BoA made her US debut with the digital single “Eat You Up,” garnering a positive response from the online community.
At 3 a.m. on October 22nd, “Eat You Up” ranked third on the iTunes chart for “Top Dance Songs,” tenth on Amazon’s “Hot New Release in MP3 Downloads” and 21st on their “Today’s Top MP3 Songs” chart. Consumers gave “Eat You Up” a five-star review on the Amazon website.
According to BoA’s agents at SM Entertainment, US netizens commented that her song was addictive and makes people want to dance.
Even Variety, a US entertainment magazine, wrote an article about BoA and her debut, referring to her as “one of the best female artists in Asia.”
“Eat You Up” was released online in Korea and Japan on October 22nd. SM Entertainment is planning on releasing the digital single to approximately 30 countries through 300 online sites.
BoA’s debut single album will be available in November.
Source : KBS World
This year, TVXQ! sets a record on Japanese Oricon Weekly Charts for the most number of “First Place” rankings this year.
The group’s 24th single, “MIROTIC,” was released in Japan on October 15th and on the day of its release, the album took first place on Oricon’s Single and Weekly Charts.
MIROTIC is TVXQ!’s fourth single to rank first on the Oricon Weekly Charts, following “Purple Line” (January release), “Beautiful You” (April release), and “How Did I End Up Loving You” (July release).
“This is the first time anyone has ranked first on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart four times in one year,” said a TVXQ! representative from SM Entertainment agency. He added, “This has never happened with a Japanese singer, let alone a group from overseas, and it proves that TVXQ! has become a top group in Japan, as well.”
MIROTIC is also the title track of TVXQ!’s fourth album in Korea, where the song has also proved to be successful. The title track ranked first place for the past two weeks on SBS TV’s “Popular Music” program and on the weekly charts of the music website, “Dosirak.”
The American entertainment magazine Variety reported in its latest edition that Korean pop artist BoA made her debut in the United States. In its October 16th edition, Variety reported that BoA, one of Asia’s most popular pop singers, released her first U.S. single “Eat You Up” in English on October 21.
The magazine added that BoA’s management agency AM Entertainment has set up its U.S. branch and that BoA’s album will be distributed by Fontana. The magazine said BoA was fluent in Korean and Japanese and that she has sold millions of albums in both countries since her debut.
Quoting an SM Entertainment official, the magazine said BoA’s U.S. single targets the American mainstream, not just Korean-Americans and Asian-Americans. It also added that BoA will soon launch a U.S. and world tour.
Actor Bae Yong-joon’s management agency Keyeast says it has allowed the portable multimedia devices Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Light the right to use the actor’s face and voice for their Korean language education software. Under the latest agreement, Nintendo will release a brand new software program that allows users to listen, read and write Korean with Bae Yong-joon in January. The educational program will be divided into three levels so that users can enjoy a wide range of games according to their level of Korean.
“DS Yonsama,” the prospective name for the new program will be introduced to the market through an internet shopping mall run by BOF nternational, the Japanese branch of Keyeast. The software will be sold for 5,000 yen and will receive pre-orders.
Keyeast says the demand for Nintendo’s Hangeul education software is expected to be high. Some 22 million units of the Nintendo DS have been sold in Japan and it is considered a must-have item among women in their 30s.
Bae is currently planning to release a travel book and photo book about the “beauty of Korea.”
SM Entertainment, a management agency for some of Korea’s biggest K-pop names such as BoA and TVXQ, will hold an SM USA Weekly Audition in the United States.
The auditions, which will be held at SM Entertainment’s U.S. branch office, will be held every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. starting on October 25. The audition is open to aspiring singers, dancers, actors, comedians, MCs, VJs, models, composers and songwriters. There are no limitations on nationality or age.
Interested people can visit the audition venue every Saturday before 7:00 p.m. without prior registration. For those who cannot visit the venue, SM will hold auditions through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by mail.
SM said finalists will be given an opportunity to sign a contract with SM and all costs for training and promotional activities will be paid for by the company.
Hallyu star Bae Yong-jun has been announced as the recipient of the ceremonial Culture Medal. Upon hearing the news, the actor responded, “I will try to live up to the honor by working harder.”
In an interview with Yonhap News, he said winning the award was a “great responsibility” bestowed upon him and–though he felt he was lacking in many ways–he would “work harder to introduce more of Korea’s culture to the world.”
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had recommended Bae for the Culture Medal due to his part in bringing Korean popular culture to the world through the TV drama, “Winter Sonata.”
Bae will be receiving the medal at the Chungcheongbuk-do Province Cheongju Arts Center on October 18th, during the “2008 Culture Day” event.
The Culture Medal is a government award given to figures who have made a cultural impact through various fields. Lee Young-ae won a Culture Medal in 2007 for her influence on the Hallyu phenomenon with the drama “Daejanggeum.”