Friday, February 3, 2012

"Lee Seung Gi reveals jacket covers for debut Japanese single" plus 19 more

"Lee Seung Gi reveals jacket covers for debut Japanese single" plus 19 more


Lee Seung Gi reveals jacket covers for debut Japanese single

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 09:01 AM PST

Ahead of his official March 6th Japanese debut, singer Lee Seung Gi released new jacket cover photos for his new Japanese album ‘Alone In Love‘, further heightening the anticipation of his fans everywhere.

The Japanese media is keeping close watch of the singer, as he will be performing at the Nippon Budokan in Japan just three short months after his debut. The Budokan is a large-scale venue, usually reserved for the most elite of stars and Lee Seung Gi is determined to hold his first concert there to begin his career in Japan off right.

Lee Seung Gi will be unable to dive right into his Japanese activities as he has a few filming obligations in Korea for the time being, but will kick his Japanese promotions into high gear immediately after his drama filming comes to an end. His new single album will include the Japanese version of “Alone in Love“, as well as his hit song, “Because We’re Friends“.

In addition to releasing a successful fifth album in Korea and now promoting overseas, the multi-talented star is also serving as a witty MC on a variety of entertainment programs.

Source & Image: StarNews via Naver

Tony An congratulates TEEN TOP on their first K-Chart win

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 08:31 AM PST

Former H.O.T member Tony An congratulated idol group TEEN TOP on their K-Chart win.

The singer wrote via his Twitter page on the 3rd, “I want to sincerely congratulate TEEN TOP on their win today. Congratulations on your win, TEEN TOP!!!

Their #1 win on KBS 2TV‘s ‘Music Bank‘ with “Going Crazy on February 3rd was the first for the boys who debuted in 2010.

Tony continued, “Andy and I talked a lot about the production of this group when we were in the military. Although I’m a senior to Andy in both the entertainment industry and also in the military, it’s good to see Andy being successful.”

Shinhwa‘s Andy responded to Tony’s tweet writing, “I hope that the idols you create and debut one day will be successful too.”

It’s good to see fellow artists supporting each other. Congratulations once again to TEEN TOP!

Source & Image: Tony’s Twitter, MyDaily via Naver

‘Fashion King’ reveals official profiles for Yuri, Yoo Ah In, and more

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 08:04 AM PST

New SBS drama series ‘Fashion King‘ has revealed the official profiles for the four main characters!

Check out the new pictorials as well as the short biography profiles of the characters for Girls’ Generation‘s Kwon Yuri, Shin Sae Kyung, Yoo Ah In, and Lee Jae Hoon below.

Actor Yoo Ah In will play the role of Kang Young Gul, a male in his late 20′s who has never had real goals, or dreamt of a bright future. He let others walk all over him his entire life, and only prayed that he would never cause any harm to hinderance to anyone. In a world where he was told that having a vision for life was foolish, he meets a woman who inspires him to run towards his dreams.

Actress Shin Sae Kyung will be playing the role of Lee Ga Young, a woman in her early 20′s who although lived a difficult life but never gave up on hope of better days. She was determined that she too, would one day become a designer just like her mother. One fateful day she meets a new man, and the two of them seek out to fulfill their dreams together.

Actor Lee Jae Hoon will play the role of Jung Jae Hyuk, a male in his late 20′s. He has always had it all, and never felt like he was missing anything in life. That is, until he meets a girl that gives him something to live for.

Girls’ Generation’s Kwon Yuri will be playing the role of Choi Anna, a girl in her early 20′s who looks perfectly polished on the outside, but deep inside, desperately longs for companionship. She worked so hard to appear confident, and developed a thick skin in order to endure her life that is full of pain and heartache. But now, she’s ready to stop pretending.

The pilot episode airs on March 12th at 9:55PM KST!

Source & Image: SBS

T-ara’s Hyomin commemorates her volunteer work and musical with new selcas

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 07:24 AM PST

T-ara‘s Hyomin is practically beaming with contentment, and she wants to share that same feeling with her fans!

On February 2nd, Hyomin tweeted, “I don’t know exactly why, but I had a lot~ a loooot~ of fun during today’s volunteer event and musical. Hohoho~ As a bonus, I am sharing six still-cuts~~!!!!”

As previously reported, T-ara volunteered to help those in need as a way to thank everyone for helping them win a ‘Triple Crown’ achievement with “Lovey Dovey“. Hyomin is also a cast member of the on-going production, “Roly-Poly the Musical“.

Netizens wrote, “You look like you’re speaking with your face. Your photo with the snack is the best!”, “Unni, you’re so cute! I hope the musical is a hit”, and “You are so photogenic.. I’m going to see your musical!”

Source + Image: Hyomin’s Twitter

 

Jang Jae In delivers a whimsical look for ‘NYLON’

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 06:50 AM PST

Singer Jang Jae In has delivered a stunning pictorial through NYLON magazine.

The series, entitled "Whisper of the Heart", sought to capture a whimsical, yet feminine spirit by utilizing soft lighting and a minimalistic wardrobe.

The result was a breathtaking transformation, as Jang Jae In (who’s know for being a down-to-earth performer) stepped out as an enigmatic model with mysterious eyes. Undoubtedly, her strongest shot is the one where she looks straight into the camera while wearing a simple knit dress — the direct gaze combined with the pastel coloring and gorgeous knit textures result in a charming juxtaposition of bold and soft.

After the shoot, Jang Jae In took part in an interview, where she discussed her personal life and upcoming plans as a musician. "I took a solitary trip to Japan at the beginning of the New Year, and it was truly a refreshing period to reflect and become a better person," said Jang. "I will be continuing my busker performances around various Korean cities.”

Check out a few of her other shots below:

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Meanwhile, Jang Jae In will release her new song entitled "To No One But You" on the 8th.

Source: OSEN

Jung Ryeo Won auctions off her personal drawings for charity

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 06:13 AM PST

Two art pieces hand-drawn by actress Jung Ryeo Won have been auctioned off for charity.

On February 3rd, Jung Ryeo Won’s agency revealed that she donated two personal art pieces — titled ‘Between purple refrigerator and passion by rye’ and ‘u and me-entwined by ryeo’– at the request of a charity auction event.

Representatives from her agency stated, “At the auction, both pieces were sold for approximately 1 million won (~$890 USD) a piece; they were some of the higher priced items at the event.”

They continued, “Jung Ryeo Won never received professional art lessons, but she tends to express her emotions through drawing. She gets great feedback from those around her.

All proceeds made from the auction were donated to help those in need. As for Jung Ryeo Won, she is currently part of the cast in SBS‘s “History of a Salaryman”.

Source + Image: Kuki News via Nate

ZE:A’s Siwan says he drinks a shot of soju before going to bed

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 05:36 AM PST

ZE:A‘s Siwan shared his secret to living a life full of verve and energy.

On the February 2nd episode of MBC‘s ‘Joo Byung Jin’s Talk Concert‘, Siwan remarked that he drinks a shot of soju before going to bed.

On days that I need to fall asleep quickly or if it’s cold out, I like to drink soju. I think having a drink from time to time gives life vitality,” he said, causing everyone on set to laugh.

MC Joo Byung Jin responded by asking, “How old are you exactly?” Siwan informed him that he was 25, causing MC Joo to quip, “You must have experienced all kinds of different hardships during that time. I understand.”

Other stars such as T-ara‘s Jiyeon remarked that she takes supplements to maintain her health, while Rainbow‘s Jaekyung caused some laughter by saying she eats plenty of thick bacon.

Source & Image: MyDaily, Newsen via Nate

‘NII’ reveals behind-the-scenes cuts from JYJ’s photoshoot

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 05:15 AM PST

Recently, allkpop revealed some still-cuts from JYJ‘s pictorial with fashion brand, NII. On February 3rd, NII gave their fans a veritable treasure trove of eye candy by sharing some behind-the-scenes shots from the photoshoot!

The photos were divided into several albums, each dedicated to a member of JYJ. Junsu is seen goofing around with a huge cat pillow, while Jaejoong drew fawning fans with his shy smile. As for member Yoochun, he looked completely professional as he reviewed some shots on the monitor.

Check out the photos below!

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Han Ga In denies rumors about starting a wedding business

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 04:46 AM PST

Actress Han Ga In has denied the rumors that she and her husband, Yeon Jung Hoon, will be starting a 10 billion Won (~$8.9 million USD) wedding business.

On February 3rd, a media outlet reported that Yeon Jung Hoon was building a vast wedding studio worth 10 billion Won in Busan, scheduled to open in March.

In response, Han Ga In left this witty post on her agency’s Facebook page: “This morning’s new is daebak. A building worth 10 billion Won?? If it was true, then I should be thankful right? Ahem~ The only thing I did was shoot a movie called ‘Introduction to Architecture’.”

She also added, “Thank you for showing ‘The Moon That Embraces The Sun’ so much love. ‘Introduction to Architecture’ will be releasing soon, so I hope you will show it love as well, and I’ll pay back with good acting. Be careful not to catch a cold. Going to the filming now.”

Han Ga In is currently playing the lead female role as ‘Yeon Woo/Wol’ in the mega-hit drama series, ‘The Moon That Embraces The Sun’.

Source + Photo: Joy News via Naver

H.O.T’s Moon Hee Jun tells g.o.d’s Son Ho Young: “The winner reunites their group!”

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 04:05 AM PST

JTBC‘s ‘Idol Quiz Show – 1st Generation Idols’ Special‘ saw an interesting pitch from H.O.T‘s Moon Hee Jun to former g.o.d member, Son Ho Young.

The two were quite competitive throughout the show as they contended for victory. In order to spice things up even further, Moon Hee Jun put something quite interesting on the line.

The former leader of H.O.T. turned to Son Ho Young and proposed, “Whoever wins [this competition] needs to regroup their old team.” Son Ho Young accepted, and the studio erupted with cheers over this exciting bet.

Who will win the competition and revive their old group?

Stay tuned to allkpop for the competition’s results!

Source & Image: OSEN

‘Salamander Guru’ reveals preview of Taeyeon & Minho’s date

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 03:42 AM PST

SBS‘s new sitcom ‘Salamander Guru‘ has revealed a preview of Taeyeon‘s cameo!

On February 3rd, SBS’s ‘Open TV Viewers’ World‘ shared a behind-the-scenes look at Taeyeon’s scenes with SHINee‘s Minho.

Judging from the preview, the Girls’ Generation leader plays a determined girl who utilizes all her charms to woo her crush. In one particular scene, Taeyeon brings her aegyo out in full force when she begs Minho to get a hairclip for her. Unmoved, Minho asks why; Taeyeon replies it’s because she wants to own something that he bought for her exclusively.

Check out the video below!

Lee Hyori is furious with MBC for reporting false stories

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 03:18 AM PST


Singer Lee Hyori has put MBC on blast for reporting false stories about her.

MBC Everyone has been gearing up for the upcoming pilot of their new show, ‘Daebak Code 777′, which will feature a segment called ‘A Day of Star’, where celebrities are followed around for a day to discover the places and stores they frequent.

Lee Hyori was the first celebrity to be featured on this program. According to MBC Everyone’s press release, Hyori went hiking before stopping at a restaurant to eat some kelp kimbap. She then moved onto a brunch restaurant with a gallery, followed by a shopping trip at a jewelry store on a tree-lined street.

After purchasing many articles of clothing and jewelry, Lee Hyori later ate at a restaurant that specializes in dishes with cow intestines. She was also reported to have visited a dermatology clinic to receive a procedure which involved injections that supposedly allows the skin to regenerate, allowing her skin to become as smooth as a baby’s.

Seeing this press release before the airing of the show, Hyori denied the details listed, and vented her frustration on Twitter.

She tweeted, “The places I frequent? Other than the jewelry shop on the tree-lined street, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of these places. Let’s not lure innocent viewers with these… I’ve never even heard of kelp kimbap, I haven’t visited that restaurant that serves cow intestines since a year ago when I stopped eating meat, I’m curious about this brunch place with a gallery, and please tell me the number of the clinic that will return my skin back to a baby’s skin~”

Hyori continued, “Why do they make these things up? Do they receive something [in compensation]?”

Netizens shook their heads in sympathy as they commented, “I can’t believe they were trying to air something that wasn’t even true…”, “If Hyori did not speak up, then people would have gone to visit those places,” and “It seems MBC just makes up whatever they want.”

Source + Photo: Ilgan Sports via Nate

TEEN TOP wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from February 3rd!

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 02:57 AM PST

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

The MCs for tonight's episode were After School's UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo.

Aside from the usual stages, both F.T. Island and Block B made held their comeback stages with “Severely” and “Nanrina“, respectively. Brown Eyed GirlsMiryo also finally made her solo debut with “Leggo” on tonight’s episode.

As for the winners, MBLAQ faced off against TEEN TOP for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was TEEN TOP who clinched their first 'K-Chart' win with "Going Crazy".

Congratulations to TEEN TOP on their first ‘K-Chart’ win ever!

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Others who performed tonight included T-ara, MBLAQ, TEEN TOP, Lim Joo Yeon, Buga Kingz, LEDApple, Six Bomb, Yeon Ji Hoo, X-5, Chocolat, J-Cera, B.A.P, Park Hyunbin, CHAOS, Nine Muses, Boyfriend, Fat Cat, Dal Shabet, NS Yoon-G, Brian Joo, Koyote, and Sunny Hill!

Check out the performances below:

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F.T. Island makes a hot comeback with “Severely” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 02:33 AM PST

F.T. Island has returned to the music scene once again with a brand new mini-album titled 'Grown Up'!

The boys made their way to the stage of KBS's 'Music Bank' where they held their second comeback stage for their title track "Severely", impressing fans as they always have been.

Be sure to check out F.T. Island's heart-felt performance below!

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Brown Eyed Girls’ Miryo debuts with “Leggo” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 02:21 AM PST

Brown Eyed Girls' member Miryo is stepping out on her own as a solo singer!

On the February 3rd episode of KBS's 'Music Bank', Miryo finally held her second debut stage, and was forced to change it up for KBS due to a word within the lyrics. With such being said, Miryo decided to perform her track “Leggo” today, featuring fellow member Narsha!

Her mini-album titled 'Miryo aka Johoney' was produced by none other than One Way's Chance, producer for many other artists including B1A4, NS Yoon-G, MBLAQ, and more!

Without further ado, check out Miryo's stunning debut below!

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Block B returns to ‘Music Bank’ with “Nanrina”!

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 02:03 AM PST

The seven boys of talented hip-hop group Block B are finally back with a new mini-album titled 'Welcome to the Block'.

When fans first heard that all the tracks were composed by Zico himself, attention grew instantaneously which ultimately led to the welcoming of new fans.

The boys returned to the stage on today's episode of KBS's 'Music Bank' to perform their title track, "Nanrina".

Check it out below!

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Cho PD reveals he considered taking out a loan for Block B

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 01:42 AM PST

Cho PD, the mastermind behind Block B, has revealed that he once inquired about a loan for the first time in his life.

Cho PD said that he estimated the amount of money it would take to push the seven-member idol group and agency Brand New Stardom to the top; the figure made him think about putting in a loan application for the first time in his life.

He stated, “I’m not paying a monthly installment for my car, nor do I have any loans right now. However, I looked into how much money I could borrow by using our agency office as collateral, so that I would not have to receive help from outside sources.”

Cho PD’s investment in Brand New Stardom with Block B’s debut last year was said to be around 1.5 billion Won (~ $1,341,297 USD). Ten months later, it was estimated to have surpassed 2 billion Won (~$1,788,350).

The reason why Cho PD sought a loan rather than accept funds from outside investors lies in his belief in Block B’s talents. He wished to preserve their freedom, which would not have been guaranteed if outside investors had their say.

ChJo PD stated, “In pushing for concepts that haven’t been tried by others, and giving the members the authority over their music, there will be strong opposition by individuals in those positions [investors]. These things cannot be achieved when leadership has been dispersed… The trust in the members’ talents and abilities should be absolute.”

In related news, Block B has been making quite a splash with their recent comeback, and have already reached #1 on various music charts. The boys are promoting their title track, “Nanrina”, and you’ll be able to catch them later today on ‘Music Bank’.

Miryo to perform “Leggo” instead of “Dirty” on Music Bank due to unfit lyrics

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 01:11 AM PST

It’s just been revealed that Brown Eyed GirlsMiryo will not be performing her title track, “Dirty“, on tonight’s episode of KBS’s ‘Music Bank’.

KBS has determined that a word within the lyrics from Miryo’s title track was not suitable for broadcast. As such, Miryo will now be performing “Leggo“, another track from her debut solo mini-album featuring Narsha.

Miryo had no such problems with her comeback performance on Mnet‘s ‘M! Countdown‘ yesterday. Fans are now anxious to see how MBC and SBS‘s music programs will respond to KBS’s decision.

Stay tuned to allkpop for updates.

Source: Newsen

X-5 to perform on ‘Music Bank’ with a follow-up song

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 12:40 AM PST

Having concluded promotions for “Dangerous”, X-5 will be performing their follow-up song “Do You Want To See Me Go Crazy” for the first time today on KBS’s ‘Music Bank’.

“Do You Want To See Me Go Crazy” is the work of producers Big Daddy Rhymer (the brains behind Mighty Mouth‘s “Tok Tok” and T-ara‘s “TTL”) and Master Key, who produced Verbal Jint‘s “You Seem Well”.

The song describes the state of a man who’s been rejected by a woman he loves. The lyrics and melody are sure to draw a strong response from listeners, as will the members’ powerful vocals.

X-5′s Jin tweeted, “Everyone, we are starting are promotions for ‘Do You Want To See Me Go Crazy’. Please cheer us on! We will do our best!”

Tune into ‘Music Bank’ later today to catch their performance!

Source + Photo: Saegye via Nate

Fat Cat is awarded ‘Rookie of the Month’ by Cyworld

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 12:18 AM PST

Fat Cat has been selected as the most loved rookie artist for the month of January!

According to her agency, the Cyworld Digital Music Awards chose Fat Cat as the ‘Rookie of the Month’ thanks to her song, “Is Being Pretty Everything”.

The Cyworld Digital Music Awards are based off the Cyworld music charts, and they honor artists every month with categories like ‘Song of the Month’, which Dynamic Duo won for the month of January.

Fat Cat has been promoting on various music programs, and she’s received celebrity support through cameos like Lee Jang Woo, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, Eru, B2ST’s Doojoon, Brian, Boyfriend’s Youngmin and Kwangmin, TEEN TOP’s Chunji, Alex, and T-ara’s Jiyeon.

The artist stated, “I was so busy promoting that I haven’t been able to really feel the reaction [to my song], so I’m very thankful finding out that so many people have shown me love… Through even better performances, I’ll become a singer that continues to grow.”

Fat Cat will be performing “Is Being Pretty Everything” with a new choreography and stage outfit on ‘Music Bank‘ later today.