Battle: Going for Legend

Battle

Battle

Battle debuted in December 2006 after being formed on the popular television show Let’s Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa!. The group consisted of five members: Ryu (Won Seung Jae), Ki-hyun (Shin Ki Hyun), Lio (Park Ji Woon), Tae-hwa (Jin Tae Hwa), Hwi-chan (Kim Tae Kwan), and Chris (Jung Hyung Rok). The group members were personally chosen by Shinhwa members, who were hosting the television show at the time. During the group’s short tenure (they are currently inactive), Battle toured Thailand and China. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!

Piggy Dolls: Not Your Ordinary Girls?

Piggy Dolls

Piggy Dolls

Piggy Dolls is signed with LOEN Entertainment and debuted in early 2011 with members Min Sun (Kim Min Sun), Jiyeon (Lee Ji Yeon) and Jieun (Lee Ji Eun). The group’s name and unique concept was based on their looks, which went against the Korean beauty standard of maintaining a slim momjjang (good body shape) and instead focused on their strong vocals.  Regardless of their original concept, within a year, the group revealed slimmer physiques. In 2013, the group was replaced with three new members (Kang Eun Young, Lee Eun Young ,and Lee Ji Young). . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!

Byul: SoKo’s Female Balladeer

Byul

Byul

Byul (Kim Go Eun) is a solo artist known for her prolific work in singing ballads for Korean television and film. Her name, (별,) means “star” in Korean. While she was discovered by Jin Young Park (JYP) and was signed for a short while with JYP Entertainment, Byul is currently signed with Spring Entertainment.  In 2012, Byul married Korean comedian and entertainer HaHa (Ha Dong Hoon). . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!

Hallyu Harmony Update: S.E.S – Original Queens of K-pop

S.E.S

S.E.S

S.E.S is an acronym for “Sea, Eugene, Shoo,” the names of the three members of the group. Formed in 1997 by SM Entertainment, this female group consisted of Sea (better known as Bada, born Choi Sung Hee), Eugene (Kim Yoo Jin) and Shoo (Yoo Soo Young) and became the first successful female group in the Hallyu K-pop era. . . . See the entire exhibit at Hallyu Harmony: A Cultural History of Kpop.

NRG: Spreading Energy

NRG

NRG

New Radiancy Group (NRG) was a popular male pop/dance group that debuted under the Music Factory label in the fall of 1997. The group was formed out of the duo HamoHamo, whose members were Lee Sung Jin and Chun Myung Hoon. NRG was founded with those members and the addition of three new members:Moon Sung Hoon, No Min Woo, and Kim Hwan Sung. Known for their high-energy dance music, NRG was highly successful –not only in Korea, but in China as well. NRG is commonly recognized as one of the first groups to advertise in China, thus making them one of the first successful pioneers of Hallyu. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!