1. 2AM Bring a New Collection of Ballads (And an Unexpected Dance Track) for 'Let's Talk' LP

    November 06, 2014 9:07 PM EST The band keeps their classic sound while adding a bit of refreshing experimentation. Six years into their career,   2AM   return with a new full-length album that shows K-pop's resident ballad group sticking to their signature sound, but its member revealing a few musical tricks up…

  2. KCON 2014 Grows to 2 Days of Concerts, More Artists to Perform at the U.S. K-Pop Convention

    May 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The Los Angeles festival lineup will begin its reveal next week To supplement the swelling interest of K-pop in America, KCON is growing. The U.S.-based convention devoted to all things K-pop culture will boast two separate nights of concerts. KCON says more artists will perform at…

  3. K-Pop Convention KCON Returns to Los Angeles in August

    April 03, 2014 9:23 PM EDT Last year's festival brought out Missy Elliot, G-Dragon, EXO, Crayon Pop and other Korean stars America's annual K-pop convention KCON announced it will return to Los Angeles for another two-day festival. The announcement came today via the convention's official trailer: As…

  4. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  5. K-Pop Hot 100: Hyorin's 'Goodbye' Holds Off Ga In's 'Fxxk U' for No. 1

    February 07, 2014 7:20 PM EST Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring 2NE1, Rainbow Black, AOA, Dal*Shabet, GOT7 and more. Hyorin fends off tough competition from a slew of hot singles for a second week atop the K-Pop Hot 100 with "Goodbye." A soundtrack single from super-popular Korean…

  6. Sex Sells: Trouble Maker's 'Now' Tops the K-Pop Hot 100

    November 12, 2013 7:35 PM EST The K-pop duo's steamy new single gives HyunA and Hyunseung their second No. 1s this year. Plus, chart highlights from Ailee, Sung Shi Kyung and more After more than 11 million views of the R-rated music to music video "Now," Trouble Maker snag the No. 1 position with their…

  7. K.Will Earns Third No. 1 on K-Pop Hot 100 With 'You Don't Know Love'

    November 05, 2013 8:15 PM EST The male solo singer joins the elite five acts with three or more chart toppers. Plus, chart highlights on Park Ji Yoon, Urban Zakapa and more. After earning his first K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 on the Nov. 10, 2012, chart, solo singer K.Will has earned his third chart topper with new single "…

  8. 2AM to Grant K-Pop Christmas Wishes with First Solo U.S. Concert

    October 08, 2013 9:29 PM EDT Despite member Jinwoon fracturing his ankle in a recent car accident, the foursome should be ready to perform and meet L.A. fans. When Billboard caught up with 2AM in Los Angeles, the K-pop boy band famous for their ballads commented that "in L.A. and the U.S.A., the fans are more…

  9. Q&A: 2AM Chat Korean Ballads & 'Passionate' American Fans (Exclusive)

    September 12, 2013 10:35 PM EDT Billboard chats with 2AM about their return to America and their take on the ballad genre at KCON 2013. Those who keep up with the K-Pop Hot 100 know how a great Korean ballad can obliterate the chart competition. The longest-running No. 1 is Lee Seung Gi's melancholic "Return…

  10. Yoon Mi Rae Earns First K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 With 'Touch Love'

    September 05, 2013 9:55 PM EDT A deeper look at the K-Pop Hot 100 this week featuring Yoon Mi Rae, SISTAR's Hyorin, TEEN TOP, Sunmi, Lyn, SPICA and more. With over two decades in the industry under her belt, rapper/singer Yoon Mi Rae has a huge new hit with her single "Touch Love," a soundtrack…

  11. KCON 2013: 15 Things Seen & Heard

    August 27, 2013 10:23 PM EDT KCON was the Mecca for K-pop this past weekend. Here are 15 key sights and sounds that characterized the convention. This year, KCON -- the second annual convention devoted to all things K-pop and "Korean wave" -- promised to be bigger and better by expanding to two days and…

  12. G-Dragon and f(x) Join KCON 2013 Lineup

    July 29, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The K-pop phenom is the latest artist fans will get up and close with at the K-pop convention, hitting L.A. on Aug. 24 & 25 G-Dragon, leader of mega K-pop boy band BIGBANG, and popular girl group f(x) are the latest artists added to the KCON 2013 lineup. They join previously…

  13. Teen Top, EXO, 2AM Coming to KCON 2013

    July 15, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Billboard can exclusively report that K-pop boy band Teen Top will join fellow male groups EXO and 2AM to perform and meet fans at KCON 2013. The U.S.-based convention devoted to K-pop culture marks Teen Top's very first U.S. appearance when they hit Los Angeles on Aug. 24 and 25.…

  14. 2PM Returns After Scandal and Japanese Focus With 'Grown' LP

    June 06, 2013 12:31 AM EDT Established boy band 2PM made their overdue return to Korean with their new album “Grown” in May. The record has topped domestic album charts for weeks now, despite almost two years since their last K-pop release -- a time when the K-Pop Hot 100 hadn’t even existed. Though, the long wait…

  15. 10 Reasons to Get Excited About K-Pop in May

    April 30, 2013 6:30 PM EDT April was one exciting month for K-pop: Wonder Girls’ Sun revealed her pregnancy, the 2NE1/will.i.am collaboration was released worldwide , Lee Hi grabbed her 2nd No. 1 before turning 17 , G-Dragon launched his world tour and, of course, PSY continued to make history with his new single …

  16. K-Pop Hot 100: Tae Yeon Claims No. 1, Busker Busker Return With Year-Old Single

    March 25, 2013 8:32 PM EDT 0 As speculated last week , the leader of Girls' Generation Tae Yeon takes No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 with her ballad "And One" created for the popular Korean drama, "The Winter, The Wind Blows." Gummy, who held the No. 1 spot for two weeks with her own…

  17. 2AM Lands Six Songs on K-Pop Hot 100

    March 18, 2013 7:15 PM EDT In this week's K-Pop Hot 100, Gummy earns a second week at No. 1 with her ballad "Snow Flower" for the Korean drama, "The Winter, The Wind Blows." The powerful ballad continues its reign as the TV program shows high ratings. Gummy has given few live performances of…

  18. The Color of K-Pop: HyunA, Yo Seob and K-Pop All-Stars Unite for Charity Singles

    December 28, 2012 9:40 AM EST The holiday season in the K-pop world signifies the coming of the SBS Gayo Daejun -- the end-of-year broadcast special in South Korea where celebrities come together for special performances and collaborations.   2012 marks a particularly special year as members from some of K-pop's…

  19. KCON 2012: 15 Things Seen & Overheard

    October 17, 2012 8:02 PM EDT For the first time ever on this continent, a convention dedicated to all things Hallyu (the "Korean Wave") took over the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 16. An entire day filled with panels, workshops, and artist signings topped off with a concert filled with K-pop…

  20. K-Pop Hot 100: Indie Band Busker Busker Bows at No. 1

    April 11, 2012 12:20 AM EDT Busker Busker, the final contestant on the popular audition program "Superstar K3," is bringing something new to the Korean music industry. The band - comprised of Beom-June Jang (lead vocals/guitar), Hyung-Tae Kim (bass), and Brad Moore (drums) - made their official debut on March…

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