SM Entertainment artists will not be taking part in ‘Dream High 2′

Fans of ‘Dream High‘ felt disappointed by the announcement made KBS today, who revealed that SM Entertainment has no plans to take part in the drama’s sequel.

Although the company had agreed to team up with KeyEast Entertainment and JYP Entertainment for ‘Dream High 2‘, they bowed out at the casting stage due to overwhelming overseas schedules for all of their artists, including Super Junior, SNSD, TVXQ, SHINee, and f(x).

“We focused on casting with the plan that SM Entertainment artists would take part in Season 2 based on Season 1′s success, but schedules were so tight that the plan eventually amounted to nothing,” said a representative for KBS. “It’s a shame, but there’s nothing we can do about it.”

‘Dream High 2′ is scheduled to air its first episode on January 30th, and has so far confirmed like 2AM‘s Jinwoon, SISTAR‘s Hyorin, actress Kang Sora, and rookie Ailee.

Source: Sports Seoul via Nate ; allkpop


SM Entertainment also joins Dream High Season 2?


Popular series Dream High, which was aired early this year is making its Season Two.

Dream High was KBS 2TV’s Monday-Tuesday series and ranked 1st on the audience ratings at the time. Korean major entertainment companies, Keyeast and JYP, produced the show and drew many people’s attention. Idol stars Kim Soo Hyun, Suzy, Ok Taec Yeon, and Ham Eun Jung became more popular after the show.

The companies are currently preparing to produce the Season Two. SM Entertainment will also join the project.

On the 24th, an official said, “We are discussing right now and nothing is sure yet. We also didn’t decide the plot. We are thinking in a variety of ways.”

Source:TV Report ;

KeyEast’s official statement on Lee Ji Ah’s issues

With Lee Ji Ah and Seo Taiji’s shocking story of marriage, divorce, and secrets, Lee Ji Ah’s entertainment company, KeyEast released an official statement on this issue.

On April 21st, KeyEast stated,

We would like to release an official statement on the issues surrounding Lee Ji Ah.

First off, we would like to deeply apologize to all of Lee Ji Ah’s fans for surprising them and making them worried with this news.

Currently, Lee Ji Ah and Seo Taiji are in a lawsuit over alimony and asset division.

From the time of their divorce, Lee Ji Ah wanted to end the relationship smoothly but due to disagreements they weren’t able to do that. Due to disagreements with asset division, it was quite difficult to discuss and settle it privately. So, on January 19th, a lawsuit was raised.

However, even after the lawsuit, both parties couldn’t come to an agreement and the the problems just became worse. They never imagined that their situation would become as big as it is now, currently both sides are very flustered and are working hard to fix the problem.

In 1993, Lee Ji Ah left for America to further her education. During the same year, Lee Ji Ah first met Seo Taiji through a mutual friend at a Los Angeles Korean festival. Afterwards, Lee Ji Ah stayed in America while Seo Taiji went back to Korea to continue his career. During this time, they both kept in contact with each other through letters and phone calls, cultivating their relationship.

Later, Seo Taiji temporarily retired from the entertainment industry in 1996 (break up of Seo Taiji and the Boys) and moved to America. As Lee Ji Ah helped Seo Taiji adjust to life in America, their relationship blossomed and they became even closer. They truly loved each other and in 1997, they decided to get married. After their marriage, they lived in both Atlanta and Arizona while enjoying their married life.

In June 2000, Seo Taiji went back to Korea to make a musical comeback whereas Lee Ji Ah stayed in America alone. Lee Ji Ah filed for a divorce in 2006 and in 2009, the divorce was finalized. The reason for divorce was due to their occupations and everyday lifestyle that was quite different from a commoner (non-celebrity) and also due to differences in personality.

In 2004, Lee Ji Ah went back to Korea for a brief visit and had the opportunity to film for a cell phone advertisement. While on the filming set, she met the current KeyEast CEO, Yang Geun Hwan, and became interested in becoming a celebrity. In 2005, Lee Ji Ah moved back to Korea permanently and after overcoming the fierce auditions for “The Legend”, Lee Ji Ah was awarded the role as the main female character, making her debut into the entertainment world. In 2007, Lee Ji Ah officially joined the KeyEast roster.

Because Seo Taiji was a famous figure, Lee Ji Ah had no choice but to hide her personal history during her debut. We’re very apologetic over the fact that we couldn’t reveal the truth to everyone beforehand. Lee Ji Ah herself has had quite a difficult time because of this.

Although she was young, both people truly loved each other and wanted to end their relationship smoothly. However, because they were unable to, they’re deeply apologetic towards everyone.

Due  to the fact that she surprised many people with this news and the fact that she could not reveal this truth earlier, Lee Ji Ah is very apologetic towards her close friends, trusted associates, and her beloved fans.

Lastly, we would like to state that they don’t have any children, as some news reports stated. Also, we would like to clearly state that the lawsuit they’re in right now is not a divorce lawsuit.

Lastly, we kindly ask of the media to not report on rumors or facts that have not been confirmed.

This is getting juicy! We can’t wait to hear what Jung Woo Sung has to say about all this. Stay tuned to allkpop for more details on this breaking story.

Source + Picture: Newsen via Nate ; allkpop

KeyEast, SM, YG, JYP & more join forces to establish a new global agency, “United Asia Management”

KeyEast, AMENT, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment will be joining forces to create a huge Asian management agency named ‘United Asia Management‘!

This joint investment corporate body was created out of an effort to develop an industry that will push ‘Hallyu’ to ‘Asianlyu’. United Asia Management aims to pioneer a global market, and all artists under the six agencies will be under a database system that manages intellectual property rights. A new contents production system will be utilized as well for movies, dramas, and other media. UAM will also be acting as the global agency for artists planning to advance, or currently promoting in, overseas.

On April 8th, the CEO of KeyEast Entertainment, Yang Geun Hwan, stated, “Using the experience each company has in advancing overseas, we will be bringing together each company’s business know-hows and network systems as the base for our new agency. We are looking forward to this collaboration in creating a synergistic effect for the advancement of not only Korea’s entertainment industry, but Asia as well.”

UAM will be officially established as of April 2011, and will be the new home to artists such as Jang Dong Gun, Hyun Bin, Shin Min Ah, Bae Yong Joon, Kim Hyun Joong, BoA, Lee Yeon Hee, TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD, Goo Hye Sun, Big Bang, Rain, 2PM, miss A, the Wonder Girls, and many others.


Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Naver ; allkpop

Bae Yong Joon donates $900,000 USD for Japan earthquake victims

Actor Bae Yong Joon recently stood up to donate to those that suffered from Japan’s horrific earthquake that occurred last week.

Having a high status in Japan, ‘Yon-sama’ owes a lot of his popularity from his Japanese fans, and with a gracious heart, he has decided to give away 1,000,000,000 WON, which comes up to approximately $900,000 USD.

Bae Yong Joon’s company, Keyeast, recently stated, “After hearing that Japan had limited relief supplies and equipment, Bae Yong Joon quickly reacted and donated 1,000,000,000WON for emergency support, hoping for a speedier recovery. The money will be given through the Japan Tourism Agency, who will distribute it to organizations involved in the earthquake/tsunami relief effort. Bae Yong Joon is also very worried about the victims who are in shortage of food and basic living supplies so he has decided to provide food, blankets, and other items as well.”

Bae Yong Joon is not the only actor who is donating money to the neighboring country, as Kim Hyun Joong and Jang Geun Suk, who are also receiving much love in Japan, have decided to give away $100,000 and $120,000 respectively. The latter left a message stating, “I hope that the victims can return to their normal life soon.”

Source: bntnews + sanspo; allkpop