Korean Wave

Gangnam Style beats Bieber's Baby as YouTube’s most watched video

Psy performs "Gangnam Style” at the American Music Awards this month. Photo: AFP

South Korean pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style became YouTube’s most-watched video of all time, registering more than 805 million views to overtake Baby by Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am


Nick has a lesson we can all learn

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

Special K - idols unlimited

One of the fastest-growing music genres in the world will take over the world's biggest casino next weekend when the Venetian Macao hosts what is being dubbed 'Macau's first Korean music festival'. The bill features about 30 famous faces from the massive K-pop industry, who come together to form four boy bands, one girl band and a solo act.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Reach for the stars

How far can star power take you? South Korean fashion designers are keenly aware that many of their customers look to celebrities as trendsetters, and have long scrambled to have top stars spotted in their outfits, in movies, television dramas and at glamorous parties.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Seoul man gets ahead by making a song and dance about it

Who's the coolest pop star riding the Korean waves right now? Rain, of course, if the hordes of screaming girls who rush to every one of his public appearance are anything to go by. It's hard to believe that he was rejected at auditions because he was 'not handsome enough, although his dance was great'.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

After a dry run, Rain prepares to take the US by storm

The so-called Korean wave may be hitting a bit of a lull, but for South Korean pop singer Rain, who is these days viewing the world from a Korean Air jet with his face painted over it, things must be looking just peachy.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Fast boat to China

The South Korean city of Inchon wants to build a 'railway' to the Chinese port of Yantai, 100 nautical miles across the Bohai Sea, in a move that would sharply cut the cost of shipping Hyundai cars, LG televisions and other Korean exports to China.

1 May 2006 - 12:00am

Drama opens window of opportunity

Television host Sung Chih-ling has found that life is indeed like a box of chocolates, and you never know what opportunities you are going to be given.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Pop culture wins star billing as means to broaden economy

Central bank chief looks to Korean model in injecting life and money into China's cities

South Korea can provide a model for China in promoting vibrant cities on the back of a successful entertainment industry, the central bank governor says.

6 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Lai See

new world chief joins fellow tycoons honoured by france

There's nothing like taking on an ugly American to endear yourself to the French.

20 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Stand by for next Korean invasion - and $150,000

The Korean wave will continue after TVB airs its final episode of Jewel In The Palace, with rival ATV rolling out its own Korean drama and a marathon screening challenge boasting a $150,000 prize.

To launch Woman's World, a Korean period drama about women's survival games in the palace, ATV is recruiting up to 150 TV fans for the marathon screening.

29 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Cultural leaders

As South Korea's pop culture spreads across the whole of Asia, with a huge following everywhere, the question one has to ask is: what made this once culturally backward nation so strong in everything from TV dramas to dance music? Even the locals have trouble answering.

24 Dec 2004 - 12:00am