Friday, April 6, 2012

"Girls’ Generation member Yoona voted #1 as nation’s ‘First love’ icon" plus 19 more

"Girls’ Generation member Yoona voted #1 as nation’s ‘First love’ icon" plus 19 more


Girls’ Generation member Yoona voted #1 as nation’s ‘First love’ icon

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 09:13 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation member YoonA was selected as the nation’s ‘First Love‘.

A poll recently was conducted online, asking netizens which celebrity will forever be the nation’s ‘First love’ icon. During the entire week that the poll was conducted, YoonA was in the lead with little competition.

The singer is playing the female lead in KBS2‘s ‘Love Rain‘ alongside actor Jang Geun Suk as a charming young woman from the 70′s. YoonA’s acting abilities are causing the older viewers to reminisce about their very first love and that was reflected in the votes.

Trailing behind YoonA were miss A‘s Suzy (18%) who played the younger role of Lee Jae Hoon‘s first love in ‘Introduction to Architecture‘, as well as Han Ga In (13%) who also starred in the film.

Others receiving votes were actress Lee Min Jung (11%), as well as Son Ye Jin (10%), and Shin Se Kyung (9%).

Source & Image: TVDaily via Nate

2PM’s Junho and actress Kim So Eun’s “Sad Love” released

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 08:46 AM PDT

The song collaboration between 2PM‘s Junho and actress Kim So Eun has been released.

The track, titled “Sad Love“, features Junho’s composition along with lyrics penned by Kim So Eun, and will be used in the OST for ‘Feast of the Gods‘.

Junho posted on Twitter, “My 3rd produced song ‘SAD LOVE’ released now!! I hope you guys like it : )” as well as a message in Korean stating, “The third track I’ve produced ‘Sad Love’ for ‘Feast of the Gods’ has been released. ^^ Thank you to Lee Jung sunbae who sang it, you’re the best~ ^^!! Kim So Eun, who wrote the lyrics, worked hard as well!”

Take a listen to the track below:

Source: Junho’s Twitter
Tip: Jae

SISTAR releases “Alone” video teaser featuring Hyorin!

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 08:22 AM PDT

SISTAR has just released their second video teaser featuring member Hyorin for their upcoming first mini album “Alone” scheduled to be released on April 12th!

Much like the first teaser with Bora, the teaser video features various shots of Las Vegas and Hyorin looking very seductive and attractive while wearing accessories in a car. You can also hear her say, “I’m falling down“.

Brave Brothers, who previously produced hit tracks like “So Cool” and “Ma Boy” for the group, worked with SISTAR for their upcoming new album as well.

Check out the teaser for Hyorin below!

Super Junior’s Leeteuk apologizes for his Aprils Fools’ Day prank

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 07:47 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Leeteuk apologized to the people who were inconvenienced by his April Fools’ Day prank.

The singer shared his real cell phone number on his Twitter and on April 6th he wrote, “Please forward all calls to this number! All other numbers no no! I personally apologized to those people. So only this number! See this number? But only one call! My phone is ringing nonstop.”

Ahead of his recent tweet, Leeteuk shared the first three digits to his cell phone number to the public on April 1st. His fans added ’1004′ from his Twitter handle ‘special1004′ to the three digits and called the number nonstop. But the number belonged to an average Korean citizen, who was inconvenienced by the high number of calls from Leeteuk’s fans.

Netizens who read Leeteuk’s tweet remarked, “Is this phone number real? I’m relieved that Leeteuk apologized“, “It’s not Leeteuk’s fault“, and more.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

2PM’s Junho confesses he wants a girlfriend

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 07:25 AM PDT

It seems 2PM‘s Junho has been feeling a little on the lonely side lately.

He tweeted on April 6th KST, “I’ve been thinking that it’d be nice if I had a girlfriend lately, but I [don't have a solution] when I look at my schedule. I think the answer is just to work hard [when it comes to my schedule].” Fellow member Taecyeon replied, “Did the thought occur to you after ‘Music and Lyrics‘?”

Taecyeon was referring to Junho’s recent appearance on MBC Music‘s program ‘Music and Lyrics’ with actress Kim So Eun, where the two stars collaborated on a song and enjoyed a romantic date camping.

After seeing Taecyeon’s observant comment, Junho responded, “[You insufferable, gentleman.] Hyung, you’ll also feel that Spring is here when you watch the episode. Everyone, Saturday at 11PM on MBC Music, Sunday at 11PM on MBC, please give it lots of love,” promoting the upcoming ‘Music and Lyrics’ episode featuring himself and Kim So Eun.

Source & Photo: Junho’s Twitter + Osen

Minzy of 2NE1 releases “Freestyle Dance” clip

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 06:52 AM PDT

2NE1‘s maknae member Minzy released an amazing clip of her freestyle dance skills on Twitter today.

She tweeted the video clip with the caption, “Check This Out !!! MINZY’s TV #5 – Freestyle Dance.” The 6-minute video Minzy posted features a compilation of herself dancing to a few hip hop tracks.

Judging from the video, it’s no wonder the star is so often praised for her moves. Watch the clip of Minzy’s freestyle below:

Source: Minzy’s Twitter
Tip: Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Photo of Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha raises curiosity about her true height

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 06:22 AM PDT

Though the group Brown Eyed Girls was formerly revealed to be the shortest female idols, a recent photo of Narsha has gotten fans even more curious about the singer’s true height.

The photo was posted by Narsha to her Twitter with the caption, “It’s not that I’m short.” The location of the microphone, which seems to be closer to the top of her head than it is to her mouth, in the photo has got people wondering how short she really is.

Fans commented, “Will it record if she sings [so far away]?” “Her lips looks like a chirping bird’s,” “I love her character in ‘Light and Shadow!“, and “I wonder how tall she is exactly.”

In related news, Brown Eyed Girls left for Saipan on April 6th to attend an event.

Source: Narsha’s Twitter

Secret’s Hyosung and Sunhwa attend the ’2012 F/W Seoul Fashion Walk’

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Secret members Hyosung and Sunhwa took a selca together, looking adorable and lovely as usual, after attending a fashion show in Seoul.

On April 5th, Hyosung posted the photos above with the words, “Went to Mr. Son Jung Wan‘s fashion show with Sunhwa. Looking good and feeling good,” on Twitter.

The two Secret members look like they’re in a good mood after attending the ‘2012 F/W Seoul Fashion Walk‘ for the Son Jung Wan Collection, held at Olympic Park Peace Square.

Fans commented, “The girls’ smiles are perfect,” and “Secret possesses both cuteness and maturity.”

Check out photos of the girls walking the red carpet at the ‘Seoul Fashion Walk’ below!

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Source: Hyosung’s Twitter

BoA and Jung Jae Hyung enter Wonderland on ‘Running Man’

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:19 AM PDT

BoA and Jung Jae Hyung‘s upcoming challenge on ‘Running Man‘ is reported to be on a grander scale than what’s usually planned for the program.

The ‘Running Man’ episode that will air on SBS on April 8th KST , called ‘Running Man in Wonderland‘,  is a continuation from last week. BoA and Jung Jae Hyung will be racing to complete the ‘Running Man’ objective at a theme park on Jeju Island.

The ‘Running Man’ members and guests received their mission and entered a magic door to a strange new land. Items were placed in chests hidden around the theme park, serving as clues to win the race.  There is also reported to be a secret weapon that is sure to surprise everyone.

The secret weapon on last week’s episode was Julien Kang.  Julien Kang caught everyone off guard when he appeared and ended up becoming an important factor to winning the competition.  Members of ‘Gag Tonight‘ will be making an appearance on the April 8th broadcast in costumes. The comedians are said to have made characters that really added to the ‘Wonderland’ theme.

The ‘Running Man’ cast commented, “When we passed through the magic door, I really felt like I was under a spell.  [The 'Running Man' staff members] are making us work constantly.  I cannot keep my head on straight.”  BoA and Jung Jae Hyung proclaimed, “We’re sure to win.

Source: My Daily via Naver

YG trainees Kim Eunbi and Euna Kim show their talent in newly released practice clip

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 04:45 AM PDT

YG Entertainment trainees and former ‘Superstar K‘ contestants Euna Kim and Kim Eunbi are surprising viewers with their talent in a newly released clip of one of their practice sessions.

The video of the two covering Sam Sparro‘s “Black and Gold“ was officially released on the official YG Entertainment blog today.

What’s especially catching the attention of viewers is Euna Kim’s sudden rap in the middle of the song. She’s seen riding the rhythm of the track as she raps in English, showing a confident and calm side to herself completely different from the girl who forgot lyrics on a ‘Superstar K3‘ stage due to nervousness.

Netizens commented, “Totally upgraded. Awesome,” “Possibly the next BoA?” and “Is this the strength of YG? Amazing.”

Check out the clip below:

Source & Photo: Osen
Tip: Thanks, bunnibel97!

EXO showcase footage officially released!

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 04:15 AM PDT

The full footage of SM Entertainment‘s new idol group EXO‘s showcase, previously reported on by allkpop, has now been officially released!

EXO, which includes sub-units EXO-K and EXO-M, are set to debut April 8th KST, but are meeting current and future fans through a special online video release of their debut showcase, which took place this past March 31st.

The group’s debut mini-album ‘MAMA‘ will be released on April 9th, and EXO-K will debut on SBS‘ ‘Inkigayo‘ on the 8th while EXO-M will make their first official debut appearance on a music ceremony in China the same day.

Watch part 1 of EXO’s showcase footage below, and stay tuned to allkpop for updates on the rest!

Performances from April 6th’s ‘Music Bank in Vietnam’ ft. B2ST, MBLAQ, Super Junior, SISTAR, and more!

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 03:49 AM PDT

KBS's 'Music Bank' was replaced today by KBS’s previously announced ‘Vietnam-Korea Festival,’ bringing back many of our favorite idol groups to perform a few of their hit songs.

Performers for today’s special include some of the most talented idol groups and singers such as B2ST, IU, CNBLUE, SECRET,  SISTAR, MBLAQ, Davichi, Super Junior, and more!

Without further ado, check out all of the performances below!

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< B2ST ― “Fiction” + “Beautiful” >

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< IU ― “Good Day” + “You and I” >

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< CNBLUE ― “I’m a Loner” + “Love Girl” >

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< K-POP Dance Remix ― “Juliette” + “Breathe” + “2 Different Tears” + “Heartbeat” >

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< SECRET ― “Starlight Moonlight” + “Shy Boy” + “Love is Move” >

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< Minh Quân >

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< SISTAR‘s Hyorin + MBLAQ‘s Thunder ―Love in Hanoi” >

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< SISTAR ― “How Dare You” + “Ma Boy” + “So Cool” >

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< MBLAQ ― “Oh Yeah” + “Mona Lisa” >

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< Davichi ― “Don’t Say Goodbye” + “Hoang Mang” with Ho Quynh Hyong >

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< Ho Quynh Hyong ― “Tinh Yeu Mai Mai” >

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< Super Junior ― “SUPERMAN” + “Sorry Sorry” >

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< Encore (All Artists) ― “Heal The World” >

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YoonA stops traffic during guerilla date interview with ‘Entertainment Relay’

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 03:21 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s YoonA literally stopped traffic in Insadong, South Korea.

Earlier today, the above picture captioned, “YoonA in a red fedora, fan cam in Insadong surrounded by an insanely large crowd,” appeared on an online community board.

YoonA is seen filming a guerilla date interview for KBS‘s ‘Entertainment Relay‘ in the middle of a very crowded street. The Girls’ Generation member looked feminine and stylish with a short wavy hair style and a red fedora. The picture is definitely evidence of the immensity of YoonA’s fame.

Netizens commented, “YoonA is the ‘it’ star,” “That’s the first time I’ve seen so many people in Insadong,” and “I’m envious of the people who were there.

Source+Picture: Star News via Naver

Haha promotes his album ‘Acoustic Tuning Time’ + Special video from ‘Infinity Challenge’ cast to viewers

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 02:50 AM PDT

During MBC‘s ‘Infinity Challenge‘ recent special episode, cast member Haha took the opportunity to promote his latest album.

On April 5th, PD Kim Tae Ho of ‘Infinity Challenge’ revealed the 19-minute long video through his Twitter with a post that read, “Was released a bit late. The ‘Infinity Challenge’ members would like to send their greetings to viewers.”

The 19-minute clip shows the ‘Infinity Challenge’ members chatting and discussing past episodes as well as sharing a few hilarious stories regarding the members and staff. When Haha was asked to greet viewers, he immediately began promoting his collaboration album with Taw titled, ‘Acoustic Tuning Time‘, instead.

It’s still not too late!” he pleaded. “Please go and download it. If you’re an ‘Infinity Challenge’ fan, this is the least you can do for me!

Acting as if he was about to break down and cry any minute, he continued, “As soon as my album was released, MBC and KBS began their labor union strikes. I even paid for and filmed the music video myself, but it ended up being deemed unfit for broadcast. There’s nowhere I can play the music video.

Unfortunately, it seems certain that ‘Infinity Challenge’ will be airing another rerun for the 10th consecutive week. Check out the special clip below!

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Huh Gak reveals his friendship with actor So Ji Sub

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 02:17 AM PDT

Huh Gak and actor So Ji Sub apparently have a friendly relationship as the singer posted a couple photos of the two together.

On April 6th KST, Huh Gak tweeted the photos above and wrote, “Thank you for allowing me to have a great experience in Japan, So Gan Ji hyung.” “So Gan Ji” is a nickname for the actor that refers to his stylish presence and good looks.

The two can be seen hanging out with R&B singer Bobby Kim as well. Fans noticed that So Ji Sub and Huh Gak have a pretty large height difference between them.

Followers on Twitter replied, “So Gan Ji, So Ji Sub is really good looking,” “So Ji Sub seems to have lost weight,” “Huh Gak looks like a tiny kid next to So Ji Sub,” and “Why is Huh Gak so cute? It’s funny.”

In related news, So Ji Sub released his mini-album ‘Seat of the Northern Crown’ last month. He worked with both Bobby Kim and Huh Gak for the album, explaining his relationship with the two singers.

Source: Star News via Naver

Lee Hyori called her boyfriend “old and ugly” on TV?

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 01:46 AM PDT

Singer Lee Hyori caught the attention of viewers when she jokingly pointed out flaws in her boyfriend Lee Sang Soon‘s appearance.

On the April 5th broadcast of cable channel OnStyle‘s ‘Golden 12‘, Lee Hyori’s first meeting with the other cast members was aired. Stylist Han Hye Yeon, designer Yoni P, photographer Hong Jang Hyun, writer Lee Joo Hee, singer Bae Da Hae, and other artists from different fields gathered for the reality program.

Lee Hyori complained that the show needed a young, male singer who could compose and play the guitar, to which Han Hye Yeon replied, “LSS“, referring to Hyori’s boyfriend Lee Sang Soon.

Lee Hyori, using her infamous wit, made the cast laugh by replying, “LSS is old and ugly,” in a mock-serious manner. It was later revealed that the young, male singer Hyori wanted on the show was Busker Busker‘s Jang Bum Joon.

The show ‘Golden 12′ will revolve around Hyori and the other cast members completing 12 projects during 12 weeks, the first of which was a charity bazaar project.

Source + Image: Business Daily via Naver

Park Si Yeon is jealous of Son Ye Jin and Song Hye Gyo?

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 01:17 AM PDT

Actress Park Si Yeon admitted that she was jealous of the image of actresses like Son Ye Jin and Song Hye Gyo.

Park Si Yeon appeared on this week’s broadcast of KBS2‘s ‘Happy Together 3‘ and confessed, “I’m jealous of [actresses like] Son Ye Jin and Song Hye Gyo, who have an innocent look.”

She explained, “I have a strong image because of my face so I hear that my first impression comes off as cold.” The actress did show a more approachable side to her chic exterior on the episode when she attempted to teach a yoga position to the ‘Happy Together’ hosts and other guests only to lose her balance and fall.

Park Si Yeon further commented on her unique appearance, “I have an exotic look so I’ve also been mistaken as a foreigner more than once… When I returned from overseas, I got to the airport and went to customs. At customs, there are separate lines for citizens and non-citizens.  As I was standing in the line for citizens, one of the employees looked at me for a long time and eventually told me to stand in the non-citizens line.

Source: My Daily via Naver

Core Contents Media sued for cancelling ‘K-Pop Power & Beauty’ concert in San Francisco

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 12:41 AM PDT

Core Contents Media, home to artists like T-ara, Davichi, Yangpa, and more, has found themselves in the middle of a lawsuit.

You may remember the ‘K-pop Power & Beauty’ concert that was scheduled to take place back in January of this year in San Francisco, California. The concert, which would have featured T-ara, Davichi, and Yangpa, was unfortunately postponed due to Visa issues, and later cancelled. Due to the cancellations, concert organizer, Namu Entertainment, has submitted a lawsuit against Core Contents Media.

On April 5th, Namu Entertainment sued Core Contents Media and First Creative Company for 390 million Won (~ $344,974 USD) as compensation for damages, at the Seoul District Court.

Namu Entertainment stated, “We had contracted a San Francisco concert featuring T-ara, Davichi, and Yangpa with Core Contents Media… However, with the excuse that they were unable to obtain the visas necessary, they cancelled the event with four days left til the concert.”

They continued, “With the concert being suddenly cancelled, we have suffered great damage, such as losing the trust of those within the industry.”

Core Contents Media fired back, “Preparations such as obtaining Visas were something that Namu Entertainment should have taken care of… We cannot comprehend why they have submitted a lawsuit against us when it was them who didn’t do their job properly.”

The agency further revealed, “We are currently obtaining related documents to counter-sue.”

Source + Photo: Star News

Teen Top impresses with their stylish airport fashion

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 12:35 AM PDT

TEEN TOP‘s airport fashion is receiving a lot of attention from fans.

The group was recently spotted at the airport leaving for Thailand, where they’ll be performing at the ‘2012 MBC Korea Music Wave in Bangkok‘. Ricky looked stylish in black jeans and a forest-green jacket while L.Joe looked ready for the long flight in a casual letter man jacket, beanie, and sunglasses. Changjo had a sexier look with a layered short sleeved hoodie and a black jacket, which hung off his shoulder.

All three members were seen taking care of the gifts they received from their fans. Comments said, “It looks like a photo shoot even when the pictures were casually taken,” “Idols who takes care of gifts from fans themselves,” and “The clothes look good because they do.”

TEEN TOP will be performing on April 7th at the ’2012 Korea Music Wave in Bangkok’ with other hot artists including TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, and 2PM.

Source+Picture: Star News via Nate

The Boss releases teaser video for ‘Shadow’

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 12:06 AM PDT

The boys of The Boss will be making a Korean comeback this year! To gear up anticipation for their upcoming comeback, the group has just unveiled the teaser video!

The teaser depicts a scene that takes place inside of a train, and has fans wondering what the song will be about.

Stay tuned for the release of their 1st official album, ‘Shadow‘, on April 17th.

Meanwhile, check out the teaser below!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!