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Kim Kibum And Alexander To Leave U-KISS Thursday February 24, 2011 Korea

entertainmentKiss Me's received some bad news on February 23rd, regarding two of the U-KISS members.

Kim Kibum revealed through his twitter account that he would be leaving the group to focus on his PiroPiro character company with brother Kim Hyung-joon -- member of SS501. He added that he and his entertainment agency came to a mutual agreement to cut his contract short.

Big Bang Makes Explosive Comeback Thursday February 24, 2011 Korea

entertainmentThey don't call themselves Big Bang for nothing.

The populary five-membered idol group exploded back onto the music scene with a bang on February 24th. it's been two years and three months since their last official release as a group. The newly released mini-album consists of six songs. All six of which are currently taking up the number one to six spots on all the major online music charts in Korea : Melon Chart, Dosirak, Cyworld, Mnet, Bugs, and Soribada.

New song from J-pop queen Thursday February 24, 2011 Japan/Korea

entertainmentThe queen of J-pop, Namie Amuro, is teaming up with Korean girl group After School on a new song called “Make It Happen.”

On Monday, Park Ka-hi, an After School member, posted a photo of Amuro and the group shooting the music video for the song together.

The song will appear on Amuro’s “best collaboration” album, which features top J-pop musicians AI & Anna Tsuchiya, Chemistry, Tomohisa Yamashita and more.

Girls' Generation Step into Japanese Ad Market Wednesday February 23, 2011 Korea/Japan

entertainmentKorean pop group Girls' Generation will appear in a Japanese TV commercial for the first time since their debut there. Their management agency SM Entertainment said Tuesday that they have been selected to advertise the Japanese cough drop "e-ma Nodoame," which is marking the 10th anniversary of its launch this year.

Hyunbin To Enjoy Time Off Before Joining The Marine Corps Tuesday February 22, 2011 Korea

entertainmentHyunbin left Berlin after the Berlin International Film Festival on February 21st, ending his final activities before entering the Marine Corps.

Actress Lee Young-ae gives birth to twins Tuesday February 22, 2011 Korea

entertainmentActress Lee Young-ae, widely popular across Asia, has given birth to twins, her agent here said Monday.

Lee, 40, became a mother of fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at a Seoul hospital, said Storms Company.

"The mother and the babies are healthy," it said.

She was secretly married in 2009 in the United States to a Korean businessman, surprising fans everywhere.

SS501's Kim Hyung-joon Charms Japanese Fans in Solo Showcase Tuesday February 22, 2011 Korea/Japan

entertainmentKim Hyung-joon, a member of boy band SS501, is set to become another Korean pop star in Japan as he captivated over 3,000 fans there in a showcase in Tokyo on Saturday ahead of the release of his solo album through AVEX there in March.

The event was also to celebrate the launch of his official fan club in the island country.

SM Entertainment, MNet mend fences Tuesday February 22, 2011 Korea

SM Entertainment revealed through a press release on Monday that it will allow MNet.com to continue music provision services of SM Entertainment artists.

SM Entertainment revoked a contract with MNet last March after the latter violated an agreement between the two entities.

Before the incident, the two companies were locked in a dispute after SM accused MNet of unfairly choosing winners of its music ranking show, “M! Countdown.” This led to an SM boycott of MAMA - the MNet Asian Music Awards.

Se7en's Love Story Tuesday February 22, 2011 Korea/Singapore

entertainmentKOREAN pop star Se7en has truly fallen in love.

And, well, he went on to fall on stage too.

The singer glowed at the press conference at Orchard Hotel on Saturday when he spoke of his most recent Valentine's Day.

This was just before he took a tumble during his hour-long showcase at St James Powerhouse, during which he tripped over his back-up dancer's foot.

But luckily, the nimble singer with the killer dance moves wasn't hurt.

Seoul to develop Hallyu hub

Seoul will create a film and entertainment complex modeled after Hollywood by 2014 in its bid to promote the local entertainment business and tourism, city officials said Wednesday.

The city government will spend 170 billion won ($151 million) to expand Digital Media City in western Seoul to develop a cluster for the film, game and animation industries with a central emphasis on South Korean pop culture, known as hallyu, officials said.

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