Go Ara Reveals Her Perspective On Viewership Ratings For “Hwarang”

Go Ara recently sat down for an interview in honor of KBS2’s “Hwarang,” which ended on February 21.

In the drama, the actress played Aro, the highly independent and sole woman in the group of elite youth known as “hwarang.” While it started off at the top, the production itself eventually had smaller viewership ratings in comparison to its competition, which included dramas like “Defendant” and “Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People.”

Regarding this matter, Go Ara revealed, “I don’t necessarily think I really dwell on ratings. I think the actual idea of working together [with the cast and crew] is more meaningful.” She went on to say that she places more significance on companionship and understanding her fellow cast and crew members, although there may be other people who are more preoccupied with ratings.

“[‘Hwarang’] has its own unique color as a production, and since viewers have stated they enjoyed watching it, I don’t want to be limited to only focusing on things like [ratings].,” Go Ara explained. “I participated in this drama because I wished to have fun while filming a historical drama and wanted to capture the passion of young people, so I hope that [‘Hwarang’] won’t only be talked about in terms of numbers.”

The actress also talked about the difficulties encountered while filming because of the period-specific clothing, and portraying Aro as accurately as possible in the context of the Silla era. She explained that she was a little disappointed at how Aro had to be portrayed within the restrictions of the historical time period, but understood the necessity.

Go Ara promised to return to either the big or small screen with another fun production, and that she has several offers that she is carefully considering at the moment.

Watch the actress act as the spunky Aro in the first episode of “Hwarang” below!

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BEAST’s Lee Gi Kwang And Son Dongwoon Return To Childhood With Sledding Competition



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On the February 21 episode of “Celebrity Bromance,” BEAST’s Lee Gi Kwang and Son Dongwoon returned to childhood pastimes with a winter sledding competition!

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Although they first enjoyed the winter day, the two guys soon became competitive with who could race the fastest. Lee Gi Kwang challenged Son Dongwoon, saying, “No matter what you do, you can’t beat me,” and Son Dongwoon answered, “I was like an athlete at this when I was young.”

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The first win went to Son Dongwoon, to Lee Gi Kwang’s disbelief. Naturally, the two had to have another round, with Lee Gi Kwang arguing the first was just a dress rehearsal. With Lee Gi Kwang’s second loss, however, he had to take the punishment of a flick to the head from his younger groupmate.

You can watch the episode with subtitles on Naver V Live.

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“The List” Picks Actors Who Matched Perfectly With Their Webtoon Roles

On February 20, the tvN show “The List 2017” picked eight actors who fully embodied their original webtoon characters in the onscreen adaptations.

8. Ahn Jae Hyun

This actor is recently making headlines with his sweet antics toward wife Ku Hye Sun on “Newlywed Diary” and “New Journey to the West 3,” but he made his first onscreen debut in the film adaptation of the webtoon “Fashion King.” His model-like height and good looks made him a perfect fit for the king of the school, Kim Won Ho.

7. Lee Joon Gi

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Lee Joon Gi was hugely popular in his role as the titular Joseon-era vampire in “Scholar Who Walks The Night.” Although historical fantasies can present a challenge to actors, Lee Joon Gi fully committed to his role and secured his ever-growing fanbase due to his portrayal of the key character.

6. Kim So Hyun

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Although Kim So Hyun gained attention recently for her performance as the young queen of Goryeo in tvN’s “Goblin,” she also starred in the 2016 drama “Bring It On, Ghost.” The popularity of the original webtoon and Kim So Hyun’s commitment to her character, including in the action scenes, garnered her No. 6 on the list.

5. Kim Sung Kyun and Ma Dong Seok

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These veteran actors took the tie for the movie adaptation of webtoon “Neighbor,” where Ma Dong Seok was noted for synchronizing well with his character in both looks and performance. Kim Sung Kyun played a serial killer in the same movie to equal acclaim.

4. Kim Go Eun and Park Hae Jin

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These two actors showed off their chemistry as the leads in tvN’s “Cheese in the Trap.” Park Hae Jin’s embrace of the role was so perfectly in sync that he will be playing the character again in the upcoming film adaptation. Meanwhile, “Cheese in the Trap” put Kim Go Eun, a previously respected but little-known actress, on the map, from which she would go on to star in hits such as “Goblin.”

3. Lee Sung Min and Im Siwan

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One of tvN’s early and most surprising hits, these two actors moved audiences in the highly relatable drama adaptation of “Incomplete Life (Misaeng”). Lee Sung Min’s performance was a worthy addition to his veteran career, while idol actor Im Siwan would go on to be cast in many other high-profile projects as a result of his work in the drama.

2. Kim Soo Hyun

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Even before “My Love From the Star” propelled him to Hallyu stardom, Kim Soo Hyun had built up popularity in roles like in the 2013 action-comedy film adaptation of “Secretly, Greatly,” where he played a North Korean spy posing as the village idiot.

1. Park Hae Il

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The top spot went to Park Hae Il, who played a corrupt detective in the 2010 film adaptation of the mystery thriller webtoon “Moss.” His commitment to his performance in the film, which followed his character from high school to old age, made him a perfect fit for the lead role.

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INFINITE’s Sunggyu Records First Episode As Newest “Singderella” MC



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INFINITE’s Sunggyu is the latest star to sign on as a co-host of the musical variety show “Singderella”!

The idol will make his first appearance as the program’s newest MC on its February 24 episode, . He will be joining his already established co-hosts Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, comedian Lee Soo Geun, and former H.O.T member Moon Hee Jun.

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Sunggyu already recorded his first episode of “Singdarella,” where he was reportedly praised for his singing talent by the other hosts. The cast will also be joined by special MC Lee Sang Min, who will be covering for Moon Hee Jun while he is on his honeymoon.

As part of the revived show’s new food-themed concept, the cast and their special guests battle it out through a singing competition, where the winning performers are rewarded with the ingredients needed to make late night snacks.

Check out Sunggyu’s first episode, featuring special guests Red Velvet, when it airs on February 24!

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Dean Reveals What Happens When He Tries To Talk About Music With Zico And Crush

On February 21, singer-songwriter Dean appeared on the MBC Standard FM radio show “Kangta’s Starry Night.”

Dean, who first started working as a songwriter when he was 20 and has worked with K-pop artists like EXO, VIXX, and Lee Hi, was asked whether he thought his success was due to natural talent or hard work.

“I think it’s 50-50,” he answered. “If you say that it’s because of talent, then people who dream of working in music some day often feel discouraged. I was like that too. I think that although there is a natural sense [for music], I prefer to say it was due to hard work.”

Kangta noted Dean seemed to enjoy talking about music. “As I started to work in music, I’ve started analyzing music more than enjoying it,” Dean said. “So I’m working on that. I like listening to music, so I try to listen to enjoy it first and analyze it later.”

When asked about mentors, he said, “Rather than a mentor, I get inspired by the producers around me that I’ve worked with for a long time. They’re not famous. But all my past works I made together with them.”

Upon being asked about his close friends Zico and Crush (the three of them collaborated on “Bermuda Triangle” late last year), he added, “You said that we must talk about music a lot, but I think we often start off with complaining about our own hardships with our work. We’ll say something like, ‘This is so hard,’ and then the conversation will get sidetracked into talk about girls. We’ll touch on music again and then we’ll go out drinking and it’ll end there.”

About his future plans, Dean said that he wanted to collaborate with indie artist Hyukoh and hold a solo concert when he has enough solo work stacked up.

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BP RANIA’s Alexandra To Take Temporary Hiatus From Promotions To Pursue Acting



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BP Rania’s Alexandra will be sitting out future promotions for “Make Me Ah” until further notice after receiving an acting offer.

The group’s agency DR Music made the announcement through their official Facebook page, and revealed that the company was “approached by a well established production company with an acting opportunity for Alexandra.”

While they understood there will be unavoidable scheduling conflicts, the agency explained they agreed to take the opportunity, and that Alexandra will be absent from upcoming promotions for the time being, as filming will take place in the U.S. They further stated that they hope everyone could understand the benefits of this opportunity, and how gaining “exposure helps the success of Rania by expanding [their] fan base.”

DP Music reassured fans that Alexandra is still a fully active member of Rania, and will rejoin regular schedules immediately upon her return to Korea. They asked people to “send positivity to Alex while patiently and excitedly awaiting her return.”

The group has been actively promoting “Make Me Ah,” which is originally a b-side track off of their most recent album “Start a Fire.”

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Music Platform Soribada To Host Their First Ever Awards Ceremony



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Digital music platform Soribada, founded in 2000, will be hosting their first awards ceremony this year.

The first “Soribada K-Music Awards” (SOKA) will be held in Seoul at the Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium on September 23.

The ceremony will award the best and the brightest of K-pop releases between October 2016 and September 2017. The nominations will be based on Soribada’s internal data as well as online and mobile voting.

According to a source from Soribada, the ceremony will also feature events and performances from K-pop artists as well as the awards. Artists from various genres such as rap and trot will also be invited and the event is expected to host an audience of 4,500.

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Watch: Ballad Singer Tim Returns With Absolutely “Beautiful” Single



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Male soloist Tim released his newest single on February 22!

The singer-songwriter has returned with a self-composed track entitled, “Beautiful,” which talks about how the beauty of being with one’s love is the perfect complement. This Britpop-inspired song came about after about a year’s worth of work and preparation. Tim also collaborated with mastering engineer Chris Gehringer, who’s worked with worldwide artists like Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Shawn Mendes, in the post-production of this track.

His agency previously explained that Tim will more active with his promotions for this release, and is looking to appear on television more often. The singer debuted back in 2003 with popular hit “I Love You,” and most recently dropped in OST track for JTBC’s “Fantastic.”

Give the song a listen below and let us know what you think!

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Yoon Doo Joon Gives Cautious Reply When Asked About BEAST Trademark Issue

On February 21, Yoon Doo Joon attended a press conference for the tvN variety show “Mr Baek The Homemade Food Master 3.” The conference was held in Seoul at the Stanford Hotel.

During the conference, Yoon Doo Joon was asked about his group’s ongoing trademark controversy with their former agency, Cube Entertainment. The controversy recently gained a lot of attention after Cube announced they would be reconfiguring the group upon the original members’ departure.

“I have nothing to say about the name issue,” Yoon Doo Joon answered. “Not only do we not know anything yet, but it’s too sensitive to discuss at a press conference.”

He added, “It hasn’t been a long time since we switched agencies, but I’m thankful that we’ve been cast in a lot of things. I like eating, so I wanted to appear on a program through which I can show a positive side of myself. I hope they cast me because I’m good at eating. I want to make the viewers happy.”

Yang Se Hyung, Nam Sang Mi, Lee Gyu Han, and Yoon Doo Joon will be hosting the third season of “Mr Baek The Homemade Food Master,” where the well-known celebrity chef and business owner Baek Jong Won teaches audiences how to make daily recipes with seasonal ingredients. It is currently airing every Tuesday from 9:40 p.m. KST.

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Choi Yoojung And Kim Doyeon Share Photos From Their Adventures In The United States



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Former I.O.I members Choi Yoojung and Kim Doyeon look like they’re having a great time in the United States!

On February 21, the young artists uploaded a set of photos from their U.S. adventure to the official Facebook group for i-Teen, Fantagio’s rookie project.

The pair wrote in the caption, “We’re having a good time here. Please wait for us just a bit longer, since we’ll come back after experiencing a lot. See you in Korea,” and added in English, “See you soon!”

Choi Yoojung and Kim Doyeon embarked on a month-long trip in the U.S. on February 14, with plans to both take the chance to recharge after a hectic several months in the temporary girl group I.O.I, as well as receive vocal and dance training.

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After their travels and training, Choi Yoojung and Kim Doyeon are planned to make their official debut as members of Fantagio’s new girl group later this year!

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