Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Kangta to make a comeback in 2012 with a new album" plus 19 more

"Kangta to make a comeback in 2012 with a new album" plus 19 more

Kangta to make a comeback in 2012 with a new album

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 09:24 AM PST

Singer Kangta announced his plans to made a comeback in the first half of 2012.

Kangta was present at the MnetVoice Korea‘ press conference that was held in Seoul on February 7th along with fellow ‘Voice Korea’ coaches Shin Seung Hun, Leessang‘s Gil, Baek Ji Young, and ‘Voice Korea’ CP, Kim Ki-oong.

It was here that the singer announced, “I’m planning to make a comeback early this year. I’m working on a new album, and because it’s my first in 4 years, I want to return with something new and am even receiving dance instructions on the side.”

He also opened up about a possible H.O.T reunion that the public keeps bringing up. “I think all of us members really do want to make it happen. We have discussed a reunion in the past, but there’s a lot of factors that come into play. Like the time availability for everyone, and there’s a lot to work that must happen before it can actually come about. Because of these hinderances, all of us are really cautious about bringing it up.”

‘Voice Korea’ is the Korean version of ‘The Voice of Holland‘ that was first aired in the Netherlands in 2010. The U.S. launched an American version of the show through NBC in 2011, starring pop star Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green as the panel judges.

Contestants will try out through a blind auditioning process, and the judges must make their decision upon hearing only their voice, without seeing their appearance or knowing anything about them.

The first episode airs February 10th at 11:00PM.

Source & Image: OSEN via Naver

CNBLUE tops the Oricon Weekly Chart – first for a foreign band in 41 years

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 08:52 AM PST

Via tokyohive:

Korean rock band CNBLUE‘s 2nd major single “Where you are” sold 60,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon Singles Chart for the week of February 13th.

CNBLUE made their indie debut back in 2009 and released their major label debut single titled, “In My Head” last October.

A foreign band has not topped the singles chart for 41 years. It last occurred back in January 18, 1971, when Canadian rock band Mashmakhan released their single “As the Years Go By” under the name “Two in the fog“. CNBLUE is the fourth Korean male artist to have topped the Oricon Singles Chart following TVXQ, JEJUNG (Jaejoong) & YUCHUN (Yoochun) (from TVXQ), and Jang Geun Suk.

The full weekly charts for the week of February 13th has not yet been released.

Congratulations to CNBLUE!

Source: Oricon Style

TVXQ’s Yunho spontaneously buys dinner for his fans

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 08:21 AM PST

Dreams came true for some K-pop fans, as a lucky few were able to dine with their favorite idol star. It was a surprise party that no one expected, and for Yunho and his fans, February 6th was a day none of them will ever forget.

On February 6th at 7PM, some fan girls had a chance to meet with TVXQ‘s Yunho who was dining at a restaurant in Apgujeong. In the area were his Korean fans along with a large throng of his Japanese fans. The girls were in luck as this day also happened to be Yunho’s 26th birthday. In their hands, the fans had gifts they had prepared for him, and they looked toward the direction in which he was seated in the restaurant.

But suddenly in the restaurant, he stopped what he was doing and looked over. Not only that, he smiled and said to the fans, “Come in and have dinner~.”

It seems as though Yunho’s heart broke for the fans that were waiting outside for him in the cold, and so he invited them inside to dine with him. The girls who were taken aback by his thoughtfulness and could not hide their shock. Yunho, who saw their reaction couldn’t help but smile.

He was quite the gentleman. He ordered each of his fans a hearty bowl of soup, and made small conversation with them until their food was served. The fans thanked him, and Yunho looked happy to do something nice for them.

After the pleasant dinner, Yunho and his fans stepped out of the restaurant. The girls could not stop thanking him for buying them a meal, and wished him a very Happy Birthday. It was as if Yunho held a spontaneous fan meeting, and it was meaningful, both for the fans and for Yunho himself.

Yunho looked embarrassed, and responded to their thanks with a wave of his hand. When he received the gifts from his fans, he respectfully bowed his head and thanked each and every single one of them. He more than proved that he was a kind celebrity, and that his fans were just as sweet. And even though it seemed like everyone wanted to spend more time together, Yunho unfortunately had to step into his vehicle and leave the premises.

His fashion that night was rather casual. He wore a simple white t-shirt with a black and yellow down jacket, which paired well with his hair that was newly colored a lighter brown. Even though he looked comfortable, he was still that same charismatic Yunho that stands on stage.

He wasn’t trying to hide his identity, either. He did not wear a mask nor a hat, and was not concerned with being seen in public. He shared genuine conversations with his fans and greeted them sincerely. It was obvious why Yunho still continues to have a strong fan base even to this day.

Yunho and Changmin are global stars boasting explosive popularity not only in Korea and Japan, but Europe and the U.S. as well. But in front of his fans, Yunho was just another sweet friend and oppa.

Source & Image: Dispatch

Jiyeon asks fans to show their support for ‘Dream High 2′

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 08:03 AM PST

T-ara member Jiyeon displayed her deep affection for ‘Dream High‘ Season 2.

The singer shared the above photo via her Twitter page on the 7th and wrote, “Everyone watch Dream High season 2!! Please show your love and support~ -Rian♥.”

The photo she shared is one that was taken while on the set for KBS2 ‘Dream High 2′, and netizens praised Jiyeon for her beauty that managed to stand out, despite her interesting choice of fashion.

In related news, Jiyeon along with the rest of her T-ara members are actively promoting their song “Lovey-Dovey” from their mini-album, ‘Funky Town‘.

How do you like Dream High 2 so far? Let us know below!

Source & Image: TVDaily via Nate

SPICA unveils the full MV for “Russian Roulette”

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 07:23 AM PST

Girl group SPICA have finally launched their debut by releasing the music video for “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.

Check out “Russian Roulette” below, and tell us what you think of this new girl group!

Se7en reveals Korean MV for “Somebody Else”

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 07:12 AM PST

Se7en has just released the music video for the Korean version of “Somebody Else“!

The video doesn’t appear to differ much from the original Japanese video, but there’s definitely a more charismatic vibe exuding from the Korean version, perhaps due in part to the stronger inflections delivered in his lines.

Check out the video below, and tell us which version of “Somebody Else” you prefer!

Lee Hyori wants to guest on “Infinity Challenge”?

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 06:53 AM PST

Singer Lee Hyori has hinted that she’d like to be a guest on ‘Infinity Challenge‘!

On February 7th, PD Kim Tae Ho of ‘Infinity Challenge’ sent Hyori a congratulatory tweet, which read, “Good job on your first recording~! Did your helper Jung Jae Hyung do well??”

Hyori replied, “Because he took some ‘cheongshimhwan’ [calming pills], he was relaxed and did really well. We need to see each other soon. Invite me over”.

In response, the ‘Infinity Challenge’ PD wrote, “He couldn’t sleep for months thinking about that program.. Come over with your puppy, Soonshim~! We will always welcome you.”

Lee Hyori and Jung Jae Hyung are co-MCs for SBS‘s new program, “You and I, which will premiere its first episode on the 26th.

Will ‘Infinity Challenge’  host a special guest appearance from Lee Hyori soon? Stay tuned for more updates!

Source: Star News via Naver

2PM’s Wooyoung shows off his incredible biceps

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 06:24 AM PST

2PM‘s Wooyoung made the ladies swoon with this hot selca from the gym!

On February 6th, he tweeted, “We’re going to make 2012….hahaha^0^“, attaching a photo to back his confident words.

While Wooyoung usually displays a cute and playful image, this selca gave fans a rare glimpse into his ultra-masculine side. Judging by the size of his biceps, it looks like Wooyoung lifts weights daily.

Fans responded with, “With those arms, anything seems possible kekeke“, “Where has this Wooyoung been hiding!?“, and “You need to take more photos at the gym, oppa.

Source: Wooyoung’s Twitter

[Spoiler] ‘Dream High 2′ begins to develop its love lines

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 05:35 AM PST

On February 6th, ‘Dream High 2‘ aired its third episode, which showcased the development of love lines between ‘Shin Haesung’ (Kang Sora) and ‘Jin Yoojin’ (2AM‘s Jinwoon), as well as ‘Rian’ (T-ara‘s Jiyeon) and JB (as himself).

In this episode, Haesung and Rian have a scuffle in their room, during which Haesung discovers a photo of Rian’s with her and JB. Viewers immediately became intrigued by this hint of a mysterious past between two of Kirin Arts High School’s top idols.

On the other hand, Haesung and Yoojin — the underdogs of the school — become closer after they eat some ramen together and comfort one another. Yoojin had gotten into a fight of his own earlier, leading Haesung to carefully bandage his face. Haesung’s soft touch causes Yoojin to momentarily drop his guard and give her a shy smile.

There’s potential for a very interesting love square to take place here, with the key player being JB. JB has a mysterious connection to Rian, Haesung’s roommate; Haesung idolizes JB, while Yoojin hates JB; finally, Yoojin seems to be interested in Haesung.

Stay tuned to find out how these love lines develop!

Source: TV Daily via Nate

Girls’ Generation to release ‘The Boys’ in France

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:39 AM PST

Following the American release of their latest album, ‘The Boys‘, Girls’ Generation will now be bringing ‘The Boys’ to France!

On February 7th, a representative from SM Entertainment revealed, “Girls’ Generation will officially be releasing their album, ‘The Boys’, through Universal Music Group’s Polydor Records.

They continued, “We got confirmation of Girls’ Generation’s potential at last year’s SMTOWN Live in Paris concert.

Girls’ Generation’s release of their album in Europe is a large step for the Korean music industry. It’s being reported that while co-ed group Koreana had released a single through Polydor Records in France back in 1970, Girls’ Generation are the first Korean singers to release a formal album in Europe.

The girl group recently took off for Paris to attend a music event at the Bercy stadium in Paris.

Source: Joynews24, Newsen, Chosun.com

JYJ’s Jaejoong attends a state dinner with Turkish and South Korean presidents

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 03:57 AM PST

On February 6th, JYJ's Jaejoong was invited to dinner at the Presidential Palace in Turkey along with South Korea's president Lee Myung Bak and the president's wife.

Jaejoong toured Turkey with President Lee, held a cultural fan meeting, and attended a state banquet.

Turkey's Korean Council said, "Turkey's favorite Korean artist, JYJ's Jaejoong, was invited and a fan meeting was held. We hope that the fan meeting has contributed to the spread of Hallyu and will help better bonds between Turkey and South Korea."

President Lee Myung Bak held a special lecture at Ankara University, where he introduced Jaejoong himself. Jaejoong then shared his reflections on Korean culture, and in return, learned some  Turkish phrases from the students.

After the lecture, Jaejoong attended a state dinner with Lee Myung Bak and Turkey’s president, along with other Turkish officials.

Jaejoong revealed his thoughts on his stay saying, "When I entered the banquet, I was greeted by the Turkish president and President Lee Myung Bak, who greeted me saying, 'You came'. I was really nervous to be in such a position, but I eventually relaxed because everyone was so friendly and called me ‘JJ’, so I had a good time. Over these three days, many people told me how JYJ is really popular [here] — I hope to come back soon with the rest of my members to hold a concert."

Jaejoong's agency C-JeS Entertainment stated, "We have heard that JYJ and Jaejoong played a big role in popularizing Korean music and dramas in Turkey. Also, Jaejoong has met many important people at the banquet and they took a photo together to remember this special occasion. Jaejoong has completed his cultural mission."

Jaejoong will now focus on preparations for JYJ’s concerts in Chile and Peru in March.

Source & Image: TV Report via Nate

Post-breakup photo of actor Lee Min Ho emerges online

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 03:06 AM PST

Actor Lee Min Ho hasn’t been seen in public after it was revealed that he and actress Park Min Young had decided to end their relationship.

That’s all changed thanks to a quick snapshot taken by Y-Star News at Incheon International Airport.

Reportedly, Lee Min Ho exhibited perfect conduct when he encountered the press. He didn’t push them away — instead, he smiled as brightly as he could for the camera.

That being said, he did avoid answering questions about the breakup, and soon bid farewell to the press as he boarded his plane to attend an overseas schedule.

Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young were one of the industry’s hottest couples, thanks to their fiction-brought-to-life relationship. The two were co-stars in the drama, ‘City Hunter‘, and dated publicly afterwards. Unfortunately, their romance came to end due to busy individual schedules.

Netizens expressed in their comments that they were glad to see Lee Min Ho again. “He looks well“, “Perfect gentleman, as always“, and “I can’t wait to see what he’ll be acting in next“, they said.

Source: Dailian via Nate

TEEN TOP’s Chunji graduates from high school

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 02:25 AM PST

TEEN TOP's Chunji has graduated from high school!

Although Chunji is laden with a busy promotional schedule for TEEN TOP’s “Going Crazy", he was able to attend his graduation ceremony at the Seoul Gangseo-gu Community Health Center on February 7th.

It’s being reported that Chunji was specially admitted to Hanyang University's applied music program, which he’ll begin attending later this year.

Other 93-line idols who’ve graduated (or will graduate) this year include INFINITE's Sungjong, Girl's Day's MinahIU, SISTAR's Dasom, T-ara's Jiyeon and Hwayoung, 5dolls' Hyoyoung, KARA's Kang Ji Young, SHINee's Taemin, and B1A4's Gongchan. A Pink's maknae Oh Ha Young will also be graduating, but from middle school.

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Source & Image: Newsen

Airport photos of stars departing for ‘Music Bank in Paris’

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 01:51 AM PST

Seoul’s Incheon International Airport was filled to the brim with eager paparazzi and fans, both vying to catch a glimpse of Korea’s top idol stars.

On February 7th, idols arrived en masse, all heading for flights that would take them to Paris, France. The city of lights will be hosting KBS‘s ‘Music Bank in Paris‘ event at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy on the 8th. The show will be attended by Girls’ Generation, 4minute, B2STSISTAR, T-ara, U-KISS, 2PM, and SHINee.

Check out their airport fashion below!

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Images: As tagged

INFINITE’s Sungjong graduates from high school

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 01:16 AM PST

INFINITE‘s cute maknae Sungjong has graduated from high school!

On February 7th, Sungjong shared a photo of himself in uniform, leaving a short message that read “Graduation“.

Sungjong’s older female fans (or ‘noona‘ fans) swooned over this final shot of Sungjong in a high school uniform, as he’ll be wearing it for the last time. It now marks his transition period into adulthood.

Netizens responded to the picture by saying, “Congratulations Sungjong!” and “You’re an official adult now! Congratulations!

Hilariously, fellow member Hoya wrote, “Congratulations~!!! Now it’s time to practice? ^^“.

INFINITE are currently getting ready for their upcoming concert, which will be held on February 11th and 12th.

Source & Image: Sungjong’s Twitter

Grab the Look: Taeyeon’s street fashion in New York

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 12:35 AM PST

Last week, all eyes were on Girls’ Generation as they won over New York City with their performances on The Late Show with David Lettermanand Live! with Kelly. Their U.S. fan meeting at Best Buy in Union Square drew well over 1,000 fans, resulting in a complete store shutdown.

What caught the attention of many fans were the girls’ polished NYC fashion. Leader Taeyeon in particular drew eyes with this chic ensemble that showed off her lean legs. The look is a cosmopolitan blend of ‘tomboy-meets-flirt’, and it’d be perfect to wear to class or for an afternoon date.

Here’s a breakdown of her outfit so you can re-create her look!

(All example clothing items can be found on zipia.net.)

Taeyeon has layered a beige, polka dotted blouse with a cable knit sweater. The peter pan collar adds a fresh, girlish charm that prevents this layered combination from looking too prim. Wear this with lace-overlayed black shorts and a long, dark, double-breasted blazer jacket for a sophisticated polish.

As for accessories, choose a gold-accented, black leather bag and lace-up tan boots. Go with natural makeup and a high, romantic ponytail to “grab the look”!

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Image Source: Sports Chosun via Naver

How would the cast of ‘Infinity Challenge’ look 30 years later?

Posted: 07 Feb 2012 12:08 AM PST

Edited photos of MBC‘s ’Infinity Challenge‘ cast have drawn roars of laughter from fans of the show.

These photos were shared through MBC’s official homepage for ‘Infinity Challenge’ under the title, “Infinity Challenge – 30 Years Later“. The adroit title points out exactly what the collage entails, as the members have all been transformed into grandpas.

Hilariously, it looks like all of the members (save Haha) are suffering from hair loss.

For Yoo Jae Suk, he seems to have only lost hair at the top of his head, giving him a distinguished look. Park Myung Soo and Noh Hong Chul are both suffering M-shaped receding hairlines; which plays up their mischievous personalities. While Jung Hyung Don apparently kept his healthy figure, he couldn’t escape balding and wrinkles.

Which ‘Infinity Challenge’ member aged best?

Source: Newsen via Nate

Stellar reveals 2nd music video teaser for “UFO”

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 11:24 PM PST

After releasing a dramatic first teaser with Shinhwa‘s Jun Jin, girl group Stellar have returned with a second clip for their upcoming MV!

The girls will be promoting “UFO” as their comeback track. Though the title inspires expectations of sci-fi in the MV, there seems to be no hint of alien life. Instead, Stellar decided to run with what K-Pop girl groups do best — delivering aegyo in cute uniforms while showcasing their dance moves in an impressive setting.

Check out their MV teaser below, and tell us what you think about Stellar’s comeback so far!

EXO releases 13th teaser featuring Se Hun

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 11:02 PM PST

SM Entertainment‘s new rookie group, EXO, has returned with a new video clip featuring member Se Hun!

The idol shows off his crisp dance moves to EXO’s prologue single, “What is Love“. On the left, Se Hun brings out a ‘smooth criminal’ feel as he grooves on the street in a white suit; on the right, he utilizes a chair to show off his charisma.

Check out the video below, and keep your eyes peeled for the surprise cameo at the end!

Jo Kwon takes a cute selca while finishing a jigsaw puzzle

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 10:52 PM PST

2AM‘s leader Jo Kwon couldn’t resist goofing around while working on a jigsaw puzzles.
On February 6th, Jo Kwon updated his me2day with the quote, ”My beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will my future be!”, quoting a popular Bible verse.
Jo Kwon is seen chomping down on a puzzle piece, while giving the camera a wide-eyed look. His blue padded jumper and aviator hat instantly reminded netizens of the popular cartoon character, Pororo.
Netizens commented, “Must be the final piece to the puzzle? Jigsaw puzzles are always rewarding” and “His facial expression is so daebak. I wonder if he looks this surprised every time he does a puzzle.”
In related news, 2AM have released their Japanese debut album, ‘Never Let You Go’, on January 13th.
Source: Jo Kwon’s me2day