Friday, April 20, 2012

"Big Bang’s T.O.P was a rebel as a young child" plus 19 more

"Big Bang’s T.O.P was a rebel as a young child" plus 19 more

Big Bang’s T.O.P was a rebel as a young child

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 09:01 AM PDT

Big Bang‘s T.O.P revealed that he was a bit of a troublemaker during his childhood.

On the April 20th episode of SBS‘s ‘Go Show‘, T.O.P admitted that he had troubles working in a team when he was younger. “I had an extremely sensitive personality, and I snuck out (of school) to go home everyday.”

Because I kept coming home from school, my teacher and my mom decided to hide my shoes,” he continued. “But then I started going home barefoot. It was hard to work with others. I couldn’t adhere to the structured and organized activities.”

I wasn’t a delinquent, but I just couldn’t sit in class with all the other kids. It was so hard for me,” he added. “In retrospect, those were things I needed to experience but I kept leaving to come home.”

Taeyang revealed that T.O.P was also the only one currently living in his own home, instead of at the dorms.

MC Go Hyun Jung who sincerely listened to T.O.P remarked, “It’s better to be a little rebellious when you are younger.” She then gave T.O.P some words of advice, sharing how she was a good student during her younger years, but began rebelling later on and how that experience had a negative affect on her.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Teaser for 2PM’s Junho & Vanness ‘Invincibility’ MV revealed

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 08:26 AM PDT

Three weeks ago, we reported that 2PM‘s Junho was singing the OST for a Taiwanese drama titled ‘Tiamo Chocolate‘ with Taiwanese American superstar Vanness!

Now, the teaser for their music video ‘Invincibility‘ has been revealed!

For those unfamiliar with Vanness, he’s a household name in the Taiwanese entertainment market. After claiming his fame through the Taiwanese version of ‘Boys Over Flowers‘, he’s become a singer and actor of immense popularity all over Asia. Junho also showcased an impressive command of the Chinese language in the song.

Check out the teaser below!

Tip: perirue

Kim Hyun Joong unsettled over controversy surrounding his Taiwanese fan meeting

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 08:06 AM PDT

Ahead of his first independent fan meeting, Kim Hyun Joong is unsettled by the controversy surrounding the price of the fan meeting tickets.

On May 18th and 19th, Kim Hyun Joong will be holding  his ‘2012 Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting In Taiwan‘, and the tickets are currently being sold between 30,000 KRW (~$27) to 200,000 KRW (~$180). Some reports in the Taiwanese media state that the fans feel the prices for the tickets are too high, putting both Kim Hyun Joong and the organizing team in a sticky situation.

A representative from the organization team informed OSEN on April 20th, “We are aware that there is some controversy surrounding the price of the tickets. But this fan meeting is different from all the others. Though its called a ‘fan meeting’, it is on the same scale as a quality concert performance.”

Kim Hyun Joong is actively participating in planning this fan meeting,” the rep continued. “He has prepared 14 song performances for the fan meeting, and has prepared a event where fans can win prizes full of cosmetics from the cosmetic brand he endorses. He is unsettled at the controversy in the local area, and he is planning an excellent event that will not disappoint the fans. Please look forward to it.”

The tickets for this event were priced similarly to tickets for other Hallyu star fan meetings in the local area. The price was also not an issue in Singapore or Hong Kong, where Kim Hyun Joong recently performed.

In related news, Kim Hyun Joong will soon be launching his Asia Tour, starting in Singapore and traveling to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and more.

Source & Image : OSEN

Lee Hyori shares her opinion on leaving leftovers in a restaurant

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 07:24 AM PDT

Lee Hyori made a case for frugality on Onstyle‘s ‘Lee Hyori’s Social Club Golden 12‘.

While preparing breakfast, Hyori opened the refrigerator and took out a container of food. She stated, “These are the leftovers I brought back home from dinner last night.

She also added, “In the past I always felt embarassed to ask for a to-go box. I felt more embarassed to ask when there was a small portion of food left. But now I feel more embarassed about leaving unfinished food to go to waste.

Viewers praised Lee Hyori’s wisdom and commented, “Lee Hyori is so charming“, “Lee Hyori’s heart is just as beautiful as her face“, and “I will not waste food from now on“.

Source + Image: Nate

MC Sniper disses comedian Lee Soo Geun?

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Rapper MC Sniper, who recently made a comeback with his 6th album, fell into some misunderstanding about a supposed insult towards comedian Lee Soo Geun in his single “Better Dayz“.

MC Sniper collaborated with the musicians under his agency, Sniper Sound, for the track, which has a verse that states, “these talks behind my back, this talking is so funny”. Because Lee Soo Geun’s name sounds like “this talking” in Korean, many were confused as to whether it was an innocent mistake or if MC Sniper was actually making a diss towards the comedian.

The agency, Sniper Sound, responded by stating that the verse was just a punch line that was meant to be a fresh, shocking expression to hip-hop listeners.  They asserted that the lyrics were not referring to any name. Sniper Sound also added that these misunderstandings may just be another way that the public is showing interest towards the new album.

MC Sniper is currently receiving much love from hip-hop fans for his 6th album, ‘Full Time‘.

Source: TV Daily via Nate

Official trailer for ‘I AM’ released!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 06:24 AM PDT

The main official trailer for SM Entertainment‘s documentary ‘I AM‘ has been released!

The upcoming film will feature the stories of label artists BoATVXQGirls' GenerationSuper JuniorSHINee, and f(x). The trailer was released on the official fan cafe today.

‘I AM’ will cover footage of the day and events surrounding SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in Madison Square Garden back in October of 2011 as well as other exclusive content.

Check out the teasers previously reported on allkpop here.

Watch the ‘I AM’ trailer with snippets of the artists’ pre-debut days below:

Source: ‘I AM’ fan cafe
Tip: alice

KARA’s Japanese fans the first to donate rice for a concert in Japan

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 06:14 AM PDT

Fans of KARA introduced Korea’s fan donation culture to Japan with rice donations for the group’s Japanese tour concert.

Rice wreaths and flowers have been spotted at Yokohama and Nagoya for KARA’s Japanese ‘Karasia‘ tour, which kicked off on April 14th.

The rice flowers and wreaths were specially donated by KARA’s Japanese fans. These types of flowers and wreaths are hard to find at other Japanese venues. It was also reported that many Japanese fans were lined up on the first floor where the rice wreaths were placed, to carefully examine the rice wreaths, which they had never seen before in their lives.

CL Production, who is in charge of managing KARA’s Japanese activities, explained, “Rice wreaths that were specially donated by fans could not be found at Japanese venues before. This is the first time Japanese fans have come together to donate rice for a concert.”

Rice wreaths, up until now, had been unique to Korea, where fans would send flowers and a set amount of rice to the concert venue to cheer on their favorite artist(s). After the concert, the rice would then be donated in the artist’s name to people in need.

KARA started their Japanese tour on the 14th in Yokohama, and is scheduled to tour Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Saitama.

Source + Image: Osen via Naver

KBS drama ‘Equator Man’ leads ‘Rooftop Prince’ and ‘The King 2 Hearts’ in viewer ratings

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 05:45 AM PDT

KBS 2TV‘s ‘Equator Man‘ has come out on top once again.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, 13% of the nation tuned in to watch the April 19th episode of ‘Equator Man’, thereby protecting its place as the #1 drama from last week. SBSRooftop Prince‘ came in 2nd with 12% viewer ratings, while MBC‘s ‘The King 2 Hearts‘ came in 3rd with 10.5%.

Despite the fact that ‘Rooftop Prince’ aired two consecutive episodes in order to try to capture more viewer ratings, the 2nd episode of ‘Rooftop Prince’ still lost out to ‘Equator Man’, only garnering 10.4%.

‘Equator Man’ received 12% in viewer ratings on the 18th, which made it the top drama in that time slot for the first time since it started airing, but its performance on the 19th showed an increase in viewer ratings, which seemed to further cement its position as the new top drama.

‘Equator Man’ is looking to increase viewer ratings even more with star Uhm Tae Woong‘s  acting skills, and the drama’s solid storyline.

Source: Sports Korea via Nate

e.via to return with new mini-album ‘eviagradation Part 1. (Black & Red)’!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 05:17 AM PDT

Fans of e.via won’t have to wait any longer as the rapper is returning with a new mini-album, ‘eviagradation Part 1. (Black & Red)’!

The album is reported to have been produced by Keeproot, Artisan Beats, and Deegie. Including instrumentals, the mini-album will have 7 tracks in all. Artists featuring in ‘eviagradation Part 1. (Black & Red)’ are planned to be revealed at a later date.

e.via’s label Dline Art Media stated, “e.via has had a bright, cheery concept in the past, but this time around, she’ll be returning with a completely different image as well as music style. You’ll be able to see a more mature e.via in this album.”

e.via’s new album is planned for release on April 26 KST.

In the meantime, check out the track list for ‘eviagradation Part 1. (Black & Red)’ below:

01. And So I Died (Feat. ??)
02. Insane Fate (Feat. ???????)
03. Monologue (Interlude)
04. A Rose that Blossoms at Night (Feat. ??)
05. Heartbeat (Outro)
06. Insane Fate (Instrumental)
07. A Rose that Blossoms at Night (Instrumental)

Source + Photo: Hiphopplaya
Tip: Josh

T-ara’s ‘Jewelry Box’ tops Japan’s Tower Records pre-order chart

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 04:46 AM PDT

T-ara‘s upcoming Japanese album, ‘Jewelry Box‘, has already placed first on Tower Records’ pre-order chart!

On June 6th, the girls will finally be releasing their first studio album. Despite the release date being nearly two months away, T-ara has managed to secure both first and third place on the pre-order chart with their CD, DVD, and 100-page photobook combo in first and their CD, DVD, and 32-page photobook combo in third.

The album will include Japanese versions of their hit tracks “Bo Peep Bo Peep“, “Yayaya“, “Roly Poly“, and “Lovey Dovey“, as well as new tracks never before released.

Previously, the girls’ Japanese debut single, “Bo Peep Bo Peep”, had landed T-ara as the first ever foreign girl group to rank first on the Oricon daily and weekly chart.

T-ara will be leaving for Japan on April 23rd for two weeks of promotions.

Source + Photos: TV Report via Naver

Seo In Guk takes a selca with Baek Chung Kang

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 04:15 AM PDT

Seo In Guk recently took a picture with fellow singer Baek Chung Kang.

On April 19th, Seo In Guk posted on his me2day, “Cute ‘aangkka’ Baek Chung Kang~ He got to participate on ‘M! Countdown‘!! So good to see him.” (aangkka is a nickname for Baek Chung Kang)

“Aangkka” is apparently a nickname for Baek Chung Kang, who gives off a cute, boyish charm with his childlike smile next to Seo In Guk’s more charismatic look.

Fans and followers commented, “The meeting of ‘Birth of a Great Star’ and ‘Superstar K’ is so fresh,” and “They are both handsome and cute.

In related news, Seo In Guk is currently playing dual roles on KBS2 TV‘s ‘Love Rain‘ as Kim Chang Mo and Kim Jun Sul. Baek Chung Kang, who was the winner of ‘Birth of a Great Star‘ in its first season made his debut with his first single “Missing You” on the 18th.

Source and Picture: Seo In Guk’s me2day

CNBLUE wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from April 20th!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 03:45 AM PDT

KBS's 'Music Bank' is back with another fun and exciting show that was chock-full of amazing performances!

The MCs for tonight's episode were After School's UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo.

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, NELL and Noel return to the stage with their title tracks "The Day Before" and "Leaving", respectively.

5tion and Sunny Hill also take the stage to perform "Papillon" and "Is the White Horse Coming?".

Lastly, girl group Girl's Day performs their upbeat track titled "Oh! My God".

SHINee bid farewell on today's episode with a special performance of “Sherlock“, as did CNBLUE with performances of “In My Head” and “Hey You“.

As for the winners, CNBLUE faced off against 4minute for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was CNBLUE who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Hey You".

Congratulations to CNBLUE and to all BOICES that made it happen!



[ Backstage Interviews ]

< 4minute + CNBLUE >



Others who performed tonight included CNBLUE, SHINee, Shinhwa, 4minute, SISTAR, Na Yoon Kwon, Ryuki, X-CROSS, Jang Hee Young, Baechigi, M4, SPICA, EXO-K, Seo In Guk, Yangpa, NU’EST, and Huh Gak.

Check out the performances below:


< SHINee > *Goodbye Stage*


< CNBLUE > *Goodbye Stage*


< Ryuki >


< X-Cross >


< Jang Hee Young >


< Baechigi >




< M4 >


< Na Yoon Kwon >


< Seo In Guk >


< EXO-K >


< NU’EST >


< Yangpa (ft. Hanna & Davichi’s Lee Haeri >




< Huh Gak >


< Shinhwa >


< 4minute >



Noel returns with “Leaving” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 03:31 AM PDT

Ballad group Noel has finally made their comeback with their newest single "Leaving"!

The group released "I Miss You" in October of 2011. They received a lot of love and ranked #1 on various digital music charts. From 2007 to 2011, they halted their activities because several members had to leave for the army.

The group is planning to make a triumphant comeback with "Leaving" as they're ready to show the power of ballads.

Check out their performance below, and the rest of today's 'Music Bank' performances here!


NELL returns with “The Day Before” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 03:14 AM PDT

Modern rock band NELL has finally released their highly-anticipated new material. Their new album 'Slip Away' is their first release in four years after presenting the public with their fourth album, 'SEPARATION ANXIETY' back in 2008.

The members had much time to think over their long time away from the industry, and with this new album, NELL will captivate their listeners with their uniquely alluring style of music.

Check out their alluring performance below of "The Day Before," and be sure to check out the rest of today's performances here!


Teaser for fifth DSP Boyz member Seungyub released!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 03:08 AM PDT

The teaser for the fifth DSP Boyz member, Seungyub, has been released!

Only two DSP Boyz are waiting to be revealed on April 21st and 22nd.

DSP Boyz is a 7-member group that will meet future and current fans for the first time on the April 24th airing of MBC's music reality program, 'Making The Star-DSP Boyz'. "DSP Boyz" is reported to be a temporary name, and the group will make their official debut in May.

allkpop previously reported the announcement of the DSP Boyz members, JaehyungYunyoung, Hyojun, and Sungmin.

Watch the teaser for Seungyub below, and stay tuned to allkpop for updates:

Sunny Hill asks “Is the White Horse Coming?” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 02:52 AM PDT

Sunny Hill has returned after reorganizing themselves as a four member group with Jang Hyun leaving for mandatory military service.

"Is the White Horse Coming?" is a song composed by Lee Min Soo and Kim Ee Na, and is a fast paced track that should have fans moving on the dance floor.

Check out the girls as they perform their funky comeback stage on today’s ‘Music Bank‘ below, and be sure to view the rest of the performances here!


5tion performs “Papillon” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 02:48 AM PDT

After making a comeback after a six-year hiatus, vocal group 5tion is back with a new mini-album titled 'Rebirth'.

Staying true to the name of their mini-album, the new tracks focus on their stunning vocals as they return after a long time.

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


Girl’s Day screams “Oh! My God” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 02:41 AM PDT

After unveiling the album jacket cover and teaser for their 2nd mini album 'Everyday 2', 5-member girl group Girl's Day has finally returned at full force with their new title track “Oh! My God“.

The girls are back and better than ever, showing off their cute and charismatic skills on today's episode of 'Music Bank'.

Check out Girl's Day as they perform "Oh! My God" below, and view the rest of today's performances here!


Rainbow’s Jisook tells fans she’s lonely

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 02:33 AM PDT

Girl group Rainbow‘s Jisook revealed a lonely selca on April 18th through Twitter.

She uploaded a photo with the message, “I’m lonely.” Jisook seemed to be in less of a bright and cheery mood than she was in her previous tweet, which contained a handwritten letter to fans.

Followers who saw her sullen expression left words of comfort saying, “Your fans are always with you“, “Everyone’s lonely at night“, and “Your graceful expression is really pretty”.

Source & Image: Jisook’s Twitter

TAHITI’s Jisoo is the ‘second Han Ga In’?

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 02:08 AM PDT

Rookie girl group TAHITI‘s Jisoo has been gaining attention for being the “second Han Ga In“.

The group debuted through their reality show 'Ta-dah! It's TAHITI' on April 14th and even before their debut, they have been gaining attention for being a new kind of visual group.

With her large eyes and straight nose, she was already famous in her hometown of Chuncheon, Kangwon Province where she was known by the nickname, “Chuncheon’s Han Ga In”.

TAHITI’s agency DS Entertainment commented, “In elementary school, middle school, and high school, Jisoo was not only known for singing and dancing, but she was also well-known to be athletic enough to be on the track and field team.

Netizens commented on Jisoo’s beauty saying, “‘The second Han Ga In’ Jisoo is so pretty“, “The birth of a new visual in TAHITI“, “I can’t for this week’s broadcast of ‘Ta-dah! It’s TAHITI‘”.

TAHITI will be releasing their album this June. Their reality show ‘Ta-dah! It’s TAHITI’ will run for ten weeks as the program covers the girls preparing for their official debut.

April 21st’s episode of ‘Ta-dah! It’s TAHITI’ will reveal the exciting story behind how member Ari first met actor Lee Gyu Hwa when she jumped in front of his car.

Source & Image: Segye Daily via Naver