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Apparent suicide of K-pop star's family members shocks fans

Police discovered the father and grandparents of K-pop star Park Jeong-su, pictured above, dead in their Seoul flat. Photo: Screen grab via DongA Ilbo.

The apparent suicide of a South Korean pop star’s father and grandparents has shocked Koreans and K-pop fans, who expressed their sympathy for him on social networks.

Tuesday, 7 January, 2014, 6:44pm

Heart and Seoul of fashion: Korean opportunities

Looks from Juun G for Fall/Winter 2013/14. Photo: EPA

There was a time when the rest of Asia looked to Japan for fashion trends. That has changed over the past decade in the wake of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, a tide of Korean television dramas and pop groups which gained popularity around the world.

6 May 2013 - 11:20am


Amanda Lee at Lancôme's Absolue launch the LINE app.

Normally, tea is for two, but for Lancôme, tea is for 30. That's how many local celebrities the luxury beauty brand invited to tea at Sevva restaurant in Prince's Building in Central to celebrate the launch of its Absolue line of products. Among the guests were models Balia Chan and Janel Ma, singers Candy Lo and Amanda Lee, and girls-about-town Jacqueline Chong Si-man and Ankie Beilke, who pulled out a tube of Lancôme lip gloss before posing for a photo.

26 Apr 2013 - 10:59am

Psy unveils hip-swinging dance music video to new song 'Gentleman'

South Korean rapper Psy during his concert 'Happening' at Seoul's World Cup stadium on Saturday, where he performed new song 'Gentleman' in public for the first time. Photo: Reuters

The music video, released a day after the song hit online stores worldwide, registered 10.7 million hits on YouTube in the 15 hours after its debut at a packed concert in Seoul.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:55pm

Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival

Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival

With K-pop still all the rage, this year's Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival concert will be headlined by one of South Korean's hottest exports to date - Girls' Generation.

On Friday night, the nine-member girl band from Seoul will be strutting their stuff at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, alongside other popular singers and groups from across the region.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:09am

K-pop’s reach extends to Muslim Malaysia

South Korean K-Pop band Kara perform on stage during the Samsung Galaxy 27th Golden Disk Awards in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Maznifa Mustaffa doesn’t understand Korean, and would be unable to get away with dressing like her favourite Korean pop stars due to conservative attitudes in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:14pm

Letters to the Editor, December 7, 2012

South Korean pop sensation Psy started a trend. Photo: AFP

Many Western countries face difficulties balancing their budgets. One of the biggest factors is the ever increasing cost of health care, with a greying population and the development of better but expensive medicines and treatments.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:24am 1 comment

Australian PM promises to battle zombies to the end of the world

Julia Gillard tells Australians she will carry on fighting, be it against flesh-eating zombies or Korean pop. Photo: SCMP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard weighed into the debate about whether the world will end on December 21 under the Mayan calendar, in a spoof video about Korean pop and flesh-eating zombies.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:33am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

South Korean K-pop star Psy gives a thumbs up during a press conference before performing in a public appearance in Singapore. Photo: AFP

On calls for greater transparency over rents at West Kowloon arts hub:

Greg Carton - It's supposed to be a cultural district. So, yeah, you pay a premium to have a private wedding. On the other hand, an actual arts festival should be encouraged. You can't compare these two disparate types of events.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

K-pop's dark side: little artistic freedom

Son Han-Byul, Musician

Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls, Rain, Big Bang. South Korea's major entertainment companies have, over the past decade, churned out some of the most familiar faces in Asian music. All are gorgeous - men and women with the perfect combination of sexy and wholesome.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

How Korean culture stormed the world

Illustration: Stephen Case

With his slicked back hair, powder blue suit and goofy horse dance, South Korean rapper Psy, who is in Hong Kong today, turned Gangnam Style into one of the musical hits of the year.

1 Dec 2012 - 1:30pm

Listen to Mama

Listen to Mama

Hong Kong's love affair with K-pop will reach new heights when the Mnet Asian Music Awards (Mama) are held on Friday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets ranging from HK$480 to HK$1,880 were sold out in one morning.

25 Nov 2012 - 5:59pm

Pop idols lead a resurgent Korean wave across the region

Psy, of Gangnam Style fame, will perform at Mama. Photo: Reuters

For a while, it looked as though hallyu, the craze for all things Korean that swept across the region about a decade ago, was finally on the wane.

25 Nov 2012 - 5:20pm

'Gangnam Style' star Psy receives prestigious South Korean honour

Psy performs his hit song Gangnam Style in front of a flash mob crowd in Paris on Monday. Photo: AFP

South Korea has awarded one of its highest cultural honours to rapper Psy for taking the world by storm with his Gangnam Style hit.

The culture ministry announced yesterday that the 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, would receive the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit, awarded for "outstanding meritorious services" to the arts.

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am

Gangnam Style: loved by America for all wrong reasons

Singer Psy performs "Gangnam Style".

The Chinese author Mo Yan may have won the Nobel Literature Prize, but the most popular, talked-about and imitated Asian artist of the moment in the United States is a pudgy South Korean guy with a goofy dance by the name of  Psy.

29 Oct 2012 - 2:56pm 4 comments