Thursday, March 22, 2012

"B2ST, 2NE1, INFINITE, miss A, Jang Geun Suk, and SISTAR welcome YouTube Malaysia" plus 19 more

"B2ST, 2NE1, INFINITE, miss A, Jang Geun Suk, and SISTAR welcome YouTube Malaysia" plus 19 more


B2ST, 2NE1, INFINITE, miss A, Jang Geun Suk, and SISTAR welcome YouTube Malaysia

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 09:24 AM PDT

Youtube Malaysia logo featuring the silhouette of Kuala Lumpur

Earlier today, YouTube officially launched their 42nd country official local site in Malaysia at http://www.youtube.com.my/.

YouTube’s official blog wrote,

“While YouTube has already been available in Malaysia's most widely spoken languages — Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, and English — having a Malaysia-specific homepage can now deliver the most relevant videos for Malaysians as well as make it easier to highlight great content from our local partners such as KRU Studios… In the last few years, Malaysians have shown a gift for creating video hits. You may have seen the guy who proposed to his girlfriend using Internet memes. Then there's singer and ukelele player Zee Avi, who posted a few videos on YouTube in 2007 and ended up signing to Jack Johnson's Brushfire label. Meanwhile school teacher Cikgu Shida has mimed her way across tons of popular songs to become a sudden Internet star in her homeland.

With YouTube now open in Malaysia, we are excited to see more and more Malaysians join the YouTube community. And hopefully this will also mean the world can more easily discover the amazing culture and talent that exists in Malaysia today.”

To commemorate this opening, a special video was created and features some of Malaysia’s top artists including Yuna, Mizz Nina, Joe Flizzow, and Tenderfist. Additionally, after looking at the analytics and seeing the popularity of K-pop in the country, some of the Top K-pop / K-drama stars including B2ST, 2NE1, INFINITE, miss A, Jang Geun Suk, and SISTAR welcomed Malaysians to YouTube Malaysia.

Check out the video below!

Source: The Official YouTube Blog
Tip: ematho

Shinhwa drops their long-awaited 10th album, ‘The Return’!

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 08:55 AM PDT

Shinhwa, the longest-running boy group in all of K-Pop history, has finally dropped their long-anticipated 10th album appropriately titled, ‘The Return‘!

Fans have patiently waited a long four years and various members have completed their mandatory military service. This album marks the group’s 14th anniversary after debuting in 1998.

The members show their growth here as they’re a little more fierce, a little more captivating, and this new album is sure to show the fans everything the boys have acquired during the past 14 years.

Without further ado, check out “Venus” and “Hurt” below! Remember to support them by purchasing the music!

Also check out the production Making of Music Video:

Source & Image: Melon
Tip : Jae

JYJ reveal official videos from South American Tour

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 08:22 AM PDT

Earlier in the month, the boys of JYJ completed successful concerts in Chile and Peru. The South American portion successfully wrapped up their world tour which visited 15 different cities and performed for a 210,000 member audience.

For fans who couldn’t see them in South America, C-JeS Entertainment has revealed a few videos from their trip to South America on the official JYJ YouTube channel.

The videos show the crazy following they have in South America including the 3,000 Peruvian fans who gathered to greet JYJ at the airport.

Check out the videos below!

Third Video can be found here.

Tip: gooseberry

CNBLUE releases fourth “EAR FUN” teaser ft. Yong Hwa

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 08:06 AM PDT

With their third mini-album ‘EAR FUN‘ making its arrival soon, the band CNBLUE has just revealed its fourth solo video teaser!

After releasing the first teaser for Jung Shin, a second teaser featuring Jong Hyun, along with a third teaser featuring Min Hyuk, now the fourth teaser has been released showcasing the talents of lead vocalist and leader Yong Hwa. The teaser is longer than the others at 43 seconds and gives the public an audio teaser of what CNBLUE’s upcoming release will sound like. The music featured in this teaser is from CNBLUE’s upcoming title track, “Hey You“.

Tell us if you like what you see and hear below!

Tip: cnburningbeast

Big Bang nominated for award at “MTV Italy TRL Awards 2012″

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 07:56 AM PDT

Back in November, Big Bang won the "Best Worldwide Act" at MTV's 2011 Europe Music Awards. Now, the boys are up for another MTV award in Europe.

Big Bang and VIP‘s are nominated in the “Best Fan” category for the “MTV Italy TRL Awards 2012“. They have some tough competition as they’re up against Alessandra Amoroso, Avril Lavigne, Emma, and One Direction.

To vote for Big Bang, just visit this page on MTV Italy’s website and click “Vota” for Big Bang under the “Best Fan” category. Fans can vote up to 10 times a day.

This years award show will take place in Florence, Italy at the Piazza Santa Croce on May 5th.

Good luck to Big Bang and VIP’s!

Vote for Big Bang here (up to 10 times a day, any more votes after 10 will not be counted.)

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Jang Geun Suk is traditional when it comes to love and relationships

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 07:36 AM PDT

Actor Jang Geun Suk revealed that he is cautious when it comes to love.

On March 22nd, Jang Geun Suk attended the press conference for KBS 2TV‘s new drama series ‘Love Rain‘, held at the Lotte Hotel Grand Ball Room in Seoul.

Here, he was asked about his own thoughts on love and relationships, and the actor remarked, “I think it’s difficult to have a casual attitude when it comes to love.”

I don’t think I’m the type of person who falls fast and hard, then falls quickly out of love,” he said. “I’m rather traditional. People tend to think that because I go to clubs and shuffle dance, that I will be easy going when it comes to relationships, but I too like the pure kind of love.”

In the new drama series ‘Love Rain’, Jang Geun Suk plays a handsome '70s art student named Seo In Ha, and his son in the year 2012, a free-spirited photographer named Seo Jun. Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation member YoonA plays Kim Yoon Hee, a quiet and innocent campus goddess from the 1970′s who falls in love with Seo In Ha (played by Jang Geun Suk). After forwarding to the modern world, YoonA will again appear as Yoon Ha Na (daughter of Yoon Hee), an energetic girl who attends an agricultural institution in Japan.

‘Love Rain’ will unveil a pure love story from the 70′s analog generation, as well as a trendy love story from the digital generation of 2012.

The first episode airs March 26th at 9:55PM KST.

Source & Image: OSEN via Nate

Big Bang wins #1! + Performances from March 22nd’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:48 AM PDT

 

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances, and MCed by none other than Tony An and MBLAQ’s dorky members Mir and Lee Joon!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, Taw & Haha held their first collaboration stage together with “The Person By My Side“.

The boys of popular boy band SHINee also took the stage to perform their newest release titled “Sherlock“, along with “Stranger“.

Cube Entertainment‘s newest boy group BtoB made their debut today with two title tracks, titled “Insane” and “Imagine“.

Lastly, MBLAQ unfortunately bid farewell with a sweet performance of “Beautiful“, and their ever so catchy hit “Run“.

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between John Park, 2AM, and Big Bang, but in the end, it was Big Bang who clinched the win tonight with "Fantastic Baby“!

Congratulations to Big Bang for their 'M! Countdown' trophy!

 

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Performers tonight included Big Bang, 2AM, MBLAQ, miss A, Ailee, Lyn, John Park, B1A4, Brave Girls, Nine Muses, NU’EST, Lee Tae Kwon, and Jay Park!

Check out the performances below:

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Suzy looks like a different person in past photo

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:45 AM PDT

 

An old photo of miss A‘s Suzy is gaining a lot of interest at the moment.

On an online community bulletin board, a post titled “Suzy Before Debut” was uploaded, along with the photo above.

Suzy’s makeup, outfit and hairstyle makes her look pretty and innocent, but she looks quite a bit different than she does now.

Netizens commented, “Is this really Suzy?”, “She looks very young because it’s before debut”, “I don’t know what but she looks different”, “She looks so different. I thought she was someone else.”

Regardless, Suzy was still gorgeous!

Shinhwa’s Lee Min Woo reveals his income, proves his love for music

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:41 AM PDT

 

Lee Min Woo revealed his income, shocking many viewers and fans.

On the 21st, the members of Shinhwa guested on MBCGolden Fishery – Radio Star“.

The MCs asked Lee Min Woo, “Is your income low even though you wrote the lyrics for some hits?” Lee Min Woo answered, “I wrote the lyrics for Jewelry’sSuperstar‘ and ‘One More Time.’ However, since they were adapted songs, the income was little. 900,000 WON (apprx. $795) was transferred to my account. I got 70,000 WON (apprx. $61) each month.”

Jun Jin joked, “Lee Min Woo is a man that really loves music.”

Netizens commented, “900,000 WON is too little for him writing songs”, “I can’t wait for their comeback”, “The 70,000 WON a month cracked me up.”


Source: Chosun via Naver

The boys of SHINee return with “Sherlock” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:27 AM PDT

 

Calling all Shawols, the five talented boys of popular group SHINee have finally returned with their latest album release titled ‘Sherlock‘!

SHINee's new mini album has gained a lot of interest due to the high quality of all seven songs. SM Entertainment stated that SHINee's comeback is 'world-class' and that, “they are proud to present the best quality in music, style, and performance.”

Having topped various charts just hours after the album release, the boys are now back to take the stage for a charismatic performance of “Stranger” and “Sherlock“!

Be sure to check it out below, and the rest of today’s ‘M! Countdown‘ performances here (coming soon)!

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T-ara’s Jiyeon celebrates the end of ‘Dream High 2′

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:17 AM PDT

 

T-ara‘s Jiyeon shared her thoughts on her KBS drama, ‘Dream High 2‘, finally coming to an end.

On March 21st, she wrote on her Twitter, “Dream High 2 is over~ Our Director Lee, who’s suffered so much! Staff! Seniors! and co-stars! You all worked so hard!”

She continued, “I had such a fun time as Leanne~ Until now… I.. was like this! I’ll return with a better image!”

The accompanying selca shows that this is no sad farewell, as she’s looking confident and joyful that the drama was able to end on such a happy note. We’re definitely looking forward to her next acting venture!

Netizens cheered back, “You worked just as hard!” and “Leanne is the best!”


Source + Photos: Jiyeon’s Official Twitter

B1A4 performs a special stage of CNBLUE’s “Intuition” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:06 AM PDT

 

In order to commemorate CNBLUE‘s upcoming comeback for next week’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘, the boys of B1A4 held a special stage!

Performing CNBLUE’s “Intuition“, the boys were once again able to showcase their flawless vocals and strong stage presence.

Check out B1A4′s short, yet sweet performance below!

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Baek Ji Young & ALi release songs for ‘Rooftop Prince’ OST

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 03:04 AM PDT

 

Queen of OSTs, Baek Ji Young, has participated in the OST forRooftop Prince.

Baek Ji Young’s agency WS Entertainment stated, “Baek Ji Young will be participating in the OST of the new SBS drama ‘Rooftop Prince’, and her song will be the main title track.

Baek Ji Young’s “After a Long Time Has Passed” will be the love theme song for the main characters played by Park Yoochun and Han Ji Min. It has been revealed that skilled composer Park Jung Wook wrote this song with Baek Ji Young in mind as the one to sing it.

Baek Ji Young stated, “I ended up participating in this OST due to the music director of ‘Secret Garden’. I have read the drama’s synopsis and script, and thought the story was really good and fun, so I confidently chose to participate.

It is well known that all the dramas that Baek Ji Young has sang OSTs for has become huge hits, so the anticipation for the upcoming drama has risen. She has been dubbed as the ‘Queen of OSTs’ for singing for hit dramas like KBS’ ‘Iris’, ‘The Princess’ Man’, SBS ‘Secret Garden’, and MBC‘s ‘Greatest Love’. The singer also swept the awards for the OST categories last year.

Check out the song below, in addition to ALi’s track that has just been revealed as well!

 

Baek Ji Young – “After a Long Time Has Passed”

 

ALi – “Hurt”

 

Source & Image: Everyday Economy via Naver

[Thanks to Jae for the clips!]

Taw & Haha collaborate with “The Person By My Side” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 02:40 AM PDT

 

Comedian Haha and rapper/ballad singer Taw recently united to drop a brand new track titled, “The Person By My Side“.

Although news of the collaboration made its way to the public last month, the two will finally commence with promotional activities for the catchy song.

Beginning with today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘, Taw & Haha take the stage to perform “The Person By My Side”, featuring special guest John Park!

Check it out below, and be sure to view the rest of today’s ‘M! Countdown’ performances here (coming soon)!

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Psy takes an awkward photo with Im Yoon Taek

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 02:37 AM PDT

 

Singer Psy, who is known for sending enthusiastic support to Ooh La La Session during ‘Superstar K3‘, uploaded a proof shot of his encounter with Ooh La La Session’s leader, Im Yoon Taek.

The singer shared the photo on his me2day and wrote, “Boo La La Session. Guy full of sense and style.

The photo was taken at the side of a road as if they happened to run into each other. The two look fairly awkward with each other as if this was their first encounter. Psy is seen smiling brightly with his hands over Im Yoon Taek’s shoulders, whereas Im Yoon Taek put on an awkward smile and a stiff pose as if he had broken down into a cold sweat upon meeting his sunbae.

Netizens wrote, “You two look awkward“, “Im Yoon Taek looks well“, “He looks frozen“, and “You two look somewhat similar.”

 

Source: Psy’s me2day

BtoB makes an “Insane” debut with “Imagine” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 02:35 AM PDT

 

Cube Entertainment's newest face, BtoB, just released their debut title tracks!

As previously announced, the group will be promoting double title tracks: "Insane" (a dance track), and "Imagine" (a ballad).

The rookie group left fans speechless with their recent release of the two tracks. The boys continued to impress on today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown,’ where they performed both “Insane” and “Imagine”.

Check out their live stages below, and be sure to check out the rest of today’s performances from ‘M! Countdown’ here (coming soon)!

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Yuna Kim chosen as advertisement model for Hite Beer

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 02:32 AM PDT

 

Figure skating queen Yuna Kim will be doing her first ever endorsement for alcohol.

On March 22nd, Hite Jinro revealed that Yuna Kim has been chosen as the adverisement model for Hite Beer’s renewal product.

Yuna Kim has done various other bervage adverstisements starting from milk to coffee and this will be her first time being an advertisement model for alcohol.

Hite Beer explained that this renewed product has kept the process of creating the beer at 0 degree Celsius, to ensure a fresh, clean taste by using the Ice Point Filtration System.

For the new commercial which will promote Hite Beer’s ‘Ice Point’, Yuna Kim will be doing the ‘Ice Point Dance’ and it is expected to air next month.

A representative from Hite Jinro explained why they decided to use Yuna Kim by saying, “We decided that the renewed Hite Beer’s cool and clean taste fit well with Yuna Kim’s image… Cool images like figure skating and ice goes well with the ice point.

 

Source & Image: Seoul Economics via Naver

F.T. Island releases teaser for “Neverland”

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 01:33 AM PDT

As reported previously, F.T. Island is gearing up for the release of their upcoming Japanese single, ‘Neverland’. Although we have quite some left before the release on April 18th, the group has just revealed a 30 second teaser for the PV!

The teaser shows the members rocking out in space, heightening anticipation about the new concept as well as the full music video.

Even though the song has not been released, it has already gained much attention as it was chosen as the theme song of a Japanese anime titled, ‘Ozma’.

The official single will drop on April 18th, so until then, check out the teaser below!

SHINee releases MV for “Sherlock”!

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 01:07 AM PDT

 

SHINee released their mini-album “Sherlock” and fans have been anxious for the music video. Well, the wait is finally over!

True to the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ theme, the MV has a bit of a detective story and in true SHINee fashion, the choreography is outstanding. Additionally, Jessica of Girls’ Generation makes a cameo appearance!

Check out the MV for “Sherlock” below.

 

 

Don’t forget to support the group’s hard work by purchasing the album!


SHINee - Sherlock

Eric let go of a hefty offer to stay with Shinhwa

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 12:51 AM PDT

Shinhwa‘s leader Eric recently featured on the March 20th episode of KBS‘s ‘Win Win‘ and revealed his undying loyalty for his group.

Fellow member Kim Dong Wan was asked, “Was there really not one moment where Shinhwa was on the brink of disbandment?” to which he replied, “Idol groups are often put at such risks when they switch contracts and move labels.”

Andy continued, “All of the members came together and revealed the contract offers they had received and discussed the matter with one another. In the end, we followed Eric’s decision to contract with other agencies.”

Kim Dong Wan mentioned that Eric’s worth was skyrocketing at the time due to his popularity in the MBC drama, ‘Phoenix‘. “At the time, Eric received an offer of such a great amount that it would’ve been impossible for anyone else to reject. Instead, he had said, ‘Even though I received such an offer, I believe that we can move to another company together where we all receive the same treatment.”

Eric explained, “First of all, I thought about signing on with SM Entertainment again because it was important to me that the six members did not split up. In the bigger picture, staying with SM would’ve been the right decision, but considering the members’ situations and their profits, I decided that it would be better for us to be adventurous.”

He continued, “I did not become a member of Shinhwa to become an actor, nor did the other members become a member of Shinhwa to later pursue solo activities. Without Shinhwa, I lose a lot of my confidence.”

Source + Photos: TV Daily
Tip: changjo