South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with a top actress. Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty.
Has America seen the last of "Gangnam Style"? Korean rapper PSY performed the song that spawned a billion YouTube views during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on Monday night in NYC -- an occasion he has called the song's U.S. "finale."
With his ubiquitous single "Gangnam Style" finally starting to slip on the charts -- the track, which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, has dropped to No. 19 on the tally -- PSY has announced plans to move on from his breakout tune following its performance at "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on Monday night (Dec. 31).
In the last few months of 2012, the K-pop landscape has changed: ballads, also known as "healing" music, have been ruling the charts. Lee Seung Gi, the charming prince of such songs, contently spends five weeks atop the K-Pop Hot 100 with "Return" off his mini-album, "Forest."
The holiday season in K-pop signifies the coming of the SBS Gayo Daejun -- the end-of-year broadcast special in South Korea where the top names in K-pop come together for special performances and collaborations.
While browsing videos on YouTube the past day you may have noticed that the site's icon in the upper lefthand corner has been taken over by a .gif of PSY and his all too familiar dance. Following this link reveals "YouTube in Rewind 2012," a playlist featuring the year's top YouTube videos in 2012 and a mashup video mixing PSY's "Gangnam Style" with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the two stand out viral music videos for the year.
Popular girl group Secret were set to make a big comeback with their latest single "Talk That." The melancholy, nostalgic ballad was perfect for winter and Secret had just recently landed themselves another Top 10 single with the funky "Poison" just a few months back. Yet tragedy struck Tuesday (Dec. 11) when the van carrying the four members flipped after hitting an icy patch on a curvy road.
Following the news that PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video is officially the most-watched clip ever on YouTube, he and the video's co-star HyunA finally joined forces on stage at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) in Hong Kong Friday (Nov. 30). The MAMAs are thought to be the equivalent to The Grammy Awards in Asia.
Lee Hi lives up to her new nickname, "monster rookie," spending a third straight week atop the chart with her debut single "1,2,3,4." This marks yet another week Lee Hi has kept fellow young singer Ailee from the top with her disco-inspired "I Will Show You" that has gone on to No. 1 on some of Korea's weekly music programs.
Sprightly new rookie act Lee Hi has snatched up the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive week (the first female debut act to do so) and continues to shine with her power hit "1,2,3,4," holding down Ailee's efforts to snag her first topper.