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The K-pop scene is currently dominated by female stars like Son Dam-bi, Baek Ji-young and girl groups Kara and Girls’ Generation, but male singers are gearing up for a fruitful year ahead.

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Fly to the Sky

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The KBS TV2 drama “Boys over Flowers” has created quite a stir in the nation. Depicting the lives of four dashing young men (known as “F4”) from affluent families and a high school girl from an ordinary family, this drama has gained explosive popularity from viewers as young as teenagers to people in their 30s.

The cast of "Boys Over Flowers"

The cast of "Boys Over Flowers"

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Men, Be Beautiful for Spring, Summer

Back in 18th century Europe, Louis XV made it vogue for men to powder their nose and rouge their lips. The Beatles in the 1960s broke women’s hearts with their wispy long hair and thin, boyish frames.

In this metrosexual age, pop singers like Big Bang pull off smoky eye makeup and plucked eyebrows, while “Boys Over Flowers” stars sport pastel sweaters and curly hair. Middle-aged men, like women, are obsessed with perfect skin and thin waistlines.

Actor Lee Min-ho sports a floral shirt by Kenzo Homme in the popular KBS2 series “Boys Over Flowers.” (Courtesy of KBS/Korea Times)

Actor Lee Min-ho sports a floral shirt by Kenzo Homme in the popular KBS2 series “Boys Over Flowers.” (Courtesy of KBS/Korea Times)

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“Boys Over Flowers,” a perfect fairy tale of a television drama, is taking local viewers by storm. Based on the comic series of the same name by Yoko Kamio, it has been made into a live TV series in Japan, Taiwan, and now, Korea. What is it about the local version that has the nation swooning? Four pretty boys dubbed F4, a plain girl, fabulous clothes, houses, cars and a love story may fit for an answer.

The Korean cast of the hit drama ``Boys Over Flowers.'' From left, Kim Jun, Kim Bum, Lee Min-ho, Ku Hye-sun and Kim Hyun-joong. (Group Eight/Korea Times)

The Korean cast of the hit drama ``Boys Over Flowers.'' From left, Kim Jun, Kim Bum, Lee Min-ho, Ku Hye-sun and Kim Hyun-joong. (Group Eight/Korea Times)

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A celebrity’s popularity can often be measured by how much he or she is insured for.

The boy band Big Bang, which has been topping the Korean charts of late, was insured for 15.3 billion won ($11.1 million) when it held a concert early this month, according to the insurer, Green Non-Life Insurance, yesterday.

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Pop star Rain is scheduled to appear in a Hawaii court for a US$40 million lawsuit against the entertainer for a week from March 10.

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Kang Byung-kyu, a baseball player turned-television host, has received a suspended jail term for habitually gambling through online gambling sites.

Host Kang Byung-kyu (left)

Host Kang Byung-kyu (left)

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