Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"[Photo] Siwon snapped a photo with Will.I.Am!" plus 24 more

"[Photo] Siwon snapped a photo with Will.I.Am!" plus 24 more


[Photo] Siwon snapped a photo with Will.I.Am!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 08:00 AM PST


Super Junior's Siwon took a photo with Will.I.Am!

On the last day of February, Siwon shared another photo on his Twitter account. He shared a photo of himself with none other than Will.I.Am. "It was really great time!  Hope you have a great time in Korea" Siwon wrote as he tweeted the photo above.

In the photo, Siwon put his arm around Will.I.Am's shoulder and both of them smile brightly while looking at the camera. You can see a man with a wide smile in his face between Will.I.Am and Siwon's face.

Seems Siwon and Will.I.Am had a great time together and it's good to know that Siwon still have time to have fun.


Source: Siwon's Twitter
Written by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

[News] U-KISS to Sing Ending Theme Song to Tokyo TV Anime "Stormy Night, Secret Friends"!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:44 AM PST



Korean boy band U-KISS is currently actively promoting in Japan, which is all leading up to their series of nation-wide concerts that are to take place next month. Along with several product endorsements such as ZOFF eyewear, the group has achieved television airtime by securing the chance to sing the ending theme song to a brand new television anime series set to start airing on April 4th. "Stormy Night" is the television adaption of the popular picture book series written by Yuichi Kimura and tells the story of the unusual friendship between a wolf and goat. The song, titled "Dear My Friend" is U-KISS' first Original Soundtrack feature in Japan, and could well assist the group in achieving their goals in Japan.

"Stormy Night Secret Friends" airs at 5:30PM every Wednesday from April 4 on TV Tokyo.

For more information, click here to visit the anime's official website.


Credit: u-kiss.jp + Rocketboxx.net

[News] NU'EST Debut Date Revealed!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:30 AM PST



The long wait is finally over, as Pledis entertainment is ready to debut their five member boy group New East (NU'EST).
New East (NU'EST) stands for: NU (new), Establish (established order), Style, and Tempo. A powerful group name needs strong members and with the groups plans to bring "a new style to the music industry" along with their outstanding skills it seems like a perfect fit.

As they now revealed the Boys Upcoming Debut stage Date which will be on March 15 (Thursday)

Fans commented: "Finally! we can see them perform" "I can't wait! for sure this will be a Daebak Debut Stage" and "I'm sure they'll gain lots of fans!"

Their debut album is combined with the most popular trend in the British/Western (U.K.) genre "Dubstep" which can evoke sensations and hype towards music.


Source: Nate
Editorial: Iceprinceafterschool

[News] Boom and Se7en meet after 12 years!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:12 AM PST


Se7en met his high school senior Boom first time in 12 years.
On the episode of Strong heart to be shown on 28th February where Se7en appears, MC Lee Seung Gi says to him "Hearing that Se7en ssi was to appear on Strong heart, director Boom was the most excited." To this, Se7en replied "Boom ssi was a senior 2 years above me at Anyang performing arts high. After graduating, this is the first time we have met in 12 years."
Boom "Even though we had an awkward Senior-junior relationship in high school, all the misunderstandings have been resolved and I want to get along well with him from now." When he said this, he avoided Se7en's gaze showing that the two were still awkward with each other which made people wonder how their relationship was like in the past.
On this day, at the request of Lee Seung Gi, Boom and Se7en shook each other's hands. The awkwardness of their exchange created lots of laughs on the set.
Source: Newsen
Translated by Cecilia

[News] Stars born in 1982 take over

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:00 AM PST


The beauty and looks of celebrities born in the year 1982 have become an issue.

Several pictures of celebrities appeared online recently with the title "The best stars born in 1982, Year of the Dog".

In the pictures are Han Ga-in, Song Hye-kyo, Son Ye-jin, Lee Jun Ki, Lee Min Jung, Hyun Bin, Rain and many more who were born in the year 1982.

It seems that the one other thing they have in common besides the fact that they are actors and actresses, is that they are all very handsome and pretty.

Those who have seen this say, "The 1982's stars are the best", "It seems like their fame will go one for a while", "All of them are good looking" and more.

Han Ga-in is currently in the MBC drama "The Sun and the Moon" and Lee Jun Ki is looking forward to coming back to screens with a movie soon. Hyun Bin and Rain are currently in military service but they were very well known for their varied performances before.


Source: hancinema

[Videos] T-ara performed Roly Poly and Bo Peep Bo Peep on Made in BS Japan!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:43 AM PST


Check out T-ara's latest performance in Japan show Made in BS Japan!


[Pictures] Hyomin shared pretty selcas taken in Japan on Twitter!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:41 AM PST

 T-ara's Hyomin shared some new selcas on her Twitter.

She is seen posing confidently in the photos attached here,she mentioned that these photos were taken 2 hours before the live broadcast of their Roly Poly performance.

The girls have begun the promotional activities for 3rd Japanese single album,do you like her outfit for Japanese Roly Poly?


[News] Moon Geun-young goes back to school

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:40 AM PST


Actress Moon Geun-young will resume her final year of university this year after having put her studies on hold to pursue her acting career.

The 24-year old Moon enrolled at Sungkyunkwan University in 2006 to study Korean language and literature but had to defer time and time again, while her cohorts graduated in 2010.

"Although she has deferred her studies, Moon has been a diligent student during the times she was studying," Moon's representative said.

"Thus she only needs 8 credits in order to graduate, which is not a heavy workload. If she is presented with a great opportunity, she will be able to study and act at the same time."

Unlike other child actors who are admitted into university acting programs without sitting a test, Moon wowed the public by taking the College Scholastic Aptitude Test in 2005.

Despite her hectic schedule, she has continued to pursue her studies. Last year in September, she took a short course in New York to improve her English.

Meanwhile, her absence from the entertainment world has been noted for the past year. Her agency says that this hiatus was related to the actress' careful scrutiny of projects.


Source: Koreajoongangdaily

[Audio] KARA unleashed Step Japanese version!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:35 AM PST


Check out the Japanese version of KARA's popular song Step!

[News] After School's Lizzy and E-Young become university freshmen

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:20 AM PST


Earlier, we reported the Kahi has enrolled in the theater and film department at Seokyung University for the upcoming 2012 school year. Aside from the leader, fellow After School member Lizzy and E-Young are going to school as well.

According to Pledis Entertainment on February 29, Lizzy and E-Young have enrolled and will be joing the incoming freshmen class at Kyunghee University. The girls will be the juniors to fellow idols including Big Bang's G-Dragon, 2AM's Jo Kwon and JYJ's Park Yoochun.


[Photo] BoA is the queen for 'High Cut'

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:00 AM PST


Singer BoA showcases simple beauty of a mature woman and the intensity of a diva for the pages of the latest issue of "High Cut" magazine.

Being the queen of K-Pop and the SBS's audition program "K-Pop Star", BoA has risen as a new fashion icon with her sophisticated and elegant style. In her recent pictorial, the petite singer rocks bold eyebrows and shows off her lean legs in a gold embroidered mini dress and tight printed pants.

The issue of High Cut featuring BoA's spread, which also includes interview, will hit newsstands on March 1.



[News] MC Mong returns to Korea for his final trial

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:40 AM PST


Rapper MC Mong has returned to Seoul after a holiday in the United States that was sponsored by fellow entertainer Kim Jang-hoon.

Kim sent the 32-year-old entertainer abroad to recharge after 16 grueling months of legal battles.

Last November, MC Mong was found innocent of charges that he tried to dodge his mandatory military service.

However, he was found guilty of having obstructed justice, and received a six-month prison sentence – which was suspended for one year – as well as 120 hours of community service. He faces his final trial in March.

"There seems to be no end to this drama. After the trial in March we are hoping that things will go back to normal. The prospect of work is unimaginable for MC Mong right now," said the star's agency.

On Jan. 11, Kim used his Web site to announce that he had paid for a U.S. trip for MC Mong, who he feared was suffering from severe depression.

"I was worried for his welfare in case he was at risk of killing himself," Kim said. "For the last year he has spent his time hidden away at home or at the studio, always subject to public ridicule when he stepped outside. I see signs of depression and panic disorder in the guy … I felt like he really needed the break, so I sent him off."

Since the accusations were made, MC Mong has been the subject of severe public criticism, prompting the celebrity to stay well out of sight.


Source: Koreajoonangdaily

[News] Even Yoona's hands make headlines

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:22 AM PST


Girls' Generation's Yoona, who usually makes headlines for her pretty face, is currently drawing attention with her beautiful hands.

On February 29, several screen captures of Yoona's hands have been posted on online community boards with the caption, "Hands that make you want to shake."

The photos show a compilation of Yoona's porcelain-like hands, which are as beautiful as her appearance. Her thin, long and milky-white fingers make people want to shake her hands.

Netizens commented, "Saying 'God is fair' is not true," "She even has beautiful hands," "She's in charge of beauty in SNSD" and "She is a goddess."

[News] KARA Seungyeon's abs catches attention

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:03 AM PST


KARA member Han Seungyeon's unexpected abs currently creating a stir amongst netizens.

Recently, photo of Seungyeon taken from KARA's independent concert held on February 18th to 19th at Seoul's Olympic Park has been uploaded online.

Seungyeon is seen packing unexpected abs, peeking through her shirt. Fan were surprised as the star's body is exactly the opposite of her adorable and baby faced image.

Netizens commented, "Unexpected body," "Hard abs and a baby face," "So cool" and "She must have worked out a lot for those abs."

120229 FT Island wins triple crown on 'Music on Top' + Performances

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 04:48 AM PST


On February 29, jTBC's new music program "Music On Top" has aired its new episode full of amazing performances from the hottest K-Pop artists.

Today's episode includes performances from J.Cera, Chaos, Kim Greem, Jiggy Dogg, Spica, EXID, Chocolat, Ailee, Brian, K.Will, Davichi, Dal★Shabet, X-5, Miryo, Teen Top FT Island and miss A.

And for the highlight, FT Island won tonight and claimed a triple crown with their latest hit single "Severely".



FT Island



SPICA



TEEN TOP



[To be updated with more performances]

[Video] miss A makes hot comeback with "Touch" on Music on Top

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 04:44 AM PST


Following their chart-topper "Good Bye Baby", Suzy, Min, Fei and Jia of miss A finally returned to prove their upgraded skills with their next single, "Touch"!

"Touch", written, produced and arranged by JY Park himself, follows the story of a hurt soul who discovers a new love "blooming from the pain." It showcases combination of the eerie old-school instrumentals, the unexpected style of choreography and trademark characteristic of miss A.

As fans have been abuzz about the group's new sound, looks and moves, our lovely ladies of miss A delivered their much-anticipated comeback performance tonight on Music on Top.

Check out their performance below:

[News] Loen Entertainment denies IU hospitalization rumor

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 04:26 AM PST


On February 28, rumors about IU being hospitalized from overworking have been swirling around online communities and various social networking sites. Fan anxiety deepened as her scheduled appearance at Incheon Culture and Arts College's entrance ceremony on February 29 was cancelled.

A rep from IU′s agency Loen Entertainment cleared up the rumors and said, "IU has a cold. She went to go see a doctor, but was not hospitalized. It's not a big health issue like the rumor makes it to be and fans need not to worry."

[News] Big Bang launches 2012 Global Event "Big Bang Cover Contest"

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 04:03 AM PST


Recently, YG Entertainment has released a mysterious teaser, to which appears to be launching of a global event for Big Bang's comeback. On February 29, YG finally revealed the details for the event.

To commemorate Big Bang's highly-awaited return, YG Entertainment and the boys will be launching the "2012 BIGBANG [BLUE & BAD BOY] GLOBAL COVER CONTEST". With their return, Big Bang is planning on sharing their music and dance with fans from all over.

All Big Bang fans in the world are qualified to enter the event. They must create a cover of Big Bang's 5th mini album "ALIVE" title songs "Blue" or "Bad Boy". The cover can be singing, dancing, band play, cosplay, instrumental play or others that will showcase one's creativity.

Submitting of entries will run until March 14 at 11:59 KST. YG Entertainment will announce the top entries on April 3rd while voting for the chosen finalist will run until April 10th. The winner will be chosen by YG Entertainment and Big Bang themselves, with the help of public popularity.

The winner will be announced on April 17th. The lucky winner will have a chance to visit South Korea through the Seoul Travel Package which includes free airline ticket, accomodation and YG office tour. Other winners will get Big Bang "Alive" goods gift box and signed CD with personal message from the boys.

Check YG Entertainment website for more details.

[News] Lee Hyori and Se7en exchange warm tweets

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 03:34 AM PST


Singer Lee Hyori and Se7en showed their close friendship with their warm hearted tweets exchange.

On February 29, Se7en left a message on Lee Hyori Twitter saying, "It was nice catching up with you yesterday, noona. I hope your cold goes away soon."

Lee Hyori responded, "Yea~ I feel a lot better now. By the way, you were very cool yesterday."

Se7en then shyly responded, "Noona you got much prettier… Ahh look at our conversation (complimenting each other)!"

Se7en guested on the February 28 broadcast of SBS's "You and I" which is hosted by Lee Hyori and Jung Jae Hyung.

[News] Girls groups height rankings

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 03:15 AM PST


Following the popular rankings of girl groups by popularity and talent, the 'Average Height of Girl Groups' ranking was released in an online community and has been garnering attention amongst netizens.

A total of 24 groups were listed in the ranking. As expected, having composed of former models, Nine Muses took #1 spot with an average height of 171.9 cm. After School, well-known as 'tall' girl group in the K-Pop industry, came in a surprising fourth with an average height of 168.5 cm.

Girls' Generation and the Wonder Girls, who are always on top of popularity rankings, were listed down under the short category with 163.5cm and 163.6 respectively. Kara, 2NE1, SECRET and Brown Eyed Girls were all ranked at the bottom of the list.

[News] SECRET to hold first Japan tour

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 03:00 AM PST


Girl group SECRET will be kicking off their first Japan concert tour!

SECRET will begin the tour "SECRET TIME 2012" on March. The girls will visit total of 3 cities starting off in Osaka on March 5th and will then head to Nagoya for their next show on the 7th. Finally, they will wrap up their tour with their final performance in Tokyo on March 8th.

The members are currently busy rehearsing and promoting their tour. The upcoming series of concerts will be SECRET's first tour since their debut in 2009.

On February 29th, a representative stated, "As it is their first tour, the girls are giving all of their effort in preparing for the concerts. More international schedules are planned after their Japan tour".

[News] Min Kyung Hoon to release single before enlisting in army

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:47 AM PST


Singer Min Kyung Hoon will start his mandatory 2-year military service.

According to his agency, "Min Kyung Hoon will enter the barracks as an active duty soldier in Uijeongbu in Gyeonggi-do on March 6. He received a draft notice while in the midst of working on his digital single."

"He won't be setting up any promotions before he enters as he didn't want his entrance into service to attract attention. He feel bad about leaving his fans without warning, but he'll return safely in good health," the agency added.

Min Kyung Hoon will be releasing his digital single "Look Back" before his enlistment on March 2 as a present for his fans.

[News] Kang Ho Dong donates real states to hospital

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:35 AM PST


Kang Ho Dong, who is on temporary leave from the entertainment industry, has donated his entire Pyeongchang real estate land to the Asan Medical Center.

According to the Asan Medical Center, Kang Ho Dong started contacting the Center since November 2011, and after much deliberation on donation methods and amount, he decided to donate his land in Kangwon Pyeongchang, and has finished going through all legal processes.

A source stated, "Kang Ho Dong has been volunteering to help child patients at the Seoul Asan Medical Center since three years ago. He started discussing the details of his donation since his retirement last year. As a father himself, he wanted to do something special for children at the medical center. Kang Ho Dong and the Seoul Asan Medical Center's Social Welfare branch recently finalized the donation process."

Kang Ho Dong revealed, "It makes me happy to think that I can make someone else happy. I decided to make the donation after seeing the medical support Asan Medical Center provided to those patients in need."

Kang Ho Dong purchased the real estate in two parts, once in 2009 for around $700,000 and again in 2011 for around $1,300,000 and revealed that it was a long-term investment.

[News] Big Bang's "Alive" hits #7 on iTunes Album Chart

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:21 AM PST


Big Bang has achieved a 'Perfect All-Kill' as soon as the group released their 5th mini album "Alive" on February 29. After sweeping the Korean music charts, the album also made its way in the U.S. as well!

On February 29, the same day the album was released, "Alive" has taken the #7 spot on the U.S. iTunes Album Chart, and #4 on the Canadian chart. These are quite a remarkable achievements, as these charts ranked the popularity of albums across all genres, rather than one specific genre. Big Bang ranks alongside global superstars like Adele, Jason Mraz and Pink Floyd.

[Trans] Part 2 – CNBLUE in B-Pass April 2012 issue!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:00 AM PST



— Yoyogi Live DVD- what point do you want it to be focused on?
MH: I want fans to see the performance of our major debut song "In My Head".
YH: The fire went up.
JH: Both the fire and live performance were also very hot! The songs that you hear on CD/MV are different from what you hear at the live concert. Please feel that difference in this DVD.
YH: We played "In My Head"at the live concerts several times before, then I feel that song was completed. And we performed  some parts of our new song "Where You Are" at the concert, so that is also the highlight of this DVD.
JS: This live has a consistent flow from the beginning to the end, I'm glad if you can feel that whole atmosphere.
JH: We made preparations for this live over a longer time than ever before. Especially about our instruments playing, we had been very focused on that aspect, so please watch the details carefully, our individual play or the whole rendition and so on.
— Yoyogi Live DVD – your impression after watching it.
JH: Compared with our previous live concerts, I felt that "we have improved" (laughs). Especially on video, we can see our stage atmosphere objectively, so I can get another feeling as I was playing there.
YH: Sometimes I watch our previous DVD too, I feel that we're improving.
— Opening music was composed by YH-san, right?
YH: Yes. I wanted to use siren sound, then at first I made sample sound which had the siren sound as the main, and then the strong opening sound was completed.
— There are some newly arranged songs. 
JH: We had made an effort very well to "Tattoo"'s new arrangement. We played this song many times before so we wanted to make another approach.
YH: At the rehearsal, we tried to make a new arrangement for this song. The audience response was quite good.


—(to YH) By the way, you said your favorite thing during live tour is eating local cuisine.
So you gained your weight. How about your weight now?
YH: I returned to my former weight. Didn't you know just by looking at me? (laughs) I can't give up to eat tasty food so I eat well and then do a lot of exercise. My weight very flexible.
MH: YH hyung eats well but he can control his body condition well too.
JS: He eats well and exercises well.
 I don't think your weight can be that flexible..
JH,JS,MH: (at the same time) "iyaiyaiya" (no no no) (laugh).
JH: We are always beside him, so we can know it well just by looking at him.
YH: I ask members that if I'm getting weight, please let me know. The members can sense my physical condition.
— You guys has experienced many kinds of live concerts. What's the most impressive live?
All: (at the same time) MTV unplugged!
(*This was interviewed the day after their MTV Unplugged live)
JH: I've gotten very nervous!
YH: As soon as we finished that stage, all four of us clap our hands together.
MH: I'm happy, but on the other hand, I felt a lot of pressure.
JS: We had heavy nervousness almost as same as our debut stage.
YH: MTV unplugged is the program that world famous artist has appeared in, Clapton-san or Bon Jovi-san and so on.
I feel that it was a very honorable experience.
MH: The pressure was heavy, but  it was a big chance for us and the feeling of satisfaction was very rewarding.
JS: The venue's atmosphere was very good. It's like a stylish bar, I felt so good.


— "Where You Are" was the #1 song on Oricon Weekly Chart. Where did you hear that?
YH: While recording.
JS: At first I was stunned.
JH: I clapped my hand as soon as I heard. Then I said "omedetou" (Congratulations!)  to YH hyung, JS and MH in order. At that time we were in the recording,  but I said "Let's finish it now" unintentionally. I couldn't play (guitar) for a while.
MH: This is the first time we got weekly #1.
YH: I think we are lucky. Our second single got #1. We really thanks to everyone who support us.
 CNBLUE had became "first Korean artist" for a few times. MTV Unplugged, Countdown Japan. Do you guys noticed it?
YH: We can't believe it. But I think we still have lots of things to challenge now. In Japan, there are a lot of music festival, we had various good experience. We want to keep on challenging ourselves.
 Including "away" stage, right? 
YH: Last year LINKIN PARK-san live was a perfect "away" stage, we got badly nervous, but because of it, we were very enthusiastic. (laugh)
JH: It was good chance to let people who don't know us to listen to our music.
MH: For one-man-live, we have a longer time (to perform) so I think of our pacing, but for music festival the length of our performance is short, so the power for each song gets stronger inevitably.
JH: At (such music festivals), I use my whole energy to play guitar.
YH: Like this, "ore wa rocker da!" (I AM A ROCKER!)
JS: "Ore mo rocker da!" (I AM A ROCKER TOO!) (laugh)


 At music event or festival, did you interact with another bands?
YH: Yes, at Ontama Carnival on January, we talked with ORANGERANGE-san at the backstage.
JS: Before our major debut, we used to listened and watched their DVD, we studied form that. So we were honored to interact with them.
JH: I heard ORANGERANGE-san wrote to their blog about us. I'm really glad to hear that.
MH: Also SID-san,.. we interacted with other performers too.
YH: We watched all artist's live perform, we studied many things from that.
— Your review for the past two years (since Korean debut)
All: Our live performance has improved!
YH: Now I couldn't watch our previous live films/videos. (laugh) We were badly unskilled.
— You guys changed how you play your instruments, how to enhance the atmosphere, and the tension of your voice.
JH: It was only two years, so it is not too long ago. But we had so many experiences, I realized this so keenly.
About CNBLUE's Korean comeback in March
YH: Since one year ago.
MH:  It has been a long time since our last release, so I feel a little anxious.
JS: But, even at the Korean stage, Japanese fans come there too, so I'm happy.
JH: Regardless of we are in Korea or Japan, we sing our songs that we released on both countries, then fans can be excited for songs from both countries. So recently I don't care now whether I am in Korea or Japan. 


— About the Stand-Up by M Live – LA concert
JH: We've been visiting around Asia, USA  is going to be our first time, so it is our new challenge.
YH: We rarely perform with FTISLAND, so we are happy to go to Los Angeles with them.
JH: It's not an exaggerated thing like CNBLUE is going "to advance in US", I think we just go to LA to meet our US fans.
YH: When I go to the  US,  first I should eat hamburger, and then eat pizza..  ahh I have lots of things to do there. (laughs)
— Request for staff
YH: I want to appear on Summer Sonic! It was our first big music festival that we watched back in 2008. We all were shocked. LINKIN PARK-san, Hoobastank-san, and B'z-san, it was really cool, really fun. We thought we want to stand  on such great stage someday. Please support us, staff-san!

Scans by: BOICE Bluena |BOICE @risamin_329
Translated by: ketchburning @ cnbluestorm