Some analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp said in an article published today that there will be a rookie girl group from SM in the 3d quarter of 2014.
That’s all I know.
But things can change. To save yourself from frustration, forget all about it until SM starts releasing teasers.
I guess the most obvious way is to ask SM for it.
(But don’t be surprised if they won’t give it to you.)
In a recent interview with a local daily, SM Entertainment chief Kim Young-min said that he expected 50 percent increase in ticket sales from concerts in China this year. So this year SM Entertainment artists led by groups EXO, f(x),BOA and Kangta will aggresively promote themselves there.
Source: The Korea Times [2014-02-19]
The Federation of Korean Industries is an organization consisting of - and representing - several hundreds of Korea’s biggest companies in manufacturing, construction, finances and retail (the move to include SM and YG is said to be a step toward getting a wider range of industries into it).
They do a lot of different stuff, but their main goal is "improving the welfare of the Korean economy", and "eventually […] bringing prosperity to all mankind".
What they really do is trying to create an environment where businesses and companies can grow bigger (and these days, also globally). This means things like helping each other, lobbying the government, analyzing issues and finding solutions to problems.
There are other economic organizations like the FKI both in Korea and probably in every single country around the world. Even the small town where I live has at least one of these for the local businesses, so it’s more than common that companies are connected to one (or a few).
By sending me an ask, stating why you need it and giving me yours? (fuckyeahkimyoungmin is a secondary blog, so I can’t send asks if I want to say something privately)
As much as I’d love to give you a detailed answer, it just isn’t possible for me to explain exactly what happened. Actually, no one can (without including rumours and false information). The only ones who know exactly what happened are the idols themselves. A lot of things have been kept secret from the public, especially what was said when they finally settled their legal issues.
But I’ll try to give a general, short, explanation to the reasons why they wanted to leave.
Hangeng simply didn’t like living the SM-life anymore. He felt restricted and neglected, he felt stressed, and he had developed health problems.
As for the JYJ-boys (and here I will rely on what they said in the JYJ Magazine), they felt SM didn’t listen to them, they were tired, didn’t get as much money as they thought they should, and they felt they couldn’t continue like that until their contract ended.
Umm… I’m not sure what else to say actually, but feel free to ask again if there is something else you are curious about, and I’ll do my best to answer ^^
I think Kim Young Min seems to be a nice guy. You can easily look at things he does and says (that’s why I created this blog ^^) and find out more about him if you want.
It’s easy for people to hate Kim Young Min and say he is horrible because they don’t know as much about him as they know about Lee Soo Man.
I think the most important thing to SM is your talent and personality. A person who will work hard will always be more attractive to them than a person who won’t. And when it’s SM, I’m sure you can guess what level of working hard it needs to be.
So do SM accept non-Asians? They never said they don’t. Anyone can attend their auditions, and I don’t think they would waste their time watching even the few white people who show up if they didn’t think they could find someone interesting.
The biggest problem - I think - for a white person would be to get (widely) accepted by K-pop fans, both Korean and International, and the Korean general public. So far, no one has done it. Does that mean no one can make it? Of course not. Sooner or later there will be a ‘first’.
But in the end, I do think a company like SM would be extra careful about taking in a white idol trainee. The different language and culture being the first problem.
But don’t let that - or ‘realistic’ people on Internet - stop you. Keep working hard. Then work even harder. When you realize you do what you do because you love doing it and no longer care if you pass an SM audition or not, I think you are ready to audition. ^^
It’s not just kpop, my friend (and I suspect you know this all too well already).
But yeah. There are dirty things in kpop, as in most other industries and in politics. Many fans don’t want to think about it, because it makes their ‘happy place’ dark and disgusting. I can’t blame them. Most societies aren’t pleasant to live in, so the need for a ‘happy place’ can be massive.
Nevertheless, I think it’s best to be aware. I don’t think one needs to know all the nasty details, and I think it’s especially important not to get bogged down by it, simply because it won’t help anybody.
However, wanting to make money isn’t neccessarily a bad thing, and making money and being famous doesn’t make anyone part of the Illuminati. If you are concerned about the ‘occult symbolism’ in various MVs, or how the Illuminati might be able to control kpop-fans, I recommend you read this thorough post on the subject.
And unfortunately, most moms won’t believe it. They have worked hard all their life, and it would crush their heart if they realized why their life has been that way.
Even so, with the loving words of SHINee: “Everybody, wake up, wake up.”
(P.S. You were not rude ^^ and thanks for writing!)