Monday, February 20, 2012

"KARA’s Park Gyuri to undergo vocal cord surgery" plus 19 more

"KARA’s Park Gyuri to undergo vocal cord surgery" plus 19 more

KARA’s Park Gyuri to undergo vocal cord surgery

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 09:03 AM PST

KARA‘s leader Park Gyuri will be undergoing surgery.

On February 20th, KARA’s agency DSP Media reported, “Park Gyuri will be undergoing surgery on February 21st to remove nodules and polyps that have been found in her vocal cords.”

Although Gyuri knew about her condition, she postponed her surgery in order to perform in musical ‘200 Pound Beauty‘ in which she played a leading role, and to perform at the first few shows of KARA’s first independent concert ‘KARASIA‘.

It even became difficult for Gyuri to speak clearly while MCing MBC‘s ‘Rooloolala‘, which upset many of her fans.

DSP Media continued, “Gyuri’s priority is to focus on rehab to ensure a speedy recovery. KARA has an Asia Tour that kicks off in Japan this April, so we are going with a special rehab program that will allow Gyuri to fully recover before then.”

Source & Image: Herald via Nate

Girls’ Generation members YoonA, Seohyun, and Tiffany attend Burberry Fashion show in London

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 08:44 AM PST

Last week, we reported that Girls’ Generation members YoonA, Seohyun, and Tiffany would be in attendance for the '2012 F/W Burberry Prorsum Women's Collection Fashion Show' fashion show in London. The ladies arrived earlier in the day and they looked stunning.

The girls were personally invited by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey as representatives of Korea and the girls were prominently featured in the very front row with other celebrities and luminaries.

The entire show was streamed live online and fans were quick to capture the stream and share it on the internet.

Check out the cuts of YoonA, Seohyun, and Tiffany from the live stream below.

Tip: margot

Big Bang’s new MV to be revealed on ‘Strong Heart’?

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 08:14 AM PST

Along with their new single “Blue” dropping on February 22nd, it looks like Big Bang‘s new MV will be revealed on the 21st.

SBS ‘Strong Heart‘ PD Park Sang Hyuk recently wrote via his official Twitter page, “Big Bang’s first comeback MV will be unveiled for the first time tomorrow, at the end of the February 21st episode of ‘Strong Heart’. Please look forward to it.”

As some of you can recall, Big Bang did this very same thing nearly a year ago when they revealed the televised MV to “Tonight on SBS. Shortly thereafter they released the official MV through YouTube.

Strong Heart airs on Tuesday 11:30PM KST, so make sure to check allkpop for the comeback MV!

Source & Image: PD Park’s Twitter
Tip : baby_blu123

Park Ji Yoon reveals MV for ‘Tree of Life’

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 08:00 AM PST

A legendary figure in the Korean music scene has returned.

After a nearly 3 year hiatus, the beautiful and talented Park Ji Yoon (30) has reemerged and reinvented herself as a former teen idol turned indie artist-producer on her hypnotic, melodic new album, '나무가 되는 꿈 Tree of Life'.

She has grown and matured, transforming from Sexy Siren to Singer-Songwriter. She’s traded in dance crews for acoustic arrangements, and boldly branches out as bona fide lyricist, composer, and musician. Park Ji Yoon’s impressive song collaborations with members of Korean indie rock acts No Reply (Kwon Soon Gwan), Dear Cloud (Yongrin), and Asher Park have made this record one of the most stunning and surprising K-Pop releases of 2012.

Park Ji Yoon is now the CEO of her own management company (parkjiyoon creative), and she has debuted her new music video (나무가 되는 꿈 Tree of Life) worldwide on her official Facebook fanpage and YouTube channel. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Check out her MV and a sample of her album below. Remember to support by purchasing the music on iTunes.

나무가 되는 꿈 Tree of Life (Deluxe Edition) - 박지윤 (Park Ji Yoon)

INFINITE reveals parts 3 & 4 from “INFINITE JAPAN STORY”

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 07:26 AM PST

On February 14th, INFINITE released parts 1 and 2 from ‘INFINITE JAPAN STORY‘, a documentary containing footage of the boys’ debut in Japan.

Following up, INFINITE has revealed parts 3 and 4, which includes clips from their fanmeeting at Shibuya’s Tower Records shop, as well as the members’ thoughts on their popularity in Japan.

Check out this special video below!

Tip: spongegi

Big Bang unveils final “Talk” session with Taeyang

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 07:15 AM PST

Big Bang has finally unveiled the last “Talk” session clip, this time featuring member Taeyang.

In his video, Taeyang reveals his thoughts on how the painful period from 2011 seemed to have made the group stronger, while also allowing him to reflect more deeply on himself.

Check out the video below, and stay tuned for more Big Bang updates on allkpop!

Ailee, SISTAR’s Hyorin & T-ara’s Jiyeon release “Superstar” for ‘Dream High 2′ OST

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 07:11 AM PST

Dream High 2s very own idol group, Hershe, has just released a digital single entitled, “Superstar“.

Hershe is comprised of SISTAR‘s Hyorin, T-ara‘s Jiyeon, and rookie soloist Ailee. Together, they rule Kirin Arts High School as the top idol group amongst the students.

On February 21st, the fictional group became momentarily real through the release of “Superstar”, a disco-inspired dance track that’s sure to become a popular hit at karaoke bars.

Check out the track below!

Baek Ji Young and boyfriend Jung Suk Won reveal a lovely couple pictorial

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 07:03 AM PST

Celebrity couple Baek Ji Young and her boyfriend Jung Suk Won recently modeled for an online shopping mall.

The two wore couple sweaters and used balloons as well as cupcakes to advance the ‘sweetheart’ concept. They posed affectionately in a variety of ways that ranged from funny to cute.

Baek Ji Young in particular drew widespread compliments for her young and flawless look, especially since her boyfriend is nine years younger.

Source + Image: Naver

Grab the Look: SPICA’s “Russian Roulette”

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 06:20 AM PST

SPICA‘s debut song “Russian Roulette” has great style, and now it’s time to make it your own! Although they’re a rookie group, the five members opted to ditch the typical ‘aegyo‘ formula for a strong, confident image, compounded with an edgy performance and a wardrobe to kill for.

SPICA’s look for “Russian Roulette” plays up the ‘no-nonsense rockstar’ look, which you can easily spin to match your personal style.

SPICA delivered a luxurious combination of textures with loud pops of bold color. It’s a new take on old favorites like studs, motorcycle jackets, and other rock’n roll gear. Mixing soft textures like lace, fur, and supple leather gives the outfit depth, while simultaneously avoiding the trap of looking overly masculine.

A great aspect of this look lies in its ability to mix and match according to your body shape and personal style. You can go for glam rock, punk princess, sophisticated metal queen — whichever floats your boat (and your wallet!)

Find suggestions below on how to get started on your own “Russian Roulette” look. The best part? Nothing is over $75.00! Check out how SPICA rocked this look with their debut song, “Russian Roulette“, in their music video below:

Image Source: B2M Entertainment

Big Bang to guest on ‘Running Man’

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 05:38 AM PST

It’s just been revealed that all five members of Big Bang will guest on an upcoming episode of SBS‘s ‘Running Man‘!

On February 20th, SNS services in Korea were all abuzz over Big Bang sightings with the ‘Running Man’ crew. An official from the show spoke to Star News on the phone and confirmed, “The members of Big Bang – G-Dragon, Daesung, Taeyang, T.O.P, and Seungri — all came out to shoot for ‘Running Man’ today.”

Netizens were overjoyed at the news, as they commented, “Big Bang and ‘Running Man’ together would be really fun to watch” and “Can’t wait to watch this!

In related news, Big Bang will be making their official comeback on February 29th. Prior to that, they will unleash their first title track, “Blue“, on the 22nd.

Source + Image: Star News via Nate

SBS’s ‘K-Pop Star’ beats ‘Running Man’ in TV ratings

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 05:09 AM PST

SBS‘ ‘K-Pop Star scored a staggering 17.3% in viewership ratings for this week, claiming the second spot among Sunday’s TV programs.

According to TV viewership research organization, AGB Nielsen, the 12th episode of SBS’ ‘K-Pop Star’ recorded 17.3% on February 19th.  This is a 3.3% increase from last week’s episode.  The increase in viewership was most likely due to this week’s dramatic face-off between the show’s two biggest contenders, Park Ji Min and Lee Ha Yi.

However, the most shocking fact about this news is that K-Pop Star’s rating of 17.3% outweighs ‘Running Man‘s’, rating which recorded 16.7% on the same day.  This is a huge achievment considering how Running Man is not only considered a popular TV program in South Korea, but all over Asia.

KBS 2TV1 Night 2 Days‘ also performed amazingly well with 25.2% in ratings.  Unfortunately, it was the show’s last episode.

Is anyone else experiencing the craze for SBS’ ‘K-Pop Star’?

Source + Photos: newsis via Nate

Block B’s Zico shaves his head in response to the Thailand interview controversy

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 04:16 AM PST

Recently, we reported about Block B‘s controversial interview in Thailand and their individual apologies. Block B’s leader Zico is taking further action to show the group’s remorse.

Earlier on Block B’s official site, Block B left a note of apology that read:

We are sorry for stirring public criticism. We think that there is no excuse by which we can be forgiven. We are so embarassed for not considering the hearts of the flood victims of this national disaster. We will sincerely self-discipline and fix our wrongdoings which have lowered our country’s image. From now on, we will act while taking on the responsibility of a representative Korean celebrity. We will strive to show a more mature image.

Leader Zico has taken on the responsibility of this incident and has shaved his head as a symbol of his remorse. He also withdrew from his scheduled appearances on MBC FM4U‘s “Yoonha’s Starry Night“.

Members Jaehyo and Park Kyung, who were resident guests on the show will continue to make their appearances as scheduled. A Brand New Stardom representative said, “The group is making this incident as an opportunity to become more mature.”

Source: Sports Chosun via Nate

Hip hop producer Swizz Beatz wants to see a collaboration between 2NE1 and Rihanna

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 03:14 AM PST

World renown hip hop producer Swizz Beatz expressed his hopes to one day see a collaboration between Rihanna and 2NE1.

On February 20th, Swizz Beatz held a press conference at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul to discuss the growing impact of K-Pop on the global music industry.

Swizz Beatz revealed,

I think Korea’s K-pop is a kind of expression. The world is looking for something new and K-pop is a new trend. I want to play a part in making Korean music known worldwide.

As I travel around the world, I learn about the sound of each country. I’m not only interested in hip hop, but other musical genres as well. For Korean artists, I think KARA, Big Bang, 2NE1, and BoA (among other musicians) have many strengths. K-pop is an opportunity, and the future is bright.

When asked about the potential for K-pop in the American pop music market, Swizz Beatz said,

Although Korean people are accustomed to American pop music, K-pop may be unfamiliar to American people. However, the world’s hearts are open to music. K-pop has great potential. I think if 2NE1 and Rihanna got together, the effect would be great.

Swizz Beatz has worked with top-tier artists such as Jay-Z, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, and many others. He currently has a business partnership with Korea’s Omen Media and has a new project in the works.

Source + Image: Star News

MBLAQ parodies ‘Secret Garden’ + plays the Pepero game during fan meeting

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 02:38 AM PST

On February 19th, idol group MBLAQ held a special ‘Hello My A+‘ fan meeting at Yonsei University, where they were greeted by an auditorium packed with 1,500 screaming fans.

MBLAQ began with a charismatic performance of their 4th mini album’s title track, “It’s War“, before revealing blooper clips from their MV.

During the game corner, the members decided to reenact the popular ‘sit-up’ scene from SBS’s drama ‘Secret Garden‘ (originally done by Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin).

Afterwards, they played the ‘Pepero game’ where members had to couple up and play ‘chicken’ to see who would bite off the cookie first to get away. When it was Seungho and Thunder‘s turn, Mir jokingly knocked their heads together, causing their lips to touch.

As they thanked A+ fans for all their love and support, MBLAQ concluded with performances of “Cry“, “You’re my +“, “Y” and their debut track, “Oh Yeah“.

You can check out clips of the ‘Secret Garden’ parody and the Pepero game below:

Source + Image: MyDaily via Nate

[Spoiler: K-Pop Star] Kim Na Yoon gives an electrifying performance

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 02:01 AM PST

Contestant Kim Na Yoon has pulled herself out of a huge slump on SBS‘s ‘K-Pop Star with a strong performance on today’s episode.

The 16 year old contestant has mostly received harsh criticisms from the judges, who were all disappointed by her inability to tap into her potential, as seen in her very first performance with Alicia Keys‘ “Fallin“. All that changed today when Kim Na Yoon showed off her dramatic improvement through a cover of “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles.

Her performance was strong, and the judges were pleasantly surprised by her sudden improvement, especially Yang Hyun Suk who personally trained her for weeks. BoA happily shouted, “Welcome Back!” with open arms.

Ultimately, Kim Na Yoon scored first place amongst her group and secured a spot in the next round, which will be broadcasted live.  Son Mi Jin grabbed second place while Lee Seung Joo was officially eliminated from the show.

Big Bang’s impending comeback results in doubled stock prices for YG

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 01:32 AM PST

It appears that the anticipation for Big Bang‘s comeback has helped YG Entertainment record its highest share price yet!

YG’s current stock price is 67,000 KRW per share. The prices of the shares have been constantly rising for the past three days. This is most likely due to the news of Big Bang’s comeback, which will be commence officially on February 29th.  The group will be releasing a mini-album comprised of six songs in addition to their world tour, ‘Alive‘, which will be launched in March. Many investors are expecting a nice string of CFs to follow suit.

With the sudden increase in stock price, financial reports believe that Yang Hyun Suk’s gross stock value will exceed 200 billion KRW (~177.6 million USD). Yang Hyun Suk along with his brother, Yang Min Suk (CEO and major shareholder of YG), are one of the top 5 first generation self-made Chaebols in South Korea.

In an interview, Yang Hyun Suk shared, “To bring K-pop onto the world stage and compete on a global level, competition amongst [K-pop label] companies is necessary.  And that’s why we’ve strived to get YG on KOSPI.  Ten years after SM’s enlistment on the index, YG made it to the stock market as well.  It feels very rewarding.”

Aside from Big Bang’s comeback, 2NE1 is slated to make a comeback as well after the world tour.  Furthermore, YG will be unveiling their new idol group later this year.

Source + Photos: Osen




SHINee and 2NE1′s Dara discuss their CF concept for ‘Etude’

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 01:00 AM PST

Top stars SHINee and 2NE1‘s Sandara Park recently sat down for an interview with ‘Etude House‘ to discuss the concept for their upcoming CF.

SHINee and Sandara were selected to become the cosmetics brand’s endorsement models for 2012, and they’ve planned a special campaign to kick off their promotions.

On February 20th, SHINee and Sandara revealed that their campaign was called ‘Kiss Note‘, which plays off the popular story, ‘Death Note‘. ‘Death Note’ is a popular Japanese comic series revolving around a supernatural book that grants its owner the ability to kill anyone by jotting their name on a page. Etude’s ‘Kiss Note’ campaign utilizes that same concept, but with a romantic twist.

When the interviewer asked the boys if there was a kiss scene, they replied that you’d just have to watch the CF when it gets released on March 1st to find out.

Check out the video below! (Warning: prepare for extreme hyperness)

Tip: Icen

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon to be an MC for the ‘Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards’

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 12:43 AM PST

Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon has been chosen to emcee for the first Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards.

On February 22nd, Taeyeon will team up with composer Joo Young Hoon to lead the three hour event at Seoul Hannamdong’s Blue Square Samsung Card Hall.

This awards show will honor deserved recipients from 2011, with the data being drawn from digital music sales and record sales. Music industry professionals — including producers, composers, lyricists, choreographers, stylists, and more — will be present alongside artists and idols, making it a real mainstream music festival.

Some of the awards that will be given out this year include: “Artist of the Year”, “Rookie of the Year”, “Producer of the Year”, “New Find of the Year”, “Composer/Lyricist of the Year”, “Style of the Year”, “Oricon Special Award”, and “K-Pop Contribution Award”.

Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, the Wonder Girls, B2ST, T-ara, SECRET, Davichi, Leessang, Girl’s Day, Huh Gak and more will be present for the first Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards.

The event will be aired at 7:00 p.m. (KST) through KBS Drama and KBS Joy as well as through Daum.

Stay tuned to allkpop for updates on this exciting event!

JQT disbands, three members to join new girl group

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 12:08 AM PST

Girl group JQT have just announced their disbandment, throwing their plans of debuting in the U.S. to go into arrears.

The four members of JQT have been working with Melvin Brown since last year, a producer associated with famous artists like Lady Gaga, Akon, T-Pain, and more. But when their contract ended with agency GP Entertainment in December, the group decided to split up.

JQT’s representative revealed to Star News that “Our contract with the JQT members has ended, and the members did not show a desire to renew it. We are going over the plans of their American debut, but it seems like a thin situation.” (The word “thin” here was used to describe that their American debut is not likely to happen.)

Members Minjung, Gajin, and Jieun were discovered in 2005, followed by Minsun through a separate audition. These four girls debuted in 2009 as JQT, with Jinkyung later replacing Minsun.

As for their future plans, it’s been revealed that Minjung, Gajin, and Jieun will make a fresh start with agency EC Ebenezer. They will join two others to create a five member girl group called ‘As the One‘.

Source: Star News

Celeb Beauty Tip: Cute meets sexy with Goo Hara’s ‘Dolly’ look

Posted: 19 Feb 2012 11:39 PM PST

KARAs Goo Hara caught the attention of fans last week when she tweeted a new selca that showed off two very different looks.

Fans were drawn to Hara’s angelic appearance with her pure skin, doe eyes, and pink lips. But don’t let her innocent makeup fool you! Her ‘dolly look’ carries an undercurrent of ‘sexy’ with her flushed cheeks and a revealing top that shows off her shoulder line and collarbone.

Here’s a breakdown of Goo Hara’s cute and sexy dolly look that is definitely selca-approved:

Tell us what you think about this ‘cute-meets-sexy’ look!

Image: Goo Hara’s Twitter