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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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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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[English] [Exclusive] Lee Seung Gi, Another Good Deed…Helps the Homeless Become Independent ‘Star Assistant to Big Issue’

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Singer/Actor Lee Seung Gi will be doing another good deed.  He will be volunteering as a ‘Star Assistant to Big Issue’ to daily street vendors of Big Issue, a lifestyle magazine which helps the homeless become self reliant. 

On the 18th, according to a Big Issue insider, Lee Seung Gi will be active as a surprise assistant to the magazine following the Lunar New Year holiday this coming 23rd somewhere in the Seoul Gangnam area.  Being a Big Issue assistant includes standing by Big Issue vendors’ side and supporting them in becoming independent. Cheering them on is a given. It also includes PR work as well as helping vendors sell daily issues. Being a star assistant for Big Issue last occurred in 2011 with Lee Ji-ae, a former announcer. In September of the same year, after ‘Infinite Challenge’ Rowing Episode’s coach Kim Ji Ho, it’s been 3 years since such an event has occurred.

Regarding this, a representative from Lee Seung Gi’s agency, Hook Entertainment, told OSEN, “We decided that it would be good to have a systematic approach and goal to help Big Issue which helps the homeless become self reliant. Lee Seung Gi himself indicated his will to be a star assistant to Big Issue.”

Previously, through his talent donation, Lee Seung Gi underwent shooting for the cover and pictorial of the 102nd edition of Big Issue.  During that time at the shooting location, Lee Seung Gi said through an interview,”It’s a magazine with such a good goal.” Through his question of “Why didn’t we know about it?” he relayed his determination to participate by willingly donating his talent.  

Lee Seung Gi is Korea’s representative ‘Good deed star’ who has fulfilled good deeds in various ways. Including a 100,000 Won donation to KBS Kang Tae Won Welfare Foundation, he is a supporter for donations on behalf of low income female students in the USA, sharing of kimchi and coal briquettes program, volunteering at nursing homes, and helping orphanages among others.  Besides Lee Seung Gi, his fans have also followed his lead. In 2014, for his 10th debut anniversary, they donated  29,947,500 Won (approx $29,947.50 US) to the KBS Kang Tae Won Welfare Foundation.

Meanwhile, the 102nd edition of Big Issue that Lee Seung Gi graces  is currently being sold at major Seoul subway stations as well as online at the Big Issue Shop.

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever

Original Korean article: OSEN


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HQ Scans of Cine 21 No.98 ~ December, 2014 Love Forecast Edition

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“Individual leap forward?

Working together with different goals?”

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“It feels like I’m yours

It seems like I’m yours

but no”

In black on top of Moon Chae Won:

Dating in our generation

Music video for the song “Some” sung in Love Forecast:

(I heard it was very popular in Korea when it was released)

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Lyrics credit: HanabiTomoLyrics4

English translation: Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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[English] Lee Seung Gi, In One Cut He Displays the Appearance of a Real Man…

CF cuts of the highly popular singer/actor Lee Seung Gi filled with a different type of charm have been released.

In this advertisement, Lee Seung Gi’s characteristic bright and pure image is a given along with an added mysterious charm.
 
In Belport’s CF, Lee Seung Gi strongly exuded a manly image in his dark navy shirt as he filled the camera with his gaze.
 
Also, there was buzz that Lee Seung Gi meticulously monitored each and every cut on set while offering suggestions for the advertisement as a bluechip in the industry should.  

Belport’s PR team director, Kim Gi Jung, said,”Lee Seung Gi’s bright and clear image and Omorovicza’s image of a 2,000 year commitment to protecting its purity has fit together nicely in this CF so I am very satisfied” in addition to “In the future, I ask everyone to look forward to and have interest in Omorovicza’s story which Lee Seung Gi will reveal.”

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Lee Seung Gi’s Omorovicza CFs which display different and various charms plan to be revealed starting in February.

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever

Please give proper credit and link back to my blog if you plan on using my translations. Thank you! ^^

Original article: TopStarNews


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[English] Love Forecast Screen Greeting in Seoul Theaters~ 1/17~1/18 w/ HD Photos

According to today’s article by TopStarNews,  ‘Love Forecast’ “is blowing winds of romance into theaters”. In the first week of its premiere, tickets for stage greetings in Seoul on 1/17 and 1/18 were sold out and they ended successfully. There was an”explosion of interest” in the movie from audiences.

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Director Park Jin Pyo, Lee Seung Gi, Moon Chae Won, and Jung Joon Young participated in the stage greetings to express their thanks. Director Park Jin Pyo said,”It’s a movie that is filled with the butterflies that come with love. After watching the movie, it would be nice if you could take those butterflies with you and escape from being single. Also, the actors really acted well so I ask you to give them lots of encouragement and praise.”
 
Lee Seung Gi, who played the role of ‘Jun Su’ said,”Thank you for choosing this movie with your precious time and I am grateful that you came all the way here. Enjoy watching the movie as it was made to be entertaining and pleasant. Through the movie, I hope it will be an opportunity for you to take a look at the people around you.” With these words, he relayed the true message of the movie.

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In this work, Moon Chae Won, who showed a 180 degree change in her acting said,”Including the director, the actors are also happy every day because you have seen the movie in a favorable light and given it good ratings. I hope you will be able to feel some happiness and enjoyment through the movie.”
 
Also, Jung Joon Young who played the role of ‘Hyo Bong’ and is making his film debut said,”Through this movie, I was able to act for the first time, I hope you will watch the movie comfortably. The movie is so fun that you can watch it again. I ask for you to have high expectations for it.” At the stage greetings, there was also time made to give out ‘Love Forecast’ calendars to some audience members as gifts.

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The actors played games with the audience such as rock, paper, scissors, who shares the same last name, who has seen the movie the most, and various other ways to give out gifts which gave the audience a chance to have a special opportunity to have an unforgettable experience and lasting memories.

 

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever

Source: TopStarNews