Thursday, March 1, 2012

"EXO releases teaser #22 with Lay & Se Hun" plus 19 more

"EXO releases teaser #22 with Lay & Se Hun" plus 19 more

EXO releases teaser #22 with Lay & Se Hun

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 09:08 AM PST

After releasing 21 teasers, SM Entertainment‘s newest boy group, EXO has released teaser #22, this time featuring Lay & Se Hun.

In the video, the two dancers can be seen grooving to one of EXO’s new tracks, showing off more smooth & slick choreography.

It seems the teasers won’t end soon as the video was accompanied with the following text: “The world of new boy band EXO-K and EXO-M presented by S.M.Entertainment is opened! For EXO Teaser 22, member of EXO, LAY and SE HUN appears! More teasers will be released very soon so stay tuned!

Stay tuned to allkpop as we keep up with their debut.

It’s official, Jun Ji Hyun is getting married this June

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 08:49 AM PST

After denying marriage rumors last month, actress Jun Ji Hyun‘s agency announced her wedding plans through an official press release.

J & Co. Entertainment announced on March 2nd, “It is true that Jun Ji Hyun will be holding her wedding with Choi Jun Hyuk at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on June 2nd.”

We hope that you will congratulate Jun Ji Hyun who will now be living her new life as the wife of her new husband. Please bless their days ahead,” they continued. “We are always grateful for the unending love and support you have shown for Jun Ji Hyun all these years.”

We will do our best so that she will continue to work hard and more sincerely, never losing her sense of responsibility to become a great actress,” they added.

Jun Ji Hyun’s husband-to-be graduated from Korea University and also went overseas to study abroad in the States. He is currently a banker at Bank of America.

He is also the grandson of hanbok designer Lee Young Hee, and the second son of designer Lee Jung Woo.

The couple are of the same age, and they began dating last year. Their relationship was made public towards the end of 2011, causing quite a stir amongst the public.

Jun Ji Hyun made her debut into the entertainment scene in 1997 as a model, and has starred in hit movies such as ‘My Sassy Girl‘, and ‘Introducing My Girlfriend‘.

She recently completed filming ‘Thieves‘ with director Choi Donghoon, and will begin filming ‘Berlin‘ with director Ryu Seung Wan.

Congratulations to Jun Ji Hyun.

Source & Image: StarToday via Nate

Big Bang takes #1 on Billboard’s ‘K-Pop Hot 100′ chart

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 08:19 AM PST

Despite some tough competition, to no one’s surprise, the boys of Big Bang came out on top to claim this week's #1 on Billboard's 'K-Pop Hot 100' chart.

The March 1st list shows Big Bang‘s “Blue” topping miss A‘s “Touch” and Lyn‘s “To Turn Back Hands of Time“. Other notables on the top 10 include K.Will with “I Need You” at #4, Ailee with “Heaven” at #5, John Park with “Falling” at #6, Davichi with “I’ll Think of You” at #7, and F.T Island with “Fiercely” at #10.

Congratulations to Big Bang and you can find the full top 10 below!

Source: Billboard
Tip: hellokaylie

B.A.P gifts ‘Baby’ with a MV for “Secret Love”

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 07:55 AM PST

It was recently revealed that the boys of B.A.P would be concluding their promotions for "Warrior" and chose “Secret Love” as their follow up track.

As a gift to their fans (Baby), they’ve revealed the music video to “Secret Love”. The video contains various behind the scenes footage from photo shoots, live performances, and their music video recording. "Secret Love", features SECRET's Song Ji Eun with lyrics written by Bang Yong Guk, tells a sad love story about two celebrities having to secretly date. Fans are curious to know whether or not Song Ji Eun will be joining B.A.P's stage performances for the song.

TS Entertainment, the group's agency, revealed, "B.A.P has concluded their promotions for their debut track 'Warrior' through 'Inkigayo' yesterday and will begin their follow-up track 'Secret Love' starting this week. We will be showing a 180 degree transformation of the boys through 'Secret Love’… We had a hard time deciding on which song to follow-up with but ended up choosing 'Secret Love' in order to show a whole different image of B.A.P to fans."

Check out the MV below!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

C-REAL reveals teaser for “Joma Joma”

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 07:44 AM PST

The girls of C-REAL are planning to make a comeback with their second mini-album titled, ‘Love Diary‘ on March 6th, 2012 (7th KST).

Earlier today, C-REAL revealed the teaser to what appears to be their lead track, “Joma Joma“. In the teaser video, you can see the girls performing a tap dance.

Check out the teaser video below.

The girls who stirred the emotions of the young teens with their debut song “No No No No No” last September are now ready to have their sensibility for love acknowledged by the public.
This time, C-REAL will be returning to their fans with “JOMA JOMA“, an extremely imaginative song with a very sincere message.

Tip: minglive

2PM plans on enlisting in the Korean military together

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 07:40 AM PST


2PM member Chansung talked about how close the 2PM members really are.

On the February 29th episode of MBC‘s ‘Radio Star‘, Chansung who served as a guest remarked, “We have about 3 years left on our contract with JYP.”

Whether we renew our contract or not, we’re always going to be together.” He continued, “We are even planning on enlisting in the Korean military together.”

The surprised MCs then asked if Thai-citizen Nichkhun would be enlisting as well, and Chansung answered, “Nichkhun hyung will be actively promoting here in Korea.”


Source & Image : MyDaily

SBS releases first trailer for ‘Rooftop Prince’ starring JYJ’s Yoochun

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 07:05 AM PST


SBS has revealed the first trailer for their new drama series, ‘Rooftop Prince‘!

In the drama, JYJ‘s Park Yoochun will play the role of a Chosun prince who travels to the future, to find the love he lost.

From what we can see, it’s going to be a hilarious new series that you won’t want to miss.

The first episode airs March 14th, but in the meantime, check out the teaser below!

Chocolat’s Tia is only a year older than Kim Gura’s son?

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 06:30 AM PST


In a recent photo of Chocolat‘s Tia and Kim Gura‘s son Kim Dong Hyun, it is hard to believe that these two are only a year apart.

This picture was uploaded onto an online community forum with the title ‘Kim Dong Hyun and Chocolat’s Tia, one year age difference celebrities’.

The photo shows Tia and Dong Hyun at a cafe, but instead of looking like friends, it looks like an older sister spending time with her younger brother. In reality, they are only a year apart with Tia being born in 1997 and Dong Hyun being born a year after in 1998. Compared to Dong Hyun, netizens are amazed at how mature Tia looks.

They responded saying, “Do they really only have a year of age difference? Tia looks like she’s in her 20s..“, “Dong Hyun grew up a lot but in front of Tia he looks like a child“, and “I can’t believe Tia was born in 1997.

Source & Image: TV Report via Nate

Preview of new 2NE1 song with Will.I.Am!

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 06:18 AM PST

There’s been a lot of news in the past about 2NE1 working with Will.I.Am on their US album.

Well, according to this fancam, 2NE1 made an appearance at the famous Club Answer in Seoul and Will.I.Am had played a snippet of their upcoming track at the club!

Check it out below, from what we can hear so far, it sounds pretty damn awesome.

MBLAQ releases ‘Run’ practice video

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 05:51 AM PST


J.Tune Camp recently released the practice video of MBLAQ’sRun‘.

The choreography is very powerful and intricate, and from this video, you can see how polished it really is.

Now if they would only release an MV for this track… for now, check out the practice vid below!


[OP-ED: Guest Post by Tiger JK] A simple suggestion on Racial Prejudice

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 05:38 AM PST

This is a guest post by Tiger JK (Seo Jung Kwon), a Korean American rapper, best known as one of the founding members of hip hop group Drunken Tiger. He is also the founder and former CEO of Jungle Entertainment. He is married to Yoon Mirae (Tasha) who is of mixed heritage (Korean / African American).


Let’s Give the Kids More Info and Opportunity to Learn about Racial Prejudice

As I read the replies and comments to the news story about UFC‘s Ben Henderson (Lightweight champion), I was dumbfounded and saddened by quite a few racial slurs. He was the son of a Korean-American mother and an African-American father. He wanted to come back to Korea to feel that he’s a part of the Korean collective.

Such instances of racial discrimination are not isolated… the comments to the news article about a TV comedy ‘Sebakwi’(‘Three Wheels’), showing a parody of blackfaces, also revealed prejudices.

Why should we apologize? Don’t they make fun of Asians in America, too?“, some kids asked while others would say, “They were only comics dressed up as a black-faced, thick-lipped cartoon characters performing in a comedy like SNL.

I fully understand that the acts portrayed were not meant to intentionally defame nor antagonize black people , and such comic scenes appeared on many other comedic sketches on both network and cable TV.

However, I think it’s time we should let the kids learn on what’s the right thing to do, and what’s wrong and what not to do. I think we should try to provide them with enough information and opportunities to change their minds regarding racial prejudices.

Racial discrimination and prejudices used to exist in any country throughout the world. But now the world has shrunken into a small global community. Korea is currently enjoying attention around the world with the K-Pop phenomenon along with other human resources.

If we learn a little more about the history of Africans, we could understand why it’s not right to present them as the comic objects. Because it contains a lot of pain, deathly revolution, and struggles to regain their human dignity.

As you may well know, African slavery is a history that’s quite tragic and recent in the grand scheme of things. Not too long ago in American history, they couldn’t even share the same restaurants, buses, and even rest-rooms with other races! They could not even appear in Hollywood films, they were only treated as comedic objects derided by white people.

Racial discrimination exists in the sports world, too, but heavy punishment follows such actions. Sony Music also had to pay a high price, for releasing records by their artist that contained racial prejudice. ESPN had to immediately punish their employee for the headline with a racial slur about American-Asian basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. The wrong choice of the words and actions can put a huge damper on things. The words that drew an outrage all over the world was, “Chink in the armor.”

Korea hosts many K-pop concerts and music award shows overseas. We need more support of the people of the world, not only from music fans but also in many other fields as well.

A movie director for the successful “Tower Heist” was banned from the Academy Awards for his remarks discriminating against homosexuals. I hope our journalists put extra effort to enlighten the young kids to learn more about the flow of the people of the world, and about racial equality and justice.

Thank you for listening to my humble suggestion.

Truly yours,

Tiger JK

Celebrities show their Korean pride for the March 1st Movement

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 05:30 AM PST


Many Korean celebrities have changed their profile pictures to pictures of the Taegukgi, the Korean flag, in honor of the March 1st Movement.

On March 1, Se7en wrote the South Korean pledge of allegiance to the flag on his personal twitter, “Before this proud Taegeukgi, I firmly pledge my loyalty and will devote my body and soul to the eternal glory of my country and people.

Jung Jun Ha also wrote on his twitter, “March 1! It’s the March 1st Movement. I hope this will be a thoughtful day where everyone will look back at our pain filled history. Even just for today, how would you, twitter friends, feel about changing your display picture to the Taegukgi? Foreigners will probably think what’s going on here?!

Many other celebrities such as Simon D, FT Island‘s Lee Hong Ki, T-Ara‘s Hyomin, B2ST‘s Yang Yo Seob, and 9MusesEunji have all changed their twitter display pictures to the Taegukgi.

Netizens responded to celebrities changing their pictures saying, “I’m going to change my display picture to the Taegukgi too“, “I just changed mine to the Taegukgi“, and “Everyone change your display picture for the March 1st Movement.

The March 1st Movement was one of the earliest display of Korean resistance to the occupation of the Japanese Empire and many Koreans lost their lives to the Japanese as they protested for Korea’s freedom.

Source: Se7en’s Twitter and Jung Jun Ha’s Twitter

Image: TV Daily via Nate

f(x)’s Victoria poses with her date

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 04:11 AM PST

f(x) leader Victoria uploaded a cute selca of her posing with her date.

On March 1st, Victoria uploaded this picture onto her personal me2day along with, “Is it spring? What do you think this is? A date! Awesome right?

Victoria took a cute selca that showed off her large eyes and in her hand she is holding a peculiar looking egg shaped date.

Netizens responded to Victoria’s picture saying, “That date is really big! I thought it was an egg“, “She’s the cutest! Whatever she does is so cute“, and “The date and Victoria are both cute.”

Source & Image: Victoria’s me2day

Boyfriend graduates from ‘W Military Academy’

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 04:00 AM PST

Boyfriend has graduated from their first reality show, Mnet’s ‘Boyfriend’s W Military Academy.’

With the goal of becoming global stars, the boys went through various experiences and training for eight weeks and have finally graduated. On March 1st, a photo of them dressed in gowns was revealed.

Boyfriend said, “When we first started the program, we were worried that it might be hard, but we gained so much from this experience.” They continued, “Trying out all these new things and through this training, we improved our teamwork and developed great memories. We feel like what we gained in the last eight weeks will greatly benefit our future.

‘Boyfriend’s W Military Academy’ was a program that prepared the boys to become the next K-pop Hallyu stars.  Boyfriend learned vital skills for their future by learning foreign languages and going through various training programs.

The episode with Boyfriend wearing their gowns will be aired on March 2nd.

Source & Image: Asia Today via Nate

T-ara’s Jiyeon voted as having the best face shape

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 03:09 AM PST

On March 1st, a plastic surgery clinic announced that the results of their survey, titled ‘The Prettiest Girl Group Member with the Best Face Line,’ showed that T-ara‘s Jiyeon was voted to be the #1 beauty with the most ideal face shape.

The survey was conducted from January 30th to February 29th in the streets of Myeongdong and Apgujeong, where 486 men and women in their 20s and 30s were asked to vote for the girl group member with the prettiest, most ideal face shape. Jiyeon took first place with a total of 210 votes (43.2%).

Following Jiyeon in second place was Girls’ Generation‘s Seohyun, with a total of 132 votes (27.2%), and her groupmate YoonA was close behind in third place with 130 votes (26.7%). f(x)‘s Sulli and miss A‘s Suzy also received a couple votes as well.

The director of the plastic surgery clinic that conducted the survey explained, “All these girls have a natural face line and their features are well-defined from any angle, but they still have a very gentle image. Jiyeon’s face, in particular, simultaneously gives off various images, such as cuteness, liveliness, and sexiness. I think this is why she was able to catch the eye of many people.”

On a related note, Jiyeon is currently acting in the KBS drama ‘Dream High 2‘ as Rian, who dreams of being the queen of the Cannes Festival.


Source + Image: Hankyung via Naver

UEE wows fans with her long legs and airport fashion

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 02:46 AM PST

After School‘s UEE showed off her long legs despite wearing flats on February 27th at Incheon Airport, on her way to Thailand to film a commercial.

She conveyed a comfortable, yet stylish image with clothes that matched the warm weather, dressed in a loose one piece and zip-up hoodie, which she accessorized with a crossbody bag and sunglasses, a key item in airport fashion. The versatile white crossbody bag, which UEE matched with her black and white striped one piece, is actually an item that After School is endorsing in Japan, and costs about 500,000 won (~$447.00 USD). Once UEE was snapped carrying the bag, the store started receiving a never-ending stream of inquiries about the bag.

On a related note, After School will release their first album in Japan on March 7th, titled ‘Play Girls.’


Source + Image: Daily Sports via Naver

miss A wins #1! + Performances from March 1st’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 02:31 AM PST

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances with special MCs John Park and miss A’s Suzy!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, Tony & SM☆SH took the stage to perform “Get Your Swag On“.

Meanwhile, the boys of MBLAQ continues promotions with their follow-up track “Run“, while B.A.P, too, continues to amaze fans with “Secret Love“.

Lastly, girl group EXID put on a special stage today, performing B2ST‘s previous hit “Shock“!

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between John Park, miss A, and F.T. Island, but in the end, it was miss A who clinched the win tonight with "Touch“!

Congratulations to miss A for their 'M! Countdown' trophy!


Performers tonight included MBLAQ, F.T. Island, Se7en, miss A, Miryo, K.Will, John Park, B.A.P, EXID, Dal Shabet, Stellar, SPICA, Brave Girls, Kim Greem, Jang Jae In, and Jiggy Dogg!

Check out the performances below:


< MBLAQ > ***Follow-up Song***


< B.A.P >***Follow-up Song***


< Stellar >


< John Park >


< EXID >


< Kim Greem >


< Jiggy Dogg >


< Jang Jae In >




< Brave Girls >


< F.T. Island >


< Miryo >


< K.Will >


< Dal Shabet >


< Se7en >


< miss A >


EXID performs B2ST’s “Shock” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 02:06 AM PST

Earlier today, allkpop reported that rookie girl group EXID would be performing their own rendition of B2ST‘s hit “Shock” on today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘.

The girls showcased their poignant charisma through their fierce performance of "Shock" for the special stage segment of the show, which gives rookie artists an opportunity to perform their interpretation of a former #1 song.

Although cut a bit short, their performance was definitely intriguing, displaying their dancing, rapping, and singing skills all in unison.

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


2PM’s Woo Young captures the heart of a Chinese policeman

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 01:32 AM PST


2PM‘s Woo Young has captured the heart of a policeman at their concert in China.

A picture was recently uploaded onto an online community forum with the title, ‘Public Security Police Taking a Picture of Woo Young’. Along with the post, the person who uploaded the picture wrote, “A Chinese policeman who has fallen for Woo Young’s charm, but you still have to think of the people’s safety.

This picture was taken when 2PM performed in China on February 25th for their ‘Hands Up Asia Tour’. Not only did Woo Young steal the hearts of young, female fans, but he also stole the heart of a male policeman. In the picture, the policeman dressed in green got up close to Woo Young to take a picture of him on his mobile phone.

Netizens responded to this picture saying, “I laughed out loud as soon as I saw this picture“, “These pictures are self explanatory“, and “Isn’t he too close? He went to work as security, but instead fell in love with Woo Young.

Source & Image: TV Report via Naver

Tony & SM☆SH say “Get Your Swag On” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 01:28 AM PST

Back on February 23rd, former H.O.T member Tony and boy group SM☆SH unveiled a unique teaser video for their comeback track titled “Get Your Swag On“.

The 37-second video featured Tony himself, as well as the boys of SM☆SH, along with a part of the hot track itself, bringing in positive feedback from fans.

On today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘, SM☆SH took the stage alongside Tony to put on a genius performance of “Get Your Swag On”, which most indefinitely got the crowd pumped.

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