Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Big Bang’s mini-album ‘ALIVE’ surpasses the 250,000 sales mark" plus 19 more

"Big Bang’s mini-album ‘ALIVE’ surpasses the 250,000 sales mark" plus 19 more


Big Bang’s mini-album ‘ALIVE’ surpasses the 250,000 sales mark

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 08:47 AM PDT

According to the Gaon Chart on April 12th, Big Bang who had the highest number of album sales in February by selling over 210,000 copies of ‘ALIVE‘ also sold an additional 45,000 copies in March and they have officially surpassed the quarter-million (250,000) sales mark.

45,421 copies of ‘ALIVE’ were sold in the month of March, coming in 3rd for the month just behind SHINee‘s fourth mini-album and CNBLUE‘s third mini-album. The total number of sales for ‘ALIVE’ is now at 257,431 copies.

Meanwhile, SHINee’s mini-album ‘Sherlock‘ released on March 19th recorded 135,370 sales for the month of March, seizing the #1 spot. While CNBLUE’s third mini-album ‘EAR FUN‘ released on March 26th was able to sell 59,944 copies, coming in at #2.

B1A4 took the #4 spot, as their first full-length album ‘The B1A4 I (IGNITION)‘ sold an impressive 43,513 copies.

Legendary idol group Shinhwa who returned with their 10th full-length album ‘The Return‘ sold 32,500 copies to seize the #5 slot, while 2AM‘s mini-album ‘F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Way Of Love‘ came in at #6, selling 27,875 copies.

Rookie band Busker Busker who are climbing the charts with their first full-length self-titled album ‘Busker Busker‘ came in at #8, selling 12,685 copies.

Source & Image: StarNews

Girl’s Day reveal teaser for “Oh! My God”

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 08:11 AM PDT

After unveiling the album jacket cover for their 2nd mini album ‘Everyday II‘, 5-member girl group Girl’s Day have just revealed the teaser to their title track “Oh! My God“!

The teaser has a bit of the Crispi Crunch flavor with some comedic nicknames and voice overs.

Girl’s Day will release their new mini album on April 18th and on the same day they will be holding an album showcase at M Cube.

Check out the teaser for “Oh! My God” below!

Big Bang preparing for another Music Video shoot for new track

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 07:52 AM PDT

The boys of Big Bang are preparing for another Music Video shoot for a new song.

According to a number of insiders within the music industry, Big Bang will be filming their new MV from April 18th to the 20th.

The MV they are shooting is not for a song that was released from their mini-album, ‘Alive‘, which was released this past February. Instead, this will be a fresh new track being released for the very first time.

The group is drawing a lot of attention, as many are curious as to why the boys are filming a new MV so soon after releasing a new album, and why they need to spend 3 entire days to shoot one MV.

As the news of the boys preparing a large-scale project continues to spread, on-lookers are curious as to what this new project is for.

Some circles are even speculating that Big Bang could be releasing a new special album with this new song as the main track.

Big Bangs label YG Entertainment informed StarNews, “It is true that we are filming the MV for Big Bang’s new song. However, we cannot reveal any detailed information pertaining to the new project at this current time.”

Meanwhile, Big Bang’s songs “Blue“, “Fantastic Baby“, “Bad Boy“, and more have become instant chart toppers, once again proving their infinite potential as artists. Their MVs on Youtube have garnered a record-breaking number of hits, and in order to thank their overseas fans for their unending support, Big Bang will be embarking on a World Tour this year.

Source & Image: MoneyToday StarNews via Nate

Girls’ Generation Yuri’s “cool” attitude gets noticed in recent autograph

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 07:24 AM PDT

An autographed note personally written and signed by Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri popped up recently on an online community.

While the autograph wouldn’t have made headlines on its own, the humorous nature of it caught the eyes of netizens, drawing laughs over the cool way Yuri handled a situation that could’ve been potentially uncomfortable.

Attached to the post was a letter a fan had written to the cast of SBS‘s ‘Fashion King‘, expressing her love for the show and asking for the cast’s autographs. Unfortunately, it seems the fan mistakenly left out Yuri.

The ‘Fashion King’ fan wrote, “Jae Hoon oppa, Ah In oppa, Se Kyung unni, I request a signature from each of you.”

The Girls’ Generation member noticed she was missing and commented on the page, “Hi, it’s me. Kwon Yuri. Why… was I not included… Unni’s signature… is rather useful too, you know. Unni will sign it for you.” Apparently, the fan had previously sneaked into the filming studio because Yuri added, “P.S. Next time, don’t sneak into the set. And if you are going to sneak in, ask for my autograph too.”

Netizens commented, “How can she be so cool about it?” “I’m liking her more already,” and “I think I became Yuri’s fan now.”

Source + Photos: Review Star via Naver

T-ara’s schedule after Europe already planned

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 06:56 AM PDT

T-ara is once again showing their diligence with their ceaseless activities as it’s been reported the group has already planned their schedule after their return to Korea from Europe.

The group returns to Korea on April 18th, and will hold a fan sign event near Konkuk University to endorse glasses brand Look Optical on the 19th.

T-ara left for Europe on April 10th from Incheon Airport and will spend 8 nights and 9 days in Italy’s Milan as well as Venice, Austria, and Switzerland, returning later to Milan. Member Hyomin will participate as staff for the photoshoot and the music video filming of the upcoming new girl group. The remaining members will accompany her as they backpack around the continent.

Meanwhile, with the release of their new album in July, two new members will be added to the group.

Let’s hope the girls of T-ara get a nice vacation overseas before returning to their busy schedule.

Source: Star Today via Nate

Lee Hyori to appear on upcoming episode of ‘Healing Camp’

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Judging from several tweets made by singer Lee Hyori, she will be appearing on an upcoming episode of SBS‘s intimate interview program, ‘Healing Camp‘.

The singer expressed her thoughts on Twitter after filming for the show, “I just got back from recording ‘Healing Camp’… As I was talking about my childhood years to my present life, I began to realize once again how fortunate I was… Thank you.”

She then added, “I’ve always wondered why ‘Healing Camp’ was such a popular program. It turns out that they have an army of beautiful female writers who come up with questions and ideas to have their guests open up. They do an in-depth study on their upcoming guests, and the way the emcees understand and agree with you is amazing.”

Lee Hyori must have revealed one too many hidden stories on the program as she later commented, “But I’m sort of scared. I think I revealed and opened up too much. What should I do? Should I run away with the tape?” causing curiosity about what she may have revealed during filming.

The ‘Healing Camp’ episode featuring Lee Hyori is scheduled to air in early May. Stay tuned to allkpop for details of her interview.

Source: Lee Hyori’s Twitter

[Spoilers]Jang Geun Suk flustered by YoonA’s “no pants fashion” on ‘Love Rain’

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:59 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s YoonA appeared in “no pants fashion” on the recent episode of ‘Love Rain‘.

On the April 10th episode, Hana (YoonA) went to Suh Joon’s (Jang Geun Suk) hotel to dry her clothes after getting wet at the hot spring.

Hana had to borrow a shirt from Suh Jun while her clothes dried, but the shirt proved to be a little too short. She looked flustered as she unintentionally wore the “no pants” look. Suh Joon was also flustered, but attempted to hide the fact that his heart was fluttering by warning her sulkily, “Don’t stretch out the sleeves,” “Do you even know how much that shirt is worth,” and “They said the clothes should get here soon so don’t stand there uncomfortably and sit down.

Viewers noticed that the risque shirt complemented YoonA’s slim body and beautiful legs. They commented, “She said she would make him fall in love in 3 seconds, but I’m the one who fell in love in 3 seconds,” “YoonA has only bones left in her legs,” and “YoonA’s shirt fashion is so lovely.”

Source+Picture: Star News via Naver

SBS changes plans for recent schedule shift of ‘Rooftop Prince’ + Behind-the-scenes photos and clip

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:32 AM PDT

Having announced back-to-back episodes for ‘Rooftop Prince‘ on April 12th, SBS has decided against what they planned just yesterday and chose to stick to regular programming instead.

On the morning of April 12th, SBS announced through its official Twitter, “Although we originally planned for back-to-back episodes, we have decided to just broadcast Episode 7 for tonight. For everyone who has been anticipating, we will be uploading a BTS video and photos, please wait patiently.”

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Due to coverage of the National Assembly Elections last night, SBS and MBC decided to pre-empt their regular programming, which included dramas ‘Rooftop Prince‘ and ‘King 2 Hearts‘ respectively. They then announced back-to-back episodes for both on April 12th. While SBS has decided to change plans, MBC will go ahead with what they promised.

Meanwhile, KBS was able to stick with their regular programming because they had 2 channels, and their drama ‘Equator Man‘ saw a huge rise in ratings, achieving an increase of 4.1% to reach 14.5%. SBS and MBC showed their election specials and drew ratings of 9.8% and 5.1% respectively.

Source: SBS Now Twitter

Simon D and Dynamic Duo’s Choiza arrive in Seattle for ‘Amoeba Culture and Kero 1′ concert

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 04:59 AM PDT

Rapper Simon D and Dynamic Duo‘s Choiza recently snapped a photo together after landing in Seattle for the ‘Amoeba Culture and Kero 1concert.

On April 11th, Simon D wrote on Twitter,Arrived in Seattle. Proof-shot selca with Choiza hyung and three Americans,” jokingly commenting on the security guards who happen to be in the photo’s background.

The two are seen posing closely together with faint smiles on their faces. Fans replied to Simon D’s tweet saying, “How’s the weather?” “I wish I was there,” “Welcome to the States!” and “Good luck on your concert.

Simon D and Dynamic Duo have arrived in Seattle for their ‘Amoeba Culture and Kero 1′ concert taking place on April 13th at Showbox at the Market.

Source: Simon D’s Twitter

miss A releases special clip “From One to Ten” for fans

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 04:31 AM PDT

miss A has released a special clip for fans called “From One to Ten” on the group’s official Youtube channel.

The video montage features segments of miss A’s performances and footage of the members having fun behind the scenes, all interspersed with artsy pictures of the lyrics. The background music is miss A’s track “One to Ten” from their album ‘A Class‘.

Watch miss A’s “From One to Ten” video below!

Tip: Thanks, midah!

Dara impresses Psy with her “Bird” moves

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 03:59 AM PDT

On April 11th, Psy uploaded a photo on his me2day with the play on words, “Sandara Park Jae Sang“, eliciting laughter from fans.

During a performance together, Dara followed the choreography to Psy’s hit song “Bird“. Psy combined his legal name Park Jae Sang with Dara’s to give her the nickname, “Sandara Park Jae Sang”. He added, “Even the angle is perfect,” commenting on Dara’s performance of his choreography.

Fans commented, “The two could have their own concert,” “I cracked up like crazy after seeing this,” and “I could tell that it was Dara without even looking at her face.”

In related news, 2NE1 has been earning a lot of popularity in Japan these days with the release of their album ‘COLLECTION‘ on March 28th.

Source: Psy’s me2day

Busker Busker wins #1! + Performances from April 12th’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 03:29 AM PDT

Mnet's ‘M! Countdown’ is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, both 4minute and SISTAR made their respective comebacks with “Volume Up” and “Alone“.

Boy group EXO-K also held their hot debut stage with “History” and title track “MAMA“.

Talented soloists Seo In Guk and Huh Gak also returned to the stage with “Tease Me” and “The Person Who Onced Loved Me“, respectively.

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between Busker Busker, SHINee, and CNBLUE, but in the end, it was Busker Busker who clinched the win tonight with "Cherry Blossom Flower“!

Congratulations to Busker Busker for their 'M! Countdown' trophy! A job well done, especially for a rookie group!

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Performers tonight included Shinhwa, CNBLUE, Busker Busker, Seo In Guk, Huh Gak, Baechigi, Jang Nara, SPICA, BtoB, and Twi-light!

Check out the performances below:

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4minute turns the “Volume Up” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 03:21 AM PDT

After teasing with a couple of MV previews, the ladies of 4minute have finally revealed their full music video and title track for "Volume Up".

The impressive set was reported to have cost CUBE approximately $132,500 USD to construct. Great care was taken with each element of the music video as 4minute effortlessly pulls of the vampiress theme.

The ladies returned to the stage today on ‘M! Countdown‘ to perform “Volume Up” along with a special treat performance of “Dream Racer“!

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

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SISTAR makes a hot comeback with “Alone” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 03:04 AM PDT

The ladies of SISTAR have released their 1st Mini Album 'Alone'!

The mini album contains 7 tracks in all and Brave Brothers, who previously produced their hit tracks "So Cool" and "Ma Boy", worked with SISTAR for their title track "Alone".

Talented producer One Way's Chance and YG Entertainment producer Rovin also displayed their immense skills on “Alone”.

Taking the stage once again today on ‘M! Countdown,’ SISTAR performed “Alone” along with “Lead Me” for fans to enjoy.

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

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EXO-K make “History” with their debut of “MAMA” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 02:38 AM PDT

The so-called 'rookie' boys of EXO-K are ready to conquer with their recently released title track named "MAMA".

On April 7th, the music videos for both EXO-K and EXO-M were revealed simultaneously. The boys took on dark concept for the MVs.

Today, EXO-K takes the stage to put on their second performance on a major music program with their hit tracks "History" and "MAMA", instantly wowing fans and strangers at first sight with their intriguing choreography. Although both performances were lip-synched, the boys sure did know how to work the camera.

Without further ado, check out their epic moves below, and be sure to catch the rest of today's 'M! Countdown' performances here!

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SISTAR’s “Alone” showcase performance!

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 02:17 AM PDT

Footage of SISTAR‘s showcase for “Alone” has appeared online!

The girls performed their new single at the Seoul’s Ilji Art Hall on April 12th at 3PM KST.

The members commented, “Before now, SISTAR’s performances have always had [choreography that requires a lot of vigorous movement], but this time around, it’s completely different. There are a lot of subtle moves that put emphasis on our legs.”

allkpop reported earlier that member Hyorin showed up to the event despite her high fever and was hospitalized afterwards.

Check out SISTAR’s performance of “Alone” below:

Source: OSEN

Ballad group Noel to make their comeback this month

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 01:47 AM PDT

Last year, Noel broke their five-year hiatus by making a comeback with “I Miss You“.

Although they halted their activities back in 2007 because several members had to leave for the army, the group is planning to make a triumphant return as they’re ready to show the power of ballads once more with a new single album.

A representative of ITM Entertainment commented, “They received a lot of love last year. The Noel members have all worked hard to repay that love. This album fits perfectly with Noel’s style as well as with the feelings of spring. Please look forward to it.”

The album will be released online and in stores on April 19th.

Source + Photos: Sports Seoul via Nate

SISTAR’s Hyorin in the hospital due to high fever

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 01:15 AM PDT

SISTAR‘s Hyorin has been reported to have been hospitalized.

Despite running a fever of more than 104°F (40°C), Hyorin battled through and attended the group’s showcase that was held earlier in Apgujeong at the Ilji Art Hall. She received an IV drip before the showcase and successfully pulled off a perfect, sexy live performance. However, it was obvious in the interviews following the performance that she was suffering, and she later left for the hospital.

Starship Entertainment stated, “Hyorin’s condition was not good, and since there is a comeback performance tomorrow (April 13th), she decided on hospitalization. Hyorin has prepared very hard for this comeback, and she is quite upset and regretful about not being able to show as much as she has prepared.”

Source: Sports Chosun via Nate

Tip: LyGiaMy, detoured

Solbi taken aback by children who were unable to recognize her

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 12:55 AM PDT

Singer Solbi seemed to be somewhat amused and maybe a little hurt by young children who were unable to recognize her.

On April 11th, Solbi uploaded a picture on her Twitter page with the message, “After voting, on my way home, kids kept coming up to me and asking ‘You kind of look like a celebrity, but who are you?’ What am I supposed to say~ haha.”

Solbi was seen wearing an eye-catching star-studded hat, and looked especially fashionable in a black cardigan and matching gray leggings. Her clear skin and slender jawline added to what some are saying is a dramatic transformation into a more youthful and innocent image.

Followers have been leaving a variety responses like: “They probably didn’t recognize you because you became so pretty,” “Is that really Solbi?” “You’ve been blessed with youth at that age,” “Looks like it could be photoshopped,” and “Good job voting.

Perhaps Solbi needs to make a comeback?

Source: Solbi’s Twitter

Ahn Hye Kyung looks like Lee Min Jung?

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 12:26 AM PDT

A photo of broadcaster Ahn Hye Kyung, taken by her close friend Lee Hyori, has netizens mistaking her for actress Lee Min Jung.

Lee Hyori posted, “My friend Hye Kyung who has become much prettier.” Instead of uploading a photo of herself, Lee Hyori shared a photo she secretly took of Ahn Hye Kyung. Followers on Twitter noticed a surprising resemblance between Ahn Hye Kyung and Lee Min Jung, most likely due to the angle the photo was taken.

Shortly after, Ahn Hye Kyung thanked Lee Hyori for taking such a flattering picture of her, posting, “My side view taken by Hyori… Thanks!! For taking a nice photo of me.”

Fans agreed with Lee Hyori commenting, “She really has become a lot prettier,” “I thought that was Lee Min Jung,” and “She’s becoming prettier by the day.

Is there a resemblance to Lee Min Jung?

Source: Lee Hyori’s Twitter