email me...'

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2NE1 is the Most Downloaded Female Singer of 2010

Whose songs were most downloaded as mobile ringtones in 2010?

Nowadays, the music industry places a special significance to the no. 1 downloaded ringtone, compared to topping music programs or album charts. That is because ringtones not only reach out to music fans, but also normal people who inevitably hear the ringtone anywhere when someone’s cell phone rings. Also, ringtone music is heard most frequently on a daily basis by those who download them over music from other sources.

For the honors of top downloaded ringtones in 2010 (2009 Nov 30 ~ 2010 Nov 30), Lee Seung Chul’s ‘That person’ sold a record 634,745 ringtones while the Most Downloaded Female Singers were 2NE1′s ‘Go Away’ with 547,325 ringtones.

Lee Seung Chul, well-known as one of the judges in ‘Superstar K 2′, lives up to his name as the ‘king of rock ballads’ by singing the most downloaded ringtone. He surprised many music industry because it was expected that the top downloads would be of female artistes or girl groups.

In overall second place for most downloaded song belonged to Homme (Chang Min and Lee Hyun)’s ‘Just eat well’ (602,800 ringtones), 2NE1 in 3rd place, 2AM’s ‘I can’t let you go even if I die’ in 4th place (498,311), IU’s ‘Nagging’ in 5th place (492,456).

Credit: shuus@vscoop
Source: OSEN via apl25 @ YGLadies

Koreaboo | SM Entertainment releases S.M. The Ballad iTunes application

S.M. The Ballad officially has an iTunes application for their mini-album! In this application, fans can enjoy the newly released songs, the "Miss You" music video, and an image gallery in high quality. There is also a clock available in the application. You can currently download the application for your iPhone for no charge. So make sure to check out the iTunes store soon!

iPhone applications that SM Entertainment has released thus far include SNSD's "Hoot and "Run Devil Run", SHINee's "Hello", TRAX's "Oh My Goddess", BoA's "Copy&Paste", f(x)'s "Nu ABO", and Super Junior's "Bonamana".

Source: @KumikaUniverse, @Linds3ySon1a and iTunes
Posted by uni @ Koreaboo

Allkpop | Super Junior's Donghae, Ryeowook release “Just Like Now”

Super Junior’s Donghae, Ryeowook release “Just Like Now” for “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter” OST

Yesterday, we reported that Super Junior’s Donghae and Ryeowook were going to team up to deliver a track for the “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter” OST.

Titled “Just Like Now“, it’s a light acoustic ballad that’s quite soothing and sincere. Reportedly, Donghae had composed the song immediately after reading the script.

Check it out here:

Posted by asphodel @ Allkpop

Allkpop | Super Junior's Donghae, Ryeowook & 4Minute participate in OST for “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter”

Super Junior’s Donghae and 4minute’s Nam Jihyun will be participating in the OST for their drama, SBS’s “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter.”

Donghae, who plays the role of ‘Wook Ki’, a strong young man of sound character, will be releasing his self-composed track, “Like Now.” The song is described to be a warm acoustic ballad, suitable for the winter season; it’s also a duet with fellow Super Junior member, Ryeowook.

The song was said to have been composed moments after reading the script for “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter”, and embodies Donghae’s affection for his debut drama.

4minute’s Nam Jihyun, who plays the role of cute and preppy ‘Shin Sun Hae,’ will be joining the rest of her 4minute members for “One Thing,” an emotional song with a sweet melody and loving lyrics. It will also feature some rap, so it’s sure to be an interesting track to listen to.

Both songs will be released in the “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter OST Part 3” on December 23rd.

Watch these clips:

“It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter” clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD2UqqI1fnI

Donghae and Ryeowook "Just Like Now" audio clip:

Source: TV Daily via Nate
Posted by VITALSIGN @ Allkpop

Allkpop | Hangeng wins lawsuit over SM Entertainment

On December 21st, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Super Junior’s Hankyung, in the lawsuit he filed against his agency, SM Entertainment.

The Department of Justice stated, “All three contracts – from the January 2003 contract, the altered contract from February 2007, and the affiliated contract from December 2007 – do not exist.”

Hankyung had filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment in December of 2009 claiming, “I cannot maintain an unjust contract.”

Meanwhile, an SM Entertainment representative spoke with MyDaily in the aftermath of the decision and stated, “We cannot accept the result. We will file an immediate appeal to reverse the decision.”

Source: Newsis, MyDaily via Nate
Posted by VITALSIGN @ Allkpop

200,000 Pre-orders for GD& TOP’s album!

It’s become one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and recently, YG Entertainment provided a sales figure to show how big GD&TOP’s debut album could be.

They revealed to Money Today Star News, “The duo’s first album will be released offline on the 24th. As of today, the 22nd, we are surprised to have already received 200,000 pre-orders. This is more than the pre-orders of any past Big Bang album. The window for pre-orders is open until the 23rd, and we expect the sales figure to increase.”

The incredible response to GD&TOP’s unit album is credited to the pre-release of the singles “High High” and “Oh Yeah”, in addition to their SBS “Inkigayo” performance.

It’s also been a long wait for Big Bang fans, as it’s been quite a while since members of the group collaborated to deliver a non-solo release.

That’s really huuuuge!!!! This duo will kill all charts, I’m sure!! :DDD

Source: akp

Allkpop | Big Bang and SNSD to attend 52nd Japan Record Awards

As previously mentioned, popular idol groups Big Bang and SNSD will be attending the ‘52nd Japan Record Awards‘ show in Tokyo on December 30th.

Big Bang has been nominated for the highest award of the night, the “Japan Record Awards“. Regarding this, on December 21st, Big Bang’s entertainment company revealed, “Big Bang will be going for the ‘Japan Record Awards’ for the second year in a row,” to Money Today Star News.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon and TOP, are currently busy promoting their first duet album, but the duo will be even more busy towards the end of the year as they are scheduled to appear for ‘SBS Gayo Daejun‘ on the 29th, ‘Japan Record Awards’ on the 30th, and ‘MBC’s Music Festival‘ on the 31st.

A representative of the K-pop music industry also quoted, “Girls Generation will make an appearance for this year’s ‘Japan Record Awards’. The ‘2010 KBS Music Festival‘ also happens to be on the same night, but the chances are very high that Girls Generation will return to Korea after the ‘Japan Record Awards’ and make an appearance for ‘KBS’ Music Festival’.”

On another note, the ‘Japan Record Awards’ is one of the the biggest end of the year music awards show in Japan, and the awards ceremony will be shown live through TBS.

Source: Star News via Nate
Posted by xvntbk @ Allkpop

Allkpop | GD&TOP on the set of their next music video

GD&TOP completed a successful debut performance of “High High“ on SBS’s “Inkigayo” this past weekend. But they’re literally rolling with their hot success by working on their next music video.

Earlier today, G-Dragon updated his me2day with a photo of himself and T.O.P on the set of their next music video. He posted, ”Today’s music video filming done!!”

Fans flooded the comments section with, “I’m excited to see how it will turn out!!“, “Wa~! I must see it!!“, and “So cool~ I wish I could see this soon!”

In the picture, GD&TOP are seen at a white set on what appears to be segways. It just be the lighting, but does T.O.P’s hair look purple to you?

Stay tuned to allkpop for further updates on their next music video, and for their expensive M! Countdown debut!

Source: G-Dragon’s me2day
Posted by chloejn @ Allkpop

Allkpop | GD&TOP’s ‘M Countdown’ comeback is the most expensive in Mnet’s history

Big Bang’s G-Dragon and T.O.P have been revealed to be the artists with the most expensive comeback stage in Mnet’s history.

On December 21st, a representative of Mnet spoke with OSEN and revealed, “G-Dragon and T.O.P will be making their comeback on the December 23rd episode of Mnet’s ‘M Countdown.’ As they are Korea’s best singers and performers, we will be giving them proper treatment. They will be performing ‘High High,’ ‘Oh Yeah,’ and ‘Bbeokigayo‘ at the pre-recording on the 22nd.”

The representative continued, “We had a meeting with the two last week in order to discuss the concepts for the three title songs. We’ve worked hard to make sure that the stage is like a segment of a night club, so that they can enjoy the experience with their fans.”

The three stages have accrued the most expenses in their production. Sounds like it’s definitely a show to tune in for, so keep up with allkpop for further updates!

Source + Photos: OSEN via Nate
Posted by VITALSIGN @ Allkpop

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Get your FREE Universal Records 2011 K-Pop Calendar!

FREE Universal Records 2011 K-Pop Calendar!  Here's how to get one!

It's so easy! Just drop by any of these four (4) record outlets between December 22, 23 and 24:

Look for Karen Manaloto or Jovy Gongora
Store telephone number: 556-0080

Look for Maricris Efondo
Store telephone number: 442-0372

Look for Rona Almero or Shirley Armas
Store telephone numbers: 687-3630 or 687-3597

Look for Estela San Antonio
Store telephone number: 417-7392

Get your ASIA LIST CLUB REGISTRATION FORM (it's FREE!) only from authorized Universal Records salesperson (as mentioned above). Fill up the registration form, submit to them and get your 2011 KPOP CALENDAR (size 24" x 36"). It's that easy! Remember, first-come first-served basis only and while supplies last. No need to buy a K-Pop CD!

It's our way of saying THANK YOU to all of you who have been very supportive of Universal Records' K-Pop album releases and album launch events! We ower it all to you for having 14 Number One K-Pop albums in the Philippines!

Allkpop | YG Family will not be participating in the ‘2010 KBS Music Festival’

YG Entertainment artists will not be taking part in the KBS year-end music festival.

According to music broadcast representatives on December 20th, 2NE1, Se7en, Taeyang, and Big Bang’s unit group GD&TOP, will only participate in the “SBS Gayo Daejun” and the “MBC Music Festival“, held on December 29th and 31st respectively.

A representative stated, “YG and KBS have differences in opinions regarding KBS broadcasting an award during the live festival. Thus, YG has decided to not let their label artists to participate in the program for this year.”

In truth, this year is not the first time KBS will be giving out a ‘Popular Song Award‘ at their music festival. Last year, KBS asked viewers to vote for the artist who most deserved the ‘Popular Song Award’, which was given to 2PM for their track, ‘Again and Again‘.

If this doesn’t really sound like much of a big deal, then here’s the backstory: around 5 years ago, all three broadcasting companies decided to change their year-end award ceremonies to just plain music festivals. Last year, KBS had received vast criticism for suddenly creating a ‘Popular Song Award’ for their Music Festival.

In their defence, KBS has voiced out that their ‘Popular Song Award’ is not indicative of plans to resurrect an awards ceremony.

“Just like last year, we will not be holding a music awards ceremony this year. We are merely just choosing the most popular song of the year. We are aware of the criticism about us resurrecting an awards ceremony, but we are taking fairness in consideration, and will not be holding an awards show this year,” explained a representative of the KBS Music Festival.

The ‘Popular Song Award’ is solely based on viewers’ votes.

Source: Star News
Posted by VITALWARNING @ Allkpop

Allkpop | 2NE1 & others declared as harmful for youth?

The songs from 2NE1, Kim Bum Soo, Super Kid, and many other popular artists have collectively been judged to be ‘harmful media’ for youths because of their songs.

According to the electronic gazette of the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, the Commission on Youth Protection made a judgment on November 29th that 2NE1’s ‘Can’t Nobody (English Version)’ and ‘I’m Busy‘ were disruptive for youths.

What was the reason behind this harsh decision? Apparently, it was the use of profanity in the tracks. Kim Bum Soo’s ‘Smoking or Drinking‘ from his ‘Solista Part 1‘ was also judged as inappropriate due to the drug references. Super Kid’s ‘Have a Drink‘ and trot singer Kim Hye Yeon’s ‘I’ll Pay‘ were also criticized for the same reasons.

The works of hip hop artists also got slammed, as being harmful to youths. Hip hop duo DOZ, which recently signed with Japan’s Avex, had 5 of their songs deemed as injurious to youth.

In view of these judgements, measures have been taken to put a declarative mark on albums containing songs that may be corruptive to youth; albums with those marks cannot be sold to individuals under the age of 19. If these regulations are not followed, the producers, distributors, and vendors may have to pay penalties. Also, these so-called inappropriate songs cannot be broadcasted before 10PM.

This decision went into effect on December 6th.

How do you feel about Korea’s measures to regulate content in music? Do you feel that it’s too harsh or perhaps too conservative? Or do you agree with the cautionary stance? Tell us your thoughts below!

Source: Money Today Star News
Posted by skang90 @ Allkpop

Koreaboo | TVXQ, SNSD & Bigbang make the decade memorable

After ten long years, it’s time for us to look back at everything that’s happened in the music industry. Change has been slow, but evident throughout the entire process, from political, social and aspects surrounding the issues. Kyung Hyang Newspaper decided to analyze the last ten years of Korean culture in detail.

First and foremost, the vocabulary we’ve never used in the past have become a part of everyday language. Words used vary from, "Digital singles", "bell sounds", "BGM", "sound source", and many others have become the terminology we’ve come to know today.

Not too long ago, when selling physical CD albums were at the top of its game, it was natural to see about 10 to 12 songs on an album. But due to the existence of online music sites where people are able to pay and download their favorite songs right to their computer, the number of songs on an album or single no longer had a huge effect. It became more of an issue of whether a song could persuade and catch the attention of the general public instead of an album itself.

Along with the change of online music sites, came the change of technology. Music players no longer required CD’s and people quickly upgraded to MP3 players and many other audio devices to listen. It allowed the general public to listen to their favorite tunes anywhere and everywhere. This turned into something more when sites would allow you to download background music for ringtones, web pages, bell sounds, online games and advertisements. The change of marketing technique was shown and described by composer Kim Hyun Suk.

“The point is to take advantage of online music sites through one minute previews of songs. If you can’t draw in the consumer’s attention within that minute, you’ve lost the potential buyer and listener. If you were able to recognize and value the song through physical albums, then the current era must make the value of music look worthless or cheap.”

The creation of the digital music market also had an effect on the content produced. In 2004, SG Wannabe debuted and became one of the most notorious ballad groups of the year. Their vibratos and emotional appeal brought in many fans. However, becoming the iconic image to follow for the following ballad groups afterward, many got tired of the excessive emotional sadness.

Idol groups never exactly have a successful ending either. Despite H.O.T and g.o.d. during the beginning of the decade, TVXQ was the first to lead the way successfully for the idol world. Entertainment companies then eyed the international market. K-pop since then has become a hot trend in South East Asia, China, and Japan.

Music experts evaluated idol groups and their agencies to declare that some have secured their spot as globally popular. The demand for popular music has changed the entertainment media as well. It’s rare to see TV show programs with singers who aren’t idols. “As time goes on, music genres became more biased and the diversity for popular music is shrinking at a remarkable rate," said Im Jin Mo.

Who was most loved amongst them all? Many music critics, specialists, producers, and workers at entertainment companies were asked to choose which three idol groups they felt were best. Out of the eight who responded, seven chose Girls' Generation and TVXQ.

The president of Fluxus Music, Kim Byung Chan, expressed that Girls' Generation is “the girl group with the greatest commercial maturity.” Another, a composer named Kim, firmly believes that, “All nine members have established their own individual character and have made their mark in the history of Korean girl groups.”

With TVXQ, many said their “musical talents and charming looks were enough to go against Japanese idol groups and easily seize the Oricon charts. They’re an idol group that led the way for the K-pop trend in Japanese entertainment. They set the bar for idol groups and are a prime example of Korean idols promoting overseas.”

Another question they asked were which past leaders of trends are still remembered to this day? Four of eight said Lee Seung Chul. Park Jin, the managing director of Universal Records gave his opinion and expressed, “Despite debuting in the 1980’s, Lee Seung Chul is still known for his vocal talents and understanding the changing generation throughout the years.”

Three of eight respondents felt that Big Bang’s G-Dragon was one of three singers and idol groups that would grab the most attention and interest within the next decade.

Check out the rankings below.

Best Idol Groups
1. SNSD (7 Votes)
2. TVXQ (7 Votes)
3. Big Bang (5 Votes)

Previous leaders who've changed most with the time
1. Lee Seung Chul (4 Votes)
2. Lee Juk (3 Votes)
3. Kim Dong Ryul (2 Votes)
4. Crying Nut (2 Votes)

Singers to draw the most attention in the next decade:
1. G-Dragon (3 Votes)
2. Jang Kiha (2 Votes)
3. IU (2 Votes)
4. SNSD (2 Votes)

Do you think this list and analysis from Kyung Hyang Newspaper was dead on or far off?

Source: Naver
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Kpoplive | GD&TOP to perform in four clubs for album release date?

Big Bang sub-unit G-Dragon and TOP seem have become unstoppable as they continue to announce plans for music promotions. The duo will be spending their Christmas eve not only celebrating their album release but also with their fans and party-goers in four different clubs!

The hip-hop duo will be joining artists such as Se7en, Leesang, Jungin, House Rules, Jungwoon and Zappa for the Christmas T Social Party on the 24th. Along with this performance, the two will also be performing at the Hongdae Harlem (owned by President YG himself) in its three different venues for the low price of 20,000 won (~$18 USD).

Meanwhile, G-Dragon and TOP have also announced that they would be participating in SBS and MBC’s year end special music shows.

Source: Beau@VIPZ
Written by wonderwonders@kpoplive.com

Allkpop | GD&TOP to perform at year-end song festivals for SBS & MBC

Big Bang’s newest duo unit, GD&TOP, will be present at the year-end song festivals for SBS and MBC.

They’ve already released “High High” and “Oh Yeah” last week, ahead of their full album release on the 24th. The highly-catchy tunes have been well-received by both Big Bang and general music fans alike.

Fans have been treated to additional great news, as YG Entertainment announced that they will perform on the 29th for the “SBS Gayo Daejun“, and on the 31st for the “MBC Gayo Daejun“.

A YGE representative said, “GD&TOP has just started promotions, but we have decided to have them attend the SBS and MBC year-end music festivals.”

Unfortunately, they will not be present at the “2010 KBS Gayo Festival“, which is sandwiched between the other two shows.

Source: Star News via Nate
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Allkpop | Big Bang’s Daesung meets with Japanese fans at the set of ‘What’s Up’

On December 18th, Big Bang’s Daesung made his way to Chungkang College of Cultural Industries, where approximately 100 of his Japanese fans got to meet their favorite idol. On top of it all, they were filmed as extras for Daesung’s upcoming drama, “What’s Up“!

Afterwards, the idol expressed, “The Japanese fans who came all the way to my film set just to give their warm love and interest gave me in turn a lot of strength, and it will be a shoot I’ll never forgot. I will definitely repay their love through good acting.”

‘What’s Up’, which features other actors including Im Joo Hwan and Jang Hee Jin, is set to broadcast in the beginning half of 2011.

Posted by VITALWARNING @ Allkpop
Source: Newsen via Nate

Koreaboo | YG President very happy with GD&TOP performance at Inkigayo

After completing their comeback stage as a duo on the 19th, YG Entertainment’s president, Yang Hyun Seok, had no complaints and was 100% satisfied. After watching the two on Inkigayo’s stage, Yang Hyun Seok seemed a bit uneasy at first, but after their finishing performances he applauded them had a big smile.

There was a short question and answer session after the performances:

Q1: Congratulations! What did you think of their comeback stage today?
YG: I’m completely satisfied. They were very nervous about it but it resulted in a very good performance. They’re pleased with it as well.

Q2: Did you think they would be successful?
YG: I wasn’t quite sure at first because it’s different when they’re apart from being with the whole group. The success of Big Bang in their earlier stages has caused them to be a bit pressured but it seems to work out in their favor.

Q3: How was the response from the fans?
YG: They were very pleased as well. Thanks. They will be promoting and using "Knock Out", "High High", and "Oh Yeah" as their three title songs, just like 2NE1 did. Park Bom also performed with them together for their stage today which made it even more brilliant. Thank you so much.

Q4: Can you introduce the songs?
YG: "High High" is a mix of house electronic and hip hop. Its melody is quite impressive, which allows them to enjoy a powerful stage. GD and T.O.P are particularly charming when giving an intense kind of music. Their music and fashion sense definitely gives a few people a shock. "Oh Yeah" is another impressive song, with some lyrics sung by Park Bom of 2NE1, who definitely added to the stage.

Q5: What activities will this unit group have?
YG: We were too tired today so we went home early. Tomorrow we’ll be having a discussion with the director of the music video for "High High", then we’ll proceed to do some shooting. It might be the music video with the strongest impact. They’re scheduled to appear at different events and on TV programs at the end of the year.

YG must have been nervous for G-Dragon and T.O.P after so long, but we’re glad it paid off with a great performance and stage charisma!

Source: bigbangworldwide
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Hellokpop | Inkigayo's ratings increased by GD&TOP comeback?

SBS music program Inkigayo had its ratubs boosted by Big Bang's G Dragon and TOP yesterday. On 20th December, AGB Nielson Media Research, which is an agency to measure the size of audiences, announced that the program rose to 8.4 % of ratings at 7pm SKT. It received 7.1 % of rating last week and it witnessed a 1.3 % jump in this week. Such a rise can be attributed to the comeback stage of G Dragon and TOP for sure.

G-Dragon and TOP have already revealed their triple-title-songs, which are High High, Oh Yeah and Knock out. On yesterday’s stage, the rap coupled with the chorus sung by Park Bom of 2ne1 made the stage even more addictive and intense.

Another stage of High High mixed the intense electronica and hiphop track with a powerful performance. GD and TOP, with their addictive songs and superb fashion sense, have surely gavin the music industry a real shock.

Yesterday at the same time, MBC was showing Section TV Entertainment and the audience rate was 5.7 %.

Posted by nacale @ hellokpop