Friday, February 10, 2012

"Big Bang estimated to earn over $180,000 a day in 2012" plus 19 more

"Big Bang estimated to earn over $180,000 a day in 2012" plus 19 more

Big Bang estimated to earn over $180,000 a day in 2012

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:00 AM PST

An estimate of Big Bang‘s daily earnings has been revealed, shocking fans and netizens everywhere.

According to a celebrity X-file reported on February 9th by LIG Investment & Securities analyst Jung Yoo Suk, Big Bang is estimated to rake in an impressive amount of over $69 million USD this year, which means they would make over $180,000 per day (over $7500 an hour). Although the boys were only active for the first half of 2011, Big Bang still managed to earn well over $25 Million USD last year.

Analyst Jung remarked, “YG Entertainment places much emphasis on their groups Big Bang and 2NE1, who combined earn over 70% of YG’s total profits. This is highly risky, but as long as they continue to debut new groups, the risk percentage will decrease over time.”

Fans who read the reports responded saying, “Corporation on wheels“, “I hope they make their comeback soon“, “Daebak“, “I want to be Big Bang just for a day“, and more.

Source & Image: TVReport via Nate
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

AA celebrates 100th day anniversary with special MV

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 08:22 AM PST

In order to celebrate the 100th day since their debut, the boys of AA have put together a special music video for their song “Call“!

The video reveals footage of the boys off-stage, and fans get a chance to see the members’ playful and charming personalities.

The video was made and directed by member Aoora, which makes this MV all the more meaningful.

Check it out below!

Tip : purebeef

jTBC responds to accusations of using Yoochun’s pictures

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:46 AM PST

jTBC has issued an official statement in response to the accusations of using JYJ member Yoochun‘s photos.

During a phone interview that took place on February 10th with StarN, a jTBC representative remarked, “It is true that we have released a report regarding an idol star and naked photos, however, we did not make any mention of Park Yoochun.”

Ahead of this on the 9th, jTBC reported that the former girlfriend of an unnamed idol star was using naked photos to blackmail him for over $800,000 USD.

In the report, they had used blurred photos of Park Yoochun and netizens had found the original copies of the photos in comparison, thus drawing conclusions that the idol star was Yoochun.

However, jTBC stood their ground saying, “We did not violate any principles of news reporting. The photos were pixelated / blurred before being released, and we have never revealed the identity of the idol star in question. It was the third parties who speculated that the idol star was Park Yoochun, and therefore it has nothing to do with us.”

Meanwhile, JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment strongly denied the reports saying, “The idol star in question is not Park Yoochun. In the event that these rumors prove to be false and an invasion of privacy, we will immediately seek legal action through legal advisors.”

Source & Image: Star News via FN News

Running Man PD assures that Song Ji Hyo’s relationship hasn’t affected the ‘Monday Couple’

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:08 AM PST

Actress Song Ji Hyo took part in her first ’Running Man‘ shoot after news broke out about her relationship with the CEO of her agency, C-JeS Entertainment.

The shoot took place in Busan on February 6th, and fans were anxious to know how this would affect her relationship with co-star Gary on the program. Song Ji Hyo and Gary make up the ‘Monday Couple’, a team that’s drawn great popularity on the program because of the couple’s affection for one another.

‘Running Man’ PD Cho Hyo Jin informed MyDaily that, ”It was the first shoot after the news broke, but the atmosphere on set wasn’t much different from how it’s always been. As always, it was a pleasant shoot. Nothing special.

After her relationship was made public, the actress had apologized via text messages to all her ‘Running Man’ cast members, including Gary, who responded via Twitter.

Cho PD remarked, “To be honest, it’s nothing she needs to feel or be sorry for. I think she did that because she’s just a really sweet girl. They did mention her new relationship during the shoot, but they were supportive and encouraging. If it’s funny, we will include it in the episode; if not, it will get edited [out].”

Song Ji Hyo and Gary were also on the same team, and they were their usual ‘Monday Couple’ selves,” Cho continued. “They weren’t awkward at all, nothing different from how it’s always been.”

In related news, Lee Da Hae and Oh Ji Ho served as the special guests on the episode. ‘Part 1′ will air on the 19th, while ‘Part 2′ will air on the 26th.

Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate

Uhm Jung Hwa names her favorite idol groups

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:31 AM PST

With the rise of popular idol groups, a favorite question asked by reporters these days is, “Which male and female groups have been catching your eye?

On February 9th, singer/actress Uhm Jung Hwa guested on SBS’s ‘Choi Hwa Jung’s Powertime‘ radio, where she too was posed this question.

Without hesitation, Uhm Jung Hwa replied, “I like TEEN TOP. These days, [I think] TEEN TOP is so cute.”

She continued, “The female groups that I like are Girls’ Generation and T-ara.

Furthermore, when asked about the type of guy she liked, Uhm Jung Hwa revealed, “I like sexy guys. Whether its their hands or their speech that’s sexy, I usually like sexy guys.”

Uhm Jung Hwa recently released a new movie titled ‘Dancing Queen‘, where she plays a housewife of a mayoral candidate who hopes to become a star.

Source + Image: Naver

‘Etude’ reveals a making-of video feat. 2NE1′s Dara and SHINee

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:58 AM PST

Earlier, we reported that cosmetics brand Etude House picked up two of Korea’s biggest superstars to help endorse their products this year. After releasing several CFs and videos with SHINee and 2NE1‘s Sandara Park, Etude has unveiled a making-of video from the recording studio and filming set.

Fans got to see Sandara posing and dancing right alongside SHINee, who sang and exhibited goofy antics for the camera. Both idols helped Etude endorse their ‘Skin Malgem‘ toner.

Check out the making-of video below! (You can also click here and here for Sandara’s CF and SHINee’s song, respectively)

Who is the best ‘Valentine’s Day Star Couple’?

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:27 AM PST

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means chocolate exchanges, romantic dinners, and flower bouquets for couples in love. Naturally, this includes celebrity couples as well, and netizens became curious to see which couple would stand out the most.

Music site ‘Monkey3‘ is famous for conducting online surveys, and they decided to hold another one in light of the upcoming holiday.

From February 2nd to the 8th, participants were asked, “Which star couple would make Valentine’s Day shine the most?

The top recipient was none other than Se7en and Park Han Byul!  The couple have been going out for 10 years, and so they collected 35 percent of the total votes, bumping off all other competitors.

Others couples included Kara‘s Goo Hara and B2ST‘s Yong Junhyung (19%), Gong Hyo Jin and Ryu Seung Bum (15%), and SG Wannabe‘s Kim Yong Jun & Hwang Jung Eum (13%).

Do you agree with the results?  Who else do you think should have made it on the list?

Source + Photos: Nate

Miryo and Girls’ Generation’s Sunny release “I Love You, I Love You” MV

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 04:53 AM PST

On February 10th, Brown Eyed GirlsMiryo unveiled a special surprise for her fans!

The rapper teamed up with Girls’ Generation member Sunny for a track in her album called “I Love You, I Love You“. The lyrics in the song express a girl’s regret over pushing her lover away because of her anger and pride. She holds onto the memories, but eventually realizes that she has to let him (and them) go.

The music video for “I Love You, I Love You” is comprised of behind-the-scenes clips from Miryo’s recording studio, photoshoots, and dance rehearsals. Girls’ Generation fans will find Sunny working with Miryo in the recording room.

Check out the MV below!

Tip: gainism

EXID discusses their reaction to hate comments + reveals what sets them apart

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 04:35 AM PST

There’s no denying that there’s been a flood of idol groups over the past few years. With groups debuting left, right, and center, it’s taking more and more to impress the public and earn a place in the sun.

EXID (pronounced “ee-ex-ID“), a rookie girl group formed by producer Shinsadong Tiger, is one of the new idol groups who are well aware of the situation. The members stated, “Thanks to Shinsadong Tiger oppa, we have been one of the top-searched groups online, and we received a lot of attention. It seems that they’re giving us attention before our debut because of our association with such a famous composer. Although it’s a little uncomfortable being in the spotlight before our debut, we are really thankful.”

The girls also addressed the hate comments that they’ve come across. “We looked for articles on ourselves and read the comments; we also saw that there were a lot of negative replies. Since there are so many rookies coming out, there were a lot of comments that went along the lines of, ‘Another rookie?’ or ‘Probably another auto-tuned group’.”

However, EXID isn’t discouraged — rather, they feel excited and thankful for the attention. They stated, “When we see negative comments like that, we get excited. The excitement rise from the thought of being able to show them our performances and changing their minds. None of the members have been hurt by the negative comments.”

“Truthfully, there are more hateful comments about Tiger oppa than there are about us. He was pained by them,” they added with laughter.

Despite the public’s negative view, the members seem confident that they could become a group that will stand out from the rest. They asserted, “We think that we have our own distinguishing factor.”

The members point out that one factor that could distinguish them from most idol groups came from Shinsadong Tiger and his willingness to give the girls freedom in the way they practice; he also gives them creative liberties in their music and choreography.

EXID stated, “Tiger oppa has a loose training policy, so he gives us freedom in the way we practice. There is no ‘Do this, do that, there’s a lesson at this time’. On the contrary, it’s us who asks him to find us instructors. He lets us practice in the way we want.”

They continued, “As a result, we bonded together to practice, and write up our opinions on hair and costumes to submit to him. He helps us find a color of our own. We have also participated in our album, and even wrote our own songs.”

“It’s an atmosphere in which we can put in our own ideas. Rather than just assigning us a concept or choreography, he helps us come up with our own, and thus, we end up trying harder due to a sense of responsibility. Couldn’t this be something that distinguishes us?”

Source + Photo: Newsen

B2ST snaps a group photo in front of the Eiffel Tower

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 04:12 AM PST

Idol group B2ST recently flew to Paris to take part in KBS‘s ‘Music Bank in Paris‘ at the Bercy stadium. After wrapping up the show on February 8th, the boys finally got some time to explore the city.

For most tourists, no visit to Paris is complete without taking a photo in front of the famous Eiffel Tower. Though it was dark and cold, the boys managed to take a clever group shot in front of the tower with all six members. Yoseob later shared this photo with fans through his Twitter.

It’s great to see B2ST having some downtime before they bustle off to their next schedule. Stay warm, boys!

Source + Image: Yoseob’s Twitter

After School reveals tracklist + jacket covers for first Japanese album, ‘PLAYGIRLZ’

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 03:44 AM PST

Via tokyohive:

After School will be releasing their first full-length Japanese album entitled “PLAYGIRLZ” in March.

The album will include their debut Japanese single “Bang!“, as well as their second and third singles, “Diva” and “Rambling girls/Because of you“. Fans will also find the Japanese version of “Shampoo“, in addition to a new song called, “Just in time“, the CF theme for accessories brand Samantha Thavasa.

‘PLAYGIRLZ’ will be available in three versions: CD-Only, CD+DVD, and Limited Edition. The CD-Only features a bonus track from Orange Caramel called “Shanghai Romance“; meanwhile, both CD+DVD and Limited Editions will come with a DVD containing concert footage from the “AFTER SCHOOL JAPAN PREMIUM PARTY -Bang! Bang! Bang!“, held at the Akasaka BLITZ on July 17th, 2011.

The extra bundle editions will also include a ticket to their CD release party for “Rambling girls/Because of you” and “PLAYGIRLZ”, as well as 1 of 10 original trading cards (first press only). All these extra bonuses will be encased in a cardboard slip cover.

‘PLAYGIRLZ’ will be released on March 14th. In the meantime, check out the jacket images and track list details below!


< Limited Edition >

< Track List >
01. Rip off
02. Rambling girls
03. BROKEN HEART feat. Jung-A, Raina, Nana, E-Young
04. Diva (Japan Ver.)
05. Just in time
06. Shampoo (Japan Ver.)
07. Because of you (Japan Ver.)
08. Gimme Love
09. Miss Futuristic feat. Khai, Juyeo, U-ie, Lizzy
10. Bang! (Japan Ver.)
11. Tell me

< DVD >
◆Japan Premium Party -Bang! Bang! Bang!- Live at AKASAKA BLITZ
・Because of you
・Talk Corner
・Someone is you
・Let's Do It!
・Bang! (Japan Ver.)

Trading cards


< CD + DVD >

< DVD >

01. Let's Do It!【Japan Ver.】
02. Bang【Japan Ver.】
03. Tap Slap
04. Diva【Japan Ver.】
05. Rambling girls
06. Bang【Japan Ver.】-Dance Edit Ver.-
07. Diva【Japan Ver.】-Dance Edit Ver.-
08. Rambling girls -Dance Edit Ver.-
Shanghai Romance【Korea Ver.】MUSIC VIDEO / Orange Caramel
Off-shoot from their first year in Japan.


< Normal Edition >


Source: Official Website
Tip: neika

Girls’ Generation member Sooyoung celebrates her 22nd birthday

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 03:13 AM PST

Girls’ Generation have been busy bees in France, as they attended KBS‘s ‘Music Festival in Paris‘ before performing on the French talk show, ‘Le Grand Journal. But while the girls are on the road, they didn’t forget to celebrate member Sooyoung‘s 22nd birthday!

On February 9th, Girls’ Generation held a press conference where they talked about their plans for Europe. Afterwards, a cake was rolled out for Sooyoung, kicking off a surprise birthday party. Sooyoung was also given a bouquet with 22 pink roses, one for each year, which drew a big smile from the star.

Happy birthday, Sooyoung!

Source + Image: Newsen

T-ara wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from February 10th!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 02:56 AM PST

KBS's 'Music Bank' is back with another fun and exciting show that was chock-full of amazing performances!

The MCs for tonight's episode were After School's UEE and special MC guest Nana!

Aside from the usual stages, both SPICA and Ailee made their debuts today with Russian Roulette and Heaven, respectively.

Comeback stages for tonight include Davichi with “I’ll Think Of You“, Stellar with “UFO, Sweet Sorrow with “VIVA!, and M.Street with “My Angel“.

As for the winners, MBLAQ faced off against T-ara for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was T-ara who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Lovey Dovey".

Congratulations to T-ara!



[ Next Week's Teasers ]

K.Will‘s comeback was teased for next week’s episode of ‘Music Bank’!


[ Backstage Interviews ]

< B.A.P + Block B + TEEN TOP + Boyfriend + LEDApple >


Others who performed tonight included: MBLAQ, T-ara, F.T. Island, TEEN TOP, Miryo (Brown Eyed Girls), Boyfriend, F.I.X, M.Street, Wink, J-Cera, Sunny Hill, B.A.P, Chocolat, LEDApple, Block B, Dal Shabet, Nine Muses, Buga Kingz, Lee Hyun (8eight), and Brian Joo!

Check out the performances below, and be sure to check out today’s debut/comeback performances by clicking their respective name/song above!:


< F.I.X >


< M.Street > ***Comeback Stage***


< Wink (with Brian Joo) >


< J-Cera >


< Sunny Hill (with TEEN TOP’s Niel) >


< B.A.P >


< Chocolat >


< LEDApple >


< Block B >


< Miryo (Brown Eyed Girls) >


< Dal Shabet >


< Boyfriend >


< Nine Muses >


< Buga Kingz >


< Lee Hyun (8eight) >


< Brian Joo >




< F.T. Island >


< T-ara >




Davichi says “I’ll Think Of You” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 02:32 AM PST

Power vocalist female duo Davichi has recently made their way back into the music scene once more with a beautiful new track titled “I’ll Think Of You“.

Back on February 6th, the girls unveiled the sweet and simple music video, which partially showed the girls working closely together on the recording of the track itself.

On today’s episode of KBSMusic Bank‘, Davichi returned to the stage to perform their new single.

Check it out below and you can see the full  ’Music Bank’ performances here.


Sweet Sorrow rocks the stage with “VIVA!” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 02:04 AM PST

The four boys of talented vocalist group Sweet Sorrow return to the stage on KBS‘s ‘Music Bank‘ to perform their new title track titled “VIVA!“.

The jazz-based track acts as a refreshing change from the norm that viewers are used to seeing, especially on the popular weekly music programs.

Today’s performance includes a special feature from Brave GirlsYejin who fills in the spot of Lee Sora.

Check it out below and you can see the full  ’Music Bank’ performances here.


SPICA makes their debut with “Russian Roulette” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 01:59 AM PST

Girl group SPICA have finally launched their debut by releasing their latest single titled "Russian Roulette"!

SPICA quickly became one of this year's most highly-anticipated rookies, as they decided not to adopt the usual girl group formula of aegyo combined with electronic pop music. Instead, the girls have delivered a powerful song that truly lets their vocal colors shine, along with a video that's provocative yet fresh.

With that said, the ladies of SPICA continued to put on a wonderful debut performance for today's episode of 'Music Bank'.

Check it out below and you can see the full  ’Music Bank’ performances here.


Ailee makes an angelic debut with “Heaven” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 01:53 AM PST

Rookie singer and former YouTube sensation Ailee has finally made her way into the Korean music scene with the release of her first digital single titled "Heaven"!

Composed by the one and only Wheesung, the song allows for Ailee's stunning vocals to shine through which instantly made the track a big hit.

On today's episode of 'Music Bank', Ailee takes the stage for the second time to perform "Heaven".

Check it out the beautiful Ailee below and you can see the full  'Music Bank' performances here!


Stellar hits the stage with “UFO” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 01:33 AM PST

Having teased fans with two music video teasers in the past few days, girl group Stellar returns to the music scene with a fresh new song and style!

Although the group underwent member changes, the quadruplet is coming back stronger than ever with a catchy song which is sure to grab the attention of those unfamiliar with the group.

Be sure to check out the girls' second comeback stage for "UFO" below and you can see the full  'Music Bank' performances here!


Tei addresses rumors about his sexual orientation

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 01:17 AM PST

Singer Tei denied the rumors about him being homosexual.

On the 10th, Tei guested on “Live – Today Morning” and put down to rest the rumors in regards to his sexual orientation. He stated, “I don’t drink or smoke, and I’ve hung out with my guy friends drinking coffee and going to the movies for many years, which is why I think the rumors started. I am definitely not gay.”

Tei’s openness about his close friendships with other male celebrities also fueled these rumors. He was suspected to be dating good friend and singer Na Yoon Kwon. Tei explained, “I scheduled a trip to Thailand with my friends, but Na Yoon Kwon was the only one that could fit it into his schedule so we went together. I already had gay rumors floating around, and after I went on a trip with a guy, it blew up into a dating scandal.” He lightened the mood as he stated, “I go crazy for girls” – causing everyone to laugh.

He did admit to a different rumor, however. For the rumors on plastic surgery, he admitted, “I had a minor procedure done, but that’s about it.”

Source: Sports Chosun via Naver

New ’1N2D’ PD reveals cast list for season two

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 12:44 AM PST

With Korean entertainment forums buzzing over who will stay and who will go from the beloved cast of KBS’s ‘1 Night 2 Days‘ (‘1N2D‘), the show’s new director Choi Ja Hyung, has finally shared some new details.

On February 9th, Choi Ja Hyung revealed, “It’s true that there will be members from season 1, in addition to new members, but the cast has not yet been finalized.”

He continued, “Next week, we will confirm the members because it’s possible that there will be some last minute casting changes. I guess you’ll know at our first recording on February 24th.”

PD Choi Ja Hyung revealed that the current cast for ’1N2D – Season 2′ includes existing members Lee Soo Geun, Uhm Tae Woong, and Kim Jong Min; they will be joined by Kim Seung Woo, Joo Won, and Sung Si Kyung.

Choi Ja Hyung added, “Right now no one knows for sure if it’ll be six or seven members”.

Another official from KBS also revealed, “The basic format for ’1N2D Season 2′ will not change greatly. It plans to continue the existing format. Under the direction of Choi Ja Hyung PD, we believe that it will be even more fun [for viewers to watch]“.

The new season of  ’1N2D’ will record its first episode on February 24th and will air on March 4th.

What are your thoughts on the show’s upcoming season with the current cast list?

Source + Image: TV Report and Dailian