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[English] K STAR Hallyu Star Report ~ Lee Seung Gi, Together with Lee Seo Jin, Reveals ‘TGIF Proof Shot’

Credit: K STAR Hallyu Star Report & Live Star News

Summary:

The news talks about Lee Seung Gi revealing his close friendship with Lee Seo Jin on his SNS. On June 5th, he posted a photo with the comment “Lee Brothers Part 2, with Hyungnim TGIF, pork belly is delicious”.  The two people in the photo are holding each others shoulders and smiling.  Their amiable image is a given in addition to both having dimples.  Meanwhile, Lee Seung Gi is planning to release his 6th album this coming 10th.

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’. 

gfbCredit: TopStarNews

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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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.  🙂

Soompi

comebackCredit: OSEN



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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KB Life Annual Grand Awards Press Photo & Brief Translation

KB life grand award press1Credit: KB life

 

On the 10th, KB Life held the ‘KB Life 2014 Annual Grand Awards’ at the Sheraton Walker Hotel in Seoul.  The most outstanding (life insurance) planner, executives, etc. who had outstanding performances were congratulated among 230 guests .

In particular, at this event, KB Financial Group model Lee Seung Gi also attended and congratulated the award recipients.


original source: wowtv

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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All Official Quotes to the Press From Hook Entertainment Regarding Album and Concert From March 9, 2015

In response to Airens’ questions asking about clarification regarding Lee Seung Gi holding a concert or not, there seems to be conflicting answers from Hook Entertainment. The previous article I translated had the official say there were no plans for a concert. I checked dclsg tonight and was ready to pull my hair out after reading an excerpt from an online article stating that plans for a concert and activities related to the (new) album would be decided later.  Just how many Hook representatives did the press speak to?!! Why can’t they stay consistent?!! Aarrggh!!  However, this is a matter that needs to be addressed ASAP. To clear up any confusion, I’ve simply translated Hook’s statements from today’s online articles. Those that aren’t directly quoted and includes some material from the reporter will be marked for your reference.  I have only included quotes from articles that specifically stated that the representative was from Hook Entertainment.

TV reportCredit: TV REPORT

From TV REPORT:

 “Lee Seung Gi is in the middle of finishing his album. We’re expecting it to be around the end of April, the beginning of May, but it hasn’t been confirmed.”

stardailynewsCredit: StarDailyNews

From StarDailyNews:

A representative from Lee Seung Gi’s agency, Hook Entertainment, told Star Daily News,”Lee Seung Gi’s album release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. We will let you know as soon as the schedule is confirmed.”

sportstodayCredit: Sports Today

From Sports Today:

“Prior press articles are going overboard” “The date (for the album’s release) wasn’t set for this coming April” “There are also no plans for a concert.”

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From Sportskyunghyang:

“Lee Seung Gi is in the middle of wrapping up his album. We expect (its release) to be around the end of April, beginning of May but it isn’t confirmed.”

dispatchCredit: Dispatch

From Dispatch:

On the 9th, a representative from Hook Entertainment told Dispatch through the phone,”Lee Seung Gi is aiming for April~May and is in the middle of the final stages of recording.” “Ballads are a given; he is in the middle of trying out various genres and sounds.”

Reporter and Hook Entertainment:

Concerts, solo performances, etc. will be decided in the future.  Lee Seung Gi’s side (agency) said,”Right now, we’re only concentrating on the album. “Concerts,etc. and activities related to the (new) album will be decided afterwards.”

starnewsCredit: STARNEWS

From STARNEWS:

“As he already revealed previously, Lee Seung Gi is currently in the middle of preparing his new album.” “Right now, he’s set April or May as the goal to release his new album.” This representative said, “Whether Lee Seung Gi will release his new album as a regular or mini album has not been confirmed.”  “Even now, Lee Seung Gi is diligently working on his new album.”

OSENCredit: OSEN

 

From OSEN:

“It’s correct that Lee Seung Gi has set the end of next month or the beginning of May as his goal and is in the middle of working on his songs.”  Stating that he was in the final stages of his project, the representative said, “However, the release date has not been confirmed yet. He plans to show various sides to him.”

exsportsnewsCredit: Exsportsnews

From Exsportsnews:

 “However, the exact date for Lee Seung Gi’s album release and concert plans have not been set.”

startoday Credit: Star Today

From Star Today:

Reporter summarizing Hook’s statements:
According to Lee Seung Gi’s agency on the 9th, Lee Seung Gi is at the prime of working on new songs.  Although an exact release date hasn’t been set, they said that he should wrap up the project by the beginning of May at the latest.



Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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[English] Lee Seung Gi’s Agency,”New Album In the Middle of Wrap Up, No Plans to Hold a Concert”

newalbumCredit: TV Daily

Singer and actor Lee Seung Gi is in the middle of preparing a new album.

A representative from Lee Seung Gi’s agency, Hook Entertainment, told TV Daily on the morning of the 9th,”Lee Seung Gi is in the middle of working on a new album”, “Currently, it is in the final stages of being wrapped up. Although the goal is set to prepare it by April~May, it hasn’t been confirmed.”

Following this, regarding the question of holding a concert, the response was “We’re not having one”.

When Lee Seung Gi makes his comeback, it will be 2 and a half years since his mini album Forest in November of 2012 with the title song ‘Return’.  

Meanwhile, Lee Seung Gi, who debuted into the Kpop world in 2004 with ‘Because You’re My Woman’, has received much love for his songs such as ‘Love Taught Me to Drink’ and ‘Will You Marry Me?’ He has been active in various areas including the sitcom ‘Nonstop 5’, the dramas ‘The Infamous Chil Sisters’, ‘Brilliant Legacy’, ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’, and the movie ‘Today’s Love’.

Original Korean article: TV Daily

Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever

Another article in English: Kpop Herald


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

bighelperCredit: OSEN

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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[Dispatch] Lee Soon Jae Watches Love Forecast with Lee Seung Gi and Lee Seo Jin

According to an article by Dispatch, veteran actor Lee Soon Jae met up with the dimple brothers for dinner and watched ‘Love Forecast’ on January 18th in Gangnam. Afterwards, they drew quite a bit of attention at a cafe near the theatre even though they caught a late show. From the photos, I see that it’s at CGV, and the coffee cups seem to have the logo for ‘Tous Les Jours’ on it.

As you already know, Lee Soon Jae mentored Lee Seung Gi during his filming of ‘The Gu Family Book’. Lee Seo Jin played the role of his porter in the hit variety show, ‘Grandpas over Flowers’. Here’s a few photos followed by the original article in English. It may be a bit awkwardly translated, but I think you will understand the gist of the story. 

“Heartwarming Bromance”

 

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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] Lee Seung Gi and KB Financial Group Distribute Winter Supplies to the Elderly

On the 11th, KB Financial Group distributed 1900 sets of winter supplies nationwide to the elderly who live alone. The event took place at the KB Headquarters in Yeouido, Seoul with 150 employees and in particular, KB Financial Group’s model, Lee Seung Gi, also participated.

The employees directly packaged sets containing 9 different kinds of winter items including a blanket and pillow set, scarves, hats, and gloves among others.  The packaged living supplies will be relayed to seniors who live alone through the nation’s social welfare center.

kbp1 kbp2 kbp3 kbp4kbp5Credit: money today, asiae.co.kr, wowtv.co.kr, newstomato.com


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

Original Hangul article: KB


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[English] Top Star News HD Photo and Article on the Dimple Brothers and Lee Soon Jae

soonjaeCredit: TopStarNews

tvN’s ‘Grandpa’s Over Flowers’ Lee Soon Jae and Shin Gu’s reliable and highly active porter, Lee Seo Jin, and Lee Seung Gi, who received Lee Soon Jae’s advice on sageuk acting before filming MBC’s ‘The Gu Family Book”.  Not too long ago, they made a surprise appearance on KBS’ ‘Happy Together 3- The Gods of Acting’ special on behalf of Lee Soon Jae and Shin Gu to relay a thankful heart.

At that time, during a video interview, Lee Seo Jin and Lee Seung Gi who promised to attend Lee Soon Jae and Shin Gu’s ‘On Golden Pond’ and wished for it to be a smashing success, kept their promise to the teachers and once again showed their support. 

Meanwhile, the play ‘On Golden Pond’ is receiving much attention from middle aged audiences in addition to younger ones and is currently having a successful run.

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