Thursday, February 9, 2012

"[Interview] Now, He Is Very Pleased To Welcome Challenges – Kim Junsu‏!" plus 24 more

"[Interview] Now, He Is Very Pleased To Welcome Challenges – Kim Junsu‏!" plus 24 more

[Interview] Now, He Is Very Pleased To Welcome Challenges – Kim Junsu‏!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 09:01 AM PST

The meeting with Kim Junsu was done after his continuous interviews since the morning and only started upon sun sets. The continuous of interviews and practices, what is going to happen if he is exhausted? To this, I was worried but in the end he replied easefully with, "I am in my best status now!"
Currently 26 years old, he said so himself, "As compared to the age, I went through much more issues." Once as a high schooler, he debuted in TVXQ in 2004, becoming the top idol group in Asia and also a star; The fight and lawsuit against his agency in 2009 initiated an alarming storm. After which, he debuted in musical field and can simply said that it stirred up a sensation. The 3000 seats in Sejong Cultural Centre were sold out in a flash and he was born as the top star in musical field.
'Elisabeth' is his 3rd musical and also another challenge. Unlike the previous works, this lead needs to direct the whole musical alone; It is also unlike the innocent, pure male leads that he had acted before. Thus, he, who embraces sincerity towards musical, is once again welcoming the brand new world. 
Q: Seems that you lost a lot of weight.
I exercise a bit, and only ate one meal a day. The other meals are just chicken breast meat. In the beginning, I only had chicken breast meat for all three meals but some ulcers starts to grow in my mouth and I became listless. Though the motive of dieting is for reaching the ideal weight, one should take care of the body too. I am now nursing my own health.

Q: Was the reduction of weight for this musical's role?
The outfit for the role of 'Death' is a bit revealing, thus I wish to slightly sculpt my body shape. Even not for this musical, I have been thinking if I should exercise since a year ago. This (musical) provides the opportunity for me to have a try at it.
Q: It is different from the image from before, it seems to be more masculine charming.
Due to the character this time, it seems a mandatory to have such an image.
Q: 'Elizabeth' is starting its run in a few days' time, how are you feeling now for this 3rd musical work?
Before the start of 'Mozart!' and 'Tears of Heaven', rather than anticipation, it was more of worry. But this time round, it seems that I'm feeling more of the anticipation. Probably it's the 3rd time and thus (everything) seems more familiar.
Additionally, it could be the better adaptability to the musical stage and facilities, thus felt more relaxed. In the previous works, it was upon the reaching of the actual stage that I starts to get in touch with the equipments. However for this work, the rotation stage etc were already being used in the rehearsal room and in fact the worry was reduced.
Q: Regarding which part of musical that you felt better adapted?
During 'Mozart', I was eager to memorize the lines and movement. Compared to then, I was more able to indulge in the enjoyment of it, I felt more well-prepared. Thus as a whole, the meticulous details that I have not thought of, it all felt that I am able to consider it well now.
Q: Seems that it is not only the facilities but also the emotions that were lesser of a burden now.
In the past when was being taught by others on what to do, I would feel blushingly embarrassed. Though it will not be the case when I'm on stage, but when I was practicing, I would feel embarrassed. For example in a scene where I am supposed to cry, with everyone staring, even though they did not see me as a singer, such watching would still made me felt burdened. Additionally, due to shyness, thus I wasn't sure what to do, standing in front. Right now, I am able to do it unsurprisingly and care-freely well. Seeing such oneself, I would actually be surprised and thought that I indeed changed a lot! Looks like I am getting closer to be a musical actor. I frequently had such satisfying thoughts appearing.
Q: The role of 'Death' seems to be a lot different from Kim Junsu's playful charm that everyone knows.
To everyone's impression, it seems that my image has been optimistic and bright. Though it was not the intention, but it (the image) seems to have deepened in everyone. My appearance in fact has more than that side. It also have another side of it and I wish to display the look that was not shown before and displaying it through this work.

Q: Was 'Kim Junsu's musical concert' of 2 years ago, a premonition that you would be acting in 'Elisabeth'?
At that time, though composer Sylvester Levay said that I was suitable for the role of Death, it was not confirmed that I was being casted. It was during rehearsal practices that upon singing two musical pieces that I felt that it is comparable to the excellence of 'Mozart!', it is really splendid! It was just a thought then. Afterall it is not a project of the following year but the year after and it doesn't felt near-dated. When he came to ask about my wishes this time, it was at the timing where I was not satisfied with role-playing a similar character and had wanted to try a newer challenge, thus I wanted to do this even more.
Q: Though this is a challenge, aren't the two previous works challenges as well?
'Tears of Heaven' was a huge challenge as well. Though everyone might not know this, but on the day of performance, the lines and movement lines changed and after I was on stage, it changed again. However when acting in 'Tears of Heaven', it made me understood musical even more. It was not a character created meticulously and it was like a painting freely painted on a white piece of paper with no specific ways of doing it. Therefore I started to learn and slowly changed the lines into my own accent. It was a piece of work that gained me a lot of experiences.
Q: In this work, 'Elisabeth' is a factual character yet 'Death' is a imaginary character. It seems difficult right?
As the other characters are of factual, thus was able to capture the feel of the characters. However it is very difficult to capture the feel of 'Death'. Therefore I thought in a reverse way, how does Elisabeth thought of Death? After thinking like this, I had a grasp of it.
Additionally, I asked Sun Young noona and Joo Hyun noona about their interpretations of my character during acting. Though everyone's thinking are different, this also shows how the impression of Death's presence varies. As there are no correct answer to this character, there seems to be a restriction upon acting. On the other side, I felt that I can kept in touch with a variety of looks. Compared to (memorizing) lines, I have to emphasize on displaying my body and facial expressions.
Q: The past works have become topics of discussion, were there a lot of musical proposals proposed?
From what I know, there were rather a lot.
Q: What criteria do you based on for your choice of musicals?
Recently I have watched a lot of musicals and possibly watched all of it. After watching, if there are any works that I had wanted to try or felt that the work is outstanding, however might not be suitable for me. I based on these to consider. However after watching it all, I felt that there are many good characters that I had wanted to act as. No matter in future be it a solo lead or not necessarily be in a huge theatre or even in a small theatre, I would like to give it a try.
Q: You have watched quite a number of musicals, which musical do you think is interesting?
'Jekyll & Hyde' (with Cho Seung Woo as lead). I have been hearing about it being very very famous but after I watched it, I finally know the reason behind it.
Though 'Billy Elliot' is not a character that I can act in, I find it very amazing. I have watched 'Zorro' twice and watched both Gun Hyung hyung's and Seung Woo hyung's.
Q: In 2010′s 'Mozart!', the appearance of Kim Junsu caused an uproar, we heard that before you decided to be casted, you was troubled for a period of time.
It was a very difficult period back then. It is possibly till now, my most troubled and totally lack of self-confidence period in my life. The emptiness of six months and to stand in front of the public , I felt scared. And I was the first in the three members to step forward with the activity. The uneasiness from being a singer and this stranger-alike work that I have never tried before, plus I ever heard of bad impression of musical towards artistes' participation. These were my worries. I would walk around for the whole day thinking "Ah, do it!" and the next minute thinking, "Ah, not doing it!"

Q: In the end, you did it.
Because I really love music. Through 'Mozart!', I got in touch with musical for the very first time and get to know that there are such music around. It was a brand new feeling, it has a totally different charm from ballad and pop.
And the character of Mozart attracted me. Though his life looks magnificent, as he is a genius, on the contrary he had doubts with life. That look made me felt the same way. At that time, though TVXQ seems to be glamorous and charismatic, I had doubts towards myself as an artiste. Therefore I want to portray the levels of how I felt and the emotions in it.
Watching this song 'Gold von den Sternen', I thought about where I should advance in this world. The lyrics moved me too. During the performance as well, though I was not supposed to cry while singing that song, I often cried. Though Young Su noona sang very well, (laughs) she cried every performance too. Even though you didn't want to go into that kind of mood, you probably end up sinking into that situation naturally.
Q: Moving forward towards the world bravely, it seems nothing regrettable after-all.
If I didn't do it at that time, there won't be me performing in musical now. Although it was a very tough decision back then, I felt that this was one of the best decision I've done in my life.
Q: Looks like it seems to be a place of difficulties too.
As everything was a first, and I was skeptical of meeting people. Thus the thought of standing in front of so many people and the way to present what was to be presented, it was rather difficult. Additionally, I was worried about the everybody's evaluation towards artistes; Luckily, I seems to have good rapport with people and this is very great, and I get along well with the actors.

Q: What do you think of singing?
In the beginning, I was troubled with the opera way of singing and I have never sang like this before. Everyone were using the opera way of singing and it seems that I was singing the wrong way. During the practice, I would think that I have practiced in vain and worried a lot.
That time, the director told me, "There are Park Eun Tae, Im Tae Kyung, Park Gun Hyung and Kim Junsu in Mozart. The audience has their own preference of Mozart and not a uniformed and totally alike Mozart(s). Just relax and do it naturally!" These words gave me strength. Therefore though I felt difficult in the beginning, I gradually adapt to it . No matter when I was supposed to cry, I would cry. When I should be happy, I will be truly happy. Though it is not perfect, I relayed what I had wanted to relay, gaining self-confidence.
Q: You mentioned that you are very worried about the public views on artistes. In fact you felt a lot right?
A lot. But I thought, if they were to see my improvements in works, won't they like me even more? The reason I'm saying this is that even if it happens to your own child, everyone will be thinking, as compared to level 1, level 2 will be better, compared to level 2, level 3 will be even better. Therefore if were to be given love since level 1 and to watch as one gradually grow, (others) should be liking it more and more, right. As there are people who watched me began as a musical actor while slowly accumulating my own abilities, thus I would certainly not disappoint them and will work hard.
Q: Due to the idol status and acting as the lead right from the start, the prejudiced looks weren't just against Kim Junsu only.
Compared to the singer industry, the market for musical is much smaller. To enter (the musical market) as an artiste and immediately being the lead actor, even to say that "I am a musical actor" will still be prejudiced. I can totally understand such views and therefore I have to maintain the thoughts of working hard and to consider the factors where I have to do well. At least, I have to maintain the thinking of "I did it because I love musicals." I have to keep in mind that as time passes by and I was able to present what I had wanted to others, it will be left in others' impressions.
Q: (You) don't wish to be seen as an idol.
It's not to throw away the status of an idol singer but my dream is not to be seen as an idol when I am performing in musical.
Q: If were to choose a role model for musical?
It should be Cho Seung Woo hyung. Though currently I like a lot of musical actors and the actors in 'Elisabeth' were great as well, Seung Woo hyung was able to act in both musicals and movies, balancing both sides This is what I wish to be.
Q: We heard that JYJ is releasing new album this year.
The worldwide album was released the year before and it was a worldwide release. Currently there is a plan for the second album. Though the actual schedule is not out yet, it is probably going to appear around summer? Currently, I am writing lyrics and composing during my free time.
Q: Is there no plan for a solo album or concert?
Currently there is no plan for such. Of course we wanted to create an event where we can interact with fans but our criterion for choices are different from other singers. In fact the choices are limited but we wish to do our very best with every single thing that we can have.

Q: The restriction in broadcasting due to the contract issues resulted in the loss of chance of standing in front of the public as a singer.
It is indeed difficult to not being able to be on broadcasting programs, it is due to unable to do it, not because we don't want to do it. Since we can't do it, why not find other ways to fulfill it? This is a positive thinking. It's just that as a Korean singer, yet not able to gain the recognition in my own country and not able to participate in activities. It is indeed saddening. (I) am especially apologetic to Korean fans. Though the current situation has turned better a bit, we cannot take a back seat and easily give up. That's what the members thought so.
Q: As it is difficult, thus the relationship between the members seems to be getting closer?
Now we can understand each other just by looking each other in the eyes, because we only have each other to hold on to. Therefore we became closer and work hard in not hindering each other. The things that we are able to do, we will do it to our very best effort and not becoming each other's obstacle. I think that having such thoughts will attain the best result.
We also compose for our own album and we even participate in the planning of concerts. Though it is very tough and at times felt exhausted, we felt great happiness while doing it. Because of such sentiments, it made the three of us more united.
No matter when, I felt grateful. It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks' home, playing chess.
Q: What is difference between Xiah Junsu and Kim Junsu?
Nothing. It's the same. It's alright to call me Xiah Junsu, though that was my name in TVXQ but Xiah Junsu is still me. I have never dreamt of leaving the idol status.
In the other countries like Beyonce and N' Sync, aren't they idols as well? It just seems that only in our country that the views and image towards idols are restricted. I think that no matter be it an idol image or a singer image, it can be created. Though I ever thought of changing an image of an idol I have never though of removing the idol packaging.
Q: You are already in the late twenties, and gained many experiences in the past, was it helpful with your singing?
When singing, you really need to sing it sincerely. Though it is a simple and easily neglected factor, it's not to be lightly handled. Though I experienced a lot more than others who are of the same age, I am still sentimental in my twenties. When in my thirties, I will gain that feel suitable for that age and when I'm in my forties, I would be able to sing naturally the songs of a sentimental forties.
Q: Your hopes for this year?
I hope for good results in both musical and album. Right now I am not attached to awards and (sales) figures. Though I am still very grateful for my award in musical, but it seems that I have yet to make the musical work received an award. I am a bit sorry for this. If only 'Elisabeth' can receive an award for its work, that would be good. (laughs) So, next year is roughly like this. My members and I will sincerely do everything to very best amongst the tough situation and truly enjoy the satisfaction received .
Source: playdb
Credit: loveissammi

Trans by: rachui@sharingyoochun

[Video] EXID's LE unveiled Rap practice video!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:10 AM PST

Check out the rapping video of Exid's member LE!

[Info] U-Kiss' A Shared Dream" Album Covers + Track List!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:55 AM PST

Boy group U-Kiss will have their comeback soon with new album.

The information about their album has been revealed.

Check it out below.

Version A (CD+DVD)

CD Contents:

1. Tick Tack
2. Forbidden Love
3. Show Me Your Smile
4. We Set off!!
5. A Shared Dream
6. The Sound of Magic
7. Orion
8. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
9. Man Man Ha Ni -Japanese ver.-
10. Bingeul Bingeul -Japanese ver.-
11. Shut Up!! -Japanese ver.-
12. Believe

DVD Contents:

1. Tick Tack (Music Video)
2. Forbidden Love (Music Video)
3. A Shared Dream (Music Video)
4. A Shared Dream (Music Video Making Movie)
※ Mumo exclusive Printed Artist Card A

Version B (CD)

CD Contents:

1. Tick Tack
2. Forbidden Love
3. Show Me Your Smile
4. We Set off!!
5. A Shared Dream
6. The Sound of Magic
7. Orion
8. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
9. Man Man Ha Ni -Japanese ver.-
10. Bingeul Bingeul -Japanese ver.-
11. Shut Up!! -Japanese ver.-
12. Believe
13. Bonus Track - Tick Tack -MARCAN Mix- ※ First Press Edition Only ※
※ Mumo exclusive Printed Artist Card B

Limited Edition - Mumo

CD Contents :

1. Tick Tack
2. Forbidden Love
3. Show Me Your Smile
4. We Set off!!
5. A Shared Dream
6. The Sound of Magic
7. Orion
8. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
9. Man Man Ha Ni -Japanese ver.-
10. Bingeul Bingeul -Japanese ver.-
11. Shut Up!! -Japanese ver.-
12. Believe
※ Mumo exclusive Printed Artist Card C

The album covers are very attractice, it will make the fans more excited and look forward to their comeback.

So who cant wait for U-Kiss' comeback? Be patient and you'll see the boys soon.

Credits: Tower Japan + Mumo + ukissmeSG + rocketboxx
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[Video] IU unleashed Last Fantasy MV!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:54 AM PST

On February 10th, teen singer IU has released the music video for her song "Last Fantasy" through her agency Loen Entertainment official Youtube channel.

The video features highlight performance from her recent "Japan Premium Special Live" showcase which was held at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall that gathered over 4,000 audience members. The music video also includes cuts from her stay in the country.

Meanwhile, IU will be releasing her first full-length Japanese album on March 21st.

Check the video below:

[News] Andy cried when Teen Top won 1st place!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:43 AM PST

Idol group TEEN TOP made SHINHWA's Andy shed tears.

As the creator and producer of TEEN TOP, after they had won 1st place on the 3rd at KBS 'Music Bank' and on the 5th at SBS 'Inkigayo', Andy was really touched and had shed tears.

In a recent interview with OSEN, TEEN TOP said "It's our first 1st place since our debut a year and a half ago. Andy hyung said at the after party "This is only the beginning". After that we heard that he had cried while watching the broadcast"

Niel shared "We have been practising really hard so we were really happy to win 1st place. When they announced the 1st place we were in shock, but to think about it when we first received the song 'Crazy' we thought that it will be a winning song because it's originally good"

Belonging to the club music genre and produced by the Brave Brothers, 'Crazy' showcased TEEN TOP's transformation filled with overflowing masculinity, which has become a really hot topic.

eng trans: @oursupaluv

[Video] Rookie group EXID releases first teaser for "Whoz That Girl"

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:35 AM PST

On February 10th, the new 6-member girl group formed by the renowned producer Shinsadong Tiger, EXID has unveiled its first music video teaser for debut single "Whoz That Girl?".

EXID is comprised by LE and Jung Hwa, which were first featured in Huh Gak's single "Whenever You Play That Song" and in its music video, leader Eu Ji, Dami, Hani and Hae Ryung.

The group will be holding their free debut showcase on Valentine's Day, February 14th, in front of the Myeongdong Theater at 6PM and will release the digital single "Holla" along with "Whoz That Girl?" on February 16th.

Check out the teaser below and tell us what you think!

[News] Park Yoochun, tight schedule with concerts in Latin America and ‘Rooftop Prince’ shooting!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:34 AM PST

Park Yoochun will start filming on the 9th.Park Yoochun will have a forced march with the concerts in Latin America and the filming for SBS's new Wed-Thus drama 'Rooftop Prince'.
Park Yoochun will return to small screen through 'Rooftop Prince' which will have its first airing on March 14. Before this return, he will take part of JYJ Latin America Tour in Chile and Peru on the 9 and 11 of the same month.
Therefore, the filming schedule was delayed for a week. He will officially join the filming on the 9th.
SBS explained, "We were aware of JYJ's concerts schedule from the beginning. Even though the schedule is really tight, it was planned that Park Yoochun's parts would be shot in advance. The broadcast won't be affected."
Source: Asia Today via Nate
Translation by: The_little_pear of JYJ3

[News] Minho and Sitcom production team praised Taeyeon!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:23 AM PST

It has been revealed that SNSD's leader Taeyeon will be on a new Sitcom where SHINee's Minho is cast.

The Sitcom production and even Minho himself praised Taeyeon for being a hard working. Girls' Generation has a busy schedule but Taeyeon didn't complain even if she's tired and still doing her best when filming. 

Minho happily said, "It's such a big support for us. In her busy schedule, attending US talkshow and Paris concert, she stayed for overnight filming without any complaint even if she's tired. I thank her sincerely for taking up such difficult role."

Minho really appreciates Taeyeon's effort to be a good model.

Production team praised Taeyeon by saying, "Taeyeon displays professionalism in her first taste for acting. There's almost nothing to pick on her in terms of script lines and expression. Taeyeon's appearance (in the team) indeed made Minho and all male staffs work more energetically than any other day."

However, Girls' Generation along with other KPOP idols is in Paris for Music Bank in Paris. 

Source/Credits: Yahoo Korea
Translation by imwhywhy @ Twitter
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[Interview] TEEN TOP “We’re the trend? No it’s only the beginning now!”

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 07:14 AM PST

Idol group TEEN TOP had won 1st place on the terrestrial music programmes one and a half years since their debut. The recent release 'Crazy' which was produced by the Brave Brothers, has the uplifting sound of the club; the members have shown off their masculinity and charms and they have been garnering much popularity.
It is the result of one a half years of hard work, they should be extremely thrilled but after meeting up with the TEEN TOP members recently, their response was unexpectedly calm as they said that it is only the beginning now.
"We didn't think about winning 1st place when we just debuted then, but it took a longer time than expected for us. That's how delighted we are. To be honest when we first received the song we thought that it'll be able to do well because the song's good" (Niel)

When you think of TEEN TOP, perfectly synced dance comes to mind. The dance for one song is the result of 3 months of practice. There are groups who in the bid to gain popularity will take less than a month to prepare for a new song, but TEEN TOP takes a sufficient time period off to not promote so as to fully and perfectly prepare the dance.
"When we receive a song, we take at least 3 months to practise it. When we're not promoting, we spend 8-9 hours a day practising. Every day we'll monitor our dance and make sure that the members are all in sync. For example like recently, after our schedule for the day ends, we'll definitely gather at the practice studio to practise for our next song before we sleep. Recently we'll practising our choreography for our next new song." (Chunji)
TEEN TOP's role model SHINHWA, has had a great impact on their perfectly synced dance. The fact that TEEN TOP was produced by SHINHWA's Andy which was a hot topic and they emphasized that they want to be like SHINHWA, filled with masculinity and being insistent about having precise and accurate moves.
"We want to emulate SHINHWA sunbaenims success. That's why we have to work even harder. Andy hyung gives us many advices normally. I heard that he even shed some tears when we won 1st place ."(Niel)
TEEN TOP said that it truly starts from now. Their goals:  to have their own concert within this year, overseas advancement and to hold a world tour. Because of their big goals, they have been promoting diligently for the past one and a half years. And they have become more determined as they watched Infinite, a rivaling group that debuted around the same time as them, achieve 1st place earlier.
"We thought that we have to work even harder. I think that everyone has their own time to shine. Having found such a great occupation, there's no way we can give up immediately. Because we're happiest when we're on stage singing, we don't have a single thought about giving up our activities as singers. Also at the broadcasting stations, every time the people we meet will tell us "It'll turn out well" so we have gained strength from there as well." (L.Joe)
While promoting they have to turn in their cellphones; they have no personal time; all these had to be cast aside for them to reach the top.
"I want to go on a holiday with my family. I want to sleep as much as I want. There are many things I want to do. But I promised to carry it out after we TEEN TOP, truly stand on the top. We'll work really hard as though it's only the beginning now" (Ricky)

eng trans: @oursupaluv

[Picture] T-ara's Boram poses with Paris' Eiffel Tower!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 06:40 AM PST

T-ara's Boram frequently updates fans with some new selcas taken in Paris.

She must have enjoyed her visit there,her latest photos showing her posing with the popular Paris Eiffel Tower.

The girls have ended the filming of Music Bank in Paris!

[Video] Tomboy Girls unveiled Never Say Goodbye MV teaser!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 06:35 AM PST

Check out the MV teaser of new girl group Tomboy Girls!

[News] MBLAQ members like A Pink

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 06:19 AM PST

Idol group MBLAQ recently revealed that they like the girl group A Pink.

On the recent recording for the February 11th episode of MBC Every1's "Weekly Idol", MBLAQ members made their guest appearances and confessed that they like A Pink.

During the episode, MC Jung Hyun Don asked, "Which girl group are you interested in?" MBLAQ leader Seungho and G.O answered, "A pink members are very nice and polite", praising the rookies.

Mir added, "I like A Pink's Eunji the most". As soon as Mir mentioned Eunji, Lee Joon quickly remarked, "I started liking Eunji first!"

Lee Joon also sent a video message to Eunji saying, "I'm enjoying listening to your songs. I like that you are good at singing and I like your cute smile".

In addition, MBLAQ will also talk about their usual rumors on the show. Seungho, the mechanical idol, will fix a broken bicycle and Lee Joon will explain the reasons for not using any social network services.

[News] Girls’ Generation touched by dangerous boys’ performance in ‘Street Jam’

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 05:44 AM PST

On February 5th, Girls' Generation watched the 'Street Jam Dance Competition' in Seoul AxHall because the boys that they mentored in 'SNSD and the Dangerous Boys' were participating in the competition. As a result, Seohyun and Sooyoung shed tears because of the boys' performance.

On this day, except Jessica and YoonA who were busy with personal schedules, the other seven Girls' Generation members attended the event and watched the boys perform.

YoonHyunJun PD of 'SNSD and the Dangerous Boys' stated, "Girls' Generation showed explosive reactions to the boys' performance. They were satisfied with the boys' hardwork."

He added, "Seohyun and Sooyoung showed tears. Seohyun cried a lot while Sooyoung tried her best not to cry."

The girls have been in the venue three to four hours before the competition took place to cheer for the boys. YoonHyunJun PD said, "Girls' Generation cheered for the boys since before the competition until the end. They even attended the afterparty."

Since the first recording of the show, the girls received a mission to help the boys participate in the 'Street Jam Dance Competition'. Even though the boys knew no basics in dancing, the boys practiced six hours per day and showed daily improvements.

Even though one of the boys Hwang Yonghyun could not stand the training and gave up half way through, the remaining four worked hard until the end.

The problematic students came together to practice and showed their result in their last performance. The PD stated, "The boys were really nervous. Because there were many good teams, they must have felt various emotions. They were confident at first, but soon became disheartened. Then, they determined to do their best."

Credit: Osen
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[News] 2NE1 and Staffs encountered a ghost?

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 05:34 AM PST

2NE1's Dara has uploaded a couple of creepy photos on her me2day account, bringing chills to netizens.

On February 9th, Dara wrote, "At the resort during our last night… I had our dinner table set by the pool, and then invited the members and staff to eat. It was just us then.. We were eating food, talking to each other, and taking pictures, we were resting leisurely when all of the sudden, there was a light shower and we all ran off to our rooms in a hurry. This photo is a selca taken by one of our staff, however..!"

She then uploaded a zoomed-in photo of the same picture with caption, "Now! Let us zoom in on that photo and take a look! We can clearly see that it's a form of a long-haired woman, wearing a one-piece dress.. But at that time, at that place, there was really no one else there.. Although it looks like a person, but I really don't think it's a person.. Really.. What is the real identity..? I'll just leave this for everyone's imagination.. There are things in this world that people aren't able to explain though."

Although it's a bit blurry, there is indeed a picture of a woman with long hair and white dress. Upon seeing the photos, netizens commented, "Scary!", "A blackjack ghost?", "Gonna leave the lights on tonight".

Source: Dara's me2day
Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

120209 T-ara claims triple crown on Music On Top

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 05:16 AM PST

On February 9th, jTBC's new music program "Music On Top" has aired its new episode full of amazing performances from the hottest K-Pop artists.

Today's episode includes performances from Yeon Ji Hoo, X-5, Touch, J-Cera, F.I.X, BoM, Fat Cat, Blue Near Mother, Super Kidd, Soul Dive, Chaos, Chocolat, Nine Muses and Davichi.

And for the highlight, T-ara won tonight and claimed another triple crown with their latest hit single "Lovey Dovey".

T-ara's labelmates Davichi received the trophy for the group as they were currently in Paris for the "Music Bank in Paris" special.

[Video] Davichi makes comeback with "I'll Think of You" on Music on Top

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 05:09 AM PST

Female duo group Davichi has returned with their new single "I'll Think Of You" on this week's jTBC Music on Top!

"I'll Think Of You" is for composer Jun Hae Sung's new project album 'Love Call', and the ladies of Davichi have lent their voices to record the first song on the album.

Check the performance below:

[News] TEEN TOP's Chunji graduates from high school

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 04:33 AM PST

TEEN TOP Chunji shared his thoughts upon graduating from his high school and taking his first step as an adult.

Chunji attended Sungji High School graduation ceremony which happened in the morning on 7th February at Seoul Kangseogu Auditorium with his TEEN TOP members. On that day TEEN TOP performed 'Crazy' the song they have been promoting recently for the graduating cohort.

After the graduation ceremony Newsen held a telephone conversation with Chunji and he shared "I was nervous performing with the members in front of my friends. Although it was the first time I've performed in front of my friends, I enjoyed it"

In addition when asked how he felt about receiving his graduation certificate, "It was really weird. Now that I'm an adult and no longer a high school student I thought that I need to make better decisions and actions"
Thus showing his determination of being responsible for one's own actions as an adult and that he'll strive to become a better person.

Chunji has been accepted into Practical Music Faculty in Hanyang University last year and he'll become an university in March. Chunji talked about his dreams in college "Firstly I have to make friends with many people. Also I would like to experience what the variety of culture that the underaged can't"

On the other hand, with 'Crazy', TEEN TOP has won consecutive 1st place in the terrestrial music programmes and are of the status of the 'in-trend-idols'

Source: Daum
Translation: @oursupaluv

[INFO] Gaon Chart rankings for 1st week of February

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 04:28 AM PST

The Gaon Chart releases the full rankings for the first week of February.

Week of January 29 - February 4, 2012

Weekly Singles Chart

1. SE7EN : "When I Can't Sing" : 35,992,860

2. K.Will : "I Hate Myself" : 32,633,847

3. BEAST : "I Knew It" : 30,805,399

4. FT Island : "Severely" : 23,743,121

5. Lyn : "To Turn Back Hands of Time" : 22,592,230

6. T-ara : "Lovey Dovey" : 22,000,394

7. SISTAR's Hyorin : "I Will Love You" : 20,718,844

8. Brown Eyed Girls' Miryo : "Dirty" : 20,495,069

9. Yiruma and Shin Yongjae : "Kiss The Rain" : 19,213,207

10. Sunny Hill : "Grasshopper" : 18,984,607


Weekly Album Chart

1. FT Island : "GROWN-UP" [4th Mini Album]

2. SHINee : "The 1st Asia Tour Concert Album SHINee" [Special Album]

3. Block B : "Welcome to the BLOCK" [2nd Mini Album]

4. MBLAQ : "100% Ver" [4th Mini Album]


6. B.A.P : "Warrior" [Single]

7. TEEN TOP : "It's" [EP]

8. Sweet Sorrow : "Viva" [3rd Album]

9. T-ara : "Funky Town" [EP]

10. Sunny Hill : "The Grasshoppers" [Maxi Single]

[News] SE7EN tops Gaon Chart

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 04:11 AM PST

SE7EN recently made his long awaited comeback with the release of his new mini album, which elicited an explosive response, shooting through the roof of various music charts. Sweeping almost all online charts, no wonder the singer claimed the top spot of Gaon Chart as well.

The national chart of South Korea, Gaon Chart announced that SE7EN's latest JYP-produced track "When I Can't Sing" made its debut in first place of Gaon Singles Chart during the week of January 29 to February 4.

Meanwhile, singer K.Will came in second place with his new single "I Hate Myself" while BEAST's ballad "I Knew It" moved down two spots to third place.

[News] Sohn MiNa gave Girls’ Generation a surprise visit in Paris

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 03:54 AM PST

Sohn MiNa who started her career as an announcer, met up and posed with Girls' Generation members in Paris and her beauty has garnered attention among netizens.

On February 9th, through her personal Twitter account, Sohn MiNa tweeted with a photo attached, "Jja jan~ My certification shot with Girls' Generation! At this moment, even my mind is all about Girls' Generation~ Since an unnie like me is thrilled with excitement, how about oppas and samchons? Even with killer schedules, lovely smiles can be seen on the faces of these girls. I hope they would be even more matured, great and subsequently rise to the top as world-class stars".

In the picture, even around Girls' Generation members, Sohn MiNa has the beauty that she can be proud of. Moreover, with her black outfit, Sohn MiNa looked as though she was one of the Girls' Generation members as they were also wearing black costumes for their performances at KBS 'Kpop Festival Music Bank in Paris'.

Netizens who saw the photo gave various reactions like "Son MiNa really went to visit them~", "They are so pretty! Girls' Generation~" and "Girls' Generation's 10th member?".


[News] EXID reveals teaser with LE's free style rap

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 03:46 AM PST

The renowned producer Shinsadong Tiger has formed his own 6-member girl group named EXID, which will be making debut with digital singles "Holla" and "Whoz That Girl?", to be released on February 16th.

EXID is comprised by LE and Jung Hwa, which were first featured in Huh Gak's single "Whenever You Play That Song" and in its music video, leader Eu Ji, Dami, Hani and Hae Ryung.

On February 9th, AB Entertainment has uploaded a video via official Youtube channel, featuring EXID's member LE. The 1 minute and 25 second video gives a glimpse of LE's amazing free style rapping skills. Check the video below:

[News] Second Generation idols successfully becoming acting-idols

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 03:33 AM PST

Idols who made their debut in the mid to late 2000s are all successively becoming actors.

Members of groups such as TVXQ, JYJ and SS501, who have shaken the world with 'music' for over a decade, are now catching the eyes of audiences as actors.

The debut of an acting-idol is not something that happens overnight. Members of TVXQ, JYJ and SS501 who competed with their singing, dancing and looks around 5-6 years ago, have now mostly transformed into actors, and are attracting the attention of people through their friendly competition.

Representative examples of such members are JYJ's Park Yoochun and SS501′s Kim Hyun Joong. Park Yoochun made his debut as an actor in 2010 via the drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and won the KBS Drama Awards Newcomer Award with this production. He later acted in the drama "Miss Ripley", and will be appearing in SBS's new Wednesday-Thursday drama "Attic Prince" this March.

JYJ's Kim Jaejoong also acted in the drama "Protect The Boss" last year, while Kim Junsu demonstrated both his acting and singing abilities while acting in the musicals "Mozart!" and "Elisabeth".

Also, after starting off with "Heading To The Ground" in 2009, U-Know Yunho then acted in promotional video "HARU" and guest starred in "Poseidon", (while) Choikang Changmin, who made his (acting) debut with "Paradise Ranch", will be making his debut on the big screens in Japan via "Soar With The Gold".

Source : BaiduTVXQ + Asia Today via Nate
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[news] YG Entertainment's building interior revealed!

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 03:31 AM PST

You think you have seen YG Entertainment's building interior already but you haven't seen everything yet.

On the new episode of SBS "Midnight TV Entertainment" reported about Se7en's comeback after 1 year and 6 months of hiatus. In preparation for Se7en's comeback, they featured the YG Entertainment's building interior to see what Se7en's working atmosphere is like.

Entrance alone, the staff was amazed at the high tech fingerprint recognition system. Not just anyone can enter the building, very few outsiders get's the chance to enter the building. The building does not only boast a beautiful exterior with it's unique architectural design but the interior is filled with luxurious design and state of the art equipment's on the dance studio and recording studio's.

Se7en confessed that when he was still new, and YG Entertainment was also new, he would practice in the old basement studio at the former YG Entertainment building. He is proud and happy that YG Entertainment has grown a lot over the years and now boasts a huge office building equipped with the best facilities for the staff, artist and workers.


[news] TVXQ adds 2 more dates on Japan tour due to high public demand

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 03:19 AM PST

TVXQ is receiving a lot of love from their Japanese fans and because of the huge interest and demands on their Japan tour, their agency SM Entertainment decided to add 2 more dates to TVXQ's Japan tour.

TVXQ kick started their tour "TVXQ Live Tour 2012~Tone~" last January 18 in Yokohama where TVXQ received enthusiastic response from the fans. However, the competition for the tickets are high and the demand is more than the ticket's supplied, fans had difficulty securing tickets for themselves, this is why SM Entertainment decided to add 2 more dates so those who were not able to secure a ticket can have another chance to see TVXQ in their concert.

So Far, TVXQ's 2012 Japan Tour is scheduled for 26 concerts to be held on 11 cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukioka, Osaka, Sapporo, Niigata, Hiroshima and Fukui. They are also scheduled to perform on Tokyo Dome and Osaka Dome on the 14th to 16th of April and 21st to 23rd of April respectively, they are expecting over 550,000 audience for the concerts. Also, TVXQ is scheduled to reveal a new single this March 14 "Still" in Japan.


[news] STELLAR receives criticism for their wardrobe on MV teaser

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 03:19 AM PST

STELLAR recently revealed their mv teasers and the single UFO on the 8th of February. They have already released the 2nd mv teaser and you can get to see a glimpse on the song's choreography and costume. However, fans noticed that Minhee's skirt was too short and her underpants was seen on the part of the choreography.

After the music video teaser was revealed, STELLAR's agency received verious phone calls complaining about the underpants of the member being clearly seen in the video. The agency quickly made amends on the situation and said that the stage outfits will be revised and they will make the skirt longer.

Meanwhile, STELLAR made their comeback in Mnet's "M!Countdown" and Minhee can be seen wearing a longer skirt compared to the skirt she wore in the mv teaser.