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  • SPEED voluntarily asks for a 19+ rating on their upcoming music video

    December 28, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    SPEED voluntarily asked for a 19+ rating on their music video. The music video for "Sad Promise" and "It's Over" deal with the 5.18 Gwangju Democratization Movement. Their label said, "There are scenes containing gunfire and forced suppression, so we had to ask for a 19+ rating." The dramatic music video for "Sad Promise" is reported to have production costs of over 750 million won (~$700,574 USD), and features actors Park Bo Young, Ji

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  • Yang Hyun Suk criticizes the new MV pre-screening policy implemented by Korea Media Rating Board

    August 7, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    CEO Yang Hyun Suk of YG Entertainment, one of the top 3 entertainment agencies in Korea, strongly criticized the new pre-screening and evaluation system implemented by the Korea Media Rating Board for all music videos and footage uploaded online. During a phone conversation with StarNews on August 7th, Yang Hyun Suk remarked, "In the early 90's, we were often censored for coloring our hair back when I was promoting with Seotaiji & Boys. Th

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  • SBS's 'K-Pop Star' beats 'Running Man' in TV ratings

    February 20, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    SBS' 'K-Pop Star' scored a staggering 17.3% in viewership ratings for this week, claiming the second spot among Sunday's TV programs. According to TV viewership research organization, AGB Nielsen, the 12th episode of SBS' 'K-Pop Star' recorded 17.3% on February 19th.  This is a 3.3% increase from last week's episode.  The increase in viewership was most likely due to this week's dramatic face-off between the show's two biggest contenders,

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  • Various idols rated by their acting skills

    October 29, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    Nowadays, it's quite difficult to find a drama without an idol star in it.  Thus a new term was coined: 'actingdol'. Of course, idol stars are a good way to bring in decent ratings. However, these idols also are closely scrutinized and criticized for their lack of acting ability.   Sports Seoul gathered 3 Content Producers from the major broadcast channels in addition to various film industry representatives to determine which 'actingdols'

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  • TVXQ achieves #1 in Japan even before official release of Break Out!

    January 22, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    TVXQ / DBSK / Tohoshinki's upcoming single Break Out! isn't scheduled to be released until next week on January 27th but you wouldn't know that given all the #1's they're achieving in Japan. First up is the USEN chart, USEN is one of the largest media contents company in Japan and TVXQ's Break Out achieved 1st on their Hits&Chart: Next is Oricon's Ninki Rating Chart. The Ninki Rating is based on polls conducted by Oricon trying to gauge i

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  • Lee Seung Gi Is King Of Chuseok Specials

    October 5, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    Seems like the Korean ladies and maybe men just cannot have enough of the 'Lee Seung Gi effect'. After capturing high ratings for variety show, 1N2D and drama Shining Inheritance, singer/actor Lee Seung Gi proves that he is also a big draw this past Chuseok. Despite the estrogen overload influx of girls groups and others, they proved to be no match for the crown prince who is known to have a huge fanbase from young children to older folks and it

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  • Ja Myung Go ends on a tragic note [spoilers ahead]

    July 23, 2009 @ 3:40 am

    SBS had high hopes for it's fusion sageuk drama, Ja Myung Go which was led by Jung Ryeo Won and co-starring Jung Kyung Ho, Park Min Young, etc. But it never got much love or attention from the Korean viewers because of its boring, meandering and draggy storyline. I felt that they could have done a better job with the script about the folktale of Prince Ho Dong and Prince Nangnang, rather than making it even more fictional with the addition of R

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  • The Lee Seung Gi effect

    June 29, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    The Lee Seung Gi effect is firmly in place, claims the Korean media, after his variety show 1N2D and weekend drama Shining Inheritance (leading role) both went over the 40% mark, easily topping the weekend ratings chart . According to TNS Media Korea, KBS2TV 1N2D achieved a peak rating of 43.3% on the 28th while SBS Shining Inheritance's peak rating was 40.6% on the same day. The average rating of 1N2D was 33.9% while Shining Inheritance got a

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