Seoul: These are the biggest and most successful stars.
Note: NONE of my personal preference influenced this post!
DBSK is known as the King of Kpop. Having the most record sales, 12 million in just Korea and Japan, and biggest fan clubs. They are one of the most successful groups who made huge contributions to kpop. Of course, to many kpop fans, DBSK hits a soft spot due to the lawsuit of JYJ.
BoA is the Queen of Kpop. Starting from the age of 13 to now. Selling over 10 million records. She can fluently speak Korean, Japanese, English, and has recorded songs in Chinese.
Lee Soo Young is the most successful and famous ballad singer in Korea. Giving her the title Queen of Ballads. Her peak in 2006 and now staying out of the spotlight taking care of her family.
Jay Park is the Fresh Prince of Seoul. Starting his career in America and moving to Korea. He was the leader of popular group 2PM. Leaving the group to pursue his solo career. Becoming very successful and quoted in the New York Times describing Park as “not just an artist, but also his own PR agent, fan club president, and TV network.”
Super Junior are the Kings of the Hallyu Wave. After their hit single Sorry Sorry the group gained global recognition. The members are not only singers and dancers, they specialize in acting and hosting. Super Junior led the world to kpop.
Girls’ Generation is the Nation’s Singers. One of the MOST influential idols in Korea. After their hit single Gee, they landed solid ground in Korea. Gee being the most watched kpop music video on Youtube and named “Song of the Decade”. The girls have sold over 11 million digital albums in 2010 alone.
All the above idols have worked hard for these awards and recognitions. You can read more about them with a simple google search.
Dokdo (Korean)/Takeshima (Japanese) is a small island in the East Sea. It is literally a small rock and nobody can live on it. The seas around it are rough and make it difficult for boats to get there at times. It is also a fishing ground.
What dispute? I have never heard of it.
Korea and Japan have FIERCE battles over whether Dokdo is theirs. Korea says it’s theirs and Japan fights back.
Currently the island is administered to South Korea.