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SISTAR’s HyoLyn to Participate in “South by Southwest (SXSW)”

SISTAR’s HyoLyn will participate in “South by Southwest” (SXSW) as the Korean representative.

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On 10th, SXSW announced that HyoLyn will be participating in the SXSW conference that will be held in March in Austin, Texas as the Korean representative.

SXSW is a giant festivals and conference that conglomerates film, interactive media, and music, that’s held every year in Austin, Texas. The scale of the event has been increasing since 1987, with more than 2000 teams of musicians from 50 different countries participating in the events. It is a festival that’s one of the top 3 music markets, along with “The Great Escape (TGE)” that’s held in UK, and “MIDEM” that’s held in France.

HyoLyn’s management company stated “We’re honored to have been invited for such a well-known festival as SXSW. We’re planning to prepare as much as we can to promote K-POP. We hope you anticipate and keep an eye out for HyoLyn.”

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Woman Crush Wednesday: HYOLYN of SISTAR

Welcome to another edition of Kpopmap’s Woman Crush Wednesday, where we empower women to become all that they dream to be!

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Women are beautiful. Women are strong. Women are powerful. We want you girls (and guys) to be inspired to be able to become whatever you aspire to be! That’s why we created the Woman Crush Wednesday segment for our readers. Here we share the detailed profile and story about one of the hottest female K-Pop idols, who’s story can inspire you go work hard to fulfill your dreams. Work hard, play hard, amirite?!

Must Read : Woman Crush Wednesday: SOLJI of EXID

You all know who she is, but did you know this about her? Let me introduce you to the survivor girl who never quits, HyoLyn of SISTAR!

Woman Crush Wednesday: SISTAR’s HyoLyn Edition

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HyoLyn

(Kim HyoJung)

Who’s Our WCW?

This week’s WCW, HyoLyn, was born on January 11, 1991 as Kim HyoJung. She is an Incheon born Korean who’s been blessed with the vocals of a goddess. With a vocal talent like HyoLyn, you can’t help but be drawn into the world of stardom. HyoLyn auditioned for JYP Entertainment twice, and was accepted into the company after placing 1st for an audition program. With plans of debuting in a project group with Secret’s JiEun, EXID’s Hani and Bestie’s UJi, HyoLyn was all set to debut under one of the best known K-Pop entertainment companies. However, the stars were not aligned or something, because the project got flushed and HyoLyn made the decision to leave JYPE. It was a good thing too, because HyoLyn auditioned for Starship Entertainment to debut as the main vocalist of SISTAR.

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Why We Crush

Let’s begin with the elephant in the room. HyoLyn’s got a massive set of vocals that is arguable as the most talented idol of today’s generation. Even pre-debut, her audition tape featuring her cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Hurt’ gained massive viral attention. Now 6 years later, her vocals have grown even more. She featured on “I Am The Singer” ChuSeok special and Season 3 as the first idol to feature on the show. She had placed records high on the show, gaining national fame for her talented voice.

 

Along with her powerhouse vocals, did you know HyoLyn is just as talented in rapping? HyoLyn participated in the second season of “Unpretty Rapstar” and showed the world that her rapping skills kill just as hard as her singing skills. Although she was the first member to be eliminated at a challenge, she rose up from her failures to win the title of 3rd place finalist. HyoLyn works her butt off just as much as she was naturally talented.

 Where We’ve Seen Her

HyoLyn is best known for her role as a SISTAR member, but I’m sure everyone (mostly all the male fans out there) know her as 1/2 of the sub-unit SISTAR19. HyoLyn and BoRa had combined their forces to win the hearts of K-Pop fans everywhere with their uber sexy, yet classy image. Their unbelievable body lines and seductive dancing had been the dream of all male fans each year. Along side her sexy image, HyoLyn appealed to the younger generations, and I mean toddler young. HyoLyn was chosen to sing the Korean version of the Disney sensation ‘Let It Go’ for the animated film, “Frozen”. With such a large range of fans, it’d be a K-Pop sin to not know of the fierce idol, HyoLyn.

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Where We’ll See Her Next

The SISTAR girls have been busy with their individual schedules, but luckily for the Star 1s the girls are making a comeback within a few weeks! Starship Entertainment has confirmed that the summer queens will be returning at the end of June 2016 for another summer sensation. Keep a look out for another hit from the SISTAR girls, with their fearless vocalist HyoLyn!

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See you next week for another installment of Kpopmap Woman Crush Wednesday’s star!

xoxo

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Chart 10 Wednesday: K-Pop Idols’ Surprising Best Friends You Didn’t Know

K-Pop idols’ famous friendships are well known around the world, but did you know that they were also best friends with these celebrities?

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For our first Chart 10 Wednesday edition, we decided to find out some of the most surprising friendships that exist in the K-Pop industry. There are famous friends who’s relationships just make sense and are totally expected, but did you know that these friendship pairs existed?

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Take a look to see our chart ranking of K-Pop idols’ surprising best friends that’ll probably leave you in surprise!

 

10. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and Lee SooHyuk

Among G-Dragon‘s extensive line of friendship network, there is one special BFF that usually takes everyone by surprise! G-Dragon is a very close friend and treasured confidant of actor Lee SooHyuk. They met together during their early debut days, and instantly clicked over their love for fashion and innovation. They even belong to a specific group of friends called “NuDding”, which stands for ‘new think’.

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9. VIXX’s HongBin and Park HyoShin

You probably thought they were just former label mates, but VIXX’s HongBin and Park HyoShin share a fairy tale friendship story. HongBin received a ton of love call castings during his high school days, but he rejected it all in order to join Jellyfish Entertainment. He had been a long time fan since he was young, and wished to train under the same company as Park HyoShin. After debuting as VIXX, Park HyoShin and HongBin became very close friends who visits each others’ performance activities. Here’s to a true ‘Successful Fan’ fairytale!

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8. SNSD’s HyoYeon and Lee JongSuk

We know that HyoYeon‘s fresh personality attracts a lot of A-Lister friends, but did you know she’s one of the closest friends to actor Lee JongSuk? The latest heartthrob sensation has even named HyoYeon as his only friend that he can be completely honest with. The two met while training together briefly for a potential K-Pop debut. Although the meeting was short and the two split to different companies, their friendship remains strong as they continue to support and cheer each other on.

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7. SHINee’s MinHo and Son HyunJoo

MinHo‘s surprising best friend is older… much older… 26 years older to be exact! MinHo is surprisingly one of the close friends to the veteran actor Son HyunJoo. The two met through their drinking group, but became fast friends through their interest in acting. Son HyunJoo has recalled MinHo as one of his dearest companions on interviews, and so has MinHo!

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6. BIGBANG’s T.O.P and Lee DongHwi

Knowing T.O.P‘s unique personality and tastes, you’d think he’d be one of a kind. Apparently not, because his surprising close relationship with Lee DongHwi blossomed through similar tastes! Lee DongHwi fondly recalled how T.O.P would drive him around and even lend him clothes during his difficult times. The two were cast together for the movie “Tazza 2”, and T.O.P would offer up his spacious room to use together. Although the two are busy with their schedules, they make sure to find time to catch up with one another frequently.

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5. BTS’s Jin and Lee GukJoo

Surprise, surprise! BTS Jin has been one of the first close celebrity friend of comedian Lee GukJoo. GukJoo is famous for her hilarious personality that attracts some of the most handsome idols in the industry, such as Henry and Jackson to name a few! But Jin and Lee GukJoo has been close friends for a long time as her name could be found in the Thank You section of early BTS albums for Jin. The two were so close that their meet ups even stirred up dating rumors between the two.

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4. BLOCK B’s Zico and Choi TaeJoon

You know Zico‘s fast friends with big names such as Mino, Zion.T and more, but did you know he’s maintained an 8 year bromance with the actor Choi TaeJoon? The two met during their pre-debut days when they both had the same audition manager. Through the connection, the two leaned on each other during high and low times of their career. The two is well known to go traveling together and even share each others’ home pass codes!

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3. FIESTAR’s CaoLu and Kang HaNeul

Cao Lu has an extensive line of foreign-celebrity friends, but she’s also the close friend to rising actor, Kang HaNeul! The two met during their studies at the JoongAng University. They would frequently meet up to chat, study and drink together back in the day. HaNeul even admitted that he called her by an endearing nickname – ‘Olu’. Aww~

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2. SISTAR’s HyoLyn and Park SeoJun

The two met during their love interest roles on “Dream High 2”, but their friendship has grown closer ever since. Park SeoJun revealed in an interview that he never thought that it was possible to become friends with a girl, but he fell head over heels in friendly love with HyoLyn‘s refreshing and blunt personality. The two frequently visit each others’ promotional tours to cheer each other on. And fans can’t get enough of their sneaky skin ships in between!

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1. BTS’s V and Park BoGum

This flower boy bromance is well known among the A.R.M.Ys. BTS’s V and Park BoGum became fast friends when V bluntly approached Park BoGum for his phone number during their music show MC era. Since then, the two shared mutual love and respect for music and composing. After relying on each other for music and acting advise, the two are often seen hanging out with each other at concerts and promotional events. People usually take their significant other on an amusement park date, but V’s choice of date was with none other than Park BoGum!

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