Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"INFINITE & FT Island place in Top 10 on Oricon Chart" plus 19 more

"INFINITE & FT Island place in Top 10 on Oricon Chart" plus 19 more


INFINITE & FT Island place in Top 10 on Oricon Chart

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 09:05 AM PDT

On April 18th, Korean groups INFINITE and FT Island released their latest Japanese singles. Both of their singles have made it on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart.

INFINITE released their second Japanese single Be Mine and it placed 2nd on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart by selling 28,192 copies. FT Island released their 10th overall Japanese single NEVERLAND and it placed 8th on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart.

Congratulations to both groups!

Source: Oricon
Tip: Dee

A-Pink releases their ‘one year anniversary’ song, “April 19th”

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 08:34 AM PDT

Idol group A-Pink has released a very special single as a gift for their fans to celebrate their one year anniversary.

The girls have returned to their fans with a track titled “April 19th“, the date of their debut one year ago.

A-Pink believes that they wouldn’t be where they are now if not for the love and support of their loyal fans. This is a way for them to give back to the fans and this new ballad is also a perfect melody for the Spring season.

The track was composed by Kim Jin Hwan, and the lyrics were personally penned by A-Pink leader Park Chorong. The fresh pop-ballad highlights the girls’ developed vocal talent, and the modernized harmony and dynamic chorus further adds charm to the song.

Give it a listen below!

Source & Image: Melon
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Making of Girl’s Day “Oh! My God” Music Video

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 08:18 AM PDT

After a long eight-month hiatus, Girl’s Day returned with their 2nd mini album, 'Every Day II' along with the music video for their title track Oh! My God.

Earlier today, the official Girl’s Day YouTube channel released a special “Making of” video that went behind the scenes while the girls were filming “Oh! My God”.

Check out the fun antics from the set of “Oh! My God” below!

Super Junior’s Kangin shares some thoughts after being discharged from the military

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 07:57 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Kangin has some new resolutions after being discharged from the military.

The April 18th episode of SBSOne Night of TV Entertainment‘ reported the most recent news of Kangin who was discharged on the 16th.

He said, “This is something I’m feeling for the first time since being born, and more than feeling lighthearted and free right now, I think what’s more important is what’s ahead.

I think that now is the time for myself to work so that the hurt that I have caused can have a chance to heal,” he continued.

Kangin who was active in the industry as a member of Super Junior, taking on acting roles and making appearances on entertainment programs was previously charged with drunk driving as well as alleged assault.

After the incidents, the singer opted to enlist into the military with a heavy heart. “The first thing I do every morning when I wake up is to look in the mirror. For 21 months, I continued to look at myself in the mirror.”

Not a real mirror, but I continued to evaluate myself. There were so many things to change for the better, and I realized that there were so many bad habits that I became accustomed to without even knowing it. I focused on changing those kinds of things to the best of my ability,” he added.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

G.NA transforms into a funky marine girl for CeCi magazine

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 07:29 AM PDT

Singer G.NA has transformed into a funky marine girl!

G.NA recently took part in a photo shoot for the May issue of CeCi magazine. The singer was styled as a funky marine girl with each outfit complementing her “golden ratio” body. The photos and unique concept give a refreshing feel that fits in perfectly with the spring season.

The singer shed the sexy and luxurious concept she’s known for and pulled off a funky, bright, and cheerful look. G.NA has been gaining popularity as one of Korea’s sexy divas with singles like “I’ll Back Off So You Can Live Better“, “Black & White“, and “TOP GIRL“. The photo shoot can be seen in full in CeCi magazine’s issue for May.

In related news, G.NA has been doing promotional activities all around Asia and is currently in the process of recording for her comeback!

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Busker Busker and Urban Zakapa the most played artists on radio last week

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Indie bands like Busker Busker and Urban Zakapa are firmly holding their ground against the influx of idol debuts and comebacks!

According to Air Monitor, a service that records the number of plays a song gets on radio programs, Busker Busker’s “Cherry Blossom Ending” and Urban Zakapa’s “Beautiful Day” were the top two most played songs on radio shows for the week of April 9th through the 15th.

The two managed to beat out idols from major entertainment labels and secure their spots at the top, which is a commendable achievement in the face of idol domination. Perhaps it’s the warmer weather that’s making listeners yearn for simpler songs as opposed to synthesized dance tunes?

Busker Busker has been faring exceptionally well on digital and physical charts as well, comfortably leading the rankings with their debut album.

Source + Photos: Sports Seoul via Nate

Rainbow’s Jisook handwrites a pretty letter to her fans

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:28 AM PDT

On April 18th, Rainbow‘s Jisook wrote a thoughtful letter to her fans to celebrate the beautiful warm weather.

She wrote on her me2day, “A fresh spring letter from Sookie has arrived~”.

Although the letter looks like it was typed up on a computer and printed out, she actually handwrote and decorated each of the characters herself. The letter states:

“Hello? It’s Rainbow’s cutie pie Jisook~ I feel so happy because it’s spring now :D~ hehe. How about all of you go outside and enjoy the flowers with your loving family and friends in this beautiful weather? I’m sure your body and heart will warm up like the spring day~ of course, of course~ And be careful of catching colds in between seasons! Thank you so much for your love and support~ hehe :D. Have a fighting day today!”

Fans commented, “Wow, her handwriting is so pretty,” “I can’t believe she really wrote that,” “She looks like a little child in her photo,” and “I want a real letter from her!”

Source + Photos: Jisook’s Me2day

Grab the Look: Tiffany’s angelic look for a good cause

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:01 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Sooyoung, Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun were out and about this past weekend on April 14th, making their fans proud as the new ambassadors for Korea's Retinitis Pigmentosa Society. Of course, they didn’t fail to surprise with their trendy and totally occasion-appropriate fashion. Embodying the scent of spring for this great cause, these girls can add ‘trend-setting’ to their long list of achievements!

At the event, florals and A-line skirts were the popular pick for Sooyoung, Taeyeon, and Seohyun. Tiffany, who opted for lace shorts that flaunted her summertime-ready legs, particularly stood out. She practically looked like a porcelain doll in pure white, accessorized with pink and beige for an all-around angelic and feminine look!

Love this look? Make it your own with these tips:

Tiffany looks great in white, but here’s a look that you can have fun with! Try the same outfit in black! Or pink! Anything neutral or pastel would work because beyond the color palette (whites, pinks, and beiges), the fabrics are what make this outfit look so put together!

Opt for a cotton, structured or paneled, sleeveless top tucked into lace shorts. Bring the life out of the monotonous color with a chiffon ribbon belt, patent wedges, and pearls or silver jewelry! Keep these tips in mind, and you can ‘grab the look’!

Want this look for less? Forget the cotton (which tends to be more pricey). Basic tees or tanks are the perfect alternatives! Why buy a new chiffon belt when you can use a scarf laying around in your closet? Patent, peep-toe wedges can get pretty expensive and impossible to find. Re-create the look with flats or oxfords! Or go casual and sport your favorite flip-flops and sandals.

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Tell us what you think! Was Tiffany dressed for the occasion? Will you be trying this all-white look?

 

Image Sources: As Marked

Police book two idol members and issue arrest warrant for singer ‘A’ in Open World investigation

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 05:26 AM PDT

It has been revealed that the police have booked the two idol members mentioned previously, and have issued an arrest warrant for individual ‘A’ in the ongoing investigation against Open World Entertainment‘s CEO.

On April 18th, Seoul Kangnam Police told TVDaily, “We are issuing out a warrant of arrest for the singer ‘A’, who is in his 30s, involved in the case.” They also commented, “The two idol group members have also been booked without detention.”

As mentioned before, ‘A’ is reported to be someone who has a personal connection to the Open World Entertainment CEO, but is not under the label.

The police also revealed that they will be concluding the investigations on April 19th to hand over the case to prosecutors.

So far, from what is circulating the Korean media outlets, the above statements seem to have been confirmed. What hasn’t been confirmed is news concerning The Boss, and whether or not they are involved in the case.

According to one media outlet, News1, they have obtained a statement from a source within the police who has stated, “The idol members involved in this case are not from The Boss… The two members involved who carried out the commands by the CEO have been booked.”

Considering that News1 is the only one to have acquired this statement from the source, and as other media outlets (at the time of writing) have not made any mention of  The Boss, it remains to be seen whether this is valid or not.

In related news, Open World Entertainment once again denied any involvement of their artists, and apologized to the public earlier today through an official statement.

Stay tuned to allkpop for updates on the latest developments.

Source & Photo: News1, TVDaily, Asia Today
Tip: Jasmine

Fans of JYJ’s Yoochun donate $11,500 USD to 42 charities

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:59 AM PDT

Fans of JYJ‘s Yoochun have completed a fantastic charity project to show support for his SBS drama, ‘Rooftop Prince‘.

Yoochun’s fan support union spent six weeks collecting Naver‘s charity currency, called Happy Beans, starting from February 15th until March 31st. They managed to gather about $11,500 USD, which they used to purchase and donate rice and ramen for groups like the eldery, multi-cultural families, single mother families, the disabled, and the impoverished.

Over 179 organizations signed up for the project, and 42 were chosen. The organizations thanked the fans by leaving messages like, “Yoochun seemed like a figure so far removed from us, but he now seems so close,” and “We were worried over running out of rice, but we are now able to give the elderly meals thanks to the fans of Yoochun.”

In related news, JYJ has been continuing their charity projects, such as their numerous donations to world causes, in addition to their participation in the ‘Mango Tree Project‘ with World Vision.

Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate

Teaser for 3rd DSP Boyz member Hyojun released!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:26 AM PDT

The teaser for the third DSP Boyz member, Hyojun, has been released!

allkpop previously reported the announcement of the group's first member Jaehyung and second member Yunyoung.

The identities of the 4 remaining DSP Boyz will be revealed on April 19th, 20th, 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.

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

Source: DSP Boyz
Tip: Thanks, jnn!

Seohyun’s beautiful figure in bed commercial impresses netizens

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:14 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation member Seohyun has recently garnered a lot of attention and praise for her appearance in a new mattress commercial.

An online community board post titled, “Seohyun is filming a bed commercial, but her body is…” has surfaced with the above photos. The advertisement pictured was filmed for a bed and mattress company, Ace, which featured Seohyun alongside fellow member YoonA as the main models. The rest of the Girls’ Generation members make an appearance as well.

The Girls’ Generation maknae’s graceful figure was accented by her body-hugging sleepwear as she filmed in the dreamy setting.

Netizens seemed very impressed as they commented, “Her legs… are so long!” “She has an amazing body line,” and “This isn’t an ad for showing off the bed… it’s for showing off Seohyun’s body!”

In related news, Seohyun recently wrapped up the recording of a track titled “I’ll Be Waiting“. “I’ll Be Waiting” will be released as an OST for popular SBS drama, ‘Fashion King’, which features Yuri in a leading role.

Check out the commercial featuring Seohyun, YoonA, and Girls’ Generation below!

Source & Image: Nate

‘K-Pop Star Captivating the World’ to spotlight CNBLUE’s rise to fame

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:38 AM PDT

Following their spotlight on Kim Hyun Joong, MBC‘s ‘K-Pop Star Captivating the World‘ will be featuring a segment on CNBLUE‘s rise to fame.

CNBLUE is largely considered one of the main figureheads of the Hallyu wave for their part in shifting the focus from idol groups to band music. They were recognized for their talents as an indie band in Japan before they officially debuted in Korea, and have since landed each of their albums at the top of the Oricon chart.

Before their debut in Korea, the boys held over 100 underground performances on the streets of Japan and slowly built up their fan base. Their journey to immense popularity will be revealed in depth on the program.

Another point of interest for fans will be a realistic view of the obstacles CNBLUE had to face in Japan, including an encounter with the police. Unlike Korea, performing on the streets in Japan requires special notification to the local police station, which the CNBLUE members were unaware of at first.

Regarding the experience, the members stated, “The Japanese policemen were really nice. They even bought us cola.”

Check out ‘K-Pop Star Captivating the World’ and its special feature on CNBLUE on April 21st.

Source + Photos: TV Daily via Nate

Will “Oh! My God” be another Girl’s Day hit? + ‘Everyday 2′ track details

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:13 AM PDT

After a long eight-month hiatus, Girl’s Day is getting ready for a cute, sexy comeback with “Oh! My God“.

On April 18th, the girls released their second mini-album, ‘Everyday 2, featuring a total of four tracks, three of which are new. Their title track “Oh! My God” was produced by the hit-making combo, composer Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum, and is described as a dance track with electronic elements.

The group’s new ballad track, “Two of Us“, was considered for their title track as it features dynamic sounds with a combination of string instruments. The ballad was produced by composers Kim Doo Hyun and Kim Won Hyun.

Telepathy” was personally written and composed by Girl’s Day member Sojin, and tells a story about a girl confessing her feelings to her crush through telepathic means.

The members of Girl’s Day expressed, “We’re excited but also nervous about starting our promotions again after such a long time away. It feels like we’re debuting all over again. The longer our hiatus became, the more we wanted to get back on stage.”

“Oh! My God” ranked 1st on Cyworld Music, 3rd on Melon, 2nd on Soribada, and 3rd on Bugs after its release.

Girl’s Day will be holding their mini-album release showcase later today at the CGV M Cube to officially kick off promotions.

Check out the music video for “Oh! My God” below if you haven’t already!

Eugene and Ki Tae Young enjoy a romantic European getaway

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 02:43 AM PDT

Eugene and Ki Tae Young publicly displayed their affection for one another, sharing a sweet kiss under the sunset at an outdoor cafe in Florence, Italy.

On April 17th, StoryOn‘s ‘Super Couple Diary‘ revealed photos of the married couple on their vacation in Europe. Netizens particularly noticed the way Ki Tae Young lovingly gazed at his beautiful wife.

For Eugene and Ki Tae Young, this trip was more than just a simple tour of Europe. It was a chance for them to experience something they’ve always wanted to do together. The two traveled from Italy to France on “Coffee Road” to expand their knowledge of the global drink. The couple have had a keen interest in coffee since before their trip.

On another note, Eugene and her husband will be appearing on the new reality series ‘Super Couple Diary’. The first episode is scheduled to air on April 19th. The show will feature the newly married couple engaging in everyday activities as well as clips from their European getaway.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

4minute’s “Volume Up” tops major Chinese music video chart!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 02:12 AM PDT

4minute, who have been making waves in the industry with their comeback track “Volume Up“, have added another record to their list of accomplishments by topping a major weekly music video chart in China.

“Volume Up”, which was released on April 9th, reached number 1 on the weekly chart of China’s largest music portal site, Yinyuetai. The music video for the hot track generated huge amounts of interest from viewers, topping streaming and download charts.

The upgraded performance and stage that the girls showcased in the music video gained applause from many fans in China, further indicating a successful comeback. Reaching the top of the Yinyuetai chart is especially significant in that it reflects directly on the popularity of a music video based on the number of downloads as well as views.

In related news, 4minute won first place on the April 17th episode of MBC‘s ‘Show Champion‘ within a week of the release of “Volume Up”.

SHINee’s Jonghyun melts the hearts of fans with his recent set of selcas

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 01:39 AM PDT

SHINee‘s Jonghyun recently revealed a set of four adorable and sexy selcas, melting the hearts of fans.

He posted these photos onto his Twitter with the message, “Selca attack. Heart-attack for you.” Jonghyun seems to have figured out the exact way into his female fans’ hearts. His adorable smile and wink caused quite a bit of excitement.

Fans commented, “Jonghyun oppa please return my heart,” “This is the best. You can upload photos like these everyday,” and “I don’t care if my heart gets attacked, as long as I can see your face.

Source + Image: Jonghyun’s Twitter

‘Strong Heart’ declines in viewer ratings

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 12:59 AM PDT

Although powerhouse entertainers Shin Dong Yup and Lee Dong Wook have replaced Lee Seung Gi as hosts on ‘Strong Heart‘, the talk show has faced unfortunate low ratings for this week’s episode.

According to AGB Nielson, the April 17th broadcast of ‘Strong Heart’ garnered an 8.6% rating nationwide. This is a 2.4% drop from the previous week’s episode, which drew 11.0% in ratings.

However, ‘Strong Heart’ isn’t the only program struggling with ratings this week. Its competitors, KBS‘s ‘Win Win‘ and MBC‘s ‘100 Minute Debate‘, have also recorded a drop in ratings with a 6.6% and a 3.8%, respectively.

Meanwhile, Shin Dong Yup and Lee Dong Wook continued their “talk battle” on this week’s episode with guests Lee Jin Wook, Jung So Min, Kim Ji Suk, Jang Nara, Kim Shin Young, Song Eun Ee, Hyorin, and more.

Source & Image: Sports Chosun via Nate

Comedian Heo Kyung Hwan enjoys the ocean breeze in Busan

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 12:27 AM PDT

Comedian Heo Kyung Hwan recently left for Busan to enjoy a mini vacation.

On April 15th, the comedian uploaded the shot above on his Twitter page and wrote, “Feeling the ocean and also the spring. It feels great being in Busan after so long~~ ^^.”

Heo Kyung Hwan showcased his unique sense of fashion, posing by the ocean with a green khaki-colored jacket and a dotted scarf. His chic expression and shades made him appear as though he were filming a CF for the drink in his hand. The comedian definitely seems more at ease in the photo than he did on ‘K-pop Star‘.

Followers wrote, “I wonder who he went on a vacation to Busan with,” “He has a great sense of fashion,” and “Hul. I thought he was Joo Sang Wook.”

Heo Kyung Hwan is currently featured in his gag segment titled ‘Four Things‘ on KBS 2TV‘s ‘Gag Concert‘.

Source: Heo Kyung Hwan’s Twitter

Super Junior’s Yesung, Sungmin, & Jay Park visit Kyuhyun backstage at ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 11:55 PM PDT

Friends of Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun visited the star backstage at his latest musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’.

On April 17th, Yesung tweeted, ”Went to see Kyuhyun, Jung Yeol, and Bub Rae‘s musical with Sungmin and Jaebum. Proof shot! Yea~~!

The photo features Kyuhyun smiling brightly with his musical co-stars, groupmates, and friend Jay Park. Kyuhyun is starring as the lead role of Frank Abagnale Jr. in the musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’. Musical actors Lee Jung Yeol and Kim Bub Rae star as Frank Sr. and FBI agent Carl Hanratty, respectively.

‘Catch Me If You Can’ is playing at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall in Seoul until June 10th.

Source: Yesung’s Twitter