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Taeyang Talks About the Past and Present of YG Entertainment

YG Entertainment is one of the “Big Three” entertainment agencies in South Korea. It has produced artists such as Jinusean, 1TYM, and Se7en, and it continues to deepen its mark in the K-Pop world producing Big Bang, Psy, and 2NE1 who are loved by many around the world.

Big Bang, in particular, holds an important position in YG Entertainment. CEO Yang Hyun Suk recently stated in an official meeting, “Eight years ago, YG was able to grow as a major company thanks to Big Bang.” It would be safe to say there is a significant differences in YG Entertainment before and after Big Bang.

For Taeyang, who has been under YG Entertainment since the young age of 13, it brings back many memories. In an interview session on November 11, Taeyang said, “I’ve been thinking about the past a lot these days.”

“The company building is very big. Back in the days, we began in a small building. We walked past the old building yesterday and talked about things that happened there. If I look back, many things happened. It brings back old memories as I think of how YG has grown and how we are a part of its history. I’m happy to have been a part of it,” Taeyang said.

He continued, “There was no system in the past. All of the current trainees are being trained under a system. We have a good training system. When we were trainees, we learned from watching hyungs practice and made mental notes to ourselves. We began receiving formal training right before we debuted. Back then, we had to figure things out ourselves. Sometimes, I envy the trainees now, and I realize just how much the company has grown.”

Taeyang talked about the changes YG has gone under as he reminisced, “Before, I knew all the people who worked at the company building, and all of them knew what we were up to. Because we were a smaller company, everyone was connected. Now, that the company has grown, there are more people I don’t know. Aside from the ‘WIN’ trainees, there are many trainees I do not know. It feels like a real company now.”

However, he added, “In a way I feel happy, but on the other hand, it reminds me a lot of the past. A part of me misses the old days.”

Meanwhile, Taeyang made a solo comeback after a three-year hiatus with “Ringa Linga.” He took on a new image as well as transforming musically.

Taeyang talked about his future plans and said, “I chose ‘Ringa Linga’ to show a different side of me. I plan on releasing another single before the complete album is released, and I hope to continue to show new sides of myself.”

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G-Dragon is Loyalty to YG Entertainment

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[131024][NEWS] Gummy is now officially signed under C-JES Entertainment! ›

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Gummy whose contract with YG Entertainment ended in April of 2013 has decided to sign with C-JES Entertainment. C-JES Entertainment houses JYJ, along with top actors & actresses: Song Ji Hyo,Lee Jung Jae, Park Sung Woong and new members: Kang Hye Jung & Choi Min Sik.

Despite being a free agent for the past 5 months, YG Entertainment still took care of Gummy’s promotional activities and affairs. 

Following actress Kang Hye Jung’s transfer, Gummy became the second YG Family member who transferred to C-JES Entertainment this year.

Earlier this month, meetings between YG’s CEO & C-JES’ CEO were reported; rumors of the two companies possible partnership were speculated. However, the two were quick to deny the allegations.

Billboard: Lee Hi #20 on “21 Under 21” List of 2013

They’ve got hit records, millions of fans, and the kind of success most musicians only dream of — and they can’t even legally uncork a bottle of champagne to celebrate their success. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2013 edition of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors.

From bubbly boy bands (and a cool girl group) to hip-hop powerhouses, a sweet K-Pop princess to a rising EDM star, and of course, international pop icons, these are the fresh faces whose careers will continue to pack the biggest punches over the next 12 months. Get used to them all, because they’re just getting started.

Last Year’s Rank: N/A

Birthdate: September 23, 1996 (Age 17)

Why She’s Hot: During the past 12 months, K-pop newcomer Lee Hi racked up chart successes rivaling established Korean idols. The soulful vocalist first appeared on the K-Pop Hot 100 in October via a collabo with hip-hop trio Epik High, “It’s Cold,” a No. 1 hit.

Lee Hi followed up with her Duffy-esque debut solo single “1,2,3,4,” ruling three weeks atop the K-Pop chart. Fast-forward to March, throwback-inspired LP “First Love” spawned two additional K-Pop smashes: The catchy, No. 4-peaking “It’s Over”; and melancholic dance track “Rose,” her third No. 1. Plus, the songbird performed with PSY at his Happening Concert, where he unveiled his record-breaking “Gentleman” video.

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YG receives 3 YouTube awards: A True Record breaker!


YG Entertainment was granted 3 awards at the award ceremony held by the world’s largest video-sharing website, YouTube. YG broke the record by receiving the highest number of awards

At the ceremony titled YouTube Pulse, held in Hannamdong Seoul on Sept 25, YG’s artists PSY (http://www.youtube.com/user/officialpsy), BIGBANG (http://www.youtube.com/user/BIGBANG), and 2NE1 (http://www.youtube.com/user/2NE1) received the ‘YouTube Partner Gold Play” award for their official channels.

Gold Play award is given to those who have more than 1 million subsribers on their channels. PSY attracted 6.47m subscribers while BIGBANG and 2NE1 raked in 2.11m and 1.76m respectively. The total number of subscribers on the channels adds up to whopping 13.31m.

YG is known for its advanced usage of social media, apart from YouTube. According to a study released by a research company on Facebook data, PSY, G-DRAGON, 2NE1 and BIGBANG rank 5th in the number of Fans, Likes (which indicates a positive response of the viewer) and page sharing. 

G-DRAGON’s twitter account is chosen as the most influential social media page of a K-Pop artist. His recently created Weibo account in China attracted 300,000 followers in just one day, which more than enough to shock the related personnel from China’s largest social networking site.

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[Exclusive] WIN’s SONG MIN HO turns out to be a former member of BoM for 2 years


SONG MIN HO, the leader of Team A on YG Entertainment’s reality program that determines the formation of a new boy group, turned out to be a former member of a band named BoM for 2 years.

As the leader of Team A, SONG is working hard with the rest of the members KANG SEUNG YOON, LEE SEUNG HOON, KIM JINWOO and NAM TAE HYUN on Mnet’s ‘WHO IS NEXT:WIN’, the aforementioned reality TV show.

YANG HYUN SUK once commented that SONG reminds him of ‘1 Tym’s Teddy’ for his remarkable rapping skills. Expectations for the trainee are building up.

But it turns out SONG MIN HO once was a member of a band BoM, which made a debut on July 28 in 2011 with the single ‘You’re Not There’. SONG had been carrying out his career as a musician for 2 years under a different name, Tagun. BoM is a band consisting of other member Meng Sae Chang, who debuted as a child actor. The band attracted much attention when it was first formed. For 2 years, BoM released 2 albums including ‘Without You’ and ‘Dear Feelings, Dear Heart’. The band also made an appearance on channel A’s music drama ‘K-Pop Extreme Survival.’

The facts checked by eNEWS with the help of Yoo Byeong Sul, BoM’s producer, proves Tagun and SONG are in fact the same person. Yoo, who carefully answered the questions, said, “SONG was the member of BoM, with a different name Tagun. We are very fond of him, and I sincerely hope that he succeeds in the future.”

He added, “I paid special attention to him. He was the hardest working member of BoM, so I always thought he would do well. I hope he achieves his dreams.”

The comments by Yoo is already proven on the reality show ‘WIN’, as SONG is one of the most diligent members in the team. Many are keen to find out whether he would be able to perform on stage once again as a professional singer.

WIN is a real project that determines the formation of the first boy group since BIGBANG’s debut 8 years ago. The 11 trainees at YG Entertainment are divided into Teams A and B for a cutthroat battle. The winner depends solely on the spectators.

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WIN : WHO IS NEXT – EPISODE #3

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PSY, BIGBANG & 2NE1 stand up to root for YG’s new boy group


YG Entertainment’s PSY, BIGBANG & 2NE1 are actively rooting for YG’s new boy group.

This morning (August 22), YG uploaded on its official blog (www.yglife.com) the preview of ‘WIN: WHO IS NEXT’, which is a real survival battle program that will determine the formation of YG’s new boy group. In the preview video clip of the program which will be aired for the first time on August 23, not only YG’s artists PSY, BIGBANG and 2NE1 appeared to show their support, but also Park Jin Young and Yoon Jong Shin to heighten the expectations for the program.

PSY commented, “I think WIN is a survival program tailored for 21st century. It’s extremely harsh and cold, but I think it’ll be very interesting.” BIGBANG and 2NE1 could not hide their surprise when the heard the rule of the program. G-DRAGON described the program as “a real battlefield”, hinting the gravity of the show.

Park Jin Young and Yoon Jong Shin who are also producers like YG’s founder, Yang Hyun Suk, said, “Creating a program like this simply shows that YG is confident with what they’ve got. That is YG power.” They have great expectations for the first boy group in 8 years since BIGBANG’s debut.

The program, which will go on air on August 23, will be shown on Mnet and tvN. The 11 trainees of YG will be divided into two teams A and B for a fierce battle. The winning team will be given the name ‘WINNER’ to make a debut immediately after the program finishes

Team A, which consists of KANG SEUNG YOON, the recently debuted ex-contestant of Mnet’s Superstar K2 and LEE SEUNG HOON, the ex-contestant of K-Pop Star, have 5 members in total with the average age of 20. Team B has 6 members with the average age of 17, with the then boy rapper B.I. who featured in MC Mong’s ‘Indian Boy’ and Koo Jun Hoe, another ex-contestant of K-Pop Star.

‘WIN’ is a 100% real survival battle program where the viewers decide the final winner. Along with YG’s founder YANG HYUN SUK, other YG artists, producers and special guests will be participating in the process of the competition.

 

The program will be aired overseas beginning from September 17, through channel V (part of the cable channels of START TV) and channel M (part of the cable channels of FOX) in 10 countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Maldives, and Macau. In China, the largest video-sharing website Youku will exclusively air the program.

Source: enews24 전수미 기자

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YG’s survival program ‘WIN’ full of interesting twists


‘WHO IS NEXT:WIN’, which determines the formation of YG Entertainment’s new boy group, attracted many viewers with its interesting twist.

‘WHO IS NEXT:WIN’ is a new real survival program that divides YG’s 11 trainees into Teams A and B for a battle. The result of the fight depends completely on the viewers. The show was aired on Mnet and tvN for the first time on August 23.

Even before the program was officially revealed, ‘WIN’ drew much attention for its brutal rules for the trainee. But when the show went on air, the fierceness of the show was even more emphasized with the twists in episode 1.

YG’s founder Yang Hyun Suk aims to put a twist in the show by himself, by transforming into a cold and harsh producer. As one of the judges on SBS’s K-Pop Star, he was known for his angelic side by encouraging young contestants and giving them kind words. But now he is a completely different judge, not holding back on giving harsh comments, standing before WIN’s 11 contestants.

He tells K-Pop Star’s Lee Seung Hoon, “Somehow you look like a country mouse,” or to the oldest Kim Jin Woo, “Your expressions are over-the-top, compared to what you actually have.”

One of the members of Team A, Kang Seung Yoon, who is already well known to the public for appearing on a talent show, returned with a completely transformed self as well. Kang Seung Yoon, who always approached the audience as the ex-contestant of Superstar K and a rock star, surprised everyone with his sharp choreography and a soulful voice on the 1st episode of WIN.

But Kang Seung Yoon is determined to win the battle on the program. On the show, he stressed, “I want to be a helpful member of the team, and I want to be the vocalist of the group WINNER.”

Many thought Team A would be at an advantage since they have two members already known to the public, like Kang Seung Yoon and Lee Seung Hoon, but after the 1st episode, Team B’s remarkable talents changed that perception and hinted a much fiercer battle that is yet to come.

B Team, with B.I. as the leader, won praises from Yang Hyun Suk at the end-of-the-month evaluation for its teamwork, “Currently Team B is better than Team A.”

But no one can predict the result because WIN solely relies on the audience to pick the team. During the 10 episodes the teams will have 3 battles, which the viewers can vote through online, mobile, and live text message system. WIN will be aired every Friday at 10p.m. on Mnet and 11:20p.m. on tvN.

The first episode on Mnet and KM on August 23 at 10p.m. rated 1% viewing rate, with the top of 1.5%, according to Nielson Korea (Mnet and KM in total, counting households with cable channels). The viewing rate hit its maximum when Team A’s Kim Jin Woo broke into tears with his father after going home.

The program will be aired overseas beginning from September 17, through channel V (part of the cable channels of START TV) and channel M (the Southeast Asian channel of CJ E&M) in 10 countries. In China, the largest video-sharing website Youku will exclusively air the program.  On Daum portal site, fans will be able to enjoy replays and behind-the-scenes of the show.

 

Source: enews24 전수미 기자

Credit & Translation: yg-life.com

‘WIN’ depicts cold reality: one’s dream = another’s misery


‘I didn’t know having a dream would pain me this much.’

Could it be more ferocious than this survival program? YG’s ambitious new program ‘WHO IS NEXT: WIN’, which determines the formation of YG’s first boy group since BIGBANG’s debut 8 years ago, went on air for the first time. South Korean TV’s are full of singer audition programs and there has already been a survival mission show designed by entertainment agencies for their trainees, just like ‘WIN’. But what differentiates ‘WIN’ from all the other ones is that until now, all the programs told the stories through the eyes of potential winners, but this one houses a completely opposite viewpoint.

YG Entertainment’s founder Yang Hyun Suk divided his 11 trainees into Teams A and B and made them compete with each other. Group A consists 5 members including the ex-contestant of Superstar K2 and the recently debuted KANG SEUNG YOON, and the ex-contestant of K-Pop Star, LEE SEUNG HOON. The average age is 20 years old with other members Song Min Ho, Nam Tae Hyun, and Kim Jin Woo. Group B consists of 6 members with an average age of 17 years old, and among them is the then 12-year-old boy rapper B.I who featured in MC Mong’s ‘Indian Boy’, and Koo Jun-hoe, Bobby, Song Yun Hyung and Kim Dong Hyuk.

The winning team makes a debut immediately after the show finishes, while the losing one faces member change or having to wait another 4 years for a debut. They are given 3 chances to impress the viewers, as the watchers are responsible for voting for their favorite group. Only one team gets the golden opportunity. This news has shocked all 11 trainees.

Survival programs are merciless, as the contestants have to face the cold reality. Their glass is inevitably half empty, because they are more concerned about the team being broken up than their seizing victory. When CEO Yang says, “Only one of the two groups can make a debut this year,” no one could express happiness. They are all worried that they may be the ‘losing’ one. Lee Seung Hoon commented, “The moment you lose the game, then the group will be broken up.” And Kang Seung Yoon, in a separate interview also commented, “If we don’t make a debut than our team will definitely be broken up.”

This is why all the members are devoting their entire energy into winning, not just for themselves but also for the entire team. But the cruelty of ‘WIN’ is multiplied by the fact that it is a battle of ‘family’ members from the same entertainment agency.

Just like what Kang Seung Yoon said, “You either have to crush others are you’ll be crushed.” Team B is worried because Team A already has two members who are well known to the public through audition programs. But even that worry is changing to “We can still all be friends after this, right?”

But that doesn’t change the fact that the battle between the two Teams will become more and more fierce until one winner is chosen. For the debut that they dreamed of for years, to make years of not going home and staying at the office to train a worthwhile time, they have to crush their peers to climb to the top. All eyes are on the 11 members, who were oblivious to the fact that becoming a professional artist included such a brutal process, like competing in ‘WIN’.

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Why ‘WIN’ is more brutal than other Audition Programs


‘WIN’, which was aired for the first time, is arousing much attention across South Korea.

YG’s new survival program which determines the formation of its first boy group in 8 years, ‘WIN:WHO IS NEXT’, aired on August 23 for the first time, is arousing much attention. 

The 11 trainees of YG Entertainment will be divided into Teams A and B for a fierce battle. Only one victorious group of the two will seize the name ‘WINNER’ to make a debut. At the recent production sneak preview, YG’s founder Yang Hyun Suk commented, “We can’t debut another boy group right after this one. We won’t be deceiving the audience like that.”

And that is exactly why this program is so cruel.

These 11 members have been training at YG for years to become singers. Many gave up in the middle of it as uncertain future and harsh training continued. Kim Jin Woo, the oldest in Team A and the oldest trainee of YG, said, “Every month, the members changed 7 or 8 times. I trained until late at night because I was afraid that I could become one of them.”

The losing team of this survival program has no future guaranteed. If they are lucky, they could be in a different group to make a debut or do so at a different agency. But the group might be completely broken up. As the viewers can see how desperate these trainees are, many commented the show is ‘brutal’ and they are ‘worried’ about the trainees.

For 10 weeks, the viewers will witness their harsh survival course and the process of training. They will become closer to the contestants after the 10 episodes, because the show is different to other auditioning programs that exhibit tens, hundreds and thousands of contestants. This is why the show appears even more brutal to the audience, when it actually only picks one team as the winner. 

The pressure is weighing on the 11 trainees the most because this is not an individual game. They are in a team. One’s mistake can lead to a break-up of a team, and even affect their futures. The show will keep everybody on their toes.

Viewers commented, “There are some talented members in each Team A and B. Would be good to blend them together,” “Can’t both teams just make a debut, this is too cruel,” “It makes me nervous watching it, who should I pick?” and “Everyone looks so desperate.”

YG Entertainment’s founder Yang Hyun Suk divided his 11 trainees into Teams A and B and made them compete with each other. Group A consists 5 members including the ex-contestant of Superstar K2 and the recently debuted KANG SEUNG YOON, and the ex-contestant of K-Pop Star, LEE SEUNG HOON. The average age is 20 years old. Group B consists of 6 members with an average age of 17 years old, and among them is the then 12-year-old boy rapper B.I who featured in MC Mong’s ‘Indian Boy’, and K-Pop Star’s Koo Jun-hoe.

Apart from Mnet and tvN, ‘WIN’ will be aired on portal sites simultaneously, including Daum Mobile and Webpage. The program will be aired overseas beginning from September 17 in 10 countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Maldives, and Macau.

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