South Korea boosts the Entertainment Industry

  

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While other countries' entertainment industry is declining, South Korean entertainment industry is thriving. Here are some of the things South Korea is doing that other countries should emulate:

Screen Quota
Foreign films are a huge threat to the local film industry in many countries. The most threatening foreign films are those from Hollywood, which have huge commercial appeal, huge production budget that result in more appealing visuals and greater marketing campaigns. Therefore, domestic films are usually overlooked in favor of those from Hollywood. As movie theaters are interested in revenue, they tend to prioritize these foreign films over local ones.
In Korea, it works differently. In order to protect domestic films, the government imposes a screen quote on theaters in the country, making them screen domestic films for at least 146 days a year. It was a progressive move as they established it in 1963 when they didn't need it yet, but it served to protect the local industry when in 1993 Hollywood's blockbusters started eating away at the domestic industry's market share.
Korean Film Council (KOFIC)
The domestic film industry is also protected by the Korean Film Council, a self-administered body established by the government in 1999. The organization works under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism which appoints nine commissioners in charge of promoting and supporting the South Korean film industry on a national as well as international level.
KOFIC takes pride in supporting the production of indie films. KOFIC believes that with financial support, more unique and experimental films can be produced, diversifying the pool of films in the industry. Funds amounting to USD 1.1 million are available for filmmakers making shorts, features and documentaries.
In terms of support for films that have already screened at theaters, there is a grant which domestic filmmakers can apply to in order to get started for their next film. However, it will depend on the box office success of their previous feature. KOFIC will choose approximately 60 titles that will each be provided with up to USD 70,000.
International Film Festivals
South Korea also has a number of International Film Festival, such as the Pusan International Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival and the largest one, the Busan Film Festival. These film festivals are aimed at different markets but all focused on introducing new films and first-time directors to audiences. The festival also attracts a young audience and helps the production of future films as the festivals bring directors and new talents closer to potential funding sources.
More Liberal Censorship
Funding
One of the problems for animation studios is funding. The South Korean government targets this problem by investing a total of 380 billion won on the country's domestic animation and character industries.
Movie Making Courses as Early as Elementary
Instead of waiting till college to learn movie-making skills, in South Korea some schools have invested in equipment to allow teachers teach movie making. This equipment includes actual blue screen technology and rooms with set pieces that can be used for role playing and staging of plays.
Directors, Writers, Editors, Composers and other Production Staff are just as important and Well-Paid as actors
The South Korean entertainment industry does not ignore people behind the scenes. Unlike other countries, in South Korea, directors, writers, composers, and other production staff are deemed as important as the actors and they earn a considerable amount of money.

 

Inspiring Quotes by K-Pop artists

  

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If you need some motivation to make it in showbiz or just in life in general, here are some inspirational quotes by famous K-Pop artists.

“All the promises we made in the beginning, did we forget because we were busy? Or are we already too busy forgetting?” - Tablo (from Epik High's Spoiler)
“Don't be trapped in someone else's dream.” - V of BTS
“I wasn't born with anything, my weapon is hard work and determination.” - Seunghoon of Winner
“I'd rather bend than break.” - Kai of EXO (photo kaijexo)
“The more you feel like giving up, the more you can't do that.” - Tao of EXO
“I don't believe perfection exists in this world, but there are infinite amount of changes to being close to it.” - Daehyun of B.A.P”
“Cry out loud once. Look at the mirror and shake it off. I've cried like that before and others will have times like that too. Cheer up. You are not alone.” - Jonghyun of Shinee
“Rather than a hundred words, I believe that you can know someone's heart by looking at their eyes. I think it's enough if I see sincerity and truth in someone's gaze.” - Yongguk of B.A.P.”
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream; but a dream you dream together is reality.” - Yongguk of B.A.P.”
“Is this what you call love? With it, it's burden, but without it, you're lonely.” - Kang Gary of Leessang
“Rather than taking an easy route, taking a difficult route is more satisfying and interesting. Life is hard at times; life is easy at other times. It zigs zags and spinds round and round, it goes up and down. When all that is done, you'll probably smile and say, ‘I lived a very fun life.'” - Minzy of 2NE1”
“If you were to ask me the reason I tried so hard, there is no reason. Trying as hard as possible is everyone's duty in life.” - Rain
“When you laugh, you receive luck” - Onew of SHINee
“The greatest happiness on the stage is when our singing combines with the cheers of the audience.” - Seungri of BIGBANG
“Even though the language is different, the music is the same.” - Kai of EXO
“I'm going to make you smile so you'll never get bored” - Junho of 2PM
“I want to become a person that won't let my hard work go to waste.” - Kang Seungyoon of WINNER
“If you don't give up your hopes and dreams, then there'll always be a good ending.” - Minho of SHINee
“It's not okay to make a hurtful comment about people just because they don't reach your own standards.” - Amber of f(x)
“When trying to get through the tough times, I just surrender my body to the music and dance.” - N of VIXX
“Let's live while doing the things we like.” - Oh Sehun of EXO
“What we should really fear is not failure but the heart that is no longer brave enough to ake risks and embrace challenges.” - G-Dragon of BINGBANG

 

Rapper San E apologizes for his behavior

  

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A recent online post has been published criticizing rapper San E and his manager for their ill-mannered behavior. In response to this post, San E posted a lengthy apology letter via Facebook in hope of defusing the rumors.

In his post, San E apologized for the misunderstanding that arose at the festival and for making fans wait for his performance.
The rapper wrote, "This is the first time something like this happened and I'm not very good with my words.... The things I write below are the truth that I remember and I will only speak the truth. If you read until the end, thank you."
San E continued, "I want to start off by apologizing to the audience who were waiting out in the cold. According to my agency (Brand New Music), they had already informed the reps of Owl Festival that because of a performance before, I would be able to arrive by 12 AM. I was told [by my agency] that this would be okay. And to confirm, my agency reminded them again two days prior [to the festival date] that I would be arriving by 12 AM and asked if there were any issues with it. After calculating the distance and the speed limit, we told the festival reps beforehand that it would be impossible to arrive before 12 AM. The festival reps confirmed and said they will run the event so that there would be no gap until [my] performance."
"In their second written post, it said that Brand New Music had told [the festival reps] on the day of the festival that we would be able to arrive by 11:05 PM. But even when I thought about it, 11:05 PM seemed impossible. It wasn't even 11:10 or 11:15. To think that the agency had irrationally cut down one hour [of traveling time]...... I called my agency multiple times to see if there had been any miscommunication. My agency told me that they had informed the festival that it would be impossible to arrive at that time."
Apart from denying that he had been late without notice, the rapper stated that he was unaware that there were fans waiting just for his performance and that because of his absence, the festival had come to a temporary halt.
He said, "I deeply regret that I wasn't able to perform my whole set for those who just wanted to enjoy the performance regardless of the situation and had to wait. If I had known that there were so many people waiting just for me, I would have canceled the DJ set and would have gone on stage with MR. No matter how many times I think about it, if I knew [how people were waiting], with my personality, I would have just gone up."
San E said he is a professional rapper and as such he takes his performances very seriously. He explained that if he had known about the situation, he would have abandoned his planned DJ set.
He continued, “I'm sure everyone would be the same, but I also take the stage seriously every time I perform. There was not one performance I did half-heartedly, so I've very sensitive before my performances and only want the best from the team that I perform with.”
He added regretfully: "I remember very clearly, I was in a very good mood because of the responsive crowd in Gumi. And when I arrived [at the festival], I signed autographs and took pictures with the people inside just like any other time. I read [on the post] that I was screaming and cursing... but from what I remember exactly, other than the normal greeting words, I did not communicate with any of the staff members. I also read that I had my earphones in and was ignoring the staff... The performance and the crowd are the most important so once I arrive and have done my initial greeting, I listen to my music and focus on warming up. And when everything is done, I finish up giving autographs and take pictures with the people. So how can you say I was ignoring..."
He continued explaining that he was only informed about the situation by his manager right before he went on stage, so he felt really bad for the audience and that is why he threw the jacket he was wearing into the crowd, in a way to try and make up for it.
He continued, "In the midst of my performance someone sent in a report and the police came and stopped the performance. I was also bewildered [when this happened] and when I was getting into the car, I asked, 'What is going on?' This was the first time something like this has ever happened. I was angry and firmly told the agency that if they were going to have the performance end like this, then they might as well not have scheduled it."
The rapper then addressed the writer personally and said, "When I read the post, it seemed like rather than communicating with me, the person had gotten mad after having friction with my manager and the DJ. First and foremost, there was a problem and if you had gotten angry because of what happened, I apologize. The things that you have mentioned, I will be more wary of the actions of my team as well as mine. I bow my head once again and apologize for the situation."

 

ARTLOVER Debut single

  

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Korean Female Rapper “ARTLOVER” unveils debut track “Want U Back” out 2 March 2018

South Korean native and London based K-pop prodigy ARTLOVER has announced the release of her debut single “Want U Back” available on all digital retailers March 2nd.
With a background as a make-up artist serving clients such as ELLE, Vogue and Rankin, it's safe to assume that ARTLOVER has already had her fair share of success. The step from the world of fashion into music might be a small one but non-the less daunting.
“I really wanted my debut single to shine, and I've always thought in terms of music when working with fashion, so it was natural to take this route” the Seoul born singer says.
“Want U Back” is a rap driven Soul Pop gem dressed up in a retro suit about immature love and loss. The single is the result of a collaboration between the singer and the renowned JYP Entertainment producer Tae-Seop Lee (Twice, Day6).
The track is the first single off ARTLOVER'S debut EP due out soom.
Genre: K Pop, Hip Hop

Here's a video of the song

 

Western Celebrities who love K-Pop

  

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The Korean wave is taking the world by storm. Its influence is such that even the biggest Hollywood stars are taking notice. From Liam Neeson to Lorde, a log of big-name actors and singers know and love a thing or two about K-Pop and Korean culture.

One of the most prominent Hollywood celebrities taken by Korean culture is Liam Neeson. During his visit to South Korea on July 2016, the “Taken” actor showed that he's up to day with K-Pop. At the same time he was promoting his movie “Operation Chromite” he gave his best version of TWICE's famous “sha sha sha” move from the group's song “Cheer Up.” He also confessed that his love for Korean food, particularly Kimchi.
During an interview on Conan, Emma Stone revealed her obsession for K-Pop and gushed about her favorite, 2NE1. When host Conan O'Brien asked her to describe K-Pop, the star said, “it's a global phenomenon. It's beyond excellent. It's the best thing you've ever seen.”
Conan O'Brien is also taken with South Korean culture. During his visit to South Korea in 2016, he immersed himself in the many colorful aspects of South Korean life and culture. He tried to learn Hangul, visited a historic fish market and even featured in a Korean drama series and K-Pop music video.
The Grammy Award-winning singer Lorde is also a huge fan of K-Pop. She proclaimed her love for the genre, described it as having interesting melodies and songs, and then went on to affirm that the Korean version of pop is more captivating that the one in the West. According to allkpop, Lorde lists 2NE1 and Lee Hi as her favorite K-Pop acts.
K-Pop has also conquered the hearts and minds of The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham. The actresses have proclaimed themselves fans over K-Pop groups on Twitter. Dobrev even tweeted about 2NE1 being badass and amazing, to which Graham replied that she is also obsessed with K-Pop.
Jaden Smith is also a fan of K-Pop. Will Smith's son had the chance to visit the YG Entertainment headquarters with his father in 2013. There he hung out with Yang Hyun Suk, CL, G-Dragon, Taeyang and T.OP. More recently, Jaden even showed love for G-Dragon on Twitter, calling the BIGBANG member his idol. Jaden has also revealed he plans on becoming a K-Pop Star someday.

 

South Korean celebrity couples

  

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If you talk about relationship goals, you talk about K-pop singer-danger and actor Rain and his long-time girlfriend actress Kim Tae-hee. The couple finally tied the knot at a Cathedral in Seoul. Kim wore a knee-length lace dress designed by her stylist. The couple are reportedly spending their honeymoon in Bali.

Another couple to look up to are Gianna Jun Ji-hyun - My Sassy Girl - and a banker. They married in 2012 at the famous Shilla hotel in Seoul. The stylish beauty wore a Jenny Packham dress on her wedding day. The couple had a baby boy afterwards and after giving birth, Jun made her comeback on TV with fantasy drama The Legend of the Blue Sea, now showing on SBS.
Actor Lee Byung-hun of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra married fellow actress Lee Min-jung in 2013 at Grand Hyatt, Seoul. Since then, they went on and had a child in 2015.
Korean model and actress Lee Young-ae got married to a businesswoman in 2009 and they then gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Lee, who is best known for her role in the historic TV drama titled Dae Jang Geum, distanced herself from show business after getting married. However, she is making a television comeback after 14 years in the upcoming drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors.
Another actor that features in Saimdang, Memoir of Colors is Song Seung-hun. The actor has a romantic story of his own. He has been dating Chinese actress Liu Yifei since late 2015 after they co-starred in The Third Way of Love (2015), a romantic comedy featuring a love triangle.
Kwon Sang-won fixated on Son Tae-young even before they started dating. He persuaded a mutual friend to introduce them and after they had go on two dates, he talked about marriage. Ever since, the love between the former Miss Korea-turned actress and the heartthrob actor has grown after a decade of marriage. They now have a son and a daughter.
Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young are the South Korean version of Brangelina. They married in 2010 after a surprise announcement during Jang's fan meeting that took the entertainment industry by surprise. The pair have a son who was born in 2010 and a daughter who was born in 2014.
Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin were able to ignore the controversy surrounding their 13 year gap and got married in 2015. Since then, they have welcomed a son to their lives. Bae rose to fame due to her participation in Winter Sonata, a Korean drama that marked the start of hallyu or Korean wave. Park, however, rose to fame as a member of a girl band called Sugar which disbanded back in mid-2000s.

 

Netflix bets on Korean drama

  

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Entertainment service providers are putting all their bets on South Korean content to expand their reach, boosting the cultural clout of region's fourth-largest economy.

Netflix is just the latest entertainment service provider to jump on the bandwagon. The service provider announced an original 12-episode drama series that will be adapted from a popular South Korean online comic series.
The announcement came after the company revealed its content creation budget for 2017 amounts to $6 billion, topping a projected $4.3 billion at NBCUniversal, parent company of CNBC.
“The Korean content category is becoming vital... it has high production value and the content travels,” said Vivek Couto, executive director of consultants Media Partners Asia.
This move opens the Asian market for Netflix as major consumers of South Korean cultural exports include Southeast Asia and greater China. Netflix entered Asia in 2015 and, therefore, is rolling out original productions in the region.
Other entertainment companies that have invested in the South Korean pop culture entertainment business include Hong Kong telecommunication giant PCCW Ltd. with its Viu streaming service and Turner Broadcasting's Oh!K subscription-based TV channel. South Korean content takes precedence in the programming on both channels that are available in various Asian countries.
Mirae Asset Daewoo's analyst Jee-hyun Moon and Amazon Video and YouTube Red said that Netflix is not yet popular in South Korea so local content will help boost a foothold for Netflix in South Korea.
“In the Hallyu (Korean Wave) trend, the major genre is drama. Films and variety shows can be popular, but the lifespans of these shows are shorter,” said Moon.
Netflix may also have potential in China, where South Korean pop culture is predominant despite efforts by authorities to curb performances by Korean celebrities.
Breaking into the world's second largest economy might be a challenge due to strict censorship laws that limit Chinese market to many foreign media players. For instance, social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are banned in the country.
Despite the obstacles, Netflix hasn't given up on breaking into the Chinese market.
“The regulatory environment for foreign digital content services in China has become challenging. We now plan to license content to existing online service providers in China rather than operate our own service in China in the near term,” Netflix said in a letter to shareholders. The company also acknowledged that licensing revenues in China will be “modest”.
According to Moon, Netflix needs to play within the rules of the game to be the first one to take over the Chinese market once regulations are relaxed.
“Netflix wants to generate other revenue streams including that from content licensing to the Chinese platforms. If Netflix gains some brand awareness in China and other Asian countries through licensing content, they can get other opportunities in the future,” she said.
 
Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 140 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

 

Wonder Girls Disbanding

  

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The four-member girl group Wonder Girls announced they are going to split up after they release their final single. The K-pop sensation who rose to international fame with their hit single “Nobody” have decided to disband after 10 years in business.

The announcement comes after rumors of the group going on separate ways sparked by the members' contracts being about to expire. The news were confirmed by the South Korean company JYP Entertainment and said that the decision had come up after much discussion among the members and their agency.
But not all Wonder Girls members are leaving showbiz. According to JYP, the band members Yubin and Hyerim will stay with the agency and will still pursue their career in singing, acting and emceeing. The other members Yeeun and Sunmi, however, have decided to leave the company to start on a new path.
Although these are sad news for the world of K-pop, at least there is a final digital single to look forward to which marks the 10th anniversary of their debut in the industry. The statement affirmed the song is their way of thanking the fans who have supported them in the past decade.
The band made their debut back in 2007 and became one of the most popular K-pop groups in Korea. They had released a total of three studio albums, which are “The Wonder Years” (2007), “Wonder World” (2011) and “Reboot” (2015).
Since the announcement of their break up, Wonder Girls fans took to social media to express their love for the four-member group. The members of the band also left farewell messages for their fans in a video.
Some of the comments fans left for Wonder Girls in social media include:
“Because of ‘Nobody' now y'll know K-pop. Thank you Wonder Girls”
“Wonder Girls, 2Ne1, and Sistar were the groups that I knew before I even got into K-pop and this doesn't feel real.”
“Secret, Kara, Rainbow, 4minute, 2Ne1, IOI, the Ark, and now Wonder Girls. K-pop is over.”
“2Ne1 then Wonder Girls... This is really heartbreaking. They are the groups which songs were played in the radio internationally.”
The full statement from JYP Entertainment, is as follows:
“We are here to announce the disbandment of the group that has been always with us for the last ten years, Wonder Girls. The members have talked amongst themselves and with the company for a long time and the [girls] decided to disband. Yubin and Hyelim have renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment and will continue their activities in music and acting as well as other fields. Yeeun and Sunmi have decided to pave a new path for themselves and have regretfully decided to leave the company. As a thanks to all the fans who have been with them for 10 years, they have decided to release their last digital single on their 10th year anniversary, February 10th. We would like to thank the fans of Wonder Girls all over the world who stuck by Wonder Girls in their 10 year-long journey, and promise to help and support both the members who are leaving and staying to help make their future better. Thank You.”

 

The novels of South Korean writer Han Kang

  

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South Korean writer Han Kang has become a sensation in South Korea with the publication of her books “The Vegetarian” and “Human Acts”. Published back in 2007, “The Vegetarian” is a slim novel that tells the story of a woman named Yeong-hye who suddenly stops eating meat. This act enrages her family and symbolizes Yeong-hye's renunciation of humanity itself, which she sees as essentially violent. As she dives deeper into her obssession with cleansing her body from meat, it becomes clear that she's trying to emulate the peaceful life of a tree; she literally transform herself into a tree. As it can be expected, this book has been compared to Kafka's Metamorphosis at many levels.

“The Vegetarian” has earned praise beyond the borders of South Korea and has own the Man Booker International Prize, awarded every other year to novels from any country published in English (as it has been translated by Deborah Smith).
After the success of “The Vegetarian”, Kang published another novel that also saw the light of day in English. The novel is “Human Acts” and is grounded more firmly in reality than “The Vegetarian” although it is just as inventive, intense and provocative.
“Human Acts” focuses on a tragic episode in South Korean history that saw student protesters being shot in the streets of the city of Gwangju in 1980, while others were captured and tortured by dictatorial government forces. Since the details of the tragedy were either censored or grievously downplayed by the government, many Koreans have only recently learned the full extent of the atrocities committed.
Considering the history of censorship, “Human Acts” is an outstanding work that requires considerable bravery. The subject matter is controversial in itself, and Kang's nonlinear, surrealistic treatment is a huge risk that ultimately gives the atrocities and the characters who endure them an emotional immediacy.
King's fascination with bodies is palpable from the beginning. A wretched 15-year-old boy named Dong-ho helps to wash and label fast-decomposing corpses in a municipal gymnasium in Gwangju. His main worry is his school friend, who we learn to be dead on the second chapter.
The following chapters skip forward to account for effects of the massacre on the survivors. The story also shows the perspective of a book editor who must contend with a government censor, as well as a former prisoner who is asked to reminiscence about his time in captivity, and lastly, a factory worker who lives with daily nightmares of her sufferings at the hands of Korean soldiers.
Kang's writing style serves to empower both stories. In “The Vegetarian,” Kang's talent for grotesque description served the novel's psychosexual suspense and perverse entertainment value. In “Human Acts,” it makes the atrocities of human-on-human violence extremely vivid.
But that's not the only bold narrative risk Kang takes. There's a chapter that is told from the point of view of a dead boy who body is trapped under a pile of other dead bodies: "When they threw a straw sack over the body of the man at the very top, the tower of bodies was transformed into the corpse of some enormous, fantastical beast, its dozens of legs splayed out beneath it." Thank goodness it's just her wild imagination a book.

 

S-Korean Rapper San E Releases New Single

  

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South Korean rapper Jung San, known as San E, is not just any rapper. He is, indeed, the most successful solo rapper in South Korea's mainstream music. After securing a contract with Brand New Music, San E recently released a new single.

San E became famous back in 2008 when he released his first mix tapes, dubbed “Ready to be Signed” and “Ready to be Famous”. To attract attention to his music, he jokingly dissed one of the famous underground rappers Verbal Jint.
His diss on Verbal Jint achieved its purposed and raised the attention of South Korea's hip hop community and Verbal Jint - who, surprisingly, then invited San E to join Verbal Jint's hip hop crew, Overclass.
In 2010, San E won the Best Hip Hong Song Korea Music Awards for his song “Rap Genius.” Following that award, he became the first rapper that secured contract with JYP Entertainment, one of the big three labels in South Korea's k-pop industry.
Then San E released his first mini album dubbed “Everybody Ready?” in which San E collaborated with fellow JYP Entertainment artists Min, and Joo and Yeeun on the mini album.
San E then released his single “Tasty San”” that featured Min in the M Countdown music television show. A few months later, San E started another round of promotion for the single “LoveSick”, in which the video featured Sohee from Wonder Girls.
San E is not like any other rapper. He uses music as an outlet. He was born in South Korea but moved to Georgia, USA, when his parents were struggling due to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. That is what gave him a closeness to this style of music and an international sense.
“I always wanted to let everybody know hip-hop is worldwide,” said the rapper.
He then announced his ambitious plan to release a charity single. The purpose of it all is to cross the barriers of race, culture, language and sex, alongside the collective known as Hip Hop for the World. He recorded a global anthem “HIPHOPISHIPHOP”.
Hip Hop for the World includes talented artists from four continents and is led by San E, famous for his K-Pop Hot 100 hits like “Break-Up Dinner,” “A Midsummer Night's Sweetness” and “Body Language.”
“HIPHOPISHIPHOP is my high school dream. As an immigrant, if I let my friends listen to Korean hip-hop music, they'd be like, ‘They can rap in Korea?' I always wanted to let everybody know hip-hop is worldwide; it can be rap in all different languages you never heard. It took awhile to make it really happen, now here it is.”
 
DISCOGRAPHY
2017 Jan 23 EP [Season of Suffering]
2015 Apr 23 Album [The Boy Who Cried Wolf]
2014 Aug 04 Digital Single 'Body Language'
2014 Jun 12 Project Single 'A Midsummer Night's Sweetness'
2013 Nov 21 2nd Mini Album ['Not' Based on the True Story]
2013 Nov 06 Digital Single 'Where Did You Sleep'
2013 Aug 02 Digital Single 'Story of Someone I Know'
2013 May 13 Digital Single 'Big Boy'
2011 Apr 26 Digital Single 'Don't Go'
2010 Nov 03 Digital Single 'LoveSick'
2010 Sep 13 1st Mini Album [Everybody Ready?]
(more details on his San E facebook page)
 
  
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