Monday, March 5, 2012

"[Video] 2AM "Artist Interview" + recording stories!" plus 24 more

"[Video] 2AM "Artist Interview" + recording stories!" plus 24 more


[Video] 2AM "Artist Interview" + recording stories!

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 07:54 AM PST







"It's been a year and half since we broke up....They say I've changed but..The important thing has not changed..."

2AM's 4th letter arrived. "The most important thing is never changed."
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Yes! 2AM is a vocal band. And that is the most important thing about them. Thus the members and I postponed the release time twice to fully focus on making a good album even though we knew that people are waiting.
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As you can see, the explanation about songs watching an artist interview film I think I don't need to add more explanation about that. I just want to tell you how we gathered and recorded songs for this upcoming album for people who wonder.
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This album was supposed to be released in September 2011. But since then we got a few songs which we really wanted to put on the album. However the members and I were really anxious about that, we finally decided to focus on quality of the album more than keeping a deadline. And then we gathered songs again and again.....it was a long time for us to get the songs that we were all satisfied with. Frankly speaking, all the famous composers in Korea including me (Bang Shihyuk) & JYP gave more than one song for 2AM's album. And I want to thank every composer who gave songs at this time whether their songs are on the album or not.
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As you can see the recording period on the film, this album's recording term is the longest and hardest one of all the other terms. Since the members and I wanted to go back to 1st stage like a new comer during this recording, 4 members were always together at the recording studio even though everybody was really busy for Asian promotion and personal activities like filming etc... because we believed that there could be chemistry in music which is not audible but important. So we put way more time and effort in recording than ordinary recording session. I'm definitely sure that you could listen to it through this album.
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Now, 2AM will come back in a weekI believe that you guys will really love this album so much!

[Video] Trailer of Fashion King unveiled~!

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 07:53 AM PST


Check out the trailer of Yuri's debut drama Fashion King!

[Photos] Key, Minho and Taemin at TV Asta Int’l Media Vol.3!

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 07:39 AM PST

3 boys of boy group SHINee which are Key, Minho and Taemin are on TV Asia Int'l Media Vol. 3.

Take a look at their photos below

















sources: uniquetaem + on-key.cn
Shared by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

[Photos] Jiyeon for EGOIST Magazine!

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 07:28 AM PST

T-ara's maknae Jiyeon stuns with her fierce beauty for EGOIST,

Jiyeon is being featured alone on a magazine called 'EGOIST'. It is a bit strange because most of the time, all of the members of T-ara pose together for a magazine but this time, only the maknae, Jiyeon.

Jiyeon shows her unbeatable beauty on EGOIST.

Take a look at the photos of this gorgeous girl.











She's indeed a goddess. Who agrees?


CREDIT: t-arafan + candy_floss + tiaradiadem.com
Written by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

[News] Chunji’s Appearance in Sunday Nights: Exploration of Genders!

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 07:14 AM PST

Jung Sunhee through a fixed panel is making a comeback with "Exploration of Genders" featuring 5 male and 5 female celebrities. We will see how each celebrity handle and have a better understanding of one other's gender through the change of gender lifestyle experience.
In the male cast, the already notified cast consists of Oh Manseok and the most recent suggested actor who got casted, starred in KBS 2TV <My Explosive Romance>  alongside Oh Manseok, as an opposite cast, is Kang Dongho.  In addition there is Jung Joonha who has been active in <Infinity Challenge> and other variety programs, Singer Brian and Idol Group Teen Top's Chunji have all been confirmed as part of the cast too. 
In the female cast apart from Jung Sunhee; actress of SBS <Love In Heaven> Yun Junghee and broadcast host Shin Bongsun, KBS announcer Choi Songhyun will be part of the cast. And also Idol Group APink's Eunji with Teen Top's Chunji will form '93 maknae' fill the program with their energy. 
As the present MBC <Our Sunday Night> corners from before like 'Lu-La-La' discontinue and 'I Am A Singer' goes on hiatus, there are plans to replace it with holiday special programs. 
..this coming 11 March will be the broadcast of <Our Sunday Night> production by Coen Media. 


CREDIT: oursupaluv 
SOURCE: Nate News

[Photos] Hyomin in Chinese We Got Married Photography!

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 07:00 AM PST

T-ara's former leader Hyomin is currently partnered with Chinese singer Fu Xinbo.


Take a look at the photos of gorgeous Hyomin with her husband Fu Xinbo.








CREDIT: t-arafan + Sweettreasurer + tiaradiadem.com
Shared by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

[News] Which idols suit best in the drama "Moon that Embraces the Sun"

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 06:43 AM PST


If idols were the lead actors in "Moon that Embraces the Sun," who would they be?

On March 3, cable channel's "Weekly Idol" segment "Real Chart! Idol Self Ranking" revealed the best 3 idols that could appear in the idol version of "Moon that Embraces the Sun."

JYJ's Park Yoochun earned the most votes to play the role of Lee Hwon, followed by Jung Yonghwa from CN Blue and Kim Hyun Joong. While MBLAQ's Lee Joon, BEAST's Yoon Doojoon and Infinite's L were voted as the top 3 for the role of Prince Yang Myung.

For the role of Wol, Prince Yang Myung and Lee Hwon's love interest, the actress that got the most votes was miss A's Suzy. During the episode, Suzy expressed her feelings on the voting saying, "I feel really great. Please also show a lot of love for miss A's new song 'Touch.'"


Source: Nate
Trans: dongbangdata

[Photo] IU says goodnight with a selca

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 06:23 AM PST

Speech bubble read as: "Goodnight"

Singer IU recently sent her goodnight from Japan with a selca.

On March 4th, IU updated her official homepage saying, "I had make-up on, but still couldn't cover my dark circles. It's always been like that but..At the crack of dawn, I'm returning to Korea!!", and attached the photo above.

n the attached photo, Kahi is seen tiredly staring towards the camera. She looks pretty in her casual style and less makeup, which drew admiration from fans amidst their concern.

Meanwhile, IU attended the "Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 S/S" fashion event held at the Yokohama Arena, Japan on March 3rd. She performed the Japanese version of "Good Day", and amazed fans with her 3-level high note.

Source: WeHeartIU

[Photo] miss A Jia shares selca with f(x) Amber

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 06:07 AM PST


miss A member Jia showed off her close friendship with f(x) member Amber.

On March 4th, Jia uploaded the adorable photo above via her Twitter with caption, "Miss A got 1st today!! Thanks for listening to TOUCH~listen to it more Amber's buying dinner for me now yaay!^o^"

In the photo, Jia and Amber show a warm and close friendship while posing cutely or the camera.

Netizens commented, "Congrats! So cute!" "Amber buy one for me too!", "Unexpected friendship" and more.

Meanwhile, miss A claimed their second win on SBS Inkigayo for comeback track "Touch", after winning their first trophy on M! Countdown on Thursday.

[Video] Preview for upcoming drama "Fashion King" revealed

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:45 AM PST


SBS upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama "Fashion King" has just unveiled a preview, featuring the lead cast actors Yoo Ah In, Shin Se Kyung, Jang Mi Hee and Girls' Generation's Yuri.

"Fashion King" tells the story of young aspiring designers in Dongdaemun Market as they dream of success, and the relationships, love, and challenges they face along the way.
Kang Young Gul (Yoo Ah In) has never had any goals or dreams for a bright future until he meets Lee Ga Young (Shin Se Kyung). Together they work towards their dreams.

The drama will premiere on March 19, 2012 at 9:55PM KST.

[News] LEDApple to release digital single "Sadness"

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:31 AM PST


Idol rock group LEDApple, who currently busy promoting "Time Is Up", will be releasing new digital single. According to the group's agency Startory Entertainment, the group will release their new single "Sadness" on March 9th.

"Sadness" is a modern rock dance song with an addictive melody, supported by matured sound of lead singers Han Byul and Kyumin. For the release, the group teamed up with hit composer Jo Youngsu, who has composed lots of hit songs such After School's "Bang," T-ara's "I Go Crazy For You" and Ivy's "Temptation of Sonata."

Startory said, "LEDApple worked with Jo Youngsu for their new album based on a modern rock dance genre. The song and the music video will be released on various music sites on the 9th while 'Time Is Up' activities will still be carried out."

Source

[News] Jo Kwon and Ga In's fanclub donate 300 bags of rice

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:17 AM PST


Fans of the 'Adam Couple' 2AM Jo Kwon and Brown Eyed Girls Ga In recently lent a helping hand to senior citizens.

On March 5, Wooyang Foundation reported that Adanes, Jo Kwon and Ga In's fanclub, donated 300 bags of rice which weighs 10kg for each, to senior citizens who live alone on March 2.

Adanes is a fanclub consisting of Jo Kwon and Ga In's fan club after they appeared as a virtual couple on MBC's 'We Got Married'. The fanclub consists of 3,849 members and helps needy people every year with the money saved by its members.

The donation was made in the office of Wooyang Foundation located in Seoul, Seogyodong. In addition, the organization held an event where the members of the fanclub also helped in placing the stickers produced by WooYang onto the rice bags.

Wooyang Foundation will deliver the rice to about 230 low-income households from March 6. Some members of Adanes will also participate in delivering the rice to have a meaningful time.



[News] 2NE1 reveals tracklist for new Japanese album

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:00 AM PST


As previously reported, 2NE1 will be releasing a Japanese single and collection album on the same, March 28th. The full tracklist and more details regarding the releases have been revealed.

The new Japanese single will be titled "Scream" and will be available in three different editions; CD-only, Version 1 and Version 2. The CD contains a total of five tracks including the title track "Scream", Japanese version of "Fire", a remix and instrumental version of the aforementioned tracks.

Version 1 will come with a bonus DVD which contains music video for "Scream", behind-the-scene footage from the MV making, interview and jacket shooting. It also includes footage from 2NE1's recent visit to the Philippines. Version 2 contains the DVD with 2NE1 TV Season 3 highlights.

The collection album features several of 2NE1's previous hit songs. It contains a total of 10 tracks including big hits "I Am The Best", "Ugly", "Go Away", combines with the Japanese version off their Korean debut songs "Fire" and "I Don't Care" and the new original song "Scream."

Check out the full tracklist and details below.


Version 1:
【CD Contents】
1. FIRE
2. SCREAM
3. GO AWAY
4. FOLLOW ME
5. I DON'T CARE
6. I AM THE BEST
7. IT HURTS
8. CLAP YOUR HANDS
9. LOVE IS OUCH
10. UGLY
BONUS TRACK : LIKE A VIRGIN

【DVD Contents】
DISC1:
<MUSIC CLIP (JAPANESE VERSION) >
Japanese Versions MUSIC CLIP Complete Recording!!
・SCREAM
・I AM THE BEST
・UGLY
・HATE YOU
・LONELY
・GO AWAY

DISC2:
<MUSIC CLIP (ORIGINAL VERSION) >
2NE1′s Original Korean Version MUSIC CLIP!!
・FIRE (SPACE)
・FIRE (STREET)
・I DON'T CARE
・FOLLOW ME
・CLAP YOUR HANDS
・IT HURTS
・CAN'T NOBODY (ENG VER)

Version 2:
<CD+DVD1>

Version 3:
<CD>



Version 1:
【CD収録内容】
1. SCREAM
2. FIRE
3. SCREAM (INSTRUMENTAL)
4. FIRE (INSTRUMENTAL)
5. SCREAM (m-flo Remix)
【DVD Contents】
・SCREAM <MUSIC CLIP>
・MAKING MOVIE
Interviews from the recording of the MUSIC CLIP, behind the scenes footage of the jacket shooting, and a new interview with 2NE1 as they talk about their Japanese activities!
DVD for version 1: 2NE1 In Philippines – Behind the scenes of their activities in March 2011, and their visit to the Philippines!

Version 2:
<CD+DVD2>
DVD for version 2: 2NE1 TV Season 3 Highlights

Version 3:
<CD>


Source: oh-dara

[News] Gummy and Dara attend Big Bang's concert

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 04:40 AM PST


Singer Gummy and 2NE1's Dara showed their support to fellow labelmates Big Bang and attended the "2012 Big Show/ Big Bang Alive Tour" concert.

On March 5th, Dara updated her me2day with a proof-shot photo of herself infront of Big Bang's banner. She wrote, "Went to watch Big Show yesterday!!! +.+ Proof shoot!!! ^-^v Ppabam! Went there with so much anticipation~ Expected! No need for words!!! Kya~!!! Big Bang Jjang!!! ㅠ.ㅠ Wow~ Fantastic Baby~!!! ^0^"

Gummy also posted on her me2day saying, "Went to Big Bang dongsaengs' show~ nom nom had a good meal and really enjoyed the show~ they have put in a lot of effort in preparing~ for the show". She added, "Jiyong's (G-Dragon) hair is the same as mine.. same direction parting.. ke however Jiyong looks sweeter than meㅜㅜ ke."

Netizens commented, "YG Family really supports each other", "YG Family is the best!", "Right now, I'm really jealous. I wish I could come" and more.


Credit: Eliza@BIGBANGWORLD

[News] G.NA, Teen Top, A Pink, Brian Joo and more to attend "Canadian Music Festival"

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 04:25 AM PST


A total of seven Korean artists will be attending Canada's largest music festival, the "2012 Canadian Music Festival" (CMF). The music festival will be held from March 21 to 25 in Toronto and feature over 900 artists from 40 different countries.

The artists representing Korea will include G.Na, Brian Joo, Teen Top, A Pink along with indie rock bands 3rd Line Butterfly, Crying Nut and Yellow Monsters. The Korean artists will stand stage on March 21 at Toronto's Koolhaus.

A Pink will open the event at 8PM, followed by Teen Top, G.NA and Brian Joo. Crying Nut will start by 10, followed by 3rd Line Butterfly and Yellow Monsters.

APink - 8:00PM
Teen Top - 8:30PM
G.Na - 9:00PM
Brian Joo - 9:30PM
Crying Nut - 10:00PM
3rd Line Butterfly - 11:00PM
Yellow Monsters - 12:00AM

[News] Jay Park transforms into Lady Gaga during solo concert

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:51 AM PST


Solo singer Jay Park kicked off his successful first solo concert on March 3 at the Seoul Olympic Park which gathered over 5,000 fans. During the concert, Jay Park prepared a surprise performance and transformed into Lady Gaga. He performed a rendition of the mega-hit "Poker Face".

On March 4, his agency Sidus HQ unveiled a hilarious photo from the concert while Jay Park is dressed as the pop star Lady Gaga from head to toe. In the photo, Jay is seen sporting the iconic shoulder pads and futuristic sunglasses combo that has been sensationalized by the pop singer.

[News] Girls Generation flaunts boyish charms in Japan

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 04:00 AM PST


Girls' Generation's boyish charms received a lot of buzz at the KISS fashion show in Japan.

Girls' Generation participated in the Korean International Style Show (KISS) which took place on January 25-27 in the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. On March 2, Japanese TV station Fuji NEXT TV has aired the event.

The members of Girls' Generation have provided fans with a more boyish concept on their stage costumes for "Hoot" and "The Boys". The girls, who are well known for their sexy appeal, attracted the attention of viewers with their matching black, white and grey suits. Local media praised Girls' Generation for showcasing sexiness without even exposing skin.

Meanwhile, 15 Korean singers/groups participated in the fashion show, and the guest list included CN Blue, BEAST, Sistar, RaNia, T-ara, FT Island, 4Minute, Nine Muses, After School, Secret, Rainbow, Infinite and Kara.

[NEWS] Ledapple works hand in hand with Jo YoungSu for new song “SADNESS” to be revealed on the 9th

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:58 AM PST

Ledapple teams up with the hit composer Jo YoungSu for new song "SADNESS".

On the 5th, Ledapple's agency Startory revealed that SADNESS is a modern rock dance genre and will be released on the 9th thru various music sites.

Jo YoungSu has been shining as 1st among Korean composers who have the most royalties from copyrighted materials in 5 years. He is expected to continue building up this reputation with Ledapple.

Jo YoungSu's works compromise of Ivy's "Sonata of Temptation", After School's "BANG" and T-ara's "I Go Crazy Because of You". Together with song-writer Kim TaeHyun, the song SADNESS has a highly addictive melody emphasized by vocalists HanByul's and KyuMin's mature tone and is enough to stimulate poignant emotions and sensitivity from fans.

In addition, from T-ara's "Cry Cry" and Lee KiChan's "Beauty" lyricist Ahn YoungMin with the nickname "magician of words" and Jo YoungSu's division of work - composition, arrangement, and lyrics – the album came about.

Startory also expressed, "Jo YoungSu and Ledapple worked on a modern rock dance genre. The song and the music video will be released on various music sites on the 9th while 'Time Is Up' activities will still be carried out".

Meanwhile, Ledapple will appear on KBS 2TV Music Bank with the new single album. They will be promoting on various music programs as well as variety programs.


Credits: nate news | username @ LEDAfied
Translation: jerism @ LEDAfied



** On Music Bank's perf, the article said "the new single album" and that is Time Is Up because SADNESS is a digital single. It may just be a mistake from the writer that he wrote down 'single album' instead of 'digital single'. So I'm not sure which of the two songs they will be performing on Music Bank.

[NEWS] Lee Hongki’s Song for Fans is a New Song by Fat Cat

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:45 AM PST


FTIsland Lee Hongki sang a song for his fans, revealing a short verse of Fat Cat's new song and created hot topics.

The 30-second ballad sung by Lee Hongki to his fans, saying "I love you" was uploaded at his Daum fancafe 'Honggist" on 2nd March. The video was spreading fast online and it even went up the ranks of Nate Best Video with a record of 250,000 views.

'It's like a dream, so I kept smiling all day long. It must be like a dream, so I tried pinching my cheeks. It's like a dream that you came to me. It's like a dream.' The song lyric is like confession to the fans.

Fans who watched the video, commented, "What is the title of this song?", "It sounds good", "So touching. We love you too, fool.", "I like the song and I like Lee Hongki too".

Fat Cat's management company revealed that, "Actually, Lee Hongki is giving a support to his junior, Fat Cat, by singing a short verse Fat Cat's new song. We would like to thank Lee Hongki for uploading the video on his fancafe and for promoting the song as well."

On the other hand, Fat Cat will make a comeback with the new song on 9th.

Credit: Star in + ying1005@withtreasures

[NEWS] MBLAQ's Lee Joon MC for a new MBC's program

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:43 AM PST


Source: Just2Joon @ twitter
Translated: bcrsytal89 @ twitter
Re-Up: thundJae @ mblaqattack.net

DO NOT ADD AND/OR EDIT CREDITS WHEN TAKEN OUT OF MBLAQATTACK.

Picture Credit: joonjoonjoon @ tumblr.com

Joon is the MC for a new program in MBC called "My hometown" This will be a program that will take idol groups to rural farming villages to promote the village while filming music videos there! The first guest will be MBLAQ so they should be filming MV for RUN as we speak.

[NEWS] Big Bang ‘Fantastic,’ Drove 40,000 Fans Wild

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:40 AM PST

"Big Bang has its unique and special charm. The show from the beginning till the end will be a highlight."
Ahead of Big Bang's Korea concert shared world renowned stage director Laurieann Gibson, the main director for Big Bang's world tour.

Knowing Gibson's experience of leading famous American pop star Lady Gaga's 'The Monster Ball Tour' expected her words just to be a mere formality. However it was a rant not false word. At least true for the '2012 Big Show Big Bang Alive Tour' concert in Seoul.
'Exceed Korea idol group level'

Big Bang's first button of their world tour and comeback stage after year and half held at Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium during three days from March 2-4 concluded successfully. Total of three shows with over 40,000 audiences went wild with excitement. Despite the eventful past year Big Bang showed that they still can deliver.

Big Bang was relentless. The concert proved why Big Bang is 'Big Bang.' Several music representatives have praised them stating, "The level was beyond the idol group of Korea."

It's obvious that those who have paid a full price ticket will go wild with excitement. However Big Bang wasn't satisfied with just that. To them the brilliant stage setting wasn't that important. It was only an extra frosting on the cake. The five member's music talents were enough to brighten the members and drive the fans into excitement.

The live bands performance and carefully structured story line was the highlight. The stage, light designer Leroy Bennett who worked with Madonna, Bon Jovi, and Ricky Martin added more refinement as reminiscent of Andy Warhol's pop art work and musical 'Greece.
Big Bang born again 'Alive'
Big Bang who appeared breaking through a frozen capsule on center stage showed their intense charisma fitting to their stage concept 'musician that came about 85 million years ago.' The recent release of their new album 'Alive' signals Big Bang is alive once again.

Big Bang with their impressive performance and explosive singing lead the stadium into a large club atmosphere. The group showed tremendous amount of energy by continuously performing 6-7 songs in a row, singing total of 26 live songs except when the group made a short introduction to the fans.

Big Bang showed a diverse stage by signing existing hit songs, 'Tonight,' 'Hands Up,' including unfamiliar new songs such as 'Fantastic Baby,' 'Bad Boy,' and 'Blue.' Also unit GD&T.O.P performed 'Knock Out,' Seungri's solo 'Strong Baby,' Taeyang 'Only Look at Me,' Daesung solo 'Wings' showing their individual ability.

Fans were able to see Big Bang's past footprint at a glance. Big Bang's energetic exuberance showed a glimpse of the groups longing for the stage.

'Big Bang more expectant than disappointment and worry'
Big Bang greeted the fans by the time fans cheering was about to numb your hearing. The group shared "We are excited to greet our fans here on stage. We are thankful for your continuous support through our difficult time. We will be the Big Bang that will bring great expectation rather than disappointment and worry in the future."

Fans responded with "I love you."
The concert that seemed to have seen its peak, once again reached its climax like a lie matching the ending song 'Lie.' One third of the stadium was filled with fans other than from Korea, which are China, Japan, Indonesia including blue eyes and blond hair fans all shared the encore song 'Last Farewell' and seemed to have experienced bliss.

Big Bang officially kicked off the world tour with the Seoul concert will focus on Korea activities for a month. Afterwards continuing on the momentum will go on the tour to 16 countries and 25 cities. Just as G-Dragon shared Big Bag plans to prove to be a 'expecting group rather than disappoint and worry.'

Source: KpopStarz

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[NEWS] Big Bang Gains Favorable Image After Appearing on 'Running Man'

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:38 AM PST


Although Big Bang was completely defeated by running man team members on SBS 'Running Man' they were able to gain favorable image and raise expectations for the second part aired next week.

All Big Bang members were called out for SBS 'Running Man' aired on March 4. Daesung who has appeared in many variety shows suggested to do defense to understand the atmosphere.

However T.O.P who is not familiar with variety shows kept following Daesung saying, "I don't understand the rules," showing a timid image. He was humiliated to be caught by the mission team early on to be eliminated. Although he had a 'secret weapon' to have the person out who also caught him, he took the weakest member of Ji Seok Jin that drew in regret.

Seungri tried to trick people to think he was a spy but in the end he was the first one to be eliminated.

G-Dragon was running away from running man member Haha repeatedly eventually gave up from exhaustion. Although Daesung led the team as an ace of variety show but wasn't enough to win the entire team member of running man.

Taeyang struggled to survive until the end, but eventually all Big Bang team was captured to be defeated by the running man team. However after replacing the defense and offensive position they seemed to show a different atmosphere which brings expectations for next week's broadcast.


Source: kpopstarz.com

[Photo] Super Junior Kyuhyun goes hiking

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:30 AM PST


Super Junior maknae Kyuhyun went on a hiking over a weekend.

On March 4th, Kyuhyun tweeted, "We have reached the summit of Mt. Surak" and uploaded a proof shot of getting to the mountain peak. In the photo, the idol is wearing a blue tracksuit while having a thumbs-up pose with his two colleagues.

Netizens commented, "It's good to see that he works out", "Oppa, take care", "I hope to one day know the feeling of reaching a summit like you" and "I want to go, too!"

[News] Don Spike & Jang Yeon Joo break up

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:15 AM PST


Composer Don Spike and singer Jang Yeon Joo have decided to go their separate ways after eight years together.

"It's such a shame that the two have called it quits," said one source close to the couple. "They've been through so much together, both in music and their personal lives."

According to Ilgan Sports, the two broke up some time ago but didn't make it public.

"As Jang recently released a new single, they didn't think it was the right time to make an announcement that could overshadow her work," said another source.

Jang's new single, "First Meal," released on February 24, is a ballad that evokes the sentiments of a jilted lover. Written and composed by Jang, the song was arranged by Spike and seems to mirror the couple's situation.

The two met in 2002 and began dating in 2004. They formed a group called Love Market and produced many hits. Spike, whose real name is Kim Min Soo, rose to fame last year for arranging songs for Kim Bum Soo on the reality show "Survival: I Am a Singer."


Source: Korea JoongAng Daily

[News] YG starts countdown for Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby" MV

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 03:02 AM PST


On March 4th episode of SBS "Inkigayo", Big Bang revealed a short preview of the music video of their next track "Fantastic Baby".

The YG Entertainment's official blog YG Life Blog has just started a countdown counter on their site, heightening fans' anticipations for the new track. The music video will drop on March 7th at 12AM KST.

In the image, Big Bang showed off a more edgy and fierce concept. The members can be seen sitting on a huge chair as if a King on it's throne along with the gigantic and metallic-like words, "FANTASTIC" as a backdrop.

Meanwhile, Big Bang has already released the music video for the tracks "Blue" and "Bad Boy". The boys will kick off their official comeback performance on SBS Inkigayo on March 11th.