Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Wonder Girls’ Yenny paid for her friend’s tuition" plus 19 more

"Wonder Girls’ Yenny paid for her friend’s tuition" plus 19 more

Wonder Girls’ Yenny paid for her friend’s tuition

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 09:07 AM PST

It’s been revealed that Wonder Girls member Yenny has helped a friend financially by paying for her tuition in the past.

On the February 15th episode of tvN‘s ‘E News – Public Roster‘, they showcased the top Hallyu stars that shined during their school days.

Yenny came in at #5 on the list for paying the tuition of a friend who was in a difficult situation.

The singer’s high school teacher stated during her interview, “My understanding is that Yenny regularly helped her friend who was in a difficult financial situation, going as far as to pay for her tuition.”

Though Yenny is busy juggling both school and her career, she is known to make time for her school friends and personally inviting them to Wonder Girls’ concerts.

Netizens who were touched by her story remarked, “She’s so awesome to pay for her friend’s education“, “What a kind heart she has“, “Wish I had a friend like that“, and more.

Source & Image: SportsChosun via Nate

Jung Yeob releases “Want To Kiss You” for ‘The Romantic’

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 08:41 AM PST

Super Star K3‘ finalists Two Months‘ recently released their first official single, “The Romantic, for reality dating program ‘The Romantic‘.

On February 17th, soulful ballad singer Jung Yeob has released the second track for the soundtrack of ‘The Romantic’. His sweet and whimsical song “Want To Kiss You” is sure to steal the hearts of his female fans.

The rhythm is made up of repetitive acoustic fusion guitar sounds and the bass incorporated in the background creates the backbone of the melody. The song manages to maintains it’s fresh sound, while expressing the feel of a jazzy pop song. The footage in the MV is so serene, the sights paired with Jung Yeob’s sensuous voice is enough to make anyone want to fall in love and travel the world.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think!

Source & Image: Melon
Tip : Jae

Jay Park & Girls’ Generation rank in Top 5 on Billboard World Album chart

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 08:05 AM PST

Jay Park recently unveiled his first full length Korean album 'New Breed' and made his comeback performance earlier today on Mnet's M! Countdown with “Know Your Name“.

The album has been performing well on the charts in Korea, and now has placed 4th on Billboard's World Album Chart!

Additionally, Girls’ Generation hit album “The Boys” placed 5th this week and this is their 4th overall appearance on the chart.

Congratulations to both Jay Park & Girls’ Generation.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Kim Greem releases new single, “To You”

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 07:30 AM PST

Talented singer Kim Greem has returned with a new single entitled, “To You“.

On February 17th, Kim Greem released “To You” through various online music portals, and the level of anticipation for the single was reflected by a “Hot” status on several sites, such as mel0n.

“To You” is described as a melodic blend of country, acoustic, and rock ballad influences. Kim Greem’s soft voice adds an extra layer of poignancy to the lyrics of regret and loss.

Check it out below!

Big Bang unveils G-Dragon’s image teaser + interview clip

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 07:14 AM PST

Big Bang has just unveiled their final image teaser, this time featuring member G-Dragon!

Big Bang’s leader finalizes the dramatic theme previously established by T.O.P , Daesung, Taeyang, and Seungri with his A-line haircut.

Unlike the other members’ photos, there’s no hospital equipment to be found. Instead, G-Dragon posed with frozen snow on his face and hair — indicating that the boys were recently resuscitated back to the (warm) spotlight after a cold, death-like spell.

YG Entertainment has also released a 30-second video clip featuring a short interview with G-Dragon himself. In his video, G-Dragon talked about the mentality he adopted when he had to overcome his obstacles.

The clip also revealed that Big Bang would release their first title track, “Blue“, on February 22nd.

Stay tuned to allkpop for further updates on Big Bang!

Source: YG Entertainment

Girls’ Generation’s Yuri hands out Valentine’s chocolates to ‘Fashion King’ crew

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 06:51 AM PST

Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri has charmed the hearts of her ‘Fashion King‘ cast and crew with a sweet Valentine’s Day gift.

According to a representative from SBS, the staff of ‘Fashion King” traveled to NYC for a shoot on February 14th, where Yuri gave all the staff members chocolates and cards. The cards carried the message, “For our staff family members who always struggle [to produce the best], enjoy some sweets and regain your energy.”

It was later reported that Yuri scavenged around markets and shopping malls in NYC to find the perfect chocolates and cards. Yuri commented, “I tried my best to give something enjoyable for the staff members who are away from their other halves and family. I’m super satisfied as everyone seems to enjoy it”.

A staff member commented, “I just received a Valentine’s gift from Yuri — I think I like the gift from her more than ones from my girlfriend. I will never forget the Valentine’s Day of 2012.”

In related news, Yuri is playing the role of ‘Choi Anna’ in “Fashion King”. The series will premiere on March 12th.

Source + Image: Asia Today

Hyori graces the cover of Nylon magazine as a Spring goddess

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 06:23 AM PST

The beautiful Lee Hyori has graced the cover of the latest issue of Nylon magazine.

The singer, who will be making her comeback to the entertainment industry after two years as the host of SBS‘s “You and I”, cast aside her sexy and powerful image for a softer and more innocent one.

Dressed in light colors while lying on a bed of flowers, she effortlessly embodies the warmth of spring.

Catch the rest of the photos on the March issue of Nylon magazine!

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Photos: TVreport 1, 2, 3, 4

SM Entertainment requests for investigation behind Girls’ Generations’ composite nude photos

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 05:55 AM PST

SM Entertainment has issued a firm stance against the individuals responsible for the photoshopped nude photos of Girls’ Generation.

According to a source within the agency, composite nude photos of the girls were found circulating around various online sites on February 15th. In response, the agency requested the police to investigate into the matter.

The SM Entertainment representative stated, “We will be taking legal actions against the creator of the composite photographs, the original poster, and the distributor of the photos.”

The girls are no stranger to such issues as they have previously went through a similar ordeal back in 2010. At the time, the agency had shown leniency towards the 97 individuals who were found to have participated in the distribution of the photos, for a majority of them had been found to be minors and first time offenders.

Source: Star In via Nate

E! News reporter Jason Kennedy confirms Wonder Girls’ “Like Money” MV is “futuristic”

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 04:41 AM PST

We previously reported that the Wonder Girls were filming a new music video for their song, “Like Money. Following up, it’ been revealed that they’ve enlisted American entertainment news reporter, Jason Kennedy, to cameo in their MV!

Jason reports for E! News, a nightly television program dedicated to entertainment news. On February 15th, Jason tweeted a few snapshots from the Wonder Girls’ set along with the description of his role. “Playing a reporter in the new Wonder Girls music video. You guys like my rubber suit and shoulder pads?

He then went on to describe the girls’ MV as “futuristic“, raising the level of anticipation from Wonderfuls all over the world.

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Stay tuned for more updates on the Wonder Girls’ new single!

Source + Image: Jason Kennedy’s Twitter
Tip: wondercat

Frustrated by his scandal, Superstar K3′s Chris Golightly decides to return to the States

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 03:50 AM PST

Chris Golightly revealed earlier today that he would be going back home to the States.

The singer seems to have been torn between leaving Korea and wanting to stay for a while, as he has talked about leaving before but did not follow through.

However, it seems as of today, he has decided to go back to the U.S. as he posted,

I’m Going Home to USA:

Thank you, To the Girls for Making up Lies & Ruining my Life here. I hope your [sic] Happy. Every Girl I dated, I was Nice towards. You stripped me of my Name, Music, Management and Ripped my Soul. The Public believed A Stupid Rumor posted by Someone with "No Name or Trace" I dont even Know who Posted it. I have always respected The Korean Culture and its Land. But you Doubted me. This was a Bad Choice for me to Ever have came here. I am Fuckin Hurt because of how I’m being Treated. I am Tired of Lies, And the People who posted the Crap, Are Cowards. Why? Because you killed my Dream. When all I did was try to see if we could work out. Thank you……..

For those of you who haven’t been following, Chris Golightly, former contestant on ‘Superstar K3′, was thrust into the spotlight recently after a fan wrote on an online community board that Chris had a sexual relationship with her. She claimed that he insisted on keeping their affair a secret. Additionally, more fans stepped up in support stating that Chris "used his fan cafe members to his own benefit," and that the singer had caused them mental distress.

Chris denied the accusations vehemently at first, but later issued a more toned down public apology citing “cultural differences” as the reason for the misunderstanding that arose between him and the girls involved. He asked the public to give him a second chance to pursue his dream in Korea and stated that he would work towards learning to understand Korean culture better.

Source + Photo: TVreport via Nate



Yoo Ah In & Shin Se Kyung complete their first scene of “Fashion King” in Manhattan

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 02:54 AM PST

Actors Yoo Ah In and Shin Se Kyung have wrapped up their very first scene for SBS’s upcoming drama, “Fashion King“.

Due to their busy schedules, the two stars were unable to rehearse together until they both arrived on set on February 15th. Their first scene was successfully shot without any bloopers on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village of Manhattan, where the two actors stood in front of an apartment having a conversation.

“Not only do Yoo Ah In and Shin Se Kyung have the visuals, but they’re also actors with strong personalities, which make it much easier to fill up the camera screen,” said the drama’s producer. “Even though he’s already a top star, Yoo Ah In has a unique spark in his gaze that will get him very far in the future. Meanwhile, Shin Se Kyung’s acting skills have matured in a way that she knows exactly what the director wants from her and effortlessly carries it through on the camera,” said the drama’s producer.

“Fashion King” follows a story of two aspiring designers who start off in a small market in Dongdaemun and eventually succeeds across the world. The pilot episode is scheduled to air this coming March 12th.

Source: TV Report via Naver

Se7en wins #1! + Performances from February 16th’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 02:29 AM PST

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances, with special guest MC, F.T. Island member Hongki!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, girl group EXID made their debut with “Whoz That Girl“.

Comeback stages for today’s episode include soloist Kim Greem with “To You“, while amazing vocalist K.Will returned with “I Need You. Talented artist Jay Park also made his return with “Know Your Name“!

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between Jay Park, Se7en, and F.T. Island, but in the end, it was Se7en who clinched the win tonight with "When I Can’t Sing“!

Congratulations to Se7en for their 'M! Countdown' trophy!


[Next Week's Teasers]

< John Park + miss A >


Performers tonight included F.T. Island, Se7en, Block B, Buga Kingz, Miryo (Brown Eyed Girls), B.A.P, Sunny Hill, Dal Shabet, NS Yoon-G, Jang Jae In, Stellar, and SPICA!

Check out the performances below:


< Stellar >


< NS Yoon-G >


< Buga Kingz >




< Block B + Special Stage >


< B.A.P >


< Sunny Hill (with Miryo) >


< F.T. Island >


< Jang Jae In >


< Miryo >


< Dal Shabet >


< Se7en >



Jay Park wants to “Know Your Name” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 02:24 AM PST

Back on February 6th, talented singer Jay Park unveiled two music videos for his new track titled “Know Your Name“.

Continuing promotions with the song, Jay returned to the stage on today’s ‘M! Countdown‘ to put on a catchy performance for fans to enjoy.

Don’t miss out, and check it below! You can catch the rest of today’s ‘M! Countdown’ performances here.


K.Will says “I Need You” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 02:20 AM PST

After unleashing his digital single, "I Hate Myself" two weeks ago, the talented K.Will has released his newest EP, "I Need You".

Back on February 13th, the music video itself was revealed which includes special features from SISTAR‘s Bora and actor Ji Chang Wook.

The amazing vocalist made his way to the stage on tonight’s ‘M! Countdown‘ to put on an amazing live performance of “I Need You”, as well as “I Hate Myself“.

Check it out below, and be sure to catch the rest of the ‘M! Countdown’ performances here!


Kim Greem returns to the stage with “To You” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 01:31 AM PST

Singer Kim Greem will be returning with a new single entitled "To You" on February 17th!

"To You" is described to have a strong country, acoustic, and rock ballad influence. Composer Jo Young Su and lyricist Kang Eun Kyung, who've worked together in the past on Kim Greem's debut single, "There Was Only You", have teamed up once again to craft a single that perfectly suits Kim Greem's voice and musical style.

The one-of-a-kind talent takes the stage on today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘, which officially marks the beginning of her comeback cycle and breaking her 10-month hiatus.

Without further ado, check it out below, and be sure to catch the rest of the ‘M! Countdown’ performances here!


EXID debuts with “Whoz That Girl” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 01:27 AM PST

Shinsadong Tiger's girl group, EXID, have finally made their debut with "Whoz That Girl"!

Recently on February 15th, the brand new girl group unveiled the music video to their track titled “Whoz That Girl”, which features their acting, dancing, and singing skills.

On today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘, the girls took the stage to put on a fierce performance of their title track.

Check it out below, and be sure to catch the rest of the ‘M! Countdown’ performances here!


SG Wannabe’s Kim Yong Jun enlists in the army

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 01:16 AM PST

SG Wannabe‘s Kim Yong Jun has officially enlisted with the military.

On February 16th, Kim Yong Jun entered the military training camp in Chung-nam Non-san, where he will spend the next four weeks receiving basic training. Afterwards, he will enter into a different departement as a public service personnel.

Due to his enlistment, Kim Yong Jun’s activities with SG Wannabe will be interrupted. During this time, member Kim Jin Ho plans to focus on music composition, while member Lee Suk Hoon plans to continue his radio DJ activities through SBS Power FM‘s ‘Ten Ten Club‘.

Kim Yong Jun debuted through SG Wannabe back in 2004. He also participated in MBC‘s ‘We Got Married‘ with his real-life girlfriend, actress Hwang Jung Eum, gathering much love and interest from the public.

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We wish Kim Yong Jun all the best and look forward to his return!

Source: My Daily via Naver, Newsen

WE releases teaser video for ‘Party’

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 12:26 AM PST

Kim Chang Ryul‘s rookie co-ed hip hop group, WE, has released their teaser video for “Party” from their upcoming first mini album.

“Party” is a song that has a totally different vibe from their previously released track, “Rain“. With its upbeat rhythm and fun choreography, the dance track promises to be one that will live up to its name.

Rosie, Macho, Kanghan, and Mandoo are aiming to get the party started with the release of their first mini album, ‘Party’, on February 21st.

Super Junior’s Hankyung rumored to be dating Chinese actress Jiang Kai Tong

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 11:52 PM PST

Rumors of Super Junior‘s Hankyung (28) dating a Chinese actress named Jiang Kai Tong (23) have been spreading like wildfire.

Speculations arose after February 12th, when a Chinese netizen posted on their Weibo (a Chinese SNS service), “Hankyung has left for the Maldives with Jiang Kai Tong and her parents.”

The netizen also posted a snapshot as evidence and wrote, “This is a photo that shows Hankyung leaving the airport to head off to Maldives.”

Later, another netizen claimed, “On the night of February 4th, I saw Hankyung buying a ticket at a movie theater in Mudanjiang.” Remembering that Jiang Kai Tong had posted pictures on her Weibo on February 1st that indicated that she was in Mudanjiang, netizens commented, “Maybe he was on a date with Jiang Kai Tong?”

Additionally, on February 4th, Jiang Kai Tong posted on her Weibo, “During my lifetime, if a person like this is there, I’ll be satisfied” – adding even more fuel to the fire.

As the evidence began to pile up, Jiang Kai Tong’s agency commented, “We too learned about the relationship on the internet. We do not know about the personal lives of celebrities. Thus, we can’t offer any answers… Jiang Kai Tong is currently on a break. If she really is dating, then we will respect her and leave the decision up to her.”

Currently, the agencies of both sides have yet to issue an official statement confirming or denying the relationship rumors.

Source + Photos: Donga via Naver, Newswave, Newsen

G.NA and SECRET’s Hyosung to play a mother and daughter in ‘Salamander Guru’

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 11:28 PM PST

Having been denied the chance to debut as a girl group together, G.NA and SECRET‘s Hyosung will be reunited as mother and daughter for SBS’s Friday sitcom, ‘Salamander Guru‘.

On February 16th, it was revealed that G.NA and Hyosung would be making their acting debut through ‘Salamander Guru’. G.NA will play as a 54 year old tarot card reader named Krystal, while Hyosung will take on the role of Soo Yeon, her daughter.

In the sitcom, Krystal is at loggerheads with Beom Gyu (Lee Byung Joon) after she snatched his customers away from him. Although she’s 54, she’s still able to make her male customers go crazy over her, thanks to her sexy appearance (and some magic probably).

G.NA expressed, “This is my first acting role and to bring out my sexy figure, I had to wear outfits that really isn’t suitable for a cold season. It was really difficult filming in these conditions. To make my appearance mysterious, like that of a modern tarot card reader, I put in a lot of effort on my outfit and makeup. My acting might be lacking in some areas, but I’ve already applied what I learnt during my acting classes, so please rate my performance sparingly..”

Hyosung’s character is described to be the key in helping Min Hyuk (SHINee‘s Minho) to regain his childhood memories.

G.NA and Hyosung’s episode will air on February 17th.

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Source: OSEN via Nate