Saturday, February 11, 2012

"[News] Rooftop Prince will be the new F4?" plus 24 more

"[News] Rooftop Prince will be the new F4?" plus 24 more

[News] Rooftop Prince will be the new F4?

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 08:47 AM PST

People are anticipating if the flower boys F4 acting in SBS TV 'Rooftop Prince' will retain public interest.
On Feb. 9, a photograph of new Wednesday-Thursday drama 'Rooftop Prince' camera testing scene was being uploaded on SBS's official Twitter.
In the photograph, 'Rooftop Prince''s F4, Park Yoochun, Jung Suk Won, Lee Min Ho and Choi Woo Shik were filming in an amicable atmosphere.
Women are focusing on their appearance on the drama. Moreover, Joseon Dynasty's F4 includes the appearance of KBS 2TV 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal''s Park Yoochun and 'The Moon Embracing the Sun''s Lee Min Ho.
'Rooftop Prince' is a romantic comedy about a Joseon Crown Prince loses his wife and leaps over 300 years to Seoul in the modern time. Besides the F4, Han Ji Min, Jung Yoo Mi, etc are also appearing in the drama.
In the F4, Jung Suk Won, Lee Min Ho and Choi Woo Shik follows the Crown Prince Park Yoochun. Firstly, Park Yoochun will be cast as the tactless Crown Prince who has a bad character. He is expected to transform from a young introverted man from 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal' to a man with a bad character in this drama.
Source: TV Report via Nate
Translation by: Shermin of JYJ3

[News] Fans stunned by Siwon's middle finger scene on Skip Beat!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 07:54 AM PST

Super Junior held a concert at the Taipei Arena, bringing up the viewer ratings for Skip Beat by a small margin of 1.46% yesterday night. However, the scenes of Siwon and Ivy Chen showing the middle finger because they were displeased with each other has sparked queries amongst netizens whether it would be a bad influence on children. GTV expressed yesterday that warnings that "This is a theatrical effect, please do not imitate" were put up during the broadcast, (but) will take more precautions in the future if similar scenes appear in other shows. 

After their concert had ended two days ago, Super Junior held a celebration party at a Korean restaurant, and the restaurant (staff) took the opportunity to watch Skip Beat with the group members. Watching their own acting in Taiwan for the first time, Donghae and Siwon exclaimed that it was amazing. The Super Junior members only left the restaurant after watching the entire episode. 

Siwon and Donghae filmed for Skip Beat during their long stay in Taiwan, and thus kept the viewer ratings close to mind. The concert on the day before was a matinee session, and Donghae chose to sing the ending theme for Skip Beat. Before the concert had ended, he even reminded the fans to hurry home and wait in front of the television (in order to catch the drama). The fans' passionate emotions were reflected on the official website's discussion board; there was a person who said that when she had heard the ending theme, she couldn't help but cry when she thought about the fact that her idols were leaving Taiwan soon. The Super Junior members left Taiwan in separate batches yesterday, and their Super Show 4 tour will be held next in Singapore on the 18th and 19th (of February), continuing the spread of Super Junior's global popularity. 

Following the progress of the storyline of Skip Beat, Siwon and Ivy Chen continued with their subtle interactions of being seemingly interested in the other yet displeased with each other. The middle finger scene on the day before was not censored on television, causing the fans to wonder that, "Doesn't the Korean management company always pay great attention to their artist's image? How can they agree to Siwon showing the middle finger?" Aside from that, while flipping through his script in the drama, Siwon could not understand the idiom "一本正经"*, and thought that it was the name of a Buddhist scripture, causing the fans to end up in stiches and engage in a heated discussion on the Internet.

Yesterday, the producer of the Skip Beat drama Comic Ritz expressed that the scenes filmed for the drama have been discussed with the Korean side, and was only implemented after receiving their consent. The middle finger scene was an original arrangement in the script, (and they said that) "The Korean side gives great respect to the script, and does not think that it was inappropriate."

* The idiom 一本正经 (yī bĕn zhèng jīng) means that the person has a solemn/serious expression. If read literally, "一本" denotes one copy, and in the Chinese language, the word "经" usually refers to religious scriptures. That's why Siwon's character on Skip Beat thought that "正经" was the name of some Buddhist 
scripture of sorts, because he was taking the phrase literally.

Source: UDN (via Korea Star Daily)
Translated by eternalsnow @ SJ-WORLD.NET

[News] Girls’ Generation’s ‘Kissing You’ tops Valentine’s Day poll!!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 07:34 AM PST

A 3-day survey, starting from February 1st was conducted on male members in their 20s and 30s by a free dating site ( to determine the songs that they would like their girlfriends to listen to on Valentine's Day.
According to the result which was released on February 11th, Girls' Generation's 'Kissing You' topped the survey after garnering 32.2% of the total votes while IU's 'Good Day' came in 2nd with 31.7%.
Girls' Generation's 'Oh!' took the no.3 spot with 19.6%, followed by Secret's 'Starlight Moonlight' in 4th with 13.2%. SES' 'I Love You' came in 5th with 3.3%.
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[Video] Preview of Teen Top on Weekly Idol!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 06:52 AM PST

Check out the preview of Teen Top on the upcoming episode of Weekly Idol!

[Video] SHINee's Taemin sings Goodbye City on Immortal Song 2!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 05:39 AM PST

SHINee's Taemin sings Goodbye City on Immortal Song 2,check out his amazing performance here!

[Video] IU falls down again at Seoul Samsung Thunders Basketball home game!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 05:27 AM PST

At the Seoul Samsung Thunders Basketball home game held on Feb 11th, IU opened the games by shooting the first ball and also performed a mini-concert during halftime (Note: She sang 'Good Day' and 'You and I' but shortened versions). 

As the model for Samsung Galaxy, IU entered the basketball court wearing the Samsung Thunders uniform and received loud cheers from the spectators present. She then attempted to shoot but fell down in the process, once again earning her the nickname of the 'ggwadang girl' (Note: 'ggwadang' is a falling down sound effect). Previously, she slipped and fell at the 2011 Melon Music Awards, and it became a hot topic in the media.

However, IU bravely got up and went back into position to attempt a second shot, which turned out to be successful!

 squishyblob @ weheartiu
Source: Segye 

[News] SHINee’s Still Got It (Review)!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:52 AM PST

Since their debut, there has been sufficient reason to believe that SHINee was SM's resident darling group. Within the first few years of their existence, all the signs pointed towards SM's dotage towards SHINee. SHINee got a killer debut song, awesome visual concepts, product endorsements left and right, variety appearances every other day of the week — anything and everything to keep SHINee in the public limelight. Of course, this level of high-profile exposure wasn't without merit. Even from their debut performance, SHINee proved themselves to be excellent performers with lots of talent and stage charisma. The sheer quality of SHINee's debut marked SHINee as being one of the best rookie groups of their time — a title that retained its worth throughout much of SHINee's career.

But there was something somewhat lackluster about SHINee during their Lucifer promotions. Granted, "Lucifer" wasn't the greatest song to come out of SHINee and promoting it three times a week obviously took a big physical toll on the group, but all of a sudden SHINee's live performances became less than perfect, their stage charisma seemed recycled, and they just weren't the same perfect, pleasantly-robotic group that they were at the time of their debut. The news of SHINee's venture into Japan was, frankly, a piece of news that personally made me very uneasy. If it had been late 2008/early 2009 when SHINee was arguably at their prime, there would've been no reservations. But the image of Jonghyun cracking every high note while performing in front of a highly critical Japanese audience was not a pleasant one. At the end of 2010, SHINee was not in a good place in terms of overall performance quality, and it was difficult to find reasons to continue keeping up with them.

So in terms of logic, the full-length concert SHINee held at the end of 2010 shouldn't have been all that impressive. And indeed, the fact that the concert has been drawn out over the past year in a bajillion different venues has definitely added to the staleness of it all. But when the concert album came out last week, I unexpectedly found myself falling in love with the group all over again.

The thing about concert albums is that while the songs may be no different from their studio-recorded counterparts on previous albums, the live recordings embody a degree of liveliness and vigor that is oftentimes lost in the midst of editing and mixing and take after take after take. While it's safe to assume that concert recordings do undergo a certain degree of audio editing, the fact still stands that the group only has two concerts to get it right, two shots to put out an aurally perfect and emotionally memorable performance that will be immortalized on an audio CD for years to come.

In many ways, listening to SHINee's concert album was like seeing the old SHINee finally come back, and then some. Their vocal performances were pretty much spot-on throughout the whole concert, with nary a sung note out of place. But more importantly, their performances just had so much life and vigor, to the point where that energy was noticeable even through an audio recording. Songs like "Ready or Not," "A-Yo," and "Get Down" showed off SHINee's youthfulness and energy in ways that even other older groups might have a hard time replicating. And ballads like "Graze," and "Romantic" have been around for years, but rather than parroting back the studio recording, SHINee performed it as if the song was made to be sung in that venue, embedding the song within the entire concert experience.

I saw this concert live back in July when SHINee performed in Taipei, and while that was a great experience in itself, I've come to discover that nothing really beats out the experience of hearing SHINee's voices in absolute clarity, being able to take in every bit of their stage energy and passion simply by listening to their voices. It's not to say that I've decided that SHINee are the demigods of K-pop simply from listening to this one concert recording. But rather, this concert album was a restoration of faith for me as a SHINee fan — not in the sense that their rumored Korean comeback later this year will herald the permanent return of the "old SHINee" from years past, but rather in the affirmation that SHINee is still the same group of five boys who are ridiculously good at what they do but still have the energy and lightheartedness to have fun on stage and live in the experience. It was an experience where one could hear the carefree, youthfulness of the group, whilst also taking note of the ways in which the group was maturing — solid harmonies, vocal embellishments, the sound of Taemin and Minho taking over lines previously held by their older, more experienced members — showing that they were now ready to carry those lines themselves. The SHINee World Concert was a special occasion for SHINee — as a first solo concert would be for any artist — and it was clear that SHINee made that stage their own. One is hardpressed to find a group with that high a level of expertise and carefreeness in performing, which is what makes SHINee such a gem.

It's both a curse and a blessing that SHINee debuted at such a young age, and after watching and listening to SHINee perform, it's clear to me that youthful energy composes a certain X factor in live performances, something that even the most skilled veteran group can't replicate. Youth is a wonderful thing, something that should not be wasted for a countless number of reasons. And even as full-time entertainers who eat, live, and breathe their career, SHINee should not have to sacrifice their youthfulness, especially if it is that youthfulness that allows SHINee to shine the brightest on stage. It's such a shame to see SHINee being jetted around from country to country, schedule to schedule, all the while wasting away the youth that makes their current career so special. There will come a day when SHINee's youthfulness will fade away, and it will be sad to see it go without even leaving a trace on the career that has consumed it.

Source/Credits: SeoulBeats
Written by: Patricia @ SeoulBeats

[news] Kim Hyun Joong's debut single certified Gold in Japan!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:30 AM PST

Singer Kim Hyun Joong's debut single get's certified Gold in Japan.

On the 10th of February, Recording Industry Association of Japan announced that Kim Hyun Joong's debut single "Kiss Kiss/Lucky Guy" which was just released last 25th of January has received a Gold certification for selling over 100,000 albums.

Kim Hyun Joong's single garnered more than 100,000 album sales just after 2 weeks of it's release which is a huge achievement considering it is his debut single also his single sold over 71,812 albums on it's first week of release.

Meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong had his first concert in Japan last 5th of February, "Premium Live in Japan" where over 20,000 fans went and watched the spectacular concert of the solo singer.


[news] 2pm's Taecyeon and Wooyoung visit's Paris' Subway

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:29 AM PST

2pm was recently in Paris to participate on the KBS "Music Bank in Paris" world tour concert, and during their stay in Paris, the members of 2pm took their time to do some sight seeing.

On the 11th of February, Wooyoung updated his twitter saying, "At Paris Metro" and shared a photo of him and Taecyeon riding the subway train in Paris. Taecyeon and Wooyoung looked cool and comfortable wearing thick jackets and beanie to keep them warm from the cold weather in Paris.

Also, Wooyoung and Taecyeon looked like they have caught the interest of the public with their charms and model appearance.


[news] IU tries to shoot some hoops

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:10 AM PST

Singer IU shows a different side to her as she let's go of her cool charisma on stage and plays some basketball.

IU who is the model of electronics brand Samsung shows her support for the brand's basketball team as she went to the team's game and warmed up the venue. IU, wearing the Samsung jersey and a shirt under performed and even played a little basketball while the basketball players were warming up.

IU had a great time as she laughed and enjoyed trying to shoot the ball despite tripping at one point, she warmed up everyone with her energy and made a warm atmosphere on the court. IU's game attitude is receiving a good reaction from netizens. Netizens commented, "IU has a funny side to her", "IU playing basketball is cute", "Too bad i missed the game".


[photo] 2ne1's Sandara Park tries to imitate Se7en

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:00 AM PST

On the 10th of February, 2ne1 member Sandara Park updated her me2day sharing a photo of her trying to imitate Se7en on his latest song "When I Cant Sing". On her update, she asks if her get up fits her.

Dara wore a black suit over a white polo under and her hair swept in an up-do along with it she can be seen wearing black high heeled boots. It seems that Dara really like's Se7en's new song. Netizens commented, "She's so funny", "Dara is pretty no matter what she does", "She is full of humor".


[Video] FT Island performed I Hope and Severely on Sketchbook!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 03:21 AM PST

Check out FT Island's performance on Sketchbook,the boys performed their latest hit song Severely as well as previous hit song I Hope on the show!

[Video] JYJ members own the most expensive cars among KPop idols!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 02:45 AM PST

JYJ's members Jaejoong,Yoochun and Junsu have been reported to have the most expensive cars among KPop idols,check out the clip above to have a look at their super luxurious cars!

[Pictures] KARA's concert "KARASIA" unveiled its promo posters!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 02:17 AM PST

 Check out the promotional posters of KARA's first ever concert.

[Video] 120211 Music Core performance clips!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:21 AM PST

Check out the performance brought to you by Fat Cat,X-5,B.A.P and etc on Music Core today!

[Video] Davichi made their comeback on Music Core!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:11 AM PST

Davichi performed their new song I'll Think Of You on Music Core aired today.

Check out their performance above!

[News/Video] IU chosen as National Police Agency Ambassador!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 12:34 AM PST

"As the ambassador, I feel that I am shouldering a great responsibility. Up until yesterday, I was still of a student status, and my younger brother is currently still attending middle school too. Through my younger brother and the media, I've heard a lot about school violence. I hope to do my best as an ambassador, to do whatever is within my means to eradicate school violence."

Sports Chosun Photo Story - Police Officers "disarmed" by IU's arrival

The usual solemn facade of police officers crumbled in front of IU today. On Feb 10th, IU was appointed the National Police Agency ambassador for the prevention of school violence. The event was conducted officially in the police department's meeting room, but not only was the higher management present, even the young officers flocked over to see IU, causing quite a commotion. The police officers were all holding out their handphones and busy taking photos of IU. In front of IU, they turned into complete mush uncle fans filled with curiosity.

'I've arrived at the police department!'

Defending IU against the police officers heavily armed with handphones as they entered the venue.

The venue was jam-packed with officers dressed in black uniform, but because of IU, there was a friendly atmosphere!

The National Police Agency Commissioner is smiling widely too!

The police officers who are taking photos even more enthusiastically than the crowd of reporters.

"She seems even prettier in person."

200% engrossed in what they're doing

"I'll drop by more often in future!"

IU's autograph for the National Police Agency

Translation: squishyblob @ weheartiu
Source: YTN video, Sports Chosun, polonsori @ twitter 

[Interview] 10asia: Kim Junsu│“Musical Mozart healed me” -1!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 12:00 AM PST

After the interview with Kim Junsu, a passage from Alphonse Daudet's came up in my mind. I was thinking about the most beautiful of all stars that had lost its way and fall asleep on my shoulder. In 2010, Kim Junsu who had always been shining everywhere, every time, and who seemed to be endlessly so high and so far away became a falling star and appeared in front of us with <Mozart!>. Instead of words, the songs he sang became tears and those tears became fertile material to the strong roots that would begin to grow on the ground. Moreover, when the audience saw Kim Junsu throw 120% of himself into Mozart, crying out 'Can't Escape my Destiny', they finally started to see him as the way he is. It took him 7 years to find his name and open his heart. If this interview is meaningful, it's because it lets you hear about all those years through his own voice.
10. You have the premiere of your third musical <Elisabeth> ahead. Comparing to the time that you have started while knowing nothing, did you get to feel more comfortable.
Kim Junsu: I have practiced everything but I haven't stood on the stage myself yet so I don't really know. At the premiere <Mozart!> I realized that the rehearsal and the real stage were totally different. The communication with the audience, the lighting, the stage setting, all are different. Fortunately, now I can make a rough sketch in my mind, 'this kind of feeling will come out in this kind of ambience'.
"Nowadays I only listen to musical to the point that it becomes big problem"

10. When you began your musical career with <Mozart!>, you must have been disconcerted yet found it amazing.
Kim Junsu: It was the first time in my life. I was very unfamiliar with this genre itself. I have heard a lot that the audience and the persons concerned didn't have a very good point of view about entertainer doing musical. Therefore, I was also curious about how people would see me. However, the music (in musical) was like a new world to me. There was an atmosphere and a magnificence that I couldn't feel in pop music. The best thing was that, in musical, all are live music. Since then, I started to go watch musicals when I had free time. I only listen to musical to the point that it becomes big problem. I have been heavily influenced (Laugh) 
10. How did you felt when you watched musical as an audience for the first time?
Kim Junsu: I watched (Im) Taekyung-hyung's first performance. Although Taekyung-hyung is a veteran, when he came out as Mozart, I shivered. I had this kind of thought, "When we were practicing, hyung committed mistake in this part" (laugh), which made me anxious. However, as hyung safely overcame it, I sighed with relief. I also wondered how I would do on stage. I was worried about myself too. Ahaha. That time, wow, my nerves were so on edge.
10. It seems that you couldn't watch it as 100% audience.
Kim Junsu: Because there were very difficult times. It was my first activity after a gap of 6-8 months. In fact, when a person or a group does something for the first time, it's all difficult and tense. Plus, it was an unfamiliar genre that I have never tried before, there were a lot of pressures.
10. I wonder how you started a work that you didn't have any kind of experience nor feeling about.
Kim Junsu: I rejected [the offer] twice. The first time I had a talk with CEO Eom Hong Hyun, I said, "I can't do it." (Everyone burst out laughing) After that, he contacted me again and told me to listening to the music first. I watched the DVD and 'Can't Escape my Destiny' caused a commotion over me. I was like, 'This kind of music exists!' (Laugh) Even so, I still said that I couldn't do it. But after reading the script, I suddenly wanted to do it.
10. Was there something that make you decide to do it?
Kim Junsu: I know that many people said Mozart was a genius composer who has earned a lot of money and had everything. Nonetheless, maybe as a person who also works on music, I saw myself in him who thought that being genius was unhappy. All the lyrics were my heart, were the real story that I wanted to tell. At that time, I couldn't directly tell that kind of story but I felt that I could sing it out. It made me want to sing.
"I still shed tears every time talking about <Mozart!>"

10. Debuted as a singer, you have sung many songs. Even so, it seems that you have approach the lyrics in<Mozart!> in a particularly intense way.
Kim Junsu: At that time, I was singing about the pain in love. What could an 18-19-year-old boy know about love? (Laugh) Still, the lyrics of TVXQ's Japanese songs such as 'Forever Love' were good. I really liked it when I could convey the emotions that I felt through the song's lyrics. The songs of <Mozart!> were like that. When I read the lyric of 'Golden Star', something burst inside me.
10. What kind of lyrics was it?
Kim Junsu: Worrying about the Prince, the King made the wall higher and firmly closed the doors. But the Prince dreams of the world outside the walls. It says that if you really want the golden star, you must step out to the world beyond the walls. Love is not the imprisonment; love is something that sets you free, this kind of lyric.
10. It seems that it gave supportive strength to both you and Mozart.
Kim Junsu: I was healed while performing. 'Golden Star' was sang by the Baroness who acknowledged Mozart's talent. Actually, that scene only required that Mozart would show such and such kind of feeling. I should have just innocently said 'Dad, please hear this story' but I always cried. Although I told myself, "You can't cry. You can't cry." as soon as I heard the lyric, I couldn't [hold myself from crying]. When I sang 'Why don't you love me', I also cried so much that it interrupted the singing. Talking about that still makes me shed tears.
10. At that time, your situation and the contents of musical fit together. Those true feelings outstood and even some audience who had antipathy toward idols doing musicals began to become interested.
Kim Junsu: I didn't get to play the leading role after passing through a series of steps. I became Mozart as an idol star. That was the reason I have tried not to do it. If I was a musical actor, I wouldn't surely have felt that happy about it. Therefore, I hesitated a lot. But I really worked hard with the thought that if I approached it seriously and sincerely, regardless of whether I did it well or not, people wouldn't hate me. In addition, the actors tried to teach me. Thanks to them, I could focus in performing.
10. What was the reaction of other JYJ's members who was also in the same situation with you?
Kim Junsu: (Park) Yoochun and (Kim) Jaejoong-hyung also cried while watching. Musical is musical but I think that, regardless of whether I did well or not, they were deeply moved of the fact that I have achieved something. I was the first one who stepped out among 3 of us.
10. It must have been hard to let go of Mozart, as you once said, "<Mozart!> is more than just a musical to me."
Kim Junsu: 'I am music' was the song about the happiness of expressing what you feel through music. Mozart sang that song even until the moment he died. It was really sad. I think I did musical because it was <Mozart!>. Till the day I die, without regard to whatever role I might play, I can say that <Mozart!> was No.1. It's because I like that musical and because it gave the me, who had no confidence in anything back then, courage and hope. Before, when I was asked who the person I respect is, I used to say that it was Kim Sejong. I'm sorry but now I'll say that it's Mozart. (Laugh)
Source: 10asia via Nate
Translation by: The Little Pear of JYJ3

[Video] Sweet Sorrow performed VIVA on Music Core!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:52 PM PST

Check out ballad boy group Sweet Sorrow's comeback performance on Music Core.

The boys performed their new song VIVA,have a look at their performance below!

[Video] Ailee debuted on Music Core with Heaven!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:51 PM PST

Rookie Singer Ailee made her official debut on Music Core with Heaven.

Check out her flawless performance below!

[Video] SPICA made their debut on Music Core with Russian Roulette!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:46 PM PST

New girls SPICA made their official debut on Music Core today.

The girls have impressed fans with their debut performance on M! Countdown and Music Bank yesterday as well as 2 days ago.

Check out their performance on today's Music Core,like their debut song Russian Roulette??

[Interview] European-based NEO Magazine interviews SHINee in special feature article, "SHINee Happy People"!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:28 PM PST

Read SHINee's Interview with NEO Magazine below.

SHINee Happy People

SHINee Introduce Themselves!

Onew: "I like fun things and I always like to sing merrily."

Jonghyun: "I'm Jonghyun. Out of SHINee, I'd say Minho is the most competitive and Onew is a massive sleepyhead!"

Minho: "Jonghyun's right, I do get very competitive…I love sports, such as football. I'm happy to meet UK fans. I hope to see you all as often as possible."

Key: "I'm a kind person with various colours."

Taemin: "I'm happy to be here, meeting UK fans!"

SIXTY SECONDS IS all it took for servers to crash and general hysteria to spread nationwide amongst SHINee's solid following. 

Tickets for the Korean boyband's first UK show (their first that the citizens of the country were allowed to attend, anyway) had just gone on sale – and had come off again almost as quickly.

When SHINee's Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho and Taemin touched down in the UK for the first time, a few months prior to this, it was to mark the K-pop unit's debut in Japan in the summer of 2011 – why they chose London still remains a mystery to us, but they celebrated there none the less, and took an audience of lucky Japanese so-and-sos with them for a special live set at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Suffice to say, British K-pop fans were more than a little envious about the whole affair – and when it was announced that the boys would be returning to the UK as special guests at the London Korean Film Festival 2011, at London's Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, those fans were going to make sure they were a part of the action this time round.
Unfortunately for the Odeon's website engineers, they didn't take into consideration just how big of a following K-pop has in the UK. 

As a result, their site was forced offline within a minute – and remained down for a further five hours!

Security also underestimated the fans. When the band arrived at Heathrow, masses had already formed, eager to welcome SHINee with grabby hands – and grab is precisely what they did! The quintet was, quite literally, mobbed. The experience didn't seem to faze the lads. Onew, the leader of the group, comments, "I always appreciate this kind of welcome. Sometimes there are large crowds of fans waiting for us, cheering, and when one rushes forward, many follow! I just worry that they'll hurt themselves…"
Main vocalist Jonghyun agrees. "The airport is the first point of call, it's the first place fans get the chance to meet us. So I understand why they're enthusiastic – I'm always happy and grateful when they welcome us in such a way."

Nihongo Benkyou Shimasu

SHINee (pronounced 'shiny', "like a rainbow!" according to Jonghyun – more like a special Pokémon card if you ask us) burst onto the Korean music scene in 2008 with their EP Replay. It gained a top ten chart position and led to the unit claiming the 'Hot New Star' award at Mnet's 20′s Choice Award 2008. Two full-length albums later, and as many EPs, and the boys live up to the Mnet award and more; they're one of the hottest groups not only in their country, but in Japan too.

On 22 June 2011, they made their debut into Japan with a Japanese remake of their original single from the Replay EP, 'Noona Neomu Yeppeo', now renamed to 'Kimi wa Boku no Everything' for the Japanese market. Sales figures blew the original Korean release out of the water, reaching over 100k, the highest ranking sales of a debut from a Korean male group. Of course, the young men had to learn Japanese in order to record it – luckily, anime and J-pop were on hand to help them through!

Trend Setting

As is the way with idol culture, SHINee have also had a massive impact in the world of fashion – even sparking their own style craze. Referred to by the media and fans as the 'SHINee trend', the style is defined by big, baggy shirts, bright colours and high-top trainers – it's Jedward, but cool. It's not a look for everyone, though. We asked the guys if they had any fashion tips for people wanting to follow in their footsteps, and three out of the five members stated that it was best to find something that suits the individual's style rather than imitating someone else's. Onew offers some additional advice, "Following trends is important, but it's best to keep an eye on what's available – you show avoid narrowing down to one particular style or brand." Jonghyun also recommends clothing that brings out the strength of a person's body.

"It was like a dream come true when we came to the UK for the first time." – Onew

Girls, Girls, Girls

Did we mention that the boys are also reality TV stars? Around the time of their debut, the baby-faced popstars featured in a dating show where they wined and dined older ladies. We were curious to see if the little wannabe gigolos really had a taste for the more mature lady, so we quizzed them on their ideal type of girls. Here are the results:

It turns out Onew isn't that fussy, "I like someone who likes me" – any takes out there? Jonghyun and Minho, on the other hand, like their ladies feminine, with the former adding, "I like it when they act naive and a little bit jealous". Key isn't quite so evasive of naming any names, and spurted out his celebrity crush without any protest; Kaya Scoldelario, probably best known for her role as Effy in Skins. The Brit connection continues with Taemin, "Emma Watson!" – bet he's right jealous of Harry Potter's Ron Weasley!

"I couldn't speak Japanese at all before I joined SHINee." states Onew. "Though, I used to listen to a lot of J-pop when I was young." Jonghyun told us that he practised Japanese using anime and music, while one of the main rapper of the unit, Minho, took a more hands-on approach and picked up the language by constantly harassing the staff at EMI Japan to talk to him in Japanese.

Their language skills were put to the test, as following their Japanese debut single, was their first Japanese album, suitably titled The First, released in December 2011. The release has yet to materialise on iTunes UK but some of the group's prior releases, including their Japanese singles, are available for download from the service, which means there's always a chance for the group to enjoy chart success if enough people get behind them.

Back Soon?

So what does the future hold for SHINee? 2012 began with the news that Seoul University's Professor Kim Nando is penning a song for the group's comeback this year. And, it turns out there's a very real chance for the boys to return to the UK for a third time.
"It was like a dream come true when we came to the UK for the first time," says Onew "Playing at Abbey Road Studios was something that none of us expected. And as for this show at the Korean Film Festival, thank you everyone for surprising us with many things and making us happy. We'd like to come and visit you more often in the future."

Minho was also excited by both of his experiences in London and can't wait to return. "Coming to London made me realise that I have a responsibility," comments Minho "I have to try my best as a singer and let people know about SHINee and Korea. If there's an opportunity to perform in London again, we will come. Until our new release continue to give us your love."

SHINee's albums The SHINee World, Amigo and The First, their EPs Replay, Romeo and 2009, Year of Us; and their singles Replay: Kimi wa Boku no Everything, Juliette and Lucifer are all available now from iTunes UK.

We'd like to say a big thank you to Sara Amroussi-Gilissen for supplying the live photos of SHINee from their London performance.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the K-popsphere…

Unless you've been living the hikikomori lifestyle from beneath a soundproof rock, you may have noticed that while SHINee managed to be the first mainstream Korean act to play an independent show in the UK, rival CUBE Entertainment managed to go one step further and gain mainstream press coverage in the process. On 5 December the label's 4Minute, G.NA and BEAST pulled off K-pop's very first full-blown extravaganza to a squealing crowd of 2000+, and us!

Some of the highlights included BEAST's Yoseob donning the Union Jack as a cape, G.NA covering Rihanna's 'Take A Bow', and double helpings of 4Minute's hypnotically leggy HyunA. The former Wonder Girl also teamed up with BEAST's Hyunseung to form Trouble Maker – a brand new unit revealed to the world only four days prior to the show!

Credit: Thanks to United Kpop for scanning the pictures and typing out the full article!

[News] Sunny Appears on Miryo's Music Video for ‘I Love You I Love You’!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 10:54 PM PST

Sunny was recently featured on "사랑해 사랑해" ("I Love You I Love You"), a song on the newly released solo album of Brown Eyed Girls's Miryo. After Sunny surprised everyone by appearing in the teaser video for the album itself, fans were given another treat as a music video for "사랑해 사랑해" ("I Love You I Love You") was posted on official Brown Eyed Girls YouTube page.
In the behind-the-scenes style music video, Sunny and Miryo are seeing working together in a studio and recording their vocals. The music video gives fans a glimpse into the work that Sunny and Miryo did together in order to produce the song. Miryo's strong rapping was contrasted by Sunny's pure vocals, and the two appeared to collaborate with one another in a very close and friendly manner.
As a final gift to SONEs, the very end of the music showed Sunny giggling cutely after Miryo proudly claps.

Written by: michaelroni@soshified

[News] Girls' Generation Needs a Chartered Plane!

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 10:20 PM PST

Girls' Generation revealed, "The hardest thing about travelling around the world is the jet lag, we need a chartered plane."
On February 9th, Girls' Generation made an appearance on "Le Grand Journal", a popular talk show on French broadcasting station, "Canal Plus". They also appeared on "Le 7H45″, the main news program of French TV channel "M6″.  Girls' Generation appeared again on "Le Grand Journal" on February 10th, in the show's "Question Box" corner.
Before their French promotions, Girls' Generation also made various appearances on American talk shows, such as, "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Live! with Kelly". They have successfully finished their third album promotions in Korea and are continuing on with their second Asia tour.
After their recordings on February 9th, Girls' Generation met up with Sports Donga at 7PM in the Korean Culture Center near the Eiffel Tower. During the recordings, the members talked first and foremost about the passion of the French fans. Seohyun said, "I was very surprised at them singing along in Korean and cheering us on." Tiffany then spoke more about the atmosphere of the recording studio, and said, "There's a phrase that Korean fans chant. It's 'Right now, it's Girls' Generation, From now on, it's Girls' Generation, and Forever, it's Girls' Generation'. It was electrifying to hear the French fans chanting this."
Girls' Generation picked jet lag as the most difficult aspect in bringing their stages to Japan, America and France. Yuri said, "It's physically difficult, but most of all, adjusting to the jet lag is hard." She giggled, "However, there's also the fun of experiencing new things because each individual country has their own traditional foods." Taeyeon said, "We are ready to go wherever the fans call us to," and received cheers from the other members by continuing with,"but, we need a chartered plane."

Source: Donga 
Translated by: minigiglo@soshified
Edited by: LetsGo@soshified, bhost909@soshified

[Trans] Japanese Official Q&A Part 3 (Tiffany, Hyoyeon, and Taeyeon)

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:48 PM PST

Check out the Question and Answer Part 3 on Girls' Generation's Japanese Mobile Site below.

Tiffany, Hyoyeon and Taeyeon's Part.


Q: Do you do anything special to help you concentrate?
A: What I do is different every time, but while listening to music or stretching I think about things in my head!

Q: You hold the mic a lot in your left hand, are you left-handed?
A: I'm right-handed, so in order for the gestures to be more natural, I hold the mic in my left and have my right hand free!

Q: What do you do when you are down or stressed?
A: If there is no ice cream to eat then I'll eat sweets!

Q: When you dance or sing, what do you think about when you are dancing and singing?
A: I think about different things each time, but... sometimes I don't think about anything at all~ But usually I think of past experiences or imagine things that fits the lyrics...and... Rhythm! while singing (laughs).

Q: If today was the last day ever, what would you do?
A: Spend time with my loved ones.


Q: What do you do to relieve stress?
A: I go to place by myself and be still and quiet.

Q: I'm a high school girl who studies the dances of Girls' Generation. What should I do to become good at dance?
A: Watch the videos of people who are good at dancing a lot and you can also learn by copying the dance.

Q: What is your specialty dish?
A: A Korean New Year dish made from beef bone soup~~ (laughs)

Q: At a theme park, what rides do you like?
A: I like all the rides that are thrilling and scary!

Q: You mentioned you like ramen, but what is your favorite flavor? (miso, tonkotsu (pork bone broth), shoyu (soy sauce))
A: Hmm... If I rank them, miso, tonkotsu, shoyu... I like all of them!


Q: If you were able to use magic?
A: Maybe I would make a magical staff that only I could use for the rest of my life!! (laughs)

Q: Taeyeon Unnie who loves puppies. What kind of dog breed do you like the most?? By the way, I own a toy poodle ・ω・
A: 10 years ago, I owned a yorkshire terrier. Lately I think a white maltese is cute. I also really like cats ^^

Q: On a day off, what do you do to pass the time? Like something you're interested in or...
A: Lately I've been walking around and writing down my plans on a notepad to pass the time, like stuff that I must do that are coming up...^^ Also, lately I've been going to watch a lot of theatres and live performances.

Q: If you became a guy for a day, what would you want to do the most?
A: Be really sweet to my girlfriend and hug her like a guy would (laughs).

Q: Which Japanese singer do you really like?
A: Recently I've come to like "The Gospellers". I also like the cute Ashida Mana (laughs).

Source: Girls' Generation Japanese Mobile Fansite
Translated by: arghninja@soshified, SeraphKY@soshified