The “Discovery Channel,” a documentary TV channel, is to broadcast a program about Seoul and its residents.
The Seoul metropolitan government said the production crew from the Discovery Channel had visited Korea recently to film a documentary about top Korean stars Lee Byung-heon and Rain against the backdrop of the Han River, Mount Namsan and the Myeong-dong and Hongik University areas. The program tells how the two have risen to stardom and gained recognition worldwide.
Entitled “Hip Korea,” the program consists of two 45-minute parts. The one entitled “Seoul Vibes” introduces Rain, while the other one, entitled “Seoul Savvy,” is about Lee Byung-heon.
The part about Rain shows the Hongik University, Cheongdam-dong and Chyeonggye Stream areas to introduce the dynamic side of Seoul, while the part about Lee shows Apgujeong-dong, Insa-dong and Samcheong-dong to introduce the serene and romantic side of Korea’s capital city.
The show will air in Australia and New Zealand in January, in Southeast Asia in February and in Europe in May. A government official said the program is expected to improve Seoul’s image by showing off the city’s unique charms on the Discovery Channel.
Singer Rain (real name Chung Ji-hoon) has released his fifth album entitled “Rainism” in the entire Asian region.
Rain’s agency, J Tune Entertainment, said it will first release the Asian edition of the album in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and later will expand the sales to Thailand, Japan and China as well. The company has also signed license deals with GMM Grammy for the album’s distributiion in English-speaking countries, with Warner Music for its distribution in Chinese-speaking countries, and with Pony Canyon for its distribution in Japan.
The Asian edition of Rain’s album contains the English versions of the songs “Rainism” and “Love Story,” which were originally released in Korean. The Chinese and Japanese editions also contain the same songs recorded in Chinese and Japanese, respectively.
Rain will hold a concert in Shanghai, China in January next year.
The girl-band Wonder Girls has been picked as Koreans’ favorite music group for the second straight year.
According to the Korea Gallup, the Wonder Girls received 22.2 percent of the votes in a public poll that was conducted three times from June to November on 4,330 people ages 13 to 59 nationwide. The Wonder Girls have produced two big hits this year — “So Hot” and “Nobody.”
They were trailed by Big Bang (21.2 percent), Chang Yun-jung (9.9 percent), Girls’ Generation (7.8 percent), Lee Hyo-ri (6.5 percent) and Tae Jin-ah (6.5 percent).
The song “Nobody” was picked as the most popular song of the year. It has obtained 35 percent of votes among teenagers and people in their 20s, with its overall approval ratings reaching 11.4 percent. It was followed by Big Bang’s “Day By Day” (9.3 percent), the Wonder Girls’ “So Hot” (5.5 percent), Lee Hyo-ri’s “U-Go-Girl” (3.6 percent) and SG Wannabe’s “La La La” (3.1 percent).