The topic of the September 26 episode of the KBS TV show “Star Golden Bell” was “Celebrities Who Look Alike.” T-Ara’s member Ji-yeon was pleased to hear that she and actress Kim Tae-hee looked alike.
Approximately 23,000 aspiring singers from elementary school students to those in their early 20s flocked to the JYP Entertainment’s talent search held in Seoul last month.
Only four were picked as JYP trainees, scheduled to go through the years-long training program before making their debut.
The craze for plastic surgery, suicides of celebrities, and singers and actors doing “comedy” gigs on entertainment programs seem to be separate areas of the local showbiz industry. But they are closely interconnected through the same mechanisms in this fast-changing information and technology era.
Kim Yeon-soo, a culture critic, has picked out five keywords commonly permeating our lives to explain and define current popular trends.
Much of 2008 was an uneventful year in music. Making good use of the recent nostalgic craze, boy bands were excavated from the rubble of the 90s, Mariah Carey scored her 18th number one hit, Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” finally hit retailers after 17 years, and rapper Lil’ Wayne sold a million records in a single week.