Saturday, March 3, 2012

"T-ara & TVXQ awarded “Top Pop Artists” at Billboard Japan Music Awards 2011 + performance of “Roly Poly”" plus 19 more

"T-ara & TVXQ awarded “Top Pop Artists” at Billboard Japan Music Awards 2011 + performance of “Roly Poly”" plus 19 more


T-ara & TVXQ awarded “Top Pop Artists” at Billboard Japan Music Awards 2011 + performance of “Roly Poly”

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 08:31 AM PST

Both T-ara and TVXQ (Tohoshinki) have been awarded with the “Top Pop Artists” award at the Billboard Japan Music Awards 2011 event which took place on March 3rd.

This is good news for both groups, with T-ara having just released their newest Japanese single “Roly Poly” along with TVXQ set to release their upcoming Japanese single, “Still“.

2011 was a fruitful year for both T-ara & TVXQ in Japan. When T-ara released their Japanese debut single, “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and TVXQ released their album ‘TONE‘, it marked the first time in the 42-year-long history of the Oricon that South Korean artists have claimed first in both, the single and the album ranking simultaneously.

T-ara sold 50,000 copies in their first week for “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and also become the first foreign group and first female artist(s) to reach first place with their debut single. Meanwhile, TVXQ's album sold 205,000 copies in its first week, which also is an outstanding achievement for foreign male solo artists and groups. It marked the first time in 11 years and four months since Bon Jovi's ‘Crash‘ that a foreign male artist sold over 200,000 copies in the first week alone.

Other winners for this category were AKB48, JUJU, and Avril Lavigne.

T-ara was present and proudly accepted their award, they also put on a performance of “Roly Poly”. TVXQ on the other hand, unfortunately couldn’t attend the event. Additionally, YG Entertainment‘s Gummy was awarded with the K-Pop New Artist of the Year award.

Congratulations to T-ara, TVXQ, & Gummy, and check out T-ara’s “Roly Poly” performance below:

Source: Billboard Japan
Tip: emmiiaahh

MC Kim Gura praises Jay Park’s dance moves on ‘Immortal Song 2′

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 08:02 AM PST

Singer Jay Park put on a interesting ‘Drunken Master‘ performance.

On the recent episode of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Immortal Song 2‘, the singers honored the late composer Park Choon Suk, and singer Jay Park put on a performance of Nam Jin‘s “Empty Glass“.

The song started off with an intense beat, and to go along with the title of the song, Jay wittily emulated Jackie Chan‘s ‘Drunken Master’ performance from the movie itself.

His dance earned praised from MC Kim Gura who remarked, “I think Jay Park’s dance is the best in the nation,” while music critic Kang Hun added, “He well adapted the song to his own style, putting on a phenomenal performance.”

Check out Jay’s performance below!

Source & Image: MyDaily via Naver

Taemin receives praise for his performance on ‘Immortal Song 2′

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 07:47 AM PST

SHINee‘s Taemin delivered a beautiful stage of the Silver Bell Sisters‘ “Terminal Mapo”.

On the March 3rd, KBS‘s ‘Immortal Song 2′ aired it’s episode honoring composer Park Choon Suk, in which Taemin sang a fresh, young version of Silver Bell Sisters’ “Terminal Mapo”.

Music critic Kang Heon Eun was present, and praised Taemin’s performance saying, “He made ‘Terminal Mapo’ brilliant. Out of all the stages I have seen on ‘Immortal Song 2′, I think this one was the most splendid.

Taemin expressed his feelings of performing a song that had been released 26 years before his birth, saying, “This song came out before I was born so I was unfamiliar with it, but I put a spin to the song by giving it a swing feel.” He also shared his ambitions by stating, “I had one win last week and I want to achieve two wins now.”

On this episode, the other singers also sang classics such as Lee Mi Ja‘s “Island Village Teacher”, Patti Kim‘s “Thorn Tree Bird”, Nam Jin‘s “Empty Glass”, Na Hun Ah‘s “The Watermill is Turning”, Ahn Da Sung‘s “At the Beach”, Moon Joo Ran‘s “Break Up at the Airport”.

Source & Image: Osen

miss A’s Jia is a sleeping beauty

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 07:36 AM PST

miss A‘s Jia uploaded a picture of herelf sleeping soundly.

On March 2nd, she uploaded the picture onto her personal twitter along with, “Time to wait. Sleep sleep sleep.

In the picture Jia is shown enjoying a well deserved sleep on her pink pillow. The picture highlights her long black hair, slim face, and clear skin that  makes her look as beautiful as a doll.

Netizens responded to her picture saying, “You look so cute when you’re sleeping“, “You’re really pretty. You look like Sleeping Beauty.“ 

miss A is currently promoting their song “Touch”, which shows a more sexy and mature charm than their previous songs.
Source & Image: Jia’s Twitter

Nine Muses’ Eunji transforms into ‘Kim-Kkot-Ttu-Rae’

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 06:48 AM PST

On February 2nd, Nine Muses posted on their official Me2day, “Eunji has turned into Kim-Kkot-Ttu-Rae with a 100% synchro! The long music video filming has turned Eunji into this.”

For those that don’t know who Kim-Kkot-Ttu-Rae is, Kim-Kkot-Ttu-Rae is an odd but hilarious character played by Ahn Young Mi in the corner called “Americano,” on TVN‘s ‘Comedy Big League 2‘. Kim-Kkot-Ttu-Rae is a teenage delinquent who is obsessed with Ghandi, whom she thinks is skinny and fashionable, and always shows up on interviews and blind dates.

With a short bob style haircut and squating on a chair, Eunji is seen perfectly imitating Ahn Young Mi’s character.

Meanwhile, Nine Muses has been diligently practicing for their upcoming comeback scheduled for the 8th.

 

 

Source: TV Report via Naver

SHINee member Minho’s Street Wear catches the eyes of fans

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 06:01 AM PST

SHINee group member Minho’s street wear has become a hot issue.

On March 3rd, an online community board uploaded a post with the title, “Minho’s street wear is like a fashion shoot.”

In the post you can compare two photos, one where he is walking with his manager and the other where he is at a photo shoot for a brand name clothing line.

Minho is famous for his fashionable street wear that seems to be straight out of a runway.  His long legs and tall frame also makes his fashion stand out.

Fans’s responded well to his clothes and commented saying, “Your street wear is a whole lot better“, “The shirt with the rabbit is cute..“, “You are handsome so everything looks good“, and “Your street wear makes my heart flutter.”

Source + Image: Star News via Naver

 

Which female star has the prettiest forehead?

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:32 AM PST

Which female star possesses the prettiest forehead?

On March 3rd, an online community board post titled “Collection of female stars with pretty foreheads” has captured the attention of numerous netizens.

Before you all scratch your heads and wonder what this is all about, it is important to understand that one of the traditional standards of female beauty in Korea is having a proportional, beautiful forehead.

The post features various stars for comparison such as actresses Han Ga In and Kim Tae Hee, Olympic gold medalist Kim Yu Na, as well as idols Sohee of the Wonder Girls and Sandara of 2NE1. Each star boasts perfectly rounded and beautiful foreheads which are the envy of numerous fans.

Netizens responded to the post by writing, “I guess if you have a pretty forehead, you have a pretty face as well“, “Everyone really has a pretty forehead” and “They are all so pretty I don’t know which one is the best!

Source & Image: StarNews via Daum

Who will take the center spot for ’1 Night 2 Days’ Season 2?

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:00 AM PST

As viewers patiently wait for the first broadcast of KBS‘s popular ‘1 Night and 2 Days‘ season 2, one of the topics of discussion is around the center spot.

On March 2nd, a preview video of ’1 Night 2 Days’ season 2 had surfaced.

In the video, the members were seen playing games and competing in competitions, which indicate that the format of the show remains similar to that of season 1. However, fans noticed a few differences as well, which included a new way to yell “1 Night 2 Days“, as well as the standing order of the members.

Fans who are familiar with Korean variety shows know that the center spot is usually reserved for the main MC of the program. In season 1 of the show, the spot was taken by Kang Ho Dong before his abrupt departure from the show. In season 2, however, it seems to be filed by actor Joo Won, the youngest member of the lineup.

Netizens who viewed the video expressed their surprise by writing, “Are you guys preparing Joo Won as the new Lee Seung Gi?”, “Joo Won has taken the center spot!” and, “I guess Cha Tae Hyun isn’t in the center”.

Source & Image: Nate

miss A’s Suzy criticized for continuously mentioning Kim Soo Hyun

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 04:29 AM PST

miss A‘s Suzy recently responded to netizens after being criticized for always mentioning actor Kim Soo Hyun on television.

On March 2nd, Suzy simply wrote “Script” on her Twitter. The meaning behind this short tweet was a response to what happened on the March 2nd live broadcast of SBS‘s ‘100 Million Quiz Show‘.

During the live broadcast, one of the quiz questions on the show was related to cell phones. MC Kim Yong Man then asked Suzy, who appeared as a guest, “Is there a celebrity whom you want to have a couple cell phone with?” to which Suzy replied, “Before, I was happy just knowing that I had the same cell phone as Kim Dong Won. Now, I’d like to have a couple cell phone with the popular King.

The “King” Suzy was referring to was none other than Kim Soo Hyun from MBC‘s drama ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun‘.

Although it was only a brief conversation, netizens criticized Suzy for continuously mentioning the handsome actor. “Suzy sure mentions him a lot these days“, and “Are they really not in some sort of relationship?” netizens commented

Once netizens began flooding online community boards with comments regarding her and Kim Soo Hyun, Suzy ended up making the one-word post “Script“, meaning that it was all scripted, onto her Twitter.

After seeing her tweet, Netizens replied, “Because the two are very popular lately, it seems like broadcast stations also wanted to mention the two“, “Suzy must be tired of all these criticizms“, and “Then is Suzy blaming the PD of the program?

Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate

f(x)’s Amber discovers a hidden talent

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 04:00 AM PST

f(x)‘s Amber discovered a new hidden talent.

On the March 3rd episode of ‘Invincible Youth’, Amber started to plant onions and garlic for the farm, but what was surprising were her skills which were that of a professional. The actual professional on the show praised her talent and gave her the nick name, ‘The Rising Star in Farming’.

Amber dug ridges between the fields, covered it with plastic to protect the plants from the harsh winter, and then made holes in the plastic to plant the onions and garlic. Other members used shovel like tools to create holes in the plastic and struggled, but Amber skillfully did everything with her hands at a speed so fast that she was piercing a hole and inserting the garlic plants in three seconds.

The villagers who saw Amber working told her that she seems to be destined to work on a farm and tried to scout her.

You can catch this episode and see Amber’s mad farming skills on March 3rd at 11:05PM KST.

Source & Image: Korea Daily via Naver

Hyosung’s cute selca on her way to work

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 03:53 AM PST

Hyosung of the group SECRET revealed a cute selca of herself.

On March 3rd, she posted two pictures of herself on her Twitter with the caption, “On the way to a morning show.  Sleepy but taking in the morning air is refreshing.”

In the pictures, Hyosung has a colorful pillow, has a pin in her hair on one side and is exuding a beauty that is garnering much attention.  Her cute expression as she stares at the camera is touching the hearts of her male fans.

Netizens are responding by saying, “She seems to be getting prettier.“, “So cute!“, and “Her expression is very cute.”

Recently, Hyosung’s graduation photos were revealed and also became a hot topic.

Source + Image: Hyosung’s Twitter

 

Brave Girls change their stage outfits for “Nowadays You”

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 03:45 AM PST

Brave Girls‘ recent change of stage ouftits for their comeback title “Nowadays You” has become a hot topic.

On March 1st, Brave Girls have put on yet another outstanding live stage performance on Mnet‘s ‘M!Countdown‘ at the CJ E&M Center, but this time, their new skull patterned see-through suits have drawn attention.

After their live stage performance, the girls wrote on their official Twitter account, “What did you guys think of our new stage outfits?” and uploaded a paparazzi photo of member Yejin in the waiting room.

In the photo, Yejin is seen wearing the new stage outfit while showing off her perfect body ratio along with her manequin-like pose.

Brave Girls’ new song “Nowadays You” was produced by one of Korea’s top hit-makers, Brave Brothers. The electro-pop track also includes a variety of instrumentals such as the drum, rhythmical guitar riffs, and the talkbox.

What do you guys think of their new stage outfits?

The Reason Lee Hyori Left ‘Happy Together’

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 03:00 AM PST

Singer Lee Hyori honestly explained why she left her MC position on ‘Happy Together‘ while it was at the peak of its popularity.

KBS2′sHappy Together Season 3‘ aired its ‘10th Anniversary Special‘ on March 1st and featured their past MC’s Shin Dong Yup, Lee Hyori, Tak Jae Hoon, and Eugene and they showed their great humor with their stories.

On this day Lee Hyori spoke on why she left the show with Shin Dong Yup saying, “After being an MC for so long there were not many stories left that I could share.  That is why I decided to step down,” and those around her looked at her as though they felt the same thing.  She quickly added, “I also thought it would be better to leave when the show was at its best,” and brought great laughter to the studio.
Shin Dong Yup added, “At that time Lee Hyori said that she would leave  FinKL to become a hip hop legend and  go to America and that was why she was leavingHappy Together‘,” which brought continual laughter to those gathered.
Also, on the episode, Lee Hyori asked her close friend Yoo Jae Suk if he had quit smoking which prompted Eugene to ask Hyori if she had quit.  To this she calmly replied, “I now smoke electronic cigarettes,” which surprised Eugene and showed Hyori’s cool charm.
Source + Image: EV News via Nate News

Yoo Jae Suk was an awkward MC 9 years ago?

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 02:52 AM PST

Footage of Yoo Jae Suk‘s first ‘Happy Together‘ MC experience from 9 years ago has become a hot topic.

The March 1st broadcast of KBS 2TVHappy Together 3‘ featured past MCs of the show for its 10th anniversary special episode, such as Shin Dong Yup, Lee Hyori, Tak Jae Hoon, and Eugene, who revealed the behind stories of the show.

The ‘Happy Together’ MC Yoo Jae Suk from 9 years ago, unlike the Yoo Jae Suk we all know and love now, was very awkward and wasn’t able to carry the show smoothly. The MCs and guests could not stop laughing from the ‘Happy Together’ footage from 9 years ago, and Yoo Jae Suk commented on his hairstyle at the time, saying, “I was trying to copy Tak Jae Hoon hyung.”

In the video footage, Yoo Jae Suk says, “Let us start. ‘Happy Together‘” as he and Kim Jae Dong put their hands up to their faces to resemble a flower shape. Then, Yoo Jae Suk says to Kim Jae Dong, “Please open the door,” to which Lee Hyori said to fellow guest Shin Dong Yup, “He said he’s going to open the door~” and burst out into laughter.

Park Myung Soo, after watching Yoo Jae Suk’s footage from 9 years ago, said, “It looks like you weren’t very good either back then,” while Park Mi Sun commented, “Compared to his smooth MC and transition style we’re used to now, it was cute and refreshing.”

 

Source + Image: Chosun via Naver

Suzy’s no-bangs look grabs attention

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 02:49 AM PST

A recent picture of Miss A‘s Suzy has been gaining attention.

The picture was uploaded onto an online community forum with the tittle ‘Suzy: A Different Person When She Has Her Bangs Up’.

The picture compared two pictures of Suzy with her bangs and two pictures of her with her bangs up.

People are marveling over how different Suzy looks by just changing her bangs. With her bangs, she shows a more fresh and cute side of her whereas when her bangs are up, she seems more mature.

Netizens responded to this picture saying, “I can see the power of Suzy’s bangs“, “She looks 10 years older just by putting up her bangs“, and “Without her bangs she looks totally different.

Which look do you think looks better on Suzy? We say both!

Source & Image: New Daily via Nate

Yang Hyun Suk expresses his nervousness for the live broadcast of ‘K-Pop Star’

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 02:05 AM PST

It has already been 16 years since the disbandment of Seo Taiji and Boys. Now, standing as a CEO of one of Korea’s leading entertainment agencies, Yang Hyun Suk, who has been actively judging on SBS‘ ‘K-Pop Star‘, will be appearing on his first live broadcast in 16 years. How does he feel? Osen was recently given the opportunity to have a brief phone conversation with the CEO.

I’m probably more nervous right now than the top 10 finalists. Ever since the disbandment of Seo Taeji and Boys, I have rarely appeared on television. I’ve been so concentrated on the company to the point that I’ve even forgotten that I’m a celebrity myself,” Yang stated.

Despite Yang’s over-packed schedule, he has made room to prepare and do his upmost best for ‘K-pop Star’. While Big Bang will be busy for their first world tour coming up this weekend, CEO Yang will be making his first live appearance on broadcast in 16 years.

Meanwhile, with a high of 17% in viewer ratings, ‘K-Pop Star’ has been going up against popular programs such as KBS 2TV‘s ‘1 Night 2 Days‘ in terms of viewer ratings and interest.

Yang continued, “Not a lot of people recognized me with my hat on before I appeared on ‘K-Pop Star’ but now, it’s the total opposite. I have realized how temendously popular ‘K-Pop Star’ is and at the same time, I’ve once again realized that I’m too a celebrity,” he said with a laugh.

‘K-Pop Star’ will finally be airing its long-awaited first live broadcast on the 4th at 6pm KST with performances by the top 10 finalists.

Who do you think will be eliminated on Sunday?

Source: Osen via Nate

Wonder Girls’ Lim reveals a past photo

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 01:42 AM PST

Wonder Girls member Lim has recently revealed an old photo of herself working as a translator.

On March 3rd, Lim uploaded the above photo on her me2day account with a post that read, “From my 1st year of middle school. Four translators at a Judo competition! I was very proud of the Korean team.”

Lim is dressed in a red uniform, holding a picket that says ‘Korea’, along with students with pickets of other countries. Her cute look has caught the attention of numerous netizens, who marveled at her unchanged natural look.

Netizens commented, “It looks great! You look the same then as you do now!” and “Hyerim unnie, why are you so cute?

Source & Image: StarNews via Daum

JYJ’s Junsu kisses a guy?

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 01:40 AM PST

It’s ok ladies you can take a breath of relief! JYJ’s Junsu is not gay.

He did, however, kiss a guy for his musical, ‘Elisabeth‘. Don’t believe it? You can check it our for yourself below.

 

The video shows the performers gracefully dancing to some intense music while Junsu puts on a serious face. The story seems as if Junsu is about to shoot the other actor with a gun, but to the audience’s surprise, kisses him instead.

The kiss happens at around 1:25 in the video.

The fans are praising him for his professional work ethics and even calling him sexy for giving such a scandalous performance.

I give him props for being able to kiss another guy for the performance’s sake.

What do you guys think?

Image: TVDaily

Thanks to EvAiSmE for the tip!

Shinhwa to have their own TV program, ‘Shinhwa Show’

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 12:58 AM PST

Korea’s longest performing idol group, Shinhwa, will not only be making their four year come back to the music industry, but will also be appearing on a variety program titled ‘Shinhwa Show’.

It has been fourteen years since the group debuted, and in those fourteen years Shinhwa has delivered lots of laughs and witty comments on appearing variety shows, but this will be the first time they will be starring in a variety show made especially for them.

An insider from jTBC revealed earlier, “We will start filming ‘Shinhwa Show’ with the conclusion of member Lee Minwoo‘s mandatory service.” Since Lee Min Woo has officially been discharged on March 2, we can expect the filming to kick off pretty soon.

So far, only the name of the new program has been revealed, and the air date and concept is still a secret. Fans are highly anticipating what the ‘Shinhwa Show’ will bring to the table.

A staff from ‘Shinhwa Show’ stated, “We are working hard to not disappoint fans. This will be a program where the members of Shinhwa will be able to display each of their individual charm.

On another note, Shinhwa will be holding their concert in the Seoul Olympic Stadium on March 24 through the 25th.

Source & Image: Star News via Naver

Kim Soo Hyun was almost cast in ‘Boys Over Flowers’

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 12:39 AM PST

The fact that actor Kim Soo Hyun almost appeared in the drama ‘Boys Over Flowers‘ has belatedly been receiving much interest.

A screen cap from a show was recently posted on an online community board, along with the caption, “Kim Soo Hyun, who almost appeared in ‘Boys Over Flowers.’”

The screen cap was from a Japanese program called ‘M-net Japan BOF Making,’ which aired in 2009, and the scene captured was of a script reading session for ‘Boys Over Flowers’.

In the video, Kim Soo Hyun looks younger and has a more sedate image. He is seen with Lee Min Ho, Goo Hye Sun, Kim So Eun, and other ‘Boys Over Flowers’ cast members, reading a script.

At the time, Kim Soo Hyun, who had been cast for the dual role of Lee Jae Ha and Lee Min Ha (the suicidal student & his brother), read his lines according his interpretation of the character. However, the director did not seem satisfied with his acting, and told him to re-do his lines, which threw Kim Soo Hyun off-guard. Unfortunately, right after Kim Soo Hyun had been corrected and asked to do his lines again, the other cast members started laughing about something, which seemed to further isolate Kim Soo Hyun.

Kim Soo Hyun found another opportunity and tried to read his lines again, but once again the director was not satisfied. Eventually, the role was turned over to actor Jung Eui Chul, and Kim Soo Hyun was unable to appear in the finished drama.

However, this event was actually a turning point in Kim Soo Hyun’s life. He could have been bitter because of the immense success of ‘Boys Over Flowers,’ but for Kim Soo Hyun it was an blessing and an opportunity in disguise.

Afterwards, Kim Soo Hyun starred as the child version of Cha Gang Jin, who was played by actor Go Soo in SBSWill it Snow on Christmas,’ and wowed viewers with his impressive acting skills – leaving a strong impression. His performance in that production contributed greatly to his “serious actor” image.

Later, he also starred in SBS ‘Giant‘ and KBSDream High,’ which led even more people to recognize his acting ability and persona, which enabled him to snag the starring role in MBC ‘s ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun.’ He determinedly proved his skills step by step, which is why he is currently starring in the drama that has all of Korea captivated.

Netizens who saw the video left belated words of encouragement, such as “The path he took has helped his current image as a ‘serious actor,” “How could they not recognize Kim Soo Hyun; that was the mistake of ‘Boys Over Flowers,’” “Jung Ee Cheol was cool, but I think Kim Soo Hyun would have been cool in that role too,” “Because he didn’t do ‘Boys Over Flowers,’ he was able to do ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun,’” “In conclusion, things turned out well,” and “The director must be hitting the ground, regretting his decision.”

 

Source + Image: Korea Ilbo via Nate