Top 10 Korean entertainment stories of 2009
By JONATHAN M. HICAP
December 29, 2009, 3:51pm
Year 2009 is a mix of triumphs and failures for the Korean entertainment industry.
The popularity of hallyu, or the Korean wave, continued to captivate fans in different Asian countries, notably Japan and in the Southeast Asian region. One girl band succeeded in entering the Billboard charts.
From the rise of musical and film talents to scandals, 2009 was a vibrant (and bitter) year for Korean entertainment.
Heres our top 10 stories for 2009:
1. TVXQ and Super Junior lawsuits...
2. Boys over Flowers...
3. Rise of girl bands
The success of Girls Generation (or SNSD), Wonder Girls, and 2NE1 proved that 2009 was a year for female pop groups in Korea. The year marked the rise of girl bands in K-pop. Besides the three, other all-female K-pop groups whove made significant impact include Brown Eyed Girls, T-Ara, KARA, Davichi, 4Minute, f(x), and After School. SNSD ruled Korea in 2009 with their song Gee and bagged major awards.
4. Wonderful Wonder Girls
Entering the US entertainment industry has been a dream for many Korean artists---one that Wonder Girls successfully fulfilled this year. Not only did Wonder Girls tour with the Jonas Brothers, their song Nobody entered the Billboard Top 100, a first for a Korean pop group. They will launch their first US album next year.
5. Jaebum leaves 2PM...
6. Suicide... [Jang Ja-Yeon, Woo Seung-Yeon]
7. Rains lawsuit...
8. Korean stars enter Hollywood... [Lee Byung-Hun, Rain, Daniel Henney, Jeon Ji-Hyun]
9. Korean film Thirst triumphs in Cannes...
10. Scandals [G-Dragon, Joo Ji-Hoon, Lee Byung-Hun, Super Junior's Kangin]
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