bibigo™, Leading Korean Cuisine Brand, Partners with Psy to Launch
“Psy Go, Bibigo” Chef Talent Search
(LOS ANGELES, CA; April 22, 2013)— Known for his ostentatious, record-breaking “Gangnam Style” music video and now with the release of his second single “Gentleman”, Psy launches a global search for his personal chef in partnership with bibigo™, a family of modern Korean restaurants and food products utilizing authentic flavors and ingredients. In conjunction with the release of “Gentleman”, which already has garnered over 200 million views, Psy announced the call for applicants for the chef talent search through an entertaining YouTube Psy Go, Bibigo video. Psy has also expressed his support of the talent search on his Twitter page, encouraging fans to apply.
“We are exceptionally excited to partner with Psy for the launch of the ‘Psy Go, Bibigo’ chef talent search,” states John Soo Han, Head of Corporate Marketing and Planning for bibigo™. “Psy has been a personal fan of bibigo™ since its inception, and this collaboration is a natural fit for us both. bibigo™ strives to bring modern Korean cuisine to the United States and the world through our restaurants and food products; we feel Psy has a similar goal with his music.”
The finale of the talent search will occur on June 3, 2013 with the announcement of Psy’s personal chef. This sought after position will come with rock star benefits including $40,000, 5-star hotel accommodations, luxury transportation, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel with Psy on his world tour for one month. Psy’s selected chef will accompany Psy as he travels the world entertaining fans with his energetic and infectious songs.
To enter the Psy Go, Bibigo personal chef talent search, fans must create and upload a unique and engaging “bibi” (Korean for “mixing”) video depicting their mixing abilities. Psy encourages applicants to be creative in their video submissions, allowing anyone with a wide range of “bibi” skills to apply. Submissions must be entered by visiting PsygoBibigo.com and uploading the video to Psy Go, Bibigo’s Facebook page by May 11, 2013. On May 20, 2013, the top three finalists will be selected and announced on Psy Go, Bibigo’s Facebook page. Then, on June 3, 2013 bibigo™ will announce the winner of the Psy Go, Bibigo talent search based on Psy’s opinion and an online poll hosted on PsygoBibigo.com.
In 2011, the new bibigo™ brand was launched to promote authentic Korean flavors through modern, casual restaurants and a line of accessible food products. bibigo™ restaurants currently have three locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area including Beverly Hills, Century City, and Westwood. bibigo™ products include a variety of whole grain potstickers, mini wontons, Korean BBQ sauces, and much more to satisfy any authentic Korean craving. Through the Annie Chun’s and bibigo™ brands, CJ Foods offers a wide range of food products and strives to fully satisfy its consumers’ needs for health, convenience, and great taste.
PSY is back with his new song “Gentlemen” and his music video has gone viral that YouTube’s counter can’t even catch up with all the views. As of midnight, “Gentlemen” has received over 17 million views and has surpassed Justin Bieber’s May 2012 single day record of 8 million views for “Boyfriend”. Congratulations to PSY for another record broken!
K-Pop star Rain is under investigation after photos of the singer meeting actress Kim Tae-hee were released.
Photos feature the two riding inside a car at night and the Website, Dispatch said the two would meet after Rain finished his radio program which he hosts for the Defense Media Agency and that Kim would pick Rain up in her car.
Rain is currently serving mandatory compulsory military service in South Korea since joining the army in 2011. While he is schedule to be discharged in July 2011, according tot he rules of the military, soldiers are not allowed to have any private meetings outside of base for official duties, which include recording and performing. Penalty for breaking the rule includes brief incarceration in a military jail.
Kim Tae-hee’s agency have come out and released a press release announcing that the actress and singer have been dating for a month, while Rain’s agency has not yet confirmed or denied the relationship.
Since the photos of Rain and Kim Tae-hee were released, Rain has received criticism for not taking his military duties seriously.
UPDATE: The Defense Ministry confirmed that Rain violated military regulations and he will be put in front of a disciplinary committee.
According to Chosun Ilbo, Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, “It is true that there was contact on the way back. Contact for private purposes can be seen as a violation of regulations.”
According to the spokesman, Rain committed four violations which include failure tow ear his military cap in public and meeting his Kim Tae-hee on three occasions.
The spokesman also said he is unlikely to serve jail time but could have his holidays revoked.
As with most men in South Korea, a year before they turn 30, they are expected to join the military for their mandatory two years.
And the next pop star who has to serve their compulsory military service is Rain.
With tears in his eyes, Rain told his fans, “Thank you for coming. I’m sorry to make such a fuss while leaving. I’ll be back from my duties soon. Thank you for the 10 years of love.”
Rain is known for his music but also starring in the Korean film “I’m a Cyborg, But that’s OK” and in America, he starred in “Speed Racer” and “Ninja Assassin”.
News from South Korea is shocking many fans of the immensely popular boy band, Big Bang.
Band leader G-Dragon was indicted on smoking of maijuana.
Japan media has been using the Korean media as a source in which it has been reported that G-Dragon said he smoked marijuana at a Japanese club when he visited the country for a concert. According to the story, G-Dragon was offered a cigarette at the club and that the smell was different from a regular cigarette and was suspicious that it was marijuana.
More updates on this story coming soon.
K-Pop trio (and former members of DBSK/TVXQ) will be holding concerts in Spain and Germany on October 29th.
The trio’s agency C-JeS Entertainment said JYJ will be performing at Palau Sant Jordi Stadium in Barcelona on Oct. 29th and on Nov. 6, the band will perform in Germany at a location that has not yet been confirmed.
The Chosunilbo is reporting that director Shim Hyung-rae is broke. The comedian-turned-actor known for directing the 2007 sci-fi movie “D-War” (Dragon Wars) lost his production company which closed down after eight years of starting it. His company’s building was seized by the court after 43 employees petitioned the Ministry of Employment and Labor demanding their unpaid wages.
The bad news comes after Shim’s last film “The Last Godfather” earned under its production budget.
The Chosunilbo also mentions that he is being sued by a saving bank for failure to repay a W2 billion loan he took to produce “D-War”.
The Internet was ablazing with excitement among K-Pop fans with today’s announcement that on October 23rd, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior and SHINee are performing in Madison Square Garden for a six-hour concert as part of the SM Town Live World Tour.
SM Entertainment said in a statement, “The concert will show the global power of K-pop again. We expect this New York concert will be a big hit following the success we were met with in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris.”
K-Pop/J-Pop music artist BoA will be making her Hollywood debut in “COBA 3D”. According to IMDb, the film is about “a pair of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers’ underground dance clubs”.
The film will star “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Derek Hough, “What I Like About You” actor Wesley Jonathan”, Izabella Miko, Will Yun Lee and Miki Ishikawa.
With the whole debacle between TVXQ continuing and no plans for Junsu, Jejung, Yuchun (who have since formed the group JYJ) to return, SM Entertainment has released a statement of what will happen to the two remaining artists of TVXQ: U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. “After the 3 TVXQ members left, for over a long year, both U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin have refrained from musical activities. The two members as well as the company wanted to keep TVXQ alive, thinking about the never changing hearts of our loyal fans who have waited a long time. As indicated by the ruling, all of TVXQ’s activities need to be done through SM, unfortunately, the three members that left have regretfully not responded to any of our offers for activities as TVXQ. After long and careful consideration, we made this decision. For U-know Yunho and Max Changmin, who never left and kept their dreams as TVXQ, we have decided together with the two members to keep TVXQ alive. No matter what happens, we believe that TVXQ should continue for the love and trust of the fans who created TVXQ together with us. We are not ruling out any possibilities in the future. Continuing TVXQ is the best way to repay the fans who love and waited for TVXQ.”
In August 2009, Junsu, Jejung and Yuchun sued their management claiming that their contract signed between TVXQ and SM Entertainment was unfair. A lower court sided with the three and ruled that certain parts of the contract should be invalidated and thus it allowed the three to pursue an individual music and advertisement career. The trio have since created their own group called JYJ and have recently collaborated with Kanye West and are being promoted on the Billboard (USA) Website.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a group has claimed their management/label was unfair to them. In the ’90s, Korean pop group H.O.T. were the hottest boy band similar to TVXQ and similar circumstances, the three members left the group and thus ending H.O.T. According to Time Magazine, ex-H.O.T. singer Tony An said, “We would complain that we never had enough money” and Lee Su Man of H.O.T. would say: ‘I even pay for your gas, what are you complaining about?’”. According to the publication, while their albums would sell over a million copies, each member were paid only $10,000.
Unfortunately, with no resolution, it will appear as if the former bandmates may ended up going against each other in the music industry.