Jeff Benjamin

Show more

Latest from Jeff Benjamin

Jinny from Secret Number: nearly a Blackpink member, then found her own way to K-pop stardom

She trained with Blackpink members and was considered a top contender at YG Entertainment, but left after five years, entering reality shows as an independent artist. She debuted with Secret Number in 2019.

24 Oct 2020 - 10:21PM

She trained with Blackpink members and was considered a top contender at YG Entertainment, but left after five years, entering reality shows as an independent artist. She debuted with Secret Number in 2019.

Jinny from Secret Number: nearly a Blackpink member, then found her own way to K-pop stardom
WinWin from NCT and WayV: how Chinese dancer’s lack of trust nearly cost him his chance at K-pop stardom

Winwin, the popular Chinese star of NCT and WayV, nearly lost out on a stellar K-pop career because of a lack of trust. Here is a look back on his unusual road to success.

12 Oct 2020 - 9:52AM

Winwin, the popular Chinese star of NCT and WayV, nearly lost out on a stellar K-pop career because of a lack of trust. Here is a look back on his unusual road to success.

WinWin from NCT and WayV: how Chinese dancer’s lack of trust nearly cost him his chance at K-pop stardom
Ryujin of Itzy: the ‘successful fan’ who became a real K-pop star, and pushes for gender equality

As a teenager, Ryujin was a big K-pop fan, and was spotted at a fan concert for Got7. She auditioned and was signed by JYP Entertainment. She appeared on TB and in film, before debuting with Itzy, where she is lead rapper.

5 Oct 2020 - 12:03PM

As a teenager, Ryujin was a big K-pop fan, and was spotted at a fan concert for Got7. She auditioned and was signed by JYP Entertainment. She appeared on TB and in film, before debuting with Itzy, where she is lead rapper.

Ryujin of Itzy: the ‘successful fan’ who became a real K-pop star, and pushes for gender equality
Jaemin of NCT: talented and a rising star, K-pop idol and actor keeps his feet on the ground with charity work and care for others

Since Jaemin was introduced as the seventh member of NCT Dream, his talent has shone through as both a K-pop star and award-winning actor – but it’s his charity work that he is still the most proud of.

28 Sep 2020 - 12:58PM

Since Jaemin was introduced as the seventh member of NCT Dream, his talent has shone through as both a K-pop star and award-winning actor – but it’s his charity work that he is still the most proud of.

Jaemin of NCT: talented and a rising star, K-pop idol and actor keeps his feet on the ground with charity work and care for others
Amber of f(x): a self-reliant, outspoken tomboy whose musical skills and tally of famous friends continue to grow

In a world of styled K-pop idols, Amber Liu stands out for her edgy looks, her tendency to think of other singers as her family – and her work with stars like Girls’ Generation’s Yuri and Super Junior’s Henry Lau.

19 Sep 2020 - 10:15PM

In a world of styled K-pop idols, Amber Liu stands out for her edgy looks, her tendency to think of other singers as her family – and her work with stars like Girls’ Generation’s Yuri and Super Junior’s Henry Lau.

Amber of f(x): a self-reliant, outspoken tomboy whose musical skills and tally of famous friends continue to grow
Zhoumi from Super Junior-M: the multilingual Chinese vocalist who is loved in Korea and China

Born in China, Zhoumi started singing in music competitions, before he signed with K-pop label SM Entertainment. He debuted with all-Chinese subgroup Super Junior-M, and sings and writes in Mandarin and Korean.

12 Sep 2020 - 10:32PM

Born in China, Zhoumi started singing in music competitions, before he signed with K-pop label SM Entertainment. He debuted with all-Chinese subgroup Super Junior-M, and sings and writes in Mandarin and Korean.

Zhoumi from Super Junior-M: the multilingual Chinese vocalist who is loved in Korea and China
Renjun of NCT Dream, Chinese K-pop star who is passionate, focused and goal-driven

He’s bilingual, sang the South Korean theme song for the film Trolls: The Beat Goes On, and was so determined to become a K-pop star he travelled hours to go to an audition with less than a day’s notice.

5 Sep 2020 - 10:58PM

He’s bilingual, sang the South Korean theme song for the film Trolls: The Beat Goes On, and was so determined to become a K-pop star he travelled hours to go to an audition with less than a day’s notice.

Renjun of NCT Dream, Chinese K-pop star who is passionate, focused and goal-driven
Victoria Song of f(x): one of the first Chinese K-pop group leaders, she took Korea, then China by storm

Born in China, Song was scouted by K-pop giants SM Entertainment, joining f(x) as group leader and main dancer after two years. She branched out into Chinese drama and TV shows, and embarked on a solo musical career.

29 Aug 2020 - 10:27PM

Born in China, Song was scouted by K-pop giants SM Entertainment, joining f(x) as group leader and main dancer after two years. She branched out into Chinese drama and TV shows, and embarked on a solo musical career.

Victoria Song of f(x): one of the first Chinese K-pop group leaders, she took Korea, then China by storm
Chenle of NCT: the Chinese child star who moved to South Korea to get into K-pop

Before joining NCT Dream, Chenle was already well-known back home in China. As a child he appeared on Chinese TV, and sang in Austria with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to Seoul in 2016 and soon became a K-pop star.

22 Aug 2020 - 10:15PM

Before joining NCT Dream, Chenle was already well-known back home in China. As a child he appeared on Chinese TV, and sang in Austria with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to Seoul in 2016 and soon became a K-pop star.

Chenle of NCT: the Chinese child star who moved to South Korea to get into K-pop
Seunghee from Oh My Girl: the Beyoncé fan and powerhouse singer who was destined to be a K-pop star

Senghee hung out with Jimin and V of BTS before they were famous, and was inspired to play guitar by IU. Her powerful voice and endless energy make her a natural K-pop star.

17 Aug 2020 - 9:16AM

Senghee hung out with Jimin and V of BTS before they were famous, and was inspired to play guitar by IU. Her powerful voice and endless energy make her a natural K-pop star.

Seunghee from Oh My Girl: the Beyoncé fan and powerhouse singer who was destined to be a K-pop star
The8 of Seventeen: how Chinese K-pop star went from martial arts student to performer, fashion icon and TV celebrity

Growing up in China, The8, of boy band Seventeen, studied martial arts, and it was the dedication he showed there that saw him become a K-pop star.

10 Aug 2020 - 4:18AM

Growing up in China, The8, of boy band Seventeen, studied martial arts, and it was the dedication he showed there that saw him become a K-pop star.

The8 of Seventeen: how  Chinese K-pop star went from martial arts student to performer, fashion icon and TV celebrity
Heechul from Super Junior: how singer put troubles behind him to become one of K-pop’s biggest stars

The challenges of K-pop fame almost forced Heechul of Super Junior to give up early in his career, but he persevered and is now one of the industry’s most popular performers.

2 Aug 2020 - 1:59PM

The challenges of K-pop fame almost forced Heechul of Super Junior to give up early in his career, but he persevered and is now one of the industry’s most popular performers.

Heechul from Super Junior: how singer put troubles behind him to become one of K-pop’s biggest stars
Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation: leader of legendary K-pop girl group whose otherworldly voice has earned fans across the world

Despite her open battles with depression and pressure from being the leader of Girls’ Generation, one of K-pop’s most well-known girl groups, Taeyeon remains one of the industry’s most popular idols, thanks to her standout vocals.

23 Jul 2020 - 3:16AM

Despite her open battles with depression and pressure from being the leader of Girls’ Generation, one of K-pop’s most well-known girl groups, Taeyeon remains one of the industry’s most popular idols, thanks to her standout vocals.

Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation: leader of legendary K-pop girl group whose otherworldly voice has earned fans across the world
Seolhyun of AOA: for singer, actress and model, happiness is what you can do for others, not just yourself

Since Seolhyun made her debut with K-pop girl group AOA in 2012, her fame and popularity have grown. Once South Korea’s most searched celebrity on the internet, it’s her charity work that matters most to her.

13 Jul 2020 - 8:30AM

Since Seolhyun made her debut with K-pop girl group AOA in 2012, her fame and popularity have grown. Once South Korea’s most searched celebrity on the internet, it’s her charity work that matters most to her.

Seolhyun of AOA: for singer, actress and model, happiness is what you can do for others, not just yourself
Suho from Exo, K-pop’s handsome ‘guardian’ who keeps the band together

He made his debut with Exo in 2012 and, as lead vocalist, top visual and group leader, Suho has a reputation for staying level-headed in tough situations.

4 Jul 2020 - 10:05PM

He made his debut with Exo in 2012 and, as lead vocalist, top visual and group leader, Suho has a reputation for staying level-headed in tough situations.

Suho from Exo, K-pop’s handsome ‘guardian’ who keeps the band together
Jung Yong-hwa of CNBlue: from rocking busker in Japan to multitalented bandleader taking on K-pop in Korea

Jung studied music with his band mates in Japan and was a street performer there, before returning to Seoul and releasing an EP which was an instant hit. CNBlue’s pop rock tunes vie with K-pop releases for chart success.

27 Jun 2020 - 10:46PM

Jung studied music with his band mates in Japan and was a street performer there, before returning to Seoul and releasing an EP which was an instant hit. CNBlue’s pop rock tunes vie with K-pop releases for chart success.

Jung Yong-hwa of CNBlue: from rocking busker in Japan to multitalented bandleader taking on K-pop in Korea
Former Wanna One singer Ong Seongwu is a man of many talents in the Korean entertainment industry

K-pop star has forged a solo singing career after a stint with Wanna One, while also acting and performing in variety shows, revealing himself to be a man of many talents.

19 Jun 2020 - 5:08AM

K-pop star has forged a solo singing career after a stint with Wanna One, while also acting and performing in variety shows, revealing himself to be a man of many talents.

Former Wanna One singer Ong Seongwu is a man of many talents in the Korean entertainment industry
Haechan of NCT and NCT 127: a talented and confident performer, with the personality to match

Haechan plays a variety of roles in boy bands NCT and NCT 127. A talented and confident performer, his lovable and witty persona has endeared him to K-pop fans around the world.

13 Jun 2020 - 10:26PM

Haechan plays a variety of roles in boy bands NCT and NCT 127. A talented and confident performer, his lovable and witty persona has endeared him to K-pop fans around the world.

Haechan of NCT and NCT 127: a talented and confident performer, with the personality to match
Jisoo of Blackpink: from ‘mystery girl’ to global sensation, her story so far

South Korean singer Jisoo made her debut on the K-pop scene in 2016 as a member of girl group Blackpink, but her star had been rising for years before. Here’s her story.

8 Jun 2020 - 12:17PM

South Korean singer Jisoo made her debut on the K-pop scene in 2016 as a member of girl group Blackpink, but her star had been rising for years before. Here’s her story.

Jisoo of Blackpink: from ‘mystery girl’ to global sensation, her story so far
Soojin of (G) I-dle: girl group’s main dancer who’s ‘cutest’ offstage went from being a taekwondo student to a beloved K-pop star

The girl group’s main dancer has won praise from fellow K-pop idols for her moves, but (G) I-dle’s Soojin says it took two years to convince her father to let her follow her dreams.

21 May 2020 - 1:56AM

The girl group’s main dancer has won praise from fellow K-pop idols for her moves, but (G) I-dle’s Soojin says it took two years to convince her father to let her follow her dreams.

Soojin of (G) I-dle: girl group’s main dancer who’s ‘cutest’ offstage went from being a taekwondo student to a beloved K-pop star
Shownu of Monsta X: muscular lead vocalist, main dancer and leader of the K-pop boy band who’s even stronger than he appears

The lead vocalist, main dancer and leader of Monsta X, Shownu is known for his muscular image and physicality, but it’s his strength of character that makes him a natural leader and a favourite of K-pop fans.

12 May 2020 - 5:45AM

The lead vocalist, main dancer and leader of Monsta X, Shownu is known for his muscular image and physicality, but it’s his strength of character that makes him a natural leader and a favourite of K-pop fans.

Shownu of Monsta X: muscular lead vocalist, main dancer and leader of the K-pop boy band who’s even stronger than he appears
Twice members: Jeongyeon, the K-pop girl band’s humble lead singer – her human touch always shines through and she puts family and bandmates first

Twice member Jeongyeon may be the girl band’s lead vocalist but she has never let fame go to her head. The humble K-pop star, sister of South Korean actress Gong Seung-yeon, always puts family and bandmates first despite her huge popularity.

6 May 2020 - 11:12PM

Twice member Jeongyeon may be the girl band’s lead vocalist but she has never let fame go to her head. The humble K-pop star, sister of South Korean actress Gong Seung-yeon, always puts family and bandmates first despite her huge popularity.

Twice members: Jeongyeon, the K-pop girl band’s humble lead singer – her human touch always shines through and she puts family and bandmates first
Wonho formerly of Monsta X: how fans’ love helped singer overcome personal problems to start new solo career

Despite having a tough childhood, K-pop star Wonho hit the big time with Monsta X, but drug allegations forced him out of the boy band. After his name was cleared, he praised his fans for never losing faith in him.

22 Apr 2020 - 11:14PM

Despite having a tough childhood, K-pop star Wonho hit the big time with Monsta X, but drug allegations forced him out of the boy band. After his name was cleared, he praised his fans for never losing faith in him.

Wonho formerly of Monsta X: how fans’ love helped singer overcome personal problems to start new solo career
Chungha: unlikely superstar of K-pop who ‘never thought’ she would make it as a solo singer

Once a member of K-pop girl group I.O.I, Chungha is now a superstar who has signed with major US talent agency ICM Partners – but she never imagined she would be successful as a solo singer.

16 Apr 2020 - 1:29AM

Once a member of K-pop girl group I.O.I, Chungha is now a superstar who has signed with major US talent agency ICM Partners – but she never imagined she would be successful as a solo singer.

Chungha: unlikely superstar of K-pop who ‘never thought’ she would make it as a solo singer
Sakura of IZ*One: a J-pop idol making waves in K-pop with her determination and hard work

IZ*One, a 12-member Korean-Japanese girl group, is breaking records and seeing its popularity exploding – and one of its breakout stars is Miyawaki Sakura. We look at her rise to fame and why fans like her so much.

9 Apr 2020 - 4:03AM

IZ*One, a 12-member Korean-Japanese girl group, is breaking records and seeing its popularity exploding – and one of its breakout stars is Miyawaki Sakura. We look at her rise to fame and why fans like her so much.

Sakura of IZ*One: a J-pop idol making waves in K-pop with her determination and hard work
Meet I.M from Monsta X: the unwanted competitor who became a global K-pop leader

Monsta X lead rapper I.M met the group on the Korean talent show that created them. He was a late entry in the competition, but the others grew to love him. He is the voice of the group and is sometimes outspoken.

4 Apr 2020 - 1:29AM

Monsta X lead rapper I.M met the group on the Korean talent show that created them. He was a late entry in the competition, but the others grew to love him. He is the voice of the group and is sometimes outspoken.

Meet I.M from Monsta X: the unwanted competitor who became a global K-pop leader
Seulgi from Red Velvet: singer-dancer’s struggles as a trainee helped her find the strength to go on

Before becoming a superstar with girl band Red Velvet, Seulgi endured seven years of training that included moments of self-doubt, but the tough times taught her valuable lessons and gave her confidence in the end.

29 Mar 2020 - 10:02PM

Before becoming a superstar with girl band Red Velvet, Seulgi endured seven years of training that included moments of self-doubt, but the tough times taught her valuable lessons and gave her confidence in the end.

Seulgi from Red Velvet: singer-dancer’s struggles as a trainee helped her find the strength to go on
Yeonjun of Tomorrow X Together: the instant K-pop idol who expresses his creativity through dance

From trending on Twitter to earning a million YouTube views in 24 hours, K-pop newcomer Yeonjun is already making waves online. With such a promising future, we look at his life and career so far.

26 Mar 2020 - 12:51AM

From trending on Twitter to earning a million YouTube views in 24 hours, K-pop newcomer Yeonjun is already making waves online. With such a promising future, we look at his life and career so far.

Yeonjun of Tomorrow X Together: the instant K-pop idol who expresses his creativity through dance
Mina from Twice isn’t afraid to speak out about mental health, and K-pop star knows a thing or two about hard work

Mina, a singer in K-pop girl group Twice, became a JYP Entertainment trainee in 2014 – and her sheer determination to excel in the music industry shows no signs of stopping, in spite of mental health issues forcing her to take a break.

19 Mar 2020 - 5:56AM

Mina, a singer in K-pop girl group Twice, became a JYP Entertainment trainee in 2014 – and her sheer determination to excel in the music industry shows no signs of stopping, in spite of mental health issues forcing her to take a break.

Mina from Twice isn’t afraid to speak out about mental health, and K-pop star knows a thing or two about hard work
Jay from iKon: the baby-faced K-pop singer who wears his heart on his sleeve

K-pop singer Jay from iKon may look young, but he is the band’s oldest member. He is known for his powerful voice, being openly emotional, and his deep connection with his fellow band members.

14 Mar 2020 - 1:32AM

K-pop singer Jay from iKon may look young, but he is the band’s oldest member. He is known for his powerful voice, being openly emotional, and his deep connection with his fellow band members.

Jay from iKon: the baby-faced K-pop singer who wears his heart on his sleeve