Friday, April 13, 2012

"Goyang K-Pop Festival to be streamed live on April 21st" plus 19 more

"Goyang K-Pop Festival to be streamed live on April 21st" plus 19 more

Goyang K-Pop Festival to be streamed live on April 21st

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 09:29 AM PDT

On Saturday, April 21st, the free Goyang K-Pop Festival concert will be held in Goyang, Korea.

TEEN TOP, C-Real, F.I.X, M.I.B, Wind Hold Venus, and SUNNY HILL will all be performing at this festival along with top dancers Poppin Hyun Joon and TKD Crew. There’s good news to report as we’ve received information that the festival will be streamed live worldwide via Facebook and Ustream!

The concert takes place from 5PM to 8PM KST so fans in America, that will be 4AM to 7AM Eastern Standard Time and 1AM to 4AM Pacific Standard Time. You can check out the Goyang K-Pop festival facebook page here.

INFINITE spends quality time with their fans at the ‘Samsung Galaxy Player Party’

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:56 AM PDT

Korean powerhouse Samsung Electronics announced last month that they were searching for fans to attend a special launch party with idol group INFINITE, and on April 13th, the ‘Galaxy Player Party‘ was held at the D-Cube Art Center in Seoul.

Idol group INFINITE who are endorsing Samsung’s dual core portable media Galaxy Player 70 attended the event to meet with 500 of their fans. The boys performed their hit songs “Paradise“, “Nothing’s Over“, and “Be Mine“, earning the explosive cheers of the audience members.

The boys held a Galaxy Player Dance battle with their fans, and dance-machine Hoya created a more upbeat atmosphere by stepping up to show them how it was done.

The members also took some time to have a heart to heart talk with their fans, and shared some never-before shared stories.

A surprise birthday party was also held for member Sunggyu.

Check out a few clips from the event below!


Sunggyu’s surprise birthday

Source & Image: bntNews via Nate

MIB’s stylist critically injured in dorm room fire passes away

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 08:23 AM PDT

We recently reported the devastating news that 2 stylists for MIB were unfortunately killed in a dorm fire.

A third stylist was also in the room during the fire and has been receiving care. Unfortunately there’s some sad news to report as the third stylist passed away on April 12th. These three stylists worked as freelancers, with ballad singer LYn, and hip hop group MIB.

An insider from the music industry informed Newsen on April 13th, “[the stylist] has been in the ICU this entire time and gained consciousness, and so we prayed that there would be a full recovery, but this is just so heartbreaking. The devastated families believe that the fire station did not take adequate measures to efficiently take care of the situation when it occurred, and we will handle this situation appropriately once everything is settled.”

Another entertainment insider could not believe the news. The insider informed Newsen on the 13th, “I had heard that [the stylist] had gained consciousness and would improve over time. This is so unfortunate.”

Meanwhile, MIB was scheduled to make a comeback the day of the incident, but has temporarily put all of their promotions on hold.

Once again, our hearts go out to the stylists, their families and friends, LYn, MIB, and all of the Jungle Entertainment staff members and artists.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Jun Ji Hyun ties the knot at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 07:56 AM PDT

On April 13th, actress Jun Ji Hyun married her husband Choi Jun Hyuk at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.

Ahead of her wedding, Jun Ji Hyun held a press conference to share her thoughts on getting married, being a wife, and more.

Her husband Choi Jun Hyuk is currently employed in the finance department at Bank of America, and he boasts both a tall height and good looks.

The wedding was officiated by the Minister of Justice, and singer Lee Juk came to congratulate the new married couple with a song.

The couple did not take any corporate sponsorship for their special day, and the wedding was rather simply and classly.

Jun Ji Hyun & Choi Jun Hyuk spent their first night at the hotel as well, and will be living at a villa in Seoul until Jun Ji Hyun begins filming her new movie ‘Berlin‘ towards the end of the month.

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Source: TVDaily via Nate
Images credited as tagged.

John Park’s first impression of actress Park Jin Hee on ‘Music and Lyrics’

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 07:20 AM PDT

Singer John Park spoke up about his first impression of actress Park Jin Hee on MBC‘s ‘Music and Lyrics‘.

John Park commented during the April 9th filming of the romantic reality music program, “I came not knowing who my partner would be, and I only found out when I arrived [on set]. [The staff] kept the identity of my partner a secret until the end. I was really shocked when I found out it was actress Park Jin Hee.”

After he and Park Jin Hee completed recording ‘Music and Lyrics’ for the day, John Park stated, “I got the feeling that she was a good, nice person. Park Jin Hee… is really deep. While working together, we found a lot of things in common so it was fun. I’m relieved I got to work with [someone like] her.”

This episode of ‘Music and Lyrics’ will broadcast on April 14th at 5:15PM KST on MBC.

Source + Photo: Etoday via Nate

2PM & 2AM release trailer for documentary film ‘Beyond the Oneday’!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 06:50 AM PDT

allkpop previously reported that 2PM and 2AM will be releasing a documentary called 'Beyond the Oneday' in Japan, and now the trailer for the film has arrived.

'Beyond the Oneday' is a documentary film that covers the two group's back stage at the JYP Nation concert in Japan last year. It will also include footage of their daily activities during their time off and cuts of interviews with the members of each group.

The film will release in theaters on June 30th, 2012 JST, and tickets will be available for pre-sale on April 21st. Fans who pre-order tickets will be treated to a "clear file" (a plastic sleeve that holds documents), which can be used as a bag, and an invitation to a gathering attended by 2PM and 2AM!

Stay tuned to allkpop for more information on the upcoming film, watch the ‘Beyond the Oneday’ trailer below:

Tip: Thanks, Fatima Ck!

Donghae celebrates Super Junior’s Golden Disk with a kiss!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 06:24 AM PDT

As allkpop reported earlier, Super Junior added another record on their list of accomplishments by hitting the 500,000 mark for sales of their 5th album, ‘Mr. Simple‘. As fans around the world congratulated the group on the achievement, member Donghae joined in on the celebrations as well.

On April 13th, he uploaded the above photo on his Twitter account with a caption that read, “Golden Disk kiss! 500,000 copies celebration! From Japan to Shanghai, it’s Lee Donghae!

In the photo, Donghae is seen happily kissing the prestigious Golden Disk. Fans posted comments such as, “This simple kiss looks like something out of a magazine,” “I am jealous of the Golden Disk,” and “Congratulations on 500,000 copies!

The April 12th release of the Gaon Album Chart indicated that Super Junior’s ‘Mr.Simple’ album sold a cumulative 502,830 copies since its release last August 3rd.

Source & Image: OSEN

Kim Hyun Joong to talk about depression on ‘K-Pop Star Captivating the World’

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:52 AM PDT

Hallyu megastar Kim Hyun Joong has revealed that he suffered from depression in the past.

As reported earlier, in MBC‘s upcoming special documentary titled, ‘K-pop Star Captivating the World - Lucky Guy Kim Hyun Joong’, viewers will be treated to behind-the-scenes documentation of Kim Hyun Joong’s Japanese arena tour, Korean fan meeting, and his upcoming comeback scheduled for June this year.

Most notably, the show will contain Kim Hyun Joong’s confession of his struggle with depression during his Japanese activities. It will also feature his honest thoughts regarding his friend of 10 years, Kim Jaejoong of JYJ.

In related news, MBC is planning to air ‘K-pop Star Captivating the World’ as a series by covering other Hallyu stars such as CNBLUE, B2ST, and IU.

Don’t miss the broadcast, which is scheduled to air on April 15th, 12:20am KST, but in the meantime, check out the trailer below:

Source & Image: Naver
Tip: Thanks, wano!

Lee Hyori reveals she’s impatient with slow skinship

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 05:21 AM PDT

On the April 12th broadcast of Lee Hyori‘s OnStyle reality show, ‘Golden 12‘, the singer and “social-tainer” dropped some insight into her personal dating style.

While shopping for interior items with Jang Bum Joon, the Busker Busker member gave her an impromptu performance in the car. After explaining that the song was about a man who had been too forward with his skinship, he went on to sing, “Please just wait for me a bit more.”

Hyori commented on the song, “Don’t you think those feelings are a bit too immature, though? Wait for what, exactly? How old am I.. I’m turning 34 soon. I don’t think that way at all. I get really frustrated when the man doesn’t rush things.”

Netizens who watched the broadcast commented, “Unni’s charming so you don’t need to rush anything,” “All she needs is 10 minutes,” and “Hyori’s really truthful about her dating style.”

Source + Photos: TV Daily via Nate

Hallyu museum to open near Incheon Airport

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:53 AM PDT

A Hallyu museum is being established to help visitors experience everything about their favorite K-Pop stars and Hallyu actors/actresses.

The 85,400 sq ft museum will open in the second half of 2012 in the International Business Complex of the Incheon Airport. As the museum is near the airport, it will not only serve to spread Hallyu culture to travelers, but it will also make it easier for tourists to visit.

The Hallyu museum will track every moment of global Korean stars like Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, B2ST, and SHINee, in addition to actors/actresses like Jang Geun Suk, Hyun Bin, and Kim Tae Hee. On top of dramas and music, the museum will also showcase Korean food and fashion, allowing visitors to see, hear, and feel the contents of Hallyu.

One representative for the museum stated, “The Hallyu wave that is blowing throughout the world is raising the Korean brand, more so than the Olympics and World Cup. The museum will help contribute to economic development as it will continue to attract tourists and locals to see Hallyu in one look.

Source: Sports Seoul via Nate

T-ara’s “Roly Poly” choreography based on comedian Song Eun Ee’s dance moves

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 04:24 AM PDT

T-ara‘s popular choreography for “Roly Poly” has been revealed to have been inspired by comedian Song Eun Ee.

On the April 12th broadcast of MBC Every1‘s ‘Infinity Girls‘, the cast members worked on Korean classical songs as well as a dance by T-ara for the special “Make Our Songs Known” episode.

While the members were practicing, the choreographer, who has a long history with Song Eun Ee, revealed, “The dance to ‘Roly Poly’ is based off of Song Eun Ee. Song Eun Ee and Lee Hwi Jae came to practice disco at the studio years ago, and I adapted [the 'Roly Poly' choreography] from her dance moves.

Even Song Eun Ee was surprised by the revelation as she asked with disbelief, “I gave you inspiration?” causing the cast to laugh.

On the same episode, comedian and ‘Infinity Girls’ cast member Kim Shin Young made a phone call to KARA‘s Goo Hara to prove that she did have a close relationship with a number of idols. Hara confirmed, “Unni and I are very close.”

However, when she thought the phone call was no longer being recorded, Hara had a cute complaint for Kim Shin Young. She asked, “Why are you calling me?

The seven members of ‘Infinity Girls’ worked very hard to show people the beautiful music of Korea ranging from Korean classical to K-pop. This episode was aired on April 12th at 6:00PM KST.

Source: TV Report via Naver

SHINee wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from April 13th!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:49 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, both 4minute and SISTAR made their respective comebacks with "Volume Up" and "Alone".

Boy group EXO-K continues with yet another hot debut stage featuring "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.

Lastly, Yangpa returns after one whole year with her latest release featuring Davichi’s Haeri and HANNA titled “Love is All The Same“.

As for the winners, SHINee faced off against CNBLUE for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was SHINee who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Sherlock" for 2 weeks in a row!

Congratulations to SHINee!


[ Last Week's Winner ]

Congratulations to SHINee and all Shawols for last week’s triumphant K-Chart win with “Sherlock”! Watch the boys claim their trophy below on today’s episode, due to the airing of ‘Music Bank in Vietnam‘ last week.


[ Backstage Interviews ]


< SISTAR + 4minute >


Others who performed tonight included Shinhwa, 2AM, SHINee, CNBLUE, B1A4, HANNA, M4, Huh Gak, Nine Muses, John Park, EXO-K, NU’EST, Baechigi, Seo In Guk, Urban Zakapa, Jang Hee Young, SPICA, and X-CROSS.

Check out the performances below:


< Seo In Guk > *Comeback Stage*


< Huh Gak >*Comeback Stage*




< Jang Hee Young >


< Baechigi >


< Urban Zakapa >




< M4 >


< Nine Muses >


< NU’EST >


< John Park >


< B1A4 >


< 2AM >


< Shinhwa >




< SHINee >


SISTAR makes a hot comeback with “Alone” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:34 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 'Music Bank,' 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!


4minute turns the “Volume Up” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:28 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 'Music Bank' 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!


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

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:22 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.

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


Yangpa says “Love is All the Same” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:07 AM PDT

Soloist Yangpa is back with a fresh heartfelt song titled "Love is All the Same".

"Love is All the Same" features a sorrowful melody, which is further enhanced by the emotional vocals of Yangpa and fellow labelmate, Davichi's Haeri. The song is the project of Jo Young Soo and Kang Eun Kyung, with the rap written by Ahn Young Min and T-ara's Hwayoung. Rookie singer, HANNA, featured as the rapper, and added to the heart wrenching feel of the song.

Check out their emotional performances below, and be sure to view the rest of today’s ‘Music Bank‘ performances here!


Yubin vs Shin Se Kyung: Who wore it better?

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Top stars Yubin of the Wonder Girls and actress Shin Se Kyung recently went head-to-head in a battle of dresses, flaunting their style in identical outfits.

Shin Se Kyung was seen in a white version of the one-piece during filming for popular SBS drama, ‘Fashion King. Many praised her natural makeup and hairstyle, which complete her elegant and chic look.

Yubin on the other hand, wore the black version of the dress in a much different style for an appearance at last month’s epitaph brand launching party. Her smokey makeup and straightened hair perfectly complemented the black outfit, emphasizing a sexy vibe fit for such an event.

Netizens who saw the pair commented, “It is a battle of the sexy stars~,” “They create such a different feel,” and “Shin Se Kyung in the daytime, Yubin at nighttime.”

Who wore it better?

Source & Image: Naver

2AM’s Jinwoon meets up with old friend on ‘Made in U’

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 02:28 AM PDT

2AM‘s Jinwoon recently rekindled his longtime friendship with ‘Made in U‘ contestant Lee Hyang Sook.

Jinwoon visited the training center to show his support for the contestants when he came upon Lee Hyang Sook by chance, leading to a surprise meeting. Both born in 1991, the two had met during their school days in 2007.

The 2AM member revealed that they had quickly become friends because of mutual acquaintances and a shared love for music. Lee Hyang Sook praised Jinwoon for his naturally handsome looks and his talent for handling instruments as she remembered her days as a student who had just returned from studying abroad in New Zealand.

Jo Kwon, who accompanied Jinwoon on the trip, quickly began throwing jokes around once he found out about their relationship, teasing, “Did you two date in the past?”

Their surprise meeting can be seen on the upcoming episode of ‘Made in U’, broadcasting April 15th.

Source + Photos: E-Daily via Naver

SHINee’s Jonghyun on his sister’s Shinhwa fandom and his admiration for Shin Hyesung

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 01:57 AM PDT

SHINee‘s Jonghyun revealed his admiration for Shinhwa‘s Shin Hyesung as well as his older sister’s long years as a Shinhwa fan.

Jonghyun uploaded a photo of Shin Hyesung on his Twitter with the description, “What? The words I use! Sunbaenim, I respect you. Even your photo is sacred to me.

Shin Hyesung, who is known as the King Se Jong (creator of the written Korean language) of K-pop, spurred on the popularity of abbreviated phrases like “kkapnol” or “surprised” and “simbaddul”, which means “my heart almost fell out”. Many young people, including Jonghyun, still use the phrases he created today.

The SHINee member continued, “My sister is a [Shinhwa fan]. Whenever she came back home, she would always have cards with words that ended in ‘pa’. I thought she was involved in a gang, which made me kkapnol shimbaddul.” It turns out the cards simply had names of Shinhwa members with “pa” at the end to indicate which member she was a fan of.

Jonghyun also addressed his respect and admiration for Shinhwa by stating, “Shinhwa sunbaenims are the best! I’m memorizing all the songs on Shinhwa’s 6th album!

Source + Image: Jonghyun’s Twitter

G.NA and miss A’s Min give a shout-out from Bangkok!

Posted: 13 Apr 2012 01:26 AM PDT

miss A‘s Min and sexy singer G.NA showed off their friendship, giving a shout-out to fans from Bangkok.

On April 12th, Min tweeted the above photo on Twitter with a caption that read, “Gina and me in Bangkok cityyyyyy,” updating followers on her whereabouts.

The girls look like they’re having a blast together, and fans are saying that Min’s silly expression completes the photo. The snapshot seems to have been taken at the MBC 2012 Thailand Hallyu concert.

Netizens and fans alike left comments such as, “The two of you are so pretty,” and “They almost look like twins!

Source & Image: Min’s Twitter