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Introducing the first annual “allkpop Awards”!

Posted by diopatra on December 7, 2010

The end of the year is near, and the Korean music industry is abuzz with news of upcoming awards shows that seek to recognize the most outstanding artists in a multitude of categories.

As a nod to these important events in the K-pop realm, allkpop has decided to initiate our first ever “allkpop Awards” this year, and we’re inviting fans from all over the world to determine the results!

That’s right – the votes will be 100% determined by international K-pop fans.

In order to ensure that the results are achieved in a fair manner, we’ve established a system in which votes can be submitted once a day per category via Twitter or Facebook.

Fans can vote as many times as they like over the course of the awards voting period, but again, only one vote per category per day will be counted.

We are aiming to make this an award that accurately represents the opinions of the international K-pop community, so check out the nominees below, and help decide K-pop’s best of 2010!


sOURCE: allkpop

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Wheesung Changes Agency, Joins JK Kim Dong Wook, M to M Family

Posted by diopatra on June 24, 2009

Artist Wheesung will be joining the entertainment group that houses both singer JK Kim Dong Wook and group M to M.

Because producer Park Gun Tae was so set on working alone, Wheesung decided to move on to a new entertainment group called POP/UP Entertainment.

Wheesungs growth as a singer is thanks to Producer Park Gun Tae. Wheesung said that he wants to learn from Park Gun Tae not as a singer under the producer but now as a little brother.

Wheesung just finished a concert in LA and will be in LA for a month or two. He will be making an album with Lee Hyun Do. His album is expected to be released in August. is currently giving away an autographed Wheesung CD. Check our Prize Giveaway section for more details.

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Tae-goon: ‘Master’ Whee Sung Helped Me Get Back on Feet

Posted by diopatra on June 5, 2009

New singer Tae-goon (real name Kim Tae-goon, 23) had a hard time when he just debuted, because one netizen posted his debut song, “Call Me,” without any musical accompaniment to show how poor his singing skills were. Back then, Tae-goon had already earned the nickname “second Rain” because he bears a great resemblance to Rain and has impressive dancing skills. His debut music video also drew significant attention because it featured Hero of TVXQ, his close friend from his hometown of Gongju, South Chungcheong Province.

Facing so many unexpected difficulties, Tae-goon wrapped up his debut activities and decided to take a break. We met with Tae-goon, who has recently released his second album, “Rising Star.” He said, “Back then, rather than being hurt, I was frustrated to hear people saying that I only practiced dancing and applied no effort to performing the song properly. I had practiced for a long time, because I failed auditions 100 times, but apparently it didn’t show. That’s why I was exasperated. I failed to incorporate my singing and dancing skills because I practiced singing and dancing separately.”

Tae-goon sought the help of singer/songwriter Whee Sung, 27, whom he calls “master.” Whee Sung still receives vocal training despite having already gained high recognition for his singing talent. To Tae-goon, he has all the qualities to be his role model. Whee Sung has helped Tae-goon not only to hone his vocal skills but change his lifestyle as well. Tae-goon reports daily to Whee Sung via text messages what time he gets up, when he has meals and what songs he practices, and Whee Sung replies to his messages regardless of the hour.

“Master Whee Sung not only made me a better singer but he also improved my lifestyle. Though he himself sleeps less than four hours a day, he tells me to get eight hours of sleep every day and eat healthily, because singers can perform well and exude energy only when they feel well. Surprisingly enough, I feel much more comfortable now when I perform on stage,” said Tae-goon.

We asked Whee Sung what he thought about being Tae-goon’s teacher. “Tae-goon has the potential to rise to stardom and his singing skills are good enough and he can carry even high tones. He fell into despair because everybody told him he was bad. I made him sing ‘Call Me’ more than one thousand times to make him realize how easy it was,” said Whee Sung.

Whee Sung wrote the lyrics for Tae-goon’s song “Super Star” and wrote another song from his new album. Tae-goon said, “I heard that many singers end up crying when recording with Whee Sung. That’s probably because he makes them sing again and again to make them display their talent to the fullest. But I like how he uses encouragement and advice.”

On the question of whether he feels intimidated by so many dance singers who debuted at approximately the same time as him, such as AJ and Chung-rim, Tae-goon says he had known AJ and Chung-rim even before their debut because they practiced in the same rehearsal room and know each other’s skills well. Tae-goon has known Chung-rim since high school and the two often encouraged each other before their debuts. “My friend Hero from TVXQ, who comes from the same hometown as I do, also gave me advice. He said that I didn’t look comfortable on stage,” said Tae-goon.

Tae-goon majored in dance at Chungnam Arts High School and the Korea National University of Arts. He dropped out of college to prepare for his debut as a singer. He still walks in a way many professional dancers walk, with his toes pointing sideways. Tae-goon has been preparing to debut in Japan these days through the Japanese record company Pony Canyon. He said, “I don’t deserve the nickname ‘second Rain.’ But I realize that my task is to exceed Rain.”

source: KBS

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Whee Sung Launches TV Show for Discovering New Talent

Posted by diopatra on April 30, 2009

Singer Whee Sung (real name Choi Whee Sung, 27) has created a TV show that is aimed at discovering new talented artists. The show, entitled “Whee Sung’s Pre-Star 1,” premiered on April 24 at 8 p.m. on Mnet, and the singer personally hosted it. The show seeks to present promising up-and-coming musicians with opportunities to introduce their music to the public and rise to stardom.

Nine or ten teams will be selected every month. The winner will be picked through an online vote on and will have a chance to perform on Mnet’s music ranking show “M! Countdown.”

Whee Sung says artists these days mostly gain popularity not for their music and talent but rather for their abilities to make people laugh. He says it is discouraging to see many talented musicians lacking opportunities to win people’s hearts. He said, “I will do my best to help their talent shine.”

source: KBS global

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