Recently, we discovered that supermodel Tyra Banks and the contestants of reality TV show America’s Next Top Model were spotted roaming the streets of Seoul to film. Banks and her crew arrived in South Korea on March 21st and since then, more and more exciting news has been revealed.
For instance, a number of entertainment sites reported that model, Lee Jin-yi, could possibly be a competitor this season. Also causing excitement is K-pop group BtoB who will appear on the show as dance judges.
Now it appears there is another K-pop group stirring up excitement. Popular girl group 2NE1 already appeared on The Bachelor earlier this year and now they will be taking part in America’s Next Top Model as as special judges.
According to dramafever, a source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”
Everyone was in disbelief when it was announced that the Chinese action movie star, Jackie Chan, was trading stunts for management, starting with K-pop boy band JJCC.
However, Chan seems to have things perfectly under control. “Jackie Chan has always been overflowing with good words about K-Pop – after he saw K-Pop’s unlimited potential and possibility for development, he spent several years grooming JJCC,” reported Chinese media outlet Xinhua. They added that “[JJCC's] appearance is very handsome, and they’ve received individual training on their personality and stunts.”
Furthermore, Chan has been quite familiar with the Chinese music industry. In America, many of us are only aware of his action movie skills, but the 59-year-old studied at the Peking Opera School and has released more than 25 Canto-pop and Mando-pop albums.
It’s no wonder that audiences have been anticipating the debut of JJCC for months. Now that it’s here, no one seems to be disappointed.
JJCC consists of4 Korean members SimBa, E.co, EDDY, San-Cheong, and Chinese-Australian Prince Mak who are all in their early twenties. JJCC’s agency has stated, “All of the five members possess skills in rapping, singing, songwriting, and of course, musicality, as well as dancing skills in popping, jazz, b-boying, and ballet for various performances. The group can speak three languages including English, Korean, and Chinese… The five members created a synergy effect with their different colors. We ask that you show a lot of interest and anticipation for the five gems who will represent Asia.”
On March 20, JJCC made its live debut on K-pop music chart program “M COUNTDOWN.” A few days later they released their debut single “At First.” Unfortunately, one of their members, Prince Mak, is not featured in the music video due to an alleged illness during the filming of the video.
Check out their music video and well as their live performance below.
2013 was quite the year for Audrey Magazine. Not only did it mark our ten year anniversary, it was also the launch of our revamped website. While we’re more than excited to kick off this new year, let’s take a moment to look back on all the stories of style, beauty and inspiring Asian Americans of the previous year.
Ranked by which stories were the most popular of the year, we bring you Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013!
1) Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair “If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair…”
3) Korean Twin Sisters Unrecognizable After Plastic Surgery
“It’s no secret. In Asia, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. In fact, double eyelid surgery is so typical that many girls have been known to receive the procedure as a graduation gift. Aside from these minor procedures, just how far has surgery entered Asian culture? According to some, surgery has become a very serious ordeal…”
5) Korean American K-Pop Star Embroiled in Nude Photos Scandal “Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet. Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy…”
6) The Ultimate Guide to EXO “EXO is separated into two subgroups, EXO K and EXO M, which promotes in Korea and China respectively. But together? This boy band totals to 12 members. Overwhelming? Just a bit. As much as we wanted to get to know the line-up for KCON, was learning all 12 members worth it? YES. The answer to that question is a very enthusiastic yes…”
7) False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years “In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year…”
10) Where I Went and What I Bought: Seoul “I took a dream vacation last month. Not to some tropical hideaway surrounded by crystal clear waters. Not to a romantic European capital overflowing with crumbling palaces and fine wine. No, I went on a shopping vacation. To Korea…”
While it is true that Asian Americans don’t receive enough time to shine on mainstream media, we are far from silent. In fact, there were quite a number of Asian stories that went viral this year.
Comedy duo, The Fung Brothers decided to highlight 25 Viral Asian stories of 2013. If you watch this video and don’t quite know what they’re talking about, have no fear! As it turns out, we’ve written about many of these viral stories. Watch the video then click the links below for a more in-depth look at the Viral Asian stories of 2013.
Kenichi Ebina won America’s Got Talent. Japanese Dancer Kenichi Ebina Wins America’s Got Talent (READ HERE) “Months ago, Kenichi Ebina’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent went viral. Ebina stunned the judges and viewers nationwide with his “dance-ish” performance that included the robot, some gasp-worthy matrix moves, and entertaining martial arts…”
K-pop got popular. KCON 2013 | Proof That Kpop Is Not Just For Koreans (READ HERE)
“The stage was covered with Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans, and various other non-Asian folk. Not only did East Asians show their presence, but Southeast Asians and South Asians did as well. Fans who clearly stated they were not Korean were singing every single word of their favorite songs and impressively showcasing the intricate dance moves to these songs. Yes, these fans took time out of their lives to memorize lyrics to Korean songs without actually knowing Korean. Now that’s dedication…”
Linsanity came out in theaters. Linsanity Coming To A Theater Near You (READ HERE) “Although many of us may have gone linsane back in 2012 when third-string guard, end of the bench player, Jeremy Lin became a new sensation, many fans and even sports professionals did not know much about him. Director Evan Jackson Leong and his crew began documenting Lin’s journey in basketball way before all the hype of Linsanity pushed him to stardom…”
Man sues wife for being ugly/ Family photo was fake. Horrible Reaction To ‘Man Sues Wife For Ugly Children’ Hoax (READ HERE) “According to multiple sources, a Chinese man named Jian Feng was “horrified” when his beautiful wife gave birth to an ugly child. He suspected his wife of an affair because he could not see how the two of them could create the child. After tests proved that it was in fact their child, the husband discovered that his wife had undergone surgery before they met…”
Indian woman won Miss America. Miss America Makes History with First Indian American Winner… But Not Without Racist Haters (READ HERE) Top Five Reasons Nina Davuluri is Awesome (READ HERE) “But not long after the coveted crown was placed on her head, Davuluri, who performed a Bollywood fusion dance routine for the talent portion of the competition, quickly became the focus of discriminatory and racist comments on various social media platforms. The 24-year-old aspiring doctor was referred to, among other things, as “Miss 7-11,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” and as a “terrorist.” Some expressed their disappointment that an “Arab” who had performed “Egypt dancing” won Miss America, just days after the 9/11 anniversary. Some even retorted that a Miss America winner “should have to be American.””
City urges nearby Sriracha factory to shut down. Sriracha Factory Odor Causes Burning Eyes And Headaches (READ HERE) “Residents have filed several complaints about burning eyes and constant headaches due to the intense and painful odor emitted by the factory. One family in the area stated that they were forced to move a birthday party indoors due to the strong odor…”
Situations like this is precisely the reason Audrey created the Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) to prove that, contrary to popular belief, Asian men in all shapes and sizes can be desirable.
Who better to portray this than K-pop’s current dreamboats, EXO? The 12 member boy band, which consist of Korean and Chinese members, clearly bring an array of looks, personalities and body types. They easily prove that Asian men are perfectly capable of being hot.
The boys are accompanied by actress Seo Yea Ji while they make school uniforms look more attractive than we could have ever imagined.
Click below for some Daily SHAG pictures you’re sure to enjoy. As an added bonus, we’ve included the behind-the-scenes footage of this swoon-worthy photoshoot. And if you still find yourself lost and unable to distinguish the members, have no fear. Check out The Ultimate Guide to EXO.
Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet.
Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy.
There are varying accounts surrounding the scandal and fans and news agencies have questioned the credibility of the photos.
According to Dispatch, the 24-year-old singer’s ex-boyfriend approached the celebrity news agency back in July 2013 with the nude photos and attempted to sell them. Dispatch reportedly spurned the offer, questioning the legality of such a sale.
Ailee’s agency, YMC Entertainment responded to the allegations and confirmed that Ailee was the person in the photos.
“We’ve confirmed that those photos were taken for camera test after Ailee received a model casting offer for a famous American underwear company while she was living in the U.S.,” said YMC Entertainment in an official statement. “Ailee was told that she needed to take the nude photos for an accurate examination of her body, and she agreed to take them under the belief that since it was for a famous underwear company, all information would be secure.”
After the underwear company completely cut off ties with the singer, she became worried and contacted the police. Her agency went on to say that the police informed Ailee that she and several other models, had been involved in a scam. However, since there was a lack of evidence, no arrests were made. After the incident, Ailee reportedly confided in Daniel Lee, her boyfriend at the time, who is reportedly a current employee of allkpop. He asked to her to see the photos and she sent them to him via messaging.
However, allkpop recently issued a statement saying that Lee was not the person who posted the photos.
Allkpop received heavy backlash for breaking the story, and many K-pop fans were trying to rally support to boycott the website.
Fellow K-pop stars have also been supportive of Ailee. Korean American and Canadian American K-pop stars such as Jay Park, G.NA and Amber have all unfollowed allkpop on Twitter in support of Ailee.
G.NA posted an Instagram photo with the quote, “Often it’s the deepest pain that empowers you to grow into your highest self” and added “Amen. Be strong.”
YMC Entertainment said it plans to take legal actions against the person who leaked the photos.
Ailee grew up in New Jersey and started her singing career on YouTube. Her powerful and soulful covers began to gain popularity over the web and she was recruited after an audition in 2010, and moved to Korea.
Big Bang’s Taeyang is back and is catching all eyes with the release of his dance performance music video.
To kick off his solo comeback, Taeyang has released the audio and dance performance of his new song “Ringa Linga.” Although the video was only released earlier today, it has already gathered an impressive 260,000 views. It clearly proves that Taeyang is a force to be reckoned with.
This solo comeback is exciting fans worldwide, but it seems that the members themselves are even more excited. Taeyang’s instagram shows all the members dancing along to the “Ringla Linga” dance to celebrate the release of the video. Check out the adorable instagram video here and watch the much anticipated dance performance below.
Unfortunately, there seems to be signs of drama amidst all this excitement.
EXO fans, otherwise known as EXOTICS, are claiming that the “Ringa Linga” dance performance copies EXO’s very popular dance performance music video to their song “Growl.”
The Korean-Chinese boyband consists of twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K and Exo-M. They shot into popularity with the release of their dance video to “Growl.” Currently, the video has over 18,000,000 views, has set the number one record on The Music Trend charts, has reached number one on all four of Korea’s major music programs, won ten trophies in three consecutive weeks and the album XOXO has collectively sold over 910,000 copies.
Now, fans are claiming that Taeyang’s video is a direct copy of “Growl.” The main argument is the way in which both dance videos were shot. One of the selling points for “Growl” was its tactic of using a single shot for the entire video. The camera simply swiveled back and forth to capture all the dancers. This same method is used in Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” video. Some fans have even gone so far as to say the dance moves are very similar. This heated debate has caused quite some tension between VIP (Big Bang fans) and EXOTICS.
Luckily, even more fans are coming to the defense of both Taeyang and EXO. The majority of youtube comments say that the two videos should not be compared and both have done a spectacular job. Others point out that exotics merely think the method of a no-cut video is similar, but acknowledge that the videos are obviously different. In fact, youtube commenters seem even more upset at those who claim Taeyang’s video was a copy.
Girls’ Generation fans worldwide rejoiced this past weekend when their music video “I Got A Boy” won the Video of the Year award at the first YouTube Music Awards. This was quite the accomplishment for Asian entertainment especially since the girls were up against icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez.
Although there were a number of haters who were ignorant to the success of Girls’ Generation, there were even more fans defending them.
Clearly, we’ve been their fans for quite some time. Today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our Get This Kpop Look based on the “I Got a Boy” music video.
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K-Pop fans went wild as Tiffany from Girls’ Generation went up to receive the Video of the Year award at the first YouTube Music Awards on Sunday night.
Held at Pier 36 in New York City, the awards show was hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and and comic-musician Reggie Watts and credits acclaimed filmmaker Spike Jonze as its creative director. The show was live-streamed to 215,000 YouTube users and viewers themselves voted on the winners for categories such as video and artist of the year and YouTube phenemonon.
Girls’ Generation beat out American pop icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez to win the first ever Video of the Year award for their music video “I Got a Boy.” While the eight other members of the Korean female group were working back in Korea, Tiffany was there to represent Girls’ Generation and accept the award.
“To be here in the first ever YouTube Music Awards is a treat in itself,” Tiffany said, “But to win Video of the Year… this is absolutely unexpected, and exciting and altogether humbling at the same time.”
Check out the videos of their award acceptance and winning video below:
Well, not exactly. But, it seems that the 16-year old singer has been hit by the hallyu wave and may be joining the ranks of Teddy Riley, will.i.am, Diplo, Bauuer, Missy Eliott and host of others on the list of non-Korean artists who have worked on K-Pop tracks.
In a recent interview with Clash Magazine, the songstress and writer behind the smash hit “Royals” expressed to branch out when it comes to writing music, mentioning that she’d love to pen a track for a K-Pop girl group. The reason? The ridiculously catchy melodies and out-of-this-world, extravagant concepts that have become the hallmark of the genre. She mentions:
“Girl bands are only cool if they’re so ridiculous it’s awesome, like the K-Pop girl bands with twelve people who rule the country. I’d write for a Korean girl band, definitely – some of their melodies are the best pop.”
There’s more than enough groups that she can choose from — Wikipedia lists a total of 78 current groups — we must admit, that we have a shortlist of acts that we’d love to see her work with (aka Girl’s Generation, 2NE1 and miss A).
Most online readers were open, even excited, for the prospect of Lorde making a crossover into Korean pop:
“Oh my gosh if this happens, I’ll love K-Pop even more!”
“Lorde wants to write music for K-pop? YOU GO GIRL.”
“See even Lorde wants to write lyrics for a k-pop girl group. Yes. Be jealous, haters.”
And there should be reason to be excited. If Lorde can bring her art pop, minimal electronica sound to the sometimes-stagnant K-Pop sphere, definitely sign us up for a first-listen; it’ll be something to listen to, without a doubt.
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