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Sean Murphy's new comedy "Turning Japanese" is coming to Sydney Fringe Festival

Sydney-based comedian/Japan-addict Sean Murphy will be performing at the FREE Sydney Fringe show Turning Japanese. It is a comedy for anyone who's ever lived in, visited, or simply dreamed of tasting life in Tokyo. Hosted by the Japan Foundation, this brand new hour of laughs explores Australia's future in the Asia Century by way of one man's attempts (and failures) to fit in.

2nd and FINAL BIGBANG show announced for Sydney

A second Sydney show for BIGBANG has been announced for Sunday 18th October. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Wednesday 12th August.

Japanese singer Piko announces new single and live tour

Japanese singer and vocaloid producer Piko has announced that he will release a new single on September 30. It will be his first single in about two years and the limited edition CD will include a photobook. He will also hold a live tour in Japan, ‘PIKO Live Tour 2015 – Piko x impact x kiss x Oops!’, details of which are below.

Big Bang release individual images for ‘E’

Big Bang’s individual concept photos for their latest album ‘E’ have been released! The photos are brooding and angsty, fitting the image of the last instalment of their MADE series, ‘E’. You can check out the pictures under the cut!

Axodus releases new MV teaser for EDM track feat. Shinee’s Key

Korean duo Axodus have released a teaser for the MV of their new EDM track ‘Hold On’, featuring SHINee’s Key. ‘Hold On’ will be released on August 13. Axodus is made up of composers Don Spike and DJ Hanmin. The video teases a romantic story and a pretty sick beat. If you’re curious, take a look at the teaser below!

SM Entertainment makes official announcements regarding artists

SM Entertainment has released official statements regarding former Girls' Generation member Jessica and f(x) member Sulli. Jessica is no longer an SM artist and will be focusing on her activities in China. Sulli will be leaving girl group f(x) to focus on her acting career, leaving them a four-member group. She had previously been on hiatus from their activities. You can read SM’s official statements below.

Chinese pop star G.E.M to star in animated film ‘Charming’

Chinese singer G.E.M (Gloria Tang Tsz-kei) will feature in the new animated feature film, Charming. G.E.M will be providing the voice of the character Sleeping Beauty.

Crystal Kay’s new single ‘REVOLUTION’ to feature Amuro Namie

Japanese songstress Crystal Kay will be collaborating with Amuro Namie for her new single ‘REVOLUTION’. To be released on September 16, the single’s PV will also feature both singers.

VIXX to debut new Leo and Ravi subunit ‘LR’

A new trailer video has revealed that K-pop boy group VIXX will be debuting the subunit LR, composed of members Leo and Ravi! The duo's new song is set for release on August 17 at midnight KST. The video features intense close-ups of their members during their high-octane performances. If you’re excited about the new subunit, you can check out the teaser video below!

K-Indie Rock Act GogoStar to perform in Sydney on October 1st

Korean indie rock act GogoStar is coming to Sydney on October 1st. GogoStar’s disco rhythms, electronica-punk instrumentals and kooky Tim Burton inspired visuals have earned them a cult following in Korea. They’re eye-catching, unpredictable and a must-see live. If you’d like to see what the fuss is all about, Hello Asia has all the details below!

Lee Joon, Yoo Haejin and Lim Jiyeon confirmed for film ‘Key of Life’

Key of Life is a remake of a Japanese film wherein an actor who only works in minor roles switches lives with an assassin. Yoo Haejin will be taking on the role of the killer with Lee Joon playing the actor who takes on his identity. Meanwhile, Lim Jiyeon’s character is protecting a secret which may in fact hold the key to the situation.

CNBlue chosen to represent Asia as models for global fashion brand

CNBlue of FNC Entertainment have been selected as Asia’s models for Taiwan’s famous clothing brand, STAYREAL. The brand is managed by Ashin of the popular Taiwanese band Mayday and has branched out to Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and more.

Reports claim 2AM’s Lee Changmin has left JYP Entertainment – in discussions with BigHit

A representative of JYP Entertainment has stated that Lee Changmin has not renewed his contract with JYP after it expired on the 10th of July, and claims that Changmin is currently discussing a contract with BigHit Entertainment. With Im Seulong now under Sidus HQ and Jung Jinwoon under Mystic Entertainment, Changmin’s decision leaves Jo Kwon as the only 2AM member who remains under their original company.

Singer LYn signs exclusive contract with global agency HUMAP CONTENTS

LYn has signed an exclusive contract with HUMAP CONTENTS and is now preparing to undertake a full-scale overseas advancement.

Actress Go Wonhee is chosen to play lead role in ‘The Stars Are Shining’

KBS2’s new morning drama 'The Stars Are Shining' is set in the 1960s and revolves around the story of Jo Bonghee, who after the death of her father and collapse of her family escapes her rough life and works to fulfill her dream of being South Korea’s greatest fashion designer.