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Last updated on December 9th, 2020 at 05:30 am
Jang Hanbyul debuted in November 2011 as the lead vocalist of rock band LedApple. The singer has since then taken part in a number of variety shows and music shows as an MC, made cameos in dramas like ‘To the Beautiful You’ and ‘Reckless Family 2’, he has also sung OSTs for popular dramas like ‘Pretty Boy’, ‘Sassy Go Go’, ‘Remember’, ‘I Picked up a Star on the Road’, etc.
And like previously revealed, Hanbyul will be coming to India for his ‘Summer Star Tour‘! Namaste Hallyu got a chance to interview the singer. Read on to know more about his transition from the front man of a band to a solo artist, and more.
NH: Hi Hanbyul! Could you please introduce yourself?
JH: Namaste India! My name is Jang Hanbyul, former frontman of the band LedApple.
NH: It’s been years since LedApple but how was it transitioning from a group to a solo artist?
JH: I found that there was a lot more pressure on myself as a solo artist so I cannot say that it was easy but I managed to get used to it pretty early on. I also missed and still miss my former members a lot.
NH: Has your music genre redefined ever since you started?
JH: The transition to a solo artist was difficult in the beginning as the music I wanted to pursue for my solo career was quite different from that of LedApple. But I strive for versatility with my solo career.
NH: Over the years, you must have answered this question multiple times but because this is our first time with you, we are curious. From Doctor to singer, you made such a jump. What is your advice to those fans who are in that period to decide what they need to do?
JH: I have no regrets on not pursuing a medical career as I really loved music more than anyone. I am lucky enough to be doing what I love most and performing in front of my fans. I suggest, not only to music lovers but to all my fans, that they weigh up their options and consider sincerely what they love doing most and work as hard as they can to achieve this.
NH: If you want to introduce yourself to a new fan, which of your song would you recommend?
JH: I would recommend 1AM or Let The Wind Blow as these are two songs that are very characteristically strong. If they like these two, then I am sure they will like my other music.
NH: Could you give us a hint on what you are working on next? Album? OST?
JH: The preparation for my YouTube Channel is on the way where I will be uploading covers of not only K-pop songs but songs from all around the world. I will also be showing viewers some of the best places to go and foods to eat in Korea in short V-logs on this channel. So get ready for that. It will probably go up within the next month (June).
Apart from that, I am working on another OST at the moment but I cannot tell you which upcoming drama it is. I also have a couple of songs that I have already recorded which we are planning to release in the near future.
NH: Which one are you most comfortable with? Interviewing people or being interviewed?
JH: I would probably say being interviewed is easier as I find I have much more freedom with what I want to talk about without any borders. But I find interviewing others is more interesting.
NH: What is the first thing that came to your mind when you heard that you would be going to India?
JH: I was ecstatic at first. I never thought that I would be lucky enough to visit India but to be invited to see my fans is such a blessing. One of my closest friends went on a holiday to India just earlier this year and told me it was a fantastic experience. I am planning on having a lot of fun when I visit.
NH: What to do want to do the most when you come to India?
JH: I would love to eat some traditional and local cuisine such as butter chicken and vada pav. Taj Mahal would be one of the places that I would want to take a selfie at least once in my life but we will have to see. I know that Indian culture is different from that of Korea and Australia so I would love most to genuinely experience the local culture.
NH: Lastly, what can the Indian fans expect?
JH: I think the Indian fans will be able to experience a more front-on and intimate experience in which they can hear my vocals crystal clear. Any questions or things they would like to know about the K-pop industry and other artists, I am willing to open all. I hope to see you all!
And that wraps up the interview! Look forward to more in this space as we will be covering the tour exclusively! In the meanwhile, here are the two songs that Hanbyul recommends. Don’t forget to share the interview and tag us. We are giving signed merchandise to a lucky winner! See you at the Summer Star Tour!
February 26th, 2021
Netflix original ‘The Silent Sea’ is an upcoming sci-fic, space mystery web series that is an adaptation of a short film ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ which was released in 2014, both written and directed by Choi Hang Yong. He will be directing ‘The Silent Sea’ as well. The series was announced back in 2019 and the cast confirmation in April 2020 but the teaser images were released recently. Starring Gong Yu, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon as the leads, the series is set to release sometime in 2021 but the exact date has not been confirmed yet.
Gong Yu, playing the role of Han Yoon Jae, is one of South Korea’s Hallyu star who has gained recognition worldwide for his terrific performance in the super hit K-Dramas like ‘Coffee Prince’ and ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’ and one of the best zombie apocalypse films ‘Train to Busan,’ which is officially getting an American remake. The current series will be Bae Doona’s fourth appearance in a Netflix series after Kingdom, Stranger, and Sense8. She will be playing the role of Song Ji.
Actor, DJ, and former band member of MBLAQ, Lee Joon, will be playing the role of Ryoo Tae Suk and this is his first appearance after his military service that was discharged in 2019. The supporting actors include Heo Sung-tae and Lee Moo-Saeng for the role of Kim Jae-sun and Gong Soo-Hyuk respectively. They were announced and officially joined the team in September 202 but we do not have news regarding the rest of the cast.
The information so far states that the web series will run for a total of eight episodes and for one season. Choi Hang Yong will be co-creating this with Park Eun Kyo’s screen writing, Jung Woo Sung as executive producer and Artist Company as its production company.
This adaptation will take the story line of The Sea of Tranquility but the plot is set on the moon, in the future and the Earth is eroded and lacks food and water. Han Yoon Jae (Gong Yu) is a soldier and exploration leader for a special team who will be on am extremely critical mission i.e., to collect some samples from the moon but with limited information. Yoon Jae’s character in the series is of a great leader and he puts the safety of his team above everything and wouldn’t stop himself from putting his life at stake. An honorable man, a perfect leader, and righteous soldier. Song Ji (Bae Doona) is an astrobiologist who is a part of the team but has a whole other motive for being here. She insists on uncovering the secrets of an incident at the Balhae Base research station on the moon, which is currently abandoned. Captain Ryoo Tae Suk (Lee Joon) is the head engineer and an elite member of the Ministry of National Defense and volunteers to be a part of this risky mission to get away from the Ministry’s suffocating Environment. Gong Soo Hyuk (Lee Moo Saeng) is the head of the security team and Kim Jae Sun (Heo Sung Tae) is the chief of a Research Group of Aviation Administration.
The Silent Sea is a much anticipated web series with a star studded cast and we await further information.
February 26th, 2021
Netflix is planning to invest USD 500 million in South Korea for 2021 and we couldn’t be more excited!
February 26th, 2021
Brace yourselves, EXO-L! According to an exclusive report from Sports Seoul, EXO member Chanyeol will be enlisting next month.
The report stated that the EXO member has been summoned to carry on his military duties on March 29.
If the news is true, Chanyeol will be the 5th EXO Member to serve in the military. Xiumin and D.O. have both completed their military service while Chen and Suho are currently serving.
SM Entertainment has however not confirmed the news and it is not known whether Chanyeol will be serving active duty or as a public service worker.
This is a developing story. In related news, the EXO Member had recently shared a hand written letter thanking his fans and opening his feelings.
SM Entertainment has confirmed the enlistment date of Chanyeol and has stated that the location and time of the enlistment will not be disclosed. SM Entertainment has also stated that there will not be a separate event. There is no confirmation as to whether Chanyeol will serve as a active duty or as a public service worker.
But wherever he goes, we are sure he will do well. Serve Well, Chanyeol and come back safely.
February 24th, 2021
Dispatch Korea has been known for exposing celebrities dating life and sometimescontroversial events as well. Among the many reveals and news that Dispatch dealt with, they have now given us some interesting news.
Earlier today, they reported that Blackpink’s Jennie and Big Bang’s G-Dragon have been dating for a year. The reports stated that the couple’s romantic hangout spot was G-Dragon’s penthouse in Hannam, which is guarded and is highly secure with a two step verification entry. The penthouse also has two entrances and separate elevators that takes them directly to it, making it easy for Jennie to use it in secret. It was also mentioned that Jennie’s car was registered in the security system. Reports further say that, Jennie after completing her schedule usually visits him. Dispatch reports also say that after the day of Blackpink’s very first online concert, Jennie was seen that morning leaving from G-Dragon’s house to the venue of the concert. According to reports, the relationship was made public with YG Labels and sometimes her manager according to schedule picks her up and drops her. It was also further stated that at times, G-Dragons manager gave Jennies rides. An acquaintance who was supposedly close to the two artists disclosed to Dispatch, “A lot of people in YG noticed their relationship. Jennie’s mother is also aware of their relationship and she is thankful to him for his thoughtful care.”
Dispatch also released the below images but as per fans, there is no clear evidence to maintain the claim.
Subsequent to the release of these reports, YG Entertainment voiced out, “We cannot confirm anything about our artists’ private lives. We ask for your understanding.”
It is known that YG usually denies rumors or does not disclose much, now given the fact that both the artist are under the same label it might be harder to get them to talk. But given the fact that Dispatch usually reveals dating news, this new couple could probably be true.
Both the artists have accomplished great achievements in the K-Pop industry and are amazing artists, full of talent, determination, and life. They have worked so hard to get to where they are now and that path for sure was not a cake walk. The artists have given up on a number of things that young teens and young adults enjoy. If this news is true, we hope that the things work out as per their wish and that they find happiness!
November 29th, 2020
2020 has been a year of staying home and for the K-Drama and K-Pop fans, it became a little easier to follow that as we got a lot of new and interesting Korean content from time to time to keep ourselves entertained without going out of our homes and we are loving it !