Saturday, February 4, 2012

"4men’s Shin Yong Jae is Song Chang Sik’s doppelganger? G.O & JeA impress on Immortal Song 2" plus 19 more

"4men’s Shin Yong Jae is Song Chang Sik’s doppelganger? G.O & JeA impress on Immortal Song 2" plus 19 more


4men’s Shin Yong Jae is Song Chang Sik’s doppelganger? G.O & JeA impress on Immortal Song 2

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 09:12 AM PST

The February 4th episode of KBSImmortal Song 2‘ was a continuation of last week’s homage to legendary singer, Song Chang Sik.

4men‘s Shin Yong Jae put on a performance of Song Chang Sik’s classic hit song, “Why Do You Call“, showcasing his powerful vocals with a performance that left a strong impression on the viewers.

But the first thing Song Chang Sik said after watching his performance was, “You look exactly like me“, which caused everyone on set to explode in laughter.

MC Shin Dong Yeob witfully added, “Without his glasses, you guys look even more alike,” which continued the laughs in the studio.

Additionally, Brown Eyed GirlsJeA and MBLAQ‘s G.O impressed the audience with their powerful performances, check it below.

Brown Eyed Girls’ JeA

MBLAQ’s G.O

Full Episode:

Source & Image: HanKyung via Nate

Block B fans angry at MBC’s Music Core

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 08:12 AM PST

The seven boys of talented hip-hop group Block B made their return on the February 4th edition of MBC‘s Music Core with a performance of "Nanrina" from their second mini-album titled 'Welcome to the Block'. Fans would normally be happy about this but many Block B fans were angered over their perceived mistreatment of the boys.

Block B opened the show on Music Core, and some fans took this as an insult because Block B is a hot group making their return and usually the opening of the show is reserved for lesser known artists. Additionally, fans didn’t like the fact that the important dance routine from the beginning of “Nanrina” was cut out. After the broadcast was over, many netizens immediately took to online message boards and utilized SNS to share their angry thoughts.

Netizens commented, “I was so surprised that they cut out the most important dance part. I was also really upset that they put Block B first over the lesser known artists,” and “The cameramen didn’t even properly capture the members performance.

Block B has showed power and compelling choreography through “Nanrina”. Member Zico also had a huge influence by producing 5 of the 6 tracks on their new mini album.

Should fans be legitimately angry or is it an overreaction?

Source + Image: Newsen via Nate

NU’EST introduces their official Facebook page

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 07:20 AM PST

Pledis Entertainment‘s first boy group, NU’EST, have finally opened an official Facebook page!

Though they’ve yet to debut, NU’EST enjoys strong public interest thanks to their gradual introduction to the K-Pop community. Now fans from all over the world will get to learn more about the group and stay connected with them through their Facebook.

The boys released two video messages, one in English and the other in Korean, to share the good news. Check it out below, and then take a look at NU’EST’s Facebook page!

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Thanks to everyone who sent in this tip!

Actress Kim Sun Ah reveals she’s close friends with BoA

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 06:55 AM PST

On Feruary 3rd, actress Kim Sun Ah revealed her surprising friendship with pop queen BoA.

Writing through her me2day account, Kim Sun Ah said, “No. 1 Boa is awesome~~ We’vealways dreamed about being different, hehe.” She added, “I should have stood further back when taking the picture! BoA is awesome! She always carefully monitors my dramas and always cheers me on. She is always~~ the No.1 girl! She is so cool these day!”

The actress from ‘My Name is Kim Sam Soon‘ and ‘Scent of a Woman‘ made several little jokes in her post by referring to BoA as “No.1″, which is also the name of the song that allowed BoA’s popularity in Korea to explode.

The two stars look like sisters as they pose for the camera with their makeup-free faces.

Netizens commented, “It’s nice to see the closeness between the two of you” and “Kim Sun Ah’s famous connections. She seems to know everyone!

Source: Kim Sun Ah’s me2day

Rainbow’s Jisook is able to hide in a backpack

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 06:27 AM PST

Rainbow's Jisook made fans laugh with her goofy staged photos.

On February 4th, Jisook attached four pictures to a tweet that read, 4-part series of 'Jisook in a knapsack', hehehe. The weather is cold nowadays, but in here it's warm! ehehehehe You could even eat kimbap in here."

Jisook played a quick game of hide-and-go-seek with the camera, concealing herself in a huge hiking backpack without giving herself away. The adorable idol can be seen peeking out of the bag, before the camera zooms in to take a closer shot.

With hiking brands like The North Face being a hot trend in Korea right now, Jisook’s pixie-like selcas will help the ladies love the trend as well!

In related news, Jisook is currently promoting “Hoi Hoi“ with sub-unit Rainbow Pixie.

Source & Image: Jisook’s Twitter

How much did it cost to create Kim Soo Hyun’s ‘Moon-Sun’ costume?

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:54 AM PST

It looks like MBC spared no expense for their hit drama, ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun‘, as seen by the production costs for Kim Soo Hyun‘s regal outfit.

On February 4th, MBC’s Director of Art Bong Hyeon Sook revealed, “Kim Soo Hyun’s ‘gonryongpo’ costume was created by hand. Embroidering it alone took one month.” Reportedly, the cost of Kim Soo Hyun’s costume was 1.5 million won (~ $1,348.00 USD).

The scarlet coloring of the King’s everyday outfit combined with the knowledge that it was hand-embroidered certainly gives Kim Soo Hyun an extra sheen of majesty.

The actor has been gaining much popularity as the firm young king who remains loyal to the memory of his childhood love. ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun’ also made headlines recently after it neared the 40% viewership rating with its latest episode.

Source: TV Report via Nate

Yoon Mi Rae points out that Jay Park and Tiger JK look alike

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:10 AM PST

Korea’s hip hop queen Yoon Mi Rae sparked a hot topic online after she pointed out that her husband and Jay Park looked alike.

On February 3rd, Yoon Mi Rae tweeted, “Even when I look at them, they’re similar,” before posting side-by-side screenshots of Tiger JK and Jay Park.

Scanning the photos from left to right, netizens immediately agreed with Yoon Mi Rae’s observation. Both Jay Park and Tiger JK possess a charming mix of boyish charm with a masculine physique. They also have similar jawlines and noses.

Netizens commented, “So will Jay Park become like Tiger JK in the future?” and “They look like brothers!

In related news, Tiger JK is currently working on his new album. He recently collaborated with Brian Joo on his new album, as did Jay Park, who will soon be releasing a new album of his own.

Source: Yoon Mi Rae’s Twitter

f(x)’s Sulli & Amber say “Bboing Bboing” for the camera

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 04:44 AM PST

The groupmates of the original “Bboing Bboing~” girl have decided to show some aegyo of their own!

On February 3rd, f(x)‘s Amber revealed a selca she took with Sulli through her me2day account. She wrote, “Kekeke I’m Amberrrr~ Also, [here's] Sulli. Having a ribbon party with Sulli in Taiwan keke~ Fail..^^;;”

Both girls sport extra large ribbons on their heads while looking into the camera with cutesy expressions. Fans were particularly drawn to Amber’s ‘Bboing Bboing’ pose, which was made popular through ‘High Kick 3‘ by fellow member Krystal.

Netizens laughed as they commented, “I love seeing Amber do aegyo!, and “What fail? You looking cute? Bboing Bboing~”

Source + Image: Amber’s me2day

2NE1′s Park Bom shows off her long legs at the beach

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 04:15 AM PST

2NE1's Park Bom showed off her long legs while taking a stroll down a Philippine beach.

On February 4th, Park Bom shared this picture through her me2day and wrote, "My back side~ puahahaha. I'll continue to update throughout the entire day today."

The powerhouse vocalist wore hot pink shorts that immediately drew eyes to her model-esque legs. Caught in mid-motion with her hair tied up in a high ponytail, fans complimented the elegant quality of her photo.

Comments on the post included,  "She has the best legs in the entertainment industry" and "Truly a goddess!

Park Bom and her groupmates are currently enjoying their vacation in the Philippines.

Source & Image: Park Bom’s me2day

How long does it take for idols to reach #1?

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 03:52 AM PST

Recently, idol group TEEN TOP won their very first #1 on a music program with their latest single, “Going Crazy“. For TEEN TOP, who debuted in July of 2010 with their first single ‘Clap‘, the achievement took them exactly 564 days after their debut. This begs the question, how long does it take for idols to reach #1?

On February 4th, an online community posted a topic titled, ‘The time it takes for idols to reach #1 after their debut is...?’

According to the post, the idols who took the shortest time to reach #1 were:

  • CN BLUE: 15 days after their debut with “I Am a Loner
  • miss A: 22 days after their debut with “Bad Girl Good Girl
  • 2NE1: 40 days after their debut with “Fire
  • F.T. Island: 55 days after their debut with “Lovesick

On the other hand, the idols/singers who took the longest time to reach #1 were:

  • K.Will: 1,490 days after his debut with “My heart is Beating
  • Jewelry: 1,494 days after their debut with “Superstar
  • IU: 818 days after her debut with “Good Day

Netizens responded to the interesting post with comments like, “It truly is difficult to reach #1″, “I remember K.Will crying hard when he won #1″ and “It takes some longer than others, but they always give their all for their fans!”

Source & Image: Star Today via Daum

Wonder Girls hand a special mission to ‘Project Runway Korea 4′ contestants

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 03:26 AM PST

allkpop previously reported that the ‘Project Runway Korea 4′ would feature the Wonder Girls as one of its special guests.

It’s been revealed that the Wonder Girls will appear on the show’s upcoming second episode to deliver a mission.

The 15 contestants who made it to the next level were requested to create a stage ensemble that would meld well with their current choreography and concept. It must also showcase the individuality of the Wonder Girls.

The Wonder Girls expressed, “All of our members are big fans of ‘Project Runway Korea’, and never miss a season… With every episode we watch, we get more nervous than the contestants.

Catch this exciting episode at 10:00 p.m. on February 4th (KST)!

Source + Photo: Star News

Kyuhyun’s father opens a Korean language academy in Taiwan

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 02:56 AM PST

On February 4th, Kyuhyun‘s father held a grand opening for his Korean language academy in Taiwan.

Kyuhyun’s groupmate, Shindong, shared a photo from the event through his me2day and wrote, “February 4th, the opening day of Kyuhyun’s father’s Korean language academy (What kind of academy is this, it’s so nice!! In addition, there are broadcasters and reporters, daebak)!! Couldn’t even catch 1/10 of the scene! Kyuhyun, congrats! Hope you’ll experience daebak~~!”

True to Shindong’s words, a huge crowd of people can be seen surrounding the academy’s entrance, with media outlets competing for the best shots and angles. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this photo alone certainly proves the immense popularity of Super Junior in Taiwan.

Netizens commented, “Kyuhyun oppa daebak~ Thrive!!”, “This is almost like a fan signing event…!”, “I want to attend this academy!”

Source + Photo: Shindong’s me2day

X-5′s Jin graduates from high school

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 02:33 AM PST

X-5‘s rapper, Jin, has graduated from high school!

On February 3rd, Jin’s fellow members attended his graduation ceremony at Seoul Apgujeong Chungdam High School to show him their support. X-5 posed for a family photo in front of the school, giving Jin and the camera a thumbs-up.

Jin shared the photo through his personal Twitter and exclaimed, "Everyone~ I graduated high school!" He later uploaded several selcas in his stage costume for “Do You Want To See Me Go Crazy” as a fan service.

Jin’s fans left congratulatory messages, saying, "Finally! Jin's an adult! Congratulations on graduating~~", "Even though it was cold, it's nice to see the members spending the day together", and "Seeing how close you are makes me want to help promote you more to my friends keke~"

X-5 made their comeback last month with their new mini-album 'Dangerous' and are currently promoting their follow-up song, "Do You Want to See Me Go Crazy".

Congratulations, Jin!

Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate

INFINITE directs their own campaign videos against animal abandonment

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 02:05 AM PST

Idol group INFINITE has produced several PSA videos to help advocate against animal abandonment.

The idea was inspired by INFINITE’s dog, Tofu, who became a temporary family member along with two other Jindo puppies for KBS‘s variety show, ‘Birth of a Family‘.

Since INFINITE can’t keep the puppies, they’ve been made available for adoption through the show. Out of the three, Tofu has yet to find a home; he will have to return to the animal shelter if no one claims him by the end. The boys learned that Tofu’s case is similar to that of the 100,000+ dogs who get abandoned every year.

Disturbed by this issue, the members decided to launch a campaign against animal abandonment. The boys ran the entire production, from PR to filming and acting.

In the videos, the members tried to convey the betrayal felt by a dog when their owner abandons them. “We were happy… Were you…. Were you so good to me so that you could do this? Did you not love me?“, they asked.

Each PSA ends with the message, “If they could speak, would you still throw them away?

Check out the first two PSAs featuring Sungyeol and L below!

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Source & Image: Newsen
Tip: spongegi

MBC responds to Lee Hyori’s angry tweets about misreporting

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 01:31 AM PST

MBC Everyone's new show has come under fire for falsely reporting about the places Lee Hyori frequents. The network has promised that they will investigate the matter in order to find out what happened.

An insider from MBC Everyone told Star News on February 3rd that, "Before we created this program about the places that Lee Hyori frequents, we obtained consent from her staff. We changed up the story a little with her staff’s agreement.”

The insider continued, "We do not create programs that lack evidence. Lee Hyori did go into these stores, but we can see that she is uncomfortable with them being called stores that she frequents."

"We will hold further inspections into this matter," they said.

Unimpressed by MBC’s explanation, Lee Hyori left the following message on her Twitter: “Even if you report false information and deliver a fake interview to the public, it’ll probably get hushed up and go unnoticed. The opponent is huge and powerful.”

Wryly, she continued, “For those reporters who are trying to direct the story in a way to make it seem like this is all due to the rashness of a mere celebrity, your intentions are obvious~ Please go have brunch at the place I apparently frequent, and leave me a mention about whether it’s good or not.”

The controversy came about after Hyori vented her anger on Twitter earlier. The program in question is an upcoming program called ‘Daebak Code 777‘, and it contains a section that follows a celebrity for a day, reporting on where they like to frequent. MBC Everyone mentioned several stores and places that Hyori denied having any knowledge about, or only visited occasionally in the past.

Source & Image: Star News 1, 2

Kangta, Gil, Baek Ji Young, & Shin Seung Hoon to serve as coaches on ‘Voice Korea’

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 12:47 AM PST

Prior to the pilot broadcast for ‘Voice Korea‘, Mnet aired a special called ‘Mnet Voice Korea V-Point’ on February 3rd to further heighten anticipation for the show.

The four coaches (Shin Seung Hoon, Baek Ji Young, Kangta, and Leessang‘s Gil) each revealed what they’ll be looking for in the contestants.

Shin Seung Hoon emphasized vocal ability as well as individuality. “There is no absolute standard for music,” he said. “One may possess great vocals and receive a lot of love, but another may possess a distinct individuality that garners love as well. I’ll be looking at both simultaneously.”

Baek Ji Young revealed that she would be focusing her attention on the contestants’ understanding of the songs. “There is one factor that I’ll be looking for specifically. …Since we’ll have to decide on their voices, I think it’s important to look at how well they express themselves [through the song]. Expression and understanding [of the song] will be the main things I’m planning to look for.”

Gil added, “I will be looking for something unconventional. They can be a bit off rhythm. Their pitch can be a bit off. However, when they sing a song that they love, their love for the song must truly be conveyed. The ability to convey their emotions is as important as music itself.”

The final coach, Kangta, revealed that he agreed with Shin Seung Hoon on the importance of individuality. However, he added that a contestant’s potential was one of the key things he would take into account. “I’ll be picking those with individuality and potential. I want to meet someone who has their own unique color,” he said.

Catch the first episode of ‘Voice Korea’ on February 10th!

Source + Photo: TV Report

Performances from February 4th’s episode of ‘Music Core’

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 12:24 AM PST

MBC's 'Music Core' is back once again with another fun and exciting show!

Although Yuri bid farewell on last week’s episode, the show brought some special guests to MC for today including F.T. Island‘s Hongki, Junghoon, and Jaejin! Next week, the show will officially begin with new MCs Taeyeon and Seohyun alongside Tiffany.

Aside from the usual performances on tonight’s episode, Brown Eyed GirlsMiryo made her solo debut with “Dirty“. Block B returned to the stage with “Nanrina“, and F.T. Island continued to put on an amazing performance with their new title track “Severely“.

Furthermore, LEDApple is back with a new track titled “Time Is Up“, and Chocolat continues promotions with a brand new follow-up song titled “One More Day“.

Check out the adorable MC cuts below!

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Performances from today's show includes MBLAQ, T-ara, TEEN TOP, B.A.P, Dal Shabet, Boyfriend, Nine Muses, Sunny Hill, Rainbow Pixie, Brian Joo, Koyote, CHAOS, Lee Hyun (8eight), AXIZ, Park Hyun Bin, LEDApple, and Chocolat!

Check them out below!

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F.T. Island makes a hot comeback with “Severely” on ‘Music Core’

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 12:07 AM PST

F.T. Island has returned to the music scene once again with a brand new mini-album titled 'Grown Up'!

The boys made their way to the stage of MBC's 'Music Core' where they held their third comeback stage for their title track "Severely", impressing fans as they always have been.

Be sure to check out F.T. Island's heart-felt performance below!

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Brown Eyed Girls’ Miryo makes a “Dirty” debut on ‘Music Core’!

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 11:54 PM PST

Brown Eyed Girls' member Miryo is stepping out on her own as a solo singer!

On the February 4th episode of MBC's 'Music Core', Miryo finally held her third debut stage, and continued promotions with her title track “Dirty“, which was just recently banned by KBS (and also forced the idol to perform “Leggo” on yesterday’s episode of ‘Music Bank‘).

Her mini-album titled 'Miryo aka Johoney' was produced by none other than One Way's Chance, producer for many other artists including B1A4, NS Yoon-G, MBLAQ, and more!

Without further ado, check out Miryo's stunning debut below!

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Block B returns to ‘Music Core’ with “Nanrina”!

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 11:09 PM PST

The seven boys of talented hip-hop group Block B are finally back with a new mini-album titled 'Welcome to the Block'.

When fans first heard that all the tracks were composed by Zico himself, attention grew instantaneously which ultimately led to the welcoming of new fans.

The boys returned to the stage on today's episode of MBC's 'Music Core' to perform their title track, "Nanrina".

Check it out below!

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