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July, 2015 Issue ~ Asiana Entertainment Magazine HQ Scans

I posted a translation of Seung Gi’s message from prior photos uploaded by Airens on dclsg. Glad to see nice HQ scans from the official blog for Asiana Entertainment magazine.  For now, I’m posting the scans. As I mentioned in my 2015 letter to my readers, my work schedule has gotten very hectic so I upload my posts when I get home late at night KST.  I’ll read the article and see if I can post a summary or translation when I have time. Please enjoy the photos for now. 🙂

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Seung Gi’s message:

to. Asiana passengers♡

As you read “Love Forecast”, I hope it will bring a small amount of energy to your enjoyable trip!

Lee Seung Gi


Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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[June 2015] HQ Scans* KWAVE Magazine ~ Full Lee Seung Gi Interview in English & Photos

Thanks once again to jejuslov for sending me the original HQ files for this interview and photoshoot. She’s a good Airen friend of mine who has been so selfless sharing all of her HQ files and fancams. My kakaotalk is very happy because of her. 🙂 I’ve arranged most of the photos in the order she sent them to me. Another Airen friend just sent me a copy of the magazine, so I’ll rearrange these images when I receive it so they are in the exact order as the magazine. Please double click on the page with his interview to read it. I’m so glad it’s in English! 🙂

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[English] HD 15.7.02 KWAVE BTS Photoshoot & Interview For June, 2015 Issue~ Lee Seung Gi

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Seung Gi: Hello readers who love Kwave, I’m Lee Seung Gi.

Q: How have you been?

Seung Gi: Lately, I’ve diligently been preparing a new project. In my free time, I’ve been watching many movies, attending school, and when I’m at home, cooking! Since there are so many cooking shows lately, I think I cook at home whenever there is something I want to try making at least once.

Q: Now that summer has arrived, what would you recommend as a tourist destination within Korea?

Seung Gi: It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a vacation so I don’t know of an exact place I should recommend. I think there are so many nice tourist spots in Korea. Personally, I would like to visit Seoraksan (mountain) now that the weather is really nice and a very refreshing season has arrived. It would be nice if many people visited the mountains and the sea.

Q: Your feelings about today’s pictorial photoshoot?

Seung Gi: Chief photographer Kim Young Joon took such good photographs so I believe they will come out magnificently. Since it’s been a while, it will be compared with last year’s (Kwave photoshoot). I also worry that it has to turn out a bit cooler as people watch last year’s photoshoot.

Closing remarks by Seung Gi: Up until now, it’s been Lee Seung Gi. You’ll be able to see me in the June issue of KWAVE. Please continue to give lots of love to KWAVE. I hope you have a happy, exciting, and refreshing summer.  Be happy~~


Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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Lee Seung Gi Cooks For His Staff ~ Photo & Link to English Article

The Korean media released articles showing a photo collage made with images of Seung Gi cooking. His official instagram had released a similar image of him cooking chicken panini before his 6th album debuted on June 10th. Here’s the photo and a link to an English article. They will be followed by individual photos. Click here: KpopHerald

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[July 2015] Asiana Entertainment Magazine ~ Sneak Peek at Lee Seung Gi’s Interview

A dclsg member got a hold of the July issue of Asiana Entertainment Magazine. Although a small part of Seung Gi’s message is cut off,  his message is still understandable.

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“to. Asiana passengers ♡

As you read “Love Forecast”, I hope it will be a small source of energy towards an enjoyable trip.

Lee Seung Gi”

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Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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[Starcast] “And, CPR”…Lee Seung Gi, Bringing a Dead M/V Back to Life”

There is an English translation of an exclusive Dispatch article that covers the story of Seung Gi’s MV filming for “And Goodbye”. Although it’s a bit awkwardly translated, with some parts either being completely omitted or mistranslated, it will help you to get the big picture of what the official MV would’ve looked like if the film hadn’t been damaged. The original Korean article was published around 1pmKST today and I tweeted translations highlighting the main points. I am a bit disappointed to see that the English version of the article misses some of these points. I will post the link to the English article here along with a compilation of my tweets from this afternoon.

STARCAST ARTICLE IN ENGLISH

My tweets:

It wasn’t possible to restore special effect filming not seen in other MVs. We think it’ll be difficult with what is left.” (Hook Ent.)

MV’s highlight scene was the car explosion. Including LSG, this scene was the most anticipated. “It’s the first of various scenes in my MV.”

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SG on explosion scene: please look forward to it. Also CG scenes. Heart-wrenching breakup scene w/ model in front of blue screen.

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LSG had stoic expression portraying the heart of a man who has to leave his love. With slight tears in his eyes, looks seriously at model.

Female model: “Why did you do that?!” LSG: “Sorry.”

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That day, Seung Gi was filming greetings for his fans. He even took a selca.

airen1 airen2“It’s my fans’~ gift”

gift“Regrettably, Dispatch was present that day when the MV was filmed”. Seung Gi’s photo caption says, “Still, smile”

smileMV filmed 5/25 in a wasteland in Youngjongdo, Incheon. “But for LSG, this day’s filming will have to be left only as a memory. So many memorable scenes that could be watched over and over again.”

My final tweet:

Thank you Dispatch for giving us an inside look at what we could’ve seen and the hard work Seung Gi & staff put into the MV. My heart aches.

 

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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Lee Seung Gi’s MV “And Goodbye” One Minute Version Released ~ BTS Story Behind the Making of This MV

Hook Entertainment finally released the MV for Lee Seung Gi’s title song, “And Goodbye” from his 6th Album less than 10 minutes ago at 12:00 noon KST.  It is only a minute long and gives us more than teaser #1 but still leaves us hanging.  Originally, Hook intended to release the MV along with the digital album on the 10th, but due to unfortunate damages to the original film, it was not possible for the editing team to create a full length video.  What they find regretful is that there were many special scenes filmed but because parts of the film were damaged, they found themselves having to create a MV with what was left.  According to a spokesperson, “Although we tried to do a good job editing, it was difficult to make a full length MV with the amount of film we had left.  Because it was a situation where both the digital tracks and physical album were released, there wasn’t enough time to re-film. The quality dropped and we debated over whether it was a correct decision to reveal a MV where the story wasn’t properly told.”

However, they couldn’t let down fans who were waiting for the full length MV.  Eventually, Lee Seung Gi’s agency decided to edit the remaining portions of the film and release a one minute version on the 12th.  Although the film was damaged, it was a decision made out of consideration for the fans who have been waiting for the video.  According to a spokesperson, “As expected, Lee Seung Gi is feeling very sorry towards his fans. He wanted to present them with a good music video.”

Please don’t forget to livestream KBS2 at 6:30pmKST tonight for Seung Gi’s first comeback performance on KBS2 Music Bank! 😉 Link for live streaming: http://www.olweb.me/kbs-2-korea-live

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Original Korean article: Newsen

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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Lee Seung Gi To Make A Surprise Appearance on ‘The Producers’ *UPDATED 5/26 at 11:50pm KST*

Seung Gi is scheduled to make a cameo appearance on episode 6 of the Korean drama, ‘The Producers’ with IU and Gong Hyo Jin. He is scheduled to film tomorrow, May 27th. The show airs every Friday and Saturday on KBS.  He had been mentioned in Episode 1 of this show in the context of 1N2D as well.

Here are some translated articles:

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Gu Family Book Episodes to ReAir on MBC in Mid May

A golden opportunity to rewatch MBC’s well made drama that was the hot topic of conversation! 2015’s ’60 minute drama’ has returned! 

Through Channel MBC Queen,  viewers will be able to watch ‘2015’s 60 minute drama’.  Six episodes of MBC’s classic drama will be selected with plans to upgrade it with more exciting contents for viewers. 

‘2015’s 60 minute drama’ s first anticipated work had a viewer rating of 19.5% (Nielsen Korea) and set a record for number 1 in viewer ratings. It is the fantasy fusion sageuk ‘Gu Family Book’. 

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Having appeal to viewers, the meeting of writer Kang Eun Kyung and director Shin Woo Chul  drew a great amount of interest from the beginning.
To break free of the image as the Nation’s First Love,  Bae Suzy showed off her swordsmanship skills while Lee Seung Gi overflowed with charisma exuding a masculine beauty.  You get to rewatch it!

‘2015’s 60minute drama – ‘Gu Family Book ’ episodes can be watched through MBC Queen on May 15th (Fri) at 9pm KST. Through MBC Dramanet, it will air starting on May 16th (Mon) at 1:20am KST. 


Original Korean article: TopStarNews

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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Lee Seung Gi, ‘Renaissance Man’, Acting-Singing-Variety, ‘At the Top in All’…’Still Main Job is Singing’

“Acting, Singing, even Variety; Exactly what can’t he do?”

Lee Seung Gi has achieved a perfect balance between acting, singing, and even variety. Actor Lee Seung Gi, Singer Lee Seung Gi, and even Variety Lee Seung Gi ; he’s so active in all three to the point that there isn’t a genre that doesn’t suit him.
 
After debuting in 2004 with ‘Because You’re My Woman”, Lee Seung Gi recorded a series of ‘consecutive hits’ with every song that he released and rose as Korea’s representative male singer worthy of the title.  As if to prove he is Lee Sun Hee’s pupil, he exhibits a perfect singing ability. As he started acting, he captivated audiences with even more emotions.
 
Through ‘Lee Seung Gi’s Hope Concert’, he spends time with fans at the end of every year.  Although he’s Lee Seung Gi who’s busy acting in variety,  he never neglects his duty to his main job as a singer. In a way, that may be singer Lee Seung Gi’s charm.

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# The debut song is ‘the best’…’Because You’re My Woman’
 
On June 5, 2004, a distinctive ballad titled ‘Because You’re My Woman’ emerged. This song received a great deal of attention alone with the reason that he was Lee Sun Hee’s pupil; in a short period of time, it drew an explosive amount of popularity.  In addition, there was 19 year old Lee Seung Gi with the visuals who had drawn in that popularity within a short period of time. 
 
During his debut days, Lee Seung Gi was more famous as ‘Lee Sun Hee’s pupil’. Before his debut, Lee Sun Hee discovered him performing in a small theater and it is said that she cast him on the spot.  However, Lee Seung Gi flatly refused the offer. Later, Lee Seung Gi’s mother heard about this and apologized to Lee Sun Hee; this is how he became her pupil.
 
Afterwards, Lee Seung Gi debuted with ‘Because You’re My Woman’; the single lyric ‘Noona, because you’re my woman’ instantly turned him into the nation’s ‘young man/boytoy’. With an innocence unlike a celebrity, a heartwarming appearance, and being a handsome gentleman who also sings well, South Korea’s women in their 20s couldn’t resist being swept off their feet.

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#‘Love Taught Me To Drink’…Lee Seung Gi also finds it difficult to sing
 
In 2010, Lee Seung Gi released an album, ‘Shadow’, and its title song, ‘Love Taught Me to Drink’, featured 8Eight’s Baek Chan which resulted in an even more colorful and fuller song. In reality, this song swept music charts becoming #1 and gained a great deal of popularity. Also, this song is known as ‘the song that will cause you to die while singing’ if sung at a karaoke bar.

Lee Seung Gi’s sound is very comfortable and has a steady high pitch. Still, if you think it’s an easy song to sing, you’re making a big mistake. Lee Seung Gi directly appeared on KBS’ ‘Happy Together 3’ and sang ‘Love Taught Me To Drink’ saying even for him, ‘it is a song in which the high notes are really difficult to sing’. 
 
Afterwards, through various concerts and stages, Lee Seung Gi captivated women’s hearts with his explosive singing ability while live on stage. Even at his teacher, Lee Sun Hee’s concert, he never showed signs of nervousness and unleashed a ‘tremendous high note’.  Every time his audience hears his soft and dewy voice, it touches their hearts.

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# After ‘Return’  ‘Revving up for a Comeback’ After 3 Years
 
On November 22, 2012, an album called ‘Forest’ with the title song ‘Return’ was released. At that time, Lee Seung Gi swept cable channels as a given and even hit #1 on public TV with this song. He displayed his power by gaining the nickname,’Worthy of his name, Lee Seung Gi’. ‘Return’ is an ’emotional ballad’ composed by Epitone Project with a soft melody.  
 
Afterwards up until 2015, Lee Seung Gi has greeted fans only through a movie and dramas. He hasn’t released an album. Currently, Lee Seung Gi’s fans are earnestly waiting for his comeback.
 
Through his agency, Hook Entertainment’s official twitter account, Lee Seung Gi  said, “To Airens whom I miss~~~^^ Time really flies..Today, I recorded diligently as well and squeezed in some time to greet you~Let’s really meet soon! Soon! ~~~^^” along with a photo of him in the recording studio; raising fans’ expectations for his comeback. 

Lee Seung Gi’s fanclub, Airen, (愛人) when read in Korean means ‘lover’. However, when read in Chinese, it means the only precious person in the whole world. 
 
That’s how much Lee Seung Gi cares about and loves his fans. Also, it’s how much his fans care about and love Lee Seung Gi. 

Filled with his fans’ love and earnest wait, we look forward to Lee Seung Gi’s new musical transformation.
 
“Looking forward to the comeback of the ‘Real Singer’ Lee Seung Gi”


Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever

Original Korean article: TopStarNews

Please give proper credit and a link to my blog post if you plan on using my translations in any way. Thanks! ^^


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Conflicting News About Lee Seung Gi’s New Album

There have been so many articles online about Seung Gi’s new album today that my eyelids are starting to twitch from all the reading. The most important ones have fortunately been translated into English for International Airens. What we know for sure is that Seung Gi will be releasing a new album in the first half of this year. Some Korean articles say May or even June to celebrate his 10th Anniversary debut.  Other articles state that Seung Gi will be holding a concert as well while others contradict this statement. Let’s wait for official news from Hook Entertainment about the concert. What we do know is that Seung Gi is working hard to wrap up his album and it is a matter of time before it is released. For your convenience, I have provided links to all the English articles corresponding to the most important Korean articles that I have read today. I will update this post as more news comes in. 

This article was originally the one I was going to translate for you, but thank you to the person who did a great job while I was at work today.  🙂

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Other English articles:

http://kpopherald.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=201504161805119246030_2

http://mwave.interest.me/enewsworld/en/article/91296/lee-seung-gi-currently-working-on-10th-anniversary-album

http://kpopfighting.com/2015/04/16/lee-seung-gi-to-mark-10th-year-anniversary-with-new-album/


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Lee Seung Gi to Attend KB Women’s Pro Basketball Championship Finals

Hook Entertainment updated Seung Gi’s schedule and he is to attend the 2014-2015 KB Women’s Pro Basketball Championship Finals this coming Thursday, 3/26 at 7pm KST. It will be held at Cheongju Indoor Gymnasium. Looking forward to fancams, fanpics, and press photos.  🙂  Here is a brief translation of a recent online article:

Lee Seung Gi, To Throw the First Ball at KB Stars Cheongju Home Game On the 26th

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Women’s Pro Basketball team,KB Stars, based in Cheongju, will open a fiery festival for another attempt at the championships in 3 seasons.

This coming 26th, KB Stars has prepared a variety of events for the 3rd game marking the Championship Finals in Cheongju. 

KB Financial Group Model Lee Seung Gi will be attending the game in Cheongju.  In the past 2012-2013 season, Lee Seung Gi threw the opening ball at the Cheongju KB Stars Home Game.  This time as well, to cheer for the KB Stars team, he voluntarily “rolled up his sleeves” to be at the Championship Finals. 

On this day, not only will he be throwing the opening ball at the gymnasium; he is expected to be cheering on the team passionately with the citizens of Cheongju.

In addition, famous (indie rock band) Trans Fixion, which is famous for the World Cup cheering song, is expected to liven up the atmosphere with their presence.  KB Financial Group’s employees held office events such as ‘Sending Messages of Support’,’Photo Concert’, etc. and are helping to strengthen support for the team.
KB Stars Executive Director, Kim Byung Cheon, said, “Now there are 2 final games left in Cheongju. We made many good memories with the citizens of Cheongju all season. I am really grateful.  We will also thoroughly enjoy the remaining 2 games together with them.” he revealed.

 

Original Hangul article: Sports Today

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever