• harper501

    So Ji Sub released singles and Jang Geun Suk released or is releasing the Korean version of his Japanese album.  I also think Kim Bum released a song a few years ago in Korea.  There’s also a lot of actors that release albums in Japan.  So there are definitely a lot of actors that do branch into the music industry but don’t do the intense promoting that Idols do.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

      Don’t forget Hyun Bin singing for the “Secret Garden” OST and his song actually charting up to #2 in Music Bank. They ended up making a whole separate chart for OST because of it.

  • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

    Music doesn’t make near as much money as acting does for the amount of effort put in. That’s why Will Smith left it behind. 

  • http://twitter.com/akikisetsu joy

    I may be far off but maybe “Hallyu expansion” (particularly Japan) is also one reason why some actors branch out to singing.  At present, Hallyu wave is really riding more on idols/singers unlike before where dramas and actors are on the forefront of this “Hallyu wave”.  Besides, it’s more lucrative that way.^^

  • Whirly Pop

    I personally think they should just find one thing they can focus on and put all their effort there.
    I’m not saying idols have it easy, but things are basically served on a silver platter for them, and it doesn’t even take much talent to be popular. Actors on the other hand can go up to a decade without even being recognized and it takes a lot of skill to continue to be relevant. You can see a lot of popular idols that call themselves the cream of the crop yet can’t even sing a note, but you’ll never see a top actor who’s bad at what he does.

  • Whirly Pop

    I personally think they should just find one thing they can focus on and put all their effort there.
    I’m not saying idols have it easy, but things are basically served on a silver platter for them, and it doesn’t even take much talent to be popular. Actors on the other hand can go up to a decade without even being recognized and it takes a lot of skill to continue to be relevant. You can see a lot of popular idols that call themselves the cream of the crop yet can’t even sing a note, but you’ll never see a top actor who’s bad at what he does.

  • Whirly Pop

    I personally think they should just find one thing they can focus on and put all their effort there.
    I’m not saying idols have it easy, but things are basically served on a silver platter for them, and it doesn’t even take much talent to be popular. Actors on the other hand can go up to a decade without even being recognized and it takes a lot of skill to continue to be relevant. You can see a lot of popular idols that call themselves the cream of the crop yet can’t even sing a note, but you’ll never see a top actor who’s bad at what he does.

  • Whirly Pop

    I personally think they should just find one thing they can focus on and put all their effort there.
    I’m not saying idols have it easy, but things are basically served on a silver platter for them, and it doesn’t even take much talent to be popular. Actors on the other hand can go up to a decade without even being recognized and it takes a lot of skill to continue to be relevant. You can see a lot of popular idols that call themselves the cream of the crop yet can’t even sing a note, but you’ll never see a top actor who’s bad at what he does.

  • Whirly Pop

    I personally think they should just find one thing they can focus on and put all their effort there.
    I’m not saying idols have it easy, but things are basically served on a silver platter for them, and it doesn’t even take much talent to be popular. Actors on the other hand can go up to a decade without even being recognized and it takes a lot of skill to continue to be relevant. You can see a lot of popular idols that call themselves the cream of the crop yet can’t even sing a note, but you’ll never see a top actor who’s bad at what he does.

    • Weai99

      Haha
      Top actress in Korea doesnt equal to a good/great acting skills
      All it takes for an actress to be in the A-list is to look pretty and have the ‘goddess’ image
      Look at Jeon Do Yeon who won the Best Actress at Cannes years ago, I don’t get why is she less famous than Kim TaeHee or HanGaIn

    • Weai99

      Haha
      Top actress in Korea doesnt equal to a good/great acting skills
      All it takes for an actress to be in the A-list is to look pretty and have the ‘goddess’ image
      Look at Jeon Do Yeon who won the Best Actress at Cannes years ago, I don’t get why is she less famous than Kim TaeHee or HanGaIn

      • Whirly Pop

        Jeon Do Yeon is famous! What makes you think she’s not? They even dubbed her as the Queen of Cannes, and is considered probably one of Korea’s pride when it comes to acting.

        A-list actresses are all pretty and all talented. Even Kim Taehee has acting chops in her, Han Ga In as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sing_h jaswin singh

    i really think there are idols out there who can really act like T-ARA’s eunjung (as you stated) and Jiyeon (but her voice is not that great). Eunji and Suzy can act sing and dance but in terms of variety i think Eunji is better. i think Soohyun is also a triple threat its just he’s not in variety shows that much. i think Shin Se-kyung will not make another album after this. :) 

  • isnotreal

    just to clear everything up, in an interview, she said that the articles about her debuting as a singer were misreports and she was really embarrassed by it. and that she doesn’t intend on becoming a legit singer at all. the songs she has released were all just side projects to her main jobs as actress or endorsement model. this and “you were sweet” were for a coffee brand, and she never intended to promote them.

  • isnotreal

    just to clear everything up, in an interview, she said that the articles about her debuting as a singer were misreports and she was really embarrassed by it. and that she doesn’t intend on becoming a legit singer at all. the songs she has released were all just side projects to her main jobs as actress or endorsement model. this and “you were sweet” were for a coffee brand, and she never intended to promote them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7MRYDXY5MJ6HSO2EAFQNQV73TM hazel

    *sigh* another useless singer/wannabe kpop idol. Cant u come up with a better article please? a tiny bit more interesting. 

  • anono101
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    I see no problem with actors putting out a song or an album if they really CAN sing. Since I love Hyun Bin’s That Man and some of Jang Geun Suk’s Japanese songs most notably Bye Bye Bye. But if all they can do is mediocre singing like some people, they should stick to acting.