Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"CNBLUE performs on MTV Japan‘s Unplugged" plus 19 more

"CNBLUE performs on MTV Japan‘s Unplugged" plus 19 more

CNBLUE performs on MTV Japan‘s Unplugged

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 09:19 AM PST

On February 29th, Korean rock band CNBLUE made an appearance on MTV Japan's Unplugged, taking the title as the first ever Korean artist to appear on the show.

MTV Unplugged is a music program that features intimate, acoustic sets from world-class artists like Eric Clapton, Oasis and Mariah Carey. Japan's own version of the program began its broadcast last July.

The boys played a 12-song set that included some of their Japanese hits like "Let's Go Crazy", "Try Again, Smile Again" and "Kimio". In addition, the band also debuted the acoustic rendition for their Japanese major-label debut single, "In My Head", as well as their newest number, "Where You Are".

Aside from their flawless performance, CNBLUE made headlines with the number of ticket requests made for the show. Reportedly, they drew a whopping 15,000 applications from fans wishing to attend the show (MTV Unplugged Japan only accepts 150 attendees).

After the show, the members expressed their gratitude to the attendees, stating that they were "very surprised to hear how many people requested tickets for our show" and that they "worked very hard to put on their best performance for the fans."

CNBLUE made their major label debut in October with the song "In My Head", which sold an impressive number of 100,000 copies.

Check out their performance below!

Tip: sachiko erin

IU’s PV for Japanese debut single “Good Day” released

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 09:04 AM PST

Via tokyohive:

On March 21st, 2012, Korea’s little sister IU will be releasing her debut Japanese single “Good Day“. Ahead of this release, the promotional video for her lead debut single has been revealed.

On March 1st (Japan Standard Time), IU’s official Japanese homepage added the PV for “Good Day”.

“Good Day” is an award winning song in Korea and helped launched her career into the stratosphere. Check out the Japanese PV for “Good Day” below!

Source: IU’s official homepage
Tip: squishyblob

Part 1 of SHINee and 2NE1′s Dara ‘Etude Kiss Note’ Story revealed

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 08:26 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 numerous teasers and photo shoots with SHINee and 2NE1‘s Sandara Park, Etude has now revealed Part 1 of their “Kiss Note” story.

Part 1 is titled: The Story of Coral Color Lips in the Day Love Begun Shyly. In the video, Sandara Park is a student in class only to receive a kiss on the forehead from teacher Jonghyun after writing his name in the notebook.

Check out the video below!

Episode 1 : The start of coral lip’s tender shy love.
Is it possible to express myself in color? Tender shy coral
If you write the name of the person you want on this KISS NOTE then you will kiss him…?

KARA’s full PV for “Girl’s Power” revealed

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:56 AM PST

Via tokyohive:

After unveiling the full PV for Speed Up yesterday, the full PV for the second double A side single “Girl’s Power” has been revealed.

Unlike “Speed Up”, this track is more in line with the classic formula that has achieved much success for KARA in Japan. Check out the PV below!

Which do you prefer, “Speed Up” or “Girl’s Power”?

Tip: Nicori

2PM’s Chansung admits he has the best body amongst the members

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:22 AM PST


2PM member Chansung revealed his killer abs on ‘Radio Star‘.

Entertainer Cho Young Goo, composer Joo Young Hoon, singer Jun Hae Bin, and 2PM’s Chansung guest-featured on the ‘Athletic Body’ special of MBC‘s ‘Radio Star’ on February 29th.

In regards to why Chansung was chosen to be on the show amongst the 2PM members who all happen to be incredibly fit, MC Yoo Sae Yoon guessed that Chansung seemed like he had the most free time, and he would be one to throw out hilarious, thoughtless answers.

Chansung responded,”Both your guesses are correct. I had a free slot in my schedule, so I came here.”

And when asked who was the most buff 2PM member, Chansung answered, “It depends, it’s a different member all the time.

Jun Hae Bin then added that the member with the most time on their hands should have the best body, and Chansung acknowledged her statement by saying, “Right now, I have the best body,” causing everyone to erupt in laughter.

Do you agree that Chansung has the best body? Let us know below!



Source & Image : TVDaily via Nate

Cha Seung Won chosen as endorsement model for Maserati

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:37 AM PST

Actor Cha Seung Won has become the new endorsement model for the automobile brand, Maserati.

Cha Seung Won attended the Maserati automobile gallery in Korea on the 29th, in order to advertise the brand. FMK stated, “Cha Seung Won’s strong charismatic image will go well with the Maserati brand,” explaining the reason why he was chosen.

In related news, Cha Seung Won had gained more popularity through his last drama ‘The Greatest Love’, creating a Dok-go Jin fever.

Source + image via nate

Superstar K3′s Busker Busker & Oolala Session to debut soon

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:46 AM PST

Mnet revealed today that the winner of Mnet’s ‘Superstar K3′ Oolala Session and runner-up Busker Busker will debut sometime between March and April.

Mnet claimed, “Oolala Session’s album will be released in April. The music industry of CJ E&M, famous composers, musicians, and music video directors have gathered to bring out the best of Oolala Session’s unique character into the album. Tons of effort and talent are comprised into this album and will definitely authenticate their win on Superstar K3.”

Moreover Mnet revealed, “Busker Busker has been incorporating their powerful passion and focus into their music, and as a result will be debuting in March. Brad (one of the members of Busker Busker) will be included in their debut.”

A representative of the music industry of CJ E&M stated, “CJ E&M will utilize its incubating system to debut the Top 11 (of Superstar K3) step by step.”

Make sure you keep an eye out for both Busker Busker and Oolala Session in March and April!


Source & Image: Star News via Nate

[Spoilers: Dream High 2] HershE struggles with disbandment

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:00 AM PST

The tenth episode of ‘Dream High 2‘ concentrated on the idol sphere, in which it brought out an issue in the entertainment world, group disbandment and its ramifications, and began Nana’s journey (SISTAR‘s Hyorin) to her dreams.

After Nana’s vocal problems worsen during the super idol audition, she visits the hospital and learns of heartbreaking news. Her vocal cords have deteriorated due to her neglect as Nana had brushed it aside as a minor cold. As she is diagnosed with vocal fold cyst, the doctor gives her the option of undergoing surgery. However, the side effects of the surgery include a shorter pitch range and a different vocal tone.

Pained by the possibility of not being able to retain her pure voice, her gift, Nana submits a withdrawal letter to her teacher and is hospitalized. After Rian (T-ara‘s Jiyeon) discovers that Nana is in the same hospital as her, she tries to comfort her thinking Nana only has a cold. However, Nana coldly shrugs off Rian’s helping hand, creating a fissure between their shaky friendship and teamwork. Nana’s journey in confronting her dreams is even more shaken by President Lee’s decision to possibly disband HershE.

With Nana and Rian both in the hospital and their relationships with HershE splintering, President Lee decides to disband them to place them as the super idol contestants, much to the outrage of Teacher Ji Soo (After School‘s Kahi) and JB. Although Rian and her mother are upset, Rian hurriedly runs out of her hospital room to search for Nana, only to find her missing. After Si Woo (Park Seo Joon) and Rian frantically look for her, they finally find her in the corner of the practice room.

As Nana begins to cry, “Singing was everything, the sound was everything. I lost it“, Rian responds angrily, “Why is singing everything? Why is [your] voice everything? What about me? Ailee? If HershE breaks up, is it the end for us? Aren’t we friends?” JB and Ailee also join in and encourage Nana to find her dream again, to have hope for her surgery. To embolden Nana, and to stand up against HershE’s disbandment, JB announces to the crowd that HershE will continue united and holds an impromptu performance of g.o.d‘s “One Candle” with the other idols.

Check out their performance below!



[Note: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of allkpop.]

‘Dream High 2′ took a step backward in the board game of winning my love and adulation with this little arc. The conflict of Nana opens up its problems, themes of friendship and teamwork, and then… resolves it in about ten minutes. While I personally don’t want to compare the first ‘Dream High’ with the second production, as I strongly believe that each should stand on its own, Nana’s confrontation with having her dream annihilated corresponds very much with Sam Dong‘s realization of possibly being deaf, destroying his dream to sing. But again, ‘Dream High 2′ fails to bring us that emotional passion, that relationship with the character in wanting to see her succeed, hoping to open the light to her path.

Putting acting criticism aside, the storyline fails to fully compose the character of Nana. Yes, we saw her in the showcase episodes when Hong Joo gave up the stage for her and she had vocal problems, but she was too much of a one-dimensional character. The Nana who turns in her withdrawal letter contrasts too much from the optimistic character we had known. Most importantly though, the plot doesn’t emphasize Nana’s conflict with her dreams, the anguish and bitterness in attempting to search for a light of hope but only to become more dejected.

However, the integration of JB’s lesson of friendship and teamwork, when he had cast aside Si Woo so easily before, was very fitting to the Nana sequence. The true emotional part was when the idols remember their joyful and carefree past, their first meetings and the friendships they had instantly created, contrasting from their present cracked relationships. In addition, I loved the improptu g.o.d performance, paralleling the “We are the B” performance by Team B, as both JB and Hyesung demonstrated their transformation. Had the writers prolonged the HershE sequence and weaved it throughout various episodes, rather than clumping it in just one, the painting of the idol world would have been much more coherent.

KARA member Seungyeon’s abs attract attention

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 04:47 AM PST


A recent photo of KARA‘s Seungyeon has been attracting a lot of attention for revealing the unexpected abs of the baby faced star. The photo was taken at KARA’s concert rehearsal on February 18th-19th at Seoul’s Olympic Park.

People are reported to be surprised that Seungyeon has such a toned looking stomach as she’s known for her cute baby face. Fans commented, “Unexpected body,” “Hard abs and a baby face,” and “So cool.”

KARA wrapped up their first stop in Seoul for their solo Asian tour ‘KARASIA‘ successfully.


Source + Photo: BNT News via Nate

Park Gyuri tweets about her vocal cord surgery

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 03:45 AM PST

KARA’s Park Gyuri spoke out about the her vocal cord surgery after her operation.

Gyuri tweeted “Why are my vocal cords so stressed? I’m afraid to even voice a sound.” Later she added, “I’m already crying this early in the day. Agh..

Gyuri was diagnosed last November and completed her surgery on February 21st. She has halted all her schedules to recover.

Netizens replied with encouraging words, “Noona, feel better!“, “A singer’s gold is her voice“, and “We hope to see you healthy again on stage!

Source & Image: Star News via Nate

T-ara’s Eunjung shares a photo from Tokyo

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 03:42 AM PST

T-ara’s Eunjung shared a recent selca from Tokyo.

On February 28th, Eunjung posted via Twitter, “Was this on a day after doing location shoots and photoshoots for 4 different magazines? I’m welcoming Spring in Tokyo. How’s it in Seoul? I’m coming back soon. I miss everyone”.

In the photo attached to the post, Eunjung is holding up a peace sign while smiling at the mirror. Whether it’s because of her hair covering her face or the angle, it seems that Eunjung has lost a lot of fat on her face. Although Eunjung matured a lot from her child actress days, she had always kept her chubby cheeks.

Netizens commented, “I thought it wasn’t you for a moment, Eunjung noona”, “The chubby cheeks were cute, but skinny face Eunjung is attractive, too”, “I like your hair better when it’s a bit messy”, “I mean, she is in her blooming years. She’s getting prettier and prettier”.

Source: Eunjung’s Twitter

Secret member Hyosung’s graduation photos draw attention

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:54 AM PST

SECRET’s Hyosung‘s graduation photos have recently been drawing widespread attention on the internet.

On an online community forum, five graduation photos of Hyosung were revealed under the title of “Full Release of the Evolution Process of Jun Hyosung”.

In the post, there were graduation photos of Hyosung all the way from elementary school up to high school. Hyosung had a country girl type of innocent look back in the day.

Hyosung’s beauty started bursting in high school, as she radiates in the photos with her milky, clear complexion and long, black hair.

Netizens commented, “It seems Hyosung has evolved well”, “Innocent Hyosung is the best”, “Hyosung graduation photos daebak”.

Source: SeoulNTN via Naver

Goo Hara transforms into “Black Hara”

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:48 AM PST

KARA’s Goo Hara transformed into “Black Hara” in the music video for their Japanese single, ‘Speed Up‘. Her black outfit, tight bang hairstyle, and dark smokey makeup has caught the attention of viewers.

Netizens complimented her saying, “I’m excited to see Goo Hara succeed in Japan”, “I thought this was Amuro Namie”, and “I’m liking this Black Hara concept!”

What do you think? Do you like “Black Hara” or prefer her cute and bubbly image?

Source & Image: Star News via Nate

miss A’s Min spotted recording for B1A4′s upcoming album

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:38 AM PST

A  few recent snapshots from the set of B1A4‘s recording set has been gaining attention.

The photos were uploaded onto an online Korean community with the title, “B1A4 Album Preview”. In the photos were B1A4 member Baro and a mystery girl recording together.

As curiosity over the mystery female singer grew, WM Entertainment revealed that the mystery girl was none other than miss A‘s Min. WM Entertainment stated, “We cannot reveal the details on the new album yet. However, we will reveal some information in the future so please look forward to it.

Source + image via Nate

4minute’s maknae Sohyun, shows off her mature looks

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:16 AM PST

4minute‘s Sohyun shared a photo on Twitter that made fans wonder if she was really the group’s youngest member.

Kwon Sohyun posted on the 28th KST, “Today’s a good day as well! Off to my schedule.” Her outfit gave her a more mature look as fans commented, “The youngest member who is both cute and mature,” “I think you’re becoming more womanly after your unnis,” and “Grow up well please.”

She’s no longer that cute little maknae, how does it feel to see your idols grow up?

Source + Photo: Sohyun’s Twitter

Big Bang’s Taeyang comments on his experience competing on ‘Running Man’

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 01:32 AM PST

Big Bang‘s Taeyang commented on his experience on popular variety show ‘Running Man’, and how the show brought out his competitive side.

When the ‘Running Man’ games began, Taeyang is reported to have showed off his excellent athleticism as well as his extreme patience to stay silent when the opposing team members were looking for him. Apparently they had such a hard time that Haha, a regular on ‘Running Man’, screamed out Taeyang’s name in English, “Sun!”

Taeyang stated, “The game was harder than I expected. I planned on ripping off the name label of the Running Man as soon as the game started, but suddenly they went to a defensive position so I had to forget my plans. The time that I hid underneath the table felt so long that I couldn’t even breathe. When I came face to face with the ‘Running Man’, I was so nervous that I felt like my heart would explode, it was a totally different dimension.”

This episode of ‘Running Man’ will feature Big Bang and broadcasts on March 4th KST.

Source + Photo: Osen

Snapshots of Yuri on set of ‘Fashion King’ impresses fans

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 01:27 AM PST

Snapshots of Yuri of Girls’ Generation on the set of drama ‘Fashion King‘, impressed fans and viewers as they revealed her diligence when it comes to reading the screenplay.

‘Fashion King’ is Yuri’s first entrance into the drama world as a regular character, and it seems the star is taking extra care to memorize her lines. Yuri commented, “While as a singer you have to release all your energy for impact in a short amount of time, I think acting is harder because you have to spread that impact out for the character to live… It’s fun attempting a new challenge.”

The first episode of ‘Fashion King’ will broadcast on March 19th at 9:55PM on SBS.

Source + Photo: Newsen via Nate

Tony An sheds tears while talking about his late father on Star Life Theater

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 01:23 AM PST


Singer Tony An shed tears thinking about his father who passed away last year.

On the February 28th airing of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Star Life Theater‘, Tony shared memories he had of his father.

His parents divorced when he was only 7 years old, and Tony went abroad to the States to live with his father.

I slept at home maybe once every two nights,” he said. “I frequently slept at a friend’s house. I did not want to be at home, and I wanted to break free.”

After my father passed away, I realized how naive and foolish I was,” he continued. “Even when he was sick with cancer in the hospital, I could not visit him frequently. I was working a lot back then. One time I went, but he had dementia and he did not even recognize who I was. He must have been so stressed,” he said, as the first tear slid down his cheek.

Tony could not stop the tears for some time, but he suddenly got up and began eating by himself at his kitchen table. Acting like nothing had happened, he said with a laugh, “This scene is too sad, don’t you think?”

Tony also talked about what his life was like as an entertainer and also as a businessman.



Source & Image : Newsen via Nate

Lee Hyori and Se7en leave each other sweet tweets

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 12:44 AM PST


Lee Hyori and Se7en recently left each other a few warm hearted tweets.

On February 29th, Se7en left a message on Lee Hyori’s twitter saying, “Noona it was so good to see you yesterday, it’s been a long time. Get better fast from your cold.

Lee Hyori responded, “Yea~ It got much better after I slept. You were very cool yesterday.Se7en then shyly responded, “Noona you got much prettier… Ahh look at our conversation.”

Se7en guested on the February 28th broadcast of SBS’s ‘You and I’ which is hosted by Lee Hyori and Jung Jae Hyung.

The warm hearted messages by these two caught the eyes of many fans.

They left comments saying, “You two are cute.” , “Your relationship seems nice.“, and  ”Hope you feel better Hyori.

Aww their senior/junior relationship is so sweet. Don’t you think so?

Source and Picture: Naver

Big Bang’s ‘Alive’ ranks #7 and #4 on iTunes + sweeps domestic charts

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 12:29 AM PST

Big Bang is back with a bang! Their album that just dropped earlier on February 29th is proving to be popular not only within Korea, but internationally as well!

With the release of the 5th mini album,Alive, the album ranked #7 on the U.S. iTunes Album Chart, while it ranked #4 on the Canadian chart.

Quite an impressive feat, especially considering that these charts ranked the popularity of albums across all genres, rather than one specific genre.

The boys are no stranger to these charts as they ranked at #6 last year on the U.S. iTunes Album Chart with their 4th mini album, becoming the first Korean artist to rank in the top 10.

Needless to say, the boys have been sweeping the Korean music charts as well. All the tracks off ‘Alive’ has ranked in the top 10 on sites such as MelOn, Mnet, Bugs, Soribada, and Olleh Music.

In related news, Big Bang will be holding their first comeback performance through their ’2012 Big Show/Big Bang Alive Tour’ from March 2nd through the 4th.